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Hearthstone HOA, Inc.

Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7; Hearthstone Green,

Sections 1, 2, 3 & 4; Avila Ct. Estates, Hearthstone Meadows.

BOARD MEMBERS

President, Terry Gingell 281-703-8184

Vice President, Scooter Cantrell 281-220-9160

Secretary, Virgil Hydes 713-826-6618

Treasurer, Mike Looney 281-550-7010

Director, Bob Comeaux

Director, Lester Leger

Director, Tina Bailey

MANAGEMENT COMPANY - INFRAMARK

2002 West Grand Parkway North, Suite 100, Katy, TX 77449

Office: 281-870-0585 | Mobile: 281-371-4154

Customer Service: 281-870-0585 | www.inframark.com

Manager: Katie Ivanics

Katie.Ivanics@inframark.com

I am here to assist you with all your HOA questions and concerns. Please

feel free to contact me at any time.

COMMITTEES

Architectural Control - Virgil Hydes

Community Relations - Terry Gingell

Security - Scooter Cantrell

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ALL SECTIONS OF HEARTHSTONE

Hearthstone Garden Club hearthstonegardenclub@gmail.com

President - Shannon Bouffard 281-660-0927

Children’s Co-op: Nicole Allen 610-248-4745

hearthstonemoms@gmail.com

Swim Team Hugh McKinney 713-822-5490

Hearthstone Country Club 281-463-2201

SCHOOLS

Horne Elementary School 281-463-5954

Owens Elementary School 281-463-5915

Labay Middle School 281-463-5800

Truitt Middle School 281-856-1100

Cy-Falls High School 281-856-1000

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TRASH/WATER

Water District Spencer Rd PUD 281-469-5740

WCA (Waste Corportion of America) 281-368-8397

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Fire/Ambulance 911

Harris County Constables 281-463-6666

Sheriff 713-221-6000

Poison Control 800-222-1222

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-941-8972

Mosquito Control 713-796-6900

Children’s Protective Svs 713-394-4000

DPS Sex Offenders website

http://records.txdps.state.tx.us

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

Street Light Repair (give pole #) 713-207-2222

www.centerpointenergy.com/outage

To report gas leaks 713-659-3552

Street Repair 281-463-6300

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NOTE FROM MANAGEMENT/HOA

Dear Residents:

In many subdivisions, directors serve on their architectural control

committees. As of September 1, 2021, Section 209505 prohibits

directors, their spouses and close relatives from being appointed

or elected to the architectural control committee.

With this law change the Board has approved for the management

company to do all reviews of arc applications submitted. With any

application submitted there will now be an application fee.

Tier I review - $25: (landscaping/French drain/flagpole/irrigation/

storm door/front door/stain fence/gutters/cameras/mailbox/

windows/yard art, etc.)

Tier II review - $75: (play structure/exterior lighting/fence/paint/

roof replacement/driveway gate or decorative iron door/perm

B-ball goal/fireplace/fire pit/siding/stucco/trampoline/roof

ventilators/generator/solar panels/garage door/walkway, etc.)

Tier III review - $125: (patio cover/patio extension/storage

buildings/swimming pool/outdoor kitchen/ gazebo/pergola//

patio enclosure/driveway extension/room addition/sports court,

etc.)

Tier IV review - $225: (rebuild house)

Tier V review - $350: (New Home Construction)

If you have any questions in regard to ARC applications please

contact modifications@inframark.com or by calling 281-870-0585

and speaking with the ARC department.

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American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character and

leadership development program for girls 5-18 years of age.

AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity

through service to God, family, community and country. Our

local Troop TX1283 is chartered out of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton

Catholic Church. We would love to have your daughter join us!

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WEBSITE

Hearthstone Board is excited to announce that Hearthstone HOA

has partnered with a technology company NabrNetwork to bring

to you Townsquare, which has been selected as our official, Boardapproved

communication tool/website for Hearthstone HOA!

