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Local Cheer Team Wins National Campionship

Inferno, the 2009-2010 Youth Small Level 3 Team from CheerNation won the prestigious title of NCA National Champions on February 21, 2010. Team members include, Melissa, Savannah, Madison M., Karli, Madison M., Katie S., Karolyne, Sam, Katie M., Ashley, Kait, Kaitlyn, Addi, Hannah,
Lauren R., Cynthia, Morgan, Lauren M., Celina, and Taryn.  Coaches are Geris McMurray, Tremain Fedke, Shannon Woods and Jennifer Lopez.

Photo by: Watch Me Grow Portrait Studio - Martin Diaz

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Books Aplenty, Books Galore!

Parenting books are everywhere!  Which ones do you recommend for this Katy parent?

I love to read.  I have to limit myself to the amount of “for pleasure” reading that I do because I tend to get so involved with the book that I neglect my house, my children and my husband until the last word on the last page.  I’ve found that self-help books are a bit easier to pull myself away from; the information takes a while to digest and if I read too much too quickly I tend to forget what I’ve read.  

I have a pile of no less than 8 books and magazines sitting next to my bedside right now, and all of them are self-help, books for better living, or parenting related.  I am in the middle of all 8 of them, and I really do love them all.   

When it comes to parenting books, there are the highly touted (and highly controversial) baby sleep books, but I am talking about so much more than that.  I love anything inspirational, funny, or helpful about raising children or activities I can do with my children.  What follows is a list of my favorite 10 parenting books and magazines from my reading over the last year or so. (more…)

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Spring Fun for Young Children

Exploring Katy’s budget and family friendly fun

Spring is traditionally a time for rebirth. Buds are slowly appearing on my crepe myrtle in the backyard, we’re beginning to hear baby birds in the chimney, and bugs are back.
 
Use these opportunities to share the season with your child. Here are three activities you can do with toddlers and young children. None should cost more than $5.00. You could always gather some friends with young children and share the cost. Everyone can then benefit and you have some adult time with your friends, too!
 
1.) Katy has several parks that lend themselves to exploring! Grab a paper lunch bag and head out! In the car, talk about what kind of nature items everyone might find. Then go out and see what everyone collects. Grass, leaves, rocks, twigs, sand, even a safe insect or two may find a way into the bag. Make a collage of the found items, sans bugs!
 
2.) During Hurricane Ike, we were blessed to have fair weather–at least in the beginning of the power outage. My husband, son, and I ate outdoors just to escape the stuffy house. Use our mild weather to help little ones learn and experience the art of the picnic. Go to your backyard, throw down a heavy quilt, and enjoy a simple meal. Invite a few pals over, and this will be a lot of fun.
 
3.) Everytime my son comes home from school with a little project, I marvel at how creative his teacher is. I wonder if I could do something similar. Then I walk through a educational store like MindBuilders (870 S. Mason Rd., Suite 126, 77450) or Learning Express (5556 South Peek Road, 77450) and the ideas start flowing. What can you come up with from seeing their displays?
         
How about these simple ideas to get you started? Buy a packet of animal stickers. Use your child’s crayons to draw a jungle scene. Have your child stick the animals onto the drawing. You can do the same with flower or vegetable stickers– you draw an empty garden, and your child decides where the stickers go on the paper.
 
How do you interest your young child in the season? I’d love to hear your insights.
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Mommy’s To-Do List

Some simple steps to become a stress-less Katy mom

Is it just me, or has this week been particualarly busy?  Not that this week is much different from any other week…I do thrive on a fast-paced life and enjoy the activities that comprise my existence. However, throw in some sick children, random stresses, and some additional activities, and it suddenly becomes too much.

Featured Katy Magazine blogger, Megan Lewis, knows what it takes to stress less.

The life of a mother is unbelievably busy. It doesn’t matter whether a woman has one child or ten, her time is filled. So filled, in fact, that she sometimes forgets to take care of herself. 

There are days that feel like I am running a marathon. I wake up running, and don’t stop until I drop into bed at night. These are magical, fun and beautiful times, but boy, it takes all of my strength to keep up!

I find that in the midst of being a homemaker, wife and mother, I often put my own needs on the back burner. And, despite having a husband who is willing to do anything to help me, I find that many days, after I have met the needs of each of my children, I feel completely depleted.

So one day, I decided to make a “To-Do List”. It is a mommy-preservation list that I vow to do my best to heed. I don’t always take care of myself as I should, but, the list exists and I know when I try to do the things on the list, I am a better woman for doing so. Here is the list: (more…)

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Laughter – The Perfect Medicine

One Katy wife shares her secret for a happy marriage

I knew I had found Mr. Right when, after a fun evening together, my date asked if he could give me a kiss.  As I nodded and prepared for our first awkward kiss, my date then proceeded to pull a bag of Hershey Kisses from his pocket.  He didn’t kiss me that night, but we had a good laugh!  I fell in love with this funny man and today, after nearly sixteen years of marriage, laughing is still one of our favorite shared pastimes.  Laughter is truly the perfect medicine.  It is not only fun and free, but there are many physical, mental and social benefits.

Physical Benefits
A good, hearty laugh can actually relieve stress and cause the body to relax for up to forty-five minutes.  Laughter boosts the immune system, decreases pain, and can prevent disease.   

Mental Benefits
Laughter adds joy to life, improves one’s mood, eases anxiety and fear and boosts resilience.

Social Benefits
Shared laughter is the best form of laughter.  Laughter is contagious and is infectious to all.  Laughing with others strengthens relationships, decreases conflict and promotes bonding. (more…)

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It’s a Boy!

One Katyite has found a way to ‘give back’ on a global scale

Movies like Hotel Rwanda and Slumdog Millionaire have always been an issue for me.  On the one hand, I’m glad truth finds it way into pop culture, but on the other, I spend a lot of time wondering what truth is really worth when there is little I can do about problems so huge. 

I’ve known of Compassion International my whole life but it has never been very real to me.  I mean, it sort of seemed like a “good” thing to do.  

But suddenly all I could think of was movies like Hotel Rwanda and The Constant Gardener and even dear ole Jack Bauer in 24: Redemption.  I mean, there is so, so much pain in the world and here I am, somehow, just by coincidence, born into the wealthiest nation in the world.  I mean, who am I that I was born into such wealth?  I could just as easily have been living among the millions and millions all over the world who starve to death and die of things like diarrhea because they drink bad water.  

The way Compassion International works is you pay a set fee per month to sponsor one child in a third world country.  The monthly fee provides this child with food, clean water, medical care, and an education.  The sponsor and the sponsored child exchange letters as well.  There are other charity organizations out there that do amazing things for children as well.  This just happened to be the organization I was most familiar with. (more…)

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Sign Up Now for Summer Camp at Imagination Campus

March 30, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Imagination Campus’s Summer of Adventure combines fun, exploration, math, science and art in an inventive and creative package to provide our young explorers with an amazing discovery-filled journey.  Use your imagination and problem solving skills to come up with ingenious solutions to not quite so ordinary problems, solve the mystery of the missing mascot on the IC grounds or create gooey slimy concoctions in Einstein’s Lab.  Summer is full of creative adventure at IC where we innovate as we educate!  Depending on the week, Imagination Campers will explore and help create: 

*            Paleontology Expedition
*            Paper Making
*            Yummy Science
*            Writer’s Workshop
*            Junior Fitness Boot Camp
*            Brain Training “Gym”, just to name a few! 

Occasional field trips are also added in for good measure.  The cost for Summer Camps is $200 per week and includes lunch and two nutritious snacks on days that we are at the campus.   More information will be following on the website shortly www.ImaginationCampus.com.  Please feel free to contact us should you have any additional questions or require registration information.  Email: summercamps@imaginationcampus.com  281-394-PLAY (7529).

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KVPAC’s Art for All Festival

 One Katyite looks back on a great day with her family at the festival   

This weekend we were looking for something special to do to spend time with our 3 ½ year old daughter, Avery.  Since we’re fans of Katy Magazine on Facebook, we saw a few of the posts about the KVPAC Arts for All Festival sponsored by Katy Magazine.  Avery is just now getting old enough to appreciate everything a festival like this has to offer, so we decided to take her.

Avery making a coffee filter butterfly at one of the booths at the KVPAC Arts For All! Festival.

We spent about 3 hours at La Centerra, walking around and enjoying the booths.  We visited the Katy Magazine booth and Avery had a great time dancing to the 60’s themed music, but was too shy to get her photo taken.  Hopefully she’ll be ready by next year!  We watched a performance of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by KVPAC, enjoyed a live band, and participated in many “projects”, as Avery likes to call them.

The entire square of La Centerra was bustling with activity and booths.  Children were singing karaoke, playing games and petting some lovable dogs.  There was even a bounce house for jumping! 

When we first arrived, we did a lap around the booths to take it all in.  After Avery warmed up to the excitement and after she realized that each booth had something special for her to see or do, she really came alive.  She was able to make a coffee filter butterfly, a marble-rolled painting, a shaker egg, and a stone tile decoration, among other things.  She was having so much fun that after every project, she’d look up at me and beg, “I’m not ready to go yet!  Just one more project… please!”  We were an hour late getting home for nap time, but spending such a special day with my daughter was completely worth it!  I cannot wait for next year’s Art for All Festival!

What about you?  Did you get a chance to get out and experience the Art for All Festival?  What was your family’s favorite activity?

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Do We Have Enough Bread?

One Katy mothers shares her favorite summer hot spot.

March 29, 2010 – Katy, Texas – One of Katy’s hidden gems is Mary Jo Peckham Park (5597 Gardenia St., 77493). Parents of children of all ages and developmental abilities will find it a joy to visit before the weather gets too hot. Bring some bread with you if you’d like to have some huge ducks come close. My two year-old son gets excited when we go to the pond area. Besides the ducks, we usually see some cranes and sometimes even large goldfish and turtles. My son is delighted to see people fishing, since he has not had that experience, yet. Around the pond is a lighted walking/biking trail. There really is something for everyone!
 
The park is also home to a miniature golf course that is child-friendly and a large playground. This is the location of the community center which houses an indoor pool and exercise facility. Harris County residents can take part in these activities for free!
 
One of the best things about this park for our family is that a short walk or drive down the road is the new “train” playground which is a hit with all children. This playground is a reward for my son–he loves to climb the rope, plastic, and metal structures, slide quickly down the metal slide with multiple tracks, as well as hide out in the tube slide. Children will love to hear the different tones of the bells and try to climb the tall rope structure. The park offers swings for children and infants of all physical abilities, and the bathrooms are clean! Older children will appreciate the large basketball court right behind the train park.
 
This is where you can find us on a summer morning or evening. I hope Katy residents will make use of this free, family-friendly place. Where does your family like to go on a lazy summer day? I would love to hear from you.
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Cinco Ranch Football Player Signs With Midwestern State

  

Cinco Ranch football player, Zach Asaud, signs with Midwestern State University.

