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Book & Bite Club

2/28
The Katy Library
5414 Franz Road
12:30 p.m.
Join us at lunchtime as we enjoy great conversation and food! Call for the month’s book selection. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 281-391-3509 or log on to http://www.hcpl.net/.

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Tot2Tot’s Spring 2013 Sale

Now – 3/2
Church of the Holy Apostles
1225 W Grand Parkway S
Seller registration is now open for Tot2Tot’s Spring 2013 Sale Event.  Our sale is scheduled for February 28th through March 2nd at Church of the Holy Apostles. Tot2Tot is a seasonal children’s consignment sale, specializing in high-quality items for babies, kids, teens and maternity!  We are proud recipients of Macaroni Kid Katy’s reader’s choice favorite consignment sale! Register to sell with us and make some extra cash while cleaning out closets!  Visit our website (tot2tot.net) for more information.

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Robotic thymectomy worth the ticket for a Methodist West Houston Hospital patient

A mother of four traveled to Houston from Cairo, Egypt, to undergo robotic removal of the thymus gland at Methodist West Houston Hospital on Thursday, February 7. She was released after a three-day stay and plans to return to Egypt following her final visit with her surgeon.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Miguel Gomez performed the thymectomy surgery removing Amani Kotb’s thymus gland with the assistance of two robotic arms inserted into the chest cavity through small intercostal (between the ribs) incisions.  Kotb and her husband made the decision to undergo the robotic procedure offered at Methodist West Houston with the hope of reducing her daily dependence on medication to treat myasthenia gravis (MG), a neuromuscular disorder that causes weakness and pain in the voluntary muscles.  For the past 10 years, Kotb had been medically treating her disease but as symptoms worsened, thymectomy surgery became a consideration.

“These past two years I have felt horrible, but I could not risk having my chest opened to take out this gland,” she said. “We have excellent physicians and surgeons at home, but we do not have a robot, so I came here.” (more…)

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Katy Fifth Grader Places First in Kansas Wrestling Tournament

Mary-Kate Cooper, a fifth grader at Memorial Parkway Elementary School, recently competed in the Kansas Girls Wrestling State Championships.  The tournament, which is open to girls K-12 from any state, is held every year in McPherson, KS.

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SUCCESSFUL “GIVE KIDS A SMILE” DAY

Dr. Randall W. Hollenberg, a local pediatric dentist in Katy, hosted his first “Give Kids a Smile” Day at his office on February 15, 2013 in observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Give Kids a Smile Day was started over 10 years ago by the American Dental Association as a day to raise awareness of the high level of oral disease suffered by children primarily from low-income families. The event held at Dr. Hollenberg’s office was a day of free dental care open to the children of our community who are uninsured and in need of dental care. Dr. Hollenberg and his team set a goal of one hundred patients scheduled and that goal was accomplished one week prior to the event. Of the one hundred patients scheduled sixty-five children attended. With the help of Dr. Megha Patel, an associate dentist of Dr. Hollenberg, Dr. Ulpa Patel, a wonderful  volunteer dentist, and all of Dr. Hollenberg’s office staff, along with 7 other volunteers,  the team successfully  provided over $12,500 of dental services, such as exams, x-rays, cleanings, sealants, fillings, extractions, and stainless steel crowns.  Dr. Hollenberg greatly appreciates all the time and effort that went into this event and would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers. He would also like to thank Benco and Henry Schein for donating some of the dental supplies needed. Dr. Hollenberg looks forward to hosting Give Kids a Smile Day as an annual event with a bigger goal to help more children in the community.

