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COLES CONNECTION Girl Scout Registration Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:30 - 8:00 pm Goodson Middle School Cafeteria 17333 Huffmeister


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COLES CONNECTION Hockley Community Center Events BEGINNING SCRAPBOOKING CLASSES will continue on Wednesdays in September at the Hockley Community Center, 28515 Old Washington Road, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. It is not too late to join instructor Eunice Carroll and learn the tricks and tips to making a great scrapbook. Call 936-931-5030 for more information. JOIN THE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP on the first Thursday of each month at the Hockley Community Center, 28515 Old Washington Road, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. If you love to read, the group welcomes newcomers. In September, the book for discussion will be ‘A Weekend in September’ by John Edward. Call 936-931-5030 for more information. HOCKLEY COMMUNITY CENTER, 28515 Old Washington Road, is now taking reservations for a Senior Citizen Bus Trip on September 4, 2012, featuring one of the popular ‘Discover Precinct 3 On the Road Tours’. There will be an expert guide on board giving a narrative tour of scenic locations in Harris County’s Precinct Three. Bus departure time will be 8:00 a.m.

Call 936-931-5030 for more information. ‘BRAIN GROWTH AND REPAIR AT ANY AGE’, a new and exciting workshop taught by Louise Stiedle Hayes, Ph.D., is coming to the Hockley Community Center, 28515 Old Washington Road, on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learn how to take advantage of the brain’s ability to grow new cells every day, how to reorganize the brain for more efficient function and how to gain focus and the ability to stay on task at any age. Call 936-931-5030 for more information and to register for this free workshop. SIGN-UP IS NOW OPEN for the Hockley Community Center’s Senior Citizen Bus Trip to the Bay Area of Houston on September 11, 2012. A step-on-guide will come on board the bus to explain about the history and culture of the area during the ‘Arrows to Astronauts Explore and Discover Tour’, which will include a stop at the Seafood Market to purchase fresh seafood, and lunch at the Outrigger Grill seafood restaurant. Please call 936-931-5030 for further details.

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Boots ‘n Whoops

NWHC Aggie Moms Event Vendor Call !! Vendor space for our October event is booking now. For booth information contact: Pat Groves @ NWHC AGGIE MOMS will hold their 4TH Annual Boots and Whoops scholarship fundraiser on Sunday October 14 at Red River Dance Hall on 249 from 1:00-5:00, featuring live country western entertainment, barbecue, dancing, arts and craft show, and car show. Aggie or not, you’ll want to join the fun. Tickets available through our web site now. The Northwest Harris County Aggie Moms Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, at the Houston Distributing Company, 7100 High Life Drive and Cutten Road. Aggie Moms won’t ask you to wear a funny hat, learn a secret hand shake or give a speech. We simply help you help your student reach their potential. Join us for food, door prizes and speakers. Our next meeting is September 11, 2012.

Drill Team Dance Clinic

All Girls in Grades K-12 are Invited to the Ranch for a Dance Clinic Hosted by the Classics Drill Team SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012, FROM 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.AT CYPRESS RANCH HIGH SCHOOL (Performance for Parents 12:30 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.) • $35.00 to Pre-Register (Please make checks payable to CRCPC.) • $45.00 to Register at the Door (IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE) • Price includes a Classics Clinic t-shirt, picture with a Classic, • 2 slices of pizza and a snack! • And please remember to bring extra money for SPIRIT ITEMS! Dancers will be given their clinic t-shirt and should wear comfortable shorts and tennis/dance shoes. You may also bring additional western items such as a bandana or hat for your picture! Please pull hair back. No jewelry or gum allowed. PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 E-mail to request a pre-registration form Complete the form and mail to: Renee Ortiz, 17631 Riata Springs Lane, Cypress, TX 77433 Attn: Classics Drill Team


