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Methodist West Now Open in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 30, 2010

Methodist West Houston Hospital (I-10 & Barker Cypress) admitted its first surgery patient on Monday, Dec. 20.  Melanie Green of Houston had a tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy.  After her surgery, she was visited by (from left) Wayne Voss, CEO of Methodist West Houston, Alfonso Chicas, R.N., director of Perioperative Services, and Dr. Hector Herrera, anesthesiology.  Dr. John Craddock, otolaryngology, performed Melanie’s surgery; she was able to go home later in the day. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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New Year’s Eve Firework Safety Tips for Pets

Katy Texas News
Posted December 28, 2010

On New Year’s Eve, the whole world comes together for the most exciting party imaginable. As we get ready to ring in 2011 with a loud, colorful display of festive fireworks, we need to remember to keep our furry friends safe.  The sparkling, popping and crackling of fireworks can make many pets agitated and scared.  Without proper care, they can become lost.  Here are a few helpful tips from the Houston SPCA to keep your furry friend safe this New Years Eve:

• Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification tags with current information.  Dogs should wear nylon or leather collars only.  Never place tags on training collars or “choke” chains.   And, cats should wear break a-way / safety collars. Microchipping your pet is always advised.

• Keep your pets indoors in a quiet safe bedroom with plenty of fresh water and give dogs several safe chew toys.  Dogs who are crate trained will feel safest in their kennels.  Cats will do best in a bathroom or utility room with food, water and their litter box.

• Resist the urge to soothe and comfort your agitated pet as this can actually reinforce their stressed behavior. Instead, stay calm and “matter of fact” when dealing with a pet who is upset by loud noises.

• Frightened outdoor dogs have been known to jump high fences and dig holes to escape the sound of fireworks.  Indoor animals should be kept away from large glass windows or doors because when scared they are capable of crashing right through.

• Make sure to keep all alcohol, festive foods / chocolates, floral arrangements and party decorations away from your pets.  Alcohol can be dangerous and deadly while balloons, streamers, party hats, and confetti can become lodged in your pet’s intestines, causing an intestinal blockage.  Chocolate is especially toxic to both canines and felines.

Remember to keep a watchful eye on your pet and put the name and number of your veterinarian and local animal emergency clinic in a designated area.

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy-area Football Players Selected for 8th Grade Bowl Game

Katy Texas News
Posted December 28, 2010

Three Katy-area football players were selected from more than 2,500 nominees to participate in the Eastbay Youth 8th Grade All American Bowl. These players will receive advance recognition from college scouts and personnel all before making their way to Katy High School. They will also get a chance to spend time with the U.S. Army All American High School Players and will be VIP attendees at the U.S. Army All American Bowl live on NBC Saturday Jan. 8, 2011.

The selected players are: Rodney Anderson, tailback at Katy Junior High; Broderick “BJ” Brooks Jr., middle linebacker at Katy Junior High; and Derrick Brown, defensive tackle at West Memorial Junior High. All three will play in the 8th Grade All American Bowl Sunday, Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Kids Walking for Kids at Kilpatrick Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted December 28, 2010

Kindergarten students and teachers at Kilpatrick Elementary “paid it forward” during the holiday season. Students walked to raise money for the Snowdrop Foundation, an organization that funds research and scholarships for children with cancer.  The students raised $4,612 in honor of Lucy Schuler, the inspiration for this project. Lucy has been battling leukemia since being diagnosed in April 2010. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Students at Kilpatrick Elementary raised over $4,000 at their "Kids Walking for Kids" event.

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Friendship Garden Club of Katy Celebrates the Holidays

Katy Texas News
Posted December 28, 2010

The Friendship Garden Club of Katy celebrated Christmas with a luncheon in the home of one of its members.  The object of this 53 year old Katy organization is to create interest in the beautification of our homes and the Katy community.

Friendship Garden Club of Katy

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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Embraces the “Season of Giving”

Katy Texas News
Posted December 22, 2010

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is a haven for Katy area residents seeking a broad spectrum of adult, pediatric, surgical, ambulatory and obstetrical medical attention. This holiday season, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital wants to remind the Greater Houston and Katy areas that at the heart of its nationally-recognized quality care is the hospital’s year-round mission to serve its community through partnership, compassion and stewardship.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital gives back to the community through a variety of direct healthcare programs as a living, breathing image of its mission “to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.“ As a Catholic, faith-based, mission-driven hospital, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital uses its unique health ministry to provide medical attention for local school children, at-risk cancer patients, and other high-risk and underserved populations in the Greater Houston and Katy areas. During the cold winter months when temperatures drop and many of these people are especially susceptible to illness, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital understands that access to quality, affordable treatment from compassionate physicians and staff becomes particularly crucial.

Some of the community partnerships and designated service programs CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital provides the Greater Katy area this holiday season – and all year round – include:

Wee See Vision Program: Healthy eyes and clear vision enhance children’s developmental, emotional and physical well-being. The Wee See Vision Program partners with local ophthalmologists like Berkeley Eye Center and Katy Optics to provide eye exams and corrective lenses for medically underserved students in Katy ISD. Area physicians generously discount their products and service costs, and Wee See funds the balance with a small co-pay, depending on the family’s financial situation.

Mammogram Mondays: Early detection of breast cancer has proven positive outcomes for diagnosed women. Through the Mammogram Mondays community outreach initiative, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital, in partnership with physicians and nurse practitioners, administers mammograms and cancer screenings to medically underserved women who are patients of local area clinics like Breath of Life Clinic, Christ Clinic and Fort Bend Family Health Center.

Additional mission services include:

  • Heart of Katy Fun Run and Walk: a certified and sanctioned 5K event that raises funds for the CHRISTUS St. Catherine Heart Program, which funds Katy’s only Comprehensive Heart Program for cardiac education, wellness and outreach.
  • Cancer Education and Prevention Program: a community benefit plan that sponsors events like free skin cancer screenings during skin cancer awareness month in May.
  • Mobile Clinic: a mobile health unit that parks at Christ Clinic in Katy once a month and performs health screenings, blood pressure checks and blood sugar testing for the underserved in the Katy community.

