WORRIED ABOUT hurricane season? Listen to national-weather-service meteorologist Jeffrey Evans and TAMUG maritime administration professor Len Waterworth from 8:30-10:00am today, Wednesday, as they speak on the best ways to be prepared for a hurricane.
With storm season right around the corner, this free event should be high on your to-do list. See our listing xxx for more details.
Concerned about your property taxes? If so, return to the civic center at 11:30am to hear county tax assessor Cheryl Johnson teach how to protest and commercial attorney Trisha Barita teach about Texas contract law. See our listing above left for more information.
Tomorrow, Thursday, Brightwood College in Friendswood will be holding a career fair, including a campus tour, a question-and-answer session with college instructors and a chance to win a $100 gift card. Our April 23 listing contains more information.
Thursday evening kicks off Kemah Boardwalk’s summer concert series, which runs until August 24. Every Thursday at 7:00pm, musicians will be gracing the stage. Our April 30 listing contains details.
The two-day League City Music Festival begins on Friday, featuring country artists, a parade dedicated to first responders and a barbecue cook-off. Our April 30 listing contains information regarding prices and times.
Friday also gives mothers and their sons an evening out together at League City’s Mother And Son Dance at Hometown Heroes Park. In our April 23 listing, we mistakenly told you that the event is free. In fact, it costs $55 per couple for the city’s residents and $82.50 per couple for all others. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope y’all enjoy yourselves!
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Hurricane preparedness breakfast
WHO: Texas New Mexico Power
WHAT: Learn the best way to prepare for
storm season
WHEN: May 3, 8:30-10:00am
WHERE: Johnnie Arolfo civic center, 400 West Walker, League City
HOW MUCH: Free; reservation required
CONTACT: Jane McFaddin, 281-338-7339,

Lunch And Learn
WHO: League City Regional chamber of commerce
WHAT: County tax assessor Cheryl Johnson and employment-law attorney Trisha Barita speak on protesting property-tax and Texas contract law
WHEN: May 3, 11:30am-1:00pm
WHERE: Johnnie Arolfo civic center, 400 West Walker, League City
HOW MUCH: Free; reservation required
CONTACT: Jane McFaddin, 281-338-7339,

Revitalize Your Tribe
WHO: League City Regional chamber of commerce
WHAT: Life-skills coach Elizabeth Barbour speaks on creating connections for personal and
business success
WHEN: May 11, 8:30-9:30am
WHERE: Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse,
201 West Bay Area Boulevard, Webster
HOW MUCH: Free; reservation required
CONTACT: Jane McFaddin, 281-338-7339,

Casino night
WHO: Our Lady Of Fatima School
WHAT: Fundraiser for school featuring roulette, blackjack and other favorite gambling games
WHEN: May 13, 6:00-10:00pm
WHERE: Kukral Hall, 1600 Ninth Avenue North, Texas City
HOW MUCH: $25 in advance, $30 at door
CONTACT: Barbara White, 409-739-2268,

Notes And Strokes sponsors’ reception
WHO: Baytown Symphony Orchestra
WHAT: The orchestra kicks off its 50th
anniversary celebrations
WHEN: May 18, 6:00-8:00pm
WHERE: Art League of Baytown, 110 West Texas Avenue, Baytown
HOW MUCH: $60; reservations required
CONTACT: Dave Corder, 281-202-8722,

Living Your Best Life
WHO: The Ultimate Women’s Expo
WHAT: Ladies who lead speak on how to achieve success and happiness
WHEN: May 20, 10:00am-5:00pm, May 21, 11:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, Houston
CONTACT: Jane Sands, 866-618-3434 ext 442

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Beautiful gardens by William Johnson

