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• Graffiti Removal
• Stone, Stucco, Brick, Siding
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STONE GATE COMMUNITIES IMPORTANT NUMBERS
ASSOCIATION’S MANAGEMENT COMPANY CONTACT INFO
Principal Management Group of Houston (PMG) has
been contracted by the Board of Directors to manage
the day-to-day activities of the community. In order to
contact the community’s Board of Directors or if residents
have concerns, questions about their account or deed
restriction violations to report, please put the information
in writing and send via email to James Skinner at jskinner@
TO CONTACT THE BOARD: Please address the Board of
Directors via your PMG representative, James Skinner:
Principal Management Group of Houston
11000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 150
Houston, TX 77041
STONE GATE OFFICE (SG)
11655 Canyon Green Dr., Houston, TX 77095
PH: 281-304-7448 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat: 9 AM-5 PM
Thurs: 11 AM-7 PM / Sun: closed
CANYON LAKES WEST OFFICE (CLW)
19722 Stanton Lake Dr., Cypress, TX 77433
PH: 281-855-0984 • Email: email@example.com
Hours: Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat: 9 AM-5 PM
Wed: 11 AM-7 PM / Sun/Mon: closed
MIRAMESA OFFICE (MM)
20150 Miramesa Dr., Cypress, TX 77433
Hours: Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat: - 9 AM-5 PM
Tues: 11 AM-7 PM / Sun/Mon: closed
SG SPLASHPAD TEXAS (SGSP)
9901 Red Rugosa, Houston, TX 77095
NOTE: Please visit or contact the Stone Gate
office for assistance.
CLW SPLASH PAD AT THE GROVE (CLWSP)
20526 Morrison Grove Drive, Cypress, TX 77433
PH: 281-855-0984 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Please visit or contact the Canyon
Lakes West office for assistance.
STONE GATE GATE HOUSE
11755 Canyon Green Dr 281-256-3620
CANYON LAKES WEST
& PINE CREEK GATE HOUSE
8212 Canyon Lakes Manor Dr. 281-858-6100
AMENITY ACCESS - Stone Gate, Canyon Lakes, Canyon Lakes Village, Canyon Lakes West and Miramesa are in the same homeowner’s association,
S-G Owners Association. All residents are welcome to use the amenities at all locations. To sign up for Stone Gate amenities, residents of Canyon
Lakes West and/or Miramesa must go to the Recreation Center at Stone Gate and show them a copy of their driver’s license to show proof of
residency and then they can register there. The two recreation centers are on different computer systems and in order to use the Stone Gate
amenities, residents must sign up on their system and vice versa. Canyon Lakes West and Miramesa are on the same computer system, so you only
have to sign up at one or the other, not both.
WCA Waste 281-368-8397
Remington MUD #1 281-579-4500
Tax Office/ MUD #165 713-932-9011
H2O Consulting/MUD #165 281-861-6215
PROFESSIONAL PROTECTION & INVESTIGATIONS
Patrol Phone: 832-243-8206
Non-Emergency: Stone Gate Residents
(Sheriff’s office) 713-221-6000
Non-Emergency: Miramesa/Canyon Lakes West
Constable Precinct 5 281-463-6666
Cy-Fair VFD 281-550-6663
Department of Public Safety (DPS) 281-232-4334
Birkes Elementary School 281-345-3300
Lamkin Elementary School 281-897-4775
Postma Elementary School 281-345-3660
Rennel Elementary School 281-213-1550
Woodard Elementary School 281-373-2303
Aragon Middle School 281-856-5100
Arnold Middle School 281-897-4700
Hopper Middle School 281-463-5353
Smith Middle School 281-213-1010
Cy-Fair High School 281-897-4600
Cy-Falls High School 281-856-1000
Cy-Springs High School 281-345-3000
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Coupon must be presented at time of
service. Cannot be combined with any
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With purchase of complete pair of glasses.
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associate for details. Some restrictions may
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must be presented at time of service. Cannot be
combined with any other promotion or
insurance benefits. Expires 11-15-19
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS INVITE
MOVIE NIGHT - OCTOBER 26, 2019, 7-9 PM:
Join us at the Stone Gate basketball pavilion on Saturday, October 26,
2019, from 7-9 PM for our movie night! We will be watching “The Lion
King!” The movie will begin promptly at 7 PM. All you need to bring is
your family, blankets and lawn chairs! Popcorn, cotton candy and
water will be provided. The Stone Gate basketball pavilion is located at
11655 Canyon Green Dr. Houston, TX 77095. Thank you to the Connell
Team, Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene for providing the water,
hot chocolate and popcorn for this event! This movie is rated PG. For
more information or to unsubscribe, please email Melinda Hoffpauir at
REGISTER NOW! GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING
EVENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019
Our younger residents and their parents are invited to the Back Deck
at Houston National to make, keep or eat a special holiday treat. There
is no charge for this event, but reservations are required and space is
limited. Please RSVP now with the number of children and the number
of adults attending to Melinda Hoffpauir, Director of Community Events,
at email@example.com. Session times vary between 10 AM-2 PM as
space permits. You will be given a session time when you register.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a limit of ONE gingerbread house per household,
not per child. This event is open to residents only. Space is limited,
ADVANCED RESERVATIONS are required. Please contact mgarcia@
canyongate.com to reserve your spot today!
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST -
EACH INDIVIDUAL BLOCK PARTY/SECTION PARTY
This event takes place on your own individual streets or sections. This
is an excellent way for you to meet more of your fellow residents, make
new friends as well as a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors
together under positive circumstances! For more information, visit
https://natw.org. There is no cost to register or participate.
STONE GATE residents who would like the Harris County Sheriff’s office to
come out to their block parties fill out the form by visiting our community
intranet under the “General Forms and Documents.” Email the completed
form to Charles.Nagel@Sheriff.hctx.net.
CANYON LAKES WEST & MIRAMESA residents, who would like the Harris
County Constable’s Office Pct. 5 to make an appearance at your event,
please email Mitch Hutter at Mitchell.Hutter@cn5.hctx.net to schedule.
We’ll be holding a photo contest this year for the street/section with the
“most attendees,” “most humorous” and “best example of community”
entries. Please email your entries to Melinda Hoffpauir at mgarcia@
canyongate.com. The winning streets/sections will receive their own
complimentary Ice Cream Social at the recreation center! Please submit
your photo contest entries by Monday, October 7 th !
