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Posted on October 15, 2020 12:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General
Sweet Sensations  - Hemu Basumatary
One of Cinco Ranch II’s very own residents was on the Food Network recently competing in Season 10 of Halloween Wars. Part of the team Mummies Rejects, Hemu Basumatary, was the extremely skilled home baker who went on with her teammates to win! She is no stranger to placing in award shows having come in 2nd place on Season 2 of Wedding Cake Championship in 2019 and earning Uttarakhand Achievers Awards for Cake Artist of the Year in 2019.
Starting her cake journey in 2013 making cakes for friends and family has morphed to 2020 winner on Halloween Wars with no professional training in culinary arts.
Making cakes is her hobby and passion according to her Facebook page!
Her next project? Being a judge of course.
Congratulations Hemu!
For more on her story visit:
Posted on October 9, 2020 5:30 PM by Admin
Katy Sip N Stroll benefiting The Ballard House
A Popular Fundraising Signature Event returns in person to Katy Saturday, November 7, 2020 with safety measures in place and a broad selection of wines at a new venue.
HOUSTON (October 6, 2020) – Good news for serious wine lovers. Katy Sip & Stroll, the bi-annual and beloved signature event benefiting The Ballard House, is launching the fall event with enhanced and rigorous safety protocols in place.   The Ballard House depends on the funding raised at this popular community event. Fall 2020 marks the 20th edition of Sip N Stroll – a milestone marker. Due to COVID-19, attendance is capped at 35% so tickets are expected to go quickly and are on sale at www.sipandstroll.com.
After successfully producing events in a reservation-based, rotation system event with capped attendance, Food & Vine Time Productions is confident in providing a safe, clean environment for attendees, exhibitors and volunteers.  For more information about safety protocols, view video at this link https://www.sipandstroll.com/
For those who are dining out in area restaurants at distanced tables table with servers wearing face coverings and gloves and surroundings sanitized constantly, then they will feel right at home in the new format of Katy Sip N Stroll.
Here’s why they'll feel comfortable…Sip N Stroll has been modified to have people go through the entire experience in their own reservation group – distanced from others they don’t know. It’s the same as eating out at a restaurant. And it’s with the people you choose to surround yourself with in your own group.
Other modifications include:
·         Touch-free, drive through check-in
·         40 experience stations widely spaced with exhibitors wearing face coverings and distanced
·         Rotation system in reserved groups going through the experience stations so each guest will get to experience all the offerings in their safe group
·         Event Monitors to make sure everyone is following safety protocols – and are having fun!
·         Great food offered in single-serve portions
·         Over 100 wine and craft beer offerings
·         Live Music
Constance McDerby, Founder & Co-Producer states “Sip N Stroll was created to raise funds for The Ballard House and funding is needed especially now.  We had to find a safe way to move forward to help generate the funding they depend on from Sip N Stroll.” McDerby went on to explain that she and co-founder hubby, Clifton have worked long and hard to keep the 20-event tradition of wine appreciation and celebration through Sip N Stroll.  “We take safety very seriously as evidenced by our 15-page safety protocol manual implemented at all events. Like dining at a restaurant, we know that social distancing and socializing can safely occupy the same space and that attendees will continue to have new wine and culinary discoveries and experiences,” added McDerby.
The event has moved to a new venue, The Ark by Norris, next to Geico, behind Amerant Bank at 21402 Merchants Way, Katy, TX 77449.  Newly opened, The Ark, owned and operated by Norris Conference Centers, has the surrounding outdoor areas in addition to the beautifully remodeled event center, allowing ample space for widely separated exhibitor displays. 
The fall Sip N Stroll will feature an auction and wine pull benefiting The Ballard House.  Guests can make a donation to the wine pull and may be the lucky one to get a high-dollar wine for their enjoyment.  Other auction items are available for bidding just in time for holiday gifting.
To purchase tickets, sign up to volunteer and for more information, visit www.sipandstroll.com.
Sip N Stroll will celebrate the 20th edition event in fall 2020.  Food & Vine Time Productions is the region’s leader producer of culinary, wine and craft beer lifestyle and education events.  Starting with Wine & Food Week, produced by Food & Vine Time Productions, which is the first multi-day, multi-faceted, comprehensive destination culinary and wine event in Houston Metro and the first nationally to promote locally sourced and sustainable products.  Wine & Food Week has always been committed to elevating Houston’s culinary scene which it has supported since 2005, showcasing the incredible diversity and culinary talent in Houston. 
Owners Clifton and Constance McDerby are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and health of Houstonians by educating the novice to the aficionado on wines and diverse dining encouraging locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients, an early pioneer in the Eat and Drink Local movement.  Food & Vine Time Productions created another first with the state’s first multi-day craft beer destination and educational event featuring over 300 craft beer selections.  Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival has been named #3 beer event in America by USA Today and #1 in Houston by Houstonia Magazine.  Food & Vine Time Productions also produces Wine Fair Cy-Fair, Zest in the West, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, Houston Chronicle Culinary Stars, Tomball’s Freight Train Food Truck Festival, the newly launched Six Foot Social and a myriad of private events for various clients.
