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Katy Rice Harvest Festival Announces Cooking Competition Winners

The Katy Rice Harvest Festival’s Cooking Competition is one of the kick-off events for the annual event. The 2011 Cooking Competition was held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Hasta La Pasta. The competition is sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital, and Alan Gunn served as the competition’s chairman. (more…)

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Katy Rice Harvest Festival Photography Winners Announced

The Katy Rice Harvest Festival Photography Contest is one of the kick-off events for the annual event, and winners were announced Tuesday, September 27. The contest is sponsored by Country Park Portraits.  Sam Schultze served as chairman of the Photo Contest. (more…)

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Lone Star Symphonic Band to Perform First Concert of New Season Oct. 16

The Lone Star Symphonic Band is celebrating its 19th season of performing concerts for Houston-area residents with the first performance scheduled for Sunday, October 16. The concert, titled “Look What I’ve Found!” will be held at Crosspoint Community Church, 700 S. Westgreen in Katy. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. in the main auditorium. Tickets are $5 each if purchased on the band’s website, and will be $10 at the door the day of the concert. (more…)

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CAP Thrift Store Gives Animal Rescue Organization Resources to Save Lives

Citizens for Animal Protection’s (CAP) Thrift Store, the only Houston-area thrift store benefiting homeless animals, offers customers a vast assortment of designer labels, house wares and unique decorative items. (more…)

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Using Our Senses to Welcome Fall

Five simple ways to mark the change of seasons

I know it’s still in the 90’s here in Katy, so it doesn’t feel like fall at all. Even though I am a realist, I am also an impossible romantic when it comes to this season. ‘Autumnal is one of my favorite words. Apple cider and wagon rides fill my imagination. My son is learning about our senses and each season definitely has its own smells, sounds, and tastes, so I will focus this post on some family activities based upon our senses. (more…)

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America’s SuperNanny Now Casting in Texas

The well-known cable network, Lifetime, is launching the all-new unscripted series America’s SuperNanny, marking the first true U.S. version of the hit global format that will feature an American homegrown nanny. (more…)

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Katy Rice Harvest Festival Founder, Lynn Cardiff, Honored as Parade Grand Marshal

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Katy’s own Lynn Cardiff, former executive director of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 31st Annual Rice Harvest Festival.  (more…)

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McMeans National Junior Honor Society Collects Items for Wildfire Victims

McMeans Junior High’s National Junior Honor Society recently held a donation drive to help those in need who lost their homes and belongings in the Texas wildfires. Students collected items ranging from clothing, toothbrushes, and water to canned food, school supplies and even pet food. (more…)

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Williams Elementary Students Get Their Hands Dirty for Science

Williams Elementary’s kindergarten class explored “Worms and Dirt” during a Eureka Life Science experiment.  Eureka is a James Williams Elementary PTA-funded science program run by volunteers with teacher support. (more…)

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Katy ISD Receives Five-Star FAST Rating

Katy ISD has been named a Five-Star District in the Texas Comptroller’s Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST).  Katy ISD is one of only 46 districts in Texas to receive the top rating, and one of 23 districts in the state that received this rank last year as well. (more…)

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Four Katy ISD Musical Groups Win in National Mark of Excellence Project

The Foundation for Music Education has selected the following Katy ISD musical groups as winners in its National Mark of Excellence project: (more…)

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President to Address Nation’s Students

The White House announced this week that the third annual President’s Back-to-School speech will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 12:30 p.m. CDT.  Katy ISD will broadcast the President’s speech live; 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. (more…)

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MD Anderson in Katy Brightens LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch with Pink Lighting in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month by lighting Heritage Square in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in a soft pink blush Saturday, October 1 from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. (more…)

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Students Continue the Tradition of Strong Performance on AP Exams

Katy ISD’s tradition of increasing student participation and strong performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams continues as the district recently learned that each one of its six high school campuses showed an increase in the number of students participating in the exams. In addition, every high school campus exceeded the state and national percentage of AP students making a qualifying score of 3 or better on the exams. (more…)

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Three Katy ISD High Schools Compete for Tommy Tune Award

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announced the 45 Houston area high schools competing in the tenth annual Tommy Tune Awards, including Katy, Taylor and Morton Ranch High Schools. Developed by TUTS in 2002, the Tommy Tune Awards honor musical theatre excellence at the high school level, celebrating outstanding student achievement in 15 categories. (more…)

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Bridgeland Opens Mistletoe Fun Run Registration