Accessible via mobile phone, tablet and desktop - and completely

private. A Townsquare welcome letter was recently sent out to all

homeowners. If you didn’t receive the letter please follow these

steps to sign up.

1. Access townsquare at https://inframarkims.com/what-we-do/

association-management/

2. Click on townsquare in the right-side menu

3. Confirm your zip code and select “I live in Hearthstone HOA”

4. Select “I am an owner”

5. Enter your unique Account Number

If you don’t have your account number please call 281-870-0585 or

email Katie.Ivanics@Inframark.com to assist. Please note moving

forward this will be the new website and the old Hearthstone

website will no longer be used.

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YARD OF THE MONTH

October has arrived and we really have a yard to fall for! With the continued challenges of the pandemic, we are so grateful for our

neighborhood, our wonderful neighbors and their beautiful yards! This month we honor the hard work of gardeners Judy and Charlie

Massey at 7615 Mauna Kai Dr., tucked away on a cul-de-sac off Muirfield Lane.

Large live oaks provide an overstory for this lovely green lawn, accented by sunshine ligustrum, photinia red tip shrubs, festive autumn

decorations and bright floral blooms. Drive or stroll over to this section of Hearthstone to see a yard that celebrates the season with

abundance and joy.

HOUSTON WEST FAMILY GENEALOGY SOCIETY

Meets the 2 nd Thursday of each month, September-

May, from 12:30-3 PM, see website for instructions on

our Zoom meetings each month, live TBD. More info,

www.houstonwestfamgen.org.

MESSAGE TO ALL HEARTHSTONE RESIDENTS

FROM THE HEARTHSTONE COUNTRY CLUB

Incidents of trespassing on the golf course have

recently had a dramatic increase. Accordingly, the

club has posted new signs at all areas of access that

address the trespassing issue. No one, whether

members or non-members are to be on the club

property at any time, day or evening, unless you are

registered with the Pro shop. No walking or jogging,

no dog walking, no bike riding, no fishing. The club has

asked the Constables to assist in the enforcement of

this violation. Please be a good neighbor and respect

the club’s property.

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GOLF CART OPERATORS IN HEARTHSTONE

Parents, please remember that all operators of golf carts on both public

streets and at the Hearthstone Country Club must be at least 16 years old and

have a valid TX Operators license. We have recently noticed many underage

operators driving through the community. Underage drivers subject both

themselves and their parents to citation by the Harris County Constables

Office. Should an underage driver cause any damage to a person or property,

most insurance companies will not cover the loss leaving the parents open

to civil litigation. Please parents, if your child is underage and operating your

golf cart, ask them to stop. If our Constable on patrol continues to observe

underage drivers she/he will have no choice but to stop the driver and call the

parents. Let’s take care of this issue on our own. Thanks!

REMINDER

Please be mindful of the Harris County Leash Law and be certain that your

pets are on a leash when not confined to your home or backyard.

TRASH DAYS

Trash days are Tuesdays and Fridays with recycling pickup on Fridays. If you

have questions, call 281-368-8397.

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DO NOT FORGET TO FILE YOUR 2021 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

AND OVER 65 EXEMPTION (if applicable) WITH HARRIS COUNTY

APPRAISAL DISTRICT.

Call Diana Alderman if you have any question

about your exemption - cell: 713-858-7789.

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DO’S AND DON’TS OF DEED RESTRICTIONS

Deed restrictions or often called “restrictive covenants” (especially

in the context of homeowners associations) are restrictions

contained in incorporating documents that limit how a property

can be used or what can be built on it. Subdivision developers

create these restrictions in order to keep size, quality and nature

of housing consistent in an effort to maintain market value of the

subdivision.

For the most part, Hearthstone residents abide by our deed

restrictions. Yards are kept clean and neat. Home exteriors are

washed and unsightly mold is removed. Our neighbors file the

required ACC forms when making changes to their home exteriors

or adding a room or other structure. Trailers are not parked in

driveways or on the street for extended periods of time and

commercial vehicles are kept in garages.

