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The HOA Board received suggestions for different community events. In
an effort to offer various opportunities to strengthen our community,
we’re looking to add an event, which inspires and celebrates the rich
cultures demonstrated within our community. Of course, it will center
around food so look for more information in the coming months.
COMMON VIOLATIONS OF DEED RESTRICTIONS
Raintree Village is a deed-restricted community aimed at ensuring there’s
aesthetic uniformity between residential properties and that certain
other activities are limited. If you intend to do anything to the exterior of
your home, you must complete an application for home improvements
and modifications form. This includes installing a storage shed in your
There’s also an expectation that all residents will maintain their yard
and general appearance of the home. Common violations include
overgrown yards, mold on homes, trashcans visible from the street and
disabled vehicles. Our management company, KPM, drives through our
community at least once a week assessing compliance with the deed
restrictions. Any violations are communicated in a letter along with a
picture of the violation (date & time stamped).
It’s understandable that issuing or receiving such letters can be perceived
as a nuisance. Yet, it’s necessary so that all of us remain on the same
page of what constitutes a well-kept community (i.e. deed restrictions).
In general, the Management Company and HOA Board understand
residents are busy. Therefore, you are encouraged to contact the
management company (KPM) when a violation cannot be addressed
within stated timeframes noted in the letter.
It cannot be emphasized enough that communication is the key if you do
not understand a violation. Again, contact KPM or attend our HOA Board
meetings for additional clarification.
You are reminded of our standing committees, which need ongoing
volunteers. The committees are as follows:
• Pool Committee (organizes Official Pool Opening Party & monitors
activities during pool season)
• Newsletter - submit articles
• Yard of the Month - select section winners
We also need volunteers for the listed community activities. Volunteering
is an opportunity to make Raintree Village a better community for all the
residents. If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the noted events
or committees, contact Walonda Hollins at email@example.com.
DRIVING IN RAINTREE VILLAGE
Our community has grown significantly over the past year. Moreover, our
community has numerous homes along our main street, Raintree Village.
With such growth, it’s important that we’re more cognizant of our speed
while driving through Raintree Village and parking on community streets.
I’m sure everyone has noticed increased congestion along with cars
parked along various streets within our community. However, it’s
important that all of us adhere to the speed limit and encourage others
to do the same.
The following tips serve as a reminder for driving & parking in our
1. Drive the speed limit - 35 miles per hour
2. Do not block your neighbor’s driveway
3. Make sure you park in the direction of traffic when parking on the street
4. Make sure you park within 18 inches from the curb
5. Remain mindful if the street is narrow, street parking impose greater
limitations for emergency vehicles
Finally, we must be mindful that emergency vehicles are wider than
personal vehicles. Some community streets impose greater limitations for
emergency vehicles when there’s street parking. Although residents have
the right to park on the street, let’s be mindful of the aforementioned
TIPS TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF BURGLARY
It cannot be stated enough of the importance of minimizing our
exposure to crime. Our contract deputies stated that certain vehicles
have increased exposure to theft, specifically the tires and rims. The
vehicles commonly targeted are Ford F150, Dodge Chargers and Chevy
Tahoes. Although these vehicles have rim locks, another safeguard is to
park your vehicle in the garage or close to another vehicle. Anyway, you
can either slow down or cause attention will help reduce the risk of theft.
You need to be mindful to breakdown bags and boxes of large purchases,
if possible place in trash bins or bags. Although it’s time consuming and
burdensome, it doesn’t call attention to such items in your home.
The list below simply reminds us of other things we should be mindful
1. Take the time to meet and know your neighbors. Let them know if you
notice anything unusual such as cars or people at their homes.
2. Make sure to close garage doors when at home & away.
3. Don’t keep garage door openers in the car, take them in the house
with you; a garage door opener makes it easier for someone to enter your
garage or house to remove personal property.
4. Keep car doors locked and take valuables either in your home or ensure
the items are not in plain site; remember to take down the attachment for
your Garmin too, as it alerts individuals that something valuable may be
in the car.