Bridgeland is again hosting the Mistletoe Fun Run, set for Sunday, Dec. 4, and benefiting Run Over Cancer. Participants can choose a 10K or 5K run, a 1-mile Family Walk or a half-mile Kids’ Fun Run. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., with the 10K and 5K runs starting at 7:30 a.m. The Family Walk follows at 8:30 a.m., and the Kids’ Fun Run starts at 9 a.m.  An activity area will be set up 8-11 a.m. and children are encouraged to bring their holiday wish lists, as Santa is expected to visit. (more…)

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Katy Student Kristina Pontious Receives Prestigious Jane M. Klausman Scholarship Award

In a ceremony to be held on Wednesday Sept. 21, Kristina Pontious, received the Zonta Club of Houston 2011 Jane M. Klausman Scholarship award and the District 10 award. Pontious is currently a senior in the Mays Business School of Professional Accounting at Texas A&M University where she will earn a BBA in Accounting and Business Honors, as well as a MS in Marketing in 2012. Winning this award also puts her in the running for the international level award for Zonta International.  (more…)

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Bridgeland Calls for Winning Chili Recipes

Bridgeland is registering chili king and queen hopefuls in its 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off, set for Dec. 3 at the Lakeland Activity Center, 16902 Bridgeland Landing.  (more…)

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Join Katy Magazine’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Team

Still looking for a team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 1? Join the Katy Magazine team! Members of our staff will be out at the race bright and early, and we’d love for you to join us. (more…)

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Katy VFW Post 9182 Commemorates Sept. 11, 2011

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony conducted at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch began with the presentation of the flags by the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA and the Mayde Creek High School Navy JROTC. The National Anthem was performed by Katy ISD combined choir. VFW Chaplain Jeb Stickland led the benediction. (more…)

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Morton Ranch FFA Reaches Out to Tri-County Fire Victims

The worst drought Texans have seen in years has caused some really hard times for many especially those that have been affected by the wildfires that have been ripping through Texas towns. The Morton Ranch FFA wanted to step up and help the hundreds of families that have been left with nothing due to Mother Nature.  (more…)

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Katy Rice Harvest Festival Celebrates 31st Year Oct. 8-9

If you are looking for quality family entertainment, enrichment and fun, look no further.  The Katy Rice Harvest Festival rolls into Katy on October 8 and 9 and has become known as a first class, affordable quality family event.  This will be the 31st Anniversary of the Katy Rice Harvest Festival. (more…)

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Morton Ranch Cross Country Finishes Strong at Seven Lakes Showcase

The Morton Ranch High School Boys’ Cross Country team had a strong performance at the Seven Lakes Showcase on Friday, Sept. 9. The Freshman Boys’ were the team champions out of 10 teams led by James Jones, David Winski, and Chris Winski who finished fifth, sixth, and eighth, respectively, out of 70 runners.  The JV squad finished second overall out of 11 teams and were led by Randy Piwonka, Travis Cernitisch, and Ahmjad Khan who finished sixth, seventh, and fourteenth, respectively, out of 93 runners.  (more…)

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Katy Teen Named to National All-Star Bowl

Adam Rojas, 13, of Katy has been named to the 3rd Annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl. Rojas, a tail back for Woodcreek Junior High will join dozens of peers in his age group nationwide in an East meets West clash that is part of a week-long series of events leading up to the nationally televised, 6th Annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. The event is an all-star football game of similar format showcasing 80 of the top high school seniors in the country.  (more…)

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Foundation for Music Education Selects Katy ISD Schools for National Recognition

The Foundation for Music Education has selected the Cinco Ranch High School Symphony Orchestra and McMeans Junior High Orchestra as National Winners in the Mark of Excellence National Orchestra Honors project. Cinco Ranch won in the Full Orchestra category, and McMeans won in both the Full Orchestra and String categories.  (more…)

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Katy TaeKwonDo Announces New Black Belts, Tiger Cubs, Instructors

The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy is pleased to announce its newest class of Tiger Cub graduates, black belt students reaching new milestones and instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next rank level during the August rank exam.  (more…)

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Firethorne to Host Two Triathlons in One Weekend: Kiwanis Kids Triathlon Announced for Sat., Oct. 29

Firethorne will host two triathlons in one weekend this October with its first-ever Kiwanis Kids Triathlon Series Race No. 9 for children on Saturday, October 29 at 8 a.m., followed by the 19th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne Sunday, October 30 from 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.  (more…)

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Katy ISD Seniors Named Semifinalists in 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship  Corporation today released the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 51 of these talented seniors are from Katy ISD.  As Semifinalists, these students now have a chance to compete for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $34 million, that will be offered in spring 2012.  (more…)

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WoodCreek Elementary Receives New ‘Cabin in the Forest’

