Hearthstone August 2019

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August 2019

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August 9 th -11 th

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For all your Home Selling or Buying Needs

Featured Listings!

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Experience the Difference, Contact Hearthstone’s Newest Team

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Hearthstone Resident Since 1991

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Your Bottom Line Is our Biggest Concern

ALL SECTIONS OF HEARTHSTONE

Garden Club Jennifer Hydes 713-301-1366

Children’s Co-op Kelly Blackstone 713-548-3827

hearthstonemoms@gmail.com

Swim Team Hugh McKinney 713-822-5490

Hearthstone Country Club 281-463-2201

Hearthstone HOA, Inc.

Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7; Hearthstone Green,

Sections 1, 2, 3 & 4; Avila Ct. Estates, Hearthstone Meadows.

BOARD MEMBERS

President, Terry Gingell 281-703-8184

Vice President, Scooter Cantrell 281-220-9160

Secretary, Virgil Hydes 281-859-0438

Treasurer, Mike Looney 281-550-7010

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS

Lester Leger 713-819-0920

Tina Bailey 281-859-0581

Bob Comeaux 713-876-3852

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Manager: Katie Ivanics

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I am here to assist you with all your HOA questions and concerns.

Please feel free to contact me at any time.

COMMITTEES

Architectural Control - Virgil Hydes

Community Relations - Terry Gingell

Security - Scooter Cantrell

SCHOOLS

Horne Elementary School 281-463-5954

Owens Elementary School 281-463-5915

Labay Middle School 281-463-5800

Truitt Middle School 281-856-1100

Cy-Falls High School 281-856-1000

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TRASH/WATER

Water District Spencer Rd PUD 281-469-5740

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

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Fire/Ambulance 911

Harris County Constables 281-463-6666

Sheriff 713-221-6000

Poison Control 800-222-1222

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-941-8972

Mosquito Control 713-796-6900

Children’s Protective Svs 713-394-4000

DPS Sex Offenders website

http://records.txdps.state.tx.us

Harris Co. Public Health & Envir 713-439-6000

Street Light Repair (give pole #) 713-207-2222

www.centerpointenergy.com/outage

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You’re

Invited

to

Hearthstone Garden Club’s

Summer Ice Cream Social

& Annual Plant Exchange

Tuesday, August 20th - 7 pm

Please bring

a plant to share...

(from your garden

or purchased)

REMINDER:

Please be mindful of the Harris County Leash Law and be certain that

your pets are on a leash when not confined to your home or backyard.

WEBSITE

Hearthstone Board is excited to announce that Hearthstone HOA has

partnered with a technology company NabrNetwork to bring to you

Townsquare, which has been selected as our official, Board-approved

communication tool/website for Hearthstone HOA! Accessible via mobile

phone, tablet and desktop - and completely private. A Townsquare

welcome letter was recently sent out to all homeowners. If you didn’t

receive the letter please follow these steps to sign up.

1. Access townsquare at https://inframarkims.com/what-we-do/

association-management/

2. Click on townsquare in the right-side menu

3. Confirm your zip code and select “I live in Hearthstone HOA”

4. Select “I am an owner”

5. Enter your unique Account Number

If you don’t have your account number please call 281-870-0585 or email

Katie.Ivanics@Inframark.com to assist. Please note moving forward this

will be the new website and the old Hearthstone website will no longer

be used.

Hearthstone Garden Club offers our

members the opportunity to:

• Enjoy Fantastic Speakers / Hands on Projects

• Support your community with Volunteer Projects

• Join Fun and Educational Field Trips

• Social Events - Holiday Auction, Spring Tea &

Flower Show and More

• Special rates for top quality fall bedding plants

& Christmas Poinsettias

• Cultivate not only your Garden, but Friendships

with our amazing members!

For more information about our fantastic Garden Club,

please contact us at hearthstonegardenclub@gmail.com

This Year we will strive to...

HEARTHSTONE YARD OF THE MONTH

The home of Jeffery & Kimberly Little is this month’s Yard of the Month

and is located at 14507 Sandalfoot Street. Upon arriving, you notice

the lush green of the lawn that sweeps across the front of the yard. A

beautiful bed of vivid color meanders from the front of the house to the

curve along the drive. This charming bed is filled with assorted colorful

Impatiens, Mums, Daisies, Day Lilies and Blue Daze. Tucked in between

are the bright Agapanthus - that stand out for their vibrant blue blooms

and beautiful grass-like fronds. The top of the bed is accented with

Hawthorne and smooth river rock borders its length. The bed terminates

in a spray of Dusty Miller. All together this front yard is a treat for the

senses with its cheerful plantings, the interesting shape and the illusion

of a dry colorful creek bed.

HEARTHSTONE GARDEN CLUB

Well it’s Official - We are in the ‘Dog Days’ of summer now! They began

on July 3 rd and will end on August 11 th . I always thought that this catchy

nickname referred to the poor pooches who are forever seeking shade

in our Houston July heat. As president of the Hearthstone Garden Club,

I thought I should be better informed, so I searched the web and found

the real reason this time frame earned its canine nickname. It turns out

the ancient astronomers and our starry sky are the responsible parties.

During this summer timeframe, the Sun occupies the same region of the

sky as Sirius, which is the brightest star visible from any part of the earth.

