Falcon Ranch March 2018

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MARCH 2018

Official Falcon Ranch Newsletter

Important Numbers pg. 2

Babysitting List pg. 4

School News pg. 10

Houston Events pg. 18

Sports pg. 26

Library News pg. 28

Featured Recipes pg. 39

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HELPFUL NUMBERS

HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION

SPECTRUM ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT, LP

COMMUNITY MANAGER: BART JONES

281-343-9178

bjones@spectrumam.com

• All exterior improvements and/or additions require the

HOA’s approval prior to the start of the work. The HOA has

30 days to review any application for home improvement.

• Contact the HOA for questions, requests and/or concerns

on deed restrictions, pool/tennis court, exterior improvement

(such as landscaping, fencing, etc.) garbage collection,

architectural review and any other related information.

• Garage sales prohibited unless express written permission has

been granted by the HOA. Please give 30 days notice to the HOA.

POLICE & FIRE

Fort Bend County Sheriff office (Emergency) 911

Fort Bend County Sheriff office (Non-emergency) 281-341-4665

Fort Bend County (Home Alarm Registration) 281-341-4610

Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 3 281-491-7226

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers 281-342-TIPS (8477)

Willowfork Fire Department (Emergency) 911

Willowfork Fire Department (Non-emergency) 281-395-0011

SCHOOLS

www.katyisd.org

KISD Administration 281-396-6000

KISD Transportation 281-396-7560

Rylander Elementary 281-237-8300

Cinco Ranch Jr. High 281-237-7300

Cinco Ranch High School 281-237-7000

www.falconranchhoa.com

HOA BOARD MEETINGS

The Falcon Ranch HOA Board monthly meetings are held at The Falcon Ranch

Clubhouse on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The clubhouse is

located at 24820 Forest Canyon, Katy, TX 77494 by the pool and splash pad.

Regular meetings begin at 6:30 PM and residents are welcome to attend.

The Board, which is made up of Falcon Ranch residents, wants to hear from

residents but due time constraints open-session discussions must be limited.

CONTACT INFO

If you want to contact the Board, send an email to board@falconranchhoa.com.

To contact the management company, call 281-343-9178 between 9 AM-5 PM.

FACEBOOK

www.facebook.com/falconranch Look for us on Facebook!

FALCON RANCH NEXTDOOR WEBSITE

Joining the Falcon Ranch Nextdoor website is the best way to keep up with the

latest news affecting our neighborhood. It is restricted to only verified Falcon

Ranch residents and you can configure privacy and notification settings to suit

you. As of August 2017, 875 residents are on there, reflecting 564 individual

households. Nextdoor is used to find lost pets, referrals for contractors, landscaping,

babysitting and stay safe by being informed about crime, like car

break-ins. Use this link to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/nextdoorfr.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINES

Residents are invited to contribute to this local newsletter. Articles should

be submitted to the Board (board@falconranchhoa.com), no later than the

20 th of the month BEFORE the newsletter is printed, which is the month

before distribution. Please make note of these deadline dates:

March 20th - May newsletter April 20th - June newsletter

LIBRARIES FT. BEND CO.

Cinco Ranch 281-395-1311

George Memorial 281-342-4455

Mamie George 281-491-8086

Maude Marks 281-492-8592

COMMUNITY

YMCA 281-392-5055

VFW 281-391-4872

Fort Bend Co. Court House 281-342-3411

William B. Travis Building 281-342-3411

Jane Long Annex 281-342-3411

Katy Chamber of Commerce 281-828-1100

UTILITIES/POST OFFICE

Centerpoint Gas 713-659-2111

Reliant Energy 713-207-7777

Power Outage 713-207-2222

Municipal District Services, LLC 281-290-6507

24-hour emergencies 281-290-6503

Consolidated Communications 1-866-989-2255

TRASH PICKUP*/Recycling

Best Trash 281-313-2378

• Pick-up Days Tues.-Fri.

Comcast Communications 713-341-1000

Katy - Park Row Post Office 1-800-275-8777

Dept. of Public Safety 713-465-8462

Poison Control 1-800/222-1222

MEDICAL

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital 281-644-7000

Methodist West Hospital 832-522-5522

Texas Childrens Hospital West 832-227-1000

Houston Methodist St. Catherine 281-599-5700

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WANTING TO MAKE AN EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENT

TO YOUR HOME?

Many new homeowners like to improve on the new home they purchase by

adding a swimming pool, storage shed or other modifications. If you want to

make an exterior change to your home, please fill out the application found on

the Spectrum Website at www.spectrumam.com. The Association has a committee

that reviews these applications and the committee has 30 days to respond.

TRASH PICKUP

TUESDAY & FRIDAY

RECYCLE

TUESDAY

RECYCLE YARD WASTE

Residents of Falcon Ranch could benefit the community,

as well as their own lawns and pocketbooks, with one

simple change in lawn maintenance.

If you or your lawn service currently bag grass clippings,

simply leaving the clippings to work down into the lawn

will make a huge difference in the amount of waste our

community puts into the landfill each year. It will also

help conserve water, because the clippings will work to

maintain moisture in the soil. Both of these benefits will

save money in the long-run. Moreover, it is estimated

that lawns that are naturally fertilized with grass clippings

require 25% less fertilizer - resulting in even more

savings to you!

Grass clippings and finely chopped leaves add vital nutrients and organic

matter to the lawn, thus improving the health of the lawn. It isn’t necessary

to use a mulching mower; just mow one inch when grass reaches four inches

tall. The clippings won’t be noticed and will break down within a week.

REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

You may have noticed the constables patrolling our neighborhoods, working

to keep our community safer for everyone. The appearance of constables

has raised a question of what to do if you witness suspicious activity. If you

see something happening that is an emergency, please call 911. If you see

suspicious activities that are not emergencies, call the Fort Bend County

Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665.

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DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

MARCH 11, 2018

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is often wrongly referred to as “Daylight Savings,”

with an “s” at the end. Other common variations are “Summer Time” and “Daylight-Saving

Time.”

The term “Daylight Savings Time” is very commonly used, especially in Australia,

Canada and the United States. It’s likely that the incorrect term “savings” entered

the popular vocabulary because it’s so often used in everyday contexts, like “savings

account.”

At the beginning of the DST period in the spring, clocks are moved forward,

usually by 1 hour. When DST ends in fall (autumn), clocks are turned back again.

DST does not add daylight, but it gives more usable hours of daylight. In that

sense, DST “saves” daylight, especially during early spring. Standard time refers

to time without DST.

set your clock ahead one hour !!!

MARCH GARDENING TIPS

VEGETABLES

• Plant vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet corn and snap beans and pepper, as well as

cucumbers, lima or butter beans, cantaloupe, okra (if the soil has warmed sufficiently

- 70 degrees F. or higher), southern peas, pumpkin, squash, peanuts and watermelon.

LAWN

• Re-sod or replant as needed with turfgrasses adapted to this part of Texas

and suited to the planting location (shade or sun).

• When resodding semi-shaded areas with St. Augustine, use ONLY the variety

Floratam for best pest resistance. See www.plantanswers.com/grass.htm.

TREES AND SHRUBS

• Plant container-grown trees and shrubs as soon as possible. In shady areas, where

grass is difficult to grow, consider planting a dependable groundcover such as English

ivy, Asian jasmine, vinca or one of the prostrate junipers.

• Prune spring flowering and evergreen shrubs during early March. However, be sure

to prune spring flowering shrubs after they have bloomed.

• Fertilize with a pre-plant application of a slow-release fertilizer analysis such as 19 - 5 - 9 at the rate of 3 pounds per 100 square feet

of garden planting area. Early March is the ideal time to fertilize landscape plants because you give them food just before the spring

growing season starts.

Family Law

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Child Custody

Guardianships

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Matthew Flanagan

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FALCON RANCH TEENAGE JOB SEEKER’S LIST

If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added to the teenage

job seeker’s list, please fill out the form on our website (www.krenekprinting.com,

click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with your

name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate and

the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want

on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send emails

in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you want

to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we will

remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission.

DISCLAIMER

Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those

listed on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check out

references if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a

list of teenagers from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs.

Responsibility for any work done by these teenagers is between those

seeking helpers and the teens and their parents.

CODE KEY:

B - BABYSITTING, CPR - CPR CERT., FAC - FIRST AID CERT., RCC - RED CROSS CERT.,

SS - SAFE SITTER, SL - SWIM LESSONS, PP - PET/PLANT SITTER, P - PET CARE

ONLY, H - HOUSE CARE, L - LAWN CARE, C- CAR CARE/DETAILING, T - TUTORING

TEENAGE JOB SEEKER’S LIST

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STREETLIGHTS OUT?

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Remember to obtain the 6-digit pole number along with the closest

physical address to the street light that is not working. This will cut

down on the time for CenterPoint to locate and repair the pole.

BAYOU BELLES SERVICE ORGANIZATION

Professional women from Acadiana, meet the 1 st Wednesday of every

month at 7 PM, offering our members fun family activities, volunteer

opportunities, annual charity gala, philanthropic youth program and so

much more. Contact: Angeline Labbe’-Auzenne at www.BayouBelles.org.

We welcome everyone regardless of age, race or religion!!

THE EMPOWERMENT CENTER

The EmPowerment Center is located at 20910 Park Row Blvd., Katy,

Texas 77449. Everyone is welcome. For additional information, visit

us online at www.beempowered.com or call our office at 281-578-

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PREPARE FOR TAX SEASON 2018

Here are 10 ways to get a jump start on your taxes now:

• Figure out which forms you’ll need: There are many different tax

forms for different financial situations. If you’re unsure which tax

form to use, visit the IRS’s website or consult a professional.

• Keep all receipts in the same place: If you’re someone who itemizes

deductions, it is important to store all of your receipts together in

the same place. If you lose any, it could cost you.

• Store all tax returns together: Since we often have to reference the

previous year’s return when preparing the current one, it’s a good

idea to make sure you store them all in the same place.

• Review/revise your W-4: If you’ve experienced any life changes from

the previous year (adding or losing any family members), ask your

employer if you can review your W-4. The IRS recommends doing

this every year.

• Do your research: If you plan to do your taxes on your own, make

sure you educate yourself about the deductions you’re entitled to.

If you plan to hire someone, check around and make sure they’re

reputable.

• Save your money: Unless you fill out the 1040EZ form and mail it

in yourself, it’s going to cost you money to file your taxes.

