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Stone Gate

S-G Owners Association Official Newsletter

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S-G OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. ONSITE OFFICES & IMPORTANT NUMBERS

ASSOCIATION’S MANAGEMENT COMPANY

CONTACT INFO

Associa® Principal Management Group of Houston

(PMG) has been contracted by the Board of

Directors to manage the day-to-day activities of

the community.

In order to contact the community’s Board of

Directors or if residents have concerns, questions

about their account or deed restriction violations

to report, please put the information in writing

and send via email to your onsite office in your

section or send in a request through TownSq.

TO CONTACT THE BOARD:

Principal Management Group of Houston

11000 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 150

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713-329-7100

STONE GATE OFFICE (SG)

11655 Canyon Green Dr., Houston, TX 77095

PH: 281-304-7448 • Email: stonegaterec@att.net

Hours: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat: 9 AM-5 PM

Thurs: 11 AM-7 PM / Sun: closed

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

SG SPLASHPAD TEXAS (SGSP)

9901 Red Rugosa, Houston, TX 77095

PH: 281-304-7448 Email: stonegaterec@att.net

NOTE: Please visit or contact the Stone Gate office

for assistance.

GATE ATTENDANTS

11755 Canyon Green Dr 281-256-3620

TRASH/WATER

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WCA Waste 281-368-8397

ROVING PATROL

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Patrol Phone: 832-243-8206

EMERGENCY 911

Non-Emergency: (Sheriff’s office) 713-221-6000

Cy-Fair VFD 281-550-6663

Department of Public Safety (DPS) 281-232-4334

SCHOOLS

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www.cfisd.net

Andre Elementary 281-463-5500

Birkes Elementary School 281-345-3300

Lamkin Elementary School 281-897-4775

Woodard Elementary School 281-373-2303

Aragon Middle School 281-856-5100

Anthony Middle School 281-373-5660

Spillane Middle School 281-213-1645

Cy-Ranch High School 281-373-2300

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MESSAGE FROM THE NEW HOA BOARD

We are happy to announce that 2021 is the first year our HOA board will be

100% resident run. All 5 board members live in Stone Gate. Our priorities

this year will be focusing on maintenance issues. We will be hiring a

maintenance supervisor to oversee all the maintenance projects we will

be starting this year. Another priority for us is customer service. We will

be working with our management company, PMG, to identify areas for

improvement. Your new board is excited for the upcoming changes and

the future of our neighborhood. Watch for more information coming soon.

ATTN: PINE CREEK HOMEOWNERS ONLY

S-G Owners Association (SGOA) voted to approve amendments to five

different deed restriction documents that affected properties under

the jurisdiction of the Association. These amendments created a new

property owners association called the S-G II Owners Association (S-G II)

and these amendments automatically placed the properties into the new

Association.

Pine Creek residents have an opportunity to remain part of the original

SGOA or vote to move to the NEW S-G II. At least 67%, 535 lots, of

the owners within the Pine Creek Section Properties must approve

an amendment to the deed restrictions to move to the S-G II. If the

required 67% of all 798 Pine Creek Property owners do not approve the

amendment to move to the NEW S-G II Association, the entire section of

Pine Creek will remain under the jurisdiction of the original S-G Owners

Association.

You should have received a packet in the mail with additional details and

a form to vote. Please submit your form to SGOA.ELECTION@GMAIL.COM

by March 31, 2021. If you have any questions, please send them to the

same email above or call 281-304-7448.

VOLUNTEERS FOR COMMITTEES NEEDED

If you're interested in helping your community, we would be thrilled to

talk to you about our committees and how you might be able to assist.

Committees can assist the Board on various tasks, offer new ideas and

opinions and is a great training ground for future Board Members. Below

is a list of our current committees and a summary of their function.

Social Committee

• Provide recommendations for proposed events and activities for the

upcoming calendar year, including schedule and costs to the Board of

Directors.

• Assist and support community events and activities to promote a

positive environment.

• Assist with Yard of the Month and Holiday Decoration Contests.

• Create content for community newsletters, website and announcements.

Community Relations Committee

• Establish and build relationships with Cy-Fair ISD Officials and

Transportation Department, Precinct 3 Commissioner Radack, Constables

and Sheriff’s and other local government organizations.