 

March 29, 2010 – Katy, Texas -  Cinco Ranch standout defensive tackle, Zach Asaud, has signed with Midwestern State University to continue his football career. Joining Zach on this great day are:  

Seated: Mom (Lisa), Zach, and Dad (David)

Standing: Erik Hammond (Asst. Coach), Chad Simmons (Defensive Coordinator), Alex (8th grade brother at McMeans), J.D. Fincher (Asst. Coach), James Cross (CRHS Principal), and Don Clayton (CRHS Head Football Coach).

We thank Zach for the many wonderful memories he helped to create at CRHS.

We wish Zach the very best in the next step in his career and we know he do a great job for Midwestern State.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Meal Swap

One Katyite mom has found a way to relieve dinner stress

I believe in the power of family meals every night.   I do not particularly care for processed foods, nor do I always have the time to make something fresh and fabulous each night.

So, if I am generally opposed to easy-to-prepare processed foods but I don’t have time to cook healthful meals, what do I do? 

I meal swap.

Meal swapping is an idea that a few friends and I came up with to better answer the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?”  Each month, I prepare 2 home cooked meals to share.  I triple the recipe and feed one portion to my family that night.  The other two portions I package up in freezer safe containers, label the top of the container with the name of the meal and the last minute preparation instructions, and put it in my freezer.  (more…)

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Katy ISD Hosts Men Who Mentor Breakfast

Tom Cownan, Steve Ogier, State Representative John Zerwas, Mayor Don Elder and Mert Watts enjoy great food and good conversation at the Men Who Mentor Breakfast.

March 26, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Katy ISD hosted its annual Men Who Mentor Breakfast on March 26th.  Superintendent Alton Frailey thanked guests for their continued support of the KEYS Mentor Program and encouraged more men to become involved in mentoring male students. KEYS matches adults with students on the brink of success, and is facilitated through Partners in Education.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Affordable Tutoring In Katy

Katy Mom finding ways of tutoring her children

I have three children ages 7, 11, 15 they are in elementary, middle, and high school. I find it sometimes very hard to have one on one tutoring with them. They all learn differently and sometimes I try to find other ways to help them. I have took advantage of tutoring classes at some of the schools morning, afternoon or even during classes, neighbors in our area, phone tutoring, and even computer tutoring. Some schools even have saturdays as an extra day of tutoring. I just wish I could find a tutoring facility that would not be so costly. I have three children and I am always trying to find affordable tutoring for them.
Having children in different ages and levels of learning can sometimes become overwhelming. I have called different tutoring facilities but have found it to be very costly. I have heard good things about the tutoring facilities out here in Katy but have not had the pleasure of trying them yet. I have read the reviews of some of them. I find reviews very helpful but it’s nothing like your own experience with them. Oh and let’s not forget about our children that have extra curricular activities on certain days. When can we find time to tutor during these times?
 I have applied at least one hour for each of them for tutoring but I always ask myself what about the parents that have to work? I have alot of friends that are single moms and have long hours at work. So what about them when can they help their child in reference to tutoring? Can our children tutor with friends or relatives? Also can it be more affordable? So my parents of Katy what other ways of tutoring have you found it easy for your children? I would love to hear from you.
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The Soul Street Dancers Visit Pattison Elementary

The Soul Street Dancers with 2nd graders (L-R), Avery Miller, Hannah Morgan and Benjamin Khuu.

March 26, 2010 – Katy, Texas – As part of Arts in Education, Pattison Students were able to learn about various dances of different cultures and eras through performances from the SOUL STREET DANCERS.  Pictured with the Soul Street Dancers are 2nd graders (L-R), Avery Miller, Hannah Morgan and Benjamin Khuu.  Sponsored by the Pattison PTA, February 19, 2010.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Pattison Elementary Names Teacher of the Year

March 26, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Mrs. Whitney LaRocca was recently named TEACHER OF THE YEAR at Pattison Elementary.  She was hired by Katy ISD

Mrs. Whitney LaRocca was recently named Teacher of the Year at Pattison Elementary

 to teach 3rd Grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Pattison Elementary straight out of college from the University of Wyoming in 1999.  Mrs. LaRocca states, “My biggest focus with teaching is moving with the times, especially in the area of technology. My absolute favorite thing about teaching is working with such amazing children each and every day.  I love to watch them grow, and I even learn new things from them on a daily basis.”

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Local Teacher Selected to Attend 2010 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Rachel LeMeilleur at Schmalz Elementary was selected from more than 1,200 teachers nationwide.

March 25, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Rachel LeMeilleur, a local fourth grade teacher at Schmalz  Elementary in Katy ISD has been selected to attend the 2010 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.  Mrs. LeMeilleur is one of 200 highly qualified third through fifth grade teachers from around the country selected to attend the intensive one-week, all-expense paid professional development program this summer. 

A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) selected Mrs. LeMeilleur to attend the Academy.  The panel based their decision on her qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and her overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession. 

During the  Academy, scheduled for July 18 – 23, teachers will discover new ways to excite students using experiments that demonstrate various math and science concepts including force, gravity and probability.  The Academy curriculum works to deepen teachers’ understanding of these principles by conducting hands-on experiments that teachers can share with their students in the classroom. 

Schmalz Elementary is very proud of Mrs. LeMeilleur.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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A Recipe For Rearing Happy Children

A Katy mom shares her experiences in motherhood

March 26, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Sitting at the kitchen table, I mulled over possible meals for the week. I flipped through the pages of a cookbook and read through various recipes as I started on my shopping list. I felt a tap on my shoulder and looked at my youngest child, Braden, as he began to describe in detail a building he had just made out of blocks. He tugged at my arm pleading for me to go and admire his creation. Dropping my pen by my cookbooks, I ran with him up the stairs to inspect his work. He anxiously awaited my reaction to his masterpiece. His building was indeed impressive and I told him exactly how amazed I was at his engineering skills. He smiled, gave me a hug and resumed his work.

I walked down the stairs and continued my list. Within seconds, my oldest child, Brandon, walked to the table and asked if I would help him plan his school schedule for the following year. He excitedly spoke of the many courses that were available at Seven Lakes High School.  I looked at the class descriptions and for the next half an hour we planned his perfect schedule. With a grin, he left the kitchen to commence another activity.

Hm…I thought…soup sounds good for Wednesday. “Mom?” I heard a voice call. It was my daughter, Melissa. “I need you to help me with my math.  Do you know what the formula is to find the area of a circle?” I smiled since I did remember this particular formula.

“It is Pi R Squared.” I replied. She looked at me with admiration and asked if I would watch her work out the next few problems. As she successfully completed her work, she thanked me and left the kitchen.

The children love pizza. Perhaps we can make home-made pizza Friday night. “Mom! Come out to the trampoline!” My son, Bryan, breathlessly exclaimed. “I want to show you my back-flip. You won’t believe it!” He reached for my hand and began to pull me to the back door.

As I watched Bryan jump contentedly on the trampoline, a mental picture came to mind. I pictured my children continually in orbit around me. At this point in their lives anyway, I was the gravitas pull that gave them bearing.  As I thought about this image, I marveled at how important it was for me, as their mother, to provide consistent support and stability to each one of them.

Though I had been working on a meal recipe list, I felt as though I had stumbled upon a more significant recipe…a recipe for rearing happy children.  And, I realized that the recipe started with me.  I suppose I have my work cut out for me!  What are some ways in which you show love and support to your children?  Post a comment below.

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The Family Dinner

One Katy Mom Shares the Benefits of Family Meals

March 25, 2010–Katy, TX — One of my most cherished memories from my childhood is family mealtime.  After a busy day of school, lessons, chores and homework, it was refreshing to pause for a brief moment to connect with each other.  I remember the savory aromas that called to each one of us to come.  Sitting around the dinner table, we laughed, talked and each shared highlights from the day.  To this day my parents, sisters and I remain very close.  I know that some of this closeness is due to our daily connection point…the family meal.  Now that I am married and have a family of my own, I have tried to carry on the tradition of family mealtime.

Scientific studies show there are numerous benefits to family mealtime.  One recent study showed that working parents who were able to eat dinner with their families expressed greater job satisfaction.  Other studies showed that children who have regular family meals eat more healthfully, and get better grades.  Family mealtime is a practice that truly benefits children and parents alike.  In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is difficult to coordinate schedules and even to find a time when the entire family is home.   So how does a family create a habit of positive family mealtime?

First, make family mealtime a priority.  Set a goal for two or more family meals per week and work to increase the frequency.  Try to plan and schedule around family mealtime.  Though not always an easy task, most days you will find it is possible. (more…)

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The Reading Countess Chair

A Katyite remembers where her love of reading originated

March 25, 2010 – Katy, Texas – I recently struck upon a picture of a “reading countess chair” while searching for comfortable seating for my classroom library. My heart did a little skip and a jump as I thought back to how I crafted my blog name, “Reading Countess.” As the only granddaughter for sixteen years, I was treated like royalty by my beloved grandfather. He was the only one in my family who called me “Contessa,” a play on my “real name”, and he went out of his way to treat me like a member of the royal court. Much to my brother’s chagrin, I received preferential treatment by Granddaddy time and time again during my childhood. When we misbehaved, it was my brother and not I who was sent outside to pick the weeds. I was even given “fresh water baths” when I was really young. My grandfather carted buckets of water from the kitchen to fill the bathtub so that I would not be forced to take a bath using the pungent sulfur water from the rest of the farmhouse’s plumbing system.   (more…)

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Healthy Year ‘Round

How Katyites stay healthy through spring, summer and year ’round

March 25, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Why drive when you can walk- Many individuals in the  Katy area fortunately work in close vicinity to their homes yet feel the need to drive. Instead of wasting unnecessary gas money on a daily basis save a few dollars and lose a few calories by walking.

Exercise, even walking to start the day has been proven to ignite a greater level of productivity in many individuals. Although sidewalks seen to be non-existent in some Katy communities there is an abundance of great parks and walking trails that are open every day of the year .So if you are looking for a great way to stay active and alert simply walk.

No Gym, No Problem- As much as the local gym may seem appealing because of the innovative equipment and great environment it is not the only option. Jogging, biking, swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities are some of the best and most fun ways of staying active and offer a great cardiovascular workout.

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Reading Lasts a Lifetime

Making Reading and important part of your Katy Cutie’s Life

March 25, 2010 – Katy, Texas – One of my favorite quotes is, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents” (Emilie Buchwald). As a reading teacher, I know all too well the absolute importance that habitual reading (a minimum of twenty minutes spent reading each day outside of school) plays in the development of a child’s emotional and academic growth. Studies show that children who are exposed regularly to the joys of literature from a young age consistently rank in the top percentile when they are at the secondary level. Not only are vocabulary development and comprehension skills stronger than those of their peers, but knowledge gained through voracious reading then applies to all areas of the curriculum.

