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WINTER/SPRING 2019 in motion Pearland Your complete guide to City of Pearland programs, services and recreational activities.





Learn about your flood risks and review flood plans to evaluate how prepared you are.

Save the dates for Winterfest, Party for Parks, and more.

The City of Pearland partners with the Forever Parks Foundation to provide recreation for all.

View the Park System Map and find out about the amenities offered at local parks.

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in motion Pearland WINTER/SPRING 2019


Your Pearland remains an active, fun, inviting place for people of all backgrounds, ages and interests. I’m proud and supportive of the Parks and Recreation Department’s offerings here in Pearland In Motion. You should know and share the pride too that our Pearland City Parks & Recreation Department has been re-accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association. Pearland Parks gets held up to accreditation standards for excellence in


Tony Carbone / COUNCILMEMBER POSITION 1 Derrick Reed / COUNCILMEMBER POSITION 2 Gary Moore / COUNCILMEMBER POSITION 3 Adrian Hernandez / COUNCILMEMBER POSITION 4 J. David Little / COUNCILMEMBER POSITION 5 Trent Perez / MAYOR PRO TEM Woody Owens / COUNCILMEMBER POSITION 7 CITY ADMINISTRATION Clay Pearson / CITY MANAGER Jon Branson / DEPUTY CITY MANAGER Trent Epperson / ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER PARKS, RECREATION & BEAUTIFICATION BOARD Vacant / POSITION 1 Charles B. Stevens, Chair / POSITION 2 Bethany Earl / POSITION 3 Vicky Smith / POSITION 4 Ted Mittica, Vice Chair / POSITION 5 Mike Wilson / POSITION 6 Vacant / POSITION 7 PEARLAND IN MOTION IS A PUBLICATION OF City of Pearland 3519 Liberty Dr., Pearland, Texas 77581 Phone: 281.652.1600 email: cityofpearland@pearlandtx.gov website: pearlandtx.gov To advertise in the next issue of Pearland in Motion email: sponsorships@pearlandtx.gov or call 281.412.8900 © Copyright by City of Pearland City of Pearland Parks & Recreation is a CAPRAAccredited Agency. Images used in this publication are courtesy of City of Pearland, area vendors and businesses, Stock Photo Secrets, Storyblocks, Airman st Class Diana M. Giannetti, and Wikimedia Commons.

programs and service to residents. Not many agencies are willing and able to put themselves up to that scrutiny. The process shows that our team is committed to learning and getting better, always. Come on out and enjoy the offerings! If you are interested in assisting the Parks and Recreation Department over-and-above participation, there’s the Forever Parks Foundation that you can consider supporting. Come on out to some of our special events this winter from that award- winning, top-flight Pearland Parks and Recreation Department. Check out our Recreation Center and Natatorium on Bailey Road (over 7,000 members!) or Southdown Park with the Westside Event Center on Hughes Ranch Road and Country Place Parkway. The new Delores Fenwick Nature Center on Magnolia Parkway is beautiful next to the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, operated by Keep Pearland Beautiful. There’s a lot to offer and opportunities galore to step out and enjoy a south Texas “winter.” We have open spaces and parks for your enjoyment, recreation, health, and leisure. Some of those open spaces, like the Hickory Slough Sportsplex, also serve a purpose for stormwater management. Even with all the construction and additions of people and businesses to Pearland, we are atop the important issue of stormwater management. With partner government agencies like Brazoria Drainage District No. 4 and the Harris County Flood Control District, there’s constant maintenance and improvements to existing systems. Moreover, we have major new capital projects such as on Wagon Trail and Walnut Street areas. One of the biggest capital improvement projects is decades-in-the-making, for Clear Creek that drains the vast majority of Pearland. That project finally received Federal funding, $295 million to improve drainage in the Clear Creek from SH 288 to Dixie Farm Road. The work will improve drainage for Pearland and areas downstream. Stay tuned and work with us to encourage the actual construction to start as soon as possible.


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06  FLOOD & DRAINAGE What you can do


















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16  EARTH DAY Celebrate with us

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Melvin Knapp Activity Center 2424 South Park Recreation Center & Natatorium 4141 Bailey Rd. Veterans Sports Complex 3901 Veterans Dr. Westside Event Center 2150 Countryplace Pkwy. Hickory Slough Sportsplex 7600 Hughes Ranch Rd. The Sports Complex at Shadow Creek Ranch 13050 Shadow Creek Pkwy.

