Cinco Ranch 1 November 2018


Cinco Ranch

Community Area Newsletter

Cinco Community

Area Newsletter

November 2018

Important Numbers... 3

Teenage Job Seekers... 5

School News... 7

Scouting News... 8

What’s Happening in Katy... 10

Houston Area Events... 12

Thanksgiving Tips... 16

Library... 20

Garden Tips... 30

Recipes... 31

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Featured Business of the Month

Medical Clinic at the Ranch Excellence in medical care

Need for primary care has increased due to growth in the region. Medical Clinic at the

Ranch (MCR), a primary care clinic catering to adult patients ages 18 and older, is ready

to meet that need. The clinic is easily accessible to the community, located at Westpark

Tollway and Spring Green Blvd.

MCR offers in-house labs, EKG, medical nutrition therapy, and diabetes selfmanagement

education, with early and late appointments to suit your busy schedule.

MCR services cover a broad spectrum of conditions — from head to toe, simple to

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doctors believe it is important to form strong relationships with patients and want them

to feel welcomed, connected and well engaged in their own care. The staff at MCR is

friendly and supportive.

The clinic is now accepting new patients. MCR accepts most private insurance plans

as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Discounted self-pay pricing is available to patients

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To schedule an appointment call 281.394.0093. For more information about the

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EMERGENCY (Police, Fire, Medical) 911


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

Harris County Constables 281-463-6666

Harris County Sheriff 713-221-6000

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


ESD 48 281-578-5967

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

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

West I-10 Fire Department 281-675-6000


Republic Waste 713-726-7300

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

Best Trash, LLC 281-313-2378

Texas Pride Disposal 281-342-8178


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

SI Environmental 832-490-1500

INFRAMARK 281-398-8211

Willowfork Drainage Dist. 713-703-8605


The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch 281-395-4653

Katy Chamber of Commerce 281-391-5289

City of Katy 281-391-4800

Center Point Energy 713-659-2111

Entex-leaking gas 713-659-3552

Reliant Energy 713-207-7777

Street Light Outages 713-207-2222

or visit

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


KISD Administration 281-396-6000

KISD Transportation Dept. 281-396-7560

Creech Elementary 281-237-8850

Exley Elementary 281-237-8400

Fielder Elementary 281-237-6450

Griffin Elementary 281-237-8700

Kilpatrick Elementary 281-237-7600

Williams Elementary 281-237-7200

Beck Junior High 281-237-3300

Beckendorff Junior High 281-237-8800

Cinco Ranch Junior High 281-237-7300

McMeans Junior High 281-237-8000

Tays Junior High School 281-234-2400

Cinco Ranch High School 281-237-7000

Seven Lakes High School 281-237-2800

Tompkins High School 281-234-1000


Memorial Hermann Katy 281-644-7000

Houston Methodist St. Catherine 281-599-5700

Houston Methodist West Hospital 832-522-5522

Texas Children’s Hospital West 832-227-1000

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Cinco Ranch Ladies Club

Our annual Craft Vendor Fair is scheduled for Tuesday night, November

27th from 7-9 PM. Tables are available for vendors at $25(member price)

and $50(nonmember price) and can be purchased on line at our website,

Our annual Christmas Fundraiser luncheon benefits CASA this year and

is set for Friday, December 14th, 11 AM-2 PM. Tickets are now available

online at our website,

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

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

scale in residents homes, businesses, restaurants and walking trails. A

few special interest clubs are Book, Business Network, Bunco, Coffee,

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

Meditation, Wine, Walking and more. $35 annual dues for all the social

and charitable fun.




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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. or email: cincoranchmomsclub@

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority

Southwest Houston Council

Are you a woman looking for some new friends and fun things to do? Do

you enjoy a social and community service oriented group? If you answered

yes, then Beta Sigma Phi could be just the right fit for you! Beta Sigma Phi is

an international women’s friendship network. It also provides educational

programs to its members and opportunities for service to others. We are

women of all ages, ethnicities, interests, educational and economical

backgrounds and we are the largest organization of our kind in the world.

We are dedicated to helping women fulfill their lives. Remembering to make

time in their busy schedules for friendship, fun and fulfillment. For more

information, please contact or call 281-392-7181.

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:

Harris County Residents:


Make sure to cancel the watch when you return home.

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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.

Teenage Job Seekers

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., 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 Cinco Ranch 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 Cinco Ranch 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.





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KISD School News



Hoax threats are not a joke. This type of action can lead to serious legal

consequences, even if there was never an intent to carry out the threat.

Katy Independent School District has joined forces with the Federal

Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Houston Division and various other law

enforcement agencies to launch a public awareness campaign entitled




November 19 th -23 rd - Thanksgiving Break

November 28 th - Family Night (No Homework Assigned)

Members of the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s

Office, police chiefs from Houston, Katy, Fort Bend and Aldine Independent

School Districts, as well as Crime Stoppers of Houston and Clear Channel

Outdoor seek to educate the public about the consequences of making

hoax threats of violence to schools and other public places. Every threat

is taken seriously and this type of behavior is considered a crime which

can lead to a sentence of up to five years in prison, if escalated to a federal

crime. If a federal charge is not warranted, state charges can be considered.

According to authorities, posting false threats through social media platforms

or any electronic means, not only requires countless hours of investigation

by law enforcement agencies but it also drains school resources and ends up

costing taxpayers’ money. In some cases, schools shut down resulting in the

loss of instructional time for students and teachers.

Misguided attempts at humor are no laughing matter and can end up ruining

a student’s future aspirations and career opportunities. Katy ISD seeks

the public’s assistance to curb hoax threats among our student population.

Below you will find additional resources to share with family and friends.

Remember hoax threats are not a joke, so think before you post!

Katy ISD Keys Mentor Program

Can you spend time with a Katy ISD student once a week, during the school

day, during the school year? In Katy ISD, we give you an opportunity to do

just’s called the KEYS Mentor Program (Keep Encouraging Youth

toward Success). Learn more about Katy ISD KEYS Mentoring. Contact

Heather Sanders: 281-396-2468,










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Scouting News

Eagle Scout, Michael Joseph Fibich, III

Nineteen year old, Eagle Scout, Michael Joseph Fibich, III hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine, 2,189.9 miles this summer

in 3 months time. Ordinarily, it takes 5 to 7 months to accomplish this and only one out of 4 people who attempt it, actually complete

it! It is more of a mental challenge than even a physical challenge. His determination, grit and perseverance in this endeavor carried him

through. Michael is a Sophomore at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he is on a pre med track. He is from Katy, Texas, Troop 1103

and originally started his Boy Scout career in Lake Charles, Louisiana with Troop 107. His love of hiking came from scouting and his many

adventures at Philmont Scout Ranch. He ran his first ultra marathon race in the Arkansas Travellers 100 on October 6 th .