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Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog, which is

why it is known as the Dog Star. On July 23 rd , Sirius is in conjunction with

our sun, rising and setting with Sol. Greeks and Romans theorized the

glowing Dog Star was adding extra heat to the Earth during the 20 days

before and after this event. Actually, Sirius is too far away to have any

effect on us. It is our planet’s tilt that is to blame for the heat we, our pets

and our plants, must endure during these days.

Here are some tips for helping your lawn to weather the dog days and

keep looking great:

• Mowing - A good mowing technique is one of the most important

elements of a healthy lawn. Don’t cut your grass too short. We recommend

setting your lawn mower at one of the high settings for long grass. Long

grass promotes longer roots, which allow them to reach further down in

the soil for water.

• Watering - During these hot scorching days, there is not as much rainfall

as your yard is used to. This can lead to your grass shutting itself down

to conserve water and energy - Dormancy. Your lawn can begin to look

brown and scorched. Watering of course is the solution, but you need

to water infrequently and deeply - mimicking a good rainfall. This

encourages the roots to grow deeper for a healthy lawn.

• Feeding - Something we normally don’t think about with our lawn

except during the Spring and Fall, grass needs nutrients to survive and

look healthy. With more regular feeding, your lawn will grow much

thicker. This has an added benefit of not leaving much room for weeds

to grow. A thick lawn also helps to cool the soil, another benefit to help

your lawn beat the heat.

Come and celebrate the end of these Dog Days by joining your

Hearthstone Garden Club at our Annual Ice Cream Social. We would love

to see you at the Hearthstone Country Club, Tuesday, August 20 th at 7 PM.

We will also be hosting a ‘Bring a Plant - Take a Plant’ exchange as well.

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• Harvest your vegetables and fruits as soon as they are ripe or nearly

so to avoid loses to wildlife and insects. Begin to prepare soil for fall

plantings by mixing in compost or fertilizer. Clean up all debris. Some

Organic materials can be composted.

• Start plants for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale and onions

to set out in September. Cool-season crops can be planted. Plant herb

transplants such as rosemary, ginger, laurel or Mexican tarragon.

• Check your lawn and plantings for any signs of disease and pests. Treat

if needed. If your lawn seems stressed, determine whether it’s rainfall or

pests or disease. Use a sharp mower and remove only one-half of grass

blades to reduce stress.

• Prepare your perennial flowerbeds now; you can start flowers for next

spring soon. You can plant bulbs for many lilies (butterfly, Aztec, spider)

in late summer. Continue to remove spent blooms, cut back overgrown

bedding plants and fertilize flowering annuals and perennials.

• Be sure to divide and replant any crowded plants. It is important to

increase the air circulation between plants so that the plants can dry out

between rain showers.

• If older palm fronds are yellowing, you may have a magnesium or

potassium deficiency. Apply an appropriate palm fertilizer. Fertilize

ornamental plants that need more nutrition due to growth and leaching

rains.

• Lightly prune shrubs if they need it so that any new growth will harden

off before the cold weather. Stake any tall-growing plants to help prevent

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STOP THAT BARKING

Many dogs left alone all day get lonely, bored and restless. Many find relief

in barking. Some respond noisily to any and all activity. But, nothing is

as annoying as incessant barking - even for dog lovers. If your dog is a

yapper or a yowler, please consider some of these bark-abatement ideas

to keep the noise down in your area. Your neighbors will thank you!

• Training. Always the first recommendation for any behavioral problem!

Help is as close as the Yellow Pages. Training not only helps your dog,

you’ll be surprised how much it helps you, too. You may get some insight

into why your dog barks so much or what it is trying to communicate.

• Citronella collars. A humane alternative to the electric-shock, antibarking

collar and costs about the same. Available on the web and in pet

stores.

• Confinement. Sometimes simply bringing an outspoken dog indoors or

confining it to a crate can cut down on the disturbance to neighbors.

• For inside dogs, reduce stimulus. Close drapes to help muffle street

noise or leave a radio on to mask it.

• Companionship. Dogs are pack animals; they need companionship

- a cat, bird or another dog. Consider a mid-day visit from a pet-sitting

service or drop your pooch off at a friend’s place or a day-care facility

once or twice a week.

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Keep in mind that dogs who bark from loneliness or boredom, may not

do it when you are home. Meanwhile, your neighbors may be getting

serenaded while you are away.

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR

HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE

The Harris County Constable’s Office, Precinct 5 is now offering a class

on Rape Aggression Defense (RAD). RAD is one of the best women’s selfdefense

courses available. It’s a program based on realistic self-defense

tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive self-defense course for women

that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance,

while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defensive training. If you’re

interested in more information and signing up, go to this link:

https://constablepct5.com/index.php/rad

Make sure if you or your family goes on vacation to put in a “Vacation

Watch” with our department. That way you’ll know your house is being

watched by our patrol deputies. You can fill out a vacation watch form

online here:

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https://constablepct5.com/index.php/special-watch/

Or you can call our dispatch at 281-463-6666.

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HEARTHSTONE STREETLIGHTS

The Hearthstone HOA coordinates maintenance of all the streetlights

throughout the community. This includes the “cobra head” lights like

you see along many streets and highways, as well as the decorative light

poles along Huffmeister and in some of the neighborhoods. Cobra head

streetlights need to be reported to CenterPoint, using the pole number,

which is the “address” for the light. It is a six digit number facing the

street. You can report streetlights that are not working or staying on

during the day at http://cnp.centerpointenergy.com/outage (Google

streetlight outage) or give us the pole number and we will do it for you.

