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WESTGATE IMPORTANT NUMBERS

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INFORMATION

Westgate Subdivision falls within District 4 of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. Suspicious behavior should be called in to the Non-Emergency

number, general questions should be directed to the Patrol District Office and emergencies should always call 911:

Inframark Infrastructure Management Services

2002 West Grand Parkway, Ste. 100

Katy, TX 77449

Ph: 281-870-0585 • Fax: 281-870-9170

Mgr: Angela Bumann - angela.bumann@inframark.com

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Fire or Sheriff Emergency 911

Sheriff (non-emergency) Press Option 1 for Dispatch 713.221-6000

Patrol District Office (gen. info) 281-463-2648

16715 Clay Rd., Houston, TX 77084

Cy-Fair Vol. Fire Dept. 713-466-6161

Cy-Creek Vol. Fire Dept. 281-440-0079

Child Protective Services 713-394-4000

Poison Control 800-764-7661

Community Events & Activities Committees

HOA Board of Directors: board@westgatetx.net

Newsletter Editor: Kimberly McGaughy • kbmcgaughy@gmail.com

Garage Sale Chairs: Philip & Adrean Rowell • garagesale@westgatetx.net

Social Chair: social@westgatetx.net

Parks/Pools Chair: poolandparks@westgatetx.net

Deed Restriction Committee Contact:

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UTILITIES

Reliant Energy (elec) 713-207-7777

CenterPoint Energy 713-659-2111

CenterPoint Energy (to report gas leak) 888-876-5786

CenterPoint Energy (power outage/downed lines) 713-659-2111

MOC Water Emergency 24 hr service line 281-367-5511

MOC Utility Operations (Katy office) 281-347-8686

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MUD #70 contact: Schwartz, Page & Harding Attys. 713-623-4531

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WCA Waste Corp. (garbage) 281-368-8397

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Houston North 281-766-1914

Schools

Cy-Fair ISD 281-897-4000

Copeland Elementary 281-856-1400

Jowell Elementary 281-463-6966

Hoover Elementary 832-667-7301

Anthony Middle School 281-373-5660

Cy-Spring HS 281-345-3000

Langham Creek HS 281-463-5400

Local Services Bear Post Office 800-275-8777

Bear Creek Library 281-550-0885

Cy-Fair College Library 281-890-2665

Langham Creek YMCA 281-859-6143

Animal Control 281-999-3191

ASPCA (24 Hr Poison Control) 888-426-4435

Spills 713-439-6000

TX Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-941-8972

Humane Wildlife Removal 281-354-2293

Bob Leared Interest, Inc. (property taxes for MUD #70) 713-932-9011

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AND SUPPORTING OUR DEPUTIES

A big thanks to those who helped at National Night Out: Kimberly McGaughy, Kimberly Martinez and son, Zorik

Petrosian, Neil Staley, Helen Haldeman, Kent McGaughy, Abel Gonzalez and Puneet Saggar. And special thanks

to Lena Lindsay of Skye Cafe for organizing the food trucks and supporting Westgate. Finally, thank you to Jose

Vargas for his company, Vargas Landscaping, donating LOTs of drinks. They build great fences too! The night

was a great success with over 200 neighbors stopping by to mingle with Sheriff’s deputies and CFVFD Station 8

Firefighters. Great eats from Skye Café and Myla’s Italian Ice! The kids really seemed to enjoy the Hippo Chow

Down inflatable game too. Westgate played tribute to Fallen Deputy Dhaliwal with a wreath in his honor and

showing support by collecting $262.45 for his family.

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BLUE RIBBONS AND BLUE LIGHTS IN WESTGATE

We wanted the HCSO to know we support them and grieve for Deputy

Dhaliwal and his family, so we lit up Westgate with blue lights and blue

ribbons. We also made a memorial wreath for Deputy Dhaliwal and took

up a collection for his family at NNO. Helen Haldeman, Neil Staley and

Kimberly McGaughy presented them to the Sheriff’s Office at the Clay Rd

office.

Thanks to Helen Haldeman, Kent McGaughy, Veronica Flores and

daughter Nevaeh, Amy Forcha, Ferrari Rehman and family and Zorik

Petrosian for helping put up ribbons at our main entrances. Kimberly

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Zaffino, Sajoo Ki Ramsha and Christina Soto for donating ribbon.

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In early October, many officers were in and out of District 5’s office in

Tomball due to the Deputy Dhaliwal funeral and our District (4) covered

there. Westgate supported them by supplying snacks and drinks at the

sheriff’s office. Westgate resident Stephanie Pendola came up with this

idea and volunteered to help organize it.

