West Memorial April 2021

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West Memorial

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KATY ISD NEWS | COMMUNITY EVENTS | RECIPES

April 2021

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RECOMMENDED BY

COMMUNITY BOND ADVISORY COMMITTEE

EARLY VOTING

APRIL 19-27, 2021

ELECTION DAY

MAY 1, 2021

New Schools, Purchase of School Sites,

Renovations & Expansions for Aging Campuses,

Safety & Security, Buses, Building Component

Replacements

Classroom & Campus Technology

Natatorium for High School #10

(All Katy ISD high schools have natatoriums)

$591,368,568

$59,755,242

$13,842,610

Campus & District Athletic Facilities/Stadiums

Repairs & Component Replacements

$11,260,000

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TO TAX RATE

WHAT THIS MEANS: Katy ISD can make all existing and new bond payments

with the $0.39 school district bond tax rate residents are currently paying.

SENIORS are exempt from any increase in

school taxes on their homestead.

Those age 65 and older will not see an increase in their taxes,

65+ even if the appraised value of their home increases.

FOR More info: www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds

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• FAMILY OWNED • REFERENCES • INSURED & BONDED

• 22 YEARS EXPERIENCE

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SECURITY (CONTRACT #83)

EMERGENCY (Police, Fire, Medical) 911

NON-EMERGENCY:

Constables Office 281-463-6666

Harris County Precinct 3 713-755-6306

Crime Stoppers

713-222-TIPS

HCE SD FIRE DEPT. 48 281-599-8888

SCHOOLS

KISD Administration 281-396-6000

KISD Security 281-396-7560

KISD Transportation Dept. 281-396-6220

West Memorial Elementary 281-237-6600

West Memorial Jr. High 281-237-6400

Katy High School 281-237-6700

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Poison Control Center 800-764-7661

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Memorial Hermann Katy Hosp. 281-644-7000

Houston Methodist W. Hospital 832-522-5522

WEST MEMORIAL IMPORTANT NUMBERS

West Memorial Mailing Address: c/o High Sierra Management

722 Pin Oak Road, Katy, TX 77494 ª 281-391-7914

Sherri Carey – Manager - scarey@highsierramanagement.com

Tristan Herbert–Assistant Manager/Deed Restriction Violation support - therbert@highsierramanagement.com

Brytnie Galeas – ACC support/Clubhouse Reservations - brytnie@highsierramanagement.com

Brandie Galeas – Accounts Receivable support - bgaleas@highsierramanagement.com

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Texas Children’s Hospital West 832-227-1000

Children’s Protective Svs. 713-394-4000

Harris Co. Public Health & Environment 713-439-6000

Comcast Cable 713-341-1000

Reliant Energy 713-207-7777

Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222

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West Memorial MUD 281-392-2290

WCA (trash pick-up service) 281-368-8397

West Memorial Civic Association, Inc.

Board of Director Assignments 2019-2020

OFFICERS/DIRECTORS

Harry Woodstrom – President/Landscape Liaison - harry@westmemorial.org

Jerry Wells – Vice President/ACC & Violations Liaison - jerry@westmemorial.org

Julie Gonzales – Treasurer - julie@westmemorial.org

Anna Khan – Secretary/Communications Liaison - anna@westmemorial.org

Pat Leo – Director/Constable Patrol Liaison - pat@westmemorial.org

Lindy Rajput – Director/Parks & Pool Liaison - lindy@westmemorial.org

Vanessa Shell – Director/Clubhouse Liaison - vanessa@westmemorial.org

High Sierra Management

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Waste Collection/Pest Control/General Maint

PARK HOURS: 8 AM - Dusk, 7 days a week

TRASH PICK UP: Wednesday & Saturday

WEST MEMORIAL BOARD MEETINGS ARE

THE 4TH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 7

PM AT THE CIVIC CENTER

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WEST MEMORIAL TIGER SHARKS

Look at our website for specific information:

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Please remember that any exterior change

to your home requires approval from the

Homeowners Association prior to performing

the improvement and/or addition. You can find

the governing rules and application process on

the Association website at www.westmemorial.

org or by contacting management at brytnie@

highsierramanagement.com.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

We are seeking volunteers for several upcoming

projects. More homeowner participation

would be appreciated Please email volunteers@

westmemorial.org for more information or

questions.

WEST MEMORIAL EMAIL ALERT &

NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

West Memorial has a new alert and notification

system that works with email. The alerts are for

emergency notifications, security alerts and

messages from our constables. The notifications

are for neighborhood events, meetings and

issues. To be a part of the system, you must

request the service. If you are interested, open our

website at www.westmemorial.org and locate the

Sign-Up icon on the right side of the main page.

