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Concentra Has FLU Shots Available

September 29, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Autumn is officially here and soon the flu will be too, which is why Concentra is getting flu-prepared early this year. I know many people will be getting their annual flu shots, and Concentra offers quick and easy flu vaccinations at all 11 urgent care locations throughout the city, with no appointment needed.

If you would like to learn more about Concentra’s flu efforts and speak with our Medical Director about how Concentra is helping to protect the Houston area against the flu, please feel free to contact Sonia J. Chavez – Promotions Manager at  281.679.5600. Or visit www.ConcentraUrgentCare.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy’s 30th Annual Rice Harvest Festival is Here

Katy families prepare for one of the biggest and best festivals around

It’s that time of year again – time for the annual Rice Harvest Festival – and it’s all thanks to Katy’s rice farming history. The Katy area’s 15 operating rice farms begin harvesting their 9,500 acres in late July or early August, with the rice making its way to the Rice Dryers in east Katy. The American Rice Growers Association, which operates one of three commercial dryers in the Katy area, only dries the rice from these Katy area farmers. They also grade rice from other rice farmers outside the Katy area, who have their own dryers. The Association sells their rice along with Katy area’s rice to ARI, to be milled into the nation’s premium long grain rice.

This year marks the Rice Harvest Festival’s 30th anniversary. Previous Festivals have drawn 40,000 to 50,000 people for the weekend long event, with the proceeds benefitting 60 non-profit organizations. Several local participants will be returning this year to ensure great food, enjoyable activities, and fun and informative booths. Look for  KISD High School Project Graduation and the Katy Volunteer Fire Department, as well as local organizations like VFW, Elks, and the Knights of Columbus. Volunteers from local schools and churches help man many of the booths. (more…)

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Stepping into Scouting at LaCenterra

September 28, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The Katy Boy Scouts and Katy Girl Scouts hosted their third annual Stepping into Scouting at LaCenterra on Sept 18th. The event was to bring awareness of the opportunities scouting has to offer the youth of Katy. The Katy VFW, as shown in the photo, assisted the youth in kicking off the event with a flag ceremony.  

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Katy Mayor signs Constitution Week Proclamation

September 28, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Mayor Don Elder signs the Proclamation for Constitution Week, which was September 17-23.  Star of Destiny Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution,  member Meagan Dolin, presented the proclamation to the mayor on September 23. Ms. Dolin also made a Constitution Week case display for the Katy Library.

When the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia established our Constitution, the signing was finished on September 17, 1787. On September 17, 2002, President George W. Bush declared September 17 as Citizenship Day and September 17-23 as Constitution Week. It is during this time, that we commemorate the great legacy which was passed down from our Nation’s Founders. We also honor those who have defended America, so that we may enjoy the freedoms and opportunities available to us in The United States of America. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Ride the Trains at Zube Park

Katy families can pack a lunch and hop on the train

Zube (pronounced: zoo-bee) Park in west Harris County, just north of Katy, is a 14 acre green space with all the amenities one would expect to find in  a family-oriented recreational area: Play grounds, picnic tables, grills, pavilions, hiking trails, restrooms and soccer fields. But there is one more hidden treasure that is becoming increasingly popular with families – the 1/8 scale Cypress Creek and Southern Railroad, operated by the Houston Area Live Steamers (HALS). (more…)

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Community Supported Agriculture

September 21, 2010 – Katy, Texas – A Katy church will partner with a local farm New Hope Presbyterian Church, located at 1350 North Mason Road, will team up with Wood Duck Farm of Cleveland, TX to provide direct-to-consumer farm produce. This Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program will begin in early October.

