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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF SWEETGRASS • MAY 2022

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IMPORTANT INFO:

Lakehouse / HOA Office Phone: 281-239-4455 HOA After-Hours Emergency: 800-274-3165

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Official Website: www.mysweetgrass.net

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dwsweetgrass Email: dwsweetgrassHOA@gmail.com *Doors lock at 5:30 p.m. daily; please bring your access card for entry.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Sprucing up at springtime. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Talkin’ Turpie - Texas Lavender.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Including the plat of survey/title survey .. . 18 Calendar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 Recipes.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Healthy eating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Tips from your health & wellness committee.. . 28 “Here comes the sun...”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Sweetgrass Needlecrafters.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 CCGA's.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Neighborhood Rep Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 THE OF

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WHO’S WHO Association Team Kelly Riley-Salyers Community Manager ksalyers@ccmcnet.com Stephen Martinez Lifestyle Director smartinez@ccmcnet.com Erica Martinez Administrative/Lifestyle Coordinator emartinez@ccmcnet.com Rick Breitigam Community Standards Director rbreitigam@ccmcnet.com Steve Messinger Maintenance Director smessinger@ccmcnet.com

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Feature Story Sprucing up at Springtime! by KELLY RILEY-SALYERS, Sweetgrass Community Manager

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improvements that comply with the community’s standards. Then there’s the application and approval process. The ARC members and staff want the process to be as simple as possible for everyone. Modification forms help take the guesswork out of your application and their decision making.

pringtime is here, and the weather outside is beautiful. Many homeowners are finding themselves drawn to local nurseries or home improvement stores, eager to get out and spruce up their homes or yards. Perhaps you yourself have been thinking about modifications to your property, such as adding different plants, or installing a new patio. Or maybe you are finally ready to splurge on that pool, or install that whole-home generator before hurricane season gets here.

The guidelines not only provide criteria for the current ARC to make appropriate decisions, but for successive ARC members to make consistent decisions in the future. Without the criteria in the guidelines, the application approved today may result in construction deemed unacceptable by new committee members in the future.

If you are considering making modifications or improvements to your home or yard, don’t forget to consult the Design Review Guidelines and get written approval from the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) before your project begins.

Last, but not least, these guidelines also help to clarify the association’s authority in this area. State statutes and our governing documents give the association a legal right to enact and enforce design review standards. The guidelines spell this out so everyone understands they must comply even if they don’t agree.

You may be wondering, “Why do we need processes and guidelines to make changes to our own homes and yards?” Like many community associations, Sweetgrass has a set of design review standards. These standards provide a written framework in which each homeowner can express their personal tastes and preferences. They have been carefully developed to reflect a balance between individual homeowner expression and the good of the entire association—that is, property values. Most importantly, these standards provide a basis for treating all homeowners fairly and reasonably. Written guidelines and application forms allow you and the ARC to work from the same criteria.

The ARC is made up of Sweetgrass homeowners, just like yourself. They make every effort to process applications fairly, reasonably, and quickly. ARC meetings take place every two weeks, and are open for homeowners to attend. Applications can be submitted anytime the Lakehouse is open, at the front desk. Refer to the community calendar for application deadlines. If you have any questions on the Design Guidelines or on the application process, please be sure to reach out to the Sweetgrass Community Standards Director, Rick Breitigam at rbreitigam@ccmcnet.com.

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Oh no! You missed the Festivals? These Lavender Farms are waiting for you to visit: The Purple Cactus - in Weimar, Texas is perfectly located on Interstate 10 – 1.5 hours west of Houston. While walking the Texas lavender fields and taking pictures is free, the $5 tour of these beautiful fields includes a refreshing drink. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the ‘Cooking with Lavender’ and ‘Lavender Drinkology’ program. Picking some lavender and learning how to use it in the kitchen makes for a great family activity. The Purple Cactus has lavender s’more pits and “The Deck” for drinks and snacks. Purple Cactus’ on-site store has a large selection of lavender-scented and themed merchandise for all ages. Chappell Hill Lavender Farm - This lovely farm is a perfect day trip from Houston, located about an hour’s drive northwest on Highway 290.Chappell Hill grows two varieties of lavender, Sweet and Provence, giving visitors a wider range of time to visit the lovely blooms. The Sweet Lavender is at peak bloom in April and May, while the Provence lavender can start blooming in late July and possibly last through September. The wide lanes of this farm are perfect for strolling as a group. A gazebo and picnic tables are available for visitors to eat a snack or have a picnic. Their on-site store, The Lavender Patch, has a great selection of lavender products like aromatherapy, home fragrance, and bridal sets, as well as recipes and culinary sets. Lacey Farms – is located just fifteen minutes northwest of Brenham (1 ¾ hours from Sweetgrass) Lacy Farms has given lavender its own romantic spin. Fields of beautiful lavender surround the scenic wedding venue that has been built by the Lacey family.

