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Why Do We Need Reserves?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Picture This. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Social Canasta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 A DIY Massage Plan.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Calendar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Recipes.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 The George Memorial Library.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 5 Ways to Avoid Exercise Injuries. . . . . . . . . . . . . 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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Why Do We Need Reserves? by KELLY RILEY-SALYERS | Sweetgrass Community Manager


he Association’s Reserve Fund is like the community’s savings account. Reserves act like a cushion that protects the association from unplanned expenses and essential upgrades over time. Association equipment and major components (for example, the roof) must be replaced from time to time. Collecting the entire amount when the project commences puts too much financial burden on residents. Instead, the HOA collects smaller amounts over time and places those funds into the reserve account. The reserve funds are then put aside and used for large-scale replacement and repairs of assets in the association. Reserve funds aren’t an extra expense—they just spread out expenses more evenly. There are other important reasons we put association monies into reserves: 1. Reserve funds meet legal, fiduciary, and professional requirements. A reserve fund may be required by: • A secondary mortgage market (e.g., Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA). • State statutes, regulations, or court decisions. • The community’s governing documents. 2. Reserve funds help minimize the need for special assessments or borrowing. For most association members, this is the most important reason. 3. Reserve funds enhance resale values. Lenders and real estate agents are aware of the ramifications for new buyers if the reserves are inadequate. Many states require associations to disclose the amounts in their reserve funds to prospective purchasers. 4. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) requires the community association to disclose its reserve funds in its financial statements. Every few years, the Association employs a third party expert to conduct a professional reserve study to ensure our reserve funds are adequate. Sweetgrass currently has a healthy reserve fund balance that exceeds the minimum recommended by the reserve study. A copy of the most recent study is available on the website, under the Documents/Forms drop down, in the Association Financials folder.

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irst, let us start by saying thank you for selecting us to be your new Board of Directors. It is an honor to be entrusted with your faith and support in serving you, our community. We sincerely hope to you make you proud. Secondly, we’d like to stress that we are an active homeowner controlled Board. Expect to see us in an around the Lakehouse daily. If you have a question or concern, please continue to reach out to the management team using the Contact Us tab at www., you will also notice the Board Request button. Please use this button for suggestions of items to be discussed at upcoming board meetings (Items suggested will be prioritized and brought up accordingly). Lastly, we are working closely with the management company (CCMC) as

we take on our new roles.A few things that we are concentrating on at the moment are: • Getting key committees staffed and active. • Focused on improving communications. • Reviewing policies and procedures. We are excited to get started, and appreciate your patience as we tackle these new roles and all that comes with it. Please take note, if you submit a concern and it is not addressed right away we implore you to have patience and understanding.Your concerns are our concerns.We will do our best to handle everything in due time. Again, thank you so much for allowing us to serve you. We appreciate your support and understanding. Del Webb Sweetgrass Board of Directors

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he game of Canasta has become a very popular card game played by many here at Sweetgrass. The card game was introduced by Pioneer residents long before the Lakehouse was constructed. Rules of play were established by residents at that time, for the purpose of standardizing the game as it was taught to others. Canasta is a card game with many variations, so setting rules early made it easy to teach and allowed everyone guidelines so we could all play together “The Sweetgrass Way”. Today, those same rules apply and aside from the occasional need to clarify some of the rules, that is how we play. As enthusiasm for the game increased and the Lakehouse became a reality, the decision was made to charter Social Canasta as a Club. There are currently over 200 members of the club and the Board is constantly working to find ways to provide an allinclusive social environment for the members. Free lessons continue to be offered to residents who want to learn to play the game and join our group. Club guidelines have been adapted to allow resident guests and visitors to play by paying a $3.00 fee per visit, as long as they know how to play the “Sweetgrass Way”. Back in 2019, the club began planning special monthly activities organized by the Canasta Club Activities Committee. Previous events included Wacky Wednesday, Be My Valentine, High Five, Crazy Coconut Canasta, Life’s A Beach and more. Although the pandemic of 2020 disrupted our plans for a time, we are back with fun new events in 2021! The “Dollar Days” concept, where members pay $1.00 to play and they are entered into the random drawing for cash prizes, has become a favorite for everyone. Our Quarterly membership meetings include a themed tournament, where prizes are awarded and first place winners earn bragging rights and a spot on the Canasta plaque as a winner for that quarter. Our NEW events for the remainder of 2021 include “Dress Like a Pirate”, “Dead Man’s Hand”, “Get Cozy”, “Holiday Spirits and Sweets”. Weekly play days are held every Wednesday and Thursday, from 12:30pm -4:00 pm in the Ballroom at the Lakehouse. Members and students sign-in upon arrival, and Ballroom doors open at 12:15 pm. Individuals and foursomes are all welcome. We ask that everyone play by the “Sweetgrass So-

