April 2013
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In This Issue


Welcome to the April 2013 issue of Commissioner's E-Corner! If you received our inaugural issue sent last month, I hope you enjoyed reading about Precinct 4's happenings. And to our new subscribers, we extend a hearty welcome. 


In this month's edition, you'll find a brief note about the newest appointee to the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation (HCSCC). I am so pleased to have nominated and appointed Carel Stith as his experience and vision are part of the fresh perspective we need to make decisions about the future of Reliant Park and the Astrodome.


By the way, if you missed our first edition, Commissioner's E-Corner is archived on the Precinct 4 website. When you visit Precinct 4 online, you can also learn more about the road projects taking place, as well as the upcoming events at Precinct 4's community centers and parks, and Senior Adult Program activities through Fun4Seniors.


For now, I hope you'll take the time to look at this month's snapshot of some of the activities and services Precinct 4 provides.


Commissioner R. Jack Cagle
Harris County Precinct 4
Adopt-A-County Mile in Precinct 4!
Adopt-A-County-MileCommissioner Cagle recently visited with student council members from Timberwood Middle School in Humble ISD (pictured) to thank and recognize them for their hard work along Timber Forest Drive, where the group picks up litter and debris along their adopted Precinct 4 mile.

The Adopt-A-County Mile Program (AACM) is a litter reduction program that offers residents the opportunity to become active in maintaining the roadways in their community. 

Participating groups adopt a minimum one-mile stretch of county road either by requesting a specific site or being assigned an area in need. They agree to maintain both sides of the designated roadway at least once every three months. To make a difference in your community and environment by adopting a Precinct 4 county mile, visit http://www.hcp4.net/cad/aacm.htm.
Trash Bash at Collins Park
Trash Bash 2013
Volunteers with the Bayou Preservation Association and the Cypress Creek Greenway Project recently joined together for the 4th annual Trash Bash event at Collins Park.
Collins Park in Precinct 4 serves as one of 17 Trash Bash event sites in the greater-Houston area. Approximately 700 volunteers came together to pick up trash along several miles of Cypress Creek and its connecting streams. To participate in the next Trash Bash event in 2014, visit http://www.trashbash.org/
Bayou Preservation Association (BPA) began in the mid-1960s and is devoted to the oversight of watersheds in the greater-Houston area and Harris County. The mission of BPA is to protect and restore the richness and diversity of our waterways through activism, advocacy, collaboration and education.
The Cypress Creek Greenway is a partnership with Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition (CCFCC), Harris County Precinct 3, Harris County Precinct 4, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, numerous municipal utility districts (MUDs), and other foundations.

The Mercer Society: 2013 Garden Party and Auction
Under the Swaying Palms Dine "Under the Swaying Palms" Saturday, May 4 at 6 p.m. while bidding on unique treasures. A silent auction and reception kick off the evening, followed by a catered dinner and live auction. 

Become a VIP attendee and gain access to an early reception at 5 p.m. where you can meet and chat with Kathy Huber, gardening columnist for the Houston Chronicle.
Proceeds from this annual event benefit special garden projects and programs at Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens. Please call 281-443-8731 for additional details or to make reservations to attend. 

The Mercer Society (TMS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit support organization, which assists Mercer by organizing and implementing activities that encourage membership support, expand community awareness, and raise funds for the continued enhancement of programs and plant collections. To learn more about becoming a TMS member, please send an inquiry to mmembership@hcp4.net

Storm Drains Replaced in Bammel Forest
Storm Drains Installed
Precinct 4 Road & Bridge operators Eddie Okonski, Joey Prado and Ed Perry (left to right) worked as part of a crew that recently replaced storm drains in the Bammel Forest subdivision.
The Road & Bridge Department of Precinct 4 works to uphold the quality and safety of the public roadways by providing concrete and culvert repairs, mowing, resurfacing and repaving projects, sign repair/replacement, sinkhole repairs, trash pick-up, and more.

Shakespeare in the Shade Trees: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Harris County Precinct 4's Senior Adult Program (SAP), Fun4Seniors, and Lone Star College-Tomball joined together to present A Midsummer Night's Dream on April 12 at the Performing Arts Center at Lone Star College-Tomball located at 30555 Tomball Parkway #102, 77375.
The debut was met with great enthusiasm from a packed house as Commissioner Cagle introduced his vision for enhancing the quality of life in Precinct 4 by merging our beautiful parks and facilities with the arts. Plans are already underway for the 2014 edition of Shakespeare in the Shade Trees. 
Commissioner Cagle is committed to providing educational and recreational activities to the residents of Precinct 4, and thoroughly enjoyed playing an active role in this year's production. 
A special thanks to Springwoods Village, Fun4Seniors (Precinct 4's nonprofit organization), and Lone Star College-Tomball for their sponsorship of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which would not have been possible without their encouragement and support.
New Sports Corporation Board Member Appointed
Carel Stith

Carel Stith was recently nominated by Commissioner Cagle and unanimously approved by Commissioners Court to a position on the five-member Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation board.


Stith is a Houston attorney who brings a unique set of work experience to the position including having played for the Houston Oilers (1967-69). Stith was a highly regarded offensive lineman from the University of Nebraska and has recently been inducted in the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.


"I look forward to hearing his unique perspective as a businessman, an attorney, and as a former player in the Astrodome as we deal with the challenges of maintaining and improving the entire Reliant Park complex," said Commissioner R. Jack Cagle.


Stith replaced outgoing board member Bill Teague, whose term had expired.

Upcoming April Activities
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center:
Pontoon Boat Tours. Sat., April 20. Tours throughout the day. Take a tour along Spring Creek and learn about the area's natural history and wildlife. Ages 8+. Reservations begin Wed., April 10.


Flowers Legacy Workshop. Sat., April 27, 9 a.m.-noon. Junior Girl Scouts earn their flowers legacy badge through fun, educational activities. Reservations begin Wed., April 17.

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens:

Native Plant Garden Renovation Grand Opening. Mon., April 22, 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Be a part of this special Earth Day celebration that includes an official ribbon cutting and tours of the enhanced Endangered Species and Native Plant and Garden.

Community Centers/Senior Adult Program:
May Community Center: Monthly Luncheon Featuring Comedian Chuck Montgomery. Thurs., April 18, 11 a.m. Visit May Community Center for this month's catered luncheon with comedian Chuck Montgomery, who has worked with notable comedians such as Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres and Drew Carey. Don't miss his clean, high energy performance! Please call 281-324-3373 for more information and reservations.

B.F. Clark Community Building: "Spring Fling" Catered Luncheon. Fri., April 19, 11:30 a.m. Enjoy listening to the country, Americana and folk rock music of "Rustic Moon" during this month's catered luncheon. Please call 281-591-7830 for more information.

Mangum-Howell Center: Patio Plant Exchange. Fri., April 19, 1 p.m. Get ready for spring at Mangum-Howell Center's patio plant exchange where you can share gardening tips and ideas with fellow gardeners. Indoor and outdoor plants are welcome for the exchange. For more information, call 281-591-7830 or stop by the Center.

Senior Adult Program: Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden Tour. Thurs., April 25. Travel to the Retreat at Artesian Lakes, a famous East Texas landmark for over 23 years, for a memorable trip to explore the resort, tour the organic gardens, and enjoy lunch! For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 281-893-3726 or visit http://www.hcp4.net/senioradult/events.htm.


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

Email: commissionercagle@hcp4.net 

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