Villages at Lakepointe November 2019

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Villages at Lakepointe

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November

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VILLAGES AT LAKEPOINTE HELPFUL NUMBERS

DIRECT ALL CALLS AND EMAILS TO GRAHAM MANAGEMENT: 713-334-8000

Leeanne Austin Email: laustin@grahammanagementhouston.com

Address: 2825 Wilcrest Dr., Suite 600 • Houston, TX 77042

Officer Glentzer 713-471-1882

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VAL HOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

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EMERGENCY: 911

Cy-Fair Fire Dept. (non-emergency) 713-466-4073

Sheriff Dept. (non-emergency) 713-221-6000

Non-emergencies include anything

suspicious, though non-life threatening.

UTILITIES:

Entex - Gas 713-659-2111

Reliant Energy - Electricity 713-207-7777

TX Pride - Waste/Recycling 281-342-8178

COUNTY COMMISSIONER:

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SCHOOLS:

www.cfisd.net

Lee Elementary 713-849-8281

Truitt Middle School 281-856-1100

Cy-Ridge High School 281-807-8000

Each office is independently owned & operated

Your Neighborhood Specialist

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kay@kaywrightrealtor.com Kay Wright

TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS LIST

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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.

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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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CHRISTMAS PARTY

The Christmas party is in the works! Please be on the lookout for

additional information. You don’t want to miss this fun event with Santa

photos and more.

We need volunteers! To sign up, please call Leeann at Graham Mgmt or

email the Board members (listed on page 3 of newsletter).

MONTHLY HOA MEETINGS:

We encourage all residents to participate in the monthly HOA meetings.

It is your forum to ask questions, share suggestions and stay connected

with neighbors and planned activities.

When: The first Monday evening of each month (except on Holidays and

in December) at 6:30 PM.

Where: The Comfort Suites, 11440 Clay Road, Houston, 77041.

Please see the Graham Management website at

grahammanagementhouston.com to verify meeting dates, to view

previous meeting minutes and more.

Eblasts will not be sent as notification for Board meetings as this info is

now on the website.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Board Meeting!

VLP SAFETY TIPS

Officer Glentzer patrols VLP and shared the following valuable tips. Safety

and awareness are key, especially when approaching the holidays.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

National Night Out 2019 was a great success. The Burger Joint served

over 180 burgers to VLP residents! Officer Glentzer attended as well as

additional police officers.

ANNUAL HOA MEETING

The annual Homeowners Association Meeting was held October 7, 2019

at 7 PM at Lee Elementary. Quorum was met, budgets and assessments

were discussed, as well as recent accomplishments and upcoming

projects. Congratulations to the 3 lucky winners of the raffle!

For meeting minutes, please visit Grahammanagementhouston.com.

VLP POOL RULES

The VLP pool is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 5 AM-10 PM year round for your

enjoyment. It is CLOSED on Monday for chemical applications. Please

consider the following pool rules, while using the Pool:

• The pool closes at 10 PM daily. Please be considerate of our neighbors

and exit the pool at this time. Anyone inside the pool area after 10 PM will

be considered trespassing.

• Two guests per resident household are allowed. No guests may enter

the pool without a resident present. Do not open the gate for strangers

or prop gate open.

• Pool parties are not allowed at the pool.

• Private swim lessons are not allowed at the community pool due to

vendor and insurance compliance.

• Keep the pool area and bathrooms clean.

• The life rings are not to be used as toys. In case of any eventuality at the

pool, they are critical for safety and rescue operation.

• In addition, to these, a complete list of rules is posted at the pool.

The Pool Management Company is Pools by Dallas - 713-932-8803

Please contact Graham Management for issues with pool cards and/or

gate issues.

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• If you SEE something, SAY something. Don’t be afraid to call in suspicious

activity and behavior. It gives our officers reason to investigate further

and could deter criminal activity.

• DO NOT OPEN your DOOR for solicitors. As a community we should not

encourage them by opening our doors. If a solicitor refuses to leave your

property, please call 911 immediately to report them.

• Promply collect your packages when they are delivered, as thieves are

more than ready to steal these parcels.

