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PURPOSE OF HUNTER’S PARK
Hunter’s Park Community Association handles the
financial and legal affairs of the subdivision. Each lot
owner is required to pay an annual maintenance fee
which is used to pay street lights; pay taxes on and
maintain the common areas, such as the swimming
pools, tennis courts, etc.; pay for security; and pay legal
expenses incurred to enforce the deed restrictions.
The Board meets the 2nd Thursday of every
month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the
community building. Residents are welcome to attend.
Anyone wishing to place an item on the agenda
should call the HPCA office in advance.
The Annual Meeting of Members is held on the
4th Thursday of January.
Members hold three year staggered terms and are
elected. The election process is as follows:
1) Mail in ballots will be mailed out with the Annual
Maintenance fee statements.
2) Voting in person will begin on the 1st Monday
after the Annual Meeting ending on the following
Saturday at 7pm.
4503 A Hickory Downs, Houston, TX 77084
Office Phone: 281 463-1216
Office Hrs: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon- Fri.
Closed Weekends and Major Holidays
HPCA employs two workers to provide coverage for
the office. Every effort is made to have one of the two
employees in the office at all times. Occasionally business
of the association may require us to be out of the office
for a short period of time. If we are out of the office
when you call or if you call after hours, please leave a
message on the answering machine and your calls will
be returned as soon as possible during office hours.
HUNTER’S PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Shelly Schmitz - President
Terry Martin - Vice President
Jim Yeager - Treasurer/ Asst. Secretary
Carol Harless - Secretary/Asst. Treasurer
Amy Jones - Member at Large
Hunter's Park Comm. Assoc 281-463-1216
AT & T 1-800-288-2020
Trash Service WCA 281-368-8397
Harris County Animal Control 281-999-3191
Houston Animal Control 713-238-9600
Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-468-8972
Bear Creek Library 281-550-0885
Buses MTA (Information, Routes & Scheduling) 713-635-4000
KISD School Bus Info. 281-578-2210
Car Share/Van Share 713-227-0003
Harris County Constable’s Office (Clay Road Dispatch) 281-463-6666
Courthouse Annex (16715 Clay Road) 281-463-7759
Pct. 5 Judge Jeff Williams 281-463-2341
Katy Independent School District Administration Office: 281-396-6000
Bear Creek Elementary (K-5) 281-237-5600
Cardiff Junior High (6-8) 281-234-0600
Mayde Creek Senior High (9-12) 281-237-3000
Please call HPCA OFFICE at 281-463-1216 to reach a board member.
Email HPCA Office at email@example.com
The HPCA office has a new resident package available
at the office or by mail. Please call 281 463-1216
and we will be happy to send the information to you!
Deed restrictions are strictly enforced by Hunter’s Park
Community Association. Copies of the restrictions
are available at the association’s office or by mail
(call 281 463-1216). Complaint forms are included
in every Bear Creek Newsletter for your convenience.
The association’s office verifies complaints and writes
letters to violators. HPCA will initiate legal action
when warranted, to enforce the deed restrictions.
You must submit any plans for improvements or
modifications of your home to the Hunter’s Park
Community Association Office. Your plans will be
checked to insure that they comply with the deed
restrictions. This includes re-roofing, playforts (8
ft. height limit), temporary storage buildings, etc.
Please call the office at 281 463-1216 if you need
any additional help or assistance.
Hunter’s Park Community Association provides
additional security currently through a contract
with Commissioners Court for four Harris County
Constables. HPCA also hires off-duty deputies on
an as-needed basis for additional coverage.
Please call the Constable’s Office at 281 463-6666
to report any suspicious person, activity or for vacation
watch. There is a voluntary $2.00 security
contribution on the M.U.D. #6 water bill that goes to
each homeowner. The voluntary contributions can
only be used to pay for security. This contribution
enables HPCA to provide more coverage without
raising maintenance fees.
Judy - Security Director - HPCA - (281) 463-1216
WASTE CORPORATION OF TEXAS (WCA)
WCA collects our trash on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Poly-carts, heavy trash and extra bags or items will
be picked up on both days. Recycling picked up on
Wednesday only. The homeowner’s maintenance
fee does not pay for garbage pick-up. You must
call WCA to start service. Poly-carts and recycling
bins are provided free of charge to homeowners or
residents. When regular pick-up falls on a holiday,
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4 th , Labor Day,
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, the pick-up
will be made on the next regular scheduled pick up
day. If your recycling day falls on a holiday it will be
picked up the next week on your normal scheduled
recycle day. WCA will collect for recycling, papers,
plastics, aluminum and tin cans that are placed in
the recycling bin. If items exceed container capacity,
please place them adjacent to the bin. If you find
items left in the bin, that are not recyclable, please
dispose of the items in your polycart.