Since its inception in 2002, Food & Vine Time Productions has assisted in raising well over $2 million dollars for local charities through live and silent auctions and cash donations.
A 501c3 organization, Cinco Charities® Inc. was founded in 2006 by a group of Keller Williams Premier Realty agents and has provided “a home away from home” for hundreds of patients and their caregivers since its inception. The organization has continuously extended their commitment to those in need by providing no-cost housing at The Ballard House, meeting the growing needs of patients coming to the Katy/West Houston Medical Center for treatment for life-threatening illnesses.  The patients and their families have traveled to Katy from 27 different states, and 45 Texas cities and rural communities. Although they come from as far away as Poland and Canada for their treatments, The Ballard House is truly “home” to those in need. Dr. Gregory Chronowski, Associate Professor of Radiology Oncology at MD Anderson’s Katy Cancer Center said that “if it were not for Ballard House, a number of my patients would not have been able financially to come for cancer treatment and probably would not have lived."
“The Ballard House is a symbol of the warm and welcoming spirit of Katy’s community,” said Kathy Alt, Ballard House Executive Director. “The need for housing assistance has exploded the last couple of years. Now is a critical time to support The Ballard House as we are daily answering the need from West Houston’s growing medical community by providing patients and their families free lodging and other services so they can concentrate on receiving their treatment."
The Katy Sip N Stroll, presented by Kroger, is one of Cinco Charities major fundraising events to support the operating costs of The Ballard House. Enthusiastic participation in the auction provides proceeds to directly benefit The Ballard House mission, and is greatly appreciated by attendees.
TICKETS: Get your tickets today at www.sipandstroll.com
INFO:  For more information about The Ballard House, visit http://www.theballardhouse.org/
Posted on September 8, 2020 5:00 PM by Admin
The world may look a little different right now, but one thing hasn’t changed: our commitment to ending Alzheimer’s. This year, Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is everywhere — on every sidewalk, track and trail.
Your health and safety are top priorities. This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering — instead, we invite you to walk in small teams of friends and family while others in your community do the same. Because we are all still walking and fundraising for the same thing: a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.
For more details on how you can participate virtually click here.
The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting KATY/WEST HOUSTON residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020. 
The KATY/WEST HOUSTON Walk to End Alzheimer’s continues, but instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across KATY/WEST HOUSTON.  
“This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Wendy Vizek, vice president, constituent events at the Alzheimer’s Association. “The pandemic is changing how we walk, but it doesn’t change the need to walk. This year, more than ever, we need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.”
Time-honored components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being replicated. On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all delivered to participants' smartphones, tablets and computers. A small group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day at ST. PETER’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 20775 KINGSLAND BLVD, KATY, TX 77450 to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s. 
To enhance the participant experience leading up to the event and on Walk day, new features are being added to the Walk to End Alzhemer’s mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect. Participants can use the app and new “Walk Mainstage'' to track their steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their Facebook fundraisers, and access  information and resources from the Association and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the disease. A new audio track is available to encourage participants along the way and to congratulate them upon completion of their Walk. 
“Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we,” said Fredy Batres. “We must continue Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and we are working with all participants to ensure they have a powerful and moving experience that is felt when we are together. Many of our constituents are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19 and we know that our volunteers and participants  appreciate our commitment to keeping all involved  healthy and safe.” 
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In TEXAS alone, there are more than 400,000 people living with the disease and 1,449,000 caregivers. 
To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimers, visit: alz.org/walk
Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association has mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.  
Alzheimer's Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to  Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900. 
Texas Alzheimer’s Statistics - Facts and Figures - click here
Posted on September 4, 2020 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General
With the upcoming election in November there may be questions you have. Here are some of the most common questions and answers:
Q: Am I registered to vote?