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Cub Scouts is a fun way to teach boys about character, respect,

responsibility and many other traits. Pack 164 is a Christian, home

school Cub Scout Pack that services the Greater West Houston/

Katy area. Pack 164 promotes service to God, to country and to

others. If you are interested and your son is entering 1 st through 5 th

grade, please contact Jack M. Jones at 281-558-5722.



Troop 128006, a Katy wide 2 nd Grade Brownie Girl Scout Troop, has

opening for 2 nd grade girls. We welcome new to GS, returning &

existing 2 nd grade Girl Scouts. Meetings: Every other Monday, 6:30-8

PM, 20000 Franz Road area. Contact Lee at gstroop128006@gmail.

com for more information.

Frank Billingsley, Channel 2 Chief Meteorologist with K.A.R.E. members Gerald Young (K.A.R.E. President), Effie McAteer, Debbie Peterson,

Marsha Smith, Jamie Wolman, Karen Thornton, Kim Brock, MayDell Jenks, Patti Shafer and Rita Williams. Photo Courtesy of Sue Perez .


On September 19 th , Katy Area Retired Educators (K.A.R.E.) held their monthly meeting with Frank Billingsley, Channel 2 Chief Meteorologist

as their guest speaker. K.A.R.E members had a great time learning the history of hurricanes and the paths they traveled. Mr. Billingsley also

shared his journey to discover his Family Tree along with his book SWABBED & FOUND.

All public school employees who retired under the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) are welcome to attend and bring a retired educator,

friend or neighbor who is not a current member. K.A.R.E. represents anyone who has worked in a school district and retired through TRS. This

includes all employees from custodian to superintendent. Others interested in supporting the goals of the Texas Retired Teachers Association

(TRTA) are welcome to join as associate members. Reservations are required. Call Lee Ann Nuckles at 832-594-7533.

K.A.R.E. meetings are held at 11:30 AM at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, Room 144, located at the West Entrance. For more information about

the Katy Area Retired Educators, check out its website at

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what’s Happening around katy

November Events



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

by on Saturday, November 3 rd 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.


November 3, 2018, 9 AM

The Fellowship, 22765 Westheimer Pkwy

Created several years ago, Run4TheChildren is a fundraiser for families

interested in adoption to assist with the financial burden of adopting. This

is a 4 mile run located in the heart of Cinco Ranch with a shorter course for

those looking unable to complete the entire 4 miles. This event is family

friendly. To date, we have assisted 22 children find their forever families.


Saturday, November 3 rd , 10 AM-4 pm

Seabourne Creek Nature Park, 3831 Texas 36 South, Rosenberg 77471

This is Coastal Prairie Chapter Texas Master Naturalists’ signature project.

There will be lots of activities for kids and families! See butterflies and

caterpillars, alligators and snakes, hawks and owls, beekeepers and more.

There will be a native plant sale, edible plant display, children’s crafts, face

painting, nature talks, prairie walks and horse-drawn wagon rides. The

nature festival entry and events are free. There will also be a variety of food

truck vendors. Free and Open to the Public. The Texas Master Naturalists

are sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M

AgriLife Extension Service. For additional information, call 281-633-7033

or email Conducted by Coastal Prairie Chapter-Texas

Master Naturalists. Website:, Facebook:



November 7, 2018

Westside Sporting Grounds,

10120 Pattison Road, Katy TX 77493

11:30 AM • Shotgun Start: 1 PM

There will also be a raffle and silent auction. For more info, go to


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Join us as we celebrate the 16 th annual Katy Area YMCA Turkey Dash on

Thanksgiving Day. Whether you’re a veteran runner or participating in your

first race, we have an event for you, including a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Kids Race

and 1 Mile Walk/Run. We also have the best post-race party packed with

food, giveaways, a photo booth and a kid’s fun zone. If you love to dress

up for races, we encourage you to do so! Enter solo or as a group in our 5 th

annual costume contest with prizes awarded to the “Best Thanksgiving

Theme” and “Most Unique Costume.” Medals will be awarded to finishers

of the kids’ race and 10K race.

All proceeds from the Katy Area YMCAs Turkey Dash go toward our Annual

Campaign and help provide scholarships to programs such as child care,

summer camps, swim lessons, sports leagues and assistance to various

area outreach programs. Register at

For more info or to learn of sponsor opportunities, go to


The St. Faustina Women of Mercy cordially invite you to their 4 th Annual

Mistletoe Market. Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9 AM to 4 PM. Westlake

Preparatory Lutheran Academy, 23300 Bellaire Blvd, Richmond, TX 77406.

(Do NOT call the school about booths or questions.) Come enjoy THE BEST

SHOPPING experience Christmas can bring! As always, Santa will make a

surprise guest appearance! All booth inquiries, please email Lisa Thigpen



November 9-11, 2018

The Norwegian Seamans Church,

4309 Young Street, Pasadena 77504

A unique shop with Scandinavian Christmas items such as linens, knitwear,

Norwegian “nisser” and handmade decorations. Scandinavian folk dance,

bakery, silent auction and great raffle prizes.

Hours: Friday: 11 AM-4 PM Saturday:

10 AM-4 PM Sunday: 12-4 PM



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22111 Morton Ranch Road, Katy, TX 77449




The 11 th Annual Home for the Holidays Gift Market will take place November

16-18, 2018. We are excited to be back in the arena this year as well as the

pavilion. 180 vendors in 2 buildings! Show hours: First Call Shopping Hours 10

AM to 1 PM. General Admission: Friday 1-8 PM. Saturday 10 AM-6 PM & Sunday

11 AM-4 PM. Follow us on Facebook to get up to date contest, coupons, vendor

introductions and more. Facebook: Home for the Holidays Gift Market.

Contact information: 281-788-4297 Stacie, Katelyn or Lynnie.


Also, Home for the Holidays Galveston Moody Gardens

Convention Center is Friday, November 23 rd 12-8 PM

and Saturday, November 24 th 10 AM-6 PM.