Stephanie Pendola said, “Thank you to Wal-Mart #7357 and #4465

for your donations sponsored by Westgate Subdivision. We collected

approximately 12 cases of baked goods, four cases of water and

numerous cases of soda. We also donated fruit and candy. The officers

at District Four at Clay Rd. were very touched and grateful. Thank

you, Helen Haldeman for getting the ball rolling. I like to think Deputy

Dhaliwal would be glad we are doing in some part what he would have

done. May God Bless him and our officers in blue.” Thank you, Westgate,

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CHRISTMAS DECORATION CONTEST

BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR LIGHTS ON TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CONTEST:

Just wanted to give a heads-up to all the Westgate residents out there

who like to show their holiday spirit! We’re having a Christmas Decoration

Contest again this year! Winners not only get bragging rights, but also gift

card prizes! The judges will drive around and judge the decorations on one

weekend in December; be sure to tune in to our Facebook page and website

to find out exactly when. SO BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR DECORATION LIGHTS

ON BOTH THOSE DAYS if you want to participate. Afterward, we’ll announce

the winners. The newsletter won’t have the winners in print until the

February edition, but we will have it immediately on Facebook (Westgate

Subdivision group) and the Westgate Website (www.westgatetx.com).

ANNUAL MAINTENANCE FEES STATEMENT

The Board was able to avoid raising dues for 2020 and the annual statement

has been mailed to all homeowners. Once again, we included four payment

coupons to help residents avoid having to pay all at once right after

Christmas. If you anticipate not being able to pay your Westgate fees for

2020 on time, be sure to call Inframark (281-870-0585) to discuss getting on

a payment plan before more fees are tacked on-from the attorney, etc. $635

can turn into $1,000+ very quickly. Even if you don’t think you can pay all at

once, you need to call Inframark to make payment arrangements; DON’T

WAIT and cost yourself MORE money. These dues help pay for landscaping,

electricity, water, refurbishing and adding amenities and pool management,

among other things. It helps Westgate continue to be a great community

with stable or increasing property values. If you’d ever like details of how

your dues are spent, you can always ask our management company. Also,

go to our annual meeting and you will receive a copy of the financials.

WHY HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE?

by Westgate Resident and Realtor Tim Bogott

Unfortunately, many people in Houston are still dealing with the catastrophic

destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey and others still have vivid memories

of the devastation. Since 2010, Houston has experienced three major flooding

events - May 2015, April 2016 and of course, Harvey in August 2017. That’s a

major flooding event on average every three years in Houston in the last 10

years. When asked about purchasing a flood insurance policy, the standard

answer given by many is that my home is in the 500 year plain. What is the

definition of a 500-year flood? Many believe it means a flooding chance every

500 years, but really it means a flooding event has a 1 in 500 chance in a given

year. Did you know that all three flooding events in Houston since 2010 have

been designated 500-year floods by Houston City Management Officials?

With flooding being a real possibility every year, below is information to

consinder why you should purchase a flood insurance policy for your home:

• The Risk - According to FEMA, a home located in the 100-year flood plain

is 27 more times likely to experience a flood than a fire over the life of 30-

year mortgage. Fact - 20% of all flood claims come from outside the Flood

Hazard areas. • Cost of Repairs - According to AAA, just one inch of water in

a 2000 square foot home causes about $27,000 in damage. Getting disaster

aid through FEMA is a loan with interest that must be paid back to the

government and that payment will most likely be higher than purchasing the

standard flood insurance policy. • Peace of Mind - The standard homeowners

insurance policy does not cover flooding; defined by rising water from the

outside coming into the home. By purchasing flood insurance with your

homeowner’s policy, your home and family will be fully protected regardless

if water comes from the outside, a damaged roof or a broken water pipe.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR DEED RESTRICTIONS?

In an effort to educate our residents, we are highlighting some deed

restriction or other item that needs improvement in Westgate:

GARAGE SALES: In the Declaration of Covenants,…, Article VII, section B.,

pg. 11: “Garage sales or yard sales…[are] prohibited. The Association may…

provide for a community wide garage sale.” Also, Texas state law considers

garage sales an “uncurable” violation that can incur an IMMEDIATE fine.

Our fine policy states that fine will be $50. Please only have garage sales on

community wide garage sales days. We have one in the spring and one in the

fall. Having them at any other time may result in an immediate fine. Why?

Unexpected traffic concerns and parking congestion, as well as other kinds

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of disruptions, occur during random garage sales in the neighborhood. Also,

people leaving their signs up after the sale is over increases the trash on

the common areas. Having a community wide garage sale enables people to

have warning to prepare for garage sales and limits the number of times they

have to deal with difficulties, but also allows homeowners to occasionally

have sales to clear out their clutter. It’s a compromise. Following these

instructions helps keep our neighborhood looking neat and thus keeps up

our property values. Home condition tends to be a contagious conditiongood

or bad. Let’s be considerate of our neighbors!

