Cinco Ranch 1 February 2018


Cinco Ranch

Community Area Newsletter

Cinco Community

Area Newsletter


Important Numbers... 3

Family Focus... 3

Teenage Job Seekers... 6

Engagement Stories 8

School News... 10

Community Event... 14

Houston Area Events... 19

Library & Parks... 20

Recipes... 25

Volunteers Needed... 26

Flu Prevention Tips... 31

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Why They Love Living in Katy

“Our family has lived in Katy for over 30 years and we couldn’t imagine

our children growing up in a better city. Katy has the hometown feel of

the both small towns that Patrick and Melissa were born in. Patrick is

originally from Lumberton, Texas and Melissa was born in Hardinsburg,

Kentucky. People in Katy are friendly and always willing to lend a

helping hand to their neighbors. Katy is “country” with all the amenities

of the city and Houston is close enough that if you want to see a major

sporting event, concert, theater, etc., you are able to. We love the

people and pride in Tigerland!”

What They Love to Do

This family most enjoys the local parks

in Katy, feeding ducks and being in

the outdoors. They love to explore the

local businesses in Old Katy, especially

antique and resale shops where hidden

treasures are often found. The Katy

Rice Harvest Festival is one of their most

anticipated events of the year, as well

as the parade and the Katy Rodeo.

Love is in the Air

How They Express It: “Something you will hear many times a day in our home is one person will say

‘Love y’all’ and you will hear all the other family members reply with ‘Love y’all.’ Levi is usually the first

one to prompt this but we all do it when we want to. I think this makes our family unique because we

do remind each other through our love language of what we mean to each other, daily.”

Celebrating Valentine’s Day: The family gets in the spirit of this holiday by enjoying mom’s decorating

in a special part of their home, and indulging in a nice meal together at home or at a restaurant.

They give each other special tokens of their admiration for each other and of course, enjoy creating,

crafting and delivering their Valentines.

What Makes It Tick: They love reminding their family and friends about how much they mean to them,

which is what Valentine’s Day is all about for this tribe. Keeping in mind how much Jesus loves them

and how He asks them to love one another is also an important reflection on this holiday.

Family Roster

Dad: Patrick, Machine Shop

Supervisor (Precision-Hayes,

Sugar Land). Machinist for

over 25 years, learned the

trade in his dad’s machine

shop in Beaumont, TX.

Avid gun collector, enjoys

spending time on the gun


Mom: Melissa, Accounting (Linco

Construction, Katy). Loves crafting,

decorating, traveling and supporting

her boys in all they do. World traveler

and especially fond of Germany and

German culture (spent many summers

with grandparents there). Aspires

to own a farm one day with cows,

chickens lambs and lots of dogs.

Koen: 11 YO boy. Loves to ride his hoverboard,

bike and go-kart. An avid gamer, enjoys building

things on his computer. Member of the National

Junior Honor Society, loves joining various clubs

at his school. Has played soccer with FFPS since

he was four years old, has been a great way for

the family to spend time together cheering him on.

Aspires to be a singer and will be starting music

and voice lessons in 2018!

Levi: 8 YO boy. Enjoys playing outside, on

his computer, and with friends. Greatest past

time is spent building Lego sets. Has also

played soccer with FFPS since he was four

and the family loves cheering him on. Straight

A student, made it to the finals at his school’s

spelling bee this year. Wants to own a farm

with mom one day and help raise all the

animals, family calls him the “animal whisperer.”

Atlas: 3 month old fur

boy (mini schnauzer).

Although he is a

fur baby, he is most

definitely one of the

family – he fills their

hearts with such joy.

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Ft. Bend County Sheriff’s Dept. 281-341-4665

Harris County Constables 281-463-6666

Harris County Sheriff 713-221-6000

Katy I.S.D. Police Dept. 281-237-4000


ESD 48 281-578-5967

Ft. Bend ESD2 ( Willowfork Fire Dept) 281-395-0011

Community Fire Dept. (S. of Willowfork) 281-498-1310

West I-10 Fire Department 281-675-6000


Republic Waste 713-726-7300

Waste Corporation of America (WCA) 281-368-8397

Best Trash, LLC 281-313-2378

Texas Pride Disposal 281-342-8178


ST Water & Sewer (Cinco MUD’S) 281-579-4500

SI Environmental 832-490-1500

Severn Trent 281-398-8211

Willowfork Drainage Dist. 713-703-8605


The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch 281-395-4653

Katy Chamber of Commerce 281-391-5289

City of Katy 281-391-4800

Center Point Energy 713-659-2111

Entex-leaking gas 713-659-3552

Reliant Energy 713-207-7777

Street Light Outages 713-207-2222

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Grande Communications 866-314-4880

Consolidated Comm. (Phone) 281-753-1793

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Katy Post Office (77450) 281-829-5062

Katy Post Office (77494) 281-574-1401

Metro Park & Ride 713-635-4000

Harris County Vehicle Registration 281-368-2000

Fort Bend Motor Vehicle Registration 281-238-1490

Fort Bend Driver’s License Info 866-357-3639

Harris County Driver’s License Info 281-391-4874

Ft. Bend Animal Control 281-342-1512

Harris Ct. Animal Control 281-999-3191

Texas Parks & Wildlife 281-842-8100

Poison control 800-764-7661

Dept. of Public Safety (Katy) 281-391-4874

Voter Registration (Fort Bend) 281-341-8670

Voter Registration (Harris) 713-635-4000


KISD Administration 281-396-6000

KISD Transportation Dept. 281-396-7560

Creech Elementary 281-237-8850

Exley Elementary 281-237-8400

Fielder Elementary 281-237-6450

Griffin Elementary 281-237-8700

Kilpatrick Elementary 281-237-7600

Williams Elementary 281-237-7200

Beck Junior High 281-237-3300

Beckendorff Junior High 281-237-8800

Cinco Ranch Junior High 281-237-7300

McMeans Junior High 281-237-8000

Tays Junior High School 281-234-2400

Cinco Ranch High School 281-237-7000

Seven Lakes High School 281-237-2800

Tompkins High School 281-234-1000


Memorial Hermann Katy 281-644-7000

Houston Methodist St. Catherine 281-599-5700

Houston Methodist West Hospital 832-522-5522

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Water your lawn between the hours of 4 AM and 8 AM to avoid

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The EPA’s We’re for Water yearlong campaign recommends the

following water savings inside and outside your home:

• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “We’re for

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label makes it easy to identify products that use less water and

perform as well as or better than standard models.

• Whether by replacing an inefficient fixture with a WaterSense labeled

product or adopting water-efficient behaviors, we can all take action

to save water for future generations.

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• Check toilets for silent leaks: put a few drops of food coloring in the

tank and wait 10 minutes to flush. If color appears in the bowl, the

flapper may need replacing.

• Twist on a WaterSense labeled bathroom faucet aerator to save

water and energy at the tap without noticing a difference in flow.

• Replace your showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model that

uses less water and energy, but still lets you shower with power.

• Join thousands of your neighbors in We’re for Water. Make simple

changes at home to save water and energy.

• Go to to take the I’m for Water pledge.

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Katy Community Giving Circle

The Katy Community Giving Circle is open to any resident of the Katy

area or surrounding communities who wants to make a difference

by giving collectively. Our mission is to create a circle of giving in

our community by collectively contributing to organizations that

will benefit or improve the lives of people in our neighborhoods.

By combining members tax deductible donations of just $10 per

month, we are determined to make a greater giving impact! In our

first year we have been able to gift grants to 2 local organizations

and we are building a community of giving friends along the way!

For more information, please visit our facebook page


Cinco Ranch Ladies Club

The Cinco Ranch Ladies Club (CRLC) is a 501(c)3 providing residents in

Katy and surrounding cities with activities, both social and charitable.

We designate charities each year as recipients for our fundraising

events. We typically meet each month as an entire club at The

Golf Club at Cinco Ranch at 7 PM to partake in themed events such

as a Chili Cook Off, Halloween Party, Craft Fairs, Silent Auction, Line

Dancing, Self--Defense Class, Favorite Things Exchange and Luau.

We also offer about 22 sub-clubs that each meet once a month on a

small scale in residents homes, businesses, restaurants and walking

trails. A few special interest clubs are Book, Business Network, Bunco,

Coffee, Craft, Dining, Lunch, Ladies Night Out, Movie, Garden, Game

Night, Meditation, Wine, Walking and more. $35 annual dues for

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Cinco Ranch Moms Club

Whether you are new to the neighborhood or have lived in Cinco

Ranch for years, consider getting involved and adding to your

network of friends and families! Playgroups are organized by age and

there are also pool playdates and group events open to all. To get

involved, visit: or


Ladies Golf

Golfing Gals is a small, fun group of ladies playing golf on Wednesday

mornings. We play mostly in the West Houston/Katy area at a

different course every week. Contact Nancy at 281-550-2043 or email: for information.