So in this season of giving and giving thanks, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital extends its heartfelt thank you to our physicians, staff and volunteers for their commitment and help in extending the healing ministry Jesus Christ into our community all year long.

To learn more about CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital and CHRISTUS Foundation’s mission services, visit www.christuststcatherine.org. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Solana ‘Vegas Night’ salutes first anniversary; benefits National Parkinson’s Foundation

Katy Texas News
Posted December 21, 2010

Although the tree is decorated and the stockings hung at The Solana at Cinco Ranch, the senior living community is still buzzing about its successful first anniversary party: Vegas Night.

“To recognize our first year in Cinco Ranch, we invited friends and family to roll the dice with us at eleven gaming tables,” says Lori Vale, director of sales and marketing.  “We raised over $700 for the National Parkinson’s Foundation. They came to accept the check last week and are guiding us through the process of developing a support group.”

Chef Bradley and his kitchen team prepared a festive dinner buffet and food stations and the Main Casino was staged in the Signature Dining Room.  Blackjack, Craps, Roulettes, Wheel of Fortune, and specialty game tables were located in common areas throughout The Solana including the Cane Island Wine Bar and other lounges.

The grand prize, a weekend for two to a Las Vegas hotel plus airfare, donated by The Solana, was won by guest Steve Nastasi.  For more information about The Solana, call 281-395-9600. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Jamie Stenbeck plays the Wheel of Fortune.

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IT firm makes multi-million dollar investment in Katy area with new data center, headquarters

Katy Texas News
Posted December 21, 2010

One company is betting big on the power of the Texas economy.

StratITsphere, a technology services company based in the Houston area, invested $15 million to renovate a warehouse in Katy into a new company headquarters and state-of-the-art data center. And that’s just the first phase of the project the company unveiled today.

“Texas, especially in the Houston area, has a robust economy and a great environment for business,” said Stephen Webster, president and CEO of StratITsphere. “This is the right time and the right place to invest in the future.”

The company will move from its offices in Humble to the 94,000-square-foot facility at 1510 Primewest Parkway in January. StratITsphere plans to invest additional millions to build out the facility over the next five years.

The first phase of development will create 10 jobs in 2011 with an annual payroll of $1 million, Webster said. The employee base will grow to 35 during the next five years.

The building represents the highest quality of data center that can be built. A data center provides a secure off-site location for companies to store their most important computer equipment and data, Webster said.

The site offers 24-hour manned security and advanced physical safeguards like video surveillance equipment and biometric locks to keep equipment and data secure, he said. In the event of an emergency, the site has generators, showers, kitchens and other amenities that allow it to operate independently from the outside world for up to six days. It also has multiple internet connections to guarantee clients can access their systems and data and keep their businesses open.

“If you have to evacuate for a hurricane and your systems are in our facility, you can run your business by pulling into a Starbucks and opening up your laptop,” Webster explained. Clients also can set up shop or camp out in data center if their respective offices are unusable.

Most companies can’t afford or justify the expense to build and maintain such facilities on their own, so there is great demand to rent space from firms like StratITsphere, Webster said. Nationally, demand for such services is outpacing available supply by a 3-1 ratio.

Along with the data center, StratITsphere offers IT infrastructure and security consulting to Fortune 500 companies, including many energy companies based in Houston.

“Most companies don’t get the full benefit from the millions of dollars they spend on computers and technology because they don’t know exactly what they should buy, or they don’t know how to use all the capabilities they’ve purchased,” Webster said. “We help them on both counts, and help them secure their systems so a low-level employee can’t post company secrets on WikiLeaks.”

For more information on StratITsphere, visit www.stratitsphere.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Holiday Event Gift Card Drive benefits Katy Christian Ministries

Katy Texas News
Posted December 21, 2010

The award winning Taylor High School Pacesetters dance team enjoyed their annual Holiday Event at the Willow Fork Country Club. Each girl brought a gift card to the dinner as a way to give back to the community in the spirit of the holidays.  Katy Christian Ministries will be the recipient of the gift cards and will distribute them to needy families.

The Taylor High School Pacesetters are a Nationally Recognized dance team under the direction of Darby Boyd and Kristen Polansky. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Taylor High School Pacesetters

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Griffin Elementary parents go back to class

Katy Texas News
Posted December 20, 2010

Parents at Griffin Elementary school eagerly went back to class to learn how their children are being taught math skills that will prepare them for an ever changing world full of new technologies and opportunities. Led by Principal Jackie Keithan, teachers demonstrated how smart boards are being used in every grade to actively engage and encourage each student to fulfill their math potential. The older generation also learnt how best practices from around the world are being sought out and brought to Katy to help further improve math teaching. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Griffin Ellementary School parents went back to school to brush up their math skills.

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WoodCreek Junior High choirs keep busy in December

Katy Texas News
Posted December 20, 2010

WoodCreek Junior High’s choirs have been very busy this month. In early December, the WCJH 7th and 8th grade choir members performed for WoodCreek Elementary and Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary. On December 9, the choir students performed their annual winter concert under the direction of Clelyn Brown, Lauren Burris and Gail Land. The concert also included a performance by the Seven Lakes High School choir.

WCJH Choirs include the following:  TimberWolf Tenor Choir, TimberWolf Treble Choir, WoodCreek Men’s Choir, WoodCreek Women’s Choir, Varsity Women’s Choir, and the WolfPack Singers. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

WCJH choir director Clelyn Brown and the Timberwolf Tenor choir.

WoodCreek Junior High women's choir.

WoodCreek Junior High's men's choir.

