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Harris County MUD #196 281-579-4500

Water & Sewer Service & Billing 713-983-3601

Repairs 281-398-8211

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Cy-Fair Independent

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IMPORTANT DATES

November 5th: Professional Day

November 25th-29th: Thanksgiving Holiday

NUTRITION SERVICES UTILIZE

HS GREENHOUSES FOR GARDEN-FRESH PRODUCE

The CFISD nutrition services department is responsible for feeding

approximately 80,000 students every day and with that responsibility comes

a continual demand for large quantities of food. In an effort to enhance

the supply of fresh produce, the nutrition services team devised a plan to

source it locally via high school greenhouses. The team brought the plan

to district partners Slow Food USA and the Whole Kids Foundation, who

noted that CFISD serves a large amount of romaine lettuce in its cafeterias.

Their recommendation was for the district to grow its own lettuce using a

hydroponic system-a soilless growing method using a specific combination

of nutrients to help plants grow only using water. Knowing that the Cypress

Woods High School greenhouse had available space and the proper equipment,

Emmy Durand, coordinator of nutrition education, put the plan into action.

She contacted Kyle Atkins, Cypress Woods agriculture science teacher, about

preparing the greenhouse for a hydroponic test grow. Growing produce

using hydroponics is different than growing produce in soil. First, seeds are

planted in water-absorbent “plugs” that then go into a nursery until the seeds

germinate. After germination, the plugs are moved into the greenhouse where

they are placed in gutters that constantly have water running underneath them.

The water, which contains nutrients conductive to plant growth, allows the

produce to grow to full size in the gutters. After a year of growing romaine

lettuce at Cypress Woods, Durand and her team expanded the program to

Cypress Springs High School to help utilize their greenhouse. In addition

to growing romaine lettuce, Cypress Woods and Cypress Springs will grow

other leafy greens, including basil and butter lettuce during the 2019-2020

school year. All produce grown in the greenhouses will be taken to the CFISD

food production center to be washed and then returned to school cafeterias

in place of traditionally grown lettuce. For more information about CFISD

nutrition services, visit its page on the CFISD website.

22 CFISD NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS

A total of 22 CFISD seniors representing nine high schools were confirmed

as semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program,

officials announced on September 11 th , giving the talented students an

opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,600 National

Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million to be offered next spring.

The following students have been National Merit semifinalists:

Bridgeland: Joshua Fang Cy-Fair: Thanh-Nhu Bui, Evelyn Pan, Roshan

Rajan Cypress Creek: Hasan Abbasi Cypress Falls: Jacob Siboyeh

Cypress Ridge: Neel Narayan Cypress Ranch: Donald McAfoose, Michael

Zhou Cypress Woods: Govind Chada, Sritha Cheemerla, Steven Cheng,

David Chu, Walker Drury, Allison Hinaman, Brian Janger, Alexandra Pugh,

Mariam William, Angela Zhong Jersey Village: Jane Nguyen Langham

Creek: Alia Nathani, Chloe Tang

The 22 semifinalists are among the 16,000 throughout the U.S. selected

by officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They placed

among the 1 percent of about 1.5 million students who entered the Merit

Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit School Qualifying

Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during their junior year. To be considered for a merit

scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance

to the finalist level of competition, which include a detailed application,

essay and endorsement by a high school official. More than 90 percent

of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, with roughly half

winning a National Merit Scholarship. Qualifying students will be notified

of their final designations in February, with National Merit Scholarship

winners announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

PEER ASSISTANCE LEADERSHIP (PALS) COURSES

Hundreds of CFISD students spent September 30 th at the Berry Center for

annual training in Peer Assistance Leadership (PALs) courses. More than 600

students attended the required training, which included breakout sessions with

CFISD’s guidance and counseling, psychological services and community

programs departments, networked with other students from all 12 high schools

and heard talks from former Cypress Springs High School PALs adviser Hal

Bowman and recording artist Austin Lanier. Students also participated in

multiple team building activities. PALs courses are available for juniors and

seniors who qualify through an application process. Like the name states,

PALs are student mentors to elementary and middle school students, with

duties determined by the needs of each campus. Some duties include serving

as tutors, playing games, working on social and speaking skills, helping

boost self-esteem and promoting a healthy lifestyle. PALs began in 1980

as a “peer-helping” program, growing from an informal extracurricular

activity within a school district into a structured, curriculum-based program

adopted as an accredited elective course.

