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Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation. . . . . 4 Picture This. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 That's Entertainment!.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Hearing Loss Doesn't Hold Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Spirit for Jane Long Elementary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Calendar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Thanksgiving Tips for People with Diabetes.. . . 2 4 Diabetic Friendly Recipes.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 6 Bulletin from the Board. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Sweetgrass Neighborhood Watch . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Committees, Clubs, Groups & Activities. . . . 37 In the Neighborhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 THE OF

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more natural. Stop your deliveries and newspaper. Nothing screams “nobody’s home!” like a pile of newspapers strewn about your doorstep or unattended delivery boxes. So, if you can’t get a friend or neighbor to collect them for you, it’s best to have your deliveries and paper stopped if you’re going to be out of town for a while. Consider checking out the Fort Bend County Vacation/ House Watch program. Info is on Fort Bend County website. Don’t leave the spare house key lying around. That fake rock where you keep the extra house key isn’t as discrete as you think. Whether you keep a spare under your welcome mat, above the door frame or in a hide-a-key contraption, chances are it will take the nefarious types five minutes flat to find it and gain easy entry to your house. So take it with you, let a friend hold onto it or put it in a safe place inside your house, even if you’re worried about losing your other keys. Because when it comes down to it, calling a locksmith is less traumatic than calling the police. Make a last-minute checklist. Are all the windows and doors locked? Stove and oven turned off? How about all the faucets? Are the electronics unplugged and valuables secured? Take five minutes before you leave to ensure your house is vacation-ready. Another run-through of the house may seem unnecessary if you did it earlier in the day, but knowing you’ve left your house as safe as possible will help you kick back and have a great vacation.

s the holiday seasons approach, many of you will load up and head out on vacations or to visit family. But before you hit the road, take a few precautions so your home isn’t enticing to thieves or susceptible to fire and other disasters. Not only is having your home vandalized or burnt to the ground a highly unpleasant way to return from a trip, but it also puts the rest of the association at risk, as these problems have the potential to spread quickly throughout the neighborhood. So, before you take off, consider implementing these safety tips to keep your home and our community secure. Call on friends for help. If you’re going to be away a week or more, ask a trusted friend to check on your house every day or two—or better yet, housesit—while you’re gone. Not only will they make sure nothing happens to your home, but you might also ask them to bring in your mail and newspapers, water plants or even feed Fluffy. Of course, it’s a good idea to let your neighbors know a friend is monitoring your property so they don’t call the police to thwart a perceived “break-in.” Set your lights on a timer. Leaving your house unlit for days on end is a sure sign to burglars that it’s empty, but so is keeping the lights on 24-7. A good way to handle the lights on/off conundrum is to set them on a timer that’s scheduled to simulate your regular routine. Of course, if the lights seem a bit too simulated, that can be another telltale sign, so it’s a good idea to set the timers in individual rooms on staggered schedules to make the light coming from your home seem

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he idea of the club, That’s Entertainment, started back in August 2018. As the brainchild of Cyrus Bharucha, a former television film producer, and director who had retired here from San Diego. He had wanted to take people out to events in the Houston area; however, there was no such resource at Del Webb Sweetgrass. One day he decided to have a meeting hoping 25, maybe 40 people would come; To his shock, 150 people turned up and That's Entertainment was born. Within a few months, the club membership rose to over 400 To date, the club has gone out to about 40 events, which range from the rodeo, art exhibitions, rock ‘n’ roll concerts, plays, symphony concerts, jazz, country music, the opera, and ballet, all at very reasonable costs. Cyrus and his team of dedicated volunteers have negotiated excellent prices with venues, bus companies, and caterers to give members affordable pricing at the best places in town. This is a great resource for all the members that live in our community, many of those who cannot drive themselves or want to go alone to an event. The bus picks the group up at the Lakehouse, drops them off at the venue, and picks them up again. It is a fabulous service that is given to the members. The average price of an outing is under $50, sometimes a little more which includes the bus and the event. Twice a year, the club has a party for the members where food and wine are provided.The last one was in August when the club opened up after the pandemic. It hopes to have a lot more events and parties soon. Please note the club meets every second Thursday of the month at 6 PM in the ballroom. Non-members are welcome, and can join at the time; in most cases, buy tickets for the next show. All are welcome and want you to know as there is something for everyone during the year.

