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CYPRESS MILL IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Cypress Mill Resident Board of Directors

The HOA Board Members are volunteers, elected by the residents of

Cypress Mill. They are working for the well-being of our community.

Please consider that they have families also and respect their time and

privacy.

Larry Ramirez - President

Kevin Tolls - Vice President

Jeff Garrett - Director

Stacey Lucas - Treasurer

Beverly McGaughey - Secretary

MANAGEMENT COMPANY

PRINCIPAL MANAGEMENT GROUP

Angela Rivera - On Site Manager

281-213-3184

angela.rivera@associa.us

CYPRESS MILL CONTACTS

Block Captain Committee

Newsletter Editor

Cypress Mill Swim Team

cymillmakosharks.swim-team.us

Questions/Comments?

SCHOOLS

Robison Elementary School 281-213-1700

Spillane Middle School 281-213-1645

Cy-Woods High School 281-213-1800

www.cfisd.net

SECURITY

Constable Mark Herman 281-376-3472

For a Real Emergency Dial 911

TRASH/WATER

Best Trash 281-313-2378

Cypress Hill MUD #1 (24-hr. Emergency) 281-374-8989

www.cypresshillmud1.com/contact/index

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Fire/Ambulance 911

Poison Control 800-222-1222

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-941-8972

Mosquito Control 713-440-4800

Children’s Protective Svs 713-394-4000

DPS Sex Offenders website

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

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

U. S. Post Office 800-275-8777

AT&T

www.att.com

AT&T Repair Center 800-246-8464

Comcast Cable 713-341-1000

En-Touch Systems 281-225-1000

Reliant Energy (Repair) 713-207-7777

Centerpoint Energy 713-659-2111

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

www.centerpointenergy.com/outage

To report gas leaks 713-659-3552

Street Repair 281-463-6300

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Bladenboro (Park 1) Theresa Bacom theresa.bacom@yahoo.com 832-443-0236

Cypress Ridge Dot Wilson dotwil@att.net 281-304-1440

Delta Estates Ct. Elaine Nall elainenall@gmail.com 281-304-0604

Harmony Estates Gloria Layman glslaymn4250@gmail.com

Huntmont Drive (Place) Brett Stanaker brett@stanaker.com 832-257-2428

Mallard Estates Ct. Jo Ann Nowak jonowak@comcast.net 281-304-1614

Meadow Estates Ln. Carrie Carpenter ccarcarpenter@yahoo.com 281-758-5422

Mills Park Ln. Kim Kirkhart k.kirkhart@gmail.com

Rosehill Estates Ln. Ronnie Kallus ronkallusjr@comcast.net 281-304-1246

Moss Valley Drive Melissa Kelly MKdysteacher@gmail.com 713-582-4060

OFFICE HOURS

PMG Manager: Angela Rivera

Telephone: 281-213-3184

Email: Angela.Rivera@associa.us

PMG Manager is in office

(located in Recreation Center)

the following days & hours:

Monday

8 AM - 5 PM*

Tuesday

1 PM - 5 PM

Wednesday

8 AM - 5 PM*

Thursday

8 AM - 5 PM*

Friday

8 AM - 5 PM*

Saturday

CLOSED

*Closed for lunch 12 PM - 1 PM

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MESSAGE FROM YOUR HOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Veteran’s Day Celebration: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11 AM to 2 PM

at the Recreation Center. If you would like to volunteer a couple of hours

to honor our neighborhood vets, please contact Angela Rivera 281-213-

3184 or Angela.rivera@associa.us.

Save The Date: December’s holiday event: Will be held on Saturday,

December 21, 2019. Santa will arrive at 9 AM at the Recreation Center.

Cypress Mill HOA Board of Directors

CYPRESS MILL HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

MINUTES OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

AUGUST 28, 2019

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CALL TO ORDER

The Board of Directors meeting of the Cypress Mill Homeowners

Association Inc. was held on August 28, 2019 at the Cypress Mill

Recreation Center, 14710 Mills Park Lane, Cypress, Texas.

Those in attendance were Larry Ramirez, Jeff Garrett and Kevin

Tolls. Angela Rivera was also in attendance (representing Principal

Management Group). With a quorum duly established, President Larry

Ramirez, called Cypress Mill Board of Director’s meeting to order at 6:04

PM. Larry Ramirez with an open prayer.

