Cypress North January 2019


January 2019

Important Numbers... 3

Teenage Job Seekers... 4

Sports Opportunities... 5


School News... 8

What’s Happening Around The Neighborhood... 10

Houston Area Events... 12

Volunteer Opportunities... 14

Recipes... 22

Gardening Tips... 23

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Martin Luther King, Jr., an American clergyman and Nobel Prize winner was

one of the principal leaders of the American civil rights movement and a

prominent advocate of nonviolent protest. King’s challenges to segregation

and racial discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s helped convince many white

Americans to support the cause of civil rights in the United States. After his

assassination in 1968, King became a symbol of protest in the struggle for

racial justice.


Martin Luther

King, Jr.

In 1957, King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

(SCLC), an organization of black churches and ministers that aimed

to challenge racial segregation. As SCLC’s president, King became the

organization’s dominate personality and its primary intellectual influence.

He was responsible for much of the organization’s fundraising, which

he frequently conducted in conjunction with preaching engagements in

Northern churches. SCLC sought to complement the NAACP’s legal efforts to

dismantle segregation through the courts, with King and other SCLC leaders

encouraging the use of nonviolent direct action to protest discrimination.

These activities included marches, demonstrations and boycotts.

“I Have a Dream”

King and other black leaders organized the 1963 March on Washington,

a massive protest in Washington, D.C. for jobs and civil rights. On August

28, 1963, King delivered the keynote address to an audience of more than

200,000 civil rights supporters. His “I Have a Dream” speech expressed the

hopes of the civil rights movement in oratory as moving as any in American


After his death, King came to represent black courage and achievement, high

moral leadership and the ability of Americans to address and overcome racial

divisions. Perhaps the most important memorial is the national holiday in

King’s honor, designated by the Congress of the United States in 1983 and

observed on the third Monday in January, a day that falls on or near King’s

birthday of January 15 th .


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Sports Opportunities

Cy-Fair Sports Association

Cy-Fair Sports Association is having registration for baseball, football,

cheerleading and soccer. Please see our website for more information

Northwest Flyers Kid’s Track Club

Holds Registration for 32nd Season

The Northwest Flyers Youth Track Club will celebrate its 32 nd Anniversary

Season by hosting its annual free Registration/Orientation Breakfast on

Saturday, February 2, 2019, for all boys and girls who are interested in

joining for the 2019 track season. The breakfast starts promptly at 8:30

AM at the Cypress Creek Christian Community Center Forum located at

6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX, 77379. The event is an opportunity for

youth athletes to register for the 2019 spring/summer track season and

to meet the Northwest Flyers coaches, staff and other new and returning

athletes. The event will be highlighted by a special presentation from

a member of the USA Track &Field Olympic organization (USATF). All

athletes and parents who wish to join the Northwest Flyers must attend

the orientation before registering. The Northwest Flyers Track Club is a

youth (ages 6-18) track club, affiliated with USA Track & Field (USATF),

that provides a full program of sanctioned “track” events such as sprints,

hurdles, middle distance, distance and relays and sanctioned “field”

events such as long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put,

discus and javelin. For additional information on the Northwest Flyers

Track Club, please visit the team website at,

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& girls who want to play and have fun in a safe and developmentally

appropriate environment. The JHSL program is being offered at multiple

locations and in conjunction with CFSA at the Schiel Road Complex.

To learn more about each location and to register please visit www. Email us at for more

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Change Your Life: Are you a runner? Are you a fitness walker? Do you

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for a variety of marathons and half marathons throughout the year.

Even if you’ve never run a step before, training with our group will help

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Beginner, walker or seasoned runner? No matter your conditioning or

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Cypress Woods High School students earned 10 top-five finishes in

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year,” said Stacey Armstrong, Cypress Woods computer science teacher

and UIL academic coordinator. “They give a 212 effort at each contest,

building momentum for more contests in the spring.”


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What’s Happening Around The Neighborhood...


Craft Shows



Richard E Berry Educational Support Center,

8877 Barker Cypress, Cypress, TX 77433

Friday: 10 AM-4 PM, Saturday, 9 AM-4 PM

Admission: $10; Children under 5 are free. Ticket price includes entrance

for both days of the show, door prize chances, gifts and more. Discount

rates are available for buses of 10 people or more, if paid in advance.

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 WHQG Quilt Show, please


200 beautiful quilts will be on display. Lots of vendors will be there as well as

a “Guild Market” with a great selection of hand-made items. Also there will

be a raffle of special items and a silent auction. The drawing for the fabulous

donation quilt will be held on Saturday afternoon. Door prizes galore! Onsite

food service will be available. For more information:

Blood Drives


St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church will be hosting a Blood Drive on Sunday,

February 3 rd , beginning at 8:30 AM. A mobile unit will be in the parking

lot until 12:30 PM. To donate, you must be a least 17 years of age, at least

110 lbs. and in good general health. If just 20 people donate, we can save

60 lives! It only takes about 15 minutes, so please stop by. Save a life -

donate blood. St. Cuthbert is located at 17020 West Road (at Queenston).

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Join the GEST Foundation at Cane Island, Katy, TX, 2100 Cane Island

Parkway, Katy, TX 77493 to celebrate cancer survivors and remember

loved ones no longer with us. Money raised will fund grants to allow

cancer patients the opportunity to focus on healing. Silent Auctions,

Giveaways and more! Join us for a day of family fun! Register online here:

GEST Foundation, Inc., is a registered 501c3 organization. Your donation

is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Tax ID 30-0960768.