Attention All Men Age 55 Or Older

The Cinco Ranch Senior Men’s Golf Association is looking for new

members. All levels of play. Seniors play every Monday and Thursday,

7:30 AM. Shot-gun start. Monthly Inter-club Tournaments. Year-end

Club Championship Tournament.

If you are interested, please call:

Cinco Ranch Golf Club 281-395-4653

Jim Cusack 281-395-5893

Joe Rodriguez 281-395-1331 - email address.

Babylonian Chess Club

Great news for chess lovers! Babylonian Chess Club meets every

Saturday at 1:30 PM at Katy Library or call Dr. Alkhafaji at 858-999-

7070 for more information. 24/7 Chess. All of Katy is welcome.

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department provides law enforcement

services within the neighborhood. For non-emergency situations, you

can contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department at 281-342-

6116. If there is an emergency, residents should call 9-1-1.

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Resource for Pet Owners

Lose a pet? Find a pet? See a pet running around a neighborhood?

Please share it with the Cinco Ranch Area Lost and Found Pet Network: We are a group run by Cinco

Ranch residents for Cinco Ranch residents to help lost pets find their

way home through networking with like-minded rescue groups and

other HOA pages.

Cinco Ranch Lost and Found Pet Network is a resource with many

documents available located within our group files to help those who

have both lost and found pets, as well as lists of related, pet service

providers. For instance, did you know animal control in Fort Bend

County is all the way down in Rosenberg, but if you live in the Harris

County portion of Cinco and your dog is picked up, it is taken all the

way up by I-45 and Canino Road - near Little York Road? (The worst

scenario is if a dog that lives in one county ends up being picked up in

the other county.) Also, if your pet is brought to one of these locations,

you likely will only have three days to find it before it is released for

adoption OR euthanized. If you wait to see if your animal returns

home on its own, it might be too late! Please use this new group as

needed and share our page with Facebook friends!

We are looking for volunteers to help administer this group and

also people that would be willing to foster animals found in Cinco

until their owners are found, rather than the animals being brought

to a shelter. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact

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Engagement Stories

featuring your neighbors!

Chelsea & William

What was supposed to be a family vacation to Las Vegas/the Grand Canyon

the week before Thanksgiving, ended up turning into the most picture

perfect proposal. The morning we were supposed to leave for the Grand

Canyon, I wasn’t feeling well, and said I would stay back. However, William

was very insistent that I come. I took some medicine, got ready really

quickly, and we hopped into the car for our grand excursion. When we got

to the Grand Canyon, it was freezing outside (to Texans of course!) and

there was even some snow on the ground. It looked so magical (especially

considering I have only seen snow a couple of times)! As I was getting out

of the car, I noticed that one of my fake nails had fallen off (I had gotten my

nails done the week prior) ON MY LEFT HAND! William’s mother had

asked, “what hand did the nail fall off from?”, which I thought was a funny

question to ask. When we got to the Grand Canyon, we stopped to take

pictures (and get me a jacket because I did NOT plan for freezing weather).

During one picture, William had bent down to sit for the picture, but in

my head I was thinking “THIS IS IT! THERE IS WHERE WE GET EN-

GAGED!” My heart started racing and I was so excited. But....all that was said was, “Chelsea, sit down so we can take the picture.” I was slightly disappointed,

but I wouldn’t let it ruin my time. We went to go grab a bite to eat, and William and his family were asking when sunset was so we could go to one final stop:

Yavapai Point. By the time we got there, I was freezing and felt like my hands and legs were going numb and was apprehensive to take more pictures. Then, in

the most perfect spot, right as we were posing for a picture, William got down on one knee and showed me the most beautiful ring that he picked out himself.

I didn’t even let him talk I was so in shock that I just went in for a giant hug. When his family asked what I said, I responded with, “oh he never asked!” He

officially asked, I said “YES!!!!!!!”, and the rest of our “grand” love story is history!

Lisa & Matt

My wife and I met on a blind date – we were immediately attracted

to each other. Later, when the time came, I wanted to have the

perfect way to propose to her, so I conspired with my mother to

create the ‘perfect day’. First, my sister, Rachel, took a picture

of me at our favorite place – Castlewood State Park outside of St.

Louis, Missouri. From this picture, a wooden jigsaw puzzle was

created – the largest piece in the center being a sign with my special

message… ‘Lisa, Will You Marry Me?’. The remaining pieces

of the puzzle were randomly divided into handmade velvet bags

that each had a handwritten calligraphy poem on them created

by me describing a new location for the ‘Treasure Hunt’. Each location

has some significance since it was a place where we had

experienced something special together. At the last location, I

presented her with the final piece and the diamond ring. My wife

is a very special person who has given me so much…I love her.


Violet & TJ

"They" say that after a storm, comes a turns out that "they"

are correct. I met my fiancé, TJ, about 20 years ago. Nothing became

of it, except seeing the familiar face from time to time throughout the

years. On July 15, I ran into the familiar face, yet once again. Except this

time, it was God's timing and we were engaged on September 16. He is

the biggest teddy bear with the kindest soul. He is the happily ever after

that me & daughters needed for so long.... We will say "I do" on 2/11/18.

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Katy Independent School District



February 16 th - Early Dismissal for Campus Professional Learning

February 19 th - District Professional Learning Day - Student Holiday

Seven Lakes High School News

Seven Lakes Best Buddies

Holiday Parties

Seven Lakes High School Best Buddies hosted their Thanksgiving

and Holiday parties in November and December. Participants got

to enjoy snacks, dancing and crafts. The Best Buddies program, in

high schools, fosters one-to-one friendships between high school

students with and without IDD. The Best Buddies High Schools

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Four Katy-Area Robotics Teams

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The Cinco Ranch Junior High gym echoed with the sound of cheering

as the CRyptonite robotics team from Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS)

hosted their seventh annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition

of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Katy Qualifier robotics

tournament. Of the 24 teams competing, four from the Katy-area and

two others earned a coveted “Golden Ticket” to advance to the FIRST

LEGO League Texas South Region Championship Tournament, which was

held January 27, 2018 at the British International School in Katy (www.

FIRST LEGO League is an annual international robotics competition for

students from 4 th to 8 th grade in teams of two to ten members. The teams

create and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to

solve as many pre-determined missions as possible in a 2 ½ minute time

period. They also research a real-world problem and create and present

a solution to judges, all while demonstrating core values, such as having

fun, gracious professionalism® and coopertition®. CRyptonite is a FIRST

Robotics Competition team from Cinco Ranch High School that builds more

advanced robots to compete in international competitions for high schoolage

students. The team is dedicated to developing engineering, problemsolving

and teamwork skills. In addition to organizing and running the Katy

Qualifier, CRyptonite members who were previously on FIRST Lego League

teams helped coach three of the Katy-area teams that are advancing.

According to Bella Riffle, CRHS senior and fourth year CRyptonite team

member, who was Student Coordinator for the tournament, “CRyptonite

is dedicated to developing the next generation of scientists and engineers

and this tournament helps support that goal.” To this end, a Rookie Coach

Award was given to Alex Dial for his work with the Computerized Coyotes

team from Beck Jr. High. Dial, a second-year member of CRyptonite, was

a on a FIRST LEGO League team at Beck.

Added Kyna McGill, first year CRyptonite member and announcer for the

qualifier, who also mentored an advancing team, “FIRST taught me many

valuable lessons about teamwork, project management and more and

motivated me to continue in robotics. Several team members are using

this knowledge to help develop and give back to younger teams.”

Qualifier Award Recipients

Teams which won awards in the individual phases of the competition

and received a Golden Ticket to compete in the FIRST LEGO League Texas

South Region Championship Tournament in January were:

• Champions Award - Banshees (Team 31103): Houston (rookie team)

• Programming - Beck-O-Bytes (Team 15593): Beck Jr. High, Katy

• Research - Brainiac Maniacs (Team 25108): Girl Scouts of San Jacinto

County, Katy (Elementary age)

• Presentation - Symbiotes (Team 30582): Beck Jr. High, Katy (rookie team)

• Innovative Solutions - Cyberwolves (Team 13764): Beck Jr. High, Katy

• Strategy and Innovation - Computerized Coyotes (Team 34795): Beck Jr.