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Kiwanis wants YOU! The Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club is actively seeking new members who are interested in giving service to improve our community and our world. Visit the Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club and learn about the projects in which its members participate to enrich and improve life for citizens in our community. We sponsor the Key Clubs in the Cy-Fair, Jersey Village, and Katy communities and work with them in service to the Cy-Fair area. Internationally, both Kiwanis and Key Club are participating in the ELIMINATE PROJECT aimed at the eradication of maternal/neonatal tetanus. Businesses of the community are encouraged to support a representative for membership in Kiwanis. If you work for a business that is oriented toward involvement in community improvement and leadership, suggest to them that you would like to represent that business through membership and involvement in work with Kiwanis. We welcome business and organization representatives as well as individual memberships. The Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club meets at Hearthstone Country Club

on the first, second, and third Tuesday of each month at 12:15 for lunch and informative programs. For more information, call John Carroll at 281-463-0373, George Crowl at 832-467-1998 or Peggy Presnell at 281-304-7127. We invite you to be our guest at one of the meetings and enjoy the fellowship of Kiwanians from your community as you learn about our organization. CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE is the motto of Kiwanis Clubs worldwide. The Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club sponsors nine Key Clubs and two Builders’ Club in the Cy-Fair School District. If you would like to work with teens and preteens, join us and work with the outstanding youth in these organizations. We sponsor the Kids Triathlon; Girl Scout, Boy Scout, and Sea Scout troops and activities; award scholarships to outstanding Key Club members in our district; provide assistance to Cypress Assistance Ministries and Bear Creek Ministries; the Houston Food Bank; and many other nonprofit organizations. We welcome your visit at our Club meeting and your consideration of membership in our service organization. Join Now.

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Are Your Business and Home Ready for Hurricane Season? Find out with Anthony Yanez at the Sept. 27 CYFEN meeting

What precautions should you take to protect your home and business during hurricane season? Find out with KPRC’s Anthony Yanez in his presentation titled “Hurricane Preparedness-Business and Home” at the Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) luncheon Sept. 27. Yanez has done it all in the news business - photography, editing, reporting, anchoring and sports - but he found his true passion in weather. And this meteorologist, who has covered severe weather since his first day July 15, 2003 at KPRC with Hurricane Claudette, said there is never a dull forecast in Houston as he deals with oppressive heat, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. All are welcome to attend the monthly meetings of CYFEN, which are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with the program beginning promptly at 11:30 a.m.) the fourth Thursday of the month at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd. Bring business cards for networking. The meeting cost is $25 with advanced reservations made by the Friday prior to the meeting and $30 at the door. For information on CYFEN, which is part of the American Business Women’s Association, go to


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Mark your calendars to join your Tri Delta sisters for our annual “Salad Social” to kick off the year on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 pm. Our group meets on the second Tuesday of every month September - April. We have a diverse group of women of all ages from a variety of colleges. For more information, please contact Karen at

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September is Cholesterol Awareness Month. This is conveniently scheduled before a season known for overeating. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, and the New Year all fall after September. Each of these events include numerous hours spent planning and preparing foods such as candy, pies, cookies, stuffing, and mashed potatoes with gravy. Not only do the fall months bring holiday foods, the changing of the seasons to the cooler fall months make it easier to pack on pounds that can be conveniently hidden under bulky winter clothing. Start by knowing your numbers, so you can be informed and prepared. People with numbers in the unfavorable range should try to do as much as possible to lower their total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides and to raise their HDL. • For adults, 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily and for those aged 6-17, at least one hour of physical activity each day. • Maintain a healthy weight - Moderately active females need about 2,000 calories a day and moderately active males need about 2,400 to maintain a healthy weight. If you are trying to lose weight, decrease this number by roughly 500 calories per day. • Don't smoke. • Eat foods high in fiber and nutrients and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. So what can you eat? Changing your diet to lower your cholesterol isn’t hard; incorporating a few new, relatively painless habits into your routine can make a big difference. As long as your numbers aren’t in the unfavorable range, you don’t necessarily have to swear off cheeseburgers and French fries forever, but they shouldn’t be part of your regular diet. Here are some quick and easy cooking tips that will help you lower the cholesterol in your food: • Use lean cuts of meat with little visible fat. For beef, use the round, chuck, sirloin, or loin; for pork, use the tenderloin or loin chop; for


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COLES CONNECTION Kids’ Bike Ride for Leukemia Please join Team in Training for a ride in the fight against blood cancers on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Mandolin Gardens Park (Mandolin Village Subdivision – 10000 block Summit Bridge Ln. near Cypresswood and Highway 249). An estimated 245,225 people in the U.S. are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia. Kids ages 2-13 will ride their bikes at Mandolin Gardens Park to join the fight for a cure. Other activities include a moonwalk, face painting, balloon animals, snow cones, popcorn, and more! There will also be a Silent Auction for parents to browse & bid on items such as sports memorabilia, art, gift certificates to movies, restaurants, etc. All proceeds from the event & silent auction benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So, bring your bikes & helmets & come ride with us! (Must have a helmet to ride. Parents are welcome to walk/ ride along.) For more information, visit or call 281-704-2143. Pre-registration is $12 per child & ends 9/2/12. After 9/2/12, price increases & t-shirts/goody bags are not guaranteed.