• Evaluate school bus drop off/pick up locations and gate openings/

closures.

• Provide recommendations to the Board for community programs and

support groups.

• Assist with Yard of the Month and Holiday Decoration Contests.

• Create content for community newsletters, website and event flyers and

announcements.

Landscape Committee

• Consult with the Board of Directors to preserve and enhance the

landscaping.

• Assist with Yard of the Month and Holiday Decoration Contests.

• Review and evaluate all landscaping managed and maintained by the

Association.

• Create content for community newsletters, website and announcements.

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Finance Committee

• Monitor the annual operating budget and management of the

association assets.

• Consult with the Board of Directors on budget and investment of funds

in accordance with the Association Governing Documents and Texas

Property Code.

• Create content for community newsletters, website and announcements.

If you would like to volunteer in your community, please email

stonegaterec@att.net with the following information:

• the committee you are interested in,

• why you want to serve on the committee,

• list any other committees or boards you’ve served on (what, where,

when and how long?)

• any skills or additional experience that would benefit the committee

TOWN SQ - HOW TO SIGN UP

We will be sending important community updates, event information

and other announcements through the TownSq app. We encourage you

to please download the app to stay up to date with the community.

TownSq - a new all-in-one mobile app designated to help you connect,

collaborate and stay up-to-date on any device. Meet your neighbors,

manage your account and access the resources you need for better

community living.

TownSq is the preferred method of communication for anything

related to the community association and your account.

FREE exclusively to Associa communities, download the app and register

now to:

• Easily communicate with neighbors, Board members and management

• Manage your account

• Get up-to-date community news and events

• Request and review status of service inquiries

• Participate in community polls

• Reserve common areas and amenities • And more

Ready to join TownSq?

Your account is already set up and ready to use.

Register using your Account ID and Zip Code https://app.townsq.io/

associa/signup

Login: https://app.townsq.io/login

Download the app and start experiencing community your way! Once

logged in, you will instantly be able to customize your communication

settings to start receiving notifications - when and how you want!

FACEBOOK GROUP FOR RESIDENTS

TO SHARE INFORMATION:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/470015773619972 or search

for Stone Gate Residents (SG, Canyon Lakes @ SG, & Canyon Lakes

Village). You must be a resident to join and provide your address to

verify residency. If you are not the homeowner, you will be required

to show a document such as a bill, statement or your driver’s license

with your name and the address on them. A moderator will contact

you through Facebook messenger for additional information.

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ONSITE OFFICES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

We are practicing extreme caution for the safety of our residents and

staff by limiting the amount of visitors we receive at the onsite offices.

There are many things that can be resolved via email, but we understand

there are some things you may need to visit the office to resolve. If you

would like to visit the onsite office, please email your Onsite Manager to

schedule an appointment. Stone Gate stonegaterec@att.net

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Stone Gate residents are encouraged to call the Stone Gate Clubhouse

office at 281-304-7448 or send an email to stonegaterec@att.net.

The onsite team members are able to assist you with account information,

deed restriction questions, community concerns and or complaints.

In the event they are not able to assist you, they will reach out to the

Community Manager, Board of Directors and/or Management Company

to answer your questions.

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

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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

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S-G OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. GATE AND ACCESS CONTROL REGISTRATION FORM

***IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR EVERY RESIDENT – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY***

Attention Residents!

Please be advised that the Board recently came to an agreement to change vendors for gate/camera maintenance and the

new vendor started in November.

Unfortunately, we have an urgent concern with the gate telephone entry callboxes and the Board is close to finding a resolution.

Our gate telephone entry callboxes are failing and need a complete upgrade. The existing system is no longer in production

and parts for repairs have become increasingly difficult to find. Some of the gate entry callboxes have stopped working

and is why we have gates that remain open.

The other concern is that the computer that stores the database for the entire gate system failed and had to be replaced. We

lost the data for all 24 gates on the Stone Gate and Canyon Lakes at Stone Gate side of the community and need to rebuild

the entire database. While we work towards rebuilding, we are not able to add any new data to the individual gate callboxes

as it will overwrite the existing data that is still working for many of our entrances. The onsite team will be required to re-enter

the data for every single resident into their specific gate before they can upload.

