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In This Issue


It's already been a fabulous February in Precinct 4, and we are only halfway through the month! In this issue of Commissioner's E-Corner, you'll learn about work that's begun on Holzwarth Road near FM 2920. I think there is no better project to signify my commitment to providing residents with safe and efficient mobility options as we continue to experience explosive growth in the region. I've also included an update on the recently completed Flood Control projects in Precinct 4.


I encourage you to use E-Corner to save dates on your calendars. Our parks are bursting with activities, including Shakespeare performances at Burroughs, NatureFest at Jones, and March Mart at Mercer!


Don't forget that you can access past issues of Commissioner's E-Corner 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. 



Commissioner R. Jack Cagle
Harris County Precinct 4
Construction on Holzwarth Begins
Construction has started on the Holzwarth Road (South) Project, which extends from FM 2920 to north of Emerson Ridge. The project consists of widening the existing 2-lane roadway with ditches to a 4-lane boulevard curb and gutter section with a median.
Improvements include traffic signals, signage, and pavement markings, plus a Traffic Control Plan and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.
The roadway project costs $3.9 million and should be complete by May 2014.

HCFCD Completes Maintenance Projects
The Harris County Flood Control District completed a county-wide maintenance project that removed sediment and restored the storm water carrying capacity of 10 drainage channels in seven watersheds.
The channels are located in the Clear Creek, Sims Bayou, Brays Bayou, White Oak Bayou, Vince Bayou, Greens Bayou, and Barker Reservoir watersheds. 

Harris County Commissioners' Court awarded a $527,960 contract to Complete Concrete to remove the sediment that had accumulated over time in these channels. Work began in February of last year and was completed in late 2013.


This maintenance project supports the Flood Control District's mission to provide flood damage reduction projects that work, with appropriate regard for community and natural values. The Flood Control District also maintains an extensive network of bayous, creeks, and drainage channels. Local drainage channels that branch off from major bayous and creeks play an important role in capturing and moving storm water away from neighborhoods and commercial areas.

Shakespeare in the Shade: The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare in the Shade, one of Precinct 4's nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, is proud to present The Comedy of Errors at the pavilion at Burroughs Park on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


William Shakespeare's fantastically hilarious and infamous early comedy comes to life in a series of mix-ups, mayhem, and mistaken identity. Enjoy the timeless puns, jokes, gags, and suspense during this wonderful theatrical frolic! 


Admission is FREE, and chairs and picnic tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the performances or Shakespeare in the Shade, please visit Facebook.


Additionally, a meal for individuals 50 years of age and better and transportation will be available from various locations throughout Precinct 4. For more information, please call Precinct 4's Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726. 


A special thanks to event sponsors Jones & Carter, Inc., HNTB, Klotz Associates, and Springwoods Village who have made these performances possible.


Jack Burke, Jr. Bridge Naming
Jack Burke, Jr. is a world-renowned golfing legend and the co-founder of Champions Golf Course.

Commissioner Cagle recently joined with the Cypress Creek Cultural District to name a Precinct 4 bridge crossing Cypress Creek in Burke's honor.


"Jackie Burke followed his Masters and PGA Championships in 1956 with the founding of Champions Golf Club amidst pastures and ranches outside of Houston," Cagle said. 


"He and Demaret knew a world-caliber golf country club would grow into a world-caliber community. And, as is usually the case with Jackie, he was right."


The Jack Burke, Jr. Bridge over Cypress Creek is on Stuebner-Airline Road  just south of Cypresswood Drive.

Congratulations to Humble's Citizen of the Year!
Congratulations to Lynette Calfee on being named Humble's Citizen of the Year by the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce! 
Calfee received the Haden E. McKay, MD award to recognize her many years of service in Humble and Kingwood. For more than 40 years she worked as an educator in Aldine Independent School District and Humble ISD. She also volunteered for many years at the Humble Livestock Show and Auction.
Currently, Calfee serves on the board of directors for The Mercer Society, co-chairs March Mart for Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, and co-chairs the "In the Pink of Health" luncheon for Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. We are grateful to have Lynette as a part of Precinct 4's volunteer family at Mercer, and thank her for all her hard work, past and present, in our community!
NatureFest at Jones Park


Bring the entire family to Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center on Saturday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for NatureFest.


More than 35 nature organizations, exhibitors, and speakers will participate in this day of nature walks, pontoon boat tours, classes, live and mounted animal exhibits, bird banding, kids catch-and-release fishing tank, touch and feel displays, and nature crafts and games. To learn more, please click here or call 281-446-8588.