Outages or problems with decorative streetlights should be reported to

Inframark at 281-870-0585. Please note the exact intersection or closest

address. The association has a contractor doing a monthly nighttime

inspection for lights that are out, but if you see a problem, please report

it, so we can achieve our goal to keep all the lights on all the time.

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TRASH DAYS

Trash days are Tuesdays and Fridays with recycling pickup on Fridays. If

you have questions, call 281-368-8397.

BOARD MEETING

Board Meetings are now bi-monthly, usually on the 3 rd Wednesday at 6

PM. Hearthstone Country Club.

LOST & FOUND PETS IN HEARTHSTONE

Folks in Hearthstone are very helpful in getting lost pets reunited with

their owners, but all dog owners should ensure that there is a tag on each

dog with their name, address and phone number. Local pet stores have

machines that make tags like this while you wait. At least that would help

found dogs get back home quicker and with less trauma.

HEARTHSTONE HOA EMAIL ALERTS

Just register at the site using “Join our Mailing Lists” on the opening

page. You will be automatically added to the email group.

This group will be used to quickly but sparingly, get information out to

members between newsletters. If you would like these messages sent to

more than one email address, just register again with each address you

want included in the group.

The addresses will not be sold, distributed or used for any purpose other

than association business. Your address will not even be shared among

group members. Messages sent to the group will be limited to those

authorized by the HOA Board of Directors.

If you have already joined the email group, you do not need to do so

again.

HEARTHSTONE EXTERIOR MODIFICATIONS

When making any changes to the exterior of your home, please keep

in mind that you must first submit an application and receive written

approval. An application can be obtained by sending a request to

customercare@inframark.com.

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The call center main number is 281-870-0585. The hours are 7 AM to 6 PM

Monday through Thursday and 7 AM to 5 PM on Fridays.

“THE HEARTHSTONE NEWS” IS AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Hearthstone Newsletter can be viewed (in color), online at

krenekprinting.com. Go to www.krenekprinting.com, Click on

newsletters, Select Highway 6, Select Hearthstone and Click to read.

SAFETY TIPS - AVOID BEING A VICTIM

1. Call the constable’s office anytime you see a suspicious person and do

not let race, age or gender influence you calling (a suspicious person is

anyone you do not recognize on your street).

2. Call the constable’s office when you see a suspicious vehicle (any

vehicle parked in front of your neighbor’s home or driving around your

street that you don’t recognize).

3. Always keep all your doors and windows locked even when you are at

home.

4. Always keep your overhead garage door in the down position.

5. Remember neighbors looking out for neighbors are how the police

catch the bad guys.

6. Make sure to do a vacation watch whenever you go out of town.

7. If someone comes to your door, always go to the door and acknowledge

that you are there and remember to never open the door for anyone that

you do not know. The bad guys in almost all cases do not want you to be

home. Then always call the constable’s office so that we can check them

out. When they leave your house, they are going to your neighbors.

8. If you have children that stay at home alone, no matter what their age,

they need to go to the door and have a preplanned story for whoever is

there (my dad is working on the computer, he says to come back later).

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Then have them call the constable’s office.

9. Never do business with people you don not know and trust. Never

open the door for solicitors. If no one in the neighborhood buys anything

from them, the companies that they work for will quit sending them into

your subdivision.

10. Always lock your vehicles and never leave anything of value in plain

sight (covering up an item with a jacket doesn’t count).

Our dispatch number is 281-463-6666 (please put this number in your

cell phone as 911 constable or A constable so that it is one of the first

contacts).

Officer Roy Guinn

Community Relations and Crime Prevention

Harris County Constables Office Pct. 5

281-463-6666

HEARTHSTONE MOM’S CO-OP

ATTENTION MOMS!

If you’ve ever considered joining a mom’s group, look no further! Located

right here in Hearthstone, our group is designed to celebrate our kids and

of course... ourselves! Each year we host several events for the moms,

kids and families to get to know our neighborhood pals. Events include a

Spring Festival, Summer Splash Bash, Back to School Party, Fall Festival

& Hot Momma Chili Cook-off, Bad Mom’s Christmas Dinner & Ornament

Exchange, Holiday Market and Santa Visits. Dues are $30 for the year and

cover the cost of all planned events for the kids. Contact Kelly Blackstone

at 713-548-3827 or email hearthstonemoms@gmail.com for more

information. Please also check out our website at https://sites.google.

com/view/hearthstone-moms-co-op/home.

TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS

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

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

krenekprinting.com, click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with

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

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

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

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

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

tries, we will remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s)

permission.

DISCLAIMER

Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those listed

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

if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers

from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for

any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and

the teens and their parents.

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Cy-Fair Independent School District

www.cfisd.org

August 26th: First Day of Fall Semester

STUDENT REGISTRATION

New Student Registration will begin August 13-16, 2019 at all campuses.

Visit your campus website or contact your school for further information.

NUTRITION SERVICES TEAM

OFFERS FREE SUMMER MEALS

Starting this summer, CFISD’s nutrition services department will offer

children 18 and younger the healthy Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

breakfasts and lunches at no cost to the child. “The SSO program is a

great way for us to provide access to meals for our students during the

summer months,” said Darin Crawford, director of nutrition services.

“Kids need good nutrition to fuel their summer activities and we are

thrilled to be able to continue to offer school meals during the long

summer break.” SSO is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition

program and is administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The meals offered through SSO give children who rely on school meals

during the academic year a good source of nutrition during the long

summer vacation. Summer meals help children return to school in the

fall ready to thrive.

