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Posts published in “Day: February 3, 2009

Jesse H. Jones Park hosts “Homestead Heritage Day”

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center hosts the annual Homestead Heritage Day Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn what life was like for early East Texas settlers and how they survived without modern day conveniences like refrigerators, gasoline-powered vehicles, or electricity.

Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of demonstrations, seldom-seen crafts and games, sample old-fashioned foods, and enjoy many other 19th century activities.

Additionally, the Jones Park outdoor stages will showcase festive folk music including performances by Tall Cotton, Fretted Friends, and others.

Festivities are featured in the green space at the front of the park and at the Redbud Hill Homestead. Hayrides will be offered from the playground parking lot to the park entrance and from the park entrance to the homestead from 10 am to 4 pm.

Staff members and volunteers transform the Redbud Hill Homestead into a living, working settlement of the early 1800s. This year’s Homestead Heritage Day highlights the activities that early Texas settlers enjoyed during their limited free time.

Children of all ages can attempt marbles, tabletop nine-pins, intricate metalwork puzzles, a corn cob toss, and many other old-fashioned games. Other youth activities include making various crafts, washing clothes on a washboard, and churning butter.

Through captivating exhibits and demonstrations, the lifestyle of early settlers is recreated at Jones Park.

Demonstrations include Old West-style shootouts, quilting, kitchen gardening, a petting zoo, and much more.

Additionally, members of the 13th U.S. Infantry and the Texas Rifles, local Civil War re-enactment groups, offer a glimpse into the regimented lifestyle that often took place during the Civil War. Visitors can even try on period costumes and have their picture taken in a variety of settings.

Samples of cornbread from the bread oven, jerky from the smokehouse, and stick bread and hoecakes cooked over an open fire are available.

Volunteers in the wood shop demonstrate how useful tools, furniture, and other items were fashioned out of wood, while volunteers in the blacksmith shop show off their metal working skills. Members of the Settler Life Working Group, a group of park volunteers with a special interest in homestead activities, demonstrate how wool and cotton were spun and then woven into fabric for clothing.

Furthermore, Don Roe and other members of Roe’s Rangers demonstrate black powder weapons of all types including pistols and cannons.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a Harris County Precinct 4 facility under the leadership of Commissioner Jerry Eversole, is located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble.

District Luncheons bring out lots of community groups

Northeast Houston area community groups, and citizens have a unique forum to voice their needs or promote their programs and events.

Every month on the last Thursday, the East Aldine Management District hosts a free lunch at the Sheriff’s storefont facility at 5202 Aldine Mail Route. This informal “Town Hall” has become more popular each month, and sets a model for citizen participation in other areas of the county.

From 12 noon to 1 pm, each attendee is given an opportunity to introduce themselves and speak whatever is on their minds. In addition, the District sometimes has a guest speaker to review a relevant community concern or topic.

For a sampling of last Thursday’s discussions, which were fully attended by about 80 persons, please see the print edition.

North Houston – Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce

Reggie Gray, President
Yolanda Hamlin, Director of Operations

Sidney Evans, II, Chair
Jill Boullion, Past Chair
Bill Townsend, Chair Elect
Phyllis Oustifine, Secretary
Bill Pilkington, Treasurer

Kirby Sanford, Econ. Development
Jocklyn Keville, Community & Government Relations
Heather Dunagin, Marketing & Fundraising
John Farrell, Membership

Ray Bennett
Ray Bejarano
Bill Ferebee
Dr. Stephen Head
Mark Hecker
Gil Hoffman
Jeff Kaiser
Teri Koerth
Tara Lightsey
Art Murillo
Fred Rake
Dylan Schopper
Khristene Walker
Whitney Whitmire
Nockie Zizelmann

Armando Walle
Regina Curry
Ray Laughter
Ben Wilson
Reggie Gray


Ashford Gardens
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
TownePlace Suites by Marriott
GM Metal, Inc.
The Watkins Group

Earthman Resthaven
K. Austin & Associates
Erv Baumeyer
Kingwood Personnel
EFG Insurance Agency
Northeast YMCA of Greater
Klein Funeral Homes
Northwest Assistance
Greenspoint District
Smith International
Power Procurement
Specialists, LLC
TSJ Rentals
Yellow Book
Chase Business Banking
America’s Best Value Inn Hotel
ServiceMaster Quality Clean
Mission Greenspoint

250 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E Suite 200
Houston, TX. 77060
281-442-8713 fax

Astros, MLB plan baseball Academy for area youth

Major League Baseball (MLB), Houston Astros, and City of Houston jointly announced their agreement to renovate and work together to operate the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Baseball Academy at Sylvester Turner Park.

MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon, and Houston Astros Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Drayton McLane joined City of Houston Mayor Bill White and State Representative Sylvester Turner for the announcement at the site of the future complex.

Located in north Houston, the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy at Sylvester Turner Park will provide year round free baseball and softball instruction to local youth, ages 7-17.

MLB is committed to bringing professional baseball to young people in urban America through the establishment of the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academies. To date MLB, has established and is operating an Academy in Compton, California and has recently signed agreements to build two more, one in Hialeah, Florida and now Houston.

“Major League Baseball is committed to improving the lives and increasing the opportunities of young athletes interested in our sport,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “I cannot think of a better way to prove our promise then by announcing today the development of a third Urban Youth Baseball Academy in Houston, Texas. We have carefully examined and identified areas where we felt there was a need for us to make significant and important investments for the growth of our sport, particularly among underserved communities. Thank you to the City of Houston, Drayton McLane and the Houston Astros for also showing their commitment to our future Major League Citizens.”

Major League Baseball is scheduled to begin renovations on the Houston facility in February. The Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Baseball Academy at Sylvester Turner Park will feature a show field complete with scoreboard; permanent seating for 500 fans, with space for an additional 1800 fans; dugouts and lights; one auxiliary fields; two little league/softball fields and batting cages; and a 1,500 square foot office space and other facilities.

Working for the weekend

Six more weeks and you can run your clock up an hour. Time flies when you are having fun so hang on, spring will be here the following week.

Tomato plants are in the stores and must say they are right proud of them. Singles they are, the six pack plants will be out in due time.

Numerous bits of humor relating to retirement are coming my way, as well as advice from others. Some say you will enjoy retirement and after a while wonder when you had time to work. Some others say you will not like it or what are you going to do when you get everything done?

Retirement is sort of like being in the credit business. You are never caught up; someone is always past due and needs a phone call reminder.

Just like housework, it ain’t never done and I ain’t ironing like a couple of my very much domesticated buddies. That is pushing too far and I tell them, “At least you know your place.”

Bout worked out a schedule to help fulfill my retirement time to keep me content and out of trouble.

Figer Monday is M and M is for mopping or swabbing the deck to you deck apes. Maybe a little yard work afterwards and if it warms up a tad, maybe wack a few golf balls in the back yard.

Tuesday as in T is for theatre and I actually spent good money last week to go see Gran Torino. Not been to a picture show since Star Wars came out. Had a fill of the movies already and will have to T for tinker in the garage on Tuesdays and do some yard work. There ain’t no dollar and a half movie anymore by crackie.

W is for Wednesday and the day the grocery ads break in the big city paper. Will do some shopping for what is on sale and surprise the Mrs. with a good suppers when she gets in from work.

T for Thursday and it is for trimming up the fat boy. My gym membership is due to expire in another month and think there is enough concrete around here to walk on without spending all that cash to see others sashay in front of the mirrors flexing their stuff. One would think with as much walking as I do in the grocery stores and Wal-Mart that I would not need much exercise. The Mrs. says the exercise I need is pushing away from the table.

Fridays is F and that is fish day. Not for any religious purpose but because of all the fish eaters around, fish should be more plentiful on Fridays. There is the Good Times Marina down on the river that has a huge catfish feed each Friday and it’s all you can eat for about nine bucks. Also Cracker Barrel has its Cod Fish Fridays and it is sooooo good if you eat the cod fishes.

Frankly, we like the cod fish from Sam’s and prepare it in Charlie’s Kitchen. Put your feet under my table and you too will have problems pushing away.

Saturday and Sundays are for resting for the next week.

North Harris 2009 Teaching Excellence Award winners to be honored

Lone Star College-North Harris recently named five faculty members as recipients of the 2009 Teaching Excellence Award. In a process that involves faculty, staff, and student recommendations, five instructors are selected each year from among all full-time faculty.

“The Lone Star College-North Harris Teaching Excellence Awards recognize and honor outstanding faculty members and their essential role in the college. Quality teaching and innovative learning are the hallmark of the college, and these professors demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning,” says Dr. Steve Head, LSC-North Harris president.

This year’s award winners are Dr. Shae Adkins, speech professor; Shirley Ennis, kinesiology professor; Dr. Brian Kilpatrick, interpreter training professor; Kendall Lawrence; graphic arts professor; and Danel Olson, English professor.

The five outstanding faculty members will be honored at the upcoming Lone Star College System employee awards banquet on Friday, March 20. Award winners will also be individually recognized at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) international conference in Austin this May.