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Events for Kids Near Lakes of Bella Terra

Brandon Spaulding - Monday, February 08, 2016

Looking for a community oriented neighborhood? If you are interested living somewhere that your children can learn more about Texas and all the former Texans who have certainly made their marks, you will be happy to know there are some upcoming kids events in Richmond that your entire family can enjoy.

Tales Of Texas

On Saturday, February 27 at 9:00 AM, you can bring your family to George Ranch Historical Park for the Tales of Texas event. Your children will be able to experience what weddings were like in the 19th century and they will also get the chance to experience other Texas traditions.

After the wedding, the entire family will be able to enjoy a special lunch after the wedding takes place. For children over the age of 13 and adults, the cost will be $15. For children at and between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, the price for lunch will be $12. For the kids ages 4 and under, you will only have to pay $4 for lunch.

Spring Kick-Off

Before you know it, we will be bringing in another season. You and your family can enjoy the Spring Kick-Off at George Ranch Historical Park. Your children will enjoy the experiences at the park, especially since everything kicks off in the morning. Your children should be well-rested and ready to go. If your kids are interested in cattle, they will enjoy the cattle drive experience that starts at 11:30 AM.

Easter Fun

On March 26, at George Ranch Historical Park, your children will be able to enjoy some Easter fun as we take it back to the 1800s. Your kids will enjoy various easter activities. There will also be a bonnet contest. Do you have a favorite Easter bonnet? Maybe it will win you a prize.

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Upcoming Athletic Events in the Richmond Area

Brandon Spaulding - Friday, February 05, 2016

Community is key here in Richmond, and our area athletic events reflect this neighborly philosophy. February and March play host to a number of fun fitness activities in Ft. Bend county. We've picked out some of our favorites for you:

Darling Dash- February 21

Here's an outdoor event that's a good time for the whole family! Kids 12 and under can run or walk in this 5k race and adults 13 and up can participate in the 1k race. Proceeds from the day's events benefit the As One Foundation sickle cell awareness organization and their Operation Hydration program that seeks to educate about the correlation between sickle cell and the importance of good hydration.

ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run- February 27

For more than a quarter century, this popular Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo event has been a staple in downtown Houston. Last year's group of 13,000 runners raised a record $400,00 for the HLSR Educational Fund, which provides college scholarships to Texas students. This year's run takes place on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 and includes a competitive 10k race and a 5k run.

Just Ride for the Cause - March 19th

The unique aspect of this bike ride is that it's tailored to all levels of experience. You can bicycle across the Texas landscape for a distance of your choosing - anywhere between 10-65 miles - all to benefit Passion for Humanity, an organization whose mission is to provide support for victims of human trafficking and exploitation in the greater Houston Area.

The event is on Saturday March 19th, and kicks off with check-in and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The ride begins at 8:30 a.m. Online registration is available through March 17th, and the $40 fee is discounted to $35 for adults and $25 for kids under 18 through February 1st. You can also email info@justrideforajustcause.org with any questions.

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Three Events in Richmond for Adults

Brandon Spaulding - Monday, February 01, 2016

There are many benefits to living in Lakes of Bella Terra, especially the numerous activities going on in the community. Kids aside, here are three events for adults in the Richmond area.

1. Valentine's Day - February 14 - So, we know that Valentine's Day isn't unique to Richmond, but add a splash of Greek culture to the mix, and you'll find yourself on a romantic vacation! Come out to Central Green Park to see some awesome ice sculptures, greek dancing, and end the night watching "My Big Fat Greek Wedding!"

2. Zombie Run - February 20 - It's time to get those legs moving, and nothing motivates you to run like gut craving zombies on your tail! Before you begin this 5k run, you'll get some flags to wear on a belt. Zombies will try to steal your flags, but if you can hold on to them you get a prize in the end! P.S. you might find a little financial help for this even on Livingsocial!

3. Movie under the Moon - March 12 - Whether it's for a hot date or a group of old friends coming out to the park to enjoy a movie is a great way to spend your night. Bring your own snacks, drinks, blankets, and settle down for a fun flick!

