March 2013
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In This Issue

Welcome to the very first issue of Commissioner's E-Corner, a new way to keep you informed about what's happening in Precinct 4! The e-newsletter complements our recently revitalized printed publication, the Update, which is distributed biannually in the spring and fall.

Each month, subscribers will receive the e-newsletter as a convenient way to keep up with current road projects, upgrades to parks, as well as activities and events at our community centers, parks, and through our Senior Adult Program.
This edition of Commissioner's E-Corner offers a snapshot of what makes Precinct 4 a great place to live. I encourage you to share the e-newsletter with friends and family so they can also sign up to receive information from us each month, and I hope you enjoy the first issue!


Commissioner R. Jack Cagle
Harris County Precinct 4
Wildlife in Precinct 4

Bobcat at Mercer The variety of wildlife found in Precinct 4 is surprising to many, especially since most of the greater-Houston area is largely developed. Two bobcats recently visited Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, reminding us all that the "great outdoors" is very much close to home.

In addition to bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and deer have also been spotted in Precinct 4. Lucky birders might see a Bald Eagle, Osprey, Green Kingfisher, Louisiana Waterthrush, or Indigo Bunting to name a few. Plus, white bass, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, and bluegill can be found in Cypress and Spring creeks.

For those interested in amphibians and reptiles, Precinct 4 is also home to a wide variety of snakes, turtles, and lizards. And, on the rare occasion, an American alligator might be seen. 
For more information regarding the wildlife found in Precinct 4 parks, stop by a park location near you or visit

Tree Planting at Little Cypress Creek Preserve
LCCP Tree Planting
Volunteers with Bayou Land Conservancy recently planted approximately 100 trees (Cottonwoods and Bald Cypress) at Precinct 4's Little Cypress Creek Preserve.

Bayou Land Conservancy is a group dedicated to better protecting the bayous and water quality that flows into the bayou systems of Houston.

For more information on Bayou Land Conservancy and their work, please visit 

Shakespeare in the Shade Trees: A Midsummer Night's Dream
SITST Auditions Harris County Precinct 4's Senior Adult Program (SAP), Fun4Seniors, and Lone Star College-Tomball have joined together to present A Midsummer Night's Dream on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Lone Star College-Tomball located at 30555 Tomball Parkway #102, 77375.

Tickets are now available by calling Precinct 4's Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726. General admission tickets are $10 each; Senior adults (55 years and older) and students may purchase tickets for $7. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door the night of the performance.

Senior Adult Programs Expand to Harris County Libraries
In addition to the ongoing programs and special activities through Precinct 4's Community Centers and Senior Adult Program, Precinct 4 now offers additional programs at two Harris County libraries: Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring, 77379) and Fairbanks Library (7122 North Gessner in Houston, 77040). 
Individuals 50 years of age and better are welcome to participate in exercise classes specifically designed for active seniors and art classes instructed by a professional artist, or take day trips from the libraries to various destinations like museums, theater performances, sporting events, festivals, and more.
Holzwarth Road Project Complete
Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens Turns 39!
Holzwarth Road Project
Debutante Camellia
Improvements to Holzwarth Road, between Meadow Edge Lane and FM 2920, in the Spring-Klein area are now complete! To ease traffic congestion, the roadway was extended to a 4-lane asphalt pavement within a 100-foot right of way including drainage mitigation, traffic signalization, signal modifications, and fiber optic connections. Learn more about the Capital Improvement Projects within Precinct 4 by visiting the Roads & Bridges section of our website.

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens recently celebrated it's 39th birthday! Harris County purchased the initial land from Thelma and Charles Mercer in 1974, and the property has since grown to 325 acres of beautiful gardens, walking trails, ponds, and much more. 


With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 park located at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road (one mile north of FM 1960).

Upcoming March Activities
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center:
Spring Breakout. Mon.-Fri., March 11-15. Break out the fun! Please call 281-446-8588 for details. Reservations begin Wed., March 6.
Mon.: Frogs, 10 a.m. and Fangs, 1 p.m.
Tue.: Geocaching, 10 a.m.
Wed.: Texas Bound, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 7-12.
Thu.: Jr. Angler, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 8+.
Fri.: Jr. Canoe Training, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 10-15.
Canoe Spring CreekSat., March 16, 9 a.m. or Sun., March 17, 2 p.m. On Saturday, leisurely paddle downstream to Jones Park. On Sunday, tour Spring Creek on a shorter trip to the San Jacinto River. Ages 16+. Reservations begin Wed., March 6.


Gardening for WildlifeSat., March 23, 10 a.m. Get a closer look at Houston's butterflies and learn how to create a wildlife-friendly garden.


Easter GamesSat., March 30, 10 a.m.-noon. Enjoy egg rolls, bunny races, and spoon races at the Redbud Hill Homestead. Bring a picnic lunch. Ages 12 & under. Reservations begin Wed., March 20.

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens:

March Mart Volunteer TrainingWed., March 13, 10-11:30 a.m. or Sat., March 16, 9-10:30 a.m. Join in the fun by volunteering at this lively annual plant sale. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 281-443-8731.


March Mart PreviewWed., March 13, noon-2 p.m. or Sat., March 16, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Learn what's at this year's sale and plan your garden purchases. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 281-443-8731.


March MartFri., March 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat., March 23, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Find unusual and choice plant varieties unavailable at local stores, and visit with horticulturalists and other plant experts.
Community Centers/Senior Adult Program:
Mangum-Howell Center: "Eggs"tra Special Catered LuncheonTue., March 12 at noon. Vocalist Moses Rangel entertains during this monthly luncheon. Invite a friend, relative, or neighbor to have a great time! The deadline to make reservations and purchase a ticket is Fri., March 8 by calling 281-591-7830 or visiting the center.

Senior Adult Program: "Sweet Deal" Party Bridge TournamentWed., March 13, 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Tournament held at Humble Civic Center. Recreational bridge players can register in teams ($24/team).

Mangum-Howell Center: Bunny Hop RoundupWed., March 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of carnival games, crafts, and hayrides. Suggested donation: $2/food and activities; $2/photo with the Easter bunny.

May Community Center: Salad and Spud LuncheonThu., March 21 at 11 a.m. Accomplished vocalist Bill Parish entertains with country music during this luncheon. Please call 281-324-3373 or stop by the center to make reservations.

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

Harris County Precinct 4
1001 Preston, Suite 950

Houston, Texas 77002

By phone:  713-755-6444

By fax:   713-755-8801


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