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(CEN) Centennial Park 3219 McLean Rd. (IND) Independence Park 3919 Liberty Dr. Southdown Park 2150 Countryplace Pkwy. Woodcreek Park 2907 Crane Woody Street Park 2111 Woody Cypress Village Park 6202 Summit

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Responding to Flood & Drainage Issues

PEARLAND’S FLOODPLAINS You can learn more about the flood risk at your property by reviewing flood maps. Stop by the Pearland Branch of Brazoria County Library or visit the Engineering Division at 3519 Liberty Drive. Everyone who wants to look at the flood maps will be helped. The floodplain map was prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). However, these are not the only areas that may flood. Some of our flood-prone areas are not shown on the flood map because they are due to local storm drainage problems. During heavy rain storms, drainage problems may cause flooded roads, local ponding, and/or overflowing ditches. Our worst and most frequent flooding occurs along Clear Creek, but other waterways also rise out of their banks and can flood homes. FLOOD INSURANCE PROTECTS YOU FINANCIALLY If your home or business is in the floodplain or an area where stormwater collects, flood insurance is recommended. Flood damage is not covered by your standard property insurance policy or your renter’s policy. Some mortgages require you to buy flood insurance, but you can buy a policy even if your lender doesn’t require it. Most insurance agents can sell you a policy. This important financial protection can pay for cleanup costs and to repair damage to your building. Be sure to ask about coverage to help replace your personal belongings or building contents. Note! There is a 30-day waiting period before coverage takes effect–don’t wait for the next storm to protect your family. Just because you haven’t had flood damage in the past doesn’t mean you will be safe the next time the water rises. Don’t make a big mistake and think that disaster assistance or federal loans will be your best solution.

AFTER A FLOOD If your home or business is damaged, you may be required to get a permit to make repairs. If repairs cost more than 50 percent of the market value of your building, FEMA Regulations require you to bring the building “into compliance” with the floodplain regulations. This could mean elevating the building on a higher foundation or other measures to satisfy the rules. If you experience major flood damage and are covered by flood insurance, in addition to the regular insurance payment, you may be eligible for up to $30,000 more (called Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC)). This money is to pay for property protection and compliance. Please remember to save all documents such as receipts and photos associated with flood damage repair which will be helpful for your flood damage claim and flood mitigation insurance. Call the City for a damage estimate and remember to apply for a permit in order to qualify for this money. Learn more at pearlandtx.gov/floodplain.

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The City’s second five-year plan for Stormwater Management Plan was approved by TCEQ in 2015 which is available to the public through the City’s Stormwater Management webpage. The Stormwater Management Plan basically deals with the ways to improve the surface water quality using various Best Management Practices. There are a number of ways that a home/business owner can help to reduce the chemical, biological, and physical pollutants off the ground and out of the storm sewer system. Some BMPs include: The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit (MS4) by the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ) allows the City of Pearland to discharge into surface water of the state. Best Management Practices

■■ Limit the use of fertilizers and pesticides. ■■ Keep sewage from being disposed of in storm drains. ■■ Pick up after your pets. ■■ Clean vehicles at a wash station or in the grass. ■■ Never dispose toxic chemicals down the storm drain. ■■ Do not throw trash into the storm drain. ■■ Properly dispose of trash/yard waste. ■■ Never dispose of fats, oils, and grease down the drain.

44 miles of storm sewers in the City of Pearland

10 water wells supply groundwater from the Evangeline and Chicote aquifers.

4.56 billion gallons of water produced

515 million gallons of water loss in 2017

by the City of Pearland water system in 2017

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Clear Creek Watershed Project

After Hurricane Harvey, Congress allocated a significant amount of funds for Corps projects and in July 2018 it was announced that $295M would be allocated to the Clear Creek Project. Corps is projecting approximately 10 years to complete the project. In September 2018, City Council passed a resolution to encourage the Corps to begin and complete the project as quickly as possible and to urge the Corps to allow the project to be locally-led by Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD).

Clear Creek watershed encompasses portion of Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, and Fort Bend counties. Clear Creek flows from west to east along the southern portion of Harris County through Clear Lake and into Galveston Bay. Clear Creek originates approximately 3 miles west of the West Side City of Pearland city limit and runs along the northern boundary of the City from the west side to the east of the city and ultimately to Clear Lake. Clear Creek along with various tributaries of Clear Creek such as Town Ditch, Hickory Slough, Mary’s Creek, Cowarts Creek serve to drain more than 90 percent area of the City. The project is led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).

