Williamsburg Settlement March 2021

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WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT INFO

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BOARD MEMBERS

President CO Holt 281-347-8702

Vice President Bill Petry 281-347-6465

Landscaping and Meeting Room Setup

Secretary/Treasurer/Webmaster Dave Ellis 281-347-2580

Email Communications and Newsletter, Elec Repairs, Keys,

Clubhouse and Pool Rental and Maintenance

UTILITIES

Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222

Gas Problems 713-659-2111

Reliant Energy 713-207-1111

Street Lights - not working 713-207-2222

Street Repairs 281-463-6300

MUD #61 281-347-8686

MUD #62 281-347-8686

Director Jim Calvert 281-380-8628

Deed Restrictions , Yard of the Month , Architectural Review Chairman

Director Michael Wood 281-347-1027

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Manage Welcoming Committee and Meeting Signs

Director James Kelley 832-812-5567

Flags and Perimeter Fence Maintenance

Welcoming Volunteers Krystal Gillogly 832-428-0877

Deni McKay 832-297-3461

For all other issues, please contact:

CREST MANAGEMENT Switchboard 281-579-0761

Cindy Bojé 281-945-4668

Swim Team Katy Hall 713-569-4530

Ladies Tennis Leagues Karen Mace 281-347-4058

TAXING AUTHORITIES

Harris Co. Appraisal Dist. 713-683-9200

Waller Co. Appraisal Dist. / KISD Tax 281-391-3188

SCHOOLS

KISD Administration KISD 281-396-6000

Transportation 281-396-7560

Winborn Elem. 281-237-6650

Morton Ranch Jr. High 281-237-7400

Morton Ranch High School 281-237-7800

Katy High School 281-237-6700

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

EMERGENCIES 911

Sheriff Non-Emergency Dispatch 713-221-6000

HCESD-48 Fire Dept. (Information Calls) 281-599-8888

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital 281-644-7000

Poison Control 800-764-7661

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Harris County Health Dept. 713-526-1841

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DIRECTOR ELECTIONS

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on April 20, 2021 so is just a little over a month away. This year the terms of C.O Holt and Dave Ellis expire

and both will be standing for reelection. There will also be an open position to fill the remaining two years of retired director Chris Cox’s term. So this

is an opportunity for any resident who might be interested in joining the Board to consider submitting his or her name as a candidate. Having new

residents join the Board is the way that fresh ideas and expertise are introduced. This strengthens its ability to be responsive to the evolving needs of

all residents in our community.

In order to be included on the official ballot, any resident who has the desire to join the Board is encouraged to submit his or her name to Cindy Bojé at

Crest no later than March 1, 2021. Anyone who is thinking about it but unsure of what is involved and would like more information is invited to contact

any of the current Board members, who would be happy to answer questions and discuss what a position on the Board entails. Contact information for

Crest and all current Board members is given on the www.wsmaonline.org/Board_Members.html page of our website and their telephone numbers

are also listed in this newsletter.

If you miss the March 1 st deadline for having your name added to the notice letter ,which will be mailed to all members nominations can still be made

from the floor during the April 20 th meeting.

Please give this your serious consideration. Serving as a director can be very rewarding and is a great way to serve your immediate community and to

contribute to maintaining the quality of our neighborhood.

FEBRUARY YARD-OF-THE-MONTH

The Yard of the Month for February 2021 is being awarded to Dave and Jan Henson of 22706 Royal Arms Ct.

The Hensons have lived in the Settlement for 27 years. They have 2 children: daughter Ashley, a 9th grade teacher at Seven Lakes High School and son

Justin, an engineer with Shell Oil Company. Justin’s wife Heather is a dermatologist in the Houston area. The Hensons also have 2 grandchildren, Calum

and Elodie. Jan and Dave are both retired, Jan after a long career in administration with KISD and Dave after a similarly long career as an executive in

the Oil and Gas industry with Halliburton in Houston.

Knowing little about the Houston area when they moved here 27 years ago they rented a home in the Settlement. It didn’t take them long to realize

that this would be a great place to raise their family so they purchased their present home. It was then, as it is now, a very nice quiet neighborhood

with well-maintained homes, friendly folks and the safe feeling of living in a small community where kids can ‘roam’ enjoying the neighborhood with

its community pool, tennis courts and park areas. The development surrounding the Settlement has flourished but seemingly with businesses that

complement the neighborhood while continuing to allow easy access to the vast Katy/Houston area.

