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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF SWEETGRASS • SEPTEMBER 2022

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Official Website: www.mysweetgrass.net

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

WHO’S WHO

The Results Are In. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Through the Camera Lens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Crossword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Spotlight on That's Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . 14 Sweetgrass Superstar Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Resident hikes Appalachian Trail. . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Calendar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 Quilters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Recipes.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Sole Loved. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Talkin' Turpie – Fall beach fun. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Card Crafters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 CCGA's.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Neighborhood Rep Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 THE OF

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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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Disclaimer: The information, including but not limited to: text, graphics, images, and other material contained in this magazine are for informational purposes only. No material in this magazine is intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment, and before undertaking a new health care regimen or fitness program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this magazine.

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Thank you Sweetgrass for your participation in the 2022 Board of Directors election! We had excellent turn out with almost 47% of eligible households casting a vote. As a reminder, there were two (2) vacant positions open for election on the Board of Directors, and three candidates. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes are elected to a two-year term. A total of 721 members cast ballots. 7 members voted via paper ballot and 714 members voted online. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes are Larry Girven and Sue Muerdler. They will both serve terms until August of 2024. A copy of the election certification has been posted to the mysweetgrass. net website. Congratulations to both Sue and Larry, and thank you to all of our candidates for volunteering to serve the community. Your current Board of Directors (Back Row L to R): Dan Noeth, Director and Larry Girven, Treasurer (Front Row L to R): Sue Muerdler, Secretary; Bruce Gilman, President; Don Tomlinson, Vice-President

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eatured are some recent photos from the SWG Photography Club from members Saundra Salter, Isaac Zolotarev, El Matha Wilder, Jim Skarzynski, Carolyn Skarzynski, and Jerry Hopman. Look forward to seeing more work from the Sweetgrass Photography club in more issues of the Bayou Buzz in the months to come!

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July, we visited one of our favorite venues, The Roundtop Festival Institute. It was a great way to celebrate the 4th of July. The Patriotic Concert featured a Brass and Percussion Ensemble performing American works. The highlight of the month was a visit to Dosey Doe for dinner and a George Strait Tribute. Our members can’t wait to go back there! Then off to Stages Theatre for Inspector Hound the premiere of a new murder mystery. August brought us to the Hobby Center to listen to the magnificent violin icon Dr. L. Subramaniam and vocalist Kavita Krishnamurthy. And at the end of the month, Cyrus shared with us one the films he produced, From China to Us. Our mission is to continue to entertain you with a variety of performances that hopefully meets our membership desires. Membership is only $10.00 a year. If interested in joining or need further information, please contact Valerie Kavalewitz at veliak@ yahoo.com

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announced. “If I have five months to complete the 2022 program, how much do I have to “move” daily/weekly?“ Starting on August 1, there are 22 weeks until the end of 2022. When you sign up will determine how many hours you need to move each week. For example, If you started the first week, you will need to “move” at least 3 hours a week to reach the goal. If you are recording times less than 3 hours a week, try increasing your movement – even 15-30 minutes will help.

n August 1, the Health and Wellness committee initiated a new program for the residents of Sweetgrass. This program, titled the Sweetgrass Superstar Program is to encourage Sweetgrass residents to be more active. Being more active will help to create a healthier lifestyle for all of us – thus helping us both mentally and physically. How do you begin? First, the resident goes to the Fitness Center in the Lakehouse and fills out a 5 x 8 card by entering their name and address and the date of the first day of activity (example: if you signed up on Monday, August 8, you fill in starting date as 8-8-22). For everyone who participates, a “prize” is awarded. On the back of the card are numbers 1 through 65. For each hour of activity, you shade or “x” one block. Continue filling out hours of activity. You may even want to split the square into 2 -30 -minute segments or 4 -15 minute segments. When you have completed 30 hours, you receive a “prize”. When you have completed 65 hours, turn in your card to the front desk and you receive another “prize” – a Sweetgrass Superstar T-shirt.

What activities are acceptable? Any time you are moving – walking the dog, working in the yard, playing ping-pong, pickleball, tennis, walking, running, bocce ball, bowling, using the exercise machines, stretching, strength training, yoga, golf, swimming, water aerobics, cycling, kayaking, chair exercise, dancing, line dancing. This is your opportunity to try an activity you have never done. Any questions? Contact a member of the Health and Wellness Committee – Sherry Theriot (Chair), Donna Kouwe, Ray Briere, Jan Stano, and Beverly Porche.

