Westfield Terra December 2018

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December 2018

Important Numbers pg.2

Katy ISD Info

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December Events

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Houston Events

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Library News

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IT’S TREE PLANTING SEASON

December and January are ideal times in Houston to plant trees and

shrubs. The cool weather combined with the rain offer trees and shrubs

the opportunity to establish themselves. In addition, the soft winter

sunshine and warm days nurture the plants.

If you are thinking of adding to your landscaping, this is an ideal time

to do it. Whether you select a 5-gallon plant or large trees planted by a

tree planting service, your plants and trees will have the highest hope

of survival this summer if planted now.

Be sure to select trees and shrubs, which are recommended for the

Gulf Coast summers. Native plants are always best and use the least

amount of water.

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Folks - as soon as the vet gives your young

pets their Rabies shot remember to get their

ID tags. The Rabies tag lists the name, phone

number and address of the vet. So! All you

need to do is put the Rabies tag onto the pet’s collar and leave it there all the

time. That way, if the pet gets loose, anyone finding him or her can look at the

tag to see the vet’s phone number and call to report the lost animal. Better yet,

add another tag to your pet’s collar that lists the dog or cat’s name and your own

phone number or address. You can get these from any pet store. When a pet has

these but goes astray, anyone finding it can call you and you can go get him or

her right away. Your pet will be very glad to see you! A happy pet is a loving pet.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST CRIME DURING HOLIDAYS

The holidays are busy times and our minds are preoccupied with

shopping, baking, planning parties, church activities and so much

more. The holidays are also lucrative times for criminals. Here are

some tips for our residents:

Never leave packages or attractive items in a vehicle. Lock these in the

trunk. Many car burglaries are occurring at various malls and shopping

areas on the west and northwest side of Houston.

Make arrangements for UPS, Fed Ex or USPS packages to be delivered

to a neighbor who is always home or to your office. Leaving packages

at your front door is an open invitation to thieves.

Solicitors at your door need to be analyzed carefully before unlocking

the door. If you do not have a window that allows a view of the person

who is at your door, consider installing a peep hole in the door. Never

open the door to someone you do not know. If someone knocks at

your door that you don’t recognize, ask them to state their reason for

being at your home. If you don’t want to talk with them, tell them to

leave your property as you are not interested. If they do not leave immediately,

call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 9-1-1 as you should

be feeling threatened at this point. If you have an outside storm door,

keep it locked at all times when you are home.

There is an uptick in online email from hackers who have various

nefarious intentions. Never click on a link that is sent from someone

on your email list but includes no explanation of something you are

expecting. Friends get hacked and these links which are used when

WESTFIELD TERRA IMPORTANT NUMBERS

www.westfieldterraestates.com

For Additional info: wftestates@gmail.com

PLANNED COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT INC. (PCMI)

281-870-0585 CustomerCare@pcmi-us.com

Michael Quast - Manager

Deborah Moore Administrative Assistant

Mary Payne - Onsite Manager 832-321-3209

HOA Board Members Elected in March

Email: Michael Quast at Michael.Quast@stservices.com

WF Terra Estates Committees

WTE committees require leaders and members.

Without you they don’t exist!

Social Commitee: wftesocialcommittee@gmail.com

ACC: modifications@stservices.com

Neighborhood Crime Watch:

Pattie Creel & Mary Payne - wftestates@gmail.com

BOARD MEMBERS:

President: Pattie Creel

V. Pres: Richard Butts

Director: Nina Palmer

Treasurer: Kira Hughes

Secretary: Christine Trowbridge

Sheriff Office (non-emergency) 713-221-6000

Ask for WFT Contract Officer

Fire Dept. (non-emergency/events) 281-578-2518

WCA 281-368-8397

Ricewood M.U.D. 281-579-4500

CenterPoint Energy (gas) 713-659-2111

CenterPointEnergy (elec) 713-207-7777

Power to Choose (elec) 1-888-797-4839

Light Outages 713-207-2222

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Calvin Nelms Charter Sch. 281-398-8031

McRoberts Elem. 281-237-2000

McDonald Jr. High 281-237-5300

Morton Ranch HS 281-237-7800

KISD Administration 281-396-6000

HARRIS COUNTY NUMBERS

Poison Control 1-800-764-7661

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Mosquito Control 713-440-4800

Commissioner Radack 281-463-6300

US Post Office 1-800-275-8777

Katy Library 281-391-3509

Katherine Tyra Library 281-550-0885

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computer for various reasons that are either criminal or very shady.

If you get a phone call from the IRS saying that you owe them money,

hang up. The IRS never calls taxpayers about taxes owed. Their communications

are relayed only through the US mail.

Do not leave a garage door opener in your vehicle which is parked

outside of the garage. The reason for this is obvious. Consider locking

your garage door from the inside when you come home after work

or shopping. This eliminates criminals who use random garage door

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when you write a check. Yes, the lines are long and you want to hurry

through your transaction, but don’t be tempted to engage in conversation

or watch anything or anyone but the clerk processing your transaction.

Both of these items should be within your sight at all times. Before you

sign a credit card receipt, ask for your credit card and driver’s license. The

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Never leave your purse in a locked or unlocked vehicle. Never set your

purse down while shopping. Never put your purse in a shopping cart.

Always have your purse in your hand or over your shoulder. To avoid

purse snatching, cross the purse so that the strap is over one shoulder

and the bag is hanging on the opposite side of your body. Men should

carry wallets, check books and credit cards in the front pockets of their

pants or in a shirt or interior suit pocket.

When going to your car with your purchases, check the lot for suspicious

people. Carefully check around and glance under your vehicle. If a closed

van is parked next to the driver’s door, slide in through the passenger

side. Check the back seat and back floor before getting into your vehicle.

If you are loading small children, lock your purse in the trunk with your

packages (keep the keys in your hand or pocket). After the children are

secured, take another look around for suspicious activity before you open

the trunk to get your purse. When you get into your vehicle, immediately

lock the doors, start the engine and drive away. If you feel insecure going

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Do not put attractive packages next to windows that offer an easy view

from the street.

When leaving your home for the evening, leave some lights and a radio

or television turned on. Leave one outside light on. Upon returning

home, check the sides of your house and the area across the street and

adjacent to your home from your vehicle before parking. If you are a

woman alone, get your house key ready before you exit your car. Lock

your car as you are leaving it and immediately go to your door, unlock

it, go inside and relock the door.

All homes should be equipped with long dead bolt key locks. Windows

should be locked when you are not at home or are not awake.

If you are leaving for the holidays, ask a friend or neighbor to pick up

the newspapers and your mail each day or file a stop delivery for these.

Complete a vacation watch form and submit it to the Sheriff’s Office in

Clay Road. Fax this to 281-463-8246.

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CHOOSING THE BEST POINSETTIAS

Despite holding the official title of most

popular potted plant, the familiar poinsettia

remains full of surprises. Native to the

hillsides of western Mexico, where they grow

wild as shrub like plants reaching fifteen feet

tall, poinsettias - after decades of breeding

- have been transformed into the colorful

compact houseplants that are ubiquitous during the holidays. The

brightly colored “flowers” of the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

are actually petal-like leaves, called bracts - the true flowers are the

tiny beadlike yellow and green parts, called cyathia, at the center of

the bracts. Unlike many flowering plants, which require long, sunny

days to induce flowering, poinsettias produce their colorful bracts as

the nights lengthen.

Selecting Plants

Once available only in red, poinsettias now come in a range of colors

that includes pink, peach, yellow and white. Some cultivars have

marbled or speckled bracts while others have wavy or ruffled bracts

that resemble pompoms.

For healthy, long-blooming plants, choose poinsettias with tightly

grouped cyathia at the tips of the stems and bracts that are fully colored

(bracts that are greenish around the edges will never color fully).

Unless you’re purchasing poinsettia topiaries, which are trained to

resemble trees, select sturdy plants with stiff stems and lush green

leaves all the way to the soil.

Poinsettia Care

In winter, during their bloom time, keep poinsettias in bright but indirect

light (6 to 8 hours of filtered sun daily) and away from drafts and

heaters, which can cause the leaves to drop.

Plants thrive at room temperatures during the day (60°F-75°F) and

prefer slightly cooler nights (60°F-65°F). Poinsettias are very cold

sensitive, so keep them away from chilly windows. Water plants only

when the soil is dry.

In spring, after the bracts become a muddy green, cut the plants back to

about 6 to 8 inches tall; continue watering and begin fertilizing biweekly

with a balanced all-purpose fertilizer for flowering plants.

In summer, repot plants in fresh soilless potting mix in slightly larger

pots and move outdoors if desired to a spot with morning sun. Continue

watering and biweekly fertilizing. Prune plants to encourage a bushy,

compact habit.

Encouraging Re-bloom

Making poinsettias re-bloom is a challenge. To induce flowering in time

for the holidays, continue watering plants but stop fertilizing in early

fall. Beginning on October 1st, move the plants to an absolutely dark

room or closet each night or place them under a box so they receive

at least 14 hours of uninterrupted darkness per day-even light from

a lamp can disrupt the flowering. Depending on the cultivar, colorful

bracts should develop in 6 to 10 weeks.