5. If possible, keep a car in a driveway as it gives an impression that
someone is home.
6. Keep all shrubs and plants at a level low enough that passing by
officers or other residents can see if someone is lurking in those bushes!
Shrubs should also be trimmed high enough to show “feet” of someone
hiding in them.
7. Have keys in hand before leaving the store, house or office, avoiding
standing by the car searching for them.
8. Don’t leave ladders on the side of the house or in the back yard.
Ladders provide easy access to open second floor windows and no one
will be able to see.
9. Make sure you close blinds when you are inside at night with the lights
on, potential burglars can see right inside and know who is at home.
10. Use sensor lights outside the home. It deters criminals by “spot
lighting” their efforts to enter your home.
11. Use double key locks: locks that require a key from the outside and
from the inside.
12. Repair any broken areas of your fence, reducing the access of potential
burglars or mischievous kids.
13. When on vacation, let your neighbor(s) know so they can keep an eye
out for suspicious activity. You can also inform the Harris County Deputy’s
Office serving our area. The Storefront Office is located 19818 Franz Rd.,
Katy, TX 77449, 281-647-9371. The storefront hours: 9 AM - 5 PM.
14. When on vacation, keep yards mowed and trimmed, burglars spend
a lot of time in a neighborhood looking for their next targets. Overgrown
yards are a sure sign no one’s home.
BE SURE ADDRESS IS CLEAR FROM THE STREET
County officials want to remind residents of the Ordinance 5.3 requiring
that addresses or building numbers be legible and visible from the street.
The section states the numbers must be in Arabic numerals at least four
inches in height and clearly visible. The number should be placed on,
above or at the side of the main entrance so the number is clearly visible
from the public right away. Whenever a home entrance is more than 50
feet from a public right away, a number should also be placed at the end
of a driveway or property entrance.
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It’s come to HOA’s attention that the installation of satellite dishes on
some homes violates the deed restrictions. Satellites are expected to be
installed out of sight of public view. The Association appreciates residents
taking the time to ensure compliance.
RAINTREE VILLAGE HOA WEBSITE
We encourage you to visit our community website. The website includes
a link to review current crime statistics for our community (www.
crimereports.org) and pictures of Yard of the Month winners. As a fellow
resident, you’ll have access to critical information regarding the HOA
budget and annual meeting minutes.
The aforementioned information can only be accessed by establishing
a log-on user name and password. A request for an email address
during the initial signup process will enable residents to receive alerts of
upcoming events or critical notices. If you have any suggestions, please
contact KPM Management Office at 281-685-3090.
HARRIS COUNTY LEASH LAW
Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all our residents.
While you may know your pet is friendly, an animal running at someone
who is walking by is very scary for that person. Many children are afraid of
animals and become frightened, which could result in the child getting
hurt trying to avoid the animal.
Harris County Animal Control advises, “All dogs and cats must be kept
under restraint while in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas.
The custodian of a dog or cat is not authorized to have, harbor or keep
any unlicensed dog or cat, nor to allow any dog or cat to become a stray.”
Restraint is defined as “the control of a dog or cat under the following
1. When it is controlled by a line or leash not more than six (6) feet in
length, if the line or leash is held by a human being, who is capable of
controlling or governing the dog or cat in question
2. When it is within a fully enclosed vehicle
3. When it is on the premise of the custodian and the animal does not
have access to sidewalk or street.”
While it may be nice to have your animal out in the yard while you work
or play, it is against the law, unless the animal is properly restrained.
Let’s all help keep our community a safe and comfortable place for all
our residents by being responsible pet owners. This will not only protect
anyone who may be walking or bicycling in the area, but also the pet
owner who could be held legally responsible or possibly sued for failing
to properly restrain their pet.
To make a complaint or report an animal that is not properly restrained
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THE STANDING RULES FOR RAINTREE VILLAGE
HOA BOARD MEETINGS
The Board of Directors feels it serves you best when the Board meetings
are conducted in an orderly manner. The HOA Board Meetings are held
to conduct Association business. Your cooperation in this regard is
requested. Parliamentary Procedure is followed at this Meeting. There
are two sessions at the HOA Board Meetings, an open session when
members may be present and an executive session when no members
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Board Meeting will begin with the open session at 7 PM until 7:15 PM
when that time slot has been filled, members must wait until the next
month’s meeting to be placed on the agenda.
