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A humorous look at Hurricane Planning. . . . . 4 Sweetgrass Life–Photography Club.. . . . . . . . . . . 6 A Note From the Garden Club.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Special Commendation .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Talkin’ Turpie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Calendar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 Recipes.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Heat Strokes in Pets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Mah Jongg for Brain Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Depression Late in Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 CCGA's.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Neighborhood Rep Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 THE OF






WHO’S WHO Association Team Kelly Riley-Salyers Community Manager

Stephen Martinez Lifestyle Director

Erica Martinez Administrative/Lifestyle Coordinator


Rick Breitigam Community Standards Director


Steve Messinger Maintenance Director


ON THE COVER Photo by Jerry Hopman

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Bruce Gilman Larry Girven Sue Muerdler Dan Noeth Don Tomlinson

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A humorous look at Hurricane Planning by GREG GIBSON


e have entered the hurricane season. Every day till December 1st, you'll turn on the TV to see a weather person pointing to some radar blob out in the Gulf of Mexico and making two basic meteorological points: (1) There is no need to panic. (2) We could all be killed. Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Texas. If you're new to the area, you're probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we'll get hit by 'the big one.' Based on our experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple 3-step hurricane preparedness plan. STEP 1: Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least 3 days. STEP 2: Put these supplies into your car. STEP 3: Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween. Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in Texas. We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items: HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE: If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements. (1) It is reasonably well-built, and (2) It is located in Nebraska. Unfortunately, if your home is located in, or any other area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance because then they might be required to pay YOU money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place. So you'll have to scrounge around for an insurance company that will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss. Since Hurricane Katrina, most Texans have had an estimated 27 different home-insurance companies. This week I'm covered by the Bob and Big Stan Insurance Company under a policy which states that, in addition to my premium, Bob and Big Stan are entitled, on demand, to my kidneys. SHUTTERS: Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows, all the doors and, if it's a major hurricane, all the toilets. There are several types of shutters, with advantages and disadvantages: Plywood shutters: The advantage is that, because you make them yourself, they're cheap. The disadvantage is that, because you make them yourself, they will fall off. Sheet-metal shutters: The advantage is that these work well once you get them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands will be useless bleeding stumps ... and it

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will be December. Roll-down shutters: The advantages are that they're very easy to use and will definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is that you will have to sell your house to pay for them. Hurricane-proof windows: These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane protection: They look like ordinary windows, but they can with stand hurricane winds. You can be sure of this, because the salesman says so. He lives in Nebraska. HURRICANE PROOFING YOUR PROPERTY: As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc. You should, as a precaution, throw these items into your swimming pool (if you don't have a swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds will turn these objects into deadly missiles. EVACUATION ROUTE: If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver license. If it reads ' Texas,' you live in a low-lying area. The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely. HURRICANE SUPPLIES: If you don't evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. Do not buy them now! Texas tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of SPAM. In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies: a) 23 flashlights. At least $167 worth of batteries that when the power goes off, turn out to be the wrong size for the flashlights or are old batteries with no power. b) Bleach. (No, I don't know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for, but it's traditional, so GET some!) c) 55 gallon drum of underarm deodorant. d) A big knife that you can strap to your leg. (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it looks cool.) e) $35,000 in cash or diamonds so that after the hurricane passes you can buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth. Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean. Good luck! And remember ... It's great living in Paradise. Hurricane season will be over December 1st.


A message from the Board by BRUCE GILEMAN, HOA Board President


e would like to take a moment to address the reason we have adopted new rules regarding the mandatory use of identification/key cards to enter the Lakehouse and surrounding facilities. Although the matter was addressed and discussed at the recent board meeting on July 6, there appears to be some confusion. This may be because of the very light attendance at the meeting, both in person and via live broadcast. A recording of the meeting is available on the HOA's YouTube page (accessible via the website, for those who did not attend. As Sweetgrass has grown, so have the adjoining communities and businesses. We now have roads running through Sweetgrass that connect to major highways. We have thousands of new neighbors living within walking distance. We even have new retail and commercial outlets right next door. As a result of this growth, access to and through our community by nonresidents has significantly increased. We have witnessed nonresidents in the pool and parking lot. We have also received reports of nonresidents accessing the building to use the fitness center, restrooms, and billiards center. Making decisions designed at safeguarding our residents, staff, and assets is of key importance to the HOA Board and of the Community Management. In this age of increased criminal activity, we feel that this is a prudent decision and is in the best interest of the Association. In fact, it is our understanding that we are currently one of only a handful of Del Webb communities across the country that do not already do this. Let’s address some of the questions/comments we have received: • It’s inconvenient to use the card if I’m carrying something.