Trees, shrubs, brush trimmings and fencing must
be bundled in lengths no greater than 4 feet, with
no branch diameter exceeding 3 inches. Items that
will be picked up, such as: appliances, furniture,
carpet (up to 1 room, rolled up four feet wide and
less than fifty pounds), cardboard boxes (flattened).
Refrigerators and freezers or any other items
containing Freon must be drained of Freon and
have an accompanying bill to validate such service
Items excluded from normal collection are dirt, rocks,
bricks, concrete, tires, batteries, motor oil, cooking
oil, waste generated by a private contractor or any
materials or items deemed hazardous materials. Do
not dispose of these items in a container that is not
visible to WCA personnel.
If you need a special pickup, please call WCA.
Customer Service: 281-368-8397
The Water Board is a tax assessing board that levies
water and sewer taxes and hires a Tax Assessor
Collector to collect them. Severn Trent Services was
hired by the Water Board to manage the utility district
and they can assist you if you have any problems.
The Board meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month
at 6:00 p.m. at the Jackrabbit Rd. WWTP - 16720
Pine Forest Lane, Houston, TX 77084. Members
hold staggered 4 year terms and are elected the 1st
Saturday in April.
Repairs: Street Lights Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222
(to report non-functioning light, give address and pole # off of pole needing repair)
Street Repair 281-353-8424
(streets and curbs owned/maintained by Harris County)
U. S. Post Office (Bear Creek) 1-800-275-8777
Utilities Severn Trent Services (HCUD#6) water/sewer 281-579-4500
(24 hour emergency:) 281-398-8211
Centerpoint Gas 713-659-2111
To report gas leaks & explosions 713-659-3552
Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222
Harris Ct Pct 4 Community Assistance:
(for roadway/stop signs etc. county issures 281-353-8424
Help Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse 713-520-8620
Hot Lines: Battered Women & Children’s Hotline (Wires-24) 713-528-2121
Crisis Hotline (24 Hours) 713-228-1505
Harris County Children’s Protective Servs.(24) 713-394-4000
Poison Control (24 hours) 1-800-222-1222
Rabies Control 281-999-3191
Rape Crisis (24) 713-528-7273
Suicide Prevention (24 hours) 713-228-1505
Women’s Information & Referral Exchange Service 713-528-2121
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HUNTERS PARK 2019 MEETING SCHEDULE
2 nd Thursday monthly at 6:30 PM
(Annual Meeting, 4 th Thursday of January, 7:30 PM)
November 14, 2019
December 12, 2019
January 23, 2020 (Annual Meeting)
MEET MR. & MRS. SANTA CLAUS!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019, 9 AM-12 PM
4503-A Hickory Downs, Dr., Houston, TX 77084
Please join your neighbors in celebrating the holiday season and bring
your camera to capture your meeting with Mr. & Mrs. Clause as they check
their list (twice) of all the good boys & girls in Bear Creek. (Sponsored by
Hunter’s Park Community Association )
SECOND ANNUAL HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST
Look for details at www.bearcreeknetwork.org and in the December
HPCA BOARD ELECTIONS
This is your chance to serve your community. One of the five Board Director
positions will expire in January. If interested in running for a position,
please submit your letter of intent to run and resume to the HPCA Office
by fax, 281-463-4071 or by mail to HPCA, 4503 A Hickory Downs, Houston,
Texas 77084. You may also send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for placing your name on the ballot is December 12, 2019.
ANNUAL MEETING: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM. ELECTIONS:
Week of January 27 th through February 1 st walk-in voting at the HPCA
Community Center. Polls close at 7 PM on Saturday, February 1 st . All mailin
votes must be received no later than 7 PM on February 1, 2020.
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CHANGE FOR WCA TRASH PICKUP DAYS
NEW Trash service days: Tuesdays & Fridays - Regular & heavy trash
Wednesdays - Recycling
(Trash cans must be stored out of views on non-pickup days.)