But what can a parent do when reading is a chore for a youngster? Read aloud, say the experts. Careful selection of high interest books can be a wonderful way to “reel” a reader into the joy of books. Young  children typically enjoy repetitive books or books that contain rhymes. For an older child, selecting books that have sequels can sometimes entice a reader to want to continue a saga. (more…)

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Katy’s Easter Events for Children

Many Activities going on in Katy for children of all ages

March 24, 2010- Katy, TX — It’s that time a year where we as parents are looking for things to do with our children for Easter. There are several places that will be holding events for a little or no fee in Katy. I always try to make it to as many events as I can especially if they are free. Our children love to do these activities and these are also memories to last for a lifetime. Here are some events that will be going on in Katy just make sure to put it on your calendar so you won’t forget.

Katy Mills Mall will be having the Easter bunny in the mall from March 13- April 3 located in neighborhood six near American Outfitters store. If you are a Kidgits member then you can enjoy decorating a bucket for your eggs, a visit from the Easter bunny himself at Rainforest Cafe from 8am to 10am and an egg hunt. Don’t worry if your not a member you can join that same day for a small fee.

Bass Pro Shop will also be holding fun activities for the children as well. They will be having a free picture with the Easter bunny and crafts from March 27- April 4 starting at noon. There will also be a egg hunt on March 27- April 4 for the children to enjoy with the exception of April 1 that day the Easter bunny will be off so he can give eggs to children around the world.

VFW Park will be having a Easter event for children with a petting zoo, face painting, photo with the Easter bunny for a small fee. This event will take place on March 26 starting at 4:30pm with a egg hunt for all ages. Egg hunts will be separated by ages so make sure to bring your basket to fill them up with all those wonderful eggs. Ages from 2yrs-3yrs will be at 5:30pm, 4yrs-5yrs will be at 5:45pm, 6yrs-8yrs will be at 6pm and if you your little one has a pet she or he can take them to the City Dog Park not to far from the VFW park.

The City Dog Park for a small fee will be holding a doggie costume contest at 5:30pm with a doggie egg hunt at 6:00pm. This will be lots of fun for your pet to get that evening walk but fun as well for your little ones.

Please give us you input on your past experiences for any of these events. When I am looking for some type of event to do in Katy I look to Katy Magazine. I have made Katy Magazine my number one event locator.

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Hippity, Hoppity, Easter’s On Its Way!

Enjoying Community Activities in Katy This Easter Season

March 24, 2010 – Katy, Texas – I love spring.  I love the comfortable weather and the flowers.  But I especially love Easter.

I have such fond memories of Easters past.  My family partook in so many of the Easter traditions: egg hunts, church on Sunday morning, confetti eggs, dying hard boiled eggs… the list goes on and on.  Now that I have two children of my own, I feel giddy about the opportunity to pass these traditions down to them.  And pass them down I will.

Avery enjoying the bounce house at last year's Easter Fest.

But my new favorite tradition started last year.  The Waters Church at 2710 N. Mason Road (Suite #145) hosts an annual Easter Fest in the parking lot of the church.  Our family went last year, and we were amazed at how much there was for our children to enjoy.

A lot of community outreach programs focus on Easter egg hunts this time of year, and we plan to be a part of many of those as well.  But The Waters Easter Fest is more like a carnival than the traditional Easter egg hunt event.  Last year, my oldest daughter got to have a pony ride, get her face painted, jump in bouncy houses, enjoy a petting zoo, and eat hot dogs for dinner at Easter Fest. 

I’m looking forward to Easter Fest this upcoming Wednesday, March 31st from 6:30-8:30 pm.  I’m sure many of the attractions from last year will be back, and this year I know my 3 year old daughter is really looking forward to the fire truck and a visit from Chuck E. Cheese.   

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Wings of Freedom Tour Benefits VFW Post 9182 and our community

March 23, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The Collings Foundation, which owns and operates, among others, three World War II war birds (P-51 Mustang, B-24 Liberator Bomber and the renowned Flying Fortress – the B-17) gave the Katy VFW Post 9182 the opportunity to relive some old memories Wednesday, March 17 through Friday, March 19.  Four of our WW II members (George Berg, E.D. Christensen, Buddy Wunderle and Paul Zanfardino) flew in the historic B-17 on Wednesday from Ellington Field to the Houston Executive Airport located in Brookshire, TX.  Accompanying the WW II veterans was Katy Mayor Don Elder. When the flight ended at Brookshire, several of the veterans were emotionally moved. 

George Berg (the oldest member of Post 9182; WW ll veteran who served in North Africa and Italy), E.D. Christensen (WW ll veteran, P38 pilot in Europe; D Day Army Air Corps), Paul Zanfardino (WW ll, US Navy), Katy Mayor Don Elder and Lawrence "Buddy" Wunderle (US Army tank commander and member of General Patton's Third Army) Photo by Wallace Klekar.

Additionally, as part of the Texas Tour by The Collings Foundation, the WW II planes were accompanied by a true Vietnam era workhorse, a USMC Huey Helicopter that had seen six years of Combat in the late 60’s and early 70’s in Vietnam.  Three of our Vietnam Vets (Stephen Brady, Mike Warren and Dave Brasell) were afforded the opportunity to fly in and relive their memories in this historic aircraft.

Post Junior Vice Commander Dave Brasell, the local coordinator for this event said, “The Post is most grateful to the Collings Foundation for allowing some of our membership to relive and bring back old memories.”  On Friday post members Henry Whitmire, Stephen Griswold and others were given the opportunity to ride from Brookshire to Sugar Land in the B-24 Liberator.  VFW Service Officer Sam Luna had the opportunity to fly to Sugar Land in the bombardier’s seat on the B-17.  It was a fantastic event for veterans and members of our community.

This opportunity for our veterans was made possible through the initial contact of Post Commander, Colonel Peyton Lumpkin, USAF (Ret), with the personnel at the Collings Foundation in Stowe, Mass.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Ketchup is Not a Vegetable

Encouraging your Katy Toddler’s Healthy Eating Habits

March 24, 2010 – Katy, Texas – My first child, Madeleine, was an eater. From the day she tasted rice cereal at 4 months old, that child ate just about anything we put on her plate. Or her soft-bite Gerber spoon, as the case may be.  One of our favorite stories about Madeleine:  As a two-year-old, she threw a tantrum at McDonald’s because they didn’t serve broccoli.  The wide-eyed cashier couldn’t believe what she was seeing.  Now that she is eight, broccoli is still one of her favorite foods. 

Featured Katy blog writer, Lerin Wheeless, give her daughter, Lucy, her first teething biscuit.

Bragging about that McDonald’s meltdown, I was sure I’d done something right. My friends complained about their picky toddlers, while mine was eating everything from green beans to salad.  I doled out the unsolicited advice at every opportunity.  I had the simple answer: all they had to do was to serve a variety of foods and not make any alternate meals.  Their problem would be solved, I assured them!  Kids will eat whatever you put in front of them, as long as you don’t allow junk food, right?

Not necessarily.  God put me in my place with my next two picky eaters.  The only vegetable Ben (3) will eat? Ketchup.  Yes, I know that ketchup is not a vegetable, but he treats it like a side dish.  Rather than dipping food in it, he eats it from the spoon!  This always triggers my gagt reflex, so we only give him a little with his meat.

I’ve tried everything.  I’ve tried begging, bribing, threatening, punishing, and sticker charts.  What I’ve learned from these fruitless and frustrating efforts is, what your child chews and swallows and keeps down is ultimately up to them!  (more…)

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Big Dogs vs Small Dogs

Finding the right pet for your Katy family

March 24, 2010 – Katy, TX – There has been a debate of whether to adopt a small dog or a big dog in our family. We have visited various shelter’s out in Katy and have seen so many beautiful dogs that we wish we could adopt all of them. We have to put the pros and cons toward adopting a big or small pet. We had visited a nearby park and had seen so many different sizes of dogs. We were amazed that some doggies identify their owners. We did noticed that the majority of the men like bigger dogs and the ladies like smaller dogs. Why is that I wonder? We also have to ask ourselves what about vet visits? Routine maintenance? Food? There is so many questions involved in adopting a bigger dog to a smaller dog. We also have seen smaller dogs being carried in retail stores in their dog carriers some even fit in our purse.  I have even seen dog strollers in stores with dogs in them. If we were to have a bigger dog there would be no dog carrier or dog stroller in the store this would be impossible because of the size of the dog. I have also seen vet bills, routine maintenance and food for smaller dogs cheaper than for bigger dogs. Having a bigger dog protects your home of intruders they can hear those loud barks that tend to put people on alert. Smaller dogs don’t do that barking that tends to intimidate intruders instead they find it amusing. What about a bed or a kennel for the dog? Will our dog be comfortable in our home if it is big or small? I would guess it would depend on the size

of the home as well as a backyard for the dog. There is one important thing that we do know is that whatever size we choose it will be part of our family for a long time.

So my fellow Katy readers to adopt a small dog or adopt a big dog that is the question?

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Getting “Good” at Date Night

Featured blog writer, Angela McClinton and her husband. KPhoto by Kristin King Photography

How one Katy couple Makes the Most of their Time Together

March 23, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Before we were married, my husband and I heard the same bit of advice over and over: “Don’t ever stop dating.  Don’t ever feel guilty for spending time and money on dates.  Be purposeful about dating each other.” 

We’ve taken that advice to heart.  Who doesn’t love to be instructed to do something fun like dating?  Before we had children, we picked one night out of every week (it was Sundays for us) and went somewhere together.  Once our children were born, date night became a once-a-month thing.   Dating monthly is less often than we were challenged to, but nevertheless, it is one of my favorite family traditions. 

If I’m honest, I’ll admit that not every date is romantic-movie spectacular.  Sometimes we’re so worn out that a movie is all we care to do.  And after a long week with two young children, we might not be feeling creative so we’ll eat out and head back home to catch up on our DVR’ed shows.  (more…)

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Don’t Let Cell Phones Control You

How Katy Parents Can Manage Cell Phones And Teens

March 23, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Sign Up Features- Many cell phones and cell phone providers offer features such as texting,video, and camera options. The privacy of the child is always at risk when they are allowed certain freedoms they don’t exactly know how to manage. As a parent, instead of offering your child the unlimited cell phone plan, request the text and call only plan or call only plan. The child’s privacy is protected to a greater degree and you’ll be saving more on a monthly basis.

Check The Cell Phone Daily– Although as parents you may feel the need to warrant a certain leniency towards your children, when it comes to a child’s public protection sometimes what seems like a “breach in privacy” is nothing but a parent being a parent. Checking the child’s cell phone for suspicious texts or videos or pictures at times can be a viable option when it comes to evaluating whether or not the child is responsible with something you as a parent had purchased.