Group photo

 

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Katy Aglow Meeting

2/26
Church on the Rock
433 S. Barker Cypress
Houston
9:30 a.m.
Aglow International is a global, trans-denominational Christian organization.  More than 200,000 Aglow members meet together each month through local fellowships. At the monthly gatherings there is time to meet and visit with friends, enjoy corporate worship and prayer, and hear from a guest speaker.  Many of the ladies share lunch afterwards. You are most cordially invited to attend the Katy Aglow group and hear speaker Karen Rao. For more information call Denise Elizondo at 832-437-1990 or visit www.katyaglow.com for guest speaker and group information. Learn more about Aglow International at www.aglow.org

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Cinco Ranch High School’s “CRyptonite” Robotics Team Demos Robot At ExxonMobil’s Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day

For the third year in a row, Cinco Ranch High School’s Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) was invited by ExxonMobil Chemical Company to represent FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics at an Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day event. Held annually by ExxonMobil Chemical, this program helps junior high girls envision careers in engineering and encourages them to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses and activities in high school.  ExxonMobil Chemical supports FIRST and Team CRyptonite as one of the team’s corporate sponsors.

Fourteen  members of Team CRyptonite, along with last season’s basketball-shooting robot, “Panzer” travelled to ExxonMobil’s west Houston office on February 15 to show how helping to design and build a robot as part of a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team has allowed them to experience solving real-world engineering and technology problems.

An all-freshmen group of Team 624 girls was called upon to handle much of this demo for about 200 girls from KISD’s West Memorial and McDonald Junior Highs.
Zoe Burch and Nasa Xu showed how the robot works and talked about the build process. Aided by Daniel Lambert and Bill Waters, some of the junior high girls got to try their hand at driving the robot and shooting baskets. (more…)

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Mr. Seven Lakes at the Seven Lakes High School Performing Art Center was AMAZING!

Mr. Seven Lakes is an annual event that features Senior Men contestants from various school groups and organizations.  Fifteen senior men performed their talent—singing, acting, comedy, dancing or even something “out of the box” like Slam Poetry or Tricking to win over a panel of judges.

Participants included: Dustin Kruthaupt, Andrew Cernosek, Joseph Nicholson, Stephen Schaefer, Zavier Mason, Jai Prakosh Baskaran, Carson Kuzawa, Sahil Ajmeria, Michael Schwin, Albert OK, Triet Tran, Jeffrey Alegria, Jacob Muggeridge, Shane Smith and Jefferson Alegria. Andrew Cernosek won the Mr. Seven Lakes crown this year.

Michael Schwin was voted by his fellow contestants as Mr. Congeniality. Jefferson Alegria was 1st Runner up in the Mr. Seven Lakes Contest and Albert OK was 2nd Runner up in the contest. (more…)

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Christ Clinic Names Kara Hill Executive Director

Christ Clinic, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable medical clinic serving the uninsured population in Katy, Texas, has named Kara Hill executive director. Hill is responsible for the overall management and operation of Christ Clinic under the direction of its board of directors.

Hill holds a bachelor of science in social work from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and is a licensed social worker. Her 15 years of experience in the social services field includes clinic management, program management, and development and expansion in the social services/nonprofit sector, primarily with the Salvation Army. She and her family recently moved to the Houston area from Ohio. (more…)

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Local Scout is One of Eight Selected to Share 2012 Scouting Achievements with Congress

A delegation of eight young people from across the country— including Matthew Miller of Sam Houston Area Council in Houston—will represent the Boy Scouts of America® in Washington, D.C., Feb. 23–28, to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation to top U.S. officials. The report is designated in the BSA’s congressional charter and will highlight the organization’s achievements in 2012.

Being selected to the Report to the Nation delegation is a tremendous honor for Matthew and the community that he represents. Each Scout represents the more than 100 million Boy Scouts who have come before them and the millions who will follow. Miller was selected as a delegate for his great demonstration of leadership as the National Sea Scout Boatswain. (more…)

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Students Chosen to Perform in the All-State Symphony Orchestra

Cinco Ranch High School students, Indy Rajan (11th grade) and Ethan Le (9th grade), received the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. After multiple rounds of competitions, they were selected from over 5,000 students throughtout the state to perform in the All-State Symphony Orchestra at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio on February 16, 2013. Indy received a ranking of 9th in viola while Ethan received a ranking of 3rd in violin among all the students in the state of Texas. Congratulations to both for their musical accomplishments.

all-state 2013 retouched

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First Choice Emergency Room Opens New Facility in Katy, Texas

Hosts Ribbon Cutting & Open House in Honor of Grand Opening

First Choice Emergency Room, the leading freestanding emergency room system in the United States, opened its sixteenth facility in Katy, Texas today. The facility is located at 1510 S Mason Road and is open 24 hours, 365 days a year.