All sites are open Monday-Thursday only. For a full list of sites, dates and

times, visit the district website at: www.cfisd.net/en/parents-students/

food-service/summer-meal-sites.

CFISD STUDENTS RECORD PERFECT

SCORES ON ACT, SAT TESTS

A select group of CFISD rising juniors and seniors and two recent

graduates were among the notable high school students to earn the

highest possible composite scores on the ACT assessment and SAT

standardized tests over the last 12 months.

Cypress Creek High School rising junior Samhitha Bandi and rising

senior Hasan Abbasi, Cypress Woods High School rising senior Tristan

Wiesepape and Cy-Fair High School rising senior Yash Aggarwal and 2019

graduates Stephanie Pickrell and Tate Ward all earned the top composite

ACT score of 36. In addition, Cypress Woods rising senior Angela Zhong

earned the highest possible score on the SAT, recording a perfect 1,600.

Less than two-tenths of 1 percent of all ACT test takers earn the top

possible score. For the SAT, of the more than 2.1 million test takers in

the Class of 2018, just seven percent scored a 1,400 or above. Many

prepared by working through practice exams and preparatory questions

and scenarios. They didn’t just focus on what they didn’t know right

away, but also sections that took them longer than others. Tutoring

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educational platform, helped prepare students for the test format as well

as the material. Taking both tests within a few months of each other also

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helped in the process, as material can be relevant to both exams even

though the formats differ.

The ACT incudes five sections (English, math, reading, science and

writing), with each timed separately and the total exam taking 3 hours

and 35 minutes to finish. The SAT can take 3 hours and 50 minutes to

finish, as it includes five sections (reading, writing, math with and

without a calculator and an optional essay). Rising seniors took the ACT

in February during the school day, becoming a benchmark for some or a

desired achievement for others. As far as passing on any tips or advice to

other students preparing for the ACT and SAT, those who accomplished

the perfect scores say it ranges from managing stress leading into the

test days to simply practicing with sample questions and exams.

13 CFISD SCHOOLS NAMED TO

2018-2019 TEXAS HONOR ROLL

Thirteen CFISD schools have been named to the 2018-2019 Texas Honor

Roll, presented by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP). The ERP

recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that demonstrate

high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in

achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps. For high

schools, Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness

in students. The following CFISD schools are among the 855 public

schools in Texas to be recognized:

• Copeland Elementary School

• Moore Elementary School

• Pope Elementary School

• Sampson Elementary School

• Anthony Middle School

• Aragon Middle School

• Arnold Middle School

• Bridgeland High School

• Cy-Fair High School

• Cypress Park High School

• Cypress Ranch High School

• Cypress Woods High School

• Jersey Village High School

“These Honor Roll schools are living proof that our students can succeed

when schools are committed to removing educational obstacles and

accelerating student success,” Dr. James Lanich, ERP president and CEO,

said. “By focusing attention on these bright spots among our schools,

we hope to change the conversation from ‘what’s wrong’ to ‘what’s

working,’ and encourage others to replicate their success.” Texas Honor

Roll schools will receive a free banner to display on their campuses and

will be featured on the ERP website, where educators and policymakers

can look for high-performing schools in order to replicate success.

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a new school. Luckily, these “new” worries only stick around for a little

while. Let’s find out more about going back to school.

Most teachers kick off the school year by introducing themselves and

talking about all the stuff you’ll be doing that year. Some teachers give

students a chance to tell something about themselves to the rest of the

class. When teachers do the talking on the first day, they often go over

classroom rules so you’ll know what’s allowed and what’s not. Pay close

attention so you’ll know if you need to raise your hand to ask a question

and what the rules are about visiting the restroom.

You might already know a lot of kids in your classes on the first day.

But it’s a great day to make a new friend, so try to say hello to kids you

know and new ones that you don’t. Make the first move and you’ll be

glad you did and so will your new friend! Sixth grade often signals a move

to middle school or junior high, where you’ll find lockers and maybe a

homeroom. This is just what it sounds like a classroom you’ll go to each

morning, kind of like your home in the school. In middle school, you

might move from classroom to classroom for each subject. Your teachers

know that this is a big change from elementary school and will help you

adjust. Most teachers let you pick your own seat on the first day, but by

the second or third morning, they’ll have mapped out a seating plan.

At first, it’s a good idea to write down where your seat is in your notebook

so you don’t forget. Seeing friends you haven’t seen in a while can

make the first day a good one. You also can make the day feel special

by wearing an outfit you like. Maybe you got a great T-shirt on vacation

or your new sneakers put a spring in your step. If you wear a uniform,

you might wear a favorite watch, a new hair band or a piece of jewelry

to show your personal style. It can make you feel good to be prepared

and have all the supplies you need. Some schools distribute supply lists

before the year begins, so you can come stocked up on pencils, folders

and whatever else you’ll be needing. Once you’ve covered the basics,

you might tuck an extra few dollars in your backpack for an emergency

(like forgetting your lunch money). Or maybe you’d like to bring along a

book or magazine to read while you’re on the bus. Whatever you put in

your backpack, make sure you pack it the night before. This prevents the

morning panic when you can’t find your homework or lunch box.

Speaking of lunch, that’s something else that can help you feel good at school

whether it’s the first day or the 100 th day. Help your parents pack it the night

before if you don’t like what’s on the menu at the cafeteria. Try to include a

variety of foods in your packed lunch, especially fruits and vegetables.