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earing loss is challenging to experience, but it doesn’t have to hold you back from living your life to the fullest. My husband and I are among the 35% of boomers that have some degree of hearing loss, and another 62% of boomers are at risk of hearing loss (according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders). Many of us can get by in our day-to-day lives with minimal interruption. However, with the pandemic, it has become more challenging with social distancing and mask-wearing—I can no longer read lips, and many of our voices are distorted when talking through a mask. Over the years, I’ve found technologies that help me live an active life like participating in our theater performance group, as well as keeping my husband and me safe from potential household dangers. Many of these solutions are incredibly simple to use. Let me share ways technology has helped me adapt to hearing loss, as well as my tips for thriving regardless of your ability to hear. 5 Technologies to Help with Hearing Loss in Your Home and Everyday Life You will likely notice the effects of hearing loss in subtle ways at first. It can be harder to follow conversations. You may need to turn the TV volume higher than usual. Or the sound of your doorbell is merely a faint murmur if you’re toward the back of your home. These challenges will only get worse if you do not seek help. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that technology can address the essential home and life needs that typically rely on sound. Specifically, here are a few technologies I recommend you explore if hearing loss is becoming more apparent: ◆Flashing Light Doorbells: I’ve adapted my home with devices that flash lights in place of a doorbell ring. I have devices throughout my house so I can always know if someone is at my door. There are plenty of options from SquareGlow, NuTone, and Safeguard Supply, just for starters. ◆Bed Shakers for Smoke Detectors: Everyone needs to be immediately alerted if there is a potential fire in their

home. I sleep safe knowing my bed will vigorously shake if my smoke detector goes off. You can get a bed shaker from brands like SafeAwake, VibroSaver, or CentralAlert. I also have flashing light smoke detectors, like for my doorbells, that alert me when I am awake and anywhere in my house. ◆Hearing Aid Telecoils/T-Coils: You may have heard of telecoils or t-coils, which come equipped in some hearing aid devices.These t-coils can connect your hearing aid with your telephone, television, or other devices that you use. When looking for hearing aids, I recommend you ask your audiologist to program the telecoil in your hearing aids. ◆Bluetooth Hearing Aids: A lot of audiologists today encourage consumers to get Bluetooth-enabled hearing aid devices. I recommend, and use, a combination of both Bluetooth and t-coils. Bluetooth is great because it is a more “modern” technology and can easily connect with your smartphone. I use my Bluetooth to listen to music from my phone directly in my ear without disturbing anyone around me. ◆Smartphone Applications: You likely already have one of the best tools to battle hearing loss: your smartphone. There are so many apps on phones that can help you. A few that I use every day are: ✣ClearCaptions call captioning service: This has been a huge game-changer for me, and one not many people realize is available. I use ClearCaptions free mobile app when I make a call on my iPhone so that I get a near realtime transcription of the phone conversation. The captions are easy to read and help me see what the caller is saying. They also have specially designed home phones which captions the words your caller says on an easy-touse touchscreen display. ✣Otter: When I’m meeting with people in person, I use the Otter application. It provides a voice-to-text translation of what the other person is saying, so I just hold my phone near them and read the screen as they talk. This is especially helpful when someone is wearing a mask. My Advice for Adapting to Hearing Loss There are just a few technologies that help me live a more fulfilling life, regardless of my hearing loss. But technology is

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just one way that I remain independent. If you are concerned about the potential effects of hearing loss, or if you suspect you are experiencing issues with your hearing, here is some advice that I live by: ◆Get your hearing tested every year. This is the best way to catch any early signs that your hearing is deteriorating. ◆Don’t wait to get hearing aids if you’ve been told they could benefit you. Many people feel embarrassed that they have to use hearing aids, but this is just part of aging. Many baby boomers wear hearing aids that are barely noticeable and without them you will unnecessarily miss out on so much from life. ◆Reprogram your hearing devices. It’s common for people to get hearing aids, enter a noisy room, and immediately take their hearing aids off because of all the competing noises. Go back to your audiologist to help reprogram your hearing aids and teach you how to adjust the settings to best match whatever situation you’re in. ◆Connect with other people who have hearing loss. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has local chapters across the US. My HLAA Houston chapter has about 30 people at each meeting. We share stories and ideas, recommend new tools or technologies, and have grown to be a close-knit community. By equipping my home with the right technology and keeping up with my audiologist visits, I’m confident that I can enjoy all that life has to offer, no matter how my hearing may change in the future.