However, there are always a few who, from time to time forget

or are not well informed about to do’s and don’ts of our deed

restrictions. We need your help. We need everyone to follow the

deed restrictions. If you aren’t familiar with them, they can be found

in the documents section of our website. If you’re not sure, call the

management company. Our management company inspects the

community once a month checking for violations. There are times

when they will miss something. If you have a neighbor who is a

continuing violator, call the management company. If you want

to remain anonymous call Katie Ivanics directly and let her know.

Moving forward, the Board has instructed the management

company to continue to inspect closely for violations and follow

up with notices allowed by law.

1) The first notice is a courtesy letter.

2) If the violation is not cured within 30 days a second letter is sent.

3) If the violation continues another 30 days it is referred to our

attorney and a third letter is sent. The attorney letter results in a

$302.50 charge to the homeowners account.

4) Continuing violations and/or non-payment of a homeowners

account can lead to a notice of foreclosure.

For the good of all of our homeowners in Hearthstone, let’s keep

our community clean and neat. Thanks to all of you who already

abide by the rules and thanks in advance to those few who will

strive to do better!

STOP THAT BARKING

Many dogs left alone all day get lonely, bored and restless. Many

find relief in barking. Some respond noisily to any and all activity.

But, nothing is as annoying as incessant barking - even for dog

lovers. If your dog is a yapper or a yowler, please consider some of

these bark-abatement ideas to keep the noise down in your area.

Your neighbors will thank you!

• Training. Always the first recommendation for any behavioral

problem! Help is as close as the Yellow Pages. Training not only

helps your dog, you’ll be surprised how much it helps you, too.

You may get some insight into why your dog barks so much or

what it is trying to communicate.

• Citronella collars. A humane alternative to the electric-shock,

anti-barking collar and costs about the same. Available on the

web and in pet stores.

• Confinement. Sometimes simply bringing an outspoken dog

indoors or confining it to a crate can cut down on the disturbance

to neighbors.

• For inside dogs, reduce stimulus. Close drapes to help muffle

street noise or leave a radio on to mask it.

• Companionship. Dogs are pack animals; they need

companionship - a cat, bird or another dog. Consider a mid-day

visit from a pet-sitting service or drop your pooch off at a friend’s

place or a day-care facility once or twice a week.

Keep in mind that dogs who bark from loneliness or boredom,

may not do it when you are home. Meanwhile, your neighbors

may be getting serenaded while you are away.

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR HARRIS COUNTY CONSTABLE

The Harris County Constable’s Office, Precinct 5 is now offering a

class on Rape Aggression Defense (RAD). RAD is one of the best

women’s self-defense courses available. It’s a program based on

realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive

self-defense course for women that begins with awareness,

prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to

the basics of hands-on defensive training. If you’re interested in

more information and signing up, go to this link:

https://constablepct5.com/index.php/rad

Make sure if you or your family goes on vacation to put in a

“Vacation Watch” with our department. That way you’ll know your

house is being watched by our patrol deputies. You can fill out a

vacation watch form online here:

https://constablepct5.com/index.php/vacation-watch/

https://constablepct5.com/index.php/special-watch/

Or you can call our dispatch at 281-463-6666.

HEARTHSTONE STREETLIGHTS

The Hearthstone HOA coordinates maintenance of all the

streetlights throughout the community. This includes the “cobra

head” lights like you see along many streets and highways, as well

as the decorative light poles along Huffmeister and in some of the

neighborhoods.

Cobra head streetlights need to be reported to CenterPoint,

using the pole number, which is the “address” for the light. It is

a six digit number facing the street. You can report streetlights

that are not working or staying on during the day at http://cnp.

centerpointenergy.com/outage (Google streetlight outage) or give

us the pole number and we will do it for you.

Outages or problems with decorative streetlights should be

reported to Inframark at 281-870-0585. Please note the exact

intersection or closest address. The association has a contractor

doing a monthly nighttime inspection for lights that are out, but if

you see a problem, please report it, so we can achieve our goal to

keep all the lights on all the time.

