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The Humble Area Assistance Ministries annual Raise The Roof Fundraiser is coming to Humble on Sunday, March 24 at the Humble Civic Center. Commemorating its seventh year, the annual fundraiser will help expand facilities and aid the services provided by Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM).

HAAM is a great example of the power of partnering, everyone in our community works together to help those in need in our community, said Millie Garrison, assistant executive director at HAAM.

The fundraiser will have a chili cook-off with samples and other food and drinks.

Porter High School has released an official mobile app for student use. The new app lets student access the school information they want and need—anytime, anywhere and straight from their phone. It’s FREE to download and FREE to use! School Connect™ offers information like:

  • Activity calendars
  • Sports schedules and scores
  • Teacher contact information
  • Access to student grades
  • Alerts from school and teachers
  • So much more!

Parents and supporters of Porter High School can now keep up with what’s happening at Porter high school anywhere, anytime, right from their smart phone with School Connect. School Connect is a free mobile app that enables people to stay connected to their student’s school and have school information sent directly to them, wherever and whenever they need it. Whether it’s game day scores, updates on the school play, access to grade books, emergency notifications or even classroom reminders from teachers—School Connect makes all this information available from one place. Anyone with a smart phone can download School Connect from the Apple and Android app stores for free.  To learn more about School Connect, visit

Lennar Sweetens the Deal in February

Visit a Lennar Community in February and discover all the reasons it's time to fall in love with a new home. Take advantage of this special offer on select homes that close by 2/28/13.

Barbecue teams from around the community and surrounding areas fired up the pits to compete in the annual Humble Rodeo BBQ Cook-off Feb 1 and 2.

The cook-off serves as a kick off for the Rodeo and Concerts Feb. 8 and 9 featuring the Josh Abbott Band with special guest, Dustin Lynch Feb. 8 and Kevin Fowler Feb. 9.

For more information or tickets, log on to

Kingwood Town Center to host Mardi Gras

Kingwood Town Center will be the site of Mardi Gras revelry Saturday, Feb. 9 from noon to 6 p.m. The annual Mardi Gras Festival will include a parade, live music and more than 40 vendor booths, selling food, beverages, art and crafts. Chachi’s will be on hand with food and beverages and other vendors will be selling alligator on a stick, snow cones, funnel cakes and more.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. on Bens Branch Drive and then circles around Town Center.

“Last year, we had 16 floats in the parade,” said event organizer Mike Ibanez.

Applications are still being accepted for groups who wish to participate in the parade. The floats will be throwing beads for young and old alike. In addition, there will be a jumping castle for children.

At 3 p.m., the washboard and accordion sounds of zydeco will take a front seat when “Jewel of the Bayou” Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners take the stage. Thomas was born and raised in Louisiana and comes from a family of zydeco musicians. A self-taught musician, Thomas decided to become a drummer at the age of 8 and made his first drum kit from 5-gallon paint buckets. After many years of touring with his father, Leo “the Bull” Thomas, in 1998, Thomas formed the Zydeco Roadrunners. The Zydeco Roadrunners perform across Louisiana and Texas and have released eight CDs. The band plays “old school” zydeco.

Cajun music will also be heard throughout the afternoon, according to Ibanez.

“Mark Linabury will be the DJ for the event and will be the master of ceremonies,” said Ibanez.

The celebration does not have a rain date and will be held rain or shine. Admission to the event is free.

A flyer about an upcoming YMCA Bridge Fest was all the motivation Oakhurst resident Diane Nowakowski needed.

Two years ago, Nowakowski decided to get back on track to live a healthier life by joining WeightWatchers and start training to run in a marathon or race.

“I had always been healthy but I fell off track because of stress eating and my job. I got tired of being unhealthy so I decided to make a change. I joined WeightWatchers and received a flyer in the mail talking about how to walk your way to a 5K; I took that challenge,” Nowakowski said.

As an International Flight Attendant, Nowakowski has found it hard to stay on track but hopes to get back on track by participating again in this year’s YMCA Bridge Fest Feb. 2.

The last time she participated, Nowakowski ran the 5K in 35:05 minutes and she plans to beat that time this year.

“If I can do it, anyone can Bridge Fest. I want to encourage others to just get out and try it or even just get out and walk Bridge Fest. Any physical activity is better than nothing,” Nowakowski said.

This event offers a great opportunity for families to come out and spend quality time together. The first race will begin at 8:00 am and is a ½ mile event open to ages 6 and under. Following the ½ mile race will be a 1-Mile Race for ages 7 – 12.

This will allow for the younger runners to race against their own age groups and compete for an award in those age categories. Following the Kids Races, the 5K Family Run and Walk will begin at 9:00 am which is open to all ages and abilities.

Concluding the morning is the awards ceremony which will be in the YMCA gymnasium. All races will use the chip timing system for accurate race results and cost of each race varies by category

Proceeds from Bridge Fest support the Partners scholarship program at the Lake Houston Family YMCA and East Montgomery County YMCA. Many families in the Lake Houston and EMC communities have little or no ability to pay for the programs and services offered at the YMCA.

This year’s Bridge Fest goal is to raise over $45,000 for the scholarship fund to insure that children and families were not denied access to character enhancing programs or vital services such as YMCA after school child care, swim lessons, day camp, youth sports, teen leadership camp and many more because of financial limitations.

Families and individuals can apply for financial assistance by completing an Open Door application at either YMCA.

“I am very excited and motivated for this year’s Bridge Fest. This is the event that pushes me to be healthier and get out to join others in walking for a good cause. This inspires me as I hope it inspires others,” Nowakowski said.

For cost and additional information on Bridge Fest, call the Lake Houston Family YMCA 281-360-2500, visit their website at or e-mail Carol Sutton,

On January 19th and 20th, 2013 come into any Lennar or Village Builder Model Home in Oakhurst and receive special Incentives. See New Home Consultant for Details!

Congratulations to the Porter High School Girls Soccer Team on winning first place in the Aldine Tournament this past weekend. The Lady Spartans went 3-0-1 during the tournament and won the championship game in a thriller that went to penalty kicks. Cassidy Hopkins was named the tournament MVP and Clara Negrete, Marissa Bovara, and Mireya Cerda were also named to the All-Tournament team.

Source: New Caney ISD News

McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. (MHI), which builds under the brands Plantation Homes, Coventry Homes, Carmel Builders and Wilshire Homes, is the only large scale volume homebuilder to receive the highly coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award. An internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED represents a group of rating systems designed to provide a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

The U.S. Green Building Council which developed LEED, presented MHI with the award and recognized the company’s achievements at a recent ceremony in San Francisco, California. Each year the council distinguishes builders, developers and projects that have demonstrated leadership in the residential green building market place.

Texas-based MHI is the only large volume homebuilder that has successfully implemented LEED for homes across multiple communities and multiple project offerings.

Join the Arbor Day Foundation

Did you know you can join the Arbor Day Foundation? This group inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.That is the mission statement of the Arbor Day Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation and education organization.

Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.

The impact the group makes on the world is accomplished through its conservation and education programs.

You are invited to become a member.  When you become a member the group will send you 5 Free Crapemyrtles!

Crapemyrtles were selected for this campaign because of their elegant color and form, making them an attractive addition to the home landscape. These medium size flowering shrubs or small trees boast perfect, six-petaled flowers of pink, red or white with leaves that change from summer green to autumn red, orange, and yellow.  They are perfect for our Texas climate.

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$10 (includes your 5 free trees and a 6-month membership)
$15 (includes your 5 free trees and a 1-year membership)

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