The Henson’s front yard has 2 very beautiful mature oak trees, a pecan tree and numerous flowerbeds all outlined in tan flagstone. The entry walkway

flower beds are filled with beautiful large nandinas. Each of the flowerbeds surrounding the trees are filled with Indian Hawthorne. The large raised

stone bed, which wraps around the front of their home and is outlined in monkey grass contains a variety of beautiful plants including crepe myrtles,

pink azaleas, holly bushes, boxwoods, spider plants and additional large nandinas. The wrap-around porch with its beautiful cypress wood porch

swing allows them the opportunity to just sit and enjoy the quietness, the view and their neighbors.

Congratulations Jan and Dave Henson on receiving our February 2021 Yard of the Month Award. Your home’s beautiful contribution to the Settlement

is greatly appreciated by all.

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DRAFT MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF

DIRECTORS OF WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT MAINTENANCE

ASSOCIATION, INC. JANUARY 19, 2021

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the WSMA, Inc. was held on

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:30 PM at the Williamsburg Settlement

clubhouse, 1602 Hoyt, Katy, Texas 77449.

ATTENDANCE

Board Members present were Dave Ellis, Jim Calvert, CO Holt, Bill Petry,

Michael Wood, James Kelley and Chris Cox.

Also, in attendance was Cindy Bojé representing Crest Management.

With a quorum being established, the meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM.

SECRETARY REPORT - APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The minutes of the November 17, 2020 Board Meeting were presented

and a motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried to accept

the minutes without change.

HOMEOWNER CONCERNS

One homeowner was present to observe the meeting. The homeowner

thanked the Board for keeping the common areas well maintained by the

landscape contractor.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Welcoming of New Residents - Michael Wood reported that there was

one new homeowner in January. A copy of the report was provided in

the Board packets.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Dave Ellis presented a report of the December 31, 2020 financials. As of

this date, the money in the bank totaled $831,782.34. This figure includes

checking, money market accounts and CDs which are the funds required

to cover both operating expenses and the necessary reserve to fund

maintenance and replacement of the Association’s capital assets. The

delinquency total as of December 31, 2020 was $18,845.87.

OLD BUSINESS

Decisions taken by email vote since the last meeting:

a) Assignment of Perimeter Fence Responsibility to James Kelley from Bill

Petry

A motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried to ratify the

above item voted on by the Board outside of a Board meeting.

Discussion of Email Vote Then Re-Vote on Disbanding the Communications

Committee - After a brief discussion, a motion was made, seconded and

carried to disband the Communications Committee until further notice.

Chris Cox had previously tendered his resignation from the Board as of

the end of the January meeting.

Brick Landscaping Border at Bruton Park - Bill Petry reported that he is

working to obtain bids for the project. Once he obtains three bids he will

present them to the Board for review and consideration.

Big Room Acoustics - CO Holt stated now that the new clubhouse lights

are installed he will resume obtaining bids from various contractors to

install sound absorbing panels on the ceilings and walls of the clubhouse.

Michael Wood stated he would reach out to a colleague for assistance.

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to approve and to prepay the contract to take advantage of the 5%

discount. The motion was, seconded and carried.

Pool Deck Joint Repairs - Dave Ellis mentioned that Jim Calvert had

reported that some of the pool expansion joints need to be redone. Dave

stated that he is in the process of obtaining bids and once received he

will share them with the Board for its review.

Main Pool Pump Replacement - Dave Ellis informed the Board that the

main pool pump and motor need to be replaced. He recommended that

the Board consider approving the A-Beautiful Pools proposal for this since

this is a maintenance item usually handled by the pool management

company maintenance staff and Pools by Dallas failed to submit a

requested competitive bid. The A-Beautiful Pools price is competitive

based on the type of pump being proposed and the small labor charge

for its installation. After review, a motion was made, seconded and carried

to approve the A-Beautiful Pools proposal in the amount of $5,905.

Fence Inspection Report - Bill Petry stated he drove the perimeter fencing

and saw that only two boards needed to be replaced.

MUD 61 Security Reports - CO Holt stated after many attempts to

obtain monthly security reports within the timeframe required to

meet publication deadlines it has been unsuccessful. A motion was

made, seconded and approved that the HOA no longer publish in the

newsletter nor post on its website monthly security activity summaries

and that homeowners who have questions on security should contact

the MUD 61 Security Coordinator for the information.

