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Home, Health & Kids

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Getting connected OurBlok is all about connecting the community in a variety of ways. We want you to be able to easily find the information you need to make your life more enjoyable. Whether it’s locating school information, your local church service schedule or great deals from local businesses, you’ll find it in the myriad sources that comprise OurBlok – internet website (www., weekly e-mail blast (sign up on the web site), VIP text program (text CyFair to 832-266-1958), customer loyalty rewards program (request a card and activate on the web site), smart phone app, magazine (available at local merchants listed below or digitally on the website), community events and more. We endeavor to connect you with the community at every ry turn by offering you more resources, tools and cutting edge media communication techniques than anyone in Cy-Fair but it’s up to you to truly get connected! We continuously offer you great information from community experts in their fields who strive to give you the benefit of their knowledge to improve your lives. But what really makes a community and the individuals in it grow and prosper? The community is a better place when the people who live, work, play, shop, worship and go to school in Cy-Fair become involved. You can become involved in a variety of ways. Whether it’s as simple as stopping in to visit with the folks running a local event on a Saturday, helping collect backpacks and school supplies for the YMCA’s annual Operation Backpack or volunteering to serve at your local church, school or non-profit, you can make a difference! As you traverse the area in the course of your daily life, observe what’s going on around you and consider how you might contribute in some way to make Cy-Fair a better place to live. If you really want to get connected, then get involved! You’ll meet the nicest people and we know you’ll find something rewarding and gratifying to you and beneficial to us all!

Kroger Food Stores – 7 Cy-Fair locations at the Customer Service counter 17455 Spring-Cypress Rd. 18030 FM 529 at Barker-Cypress 12400 FM 1960 W 13135 Louetta Rd. 12222 Jones Rd. at Cypress-N. Houston 9330 Jones Rd. 8550 Hwy 6 N. at West Rd. Walgreen’s – 9 Cy-Fair locations 16211 Spring-Cypress Rd. 14127 Cypress-Rosehill Rd. 8206 Hwy 6 N. 8207 Barker-Cypress Rd. 17150 FM 529

11803 Barker-Cypress Rd. 12025 Huffmeister Rd. 12407 Grant Rd. 12455 FM 1960 W.

Kelsey Seybold (Cypress location) – 13114 FM 1960 Rd.West YMCA Langham Creek – 16725 Longenbaugh Rd. Texas Emergency Care – 17255 Spring-Cypress Rd. Cypress Preventive Imaging – North Cypress Medical Center - Prof. Bldg. 2 – Suite 475 Forever Fit and Wellness – North Cypress Medical Center - Prof. Bldg. 2 – Suite 335 Bridgeland Welcome Center – 16919 N. Bridgeland Lake Pkwy BlackHorse Animal Hospital – 13203 Fry Rd. - Suite 1200 Body & Brain Holistic Yoga – 13203 Fry Rd. – Suite 850 Pearle Vision – 2 Cy-Fair locations – 25905 Hwy 290 & 12713 FM 1960 W. Houston Yoga & Ayurvedic Wellness – 13603 Kluge Rd. K2 Academy of Kid’s Sports – 12603 Louetta Rd. - #114 All-Star Martial Arts – 14405 Telge Rd. Premier Pilates – 25282 NW Frwy - #170 Spring-Cypress Dental – 17330 Spring-Cypress Rd. H.O.P.E. Psychotherapy of Houston – 17510 Huffmeister Rd. – Suite 103 Smart Drinks – 12343 Barker-Cypress Rd. Darlene Plumly, CPA – 11119 McCracken Circle – Suite E Vic Vicknair State Farm Insurance – 7014 Fry Rd. - #107 Tangles Retreat – 12712 Grant Rd. La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant – 12503 Telge Rd. Red Fish Seafood Grille – 26036 Hwy 290 Copperfield Car Wash – 7310 Hwy 6 N. Kids R Kids – Copperfield – 15230 Forest Trails Dr. Kids R Kids – Coles Crossing – 14050 Telge Rd. Kwik Kar Lube – 12380 Barker-Cypress Rd. Winestyles – 12361 Barker-Cypress Rd. Rancourt Collision and Automotive – 25440 Hwy 290 Kolache Factory – 25823 Hwy 290 & 8622 Hwy 6 N. Homerun Pizza – 17111 West Rd. at Queenston Brothers Pizza – 25282 NW Frwy (Hwy 290), #120 The Bake Shoppe – 12724 Grant Rd. Southern Maid Donuts – 14315 Cypress-Rosehill Rd #115 Mamacita’s – 15335 North Freeway My Simply Chic – 16518 House & Hahl Rd., Suite D HUB Hyundai – 19300 Northwest Freeway Timeless Consignment – 16518 House & Hahl Road Tuscan Sun – 8608 Highway 6 N.

