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We're not slowing down just because it's heating up here in Precinct 4! With summer in full swing, the first order of business is to ensure you and your family are prepared in the event of a natural disaster. I encourage you to review your family's emergency plan and stock up on necessary items. 


The Tomball Tollway is moving along, so we want to keep you updated on the progress and let you know about a new project with future connectivity to the Cypress Creek Greenway.


Whether you are travelling this summer or planning a "staycation," keep in mind the many upcoming events and activities at Precinct 4's parks and community centers. I hope to see you out and about in the community! 


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
Hurricane Preparedness

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, director of the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (OHSEM), encourages you to prepare, safeguard, and protect your family from the effects of disasters through planning and preparation.


OHSEM is an excellent resource for obtaining disaster preparation checklists, developing an evacuation plan for your family, current storm activity from the National Weather Service, and more. One way to stay informed is to get involved. Residents are encouraged to join the Harris County Citizen Corps, donate blood to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, or get in touch with the Local Emergency Planning Committee in your community.


Emergency situations can be frightening, for adults and children, but can be easier to handle with a solid plan in place. Download a Family Communication Plan to get started and visit for more information. Please take the time to make preparations and stay informed this summer season!   


Connectivity Coming Soon

Thanks to an interlocal agreement between Harris County and the Timber Lane community, two new bridges will be constructed on Mercer's west side to connect existing parkland with a hike and bike trail adjacent to Cypress Creek. 


The main bridge will cross over Cypress Creek, allowing residents to access Mercer's west side from Cypress Creek Park at Timber Lane and provide connectivity to the proposed Cypress Creek Greenway project.


Construction of the expanded trail system and new bridges is expected be complete late in 2015.

Tomball Tollway Update

A bird's eye view of the Tomball Tollway at SH 99 shows the progress being made on the project, with phase I on schedule for completion in late 2015.


Three toll lanes in each direction between Spring Cypress Road and FM 2920 will be added, but remember that the current frontage roads will remain in place and will not be tolled.


To stay updated on the most current status of the project, click here





Tiki Time Western Style Dance

Don your dancing boots and favorite Hawaiian attire to enjoy an afternoon of tropical fun Thursday, June 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center, located at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble.


Precinct 4's Senior Adult Program (SAP) welcomes adults ages 50 and better to take in the River Road Boys and Halau Ho'ola Ka Mana Hawai'i dancers. Light refreshments will be served.


Tickets are $7 per person and can be ordered by calling SAP at 281-893-3726 or can be purchased at the door.



Open Your Heart and Home

Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) Veterinary Public Health is in need of foster homes for loving animals temporarily (2-6 weeks) while they find their forever homes!


By offering your time, energy, and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home and help prevent overcrowding. 


Veterinary Public Health works in partnership with the community to create a safe, healthy, and caring environment for animals and people.  


To join the foster team, call 713-418-1809 or e-mail Open your heart and save a life TODAY! 



New Pauper Cemetery
Harris County, with a population of around 4.3 million people, recently dedicated a new cemetery for the indigent. The Bereavement Services program ensures that every indigent citizen of Harris County without adequate resources receive a simple but dignified burial.
In 2010, the Harris County Community Services Department purchased land in Crosby in preparation for the existing cemetery to meet capacity. Precinct 4 then donated 42 acres of land, creating a 92-acre cemetery. 
Phase I of the new development is now complete and will begin receiving burials on July 1. Upon completion of the next two phases, the space will be adequate for 125 years or more.

Upcoming June/July Activities
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center:

Pollinators. Sat., June 21, 10 a.m. To celebrate National Pollinator Week, come learn about their importance, how to attract them to your area, and how you can help ensure ther survival with a presentation by Texas Parks & Wildlife entomologist and bee expert, Mike Warriner. All ages.


Dragonfly Workshop. Sat., June 28, 9 a.m. - noon. Join a Citizen Science project to help monitor the three beautiful migratory dragonflies that move through this region, and learn how to identify their characteristics. All ages.


Texas Bound! Wed., July 2, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kids are invited to a fun-filled, one-day camp. Using props, games, and hands-on activities, day campers join together in "families" for a journey to Texas. Reservations required by calling 281-446-8588. Ages 7-12.


Second Saturday Settlers: Primitive Weapons & Hawk Throw ContestSat., July 12, 1-3 p.m. Watch as volunteers and staff demonstrate the use of black powder weapons, tomahawks, and more at the Redbud Hill Homestead. All ages.