Helping With The Purchasing Of Mobile Phones– Most children after a certain age will independently choose to buy products. The parent should always be with the child in the purchasing of any product that seems controversial. The child most likely is not business savvy and will need assistance in determining what features, rates and plans are economically and personally reasonable.

Prepaid Phones- Many retail stores sell prepaid mobile phones that feature text and call only options. These phones are inexpensive and are easy enough for teens to buy ($50-$70 per phone) without parental concern for their child’s well being.

Although this focuses on children transitioning into the teenage years, these tips can be used to help any parent with a child of any age.  When it comes to privacy and protection, as a parent you are in control not vice versa. 

Do you have any tips on managing your child’s cell phone?  Please comment below.

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Taylor Student Signs to Play for Lee College

Taylor High student, Stephanie Williamson, has signed with the Lady Rebels tennis team at Lee College, Baytown. She played at the varsity level for three years and was captain as a junior and senior.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Seated: Stephanie Williamson. Standing left to right: Emma McDougall (THS Assistant Tennis Coach), Jennifer Williamson (mother), Jason Haynes (Lee College, Head Tennis Coach), Kirk Kniffen (THS Head Tennis Coach) Bob Williamson (father), David Kendler (THS Principle)

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Pin Oak Ponies Show Their True Colors…and it was all PINK!

March 19, 2010 – Pink was the color of the Night.  Opening weekend at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show was very special.  Great applause could be heard throughout the arena as the 2010 breast cancer survivors Beverly Cantrell, Laura McCleary, Marg Curtis, Dorothy Ashby, San Nuckols, Sharon Pallatt, Harriet Glassman, Sally Orenstein, Ida Ginsburg, Joan Cantrell rode through the arena and announced, or shall we say were “tickled pink,” that they rasied over $10,000.00 for “Ride for the Cure in 2010”.

All of the proceeds will be divided equally between the UPHA Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Nellie B. Connally Breast Cancer Center at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. These two phenomenal programs lead the world in the development of innovative treatments, education about the disease and the continuous search for a cure. 

The winners of the Ladies’ Five-Gaited Class taking first place was Joan Cantrell and horse BlueBonnet’s Challenger and taking second place was May Chadick and horse Oscar DeLa Hoya.   

For more information, please contact the Pin Oak Charity Horse show office at 713.621.6290.

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Roosevelt Alexander Elementary: The New R-Word is RESPECT!

March 22, 2010 — March 3, 2010 was the second annual day of awareness for America to stop and think about their use of the R-word. In honor of our children with disabilities, Special Olympics and Best Buddies International, RAE Special Buddies took a stand to raise awareness of the hurtful effects of the R-word. Their hope is to encourage others to think before they speak and educate their peers about how using the R-word supports a negative stereotype. 

Roosevelt Alexander Elementary Special Buddies Program Participants

RAE Special Buddies strives to teach all children to overlook differences and  to help all children learn that everyone has strengths, abilities, hopes, dreams and something special to contribute to our school and community.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Preschool At Home

Early Education for Katy kids on a Budget

With the current state of the economy, we’ve been looking for ways to pull in extra money and cut our budget.  I’ve been working as a photographer on the weekends to help make ends meet, but it has been at the cost of time together as a family.  And the house?  Oh, boy… please don’t come over without giving me at least 6 hours notice!

Photo by Lerin Wheeless

Katy ISD offers half-day preschool for certain children.  Their eligibility can be based on having English as a second language, an active military parent, or federal income guidelines.  We were a little disappointed to find out that we make just $30 per paycheck too much to qualify!

My first thought was to take on more photography work to pay for preschool.  We figured out how many sessions I would need to book each weekend to cover the cost.  I was one of the crazy moms standing in line way too early in the morning on registration day with a baby and two toddlers in tow, just to make sure we secured our spot!  I paid the registration fees and filled out the paperwork for Bella (4) and Ben (3) to start in the Fall. 

However, as the weeks have gone by, we are reevaluating our decision.  After all, $700/month for preschool would mean quite a few photo sessions!  If I have them in school during the week and am working every evening and weekend… when will I get to be their mother?

One tearful family meeting later, we’ve made a decision… next year, we’re doing preschool at home!  I feel a tremendous burden off of my shoulders.  To prepare our children for the wonderful Katy ISD school system, we’re planning a daily schedule of learning activities.  One of my majors at NSU was Early Childhood Education, and with two siblings so close in age, this could be lots of fun.

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Reflections of a Katy Mother

How one Katy mom discovers the simple joys

March 22, 2010 –Katy, TX — Rays of sunlight gracefully shimmered through the kitchen window as our family sat eating our breakfast.  It was Spring Break and we were all excited for the week that lay ahead. How were we going to spend our time?  What did we want to do first?  I listened as each child shared ideas for the coming days.

As we cleared the breakfast dishes, we decided to first start with a family bike ride through the beautiful nature preserve adjacent to our subdivision.  Since the winter had been unusually cold, it had been some time since we had ventured on a bike excursion.  Racing to the garage, we commenced untangling handle bars and bike pedals in order to give each bike a quick tune-up.  As we had suspected, several bikes needed air in the tires and all of the bikes needed a good washing.

My two youngest boys offered their brawn as they gleefully “fixed” the bikes with the tire pump.  I located some old rags and a bucket and we washed the winter dust from the metal frames.  The children chattered happily as they proudly prepped their bikes for our family bike ride. 

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Rodeo Fun Facts and Stats

Record numbers and attendance at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Line dancing at the Houston Rodeo

Another successful rodeo season has come to an end, shattering attendance records and breaking several junior market auction records along the way, all while providing great entertainment at a value price, showcasing Texas agriculture, and promoting Western heritage.. Following are highlights from the 2010 Show.

Fun Rodeo Stats

  • More than 1,500 kids participated in Mutton Bustin’ in the Kids Country Arena, and more than 280 participated in Mutton Bustin’ in Reliant Stadium.
  • In the birthing center, 73 piglets, 22 lambs and 17 calves were born during the Show. In the poultry exhibit, more than 1,000 chicks were hatched.
  • More than 300,000 stuffed animals were won in the carnival. (more…)
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10 Tips for Getting Noticed at Work

Ideas for Making Yourself an Invaluable Employee

KATY WORKLIFE –Katy, Texas– March 22, 2010–  In today’s competitive job market, new employees are always looking for ways to stand out and get ahead in the workplace.    Follow these tips and you will make yourself invaluable in the workplace.

  1. Bring Solutions, Not Problems. Bosses like it when you have already mulled it over and can recommend a solution. Also, be willing to help implement the solution.
  2. Provide Exceptional Customer Service. Come up with innovative ways to provide superior customer service and demonstrate it daily.
  3. Avoid Clockwatching. Employers notice who stays a little longer to finish the project and who  races out the door at 5:00 sharp.
  4. Be a Giver.  Ask yourself ‘how can I be of service to someone at work today?’ Try a random act of kindness, acknowledge someone’s hard work, or offer to take on a new project.
  5. Maintain Flexibility. Workplaces are constantly changing and nothing is ever set in stone. Employees who learn to roll with it are more valuable than ones who are too set in their ways. Never have a ‘that’s not my job’ attitude.
  6. Be a Great Communicator. Convey your expectations to others, respond to emails politely, and resolve lingering disputes in a professional manner. Bottom line – get your needs met by using positive communication skills. At the core of almost all workplace problems is miscommunication. (more…)
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Pin Oak Ponies Show Their True Colors…and it was all PINK!

Houston, Texas – March 19, 2010 – Pink was the color of the Night.  Opening weekend at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show was very special.  Great applause could be heard throughout the arena as the 2010 breast cancer survivors Beverly Cantrell, Laura McCleary, Marg Curtis, Dorothy Ashby, San Nuckols, Sharon Pallatt, Harriet Glassman, Sally Orenstein, Ida Ginsburg, Joan Cantrell rode through the arena and announced, or shall we say were “tickled pink,” that they rasied over $10,000.00 for “Ride for the Cure in 2010”. 

All of the proceeds will be divided equally between the UPHA Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Nellie B. Connally Breast Cancer Center at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. These two phenomenal programs lead the world in the development of innovative treatments, education about the disease and the continuous search for a cure. 

The winners of the Ladies’ Five-Gaited Class taking first place was Joan Cantrell and horse BlueBonnet’s Challenger and taking second place was May Chadick and horse Oscar DeLa Hoya.   

For more information, please contact the Pin Oak Charity Horse show office at 713.621.6290.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Welcoming Baby Number Two

From our Katy family to yours–a few hints to make bringing home the new baby as seamless as possible

March 22, 2010 –Katy, TX –Being pregnant with my second child was considerably less blissful than my being pregnant the first time around.  Sure, I was sick more often the second time around (and those “slight” pains associated with Braxton Hicks were more intense), but  the thing that really plagued me, the unavoidable reality that haunted my thoughts at night, was the idea that I’d somehow have to find a way to split my love and loyalties between two children.

Big sister, Avery, holding newborn baby sister, Kate.

I adore my first child, Avery.  And while I was pregnant, I knew I would adore my second, Kate, as well.  And what new mother hasn’t heard the age old advice, “Once the second child is born you’ll understand how your heart can just swell to love both children equally.”?  Still, I had my doubts.

Besides my own doubts, I’d heard from friends that welcoming a second child into the world is significantly more challenging than the first.  The exhaustion and post-partum hormones are still in place, but added to that is the ongoing needs of your first.  I’m not one to take a challenge lying down, so I did some poking around for ideas on easing the transition from one child to two.

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Katy’s Public Libraries

 A Free Gift To Our Katy Community

March 19, 2010 –Katy, TX –In the news the past six months, hints that the doors to public libraries throughout our great nation will be closed due to budgetary shortfalls have sent alarm bells among concerned citizens. The entire state of Florida and the great city of Philadelphia, ironically where the Declaration of Independence was signed, have met with difficult choices when faced with skyrocketing budget demands. Thankfully, our own libraries are not in the same predicament and are indeed well stocked and maintain convenient hours of operation.

Mural at Muad Marks Library in Katy

In the Katy area, citizens have a multitude of public libraries to choose from. Harris County Public Library boasts three convenient branches to residents of Katy: Katherine Tyra, Katy and Maud Marks. Fort Bend County Library is proud to offer residents of Katy services through their Cinco Ranch Library.

All libraries in our community host a wealth of services for young and old alike. For the youth, parents can enjoy toddler or preschool story time, or bring their school aged children to an after school art class. Santa has even been known to show up for some milk and cookies with the kids around the holidays. For the older participant, book clubs for teens and adults are held monthly. ESL, tax help, computer, and interest clubs such as knitting and money management even meet at our libraries. Once a month, our libraries also host a used book sale. Visitors can find a plethora of titles for a portion of the regular price, and the profits from the sale go directly back into the libraries. The libraries are always a busy place during the summer months when special programs are put on once a week for the school aged set. And don’t forget about all of the materials visitors can borrow from the library! Where else can you find books, magazines, movies, audio tapes, and free computer use all for the price of a (free) library card?

