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Celebrate Spring This April in Katy, TX

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Historical Katy Crawfish Festival this April

Although spring officially began this month in Katy, TX, it’s out in full force in April! Enjoy a spring event or activity around town in Katy to celebrate the season of spring. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to fill you in on all of the fun happenings that are coming up in the area. Grab your calendar and mark down the ones that sound most enjoyable to you!

  • On April 1, travel back in time at the Katy ISD Folk Life Festival! Learn what life in Texas was like for pioneers in the early 1800’s through soldier reenactments, blacksmiths, beekeeping, craft demonstrations, Native American presentations, a cowboy camp and more. Admission is only $1!
  • On April 1, adults can head to Katy Sin N Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. at Villagio Town Center. There you can enjoy 35 food tasting stations, 35 wine tables, 20 craft beer tables, live music, seminars, cooking demos and vendor booths to shop at. Tickets cost $35.
  • April 2, celebrate the Historical Katy Crawfish Festival at No Label Brewing Co., starting at 11:30 a.m.! Enjoy crawfish and beer, live music, paintball, dessert trucks, kid-friendly games and more. Kids 12 and under are free. Special edition crawfish glasses will be available the day of the event, as a souvenir.
  • April 3, bring your kids to LaCenterra’s Courtyard at 10 a.m. for Mondays with Mommy! These take place on the first Monday of every month and provide an educational journey for kid ages 0 to 5 through the use of music and movement. April’s theme is ‘Spring Fling.’ It’s free to attend!
  • April 8, bring the kids to Baskets and Bunnies at Katy City Park. From 9 a.m. until noon, kids can celebrate the coming of Easter with games, activities, crafts and more. Then they can visit with the Easter Bunny and take pictures!
  • April 15, head to Movies in the Courthouse at LaCenterra and enjoy watching the beloved ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with your family or friends. Bring a blanket or chairs, and snacks and beverages, and enjoy free entertainment. Movies start at dusk.

For more events in Katy, TX this month, check out this list from Katy Magazine. There is pretty much an event taking place every day during the month of April! If you experienced cabin fever this winter, it’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and fun happenings in Katy.

Ready to buy a Katy home this spring? Ready to sell your Katy home? Ready to do both? No matter what your real estate goals are for this season, I’m your Katy real estate agent, here and ready to help you accomplish them! Contact me!

Mickie Cioccia
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Katy Events to Enjoy This July

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Summer Events Coming Up in Katy, TX

Summer flies by once 4th of July weekend is over! Time to plan the rest of your month here in Katy, TX, to ensure you make the most of summer. To help you plan, as your Katy real estate agent, I’ve supplied you with a list of upcoming events to look forward to.

As a side note, thanks to everyone who voted in the Best of Katy survey from Katy Times! We were named one of the top three real estate firms in the area! We are so glad that we can provide satisfactory service to our buyer and seller clients. Making our clients happy is what keeps us going. If you worked with us in the past and were happy with your service, spread the word!

Now here are upcoming events to look forward to in the Katy area:

  • Katy Summer Nights take place on the evening of the second Friday of June and July. If you missed the event in June, your second chance is this Friday, July 8! It begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Dress up as your favorite character from Back to the Future while enjoying activities, light snacks and photo prop opportunities. Then sit back and enjoy this family classic!
  • Bring your kids five and under to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch on July 20 from 10 a.m. to noon for Parachute Play Time with Gymboree Play & Music. Kids can enjoy parachute play, bubbles and many other games and activities suitable for young children.
  • James Coney Island is celebrating their anniversary on July 21. Stop by for a $0.93 original coney (hot dog) between 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Sign your kids up for the Katy Keepers Academy July 25-29. They’ll learn about topics such as the importance of water, the benefits of recycling and much more. The camp is led by Keep Katy Beautiful and the Parks and Recreation Department. It takes place at VFW Hall and VFW Park.
  • If you are done with this summer heat, head to the Cinco Ranch Branch Library for a free movie in the air conditioning on July 29 at 12:30 p.m. Darth Vadar and the Galactic Empire will be shown in the multipurpose room. This is a great way to meet others in the Katy community!
  • Houston Family Magazine’s Summer Fun Fest is coming to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch from 12 to 4 p.m. on July 31! Admissions and activities are all free, so gather the family for an afternoon of fun with inflatables, face painting, a rock wall, stage performances, music, prizes and more.