Your opinion is important to the Board of Directors. The Board desires to
hear from Members who have information concerning the Association.
During the portion of the Meeting in which the Chair accepts questions
or comments from the floor, please proceed in the following manner.
1. If you wish to address the Board, please contact the Board at least 10
days prior to Meeting to be added to the agenda. You also have to state
the topic to be discussed and stay on that topic only.
2. Any Member wishing to address the Board shall speak no more than
two (2) minutes.
3. No Member may speak more than once on the subject and no more
than two (2) minutes, until all Members who wish to speak have done so.
4. Members of the audience shall not be permitted to interrupt nor
question any speaker.
5. After the speaker has finished addressing the Board, the Meeting
Chairperson will recognize the next Member to speak.
6. Members in attendance are not permitted to engage in private
discussions during the open session and must remain quite or leave the
7. Violations of these Standing Rules will not be tolerated. Violators may
be requested to leave the Meeting.
We want all of our streetlights to work. A lighted area is a safer area. If a
streetlight is out in your area, please go to www.centerpointenergy.com
and report it. Once on the website, click on “electricity” then “residential.”
On the left side, you should click on “report a streetlight outage” to enter
the required information. Each light pole should have a number on it.
When reporting the out or malfunctioning light, give them the pole
number, closest street address, contact information, an email address
and the number of street lights you would like to report.
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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HOW TO CELEBRATE READ A BOOK DAY
Read a Book Day comes to us every September 6 th . It may seem strange
to celebrate an activity that plenty of us enjoy many, if not most, days
of the year. But it never hurts to indulge in something extra to make a
cherished activity more enjoyable. You can read outside, enjoy a snack,
reflect on what a favorite book means to you and more. Here are five
ideas to celebrate Read a Book Day.
Read Outside: Read a Book Day fortunately coincides with a time of year
that for much of the globe brings pleasant weather. Late summer often
provides the right amount of sun and heat, begging a reader to bring
books outside. Granted, that’s a bit difficult for those of us who have to
spend prime daylight hours at work or in school, but you can always
sneak some reading time in the early morning, late afternoon or evening.
Take your book to the beach, an outdoor table, the porch or anywhere
else that makes your day of reading a little more special.
Enjoy a Book With Good Food (or a Drink): C.S. Lewis said that “Eating
and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” We might take
this as a cue for our own Read a Book Day celebration. There are some
things to consider, though. I, for one, traditionally have trouble finding
the right food to eat while reading (fruit like grapes and strawberries wet
my fingers and the pages and large meals involving fork and knife make
holding the book open unwieldy). But for Read a Book Day, I might put
those past failures behind me. Baked goods like cookies and pastries
make for great company, while coffee and tea are always enhancements
to a good story. Heck, it’s the summer. You might even celebrate the day
with a glass of wine or a special cocktail.
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worth our attention in the dizzying selection of books we have available
and one of the most important resources we have as readers is a good
recommendation. You can celebrate reading by excerpting a favorite
quote from a book and sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. If you want to
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caption it with why it means something to you. Picking the right book
intimidates more people than you think and you never know who you’re
helping and who might add your recommendation to their reading list.
Go Outside of Your Typical Selection Habits: Some readers want to
own their books and love bookstores. Some readers prefer the different
selection and freedom of a library. Others prefer shopping online. All of
these habits are great, but it can be rewarding to try something new. Does
your community have a used bookstore? There’s a lot that might surprise
you, especially if you’re used to going to Barnes & Noble. Do you like to
shop online for books? There are plenty of places where you can get old,
unusual, rare or interesting editions that the major vendors won’t have. Plus,
it always pays to visit your local library. A little difference can go a long way
in reminding you of the wide cultural world of books.