CHRISTMAS TREE TIPS

For many people, decorating the Christmas tree is

a favorite part of the holiday. The National Safety

Council offers some safety tips to make sure a mishap

doesn’t spoil your holiday season.

CHRISTMAS TREES

A real tree can add to the spirit of Christmas by filling

your home with beauty and the scent of pine. But a

real tree can also pose a fire hazard. Between 2011-

2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average

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200 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires

caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries and $14.8 million in direct

property damage annually.

Try to select a fresh tree by looking for one that is green. The needles

of pines and spruces should bend and not break and should be hard to

pull off the branches. On fir species, a needle pulled from a fresh tree

will snap when bent, much like a fresh carrot. Also, look for a trunk

sticky with sap. Cut off about two inches of the trunk and put the tree

in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep the stand filled with water so the

tree does not dry out quickly.

Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources.

Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.

If you use an artificial tree, choose one that tested and labeled as

fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should

have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.

TREE LIGHTS

Only use indoor lights indoors (and outdoor lights only outdoors). Look

for the UL label. Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed

or bare wires or loose connections. Replace or repair any damaged

light sets.

Also, use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord.

Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping

hazards, but do not run cords under rugs. Turn off all lights on trees

and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.

TREE ORNAMENTS

• Always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places.

• Read labels before you use materials that come in jars,

cans and spray cans.

• Never place lighted candles on a tree or near any

flammable materials.

• Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments or ones with small,

detachable parts on lower branches where small children

or pets can reach them.

• Do not hang popcorn chains and candy canes on the tree when

small children are present. They may think that other tree

ornaments are also edible.

FIVE REASONS WHY EVERYONE

SHOULD BE KIND

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Everyone grows up with morals and one moral that is through and

through culturally is to be kind. This timeless lesson is installed into

our brains when we are little kids and should stick with us as adults.

However, it’s become more apparent to me as a college student that

not everyone understands why kindness is important. So, whether

you’re a ten-year-old surfing the internet, a mom who is trying to

back up your moral points or a grandparent in need of something

to read, please take into consideration these five points on why

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are rude to you, especially for no apparent reason. Being kind to

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that is humane and respectable. Even if you claim to “hate people”

you should at least try to be nice to someone every day. Random

acts of kindness are some of the most contagious things in the world.

Think about it: You hold the door for someone, they’ll hold the door

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for someone else and so on. How about when you hear of people at

a drive-through paying for the customer who is behind them which

causes them to pay for the next customer? Chain reactions are real

and kindness is super influential!

2. You’ll make Friends

Everyone in the world deserves a friend, so what better way to gain

a friend than by showing someone what an awesome, kind human

you are? Kindness is free, plentiful and highly effective, so literally

ANYONE can be kind. Still not sold? Think about this: Would you

rather be friends with someone who helps you when you drop your

books or someone who merely looks at you scrambling to pick up

what you’ve dropped? On top of this, consider the fact that you’re

having a bad day already. Wouldn’t you want someone to just stop

and help you? Of course you would. Be that person!

3. You Never Know Who You’re Inspiring

I know that there is someone for everyone to inspire. That being said,

why would you want to inspire someone to project negativity? While

you may not know who they’re inspiring or haven’t met the person

yet, there will come a day when someone comes into your life and

admires everything about you. To the voluntary jerks who are reading

this: get a grip. Everyone can be a decent human being for at least five

minutes per day. Besides, once you invest your five minutes of being

kind to someone it’s almost hard to stop. Kindness exists in all parts

of the world, so why not treat it as a universal ordeal?

4. It’ll Make You Feel Good

Why do I say it’s hard to stop being kind after you start? because being

kind makes you feel good! I know that feeling good isn’t always

easy. You may find it a little difficult to put in the extra effort to make

someone’s day better by being kind. However, the feeling you get after

being kind to someone is honestly worth the effort. Putting a smile

on someone’s face is priceless. Not to mention, you’re also making

the other person feel good, too!

5. You’ll Make Your Mother Proud

As previously mentioned, your mom or dad or guardian or Ellen Degeneres

probably taught you the timeless lesson of “be kind to others”.

How do you think your mother would feel if she heard that she raised a

jerk? Even if your guardian isn’t around you all of the time, it would still

make them super proud to hear that you’re a good seed. So be a good

kind seed. If you’re not doing it for humanity, do it for your mother.

One of my all-time favorite lines is “throw kindness around like confetti.”

It’s not your job to make someone’s day a little brighter. Don’t

feel obligated to be kind to every single person you meet, because:

A. It can be tiring and

B. You’re not always going to be treated the same way

Sometimes, people take kindness with a grain of salt and that is okay.

Always remember that being kind is a good way to live your life. Even

if you are the most narcissistic person on the planet, you should learn

to acknowledge other people’s happiness by committing at least one

good deed per day. You honestly never know whose day you’re making

by holding the door, helping to pick up books or simply smiling.

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School News

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IMPORTANT DATES

December 21 st - Early Dismissal - End of Semester

December 24 th - January 4 th - Winter Break - Holiday - Students and Staff

January 7 th - Teacher Preparation Day

January 8 th - First Day of Spring Semester

Featured photo - CRHS Orchestra (see article)

Katy Isd Announces Screening Deadline

For Gifted & Talented Students

Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening

for the 2019-2020 gifted and talented program. Parents must complete

a Parent Checklist which can be obtained from the student’s school or

from the Katy ISD website.

The deadline for completing and returning the Parent Checklist is

December 5, 2018. Checklists which are not returned by the deadline

will not be screened for service for the 2019-2020 school year. The

State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to

identify students for gifted programs which includes observations and

standardized tests. The program for elementary students consists of a

one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in

gifted education. Secondary GT students are clustered and served in

Pre AP and AP classes. Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2018

must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. Parents

may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers or G/T

facilitators if they have additional questions. They can visit the Katy ISD

GT and Advanced Academics webpage for more information.

Katy ISD’S Partners In

Education Kicks Off 17Th Annual

Food For Families Campaign

Katy ISD’s Partners in Education is inviting the community to support

families in need this holiday season. Food for Families is an annual

campaign that provides grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their

families. Every Katy ISD campus identifies students in need of assistance

and gift cards are given to those students before winter break. Last year,

Food for Families helped 676 families. Since its inception in 2002, this

initiative has raised over $190,000 helping over 4,000 families have a

happier holiday. Donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated.

Those interested in helping a Katy ISD family in need this holiday season,

should donate by December 7 th . Contributions are accepted online or via

check, remitted to “Katy ISD Food for Families” and mailed to Partners

in Education, Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy 77494. Food

for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites

our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students

and their families. To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the

“Community” tab at www.katyisd.org or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-

396-2645, tammyrstringer@katyisd.org.

Cinco Ranch High School

Orchestra Winter Concert

Include this FREE Concert in your holiday plans! The Cinco Ranch High

School Orchestra will be performing holiday music, including selections

from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” such as Mendelson and Guaraldi’s

lovely “Christmas Time is Here.’ The Winter Concert will take place

Thursday December 13, 2018 at 7 PM at the Performing Arts Center

(PAC) at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of

these talented students. Invite your friends and family! (Photo above)

Tompkins Theatre Co.

Presents

“Once On This Island”

Once On This Island is the universal tale of Ti Moune

a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in

the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided

by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a

remarkable journey to reunite with the man who

has captured her heart. The performance will be held at Tompkins High

School Performing Arts Center, 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd, Katy, TX 77494.

Dates and Times: January 31 st & February 1 st at 7 PM

February 2 nd at 2 PM & 7 PM

Tickets: Students $12 and Adults $15. Reserved Seating tickets go on sale

January 17 th at www.TompkinsTheatre.com. General Admission Seating

tickets sold at the door prior to each performance. If you need assistance,

you can email tompkinsboxoffice@gmail.com.

Katy ISD Art Students Earn Over

$20,000 County Fair Art Auction

Twelve of the 20 pieces of artwork auctioned off at the Fort Bend County

Fair Event were created by Katy Independent School District students,

earning a cumulative total of over $20,000 this year. Seven Lakes High

School student Flora Hu’s creation entitled A Cowboy’s Bestfriend won

the Reserve Grand Champion recognition while four additional students

were ranked the highest in Best of Class. “It is inspiring to see the hard

work our Katy ISD students put into these masterpieces and ultimately

it’s so rewarding to see their smiles when they are recognized,” said

Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones. “Each piece has a stunning

story attached to it which brings their art to life,” added Jones. Students

with their art are featured on the next page.

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Greenhouse

Best of Class

Lauren Gray

Tompkins High School

“American Rodeo Royalty”

Best of Class

Rachel Wang

Seven Lakes High School

“Strumming Along”

Best of Class

Lauren Tomalty

Seven Lakes High School

“Texas Prairie”

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Making Your Holidays Bright!

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ST. JOHN XXIII COLLEGE

PREPARATORY COMMENDED

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS

Mr. Tim Gallic, Principal of St. John XXIII

College Preparatory, Katy, Texas, is

pleased to announce Caitlyn Cano and

Elena Welsh have been named Commended

Students in the 2019 National

Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of

Commendation from the school and

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

(NMSC), that conducts the program, will

be presented to these scholastically talented

seniors. These young ladies have

demonstrated outstanding potential

throughout their high school years at

St. John XXIII College Preparatory, a

competitive, co-ed, Catholic high school.