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he Sweetgrass Veterans Club invites Sweetgrass residents, their families and friends to join them on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at 8:30am for an observance of the 21st Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a special remembrance ceremony at the Lakehouse Front Entrance. Sweetgrass Singers will sing National Anthem and a special musical presentation. Note, there will be no chairs provided, so you may want to bring a lawn chair. We must never forget.

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Sweetgrass Resident hikes the Appalachian Trail Submitted by Naomi Brown

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t takes a LOT of time, discipline, and preparation for a long hike. Mental, physical, nutritional, logistical are just some of the variables one must consider hiking the Appalachian Trail. Walking a long trail, danger is magnified and one must be resourceful and organized. Sweetgrass resident since 2013, Thomas Taylor is training hard for his anticipated fall, 2022 hike on a foot path called the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Tom, or Trail Name Papa T, hiked the Trail twice before: 2018 and early 2022. Traversing 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia, there are many “ups” and “downs.” Tom will limit his clothing and will either sleep in his tent or inside one of the wooden 3-sided “cabins” located about every 10 miles. Tom plans to stay healthy. The Trail passes through 6 national parks, 8 national forests, 2 national wildlife refuges, and more than 80 state or municipally-owned areas, making the Appalachian Trail the longest path in the continental United States longest path in the continental United States. To ensure permanent public protection for the Appalachian Trail, Congress made the Trail cornerstone of the 1968 National Trails System Act, Karen and Thomas Taylor at home Photo: N Brown designating the Appalachian Trail (AT), East and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the West as the first two National Scenic Trails. One of the challenges is deciding to go North to Maine, starting in Georgia, or South, from Maine to Georgia, and time of year. Another decision is going with another, others, or traveling solo. Tom anticipates a northern hike (NOBO) this time. He will be dropped off at the airport in Houston by his wife, Karen Taylor. He plans flying to the Atlanta area so he may begin the very hard daily work hiking the AT solo in late October or November, 2022. Since 1937, a collaboration among the National Park service, U.S. Forest Service, and states, built the AT and draws millions of people annually from all over the globe. Many Trail aspirants are just out of college, delaying entry into the “real world” and tend to travel in groups. Tom, an Eagle Scout, worked for AT&T for over 30 years. Tom is unique, and self effacing; yet friendly. Tom’s journeys are an heroic effort. Tom prefers fall as it offers less crowds and fewer restrictions. Coolon the Appalachian Trail Thomas Taylor preparing his 30 lb. er temperatures provide spectacular autumn colors. Enchanted by pack Photo: N Brown leaf colors, Tom sent his wife, Karen, photos of past past hikes which she printed, framed and displays in their Sweetgrass home. Karen Taylor, as many of you know, is one of the Sweetgrass neighborhood reps, and has helped Tom reach his hiking goals, as it is hard to do alone. Tom and Karen have two grown sons and grandchildren. The allure of the Appalachian Trail has always “spoken” to Tom, from Bellaire, and he says of the Trail “… the Trail is so magical, if fairies and bluebirds appeared along the path, it would not surprise me.” Despite meals of oatmeal, protein bars, crackers, hard cheese, jerky, Trail mix, tuna, Spam, occasional fresh fruit, two breakfasts, Tom’s food fantasies of fried pickles haunted him and were met in Hot Karen Taylor pointing to Tom’s Thomas Taylor organizing his AT photos she displays Photo: N Brown trip. Photo: N Brown Springs by a “ Trail Angel” in a previous hike. Food discussions are common among hikers, as one’s over 6,000 per day calories burned are hard to replace. Tom had the good fortune, or “Trail Magic”, eating the “best” chicken and dumplings ever! Rain is a frequent companion on the Trail. Tom wears water-proof rain gear and has seen deer, squirrels, lizards, newts, and one “small brown bear”. Tom is very organized and has his upcoming hike carefully organized. He will hike “off season” and is not required to carry a bear vault for his food. Tom says his favorite scenery is “everything! Especially water-falls and misty mountain ranges.” Tom has met kindred spirits from all Karen, watches Tom walks of life. pack. Photo: N Brown