“The CSA program is a direct partnership between the consumer and the farmer,” said Wood Duck Farm owner Van Weldon. “We’re excited to have New Hope join us as our latest distribution site.” (more…)

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POW / MIA National Recognition Day, “You’re sacrifice is not Forgotten” – Recognizing POW Adolfo W. “Bud” Fouga and POW Barton W. “Bart” Robertson

September 20, 2010 - Katy, Texas - Two former Prisoners of War, Adolfo W. “Bud” Fouga and Barton W. “Bart” Robertson, both residents of the Katy area, were recognized on Thursday, September 16, 2010 for their extraordinary sacrifices during World War II.  The ceremony was held at the home of Bud Fouga, a former POW who served in the European Theater and was held under German control for the last six months of the war.  The other former POW that was honored was Bart Robertson who served in the Pacific Theater of WWII. During the remembrance ceremony, both Bud and Bart shared their memories from 65 years ago.  (more…)

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The Goddard School Located in Katy Promotes the Power of Play for Learning Local preschool joins in kick-off celebrations for Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party

September 20, 2010 – Katy, TX – Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party is coming, and The Goddard School located in Katy hopes that it will change the way you think about play forever.  In a national event on October 3 in the Bandshell area of New York City’s Central Park, and in Mini Block Parties at Goddard Schools nationwide during the preceding week, the organizing team, Play for Tomorrow, will join forces with The Goddard School and non-profit organizations, government agencies and large corporations to kick-off a powerful new, global movement designed to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning.

“Playful learning has always been at the heart of the curriculum at The Goddard School located in Katy,” states owner Asli Remlinger.  “It’s been clear to us all along that children learn best when new skills are presented to them in a playful and engaging way, and now there is a whole body of research to back us up.” (more…)

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Black Belt Certification

September 20, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Creech Elementary students Beck and Katheryn Busch displaying their official Black Belt certification in Taekwondo earned from Hwarang Tigers Taekwondo school in Katy, Texas. Beck is 6 years old and in First grade and Katheryn is 9 years and in Fourth grade.  To obtain this accomplishment, they’ve been practicing Taekwondo 5 days a week for the last three years. Beck & Katheryn have put forth extraordinary effort to reach this goal. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Members Choice Credit Union Announces New Branch:LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Coming Soon

September 17, 2010 — Katy, Texas – Members Choice Credit Union (www.mccu.com) is excited to announce a new branch location scheduled to open this fall in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch (www.lacenterra.com).

The LaCenterra Branch at Cinco Ranch features a full service lobby, two drive-thru lanes, a drive-up ATM and is approximately 4,100 square feet.  The branch is located at the corner of Cinco Ranch Boulevard and the Grand Parkway (State Highway 99). Steve Gilman, President & CEO of Members Choice said, “The Katy area continues to grow and we feel this site will offer another convenient location to our members in the area, and complement our branches on the Grand Parkway and in Seven Meadows.”  (more…)

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Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy Welcomes New Chief of Staff

September 17, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Viswanath Kalapatapu, M.D, a native of Katy, has been named chief of staff at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital – Katy.

Since opening in 2006, the hospital has offered increased convenience to area residents by providing personalized rehabilitation care close to home. (more…)

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Letters From Home

Katyites need to remember that a handwritten note says so much more

When was the last time you wrote a letter by hand? When was the last time you received a handwritten letter? In this age of e-mails, texting, and IM-ing, getting messages to people quickly seems so much easier and more convenient than drawn-out letters written longhand. The hi-tech age seems to have signaled the end of  handwritten letters filled with heartfelt words. Yet there are times in everyone’s life when receiving one of these letters makes a profound difference. (more…)

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Katy Toastmasters Holds Club Contests

September 15, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Thursday, September 9, 2010 was an exciting night for Katy Toastmasters. It was Contest Night! Our Table Topics and Humorous Speech Contests were a grand success.  With a large crowd attending the contest, our Contest Chair Everis Mollon enthusiastically welcomed everyone to the contest and introduced our Toastmaster, Division M Governor Tim DeRosa, who  flawlessly guided us as we enjoyed an evening of great table topics and humorous speeches.  Winning First Place in the table topics contest was one of our very newest members, Omar de la Cruz, who shared his take on the question, Why Is the World Round? Winning Second Place in the Table Topics Contest was Jody White, who will serve as an alternate in the Area Contest if Omar is unable to compete in the contest for any reason. Winning First Place in the Humorous Speech Contest was Albert Gorup, who entertained and educated us with a very humorous speech about a typical week of workouts using the PX90 Extreme Fitness Training System.  Winning Second Place was Tracey Lucas, who told us about her big, burly, courageous son. Tracey will serve as an alternate to Jody as our First Place winners will go on to represent Katy Toastmasters in the Area N-20 Contests to be held on Wednesday, September 22 from 6-9 p.m. at Mustang Engineering Opus Building at 17420 Katy Freeway at Barker-Cypress. (more…)