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DEED RESTRICTION OVERVIEW
(This is partial list of violations)
Violations: Total DRs for Month - 255
View / Other - 12
Inoperable Vehicle - 4
Fence/Gate Repair - 6
Tree Limb Removal - 11
Garage Door Repair - 2
Trash Can in View - 22
Mailbox Maintenance - 4
Clean street gutters - 1
Multi-Family Dwelling - 2
Edge Lawn - 11
Mildew Removal - 10
Grass in driveway/sidewalk cracks - 1
Maintain Other - 3
All Yard Maintenance - 123
Parking on Grass - 10
Remove Dead Tree/Shrubs - 4
Restore/replace Sod - 8
Unacceptable Window Coverings - 1
Boat/Trailer in view - 8
Debris Removal - 4
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BEAR CREEK GIRL SCOUT TROOP
We have a Scouting troop for your K-12 girls! We meet the first and third
Tuesday of each month from 6-7 PM with lots of extracurricular activities
to keep the scouts engaged, learning and active. Our regularly scheduled
meetings are held at the Thomas A. Glazier Senior Education Center at
16600 Pine Forest Ln, Houston, TX 77084. To sign up, go to www.gssjc.org
and click “Join Now.” We’re troop 128096. For more information, call or
text April at 281-844-8443.
On December 15 th from 2-5 PM, Girl Scout Troop 128096 will be in the Bear
Creek subdivision collecting old towels to benefit Greenawalds Service,
Inc., a 501c3 non-profit founded to end veteran suicide by rescuing dogs
and training them to be service, therapy or companion animals. If you
have old, even holey, towels or other items to donate, please text your
Bear Creek address and note of “Collection Drive” to April at 281-844-
BEAR CREEK BOOK CLUB
The Bear Creek Book Club meets the 4 th Tuesday of each month at 6:30-8
PM. Location may vary, but will always be local. More information can
be found on our Facebook page @bearcreekbooks. Call or text April for
more details: 281-844-8443.
The selection for our November meeting (11/26/19) is The Mindful Self-
Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer.
December’s book will be a switch back to fiction with the fantasy novel
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
HPCA MEETING OPPORTUNITIES
Residents have an opportunity to gather monthly with the Board at our
Community Center. This gives HPCA members a chance to visit, meet
neighbors and voice concerns.
The Board meets each month (12 times per year) to conduct normal
business. You can always request to be on the agenda or have a special
meeting. Please refer to the above noted schedule for residents meeting
dates and times.
Call HPCA office for details or questions.
KEEP BEAR CREEK BEAUTIFUL!
Homeowners and residents, please store your polycarts, recycle bins
and all other items out of public view. Trash should be put out the night
before or day of pickup and polycarts should be promptly removed same
day as pickup. Let’s keep our neighborhood beautiful!
IMPORTANT HPCA INFORMATION -
ANY changes or modifications made to the exterior of structures or
on property, i.e., paint colors, roofs, sheds, etc, MUST BE APPROVED
THROUGH THE HPCA OFFICE BEFORE ANY MODIFICATIONS BEGIN.
Applications for home modifications may be obtained through our
website, email, mail or at office.
**** TO REPORT LOST AND FOUND****
Call HPCA Office at 281-463-1216 to REPORT lost or found pets or articles.
DO NOT POST SIGNS OF ANY KIND ON COUNTY SIGNS OR EASEMENTS. IT
IS AGAINST THE LAW AND YOU CAN BE FINED!
For extra security, our subdivision has a contract with the Harris County
Precinct 5 Constable’s Department.
Notify the Constables immediately at 281-463-6666 if you see any
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suspicious persons, vehicles or activities. Please, if possible, obtain
license plate numbers, color, make and model of vehicle. Description of
person(s). Was suspicious person walking, riding a bike? - location - as
much information as possible will be helpful!
Vacation Watch - This informs our Deputies that you are on vacation.
Please call the Constable’s Dept. at 281-463-6666 in the event you will be
out of town to set up your vacation watch.
COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE, PRECINCT 4
COMMISSIONER JACK CAGLE
For street repairs, manhole covers, tree limbs hanging over street, etc.,
contact Community Assistance at 281-353-8424 or contact them at hcp4.net.