This presents an opportunity for us to ensure that we have the most current information from you in our system. We are requiring

every resident that lives in a gated section to complete the attached form and return it at your earliest convenience.

Residents can also complete the form online at https://forms.gle/ju5TkzvaCz9royvt8

The Board continues to research their different options to replace the gate telephone entry callboxes that will best suit our

needs for the next 10-20 years. An announcement will be made once they come to an agreement.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Thank you

Sincerely, Board of Directors

S-G Owners Association, Inc.

10710 Barker Cypress

(about one mile south of Hwy. 290 in the

HSE Medical Parking Lot)

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S-G OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

Gate and Access Control Registration Form

Please complete this form in its entirety and submit to SGOAccess@gmail.com so we can update our database. If you need

assistance, please contact to management team at the onsite offices below;

Stone Gate Clubhouse: 11655 Canyon Green Drive, Houston, Texas 77095 - Phone: 281-304-7448

• Canyon Lakes West: 19722 Stanton Lake Drive, Cypress, Texas 77433 - Phone: 281-855-0984

• Miramesa: 20150 Miramesa Drive, Cypress, Texas 77433 - Phone: 832-698-4490

Property Address:

Section / Monument Name:

Resident Name(s):

Mailing Address (if different from property address):

Phone:

Email:

Gate Directory

Residents that are in a gated section must provide one (1) phone number per household that will be entered the directory, so your visitors can

contact you from the gate call box to request entry to the community.

Gate Directory Phone #:

Internal use only / Res Code

Access Cards

Residents are permitted a maximum of four (4) access cards per household. Please provide the last five (5) numbers listed on the back of your

access cards below.

Access Card 1: Access Card 2:

Access Card 3: Access Card 4:

Vehicle Information

Residents must register each vehicle to use the EZ Tag access lane to enter through the gates. All vehicles must be registered to the property

address within the community and residents must provide proof of residency for each. NOTE: Proof of residency is required for each vehicle, the

vehicle must be registered to the property in the community (vehicle registration, insurance policy, and/or EZ Tag invoice). The gate access control

system is for the use of residents only. All visitors (family, friends, service providers, etc.) are required to use the call box to contact the resident

to gain access to the community.

Vehicle 1:

Year Make Model License Plate # EZ Tag #

Vehicle 2:

Year Make Model License Plate # EZ Tag #

Vehicle 3:

Year Make Model License Plate # EZ Tag #

Vehicle 4:

Year Make Model License Plate # EZ Tag #

Vehicle 5:

Year Make Model License Plate # EZ Tag #

Vehicle 6:

Year Make Model License Plate # EZ Tag #

Vehicle 7:

Year Make Model License Plate # EZ Tag #

Please remember to include your proof of residency for each vehicle when submitting your form (vehicle registration, insurance

policy, and/or EZ Tag invoice).

S-G Owners Association | February 2021 7


STONE GATE HOA GIVES BACK TO SCHOOLS THROUGH ADOPT-A-SCHOOL PROGRAM5

Five schools received donations from Stone Gate. (photos left to right from top) Andre Elementary, Postma Elementary, Birkes Elementary , Lamkin

Elementary and Woodward Elementary.

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Cy-Fair ISD

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2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

To download the 2020-2021 school calendar, visit

the CFISD website at www.cfisd.net/en/calendar.

CLASS OF 2021 GRADUATION DATES ANNOUNCED

CFISD has announced graduation dates for the 2020-2021 school year.

All graduation ceremonies will be held at the Berry Center (8877 Barker

Cypress Road). The graduation schedule is as follows:

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Cy-Fair - 8 PM

Friday, May 28, 2021

Cypress Creek - 8 PM

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Cypress Falls - 8 AM

Cypress Lakes - 8 PM

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Cypress Ranch - 8 PM

Monday, May 31, 2021

Cypress Ridge - 8 AM

Cypress Springs - 8 PM

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Cypress Woods - 8 PM

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Jersey Village - 8 PM

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Cypress Park - 8 PM

Friday, June 4, 2021

Bridgeland - 8 AM

Langham Creek - 8 PM

ALL 12 CFISD HIGH SCHOOLS

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All 12 CFISD high schools have received Chromebooks for students as

part of the district’s LTE (Learning Together Everywhere) 1:1 program.