The first day of school is your first chance to find your way around a new

school or learn the pathways to new classes in your old school. It’s a lot to

learn in one day, so don’t be surprised if you need a reminder or two. It might

help to write a few notes to yourself, so you’ll remember the important stuff,

like your locker combination and that lunch starts at 11:43 AM, not 12:10

PM. Before you know it, your fingers will fly as you open your locker and you

won’t have to check your notes to know what time lunch starts! What if you

hate school by the end of day one? Teachers recommend giving things some

time to sort themselves out once you know your way around the building

and get adjusted to the new routine, you’ll probably feel better. If those

feelings don’t fade, talk to your mom, dad, teacher or school counselor.

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Here are a few final tips for a fantastic school year:

• Get enough sleep.

• Eat a healthy breakfast.

• Try your best.

• Use good work habits, like writing down your assignments and turning

in your homework on time.

• Take your time with school work. If you don’t understand something,

ask the teacher.

• Keep a sense of humor. One teacher we know shows his new students

a picture of himself graduating high school a grinning ape in a red

graduation cap and gown. This usually makes the kids laugh and it’s

a good way to remind them that school is fun! Questions or feedback

please contact Carla Brownlee at girls1900@aol.com.

BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY CHECKLIST

As summer draws to a close and children start heading back to school,

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with your children - some key tips that will help keep them safe and

healthy throughout the school year.

Getting to School

Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is

vitally important that they and the motorists around them - take proper

safety precautions.

Walkers

Walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the

street, walk facing traffic

Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see

if cars are coming

Never dart out in front of a parked car

Parents: Practice walking to school with your child, crossing streets at

crosswalks when available

Never walk while texting or talking on the phone

Do not walk while using headphones

Bike Riders

Always wear a helmet that is fitted and secured properly

Children need to know the rules of the road: Ride single file on the right

side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and

walk the bike across

Watch for opening car doors and other hazards

Use hand signals when turning

Wear bright-colored clothing

Bus Riders

Teach children the proper way to get on and off the bus

Line up 6 feet away from the curb as the bus approaches

If seat belts are available, buckle up

Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing

Do not cross in front of the bus if possible or walk at least 10 feet ahead

until you can see the other drivers

Drivers, Share the Road

Don’t block crosswalks

Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and take extra care in school zones

Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians

Never pass a bus loading or unloading children

The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children;

stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus

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Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced. They struggle

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Girl Scouting is open to all girls ages 5 (must be in kindergarten) through

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Creek Meadows Community serves girls in the residence areas for the

elementary schools listed below, as well as the corresponding middle

and high schools. Home schooled and private school students are always

welcome. Our elementary schools are: Birkes, Fiest, Hairgrove, Horne,

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Seton, Texas Christian School and Christian Life Center. More information

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BOY SCOUT TROOP 609

Boy Scout Troop 609 is a specialized for Boys with high functioning

Autism Spectrum Disorders. They meet at the Westview School on the 1 st

and 3 rd Saturday of the month from 9:30-11:30 AM.

CUB SCOUT PACK 2

We are an active year round pack for Kindergarten-5 th grade that focuses

on life skills, teamwork, leadership and FUN! Cub Scout activities include

camping, fishing, pinewood derby, hiking and much more! During the

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For 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found

in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant

in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting

helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership

skills, outdoor skills and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities

that allow them to:

• Try new things. • Provide service to others.

• Build self-confidence. • Reinforce ethical standards.

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as

individuals while promoting activities that lead to personal responsibility

and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made,

peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made. Scouting

provides a rewarding experience for boys ages 5 to 21. Scouting through

the local Packs and Troops teach outdoor and life skills which help our

youth Be Prepared. Your area is serviced by the BSA Sam Houston Area

Counsel - Copperhead District which includes 23 Cub Scout Packs (boys 5

to 10 years old), 13 Troops (boys from 11 to 18 years old) and 10 Venturing

units (boys and girls from 14 to 21). Our Units typically meet weekly.

Many of our units are supported by the local Elementary Schools

including: Birkes, Copeland, Duryea, Fiest, Hemmingway, Holmsley,

Horne, Jowell, Lowery, Metcalf, Owens, Postma, Robinson, Sheridan,

Tipps, Walker and Wilson. Other Community groups include: Autumn

Creek Baptist Church, Beck and Masten Automotive, Cornerstone United

Methodist Church, Copperfield Church, Crossbridge Church, Cy-Fair

Kiwanis Club, Deerfield Village HOA, LDS Bear Creek and Copperfield

Wards, Middlegate Village HOA, Peace Community Church, St. Elizabeth

Ann Seton Catholic Church and Thornton Middle School. Please contact

Brendan Cronin, Copperhead District Executive (713-756-3383 or email

brendan.cronin@scouting.org) or to go www.copperhead.shac.org to

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BOY SCOUT TROOP 61

Young men between the ages of 11-18 are encouraged to visit Boy Scout

Troop 61 at 7 PM Wednesday nights at Peace Community Church, 5151

Addicks Satsuma Road, Houston, Texas, 77084. They will get a handson

experience of what Scouting has to offer and have the opportunity

to visit with the Scouts and their adult leaders to learn more about the

things the troop has done during meetings and activities.

Scouting activities include camping, fishing, archery, rifle/shotgun

shooting, hiking, first aid, wilderness survival, community service,

citizenship, swimming, leadership, white-water rafting and much more.

