Friendswood Heritage Gardeners Home Tour Return

Canceled last year due to the pandemic, the event is scheduled for April 23-24. Five private homes with some of the city’s most eye-catching gardens will be on the tour, which will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.

Additionally, a vendor’s market set up at the Heritage Gardeners lot, 112 W. Spreading Oaks Ave. The gardens bursting with color in April are worth a visit.

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UIL realignment brings big changes for Friendswood

Boy, did the Interscholastic College League bring a carving knife to Division I of District 9-5A with its biennial realignment announcement on February 3!

The District 9 we’ve all come to appreciate over the past two seasons is all but gone. Friendswood is now a member of District 10, the only school from the former District 9 to move to District 10.

The Mustangs are now in a district with Angleton, Fort Bend Kempner, Fulshear, Magnolia, Magnolia West, Manvel, Richmond Foster and Rosenberg Terry.

Angleton, Kempner, Foster, and Terry were District 10 schools in the previous two school years.

La Porte, Goose Creek Memorial, Baytown Lee, Sterling and Port Arthur Memorial are now in District 8, while Beaumont United is now a 6A school. District 9 includes all ISD schools in Houston and Galveston Ball, the only school to remain in this district.

Did you notice those plaques?

Our town is just dotted with interesting plaques and many are inscribed with names. The newer ones I just noticed are along West Spreading Oaks Avenue. On the Friendswood Library grounds, there are four trees and each has a small plaque at the base of the tree.

Walking to FM 518, Tree No. 1 has a plaque honoring Evelyn Newman for her dedicated service to the library. Tree #2 is in honor of Ken Gilbreath for his exemplary 24 years as a member of the library’s board of trustees.

Tree No. 3, honors the work and memory of George Strouhal for his 18 years of dedicated service to the Library Board. Tree No. 4 is in honor of Ruth Lay, who served as head of the library’s board of trustees for 26 years.

A zombie prank in an unexpected place

At the library, there was this unusual car in the parking lot. It was covered in what looked like the pages of a children’s book. The gas cap, the door handles, the hood, everything had writing on it and illustrations, which made me think it was one or more children’s books.

Among the writing on the hood was this joke: “Why did the doctor tell the zombie to rest?” “He was dead on his feet.”

Happy Valentine day!

The Valentine Express tent is about to open in the Kroger parking lot, located at 151 N. Friendswood Dr. From this tent, Friendswood will contribute to the 250 million roses produced for Valentine’s Day.

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