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this issue FEATURES

Timeless Treasures

Lost Pets


Found on Facebook

When is it time to let go?


Cancer and Heart Attack Know your risks


Facebook to the Rescue Owners reunited with lost pets


Azores A nature’s playground


Why Buy New? From house to home


Drought Tips The do’s and don’ts


Helping Kids Succeed YMCA: Operation Backpack


Your Child’s Safety New Crib Standards

Why Buy New? From House to Home




Friday Night Lights Schedule for 2012-2013


Weekly Menu Keep yourself entertained everyday


Event Photos Glimpses into Cy-Fair life


PSPs Local in-home services

Rants and Raves Technology’s rapid pace

Text Deals


Deals and VIP clubs

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YMCA Operation Backpack 5

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When is it time to let go? by Aleesa Hardage I hear heartbreaking stories of loss near every day of the week. Tears and red, bloodshot eyes are as common as laughter some days. Fortunately, most of the tales we hear are peppered with joyful sentiments as well. These are memories we are allowed to smile and share in for a moment but they all end the same. Confusion about what to do next. Guilt about not being able to save every little item and what to do with so many things that no longer have a home. It’s a real hardship on so many sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, grandchildren and everyone in between. They come into our store with heads hung in shame as if they’ve done something wrong by letting go of that buffet that Grandma loved so much. Are they going to be banned from the ‘Ever Aver’ should they sell Dad’s favorite golf clubs?

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After all, he LOVED them! He spent hours playing and perfecting the game and relatives told funny stories about him tossing one up into the tree tops in frustration! We have to learn to recognize that we will not be able to make space for all of the things our loved ones left behind. Certainly it is understandable that family members find items they can enjoy and that can be purposeful in their own homes. Recognize when they are not purposeful and let them go! Appreciate your own limitations and remember your loved one in the best possible way ... with the memories you have that are invaluable and conveniently exist in your mind. (Funny how memories are vast and take up no room!) Things are just things and nothing you keep close will bring back the person. On some sort of spiritual level, it is also important

to respect one very obvious fact. If the ‘things’ in our lives were all that important, we would be able to take them with us when we go. So, how do we honor those who have passed before us and live with (or without) what they’ve left behind? We find new homes for things not needed and apply tax credits and monies gained toward our family lives in the here and now. And, it is possible to navigate through everything without losing your mind! Here are some tips to avoid becoming overwhelmed. It can be enormously helpful to your grieving process as well: 1. Form a basic, tenative plan of action and share your ideas with other family members who are willing to help. Listen to alternative ideas and state your goals as well as your limitations. 2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Call your local estate sale company, consignment store, and donation center. Know where the clearing houses are for various items. 3. Research nearby storage facilities and ask the important questions. What are the available storage unit sizes and their cor responding monthly fees? Do they have minimum time requirements? Are they climate controlled if necessary? Do they have units available next to each other should you require more than one? Finally, what are the discounts or offers available to save you a little money? 4. Get the proper supplies. Pick up boxes, packing tape, storage bins, large and small labels and an array of markers. As with most anything, organization is key. 5. Plan your time and don’t try to accomplish everything in one trip. You will get distracted by things and family photos. Recognize this is all an important and good thing! 6. If there is a home to sell, contact a real estate agent who specializes in your area.