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The Shield Bearer Running for Hearts 5K Family Fun Run and Walk will

take place on March 30, 2019, from 7 AM to 11 AM, at Windwood Church at

10555 Spring Cypress Road in Houston, Texas. This family friendly event

will feature a 5K timed, trail style run, a 1-mile family walk, games for the

kids, t-shirts, food, prizes and lots of fun for all ages. Race registration is

$25 for adults (ages 14 and up) and $10 for children (ages 13 and under)

before March 15, 2019. Registration, sponsorship, vendor, fundraising

and volunteer information is available at

Proceeds for the event will fund services and programs at Shield Bearer,

a Houston based 501c3 nonprofit counseling and community resource

center that provides services on a sliding scale. Shield Bearer has six

locations in Houston and serves individuals, couples and families

including those recovering from the trauma of human trafficking,

domestic violence, crime, abuse, war and natural disasters. Additional

information about services and programs can be found online at or by calling 281-894-7222.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019, 6:30-8:30 PM

At Bear Creek United Methodist Church, 16000 Rippling Water Drive,

Houston, TX 77084. Suggested donation: $10. Open to the public with

reservation. Ladies, please join us for a great night playing Bunco! No

previous experience necessary. Hors d’oeuvres provided. All proceeds

benefit Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), an organization for mothers

with young children. Childcare additionally available for $10 per child

with advance reservations. Have a fun night out while benefiting a great

group! Email for more information or to RSVP.


The Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force would like to invite

you to join them for a 1940s Hangar Dance at 5 PM on Saturday, February

23, 2019 at the West Houston Airport (Hangar B5; 18000 Groschke Rd.).

The group is raising funds for a new museum hangar. A swing dance

lesson will be given from 5:30-6 PM and dinner will be served shortly

thereafter. Dancing starts at 6:30 PM and music will be provided by

Third Coast Swing. Dinner features salad, lasagna and dessert from the

Lasagna House, coffee and tea are free and sodas are available as well.

You may also BYOB (cocktails, beer or wine). Tickets for the dinner and

dance are $40 in advance ($25 for dance only). Parking is free and parking

attendants will help direct you upon arrival. For more information, please

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Join the Houston community for a fun-filled day of festivities and a kosher

chili competition during the 8 th Annual Houston Kosher Chili Cook-off.

The event will be held at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut St.,

Houston 77096. The Kosher Chili Cook-off is the largest kosher food event

in Houston and celebrates the fellowship of the Jewish community with

a day of food, live entertainment, contests and family friendly activities

while raising funds for nonprofit organizations in the Houston Jewish

community. The cook-off attracts more than 3,500 attendees annually

for live music, a moonwalk, climbing walls, balloon artists, a jalapeno

eating contest and a silent auction as guests taste some of Houston’s

best kosher chili. Cooking teams are encouraged to register for the

judged competition so groups or organizations can promote themselves,

build teamwork, have fun and reward contributors, Board members and

staff. Winners of the kosher chili tasting contest will win coveted trophies

and prizes presented by celebrity and media judges during the award

ceremony at 3:30 PM. Cost: Adults: $10, Children (4-12): $6. For more

information on becoming a sponsor, volunteer, vendor, cooking team or

to download an entry form, please visit www.houstonkosherchilicookoff.

com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Proceeds from the event will

benefit the local Jewish community nonprofits.



The “Awesome, Amazing, Associates” of the Jack and Jill of America,

Inc., North Houston Suburban Chapter will host a glamorous “A Night

at the Oscars” charity gala on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The event

will be take place from 8 PM to 12 AM at the Northgate Country Club,

17110 Northgate Forest Drive, Houston, Texas 77068. Tickets are $75

each and the suggested attire is red carpet formal. “A Night at the

Oscars” will benefit the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, which

supports education, literacy, scientific and charitable projects that

benefit children. The evening will feature dinner, dancing to live music

and a raffle. For information, tables and ticket requests contact Dr. Kyrel

Broxton or Shirley Carter at Jack and Jill

of America, Inc. is a non-profit family organization which is dedicated

to nurturing future leaders by supporting children through leadership

development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

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MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES - Saturday, March 9, 2019 (7:30 PM) at

Foundry United Methodist Church

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Community Events



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

trailers will be available. Other Gesneriads such as Episcias and Streps

and supplies such as potting soil, pots and fertilizers will also be featured.

Club members will be available to answer general questions on growing

African Violets. Free parking available at Judson Robinson Jr. Community

Center, 2020 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77004. Admission is free.

Workshop will be held at 1 PM.

For further information, contact Cynthia Severson, 281-682-1073,

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CHEVRON HOUSTON MARATHON - January 20, 2019 - 7

AM - 2 PM. Downtown Houston. Exciting finishes, upset

victories, American records, Olympic Trials qualifying times

and personal bests have highlighted the Chevron Houston

Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon for 46 years.

Join us for the 47th running of the event and what is sure to

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- January 21, 2019, Midtown Houston, 1200 Holman

Street, San Jacinto Street & Elgin Street, Houston, TX 77004.

Admission is free. The MLK Grande Parade is one of the

largest single day event in the U.S. that is held in honor of

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade will begin at 10 AM. For

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THE ORIGINAL MLK DAY PARADE - January 21, 2019, 10 AM,

Minute Maid Park Tours, 501 Crawford, Houston, TX 77002.

Admission is free. For Houstonians and visitors of the Bayou

City alike, we are a thriving destination for cultural arts,

entertainment and education that enhances the community

while paying homage to our rich history. Join us as we

honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the

federal holiday weekend with a commemorative parade and

community activities throughout the weekend. Please note

that our parade begins Downtown at Minute Maid Park.

