Villages at Lakepointe October 2020

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Villages at Lakepointe Official Newsletter published by Krenek Printing Co.

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Your Community is Fighting Back

We have already won the case, but...

you must file your claim to be eligible for compensation.

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After Harvey, the Army Corps of Engineers refused to take responsibility for

intentionally using Upstream properties to store storm water. After a hard-fought

courtroom battle in 2019, Judge Lettow issued his decision. He found the

government liable under the Fifth Amendment for the intentional flooding of

Upstream homes and businesses. In a landmark case, Judge Lettow ruled that

intentional government action was the sole cause of the Upstream flooding.

Upstream residents have filed lawsuits to protect and enforce their Fifth

Amendment rights to just compensation. Attorney Armi Easterby is honored to

represent over 1,300 Upstream families and businesses.

The Chief Judge of the Court of

Federal Claims picked attorney Armi

Easterby to serve as Co-Lead Counsel

to protect the rights of individual

plaintiffs. Armi and his legal team

have taken the lead in obtaining

sworn testimonies from dozens of

government witnesses in

Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and

Texas. Pictures and videos from our

Upstream plaintiffs helped to prove

that the Army Corps’ actions were

the sole cause of flooding. Litigation

is still ongoing to determine financial

compensation and there is still time

to file a claim.

Get a free consultation

with no obligation.

You must file a claim to

receive compensation.

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VILLAGES AT LAKEPOINTE HELPFUL NUMBERS

DIRECT ALL CALLS AND EMAILS TO GRAHAM MANAGEMENT: 713-334-8000

Leeanne Austin Email: laustin@grahammanagementhouston.com

Address: 2825 Wilcrest Dr., Suite 600 • Houston, TX 77042

Officer Glentzer 713-471-1882

POOL COMPANY: Pools by Dallas 713-932-8803

VAL HOA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Brian Brown

Emily Pruiett

Chuck Werninger

Laura Blount

Linda Tiedemann

Brianbrown.tx@gmail.com

e.pruiett@sbcglobal.net

chuckw@gmail.com

lblount1@comcast.net

lindat904@gmail.com

EMERGENCY: 911

Cy-Fair Fire Dept. (non-emergency) 713-466-4073

Sheriff Dept. (non-emergency) 713-221-6000

Non-emergencies include anything

suspicious, though non-life threatening.

UTILITIES:

Entex - Gas 713-659-2111

Reliant Energy - Electricity 713-207-7777

TX Pride - Waste/Recycling 281-342-8178

COUNTY COMMISSIONER:

Jack Cagle • www.hcp4.net 281-353-8424

SCHOOLS:

www.cfisd.net

Lee Elementary 713-849-8281

Truitt Middle School 281-856-1100

Cy-Ridge High School 281-807-8000

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TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS LIST

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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RCC - RED CROSS CERT., SS - SAFE SITTER, SL - SWIM LESSONS, PP - PET/

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C- CAR CARE/DETAILING, T - TUTORING

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Village at Lakepointe Important Information

2020 ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting is coming up! Notifications will be sent out via mail;

information will also be posted on our NABR network/website. Because of

the precautions being taken for Covid 19, this event may be held online.

This is the yearly meeting to discuss budgets, accomplishments and

needs. This is a great forum to ask questions as well as getting to know

your neighbors. Mark your calendars to participate!

VLP WEBSITE AND NABR NETWORK

Villages at Lakepointe is pleased to announce the addition of NABR

network! Not to be confused with Nextdoor, the NABR site is for residents

of VLP and has many functions. Please be on the lookout for emails and

instructions for setting up your account. This site has links to Graham

Management and the website, options to ask questions, pay dues, check

design applications and more. The goal is to make NABR an official

place to go for important updates and contact information, making

communication for residents more simplified.

VLP POOL RULES

The VLP pool is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 5 AM-10 PM year round for your

enjoyment. The pool closes at 10 PM daily. Please be considerate of our

neighbors and exit the pool at this time. Anyone inside the pool area after

10 PM will be considered trespassing. In addition to these reminders, a

complete list of rules is posted at the pool.

**During this time, there is a capacity of swimmers allowed at the pool

at one time. Please be considerate of other residents and adhere to the

current restrictions set forth due to COVID. At this time, NO guest visitors

are allowed to use the pool. Please see signage posted at pool regarding

current mandates on capacity. **

The Pool Management Company is Pools by Dallas - 713-932-8803

Please contact Graham Management for issues with pool cards and/or

gate issues.

MONTHLY HOA MEETINGS:

We encourage all residents to participate in the monthly HOA meetings.

It is your forum to ask questions, share suggestions and stay connected

with neighbors and planned activities.

When: The first Monday evening of each month (except on Holidays and

in December) at 6:30 PM.

Where: The Comfort Suites, 11440 Clay Road, Houston, 77041.

**Meetings are currently being held via Zoom until further notice. **

Please see the Graham Management website at

grahammanagementhouston.com to verify meeting dates, to view

previous meeting minutes and more.

Eblasts will not be sent as notification for Board meetings as this info is

now on the website.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Board Meeting!

VLP SAFETY TIPS

Officer Glentzer patrols VLP and shared the following valuable tips. Safety

and awareness are key!

• If you SEE something, SAY something. Don’t be afraid to call in suspicious

activity and behavior. It gives our officers reason to investigate further

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and could deter criminal activity.

• Call 713-221-6000 with non-emergency issues and 911 with emergencies

• Let our very own Deputy Glentzer (713-471-1882) know if you will be

away so he can keep an eye on your home

WATER USAGE

TNG is the operator for MUD 370. Villages at Lakepointe, Lakes on Eldridge

North and Nanaksar Colony make up MUD 370.

The meter readings and total monthly usage are listed on your invoices.

The average usage per month this time of year is approximately 10,000

gallons. If you are using significantly more water than that, check for

things like running toilets or leaks. TNG is also a good resource and can

be reached at 281-350-0895.