Often they will tell you to begin your cleaning out process but make sure there is a point in which photos can be taken or the home can be staged for successful showings. Empty houses take much longer to sell! Finally, work toward your accomplishment. It’s a big job to clean house, both physically and emotionally. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and be proud of the end result. Your loved one would most definitely be proud of you as well! Brook and Aleesa Hardage own Timeless Antiques and Consignments in Cypress, TX. They specialize in antiques and quality, pre-loved furniture and accessories. Timeless services include estate sales, home-staging, and general appraisals to name a few. They are long-time Cypress residents and operate the only antiques store in the Northern Cy-Fair area. Timeless Antiques & Consignments is located at 16518 House & Hahl Rd, Cypress, TX 77433. They can be reached at 713-409-7944 and are open Tues - Sat from 10am to 6pm.

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS District 17-5A Varsity Football Schedule 2012 - 2013



Tomball Away Fri. Sept. 7

Cy-Fair Away-KP 7:00 Thurs. Sept. 13

Cy-Ranch Home-KP 6:00 Sat. Sept. 22

Cy-Falls Away-KP 7:00 Fri. Sept. 28

Cy-Creek (HC) Home-KP 7:00 Fri. Oct. 5

Cy-Springs Away-BC 7:00 Thurs. Oct. 11

Langham Creek Away-BC 7:00 Sat. Oct. 20

Cy-Ridge Home-KP 1:00 Sat. Oct. 27

Cy-Lakes Away-BC 7:00 Fri. Nov. 2

Cy-Woods Home-KP 1:00 Sat. Nov. 10



Klein Oak Home-KP 7:00 Fri. Sept. 7

Cy-Ranch Away-BC 7:00 Thurs. Sept. 13

Cy-Falls Home-BC 6:00 Sat. Sept. 22

Cy-Springs Away-BC 6:00 Sat. Sept. 29

Jersey Village Away-KP 7:00 Fri. Oct. 5

Langham Creek Away - BC 6:00 Sat. Oct. 13

Cy-Ridge (HC) Home-KP 7:00 Fri. Oct. 19

Cy-Lakes Home-KP 7:00 Sat. Oct. 27

Cy-Woods Away-KP 7:00 Fri. Nov. 2

Cy-Fair Home-KP 7:00 Fri. Nov. 9


Klein Oak Away 7:00 Fri. Aug. 31


Cy-Woods Away-KP 7:00 Fri. Sept. 14

Cy-Fair (HC) Home-KP 7:00 Fri. Sept. 21

Cy-Ranch Away-BC 7:00 Fri. Sept. 28

Cy-Falls Home-BC 7:00 Thurs. Oct. 4

Cy-Creek Home-BC 6:00 Sat. Oct. 13

Jersey Village Home-BC 7:00 Sat. Oct. 20

Cy-Springs Away-BC 7:00 Thurs. Oct. 25

Cy-Ridge Away-KP 1:00 Sat. Nov. 3

Cy-Lakes Home-BC 7:00 Sat. Nov. 10


Oak Ridge Home-BC 7:00 Fri. Aug. 31


Cy-Springs Home-BC 6:00 Sat. Sept. 15

Cy-Creek Away-BC 6:00 Sat. Sept. 22

Cy-Ridge Away-KP 7:00 Fri. Oct. 12

Cy-Lakes Away-BC 7:00 Thurs. Oct. 18

Cy-Woods Home-KP 7:00 Fri. Oct. 26

Cy-Fair Away-BC 1:00 Sat. Nov. 3

Cy-Ranch Home-BC 7:00 Fri. Nov. 9


Mayde Creek Away


Cy-Falls Away-BC 6:00 Sat. Sept. 15

Cy-Lakes Away-BC 7:00 Fri. Sept. 21

Cy-Creek Home-BC 6:00 Sat. Sept. 29

Cy-Woods Jersey (HC) Village Home-BC Home-BC 7:00 Fri. 7:00 Thurs. Oct. 5 Oct. 11