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Ask Someone for a Recommendation: Celebrating books goes the other
way, too. It’s always good to make something solitary, like reading, more
social. A good way to do this is to reach out to someone who could give
you a recommendation. People are always happy to share their favorite
titles and it’s a nice way to reconnect with someone over books. After all, a
book’s very purpose is to connect us better to the world in the first place.
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8 TIPS FOR STUDYING AT HOME EFFECTIVELY
1. TRY ACTIVE STUDYING: Active studying is
as simple as asking questions before, during
and after study time. Not only does this help
to give your study session direction, but it also
helps keep you on track and reflect on how to
improve for your next study session!
Questions to ask yourself before you study:
What am I about to learn?
What do I already know about this subject?
Questions to ask yourself while you study:
How does this information fit into a bigger
Do I understand what I have just read?
Can I paraphrase it?
Are there any key words or ideas that I need to
write down? Why are these words and ideas
Questions to ask yourself after you study:
What can I take away from this study session?
What do I need to review or learn next time?
HOW TO STUDY AT HOME
(WITHOUT GETTING DISTRACTED)
Studying at home has its perks: it’s a comfortable, low-pressure environment. However, there
are a few reasons it can be difficult to study at home; with so many distractions, it’s easy to
procrastinate-when you do start, it’s easy to get off track.
At home, procrastination and distraction can prevent you from accomplishing what you
need to get done. Watching TV, taking a nap, scrolling through social media or other activities
(maybe even cleaning your room!), are big productivity killers that take you away from your
goal of studying for or completing that assignment.
Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to help you be more productive. Here are 8
ways to help you stay focused and get more done when studying at home.
2. GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP: Students of all
ages should get at least eight hours of sleep
every school night. It’s the best way to ensure
that the brain is refreshed and ready to process
all of the information learned during the day. It
may be tempting to stay up late to cram, but it’s
more beneficial to get enough rest. A full night’s
sleep is especially important the night before a
test-a good night’s sleep makes you more alert
and improves memory for test material, leading
to better test results.
3. STUDY AT THE RIGHT TIME: Every student
has his or her own daily highs and lows. Some
people are night owls while some people
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prefer the morning. Take advantage of the time of the day you feel most
productive and don’t try to force yourself to study when your brainpower
isn’t at its peak. Try to study when you are most alert, so you are able to
process and retain the information that you are studying.
4. HAVE A DESIGNATED STUDY AREA: Whether it’s the kitchen table or
the desk in your bedroom, create an area to study that is a designated
study zone. Try to reserve your bed for sleeping and avoid studying in it
(it can be all too easy to take a nap!). Most importantly, keep your study
space clean and organized so you can put more time into studying (and
less trying to find a pen that works).
5. EAT PROPERLY: Don’t forget to eat! Your body (and your brain) needs
fuel to help stay in top form. Plus, it’s difficult to focus when your stomach
is growling. Have healthy snacks while you study, but make sure they’re
prepared in advance so you don’t spend too much time away from your
work. More time away means more opportunity to be distracted!
6. CREATE A TIMETABLE: Creating a timetable helps organize your time,
schedules your breaks and is especially useful when you have multiple
subjects to study. Write your schedule down so you can remember it
and refer to it often. Set reasonable limits for how much time you spend
studying each day and break your study session up into manageable
chunks of time.
7. USE A TIMER: Use a timer to help keep track of time and to make sure
you stick to the timetable you created. Setting a timer helps keeps you
focused on the task at hand, committed to working until the timer goes
off and helps keep you on track to cover all the material you need to.
Above all else, it helps keep your break time effective and guilt-free
(because you’ve earned it!).
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STUDY TIME
Although it seems convenient, studying at home can be difficultprocrastination
and distraction can happen easily. But with a little bit of
planning and organization, it can be an effective (and comfortable) place
to study. Try some of these tips for studying at home to help you stay
focused and more efficient with your study time.
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SUNDAY AFTER LABOR DAY
Each year on the Sunday following Labor Day, grandchildren across
the country honor their grandparents. There is a special bond that
can only be shared between grandchildren and their grandparents.
