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Westheimer Lakes February 2018

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Call Anytime! Local Utility Rebates Now Available TACLB019260E HEATING • AIR CONDITIONING UP TO $ 1100 REBATE $ 5O OFF on a New A/C & Heating System 0% Interest Payment Plans Qualifying Models only. Call for Details. Must present at time of service. Expires 2/28/18. Any Repair Cannot be combined with any other offer. Must present at time of service. Expires 2/28/18. 281-492-3450 FREE ESTIMATES on New Equipment Same-Day Service 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 After School Nature Explorers Club 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 OWL PROWLS 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. Pre-registration is required and there is a maximum number of participants for each prowl. COMMUNITY HEROES VOLUNTEER TO BE AN EVERYDAY HERO Volunteer firefighting is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. Community VFD offers free fire training and volunteering is a great way to make a difference personally while having a positive impact in your community. Volunteers can fight fires, drive apparatuses, extract patients from vehicles at accident scenes, etc. Community VFD also provides emergency medical services (EMS) and provides opportunities for individuals with a Texas EMS certification to serve their community. Visit or email Chief Steve Fowler at 20 February 2018 | Community Newsletter

School News KATY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT WWW.KATYISD.ORG IMPORTANT DATES February 16 th - Early Dismissal for Campus Professional Learning February 19 th - District Professional Learning Day - Student Holiday KATY ISD FRANZ ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES NEW SPARK PARK Waving “Thank You” signs and singing along to a melodious gratitude song, the Franz Elementary (FES) Choir officially dedicated their new SPARK Park, which is now available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends. SEVEN LAKES HIGH SCHOOL This park is a collaborative effort between Katy ISD, FES parents, students, staff, the PTA, as well as local entities, who together contributed to the SPARK grant, which was just under $130,000. Fundraising efforts included a $5,000 donation from the PTA and a week-long of SPARK fundraising activities at the school, that included taping the principal to a wall, crazy hair day and water games that included popsicles, of which $2,150 was collected. Other funding included $1,000 from the West Harris County MUD #7, $1,000 from Raintree Village Homeowner’s Association and the design work was paid for by Katy ISD. SPARK contributed $116,000 from The Kinder Foundation and Houston Endowment park desert initiative. The park includes a concrete trail, sensory play panels, musical instruments and four bollards covered with tiles painted by students and staff. When visitors walk through the park, they will notice a variety of trees, which include Monterrey oaks, Mexican plums and anacua trees. In total, 34 trees were donated by Trees for Houston. Principal Sylvan shared, “It has been said that ‘A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or a part of the same social network.’ It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community and everyone plays a crucial role.” “We hope during the break, you will come and enjoy this park,” added Ashley Vann, Katy ISD Board of Trustees President. SPARK, an organization created in 1983 to increase park and recreational spaces in the Greater Houston area, has helped to turn underutilized school playgrounds into neighborhood parks at more than 200 locations. This is the third SPARK Park at a Katy ISD school. Community Newsletter | February 2018 SEVEN LAKES BEST BUDDIES 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 program helps break through social barriers at an important time in a young person’s life. For more information, go to 21