• When shopping or stopping at the bank, be aware of your surroundings

and ALWAYS lock your car.

• Remove valuables and lock your car at night. Unlocked vehicle doors

make for an easy target.

• Activate your home alarm when leaving

• Lock all windows and doors before leaving

• Place alarm company signs in visible places and keep a VLP sticker

displayed on all vehicles.

• Call 713-221-6000 with non-emergency issues and 911 with emergencies

• Let our very own Deputy Glentzer (713-471-1882) know if you will be

away so he can keep an eye on your home

FENCE STAIN COLORS

Fences are required to be kept stained in the following colors:

Behr Exterior Wood Satin in Terra Cotta Solid (DP-396)

Behr Exterior Wood Stain in Cappuccino Solid (DP-529)

Behr Exterior Wood Stain in Valise Solid (SC-123)

DESIGN GUIDELINES

The Design Guidelines are detailed descriptions of criteria related

to the outside of your home and landscape. A complete list of these

guidelines can be found on the Graham Management website at www.

grahammanagementhouston.com.

As VLP approaches 20+ years, it is critical to keep the integrity of the

neighborhood by upkeep of homes and yards. Please take a look at this

information to see if there is anything you can do to your residence to

help keep our home values up.

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Addicks & Barker Upstream Flood

trial has concluded!

There is still time to join the case!

VB Attorneys is part of the court-appointed team leading this case against the federal

government. Trial of the test cases concluded in May 2019.

Call 888-695-6993 or visit HurricaneHarveyLawsuitHelp.com.

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• Significant compensation may be paid.

• We believe the trial went very well.

• There is still time to join.

• You can join even if you received money from

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Vuk Vujasinovic is a founding partner of VB Attorneys, located in

West Houston. He is a Board Certified attorney helping Houston

homeowners get compensation for their individual losses. He

represents property owners in all communities impacted by

reservoir waters after Harvey. He is still accepting new clients.

Call 888-695-6993 or visit HurricaneHarveyLawsuitHelp.com

to get started today.

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Cy-Fair Independent

School District

www.cfisd.net

IMPORTANT DATES

November 5th: Professional Day

November 25th-29th: Thanksgiving Holiday

NUTRITION SERVICES UTILIZE

HS GREENHOUSES FOR GARDEN-FRESH PRODUCE

The CFISD nutrition services department is responsible for feeding

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

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

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

it locally via high school greenhouses.

The team brought the plan to district partners Slow Food USA and the Whole

Kids Foundation, who noted that CFISD serves a large amount of romaine

lettuce in its cafeterias. Their recommendation was for the district to grow

its own lettuce using a hydroponic system-a soilless growing method using

a specific combination of nutrients to help plants grow only using water.

Knowing that the Cypress Woods High School greenhouse had available

space and the proper equipment, Emmy Durand, coordinator of nutrition

education, put the plan into action. She contacted Kyle Atkins, Cypress

Woods agriculture science teacher, about preparing the greenhouse for a

hydroponic test grow.

Growing produce using hydroponics is different than growing produce

in soil. First, seeds are planted in water-absorbent “plugs” that then go

into a nursery until the seeds germinate. After germination, the plugs are

moved into the greenhouse where they are placed in gutters that constantly

have water running underneath them. The water, which contains nutrients

conductive to plant growth, allows the produce to grow to full size in the

gutters. After a year of growing romaine lettuce at Cypress Woods, Durand

and her team expanded the program to Cypress Springs High School to help

utilize their greenhouse. In addition to growing romaine lettuce, Cypress

Woods and Cypress Springs will grow other leafy greens, including basil

and butter lettuce during the 2019-2020 school year. All produce grown

in the greenhouses will be taken to the CFISD food production center to

be washed and then returned to school cafeterias in place of traditionally

grown lettuce. For more information about CFISD nutrition services, visit

its page on the CFISD website.