Grandparents are full of hugs and kisses, family history, wisdom, patience,
love and guidance. National Grandparents Day gives grandchildren the
opportunity to show love and appreciation to their grandparents.
National Grandparents Day has its very own song. The National
Grandparents Day Council of Chula Vista, California announced in 2004
that A Song for Grandma and Grandpa by Johnny Prill would be the official
song of the United States National Grandparents Day holiday. The Council
presented Prill with the National Songwriter’s Award in recognition of his
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The forget-me-not is the official flower for National Grandparents Day.
National Grandparents Day is expected to grow in significance over the
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States rises from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020 as a result of the
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who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risktaker,
Leader) to change the world. Nationally, our extraordinary journey
began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon
“Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized
the very first Girl Scout troop and every year since, we’ve honored her
vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence and character
who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl
Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, a United Way agency,
is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than
53,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.
We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls and
we offer every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure
and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, call 1-800-392-4340
or visit www.gssjc.org.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TROOP 418 -
NEW GIRL-LED UNIT
For the first time in its 100+ year history, the iconic program of the Boy
Scouts of America will be open to young women, giving girls from ages
11-17 the same experience that boys have traditionally enjoyed. Scouts
BSA Troop 418 is a new girl-led unit, meeting at Trinity Baptist Church
on Spring Green on Mondays 7:30-8:30 PM. We are looking to grow our
troop and would love to have you join us! For more information contact
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SCOUT IT OUT AND COME JOIN
CUB SCOUTS WITH PACK 353!
Field trips. Camping. Racing. Fitness. Friendship.
Pack 353 has been keeping the Scout spirit alive since 1982. With over
60 scouts and 20 dynamic leaders, we are gearing up for a fun-filled year
with a wide variety of activities that help boys develop leadership skills,
build character, strengthen communication skills and demonstrate good
citizenship. Boys entering first through fifth grades are welcome to join
us anytime throughout the year. If you would like more information on
joining Cub Scouts and participating in our summertime activities, please
contact our Cubmaster Randy Barras at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Keeping it
fun. Doing our best.
HOMESCHOOL CUB SCOUT PACK 164
Cub Scouts is a fun way to teach boys about character, respect,
responsibility and many other traits. Pack 164 is a Christian, home
school Cub Scout Pack that services the Greater West Houston/Katy area.
Pack 164 promotes service to God, to country and to others. If you are
interested and your son is entering 1 st through 5 th grade, please contact
Jack M. Jones at 281-558-5722.
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION INVITES
KATY/WEST HOUSTON RESIDENTS TO
JOIN 2020 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S®
Participants will Raise Critically Needed Awareness and Funds for
Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research. The Alzheimer’s Association®
is invitingKaty, Fulshear, Cypress, Richmond and other West Houston
area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in
the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.The Walk will take
place on Saturday, September 26, 2020,The Katy/West Houston Walk
to End Alzheimer’s continues, but instead of hosting a large gathering,
the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as
individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Katy,
West Houston, Fulshear, Richmond and surrounding areas.
Time-honored components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being
replicated. On walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers
and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons
participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all
delivered to participants’ smartphones, tablets and computers. A small
group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic
Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day on commercial Blvd
along the original walk route to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s.
To enhance the participant experience leading up to the event and on
Walk day, new features are being added to the Walk to End Alzhemer’s
mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect.
Participants can use the app and new “Walk Mainstage’’ to track their
steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their Facebook
fundraisers and access information and resources from the Association
and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the
disease. A new audio track is available to encourage participants along
the way and to congratulate them upon completion of their Walk.
There is no registration fee for participants. Sign up today as a team and
encourage your friends, family members, neighbors, book club, gym and
coworkers to join your team and start walking today!! There are many
incentives to raise funds but our main objective this year is to increase
participation in this growing community and increase awareness. For
more info, please visit www.alz.org or call 800-272-3900.