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Cypress Ranch High School senior Samantha Reynoso is gaining national

attention for her latest accomplishments as an award-winning equestrian

rider. Reynoso started riding horses when she was 8 years old and has

been collecting accolades ever since. She finished the 2018 riding season

as the Zone 7 champion of the United States Hunter Jumper Association

(USHJA), which consists of riders from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma,

Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas. This past summer, Reynoso competed

in the USHJA Combined Zone 7 and Zone 8 Championship in Santa

Fe, N.M., where she earned a team gold medal as well as an individual

bronze medal. Reynoso was the only jumper to receive two medals in

her division.

Her performance at the USHJA Combined Championship qualified

Reynoso to compete in the USHJA National Finals being held November

11 th -17 th in Las Vegas, Nev. and attend one of USHJA’s Gold Star Clinics,

which is exclusively for USHJA gold star emerging jumpers.

During the first day of school, August 26 th , Reynoso learned that she is one

of 16 riders from across the country to be selected for USHJA’s Emerging

Athlete Program, a program for professional and non-professional riders

under the age of 25. Selection for the program includes not only the

rider’s talent, but their knowledge of all phases of horsemanship.

Reynoso trains three to four hours six days a week, all while taking

advanced level courses and retaining a 4.0 GPA. As she enters her senior

year, Reynoso hopes to attend Texas A&M University or Baylor University

to continue her equestrian career. If not selected for a college-level team,

Reynoso would still like to continue riding as a student trainer.

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CRAFT SHOWS

FAITH WEST FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT FIRST

ANNUAL HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 ND , 9 AM-3 PM

Faith West Fine Arts Department invites you to its first annual Holiday

Arts & Crafts Fair. Our hope is to raise money for our Band and Fine

Arts Program at Faith West Academy and give our local artists a way to

showcase their arts and crafts. We are hoping with your help and the help

from our community, we will be able to create a wonderful fair! Faith

West Academy is located at 2225 Porter Road, Katy, TX 77493.

5TH 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.) Home decor, jewelry, gifts, clothing and much more. There

will be door prizes, a silent auction and of course a visit from Santa.

Contact Lisa at MistletoeMarketWOM@gmail.com for details.

THE NORWEGIAN SEAMEN’S CHURCH OF

HOUSTON ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR,

NOVEMBER 8TH-10TH

4309 Young Street, Pasadena TX 77504

Friday: 11 AM-4 PM • Saturday: 10 AM-4 PM • Sunday: 12-4 PM

Bakery with homemade bread and Christmas cookies, Norwegian store

filled with Scandinavian foods. Cafeteria with “open faced sandwiches,”

waffles and cram cakes. A unique shop with Scandinavian Christmas items

such as linens, knitwear and Norwegian “nisser” Handmade decorations,

Scandinavian Folk Dance, silent auction and great raffle prizes.

HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW

NOVEMBER 9 TH , 9 AM-4 PM

Holy Covenant UMC of Katy, 22111 Morton Ranch Rd, Katy, TX 77449

Come celebrate 30 years of the Heartwarming Christmas Craft Show. Come

check out our vendors and get a great start on your Christmas shopping! While

you browse make sure to grab lunch from our Sandwich Shoppe, add your bid to

an awesome Silent Auction item and don’t forget to get your Free Santa Photos!

We can’t wait to celebrate the season with you! Free Parking and Admission.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

CHRISTMAS GIFT MARKET

Katy Merrell Center: Come shop with over 175 vendors in 2 buildings.