Nationwide, nearly 34,000 commended

students are being recognized for

their exceptional academic promise.

Although they will not continue in the

2019 competition for National Merit

Scholarship Finalist standing, commended

students place among the top

50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million

students who entered the 2019 competition

by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/

National Merit Scholarship Qualifying

Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Karen Thornton, Andrea Duhon, May Dell Jenks, Earlene Hopkins, John Zerwas,

Mike Schofield, Marsha Smith, Valeree Swanson, Mike Collier, Rita Lucido,

John “Hawk” Hawkins, Meghan Scoggins, Gina Calanni, Dorsey Reese.

Photo: Courtesy of Sue Perez

KARE HOSTED POLITICAL FORUM

On October 10 th , Katy Area Retired Educators (K.A.R.E.) held its monthly meeting and hosted a

Political Forum. K.A.R.E. members had an opportunity to hear from candidates, who represent

the areas where most members live, for Lieutenant Governor, Senate District 17, House District

28 and House District 132.

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 www.localunits.org/KARE/.

10 December 2018 | Community Newsletter


THEATER/ARTS

HOUSTON REPERTOIRE BALLET’S 20 TH ANNUAL

PERFORMANCE OF THE HOLIDAY CLASSIC THE NUTCRACKER

Houston Repertoire Ballet (HRB), Houston’s premier pre-professional

ballet company, celebrates its 23 rd season, beginning with its 20 th annual

performance series of The Nutcracker, featuring professional guest artists

Elizabeth Keller as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Andrew Taft as the Cavalier

and Joe Modlin as Herr Drosselmeyer, with the Cypress Philharmonic

directed by Glynnes Lanthier.

Performances will be held on Friday, December 7 th at 7 PM - abbreviated

Arts & Education performance perfect for young children with ticket

prices just $12; Saturday, December 8 th at 2 PM & 7 PM and Sunday,

December 9 th at 1 PM & 4:30 PM at the Tomball High School Theatre,

30330 Quinn Road, Tomball, Texas 77375. For ticket information, call

281-940-HRB1 (4721) or visit www.hrbdance.org. Tickets are $18 for

students/seniors and $23 for adults.

A.D Players at the George Theater

5420 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play-November 30 th -December 23 rd

Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday 7:30 PM and Sunday 2 PM.

Box Office: 713-526-2721

Hours: 10 AM-6 PM, Monday-Friday

Dr. Brad McCary, DVM

www.williamsburg-vets.com

MILDRED’S UMBRELLA THEATER CO.

MAINSTAGE SEASON

Chelsea Market Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd. #100, Houston, TX 77006

CONSENTING BODIES: January 9-13, 2018 - Days and Times TBA

Cost: All Shows Pay What You Can

MORE INFO/RESERVATIONS: www.mildredsumbrella.com,

info@mildredsumbrella.com or 832-463-0409.

281-347-0246

1827 N. Mason Rd.

Katy, TX 77449

Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fri: 7:30AM-6:00PM

Wednesday: 7:30AM-12:00 Noon

Saturday: 8:00AM-12:00 Noon

Sunday: Closed

STAGEWORKS THEATRE

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: November 11-Devember 16, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sunday matinees at 3 PM

Stageworks Theatre is located at 10760 Grant Road,

Houston, Texas 77070. Website: www.stageworkshouston.org.

HOUSTON CHORAL SOCIETY

A GLORIOUS CHRISTMAS - Saturday, December 1, 2018 (7:30 PM) at

Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Rd., Houston, TX 77065.

There will be audience caroling and a special visit by Santa Claus!

Pre-concert presentation will be at 7 PM and a silent auction during

intermission; a reception follows this concert.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH - Friday, December 21, 2018 (7:30 PM) at

Tallowood Baptist Church Chapel, 555 Tallowood Rd, Houston, TX

77024. This is a smaller venue, and tickets are expected to sell out.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this dramatic oratorio as

a part of your Christmas tradition.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the HCS

website at www.houstonchoral.org or call 832-478-6986.

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DECEMBER HappeningS

24 TH ANNUAL

FROSTYFEST CRAFT FAIR

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.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

The Fulshear Katy Area Chamber of Commerce

and the City of Fulshear presents Fulshear

Festival of Lights on Saturday, December 1,

2018 in Downtown Fulshear from 5 PM to 9

PM. This year’s Festival of Lights Christmas

event will include Santa, Live Music by Jus

Coz, a Live Nativity, Frozen sisters along with a

snowy Children’s activity area with a synthetic

Ice Skating Rink, Vendor Booths and a Parade

all ending with a Fireworks Show.

The event will commence at 5 PM with the

official lighting of the City Christmas Tree,

announcements and a parade float contest.

Event and Parade entry is free. Vendors and

stores will be set up with food, crafts, clothing

and jewelry so you can get some holiday

shopping done!

Santa will arrive during the parade and will

visit the children’s area to hear what everyone

wants for Christmas!

Detour routes and parking information can

be found on the City of Fulshear website at

www.fulsheartexas.gov. If you’d like more

information about this event or to register for

the parade, please contact Amy Norvell amy@

FulshearKaty.com or call 832-600-3221.

FULSHEAR FIND YOUR

FUTURE BREAKFAST

Friday, December 7, 2018, 7:30-9:30 AM

The Fulshear-Katy Area Chamber of Commerce

and NewFirst National Bank are hosting the

Fulshear Find Your Future breakfast at Safari

Texas. The public is invited to attend. Individual

tickets are $35, open seating. Underwriter

sponsorship $1000, Table Sponsorship $500.

For online reservations, www.fulshearkaty.

com or contact Tricia Wright 469-826-3564,

David Melanson 979-541-9297 or

email fulshearfuture@gmail.com.

9 th ANNUAL

“A MERRY CHRISTMAS

COOKIE WALK”

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 flagwomen@flag.church or call

281-392-0637.

15 TH ANNUAL TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL

HOLIDAY HOME TOURS

Tour Seven Elegant, magical homes all decked

out for the holidays. Go to the Events page on

www.thsprojectgrad.com for more information.

Enjoy the spirit of the holidays by touring

the beautifully decorated homes of James E.

Taylor High School’s Holiday Home Tour sponsored

by Taylor’s Class of 2019 Project Grad.

Thursday, December 6 th , 5-9 PM

Friday, December 7 th , 10 AM-2 PM and 5-9 PM

Pre-sale tickets for the Holiday Home Tour

can be purchased for $15 from Hauerland’s

Purveyors of Fine Goods at 1648 South Mason

Road or the Senior office of James E. Taylor

High School (20700 Kingsland Blvd.). Tickets

will be $20 at the door. Taylor’s Project Grad

provides the senior class a safe year-end celebration

with friends and teachers.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR

‘DINNER WITH PATTON’

If you’ve ever wanted to meet General George

Patton, here’s your chance! OK, yes. He is long

deceased, but world famous re-enactor Denny

Hair does a fine impersonation. He will be in

full regalia for “Dinner with Patton,” which

is being hosted by the Houston Wing of the

Commemorative Air Force. The event, which

is set for 6-10 PM on Friday, December 7 th , is

the first fundraiser for a new museum hangar.

The location is Hangar B5 at the West Houston

Airport (18000 Groschke Rd.).

Hair will recite speeches inspired by General

Patton and will answer questions from the

audience about Patton’s life and career. Period

music will be provided by local artist Maria

Thorne. The evening will have a 3-course holiday

themed dinner and there will be a cash

bar with beer and wine. Tickets start at $100;

for more information, please visit

www.houstonwing.org.

WILLOWFORK FIRE DEPARTMENT

“TOYS FOR TOTS”

Willowfork Fire Department is again teaming

with the United States Marine Corps

to sponsor the “Toys for Tots” Drive in the

Katy area. This is the thirteenth year the

Department has participated in this event

and, thanks to the caring and generous

people in the Department’s service area, it

has been an incredible success.

Willowfork Fire Department is only able to

accept donations of new and unwrapped

toys in original packaging for infants

through high school ages or checks made

out to Toys for Tots. Donations may be

brought to all Willowfork locations, Station

1 at 24655 Westheimer Parkway, Station 2

at 26950 Cinco Ranch Blvd or Station 3 at

2700 Spring Green Blvd. in Katy. Groups that

collect a large number of toys can arrange

for pick up by contacting Beth Robinson

at 281-395-0011 Extension 121 or beth.

robinson@willowforkfire.com. The the toy

drive runs through December 14 th . Toys can

be dropped off at either Station anytime

between the hours of 10 AM and 7 PM.

CINCO RANCH LADIES CLUB

Our annual Christmas Fundraiser luncheon

benefits CASA this year and is set for Friday,

December 14 th , 11 AM-2 PM. Tickets are now

available online at our website,

www.cincoranchladiesclub.org.

The Cinco Ranch Ladies Club (CRLC) is a

501(c)4 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 sub-clubs that each

meet once a month on a small scale in residents

homes, businesses, restaurants and

walking trails. $40 annual dues for all the

social and charitable fun.