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Griffin Elementary spreads holiday cheer

Katy Texas News
Posted December 20, 2010

After months of early morning practices the 5th grade choir at Griffin Elementary took their show on the road. After singing for fellow students the school tour bus rolled out. Residents at Heritage Grand in Cinco Ranch and shoppers at the Galleria shopping mall in Houston were entertained by a wonderful medley of songs. The songbirds finished their exciting day with a standing room only concert for families and friends back at school. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Griffin Elementary choir students perform.

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Six Simple Ideas for Making Memories this Katy Holiday!

Create New Traditions This Holiday Season

Is all this talk of traditions, warm family holidays and fun activities with your kids this Christmas getting you in the spirit of the season?  Or is it causing your spirits to get flustered and overwhelmed, adding more to your already-jam-packed holiday calendar?  Well, don’t stress, here are 6 very simple ideas that are fun, memorable and affordable.  You can easily squeeze them in and around everything else going on, especially once school is out and tests, homework and lunch preparation is over for a couple of weeks!

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Why Keep Holiday Family Traditions?

Help Create Special Memories with Loved Ones This Holiday Season

Growing up, my family didn’t have too many traditions, especially around the holidays.  I can remember a couple that were special, and they were observed when the funds were available, but my childhood was not full of warm traditions.  Part of the reason was the strict religious beliefs my parents held, and part was my mother’s stand that “things shouldn’t hold value.”

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11 Ways to Entertain the Kids in Katy This Winter (And Not Overspend!)

Katy Mom Offers up Some of Her Family’s Favorite Activities

Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean the kids have to stay shut up in the house, whining about “nothing to do!”  Instead of sending them with a toothbrush to clean the tile grout at their first complaint of boredom, why not beat them to it with these 11 activity ideas?

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Katy ISD Police Dept. offers safety tips for holiday season

Katy Texas News
Posted December 16, 2010

With the height of the holiday season approaching and school concluding for the semester, Katy ISD Police Department Chief Mark Hopkins wants to remind parents to not let their guard down or become distracted while shopping, attending public functions, or travelling this holiday break.

According to Chief Hopkins, “Crowds are much greater at public places during this time of year and children may easily become separated from their parents, causing confusion and fear. Parents and their children need a plan to know what to do each time they venture out.”

Child safety is vital year round, but Christmastime is an especially important time for parents and children to pay attention to their surroundings and not let their guard down. “Some of our nearby shopping areas such as Katy Mills and Houston Premium Outlets are huge and easy to get disoriented in without a plan,” says Chief Hopkins.

Unfortunately, many adults and children do not know what to do if they lose each other in a public place or are faced with other unsafe situations. Chief Hopkins and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) are offering advice on how to stay safe, and avoid panic and potential dangers at crowded events.

Always:

  • Keep children with you at all times while shopping.
  • Accompany and supervise children in public facilities, including restrooms.
  • Have a plan should you and your child become separated. Identify a pre-designated spot to meet before you head out.
  • Teach you children to look for people who can help such as a uniformed police officer, a salesperson, or even another mother with children.
  • Remind children to remain in the area where they become separated.

Never:

  • Dress children in clothing such as t-shirts or jackets that display their first or last names, prompting unwelcome attention from people looking for an opportunity to start a conversation with your child.
  • Never leave children in toy stores or other stores geared for young kids expecting supervision from store personnel.
  • Allow younger children to shop on their own to purchase surprise gifts for family members or friends.
  • Drop off older children at a mall or public place without agreeing on a clear plan for picking them up, including: where, what time, and what to do in case of a change in plans.
  • Most importantly, Chief Hopkins wants parents and children alike to remain alert and report suspicious incidents to local law enforcement. Often it is tips from observant residents, which greatly assist local law enforcement in combating unlawful activity, not only around the holidays, but also year-round.

Parents wanting more information and additional safety tips can log on to www.missingkids.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Compassion Katy names Melissa Williams Volunteer of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted December 16, 2010

Compassion Katy announced Melissa Williams was voted as the volunteer with the greatest impact this year.

Williams has always been active in church and volunteering in the community. She has done everything from Meals on Wheels to helping with her kid’s classrooms.

In 2008 Williams volunteered at Katy ServeFest at West Houston Charter School and immediately stepped into leadership. Shortly after this event Hurricane Ike hit and she immediately stepped up to help those in need. Williams shopped for a dislocated family of 17, organized food and took care of many other urgent needs.

After things settled down Williams became aware of the great need that Compassion Katy had regarding their website. With her background in graphic arts and familiarity with WordPress she has become an invaluable asset. Williams now serves on Compassion Katy’s Advisory board, acts as the communication coordinator. She also plays a lead role in Compassion Katy’s annual ServeFest.

Williams says that she is grateful for the opportunity to volunteer weekly with a nonprofit that impacts our community by bringing churches together to meet greater needs.

Compassion Katy salutes this wife and mother of 2 for all of her commitment and hard work. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Melissa Williams accepts her Volunteer of the Year award from Compassion Katy.

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Katy ISD Receives Five-Star FAST Rating

Katy Texas News
Posted December 15, 2010

Katy ISD is one of 43 districts out of 1,235 public school districts and charter schools in Texas to receive the maximum five-star rating under the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST).  Of the 17 districts of 50,000 or more students, the district was one of only three to receive the highest rating and is one of only seven districts in the greater Houston area to be listed.  The FAST rating system identifies districts and schools that have high academic achievement and cost-effective operations.

Released from the office of Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the FAST rating system identifies districts and schools that have high academic achievement and cost-effective operations.  The report, entitled Connecting the Dots: School Spending and Student Progress, was commissioned by the Texas Legislature in 2009 as a result of HB3 to “develop a method to compare school districts on a level playing field.”

“To be listed as one of only 43 districts in the entire state speaks volumes of  our continued efforts maintain effective and efficient operations while creating an environment that is conducive to learning and student growth,” said Katy ISD superintendent Alton Frailey.

Katy ISD also recently achieved a Superior rating from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), having passed all critical indicators and earning 80 of 80 possible points.  FIRST is a state-wide rating system that grades the management of school finance.