“We are very excited to serve the Katy community at our newest location,” said Dr. Shiraz Pirali, Facility Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room’s Katy location. “First Choice ER provides our patients with individualized attention and the highest quality emergency medical care.” (more…)

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You-Pick Strawberries on President’s Day!

2/18
Blessington Farms
510 Chisolm Road
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
A new U-Pick farm close to Katy is now open to the public for strawberry picking.  We are open on President’s Day, so come and pick some delicious strawberries!  The kids will also enjoy playing on Sand Mountain and sliding into Fun Canyon.   It makes for a fun family outing! For more information and directions visit http://www.blessingtonfarms.com/.

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Run 4 the Children

2/16
The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch
22765 Westheimer Parkway
9 a.m.
This four mile chip-timed race will be held February 16th, and is a fun family event that benefits the 1:17 adoption and orphan care ministry of The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch. Registration for this fun run or walk is open now at $27 and goes up to $37 after Dec 31. Registrants will get an awesome tech t-shirt and there will be lots of food and fun at our post-race party. If four miles is too much, there is a two mile short-cut! Check out www.run4thechildren.org/ and register today to change the life of a child.

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KEEP KATY BEAUTIFUL Honored by Keep America Beautiful for High Performance Achieved in 2012

Local Organization Recognized as Among the “Best of the Best” Nationwide

Keep Katy Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award during Keep America Beautiful’s 60th anniversary National Conference, which recently took place in Washington, D.C. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities.

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Katy Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of excellence by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening. (more…)

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Give Kids a Smile

2/15
R.W. Hollenberg, DDS, PA
Pediatric Dentistry
830 S. Mason Rd., 2B
All Day (by reservation only)
Dr.  Hollenberg Pediatric Dentisitry will be doing exams, cleanings, and treatments, as well as teaching the children about proper oral hygiene. They will also be giving out hygiene bags to all the children that attend.  It will be a fun an informative experience.  Call 281-392-9195 to reserve your spot.  Event is open to all children (ages 3-14) that are uninsured and underserved. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive treatment.

 

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New Robot at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Expands Surgical Options for Patients

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is enhancing the experience of surgery through the use of a new surgical robot that minimizes risks and complications, as well as rates of conversion to open surgery, maximizing patient safety and quality of care.

The hospital’s new da Vinci® Si Surgical System is a third generation robot that offers technological advancements, including unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enables physicians to take a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures, such as removal of the uterus, uterine fibroids and the prostate gland.  These new advancements benefit patients by enabling smaller incisions and less blood loss, thus reducing the patient’s length of stay and recovery time.

“The da Vinci enables our patients to have a faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, and less pain after surgery,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy. “We want to offer our community the most advanced care close to home, and the new da Vinci allows us to do so.”  (more…)

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Vista Equities Group Welcomes New Retailers and Restaurants to LaCenterra

Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group welcomes new retailers and restaurants to its mixed-use development in Katy: LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.

Three new retailers opened for business in the fourth quarter of 2012, and six others have plans in place for first and second quarter openings this year. Lease locations include existing retail space in Phase I and in the new Phase II-A, currently under construction.

New retailers and restaurants include Brothers, The Flower Girls, LAVO Collections, The Sweet Boutique, Bonefish Grill, Emmanuel Salon, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, World of Beer and Zoës Kitchen. (more…)

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Katy ISD Educators Among Hundreds to Lobby at State Capitol

A group of Katy ISD educators were among more than 400 teachers who met with state legislators to discuss key public education issues during the Association of Texas Professional Educators’ (ATPE) Lobby Day Feb. 11 at the Texas State Capitol.

