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Post Office 800-275-8777
MUD #81 281-392-8112
MUD #81 (Trash) Best Trash 281-313-2378
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
The office is open the first Tuesday of each month:
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IMPORTANT DATES IN January 2020
Ladies Game Night & Pot Luck
Garage Sale Weekend
Office Hours for January 2020
Monday through Friday:
9 AM-5 PM
(Unless otherwise posted on the front door.)
Office Closed for New Year’s Day
MPCA BOARD MEETINGS
The Board of Directors meet in the Memorial Parkway
Clubhouse (21600 Cimarron Parkway) on the first Tuesday
of every month at 7 PM. The meeting is open to all members
of the Association. Members are welcome to observe the
public portion of the meeting and to address the Board
during the ‘Homeowner Forum’ section of the meeting. The
Board is only required by the State to have ONE meeting per
year, but MP has always had monthly meetings so that they
can be more accessible to the members that they serve.
Our monthly Board meeting will be Tuesday, January 7,
2020 at 7 PM.
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2020 MAINTENANCE FEES
The 2020 Maintenance Fee of $375, is due by January 1, 2020. Any
account not paid before January 31, 2020 will incur a late fee of $35 on
February 1 st and a finance charge of 10% per month. Payment plans are
available in the office. Plans will consist of 3 monthly payments. There is a
$35 charge to get on a payment plan.
Late Fee Schedule for Unpaid Maintenance Fees
Accounts not paid before January 31, 2020 will incur an additional late
fee of $35.
Accounts not paid before February 28, 2020 will incur an additional late
fee of $35.
Accounts not paid before March 30, 2020 will incur an additional late
fee of $50.
Accounts not paid before April 30, 2020 will incur an additional late fee
All unpaid fees after January 31, 2020 carry a finance charge of 10% per
Accounts not paid by April 30, 2020 may be turned over for legal pursuit
in which all costs are the responsibility of the delinquent owner. Legal
fees can range from $150 to over $2,000.
MPCA LADIES GAME NIGHT
Join us other neighborhood ladies for game night and pot luck. We play
Bunco ($13) and LRC ($3). Bring your favorite dish to share, Thursday,
January 2 nd at 6:30 PM in the Memorial Parkway Clubhouse. Newbies
we always love to teach you how to play. Such easy games and some
great prizes, but the fun of getting together for great food and great new
friends is the best part. We play the first Thursday of each month at the
same location and time.
To find the latest news and information on upcoming events, documents,
copies of Board minutes and to register for Memorial Parkway’s
blog, please go to our web page mphoa.org. As another way to share
communication, ideas and events in our neighborhood is to “like” us on
QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? SUGGESTIONS?
We welcome communication from homeowners and residents. The
MPCA Board of Directors are your neighbors and are available to answer
questions. We love having comments and suggestion from everyone as
we strive to make Memorial Parkway a great place to live. Please contact
us at anytime via email at email@example.com.
ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEE
All exterior changes to your property must be submitted to our committee
for approval before you start any work. This includes, but is not limited
to, painting, re-roofing, sheds, patio covers, fences, etc. All requests must
be on our request form that can be found online at our website www.
mphoa.org or at the office. Please give as much detail as possible, so
there is no delay in getting your request reviewed. Except for painting
and re-roofing, it would be best to include a plat of your property that
shows property lines and easements in relation to the location of your
Architectural Modifications Approved October 24 - November 20,
Exterior Paint 8
Window Replacement 0
Exterior Repair 2
Open Deed Restriction Violation Counts as of November 22, 2019:
Unapproved Construction 2
Basketball Goal 2
Dumpster Or Pod 1
Dirt And Mildew 67
Exterior Paint 60
Exterior Repairs 14
Dead Landscaping 1
Trim Bushes 6
Lamp Post 0
Lawn Maintenance 29
Outdoor Furniture 1
Stored Items 49
Trash Containers 80
Dead Tree 4
Leaves And Tree Debris 4
Low Tree Branches 9
Palm Trees 3
Motor Vehicle Repairs 0
Motor Vehicle Storage 10
Recreational Vehicles 1
A/C Unit 1
Damaged Glass 0
Window Treatments 9
MEMORIAL PARKWAY ROADWAYS
Please help us keep our streets clear. We are receiving many complaints
from residents about cars being parked in the street with empty
driveways. Please be considerate of your neighbors when parking your
vehicles. Try to always park in your garage or on your driveway. If you
can’t park in your garage because you have too much clutter, spend some
time and clean out your garage! As a reminder, commercial vehicles are
not allowed in Memorial Parkway subdivision.