• Check your deductions: If you’ve had any major life events this year,

you may be entitled to some sizable deductions. It’s a good idea to

research all possible deductions to avoid overpaying your taxes.

• Track all charitable donations: Charitable donations are tax-deductible,

so if you have any monthly or one-off donations, make sure to

keep track so that you can deduct these expenses from your taxes.

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IS IT A TURTLE OR A TORTOISE?

By Cheryl Conley, TWRC Wildlife Center

Some lump anything with an outside shell into the turtle category

when in fact there are distinct differences between turtles and

tortoises. Both are reptiles but turtles live in the water and the

tortoise is a land-dweller.

Turtles are identifiable by their webbed feet and long claws. The

webbing helps them swim. The tortoise has a heavier shell than

the turtle and has short sturdy legs. Turtles are omnivores meaning

they eat vegetation and meat. Tortoises tend to be herbivores but

have been known to occasionally eat meat.

Both turtles and tortoises date back 220 million years! They both

have a very long lifespan with sea turtles living up to 70 years and

the more common turtles living up to 40 years. Tortoises can live

up to 150 years!

Red-eared slider turtles became popular as pets when they were

made available in dime stores. I know I had one in the 1950’s so

they’ve been around a very long time! Their popularity soared

when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie came out. Because

the turtles were released into the wild when pet owners got tired of

them, they are now considered invasive in some states. A couple of

states have outlawed the sale of them. These turtles tend to be a bit

aggressive and make it difficult for other native species to compete

for food and habitats. They can also introduce unknown diseases

to the wild population when pet turtles are released into the wild.

Probably the most unique turtle in our area is the softshell turtle.

They live in the water and are carnivores. It has a flat shell and will

often bury itself at the bottom of a lake, stream or bayou leaving

only its neck and head exposed. It can breathe under water much

like a fish.

TWRC Wildlife Center cares for hundreds of turtles every year. Most

are admitted because of injuries sustained from cars. In 2014,

concerned citizens asked Missouri City to help protect turtles crossing

the road. The City took a positive step by erecting road signs

showing a mama turtle with three babies. TWRC Wildlife Center

is a 38-year-old non-profit organization that is your resource for

wildlife questions and concerns. Check out our website at www.

twrcwildlifecenter.org or give us a call at 713-468-TWRC.

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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!”

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 or the local police. They will have with them a print

out of information on the person that is not responding to the calls. This

program was established by FBC Sheriff Milton Wright, Commissioner’s

Court and Ken Whitt (FBC Sheriff’s Citizens Academy Alumni Assoc.)

in 1998. Many police chiefs in the county are also participating in the

program and will proceed with the welfare check for citizens of their

community. To request more information or to enroll in this free and

very beneficial program, please call the Sheriff’s dept. at 281-341-4704.

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RECYCLING CENTERS NEAR YOU!

The Ft. Bend County Recycling Center in Rosenberg (just 10 miles

away), accepts glass/bottles, Styrofoam and other items. Visit the Ft.

Bend Co. government website www.co.fort-bend.tx.us for information.

Green Arrow Recycling located in Katy, west of Katy High School accepts

paper, plastics, aluminum, electronics, cardboard and other recyclable

materials and welcome residential drop offs.

Visit greenarrowrecycling.com.

FULSHEAR AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly member

meetings the 2nd 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.

MOMS CLUB OF FULSHEAR/SIMONTON

We are a nonprofit support group for stay at home and part time

working moms. Beyond the social aspects of our playgroups and Moms

Night Out gatherings, we are service project group driven to help the

community and those in need. Find us on Facebook at MOMS Club

Fulshear/Simonton

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

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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 24th

and complete on Saturday, May 26th 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.

SUGAR LAND GARDEN CLUB

Sugar Land Garden Club meets at the Sugar Land Community Center,

226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land 77478. For more information visit www.

sugarlandgardenclub.org. Sugar Land Garden Club was established

in 1932 and is one of the largest garden clubs in Texas. Membership

is open to all.

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.

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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.

ROTARY CLUB OF BRAZOS RIVER

The Rotary Club of Brazos River is a community service organization whose

membership represents the area from West Katy to Simonton, including

Fulshear and Weston Lakes. If you would like to be a part of a great organization

and make new friends, as well as give back to your community, you

are invited to join us at one of our meetings which are held on most Friday

mornings at 8 AM at the Weston Lakes Country Club. If you would like to

find out more about our Club, visit our website at www.brazosriverrotary.

org or our Brazos River Rotary Club Facebook page.

BUDGET FRIENDLY SPRING BREAK

FAMILY HOT SPOTS

A great spring-break vacation doesn’t need to break the bank. Whether

you’re exploring a cool city or lounging on the beach, you can beat

the winter blues with a budget spring break. Check out these budget

friendly hot spots:

Washington, DC: It doesn’t cost a dime to enjoy Washington, DC’s culture

and history, especially during the Cherry Blossom Festival when the city

is awash in delicate white and pink blossoms. Free events during the

2-week-long festival in early April include cultural performances, fireworks

and a parade. There’s no charge for the main event - the stunning

trees framing the Tidal Basin and around the Washington Monument.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica: Jamaica is a popular spot for the spring-break party

crowd, but families can find fun for a bargain at the Beaches Boscobel

Resort and Golf Club. This all-inclusive resort boasts 5 restaurants, 6

bars and 1 super cool water park with 9 twisting slides and kiddie pools.

Sanibel Island, FL: Spring break falls during Sanibel Island’s high season

from February to April when the weather is perfect and shelling along

the sandy shores is at its best.

Seattle, WA: You can explore Pike Place Market with your wallet intact, if

you can exercise willpower at the nearly 200 shops and restaurants and

both admission and parking are free at the Frye Art Museum.

IMPORTANT DATES & HOLIDAYS IN MARCH 2018

MARCH OBSERVANCES & FUN FACTS

Birthstone: Aquamarine

March Flower: Daffodil

Astrological Signs: Pisces (2/19-3/20) and Aries (3/21-4/20)

The Anglo-Saxons called the month Hlyd monath which means Stormy

month or Hraed monath which means Rugged month.

March is observed as:

• American Dietetic Association Month

• National Nutrition Month

• American Red Cross Month

• Caffeine Awareness Month

• Epilepsy Awareness Month

• National Nutrition Month

• Nutrition Month

• Peanut Month

• Women’s History Month

Holidays:

3/11: Daylight Saving Time starts

3/17: St. Patrick’s Day

3/20: Spring begins!

3/25: Palm Sunday

3/30: Friday Good Friday

3/31: Passover

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KATY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

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IMPORTANT DATES

March 7 th - Family Night (No Homework Assigned)

March 30 th - Holiday/Students and Staff

MARCH 12 TH -16 TH

KATY ISD RANKS AS THE TOP SCHOOL DISTRICT

IN THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA

The 2018 Best School Districts rankings have been announced and

looks like “The Best is in the West” for the Greater Houston area,

with Katy Independent School District taking the top spot.

Niche, a ranking and review organization for K-12 schools, assesses

school districts across America every year. Katy ISD received an

overall grade of “A+” for its outstanding educational accomplishments.

The rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics,

reviews from students and parents, as well as data from the U.S.

Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores,

college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality,

public school district ratings and more.

Katy ISD is known as one of the fastest growing school districts in the

country and currently has an enrollment of over 77,000+ students.

BAD WEATHER MAKE-UP DAYS

Texas weather has not been kind and continues to bring many

challenges to our community. Due to the wintery conditions that

caused the District’s closure in mid-January, we need to alert you

to a change to our 2017-18 Instructional Calendar.

As you may know, Katy ISD, along with all Texas school districts, is

required by state law to have 75,600 minutes of instructional time

built into its calendar each year. While the Texas Education Agency

(TEA) granted our district a waiver for missed instructional time

this past fall as a result of Hurricane Harvey related closures, the

District has been informed that waivers will not be provided for

January’s bad weather days.

Unfortunately, our students lost significant instructional time this

year. Monday, February 19 th was currently designated as a bad

weather day and was used to make up instructional time for all

students. Additionally, in order to be in compliance with state law,

the secondary school day will be extended by ten minutes during

the week of May 14 th -18 th , with dismissal being at 2:45 PM each day.

KatyISD recognizes that this may be an inconvenience for some

families and we apologize ahead of time for that. Just as we must

meet the requirements of the law, it is also just as important that

we are in a position to ensure that we can effectively achieve our

mission to provide educational excellence and opportunities that

prepare our students for success in college, career and life. With

that said, having our students in school to grow and learn is of the

utmost importance. As always, your understanding and support is

greatly appreciated.

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CINCO RANCH & SEVEN MEADOWS HIGH SCHOOL

A group photo of members of the Cinco Ranch High School CRyptonite

and Seven Lakes High School RoboSpartans robotics teams and one

of the students and mentors in Australia.

KATY STUDENTS INTRODUCE ROBOTICS TO AUSTRALIA

Teenagers from Cinco Ranch High School CRyptonite and Seven

Lakes High School RoboSpartans robotics teams developed their

leadership, technical and communication skills by introducing

robotics to Onslow, Western Australia. They are part of an outreach

project from Bechtel corporation, which sponsors both robotics

teams, to develop to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

(STEM) capabilities called Robots Around the World (“RAW”).

Onslow is a remote town on the west coast of Australia where Bechtel

is working on Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project. According to student

project leader Satvik Bacchu from CRyptonite, “Because Onslow is

so small, formal education for students stops at about 8th grade. To

continue their education, students must go to boarding schools or be

homeschooled. Our goal is to provide robotics education to Onslow students

to enter robotics competitions and develop a passion for STEM.”

Bechtel provided both robotics kits to the Onslow students and technology

for remote video conferencing. CRyptonite and RoboSpartans

students created a curriculum, videos and a robot game to help Onslow

students learn at their own pace and have fun programming and running

their robots. The team met on Saturday evenings (Katy time) to

accommodate the time difference and were supported by many Bechtel

employees, including, Tracy Johnson (RoboSpartans mentor) as well as

Nicole Connolly, Erin Glancy and Jeffery Hunter (located in Australia).

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The students learned a lot about project management by planning

and leading this education program. They also learned to work with

communications issues on the international level and made new friends

in the process.

TOMPKINS HIGH SCHOOL

FFA SPRING FUNDRAISER

The Cow Patty Classic 5K/10K run is being hosted by the Tompkins

Booster Club to support the Tompkins FFA Chapter on Saturday,

April 14 th . Participants and Sponsors can sign up using link:

https://thedriven.net/cowpatty.