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP MARKETPLACE
Shop ‘til You Drop Marketplace is a huge vendors market, which provides
a unique and varied shopping experience. This event is an annual
fundraiser that is put on by the Cy-Fair Women’s Club, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit,
community-service based organization. Our fundraising efforts are
directed back to the community. Vendors and shoppers look forward to
the event year after year and our membership is committed to its success
This year’s show will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the
Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, Texas 77433. The doors
will open to shoppers from 9 AM to 5 PM. NEW THIS YEAR! We have added
a virtual online market. For more details about the show and for current
status and changes due to COVID 19, check out our website, www.
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8TH ANNUAL ST PAUL’S
FALL FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW
OCTOBER 3, 2020, 9 AM TILL 3 PM
5373 Franz Road, Katy, Texas 77449
Free Admission!!!! Shopping, Children’s Activities and food! Bring
the family and friends for a fun filled day! Vendors contact Mary @
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We are calling the 2020/2021 season, A Season Of Discovery. It is perhaps our
most ambitious season yet, featuring two commissioned World Premieres,
two Houston Premieres and two musicals!. Remember, the more shows
you subscribe to, the more you save! Buy 6 shows and receive 20% off our
regular ticket price (that’s a whole show for FREE), buy 5 shows and receive
18% off our regular ticket price, 4 shows and receive 15% off or buy 3 shows
and receive 10% off our regular ticket price! ALL packages include FREE
exchanges and the opportunity to purchase unlimited additional single
tickets at your subscriber rate! You can choose between a 6, 5, 4 or 3 show
package! We have limited availability via phone at this time, so if you have
questions or need assistance, please email rather than call. A representative
from our box office will call you back as soon as possible. Be assured, as we
prepare to return in the fall, there will be a new focus on social distancing,
as well as expanded health and safety measures for your protection.
Apollo 8 - September 9-October 4, 2020
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MILDRED’S UMBRELLA THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES 2020-2021 SEASON
Chelsea Market Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd. #100, Houston, TX 77006
Mildred’s Umbrella Theater has put a hold on live productions until December
2020, to insure the safety of our patrons and our artists. We hope you are all
safe and healthy and we miss you. In the meantime, we have some other free
treats in store while we wait for the time to be right for live theater.
TOOTH AND TAIL - a fun-filled digital reading -
September 5-15, 2020 ONLINE
OH MY GOD - October 13-25, 2020 ONLINE.
Ticket registration begins September 15 th
FINE WINES - November 2020 (exact dates TBA) Online
FEMFEST HOUSTON: BLACK WOMEN’S VOICES -
December 4-6, 2020 at 14 Pews, 800 Aurora St, Houston TX 77009
WOMEN ROCK, annual concert fundraiser at RUDYARDS! -
February 2021 Exact Date TBA
Keep an eye on our website, www.mildredsumbrella.com for ticket sales
and developments. For more information, call 832-463-0409 or send an
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HOUSTON WEST FAMILY GENEALOGY SOCIETY
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020, 12:30-3 PM
Do you have DNA results? So what do you do now? Join us for a special
and informative program on making sense of DNA results and how you
can use your data to solve genealogical puzzles! The speaker, Gail Colby,
will explain what DNA is and what your results mean. This is a virtual
meeting so go to our website for the link to our Zoom meeting. Click
here to register: www.houstonwestfamgen.org.
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Four Cheese Margherita Pizza
You could make this on National Cheese Pizza Day September 5th!
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
8 Roma tomatoes, sliced
2 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crusts
8 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese
4 ounces shredded Fontina cheese
10 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Stir together olive oil, garlic and salt; toss with tomatoes and allow to stand
for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush each pizza crust with
some of the tomato marinade. Sprinkle the pizzas evenly with Mozzarella
and Fontina cheeses. Arrange tomatoes overtop, then sprinkle with shredded
basil, Parmesan and feta cheese.
Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, about
Butterscotch Bread Pudding
You could make this on National Butterscotch Pudding Day September
1 loaf day-old bread, torn into small pieces
4 cups milk
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butterscotch chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking
dish. In a large bowl, combine bread, milk, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and
butterscotch chip, mixture should be the consistency of oatmeal. Pour
into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven 1 hour, until nearly set. (It should have a “thigh
wiggle” or wiggle as much as a well endowed thigh.) Serve warm or cold.
