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PURPOSE OF HUNTER’S PARK

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Hunter’s Park Community Association handles the

financial and legal affairs of the subdivision. Each lot

owner is required to pay an annual maintenance fee

which is used to pay street lights; pay taxes on and

maintain the common areas, such as the swimming

pools, tennis courts, etc.; pay for security; and pay legal

expenses incurred to enforce the deed restrictions.

The Board meets the 2nd Thursday of every

month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the

community building. Residents are welcome to attend.

Anyone wishing to place an item on the agenda

should call the HPCA office in advance.

The Annual Meeting of Members is held on the

4th Thursday of January.

Members hold three year staggered terms and are

elected. The election process is as follows:

1) Mail in ballots will be mailed out with the Annual

Maintenance fee statements.

2) Voting in person will begin on the 1st Monday

after the Annual Meeting ending on the following

Saturday at 7pm.

HPCA Office:

4503 A Hickory Downs, Houston, TX 77084

Office Phone: 281 463-1216

Office Hrs: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon- Fri.

Closed Weekends and Major Holidays

HPCA employs two workers to provide coverage for

the office. Every effort is made to have one of the two

employees in the office at all times. Occasionally business

of the association may require us to be out of the office

for a short period of time. If we are out of the office

when you call or if you call after hours, please leave a

message on the answering machine and your calls will

be returned as soon as possible during office hours.

HUNTER’S PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Officers

Shelly Schmitz - President

Amy Jones - Vice President

Jill Yeager - Treasurer/ Asst. Secretary

Carol Harless - Secretary/Asst. Treasurer

Gavin Sebek - Member at Large

Hunter's Park Comm. Assoc 281-463-1216

AT & T 1-800-288-2020

Trash Service WCA 281-368-8397

Harris County Animal Control 281-999-3191

Houston Animal Control 713-238-9600

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-468-8972

Bear Creek Library 281-550-0885

Buses MTA (Information, Routes & Scheduling) 713-635-4000

KISD School Bus Info. 281-578-2210

Car Share/Van Share 713-227-0003

Harris County Constable’s Office (Clay Road Dispatch) 281-463-6666

Courthouse Annex (16715 Clay Road) 713-274-0800

Pct. 5 Judge Jeff Williams 713-274-0800

Katy Independent School District Administration Office: 281-396-6000

Bear Creek Elementary (K-5) 281-237-5600

Cardiff Junior High (6-8) 281-234-0600

Mayde Creek Senior High (9-12) 281-237-3000

Please call HPCA OFFICE at 281-463-1216 to reach a board member.

Email HPCA Office at hpca@bearcreeknetwork.org

NEW RESIDENTS

The HPCA office has a new resident package available

at the office or by mail. Please call 281 463-1216

and we will be happy to send the information to you!

DEED RESTRICTIONS

Deed restrictions are strictly enforced by Hunter’s Park

Community Association. Copies of the restrictions

are available on our website at www.bearcreeknetwork.org.

Complaint forms are included in every

Bear Creek Newsletter for your convenience. The

association’s office verifies complaints and writes

letters to violators. HPCA will initiate legal action

when warranted, to enforce the deed restrictions.

ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL

You must submit any plans for improvements or

modifications of your home to the Hunter’s Park

Community Association Office. Your plans will be

checked to insure that they comply with the deed

restrictions. This includes re-roofing, playforts (8

ft. height limit), temporary storage buildings, etc.

Please call the office at 281 463-1216 if you need

any additional help or assistance.

SECURITY

Hunter’s Park Community Association provides

additional security currently through a contract

with Commissioners Court for four Harris County

Constables. HPCA also hires off-duty deputies on

an as-needed basis for additional coverage.

Please call the Constable’s Office at 281 463-6666

to report any suspicious person, activity or for vacation

watch. There is a voluntary $2.00 security

contribution on the M.U.D. #6 water bill that goes to

each homeowner. The voluntary contributions can

only be used to pay for security. This contribution

enables HPCA to provide more coverage without

raising maintenance fees.

Judy - Security Director - HPCA - (281) 463-1216

HELPFUL NUMBERS

GREEN FOR LIFE (GFL)

GFL collects our trash on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Poly-carts, heavy trash and extra bags or items will

be picked up on both days. Recycling picked up

on Tuesdays only. The homeowner’s maintenance

fee does not pay for garbage pick-up. You must call

GFL to start service. Poly-carts and recycling bins are

provided free of charge to homeowners or residents.

