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This edition of E-Corner comes with a myriad of updates on road projects, parks programs, and the continued oversight of departmental budgets, which confirms that we're staying busy for you in Precinct 4!


Keep in mind that we are working hard to manage your tax dollars efficiently while maintaining roads and bridges, expanding current infrastructure to accommodate growth, and provide excellent amenities at our parks and community centers. 


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
Kudos, Harris County

The Texas Comptroller's Office recognizes entities that meet or exceed public reporting standards in the Leadership Circle each year. 


Harris County's Auditor's Office, Budget Management Department, and Information Technology Services have placed Harris County government at the forefront of financial transparency for four consecutive years.


Thanks to the staff of these offices for working diligently to maintain our exceptional status! 


Hardy Toll Road Relief on the Way

Last month, we updated you on the progress of the Tomball Tollway. But that's not the only corridor receiving some much-needed congestion relief from the Harris County Toll Road Authority.


The Hardy Toll Road between FM 1960 and the proposed Grand Parkway route is scheduled to be widened by one lane in each direction.


The estimated $60 million project is still in the design phase. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and be complete by mid-2016.

Mercer's Summer Plant Sale & Color Conference

Mercer Botanic Gardens is once again teaming up with The Mercer Society (TMS) to
present the Summer Plant Sale and Color Conference on Saturday, July 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


This one-day plant sale and workshop provides gardeners with an outstanding selection of plants that will not only add interest and excitement to gardens and landscapes, but also flourish in the heat and humidity of Houston's summer months.


Darrin Duling, Mercer's director, will kick off the day's activities with a garden tour featuring summer color favorites selected by the staff. Speaker presentations will begin at 10:15 a.m. and continue throughout the day with breaks for lunch and shopping at the plant sale. The conference fee is $55 for TMS members and $65 for nonmembers, which includes informative handouts, lunch, and advance entry into the plant sale before it is open to the public at 11 a.m. For more information and to register, please call 281-443-8731.


13th Opry in Humble
13th Annual Opry in Humble

Don't miss the 13th annual Opry in Humble Friday, August 15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center located at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble, 77338.

This evening of live, musical entertainment features noted performers Michael Hix, Moses Rangel, and Donna B
along with the River Road Boys.

Fun4Seniors, Harris County Precinct 4's
nonprofit organization, hosts the event
each year. All proceeds from Opry in
Humble enable Fun4Seniors to continue its mission to enrich the lives of senior adults in Precinct 4.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please contact Fun4Seniors at 281-893-3726 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.


Business is Booming
Business continues to boom in Precinct 4! The most recent Commissioners Court agenda offers some insight into the rapid growth in the county.
Each agenda routinely includes approval of plans presented by developers of commercial and residential properties, and is anther indicator of the progress in our area.
Nine of the 14 approved plats on the July 8 agenda are located in Precinct 4, and five of those are designated or new home construction. All agendas, including the most recent, can be found online.
Upcoming July/August Activities
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center:

Fish of Spring Creek. Sat., July 26, 9 a.m. Find out what lives in the park's waterways during this wet, hands-on program using dip-nets and seines, and observe the TPWD electroshock boat in action. Ages 10+. Reservations required; please call 281-446-8588.


Snakes of Harris County. Sat., Aug. 2, 10 a.m. Only a few of the local snake species pose any threat to humans. Attend this program to learn about the snakes that inhabit this area and how to properly identify them. All ages.


Reptile Open HouseSat. and Sun., Aug. 2 and 3, 1 - 4 p.m. From the largest pythons to the smallest frogs, the Nature Center is packed with live reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Learn about the fascinating creatures and their natural history. All ages.


HummingbirdsSat., Aug. 9, 10 a.m. Join Texas Parks & Wildlife Information Specialist Mark Klym to learn about local hummingbirds, their migration patterns, and how you can be involved in tracking their numbers. All ages.