Enjoy the month of July here in Katy, TX! When ready to buy a Katy home, or when ready to sell your Katy home, contact me! As a Katy real estate agent at one of the top rated real estate firms in Katy, I am here and ready to help you during the bustling summer real estate season in any way that you need me!

Mickie Cioccia
Mickie C and Company Realty
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Katy!

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Valentine’s Day in Katy, TX

Valentine’s Day is soon approaching in Katy, which means it’s time to decide how you’ll celebrate with your special someone! Luckily, you’ve got lots of options to choose from. As your Katy real estate agent, I’ve put together a list, so all you have to do is find one that strikes your fancy and make reservations or plans to attend!

1.  Stop into one of the three Chick-fil-A locations for a Family Night Valentine’s Party! You will decorate a chocolate chunk cookie and create a Valentine’s Day card for your special someone. Complimentary face painting and balloon animals will be available. These take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 is the Katy Green location, Feb. 9 is the Cinco Ranch location and Feb. 10 is the Mason Road location.

2.  Chick-fil-A is also hosting a Preschool Playhouse, Valentine’s Day edition! Bring your preschoolers in between 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 9 or 10 to create a thumbprint card and candy flower for their Valentine. This is followed up with singing, dancing, story time and playdough time. It’ll be held at the Cinco Ranch location on Feb. 9 and the Mason Road location on Feb. 10.

3.  Head to Kingsland Baptist Church on Feb. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. for Love & Laughter Date Night! Take the opportunity to date your spouse! Listen to guest speakers lead a conversation about marriage, and then enjoy coffee, desserts and fellowship afterward. Childcare is available during that time for kids birth through fifth grade, but you must register ahead of time.

4.  Visit Cane Island’s Welcome Center for Valentine’s Day Crafts and Movie on Feb. 13 from 12 to 2 p.m. Children ages four and up will watch Treasure Buddies while making Valnetine’s Day cards and enjoying snacks and treats. You can RSVP to olivia@caneisland.com

5.  Daddies and daughters can get dressed up and enjoy the Daddy’s Little Girl Valentine’s Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Marriott Sugar Land Town Square. Dads and daughters can walk into the event on the pink carpet, and then the gala will be loaded with dancing, refreshments, crafts, dance contests, entertainment, door prizes and more. Professional photographs will be available as well.

6.  Central Green Park in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Greek-Style on Feb. 14! Walk around with your sweetheart admiring ice sculptures and performances by the Olympia Greek dancers. Then enjoy a showing of My Big, Fat Greek Wedding to end the night with laughs.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day in Katy, followed by President’s Day the same weekend! When ready to buy a Katy home, or when ready to sell your Katy home, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. I’d love to help you achieve your Katy real estate market goals!

Mickie Cioccia
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Free Fun for the Whole Family in Katy, TX

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Free fun for families in Katy

Does all of your holiday spending have you on a budget? Not sure how to entertain your kids while they’re on break, or guests staying with you from out of town? As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to fill you in on fun, free activities around Katy. Turns out, there are loads of fun things you can do with your family or friends in Katy that don’t cost a cent.

1.  Visit a park. Katy is loaded with parks, and these are free to wander around and explore! Exploration Park has a sensory garden, musical bridge and a lawn with tall glass rods. Katy Play Station will keep kids busy for hours. Mary Jo Peckham Park has free putt-putt golf, a fishing pond and a playground. City of Katy Dog Park is 14 acres of water fountains, pools and trails for dogs!

2.  Family Night. All of the Chick-fil-A  locations host a Family Night just about every night of the week! These take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lately, they’ve been holiday-themed, but other themes include pirates, indoor campouts, painting and more. It’s a great way to get out of the house and have old-fashioned fun.

3.  Free Movies. Catch a free movie outside at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch! Alamo Drafthouse Cinema hosts free movies on the courtyard on select Saturdays, which begin at dusk. Kids’ classics can also be found on Central Green on select nights of the week. These also begin at dusk. All you need is snacks and a blanket or chairs!

4.  Museum Visits. Katy Heritage Society offers free admission at the historic homes in Katy Heritage Park on the first weekend of every month. Katy Contemporary Arts Museum has free admission every day that they are open, Wednesdays through Sundays. Katy Veterans Museum is also free to view Monday through Friday.

