January 20, 2017: Donald John Trump and Michael Richard Pence were sworn in as the 45th President and Vice President, of this great country, America. God Bless America and all His people. Give Thanks !

Patriotism: Stand by your country. It does not mean to stand by the president or by any other public official. Theodore Roosevelt.
(My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty.)
Message : To All Our Military & Personnel Serving USA around the world.
Please know that, wherever you are, what you are doing for America is Greatly
All of us here at home are with you in spirit. Your courage keeps us safe.
Your Sacrifices Keep Us Free. May God Keep You Safe, and Bring You Home
to a Grateful Nation. Amen.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the
Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty
and justice for all.

The Continental Congress adopted the original design of the Stars and Stripes,
specifying a flag containing 13 red and white stripes and 13 stars June 14,1777.

Honor those who have served and are serving in our Nation's Armed Forces. God Bless Them & Their Families.
Honor the Texas flag: I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.
Give Me Liberty:
Listen to this man's story: 'I wasn't going to give up. Liberty is expensive, and you have to fight for it or live without it' Jose` Daniel Ferrer, 45, who spent eight years in a Cuban prison; expecting his death sentence, clinging to his sanity in solitary confinement with literature and daily pushups and pull-ups. Ferrer urges pressure on Cuba for increased freedoms and not assume that lifting the embargo signals an end to Cuba's struggle. (Freedom is not Free.) Houston Chronicle 6-6-2016 byline: Lomi Kriel

It ain't bragging if it's true.
Always remember: You are unique, just like everyone else.

You Do Not Need a Parachute to Skydive. You Only Need a Parachute To Skydive Twice.

Optimism: Going After Moby Dick in a Rowboat: and Taking the Tartar Sauce
With You
! Anonymous
A Texas Original: The 100 Club.
The only organization that financially takes care of the dependent families of fallen firefighters and peace officers in Texas. In 1953, The 100 Club began with the goal of helping the dependents of Houston Police Dept. officers who were killed in the line of duty.
Over time, we grew into what we are today-more than 30,000 members dis-
-playing our familiar decal and pledging to financially support the dependents of fallen peace officers and firefighters, as well as provide funding for life-protecting equipment to law enforcement agencies.
Join our ranks today: 713-952-0100 the 100club.org Thanks for your support.
The Blue Bow Foundation: Support Our Local Police.
Founder Kimberly Colley started handcrafting and selling large blue bows to adorn
area trees in support of local police. She formed the nonprofit entity which offers counseling, financial assistance, scholarships, grants, and more. Learn more: BlueBow.org .

May All Your Days Be Happy Days, Filled With Love & Laughter,
And May Each Day Bring Joy Your Way, Each Day that Follow After.
If you can't see God in all, you can't see God at all.

The PTSD Foundation of America is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to combating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), giving back to those who have given of themselves so selflessly, and to increasing public awareness of PTSD.
1-832-912-4429 or call the PTSD Veteran Line at: 1-877-717-PTSD (7873).
Barbara Bush Library, 281-376-4610, 6817 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, 77379.

The #1 Busiest Branch in the Harris County Public Library System !
Head Librarian: Clara Maynard.
Miles and Miles of Texas: Gonna Live Here 'til I Die .
There are 2, 623 miles of scenic drives and remote highways and hidden spots just waiting beyond the bend.
Drive Carefully: It's Not Only Cars That Can Be Recalled By Their Maker.

It ain't bragging if it's true.

Galveston WWI Marker:
Sat. Sept. 30 The Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) will recognize the 100th
Anniversary of WWI with a day of special events focusing on Galveston Island's
pivotal role in delivering the Zimmerman Telegram to Mexico in 1917. All active-
-ties will be held at the Menard House complex, 1605 33rd Street and additional