NAC PROGRAM WINS PRESTIGIOUS GOLDIN

FOUNDATION AWARD

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD was recently selected as a recipient for the Goldin

Foundation for Excellence in Education Exemplary Projects Award,

which recognizes and rewards individuals or teams of educators who have

made notable contributions in their respective classrooms, schools and

communities. The district was honored for its New Arrival Center (NAC)

program, a one-year innovative approach for students who have been in a

U.S. school for six months or less and who speak limited to no English. The

NAC program, which currently serves 404 students in 13 CFISD schools,

is designed to motivate participating students and advance the acquisition

of the English language through the accelerated learning model. Harriet

Goldin, the foundation’s president, visited CFISD on March 19 th to see the

NAC program in action at multiple levels. She conducted site visits at Cy-

Fair High School, Arnold Middle School and Lieder Elementary School,

completing the district’s submission process that included a written entry and

conference call. While the goal of the program is to increase each student’s

language proficiency by one level, results have indicated that approximately

50 percent of students increase two or more language proficiency levels after

participating in the NAC program for one year. Additionally, the high school

completion rate for NAC alumni greatly exceeds the 60-percent statewide

rate for students from comparable backgrounds. The NAC program serves

as a model sought out by districts nationwide and has been featured on

the local news station, Univisión, as well as the Houston Chronicle and

Community Impact newspapers. In addition, the program and other award

recipients were shared on the foundation’s website so other schools and

organizations have the opportunity to replicate the notable initiatives.

22 CFISD NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS

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

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

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

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

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

The following students have been National Merit semifinalists:

Bridgeland: Joshua Fang

Cy-Fair: Thanh-Nhu Bui, Evelyn Pan, Roshan Rajan

Cypress Creek: Hasan Abbasi

Cypress Falls: Jacob Siboyeh

Cypress Ridge: Neel Narayan

Cypress Ranch: Donald McAfoose, Michael Zhou

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

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

Mariam William, Angela Zhong

Jersey Village: Jane Nguyen

Langham Creek: Alia Nathani, Chloe Tang

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

by officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They placed

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

Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit School Qualifying

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

scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance

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

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

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

winning a National Merit Scholarship. Qualifying students will be notified

of their final designations in February, with National Merit Scholarship

winners announced beginning in April and concluding in July.

PEER ASSISTANCE LEADERSHIP (PALS) COURSES

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

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

than 600 students attended the required training, which included breakout

sessions with CFISD’s guidance and counseling, psychological services and

community programs departments, networked with other students from all

12 high schools and heard talks from former Cypress Springs High School

PALs adviser Hal Bowman and recording artist Austin Lanier. Students also

participated in multiple team building activities.

PALs courses are available for juniors and seniors who qualify through

an application process. Like the name states, PALs are student mentors

to elementary and middle school students, with duties determined by the

needs of each campus. Some duties include serving as tutors, playing

games, working on social and speaking skills, helping boost self-esteem

and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

PALs began in 1980 as a “peer-helping” program, growing from an informal

extracurricular activity within a school district into a structured, curriculumbased

program adopted as an accredited elective course.

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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

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• 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

the college games), because your body deserves better.

WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING,

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The most wonderful time of year also means less time for you! Keep your

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1) BEFORE: during the day, drink plenty of water, eat hydrating fruits -

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2) DURING: continue to hydrate, make sure your plate has MORE vegetables,

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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

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Mistletoe Market, to be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 9 AM to

4 PM. It will be held at the Westlake Prep Lutheran Academy at 23300

Bellaire Blvd., Richmond TX. (Please do not call the school about booths

or questions.) Home decor, jewelry, gifts, clothing and much more. There

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

Contact Lisa at MistletoeMarketWOM@gmail.com for details.

THE NORWEGIAN SEAMEN’S CHURCH OF

HOUSTON ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR,

NOVEMBER 8TH-10TH

4309 Young Street, Pasadena TX 77504

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

Bakery with homemade bread and Christmas cookies, Norwegian store

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

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

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

Scandinavian Folk Dance, silent auction and great raffle prizes.

HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW

NOVEMBER 9 TH , 9 AM-4 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

CHRISTMAS GIFT MARKET

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

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

America featuring clothing boutiques, handcrafted jewelry, delectable

sweets, unique holiday gifts, home décor and more!