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Dated

Community

Events

SPRING BRANCH AFRICAN VIOLET CLUB

39 TH ANNUAL SPRING SHOW AND SALE

Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center

2020 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77004

Saturday, March 3, 2018: Show 1-5 PM, Sale 9 AM-5 PM

Sunday, March 4, 2018: Show & Sale, 10 AM-3 PM

Free Admission

Violets of all types such as standards, miniatures, semi-miniatures

and trailers will be available. Other Gesneriads such as Episcias

and Streps and supplies such as potting soil, pots and fertilizers

will also be featured. Club members will be available to answer

general questions on growing African Violets. Free parking available

at Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center. For further information,

contact Karla Ross, 281-748-8417, kjwross@yahoo.com.

2 ND ANNUAL KATY TASTE FEST

www.KatyTasteFest.com

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.KatyTasteFest.com.

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.

FREE SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Memorial Parkway Community Center,

21600 Cimarron Parkway in Katy

Are you a small business owner who wonders if you are getting the

most and best benefits for your dollar? Learn about all options. No

attendance taken. No selling. No followups. Education only!

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

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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 www.artcolonyassociation.org. For updates on

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

like the Facebook page or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

NATURE PROGRAMS FOR PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

SATURDAYS IN NATURE

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 March: Wildflowers

- Craft: Seed Starters. April: Bird Watching - Craft: TP Binoculars.

Community Newsletter | March 2018

The Titmouse Club

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 www.houstonaudubon.org 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:

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

April 3 rd & 4 th : Wildflower Power

April 10 th & 11 th : Dragonflies

April 17 th & 18 th : Turtles

April 24 th & 25 th : Fishing Fun

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 www.houstonaudubon.org. For more information

contact Bethany Foshee, Docent Programs Coordinator, bfoshee@

houstonaudubon.org or 713-932-1639. Upcoming programs include:

March 22 nd : Baby Animals

April 19 th : Snakes Alive!

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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 www.houstonaudubon.org. Owl

Prowl dates - 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.

LOCAL CHARITIES HOST 2 ND ANNUAL KATY COLOR RUN

The 2 nd annual Katy Color Run will be held Saturday, April 7 th at

Kingsland Baptist Church. The color-filled run will consist of a 5K

run and a 1K kids’ dash. The community event will also feature

entertainment, food trucks and vendors and a kids’ fun zone.

Proceeds from the run will benefit local nonprofit organizations:

Christ Clinic, Clothed by Faith, Compassion Katy, Hope Impacts

and Katy Christian Ministries. The Ballard Foundation is the title

sponsor of the event.

Community Newsletter | March 2018

The benefiting nonprofits provided thousands of people with medical,

food, clothing and shelter needs after Hurricane Harvey. Christ

Clinic offers medical care to uninsured and underinsured patients.

Clothed by Faith gives gently used clothing to thousands of Katy

area residents in need. Compassion Katy’s connects churches,

businesses and nonprofits to provide solutions to meet the needs

of the community. Hope Impacts imparts hope to homeless and

under resourced people in the Katy area by connecting them to

services and resources. Katy Christian Ministries offers food and

emergency financial assistance to those in need and also offers

many other resources to the community including a domestic abuse

center and a resale store.

For more information and to register to run please visit:

https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Katy/KatyColorRun5K.

3 RD ANNUAL SPORTING

CLAYS TOURNAMENT

BENEFITING TAYLOR HS FFA

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Held at the American Shooting Center,

16500 Westheimer Pkwy. This event

helps raise money to help send our FFA

students to district, state and national

Leadership and Career Development

competitions, the Texas FFA State Convention as well as providing

educational tools for our FFA teachers. In the past, teams of four

from our school, family teams, local business teams and community

teams have signed up for this competition. We also provide online

registration and payment options for this event. For more information,

please visit www.taylorffaclaytournament.com.

CAF HOUSTON WING’S WARBIRD WEEKEND

AND OPEN HOUSE

On Saturday and Sunday, April 14 th & 15 th from10 AM until 5 PM,

those big, old airplanes with the mighty round engines will be flying

again as the Commemorative Air Force’s Houston Wing presents

its 2018 Warbird Weekend and Open House at Hangar B-5, West

Houston Airport. Get up close and feel the prop wash and hear the

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noise as radial engines power these historic WWII aircraft. See some

of the old planes your father, grandfather or grandmother learned

to fly for World War II.

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Admission is $15 per CAR at the gate or $10 per car if ticket is purchased

in advance online (check our website or facebook page for

details) and earns you a day of aircraft and military vehicle displays,

museum exhibits and fun.

Warbird rides will also be available for purchase.

Food, drinks, gifts and souvenirs

will be available. Come on

out and honor America. The

Commemorative Air Force is a

non-profit national patriotic organization

whose membership

includes people from all backgrounds sharing an interest in aviation

and history. www.houstonwing.org.

Open

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Clinics

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The West Houston Airport is located at 18000 Groschke Rd., 2 miles

north of I-10 and between Hwy. 6 and Barker Cypress, will be the place

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6 TH ANNUAL “STRIKE OUT” AUTISM 2018

April 29, 2018, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

www.hopeforthree.org

An exciting family fun day providing focused on educating and empowering

others about the leading developmental disabiliy in the

United States - autism. 7,500 fans and supporters, Hope For Three,

County Judge Bob Hebert, all 18 City Mayors, 300 volunteers and the

Sugar Land Skeeters, host over 400 family members from the autism

community to a day full of friendship and baseball.

Volunteers “buddy” up with a child prior to the game for play time

on the field or in the playground area. During this time, parents and

caregivers enjoy a social hour in the company of other adults at the

Bud Light Pavilion; a rare occasion for many, a first-time opportunity

for most

• Dancing Tots • Combo Ballet/Tap

• Combo Ballet/Tap/Jazz • Acro • Ballet

• Tap • Jazz • Hip Hop • Lyrical/Contemporary

• Award Winning Company

A 2-hour buffet with complimentary lunch and soft drinks await the

hosted families in the picnic area 700 volunteers and family members

march around the field for an Autism Awareness Parade before Judge

Hebert and City Mayors join on field to read a Proclamation of support

recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month Then, it’s PLAY BALL!

Sponsors, Mayors and other VIPs enjoy the game from hosted suites,

while volunteers and families cheer on the home team! Numerous

volunteer, sponsorship and underwriting opportunties available.

Call 281-245-0640 to learn more.

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THEATER/ARTS

FULSHEAR SIMONTON TEXAS OPRY

Saturday, March 3, 2018 7-10 pm

The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce

presents the Fulshear Simonton Texas Opry

Saturday, March 3, 2018 7-10 PM at the Churchill

Fulshear High School Theatre located at

9302 Bois D’Arc Ln, Fulshear, TX 77441.

The first Fulshear Simonton Texas Opry was

met with RAVE reviews. So we are doing in

again. Come out and enjoy an evening as we

celebrate Texas Independence Day filled with

music, fun and entertainment for the entire

family. Come hear great music from Brian

Black, Pauline Reese, Kevin Black, Freddie

Pate, Moses Rangel, Tori Vourganas and the

comedic stylings of Larry “Booger Lee” Etheridge.

This event will be held in the comfort of

the state of the art Churchill Fulshear High

School Theatre.

For more information about our meetings

and events, please visit The Fulshear Area

Chamber of Commerce website at: www.

FulshearAreaChamber.com. If you’d like more

information, please contact Amy Norvell at

anorvell@fulshear-areachamber.com or call

832-600-3221.

STAGEWORKS THEATRE

Stageworks Theatre is located at 10760

Grant Road, Houston, Texas 77070. Website:

www.stageworkshouston.org.

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KATY VISUAL & PERFORMING

ARTS CENTER (KVPAC)

www.kvpac.org

2501 S Mason Rd., Suite 290, Katy, TX 77450

Season Tickets, including all new FLEX Packages,

are on-sale now to lock-in the best price

and choice seat. Pre-Sale Show Tickets are $15

Adults and $12 Seniors.

Tickets increase by $3 at the door. Group rates

are available at www.kvpac.org or in person.

For Katy audience members who seek an

evening at the theater, they can look to Encore

Players as a source to enjoy the theater in their

own home town without the long commute

or high cost involved with heading to one of

downtown Houston’s theaters. Katy Visual &

Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) is a non-profit

arts education organization helping artists

find their light since 2001.

THE HOUSTON CHORAL SOCIETY

“A NIGHT ON BROADWAY”

The treasured

music

and lyrics

of some

of Broadw

a y ’ s

greatest

songs are

presented

in the

Houston

Choral Society’s

A

Night on Broadway concert Saturday, March

10, 2018 at 7:30 PM, at The Foundry Church.

Under the direction of Dr. Kevin M. Klotz, HCS

Artistic Director, this concert features brilliant

arrangements of Broadway classics.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors/

students/veterans and $10 for children ages

5 and younger. Group rates are available.

Tickets are available online at www.houstonchoral.org.

Tickets may also be purchased

at the door. The Foundry Church is one of

the premiere choral venues in Houston with

extraordinary acoustics. It is located in northwest

Houston at 8350 Jones Road, Houston,

TX 77065 with easy access from Highway 290.

For more information, please visit the HCS

website at www.houstonchoral.org.

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DARK MATTER By: Don Nigro

March 29 th -31 st , April 5 th -7 th

& April 12 th -14 th at 8 PM

Special matinee: April 8 th at 3 PM

Pay-What-You-Can night: April 9 th at 8 PM

After this production, Mildred’s Umbrella Theater

Company (MU) will be saying goodbye to

their longtime home in Spring Street Studios

and moving to Montrose, where The Classical

Theatre Company has generously provided the

company a new home in their Chelsea Market

performance space. In addition to the move,

MU will be producing a shorter season of two

mainstage plays plus the annual Museum of

Dysfunction short play festival in order to accommodate

a greater focus on developing programs

that engage the community in different ways.

MORE INFO/RESERVATIONS: www.mildredsumbrella.com,

info@mildredsumbrella.com

or 832-463-0409.

