Westfield Community January 2020

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Westfield Community | January 2020 1


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SHERIFF’S PHONE NUMBERS

The non-emergency phone number for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department is 713-221-6000. But if you actually have an

emergency and in need of assistance right away, please call 9-1-1.

WESTFIELD COMMUNITY

HELPFUL NUMBERS

Spectrum Association Management

281-343-9178 281-752-5482 Fax

16690 Park Row • Houston, TX 77084

Monique Robinson - Manager

MRRobinson@spectrumam.com

WESTFIELD BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Clark - President

Mary Carpentier - Vice President

Jacque Freeman - Secret Secretary / Treasurer

Marian Miller - Director

Richard Salce - Director

Abraham Montemayor - Director

Nick Niccoletti - Director

WCA Waste 281-368-8397

Ricewood M.U.D. 281-579-4500

Mayde Creek M.U.D. 832-467-1599

Mayde Creek Event Center Reservations 281-492-7696

Sheriff Office (non-emergency) 713-221-6000

Westlake Fire Dept. (non-emergency/events) 281-492-0560

Ricewood M.U.D. 281-579-4500

CenterPoint Energy (gas) 713-659-2111

Light Outages 713-207-2222

report online at http://cnp.centerpointenergy.com/outage

Power to Choose (elec)

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SCHOOLS

Rhoads Elementary 281-237-8500

McRoberts Elementary 281-237-2000

Cardiff Jr. High 281-234-0600

Mayde Creek HS 281-237-3000

Morton Ranch HS 281-237-7800

KISD Administration 281-396-6000

HARRIS COUNTY NUMBERS

Texas Poison Control 1-800-222-1222

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Mosquito Control 713-440-4800

Commissioner Radack 281-463-6300

US Post Office 1-800-275-8777

Katy Library 281-391-3509

Katherine Tyra Library 281-550-0885

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NOTES FROM THE BOARD

2020 HOA DUES

The 2020 dues are due January 1 st , delinquent February 1 st . If you

need more time to pay your dues, you can request a payment plan and

avoid paying much more. The costs quickly add up if you wait until your

account is turned over to the attorney for collection. $437 can quickly

turn into over $1,000 and much more the longer you wait.

Avoid having your account sent to the attorney and save yourself a lot of

extra money and possible judgment and foreclosure. Unlike many other

subdivisions, there is no charge for a payment plan if you enter into one

before being turned over to the attorney’s office for collection.

IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR INVOICE, PLEASE CONTACT SPECTRUM

ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT AT 281-343-9178.

ARE YOU SAVING THE MONEY

YOU DESERVE ON YOUR PROPERTY TAXES?

While doing some research on our neighborhood recently, I noticed

that numerous Westfield Homeowners have not filed for Homestead

Exemption on their property to save money on property taxes. (You must

occupy the home to qualify for this exemption.)

A homestead exemption helps you save on taxes on your home. An

exemption removes part of the value of your property from taxation and

lowers your taxes. For example, if your home is valued at $100,000 and

you qualify for a $20,000 exemption, you pay taxes on a value of $80,000.

An Application for Residential Homestead Exemption (same form for

over-65, disability, over-55 surviving spouse or 100% disabled veteran

homestead exemptions) can be found by hovering over Forms Page at

www. hcad.org, choose popular forms, then choose form #11-13, which

is the 1 st form on the list. Homestead exemption, General Residential,

over 65, disability, over 55 surviving spouse. Follow the instructions on

the form.

To check your property to see if you have the homestead exemption, go

to hcad.org, hover over property search, then choose search by address

and fill in your address. (You will have better success if you do not use dr.

cir.pl. etc.) Look about halfway down on the left under Exemption Type,

this will show the type of exemption you have or none if you do not have

any exemptions. There are videos to watch for complete instructions

to fill out the homestead exemption form and the documents you will

need to send in with the application. You can contact the Harris County

Appraisal District at 713-957-7800 if you have any questions.

PAYMENT PLAN FOR PROPERTY TAXES

Did you know if you are 65 years or older, you can pay your property

in quarterly payments without any penalty or interest? Contact Harris

County Appraisal District at 713-957-7800 for more information.