Check everyone off of your Christmas list with our vendors from all across

America featuring clothing boutiques, handcrafted jewelry, delectable

sweets, unique holiday gifts, home décor and more!

November 22 nd : 10 AM-8 PM

November 23 rd : 10 AM-6 PM

November 24 th : 11 AM-4 PM

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CY-FAIR NUTCRACKER MARKET & EXTRAVAGANZA

BERRY CENTER, NOVEMBER 23 RD , 10 AM-5 PM

8877 Barker Cypress, Cypress, TX 77433

Come do all your holiday shopping with over 150 vendors offering

everything from Women’s and Children’s Boutique Clothing, Handmade

and Fashion Jewelry, Home, Holiday and Garden Decor, Gourmet Food

Items and so Much More! Free Event!

CY-RIDGE FFA HOLIDAY MARKET

NOVEMBER 30 TH , 9 AM-5 PM AND DECEMBER 1 ST , 10 AM-4 PM

CyFair Exhibit Center, 11206 Telge Rd, Cypress, TX 77429

Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa and play games like

Chicken Bingo, Cake Walk and more. Lots of vendors with original and unique

items so you can find all those special gifts for the holidays. Don’t forget about

the silent auction and the raffle. You could walk away with an awesome prize.

BETHLEHEM MARKET LIVE -

A CHRISTMAS MARKET & FAMILY EVENT

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 10 AM-2 PM

Mission Bend United Methodist, 3710 Hwy 6 South, Houston 77082

Come do your Christmas gift shopping with our featured vendors! Camel

rides, live animals and games with prizes for the kids! Enjoy the food & drinks

and experience a Live Nativity as we enter the Christmas Season! CALL TO

VENDORS: If you are a vendor or crafts artist & would like to participate in

this event, contact Terri at finance@MBUMC.org for more information.

FESTIVALS

ST. CUTHBERT CHURCH 14TH 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 Against Hunger. Visit stcuthbert.org for more information. Come experience

the international world of St. Cuthbert and never leave your zip code!

KATY OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

DECEMBER 7 TH , 10 AM-5 PM

Historic Downtown Katy

Beer Garden, Food Trucks, vendors, Santa, Snow Park. Free family event.

For more info, www.katymarketday.com.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

Visit Bethlehem this season on Saturday, December 7 th & Sunday, December

8 th , 5-8 PM. This is a FREE event for the community! Messiah’s A Night in

Bethlehem is an outdoor, interactive event where individuals and families

are invited to stroll through Bethlehem at their own pace. Imagine what

life was like during this miraculous time in history as you visit the Spice

Merchant, the Produce Market, sample the wonderful treats at the Bakery

and taste the savory soup at the Soldier’s Tavern. Listen to the storyteller and

visit the shepherds & the Inn. Listen for the Kings arrival at the stable with

gifts for Jesus, as Mary & Joseph look on. Don’t miss this living, interactive

recreation of the original Christmas story. Join us for free activities for the

family including candle making, creating a clay pinch pot, sewing a coin bag

or playing Bethlehem dress-up. Sample the soldiers stew and enjoy cookies,

hot cider and coffee. Messiah A Lutheran Faith Community is a congregation

of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Messiah is located at

11522 Telge Road, ½ mile north of Highway 290. For more information, 281-

890-3013 or www.messiahlc.org. All people are welcome at Messiah.

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HOUSTON REPERTOIRE BALLET’S

21ST ANNUAL PERFORMANCE OF

THE HOLIDAY CLASSIC THE NUTCRACKER

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

ballet company, celebrates its 24 th season, beginning with its 21 st

annual performance series of The Nutcracker, featuring professional

guest artist Jared Matthews as the Cavalier and Joseph Modlin as Herr

Drosselmeyer, with the Cypress Philharmonic directed by Glynnes

Lanthier. Performances will begin on Friday, December 6 th at 7 PM, which

is the abbreviated Arts & Education performance and is perfect for young

children. The Friday night ticket prices are just $15. The performances

continue Saturday, December 7 th at 2 PM & 7 PM and Sunday, December

8 th at 1 PM & 4:30 PM at the Tomball High School Theatre, 30330 Quinn

Road, Tomball, Texas 77375. For ticket information, call 281-940-HRB1

(4721) or visit www.hrbdance.org. Tickets are $20 for students/seniors

and $25 for adults.