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n Sunday afternoon, September 26th, Sweetgrass Women's Club held a Silent Auction benefitting Jane Long Elementary Title 1 School, our Charity Partner. Due to an outpouring of generosity by Residents, Clubs and Local Businesses, we were able to raise $10,000.00 in donations toward the Wish List they presented at our August Meeting held on Campus! RISA CROSBY, Jane Long Principal, wants to extend their sincere appreciation for this unprecedented contribution from the local community.Their PTO is challenged with limited participation and resources, so we filled a much needed gap in enhancing the lives of their students. Sweetgrass, you are the BEST grandparents ever.They love their students and so do we! The Auction was followed by a Barbeque Dinner Dance at the Swinging Door with almost 200 in attendance the next Wednesday, and additional proceeds from the SPONSOR TABLES added to our total. Thanks to those who went the extra mile in reserving those tables! JANIS KNUCKLES, Art Director at Jane Long, worked with her students in providing decorations for the event. Each place setting had a customized place mat, and additional decorations were made by the children for the Sponsor Tables, under her direction. So many to recognize, but we want to extend special thanks to the many VOLUNTEERS and to the MEN'S CLUB for assisting our Committee, KAYE LYNN WHITE, MYRLEEN KNOTT, TERE DOWD, MARYANN METCALF, MIJA LANE, JOY HOLLAND, BRENDA BARTON, MARGIE FOUGERON, DOLORES GRISSOM AND HILDA PENA , with these Events.

Also, SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER, CLAYTON OAKS, for providing dessert for the dinner at Swinging Door so that some of all ticket proceeds could benefit Jane Long Elementary! In addition, local businesses that contributed Auction Items include ENDCHANTED FOREST AND ENCHANTED GARDENS, FRANK'S NURSERY, TEXAS WOODWORKS, TERRA FLORA, GOLD CONNECTION, TROUGH JUICE BAR, DAPPPLE GREY BOUTIQUE, PORTILLA HOME & GARDEN, DOSTAL'S FINE JEWELRY,ANOTHER TIME SODA FOUNTAIN, LARRY'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT, GREAT HARVEST, CRACKER BARREL, KATHY MURRAY HAIR STYLIST, HEB RICHMOND, McALLISTER'S DELI, SANDY McGEE'S, MERLE NORMAN STUDIO, TREASURE HUNTERS GALLERY, A BLANCED LIFE, SPEC'S WINE & LIQUOR, KROGER, GRINGO'S and LC FLORALS. Resident Businesses were also generous in donating their products and services, including ANDY & DAVID'S SWEETGRASS POWERWASHING COMPANY, FRANK SOSA TRANSPORT SERVICES, KJ'S MAGESTIC GARDENS, KATHY'S KRITTERS PET CARE and ELAINE'S SHUTTLE SERVICE. SWEETGRASS CLUB DONORS INCLUDED CARD CRAFTERS, NEEDLECRAFTERS, SG ART CLUB, GARDEN CLUB, TRAVEL CLUB, CANASTA CLUB, THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT and LADY REDBUDS SOCIAL CLUB. In addition, numerous Residents donated items to the Auction and so many from Sweetgrass either bid on them or gave a monetary donation at the Event that we more than exceeded our expectations. What a generous spirit and love this Community has for the children, who are our future!