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Sunday, November 18, 11 AM-6 PM

The West Fort Bend Management District and the

City of Richmond are proud to announce the 2018

Pecan Harvest Festival held in Historic Downtown

Richmond. We are excited to present this annual

event, which highlights the rich history of pecans

in Fort Bend County while simultaneously showcasing

the unique features of Historic Downtown

Richmond. The festival’s beloved Kidz Zone will be

nestled in historic Decker Park, while live music

entertains all day from Wessendorff Park’s acoustically

designed Gazebo. Festival attendees can stroll

along the trails from Second St. around historic Morton Cemetery at edge of

Wessendorff Park. An old-fashioned hayride will expose riders to the Historic

District of Richmond, while the Festival features Artisan Vendors, a Farmer’s

Market, a Beer & Wine Garden, a Baking Contest and a Classic Car Show.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting the Pecan Education portion of

the Richmond Pecan Harvest Festival, including interactive agricultural

exhibits and the Fort Bend County Pecan Show. Attendees will find 40+

varieties of award winning pecans, submitted by many of the established

pecan growers of Fort Bend County. The pecan education portion of the

festival is graciously supported by a partnership with the Texas Pecan

Growers Association and Fort Bend County Farm Bureau, cooperatively

investing in agricultural education.

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December Events


December 1, 2018 - The 24 th Annual Frostyfest Craft Fair will be held on

December 1, 2018, at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, 1530 Norwalk

Drive, in Katy, Texas 77450, from 9 AM to 3 PM. There will be over eighty top

Texan vendors selling HANDCRAFTED merchandise. Santa Claus is coming to

Frostyfest for pictures presented by Boy Scouts of Katy. Refreshments will be

sold by the Knights of Columbus all day starting with breakfast tacos. Ladies

Club will be having a bake sale and also a Silent Auction run by the Craft Club.

All proceeds will be benefitting the new Epiphany Catholic School. For more

information contact Brenda Cason at 281-346-8009.


Saturday, December 8, 2018 10 AM-1 PM

Family Life Assembly of God,

24911 Roesner Road, Katy, TX 77494

Delicious homemade Christmas cookies for that special loved one, last

minute gift or holiday gathering. Choose from an assortment of goodies

that will bring a smile to any holiday celebration. Come early for the best

selection. All sold by the pound. For more information contact us at or call 281-392-0637.

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Area Events

Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch 2018 - thru Nov. 10, 2018, Fri.

9 AM-3 PM, Sat.-Sun. 10 AM-5 PM - Open to the Public. Blessington

Farms, 510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton, TX 77476. Phone: 832-444-8717.

Email: Payment: Cash, Debit cards,

Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) - November 7,

2018-December 23, 2018, Wednesday-Saturday, 7 PM, Saturday-

Sunday Matinee, 2 PM, Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway,

Suite 101, Houston, TX 77019, tickets start at $25. It’s the Annual

Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-

Denominational Universalist Church-where all faiths are welcome

because we’ll believe anything! There’s just one minor problem:

none of the acts scheduled to perform have arrived. Now it’s up to

three quick-witted church members to perform the ENTIRE Variety

Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves! An irreverent yet

heartwarming romp through tradition, The Ultimate Christmas

Show (abridged) bursts with festive, slapstick fun as these cheerfully

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Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market - November 8-11, 2018,10 AM-8

PM, One NRG Park, general admission $20. Join us in kicking off the

holiday season at the 38 th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, the

BIGGEST and BEST holiday shopping market in Texas! It is a one-stop

giant pop-up shop featuring hundreds of merchants from all across

the country showcasing unique items for everyone, including home

decor, gourmet food, apparel, accessories, toys, gifts and much more.

Proceeds from each admission and special event ticket purchased,

plus 11% of all the merchandise purchased benefits Houston Ballet

Foundation, its Academy and scholarship programs.

International Quilt Festival - November 8-11, 2018, George R.

Brown Convention Center, admission $9-$50. International Quilt

Festival is the country’s largest quilt show with more than 1,600 quilt

and works of fabric art on display; nearly 1,000 shopping booths for

quilts, fabrics, patterns, books, crafts and jewelry and more than

500 classes for all skill levels and techniques. Hours are Thursday-

Saturday 10 AM-7 PM, Sunday 10 AM-4 PM. If you are enrolled for

a class at Festival, you do NOT need to purchase daily admission

tickets. Your badge serves as entry to the show.

The Galleria’s 30 th Annual Ice Spectacular and Tree Lighting -

November 10, 2018, 6 PM, The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Road, Suite.

4850, Houston, TX 77056, admission is FREE. The Galleria will kick off

the holiday season with the lighting of its 55-ft Christmas tree during the

30 th Annual Ice Spectacular event. Angelica Hale, 11 year-old runner-up

from Season 12 of America’s Got Talent is the featured performer.

Second Sunday Pickers - November 11 th and December 9 th , 2-4

PM, Jesse H. Jones Park, 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX 77338,

admission is FREE. Beat the heat and join this musical group that

is celebrating over 30 years of concerts! Sing along, bring your own

instrument, dance or just have fun. Join us as the Second Sunday

Pickers entertain with acoustic music, including country-andwestern,

bluegrass, folk, gospel, Cajun and blues. Visitors of all ages

are welcome.

Astroworld Festival - November 17, 2018, One NRG Park, Houston,

TX 77054. Scott and Scoremore, as well as LiveNation concerts are

ready to give fans a festival in the shadow of the former theme park

residence. Tickets range $89 to $250.

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Via Colori Street Festival - November 17-18, 2018, 10 AM-5 PM,

Hermann Square At City Hall, 901 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002,

admission: $7-$10. Massive Outdoor Art Gallery. Family Festival. Music

Concert. All in one! All roads lead to creativity when over 200 artists

converge on the streets to celebrate the artistic spirit of Houston. The

Via Colori® Street Painting Festival has grown into one of Houston’s

signature art events and it remains the only street painting festival in

the region.

Panto Star Force - November 21, 2018-December 30, 2018,

Wednesday-Saturday, 7 PM, Saturday-Sunday Matinee, 2 PM,

Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101, Houston,

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Texas Renaissance Festival - Weekends thru November 25,

2018, 9 AM-8 PM, 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363. Admission

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that embraces different eras, including the 16 th century and beyond.

The 55-acre theater is filled with live entertainment, food and shops.

The enchanted 55-acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes

to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends.

Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily

performances. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways

visiting almost 400 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of

offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the

games of skill and human-powered rides.

WITS Performance Poetry for Teens at Levy Park - 1 st Friday of

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to our Wing’s 5 flyable WWII military aircraft. Go inside a WWII

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Commemorative Air Force is a national nonprofit organization

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through history in the defense of our country and the preservation

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want to continue to grow! Enjoy delicious donuts, coffee and all

of our sweet rides! No Admission fee and everyone is welcome!

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Farmers Market at Imperial - Saturdays through December 29,

2018, 9 AM-1 PM, 234 Matlage Way, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Admission

is free. In addition to a wonderful selection of vendors, the Farmers

Market brings you family fun! Each week, the Market features live

music, cooking demonstrations or other seasonal entertainment.

Presented by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce.

Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern: Spatial Chromointerference

- Weekly through January 13, 2019. Cistern At Buffalo Bayou

Park, 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007. Times: Wednesday

through Friday - 3:30-6 PM; Saturday and Sunday - 11 AM-6 PM.

Admission: $10 per person; $8 for Seniors, Youth and Students.

The Cistern’s distinctive architecture as well as its sheer size and

raw interior, punctuated by a series of rhythmical columns, will

make for an intriguing and interactive experience. Visitors to

Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern: Spatial Chromointerference will

be encouraged to wear white or light colored clothing and will

actively participate in viewing as the color changes creating a

sensation of movement.

interactive temporary public sculpture Open House - Daily

from dawn until dusk through February 28, 2019, admission free.

Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002. The artistic duo,

Havel Ruck Projects, made up of local artists, Dan Havel and Dean

Ruck, transformed a previously abandoned house into an interactive

temporary public sculpture. Sourced from Cherry House Moving

Company, the 1940s-era house was originally located in Santa Fe,

Texas. After moving the home to Sam Houston Park in April, Havel and

Ruck stripped the structure’s interior and exterior using drill saws and

other tools. They cut circular holes into the walls and filled them with

PVC pipe to create a “Swiss cheese” or “lace” appearance and collaged

the interior walls with vintage images sourced from family, friends and

local resale shops representing the city’s people, places and past.

Dr. Brad McCary, DVM

Comedy Night at HPL - Monthly on the 3 rd Thursday, 6-8 PM.

Houston Public Library, 500 Mckinney Avenue, Houston, TX 77002.

Admission is free. The Houston Public Library offers “Open Mic”

comedy night where local and non local comedians, comediennes,

ventriloquists and impressionists of ALL ages present family comedy

to the audience. Improv Performers from Station Theater closes

out the night with games that involve the audience. Everyone who

participates in at least one open mic throughout the year become

eligible to participate in the Annual Comedy competition which is

held in December. Prizes in the amounts of $100 and $75 gift cards

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One month before:

Determine your overall budget for decor and food.

Call or email family and friends to discuss holiday plans and invite them to

join you for the occasion.

Three weeks before:

Order flowers from your local florist and source the other seasonal elements

you’d like to incorporate (pumpkins, gourds, leaves, acorns, etc.).

Rent extra chairs or linens from your local rental company, if needed.

Check to be sure you have necessary serving pieces for the buffet. Use postit

notes to label which menu items go on each platter.

Two weeks before:

Make wheat place cards and plan seating arrangement.

Purchase materials and prepare any crafts for the table.

Order turkey.

One week before:

Create a master shopping list that includes

all ingredients for menu.

Stock up on wine and nonalcoholic beverages.

Send tablecloth and napkins to a dry cleaner

so they’re perfectly pressed.

Thaw turkey in refrigerator, if frozen. Allow for at least

1 day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey.

Two days before:

Buy groceries.

Make any favors.

Arrange flowers.

Day before:

Set the table.

Bake pies.

Prepare any dishes you can do ahead of time.

Day of:

Prepare food that still needs to be cooked.

Warm any dishes that were made ahead of time.

Prepare the guest bathroom by emptying trash, setting

out clean guest towels and lighting a candle next to the sink.

Set all serving pieces out that will be used on a buffet.

Have trash cans and extra garbage bags ready

for clean-up.

Light candles and turn on music.

Get dressed and party ready!


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Thanksgiving is all about focusing on what really matters: family,

friends and the ultimate comfort food. Take a fuss-free approach with

our tips for setting a seasonal table that incorporates rustic elements

with a touch of sophistication.

Stir It Up

The party starts as soon as guests arrive. Greet friends and family with a

tray of piping-hot cider, garnished with fresh cinnamon stir sticks.

Set the Scene

Create a centerpiece overflowing with flowers in shades of ivory,

pumpkin and sage placed atop a salvaged wooden board.

Celebrate the Season

To complement this table’s muted color palette, fill the area around the

centerpiece with pale gourds and squash. Incorporate beeswax taper

candles and flickering gold votives to warm the mood.

Count Your Blessings

This Thanksgiving let everyone join in the fun of decorating the table while

remembering to count their blessings. Craft our chain of thanks in advance

then ask guests to write down what they’re thankful for on the paper

strips. Run the chain down the length of the table and take turns reading

the sentiments aloud during the meal. For an extra dose of fun, leave the

strips of paper anonymous and let everyone guess the author of each one.

Help Yourselves

The best way to enjoy company is by keeping your own load light during

the party. Simplify your hosting duties by setting up a buffet near the

table and letting guests help themselves to their favorite Thanksgiving

foods. Use fresh herbs and seasonal fruit to garnish each dish and set

out menu cards identifying the ingredients in each item.

The Perfect Bird

Score points with guests by preparing a perfectly cooked turkey then

garnishing the bird with fresh apples and bunches of sage.

Gather ‘Round the Table

When it comes down to it, the most important part of your Thanksgiving

dinner is being surrounded by loved ones. Spend the days leading up

focusing on prep work so you can relax and enjoy yourself on the big day.

Light It Up

Scatter votives and taper candles of different heights down the middle

of the table to make the entire dining room glow. Purchase inexpensive

raw wood holders from a craft store, then apply stain to turn them a

rich mahogany. Use unscented candles so fragrances don’t compete

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Believe it or not, Black Friday is almost here.

But before you make a single purchase, there

are a few things we recommend you do. Remember,

Black Friday was created by retailers

to benefit retailers. But with our pointers

below, you’ll be able to turn the tables and

ensure you make the wisest buying decisions

throughout the holiday season.

Make a list, check it twice: One of the worst

things you can do during the holidays is purchase

items blindly without a shopping list.

This is true whether you shop online or in-store.

Shopping without a specific list causes you to

spend more and purchase items that you may

not necessarily need. By creating a shopping

list with specific items, you avoid falling into

the trap of buying unnecessary stuff.

Embrace your inner Scrooge: So you’ve

found what looks like the perfect deal and

you’re ready to pull the trigger. Stop. Before

you buy anything, there are two things you

should always do. First, use a price-comparison

engine such as Google Shopping,

ShopSavvy or PriceGrabber to make sure

you’re getting the best price on the item you

want to buy. It pays to shop around; you’ll

be surprised by how easy it is to find lower

prices. After you’ve done your homework

and ensured you’re not being overcharged,

find out if there are any perks to purchasing

from one store versus the other. Maybe you’re

an Amazon Prime member and Amazon’s offering

free next-day shipping. Or maybe you

have a Best Buy rewards card that promises

double points. Any opportunity to stack on

additional savings - even if small - should

not be missed.