Cy-Fair Away-BC 7:00 Fri. Oct. 19

Langham Creek Home-BC 7:00 Thurs. Oct. 25

Cy-Ranch Away-BC 7:00 Sat. Nov. 3

Cy-Ridge Home-BC 1:00 Sat. Nov. 10



Cinco Ranch Home-BC 7:00 Fri. Sept. 7

Cy-Lakes Away-BC 7:00 Fri. Sept. 14

Cy-Woods Home-BC 7:00 Thurs. Sept. 20

Cy-Fair Away-KP 7:00 Thurs. Sept. 27

Cy-Ranch Home-KP 6:00 Sat. Oct. 6

Cy-Falls (HC) Home-KP 6:00 Fri. Oct. 12

Cy-Creek Away-KP 7:00 Fri. Oct. 19

Jersey Village Away-KP 1:00 Sat. Oct. 27

Langham Creek Home-KP 1:00 Sat. Nov. 3

Cy-Spring Away-BC 1:00 Sat. Nov. 10


Klein Collins Away


Langham Creek (HC) Home-KP 7:00 Fri. Sept. 14

Cy-Ridge Away-BC 7:00 Thurs. Sept. 20

Cy-Lakes Home-KP 6:00 Sat. Sept. 29

Cy-Springs Away-BC 7:00 Fri. Oct. 5

Cy-Fair Away-KP 6:00 Sat. Oct. 13

Cy-Ranch Home-KP 6:00 Sat. Oct. 20

Cy-Falls Away-KP 7:00 Fri. Oct. 26

Cy-Creek Home-KP 7:00 Fri. Nov. 2

Jersey Village Away-KP 1:00 Sat. Nov. 10

Cinco Ranch Away


Cy-Creek Home-BC 7:00 Thurs. Sept. 13

Jersey Village Away-KP 6:00 Sat. Sept. 22

Langham Creek (HC) Home-BC 7:00 Fri. Sept. 28

Cy-Ridge Away-KP 6:00 Sat. Oct. 6

Cy-Lakes Home-BC 7:00 Fri. Oct. 12

Cy-Woods Away-KP 6:00 Sat. Oct. 20

Cy-Fair Home-BC 7:00 Fri. Oct. 26

Cy-Springs Home-BC 7:00 Sat. Nov. 3

Cy-Falls Away-BC 7:00 Fri. Nov. 9


Mayde Creek Away Sat. Sept. 8

Cy-Ridge (HC) Home-BC 7:00 Fri. Sept. 14

Cy-Springs Home-BC 7:00 Fri. Sept. 21

Cy-Woods Away-KP 6:00 Sat. Sept. 29

Cy-Fair Home-BC 6:00 Sat. Oct. 6

Cy-Ranch Away-BC 7:00 Fri. Oct. 12

Cy-Falls Home-BC 7:00 Thurs. Oct. 18

Cy-Creek Away-KP 7:00 Sat. Oct. 27

Jersey Village Home-BC 7:00 Fri. Nov. 2

Langham Creek Away-BC 7:00 Sat. Nov. 10




Katy Taylor Away

Jersey Village Home-KP 7:00 Thurs. Sept. 13


WK 0 WK 1 WK 2 WK 3 WK 4 WK 5 WK 6 WK 7 WK 8 WK 9 WK 10 Langham Creek Away-KP 7:00 Fri. Sept. 21

Cy-Ridge Home-KP 7:00 Thurs. Sept. 27

Cy-Lakes Home-KP 6:00 Sat. Oct. 6

Cy-Woods Home-KP 6:00 Sat. Oct. 13

Cy-Springs (HC) Home-BC 7:00 Fri. Oct. 19

Cy-Ranch Away-BC 7:00 Fri. Oct. 26

Cy-Falls Home-BC 1:00 Sat. Nov. 3

Cy-Creek Away-KP 7:00 Fri. Nov. 9

Jersey Langham Village (HC) Creek Home-KP Away-BC 7:00 Fri. 7:00 Thurs. Sept. 28 Oct. 4