Instagram:

www.instagram.com/cincoranchladiesclub

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/CincoRanchLadiesClub

12 December 2018 | Community Newsletter


HOLIDAY SUGAR COOKIE TRUFFLES

Here’s an easy crowd pleaser that can be used for any occasion.

The sprinkles are the key to make it festive:)

Ingredients:

● 2 cups / 12 sugar cookies

● 4 Tbs cream cheese room temp

● 2 cups white chocolate melting wafers

● Sprinkles of choice

Method:

1. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place sugar cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs are formed.

3. Add cream cheese and process some more until well combined.

4. Form into small dough balls.

5. Place on parchment paper cookie sheet and put into the freezer

for 20 minutes.

6. While the truffle freezes melt the chocolate according to the package.

7. Remove one truffle at a time dip into the melted chocolate

add sprinkles and repeat for all truffles.

8. Store in airtight container.

HOLIDAY PUNCH

Punch is an absolute must for this joyous season.

This recipe is an easy and delicious

party drink packed with fruits.

Ingredients:

● 1 orange sliced

● 1 cup cranberries

● 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

● 2 cups cranberry juice

● 2 cups orange juice

● 1 cup pomegranate juice

● 2 cups Sierra Mist / ginger ale

● Rosemary

● Ice

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher or bowl.

2. Don’t add ice or soda till right before serving.

3. Enjoy.

TOILET PAPER PENGUINS

A fun craft idea to do with kids. These adorable penguins

can also be used as decor for the winter season.

Things you will need:

● Toilet paper roll

● Black paper

● Orange paper

● Scissors

● Glue

● Wiggly eyes

● Black paint

● White paper

Method:

1. Cut the black paper in the same width as the

toilet paper roll or paint the toilet paper black.

2. Cut half oval with the white paper.

3. Cut two wings with the black paper.

4. Cut a beak and two feet with the orange paper.

5. Glue the black paper around the roll.

6. Glue the white paper oval half over the black

paper or the black painted roll.

7. Glue wiggly eyes onto the white paper.

8. Glue on the beak.

9. Glue on the legs to the inside of the roll.

10. Lastly glue on the wings.

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Houston Area Events

HOUSTON MARGARITA FESTIVAL - December 9 th , 12 Noon-10 PM, Water Works Park,

105 Sabine, Houston, TX 77007, admission: $15-$90. Now in its 6 th year, Houston Margarita

Festival returns with margaritas, salsa dancing, music and fun like never before! Some of

Houston’s finest mixologists have joined the fun equipping the festival with some of the

most superior tasting margaritas in the market. With 30+ margarita flavors on the menu, the

list is extensive.

TOMBALL GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET & FESTIVAL - December 7-9, 2018, 200 Market St.,

Tomball, TX 77375, admission free. Friday 6-10 PM, Saturday 10 AM-10 PM, Sunday 10 AM-6

PM. We will have over 200 vendors, live music, entertainment, food and drinks for the family.

We have a petting zoo, carnival and pony rides. Admission, Parking and Shuttle are free.

SNOWFEST FESTIVAL - Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:30-9 PM, City Hall Complex, 1522

Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX 77459. Admission is free. Pre-festival entertainment will

kick off the event and will follow with the tree lighting ceremony and fireworks! Guests are

invited to enjoy the array of event activities including the 3-lane snow hill & photos with

Santa!

SNOWFEST PARADE - Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9 AM, Cartwright Rd., Missouri City,

TX 77459. Admission is free. Join us for the 35 th annual Snowfest Parade! The two mile

long procession will feature floats decorated in holiday themes and various organizations

on foot! The parade will begin at the Public Safety Headquarters located on the corner of

Cartwright Road and Murphy Road. Roads will close at 7:30 AM surrounding parade route.

Community organizations that would like to participate in the Snowfest Parade are invited

to contact Kyle Frye at kfrye@missouricitytx.gov.

10TH ANNUAL GINGERBREAD BUILD OFF - Saturday December 8, 2018, 10 AM-4:30 PM,

Hermann Square, 900 Smith Street, Houston, TX 77002. Open to the public and free for

spectators. Competing teams will create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials.

More than 4,000 spectators are expected to attend and cheer on the teams, play in the kids’

construction zone and see Santa! All of that entertainment is free and open to the public!

Team registration for the 2018 event is open to local architecture firms, design professionals,

students and enthusiasts seeking the coveted Grand Prix de Show for their edible structure.

For more info or to registar, aiahouston.org/v/site-home/Gingerbread-Build-Off/39.

57 TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BOAT LANE PARADE - December 8, 2018, 6 PM, Kemah

Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah, TX 77565. Admission free. Every year over 100 festively

decorated boats of all sizes parade around Clear Lake and through the Clear Lake Channel

in front of the Kemah Boardwalk.

THE HERITAGE SOCIETY’S ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT TOUR - December 8, 2018, 5-9 PM,

The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002. Admission: $10. The Heritage

Society’s annual holiday tradition, the Candlelight Tour, will feature decorated buildings,

historic characters relating stories of the past, carolers, Houston Boychoir in St. John Church,

Santa Claus and his Workshop, family entertainment and holiday fare at the Candlelight Café.

GEORGE RANCH HISTORICAL PARK PRESENTS CAMPFIRE CHRISTMAS - December 8

and 15, 2018, 6 PM, George Ranch Historic Park, 10215 FM 762 Rd., Richmond , TX 77469.

Reservations are required (www.georgeranch.org/event-calendar/campfire-christmasdecember-8-15/).

Tickets are $50 for adults and $45 for children, seniors and groups of 10 or

more. This event is recommended for adults and children age 8 and up. Journey back into

time to Christmases past with this one-of-a-kind immersive holiday experience. Guests will

start the evening with a merry greeting at the Visitor Center and hot chocolate and coffee

to warm their souls. Then, enjoy a classic holiday meal featuring scrumptious recipes from

Christmases gone by. After dinner, take a turn on the dance floor. Finally, hop on the timetraveling

tram for a journey.

THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN AT VICTORY CAMP - December 1 st , December 7 th -8 th , December

13 th -15 th and December 17 th -23 rd , 1407 Victory Ln., Alvin, TX 77511. Weekdays 6:30-9:30

PM, Fridays & Saturdays 6-10 PM. Buy Tickets Online for $8 at www.thechristmastrain.org.

Tickets at the door $10. Kids 2 and under are free. The Christmas Train is a unique holiday

experience, unlike anything else in Houston! An old-fashioned train ride through Christmas

Scenery and over 300,000 lights.

DISCOVERY GREEN PRESENTS FROSTIVAL AND THE ICE - Daily in December (see website

www.discoverygreen.com/ice for times), Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston, TX

77010. Tickets are $4-$18. The ICE is the largest outdoor ice skating surface in the Southwest.

Discovery Green uses water from Kinder Lake to freeze the ice and all equipment runs on

Green Mountain Energy’s renewable energy, ensuring The ICE is environmentally friendly

and sustainable.

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LIGHTS, SNOW AND UGLY SWEATERS - Through January 6, 2019,

Tuesday-Sunday, Children’s Museum Of Houston, 1500 Binz Street,

Houston, TX 77004. Admission: $0-$12. When the holiday season

rolls around, fire places light up, heaters turn on and the pumpkin

spice craze returns, ‘tis the season to be jolly! The Children’s Museum

of Houston invites you to unwrap the holiday magic, spread the joy

and bring your friends to the Museum’s “Lights, Snow and Ugly

Sweaters!” winter wonderland that has no end. Find a whole new

reason for the season, come chase the Museum’s colorful lights and

dashing colors and bring your loved ones for a warm and toasty

escape from the past, into a bright, shimmering, shiny future.

ZOO LIGHTS - Daily through January 13, 2019, 6-10 PM,

Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030. Closed

on December 24-25, 2018. The Houston Zoo is transformed into a

winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its

seventh year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions.

Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo

grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season - including

more than two million lights! Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED

lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to

light your way.

MAGICAL WINTER LIGHTS - Daily through January 6, 2019,

5-11 PM, Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, TX

77568. Admission $13-$22 online at https://magicalwinterlights.

com/general-info/. The 2018 festival will feature eight fascinating

themed sections including The Kingdom, The Village, The Dino, The

East, Houston, The Globe and the festival’s newest sections: The Ice

and The Sea. The 52-day festival will also include a Holiday Market

Square where guests will have a chance to explore the festival

food court and shopping areas. Guests will have plenty of photo

opportunities with appearances by the Ice Sisters and Santa Claus.

There will be nightly acrobatic performances included in admission,

authentic arts and crafts created by skilled Chinese artisans (dates

TBD), amusement rides and games and an expanded dinosaur

exhibit complete with dinosaur rides.

ICE LAND & FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS - Daily through January 6,

2019, 10 AM-11PM, Moody Gardens, Seven Hope Blvd., Galveston,

TX 77554. For tickets cost and purchase www.moodygardens.

com/holiday_season. This year’s ICE LAND theme takes guests

on a journey from the North to South poles. The CAA Ruijing Ice

Carving Team will even create a giant ice slide that will take guests

on a glacial journey. Guests will encounter polar bears, penguins,

humpback whales, snowy owls, walruses and of course, reindeer -

all hand-carved out of two million pounds of ice inside a 28,000 sq.

ft. insulated tent structure chilled and maintained at nine degrees.