COPIES OF ALL WESTGATE FOUNDING DOCUMENTS (including the ARC

form) can be downloaded from the Westgate website www.westgatetx.net.

PROCEDURE WHEN FILING A REPORT

WITH THE SHERIFF’S DEPT.

If you ever have to file a report with the Sheriff’s Department, whether

after calling 911 or the nonemergency number (713-221-6000), be sure to

let the deputy know that Westgate has a contract with the Sheriff’s Dept.

through our MUD district (Harris County MUD #70). That way, the incident

will be reported to our contract deputies, giving them information on

what to look for in our community. Also, be sure to report the issue to our

Crime Watch committee at crimewatch@westgatetx.net. They discuss

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STAY UP TO DATE WITH WESTGATE NEWS

To get the latest information on what’s happening in Westgate, be sure to

check our other Westgate sources:

1. The WESTGATE WEBSITE, www.westgatetx.net

2. The Westgate FACEBOOK page is Westgate’s official Social Media outlet

for information (on Facebook, search for “WESTGATE SUBDIVISION Official”

and you must sign up); you can find goodies like pictures of our events,

HOA information, etc. If you have trouble finding it on Facebook, type this

into your address bar: www.facebook.com/groups/WestgateSubdivision/.

Within a day or two, you will then be asked to verify your address, as it is a

residents-only group. Look for this in your “messages” section at the top

left of the page and you may be asked to accept a message.

3. Send questions to the WESTGATE HOA EMAIL, Board@westgatetx.net.

The newsletter only comes out once a month and information is a month

old, so the other methods are used when something happens last minute

and if you missed the newsletter.

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and the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you

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want to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we

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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

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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

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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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Cy Springs hosts ‘Gold Out’ game for childhood cancer awareness

In helping bring awareness to childhood cancer, Cypress Springs High

School designated its first home football game as a “Gold Out” night for

the campus and its community to show unity and honor those tackling

the disease. In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month,

Cypress Springs invited two current Panthers and their families to serve

as honorary captains for its September 5 th game against Katy Taylor at

Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.

Junior Madeline Seto was diagnosed with embryonal sarcoma, a rare

form of liver cancer, in September 2018. Sophomore Emily Schaefer

and her family were also on the field–they lost son and younger brother

Malachi to infection during a fifth round of leukemia treatment. Krystal

Schaefer, a fourth grade student at Andre’ Elementary School, conducted

the pre-game coin flip while her sister and parents, Benjamin and Kerri

Schaefer, looked on.

Cypress Springs raised $1,850 that will be donated directly to pediatric

cancer research. Members of the school community, from the Panteras

to the football coaches, administration, honored families and others in

attendance, wore gold shirts sold as part of the fundraiser.

Every year, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer

and approximately 25 percent will not survive the disease. Nonprofit

charitable organizations, like the American Childhood Cancer

Organization, provide helpful information on cancer treatment and

services, as well as advocating for patients, survivors and families. In

addition, communities host their own events and donate to research

institutions.

CFISD schools and organizations routinely hold drives and events for

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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 the college games), because your body

deserves better.

WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING,

AFTER THANKSGIVING DINNER

The most wonderful time of year also means less time

for you! Keep your focus on YOU before, during and after

holiday eating:

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

hydrating fruits - melons, apples, take a long walk, eat a

whole-grain breakfast

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

MORE vegetables, avoid white grains and choose whole

grains, gravy on the side, fresh baked potatoes vs. mashed,

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3) AFTER: continue to hydrate, stay active, go for a walk,

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SCOUTS

GIRL SCOUTS OF SAN JACINTO COUNCIL

COPPER CREEK MEADOWS COMMUNITY

FALL FUNDRAISER OF NUTS, CHOCOLATES, CANDY &

MAGAZINES COMING SOON!

Every year, registered Girl Scouts take orders from friends and family for

delicious nuts and candies and magazine subscriptions as part of the

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.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA -

COPPERHEAD DISTRICT

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

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Boy Scout Troop 10 meets at Copperfield Church on Monday

evenings from 7-8:30 PM. Our meeting rooms are upstairs in

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

the church, head up the stairs and feel free to come visit us

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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

grade, please contact Jack M. Jones at 281-558-5722.

When: Saturday, November 2nd

3:00-5:00

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St. Cuthbert’s Fourteenth Annual International

Festival honors all the different countries and

heritages represented in our very unique and

diverse congregation. The festival includes food,

entertainment, native dress, and activities for

children and youth. It is the perfect place to learn

about the world around us. Admission is $1 per

person or $5 per family.

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SPORTS

LW SPORTS REGISTRATIONS

JR. ROCKETS BASKETBALL & CHEERLEADING

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

Join us for an exciting season of basketball!

FREE Houston Rockets Ticket for each Basketball player!

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

Crookson at 281-392-4913 scrookson@houston.rr.com or Yana Dommert

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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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