Q: I have the same ugly blob in my mulched flower beds at home that is growing on the surface of the mulch in the vegetable bed in the picture left. What is it and is it harmful?
A: I address some gardening questions by e-mail, some by phone and some on-site. This question was asked by a gardener attending this month’s home fruit growers tour. The inquiring gardener was amazed – and a bit relieved – to come across blobs in the mulched vegetable beds at one of the tour sites. They looked just like the blobs growing on top of the layer of mulch in her flowers beds back home.
The growth is produced by organisms known as slime molds. The brightly colored blobs usually spread across mulched beds when weather conditions are favorable – high rainfall, high humidity and raised temperatures. Needless to say, the weather conditions over the past few weeks have provided an ideal growing environment to stimulate their growth.
Fuligo septica is the species of slime mold most common in our area; this species is typically brightly colored – ranging from yellow and pink to red, depending on the stage of growth. Its growths can expand to the size of a medium-size pizza before hardening. As they begin to dry out, the bright colors fade to brown and tan.  Breaking up the dried blob will reveal a dark brown to black inner core that contains the mold’s spores.
In their early stage of development on mulch, slime molds produce structures that look eerily like a creature in the starring role of a science-fiction movie about blobs.
Slime molds do not present a danger to humans or pets. They help break down plant matter, which aids the microorganisms essential to recycling plant nutrients and supporting healthy plant growth. Like several other critters that creep homeowners out, slime molds are actually good for the garden.
Q: What’s the difference between a tree and a shrub?
A: This is an interesting question that would seem to have a one-size-fits-all answer. If we look at only the most obvious examples, there would be no debate over the difference between trees and shrubs.
Nobody would look at mature oak trees and call them “shrubs”. Nor would anyone mistake Indian hawthorn shrubs for trees. But we’re dealing with Mother Nature here and the distinction is not always clear-cut.
We are challenged when we try to categorize everything under neat black-and-white headings that make humans feel most comfortable.
The generally acknowledged definition of a tree is a “woody plant having one erect trunk at least three inches in diameter at a point four feet six inches above the ground, a definitely formed canopy or crown of foliage and a mature height of at least 13 feet”.
In contrast, a shrub is characterized as a “woody plant with several perennial stems that might be erect or lie close to the ground, usually with a height less than 13 feet and stems no more than about three inches in diameter”.
The above descriptions provide sufficient distinctions to categorize most trees and shrubs. As is true with most things in life, there are exceptions. Some trees might have several trunks – crape myrtles being a prime example.
Some shrubs can be shaped into a small tree by training one trunk. One of my master-gardener volunteers has shaped his Texas red tip photinia to grow as a small tree with a height of 16 feet and a trunk diameter of five inches.
And where do banana trees fit? While we call them banana trees, they do not produce any woody growth. They are among the world’s largest plants without woody stems.
The banana is closely related to ginger and ornamental plants such as birds of paradise, amaranths and canna lilies. The banana is not a tree but the world’s largest perennial herb.
William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Visit his website at
Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Post on May 25 last year.

Inspirations by Francis Durisseau

As the month of April comes to a close, we can look back at what was – both the good and the bad – or we can look ahead to May and all it might bring. I want to look back on some things but also feel the importance of looking ahead at what might be.
May I remember all the good. May I learn and grow from the things that weren’t so good. May I not let fear enclose me in its powerful grip, so may I have an extra dose of courage please, with an extra portion of dreaming good dreams, and fulfilling my purpose?
May I remember that, even when it feels like everything is going wrong or being stripped from me, I need not harden my heart but instead open it for love and other good things to enter in. May I have a renewal of strength when it feels as if life is beating me down, to rise up once again, infused
not only with power but also with peace.
May I remember that sometimes we have to go through what might seem like the worst, in order to arrive at what could be our very best. May I remember when I feel like throwing up my hands and screaming “I quit!” that, at times, things have to go wrong before they go right.
Goodbye to April, a month of renewal, the onset of spring and change. Hello to May and all that it might bring, to all that we have to encounter, to all that might be awaiting us and which just might enrich our lives in ways unknown to us now. May we approach May with excitement, encouragement and empowerment for all that we might discover during its 31 days!
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Living on purpose with William Holland