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Cypress Facebook Group Reunites Owners With Lost Pets Over 80,000 pets die annually in Houston area animal shelters, with Harris County animal control (known as HCPHES) having euthanized 82% of impounded animals in 2011. Often shelter animals are only held the required 72 hours before euthanasia due to space, and lost pet owners may not know to check all the various shelters in the Houston area. In addition to the sad reality of pets dying due to overcrowded shelters, taxpayers often carry the financial cost through tax dol-lars to house, care for, and euthanize an animal. A few Cypress residents created a Cypress Lost Pets Facebook Group to help reunite lost pets with their owners and prevent pets from entering shelters. The Group offers resources for Cypress residents searching for a lost pet, having found a pet, or just wanting to work as a community to make a difference. The Group pages, www. and groups/409452015744417, contain photos of lost and found pets, tips for finding a lost pet or an owner of a found pet, tips and sample adoption forms for re-homing a stray pet, and advice for new pet owners to help keep pets from ending up in shelters. The following is a snapshot of some tips the Group offers: How to Locate an Owner of a Found Pet It can take several weeks to find an owner, and you should search widely across the Houston area. A lost pet can travel far quickly, or be found on one side of town by people traveling to another area and then escape again in a different part of town. Post visible signs in a 5 mile radius where permitted, but remove them within a reasonable period or if an owner is found. Post a found pet flyer on facebook and at vet offices, groom-ers, pet stores, and boarding kennels.

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How to Find a Good Home for a Stray Pet If you fail to locate an owner, contact a no-kill rescue to assist with rehoming. A rescue typically can help if you (or someone you know) can foster, or if you can make a donation to cover costs of vetting or boarding. Remember that rescue groups are staffed with unpaid volun-teers who foster many pets themselves, use their own

money and spare time to help pets, and receive hundreds of weekly requests to help pets in need. Please be patient and partner with them to help the pet. You can also find a home for the pet on your own. Ask friends and neighbors to help with costs of vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip, and heartworm treatment (if dog is heartworm positive). Ask rescues to courtesy list the pet on Take good pictures from various angles, and take a video to show a personality. Network the pet to friends and family. Post photo flyers at vet offices, boarding facilities, and other pet-friendly businesses. Facebook is an effective tool to finding an adopter, and it is essential to marketing a pet with good photos. Texas has some of the highest euthanasia rates of shelter animals nationwide. Many pets end up in shelters due to people not understanding the commitment, work, and cost of pet ownership. Animals do not have a voice, so it’s important to be responsible if you find a possible adopter. Use an adoption application, require a vet reference and a home check, and charge an adoption fee. An application helps understand pet ownership history, whether pet is a good match for them, whether they know how to have both pets and children together, and tolerance levels for pet behaviors. These safeguards also screen for people who may not understand the commitment of pet ownership, cannot

afford the pet, have a history of giving up pets, want guard dogs or outside only pets, and hoarders, flippers (sell the pet later for a higher price), dog fighters, and bunchers (sell to medical research labs). Check on pet after first day and at 30 days, 6 months, and annually thereafter. cypresspets groups/409452015744417

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Cy-Fair Weekl MONDAY


LA HACIENDA 12503 Telge Rd. 281-373-0300 Free Small Queso! Mon.-Thurs.