Second Saturday Settlers: Homestead FunSat., Aug. 9, 1 - 3 p.m. Sample homemade ice cream and watermelon, play horseshoes and other old-fashioned games, and witness other daily activities of Texas settlers that bring the Redbud Hill Homestead to life. All ages.


All About Texas BatsSat., Aug. 16, 9 a.m. - noon. Join Texas Parks & Wildlife Urban Wildlife Biologist Diana Foss to discover which bat species are found in Harris County, the role they play in the wild, threats they face, what makes them so vital to the balance of life, and how to get involved in monitoring. All ages


Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens:

FREE Children's Programs. Tuesdays, July 22 and 29, 9:30 a.m. - noon. These free one-day programs, designed from children ages 6 to 10, allow participants to learn about a variety of plants through hands-on activities and a tour of the gardens. Call 281-443-8731 to check availability.


Lunch Bunch: Orchid Growing 101. Wed., Aug. 13, noon - 2 p.m. Bruce Cameron of The Houston Orchid Society and Orchid Obsession Nursery will teach the basics of orchid care and inform participants of the best varieties to grow in yards and homes.


Children's Story Time in the Garden. Mon., Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Join Children's Librarian Maggie Hope of Baldwin Boettcher Library, along with Mercer volunteer docents, as they share In the Small Small Pond by Denis Fleming. Check in at the Visitor Center for the specific location. Free.


Community Centers/Senior Adult Program:

Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park: The Owen Theatre: Greater TunaFri., July 25, 4:30 p.m. Take a trip to enjoy this production ($17/person) with lunch on your own at Whistle Stop Cafe. Call 281-350-1029 to check ticket availability.


Senior Adult Program: Houston Astros Games. Fri., Aug. 1. Toronto Blue Jays vs. Houston Astros. Departs at 5:45 p.m. from Jersey Village Baptist Church, 16518 Jersey Drive, Jersey Village. To check ticket availability, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.


Senior Adult Program: Pump Boys and Dinettes, Texas Repertory Theatre. Sun., Aug. 3 at 3 p.m. This Tony award-nominated musical will have you bouncing in your seats and kicking up your heels all the way home! Call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726 to check ticket availability and check transportation options.  


Mangum-Howell Center: Life Gift, Donate Life Texas SeminarWed., Aug. 6, 9 a.m. - noon. Course content includes adult, child, and infant choking, CPR, first aid, and use of the AED defibrillator. Space is limited; please call 281-591-7830 for more information.  


Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park: Popcorn and a Movie Featuring Something to Talk AboutWed., Aug. 6, 1 p.m. Come to the Center to enjoy a free movie, popcorn, and a drink.   


Mangum-Howell Center: Save a Life. . . Learn CPRThurs., Aug. 7, 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: Mexican Fiesta Featuring Mixteco Ballet Folklorico. Thurs., Aug. 7, 11:30 a.m.Celebrate the sights, sounds, culture, and tastes of Mexico duirng this fiesta! Event parking and shuttle serive provided from St. Luke's Hospital at The Vintage. Call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726 for more information. 


Senior Adult Program: Houston Astros GamesSun., Aug. 10. Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros. Departs at 11:30 a.m. from Tomball Community Center, 221 Market Street, Tomball. To check ticket availability, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726. 


Mangum-Howell Center: "Farewell to Summer" LuncheonTues., Aug. 12, noon. Celebrate the end of summer and enjoy the "very wed" game as participants see how well they know their spouses after many years of marriage. Call 281-591-7830 for more information or stop by the Center to purchase tickets for an $8 suggested donation. 


Senior Adult Program: Houston Museum of Natural Science. Wed., Aug. 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Cleburne Cafeteria followed by a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and a theatre showing of the D-Day: Normandy 1944 film. Transporation provided from St. Luke's Hospital at The Vintage. Call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726 for more information.  

Mangum-Howell Center: How to Make a Diaper Cycle CraftThurs., Aug. 14, 1 p.m. Learn how easy it is to make a one-of-a-kind "diaper cycle" that makes a perfect baby shower gift. Call 281-591-7830 or visit the Center to learn more.

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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