FENCE STAIN COLORS

Fences are required to be kept stained in the following colors:

Behr Exterior Wood Stain in Cappuccino Solid (SC-142)

Behr Exterior Wood Stain in Valise Solid (SC-123)

Behr Exterior Wood Stain in Cappuccino Semi Transparent (ST-142)

Behr Exterior Wood Stain in Valise Semi Transparent (ST-123)

DESIGN GUIDELINES

The Design Guidelines are detailed descriptions of criteria related

to the outside of your home and landscape. A complete list of these

guidelines can be found on the Graham Management website at www.

grahammanagementhouston.com.

As VLP approaches 20+ years, it is critical to keep the integrity of the

neighborhood by upkeep of homes and yards. Please take a look at this

information to see if there is anything you can do to your residence to

help keep our home values up.

PET OWNER FRIENDLY REMINDERS

Please remember to adhere to county laws regarding your pet by always

having your pet on a leash when outside of your house or backyard. This

is a safety precaution as well, due to the drainage ditch that runs through

VLP and can be a place where Coyotes and other animals can be found.

Additionally, please pick up after your pet. Germs and disease can be

spread in fecal matter, not to mention the mess it causes when stepped

in. Trash cans have been installed in common areas in VLP for your

convenience. Be a good neighbor and pick up your pet waste, including

other resident’s yards and walking paths.

TREES AND SIDEWALKS

It is the responsibility of the homeowner to trim the trees on their

property. This includes the trees on the outside of the sidewalk that lines

the property. There are many overgrown tree branches that hang down

and pose a danger to pedestrians.

Many requests and complaints have been received asking reminders to

be sent to residents with low hanging branches. If a resident is injured by

a tree on your property, you are liable, so please go ahead and trim those

branches!

Additionally, many of the sidewalks have become significantly uneven.

This also poses a risk to pedestrians and is the responsibility of the

homeowner to correct. The liability falls on the homeowner if an injury

does occur.

As VLP reaches just over 20 years, upkeep is necessary to keep our

community looking good and to keep residents safer. Thank you for

doing your part as a homeowner to keep VLP a great place to live!

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Getting

your annual

mammogram is

still important.

During the coronavirus

pandemic, we are:

Screening all patients,

ensuring only those without

COVID-19 symptoms are

seen in the office.

Houston Methodist West Hospital

can see you safely.

Getting your annual mammogram is one of the most

important steps you can take to stay healthy. That’s why

our Breast Care Centers are taking every necessary

precaution during the coronavirus pandemic to keep

you and our staff members safe.

Wearing masks and other

personal protective equipment

while providing patient care.

FRY ROAD

GREENHOUSE ROAD

PARK ROW

HOUSTON METHODIST

BREAST CARE CENTER

AT WEST HOSPITAL

BARKER CYPRESS ROAD

Implementing additional

sanitation processes

to disinfect all equipment

and surfaces.

Redesigning waiting rooms

and check-in procedures

to ensure social distancing.

Visit houstonmethodist.org/breast-care or call 832.522.7465

to schedule your mammogram today. We do not require a doctor’s

order for your annual screening mammogram.

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In or Around The Community

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GARAGE SALES

CONCORD BRIDGE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020, 8 AM TO 2 PM

West Little York between Eldridge and Hwy 6.

WESTGATE FALL GARAGE SALE - OCTOBER 3, 2020

Located off of Barker Cypress between Longenbaugh and FM529.

COPPERFIELD EASTON COMMONS FALL GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 RD , 7 AM-3 PM

Located in Copperfield between Longenbaugh and West Rd.

COPPERFIELD SOUTHDOWN VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE

OCTOBER 10 TH

Located in Copperfield off of Longenbaugh near Hwy. 6.

COPPER VILLAGE FALL GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 TH FROM 7 AM TO 12 NOON

West Road - between Hwy 6 & Queenston

ABERDEEN GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD WIDE GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 TH

Aberdeen Green is located on Telge Road at West Road,

south of Hwy. 290.

BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 TH

Located off of N Hwy 6 between West Little York and Kieth Harrow Blvd.

Lots of bargains!

COPPERFIELD MIDDLEGATE GARAGE SALE

OCTOBER 17 TH , 7 AM - 3 PM

Rain date is scheduled for the following Saturday. Located in Copperfield

between Longenbaugh and West Rd.

THE STAR OF DESTINY (KATY) CHAPTER GARAGE SALE

Star of Destiny (Katy) Chapter, National Society Daughters of the

American Revolution will hold our annual fundraising garage sale on

Saturday, October 24, 2020. The sale will be held from 8 AM to 12 PM at

Estates of Chesterfield Swim and Tennis Club, 1707 Briarchester Dr., Katy,

Tx. 77450. There will be household items, fine china, furniture, toys, books

and much more! The items are reasonably priced and this sale is our main

source of funds for patriotic activities with troops, schools, libraries and

military families. The Star of Destiny Chapter is an organization with over

100 members so there will be plenty of items from which to choose.

Please come and check out all the treasures! Due to Texas rules on social

distancing, masks will be required and we limit the number of people in

the clubhouse at the same time.

CRAFT SHOWS

AMERICAN LEGION POST 200

15 TH ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFT SHOW

330 Legion Road, Wallis, TX

October 24, 2020: 9 AM-4 PM

October 25, 2020: 10 AM-4 PM

Musical Entertainment

Hamburgers & Chopped BBQ on Bun

Desserts & Drinks

$1 Admission for Hourly Door Prizes

For more information call 281-743-3678

Email: jgiese3866@aol.com

Facebook: Crafters * Wallis Legion Post 200

VENDOR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Are you crafty? Are you a distributor for a specialty item? Saint Aidan’s

Episcopal Church has opened vendor registration for our 7 th Annual Fall

Festival and Holiday Market! The market and festival will be held Sunday,

October 25, 2020 from 10 AM-4 PM. We will have both indoor and outdoor

booths. Saint Aidan’s is located in Cypress at 13131 Fry Road – just south of

Hwy 290. Our festival features Market Booths, Children’s Area, Petting Zoo,

Pony Rides, Food Vendors, Silent Auction, Music, Cake Walk and a Trunk

N Treat. For more information and to register online, visit our website at

http://aidanschurch.org and click on the Fall Festival icon or if you prefer

to mail in your registration, you can obtain a Booth Reservation form by

contacting us at 281-373-3203 or email fallfest@aidanschurch.org. Saint

Aidan’s Episcopal Church is located at 13131 Fry Road, Cypress Texas 77433.

