Cinco Ranch 1 April 2018

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Cinco Ranch

Community Area Newsletter

Cinco Community

Area Newsletter

April 2018

Katy residents - 5 year old twins, Wade & Anne.

Photo by Samantha Martin Photography

Important Numbers... 3

Teenage Job Seekers... 6

School News... 8

Sports Opportunities... 10

What’s Happening in Katy... 14

Houston Area Events... 25

Volunteers Needed... 26

Garden Tips... 30

Recipes... 31

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Spring-Cleaning Tips

If spring is in the air, don’t let a musty house spoil it. Here are

seven tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves.

1. The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and

soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines

with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.

2. The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet

it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar

and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become

easier to remove.

3. Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful

brush that removes all the dirt.

4. Clean windows with a rag and soapy water and then dry

them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store

and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well.

5. If drapes are looking drab, take them out of the window,

remove the hooks and run them through the air-fluff cycle in

the dryer along with a wet towel (to draw off the dust) for 15

minutes. Hang them back in the windows immediately.

6. Clean the blades of a ceiling fan by covering them with a

coat of furniture polish. Wipe off the excess and lightly buff.

7. Sometimes comforters, blankets and pillows don’t need

to be cleaned, but they do need to be aired out after a long

winter in your closed-up home. Take them outside and hang

them on a clothesline for a day.

Source: www.hgtv.com

CINCO RANCH AREA IMPORTANT NUMBERS

LAW ENFORCEMENT

EMERGENCY (Police, Fire, Medical) 911

Non-emergency:

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

Harris County Constables 281-463-6666

Harris County Sheriff 713-221-6000

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

FIRE DEPARTMENT

ESD 48 281-578-5967

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

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

West I-10 Fire Department 281-675-6000

TRASH

Republic Waste 713-726-7300

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

Best Trash, LLC 281-313-2378

Texas Pride Disposal 281-342-8178

WATER / SEWER

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

SI Environmental 832-490-1500

Severn Trent 281-398-8211

Willowfork Drainage Dist. 713-703-8605

www.WillowForkDrainageDistrict.com

HELPFUL NUMBERS

The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch 281-395-4653

Katy Chamber of Commerce 281-391-5289

City of Katy 281-391-4800

Center Point Energy 713-659-2111

Entex-leaking gas 713-659-3552

Reliant Energy 713-207-7777

Street Light Outages 713-207-2222

or visit www.ceneterpointenergy.com/outage

Entouch 281-225-1000

Grande Communications 866-314-4880

Consolidated Comm. (Phone) 281-753-1793

Comcast Communications 713-341-1000

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

Katy Post Office (77450) 281-829-5062

Katy Post Office (77494) 281-574-1401

Metro Park & Ride 713-635-4000

Harris County Vehicle Registration 281-368-2000

Fort Bend Motor Vehicle Registration 281-238-1490

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

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

Ft. Bend Animal Control 281-342-1512

Harris Ct. Animal Control 281-999-3191

Texas Parks & Wildlife 281-842-8100

Poison control 800-764-7661

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

Voter Registration (Fort Bend) 281-341-8670

Voter Registration (Harris) 713-635-4000

SCHOOLS

KISD Administration 281-396-6000

KISD Transportation Dept. 281-396-7560

Creech Elementary 281-237-8850

Exley Elementary 281-237-8400

Fielder Elementary 281-237-6450

Griffin Elementary 281-237-8700

Kilpatrick Elementary 281-237-7600

Williams Elementary 281-237-7200

Beck Junior High 281-237-3300

Beckendorff Junior High 281-237-8800

Cinco Ranch Junior High 281-237-7300

McMeans Junior High 281-237-8000

Tays Junior High School 281-234-2400

Cinco Ranch High School 281-237-7000

Seven Lakes High School 281-237-2800

Tompkins High School 281-234-1000

MEDICAL

Memorial Hermann Katy 281-644-7000

Houston Methodist St. Catherine 281-599-5700

Houston Methodist West Hospital 832-522-5522

Texas Children’s Hospital West 832-227-1000

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Cinco Mud 8 Says To Spruce

Up Your Sprinkler In April

Cinco MUD 8 and EPA WaterSense has just celebrated FIX a LEAK WEEK

and water conservation does not take a rest. April is the time to get

your irrigation system ready for the summer months. SPRUCE UP YOUR

SPRINKLER by checking for leaks, repairing broken sprinkler heads,

update your watering schedule and adding a rain gauge. Go to www.

cincomud8.com for rebate information to upgrade your irrigation.

