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THE HISTORY OF CANDY CANES By Brenna Hall
So, you buy candy canes for the kids or for the decorations every year but do you really know where they come from? The candy cane is a Christmas tradition that many hold dear but nobody really knows why. Let’s face it -- the only things we really know about candy canes is that they taste good and that they are red and white. Whether the story of the candy cane is a legend or if it is true is not certain, but this is how the story goes: About two hundred-thirty years ago at the Cologne Cathedral, the children that went to church there were really loud and noisy. They often moved around and would not pay attention to the choirmaster. This was especially difficult for the choirmaster when they were supposed to be sitting still for the long living Nativity ceremony. So to keep the children quiet, he gave them a long, white, sugar candy stick. He couldn’t give them chocolate or anything like that because the people at that church would think it was sacrilegious. So he gave them the stick and he bent it on the end to look like a cane. It was meant to look like a shepherd’s cane, and so it reminded the children of the shepherds at Jesus’ birth. In 1847, a German-Swedish immigrant in Wooster, Ohio put candy canes on his Christmas tree and soon others were doing the same. Sometime around 1900 candy canes came to look more like what we know them as today with the red stripes and peppermint flavoring. Some people say the white color represents the purity of Jesus Christ and the red stripes are for the wounds he suffered. They also sometimes say that the peppermint flavoring represents the hyssop herb used for purifying and spoken of in the Bible. The shape also looks like the letter “J” for Jesus, not just a shepherd’s cane. It is possible that these things were added for religious symbols, but there is no evidence that is true. Around 1920, a man in Georgia named Bob McCormack wanted to make candy canes for his family and friends. He later started mass-producing candy canes for his own business which he named Bob’s Candies. This is where many of our candy canes come from today.
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A Mom’s Letter To Santa
Dear Santa: I’ve been a good mom all year. I’ve fed, cleaned and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor’s office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter’s girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I’ll find anymore free time in the next 18 years. Here are my Christmas wishes:
Your presence is requested at the launch of Messiah Lutheran Church’s Sunday morning experience, beginning January 15th, 2012 Our new worship schedule is as follows: • 8:00 AM - Traditions (Traditional Lutheran Worship) • 9:15 AM - Discovery Hour (Learning for ages 2 thru adult) • 9:30 AM - The Gathering NEW! (Casual Contemporary Worship) • 10:45 AM - The Crossing (Tradition meets Contemporary Worship)
It would be nice to have a television that doesn’t broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.
For more information on each worship gathering, visit our website at www.messiahlc.org. 11522 Telge Road • Cypress, TX. 77429
I’d like a pair of legs that don’t ache after a day of chasing kids (in any color, except purple, which I already have). I want arms that don’t flap in the breeze but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candy aisle in the grocery store. I’d also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy. If you’re hauling big ticket items this year I’d like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music.
On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says, “Yes, Mommy” to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don’t fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, “Don’t eat in the living room” and ‘Take your hands off your brother,’ because my voice seems to be just out of my children’s hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. And please don’t forget the Playdoh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colors and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the in-laws’ house seem just like mine. If it’s too late to find any of these products, I’d settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container. If you don’t mind I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my toddler didn’t look so cute sneaking downstairs to eat contraband ice cream in his pajamas at midnight. Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don’t catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don’t eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet. Yours Always...Mom.
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9191 Barker Cypress Rd. L.I.F.E. LEssons ContInuE through DECEmbEr The Learning, Inspiration, Fellowship and Enrichment (L.I.F.E.) programs are free and held Wednesdays at 10 AM in the Lone Star College-CyFair Branch Library (Room 131.) Programs in December are: “The Courageous of Pearl Harbor” Dec. 7th and “Shrinky Dinks with Tracy and Rose” Dec. 14th. Programs will resume Jan. 11, 2012. Call the library at 281-290-3214 for L.I.F.E. program information. Look What’s In thE CEntEr For thE arts In December are a choral concert featuring the LSC-CyFair Symphonic Band “Carmina Burana” Dec. 2nd and Jazz Ensemble concert “JazzExpress” Dec. 7th. For tickets and event information, go to LoneStar.edu/boxoffice. In the Bosque Gallery will be the Student Art Show Dec. 1st through Dec. 8th with a reception and awards ceremony set from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM Dec. 1st. For gallery information, go to LoneStar.edu/bosquegallery. sprIng sEmEstEr CLassEs Spring semester weekday classes begin Jan. 17, 2012. For information, call 281-290-3200 or 832-782-5000 or go online to LoneStar.edu.
Scouts BOY SCOUT TROOP 10
Boy Scout Troop 10 meets every tuesday night during the school year at the West Houston Church of Christ on West Road and Queenston. Our meetings begin at 7 PM. We spend our time working on merit badges, planning for our monthly camp outs and having fun!! The boys had a great time spending the night on The Battleship Texas and getting a little taste of our state’s history! December will be busy as ever as the boys gear up for Winter Camp at Camp Strake and our annual Christmas party! If you have a son in the 6th grade or higher that would like to join in the fun and adventure please contact us. Our Scout Master is Michael Widaski and his number is 713-376 5166. You can also contact our Committee Chairperson, Joseph Jefferson, at 281-684-5197 or check our website at www.bsat10.com. We hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday Season!
RENNELL ELEMENTARY CUB SCOUT PACK 438 CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS
Cub Scout Pack 438 of Rennell Elementary is collecting old cell phones and/ or cell phone accessories as part of our annual Cell Phones for Soldiers collection campaign. Bring your old cell phones and accessories (gladly accepted, but not required) to our donation box at PostNet, located at 12321 Barker-Cypress Rd. #600 Cypress, TX 77429 in the Randall’s shopping center. The phones will be shipped to Cell Phones for Soldiers and either be reconditioned and reprogrammed for reuse, the ultimate form of recycling or dismantled and recycled. For every phone recycled, a deployed U.S. soldier will receive a prepaid calling card to stay in touch with loved ones. For more information on the program, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com. Thank you for supporting our soldiers!
