EVENTS To submit an event, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more events, visit ourtribune.com. OPERATION HOLIDAY CHEER Kingwood Branch Library invites the you to participate in Operation Holiday Cheer 281-360-6804. SEEK THE UNKNOWN AT THE ATASCOCITA BRANCH LIBRARY For Teen Read Week and Halloween, teens and tweens. Nov. 14 participate in the Welcome to Night Vale Library Scavenger Hunt. Geek Crafts! Wednesday, Oct 16, Thursday, Oct 17 and Halloween, Oct. 31. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the game begins at 6 p.m.. There will be prized and more. Call 281-812-2162 for details. “SHREK THE MUSICAL” Kingwood High School presents “Shrek The Musical” Oct. 24-28. The play brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. Performances are Oct. 24, 25, 26 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. $20 at the door. For more information, call 281-641-7058.. BRIDGE Come play Party Bridge at the Kingwood Community Center. Located at corner of W. Lake Houston and Rustic Wood. Every Wednesday 12-3 p.m. Open to all experience levels. 2013 GREATER LAKE HOUSTON HEART WALK Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 8:00 a.m. non-competitive 3-mile walk to promote walking as a part of healthy lifestyle and raise funds to support cardiovascular research and educational programs for the American Heart Association. Lone Star College – Kingwood | 20000 Kingwood Dr. Kingwood 77339 register online by visiting www.greaterlakehoustonheartwalk.org or by calling 713-610-5000 no registration fee, donations appreciated. Walk as a company team or form your own team with family and friends GARDENING AT MERCER This fall, Mercer will be holding two classes. Basic Gardening will be from now until, Dec. 10, for beginner to intermediate level gardeners. Landscape and Garden Plants will be until Dec. 12, and will focus on plants that can be successfully cultivated and utilized in this climate. Both classes will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 281-443-8731. HOPE FOR FAMILIES A support group for families touched by a special needs family member. There is HOPE for another day, another victory, another smile! Meetings will be held the third Wednesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. at Woodridge Baptist Church, 5707 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood 77345 in room 660. Children’s activities are provided for babies-fifth grade through regular Wednesday night programming. For more information please contact Cathie Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Karen Vorick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 281-361-6800. This support group is entirely free. Workbooks are available for purchase, but not required. BUSINESS FALL FAMILY FUN FEST Sullivan’s Advance Paint and Body is celebrating 29 wonderful years of business. Enjoy the Customer Appreciation Festivities on Saturday, Oct. 26 noon -6 p.m. including a Bavarian Lunch from 2-4, pumpkin carving, live music, door prizes and refreshment. Stop in and congratulate Danny and Geralyn Sullivan on their outstanding contributions to our local community. Sullivan’s is located at 22500 Loop 494 in Kingwood. VISIT IRELAND The Crosby Huffman Chamber of Commerce is planning a group trip to Ireland in 2014. Travel to Ireland, see the many splendors of their country land, stay the night in a Castle and have all the plans, travel arrangements, dining experiences all taken care of. All you have to do is wake up every day and take it all in. Call 281 -328-6984 or 281 -328-6984 for more information. WE’RE NUMBER ONE Each year, RateMyProfessors.com collects data from students and compiles lists of the top schools in the country. Schools are rated in categories such as quality, reputation, location and student happiness. LSCS was ranked as the best in Texas among all two-year colleges for 2012-13. “We’re pleased to have great feedback like this from our students,” said Dr. Keri Rogers, LSCS vice chancellor, academic affairs. “RateMyProfessors.com is a good resource for students to see how others rank their professors and to input their own comments. LSCS also has some highly-ranked faculty members, which doesn’t surprise me at all.” Overall, LSCS was ranked 4.0 (out of a possible 5.0) for overall quality. LSCS also ranked 4.0 for reputation, 4.4 for location and 4.6 for happiness. Additional categories and LSCS average rating include: library, 4.4; Internet speed, 4.1; opportunity, 3.8; and clubs, 3.7. CELEBRATESCHOOLS! On Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1-5 p.m., Deerbrook Mall will host Celebrate Schools!, an event where area schools and organizations are invited to the shopping center to spotlight clubs, organizations and projects, raise funds and awareness and celebrate education. All funds raised will go directly to the participating schools for funding, supplies and activities. For more information, call 281-446-5300. KEEL CERTIFIED FOR SPECIAL NEEDS Jeanie Keel, travel agent with Cruiseone-Jeanie and Dennis Keel, recently received