• Upgrade to a weather based controller with a rain gauge

• Change sprinkler heads to water conserving heads, i.e. Toro Precision

H2O or Hunter MP Rotators

• Water each zone for 8 minutes, MUD 8, twice a week

• Do to the high clay content of the soil in MUD 8, if 8 minutes of watering

has pooling, water for 4 minutes then 4 minutes again a few hours later

Remember saving water saves you money.

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.

Babylonian Chess Club

Great news for chess lovers! Babylonian Chess Club meets every

Saturday at 1:30 PM at Katy Library or call Dr. Alkhafaji at 858-999-7070

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

Sheriff’s Vacation Home Watch

If you are going on holiday, vacation, a business trip or just going away

for the weekend, please put your house on a vacation watch list. It only

takes a few minutes to inform local police that you are away from home.

For more information, visit the websites below.

Fort Bend County Residents:

www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=815

Harris County Residents:

www.harriscountytx.gov/CmpDocuments/32/Forms/c5vacation_watch_

non_editable.pdf

Make sure to cancel the watch when you return home.

Postal Box Maintenance

To report Postal Boxes that are in disrepair or in need of replacement,

please file a report with the Katy Post Office for your Zip Code area (77450

- 281-647-0673; 77494 - 281-574-1401) or visit their website at www.usps.

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insurance carrier). Get simple suggestions on how to better secure your

home. Call the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office at 281-463-

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Protect Storm Drains

Just one quart of motor oil can ruin the quality of 250,000 gallons of

water. Decomposing leaves and grass clippings can cause large amounts

of algae to grow which depletes the oxygen level in the water and can

lead to fish kills. The blowing, sweeping or dumping of grass clippings

and other pollutants down the storm drain is against Texas State Law

punishable by a fine of $5,000 for each offense. PLEASE CALL 281-398-

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Cinco Ranch Ladies Club

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

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

We designate charities each year as recipients for our fundraising events.

We typically meet each month as an entire club at The Golf Club at

Cinco Ranch at 7 PM to partake in themed events such as a Chili Cook Off,

Halloween Party, Craft Fairs, Silent Auction, Line Dancing, Self--Defense

Class, Favorite Things Exchange and Luau. We also offer about 22 subclubs

that each meet once a month on a small scale in residents homes,

businesses, restaurants and walking trails. A few special interest clubs

are Book, Business Network, Bunco, Coffee, Craft, Dining, Lunch, Ladies

Night Out, Movie, Garden, Game Night, Meditation, Wine, Walking and

more. $35 annual dues for all the social and charitable fun.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cincoranchladiesclub

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/cincranchladiesclub

Website: www.CincoRanchLadiesClub.org

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Cinco Ranch Moms Club

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

for years, consider getting involved and adding to your network of friends

and families! Playgroups are organized by age and there are also pool

playdates and group events open to all. To get involved, visit: https://sites.

google.com/site/cincoranchmomsclub or email: cincoranchmomsclub@

gmail.com.

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Non-Competitive Tennis

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Teenage Job Seekers

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

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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.

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School News

KATY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

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IMPORTANT DATES

April 13 th - Early Dismissal for Campus Professional Learning

Katy ISD Hosts

33rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival

Ever wondered what life was like in Texas during the late 1800’s? At the

upcoming 33 rd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival, visitors will get a chance to

experience pioneer life by seeing how they dressed, how they survived,

the types of foods they prepared and even where their children went

to school. Other activities include: blacksmith demonstrations, hand

quilting, woodworking and roping skills presentations. Admission is only

$1. The festival will be held at the Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning

Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494 on Saturday, April 7 th from

9 AM-4 PM.

Katy ISD Approves

Instructional Calendars

For Next Two Years

As part of the Katy Independent School District, “Your District, Your Voice”

initiative, the community has provided its input for the upcoming yearly

instructional calendar. The Katy ISD Board of Trustees has approved the

following option for the 2018-2019 academic year:

Option #1

School Begins: Wednesday, August 15 th

School Ends: Thursday, May 23 rd

Instructional Calendar Days: 177

Full week off for Thanksgiving

“The District is required to have a minimum of 75,600 minutes

of instruction per school year,” says Bonnie Holland, associate

superintendent for administration, governance and legal affairs. “With

the options approved, Katy ISD has enough calendar minutes to cover

two bad weather days,” added Holland.