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Boy Scout Troop 557’s Successful Fundraiser

September 15, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Boy Scout Troop 557 had their first fundraiser of the season Saturday, August 21st at the Brookshire Bros. in Old Katy.  Thank you for all your support.  The scouts earned over $400 to spend on equipment for the troop.  For more information on Boy Scout Troop 557, please contact Derek Spier at dspier1@comcast.net. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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RADIO DISNEY BRINGS DISNEY CHANNEL’S “3 MINUTE GAME SHOW” TO KATY MILLS AS PART OF NATIONAL TOUR

Grand prize winner will have the chance to be a contestant on the TV show

September 13, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, is proud to host Disney Channel’s popular “3 Minute Game Show,” from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 18.

The trivia challenge, which will be held in the Katy Mills Food Court, is a fast-paced, fun-filled game that is touring this fall 35 malls owned by Simon Property Group. The tour allows kids 16 years old and under and their family members to test their Disney Channel knowledge for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend a taping of Disney’s TV show, “3 Minute Game Show.” They’ll also have a chance to be a contestant on the program. (more…)

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Katy VFW 9/11 Ceremony

September 14, 2010 — Katy, Texas –  The commemoration of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, led by the Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182, was held at LaCenterra shopping center on the evening of Friday, September 10, 2010.  A large crowd turned out to remember and reflect on the 500 plus Texans that have died since the war on terror began.  The remarks centered on the theme that from that tragic day, the lives of Americans have dramatically changed, and with that change, comes the challenge of defeating terrorism.   Recognition was given to the sacrifices of the military and their families in keeping America safe in the face of this violent threat to our way of life.  The VFW paid special tribute to the four Texans who perished this day nine years ago. (more…)

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Developer of Katy’s Cinco Ranch names Alan Bauer as Senior Vice President & Division Manager

September 14, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Alan Bauer, a 25-year veteran of Houston’s real estate development industry, has been named Senior Vice President and Division Manager for the Houston division of Newland Communities, which is developing Katy’s 7,600-acre Cinco Ranch community along with three other Houston area projects.
 
In his new position, Bauer will provide overall business leadership for all levels of operations, including acquisitions, entitlements, permitting, land planning, envisioning and architecture for Newland’s current and planned communities in the Houston market. (more…)

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Star Wars: Now my kids’ generation

‘May the force be with you’ Katy parents

In the past six months, not a day has gone by that I haven’t uttered the words, “Star Wars.” I am sure that there are several Katy moms with the same situation: 6-year-old son completely immersed in the Star Wars galaxy of light sabers, rebels, Imperial troops, and the force.

When my son was in kindergarten, he started to ask me questions like, “What is Star Wars?” and “Who is Darth Vader?” My dismissive response was, “Oh, it’s a movie that was popular when I was a kid.” Of course, I knew he was getting information from the kids at school, and my son does not rest until he can put the pieces together. At the end of the school year, I decided that I don’t want to keep explaining the story anymore because I was sure I was getting some of the details wrong, especially since I was messed up by the original trilogy/new prequel backwards storyline. (more…)

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Firethorne #1,000 Home Sale Equals $1,000 Check for Homeowner in Katy/Fulshear

September 13, 2010- Katy/Fulshear – When Wendy and Glenn Ruppert recently purchased their dream home in Firethorne, they never dreamed their family would be rewarded with a $1,000 check.

I almost fell over when Janet Burkett (Firethorne Director of Marketing) called to inform us that as the 1,000th home buyers at Firethorne, we would receive  $1,000! Wendy exclaimed.  The gift commemorates the milestone sale in the Firethorne community’s five-year history.   (more…)

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Jury Duty

Katy residents should look at jury duty in a different light

A few weeks ago I received a jury summons. I should have known it was coming. For one thing, I haven’t been called in over 4 years. For another, My husband and both of my grown children have been summoned in the last 3 months. It was only a matter of time before mine arrived in the mailbox.  I live in the Harris County portion of Katy, which means a no-expenses-paid day trip into beautiful, downtown Houston. Lucky me!

