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Salon Mia Bella helping seniors dress for prom

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

salon mia_bella_promProm is a staple in a teenager's high school experience, but for some the cost that comes with the tradition can keep them from it, that's why the ladies at the Mia Bella salon have stepped in to help.

"We believe everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy themselves and go to prom," said Christie Teaff, salon manager. "We want as many boys and girls to have the high school experience and not feel different from their peers."

For the past three years, Mia Bella owner Kim Allen has held a contest, asking it's patrons to submit names of teenage girls for their Princess for Prom Day event where each winner receives complimentary hair, nail and make-up services for the prom. This year, they have selected five girls for the event.

BACODA to host Rx drug disposal event

Written by staff. Posted in Community

bacodaOn April 28, citizens can safely dispose of their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is sponsored by the Bay Area Council On Drugs & Alcohol's Southeast Harris County Community Coalition and the Drug Enforcement Administration

BACODA will have three drop-off locations in Southern Harris County: Summit Alternative School at 1838 E. Sam Houston Parkway South, Pasadena, Texas 77503; La Porte Neighborhood Center at 526 San Jacinto, La Porte, Texas 77571; and San Jacinto Mall at 1496 San Jacinto Mall, Baytown, Texas 77521.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Ford's 'stache nets SJE $1K

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At Monday's DPISD Board of Trustees meeting, representatives from the Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union presented a $1,000 check to San Jacinto Elementary. GCEFCU's Kyle Ford, third from the right, earned the funds for SJE by winning an online moustache-growing contest via Facebook. Photo provided by DPISD.

Photo Gallery: Totally Texas 2012

Written by Deer Park Photos. Posted in Community


Perfect weather under the Big Blue Texas sky made it a perfect day for Totally Texas! check out this photo gallery from the festival and parade from our friends at Deer Park Photos!

Totally Texas, weather combine for festive weekend

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

TotallyTexasCarnSunny weather and many activities helped a revamped Totally Texas get off to a good start.

A beautiful, sunny weekend set the mood for the 2012 Totally Texas Festival at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center last weekend.

The festival kicked off Thursday evening with the opening of the carnival, which stayed open throughout the festival. Friday saw the Totally Texas Beauty Pageant and the crowning of Tessalynn Themis as 2012 Miss Deer Park.

The bulk of the festivities were held on Saturday, beginning with the Shell Deer Park sponsored third annual Strides for Schools 5K fun run.

Celebrate Texas Independence with Dow

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battle reeanactmentThe best-attended educational event of the year will be the 176th Anniversary of Texas Independence celebrated at the annual San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle reenactment on Saturday, April 21.

Thanks in part to a major sponsorship from Dow's local manufacturing sites, the youngest festival goers will find plenty of fun in the Children's Area, including crafts, an 1890's cowboy camp, a chuck wagon and a 55-foot train. Various performances on the Children's stage throughout the day will include a flamenco performance, Birds of Prey, a Medicine Man Show and a Flying Flea Circus.

Kids can also step back in time and interact with historical demonstrators such as blacksmiths, weavers and craftsmen.

2012 Miss Totally Texas Pageant winners

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

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The ladies crowned at the 2012 Totally Texas Beauty Pageant include Tiny Miss Savannaha Monteith, Junior Petite Miss Madisyn Villalovos, Petite Miss D'Auna Brooks, Junior Miss Rebecca Shaffer and Miss Deer Park Tessalynn Themis. Photo by Ashley Smith.

Dow's Free Family Sundays a hit at Armand Bayou

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ABNCPhoto provided by the Dow Chemical Company.Reconnect with Nature at Armand Bayou Nature Center for free this Sunday and discover why 40 years ago this land was set aside to do "nothing" with. Learn about the Tall Coastal Prairie at ABNC, create your own trash to treasure art, play games and discover how our forefathers lived on the land. Families who visit ABNC on Sunday, April 15 will be admitted free, thanks in part to a contribution from The Dow Chemical Company's Houston area manufacturing sites. Dow is underwriting the Sunday in Nature program and free admission every third Sunday throughout 2012 to encourage outdoor family activities and participation in Armand Bayou's unique nature programs.

On the third Sunday of each month throughout 2012, a new program will reconnect visitors to nature with a different educational topic and activities designed to engage and entertain the entire family. Most activities are scheduled between 1-3 p.m.

Smith's yard earns Petal Pusher honors

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Merllean Smith at 2322 Erin Glenn is the recipient of the Yard of the Month for April from the Petal Pusher’s Garden Club.  Her front yard is full of airy nasturtium, lily of the Nile, snapdragons, cosmos and various little statuesque bunnies.  Smith said she and her sister get their green thumbs from their mother who loved gardening and flowers.   Smith shared a great piece of advice told to her many years ago, “Every time you go outside, remember to take your clippers. There is always something to clip!” 

Artist finds inspiration through passion

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

april artist_of_the_monthApril artist of the month Edith West is able to paint a wider variety of subjects thanks to art classes she continues to take. Photo by Ashley Smith.

Inspiration can come from many parts in a person's life, but the one thing that April's artist of the month Edith West has learned is the passion for a project can itself be inspiring.

"The things I like, I tend to do better," West said. "If the painting is for somebody and I know it's a subject they are going to like, I tend to have more interest in it."

Pastor's Corner: Thankfulness is not a thankless virtue

Written by Robert Briggs. Posted in Community

Pastor BriggsIf you're like me then one of the things you find most frustrating in life are those times when you go out of your way to help someone, be it major or minor, and receive in the end nothing for your good deed. No, I am not talking about rewards but simple gratitude; or as we more commonly call it "thankfulness." Why is it that so many people seem to not understand the importance of being thankful? Surely they have been on the receiving end of an ungrateful person's callousness. Shouldn't that make them more aware of their own treatment of others kindness?

The Bible talks about a time when people will become "unthankful, unholy" and "without natural affection" (1 Tim. 3:2) and it seems that this prophecy is clearly coming true in our own time. But is it inevitable or can we do something about it? Well, as far as the whole of humanity is concerned there is not much we can do. But as far as individuals we can do a lot.

Aesop, the fabulist of antiquity told the story of Androcles the slave. In this fable Androcles had run away from his master. On his flight to safety he ran across a great lion lying in a field moaning in apparent pain. Androcles quickly ran away but noticed that the lion did not stir. Realizing that the king of beast must be truly injured he decided to go back to take a closer look. And, as he approached, the lion held up a bloody and swollen front paw to the amazed man.

Fun for all abounds at Totally Texas

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

TTlogoCelebrate Texas' independence at the Totally Texas Festival, taking place April 12-14 at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center.

The festival gives Deer Park residents an opportunity to come together to support their town, but to learn about the community they live in.

"From a historical aspect, the festival teaches families about the history of the community, but it also benefits Deer Park economically, bringing visitors in to support local businesses," said Nicole Garvis, communications coordinator for the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce.

The festivities kick-off with a carnival beginning April 12 from 6-9 p.m. The carnival runs through the rest of the festival closing April 14 at 10 p.m.

The events continue on April 13 with the Miss Deer Park Beauty Pageant held at the Theatre and Courts building. Registration starts at 6 p.m. with the pageant beginning at 7 p.m.