K-12 Insight, the external research firm conducting the survey, found

that, out of the 22,169 participants, 65% favored option #1. The Board

also approved an instructional calendar for 2019-2020 school year. This

calendar mirrors the preferred components of the 2018-19 calendar.

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Cinco Ranch Junior High

A close up of the robot,

designed, built and programmed

by the Cinco Ranch JH

Computerized Coyotes. The

robot autonomously completes

as many missions as possible in

each 2.5 minute match.

Cinco Ranch JH Robotics

Team Earns Awards

After earning 2nd place for the 2017 Robot Design Award at the Katy Qualifier,

the Computerized Coyotes from Cinco Ranch Junior High advanced to the

South Texas Region Championship, where the team was thrilled to earn

the 3rd place trophy for Strategy and Innovation in January 2018. The first

year rookie team has been led by Alex Dial, a tenth grade Cinco Ranch High

School student and CRHS Robotics Team 624 CRyptonite member. Alex was

influential in forming the team, which is part of FIRST (For Inspiration and

Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL). Team members

Sam Daigre, Kartik Rai and Derek Elis have been diligently working since

August, designing and building the team’s LEGO Mindstorm robot and

brainstorming to solve the FLL Hydrodynamic Challenge, to present to a

panel of judges. The Computerized Coyotes gained entry to the South Texas

Regional Championship by qualifying at the Katy event that was hosted by

Team 624 CRyptonite in December 2017. Team 624 CRyptonite has been a

great resource for FLL teams by hosting practice events, competitions and

offering advice for young teams. The Computerized Coyotes are also thankful

for the generous support they have received from Cinco Ranch Junior High

principal, Elizabeth Nicklas, as well as Bechtel Corporation. Soon the team

will begin brainstorming ideas for next season’s FLL Challenge, ‘Into Orbit.’

For more information about FIRST and how to form your own FLL team,

please visit www.firstinspires.org. Become a volunteer coach (no experience

needed) and make a difference in kids’ lives today!

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(L-R) Sam Daigre, Mentor Alex Dial, Derek Elis, Kartik Rai of the Cinco

Ranch JH Computerized Coyotes team, test their robot programming at

the practice table during the South Texas Region Championship.

Cinco Ranch Junior High Computerized Coyotes Robotics Team and

their mentor, Alex Dial (L). Team members: Kartik Rai, Derek Elis and

Sam Daigre (R) earn 3rd Place for Strategy and Innovation at the FLL

South Texas Region Championship and earned the 2nd place 2017 Robot

Design Award at the Katy Qualifier December 2017.

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Kartik Rai(L) and Derek Elis (R) from the Cinco Ranch Junior High

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Sports

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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):

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.

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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.

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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.

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 physical 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.

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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.

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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

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Kindergarten thru High School.

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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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What's

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Walks/Runs/Craft Shows/Festivals

will go toward the local nonprofit The Arc of Katy to help them rebuild

their facility that was destroyed during Hurricane Harvey. The Arc works

to create opportunities for all children and adults with intellectual

and developmental disabilities (IDD) to enable each person to be a

participating and respected member of our community. The run will take

place at Cinco Ranch High School on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 8

AM to 11 AM. The event features the throwing and tossing of non-toxic

colored corn starch in the air in the beginning of the race and throughout

intervals as well. For registration information, please visit the following

website: colorforacause.weebly.com/registration.html.

Local Charities Host

2nd 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. 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.

Color for a Cause 5k Color Run

The Katy community is invited to support Cinco Ranch Future Business

Leaders of America as they work to support The Arc of Katy by registering

for the Color for a Cause 5K color run. All of the earnings from this run

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Sunday, April 15, 2018, 12-4 PM

Sponsored walk starts at 1:30 PM

Located at Dewberry Farm, 7705 FM 362, Brookshire, TX 77423

Raffle prizes, food, snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Playground, jumping pillows, etc. will be open!

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5p- can anticipate a normal life expectancy. With early and consistent

educational intervention, as well as physical and language therapy,

children with 5p-Syndrome are capable of reaching their fullest potential

and can lead full and meaningful lives. Children born with this very rare

genetic defect will most likely require ongoing support for life, from a

team of parents, therapists, medical and educational professionals to

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Garage Sales

Westlake and Westlake Forest

Community Garage Sale

April 7, 2018 - The Spring Community Garage Sale for Westlake and

Westlake Forest will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 7-11 AM.