Katy ISD is a TEA “recognized” district serving more than 60,000 students. Covering 181 square miles west of downtown Houston, Katy ISD is comprised of 53 campuses, and with more than 8,300 employees is one of the largest employers in the West Houston area. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Holiday Season Creates High Demand for Sitters

Katy Texas News
Posted December 15, 2010

With the approaching holiday season, invitations to holiday parties and social gatherings are on the rise leaving parents without trusted childcare in search of a babysitter.

SeekingSitters is a full service, on-demand babysitting referral service that can alleviate the added holiday stress of finding a reliable babysitter. SeekingSitters thoroughly screens all sitters and schedules them for its member families – and oversees payment for families.  The company has in-house licensed private investigators that handle all background investigations.

“At SeekingSitters our goal is to help families find safe, reliable babysitting solutions so parents can enjoy an evening out with peace of mind that their children are under the care of a true childcare professional,” says Adrienne Kallweit, founder of SeekingSitters and Licensed Private Investigator.

SeekingSitters is currently accepting and reviewing applications for professional sitters for its families. All sitters are at least 18 years old, certified in CPR and First Aid with experience in child care. Sitters can also set their own schedules.

“The holiday season is one of our busiest times, especially New Year’s Eve, so its important that we begin reviewing and screening new sitters now so we never have to turn parents away,” says Kallweit.

For parents looking for a childcare professional, Kallweit offers the following tips:

Take the interview seriously: First step is to conduct an in-person interview with the candidates. Make sure to ask questions about their experience, their reasoning for wanting to be a sitter, and even ask them how they would handle different scenarios with your children. You will also want to verify they have CPR and first aid certification.

In-depth background screening: Find a reputable background screening company that screens each applicant’s personal character history, address history, criminal and civil records.

Verify multiple references: Check at least three childcare related references to make sure the applicant has the experience level that is needed.

SeekingSitters services hundreds of cities in 22 states.  Local couples/parents own each SeekingSitters franchise, which provides the same services of finding & screening sitters, scheduling all babysitting jobs, and overseeing payments between members and sitters.

For individuals interested in becoming a sitter with SeekingSitters, please visit www.seekingsitters.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD surpasses goal in Food for Families campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14, 2010

Katy ISD announced they collected $13,250 for their 2010 Food for Families Campaign.

Katy ISD’s Partners in Education works to spread holiday cheer with this annual fundraiser that provides support to Katy ISD families in need.  Their goal this year was to raise $10,000 – enough to provide one meal to 200 families.

By raising well above their goal, Katy ISD will be able to provide 256 Katy ISD students and families with funds to purchase food during the holiday season. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital offering Direct-Access Testing this flu season

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14, 2010

While flu season most commonly peaks in January and February, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital in Katy reports more than 220 Katy area residents have already been tested for the 2010-2011 flu.

For patients looking for quick, convenient and “one stop shop” testing options to protect themselves against the flu and other holiday health concerns, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital offers an on-site screening service called Direct-Access Testing (DAT), which provides cost-effective and confidential lab tests for flu, cholesterol, glucose, pregnancy and much more.

Direct access to licensed, quality labs gives patients quick results and insight into maintaining personal wellness and potential health problems. Especially during the busy holiday season, DAT is a convenient way to get tested and determine the appropriate treatment to head off illness.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Laboratory is located at 701 S. Fry Rd. at Kingsland Blvd. and is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, visit christusstcatherine.org. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Firethorne celebrates the holidays

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14, 2010

Firethorne kindled the spirit of the season with a Texas-theme Holiday Party with a buffet spread the size of Texas on the deck overlooking Lake Firethorne. With the outdoor fireplace aglow, guests enjoyed entertainment by country western band, Ranch B Bop, and drawings for a variety of gift prizes, including big screen TV, Bose sound system, digital camera, his and hers watches, wine baskets and more.

Katy residents enjoyed a Texas-themed party at Firethorne.

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Seven Lakes High School students create art for Texas Children’s Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14, 2010

In October, Seven Lakes High School art students and their teacher, Angie Bartuska, collaborated with painter Ray Phillips to create two large canvases for Texas Children’s Hospital. Ray Phillips painted with the students and taught them his technique for layering paint and screened images on canvas using acrylic paint. The students requested certain imagery that would be child-centered and playful. Ray Phillips had those images transferred onto large screens prior to the workshop then walked them through the process.

His studio is located just off The Strand in Galveston, Texas, so after painting, several students went down to the beach with Ms. Bartuska and photographed children playing in the water. These children were then painted onto the canvases back in the classroom.

For more information on Ray Phillips and his work, go to his website at rayphillips.com

The paintings will be hanging in the new Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus located at Barker Cypress and I-10. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Seven Lakes art students with their artwork on that is currently on display at Texas Children's Hospital in Katy.

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Our Journey to Bethlehem

A Katy Family Christmas Experience

This weekend, the Blanco family experienced Christmas in a new way.  We went to Current – A Christian Church in Katy Saturday night, which hosted a live Biblical experience, called “Journey to Bethlehem.”  From the time we entered that church, we were treated like part of the production, and we loved it.  We were placed in the “Abraham family” and ushered outside into the frigid air after refreshments and a brief overview.  Soon the reality of what Mary and Joseph and all the other Israelites experienced on their way to be “counted” in Bethlehem began to sink in.  The girls and I held hands nervously, but with a twinge of excitement, as we experienced firsthand the evening of a traveling Jew from our various hometowns to Roman-led Bethlehem.

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Birth Center to open soon in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13, 2010

The Katy Birth Center, offering midwifery services, will open in the first quarter of 2011. The Center is located at 1002 Ave. A in Katy.

“There are people who live in Katy that drive to the Woodlands to have their baby because they want to use a birth center,” says Cathy Rude. Rude, the administrative director of the Katy Birth Center is a licensed midwife as well as certified professional midwife with 18 years experience. She has been delivering 50-60 babies a year at her client’s homes.