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The fields are open for touring during the week, but it is always best to call first on the weekends. The lavender makes a stunning backdrop for bridal portraits or wedding photos. Lacey Farms also produces five different lavender scents and combinations of products Joe Stucka & grandson Wyatt which they sell in stores and Stucka in front of the Garden online. Railroad Layout. Becker Vineyards and Lavender Farm - Becker Vineyards is located in Stonewall, just 15 minutes east of Fredericksburg on Highway 90. Over 2,000 Spanish lavender plants, lavandula stoechas, have been cultivated on the grounds. The peak blooming season is from mid-April to June, and the weather is perfect for a walk through these beautiful fields. The Becker’s have interspersed their lavender with a variety of poppies, sunflowers, and zinnias to help enhance the visual experience for guests. The Lavender Shop has a large variety of products available, including such unique items are their Culinary Lavender and Confit of Lavender Flower. Rough Creek Ranch and Lavender Fields - Stroll through the beautiful lavender fields in Wimberley, Texas just 45 minutes southwest of Austin near Canyon Lake. Rough Creek is one of the oldest lavender farms in Texas and has thousands of lavender plants in its fields. Rolling hills are the perfect backdrop for these lovely plants,

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of Killeen. The dynamic grounds: Heard duo runs the farm 1. Museum Gallery and grows two types of “Explore our gallery and lavender, Spanish and learn how railroads imthe French Grosso. pacted our area Due to the drier cli2. Garden Railroad mate in west Texas, the “Step back to the peak blooming season 1950’s with our Garden at the Rockin’ H is April Railroad. Our Garden to June. Railroad running model The farm recently depicts Rosenberg and branched out into the its surrounding areas Rockin’ H Casitas, profrom the 1950s” viding small lodging Logan Stucka, grandson of Joe The WigWam Train ready for kids of all ages to climb aboard. 3. The Mopac Cahomes for overnight & Ula Stucka, on the WigWag boose “Learn about the guests yet keeping Train part of the children’s Conductor, flagman, interactive area of the museum. a traditional bed and and Brakeman who breakfast style service. worked and lived in the The lavender plants are spread out to keep the roots dry, which Caboose” while touring this decommissioned caboose. gives families perfect space for a picnic or just to let the kids run 4. Tower 17 “Step inside an actual artifact, Tower 17. Built around. in 1903 and retired from use by Union Pacific in 2004.” Thistle Dew Lavender Farm - Located an hour east of Lub5. The 1879 Railcar, ‘Quebec’. “The Quebec, originally built bock, Texas, in the small town of Dickens, the Thistle Dew is a in 1879, is one of the oldest structures in Fort Bend Counlovely farm to visit if you are in the area with over 2,500 lavender ty. You are invited to come to the Rosenberg Railroad Muplants. seum and see this unique treasure.” The blooming season for the Edelweiss and Grosso lavender is 6. The Bathhouse “The Bathhouse dates back to the late generally mid-May through June. 19th-Century and it was allegedly the place where railOne of the unique aspects of this multi-generation family busiroad workers would wash off. ness is the store and lavender products they have created. Their 7. The Model Train Room “the model train room provides culinary spices include the unique Tuscan Taste, which is a deliour visitors with two complete HO scale layouts, the M&M cious blend of lavender and more traditional Italian spices. They and Frisby layout, and a work in progress Lionel layout. have several varieties of lavender inspired teas and a huge selecCheck the RRMuseum’s website (rosenbergrrmuseum.org) for tion of bed and body products. information on Fall Fun Fest “May the Steam Be With You” Hill Country Lavender Farm - Texas’ first lavender farm is “From steam trains to your favorite characters from a galaxy far, truly a treat for the senses with panoramic views, live oak trees, far away there will be fun for the whole family!” Dates & ticket and more than 2500 lavender plants & an amazing shop information coming. Railroad Museum (1921 Avenue F Rosenberg, TX 77471) Another museum close enough to reach out and touch from the Right in our own backyard is a little bit of nostalgia for us and RR Museum is the small but insightful Black Cowboy Museum a world of fun for the kids. Hands on play for the little kids and 1104 3rd St, Rosenberg, TX 77471, USA 281-787-3308 blackpieces of history we can see and touch. Don’t miss the Pullman cowboymuseum@gmail.com Porter Exhibit is a “limited” exhibit here until August 21, 2022. It “The Real History of the Cowboy” Founded by Larry Callies, tells the story of how “Railroads changed to West & Pullman Por- “The Black Cowboy Museum is preserving the legacy of Amerters changed the World.” ica’s Black Cowboy. Step into the boots of the likes of Bass Check the RRMuseum’s website (rosenbergrrmuseum.org) for Reeves, Nat Love, and Bill Pickett. Meet the important African information on Fall Fun Fest ‘May the Steam Be With You’ “From American cowboys who shaped the history of the West as well as steam trains to your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away the ones who will shape its future.” there is fun for the whole family!” Where ever you go let me know or, maybe I will see you there! There are seven main structures on the Railroad Museum Judy