March Mart at Mercer 


Celebrate Mercer's 40th anniversary during March Mart on Friday, March 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


To commemorate this auspicious year, "The Thelma Mercer Collection" of plants will be offered for a limited time. Examples include camellias, ferns, hollies, mock orange, dogwoods, orchid trees, azaleas, and her signature plant, Justicia carnea 'Thelma's Pink' (pictured), which is a special selection of Brazilian plume flower with rich, darker pink flowers. 

Upcoming February/March Activities
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center:

Signs of Spring. Sat., February 15, 10 a.m. Enjoy a cool morning walk in the woods with a staff naturalist to see and hear the first buds and buzzings of spring. All ages.


Monday Morning Birding. Mon., February 17, 8 a.m. It's a great time to see winter and spring migrant birds, so bring your binoculars and field guide to join a naturalist for an early morning walk around the park. Ages 12+.


White Bass Fishing. Sat., February 22, 8 a.m. - noon. Bring the family for a morning of fishing in Spring Creek, and take advantage of the early spring white bass spawning run. Participants bring their own fishing tackle and bait. All ages. Reservations required; please call 281-446-8588.


Second Saturday Settlers: Cast Iron Cooking. Sat., March 8, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Volunteers and staff bring the Homestead to life as they demonstrate 19th century open-fire cooking and share tasty samples. All ages.


Stargazing. Sat., March 8, 7 p.m. Enjoy learning about the planets, stars, and other celestial bodies with the help of members of the North Houston Astronomy Club. Participants are encouraged to bring telescopes or binoculars. All ages. Call 281-446-8588 to sign up.


Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens:

Children's Story Time in the Garden. Mon., February 17, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Children's Librarian Maggie Hope at Baldwin Boettcher, along with Mercer volunteer docents, share some of their favorite nature books with children and their parents in the Mercer gardens. A craft project is included. Check in at the Visitor Center for the specific location.


Chrysanthemum Society. Fri., February 28, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. These monthly meetings include discussions about growing chrysanthemums and floral arranging. The Society also provides plants for Mercer's collection. Please call 281-443-8731 for more information.


March Mart Volunteer Training. Wed., March 5, 10:30 a.m. - noon and Sat., March 8, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Experienced and new volunteers review the details of ticket writing, cashiering, and other jobs at March Mart. For more information, please call 281-443-8731.


March Mart Preview. Wed., March 5, noon - 2 p.m. and Sat., March 8, 10 a.m. - noon. Get ready for the plant sale and make your wish list during a PowerPoint presentation of some of the choice plants that will be offered later in the month at March Mart. Reservations required; please call 281-443-8731.


March Mart - The Mercer Society (TMS) Members Only Sale. Thurs., March 13, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Become a member of TMS to enjoy this premier event in advance of the public plant sale. VIP shoppers may participate from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; other levels of TMS membership may shop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional details, please call 281-443-8731. 


Community Centers/Senior Adult Program:
Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park: Get the Facts on Serving Sizes, Fat, and Sodium Nutrition. Thurs., February 20, 1 p.m. Please join Amy Comer, program assistant with Better Living for Texans, as she presents a nutritional seminar series that is sure to benefit anyone who needs to monitor their diet. Call 281-350-1029 to sign up.
Senior Adult Program: Rockin' Fifties Sock Hop. Wed., February 19, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Boogie the day away in your classic '50s regalia and enjoy a root beer float along with a delicious hotdog from James Coney Island. To check ticket availability, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.
Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park: Catered Luncheon Featuring the "Rockin' Seniors." Fri., February 21, 11:30 a.m. Invite a neighbor or friend to join you and enjoy oldies from the '40s through the '70s.
Senior Adult Program: The Mud Pie Company - Paint Your Pottery Studio. Tues., March 4, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Find out how fun and easy painting pottery can be during this great opportunity to create your own masterpiece! For more information, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.
Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park: Popcorn and a Movie Features The Quiet Man. Wed., March 5, 12:30 p.m. Are you in need of an afternoon break? Come to the Center to enjoy a free movie, popcorn, and a drink! Call 281-350-1029 to sign up.
Senior Adult Program: Catfish and Shrimp Luncheon Featuring the Jig Is Up! at Greenwood Forest Resident's Club. Fri., March 7, 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this delicious luncheon with live, musical entertainment that will set your toes tapping! To check ticket availability, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.
Senior Adult Program: The Miracle Worker at Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House. Sat., March 8. Explore the heart of character and mystery of courage through Helen Keller's journey to knowledge and understanding. Before the performance, enjoy dinner on your own in Galveston's historic East-End at The Sunflower Bakery & Café. For more information, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.
Mangum-Howell Center: "Mardi Gras" Catered Luncheon Featuring Texas Pink. Tues., March 11, noon. Join the festivities and wear your favorite Mardi Gras outfit and/or mask as you enjoy a tasty Cajun lunch. To register, call 281-591-7830. 

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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