Rollouts began before the Thanksgiving holiday and were completed

before winter break. More than 75,000 CFISD students have received a

Chromebook, which includes 100% of high school students having their

own device. In addition, 52% of elementary students and 46% of middle

school students have received their individually issued Chromebook.

CFISD has met all requests of CFISD Connect students who indicated a

need for a device in order to be successful while learning remotely.

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“These devices will enable teachers to transform learning anytime,

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career readiness. The spirit of CFISD was evident in this project as many

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In a special-called meeting on July 7 th , the CFISD Board of Trustees

unanimously voted in favor of authorizing the superintendent to approve

the purchase of portable electronic devices, LTE internet access and

other items needed to support a one-to-one solution for CFISD students.

The LTE 1:1 program provides every student with an electronic device to

support quality instruction and resources. The program allows CFISD to

meet the needs of all students by providing appropriate teacher-directed

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way to learn about a new culture all from the comfort of your home.

STS Foundation is currently looking for host families for the 2021/2022

school year. Hosting is such a rewarding experience and it benefits all of

those involved. STS Foundation accepts all types of host families - from

single parents, newly marrieds, empty nesters and same sex couples. In

order to host, you would need to meet the following qualifications:

• Host must be 25 years or older

• Pass a background check

• Provide food for 3 meals daily

• Ensure reliable transportation to and from school (bus is ok)

• A bed for your student

• A safe and loving home

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Pre-School Registrations

CORNERSTONE UMC PRESCHOOL

2021-2022 REGISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT

New family registration will be on Tuesday, February 9 th at 10 AM. Our registration

will be through our website at www.cornerstoneumc.org-Preschool. You may

visit our website starting in January for more detailed instructions.

Starting in January, if you are interested in touring our facility, contact

us at 281-859-1612 to schedule a tour. Tours will be offered after regular

school hours between 1:30 and 2:30 PM or by appointment for other

times. You may also watch a prerecorded tour of our school from our

website.

ST. CUTHBERT SCHOOL 2021-2022 REGISTRATION

St. Cuthbert Episcopal School offers 2, 3 or 5-day classes for students 18

months to 5-years. A Bridge/Kindergarten class is also available. 2021-

2022 registration will begin on Tuesday, February 9 th at 8 AM for new

families and continue each day during school hours until all the positions

have been filled.

School hours are Monday-Thursday 9 AM till 2 PM and Friday 9 AM till 12

noon. The program is open to all children, regardless of race, nationality

or faith. For questions, contact Lynda at 281-463-1912 or email school@

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NATIONAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is National Black History Month, also known as National

African American History Month, a time for all Americans to celebrate

the achievements of African Americans and recognize their central role

in American history.

Other countries, including Canada and Great Britain, have also set aside months

to honor black history. The month of February was chosen to coincide with

the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and noted civil rights advocate

Frederick Douglass. The first record of Africans arriving in North America is

dated 1619, when a privateer ship carrying “twenty and odd” Africans landed

at Point Comfort, Virginia, which is now modern-day Hampton, Virginia. The

Africans were traded as slaves in exchange for provisions.

African-American’s impact our society throughout history and in numerous

ways. Here are just a few prominent individuals we honor this month:

• Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American appointed to the

Supreme Court. We recognize Thurgood Marshall every year on National

Maryland Day.

• George Washington Carver developed over 300 products from peanuts.

Celebrate George Washington Carver and his contributions to the peanut

industry on National Peanut Day.

• Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to U.S.

House of Representatives.

• Rosa Parks helped initiate the Civil Rights Movement by refusing to give

up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Celebrate Rosa Park on

Rosa Parks Day and learn more about her contributions to the Civil Rights

Movement.

• Louis Armstrong is widely known as a jazz pioneer. Information about

Louis Armstrong can be found in November on National Louisiana Day.

