Community briefs for June 23

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Posted 6/23/22

Community briefs for June 23, 2022.

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Katy City Council approves proposal for additional stormwater mitigation pond work

The City of Katy approved a proposal from Costello Engineering for additional stormwater mitigation pond work at its wastewater treatment site. The poonds are located at 25815 Kingsland Blvd., behind the wastewater treatment plant at 25839 Katy Fwy.

“The City of Katy has had multiple flood events impacting the wastewater treatment plant located south of I-10 west of Katy Mills Mall,” Chad H. Hablinski, Costello chairman and senior project manager, said in the proposal. “There are portions of the plant site that flood as Cane Island Branch leaves its banks. The proposed project would provide berms to isolate this area from rising water and a storm water pump station (with backup power generation) to remove the rainwater from the area when Cane Island Branch is elevated and provide an offsite floodplain mitigation pond. The current phase of the project will not provide protection from all rainfall events because there are flood levels of Cane Island Branch that will continue to overtop the existing berm/levee system. Raising the berm/levee system around the plant site are intended to be addressed in a future phase.”

The proposal is for $16,450. The council approved the proposal at its June 13 meeting. The wastewater treatment site work was first authorized in September 2020 and additional services were approved in April 2021.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Pediatrics ofering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 6-months to 4-years old

Children’s Memorial Hermann Pediatrics plans to begin offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 6 months through 4 years old this week.

The move is pending final approval from the state, in line with new guidance from both the FDA and CDC.

The vaccine will be available at Children’s Memorial Hermann Pediatrics clinics to established patients and patients whose parents wish to establish a new medical home for their child. Families are encouraged to call their pediatrician’s office to schedule an appointment. For those who are not Children’s Memorial Hermann Pediatrics patients, COVID-19 vaccines for this age group may also be available at local pharmacies.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 6-month-olds to 4-year-olds is a three-dose series. The first two shots are given three weeks apart, and the third dose is given eight weeks after the second shot.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Pediatrics is also offering Pfizer booster shots to children and young adults ages 5-17 who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago. Those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get a booster at least three months after the final dose in the primary series.

Individuals ages 18 and older should contact their primary care physician for COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots. To find a Memorial Hermann physician, visit the abbreviated website at bit.ly/3tSJBSL.

Children's Memorial Hermann Pediatrics Katy, 23960 Katy Fwy., will offer the shots locall to established patients by appointment. For more information, call 281-644-8955.

Independence Day luncheon set for July 1

Harris County Pct. 4 is hosting an Independence Day luncheon at the Steve Radack Community Center, 18650 Clay Road. The event features a hot dog lunch and entertainment from the Almost Heaven Bluegrass Band. Cost is $10.

To register, call 832-927-3000 to register or visit the website hcp4.net/communitycenters/radack-cc/.

WoodCreek Bend Memory Care, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center hosting blood drive July 2

WoodCreek Bend Memory Care, 1820 WoodCreek Bend Lane, is hosting a blood drive with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

The blood drive is set for 12-4:30 p.m. July 2.

Wild West Brew Fest set for Nov. 3-5

Work is underway to stage the 2022 Wild West Brewfest, and organizers hope this to be another record-breaking event.

The K-Town Throwdown will kick off the multi-day event on Nov. 3, followed by the Launch Party on Nov. 4. The Brew Fest will be on Nov. 5.

The entire weekend of events will now be hosted at Typhoon Texas. Organizers said the new location will offer more space, live music stages, lounge areas and more to guests. It is within walking distance from all hotels.

The Rotary Club of Katy founded the Brew Fest 11 years ago on the principle of giving back, and since its inception, almost $1 million has been distributed to local schools, organizations and charities. Last year, the Rotary Club of Katy donated $135,000. Beneficiaries include Katy ISD FFA Projects, Auction and Special Rodeo, Katy ISD Fine Arts and Band, Katy ISD Education Foundation, Christ Clinic of Katy, The Ballard House, Katy Christian Ministries, MADD, Special Olympics Texas and more. Over 35 charitable organizations in and around the Katy and Houston areas received every dollar raised from the 2021 Brew Fest.

The Brew Fest is volunteer-led and volunteer-run, and the Rotary Club of Katy takes zero fees from the money contributed. In less than five months, the 2022 Brew Fest will be back in action, but the work has already been well underway. Organizers are preparing for over 9,000 patrons, 500+ beers, live music, activation zones and more.

For more information on volunteer opportunities and to buy tickets, visit the website wildwestbrewfest.com.

Harris County Pct. 4 hosts dog adoption event Sunday

Harris County Pct. 4 invites the community to come meet the adoptable dogs of Harris County Pets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Richard and Meg Weekley Park, 8440 Greenhouse Road in Cypress.