“I get calls monthly from people who are looking for a birth center in the (Katy/West Houston) area,” she says. “We believe we will be meeting that need. The midwives of the Katy Birth Center hope to give moms more options for natural birthing in a home like setting.”

In addition to Rude, Connie Blokkum MSN, CNM and Natalie Wommack RNC, CPM will offer midwifery care and well woman services. The use of midwifery services is growing in popularity. According to the Citizens for Midwifery the woman-centered model of care has proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

The Birth Center offers holistic pregnancy care, from pre-natal, to the birth of the child, through post partum. Besides assisting families with the delivery of their babies, the Center will also offer mother support groups and classes in topics relative to childbearing families as well as a full range of lactation services.

Additional information on the Katy Birth Center is found at www.katybirthcenter.com or calling 832 437-5876. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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West Houston Charter School in Katy changing name

Katy Texas News
Posted December 10, 2010

West Houston Charter School is getting a new name: Aristoi Classical Academy (ACA). The new name that the school is transitioning to is more reflective of the curriculum and teaching methods at the school. Aristoi Classical Academy, with 307 students, 42 faculty and staff, is located just north of I-10 in Old Katy. At this K – 8 school, the development of community relationships is important.

“Education is about relationships, among students, faculty, administration, and the community,” says the Headmaster Reggie Johnson. “When the relationships are strong, education is effective and the kids benefit the most. They are our future. Wherever relationships are weak or worn thin the child’s education is affected in a bad way.”

The school has put into practice several programs to enrich the relationships, including: an accessibility requirement for everyone to return emails and phone calls within 24 hours; a weekly coffee with the Headmaster where parents and community are invited; a biannual state of the school address which defines accomplishments, and goals and strategies for the coming year; and a monthly newsletter for news and events. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Second Baptist Church in Katy hosting bible study for college students

Katy Texas News
Posted December 10, 2010

Second Baptist Church’s west campus in Katy is hosting a weekly bible study and worship for college students who want to learn more about God. The group meets Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. and the group welcomes any current college students, as well as high school seniors and recent college graduates. For more go to second.org/west. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD presents inaugural KatyOne Award

Katy Texas News
Posted December 10, 2010

Katy ISD presented its inaugural KatyOne award to representatives from the Taylor High School JET Band and Seven Lakes High School Spartan Band during the Board of Trustees fall student recognition event this week.  The award was the first of its kind for the district, and was created to recognize and celebrate those who work together, from different schools or different areas of the district, to do something positive for our community.

“We have people in every corner of the district reaching over attendance boundaries to do great things for each other and the community,” says Katy ISD superintendent Alton Frailey. “Sometimes these acts go unnoticed. Through KatyOne, we plan to share these stories with the greater community and hopefully inspire others to do something good.”

The Taylor and Seven Lakes bands were chosen for the award in response to a special connection of support that has grown between the two organizations over the past few years.  This bond hit a pinnacle point when the Seven Lakes band lost one of their own in a car accident last year. The JET band reached out to the Spartan Band, expressing their condolences, showing support and paying tribute to the group by forming a “7” and an “L” on the field in the game following the tragedy.  This led to the two band directors writing a combined half-time show for the last game of that season – which was Seven Lakes vs. Taylor.

“A culture of teamwork has always existed among all of our Katy ISD band directors, and this has filtered to the students as well,” says Bob Bryant, executive director of Fine Arts for Katy ISD.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Taylor JET Band were Chris Bailey, director of bands, and David Kendler, Taylor HS principal. Accepting the award on behalf of the Seven Lakes Spartan Band were David Reynolds, assistant director of bands, and Christie Whitbeck, Seven Lakes HS principal. Damon Archer, director of bands for Seven Lakes was unable to attend, but was recognized for his dedication to the bands.  Megan Seiler, Karen Wylie, Alison Anchors and Melissa LeRoy, drum majors of the Spartan band were also in attendance.  Taylor High School drum majors Hoang Nguyen, Connor Aimone, Blair Begbie and Tamara Natasya, were unable to attend due to a performance.

The two bands have been invited to perform a special combined marching show the day before the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans this January, and will also participate in the game’s half-time show.  For more information about KatyOne, visit katyisd.org.

Adds Frailey, “We should all be very proud of our Katy ISD students who continue to demonstrate that, as a fast growing community, we must find a way to stay connected, respectful and supportive of one another.  This is the only way to preserve the positive values and quality of life most were seeking when they chose Katy ISD and the Katy community.  I encourage all of us to join them in their efforts.”

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Pictured in the top row, left to right: Chris Crockett, secretary, Katy ISD Board of Trustees; Robert Shaw, treasurer, Katy ISD Board of Trustees; Alton Frailey, Katy ISD Superintendent; and David Kendler, principal, Taylor High School. Bottom row, left to right: Christie Whitbeck, principal, Seven Lakes High School; Rebecca Fox, vice president, Katy ISD Board of Trustees; Joe Adams, sergeant-at-arms, Katy ISD Board of Trustees; Chris Bailey, director of bands, Taylor High School; and David Reynolds, assistant director of bands for Seven Lakes High School.

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Katy ISD to host “Men Who Mentor” breakfast

Katy Texas News
Posted December 10, 2010

Men who currently mentor in the Katy ISD KEYS Mentor Program or those who are interested are invited to attend the Katy ISD Partners in Education’s Men Who Mentor Breakfast.  Partner’s in Education is hosting this annual networking event on Friday, January 14, 2011 from 8 – 9 a.m. in room 1200 at the Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Ln.

Currently only one-third of the Katy ISD mentoring family is comprised of men, but hundreds more are needed at campuses across the district. Partners in Education offers this male-only event to recruit more members for the KEYS Mentor Program.