MPCA would like to suggest that garage sales be conducted the first
Friday and Saturday of each month. This will eliminate the many signs
that are out each week and also makes for a stronger turn out. Most area
communities only allow sales twice a year. Memorial Parkway could be
known for its “Once a Month” garage sales. Do not attach your garage sale
signs to the STOP signs, as it is against the law and the County can issue
citations for this. If a sign is on a public right of way, like the esplanades),
they may be subject to fines of $500-$1,000 per occurrence per day.
We also ask that you do not post your signs on the property of another
resident. When your sale is over, please go back and pick up all of your
A NOTE FROM THE CONSTABLES
The Vacation Watch form is now available online on our website in the left
column. From this page (https://constablepct5.com/index.php/vacationwatch/)
you can fill in the form and submit it. The submitted form will
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e emailed to dispatch for distribution. There is lots of good information
on Harris County Precinct 5 Constables’ office website. Residents are
encouraged to check it out at https://constablepct5.com/.
Security Report October 2019
911 Hang Up 2
Accident Minor 4
Accident FSGI 1
Alarm Local 4
Animal - Livestock 1
Burglary - MotorVehicle 1
Check Park/School 11
Contract Checks 100
Criminal Mischief 1
Discharge Firearms 2
Disturbance - Juvenile 1
Disturbance-Loud Noise 8
Domestic Prevent 1
Follow Up 2
Fradulent Use of ID 1
Incident Report 5
Indecent Exposure 1
Information call 41
Meet the Citizen 52
Meet the Officer 4
Mental Health 3
MUD Building Check 1
Neighborhood check 32
Open Door/Window 1
Prop Found/Lost 1
Special Assignment 1
Suspicious Person 17
Theft - Other 1
Traffic Initiative 9
Traffic Hazard 1
Traffic Stops 8
Unk Medical Emergency 3
Vacation Watch 26
Vehicle Abandoned 1
Vehicle Suspicious 9
Welfare Check 9
REMINDER FOR DOG WALKERS
Be a responsible/considerate pet owner by picking up your dog’s waste
from your neighbor’s yard when you’re out for a walk. There’s nothing
more frustrating than stepping in fecal matter in your own yard when
you don’t even have a pet.
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both individuals and business leaders like Cane Island, to provide a sound financial platform for Foundation initiatives by committing to three years
or more of support.
Cane Island President Dan Naef joined the Katy ISD Education Foundation for 2019-2020 Inspiring Imagination teacher grant announcements. “It was
one of the most special experiences I’ve had in Katy,” Naef said, “To be present and witness the joy in a teacher’s eyes when they win a grant and to hear
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Natalie Gendron from Memorial Parkway Junior High in Katy Texas is one
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across the nation and enjoy a magical holiday season at Walt Disney
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Sugar Land Holiday Lights Sweetened by Imperial Sugar - thru
January 5, 2020, 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
thru December 23 rd for photo opportunities and meet and greets.
5 th Annual Magical Winter Lights - through January 5, 2020, 5-11
PM, Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque. Admission: Online
(https://magicalwinterlights.com) Advanced Ticket: Adult: $22, Children:
(ages 4-13): $13, Senior Citizens (65+): $13, Children under 4: FREE, Family
4-Pack: $76. The festival is a 20-acre, 52-day, larger-than-life lantern
festival with themed lantern sections, nighty acrobatic performances,
carnival rides and games, an interactive dino area and lots of holiday fun
for the whole family.
Prismatica - Sunday, January 5 th , 8 AM, Avenida Houston, 1002
Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010. Event is FREE and open
to the public. Bring the family down to Avenida Houston, Downtown’s
center for entertainment and enjoy our new, interactive art installation
comprised of 50 pivoting prisms more than two metres tall, transforms
the Place des Festivals into a giant kaleidoscope!
The Bridal Extravaganza Show - January 4 th -5 th , George R. Brown
Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010.