GOLF TOURNAMENTS

HOUSTON OPEN BIRDIES FOR CHARITY®

What is Birdies for Charity®? Birdies for Charity® is a fundraising program

designed to give local charities the opportunity to generate contributions

through the Houston Open. 100% of your donation goes directly to the

charity of your choice. The Houston Open will also award the top three

donation-collecting charities and one randomly drawn charity with an

additional bonus. In 2019, the Houston Open distributed $615,000 to

local nonprofits.

How can I participate in Birdies for Charity®? There are two ways to donate

to the Birdies for Charity program:

1. Make a pledge of one cent or more for every “Birdie” made by the PGA

Tour Pros during the Houston Open. If 1,500 birdies are made during the

2020 event, here are the totals for some typical pledge amounts:

• 1 cent pledge = $15 total pledge

• 3 cent pledge = $45 total pledge

• 10 cent pledge = $150 total pledge

• $1 pledge = $1,500 total pledge

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The minimum birdie pledge is $.01 and the maximum pledge is $1. The

last day to submit a pledge is Sunday, November 8, 2020. Last year, 1,244

birdies were made at the Houston Open. FYI we are playing at a new

course this year.

2. Make a flat donation not tied to birdies. For flat donations, the minimum is

$20. To donate, please visit our Charity page at www.houstonopengolf.com.

Grand Prize: You are eligible to enter our “Guess the Birdie” contest when you

donate or make a pledge to one of our local charities. Guess the total number

of birdies that will be made by PGA Tour Pros during the Houston Open,

Nov. 2-8, 2020. One grand prize will be given to the person who guesses

the correct number. In case of ties, winners will be randomly selected. One

lucky supporter of the Houston Open Birdies for Charity® program will win

an Astros *Suite Night at Minute Maid Park. *Suite night 2021 date will

be determined by the Astros organization and sent to the winner once

determined. For more information about the Houston Open Birdies for

Charity® program, please contact Monica Whitt at info@astrosgolf.com.

33 ND ANNUAL B. F. ADAM GOLF CLASSIC

POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cy-Fair Educational Foundation

(CFEF) trustees graded 1200+ scholarship applications and met via Zoom

to award more than $635,000 in scholarships. For Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

graduating seniors planning to attend Lone Star College full-time in the

fall, our application is open now through May 11, 2020. This summer, the

Foundation will award $72,000 from the Edwin C. Schroeder Endowment

Fund. The Foundation looks forward to recognizing our 2020 scholarship

recipients this August. With the Stay Home - Work Safe Mandate through

the end of April, the Foundation has decided to postpone the B. F. Adam

Golf Classic until the COVID-19 risk is minimal within our community for the

safety of our 288 golfers and over 100 volunteers, trustees and staff, who

help make this event a tremendous success, as well as the staff at BlackHorse

Golf Club. Our 33 rd annual B. F. Adam Golf Class has been moved to Monday,

November 16, 2020. Celebrating 50 years as a non-profit raising money to

fund scholarships for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD high school graduates, the Cy-

Fair Educational Foundation is looking forward to our exciting Fall lineup

of events. The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation is incredibly grateful for the

unwavering generosity of the Cy-Fair community and the commitment of

our Board of Trustees. Over the last 50 years, the Foundation has grown

tremendously awarding more than $9 million to graduating seniors

from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. CFEF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all

contributions are tax deductible, as allowed by the law. For more information

please contact marie@thecfef.org or visit our website at www.theCFEF.org.

THE WOMEN’S FUND FOR HEALTH EDUCATION AND

RESILIENCY: 10 TH ANNUAL ROCKIN’ RESILIENCY LUNCHEON

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, a nonprofit

providing Houston-area women and girls with the tools needed to be

advocates for their health, is pleased to announce its 10 th Annual Rockin’

Resiliency Luncheon on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 11 AM. The Women’s

Fund along with Luncheon Chairs Christine and Steve Johnson are hosting

an in-person luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West South Loop,

Houston, TX 77027, along with a virtual event online for guests to celebrate

at a distance. Guests along with girls and women who participate in The

Women’s Fund’s Health Education classes are invited to the fun-filled

afternoon featuring a keynote speaker, silent auction and more. The

Women’s Fund invites everyone to support the mission to help more

adolescent girls and women lead happier, healthier and more resilient lives

by purchasing a sponsorship or tickets to the Rockin’ Resiliency Luncheon

at www.thewomensfund.org/events. For 41 years, The Women’s Fund has

educated girls and women in the Houston area through classes, workshops,

lectures and publications that teach resiliency skills and relate those skills

to current health risks. Dedicated to ensuring positive health outcomes for

individuals and communities, The Women’s Fund serves close to 12,000

women and adolescent girls and distributes 9,913 publications each year.

For more information, visit www.womensfund.org, call 713-623-6543 or

follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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Theater/Fine Arts

THEATRE SUBURBIA

4106 Way Out West Dr. Houston, Texas 77092, 713-682-3525

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 PM, Sunday matinees at 3 PM

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Students

& Seniors and $16 Sunday Matinees. Cash, Check and all Major Credit

Cards are accepted in payment. For reservations, call 713-682-3525 or

reserve seats online at www.theatresuburbia.org. Theatre Suburbia is

Northwest Houston’s longest running all volunteer playhouse. We are

currently celebrating our 58 th season and have now produced nearly 400

shows. Throughout the years, we have endeavored to provide quality,

live theatre to the Houston area. Theatre Suburbia is funded in part by

the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

A.D PLAYERS AT THE GEORGE THEATER

5420 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

2020-2021 SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

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

The Christmas Shoes - November 25-December 27, 2020

Photograph 51 - January 20-February 7, 2021

The Spitfire Grill - March 3-21, 2021

Is He Dead? - April 21-May 9, 2021

Mary Poppins - June 16-July 18, 2021

Box Office: 713-526-2721

Hours: 10 AM-6 PM, Monday-Friday

STAGEWORKS THEATRE

10760 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sunday matinees at 3 PM

Website: www.stageworkshouston.org.