Start your shopping early: Black Friday is

no longer a one-day event. As a matter of fact,

the best sales aren’t even released on Black

Friday, they’re actually unveiled throughout

Thanksgiving week. So the earlier you start

your shopping, the better your chances of

finding the items you want on sale and in

stock. In the past, we noticed some of the

best deals were released on the morning

of Thanksgiving Day. That’s not to say you

should avoid Black Friday, but be aware that

“Black Friday” is now a season that includes

most of November and December.

Be wary of doorbuster sales: Black Friday

wouldn’t be the same without a head-turning

doorbuster sale. However, these time-sensitive

sales were designed to lure shoppers

into stores in hopes of getting consumers to

spend on other nonessentials. Oftentimes, a

store will have a very limited number of doorbuster

items in stock. Moreover, they’ll release

them at odd hours in the morning. So unless

you’re first in line, your chances of scoring a

doorbuster deal are slim to none.

Get social: Want to get a leg up on the latest

Black Friday offerings? One of the best ways

to see what’s coming down the pipes is by

following your favorite retailers on social

media. Facebook and Twitter tend to be the

most active platforms for retailers, but don’t

be surprised if stores start using Instagram to

reveal secret coupon codes or early preview

deals as well.

Use one card: Data breaches are bound to

happen - especially during the holidays - and

the best way to safeguard yourself against any

potential identity theft is to limit the number

of credit cards you use during the holiday

season. While you could make your purchases

with cash only, there are many benefits to

using a credit card, whether you’re earning

cash-back rewards or using your card for the

added protections it offers.

Know your return policies: Retailers tend

to tweak their return policies during the holidays.

While some may extend them, others

might restrict them or increase their restocking

fees. Doorbuster and “final sale” products

tend to have the strictest policies, so be sure

you’re comfortable with a store’s policy before

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Type the phrase “Cyber

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you’ll find links not only

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coupons and savings,

but also to Cyber Monday-only

sales at some

of the largest online retailers.

It’s truly become

the Internet’s version of Black Friday. Cyber Monday began “officially”

in 2005 (it was made up by a marketer), but the phenomenon goes back

to the beginning of online shopping, before computers were a fixture in

homes. People would return to work on the Monday after Thanksgiving

and shop from their office computers. This year, more than 60 percent

of American consumers are expected to shop online on Cyber Monday,

although many of us will be shopping from the comfort of our living-room

sofas. Cyber Monday has gone mobile as well, with about half of online

shoppers expected to make holiday purchases from their smartphones or

tablets. Of course, as the popularity of Cyber Monday grows and the deals

get bigger and better, the risks of shopping online also increase. Cybercriminals

love Cyber Monday too and work hard to get rich off the huge

number of people engaging in online commerce around the holidays. To

help shoppers stay safe and secure on Cyber Monday, here are some tips.

Shop from a secure computer: A computer or Android phone that isn’t

protected by antivirus software is more likely to be compromised by malware.

Otherwise, all data entered into or transmitted from that phone or

computer is at risk, including all forms of personally identifiable information,

credit-card numbers and bank accounts. Be sure to keep the operating

system and all internet-facing apps updated to the latest software versions.

Shop using a secure connection: Data can be at risk during transit if

an attacker controls the network or uses packet-sniffing software. Web

protocols such as HTTPS encrypt communications, but in some advanced

attacks even those could fall to a “man-in-the-middle” attack. Nonetheless,

always look for the HTTPS lock symbol in your browser address window

when performing an online purchase.

Search for deals on retailer sites, not on search engines: Scammers

“poison” search results with malicious or deceptive links. Want that latest

game console? Run a search on the Best Buy, Amazon or GameStop sites

rather than on Google.

Use trusted vendors: Any website can be attacked by hackers, but limiting your

shopping to established and trusted vendors limits your exposure. Bookmark the

most trusted online retail sites to make sure you don’t get redirected to fakes.

Don’t fall for ‘too-good-to-be-true’ deals: Cyber Monday features a lot

of incredible, legitimate deals offered by trusted mainstream retailers.

But cybercriminals will prey on shoppers’ desire for the lowest prices

and will try to slip in a lot of fake deals. Watch out especially for emails,

text messages, pop-up browser windows and Facebook and Twitter posts

promising fantastic savings. Clicking on links in the messages or posts could

lead to scams, phishing sites or sites distributing malware. And don’t open

attachments in emails promising fantastic deals.

Plan ahead and don’t be rushed: Cyberattacks take but a split second

to occur. Sometimes all that’s required is clicking on a link in an email.

Look for clues to malicious links, such as an extra “.cc” at the end of what

would otherwise be a trusted domain name. Take the time to make sure

you’re on the correct website.

Review credit-card and bank statements regularly during the shopping

season: Malware can infect credit-card readers in stores and unscrupulous

cashiers often steal card numbers as well. If you find a transaction that

doesn’t match your purchases, your account may have been compromised.

If so, contact your bank or card issuer.

Don’t use debit cards online: You’ve got far less protection against fraud

on a debit card than you do with a credit card. Stick to credit cards when

shopping online. If you absolutely must use a debit card, use the prepaid

kind with a set spending limit.

Use unique passwords and logon information for every site you visit:

Yes, it’s a pain to remember all those passwords. But if one of them is

stolen, a cybercrook will try using it on other websites. Passwords should

be as long as possible and contain a mix of upper-and lower-case characters,

numbers, punctuation and symbols - and they shouldn’t be reused,

especially for any website that handles your money. If you have trouble

handling them all, use a password manager.

If you’re shopping from a tablet or smartphone on Cyber Monday,

use a trusted vendor’s app, not a web browser: Vendors have more

control over their own apps than they do over mobile browsers, which

often don’t display the web addresses of the sites to which you’re giving

your credit-card information.

Never install software on your mobile device from a website link or

code: Software from locations other than the device’s official “store,” such

as Apple’s iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store, has a greater chance

of being malicious. Even then, check to make sure that the app developer

is the official retailer - a lot of Amazon-related apps in Google Play have

no connection to Amazon.


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Library Events



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.

LIBRARY CLOSINGS: November 12 th : Veterans’ Day • November 22 nd -

25 th : Thanksgiving

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

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

281-395-1311 or by visiting the library.



November 10 th , 10:30 AM-12 noon, Multi-purpose Room. For National

Novel-Writing Month in November, Kristen Kiesling will lead a panel of

local award-winning authors who will share their personal experiences

as writers. Hear about the challenges faced by both traditional and selfpublished

authors, how they got started and how they structure their

writing life and find inspiration. A question-and-answer session will

follow the presentation.

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

Computer Lab. Reservations are required.