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MARCH 2018

Through March 18th - The Houston Livestock

Show and Rodeo is the world’s largest livestock

Show and rodeo. With more than 33,000 volunteers,

the organization is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that

benefits youth, supports education and facilitates

better agricultural practices through exhibitions

and presentations. Since its beginning in 1932, the

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed

nearly $450 million to scholarships, research,

endowments, calf scramble participants, junior

show exhibitors, School Art participants and other

educational programs. The 2018 RODEOHOUSTON

entertainment lineup features a mix of country, rock,

R&B and Spanish pop artists. Several RODEOHOUS-

TON favorites, plus six entertainers new to RODEO-

HOUSTON, will be the first to perform on the new

state-of-the-art RODEOHOUSTON stage in 2018. For

more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com.

March 2nd-March 4th - The 83rd Azalea Trail

heralds the beginning of Spring! The Trail kicks off

with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lazy Lane entrance

of Bayou Bend on Friday, March 2nd at 10:30

AM. This year, a ticket to the Trail gives admission

to 6 locations within the River Oaks neighborhood,

including 4 private homes and gardens, Bayou Bend

and Rienzi. A 7th free location, also in River Oaks, is

the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics where

free advice from “Ask the Experts” can be enjoyed

each day. On Saturday at 2 PM, there will be a floral

demonstration with easy to repeat floral tips from

one of our talented Garden Club members! A free

trolley will provide easy access to all 6 locations of

homes, gardens and house museums. For more

information, visit www.riveroaksgc.org.

March 3rd - The Houston Area Women’s Center

(HAWC) is proud to kick off our 30th Annual Race

Against Violence presented by Verizon! This

milestone race and family festival will be held on

Saturday, March 3, 2018, and starts at 8 AM at the

AIG Campus at Whole Foods Market-Montrose. The

Race Against Violence is open to timed and untimed

runners and includes a kids’ fun run and family

festival after the race! Register solo or rally your

friends together to start a team to help fundraise to

support survivors of domestic and sexual violence

throughout Houston. Together, we can race towards

a future without violence! For more information,

visit www.houstonrav.org.

March 4th - AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.(AFH)

hosts the 29th Annual AIDS Walk Houston on

Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Sam Houston Park in

Downtown Houston. This signature event is the

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city’s single greatest response in the fight against

HIV/AIDS. Funds raised help local HIV/AIDS service

organizations provide programs and services to

almost 30,000 Houstonians impacted by the virus.

This year, the annual fundraiser will culminate in a

free outdoor concert featuring live performances

from Houston-based artists. VIP wristbands for

the concert will be available to 1,500 Houstonians

who take a free HIV test before the walk. Please visit

www.AIDSWalkHouston.org for more information.

March 10th - Join us for Texas’ largest canoe and

kayak race - the 46th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Regatta. Paddlers (ages 12 and up) are

encouraged to participate in the 15-mile American

Canoe Association sanctioned race along the scenic

Buffalo Bayou. Whether you are entering competitively

or paddling for pleasure, you won’t want to

miss out on this longstanding Houston tradition!

Those not wanting to paddle can cheer on racers

along the race route or catch the outdoor fun at the

finish line festivities at Sesquicentennial Park. The

Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta is rain or shine.

If cancellation does take place due to severe water

or weather conditions, all entry fees will be considered

a tax-deductible donation to Buffalo Bayou

Partnership and used in our efforts to continue

revitalizing the bayou. For more information, visit

www.buffalobayou.org.

March 10th - The NOLA Boil Crawfish Festival.

Welcome to a good ol’ Lousiana crawfish boil a

popular seafood dish that is enjoyed throughout the

southern regions. We are bringing together crawfish

enthusiast from all over the world to come celebrate

the “Mud Bug”. “Crawfish season” is what they call

it and is a time of year loved and shared by many

breaking the tails and sucking the heads. We love it!

Come hungry and enjoy a variety of live entertainment,

dj sets, vendors and OF COURSE CRAWFISH.

For more information, visit www.thenolaboil.com.

March 17th - 59th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade.

Rain or Shine! Parade starts at the Clock Tower

at MinuteMaid Park on Texas and goes west-bound.

This year’s theme is Houston Strong, Irish Proud.

Join us at Lucky’s Pub for the Awards Ceremony

and After-Party! The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade

has always been a FREE event. The two-hour parade

has historically been one of the largest in the U.S.

and each year includes over 100 entries to delight

the Irish and Irish-at-heart. Our history is a grand

one and if you would like to personally support the

parade and be a part of the year-round socials and

meetings, please become a member of our Irish 100

Club. The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is presented

by the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission.

For more the parade route or more information,

visit www.hsppc.org.

March 18th - Tour de Houston Presented by

Apache Corporation is a fundraising bike ride

that benefits Houston’s Reforestation Program.

The ride will take place Sunday, March 18, 2018.

This annual event offers Houstonians and visitors

a unique way to view the city with bike routes

winding through Houston’s historic neighborhoods,

scenic districts and parks. With three ride

length options, the Tour de Houston is the perfect

event for leisure riders or cycling enthusiasts. In

addition, it is a BP MS 150 recommended training

ride. This event begins and ends in Hermann

Square at City Hall located at 901 Bagby. Riders

and volunteers will enjoy a post-ride party that

includes live music, free food and beverages. For

more information, visit www.houstontx.gov.

March 23rd-March 25th - It doesn’t matter what

your art style is, you are sure to find something you

like at The Annual Bayou City Art Festival Memorial

Park. This fine, juried art festival transforms the

1.1 - mile trail of the park into a one-of-a-kind outdoor

gallery. In addition to the extensive selection

of art, representing 18 different forms of artistic

media, festival goers can also enjoy international

food and wine, the Green Mountain Energy Creative

Zone offering interactive art activities, daily

outdoor performances and more. The Festival

celebrates the vitality and diversity of Houston

and enriches the city’s arts environment and

reputation. Over the past 40+ years, the Bayou City

Art Festivals have raised more than $2.6 million for

local nonprofit organizations. For more information,

please visit www.bayoucityartfestival.com.

March 24th-25th - In Bloom Music Festival. Previously

Free Press Summer Fest, In Bloom Music

Festival will take over Eleanor Tinsley Park for two

days. For lineup by day and tickets, go to

www.inbloomfestival.com.

March 26th-April 1st - Houston Open. This PGA

TOUR event, the 10th oldest tour event, is Houston’s

largest and most prestigious golf event

hosting 144 of the world’s best golfers competing

for $6M in prize money. Since 1974, Houston Golf

Association’s volunteers have generated more

than $55.2 million for local worthy causes through

the Shell Houston Open and other golf-related

activities. Over 125,000 spectators will enjoy

tournament week. For more information, visit

www.houstonopen.org.

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The seniors are: Holly Ayers, Nicole Bourgeois, Sydney Bryant, Lillian Costley, Maddie Cotton, Rachel Courtney, Kate D’Agostino,

Brooke Dumas, Katherine Everhard, Kaitlyn Sheroke, Hannah Garcia, Victoria Gimenez, Layla Gutierrez, Madison Hanning,

Kiersten Henley, Kayla Huisman, Kelsey Joe, Vivian Lipp, Dori Mallinger, Makenna Munger, Lauren Plummer, Sophia Schimmenti,

Kaylee Scott, Emma Struble and Tori Volan.

NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE, INC., STAR CHAPTER

HONORS TWENTY-FIVE SENIORS

On Sunday, February 18, 2018, National Charity League, Inc., Star Chapter

(NCL, Inc.) honored the Senior Class of 2018 at the Chapter’s annual

Senior Recognition Ceremony. This formal event took place at the Sugar

Land Marriott Town Square at 6:30 PM. The evening included recognition

of each of these 25 graduating seniors for their accomplishments and

contributions to the community, as well as dinner and dancing with

family and friends in attendance.

Over the last six years, these young ladies, alongside their mothers, have

contributed over 11,191 volunteer hours at 30 local charities throughout

the community. The Class of 2018 volunteered at The Westview School,

Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC), Neighborhood Kidz

Club, Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), Interfaith Ministries (Meals on

Wheels), The Ballard House, Fulshear Library, Katy Christian Ministries,

Fort Bend Women’s Center, Oakmont Nursing Home, The Krause Center,

The Monty Ballard YMCA and Willow River Farms, to name a few.

In addition to serving their community through volunteering, these young

ladies were also honing leadership skills and developing cultural awareness

by planning and attending educational meetings, chapter-wide

events, socials, class retreats and cultural events that included the ballet,

opera and theatre.

“The Class of 2018 has completed a 6-year program designed to foster the

mother-daughter relationship through community service, leadership

development and cultural experiences,” said Tina Costley, NCL, Inc.,

Star Chapter President, “we are very proud of them and who they have

become. Whatever they choose to do, we know that they will be prepared

to serve, lead and be successful.” The Star Chapter is very proud of these

accomplished young ladies and wishes each of them great success in

their future endeavors.

KATY COMMUNITY GIVING CIRCLE

Creating a circle of giving and a bigger impact as we grow! A

giving circle is a group of people who commit to making a financial

contribution to one charitable fund. Katy Community

Giving Circle members each donate $10 per month to the fund.

Joining is easy and there is no other obligation to volunteer time

or attend gatherings. Twice a year the group nominates and

chooses an organization to present a grant. Since its beginning

in 2015, almost 20 different charitable organizations have been

nominated to receive a grant.

As of December 2017, the circle has given grants to 4 local 501(c)3

organizations totaling over $7,300. It is truly amazing what $10

can do! Our grant giving has enabled a family afford therapy for

their autistic child, counseling for an abused child for an entire

year, fueled a van delivering food to those in need and financial

assistance to a family adopting a child.

Grant presentation to Gift of Adoption-Texas Chapter

The circles mission was to have a bigger impact on these other

amazing organizations, however, our members are quickly

learning those organizations are having a big impact on them.

Please visit our Facebook page for more information or to join us!

www.facebook.com/katycommunitygivingcircle

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waters receded, helped purchase building materials and participated

in the repairs. We want our unfortunate neighbors to know that we

are here to help long after the disaster passes for as long as they need

us. As participants in Fort Bend Recovers and in collaboration with

partners across our Fulshear-Simonton community, the Rotary Club

of Brazos River continues to help folks affected by Hurricane Harvey

and its floodwaters.

Although the disaster struck in late August 2017, the recovery and

rebuild process will take many, many more months and our Club intends

to continue serving through this long haul. Stay informed about

the needs of our neighbors as they rebuild their lives and please help

through your gifts of treasure and/or ability. Email us @ BrazosRiver-

Rotary@gmail.com if you’d like to help or have questions. Thank you!