2020 CPA Engagement Letter - Dave Ellis informed the Board that the cost

to perform the 2020 tax return and audit with Elaine Combs remained the

same from 2019. A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve

Elaine Comb’s engagement letter in the amount of $1,900.

New Lighting at Pool Entry and Corridors - Jim Calvert suggested that

now that new LED lighting has been installed in the big room that pricing

be obtaining for extending this to the remainder of the clubhouse. The

Board agreed and looks forward to reviewing pricing.

ADJOURNMENT TO EXECUTIVE SESSION - With no further business to

come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned into executive

session at 6:38 PM.

Delinquencies - Three accounts remain on the trash suspension list.

Deed Restriction Enforcement - Jim Calvert reviewed the Enforcement

Action Report with the Board. There was no action to be taken this month.

Attorney Action Report - Jim Calvert reviewed the Attorney Action Report

with the Board. There was no action to be taken this month. Upon the

Board’s request, Cindy will follow up with Holt and Young to determine

the next course of action for the open deed restriction violations.

ADJOURNMENT

There were no homeowners present to hear a summary of the executive

session. The next meeting will be held on February 16, 2021.

With no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was

adjourned at 6:48 PM.

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NEXT WSMA BOARD MEETING

The next meeting of the WSMA Board of Directors will

be held in the clubhouse on Hoyt Lane at 5:30 PM on

Tuesday, March 16, 2021. If you wish to be placed on

the agenda, please contact Cindy Bojé of Crest no later

than the Tuesday preceding the meeting date.

WILLIAMSBURG SETTLEMENT

CLUBHOUSE AND POOL RENTAL

The Clubhouse is available for rental for non-profit activities to all

residents in good standing with the Association

• The fees are as follows:

BIG ROOM RENTAL FEE:

Up to 49 people - $50

50-100 people - $75

Plus a refundable security deposit:

No alcohol served - $100

Alcohol served or the attendance of 20

or more under the age of 21 - $200*

SMALL ROOM RENTAL FEE:

Up to 20 people - $30 (Small Room is 17’ X 15’

and rental does not include kitchen)

Plus a refundable security deposit of $50

• *Note that when alcohol is served, two security guards must also be on

duty. The requirement for two is mandated by the Sheriff’s Department.

PET ID TAGS

Folks - as soon as the vet gives your young pets their Rabies shot

remember to get their ID tags. The Rabies tag lists the name, phone

number and address of the vet. So! All you need to do is put the Rabies

tag onto the pet’s collar and leave it there all the time. That way, if the

pet gets loose, anyone finding him or her can look at the tag to see the

vet’s phone number and call to report the lost animal. Better yet, add

another tag to your pet’s collar that lists the dog or cat’s name and your

own phone number or address.

You can get these from any pet store. When a pet has these but goes

astray, anyone finding it can call you and you can go get him or her right

away. Your pet will be very glad to see you! A happy pet is a loving pet.

VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH LEASH LAW

Animals that are not properly restrained pose a threat to all our residents.

While you may know your pet is friendly, an animal running at someone

who is walking by is very scary for that person. Many children are afraid of

animals and become frightened, which could result in the child getting

hurt trying to avoid the animal.

Veterinary Public Health (formerly called Harris County Animal Control)

advises that, “All dogs and cats must be kept under restraint while in the

unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas. The custodian of a dog or

cat is not authorized to have, harbor or keep any unlicensed dog or cat or

to allow any dog or cat to become a stray.”

Restraint is defined as the control of a dog or cat under the following

circumstances:

1. When it is controlled by a line or leash not more then six (6) feet in

length, if the line or leash is held by a human being who is capable of

controlling or governing the dog or cat in question.

2. When it is within a fully enclosed vehicle.

3. When it is on the premise of the custodian and the animal does not

have access to sidewalk to street.

While it may be nice to have your animal out in the yard while you work

or play, it is against the law, unless the animal is properly restrained.

Let’s all help keep our community a safe and comfortable place for all

our residents by being responsible pet owners. This will not only protect

anyone who may be walking or bicycling in the area, but also the pet

owner who could be held legally responsible or possibly sued for failing

to properly restrain their pet.

• The charge for the security guards, which is paid directly to the

officers, is the responsibility of the resident requesting the rental. Also,

if there are more than 20 young people between the ages of 13 and

21 unaccompanied by their family members the Association requires

one responsible adult for every 10 of these young persons to act as

chaperones.

• All deposits refundable upon passing the exit inspection.

POOL RENTAL

The pool is available for private parties during the swim season (only),

subject to the posted pool rules and the following restrictions.