A: To verify voter registration status, the Texas Secretary of State’s Office requires one of three forms of identification: a driver’s license number, a Voter ID number or a first and last name along with a county of residence, date of birth and ZIP code. Voters can find out their status at this link.
Q: If I’m not registered, what do I do?

A: Voters can register by mail or in person. Texas does not offer online registration.
Q: I don’t have a driver’s license. Can I still register to vote?

A: Yes. Texas accepts seven different forms of identification. Options include an election ID certificate, a personal ID card, a handgun license, a U.S. citizenship certificate with a photo, a military ID card with a photo, or a passport.
Q: I want to register in person. Where do I go?

A: Voters can register at their county’s voter registrar’s office.
Q: I want to register by mail. How do I do that?

A: Voters can fill out an application online, print it, sign it and mail it to their county’s voter registrar’s office. The registration is effective 30 days after it is received and accepted by the registrar. Applications are also available at many post offices, public libraries, government offices or high schools.
Q: When is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election?

A: The deadline is Oct. 5. If an application is postmarked on or before this date, it is eligible for approval by the registrar.
Q: I’m registered. When can I vote?

A: Early voting in Texas begins Oct. 13 and ends Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day.
For more FAQs on voting in Texas please visit votetexas.gov.
Posted on August 28, 2020 11:00 AM by Admin
Thankfully the Houston area was spared the impact from Hurricane Laura. Our neighbors along the Texas Louisiana border were not so lucky. If you are looking to assist with recovery efforts in those areas, either with volunteering or donating to a variety of organizations, please consider some of these organizations:
Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank is organizing volunteers as well as food and supply drives for those affected by Hurricane Laura. To limit the spread of the coronavirus, the food bank is encouraging those interested in helping to make financial donations or host virtual fundraisers.


The American Red Cross of the Gulf Coast Region

The American Red Cross is accepting donations specifically for Hurricane Laura relief. The organization uses funds to run blood drives, run emergency shelters and help with case management for families and individuals affected by disasters. The Red Cross is also accepting applications for various volunteer opportunities related to Hurricane Laura or for future needs.


The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is seeking supplies and financial donations for use in post-Hurricane Laura assistance.


Save the Children

Save the Children, a 100-year old British charitable organization focused on disaster relief, has an emergency response team and staff stationed in Louisiana and Texas. They are taking donations and delivering displaced items to families in need including hygiene kits, diapers, wipes and cribs.