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.

OH MY GOD - October 13-25, 2020 Online

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

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WOMEN ROCK, annual concert fundraiser at RUDYARDS! - February 2021

Exact Date TBA

TOOTH AND TAIL: full production - March 18-April 3, 2021, Deluxe Theater,

3303 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020

Keep an eye on our website, www.mildredsumbrella.com for ticket sales

and developments. For more information, call 832-463-0409 or send an

email to info@mildredsumbrella.com.

CYPRESS CREEK FACE

Box Office: 281-440-4850, 6450 Louetta Rd, Suite 200,

Spring, Texas 77379

www.CypressCreekFACE.org

Community Events

GET OUT & VOTE

EARLY VOTING: OCTOBER 13, 2020 TO OCTOBER 30, 2020

7 AM-7 PM Monday-Saturday*

10 AM-7 PM Sunday

(*some locations may be open later)

ELECTION DAY: NOVEMBER 3, 2020

7 AM-7 PM

WHERE CAN I VOTE?

If you are a registered voter in Harris County, you may vote at ANY polling

location in Harris County with proper ID. You can find locations near you,

hours of operation and even WAIT TIMES at www.HarrisVotes.Com and

click Polling Locations.

REGISTER TO VOTE or change your registration before October 3 rd at

www.Hctax.net/voter/registration.

WHAT IS ON MY BALLOT?

Want to know the candidates and issues on YOUR ballot before you go to

the polls? Go to www.HarrisVotes.com and click Sample Ballot.

IN PERSON VOTING IS SAFE!!

If you can stand in line at the grocery store, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON.

PPE will be provided for your convenience - gloves, masks and finger

protectors will be provided as well as hand sanitizing stations when you

enter. Voting machines will be placed at least six feet apart and regularly

cleaned. Poll Workers practice and encourage social distancing. In Person

Voting is SAFE.

CURBSIDE VOTING IS AVAILABLE!!

Voter accessibility is a priority. Poll Workers will be available to bring

voting apparatus to YOU in your car if you have issues entering the

polling location.

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT.

Don’t trust YOUR VOTE to anyone. Cast your ballot in Person. Mail-in and

collected ballots can get mislaid or lost. Vote In Person and make sure

your vote is counted.

REQUEST a mail in ballot if you are a registered voter AND:

· Away from the county on Election Day and during the early voting

period, OR

· Sick or disabled, OR

· 65 years of age or older on Election Day, OR

· Confined in jail, but eligible to vote.

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Theater/Fine Arts

THEATRE SUBURBIA

4106 Way Out West Dr. Houston, Texas 77092, 713-682-3525

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 PM, Sunday matinees at 3 PM

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Students

& Seniors and $16 Sunday Matinees. Cash, Check and all Major Credit

Cards are accepted in payment. For reservations, call 713-682-3525 or

reserve seats online at www.theatresuburbia.org. Theatre Suburbia is

Northwest Houston’s longest running all volunteer playhouse. We are

currently celebrating our 58 th season and have now produced nearly 400

shows. Throughout the years, we have endeavored to provide quality,

live theatre to the Houston area. Theatre Suburbia is funded in part by

the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

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5420 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

2020-2021 SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

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

The Christmas Shoes - November 25-December 27, 2020

Photograph 51 - January 20-February 7, 2021

The Spitfire Grill - March 3-21, 2021

Is He Dead? - April 21-May 9, 2021

Mary Poppins - June 16-July 18, 2021

Box Office: 713-526-2721

Hours: 10 AM-6 PM, Monday-Friday

STAGEWORKS THEATRE

10760 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

Sunday matinees at 3 PM

Website: www.stageworkshouston.org.

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.

OH MY GOD - October 13-25, 2020 Online

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

TOOTH AND TAIL: full production - March 18-April 3, 2021, Deluxe Theater,

3303 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020

Keep an eye on our website, www.mildredsumbrella.com for ticket sales

and developments. For more information, call 832-463-0409 or send an

email to info@mildredsumbrella.com.

CYPRESS CREEK FACE

Box Office: 281-440-4850, 6450 Louetta Rd, Suite 200,

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Community Events

GET OUT & VOTE

EARLY VOTING: OCTOBER 13, 2020 TO OCTOBER 30, 2020

7 AM-7 PM Monday-Saturday*

10 AM-7 PM Sunday

(*some locations may be open later)

ELECTION DAY: NOVEMBER 3, 2020

7 AM-7 PM

WHERE CAN I VOTE?

If you are a registered voter in Harris County, you may vote at ANY polling

location in Harris County with proper ID. You can find locations near you,

hours of operation and even WAIT TIMES at www.HarrisVotes.Com and

click Polling Locations.

REGISTER TO VOTE or change your registration before October 3 rd at

www.Hctax.net/voter/registration.

WHAT IS ON MY BALLOT?

Want to know the candidates and issues on YOUR ballot before you go to

the polls? Go to www.HarrisVotes.com and click Sample Ballot.

IN PERSON VOTING IS SAFE!!

If you can stand in line at the grocery store, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON.

PPE will be provided for your convenience - gloves, masks and finger

protectors will be provided as well as hand sanitizing stations when you

enter. Voting machines will be placed at least six feet apart and regularly

cleaned. Poll Workers practice and encourage social distancing. In Person

Voting is SAFE.

CURBSIDE VOTING IS AVAILABLE!!

Voter accessibility is a priority. Poll Workers will be available to bring

voting apparatus to YOU in your car if you have issues entering the

polling location.

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT.

Don’t trust YOUR VOTE to anyone. Cast your ballot in Person. Mail-in and

collected ballots can get mislaid or lost. Vote In Person and make sure

your vote is counted.

REQUEST a mail in ballot if you are a registered voter AND:

· Away from the county on Election Day and during the early voting

period, OR

· Sick or disabled, OR

· 65 years of age or older on Election Day, OR

· Confined in jail, but eligible to vote.