High, Katy (rookie team)

Other awards presented at the tournament were:

• Teamwork - SLJH1 (Team 21405): Seven Lakes Jr. High, Katy

• Mechanical Design - Memorial Parkway Eagles Two (Team 27461):

Memorial Pkwy Jr. High, Katy (rookie team)

• Inspiration - Sabercats (Team 24061): Smith Middle School, Cypress (rookie team)

• Gracious Professionalism - Bulldog Bots (Team 35602): Richmond

(rookie team)

• Robot Score - Brainiac Maniacs (Team 25108): Girl Scouts of San Jacinto

County, Katy (Elementary age)

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Pack 353 has been keeping the Scout spirit alive since 1982. With over

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Boys entering first through fifth grades are welcome to join us anytime

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Graeme’s Run 5K & 1 Mile Walk

February 10, 2018 - No Label Brewery

Registration 8:30 AM, Run Starts at 9 AM

Family Entertainment: Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Food Trucks,

Raffle, Chris Boise and Righteous Cause Band

Register & Learn More:

*All funds raised benefit The Children’s Heart Foundation

1st Annual Reign Over Cancer Walk

Postponed Until February 25, 2018

Due to the massive flooding the Katy community experienced as a result of

Hurricane Harvey and the continued efforts to recover from the devastation

it caused, the Reign Over Cancer (“ROC”) Walk has been postponed until

Sunday, February 25, 2018. The walk will be held at Cane Island and will

begin at 2 PM. Plan to stick around after the walk to enjoy complimentary

food and beverages, music and family-friendly activities.

The ROC Walk will recognize people in the community currently

undergoing cancer treatment, highlight survivors and raise money to

fund GEST Foundation grants. Register as an individual or a team online

at Proceeds from the ROC Walk will provide

grants for services including grocery delivery, home cleaning, home

wound care, transportation or even counseling to help with the internal

wounds that come with facing the news “you have cancer.” The walk will

be fun for ALL ages, so grab your family and friends and join us at the

beautiful Cane Island for an afternoon of fun while raising money for a

very important cause.

Registration for the ROC Walk is still open and we encourage everyone to

sign up! Register now at For up to the minute


race information and updates, follow us on Facebook. Sponsorship

opportunities for the Reign Over Cancer Walk are still available! We have

several options to fit all marketing needs and budgets. Contact Aaron or

Michelle Perzan at 956-832-9187 or 956-832-1988.

For more information about the GEST Foundation, Inc., how to donate or

become a walk sponsor or how to submit a grant for financial support,

please contact Michelle Perzan at 832-377-1367, 956-832-9188 or email

via at

Craft Shows/Festivals

2Nd Annual Katy Taste Fest

Katy Taste Fest, the city’s first festival for foodies will again be held at

Villagio Town Center March 24, 2018, 11 AM-2 PM. The festival celebrates

all things food from some of the best Katy restaurants. It is a foodies’

paradise with emphasis on food, family and fun. The festival will focus

on celebrating the diversity of the local restaurant scene with bites from

30 local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, beer/wine, a large kids

zone, live entertainment and a silent auction. Fun for the whole family!

Our inaugural event was a HUGE success with more than 800 attendees

and raised more than $13,000 for our local non-profit partners. We aim to

exceed that number in 2018!

NEW: This year’s event will feature a VIP Jazz Brunch: This is an

opportunity to discover your new go-to favorites while savoring

comfort foods you’ve loved for years. We have something for everyone

from adults to kids. Katy Taste Fest has partnered with several local

nonprofits that focus on abused, neglected and abandoned children

including Katy Cares, Krause Children’s Center and Armor of Hope

Foundation. Details and ticket information will be available on www.

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About Katy Taste Fest: Katy Taste Fest aspires to turn tasters into diners.

The festival explores the city’s diverse dining scene by sampling tastes

from local restaurants. Attendees can enjoy cooking demonstrations,

live entertainment, a silent auction and family-friendly activities for

food lovers of all ages. Katy Taste Fest supports several local charities

that focus on vulnerable children, including Katy Cares, ZOE, Krause

Children’s Center, Helping Kids Ministry and Armor of Hope Foundation.

Call For Artists: Bayou City Art Festival

Memorial Park 2018

Bayou City Art Festival, produced by Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA),

is inviting artists from around the country to submit applications and

have the opportunity to showcase their art at the nation’s premier spring

outdoor fine art event Friday-Sunday, March 23-25, 2018.

ACA produces Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall. Now entering its 47 th year,

ACA has provided a venue for over 20,000 artists to showcase their work

to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. Patrons have the

opportunity to personally meet the artist, view original works and purchase

world class art. The festival benefits local non-profits and features music,

food, beverages, entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone and much more

for people of all ages to come and enjoy the city and the festival.

Twice a year, over 1,000 qualified applicants from 19 different disciples

submit their applications to be reviewed by the ACA jurors. For each

festival, a new juror panel is invited and consists of artists, collectors

and industry professionals. The panel of five to seven jurors are selected

based on their specific interests, professional knowledge and background

with the festival. Only 300 artists will be selected to exhibit at the 2018

Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park. Cash Prizes are awarded for “Best

in Show,” second and third, as selected by on-site judges. Ribbons are

awarded for “Best Booth” and all winners receive jury exempt status for

two years as well as priority booth placement.

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more

information, please visit For updates on

social media, follow the official event hashtags #HouArtFest and #BCAF,

like the Facebook page or follow on Twitter and Instagram.


Sporting Clay Tournament Fundraiser

Benefiting The Ballard House (501©3)

Once again, The Ballard House will be having its annual Sporting Clay

Tournament Fundraiser at the Westside Sporting Grounds (Brookshire,

TX) on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Executive Director, Kathy Alt states, “This is an important time in the life

of our organization after being effected by Hurricane Harvey. The Ballard

House is still rebuilding and will reopen soon and be even bigger and

better than before due to all the hard work of our volunteers and people

in the greater Katy area.”

The Sporting Clay Tournament is tremendous in helping to raise the

necessary operational funds to keep the doors open at The Ballard

House. Teams compete with their shooting skills for fun and fundraising

to benefit this great cause. Teams and individuals can register on the

website or by calling the number provided. Lots of sporting activities

are planned throughout the day with the tournament starting at 9 AM

and concluding with lunch and a program. The Ballard House provides

a safe, family-friendly environment and home-away-from-home

for those undergoing life threatening illnesses and treatment in the

Houston area, all at no-cost. Patients come to The Ballard House from

all over the United States and World. If you would like more information

about this topic, please contact Mary Raines at 281-804-8414 or email


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Community Events - Misc

Marvel Comic - Black Panther Movie Viewing

Acorn to EXcellence is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded to promote

interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics),

entrepreneurship and business related fields. Acorn to EXcellence in

association with the Epsilon Chi Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority will

host a movie viewing event for the highly anticipated Marvel Comic ‘BLACK

PANTHER.’ During the reception meet the “community superheros and

sheroes” comprised of professionals, athletes and business people who

have made an impact to society. This will be a fun-filled event for adults and

children. Special guests, private reception, door prizes and more! Tickets

are tax deductible and are $20, which includes reception, seating, drink and

popcorn. Purchase tickets at

The reception and movie viewing will be held at the Regal Grand Parkway

22 Cinemas at 7301 Grand Parkway, Richmond, TX on Sunday, February

18, 2018, 2-6 PM. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Help to

positively shape the direction of our youth through the richness of this

movie and give them motivation to dream big! Contact: Donna Mitchell

at or 832-844-8265.

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Slalom skiing! Horse and Rider combine as a team providing a level of

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Nature Programs For

Preschool-Aged Children


This program is held on the fourth Saturday of each month at the

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, held between 1 and 4 PM. A guided

nature walk will begin at 2 PM. No reservations required. Donations are

encouraged. This is a “whole family” program; parents or other adult

guardians should participate with their children. Park in the Memorial

Drive United Methodist Church parking lot at 12955 Memorial Drive,

enter the nature sanctuary through the marked gate and proceed

on the path to the log cabin. Upcoming programs include January:

Migration - Craft: Flying Duck. February: We Love Wildlife - Craft: Animal



The Titmouse Club is a nature program for children ages 2 ½ to 5

sponsored by the Houston Audubon Docent Guild. The program is

offered every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, 10 to 11 AM, from

mid-September until mid-May at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary,

440 Wilchester Boulevard. Each week features a different nature theme

and may include nature talks, stories, hands-on activities and walks in

the woods. For more information, go to and

look under Audubon Docents. The cost is $5 per child per session or a

5-session card can be purchased for $20. The child must be accompanied

by an adult during the program. Park in the Memorial Drive United

Methodist Church parking lot at 12955 Memorial Drive, enter the nature

sanctuary through the marked gate and proceed on the path to the log

cabin. Upcoming programs include:

February 6 th & 7 th : Art in Nature

February 13 th & 14 th : Animal Valentines

February 20 th & 21 st : What Do Animals Eat?