DON JULIO’S Mexican Restaurant 25250 Hwy 290 281-758-4000 Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. $3.50 house ‘Ritas

KILBURN’S TAVERN 11808 Barker-Cypress 281-256-8755 Bucket Specials Happy Hour 7 p.m. til close

WINESTYLES 12361 Barker Cypress Rd 281-758-3560 Wine Tastings Tuesday Evenings

CANDALARI’S 25680 Hwy 290 281-373-0039 Kids eat free with adult entrée or pizza, dine-in only

CANDALARI’S 25680 Hwy 290 281-373-0039 Kids eat free w/adult entrée or pizza, dine-in only

LA FINCA 7014 Fry Rd. 281-345-1122 Kids Eat Free Mon, Tue, Wed

MEZZANOTTE RISTORANTE 13215 Grant Rd. 832-717-7870 Daily Specials

ROMERO’S LAS BRAZAS 15703 Logenbaugh Dr. 281-758-2426 Kids Eat Free Mon, Tue CORK CAFÉ WINE & COFFEE 25712 Hwy 290 281-758-1682 Flight Night! $5 off wine sampler flights TAPAS CAPRICCIO 10865 Jones Rd. 281-807-9442 $5. Tapas. $5. Wine by the glass specials Mon. Tues. Wed. 5 PM ‘til close D’VINE WINE BAR 21208 Northwest Freeway 281-213-4565 Free Pizza w/ 1 bottle of wine purchased

ROMERO’S LAS BRAZAS 15703 Longenbaugh Dr. 281-463-4661 11734 Barker-Cypress 281-758-2426 Kids Eat FREE ALL DAY BROTHERS PIZZA 25282 NW Frwy, #120 281-256-0737 Free 2 liter drink & garlic bread with Extra Large Pizza pick-up only HUSKY’S BURGERS 16010 West Rd. 281-858-1750 Student Special – Free fries w/ any drink Every day Mon thru Sun Dine in only Show ID MAMACITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 19831 Northwest Frwy 281-469-3663 Happy Hour Mon-Sat 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY KILBURN’S TAVERN 11808 Barker Cypress 281-256-8755 Big Beer Night Fish & Chips 20% off

REDFISH SEAFOOD GRILL 26036 Hwy 290 281-758-3277 10% off lunch or dinner w/ OurBlok (no combined offers)

ROMERO’S LAS BRAZAS 11734 Barker-Cypress 281-758-2426 Open for Breakfast everyday


CANDALARI’S 25680 Hwy 290 281-373-0039 Kids eat free w/adult entrée or pizza, dine-in only CORK CAFÉ WINE & COFFEE 25712 Hwy 290 281-758-1682 Wine tasting 30% off sparkling wine TAPAS CAPRICCIO 10865 Jones Rd. 281-807-9442 $5. Tapas. $5. Wine by the glass specials Mon. Tues. Wed. 5 PM ‘til close D’VINE WINE BAR 21208 Northwest Frwy 281-213-4656 Ladies Night (20% off Bottles) ALL NIGHT LONG LIVE MUSIC at 8 p.m. DINE-O-BITE BURGERS, FRIES & PIES 9522 Huffmeister Road #500 Houston, TX 77095 832-427-5153 Now open for Breakfast Fresh Hot Pies Daily Specials $2 Menu “Fantastic Burgers”

CORK CAFÉ WINE & COFFEE 25712 Hwy 290 281-758-1682 Live Music & Teacher Happy Hour 1/2 price flight samplers MERCHE’ RESTAURANT 21208 Hwy 290 281-949-5999 Happy Hour Spec 4-7 p.m. M-F KILBURN’S TAVERN 11808 Barker-Cypress 281-256-8755 Ladies Night TAPAS CAPRICCIO 10865 Jones Rd. 281-807-9442 Live Music Happy Hour 5 p.m. ‘til close HUSKY’S BURGERS 16010 West Rd. 281-858-1750 Student Special – Free fries w/ any drink Every day Mon thru Sun Dine in only - Show ID DJ’S UPPER DECK 21208 Hwy 290 281-758-4000 “Karaoke Night” 8:30 to Close MAMACITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 19831 Northwest Frwy 281-469-3663 Happy Hour Mon-Sat 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.