• Colin Powell is a 4-star General who became Secretary of State. Colin

Powell dedicated the Buffalo Soldier monument at Fort Leavenworth,

Kansas, establishing the first Buffalo Soldiers Day.

• Barack Obama was elected the first Black President of the United States.

Black History Month was created by twentieth-century historian

Carter Woodson, who believed black Americans were not adequately

represented in the study of American history. Carter Woodson hoped

for the day when black history would be accepted as a part of American

history. Formerly known as Negro History Week, Black History Month was

officially declared by President Gerald Ford in 1976.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com

NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY

National Freedom Day, always observed on February 1 st , celebrates

freedom from slavery. It also recognizes that America is a symbol of

liberty. It honors the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and

Senate resolution that later became the 13 th Amendment to the U.S.

Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing

slavery on February 1, 1865. It was not ratified by the states, however,

until later on December 18, 1865.

On this day many towns have festivals and celebrations. Others reflect

on the freedoms that the United States honors as well as reflect on and

appreciate the goodwill of the United States. For many years, wreath

laying at the Liberty Bell has also been a tradition to mark National

Freedom Day. Use #NationalFreedomDay to post on social media.

A former slave by the name of Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr. created

National Freedom Day. Major Wright was looked upon as a great leader

in the community. It was believed by Major Wright, that this day needed

to be celebrated.

Because of Abraham Lincoln’s signing the 13 th Amendment outlawing

slavery on February 1, 1865, February 1 st was chosen as the day for

National Freedom Day. On June 30, 1948, President Harry Truman signed

a bill proclaiming February 1 st as the first official National Freedom Day

in the United States.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com

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CREATE A LIGHT JAR

Get Mason jars, mayo or pickle jars or even some vases

and I use the battery operated string lights to make

“normal” decorations. In one, along with the lights,

I have the glass beads you can get at the dollar store

in many colors, in another I have seashells we got in

Galveston. I am sure you can find something that would

match your own home and style to place in these.

So if you are like me and just need that pick-me-up of

some bright twinkling lights once the decorations are

all down, make one or more of these and have them

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ICONIC FIGHTER JET TO BE REFURBISHED AND UNVEILED BY THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 521

“ONE MORE MISSION” - COATING SOCIETY OF HOUSTON MEMBERS TAKE PROJECT TO COMPLETION

On July 29, 1984 American Legion Post 521 received a F4D Fighter Jet from the Air Force Reclamation Center and dedicated it to all POW’s and MIA’s

from all wars and conflicts involving the United States of America. Recently, the Post reached out to the Coating Society of Houston for assistance in

refurbishing this iconic piece of memorabilia, which was showing extreme decay due to local weather conditions.

“We have been working getting this plane restored for several years and were finally able to find a group that was willing to donate their time and

materials to helping us,” said Joseph Thomas, 22 nd District Commander of the American Legion Department of Texas.

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HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES

COVID POLICY:

All Harris County Public Library locations will remain closed to the public

at this time

HCPL No-contact Curbside Holds Pick-Up is now available at ALL HCPL

branches.

HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER

A WIDE ARRAY OF ONLINE SERVICES:

• Use HCPL Wi-Fi service while maintaining social distancing with HCPL’s

Drive-up Wi-Fi

• Download ebooks and audiobooks, stream movies, research and learn

at www.hcpl.net

• Attend an HCPL program or story time online through Facebook or

YouTube

• Check your account to renew loans or request books

• eBooks, comics or graphic novels through OverDrive

• Stream classic films, indie cinema and award-winning documentaries

on Kanopy

• Listen to audiobooks through RBDigital or OverDrive

• Read along and play with picture books on TumbleBooks

• Ask us a question via chat on Ask a Librarian

• Get book recommendations via Book Hunters

If you do not have an HCPL library card, you can get instant access to all

HCPL’s digital materials including ebooks, streaming movies and research

tools with an iKnow Digital Access Card.

HOW DOES CURBSIDE HOLDS PICK-UP WORK?

Here’s how it works: When you receive notification that your holds are

ready for pick-up, call your HCPL pick-up location. Please have your

library card number and PIN handy. You will be given a pick-up time and

instructions for curbside pick-up (These may vary slightly from branch to

branch). When you arrive at the library, follow the instructions you were

provided over the phone. You may be asked to show your library card or

other form of ID for verification.