ZOO LIGHTS - Daily through January 13, 2019, 6-10 PM, Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann

Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030. 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.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL LUZIA - Daily January 10, 2019-February 3, 2019, Sam Houston

Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston, TX 77064. Admission

starting at $45. Cirque du Soleil is coming to Houston with its delightfully-imaginative

and visually-stunning production LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico. For the very first

time in Texas, audiences are invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top at Sam

Houston Race Park to escape to an imaginary Mexico - a sumptuous world suspended

between dreams and reality.


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.


Midtown Houston, 1200 Holman Street, San Jacinto Street & Elgin Street, Houston,

TX 77004. Admission is free. The MLK Youth Parade will kick-off the 2019 MLK Holiday

Weekend. The Parade will begin at 12 Noon. Learn more at www.mlkgrandeparade.

org or call 713-953-1633.

18 TH ANNUAL MLK BATTLE OF THE BANDS COMPETITION-Houston - January 20, 2019, 3-7

PM, W.W. Thorne Stadium, 1715 Aldine Bender Rd-Houston, TX 77032. Admission: $12-$15.

The MLK Battle of the Bands Competition Houston is one of the largest high school marching

band competitions in the U.S. and features 16 nationally acclaimed high school show bands

from across the nation competing in friendly competition. For more information visit www. or call 713-953-1633.

MATCH FAMILY FUN DAY - January 20, 2019 - 1 PM - 5:30 PM - Midtown, 3400 Main

Street, Houston 77002. Family Fun Day is bigger than ever. MATCH-Midtown Arts & Theater

Center Houston is free and open to the public, the MATCH opens its doors to all of Houston

families with a day of family fun. It’s an entire city block filled with performances and

activities. Performances will include Schoolhouse Rock from Main Street Theater, concerts

from Prelude Music, and performances of Alice presented by Open Dance Project. There

will also be an appearance by Party Princess Productions, bounce houses, face painters,

balloon artists, stilt walkers, chalk artists and more.



January 27, 2019. For details, hours and pricing visit

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.

Event is free and open to the public. Food and non alcoholic

beverages are allowed in the sitting area during this event

only. You can bring your own food and order from many of

the surrounding food places. All ages.

GUST - Daily through March 21, 2019, Discovery Green,

1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010. Admission is free.

GUST: Celebrating a Decade of Discovery is an interactive art

installation created by Cocolab, a Mexico City-based studio

for the Discovery Green Conservancy. GUST is a public art

project that uses an array of 1600 handmade pinwheel to

visualize the invisible patterns of the wind and to activate

Brown Promenade with vivid color and subtle motion.

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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Nine Ways To Make Your Home

Feel Cozy And Embrace You

With Warmth During

The Winter Months

Candles and warm colors can make you feel cozy inside when the

weather outside turns cold and dreary. Here are nine ways you

can make your home feel more cozy:

• Add warm colors. Whether you paint your walls a sun-kissed

gold, cover a sofa with a warm-toned slipcover or simply add

pillows or a throw blanket in a “hot” shade, you can quickly make

a room look brighter and feel cozier with the right color.

• Play with texture. Plush upholstery and flannel bedding can

provide your home with a soft, relaxing touch. To make texture

interesting, introduce a variety: Choose a throw blanket with an

open weave, such as chenille, for a twill sofa with a tight, smooth

weave. The contrast provides richness and warmth.

• Illuminate “feel good” objects. Lighting shoos away winter’s

shadows, but it can also cast our focus on fair-weather days. By

placing artful groupings of mementos and photographs beneath

a lamp on an end table, you can draw attention to objects you

love and memories that warm your heart.

• Bring the outdoors in. Plants and fresh flowers can breathe

life into your home - actually imparting oxygen into the air - and

remind you of gentler days. For a unique twist on floral arranging,

use a small birdbath as your “vase.” People are always looking for

pedestals for their large vases. A birdbath is both. For an elegant

wintertime arrangement, set a large candle in the bath’s waterfilled

center, place quince around the candle’s base (they provide

a mild citrusy scent) and incorporate late-season hydrangeas

(they’re green) and berry-laden branches. Place in a quiet corner,

in a foyer or bathroom.

• Work on spatial relationships. The sizes and shapes of your

furnishings are important - variety adds interest. And this time

of year more than any other, how you arrange these pieces is

important, too. As a holiday hostess or host, you need to be able

to see, talk to and reach your guests. For optimal coziness, create

conversation groupings by moving furnishings closer together - a

guest needing to rise to place a mug on a coffee table is a no-no.

• Get yourself a comfy chair. A large, comfy chair to land in at

the end of the day is the ultimate refuge from the cold world.

Choose one with a high back and an inherent sense of softness

about the upholstery for visual warmth and comfortable seating

is recommended. Create the full “chair ensemble” with a standing

lamp and end table and set the grouping in an intimate corner.

• Cover your “ground.” Nothing warms up a bare floor quicker

than an area rug. Don’t underestimate the visual warmth it

provides as well, especially in sunburst tones. Also, the pile in

some Indian and Pakistani rugs made using vegetable dyes gives

you the option of making them look even “warmer.” From one

angle, the colors look muted and soft, from another, they appear

deeper and brighter. Choose the brighter angle for added winter


• Light a candle. This literal spark of warmth works in any decor

and in any room. Added visual warmth and design cachet can be

achieved by placing candles in hurricane lamps made of ambertoned

glass or in a grouping of holders that look like woven vines.

• Alter your senses - with scents. Colorful, multi-textured

potpourri - a mixture of scented preserved leaves, nuts, fruit

slices, seedpods and pinecones – artfully arranged in a favorite

bowl provides a vibrant focal point on a coffee or end table and

enlivens a room with a pleasant aroma to lighten spirits and

freshen the air. The natural aromas of fresh flowers, even the

less heady varieties, for their soft, understated scents with the

promise of warmer days to come, is a favorite.


