Around Katy November 2016

| November 1, 2016

The Katy Prairie has conserved more than 20,000 acres.

The Katy Prairie has conserved more than 20,000 acres.


The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands on Houston’s far west side, today announced it has been accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. This is a mark of distinction in land conservation and signifies the Commission’s confidence that KPC is managed in an effective and efficient manner and that its lands will be protected forever.

“Accreditation demonstrates KPC’s commitment to permanent land conservation and lets its constituents, funders, cooperating agencies, landowners, and supporters know that we practice in an ethical manner and that they can trust us to do the right thing,” said Foster Carter, president of the board of directors of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

The Katy Prairie Conservancy was among 38 land trusts across the United States to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed this summer. KPC joins the more than 350 accredited land trusts that demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence through accreditation, helping to maintain the public’s trust in their work.

“It is exciting to recognize Katy Prairie Conservancy with this distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission.

KPC has already conserved more than 20,000 acres of the Katy Prairie. “We are honored to be recognized for our preservation and conservation efforts on the Katy Prairie,” said Mary Anne Piacentini, KPC’s executive director.

Long-term goals for the Katy Prairie Conservancy are to protect between 30,000 – 50,000 acres of the Katy Prairie; provide access and programming to allow the public to enjoy the Katy Prairie; manage protected land to preserve and enhance its natural resources; restore and improve habitat for upland- and wetland-related species and offer programs that educate participants on the importance of conserving the prairie for the benefit of Texans for years to come.


The Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Katy raised more than $7,000 during the board break-a-thon.

The Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Katy raised more than $7,000 during the board break-a-thon.


On Sept. 17 Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Katy hosted its sixth annual Board Break-A-Thon at its facility located at 625 S. Mason Road. The students of the Martial Arts academy raised money in the weeks prior to the event through the sale of wooden boards. On the day of the event, each student exhibited their martial arts skills by breaking every board they sold.

“The students look forward to the event with anticipation. Some of our youngest students end up with stacks of boards taller than themselves, and they break every one of the boards. We are thrilled by the enthusiasm our students put in to this event,” said lead instructor Master Michael Reade.

The event raises funds to be split between its own nonprofit organization, the C3 Booster Club, and one local charity. The C3 Booster Club provides support for families in the organization to ensure that their students are able to continue their martial arts training through difficult financial times. They also sponsor one student from the surrounding area who would normally not be able to afford a martial arts education.

The event was successful in raising over $7,000 for charity. Brookwood community’s Greg Glauser was present at the event, along with eight of the community’s Citizens, to accept a donation of $4,000. The remaining amount of $3,154 was donated to the C3 Martial Arts Booster Club. Fifty-four Tiger Rock students participated in the event with the top fundraiser, Peyton Danton, bringing in $800. Tiger Rock corporate sponsors for the event were Kendall Homes and Best HR Resources. For more information, call 281-829-9300.


LOCAL SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER PRODUCTIONS TO COMPETE IN TOMMY TUNE AWARDS – Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has announced the production titles from the schools participating in the 15th Annual Tommy Tune Awards. Created by TUTS in 2002, the Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers.

Seven Lakes High School will present Big Fish on Feb. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Fulshear High School will present Oliver! on Jan. 20-21 at 7 p.m.

TUTS’ Tommy Tune Awards are named after Broadway legend, Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus Tommy Tune. A performer, director and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune received nine Tony Awards for his work in the following productions: Seesaw, My One and Only, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Nine, Grand Hotel andThe Will Rogers Follies. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003 by President George Bush.

The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the general public. The awards this year will be held on April 18, 2017For information on the 2017 Awards ceremony, call 713-558-2640 or visit

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