Note: Library staff will not be able to take your returns during curbside

pick-up, please put them in the book drop. For your safety and that of

HCPL staff, curbside pick-up may be temporarily suspended during bad

weather.

NATIONAL LIBRARY LOVER’S MONTH

The entire month of February is dedicated to the people who love whole

buildings devoted to the reading, housing organizing, categorizing, finding,

studying and otherwise loving books. It’s National Library Lover’s Month!

Libraries provide so much more than a place for us to enjoy great novels

or to discover amazing adventures and untold history. Yes, they help us

ace our research papers and provide a quiet space to study, but they do

so much more.

For preschoolers, libraries entertain them with theater and hands-on

activities exposing them to music, art and their first friendships. Many

communities rely on their libraries for meeting space for public forums,

socials, fundraisers and classes.

Libraries lend not only books but music and movies. Rotating art displays

give local artists exposure to the community. Larger libraries provide

preservation services, preserving some of the most treasured books,

periodicals and documents for future generations.

Continue enjoying your library, but consider volunteering your time, too.

If you don’t have a library card, it’s never too late! Visit your library to get

one! Use #NationalLibraryLoversDay to share on social media.

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Cream Cheese Brownies

You could make this on National Cream Cheese Brownies Day February 10th!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

5 tablespoons shortening

1 cup white sugar

3 eggs

3 tablespoons cream cheese

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup chopped almonds

Cream Cheese frosting - optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 9 inch square baking

pan.

In top of a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and shortening, stirring

frequently until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and mix in sugar, cream

cheese and eggs. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Gradually mix in flour,

baking powder and salt. Fold in almonds and pour the batter into pan.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until toothpick inserted

near the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan before cutting into bars.

Add Cream Cheese frosting if desired.

Source: allrecipes.com

Rich Banana Bread

You could make this on National Banana Bread Day February 23rd!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 medium bananas, sliced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. In a

large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla,

mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the butter mixture

until smooth. Finally, fold in the sour cream, walnuts and bananas. Spread

evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted

into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes

before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: allrecipes.com

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GARDENING TIPS FOR FEBRUARY

FLOWERS

• Plants to set: Alyssum, Calendula, Canterbury Bells, Carnations,

Columbine, Cornflower, Daisies, Delphinium, Hollyhock, Larkspur, Lobelia,

Nicotiana, Pansy, Petunia, Phlox (Louisiana), Shrimp Plant, Snapdragon,

Stock and Verbena.

VEGETABLES

• Plant beets, broccoli (plants), brussel sprouts (plants), cabbage (plants),

carrots, cauliflower (plants), celery, chinese cabbage (plants), chives

collards (plants), endive, kale, lettuce (leaf and head), mustard, onions

(plants), parsley, garden peas, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, tomato

(seeds) and turnips.

TREES AND SHRUBS

• Finish all transplanting, get everything in the ground for a good spring

spurt of growth. Transplant balled and burlap, container-grown, bare-root

deciduous evergreen trees, shrubs, roses and vines while still dormant.

• Finish pruning roses. Weed and cultivate lightly all beds. Replenish

mulch as needed.

• Control early spring insects like thrips on glads and aphids on young

tender growth. Spray with Malathion, Diazinon or Orthene.

• At the end of February: peach, apple and pear fruit must be thinned to

insure quality production at harvest.

• Give groundcovers a haircut. They will spread faster.

• Divide daylilies, daisies and other perennials now.

NATIONAL BIRD FEEDING MONTH

During National Bird Feeding Month in February, keep the bird feeders

filled and your binoculars ready.

Bird watching and feeding have become a popular hobby. By providing

basic shelter and seed, hobbyists watch from their windows or along

trails.

• Be sure to feed regularly and place your feeder away from predators.

• Set binoculars near the window for best viewing.

• Obtain a bird book for identifying new species.

Fill up the bird feeder or add one this month. In 1994, Congressman John

Porter established February as National Bird Feeding Month due to the

harsh conditions endured during one of the coldest months of the year.

Use #NationalBirdFeedingMonth to share social media.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com

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