Shiver’s Ice Bar also returns to ICE LAND this year as guests enjoy

ultra-cool holiday spirits as they enter this bar made completely of

ice creatively transformed into an igloo this year to fit the Pole-to-

Pole theme.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE AT BAYOU BEND - December 14,

2018-January 5, 2019, Wednesday-Sunday, 5:30 PM, Bayou Bend

Collection And Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007.

Child Admission $10. Discover an immersive Christmas experience

at beautiful Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. A dazzling bridge

brings you into a winter wonderland featuring thousands of lights

and activities for all ages throughout the 14-acre estate. Fun,

holiday-themed tours of Ima Hogg’s historic mansion feature live

actors, theatrical effects and Christmas decorations. You’ll find lots

more to see and do, too.

THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (abridged) - Through 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

Community Newsletter | December 2018

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 quickwitted

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 ridiculous clowns

celebrate all of our favorite holiday traditions-at once.

SECOND SUNDAY PICKERS - 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-and-western, bluegrass, folk,

gospel, Cajun and blues. Visitors of all ages are welcome.

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,

TX 77019, tickets start at $25. Panto Star Force is an adventurous,

cosmic blast of blockbuster hilarity! Jed, a farm boy from the planet

Cypress, joins forces with a zany band of space rebels, robots and

furry bartenders (and Buttons, of course!) to stop the powerful

Emperor Snorkelfish and Dark Tater from taking over the galaxy.

Come ready to laugh, cheer and boo in true Panto style, with plenty

of toe-tapping music and intergalactic fun for the whole family!

WITS PERFORMANCE POETRY FOR TEENS AT LEVY PARK - 1 st Friday

of each month, 7-8:30 PM Levy Park 3801 Eastside, Houston, TX 77098,

admission is FREE. During this monthly workshop for students ages

13 to 19, young writers will craft original poems, meet other young

writers and work with professional performance poets to explore their

creative voices. No registration is required and walk-ins are welcome.

THIRD THURSDAYS SIP & STROLL - 3 rd Thursday of each month,

5-9 PM, Houston Heights 19th Street, 325 W 19 th St., Houston, TX

77008, admission is FREE. Pick up complimentary sips along the

line of local shops while you shop boutique clothings, handmade

jewelry, home decor, antique, vintage, local made toiletries and

visit our Eateries for crafted cocktails and delicious local fare!

CARS AND COFFEE - through December 29, 2018, 9 AM-12 PM.

Gateway Classic Cars Of Houston, 1910 Cypress Station Drive, Suite

200, Houston, TX 77090. Admission is free. Cruise in to Gateway

Classic Cars every last Saturday of the month for Cars & Coffee. So

far we have had some amazing turnouts, but we want to continue

to grow! Enjoy delicious donuts, coffee and all of our sweet rides!

No Admission fee and everyone is welcome! No cruiser? No sweat

bring the daily driver. Hope to see you there. 250+ classic & exotics.

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.

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Libraries

&

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MAUD MARKS LIBRARY

1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy, TX 77450, 281-492-8592

LIBRARY HOURS - Mon. 1 PM - 9 PM, Tues. 10 AM - 9 PM, Wed. 10 AM - 6

PM, Thurs. 10 AM - 6 PM, Fri. 1 PM - 6 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun. closed.

To register online for any of the programs at the library’s website (www.

hcpl.net), click on “Events Calendar” and select “Maud Marks.” Participants

may also register by calling or by visiting the library.

“Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/maudmarkslibrary.

Subscribe to our newsletter at www.hcpl.net/content/it-has-arrived.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:

We will be closing for Christmas at 5 PM on December 21st and be

closed December 22nd-25th. We will also be closing on December 31st

at 5 PM and for New Year’s Day, January 1st.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Used Book Sale - The Friends of the Maud Marks Library will hold

their next book sale on Saturday, December 8th from 10 AM until 4 PM

There is a large selection of hardback fiction and nonfiction, as well as

children’s books and paperbacks. All books sold at rock bottom prices.

• Winter Wonderland Open House - The holidays have arrived!! Join us

at the Library as we celebrate our Winter Wonderland Open House on

Friday, December 21st from 2-4 PM. Come listen to Christmas music.

Visit Santa and join the elves in his workshop for fun crafts and other

treats. For the complete schedule contact the library.

• Volunteer at the Library - Volunteer opportunities abound at the library.

Volunteers are needed to help shelve, count patrons and more.

Students should be in high school and must be able to commit to

two hours a week. If you would like to help in any way, please contact

Elizabeth Herndon at 281-492-8592.

• TeenMAKERS - Teens & tweens in 6th grade and up are invited to come

MAKE something at the library. This will be a monthly program, which

will include robotics, science experiments, art & crafts and more! We

will be meeting the 1st Thursday a month at 4:30 PM. Come have fun

and MAKE something!

• Teen Book Club - We have started a teen book club! Teens are invited

to join us on Thursday, December 20th at 4:30 PM as we discuss the

book The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. If you are interested in joining

us, extra copies of the book are available at the checkout desk. Please

register if you plan to attend.

• Share your Holidays Food Drive - The library will once again be the

drop off location for food donations for Channel 13’s annual “Share Your

Holidays” Food Drive. The library has participated every year since it

opened in 1993. All food donated will be distributed by Katy Christian

Ministries and benefit families in the Katy area. The library will be accepting

donations of food from 6 AM to 6 PM, Friday, December 7th at

the entrance of the library building. The food drive begins early in order

to allow commuters the opportunity to stop by on their way to work.

• How to Read a Financial Statement - Business finances can get complicated

and confusing. The library can help. Join us on Saturday, December

15th at 10:30 AM as S.C.O.R.E. presents how to read a business

financial statement. Learn key analysis techniques as we delve deeper

into the money aspects of small business life.

• Timeless Travelers: Christmas on the Boardwalk - Seniors 55+ are

invited to join the library’s Timeless Travelers program for Christmas

on the Kemah Boardwalk. The bus will be departing for Kemah on

Monday, December 10th at 9 AM. We will be celebrating the holidays

with food and fun on the Boardwalk. Seating is extremely limited.

Registration required.

• DIY Crafts: Dyed Glass Bottles - Have fun and save money by creating

unique holiday decorations. On Tuesday, December 11th at 2 PM, we

will be dyeing glass bottles to decorate our homes with. Seating is

extremely limited for these classes.

• Katy MakerSpace - Did you know that the Katy area has its very own

MakerSpace? We’ll be learning all about this special place for creators

and inventors at the library on Tuesday, December 11th at 7 PM. Harry

Krueger will be here to give us an introduction to Katy MakerSpace and

all you can do there. Makers of all ages and disciplines are encouraged

to join us as we learn everything our new MakerSpace has to offer.

• Book Discussion Clubs - The Library hosts book clubs that meet

monthly. The Afternoon Book Club meets on the second Thursday of

the month at 1 PM.

• Just Desserts Mystery Book Club - Meetings held the third Wednesday

of the month at 2 PM. You are encouraged to bring your favorite dessert

to eat while we discuss whether our villains get their just desserts.

• Computer Classes - The library offers a variety of computer classes

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each month. You must know how to use a mouse and a keyboard.

Seating for this is extremely limited. Registration is required. To see

this month’s classes go to the library’s website www.hcpl.net, click on

“Events Calendar” and select “Maud Marks.”

CHILDREN

• Wednesday Wonders - Come to the library and let imaginations soar

as you explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

with crafts and activities. On Wednesdays at 4:30 PM, the library will

host Wednesday Wonders for ages 6-11. These programs normally last

about one hour. All necessary materials are provided. This is a ticketed

program. Tickets will be available at 4 PM. There will be no Wednesday

Wonders on Wednesday, December 26th.

• INFANT STORYTIME - This program will meet each Tuesday morning

at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM. This is an interactive program for children,

ages 0 to 12 months and their caregivers. Each session will last about

20 minutes, featuring nursery rhymes, songs and finger plays. There will

be no Infant Storytime on Tuesday, December 18th.

• Storytime - Storytime for preschool-aged children is held each Wednesday

at 10:15 AM. Stories, fingerplays and songs are featured. This is ideal

for children ages 3 to 5, but all children and their caregivers are welcome.

There will be no Storytime on Wednesdays, December 19th and 26th.

• Pre School Explorers - Is your pre-schooler ready to explore the world?

Children ages 2 ½ to 5 are invited to come to the library on Wednesdays

at 11:15 AM as we learn about the world. There will be plenty of stations

for science and sensory exploration. There will be no Pre-School Explorers

on Wednesdays, December 19th and 26th.

• TOTALLY TODDLER STORYTIME - Toddlers, ages 18 to 36 months, are

invited to participate in our Totally Toddler Storytime, which will be held

on Thursdays, at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM. Tickets are required for Toddler

Storytime. Tickets are given to the first 30 toddlers the day of the event.

There will be no Toddler Storytime on Thursdays, December 20th and 27th.