February 27 th & 28 th : Nature Detectives

March 6 th & 7 th : Gardening for Kids

March 13 th & 14 th : (no mtg. - Spring Break Camp)

March 20 th & 21 st : Butterflies & Moths

March 27 th & 28 th : Animal Babies


Nature Explorers Club is designed for school-age children (ages 6-10,

K-5 th ) who are interested in investigating the natural world. Each

month we will explore a different ecology topic, focusing on our own

native plants and animals. We will make a craft to take home, go on

a nature hike, dip-net for fish and tadpoles in the ponds and get to

know the plants and animals of the Bayou City! Fee/reservations are

required. Reserve your child’s spot at

For more information contact Bethany Foshee, Docent Programs

Coordinator, or 713-932-1639.

Upcoming programs include:

February 15 th : Wildlife Valentines

March 22 nd : Baby Animals


Houston Audubon Docent Guild sponsors 4 owl prowls for the 2017-18

season. Owl prowls begin with a lively program on owls including an

opportunity to meet live, rehabilitated owls followed by a walk in the

woods in search of wild owls. For more information, to reserve and pay

online go to Owl Prowl dates are February

2, 2018 and March 9, 2018. Owl Prowls start at 7 PM, end at 9 PM and

begin in the log cabin at the Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary. The fee

is $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 6-17). All prowlers must be at

least 6 years of age and there must be at least one adult present for each

two children. Dress for walking in the woods and the weather. Please

park in the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church west parking lot at

12955 Memorial Drive or the Sanctuary’s small lot at 440 Wilchester. Preregistration

is required and there is a maximum number of participants

for each prowl.






Kenneth Thompson


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The Olympic sport of Grand Prix show jumping blends the excitement of thoroughbred

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February 2 nd -13 th - Mardi Gras Galveston. If you’re looking for a unique

Mardi Gras experience in 2018, grab some beads and hit the beach! Mardi

Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United

States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your

toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish

parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.

The island’s 107 th Mardi Gras celebration, is expected to draw more

than 350,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, parades, balcony parties and

several elegant balls. At Mardi Gras! Galveston, the extravagance found

in Texas’s largest Mardi Gras celebration starts with the beads! More than

3 million beads will be thrown at Mardi Gras! Galveston and that’s just

the beginning of the elaborate parades, headliner performances, family

events, feasting and other festivities that come with hosting Mardi Gras

island style. For more information, visit

February 7 th - The Houston RV Show is now the largest in Texas with

over 600 units on display. This includes Motorhomes, Travel Trailers, Tent

Campers, Fifth Wheels and Van Conversions. Recreational Vehicle related

vendors representing campgrounds, resorts, parks and RV supplies. The

Annual Houston RV Show will be in the NRG Center Halls C, D, E. Parking

rate in the past was $12 per space, cash only. For more information, visit

February 8 th - Texas Monthly 2 nd Annual Whiskey Affair. A premium

whiskey tasting event that will highlight up to 50 brown spirits and

celebrate the whiskey lifestyle with delicious chef pairings, couture

cocktails and live music provided by Doc Watkins, owner of Jazz, TX.

Texas and international brown spirits makers will serve straight pours

and cocktails from their portfolios with spirit seminars led by Texas

Monthly Editor in Chief Tim Taliaferro and Wine & Spirits contributor

Jessica Dupuy. The event will also feature up to ten award-winning chefs

and mixologists serving dishes to compliment a wide array of whiskies.

For more information, visit

February 9 th -11 th - Texas Home and Garden Spring Show. Houstons’

Premier “One Stop Shopping Opportunity” for all your home & garden

needs. From Windows and Doors to Ceilings and Floors over 700 experts,

products, services and ideas all under one roof. Adult Tickets are

$10, Seniors and Military $8 and children 14 and under free. For more

information, visit

February 9 th -11 th - Tristar Collectors Show. Your trusted source for

sports autographs, trading cards and collectibles. Tristar will be held in

NRG Arena, Hall C and D. For more information, visit www.guestservices@

February 17 th - 2018 Lunar New Year Festival. This year’s Lunar New

Year Festival is from 10 AM-4 PM at the Chinese Community Center,

9800 Town Park Dr., Houston 77036. Free Admission & Parking. For more

information, visit

February 22 nd - 24 th - Houston Livestock Rodeo Cookoff. More than

250 teams, led by barbecue aficionados, compete in the World’s

Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. While most team tents are invitationonly,

visitors can enjoy several public venues, including The Garden,

Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon and the Chuck Wagon. Plus, the carnival is

open, for wild rides and fun games. The Miller Lite Stage at The Garden

features some of the best up-and-coming and established artists in Texas

country. The Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon also features live and DJ music

and has an outside patio for visitors to enjoy. Inside the saloon is the

Chuck Wagon, where visitors can pick up their complimentary sliced beef

sandwich with chips and beans.

February 24 th - Rodeo Run. Run for a cause! Proceeds from the event benefit

the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. The 2017 Rodeo

Run had more than 9,500 participants in the wheelchair race, 10K race and

5K fun run/walk. Since 1988, nearly $5 million has been contributed to the

Rodeo. For more information, visit

February 24 th - Downtown Rodeo Parade at 10 AM. Every February

since 1938, the nation’s fourth largest city is transformed from a bustling

metropolis to a down-home celebration of Western heritage. Decorative

floats intermingle with thousands of men and women on horseback to fill

the streets with hoof beats and marching bands. Enthusiastic Houstonians

join out-of-town spectators to line the streets and sidewalks to be involved

in one of Houston’s most popular celebrations! For parade route, street

closures and parking information, visit

February 24 th - Love tribute bands? Love food trucks? Join us for the 2 nd

Annual Texas Classic Rockin’ Food Truck Rally presented by Shiner

Beers. Our goal is to not only be the biggest food truck rally but one of

the most amazing rockin’ roll shows the Gulf Coast has ever experienced!

Come out early to get your grub on with ALL YOU CAN EAT samples from

all of your favorite food trucks from Noon to 3 PM, while supplies last.

Vote for your favorite gourmet food truck as they compete for the Grand

Champion of the Texas Classic Rockin Food Truck Rally title and all the

bragging rights that come with it. Come prepared to rock! There will be

an amazing lineup of bands. The event will be at the Galveston County

Fairgrounds. General Admission is $20, kids under 12 are free. Bring lawn

chairs and blankets for the show and no coolers are allowed. For more

information, visit

February 25 th - It’s official! The Houston Kosher Chili Cook-off is now

the largest kosher food event in Houston. The 8 th Houston Kosher Chili

Cook-off will be held at the ERJCC. There will be MORE cooking teams,

MORE food, MORE money raised for local charities and MORE fun! At

12 PM, the public is invited to sample chili, mingle, enjoy children’s

activities, listen to music and simply have a great time in an outdoor,

festival atmosphere. The event will conclude with the selection of the

winning chili by celebrity judges. So, don’t miss this “hot” event! For

more information, visit

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Libraries and Parks


Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL)

Public Information Office - 281-633-4734

Family Reading Club - Through-March 3 Rd

This six-week program is designed to encourage families to read, learn

and have fun together. Families participate in the program by reading

books and completing optional “challenges” that can be done at home.

All Fort Bend County families are eligible to participate. Families who

complete the program by reading 36 books - 6 books per week - are

eligible to receive a book bag for the family and will have their named

entered into a drawing for a $50 dining gift card, donated by the Friends

of the Library. Each branch library will have a drawing for the gift card on

March 5 th . A single registration is required for each participating family.

An adult (parent or guardian) is asked to register the family online by

going to the library’s website ( and clicking on the

“Family Reading Club Sign-Up” image. Families may also register at one

of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system. Upon registering,

families will then have their own online page on which to record their

books or reading time. There is no charge to join the Family Reading Club.

The program is sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries and the Friends

of the Library organizations that support the county library system.

Cinco Ranch Branch Library

(Ft. Bend Co. Lib.)

2620 Commercial Center Blvd., Katy, TX 77494, 281-395-1311,

Hours Mon. 12 Noon - 9 PM, Tues. 10 AM - 9 PM, Wed. 10 AM - 6 PM, Thurs.