For information on mail in ballots go to www.HarrisVotes.com and click

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Church Events

CLASSIC ADULTS - GS WORSHIP CENTER -

COMEDIAN, TIM HAWKINS!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2020, 2-4 PM

Tim Hawkins has established himself as one of the most in-demand

Christian comedians in the country. With 300 million video views online

and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his fans have grown into a

revolution of multi-generational proportions. Now Tim brings his hilarity

and Christian comedy to Good Shepherd Classic Adults…. virtually…. on

Monday, October 5 th !!!!

Tim’s comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down

on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become

routine. The only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that

expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The

perils of marriage, homeschooling and growing up in the Midwest may

not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for good punchlines! And,

by the way, while he’s very funny, fans are often even more amazed at

his singing voice and guitar playing! Tim’s hilarious music videos have

brought him viral YouTube fame with fan favorites including the “Chickfil-A”

Song, “Aging Rockers,” “Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife” and “The

Government Can.” Still, Tim is no rock star: “It’s not like I have a choice.

Comedy is my only life skill!”

Please register at www.goodchurch.org under registrations, on or before

October 1 st !!! Call the church at 281-373-2273 with any questions.

Classic Adults is a ministry of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church

located at 20155 Cypresswood Drive in Fairfield. We welcome any person

50 years young and better to gather with us for Christian fellowship,

entertainment, adventure and light-hearted and inspirational programs.

We usually meet on the first Monday of each month at 11:45 AM in the

youth room of the church. Check the church website, www.goodchurch.

org for more information.

Scouts

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COPPER CREEK MEADOWS COMMUNITY

Girl Scouting is open to all girls ages 5 (must be in Kindergarten) through

18 who are willing to accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Copper

Creek Meadows Community serves girls in the residence areas for the

following elementary schools (as well as the corresponding middle and

high schools): Birkes, Fiest, Hairgrove, Horne, Kirk, Lee, Lieder, Lowery,

Metcalf, Owens, Tipps, Wilson, Epiphany Lutheran Church and Harmony

School of Excellence. Home schooled and private school students are

always welcome.

More information about Girl Scouts may be found on the Girl Scouts of

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FAMILY FOCUSED. VALUE DRIVEN. Cub Scouting is a year-round program

uniquely designed to meet the needs of young boys & girls (kindergarten

through fifth grade) and their families. The program offers fun and

challenging activities that promote character development and physical

fitness. Family involvement is an essential part of the program and parents

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SOME KIDS AVOID OBSTACLES. SCOUTS OVERCOME THEM. Scouts BSA is a

year-round program for boys and girls in fifth grade through high school

that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge and responsibility to

help them become the best version of themselves. In Scouts BSA, young

men and women go places, test themselves and have one-of-a-kind

adventures that can’t be found anywhere else. There is something for

everyone in Scouting! New scouting units are starting in your community

right now. Come join an adventure of a lifetime in Scouting. For more

information, please contact Marcus Jackson marcus.jackson@scouting.

org or Leslie Anderson leslie.anderson2@scouting.org.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA -

COPPERHEAD DISTRICT

For 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found

in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in

helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting

helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership

skills, outdoor skills and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities

that allow them to: • Try new things. • Provide service to others. • Build

self-confidence. • Reinforce ethical standards.

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as

individuals while promoting activities that lead to personal responsibility

and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made,

peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.

Scouting provides a rewarding experience for boys ages 5 to 21. Scouting

through the local Packs and Troops teach outdoor and life skills which help

our youth Be Prepared. Your area is serviced by the BSA Sam Houston Area

Counsel - Copperhead District which includes 23 Cub Scout Packs (boys 5

to 10 years old), 13 Troops (boys from 11 to 18 years old) and 10 Venturing

units (boys and girls from 14 to 21). Our Units typically meet weekly.

Many of our units are supported by the local Elementary Schools

including: Birkes, Copeland, Duryea, Fiest, Hemmingway, Holmsley,

Horne, Jowell, Lowery, Metcalf, Owens, Postma, Robinson, Sheridan,

Tipps, Walker and Wilson.

Other Community groups include: Autumn Creek Baptist Church, Beck and

Masten Automotive, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Copperfield

Church, Crossbridge Church, Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club, Deerfield Village HOA, LDS

Bear Creek and Copperfield Wards, Middlegate Village HOA, Peace Community

Church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and Thornton Middle School.

Please contact Brendan Cronin, Copperhead District Executive (713-756-

3383 or email brendan.cronin@scouting.org) or to go www.copperhead.

shac.org to find join a Scouting unit near you.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 609

Boy Scout Troop 609 is a specialized for Boys with high functioning

Autism Spectrum Disorders. They meet at the Westview School on the 1 st

and 3 rd Saturday of the month from 9:30-11:30 AM.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 838

Troop 838 is a small pack located near Hwy 6 and West Road at the

Crossbridges Church. We are between the Copperfield and Aberdeen

neighborhoods. Being a smaller troop allows us to be flexible and address

the needs of our scouts more nimbly. We currently have boys from ages 11

to 17 within our group working to make Eagle. We try to camp monthly,

with a wide variety of locations on our agenda. The different locations are

chosen by the senior boys to more directly meet our training needs and

to keep expenses low. In fact, we have some of the lowest expenses in the

area. Our adult leaders are all experienced with years of scouting under

their belt per individual. We also work closely with several local packs of

cub scouts and participate in civic duties around the area as well. Please

contact us at TROOP838CYPRESS.ORG or 414-331-3321.

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TROOP 1865

Troop 1865 runs a diverse program of outdoor and service activities,

with events selected by the scouts themselves. We meet Mondays at 6:30

PM, at the Copperfield HOA building on Willow River and Hwy 6, behind

Labay. We’ve gone backpacking through the National Forest, rappelling

off Enchanted Rock, Survival camping, boating, canoeing and anything

else the scouts can dream up. We do high-adventure camping at

Philmont and Seabase. Our advancement program has enabled scout to

achieve the coveted rank of Eagle Scout at 10 times the national average

rate. We see scouting as a practice run on adult life. Scouts learn about

leadership and teamwork through having to work together in the field.

We learn about responsibility through fund-raising activities that have

allowed the entire troop to pay for their own summer camp each year.