info can be found at www.galvestonhistory.org .
Built in 1838 by John and Augustus Allen for the founder of Galveston, Michel
Branamour Menard, the property passed between the Menard and the Allen Bros.
(founders of Houston) in many complicated dealings in its early years. It is the
oldest surviving residential dwelling in Galveston and the only structure to be
owned by the founders of both Galveston and Houston.
In Jan. 1917, British intelligence intercepted and de-cripted a secret telegram from
German foreign secretary Arthur Zimmermann to the German envoy to Mexico.
In it, Zimmermann offered the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona to Mex-
-ico in return for joining the German cause. The British gave a copy to the U.S.
government, which leaked it to the press.
On March 1st , the telegram made headline news in virtually every major American
newspaper. Many Americans were outraged by the German plot to embroil their
country in a war with Mexico, and on April 6, the U.S. declared war against Ger-
Houston Chronicle//Community News 8-16-2017
Cajun French Music Association, Houston Heritage Chapter.Cajun Jam Session
Third Sunday
each month: Cajun Music Jam & Dance. Pizza Inn, 1801 Mangum,
Houston . 6 p. Bring your Instruments/ and/or Dancing shoes. More info:
Steve or Donna Bing, 225-405-9707. Bonjour ! Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler ! (Let the Good Times Roll !)
Farmers Market & Bluegrass Jam:
First Thursday
Each Month: Conroe, Founder's Square, Metcalf & Main, next
to Owen Theatre, downtown Conroe. Fresh produce, handmade products, arts,
crafts, baked goods, honey, spices, beverages, live music and food trucks. 4-8 p.

Bernhardt Winery, 936-894-9829, 8 mi. west of Montgomery off Hwy. 105, north on County Road 204. www.bernhardtwinery.com .
Messina Hof Hill Country Winery, Fredericksburg, TX 830-990-4653.
Gulf Greyhound Park: This park is NOT CLOSED !
Sam Houston Race Park, 281-807-8700 (SHRP),7575 N. Sam Houston Prkwy, W.

Garth Brooks will Open and Close Rodeo 2018 ! Woo-Hoo ! !
His play dates are Feb. 27 and March 18, 2018. Tix on sale: Sat. Sept. 9, 2017
Sold online only, first come, first served basis. Tix will be located in the Loge
and Upper Level sections of NRG Park, purchasers are encouraged to join the
Online Waiting Room at rodeohouston.com by 9:30 a . Four tix for one perfor.
Service fee of $4 per tix will be added to all orders. Tix: delivered via Flash Seats, an electronic tix delivery system for all tix to the 2018 RodeoHouston@
GarthBrooks performances. Flash seats will allow fans to enter NRG Stadium
with the swipe of a registered credit card or Driver's License; or with a simple
scan of the tix barcode in the Flash Seats mobile app.
Houston Chronicle 3-17-2017 byline: Joey Guerra
(The World's First Rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas on July 4, 1883. )
National Night Out:
Tues. Oct. 3 Consider hosting a block party, proven to be an effective, inexpen-
-sive and enjoyable to promote neighborhood spirit. Night Out is designed to
heighten crime and drug awareness, promote police-community partnerships and
strengthen neighborhood spirit.
Tues. Oct. 10 Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment (FACE)281-440-4850, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 77379, presents:
River Oaks Community Orchestra (ROCO) Principal Wind Trio, performance
features a program of all-female composers. 3 p.
Some Enchanted Evening… A Garden Party !
Sat. Oct. 14 Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 713-274-4160, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd. one mile N. of FM 1960, Humble 77338, Mercer Society presents
10th Annual Garden Party! 5-10 p. Save the Date ! Join Mercer Members, Prec. 4 Commish Jack Cagle, wife Janet, honorary Co-chairs Charlyn & Murphy Brown in the beautiful Treehouse Courtyard.
Also being honored this year: Judy Bell and State Sen. Jon Lindsay (ret.) who were instrumental in the original acquisition of the Charles & Thelma Mercer private garden 43 years ago. Sponsorships available. Purchase Tix: 713-274-4160.
Bayou City Art Festival:
Sat. & Sun. Oct. 14-15 Downtown Houston, 19 disciplines of art, 300 artists, food
trucks, live music, children's creative zone. Tix: $12 online. $15 at gate.
www.bayoucityartfestival.com .
Sat. & Sun. Oct. 21-22, The 1894 Grand Opera House, 800-821-1894, Post Office St. Galveston, presents: ARToberFEST, 20th Annual Event. Juried Fine
Arts Festival. Sat: 10a.-6 p. Sun: 11 a.-5 p. Over 100 artists. Adults: $5.
Kids: under 12 Free.
Pink Elephant Sale:
Oct. 20, 21 Fri. & Sat. Bayou City Event Ctr. 9401 Knight, Houston's oldest &
perhaps, most upscale rummage sale-the River Oaks Garden Club's 66th Annual
Pink Elephant Sale. The 21,000 sq. ft. space will be filled with all kinds of trea-
-sures, including clothing, collectibles, home décor, furniture and plants.
Proceeds benefit the community through education, conservation, environmental
& beautification projects and scholarships
. Fri: 9-4 p. Sat: 9-1 p. Admit: $1.
Parking: free.
Galveston Heritage Day:
Sat. Oct. 21 Hendley Green, 2028 Strand, Galveston, music, food and enter-
-tainment from numerous cultural groups and organizations throughout Texas;
learn about the early days of immigration through the Port of Galveston.
Noon-6 p. Admission and all entertainment: Free. Outdoor stage.
: Sacred Places Tour, showcasing five area places of worship
9a-1 p. Tix:$15. pp.
Galveston Island OKTOBERFEST:
Fri. & Sat. Oct. 27 & 28 Hosted by First Lutheran Church, co-sponsored by
Del Papa Distributing. 36th Annual Event. Fri: 5 p-11 p. Sat: 11 a.-11 p.
Continuous live entertainment, authentic German Food and Libations. Arts, Crafts, Auction, Raffle. 24th Street, Galveston. Free Admit. 409-762-8477.