10 AM - 9 PM, Fri. 12 Noon - 5 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun. Closed.

To register online for any classes at the library’s website (www.fortbend., click on “Calendar,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library” and

find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at

281-395-1311 or by visiting the library.



Room. Representatives from the AARP will provide free income-taxpreparation

assistance for low-income taxpayers. Patrons should bring

the following information to the session if possible: photo ID; Social

Security card(s) for self, spouse and all dependents; last year’s tax return;

W-2, 1099s and any other compensation received in 2017; unemployment

compensation statements and any other documents that are necessary

to complete your return. This service is free and open to the public on a

first-come, first-served basis. Income-tax forms are not available at the

libraries, but patrons may use the libraries’ computers and printers to

download and print out the forms from the IRS website,,

during regular library hours. A library card is needed to use the printers

and the cost to print is 10¢ per black-and-white page.

• CHESS DAY @ THE LIBRARY - Saturday, February 3 rd , 10:30 AM-2:30

PM, Meeting Room. People of all ages and skill levels - from beginners to

advanced - who are interested in playing chess, are invited to practice

their strategies while playing against others in a relaxed, stress-free

environment. Learn a new chess move (or two) during this come-andgo

activity. Experienced players will be on hand to provide tips and

assistance. A limited number of chess sets will be provided, but players

are welcome to bring their own sets as well.

• HEALTHCARE AND YOUR RETIREMENT - Saturday, February 10 th ,

10:30-11:30 AM, Multi-purpose Room. Leslie Corley, a financial advisor,

will talk about the steps investors should take to prepare for healthcare

costs after retirement. Get tips on ways to prepare for Medicare and longterm

care costs while maintaining a healthy retirement-savings account.


12 th , 12 noon-1 PM, Computer Lab. This easy-to-use online resource can

help job-hunters who are searching for a job or a new career. Learn how

to create professional resumés and cover letters, get detailed and current

information on a variety of occupations, match personal interests and

skills with a desired career, improve interviewing skills and much more.

The database includes detailed information on more than 1,000 different

occupations and matches interests and skills with possible careers. It

also provides more than five million up-to-the-minute local and national

job postings. Reservations required.

• JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL WORKSHOP - Monday & Tuesday, February

12 th and 13 th , 5:30-8:30 PM, Multipurpose Room. This workshop is

designed to help all job-hunters, from those applicants applying for a

position at a fast-food restaurant to executives looking for a position in a

large company. The tips that are presented can help any applicant plan a

more efficient job hunt and make a more favorable impression. Learn how

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to write a better resumé, research prospective employers, interview for

a job, improve non-verbal skills, make a great first impression, network

and much more. Reservations not required. Late arrivals welcome.

Different topics each night. Refreshments are provided courtesy of the

Friends of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library.

• ANCIENT EMPIRES-GREECE - Saturday, February 17 th , 1-3 PM, Multipurpose

Room. In this second of three programs on Ancient Empires,

former architecture professor Sheba Akhtar will talk about the roles

that topography, mythology and science have played in the history and

development of Greece. She will talk about the country’s city-states,

philosophy, drama, art and architecture of the classical period, as well as

Alexander the Great, the conquest of Asia Minor, Persia and Egypt during

the Hellenistic period. She will also touch upon Mycenae, the Trojan War

and Homer.

• COLLEGE FAIR - Thursday, February 22 nd , 6-7:30 PM, Meeting Room.

Representatives from colleges and universities will be on hand to share

information about their programs with current high school students and

parents or guardians. Learn about educational opportunities available

at the colleges, as well as admission requirements, financial aid, student

housing and more. For a list of colleges that will be here, check with the


• GREYHOUND PETS OF AMERICA - Saturday, February 24 th , 10-11 AM,

Meeting Room. Jessica Ford from Greyhound Pets of America/Houston

will discuss the history of greyhounds. She will also talk about their care,

their suitability as pets and the adoption process. Learn more about this

breed of dog, their needs, energy levels and personalities.

• ADULT COMPUTER CLASSES: All computer classes will take place in the

Computer Lab. Reservations are required.

MS Word Survival Basics: Tuesday, February 6 th , 10 AM

MS Word: Intermediate: Tuesday, February 13 th , 10 AM

MS Excel Survival Basics: Thursday, February 15 th , 10 AM

MS Excel: Charts: Thursday, February 22 nd , 10 AM

Introduction to Facebook: Monday, February 26 th , 12 Noon

MS PowerPoint Survival Basics: Wednesday, February 28 th , 10 AM

Open Computers Lab Q&A: Friday, February 16 th , 12 Noon, Learning Lab.

(reservations not required)


• LITERARY LUNCH LEAGUE BOOK CLUB - Wednesday, February 7 th , 12

Noon, Conference Classroom. The book to be discussed is News of the

World, written by Paulette Jiles. Those attending are invited to bring a

lunch, if desired.

• CINCO RANCH NIGHT READERS - Thursday, February 15 th , beginning

at 7 PM, in Conference Room. The book to be discussed is At the Water’s

Edge, written by Sara Gruen.

• BRIDGE NIGHT @ CINCO RANCH - Tuesdays, February 6 th and 20 th , 6-8

PM, Multi-purpose Room. Bridge players of all ages and skill levels - from

beginners to advanced - are invited to practice their strategies and share

tips while playing against others in a relaxed, stress-free environment.

On the 1 st and 3 rd Tuesdays of every month, the library will provide a

fun, relaxed setting where Bridge players can gather to sharpen their

skills and share their love of this popular card game with others.

• ESL CONVERSATION CIRCLES - Fridays, February 9 th and 23 rd , 1-2 PM;

Multipurpose Room. Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for

individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their

English language and conversation skills. The “Conversation Circles”

provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to gather in a

relaxed setting and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing

their English skills.









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scores on this practice test will only be shared with the student; they will

not be sent to any educational institutions. Bring two #2 pencils and a

non-graphing calculator if available. Registration is required.

• YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB - Wednesday, February 14 th , 4-5 PM,

Conference Classroom. Teen readers will have the opportunity to meet with

others who share the same love for great books and have a lively discussion

on the reasons a book or its characters were liked or disliked. Those

attending are invited to talk about Every Day, written by David Levithan.

• YOUNG ADULT ADVISORY COUNCIL - Wednesday, February 28 th , 4-5

PM, Conference Classroom. At this monthly meeting, teens in grades 9-12

are invited to express ideas organize upcoming activities and suggest

new programs and books that would be of interest to young adults at the

library. Earn volunteer/service hours and meet new friends while helping

to shape the future of library services for teens!


(The library is unable to accommodate daycares and school groups at

these activities.)

• Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays at 10:15 AM, provides caregiver/infant

activities and songs especially designed for the youngest book-lovers,

from age 1 month to 12 months.

• Stories & Play: Tuesdays at 2 PM, for children from 1 to 3 years of age.

Children will be treated to a story and then have open play time.

• Toddler Time: Wednesdays at 10:15 AM and Thursdays at 10:15 AM

and 11:30 AM - offers caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older

babies, from 12 to 36 months of age.

• Story Time: Wednesdays at 11:30 AM. Age 3-6, where they hear stories,

watch movies and participate in age-appropriate craft activities.

• Pajama Night Story Time: Tuesdays at 7 PM - gives families an evening

option for the activities presented during the daytime.

• Family Story Time: 1 st Saturday of the month at 10:15 AM. All ages


• Kinder Korner: 2 nd and 4 th Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM. A time

for kindergartners to enjoy stories, movies, crafts and other activities.

• After-School Breaks: 1 st and 3 rd Wednesdays at 4:30 PM. Crafts, movies

and stories for school-aged children in grades 1 through 3.

• Creative Connections: 4 th Saturdays at 2:30 PM. Activities for children

in grades 4 through 8.

• Minecraft Monday: February 26 th , 4:30 PM. Minecraft challenge for

students in grades 4 through 8. Reservations required.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call

the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or the library’s Public

Information Office at 281-633-4734.

Katy Branch Library

5414 Franz Road, Katy, TX 77493, 281-391-3509

Hours of Operation: Monday & Tuesday 10 AM - 7 PM, Wednesday 1 PM -

8 PM, Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM, Friday 1 PM - 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM,

Sunday CLOSED. Join online at or come by in person and

we’ll help you sign up!



of each month, 6 PM. Every month, a group of Spanish speaking adults

get together to discuss a chosen book. Les invitamos a que todos los

meses se reuna con nosotros para conversar sobre un libro. Lláme para

más información.

