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Katy Magazine’s New Year’s Eve Party Guide

The Countdown to NYE fun in Katy and Houston starts now. Check out our picks for the best places to stay, dine, and ring in 2016.

Written by Brittany Bluford & Ashley Lancaster 

The hardest part about New Year’s Eve is deciding where to go. When the clock strikes midnight, make a memory at one of these awesome places.

STAY THE NIGHT

Embassy Suites
1515 Dallas St., Houston
All day
Embassy Suites is just steps away from Discovery Green, Houston Rockets Toyota Center, and Houston Astros Minute Maid Park. Spend New Year’s Eve in a spacious room close to the sparkling downtown attractions. Visit embassysuites3.hilton.com.

Holiday Inn
1112 Eldridge Pkwy., Houston
5 p.m.
If you’re exhausted from the concert, reworks, and New Year’s Eve party at the Holiday Inn Energy Corridor, skip the ride home and book a room. Room rates are available at a discounted price with the purchase of a ticket. Visit ihg.com.

Hotel Sorella – CityCentre
800 Sorella Ct., Houston
5 p.m.
Check in at Hotel Sorella, enjoy live music, a balloon drop, and champagne at the Monnalisa bar party. Call 713-973-1600 for New Year’s Eve packages or visit hotelsorella-citycentre.com.

La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa
600 La Torretta Blvd., Montgomery
All Day
Hang out with your honey at the Energie Lounge for dinner and drinks before the clock strikes midnight. There will be a stunning display of reworks over the lake.
Visit latorrettalakeresort.com.

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Hoverboard Safety

Katy, Texas – December 30, 2015
Due to the number of recent fire incidents associated with hoverboards, Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department urges hoverboard owners and those considering purchasing one to consider the points below and be aware of potential fire hazards associated with these new and popular devices.

On Monday, December 28th 2015, Deerbrook Mall was evacuated when a hoverboard, still in the original packaging, caught fire and eventually exploded.  A mall shopper, Sarah Elizabeth Herbert, caught this video while shopping with her family earlier this week.

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There are many different manufacturers of hoverboards, not all are unsafe.  The fire issues that are being seen so far are primarily related to the batteries.  These batteries, in most cases, are Li-Po(lithium polymer) type.  Li-Po batteries use a specific type of charger and have a specific safe operating range. If the batteries are discharged too low or are improperly charged they can become volatile.  This, coupled with many counterfeit devices with potentially substandard parts flooding the market, has created a high potential for fire hazards with this innovative new technology.  Below we have some things to consider before deciding whether to join the craze or steer clear of one of 2015 most popular purchases.
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College Nannies & Tutors has a New App to Help Parents

Katy, Texas – December 28, 2015
It’s Tuesday morning. The company holiday party is four days away and your babysitter just backed out. Instead of working on your job, you’re working the phone trying to line up a sitter.

It’s Thursday evening. Your fifth-grader has a band concert; your kindergartner has no interest in sitting still for two hours, but who’s available to watch her?

When Grandma and Grandpa are out of town and the high school neighbor is busy with her own social life, the options for parents are limited. They can either spend hours on the phone trying to line up a sitter or put their lives on hold (again)!

In a world where you can find a date, order a pizza and binge watch every episode of “Gilmore Girls” all from your smartphone, the solution is just an app away.

The My Sitters™ App from College Sitters connects moms and dads who need help with qualified, reliable sitters who have a passion for watching kids.

babysitting

Here’s how it works:

Mom or Dad downloads the app and sets up a time for an in-home consultation. At that one-time meeting, our Family Placement Manager gets to know the family – how many kids they have, what their interests are, if they have any pets or allergies. This process helps College Sitters match families with the right sitters.

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Insurance

State Farm – Carolyn Bernstein
2001 Katy Mills Blvd. Katy, TX
281-392-3133
www.bernsteinagency.com
Her mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life,
recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.

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British International School of Houston Choir Sings at Economic Development Council Meeting

Katy, TX  News (December 18, 2015) – The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its final General Assembly meeting of the year at the Katy ISD Education Service Center on Tuesday, December 15. As members and guests gathered for the meeting, they were treated to holiday music by choir students from British International School of Houston, setting the mood for a festive December meeting.

EDU

This month’s meeting featured presentations by British International School of Houston and Katy ISD. Andrew Perry of British International School of Houston provided an overview of the world renowned school which is located in the Katy area. Perry discussed the outstanding educational opportunities the school provides as he detailed the school’s new $100 million dollar campus which is set to open in August 2016 at West Green and I-10, and its newly formed partnership with Julliard.  The school also boasts partnerships with Harvard University and MIT, and affords its students the opportunity to graduate with a prestigious International Baccalaurean diploma, which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed while preparing them for the rigors of college.