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ur Texas wildflowers bloom from late March until May. The bloom this year looks like it is going to be "hit or miss", but there are some good places to see wildflowers within a few hours drive from Sweetgrass. Chappell Hill is a good place to start your tour Follow FM-1155 north to Washington-on-the Brazos State Park, which is a good place to see flowers and to visit for history. Texas declared its independence from Mexico at this location March 2, 1836. From Washington-on-the Brazos State Park, go west to Independence via the William Penn Road for one of the few places where we saw large fields of bluebonnets. Just west of Independence is the site of the original Baylor College which also has an impressive stand of wildflowers. You can then explore the roads back to Brenham or Burton. If time permits, stop at the Bluebell Creamery in Brenham for a tour of the museum and to enjoy a scoop of ice cream in their ice cream bar. At $1 per scoop, it is a bargain.

Photo: Cabin at Old Baylor College near Independence, TX. Photographer: Greg Gibson

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Including the Plat of Survey/Title Survey with your ARC request: by RICK BREITIGAM, Community Standards Director

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hen completing your Architectural Review Committee (ARC) modification application form, you will see a list of items that will need to be included, in order for committee members to properly evaluate your application. The first item on that list will most likely be a copy of your Plat of Survey/Title Survey. When submitting the survey, you will need to mark the location of the changes you are requesting (along with the dimensions) directly on the document. Below are a few of the reasons this is required when submitting your application. • Your survey will show the easements on your property such as utility easements, aerial easements, and storm sewer easements. When considering your application, the ARC will want to evaluate the impact the improvements will have for purposes of future maintenance of the area you are making changes to. • The survey will also show your building setback lines. Because additions to the home are to be built within these setback lines, the ARC may also need the survey for this type of request. • Measurements of your Lot and home which are shown on the surveys, are also needed to be sure any additions, alterations, or renovations do not have an adverse material impact upon neighboring or community property. • Having the plat or title survey helps make the determination if a project is too large and/or may alter the Lot drainage. • Neighboring lots or reserve areas, which are also taken into consideration, will appear on the surveys. • Although your contractor may provide a design based off of the survey, there is no guarantee that the measurements are accurate. Always be sure to mark the improvements directly on the plat/title survey, even if your contractor provided their own design plan. • The plat survey is a recorded document with the county. In the unfortunate situation that unapproved improvements were made, or improvements were added in an area other than what was approved by the ARC, the submitted plat or title survey is what will be used to resolve the issue. Included are examples of how to mark a survey for fence, patio, and landscaping requests. Feel free to use these as a reference on your next ARC submission. Also, be sure you are using a copy of your survey, and not marking directly on the original! And if you have

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Recipes

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bacon Prep: 20 minutes

Bake: 1 ¼ hours

Yield: 6 servings

This side dish always takes my guests by surprise because of the smoky, cream flavor. No doubt you will get major kudos when you place these potatoes on the table INGREDIENTS • 6 medium sweet potatoes • ¼ cup butter, soften • ½ tsp salt • ¼ tsp pepper • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese • 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbles

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Scrub sweet potatoes; pierce each several times with a fork. Place in a foil-lined 15x10x1 in baking pan. Bake until tender, 1 – 1 ¼ hours. Cool Slightly Cut a thin slice off the top of each potato, discard slice. Scoop out the cooked sweet potato, leaving a thin shell. In a large bowl, mash the sweet potatoes with butter, salt, and pepper; stir in cheese and bacon. Spoon into potato shells. Return to pan. Bake until heated thoroughly, 15-20 minutes.