MS Excel (2016) Survival Basics: Thursday, November 8 th , 10 AM

MS Word (2016) Survival Basics: Tuesday, November 13 th , 10 AM

MS Excel (2016): Pivot Tables: Thursday, November 15 th , 10 AM

Cover & Job-Search Letters: Monday, November 19 th , 12-1 PM

Digital Camera Basics: Wednesday, November 21 st , 10-11 AM

Google Docs: Monday, November 26 th , 12 Noon



7 th , 12 Noon, Conference Classroom. The book to be discussed is The

Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story, written by Diane Ackerman. Those

attending are invited to bring a lunch, if desired.

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

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

written by Ann Patchett.

• CHESS DAY @ THE LIBRARY - Saturdays, November 3 rd and 17 th , 10:30

AM-2:30 PM, Multi-purpose 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.

• CRAFT CLUB @ CINCO RANCH - 2 nd and 4 th Tuesdays of every month,

10 AM-12 Noon, Multi-purpose Room. People of all experience levels

- from beginners to advanced - who enjoy any type of crafting are

invited to attend this new monthly drop-in event to get other crafters’

perspectives, critiques and suggestions. Chat and network with other

crafters who enjoy anything from art and needlework to woodwork and

much more! Those attending should bring their projects and their own

crafting supplies. Samples of the library’s instructional books, magazines

and websites on various crafts will be available.

• ESL CONVERSATION CIRCLES - Friday, November 9 th , 1-2 PM;

Multipurpose Room. Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for

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

English language and conversation skills. The “Conversation Circles”

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

relaxed setting and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing

their English skills.


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• YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB - Wednesday, November 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 Eleanor & Park,

written by Rainbow Rowell.

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

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

are invited to express ideas organize upcoming activities and suggest

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

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

to shape the future of library services for teens!


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

these activities.)

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

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

from age 1 month to 12 months. Mother Goose Time will NOT take

place on November 6 th .

• 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. Stories

& Play will NOT take place on November 6 th .

• 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. Toddler Time will NOT take place on

November 22 nd .

• 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. All ages welcome.

Pajama Night Story Time will NOT take place on November 6 th .

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


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

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

students in grades 4 through 8. Reservations required.


• Family Movie Day - Monday, November 19 th , 1:30 PM, Meeting Room.

This animated action-adventure film is a sequel to a popular movie about

a family of crime-fighting superheroes in Metroville. Elastigirl becomes the

new face of superheroes while Mr. Incredible stays home to care for the

kids. Managing baby Jack’s newly emerged powers is almost as much of a

challenge as preventing the new supervillain, Screenslaver, from wreaking

havoc on the world with his mind-control abilities. This movie is rated PG.

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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Hours Mon. 12 Noon - 8 PM, Tues. 10 AM - 6 PM, Wed. 10 AM - 6 PM, Thurs.

10 AM - 8 PM, Fri. 12 Noon - 5 PM, Sat. 9 AM - 1 PM, Sun. Closed. Website:, Public Information Office - 281-633-4734.

LIBRARY CLOSINGS: November 12 th : Veterans’ Day • November 22 nd -

25 th : Thanksgiving

To register for any events online at the library’s website (www.fortbend., click on “Calendar,” select “Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton

Branch” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling

the library at 281-633-4675 or by visiting the library.



November 15 th , 6 PM, Meeting Room. Floral designer Kaye Thompson

will demonstrate different techniques to use in making decorative

holiday flower arrangements for vases or wreaths. Those attending this

workshop will each make an arrangement that they can take home with

them. Materials for this program are made possible by the Friends of the

Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library. Reservations required.


19 th , 2 PM, Meeting Room. Performed by Houston Grand Opera’s “Opera

to Go,” this family-friendly light opera, sung in English and Spanish,

presents the traditional Cinderella fairy tale with a Hispanic twist. The

king plans a fiesta to find a bride for his son, Prince Paulo, but havoc

erupts when two stepsisters crash the party. Prince Paulo meets and falls

in love with an unknown seniorita who loses a glass slipper in her rush to

leave. Will he find his one true love once again? One of the most popular

works in the history of Opera to Go, this hilarious bilingual adaptation

is recommended for children in grades 1 through 8. A free hand-stamp

is required for admission and will be available one hour prior to the

performance. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/

Simonton Branch Library.

• FULSHEAR BOOK CLUB - Monday, November 19 th , 12 Noon, Meeting

Room. The book to be discussed is Lucia, Lucia, written by Adriana



• FULSHEAR NIGHT READERS GUILD - Monday, November 26 th , 6:30

PM, Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is The Hare with Amber

Eyes, written by Edmund DeWaal.


• Toddler Time - Tuesdays at 10:15 AM, offers caregiver/child activities,

stories and songs for older babies, from 12 to 36 months of age.

• Story Time - Wednesdays at 10:15 AM, 3 to 6 years of age, presents

stories, movies and participate in age-appropriate craft activities.

• After-School Breaks - 2 nd Thursday at 4:30 PM - Crafts, movies,

stories for school-aged children in grades 1 through 5. The program on

November 8 th will be “Tea-Light Turkeys.” Materials will be provided

through the generous support of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/

Simonton Branch Library.

For more information on any of the above-mentioned events, call the

library or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.


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

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

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

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

The Katy Branch Library hosts motivational discussions in Spanish.


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

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

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computer classes in English - please call for more information.

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

going through Mango Languages, an online computer program.

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

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

seeds and exchange them for new seeds to try.


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

for an informal genealogy get-together. We’ll have computers, Ancestry.

com and other genealogists to help each other with our searches.

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

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

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



Mondays, 10:15 AM - Baby Bounce

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

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


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

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

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


PILATES - Mondays and Fridays - 10:45 AM-11:45 AM.

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

Wednesdays, 5 PM-6 PM.

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

starting at 7 AM for reservations, other counties call Tuesday starting at 10

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

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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.


DEEP WATER AEROBICS - This hour class is a high cardio vascular

workout. A flotation device is advised. Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 9 AM.

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

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

5:45 PM-6:45 PM.

ARTHRITIS AQUATICS - This class consists of range of motion,

muscle strengthening and endurance-building activities. Mondays,

Wednesdays & Fridays, 11 AM - 12 PM.

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

at this time. Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 PM-5:30 PM, Tuesdays &

Thursdays, 11 AM-12:30 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 PM-4:45 PM, Saturdays and

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

a lane. Reservations may be made 1 day in advance for Harris County

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

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1. It’s “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.” Many people

render the term’s second word in its plural form. However, since the

word “saving” acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb, the

singular is grammatically correct.