HOMESCHOOL CUB SCOUT PACK 164
Attention home school families!!! Homeschool Pack 164 is a Christian Homeschool Cub Scout Pack chartered by West Houston Home Educators (www.whhe.org) that serves the Greater West Houston/Katy area. Our Pack promotes God, Country and service! We are a part of the Sam Houston Area
Council (www.shac.org) and Texas Skies District (www.texasskiesdistrict. org). If you have a boy entering 1st grade (age 6) through 5th grade (age 10), we invite you to please come join in the fun! Visit our website www. homeschoolpack.com for more information about our Pack registration and meeting times.
Church News & Events Christmas Services
BEAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH CHRISTMAS SERVICES AND EVENTS
HOLY COVENANT UMC SOCCER
What: Upward Soccer Where: Holy Covenant UMC 22111 Morton Road, Katy TX 77449 When: Evaluations are on January 14th and 21st at 9:00 AM. Who: Children ages 4 thru 5th grade Fee: $75, which includes a uniform Check out www.holycov.org for more information or call 281-579-1200.
Sun., Dec. 11th - Children and Preschool Christmas Party Sun., Dec. 18th - Christmas Concert: 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM and 11:30 AM Sat., Dec. 24th - Christmas Eve Services: 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Sun., Dec. 25th - One Service Christmas Day: 11:00 AM. No children or adult Bible Studies
ATTENTION LADY GOLFERS
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may trigger some other sadness; it may be a time that has always been difficult.
COVENANT LUTHERAN CHURCH “BLUE CHRISTMAS”WORSHIP SERVICE
Please join us for a different golf outing every Wednesday morning. We are a small, fun group playing mostly around the west Houston area. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nancy at 281-550-2043.
CY-FAIR SPORTS ASSOCIATION
Cy-Fair Sports Association is having baseball, football, cheerleading, drill team and wrestling sign ups right now. Check out the website for more information www.cy-fairsports.org.
WESTSIDE GOLF LEAGUE
The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation - all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.
Westside Golf League is actively encouraging new members. We invite you to join us every Tuesday morning at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. Our purpose is to allow ladies of all levels to meet new friends and have fun while improving golfing skills. For more information, contact Sue Crookson at 281-392-4913 email@example.com or Yana Dommert at 281-394-2481 yana@ entouch.net.
Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.
MEN’S DROP-IN ROLLER HOCKEY
Come out and join in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome. The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship for those who care to linger.
Bear Creek Roller Rink is the new home of Men’s Hockey. If you are new to hockey or have played for years, we would love to have you join us. All ages and abilities are welcome. We play every Sunday from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Come on out and give hockey a try!!! For more information, please call David Bradford at 281-855-2615.
For these reasons, Covenant Lutheran Church, 3785 Barker Cypress Rd, Houston offers a special “Blue Christmas” (also known as “Longest Night”) service on December 21st at 7:00 PM.
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ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH BINGO
COPPERFIELD CHURCH SENIOR ADULTS GAME DAY - The first Friday of the month - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm BIBLE STUDY - Wednesday - 9:30 am - 11:00 am DAY TRIPS - monthly - Schedule differs. For more info., www. copperfieldchurch.com or call 281-856-2273. WALKING GROUP (aka Holy Strollers) - 8:30 am - 9:30 am, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Come join our group! We are an active, fun-loving bunch. Once you come for a visit and get to know us, you’ll want to be a part of our Senior adult Group. You do not have to be a member of Copperfield Church to be a part of our Senior adult Group.
at St. Bartholomew the apostle Catholic Church in downtown katy, “BINGO” is being played in our parish hall every Friday evening except holidays. doors open at 7:00 pm, games start at 7:15 pm with four Early Bird games. regular games start at 7:30 pm. maximum prizes given away every evening of $2,500. Governed by the state of Texas. They have the most modern computerized BINGO equipment for verifying winnings, along with TV monitors for your viewing pleasure. The snack bar is maintained by the KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS 6950, with a variety of food and snacks with soft drinks. All profits will benefit community outreach and Religious Education programs, to better serve the community. The Church is located in downtown katy at 5356 Eleventh St. You can get to the church if traveling west on hwy. 90 to katyland rd. Turn right at the light, go to the second stop sign (at the stadium) Eleventh St., turn left and the Church hall will be on your right one block down. please call for more details to 281-391-4758. please come play and win. We can accommodate large groups such as social and family groups.
Bingo EPIPHANY BINGO
Epiphany Bingo has been conducting bingo games on the west side since February 14, 1986. Epiphany conducts their bingo games every Friday night except holidays. ThErE IS NO SmOkING allOWEd durING all BINGO GamES. They have a jackpot game of $750. maximum prize giveaways of $2,500, allowed by law, are given away every Bingo Night! They have security, lighted parking, big screen color monitor, computerized bingo equipment, snack bar, and large cash prizes. Profits are used for charitable outreach programs, building expansion, and payment towards debt. Epiphany Catholic Church conducts its bingo games at the Church Community Center, 1530 Norwalk dr. (between Fry and mason roads, south of I-10 behind Nottingham Subdivision) off highland knolls every Friday night. Early bird games begin at 7:30 pm and regular games at 8:00 pm. For more information, call the bingo hall number 281-578-3905. during Bingo nights, you may also call the Community Center number, 281-578-5078. Come, have some fun, bring your friends and neighbors, win some money and make some new friends.
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THE AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 2011 Tuesday, December 6th 10 AM - 3 pM 100% of the profit will go to the Avon Walk please come along and support this worthy cause
Craft Shows and Festivals THE CY-FAIR HOLIDAY & HEALTH FESTIVAL AND LAYLA GRACE 5K
A wide variety of vendors will be there with lots of great gift ideas. Refreshments will also be available so why not make a day of it!! To sponsor us go to www.avonwalk.org and search for team “Brit pack” Thank you for all your support!
