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LONE OAK IMPORTANT NUMBERS

MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Crest Management • 17171 Park Row, Suite 310 • Houston, TX 77084

Community Manager: Karina 281-945-4677

Community Asst. Manager: Abbie 281-945-4633

Accounting Rep: Debbie K 281-945-4687

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brian Hart – President

Kisha Guillory – Vice President

Mike Kinion – Director

Leslie Phillips – Secretary

Will Duvant - Treasurer

LaNea Hartless – Director

Christopher Johnson – Director

SECURITY

Harris County Sheriff’s Department

Non-Emergency 713-221-6000

POOL COMPANY

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Aubrey Heimbaugh 281-376-6510

LONE OAK TRASH PICK UP

WCA 281-368-8397

SCHOOLS

Rennell Elementary School 281-213-1550

Postma Elementary School 281-345-3660

Woodard Elementary School 281-373-2303

Anthony Middle School 281-373-5660

Spillane Middle School 281-213-1645

Cy-Springs High School 281-345-3000

Cy-Woods High School 281-213-1727

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Fire/Ambulance 911

Poison Control 800-222-1222

Animal Control 281-999-3191

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation 713-941-8972

Precinct 3 Mosquito Spraying (Nuisance Spraying) 281-531-1592

HCPHES Mosquito Control (Disease Control) 713-440-4800

Children’s Protective Svs 713-394-4000

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

U. S. Post Office 800-275-8777

Comcast Cable 713-341-1000

En-Touch Systems 281-225-1000

Reliant Energy (Repair) 713-207-7777

Centerpoint Energy 713-659-2111

Street Light Repair 713-207-2222

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To report gas leaks 713-659-3552

Street Repair 281-463-6300

METRO 713-635-4000

MUD #173 (General Inquiries & 24 Hour Dispatch) 713-405-1750

Harris County Alarm Detail 713-755-4600

Cy-Fair Sports Association 281-970-8080

Langham Creek YMCA 281-859-6143

Northwest Library 281-890-2665

Boy Scouts of America 713-756-3383

Girl Scouts of America 800-392-4340

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LONE OAK BOYS & GIRLS

Come on out and have a fun time at the Lone Oak

Community Playground! We will be playing and

making new friends every Friday from 10:00 AM

- 11:00 AM.

PARKING

Over the last several months the Board has

received several complaints about vehicles

parking on the streets within Lone Oak. For the

overall safety of our residents, as well as ensuring

emergency vehicles are able to quickly maneuver

through our streets, the Board has asked the

deputies patrolling Lone Oak to address any/

all vehicle violations; including speeding and

parking. Section 7 of the Texas Drivers Handbook

covers parking and states:

DO NOT PARK VEHICLES:

• In front of a public or private driveway.

• Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

• Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.

• Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing

signal, stop sign, yield sign or other traffic control

signal located at the side of a roadway.

• Do not park more than 18 inches from the curb

or in a way that obstructs the flow of traffic.

For more information, a copy of the Texas Drivers

Handbook can be found at www.txdps.state.tx.us

DEED RESTRICTIONS

• Please make sure to address yard care such as mowing, edging, removal of

weeds and trimming of overgrown shrubs and bushes.

• Architectural Review - prior to starting any project, please review the

Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Lone Oak. Please

remember that all improvements to the exterior of your home or other structures

in your yard must be approved by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC)

prior to commencement. The ARC forms are available from Crest.

If you have a concern or need to report a violation, please contact Lexi at Crest,

the phone number is 281-945-4615.

TRASH PICK-UP DAYS

Wednesdays and Saturdays are the Lone Oak scheduled trash pick-up days.

Please do not set your garbage out early. We continue to see many residents

put trash out 2-3 days before trash day. Please keep your garbage out of sight

until the night before or the day of the scheduled pick up. Also, please be

courteous and do not block the sidewalks with your bags and or trash bins

and remove them in a timely manner after pick up.

HIT THE BRAKES…

Speeding in Lone Oak has been a hot topic of discussion lately. There have

been numerous reports of speeding and of running stop signs. We have

notified the Sheriff of these reports and have asked that tickets be issued

to offenders. Several surrounding schools and residents have purchased

kid alert safety signs to be placed in front of their homes and or buildings

to remind people to slow down. If you would like to purchase a safety sign,

here are a couple websites that sell the signs, www.kaplantoys.com and www.

discountschoolsupply.com

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LONE OAK CRIME WATCH NEEDS YOUR HELP

Lone Oak’s Crime Watch Chairperson would like to encourage

more residents to become involved in the Lone Oak Crime Watch

Program. More Block Captains are needed! Each Block Captain is

responsible for contacting the residents who are assigned to them

when there is information to pass along regarding incidents in

Lone Oak or surrounding areas. Most Block Captains set up their

distribution list via email, so it is important for residents to know

who their Block Captain is. The time required is minimal - attend

a few periodic meetings, distribute information, be aware of

happenings in your neighborhood and host a National Night Out

Party once a year! If you would like to volunteer or would just like

more information, please contact your Board.

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CenterPoint Energy maintains streetlights throughout our electric

service territory in and around Houston. Click on the link below to

report a streetlight outage. You will be asked to provide:

• a pole number for the non-functioning lights you want to report

• contact information (in case more information is needed to

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request)

• the number of streetlights you would like to report

• The street address of the pole location

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fun Things to do

AROUND TOWN...

11/6

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.

11/6

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.

St. Cuthbert is located at 17020 West Road, Houston, 77095.

Visit stcuthbert.org for more information. Come experience the

international world of St. Cuthbert and never leave your zip code!

11/11-11/14

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

NRG Center

https://www.nrgpark.com/events/nutcracker-market-2021/

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

Inter-Tribal Association. https://tradersvillage.com/houston/events/powwow/

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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,

volunteering or becoming a sponsor? Visit https://runsignup.com/

Race/TX/Katy/KatyYMCATurkeyDash, email ymcaturkeydash@

ymcahouston.org or call the YMCA at 281-392-5055

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12/4

12/4-12/5

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

Dickens on the Strand

December 3-5th, 2021

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The Strand, Galveston

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.

12/6

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.

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.

texasfoodfest.com. For more info contact Ms. Clara at 832-461-6729.

12/19-12/21

Home For The Holidays

November 19th - 21st, 2021

First Call Friday, 10 AM - 2 PM

General Admission Friday, 2 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM

Sunday, 11 AM - 4 PM

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6301 S Stadium Ln. Katy, TX, 77494

Three days of fun, holiday shopping is underway with Katy’s largest

gift market! With more than 150 merchants to shop with, you’re sure

to find lots of new, unique, and One-of-A-Kind gifts all in one place to

have you ready for all your festive events. Grab your girlfriends, mom,

or daughter, and come enjoy the fun, while shopping and supporting

some of the cutest shops at Home for the Holidays Gift Market!

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10 Cyber Safety

Tips for Black

Friday & Cyber

Monday

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

interactions with others, especially in this time of COVID. This has created

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.

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

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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.

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.

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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 antivirus

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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French Toast

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,

until is fragrant. Stir in the chickpeas, orange

zest, orange juice, cooked quinoa, and cranberries.

Once the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out

the flesh, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick border around

the sides and a 3/4-inch border along the bottom.

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

mind a super duper stuffed squash, mix it in with the

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

minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and serve warm.

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