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Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Students

& Seniors and $16 Sunday Matinees. Cash, Check and all Major Credit

Cards are accepted in payment. For reservations, call 713-682-3525 or

reserve seats online at www.theatresuburbia.org. Theatre Suburbia is

Northwest Houston’s longest running all volunteer playhouse. We are

currently celebrating our 58 th season and have now produced nearly 400

shows. Throughout the years, we have endeavored to provide quality,

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Sunday matinees at 3 PM

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Sam Houston State University Concert Chorale: Tuesday, November 12,

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Performance location: John Wesley United Methodist Church, 5830

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner alongside Houston Audubon’s Executive

Director, Helen Drummond, proclaimed the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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birds around us, Houston Audubon coordinated the Bird of Houston

contest, where Houstonians voted on their favorite local bird through a

series of bracket rounds. Over 60 bird species were originally nominated,

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of Houston Audubon’s 50 th anniversary. Houston Audubon’s Young

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Road Trips

Feast with the Beasts - November 1 st , 7-11 PM, Houston Zoo, 6200

Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030. Enjoy cuisine from Houston’s best

restaurants, beer and wine and a live concert performance! Learn more:

www.houstonzoo.org/events/feast-with-the-beasts. Ticket Prices: $119

General Admission, $109 General Admission for Zoo Members, $219

VIP. The event features spectacular animal experiences throughout the

evening and animal feedings sponsored by Comcast, so guests may watch

the animals dine as they get their own taste of Houston’s best cuisine.

Vintage Market Days - November 1 st -3 rd , 10 AM-5 PM, Waller County

Fairgrounds, Hempstead. Vintage Market Days is a place where friends

and family gather, treasures are found and memories are made! Vintage

market days is an upscale market featuring original art, antiques,

clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings,

consumable yummys, seasonal plantings and a lot more!!

Jersey Village FFA Craft Show- November 2 nd (9 AM-5 PM) and 3 rd (10

AM-4 PM), CyFair Exhibit Center, 11206 Telge Rd, Cypress, TX 77429.

Dia de los Muertos in The Heights - November 2 nd , 12 PM, Montie Beach

Park. Free admission! Join us for a great day of music, dance, art, food

and vendors at Montie Beach Park. All proceeds from the festival go to

the Montie Beach Park Improvement Initiative.

Blessington Farms Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival - Saturdays, November

2 nd and 9 th , 10 AM-5 PM. Blessington Farms, 510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton, TX

77476. Admission: $20 person which includes all activities all day. Seniors $15,

Camel, bird feeding, flower picking $3 ea. (enough for 2 people to participate).

Come enjoy the Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities. A great outing for the

entire family with many Fall activities that include hay rides, giant slides,

barrel train rides, pedal cars and hands-on animal encounters with chickens,

Baby Doll sheep, goats and MANY more. Check the website for updates and to

purchase tickets online www.blessingtonfarms.com.

Walk MS: Houston - November 3, 9 AM, The Grove, Moore’s School of

Music at the University Of Houston, 3333 Cullen, Houston, TX 77004.

Admission: $0, fundraising is 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 step you take is backed by a supportive community. Together, we

are stronger. Together, we will end MS forever. 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.

SugarPlum Market - November 7 th -9 th , Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd,

Stafford, TX 77477. The Sugar Plum Market is the largest annual holiday

shopping extravaganza in Fort Bend County hosted by the Fort Bend

Junior Service League. With more than 100 fabulous vendors, Sugar

Plum Market patrons are able to experience a high end holiday shopping

experience while directly impacting local charities. For more info and

times, www.sugarplummarket.com.