Christmas & Holiday Events
The Cy-Fair Holiday & Health Festival and Layla Grace 5K will be held at the Berry Center on Dec. 3rd. This family-friendly, community event is free to the public and will feature over 100 exhibitors to help Cypress residents get into the holiday spirit and help raise money for a good cause. Attendees can shop for holiday gifts as they get professional pictures with Santa, sample food and drinks, enjoy shows by local dance troupes and children’s choirs, have health screenings and beauty procedures done onsite, bring the kids to play in the Best Buy Mobile/Gaming area, and win prizes and raffles throughout the day. The Cy-Fair Holiday & Health Festival is held in conjunction with the Layla Grace 5K. Layla Grace Marsh lost her battle with Neuroblastoma at age 2. Her parents, Cypress residents, formed the Layla Grace Children’s Cancer Research Foundation to fund research into high-risk pediatric cancers and to empower parents who have children diagnosed with cancer. The Layla Grace 5K Run/ Walk and Kids One Mile Run Run begins and ends at the Berry Center. Entry fee for the 5K Run/Walk is $25 and for the Kid’s 1 Mile Fun Run, only $15. There will be no race-day registration, so visit the website to register now at www. laylagrace.org/5k. The race begins at 9:15 AM. For more information about the festival, visit www.holidayhealthfest.com. Show hours are from 10 AM to 4 pM.
MAKE PLANS TO VISIT THE CORNERSTONE UMC LIVE NATIVITY
The Cornerstone United Methodist Church (CUMC) will be hosting a Live Nativity on Saturday, December 3rd from 6-8 pM, as we transform the front area of the church into scenes that will depict the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. There will be shepherds with their sheep, the Three Wise Men and a camel, Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus in a manger and an angel portraying this holy event. You will be able to visually embrace this event as you drive through, read scriptures and listen to music that tell of the wondrous night. In the past, we have had several hundred cars that drive through to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ. We are located at 18081 West Road at Barker Cypress, behind the CVS. For directions or more information, please call the church at 281-859-4141 or go to our website at www.cornerstoneumc.org.
MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH COMMUNITY INVITED TO “NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM”
Messiah Lutheran Church is hosting “A Night in Bethlehem” on Saturday and Sunday evenings, December 3rd and 4th, 5-8 pM. The event is free, Messiah’s gift to the community. All are invited to kickoff the Christmas season by experiencing Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born, including livestock, wisemen, shepherds, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. Free activities for the children. Messiah is located at 11522 Telge Road, 1/2 mile north of Highway 290. For more information, 281-890-3013 or www.messiahlc.org.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF KATY 5TH ANNUAL “LIVING NATIVITY”
Join us on Saturday, December 10, 2011, from 6:30-8:00 pM. There will be three (3) live representations of the Nativity Scene lasting approximately 30 minutes each. Refreshments will also be provided in the fellowship hall throughout the evening. First Christian Church is located at 22101 Morton Ranch Road, Katy, Texas 77449. For more details, call the church office at 281-492-2693 or visit our website: www.fcckaty.com.
THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: MUSICAL THEATER IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE
The darkest time of the year casts a powerful spell over nearly every culture in the northern hemisphere, and has given birth to countless ways of celebrating the winter solstice. Many of the present-day holiday rituals in our country originate in the Nordic/ German traditions and come flavored with the spices of Europe. We invite you to take a little journey to early nineteenth-century Bavaria and the surrounding regions to explore the roots of modern Christmas. As always, this interactive family friendly show will include superb music, lovely costumes, and traditional dances. Our adult and children’s choruses will add to the warmth, as will performances by accomplished guest artists, including an Alphorn duet and yodlers, who are genuine interpreters of Bavarian culture. A keepsake booklet containing information about the Bavarian celebrations and songs featured in the show is included with the ticket. Don’t miss this heartwarming event and join in with our nationwide family of returning Revels fans. The 2011 Christmas Revels takes place December 10th-11th & 17th-18th Saturdays 2:30 pM & 7:00 pM · Sundays at 2:30 pM Wortham Theater, entrance 16 from Cullen Blvd. at the University of Houston Campus, Houston, Texas. Ample parking space available. Tickets are $17.50 - $40. For Tickets & Information 713-668-3303 or www.revelshouston.org, a non profit organization Revels Houston, Inc., P.O. Box 66829, Houston, TX 77266-6829, tune in to KUHF or call the Valk family at 281 398 0774.
HOUSTON REPERTOIRE BALLET CELEBRATES 10 YEARS EN POINTE WITH “THE NUTCRACKER”
Sell-Out PerfOrmanceS Set fOr December 10th & 11th The Houston Repertoire Ballet (HRB), the premier pre-professional ballet company in Northwest Houston, proudly presents the 10th annual “The Nutcracker” performance series on Saturday, December 10th at 2 pM and 7 pM and Sunday, December 11th at 1 pM and 5 pM at Tomball High School
Auditorium, 30330 Quinn Road, Tomball, Texas 77375. This year features guest artists from two of the world’s premiere ballet companies: Jared Matthews, soloist with New York’s American Ballet Theatre and HRB alum, and Karina Gonzalez, soloist with the Houston Ballet. For ticket information, call 281-940-HRB1 (4721) or visit www.hrbdance.org. Ticket prices range from $15 to $18. The Houston Repertoire Ballet (HRB) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), founded by Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome, both nationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers who served as its co-artistic directors. Today, Ms. Vittum oversees training and programming with an equal eye to serving the needs of the community. Although Mr. Rome is now retired, he maintains his interest and affiliation with HRB, performing as Drosselmeyer in “The Nutcracker” and as a guest teacher. The program attracts and develops some of the finest young dancers in the greater Houston area, with many of the dancers advancing to professional ballet companies throughout the country.
WHAT IS CHRISTMAS WITHOUT HANDEL’S “MESSIAH?”
To many people, Christmas is just not Christmas without singing or hearing Handel’s Messiah. The Chancel Choir of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy will host the fifth annual “Messiah Sing Along,” with full orchestra, again this year. The event will be held in the Sanctuary of the church (located at the corner of Shillington & Kingsland) Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 7:00 PM. For information, call 281-492-8031 or go to www.stpeterskaty.org. Please join us as either a singer or a listener. Loaner scores will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis; however, given the limitations of available scores, you are encouraged to bring your own music. There will also be scores for sale.