For more ways to help please visit Community Impact Newspaper. 
Posted on August 26, 2020 2:00 PM by Admin
Categories: General
Disclaimer: The businesses and vendors listed above are in no way affiliated, authorized, or endorsed by, CRRA2, CRSWCC, or any of their affiliates.
Posted on August 20, 2020 2:00 PM by Admin
The next North Fort Bend Water Authority (“NFBWA”) regular monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The agenda for the meeting is available on the NFBWA’s website: nfbwa.com. Additionally, the NFBWA’s website will contain an electronic copy of the agenda packet which includes regular reports presented to the Board by its consultants.
Based on guidance provided by the Governor of the State of Texas, the NFBWA has decided to utilize a provision of the Texas Open Meetings Act that allows the Board of Directors (the “Board”) to hold a meeting via tele-conference and video-conference in the event of an emergency. The NFBWA’s Board remains committed to encouraging public attendance at its meetings. In order to facilitate public participation, the agenda includes a registration link.
For security measures due to “Zoom Bombing,” REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to participate in the meeting and can be done at this link. A link is also included on the agenda.
Please register at least one hour prior to the meeting.
This meeting will be held solely via tele-conference and video-conference. There will not be a physical meeting location, so please utilize the link provided on the agenda to register for the meeting. 
Posted on August 8, 2020 12:00 AM by Admin
Golf Carts
It is not uncommon to see someone in a golf cart going from place to place.  Did you know that there are certain sections of the Texas Transportation Code which regulate the operation of golf carts?  The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has provided a nice summary of the dos and don’ts for golf carts.  Violation of the relevant sections of the Code is a Class C misdemeanor and the Sheriff’s Office will respond to complaints of illegal operation and take enforcement action when appropriate.  Below is a summary of the rules related to the operation of golf carts and the related section.
·         A valid Driver’s License is required to operate a golf cart on a public roadway. (521.021)
·         You cannot authorize your child to operate the golf cart on the roadway unless he has a Learner’s Permit and you are with him or he has a valid Driver’s License. (521.021)
·         You may drive the golf cart on the roadway but only during the daylight hours and not more than two miles from where the golf cart is usually kept. (551.043)
·         Insurance is not required, but an operator would still be liable for damages. (601.052)
Additional points
·         Lights, brake lights, turn signals, etc. are not required; however, do make for a safer driving experience.
·         A golf cart should only carry the number of passengers for which it was designed.
·         Under no circumstances may any unauthorized golf carts or utility vehicles be operated on sidewalks.
·         Golf carts may not be operated on trails or water retention areas owned by the Municipal Utility District.  Operation of any motorized vehicle on these areas is a violation of the Texas Water Code. (Class C Misdemeanor)
·         Operation of any unauthorized motorized vehicle is not permitted on any Association property.
Please be courteous to your neighbors on the road and always keep safety in mind when driving. 
Posted on July 29, 2020 9:00 AM by Admin
Categories: General
Disclaimer: The businesses and vendors listed above are in no way affiliated, authorized, or endorsed by, CRRA2, CRSWCC, or any of their affiliates.
Posted on July 27, 2020 11:00 AM by Admin
Here are six new businesses that opened in the Katy area in May, June and July.

Apara Autism Center opened at 2051 Greenhouse Road, Ste. 160, Houston, on May 18. The health care business has a location in Sugar Land and provides applied behavior analysis through one-on-one therapy for children on the autism spectrum. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the clinic is offering telehealth services, in-home services and part-time sessions for patients. 844-272-7223. www.aparaautism.com

Houston Axe Throwing held grand opening activities for its newest location at 1718 Fry Road, Ste. 110, Houston, in mid-June, owner Sarah Sed said. However, the location temporarily closed in July due to slow business with plans to reopen in August. At Houston Axe Throwing, guests throw axes that weigh about 1.5 pounds at a 12-foot distance. Trainers also provide safety tips and instructions on how to throw. The first location is in Bellaire at 6734 Lakewood Drive, Ste. B, Houston. Houston Axe Throwing also hosts an Axe Throwing League. 832-930-2937. www.houstonaxe.com

Newton Nurseries is now open at 322 Buc-ee’s Blvd., Katy, according to a June 9 press release. The 153,000-square-foot, wholesale nursery offers trees, shrubs, flowers, bedding plants and other landscaping items. The gated location also includes a 7,000-square-foot greenhouse and 20,000-square-foot shade area. 832-772-5212. www.newtonnurseries.com.
Pablo’s Restaurant and Club opened May 1 at 25757 Westheimer Parkway, Ste. 130, Katy. The menu includes international dishes, such as Korean fried beef, ceviche, burgers, tacos, flatbread pizza, lamb kebab, salmon and curry. It also offers a drink menu of wine, beer and mixed drinks. 281-215-3400. www.clubpablo.com

A new location of Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy opened in early July at 23116 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. The health care business offers cryotherapy, IV drip and other therapies, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and compression therapy. Two other locations of Restore are within the Greater Houston area: one in Sugar Land and one in the River Oaks area. 832-390-0755. www.restore.com

Rapid Express Car Wash-Fulshear opened in late May at 5746 FM 1463, Katy. The business provides car washes as well as free vacuums to customers. There is one other location of Rapid Express in the Greater Houston area at 10470 Huffmeister Road, Houston. 346-707-8296. www.rapidexpresscarwash.com
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