In a time when our country is facing difficult financial choices, remember that our public libraries are still a free resource. Stop by a local branch today and check it out! Who knows? You might discover a new hobby or find a book you can’t put down!

*Have you stopped into a public library branch recently? What were you looking for? How often do you visit?

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Making Memories

One Katy mom makes memories with her boys at Mason Road Skate Center

March 22, 2010 –Katy, TX –My boys had been playing hard outside all spring break soaking up the gorgeous weather, and so when they asked if I could take them to the local skating rink yesterday I was surprised. “Don’t you want to enjoy this amazing seventy degree weather before it starts to get too hot outside?” I asked them. But they persisted, and so we loaded up and started off, stopping to load up some friends in the back. As we drove, I rolled the windows down and popped open the sunroof; determined to soak up the short-lived spring weather as much as possible. I was still grumbling to myself when we entered the building, thinking how we were wasting the day inside.

As soon as we stepped foot into the skating rink, though, I was immediately transported back in time. It’s funny how some things simply never change. Flooding my senses was the overpowering smell of a locker room-or was that the rented roller skates? Be that as it may, I paid our entrance fee and the boys began to slip on their skates to the sounds of Beyonce’ booming in our ears.

This was not our first foray to the local rink before. We’ve visited on rainy summer afternoons and for numerous birthday parties throughout the years. But I was always either skating with the boys to encourage them to let go of the wall, or walking our youngest son around the rink while he fearfully held onto me for dear life. This was the first time ever that I wasn’t doing either! My boys had matured enough to whiz around the rink without any encouragement or aid from me. Sitting down at one of the many tables lined up, I settled down with a book, peeking over it every so often to cheer them on.

I remember fondly the many hours I spent at the local skating rink as a young girl.  The dimmed lights, the looming disco ball in the center of the rink casting glittery shadows on the skaters below, and the pounding music are all woven into my memory forever. Wearing my favorite blue velour bellbottom pants with the word “BOOGIE” emblazoned in rhinestones on the back pocket made me feel like a roller skating goddess.  As I sat and watched my boys glide effortlessly around and around, it occurred to me how some things in life really never change.

True, the music my boys were grooving to was not The Bee Gees or Diana Summer of my youth. They were instead mouthing the words to The Black Eyed Peas and groaning when Justin Bieber’s voice was piped in. But the pure joy on their sweaty faces, the preteen girls obsessed with their appearance looking to each other for reassurance, and the smell of the greasy food offered up made me smile in recognition. I remember this. And I hope my boys will, too. This was not a day wasted inside. This was a day for making memories.

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Katy Birthday Parties

At Home or out in the Katy community? Where’s the best place to have a birthday party?

March 19, 2010 –Katy, TX –I’m a big fan of having my kids’ birthday parties somewhere other than our home. After a particularly messy 8th birthday party at home complete with chocolate cake smashed into the carpet, I made a decision that birthday parties are best away from home.   The clean up is so much easier and the packages they offer are so convenient for moms and dads. Some of the most fun and memorable parties my kids have had were…

Times Square Entertainment – There are so many things kids can do and the party hosts are awesome. They follow you around and take care of every detail. This is best for kids age 8 through teens. Bowling, games, laser tag and pizza is fun for boys and girls.

Mason Road Skating – There is nothing like their money machine! What kid doesn’t want to stand in a money machine and catch flying dollar bills. A lifetime memory!

Laser Quest – Tweens and teens really like this place. It’s dark and kind of mysterious and they have a few party rooms to choose from. It’s on Westheimer, but not too far down, just past West Oaks Mall.

Pump it Up – I’ve had younger kids parties there and one for my 10 year old Both were a big hit. Jumping around on large inflatables is a blast for all ages, even for the adults!

Do you know a great Katy party place? Post your comment here!

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Hopping Off the Wheel

Spring Break ‘Staycation’ Means  Bonding Time for Katy Families

Over the years, my boys have been the proud and loving owners of two gerbils and a hamster (thankfully at different times). While the hamster was relatively placid and generally roamed around his cage placidly, we delighted in watching the antics of the gerbils for hours. It seemed that they were never still. If they weren’t climbing up on the various apparatus we purchased for them, they could be found running on the little wheel that went around and around but never went anywhere. We would laugh at them and think them silly for being perpetually “on the wheel.”

Since we have been on Spring Break, I feel as though I, too, have been “on the wheel” and have thankfully hopped off of it. It might be for just a brief week, but this week has proven to be a spirit renewer in ways I never envisioned. We have had a glorious “staycation.” Although we have not travelled anywhere exotic, the time off has proven to be priceless. My boys have enjoyed the quiet days spent playing outside in the temperate weather, going to various parks, fishing with friends, roller skating and riding their bikes, catching a movie, staying up later at night and sleeping in during the day, and taking a trip to the local library. We even all crammed into our car around bedtime and went for ice cream-the boys clad in their pajamas. Personally, I have read more books and have spent leisurely time mulling over writing and thinking than I ever have during the school week. We would never have been able to enjoy all of our relaxing, family bonding time during the hustle and bustle of the school week. Between the rigorous schedule of school and all the after school activities my boys participate in, finding time to “just chill” can be difficult. But hopping off the wheel has been crucial for us as a family.

What have been your experiences with Spring Break? Are you a working parent? If so, do you find it challenging to take time off to be with your child(ren)? What activities or places have you enjoyed together during this time off?

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Anyone found a great weight loss plan?

Katy Mom is Looking for Tips and Tricks to get ‘Pre-Kids’ Body Back

I used to work out all the time, eat pretty healthy and therefore, fit nicely into my size 4 clothes. Then I had kids. Now-a-days you are lucky if you see me in a short sleeve shirt because I’m so embarrassed of my fat, jiggly arms!  I loved our cold winter for the sheer reason that I could stay covered up all day long! What in the world is the deal with me?!

I am one of those women, the ones that have kids and they gain a ton of weight, their hair is never the same and can never get rid of that ugly pooch at the bottom of my stomach that looks like something you should knead, punch and roll out. And then there are the “others”. I hate these women…ok not really, just despise the fact that their bodies don’t change after giving birth AT ALL!  And with such little effort on their part!!  I had a friend that was back into her size 2 jeans 4 weeks after giving birth to her first son, and after each birth of her 3 kids! And she didn’t diet or exercise!  WHAT?!  How is that possible?  I used to kill myself in the gym after each of my son’s births, I did the Atkins diet, the Slimfast Diet, the Starvation Soup Diet, the Medifast Diet (oh! I starved on that one!)  and oh so many more. Each one was too hard to stay on, got bored with it, or didn’t see much progress so I quit. I’m sure my love of wine and Italian food had NOTHING to do with my lack of progress.

Anyone out there found something that really works?  That won’t require me to count points, weigh food, take a pill that sends me into cardiac arrest, or eat boxed lasagna that has so many preservatives in it that its shelf life extends into my 4 year old’s golden years?!  Post your comments below.

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Seven Lakes Orchestra to Host Art Violin Raffle

March 18, 2010 — Seven Lakes Orchestra Parent’s Association (SLOPA) is proud to announce its second annual Art Violin Raffle, Music to the Eyes.  Local artists have donated their time and talents to create unique art pieces painted on a non-playable violins.   

SLOPA is a 501(c) 3 non profit organization whose purpose is to support the Seven Lakes High School Orchestra program.  This includes the purchase of equipment, music, and providing scholarships for qualifying Seven Lakes Orchestra graduating seniors.

The raffle will be held May 22, 2010, following the orchestra concert held at Seven Lakes High School , 9251 Fry Road , Katy , TX 77494 .  The art violins will be displayed in the Katy area.  If you are interested in exhibit locations, viewing the art violins online, learning more about the artists, or purchasing raffle tickets, visit www.musictotheeyes.org  or email violinraffle@sevenlakesorchestras.org.  You need not be present to win.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Nurse Wins March of Dimes

 March 17, 2010 — Mattie Mason, RN, BSN, a postpartum nurse at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and founder of New Life Perinatal Health Care Services, Inc., has received the Award for Excellence in Perinatal Obstetrical Nursing from the March of Dimes.

Mattie Mason, second from left, accepts the Award for Excellence in Perinatal Obstetrical Nursing from the March of Dimes.

Mason, who has thirty years of experience in hospital nursing and community health care, joined Memorial Hermann Katy in 2004. She also is the founder and owner of New Life Perinatal Health Care Services, Inc., where she provides home health and case management for pregnant teens, premature infants and special needs children. Mattie works closely with social workers and provides health care referrals and resources for parents.

“I love making a difference with mothers and their babies,” Mason said. “It is so important because mothers are the foundation of the family.”

Mason founded New Life Services in her spare time after she discovered she had a special interest in working with pregnant teens, young mothers and children with special needs.

“I tell the young people that I work with that it is not how smart you are but how determined you are,” Mason said. “If you are determined enough and love something enough, you will be successful at it.”

Mason’s co-workers are inspired by her drive and determination to build her own business providing healthcare services for families.

“Mattie is a dynamic, compassionate and caring person,” said Linda Salter, director of women’s and children’s services at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. “She is highly dedicated to providing care for families, and she always has a smile on her face. Mattie loves nursing and everything she is able to accomplish with her skills and knowledge.”

The Award for Excellence in Perinatal Obstetrical Nursing is given annually to encourage excellence and recognize those who reach beyond job expectations to make a difference in the lives of mothers and babies. Winners are chosen by the State Professional Education Sub-Committee of the March of Dimes Texas Chapter.

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AJ Bass Performing at Kosmos March 26

Singer Songwriter AJ Bass to Perform at Kosmos Coffee Shop in Katy

From songwriting to performance to production, AJ has been in and around the music industry for over 15 years.  From 1994 to1996, he was one of the audio techs for the band “Moriah” (later morphed into “Life Of Riley”) where he also performed as a featured vocalist during their concerts.  As the Worship Pastor of Grace Fellowship UMC for the past 13 years (1996 to present), he has performed with and provided sound support for countless bands, worship teams, and solo artists.  AJ has overseen the production of 5 Grace Fellowship CD Projects and has co-written songs with the likes of Jimmy Needham, Wayne Kerr, and Cassidy Campbell (“Life Of Riley”).  In addition, he has helped to encourage and shape numerous vocalists and instrumentalists over the years as a result of his interaction with adult, youth, and children’s worship teams and ensembles.  All of this experience has fostered within AJ a passion for musical excellence, band and artist development, and for helping musical groups and performers who might otherwise be “overlooked” get the opportunity to reach their full potential in the industry.  “I come in contact with musicians that have what it takes to be the next ‘Chris Tomlin’ or ‘Natalie Grant’ all of the time, and I would love to help those artists realize their greatest aspirations!”  See AJ Bass at Kosmos Coffee located at 22765 Westheimer Parkway (Peek Entrance Across from YMCA).  The performance will be Friday, March 26 at 7 PM.