The event features doggie meet-and-greets, fun crafts, temporary tattoos, snacks, and live music. All newly adopted dogs will receive goodie bags with essential items for their new homes.

As an open intake facility, Harris County Pets is required to accept all surrendered animals that come through its doors. Although the shelter can comfortably house 200-225 dogs, populations rose to more than 340 this summer. This adoption event will help alleviate dangerous overcrowding at the shelter and kick off a series of similar events this summer.

Regular adoption fees are $50 and include spaying and neutering, microchipping, a one-year Harris County pet license, and age-appropriate vaccinations.

To schedule an appointment, call 281-999-3191 or visit the website countypets.com.

“Date Night” special marks opening of Katy soul food restaurant

Aunt Bill’s Soul Food Café, 22603 Morton Road, Suite 220, is offering a “Date Night” special as it opens for business.

Kevin and Ryan Muccular own the new venue, which is near their That’s My Dog restaurant, which is celebrating its third anniversary.

The Aunt Bill’s date night, touted as an event for lovers and friends, includes dinner, dessert, and live music. The event is from 7-10 p.m. June 24. Reservations are $125 per couple and mandatory. For more information, call 281-665-8457 or visit the website auntbillssoulfood.com.

New home sales begin in Cross Creek West

Home sales in Cross Creek West have begun with Highland Homes being the first to offer designs in the new Fulshear community.

The builder has 14 floor plans for 60-foot properties available in Cross Creek West, and several homesites are on cul-de-sac streets and back to a greenway. The one- and two-story home designs range from 2,403 to 3,748 square feet and are priced from the $500,000s.

Standard features include three to five bedrooms, island kitchens, home offices and entertainment rooms. A three-car garage comes standard in most of the floor plans and can be added as an option on plans with two-bay garages. The designs also boast numerous structural options, including fireplaces, standalone tubs, extended covered patios and Flex Gen suites for multi-generational families. A model home will open later this year.

Newmark Homes will be the next to offer new homes in Cross Creek West, with sales expected to begin June 21. The builder will have 12 floor plans from its popular Artisan Series available in Cross Creek West. Homes situated on 50-foot properties will range from 2,354 to 3,989 square feet. Six waterfront properties will be available. Standard features of the one- and two-story designs include four bedrooms, island kitchens, formal living and dining rooms, game rooms and two-car garages. Pricing will be from the $440,000s.

Builders Lennar, Perry Homes and Westin Homes are expected to begin sales soon. Lennar is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders and offers an “Everything’s Included®” package that includes smart home technology, energy-conscious features and more as standard. Perry Homes has been building homes for 55 years and operates in all four of Texas’ major markets. The builder has more than 350 home designs and has built more than 55,000 homes across 80 communities. Westin Homes builds in more than 30 communities in Houston and Austin, with homes featuring the builder’s signature rotunda foyer.

Cross Creek West is a Johnson Development community located on FM 359 and Cross Creek West Boulevard in Fulshear. The master plan also calls for 15 acres to be devoted to a proposed Lamar Consolidated Independent School District elementary. A recreation center, pool, tennis courts and fitness room are slated to open in summer 2023. Greenbelts and waterways will meander through the community. Plus, Cross Creek West residents will have access to amenities at nearby sister community Cross Creek Ranch.

When complete, Cross Creek West will accommodate more than 3,000 homes on 1,258 acres. For more information about Cross Creek West, visit the website crosscreekwesttx.com.

Katy Branch Library seeking adult volunteers

The Katy Branch Library, 5414 Franz Road, is looking for adult volunteers to help with various tasks around the library.

Tasks include shelving books, tidying shelves, shelving held books, pulling held books, program prep activities, and light cleaning.

Prospective volunteers are asked to visit the library to pick up an application form. For more information, either visit the library or call 281-391-3509.

Katy Lions Club funding a second Katy Heritage Society scholarship

The Katy Heritage Society is offering a second $1,000 scholarship for the best paper on Katy’s history. The Katy Lions Club is funding this second scholarship.

The scholarships will be awarded for the best nonfiction paper that focuses on some phase of Katy, its area history, or a notable person from Katy. The paper must incorporate original research and be accurately documented and cited. There is no requirement for length.

Participants must be enrolled or be seeking enrollment at an accredited community college, college, university, business, vocational, continuing education program or technical school and must reside or work within the geographic boundaries of the Katy Independent School District.

Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. The scholarships will be awarded Nov. 17.

For more information, see the application rules and form, the abbreviated website for which is bit.ly/3Ob8Qb5, or email the society at KatyHeritageSociety@outlook.com.

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