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BOARD MEETING

Board Meetings are now bi-monthly, usually on the 3 rd Wednesday

at 6 PM. Hearthstone Country Club.

LOST & FOUND PETS IN HEARTHSTONE

Folks in Hearthstone are very helpful in getting lost pets reunited

with their owners, but all dog owners should ensure that there is

a tag on each dog with their name, address and phone number.

Local pet stores have machines that make tags like this while you

wait. At least that would help found dogs get back home quicker

and with less trauma.

HEARTHSTONE HOA EMAIL ALERTS

Just register at the site using “Join our Mailing Lists” on the

opening page. You will be automatically added to the email group.

This group will be used to quickly but sparingly, get information

out to members between newsletters. If you would like these

messages sent to more than one email address, just register again

with each address you want included in the group.

The addresses will not be sold, distributed or used for any purpose

other than association business. Your address will not even be

shared among group members. Messages sent to the group will

be limited to those authorized by the HOA Board of Directors.

If you have already joined the email group, you do not need to do

so again.

“THE HEARTHSTONE NEWS” IS AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Hearthstone Newsletter can be viewed (in color), online at

krenekprinting.com. Go to www.krenekprinting.com, Click on

newsletters, Select Highway 6, Select Hearthstone and click to read.

SAFETY TIPS - AVOID BEING A VICTIM

1. Call the constable’s office anytime you see a suspicious

person and do not let race, age or gender influence you calling (a

suspicious person is anyone you do not recognize on your street).

2. Call the constable’s office when you see a suspicious vehicle

(any vehicle parked in front of your neighbor’s home or driving

around your street that you don’t recognize).

3. Always keep all your doors and windows locked even when you

are at home.

4. Always keep your overhead garage door in the down position.

5. Remember neighbors looking out for neighbors are how the

police catch the bad guys.

6. Make sure to do a vacation watch whenever you go out of town.

7. If someone comes to your door, always go to the door and

acknowledge that you are there and remember to never open the

door for anyone that you do not know. The bad guys in almost all

cases do not want you to be home. Then always call the constable’s

office so that we can check them out. When they leave your house,

they are going to your neighbors.

8. If you have children that stay at home alone, no matter what

their age, they need to go to the door and have a preplanned story

for whoever is there (my dad is working on the computer, he says

to come back later). Then have them call the constable’s office.

9. Never do business with people you don not know and trust.

Never open the door for solicitors. If no one in the neighborhood

buys anything from them, the companies that they work for will

quit sending them into your subdivision.

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10. Always lock your vehicles and never leave anything of value in

plain sight (covering up an item with a jacket doesn’t count).

Our dispatch number is 281-463-6666 (please put this number in

your cell phone as 911 constable or A constable so that it is one of

the first contacts).

Officer Roy Guinn

Community Relations and Crime Prevention

Harris County Constables Office Pct. 5

281-463-6666

HEARTHSTONE MOM’S CO-OP

ATTENTION MOMS!

If you’ve ever considered joining a mom’s group, look no further!

Located right here in Hearthstone, our group is designed to

celebrate our kids and of course... ourselves! Each year we host

several events for the moms, kids and families to get to know our

neighborhood pals. Events include a Spring Festival, Summer

Splash Bash, Back to School Talent Show, Fall Festival & Hot

Momma Chili Cook-off, Bad Mom’s Christmas Dinner & Ornament

Exchange, Holiday Market and Santa Visits. Dues are $30 for the

year and cover the cost of all planned events for the kids. Contact

Nicole Allen at 610-248-4745 or email hearthstonemoms@gmail.

com for more information. Please also check out our website at

https://sites.google.com/view/hearthstone-moms-co-op/home.

TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS

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.