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KILBURN’S TAVERN 11808 Barker Cypress 281-256-8755 Live music Friday Night

THE BAKE SHOPPE 12724 Grant Rd. 281-320-2253 Soul”Full” Breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

MERCHE’ RESTAURANT 21208 Hwy 290 281-949-5999 Brunch 10 am. – 3 pm. Bottomless Mimosas

TEXAS TAVERN 12800 Cypress N. Houston 281-897-0828 LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC

DON JULIO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 25250 Hwy 290, 281-758-4000 $10 Bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas

ALICIA’S 26326 Hwy 290 281-304-1833 Happy Hour 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. MEZZANOTTE RISTORANTE 13215 Grant Rd. at Louetta 832-717-7870 Live Music TAPAS CAPRICCIO 10865 Jones Rd. 281-807-9442 LIVE MUSIC 7:30PM ‘til close HUSKY’S BURGERS 16010 West Rd. 281-858-1750 Student Special – Free fries w/ any drink Every day Mon thru Sun Dine in only Show ID MAMACITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 19831 Northwest Frwy 281-469-3663 Happy Hour Mon-Sat 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. DINE-O-BITE BURGERS, FRIES & PIES 9522 Huffmeister Road #500 Houston, TX 77095 832-427-5153 Now open for Breakfast Fresh Hot Pies Daily Specials $2 Menu “Fantastic Burgers”

MEZZANOTTE RISTORANTE 13215 Grant Rd. at Louetta 832-717-7870 LIVE MUSIC TAPAS CAPRICCIO 10865 Jones Rd. 281-807-9442 LIVE MUSIC 7:30PM ‘til close CORK CAFÉ WINE & COFFEE 25712 Hwy 290 281-758-1682 LIVE MUSIC KILBURN’S TAVERN 11808 Barker-Cypress 281-256-8755 LIVE MUSIC CANDALARI’S 25680 Hwy 290 281-373-0039 $2.99 Margaritas ALL DAY HUSKY’S BURGERS 16010 West Rd. 281-858-1750 Student Special – Free fries w/ any drink Every day Mon thru Sun Dine in only Show ID


DARIO’S 14315 Cypress-Rosehill 281-304-1825 Brunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. HARRIS COUNTY SMOKEHOUSE 13280 FM 1960 W. 281-890-5735 Brunch 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. JITTERBUG CAFÉ 15201 Mason Rd., #500 281-758-3411 Brunch 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. TACO DE ORO 9740 Barker-Cypress Rd. 281-345-7632 Tex Mex Brunch Buffet 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. LA MADELEINE 19710 NW Frwy 281-720-1000 Brunch All Day 6:30 a.m. til 10 p.m.

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THE FOUNDRY UNITED METHODIST 8350 Jones Road 713-937-9388 9:20-10:40 a.m. Traditional 9:20-10:40 a.m. Contemporary Fry Rd. Campus (at Cinemark - Spring Cypress) 9 & 10:20 a.m. CHRIST THE REDEEMER 11507 Huffmeister 281-469-5533 Masses: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m. 5 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday) ST. AIDAN’S EPISCOPAL 13131 Fry Rd., 281-373-3203 Services: 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. COMMUNITY OF FAITH 16124 Becker Rd. Services: 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. SECOND BAPTIST AT THE BERRY CENTER 8877 Barker-Cypress Rd. 713-465-3408 Service: 9:30 a.m. THE CHURCH AT BRIDGELANDS 17330 W. Little York Rd. 281-345-2900 Services: 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. GOOD SHEPHERD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 20155 Cypresswood Dr. (Fairfield) 281-373-2273 Services: 8:30 & 9:30 a.m. Traditional 11 a.m. Contemporary ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 15235 Spring-Cypress Rd. 281-373-0503 METROPOLITAN BAPTIST CHURCH (2 Cy-Fair locations) 13000 Jones Rd. Service: 9:30 & 11 a.m. 7811 Fry Rd. (Hopper Middle School) Services: 9:30 & 11 a.m. ST. CUTHBERT EPISCOPAL CHURCH 17020 West Rd. 281-463-7330 Services: 8 & 10:30 a.m.