Follow the instructions and you will receive all

future alerts and notifications. Anyone wishing

to send an alert or notification should submit the

message to westmemorial@westmemorial.org for

approval, posting and transmission. Please direct

any questions to harry@westmemorial.org.

WEST MEMORIAL PARK

Our community park is located at 22415

Kingsland and is open to all West Memorial

residents for outdoor activities. It has playground

equipment and a large sheltered pavilion.

SOLICITING

Soliciting is prohibited in West Memorial

Subdivision. Please make sure you have a sign

posted on your residence for no soliciting.

If you are approached by a solicitor, please

call the Constable’s office at 281-463-6666.

Continue to call this number if you see

suspicious person or vehicles.

STRAY ANIMALS

Do not hesitate to call Harris County Animal

Control at 281-999-3191, if you see animals that

are roaming the neighborhood unleashed.

WEST MEMORIAL CONSTABLES

Please make sure you call and report any

suspicious behavior. Please file a report for any

stolen or missing property we need to know

what is going on in the neighborhood. Our

Constables patrol our subdivision 24 hours

a day/seven days a week. Please call them at

281-463-6666 to report any disturbance or to

request vacation patrols.

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WEST MEMORIAL WEBSITE

www.westmemorial.org is the address for West Memorial information

on the internet. The web site contains pool information, Board member

contacts and complete documentation of your deed restrictions. It

also contains neighborhood information, including schools, security,

recreation and local worship centers. Check it out, you might find

something you have been looking for.

DEED RESTRICTIONS

The purpose of Deed Restrictions in your neighborhood is to protect

and enhance property values. They set guidelines for initial construction,

perpetual maintenance and property use. As residents agree to abide by

the majority view; the style and standards of a community are established

and everyone benefits. For your information, restrictions are written by

the developer before the first home is constructed and the Association

is then charged with the on-going responsibility of enforcing them.

They can be changed, but a very large percentage vote of homeowners

is required to do so. Please let us know if you see a problem in the

neighborhood.

REWARD

West Memorial Civic Association’s Board has approved the following:

A $250 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest

and prosecution of person or persons vandalizing or destroying West

Memorial Civic Association property.

STREET LIGHTS

Your Association pays for streetlights from your annual dues, whether

they work or not. If a light is out in your area, please call 713-207-2222 and

report it. You may also report outages online at www.centerpointenergy.

com/outage. Each light has a number on it. When reporting the out light,

give the pole number and street location. We want all lights to work. A

lighted area is a safer area.

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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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CAR-CLEANING TIPS

12 WAYS TO GIVE YOUR WHEELS A FRESH START

1. Clean up spills quickly, before they have a chance so soak in and set.

2. When vacuuming, use the duster-brush attachment to get in all the

nooks and crannies of the dashboard, center console and door panels.

If you don’t have an attachment, use a paintbrush to dislodge the dust.

3. Use the crevice tool to reach between seats and the console to dislodge

food crumbs and other hidden goodies. Remember to move the seats to

their extreme front and back positions.

4. Don’t forget to vacuum the seams on seats, where dirt accumulates

and breaks down the material.

5. For upholstery, use a mild solution (a couple of drops per gallon) of

dishwashing detergent and water to clean seats. Dip a clean towel into

the solution and rub gently. For leather upholstery, a leather cleaner is

recommended, although the homemade cleaner can be used. After

cleaning leather, rub in a conditioner. Use the treatment every six months.

6. If you have tinted windows, it’s better to use an alcohol-based cleaner

than an ammonia-based glass cleaner, because the ammonia can break

down the tint.

7. A good way to get streak-free windows is to use a micro-fiber towel.

8. Don’t forget to clean the rearview mirrors and side windows.

9. Clean the instrument panel with a clean micro-fiber cloth.

10. Keep a towel under your seat to quickly clean up spills on fabric

upholstery. Instead of rubbing the spill, try pressing down with the

towel to soak it up. For more stubborn stains, try using the mild cleaning

solution mentioned above.

11. If you do use a spray stain remover, be sure you go back with a clean

damp towel to remove any residual cleaner, which acts as a magnet for

dirt when left on the seat.

12. Combat red stains with the following method: Fill a spray bottle to

the top with 90 percent water and 10 percent ammonia. Spray onto the

red stain, wetting well. Place a clean damp towel over the stain and press

with a hot iron. This will transfer some of the dye into the towel. Repeat

spraying and ironing and most of the red stain should come out.