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Richmond Parks Board to Develop List of Special Interest Groups

Brandon Spaulding - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

One of the many benefits of living in Lakes of Bella Terra is the proximity to parks and nature trails. According to the Fort Bend Herald, the Richmond Parks and Recreation Board on Wednesday discussed the development of a list of special interest groups to be interviewed for the parks city’s and open space master plan.

The special interest groups will be interviewed for the focus group and public input phase of the plan. Citizens selected will be able to tell the board of their ideas on what they would like to see in the community.

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Unique Activities Near Lakes of Bella Terra

Brandon Spaulding - Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Is trying new things on your resolutions list for the New Year? Well, we're here to help you out with that goal. There are always plenty of new and exciting community events in Richmond, TX to help keep you occupied and trying new things!

1. Krav Maga - January 9th - 1:00 PM - Is self-defense on your New Year’s to-do list? If it's not it should be! Krav Maga is an awesome self-defense system that helps your stay in shape and protect yourself, no matter where you are. Come out and try a 2-hour free seminar at Drop Zone Fitness. What you learn may save your life some day!

2.Dance class - January 9th - 6:30 PM - Presented by the famous Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Texas, located at the Stafford Centre, everyone is invited to come out and learn a few moves to impress your friends and loved ones. For a small fee of $20, you can pick up a new hobby and try something new!

3. Choir Performance - January 10th - 11:00 AM - Try out a new place to spend your Sunday morning, The Creekside Christian Fellowship is having an African Children's Choir performance for all to enjoy. These children come from all difference countries of Africa, many of which have suffered loses from AIDS and poverty. This incredible traveling choir group has given them a new start with support and love.


New Exhibit Opens in Richmond

Brandon Spaulding - Monday, January 18, 2016

George Memorial Library will host an exhibit of spectacular bird photography from Jan. 31 through March 18, in the Bohachevsky Gallery of the library, located at 1001 Golfview, Richmond.

An opening reception for the fine-art bird photography exhibition, ‘Angela McCain Photography,’ is planned for Sunday, Jan. 31, from 2 – 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibit will feature a selection of photographs from Dr. Angela McCain, who specializes in bird photography when she is not practicing medicine. A board-certified rheumatologist in Sugar Land, Dr. McCain discovered a passion for nature photography seven years ago. She found that the quiet and beauty she experienced while exploring nature with her camera was a perfect respite from her busy medical practice.

She found her photographic ‘North Star’ in birds while visiting family in East Texas for Christmas. An ice storm left the landscape frozen over, but the contrast of a vibrantly colored red cardinal against the icy background caught her eye and she could not resist the temptation to try to capture the beautiful tableau with her camera. She does not consider that early photo, “Cardinal in a Frosted Bush,” particularly good in retrospect, but it sparked her interest enough to continue with photography on a deeper level.


People Still Moving to New Homes in Houston

Brandon Spaulding - Thursday, January 14, 2016

Houston is the most popular moving destination in Texas, according to an article published by Houston Business Journal.

The Bayou City ranked No. 1 in the Lone Star State for the number of shipments that United Van Lines moved to the city in 2015. The St. Louis-based moving company transported 2,568 shipments to Houston last year, according to its annual migration study.

Austin (1,585 shipments), San Antonio (987), Fort Worth (855) and El Paso (343) rounded out the top 5 most popular moving destinations in Texas, according to United Van Lines.

Texas ranked No. 9 on United Van Lines’ list of the top moving destinations in 2015, which saw 57 percent more inbound migration than outbound migration.

United Van Lines’ study found that people are continuing to flee East Coast states, with New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts ranked as the top outbound states for the fourth consecutive year. The Midwest also saw a large number of move-outs, with 55 percent of all moves being outbound.

Houston has long been a popular moving destination nationally. Fueled in large part by the fracking frenzy, Houston employers added nearly a half-million new jobs, growing the city’s population by 570,000 over the past five years, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.

As a result, Houston was ranked the No. 3 most popular city for U.S. families in United Van Lines’ 2013 moving trends report. Other moving companies, such as U-Haul, also had Houston topping their relocation lists.

However, as oil prices plummeted over the past year, Houston’s energy sector cut more than a thousand oil rigs and 4,000 workers. It’s yet to be seen how the oil slump will affect relocation activity moving forward.

