Posted on Wednesday, 02 July 2014

The local night skies will be alive with color Friday evening as the Houston area celebrates the Fourth of July.

Those wanting to be near the booming action can attend the annual Independence Day festivities at the Pearland High School football stadium, 3775 South Main. Hosted by the city of Pearland, the free event starts at 6 p.m. and includes a VFW military salute and other entertainment. Live music begins at 7 p.m., with the 20-minute fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. Stadium and field seating will be available.

Those wanting to venture into Houston have several choices near downtown. The Houston Symphony will perform its Star-Spangled Salute at 8:30 p.m. at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The symphony will play patriotic classics and will be joined on stage by Jonathan Beedle and A.J. Swearingen, who will perform the music of Simon & Garfunkel. Leading into the fireworks will be Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with booming cannons. Open seating...
Posted on Saturday, 31 May 2014

Just in time for the carefree days of summer is an array of new amenities in Manvel’s Sedona Lakes.

A new lakeside playground has been welcoming Mommy and Me groups and after-dinner revelry as children enjoy two new play structures, one designed for youth up to age 5 and the second for older children. A play field separates the two areas, providing space for rounds of tag and other energetic games.

Also new is a 1.5-mile trail around a community lake, ideal for an after-dinner walk or morning jog.

Residents also enjoy a free-form pool with a water slide carved into a picturesque rock waterfall that is a community focal point during the warm months. Zero-entry access allows the youngest swimmers a chance to play at the water’s edge while the more boisterous enjoy the pool’s splash pad. In-the-water tanning beds offer a cool place to relax, as do plentiful shade structures.

Anchoring the pool is an open-air pavilion, the perfect...
Posted on Saturday, 17 May 2014

Parents find Sedona Lakes a smart choice, as young residents attend highly regarded schools in the Alvin Independent School District.

Serving Sedona Lakes’ youngest residents is E.C. Mason Elementary, a campus of 660 students that enjoys a 15:4 student-teacher ratio. Students readily outperform peers across the state and district on the state-mandated STAAR exams, helping the school achieve the coveted “Met Standard” rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Guiding students are experienced teachers, 27 percent with more than 11 years’ experience and another 27 percent with six to 10 years’ teaching experience.

Students at Manvel Junior High at Rodeo Palms also enjoy a low student-teacher ratio, at 18:1. Thirty-five percent of teachers at the school have more than 11 years experience, and students’ test scores not only earned a “Met Standard” rating from the TEA, but also an academic achievement in mathematics....