Source: www.hgtv.com

10 TIPS FOR A CLEANER REFRIGERATOR

1. Create a homemade all-purpose cleaner by combining the following in a

gallon of hot water: 1 cup clear ammonia, ½-cup vinegar and ¼-cup baking

soda. Pour into a spray bottle or use from a bowl with a sponge. This norinse

formula is a degreaser that prevents mold and mildew. Wipe down the

entire refrigerator with this solution, including the drawers and shelves.

2. To prevent grease and odor buildup on top of the refrigerator after

you’ve cleaned it, just buff some paste wax into the surface.

3. Use toothpaste to remove tough stains. It contains a gentle abrasive

and has a pleasant odor.

4. To get those dust bunnies out from under the refrigerator, remove the

grill and run a yardstick covered with a pair of pantyhose underneath.

Also check the pan of water under the unit, since it can hold unpleasantsmelling

water.

5. To combat household odors, fill a clean old sock with activated charcoal

from an aquarium store, tie a knot in the top and place it in the back of

the refrigerator. This will last a month or two, depending on the size of

your refrigerator and how heavily you use it.

6. For a faster fix for odors, sprinkle vanilla extract on some cotton balls,

place in a shallow dish and put in the refrigerator. Orange extract also

works.

7. Eliminate lingering odors in your vegetable bins by putting a crumpled

piece of a brown paper grocery bag inside and leaving it for 48 hours. The

paper will absorb the odor.

8. Check for adequate tightness of the insulating seam around the door

by placing a lighted flashlight inside the refrigerator and closing the door.

Turn off the lights in the room (this should be done at night) and see if

any light escapes from the seams. This will help you pinpoint any leaks.

9. If you don’t keep your refrigerator full, fill a large bottle (at least a gallon)

with water and leave it in the refrigerator. It helps keep the refrigerator

cool and running efficiently.

10. Keep your refrigerator at 37 degrees. Source: www.hgtv.com

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Katy ISD

www.katyisd.org

IMPORTANT DATES

April 2nd: Holiday • Students and Staff

April 12th: 6th Secondary Grading Cycle Begins

April 14th: Family Night (No Homework Assigned)

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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EIGHTEEN KATY ISD SCHOOLS EARN

TEXAS HONOR ROLL DISTINCTION

Katy Independent School District is focused on closing the achievement

gap and helping all its students reach academic success. To recognize

those efforts, 18 Katy ISD schools now proudly display the distinction of

being a Texas Honor Roll School by the Educational Results Partnership

(ERP).

After an extensive analysis of student data of every public school in

Texas, these campuses demonstrated clear leadership in motivating

and achieving academic success for its students at their grade-level

and beyond. Sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education

Excellence (CBEE), the ERP Honor Roll is the only school recognition

program in the state that uses student achievement outcome data,

making it a valuable resource for all schools to identify successful peers

and learn about best practices that improve student success.

The 2019-20 Texas Honor Roll includes:

Elementary: Alexander, Holland, Kilpatrick, Pattison, Randolph, Shafer,

Stanley, Wilson,

Wolman

Junior High: Beckendorff, Katy, Memorial Parkway, McMeans, Seven

Lakes, Tays, WoodCreek

High School: Tompkins, Seven Lakes

For high schools, the ERP Texas Honor Roll recognition includes measures

of college readiness. This year, the program recognized 943 higherperforming

schools across the state.

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our proceeds to charity. All of our tutors are straight-A students at Seven

Lakes High school and we offer a multitude of courses like creative

writing, computer science, biology, public speaking, ICTW writing and

many different math courses too. We charge $20 per class, but the first

one is free! For more information, check out donatutors.com or email

us at donatutors@gmail.com. What’s even cooler is that this summer

Donatutors was able to raise $1,283 which we used 70% to give to a

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COMMUNITY GARAGE SALES

WESTHEIMER LAKES & WESTHEIMER LAKES

NORTH COMMUNITY GARAGE SALES

Our residents have cleaned out their closets and can’t wait for you to

stop by on Saturday, April 17 th from 7 AM to 12 Noon! You’ll find treasures

galore in our community-wide garage sale! Residents will be selling their

items right out of their garages. For a map and list of items being sold at

Westheimer Lakes and Westheimer Lakes North, don’t forget to stop by

one of the offices on the day of the sale.