FOURTH HAMARA DESI CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Major funding for HRB is provided by Houston Endowment, Inc. and ConocoPhillips. Additional support comes from ExxonMobil and Marathon. School Outreach Program is generously sponsored by Target.
December 17, 2011 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Free Admission & Free Food!! University Center, University of Houston, Main Campus Houston, TX 77581
COVENANT LUTHERAN CHURCH LAS POSADAS
Hamara Desi Christmas Celebration is intended to celebrate Christmas with people of different religions and faiths from India.The celebration is nondenominational. Please come and enjoy the celebration. Of course, Santa Clause will be there to give free gifts!!
Covenant Lutheran Church (3785 Barker Cypress Rd.) is presenting its annual “Las Posadas” on Saturday, December 10th at 7:00 PM. Bring your friends and family to experience this symbolic journey by Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition carried out by a group of people who get together to honor the birth of Jesus. This outdoor event will feature drama, scripture readings, prayer, carols in English and Spanish, and a candlelight processional, followed by traditional Mexican food for everyone! All are welcome!
Let us enjoy the Christmas season with friends, great food, drama, songs, skits and Christmas cheer... Please RSVP through hamaradesichristmas.com Questions call: 713-423-5029; 832-275-8810; 281-686-4135
THE EMPOWERMENT CENTER’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE
Join us for a Ho! Ho! Ho! weekend beginning Saturday, December 17th at 9 am with food, fun, entertainment and special guest Santa and friends with toys for the girls and boys. Then on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 9 am, come see, hear and enjoy the splendor of the Christmas Story by our Drama & Fine arts Team in our Holiday Production along Santa and friends who will be giving out more toys to the kids. Everyone is welcome. For additional information, visit us online at www.beempowered.com or call our office at 281-578-3535.
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Jordan merecka was born with multiple congenital heart defects, including Dextrocardia (his heart was on the wrong side of his chest). As a child, he experienced two open chest surgeries, several surgical revisions and an implantable defibrillator. For many years after his early surgeries, Jordan was able to live an active childhood. as a teen, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father and at school, he participated in FFA (Future Farmers of America). But, in September 2010, Jordan’s heart began to fail and he was placed on a waiting list for a heart transplant. With medical treatment, he was able to attend school as he waited. At the start of 2011, the senior at Cypress Woods High School was looking forward to three major milestones in his life: his prom on May 27th, his eighteenth birthday on May 29th and his graduation on June 5th. In April 2011, his health took a turn for the worse and he was admitted to Texas Children’s Hospital with heart failure symptoms and kidney insufficiency. He critically needed a heart transplant. Over the weekend of May 21st, all of his organs began to fail acutely and he could not breath on his own because his heart was so weak. On May 22nd, Jordan received the Total Artificial Heart that saved his life. Jordan missed his prom, but thanks to a diligent heart-failure team and the availability of the artificial heart, he celebrated his birthday at Texas Children’s on May 29th - a week after his surgery. On June 5th, Jordan watched his graduation ceremony online while his 16-year-old sister walked across the stage to accept his diploma on his behalf. His class rose to their feet for a standing ovation. Jordan has been accepted at Texas A&M University Galveston and looks forward to studying marine biology. But for now, Jordan’s focus is on gaining his strength and being ready for his new heart.
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS “LAS VEGAS NIGHT”
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per child or a 5-session card can be purchased for $20. The child must be accompanied by an adult during the program. For more information, please visit www.houstonaudubon.org or contact email@example.com or 713-464-4900.
WHO: Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company and Obsidian Art Space WHAT: Museum of Dysfunction IV WHEN: Dec. 1st, 3rd & 9th (Group 1) and Dec. 2nd, 8th & 10th (Group 2) with a mixture of both groups on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. All shows at 8 PM. WHERE: Obsidian Art Space 3522 White Oak Drive, 77009 (in the Heights) COST: Pay as you can! INFORMATION: www.obsidianartspace.org or www.mildredsumbrella.com RESERVATIONS: firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-463-0409
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Blood Drive ST. CUTHBERT EPISCOPAL CHURCH BLOOD DRIVE
On Sunday, December 11th starting at 8:30 AM. St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church will be hosting a Blood Drive with a mobile unit set up in their parking lot. Registration and donor forms will be available in the Parish Hall. To donate you must be at least 17 years of age, at least 110 lbs. and in good general health. Remember, it takes about 15 minutes and one pint of blood to save three lives. St. Cuthbert is located at 17020 West Road, Houston (the northeast corner of West and Queenston). Visit us at www.stcuthbert.org.
Misc Events NATURE PROGRAMS FOR PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN
Enjoy the outdoors with your child, age 2 1/2 to 5, at Audubon nature programs (called the “Titmouse Club”) offered every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, 10:00 to 11:00 AM, through mid-May at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester Boulevard. The programs feature fun nature talks, stories, crafts, hands-on activities and walks in the woods. The cost is $5
January 3rd & 4th: no program - Winter break January 10th & 11th: Being Green January 17th & 18th: Reptiles January 24th & 25th: Nature Detectives Jan. 31st/Feb. 1st: Mice & Squirrels
It’s official, Houstonians through the Houston Fire Fighters raised a record breaking $509,961 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association making them the #1 Fill-the-Boot department in the country for the last 9 out of 10 years raising more than $6.3 million during that time. For more than 50 years fire fighters have helped MDA by filling their boots with donations from the citizens of their community. Houston Professional Fire Fighters Local #341 will begin their 2012 Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday February 11, 2012 during the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. Fire Fighters will also be out March 10th, April 14th and May 12th to collect funds for the campaign. The Fire Fighters rely on support and donations from the community for the success of the campaign. Proceeds raised during the street-side campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including MDA’s outpatient clinics at Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Neurological Institute. Money raised from Fill-the-Boot also sends young people ages 6-17 to MDA summer camp, held in Burton, Texas. For more information, please contact MDA Director of Business Development Carrie Dalton at 713-522-3679 or email@example.com.