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One stuffed potato: 611 cal. Wrap leftovers individually in foil and keep in frig for another meal. If you do not want to use cheese and bacon, consider honey and cinnamon (this will reduce the calories and give a sweetness to the potato).

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Orange-Honey Glazed Carrots Yield: 4-5 servings As vegetables go, carrots tend to be sweet, so I decided to add honey to bring out the sweetness and ginger to balance it with spice. Freshly grated orange zest gives the dish depth. Carrots with the greens still attached are always sweeter that the bagged ones.

INGREDIENTS • 2 pounds carrots, peeled (3 bunches) • 2 TBLS unsalted butter • 2 TBLS honey • Kosher salt • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger • 1 tsp grated orange zest • ½ cup orange juice • ½ tsp black pepper

This dish reheats beautifully. Undercook the carrots a bit and reheat them before serving. Left overs can be frozen for another day.

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Cut the carrots diagonally in 1” thick slices. You should have about 5 cups of carrots. Place ½ cup water, the butter, honey, 2 tsp of salt and the ginger in a large sauté pan and bring to a boil. Add the carrots, cover, and simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes, until all the water has evaporated. Add the orange zest and orange juice to the pan, tossing with the carrots. Simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes, until the carrots are al dente (tender but still resistant when you bite) and the sauce glazes the carrots. Add the pepper and another tsp of salt, to taste.

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Three Berry Muffins Makes about 16 muffins These muffins freeze well so you can have a quick breakfast treat another day

INGREDIENTS • 3 cups all-purpose flour • 1 TBLS baking powder • ½ tsp baking soda • ½ tsp kosher salt • 1 ½ TBLS ground cinnamon • 1 ¼ cups milk • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten • ½ lb. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted • 1 cup fresh blueberries • ½ fresh raspberries • ½ cup diced fresh strawberries • 1 ½ cups sugar

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HEALTHY EATING from your Health and Wellness Committee…… It is Springtime and time to get outside which makes me think of sitting on the patio enjoying a cup of tea while reading or just enjoying the out of doors. by SUE MUERDLER, HOA Board Secretary and Liaison to Health & Wellness Committee

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id you know the except for water, more people in the world drink tea than any other beverage? The green tea of Japan is central to the Zen Buddhist tea ceremony but is also used to flavor the tea ice cream sold by street vendors. The nomadic desert tradition of the Middle East regards the serving of highly sweetened black tea to strangers as both symbolic and practical hospitality. China is the greatest producer of tea, which requires hand picking and therefore, cheap labor. All tea come from the same bush, no matter where it is grown. Whether it is black, green or the intermediate oolong depends on how it is prepared. Green tea is dried immediately after it is picked, black is fermented by wilting and rolling the leaves to encourage oxidation before it is dried, and oolong is fermented only partially before drying. Green has the lowest levels of caffeine, only about twenty-five milligrams per cup, while black has twice that, though only about half as much as brewed coffee. Green tea is now believed to have health-giving properties and seems to help fight arthritis and some cancers, including those of the mouth, pancreas, breast, and lung. Some scientists think further study will show that all teas have such properties. Besides these benefits, you can reduce puffiness around the eyes by placing moistened tea bags over your eyes for several minutes.

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Have you heard anyone, including yourself, say “I am too stiff to stretch”? Is this your excuse for not stretching? by SUE MUERDLER, HOA Board Secretary and Liaison to Health & Wellness Committee

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t is safe to say currently that yoga is more than a flash in the wellness plan or yet another fleeting fitness fad. This ancient proactive practice of combining precise physical poses, deep breathing, and mental focus dates back over 5,000 years! At the core of yoga’s message is the idea that body, mind, and spirit are all deeply and irreversible interconnected. What is good for the body is also good for the spirit and so forth. Yoga is well worth a try and offers benefits for anyone and everyone. There are five main benefits: 1. Heart Help: The cardiovascular and heart-related benefits of more traditional forms of exercise like jogging and weightlifting are well-documented. You may be surprised to learn, through a daily yoga habit can also translate to major heart health benefits to include a notable reduction in high blood pressure. 2. Depression: An incredibly complex condition, and we know by now that there is no single panacea that is going to put a smile on everyone’s face. There is scientific reason to believe that yoga promotes positivity and can assist in treating depression. 3. Back Pain relief: An aching back is one of the most common complaints as one grows older, but yoga can help ease back pain as well while gaining flexibility. 4. Reduce stress and anxiety: If you have been feeling particularly on edge or anxious lately, yoga may be a wonderful way to calm those nerves and finally find elusive relaxation. 5. Major Brain Boost: Besides yoga’s’ potential mental health benefits, emerging research also suggests a habitual yoga routine can benefit the brain, boost thinking skills, and even prevent cognitive decline. Yoga and stretching are fitness partners which your body can benefit from. The secret to stretching is to ease your body into a position until you feel the stretch and hold for 25 seconds. Breathe deeply to help your body get oxygen and blood flow to your sore muscles. DO NOT bounce or force your muscles. We have four classes at the Lakehouse weekly that can help you find your yoga flow or increase your flexibility. Come and join us – your health is worth it.