Night Market 2019 - November 8, 6 PM, Asia Society Texas Center, 1370

Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004. Free Admission. Our annual Night

Market is bigger and better than ever! Enjoy after-hours access to two

new exhibitions, live music, a curated selection of food + home goods +

art + apparel from local artisans and a ticketed beer garden with special

culinary offerings. Free and open to the public!

Sweet Desserts Fest Fall Edition - November 8-9, A. D. Players at the George

Theater, 420 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056. For times and info call 832-

881-0882. $10 General Admission, $45 VIP. Did you miss the first Festival?

We’ve got you covered! Satisfy your Sweet Tooth at the 2nd Sweetest Event

of the Year! Indulge in a variety of Houston’s local treat makers and bakers.

Enjoy a Dessert Themed Experience with family and friends. Sample, Shop

Dessert Vendors and make memories at this sweet event!

Montgomery County Nutcracker Market - November 9 th , 10 AM-5 PM, The

Lone Star Convention & Expo Center, 9055 Airport Road, Conroe, TX 77303.

Call the girls and mark your calendar for the start of Holiday shopping

season! Come explore this upscale inspired indoor market with so many

unique local vendors offering unique funky junque, handmade and fashion

jewelry, art, antiques, women’s and children’s boutique clothing, home,

garden and holiday decor, gourmet food items and so much more.

Junk Hippy-Rosenburg - November 9 th , 9 AM-5 PM, Fort Bend County

Fair (4310 Hwy 36 S). Shop over 200 vendors with everything from vintage

furniture, antiques, retro + midcentury decor, handmade goods and

architectural salvage. Stay for lunch with your favorite local food trucks!

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Market St, Tomball, TX 77375. A National model railroad month event at The

Depot in Tomball! Three different model railroad displays in three different

scales. Entertainment, activities for the kids, festival foods and more!

Houston Filipino Street Festival - November 9, 12 PM, Constellation

Field, 1 Stadium Dr., Sugar Land, TX 77498. Admission: Presale: $12 -

Children 7 and below are free! A true celebration of Filipino culture,

heritage and spirit as a Filipino-American!

Martyn Farm Harvest Festival - November 9-10, 10 AM-4 PM, Armand

Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Blvd, Pasadena, TX 77507. Admission:

$12 for nonmember adults; $8 for nonmember kids and seniors; $10 for

member adults; $5 for member kids and seniors. Old fashioned harvest fun,

children’s games & crafts, general store with homemade goodies, handmade

toys & gifts, quilting, weaving, & spinning, wagon rides, cowboy poet story

telling, music & dancers, woodcarving & woodworking, butter making &

homemade biscuits, pie-eating contest, cupcake walk, blacksmithing, food,

drinks & baked goods and raffle. Purchase tickets at the gate or reserve your

tickets online at www.abnc.org/martyn-farm-festival.

2019 Canstruction Houston - November 9-16, George R. Brown

Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, TX 77010. Admission free.

Canstruction® is a nationwide program that aims to raise awareness about

hunger. In Houston, Canstruction is self-organized as a creative design-build

competition and art display that benefits the Houston Food Bank through

donations of canned goods. www.canstruction-houston.com.

31 st Annual Tree Lighting at The Galleria - November 9, 12-6 PM, The

Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056. Free Admission.

Gyth Rigdon, fan favorite runner-up from Season 16 of The Voice and

skaters, including Karina Sinding Johnson, Erin Reed, Joe Gorecki,

Cheyne Coppage and Katie Uhlig are scheduled to perform.

2 nd Annual Blackwood Harvest Hoedown - November 9, 12-6 PM,

Blackwood Educational Land Institute, 27144 Rock Island Road, Hempstead,

TX 77445. Admission: $15 (16 and over), $5 (5-15), Free (4 & under). A fun,

immersive, family-friendly fall festival and farm experience celebrating the

bounty of our Gulf Coast region. Attendees will enjoy live music, a farmer’s

market full of local vendors, farmers and artisans, curated classes and

demonstrations ranging from fermentation and mixology to chicken and

beekeeping, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, delicious food and so much more!