42.3% reduction in damage suffered from future flooding** PEARLAND

62.5% reduction in damage suffered from future flooding** FRIENDSWOOD

Hickory Slough Cowart Creek

Pearland Friendswood

Clear Creek Mary’s Creek

**Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Final General Reevaluation Report–October 2012

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■■ Reduce riverine flood damages along Clear Creek and its tributaries. ■■ Maximize the net economic benefits of any identified Federal flood damage reduction project. ■■ Avoid adverse environmental impacts when possible. Minimize and mitigate and consider the existing aesthetic qualities of Clear Creek. ■■ Identify recreational opportunities ■■ Preserve cultural resources. Minimize and mitigate unavoidable impacts to these resources. ■■ Identify possible eco-friendly flood damage reduction solution. ■■ Identify and possible ecosystem restoration opportunities. PROJECT GOALS ■■ Identifying and recommending an effective, affordable and environmentally sensitive Federal flood damage reduction project for Clear Creek. ■■ Conducting necessary engineering, economic and environmental studies in a timely manner in order to establish a viable project that is acceptable to the public, local sponsor and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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To stay engaged with this project visit pearlandtx.gov/clear-creek

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Fire Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths. Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.


■■ Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags. ■■ Keep knives out of the reach of children. ■■ Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child. ■■ Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet. ■■ Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle. ■■ Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. ■■ Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently. ■■ Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away. Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. ■■ Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

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Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every four of the fires.

■■ Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect. ■■ Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. ■■ Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. AFTER CHRISTMAS ■■ Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

PICKING THE TREE ■■ Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. PLACING THE TREE ■■ Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk. ■■ Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. ■■ Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. ■■ Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily. LIGHTING THE TREE ■■ Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.

New Year

HEATING Heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, figuring in two of every five fires (40 percent). CARBON MONOXIDE Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, etc. do not burn completely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of CO. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months, and in residential properties. WINTER STORMS Most of the U.S. is at risk for winter storms, which can cause dangerous and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Blinding wind-driven snow, extreme cold, icy road conditions, downed trees and power lines can all wreak havoc on our daily schedules. Home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season, and heating equipment is involved in one of every six reported home fires, and one in every five home fire deaths. GENERATORS Portable generators are useful during power outages, however, many homeowners are unaware that the improper use of portable generators can be risky. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards. According to a 2013 Consumer Product Safety Commission report, half of the generator-related deaths happened in the four coldest months of the year, November through February, and portable generators were involved in the majority of carbon monoxide deaths involving engine-driven tools. CANDLES December is the peak time of year for home candle fires; the top four days for home candle fires are New Year’s Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve. Each year between 2009 and 2013, an average of 25 home candle fires were reported each day. ELECTRICAL Electrical home fires are a leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Roughly half of all home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment, while nearly another half involved other known types of equipment like washer or dryer fans, and portable or stationary space heaters.

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Staying Safe During Fireworks The City of Pearland has a fireworks ordinance that extends 5,000 feet out to its unincorporated areas which states, it shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer to sell or have in his/her possession with intent to sell, keep, use, discharge, cause to be discharged, ignited, detonated, fire or otherwise set in action any fireworks of any description. Please check your local area for public fireworks displays for the community. Attend a public fireworks display put on by experts would be safer than using consumer fireworks.

SAFETY TIPS WHEN IN AN AREA THAT ALLOWS CONSUMER FIREWORKS ■■ A responsible adult should always supervise fireworks activities. Never allow children to handle or light fireworks. ■■ Light one fireworks at a time and move quickly away. ■■ Always use fireworks outside in a clear area. ■■ Keep a bucket of water near the area of fireworks use as well as a water hose. ■■ Never relight a dud fireworks. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

PET SAFETY FOR FIREWORKS ■■ Don’t take pets to a fireworks display. ■■ To avoid exposure to the sound, place your pets inside away from the fireworks activities if near your home. ■■ Never shoot fireworks of any kind near pets. ■■ Make sure your pet has an ID tag in case they run off during a fireworks display. Even as you celebrate in zoned surroundings, please be considerate of your military neighbors who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. ■■ In some military veterans, the sights and sounds of fireworks can trigger symptoms of PTSD. MILITARY VETS WITH PTSD ■■

18,500 average number of reported fires each year caused by fireworks

1/4 of all emergency room fireworks injuries are caused by sparklers

36% of fireworks-related injuries occur in children under the age of 15

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PEARLAND WESTSIDE LIBRARY EVENTS 2803 Business Center Dr., Suite 101, Pearland, Texas 77584 713.436.0995 // bcls.lib.tx.us All events are free and open to the public