When regular pick-up falls on a holiday, New Year’s

Day, Memorial Day, July 4 th , Labor Day, Thanksgiving

Day and Christmas Day, the pick-up will be made

on the next regular scheduled pick up day. If your

recycling day falls on a holiday it will be picked up the

next week on your normal scheduled recycle day. GFL

will collect for recycling, papers, plastics, aluminum

and tin cans that are placed in the recycling bin. If

items exceed container capacity, please place them

adjacent to the bin. If you find items left in the bin,

that are not recyclable, please dispose of the items

in your polycart.

Trees, shrubs, brush trimmings and fencing must be

bundled in small manageable bundles, in lengths

no greater than 4 feet, with no branch diameter

exceeding in 3 inches. Items that will be picked up,

such as: appliances, furniture, carpet (up to 1 room,

rolled up four feet wide and less than fifty pounds),

cardboard boxes (flattened). Refrigerators and

freezers or any other items containing Freon must

be drained of Freon and have an accompanying bill

to validate such service was performed.

Items excluded from normal collection are dirt, rocks,

bricks, concrete, tires, batteries, motor oil, cooking

oil, waste generated by a private contractor or any

materials or items deemed hazardous materials. Do

not dispose of these items in a container that is not

visible to GFL personnel.

If you need a special pickup, please call GFL.

Customer Service: 281-368-8397

WATER BOARD

The Water Board is a tax assessing board that levies

water and sewer taxes and hires a Tax Assessor

Collector to collect them. Severn Trent Services was

hired by the Water Board to manage the utility district

and they can assist you if you have any problems.

The Board meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month

at 6:00 p.m. at the Jackrabbit Rd. WWTP - 16720

Pine Forest Lane, Houston, TX 77084. Members

hold staggered 4 year terms and are elected the 1st

Saturday in April.

Repairs: Street Lights Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222

(to report non-functioning light, give address and pole # off of pole needing repair)

Street Repair 281-353-8424

(streets and curbs owned/maintained by Harris County)

U. S. Post Office (Bear Creek) 1-800-275-8777

Utilities Inframark (HCUD#6) water/sewer 281-579-4500

(24 hour emergency:) 281-398-8211

Centerpoint Gas 713-659-2111

To report gas leaks & explosions 713-659-3552

Centerpoint Energy 713-207-2222

Harris Ct Pct 4 Community Assistance:

(for roadway/stop signs etc. county issures 281-353-8424

Help Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse 713-520-8620

Hot Lines: Battered Women & Children’s Hotline (Wires-24) 713-528-2121

Crisis Hotline (24 Hours) 713-228-1505

Harris County Children’s Protective Servs.(24) 713-394-4000

Poison Control (24 hours) 1-800-222-1222

Rabies Control 281-999-3191

Rape Crisis (24) 713-528-7273

Suicide Prevention (24 hours) 713-228-1505

Women’s Information & Referral Exchange Service 713-528-2121

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HPCA BOARD ELECTIONS

Two of the five Board Director seats will

expire in January 2022. Currently the two

Directors whose terms are up in January

2022 are Carol Harless and Interim Director

Gavin Sebek. Carol will be seeking reelection

and Mr. Sebek will be seeking

election. If interested in running for a seat,

please submit your letter of intent to run

and a resume to the HPCA Office by fax, 281-

463-4071 or by mail to HPCA, 4503 A Hickory

Downs, Houston, TX 77084. You may also

send by email to hpca@bearcreeknetwork.

org. The deadline for placing your name on

the ballot is December 9, 2021 before 4 PM.

*NOTE: A changing of the guard on the HPCA

Board of Directors: Terry Martin has resigned

from the Board after 16 years of wonderful

service to our residents and we wish him

and his family well - we are sad to see him

leave. Meanwhile, Gavin Sebek, a Bear Creek

resident for over 20 years, has stepped in to

serve as Interim Director for the remainder of

Terry’s term, which is up in January 2022.

HUNTERS PARK 2021

MEETING SCHEDULE

Resident and closed Board Meetings are

being held on the 2 nd Thursday of each

month at 6:30 PM. Until further notice all

meetings will be held in person.