“As professional educators, we believe that our voice must be heard,” said Katy ATPE President Heidi Kirby. She teaches at Cinco Ranch High School. “We support restoring funds that were cut from public education in 2011 and reforming the accountability system in Texas public schools. We do not support any type of voucher program that would take money away from public schools and use public tax dollars for private schools and for-profit schools.” (more…)

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Pick Long-Stem Strawberries for your Valentine

2/14
Blessington Farms
510 Chisolm Road
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
A new U-Pick farm close to Katy is now open to the public for strawberry picking.  Enjoy hand selecting and cutting the most delicious strawberries for your Special Valentine!  It is also easy to dip the strawberries in chocolate for an extra special treat! For more information and directions visit www.BlessingtonFarms.com.

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Superacion Personal

2/13
The Katy Library
5414 Franz Road
6 p.m.
This program, conducted in Spanish, addresses different motivational themes. This group is held on the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. Call for more information.Vengan a discutir diferentes temas de motivación. Lláme para más información. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 281-391-3509 or log on to http://www.hcpl.net/.

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Rhodes Elementary Annoucements

Jack and Sharon Rhoads Elementary is proud to announce the 2012-2013 teacher, first year teacher, and para professional of the year.

Gretchen Dehoyos was honred as the teacher of the year. Gretchen teaches 5th grade science. Travis Bailey was announced as first year teacher of the year. Travis teaches PE. Ms. Rita Branch was announced as the para professional of the year. (more…)

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PURPLE BEAVER CREATIONS TURNS YOUR IMAGINATION INTO REALITY

Local Artist Cindy Jo Levine creates one-of-a-kind murals to transform your home

Local artist, Cindy Jo Levine, has turned a long-time hobby into a thriving new business.  With a minor in Art, Cindy began painting murals for family and friends while she raised a family and taught school.  After years of hearing “You should start your own business” from family and friends, Cindy founded Purple Beaver Creations.  The name of her business speaks of her passion to give her clients what they desire. If you want a beaver to be purple instead of brown, it is possible when Cindy Jo holds the paint brush.

Cindy has transformed bedrooms into the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh and friends, dining rooms into a terrace with a view of a quiet green pasture and deep blue river and when walls aren’t enough, she turns furniture into magical pieces of art. (more…)

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Congratulations to Seven Lakes High School Choir Student, Erin Dunnahoo

Seven Lakes High School Junior, Erin Dunnahoo, earned second chair at the Texas All State Choir auditions.  Earning membership in the All- State Choir is the highest accomplishment for an individual musician in the state of Texas.  This is Dunnahoo’s second year making the All State Choir.

Ms. Dunnahoo traveled to the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio to perform with the All -State Choir in February.

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Monday’s with Mommy

2/11
LaCenterra
23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard

10 a.m.

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch announces the return of “Mondays with Mommy” and its continued partnership with Kindermusik with Kathy & Friends. “Mondays with Mommy: A Musical Celebration of Fun and Learning!” will take tots on a monthly educational adventure utilizing the world-renowned child-centered music and movement program, Kindermusik.  The series takes place in LaCenterra’s Heritage Square at 10:00 a.m. on the first or second Monday of the month as noted. “Mondays with Mommy” is a free community program open to children 0 – 7, community playgroups and adoring parents, grandparents and caregivers. This Mondays with Mommy’s theme is “The Royal Ball.” Visit www.lacenterra.com for special “Mondays with Mommy” discounts and program details.

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Katy ISD Outperforms State on STAAR Test

Test scores released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from the 2012 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) accountability test for grades 3-8 show that Katy ISD outperformed the state in every grade level assessment. The district also exceeded the state passing rate by an average of 13 points.

“While we are very pleased that our students outperformed the state, that is not our only goal,” says Katy ISD Superintendent, Alton Frailey. “While we will remain competitive with our peer districts within the state accountability system, our primary objective is to provide each student high quality and comprehensive learning experiences.” (more…)

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Katy/West Houston Celebrates More Birthdays in Overnight Event

Save the Date! Join us on March 22nd at 7pm as we fight back against cancer!

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and empower others to fight back against cancer. Teams gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. The event begins with a cancer survivors lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling cancer.  Games, music, and live entertainment encourage people all through the night.  Some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay. (more…)

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THS PlayMakers Present: Seussical the Musical

2/7 – 2/10
Taylor High School
20700 Kingsland Blvd.
Come experience the musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss as performed by the Taylor PlayMakers, Feb. 7 – 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in the THS PAC. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Students & Seniors at the door. Advanced sale tickets will be available at www.taylorplaymakers.com beginning January 21 and in both of the THS commons during lunches the week of the show, February 5 – 8.  Pre-Sale Tickets are $12 for Adults and $10 for Students & Seniors.