CODE KEY: B - BABYSITTING, CPR - CPR CERT., FAC - FIRST AID CERT.,

RCC - RED 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

HEARTHSTONE TEENAGE JOB SEEKERS

Serenity Basinger - B, SL, PP, T (M) 16 281-253-7005

Samantha Dorsey - P, PP, L 13 832-901-7376

Angela Paredes - B 17 281-770-1842

Amya Demmings - P 14 317-236-8355

Anabelle Betancourt - B, PP, H 17 832-776-0554

Kendall King - B, PP 13 210-771-7056

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Casserole

5 cups bread cubes

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1/4 cup white sugar, divided

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon margarine,

softened

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Lightly butter an 8x8 inch baking pan. Line bottom of

pan with bread cubes. In a large bowl, beat together

eggs, milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and vanilla. Pour

egg mixture over bread. Dot with margarine; let stand

for 10 minutes. -- Combine remaining 2 tablespoons

sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle over

the top. Bake in preheated oven about 45 to 50

minutes, until top is golden.

Source: allrecipes.com

Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash

with Cranberries & Kale

2 medium butternut squash about 2 1/2 pounds each

2 teaspoons olive oil divided

3/4 cup quinoa

1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth

1 bunch kale stems removed and chopped

(about 6 lightly packed cups)

2 cloves garlic minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional for roasting squash

1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus additional for roasting squash

1 can low sodium chickpeas (15 ounces), rinsed and drained

Zest of 1 orange plus 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

1/3 cup reduced sugar dried cranberries

Grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese, optional

Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat

the oven to 425 degrees F. Halve the butternut

squash, scoop out the seeds, then arrange the halves

on a baking tray, cut sides up. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon

olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake

45-55 minutes, just until the squash is fork tender.

Remove from the oven and let cool. Reduce the oven

temperature to 375 degrees.

While the squash is baking, place the broth in a small

saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa, return

to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer

for 12 minutes, until most of the broth is absorbed.

Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 15

minutes. Fluff with a fork, then set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive

over medium. Add the kale and cook until wilted,

about 4 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium

low. Add the garlic, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and

1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook 30 additional seconds,

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Reserve the flesh for another use (or if you don’t

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rest of the filling). Stuff the kale quinoa filling into

the squash halves, then return the squash to the

oven. Bake at 375 degrees until hot, about 10 additional

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Houston Día de los Muertos Parade

November 6, 2021, 2 PM - 10 PM

Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St, Houston

With this heartfelt parade, it is our mission to celebrate

the living and honor our beloved. No matter

who you are, no matter where you are from, we want you to attend

the parade and festival. If there is something we all share is the love

and grief for our family and friends who left us and in this Dia de

los Muertos, we are all one.

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St. Cuthbert Church Sixteenth

Annual International Festival

November 6th, 3-5 PM

St. Cuthbert Church will host the Sixteenth Annual

International Festival on Saturday, November 6 th

from 3-5 PM in the front yard of the church. The International Festival

honors all the different countries, heritages and backgrounds

represented in our very unique and diverse congregation. With

health and safety precautions at the forefront, the Festival includes

food, entertainment and so much more to learn about our world.

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Nutcracker Market

Thurs, November 11, 10 AM - 8 PM

Friday, November 12, 10 AM - 8 PM

Saturday, November 13, 10 AM - 6 PM

Sunday, November 14, 10 AM - 5 PM

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Whether you are a shopper, committee member, staff member, donor,

volunteer, merchant, vendor, sponsor, or social media follower, YOU

have been an integral part in making this Market the success that it

is. Without your interest, curiosity, passion, dedication, enthusiasm,

generosity, hard work, commitment, and love… the Market simply

wouldn’t be where it is today. Since our inception in 1981, YOU have

helped us contribute over $75.3 million dollars to the Houston Ballet

Foundation in support of its Academy and scholarship programs.

Although saying “Thank You” does not seem to be enough, we are

truly grateful for 40 years of support.