November 22 nd : 10 AM-8 PM

November 23 rd : 10 AM-6 PM

November 24 th : 11 AM-4 PM

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CY-FAIR NUTCRACKER MARKET & EXTRAVAGANZA

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

8877 Barker Cypress, Cypress, TX 77433

Come do all your holiday shopping with over 150 vendors offering

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

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

Items and so Much More! Free Event!

CY-RIDGE FFA HOLIDAY MARKET

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

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

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

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

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

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

BETHLEHEM MARKET LIVE -

A CHRISTMAS MARKET & FAMILY EVENT

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 10 AM-2 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

FESTIVALS

ST. CUTHBERT CHURCH 14TH ANNUAL

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 ND , 3-5 PM

17020 West Road, Houston, 77095

The International Festival honors all of the different countries, heritages and

backgrounds represented in our very unique and diverse congregation. The

Festival includes food, entertainment, activities for children and so much more to

learn about our world. Admission is $1 per person or $5 per family with proceeds

going to Rise Against Hunger. On Sunday, after the 9 AM service, all are welcome

to participate in an outreach project, a meal-packaging event in conjunction with

Rise Against Hunger. Visit stcuthbert.org for more information. Come experience

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

KATY OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

DECEMBER 7 TH , 10 AM-5 PM

Historic Downtown Katy

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

For more info, www.katymarketday.com.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

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

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

Bethlehem is an outdoor, interactive event where individuals and families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fall Product Program. By participating in this program, troops get a head

start on funding their activities for the year! Product sales help troops

earn necessary funds, but also help girls learn valuable business skills

such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills

and business ethics. Please support your local Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts

annual cookie sale will begin February 1, 2020.

Girl Scouting is open to all girls ages 5 (must be in kindergarten) through

18 who are willing to accept the Girl Scout Promise and law. Copper

Creek Meadows Community serves girls in the residence areas for the

elementary schools listed below, as well as the corresponding middle

and high schools. Home schooled and private school students are always

welcome. Our elementary schools are: Birkes, Fiest, Hairgrove, Horne,

Kirk, Lee, Lieder, Lowery, Metcalf, Owens, Tipps, Wilson, St. Elizabeth Ann

Seton, Texas Christian School and Christian Life Center. More information

about Girl Scouts may be found on the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

website, www.gssjc. The Council phone number is 713-292-0300. For

information on the Copper Creek Meadows Community, please contact

coppercreekmeadowsgirlscouts@gmail.com. Girl Scouts builds girls of

courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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For 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found

in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant

in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting

helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership

skills, outdoor skills and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities

that allow them to:

• Try new things. • Provide service to others.

• Build self-confidence. • Reinforce ethical standards.

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as

individuals while promoting activities that lead to personal responsibility

and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made,

peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.

Scouting provides a rewarding experience for boys ages 5 to 21. Scouting

through the local Packs and Troops teach outdoor and life skills which

help our youth Be Prepared. Your area is serviced by the BSA Sam

Houston Area Counsel - Copperhead District which includes 23 Cub Scout

Packs (boys 5 to 10 years old), 13 Troops (boys from 11 to 18 years old)

and 10 Venturing units (boys and girls from 14 to 21). Our Units typically

meet weekly.

Many of our units are supported by the local Elementary Schools

including: Birkes, Copeland, Duryea, Fiest, Hemmingway, Holmsley,

Horne, Jowell, Lowery, Metcalf, Owens, Postma, Robinson, Sheridan,

Tipps, Walker and Wilson.

Other Community groups include: Autumn Creek Baptist Church,

Beck and Masten Automotive, Cornerstone United Methodist Church,

Copperfield Church, Crossbridge Church, Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club, Deerfield

Village HOA, LDS Bear Creek and Copperfield Wards, Middlegate Village

HOA, Peace Community Church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

and Thornton Middle School.

Please contact Brendan Cronin, Copperhead District Executive (713-756-

3383 or email brendan.cronin@scouting.org) or to go www.copperhead.

