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| | This Month's Brain Teaser!
It was a late day in fall when Mogmatt's band director noticed something strange at practice one day.
As he looked from his podium onto the football field where they rehearsed, he saw that, while the rest of the band was in a perfect concert formation with all the players in rows, the sousaphones were in diagonal lines rather than one big line. The director scratched his head and wondered why this was. Since he technically never told them to stay in a line, he couldn't yell at them. But still he wondered, why did they do this?
To see the answer, click on “Full Story”! [FULL STORY]
| | 4 Ways to Protect Your Skin from Sunburn
Prevent sunburn with these skin care tips
Worshipping the sun can come at a painful price, but staying indoors all day is unhealthy, too. If you practice sun smarts, it is possible to enjoy fun-in-the-sun and protect your skin from sunburn this summer. [FULL STORY]
| | Houston Sports On the Rise
This fall may be the most anticipated in the history of Houston sports.
The Rockets, after a great 2016 – 17 season, have resigned MVP candidate James Harden to a four year extension and traded for Chris Paul, arguably the best pure point guard in the NBA, which will give the Rockets what should be the best backcourt in the league and enhance their chances at a third NBA title for the Rockets.
The Texans begin training camp on July 26. They bring back most of the starters from the 2016 campaign, and they get a healthy J.J. Watt back to bolster what was the already the number one defense in the NFL. On the offensive side of the ball, everyone wants to see what DeShawn Watson can do to help put what has been a lackluster offense over the top.
And then, there are the Astros. The 2017 season so far has been, well, awesome. Here are some stats going into the All Star break:
- The Astros have a run differential of +162 – almost unheard of in the major leagues for a season, much less at the All-Star break
- With 27 at the break, George Springer is on track to hit 49 home runs, breaking Jeff Bagwell’s team record of 47 set in 2000
- The Astros have so far recorded fourteen 10+ run games this year...3 more than their season record of 11.
- Going into the All Star break, Jose Altuve was leading the league with a .347 batting average and had five 3 hit games in a row...one more will tie George Brett’s record of 6. Altuve was also hitting a staggering .414 in away games.
- Going into the All Star break, the Astros record is 60 – 29, 16.5 games ahead of the Angels in AL West. This is a winning percentage of 67%. With 73 games left, if they maintain this pace, they will win 108 games, with a chance of setting the major league record of 116 regular season wins set by the Seattle Mariners in 2001.
- The Astros have a team record six players on the AL All Star team: Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa as starters, joined by pitchers Lance McKullers, Dallas Keuchel, and Chris Devenski.
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Just refer a friend or family member to any of our Community dealerships. If they come in, mention that you sent them, and they buy a vehicle, new or used, we’ll give you $100! It’s that simple! [FULL STORY]
| | Ideas for Your Own Outdoor Movie Theatre
Create your own cinematic paradise in your backyard
Warmer weather is here and everyone is itching to get outside and have some fun. Unfortunately, thrilling activities can sometimes be hard to come by, depending on the day and your location. If you have some film fans in the house and already have the technical tools for an outdoor theatre, try spicing things up with these creative ideas. [FULL STORY]
| | “The Little Mermaid” Opens July 21
The Baytown Little Theater will bring Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” to life on July 21 at the Lee College Performing Arts Center.
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's “The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
Disney's “The Little Mermaid” offers a fantastic creative opportunity for rich costumes and sets, as well as the chance to perform some of the best-known songs from the past 30 years. [FULL STORY]
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| | 4 Fun Family Outings in Texas Gulf Coast
How to cure the summer time blues in the Gulf Coast region
The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas, and that mantra applies to summer entertainment. When school lets out and the days grow long, a world of possibilities open up for family excitement throughout the Gulf Coast region. [FULL STORY]
| | Back to School is Just Around the Corner
Believe it or not, summer is almost over and it’s nearly time to begin thinking about our kids going back to school. The first day of school for most area districts is just a few days away!
Here are some tips for getting your young scholars ready for the big day:
- Check the school district website in your area for school supply lists and important dates!
This is really important for taking advantage of sales and the tax-free weekend. Also, knowing important dates such as testing and holidays can help you plan for your family and reduce the stress for both you and your kids.
- Make sure that all immunizations and physicals are completed!
If your child is participating in sports, they will need a physical. Be sure to get it done early so there’s no issue with participation. Also, immunizations should be checked and updated, with records on hand for the school. There are several programs available for immunizations, including Shots for Tots.
- Start the school year routine a few days early!
After a summer of sleeping in and staying up late, the school year routine can be a shock to the system, not only for the kids but for the parents. Set alarms for the appropriate time, get breakfast ready, and establish the new routine before the school year starts. You’ll be glad you did!
Getting yourself and the kids organized before school begins will help reduce the impact and stress that the start of the school year can bring to a household. Organizing closets, establishing schedules for homework, TV time, bedtime, and getting up can all go a long way towards making the transitions easier. [FULL STORY]
| | Car Care: Summer Road Trip Vehicle Checklist
Get your car ready for summer road trips with these tips
The lazy days of summer put special pressure on a vehicle. High temperatures, daily commutes plus added miles from weekend getaways and road trips mean cars are overextended and need more attention to function properly during the summer season. [FULL STORY]
| | 7 Ways to Make Money From Home
Opportunities to make money from home
Working from home conjures up some appealing thoughts—no commute to wrestle with, no office-appropriate clothing to iron and no distractions from quirky co-workers. Yet, is it really possible to earn money without a traditional 9-to-5 and in an office that consists of your couch or kitchen table? [FULL STORY]
| | Mouthwatering Summer Salads for the Whole Family
Bring the tastes of summer to your table in these refreshing dishes
When most people think of a salad, they imagine a small bowl of wilted green lettuce drenched in fatty dressing, but the actual definition of a salad is broader than that and holds many more possibilities than it’s given credit for. [FULL STORY]