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STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

All neighborhood activities are posted in the following places:

• Sign up on the Spectrum website: Go to spectrumam.com. Click

on Homeowner Assistance. Click on Create an account and follow

Instructions. After signing up, you will receive e-blast on all upcoming

events. You can find the following items on the Spectrum website:

Deed restrictions, minutes of Board meetings, ACC approval form,

Account information, pay your account online, report violations, pool

information and financials.

• Check the Westfieldhoakatytx Facebook Page. Make a friend request on

Westfieldhoakatytx.

• Join Nextdoor.com.

MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS

Residents are encouraged to attend any of our monthly Board meetings.

They are held on the third Monday of the month beginning at 6 PM

(Executive Session) and 7 PM open session, at Spectrum Association

Management’s office located at 16990 Park Row, Houston, TX 77084.

If you have concerns, questions or just want to hear what is going on,

please attend.

REPORT STREETLIGHT OUTAGES

Please report outages of streetlights to Centerpoint Energy. You will

need the pole number as well as the nearest street address and call 713-

207-2222 or go to their website and complete an online form. It is very

important that non-working lights are reported for the safety of our each

of us. We pay the exact same whether the light is working or not.

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFFS SAFETY FORUM

The Harris County Sheriff’s office is conducting quaterly Sheriffs Safety

Forum’s, usually held at the Westlake Fire Department at 19636 Saums

Road at 7 PM. Check Nextdoor.com (crime & safety) to confirm the location

each month. The Sheriff’s Safety Forum is a “community meeting” devised

to share information and gain ideas that are beneficial to the community.

They want to continue this as productive community meeting with

positive outcomes. This is an opportunity for the community to ask

questions pertaining to West District and the HCSO. The meeting is

scheduled for an hour only.

DOES SOMETHING NEED ATTENTION?

Want to help keep our neighborhood looking sharp? Let us know if you

see something out of place with a neighboring home and we’ll check it

out. Please note, we do not get involved in neighbor disputes and for

emergencies contact the Sheriff’s office.

WCA GARBAGE COLLECTION

HOLIDAYS AND GUIDELINES

Collection Days: Monday and Thursday

Holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor

Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas

WCA TRASH RULES

Tree and yard waste will be collected on all regular collection days and

must be located at the curb area of each residence and maybe contained

in containers or bags not exceeding forty (40) gallons or forty (40)

pounds. Trees, shrubs, brush trimmings and fencing must be stacked in

neat stacks and in lengths no greater than four (4) feet with no branch

diameter exceeding three (3) inches. Size limitations are required to avoid

damaging the equipment in the crushing process. Bulky items will be

collected on all regular collection day sand must be located at the curb

area of each residence. Except as excluded below, all bulky items such as

appliances, furniture, carpet (up to I room, rolled up four feet wide and

less than fifty pounds) and cardboard boxes(flattened), will be picked up.

By Federal Law, refrigerator sand freezers or any other items containing

Freon must be drained of Freon and have an accompanying certification

to validate such service was performed before being collected by WCA.

Items excluded from normal collection are dirt, rocks, bricks, concrete,

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contractor or any materials or items deemed hazardous materials. WCA

will leave a tag explaining the reason for any non-collected item(s). With

respect to special collection of other than normal amounts of residential

refuse, yard trimmings or bulk items, if notified in advance, WCA will

meet with a resident prior to collection day to determine a price for such

special collection. If a resident does not notify WCA of such a special pickup

before its scheduled day, then WCA will leave a notice for the resident

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HOMEOWNER HOT LINE

There is help for your homeowners association!

The Greater Houston Chapter of the Community Associations Institute

(CAI) has launched a free HOA Hotline, a resource for homeowners and

Board members owning homes/units in condominium, townhome

and subdivision community associations and have questions about

the operations of their association. The Hotline is staffed with local

non-attorney experts knowledgeable in community association best

practices. Please contact the Hotline by calling 832-251-1874.

We urge homeowners to take advantage of this free resource. After all,

isn’t it better to resolve issues quickly and reasonably now before they

get out of hand later?