2019 BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE
October 16 th : Stone Gate
November 20 th : Canyon Lakes West
December 18 th : Sterling Country Club at Houston National Golf Course -
7 PM - ANNUAL MEMBERS & ELECTION MEETING
Meeting dates, times and/or locations are subject to change.
We will hold Executive Session/Homeowner Hearings first (closed
session-not open to homeowners unless you are having a hearing) at
4:30 PM. The meetings will then be opened up to the residents starting at
6:30 PM. Once the Open Session Business has been completed, the Board
will open Homeowner Forum. The Board is trying to make sure we are
getting as much business completed in these meetings as possible in the
allotted times, as the POA is billed for the hours the Attorney is present,
over 2 hours for the Management Company and any overtime for the onsite
staff to stay and have the building open.
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Back to School Pool
Party Thank you
Thank you for joining us as we welcomed
the school year at our Back to School Pool
Party on Saturday, August 24 th . We hope
you had a blast! Thank you to Porcha
Williams, Better Homes and Gardens Gary
Greene, for your generous sponsorship at
the Canyon Lakes West Pool Party. Wishing
all our kids a fantastic school year!!
Stone Gate: 17435 Hoover Gardens Drive Canyon Lakes West: 8111 Aleppo Pine Lane Miramesa: 20262 Fossil Valley Lane
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
SEPTEMBER 2019 YARD OF THE MONTH WINNERS!
We hope you enjoy your gift card courtesy of our friends Connell Team Better Homes and Gardens
Real Estate Gary Greene. Thank you for keeping our community a beautiful place to live!
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• Sewer Line Service • Faucets & Sinks
• Septic System
• Water Line Service
• Garbage Disposals • Hydro-jetting
• Maintenance Agreements • Backflow Prevention
• Gas Leak Detection/Repair • Tree Root Removal
• Trenchless Repairs • Video Inspection
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Change of Board Meeting Locations
Residents, Please be advised that the locations for the Board Meeting
rotation schedule have changed. The meetings will alternate between
the Stone Gate Clubhouse located at 11655 Canyon Green Dr. Houston,
TX 77095 and the Canyon Lakes West Clubhouse located at 19722 Stanton
Lake Dr. Cypress, TX 77433. The Board will no longer be meeting at the
Miramesa Clubhouse located at 20150 Miramesa Dr. Cypress, TX 77433. The
Miramesa Clubhouse has been removed from the rotation schedule. Please
see the updated Board Meeting schedule and locations below: The Board
will meet in the closed Executive Session at 5 PM and owners are welcome
to attend the open session starting at 6 PM. If you would like to attend the
meetings to address the Board of Directors or just observe the meeting
proceedings, please send an email to the onsite management team at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your property address
and any questions or concerns that you may have for the Board Members
regarding the association business and operations. Should you have any
questions, please contact one of the onsite offices as listed below:
• Stone Gate Office: 281-304-7448
• Canyon Lakes West Office: 281-855-0984
• Miramesa Office: 832-698-4490
A copy of the agendas will be emailed and posted to the community
intranet prior to the meetings.
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GOLF COURSE Safety
Please be aware of the safety hazards involved in trespassing onto
the Sterling Country Club and Houston National cart paths and golf
course. The cart paths on both courses are only for golfers that have
registered through our Pro Shop. Cart paths are a means for players
to complete their round of golf as quickly, conveniently and safely as
possible. As the Stone Gate community continues to grow we feel
it is our responsibility to educate every resident as best we can to
keep pedestrians and their pets safe and away from the cart paths.
Golf balls are often hit at speeds over 150 mph and can have deadly
consequences to a human or pet if hit in the head, throat or chest. Because
the paths are for registered golfers, those playing golf are not aware of the
presence of pedestrians on the course, which can lead to very damaging
collisions with hikers/bikers and their pets. This January I fielded a report
of a pedestrian being struck by a golf ball and other reports of residents
having near miss encounters with golf carts when traveling along the
paths. Hiking, jogging, biking, dog walking, golf cart/ATV’s not being
used to play golf, skateboarding and skating on the cart paths is
strictly prohibited anywhere on the golf course because of safety
hazard and trespassing concerns. Thanks for your cooperation!
Parking in the Streets
Street Parking is only allowed during day hours and only if the driveway
is full. No parking is allowed in the streets overnight. If you see someone
who is in violation, please send a photo (with date stamp) of the car
parked in the street with the street address to your onsite manager.
Stone Gate: email@example.com
Canyon Lakes West: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Whom to contact
In an effort to better serve you and to improve response time, we would
like to remind you that you can contact your onsite clubhouse for
questions and concerns regarding the community and your account.
• Stone Gate residents are encouraged to call the Stone Gate Clubhouse
office at 281-304-7448 or send an email to email@example.com.
• Canyon Lakes West & Pine Creek residents please call the Canyon Lakes
West Clubhouse at 281-855-0984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Miramesa residents please call the Miramesa Clubhouse at 832-698-
4490 or email email@example.com.
The onsite team members are able to assist you with account information,
deed restriction questions, community concerns and or complaints.
In the event they are not able to assist you, they will reach out to the
Community Manager, Board of Directors and/or Management Company
to answer your questions.
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Melinda Hoffpauir is the Events Coordinator and can assist you with
questions regarding community events, community intranet and
newsletters. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not receiving feedback from the onsite team and would like
to contact the General Manager, James Skinner, you can email him at
email@example.com. We encourage you to please reach out to
your onsite team members before contacting James Skinner as they are
able to respond to you faster.
KEEP OUR LAKES CLEAN! Please help us keep our community beautiful
by NOT THROWING trash and debris into the lakes. In addition, there is
NO SWIMMING, BOATING OR FISHING in the LAKES.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE DUCKS AND GEESE: Spring is the air and this
lovely weather has many of us visiting our community parks and ponds. It
can be tempting to feed the ducks as geese as many of us have grown up
thinking that this was an environmentally responsible and humane way to
dispose of old or stale bread. However, feeding ducks and geese is actually
unhealthy and potentially dangerous for the birds. This seemingly generous
act, in fact, can be extremely harmful. Bread and similar products such as
crackers, chips, doughnuts and popcorn have little nutritional value. Without
healthy food and proper nutrition the ducks and geese will quickly succumb
to disease and death. Feeding ducks and geese can lead to the following
problems as well:
• Duckling malnutrition - in areas where ducks are regularly fed bread
the ducklings will not receive adequate nutrition for proper growth and
• Overcrowding - Where food is easy to come by, ducks and other waterfowl
will lay more eggs and the pond or lake will become overcrowded. This
makes it more difficult for the birds to seek out healthier food sources
and increases territorial aggression, especially during mating season. It
will also cause ducks to cross busy streets in search of food.