This should be no different from opening the door before when you were carrying something. Use the door opener button. And as in the past, there is generally always someone coming or going who is willing to assist you. • What if I lose my card and I can’t get in to replace it? Call the Lakehouse. One of the staff will tell you what to do. Or, ask someone you know to go with you and then go to the front desk and apply for a new card. • Why can’t the staff come around and open the door if I don’t have my card? It’s not their responsibility. And we don’t have funds in our budget to hire a porter. Staff members are very busy attending to the community's management. Its our job to remember to have our cards with us, just the way we remember to carry our driver’s license with us when we drive. • How does a realtor or new resident get access the Lakehouse? Call for an appointment. As announced, our plan is to implement the change to the door system in early to mid August. Additional details will be provided by the Management Team as the exact date of conversion approaches. We encourage all residents to use the next few weeks to test their card and ensure that it is working properly. Sincerely, Bruce Gilman Board President On behalf of the DW Sweetgrass HOA Board of Directors

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Sweetgrass Life – a Bayou Buzz feature of some pieces from the Photography Club by CHAD DECUIR, Photography Club President


he Sweetgrass Photography Club meets the first Thursday of every month, and includes folks that are interested in learning more about Photography! It doesn't matter what kind of camera you have - quite a few of our members use smart phone cameras, and we also have members that use DSLR and Mirrorless cameras. We generally have a Photo Tips and Tricks presentation at every meeting, along with a monthly challenge for members to submit 3 photographs. Their photos are displayed at the following meeting for them to talk about we encourage discussion about these photos as a way of helping us all learn more and improve our skill level. These photographs are some that have been utilized in recent meetings for discussion points.

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A note from the Garden Club by SAUNDRA SALTER


ith the prolonged drought, our trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns are showing the stress effects by turning brown, losing blooms or leaves or going to seed. The best time to replace plants will be in the cooler temperatures of October, and consideration can be given to some of the native or drought tolerant plants. Trees can use deep root watering this summer to keep them healthy and prevent the roots from coming to the surface. The device in the photo can be used for this. Larger Shrubs can also benefit from deep root watering while smaller shrubs are better with drip irrigation at the base. Perennials and annuals may need less water at the base every other day because of a shallow root system. Moving potted plants to a shaded area, mulching the beds (away from tree trunks) and using plastic containers are methods to help with water retention. A moisture meter helps to determine the effective depth of watering. When a plant tag says 6 hours of full sun that translates to Texas filtered shade. We will have a program featuring effective plant layering and companion plants this year.

Here are some plants that are holding up in the heat and drought: Lantana, Yarrow, Ornamental Grass, Butterfly Bush, Roses, Mystic Spires Salvia, Bottlebrush, Crepe Myrtle, Vinca, Pentas, Mexican Heather, Mexican Sunflower, Plumbago, Thryallis, Shrimp Plant and Hibiscus.

Lawns are suffering as well. If the lawn is extremely dry, it can help to water twice a day for shorter periods. Then when the lawns can again absorb water, watering for longer periods two or three times a week works well. Mowing the lawns at a higher level and keeping edges trimmed is suggested during the summer. We can watch for runoff in the street and adjust the amount of watering time accordingly. SuperThrive, Microlife and Milorganite are good products to use without burning grass and plants in the heat. Lastly, it is a good time to look for cracks in the soil and at the edges of lawns. If we see these, it is usually a good time to put a seeper/soaker hose around the foundation of our house. It is a good idea to set a timer so the water doesn't run longer than needed. Small plants in the area help with moisture retention. We look forward to learning more about native plants, modified xeriscaping, companion plants, plant layering and gardening for food in the coming year. Meanwhile, we are “Staying Alive.” Saundra, Kathy, Marcie, Linda and Pat, Sweetgrass Garden Club

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Save the date for September 16th. Watch for ticket sales starting soon on ActiveNet for Sweetgrass Back to School Sock Hop. Get ready to “twist and shout” to the sounds of Johnny and the Spinsations. Pull out your poodle skirt, grease back your hair and get ready to “Shake, Rattle and Roll”.

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Mark your calendar now for October 28 for the Spookiest event this fall on the Event Lawn and patio with your “Fang-tastic Sweetgrass Friends”. Get ready to do the Monster Mash and dance under the stars, plan to win the UnBOOlievable contests, join in the “Candy Corny Fun” carnival games with prizes galore and enjoy the witchy-ghoul food. Pull out your “Dying to Have Fun” costumes now and get ready for a “Wicked Good Time”.