cial Canasta” rules during club play dates. Annual membership dues are $15.00, and this money goes towards replacement of cards, trays and other supplies, in addition to funding some club activities. Canasta has a wonderful group of member volunteers who help the Board accomplish a smooth game day and tournament play. Volunteers help teach, fill tables, set-up & cleanup, and organize special events. It takes a village and volunteer help is invaluable to the success of the club. All Sweetgrass residents are invited to learn the game and join the club. If you are interested in joining our Social Canasta Club, send us an email at SweetgrassSocialCanasta@ and give us your name, email, and phone number. Our Training Coordinator will contact you to schedule up to 3 FREE LESSONS. Lessons are scheduled in advance, so please contact us if interested. We offer these lessons so that everyone can learn to play Canasta the “Sweetgrass Way” and join in weekly Wednesday and Thursday play days and special events. No previous card playing expertise is required, and we ask that everyone play by a common set of rules during our club play dates. Over 30 new members have joined our ranks in 2021 through our training program, and we welcome all residents, new and old! For more information, contact us via email at 2021 Officers: Carol Schone - President, Nancy Best - Vice President, Linda Price – Treasurer, Lynne Hanrahan - Secretary

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A Do-It-Yourself Massage Plan for Head-to-Toe Tension Relief

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hen you think massage, you may think of a pampering trip to a spa: luxurious, indulgent, expensive. But massage can also be an effective way to alleviate everyday aches and pains, and you can enjoy one for free if you know how to do it yourself at home. "Whenever you press and roll tight muscles and tissues over an object, such as a ball or cylindrical foam roller, it activates nerve receptors that tell your brain it's OK for that muscle or tissue to relax,” says massage therapist Joe Yoon, author of Better Stretching. “In less than a minute, you can increase your range of motion, providing temporary relief from common persistent pains anytime you need it. Rolling can even lower your risk of many types of other aches and pains if done regularly." Stress, overuse or imbalance can cause muscles to tighten up, causing pain not just in the area where the muscles are tight but throughout the body. For example, tight hamstrings from constant sitting may cause your lower back to hurt, while irritation in the supportive tissue along the outside of your thighs can trigger knee pain. But by targeting a handful of places with a couple of simple self-massage moves, you can begin relieving pain right now. Here's a six-point plan, designed by Yoon, that can reduce discomfort.Talk with your doctor if you experience chronic pain or before starting any new exercise program.


➤ Roll back and forth as described for at least 30 seconds before continuing on to the next movement. ➤ Breathe deeply to help your muscles relax. ➤ Don't roll directly over joints or bones— the ball or foam roller should touch only your muscles.