Houston Powwow

November 13th & 14th

11/13-11/14 Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Pkwy

A two day Native American Powwow with colorful

tribal dance contests, and arts & crafts show, tipis,

honoring ceremonies, singing and much more! Presented by the DFW

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11/25

Dickens Market at Cypress Creek

November 12th & 13th, 9 AM - 4 PM

This year’s annual Dickens Market features all types

of vendors from food, crafts, Christmas gifts, books,

and anything else you can think of to check off your

holiday shopping lists. The market also features carolers from the

Cypress Creek Community Chorale and guest elementary school

choirs. In addition, we have raffles for items donated by our vendors.

Raffle tickets are on sale only during the market and winners will be

contacted via phone call after the drawings take place. Winners will

have 24 hours to respond.

The market will take place as long as the pandemic has been contained

and the community center/church reopened to the public.

Please help protect our wonderful vendors and patrons who may be

more vulnerable than you by socially distancing, wearing a mask,

and washing your hands.

YMCA Turkey Dash -

A Community Tradition

November 25th

The Katy Area YMCA’s will host the 19 th Annual

YMCA Turkey Dash to be held at Monty Ballard

YMCA at Cinco Ranch Providing Fitness, Fun and Holiday Fellowship

safely for the Whole Family on Thanksgiving Day, November 25,

2021. The tradition returns for 2021 and we are excited to return

to hosting a live race that will run through the Cinco Ranch

community as in years passed. With four events to choose from,

there’s something for everyone; a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Walk/Run, a 1

mile Kids’ Run and also a Virtual Race option. Live races will be

start and conclude at Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch. All

registered race participants will receive a t-shirt with their race

packets and those completing their Live 10k and 5k will receive

a finisher’s medal. Youth participating in the Live 1 Mile Kids’ Run

will receive a kids’ run finisher’s medal. 5,000 participants and

more than 1,500 spectators and volunteers are expected to take

part in this year’s event. Race day highlights include 10K and 5K

awards in age categories, a post race party featuring refreshments,

local businesses, games and a Kids Fun Zone. A runners’ costume

contest will be held with awards for most creative, best theme and

judge’s choice. In addition to completing a good race, participants

have the satisfaction of knowing their race fees go toward a good

cause, the YMCA Be The Change Campaign. This annual fundraiser

ensures that Katy families have access to Y programs and services

regardless of their ability to pay. Interested in participating,

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12/2

Fairfield Christmas Market

December 4, 2021, 9 AM - 2 PM

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church

20155 Cypresswood Dr, Cypress

A variety of vendors selling an assortment of products

- perfect for Christmas shopping! Come early, as we hear many of the

vendors often run out of their goods before noon!

Now-

11/28

Texas Renaissance Festival

Weekends, Now - Nov 28 &

Thanksgiving Friday, 9 AM - 8 PM

Since 1974, there has been a magical 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.

CFISD Country Christmas Craft Show

December 4th, 9 AM - 5 PM •

December 5th, 10 AM - 4 PM

Cy-Fair ISD Exhibit Center,

11206 Telge Road, Cypress, TX 77429

Holiday Market Expo

December 2nd, 12-4 PM

The Hilton Rooftop, 6633 Travis St, Houston, TX 77081

Come enjoy rooftop vibes with breathtaking panoramic

views of Houston’s skyline. This event will be filled with

great networking opportunities, shopping, great food, entertainment,

resources and some of Houston’s most dedicated community leaders.

Jingle All The 5K, 10K, Kids Dash

December 4th, 8 AM - 11 AM

12/4 Energy Corridor District, 777 N. Eldridge Pkwy, Houston

houstonholiday5k.com

Kick-start your holiday festivities and outpace that

mischievous abominable snowmonster with the whole family and join us!

Dickens on the Strand

December 3-5th, 2021 - The Strand, Galveston

12/3-12/5 The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century

Victorian London, features parades, non-stop

entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers,

roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers.

Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and

rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired

crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items.

12/18

Wreaths Across America

December 18, 2021, 11 AM

Houston National Cemetery,

10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston

Come by and take a few minutes to honor a veteran

and see what Wreaths Across America is all about. There is no charge.

