Texas Leads Country in Job Creation

Posted on Friday, 25 March 2011

Texas leads the country in job creation, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Texas is setting the national pace with a gain of 253,900 jobs between January 2010 and January 2011, according to the bureau. California and Pennsylvania are the runners-up with respective increases of 89,400 and 70,300 jobs. (All totals are seasonally adjusted.)

New Jersey is the state with the bleakest employment picture, losing 20,900 jobs between the first months of 2010 and 2011. Other states posting losses during the past year are Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Alabama and Rhode Island.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported the percentage changes in nonfarm employment for the past year. North Dakota is the national leader with an increase of 4.6 percent, while Nevada is at the tailend with a decline of 0.7 percent.

Source: Houston Business Journal

New CR 101 Exit Off Highway 288 Opens

Posted on Thursday, 24 March 2011

The new County Road 101 exit off SH 288 is now open, giving Sedona Lakes its very own exit off 288, also known as the South Freeway. This new exit gives residents living in Sedona Lakes, Silvercreek and Silverlake a new artery to travel in and out of their Pearland area neighborhoods and means Sedona Lakes is now one of the Houston area’s most convenient neighborhoods. Texas 288 offers a close-in location south of central Houston, the Texas Medical Center, and Hobby Airport. The 288 corridor is ideal for families looking for quick access to major work centers, entertainment, sporting events, and Houston’s most desirable destinations.

Sedona Lakes is located just 15 minutes from downtown Houston in Brazoria County and just south of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Even closer to home, residents enjoy a wide selection of retail and dining opportunities in the new Pearland Town Center.

Although the community is situated minutes from truly world-class amenities, Sedona Lakes provides a tranquil, family-friendly environment. The community has an outstanding recreation package, including an open air pavilion with outdoor fireplace, beach entry pool with waterslide, miles of trails, parks, lakes, and much more.

Served by the TEA Exemplary-rated Alvin ISD, Sedona Lakes provides quality educational opportunities and extensive extracurricular activities at every level.

Six furnished model homes are open daily by Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, Highland Homes and J. Patrick Homes. Homes are priced from the low $200s to $600,000s.

Simple Ideas for a Green Lifestyle

Posted on Sunday, 20 March 2011

Green Living can often seem overwhelming. We already have our plates full with our children, our parents, work, school, and any time we might actually have for ourselves. Here are 3 simple ways we can include green living on a regular basis and simplify our hectic days:

  • Switch to online banking. This will reduce the amount of paper used in checking your statement each month and allows you to pay your bills online. No more waiting for the postman!
  • Buy reusable bags. This will help clear out your pantry of all those plastic bags that may be piling up!
  • Turn off your electronic devices when not in use. This will reduce the amount of energy your home consumes and save money on your electric bill!

Try these easy changes out and feel better about helping foster a greener, cleaner community!

Rice University Partners With Alvin ISD

Posted on Wednesday, 09 March 2011

Rice University will be partnering with Alvin ISD starting in March to provide Advanced Placement (AP) Vertical Teams Professional Development, a three-year intensive training for middle school and high school teachers. Alvin ISD teachers participating in this training will acquire the ability to improve students’ performance in the core subject areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Teachers will learn to increase college readiness and improve Advanced Placement participation and performance. The Advanced Placement program provides students with the opportunity to be exposed to college-level course work while still in high school. Advanced Placement programs are the national standard for college readiness. The three year program will start with a workshop on the Rice University campus and the workshop will teach Pre-AP strategies. A three day summer institute on the Rice University campus will also be offered to teachers participating in the AP Vertical Teams professional Development program. The summer institute will provide teachers with an overview of the curriculum structure and content of specific AP courses. Source:

Alvin ISD Participates in UIL Competition

Posted on Saturday, 05 March 2011

On January 29th the elementary school children of Alvin ISD participated in the UIL Elementary Competition. The University Interscholastic League was created in 1909 by The University of Texas at Austin “to provide leadership and guidance to public school debate and athletic teachers”. Children grades 2 through 5 can participate in over 19 different categories, including academics, the arts and athletics.

Interscholastic Competitions allow our children to broaden their skills as well as increase their scholarly curiosity. Competing in such a manner builds up our children’s confidence and social skills. The UIL of Texas “promotes good sportsmanship and cooperation among member schools” and “sponsors regional conferences and clinics for athletic, music, drama, and academic contests”.