Target: iliotibial (IT) band, a stabilizing strip of tissue along the outside of your thigh Tool needed: foam roller Lie on your left side with the roller tucked under your left hip. Bend your left arm so that you're resting your weight on your left elbow and forearm for support. Finally, cross your right leg over your left so that your right foot touches the floor in front of you. Now, slowly roll back and forth so that the roller moves up and down, from just below your hip to just above your knee (so it massages the entire length of your outer thigh). Continue for 30 seconds, then switch to your right leg. Tip: If you find a sore spot, stop and concentrate on it for a few seconds.This can help release any extra tension you may be holding in that area. LOWER-BACK PAIN KYLE HILTON Target: hamstrings (the muscles that make up the back of your thighs) Tool needed: foam roller Sit on the floor with your legs extended in

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the ball back and forth from the base of your toes to your heel. Repeat with the other foot. Tip: Try pushing down at different angles for a more thorough massage. Other objects, like a soup can or golf ball, can deepen the effect.   UPPER-BACK PAIN KYLE HILTON


Targets: upper back and thoracic spine

Targets: intrinsic muscles that work collectively within the feet Tool needed: tennis ball Sit in a chair with a straight back, put the ball on the floor in front of you, then place the arch of one foot on top of the ball. Slowly push down to apply pressure, then slowly roll

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mid-back, then slightly arch over the roller to help further extend your thoracic spine.

repeat with the other buttock. Tip: If it's more comfortable, you can also sit on the floor with the ball underneath your buttocks.


NECK PAIN KYLE HILTON Targets: muscles along the neck

Targets: glutes (butt muscles) Tool needed: tennis ball Stand with your back to a wall and place the ball between the wall and one of your buttocks. Lean against it to apply pressure, then slowly begin to move up, down and side to side by bending at the knees and shifting left and right.Try to roll the ball in a circular motion for a more thorough massage. Continue for 30 seconds, then

Tools needed: two tennis balls and a sock Place the balls inside the sock and tie the end. Sit on the floor with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Place the tennis balls perpendicular to your spine at the base of your skull and lie back onto the balls. Pushing with your feet, gently shift your body up and down, keeping light, constant pressure as you go.

ACCESSORIES TO CONSIDER Foam rollers One of the cheapest and most versatile ways to target problem areas from head to toe Fun factor: low Cost: $ to $$$ (for vibrating versions) Massage balls These come in different sizes and rigidity, helpful for pinpointing problem areas. Fun factor: low Cost: $

Massage guns Efficient at hitting nearly every muscle group, using vibration therapy to help relax muscles and reduce soreness. Fun factor: medium Cost: $$ to $$$ Foot massagers Although limited to one body part, most are effective at rubbing away foot aches and pains. Fun factor: high Cost: $ to $$$

Massage sticks These let you press into your muscles by using arm power, so you control how much pressure your muscles receive. But they take two hands to use and can't always reach every problem area. Fun factor: low Cost: $ to $$

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—Pumpkin Spice Latte Whoopie Pies Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen— Total: 1 hr 50 min

INGREDIENTS For the Cookies: • 2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice • 1 teaspoon baking powder • ½ teaspoon baking soda • ½ teaspoon salt • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature • ¾ cup granulated sugar • ½ cup packed light brown sugar • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract • 1 large egg, at room temperature • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree For the Filling: • 2 tablespoons milk • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules • 1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar • ¼ teaspoon salt • Orange, yellow and white nonpareils, for decorating

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Yield: about 24 whoopie pies

DIRECTIONS Make the cookies: Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Whisk the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.Add the egg and beat until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the pumpkin puree, scraping the bowl as needed. Beat in the flour mixture until just combined, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Scoop mounds of batter (about 1 ½ tablespoons each) about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets; shape into rounds with damp fingers. (Or you can transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip and pipe into 1 1/2-inch rounds.) Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the cookies are golden and the tops spring back when gently pressed, 14 to 16 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on the pans, then carefully transfer to racks to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining batter. Meanwhile, make the filling: Stir the milk and instant coffee in a small bowl until the coffee dissolves. Beat the butter, confectioners' sugar and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on low speed until combined, then increase the mixer speed to medium high and beat until light and smooth, about 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to medium low and beat in the milk mixture, scraping the bowl as needed, until smooth, about 1 minute. Refrigerate until slightly firm, about 20 minutes. Gently sandwich the filling (about 1 tablespoon per sandwich) between the cookies. Roll the edges in sprinkles. If the filling is soft, refrigerate the whoopie pies about 30 minutes, then let sit at room temperature before serving.