Westheimer Lakes - 26103 Canyon Fields Drive, Richmond 77406, 832-

222-2355

GRAYSON LAKES SPRING GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY, MAY 15 TH , 7-11 AM

Located off Katy Flewellen Road and Gaston

COMMUNITY EVENTS

LIBRARIES OFFER ONLINE

SUPPORT GROUP FOR JOB HUNTERS

Searching for a job can be difficult and stressful, but doing it in the middle

of a pandemic can be even worse. Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will

host an online Job-Search Support Group on Tuesday, April 27 th at 2 PM.

This program will be live-streamed via Webex; it will NOT be in person. In

this online forum, job hunters will have an opportunity to network with

other people, exchange tips and leads or simply vent their frustrations

with others in the same position. Library staff will share helpful online

resources that can be accessed through the FBCL website. These free

resources can help job seekers create a better resumé, improve their

job skills, research job opportunities and careers and much more. This

online event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required

so that a link to the Webex session can be emailed to all participants.

To register online at FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on

“Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program. For

more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

CRIME STOPPERS OF HOUSTON

ANNUAL HOUSTON’S HEROES

AWARDS LUNCHEON ON MAY 4TH

Celebrating its 40 years of service to Houston and Texas, Crime Stoppers

of Houston will host its annual Houston’s Heroes Awards Luncheon on

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 11:30 AM-1 PM at the Royal Sonesta Houston

Hotel to honor outstanding individuals and organizations who have

given exemplary service to make Houston a safer place to live, work,

learn and play. Due to the public health threat from Covid-19 and the

current health and safety protocols, we will offer both an in-person

event with limited seating as well as virtual access for sponsors and

supporters to participate from home. While Crime Stoppers had to

cancel this event last Spring due to the pandemic, the organization is

unable to do so this year and reminds the community that it relies on

this event for funding. Eight distinguished awards will be awarded at

this annual fundraiser that raises funds to keep our communities safe.

For the second year, Crime Stoppers of Houston will reveal the winner

of the Dave Ward Media Excellence Award. This unique award will honor

an entity or individual who has exhibited media excellence and will be

selected by Houston’s Media Icon Dave Ward himself, along with support

from a small committee of his constituents at Crime Stoppers of Houston.

For 40 years, Crime Stoppers of Houston has focused on solving crime

through the famed Tip Line, 713-222-TIPS and reducing overall criminal

activity by preventing it through educational community programming.

The non-profit, which fundraises year-round will directly benefit from

the luncheon’s proceeds to help further advance the Crime Stoppers’

mission. Attending the 2021 Houston’s Heroes Awards Luncheon is one

easy way to support Crime Stoppers and public safety. The event is open

to participation by all. Individual tickets start at $175 and sponsorship

opportunities are available.

Please note: Due to Covid-19, the event will be a hybrid event and we

are urging the community to still get involved. To purchase tickets, visit

https://crime-stoppers.org/get-involved/2021CSLuncheon. For more

information about the event, contact Paige Hollek at phollek@crimestoppers.org

or 713-842-7224.

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!

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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.

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A “SUPER” TRICK FOR GARDEN SUCCESS

BY SANDRA GRAY, FORT BEND COUNTY MASTER GARDENER

You might think master gardeners spend countless hours making our

gardens the envy of all that behold them and, to be honest, some master

gardeners do. However, one of the great things about being a master

gardener is learning tricks that make us more successful in our gardens

with less work. Who wouldn’t like that? Let me tell you about one of my

favorite tricks.

One of the best things you can do to ensure garden success is to choose

the right plant for the right place. Sounds easy but there are so many

amazing plants to choose! The solution to this problem is a wonderful

Texas A&M AgriLife program called Texas Superstars®. These plants have

been tested by university horticulturists and master gardens and proven

to be winners throughout a variety of locations in Texas. What do I mean

by “winner?” Hardier, more pest and disease resistant, more flowers,

bigger flowers, more fruit, tastier fruit and a “wow” factor is what I mean.

In other words, these plants are more likely to thrive in your garden and

dazzle you at the same time. Also, to be designated a Texas Superstar, a

plant must be easy to propagate so the plants can be mass-produced for

consumers at reasonable prices.

Since the program’s inception more than 20 years ago, many types of

plants have been recognized as Texas Superstars®, including annuals,

perennials, trees, roses, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, vines and more.

The criteria for choosing a Texas Superstar® are simple: beauty; special

characteristics such as larger blooms, more fruit or attractiveness to

fauna; outstanding Texas performance; pest and disease resistance; easily

mass-producible for reasonable pricing and, attractive in the container

for ready sales.