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KATY BRANCH LIBRARY

5414 Franz Road, Katy, TX 77493, 281-391-3509

Hours of Operation: Monday & Tuesday 10 AM - 7 PM, Wednesday 1 PM - 8 PM,

Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM, Friday 1 PM - 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday

CLOSED. Join online at www.hcpl.net or come by in person and we’ll help you

sign up!

MONTHLY PROGRAMS

• HISPANIC BOOK GROUP/CLUB HISPANO DE LIBROS - First Wednesday

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 más

información.

• SUPERACION PERSONAL - Second Wednesday of every month,

6 PM. The Katy Branch Library hosts motivational discussions in

Spanish.

• SPANISH COMPUTER CLASS/CLASE DE LA COMPUTADORA - Every

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

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

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.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

• 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.

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• 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 club!

CHILDREN

Mondays, 10:15 AM - Baby Bounce

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

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

Peckham Park Activities

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

5597 Gardenia, 281-391-4482 - web www.pct3.hctx.net

Priority is given to harris county residents & those who live within the

city limits of Katy.

MARY JO PECKHAM PARK FISHING LAKE: The lake is a stocked.

Rules are posted out by the lake. Park hours are 6 AM-10 PM.

If you have questions, please call the Parks Office at 281-531-1592.

FITNESS ROOM CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

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

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

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

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Thursday starting at 10 AM) and Saturdays - 8:15-9:15 AM (HC & KCL

residents, call Friday starting at 7 AM for reservations, other counties

call Friday starting at 10 AM).

SENIOR OUTDOOR FIT & FUN - Tuesdays - 11-11:30 AM.

FITNESS MACHINES – This is a time when you can work out on your

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POOL CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

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 may call the day of.

AMERICAN RED CROSS SWIM LESSONS - Ages 6 months - Adults.

Call or come in to get schedule for lessons.

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Church

Events

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church

Messiah Singalong

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 7 PM

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church,

20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77450 • stpkaty.org

What is Christmas without Handel’s Messiah? The Chancel Choir of St. Peter’s

United Methodist Church in Katy invites you to their annual Messiah Singalong

in the Sanctuary. Please come to sing or just to listen to this beautiful music.

There will be soloists and a full orchestra. There is no charge. Copies of the

sheet music will be available for loan or for sale. Reception to follow.

Community Fun Fridays - Jingle Jam

Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm

The Fellowship - 22765 Westheimer Parkway, Katy 77450

www.thefellowship.org/resources/events/community-fun-fridays

Bring your family and friends for this FREE holiday gathering - Jingle Jam:

A Sensible Christmas! The pre-party starts at 6:10 PM with the Jingle Jam

show beginning at 6:30 PM. Lots of activities after the show - photos

booths, cookies, hot chocolate, games, crafts and even Santa! Free event

- but please preregister. Come ring in the holidays with Jingle Jam!

Christmas Eve Worship At Living Stones

Living Stones Church invites community members to join in celebrating

the birth of Christ on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 th at 5 PM, at

Tays Junior High, 26721 Hawk’s Prairie Blvd. in Katy. The family-friendly,

music-filled service features familiar carols and other Christmas favorites,

as well as a special message from Pastor Scott Rawlings. A nursery is

available for children up to 2 years of age, while pre-school children and

older will have worship seat activities and a snack.

The service concludes with Silent Night and the lighting of luminaries for

a truly inspirational celebration of the most special gift ever given, the gift

of Jesus. For additional information, visit LivingStones.org.

Katy First Umc Christmas Services

5601 Fifth Street, Katy Texas 77493

Katyfirst.org

December 23 rd : Contemporary Service at 6 PM.

On December 24 th :

Children’s Service 4 PM

Candlelight Service 6 PM

Candlelight/Communion 8 PM

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church

Christmas Services

1351 S. Mason Road - 281-579-1080 cornerstonekaty.org

On Christmas Eve there will be a Candlelight Service at 6 PM

(in Memorial Parkway).

River Bend Baptist Church

Christmas Services

27600 FM 1093, Fulshear, TX 77441

281-346-2279

RiverBendBC.org

Celebrate Light: December 20 th -23 rd : 6:30-7:30 PM

Christmas Eve Services: 4:30 & 6 PM

Living Word Lutheran Church

3700 S. Mason Rd., Katy 77450 - 281-392-2300

www.livingwordkaty.org

“BEHOLD, A SAVIOR!” Sunday, December 9 th

“Behold, a Savior!” is a portrait of a promise and a portrait of the fulfillment of

that promise. Throughout this musical, Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall skillfully

weave scripture and dramatic first-hand accounts of the birth of Jesus into

beloved carols and original songs. Each monologue and song will take you

on a journey from the longing of Zechariah, the joy and acceptance of Mary

and the courage of Joseph to the accounts of the shepherds and wise men. .

Let us inspire and prepare you for the celebration of the birth of our Lord with

both familiar Christmas carols and newly-composed pieces at 8, 9:15 and 11

AM in the church sanctuary. The musical presentation will feature the Living

Word Choir accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP

Living Word would like to invite the community to join them this

Christmas to celebrate the birth of Christ. A Pre-Christmas Vespers

service will be held on December 21 st at 7 PM for families that will not

be in town for Christmas Eve. The service will include familiar Christmas

hymns, readings, communion and special music of the season in a liveunplugged

setting. The service will conclude with a candle lighting.

On Christmas Eve at 1 PM, there will be a Jazz Christmas Eve afternoon

vespers. The service will feature a jazz sextet playing unique arrangements

for the season, congregational Christmas carols and a special Christmas

jazz communion. A festive candle lit atmosphere will prepare one and all

for this joyous season! At 3 PM, children ages 2 years through 3 rd grade

(and their families) are invited to an Interactive Christmas Eve worship

service. This interactive service will allow children to “live” the story of

Christmas. A Contemporary Christmas Eve worship service featuring

contemporary music will be held at 5 PM. Candlelight Christmas Eve

Worship services featuring traditional music, the choir, bell choir and a

brass ensemble will be held at 7 and 11 PM.

Katy Christian Women’s Connection

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

Studies, Prayer Connections and fellowship luncheons around the US.

Katy Christian Women also sponsors monthly Prayer Coffees. These are

held on the second Thursday of each month. New Bible Studies started

in January. Please visit our website at Katycwc.org for locations or call

Janet Collins at 281-762-8252.

For more information or to RSVP for the luncheon, please

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

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Katy Women’s Aglow

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

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

Saturday 10-11:30 AM. We come together for fellowship, to worship and

to hear inspirational speakers and testimonies, as well as for special

events. Katy Women’s Aglow is a great place to make new friends! View

our website for information about current Bible studies. Prayer meetings,

special events and speaker biographies, www.katyaglow.com.

Hope Impacts Bible Studies

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

Located 631 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450

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

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

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

provided upon advance request. Minimum participation 2, Maximum 10.

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

Trinity Baptist Church Senior Adult News

Trinity Baptist Church Senior Adults get together on Monday afternoons

from 1-4 PM for a time of fellowship, prayer and games... Come join the

fun! Trinity Baptist Church is located at 10000 Spring Green Blvd. (corner

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

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

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HANUKKAH

begins Sunday, December 2, 2018

and ends Monday, December 10, 2018

HISTORY OF HANUKKAH

HANUKKAH TRADITIONS

The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah

commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of

the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews

had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean

Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the

25 th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or

December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated

with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.

HISTORY OF HANUKKAH

The events that inspired the Hanukkah holiday took place during a particularly

turbulent phase of Jewish history. Around 200 B.C., Judea-also

known as the Land of Israel-came under the control of Antiochus III, the

Seleucid king of Syria, who allowed the Jews who lived there to continue

practicing their religion. His son, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, proved

less benevolent: Ancient sources recount that he outlawed the Jewish

religion and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. In 168 B.C., his

soldiers descended upon Jerusalem, massacring thousands of people

and desecrating the city’s holy Second Temple by erecting an altar to

Zeus and sacrificing pigs within its sacred walls.

Did you know? The story of Hanukkah does not appear in the Torah because

the events that inspired the holiday occurred after it was written.

It is, however, mentioned in the New Testament, in which Jesus attends

a “Feast of Dedication.”

Led by the Jewish priest Mattathias and his five sons, a large-scale

rebellion broke out against Antiochus and the Seleucid monarchy.

When Matthathias died in 166 B.C., his son Judah, known as Judah

Maccabee (“the Hammer”), took the helm; within two years the Jews

had successfully driven the Syrians out of Jerusalem, relying largely

on guerilla warfare tactics. Judah called on his followers to cleanse the

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Second Temple, rebuild its altar and light its menorah-the gold candelabrum

whose seven branches represented knowledge and creation and

were meant to be kept burning every night.

THE HANUKKAH “MIRACLE”

According to the Talmud, one of Judaism’s most central texts, Judah Maccabee

and the other Jews who took part in the rededication of the Second

Temple witnessed what they believed to be a miracle. Even though there was

only enough untainted olive oil to keep the menorah’s candles burning for

a single day, the flames continued flickering for eight nights, leaving them

time to find a fresh supply. This wondrous event inspired the Jewish sages

to proclaim a yearly eight-day festival. (The first Book of the Maccabees

tells another version of the story, describing an eight-day celebration that

followed the rededication but making no reference to the miracle of the oil.)