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he Sweetgrass Quilters Club meets at the Lakehouse on Second Tuesdays and Fourth Tuesdays of each month from 9 to 12:30. For Second Tuesday Meetings members

come as early as 9 am to socialize before the business meeting begins at 9:30. The Fourth Tuesday Meetings are our Sew-In meetings at which members are free to work on individual projects as well as group projects. Neither meeting ends until 12:30 so there is always time for members to work on whatever they choose. If you are coming for the first time, it will be best for you to come between 9 and 9:30. As fall begins, Sweetgrass quilters are planning to go to the Boo Bash Shop Hop in September, to our Sew-In Saturday in October, and to the Houston Quilt Festival in November. We encourage anyone interested in quilting to come to our meetings. Quilters at all levels (from “I want to learn to quilt.” to “I’ve been quilting all of my life!”) are always welcome at Sweetgrass Quilters Club meetings. Our tagline is, “We don’t collect dues because we spend our money on fabric!”

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Bacon-Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates Makes 16

INGREDIENTS • 16 pitted dates • 8 thin slices bacon, halved • 4 ounces creamy goat cheese OTHER • Toothpicks • Hot honey, for garnishing • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnishing

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Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. If your dates are not already pitted, slice the dates lengthwise on one side, but not all the way through, to create an opening. Remove the pit. Using a teaspoon measure, fill the cavity of each date with a heaping teaspoon of the goat cheese and then gently press the sides together to close a bit.

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Wrap each date with a half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Arrange the bacon-wrapped dates on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning the dates halfway through so the bacon is evenly cooked. Transfer the bacon-wrapped dates to a serving platter and drizzle with the hot honey. Garnish with the parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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ife, Mother and all around do-gooder, Stacy Bourgeois is devoting her love and passion for helping others. Sole Loved was born in 2017 with one mission “To bring hope for little feet, one pair of shoes at a time.” Stacy has continues to bring brightness to the lives of many children every year. Sole Loved is based out of Sugar Land, Texas and continues to provide new shoes to children over several school districts in the Houston area. Partnering with low-income schools and working directly with social workers has provided Sole Loved the ability to partner with over 60 schools. In 2021, Sole Loved has been able to bless over 3,000 pairs of shoes to children! Sole Loved partners with other non-profits for several back to

school and holiday events bringing joy and happiness to families and children who are not as fortunate as others. Volunteers and donations help keep this organizations funded to be able to fulfill its mission to thousands of families. Stacy emphasizes how important it is to be able to help families provide shoes for their children. “To see the excitement in a child’s eyes and tears of overwhelming joy when they receive, maybe for the first time, their new pair of shoes…well, that’s when you know you’ve made a difference. It matters!! I’m so proud of this wonderful mission that I started, and hope that others will join us in making a difference too."

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n past “Talkin’ Turpie” articles, I have written about many things to see and do on Galveston Island, our neighbor to the south. Galveston, a fun place to go, do & see, and is less than 2 hours from Sweetgrass.

But Galveston Island is not the only thriving coastal communities south of us. Surfside Beach in Brazoria County is a smaller community than Galveston. HGTV’s “Battle on the Beach” 2022 season, which aired a few weeks ago, was filmed in Surfside Beach.

toration Funds. The beautiful facility opened in 1996 and includes a visitor center with aquaria and exhibits of Texas marine life. It features the largest redfish hatchery in the world (everything’s bigger in Texas!), 36 one-acre fish culture ponds, an outdoor wetland exhibit, and a youth fishing pond. Although no food is available for sale at the facility, picnic areas for large groups are located nearby at McLean Park. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Binoculars, wheelchairs, and walkers are available for use on a first-come first serve basis.

Surfside Beach is known for their fun beaches, surfing, fishing (on and off boat), biking, hiking, jogging or wandering the Surfside Bird and Butterfly Trail. There are restaurants within Surfside Beach that should please even the pickiest eaters. Whether you choose a “quaint café”, a “burger joint” a seafood place, pizza, or just stop in for a cool drink, you will enjoy this smaller beach community. The Visitor center has fiberglass fish replicas hanging from the ceiling including a few sharks. There is a “petting” area where children of all ages can see and touch some of the marine life of the Texas Gulf Coast. Tours are available. Call for information and reservations. 979-292-0100.