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Alzheimer's Assocation Walk to End Alzheimer's® Engages And Inspires Northwest Houston

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Northwest Houston residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Vintage Park, 114 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston, TX 77070 will be the site of Walk on September 22 at 7:30 a.m. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for about 1000 participants in Northwest Houston who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. Each walker will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. In addition to the 5K/3.1 miles, participants will enjoy a fun welcoming ceremony and warm up accompanied by a DJ and a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. Start or join a team today at There has never been a greater need for citizens in the Northwest

Houston area to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” said Kiri Cook Soprano, an Alzheimer’s Association Outreach Coordinator. “Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 340,000 residents of Texas living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically needed research.” ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S: The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION: The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.


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Heart to Heart Hospice is looking for awesome, loving, and caring volunteers to help with several programs. PATIENT CARE VOLUNTEERS Have you ever felt like your calling or passion in life is to work with terminally ill patients? If so we have a volunteer opportunity working with patients and their families approaching the end of life. With just a couple of hours a week, you can really make a difference in the life of our terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Many enjoy to sit outside in the fresh air or in their room and share stories about their life. Others are more hands on and enjoy reading, puzzles, watch football/basketball games or play other games, like Bingo and Dominos. ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEER The administrative volunteer serves as an integral member of the Hospice interdisciplinary team in our office in the Greenspoint

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Annual eye exams should include screenings for glaucoma, even for younger adults, because early detection can prevent long-term damage to sight, said ophthalmologists at Baylor College of Medicine. The biggest problem with glaucoma is that it's a silent disease, a sneak thief of sight," said Dr. Silvia Orengo-Nania, professor of ophthalmology in the Baylor Eye Clinic at BCM. "You could have visual damage occurring over time and not know it. Once damage occurs, it is irreversible and you will not be able to get any vision back that you have lost. This is why screening early is critical." Glaucoma usually occurs when increased pressure in the eye slowly destroys the optic nerve, damaging your ability to see, Orengo-Nania said. Approximately 2 million people in the United States are visually impaired by glaucoma. It is one of the leading causes of blindness. Treatment can help slow down, but not reverse impaired vision, Orengo-Nania said SUMMER IDEAL TIME FOR ANNUAL SCHOOL PHYSICALS The perfect time to schedule school-required physicals is during the summer. A pre-participation physical exam (PPE) should be performed at least six weeks before preseason practice in order to avoid overbooked doctor¹s offices, but more importantly to allow time to correct or rehabilitate any detected problems. "If procrastination is due to fear that a health problem will keep them off the team, that fear is usually

unwarranted," said Dr. Julie Jones of Baylor College of Medicine. Research shows less than 2 percent of athletes are denied clearance to play sports due to the PPE. The exam serves various purposes: to determine the athlete¹s general health, to detect conditions that might predispose the student to injury or illness during competition, to detect conditions that might be life-threatening or limiting an athlete¹s safe participation, and to meet legal and insurance requirements of the state or school. MODERATION KEY TO ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION Though drinking small amounts of alcohol can have potential health benefits, Baylor College of Medicine doctors say drinking too much can do more harm than good. "The key to this contradiction is moderation," said Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine at BCM. "While many people can drink more than one drink without becoming impaired, drinking higher amounts of alcohol increases the chance of suffering from various health problems." High levels of alcohol consumption contribute to health problems such as weight gain, heart problems, high blood pressure, dehydration, digestive problems including diarrhea and malabsorption, and even cancer. "While liver cancer is not directly related to drinking, some gastrointestinal cancers, like esophageal cancer, are," Steinbauer said. Moderation is the key when it comes to drinking, and you should discuss your alcohol intake with your doctor to determine whether your level is healthy or harmful.

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