STEM CAMP This program will consist of different STEM related activities. First and third Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. / Runs Sept.–April Grades 1–5 Free Pearland Westside Library

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT Thirty minutes of dancing, shaking, clapping and musical instruments. First Saturday of the month / 2 p.m. 2–8 years IMAGINE PLAYTIME Join your little ones as they pretend play. Have a tea party, go shopping or engineer a train. Fourth Friday of the month / 10:30 a.m. 0–3 years PAJAMA STORYTIME Once a month story time to wind down and get ready for bed. Stories, songs and rhymes and a little time for a family activity after the program. We would love to see you in pajamas, but they are not required. This program cannot accommodate daycares, camps or organizations. First Thursday of the month / 6:30 p.m. All ages KINDER KORNER This is a program for students in kindergarten. Children will hear a story and participate in a STEAM activity. Second & fourth Wednesday of the month / 4:30 p.m. / Runs Sept.–April Kindergartners TEEN PROGRAMS TEEN ADVISORY GROUP Want to have a say about the books and movies the library buys? Need to earn some volunteer hours? Want to hang out at the library, eat snacks, and play some games? If your answer to any of those questions is YES, then the Teen Advisory Board is for you. Second Tuesday of the month / 6:30 p.m. Grades 8–12 TEEN ANIME CLUB Monthly club meets to discuss anime, watch anime and learn about Japanese culture. Second Saturday of the month / 4 p.m. 13–17 years

ADULT PROGRAMS WESTSIDE BOOK CLUB A book discussion group for adults. Fourth Thursday of the month / 6:30 p.m. Adults ADULT CRAFT AND CHAT Come and craft in a relaxing atmosphere. We will feature a different craft each month and will have materials on hand to let everyone try out the craft. We will have books and other materials about the feature craft available for checkout. Check our online calendar or call the branch to find out what the month’s featured craft is. Second Friday of the month / 10:30 a.m. Adults CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS BABY BOUNCE Caregivers and infants will have a wonderful bonding experience. We will share bounces, lifts, ASL, songs and rhymes as well as one story. Every Tuesday / 10:15 a.m. 0–15 months TODDLER TIME Toddlers will enjoy songs, rhymes and lots of movement during our 30 minute program. We will take a brief break for two stories between our songs and rhymes. Every Wednesday / 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. 1–3 years Free PRESCHOOL STORYTIME Preschoolers will have fun with stories, songs and rhymes. We will explore various preschool concepts each week as we journey down the ready reader road. After our stories preschoolers will work on a craft. Each weekly time is the exact same program to allow for our growing Storytime. Every Monday / 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Every Thursday / 10:15 a.m. 3–5 years

DOGGY READING TIME Come and read a book to a dog. This program allows reluctant readers to hone their reading skills by reading to shelter dogs. Third Saturday of the month / 10:30 a.m. All ages

RASPBERRY PI JAM Come learn about a different Raspberry Pi component each month and show off your Pi creations! Fourth Tuesday of the month / 6:30 p.m. Adults and Teens, those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

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ADULT PROGRAMS BOOKWORMS BOOK CLUB Enjoy lively discussion with fellow book lovers every month. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 – Holiday Potluck and Book Exchange Jan. 7 – The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz Feb. 4 – Little Big Love by Kate Regan March 4 – Warlight by Michael Ondaatje April 6 – Circe by Madeline Miller May 6 – Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson Adults NOVEL DISCUSSION Enjoy lively discussion with fellow book lovers every month. All book selections are first novels from debut authors. Discover your new favorite author today! All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. TOM REID LIBRARY EVENTS 3522 Liberty Dr., Pearland, Texas 77581 281.652.1677 // bcls.lib.tx.us All events are free and open to the public April 15 – What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan May 20 – Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison Adults WRITERS GROUP A place for adult writers to hone and share their creative writing skills with a supportive group. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, May 10 Adults TECH HELP HOUR Need help using your tablet, laptop or eReader? Want to learn how to use our databases or electronic resources? Stop by the Reference Desk for a 15-20 minute technology help session! Please note we do not repair broken technology or devices. Every Wednesday / 10–11 a.m. All ages ADULT CRAFT HOUR Get in touch with your creative side and enjoy a new craft every month! For information on each month’s craft, please check the branch calendar on our website or Facebook page. Last Wednesday of each month / 2 p.m. Adults Dec. 17 – Golden Hill by Frances Spufford Jan. 28 – The Cactus by Sarah Haywood Feb. 25 – A Place For Us by Farheen Mirza March 18 – Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS PRESCHOOL PRETEND PLAY Dress-up! Trains! Tents! Come and play with a variety of toys that encourage creativity and imagination in your little ones. Dec. 8, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, March 9, April 6, May 4 / 10:30 a.m. 3–6 years FAMILY CRAFT Enjoy a seasonal craft perfect for the whole family to make together. Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, April 13, May 1 / A book discussion for teens. For book selections, please check the branch calendar on our website or Facebook page. Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 6 / 12 p.m. Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 / 6:30 p.m. 12–18 years TWEEN BOOK CLUB A book discussion group for tweens. For book selections, please check the branch calendar on our website or Facebook page. Dec. 17, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25, April 22, May 20 / 12 p.m. Dec. 19, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, May 29 6:30 p.m. All ages TEEN PROGRAMS TEEN BOOK CLUB