People are still moving to Houston however, likely buoyed by the city’s thriving medical, petrochemical and technology sectors. This moving frenzy has been a boon for relocation companies and Realtors as well as apartment developers and homebuilders.


New Biking Trail Master Plan Near Lakes of Bella Terra

Brandon Spaulding - Monday, January 11, 2016


 

The Fort Bend County area has launched a new biking trail master plan that will come to full fruition by year 2040. With biking trails that will give you access from Sugarland to Richmond.

"It's just a small step toward the Houston-Galveston Area Council's ultimate plan for the county - that by 2040, Fort Bend County residents should be able to comfortably bike to Sugar Land from cities as far away as Richmond and Rosenberg," said Andrew Pompei, H-GAC senior regional planner.

1. Commuting - No more excused, with pathways opening up in this new trails plan, commuting to work has never been easier. Not only will you see a difference in your new and healthy physique, but you might also notice a little extra change in your wallet. So, breathe in the fresh air and hope on your bike!

2. New Activities - With easier access to places all around town, now is your opportunity to check out parks, play sports, and window shop at all the places you may have never ventured to before. By making small changes to the way you travel, you open the opportunity to new experiences and activities.

3. Support the future - The Fort Bend area is aiming to make these trails so easily accessible that they can replace your everyday mode of transportation for something that's not only heart healthy, but great for the environment. By taking advantage of these trials, you can greatly reduce your carbon footprint, and set an example for everyone around you. Mother Nature will thank you!


 


How About New Year’s Resolutions For Community?

Brandon Spaulding - Wednesday, January 06, 2016

There’s something about starting a new year that fills a person up with just the right amount of optimism to bring positive change into their life. It seems the blank slate of a new year is the recipe for innovation. What if we as a community decided to make some New Year’ resolutions? Could we collectively create some positive changes here in Richmond? Here are a few suggestions for making an impact, together.

Plant something

I know, I know, it’s freezing outside in much of the country right now. But even if you live in the frigid north, spring will come. Now is a good time to start planning.

Pick up litter

A little dirt never hurt anyone and the feeling of satisfaction is tremendous. This is probably the single easiest task to perform in any place in the world. As a bonus, you might inspire someone else to do the same thing.

Get to know your neighbors

If anything bad happens — a blackout, a flood, or worse — these are the people you need to know. It starts with hello.

Shop locally

Think about what you’re paying for: human interaction, real customer service, and retailers who care about the community they serve because they are part of it.

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Why 2016 is the Year to Buy a Home

Brandon Spaulding - Monday, January 04, 2016

According to CNN, if you've been on the fence about buying a home, 2016 is the year to take the plunge. Mortgage rates have been bouncing around record lows for a while now. But even though they're likely to start going up, you haven't missed your chance to get a deal on a house. A number of factors are coming together, making next year a good time to buy:

1. Home prices will finally calm down

Real estate values have been on the rise for a while, but are likely to slow their pace next year. Prices are expected to rise 3.5%, according to Zillow's Chief Economist Svenja Gudell. Buyers who've been stuck behind the wave of rising prices may finally get the chance to jump in.

And that could lead to a flood of buyers, said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Realtor.com."We have the potential for about six million home sales just through the months of April through September; that is basically impossible to do," he said.

But not everyone will be in a position to take advantage. Despite the slowdown, Zillow still expects home values to outpace wage growth, which can make it tough to afford a home, especially for lower-income buyers. Plus, prices in the country's hottest markets -- like San Francisco, Boston and New York City -- aren't expected to pull back as much next year.

2. More homes will hit the market

The slowdown in home prices will prompt more owners to list their homes, Smoke said, giving buyers more choice. "Because of the price appreciation they have experienced, you will have more sellers put homes on the market next year," he said.

The new home market is also expected to grow in the coming year with builders focusing more on starter and middle-range homes, which will also boost inventory and make it easier for buyers. With more homes on the market, bidding wars will become less common and prices could ease even more.

3. Dirt cheap mortgages could disappear

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to begin increasing interest rates soon, which means the window for record low mortgage rates is closing. While rates are expected to go up gradually, higher rates push up borrowing costs and monthly mortgage payments.

"You are likely to get the best rate you will possibly see, perhaps in your lifetimes through the majority of next year, but certainly, the earlier the better," said Smoke.

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