• SUPERACION PERSONAL - Second Wednesday of every month, 6 PM.

The Katy Branch Library hosts motivational discussions in Spanish.


Friday, 4:30 PM. Basic computer classes taught in Spanish.

• ADULT COMPUTER CLASSES - The Katy Library offers an array of

computer classes in English - please call for more information.

• MANGO ESL CLASS - Every Friday, 3:30 PM. Learn English with a group

going through Mango Languages, an online computer program.

• GARDENING CLUB - Every month on the 2 nd Thursday, 11 AM. Join

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other gardeners in the area to learn new ways to grow. Bring your leftover

seeds and exchange them for new seeds to try.


• GENEALOGY SQUAD - Every Monday, 2 PM. Bring your lunch and

join us for an informal genealogy get-together. We’ll have computers, and other genealogists to help each other with our


• KNOTTY & NICE CLUB - Every Wednesday, 1 PM. The Knotty & Nice

Club is the place for you if you want to learn new needlework techniques,

teach someone else or just hang out with other crafters. Come & join the


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• Painting

• Drywall

• Plumbing

• Electrical

• Doors

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Mondays, 10:15 AM - Baby Bounce

Tuesdays, 10:15 AM and 11 AM - Toddler Time

Thursdays, 10:15 AM and 11 AM - Preschool Storytime

Peckham Park Activities

These classes are free with priority to Harris Co. residents.

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In Business Since 1994

MARY JO PECKHAM PARK FISHING LAKE: The lake is a stocked. Rules are

posted out by the lake. Park hours are 6 AM-10 PM. If you have questions,

please call the Parks Office at 281-531-1592.


PILATES - Mondays and Fridays - 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.

YOGA - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM & Mondays &

Wednesdays, 5:30 PM-6:30 PM.

ZUMBA - Tuesdays - 11 AM-12 PM (HC & KCL residents call Tuesday

starting at 7 AM for reservations, other counties call Tuesday starting

at 10 AM) & Thursdays 5 PM - 6 PM (HC & KCL residents, call Thursday

starting at 7 AM for reservations, other counties call Thursday starting

at 10 AM) and Saturdays - 8:15-9:15 AM (HC & KCL residents, call Friday

starting at 7 AM for reservations, other counties call Friday starting at

10 AM).

SENIOR OUTDOOR FIT & FUN - Tuesdays - 11-11:30 AM.

FITNESS MACHINES – This is a time when you can work out on your

own on the fitness equiPMent. You must be 16 year and up & bring a full

size towel and wear atheletic shoes. Various times available daily. The

machines are closed during class times.


DEEP WATER AEROBICS - This hour class is a high cardio

vascular workout. A flotation device is advised. Monday -

Friday, 8 AM - 9 AM.

WATER AEROBICS - This one hour class is low-impact, which is easy on

the joints. Monday-Friday, 9:05 AM-10:05 AM. Monday & Wednesday

5:45 PM-6:45 PM.

ARTHRITIS AQUATICS - This class consists of range of motion,

muscle strengthening and endurance-building activities. Mondays,

Wednesdays & Fridays, 11 AM - 12 PM.

RECREATIONAL SWIM (call to reserve a spot) - There is no lap swimming

at this time. Friday, 5 PM-6:30 PM - Saturday & Sunday, 2:30 PM-4 PM.

Reservations may be made 1 day in advance for Harris County residents

& those who reside within the Katy City Limits. Other counties may call

the day of the Recreational Time.

LAP SWIM/WATER WALK - Various times daily. (for ages 12years and up)

LAP SWIM FOR AGES 8-11 Fridays, 4-4:45 PM, Saturdays and Sundays,

11:30 AM-1:30 PM( in 30 minute increments). Call to reserve a lane.

Reservations may be made 1 day in advance for Harris County residents

& those who reside within the Katy City Limits. Other counties may call

the day of.

AMERICAN RED CROSS SWIM LESSONS - Ages 6 months - Adults. Call or

come in to get schedule for lessons.


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Front row (L-R) - Ema Rhea, Amy Rhea and Maris Baughman. Middle Row (L-R) - Ashley Nighswander, Abby McKasle, Nykol Pratt, Audrey Pennington, Laura

Campbell, Lindsey Mumey and Payton Hanks. Back Row (L-R) - Alexis Champagne, Ella Vincent, Paloma Ames-Zuniga, Abby Bender, Amanda Saxman,

Emma Bordeaux, Claire Fortier, Devan Andres, Bailey Gatz and Jordyn Jones. Photo is taken by Nikki Guest Photography

National Charity League Event Honors Graduating Seniors

The National Charity League, Inc., Azalea Chapter honored its graduating seniors at its annual Senior Recognition in early January at the Sugarland

Marriott. At the dinner and dance, attended by family and friends, chapter members celebrated the accomplishments of each of the girls in the Azalea

Class of 2018 and recognize her contributions to the community during her six years of service in The National Charity League (NCL) program. The

seniors are students at Cinco Ranch High School, Seven Lakes High School, Taylor High School, Tompkins High School and Faith West High School.

The mission of the NCL is to foster mother daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership

development and cultural experiences. The Azalea Chapter was formed in 1999 and in the past year its members have served over 10,000 volunteer

hours in support of 24 charitable organizations in the Katy area.

Katy Area Retired Educators (Kare)

On December 6, 2017, Katy Area Retired Educators (KARE) held their Christmas Luncheon at Midway Barbeque, with the Taylor High School Expressions

performing a variety of Christmas Carols. Many thanks to Midway Barbeque who is hosting KARE meetings until the Merrell Center is restored. For

more information about the Katy Area Retired Educators check out our website at


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Lighter Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo


2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

4 cloves garlic, minced

ground black pepper to taste

2 cups heavy cream

2 egg yolks

salt to taste

1 pound fettuccine

1 sprig chopped fresh parsley

2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided

Directions: Combine chicken breasts and chicken broth in a saucepan

over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to

low; simmer for 5 minutes. Turn breasts, cover and simmer another 5

minutes. Remove from heat and let sit with the cover on for 15 minutes.

Remove chicken breasts from the broth and set aside to cool, reserving

the broth in the saucepan. Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, cut

into bite-size slices. Return the chicken broth to medium heat and cook

until reduced to 1 cup. Stir garlic, black pepper and heavy cream into the

reduced broth; bring to a simmer and remove from heat.

Whisk egg yolks in a bowl until smooth. Beat 1 tablespoon of the warm

cream mixture into the eggs until thoroughly incorporated; repeat until

about 1/2 cup of the warm cream mixture is used. Whisk the warm

cream and egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining

cream mixture. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until

the mixture almost comes to a simmer and thickens, about 5 minutes.

Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook fettuccine in

boiling water, stirring occasionally, until nearly cooked through, about

7 minutes. Drain. Stir parsley, 1 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano and cream

mixture into the pasta. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for a few

minutes until thick. Fold chicken and 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano into

the pasta mixture to serve. Source:

Cream Cheese Brownies


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

5 tablespoons shortening

1 cup white sugar

3 eggs

3 tablespoons cream cheese

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup chopped almonds

Cream Cheese frosting - optional

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 9 inch

square baking pan.

In top of a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and shortening, stirring

frequently until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and mix in sugar, cream

cheese and eggs. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Gradually mix in flour,

baking powder and salt. Fold in almonds and pour the batter into pan.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until toothpick inserted

near the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan before cutting into bars.

Add Cream Cheese frosting if desired. Source:

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

We are looking for volunteers 18 years old and up, be committed once

a week 3-4 consecutive hours for a minimum of six months. Different

assignments are available to choose from 7 AM-midnight Monday -

Sunday to support patients, families and staff. Please contact us if you

are interested at 832-227-1185 or


Volunteers Needed At

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has volunteer opportunities available.

Whether you are interested in working in the nursery, at our reception

desk, in our gift shop or even transporting patients, we have a place for

you. For more information, please contact Heather Rojas, Manager of

Volunteer Services at 281-644-7581.