SUMMARY OF EXECUTIVE

Board of Director - President announced the last meeting minutes are

available on the community app TownSq.

CONSTABLE

Lt. Rogers updated the Board and homeowners on activity in and around

Cypress Mill community.

CONTRACTOR / VISITOR FORUM

Tech Lawn: Updated flowerbeds, new treated soil.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

After reviewing and discussion, Board of Directors, Jeff motioned and

approved with a second by Kevin of the meeting minutes of July 2019.

TREASURER’S REPORT

Angela Rivera presented the June 2019 Financials. The Financials were

accepted as presented. The following items noted:

• Operating Funds of $283,028.53 and Reserve Funds of $349,566.88 as

of July 2019.

• July 2019 YTD actual expenses over budgeted by $11,908.26.

HOMEOWNERS FORUM

Homeowners present discussed the following items:

• Homeowner discussed implementing a landscape committee.

• Homeowner shared how pleased they were of removal of basketball

court.

• Homeowner discussed having the governing documents amended.

Also, discussed adult hours for the pool with later hours for adults.

Mentioned mosquito control times as well.

• Board of Director discussed to pay dues twice a year verses once;

reviewing with attorney.

ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION

RECONVENE FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION

The following items were discussed during the executive session. Motions

were made and seconded and passed unanimously to:

• Homeowner (306-2142) Canceled appointment of DR violation

• Homeowner (473-1249) Discussed with Board of Directors of stone pillar

and 5 oak trees to have canopies raised

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• Homeowner (235-1854) Board of Directors offered invitation to discuss

account via attorney no response-no show

• Homeowner (235-4505) Discussed DR violation with Board of Directors;

suggestion apply ACC application

• Landscaping contract under review

Cypresswood pump room electrical panel with lightening arrestor and

surge protector| awarded to TexServ Electric at $2,480

• Clubhouse sunken sidewalk concrete - Inquiring on quotes

• New equipment at pocket parks - Board of Directors not considering

• Budget season - management discussed with Board of Directors of

possible increase in assessments

• Meeting time - reviewed management time of early dismissal at 3:30

PM, Friday, August 30, 2019

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Board, the regular

business session of the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 6 PM.

CYPRESS MILL BOARD

Cypress Mill community pages or groups on Facebook, Next-door and

other social media are not affiliated with the Cypress Mill Homeowner’s

Association. The Association assumes no responsibility for their content.

For official information, please log into www.cypressmillhoa.com.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Board Meetings: 4 th Wednesday of every month at 6 PM.

November and December 2019 - no meetings

Annual Meetings: Annual meeting is held 4 th Wednesday in April of each

year at 7 PM!

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CONSISTENT MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

By doing some simple preventative maintenance, you can extend the life

of your home and minimize costly repairs.

Painting - It is important to put a good coat of paint on your home which

may mean painting every three to five years on an average, depending on

the quality of the paint. Painting obviously improves the appearance of your

home and protects your wood or hardiplank from the elements reducing rot.

Don’t forget your ACC application along with paint color samples, which

must be processed and approved first!

Power washing - Take a walk around your property. If you see green

or black mildew on your home and driveway, you can power wash the

mildew off your gutters, home exterior, driveway and sidewalk. This small

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year they fill up with pine needles and leaves. If the gutters are full of

leaves and pine needles, they will not drain properly and will need to be

cleaned. The extra weight will cause the gutter nails to become loose and

the gutter will sag or fall from your home. Gutters are important as they

protect the fascia boards.

Landscaping - Trees, shrubs and seasonal flowers add a great deal to

the value of your home and the community. Remember that over time

trees and shrubs can become overgrown and unsightly. Please keep

your landscaping well-trimmed and yard edged so that it enhances your

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Street Parking - Please keep in mind that the streets belong to the City.

Please report all street parking to Harris County Constable Precinct 4

non-emergency line at 281-376- 3472.

If you would like to report any violations, please do so.

Any questions please contact Angela Rivera at 281-213-3184 or via email

at angela.rivera@associa.us.