• Pollution - What happens to all that bread that is not eaten? It causes
algae growths, pollution and can eventually eradicate fish and other life
in the vicinity.
• Diseases - A diet rich in carbohydrates leads to greater fecal production
and bird feces easily harbors bacteria responsible for numerous diseases
including avian botulism.
• Attraction of pests - Rotting leftover food attracts other unwelcome
pests such as rats, mice and insects. These pests can also harbor
additional diseases that can be dangerous to humans.
If you care about ducks and geese, do not feed them. They can live
longer, healthier lives by relying on natural food sources such as aquatic
plants, seeds, grasses and insects rather than taking handouts from willmeaning
humans. Now that you know, you can help by not feeding the
ducks and geese and by educating other duck lovers.
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GENERAL CLUBHOUSE RENTAL INFORMATION
Rental Fees are as Follows
Non-refundable Reservation/Admin fee $50
$20 per hour - 3 hour minimum
Normal business hours
Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM
$40 per hour - 2 hour minimum
After 5 PM Tuesdays-Saturdays
All day Sundays & Mondays
* Set up, clean up and inspection must be INCLUDED event rental
time. Please give yourself enough time to make sure the clubhouse is
COMPLETELY clean before leaving.
* A $300 Security/ Deposit is required to reserve the clubhouse/facility
* Reservations may be made no less than 30 days prior to event and no
more than 90 days in advance.
• Occupancy Limit is 60 persons. (Per fire code)
• Facility closes at 11 PM.
• Resident must be present during entire rental period.
• No smoking is permitted inside the Facility
• No glitter, confetti, silly string, inks, glue, powder, etc. or products
that could stain or damage any surfaces. No piñatas, no petting zoos,
trackless trains or bouncers.
• No alcohol is permitted.
* Exception: Alcohol permitted with one (1) law enforcement officer
(UAS/Top Gun) The deposit for alcohol is $450. Four (4) hour minimum
required at special event rate (Subject to change). Failure to comply will
allow the Association to close the event.
• Resident must supply trash bags and take trash home.
Associa is excited to announce the launch of TownSq - a new all-in-one
mobile app designated to help you connect, collaborate and stay up-todate
on any device. Meet your neighbors, manage your account and access
the resources you need for better community living. FREE exclusively to
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Get up-to-date community news and events
Request and review status of service inquiries
Participate in community polls
Reserve common areas and amenities and more
Ready to join TownSq?
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1. Register using your Account ID and Zip Code https://app.townsq.io/
2. Login https://app.townsq.io/login
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Note: If you have more than one account you will be able to link them
and have only one login.
Once logged in, you will instantly be able to customize your
communication settings to start receiving notifications - when and how
Questions? Contact your community management team for details.
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LOVE TO LIFE MINISTRIES ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Please come out and join us in our mid week Adult Bible Study and receive an
encouraging word, prayer and make new friends each Tuesday at 7:00 PM.
Our vision is to empowered people from all lifestyles, to change their lives
through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the infallible
Word of God with simplicity and understanding. We want to encourage all
believers to seek and maintain a spirit-filled life. We promise to “Love You To
Life!” Refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!!! Pastor Glenn &
Bettie, 17010 Feather Fall Lane, Willow Ranch Subdivision at Canyon Lakes,
Houston Texas 77095. For more information, please call Pastor Glenn at 713-
826-3364 or 281-304-6966 or email: at email@example.com.
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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CFISD College Night, Berry Center, 6-8 PM
Health Expo, Berry Center, 9 AM-1 PM
PSAT (10th & 11th grade students)
CFISD COLLEGE NIGHT
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD College Night 2019 will be held Tuesday, October
8 th and Wednesday, October 9 th at the Berry Center from 6-8 PM (please
note the later start time this year).
All 9 th -12 th grade students and their parents are invited to attend this
FREE event. Browse and visit with representatives from over 200 colleges,
universities, technical and specialty schools as well as all branches of the
military and the US service academies.
NEARLY 400 VOLUNTEERS PARTICIPATE IN 2019
BUS BUDDIES PROGRAM
A total of 390 community volunteers assisted new CFISD bus riders in
safely reaching their proper drop-off points as part of the 13 th annual
CFISD Bus Buddies program, August 26 th -27 th . Bus Buddies rode CFISD
school buses from 2:45 PM to 5 PM during the first two days of school,
assisting bus drivers with the transition back to school.
“The Bus Buddies program motivates hundreds of volunteers from the
CFISD community, Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce and Adopta-School
partnerships to keep our students safe as they adjust to their
school year routine,” Bevin Gordon, director of marketing and business
relations, said. “We are always grateful for this incredible community
collaboration.” In addition to community volunteers, 83 businesses and
organizations participated in the program.
CFISD’S CAMP SUMMIT EARNS
DISTRICT OF DISTINCTION AWARD
Camp Summit, a primary literacy program for kindergarten through
second-grade students, was recently named a District of Distinction
award winner by District Administration magazine.
Camp Summit was established in 2014 and prioritizes prevention over
remediation to address an observed decline in reading achievement.
The camp helps any CFISD kindergarten, first- and second- grade student
who lack reading readiness or struggle to keep pace. Students receive 23
full days of instruction and all students get books to take home daily to
practice their reading skills.
“We are honored to be one of the 34 districts from across the country
to receive the 2019 Districts of Distinction award for Camp Summit,”
said LaTisha Bard, coordinator for primary curriculum. “This award
pays tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff, administrators
and Board of Trustees who have supported Camp Summit for the past
six years. We look forward to continuing our work with our youngest
learners to help them become more proficient and confident readers.”
Based on 2018 enrollment data, 96 percent of students experienced
no “summer slide” in reading levels and 84 percent of students
demonstrated growth of one or more reading levels.