In October, the club donated funds to the Fulshear-Simonton Fire

Department to purchase six hydraulic rescue struts. These hydraulic

rescue tools are used by emergency rescue personnel in vehicle extrication

of crash victims, as well as other rescues from small spaces.

In November, our Rotary Club partnered with the Fulshear-Simonton

Lions Club and the Honor Our Veterans Committee to offer a heartfelt

thanks to the more than 120 folks from across our community who took

part in the Honor Our Veterans Breakfast. Veterans from all services:

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard were present.

VFW POST 9182

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 9182 presented Ms. Marla

Garcia, Manager of James Coney Island, Mason Road and Mr. Arturo

Ogaz, Multi Store Manager, James Coney Island the November/

December Americanism Award for their willingness to promote Patriotism

and Americanism by showing pride in flying the American

Flag continuously. This award will be awarded monthly to a small

business in the Katy area that promotes Patriotism and Americanism

by flying the American Flag.

ROTARY CLUB OF BRAZOS RIVER

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

The Rotary Club of Brazos River is a community service organization

whose membership represents the area from West Katy to Simonton,

including Fulshear and Weston Lakes. The Club ended a busy 2017

with a list of impressive accomplishments. In the wake of Hurricane

Harvey, which brought destructive flooding to many homes in our

neighborhoods, club members volunteered to clean up after flood

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In December, learning that there were families in our community who

were not going to have a Christmas because of Harvey’s continuing

effect, Club members stepped in and created an Adopt-A-Family for

Christmas project.

Additionally, members of the club volunteer at the monthly Family

Hope Food Fair. Hundreds of families come on the second Saturday

of each month to receive food and other items that are available.

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Library News

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.lib.tx.us), 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.

LIBRARY CLOSINGS

March 30 th & 31 st : Easter

SPECIAL EVENTS

• INCOME-TAX-PREPARATION ASSISTANCE - Mondays, 1-5 PM,

Meeting Room. Representatives from the AARP will provide free income-tax-preparation

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,

www.irs.gov, 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.

• CRAFT MONTH DEMONSTRATIONS - Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM,

Multi-purpose Room. In recognition of National Craft Month in March,

the library will host a series of hands-on craft activities throughout

the month for adults and youth aged 12 and above. The series is designed

to introduce people to fun, new crafts and hobbies. Materials

for these programs are made possible through the generous support

of the Friends of Cinco Ranch Branch Library. Seating is limited and

reservations are encouraged.

March 1 st : Crochet Basics with Alex Marriott.

March 8 th : Cross-Stitch Basics.

March 15 th : Arm-Knitting Basics.

March 22 nd : Basic Watercolor Painting with Zineb Sjahsan.

March 29 th : Introduction to Origami with Shellene Wilson.

• INTRODUCTION TO GROWING HERBS - Saturday, March 10 th , 10:30-

11:30 AM, Multi-purpose Room. Fort Bend County Master Gardener

Tricia Bradbury will provide an overview and general information on

growing herbs on the Texas Gulf Coast. Learn how to preserve herbs

for later use by drying or freezing them or by using them to flavor oil

and vinegar. Bradbury will also share tips on cooking with fresh and

dried herbs.

• RESUMÉ-BUILDER WORKSHOP - Monday, March 12 th , 12 Noon,

Computer Lab. Learn the basics of putting together a resumé. Those

attending this informal program will receive one-one-one help formatting

a resumé. For assistance on a pre-existing resumé, please have a

digital copy available on a usb flashdrive, saved to the cloud or have

access to it via email. Registration required.

• PLAN YOUR GARDEN WITH CONFIDENCE - Saturday, March 17 th , 10-

11 AM, Meeting Room. Fort Bend County Master Gardeners Catherine

Pennington and Janize Guzman will talk about proven plant selections

that will thrive in this area and that will also attract butterflies and

birds. Get tips on how to plan for a successful, low-maintenance landscape

garden with native plants and Texas Superstars.

• CHESS DAY @ THE LIBRARY - Saturday, March 17 th , 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-and-go 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.

• ANCIENT EMPIRES-ROME - Saturday, March 17 th , 1-3 PM, Multi-purpose

Room. In this third of three programs on Ancient Empires, former

architecture professor Sheba Akhtar will talk about the Roman Republic

and the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Roman Empire and Augustus

Caesar and Emperor Constantine and the rise of Christianity. Learn

about different Roman achievements, such as city-planning and government,

art and literature, engineering and architecture and military

and cultural conquests.

• SENIOR RESOURCES COLLABORATIVE’S “SMARTSIZING-LET’S

START THE CONVERSATION” - Saturday, March 24 th , 10:30-11:30 AM,

Meeting Room. Linda Jordan, founder of Senior Resources Collaborative,

will provide tips on simplifying one’s lifestyle, downsizing one’s

home and reducing responsibilities. Learn about different housing

options that are available. This program is intended for senior citizens

and their families, as well as anyone who is considering economizing

and living a simpler lifestyle.

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

the Computer Lab. Reservations are required.

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

MS Excel Survival Basics: Thursday, March 8 th , 10 AM

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

Introduction to LinkedIn: Monday, March 26 th , 12 Noon

MS PowerPoint Intermediate: Wednesday, March 28 th , 10 AM

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

(reservations not required)

• 3D PRINTING CLASSES

Introduction to 3D Printing: Thursday, March 22 nd , 10 AM. Library staff

will introduce the 3D printer and explain how library patrons can print

their own designs. Those attending the session will also learn about

free websites that can be used to find 3D files or to create their own

3D designs.

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Community Newsletter | March 2018

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EVENTS

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

Noon, Conference Classroom. The book to be discussed is The Glass

Castle, written by Jeannette Walls. Those attending are invited to bring

a lunch, if desired.

• CINCO RANCH NIGHT READERS - Thursday, March 15 th , beginning at

7 PM, in Conference Room. The book to be discussed is The Sweetness

at the Bottom of the Pie, written by Alan Bradley.

• BRIDGE NIGHT @ CINCO RANCH - Tuesdays, March 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, March 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.

YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS TEENS GRADES 9-12

• YA: VOLUNTEER SERVICE FAIR - Saturday, March 24 th , 10:30 AM-2

PM, Meeting Room. Teens in grades 9-12 will learn about volunteer

opportunities at various nonprofit organizations, such as the Houston

Museum of Natural Science in Sugar Land, the Fort Bend Orchestra,

Memorial Hermann Hospital and more!

• YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB - Wednesday, March 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 the book Six of Crows,

written by Leigh Bardugo.

• YOUNG ADULT ADVISORY COUNCIL - Wednesday, March 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!

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

(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.

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• 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

welcome.

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

students in grades 4 through 8. Reservations required.

SPECIAL EVENT - YOUTH SERVICES

• Family Movie Day - Thursday, March 15 th : 1:30 PM, Meeting Room.

Families will be treated to an animated comedy feature starring Steve

Carell as Gru, an ex-supervillain who finds himself in the midst of a

major identify crisis after being fired from the Anti-Villain League for

failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity. The third

in a series of popular family films featuring Gru, this movie is rated

PG. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent

or caregiver.

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.

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Spring

Sports

SPRING SOCCER SIGN UPS - KATY/

FULSHEAR/WEST HOUSTON/SPRING

BRANCH/WESTPARK BELTWAY

Registration - Now Open!

Registration for Fun, Fair, Positive Soccer

(FFPS) is open for boys and girls ages 4 to 18

for the SPRING Season. Games start on April

7, 2018. FFPS is a non-profit youth soccer program

dedicated to providing a positive youth

sports experience for all children. Founded

in 1986 in Katy, Texas, FFPS has grown to 22

leagues and 16,000 players throughout the

Greater Houston area. FFPS offers children a

fun and fair experience, including one practice

per week, a full uniform and trophy for every

player, equal playing time and play every position,

co-ed/balanced teams, positive coaching

and more. No tryouts are required.

Online Registration schedule and fees

(sign up early and save):

Through Feb. 6 th : $114

Feb. 7 th through March 6 th : $119

March 7 th through March 20 th : $124

March 21 st through Full: $129

Go to www.FFPS.org to sign up. Registration

fee includes a full uniform (jersey, shorts and

socks), trophy, trained positive coaches, nice

fields and background checks on all volunteers.

Coaches will call players to schedule practice

by April 3 rd . Practice times and location will

be determined by the coach and team. The

schedule includes eight games, played locally

on Saturdays, April 7 th to May 26 th . Our Katy

league plays at George Bush Park - FFPS Soccer

Complex (20150 Westheimer Parkway). Our

Fulshear League plays at Huggins Elementary

(No. 1 Huggins Dr). Our West Houston League

plays at Westside High School (14201 Briar

Forest). Our Westpark/Beltway League plays

at Quillian Center (10570 Westpark Dr). Our

Spring Branch/Memorial League plays at St.

Andrew Lutheran Church (1353 Witte Rd).

WEST HOUSTON RUGBY CLUB

West Houston Rugby Club offers excellent

opportunities for players of all ages from

minis to adults to participate in one of America’s

fastest growing sports. Our coaches are

fully accredited with USA Rugby and include

former European premiership players. We are

a not for profit club with a mission to provide

outstanding club management, a fun social

environment and the feeling of a rugby family.

Registration is now open for the 2018 season

at www.westhoustonrugby.com. Enquiries

may be sent to info@westhoustonrugby.

com. Come and join the fastest growing club

in Houston!

KATY AREA RUNNING CLUB

The Katy Area Running Club is a 501(c)3

non-profit corporation which exists to serve

people living in and around Katy, Texas who

have an interest in running. We are a community

of people of all ages, backgrounds,

heritages and abilities who share a common

interest - running! Our focus is on group runs,

having fun, socializing and sharing our knowledge

and experience with our members and

the public. We welcome all who are interested

in joining us. We have a full calendar of runs,

events and socials. We hold group runs every

Saturday morning at the Sergeant Hatch

Sports Park off the south I-10 feeder road just

east of Barker Cypress Rd. On Tuesdays (5 AM

and 6:30 PM) we meet at the Cinco Ranch Junior

High Track for speedwork and on Thursday

(6:30 PM) we meet at Crosspoint Community

Church for tempo runs of various distances and

paces. To find out more and to join our club,

visit www.KatyAreaRunningClub.com.

