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Drive to create fuels artist's workload

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

AOM032012Sandra Winkler's drive to create is evident in her works displayed at Wells Fargo Bank on Center Street. She is March's DP Art League Artist of the Month. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Sandra Winkler, the Deer Park Art League's artist of the month, doesn't limit her creations to just painting.

"I have this tremendous drive to create," Winkler said. "I sew, cook and paint. I want to create, it's in me."

As a child she would takes pieces of fabric and sew them together, creating new pieces of clothing. Winkler said it wasn't because she had to,, but because she wanted to.

When she began painting in school, she originally wanted to use watercolors because of the look and feel of the medium. Winkler found out quickly that oil paints were more to her liking.

Rotary honors Green for dedication to fire/EMS

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

GreenFFOMDespite her small stature Jeannie Green (center) Chief Greg Bridges (right) said she plays a huge role in the success of DPVFD. Green was honored by the Deer Park Rotary Club and President Bennie Boles (left) on Wednesday. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Jeannie Green is many things to the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department. This week, she was honored as the department's Fire Fighter of the Month by the Deer Park Rotary Club.

"She may only stand 4-foot 11, but her heart and passion for this fire department is bigger than anyone's," said Fire Chief Greg Bridges during his presentation.

Green came to the department in 2004 and was the rookie of the year for the department. She has earned numerous accolades from the department and from citizens she has assisted in her EMS runs.

DPUMC helping others find relief from rising food costs

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midamericafoodsMid America Foods was designed to bring hope and peace of mind to those who want to stretch their food dollars. Mid America Foods offers restaurant quality food at discounted prices. As people everywhere are struggling to make ends meet, suppliers are ready to help everyone battle hunger and give relief to those trying to survive on a slim budget. Deer Park United Methodist Church invites everyone to participate and benefit from its vast purchasing power.

DPUMC, located at 1300 E. 13th in Deer Park, is a local outreach center for MidAmerica Foods. Customers place their order online, and pick up the food box(es) at the church on the designated Saturday morning. For more information, or to place an order, go to and click on the MidAmerica Foods link.

DPUMC selling Easter Crosses

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EasterCross2012The Easter Cross Witness was created to bring unity to the body of Christ as we jointly testify and celebrate the Risen Christ together. Upon receipt, the cross is placed blank side out until Easter Sunday, when it is turned to declare, "He is Risen...And It is Finished!"

The Easter Cross is both a catalyst and conversation starter, giving a powerful visual witness that creates opportunities for believers to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Participation in the Easter Cross Witness provides a way for churches to enlist its members to be witnesses in the communities and neighborhoods in which God has placed them. As thousands of crosses go up around the country, the timid are emboldened to share their hope with friends and neighbors. Many have expressed that it is the Easter Cross Witness that got them over the hump to share the hope that is within them for the first time. Most importantly, the Easter Cross Witness binds the body of Christ together, as churches of all denominations gather together under the cross in unity.

Dow Chemical sponsors free Sundays at Armand Bayou

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lep gulf_frittilary301_smPhoto provided by The Dow Chemical Company.Looking for a last minute Spring Break activity? Families who visit Armand Bayou Nature Center on Sunday, March 18 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. On March 18 , discover the role that insects play in our survival. Sweep nets for the critters that call this place home. Make a dragonfly craft and receive tips from volunteer gardeners about establishing an organic garden.

Shell's Strides for Schools set for April 14

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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Fun run benefits Deer Park Education Foundation

The Deer Park Education Foundation and Shell Deer Park are looking for citizens to pound some pavement for a good cause.

The third annual Strides for Schools 5K Fun Run is slated for April 14 and will be part of the morning's kick-off events for Totally Texas.

Last year, almost 1,000 walkers and runners participated last year to support the DPEF, raising $44,470. Organizers are expecting some 1,200 participants this year.

"We are really encouraging our schools to get their students out there with their parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and anyone who wants to participate," said Sheri Brown, DPEF director.

DP centenarian celebrates with family, friends

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

104 birthdayWilma Woody celebrates her 104th birthday at San Jacinto Manor with entertainment from Ray Rodriguez and a cake provided by Amed Home Health. Photo by Ashley Smith.Wilma Woody has survived two world wars, 19 presidents, seen the rise of the motorized vehicle and watched women earn the right to vote, and through her 104 years, she still keeps a smile on her face.

"I feel pretty amazing," Woody said.

The staff at San Jacinto Manor, where Woody resides, threw a party in celebration of her milestone birthday. Residents gathered in the dining hall, with Woody taking center stage wearing a crown and her wheelchair decorated with balloons.

Also part of the festivities was entertainer Ray Rodriguez who serenaded Woody with several classic rock and country songs. During the performance, the residents were treated to a cake donated by Amed Home Health.

Celebrating with her was also her daughter Louise Friday. Friday recalls growing up admiring her mother's intelligence and how active she stayed between working and volunteering

Woody, along with her daughter and other members from the Deer Park Church of Christ, made pillows and blankets for nursing homes in the area, which Activity Director Rusty Thomas said still decorate the rooms of several residents.

"She was very active for a long time," Friday said. "She helped with the pillows and quilts for years and years."

Curtis King Blues Band set for Dow Park show tonight

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community


From the Gulf Coast to central New York state, Curtis King has found all kinds of blues inspiration. Thursday evening, he and the rest of the Curtis King Band take to the Dow Park stage as the featured performers at the Deer Park Parks and Recreation Concerts in the Park series at 7 p.m. Prior to the show, the parks department will host a Pokemon Go event at 6 p.m.

Dog Days tournament to benefit DP Fireballs

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

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Registration is underway for the third annual Dog Days Golf Tournament at the Battleground Golf Course. This year's tournament benefits the Deer Park Fireballs Special Olympics team. The Dog Days tournament is hosted by the Touchstone Golf Foundation, which holds annual tournaments to benefit local charities. 

BBQ cookoff to help local family

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

Friends and family are hosting the second of two benefits to help the family of Barrett Michalik with funeral expenses. The 11-year-old was active in local youth baseball and swim leagues. A barbecue cook-off is slated for this Saturday in Pasadena.

Business Spotlight: KZ Sweet Boutique a DP treat

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

Since February, KZ Sweet Boutique has become Deer Park’s go-to place for sweet treats. With late night hours, the family-owned sweet shop has the cure for that hard-to-cure sweet tooth. From decadent cakes to frozen snowcones and nearly everything between, KZ Sweet Boutique has delicious treats for all to enjoy.

Rotary hears sobering facts on DWI

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

Lt. Craig Cummings of the Texas Department of Public Safety has seen more than his fair share of the tragedy following driving while intoxicated incidents. His recent presentation to the Deer Park Rotary Club provided sobering facts, statistics and reminders that have made Harris County the DWI capital of the nation.