The 14 th Annual International Risotto Festival - November 10, 2-6

PM, Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Rd, Houston, TX 77024. Early

Bird tickets can be purchased online at www.risottofestival.com. The

exceptional outdoor strolling event returns with delicious Italian creations

from top Houston chefs, fantastic wines, music, entertainment, exotic

cars, a charity auction, designer showroom tours and lively activities for

kids. This year’s festival will benefit BEAR… BE A Resource for CPS Kids.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market - November 14 th -17 th , 1 NRG Park, Houston,

TX 77054. A one-stop shop featuring over 270 merchants, offering unique items

for everyone, including home décor, gourmet food, apparel, toys, men’s items,

novelties ornaments, accessories and more… just in time for your holiday

shopping! It is the best way to shop and give back during the holidays, as

proceeds from each admission and special event ticket that is purchased, plus

11% of all the merchandise bought, goes back to Houston Ballet Foundation.

See www.houstonballet.org/about/nutcracker-market for times and more info.

Spring Klein Nutcracker Market - November 15 th -16 th , 10 AM 5 PM, Spring

Klein Funky Junque Market, 7500 FM 2920, Spring, TX 77379. Come do all your

holiday shopping with over 120 vendors offering everything from Women’s and

Children’s Boutique Clothing, Handmade and Fashion Jewelry, Home, Holiday

and Garden Decor, Gourmet Food Items and so Much More! Free Event!

The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy® - November 1 -February 2,

Discovery Green,1500 Mckinney Street, Houston, TX 77010. Free Admission.

Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and embrace the

holiday cheer on The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy! See times and

more at www.downtownhouston.org/calendar/ice-powered-green-mountainenergy/42555.

The ice rink may be closed or delayed at times due to weather

conditions. Call 713-434-RINK (7465) for updates and check discoverygreen.

com for closures and other delays. General admission: $11 admission. $4 skate

rental. Tickets can be purchased online at discoverygreen.eventbrite.com.

Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy® - November

16, 6-8 PM, Discovery Green, 1500 Mckinney Street, Houston, TX 77010.

Free Admission. Treasure-hunt at this monthly, one-of-a-kind market.

The destination market features an array of artful kitsch, vintage items,

mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and

collectibles and crafts by local artisans and designers.

Sugar Land Holiday Lights Sweetened by Imperial Sugar - November

22-January 5, 6 PM, Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr., Sugar Land, TX

77498. Admission: $15. Sugar Land Holiday Lights Sweetened by Imperial

Sugar will kick off your holiday season with over 3 million lights and a full

evening of entertainment. The carnival will feature thrilling rides, games

and traditional carnival food and beverages. Santa Claus will be on site

November 22 nd -December 23 rd for photo opportunities and meet and greets.

Houston Via Colori® Street Painting Festival - November 23-24, 10 AM-6

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Tickets: $7 (in advance) or $10 (On Site); VIP Lounge Tickets: $40. Via

Colori is the only festival of its kind in Houston! It features more than 240

local, national and international artists on the streets of downtown! Via

Colori includes three stages of live music, Via Bambini family zone, food

and beverage vendors over the two-day event! Each year, the Via Colori

Street Painting Festival raises more than $300,000 annually to fund health

and educational services for children with hearing loss in Houston.

5 th Annual Houston Exotic Auto Festival - November 24, 10 AM-6 PM, MSR

Houston, 1 Performance Drive, Angleton, TX 77515. Admission: $ 0-$ 80.

Houston’s ultimate show of private exotic automobiles, luxury dealerships,

high-end aftermarket and elite non-automotive brands, is now going viral

with The “FAST & FABULOUS” experience ON THE TRACK! Fabulous trophies

and prizes will be awarded to the best automobiles, SUVs, off-road and

motorcycles in Houston under various different categories.