“These districts have developed innovative programs to support
students in their education and well beyond the classroom,” said JD
Solomon, editorial director of District Administration magazine. “We
hope our readers are inspired by the efforts of these honorees to create
successful initiatives in their own districts.”
Districts of Distinction was established by District Administration
magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way with new
ideas that solve challenges. Honorees are selected based on quantifiable
results and the replicability of their initiatives. The July 2019 Districts
of Distinction honorees were selected by the magazine’s editors from
numerous nominations. To view a full list of the 2019 honorees, visit the
District Administration magazine’s website.
NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH
National Bullying Prevention Month is observed in October.
National Bullying Prevention Month was created by PACER
and started as a weekly observation in 2006. In 2010, the
observation change to monthly. Take a stand against
bullying. Spread the word about the negative effects bullying
Unity Day 2019 is Wednesday, October 23 rd ! Wear and
Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors
when it comes to showing that you care about preventing
bullying? Come together in one giant ORANGE message of
hope and support, WEAR and SHARE ORANGE to color our
nation and even the world, visibly showing that our society
believes that no child should ever experience bullying.
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CY SPRINGS DEDICATES ITS STATUE, SHOWCASING ‘LEGACY’ TO NEW STUDENTS
By Mya Banks, Cypress Springs HS
Proudly standing watch in front Cypress Springs High School, Legacy was officially dedicated August 19 th as the school’s newest students were
introduced to the campus. The panther statue came to the campus in November and was named Legacy following a vote by the student body. The
project is complete, with a stand made of marble featuring names of those who donated to make the statue possible for CFISD’s sixth comprehensive
high school, which opened in 1997. Incoming freshman students who attended Cypress Springs’ annual “Fish Camp” on August 19 th joined fellow
Panthers, parents, campus staff and community members at the dedication ceremony. Dr. Cheryl Henry, Cypress Springs principal, spoke at the
ceremony, telling its history in becoming a reality at the campus and thanking those who helped make it possible. “People associate Legacy with
me but there was a student in the class of 2015 who started talking about his legacy with me,” Henry said. “It’s something that will always connect
students.” Cypress Springs is the latest CFISD high school to feature a statue at its campus. Others are Cy-Fair (Bobcat), Cypress Creek (Cougar),
Cypress Falls (Eagle), Cypress Ridge (Ram), Cypress Ranch (Mustang), Cypress Woods (Wildcat), Jersey Village (Falcon) and Langham Creek (Lobo).
Most are outside in front of the school like Legacy, while statues at Cypress Ridge and Cypress Ranch are in the front lobbies.
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Cypress Springs supporters and donors partnered with statuary
Schlitzberger & Daughters Monument Co. to make the idea into a lifesized
Panther statue. The base features squares where donors can add
their names or inscriptions. “It’s going to stand here forever,” said physics
teacher Frank Gill. “It allows people…to come and add their legacy. I’ve
been here since the school opened and I wanted to leave my name
behind–my mark–and say thanks to the people closest to me. I think it
gives people an opportunity to express themselves in the future also.”
Added senior Robinson Rodriques: “Legacy adds foundation and surface
to the school, allowing students to grow as a family and not just a
COMEDY SPORTZ TEAM
Do you enjoy improve? Come out for a night of fun and laughs with Cy-
Fair High School’s Comedy Sportz team. Audience participation makes
this unique, family-friendly experience engaging for people of all ages.
Ticket prices are $5 for home matches or $25 for a season pass that gets
you into all home matches throughout the school year.
October matches take place on the following dates:
Thursday, October 10 th : HOME vs. HOME
Monday, October 14 th : AWAY at Bridgeland
Thursday, October 24 th : HOME vs. Bridgeland & Cypress Ranch.
Home matches take place in the Cy-Fair High School Theatre (22602
Northwest Freeway) at 7 PM.
CY-FAIR PLAYERS PRESENTS
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Come see a 1980’s twist on this classic fairytale. Performances are October
11 th and 12 th at 7 PM in the Cy-Fair High School Theatre (22602 Northwest
Freeway). Admission is $7 for children/students and $10 for adults. CFISD
employees are admitted free with their badge. Concessions are available
for purchase. Come out for an amazing evening of entertainment and
support local high school students. Tickets are available for advanced
purchase at CFHSTheatreTickets.Ludus.com or at the door the evening
of the performance.
CRIMSON CADETTES DANCE CLINIC
The Cy-Woods Crimson Cadettes Drill Team will host their 14 th Annual
Dance Clinic and Performance for boys and girls from K-12 th grade.
The Clinic will be from 9 AM to 1 PM on October 19, 2019. Participants
will learn dance technique from the national award-winning Crimson
Cadette team members! Registration includes specially choreographed
routines for each age group, a t-shirt, drink and snack.
Showoffs performance will be held at 12:30 PM in the Main Gym. Your
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at 7 PM at the Berry Center. They will experience what it’s like to be a
Please register by October 5 th to receive the pre-registration price of
$50. T-Shirt not guaranteed unless registered by October 5 th . Door
registration will begin at 8:15 AM on the day of clinic. Sit with a cadette
during game $25.
This is a major fund-raiser for the Cadettes and enables them to
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SOUTH CREEK COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
October 5, 2019
Located in Copperfield between Longenbaugh and Queenston Rd.
HPCA-BEAR CREEK ANNUAL FALL COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8 AM to 1 PM
Hwy 6 and Clay Road area.
MIDDLE GATE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
October 5 th , 7 AM-3 PM
Located in Copperfield between Longenbaugh and West Rd.
WESTCREEK VILLLAGE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
Saturday, October 5, 2019, Sunrise to Noon
Queenston between FM529 & Longenbaugh.
WESTGATE FALL GARAGE SALE
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Located off of Barker Cypress between Longenbaugh and FM529.
NORTHMEAD FALL GARAGE SALE
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 7 AM-4 PM
Located in Copperfield off of West Road.
COPPER LAKES GARAGE SALE
October 12 th (rainout day October 19 th )
Barker-Cypress, between Longenbaugh and West Road.
BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
October 12 th , opens at 7 AM
Located off of Highway 6 North (between Keith Harrow and West Little
York). Rain date the following Saturday if necessary. Great Bargains!