2. Though in favor of maximizing daylight waking hours, Benjamin

Franklin did not originate the idea of moving clocks forward. By the

time he was a 78-year-old American envoy in Paris in 1784, the man

who espoused the virtues of “early to bed and early to rise” was not

practicing what he preached. After being unpleasantly stirred from

sleep at 6 AM by the summer sun, the founding father penned a

satirical essay in which he calculated that Parisians, simply by waking

up at dawn, could save the modern-day equivalent of $200 million

through “the economy of using sunshine instead of candles.” As a

result of this essay, Franklin is often erroneously given the honor of

“inventing” daylight saving time, but he only proposed a change in

sleep schedules-not the time itself.

3. Englishman William Willett led the first campaign to implement

daylight saving time. While on an early-morning horseback ride around

the desolate outskirts of London in 1905, Willett had an epiphany that

the United Kingdom should move its clocks forward by 80 minutes

between April and October so that more people could enjoy the

plentiful sunlight. The Englishman published the 1907 brochure “The

Waste of Daylight” and spent much of his personal fortune evangelizing

with missionary zeal for the adoption of “summer time.” Year after year,

however, the British Parliament stymied the measure and Willett died

in 1915 at age 58 without ever seeing his idea come to fruition.

4. Germany was the first country to enact daylight saving time. It

took World War I for Willett’s dream to come true, but on April 30,

1916, Germany embraced daylight saving time to conserve electricity.

(He may have been horrified to learn that Britain’s wartime enemy

followed his recommendations before his homeland.) Weeks later, the

United Kingdom followed suit and introduced “summer time.”

5. Daylight saving time in the United States was not intended to benefit

farmers, as many people think. Contrary to popular belief, American

farmers did not lobby for daylight saving to have more time to work

in the fields; in fact, the agriculture industry was deeply opposed to

the time switch when it was first implemented on March 31, 1918,

as a wartime measure. The sun, not the clock, dictated farmers’

schedules, so daylight saving was very disruptive. Farmers had to

wait an extra hour for dew to evaporate to harvest hay, hired hands

worked less since they still left at the same time for dinner and cows

weren’t ready to be milked an hour earlier to meet shipping schedules.

Agrarian interests led the fight for the 1919 repeal of national daylight


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saving time, which passed after Congress voted to override President

Woodrow Wilson’s veto. Rather than rural interests, it has been urban

entities such as retail outlets and recreational businesses that have

championed daylight saving over the decades.

6. For decades, daylight saving in the United States was a confounding

patchwork of local practices. After the national repeal in 1919, some

states and cities, including New York City and Chicago, continued to

shift their clocks. National daylight saving time returned during World

War II, but after its repeal three weeks after war’s end the confusing

hodgepodge resumed. States and localities could start and end

daylight saving whenever they pleased, a system that Time magazine

(an aptly named source) described in 1963 as “a chaos of clocks.”

In 1965 there were 23 different pairs of start and end dates in Iowa

alone and St. Paul, Minnesota, even began daylight saving two weeks

before its twin city, Minneapolis. Passengers on a 35-mile bus ride

from Steubenville, Ohio, to Moundsville, West Virginia, passed through

seven time changes. Order finally came in 1966 with the enactment of

the Uniform Time Act, which standardized daylight saving time from

the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, although states

had the option of remaining on standard time year-round.

7. Not everyone in the United States springs forward and falls back.

Hawaii and Arizona - with the exception of the state’s Navajo Nation -

do not observe daylight saving time and the U.S. territories of American

Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Northern

Mariana Islands also remain on standard time year-round. Some Amish

communities also choose not to participate in daylight saving time.

(Around the world, only about one-quarter of the world’s population,

in approximately 70 countries, observe daylight saving. Since their

daylight hours don’t vary much from season to season, countries closer

to the equator have little need to deviate from standard time.)

8. Evidence does not conclusively point to energy conservation as

a result of daylight saving. Dating back to Willett, daylight saving

advocates have touted energy conservation as an economic benefit. A

U.S. Department of Transportation study in the 1970s concluded that

total electricity savings associated with daylight saving time amounted

to about 1 percent in the spring and fall months. As air conditioning has

become more widespread, however, more recent studies have found

that cost savings on lighting are more than offset by greater cooling

expenses. University of California Santa Barbara economists calculated

that Indiana’s move to statewide daylight saving time in 2006 led to a

1-percent rise in residential electricity use through additional demand

for air conditioning on summer evenings and heating in early spring

and late fall mornings. Some also argue that increased recreational

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Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually

on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons

who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other

holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated

in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I;

major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour

of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with

Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed

Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or

dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served

their country honorably during war or peacetime.

When Is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the

United States.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the

name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. In 1968,

the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved

the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October.

The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald

Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important

historical significance of the date.

Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate

the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near

November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain

has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).

In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is

common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November


Veterans Today

The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all

walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors

and coworkers, and are an important part of their communities. Here are

some facts about the veteran population of the United States:


• 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war.

• 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime.

• 2 million veterans are women.

• 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.

• 5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War.

• Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II,

about 558,000 are still alive.

• 2 million veterans served during the Korean War.

• 6 million veterans served in peacetime.

• As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation

for service-connected disabilities.

• As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans among their

population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million) & Texas (1.7 million).

• The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it

has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350

outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home

care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.


In November, we celebrate Veterans Day for those who are actively serving, living

Veterans or Veterans killed while serving. A little history lesson about Veterans

Day. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary

of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an

annual observance and Nov. 11 th became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American Veterans living

or dead, but especially gives thanks to living Veterans who served their country

honorably during war or peacetime. The military men and women who serve and

protect the United States of Amerca come from all walks of life; they are parents,

children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers and are an important

part of their communities. The top four most cited reasons why young men and

women join the Armed Forces is Patriotism, life style, uniform and social status.

Patriotism is the reason why young men and women agree to serve our country

so they can defend our borders and not stand on the sidelines and just watch.

The lifestyle of people in Armed Forces is challenging, adventurous, risky and

yet envious and charming. The uniform has appealed more to the youth than

advertisements of other careers. Social status, when you see a person in Armed

Forces uniform you automatically give respect to him/her. This respect and love

from the countrymen plays a major role in someone choosing it as a career. Every

night, I sleep soundly knowing that the young men and women of the Armed

Forces are serving our country to defend our Freedom and our Flag.

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Chimney Safety

As we dream of crisp cold evenings, we need to remember that the fireplace

and chimney should be serviced prior to the first fire of the winter.

There’s nothing as serene as a warm, crackling fire on a cold, winter night.

There’s also nothing more dangerous if your chimney is damaged.

Broken or cracked chimneys can let heat, smoke and toxic gasses, such

as carbon monoxide, into your home. Your home could even catch fire.

Chimney damage is often obvious, but sometimes it can be hidden. Use

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• Check to see if bricks have fallen or the chimney is leaning.