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Inspiring Hands

Founded in 2014, Inspiring HANDS, Inc. is a charitable non-profit

organization that extends a hand directly to improve the lives of others in

need and motivates partnerships within the community to do the same.

We are operated solely by volunteers and fully funded by donations.

Your participation is vital to the success of our programs. 100% of the

proceeds remain in the community to provide direct help to individuals

with immediate and special needs. Through our 501(c) 3 status all

donations are tax deductible. For more information visit us at www.

Cypress Assistance Ministries

Volunteers Needed

When you volunteer you are giving to your community, but did you

realize volunteering also benefits you as an individual? CAM volunteers

often let us know the fun they are having, the friends they have made and

the fulfillment they receive from helping others.

Cypress Assistance Ministries is a local non-profit organization serving

the Cy-Fair area for over 25 years. CAM offers assistance to those in

need by providing financial assistance, food, clothing, employment

assistance as well as GED & ESL classes. A huge part of this organization

is its volunteers. Currently we are in need of volunteers in many different

areas of the ministry. If you would like more information on how to

become involved, please contact Tara Rauch at 281-955-7684 or tarar@ We look forward to hearing from you!

For a description of the services provided at Cypress Assistance

Ministries, Food Pantry requests and a detailed description of volunteer

opportunities, please see our website,


Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation

Coalition, Inc - Volunteer

Opportunities For Wildlife Advocates

Enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience with wildlife. Texas Wildlife

Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which serves as

an emergency care and rehabilitation facility for orphaned, ill and injured

native Texas wildlife. Volunteers are welcome in the areas of assisting

in the daily functions of the center, assisting with public education

programs and wildlife rehabilitation. Located at 10801 Hammerly, Suite

200, the facility is open seven days a week to help wildlife in need.

TWRC has a mentor program in place to assist volunteers with “hands

on” training for those interested in becoming permitted rehabilitators.

We invite you to join our organization in saving Texas wildlife - one animal

at a time. Call the center at 713-468-8972 x158 for more information or

visit us at

Volunteers Needed At Memorial

Hermann - Cypress Hospital

Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital has volunteer opportunities

available. Whether you are interested in volunteering at our reception

desk, a hospital department or even transporting patients, we have a

place for you. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Office

at 346-231-4294.

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Give the

Gift of Life!

Be a Living Donor

Drama Kids!

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A local Cypress area resident, Laura Mullaney,

is in need of a kidney. Laura has been on

dialysis for 5 years. She has type O blood, but

with the paired donor program, anyone can

donate and it would benefit Laura.

If you would consider being a Living Donor/Paired

Donor, please contact Methodist Transplant Center

at 713-441-5451 and give them Laura’s name or you

can call Laura direct at 240-818-1121.

Join in January -

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Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center

Hospital Volunteer AuxiliarY

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, 10655

Steepletop Drive, is in need of additional volunteers. They have a great

need for volunteers to work at the information desk. If interested, please

contact the hospital at 281-897-3186 and ask for the manager.

Standup For Kids

StandUp For Kids is an all volunteer organization. We are in need of your

support. For those who want to get involved in outreach, StandUp For Kids

provides training to provide you the tools to reach out and make a difference

in kids’ lives. Thirteen kids die on the street everyday, from abuse, disease

and suicide. By getting involved you can make a difference and give back

to your community. Volunteering is not only rewarding to you, it can save

a kid’s life. You can find more information about our program at www. or email to volunteer.

Ambassadors United

Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry

Join us for regular street and brothel incursion outreaches to rescue

souls for Christ and help end human trafficking in Houston. Our ministry

is based on Romans 15:21 To whom He was not announced, they shall

see and those who have not heard shall understand. Visit our website for

details and volunteer information at

Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department

The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department provides fire, rescue and EMS

services to 156 square miles of Northwest Harris County for the residents

of Harris County Emergency Service District #9. By operating from 12

community based volunteer fire stations we are able to quickly and

efficiently respond to help our neighbors in times of emergency. For more

information on the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department or on how you can

join the other 350 volunteers of our Department and be one of Cy-Fair’s

bravest, call us at 281-550-6663 or visit us on the web at

Adopt A US Soldier

Adopt A US Soldier is a non-profit organization that seeks volunteers and

donors to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom

that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. It connects supportive civilians

with deployed soldiers and offers a channel by which to communicate

encouragement and express gratitude to those serving in the United

States Armed Forces. Adopt A US Soldier is sustained by its volunteer

workforce located across the United States.

When registering for Adopt A US Soldier your involvement can range

from writing letters and sending postcards, to mailing care packages

full of items a soldier may need or want. Handwritten letters are most

important and meaningful to soldiers.

Adopt A US Soldier encourages civilians to adopt a soldier to show your

support for those that are making sacrifices for our country. If interested,

please go to to register.

Literacy Advance Of Houston

Is Looking For Volunteers

Your way to transform a life in need… Teach someone to read! Just a few

hours a week can make all the difference for someone in your community!

Literacy Advance is Houston’s largest and oldest 100% volunteersupported

literacy organization - and we need your help! We’re calling

all passionate volunteers to help adults learn to read, write and speak

English. All classes are free because they are taught by caring people just

like you willing to volunteer a few hours a week. We’d love to match you

with a person in need. Ola read her first book at age 49, thanks to a tutor

just like you.

