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With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks facility located one mile north of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road in Humble, 77338. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Anyone seeking additional information or requiring special assistance to participate in any program should contact Mercer at 281-443-8731 or online at www.hcp4.net/mercer.

Recently, Mercer announced its summer program schedule:

May

Cypress Creek Daylily Show. Sat., May 10, noon – 4:30 p.m. Come out to see favorite large and small blooms as they put on a stunning show! Cultivars like spiders with long, draping petals and others with frilled and picotee edges or dark eye zones will be on display. Daylilies bloom in the hot months in full sun and are show stoppers in any garden.

Lunch Bunch: Butterfly Gardening – If You Plant It, They Will Come. Wed., May 14, noon – 2 p.m. Join horticulturist Zac Stayton of the Cockrell Butterfly Center as he discusses butterflies native to the Houston area, their favorite host and nectar plants, and how to create a backyard butterfly oasis.

Bromeliad Sale & Show. Fri., Sat., and Sun., May 16, 17, and 18. Members of the Houston Bromeliad Society present “Bromeliads: Jewels of the Garden” during this local show, which is judged by international bromeliad experts. The show will be on display in the Visitor Center on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The plant sale, which features every genus that performs well in the Houston area, is open on Friday noon to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June

Lunch Bunch: Hummingbirds – Myth, Magic, and Mystery. Wed., June 11, noon – 2 p.m. Explore some of the urban myths about these tiny travelers with Mark Klym, Texas Parks & Wildlife program coordinator.

Plant Hunters: A World of Exploration. Mon., June 23 – Fri., June 27, 9 a.m. – noon. This week-long exploration camp will introduce children to the world of plants. Using Mercer’s living collections, children will learn about the different habitats around the world where plants live from rain forests to wetlands. Participants will learn about botany, ecology, and geography through fun, interactive, and hands-on activities that will spark their imaginations and sense of adventure. This program is available to children entering the 4th and 5th grades. Please call Mercer at 281-443-8731 for program and registration details.
July

Lunch Bunch: Secrets of Brewery. Wed., July 9, noon – 2 p.m. Southern Star Brewery, the craft beer brewery based out of Conroe, will share brewing secrets and information about the plants used to make it all possible. An ancient practice, considered by some to be an art form, beer brewing utilizes various plants to create the familiar drink enjoyed by many.

Plant Hunters: A World of Exploration. Mon., July 13 – Fri., July 25, 9 a.m. – noon. This week-long exploration camp will introduce children to the world of plants. Using Mercer’s living collections, children will learn about the different habitats around the world where plants live from rain forests to wetlands. Participants will learn about botany, ecology, and geography through fun, interactive, and hands-on activities that will spark their imaginations and sense of adventure. This program is available to children entering the 4th and 5th grades. Please call Mercer at 281-443-8731 for program and registration details.

Texas Rose Rustlers Meeting Sat., July 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This Rookie Rustler meeting is open to the public in order to help enthusiasts learn the etiquette of rustling old garden roses, how to propagate from cuttings, and then grow their favorite flower. For more details, visit www.texasroserustlers.com or call Mercer at 281-443-8731.

Summer Color Plant Sale and Lectures. Sat., July 26, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Splash into summer with this one-day immersion into perfect solutions for gardening in the heat. Special guest speakers will share their gardening expertise and highlight outstanding plants for Texas summers that will be available in the plant sale. Conference participants can take advantage of a plant sale that morning, which opens later in the day to the public. Reservations and a fee are required, so please call 281-443-8731 for additional details.
August

Lunch Bunch: Orchid Growing 101. Wed., Aug. 13, noon – 2 p.m. Bruce Cameron of The Houston Orchid Society and Orchid Obsession Nursery will teach the basics of orchid care and inform participants of the best varieties to grow in yards and homes.
Ongoing

Children’s Story Time in the Garden. Third Monday of the month, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Children’s Librarian Maggie Hope at Baldwin Boettcher, along with Mercer volunteer docents, share some of their favorite nature books with children and their parents in the Mercer gardens. A craft project is included. Check in at the Visitor Center for the specific location. Free.

May 19: Over Under in the Garden by Pat Schories

June 16: 12 Days of Summer by Jan Andrews

July 21: What if? by Laura Seeger

August 18: In the Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming

Chrysanthemum Society. Fourth Friday of most months, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. These monthly meetings include discussions about growing chrysanthemums and floral arrang¬ing. The Society also provides plants for Mercer’s collection. Please call 281-443-8731 for more informa¬tion.

Bonsai Society Saturday Study Group. Meets every three months on the first Saturday; Next meeting is July 5, 9 a.m. – noon. Meet under the treehouse portico to mentor, cri¬tique and learn more about this living art form.