*Please note, the HOA Hotline panel, as well as CAI Staff will NOT give

out legal advice. If seeking legal help, please contact the appropriate

attorney or legal service. LegalLine is a free legal service, open to any

Harris County citizen. It is held on the first and third Wednesday of

every month, from 5-9 PM. To reach a volunteer attorney, call 713-759-

1133. This program is by telephone only. For Spanish speakers, Consejos

Legales is the first Thursday of the month from 6-8 PM. To reach a

Spanish speaking volunteer attorney call 713-759-1133.

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TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS

If you are between 12 and 18 and would like to be added to the

teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form on our website (www.

krenekprinting.com, click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with

your name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate

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

want on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send

emails in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you

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

will remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission.

DISCLAIMER

Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those listed

on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check out references

if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers

from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for

any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and

the teens and their parents.

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COMMON VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES

As we embark on the journey each day to eat and live better, take note of

the common vitamin nutrient deficiencies that are easily treated:

1. Calcium: Calcium is important for maintaining strong bones and

controlling muscle and nerve function. Signs of severely low calcium

include fatigue, muscle cramps, abnormal heart rhythms and a poor

appetite. Make sure you’re getting enough with at least three servings of

milk or yogurt a day. Other good sources of calcium are cheese, calciumfortified

orange juice and dark, leafy greens.

2. Vitamin D: This vitamin is also critical for bone health. Symptoms

of a vitamin D deficiency can be vague - fatigue and muscle aches or

weakness. If it goes on long term, a vitamin D deficiency can lead to

softening of the bones. To get enough vitamin D, have three servings

of fortified milk or yogurt daily eating fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna,

twice a week; and spend some time outside in the sunshine every day.

3. Potassium: Potassium helps the kidneys, heart and other organs

work properly. You could become low in potassium in the short term

because of diarrhea or vomiting, excessive sweating or antibiotics or

because of chronic conditions such as eating disorders and kidney

disease, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Symptoms of

a deficiency include weight loss, muscle weakness, constipation and in

severe cases, an abnormal heart rhythm. For natural potassium sources,

consume bananas, whole grains, milk, vegetables, beans and peas.

4. Iron: Iron helps your body make red blood cells. When iron levels get

too low, your body can’t effectively carry oxygen. The resulting anemia

can cause fatigue. You might also notice pale skin and dull, thin, sparse

hair. To boost iron levels, eat iron-fortified cereal, beef, oysters, beans

(especially white beans, chickpeas and kidney beans), lentils and spinach.

5. Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 aids the production of DNA and helps make

neurotransmitters in the brain. With an increasing number of vegans

and people who’ve had weight loss surgery, vitamin B12 deficiency is

becoming more common. Symptoms of severe B12 deficiency include

numbness in the legs, hands or feet; problems with walking and balance;

anemia; fatigue; weakness; a swollen, inflamed tongue; memory loss;

paranoia; and hallucinations. You can get vitamin B12 from animal

sources: eat more fish, chicken, milk and yogurt. If you’re vegan, opt for

vegan foods fortified with B12, such as non-dairy milk, meat substitutes

and breakfast cereals.

6. Folate: Folate or folic acid, is a particularly important vitamin for

women of childbearing age, which is why prenatal vitamins contain such

a hefty dose. A folate deficiency can cause a decrease in the total number

of cells and large red blood cells as well as neural tube defects in an

unborn child. Symptoms of a folate deficiency include fatigue, gray hair,

mouth ulcers, poor growth and a swollen tongue. To get folate from food,

go for fortified cereals, beans, lentils, leafy greens and oranges.

7. Magnesium: Magnesium helps support bone health and assists in

energy production. Magnesium deficiency can cause loss of appetite,

nausea and vomiting, fatigue and weakness. In more severe cases, it can

lead to numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms,

personality changes or low potassium or calcium levels. To help your

levels return to normal, eat more magnesium-rich foods, such as almonds,

cashews, peanuts, spinach, black beans and edamame.