Prior teaching experience is welcome but not necessary. Training and

ongoing support is provided and we have locations across the city. Other

volunteer opportunities are available as well, to find out more please

contact Maxine Stefano, Volunteer Manager, at tutor@literacyadvance.

org or at 713-266-8777 ext.16.

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Become a Dental Assistant

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Thomas A. Glazier Senior Education

Center Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

available to Harris County residents 55 and older on subjects ranging

from basic computer skills to digital photography to astronomy, photo

editing and memory enhancement. We need you in our classrooms! Get

free volunteer training. Teach your own computer class. Contact us now

at 713-274-3250 or email us at Operated by Harris

County Precinct Three Commissioner Steve Radack.

Junior Achievement Of SE Texas

Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring

and preparing young students to succeed in a global economy. In

partnership with businesses and educators, Junior Achievement brings

the real world to schools, opening student minds to their true potential.

Junior Achievement programs, taught by local business professionals,

community volunteers and parents, build a bridge between school

learning and young people’s future success in their work world and real

lives by offering hands-on activities that further explore the topics of free

enterprise, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Contact the Junior

Achievement of Southeast Texas office today, 713-682-4500 or www., to find out about opportunities near you.

Pearl Fincher Museum Of Fine Arts

Interested in volunteering your time, talents and energy to a most

worthwhile local cause? Consider joining the Pearl Fincher Museum of

Fine Arts Volunteer Guild!

The mission of the Pearl’s Volunteer Guild is to:

• Promote volunteerism in the Northwest Houston area by providing

vital, on-going volunteer support for the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine

Arts educational programs.

• Develop leadership potential and knowledge within its membership

• Further perpetuate the appreciation of fine art and the Pearl Fincher

Museum of Fine Arts in the community.


Information about the volunteer guild can be found at www.pearlmfa.

org. The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit

organization that is solely supported through Grants and private

donations from community residents, businesses and friends of the


Special Cheers Needs Volunteers

Special CHEERS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to

providing Occupational Therapy to children with special needs of all ages

living in and around the greater Houston area. Our facility is unique in that

we utilize animals, including horses, dogs, goats, pigs, lambs and rabbits

as an integral part of each child’s therapy treatment plan. Being a nonprofit

organization, we are constantly looking for extra help around the

farm. Therefore, Special CHEERS would like to welcome all high school

and college-aged students interested in working with both children and

animals to volunteer after school, on the weekends or seasonally (i.e.,

summer camp). Please call our director, Ms. Fritzi, at 713-983-0075, for

more information. A background check will be required of all individuals

applying for a volunteer position at our facility.

Foster Children:

Preparation For Adult Living

When foster children reach age 18, they are considered independent.

That’s difficult for kids who have been wards of the state, with necessities

arranged by caseworkers with state funds. Now they’ll have to figure

out how to organize themselves and make their money last a whole

month. Fortunately, Child protective Services offers them a program

to help prepare for independence: Preparation for Adult Living (PAL).

The year-long course culminates in an all-day workshop hosted by the

National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW). The course is held at Junior

Achievement’s BizTown, using computer kiosks sponsored by local


Want to help with PAL or other NCJW programs that help change lives

with hands-on community service? Contact or


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Loving Arms Pet Placement has an assortment of wonderful dogs and cats

hoping for their forever homes. We have all different types of small to

large dogs, mixed breeds and many wonderful cats to choose from. We are

a foster-based rescue for dogs and cats. If you are not ready to commit to

adopting a dog or cat permanently, the animals also need foster families.

Besides providing food, water and a safe place to sleep, foster families

socialize the animals so they are people friendly. Include the animal in

your daily home life inside your home. Get to know them as individuals so

you can share personality traits, likes/dislikes, anecdotes. Treat the animal

like your own and train him/her, if possible. Although you may feel sadness

when your foster animal is adopted, please know that your efforts helped

to prepare the cat or dog for his/her forever home. Visit Loving Arms Pet

Placement website at or visit us at

Petsmart on Highway 6 and FM 529 each Saturday from 11 AM until 5 PM.

Just Serve! Volunteers Needed -

Service Projects Wanted

Make a difference in your community! This web site is for volunteers

looking for service projects at faith-based, non-profit, community,

governmental organizations and for organizations seeking volunteers

from churches, schools, sports, scouts and youth groups. Register to

volunteer on and use your zip code to locate or to

post a service project. This is a free community outreach website for all

faiths to work together to relieve suffering and enhance the quality of

life. This will not include proselyting or political canvassing - it is to JUST

SERVE! Contact Nancy Johnson


Bringing Hope To Our Cy-Fair Youth

Cy-Hope brings HOPE to all students so they will grow up to be well

educated and productive citizens, making a lasting and positive impact

on the community. Our vision at Cy-Hope is to rally our entire community:

businesses, education, churches, civic organizations, hospitals and

individual volunteers to advance the goal of making life better for kids

in Cy-Fair. You can visit our website, or call 713-466-

HOPE to find out about our upcoming events, make a donation, become

a partner or volunteer.

Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club

Needing Volunteers

Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club meets the 2 nd and 4 th Tuesdays of each

month, at 7 PM, at the Lions Den inside Bane Park, at West Little York

near Gessner. Our building is at the back of the parking lot, large tan brick

building by the baseball fields. Wonderful catered meal each meeting.

Our Lions Club does community service projects, such as providing eye

exams and eyeglasses for needy children in the Cy-Fair School District,

provide full Christmas food baskets at Christmas for families in need,

send handicapped and diabetic children to the Texas Lions Camp and

other services. Come visit us and help make your community a better

place to live. Please contact 281-685-6322 or visit

for further information.

Cy-Fair Hospital Seeks Volunteers

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in people’s lives? By

volunteering at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, you can!