Two whole days of fashion shows, wedding seminars and over 650 booths
featuring 325 local wedding vendors. See in person what they have to
offer, including samples of their designs, photos and videos of reception
locations, displays and new ideas to make your wedding special. For
more info, visit www.bridalextravaganza.com.
8 th Annual ChocoLoco 5K/10K - Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7:30 AM,
Start/Finish: Sam Houston Park 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002. Are
you crazy for chocolate? Then this race is for you! We will have hot cocoa,
chocolate fountains and more after the run! All participants receive a chip
timed race, ChocoLoco 5K & 10K finisher medal and unisex t-shirt! Kids K
participants receive a t-shirt and finisher medal. More info and to sign up:
Festa Della Befana 2020 - January 12, 2020, 3:30-5:30 PM, Italian
Cultural and Community Center, 1101 Milford St., Free admission,
Donations are welcome. Children from our Italian language classes will
be participating in a recital and all guests will receive sweets from Befana
when she comes to visit. Come learn about this Italian Christmas tradition
with your family! The ICCC is funded in part by the City of Houston
through Houston Arts Alliance.
Holiday In The Gardens - Through January 12, 2020, Moody Gardens,
Seven Hope Blvd. Eight Holiday Attractions! One Venue! Ice Land:
Christmas Around the World, Festival of Lights, Holiday 3D Films, Rudolph
4D, Ice Skating, Arctic Slide, Train Rides, Photos with Santa, Plus Live
Entertainment, Great Food, Group Rates, Hotel Packages and More! For
info, times and tickets, www.moodygardens.com/holiday_season.
Zoo Lights - Through January 12, 2020, 5:30-10:30 PM, Houston Zoo,
6200 Hermann Park Drive. Admission: $12.75-$29.95. Houston Zoo
is transformed into a winter wonderland and one of Houston’ s most
well-loved holiday traditions. Guests will sip hot chocolate as they stroll
through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and
sounds of the season. Earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate the ancient
oak trees and decorate the paths to light the way. Guests also have an
opportunity to interact with Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra, get a selfie
on the giant ice throne and take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Additional experiences like decorating churros and making s’mores are
also available for purchase.
Chinese Cultural Showcase Performance - January 16, 2020, 10 AM-
11:59 PM, Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr. Purchase
Tickets: $15/person General Admission (Online or in person at the Chinese
Community Center) $18/person at the door. A special performance lineup
showcasing an array of traditional Chinese dances, demonstrations,
musical performances and more! Join us as we celebrate days leading up
to 2020 Lunar New Year Festival.
14 th The Annual MLK Youth Parade-Houston - January 18, 2020, 12
Noon, Parade Route: San Jacinto St & Elgin Street N/B on San Jacinto to
Webster St. The Parade will feature participants from across the U.S. and
will be co-lead by The Stephen F. Austin High School Marching Band-
Houston, Texas and the Huntington HS Marching Band-Shreveport, LA.
Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest - January 18, 2020, 10 AM-6 PM, 2314
Strand, Historic Strand District. To participate in the Chili tasting, tickets
start at $12. Not to fear, the Chili & Beer is here, again! For the past ten
years, Yaga’s has brought a diverse crowd of Chili & Beer lovers from all
over the nation to Galveston, TX. This years festival will consist of the ever
so popular Chili & Beer tasting with a ton of added perks. Get ready for
live music, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a washer pitching tournament, a jackpot
margarita contest, vendors and a historical strand merchant walk-about.
Celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 At Lucky Land - January 19, 2020,
10 AM-6 PM, 8625 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77037. Admission: $10 for
adult, $7 for senior, $5 for kids, FREE for kids younger than 3 years old.
Celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 the year of rat with us. There are so many
activities, watching the live performances, feeding koi fish, riding the rick
shaw, ceramic painting, dress up the authentic costumes, shopping, enjoy
the delicious foods and get the red envelop for good luck!
19 th Annual MLK Battle of the Bands - Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3-7
PM, W.W. Thorne Stadium, Houston, Texas 77032. Marching Bands from
across the nation competing in friendly competition. Learn more at www.
mlkgrandeparade.org or call 713-953-1633.
26 th Annual MLK Grande Parade - January 20, 2020, 10 AM, Parade
Route: San Jacinto St & Elgin Street N/B on San Jacinto to Webster St. The
MLK Grande Parade is the third largest Parade in the U.S. behind The Rose
Parade and The Macy’s Day Parade.