CUB SCOUT PACK 2

We are an active year round pack for Kindergarten-5 th grade that focuses

on life skills, teamwork, leadership and FUN! Cub Scout activities include

camping, fishing, pinewood derby, hiking and much more! During the

school year we meet on the 3 rd Monday of each month at 7 PM at Birkes

Elementary in the cafeteria. Contact me for more information and to find

out what exciting activities we have planned for summer! Ame Lane-281-

740-5020, ame.lane@yahoo.com.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 61

Young men between the ages of 11-18 are encouraged to visit Boy Scout Troop

61 at 7 PM Wednesday nights at Peace Community Church, 5151 Addicks

Satsuma Road, Houston, Texas, 77084. They will get a hands-on experience of

what Scouting has to offer and have the opportunity to visit with the Scouts and

their adult leaders to learn more about the things the troop has done during

meetings and activities. Scouting activities include camping, fishing, archery,

rifle/shotgun shooting, hiking, first aid, wilderness survival, community service,

citizenship, swimming, leadership, white-water rafting and much more. Troop

61 camps each month and has a group that goes to High Adventure Camp and

to Merit Badge Camps each summer. Boy Scout Troop 61 meets from 7 to 8 PM

every Wednesday in the Activity Room at Peace Community Church. Contact

Mike Viator with Troop 61 if your son is interested in joining a local Boy Scout

Troop. Cell: 713-253-8465, mike.viator@comcast.net.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 3

Boys, are you yearning for exciting outdoor programs that stir your

imagination and interest? How about camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking,

backpacking and off-road biking? Do you want to learn wilderness survival,

cooking, first aid, orienteering and shooting skills? Scouting is Fun… with a

Purpose - where boys grow into men instilled with values of duty to God and

Country, community service, citizenship, leadership and self-confidence.

Troop 3 is a boy-lead troop where the boys plan an exciting year-round

outdoor program. We camp monthly and include rock climbing, backpacking

and canoeing. Troop 3 also participates in a weeklong winter camp, as well

as a weeklong summer camp. We welcome all young men, 11-18 years old

to visit Boy Scout Troop 3 at 7 PM Monday nights at Richard & Meg Weekley

Community Center located at 8440 Greenhouse Road, Cypress. No previous

scouting experience needed! Come see for yourself what Boy Scouts has to

offer and visit with the Scouts to learn more about our troop. Please visit our

website www.houstontroop3.com for more information.

PACK 4 CUB SCOUTS

Come Join Pack 4 Cub Scouts at Lieder Elementary for the first 3 Tuesdays

of each month at 7 PM. We help turn young boys into men with fun and

games while learning new skills that will help them grow. We also work

around tough sport schedules. So come see what Pack 4 is all about!

HOMESCHOOL 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 in 1 st through 5 th grade, please contact Jack M.

Jones at 281-558-5722.

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GOLF LOVERS DAY IS ALWAYS ON OCTOBER 4TH!

What is this Holiday for?

This holiday is for celebrating and enjoying a day of golf. So let this

holiday be the day you play a game of golf or at least have some fun

learning about the game. This day is actually a big day for a charitable

event sponsored by the PGA every year. The 4 th has been held for charity

since 1952.

Who celebrates this holiday?

Everyone who loves the game of golf! This game is played all over the

world.

What is Golf?

Golf is a game in which a player, using many types of clubs including a

driver, a putter and irons, hits a ball into each hole on a golf course in

the lowest possible number of strokes. Golf is one of the few ball games

that does not use a standardized playing area; rather, the game is played

on golf “courses,” each one of which has a unique design and typically

consists of either 9 or 18 holes. Golf is defined in the Rules of Golf as

“playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a

stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules.”

The first game of golf for which records survive was played at Bruntsfield

Links, in Edinburgh, Scotland, in A.D. 1456, recorded in the archives of

the Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society, now The Royal Burgess Golfing

Society. The modern game of golf spread from Scotland to England and

has now become a worldwide game, with golf courses in the majority of

countries.

Golf Etymology

The word Golf was first mentioned in writing in 1457 on a Scottish statute

on forbidden games as gouf, possibly derived from the Scots word goulf

(variously spelled) meaning “to strike or cuff.” This word may, in turn, be

derived from the Dutch word kolf, meaning “bat” or “club” and the Dutch

sport of the same name. It is often claimed that the word originated as an

acronym for “gentlemen only, ladies forbidden,” but this is strictly a false

etymology.

World Golf Popularity

In 2005, Golf Digest calculated that there were nearly 32,000 golf

courses in the world, approximately half of them in the United States.

The countries with most golf courses in relation to population, starting

with the best endowed were: Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland,

Canada, Wales, United States, Sweden and England (countries with fewer

than 500,000 people were excluded). Apart from Sweden, all of these

countries have English as the majority language, but the number of

courses in new territories is increasing rapidly. For example the first golf

course in the People’s Republic of China opened in the mid-1980s, but by

2005 there were 200 courses in that country.

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Most importantly, I recognize the importance of staying present. It’s this present-moment

awareness that serves as my greatest daily teacher. And with the pink-hued mania now

lighting up October, we all have the opportunity to infuse our support and awareness

with a healthy dose of mindfulness. Here are a few tips:

5 WAYS TO MINDFULLY HONOR BREAST

CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

by Paige Davis, a survivor’s blog

For many breast cancer survivors, including

myself, the pink frenzy of October can be a

confusing time. On the one hand, as a survivor, I

appreciate this raised awareness and am grateful

for the role it has played in my own healing

journey. The opportunities to get involved and

show support are plentiful. Fashion, beauty,

food and design invite us to purchase pink in

the name of breast cancer awareness, but that

also makes it confusing.

For the most part, I’m past my cancer bubble. I

don’t think about it every day. And yet, I can’t

deny some old habits from that time still kick in.

Every now and then, I’ll wake up on a Thursday

thinking it’s chemo day. Occasionally, I’ll step out

of the shower and see the scars on my body and

just stare in wonder: How did this happen? And

while it happens much less, I admittedly still get

hit with overwhelming moments of emotion

that wash over me at the most unpredictable

times.