BABY BOUNCE Enjoy songs and activities designed to encourage language development and social skills. Every Monday / 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. Every Wednesday / 3:30 p.m. 0–18 months and their caregivers TODDLER STORYTIME Listen to stories, sing songs, and play with toys afterward. Every Tuesday / 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. 18–36 months and their caregivers PRESCHOOL STORYTIME Listen to stories and sing songs, followed by a fun craft. Every Thursday / 10:15 a.m. 3–6 years

/ 6:30 p.m. 9–12 years

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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Education & Outreach Program

Saturday, April 27 / 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The City of Pearland, in partnership with Keep Pearland Beautiful, will host Pearland’s 23rd annual Earth Day Celebration, and outreach program designed to educate the community about their environmental responsibility. The annual event provides families with the opportunity to participate in educational activities that teach them about recycling, conservation, and environmental citizenship. Free admission All ages Southdown Park, 2150 Countryplace Pkwy., Pearland

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ARBOR DAY TREE GIVEAWAY Saturday, Jan. 26 / 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Trees are important oxygen producers, help provide energy-saving shade, and the presence of trees positively impacts our psychological well-being. Keep Pearland Beautiful will pass out two native trees per household at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center. Visit mykpb.org or call 281.489.2795 for more information. Suggested donation $10/tree (2 tree limit) All ages Stella Roberts Recycling Center CIGARETTE LITTER AWARENESS DAY Saturday, Feb. 16 / 12–3 p.m. Cigarette litter hurts Pearland in numerous ways. To help educate the public, Keep Pearland Beautiful is hosting its annual Cigarette Litter Awareness Day. At noon, volunteers will meet at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center for lunch and a safety briefing. Volunteers will spend the afternoon picking up cigarette litter along Pearland street intersections. Last year volunteers picked up 18,263 cigarette butts. Registration for this event will open in January. Email Lenora, ltollefson@mykpb.org to be added to the email announcement. Visit mykpb.org or call 281.489.2795 for more information. Free All ages Stella Roberts Recycling Center

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS TRASH-OFF Saturday, April 6 / 7:30–9 a.m.

Keep Pearland Beautiful will be hosting a community wide litter clean-up in conjunction with TxDOT’s Don’t Mess With Texas campaign. The KPB Adopt-A-Spot program will be holding their spring clean-up, but the whole community is encouraged to join! Visit mykpb.org or call 281.489.2795 for more information. Free All ages Lonestar Pavilion (Centennial Park)

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Dunes Day

Volunteers meet at Surfside Beach to rebuild, restore, and strengthen our dunes. For information call Mike Mullenweg at 979.864.1152 , or email him at mikem@brazoria-county.com. Free All ages Surfside Beach Saturday, January 19 / 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Did You Know.... The Forever Parks Foundation of Pearland was created in 2015 to provide supplemental funding and resources specifically for the enhancement of parks & recreation opportunities in Pearland. In support of their mission, the Foundation engages our community through an annual Party for Parks fundraiser, a partnership with the Pearland Turkey Trot and hosting their Tri-a-little-thon event. Additionally, donations are collected through the City Water Bill and a City Employee Giving Campaign. These resources have paved the way for the Foundation to support various Parks & Recreation programs such as the Financial Assistance program, a Pearland Outdoor Initiative and the Delores Fenwick Nature Center’s habitat improvement projects. Learn more about the Foundation mission, vision and current initiatives by visiting foreverparksfoundation.org. Forever Parks Foundation

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P e a r l a n d C o n v e n t i o n & V i s i t o r s B u r e a u