24 th Annual Texas Lunar Festival - January 25, 2020, 10 AM-5 PM,
International Trade Center, 11122 Bellaire Blvd. Free Admission. In
the Chinese lunar calendar a different animal or mythological beast
represents every year in a twelve year cycle. The year of 2020 is the year
of the Rat. At the annual Texas Lunar Festival, we celebrate the impressive
qualities of every culture while celebrating the Asian Lunar New Year.
From the exciting entertainment to the remarkable cuisine, the Texas
Lunar Festival not only celebrates Houston… but every culture across
our beautiful planet.
16 th Annual All In For ALS - January 25, 2020, 10 AM-10 PM, Bayou
City Event Center Houston, 9401 Knight Rd, Houston, Texas 77045. The
ALS Association of Texas is excited to be part of the 16 th Annual All in for
ALS Poker Tournament, presented by Six Foot. Come enjoy a fun day of
poker and casino and arcade games, all to raise money for our mission
to discover treatments a cure for ALS and to serve, advocate for and
empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Lunch
and dinner will be provided and the top 30 players will win prizes (valued
at over $100,000).
The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy® - Thru February 2,
2020, 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-mountain-energy/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.
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Boot Camp in the Plaza - Fridays, 9-10 AM. Sugar Land Town Square,
2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Free Admission. Stay fit with our
free weekly Boot Camp class with Cida Fitness.
Chimney Rock Market - 1 st Sunday of the month, 12-4 PM, Chimney
Rock Plaza, 3300 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77056. Admission is free.
Please join us for our Art and Farmers Market! Our vendors will be selling
mouth-watering eats and artisan gifts the whole family can enjoy. As
always, four-legged friends are welcome.
Living History Saturday - 3 rd Saturday of the month, 10 AM-4 PM.
Washington On The Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12,
Washington, TX 77880. Admission: Regular admission fees apply. Staff
and volunteers dressed in period clothing bring to life the people and
events of Old Washington providing a unique opportunity to discover
various aspects of life surrounding the birth of the Republic of Texas.
Activities will vary and some are weather dependent. Contact Adam at
936-878-2214 ext. 228.
Comedy Night at HPL - Monthly on the 3 rd Thursday, 6-8 PM. HPL,
500 Mckinney Avenue, Houston, TX 77002. Admission is free. The HPL
offers “Open Mic” comedy night where local and non local comedians,
comediennes, ventriloquists and impressionists of ALL ages present
family comedy to the audience. Everyone who participates in at least
one open mic throughout the year become eligible to participate in the
Annual Comedy competition which is held in December. Prizes in the
amounts of $100 and $75 gift cards are given to the 4 winners.
Caffeine and Chrome - Recurring monthly on the last Saturday
of the month, 9 AM-12 Noon, Gateway Classic Cars Of Houston, 1910
Cypress Station Drive, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77090. Admission is free
to spectators. Enjoy delicious donuts, coffee and all of our sweet rides!
No cruiser? No sweat bring the daily driver. Hope to see you there. 250+
classic & exotics.
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You don’t have any kids? Are you a single parent? Same sex couple? An
empty nester? This is not a problem, we place our students in all kinds of
You’re not rich? Neither am I! Your exchange student comes with their
own spending money and health insurance. All you provide is room/
board and three meals a day. Oh and TLC…but that’s free. Live in the
middle of nowhere? Small town? Not a big deal. Some kids prefer to get
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do pretty well in small schools, as they usually get to be the center of
attention and make friends rather quickly. Our students also get chances
to travel to New York, Washington DC, Hawaii and California…so they
can get their fill of the city life and return back to the peaceful sounds of
nature. Do you consider yourself a boring person? More than likely this
is not true and you should quit being so hard on yourself. Your student
will make friends. Your student will meet other exchange students. Your
student will attend activities offered by our program. Your student will
get involved in sports and school clubs. Your purpose is not to entertain
them. But you might find that you bring a little adventure to each others
lives. Kids are too young? Great! Lots of students love young kids and
your kids will love them. It’s beneficial to introduce your kids to new
cultures at a very young age. You’re preparing them to accept people no
matter what the religion, color of their skin or language they speak. That
my friend, is good parenting. Don’t hold back! This is a gret experience for
both parties. You get the opportunity to change a child’s life. You get the
satisfaction of seeing them grow, even after they leave your home into
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And you contributed to that success! And the best part of it all, is you gain
another family member for life. We need people like you to give these
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STS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place
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You could make this on National Spaghetti Day January 4th! Everyone is
trying to be a little healthier these days, so instead of a pasta spaghetti,
try using spaghetti squash:
1. To start, cut your squash in half lengthwise. This is definitely the hardest
part of making spaghetti squash, but with a sharp chef’s knife and some
determination you’ll do just fine.