As a volunteer, you’ll have a profound impact on every area of our

hospital, serving as a vital resource to our patients, families, visitors and

employees. Cy-Fair Hospital offers a variety of volunteer opportunities

that accommodate all schedules, including those of working adults,

students and retirees. We’re always looking for more people ready to

help. For more information, you can call 281-897-3186 or visit us online

Fabric Donations Needed

The ladies of Concordia Lutheran Church make quilts for Lutheran World

Relief. These quilts are sent to areas within the US, as well as abroad,

which have suffered natural disasters or are simply in need. We are

seeking donations of fabrics that can be used in these quilts. Please call

Dorcus Coulter at 713-858-1294 with any questions or to schedule a time

for donations to be picked up. A receipt will be provided for tax purposes.

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additional mouths to feed, our fosters’ food bills are more than usual.

One way to donate to Loving Arms - without using your own money - is

to register our rescue with your Kroger card. To donate “painlessly” to

Loving Arms Pet Placement, go to,

enter CT571, click on Loving Arms Pet Placement to attach our rescue to

your Kroger card. Each time you scan your card, Kroger donates money

to LAPP.

We also have a Wish List on our website at www.lovingarmspetplacement.


Visit Loving Arms Pet Placement website at www.lovingarmspetplacement.

com or visit us at Petco (FM1960 at Eldridge) on Saturdays from 11 AM

until 4 PM.


Animal Information


After the busy, activity-filled holidays, does your home seem too quiet?

Do you miss the sound of little feet padding around? There are pets still

in need of temporary shelter. Would your family like to help a dog or cat

in need? Loving Arms Pet Placement is a foster-based rescue for dogs and

cats and needs foster families.

While fostering can be challenging, knowing that you helped an animal

when it most needed shelter and security, then helped it find its forever

home will give you endless joy. Tell Loving Arms Pet Placement in what

capacity you can help. Can your home accommodate only small animals

or can you foster big dogs? Can you handle puppies and kittens or only

mature animals? Can you foster short-term or longer? LAPP has an

application on our website for those interested in fostering.

Loving Arms Pet Placement goes to great lengths to restore the health of

dogs and cats who come into our rescue. Our vet bills are high. With the

Loving Arms Pet Placement is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization created

to address the problems of stray and abandoned cats and dogs in

Houston and Harris County. Our organization is comprised of dedicated

volunteers who foster animals in their homes as an alternative to taking

the animal to a shelter.



In 2007, Harris County moved to ban sales of animals along public

roads and parking lots in unincorporated areas. A violation is a Class C

misdemeanor which can mean a $500 fine.


(Formerly called Harris County Animal Control)

The Veterinary Public Health Division posts photos of all animals found

on their website and updates it twice daily. If you have lost your pet,

please check this website,

Have you lost a pet?

Start your search immediately, don’t wait to make flyers.

Contact all possible animal control or animal welfare agencies in the

area. Visit each location at least every other day.

Call your pet’s veterinarian and the microchip company to make sure

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they have current contact information for you. A citizen may try to call

the veterinarian’s office or microchip company themselves from your

pet’s tags.

Call all the veterinarians in your area to alert them to the description of

your lost pet in case someone brings it to their clinic.

Check with your neighbors, especially families with children and ask if

they’ve seen a pet that looks like yours.

Search your neighborhood on foot, your pet maybe be nearby but is

injured and unable to get back home.

Leave a towel or article of clothing with your scent on it outside of your

home. Your pet may be disorientated and will be attracted by your scent.

Have you found a pet?

First, think of the animal as lost and not abandoned and make every

effort to reunite the animal to an owner.

Contact the HCPH VPH office by telephone and report the animal as


Bring the animal to the HCPH VPH facility or check with a local

veterinarian to scan the animal for a microchip.

Return to the place where you found the animal and put up a found pet

poster near that location.

If you find the owner, especially off a newspaper or website posting, ask

them to provide a picture of the animal and meet in a public place like a

police station.

More information about Microchips & Microchip companies

A microchip is a small device (size of a grain of rice) that is permanent

and implanted with a needle under the skin of pets.

Pets do not have to be given any pain medication or anesthesia to

implant a microchip.

Microchips are not likely to move or need repair if implanted correctly.

Microchips, when scanned, show a unique code. The microchip must be

registered with the corresponding microchip manufacture to record any

owner and animal data.

Microchips do not work like GPS locators or LoJack and cannot give a

signal to find the location of your lost pet.


Harris County Public Health Department, Veterinary Public Health

(formerly called Harris County Animal Control), 612 Canino Road,

Houston, Texas 77076, 281-999-3191,



Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all our residents.

While you may know your pet is friendly, an animal running at someone

who is walking by is very scary for that person. Many children are afraid

of animals and become frightened, which could result in the child getting

hurt trying to avoid the animal.

Veterinary Public Health (formerly called Harris County Animal

Control) advises that “All dogs and cats must be kept under restraint

while in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas. The custodian

of a dog or cat is not authorized to have, harbor or keep any unlicensed

dog or cat, nor to allow any dog or cat to become a stray.”

Restraint is defined as “the control of a dog or cat under the following


1. When it is controlled by a line or leash not more than six (6) feet in

length, if the line or leash is held by a human being, who is capable of

controlling or governing the dog or cat in question

2. When it is within a fully enclosed vehicle

3. When it is on the premise of the custodian and the animal does not

have access to sidewalk or street.”

While it may be nice to have your animal out in the yard while you work or

play, it is against the law, unless the animal is properly restrained.