Tai Chi for Arthritis. Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Join certified instructor John Spencer for this free beginners class that helps relieve pain associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia, relieves stress, and improves balance in the calming atmosphere of the garden. Most classes will meet outdoors under the treehouse portico or near Baldwin Boettcher Library.

Mercer Moments: Your Livable Garden Radio Show. Listen every Saturday or Sunday morning. Shawn and Blinda Kelley chat and chuckle about various gardening topics and the best plants to grow in Houston while featuring Mercer staff members on the show. The radio show airs Saturday mornings from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Houston’s KSEV 700 AM and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on KPRC 950 AM.
Upcoming

Distinguished Lecture Series: Exploration to Exploitation – The Road from Plant Discovery to Market. Thur., September 4, 6:30 p.m. Discover the secrets of how and why new plants fit into different markets niches during this “behind the scenes” look at the nursery world at the Houston Museum of Natural Science with Tony Avent, founder of Juniper Level Botanic Gardens and owner of Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina. For ticket information, please call 713-639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org/lectures.

Distinguished Lecture Series: Plant Conservation in a Rapidly Changing World. Thur., September 25, 6:30 p.m. Join Dr. Peter Raven, president emeritus of Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science during this look at the various factors threatening plant species and the conservation methods that can help save them. For ticket information, please call 713-639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org/lectures.



Auburn Trails Grand Opening Event Public Grand Prize Winner

Oakhurst at Kingwood’s popular Auburn Trails neighborhood is expanding with the grand opening of five new models and the debut of new sections. April 26th and 27th, 2014, visitors to Auburn Trails in Oakhurst at Kingwood toured a brand new model by Chesmar Homes, two new models by Lennar and two new decorated models by Legend Homes, and registered to win a $500 Lowes gift card. James Howard is the lucky drawing winner of the $500 Lowes gift card. No purchase was necessary to win.

The newest builder to join the Oakhurst at Kingwood builder team is Chesmar Homes. Now open daily, the two-story model by Chesmar is located adjacent to models by Legend Homes and Lennar. New homes in Auburn Trails in Oakhurst at Kingwood are priced from the $160,000s to the $260,000s. Visitors can visit and tour all five new model homes seven days a week.

Known for accessible location, Oakhurst at Kingwood has become home to residents of all ages because of its prime location, appealing master plan and diverse array of new homes.


James Howard and Jill Tezsla with Legend Homes.

Card-making ladies filled the classroom at the Kingwood Community Center on April 15. The women created eight cards in the colors of spring. Cooperation, helping, talking and laughing were in order for the class. Punched shapes, backgrounds, ribbon and a sample card were provided. The class is held on the third Tuesday of each month. Because of the large response to the card-making class, two sessions are now held, one from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and one from 1-3 p.m. The cost for the class is $7 to cover the cost of materials. To ensure that there are enough materials for everyone, registration is required. Contact Lynn Gajdosik, instructor for the class, at 281-360-6792 or the Community Center for more information or to register for the class.


Oakhurst at Kingwood’s popular Auburn Trails neighborhood is expanding with the grand opening of five new models and the debut of new sections. This weekend, visitors to Auburn Trails in Oakhurst at  Kingwood can tour a brand new model by Chesmar Homes, two new models by Lennar and two new decorated models by Legend Homes, and register to win a $500 Lowes gift card. No purchase is necessary to win and registration forms are available in each sales office Auburn Trials.

The grand opening weekend event will also offer new-home buyers special incentives from each builder in Auburn Trails where new homes are priced from the $160,000s to the $260,000s.

Known for accessible location, Oakhurst at Kingwood has become home to residents of all ages because of its prime location, appealing master plan and diverse array of new homes.

The newest builder to join the Oakhurst at Kingwood builder team is Chesmar Homes. Now open daily, the two-story model by Chesmar is located adjacent to models by Legend Homes and Lennar.

One of the newest designs by Chesmar, the new model features a stone and brick elevation, a classic front porch and an innovative interior design that includes a two-story entry, a study, and a central living area that has a family room with a stone fireplace, a large kitchen with an oversized island with breakfast bar seating, a breakfast area and access to the covered back porch/outdoor living area. A private master suite is located off the family room.

Upstairs, the home has a split design with a bridge that overlooks the family room and foyer and connects the two wings. On one side is a bedroom suite with a full bath. The bridge leads to the game room that has access to another full bath. Two additional bedrooms are on the opposite side of the second floor.

In addition to the new models in Auburn Trails, visitors to Oakhurst at Kingwood can also tour decorated models by Village Builders, Highland Homes, Coventry Homes, Frontier Custom Builders, Triumph/MI Homes and Trendmaker Homes. New homes in the community range in price from the $160,000s to the $800,000s.

Noted for its immediate access to US 59, Oakhurst at Kingwood is also known for its easy commute to major employment, medical and retail centers, Intercontinental Airport as well as a growing list of attractions in the surrounding Kingwood area.