 

 

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Studio VII Presents The Drowsy Chaperone

Now – 2/9
Seven Lakes High School
9251 S. Fry Rd.
Come and experience this 1920s parody on American musical comedy. The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s and is considered a comedy within a musical. For more information call 281-237-2800.

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Beckendorff Junior High Particpates in Rachel’s Challenge

Beckendorff Jr. High 8th graders had the opportunity to participate in Rachel’s Challenge presentation in January.  Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school.  This program was sponsored by the BDJH PTA.

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No Chocolate? No Problem!

It’s about a week before before Valentine’s Day? Are you worried about how to celebrate with your family? Okay, maybe “worried” is not the correct word. How about, are you looking for some creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children? Your children who probably already will get candy from their friends? Enough candy to open a second Wonka store? Here are some ideas that I hope you will find useful as we head to Feb. 14. (more…)

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Cinco Ranch is No. 4 Top Community in National Sales Study

Katy’s Cinco Ranch community is a national powerhouse in new-home sales. The 8,100-acre community ranks No. 4 in the nation – and No. 2 in Texas – for the number of new homes sold in 2012, according to a new report from RCLCO, a national real estate consulting firm.
 
A total of 982 new homes were sold in Cinco Ranch last year, representing a 14 percent increase for the community over last year’s report from RCLCO. For 2011, RCLCO reported 862 new-home sales in Cinco Ranch. (more…)

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Free Tax Help and E-Filing

Now – 4/15
Katy Branch Library
5414 Franz Rd.
Tuesdays 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
AARP Tax-Aide is offering Free Tax Help and free E-Filing in the Katy Area—Starting February 4 and continuing through April 15.  AARP Tax-Aide is a free, nationwide, confidential service that prepares tax returns, answers tax questions and E-Files tax returns. This service is available to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older. This free service is provided by AARP foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is staffed by over 34,000 IRS-certified volunteers. Other nation-wide sites can be found by calling the toll-free number (1-888-227-7669) or accessing the AARP Tax-Aide website (www.aarp.org/taxaide).

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Free Tax Help and E-Filing

Now – 4/15
Cinco Ranch Library
2620 Commercial Center Blvd.
Mondays 1 – 5 p.m.
AARP Tax-Aide is offering Free Tax Help and free E-Filing in the Katy Area—Starting February 4 and continuing through April 15.  AARP Tax-Aide is a free, nationwide, confidential service that prepares tax returns, answers tax questions and E-Files tax returns. This service is available to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older. This free service is provided by AARP foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is staffed by over 34,000 IRS-certified volunteers. Other nation-wide sites can be found by calling the toll-free number (1-888-227-7669) or accessing the AARP Tax-Aide website (www.aarp.org/taxaide).

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Free Tax Help and E-Filing

Now – 4/15
Maud Smith Marks Library

1815 Westgreen Boulevard
Mondays and Fridays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
AARP Tax-Aide is offering Free Tax Help and free E-Filing in the Katy Area—Starting February 4 and continuing through April 15.   AARP Tax-Aide is a free, nationwide, confidential service that prepares tax returns, answers tax questions and E-Files tax returns.  This service is available to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older.  This free service is provided by AARP foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is staffed by over 34,000 IRS-certified volunteers.  Other nation-wide sites can be found by calling the toll-free number (1-888-227-7669) or accessing the AARP Tax-Aide website (www.aarp.org/taxaide).

 

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The Wizard of Oz

2/8 and 2/9
Mayde Creek High School
19202 Groeschke Rd.
7 p.m.
MCHS Fine Arts Department Presents the Wizard of Oz. In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Join us in this magical adventure taking place in the MCHS PAC. Claim your seat at www.seatyourself.biz/mchs. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults in advance. Tickets will also be sold at the door for two dollars more.

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