Troop 61 camps each month and has a group that goes to High Adventure

Camp and to Merit Badge Camps each summer.

Boy Scout Troop 61 meets from 7 to 8 PM every Wednesday in the Activity

Room at Peace Community Church. Contact Mike Viator with Troop 61 if

your son is interested in joining a local Boy Scout Troop. Cell: 713-253-

8465, mike.viator@comcast.net.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 10

Boy Scout Troop 10 meets at Copperfield Church on Monday evenings

from 7-8:30 PM. Our meeting rooms are upstairs in conference room #3.

Please enter through the front doors of the church, head up the stairs

and feel free to come visit us at any time!

Troop 10 has a campout scheduled for every month of the school year,

which gives the Scouts ample opportunities to earn their ranks and many

assorted merit badges.

Stay tuned for more great photos and stories and if you have a young

man in 6 th grade or higher that would like to visit, you can contact us at

Troopwebhost.org/troop10houston/index.htm or contact Chris Kubiak

at ckubiak95@comcast.net or 281-382-2643 or contact Taunia Berg at

the.berg.family@gmail.com or 832-217-6076.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 3

Boys, are you yearning for exciting outdoor programs that stir your

imagination and interest? How about camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking,

backpacking and off-road biking? Do you want to learn wilderness

survival, cooking, first aid, orienteering and shooting skills? Scouting is

Fun… with a Purpose - where boys grow into men instilled with values

of duty to God and Country, community service, citizenship, leadership

and self-confidence. Troop 3 is a boy-lead troop where the boys plan an

exciting year-round outdoor program. We camp monthly and include

rock climbing, backpacking and canoeing. Troop 3 also participates in a

weeklong winter camp, as well as a weeklong summer camp.

We welcome all young men, 11-18 years old to visit Boy Scout Troop 3 at 7

PM Monday nights at Richard & Meg Weekley Community Center located

at 8440 Greenhouse Road, Cypress. No previous scouting experience

needed! Come see for yourself what Boy Scouts has to offer and visit with

the Scouts to learn more about our troop.

Please visit our website www.houstontroop3.com for more information.

PACK 4 CUB SCOUTS

Come Join Pack 4 Cub Scouts at Lieder Elementary for the first 3

Tuesdays of each month at 7 PM. We help turn young boys into men

with fun and games while learning new skills that will help them grow.

We also work around tough sport schedules. So come see what Pack 4

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HOMESCHOOL PACK 164

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

and many other traits. Pack 164 is a Christian, home school Cub Scout Pack

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service to God, to country and to others. If you are interested and your son

is in 1 st through 5 th grade, please contact Jack M. Jones at 281-558-5722.

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Shop ‘til You Drop Marketplace is the Cy-Fair Women’s Club’s annual

fundraiser. It will be held at the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress,

Cypress, TX 77433) on Saturday, September 14 th . The doors will be open

to shoppers from 9 AM-5 PM. Our marketplace features more than 250

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Westland Baptist Church is will be having its 3 rd annual Craft Show

October 5, 2019, 10 AM-4 PM. If you are interested in becoming a

vendor, contact Martha Wells at westlandcraftshow@gmail.com

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GINGERBREAD VILLAGE

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The Ladies Auxiliary from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is holding

their annual Gingerbread Village Holiday Market on October

26, 2019. Vendor applications are still being accepted. If you

have arts, crafts, products, etc. that you would like to showcase,

please contact gingerbreadvillage@yahoo.com and for more

information!!

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13131 Fry Road, Cypress, TX 77433

Are you crafty? Are you a distributor for a specialty item? Saint

Aidan’s Episcopal Church’s ACE Committee has opened vendor

registration for our 6 th Annual Fall Festival and Holiday Market!

The market and festival will be held Sunday, October 27, 2019

from 10 AM-4 PM. In addition to our outdoor booths, this year we

will be offering a limited number of indoor booths!! Saint Aidan’s

is located in Cypress at 13131 Fry Road - just south of Hwy 290.

Our festival features Market Booths, Children’s Area, Petting Zoo,

Pony Rides, Food Vendors, Silent Auction, Live Music throughout

the day, Cake Walk, Trunk N Treat and Blessing of Animals. For

more information and to register online, visit our website at

http://aidanschurch.org/fallfest, email fallfest@aidanschurch.

org or call 281-373-3203 for a registration form.

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FAMILY OF FAITH PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMP

The Family of Faith Preschool is currently holding Summer Camp (June-

August) at two campuses this year - Copperfield, located at 16710 FM 529,

Houston 77095; and Miramesa, located at 9230 Fry Road, Cypress, TX 77433.

Hours for full time campers are 6 AM to 6:30 PM and hours for part time campers

are 9 AM to 2 PM. Both campuses serve 18 mos. through 5th grade and our

Miramesa location also serves our infant campers. We offer before and after

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BRIDGELAND

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This Bridgeland Fun Run/Walk for Heroes will be held

October 19, 2018, at 8 AM at the Lakeland Village Festival

Park in Bridgeland in Cypress, TX.

Please register for the event at bit.ly/heroesfunrun2019.

eventbrite.com. The event will include an 8 AM 5K walk/run

and a 9 AM children’s 1K run thru the Bridgeland’s beautiful

parks & lakes along with booth & food vendors, a bouncy

house, a rock climbing wall, entertainment and activities

for the children. The children’s walk is open to strollers and

wagons. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 male and

female 5K runners. Medals will be awarded to all children

under 10. 1 st , 2 nd & 3 rd place prizes will be awarded to the

winners of the Children’s Super Hero Costume Contest.