Let’s all help keep our community a safe and comfortable place for all

our residents by being responsible pet owners. This will not only protect

anyone who may be walking or bicycling in the area, but also the pet

owner who could be held legally responsible or possibly sued for failing

to properly restrain their pet. For a complete list of regulations, call 281-

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Safe &

Healthy Kids


Parents usually value children who try to please and are obedient.

Parents may not realize that learning to disagree with someone and to

make independent decisions starts at an early age. Decision making is an

important skill to teach your children. If children have been taught never

to disagree with anyone, parents may need to help them practice saying

“no” to their friends. Being able to say “no” in every day activities and

express their opinion helps children say “no” to alcohol and drug use.


Develop family rules about the use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

Make it clear to children in the family that they may not drink alcohol,

smoke cigarettes or use any other drugs. When children break any

family rules, provide reasonable, appropriate consequences. Be careful

about using severe punishments for small incidents of misbehavior.

Punishment becomes ineffective when it is over used.


Participate in hobbies, school events and family activities with your children.

Sharing fun strengthens bonds between children and parents. Plan your

times together carefully. If all of your fun activities focus on movies, theme

parks or sports events, you and your children will give your attention to

the activity rather than to each other. Simple activities like taking walks

together, reading together or sitting around the kitchen provide time to

focus your attention on the children. Children who are left alone or who are

lonely and bored will seek friends, acceptance and stimulation with others

who may influence them to participate in harmful activities.


Join other parents to keep track of where your children are, who they are

with and what they are doing. When parents form a “safety network” with

other parents, it’s much harder for kids to become involved in undesirable

activities. Tell your neighbors and the parents of your children’s’ friends

to let you know if they see your children doing something they shouldn’t

be doing.



Let your children know that not everyone drinks, smokes or uses drugs.

MOST people do not use mind altering chemicals. It’s OK not to use

alcohol or drugs. Point out that anyone under age 21 is still growing

physically and that alcohol and other drugs will harm the developing



Turn off the TV. Stop what you’re doing. Give your children your full

attention. Don’t interrupt, give advice or preach while your children are

talking. Ask questions to help clarify their thinking.


Your children will feel good about themselves when you praise efforts

rather than accomplishments. Correct behavior by criticizing the

behavior rather than the child. Remember, if you tell children they are

“bad, ugly, mean, naughty, dumb,” etc., they will think of themselves that

way and act the way you have described them.


Develop family standards about the kinds of behavior that are expected

of family members. Decide what you family stands for and refer to “our

community” and what “we believe” and how “we handle problems.”


Your behavior, habits and attitudes about alcohol and other drugs make

a strong impression on your children. In homes where children do not

know whether their parents approve or disapprove of the use of alcohol

or other drugs, children are likely to assume that their parents accept the

use of those substances.


If the use of alcohol or other drugs creates any kind of problems for your

family, call one of the councils on alcohol and drug abuse listed. Most

provide free counseling.

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A Healthy, Happy New Year:

11 smart tips

1. Read to your children every day. Start by the age of six months.

Reading to children shows them the importance of communication and

motivates them to become readers. It also provides a context to discuss

issues and learn what is on your child’s mind.

2. Make your children feel loved and important. Kids develop a sense

of self-worth early in life. They get it from their parents. Listen to what

your children have to say. Assure them that they are loved and safe.

Celebrate their individuality and tell them what makes them special and

what you admire about them.

3. Provide your child with a tobacco-free environment. Indoor air

pollution from tobacco increases ear infections, chest infections and

even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. If you smoke, consider quitting.

Remember, the most important predictor of whether your children will

grow up to be smokers is whether you smoke. Make your home a smokefree


4. Pay attention to nutrition. Nutrition makes a big difference in how

kids grow, develop and learn. Good nutrition is a matter of balance.

Provide foods from several food groups at each meal. Emphasize foods

that are less processed, such as whole grain breads and cereals and fresh

fruits and vegetables. Review your child’s diet with your pediatrician for


5. Do a “childproofing” survey of your home. A child’s-eye view home

survey should systematically go from room to room, removing all the

“booby traps” that await the curious toddler or preschooler. Think of

poisons, small objects, sharp edges, knives, firearms and places to fall.

6. Make sure immunizations are up to date. Review your child’s

immunization record with your pediatrician. Make sure your child is

current on recommended immunizations.

7. Practice “safety on wheels.” Make sure everyone in the car is buckled

up for every ride, with children in the back seat in age-appropriate child

safety seats. All bikers, skaters and skateboarders should wear helmets.

8. Prevent violence by setting good examples. Hitting, slapping and

spanking teaches children that it is acceptable to hit other people to

solve problems. Non-physical forms of discipline work better in the long

run. Remember that words can hurt too.

9. Monitor your children’s “media.” Monitor what your children see

and hear on television, in movies and in music. Children are affected by

what they see and hear, particularly in these times of violent images. Talk

to your children about “content.” If you feel that a movie or TV program is

inappropriate, redirect your child to more suitable programming.

10. Become more involved in your child’s school and your child’s

education. Visit your child’s school. Become active in the parent-teacher

organization. Volunteer in the classroom or for special projects. Be

available to help with homework. If your child’s education is important

to you, it will be important to him.

11. Help kids understand tobacco, alcohol and the media. Help your

teenager understand the difference between the misleading messages in

advertising and the truth about the dangers of using alcohol and tobacco

products. Talk about ads with your child. Help your child understand the

real messages being conveyed. Make sure the TV shows and movies your

child watches do not glamorize the use of tobacco, alcohol and other


American Academy of Pediatrics News Release, Dec. 2001

A New Church in Cypress, TX

Banner of Love is a Charismatic Christian Church with established congregations in

Upstate NY and Wicklow, Ireland. We believe in smaller sized churches with in-depth

Bible teaching, personalized care, hands on mentoring, and a deeper worship

experience. Church is not supposed to be a performance but a family - a place where

all can learn and grow in their relationship with God and understanding of His Word.