certification from Special Needs Group, Inc. (www.specialneedsgroup.com), a global provider of special needs equipment for the travel industry, to specialize in special needs/accessible travel. To earn the distinction, Mrs. Keel participated in Special Needs Group’s in-depth online 3-module certification program. Nationwide, one in seven persons has some form of disability, and one in five families is touched. Jeanie has worked as a travel agent for more than 12 years, specializing in cruises. Over the past 17 years, the Keels have gone on more than 20 cruises, including destinations to Europe, Alaska, Mexico and Hawaii. “Through Special Needs’ courses, I not only learned how to assist individuals with special needs to enjoy travel, but I found some very valuable new ways to serve the needs of all of my clients,” said Keel. “The population, as well as the travel industry itself, has undergone major changes in the past few years. By completing this program, I have the ability to stay on the cutting edge of these changes, and create opportunities for my To book a vacation, whether it involves special needs individuals or others, contact Keel at 281-360-2055 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ONLINE COURSE IN FOOD OPERATIONS Texans interested in establishing a cottage food production operation can benefit from programs offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. House Bill 970 allows Texas residents to prepare and sell specific foods from an unlicensed residential kitchen. The previous law limited the foods that could be sold to mainly baked goods, jams and jellies, and dried herbs; the list has been expanded to include pickles, popcorn snacks, candy, unroasted nut butters and vinegar. In addition, these foods can be sold at venues outside the home, including farmers markets, roadside stands and fairs. Texans who want to start a cottage food production operation should take the free online course at http://foodsafetyonline. tamu The bill also mandated that, starting January 2014, all cottage food operations will be required to have an individual complete an accredited food-handler course which is found online in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese at https://extensiononline.tamu.edu/courses/food_safety.php The course, $15, takes about two hours to complete and is accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services. For more information, contact cal 830-896-9037 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FEEDBACK SOUGHT FROM TAXI CUSTOMERS The City of Houston is working with the Taxi Research Partners to review Houston’s taxi services. The study team has been asked to determine public views of Houston’s taxi services and other similar transportation. “Customer experience information is absolutely invaluable to the policy formation process. The study we have engaged, of which this survey is an important piece, reflects the fact that we are looking to guide future regulations based on evidence and observed experiences. Houstonians can really play a key part in our policy-making by taking a few short minutes to tell us about their recent experiences with taxicabs and other commercial transportation. Taxicabs are an important foundation for our public transportation network in Houston, and we want it to be as vibrant and responsive to customers as possible,” said Chris Newport of the Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department Survey questions address key issues in the supply and use of taxis, passenger experiences, and are critical to continuing the development of a world-class taxi service for Houston. The survey, located at http://tinyurl.com/HoustonTaxi. should take between 5-7 minutes to complete. TEXAS TAX CLIMATE RANKS No. 11 The tax climate of Texas ranked 11th this year out of all 50 states, according to a new report by the Tax Foundation. The Lone Star State lost its top 10 ranking to Indiana, and fell one place in the 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index, from 10th to 11th. “Although Texas’s tax code has many good features, the component the state need to address the most is its problematic Margin Tax. Texas is one of only four states that levies this class of destructive business tax,” said Scott Drenkard, Tax Foundation economist. The top 10 states in 2014 are Wyoming (#1), South Dakota (#2), Nevada (#3), Alaska (#4), Florida (#5), Washington (#6), Montana (#7), New Hampshire (#8), Utah (#9), and Indiana (#10). Tax Foundation Background Paper No. 68, “2014 State Business Tax Climate Index” by Scott Drenkard and Joseph Henchman is available online .The Tax Foundation is a nonpartisan research organization that has monitored fiscal policy at the federal, state and local levels since 1937. Cutline: Local chiropractor Charlie Campbell, center, celebrated 20 years of being in business with a reception at his Kings Harbor Clinic. State Representative Dan Huberty, left, presented a State of Texas proclamation to Campbell and his wife, Kyle.

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