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Sweetgrass Neighborhood Watch Program - Commendations and Appreciation to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department and to the Richmond Fire Department by MARY JO SALVAGGIO

Dear Residents of Sweetgrass: Over the last 4 years plus; our unique community has been fortunate to receive assistance from our Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department personnel and Richmond Fire Department agencies. The police officers and fire fighters have come to our aid hundreds of times to save our lives per medical conditions, vehicle crashes and suspicious criminal/burglary activity that has plagued us from time to time. The Sweetgrass Neighborhood Watch Program Advisory Committee decided to say “thank you” to these agencies with a Commendation Ceremony that was held at the Honorable Mayor Becky Haas’s Commission Meeting on July 18, 2022. Various Neighborhood Watch Coordinators were able to attend as well as our very own Kelly Riley Salyers whom assists all the 2000 + residents within our Sweetgrass Community. Thanks to the following whom could attend – Saundra Salter, Jerry Hopman, Dick Morris, Lee Anne Smith, Norman Nolte, Greg Barnes and Kelly Riley Salyers. Here are a few photos of the heartwarming event.

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Carla obliterated the venue in 1961. In 1965 the pier became the “home” of the 7 story 225 room Flagship Hotel. Tom & I spent our 1st Anniversary dining, dancing and listening to the waves.

In 2008 Hurricane Ike unleashed it’s fury on Galveston leaving the pier stable however, hotel was uninhabitable. The hotel was torn down in 2009 by the new owners making room for the new Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier in 2012. 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX (409)-766-4950. On the north side of Galveston Bay, not too far from Space Center Houston, is the Kemah Boardwalk where a 60-acre Texas Gulf Coast theme park flourishes. Kemah is approximately 30 miles southeast of Downtown Houston. The Boardwalk is built entirely along the shores of Galveston Bay and Clear Lake, and is considered among the premier boardwalks in the United States. Right here in Houston is the third piece of this trilogy of entertainment The Aquarium in downtown Houston. Nestled under the towering office buildings near Buffalo Bayou this unique venue has something for everyone. There is a restaurant housed within the Aquarium. Rides and treats are out-

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he HOA recognizes that St. Augustine grass has invaded some laws unintentionally by landscaper’s mowers or by intrusion from neighboring lawns, etc. If small patches are there, you are encouraged to make your best efforts to remove it. If not, it is likely to continue to spread. If it has intruded to the point where this is not feasible, owners can simply leave it. However, per the Design Guideline’s, St. Augustine grass is on the list of prohibited plantings and homeowners are not permitted to deliberately plant or add St. Augustine grass to their yards.


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Chicken Burgers with Kiwi Salsa Yield: 6 servings


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Burgers: • 1 egg • 1¼ pounds ground chicken • 1⁄3 cup dry bread crumbs • 3 tablespoons milk or cream • ½ teaspoon salt • ¼ pepper • 6 toasted hamburger buns

SALSA: In a small bowl, stir together the kiwi fruit, onions, lime juice, sugar and oregano.

Kiwi Salsa (makes 1½ cups): • 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and diced • ½ cup diced red onions • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar • ½ teaspoon dried oregano




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Southern Peach Cobbler Yield: 15 servings

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taying healthy and well is not just for you, but for your pets!. We need to look out for our furry companions, since they are a part of our families. With our high summer temperatures Heat Strokes can happen to our furry companions too and prevention is better than needing to cure. Top Tips: ➢ Only exercise your dog in the morning and evening, when its cooler. ➢ Keep them at a healthy weight ➢ Never leave your dog in a parked car ➢ Always have water accessible for htem to drink ➢ Don’t leave your dog in places that might overheat such as glass porches, garages, and sun rooms. ➢ Limits your pet’s physical activity if they are too hot Signs to look out for!!! • Increased panting • Excessive drooling • Darker urine than normal, or smaller volune • Abnormal, anxious behavior • Dark red and purple gums • Seizures • “Drunk” gait or wobbliness • Unconsciousness • Muscle tremors

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ne of the most important lifestyle practices for better brain health is socializing, and this is definitely a part of playing Mah Jong in Sweetgrass. If you haven’t played since our annual meeting it’s time to come in and play. If you haven’t tried, it’s time to jump in. Our membership is expanding and we now have beautiful new mah Jongg mats. We have had a great year with attendance increasing and the player pool expanding.