TENNIS ORGANIZATION

FOR THE KATY AREA

Katy Area Tennis (KAT) is the newest, non-profit

tennis organization meeting the needs of

all tennis players in the Katy area. Our goal is

to provide a wide range of programming for

tennis players as well as to promote the game

in the Katy area. Registration is currently open

for a variety of leagues, ladders and tournaments

that include singles, doubles and mixed

doubles for all ages and skill levels. For more

information, visit our website at

http://katyareatennis.org.

TRACK HOUSTON YOUTH TRACK CLUB

Track Houston is the nation’s largest and most

successful youth track and field organization.

Our goal is to assist interested boys and girls

ages 6 to18 years old in improving their phys-

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ical fitness and mental stamina. We have multiple practice sites in the

Greater Houston area including McMeans Junior High School in Katy

and Cypress Lakes High School in Cypress. Visit www.trackhouston.

com to register for a location near you.

KATY CANOE & KAYAK CLUB (KC/KC)

Established March of 2014 (Over 200 Members). Never paddled before,

that’s okay too! We don’t own a store, don’t purchase anything yet! Join

our meetings and we can answer your questions and/or assist you in

trying out new gear and equipment. KC/KC is a non-profit organization

with major Sponsors. Must be at least 21 years of age to join.

LIFE VEST/PFD IS A MUST!!!!

We meet every 3 rd Wednesday of each month at 24638 Kingsland

Blvd., Katy TX 77494 (Manta Ray Enterprises, Inc.), 7-9 PM. For more

information, call Philip at 713-826-5705 or 281-782-7252. “Remember-Think

Safe, Paddle Safe”

NETBALL CLUBS

Katy Swifts Netball Club invites people to come and learn about netball

and have some fun playing a great team sport. Open to everyone from

eight years and up including adults. Contact katynetball@netballamerica

for further information.

Houston Shooting Stars welcomes ladies, men and youth to join in, play

and learn netball, Tuesday nights at The British School of Houston.

Contact houstonnetball@netballamerica.com for further information.

You can also “like” the Texas Netball Association on Facebook to see

regular announcements about netball in the Lonestar State! Also visit

netballamerica.com for general information about netball in America.

WOMEN’S FLAT TRACK ROLLER DERBY

Southwest Houston’s own brand new women’s flat track roller derby

team is now forming. This isn’t the old school roller derby you’ve seen

in the past. We train derby athletes to compete according to the rules

and guidelines set forth by WFTDA, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

We are actively recruiting skaters, referees and volunteers.

Skaters must be female and 18 or older. Referees and volunteers must

be 18 or older. Email us at yellowrosederbygirls@yahoo.com for more

information. You can also find us at www.yellowrosederbygirls.com

and on Facebook. Join up now to become an integral part in founding

and building our league.

VOLLEYBALL

Please contact Dean at volleyballkaty@yahoo.com if you are interested

in playing volleyball. You must be at least 18 years old and be able to

play at intermediate level. We play at different locations in and around

Katy area.

KATY RUGBY CLUB

Want to learn the newest Olympic Sport - Rugby? All ages welcome -

boys & girls, Training every Sunday 2-4 PM at Cinco Ranch High School,

For more information, please visit www.katyrugbyclub.com.

KATY CAVALIER LACROSSE CLUB

The Katy Cavalier Lacrosse Club invites you to come and see what Lacrosse

is all about. Join us as we continue to bring one of the fastest

growing team sports in the United States to the youth of Katy. Katy

Cavalier Lacrosse Club offers lacrosse for boys and girls from Kindergarten

thru High School. No experience needed. For more information

visit our website, www.katycavalierlacrosse.org.

Did you play Lacrosse in college, coached lacrosse or just love the

sport? We are looking for Coaches for boys and girls. Please contact

us for more information if you would like to volunteer and be a part of

the Katy Cavalier Lacrosse Club, 281-942-8822.

WESTSIDE GOLF LEAGUE

Westside Golf League is actively encouraging new members. We invite

you to join us every Tuesday morning at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. Our

purpose is to allow ladies of all levels to meet new friends and have

fun while improving golfing skills. For more information, contact the

Pro Shop at Cinco Ranch, 281-395-4653.

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TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL WEST CAMPUS (KATY)

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 www.waystogive.texaschildrens.org/

ways-to-give/volunteer/.

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.

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc

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@twrcwildlifecenter.org. Visit our website at www.twrcwildlifecenter.org.

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 calling!

For information inquire through the web site vsc@phckaty.org or call 281-578-0078, Volunteer

Services Coordinator. The Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston is a non-profit

faith based 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 hold a food or clothing drive for StandUp For Kids, please

contact me at HeatherE@standupforkids.org to learn more about StandUp For Kids or

how you can help, visit our website at www.standupforkids.org. 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.

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physical balance and coordination, mental acuity, emotional stability and social

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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

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personal cheering section and the instructor is

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empowered and better equipped to fully live

their lives, each day.

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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

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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

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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.autumngrovecottage.com. 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 cinco-ranch.avc@sunriseseniorliving.com.

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 at

www.sunriseseniorliving.com.

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

facebook.com/katycommunitygivingcircle.

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 www.adoptaussoldier.org to register.

SPANISH MEADOWS VOLUNTEER

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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 spanishmeadowsactivities@gmail.com. Please

visit our website at www.spanish-meadows.com.

CLOTHED BY FAITH

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amazing team! Please see our website www.

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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,

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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.ktcm.org,

email info@ktcm.org or call 281-391-5261 for further information.

HEALTHBRIDGE VOLUNTEERING

HealthBridge Children’s Hospital, www.healthbridgehouston.com, 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@nhsltd.com 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.

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 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 troth@vantagehospice.com.

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@ncjwhouston.org or see www.ncjwhouston.org.

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 vol-

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unteer, please call Beverly Allen at 281-574-1540 or via email at beverly@

christclinickaty.org. Or visit www.christclinickaty.org 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 tutor@literacyadvance.org or at 713-266-8777 ext.16.

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.

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 info@karskaty.org. 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 michael@christclinickaty.org.

Visit www.christclinickaty.org 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 page facebook.com/katycommunitygivingcircle.

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NOTTINGHAM COUNTRY GARDEN CLUB

On Thursday, March 8 th , Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Elizabeth

Fisher, who will be speaking about “How to Grow (or Kill) Orchids in Three Easy Steps.”

Elizabeth has a PhD in Geophysics, is a Master Gardener and is a specialist in Entomology.

Meet and greet time begins at 9:30 AM and the program will start at 10 AM, followed by the

NCGC meeting. Please join us at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon

Drive in Katy 77450. For more information please see our website: www.ncgctx.org.

We welcome all people interested in gardening and gardening-related areas from West

Houston and the Katy area. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to

our group!

NCGC is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Houston Federation of Garden Clubs,

the Texas Garden Clubs and the National Federation of Garden Clubs. The purpose of the

club is to promote beautification in the community, support local and national educational

and charitable organizations and educate the community about our environment. Donations

from the NCGC are funded by our annual Spring Sale and projects that vary each year.

GRACE NOTES

Singers and instrumentalists are invited to join “Grace Notes” a women’s performing

group which shares music in the community at retirement homes, Alzheimer’s and

nursing facilities and various community events. We sing once a month for the congregation

of St. Peter’s during Sunday worship services. Grace Notes sings a combination

of secular, sacred and patriotic music and rehearse during the school year in E106

from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Tuesday mornings are also our “outing” days to perform in

the community. Babysitting is provided. Come and join this wonderful music ministry.

Regular rehearsals began in August. Please contact Gail Shipley at 281-782-1598 or

gshipnote@live.com for more information.

DECIBELLES - A BARBERSHOP CHORUS

LET US ENTERTAIN YOU! We are the DECIBELLES (a Barbershop Chorus) performing around

the Houston area and nearby towns. We prepare two shows each year complete with

costumes, narratives and choreography. Our regular show this year features songs from

1900 through the current year. Brighten your meeting, gathering or any type get-together

with a half hour of four-part harmonies and cheerful narratives. You will have as much fun

as we do preparing our show.

We are a (ladies only) daytime chorus rehearsing every Friday morning from 10:30 AM to

12:30 PM, at the Treemont Retirement Center, 2501 Westerland, near Westheimer and

Gessner. Come visit any Friday we are not performing. We would love to see you and if

you decide to join us, we would be delighted. For more information, please call Pat at

281-497-4904 or visit our website, www.Decibelles.org.

KATY VOCAL EXPRESS

Katy Vocal Express, the newest prospective Sweet Adelines Chorus has arrived in the

Katy area. The name honors the history of the Katy railroad while looking forward to the

barbershop harmony that is now being made in Katy. Ladies from the Katy/West Houston

area are invited to attend chorus rehearsal any Thursday evening, 7-9 PM at Holy Covenant

United Methodist Church, 22111 Morton Ranch Road, Katy 77493. There are signs guiding

you to the correct place on the east side of the property.

To reserve your spot or for more information, please email katyvocalexpress@gmail.com.

Singers of all ranges of experience make up KVE.

Some have years of chorus singing while others have very little singing

experience. The ability to read music is helpful but not required; you

just need the desire to sing and the ability to carry a tune.

HARRIS COUNTY MASTER GARDENER

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Harris County Master

Gardeners are pleased to offer the Green Thumb Gardening Series of

Lectures. These presentations are free and there are no reservations.

For questions, please call 713-274-0950.

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GREEN THUMB COMMUNITY EDUCATION LECTURE SERIES - HERBS

March 17 th - 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Maud Smith Marks Library,

1815 Westgreen Blvd, Katy, TX 77450.

March 20 th - 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Spring Branch Memorial Library,

930 Corbindale, Houston, TX 77024.

OPEN GARDEN DAY ADULT WORKSHOP AND CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

March 27 th - 10-11 AM. Weekley Community Center,

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AMERICAN SEWING GUILD IN KATY

Do you like sewing? Would you like to meet other sewing enthusiast in the

Katy area? Then check out the Katy Neighborhood Group of the American

Sewing Guild’s Houston Chapter. We meet on the 3 rd Wednesday of every

month from 1 PM to 3 PM, at Quilt & Sew, 829 Mason Rd., Katy. For more

information, please check out our website at www.asghouston.org.

