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DP Public Library to introduce lap sit story time Wednesday

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It is never too early to start reading with children! Early literacy does not necessarily mean adults are teaching babies to read; instead it is creating positive interactions between infants, their caregivers, and print.

The Deer Park Public Library will be providing a new Infant Lapsit Storytime for ages 0-2 years old starting Aug. 31, on Wednesdays at 10:15 am. During these 30-40 minute sessions we will have fun with songs, nursery rhymes, socialization opportunities, and more.

From the moment they are born, humans begin learning about the world around them. Every day babies begin to develop their language and literacy skills though interactions with parents and caregivers. Playing, singing, sharing stories, and babbling to each other are all key components of introducing literacy. Early literacy skills can be thought of as “pre-reading” or what children may know about reading and writing before they can actually read. Children initially learn about language by listening to others talk, singing songs, and doing fingerplays together. This allows them to hear new vocabulary and gain knowledge. By giving babies the opportunity to see and play with books in a positive environment adults help them develop a love of reading and books.

There is no registration or admission fee required and the library welcome all infants and caregivers. The library is located at 3009 Center St. Call 281-478-7208 for more information.

Petal Pushers to begin new season Sept. 20

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The Petal Pushers Garden Club will begin its 2016-17 season with its Sept. 20 meeting at the Burgess Recreation Center, 4200 Kalwick. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The Garden Club was organized in June 1964, and has been "Growing, Showing, and Sharing" with the Deer Park Community with various ongoing projects since. Citizens may be familiar with its yards-of-the-month selections, home tours and plant sales, Easter baskets for those in need, scholarships for Deer Park High School seniors, and the Rose Garden at Dow Park. The club also participates in many other civic and community activities and projects, and works jointly with other organizations to assist in city beautification, improving and serving the community.

The Petal Pushers goal is to gain and share knowledge for its members’ gardens while finding friendships and having fun along the garden path, with emphasis on friendships and fun. The club has an eclectic lineup of guest speakers and topics this year such as Decorating with Pumpkins, Squash, and Gourds; Salvias for Every Garden; and Rain Water Harvesting, to name a few.

Membership is $20 a year which provides with access to activities and with a beautiful and informative yearbook. These dues are used to support community projects and services. The Petal Pushers Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. from September through May.

Shell DP engineer beats the cancer odds

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When Rick Frantz – a civil structural engineer at Shell Deer Park – received a Stage IV cancer diagnosis, doctors told him he might have six months to live. Thanks to Shell’s cancer management benefit, he’s back at work, full of energy and can’t wait to meet his second grandchild.

DP library hosts discussion for children and finance

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What do young people need to know about money? On Thursday, Tyler J. Johnson will discuss ways to help young people make sound financial decisions. Subjects will include the importance of saving, setting financial goals and using credit wisely. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

This program is a part of the statewide “Power Up at Your Library" Day, which was formally declared by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The date is an opportunity to promote innovative library services and demonstrate ways that libraries can make a positive impact in their communities.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Deer Park Public Library. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. The library is located at 3009 Center St. The Library phone number is 281-478-7208.

Astros announcer visits DP Rotary

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Less than 24 hours before he announced his retirement, Houston Astros play-by-play TV announcer Bill Brown spent time with the Deer Park Rotary Club. Brown said the true joy of sports is found deeper than the surface of wins and losses. It comes from how athletes interact with their fans and community when the cameras are not around

McDonald keeps giving the gift of life

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Patrick Scott McDonald is the gift that keeps on giving. Over the course of 40 years, he has donated more than 100 gallons of blood and countless volunteer hours to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. For his efforts, he will be inducted into the Fenwal Hall of Fame next month.