Residents in this community enjoy parks, greenbelt trails, lakes, a central recreation center complete with a pool and playground, and a water spray park as well as the Oakhurst at Kingwood Golf Club – a daily fee course that also provides premium home sites. School-age children in Oakhurst at Kingwood attend schools close to home that are a part of the New Caney Independent School District.

To visit, take US 59 North to Northpark and turn left. Turn right into Oakhurst at Kingwood.


Join us this weekend in Oakhurst at Kingwood as we celebrate the Grand Opening of FIVE new furnished model homes in Auburn Trails.
Chesmar Homes has joined Lennar and Legend Homes in building in this amazing section of Oakhurst at Kingwood.

Register to win a $500 Lowe's Gift Card when you visit, no purchase necessary.


HomeAid Houston unveiled this year’s Project Playhouse over the weekend in Towne Lake.

The Coventry Kids Castle was on display he public had its first chance to buy raffle tickets for this year’s majesticwill be on display during the event, the first of several appearances planned through the summer. The storybook-style castle will enchant children and adults alike with such features as air conditioning, lighting, television and gaming equipment. Interior design elements will reflect the medieval theme. Coventry builds in the Oakhurst community. 

The Coventry Kids Castle was built by Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes with materials and labor donated by members of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA). Raffle tickets are $5. Proceeds are used to build transitional housing for Houston’s homeless men, women and children. This is HomeAid Houston’s eighth year for Project Playhouse.


Like a glance back to the days where sawmills were a regular business around East Montgomery County, the annual Texas Sawmill Festival 2014 will bring history back to life.

The Texas Sawmill Festival 2014 is set for April 26 in the parking lot of the East Montgomery County Improvement District building starting at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and will feature fun for the whole family.

“There used to be sawmills all around the community and that is how most of the communities were founded,” Rick Hatcher, president of the Community Chamber of Commerce of East Montgomery County, said. “This event is great for the whole family and a way to remember the history of the area.”


The Woodlands Children’s Museum is showing its support for Mother Earth by hosting Go Green Week.

The fun begins Tuesday, April 22, and lasts until Friday, April 25. The museum invites guests to make recycled art projects and discover ways they can help save the environment for future generations.

“The Woodlands Children’s Museum loves to celebrate Earth Day,” executive director Angela Colton said. “We have lots of fun art projects that the whole family will enjoy, while teaching important lessons about being good stewards of the planet.”


Oakhurst at Kingwood residents - it's not too early to start planning your kids summer camp adventure.

KingwoodCampFair.com and Lone Star College – Kingwood are holding the 2014 Northeast Houston Summer Camp Fair & Expo this Saturday, March 22 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Physical Fitness Center. Lone Star College - Kingwood is located at 20000 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, Texas, 77339.

Parents and their children will have the awesome opportunity to meet local and resident camps face-to-face to gather valuable information that will enable them to make intelligent, informed decisions about camps and summer activities for their children.

A few of the camps participating include: Lone Star College – Discovery College, Kingwood Montessori School, Mark Kistler’s Summer Art Camps, Kingwood Top Kick Karate, Kids in Action, Painting with a Twist, Tech It Out – Humble, Camp Cedarbrook Texas, Allegro School of Music, Max Bowl, Building Brains, Wonder-Space Computer & Technology Camp, Camperoo, Kingwood Country Club, Kingwood Music School, The Gym – Atascocita, 3T Basketball Academy & Triple Threat Basketball Camp, Frontier Camp, Atascocita Dance Academy, Summer Science Safari Camp and Kosmin Media Group!

Papa Murphy’s will also be serving pizza from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Bag sponsors are Kingwood Montessori School and Kingwood Top Kick Karate.

For more information, visit www.KingwoodCampFair.com.


Impact Church in Roman Forest will host a Spring Carnival March 9 for area families.
The event will feature free hotdogs, two bounce houses for children and prizes.

“Come join us for an afternoon of fun and kick off Spring Break with a bang as we seek to give back to our community, build relationships, be intentional with the Gospel of Jesus and be excited,” said Pastor Mike Holt of Impact Church.

The event will be held in the city park in Roman Forest from 4 – 7 p.m. All of the activities are free for the community and everyone is welcome to attend.

“Our goal is to impact the community with the gospel of Jesus in a way much different than our cultural norm,” said Holt. “We are a church on a mission and by God’s design our goal is to meet people where they are in community to share and inspire others to live out their faith within the public eye and not just behind the doors of the church building. Our mission is to teach and make disciples and to go OUT to all the nations to share Jesus. We are on mission to help the least of these, to bring joy to the elderly, widows, single parents, and a focus on the college culture, our next generation, in a way that takes the church to them. In saying this, we are an Acts 2 church with no religious barriers, just freedom in Jesus.”



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