OTHER INTERPRETATIONS OF THE HANUKKAH STORY

Some modern historians offer a radically different interpretation of the

Hanukkah tale. In their view, Jerusalem under Antiochus IV had erupted

into civil war between two camps of Jews: those who had assimilated

into the dominant culture that surrounded them, adopting Greek and

Syrian customs; and those who were determined to impose Jewish laws

and traditions, even if by force. The traditionalists won out in the end,

with the Hasmonean dynasty-led by Judah Maccabee’s brother and his

descendants-wresting control of the Land of Israel from the Seleucids and

maintaining an independent Jewish kingdom for more than a century.

Jewish scholars have also suggested that the first Hanukkah may have

been a belated celebration of Sukkot, which the Jews had not had the

chance to observe during the Maccabean Revolt. One of the Jewish religion’s

most important holidays, Sukkot consists of seven days of feasting,

prayer and festivities.

HANUKKAH TRADITIONS

The Hanukkah celebration revolves around the kindling of a nine-branched

menorah, known in Hebrew as the hanukiah. On each of the holiday’s eight

nights, another candle is added to the menorah after sundown; the ninth

candle, called the shamash (“helper”), is used to light the others. Jews typically

recite blessings during this ritual and display the menorah prominently

in a window as a reminder to others of the miracle that inspired the holiday.

In another allusion to the Hanukkah miracle, traditional Hanukkah foods are

fried in oil. Potato pancakes (known as latkes) and jam-filled donuts (sufganiyot)

are particularly popular in many Jewish households. Other Hanukkah

customs include playing with four-sided spinning tops called dreidels and

exchanging gifts. In recent decades, particularly in North America, Hanukkah

has exploded into a major commercial phenomenon, largely because it falls

near or overlaps with Christmas. From a religious perspective, however, it

remains a relatively minor holiday that places no restrictions on working,

attending school or other activities.

Source: www.history.com/topics/holidays/hanukkah

KWANZAA

DECEMBER 26, 2018 - JANUARY 1, 2019

Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California

State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots

in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African-Americans

together as a community. He founded US, a cultural organization and

started to research African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations. Karenga

combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those

of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa.

KWANZAA HISTORY

The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza”

which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its

own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums,

storytelling, poetry reading and a large traditional meal. On each of the

seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the

Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed. The

principles, called the Nguzo Saba (seven principles in Swahili) are values

of African culture, which contribute to building and reinforcing community

among African-Americans. Kwanzaa also has seven basic symbols, which

represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. An African feast,

called a Karamu, is held on December 31 st .

Did you know? The seven principles or Nguzo Saba are a set of ideals created

by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Each day of Kwanzaa emphasizes a different principle.

The candle-lighting ceremony each evening provides the opportunity to

gather and discuss the meaning of Kwanzaa. The first night, the black candle

in the center is lit (and the principle of umoja/unity is discussed). One candle

is lit each evening and the appropriate principle is discussed.

SEVEN PRINCIPLES

The seven principles or Nguzo Saba are a set of ideals created by Dr.

Maulana Karenga. Each day of Kwanzaa emphasizes a different principle.

• Unity:Umoja (oo–MO–jah): To strive for and maintain unity in the family,

community, nation and race.

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• Self-determination: Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah): To define

ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

• Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE–mah): To build and

maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s

problems our problems and to solve them together.

• Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah): To build and maintain our

own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

• Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH): To make our collective vocation the building

and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their

traditional greatness.

• Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah): To do always as much as we can,

in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and

beneficial than we inherited it.

• Faith: Imani (ee–MAH–nee): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents,

our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

SEVEN SYMBOLS

The seven principles or Nguzo Saba are a set of ideals created by Dr. Maulana

Karenga. Each day of Kwanzaa emphasizes a different principle.

• Mazao, the crops (fruits, nuts and vegetables): Symbolizes work and the

basis of the holiday. It represents the historical foundation for Kwanzaa,

the gathering of the people that is patterned after African harvest festivals

in which joy, sharing, unity and thanksgiving are the fruits of collective

planning and work.

• Mkeka: Place Mat: The mkeka, made from straw or cloth, comes directly

from Africa and expresses history, culture and tradition. It symbolizes the

historical and traditional foundation for us to stand on and build our lives

because today stands on our yesterdays, just as the other symbols stand

on the mkeka.

• Vibunzi: Ear of Corn: The stalk of corn represents fertility and symbolizes

that through the reproduction of children, the future hopes of the family

are brought to life. One ear is called vibunzi and two or more ears are called

mihindi. Each ear symbolizes a child in the family and thus one ear is placed

on the mkeka for each child in the family.

• Mishumaa Saba: The Seven Candles: Candles are ceremonial objects with

two primary purposes: to re-create symbolically the sun’s power and to

provide light. The celebration of fire through candle burning is not limited

to one particular group or country; it occurs everywhere. Mishumaa saba

are the seven candles: three red, three green and one black. The back

candle symbolizes Umoja (unity), the basis of success and is lit on December

26 th . The three green candles, representing Nia, Ujima and Imani,

are placed to the right of the Umoja candle, while the three red candles,

representing Kujichagulia, Ujamaa and Kuumba, are placed to the left of

it. During Kwanzaa, on candle, representing one principle, is lit each day.

Then the other candles are relit to give off more light and vision. The number

of candles burning also indicate the principle that is being celebrated.

The illuminating fire of the candles is a basic element of the universe and

every celebration and festival includes fire in some form. Fire’s mystique,

like the sun, is irresistible and can destroy or create with its mesmerizing,

frightening, mystifying power.

• Kinara: The Candleholder: The kinara is the center of the Kwanzaa setting

and represents the original stalk from which we came: our ancestry. The

kinara can be shape - straight lines, semicircles or spirals - as long as the

seven candles are separate and distinct, like a candelabra.

• Kikombe Cha Umoja: The Unity Cup: The kikombe cha umoja is a special

cup that is used to perform the libation (tambiko) ritual during the Karamu

feast on the sixth day of Kwanzaa. In many African societies libation

are poured for the living dead whose souls stay with the earth they tilled.

• Zawadi: Gifts: When we celebrate Imani on the seventh day of Kwanzaa,

we give meaningful zawadi (gifts) to encourage growth, self-determination,

achievement and success. We exchange the gifts with members of our immediate

family, especially the children, to promote or reward accomplishments

and commitments kept, as well as with our guests. Handmade gifts

are encouraged to promote self-determination, purpose and creativity and

to avoid the chaos of shopping and conspicuous consumption during the

December holiday season. A family may spend the year making kinaras or

may create cards, dolls or mkekas to give to their guests.

Excerpted from the book: The Complete Kwanzaa Celebrating Our Cultural

Harvest. Copyright 1995 by Dorothy Winbush Riley. Reprinted with permission

from HarperPerennial.

Source: www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history

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Support & Help Groupos

Katy Christian Ministries

Help to Survivors of Sexual Assault

The 24-hour Crisis Hotline number is 281-693- RAPE (7273).

NON-EMERGENCY # 281-391-5262.

The KCM Sexual Assault Center is run by a staff of three permanent employees

and a dedicated group of volunteers who manage many vital functions. The

Center offers many volunteer opportunities for interested persons, including

clerical, crisis hotline and direct contact jobs such as sexual assault survivor

advocacy. All volunteers must obtain training offered by the Center.

Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry provides:

• Three day nutritionally balanced supplement

of non-perishable food twice monthly

• Hygiene items once a month

• Birthday bags to our children for their special day

• Fresh produce from yard gardeners & local farmers

FOOD FAIRS

KCM Community Food Fairs offer FREE PRODUCE to anyone who needs

it. Last Saturday of each month at Powerhouse Church Katy, 1818

Katyland Drive, Katy, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM. Katy Christian Ministries and

Powerhouse Church have partnered together to provide this free service

to the community and gives away thousands of pounds of fresh produce

each month on a first come, first served basis.

FYI

• Referrals to WIC (Women, Infant, Child) government nutrition

program for baby formula; dairy products.

• Red Barrels in Katy area grocery stores benefit KCM.

• 100% of all financial donations are allocated per donor request!

NEEDS

• Canned: Green Vegetables, Pork’n Beans, Carrots, Tuna, Corn,

8 oz. Tomato sauce, Fruit, Macaroni & Cheese

• One lb. bags of: Beans, Rice

• Family Size: Bath Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Toilet Paper

• Soap: Laundry, Dish

Katy Christian Ministries Administration Office, Food Pantry and Store is

located at 5510 1 st Street, Katy, Tx 77493 and the number is 281-391-5261.

Free Mental Disorders

Family Support Group

Meets at a number of locations. Complete listing on www.

namimetrohouston.org or call 713-970-4419.

NAMI Family to Family

FREE MENTAL DISORDERS FAMILY EDUCATION COURSE

This NAMI Family to Family 12-week Education Course (2 1/2 hrs. per week)

is for family members of persons with bipolar (manic depression), anxiety

disorders, schizophrenia, severe depression and other neurobiological

disorders. For information, please call 713-970-4419 or

www.namigreaterhouston.org.

