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.
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 .

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.
Houston Chronicle 3-17-2017 byline: Joey Guerra
(The World's First Rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas on July 4, 1883. )

Abilities Expo:
Fri.-Sun. Aug. 4-6 Abilities Expo, the source for community of people with dis-
-abilities, their families, seniors, veterans and health care professionals. 11 a.- 5p.
on Fri. & Sat. On Sun: 11 a.-4 p. Admission: Free. Products and workshops are
offered. Sporting events: include basketball, fencing, tennis and mountain climb-
-ing. Activities for kids: face painting and meet-up zone to talk with featured pre-
-senters one on one. Service dog demo at 11:15 a. on Sat.

Houston International Jazz Festival:
Aug. 4-6 Revention Music Center, 713-320-1600, 520 Texas, presents: Several
events at different venues, featuring jazz artists from around the world, bringing
a mix of styles to Houston. Admission prives vary. jazzeducation.org .
Conservatory Senior Living Presents:
Aug. 11 Discovery University Lecture on Pakistan. 1:30 p. RSVP by Aug. 9.
Lectures are Free and Open to the Public. Call: 281-378-6069 today !
Designer Sample Sale:
Aug. 25, 26, 27 Fri., Sat., Sun. Houston Design Center's annual Designer Sample Sale-when stores sell off inventory such as art, lighting, furniture, rugs and other home accessories. Fri: 9-5. Sat: 9-4. Sun: 12-4 p. Preview Day for those in the
trade: Thurs. Aug. 24: 9-5 p.
Starting Dates: School Days: Dear Old Golden Rule Days End of Summer ?
Aug. 16: Alief, Katy, Channelview ISD.
Aug. 17: Crosby, Dayton, Spring ISD.
Aug. 21: Aldine, Clear Creek, Klein, Pasadena, Pearland, Stafford, Spring Branch ISD.
Aug. 22: Sheldon, Tomball ISD.
Aug. 23: Galena Park, La Porte ISD.
Aug. 28 : Cy-Fair, Deer Park, Goose Creek, Houston, Huffman, Humble,
New Caney, Waller.
Houston Chronicle 7-24-2017 byline: Shelby Webb

Summer Fling:
Sat. Aug. 26 KC Hall 2917, 713-694-2341, 607 E. Whitney, 77022, (off Airline,
near Crosstimbers), Dinner/Dance to music by Red Ravens Band. Raffle tix:
$13,000 in 23 prizes will be given away. Only 350 raffle tix will be sold. Doors
open: 4 p. Dinner: 5:30-6:30 p. Dance: 7-11 p. Secure parking area. Dinner or
Dance tix @ Door: $10 pp.
Save the Date:
Sat. Sept. 9 Helping Hands Medical Mission, a Catholic Charity, sponsored by
St. Thomas More Catholic Church is having a Taste and See Dinner Dance.
Tix for dance only: $20 pp. Yelba's Band for the dance: 6-11 p. Info: Christine
and Branson Hunter @ 281-351-2225. Thanks for your support !
Love Street Light Circus: Save the Date !
Thurs. Sept. 28 Psychedelic Days, Love Generation: Buffalo Buddies invites you
back for an evening at the original home of Love Street Light Circus and Feelgood
Machine. Houston's most popular Psychedelic Club of the late 1960s at the Sunset
Coffee Bldg. Now home to Buffalo Bayou Partnership at 1019 Commerce Street,
77002. Admission: $30. Buffalo Bayou Buddies. $40 non-members. Admission
includes comp drinks and light bites. Tix: BuffaloBayou.org .
Creekfest 2017: Save the Date.
Sat. Oct. 7 Annual Creekfest Event. Cypress Creek Cultural District NW presents
Free family-friendly activities, live entertainment. Perfect venue for local artists to
showcase their unique artworks: Art Show by Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, 6815 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, Texas 77379. Application fee: $35. 2D,3D & Fine Craft. 281-37606322 for info. Festival goers can explore the outdoors along
Collins Park and Meyer Park.
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.
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.
TBA: 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.
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 .
Save the Date: 11/11/2017
Nov. 11, 2017 San Marcos, TX: CAF Hangar Dance with the Sentimental Journey
Orchestra. 830-895-1535, 422 Timber Ridge Dr. Kerrville, TX 78028.
He's a Clown.. .That's Joe Biden:
Thurs. Dec. 7 Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington, Sugar Land, Tx. presents:
Joe Biden: American Promise Tour. Tix on sale now. LiveNation.com .
Every tix includes a copy of Joe Biden's forthcoming memoir: Promise Me, Dad:
A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose.
In stores Nov. 14

Take It Eeeesy… Don't Let the Sound of Your Own Wheels Drive You
Crazy….. Jackson Browne Band song.