What is Mah Jongg? Mah Jongg is a game involving tiles of various “suits” and a card showing possible arrangements of tiles. In order to win, you must complete one of these arrangements before your opponents do. You need to strategize to choose one arrangement as your goal and then decide which tiles to collect to complete the arrangement.In addition, the possible arrangements one can make, shown on the official Mah Jongg card, change each year, further increasing the challenge of the game. How can I learn? Every Wednesday evening from 5:30 - 8 we play in the Activity Room. This time is for all levels of play. If you are experienced bring your friends. Brand new, no problem, we always have a place for people wanting to learn, and a few NMJL cards available for purchase if you don’t have one. Individuals and foursomes are all welcome. When do we play? Tuesday: 1:00 to 4:00 at the Lakehouse in the Creativity Room some experienced preferred, $3.00 purse Wednesday: 5:30 to 8:00 at the Lakehouse in the Creativity or Activity room. All levels of players welcome. Freeplay, no expe-

rience needed. We ask that you contact Janet Goodell if you are interested in learning. Reminder please sign in before you start play. WHAT DO I GET WITH MY MEMBERSHIP AND HOW DO I JOIN? Right now there are no dues. Just showup, sign in, play and schmooze. For a couple of hours you get the comraderie of lovely people. Our great network of skilled players allows you to learn new strategies and sharpen your skills. All this challenges the brain, and researchers who have studied the effect on people’s brains of playing Mah Jongg report that compared to non-players, the Mah Jongg players had sharper minds and more long-lasting memory. Expand your horizons, learn other styles. If you havent tried it Siamese is alot of fun. Questions? Contact any officer. You will be put on our mailing list to learn about an upcoming end of year event, and given information to purchase NML Cards. Due to copyright restrictions please do not reproduce cards. Mah Jongg Mavens ( Place picture of Janet and Betty here) OFFICERS President - Betty Moore – Vice President - Janet Goodell – Secretary / Treasurer - Bonnie Hochstein – bphochstein@gmail. com

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he Sweetgrass Needlecrafter Club remains busy with knitting, crocheting, and other fun yarn work. As part of our desire to help the community, the Needlecrafters have several group projects where completed handmade items are shared with others in need. In the first six months of this year, we’ve donated almost 300 items to various organizations: • 193 fleece blankets to Child Advocates and Fisher House; • 59 shawls to Methodist Hospital Cancer Center, Silverado Hospice, and an oncology office;

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epression - we don’t like talking about it but we need to look after our neighbors and ourselves. Feeling down every occasionally is normal part of life, but if these feeling last a few weeks or months, you may have depression. It can affect the way you feel, act and think. Depression is a common problem among older adults, but clinical depression is not a normal part of aging. In fact. Studies show that most older adults feel satisfied with their lives, despite having more illnesses or physical problems than younger people. But depression is serious, and treatments are available to help. For most people, depression gets better with treatment. Counseling, medicine or other forms of treatment can help. You do not need to suffer – help and treatment options are available. Four things to know about Depression and older adults: Signs and symptoms of depression vary from person to per-


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Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups Bowling Club

play. July, August and September will feature some really unique and fun events. July Dollar Daze: Bastille Day July 14 Entry fee of $1.00. Celebrate the expansion of freedom and democracy! Earn extra tickets by dressing in FRENCH red, white and blue, no stars, or stripes. Have fun accessorizing in the French manner with a beret, black sunglasses, an artfully arranged scarf, or any other typical French accessory. • Card Twist: Clean canastas of BLACK THREES. The clean canasta of 3s counts 500 points but the threes are NOT included in the card count. August Dollar Daze: National Spoil Your Pet Day, August 11 • $1.00 day of play • Earn extra tickets by bringing a picture of your pet: dog, cat, bird, etc. Photos can be printed or on your phone. • Card Twist: Clean Canasta’s containing at least 3 clubs. September 1. Back to School! Quarterly Meeting and Tournament with a Twist! More details to follow soon. Come beat the heat and play Canasta in the cool comfortable Lakehouse Ballroom.

The newly chartered Sweetgrass Bowling Club organizers, John Tomlinson and Frank Hayward, invite all interested Sweetgrass bowlers to attend a membership and election of officer's meeting. The meeting will be held at the Lakehouse on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17th FROM 3:00-4:30 PM in the Creativity Center. If you have someone in mind for President, Vice President or Secretary/Treasurer, and would like to make a nomination from the floor, please be sure your nominee has agreed to run prior to the meeting. Information will be shared at this meeting regarding the non-sanctioned fall league that begins Monday, September 12, 2022 and answer any other questions you might have. Please come prepared to officially join the Club by paying your $10.00 membership dues. We are also happy to announce Sweetgrass resident Frank Hayward's recent recognition from the USBC as a participant in 45 Consecutive Years Open Championships. HAT'S OFF TO FRANK & CONGRATULATIONS FROM YOUR FELLOW BOWLERS!