Courtesy of: www.everydayhealth.com/hs/guide-to-essential-nutrients/

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IMPORTANT DATES

January 1st-3rd: Winter Break

January 6th: Teacher Preparation Day

January 7th: First Day of Spring Semester

January 20th: Student Holiday

January 22nd: Family Night

(No Homework Assigned)

LOCAL DEVELOPER PLEDGES 3-YEAR CONTRIBUTION TO KATY ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Cane Island, home to many parents, grandparents and increasing numbers of Katy ISD students, has joined the corps of Keystone Investors contributing

to the Katy ISD Education Foundation and its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program. The Foundation’s Investor program allows the community,

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

the excitement in their voice, it’s priceless.” Cane Island doesn’t just build homes, it builds community. Naef said, “Nothing says community like taking

care of our children and taking care of the educators who pour into our children.”

The Katy ISD Education Foundation has awarded $1.6 million in its first seven years of Inspiring Imagination teacher grants, impacting students in

classrooms all around the district. Funding for the program is provided in part by long-term investors like Cane Island and annual fundraising events

Fireflies & Foodtrucks and GROOVE. To learn more, contact us at 281-396-6031 or visit www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org.

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WALKS/RUNS

KATY ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION

ANNOUNCES REASON2RACE

Pick your race, pick your pace and raise funds for teacher grants with

every step. Run or walk with the Katy ISD Education Foundation in the

Katy Half Marathon/5K/1K on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Katy Mills

Mall to raise funds for the Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation celebrated a spectacular milestone

this year with $1,600,000 awarded in its first seven years of Inspiring

Imagination teacher grants. Reason2Race and its proceeds play a key role

in reaching milestones such as this and will continue to garner support as

the foundation’s grant program expands.

Register and join Team Katy ISD Education Foundation, a Katy ISD campus

team or recruit your own team of co-workers and friends. The Katy ISD

Education Foundation has a goal of $60,000 for this year’s Reason2Race.

All proceeds will directly support Inspiring Imagination grants awarded

to teachers in May 2020.

Find more information and register at https://tinyurl.com/Reason2Race20

or www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org or contact the Katy ISD

Education Foundation at 281-396-6031.

GRAEME’S RUN - 5K & 1 MILE WALK

FEBRUARY 22, 2020

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Run Starts at 9 AM • Family Entertainment

No Label Brewery, Face Painting, Bounce

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FUNDRAISERS

5K & 1 Mile Walk

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KATY CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES SOUPER BOWL No Label OF CARING Brewery

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020

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Katy Christian Ministries Souper Bowl of Caring - a National event to

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mark your calendar for the Houston Wing Annual Hanger Dance, set

for Saturday, February 22 nd at the West Houston Airport (Hanger B-5).

Dinner and dancing are on tap for the night.

Doors open at 5 PM and a swing dance lesson will take place from 5:30-

6:30 PM. Dinner will be served at 6:15 PM. The band “Third Coast Swing”

will keep the mood festive no doubt.

The CAF is an organization worthy of support, as it is dedicated to

preserving and honoring our military history by keeping historical

airplanes in flying condition. Tickets are only $45 for the dinner and

dancing or $25 for dancing only. Please visit houstonwing.org for more

information. And yes, you may bring your own libations. See you there!

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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

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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:

https://raceassist.redpodium.com/2020-chocoloco-5k10k.

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.

STILL ON THE FENCE ABOUT HOSTING AN

EXCHANGE STUDENT?

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

families!

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

away from the hustle and bustle of big cities. The exchange students also

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

becoming a doctor, a lawyer, a diplomat, artist, teacher…the list goes on.

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

kids a chance.

STS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place

exchange students in our area. If you are interest in hosting, please

contact me at 832-455-7881 or at vicki.stsfoundation@yahoo.com. I’ll be

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Spaghetti Squash

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:

DIRECTIONS:

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!

Ingredients

1 banana, frozen

1 cup (5-6 whole) strawberries, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup milk of choice

DIrections

Place all 3 ingredients in a food processor and pulse for

about 1-2 minutes. Scoop into bowl. ENJOY!!

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Gardening Tips

• 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 planting.

• 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. Water in.

• 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 semi-shaded until rooted.

• 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.

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