Raintree Village September 2020

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

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

backyard.

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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 hollinsw@sbcglobal.net.

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

community:

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

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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.

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

each day.

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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SATELLITE DISHES

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

WWW.RAINTREEVILLAGE.COM

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

circumstances:

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

please contact:

Harris County Precinct #5, Contract #87: 281-463-6666

Harris County Animal Control: 281-999-3191

Harris County Health Department, Rabies/Animal Control Section

2223 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027-3588

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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

are permitted.

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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

meeting room.

7. Violations of these Standing Rules will not be tolerated. Violators may

be requested to leave the Meeting.

STREETLIGHTS

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.

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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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

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unread because it gets lost in the noise. It can be hard to know what’s

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

go the extra mile, dress up a favorite title for a photo on Instagram and

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

picture?

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

important?

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.

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all of the information learned during the day. It

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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

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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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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

highly popular composition A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.

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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SCOUTS

BROWNIE GS TROOP OPENINGS

FOR 2ND GRADE GIRLS-KATY WIDE

Troop 128006, a Katy wide 2 nd Grade Brownie Girl Scout Troop, has

opening for 2 nd grade girls. We welcome new to GS, returning & existing

2 nd grade Girl Scouts. Meetings: Every other Monday, 6:30-8 PM, 20000

Franz Road area. Contact Lee at gstroop128006@gmail.com for more

information.

WE’RE GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA

We’re 2.5 million strong-more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults

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

us at scoutsbsatroop418@gmail.com or find other units in your area at

www.beascout.org.

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: 353katy@gmail.com. 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.

WALKS/RUNs

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 inviting​Katy, 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.

cRAFT SHOWS/FESTIVALS

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.

cyfairwomensclub.org/current-year-status-and-vendor-list.

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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

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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

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Four Cheese Margherita Pizza

You could make this on National Cheese Pizza Day September 5th!

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

10 minutes.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/

Butterscotch Bread Pudding

You could make this on National Butterscotch Pudding Day September

19th!

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/

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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

the roots.

• 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

mealybug.

• 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

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• Get any pruning of hedges and such done now. You want the flush of

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• Pre-emerge herbicide applications targeting annual bluegrass and

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Sports opportunities

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

Houston!

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.

KatyAreaRunningClub.com.

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)

organization.

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,

Paddle Safe”

NETBALL CLUBS

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 houstonnetball@netballamerica.com 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 yellowrosederbygirls@yahoo.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.

VOLLEYBALL

Please contact Dean at volleyballkaty@yahoo.com 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

website, www.katycavalierlacrosse.org.

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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