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NORTHWEST BRANCH HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
11355 Regency Green Drive, Cypress, TX 77429, 281-890-2665, www.hcpl.net Hours oF service - Monday - 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Tuesday/Thursday - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Wednesday -12:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Friday - Closed, saturday - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - sunday - closed. Holiday closings The library will closed at 5:00 PM on Dec. 22nd and will be closed for christmas from December 23rd - 26th. closed all day Dec. 31st - Jan. 2nd for New Year’s.
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• iNsPiraTioNal Book cluB - Monday, December 5th at 2:00 PM. Enjoy reading and discussing the many wonderful works of Christian Fiction that are on the market today. Learn about the authors, the stories and discuss the ideas presented in the books. • reaDer’s PersPecTive Book cluB - Monday, December 12th at 2:00 PM. A book club where members read books and share the books that they have read with other book-lovers! • StreSS Free Computer ClaSS - Wednesdays at 12:00 PM. These computer classes are designed for adults with a specific topic every week. The classes are an excellent opportunity to learn more about computers in a relaxed environment filled with smiles and laughter. All classes are free and open to the public. • Sit & StitCh - Thursdays at 10:00 AM. Are you crafty? Come and join us for Sit & Stitch - bring knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, quilting or other projects!
• movie Night - Mondays (Dec. 5th and 12th) at 4:00 PM. See a current movie and enjoy some refreshments!
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• PrescHool sTorY TiMe for children ages 3-6 - Tuesdays at 10:30 AM. Children’s Librarian will read stories, lead everyone in song and direct the making of a craft project. • BaBY Book TiMe for children ages 0-18 months - Wednesdays at 2:00 PM. Children’s Librarian will read a simple story, lead everyone through the performance of nursery rhymes and songs and encourage interaction between caregivers and babies through the use of educational toys. • iNFaNt gymboree - non-walkers only - Wednesday, December 7th at 2:00 PM. Encourage development through play and learning with this program designed to support your child’s growth at their own individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, this class uses play-based activities to stretch the body and mind. • ToDDler sTorY TiMe for children ages 18-36 months - Thursdays at 10:30 AM. Children’s Librarian will read stories, lead everyone in song and direct the making of a craft project for this younger set.
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LONE STAR COLLEGE - CYFAIR LIBRARY
Monday through Thursday, 7 Am - 10 pm; Friday, 8 Am - 6 pm; Saturday, 8 Am - 6 pm; Sunday, 1 pm - 6 pm. December 19th-21st, Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 Am - 8:00 pm December 27th-29th, Tuesday - Thursday, 8:00 Am - 8:00 pm December 30th, Friday, 10:00 Am - 6:00 pm HoliDay HourS: December 22nd, Thursday, 8:00 aM - 5:00 PM and December 23rd-26th, Friday - Monday, Closed for Winter Holidays. December 31st-January 2nd, Saturday - Monday, closed for New year’s Holiday • FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY - The Lone Star College-CyFair Branch Library Friends Book Room is now accepting gently used books and offering them to the public for a set donation amount. The store is open six days a week and staffed by volunteers. proceeds support library programs. Help support our community library. • CYFAIR LIBRARY BRANCH BLOg pAgE at http://hcpl.net/location/cyfair-college-branch-library, for news and events about the library and college and in the community. • Visit us on Facebook at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. SpECIAL ExHIBIT 12/28/11 – 2/17/12 - Lincoln: The Constitution & The Civil War - Friday, Dec. 30th, 2 pm - 3 pm, LRNC 131 - Can the president Rest in peace? The Long, Strange History of Abraham Lincoln’s body. presenter Alex Smith, professor of History, LSC-CyFair - Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 7 pm 8 pm, LRNC 131 - Book Club: Stand the Storm by Breena Clarke. Facilitator Anthony mcmillan, Reference Librarian. See the full program schedule at www.lonestar.edu/library/lincoln.
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TEXAS WILDLIFE REHABILITATION COALITION, INC VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WILDLIFE ADVOCATES
Enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience with wildlife. Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which serves as an emergency care and rehabilitation facility for orphaned, ill, and injured native Texas wildlife. Volunteers are welcome in the areas of assisting in the daily functions of the center, assisting with public education programs, and wildlife rehabilitation. Located at 10801 Hammerly, Suite 200, the facility is open seven days a week to help wildlife in need. TWRC has a mentor program in place to assist volunteers with “hands on” training for those interested in becoming permitted rehabilitators. We invite you to join our organization in saving Texas wildlife – one animal at a time. Call the center at 713-468-8972 x158 for more information or visit us at www.twrc-houston.org.
HOUSTON AREA PROJECT LINUS
Houston Area Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that provides new, handmade blankets for children who are seriously ill or traumatized, can use the following items you might be discarding:
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STANDUP FOR KIDS
How would you feel if you saved a kid’s life? StandUp For Kids is an all volunteer organization dedicated to saving the lives of at-risk and homeless kids through volunteer outreach efforts. Our volunteers search the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives. Every day throughout the US thirteen kids die on the streets from abuse, disease and suicide. According to recent statistics Houston has up to 2,500 kids living on the streets at any given time. Texas has the highest rate of homeless youth in the U.S.
The single greatest need, for homeless and street kids is our continuous caring and real support. We must convince them that we care, we want them back and we want to help them get off the streets.
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StandUp For Kids needs supplies for our Houston program, which provides food, clothing, counseling and a safe environment for the homeless youth of Houston. If you or your organization would like to hold a food or clothing drive for StandUp For Kids please contact me at HeatherE@standupforkids.org to learn more about StandUp For Kids or how you can help visit our website at www.standupforkids.org.
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Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice, they are a vital part of the hospice team. What volunteers can do to show that they care is everything from providing caregiver relief, being the friendly visitor with the smile, holding someone’s hand, providing that extra loving care and being a good listener. Volunteering can include music or pet therapy and much much more. All those interested in volunteering, please contact Adrienne Harris at email@example.com or 281-463-3697 (VistaCare).