Dialogue & Learning

The September Dialogue and Learning presentation will be on September 15 at 6:30 in the Learning Center. The subject will be “Ukraine – The perspective of a native” Because of vacations there will be no Dialogue and Learning meeting in August.


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Day Trippers continuing summer fun. Last month (July) we visited Old Town Spring and then we went to see the Monet Immersive Experience. On August 11th, we will be going to the Houston Space Museum and then to the Lone Star Museum. The cost will be $40. September is busy as we have 4 buses for our Asian Experience on the 7th and 8th. A tour of Chinatown, as well as tours of two Temples with lunch at Kim Son. The cost is $45 (lunch included). On September 22-24, we will be heading to the Fort Worth area. The cost of the 3-day trip is $430 ($585 single). If you want to join, the cost is only $10. Leave all checks at 3410 Satin Leaf Lane.

Mah Jongg

Social Mah Jongg has been played at Sweetgrass in homes and up at the Lakehouse since 2011. Our club enjoys twice weekly play. In addition we have Quarterly Membership meetings, and these typically include some type of special play. Individuals and foursomes are all welcome. WHEN DO WE PLAY? Tuesday: 1:00 to 4:00 at the Lakehouse in the Creativity Room some experienced preferred, $3.00 purse Wednesday: 5:30 to 8:00 at the Lakehouse in the Creativity or Activity room. Free play, no experience needed, we ask that you contact Janet Goodell if you are interested in learning. Reminder please sign in before we start play. To ensure attendees have a table to play at, please do not start play until one of the officers has welcomed the group and ensured all attendees can participate. WHAT DO I GET WITH MY MEMBERSHIP AND HOW DO I JOIN? Right now there are no dues. You get the comradery of lovely people. Our great network of skilled players allows you to learn new strategies and sharpen your skills. You might also want to learn other styles. Questions? Contact any officer. You will be put on our mailing list to learn about quarterly themed events, given information to purchase NML Cards. Due to copyright restrictions please do not reproduce cards. Please Note: We may offer limited rotation play. We ask that everyone be open to rotation so we can accommodate

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literally been to all of the lower 48. We plan trips that are 4 days to 48 days! Upcoming trips later this year are to Guadalupe River in late October and the Natchitoches (Lo uisiana) Christmas Festival of Lights in December. Come join in the fun! For more information, please contact the interim Coordinator, Miche Broussard at

Safety Committee

Sweetgrass Residents: The HOA Safety Committee invites residents whom are concerned about Accessibility and Handicapped Issues at our next monthly meeting, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, Lakehouse, Learning Center, 4:45 p.m. The first 30 minutes will be dedicated to those whom would like to come and address accessibility issues, as they relate to safety. Residents can show up and no RSVP is required. Based on the amount of interested residents and issues; some might be forwarded to the HOA Board for their handling. HOA Safety Committee


After seemingly endless days of 100 degree heat this summer, members of the Sweetgrass Quilters Club are looking forward to cooling things down by taking part in several interesting activities as we head into fall. Our first trip will be to the Boo Bash Shop Hop in which six shops are participating from September 29th to October 1st. We’re planning a group shop hop to the shops that are furthest away on Thursday, September 29th. That will leave the next two days for members to hop over to the nearby shops on their own. The next trip which we have planned is our yearly van ride to the Houston Quilt Festival on Thursday, November 3rd. Our club is fortunate to have members whom, in addition to being talented quilters, are willing to share their expertise with the rest of us. At one of our meetings, Marsha Keller showed us the gorgeous Northern Lights Bargello Quilt that she had made. Members were so impressed that we asked her to teach it to us. Our president, Beverly Middleton, was able to obtain enough pattern packets for members to buy and start making this quilt with Marsha’s guidance at our sew-in meetings. Longtime member Coleen Sanford shared her experiences entering her quilts at judged quilt shows at one of our meetings and Marden Laubacher facilitated the making of Eleanor Burn’s Jewel Box Quilt at another one. We encourage anyone interested in quilting to come to our meetings. We meet at the Lakehouse on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 9 to 12:30. Members use the time from 9 to 9:30 to set up their work spaces and socialize with other members. Greeters are there between 9 and 9:30 to help members sign in and to greet anyone coming for the first time. So, if you are coming to one of our meetings for the first time, we suggest that you arrive between 9 and 9:30. Quilters at all levels (from “I want to learn to quilt.” to “I’ve been quilting all of my life!”) are always welcome at Sweetgrass Quilters Club meetings. Our tagline is, “We don’t collect dues because we spend our money on fabric!”


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