CYPRESS MILL COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Spring Cypress near Hwy 290
SYDNEY HARBOUR FALL GARAGE SALE
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Cypress Rosehill and Huffmeister
SHEFFIELD GARAGE SALE
Saturday, October 19 th , 8 AM
Located off of Queenston near FM 529.
ANNUAL ELDRIDGE PARK FALL COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
Saturday, October 19 th , 7 AM till everything is gone
Come find furniture, household goods, tools, children’s clothing/toys
and those special items you’ve been looking for. We are located at the
intersection of N. Eldridge Parkway and W. Little York (behind the Toshiba
facility). See you there!
ABERDEEN GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD WIDE GARAGE SALE
Saturday, October 26 th
Located near Telge and West as well as Tuckerton and Telge.
VLP FALL GARAGE SALE
Saturday, November 2 nd , 8 AM-12 PM
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ST PAUL’S FALL FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW
October 5, 2019, 9 AM-4 PM
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Free Admission!!! Shopping, Children’s Activities, Petting Zoo and food!
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October 12 th , 9 AM-4 PM
11330 Louetta Rd, Houston, TX 77070
Crafts, Food, Pumpkin patch & More! Free Entry.
JUDY DIERKER HOLIDAY MARKET
October 18 th -19 th , 9 AM-4 PM
The Foundry Church, 8350 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77065
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with great holiday shopping! There will be over 100 vendors to shop.
Hosted by Cy-Hope & Foundry Church.
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Presented by: Memorial Drive United Methodist Women,
October 21 st : Preview Party* 5:30 PM-8 PM
October 22 nd : Shopping - 9 AM-7 PM
October 23 rd : Shopping - 9 AM-3 PM
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CY-WOODS FFA 10 TH ANNUAL FALL CRAFT SHOW
October 26 th , 9 AM-5 PM & October 27 th , 10 AM-4 PM
CFISD Telge Exhibit Center (Telge & Hwy 290)
100+local vendors to shop with. Great food served at the CyWoods FFA
Booster concession. Fall festival activities for the kids. More info at:
SEAS 27 TH ANNUAL GINGERBREAD VILLAGE HOLIDAY MARKET
Saturday, October 26 Th , 9 Am-4 Pm
St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church, 6646 Addicks Satsuma
SAINT AIDAN’S EPISCOPAL FALL FESTIVAL & HOLIDAY MARKET
Sunday, October 27 th from 10 AM-4 PM.
13131 Fry Road, Cypress, TX 77433
The ACE Committee of Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church invites you to
join us for a day of shopping, fellowship, food and fun. Market Booths,
Children’s Area, Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Food Trucks
featuring Truck on the Bayou, The Toasted and BCCO Fancy Snowballs,
Community Service area including Shots for Holly Flu Shots, a Fire Truck
(11:30 AM-1:30 PM) and Precinct 5 Constable, Silent Auction benefiting the
Youth of Saint Aidan’s, Live Music throughout the day, Cake Walk, Trunk N
Treat and Blessing of Animals. Lots of vendors with a variety of goods for
sale. Interested in being a vendor? For additional information and register
online, visit our website http://aidanschurch.org/fallfest. If you prefer to
mail in your registration, you can obtain a Booth Reservation form by
contacting us at 281-373-3203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMERICAN LEGION POST 200
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Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9 AM-5 PM
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 10 AM-4 PM
Sponsored by: Wallis American Legion Post 200
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For more information, call 281-743-3678
5 TH ANNUAL MISTLETOE MARKET
The St Faustina Women of Mercy cordially invite you to the 5 th annual
Mistletoe Market, to be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 9 AM to 4 PM. It
will be held at the Westlake Prep Lutheran Academy at 23300 Bellaire Blvd.,
Richmond TX. (Please do not call the school about booths or questions.)
Get a head start on your Christmas Shopping. You will find home decor,
jewelry, gifts, clothing and much more. There will be door prizes, a silent
auction and of course a visit from Santa.. The vendor deadline is October
15 th . Contact Lisa at MistletoeMarketWOM@gmail.com for details.
COME TAKE A FREE TRIP ROUND THE WORLD
St. Cuthbert’s Fourteenth Annual International
Festival honors all the different countries and
heritages represented in our very unique and
diverse congregation. The festival includes food,
entertainment, native dress, and activities for
children and youth. It is the perfect place to learn
about the world around us. Admission is $1 per
person or $5 per family.
When: Saturday, November 2nd
Where: St. Cuthbert Church
17020 West Road
Houston, TX 77095
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SEABORNE NATURE FEST
November 2 nd , 10 AM-4 PM
Come enjoy the Coastal Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist’s
fun and FREE Seabourne Nature Fest. This is a great day of fun
experiences which include face-painting and crafts for the children,
nature tours, butterflies, wildlife, native plant sale, hayrides, expert
speakers & exhibitors, food and much more! It is held from 10 AM to 4 PM
at Seabourne Creek Nature Park in Rosenberg, 3831 TX-36 S., Rosenberg,
The Texas Master Naturalists are sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For additional
information, call 832-225-6936 or email email@example.com. See
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ST. CUTHBERT 14 TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Saturday, November 2 nd , 3-5 PM
17020 West Road, Houston, 77095
The International Festival honors all of the different countries,
heritages and backgrounds represented in our very unique and diverse
congregation. The Festival includes food, entertainment, activities for
children and so much more to learn about our world. Admission is $1
per person or $5 per family with proceeds going to Rise Against Hunger.
On Sunday, after the 9 AM service, all are welcome to participate in an
outreach project, a meal-packaging event in conjunction with Rise
Visit stcuthbert.org for more information. Come experience the
international world of St. Cuthbert and never leave your zip code!
BRIDGELAND FUN RUN/WALK FOR HEROES
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
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.
9 TH ANNUAL FAIRFIELD TRIATHLON
Sunday October 27, 2019, 7 AM start
The triathlon features both a triathlon and a duathlon for participants.
Triathletes will swim 300 meters in North Bradford Lake. Then ride a ten
mile bike course followed by a three mile run along the trails of Fairfield.
Duathletes will start with a one mile run around both Bradford Lakes,
then a ten mile bike followed by the same three mile run course as the
All participants will receive dry fit shirts, finisher medals, age group
awards, post-race party with refreshments and a finish line photo.