Volunteer Opportunities

For Wildlife Advocates

Enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience with wildlife. Texas Wildlife

Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which serves as

an emergency care and rehabilitation facility for orphaned, ill, and injured

native Texas wildlife. Volunteers are welcome in the areas of assisting in the

daily functions of the center, assisting with public education programs, and

wildlife rehabilitation. Located at 10801 Hammerly, Suite 200, the facility is

open seven days a week to help wildlife in need. TWRC has a mentor program

in place to assist volunteers with “hands on” training for those interested in

becoming permitted rehabilitators. We invite you to join our organization in

saving Texas wildlife - one animal at a time. Call the center at 713-468-8972

for more information or email the Volunteer Coordinator at coordinator@ Visit our website at


Pregnancy Help Center

Seeks New Volunteers

Invest your time by volunteering with Pregnancy Help Center

of West Houston educating and supporting men and women in

making healthy choices for life in sexual integrity, unplanned

pregnancy and post-abortion loss. Volunteer opportunities include

mentoring, facilitating small groups, administrative assistance,

medical services, donation room and development. Discover your


For information inquire through the web site or call

281-578-0078, Volunteer Services Coordinator. The Pregnancy Help

Center of West Houston is a non-profit faith based organization.

SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic

Equestrian Centers

Nothing else can compare with therapy on horseback. Equine-assisted

activities improve physical balance and coordination, mental acuity,

emotional stability and social interactions. At SIRE, we see miracles on

horseback happen every day. The work of our dedicated volunteers

helps guarantee that children and adults with disabilities in the Greater

Houston Area will have the programs they need to live longer, healthier,

more productive lives.

In addition to their weekly work in the arena, many of our volunteers

donate their time and talents at fund-raising events such as our annual

Ride-A-Thon and the yearly Trailblazers Luncheon. Volunteers are on

hand during the NARHA on-site certification and annual SIRE Show-Off

and volunteers are vital to our Clients’ successes at the Top Hands Horse

Show, during the Houston Rodeo and competition at the regional and

state Special Olympics. Therapeutic horseback riding creates a bond

of success between the rider and their horse. Volunteers are their own

personal cheering section and the instructor is their mentor and coach.

Clients become more empowered and better equipped to fully live their

lives, each day.

To volunteer, please call one of our arenas and ask to speak with a

volunteer coordinator. SIRESpring, call 281-353-6160. SIREHockley, call

281-356-7588. SIRE Fort Bend, call 281-344-4308.

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Volunteers Needed At

Autumn Grove Cottage

Do you enjoy spending time with seniors? Autumn Grove Cottage is an

assisted living facility for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia related

illnesses. We are interested in volunteers socializing with our Residents.

We are a small cottage, close to your neighborhood, with just 16 Residents.

If you would like to volunteer in a cozy, home-like atmosphere then call

the Volunteer Coordinator at 281-398-6845 or visit our website www. Come be a part of our philosophy - “To honor

our Residents and those who love and care for them.” Volunteers will need

to complete a volunteer application and attend a brief training session.

Become A Sunrise Volunteer

Fond memories and treasured traditions start here! Enrich lives through

your generous gift of service as a Sunrise Volunteer. Please call the

Activity and Volunteer Coordinator for opportunities and details at 281-

240-0500 or email Sunrise

Assisted Living of Cinco Ranch is located at 21939 Cinco Ranch Blvd.,

Katy, Texas, 77450. For more information, you can also visit our website


Volunteer Katy

Meet with other local people who will gather and discuss/plan community

service projects and try to figure out the best way to make a difference

in our community. All volunteers welcome. Contact: Linda Wilson at 281-

222-1771 or visit

Katy Community Giving Circle

Needs Volunteers

The Katy Community Giving Circle is open to any resident in the Katy area

who wants to make a difference by giving collectively. Our mission is to

create a circle of giving in our community by collectively contributing to

organizations that will benefit or improve the lives of the people in our

neighborhoods. By combining members tax deductible donations of just

$10 per month, we are determined to make a greater giving impact! In our

first year we have been able to gift grants to 2 local organizations and we

are building a community of giving friends. For more information, please

visit our Facebook page

Clothed By Faith

We are looking for volunteers to join our amazing team! Please see

our website for more information or email Located at 802 Dominion Drive, Suite 100

in Katy. CBF demonstrates God’s love through the provision of gently

used clothing to those in need.

Houston Children’s Charity

Join a group of people dedicated to improving the lives of children. If

you are searching for a good cause to lend a hand to, you need look no

further. Houston Children’s Charity is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization

dedicated to improving the quality of life for underprivileged, abused

and disabled children who have been otherwise left behind. The scope of

our support is limited only by the availability of resources. Our goal, the

rainbow that we chase, is to leave no legitimate request for assistance


Do you have the time and desire to volunteer to help a great cause? We are

always in need of volunteers to help throughout the year. This is a great

way for school age kids to get in community service hours. Do you have

gently used children’s clothing, shoes and jackets? At Houston Children’s

Charity we are setting up the “HCC Closet.” All of the items donated will

be given to children - not sold at a retail store. Please contact our office at

713-524-2878 or visit our website for

more information on our organization.

Standup For Kids

How would you feel if you saved a kid’s life? StandUp For Kids is an

all volunteer organization dedicated to saving the lives of at-risk and

homeless kids through volunteer outreach efforts. Our volunteers search

the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and

street kids improve their lives. Every day throughout the US thirteen kids

die on the streets from abuse, disease and suicide. According to recent

statistics Houston has up to 2,500 kids living on the streets at any given

time. Texas has the highest rate of homeless youth in the U.S.

StandUp For Kids needs supplies for our Houston program, which

provides food, clothing, counseling and a safe environment for the

homeless youth of Houston. If you or your organization would like to

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hold a food or clothing drive for StandUp For Kids, please contact me

at to learn more about StandUp For Kids

or how you can help, visit our website at The

single greatest need, for homeless and street kids is our continuous

caring and real support. We must convince them that we care, we want

them back and we want to help them get off the streets.

Adopt A US Soldier

Adopt A US Soldier is a non-profit organization that seeks volunteers and

donors to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom

that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. It connects supportive civilians

with deployed soldiers and offers a channel by which to communicate

encouragement and express gratitude to those serving in the United

States Armed Forces. Adopt A US Soldier is sustained by its volunteer

workforce located across the United States. After a supporter asked a

soldier what they needed, his response was as follows: “No requests,

just don’t want to be forgotten.” -LCPL O.J.T. III When registering for

Adopt A US Soldier your involvement can range from writing letters and

sending postcards, to mailing care packages full of items a soldier may

need or want. Handwritten letters are most important and meaningful

to soldiers. Adopt A US Soldier encourages civilians to adopt a soldier to

show your support for those that are making sacrifices for our country. If

interested, please go to to register.

Spanish Meadows Volunteer Opportunity

In just 1 hour you could touch the hearts of at least 4 seniors. Do you have

a little free time? Do you enjoy the company of seniors? We would love

to have you volunteer your time and services to our wonderful residents.

Spanish Meadows Nursing and Rehab opened its doors in the fall of 2005

bringing quality care in a luxury environment to Katy and surrounding

communities. We are located at 1480 Katy Flewellen Road, Katy, TX

77494. To get further information on volunteering, please contact Robbin

at 281-394-0088 or Please visit

our website at

Volunteer Opportunities at

Houston Aphasia Recovery Center

HARC, a non-profit wellness facility for persons with aphasia, is

looking for volunteers to help in our programs. HARC is located at

3701 Briarpark Drive, Suite #310, Houston 77042, which is just inside

of Beltway 8 in the Westchase district of town. We offer training and

support to all of our volunteers. Volunteer days and times are flexible

based on need. For more information, contact our center at 713-781-

7100. More information about HARC and aphasia is also available on

our website:


Katy Christian Ministries

Needs Volunteers

Katy Christian Ministries is looking for volunteers to help in various areas

of the ministry and special events. If you would love to make a difference

in the community by volunteering, please visit our website at www., email or call 281-391-5261 for further


HealthBridge Volunteering

HealthBridge Children’s Hospital,,

located in the Westchase District of Houston is looking for volunteers.

Our 40 bed pediatric facility helps children ages 0-21 years of age as

they transition from hospital to home. Volunteers can assist our team

with direct patient interactions (play, baby holding, reading, mentoring)

and indirect patient care (greeters, phone reception and administrative

tasks). Volunteer hours vary, please contact Ellyn Poole at epoole@ for more information.

Volunteers Wanted At

Buckner Hospice Of Houston

Buckner Hospice of Houston is in need of volunteers. We offer many

different volunteer opportunities from Patient visits to office duties.

Hours of very flexible to fit your busy schedule. You donate the number of

hours you can. Please contact Toni Cruse Volunteer Coordinator at 281-

493-6800 or 713-918-9320 for more information.