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Getting to Know your board—Introducing Dan Noeth 1. How long have you lived at Sweetgrass? Since May of 2019 2. Where are you from? Born and raised in Granite City, IL. I spent most of my adult life in the Peoria, IL area, with the last 20+ years spent in the town of Morton, IL. Morton is very similar in size and feel as Richmond. 3. What do you like about living at Sweetgrass? Where to begin.... while we love the amenities, the residents are what makes Sweetgrass so incredible. We love the social interaction, the landscaping, and all of the opportunities to make new friends. Marie and I often say, we retired and moved to paradise! 4. What encouraged you to run for the board? Pulte leaving was a very scary thing for me. I was confident we had a "moment in time" opportunity to right some of the wrongs, improve the relationship and communication between the board and the community. I wanted to be a part of setting the foundation for the long term financial security of the community. I truly believe my background and experience will assist us in accomplishing many of these. From the comments I have received thus far from residents, it appears the residents believe the board is on the right track. 5. What excites you for 2022? In my mind, 2022 is a new beginning on many fronts. The community as a whole began to reawaken in 2021 from the horrors of the pandemic. I think

our community will not just return to the incredible opportunities offered previously, but begin to see our future take shape with offerings and services not provided to date. Things such as group purchasing opportunities, travel opportunities, new activities in groups and clubs, new policies adopted by the board to enhance the lives of our residents and so much more. Sweetgrass is already a highly sought after community as demonstrated by the fact that there is currently only one house for sale here. I have every confidence that as "Sweetgrass 2022" unfolds, the desire of folks who want to live here is only going to increase. 6. What pets do you have? Marie and I have no pets. We love to do things on the spur of the moments, so we just borrow or go see our neighbors dogs or our grand dog when we have that need for canine companionship. 7. What’s your favorite food? My favorite food is Mexican. (I know -- I moved to the right place!) Gringo's is still my favorite, but I love trying new places. Your favorite color? Blue - it always has been and likely always will be. This is probably why my toy car, a 2001 Chrysler Prowler is Mulholland Blue! 8. What is your role on the Board of Directors? My role on the board is "Director". As the second highest vote getter, many folks seemed to be disappointed that I did not push for a higher role. Truly, I think each board member fell into the role that fits his/her talent profile. For me, the Director role allows




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me to work on special projects to enhance the boards performance and the community as a whole. Currently, I am working on our go to market strategy for landscaping, implementation planning for our group purchasing activities, finalizing the estate sale policy, and the Working Capital Contribution. I have always loved rapidly moving cost reduction and revenue enhancement projects. The Director role allows me the flexibility to do detailed analysis, develop proposals and bring them to the other board members. 9. What’s your favorite memory? My favorite memory would probably be my wedding day. It was not only one heck of a party (over 750 people came to the reception), but it was the first day of the rest of my life that brought me children and grandchildren. Ultimately that is what brought us to Texas to be near all of them --- and to all of you. 10. If you could meet any celebrity (past or present) who would it be? Dwight Eisenhower 11. What would ask them or talk about? Dwight Eisenhower was unquestionably one of the greatest leaders of our time. Not only did he lead the Allies to victory against incredible odds, he was president during the start of the space race, created the Interstate Highway System, had mostly balanced budgets, and had an average approval rating of 64% during his eight years in office. By the way, he did all that with balanced budgets. I would love to know how he evaluated his projects, chose his generals/cabinet members, and how he picked his battles both in times of war and politics. 12. What are your hopes and dreams? Honestly, most of my hopes and dreams have been fulfilled. Marie and I have built and sold companies, the second of which was a 65 store retail chain of women's accessories in 20 states. I have had an incredible career, and met amazing people including CEO's of major corporations, religious leaders, professional athletes, and state/ national politicians. I have traveled extensively in the US, have two amazing children - both of which are incredibly healthy and successful. I have three magnificent grandchildren that are happy, healthy, athletic, loving and respectful. Finally, I live in this amazing place. I am not certain anyone could hope for more out of life. 13. What makes you happy? My favorite thing in the whole world is spending time with family and friends. Having a margarita in one hand while doing so also helps. 14. What’s your favorite TV show? Wheel of Fortune. Marie and I record and watch every show. 15. What was the last book you read? “NUTS” – It is the story of Herb Kelleher and Southwest Airlines. I would highly