During Pool Hours:

• Only 1 group at a time.

• Parties must be scheduled at least 2 weeks ahead of time using the

Clubhouse Booking Form.

• Parties held during open hours are restricted to 20 or fewer persons

(adults and children) who will be entering the water and do not have

their own pool tags and a total of not more than 60 persons in total

within the pool area.

• Parties that include a total of between 20 and 40 swimmers (i.e. including

those who have their own pool tags) are required to hire one additional

lifeguard.

• Parties that include a total of more than 40 swimmers (i.e. including

those who have their own pool tags) are required to hire two additional

lifeguards.

• The charge for the additional guard(s) will be $26 per hour with a

minimum of 2 hours.

• If at any time the number of swimmers in the water or the number of

persons within the pool area (including regular pool users who are not

members of the party) exceeds the limits that can be safely managed by

the lifeguards on duty then the guards have the authority to ask some

swimmers to leave the water or in extreme cases to close the pool.

• Two responsible adults must be in the pool area at all times acting as

chaperons to ensure the good behavior of all members of the party.

• Party to be over and the area cleaned up by pool closing at 8 PM.

After Hours:

• Parties must be scheduled at least 2 weeks ahead of time.

• Rental Fees: 1-49 people - $50; 50 plus - $75.

• Private pool parties may only be scheduled on days on which the pool

is open. The parties may start at 8 PM and must end, the area cleaned up

and the facility vacated by the scheduled end of the party, either 10 or 11

PM, as selected on the booking form. The lifeguards will clear the pool 15

minutes prior to end time.

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• One responsible adult for every 10 persons under the age of 21 must

be in the pool area at all times acting as chaperones to ensure the good

behavior of all members of the party.

• Lifeguards will be booked by the Association from the pool management

company. There will be a minimum of 2 lifeguards plus an additional

guard for every 25 persons in excess of 50 who will be entering the pool.

The per-lifeguard hourly fee is $26.

• The cost for the lifeguards will be added to the rental fee and will be

payable by the renter to the Association at the time the booking is

confirmed.

• A $150 refundable deposit is required.

For clubhouse and pool availability, refer to the Clubhouse Bookings

page of the Association website www.wsmaonline.org and then to make

a reservation, please complete the pool entries on the on-line Clubhouse

Booking Form.

If you need further information, call Dave Ellis at 281-347-2580.

STREET LIGHT OUTAGES

To report a burned out streetlight, any resident may call CenterPoint

directly at 713-207-2222. However, for those with Internet access, you

may also make this report on-line. For those interested, you can go to

http://cnp.centerpointenergy.com/outage. Then enter your contact

details so that they can get back to you if more information is required.

On the following page enter the details of the light(s) with the problem.

Just as you would if reporting the outage via the telephone, you will need

to provide the street address where the light is located and the 6-digit

number that is prominently displayed on the front of the pole. Under

normal circumstances the crew will be out to fix the problem within 7

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encouraged to report the problem to CenterPoint via either of these two

methods without delay. Our Association is charged for every streetlight

each month, irrespective of whether or not the light is functioning. So

please help us get value for your hard earned money!

TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS

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

teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form on our website (www.

krenekprinting.com, click submissions and choose Jobseekers) with your

name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate and

the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you want

on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send emails

in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you want

to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we will

remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission.

DISCLAIMER

Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those listed

on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check out references

if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers

from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for

any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and

the teens and their parents.

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

SITTER, P - PET CARE ONLY, H - HOUSE CARE, L - LAWN CARE, C- CAR

CARE/DETAILING, T - TUTORING

There are currently no teenage job seekers available. Have your teen

send in their information to be added.

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KATY AREA PLAYGROUP

A Katy area playgroup for stay at home moms and their infant-preschool

aged children in the Williamsburg area meets every Monday at different

locations. If you interested in participating or finding out more about the

playgroup, please contact the playgroup coordinator, Laura Bannerman,

at llbannerman@gmail.com. Please share this information with neighbors

and friends!

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BEST OUTDOOR EXERCISE ACTIVITIES

Sports are generally designed to be leisure activities, but you can turn your

favorite outdoor sports and recreational activities into exercise. As a result,

you can use the sports and activities to improve your fitness level. The five best

sports and recreational activities for exercise improve your overall fitness level

by building strength and endurance while burning calories and excess body fat.

