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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.
Spectrum Association Management
281-343-9178 281-752-5482 Fax
16690 Park Row • Houston, TX 77084
Monique Robinson - Manager
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)
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
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
• 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,
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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tires, batteries, motor oil, cooking oil, waste generated by a private
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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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
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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.
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.
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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
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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
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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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February 22, 2020
KATY CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES SOUPER BOWL No Label OF CARING Brewery
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Katy Christian Ministries Souper Bowl of Caring - a National event to
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If you want to have a really good time and support a really good cause,
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
(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
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 email@example.com. I’ll be
happy to answer any question you might have and get you started on
hosting your very own student!
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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
You could make this on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
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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• 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
• 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
• 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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