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Boy Scout Troop 10 meets at Copperfield Church on Monday

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conference room #3. Please enter through the front doors of

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BOY SCOUT TROOP 609

Boy Scout Troop 609 is a specialized for Boys with high functioning

Autism Spectrum Disorders. They meet at the Westview School on the 1 st

and 3 rd Saturday of the month from 9:30-11:30 AM.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 838

Troop 838 is a small pack located near Hwy 6 and West Road at the

Crossbridges Church. We are between the Copperfield and Aberdeen

neighborhoods. Being a smaller troop allows us to be flexible and address

the needs of our scouts more nimbly. We currently have boys from ages 11

to 17 within our group working to make Eagle. We try to camp monthly,

with a wide variety of locations on our agenda. The different locations are

chosen by the senior boys to more directly meet our training needs and

to keep expenses low. In fact, we have some of the lowest expenses in the

area. Our adult leaders are all experienced with years of scouting under

their belt per individual. We also work closely with several local packs of

cub scouts and participate in civic duties around the area as well. Please

contact us at TROOP838CYPRESS.ORG or 414-331-3321.

TROOP 1865

Troop 1865 runs a diverse program of outdoor and service activities,

with events selected by the scouts themselves. We meet Mondays at 6:30

PM, at the Copperfield HOA building on Willow River and Hwy 6, behind

Labay. We’ve gone backpacking through the National Forest, rappelling

off Enchanted Rock, Survival camping, boating, canoeing and anything

else the scouts can dream up. We do high-adventure camping at

Philmont and Seabase. Our advancement program has enabled scout to

achieve the coveted rank of Eagle Scout at 10 times the national average

rate. We see scouting as a practice run on adult life. Scouts learn about

leadership and teamwork through having to work together in the field.

We learn about responsibility through fund-raising activities that have

allowed the entire troop to pay for their own summer camp each year.

CUB SCOUT PACK 2

We are an active year round pack for Kindergarten-5 th grade that focuses on life

skills, teamwork, leadership and FUN! Cub Scout activities include camping,

fishing, pinewood derby, hiking and much more! During the school year we meet

on the 3 rd Monday of each month at 7 PM at Birkes Elementary in the cafeteria.

Contact me for more information and to find out what exciting activities we have

planned for summer! Ame Lane-281-740-5020, ame.lane@yahoo.com.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 61

Young men between the ages of 11-18 are encouraged to visit Boy Scout Troop

61 at 7 PM Wednesday nights at Peace Community Church, 5151 Addicks

Satsuma Road, Houston, Texas, 77084. They will get a hands-on experience

of what Scouting has to offer and have the opportunity to visit with the

Scouts and their adult leaders to learn more about the things the troop has

done during meetings and activities. Scouting activities include camping,

fishing, archery, rifle/shotgun shooting, hiking, first aid, wilderness survival,

community service, citizenship, swimming, leadership, white-water rafting

and much more. Troop 61 camps each month and has a group that goes to

High Adventure Camp and to Merit Badge Camps each summer. Meet 7 to

8 PM every Wednesday in the Activity Room at Peace Community Church.

Contact Mike Viator. 713-253-8465, mike.viator@comcast.net.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 3

Boys, are you yearning for exciting outdoor programs that stir your

imagination and interest? How about camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking,

backpacking and off-road biking? Do you want to learn wilderness survival,

cooking, first aid, orienteering and shooting skills? Scouting is Fun… with

a Purpose - where boys grow into men instilled with values of duty to

God and Country, community service, citizenship, leadership and selfconfidence.

Troop 3 is a boy-lead troop where the boys plan an exciting

year-round outdoor program. We camp monthly and include rock climbing,

backpacking and canoeing. Troop 3 also participates in a weeklong winter

camp, as well as a weeklong summer camp. We welcome all young men, 11-

18 years old to visit Boy Scout Troop 3 at 7 PM Monday nights at Richard &

Meg Weekley Community Center located at 8440 Greenhouse Road, Cypress.

No previous scouting experience needed! www.houstontroop3.com

PACK 4 CUB SCOUTS

Meet at Lieder Elementary for the first 3 Tuesdays of each month at 7 PM.