For full details visit, https://waahouston.com

12/18

International Food Festival

December 18, 2021, 12 PM - 6 PM

The Zone, 10371 Stella Link, Houston, TX 77025

The Best caterers from around the world! Live

performances, cultural music & dancing, crafts,

clothing, service vendors and more! Free entry with RSVP to www.

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More and more people are shopping online, avoiding lines, crowds and

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the perfect environment for criminals to launch scams, phishing attacks,

and other malicious activities.

The amount of money spent over this cyber weekend is escalating year

after year, and due to the COVID pandemic, it continues to escalate to

staggering numbers. Cybercriminals follow the money, and this weekend

of crazed spending provides them with the perfect opportunity to scam

a large number of people. According to Barclays, nearly a quarter of

18-34-year-olds have fallen for a Black Friday scam in the past five years

and shoppers lose on average $910 after falling victim to such frauds.

With attacks becoming more sophisticated, shoppers need to be extra

cautious when looking for the latest bargains online.

Below are 10 Cyber Safety tips to keep you safe online this Black Friday

and Cyber Monday:

1. Watch Out for Fake Websites

This is one of the most popular ways criminals will try to trick shoppers

into falling for their Black Friday and Cyber Monday scams. The fraudsters

will clone websites to dupe consumers into thinking they are shopping on

a legitimate site. The website may appear almost identical to the real site;

however, subtle changes can indicate that all is not as it seems.

A web address that ends .com or .co may be changed to a .org, images

may be pixilated, functions on the site may not work properly and the

content will often be sub-standard. It’s always worth double- checking

the address of a site to confirm its authenticity.

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2. Only Use Secure Sites

Before entering any information into a website, you should always check

that the site is safe and secure. The first step is to hover your mouse over

the URL and check the validity of the web address. You should look for a

padlock symbol in the address bar and check that the URL begins with a

‘https://’ or ‘shttp://’. The ‘S’ indicates the web address has been encrypted

and secured with an SSL certificate. Without HTTPS, any data passed on

the site is insecure and could be intercepted by criminal third parties.

However, this system is not totally foolproof. Within the last year, there

has been a significant increase in the number of phishing sites using SSL

certificates. Users are advised to be extra cautious and look for further

evidence that the site is secure. You should check for a website privacy

policy, use a website safety check tool such as Google Safe Browsing, or

do a WHOIS lookup to see who owns the website.

3. Use a Credit Card for Shopping Online

When possible, it’s always best to use a credit card when shopping

online as it offers additional protection over other forms of payment. If a

fraudulent purchase is made on your credit card, there’s a good chance

your bank will reimburse you straight away. However, if a criminal steals

your debit card details, they can clear out your personal account and it

can be more difficult to reclaim the money.

4. Beware of Phishing Emails

Phishing is one of the most popular ways for criminals to steal your

personal information and there is always a massive increase in these types

of scams on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The speed, convenience and

high return on investment makes phishing one of the easiest ways for

cybercriminals to steal your personal data without you even knowing.

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As Cyber Monday approaches, be wary of any emails offering cash

prizes or last-minute deals. These emails are designed to trick

shoppers into clicking on a link which may appear to come from

a well-known retailer. Trust your gut if you think there’s something

not right about the email and delete it immediately.

5. Avoid Deals That Are Too Good to Be True

Black Friday and Cyber Monday feature lots of legitimate deals

offered by trusted and reputable retailers. However, cybercriminals

know we’ll be scouring the web for the cheapest deals and they

take advantage of this by slipping in lots of fake offers.

Be wary of any emails, pop-ups, or posts on social media promising

rock bottom prices. Clicking on the link could bring you straight to

a phishing site or you may end up downloading malware onto your

device. It can be hard to distinguish between a real bargain and a

fake so it’s best to do your research to find out if the site is credible

or go directly to a brand’s website to determine if the deal is real.

It’s always worth remembering that if an offer seems too good to

be true, it usually is!