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t that time of the year again when the Texas sun shines bright, and we are exposed to UVA rays more than we realize. It is time to get out our hats and sunscreen if you have not already done so. Despite the high rate of skin cancer in the U.S., many myths about it and sunscreen persist, such as the following: 1.

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Skin cancer only impacts people with pale skin. It is true that people with lighter colored skin are most susceptible to getting skin cancer, but there are many other relevant factors. Extent of sun exposure and your family history also play an important part. While skin cancer is less common for people of darker skin tones, sadly for these skin types many skin cancers are detected at a more advance stage resulting in lower survival rate. The important thing to note is that everyone is at risk of sunburn, skin aging and skin cancer. (Use sunscreen) Skin cancer is an older person issue. The effects of sun exposure are cumulative, so more senior citizens tend to be impacted by skin cancer. Skin cancer appears only on sun exposed parts of the body. Although cancers such as basal cell carcinoma most commonly appear on such exposed areas of skin, skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body. This includes the soles of the feet, the palms of the hands, and beneath fingernails and toenails. SPF tells me all I need to know about the sun protection of sunscreen. Ultraviolet radiation is often divided into three types: UVA, UVB and UVC. Although the sun emits all three types of ultraviolet radiation, only UVA and UVB reach the surface of the earth. UVB is the cause of more sunburns and has long been recognized as carcinogenic. UVA which penetrates more deeply into the skin was initially thought to safe, but it is now recognized that both type of ultraviolet radiation is likely to contribute to skin cancer. The sun protection factor (SPF) of sun block refers only to protections against UVB and is currently the standard measure of protection again UVA. To get protection against both types of ultraviolet radiation, look for sun block that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVA. Apply sun block liberally (most people use far too little and get less protection that indicated on the bottle) and reapply at least every two hours. It is also important keep in mind that sun block is one part of a com-

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prehensive sun protection program. Optimal sun protection also involves avoidance of the sun during peak hour and use of protective clothing to include hats. Indoor tanning is safe. The negative of indoor tanning is that tanning beds, like the sun, expose the skin to ultraviolet radiation. A growing body of research indicates that indoor tanners have an increased risk of skin cancer, including melanoma. The most common types of skin cancer are not dangerous. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, two most common types of skin cancer, are often highly curable. The impact of these common cancers should not be underestimated. Both types can cause extensive tissue destruction and disfigurement, and squamous cell carcinoma can metastasize (spread to other parts of the body) and be deadly.

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xuberant Needlecrafters gathered together recently to collect the final donated items for the first quarter of 2022 and sort for delivery. The count came to 169 items, including edged fleece blankets, prayer shawls, lap robes and baby clothing. Various members are responsible for delivery to designated charities and medical facilities. Currently, Needlecrafters donate these handmade items to Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Fisher House, Methodist Hospital Cancer Center, Silverado Hospice, Pregnancy Assistance Center, and Dr. K. Dempsey (breast cancer surgeon). The group also creates handmade items for individuals upon request. The group raises funds annually in the form of a raffle, offering artistic blankets, shawls, woven jewelry, and baby sets. In addition to the group’s handmade items, they interact with other Sweetgrass clubs to raise funds and collect items for various charity drives. The group is a longtime fixture in Sweetgrass, having been established almost ten years ago. The original meeting place was a member’s living room, with the group relocating to the Lakehouse as soon as it was completed. Their mission is two-fold, to share skills, and to give to the local community. Handmade crafting focuses on crochet, knitting, and looming. All Sweetgrass neighbors are welcome at the weekly meetings, held every Tuesday, 1 p.m., in the Activity Room.