Backpacking: The simplicity of strapping on a pack and hitting the trail makes

backpacking one of the five best outdoor sports and recreational activities

for exercise. Regardless of the intensity and duration of the backpacking

trip, you burn a significant amount of calories while experiencing the great

outdoors. Backpacking for one hour can burn about 600 to 700 calories per

hour while building lower body strength and stamina.

Running: Running is a classic outdoor sport and recreational activity and

one of the best for building endurance, stamina and muscular fitness

while burning calories. Running at 8 mph can burn more than 1,000

calories per hour and you can increase that amount with rugged outdoor

terrain, such as hills or trails.

Cycling: Learning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage for kids, but

cycling can provide a lifetime of exercise and fitness. You can take the

bike on paved roads or trails along with off-road trails to experience

remote locations in the mountains or forests. Along with burning about

400 calories per hour, cycling builds lower body strength while improving

balance, coordination and cardiovascular fitness.

Swimming: Swimming is known for providing a low-impact total body

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swimming activity from freestyle swimming to aqua aerobics in the outdoor

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DATES TO REMEMBER

March 15th-19th: Spring Break - Students and Staff

March 22nd: 4th Elementary Grading Cycle Begins

COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL UPDATES

CONTINUED CAMPUS PHASE 1 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Katy ISD Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols remain in effect to ensure the continued

mitigation and deterrence of the potential spread of COVID-19. The District anticipates

releasing Phase 2 protocols when state, local and the Texas Education Agency (TEA)

provide updated guidance allowing for de-escalation of virus mitigation protocols. Katy

ISD will provide updates as additional information becomes available. Please check the

Katy ISD “Smart Restart” webpage to review current Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols.

KATY ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES CALL

FOR A MAY 2021 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved to hold a general election in

May 2021 for a three-year term in Positions 6 and 7.

• Early Voting by Personal Appearance: Mon, April 19 to Tues, April 27, 2021

• Election Day: Saturday, May 1, 2021

Currently, Position 6 is being held by Susan Gesoff and Position 7 is held

by Dawn Champagne. State law requires a candidate for trustee of an

independent school district to be a qualified voter by the time mentioned

in Election Code Section 141.001. Katy ISD trustees are the governing body

of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and

shapes policies. Individuals serving as Board members are not employees

of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.

KATY VIRTUAL SCHOOL REGISTRATION OPEN

For students, virtual classes are an excellent way to acquire graduation credits

and/or expand their learning opportunities. Last year, over 4,000 students

utilized the Katy Virtual School (KVS) program offered by the Katy Independent

School District. KVS launched in 2013 with a primary goal of expanding the

learning opportunities for students by offering choice and flexibility for rigorous

online courses developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers. KVS has begun

online registration for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.

“KVS provides online learning that offers a flexible, online experience, which

helps students achieve their educational goals,” said Susan Richards, Katy ISD

Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager. “The virtual model of e-learning

is in high demand and delivers quality instruction to Katy ISD students, outside

of normal school hours, to support student graduation plans. KVS is different

from the current Katy Virtual Academy (KVA), which is the online learning

model implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Richards.

KVS will offer a wide range of courses from Creative Writing, AP Art

History, English III, World Geography, Economics, Psychology and more.

There are over 30 Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program

(KAP) and academic level courses available to students with additional

opportunities being added each year. The cost per course is $200 per

semester. KVS is an approved College Board online provider for Advanced

Placement (AP) courses and by the NCAA for student initial eligibility.

For more information, students can talk with their campus counselor for

additional information, email KVS at katyvirtualschool@katyisd.org or

visit the Katy ISD Virtual School website.

Please note: Katy Virtual School and Katy Virtual Academy are two

separate programs. Katy Virtual School is a supplemental program to

help entering or present high school students take courses in advance.

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KATY ISD SEVEN LAKES HS CHEER WINS STATE

It’s been a great school year of state championship wins for Katy Independent School District, this time the trophy goes to the Seven Lakes High School

(SLHS) Cheerleaders, who won the 2021 Conference 6A-D1 UIL State Spirit Championship, which took place in Fort Worth, Texas. Out of 43 6A-D1

schools, the Spartans took home the gold and the coveted title of being named “CHAMPIONS.” “This is the second time the Spartan Cheer Team has

medaled at state,” said SLHS Cheer Coach Amy Weaston. “In 2019, the Spartans took home third place. We are so proud to bring home another state

title to our supporting Spartan Nation,” added Weaston.