Did you know that the first shots of the Texas Revolution were fired not at Goliad, or, the Alamo but at Surfside Beach’s Fort Velasco? The fort was attacked by Mexican forces in June 1832, eleven years after Stephen F. Austin and his colonists first arrived in Texas. The actual fort was destroyed by the infamous 1900 “Galveston” Hurricane. The replica fort is located near City Hall in Surfside Beach. Walking the replica of the round fort is a fun surprise adventure for all ages! http:// www.surfsidetx.org/page/city.todo_historical_sites 979-233-1531. A few miles closer to us is the city of Lake Jackson, home of Sea Center Texas. Sea Center Texas is a marine aquarium, fish hatchery, and education center all located on 75 acres. Resident Joyce Bunch told me about this wonderful place. I can’t wait to go!! Sea Center Texas is operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in partnership with the Coastal Conservation Association, The Dow Chemical Company, and US Fish and Wildlife Service Sportfish Res-

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This aerial view shows the Center’s buildings as well as the one acre each hatcheries. Marine fish hatcheries produce juvenile red drum, spotted seatrout and southern flounder for stock enhancement. Hatchery tours are available by reservation. Admission is Free. Donations are appreciated. Hours Tuesday – Saturday: 9a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sea Center Texas is located 302 Medical Drive, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566 * 979-292-0100 seacenter@tpwd.texas.gov.

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Card Crafters

o you want to have some fun making greeting cards? Are you looking for a way to contribute to local charities? Come and join a fun group of members on Friday afternoons from 12:00-3:00 in the Lakehouse Activity room. No experience is necessary. Experienced members will teach you techniques to make greeting cards and other paper crafts. Our club members make greeting cards to sell to Sweetgrass residents. Proceeds from these card sales are donated to local charities. Handmade cards are also donated to local nursing homes and national charities such as Cards for Kindness and Send A Smile. This fall our most requested community event, The Annual Card Crafters Card Sale, is coming to the Lakehouse. A variety of handmade greeting cards will be available for sale. Holiday cards, birthday cards, thank you, sympathy cards and other occasion cards will be sold with proceeds benefitting local charities. Watch for an announcement soon for dates and times.

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Sweetgrass Clubs and Groups 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 to us! Come see us...

and in September we will revisit those fond Back to School days. Come as a group or as a single. We will help you find a foursome to play!

Veteran’s Club

The SG Veterans Club presents: Friday October 21, 2022 6-8:30pm Doors open at 5:15pm $10 includes free dauber and 10 individual game cards! Free beer, wine, sodas and snacks! Awesome gifts and door prizes!!! Ticket sales dates: Wednesday October 12th: 1 - 5pm Saturday October 15th: 8 - 11am Wednesday October 19th: 10am - 1pm Cash, check (preferred), or CC (no upcharge) You may also purchase raffle tickets for a Patriotic Quilt made by Judy Graci. All proceeds go towards homeless veterans’ charities.

Canasta

The Sweetgrass Social Canasta Club plays canasta every Monday and Thursday from 12:30 to 4:00pm in the Lakehouse ballroom. If you would like to learn how to play and join our Social Canasta Club, send an email to SweetgrassSocialCanasta@ gmail.com with your name email and phone number. Our training coordinator will contact you to schedule up to 3 lessons. Learn to play the Sweetgrass way! Our Activities team is continually planning monthly events that bring additional fun and excitement. The July Daze honored Bastille Day, August celebrated National Spoil Your Pet Day

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Day Trippers

Day Trippers are continuing to have fun. Last month (August) we visited the Houston Space Museum and the Lone Star Museum. September is busy. We have 4 buses for our Asian Experience on the 7th and 8th. A tour of Chinatown, as well as tours of two Temples with lunch at Kim Son. The cost is $45 (lunch included). On September 22-24, we will be heading to the Fort Worth area. The cost of the 3-day trip is $430 double occupancy ($585 single). Our next general meeting is 9/13 at 9:00 and 10:30. Exciting announcements will be made about the upcoming trips and our Holiday celebration. If you want to join the club the cost is only $10 per person. Leave all checks at 3410 Satin Leaf Lane.

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