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Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute Names Dr. Joseph Love Medical Director of Life Flight

Katy, TX  News (December 16, 2015)Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute is proud to announce Joseph Love, D.O., trauma surgeon and associate professor of surgery at UTHealth, as the new Medical Director of Memorial Hermann Life Flight®.

memorial hermon

After founding Life Flight in 1976, the late James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., M.D., trauma surgeon at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences at UTHealth Medical School, served as the program’s first and only Medical Director until 2015.

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Local Salon Featured in National Salon Magazine

Katy, TX News – (December 14, 2015)– Mo Elkurdi, owner of BH Hair Studio in Katy, TX was interviewed for leading national salon magazine, American Salon. At 138 years old, American Salon is one of the most respected publications in the professional beauty industry. BH Hair Studio was of the  three studios across the nation included in the Culture Club article of American Salon’s December 2015 issue.

Salon

The feature included a photograph of Elkurdi and his team, as well as, insight from him in regards to the culture of team building with tips for other salon owners. Elkurdi shared that team building “establishes relationships that breaks barriers, promotes creativity and continues to motivate team members for more than just a paycheck.”

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Tips For Seniors During The Holiday Season

Katy, Texas – December 11, 2015
The holiday season is a special time to spend reminiscing with family about special memories and traditions while creating new ones. For members of a family living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, this can often be a difficult time. For the one with memory impairment, the change in routine and sensory overload the holiday season brings can cause stress and take away the ability to enjoy time spent with family and friends. The Orchard Assisted Living & Memory Care in Katy specializes in person-centered care, and this holiday season it is sharing helpful advice about how caregivers and families can create the best environment and situation for loved ones living with dementia.

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“For seniors, the holiday season is a special time to connect with family and pass along traditions and memories,” said James Stroud, President of The Orchard Assisted Living & Memory Care in Katy. “For those living with memory loss it is still possible to have a special holiday experience. The key is finding ways to still include your loved one in those traditions. For instance, if your mother was always in charge of baking cookies, you could set aside time to make cookies together. This will allow for you to create new memories that include your loved one, while sharing a familiar and pleasant experience.”

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Fashion for Charity

Katy, TX News (December 9, 2015) – What better excuse to have a fashion show than for charity.  The Flaunt Salon’s co-owners Mary Wesley and Oscar Aguilera were very excited to attend the Heart of Fashion show presented by Million Air right here in Houston Texas.  The pre-show had a red carpet entrance, drinks, and a live DJ.  Founder of the show Vivian Wise says it’s “a party with a purpose that you don’t want to miss.”
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The show ran three nights with 12 designers.  The Texas Legacy Foundation chose three charities for this year’s event.  Meals on Wheels, Butterflies & Bandages, and Legacy Community Health Services are the focus charities for Houston’s show in 2015. The goal for Heart of Fashion is creativity, art, and design-with mission to help humanity.

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Local Artists Create Ornament to be Hung on House Chamber Christmas Tree

Katy, Texas – December 8, 2015
This week, State Representative Mike Schofield proudly presented an ornament painted by local artisans to be hung on the Christmas Tree erected in the House Chamber in Austin.
Schofield christmas ornament

Heather and Shaun Carson are local artists who own the Carson Art School in Katy, TX, located in the heart of House District 132. They graciously hand-painted the glass ornament, adorned with the Holy Family and the words “Unto us a Savior is Born”. This ornament is one of 150 created by each House District to be hung on the House Chamber Christmas tree.
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Two Katy ISD Schools Rank in the 25 best high schools in Texas for 2016

Katy, Texas – December 2, 2015
Seven Lakes High school and Cinco Ranch High School have more than 3,000 students apiece and still manage to receive high marks across the board.

KM 15 Cinco Ranch HS Pep Rally from Anita Kuhlmann (1)

Cinco Ranch and Seven Lakes high schools were recently ranked in the top 25 high schools in the state by Niche, a review site providing rankings and insight into more than 120,000 K-12 schools. Cinco Ranch ranked #15, while Seven Lakes ranked #12.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Renews Commitment as Official Healthcare Provider of Katy ISD Athletics

Katy, TX News (December 1, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Katy ISD announced the continuance of Memorial Hermann Katy’s role as the Official Healthcare Provider of Katy ISD Athletics.

“We’re excited to extend our relationship with Katy ISD,” says Jim Parisi, Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy.  “As a long-time partner, we are committed to providing high-quality and safe sports medicine services to the District’s athletes to keep them healthy on and off the field.” (more…)

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