Community briefs for Feb. 2

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Posted 2/2/23

Community briefs for Feb. 2, 2023.

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Community briefs for Feb. 2


Wild West Brewfest set for March 23-25 at Typhoon Texas

Preparations are underway for the 2023 Wild West Brewfest, a fun weekend full of great beer, live music, food and more hosted by the Rotary Club of Katy.

The K-Town Throwdown will kick-off the multi-day event on March 23, followed by the Launch Party on March 24. The official Brewfest will be on March 25. The entire weekend of events will be hosted at Typhoon Texas, 555 Katy Fort Bend Road.

The Brewfest showcases some of the best liquids, including over 800 different beers, plus a fantastic wine garden. The event is more than just a great time, it’s about helping others in need through its proceeds. Founded in 2011 by Katy Rotarians, the event was volunteer created, continues to be all-volunteer run and 100% of all proceeds are given back to the local community in student scholarships and donations to charitable organizations. Since its inception, the Brewfest has raised and donated over $1 million.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website

Texas utility help program receives more energy bill assistance fundings

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) announced it is directing an additional $48 million from the Federal Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act to the Texas Utility Help program to support homeowners and renters who need help paying energy bills.

Through Texas Utility Help, homeowners and renters can pay off total past due utility bills for electricity, natural gas, propane, water, and wastewater, plus get up to $2,400 in prospective payments. All approved payments are issued directly to the utility company on the applicant’s behalf.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • Household income must be at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
  • At least one occupant in the household must be a United States citizen or Qualified Alien.

“The past year was hard on Texans, with rising food, housing and transportation costs and higher energy bills due to extreme heat over the summer. With the additional funds, we hope to ease some of the burden for as many renters and homeowners as possible,” Bobby Wilkinson, TDHCA executive director, said. “We anticipate receiving more funding this year, although it’s unclear when or how much that will be, so we encourage everyone to apply now if they need help.”

For more information and questions, the call center is staffed 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and can be reached toll free at 855-566-2057. Help is available in multiple languages.

Clothed by Faith to host celebration as it serves its 100,000th client

Clothed by Faith invites the public to join it as it serves its 100,000th client. Clothed by Faith serves at risk children and adults hope and dignity through the gift of clothing. Two celebrations are set—one in Katy, the other in Deer Park.

The Katy event is set for 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Clothed by Faith office at 802 Old Dominion Road. The event is free but RSVPs are requested as space is limited. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP for the event in Katy, visit the website, the abbreviated URL for which is For more information, call 281-676-8837.

Pup Crawl 2023

The Social Sports Pub, 5810 FM 1462 in Fulshear, is hosting a Pup Crawl from 12-3 p.m. Feb. 4.

The event features free pet microchipping (while supplies last), food and drink specials, pet nail trimming, a food drive for pet rescues, a raffle, pet adoptions, and vendors.

For more information, call 281-396-4627.

Cottage Charm LLC acquires Cottage Charm at the Romack House

The historic Cottage Charm at the Romack House, an event venue and fixture in the Old Town Katy district, has been acquired by Cottage Charm LLC.

Originally built in 1905, this nostalgic cottage sits on an all-weather, half-acre site that is completely shaded by 100-year-old heritage oak trees. The Cottage Charm venue is ideally suited for parties up to 100 guests and is the frequent choice for private party and event planners for weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, Quinceañeras, family reunions, graduation parties, anniversaries, business meetings, private catered dinners, Prom and Homecoming events.

Longtime Katy residents and new owners of the property, Hector and Magdalena LaRotta, will continue to operate the property as one of Katy’s premier event venues. The sellers and operators of the Cottage Charm venue, Nancy and David Gillespie, will assist the buyers in the transition and fulfillment of events already scheduled at the venue.

For more information, photos, video tours and booking details for the Cottage Charm at the Romack House venue, visit the website

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