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Drought Do’s & Dont’s LAWN SURVIVAL TIPS FOR THE LONG HOT SUMMER By Shawn Michael and Laurin Lindsey While it is obvious for many that we are behind on our usual rainfall, many people don’t realize that we are in our third year of drought conditions. This drought is not just the few weeks of little or no rain that Houston commonly experiences during the summer months, rather this is the second worst drought in recorded Houston history. The lack of rainfall is a major stressor for plants. “What to do and what not to do?” is a question on a lot of homeowner’s minds.

flowerbeds and around the base of trees. Mulch helps keep soil cool and suppresses those pesky weeds that compete with plants for moisture. FERTILIZE Finally, consider using an organic slowrelease granular fertilizer on your lawn/plants. With this type of product there is no real bad time to fertilize (as you are enriching the soil) and such products greatly reduce the risk of chemical burn.


When watering your plants, take into consideration: how much shade they receive, how hot the area gets and the type of plant. For example: more direct sun, higher temps and plants such as fruit trees all require more water. If you have recently planted trees or shrubs, keep in mind that it can take up to two years for the root structure to become truly established during which time they are more vulnerable. New plantings should be watered every day for the first few weeks and then taper off on the watering as the plants begin to acclimate.

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Three specific recommendations for the summer include: WATER EARLY Do your watering early in the morning, before the sun gets too strong, and the day too hot. Early watering helps reduce evaporation and allows more water to soak into the soil. MULCH Another way to slow evaporation is to apply a good cover of hardwood mulch, 2-3 inches, to your

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NO HARD CUTTING Ornamental shearing is stressful for drought-stricken plants. It’s best to hold off on these activities until the cooler months later in the year. No pruning of trees. Most of the pruning we see is done for aesthetic reasons (versus tree health). We advise that this kind of cutting be postponed. Do not top trees. NO CLOSE CROPPING OF GRASS St. Augustine grass thrives at heights of 3.5 inches, so mow high! Cutting it short exposes the above ground roots and encourages burning of the rhizomes. Taller grass also retains more moisture. With some additional attention and TLC your trees, flower beds, and lawn will continue to provide shade, color and a great walking experience for years to come. Editors Note: Thank you to Shawn and Laurin, landscaping experts from Ravenscourt Landscaping, for providing these tips that I could pass along to you!

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New Crib Standards What you should know to put safety first Glen Maxwell In June, 2011 the CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission issued new standards for all child cribs manufactured in the United States. As always the commission, responds to any product that has a history of malfunction or danger to any consumer. Cribs have long been the target of consumer groups over the decades of past and still have scrutiny due to the subjects, our children. There are five new standard safety issues being updated. The new standards are as follows: Improved slat strength Improved mattress support Prohibit drop sides Tougher testing Hardware strength As of June last year, manufacturers have been required to comply. As a child care center owner, we are also required to provide the cribs, but not until December 28, 2012. At our last child care conference for Kids R Kids, we were informed of these new standards and got to see the new cribs and the improvements made. Even though the expense of having to replace our cur-

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rent cribs (which in my case is 48 at $250 each) we are happy and willing to incur the expense for the safety of our kids. The new cribs are very well made, sturdy and look good to boot. Being parents, we wanted you to know about these new standards because you need to know what to look for when you are choosing a center for infant care. When shopping for child care ask the question. If the center is not in compliance, you need to know. These new standards also are required for hospitals, churches or any place of public accommodation. The first thing to look for is drop-sides. Other standards are not so easily noticed, such as strength improvements. Drop-sides are no longer acceptable. And, as a result have been recalled. *It is difficult to recognize a crib that meets or does not meet the standard so as an extra step you can ask if the cribs meet the regulations, 16 CFR 1219 for full size cribs, or 16 CFR 1220 for non full size cribs. Your child care provider can confirm this with you. *Information provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission

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CyFair 1st Annual Wine Fair

Bridgeland’s Farmer’s Market

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All-Star Martial Arts

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Bridgland’s Nature Festival

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YMCA Langham Creek Miracle League Opening Day

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