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Amazon, the online marketplace, quietly opened its first fulfillment or warehouse center in the Greater Houston in June.

"They leased 250,000- square feet (of space) but we are not sure what they are doing there," said Charlie Dromgoole, president of the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce. "We knew it's a new product line that is coming out, but they have not announced it. They have been pretty low key, but this is kind of their mantra."

Officials with Amazon did not return repeated requests for comment.

Free Fitness Class at Kingwood Community Center

Kay Caffey is a volunteer in the Kingwood area. She would like to inform you that the Kingwood Community Center is looking to host a free beginner fitness class called “Fitness for Beginners”.

The class is scheduled for Mondays from 10:30am to 11:30am . This would be open to the public and there would be no charge. Whether you are looking to get into shape or get back into shape this class will help you on your way. Different training techniques will be used each week to help you get fit. If you are a mother or a father of a young one, you can bring your stroller and still get into shape. This will be a fun time for everyone. This is currently a protective class, if you are interested please contact the Kingwood Community Center to register by phone at 281-348-2570 or stop by the center at 4102 Rustic Woods, 77345.

Kingwood Town Center July 4th Festival

When: July 4, 2014

Time: 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Kingwood Town Center 

Grand Texas—the future 610-acre sports and entertainment district in New Caney—is scheduled to break ground on the first phases of construction late this summer and open to the public in early to mid-2015.

The development will feature a 150-acre theme park, 40-acre water park, 83-acre sports complex, RV park with 144 lots, more than 240 hotel rooms and 450,000 square feet of retail and dining once completed, said Monty Galland, CEO of the Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District. Grand Texas, which is estimated to draw 1.2 million annual visitors, will be near the intersection of Hwy. 242 and Hwy. 59, about 35 miles east of Magnolia.

“We want what we refer to as ‘the district’ [to be] a destination and as a destination, that means it’s going to drive development,” Galland said. “We have a lot to offer that you just won’t find any place else.”

Texan 5K Run to benefit pro-military organization

Texan Drive will host a 5K run to benefit Banded Brigade Outdoors, a non-profit organization that gives active, retired and disabled military members as well as their families the opportunity to experience outdoor adventures.

The race will be held Saturday July 5, with sign-in at 7 a.m. at Texan Dodge located at 18555 U.S. Highway 59 in Humble.

In addition to the race, Texan Dodge has other festivities planned for participants.

A new real estate firm opened June 2 in Kingwood's Town Center, 17 N. Main Street.

Office Manager Cathy Trevino and her team have been working on the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties office for the past several weeks.

"Our future has never been brighter as a member of the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices real estate brokerage network," said Trevino.

Because of tremendous growth in its surgical services, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital announced today the addition of 2,600 square feet of new surgical space.

“For the last 30 years, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital has been committed to meeting the health care needs of families living in our community,” said Heath Rushing, Memorial Hermann Northeast chief operating officer. “As these needs have evolved over time, we have and will continue to grow and change – a broader range of medical services, advanced technologies, and breakthrough treatments.”

In the last two years, the hospital’s spine program grew by more than 20 percent, while the vascular program increased by 15 percent and the general surgery program expanded by 17 percent just last year.

Wayne Knippers with JLA Realty Winner of the $500 Lowe's gift card.

On Thursday, May 8th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. local area Realtors enjoyed a garden party themed event to celebrate the grand opening of five new models in Auburn Trails at Oakhurst at Kingwood. The progressive lunch was catered by Tavola and included a Pesto Cheese Plate with grapes, strawberries & flatbreads, Cold Shrimp, Tavola House Salad, Plattered Lemon Chicken with creme fraise and a Shortcake Bar. While touring the beautiful model homes guest were treated to cool jazz music by Spellbound and before the Realtors left the event they could pick up a gourmet coffee by Java Gypsy.

All Realtors that attended the event and visited all five models were entered to win a $500 Lowe's gift card. Wayne Knippers with JLA Realty was the lucky winner of the grand prize. No purchase was necessary to win.

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

Recently, Mercer announced its summer program schedule:


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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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