Don and Laurie Abrahamson, parents of WoodCreek Elementary students Hannah and Donnie Abrahamson, handcrafted the new cabin and graciously donated it to the school. The cabin is currently being used daily in the library for the school’s morning announcements. (more…)

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Cinco Ranch High School Announces National Merit Semifinalist Recipients

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 22 students at Cinco Ranch High School. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring. (more…)

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Katy Fire & EMS Association to Host Annual Fundraiser

The Katy Fire & EMS Association 29th annual fundraiser dinner and auction is just around the corner. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at the VFW Hall. Food will be served starting at 5 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 6 p.m. There will also be a silent auction and raffle drawing. Raffle prizes include a 55 inch Sony 3D, LED TV, $500 Visa gift card, $250 Cinco Ranch Spa gift certificate. (more…)

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Support the Girls Names CHRISTUS St. Catherine as Inaugural Beneficiary

Support the Girls, a local organization dedicated to promoting a healthier community – and especially breast cancer awareness, is hosting its first luncheon on October 14. The event will feature keynote speaker Michelle Stephenson of My Pink Vision, as well as inspirational stories from breast cancer survivors, and will offer ideas about other ways attendees can support breast cancer awareness. Proceeds from the event will benefit the CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Fund. (more…)

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Katy Sorority Awards Two Graduates Grant-in-Air Award

The Lambda Tau chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently presented two future women educators with their Grant-in-Aid award. Seven Lakes graduate Alison Anchors and Morton Ranch graduate Courtney Armstrong were the recipients of the awards. Anchors is currently attending the University of Houston where she is studying music education. Armstrong to attending Baylor where she is studying early childhood education.  (more…)

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The Morning Triathlon

Running the Race Against the Clock Every Morning

Two weeks into having all four boys at a Mothers’ Day Out program has brought some big challenges to my life, especially in the morning. I am running around like a mad woman. I’m sure all moms understand and can add their own experiences to the morning routine. It’s calm, and then all of a sudden it’s time to get up and begin the Morning Triathlon!

The first event in this never ending triathlon is breakfast. Today, my oldest son was fine eating a bowl of cereal. Yesterday, it was a bagel and only a bagel. If I had offered cereal, the tears would have started. Tomorrow, the exact same cereal will not work. The babies are fine with anything I offer, bless their little stomachs! But with babies, I need to be with them with a spoon, so the second event in the Morning Triathlon gets off to a late start. (more…)

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Willowfork Fire Department Begins Construction on New Station

Fort Bend County Emergency Services District no. 2 and Willowfork Fire Department are pleased to announce the acquisition of land for an additional fire station.  Station no. 2 will be constructed on Cinco Ranch Boulevard, near the intersection of Katy Gaston, on land made available by Newland Communities. (more…)

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Katy ISD Community Education Hosts Free College Funding Workshops

Planning and paying for college or technical school can be overwhelming. This year, Katy families are paying as much as $22,000 to $43,000 annually to send their students to public and private colleges and universities in Texas.  To help keep families well-informed about options when it comes to paying for college, Katy ISD Community Education is hosting several free College Funding Workshops. (more…)

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PSAT/NMSQT: Important Information for Parents of Sophomores and Juniors

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Katy ISD sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) at their home campus. Taking the PSAT can encourage a student to start thinking seriously about college and career goals, and the education needed to reach those goals. Registration opens Sept. 6, and information will be distributed to students at their home campus. (more…)

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GT Screening for Current Fifth Grade Students

Students in fifth grade who are not currently identified for the elementary Challenge program have the opportunity to be screened for Gifted and Talented Program service to begin in the fall of sixth grade. Secondary gifted program options are available in English, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students may be screened in any or all of these content areas. (more…)

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Katy ISD Hosts Open House

Katy ISD is hosting an all-inclusive open house for community members and local businesses to learn about working with the district. The annual PIE Open House plus annual Local Vendor Initiative will join forces on one day, Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.  Patrons will have a chance to: learn about School-Business Partnerships; reconnect with partner campuses; learn about the district’s Open for Business initiative; and more.  Current and prospective business partners are invited to attend. (more…)

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Williams Elementary Remembers Sept. 11 with Stories of Community and Helping Others

Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001.  As we reflect on a day of one of the worst tragedies in our nation’s history, we are called to remember the overwhelming support and coming together of communities across the entire country. Heroes all over the United States joined hands to support relief, rescue and recovery efforts for those affected by the events that unfolded that morning. (more…)

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Katy ISD Students Make Full Use of Wi-Fi

Katy ISD students and teachers have access to an entirely new level of classroom learning this year through Katy ISD’s Public Wi-Fi, now available on every campus across the district.  With Wi-Fi, and at the teacher’s discretion, students may use their personal devices – such as mobile phones, laptops and iPads – to access Web 2.0 tools used for specific lessons in the classroom.  Parents can also feel secure knowing that Katy ISD’s Wi-Fi network is equipped with the same Internet restrictions as all district student computers and devices. (more…)