Second Sunday PickersSun., July 13, 2-4 p.m. Get out of the heat and join this musical group that is celebrating more than 25 years of concerts. Bring your instrument and play along! All ages. 


Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens:

Bonsai Study Group. Sat., July 5, 9 a.m. - noon. Meet under the treehouse portico to mentor, critique, and learn more about this form of living art.


Lunch Bunch: Secrets of Brewery. Wed., July 9, noon - 2 p.m. Star Brewery, the craft beer brewery based out of Conroe, will share brewing secrets and information about the various plants used to craft the drink enjoyed by many.


Texas Rose Rustlers Meeting. Sat., July 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This Rookie Rustler meeting is open to the public in order to help enthusiasts learn the etiquette of rustling old garden roses, how to propagate from cuttings, and then grow their favorite flower. For more details, visit or call Mercer at 281-443-8731.


Community Centers/Senior Adult Program:

Mangum-Howell Center: Summer Animal SafetyTues., June 24, 10 a.m. Colleen Hodges, education and outreach coordinator for Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, shares valuable information to appreciate and stay safe around animals this summer. Call the Center at 281-591-7830 for more information.


Mangum-Howell Center: Custom Painted Umbrellas. Thurs., June 26, 10:30 a.m. Bring in your plain parasol and give it some panache as volunteer instructor Jimmie Ware demonstrates how to paint designs and patterns that won't fade in the rain or sun. Call the Center at 281-591-7830 for more information.


Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park: Dog Talk: Behavior, Training & CommunicatingThurs., June 26, 1 p.m. Join Marie Devaney Conyers from The Fundamental Dog as she provides tips on house training, polite greetings, and meeting other dogs on a leash. Call the Center at 281-350-1029 to register or receive additional information.


Senior Adult Program: Houston Astros GameFri., June 27, 5:30 p.m. Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros
Departs from Champion Forest Baptist Church, 15555 Stuebner Airline Road, Houston. To check ticket availability, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.    


Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park: Popcorn and a Movie Featuring Some Like It Hot. Wed., July 2, 1 p.m. Come to the Center to enjoy a free movie, popcorn, and a drink.


Senior Adult Program: Star-Spangled Salute by the Houston Symphony. Thurs., July 3, 8 p.m. Enjoy an exciting array of performances by the Houston Symphony. Reservations are required and tickets are limited, so please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726 to make arrangements. 


Mangum-Howell Center: Shake, Rattle, and Roll Luncheon Featuring Butch Perkins. Tues., July 8, noon. This fun-filled luncheon will feature classic music and time-honored '50s style food such as hamburgers, chips, ice cream floats, and sundaes. Additional features include dancing and a sock-hop contest! Visit the Center to purchase tickets by Thurs., July 3.


Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park: Senior Safety ProgramWed., July 9, 1 p.m. Learn how to avoid becoming a victim of home theft, fraud, scams, and identity theft from the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Call the Center at 281-350-1029 for more information.


Senior Adult Program: Classical Concert by the Houston SymphonyThurs., July 10, 8 p.m. Enjoy an exciting array of performances by the Houston Symphony. Reservations are required and tickets are limited, so please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726 to make arrangements. 


Senior Adult Program: Houston Astros Games. Fri., July 11, 5:30 p.m. Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros Departs at 5:30 p.m. from Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive, Kingwood. To check ticket availability, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.


Senior Adult Program: 1892 Bishop's Palace Tour in Galveston. Tues., July 15, 8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Visit this eclectic example of late Victorian style architectural exuberance. Before the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch on your own at Nick's Kitchen & Beach Bar and a tasty treat from La King's Confectionery following the tour. To check availability, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726. 


Mangum-Howell Center: Live Well, Feel Better, Take ChargeTues., July 15, 10:30 a.m. Join Monica James, a representative from Gateway to Health, as she shares information and teaches practical skills on managing chronic health problems. Call the Center at 281-591-7830 for more information.


Senior Adult Program: McFaddin-Ward House and Texas Energy Museum ToursWed., July 16, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Visit this 12,800 square foot home built in 1905-1906 in the Beaux-Arts Colonial Revival style as well as the Texas Energy Museum dedicated to the education and history of the petroleum industry. Following the tour, enjoy lunch at Zydeco Louisiana Diner. To check availability, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.


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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