PRIDE OF TEXAS DECORATIVE ARTISTS

The Pride of Texas Decorative Artists (a division of National Tole Society)

would like to invite all decorative artists to our monthly meeting on the

2 nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. We meet at Bear Creek Community

Center off Patterson Rd. in Bear Creek Park. Our monthly “make it & take

it” programs are taught by local artists. Please join us for fun and new

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The West Houston Quilters Guild would like to invite all quilters and quilt

lovers to our monthly meetings. The meetings are held at 6:30 to 9 PM,

on the 3 rd Wednesday of each month, at Bear Creek Community Center,

3055 Bear Creek Dr., Houston, TX 77084. We have many good programs

lined up this year for both the beginner and the more experienced quilter.

Everyone goes home with new tips. For hands on experience, join one of

our ongoing “bees”. Guests are welcome! For more information, check

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FREE Introduction to Quilting. If you thought that you would like to learn

to quilt but have never sewed a stitch in your life... then this short introduction

is for you. If you have sewed on and off all your life but have never

attempted to quilt... then this is for you. Maybe you just want a hobby...

this is for you. Take 2 hours out of your day to listen and view what it

takes to start this new adventure. Time and place will be scheduled in

the Katy Area. Call the Katy Quilters, Shari Medford at 281-635-3000.

KATY AREA ARTISTS

Katy area artists is a member league of the lone start art guild. Through

this our members are connected with a wide array of artistic opportunities

throughout southeastern texas. If you are interested in attending

any of kaa’s artist workshops or becoming a member, please visit our

website at katyareaartists.org for dates and times as well as the membership

information.

THE BLUEBONNET STENCILERS OF TEXAS

The Bluebonnet Stencilers of Texas, a non-profit group serving all of

Houston, meet each 1 st Monday of the month from 6:30 PM - 9 PM at the

Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter (one block east of Sam

Houston Toll Road West). This chapter is actively seeking new members

in the Houston area. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in

stenciling and the related arts of faux finishing and decorative painting. For

more information concerning meetings, email blmrducks@sbcglobal.net.

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THE HOUSTON POND SOCIETY

The Houston Pond Society was formed in 2004 to meet a need for pond

owners to meet and interface with other pond owners about the use

of a pond as a landscape feature.

A pond should be a part of the overall back yard habitat and landscaping,

and that pond construction; water lilies, plants, fish, patios, decks,

lighting and other landscape features should be some of the topics

discussed at the meetings.

Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month at a member’s home. For

more information, please visit our website www.houstonpondsociety.org.

WEST HOUSTON ROMANCE WRITERS

The West Houston Chapter of the Romance Writers of America

would like to invite aspiring writers, romance readers or anyone

interested in the craft of writing to join them on the 2 nd Saturday of

each month. Each meeting of the WHRWA is informative, entertaining

and inspiring for those budding authors or published authors

who are seeking answers to their writing related concerns. Several

times throughout the year daylong workshops are presented by

prominent names in the romance industry. Visit us on the web at

www.whrwa.com for more information on upcoming events.

FAIRBEE SQUARE AND LINE DANCE CLUB

Learn the Folk Dance of Texas. The Fairbees dance each Thursday

night, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church, 12211

Memorial Drive at Gessner. Information may be obtained by calling

Jerry & Nanette Tucker 281-498-3057 or nanette777@hotmail.com.

PRAIRIE PROMENADERS

KATY SQUARE DANCE CLUB

The Katy Prairie Promenaders dance on every Friday each month,

from 8 PM to 10 PM. Club caller Fred Goynes has been calling for

many years. Families welcome.

All of the “fun” takes place at the Westland Baptist Church, 1407

Grand Parkway S (Hwy 99), Katy. For details call Carl Holsworth at

281-386-8504, Tom & Cheryl Berra at 281-492-8798 or Donna Bowen

214-280-0003.

HOUSTON SQUARE & ROUND DANCE COUNCIL, INC.

For information about square and round dancing in the greater

Houston area, call 281-392-0713 or visit the Houston area square

dance web site: www.squarethru.com. Visitors are welcome at the

area square dance clubs’ dances.

HOUSTON UNDERWATER

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

Houston Underwater Photographic Society is a nonprofit organization

formed to encourage interest and promote participation in

underwater photography/videography. Each meeting includes a

speaker presentation and slide contest. Attendance is free to the

public. Meetings are generally held the first Monday of each month

and always at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, at 7

PM. For more information, call Tammy at 281-359-8171.

KATY 4-F BASS CLUB

(FRIENDS FISHING FOR FUN)

The Katy 4-F Bass Club (Friends Fishing For Fun) is a small, low cost

fishing club, based in Katy, Texas. We are a group of angler’s who

simply love to fish! For information on our club such as joining,

tournament results and area lakes we fish, visit

www.katy4fbassclub.com. Boaters and non-boaters welcome!!!

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Protect your health.

Free colorectal cancer awareness event at Houston Methodist West Hospital

If you are 50 or older and/or have a family history of intestinal polyps or any type of cancer,

join colorectal surgeon Dr. Rachel J. Ellsworth to learn more about colorectal cancer.

Attendees will receive a free take-home screening kit, and refreshments will be provided.

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TEXAS TRIUMPH REGISTER (TTR)

The Texas Triumph Register (TTR), founded

in 1981, is an organization of Triumph

owners and enthusiasts dedicated to the

preservation and ongoing enjoyment of the

Marque. Membership is open to all who appreciate

automobiles bearing the Triumph

name. In addition to monthly meetings, the

club sponsors rallies, shows, road tours,

technical seminars and social events. For

more information, please contact Mike

Hado at 281-807-4780, mdhado@att.net or

visit www.TexasTriumphRegister.org.

KATY BEAD GROUP

The Katy Bead Group meets every Wednesday

from noon to about 4:30 PM in a

room on the second floor of the Fort Bend

County Library - Cinco Ranch Branch, 2620

Commercial Center Boulevard, Katy, Texas

77494. This group was founded to promote

the art of making bead jewelry, bead accoutrements

and bead artwork. Members

meet weekly and share ideas, techniques

and skills. Beginners to skilled beaders are

invited to attend. Call Jean Fortier 281-693-

4398 or Carol Matkin 281-492-6053 for more

information or email Fortijd@aol.com.

KATY POKEMON TCG LEAGUE

The Katy Pokemon TCG League is looking for

new members! Using your own cards, you

play tournament-style matches and learn

new skills while making new friends with

other Pokemon players who love playing

just as much as you do! Even if you do not

already know all of the rules of the game,

at league, you can learn the game basics

and perfect your strategy. The Katy League

meets on Tuesday nights and is FREE! Player

ages range from 6 to adult. We meet on

Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM at 3rd

Coast Cards, 20829 Kingsland Blvd.). YOU

MUST BRING YOUR OWN 60 CARD DECK

and be ready for fun! We also ask that you

visit www.pokemon.com and check out

the POP Organized Play section for a list

of the legal/playable cards before you join

us. At league, you can earn free cards just

for playing! Call Camille at 832-721-5481

or check out www.PokemonBuzz.com for

additional information about this and other

great opportunities with Pokemon!

WOODWORKER’S GUILD MEETINGS

The Katy Woodworker’s Guild meets the last

Tuesday of each month at the Katy Junior

High School from 7:00-9:00 PM. Men and

women enjoy working with wood. No experience,

tools or equipment are necessary.

Questions: Call Terry at 281-717-4215.

HOUSTON AREA WOOD CARVERS CLUB

The Houston Area Wood Carvers Club meets

on the third Saturday of each month from 9

AM - 2 PM, at Bayland Community Center in

Houston (6400 Bissonnet). Members gather

to enjoy fellowship with other carvers and

to expand individual skills through classes,

demonstrations and lectures by experts.

HAWC is a non-profit, social organization

whose members reside in the greater Houston

area. To find out more about the Houston

Area Wood Carvers Club, please call

Preston and Carolyn Smith at 281-392-0713,

email carolynann@consolidated.net or visit

www.houstonareawoodcarvers.com.

KATY CRUIZERS ANTIQUE CAR CLUB

Own an antique or classic car or just like cars

that take you back to “the good old days?” If

you would like to meet others with the same

interest, join us at our meetings held the first

Monday of the month at Midway Barbeque,

6025 Hwy. Blvd., Katy, TX. Come at 6 PM

to eat or 6:45 PM for the meeting. Further

questions? Email katycruizers@yahoo.com.

COUPLES WHO LOVE TO PLAY BRIDGE

If you live in the Fry road areas, Green Trail

areas, Kelliwood areas, Nottingham Country,

etc. and you are sincerely interested in

playing a friendly game of “party bridge,”

contact us. Need sub couples and possible

permanent couples who are interested in

“party bridge” and meeting new friends.

We usually play from 6 PM to about 10:30

PM the third Saturday of the month. We do

not play duplicate bridge. Please call if you

have any questions or need more information,

281-647-6171 (ask for Linda or leave a

message - repeat your phone number twice

and I will return your call).

CINCO RANCH MEN’S POKER GROUP

Looking for new players. We play once per

month Friday night from 7 PM to 11 PM, at

host member’s homes in the Cinco Ranch

area. We play a variety of poker games and

some non-poker card games. This is a very

friendly and informal group that enjoys its

night out. If interested, call Jim at 281-450-

1087 (cell) for further information.

KATY ELKS LODGE BINGO

The Katy Elks organization provides local

scholarships to Katy ISD schools and assistance

for special needs children in the

Katy area and invites you to help support

our community by playing Bingo at the

following location and times: 1050 Katy Ft

Bend Rd, Katy TX 77493. Every Tuesday and

Thursday, doors open at 6:00 PM. We also

serve food and drinks in our kitchen.

PRIDE OF TEXAS DECORATIVE ARTISTS

PTDA - Pride of Texas Decorative Artists

(Society of Decorative Painters) meet the

second Thursday monthly, 6:30 PM at Houston

Community Center at Bear Creek, 3055

Bear Creek Drive, Houston 77084. Monthly

hands-on or demos and light meal; paint

workshops; Community Service. Contact

Janet at jjcpaints@yahoo.com or Lisa at

lwilson@casualty.com.

BABYLONIAN CHESS CLUB

Great news for chess lovers! Babylonian

Chess Club meets every Saturday at 1:30 PM

at Katy library. All of Katy is welcome, 24/7

chess. Contact Dr. Alkhafaji at 858-999-7070.

HOPE IMPACTS

A ladies craft day is offered at Hope Impacts

office, 802 Dominion, Suite 300, Katy, TX

77450, the last Thursday of each month

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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.