VisitPearland.com Resource for Pearland Residents Whether you’re looking for things to do on the weekend or planning a family social event, VisitPearland.com is a great resource for Pearland residents. You’ll find a calendar of events showcasing a variety of activities in Pearland and the surrounding area, information on new restaurant openings, retail spaces, reunion planning and much more. Managed by the Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau, VisitPearland.com is geared to provide information to entice visitors to the City. As a department of the City, the visitors bureau is funded through the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax with the primary mission to generate tourism related activity to Pearland. Recent tourism promotions available online include birding opportuni- ties in the City; a self-guided tour of the Sri Meenakshi temple; 7 of the Best Things to Do in Pearland, culinary videos and coverage of exciting special events in the City. Check out VisitPearland.com and prepare to love what you find in Pearland!

Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau 281.997.5970 | pearlandcvb@pearlandtx.gov Visitor Center

Open Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11200 Broadway St., Suite 1390 Pearland, Texas 77584

P earland is nestled on the Upper Texas Coast – Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail with several habitats that are critical for birds flying in for migration. As these birds fly in from across the Gulf of Mexico, they typically prefer habitats that are just inland. Some species can be spotted seasonally during the migration times, but birding is available year round for many species calling Pearland home.

Birding in Pearland – prepare to love it!


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REGISTER TODAY FOR CLASSES Registration begins on December 3 for members and December 10 for the public The City of Pearland Parks & Recreation has made it easy for you to get registered for the class of your choice. A participant may not register more than seven days after a class has started. Classes will not be prorated for an individual registering after a class has begun. There are two ways for you to submit your registration:

1 ONLINE You must have a City of Pearland Parks & Recreation Department account in our database in order to register online at pearlandparks.com . Online service is available 24-hours a day and is the preferred method of registration for the majority of program participants.

2 WALK-IN Walk-in registrations are accepted at the Pearland Parks & Recreation Office (4141 Bailey Rd.) from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration is also available at the Westside Event Center (2150 Countryplace Pkwy.) while the facility is open for programs and classes. For facility hours of operation, call 281.412.8900 . POLICIES View our 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, refund, withdrawal and other policies on our main webpage of pearlandparks.com under the ‘About Us’ tab. PHOTO POLICY Frequently, the Parks & Recreation Department takes videotape or photographs of participants enjoying programs, special events or parks and facilities. These photographs and videotapes are for the Parks & Recreation publications, print collateral or cable programs. These materials are used at the department’s discretion and become its sole property.

RESIDENT FEE In order to register and receive the resident fee rate, participants must show proof of residency within the corporate city limits of Pearland. Accepted forms include one valid photo ID (Texas Driver’s License/ID Card, Passport) or other proofs of address such as vehicle registration,

utility/phone/cable bill or credit card statement. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

We are committed to supporting and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special accommodations, please notify the department in advance of the activity so that we can make special arrangements.


When you become a member of the Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium, you can expect the best. • State of the art equipment and cardio area • Group fitness classes throughout • Indoor lap pool • Racquetball and Basketball courts perfect for tournaments and leagues

the day at no charge, specialty classes such as yoga, cycling, kickbox cardio, aqua aerobics and much more.

• Full locker facilities • Personal Trainers • Open 7 days a week

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY pearlandtx.gov/membership

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All packages provide two hours in the Natatorium, including a designated area for your guests to gather and celebrate. You are welcome to use any of our pavilions on a first come, first served-basis...but, if you’d like to reserve a pavilion for your exclusive use, we can help! Wanting to play it cool and reserve a space indoors? We’ve got you cover d! Pavilion rentals can be booked online at pearlandparks.com. For m e info mation, contact us at 281.412.8900 or come by the Parks and Recreation main office located inside the Recreation Center & Natatorium (4141 Bailey Rd.).

All packages provide two hours in the Natatorium, including a designated area for your guests to gather and celebrate. This package does not include decorations, supplies, or a host. Call 281.412.8900 for more information . NATATORIUM POOL PACKAGES

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Saturday, Jan. 26 / 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

A fun-filled day of playing in the snow, rides, great food and live entertainment with friends and family. Winterfest features snow tubing hills in the H-E-B Winter Zone, inflatables, games, petting zoo provided by Westside Veterinary Hospital and more! Visit pearlandtx.gov/winterfest for more information.