Large banners will be placed on the median of Saums Road.

Westfield Community Garage Sale

The Westfield community garage sale will be Friday and Saturday, April

13 th & 14 th . Clear the clutter and have a garage sale. The HOA will place

ads in various papers and post signs at the entrances. Westfield is off Fry

Road between Clay and Morton.

Westheimer Lakes &

Westheimer Lakes North

Community Garage Sales

Our residents have cleaned out their closets and can’t wait for you to stop by

on Saturday, April 14 th from 7 AM to 12 Noon! You’ll find treasures galore in

our community-wide garage sale! Residents will be selling their items right

out of their garages. For a map and list of items being sold at Westheimer

Lakes and Westheimer Lakes North, don’t forget to stop by the SplashPad

(located in the Westheimer Lakes section - 26103 Canyon Fields Drive,

Richmond 77406, 832-222-2355) on the day of the sale. Don’t miss out!

Grayson Lakes

Community Garage Sale

The Grayson Lakes Community Garage Sale is set for April 14 th from 7

AM-1 PM. Grayson Lakes is off Katy Flewellen Road.

Multi-Community Garage Sale

Cinco Ranch 2/Cross Creek Ranch/ Seven Meadows/Westheimer Lakes/

Bella Terra - Hundreds of homes to shop at April 14 th , rain or shine from 8

AM-2 PM. Visit sevenmeadowslive.com for more details and registration.

Fundraisers

3rd 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.

The Arc of Katy 2018 Gala -

Celebrating Katy Hometown Heroes -

Friday, April 20, 2018, 6:30-10:30 PM

The Arc of Katy Board of Directors will present The Arc of Katy 2018

Gala - Celebrating Katy Hometown Heroes on Friday, April 20 th to raise

funds for programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental

disabilities (I/DD) and their families. Guests at the fundraiser gala,

which will be held at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside (13210 Katy

Freeway. Houston, TX 77079), will be entertained with a reception,

seated dinner, program, silent and live auctions, dancing and other

fun activities. Also at the Gala, The Arc of Katy will present two of the

organization’s key supporters with the Ann Davis Founder’s Award

and The Arc of Katy Volunteer of the Year recognition. In addition, as

a new feature of the Gala in 2018, The Arc of Katy is honoring two of

our Katy Hometown Heroes who make this community a great place

for our program participants and members to live, work and thrive.

Registration for gala attendance, sponsors, underwriters and auction

donations is available at https://thearcofkaty.ejoinme.org/2018Gala.

For additional information, please contact Amy Campbell at

amycampbell@thearcofkaty.org or 281-391-6164.

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6th Annual “Strike Out”

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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 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

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The Arc of Katy is currently taking applications for three Summer

Program sessions for teens and adults with intellectual and

development disabilities who are at least 16 years of age and meet

the program’s minimum requirements.

The Day Program will be held Monday through Friday, weekly, from

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Session 3: July 30-August 17, 2018

Each session will include a variety of fun activities including

excursions, crafts, life skills, games and much more. Summer Program

cost is $35 per day and participant must be a current member of The

Arc of Katy to participate. Participants will bring a snack and lunch

most days and will receive an Arc of Katy t-shirt. For more information

and forms, please visit www.thearcofkaty.org.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7 PM

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Solo spots are limited to the first 20 who register now at

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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

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April 5 th -7 th and 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

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CAF Houston Wing’s Warbird

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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 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.

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.

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 to visit

on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 th & 15 th from 10 AM until 5 PM.

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First Annual Joe Joe Bear

Foundation Car Show

Please join us for the First Annual Joe Joe Bear Foundation Car Show,

Saturday May 12, 2018 at the Fort Bend County Fair Grounds. With

bunches of beautiful cars for you to appreciate, a silent auction to help

and support Joe Joe Bear in their mission to provide Teddy Bears to

children with life altering diseases. Vendor booths for your shopping

pleasure and all different kinds of food trucks, this will be one event

you won’t want to miss. There will be live music and awards presented,

something for everyone at the First Annual Joe Joe Bear Foundation Car

Show.