THE THOMAS A. GLAZIER
SENIOR EDUCATION CENTER
Commissioner Steve Radack, Harris County Precinct Three
The Thomas A. Glazier Senior Education Center is located at 16600 Pine Forest
Lane, 77084; one block south of the intersection of Hwy. 6 and Clay Road. All
classes/programs are FREE for Harris County residents aged 55+. Zumba, Yoga,
Spanish, Dance, Legal, Watercolor, Wills and Probate, Computer/IPhone and
Wellness classes are offered among hundreds of other classes/workshops.
For more info, go online to www.pct3.com/About/Calendars/Glazier-Senior-
Center-Calendar for a schedule of all our programs or call us at 713-274-3250.
Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all our
residents. While you may know your pet is friendly, an animal running at
someone who is walking by is very scary for that person. Many children
are afraid of animals and become frightened, which could result in
the child getting hurt trying to avoid the animal. Harris County Animal
Control advises, “All dogs and cats must be kept under restraint while in
the unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas. The custodian of a dog
or cat is not authorized to have, harbor or keep any unlicensed dog or
cat nor to allow any dog or cat to become a stray.” Restraint is defined as
“the control of a dog or cat under the following circumstances:
1. When it is controlled by a line or leash not more than six (6) feet in
length, if the line or leash is held by a human being, who is capable of
controlling or governing the dog or cat in question
2. When it is within a fully enclosed vehicle
3. When it is on the premise of the custodian and the animal does not
have access to sidewalk or street.”
While it may be nice to have your animal out in the yard while you work
or play, it is against the law, unless the animal is properly restrained.
Let’s all help keep our community a safe and comfortable place for all
our residents by being responsible pet owners. This will not only protect
anyone who may be walking or bicycling in the area, but also the pet
owner who could be held legally responsible or possibly sued for failing
to properly restrain their pet. Please remember that cats fall under the
same laws as dogs and must be licensed and kept restrained when not
on the premises of the owner. We’ve been told that spreading moth balls
in flower beds might keep cats away. To make a complaint or report an
animal that is not properly restrained please contact:
Harris County Precinct #5, Contract #87: 281-463-6666
Harris County Animal Control: 281-999-3191
Harris County Health Department, Rabies/Animal Control Section
2223 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-3588
If you have a problem with a neighbor’s dog constantly barking, you
should first contact the pet owner and make them aware of the problem.
In the event that doesn’t work, you should then contact the Constables
at 281-463-6666 to file a complaint.
LOOSE OR LOST PETS & DOG BITES
Contact Harris County Animal Control at 281-999-3191 or 3194.
Violation (use your own words) _______________________________
Address of Violation ________________________________________
Frequency/Time of Violation _________________________________
Date of Complaint __________________________________________
Subdivision Area: A B C D E
Your Name: ________________________________________
Your Address: _____________________________________________
Your Phone: ______________________________________________
(YOUR IDENTITY WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL)
Thank you for helping us help you!!!
HUNTERS PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
(DEED RESTRICTIONS COMMITTEE)
4503-A HICKORY DOWNS
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77084
BEAR CREEK IS TOUGH ON DEED RESTRICTIONS
HARRIS COUNTY ALARM DETAIL
If your home has an alarm system, you need to obtain a permit to avoid
the issuance of a citation and excessive false alarm fees. You can get a copy
of the permit application and review the regulations regarding permit
requirements at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office website. The form can be
printed for mailing with the applicable fee from the website. For more info,
call the Alarm Detail office at 713-755-4600 during normal business hours.
STREET LIGHTS OUT?
Contact Centerpoint Energy at 713-207-2222. You will need to give the
address where the pole is located and provide the stenciled number on
the front of the pole. You may also report the outage on the website at:
BEAR CREEK ELEMENTARY CALENDAR
11/1/2019 Field Day!
11/4/2019 Core Essential Monday - Gold
11/7/2019 PTA: Mod Pizza Spirit Night
11/8/2019 PTA Movie Night at BCE
11/1/2019 ¡Día de campo!
11/4/2019 Característica Esencial - Oro
11/7/2019 PTA: Noche de Espíritu de Mod Pizza
11/8/2019 PTA Noche de película en BCE
PET HOTLINE NEWS
A very important thing you can do is have a collar with some form of ID
and your phone number on it. Pet stores have special ID’s for your pets.