recommend it. 16. What has been your favorite event at Sweetgrass? Our afternoons in the outdoor pool is one of my favorite things to do here. We have met so many people there. Several of our closest friendships had their beginnings at the pool. In terms of events, we have become huge fans of Day Tripper events. They are incredible bargains and will take you to some of the most interesting places in the Houston area. 17. Are you a part of any clubs or groups? I belong to the Men's Club, IT Help Desk, Weight Loss Challenge, Day Trippers and have mostly recently gotten involved in the Model Yacht Club. Sailing those little yachts is a blast if you have never done it, contact Bill Foster. He is so patient and teaches you what you need to know. I also like taking my Chrysler Prowler to local car shows on occasion and love interaction with other car enthusiasts. 18. What’s your definition of an active adult Living? Active Adult Living means living life to the fullest of your physical and mental abilities for absolutely as long as you can. If you can Run - Run. If you can Walk – Walk. If you can play Pickle Ball -- Reach for the ball. If you can Swim -- Jump In. As we enter the autumn of our life, all of us should think of it fall foliage. There is no more beautiful time of the year, as there is no more beautiful time of life than Active Adult Living. We are blessed to live here. I would encourage everyone to use every amenity to the fullest for as long as they can! 19. What’s your favorite holiday? Although my birthday is the Fourth of July, my favorite holiday is Christmas! Christmas of course gives us a time to reflect on the birth of Jesus. However, an important part of that reflection for me is the Holy Family and the trials/tribulations they had to endure. Christmas is a time when broken families heal, a time when we share gifts with our friends, family and even strangers. I love the lights, the songs, the trees, the decorations - pretty much everything. However, I really love how we all treat each other. I often wonder about what a great country we could have if we always treated each other the way we do Christmas week! 20. What’s your favorite type of music? I typically listen to easy listening music or light country. 21. What’s your most memorable vacation spot? There are many, but probably my favorite currently is Belize. Just weeks before the pandemic hit, our neighbors Tom and Karen Taylor traveled with Marie and I to Belize. Our condo was right on the beach, with crystal blue water, amazing coral reefs, a rainbow of colors in the fish, fresh warm water lobster every day and so much more. I very much look forward to going back.

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hanksgiving and other holidays that center on sharing an abundance of food can be a challenge for someone who has diabetes.1 Many of the traditional foods on the table, such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, are rich and laden with calories and carbohydrates.2 But with creative thinking and careful planning, a person with diabetes can eat, drink, and celebrate along with friends and family while still keeping blood sugar under control. Have a Game Plan The typical Thanksgiving dinner features an abundance of choices, but just because there are a multitude of side dishes and desserts on the table doesn't mean you have to partake of every one of them. To avoid the temptation to do that, decide in advance what you're going to eat. Strategic planning can help you make good choices and keep your carbohydrate intake steady.3 If you're hosting the meal, it will be easy to make sure

there are low-calorie, low-carb options on the table. Even inherently rich dishes can be made diabetes-friendly by adding vegetables, reducing added fats and sugars, and making baking substitutions. For diabetes-friendly stuffing: • Substitute fat-free chicken or veggie broth for some or most of the butter.5 • Use whole-grain bread or cornbread. • Add generous amounts of chopped vegetables (such as celery, carrots, onion, and cauliflower), nuts, and pumpkin, chia, or sunflower seeds. If you are not hosting, offer to bring a few dishes that fit into your meal plan that you know others will enjoy. Who could turn down a simple side dish of green beans tossed with toasted sliced almonds, a pumpkin-cauliflower soup, or a salad based on Brussels sprouts?