If you are interested in showing your car, setting up a vendor booth or a

food truck, please contact Jeanette Maurer 281-398-4522 or email info@

joejoebear.org. More information and registration is available on the

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organization is pleased to announce its spring schedule of upcoming

events to serve the needs of Katy-area residents. The organization

offers $10 microchipping for pets with FREE lifetime registration! What

is a microchip? A microchip is a rice-sized transponder that is injected

between a pet’s shoulder blades with a needle. When getting ‘chipped,

most animals don’t notice any difference from when receiving yearly

vaccinations. A microchip does NOT have a GPS locator on it, but as long

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Katy Chapter NCL Class

Front Row(L-R): Amanda Hampton, Meghann Schneider, Madison Crofton and Meredith Bretting. Second Row(L-R): Madi Newman, Caroline Mally,

Halen Beisert, Lexie McGrievy and Mary Claire Crain. Back Row(L-R): Dana Bretting, Hannah Stevens, Anna Husmann, Eden Boudreaux, Alanna Larkin,

Abby Shorter, Brooke Evan and Christina Darby.

(Photo Courtesy of See What Develops)

Katy Chapter NCL Class

The Class of 2018 has contributed over 5300 volunteer hours to local philanthropies - including American Cancer Society, ARC of Katy, The Ballard

House, Brookwood Community, Citizens of Animal Protection, KVPAC and Texas Children’s Hospital to name a few. The chapter believes that the

experience of giving back to others helps to strengthen the mother-daughter relationship and sets the stage for a successful future. Visit katy.

nationalcharityleague.org.

Katy Chapter NCL Senior Service Award

Class of 2018 Senior Service Award. On November 3, 2017, Elizabeth Schultze was awarded

the Class of 2018 Senior Service Award. It is awarded to the Senior Class Ticktocker who

has accumulated the highest number of philanthropic hours during her 6 years with NCL.

Elizabeth donated 1,097.50 hours of her time to the Katy Community. Congratulations

Elizabeth!

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Katy Area Retired Educators (Kare) Raise Funds for

KARE Scholarships Through Their Annual Chocolate Auction.

On February 7, 2018, Katy Area Retired

Educators (KARE) held their monthly

meeting and raised funds for KARE

scholarships through their annual Chocolate

Auction. Guest speaker, Randolph Holford,

a Professional Auctioneer, shared with

them his passion for auctioneering and his

involvement in Youth FFA. KARE meetings

are once again being held at the Merrell

Center. Thank you, Midway Barbeque, for

hosting meetings during the restoration of

the Merrell Center. KARE’s next meeting will

be held on April 11, 2018, at the Merrell

Center, West Entrance, at 11:30 AM. For more

information about the Katy Area Retired

Educators check out our website at www.

localunits.org/KARE/.

Creech Elementary teachers Kate Gillespie,

Allyn Marie Terry, Victoria Nunez, Cindy Katz

(KARE), Jennifer Box and Sophia Pastor.

KARE Members Becky French and Cindy

Katz with Morton Ranch Elementary

principal Deb Hubble.

KARE members Becky French and Cindy

Katz, Neighborhood Kidz Club Learning

Center Associate Director, Barbara Rolen

and Director Peggy Norwood.

KARE Annual Book Drive

The Katy Area Retired Educators (KARE) recently completed their annual book drive that resulted in the collection of 1125 books. A KARE label was

placed in each book and donated to Creech Elementary, Morton Ranch Elementary and the Neighborhood Kidz Club Learning Center. For more

information about the Katy Area Retired Educators check out our website at www.localunits.org/KARE/.

Katy Resident Raises Money To Help

Schools, Clubs And Organizations

For four years, Katy resident Dorothy Sanchez has worked to raise money

in the hopes of helping local schools, clubs and organizations thrive. This

year not only marked Sanchez’s fifteenth Scentsy fundraiser but her

most successful one yet. In December, Sanchez presented Kelsey Peltier

a check for $2,050.49 to go toward the Theatre Department at Poly Ryon

Middle School. Peltier, the school’s theatre teacher incorporated the

Scentsy fundraiser into an assignment for her theatre students who were

able to raise the money in just two weeks.

Mrs. Sanchez is a Scentsy Director who believes in one of Scentsy’s

values, “Give More Than You Take.” She donates part of her commissions

to build up the community. In her four years of holding fundraisers, she

has been able to donate more than $50,000.

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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

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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:

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:

April 19 th : Snakes Alive!