KEYS places a caring adult with a child for time together one-on-one for an hour each week. All sessions take place on-campus, during the school day, during the school year. Although Katy ISD has over 600 mentors at 50 campuses, male mentors are in short supply and needed to serve as role models for young male students. A recent evaluation of KEYS showed that 89 percent of students in the program decreased discipline referrals, 88 percent decreased absences and 80 percent increased grades. These numbers prove that one hour per week really can make a difference.

Those interested in attending the Men Who Mentor Breakfast may RSVP at katyisd.org and click on Men Who Mentor. Questions may be directed to Martha Brown at marthabrown@katyisd.org.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Taylor High School golf team celebrates fall achievements

Katy Texas News
Posted December 10, 2010

Taylor High School’s golf team has had a very successful fall semester, consistently winning awards and placing in tournaments.

Hunter Clemenceau placed second in a tournament sponsored by Bryan High School held at Legendary Oaks Golf Course in September. In mid-November the junior varsity boys team, consisting of Hunter Clemenceau, Jordy Kanisius, Kevin Cho, Austin Partin and Sam Detke, won first place at the Memorial High School Tournament held at Eagle Point Golf Course. In individual play at the same tournament, Cho won first place and Partin won fourth place.

Also in mid-November, the junior varsity girls team, consisting of Kendall Bosse, Courtney Hernandez, Caitlin Beer, and Hannah Grimsley, won third place at the at the Galveston Ball High School tournament held at Moody Gardens Golf Course. Beer placed second in individual play and Hernandez placed third.

In late November, the junior varsity boys team, consisting of Ryan Miller, Austin Zen, Sean Ali-Samboul, Jacob Cahilll and Clark Corser, won third place at the Fort Bend Austin tournament held at Pecan Grove Golf Course. Miller placed second in individual play and Cahill placed third. The junior varsity girls team, consisting of Hannah Grimsley, Kirby Clifford, Maya Gruebler, Remy Fruge, Caitlin Beer and Courtney Hernandez, won first place at the Fort Bend Austin High School tournament held at Pecan Grove Golf Course. In individual play, Caitlin Beer placed second and Courtney Hernandez placed third.

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Taylor High School junior varsity boys golf team.

Taylor High School junior varisty girls golf team.

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Two Katy families to receive gift from Gallery Furniture in 27th Annual Holiday Giveaway

Katy Texas News
Posted December 9, 2010

This year the holiday wishes of 30 special families, including two from Katy, will be granted during the 27th Annual Gallery Furniture Holiday Giveaway.

Katy families that will be recognized include the Olachia Family, who is described by nominators as the “poster family” for breast cancer awareness and support in the community; and the Royal Family, who moved to Houston after their mother suffered through an abusive relationship.

Fifteen deserving families were selected to receive new furniture for their homes from letters submitted to Gallery Furniture by a panel of judges including executives from Houston media outlets and owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale. The remaining 15 families will be chosen by the Gallery Furniture Facebook fans on Dec. 20 with the deliveries to follow.

“Gallery Furniture is all about being a part of the community and wanted the community to be a part of this giveaway so we reached out to our thousands of Facebook friends to help us choose some of this year’s recipients,” says McIngvale. “2010 was a difficult year for many Houstonians and we are happy to be able to help make the season a little brighter for these very special people.”

Over the next two weeks, Gallery Furniture will deliver furniture specifically chosen to fit each families needs. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Local author Danielle Schaaf visits The Solana

Katy Texas News
Posted December 9, 2010

Residents of The Solana and guests gathered for a buffet lunch and speaker, local author Danielle Schaaf who shared stories from her book “Don’t Chew Jesus!” a collection of memories of her years in Catholic schools.  Schaaf is pictured signing books for Solana residents Dottie Magala and Bea Hall.

Danielle Schaaf at the Solana

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Monkey Joe’s bounces into Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 8, 2010

Monkey Joe’s, a popular inflatables-filled indoor play and party center that provides families with engaging activity and entertainment, bounces into Katy with its official grand opening this weekend. This opening represents a growth trend in one of 2010’s hottest categories, children’s party and entertainment centers.

The grand opening festivities kick-off with a VIP party on Friday, Dec. 10 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and will include free food and admission. The party and play center will officially open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

Walk into Monkey Joe’s and you will find a large space with bright décor and wall-to-wall inflatables, providing fun in the form of bouncing, sliding and jumping. With a main play center and a separate Mini Monkey Zone for toddlers, Monkey Joe’s is suitable for all kids 12 years-old and younger. Customers at Monkey Joe’s may even get a glimpse of the official Monkey Joe, the concept’s beloved mascot, a purple monkey known to make special appearances.

The facility also provides a variety of party packages, group sales and fundraising opportunities.  A proven favorite, birthday parties, can accommodate small and large groups. Birthday party packages cover all your party needs, including courtesy set-up and clean-up, invitations for your guests, a dedicated Monkey Joe’s party host, drinks, paper plates, cups, tablecloth and utensils.

A destination that also caters to parents, Monkey Joe’s provides a long-overdue component to play centers: an unmatched parent lounge with comfortable seating, computer stations and flat screens TVs. As an added bonus, the entire facility provides free, high-speed Internet access.

All Monkey Joe’s locations have committed to full jump sanitation from Swisher Hygiene, the country’s leading provider of commercial hygiene services. The service is intended to reduce exposure to germs and cross-contamination for all who visit and play at Monkey Joe’s, making it a cleaner environment than public playgrounds, schools, daycares and amusement parks. Monkey Joe’s has also developed its own Access Child Control System (SACCS) to create a safe environment for kids to play and parents piece of mind. Children receive arm bands matching them to their parent.  These arm bands are adhered from the minute the child steps into Monkey Joe’s, and are checked by Monkey Joe’s employees upon exiting the facility.

“Safety and cleanliness for the families who enjoy our facilities is a top priority. From the time our guests enter and are processed through the SACCS to when they play on the first inflatable, we strive to offer peace of mind to parents by offering the highest standards of safety and cleanliness,” explains Shonna Lester, director of marketing for Monkey Joe’s.