2019 Theta Charity Antiques Show - November 23-24, 10 AM-6 PM,

George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas,

TX 77010. Admission: $25. Bringing together top exhibitors, designers,

collectors and admirers of fine arts and décor from around the nation,

this year’s event will be the Theta Charity Antiques Show’s grand finale-a

celebration of the countless exhibitors, speakers, volunteers and patrons

who have made the Show possible for nearly 7 decades. An exciting lineup

of speakers is scheduled and proceeds support local charities.

32 nd Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting - November 28, 4-7 PM, Post Oak

Boulevard, Between San Felipe And Westheimer, Houston , TX 77056. Free

Admission. An iconic and time-honored Houston tradition, the familyfriendly

celebration will be reimagined with the lighting of over 300 all-new,

twenty-foot-tall holiday trees that will line Post Oak Boulevard from the

West Loop to Richmond Avenue. This family event will also feature festive

music, holiday concessions, holiday characters and a special appearance

from Santa, culminating with an exhilarating fireworks extravaganza.

Houston Turkey Trot 2019 - November 28, 7:30-10:30 AM, Dillard’s

Uptown Galleria, 4925 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77056. Admission:

10K Untimed - $30, 10K Timed - $35, 10K Untimed Seniors - $15 (For

participants age 70+ on race day), 5K Untimed - $30, 5K Timed - $35, 5K

Untimed Seniors - $15, Sleep-In Registration - $35 (Support the cause

and still sleep in). Bring the whole family. Register for the 5K, 10K and

Kids Run! If you can’t make it to the Uptown Galleria area, register for the

Virtual Trot! Register at HoustonTurkeyTrot.org/register.

Moody Gardens Presents Home for the Holidays Gift Market -

November 29 th (12-8 PM) and 30 th (12-6 PM), 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston,

TX 77554. General Admission - $6. Food and Wine Festival meets Gift

Market! Come sip and shop with all our great vendors! We will have local

restaurants and wineries sampling their food and wines while you shop.

We will be posting a separate admission ticket for our sip and shop!

HOW TO WINTERIZE A SPRINKLER SYSTEM

Winterizing a sprinkler system requires a homeowner to know the type of

system installed. Proper care and maintenance in the fall prevents heartache

over cracked pipes, ruined seals and broken valves in the spring. Damage to an

underground irrigation system is costly to fix and may require a large portion of

the yard to be dug out to locate the problem. Most systems have a built-in manual

or automatic drain valve that uses gravity to move water from the pipes. Yet the

thin tubing used in irrigation systems has a tendency to shift and sink over time.

This movement allows water to become pooled within the pipes. Any water left

behind has the potential to destroy the plastic and metal within the system as it

expands in freezing temperatures. Winterizing is fairly easy to learn and most doit-yourselfers

already own the necessary tools for the job. To completely remove

water from the system, a purge must be completed using compressed air. Follow

these steps to “blow out” an underground sprinkler system.

Step 1 - Shut Off the Water Supply: All underground sprinkler systems

have a main shut off point. For safety, it is usually located in a basement, a

crawlspace, or buried underground in a valve box. Valve boxes are buried up

to 5 feet underground and may require a long key to shut off. If the original

key cannot be located, contact the contractor that installed the system or

the manufacturer to obtain a replacement. The shut-off valve should turn

easily - do not force it. Simply turn the valve to the “off” position. If the

system operates with a pump, this will need to be drained, disconnected,

and stored indoors for the winter. If it is not a removable variety, wrap it in

insulated blanketing for the winter. This can be purchased at the hardware

store and is similar to insulation used for hot water heaters.

Step 2 - Purge the Backflow Device. Sprinkler heads in a lawn. Systems

that run from community water usually have one of two kinds of

backflow devices: an Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker (AVB) or a Pressure

Vacuum Breaker (PVB). Sometimes a PVB is also called a Reduced

Pressure Device. If the system is supplied with privately owned water,

check the installation plan. If no backflow device was installed, then the

homeowner can skip this step. AVBs are installed below each valve and

are purged with the system. PVBs should not be purged with compressed

air because the heat may cause them to soften and melt. After the system

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is purged, return to the PVB and rotate the ball valves and test cocks

back and forth several times. Then, leave them in a half-open position to

prevent moisture from building up on either side of the valves. Draining a

Reduced Pressure Device is much more complicated, and a homeowner

should refer to their manufacturers’ instructions to find the correct

procedure for their device.