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April 4 th -8 th - The 15 th anniversary of the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair

four-day event will celebrate Gulf Coast to global foods, cultures and

traditions. Expected to be the largest in its history, the event will feature

award winning talent, master sommeliers, mixologists, themed events

and expansive new venues. Time and a myriad of cultural and agricultural

influences have long impacted both Sugar Land and the expansive Gulf

Coast, a wide swath of geography rooted in American history and lore. For

more information, visit www.sugarlandwineandfoodaffair.com.

April 7 th -8 th - The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is the largest

children’s festival in the United States. Two days of games, circus acts, rides,

food, beverages and entertainment for all ages centered in Downtown

Houston. Created 29 years ago by Child Advocates as an avenue to create

awareness and funding to help the neglected and abused children of

Houston. Over 5.4 million dollars have been raised for the organization

through the annual two days of children activities. Come celebrate, enjoy,

laugh and play at the 30 th Annual McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival

and create a lifetime of memories. The event is from 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM.

Admission is $10 online and $12 at the gate. For more information, visit

www.houstonchildrensfestival.com.

April 8 th - The Brazilian Food & Music Festival. An event for the whole

family! This a great opportunity to find all kinds of Brazilian food at the

same place. Food prices will range between $1 to $30.The vendors will

accept cash and credit cards. Brazilian food, Caipirinha, Guarana and other

beverages, Brazilian music, Crafts and activities for children. For more

information, visit www.facebook.com/BrazilianFoodAndMusicFestival.

April 12 th -15 th - The Southwest International Boat Show is the largest

in-water Boat Show in the Southwest and the premier Sail and Power

Show for new and pre-owned vessels. This exciting event on Clear Lake, in

Bay Area Houston, features boats ranging in size from 10ft. to 100ft., both

freshwater and saltwater and offers the unique opportunity to view and

board fabulous vessels from some of the world’s leading manufacturers

including new designs and models making their Texas debut. Pre-Season

Specials and Dealer incentive programs will also be available on many

models with prices to suit all budgets! Meet with industry representatives

ready to provide valuable information and answer questions on all aspects

of buying and owning a boat. Onshore, over 200 vendors will offer a variety

of services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle, including

fishing gear, apparel and outdoor equipment, in addition to a full range of

marine electronics and hardware from top industry names. Shop related

services from boat clubs, insurance companies and lending institutions

and attend educational workshops and seminars. Admission is $10 for

adults and children under 15 are free. For more information, visit www.

southwestinternationalboatshow.com.

April 14 th - It’s that time again! Don’t miss the Annual Art Car Parade.

Downtown Houston will come to life when more than 250 “motoriffic”

mobile masterpieces hit the pavement. The Houston Art Car Parade

is a free BYOG (bring your own goodies - lawn chairs, water, treats, no

dogs please) event. The Parade has become a nationwide phenomenon

is expected to draw a crowd of 250,000 fans from across the map and

approximately 250 local, national and international artists will transform

everyday automobiles into one-of-a-kind creations meant to amuse,

inspire, enlighten and entertain. Route: Smith St. from Pease St. to Walker

St., making a left turn at Walker St. and then a left onto Bagby St., ending at

Lamar St. For more information, visit www.thehoustonartcarparade.com.

April 14 th -15 th - Japan Festival Houston celebrates the rich cultural

heritage of Japan with traditional and contemporary performances

of Japanese music, dance and martial arts, Japanese/Japaneseinspired

food, as well as demonstrations and displays of Ikebana flower

arrangement, tea ceremony, origami, etegami, bonsai and more. The

event is held in the Museum District and admission is free. For more

information, visit www.houstonjapanfest.org.

April 15 th - Houston Barbecue Festival. The venue has changed but

the game’s the same, smoked meat until you drop. After several years at

NRG Park, the Houston Barbecue Festival is moving its 2018 smoke-out

to Humble. According to the organizers, the new location, 20 minutes

north of downtown on U.S. 59, offers additional amenities including

free parking, restrooms, covered areas in case of inclement weather and

more affordable drinks. The Houston Barbecue Festival partners are Saint

Arnold Brewing Company and Pitts & Spitts. The festival also will feature

live music and a bar with craft beer. The festival sells out each year and

ticket sales are limited. No tickets will be sold at the gate. The Humble

Civic Center is at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway. The festival is from 1-4 PM. For

tickets and more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annualhouston-barbecue-festival-tickets-41545865803.

April 21 st - Five Dollar Food Truck Festival. Come out and experience

over 20 of Houston’s most popular food trucks and local vendors. With

a kid’s zone, live music, free beer, free parking and covered seating, we

guarantee an overall great experience for the whole family! For more

information, visit www.facebook.com/events/247434539130462/.