Make Sure You Honor your Military Hero by giving us the

name of the veteran or active service member you would

like to honor and we will create signs along the race course

to honor their service. The Race is sponsored by The

Bridgeland Community Supports Veterans, Inc., which is

raising funds to support veterans, educate our children

and build a Veterans Memorial in Bridgeland.

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meet and greet moms and Board members on Saturday,

August 3, 2019 from 3-5 PM and our welcoming Howdy

Party on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Please

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BACKPACK AND SIDEWALK GIVEAWAY

The Word of God Christian Fellowship Church,

17902 Telge Rd., Cypress, TX 77429

Backpack and Sidewalk Giveaway (gently used women, men and

children clothing). Free haircuts for boys and styling for the girls.

Free to the public.

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The Family Of Faith Lutheran Church invites the whole family to our

big splash bash, BBQ & auto-show on August 24 th , 10 AM-2 PM.

Auto-show info: show for ‘79 and older classics and street rods.

Entry fee will be $25 at the gate, ($20 pre reg.) Goody bags will

include an awesome tee shirt and dash plaque for the first 125

entries, four category judging with trophies as determined by

public choice… door prizes will abound… come out, bring the

family, relax and be stress free for a few hours… for additional

information, contact us at 713-824-0526.

HEY LOLLIES SQUARE DANCE CLUB

The Hey Lollies Square Dance Club invites everyone to its “Free

Introduction to Square Dance - Fun Night” September 5 th at 7:30

PM at Memorial Drive Christian Church (11750 Memorial Drive).

Visit www.heylollies.org.

Friendship in Motion - Introducing Modern Square Dance: Come

experience fun and fellowship as you learn some basics of modern

square dancing with the Hey Lollies Square Dance Club.

• No prior dancing experience is needed.

• Dress cool and casual.

• Make new friends while having a great time and exercising.

Email fun.night@heylollies.org or visit www.heylollies.org for

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11522 Telge Road, ½ mile north of Highway 290

New to Houston or to gardening? Messiah is offering free gardening classes

to the community this fall. Join us at Messiah Lutheran Church to learn best

practices in organic gardening. The free gardening classes will consist of

three one-hour sessions happening on Tuesday, September 10 th (Planning

a Successful Garden), 17 th (Soil and Composting) and 24 th (Plant Selection

and Resources) at 7 PM in the Messiah’s Community Room. In addition to the

gardening classes we will also be offering a free session on Bee Pollination on

Saturday, September 21 st at 10 AM given by Matt Brantley of BZ Honey in our

Fellowship Hall. If you are interested in learning more about organic gardening,

please sign up at www.messiahlc.org/current-events.

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Program is assisting homeowners in the Northwest Harris County area who

have experienced damage from a disaster since August of 2017.

“As we continue to work in our community, we have realized there are still so

many who have unmet needs. We are continuing to serve families across the

county who have been effected by the devastating disasters since August 2017.”

Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County, Soleil

Watt, said. “After an outpouring of emails and phone calls from homeowners

who have shared their positive experience with us, we are so excited for this

program’s continuation.”

To find out more and to start the application process, visit our website: www.

habitatnwhc.org. Applications may also be filled out in person at our office

located at 13350 Jones Rd. Houston, TX, 77070, Monday-Friday, 10 AM-4 PM.

Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County is a 501-C-3 non-profit

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Houston Area Road Trips

Houston Roller Derby - August 3, 2019, 7 PM, Revention Music Center,

520 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002. Tickets purchased directly from

https://houstonrollerderby.com will be available for pick up at the HRD

Will Call table beginning at 4 PM on the day of the event in the Box Office

lobby. Doors open at 6 PM. Each bout has two 30 minute periods with

breaks in between. All home bouts are double headers. Get there early to

ensure the best seating! Houston Roller Derby is a family-friendly event.

Kids ages 5 and under attend for free!

All About That Bubbly - August 15, 2019, 6-10 PM, Houston Zoo, 6200

Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030. Admission: $35. Did someone

say bubbly party? Come and enjoy your favorite champagne or prosecco

while relaxing at the Houston Zoo’s beautiful Reflection Pool! Activities

include a live ice carving show, photo booth fun and opportunities to see

animals up close!

I’ll Be Single Before I Settle - August 17, 2019, 6:30-8:30 PM, Match-

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St., Houston, TX

77373. Admission: $25. I’ll Be Single Before I Settle is a stageplay about

four college friends who rekindle an old college bet to see who can find

true love first. Unexpectedly, a traumatic event occurs forcing the friends

to walk in their truth. This play brings awareness to domestic violence.

33 rd Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition - August 24, 2019, 10

AM-5 PM, East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Drive, Galveston, TX 77550. Free

admission, $15 Parking. The AIA SandCastle Competition is a fundraising

event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation as well as one of the

top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. This year

over 60 teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning the prestigious

Golden Bucket Award. Firms begin months in advance generating ideas,

developing designs and assigning duties. On the day of the event the

teams, stretched along the beachfront, meticulously sculpt their piles

of sand and work non-stop for five hours. The judging of the sculptures

is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty,

carving technique and utilization of the site.

Houston Symphony: Raiders Of The Lost Ark - August 28, 2019, 8

PM, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The

Woodlands, TX 77380. Admission: RESERVED SEATS: $20. The film that

gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back

and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the

original great adventure… Raiders of the Lost Ark… with John Williams’

epic score performed live to picture by a full symphony orchestra!

Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum’s Collection 50

Years after Apollo 11 - Daily through September 2, 2019, Museum Of

Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005. In celebration of

the 50 th anniversary of the Apollo II moon landing on July 20, 1969, the

MFAH presents Shooting the Moon, an installation of approximately 40

moon-related photographs drawn from the Museum’s collection. Works

on view range from NASA images of the mission itself to fine art classics.

This 45-minute tour explores the exhibition and encourages visitors to

discuss the art together.

Candytopia Houston - Daily through September 29, 2019, 7620 Katy

Freeway, Building 3B, Suite 360, Houston, TX 77024. Admission: Kids (4-

12): $20, Adults: $28. What if an eccentric chocolatier and a daredevil

pop star had a whirlwind romance, got married while skydiving and

had a glamorous, glittering love child who grew up to rule a small

nation? Explore our sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss, with

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dreamed of nibbling your way through Candyland or scoring a Golden

Ticket, you’ve come to the right place. Treat yourself to Candytopia and

let your tastebuds and your imagination soar! Candytopia is a limited

engagement, reserve your tickets today! Info: www.candytopia.com.

The FOMO Factory - Daily through December 31, 2019, 10 AM-9 PM,

The Houston Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Road, Suite 4710, Houston, TX

77056. Admission: $28 for adults, $23 for children, children under the age

of 3 are free. This buzzed-about pop up will become The Galleria’s first

foray into immersive entertainment with 17 rainbow-colored rooms of

fun. The pop-up will be located in the Galleria, suite 4710 on the mall’s

third floor. Tickets are on sale at www.thefomofactory.com.

Fascination Street Flea-Art & Vintage Market - 2 nd Sunday each month

through September, 12-6 PM. Avantgarden, 411 Westheimer, Houston,

TX 77006. Free Admission. Includes some of the best local artists, artisan

makers, vintage vendors, plus food and drink that Houston has to offer!

Boot Camp in the Plaza - Fridays, 9-10 AM. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711

Plaza Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Free Admission. Stay fit with our free

weekly Boot Camp class with Cida Fitness.

Chimney Rock Market - 1 st Sunday of the month, 12-4 PM, Chimney

Rock Plaza, 3300 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77056. Admission is free.

Please join us for our Art and Farmers Market! Our vendors will be selling

mouth-watering eats and artisan gifts the whole family can enjoy. As

always, four-legged friends are welcome. There will be plenty of treats for

them too! When you’re done shopping, stop in Sean Anthony Salons to

browse the beautiful art gallery brought to you by Creative Energy. Stay

for the Art Reception from 2-4 PM and meet the Artists! Refreshments will

be served. Also, enter for your chance to win a cut and color or brazillian

blowout.

Living History Saturday - 3 rd Saturday of the month, 10 AM-4 PM.

Washington On The Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12,

Washington, TX 77880. Admission: Regular admission fees apply. Travel

back in time to where a nation was born in 1836. Staff and volunteers

dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and events of Old

Washington providing a unique opportunity to discover various aspects of

life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas. Activities will vary and

some are weather dependent. Contact Adam at 936-878-2214 ext. 228.

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

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

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

where local and non local comedians, comediennes, ventriloquists and

impressionists of ALL ages present family comedy to the audience. Improv

Performers from Station Theater closes out the night with games that

involve the audience. Everyone who participates in at least one open mic

throughout the year become eligible to participate in the Annual Comedy

competition which is held in December. Prizes in the amounts of $100

and $75 gift cards are given to the 4 winners. Two adult and two youth.

Caffeine and Chrome - Recurring monthly on the last Saturday of

the month, 9 AM-12 Noon, Gateway Classic Cars Of Houston, 1910

Cypress Station Drive, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77090. Admission is free

to spectators. Presented by Grundy Insurance! 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 cruiser? No sweat bring the

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

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Recipes & Gardening Tips

Dark Chocolate And Cinnamon

Frozen Custard

You could make this on

National Frozen Custard Day August 8th!

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder

1 ounce high-quality dark chocolate (85%), finely chopped

5 egg yolks

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting

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Creamsicle Punch

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2 cups ginger ale, chilled

2 cups orange soda, chilled

1/2 cup milk

4 scoops orange sherbet

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

DIRECTIONS:

Stir ginger ale, orange soda and milk together in a pitcher.

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Garden Tips

For August

• Time now to make plans for fall landscaping projects.

• Clean up flowerbeds of fallen foliage, yellowed leaves

and dead wood. Light green leaves may signify lack of

iron (chlorosis). Correct with iron cheleates.

• Cut off old dead foliage on irises. Scratch in a little

bone meal around the roots.

• Prune roses to reshape and groom plants for fall

growth.

• Wait until November to plant petunias and pansies.

• Chinch bug damage is obvious now. You will have

areas of thin and/or dead turf where they weren’t

brought under control. There is a new generation going

now. This batch causes the most damage. Use Dursban

to stop the damage.

• Until the weather gets back to the 80’s, St. Augustine

grass grows slowly. If you fill in with sod, don’t expect a

fast turnaround. The sod may look like it’s not growing

while it puts down roots. You will need to water the

new sod often and deeply to get it started but this also

creates a disease environment. Water early so the sun

can dry the turf.

• Now is a good time to work new beds. Till them up,

add organic material, mix it in, then let them cure for

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