With 54 locations nationwide, Monkey Joe’s has proved to be a promising business venture. “We’re excited about Monkey Joe’s success and contribute it to the core values of the brand, extensive corporate support and finding the perfect franchisee partners,” explains Lester. “Monkey Joe’s is a unique concept that strives to combine fun, family and exercise in a safe and clean environment.”

The Katy Monkey Joe’s is located at 511 South Mason Rd, Suite A. Operating hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy elementary students form RoboRangers Robotics

Katy Texas News
Posted December 7, 2010

The RoboRangers, a Katy-based robotics team comprised of elementary students in the 4th and 5th grades, competed for the first time last weekend and received the First Place Project Award in a qualifying tournament of FIRST LEGO League (FLL). FLL is a global robotics program and competition designed to get children aged 9-14 excited about science and technology.

The RoboRangers, along with 26 other teams from the Houston area, participated in the FLL qualifying tournament on December 4, hosted by the University of Houston Department of Technology’s Coordination of Robotics Education (CORE) at Bammel Middle School.

The RoboRangers, a first-year team of eight 4th graders and two 5th graders, received the First Place Project Award for their research project and presentation about an innovative way to eliminate fractures and osteoporosis by making bones so strong that they can never break. They ranked no. 7 in robot performance. The day-long competition featured robotic performance rounds in between the teamwork, project and robot design judging sessions.

The RoboRangers’ overall performance qualified them to advance to the 2010 Lone Star Championship Tournament, which will take place on December 11 at the University of Houston Recreation and Wellness Center. Private judging sessions of teamwork, research project and robot design will be held in the morning, in between the exciting robot performance rounds. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy YMCA’s MEND program focuses on improving Katy youth’s health

Katy Texas News
Posted December 7, 2010

Is your child above their ideal weight? The YMCA’s MEND program is a community, family-based program for 7-13-year-olds who are above their ideal weight and their parents.  The aim is to improve health behavior – not rapid weight loss.  MEND empowers families to make smart food choices, set nutrition targets, understand healthy portion sizes and interpret food labels and MORE.  This program is FREE to Katy families.  To register families, please call 281-839-8472 or e-mail Giselle.patterson@mendfoundation.org. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy veteran remembers Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Katy Texas News
Posted December 7, 2010

The Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 held a remembrance service for the Attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 5 at their Post Hall.

VFW Commander Mike Mastrangelo gave the opening remarks about the significance of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Master of Ceremonies Stephen Brady set the stage for the video presentation to follow by describing the state of world events that led up to “the day that will live in Infamy.” VFW Post Jr. Vice Commander Dave Brasell then introduced the event’s guest speaker, retired Chief Petty Officer John B. Webster.

Chief Webster, a 30-year Navy veteran and resident of Katy, Texas. shared his extensive military history with the assemblage. He joined the US Navy when he was 18 years old, and survived 14 major engagements throughout his career. Shortly after he enlisted, he was on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic sending supplies to England in support of the American Eagle Squadron. After suffering extensive storm damages during the hurricane season of 1941, his ship the USS Mustin was at the Boston Naval Yard for repairs on that fateful morning.

Webster, remembers being in the ships log room doing some log entry work, when around 9:15 a.m. on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, a young sailor ran down the corridor screaming the Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor.

Webster remembers the crew getting back to ship and departing the next day for the Naval Yard at Charleston, SC where 40 mm guns were installed.  In early January 1942 they set sail for Pearl Harbor and arrived in early February.

He remembers seeing the destruction and seeing his shipmates crying in anger at what they were witnessing as they entered the harbor for the first time. He stated that Pearl Harbor looked completely destroyed. The hate, anger and tears were so great; it is hard to describe the complete effects it was having on the American men at war.  John Webster said,

“It was the first time I had ever seen men cry so hard,” Webster told the audience Sunday. “I had been in Pearl Harbor prior to the bombing, and it was paradise. There was never a place more beautiful. It wasn’t the Pearl Harbor that I experienced, men knuckling down to do battle and wanting to fight like I had never seen before.”

The United States worked miracles getting ships and squadrons back into fighting action; they cleaned the oil off the water, repaired and salvaged the personnel and equipment together.

Webster and his ship the USS Mustin, which won 13 Battle Stars, went on to fight battles across the Pacific. He remained on the USS Mustin for more than five years.

Webster’s Pacific service also included battles alongside the USS Texas, to which he was recently named an honorary crew member. Webster also served on the USS Cascade, USS Regal and the USS Hyman during the Korean War.  A highlight of his naval career was being stationed off the coast of Haifa, Palestine the day Israel became a nation.

Since retiring in November 1970, Webster says his most thrilling experience was at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. when he was honored and asked to “light off the engines” of the new USS Mustin. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Retired Chief Petty Officer John B. Webster recounts his experiences at Pearl Harbor for the Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182.

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Firethorne announces first-ever “Stuff the Sleigh” holiday toy drive

Katy Texas News
Posted December 7, 2010

Sleigh bells will be ringing and children joyfully singing thanks to the first-ever “Stuff the Sleigh” holiday toy drive benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital pediatric cancer patients and their siblings. Currently underway, the Katy/Fulshear-based drive will culminate with a party for the children and their families the week before Christmas, highlighted by Santa Claus reading “The Night Before Christmas” and handing out the toys to the children.

“We welcome those interested in supporting Stuff the Sleigh to stop by the Firethorne Community Center to select a sleigh gift card from the life-size Firethorne sleigh.  Each sleigh/card will have one wish list item on it from a young cancer patient or their brother or sister for donors to purchase,” says Garrett Ashmore, Stuff the Sleigh co-founder/coordinator.

The Firethorne Community Center is located at 28128 N. Firethorne Rd. in Katy/Fulshear.

Ashmore and his wife, Kelli, Firethorne residents, had the idea six months ago to do something to support young cancer patients and their families to help ease their financial and emotional burdens during the holidays.

