Pearland Parks & Recreation Hosts Lego Themed Summer Camps

Posted on Monday, 18 July 2011
Families looking for summer activities will enjoy that Pearland Parks and Recreation is hosting a series of Lego summer camps at the Westside Event Center in the coming weeks.
The Building Brains Lego Camps let all children develop their fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, imagination, and confidence using math and science in a fun filled camp environment.
The Building Brains program uses LEGO Duplo and K’NEX to teach children math and science skills in a fun creative environment. K’NEX pieces that can be snapped together to bring any design idea to fruition. Using these tools allows children to not only create, but develop motor skills, cognitively, and social maturity. Participants will have the opportunity to build their projects and their confidence. The older children will get the opportunity to build and motorize their projects.
Building Brains Lego Preschool Camp
Date: Mon. – Thurs. the weeks of Aug. 1st, Aug. 8th and Aug. 15th
Time: 9 a.m. to noon.
Age: 3 – 6 yrs
Cost: $175
Little iKids Weebot Wonderland Lego Robotics Camp
Date: Mon. – Thurs. the week of July 11
Time: 9 a.m. to noon.
Age: 5 – 7 yrs
Cost: $165
Little iKids Lego Tech Time Machine Summer Camp
Date: Mon. – Thurs. the week of July 18
Time: 9 a.m. to noon.
Age: 5 – 7 yrs
Cost: $165.
Building Brains Lego Elementary Camp
Date: Mon. – Thurs. the weeks of Aug. 1st and Aug. 8th
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Age: 6 – 12 yrs
Cost: $175
Big iKids Robotics Go Green Camp
Date: Mon. – Thurs. the week of July 11
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m
Age: 8 – 12 yrs
Cost: $165.
All classes are available at the Westside Events Center located at 2150 Countryplace. "

The American Canal: More Than Just a Scenic Waterway

Posted on Monday, 18 July 2011

Some cast fishing lines in it or go exploring for tadpoles, but the American Canal is not a bayou or stream drifting by Sedona Lakes. Long before the beautiful new homes in this master-planned community were built, the American Canal (formally known as the American Rice Canal) was bringing water from the Brazos River to the thirsty farmland of Brazoria County.

Today, it also irrigates golf courses and plant nurseries and provides water to various industrial customers of the Gulf Coast Water Authority. It is a source for drinking water for many communities.

The Gulf Coast Water Authority is responsible for supplying ground water to Galveston County and to parts of Brazoria and Fort Bend counties. An average of 196 million gallons a day is shipped to 18 cities, including Galveston, Texas City, and as well as industrial customers, which include the refineries and chemical plants in Texas City.

When you see water in the canal, it is being pumped by the Gulf Coast Water Authority for use downstream. The water travels as far as 150 miles from the Brazos River where it is pumped through natural creeks including Jones Creek from Richmond to Fulshear and then Oyster Creek in Sugar Land before entering the manmade American Canal. The journey ends in a 900-acre reservoir in Texas City.

The canals have nothing to do with flood control and are not designed to capture rainfall or drainage. “All of the water in the American Canal is pumped. There is no drainage water, and the water in the canal is not influenced by rainfall,” explains David Sauer, Interim General Manager of the Gulf Coast Water Authority. “The elevation of the water in the canal is controlled at all times.”

In the 36 years that Sauer has monitored the American Canal, he has never seen the water overflow from the canal. “In 1979, Alvin received 45 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Claudette and that tremendous rainfall did not overtop and overflow the American Canal,” points out Sauer. “Maybe the drainage ditches under the canal overflowed and flooded property, but the American Canal never did.”

The canal was constructed in 1908 and expanded in 1931. In 1966, the Brazos River Authority acquired the once privately owned American and Briscoe canals as a means for furnishing water to Brazoria, Fort Bend and Galveston counties for irrigation for rice farms, as well as industrial and municipal uses. The canal runs parallel to State Highway 6 southeast from the Brazos River lift station to Alvin. The American Canal is connected to the Briscoe Canal just west of Manvel.

In 1988, the Brazos River Authority sold the American Canal and Briscoe Canal to the former Galveston County Water Authority – now known as the Gulf Coast Water Authority. The two canals, in addition to the Chocolate Bayou Canal create a three-canal interconnected system owned and managed by the Gulf Coast Water Authority.

Enjoy the scenic buffer that the canal provides. Designed as a levy, its banks are much higher than a bayou’s and its purpose is historic and as relevant today as the day it first opened.

Kids Backporch Productions to hold auditions

Posted on Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Pearland’s children recently got the opportunity to audition for Aladdin Jr. and The Music Man at the Pearland Community Center, located at 3523 Liberty Street. The cast of children ranges in age from 7 years old through 8th grade. These musicals are part of Kids Backporch Productions fourth annual summer musical camp. This camp provides the children of Pearland an opportunity to gain experience with professional training in theater, voice, and dance.

The company’s founder, Ron Solomon invites the Pearland community to attend all the performances of the 2011 season. He encourages the children to act in as many productions as they can. The season lineup includes adaptations of Life with Mother Superior, Charlotte’s Web, Aladdin Jr., The Music Man, The Hobbit, and Daddy Whiskers. "

New Movie Experience in Pearland

Posted on Thursday, 07 July 2011

The Pearland Cinemark theater located at 3311 Silverlake Village Drive recently opened their new luxury theater called Cinemark XD Auditorium. The auditorium features the company’s largest digital projection system.

The screen stretches floor to ceiling and wall to wall. The plush reclining seats have been redesigned to enhance the viewing experience. The surround sound system features 30 speakers and has a projector that is capable of 30,000 ANSI lumens. Cinemark’s CEO, Alan Stock has noted ""the Cinemark XD experience is very popular with our customers in Dallas… where the new technology debuted. The Cinemark XD auditorium offers an environment that engages all the senses and pulls you into the movie."" Each week the theater shows it’s newest movie in XD! For a listing of movies and show times visit their website."

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