We help turn young boys into men with fun and games while learning

new skills that will help them grow. We also work around tough sport

schedules. So come see what Pack 4 is all about!

HOMESCHOOL CUB SCOUT PACK 164

Pack 164 is a Christian, home school Cub Scout Pack that services the

Greater West Houston/Katy area. Pack 164 promotes service to God, to

country and to others. If you are interested and your son is in 1 st through 5 th

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SPORTS

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Ages: 4-16 (4-7 co-ed) Cost: $85 • 7 week season: Jan-Feb

Join us for an exciting season of basketball!

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MLS SOCCER LEAGUE

Ages: 3-10 (co-ed) Cost: $75 • 7 week season: Jan-Feb

Looking forward to another great season together!

Leagues are limited to first come, first serve! For more information go to:

www.myLWSports.com or call 281-500-8913!

ALBION HURRICANES FC (AHFC)

The club invites all interested competitive players from the ages of 7 to

13, to the Player Evaluations and to become part of our success. AHFC

competitive evaluations will be the first week of December. We ask that all

interested players pre-register before coming out to the fields. Please visit

albionhurricanes.org for details about your particular campus. Players older

than 13 interested in joining AHFC will need to contact the Directors below.

Boys Director: Mark Rufo - mrufo@albionhurricanes.org

Girls Director: Dan Hill - dhill@albionhurricanes.org

ECNL/Elite Director: Steve Firth - sfirth@albionhurricanes.org

AHFC also offers JHSL (a recreational program for 5-10 year old) at our Cy

Fair and Central locations and offers additional training at Katy Friday Night

Academy as well at Thursday Night Academy for players in the New Territory

area. Visit albionhurricanes.org to register and for times and dates.

TRACK HOUSTON YOUTH TRACK CLUB

Track Houston Youth Track Club has one of the largest and successful youth

track and field club training programs in the nation. Our program has

developed national champions in AAU, USATF, New Balance and Adidas.

Our Track and Field athletes have been selected for and competed on youth

international teams - Team USA and Team Trinidad. We have multiple

practice sites in the Greater Houston area including Katy and Cypress. Visit

www.trackhouston.com for Indoor Track and Field in November and Track

and Field in January. Track Houston is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization.

LADIES GOLF

A new ladies golf group is now forming at Cypress Lakes Golf Club. No

handicaps required. This will be a casual ladies golf outing to improve

your game and make some new friends. Play will be on Thursday

mornings at 9. For information please email ladiesgolf4fun@gmail.com

or call Cypress Lakes Golf Club at 281-304-8515.

NETBALL CLUBS

Houston Shooting Stars welcomes ladies, men and youth to join in, play and

learn netball, Tuesday nights at The British School of Houston. We are also

looking for interested players, adults and youth to play in a new Katy Netball

club. No experience necessary. For more information, go to our facebook

page, Houston Shooting Stars Netball Club or www.netballamerica.com or

contact houstonnetball@netballamerica.com for further information.

CY-FAIR SPORTS ASSOCIATION

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

cheerleading and soccer. Please see our website for more information

www.cy-fairsports.org.

WESTSIDE GOLF LEAGUE

Westside Golf League is actively encouraging new members. We invite

you to join us every Tuesday morning at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. Our

purpose is to allow ladies of all levels to meet new friends and have

fun while improving golfing skills. For more information, contact Sue

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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.

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

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

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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:

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.

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birds around us, Houston Audubon coordinated the Bird of Houston

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

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

leading to the final round, which pitted the Attwater’s Prairie-Chicken

against the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

Houston’s location on the central flyway is a vital stopover for migratory

birds and a welcoming, year-round, home to our resident bird. Not

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population. Birds are essential to human welfare thanks to the many

ecosystem services they provide, from pollination and pest-control, to

clean-up and seed dispersal. A representative Bird of Houston is just the

thing to connect our residents to their avian neighbors.

The Bird of Houston announcement coincides with Houston Bird

Week celebration from September 21 st until September 28 th , in honor

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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Recipes

and Gardening Tips

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.

Source: allrecipes.com

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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