OTHER KATY ISD TEAMS WHO EARNED TOP 10 SPOTS AT UIL SPIRIT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS INCLUDE:

Mayde Creek HS Cheer Team - fifth place at the 6A-D1 competition

Jordan HS Cheer Team - fifth place in the 5A-D2 competition

Cinco Ranch High School Cheer Team - seventh place at the 6A-D1 competition

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LIBRARIES

HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBARIES

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.

MAUD MARKS LIBRARY

1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy, TX 77450, 281-492-8592

LIBRARY HOURS - Mon. 1 PM - 9 PM, Tues. 10 AM - 9 PM, Wed. 10 AM

- 6 PM, Thurs. 10 AM - 6 PM, Fri. 1 PM - 6 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun.

closed. Website: www.hcpl.net. “Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.

com/maudmarkslibrary. Subscribe to our newsletter at www.hcpl.net/

content/it-has-arrived.

KATHERINE TYRA (BEAR CREEK) PUBLIC LIBRARY

16719 Clay Road, Houston, TX 77084, 281-550-0885

Our hours are: Monday - 1 PM - 8 PM, Tuesday/Thursday - 10 AM - 6 PM,

Wednesday -10 AM - 8 PM, Friday - 1 PM - 6 PM, Saturday - 10 AM - 5 PM.

All programs are free and open to the public. For information, call 281-

550-0885 or log on to www.hcpl.net.

KATY BRANCH LIBRARY

5414 Franz Road, Katy, TX 77493, 281-391-3509

Hours of Operation: Monday & Tuesday 10 AM - 7 PM, Wednesday 1 PM - 8

PM, Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM, Friday 1 PM - 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM,

Sunday CLOSED. Join online at www.hcpl.net or come by in person and

we’ll help you sign up!

GARAGE SALES

LAKEMONT COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, 2021, 8 AM-2 PM • The Lakemont

community is off Mason Road, south of the Westpark Tollway.

GOLF TOURNAMENTS

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD CATHOLIC CHURCH’S

SECOND ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT -

MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021

Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church’s second annual golf tournament

fundraiser sponsored by the ACTS Ministry will be held on Monday, April

19 th at Willow Fork Country Club in Katy. Shotgun start at 10 AM. Prizes

with breakfast and lunch served. Registration online at epiphanycatholic.

org/epiphany-golf-tournament, 832-544-9655.

THE 22ND ANNUAL KCM “SWING FROM THE

HEART” CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

On April 19 th , KCM Staff and Supporters will take to the Green and

“Swing for the Heart” as they compete in the 22 nd Annual KCM Charity

Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament will take place at Weston Lakes

Country Club and is shaping up to be a blast! Besides just the tournament

itself, a silent auction and raffle will be part of the festivities this year! The

silent auction will be conducted online and more information regarding

it will soon be available on ktcm.org/golf! Keep an eye out!

Registration is now live for the tournament and can be done at website

listed below! But playing and participating in the silent auction/raffle,

isn’t the only way to get involved with the Tournament! Sponsorship

opportunities are now available! Show support for your community by

sponsoring the 22 nd Annual KCM Charity Golf Tournament today! https://

ktcm.org/golf/ to get started now!

THEATER/ARTS

THE LANDING THEATRE COMPANY

Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101, Houston, Texas

77019 • www.landingtheatre.org

A.D PLAYERS AT THE GEORGE THEATER

5420 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

Box Office: 713-526-2721

Hours: 10 AM-6 PM, Monday-Friday

We have done everything we can to try and reopen our doors, including

becoming the first theater in the country to install hospital grade UV lights

in our air filtration system. We even offered a safe and distanced indoor

concert as well as an indoor offering from our educational touring unit

this past fall. And when those projects proved financially challenging and

COVID numbers spiked again, we created “Light Up the Lot” and moved

all our programming outdoors. We’ve never given up. We never will give

up. But due to circumstances beyond our control, we find ourselves

needing to pivot once more. Which brings us to the announcement of

our virtual season. Go to www.adplayers.org for all the information.

MILDRED’S UMBRELLA THEATRE COMPANY

ANNOUNCES 2020-2021 SEASON

Chelsea Market Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd. #100, Houston, TX 77006

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.

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MARCH 21ST IS COMMON COURTESY DAY

Queue jumpers, finger clicking… people that board the train carriage

before giving you the chance to get off. What about those people that

never say “please” or people that read your messages but don’t reply for

days? Common Courtesy Day gives people the opportunity to be more…

well, ‘courteous’ - even if it’s just for one day out of the entire year.