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drowning it in gravy—a tablespoon or two is fine. Stiff the stuffing: The main ingredients in traditional stuffLimit ing are bread and butter and, often, fat-and-calorie-dense inPlain store-bought stuffing gredients like sausage. By all means have some, but try to Creamy mashed potatoes keep your portion to 1/2 cup. White bread and processed flours Sweet potatoes or yams with marshmallow topping How to Politely Say No Canned cranberry sauce If you anticipate being urged to eat foods that don't fit into the parameters of your eating plan, come prepared with Enjoy strategies for pushing back politely. Do keep in mind people Whole-wheat or cornbread, veggie filled stuffing likely are less concerned with your food choices than you Roasted carrots, green beans, and other veggies are—if you don't mention it, they may well not even notice Whole grain bread and whole wheat and nut flours what you're choosing to eat (or not eat). Sweet potatoes with egg meringue topping That said, to a well-meaning loved one urging you to take Cranberry compote sweetened with stevia second helpings, a smile and a pleasant "No, thank you" should do the trick. You could also say "I'm enjoying what I Focus on enjoying Thanksgiving with these food swaps. already have," or "I'm saving room for dessert." To handle overt pushiness, excuse yourself for a bathroom Smart Strategies break. By the time you return the person likely will be foFood choices aside, there are other tactics you can use to cused on something else. Most important: Remember you in order to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal without allowing are not required to explain your choices if doing so makes your blood glucose levels to spike. you uncomfortable. Watch portions: Learn how to eyeball serving sizes in order to stay within your calorie- and carb limits. Start a New Tradition Don't fill up on appetizers: Bypass the chips and dips. If It's easy to pack in the calories when you're sitting at the you need to munch before the meal, go for crudite and other table all day. Take some of the spotlight off the food by enfinger foods that are low in carbs and calories. gaging in some sort of physical activity, such as pre-meal a Focus on the turkey: Turkey is carb-free, a lean source of turkey trot or walk around the neighborhood. Once dinner protein, and high in niacin, phosphorous, selenium, vitamin is complete or between courses get the group involved in B6, and zinc. A 3-ounce serving of dark meat turkey breast charades or another activity to keep your blood moving. Ulticontains roughly 87 calories, 15 grams of protein, and 3 mately you'll feel satisfied and content with your choices, all grams of carbohydrates. The key to eating turkey is to avoid while maintaining good energy and blood sugar.

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Diabetic Friendly Cranberry Apple Pie Prep: 20 min

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Serving Size: 1/12 of pie

Get in the Thanksgiving spirit and fill your home with the cozy scents of this thick homemade pie. Juicy apples and cranberries serve as the stars, while cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg accent this delightfully rustic dessert.

INGREDIENTS • 1 refrigerated piecrust (such as Pillsbury refrigerated piecrust) • 4 large baking apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced • 1 cup sweetened, dried cranberries • ½ teaspoon lemon zest • ½ cup Splenda sweetener • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour • ½ teaspoon cinnamon • ½ teaspoon nutmeg • ¼ teaspoon ginger • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce • ¾ cup all-purpose flour • ¼ cup Splenda • ¼ cup packed light-brown sugar • 1/3 cup reduced-calorie stick margarine, cut into small pieces (do not soften)

Nutrition Information: Calories: 258 calories, Carbohydrates: 40 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 109 mg, Fiber: 2 g Carbohydrate choices: 2 1/2. Exchanges per serving: 1 starch, 1 1/2 fruit, 2 fat.

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400°F. Unfold piecrust and press out fold lines. Fit crust into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate according to package directions. Combine apples, cranberries, lemon zest, 1/2 cup Splenda, 3 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a large bowl; toss gently to mix well. Add applesauce and toss to coat. Spoon mixture into piecrust, piling up apples (they will shrink down with baking). In a separate bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup Splenda, light-brown sugar, and margarine. Mix by mashing with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle topping evenly over apple filling and press on to cover pie. Bake 45–50 minutes, or until apples are tender; cover edges of piecrust with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning if necessary. Allow pie to cool at least one hour before serving.This is a thick pie, so it makes a lot of servings.

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Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 1/8 of pie

Nothing says autumn quite like a delicious slice of homemade pumpkin pie! Round out your feast with this lower-fat twist on the classic, which can be prepared and refrigerated up to two days in advance.

INGREDIENTS: • 1 cup skim milk • 2 (1-ounce) packages instant vanilla sugar-free pudding mix • ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin • 1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crust • 1 cup fat-free whipped topping NUTRITION INFORMATION: Calories: 185 calories,Carbohydrates: 32,Protein: 4 g,Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 449 mg, Fiber: 2 g Exchanges per serving: 2 starch, 1 fat. Carbohydrate choices: 2. DIRECTIONS: In a medium mixing bowl, mix skim milk, pudding mix, and pumpkin pie spice together until well blended (this mixture