“As the parents of two healthy children, we wanted to do something to help those who may be hospital-bound this holiday season and provide them with as joy-filled, meaningful and worry-free a Christmas holiday as possible,” says Garrett.

Thus far, the Stuff the Sleigh toy drive and holiday party have received a tremendous outpouring of community support, according to Garrett. The project is the official toy drive of Cinco Charities this year, as well as the Pay It Forward project of the first graders of Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School in Katy ISD.

The goal for Stuff the Sleigh is to continue and grow the project at the new Texas Children’s Hospital-Katy that is opening next year.

After purchasing toys, Stuff the Sleigh organizers hope to have enough additional funds to provide grocery gift cards or gas cards to the children’s families. For individuals and companies that want to participate in the Stuff the Sleigh drive, donations may be made to Stuff the Sleigh-C/O Firethorne Community Association, and mailed to 4707 Ingersoll, Houston, TX  77027. One hundred percent of the toys and monetary donations will go directly to benefit the Texas Children’s Hospital patients and their families. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD extends deadline for Food for Families campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted December 3, 2010

Katy ISD announced it is extending the deadline for its annual Food for Families campaign to Friday, Dec. 10.

Katy ISD’s Partners in Education works to spread holiday cheer with this annual fundraiser that provides support to Katy ISD families in need.  The goal this year is to raise $10,000 – enough to provide one meal to 200 families.

“We initially launched Food for Families as a means for Katy ISD administrators to offer tangible support for district students in need,” said Janet Theis, Katy ISD Partners in Education Specialist.  “Last year, we extended our outreach to Katy community members and businesses as this is a great way to directly impact the holidays of families right here in Katy ISD.”

The cost to feed one family has increased to $50 from $35. Last year, Food for Families collected $7,800 and fed more than 200 families. The cost to feed the same amount of families is now approximately $10,000.

Those interested in participating may continue to drop-off cash or check donations by Friday, Dec. 10. Donations will be accepted in the Partners in Education office, ESC Room 1460.  Please make checks payable to Katy ISD/Food for Families.

Families receiving assistance are nominated by their home campus with every Katy ISD campus participating.  For more information, contact Partners in Education at 281-396-2461. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Heritage Park unveils new All Aboard Katy! train

Katy Texas News
Posted December 2, 2010

On Wednesday, Dec. 1 Katy Heritage Park unveiled the Katy Heritage Train, which is part of the All Aboard Katy! public art project. The train was sponsored by the City of Katy Heritage Park Board, paid for by the Katy Heritage Society, painted by Carrie Currie and the Katy Area Artists and was installed by Venus Construction. Check out the public art project as it continues to grow. Katy Heritage Park is located at 5990 George Bush Dr. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

The newest All Aboard Katy! train was installed in Katy Heritage Park this week.

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Kilpatrick Elementary sisters making a difference in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 2, 2010

Each morning on the announcements Kilpatrick Elementary School students are challenged to do something kind for someone. In late October in honor of “Making a Difference Day, “  two Kilpatrick students took their efforts outside of the school and made a difference in the Katy community.

Sisters Emily and Callie Bexley collected food items for Katy Christian Ministries (KCM), which are especially needed at this time of year when the demand is greater. The sisters visited neighbors to ask for nonperishable food donations, which they delivered to KCM. After making their delivery, the girls toured the facility and learned how their donation benefited KCM. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Sisters Emily and Callie, who attend Kilpatrick Elementary, took their school's daily mission of making a difference to the next level by donating to Katy Christian Ministries.

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Outpatient facility opens at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted December 2, 2010

Texas Children’s Hospital announced that the outpatient clinic building is open at its new West Campus, I-10 and Barker Cypress, and that the pediatric emergency center and hospital services are on target to open in spring 2011.

“We are excited to begin offering outpatient services at West Campus as the first step in providing expanded access to the unsurpassed care of Texas Children’s Hospital,” says Michelle Riley-Brown, vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. “As we celebrate this first milestone, we also look forward to spring 2011, when we will open our pediatric emergency center and hospital services.”

The newly built 220,809-square-foot outpatient clinic building at West Campus offers the most current diagnostic and treatment services in a cheerful, family-focused and welcoming environment. The facility is designed to provide a comprehensive array of specialized pediatric services delivered by a dedicated team of board-certified pediatric specialists and experts including nurses, rehabilitation specialists and child life specialists.

To ensure the smoothest possible opening experience for patient families, Riley-Brown noted that the outpatient clinic facility is opening in two phases. As of Dec. 1, the first and second floors of the building are open, which includes outpatient treatment areas for physical/occupational therapy and speech therapy; diabetes/endocrine; and gastroenterology and nutrition practices.

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is on track to open additional outpatient clinic practices by Dec. 7, said Riley-Brown.  These include: audiology, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, pediatric surgery, pulmonary medicine and urology.

In spring 2011, the hematology/ oncology clinic will open, increasing the number of outpatient clinics at the facility to 11. The West Campus will also open a 12-bed pediatric emergency center, 48 inpatient rooms, three operating rooms, a special procedures suite, advanced diagnostic imaging services including MRI and CT scans, and a neurophysiology sleep laboratory.

For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and services available at the outpatient clinic facility, visit westcampus.texaschildrens.org. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

The outpatient clinic at Texas Children's Hospital's West Campus is now open. More specialty clinics will open in spring 2011.

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Orange Leaf now open at Villagio Town Center

Katy Texas News
Posted December 1, 2010

Looking for a different type of holiday treat this season? Visit the newly opened Orange Leaf Self Serve Frozen Yogurt at the Villagio Town Center, located at Westheimer Parkway and Peek Road. Orange Leaf has special holiday flavors like gingerbread and eggnog, as well as specialty flavors like cheesecake, mango and wedding cake. They also offer more than 40 topping choices, free Wi-Fi, TVs and even special seating for kids. Store hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Orange Leaf at Villagio Town Center is now open.

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