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BEAR CREEK VILLAGE

YARD OF THE MONTH

CONGRATULATIONS!

Family at 4527 Hickory Downs

Family at 15811 Laurel Heights

Thanks for making Bear Creek Village such a

great looking place to live!

UPDATE: GFL/WCA SHREDDING EVENT

GFL/WCA will be hosting another E-Cycle

and Secure Shred event on Saturday,

October 16, 2021 from 9 AM to Noon at the

Wightman Pool parking lot.

DEED RESTRICTION

OVERVIEW

Total Deed Restrictions for August

Total/Open

Courtesy Letter 100/55

Trash Cans in view 31/12

Yard 54/13

Edging/Grass in cracks 43/14

Inoperable vehicles 8/5

Debris in view 10/5

Items in view 39/20

Maintain flower beds 21/10

Parking in grass 6/2

Trailers 9/2

Maintenance 26/20

Total - 388 Open - 179

NOW 3 WAYS TO GET YOUR HPCA INFORMATION

Hunter’s Park Community Association has a very informative website. Go to www.bearcreeknetwork.

org for all things pertaining to Bear Creek Village. Find out about neighborhood amenities, useful

phone numbers, HOA documents, Architectural Control Committee forms and much more.

Owners can now get their account information online as well. If the HPCA Office has your email

address, you would have recently received an email invitation to securely log into your account(s).

If you would like to receive this invitation simply send your email to board@bearcreeknetwork.

org and you will be contacted. Owners can see their account history, contact the office, access the

neighborhood website and make payments through this Owner Access Portal.

And finally, if we have your email address, you will get email blasts occasionally that contain

important Bear Creek Village events and dates. And please let us know if you want to begin receiving

your statements by email or continue using USPS.

KEEP BEAR CREEK BEAUTIFUL!

Homeowners and residents, please store your polycarts, recycle bins and all other items out of

public view. Trash should be put out the night before or day of pickup and polycarts should be

promptly removed same day as pickup. Let’s keep our neighborhood beautiful!

IMPORTANT HPCA INFORMATION - ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL

ANY changes or modifications made to the exterior of structures or on property, i.e., paint colors, roofs,

sheds, etc, MUST BE APPROVED THROUGH THE HPCA OFFICE BEFORE ANY MODIFICATIONS BEGIN.

Applications for home modifications may be obtained through our website, email, mail or at office.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

For extra security, our subdivision has a contract with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s

Department. Notify the Constables immediately at 281-463-6666 if you see any suspicious persons,

vehicles or activities. Please, if possible, obtain license plate numbers, color, make and model of

vehicle. Description of person(s). Was suspicious person walking, riding a bike? - location - as much

information as possible will be helpful!

Vacation Watch - This informs our Deputies that you are on vacation. Please call the Constable’s

Dept. at 281-463-6666 in the event you will be out of town to set up your vacation watch.

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COMMISSIONER JACK CAGLE

For street repairs, manhole covers, tree limbs hanging over street, etc., contact Community

Assistance at 281-353-8424 or contact them at hcp4.net.

THE THOMAS A. GLAZIER SENIOR EDUCATION CENTER

COMMISSIONER TOM S.RAMSEY, P.E.

HARRIS COUNTY PRECINCT THREE

The Steve Radack Community Center is located at 18650 Clay Road, Houston, Texas 77084. All

classes/programs are FREE for Harris County residents aged 55+. Zumba, Yoga, Spanish, Dance,

Legal, Watercolor, Wills and Probate, Computer/IPhone and Wellness classes are offered among

hundreds of other classes/workshops. For more info, go online to www.pct3.com/ About/Calendars/

Glazier-Senior-Center for a schedule of all our programs.

BARKING DOGS

If you have a problem with a neighbor’s dog constantly barking, you should first contact the pet

owner and make them aware of the problem. In the event that doesn’t work, you should then

contact the Constables at 281-463-6666 to file a complaint.

LOOSE OR LOST PETS & DOG BITES

Contact Harris County Animal Control at 281-999-3191 or 3194.

STREET LIGHTS OUT?

Contact Centerpoint Energy at 713-207-2222. You will need to give the address where the pole is

located and provide the stenciled number on the front of the pole. You may also report the outage

on the website at: www.centerpointenergy.com/outage.