1. Be mindful of your body: Early detection is key in any disease, especially breast cancer.

This is an ideal time to schedule a mammogram for yourself or remind a loved one. You can

also commit to performing monthly self-exams, which is how I found my cancer. Treat your

body with personal mindfulness and attention.

2. Connect with loved ones. Most likely, we all know someone who is going through

or has been through some type of cancer, breast or otherwise. Reach out to that person

and let them know you’re thinking of them. It’s the random texts, calls and social media

messages that mean the world to anyone who has been touched by cancer. If you are more

of a “doer,” offer something more tangible: arrange for a cleaning service; organize meals;

offer rides to appointments; gift cozy items for chemo days; and sending fresh flowers.

My cousins came together and arranged to have weekly flowers delivered throughout my

treatment - that was amazing.

3. Show your support mindfully. There is no question that the big foundations can play

a pivotal role when it comes to cancer research and finding a cure. Consider embracing

causes that support overall women’s health and helping the diseases that don’t receive the

level of awareness and support that breast cancer does.

4. Donate with intention. I’ve also been on the other side of watching loved ones go

through cancer, so I understand the helplessness. I get the desire to take action and do

something - anything. If dyeing your hair pink or buying a designer handbag makes you

feel like you’re helping, then by all means do it. But do the research and understand where

the funds are going and make sure that resonates with you.

5. Practice a “loving kindness meditation.” I’m a big believer that when we meditate,

we are helping to raise the positive vibration of ourselves and those around us. One of

the best tools to do this is to practice a loving kindness meditation. Picture someone you

know who is going through cancer. If you don’t know anyone, imagine someone who is

experiencing any type of struggle. Picture them as you breathe into your heart center and

silently repeat the phrases:

May your body be at ease. May your heart be open. May your mind be boundless. May

you be awakened and free. Repeat these phrases for yourself and then for all beings in the

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10 Ideas for

a Spooky

Quarantine

Halloween

While Halloween might look different this year, that doesn’t

mean it should be boring. Who would have thought social

distancing recommendations that first came about in March

would still be in effect in October? However, given the

ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you’ll have to take some

precautions to make sure your Halloween is safe. But, just

because you’ll need to put some more thought into this

year’s spooky celebrations, doesn’t mean they need to be

any less fun. Here you’ll find our favorite (safe) ideas for

your quarantine Halloween. From a movie night to outdoor

outings, it’s time to get planning.

Watch a Spooky Movie: There’s certainly no shortage of

Halloween movies. From family friendly classics (Hocus

Pocus, Casper) to horror flicks (Halloween, Silence of the

Lambs), there’s something in the Halloween œuvre for

everyone. Swap your popcorn for candy corn and let the

movie marathon begin.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Already a great autumnal outdoor

activity, many pumpkin patches, apple orchards and farms

are implementing social distancing protocols for their visitors.

Make sure to grab some apple cider while you’re there.

Carve Jack-O’-Lanterns: Once you’re done

picking the pumpkins, it’s obviously time to

carve. Whether you’re aiming for a classic

jack-o’-lantern face or a more original design,

pumpkin carving is the perfect activity to do

outdoors, distanced from friends or with kids

at home.

Decorate Your House: Choose either a cute or

spooky aesthetic and then fashion your digs

appropriately. Grab a scarecrow, decorative

gourds and maybe even some hay to elevate

your porch.

Take a Drive or Hike: In many areas, October also brings stunning fall foliage. A

perfect way to embrace the season is to drive and observe the changing leaves. Better

yet, get outside and fully immerse yourself in autumn with a nature hike.

Bake Some Sweet Treats: Who says Halloween is all about the candy? This is the

perfect time to get creative with your baking. Decorate some spooky cookies or build

a (haunted) gingerbread house. You’ll have both an activity and a yummy dessert.

Host a Zoom Halloween Party: If you can’t physically attend a Halloween party this

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Stir Up a Spooky Cocktail: Fetch the dry ice and grab the tequila-time to make some

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Craft a Halloween Playlist: There are more Halloween-themed tunes than you’d

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Decorate Themed Face Masks: There is perhaps no more “2020” Halloween activity

than decorating a face mask. Whether you’re doing it for yourself or with your kids,

make your mask match your costume or have it be a costume in itself. Some ideas

include animal faces, creepy grins or a pumpkin pattern, but feel free to get creative.

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How to Carve A Pumpkin

When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips

on carving the best pumpkin, as well as how to pick a good pumpkin for

carving!

HOW TO PICK A GOOD PUMPKIN FOR CARVING

Look for one that is a little misshapen. Inspect it for soft spots (especially the end

opposite the stem). Reject a pumpkin that has soft spots, they will cause it to

deteriorate quickly. Remember, your pumpkin doesn’t have to sit on its base, in fact,

that’s often its weakest spot.

Let the pumpkin guide the shape of the face: An elongated pumpkin should have an

elongated face. A fat and happy pumpkin should have a fat and happy face.

HOLLOW OR WHOLE?

There are two reasons for hollowing: (1) If the inside is going to be exposed (through

the mouth, etc.), it looks better if it is hollowed neatly. (2) If you plan to light the

pumpkin from the inside, it must be hollow. You can hollow it out from a hole

in the back instead of the top, so that the look of the face isn’t affected. If you’re

illuminating with a candle, you need to hollow from the top to allow the heat and

smoke to escape.

THE TOOLS

Use a water-based marker to outline the face that you want to carve. First, draw a

line down the center to establish symmetry. Then sketch the nose, the approximate

center of the face. Once you’re satisfied with the details, trace over the lines using a

permanent marker. For carving, basic kitchen implements, such as a paring knife or a

steak knife with a standard - not serrated - blade that’s not going to bend, work well.

You can also use a standard jigsaw blade. Otherwise, improvise: Use a melon-ball

cutter to make circles, for example.

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MAKE A FACE

To achieve a three-dimensional appearance, carve the entire pumpkin. Exaggerate

the features. (If you aren’t sure what teeth really look like or how the gum line works,

smile and look in the mirror.) If the pumpkin is frowning, carve wrinkles under the

mouth. To add character, carve a lot of “crow’s feet” lines around the eyes. Consider

using the stem as the nose and inserts such as radishes for the eyes or cut eyeballs

from the back of the pumpkin and hold them in place with toothpicks.