We know how important it is to have a good attitude and the correct motives, especially when it comes to approaching God. Let’s recall two Bible stories that expose the human conscience and identify why some people seem to overlook what is really important in their quest for satisfaction and security.
Our first example is found in Luke, chapter 18, and is about a wealthy businessman who has a meeting with Jesus. Verse 18 says: “And a certain ruler asked Him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
It’s easy to read over this and not discern exactly what was being asked. It seems “eternal life” is what everyone is always interested in and the easy version of salvation has given the masses just enough false security to believe that all we need to do is just understand the story of Calvary and everything will be all right.
We notice at the end of this conversation that Jesus perceived the pride and greed in the businessman’s heart and knew that He needed to be blunt in explaining to him what true discipleship is all about. When He explained that salvation was more about personal relationship than keeping a list of rules, the businessman weighed the cost against the scale of his love for materialism and decided that the price was too steep.
Tragically, this is a very common reaction among people who are faced with yielding their independence. But we will never enjoy spiritual fulfillment while living in the bondage of selfishness and arrogance. Of course, we can settle for a socially acceptable religious facade but, again, God knows the intentions of our heart.
Our second story is found in Luke, chapter 19, and is about a man named Zacchaeus. This man was also a wealthy leader in his community, but notice closely what he was seeking when Jesus went into his neighborhood. Verse 3 says: “And he sought to see who Jesus was; and he could not for the press of the crowd, because he was a short man”.
The first man wanted to know how to secure a place in Heaven but Zacchaeus wanted only to know about Jesus as a person! He did not ask about a point system, political favors or how to earn enough gold stars; he was sincerely focused on God.
Likewise, we should remember that the next life is not about streets of gold but rather about who sits on its throne. Heaven is not a fire-insurance policy but the glorious honor of being with the One who rescued us because He loves us and wants to be with us for ever.
The first man walked away depressed because he wanted an easy way to guarantee a good seat in the comforts and glories of splendor.
He represents people who are satisfied with just going through the motions in order to satisfy a requirement.
Zacchaeus, on the other hand, represents those who desire to worship God in spirit and truth and are willing to sacrifice their will. Such people are filled with the spirit of God and will be delighted to shout his praises because they have a clear conscience and a clean heart!
There is never a problem so devastating that they cannot sing “It is well with my soul” and there will never
be a night so dark that they cannot trust the light of Christ to be a light unto their path. Whether in abundance or scarcity, on top of the mountain or in the valley of the shadow of death, there
is a song of triumph on their lips and the oil of gladness within their souls!
All of this is evident not because they have gathered empires of wealth and power or have been recognized and respected in the halls of man’s admiration but because they simply want to know who Jesus is.
If anyone is just using the Lord’s grace as a free reservation for Heaven, they will miss the point of salvation, but if we love God just for whom He is, we will be given the privilege to live in the joys of his presence now and for ever.
Kentucky resident William Holland is an outreach minister, chaplain and author who has his own Christian website,, and sets out each week to find thought-provoking messages of inspiration, hope and encouragement for our readers

March 14
Mary Ann Gould
Born April 1918

April 15
Eddie Anderson
Died at age 82
Phillip Molis
Born April 25, 1993

April 16
Ralph Wayne Williams
Born December 21, 1956

April 17
Detree Danielle Martin
Born January 28, 1976
Neta Jean Millican
Born August 23, 1944
James Sterling Ridings
Age not advised
Beulah Smith
Age not advised

April 19
Helen Greco Amato
Born March 28, 1924
Joseph Arnold Doxey
Born March 25, 1967

April 20
Maria Calderon
Age not advised
Enora Johnson
Age not advised
Norris Edward Smith
Born October 13, 1941

April 21
Maxwell Herron Bloomfield
Born August 17, 1931

Cindy Lou Hughes
Born September 20, 1968
Claude Nelson Morris
Born March 1, 1933
Randall Lawrence Miller
Born May 23, 1957

April 22
Barbara Anastasiadis
Died at age 78
Frances Norine Durham
Born March 7, 1923
Edwin Eason
Born August 24, 1941
Shirley Faye Porter
Born July 31, 1935

April 23
Victoria Hight
Born November 22, 1928
Nellie Mae Reado Jones
Died at age 90
Walter Charles Lisbony
Born January 28, 1940

April 24
Tony Garza
Died at age 83
Betty O’Dell Morris
Born March 14, 1950
Robert Patino
Born June 29, 1934
Laura Kahla Thompson
Born May 7, 1935

April 25
Cassandra Ada Plain
Died at age 55
Terry Lee Sledge
Died at age 62
James Thomas Wade
Born January 4, 1958

April 26
Mitchell Bradley Hardee
Born October 7, 1948
Betty Jean Merchant
Born April 29, 1930
Date not advised
Anthony Sonnier
Born June 19, 1987

In loving memoriam is a free service offered by The Post to the Galveston County community each Sunday and records the known passing of citizens up to the previous Thursday. Mourners wishing to publish additional details of their loved one’s passing are invited to call 409-943-4265 for details.