PECKHAM PARK ACTIVITIES

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

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PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO HARRIS COUNTY RESIDENTS & THOSE WHO

LIVE WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF KATY

AMERICAN RED CROSS CLASSES - Community Lay Responder: Cost is $27,

check or money order only & no refunds. This class is on Friday, March 2, 2018,

1 PM-5 PM. Includes Adult CPR with AED, Infant/Child CPR and Standard First

Aid. Registration began 2/6/18.

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.

ONGOING CLASSES

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8:15-9:15 AM (HC & KCL residents, call Friday starting at 7 AM for reservations,

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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

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may not be the most fabulous way to walk your pet, but it does show

your respect for every homeowner and our beautiful community.

PLEASE NOTE - PETS ON LEASHES

It is the law in Fort Bend County that all pets must be vaccinated

for rabies, registered and restrained. All animals, when outside of

an owner’s means of restraint (i.e., in a fenced back yard), must be

on a leash. For the safety of all residents, please use all precautions

with your pets and keep them on leashes when walking pets in the

community EVEN IF YOU FEEL YOUR PET IS HARMLESS. If you see

ANY animal roaming freely in the neighborhood, immediately call

Animal Control at 281-342-1512. Even if you recognize the animal,

be very careful approaching it, as you do not know how it will react;

if you can safely retrieve the animal, then call the owner. Otherwise,

Animal Control is your best and safest option.

FORT BEND COUNTY “LEASH LAW”

Animal control authorities are permitted to enter your Property to

patrol and remove pets. Pets must be registered, licensed and inoculated

as required by law.

As a dog owner, you are responsible for the control of your dog. If

your dog is one that ‘makes objectionable noise,’ you must make

every effort to respect your Neighbor’s right to their ‘peace and quiet.’

When your dog is not in your yard, it is imperative that you keep your

dog on a leash at all times. While your dog is friendly to you and your

family, imagine the consequences if it were to harm someone while

it was ‘roaming free.’

Please respect other resident’s right to walk the common area ground

without fear of attack from an unleashed dog.

Laws are written to ensure that owned animals are confined to their

property or kept on a leash to free a community of unrestrained and

free-roaming animals. Although most dog bites occur on the property

where the dog lives, unrestrained or free-roaming dogs do pose a

substantial threat to the public. In addition, unrestrained animals are

at increased risk of being bitten by rabies infected wildlife. Enforcement

of restraint laws is essential in enhancing the animal control

program’s efforts to reduce the risk of rabies in our community.

LICENSING OF DOGS AND CATS

The primary benefit of licensing animals is identification,

should that animal become lost. Licensing also:

• Ensures that rabies vaccination are current.

• Allows for quick identification in case of a bite incident.

• Provides revenue to offset the administration costs of the

animal control program.

VACCINATION

Rabies vaccinations are a prerequisite for licensing dogs and cats

because they are an important control measure for the public health

threat of rabies. In addition to protecting pets, rabies vaccinations

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Recipes

PEANUT CLUSTERS

You could make this on National Peanut Cluster Day March 8 th !

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup roasted peanuts

2 cups crispy rice cereal

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium heat-proof bowl, melt together the chocolate chips and condensed

milk in the microwave. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Stir

in the peanuts and rice cereal until well blended. Drop by rounded spoonfuls

onto waxed paper. Chill 2 hours to set.

HOT FRUIT COMPOTE

You could make this on National Fruit Compote Day March 1 st !

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 ounce) can pears in juice

1 (15 ounce) can peaches in juice

1 (15 ounce) can pitted cherries in water

1 cup quick-cooking oats

1/2 cup brown sugar, divided

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch

baking dish. Pour pears, peaches and cherries with their liquids into the

prepared baking dish, stir.

Stir oats and 1/4 cup brown sugar together in a bowl, sprinkle over the fruit

mixture. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar over the oat layer. Sprinkle

cinnamon over the brown sugar. Arrange butter pieces evenly over the

top. Bake until hot, bubbly and slightly brown at edges, about 20 minutes.

Serve over waffles, pancakes, scones or shortbread.

Also great served warm over vanilla ice cream!

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1 cup whole milk

3 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, or to taste

1 lemon, halved

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Easter Sunday

April 1st

LIVING WORD TO PRESENT

“The Lamb: Redemption’s Price is Paid”

Living Word invites the Katy community to its presentation of

“The Lamb: Redemption’s Price is Paid” on Sunday, March 25 th

at 8 AM, 9:30 AM and 11 AM. The cantata, by Jay Rouse and Rose

Aspinall, traces the last days of Jesus from his triumphal entry on

Palm Sunday through his sacrifice on the cross to redeem us. The

Living Word Choir will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

Living Word is located at 3700 S. Mason Rd. in Katy. For more information,

please visit www.livingwordkaty.org or call the church

office at 281-392-2300.

KATY CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION (KCWC)

KCWC is part of Stonecroft, a ministry for women which provides

Bible Studies, Prayer Connections and fellowship luncheons around

the US. Katy Christian Women also sponsors monthly Prayer Coffees.

These are held on the second Thursday of each month. New

Bible Studies started in January. Please visit our website at

Katycwc.org for locations or call Janet Collins at 281-762-8252.

For more information or to RSVP for the luncheon, please

email Nancy at Katycwc@gmail.com or call 281-232-8338.

KATY WOMEN’S AGLOW

Katy Women’s Aglow, a part of Aglow International, is a local, spirit-filled

women’s ministry fellowship. We meet monthly, usually on

the fourth Saturday 10-11:30 AM. We come together for fellowship,

to worship and to hear inspirational speakers and testimonies, as

well as for special events. Katy Women’s Aglow is a great place to

make new friends! View our website for information about current

Bible studies. Prayer meetings, special events and speaker biographies,

www.katyaglow.com.

Hope Impacts Bible studies

Mondays at the Bagel Café 7-8:30 PM. Bible Study includes dinner.

Located 631 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450

Thursdays 12-1:30 PM, Ladies Discovery Bible Study and lunch on the

first 3 weeks of the month. Hope Impacts office is located at 802 Dominion

Suite 300, Katy, TX 77450. Registration is required and onsite

childcare provided upon advance request. Minimum participation 2,

Maximum 10. Questions call 713-705-7884 ask for Marilyn or Tina.

PROPHETIC BIBLE STUDY FROM THE TORAH

Prophetic Bible Study from the Torah starting with Leviticus chapter

23, “the feasts of the Lord,” using authentic Hebrew Scrolls and the

New Testament. The lessons are in English, Chinese and partially

finished in the Russian language. Lessons are web based until a

group study is formed in Katy http://scrolls4all.org.

Contact: Gary Zimmerman scrolls4all.org@gmail.com.

TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH

Senior Adult News

Trinity Baptist Church Senior Adults get together on Monday

afternoons from 1-4 PM for a time of fellowship, prayer and games...

Come join the fun!

Trinity Baptist Church is located at 10000 Spring Green Blvd.

(corner of Spring Green and Fry). For more information, visit

www.trinity-katy.org or call the church office at 281-579-6724.

AREA BINGOS

EPIPHANY BINGO

Epiphany conducts their bingo games every Friday night except

holidays. THERE IS NO SMOKING ALLOWED DURING ALL BINGO

GAMES. They have security, lighted parking, big screen color monitor,

computerized bingo equipment, snack bar and large cash

prizes. Profits benefit charitable outreach programs. Epiphany

Catholic Church, Church Community Center, 1530 Norwalk Dr.

(between Fry and Mason Roads, south of I-10 behind Nottingham

Subdivision) off Highland Knolls. Early bird games begin at 7:30

PM and regular games at 8 PM. For more info, call the bingo hall

number at 281-578-3905.

ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH BINGO

At St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in downtown Katy,

“BINGO” is being played in our Parish Hall every Friday evening

except Holidays. Doors open at 7 PM, games start at 7:15 PM with

four Early Bird games. Regular games start at 7:30 PM. All profits will

benefit community outreach and Religious Education programs.

The Church is located in downtown Katy at 5356 Eleventh St. You

can get to the church if traveling west on Hwy. 90 to Katyland Rd.

Turn right at the light, go to the second stop sign (at the stadium)

Eleventh St., turn left and the Church Hall will be on your right one

block down. For more info., call 281-391-4758.

SAINT EDITH STEIN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Friday Night Bingo

Friday night BINGO is held the first Friday of February, May, June

and August. This will be a fun evening for the entire family. Everyone

can play including children. We offer a smoke and alcohol free

environment. Cash prizes awarded for Regular BINGO and Special

Games will range from $15 to $100. Snacks and refreshments will

also be available. Doors open at 6:30 PM for BINGO card presales.

Early Bird BINGO starts at 7 PM, Regular BINGO starts at 7:30 PM.

All BINGO events at Saint Edith Stein Catholic Church are operated

under a license issued by the Texas Lottery Commission. Location:

Carmel Hall, Saint Edith Stein Catholic Church, 3311 N. Fry Road,

Katy, TX 77449.

38 March 2018 | Community Newsletter


Community Newsletter | March 2018

QUICK TRICKS TO EAT

AT HOME MORE!

Eating out is easy, fun

and quick, but if you find

yourself indulging a bit

too much, you may be

pushing your wallet and

your waistline to the limit.

Here are some quick tricks

to get yourself to eat at

home more.

• Don’t let yourself get too hungry or tired: Be sure to take an actual

lunch break and eat snacks throughout the day if you need to. Also,

resist the urge to stay up late, so you get all the sleep your body requires.

• Plan ahead: Pre-planning your meals for the week doesn’t take long

and it makes a huge difference with how much time and money you

can save by doing so. There are many meal prep options available, too!

• Make it easy: choose foods that are quick and easy to chop, like

squashes, mushrooms, celery and meat items that are in smaller pieces.

Use the OVEN! Broiling vegetables takes only 20 minutes, set your meat

dishes in and within 45 minutes all is ready and baked potatoes set at

450 degrees F for one-hour is an instant and healthy meal

• Remind yourself how much healthier eating at home is: When you

cook at home you know everything that goes into your food and that is

obviously a very good thing. In restaurants we can only assume what’s

in our food, but don’t Plus, you have no idea if the cook washed their

hands after that last visit to the restroom.

• Calculate the real cost: the price of one take out meal is typically the

cost of almost a week of groceries. Your groceries will last you a week

or longer. Your take out meal - ONE OR TWO DAYS.

From: https://andthenwesaved.com/eat-at-home-more/

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 www.communityvfd.org

or email Chief Steve Fowler at sfowler@communityvfd.com.

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