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Have you explored the George Memorial Library yet? Submitted by DEBORAH GIBSON


ave you explored George Memorial Library yet? Less than a 5-minute drive from Del Webb’s front entrance, the library is chock full of interesting items. George Memorial Library in Richmond is the main library for the Fort Bend County library system (FBCL), which consists of ten additional locations. The library system contains more than 988,000 material items, including books, movies, music CDs, magazines, and downloadable audiobooks and ebooks. FBCL also provides access 24/7 to thousands of movies, music albums, audiobooks, and television series for on-demand streaming on patrons’ smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Apple TV. Library cards FBCL library cards are free to all Texas residents, which enables patrons to borrow and renew library materials, place holds, access subscription online databases, check their library record, and request interlibrary loans. Patrons may also place money on their library card to pay for printing from the library’s public-computer printers and stand-alone copiers. To apply for a library card, simply complete a registration form and present the registration form, along with a government-issued photo ID and proof of current Texas residency (such as a utility bill), at the circulation desk of any FBCL location.

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Got Grandkids? The library’s children’s area has books, movies, and other fun things. Launchpads are educational tablets that children, from pre-K to Kindergarten age, can check out. The tablets are pre-loaded with high-quality, award-winning educational apps that kids will have fun playing while they learn new skills and become familiar with new technology. The library’s youth department also has special Early Literacy Stations – computers equipped with more than 60 diverse, educational software programs. The programs on these learning stations cover all curriculum subjects -- from reading to music, and from science to art – while touching on all of the Five Practices of Early Literacy that are part of the “Every Child Ready to Read” program, including talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Friends of the Library Book Sale The Friends of George Memorial Library have an ongoing book sale in the lobby of the library. Gently-used books (hardback and paperback), movies (DVDs), CDs, and audiobooks are available for purchase, with prices ranging from 50¢ to $2. The books include fiction and nonfiction, textbooks, books for young readers, large-print books, books about gardening and home decorating, cookbooks, books in Spanish, music, biographies, inspirational, and more!


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hile staying safe at a gym took on a whole new meaning during the pandemic, if you're thinking about getting back to a fitness regimen this summer, you'll be wise to consider the more pedestrian dangers involving treadmills and bench presses — especially if you're over 50. Exercise-related visits to the ER topped 107,000 for those 50 and older in 2020, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission — and that figure is slightly lower than usual due to fewer people exercising during the pandemic. And speaking of treadmills: Around 20,000 people in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms for injuries from this piece of equipment alone each year. "Doing exercises the wrong way can be worse than doing nothing at all,” says Jeremy James, a chiropractor and creator of an at-home fitness program designed for older adults or those with preexisting injuries. The good news? It's not difficult to stay safe and reap the plentiful health benefits of exercise (which include helping you avoid injuries from falls after 50 by building up leg muscles and improving your balance).You just have to keep your focus and follow a few key tips. Here's your first one:Wear that red safety clip when