Children (ages 3–15) $10 Adults (ages 16 and up) $5 RCN

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Saturday, Feb. 23 The 288 Corridor Rotary Club invites you to make memories that will last a lifetime at their Daddy Daughter Dance. This year’s theme is “Ties and Tiaras.” Bring your princess out for a night of light bites, dessert, dancing and fun. Advance registration required. Space is limited... don’t wait to sign up! For event details and registration, follow facebook.com/rotary288 or email 288rotarypl@gmail.com . Early bird registration Nov. 1–Dec. 15. ; $30/couple, $10/each additional sibling $35/couple, $15/each additional sibling 5–12 years Pearland Junior High South, 4719 Bailey Road

Paws in the Park presented by Westside Veterinary Hospital

Saturday, March 30 Man’s best friend is sure to enjoy this paw-some event! In our 25th year, we begin with the H-E-B Pet and Owner Fun Run at 8 a.m. followed by Dock Diving competitions, stage demonstrations, pet adoptions, Police K9 demonstrations and more. Race registration is available online at active.com or log on to pearlandparks.com for event details. Free admission and onsite parking All ages

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The Forever Parks Foundation in hosting its 3RD ANNUAL PARTY FOR PARKS fundraiser. The event will include 2 hours of game play, food, drinks, silent auction and game prizes.

We encourage you to support the Foundation’s efforts in raising additional funding and resources to help the Parks & Recreation provide quality, programs and services for the community. Please visit foreverparksfoundation.org for more information. $600 per team (6 per team), $100 per individual Topgolf Webster, 21401 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX 77598 April 13, 6–9 p.m.

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To advertise in the magazine, email: parkshelpdesk@pearlandtx.gov View a rate sheet: pearlandtx.gov/pearlandinmotion

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LEVEL 1 INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS For first time and non-adjusted swimmers. Develops positive attitudes towards swimming and emphasizes the importance of good habits and safe practices in and around the water. LEVEL 2 FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS Students learn to float without support and recover to a vertical position. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills and adds to the self-help and basic rescue skills began in Level 1. Completion of American Red Cross Swimming Level 1 required LEVEL 3 STROKE DEVELOPMENT Builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice. This course teaches students how to coordinate the front crawl and back crawl, the elementary backstroke and fundamentals of treading water. Students will also learn safe diving rules and begin to dive from the side of the pool in deep water. Completion of American Red Cross Swimming Level 2 required LEVEL 4 STROKE IMPROVEMENT Develops student’s confidence in the strokes learned in Level 3 and improves other aquatic skills. Students will learn the following: headfirst entries from the side in the compact and stride position, swim underwater, feet-first surface dives, survival swimming, front crawl and backstroke open turns, and to tread water using two different kicks. The class will focus on improvement in the basic swim strokes. Completion of American Red Cross Swimming Level 3 required

LEVEL 5 STROKE REFINEMENT Students refine all six strokes: the front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, increasing the distances that they swim. Includes introduction to the following: shallow angle dives from the side and then glide and then begin a stroke on the front, tuck and pike surface dives (submerging completely), front flip and backstroke flip turns, proper sculling techniques. Completion of American Red Cross Swimming Level 4 required Students work to refine strokes so that they swim more efficiently over longer distances. Special emphasis on knee- dive, forward dive fall-in and standing dive from the pool side, as well as from the 1 meter diving board. Teaches students how to prevent aquatic emergencies in various aquatic environments, introduction to self-rescue, the HELP and huddle positions, survival float in deep water, back float in deep water, and survival swimming. Various diving techniques from the deck and diving boards will be introduced. Completion of American Red Cross Swimming Level 5 required LEVEL 6 SWIMMING AND SKILL PROFICIENCY


Levels 1–3: $75 resident / $93.75 non-resident Levels 4–6: $85 resident / $106.25 non-resident 6–16 years RCN

Eight lessons of 45 minutes each

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SWIM TEST Need to know what swim lesson level to enroll your child? Need a specific swim card to go to camp? Each participant will be evaluated based on the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim exit skills assessments for the level being tested. The highest-level certificate will be awarded upon successful completion. After this test participants will be grouped and tested for specific swim skills required by various camps. $10 4+ years RCN

8378, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. 8379, March 30, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. 8380, April 20, 10 a.m. –2 p.m. 8381, May 25, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