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Seven Lakes High School’s Inaugural Marth-a-Thon a Success

The Seven Lakes High School Band’s inaugural March-a-thon was a rousing success!  On Saturday, Aug. 27, nearly 300 kids and 80 parent volunteers marched a seven-mile route through Grand Lakes, Cinco Ranch and Seven Meadows. (more…)

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LearningRx Opens in Katy

A new LearningRx brain training center opening in Katy promises to help anyone get smarter. The training is proven to reduce or eliminate learning problems and owners David and Nicole Midkiff, SLP say they are thrilled to bring this life-changing help to the Cinco Ranch area. (more…)

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Little Boy’s First Football Game

Enjoying Katy ISD Sports at a Young Age

It’s an understatement to say that football is big here in Texas. Football has never been that important to me. Even in high school and college, I didn’t mind skipping a game to do something else. I didn’t grow up in Texas, and maybe that has something to do with it! Our sons are Texans, and our oldest is beginning to watch sports with my husband. Of course, the questions range from, “Dad, what ball is that?” to “Are they supposed to be hitting each other?”

So much to learn! (more…)

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Katy Rice Harvest Festival Sets New Record for 2011

It is a new record for the annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival! Named one of the Houston area’s top ten festivals, the Katy Rice Harvest Festival, produced by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, announced that all vendor booths are sold out for the 2011 event. The festival is held each year around the square in Historic Downtown Katy.  (more…)

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Katy ISD Cancels All Outdoor Activities for Sept. 8

This morning, the concentration of smoke from wildfires to the north has significantly increased and is not expected to subside during the day. Therefore, Katy ISD is taking the following steps to maintain the health and well-being of students and staff: (more…)

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Kilpatrick Elementary Kicks Off School Year

Kilpatrick Elementary celebrated the return of its students, teachers, staff and volunteers with several back to school events.  The students were welcomed back to the school for Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday, Aug. 17 where students were not only able to meet their teachers and see their new classrooms, but they were able to purchase spirit wear for the upcoming school year.  This year’s theme in the outback is “OKE On Top of the World…Let the Adventure Begin.”  (more…)

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Food Trucks Rolling in for 2nd Annual Westside Chef’s Throwdown Sept. 24

A fleet of food trucks will join more than 30 restaurants to serve up the second annual Westside Chef’s Throwdown on Saturday Sept. 24 from 1-4 p.m. at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. (more…)

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Katy ISD Announces Community Education Courses

Katy ISD’s Community Education offers evening and online classes to adults for fun, enrichment and learning. Classes offered include foreign languages, finance, computer, sewing, dance, music and more. (more…)

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Taylor High School Student Completes NASA Internship

Katy resident Radina Khalid recently completed an internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston where she classified technical reports, researched ways to improve communication through social media and researched project management. Khalid, a student at James E. Taylor High School, landed a NASA internship through the Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience (INSPIRE) program. (more…)

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Katy Fire Department Collecting Items for Bastrop Wildfire Evacuees

The Katy Fire Department is collecting the following items for those in Bastrop affected by the wildfires: clothes, toiletries, bedding, pillows, cots, sleeping bags, teddy bears or small toys for children, and dog and cat food. (more…)

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Living Word Lutheran Church Hires Contemporary Worship Leader

Living Word Lutheran Church recently announced Lisa Jastram of Sugar Land, Texas has joined the staff as a contemporary worship leader. Jastram has performed in many Katy-area churches, libraries and schools with Oasis for Children, her educational entertainment venture. She comes to Living Word at an exciting time in the life of the church as they complete their Envision Project begun less than a year ago.  The church has been installing new lighting, screens, projectors and systems upgrades to maximize possibilities for meaningful and exciting worship. (more…)

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Houston Solari Hospice Care Seeks Compassionate Volunteers

Houston Solari Hospice Care is seeking special individuals to help brighten the lives of terminally ill patients and their loved ones in the Greater Houston community through unique volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can serve in a variety of capacities, including providing smiling companionship to patients, sharing their favorite hobbies (such as reading and playing music), running necessary errands, and offering respite to family caregivers. (more…)

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Second Baptist Church Mobilizes for City-wide Food Drive

On Labor Day weekend, hundreds of volunteers will mobilize to collect items at Houston-area grocery stores in support of local food banks, homeless shelters and returning military families for Second Baptist Church’s third annual “Second Helping” food drive. Second Baptist’s west campus is located in Katy. (more…)

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