Individuals will compete for awards in five-year age groups.
The race site is located in Cypress, Texas in the Fairfield Community.
Headquarters is the Fairfield Athletic Center on Mason Road with the race
site just up the street at the lake.
The event accepts both individual entries and relays. Relays consist
of three athletes with each doing one segment of the race. There is
a minimum age of twelve years of age to compete in the event. The
event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon and will follow their rules and
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ANNUAL BOO BASH HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Looking for a safe alternative to Trick or Treating for your kids this Halloween?
Epiphany Lutheran Church & School invites you to attend our Annual Boo
Bash Halloween Celebration from 5-7 PM on October 31 st . Our Church &
School will be transformed into a safe and fun place for parents and kids.
Your family will have a blast traveling through a variety of decorated stations
where they can play games and receive candy! We will also be serving Cotton
Candy and Popcorn and have a Photo Booth set up for family photos. And
don’t forget to stop by our Glow Party Dance Room with a live DJ! This is a
free event and we welcome all children preschool through 5 th grade to wear
your favorite costume (Nothing too scary) to join in on the fun! Epiphany
Lutheran Church & School is conveniently located at 14423 West Road. For
more information, visit our website www.elcsh.org or call us at 713-896-1773.
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COMMUNITY SEED/PLANT EXCHANGE!
OCTOBER 5, 2019, 12-2 PM
11522 Telge Road, ½ mile north of Highway 290
This comes in time for the new growing season and allows fellow
gardeners to discover new varieties and share knowledge and resources.
Below are the guidelines for the exchange.
1. All seeds should be in an envelope or plastic bag marked with the
plant variety and date of harvest or sell by date. All plants should be in
containers and labeled. Bulb’s should be in bags and labeled.
2. No GMO or hybrids are allowed. Do not bring sickly plants or plants with bugs
3. If bringing bulk seeds have it clearly labeled. Only 20 to 30 seeds per
person, labels and plastic seed bags will be provided.
4. You can either exchange or if you have excess plants or seeds you can
5. Please only take the amount of seeds or plants that you bring.
6. People who did not bring seeds or plants are limited to 2 items either
plant or seeds.
If you are interested in participating in the seed/plant exchange, please sign
up at http://www.messiahlc.org/current-events. For more information,
281-890-3013 or www.messiahlc.org. All people are welcome at Messiah.
SPRING BRANCH AFRICAN VIOLET CLUB ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10 AM-4 PM
The Spring Branch African Violet Club will hold their Annual Plant Sale on
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center,
2020 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004. 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. Admission is free and the public
is invited to attend. Free parking available at Judson Robinson Jr. Community
Center. The Spring Branch African Violet Club meets the second Saturday of
each month, January through November, at 10 AM at the Copperfield Church,
8350 Highway 6 North, Houston, Texas 77095. Please email kjwross@yahoo.
com prior to attending to confirm meeting date and time.
WINGS OVER HOUSTON SET FOR OCTOBER 19 TH -20 TH
One of the most popular events for kiddos is at Ellington Airport: CAF Wings
Over Houston. One of the top air shows in the United States, this event is
dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills
of modern aviation. The event has supported a variety of local and national
charities during its 35-year history. General admission tickets at the gate are
$45, but can be purchased online for $32.50. There is also an insider-only price
of $30; for more details, visit wingsoverhouston.com. The insider-only ticket
provides admission for one adult and six children (under age 14). The airshow
gate opens at 8 AM and the last entry is at 3 PM. Flight times are approximately
10:30 AM to 4:15 PM. For complete details, please visit wingsoverhouston.com.
2019 CELEBRATION OF HOPE DINNER AND AWARDS BANQUET
Shield Bearer invites you to be part of the 2019 Celebration of Hope Dinner and
Awards Banquet! This signature fundraising event will be held on Tuesday,
October 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM at 2700 Cypress Creek Parkway. Celebration of
Hope Award winners in Business, Organization, Church, Ministry and Volunteer
categories will be announced, best-selling author Bob Goshen will speak
and dinner will be served. Proceeds will help fund professional counseling
services and prevention programs for local families including those that have
experienced the trauma of domestic violence, human trafficking, crime, war,
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Houston Area Road Trips
2019 Komen Houston Race for the Cure® - October 5, 2019, 6-10 AM.
The race will be held on Allen Parkway, with pre- and post-race activities
taking place at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002.
Admission: $25 early rate, $40 regular rate. The majority of the funds
raised will help fund breast health screening, treatment and education
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11th Annual Korean Festival Houston - October 5-6, 2019, 10 AM-7 PM,
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77056. Free admission.
Partnered with dozens of global and local sponsors, the Korean Festival serves
over 40,000 visitors and brings a truly exhilarating and spectacular experience
to the heart of Houston. Mark your calendars and get ready for another great
KFest on Discovery Green! You can expect a great weekend of amazing food,
interactive games and special guest performances on our main stage!
5th Annual Southern Smoke Festival - October 6, 2019, 4-8 PM,
Underbelly, Hay Merchant and Blacksmith, 1018 and 1100 Westheimer
Rd., Houston, TX. Admission: $200 general admission $350 VIP (includes
early entrance and VIP lounges). The proceeds of the 2019 Southern
Smoke Festival will once again raise funds for both the Southern Smoke
Emergency Relief Fund and the National MS Society.
7th Annual Head for the Cure 5K - October 12, 2019, 8 AM, Pearland Town
Center, 11200 Broadway St., Pearland, TX 77584. Admission: $15 for kids,
$27-$40 for adults. Race to raise awareness, funds and hope for the local
brain cancer community!
2019 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown - October 12-13, 2019, 10 AM-6
PM, Downtown Aquarium, 901 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77072. Admission:
Adult Ticket Online: $12, Adult Ticket at the Gate: $15 cash; $16 credit
card, Children 6-12: $5; children under five are free. Features live music
throughout the festival along with entertainment, beverage stations,
food trucks and much more for patrons to enjoy. In the Children’s Creative
Zone, the festival’s nonprofit partners will host hands-on art activities for
all ages and include a cool interactive place to hang out.