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Katy ServeFest Brings in Nearly 600 Volunteers!

March 16, 2010 — Compassion Katy, lead sponsor of Katy ServeFest, announces it’s most successful service event yet.  The event was held over two weekends, February 27 and March 6, 2010.  The total volunteer count was almost 600 representing over 4000 volunteer hours given to the two locations.  One of Compassion Katy’s missions is to see churches work together to impact our community.  Without a strong partnership with local churches, Grand Lakes Presbyterian, Alief Baptist Church, Grace Fellowship, The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch, Kingsland Baptist and many others we could not have run such a successful event.   

Katy ServeFest was also a site where volunteers who “Gave a Day” could earn a day at any Walt Disney Park.  The response to this incentive was amazing!  We had volunteers from Brenham, Beaumont, The Woodlands, Lufkin, Houston, Sugar Land and other surrounding areas.  There were many first time volunteers and many who expressed an interest in finding more ways to get connected and give their time to volunteer with non-profits near them.  

We continued our 3 year partnership with the YMCA, working at their Day Camp site.  The YMCA Day Camp site was chosen because of their impact on so many in the community and the family friendly volunteer environment.  Families with ages ranging from 6 to 72 worked side by side to make the Day Camp a better place for the children who attend camp there in the summers and the ARC of Katy Kids who use the facility during the school year.  The second location this year was Pregnancy Help Center, a local non-profit that provides services that affirm life.  There were several projects done at the Pregnancy Help Center to make the building more inviting to the clients and usable by their staff and volunteers. 

Three volunteers help clean up the YMCA Day Camp facility.

Lunch was generously provided on both weekends by Chick-fil-a of Katy.  Coffee was provided by Kosmos Coffee.  Kosmos Coffee is a non-profit coffee shop that donates all profits to local and international life need meeting ministries.    Compassion Katy would like to thank Chick-Fil-A and Kosmos for their generous donations. 

Compassion Katy will be sponsoring our Fall Katy ServeFest workday on October 16, 2010 and Spring Katy ServeFest 2011 will be held on February 26 and March 5, 2011.  More information can be found on our website at www.compassionkaty.org.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Adopt a Pet for St. Patrick’s Day

Lexi with her kitty

Houston SPCA Cat Adoption Specials –Not Just for the Irish!

The luck of the Irish shines down on the frisky felines of the Houston SPCA as we welcome St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of Spring.  During the weekend of March 19th through the 21st, all cats are 2 fur 1!!! In addition, the Houston SPCA Leprechauns have made the executive decision that all cats with green eyes that are over the age of six months or have a green Shamrock on their kennel will be half off the normal adoption fee.  This means every approved adopter can take home at least two lucky animals for the price of one or just one for half price. Either way, it all adds up to giving a homeless animal a second chance at life.

With a little help from the dedicated staff at the Houston SPCA all of our very special felines will receive the following as a part of their adoption fee:

• A health evaluation; initial vaccinations; rabies vaccinations for felines three months and older

• Spay / neuter surgery

• Deworming; feline leukemia testing

• Microchipping with free lifetime registration; and of course a friend for life!

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Holy Spirit Episcopal School Hosts Talent Show

The Student Council hosted our second annual Talent Show on Friday,

Three 2nd Grade HSES girls (from left: Abigail Davis, Alexi Brown, and Katherine Lunam) before performing a Taylor Swift song.

 February 26th.  Over 50 students attended this year’s event, which raised over $1200 for our Operation Help Haiti project.  18 student groups displayed their wide range of talents—we had a magician, some dancers, a few skits, and great vocal performances.  This event was entirely student led—the 5th-8th graders of the Student Council ran the sound, organized the acts, emceed the event, and gave awards to the performers.  Many thanks go out to the parents, teachers, and students who supported and donated money to this event.   Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Area Proms Around the Corner

 

Photo by Katy Magazine

Katy Seniors Gear Up for this Special NightFor four years students wait anxiously for the wonder that is their senior prom. The first school to experience this memorable event: Mayde Creek. They plan to revel in the magic on April 17, 2010 from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Next is Katy, scheduled for April 24, 2010 from 8 p.m. – 12 p.m. at Brisco Hall. Their theme is an ode to the late Michael Jackson, Remember the Times, with the colors red and black.

The following day holds Seven Lake’s prom, April 25, 2010 from 8 p.m. – 12 p.m. They will dance the night away at the Intercontinental Hotel.

On May 1, 2010, Taylor will enjoy the splendor at the Houston Club from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Then Morton Ranch High School’s prom will take place at the Omni Hotel on May 8, 2010 from 7 p.m. – 12 p.m. The class song is Michael Jackson’s “I’ll Be There” and the theme encompassing the dance is Fairyland, with emphasis on the colors pink, white, and silver.

Cinco Ranch’s theme is Take My Breath Away, with the colors black, white, and aqua. They will be holding the dance at Omni River Way on May 15, 2010 from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Olivia Davis, a senior student at Cinco, says “I’m so excited to buy a prom dress! I feel like a Barbie.”

© Katy Magazine 2010, photo and story

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Rodeo Fun in Houston

Photo courtesy of RodeoHouston

Schedule of Events for Tuesday

It’s going to be another fun-filled day at RodeoHouston. Here’s what’s coming up for tomorrow. Don’t miss Keith Urban in concert immediately following the BP Super Sereis V – Championship Round.

Here is a schedule of events for March 16

  • 8 a.m. Quarter Horse Show: Roping Events at Reliant Arena
  • Lowline Angus Cattle Show at Reliant Center – Main Arena (east side)
  • Miniature Hereford Cattle Show at Reliant Center – Main Arena (west side)
  • 10 a.m. Ag Magic Show at Kids Country Stage
  • 11 a.m. Kids Country Carnival (closes at midnight) at Kids Country Shelley Anderson at Kids Country Stage
  • 11:30 a.m. Bravado Cattle Show at Reliant Center – Main Arena (east side) (more…)
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The Solana Announces Director of Nursing

March 15, 2010 – Sandee Sterling, RN,  has been named Director of Wellness for the newly opened assisted living community The Solana Terrace at The Solana at Cinco Ranch.  Sterling has 18 years nursing experience including work with multiple Life Care Centers of America.   As director of nursing, Sterling was instrumental in successfully opening the Heritage Park of Katy, a skilled setting facility.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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THS Choir Wins Big at San Antonio Festival

March 15, 2010 – -  The Taylor High School choir Expressions received a First Division Superior Award and Choir of Distinction Award at the American Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival in San Antonio on March 5 and 6.  Expression members include Robert Howell, Angel Steele, Drake Lupton, Emily Cutsinger, Morgan Young, Melanie Piche, Kathryn Heathcock, David Cregg, Lauren Cudney, Jeff Dunn and Natalia Romero.  The Taylor Choir is under the direction of Mr. Kevin Riehle and Miss Kristin Taylor.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.
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Wings of Freedom Tour coming to our community!

March 11, 2010 —  The Katy VFW Post 9182 will be assisting the Wings of Freedom Tour in the Katy / Brookshire area over three days, Wednesday, March 17 through Friday, March 19.  Three of the most famous World War II bomber and fighter aircraft are a part of this “living history” event where the museum comes to our community.  The North American P-51 Mustang, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and other aircraft will be on display at the Houston Executive Airport at the main ramp.  The public is encouraged to come to the Houston Executive Airport to tour many magnificently restored aircraft on the ground or enjoy the ultimate experience by taking a 30-minute flight aboard one of the bombers or get some “stick time” in the world’s only Dual Control P-51C Mustang.

The Wings of Freedom tour has graciously extended a complimentary flight to four World War II veterans, who are members of VFW Post 9182, along with the City of Katy Mayor Don Elder, from Ellington Field to the Houston Executive airport.  Junior Vice Commander, Dave Brasell, is leading the coordination.

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to FLY A MISSION aboard the B-17 or B-24 or tour this historic aircraft.  To make flight reservations or for questions call 800-568-8924 or visit www.cfdn.org for more details.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Resume Tips for Katy Job Seekers

Are you making mistakes sending out resumes?

How can you get your resume to outshine everyone else’s and make it to the top of the potential employer’s pile? Try these tips for finding a professional level job in Katy or West Houston.

Individualize. Never email blast the same resume to several employers at once in the same email. Chances are they’re just going to hit the delete button.

Customize. Send your resume to each job personally and customize the objective line, subject line of the email, and introductory email/letter to fit the job you’re applying for. It may take five minutes of your time, but in the end, employers will be more likely to consider you.

Use buzzwords. Use power keywords in your resume that match the items in the job description. (But only if you have experience in these areas.)

Be email savvy. Create an email account with your name through Gmail or Yahoo and check it frequently. Never send your resume from an email address such as hotchic77@aol.com or tatoodude12@sbcglobal.net. Sorry, but aol and hotmail accounts are not very impressive to employers.

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Cute Baby Rooms for Katy Bundles of Joy

Beautiful Baby rooms

Photo by Marisa Hugonnett

How to Create the Perfect Katy Nursery

Nursery planning typically kicks into gear once you know if you are having a boy or a girl. Then, you can choose a fun theme that ties in all elements of the room and sets the stage for a great beginning. Katy mom, Jessica Huntoon had an important consideration in mind when deciding on a nursery theme for her first daughter, Hanna. “I wanted a theme that could grow with her,” explains Huntoon. Her plan was successful. Hanna is now in kindergarten and her nursery theme of butterflies and dragonflies is still prevalent in her new big girl room. Really, the nursery theme is for the parents and not the baby. By picking something that they can grow with, the theme will hopefully be loved by the baby, too, and become something they enjoy. “Now Hanna loves butterflies and just pretty bugs,” Huntoon says.

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Katy Cyclists Prepare for BP MS150 Ride to Austin on April 17

Balin served both as a rider and as ride marshall

Katyites Get Ready for the Ride of a Lifetime

Last April, 13,000 cyclists came together to ride 182 miles from Houston to Austin in the BP MS 150 to raise over $17 million for those living with MS, and they will do it all over again this year on April 17. Many riders are from the Katy area including our own Katy Area Economic Development President, Lance LaCour, who is in training for the arduous journey.

Committed Katy Cyclists

Currently, more than 400,000 Americans are living with MS, according to Gena Hyde of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It is a debilitating disease that affects each person uniquely. “There is no known cause, and so there is yet to be a known cure,” Hyde explains. Perhaps this is why Katy cyclists commit year after year to ride the 182 miles from Houston to Austin and to raise $400 or more for the National MS Society.