Lone Star Rally:
Nov. 2-5 Galveston: Bike Shows, Car shows, Games, Non-stop music on two stages, Hundreds of vendors. LoneStarRally.com .
Hansel & Gretel:
Sat. Nov. 11 Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment (FACE)281-440-4850, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 77379, Houston's Grand
Opera to Go! presents: Hansel & Gretel. Based on the classic Grimm's fairy tale.
11 a. Free event.
Christmas Wonderland !
Nov. 24 Grand 1894 Opera House, 409-763-7173, 2020 Post Office St. Galveston, presents: Christmas Wonderland ! 3 p. and 8 p. True Holiday
Spectacular featuring costumes, high-kicking chorus girls, Santa and his merry
helpers. Fave Holiday Songs.
World Elections To Watch This Year:
Jan.1, 2017:
New U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres` begins a 5-year term.
March 15, 2017 Netherlands. If the far-right Party for Freedom wins a majority
populist leader and E.U. opponent Geert Wilders could become Prime Minister.
May 7, 2017 France. Presidential election in one of Europe's largest economies:
young Emmanuel Macron was elected. Youngest president since Napoleon.
May 19, 2017 Iran. Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani faces hard-line rivals
critical of the deal he struck with U.S. Trump will likely scrap the deal.
Pres. Hassan Rouhani won his re-election.
July 7-8, 2017 Germany hosts the G-20 Summit.
August 8, 2017 President Uhuru Kenyatta is running for re-election. Kenyans
are on edge, many previous elections have been marred by violence.
Sept 23, 2017: Angela Merkel, the E.U.'s longest-serving leader is running for a fourth term as Chancellor in a country polarized by her open-door refugee policy.
Merkel won the election to a fourth term; but did lose some of her support.
Sept. 12, 2017 The U.N. General Assembly convenes in N.Y. City for its 72nd
regular session.
Sept. 27-29, 2017 The 40th World Energy Engineering Congress, presented by
the Assn of Energy Engineers, will be held in Atlanta, GA.
Oct. 13-15, 2017 The World Band and International Monetary Fund hold annual
meetings in Washington, D.C.
Save the Date: Nov. 2
Thurs. Nov. 2 Buffalo Bayou Partnership Gala: Sunset On the Bayou. Water Works @ Buffalo Bayou Park. Cocktail Reception: 6:30 p. Seated Dinner: 8 p.
Tribute to Susan Keeton, Chair Emeritus & Celebration of Historic Sunset Coffee
Bldg. renovation. Tix:$600, $1,000, $1,500. Table: $6,000, $10,000, $15,000,
$25,000. Info: Trudi Smith, 713-752-0314 xt. 103.
tsmith@buffalobayou.org .
Veteran's Parade:
Sat. Nov. 8 Navasota, TX: Main Street beginning @ 10:45 a. Please join us in
honoring our veterans. It will be our largest parade in years !