CARVE WITH CARE

Use two hands at all times: one to control the blade and the other to control the

pressure with which you cut (and thus the depth). Take care not to jab the blade

into the pumpkin; you don’t want to cut all the way through the rind - except to

determine its depth. The thickness of the rind will vary, not only from pumpkin

to pumpkin, but also within one pumpkin. To determine your pumpkin’s average

depth, cut a core sample where you want an eye or a nostril to be. Keep that piece

nearby as a reminder of how deep you can safely cut.

ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS

Pumpkins, which are actually a fruit, not a vegetable, are 90 percent water, so after

carving they usually last only three days to a week. A jack-o’-lantern with a surface

carving will last longer than one that is cut all the way through. Putting a candle

or other light inside will shorten its life span, as the heat that results can “cook” the

pumpkin and reduce its longevity to a matter of hours. For a bright, shiny finish,

spray Armor All on the pumpkin and rub it in. Paint will not preserve a pumpkin.

However, if you decide to paint your pumpkin for decoration, use a water-based

latex paint and wait at least an hour after carving so that the cuts you have made in

the pumpkin have a chance to dry.

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Celebrate Halloween Safely

YOU CAN STILL HAVE YOUR TRICKS AND TREATS—

WITH A TWIST.

By Lisa Milbrand

At this point, we’ve mastered the Zoom party, the socially distanced backyard soiree, and the safest

way to host family and friends. Now we get to put our newfound safe socializing skills to the test

with the first big event of the fall/winter holiday season: Halloween. With Halloween falling on

a Saturday this year and several challenging months behind us (and likely more to come), it’s

only natural that people want to celebrate, big time. But many of the traditional things to do on

Halloween—parties, parades, haunted houses, and crowds of kids trick-or-treating—may feel a

little questionable during a pandemic. But don’t cancel your Halloween costume order or forget

your ideas for easy Halloween costumes just yet. With a little creativity, you can still have a spooky

time without putting your health or the health of others at risk. Read on for our smart ideas for a

safe Halloween 2020 during coronavirus.

1 - Tweak your trick-or-treat routine

Trick-or-treating may still be in the cards, as long as the COVID-19 numbers near you are relatively

low. “Just like we check the weather on Halloween to see what precautions and extra gear might be

needed, knowing the current state of COVID-19 in your community will be important in determining

if it is safe or not,” says Michelle Barron, MD, medical director for infection prevention and control at

UCHealth in Aurora, Colo. “Follow the current rules and guidance being given at the state

and local level, and do a risk/benefit analysis based on the health of the individuals

trick-or-treating and those who live in the household and decide if the risk of getting

potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 is worth the bag of treats.” If you can’t

trick or treat the traditional way due to the pandemic, look for ways to manage it creatively. You

can buy your kiddo’s favorite candy and let her trick-or-treat door to door within your house, or

have her walk through the neighborhood so she can show off her costume, then come home to a

special treat or toy.

2 - Find a safe way to give out treats

Dr. Barron recommends individually wrapping up treats and putting them out in your yard or on

your stoop so there’s space between the bags for people to easily pick them up. You can put them

on a blanket on the lawn or a table on your driveway or porch. And if you’re game to go through a

lot of hand sanitizer and wear a mask, you could still hand out the treats yourself. “If you are going

to hand out candy, I would recommend having a small bottle of hand sanitizer and using it before

handing out the treats,” Dr. Barron says. “This is probably a better approach than having a bowl that

many hands can reach into at one time.”

3 - Work a (real) mask into your costume

This is the year to break out your ninja costume—or slip a second safety mask under your

Michael Myers or ghost masks: whatever you have to do to make a Halloween costume with a

mask. Doubling up the masks is safe, Dr. Barron says, but comfort is also key. “If you are wearing

another mask under a rubber mask, you want to make sure that it doesn’t get too hot and that the

person wearing it can easily breathe,” she says. Sadly, your Halloween mask probably isn’t up to par

as a safety device. “Most Halloween masks are not designed to contain droplets,” Dr. Barron says.

4 - Keep the party outdoors

As with most entertaining these days, outdoors (and small) is best if you want to throw a Halloween

party. “Masking and social distancing are still important,” Dr. Barron says. “Food and drinks should be

prepackaged or in single servings and hand sanitizers should be readily accessible. Setting up chairs and

tables so that everyone can be social but still maintain space between each other should be considered.”

5 - Research events before you go

If you’re a big fan of picking pumpkins, hay mazes, costume parades, and haunted houses, you may

still be able to take part. But do your research beforehand to see how they’re planning to make it

safer (such as limiting participants or requiring masks), to see if you’re comfortable with their plans.

And as with everything else, outdoors is better. “Outdoor activities like pumpkin picking and corn

mazes are great things to do and are probably lower risk than other types of indoor activities as long

as masks are used and social distancing is adhered to,” Dr. Barron says.

6 Get creative with your celebrations

There are plenty of ways to get your Halloween on, so think outside the box. Set up a movie

projector and screen and host a marathon of your favorite Halloween movies on Netflix in your

backyard for a few friends, or host a Zoom dance party where your friends can gather and learn the

“Thriller” choreography or do the “Time Warp” all together. “Let creativity reign!” Dr. Barron advises.

“I never thought I would have fun at Zoom Dance party, but I did this for a friend's birthday and it

was pretty great.” You never know what might become a new Halloween tradition.

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How to Make Basic Pasta

You could make this on National Pasta Day October 17th!

Ingredients

1 egg, beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons water

DIrections

In a medium sized bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in

the flour, add the slightly beaten egg and mix. Mixture should

form a stiff dough. If needed, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes.

With a pasta machine or by hand, roll dough out to desired

thinness. Use machine or knife to cut into strips of desired width.

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!Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust

DIrections

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese,

sugar and vanilla. With an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until

smooth. Blend in eggs. Reserve 1 cup of cream cheese mixture and set

aside. Pour remaining mixture into pie crust.

Into the reserved cream cheese mixture, stir pumpkin puree, cinnamon,

cloves and nutmeg. Pour over the top of the plain filling in the crust. Bake

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