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Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups Chat & Craft

Do you like to craft? Do you want to start crafting? If you answered yes to either of those then Chat & Craft is the club for you! Chat & Craft meets every Thursday 1012:30 in the Activity Room with a come when you can, leave when you need to format. Very informal gatherings with the exception of our quarterly business meetings. There are currently no dues to join this club. Members bring their own craft to work on while chatting with other members. Some just wander around and check out what others are doing to see if they are working on a craft they might be interested in learning. This is a great way to discover a new crafting passion or to dip your toes in the crafting waters. We have members who have never crafted before up to members who are crafting experts. Occasionally we will hold a teaching session to learn a new craft or skill and members will have a fun project to take home with you. For more information on Chat & Craft contact Rosemary Garlock at rorog@gmail.com or just show up on any Thursday morning!

Dialogue and Learning

The May Meeting of the Dialogue and Learning Club will be on May 19 at 6:30 in the Learning Center. The subject will be “Some other retirement options”.

Sweetgrass Financial Education Group

The Sweetgrass Financial Education Group is inviting residents interested in discussing financial topics at our next meeting. We meet at the Lake House in the technology room across from the coffee bar on the second Saturday of each month. The club discusses different financial topics, covering investing in stocks and bonds, issues that affect the economy and other financial areas of interest to members. Come and participate in the discussion at our next meeting and enjoy sharing and learning with your Sweetgrass neighbors.

Sweetgrass Quilters

The Sweetgrass Quilters Club meets at the Lakehouse on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month as our membership continues to increase. Our meetings are from 9:30 to 12 but members begin arriving as early as 9 am to set up their work spaces and socialize with other members until 9:30. 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. The formal meeting begins at 9:30. The first meeting of the month is our business meeting. After the business part of that meeting, we take a break. At that time members can choose to

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Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups either leave or stay for the demonstration or presentation that follows. The second meeting of the month is a Sew-In meeting where members may work on individual projects or group projects that are sometimes provided. Both meetings end at 12 so there is always time for members to work on whatever projects they wish at our meetings. Last month we had our first Sew-In Saturday since 2020. As part of this special event, some members brought in their fabric die cut machines so that participants could see how these machines are used for quilt making. Members had from 9:30 am until 4 pm to set up their spaces and work while sewing, eating lunch, and enjoying this time with quilting friends. This month we shall be holding our annual Airing of the Quilts by displaying quilts outside on fences, porches, furniture, and ladders all over Del Webb Sweetgrass. If you have an interest in quilting and/or are new to Del Webb Sweetgrass, please join us. 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!”

Sweetgrass Singles

Sweetgrass Singles is a fun group of single residents to get together for fun, games, socializing, and eating out on the third Wednesday at 6 pm. In May they will meet at the Lakehouse for food and games, then in June they will have dinner out at Brickhouse in Sugar Land. Come join the group. For information contact Connie Fletcher-Powell at cfletcherpowell@gmail.com.

“South Pacific” at Hobby Center, Jones Hall for the incredible performance by the Alvin Ailey Dancers and to lighten the mood, we attended the musical romp “McGyver the Musical” where some of our members got to participate in the performance on stage! March brought us to a highlight this year with a spectacular performance by the Texas Tenors at the Grand Opera House in Galveston. And for Jane Austin lover’s, we headed to the Alley Theatre for “Sense and Sensibility”, a classic! We capped off the month with a Member Appreciation Dinner with almost 150 of our members. We started the evening with a moment of silence in memoriam for one of our most faithful members, Phyllis Stravitsch. A delicious dinner followed; catered by Another Time Soda Fountain. Cyrus put together a wonderful film “That’s Entertainment” to the delight of our members! The month of April brought us to the unique Frieda Kahlo’s immersive exhibit at the Brittmore Warehouse, The Queen of Soul – a tribute to Aretha Franklin at Jones Hall and the Wortham Center for the Opera Turandot. And we have so much more in store for our members. THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT meets monthly on the third Thursday at 6:00 PM in the ballroom at the Lakehouse. If you are interested in joining, you may do so then or you may drop off a check at for $10 per person, made out to That’s Entertainment, to Hilda Pena, 1007 Cleistes. Please give her your phone number, address and email address. For more information, please contact Valerie Kavalewitz at veliak@yahoo.com.

Sweetgrass Veterans Club

Monday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m., the Sweetgrass Veterans Club will host a Memorial Day Observance at the Lakehouse - all members of the Sweetgrass Community are invited to attend.

Technology Group Help Desk

The Technology Group Help Desk is open for business on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month between 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Learning Center at the Lakehouse. Some of your Sweetgrass neighbors volunteer their time to help answer questions regarding computers, tablets, cell phones, exercise trackers and other devices during these sessions. We don’t profess to know everything but are able to help with the majority of the problems brought our way! Come see us...

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