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LANDSCAPING AND SPRINKLER
REPAIRS • DRAINAGE SOLUTIONS
Garden Tips For September
TIME NOW TO MAKE PLANS FOR
FALL LANDSCAPING PROJECTS.
• Clean up flowerbeds of fallen foliage, yellowed leaves and dead
wood. Light green leaves may signify lack of iron (chlorosis). Correct
with iron cheleates.
• Cut off old dead foliage on irises. Scratch in a little bone meal around
• Prune roses to reshape and groom plants for fall growth. Follow up with
a dose of fertilizer the first week of September.
• Plants come out of summer rest and go crazy. Insect populations
explode as we get into cooler temperatures. Diseases that have been
dormant wake up.
- Citrus, croton, avocado and mango are susceptible to spider mites and
thrips. Discourage them with a strong jet of water from a hose directed to
the undersides of the leaves.
- Hibiscus, citrus, palms, gardenia and ixora are susceptible to scale and
• Winter vegetable gardens and perennials get planted.
• Wait until November to plant petunias and pansies.
• Fire ants baits should be put out in September-October to lessen the
number of eggs that make it to Spring.
• St. Augustine grass gets its fall fertilizer during September. Continue
to mow at maximum height. You want to leave a lot of leaf surface to
produce carbohydrate reserves for the winter.
• Keep an eye out for sod webworms. First sign of them is grass that
appears to stop growing. You need to get them early for biological
controls to work. When the caterpillars are only 1/4 inch, Bacillus
thuringiensis applications can slow them. Bt is a bacteria that works on
the caterpillars’ digestive systems and makes them stop feeding. Do the
application late in the day. The larvae feed at night and you want them
to get nice fresh Bt.
• When the heat and drought end, the weather could bring brown patch
disease in the St. Augustine grass. Watch for yellowish spots if the nights
drop into the 60’s and days stay in the 80’s.
• Get any pruning of hedges and such done now. You want the flush of
new growth to be hardened-off before the end of October. Tree pruning
should be put off until winter, when the trees are dormant.
• Pre-emerge herbicide applications targeting annual bluegrass and
the earlier-germinating winter broadleaf weeds needed to be put out
starting in mid-August.
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WEST HOUSTON RUGBY CLUB
West Houston Rugby Club offers excellent opportunities for players of
all ages from minis to adults to participate in one of America’s fastest
growing sports. Our coaches are fully accredited with USA Rugby and
include former European premiership players. We are a not for profit
club with a mission to provide outstanding club management, a fun
social environment and the feeling of a rugby family. Registration is now
open at www.westhoustonrugby.com. Enquiries may be sent to info@
westhoustonrugby.com. Come and join the fastest growing club in
KATY AREA RUNNING CLUB
The Katy Area Running Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation which
exists to serve people living in and around Katy, Texas who have
an interest in running. We are a community of people of all ages,
backgrounds, heritages and abilities who share a common interest -
running! Our focus is on group runs, having fun, socializing and sharing
our knowledge and experience with our members and the public. We
welcome all who are interested in joining us. We have a full calendar of
runs, events and socials. We hold group runs every Saturday morning
at the Sergeant Hatch Sports Park off the south I-10 feeder road just east
of Barker Cypress Rd. On Tuesdays (5 AM and 6:30 PM) we meet at one
of the KISD junior high tracks for speedwork and on Thursday (6:30 PM)
we meet at Crosspoint Community Church for tempo runs of various
distances and paces. To find out more and to join our club, visit www.
TRACK HOUSTON YOUTH TRACK CLUB
Track Houston Youth Track Club has one of the largest and successful
youth track and field club training programs in the nation. Our program
has developed national champions in AAU, USATF, New Balance
and Adidas. Our Track and Field athletes have been selected for and
competed on youth international teams - Team USA and Team Trinidad.