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The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department provides fire, rescue and EMS services to 156 square miles of Northwest Harris County for the residents of Harris County Emergency Service District #9. By operating from 12 community based volunteer fire stations we are able to quickly and efficiently respond to help our neighbors in times of emergency. For more information on the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department or on how you can join the other 350 volunteers of our Department and be one of Cy-Fairâ€™s bravest, call us at 281-656-3840 or visit us on the web at www.cyfairvfd.org.
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Adopt A US Soldier is a non-profit organization that seeks volunteers and donors to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. It connects supportive civilians with deployed soldiers and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to those serving in the United States Armed Forces. Adopt A US Soldier is sustained by its volunteer workforce located across the United States. After a supporter asked a soldier what they needed, his response was as follows: â€œNo requests, just donâ€™t want to be forgotten.â€? -LCPL O.J.T. III When registering for Adopt A US Soldier your involvement can range from writing letters and sending postcards, to mailing care packages full of items a soldier may need or want. Handwritten letters are most important and meaningful to soldiers. Adopt A US Soldier encourages civilians to adopt a soldier to show your support for those that are making sacrifices for our country. If interested, please go to www.adoptaussoldier.org to register.
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Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring and preparing young students to succeed in a global economy. In partnership with businesses and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to schools, opening student minds to their true potential. Junior Achievement programs, taught by local business professionals, community volunteers and parents, build a bridge between school learning and young peopleâ€™s future success in their work world and real lives by offering hands-on activities that further explore the topics of free enterprise, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Junior Achievement volunteers inspire young people to succeed and volunteers can see the difference they are making right away from the students excitement and understanding of the concepts. It is the only organization that makes it simple for volunteers to experience the immediate benefits of their involvement and the impact of success on the young people in the community. Junior Achievement is always recruiting new volunteers, for only with the support of schools, parents and community is it possible to bring these extraordinary programs to the students. Contact the Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas office today, 713-682-4500, to find out about opportunities near you. With trainings for the fall semester beginning as early as September, start making a difference today.
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BEAR CREEK UMC MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS)
MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY! If I have your attention, you may be looking for us. We are Mothers of Preschoolers, a group of moms with kids from birth through kindergarten. Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 9:30-11:30 AM. Located at 16000 Rippling Water Dr., Houston, TX 77084. We are a nondenominational group of women from our 20s to our 40s who realize that we have, in our presence, one of this country’s most valuable treasures... our children. So if you are looking for some grown up conversation with women who know where you are coming from, please consider coming visit us. Our children participate in their own Christian program, MOPPETS, with wonderful loving teachers. So come, relax and get the fellowship you are seeking. Send Amy an email if you have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org or give the church a call for directions 281-4632330.
MOPS SECOND BAPTIST – WEST CAMPUS
Are you a mother of a preschooler? Are you looking for a fun time of fellowship with other mommies? Then MOPS is for you! Join us for monthly meetings with great speakers, crafts, demonstrations, small group discussion and of course delicious food. Free childcare is provided and this is a great night out for working moms and stay at home moms. This the only MOPS group in Katy that meets at night! For more information, please call Faye in the nursery office at 713-465-3408, x1007.
WAKE UP TO METMOPS ON FRIDAY MORNINGS!
Do you think Spaghetti is a finger food? Do you think 4 hours is a good night sleep? Are you a mom of a newborn through kindergarten? Then METMOPS is for you!
METMOPS, Mother’s of Preschoolers, offers 2 dynamic groups that meet either the 1st and 3rd Friday mornings or the 2nd and 4th Friday mornings, from 9:15 - 11:45 AM. Childcare is provided with registration. Join us for scrumptious food, awesome door prizes, new friendships, encouragement, wonderful speakers and a creative activity that even the most craft challenged gal can do! Register now for MOPS at www.metmops.org.
MOMS - COMMIT TO PRAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN!
Moms In Touch International is looking for moms who want to pray for their children and the school they attend. Moms in Touch consists of a group of two or more moms who meet for one hour each week to pray for their children, their school and their teachers and administrators. Anyone who is willing to pray for a specific child and school is welcome. We believe that prayer makes a difference! Our children face many pressures at school and to stand in the gap for them through prayer is our highest calling. For more information or to find out when and where a group is meeting for your child’s school, visit www.MomsInTouch.org or contact Dana Grindal at 281-3740892; email email@example.com.
MOMS IN MOTION
Moms in Motion is a non-denominational organization for expectant parents and parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We offer a full range of activities, including monthly meetings, year-round kid’s activities, social functions, seasonal parties, service projects and playgroups. We meet the third Thursday of each month, at 7:30 PM, at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 7934 North Hwy. 6. For more information about Moms in Motion, go to www.mimhouston.org or contact Trisha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION
When it comes to your child’s development, getting help early is best! Texas Early Childhood Intervention, ECI, provides early intervention and therapy services for children birth to 36 months. If you have questions about how
your baby or toddler is developing-ask ECI! Programs are in every Texas County. Questions or concerns? Call ECI of MHMRA Harris County at 713970-4900 or visit www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis to find out more about ECI and to find your local program. ECI developmental screenings and evaluations are at no cost to families!
the area between 290, 249, 1960 and Beltway 8. We would like to invite you to join us and find out more at our next monthly meeting! For more information, please email us at email@example.com or log on to www. momsclub.org.
PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS
Childcare Professionals of Houston is a group of Registered Family Home Childcare Providers. CCPH meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at the Bear Creek Community Center. For more information, please call 832593-6656.
Are You a single Parent? Need an activity to share with the kids? Do you need a new group of single friends? Do you need support of friends that are in the same boat as you? Members and their children frequently enjoy camping, picnics, the Zoo, theater, dances, swimming, museums, house parties, movies and many other activities together. For more information about Parents Without Partners International, check out our website at www. parentswithoutpartners.org or Parent without Partners Greater Houston Chapter #63 at www.pwphouston.org or contact Barbara 281-469-5646.
WEST HOUSTON HOME EDUCATORS, INC.