At first, I was more than just a little annoyed. It meant rearranging my entire schedule and my life. Grumble, grumble, grumble. I had to make other arrangements for getting my granddaughter to school (one of my jobs since she and our daughter moved in with us). Grumble, grumble. Then, because I didn’t relish the thought of driving and parking in downtown Houston, I had to learn the bus schedule and bus stop locations downtown. It also meant finding my way from the bus stop to Jury Assembly Room and from each of the separate court houses to the return bus stop. Grumble, grumble. (more…)

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Taylor Band Olympics

September 13, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Taylor High School Band held their annual Band Olympics with spirited competition between the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Band Members. Congratulations once again to the Senior Class for receiving the overall Championship. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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VFW remembers V-J Day

 September 10, 2010 – Katy, Texas –Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 conducted a remembrance ceremony Monday, September 6, 2010 recognizing the 65th anniversary of the formal signing of the treaty that ended World War II.  The ceremony began with Dave Brasell, Senior Vice Commander, setting the stage by recalling what the human emotional significance meant to all the veterans that had fought in that great war known as WWII.  All veterans of this conflict had mixed feelings as they remember this day.  The first remembrance is one of exultation, as they knew they had survived, there was happiness that that they could go home, thankfulness that they would not be called upon to invade the Japanese mainland and also sadness.  Sadness was also felt for their comrades that were not as fortunate as themselves to be able to experience the exultation of this particular day.  

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VFW Ladies Auxiliary – Installation of Officers

September 10, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 has elected new officers.  We commend these outstanding women for their volunteerism assisting veterans and their families, while simultaneously strengthening our community.  The Ladies Auxiliary lives by the motto, “Honor the dead by helping the living.”  They set out to serve the veterans of this country and our communities as a testament to the sacrifices and commitment of every man and women who has served in uniform, says, Barbara Lynch, President.  Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the VFW Hall on George Bush Drive in old Katy at 6:30 for dinner and 7:30 p.m. for a short monthly meeting.  Veterans monthly meetings are held at the same time in a separate room.  Come enjoy activities as a family and make friendships that you’ll treasure throughout your life and enjoy the camaraderie as you work together helping others, with laughter or at times helping others cope with crises. (more…)

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2010 Roosevelt Alexander Elementary PTA Volunteers of the Month

September 10, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Congratulations to the September 2010 Roosevelt Alexander Elementary PTA Volunteers of the Month.  Pictured is left to right is Yvette Howard, Lauren Williams, Stephanie Folse, Lourdes Plazas, Shelly Martin, Jessica Manske,Kari Sezonov, Carrie Zamora, Monica McDivitt and Krissy Garcia!  The honorees were given this award based on nominations from the RAE PTA, the RAE community and the RAE staff.

 

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Dr. Charles T. Hankins Named Chief Medical Officer for Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

September 8, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Texas Children’s Hospital today announced that Charles T. Hankins, M.D., has been appointed chief medical officer for West Campus, its first community hospital, currently under construction at I-10 and Barker Cypress in West Houston. With 23 years of pediatric practice experience, Hankins will lead the West Campus medical team and oversee the quality of medical care, ensuring Texas Children’s standards of excellence. He will serve as the campus’ primary medical liaison to community physicians and play an integral role in the strategic growth and development of the facility.

A board certified neonatologist, Hankins has been instrumental in expanding Texas Children’s community presence during his seven-year tenure with the hospital. Most recently he served as medical director for its community initiatives program, leading the development of a model that enables Texas Children’s to provide its nationally-recognized pediatric patient services and expertise to community hospital partners.  His efforts contributed to the successful implementation of Texas Children’s services at five Houston-area hospital locations, including two St. Luke’s Hospital facilities and three within The Methodist Hospital System.  Concurrently, Hankins has served as medical director for Newborn Services at St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, maintaining a clinical practice there and serving on the hospital board of directors. He is also an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. (more…)

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Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Now Open in Cinco Ranch