We have multiple practice sites in the Greater Houston area including
Katy and Cypress. Visit www.trackhouston.com for Cross Country signups
in August, Speed Camps in October, Indoor Track and Field in November
and Track and Field in January. Track Houston is a registered 501 (c) (3)
KATY CANOE & KAYAK CLUB (KC/KC)
Established March of 2014 (Over 200 Members). Never paddled before,
that’s okay too! We don’t own a store, don’t purchase anything yet! Join
our meetings and we can answer your questions and/or assist you in
trying out new gear and equipment. KC/KC is a non-profit organization
with major Sponsors. Must be at least 21 years of age to join. LIFE VEST/
PFD IS A MUST!!!!
We meet every 3 rd Wednesday of each month at 24638 Kingsland Blvd.,
Katy TX 77494 (Manta Ray Enterprises, Inc.), 7-9 PM. For more information,
call Philip at 713-826-5705 or 281-782-7252. “Remember-Think Safe,
Katy Swifts Netball Club invites people to come and learn about netball
and have some fun playing a great team sport. Open to everyone from
eight years and up including adults. Contact katynetball@netballamerica
for further information.
Houston Shooting Stars welcomes ladies, men and youth to join in, play
and learn netball, Tuesday nights at The British School of Houston.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
You can also “like” the Texas Netball Association on Facebook to see
regular announcements about netball in the Lonestar State! Also visit
netballamerica.com for general information about netball in America.
WOMEN’S FLAT TRACK ROLLER DERBY
Southwest Houston’s own brand new women’s flat track roller derby
team is now forming. This isn’t the old school roller derby you’ve seen in
the past. We train derby athletes to compete according to the rules and
guidelines set forth by WFTDA, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
We are actively recruiting skaters, referees and volunteers. Skaters must
be female and 18 or older. Referees and volunteers must be 18 or older.
Email us at email@example.com for more information. You
can also find us at www.yellowrosederbygirls.com and on Facebook. Join
up now to become an integral part in founding and building our league.
Please contact Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in
playing volleyball. You must be at least 18 years old and be able to play at
intermediate level. We play at different locations in and around Katy area.
KATY RUGBY CLUB
Want to learn the newest Olympic Sport - Rugby? All ages welcome -
boys & girls, Training every Sunday 2-4 PM at Cinco Ranch High School,
For more information, please visit www.katyrugbyclub.com.
KATY CAVALIER LACROSSE CLUB
The Katy Cavalier Lacrosse Club invites you to come and see what Lacrosse
is all about. Join us as we continue to bring one of the fastest growing
team sports in the United States to the youth of Katy. Katy Cavalier
Lacrosse Club offers lacrosse for boys and girls from Kindergarten thru
High School. No experience needed. For more information visit our
Did you play Lacrosse in college, coached lacrosse or just love the sport?
We are looking for Coaches for boys and girls. Please contact us for more
information if you would like to volunteer and be a part of the Katy
Cavalier Lacrosse Club, 281-942-8822.
WESTSIDE GOLF LEAGUE
Westside Golf League is actively encouraging new members. We invite
you to join us every Tuesday morning at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. Our
purpose is to allow ladies of all levels to meet new friends and have fun
while improving golfing skills. For more information, contact the Pro
Shop at Cinco Ranch, 281-395-4653.
U.S. BOWLING LEAGUE DAY
Each year league bowlers across the United States recognize U.S. Bowling
League Day on September 3 rd . Primarily an outdoor sport until around
1840, bowling was called the game of ninepins and popular with
gamblers. To snuff out the gambling, the state of Connecticut banned
the game in 1841, which led the newly indoor lane owners to add one pin
to their alleys to circumvent the law.
Clubs tried organizing and creating set rules, but it wasn’t until 1895 when
the American Bowling Congress came together at Beethoven Hall in New
York City. The American Bowling Congress established a maximum score
of 300, which still stands today. Other rules, such as lane length, widths
and distances between pins were also determined.
Today, leagues of men, women and mixed teams of all ages play in
bowling competitions around the world. Weekly league bowling is a
great social outing as well as great physical activity.
Gather your league and go bowling. If you are not a member of a league,
just invite some friends.
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