Many pet owners are now “chipping” the pets. If found and taken to a vet
they can scan chip and find the owner. If your pet has a rabies tag, the vet
has your name and #. The first thing I ask a caller is “does the pet have ID
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on it.” If it does, I will help contact the # on the ID and get the pet to it’s
owner ASAP. Or the owner can pick up their lost pet. Having an ID on a pet
makes life easier for all. Marie Nugent - 281-859-1104
ECI PROJECT TYKE
ECI Project TYKE is a year round Early Childhood Intervention program
(ECI) in the Katy Independent School District that specializes in working
with children who need extra help. The program provides developmental
services to children who may need assistance in attaining developmental
milestones or who may have a disability. Services are provided to
children from birth to three where they live, learn or play. ECI Project
TYKE develops a supportive partnership with families by providing
educational and emotional supports, which enriches the daily routines
and relationships that will enable their child to reach his or her maximum
potential. Anyone (parent, family, friend, caregiver, professional) can
refer a child to ECI Project TYKE. If you know a child under the age of 3
who needs assistance in at least one area of development or who has a
medical diagnosis or condition impacting his or her development, please
call ECI Project TYKE 281-237-6647 or make a referral on our website
www.katyisd.org. ECI services are available statewide to help families.
Early is best!!!!!
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.
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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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,
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.
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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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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.
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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.
ST. CUTHBERT CHURCH 14TH ANNUAL
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.
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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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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.
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funds to change the world for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.
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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.
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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
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!
Tomball Depot Day - November 9 th , 11 AM-5 PM, The Depot Museum, 401
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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
PM, Downtown City Hall, 901 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002. Admission:
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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.
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,
• On the side: those side dishes - mashed potatoes, casseroles, stuffing,
dressing, etc. are SIDES not main dishes; make sure to keep these
• 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.
• Walk it off: finished eating? Go for a WALK; football can wait (yes, even
the college games), because your body deserves better.
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Creamy Spicy Guacamole
You could make this on National Spicy Guacamole Day November 14th!
3 large avocados - peeled, pitted and diced
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon salsa or more to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sour cream
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Mash avocado in a large bowl. Stir tomato, green onions, lime juice, salsa,
garlic, sour cream, vinegar, cayenne pepper and cumin with the mashed
avocado until evenly mixed; season with salt and black pepper. Cover bowl
with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the flavors blend, about 30 minutes.
Three Cranberry Relish
You could make this on National Cranberry Relish Day November 22nd!
1 pound cranberries
1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen cranberry juice concentrate
1 1/2 cups sweetened-dried cranberries
1/4 cup orange juice
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
Combine all ingredients in a 3-quart saucepan and cook over medium
heat until cranberries pop. Serve warm or cold. As it the relish sits it
Gardening Tips For November
• Brown patch will continue to plague St. Augustine lawns as nights get cooler and humidity and rain continue. Discolored circles will appear in low
areas almost overnight. Apply a fungicide recommended for brown patch according to label directions. Avoid walking through brown-patched turf.
It spreads easily from the bottom of your shoes. If brown patch appears in the same lawn areas every year, add an inch or two of sandy topsoil to
eliminate those low spots.
• Fertilize St. Augustine turf with a winterizing formula to promote root growth over the winter months. Lower your lawn mover blades now and mow
on a schedule that cuts no more than one-third of the grass blade away.
• As chrysanthemums and other perennials finish blooming, cut flowering stalks to the ground to permit all strength to be used in making root growth.
• Feed roses lightly, but avoid nitrogen fertilizers. Do not prune now. Keep up spraying program and water deeply.
• Remove dead foliage and plant debris to help eradicate insects and disease organisms. Thin out and transfer volunteer seedlings. Beds made now
will benefit by weathering before being planted. If soil is heavy, dig six inches deep, leave rough, cover with gymsum and strawy manure, water and
allow to mellow.
• Bananas are more likely to bear fruit if the trunk does not die back in winter. Cut banana stalks back to six feet, wrap with newspaper and burlap.
• Continue mulching for winter. Build up a thick top mulch to protect roots from freezing and winter drying. Don’t throw away those pine tree needles;
they make great acidic mulch for azaleas, gardenias and next Spring’s impatiens.
• Place pansies in beds after weather has cooled. Use a little blood meat mixed in soil under each plant.
• Now is the best time to plant trees and shrubs.
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