6. Use Strong Passwords

You’ll have heard it a million times, but creating a strong password

really is one of the easiest ways you can protect yourself from being

hacked online. With so many passwords to remember, it can be

tempting to use the same password for multiple accounts, however,

this puts you at great risk of having your data stolen. If hackers

can work out just one of your passwords, whether it’s a Facebook

account or online banking details, they can potentially access every

single account you have.

It’s always best to use a unique username and password for separate

online accounts so that in the unfortunate event of being phished, the

attackers won’t have access to your other online accounts. A great way

to create a longer and more complex password is to use a passphrase.

A passphrase is a sentence like string of words that is memorable to

you but difficult for anyone else to crack. The first letter of each word

will form the basis of your password and letters can be substituted

with numbers and symbols to make it even more secure.

7. Watch Out for Social Media Scams

Social media scams are rife on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The crooks

know that people are going online to specifically look for deals, so they make

it as easy as they can for shoppers to fall for their online scams. Facebook and

Twitter tend to be the favoured choice for these malicious posts and criminals

will ask shoppers to like and share their posts, so they’re boosted to the top

of news feeds and reach a wider audience. Users tend to be more trusting on

social media and it’s often more difficult to determine if a link is malicious than

it would be on a more traditional platform.

8. Avoid Public Wi-Fi When Shopping

Using public Wi-Fi to search for the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday

deals could open you up to a range of security risks. Public Wi-Fi requires no

authentication to establish a network connection, allowing fraudsters direct

access to any unsecured devices on the same open network. This enables

hackers to steal valuable information such as login passwords, credit card info

and other personal and financial details.

Unsecured Wi-Fi networks can also be used to spread malware allowing

criminals unrestricted access to everything on your device. This information

can in turn be used to commit identity fraud, or the information can be sold on

to criminal third parties.

9. Ensure All Your Software is Up To Date

Before going online to shop about for the hottest deals, you should make sure

that all your security software is up to date. This will prevent cybercriminals

from gaining access to your computer through vulnerabilities in older and

outdated systems. The installation of anti-virus software will also help detect

threats on your computer and block unauthorised users from gaining access.

10. Monitor Bank Statements for Fraudulent Activity

It’s always worth keeping a close eye on bank statements to make sure there

are no unusual transactions on your account. Criminals know that during Black

Friday and Cyber Monday there will be lots of online activity, so they hope that

any unusual debits from your account will go undetected. Typically, the crooks

will make a few initial debits for smaller amounts then go in for a larger amount

which could clean out your bank account.

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“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” - Jim Rohn

Whatever the time of year, here are some ideas for gifts we can give that have the potential to improve the lives of those around. Gifts

that keep on giving.

1) Giving the Gift of Our Full Attention. Give the gift of your full

attention to others around you and allow them the stage they deserve.

2) Giving the Gift of Kindness. There are many ways we can

offer the gift of our kindness. Not expecting anything in return

except maybe the warm feeling we get from knowing we are doing

something good for someone else.

3) Giving the Gift of Our Time. We can do this by taking our

commitments seriously. By booking in time with friends and

keeping that time free for those friends. By making time to stop

and shoot the breeze for a while with a neighbor. By taking

time out to spend disconnected from the online world to spend

undistracted with a loved one.

4) Giving the Gift of Judging Less. We’re all human and

sometimes we make mistakes in life. In such times it can help us

all if we can talk to someone that will just listen without making

judgements. Good friends will do this but we can also extend this

gift to others. Judge less and remember, none of us are perfect.

5) Giving the Gift of a Heartfelt Compliment. Closely aligned

with 1 and 2 on this list, this is also worthy of its own spot. A well

timed and earnest compliment can have an immediate and positive

impact on the recipient. It shows we have noticed something in

others.

6) Giving the Gift of Gratitude. Letting others know how grateful

we are for them being in our lives can mean a lot. Expressing how

we appreciate all they do for us. How they inspire us or have been

there for us in challenging times. Let others know you are grateful

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