FOR NEW RESIDENTS

If you are new to Cypress Mill Community please contact Associa PMG of

Houston management below:

Angela Rivera: 281-213-3184 and or via email at angela.rivera@associa.

us - Community Association Manager

WELCOME TO OUR COMMUNITY

Amenities are as follow:

Cypress Mill I on corner of Cypresswood Dr and Cypress Rosehill

• Pool (pool tag required given during the season)

• Basketball court

• Tennis court

• Covered playground

Cypress Mill II located on 14710 Mills Park Lane

• Pool (pool tag required given during the season)

• Fitness center (swipe key is $10 each) check or money order only

• Clubhouse

• Covered playground

Pool is open seasonal from May to September each year (Memorial Day

to Labor Day)

Fitness center hours are 4:30 AM to 10:30 PM everyday

Clubhouse Rental - please call on-site for prices (prices subject to change)

Assessments must be paid in full and current to receive a pool tag, fitness

key or to rent the clubhouse also paperwork must be filled with current

photo ID is required. Leasing occupants you must present a copy of your

current lease in order to receive any amenities.

All paperwork and fitness swipe key can be filled and paid at recreation

center (clubhouse) with Management Company

Hours of on-site:

Monday: 8 AM-5 PM

Tuesday: 1-5 PM

Wednesday-Friday: 8 AM-5 PM

Please note that on-site management does take a one hour lunch break

from 12-1 PM.

Recreation Center (clubhouse) onsite phone 281-213-3184

The community events are:

Easter Celebration, 4 th of July Celebration, Veteran’s Day Celebration and

Christmas Celebration. All celebrations are located at the Cypress Mill II

Recreation Center.

All Homeowners Association Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday

of each month at 6 PM at the recreation center - clubhouse with the

exception of November and December the HOA Board is on holiday

during these months and resumes in January.

If any further questions, please call it will be my pleasure to assist you.

on-site community manager Angela Rivera.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

The deadline for submitting articles/information to the Cypress Mill

Messenger is the 6 th of the preceding month. Please email articles to:

angela.rivera@associa.us. Information should be sent as an attachment

in Word document format.

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RESIDENTS OF CYPRESS MILL:

Having your lawn cut either by yourself or a hired landscaper please don’t

put out your grass clippings out on the sidewalk until trash days, Monday

or Thursdays. We are getting complaints of homeowners putting out

grass clippings before trash days. We thank you for your understanding

and corporation.

SWEEPING/BLOWING DEBRIS INTO STORM DRAINS

According to Herman L. Sanders of the Harris County Watershed

Protection Group, “Sweeping grass, leaves, grass clippings, yard waste,

etc., into a storm drain is cited as a civil solid-waste violation of State

Municipal Solid Waste rules, Chapter 330.15 (a)(1). Civil penalties are $50

to $25,000 per day per violation. Criminal penalties, if pursued, are $500

to $100,000 per day per violation.”

DISCLAIMER

Cypress Mill Homeowners Association and the Newsletter Committee,

assume no responsibility for the advertising content, warranties or

representations made in such advertising of this newsletter. These are

solely the responsibility of the advertiser.

At no time, will any source be allowed to use the Cypress Mill Messenger

contents or loan said contents to others in any way, shape or form nor

in any media, website, print, film, email, electrostatic copy, fax, etc. for

the purpose of solicitation, commercial use or any use for profit, political

campaigns or other self amplification, under penalty of law without

written or expressed permission from the Cypress Mill Homeowners

Association. The information in the Cypress Mill Messenger is exclusively

for the private use of Cypress Mill residents.

STREET LIGHT OUT?

Have you noticed a streetlight out? You can report it to CenterPoint

Energy 24 hours a day at 713-207-2222. Choose a language preference

and then select option “4” for street light outages. Please provide the

streetlight’s six digit number located approximately 5 feet up the pole.

Also, it is helpful to give the street name and address.

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

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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

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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!

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.

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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.

• Walk it off: finished eating? Go for a WALK; football can wait (yes, even

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Creamy Spicy Guacamole

You could make this on National Spicy Guacamole Day November 14th!

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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.

Source: allrecipes.com

Three Cranberry Relish

You could make this on National Cranberry Relish Day November 22nd!

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

thickens up.

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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.

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