BEAR CREEK ELEMENTARY CALENDAR

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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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AROUND TOWN...

9TH ANNUAL FALL

FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW

OCTOBER 2, 2021, 9 AM TILL 3 PM

5373 Franz Road, Katy, Texas 77449

Free Admission!!!! Shopping, Children’s Activities, Petting Zoo

and food! Bring the entire family and friends for a fun filled

day! Vendors contact Mary @ saintpaulschurch@charter.net.

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LOYOLA CATHOLIC CHURCH

FALL FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 2 ND , 12 PM - 7 PM

OCTOBER 3 RD , 12 PM - 6 PM

7810 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, TX 77379

Live Auctions, Silent Auctions, raffle, craft fair, live entertainment, bingo, attic

treasures, food, drinks, games and fun! Questions email festival@silcc.org.

KATY WINE FEST

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021

The Katy Wine Fest is a must for any wine lover! Highlighting

a wide selection of wines from Texas and beyond, guests will

sample rare finds and unique vintages not found in your local

grocery store. We’re certain you’ll find a few new favorites!

Along with a fantastic selection of wine, the Katy Wine Fest

will feature local restaurants serving delicious light bites. For those more into hops

and barley, craft beer will be available for sampling. Live musical entertainment, a

wine pull, silent auction and Big Board auction featuring fantastic items will round

out the evening. Proceeds of the event will directly benefit the Brookwood Center

for Learning. The Katy Wine Fest is perfect for a special date night or Girls Night

Out. Mark your calendars, grab your tickets and join the Cinco Ranch Rotary for the

Katy Wine Fest! We look forward to seeing you there!

KATY RICE FESTIVAL

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 TH , 6 PM - 10 PM

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 TH , 10 AM - 10 PM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 TH , 12 PM - 6 PM

Kick the weekend off Friday evening with live music, food

trucks and beer! Bring the family and enjoy a full day of

great craft vendors, live music, food trucks & much more!

There will be fun for the whole family, including a kids/teen zone, craft beer and

expanded food area. Free Shuttle Service to and from the Merrell Center all day!

https://www.katyricefestival.com/

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OCT. 3-31

OCT. 8

OCT. 8-10

PLYMOUTH UNITED CHURCH

PUMPKIN PATCH

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5927 Louetta Rd, Spring • plymouthunited.org

Pumpkins, Pet adoptions, local vendors, garage sales!

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OCT. 9-

NOV. 28

BAYOU CITY ART

FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 9-10, 2021, 10 AM - 6 PM

Located along Allen Parkway

and Sam Houston Park

Tickets: www.artcolonyassociation.org

CHAPPELL HILL

SCARECROW FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 9-10

5070 Main St, Chappell Hill, TX 77426

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WEEKENDS & THANKSGIVING FRIDAY

OCTOBER 9 TH -NOVEMBER 28 TH ,

9 AM - 8 PM

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kingdom about an hour north of the Houston area, where

guests can step through the gates and enter an enchanted

world filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies

and elves, pirates and peasants and other fanciful delights.

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OCT. 16

PICK-A-DILLY

CRAFT FAIR

St. Peter’s UMC •

20775 Kingsland Blvd, Katy

OCTOBER 16, 2021, 9 AM - 4 PM

St. Peter’s 30 th annual craft fair will be just in time for

Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! Proceeds from

Pick-a-dilly Craft Fair and Silent Auction will benefit St.

Peter’s United Methodist Church Missions.

OCT. 17

TREAT STREET

OCTOBER 17 TH FROM 5-8 PM

Join Cinco Ranch Church of Christ for our

annual Treat Street on October 17 th from 5-8

PM. This free event is for our families to enjoy a

safe evening where our community gets to wear costumes, get

candy, enjoy a hot dog dinner and play in the bounce houses.

If you would like more information on this event, please visit

www.cincochurch.com/crkids. We can’t wait to see you there!

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OKTOBERFEST HOUSTON

OCTOBER 22 ND , 5 PM - 10 PM

OCT. 22-23

OCTOBER 23 RD , 12 PM - 10 PM

Join us for the 9th annual Oktoberfest Houston,

showcasing German and Texas culture in one

fantastic day! First 250 tickets sold are 50% off! The

Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007.