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• Look for shiny areas on your exterior metal chimney pipe. This could

mean the chimney has shifted - during the recent East Coast earthquake,

for instance.

• Look for cracks at joints where the chimney connects to the firebox, at

the roofline and in the attic.

• Check for debris that may have fallen into the fireplace.

• Use a screwdriver to check the mortar between the bricks or stones. If it

crumbles when you pick at it, the chimney may be a hazard and probably

needs work.

• When in doubt, consult a licensed engineer or contractor. For the name

of an inspector, call your insurance carrier or your mortgage company.

Remember, disasters can happen even in the best of homes. That’s why

every home should be equipped with carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Here are a few tips:

• Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in sleeping areas and on

every level of your home and away from air vents. Interconnected smoke

alarms are best, because if one sounds, they all sound.

• Test smoke alarms monthly and change alkaline batteries at least once a

year. Use a familiar date, such as your birthday or when you change your

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• Prepare and practice a fire escape route with everyone in your home,

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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

accidents scenes and etc.

Community VFD also provides emergency medical services (EMS)

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As the weather starts to cool, brown patch inevitably starts to show its ugly

face in the form of yellow circles on our lawns. Many homeowners have a

hard time telling whether they have brown patch or if there is some sort

of insect feasting on their lawn areas.

To clarify: Brownpatch is a fungus and usually appears in the same areas

repeatedly, thriving when temperatures drop overnight below 70 degrees for

several nights, even if previous outbreaks were thought to have been resolved.

A yellow/grey circle up to 20” in diameter will appear and then slowly close in

on the inner turf, changing the color of the grass as it moves inward.

Scott’s Lawn Fungus Control is very effective in controlling an outbreak

of Brownpatch. Products containing Chlorothanolwork well - try Daconil

Docket DF, it is a granular product and very effective. Ortho Daconil is a

faster-acting liquid productmany homeowners use. Additionally, as the

weather begins to cool, mow your turf shorter to prevent moisture build-up,

adjust your irrigation cycle to fewer days or shorter cycle times and avoid

watering at night. Fungus loves moisture.

Chinch Bugs can be very devastating to St. Augustine or Fescue lawns. Their

damage can appear similar to brown patch at first but grows out beyond

circles or rings. Chinch bugs are the larvae of Blissus leucopterus, a small

winged beetle. To check for the presence of chinch bugs:

Take a coffee can or similar container and remove the top and bottom of

the can, creating a hollow cylinder. Then embed the can in an affected

area and fill with water. If chinch bugs are present they will rise to the top

of the water within the can.

Prevent damage from occurring! The most effective pesticide to apply is

a liquid spray containing permethrin, cypermethrin or deltamethrin. This

must be applied 3 separate times within a 21 day period - the egg cycle the

chinch bugs leave behind must be killed, otherwise they will return. A liquid

product will permeate all areas better and more effectively than a granular

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Epiphany conducts their bingo games every Friday night except holidays.


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

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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

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Gardening Tips For November

• Brown patch will continue to plague St. Augustine lawns as nights get

cooler and humidity and rain continue. Discolored circles will appear in low

areas almost overnight. Apply a fungicide recommended for brown patch

according to label directions. Avoid walking through brown-patched turf. It

spreads easily from the bottom of your shoes. If brown patch appears in the

same lawn areas every year, add an inch or two of sandy topsoil to eliminate

those low spots.

• Fertilize St. Augustine turf with a winterizing formula to promote root

growth over the winter months. Lower your lawn mover blades now and

mow on a schedule that cuts no more than one-third of the grass blade


• As chrysanthemums and other perennials finish blooming, cut flowering

stalks to the ground to permit all strength to be used in making root growth.

• Feed roses lightly, but avoid nitrogen fertilizers. Do not prune now. Keep up

spraying program and water deeply.

• Remove dead foliage and plant debris to help eradicate insects and disease

organisms. Thin out and transfer volunteer seedlings. Beds made now will

benefit by weathering before being planted. If soil is heavy, dig six inches

deep, leave rough, cover with gymsum and strawy manure, water and allow

to mellow.

• Bananas are more likely to bear fruit if the trunk does not die back in

winter. Cut banana stalks back to six feet, wrap with newspaper and burlap.

• Continue mulching for winter. Build up a thick top mulch to protect roots

from freezing and winter drying. Don’t throw away those pine tree needles;

they make great acidic mulch for azaleas, gardenias and next Spring’s


• Place pansies in beds after weather has cooled. Use a little blood meat

mixed in soil under each plant.

• Now is the best time to plant trees and shrubs.

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Soup Recipes



Yield: 4-6 servings

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

The most soothing, comforting, cozy soup for the

flu season! Quick/easy to make, you’ll be feeling

better in no time!


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 carrots, peeled and diced

2 stalks celery, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

1 tablespoon minced lemongrass

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

5 cups chicken stock

2 bay leaves

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs

3/4 cup uncooked ditalini pasta

Juice of 1 lemon

Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


• Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stockpot or

Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and

celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about

3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger, lemongrass, thyme

and rosemary until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

•Whisk in chicken stock, bay leaves and 1 cup

water; bring to a boil. Add chicken; reduce heat

and simmer. Cook, covered, until the chicken is

cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Remove

chicken and shred, using two forks; set aside.

•Stir in pasta and cook until tender, about

8-10 minutes.

• Stir in chicken and lemon juice; season with

salt and pepper, to taste.

•Serve immediately, garnished with chives,

if desired.

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1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped celery

4 to 5 cups chicken broth

1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes

1 can stewed tomatoes

2 to 3 cups diced chicken

2½ lb. Velveeta cheese

2 cups cooked rice

salt & pepper

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

Chili pepper seasoning to taste (optional)


2 lbs ground beef/ground turkey

1 medium onion diced

1 small can green

2 cans shoepeg corn

1 can kidney beans

1 can pinto beans

1 can black beans

1 can rotel tomatoes

1 can diced tomatoes

2 pkg taco seasoning

2 pkg ranch dressing

2 cups water (Chicken Stock/Beef Stock)

Saute onion and celery; combine

with chicken broth, stewed tomatoes,

and Ro-Tel tomatoes. Add

diced chicken along with Velveeta

cheese; stir well. Add cooked rice;

season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add remaining seasonings.

Simmer for 45 minutes. Serve with

corn bread.

Brown ground beef with onion

in pot to be used for soup. Drain

grease. Empty all undrained cans

of ingredients into the pot with the

beef, add taco seasoning, ranch

dressing and enough water to

make a soup consistency. It is optional

to add cilantro to taste at

this point. allow to simmer approximately

30 minutes and serve with

sour cream and cheese.

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