West Houston Home Educators, Inc. is a support group of home schooling families that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at Cypress Family Fellowship Church, 17330 W. Little York, at 7:00 PM. For more information, call us at 281-500-6089, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or see our website at www.whhe.org.
MOMS CLUB OF FAR NORTHWEST HOUSTON
Ever feel like you are the only one staying at home? Would you like to meet more moms who have made the choice to stay home with their children? MOMs Club of Far Northwest Houston is a support network for stay at home moms who are ready to get out of the house and play! We offer park days, field trips, mom’s night out, playgroups and more! Newborns through preschoolers... there is fun for everyone! In general, we serve the area between Katy Hockley Road, Highway 6 and FM 529 and 290, as well as
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LUNA MOMS CLUB OF NW HOUSTON
The Luna Moms Club, powered by stroller strides, inspires healthy living while offering a unique outlet for mothers to reach out to their communities. LMC offers FREE weekly playgroups for children; monthly social nights for moms; and “Mommies with a Mission” where moms and families come together for quarterly community projects and fundraisers. Projects include everything from community clean-up days to health fares, food drives and fundraising events such as March for Babies and susan G Komen. We also get to enjoy free product samples from Luna! This is a great group for moms and children to learn, grow and play together, while making new friends! There is no age limit. For more information, please contact Ami Almquist at 713-705-3514 or email@example.com.
MOCHA MOMS, INC
Mocha Moms, Inc. is a not-for-profit support group for mothers who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families and communities. Mocha Moms serves as an advocate for those mothers and encourages the spirit of community activism within it’s membership. Visit our website NWHoustonMochaMoms.webs.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on our bi-weekly meetings and monthly Moms Night Out and community service projects, call 281-852-2795.
MUSLIM MOMMIES OF NORTHWEST HOUSTON
Muslim Mommies of Northwest Houston is a faith-based playgroup for infants through preschoolers. We meet every Thursday at 10:30 AM at the Bear Creek Mosque for toddlers/preschool storytime and crafts. Feel free to come by any Thursday to get a feel for what we do. Please email before coming. Email: email@example.com. The purpose of the playgroup is to provide an Islamic environment for mothers and children to learn, play and socialize. The playgroup plans various activities every week like story-time, nasheed time, arts and crafts time and even free play time. We are always open to more ideas and encourage members’ input. If interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, we are compiling a list of Muslim babysitters in the NW/Katy/Copperfield/ Cypress area. If you would like to be added on the list, please email us at email@example.com with ‘Muslim Mommies’ in the subject line.
PARENTING CLASSES AT WEST HOUSTON MEDICAL CENTER
West Houston Medical Center offers prenatal classes on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The following is a list of classes that are presently offered. To inquire or register, please call 281-588-8065. • Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze Class (Weeknight and Weekend classes available) • Infant Care Class • Breastfeeding Class • Infant CPR Class • Infant/Child CPR Class • Community CPR Class (Infant/Child/Adult) • Sibling Adjustment Class West Houston Medical Center also offers a FREE Mother and Child Play and Informational Support Group. • Mothers with babies birth to six months meets every Wednesday from 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM in suite 201 of the Doctor’s Center. • Mothers with babies six to twelve months meets every Wednesday from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM in suite 201 of the Doctor’s Center.
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Family Services 1:00 & 2:30 p.m. Candlelighting & Communion Services 4:00, 5:30, 7:00 & 11:00 p.m. Sanctuary (8350 Jones Rd.)
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Christmas Family Service at Jones Road 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary (8350 Jones Rd.)
The program features a weekly topic that mothers with babies are eager to learn as well as a time for questions and answers. It is a time to get to know other new mothers and for your babies to have interaction with other babies. The group is moderated by the Perinatal Coordinator who has over 20 years of experience in the field. Should you have additional questions you may call 281-588-8065. The Doctor’s Center is located at 12121 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77082.
Cy-Fair Republican Women meet every second Tuesday of the month at Carraba’s Copperfield. Social begins at 10:30 AM, speaker and meeting begin at 11:00 AM. For more information and to RSVP to meetings, visit our website at www.cfrw.net
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Cy-Fair Area Democrats always have something interesting to discuss. The club meets the first Thursday of every month, at the Bear Creek Community Center, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, with a meet & greet from 6:45 to 7:00 PM. We love to see new faces and meet new friends, so please join us at the next meeting! Go to www.cyfairdems.org for more information. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put ADD in the subject line.
METRO operates a free ride-matching service for carpools and vanpools. It is located at www.ridemetro.org/ridepro. Click on the Register button and create an account, which will allow you to enter your home address, your work address, your schedule and your contact information (don’t worry, your exact home address is hidden). You may be able to find a carpool and start enjoying the benefits of not driving to work alone.
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Tired of sitting in traffic on your daily commute? Commute Solutions can help you get some sanity back in your life! With gas prices soaring and commute times getting longer, more and more commuters in the Houston-Galveston region are turning to the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Commute Solutions Program for relief. Commute Solutions offers programs like STAR Vanpool, Flexible Work Schedules, transit information and NuRide, a free program where you can find a carpool and get rewarded for taking “greener” trips. Commute Solutions also has grants available up to $72,000 for employers who allow their employees to telework from home a few days a week. Imagine being able to take the HOV lane and get rewarded for it at the same time or being able to work from home a few days week. When you’re ready to find a Commute Solution that works for you, visit us at www. commutesolutionshouston.org or call 832-681-2589.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that about 220 million tons of old computers and other technology hardware are trashed in the U.S. every year. At the same time, 43% of US households do not have a computer at home. This huge disparity is commonly referred to as the Digital Divide. La-fundacion.net in partnership with community organizations throughout Texas, is trying to bridge the gap by placing donated computers in the hands of those who do not have access to technology. La-fundacion.net collects donated computers that once refurbished, upgraded and loaded with legal copies of Windows are provided to organizations like The Women’s Home of Houston, churches, community centers or directly to Public School Children who do not have a home computer in partnership with Public Schools such as Houston’s Hamilton Middle School.
