Walmart Neighborhood Market No. 7309 celebrated their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony recently. Visit them at 12312 Will Clayton Pkwy at Eagle Springs in Atascocita. They can be reached at 281-812-7502 or

Fox Family Pools of Humble, 1420 FM 1960 E., Suite 100, is hosting their annual Fun Day April 11, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with free food hot off the grill, prizes, and once-a-year discounts on pool cleaners and cleaner parts, as well as discounts on pool chemicals, grills, toys and décor. Just in time to get the backyard swim season off to a great start! For more information, call 281-550-POOL or visit

A Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze (B.O.P.A.) recycling event will be held Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kingwood Metro Park & Ride, 3210 West Lake Houston Parkway. The event will occur rain or shine and is free and open to all City of Houston residents. A valid Texas driver's license or other proof of residency will be required. Business waste will not be accepted. Scrap metal and large appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners will be accepted.

Panera is reshaping how diners interact with its cafes. Panera 2.0, launched in 2014 and currently being rolled out across its 1,800 U.S. restaurants, includes innovations in the company's tech, cafe layout, and even staffing. To-go users can place a mobile order up to five days in advance and pick up food from a separate shelf in the restaurant, skipping the line. Dine-in users can choose to have their food brought to the table after ordering or order straight from the table—Panera staff locate them using RFID technology. In-store ordering kiosks that connect to Apple Pay and the MyPanera loyalty program allow for more accurate customization and the ability for the restaurant to save user favorites, meaning fewer Panera employees are behind the counter taking orders and more are providing service (and upselling) on the floor. The chain is also, for a brief period, going to start recording the people who make its food so that Panera Bread's managers and executives can review the tapes to see if menu items are being prepared correctly, part of Panera Bread's push to improve order accuracy and customer service.

Texas welcomes a comprehensive new training and certification program that offers a fresh take on Italian wine education when The Texas Wine School in Houston introduces The Italian Wine Professional program. The 10-week program from Italian Wine Central is organized by wine style. The program encompasses nine three-hour classes and tastings followed by an exam. Students who pass the exam and a class project are designated an Italian Wine Professional and granted the ability to use the postnominal, IWP. The program costs $995. Register at or call 713-882-8773.


Insperity, Inc., a leading provider of human resources and business performance solutions for America’s best businesses, has announced the promotion of Ross Astramecki to senior vice president of sales. He will continue to lead the sales activities of the company’s more than 300 business performance advisors. “Ross is an excellent addition to our senior management team and his wealth of sales experience will be a great complement to the group,” said Jay E. Mincks, Insperity executive vice president of sales and marketing. “His determination, dedication and proven leadership abilities are critical to our continued growth, as we open five new sales offices and expect to reach a record number of business performance advisors in 2015.” Astramecki joined Insperity in 1994 as a sales consultant in Orlando, and has since served as district manager in St. Louis and San Diego, regional manager for northern and southern California, national sales development manager and regional vice president. Most recently he served as vice president of sales.

The East Montgomery County Improvement District will host the groundbreaking ceremony for the Signorelli Company’s Valley Ranch Town Center, located on 240 acres at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 South and the future Grand Parkway in Porter. The event will be will be held Friday, April 10 at 10 a.m. This significant development in East Montgomery County will include about 1.8 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment options with walking paths and park space. The event will include speakers from the Signorelli Company and EMCID. The ceremony location is at the south end of the New Caney ISD Texan Drive Stadium, 21360 Valley Ranch Pkwy, Porter, TX 77365. In case of rain, there will be a large tent set up for the festivities.

When the recession hit the US economy in 2008, the financial impact on individuals and small business owners was unprecedented. Credit turned into a major road block overnight. The Lone Star College System- Small Business Development Center will present Building Better Credit for a Better Business Loan, April 21 from 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at LoneStar College-Kingwood. The program is designed to bridge the gap of knowledge that left so many stranded. At this workshop you will learn: what FICO scores mean and how they are used; the impact of personal credit on small business lending; what creditors are actually looking for and steps you can take to maintain and improve your credit. Space is limited. Registration is $24.95 (box lunch included). The first 25 attendees to sign up also will have a chance to talk to a certified credit counselor about their individual situation. Note: Participants who would like one-on-one credit counseling must bring their own credit report. You may obtain your credit report once a year for free at Register at

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