you're on the treadmill to stop the belt if you start to slip or stumble. Here are other smart ways to avoid common mistakes that can lead to injuries. 1. Ease into it It's good to be fired up about working out, but don't let that motivation push you too far, too fast.“Often, people jump right into workouts that are not meant for beginners, and they haven't developed the musculature, particularly core strength,” to do it with proper form, James says. This is especially risky with strength training, where getting sloppy with proper form to squeeze out a certain number of reps can result in injuries such as rotator cuff tears and lower back strain. James’ advice: “Only use the amount of resistance or weight and number of reps that you can do with perfect form.The last two to three reps should be challenging, but not so challenging you have to break form.” 2. Stop skipping your warm-up While stretching (the kind you do standing mostly still and flexing a calf or hamstring) can be done at any time during or after your workout, there is no evidence that it helps prevent injuries. What you should do instead? A warm-up. As opposed to stretching, a warm-up involves movements similar to your workout but done more slowly.“The purpose of a warm-up is to increase blood flow to the muscles, improve tissue elasticity and stimulate the nervous system,” says Lauren Shroyer, a certified trainer and senior director for product development at the American Council on Exercise.“Think of it as slowly accelerating into your workout.A warm-up is important for avoiding injury, especially as we age and our soft tissue becomes less elastic." That doesn't mean you can skip stretching altogether. Just save it for after your warm-up (when tissues are warm) or the end of your session. Stretching can reduce the buildup of lactic acid in muscle tissue, which contributes to lingering soreness and aches. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends stretching each muscle group for at least 60 seconds. 3. Invest in the right shoes "There is no shoe that can prevent injuries,but there are definitely plenty that can cause them in the wrong person,” says Matthew

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provide active shock absorption,” Klein says.“Strong muscles will absorb impact and recover repeatedly. If you don't have enough strength, your joints will take the pounding and not recover as well.”Aim for two to three sessions of strength training a week. 5. When in doubt, ask an expert Gym closures during the pandemic led many people to get creative with their home workouts. But while improvising can be a good thing, basement gyms can also produce injuries caused by poor form, Shroyer says. In general, fitness experts say it can be easier to strength train safely at a gym, where things like cable and pulley machines leave less room for technique slip-ups than, say, lifting soup cans while watching TV.“When you use a machine, you're moving in a fixed range of motion and it's a lot harder to do it wrong,” Shroyer says. “Your body is also fixed in a position that's biomechanically correct.”This can be tough to replicate at home, even looking in a mirror (people tend to overcompensate when watching themselves work out, she says). "Form is the position of your spine and joints moving during exercise,” Shroyer says.“It's important to have proper alignment of those joints to ensure you're not inadvertently putting stress on joints or tendons,which can lead to tendonitis or arthritis or other problems.” If you don't want to head to the gym, choose at-home activities you can accommodate with what you have on hand or with a few key purchases. Following a video with a personal trainer or paying for a private session or two with a pro who can demonstrate proper form for at-home exercise can also be a great investment in your health and future. exercise-injury.html?intcmp=MOA-HEA-R1-POS1-DO





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The Sweetgrass Neighborhood Watch Program Mission Statement The Sweetgrass Neighborhood Watch Program is a voluntary effort comprised of men and women whom live within the 18 sections of our community and whom promote citizen involvement in discouraging and preventing residential and property crime. This Program (like many thousands across the United States) uses citizen involvement to secure homes and personal property, report suspicious activity to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and helps to build public awareness through educational gatherings. How Does the Program Work? Our Neighborhood Watch Program is coordinated per the guidelines of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department – via website - Community Services/Crime Prevention Programs/Neighborhood Crime Watch. The Neighborhood Watch Coordinator works very closely with all the Neighborhood Watch Block Captains of their particular residential section. If there is a suspicious concern/theft/burglary or a hostile situation then, a call should be made immediately to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Emergency Number (911) to report the incident. After the initial call is made to the Sheriff’s Department; the incident should be reported to the one of the Sweetgrass Neighborhood Watch Program Advisory Members (Mary Jo Salvaggio, Donna Coleman, John Lewis, Steve Priske, Steve McCoy, Paul Shkedy or Yvonne Laschon) – so that a factual report (from the Sheriff’s Department) can be communicated to all the residents within Sweetgrass. Like many Neighborhood Watch Programs – the Sweetgrass Neighborhood Watch Program does not report to an HOA but works very closely with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department, namely our Sheriff (Eric Fagan) and Deputy Gerard Argao whom continually provide their support and attention to our needs every single day. Pictured to the right is one of the “Official” “Neighborhood Crime Watch Signs” that is known throughout the United States to help deter crime. It says “Neighborhood Crime Watch – We immediately Report All Suspicious Activities to Our Police Department”. (Thank you to Jerry Hopman for the photo!)