September 8, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Kelsey-Seybold Clinic has opened its 20th location right here in Cinco Ranch! Our new Clinic is located at 23000 Highland Knolls Drive, Katy, Texas 77494. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Cinco Ranch offers multiple medical specialities combined with Bone Densitometry, Laboratory, Mammography, MRI, Ultrasound and X-ray — all right at your doorstep. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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FREE Gyrotonic Demo by Carol Meyer, one of first certified Gyrotonic instructors in Katy area

Sept. 8, 2010 – Katy, TX – Carol Meyer, one of the Katy area’s first certified GYROTONIC® instructors, will offer a free GYROTONIC® demonstration Tuesday, September 14, 10 a.m. at the Firethorne Community Center. 28128 N. Firethorne Road.

A life-long ballet dancer, Meyer credits the GYROTONIC® three-dimensional spiraling-toning system to helping renew her movement and spirit after years of chronic pain and is committed to helping others do the same.  JuicePlus+ energy shakes will be served following the demonstration.  (more…)

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Newland Communities Names Dan Whitton as Cinco Ranch Project Manager

September 8, 2010 – Katy, Tx – Newland Communities has named Dan Whitton as project manager for Cinco Ranch, a 7,600-acre master-planned community in Katy that ranks as the nation’s number one community for new-home sales.
 
Prior to joining Newland, Whitton worked as Land Development Project Manager for McGuyer Homebuilders, one of Houston’s largest homebuilding companies, where he was involved in the development of a number of successful communities throughout the Houston area. Prior to that, he held a similar position with another Houston development company. (more…)

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Brookshire Royal High School Selected Army Strong Team of the Week by Dave Campbell’s

September 7, 2010 – Brookshire, Texas – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football is proud to announce that the Brookshire Royal High School Falcons football team has been named the Army Strong Team of the Week for Division 3A.

The Falcons were chosen for this honor because of their teamwork, dedication, discipline, personal courage and integrity, values shared by U.S. Army Soldiers.   (more…)

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Girl Scouts to hold annual Open House Saturday, Sept. 11

Sept. 7, 2010 – Katy, TX – What did you do today? It’s a simple question, but think about it. Each day is filled with possibilities. Will you do something you’ve dreamed of today? Will you make the world a better place? Or will the day just pass…

Start by attending Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s (GSSJC) annual open house Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn about the endless possibilities in Girl Scouting. The event is free, open to the public and takes place at the Girl Scout Center (main building) located at 3110 Southwest Freeway in Houston. Girls in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to join Girl Scouts, and adults age 18 and older are eligible to volunteer with the Council. (more…)

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President to Address Nation’s Students

Sept. 3, 2010 – Katy, Tx  – Katy ISD will, for the second year in a row, broadcast the President’s Back to School address on Tuesday, Sept. 14; however, campuses may make their own decisions as to the best time to view the speech in their classrooms.  Parents who do not want their child to view the speech or participate in related activities may complete an opt-out form and return it to their child’s school no later than Thursday, Sept. 9. (more…)

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The Evolution of a Hobby

Katy moms no longer need the craft stores to be crafty

In 1996, I became a card maker using rubber stamps.  My friend Sharon taught me how to use stamps to make beautiful cards.  She had thousands of stamps, and I’m not exaggerating.  I slowly built up my own collection of stamps along with embossing pens and powder, markers, ink pads, adhesives, and cardstock.  It then became necessary to buy a drafting table and a rolling cart to store the materials for my new hobby.  I also needed a room for my crafts, so my study became the “craft room.”  I have to admit that since I started this hobby, I have bought roughly five cards in the last 14 years.  I justified my crafting expenses by the money I saved from not buying cards.  Well, that’s what I told my husband anyway.

My friend Christine was also a stamper (as we fellow crafters called ourselves), but she was also a scrapbooker.  She tried to convince me to become a scrapbooker like many ladies in the Katy area.  I kept thinking of the expenses that scrapbooking would incur; I would have to buy even more supplies like a die cut machine, special 12×12 papers, embellishments, ribbon, organization bins, albums, and on and on… (more…)

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Katy TKD Academy Congratulates Newest Class of Black Belts, Instructors & Cubs

September 7, 2010 – Katy, TX – The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy is pleased to announce its most recent class of Tiger Cub graduates, new first degree black belt students and instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next level during the August rank exam.

Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 1 “Probationary” Black Belt: Maberly Acevedo, Jay Furman, Georgia Neal, Jack O’Neill, Luke Schaefer, Michael Schaefer. Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 2 “Decided” Black Belt: Tyler Harrington, Will Martin, Brennon McLeod.  (more…)

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Time to Enter The Rice Harvest Festival Rice Cooking Contest

September 7, 2010 – Katy, TX – Showcase Your Rice Cooking Talents! Enter the Katy Rice Harvest Festival Rice Cooking Contest. Applications and recipes must be sumbitted online by Thursday, September 22, 2010 to Katy Area Chamber of Commerce 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Ste B206 (in LaCenterra) Katy, TX 77494. Call 281-391-5289 or info@katychamber.com for more information. Click here to register. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Rover Oaks Pet Resort Celebrates 4 Years of Service in Katy!

Rover Oaks Marks the Milestone with a Week-Long Celebration, Featuring Great Prizes and Deals for Current and Potential Clients.

September 6, 2010 – Katy, TX – It’s been four years since Rover Oaks opened their doors in Katy and the one-of-a-kind pet resort is celebrating the anniversary by hosting Client Appreciation Week for current and new clients.   

Throughout the week of September 11th – 18th, Rover Oaks will be providing goodies and treats for pets and their people, as well as daily prize drawings and discounted services!  Each time you visit, you will also have the chance to enter for two great Grand Prizes: a year’s worth of free lodging at the posh resort; and a pet photo package from renowned pet photographer Brett Chisholm, valued at $750!  

Not a current client at Rover Oaks Katy?  Not a problem!  All potential clients that visit and tour the facility that week will be given a free Rover Pass, valued at up to $40 that can be used towards lodging, grooming,  daycare or training! It’s the perfect opportunity to try Rover Oaks and see why it’s the place “where every pet loves to go!”  All new clients will also have a chance to win the Grand Prize drawing.   (more…)

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Lease Activity Brings New Business to LaCenterra

September 2, 2010 – Katy, Texas  – Lease activity for LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch has been rising with the Texas temperature this summer.  Center management announces that over 11,200 square feet of retail space and almost 9,500 square feet of office space has been leased.  Additions to LaCenterra’s tenant roster include boutiques, restaurants and specialty food retailers, along with business offices. That’s nearly 20,700 square feet of additional services at LaCenterra.

New retailers include Berripop Frozen Yogurt, Fit N Fresh Gourmet, Otto’s Deluxe Grille and Paper Lane Stationary and Gifts too!  Relocating business offices to LaCenterra include Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, the Law Office of Scott P. Callahan, P.C. and Woodco Fund Management. (more…)

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BAE Systems Receives $629 Million Contract to Upgrade Caiman MRAP

Sep 1, 2010 – Katy, Texas  – (BUSINESS WIRE) BAE Systems has been awarded a $629 million contract from the U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Joint Program Office (JPO) to upgrade 1,700 Caiman MRAP vehicles. This award demonstrates how BAE Systems’ Readiness and Sustainment capabilities are supporting the customer’s current and future requirements by rapidly improving product performance to protect troops during combat missions.

The upgraded vehicle, called the Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV), integrates a refurbished and improved armored capsule from an existing Caiman with a new high-power automotive power train, chassis and independent suspension. These enhancements will provide greater levels of mobility and survivability necessary for challenging and varied environments and enemy threats. (more…)

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Houston Texan Goes the Extra Mile!

September 1, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Yesterday, August 31, 2010, Amobi Okoye sent the Administrator of his foundation to surprise Katy High Senior, Nick Narcisse with tickets to the Texans game being played this Thursday September 2.  Okoye is hoping to encourage Narcisse through his recovery, future success and getting back on the field. Narcisse who was a Defensive End and starter for KHS last year exhibited outstanding talent and skills only to be slowed down by a battle with a rare strain of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Narcisse is in recovery and hoping to be playing with the KHS Tigers this football season. Along with watching the game; Okoye will visit with Narcisse and his father after the game.  (more…)

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