Family to Family Network

Support for Families who have

a Child with Disabilities

Family to Family Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping

families of children with disabilities by providing information, referral,

support, training, a mentoring program, a local leadership and advocacy

training program, Lending Library and as well as a website created

specifically for parents of students receiving special education services. The

F2F-Katy Chapter meetings are held during the day at Crosspoint Community

Church and in the evening at St. Peters United Methodist Church. For more

information, call 713-466-6304. Please see Calendar of Events at page for a

current schedule of Katy Events at www.familytofamilynetwork.org.

Depression and Bipolar Support

Alliance Greater Houston

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston (DBSA) sponsors

FREE support groups that assist in managing mood disorders of individuals

with depression and bipolar disorder. Family members, friends and caregivers

are also invited to attend to learn more about these illnesses. Our groups are led

by trained individuals who provide a compassionate environment consisting

of peers who accept and understand each other. This sense of community

and empathy gives participants encouragement to live more meaningful and

healthy lives. Our Katy adult and young adult groups are hosted by St. Peter’s

United Methodist Church off Kingsland Blvd. every Tuesday from 7 PM-8:30

PM. Please visit our website for a complete list of groups in the Houston area

and resources on mood disorders at www.dbsahouston.org

Donation Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Thursday from 1 PM to 6 PM. Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM. Katy Christian

Ministries Donation Center is located at 5012 E. 3 rd Street, Katy, Tx 77493

and the number is 281-391-7400 (24 Hr. Voice Recording).

The Compassionate Friends

HOUSTON WEST CHAPTER: The Compassionate Friends - Katy Chapter (TCF-

Katy), a support group for parents who have lost a child. Meetings are held the

second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM in the John Burns building of Kingsland

Baptist Church. 20555 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy, across from the Taylor High

tennis courts. All bereaved parents, family members or close friends of parents

who have lost a child are invited to attend the TCF-Katy meeting.

There is no cost to attend and participation is completely voluntary.

The Compassionate Friends organization is not affiliated with

any religious group. For more info. please visit our website, www.

compassionatefriends-katy.org or contact Jo, 281-347-1027 or

Annette, 281-578-9118.

Alcoholics Anonymous

If you want to drink, that’s your business; if you want to stop, that’s

ours. To find a meeting near you or for other information call:

713-686-6300 or go to www.aahouston.org.

The Memory Café At Amazing Place

The Memory Café at Amazing Place, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s

Association, offers those with early stage dementia and their caregivers to

meet others on Saturday Mornings. The Memory Café in Katy meets the third

Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 AM at 20018 Chateau Bend Drive,

Katy, TX. The program is free to all participants. For more information, contact

Ariana Detert at 281-217-3077 or adetert@amazingplacehousotn.org.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

The new monthly Dementia Caregiver Support Group will be held on the

second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 PM at 20018 Chateau Drive in

Katy, TX 77450. The confidential group, led by Ariana Detert, MSW, LCSW,

is designed to allow caregivers dealing with loved ones at various stages

of dementia to share their concerns, thoughts and feelings with others in

similar situations. To attend the group, please contact Ariana Detert, MSW,

LCSW at 281-217-3077 or adetert@amazingplacehouston.org.

Katy OCD/Anxiety

Support Group for Parents

The Katy OCD/Anxiety group for parents meets on the last Saturday of

each month at 9 AM at La Madeline restaurant in Katy. The purpose of this

group is to support each other as we deal with raising children with OCD/

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Tompkins Theatre Company Presents...

Once On This Island is the universal

tale of Ti Moune a fearless peasant girl in

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anxiety/panic disorders. Does your child avoid social situations? Do they

have unhealthy perfectionism or depression from anxiety? Come talk

with us. We might be the right support group to find some answers, even

if your child does not have a formal diagnosis. We will share resources

with each other and offer advice. For more information, check out our

website: http://shyness.meetup.com/353/.

Katy/West Houston/CYPRESS Tourette

Support Group

The Katy Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas Support Group meets

the second Wednesday of each month (except July), from 7 PM-8:30

PM, at St. Catherine’s Methodist Hospital, 701 S. Fry Rd, Katy, TX 77450.

There are concurrent adult and youth meetings. Adult meetings are varied

with discussion, speakers and videos. During the youth meetings, snacks,

crafts and games are enjoyed. Pizza/Video Game Nights and Holiday

Parties are always a favorite. For more information, please contact ferla.

nicola@gmail.com, tourettetexas@aol.com or call 281-238-8096.

ECI Project TYKE

ECI Project TYKE is a year round Early Childhood Intervention program

(ECI) in the Katy Independent School District that specializes in working

with children who need extra help. The program provides developmental

services to children who may need assistance in attaining developmental

milestones or who may have a disability. Services are provided to children

from birth to three where they live, learn or play. ECI Project TYKE develops

a supportive partnership with families by providing educational and

emotional supports, which enriches the daily routines and relationships

that will enable their child to reach his or her maximum potential. Anyone

(parent, family, friend, caregiver, professional) can refer a child to ECI

Project TYKE. If you know a child under the age of 3 who needs assistance

in at least one area of development or who has a medical diagnosis or

condition impacting his or her development, please call ECI Project TYKE

281-237-6647 or make a referral on our website www.katyisd.org. ECI

services are available statewide to help families. Early is best!!!!!

Different Strokes

Different Strokes is a wonderful group dedicated to serving and supporting

people who have survived strokes themselves and for their caregivers.

Although our needs are different, care is given to fill the needs for all of

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us. Different Strokes meets every Tuesday, at 10 AM, in the Senior Center,

located at 13150 Memorial Dr., for fellowship, learning, sharing, exercising

and loving. We meet together to share with one another. Please join us. If you

have had a stroke or anyone you know has survived a stroke, please consider

learning more about this group. We would love to have you. Call for further

information: Kay Callahan 713-461-5604 or Roberta Owens 281-463-3490.

The Arc of Katy

The Arc of Katy provides programs for individuals with IDD (Intellectual and

Development Disabilities) including a day program, summer camp and socials for

teens/ adults. New members are always welcome. Please visit www.thearcofkaty.

org or call 832-754-9802 or 832-888-9265 for additional information.

Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP)

PDAP is the only free outpatient substance abuse program for young

people and parents in the greater Houston area. PDAP is spiritually

based and is housed in churches. PDAP’s methodology is based upon the

“Twelve Steps” of Alcoholics Anonymous. For Ages 12 to 17, call 281-870-

9311 or for ages 17 to 25 call 713-647-8858.

Drug & Alcoholism Family Support Group

We are a group of men and women whose lives have been affected by either our

own addiction or members of our family. We offer support and encouragement to

help you manage your own life rather than focusing on others. Our meetings are

every Wednesday night from 7-8 PM. For more information, call 713-632-5237.

Home Encouragement

Do you still believe in marriage? We do! By celebrating the institution

of marriage, while connecting families with personal and professional

resources, Home Encouragement sets it sights on helping to reduce the

divorce rate in the Greater Houston area. Home Encouragement is a

501(c)(3) non-profit that nurtures healthy marriages and strong families.

We have many ways of doing this (please see website for details) and

there is a special monthly event in the Katy area called Dinner and a

Marriage. Our goal is to encourage married couples, as well as connecting

them with Houston faith-based communities, family support systems

and helpful individuals. For additional information, contact Kellie Hurst

of Home Encouragement at 281-347-LIFE or visit our website at

www.homeencouragement.org.

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Simple

Ambrosia Salad

You could make this on National Ambrosia

Day on December 12 th !

INGREDIENTS:

3 (20 ounce) cans pineapple tidbits, drained

4 (15 ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained

1 (16 ounce) container sour cream

1 (10.5 ounce) package

miniature marshmallows

3/4 cup shredded coconut

DIRECTIONS:

Mix pineapple, oranges, sour cream,

marshmallows and coconut together in a

bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and

refrigerate until flavors blend, 2 hours to

overnight.

Source: allrecipes.com

Date-Nut Bread

You could make this on National Date Nut Bread Day December 22 nd !

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup raisins 1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups boiling water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons butter, or as needed 1 egg, well-beaten

1 teaspoon baking soda 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped pitted dates 1/2 teaspoon salt

7 pitted prunes, chopped 1 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

DIRECTIONS:

Put raisins in a bowl. Pour boiling water over raisins; soak until raisins

have flavored the water, about 20 minutes. Drain raisins, reserving the

water. Discard raisins.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Grease a loaf pan with butter.

Bring reserved water to a boil in a small saucepan. Measure 3/4 cup

boiling water into a bowl. Stir baking soda into water. Put dates and

prunes in a large bowl. Pour baking powder-water over dates and

prunes; add unsalted butter and stir until melted. Stir sugar and vanilla

extract into the fruit mixture; let cool to room temperature.

Stir egg into the fruit mixture to evenly coat. Mix flour and salt together

in a small bowl; add to fruit mixture and stir. Fold walnuts into the

mixture and pour into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center

comes out clean, 50 to 65 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes

before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Source: allrecipes.com

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• Take tulips out of cold storage and plant late this month.

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• Water plants well before a freeze; dry roots are easily damaged.

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