Fandemic Tour 2019 - October 18-20, 2019, NRG Park, 1 NRG Park, Houston,
TX 77054. Admission starts at $40. Fandemic Tour is a three-day entertainment
extravaganza celebrating all things pop culture! The Fandemic Tour gathers pop
culture celebrities, artists, illustrators, professional and amateur cosplayers,
vendors and exhibitors with programming and panel discussions. Complete
event details and packages available at www.fandemictour.com/houston.
8th Annual East End Street Fest - October 19, 2019, 2-9:30 PM, Navigation
Esplanade, 2800 Navigation Boulevard, Houston, TX 77003. Free admission.
Join us for a day-to-evening street party with two stages packed with live
music and cultural performances, our Cultural Food Kitchen featuring an array
of cultural cuisines, an action-packed Kid’s Zone, Artisan Vendors selling art,
attire, delicacies, jewelry and more, PLUS games and activities for all ages!
Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience - October 19-20, 2019, 10 AM-5 PM,
NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, Houston, TX 77054. Admission: $15.32 to $36.95.
Over a million Lego® Bricks are on display and ready for play. Filled with
hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate and
entertain. Tickets: https://go.evvnt.com/404613-0?pid=5045.
Water Lantern Festival Houston - October 19, 2019, 4-10 PM, Magnolia Garden
Park, 12044 Beach St., Houston, TX 77044. Admission: $0 for Kids (0-7), $12 for
Youth (8-14), $25-$40 for Adults. Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern
event that is all about connections. Magical nights include food, games,
activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned
with letters of love, hope and dreams reflected upon the water. As the sun
begins to set on the evening sky, Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with
the launch of the lanterns onto the water as we Light The Water together.
Energy Day Houston 2019 - October 19, 2019, 11 AM-4 PM, Sam Houston
Park, 1100 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002. Free admission. Energy
Day, Houston’s largest annual free family festival, showcases science,
technology, engineering and mathematics through entertaining, handson
experiments and demonstrations. Energy Day has nearly 70 interactive
exhibits to help teachers, students and their families discover new things
about energy, conservation, efficiency and many other real-world STEM
applications and career opportunities. Hosted by the Consumer Energy
Education Foundation, Energy Day is open to curious minds of all ages!
Freight Train Food Truck Festival - October 19, 2019, 11 AM-5 PM, The Historic
1907 Railroad Depot, 201 South Elm Street, Tomball, TX 77375. Free admission
and parking. More than 20 rolling gourmet kitchens will converge on Tomball’s
historic railroad depot for an afternoon of great food and music at the annual
Freight Train Food Truck Festival. Scheduled to perform are Galveston’s ultimate
party band, The Mambo Jazz Kings and Folk Family Revival. Visit the Pour Patio,
shop the vendors and play in the kids zone. Free admission and parking.
9th Annual Houston Halloween Festival - Saturday, October 19, 2019,
5-10 PM, in the Houston Heights. Houston’s Most Unique Charity (www.
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and activities for the entire family including live music, beer gardens, artist &
business vendors, food trucks, a costume contest and a large Kids Zone. The
kid’s zone will include magician & juggling performances, carnival games, spin
art, Halloween arts and crafts, kids cartoon characters, face painting, trick
or treating, a kids costume contest and much more! All proceeds from this
amazing event support our 2020 ‘Too Ghoul for School” Education Fund.
Boo Dash 5K and Kids 1K Fun Run - October 23, 2019, 8-10 AM, Challenger
Columbia Stadium, 1955 W Nasa Blvd., Webster, TX 77598. Admission: $15
for Kids, $30 12+. Halloween themed event with medals for all finishers.
Kids 1K, Trick or Treating, Costume Contest and Haunted Tunnel.
Screams and Nightmares: Halloween Ball - October 25-26, 2019, 10 PM-2
AM, National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston,
TX 77090. Admission $30-$250. Here is your chance to experience a REAL
Halloween party. Come join us for the Halloween Ball. Walkthrough our
haunted house to get to the dance floor... and we have everything you need
including 2 bars, live DJ and great vibes. Attire: Costume or cocktail attire.
Haunted Grounds - October 25-31, 2019, 8-11 PM, Lake Madison Park,
712 Industrial Park Lane, Madisonville, TX 77864. Good old fashioned
haunted forest. Explore the Lake Madison Park walking trail at dark,
getting back to nature was never so much fun. That is, until the ghosts
and monsters jump out to show themselves.
Walk MS: October 26, 2019 - Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah, TX
77565, 8:30 AM or Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands,
TX 77380, 9 AM. Admission: $0, fundraising encouraged. Walk MS brings
together passionate people who connect in communities nationwide and
raise funds to change the world for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.
Each walk has a 1 and 3 mile route and all routes are fully accessible. There
will be a kid zone with fun activities for children and the route is stroller and
wagon friendly. Form a team and come walk with us to help end MS.
Tomball Bluegrass Festival - October 26, 2019, 11 AM-6 PM, Tomball’s
Historic 1907 Railroad Depot, 201 South Elm Street, Tomball, TX 77375.
Free admission and parking. The sounds of mandolins, banjos and down
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home mountain tunes will fill the air around the historic downtown railroad
Depot. There are food and merchandise vendors, kids zone and more.
BOOFEST - October 27, 2019, 4-9 PM, Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N.
Main St. Kingwood Dr., Kingwood, TX 77339. Free admission. Come out
and participate in Koutour Event’s Market right in the heart of Kingwood.
Attractions, free candy at every booth, 2 bobbing for apples tubs, mini
pumpkin patch, Bouncy house, shopping, music and Costume contest.
Make sure you come dressed in your Halloween costumes!!!
Halloween at the Ranch - October 31, 2019, 7 PM, George Ranch Historical
Park, 10215 FM 762, Richmond, TX, 77469. Visit the George Ranch Historical
Park for an after-hours walking lantern tour! Adults and children 12+ are invited
to come hear unique Texas ghost stories - including some tales from right here
at the Ranch! Please note that this tour will incorporate over a mile of walking.
Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights and good walking shoes.
The Shape of Things: Michael Craig-Martin at Discovery Green - Thru
November 3, 2019, 6 AM-11:55 PM, Discovery Green, Labranch at Lamar,
Houston, TX 77010. Free admission. This is the first exhibition of the Craig-
Martin’s sculptures to be seen in Texas and only the second venue in the United
States. Six sculptures ranging from 8 to 12 feet high depict everyday objects such
as an umbrella, a wheelbarrow, a light bulb, a shoe. These larger-than-life works
are playful and evocatively simple. The works are showcased around the park’s
Kinder Lake and are on view during park hours.
