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Katy West February 2018

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County FULSHEAR AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly member meetings the 2 nd Wednesday of every month at Parkway Fellowship located at 27043 FM 1093, Richmond, TX 77406. Meet and Greet begins at 7:30 AM and meeting starts at 8 AM. For more information about the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce, visit the website at www. fulshearareachamber.com or contact Amy Norvell at 281-914-3830 or anorvell@fulshearareachamber.com. IS YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM RUNNING AT OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE? Consider having a licensed irrigation contractor come to your home and conduct an irrigation evaluation. The WISE Guy program, sponsored by North Fort Bend Water Authority and participating Municipal Utility Districts (MUD), allows you to have a licensed professional evaluate your irrigation system; and then provide an online report of the findings with any recommended repairs - at No Cost or Obligation to you. As a matter of fact, once the evaluation is complete, North Fort Bend Water Authority will mail you a $15 check for participating. To learn more or to sign up for a Free Sprinkler System Evaluation, visit us at: www.NFBWA.com/wiseguys. You will also find a list of MUD’s participating in the program. FORT BEND MASTER GARDENERS For information on Ft. Bend Master Gardeners or lists of events, visit www. fbmg.com or call the Master’s Gardener’s Hotline at 281-341-7068. Anyone with an interest in gardening is encouraged to attend our events. TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST The Coastal Prairie Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists has a membership of 85 outdoor enthusiasts. For the last 10 years, chapter members have enjoyed learning together and sharing their love of the outdoors with others. The chapter is part of a state-wide Master Naturalist organization consisting of 8,140 volunteers in 44 local chapters with a total of over 2 million service hours as of 2012! Statewide TMN volunteers have impacted or conducted projects on approximately 195,700 acres of habitat while also developing or maintaining some 1,775 miles of interpretive trails. The Texas Master Naturalists program is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For additional information, call 281-633-7033 or email mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu. TEXAS MASTER NATURALISTS ANNOUNCE SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE As a Master Naturalist, you will join a corps of volunteers dedicated to the beneficial management of our natural resources and natural areas. Are you interested in our natural habitat -learning more about native plants and grasses; local geology; natural water systems; native birds, insects and mammals; hummingbirds or butterflies; our overall ecosystem? If so, you can enhance your knowledge of these areas and more by becoming a Certified Texas Master Naturalist. Naturalist students and graduates of this program volunteer for numerous projects around Fort Bend and Waller County including Katy Prairie Conservancy, Brazos Bend State Park, local independent school district educational programs, Fort Bend County Fair, the Prairie Heritage Festival and the Chapter’s signature project, Seabourne Creek Nature Park. You may be involved in anything from trail management to educating students about our natural habitat… you will decide based on what interests you most. The classes are scheduled to begin March 24 th and complete on Saturday, May 26 th and will include four evening classes on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9 PM and eight Saturday classes from 9 AM until 2 PM. Saturday classes are held at nearby parks and preserves to provide additional educational opportunities for new trainees in the field. In addition to attending classes taught by recognized experts in their fields, you will participate in field trips to exciting locations including Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, Sea Center Texas, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Brazos Bend State Park and Katy Prairie Conservancy. You will have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of local geology, range management and ecological diversity. You will also visit local properties to view and discuss different habitats and ecosystems. The total cost for the program is $175 for individuals or $300 per couple who share a training manual. Contact Margo “Mac” McDowell at the Texas Master Naturalist office 281-633-7033 or CJ McDaniel, telephone 832-945-2220. Email cjm111@crenshawgolf.com and website www.txmn.org/coastal. NOW OPEN! PennyWise Resale Store 323 S. Mason Rd., Katy, TX 77450 To access Women’s Center Services call 281-342-HELP(4357) 16 February 2018 | Katy West Community Newsletter

FORT BEND CHAPTER NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Join the Fort Bend Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Contact Paula Burns at pjburns8@ att.net for more information. The Fort Bend Chapter website is www.texasdar.org/chapters/FortBend. 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, susan.bearden@fortbendcountytx. gov or www.facebook.com/fortbendjpdspecialprograms. CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND SEEKS NEW VOLUNTEERS Do you like children and want to make a difference? Child Advocates of Fort Bend is looking for volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Opportunities include being an advocate for children in foster care or helping out in the Children’s Advocacy Center one morning or afternoon each week. Volunteers must be over 21 years of age, complete an application and interview and submit to background screening. For an application or more information, contact Volunteer Services at 281-344-5258 or kjordin@cafb.org. Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing a voice for abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County. With an army of volunteers, Child Advocates of Fort Bend serves more than 400 children each month through its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASATM) Program and Children’s Advocacy Center. BECOME A TUTOR-UNDERSTAND OUR STUDENT’S LIFELINES Become an essential part of a student’s life by signing up to be a tutor for the Literacy Council! The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County holds tutor training every other month. After 12 hours of training, outstanding volunteers are equipped to teach Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to adults. The trainings prepare tutors to organize and compile lesson plans, learn about various tutoring techniques, understand the purpose of the Literacy Council and much more. Tutors do not need knowledge of any foreign language, nor do they need formal teaching experience. We offer many locations for tutoring throughout the area, including locations in Katy. Tutoring sessions are offered during the day and at night. If you are interested in impacting someone’s life by being their tutor, please contact the Literacy Council at 281-240-8181 or visit the website at www. ftbendliteracy.org. Help us to “Change Lives Through Literacy!” RECYCLE AT THE FT. BEND COUNTY RECYCLING CENTER! The Ft. Bend County Recycling center is located nearby in Rosenberg (just 10 miles away) and accepts glass/bottles and Styrofoam that Waste Management doesn’t pick up. Visit the Ft. Bend Co. government website for information: www.co.fortbend.tx.us. Some recycling facts: • It takes about 1-2 million years for glass to decompose. • It takes 1+ million years for Styrofoam to decompose. For more facts on decomposition time, visit http://behealthyandrelax. com/2007/11/how-long-does-it-take-to-decompose. RUOK PROGRAM Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Dept. has a computer-generated program called “Are You OK?” (RUOK). It is a computer-generated call intended for senior citizens (over 55) and disabled persons who live alone and could benefit from a daily check. A computer will generate a call each morning, at about the same time and the participant chooses a time frame. A voice will ask, “Are you OK?” After this, all they have to do is hang up the phone. If the participant goes out of town or leaves the residence for any time, you just temporarily un-subscribe and re-subscribe when you return. If the call goes unanswered, the computer will call back 3 times at 15-minute intervals. If there is still no answer, the Sheriff will dispatch a deputy Roof Leaking? Specialized in Roof Repairs Our Family Trade Since 1945 • Whole Roofs & Roof Repairs • Seamless Gutters & Downspouts • Wall Flashing • Soffit & Fascia • Skylights & Chimneys • Window Replacement • Other Difficult Repairs 281-391-8257 www.callenroofing.com WE FIX IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME! Katy West Community Newsletter | February 2018 17