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Recycling your old computer or other electronic equipment is a great way to help those who cannot afford access to technology, but it can also help keep the environment free from dangerous pollutants and can even mean a few extra dollars in your pocket at tax time. Next time you upgrade your computer, your cell phone, etc, consider donating your old equipment to lafundacion.net. La-fundacion.net is a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Nonprofit Foundation based in Texas and Florida whose mission is to provide Technology and Education to those being left behind by the Information Age. For more information, call 713-460-5544, write to email@example.com or visit our web page at www. la-fundacion.net.
BP Partners is a local organization that fosters friendship and support for the spouses and partners of BP employees. Monthly activities include Book Club, Coffees, Lunch Bunch, Bowling, Crafts and Day Trips. For membership information, contact Phyllis Crouch at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website at www.bppartnershouston.com.
SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
Do you have an ancestor who fought for the Union during the American Civil War? If so, the Edward Lea Camp invites you to attend one of our meetings. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month (except January & August) at The Spaghetti Warehouse in Downtown Houston (901 Commerce at Travis). The meetings begin with dinner at 7:00 PM. A business meeting immediately follows. For more information, contact Scott Shuster at 281-859-7125 or email at email@example.com or visit our website at www.txsuv.org/Lea/Index.htm
AMERICAN LEGION POST 324 ATTENTION ALL WAR TIME VETERAN’S
The American Legion wants you. Come and join our post that meets in Jersey Village Texas. We meet every second Sunday of the month. Year Dues are $30 a year. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me, Jimmy Baughman I am the commander of the post and I live in the Villages of Cypress Lakes, Lakeside. My phone Number is 281-256-6824, please leave message and I will return your call as soon as possible.
LOCAL VETERAN GROUPS MEET
If you are an honorably discharged War Time Veteran or currently serving on active duty and want to associate yourself with fellow Veterans, please consider joining one of the following groups. (Each organization has its own requirements for membership.) AMErICAN LEgIoN: The Jonathan D. rozier Post 164 of Katy Texas meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 7 PM at the Katy Elks Lodge #2628, at 1050 Katy-Ft. Bend road, Katy TX. Meetings start promptly at 7:30 PM. The American Legion is the largest war time Veteran’s organization in the nation and invites all eligible Veterans to join. Proud sponsor of the American Legion Boy’s State Program. Will Miller, Post Commander. Visit us at www.LegionPost164KatyTX.org for more information.
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VFW: The Floyd E. Breedlove Post 9182 of Katy Texas meets the first Monday of each month at the VFW Hall on george Bush Dr. in “old Town Katy.” Meetings begin with a covered dish dinner at 6:30 PM, followed by the business meetings of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary at 7:30 PM. Peyton Lumpkin, Commander. Ladies Auxiliary President, Karon Cramer.
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MILITArY orDEr oF THE PUrPLE HEArT: Tri-County Chapter 723 of the MoPH meets the third Thursday of each month at the VFW Hall on george Bush Dr. in old Town Katy. David Lemak, Commander
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Additional information is available through the Veterans Memorial Museum at: 281-391-VETS.
CAF WEST HOUSTON SQUADRON HANGAR IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (FREE)
The West Houston Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force invites you and your family, friends or group to visit our Hangar to see our WWII Aircraft and to tour our WWII Museum on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. our hangar is located at the West Houston Airport just east of Barker Cypress on groschke rd. (For detailed directions go to: www.westhoustonsqdn.org) The Commemorative Air Force is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and flying military aircraft so that younger generations can appreciate the role of military aviation through history in the defense of our country and the preservation of our liberties. The CAF welcomes new members of all ages with an interest in Aviation or WWII History.
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BEAR CREEK GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY & LIBRARY INC.
Bear Creek genealogical Society & Library Inc. welcomes ALL genealogical researchers, novice to expert, to join us. Meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month, September-May, 1:00-3:00 PM. Bear Creek Park Community
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Now Hiring! Do you love children? Small private preschool is now accepting applications. Must be dependable and energetic. Will train. Must have copy of High School Diploma or GED and copy of Social Security Card. Apply in person to 16618 Clay Road, Suite 400. 281-656-2273. Michelle’s Salon is looking for good experience hairstylist, massage therapist, nail tech and esthetician, lease or commission. 832-878-1052. The Pediatric Dentist of Katy is looking for a highly motivated Registered Dental Assistant. Our Pediatric Dental practice is located at 24022 Cinco Village Center Blvd., Suite 210 in Katy. Our office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM, with lunch from 12-1 PM. On Fridays we are open from 7:30 AM to 3 PM. Please bring by your resume in person. Dental Hygienist needed part-time, minimum 3 years experience, 2 days a week, 7 AM-4 PM, 9 AM-6 PM, days flexible, San Felipe/Voss. Fax Resume to 713-974-4760. Position available for an experienced hair stylist with a great attitude and good clientele. Benefits available. Call Images Hair Studio at 281-256-2286. Dental Assistant needed, at least 2 years of experience, must be state licensed. 281-550-0900. A growing residential construction co. locally owned & operated looking for advancement minded English speaking individual w/truck & tools. Call for more information 713-591-7825 or 713-446-6989. Dental assistant position available. F/T, nonsmoker, experienced preferred, knowledge of Dentrix software and bilingual a plus. Must be state licensed; Front desk receptionist, bilingual preferred. Fax resume to: 281-861-7174. Or call 281-861-7500. Stylist position available at Salon Picasso Studios. Lease/commission. 281861-9911.
Paralegal - Katy area law firm looking for candidate with 5+ years experience. Ideal candidate should be proficient in Word and WordPerfect, be a selfstarter, possess excellent communication skills, strong attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast paced environment. Send resume & salary requirements to 281-398-1380. Residential Electrician(s): Journeyman or helper/apprentice. Have experience, references & contact info. ready, beginners last employment info. 281-646-9928.
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HOMES/CONDOS FOR SALE
Bay House in Sargent, waterfront property with boat access to house, built in 2003. 2 BR’s, 2 car garage, vaulted ceilings, central AC/heat, storage shed attached to house, carport, enclosed stairway, water & sewer system. Call Bill at 979-429-6853.
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