• Intimate Worship Time

• In-depth Biblical Preaching and Teaching

• Family Oriented Church Atmosphere

• Sunday School

• Personal Prayer and Prophetic Ministry

• Church Bible School and Training Open to All

• Bible Prophecy Classes for In-depth Study

If you’re looking for something deeper, why don’t you visit us?

Sunday Service • 11 am

Meeting at the Family Activity Center at

14555 Skinner Rd., Cypress, TX 77429

Facebook: Banner of Love Church, Houston

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You could make this on National

Cheese Lover’s Day January 20 th !


1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 tablespoon quick-rise yeast

1 tablespoon salt

3 tablespoons water

1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar


5 cups all-purpose flour, divided

1 habanero pepper, finely

chopped (wear gloves)

2 cups water, divided

1/2 teaspoon finely chopped

fresh rosemary

Habanero, Rosemary &

Cheddar Bread


Mix active and quick-rise yeast

with 3 tablespoons water in a

bowl to make a paste. Mix 4 cups

of flour with 1 cup water in a large bowl until thoroughly combined; stir yeast mixture into flour mixture. - Beat

remaining 1 cup water, baking powder, salt, sharp Cheddar cheese, habanero pepper and rosemary into dough;

beat remaining 1 cup flour into dough. Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead until dough is soft and

elastic, at least 6 minutes. Form dough into a ball, place into an oiled bowl and turn the dough around in the bowl

to pick up a thin coating of oil. Cover bowl and let rise for 2 hours. - Punch the dough down, turn out onto a floured

work surface and knead for 6 more minutes. Divide dough in half and form each half into a loaf; place loaves on

a baking sheet. Cover loaves and let rise until doubled, 15 to 20 minutes. - Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205

degrees C). Bake loaves in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

and bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Source:

Peanut Butter Crunch Apples

You could make this on National Peanut Butter Day

January 24 th !


6 Granny Smith apples

6 wooden sticks

1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels,


2 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups chopped peanut butter filled sandwich cookies

4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

4 ounces white chocolate, chopped



Insert wooden sticks into the stem end of each apple.

Place apples on a cookie sheet covered with lightly greased

aluminum foil. - Combine caramels and water in a saucepan

over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until caramel melts and

is smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Dip each apple into the caramel

and gently run apples around insides of saucepan to scrape

off some of the caramel. Scrape excess caramel from the

apple bottoms using the side of the saucepan. - Spread the

chopped cookies out on a dinner plate. Roll caramel apples

in the cookies and place on the aluminum foil. Place the milk

chocolate and white chocolate into separate microwave-safe

bowls. Heat in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring

between each, until melted and smooth. Drizzle milk chocolate

over the apples, then drizzle the white chocolate over the milk

chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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Gardening Tips


• Birds: Provide food and fresh water. More birds die from lack of water than from

lack of food.

• Cacti: Semi-dormant now. Reduce watering.

• Camellias: Plants may be moved. Pick up and discard fallen blooms.

• Cultivation: Changes in design may now be made, new beds dug and old ones

rebuilt. Correct defects in drainage. Incorporate gypsum into heavy soils: repeat

in three weeks. Dig granite dust, rock phosphate and quantities of organic matter

into soil. Allow time for settling before planting.

• Fertilize: Daylilies, spuria, Louisiana and bearded irises with complete fertilizer.

Give strawberries 1 teaspoon ammonium sulfate, keeping six inches away from

plant. Fertilize pansies with manure tea or blood meal. Water in.

• Fruits: Plant fruit trees. Mulch figs with grass or straw to prevent freeze damage

to crown.

• House Plants: Water, when surface soil is crumbly dry. Wash dust off leaves to open

pores. Mist often. Inspect for diseases and insects. Reduce water for poinsettias.

• Lawns: Remove thatch aerate, and feed with low nitrogen mixture.

• Pests: For petal blight prevention, spray azaleas and camellias as flowers open.

Spray for scale with dormant oil solution if temperature will be above 35˚ and

below 85˚ for next 48 hours. Always read and heed manufacturer’s directions

before spraying.

• Propagation: Ivy cuttings root easily this month and next. Root cuttings of shrubs

in mixture of loam and coarse sand; keep damp and semi-shaded until rooted.

• Prune: Fruit trees in advance of new growth. Prune to groom and shape. Do not

remove too much. Remove dead wood from trees and shrubs before spring buds

swell, but do not prune spring bloomers. Prune crape myrtles. Prune nandina and

others of similar growth habit by cutting unwanted canes out at base of plant.

• Roses: Annual pruning about the middle of February, just before the spring buds

break. To prevent later appearance of disease in the old beds, keep garden clean of

debris and weeds. Complete preparation of new beds for roses.

• Transplanting: January is one of the best months to transplant woody plants,

both evergreen and deciduous, especially trees. Energy will be expended on roots

instead of foliage. Learn ultimate size and cultural needs of tree or plant before

buying. Consider dwarf varieties to avoid crowding later. Group plants of similar

cultural needs. Do not work wet soil. Assure good drainage. Keep plants moist.

• Vegetables: Prepare beds, preferably raised for drainage, with about 50% humus,

including rotted manure.

• Winter Protection: Expect freeze any time; plan for protection of tender plants.

Water. Remove coverings, particularly plastic, when temperature rises. Protect

low plants with dry leaves, pine needles or soil mulch, but remove when weather


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