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Katy Folk Life Festival Coming to Katy April 10

The Katy Folklife festival is April 10 at The Outdoor Learning Center

Katy Kids Step Back in Time Once a Year at the Outdoor Learning Center

With horses and goats walking around, blacksmiths working in their shops, and children making corn husk dolls, Katy ISD’s Folk Life Festival has brought Texas’ pioneer history to life for the past 25 years. Katy ISD’s Outdoor Learning Center will once again transform itself into scenes of Texas in the 1800’s on April 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a slew of pioneer activities planned. Kids can observe honey bee keeping, blacksmith demonstrations, horseshoeing, and a soldier reenactment, where en yell out, “Fire in the hole,” as gunshots resound.

Folk Life Festival Event

The festival will be held on Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at The Outdoor Learning Center. The OLC is located west of the Katy ISD Administrative Building at 6301 S. Stadium Lane  The cost is $1 per person. (more…)

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Working in Katy, Texas

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is one of the top employers in Katy

A Talented Workforce in an Ideal Location

Besides being a great place to live, the Katy Area is also a wonderful place to work. The community offers employers a growing, energized, and world class talent and workforce base with high educational attainment.  A majority of existing employers rate the Katy Area workforce as available, high quality, productive, and available at a reasonable cost.

Katy Workforce Stats

  • 1,564,567 civilians employed*
  • Average Unemployment Rate, 3.86%*
  • Manufacturing Employment: 167,213*
  • Engineering, Research, and Accounting workers: 105,928*
  • High Workforce Participation Rate in Katy ISD: 70.17%
* within a 30 mile radius
Source: Nielsen Claritas, a division of The Nielsen Company (US), LLC 2008  This information may not be redistributed.

Suburban Atmosphere

The Katy Area, a rapid population growth center located west of Houston, enjoys the benefits of being part of the Houston Metro area. Katy offers a (more…)

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10 Reasons to Love Katy, Texas

From outstanding public schools to affordable housing, from a family-friendly environment to a thriving economy, it’s easy to see why Katy, Texas was named the #2 Boomtown by Business Week

With an excellent school system, a thriving economy, and an abundance of sports teams, recreational venues, and family friendly activities, it’s not hard to see why Katy is one of the fastest growing communities in the greater Houston area. Although there are hundreds of reasons why Katy is a wonderful place to live, here are out top ten.

1. Exceptional Schools

Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD) is considered one of the best school districts in the greater Houston area. Katy ISD currently has 52 schools with aggressive expansion plans to meet the growing population of students, which is currently more than 55,000. All of Katy schools offer outstanding facilities and equipment for teachers and students alike, including a highly advanced technology program that includes computers in each classroom and stationary and wireless labs in every school. Students in grades K-12 are exposed to a wide variety of extracurricular activities, from sports to drama and music.

The district operates the Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center, 35 acres of land kept in its natural state. Students at all grade levels are able to participate in hands-on science and social studies activities, including living history and science classrooms, a museum, and a barn with a blacksmith shop. Domestic fowl and animals, nature trails, and a pond stocked with fish are just a few examples of how Katy ISD is using its natural resources and surroundings to provide a quality educational experience for its students.

2. A Thriving Economy

While many cities around the country are struggling with today’s economy, Katy is fortunate enough to have world-class business leaders such as BP America, Conoco Phillips, Igloo, Mustang Engineering, and Shell Oil North America headquartered in the area. There’s also a high level of employee productivity. While the energy services sector boasts some of the biggest names in the industry, it’s important not to forget about the other strong economic sectors, including wholesale trade, plastics and advanced materials, service, and retail. According to the Katy Area Economic Development Council, in 2008 over two million people were employed within a 30 mile radius of Katy with an average unemployment rate of only 4%. Proximity to Houston and the Energy Corridor is positioning the Katy area to rapidly develop into one of the region’s premier business growth centers.

3. Outstanding Neighborhoods

From large, open floor plans to small efficiency apartments, there’s definitely a home to fit your lifestyle. Patio homes are available, as are master-planned estate homes in gated communities. Katy has a great mix of older neighborhoods with houses built in the 1980s, while other neighborhoods are still under development. Many newer subdivisions offer numerous amenities including community pools, tennis courts, parks, hike and bike trails, and workout facilities. Pricing begins below the $100,000s and can go well above $1 million in the more exclusive communities. Whether moderately priced or a grand estate – you will find a home to love in Katy.

4. Fun and Flavorful Dining

No matter what your taste, you can find food that will please your palate in Katy. New restaurants are popping up all over, yet there are restaurants that the locals have been enjoying for years. On-the-go families can enjoy the convenience of fast-food, but don’t forget the ethnic restaurants and old-fashioned Texas barbecue joints. Mid-level family restaurants offer a variety of delicious cuisine, while more upscale venues make special evenings out even more enjoyable. Check out our dining guide and katymagazine.com for more information on tasty Katy cuisine.

5. Shop ‘Til You Drop

From department stores to boutiques, you can find it in Katy. Katy Mills Mall showcases popular brands in retail and outlet shopping, while LaCenterra and the nearby Villagio feature a more upscale shopping experience. The Old Katy area is home to many smaller shops (many off the beaten path) that offer more personalized options.

Another advantage that Katyites enjoy is the close proximity to malls and outlets in Cy-Fair, Houston, and Sugar Land areas. The Houston Galleria offers a shopping adventure in an upscale, three-story complex. Houston Premium Outlets, the Conroe Outlet, and the VF Outlet in Hempstead all offer great discounts. Trader’s Village off of Eldridge is an adventure in flea markets, festivals and great bargains. And First Colony Mall in Sugar Land offers over 160 wonderful stores and eateries.

6. Parks and Leisure

Because we have typically mild weather during the winter, there are even more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. While most subdivisions have their own playgrounds, there are numerous public parks in Katy. Katy is known for its family-friendly recreation such as hiking, biking, golf, and nature walks. Families can also enjoy fishing, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Dog owners will love the Katy Bark Park with acres of green grass, a wading pool, and doggie showers. Youth and adult sports leagues are available year round. Some of the most popular are soccer, football, baseball, tennis and swimming, among several others.

7. A Sense of Security

Because Katy is a tri-county area, dipping into Harris, Waller, and Fort Bend Counties, there’s never a need to worry about safety. Katy has its own police force and several fire stations with emergency medical services strategically placed throughout the area. Constables patrol most neighborhoods, and Sheriff’s Deputies from all counties are quick to respond to emergency situations. The school district also has it’s own police force to ensure that all campuses provide a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. All of this protection helps keep Katyites safe and sound. The secure, home-town feel in the midst of big-city conveniences is another plus for Katy.

8. Kid-Focused Fun

Birthday parties, swimming, bowling, gymnastics and dance lessons are just a few of the fun activities for Katy kids. Inspiring and educational lessons abound in Katy, from, art lessons and music classes to martial arts and horseback riding. Whatever your youngster’s interests may be, Katy has the studios and facilities especially geared toward the development of young minds and bodies. A variety of camps and child-care programs are also available during winter, spring, and summer breaks. Read ahead – our Lessons and Activities directory offers lots of entertaining and educational opportunities.

9. A Caring Community

No matter how desirable an area may appear to be, it just wouldn’t be complete without an abundance of friendly faces. In Katy, southern hospitality still exists. You’ll meet wonderful neighbors, friendly bank tellers, dedicated teachers, and highly qualified doctors. Over the years Katy has attracted the best in healthcare practitioners and hospitals, and the job opportunities in these fields continue to grow. Construction is already underway for Texas Children’s, St. Luke’s, and The Methodist Hospital, and Christus St. Catherine’s and Katy Memorial Hermann are established facilities available for emergency care and medical procedures. Additionally, specialized and highly qualified medical practices from urgent care to long-term care keep Katy patients close to home. See our medical guide for a list of health care providers.

10. Location is Everything

For living, working, playing, and learning, when you are talking convenience, Katy has it all – and then some! People choose to live here in part because of its proximity to Houston without having to deal with the hustle and bustle of city life. Katy provides work opportunities in many fields including retail, education, and medicine. And the Katyites who commute to work can just jump on the Westpark Tollway or the HOV lanes on I-10. The METRO Park & Ride system has two nearby locations serving Katy residents, making that trek into Houston just a bit more convenient. During non-rush hours or weekends, getting into the heart of Houston is less than a 30 minute ride.

© 2009 Katy Magazine

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Nottingam Elementary’s Teacher of the Year – Mr. Scott Burris

Nottingham teacher of the year

March 12, 2010 — Due to his amazing talent as an artist and his commitment & desire for his students to learn, Mr Burris made teacher of the year.  These are just a few reasons why he was deserving of the honor.  In the picture with Mr. Burris with his wife Audrey, NCE’s Principal Marlene Bourgeois and the Assistant Principal Tracy Stroud.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Holy Spirit Students Visit Costa Rica

March 12, 2010 – Pura Vida, Costa Rica’s slogan for ‘a good life’, came true for 19 middle school students from Holy Spirit Episcopal School.  These lucky students participated in the 16th year of an

HS students take a ride on the wild side while rafting down the Saripiqui River in Costa Rica.

exchange program (intercambio) with their sister school in Desamparados, Costa Rica.  HSES students traveled to San Jose, lived with families, and saw the sights for which Costa Rica is so famous:  volcanoes, rain forests, beautiful rivers, and exotic animal and plant life.  Next year, the students of St. Michael Archangel will come to Texas, live with Holy Spirit families, and take in some of the opportunities Houston has to offer:  barbecue, line dancing, NASA, the rodeo, and the city’s famous skyline.

What makes this intercambio so unique is that it exists between 5th-8th grade students, not high school kids.  The Costa Rican and American students work on their English and Spanish, live with students and their families for 10 days, and learn much about each country’s culture and history.

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Girl Scout Earns Gold Award

Analisa Valdivia

March 12, 2010 – Analisa Valdivia of Troop 887 recently earned her Gold Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires girls to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development.

It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the communithy.

Analisa is a regular volunteer at the Association of Retarded Citizens of Katy (ARC) and teaches dance once a week. She planned a Carnival/Dance for the students to earn her Gold Award. She made 18 games for the carnival with the help of volunteers. The day of the event, she organized over 60 volunteers to help with the booths, games, crafts and dance. Over 300 prizes were given out and it was a great success.

The ARC of Texas is the oldest and largest nonprofit, volunteer organization in the state committed to creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be included in their communities and to make the choices which affect their lives.

Analisa is a member of National Charity League and was honored to receive the Merci Award for her extensive community volunteer hours given with a focus on the Cinco Ranch Library, ARC, and Katy Christian Ministries. She is also a member of Best Buddies, Spartans Out Serving, a DARE role model, and as a cancer survivor a speaker for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and Sunshine Kids.

Following graduation from Seven Lakes High School, she plans to major in Psychology/Pre-med.

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Local Girl Scout Gives Cookies to Soldiers

March 12, 2010 – Elizabeth McCoy will be sending 348 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the troops in Iraq. She is in Girl Scout troop #17065, and has made this an annual event. For the third year in a row, she’s been sending cookies overseas to thank our military for their service to our country.  The donations from family, friends, and especially Apache enployees and their associates, have made this possible.  Elizabeth began three years ago and every year has added more than 100 boxes of cookies to the package going overseas. She is a real inspiration!  Thank you Elizabeth McCoy for your dedication!