INFANTS & WATER Aquatic programs for infants are available at the Recreation Center & Natatorium through an independent contractor. This is not a learn-to-swim program, but the class focuses on survival skills. The objective of these programs is to provide infants with skills to remain safe in aquatic environments. The minimum age for this class is 6 months. For those interested in registering with Infant Swimming Resource with its Self-Rescue™ program contact m.kerlegan@infantswim.com. BAY AREA STARS DIVING TEAM Introduces fundamental diving skills to participants.This includes forward and backward take off, in entries and dive positions. An effort is made to inform all divers about participation in various Amateur Athletic Union meets. We strive to have fun, get in shape and be safe. Prerequisite: All participants must become a member of AAU, display an excellent attitude and be able to swim down to the bottom of 12.5 foot pool and swim to the side of pool. All participants must also pay a one-time AAU membership of $14, which is paid to the instructor. For registration information email svenschultz@comcast.net or log on to bayareastardive.com. PRIVATE LESSONS Private swim lessons are great for participants 3 years of age to adults who want more individual instruction. This one on one instruction is designed to give the participant specific training towards goals they are wishing to accomplish. Skills anywhere from basic water safety, technical help with strokes, or preparation for swim teams can be covered. Classes and times are scheduled at the times specified. $140 resident / $175 non-resident 3 years–adult ■ RCN Eight 25 minute lessons

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PARENT AND CHILD AQUATICS Designed for children 18 months to 3 years of age and their parents. Participants will practice blowing bubbles; explore submerging the mouth, nose, eyes and head completely; explore buoyancy on the front and back; gliding on the front and back with assistance; explore submerging in a rhythmic pattern; beginning swimming using combine arm and leg action on the front and back with assistance; changing body position in the water. Children must wear a swim diaper with a swimsuit over it until they are potty trained. Children ages 9 months–17 months may register in the class, however the curriculum will be geared to ages 18 months–3 years. $50 resident / $62.50 non-resident 18 months–3 years Eight 25-minute lessons RCN PRESCHOOL AQUATICS $50 resident / $62.50 non-resident 4–5 years Eight 25-minute lessons RCN PRESCHOOL AQUATICS LEVEL 1 During this introductory course, students will work on blowing bubbles, as well as submerging the mouth, nose, eyes and entire body, and learn about safety around the water. Students will explore buoyancy, submerging in a rhythmic pattern and changing body position in the water. Full, hands on support is given for the following skills: back and front float and recovery; roll from front float to back float, and back float to front float; glide on front and back; kick on front and back; swim with arms on front and back; combined arm and leg action on front and back.

PRESCHOOL AQUATICS LEVEL 2 Students continue to learn simultaneous arm and leg actions on the front and back, and to gain greater proficiency in all skills so that longer lengths of time and distances can be achieved. The following skills will be practiced: back and front float and recovery; roll from front float to back float, and back float to front float; glide on front and back; kick on front and back; swim with arms on front and back; combined arm and leg action on front and back. PRESCHOOL AQUATICS LEVEL 3 Must be able to swim 3 body lengths independently, but may have assistance standing back up. Must also be able to perform Preschool Level 2 skills with assistants starting or ending the skill. Participants work to master skills learned in Preschool Level 2, so that they can be performed without physical assistance from the instructor.

THE AQUATIC ACADEMY The Aquatic Academy is a result-driven, family owned and operated swim school whose staff combines for more than 35 years of experience and hold a variety of American Red Cross certifications including Lifeguarding, CPR, and First Aid. They offer affordable private, semi-private, group, and adult swim lessons. For more information, log on to theaquaticacademy.net or call 281.594.SWIM (7946) .

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The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Blended learning combines online learning with in-person skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency. Please plan to complete all eLearning modules, including the CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid final eLearning exam, at least two days prior to your first in-person skills session. Most participants complete the eLearning portion of the course in approximately 7 hours. Prerequisites: ■■ Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl (freestyle), breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. ■■ Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits. LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION CLASS

■■ Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet first or head first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance underwater. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. $175 resident / $218.75 non-resident 15+ years by last date of class  8467, Feb. 4–7, 3–9 p.m. RCN Certification Requirements: attend and participate in all class sessions, demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios, pass both the Section 1-CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Section 2-Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.

ADULT – BASIC Designed to develop confidence and basic skills in the adult swimmer and is geared toward the needs of the class. Comfort and flotation in the water, basic survival, front crawl, back crawl, treading water and basic water safety are just a few of the skills taught. ADULT LESSONS

ADULT – INTERMEDIATE Designed for adult swimmers with a basic level of skill and comfort in the water. Students will improve upon basic skills such as flotation, treading water, the front crawl and learn new skills that may include more advanced strokes, dives, turns, and more.


16+ years

$75 resident / $93.75 non- resident

Eight 45-minute lessons

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