In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, courtesy is described as a: behavior

marked by polished manners or respect for others: courteous behavior b:

a courteous and respectful act or expression. Common courtesy can be as

simple as saying “please” and “thank you” when asking for and receiving a

service, gift or assistance. Kindness and courtesy do go a long way and are

noticed by others even if you do not realize it. Letting someone in front

of you in traffic is easy. Hold open a door for someone or give a person a

hand with his groceries. Give up your seat on the bus to someone who

might need it. Introduce yourself to the new employee or kid at school

and take the time to introduce her to the rest of the crew. These are just a

few examples of small things that make a difference to someone else. They

are momentary deeds of being courteous. The aim of Common Courtesy

Day is to practice common courtesy for one day and encourage others

to do the same. According to the Collins English dictionary, Courtesy is

defined as: politeness, respect and consideration for others.

How to Be More Courteous

If common courtesy is not a part of your daily routine, then this is the day

to start implementing courtesy into your life. Try it; not only will the other

person appreciate it, but you will feel good about it also. Practicing daily

kindness will not only make others feel better and reflect positively upon

yourself, it can make you feel good too. Here are some examples of how

you can celebrate Common Courtesy Day:

• Greet people with “good morning” and “good afternoon.”

• Give up your seat for someone who may need it more.

• When you drink the last of the milk in the fridge, replace it.

• Hold the door.

• Place the cardboard tube from the toilet paper holder in the bin and

replace with fresh roll.

• Refill the printer with paper when it runs out.

• Pay someone a compliment.

• When you ‘borrow’ a pen, actually give it back.

• Contact someone you’ve not spoken to in a while.

• Complain less.

• Instead of getting mad, appreciate that the person that just barked at

you is probably just having a bad day.

• Feed the homeless.

• Do a spot of cleaning at home or at work.

• Leave someone a ‘thank you’ note.

• Respect the environment - don’t litter and maybe consider walking to

work instead of driving.

The founder of Common Courtesy Day is a complete mystery, but we

can’t argue that this is an amazing opportunity for us to implement more

courtesy into our daily lives.

Sources: https://blog.postofficeshop.co.uk/common-courtesy-day-

21st-march and https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-commoncourtesy-day-march-21

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Easy Banana Cream Pie

You could make this on National Banana Cream Pie Day March 2nd!

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup crushed ice

1 (3.5 ounce) package instant banana pudding mix

1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

3 bananas, sliced

1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked

1 cup heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

Using an electric mixer, whip 3 cups heavy cream on low speed until

it starts to thicken. Add crushed ice and continue to whip another 4

minutes. Increase speed and add vanilla and banana pudding mixes,

whipping until pudding mixes are blended fully with the cream and the

mixture thickens. Increase speed to high and beat until mixture is stiff.

Line the bottom and half way up the sides of pie crust with banana

slices. Cover bananas with half of the banana cream mixture and top

completely with banana slices. Top with the remaining banana cream

mixture. In a small bowl, whip 1 cup cream until stiff peaks form. Using a

pastry bag, pipe cream onto top of pie, covering completely. Refrigerate

1 hour before serving.

Source: allrecipes.com

Blueberry Popovers

You could make this on National Blueberry Popover Day March 10th!

INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 equal-sized pieces

1 cup whole milk

3 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, or to taste

1 lemon, halved

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Put a piece of butter

into each of 6 large muffin cups. Put muffin tin in preheated oven until butter melts,

about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Beat milk, eggs, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl. Whisk flour into

the milk mixture until you have a batter. Divide batter between muffin cups. Drop

even amounts of blueberries into each batter portion. Stir 1 tablespoon sugar and

cinnamon together in a small bowl, sprinkle evenly over the batter portions.

Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees

C) and continue baking until popovers are no longer moist in the center, about 25

minutes. Dust tops of popovers with confectioners’ sugar. Squeeze lemon juice over

popovers. Serve warm.

Source: allrecipes.com

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VEGETABLES: Plant vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet corn and

snap beans and pepper, as well as cucumbers, lima or butter beans,

cantaloupe, okra (if the soil has warmed sufficiently - 70 degrees F. or

higher), southern peas, pumpkin, squash, peanuts and watermelon.

LAWN: Re-sod or replant as needed with turfgrasses adapted to this

part of Texas and suited to the planting location (shade or sun). • When

resodding semi-shaded areas with St. Augustine, use ONLY the variety

Floratam for best pest resistance. See www.plantanswers.com/grass.htm.