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE

HOLIDAY MARKET

OCT. 23

LADIES AUXILIARY OF

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON

OCTOBER 23, 2021

It’s Holiday Shopping Time! The Ladies Auxiliary

from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is holding their annual Gingerbread

Village Holiday Market on October 23, 2021! It is held at 6646

Addicks Satsuma Road, Houston, TX 77086. The event opens at 9

AM and continues until 4 PM. Admission is free! Arts, crafts, unique

products and many, many more items will be featured. Get a head

start on your holiday shopping all in one place! A wonderful lunch

menu will be offered including barbecue pork sandwiches, baked

potatoes, etc. Come join the fun!

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OCT. 30

HOWL-O-WEEN

KATY DOG PARK

OCTOBER 30, 2021, 9 AM - 11 AM

Costume Contest, games, door prizes &

vendors Event entry is a donation of pet food

for our local shelter

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OCTOBER 30, 2021, 3 PM - 5 PM

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Drive-thru trunk or treat!

OKTOBERFEST

OCTOBER 30, 2021, 11 AM-9 PM

Family Fun Event at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic

OCT. 30 Church - International Food, Vietnamese, Pupusas,

Tacos, BBQ, Hotdogs, Desserts, Hamburgers, Funnel

cakes, Beer and Wine Garden, Music, Dance, Hayride,

Pumpkin Patch, Arts and Crafts, Hay Maze, Camel

Ride, Pony Ride Petting Zoo, Exotic Animal shows, Ice Skating

Performance by Paul and Gillian Schatz, Face painting, Games, Prizes,

Model Railway Train Exhibition, Bingo, Auction, Free Candy, and so

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1. Start with the right pumpkin.

Choose one that's fresh, with a sturdy stem, no bruises, and a

flat bottom so it won't roll while you carve.

2. Cut from the bottom, not the top. Michael

Natiello, pumpkin carving pro and creative director for The Great

Jack-o'-Lantern Blaze, says cutting your "lid" from the bottom of

the pumpkin helps prevent the sides from caving in later.

3. If you do carve from the top, cut out the lid

on an angle. This way it won't drop inside the pumpkin

when you put it back on top, like it would with a straight upand-down

cut. A boning knife should work well for this.

4. Scoop out all the pulp (and then some). You

can buy a special "claw" for pumpkin gutting, but an ice cream

scoop will do just fine. Thin the inner wall of the "face" area to

1¼-inch thick, so it will be easier to pierce the shell.

5. Sketch out your design on paper first. If you

draw your jack-o'-lantern face to size, Natiello says you can

use it as a pattern: Just tape it to the front of your pumpkin

and use a fork or pencil to poke holes along the lines you want

to carve. (Or save yourself from creative blocks by getting a

pumpkin carving kit, complete with a marker, scraper, cutting

tools, and pre-made patterns.)

6. Hold the pumpkin in your lap. It's easier to create

features when the face is gazing up at you. Natiello suggests

using a serrated kitchen knife or an X-Acto knife for carving,

but to make intricate designs, you could try using a small saw.

Just don't cut on a slant — clean up-and-down slices look best.

How to carve a pumpkin

7. Start by making simple rough cuts. If you get

the big pieces of pumpkin out of the way first, you can go back

and clean up the edges of your design later.

8. Use your scraps creatively. Make a tongue, pipe,

or hair accessories out of a discarded piece of pumpkin shell,

for example.

9. Keep your pumpkin fresh. Natiello recommends

spreading petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture.

If your pumpkin still shrivels a few days later, you can revive it

with a facedown soak in cold water for up to eight hours.

10. Create a chimney. First, leave the lid on for a few

minutes while the candle burns. Then make a small hole where

the lid has blackened. Or, save yourself the stress and go with

battery-operated votives instead.

11. Sprinkle cinnamon inside the lid. That way,

when you light the candle, your jack-o'-lantern will smell like

a pumpkin pie. Yum.

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Hanging Bat Craft

Here’s a simple hanging bat craft for kids using empty toilet paper rolls. These

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Materials for Bat Craft

Cardboard tube (We used an empty toilet paper roll.)

Tempera paint (black or brown) and paintbrush

Construction paper (black or brown)

Black pipe cleaners

Scissors

Single hole punch (This is my favorite! It can punch through multiple

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Glue

Googly eyes

Marker (We used black and silver Sharpies.)

Bat wing template (optional)

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