2. Remove the seeds. Drizzle the cut sides with olive oil and season with
salt and pepper. Flip the squash cut-side down on a baking sheet.
3. Pop it in a 400°F oven for 40 minutes. Depending on the size of your
squash, this could take more like an hour. If 40 minutes have passed and
you’re not sure if the squash is ready, pull it out of the oven and drag the
tines of a fork on the cut side. If spaghetti-like strands easily release from
the skin, it’s ready. If not, continue baking and check on it every 5 to 10
minutes. Over-roasting can lead to soggier “spaghetti,” so it’s best to keep
a close eye on the squash.
4. Shred it! When it’s ready, let cool slightly before creating “spaghetti”
with your fork.
Top with spaghetti sauce or for an even healthier and lower calorie
option, go with a marinara sauce.
Single serving Healthy Homemade
Strawberry Ice Cream
You could make this on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day January 15th!
• Birds: Provide food and fresh water. More birds die from lack of water
than from lack of food.
• Cacti: Semi-dormant now. Reduce watering.
• Camellias: Plants may be moved. Pick up and discard fallen blooms.
• Cultivation: Changes in design may now be made, new beds dug and
old ones rebuilt. Correct defects in drainage. Incorporate gypsum into
heavy soils: repeat in three weeks. Dig granite dust, rock phosphate
and quantities of organic matter into soil. Allow time for settling before
• Fertilize: Daylilies, spuria, Louisiana and bearded irises with complete
fertilizer. Give strawberries 1 teaspoon ammonium sulfate, keeping six
inches away from plant. Fertilize pansies with manure tea or blood meal.
• Fruits: Plant fruit trees. Mulch figs with grass or straw to prevent freeze
damage to crown.
• House Plants: Water, when surface soil is crumbly dry. Wash dust off
leaves to open pores. Mist often. Inspect for diseases and insects. Reduce
water for poinsettias.
• Lawns: Remove thatch aerate, and feed with low nitrogen mixture.
• Pests: For petal blight prevention, spray azaleas and camellias as flowers
open. Spray for scale with dormant oil solution if temperature will
be above 35˚ and below 85˚ for next 48 hours. Always read and heed
manufacturer’s directions before spraying.
• Propagation: Ivy cuttings root easily this month and next. Root cuttings
of shrubs in mixture of loam and coarse sand; keep damp and semishaded
• Prune: Fruit trees in advance of new growth. Prune to groom and shape.
Do not remove too much. Remove dead wood from trees and shrubs
before spring buds swell, but do not prune spring bloomers. Prune crape
myrtles. Prune nandina and others of similar growth habit by cutting
unwanted canes out at base of plant.
• Roses: Annual pruning about the middle of February, just before the
spring buds break. To prevent later appearance of disease in the old
beds, keep garden clean of debris and weeds. Complete preparation of
new beds for roses.
• Transplanting: January is one of the best months to transplant woody
plants, both evergreen and deciduous, especially trees. Energy will be
expended on roots instead of foliage. Learn ultimate size and cultural
needs of tree or plant before buying. Consider dwarf varieties to avoid
crowding later. Group plants of similar cultural needs. Do not work wet
soil. Assure good drainage. Keep plants moist.
• Vegetables: Prepare beds, preferably raised for drainage, with about
50% humus, including rotted manure.
• Winter Protection: Expect freeze any time; plan for protection of tender
plants. Water. Remove coverings, particularly plastic, when temperature
rises. Protect low plants with dry leaves, pine needles or soil mulch, but
remove when weather warms.
1 banana, frozen
1 cup (5-6 whole) strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup milk of choice
Place all 3 ingredients in a food processor and pulse for about 1-2 minutes.
Scoop into bowl. ENJOY!!
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