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Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups Alzheimer/ Dementia Support Club

In this month (October 2021), we are meeting on Thursday October 14 from 2:00-3:30 pm in the Creativity Room. Please join us to help and support individuals and families dealing with Dementia/ Alzheimer's/Parkinson's in this community. The recent controversial new therapy approved by the FDA, Biogen's aduhelm, a monoclonal antibody to treat Alzheimer’s disease, is drawing high media attention, since no such therapy has received any FDA approval for this disease in nearly two decades. Now Eli Lilly and Roche are also talking to the FDA about their similar Alzheimer drugs. Since these products treat the disease pathology directly rather than the symptoms alone, their expectations are very high. Since this development may change the way we look at this currently-incurable disease, we can discuss the implications of this development in the coming meeting. Your questions and requests are welcome here.

Card Crafters

The Sweetgrass Card Crafters Club will have a sale of greeting cards created by our members in the Lobby of the Lakehouse on November 2, 3 & 4; Tuesday (3-6 pm), Wednesday & Thursday (11-2 pm). Profits will be donated to local charities. There will be a nice selection of cards for the upcoming holidays, birthday, get well, sympathy, all occasion, etc. Please stop by our booth in early November and peruse our custom-made cards. We look forward to see you! The Card Crafters Club meets every Friday from 1:00-3:00 in the Activities Room. Our group is comprised of a variety of skill levels, members share tips and tricks, and everyone is willing to help each other. We learn new techniques almost every Friday. After the class, many of the members will be working on cards for the Charity Card Sale coming up Nov. 2, 3 & 4. Guests are always welcome. Come for a visit and learn how to make a card with supplies provided.

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The Sweetgrass Poker Club meets in the Lakehouse on Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All men and women are welcome. Games include variations of draw, stud, Texas Hold-'em, Omaha, high-low split pots and more! The deal rotates with the dealer calling the game. There is also a high hand jackpot most nights. Come join us! To get on the email list or for more information contact Mark Hochstein at

ects. Members can bring machines and set up their work spaces at 9. Anything business related will be discussed at 9:30. Most of our business is discussed at the first monthly meeting but that will still leave time for members to work on projects. The second monthly meeting will continue to be designated as our meeting for working on group and individual projects. We had enough members at our first September meeting to select our officers for 2022. Beginning in January, Beverly Middleton will serve as president, Marden Laubacher will serve as vice president, and Ginger Johnson will continue as secretary. At coming meetings we will create committees for planning projects, fieldtrips, parties, and anything else we need as our group continues to grow. Right now we’re looking forward to events such as 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. 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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September was a month of changes for the Sweetgrass Quilters. We continued meeting on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. However, since returning to holding our meetings at the Lakehouse, our attendance had increased so much that there was no longer space enough in the small room we were using to safely meet, let alone space enough for members to set things up to work on projects. We had to change to a larger room but that meant that our meeting time had to be changed. Please note that our meetings are still on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. However, our meeting time has been changed to 9 am until 12 noon. Even though that is less time than we previously had, we still have time to meet and work on proj-

The monthly meeting of the Sweetgrass Republican Club will be on Wednesday, October 13 at the Lakehouse. Doors open at 6:00 for meet and mingle time; the program begins at 6:30. For more information or to RSVP, please contact

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The Technology Group Help Desk is open for business on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Lakehouse Learning Center. We are excited to again provide assistance to neighbors experiencing ‘challenges’ with their portable devices. Have questions regarding how to use Windows 10? We can help. Email problems? We can help? iPad acting up? We can help. We look forward to seeing you there!

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