April 21 st -22 nd - The Houston Texans and Texas Children’s Hospital, in

partnership with the nonprofit organization Kids Triathlon, Inc., have

partnered to bring you the 2018 Houston Texans Kids Triathlon presented by

Texas Children’s Hospital. This sixth annual event will be held at NRG Stadium

and is expected to be the largest USATriathlon sanctioned kid’s triathlon in the

world. Thousands of families will gather for the interactive triathlon expo and

tons of racing fun. Sign up today! The event is from 7-11 AM and admission is

$50. For more information, visit www.houstontexans.com.

April 29 th - The City of Houston invites you to the 5 th Annual Ready Houston

Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge. Celebrity chefs will compete on-site

to create the best dish from non-perishable food items typically found in

a disaster preparedness kit. Each chef will choose from a list of canned

and shelf-stable ingredients. Media judges will select and award one

winner based on taste, creativity and presentation. In addition to the

cook-off, there will be emergency response equipment on display, disaster

preparedness information available and other giveaways. Come on out for

a fun way to learn how to be prepared for all types of emergencies. For

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Volunteer

Opportunities

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.

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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 postabortion

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.

SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic

Equestrian Centers

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

activities improve physical balance and coordination, mental acuity,

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

horseback happen every day. The work of our dedicated volunteers

helps guarantee that children and adults with disabilities in the Greater

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

more productive lives. In addition to their weekly work in the arena, many

of our volunteers donate their time and talents at fund-raising events

such as our annual Ride-A-Thon and the yearly Trailblazers Luncheon.

Volunteers are on hand during the NARHA on-site certification and

annual SIRE Show-Off and volunteers are vital to our Clients’ successes at

the Top Hands Horse Show, during the Houston Rodeo and competition

at the regional and state Special Olympics. Therapeutic horseback riding

creates a bond of success between the rider and their horse. Volunteers

are their own personal cheering section and the instructor is their mentor

and coach. Clients become more empowered and better equipped to

fully live their lives, each day. To volunteer, please call one of our arenas

and ask to speak with a volunteer coordinator. SIRESpring, call 281-353-

6160. SIREHockley, call 281-356-7588. SIRE Fort Bend, call 281-344-4308.

Volunteers Needed at

Autumn Grove Cottage

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

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

related illnesses. We are interested in volunteers socializing with our

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

just 16 Residents. If you would like to volunteer in a cozy, home-like

atmosphere then call the Volunteer Coordinator at 281-398-6845 or

visit our website www.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.

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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.

Clothed By Faith

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

our website www.clothedbyfaith.com for more information or email

yiasmere@clothedbyfaith.org. Located at 802 Dominion Drive, Suite 100

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

used clothing to those in need.

Houston Children’s Charity

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

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

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

dedicated to improving the quality of life for underprivileged, abused

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

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

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

unanswered. Do you have the time and desire to volunteer to help a

great cause? We are always in need of volunteers to help throughout the

year. This is a great way for school age kids to get in community service

hours. Do you have gently used children’s clothing, shoes and jackets?

At Houston Children’s Charity we are setting up the “HCC Closet.” All of

the items donated will be given to children - not sold at a retail store.

Please contact our office at 713-524-2878 or visit our website www.

houstonchildrenscharity.org for more information on our organization.

Standup For Kids

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

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

homeless kids through volunteer outreach efforts. Our volunteers search

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

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

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

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

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

For Kids needs supplies for our Houston program, which provides food,

clothing, counseling and a safe environment for the homeless youth

of Houston. If you or your organization would like to 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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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 http://volunteerism.meetup.com/230.

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 Opportunity

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

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

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

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

bringing quality care in a luxury environment to Katy and surrounding

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

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

at 281-394-0088 or spanishmeadowsactivities@gmail.com. Please visit

our website at www.spanish-meadows.com.

Volunteer Opportunities at

Houston Aphasia Recovery Center

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

for volunteers to help in our programs. HARC is located at 3701 Briarpark

Drive, Suite #310, Houston 77042, which is just inside of Beltway 8 in the

Westchase district of town. We offer training and support to all of our

volunteers. Volunteer days and times are flexible based on need. For more

information, contact our center at 713-781-7100. More information about

HARC and aphasia is also available on our website: www.harctx.org.

