Houston Public Library to restore library hours beginning in April 2013 Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced the extension of service hours at Houston Public Library (HPL) locations throughout the city beginning in April 2013. The extended hours restore Saturday service to 14 neighborhood libraries, bringing the total number of libraries open on Saturdays to 41. In addition, hours are being restored to the Central Library, returning it to a seven day a week schedule sometime in the spring or summer. The restored service hours are made possible by $3.1 million added to the City of Houston HPL budget. A portion of the additional funding is expected in the current budget year from a General Appropriation request in April 2013, and full funding will be included in the HPL FY14 budget, beginning in July 2013. These newly allocated funds will be used to hire 109 new HPL staff members, which will make the restored service hours possible. The search is on for Texas’s outstanding senior volunteer The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSeniorService.com. Online voting will take place from April 15 - 30. To complete and submit a nomination form online for a senior age 65 or older who volunteers at least 15 hours a month. Completed nomination forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005. For more information about Salute to Senior Service or the Home Instead Senior Care network’s services, call 281-440-5160. International travel rates climb The number of international travelers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) continued to grow in 2012, with an additional 130,000 passengers passing through the gates over the totals recorded in the previous year. More than 8.7 million passengers traveled on international flights at IAH in 2012, the highest total ever recorded in the 43 year history of the airport.  Lone Star College System Board hears from community about growth needs A committee of community leaders has recommended to the Lone Star College System Board of Trustees that the system consider building new learning facilities and infrastructure sufficient to accommodate the system’s historical growth. Barbara Thomason, president of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. A list of projects, totaling about $516 million, was prioritized by the committee and Thomason outlined for the board the needs for each college. “These projects being recommended by the committee represent facilities needs in two to three years, when we’re projecting our enrollment will surpass 100,000 students,” said Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS Chancellor. Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce hosts 2013 economic outlook luncheon The Chamber’s Economic Outlook Luncheon Presented by Edward Jones Investments will feature national economist James Swanson, CFA, and regional economist Pat Jankowski. Both economists will take the podium to discuss what they feel our national and local economy can expect in 2013. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 am on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Kingwood Country Club. Reservations for the Economic Outlook Luncheon can be made by calling the Chamber office at 281-446-2128, or online at lakehouston.org. Cost to attend the luncheon is $25 for members and $30 for guests. Wednesday fundraiser at Three B’s Grill in Kingwood Every Wednesday meal purchase at Three B’s Grill in Kingwood has 15 percent dedicated to the family recently deceased Riverwood Middle School coach Matadi Kikunga. Community Chamber EMCD welcomes newest members The Tribune Newspaper, of Humble; Home Life Suburban Reality, of Houston; and Stripes, of Porter, became the latest members of the Community Chamber of Commerce of East Montgomery County. For more information, visit communitychamberemc.com. King’s Harbor Concert Series The Sheila Marshall Band will be the featured entertainment in the Feb. 15 King’s Harbor concert in Kingwood starting at 7 p.m. Photo: Environmental science students at Lone Star College-Kingwood learned about the development of public policy when they visited the Houston Galveston Area Council’s (H-GAC) Natural Resources Advisory Committee (NRAC) on Feb. 7. H-GAC’s mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation and promote the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens. The NRAC is appointed by H-GAC’s Board of Directors and serves as a forum to review and advise public officials on policy issues affecting natural resources in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region. Pictured from left are Carole J. Lamont, NRAC chair and Harris County government representative; Dr. Brian R. Shmaefsky, LSC-Kingwood biology professor; Nina King and Ali Muhammadi, LSC-Kingwood students; and Justin Bower, H-GAC senior environmental planner.

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