Congratulations to the Sweepstakes winners of Alvin ISD! In the elementary division Wilder Elementary took home first place! The second place winner this year is Mary Marek Elementary and Alvin Elementary took third place. For more information on how your elementary age child can participate in UIL activities at E.C. Mason Elementary you can contact the elementary school’s UIL Coordinator Karla James at 281-245-2832 or to learn more about UIL visit

Bayou City Art Festival Set for March 25 – 27th

Posted on Friday, 04 March 2011

One of Houston’s favorite annual activities is coming up March 25 – 27, 2011. The 40th Annual Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park is a fine, juried art festival that transforms the 1.1 – mile trail of the park into a one-of-a-kind outdoor gallery. Presented by Art Colony Association, a 501c3 nonprofit, festival proceeds benefit local arts organizations.

Fine juried art by 300 artists representing 18 media formats, including clay (decorative and functional), digital (not photography), drawing/pastel, fiber/textiles, furniture (functional), glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2-D, mixed media 3-D, painting (acrylic or oil), painting (watercolor), photography (digital or computer manipulated), photography (traditional), printmaking and sculpture (3-D). There are restaurants and wine cafes, an interactive children’s Gexa Energy Creative Zone and juried Emerging Artists sculpture installations by area high school students.

Houston Arts Alliance brings together an array of multicultural performances representing the diversity and vitality of the city’s amazing performing arts, including members of the CORE Performance Company troupe. The 40th anniversary festival will also include daily outdoor performances by “The Living Garden,” a unique entertainment experience, where nature comes to life with an extraordinary combination of movement, music and live interaction

Friday, March 25
First Look Friday: Friday is all about the visual art and buyers’ first chance to choose what they want. Includes an elite art meet and greet, First Look Friday Happy Hour.

The Art of Food:
When was the last time you raved about festival food? You will this year at Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park! Gourmet catering company Melange brings you 10 Art of Food stations including Italian, Cajun, Greek, Mexican, Asian, and Middle Eastern along with specialty stations dedicated to sliders, sushi, ice cream and chocolate!

The Art of Wine:
Our fourth annual Art of Wine continues to feature an outstanding array of wines from the U.S., Chile, Italy and Argentina, wine seminars and chef cooking demonstrations. Local restaurants will conduct wine seminars and cooking demonstrations. A $10 donation to SNAP provides attendees with five wine sampling tickets and one food ticket along with wine seminars and Chef demonstrations.

Gexa Energy Creative Zone:
The Gexa Energy Creative Zone is an interactive family area where
children and parents can explore the fun of art together. All proceeds from donations made in the Creative Zone are divided among participating nonprofit partners. The Creative Zone will feature FREE interactive children’s art projects, which will be announced soon.

For more schedule information, maps/directions, hours and ticket information; visit or call (713) 521-0133.

Sedona Lakes Launches New Website

Posted on Friday, 04 March 2011

Sedona Lakes, a new master-planned community located just off Highway 288 in the greater Pearland area, has announced the release of a new website at The new site has been redesigned with a fresh, new look and expanded information and features to make the site easier to use for home buyers, Real Estate Agents, and residents. The site has a new look and the overall approach has changed as well.

The new site is easy to navigate and one of the many refined features is the addition of a blog, so new home shoppers and Realtors can easily access the latest news on Sedona Lakes. The new site includes all the latest technologies so that site administrators have the capability to quickly and easily keep the site fresh and new.

The site also includes an easy way for visitors to sign up to receive email updates from Sedona Lakes. This allows early notice of special sales, events and other community news.

Builder inventory is now displayed on the website, as well as expanded information on the Exemplary-rated Alvin School District, the easy commute times from Sedona Lakes to virtually any major Houston work center, and the overall lifestyle benefits of living in this Pearland area master-planned community.

A Google-based area amenities map is also new to the site, so prospective home buyers can see exactly where their new home is in relation to the area schools, shopping, entertainment, child care, and much more.

Six builder model homes are open daily in Sedona Lakes by Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, Highland Homes, and J. Patrick Homes. New homes in Sedona Lakes are priced from the $240,000s to $600,000. Model homes are open daily.

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