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he DW Sweetgrass HOA Board of Directors has made it a priority to communicate with the entire community at a high level – for the sake of transparency but also for the sake of information dissemination. We want to make sure everyone knows what is going on.To that end, this article reports on what the Board has done in our first few months of existence and some things we have in the works. As many of you already know, the Board’s actions so far have included: 1) a new policy in relation to the coffee bar in The Lakehouse (that, from all appearances, seems to be working well); 2) a meeting with Earthcare to address a number of issues (this is ongoing; we plan to meet quarterly with Earthcare and more often than that if needed); 3) a revision to the parking policy that allows parking in driveways; and 4) vacancies have been filled on two important committees (Finance and ARC). Issues presently under consideration include: 1) adopting a policy concerning what to do with the six vacant lots owned by the HOA in various neighborhoods; 2) a meeting is being scheduled with the LID for discussion of various issues; 3) the audio/ visual equipment for The Lakehouse is in the process of being significantly updated; 4) the entire communication process is being significantly revamped, including the community’s website (and articles like this one are, for example, intended as another communication improvement); 5) adopting a policy concerning

how to administer proposed donations to the HOA; 6) adopting a policy changing the current policy concerning the amount a buyer must pay to the HOA Reserve Fund upon purchasing property (an existing home) here; 7) entering into a group purchasing agreement (in certain categories of goods) such that the HOA could realize savings on certain expenditures and such that residents could realize savings on certain individual purchases; 8) adopting a procedure for the consideration of community management companies (including CCMC) in the near term; 9) adopting a policy concerning how to power holiday decorations on the neighborhood monuments; and 10) reviewing the entire committee structure and history. The Board also wishes to announce (the MUD recently made this announcement but we thought we should, as well) that there will be no cut-through into Veranda from Fountain Grass Lane. Instead, at no expense to the HOA, the end of Fountain Grass Lane will be made into a cul de sac.This is quite a victory for us. One final word.We want to hear from you.Various mechanisms are being set up to facilitate your ability to communicate with the HOA and the HOA Board. More on the particulars as we move along.Thanks for the time you took to read this article.

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he Sweetgrass Singers have been busy this summer! With many new members and four-part harmony, the group sang at Men’s Club and Veterans Club meetings and then at July’s Sweetgrass Summer Nights event. Memorial Day and September 11th Memorial events were especially moving with patriotic and remembrance music for all participants. The SWG Singers will be singing at Upcoming Events to which all are invited: • Veterans Day Remembrance on Thursday, November 11, 2021. • The Holiday Season Choral Concert on December 5 at 3 pm includes all varieties of Christmas, Hanukkah, traditional season favorites, and a sing-along. A variety of talents will be shared with soloists, duo, trios, and instrumentalists. • Holiday Sing-Along at Sunrise Park on Wednesday, December 15 at 4 pm. The SWG Singers will enjoy seeing you for any or all events that fit on your calendar! Please contact President, Ginny Foley at for more information.

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November 18 - The Age of Entitlement - Christopher Caldwell has spent years studying the liberal uprising of the 1960s and its unforeseen consequences. Even the reforms that Americans love best have come with costs that are staggeringly high—in wealth, freedom, and social stability—and that have been spread unevenly among classes and generations.

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Come join the Sweetgrass Stamp Club for their annual November Scavenger Hunt on November 18 at 6:30. No stamp knowledge is required, and the hunt is done at tables. It's a fun way to view a lot of stamps and get to know the members. Bring your questions, your old stamp album, or your curiosity!

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Need a good laugh? Come to "An Evening of One Act Comedies" on November 19 and 20. There is one evening performance at 7:00 pm on Friday, and one matinee at 2:00 pm and an evening performance at 7:00 pm. on Saturday. Closed captioning available at the matinee. Wine by donation. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased on ActiveNet

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The Sweetgrass Quilters have many things going on as we head into November and December of 2021. During this time we will continue meeting on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9 am until 12:30. Even though that is less time than we previously had, we still have plenty of time to both meet and work on projects. Members can bring machines and set up their work spaces at 9. Anything business related will be discussed at 9:30. Beginning in January, Beverly Middleton will serve as our president, Marden Laubacher will serve as our vice president, and Ginger Johnson will continue as our secretary. At our October meeting we created the following committees: Hospitality, Field Trips, Charity, and Special Projects. We’re looking forward to attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston and having our Holiday Party in December. If you have an interest in quilting and/or are new to Del Webb Sweetgrass, please join us for our meetings at the Lakehouse. 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 meetings. Our tagline is, “We don’t collect dues because we spend our money on fabric!”


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