TREES AND SHRUBS: Plant container-grown trees and shrubs as soon as

possible. In shady areas, where grass is difficult to grow, consider planting a

dependable groundcover such as English ivy, Asian jasmine, vinca or one of

the prostrate junipers. • Prune spring flowering and evergreen shrubs during

early March. However, be sure to prune spring flowering shrubs after they have

bloomed. • Fertilize with a pre-plant application of a slow-release fertilizer

analysis such as 19 - 5 - 9 at the rate of 3 pounds per 100 square feet of garden

planting area. Early March is the ideal time to fertilize landscape plants because

you give them food just before the spring growing season starts.

NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY - MARCH 12TH

Spring is just around the corner and March 12 th is the day to participate

in National Plant a Flower Day. Each year this day is dedicated to the

planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower

gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old and National

Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.

Marigolds and Daffodils are the flowers of this month. It’s good to know

the zone you live in to determine which flowers grow as perennials (those

that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals

(those that require planting every year). To find out more check out the

USDA site for Hardiness Zones.

Seeds can be started inside and set in a sunny window. When the weather

is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist, but not wet and

follow the instructions on the seed package for proper germination of

the seedling. For those who can’t wait, get out those seed catalogs and

start planning your next flower garden.

Are you in a warmer climate? Then it’s time to get out the trowel and

the garden gloves and start turning over some new soil. Sow some new

seeds, bulbs or plants and nurture those blossoms into a brilliant blaze

for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

Tips for Starting a Flower Garden: Start with a potted garden. If you aren’t

ready to tear up a patch of lawn, this is a good way to go. They do require

more watering, but less care overall. • Select plants that grow well in

your spot. Some plants grow well in the shade and others prefer the sun.

Others love both! • Did you know gardeners who prefer perennial gardens

have to thin their flower beds every couple of years? They also like to

share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening,

so if you know someone with a green thumb, get to know them better.

You might get some free plants, advice and a budding friendship! • Local

greenhouses stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to

ask them questions and shop there frequently. • Let’s all work together

by planting a flower and helping make the world a more beautiful place.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-plant-a-flower-daymarch-12/

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Back L-R: Allyson Struble, Abby Scott, Savanna Zavidny, Camryn Noble, Alexandra Cotton, Hannah Ivey, Sydney Shushan, Brooke Berry, Sadie Stalker, Shannon

King, Abigail Moon, Ava Adams, Elise Stovall and Megan Knicely. Center L-R: Emily Hutson, Emma Drury, Emma Samaie, Morgan Stahl, Isabella Carr, Cassidy

Mazy and Julia Diehl. Front L-R: Adriana Gimenez, Elizabeth Fowler, Claire Dumas and Kaylie Martin. Photo by Kim Schaffer Photography

NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE, INC., STAR CHAPTER RECOGNIZES

SENIOR CLASS OF 2021 FOR ACHIEVEMENTS

On February 14 th , National Charity League, Inc., Star Chapter (NCL, Inc.) honored the Senior Class of 2021 at the Chapter’s annual Senior Recognition

Ceremony. The evening included recognition of each of these 25 graduating seniors for their accomplishments and contributions to the community

as well as dinner and dancing with family and friends in attendance.

Over the last six years, these young ladies, alongside their mothers, have contributed over 12,211 volunteer hours at 32 local charities. The Class of

2021 volunteered at the Westview School, Neighborhood Kidz Club, Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), Interfaith Ministries (Meals on Wheels), The

Ballard House, Katy Christian Ministries, Fort Bend Women’s Center, The Krause Center, The Monty Ballard YMCA, Brookwood, Willow River Farms and

Texas Children’s, to name a few.

In addition to serving their community through volunteering, these young ladies were also honing leadership skills and developing cultural awareness

by planning and attending educational meetings, chapter-wide events, socials, class retreats and cultural events including ballet, symphony and

opera.

The Star Chapter wishes these accomplished young women great success in their future endeavors. The seniors honored are: Ava Adams, Brooke Berry,

Isabella Carr, Alexandra Cotton, Julia Diehl, Emma Drury, Claire Dumas, Elizabeth Fowler, Adriana Gimenez, Emily Hutson, Hannah Ivey, Shannon King,

Megan Knicely, Kaylie Martin, Cassidy Mazy, Abigail Moon, Camryn Noble, Emma Samaie, Abby Scott, Sydney Shushan, Morgan Stahl, Sadie Stalker,

Elise Stovall, Allyson Struble and Savanna Zavidny.

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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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