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.
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 - 1st 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.
Living History Saturday - 3rd 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. 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 3rd Thursday, 6-8 PM. HPL, 500 Mckinney
Avenue, Houston, TX 77002. Admission is free. The HPL offers “Open Mic” comedy
night where local and non local comedians, comediennes, ventriloquists and
impressionists of ALL ages present family comedy to 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.
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. 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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How to Carve
When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve
got tips on carving the best pumpkin, as well as how to pick a good
pumpkin for carving!
HOW TO PICK A GOOD PUMPKIN FOR CARVING
Look for one that is a little misshapen. Inspect it for soft spots (especially
the end opposite the stem). Reject a pumpkin that has soft spots, they
will cause it to deteriorate quickly. Remember, your pumpkin doesn’t
have to sit on its base, in fact, that’s often its weakest spot.
Let the pumpkin guide the shape of the face: An elongated pumpkin
should have an elongated face. A fat and happy pumpkin should have
a fat and happy face.
HOLLOW OR WHOLE?
There are two reasons for hollowing: (1) If the inside is going to be
exposed (through the mouth, etc.), it looks better if it is hollowed
neatly. (2) If you plan to light the pumpkin from the inside, it must be
hollow. You can hollow it out from a hole in the back instead of the top,
so that the look of the face isn’t affected. If you’re illuminating with a
candle, you need to hollow from the top to allow the heat and smoke
Use a water-based marker to outline the face that you want to carve.
First, draw a line down the center to establish symmetry. Then sketch
the nose, the approximate center of the face. Once you’re satisfied with
the details, trace over the lines using a permanent marker. For carving,
basic kitchen implements, such as a paring knife or a steak knife with
a standard - not serrated - blade that’s not going to bend, work well.
You can also use a standard jigsaw blade. Otherwise, improvise: Use a
melon-ball cutter to make circles, for example.
MAKE A FACE
To achieve a three-dimensional appearance, carve the entire pumpkin.
Exaggerate the features. (If you aren’t sure what teeth really look like or
how the gum line works, smile and look in the mirror.) If the pumpkin is
frowning, carve wrinkles under the mouth. To add character, carve a lot
of “crow’s feet” lines around the eyes. Consider using the stem as the
nose and inserts such as radishes for the eyes or cut eyeballs from the
back of the pumpkin and hold them in place with toothpicks.
CARVE WITH CARE
Use two hands at all times: one to control the blade and the other to
control the pressure with which you cut (and thus the depth). Take care
not to jab the blade into the pumpkin; you don’t want to cut all the
way through the rind - except to determine its depth. The thickness of
the rind will vary, not only from pumpkin to pumpkin, but also within
one pumpkin. To determine your pumpkin’s average depth, cut a
core sample where you want an eye or a nostril to be. Keep that piece
nearby as a reminder of how deep you can safely cut.
ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS
Pumpkins, which are actually a fruit, not a vegetable, are 90 percent
water, so after carving they usually last only three days to a week. A
jack-o’-lantern with a surface carving will last longer than one that
is cut all the way through. Putting a candle or other light inside will
shorten its life span, as the heat that results can “cook” the pumpkin
and reduce its longevity to a matter of hours. For a bright, shiny finish,
spray Armor All on the pumpkin and rub it in. Paint will not preserve a
pumpkin. However, if you decide to paint your pumpkin for decoration,
use a water-based latex paint and wait at least an hour after carving
so that the cuts you have made in the pumpkin have a chance to dry.
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Caramel Pecan Delight
YOU COULD MAKE THIS ON
NATIONAL DESSERT OCTOBER 14TH!
1 (16 ounce) package pecan cookies, crushed
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (12 ounce) jar caramel ice cream topping, divided
1 1/2 cups cold milk
1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Festive Foods for Halloween
Here are some simple ways to spice up everyday foods:
1. Put a licorice straw into the breakfast orange juice and pack an orangedyed
hard-boiled egg in the lunch box.
2. Make American cheese the sandwich of the day and cut a pumpkin
shape onto the top slice of bread.
3. Poke cloves into an orange to make a smiling pumpkin face - or just
draw one on with a marking pen.
In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press into a greased 13-in.
x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Cool on
a wire rack.
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup caramel topping
until smooth. In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes; fold
into cream cheese mixture. Spread over the cooled crust. Sprinkle with
pecans. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Cut into squares;
drizzle with remaining caramel topping.
Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes
YOU COULD BAKE THESE ON
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE DAY OCTOBER 18TH!
4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup butter
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with
paper liners. In the top of a double boiler, combine chocolate and butter.
Heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is melted and smooth. Remove
from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm.
Sift flour and sugar together into a large bowl. With mixer on low speed,
beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in chocolate mixture, vanilla and pecans.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Do not overbake. Tops should
be shiny but give slightly when touched. Add your favorite frosting!
Gardening Tips For October
• Dig and store caladiums before the foliage dies. Allow the bulbs to dry
in the shade, shake off the dried soil and dust with sulphur to control
fungus. Store by hanging in open mesh bags or old panty hose.
• Flowers planted for spring can begin when the temperatures are going
to stay cooler. Shrubs and trees can be planted now. Woody plants
concentrate on root growth through the winter and the more headstart
they can get before summer, the better.
• October 15th is about the time for dividing and planting daylilies.
• Watch out for brown patch in St. Augustine grass. These circular brown
patches are caused by a fungus that is activated by moist cool weather.
Control with Daconil.
• If you need to do any pruning, do it early in the month. The re-growth
stimulated by pruning needs to harden off before that odd-ball frost of
Halloween. Prune fruit trees when leaves begin to fall. Remove all dead,
weak and over-crowded growth. Tip back main branches to control size
and shape. Spray w/dormant oil when temperature is between 30-60
• Cut back tops of perennials after they have bloomed. Divide roots and
transplant anytime from now until March, the earlier the better.
• Get the ant baits down. This will greatly reduce your spring populations.
• Clover left over from last year may be growing. It’s best to hit it with
the post-emerge herbicides in October and November. At least two
applications are usually needed, even if done this early.
• For color throughout the winter, begin planting pansies.
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