 
 

 

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From Fat to Fit

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Katy Residents Find Ways to Shed the Pounds

Monica Romero has plenty of reasons to celebrate these days. Once considered morbidly obese, the mother of two has drastically reduced her weight by 60 pounds. Although she has not reached her goal weight yet, she has made a commitment to herself and is on track to becoming a healthier mom, wife, and daughter.

Romero is not alone in her weight loss pursuits. Obesity is now one of the biggest health issues in the United States. It’s no secret that the dietary habits of Americans are spinning out-of-control. Luckily, there are solutions for everyone.

Surgical Solutions

Romero’s success is a result of the Lap-Band procedure. Laparoscopic adjustable banding and gastric bypass are the two most popular surgical options available for the morbidly obese, which includes those with a BMI of 40 or higher, or a BMI above 35 with an obesity-related disease such as diabetes, hypertension, or sleep apnea. “Studies have shown that diets and exercise alone fail up to 98% of the time in the morbidly obese population,”states Dr. Bradley Waggoner, of Cypress Bariatric and General Surgery. “My interest in weight loss surgery is not primarily cosmetic, but is for the patient to lose the appropriate amount of weight so that they may live a longer and healthier life.”

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Pattison Elementary Celebrates Mardi Gras by Creating Floats

March 11, 2010 – In celebration of Mardi Gras, Pattison Elementary students decorated “Floats” to display their favorite book in the library.  Participants were invited to enjoy King Cake in the Library on Fat Tuesday. 

Benjamin Montgomery, Brian Lennard, Belle Logan and Sarah Mastalski were 4 of many participants.

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Pattison Elementary 5th Graders Enjoy Soc Hop

March 11, 2010 – Fifth grade students at Pattison Elementary enjoyed the afternoon doing the Hand Jive, Limbo, and a visit from “Elvis” at their annual Soc Hop. 

Natalya Wise, Journi Millette, Sabrina Basteris, Ambikha Maharaj, and Keely McNichol dressed in their best 50's style attire for this FUN event.

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Ties & Tiaras Fundraiser Supports KEYS M

March 10, 2010 – Ties & Tiaras, held at Agave Road on February 18, is the annual fundraiser for KEYS Mentor Program scholarships.  Mentors of the Year were also honored at the event. 

Front row from left: Alton Frailey – Superintendent with mentors of the year: Chris Hicks, Christine Jackson, Rebecca Fox, Chris Crockett, Wayne Patterson

Celebrating at Ties & Tiaras, Katy ISD’s fundraiser for the KEYS Mentor Program, are (from left) Ann Nix, Kathy Miesner, Tracy and Marion Woolie

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Beckendorff Destination Imagination Team Places 3rd

March 10, 2010 – Paper DIrific 3.0, a Beckendorff Junior High Destination Imagination team, recently finished 3rd in the Gulf Coast Regional tournament, Middle school division.  Destination Imagination is a creative problem solving program and the team has been working on their project since September.  Without adult assistance, they built a weight bearing structure, performed a creative skit and impromptu problem solving. Team members included: Sarah Campbell, Morgan McCoy, Jil Patel, Laura Pinzon, Drew Schaefer, Ravi Shekhar and Nick Slezak.

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“Firethorne Stampede” Supports Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Sale, Students’ College FundsThe

March 10, 2010 – “Firethorne Stampede” auction team raised its bidding paddle high to purchase the Grand Champion Goat, Reserve Champion Broiler, Grand Champion Showman Lamb, and several other prized animals at the Katy Independent School District (I.S.D.) Future Farmers of America (FFA) Livestock Show and Sale.  The Firethorne team also bought the fourth place goat, eighth place rabbit, 14th place lamb and pig, plus 10 add-ons in the Barn Sale to support FFA college funds for Katy I.S.D. students.

“The Katy I.S.D. FFA Livestock Show and Sale is always a highlight of the year.  We especially were thrilled to purchase the rabbit raised by one of our own Firethorne Guide employees, Shelby Jasso, who is a senior at James Taylor High School,” said “Firethorne Stampede” spokesman Wayne Meyer.  “Shelby has done a great job as an FFA student and at Firethorne, where she’s worked after school and summers,” said Meyer, general manager of the 1,400-acre Firethorne master-designed community in Katy/Fulshear.

The “Firethorne Stampede” participants are Mike Dinges, John Steffes & BKD, Lyndel Berry, Cliff Kavanaugh, Tax Tech, Terracon, Storm Water Solutions, Freed Advertising, Susan Farb Public Relations, Park Construction, Bluegrass Maintenance, Jones & Carter, David Weekley Homes,  K. Hovnanian  and Jefferson Development Company. 

Firethorne, located 15 miles west of the Houston Energy Corridor, features 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, resort-style swim center, sports fields, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat.  It’s where the vibrancy of West Houston meets the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear.  Take I-10 West and exit Pin Oak to FM 1463, go to www.firethorne.info, or call 281-693-1011.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns Gold Seal of Approval

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers and has also been designated as a primary stroke center by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The hospital is the first in Katy to receive the Gold Seal of Approval. The DSHS designation program seeks to establish a framework for developing a voluntary, statewide emergency treatment system for stroke victims, and will allow victims to be rapidly transported to and treated in appropriate stroke-treatment facilities. Strokes are the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in America. There are over 4 million Americans living with the consequences of a stroke. Every year, about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes.

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LUNCHEON TO CELEBRATE UPCOMING PIN OAK CHARITY HORSE SHOW

Laughter and excitement filled the room as horse lovers from all over flocked to Neiman Marcus Galleria to celebrate the upcoming Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.  Special guest of honor, Craig Taylor, known for his exclusive line of high end women’s shirts, delighted the well-heeled crowd with his spring and summer collection.  The fashion show was followed by a sumptuous lunch.  Guests included Neiman Marcus exec Stacey Swift, Pin Oak President Lynn Walsh, BBVA Wealth Solution’s Rick Terry, Eva Bisso, and Hollis Grace.

Founded in 1945 by Houston philanthropist James S. Abercrombie and his wife Lillie, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show got its start as a fundraiser for the first hospital in Houston dedicated to children, and the proceeds of the 1947 show provided a considerable portion of the initial backing that established Texas Children’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.  To date, the show has raised close to $4 million for Texas Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House of Houston.

With a recent commitment of $300,000, Pin Oak is now helping build Texas Children’s first hospital outside the Medical Center and one of the largest suburban pediatric hospitals in the country, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. The gift will support the Hematology/Oncology services at the new hospital.

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KINGSLAND BOULEVARD BRIDGE OPENS AND IMPROVES ACCESS FOR KATY AREA RESIDENTS

The Kingsland Boulevard Bridge opened on Tuesday, February 23, following a formal ribbon cutting ceremony. The completion of the bridge finalizes the connection between Barker Cypress Road and FM 1463, meaning improved access and quicker commute times for many Katy area residents. The bridge was a partnership of WoodCreek Development Company, the City of Katy and Fort Bend County.

The opening of the bridge also means quicker access to shopping and services for area residents. One example is Katy Main Street, a retail and business development at the southwest corner of the Katy Freeway and Pin Oak Road/Kingsland Boulevard, which is now underway. HEB has started construction at the site and expects to open the store in June. Walgreens is now open and the site, developed by WoodCreek Development Company and BPI Realty, is an 86-acre project that will also include restaurants, additional retail, office space and a hotel.

In addition to the new infrastructure and commercial development, WoodCreek Development has plans to develop three new sections in their WoodCreek Reserve residential development. The 500-acre master-planned community offers homes from the $250,000s to over $1 million and includes an exemplary-rated elementary school and exemplary-rated junior high school on-site. “This area is doing tremendously well right now, and the opening of the Kingsland Boulevard Bridge and recent improvements to Interstate 10 makes it even more attractive for residents,” said WoodCreek Development Company President Troy Maxwell.

The Katy area is ranked nationally as a high-growth community despite the recent economic conditions.

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Katy Mills Hosts MDA Stride Towards a Cure

The Muscular Dystrophy Association will host its annual family reunion also known as Stride & Ride on March 27, 2010 at Katy Mills. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Each year families served by MDA and the local community come together to stride towards a cure. “This is one of our annual family reunions where all our families and friends get a chance to come together to help raise money for MDA and have a great time,” said Annie Clary, Regional Coordinator for the Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter and member of the Sasser Studs Walk Team.  

Many high schools including Barbara Jordan, Conroe, Galena Park, Klein, Klein Oak, Lutheran South Academy, Mayde Creek, North Shore, Tomball, Woodlands, as well as colleges and businesses from Greater Houston took part in recruiting walkers and raising money to help MDA fight for a cure last March. The event raised more than $200,000 last year and had more than 800 walkers. 

MDA continues to spread awareness and encourage more individuals, organizations and businesses to be a MDA Hero for the many families touched by this disease. “With all the changes going on, it is helpful to remember why we are here. We bring our families HOPE. Hope that one day they will not need summer camp or equipment. Hope that one day kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy will be better,” acknowledged Annie Clary. 

Proceeds raised during the campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including MDA’s outpatient clinics at Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Neurological Institute.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

The public is invited to get involved and support the MDA. Anyone interested in participating in the annual walk can contact Annie Clary at aclary@mdausa.org or (713) 522-3679.

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MRCH Destination Imagination Team Heads to State

Morton Ranch High School’s Destination Imagination team entered 2 events and placed in both.  In the DI eXtreme event they placed 1st which sends them to the state tournament.  In the Improv event “Do or DI”, they placed 2nd.  This is the first MRHS team to earn a trip to state.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

The Destination Imagination team members are: Brandon Cernetisch, Viet Nguyen, Lewis “Trey” Watson, and Paulie Yao.

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Odessa Kilpatrick Students Compete at Destination Imagination

Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary Students participate in the Gulf Coast Regional Destination Imagination Competition on February 20th, 2010.   The Rising Stars (grades K-1st) enjoy their first opportunity to participate in the competitive program by presenting a student produced newscast and commercial about healthy foods.

"The Imagineers", Cole Guest, Cristina Colina, Tyer Yan, Frank Yan (Coach), Andrew Jackson, and Angela Liu.

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Creech Student Places in Muttin Bustin’

Catherine Hursh, second grade student at Creech Elementary, placed third in the Katy Rodeo Mutton Bustin’ Ride.  We are super proud of you, Catherine! 
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Pattison Elementary Raises Funds for Haiti

Pattison Elementary students recently held a fundraiser for Haiti Reflief efforts.  $2700 was raised to donate to the American Red Cross and make care packages to send to Haiti.  Students were able to sign banners with their $1 donations to send to Haiti with the care packages.

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