Step 3 - Drain the System: Compressed air is a great way to ensure all

of the water is removed from the pipes and valves in the downstream,

a portion of the system. Both pressure and air volume must reach a

critical point to completely purge the system. A range of 40-80 pounds

per square inch (psi) is ideal, with 80 psi being the maximum for rigid

PVC tubing and 50 psi for a polyethylene pipe. To find the appropriate

volume, use this simple formula: gallons per minute (GPM) divided

by 7.5 equals the cubic feet per minute of compressed air necessary.

Most sprinkler systems are given a GPM rating per zone at the time of

installation. Since each system has a unique design, the GPM is marked

on the original design plan. If needed, this can also be calculated

based on the information provided in the manufacturer’s instructions

or on their website. Essentially, the zone GPM is calculated by adding

up the GPM for each nozzle within the zone. Find the GPM rating for

the different nozzle models on the manufacturers’ website. Use a

compressor providing the proper CFM of air within the correct psi range.

If a smaller compressor is used it will take much longer for a complete

purge and will overwork the compressor. An oversized compressor

can still be used as long as it is fitted with a regulator, without an air

pressure regulator the system will “blow out” too fast causing friction

as the hot air passes through dry pipes. This will result in melted pipes

and blown valves - a costly mistake. The backflow device must have

a blowout fitting downstream. If not, compressed air cannot be used

to purge the system, but one can be added any time after installation.

While a metal fitting for the air compressor line is not required, it will

reduce the amount of friction and heat passed into the system and will

prevent unnecessary damage to the system.

Attach the compressor line to the blowout valve. Be sure the isolation

ball cock downstream of the backflow device is closed. During this step,

you should wear eyewear protection. Any loose fittings or nozzles may

pop off unexpectedly and can cause injury. Turn on one or more of the

zones at the irrigation controller and set the compressor to the correct

psi and start it up.

Use two short cycles of compressed air to completely blow out each zone.

Once a zone is blown out do not run it through again. This will cause

undue heat to build up and may cause damage to the pipes underground

that will not be visible until the system is turned on in the spring.

Step 4 - Program the Controller - Four sprinkler heads in a row.

After disconnecting the air compressor, make sure to turn all valves on

the backflow prevention device to the half-open position for the winter.

Also, leave the controller plugged in since the small amount of heat it

gives off will prevent condensation from building up inside the device.

Program the controller to run at a minimum cycle once a week to keep

the solenoid plungers from becoming stuck in one position.

In the spring, remember to turn all the test cocks and ball valves to the

closed position again before pressurizing the system. When the water

supply is re-established, slowly reopen the ball valves to prevent damage.

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BEAT THE HOLIDAY WEIGHT

Mashed potatoes, homemade apple pie, stuffing, hot dinner rolls with

melted butter, creamed corn, green bean casserole, salad with all the

fixins’ and of course the main dish - the BIRD. All of this equals at least

2,000+ calories. What is a holiday food enthusiast to do? Yes, you CAN

avoid the holiday weight gain! Here’s how:

• Drink H2O before you eat: chances are, you are thirsty before any and

every meal; drink a full glass of water to quench your thirst first, then

notice you will feel fuller.

• Rainbow plate: make sure your plate has color - fresh/not creamed

items, broiled or grilled vegetables, protein, carbohydrate and again,

water.

• On the side: those side dishes - mashed potatoes, casseroles, stuffing,

dressing, etc. are SIDES not main dishes; make sure to keep these

portions small.

• NO to salad dressing: hooray there is a salad! BUT - that tasty dressing

(ranch, thousand island, French, Russian, balsamic vinaigrette, etc.) will

reverse the purpose of the ruffage; instead, make your own dressing at

home and bring it with you or simply ask for olive oil, salt & pepper and

maybe a hint of lemon.

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