An example of a Texas Superstar® is Duranta, also known as Golden

Dew Drop. This deciduous shrub has masses of blue or purple flowers

from spring through fall and golden berries in late fall. It attracts bees,

butterflies, hummingbirds and other birds. If you are still not sold, it’s

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four times as sweet as other cherry tomatoes. It’s resistant to most

common tomato diseases and is highly recommended for home and

school gardens.

New Texas Superstars® are added from time to time as they are tested and

approved, the newest being an evergreen vine called the Yellow Butterfly

Vine. It has delicate yellow flowers but its name comes from the salmoncolored

seed pods that resemble butterflies. It is drought-tolerant and

thrives in hot sunny locations.

The value of choosing Texas Superstars is more than just their beauty or

your increased probability of success. If you choose plants that will thrive

in your garden, you save money that might have been wasted on plants

that die before their time. You also save time and energy in nurturing

plants that will be successful. Just remember to plant and care for them

according to directions.

If you are interested in more information about these plants, visit http://

texassuperstar.com. This site includes detailed plant descriptions,

growing tips and where plants can be purchased. You can also look for

plants with Texas Superstar® labels.

For answers to your specific gardening questions, contact the Fort Bend

Master Gardener Hotline at https://fbmg.org/contact. The Texas Nursery

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Texan” Program) partner with Texas A&M faculty, Agrilife Research and

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Caramel Popcorn with

Marshmallow

You could make this on National Caramel Popcorn Day April 6th!

INGREDIENTS:

23 large marshmallows

2 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup (such as Karo®)

1 cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 (3.5 ounce) packages microwave popcorn, popped

DIRECTIONS:

Cook and stir the marshmallows, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter

and vanilla extract together in a pot over medium-low heat until the

marshmallows are completely melted, 5 to 7 minutes.

Put the popcorn in a large bowl; pour the marshmallow mixture over the

popcorn and gently stir with a big spoon to coat.

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Oatmeal Raisin Toffee Cookies

You could make this on National Oatmeal Cookie Day April 30th!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup raisins

1 cup crushed toffee candy

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat in

the eggs, one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and

cinnamon, stir into the creamed mixture. Blend in the oatmeal, raisins and toffee

bits. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10

minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes

before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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April Gardening Tips

Mulch - If possible, buy Bagged Mulch. Bagging helps eliminate a great

many pests that die from various causes while in the bag. When you buy

‘loose’ mulch that is trucked to your home, you are also buying ants,

roaches, termites, etc…” Spend a little more on bagged material and save

lots of future pest problems. Keep your mulch at least 4” - 6” below the top

of your homes exposed foundation edge/side. This will aid in minimizing

pests in your home and allow for quick and accurate termite inspections.

Shrubs, Flowers and ground covers - Trim all shrubs/plants at least 12” -

18” back from your home. Do your best to create a plant free zone that is

18” - 24” wide around your home. The exception is your lawn - it can grow

up next to the slab as long as you keep it 4” - 6” below the top of the slab.

The most conducive to termite infestation are groundcover plantings,

growing high against your homes exterior or (especially) ivy that grows

on your walls.

Trees - Spray your trees at least twice annually. The spring spray

eliminates overwintering pests and fungi while preparing trees to resist

the pest onslaught of summer with residual pesticides. The fall spray also

kills pests from the summer, prevents most fungi from occurring over the

winter and puts your valuable asset off to a healthy winter’s dormancy.

Lawn - Spring is the perfect time to do a fungicide treatment to stop

brown patch in its tracks along with other fungi. If your lawn is thin and

weak in some areas, here are some important fundamentals: a) lawn

aeration” b) fertilization” c) weed control.

Most important is proper watering:

• Water once per week (unless you get a 1/2” rain or more - then do not

water.)

• Water heavily (1” - 2”) for total lawn coverage.

• In severe drought, water every 5th day.

• Water from 5 AM to 7 AM in the morning - NOT AT NIGHT.

• A heavy deep weekly watering makes the turf grow deeper, stronger

and more drought resistant roots.

• Less watering also saves you money!!

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WHEN IS EARTH DAY?

This observance always falls on April 22 nd . On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic

of fresh air, contact with the soil and companionship with nature! Walk

through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss.

Go outside, no matter what the weather!

Ever wondered how Earth Day started? This observance arose from an

interest in gathering national support for environmental issues. In 1970,

San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord

Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration.

McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose

April 22 nd . Millions of people participated and today Earth Day continues

to be widely celebrated with events on both dates.

The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth

Day. Other Earth Day activities and ideas are: Plant wildflowers, Go

native! Plants thrive when they’re natural to your area, bring nature into

the garden with plants that attract butterflies, try an organic vegetable

garden and conserve water.

Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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