Katy Christian Ministries

Needs Volunteers

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

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

in the community by volunteering, please visit our website at www.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@

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Volunteers Wanted At Buckner

Hospice Of Houston

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

many different volunteer opportunities from Patient visits to

office duties. Hours of very flexible to fit your busy schedule. You

donate the number of hours you can. Please contact Toni Cruse

Volunteer Coordinator at 281-493-6800 or 713-918-9320 for more

information.

The Thomas A. Glazier Senior

Education Center Has Volunteer

Opportunities Available

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

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

available to Harris County residents 55 and older on subjects ranging

from basic computer skills to digital photography to astronomy, photo

editing and memory enhancement.

We need you in our classrooms! Get free volunteer training. Teach

your own computer class. Contact us now at 713-274-3250 or email

us: glaziersec@hctx.net. Operated by Harris County Precinct Three

Commissioner Steve Radack.

Katy Quilters Needs

Help For Charities

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

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

small blankets to various charities. The demand is even higher with

all of the families that have lost their homes because of the fires

in and around 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:

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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

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Gardening

Tips for April

Mulch - If possible, buy Bagged Mulch. Bagging helps eliminate

a great many pests that die from various causes while in the bag.

When you buy ‘loose’ mulch that is trucked to your home, you

are also buying ants, roaches, termites, etc… Spend a little more

on bagged material and save lots of future pest problems. Keep

your mulch at least 4” - 6” below the top of your homes exposed

foundation edge/side. This will aid in minimizing pests in your

home and allow for quick and accurate termite inspections.

Shrubs, Flowers and groundcovers - Trim all shrubs/plants at

least 12” - 18” back from your home. Do your best to create a plant

free zone that is 18” - 24” wide around your home. The exception

is your lawn - it can grow up next to the slab as long as you keep

it 4” - 6” below the top of the slab. The most conducive to termite

infestation are groundcover plantings, growing high against your

homes exterior or (especially) ivy that grows on your walls.

Trees - Spray your trees at least twice annually. The spring spray

eliminates overwintering pests and fungi while preparing trees to

resist the pest onslaught of summer with residual pesticides. The

fall spray also kills pests from the summer, prevents most fungi

from occurring over the winter and puts your valuable asset off to a

healthy winter’s dormancy.

Lawn - Spring is the perfect time to do a fungicide treatment to stop

brown patch in its tracks along with other fungi. If your lawn is thin

and weak in some areas, here are some important fundamentals: a)

lawn aeration b) fertilization c) weed control.

Most important is proper watering:

• Water once per week (unless you get a 1/2” rain or more - then do

not water.)

• Water heavily (1” - 2”) for total lawn coverage.

• In severe drought, water every 5 th day.

• Water from 5 AM to 7 AM in the morning - NOT AT NIGHT.

• A heavy deep weekly watering makes the turf grow deeper,

stronger and more drought resistant roots.

• Less watering also saves you money!!

IRS TAX DEADLINE

People have until Tuesday, April 17, 2018, to file their 2017 returns and

pay any taxes due. The filing tax deadline is later this year due to several

factors. The usual April 15 th deadline falls on Sunday this year, which

would normally give taxpayers until at least the following Monday.

However, Emancipation Day, a Washington, D.C., holiday, is observed

on Monday, April 16 th , giving taxpayers nationwide an additional day

to file. By law, Washington holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in

the same way federal holidays do. Taxpayers requesting an extension will

have until Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, to file.

The IRS expects more than 70 percent of taxpayers to get tax refunds this

year. Last year, nearly 112 million refunds were issued, with an average

refund of $2,895.

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Caramel Pecan Pie

You could make this on National Caramel Day April 5 th !

INGREDIENTS:

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

36 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup milk

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.) In a saucepan over low heat, combine

caramels, butter and milk. Cook, stirring frequently, until smooth. Remove from heat and

set aside.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt. Gradually mix in the melted caramel

mixture. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Allow to

cool until filling is firm.

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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

You could make this on National Cheeseball Day April 17 th !

INGREDIENTS:

6 slices bacon

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 (1 ounce) package buttermilk Ranch dressing mix

1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

4 green onions, chopped

3 tablespoons chopped black olives

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning

occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper

towel-lined plate. Chop the cooled bacon into small pieces.

Stir together the cream cheese and ranch dressing mix in a bowl until smooth. Add the

bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions and olives, stir until well combined. Shape the

mixture into a ball and roll in the chopped pecans. Refrigerate overnight.

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