The Thomas A. Glazier Senior

Education Center Has Volunteer

Opportunities Available

STAY ACTIVE. STAY ENGAGED. A new place for seniors to learn, located

at 16600 Pine Forest Lane, near Texas 6 and Clay Road. Free classes

available to Harris County residents 55 and older on subjects ranging

from basic computer skills to digital photography to astronomy, photo

editing and memory enhancement. We need you in our classrooms! Get

free volunteer training. Teach your own computer class. Contact us now

at 713-274-3250 or email us: Operated by Harris

County Precinct Three Commissioner Steve Radack.

Katy Quilters Needs Help For Charities

Calling on all the quilters in the area to help make pillowcases and small

blankets. This last year we donated over 200 pillowcases and small

blankets to various charities. The demand is even higher with all of the

families that have lost their homes because of the fires in and around

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our area. We need you and we have fabric that has been donated but we

need your hands and time to make someone smile. If you would like to

help, call the Katy Quilters, Shari Medford at 281-635-3000.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Vantage Hospice

Vantage Volunteers Needed! Looking to volunteer in a way that makes

a difference in people’s lives? This is it! Our compassionate volunteer

team takes an individualized approach to care. We help provide the best

quality of life, for the end of life. This is accomplished through social

interaction, companionship, active listening and activities. In addition,

sometimes we aide and support the family by relieving the caregiver. If

interested, contact Tracy Roth at

Foster Children: Preparation

For Adult Living (Pal)

When foster children reach age 18, they are considered independent.

That’s difficult for kids who have been wards of the state, with necessities

arranged by caseworkers with state funds. Now they’ll have to figure

out how to organize themselves and make their money last a whole

month. Fortunately, Child protective Services offers them a program

to help prepare for independence: Preparation for Adult Living (PAL).

The year-long course culminates in an all-day workshop hosted by

the National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW). The course is held at

Junior Achievement’s BizTown, using computer kiosks sponsored by

local businesses. Want to help with PAL or other NCJW programs that

help change lives with hands-on community service? Contact info@ or see

Volunteer Opportunities

At Christ Clinic Katy

Christ Clinic Katy is a nonprofit that provides quality healthcare to

uninsured and underinsured patients living Fort Bend and Harris

Counties. Volunteers Medical Providers (MD, DO, NP, PA or specialty

provider) Nurses, Medical Assistants, medical students and individuals

looking to learn more about the medical field are needed to help Christ

Clinic fulfill its mission. To volunteer, please call Beverly Allen at 281-

574-1540 or via email at Or visit www. to register for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

Literacy Advance of Houston

is looking for volunteers

Your way to transform a life in need… Teach someone to read! Just a

few hours a week can make all the difference for someone in your

community! Literacy Advance is Houston’s largest and oldest 100%

volunteer-supported literacy organization - and we need your help!

We’re calling all passionate volunteers to help adults learn to read, write

and speak English. All classes are free because they are taught by caring

people just like you willing to volunteer a few hours a week. We’d love

to match you with a person in need. Ola read her first book at age 49,

thanks to a tutor just like you. Prior teaching experience is welcome but

not necessary. Training and ongoing support is provided and we have

locations across the city. Other volunteer opportunities are available as

well, to find out more please contact Anna Zubkova, Volunteer Manager,

at or at 713-266-8777 ext.16.

Give A Senior The Gift Of Mobility!

Katy Area Ride Service Needs Your Help

Driving Older Adults

Katy Area Ride Service (KARS) is looking for your assistance in

transporting seniors in need of personal (hair salon, bank, classes,

volunteering, visiting a loved one, taking a pet to the vet) and

occasional medical rides. Rides are provided in your personal vehicles

to passengers who are age 65+ and ambulatory (not wheelchair bound,

may use walking aids). Time commitment is flexible and you choose

the Katy territory in which you want to drive. Volunteers do not provide

rides that go east of Barker Cypress, north of Clay Road, west of FM 1463

or south of Bellaire Blvd at the Grand Parkway. Benefits to Volunteer

Drivers include the opportunity to help seniors retain independent

living, dignity and freedom. Drivers tell us the day(s) and times they are

able to drive. Drivers choose if they wait for the senior or return later

to pick them up. Drivers must be between 21 years of age and 78 years

of age with a good driving record, pass a background check and show

proof of insurance coverage (state minimums) as required by the State

of Texas. To request a volunteer driver application, call 832-773-8645

or email KARS operates under an official 501(c)(3)

that designates it as a transportation service provider for seniors and

non-wheelchair bound persons with disabilities.

Interpreters Needed

Christ Clinic, 25722 Kingsland, Blvd Suite 101, Katy, TX 77494, provides

quality medical care to the uninsured. We are in need of bilingual

volunteers to facilitate communication between Spanish-speaking

patients and English-speaking staff by providing skilled language

interpretation services. Volunteers will serve as Interpreters for doctors,

nurses and other health professionals. The clinic is also in need of Medical

Providers (MD, DO, NP, PA or specialty provider) Registered Nurses,

Medical Assistants and medical students looking to gain experience in a

charity medical clinic setting. To volunteer, please call Michael Peterson

at 832-913-8476 or via email at Visit www. to complete a volunteer form.

Katy Community Giving Circle

The Katy Community Giving Circle is open to any resident of the Katy area

or surrounding communities who wants to make a difference by giving

collectively. Our mission is to create a circle of giving in our community

by collectively contributing to organizations that will benefit or improve

the lives of people in our neighborhoods. By combining members tax

deductible donations of just $10 per month, we are determined to make

a greater giving impact! In our first year we have been able to gift grants

to 2 local organizations and we are building a community of giving

friends along the way! For more information please visit our facebook


Give Back & Mentor A Local Juvenile

Please commit to becoming a positive adult role model for the youth

in our community. The juveniles are referred by the Fort Bend County

Juvenile Probation Department. There are so many children in need of a

listening ear and encouragement. Come forward and be that person for

someone in need… you may be the ONLY one! Mentors must be 21 years

of age and willing to give a minimum of an hour per week. Please contact

Susan Bearden at 281-633-7317,


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February Is Creative

Romance Month

February is being Creative Romance Month and many of you may feel like that is a

lot of pressure! Don’t worry though because we’ve put together a list of romantic,

yet creative ideas to make the month of February full of romance.

Go On A Surprise Trip. What better way to spend time together than by going on

a surprise trip? Instead of just telling your partner that you planned a getaway,

make them work to figure out what their Valentine’s present is. Write the name of

the destination on a piece of paper and cut it up into pieces that they have to put

together. If you want to really build up the anticipation, you can always give them

one piece of the puzzle a day leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Kidnap Them For A Day. If your partner is into fun gags, put a blindfold on him or

her and drive them to your chosen destination before you take the blindfold off. It

can be something as simple as a romantic dinner to their favorite restaurant or a

visit to their favorite museum. Tell them little clues along the way to see if they can

actually guess where they are going.

Act Like A Tourist. Just because you have lived in a city for a while it doesn’t mean

that you’ve visited everywhere there is to go. For Valentine’s Day, do a little bit of

research about restaurants or attractions that you and your partner have never

been to before. Then on Valentine’s Day, act like tourists at the place you end up

going too. Don’t just rush through the experience. Really soak it all in, spend a lot of

time there and just have a good time overall.

Can’t Get Away For A Few Days? Book A Hotel Room. If you and your partner want

to go on a vacation, but don’t have the time, consider booking a really nice hotel

room for 1-2 nights. Even though you won’t actually be leaving your city, it might feel

like it if you choose the right hotel. Not only should the hotel you choose have plenty

of activities and amenities, but it should be in a location that will allow you to easily

enjoy restaurants and shops within walking distance.

Share The Romance. If you and your partner are the kind of couple that likes to

outdo one another, consider trading off. On even days you could plan romantic

activities and on odd days it’s your partner’s turn. This can last for only a few days,

a week or the entire month of February! If you really want to wow them consider

going on a day cruise on your day or going camping for the night.



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Sports Injury and Concussion Seminar

Weekend warriors and young athletes are invited to learn about how to prevent and manage

sports injuries and concussions. Board-certified doctors from Houston Methodist Orthopedics

& Sports Medicine at West will present and answer your questions.

Thursday, Feb. 22 | 6-7:30 p.m.

YMCA at Katy Main Street

1350 Main St., Katy, TX 77494

To register for this free event, call 832.522.5522. Refreshments provided.

Dr. Winfield Campbell

Orthopedic Surgery,

Sports Medicine

Dr. F. Alex Schroeder

Orthopedic Surgery,

Sports Medicine

Dr. P. Timothy Sprockel

Primary Care Sports Medicine,

Concussion Management


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