5.  Story Times. Cinco Ranch Branch Library has free pajama story night every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. Katy Budget Books has story time for kids’ age three to six, and book clubs for middle school students and young adults. Kindergarten kids meet at Kinder Korner on select Wednesdays for story time, movies and crafts. Maud Smith Marks Library hosts Teen Time on Thursdays from 2:45 to 4 p.m.

6.  Trial Classes. You can take one free class at many places around Katy if you never have before! Becky’s Academy of Dance offers anyone a free trial dance class, and you pick the style. Connolly Dance Arts offers one trial class of any dance style as well. Katy Kips Gymnastics Club offers one free class to kids and adults. School of Rock offers one trial musical lesson to kids and adults.

As you can see, there are lots of ways to have free fun in Katy! Enjoy the rest of your holiday season, and when ready to accomplish your Katy real estate market goals in the New Year, contact me, your Katy real estate agent!

Mickie Cioccia
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Made in the USA

A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn’t slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American . . .

This probably sounds crazy, but just yesterday I was in Wal Mart looking for a wastebasket. I found some made in China for $6.99. I didn’t want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department and they had some at $2.50 made in USA . They are just as good.

Same as a kitchen rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in the USA and they were $3.00 cheaper. We are being brain washed that everything that comes from China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so. That is also why I don’t buy cards at Hallmark anymore. They are made in China and are expensive. I buy them at Dollar Tree….50 cents each and made in USA .

Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowe’s the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments… They were all made in China .  The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA . Start looking …..

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else – even their job. So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track.. Let’s get behind her!

My grandson likes Hershey’s candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more.

My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico … Now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything….
Good idea . . .. One light bulb at a time . . ..

This past weekend I was at Kroger . .. . I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets.  I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, ” Everyday Value …” I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats they were the same except For the price . . . The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE
Was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in – get ready for this – the USA in a company in Cleveland , Ohio.
So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here…

So on to another aisle – Bounce Dryer Sheets… Yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada … The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA – the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!

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Katy Home and Garden Show, January 28-29, 2012

Start the new year renovating or decorating your home the way you always dreamed of.  Make it out to the 6th Annual Katy Home & Garden Show for all the ideas and information you need!   Over 300 exhibits from reputable companies.  The one-stop shopping includes decorating, gardening, remodeling, window treatments, home theater, landscaping, kitchens & baths, do-it-yourself, flooring, windows & doors, siding, heating/cooling and a myriad of other home related products and services.  For information on pricing and times visit  http://katyhomeandgardenshow.com/

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Katyites | Powered by © Katy Real Estate, Texas Real Estate - use Katyites Real Estate to find real estate in Katy Real Estate or other Texas real estate. Use our home buyer tools to research all aspects of the Katy Real Estate housing market including Katy Real Estate neighborhood information, Katy Real Estate home loans, and Katy schools. Whether looking for homes for sale in Katy Real Estate or Katy Real Estate apartments for rent, Yahoo! Real Estate can help. Our Katy real estate market snapshot gives you an overview of the housing market in Katy Real Estate, TX - easily find Katy Real Estate housing market prices, housing inventory statistics such as number of listings, median home price, home price trends, and monthly real estate market trends. Once you have a better sense for the Katy real estate market, search our Katy Real Estate foreclosures, Katy Real Estate new homes, Katy Real Estate classifieds, Katy Real Estate rentals, or all Katy homes for sale. From the award winning KatyISD school district, to the tremendous value in luxury homes in great family subdivisions like Cinco Ranch, Grand Lakes, Seven Meadows, Green Trails, Kelliwood, Nottingham, Windsor Park, Cross Creek Ranch, and Falcon Ranch, to world class hospitals and medical facilities that have the Katy area being dubbed "Med Center West"

realized they had found the perfect place for their clients to raise a family...and for their clients parents to enjoy the Grandchildren! Katy boasts great Active Senior options like Heritage Grand (a 55+ section of Cinco Ranch) and The Solana at Cinco Ranch, wonderful family amenities like parks, playgrounds, golf courses, lakes, fishing, boating, nature walks, and short drives to the beach and Hill Country. the Katy area is a great place to enjoy the weekend. Simply put Katy has it all! Area Tour" with you and show you why they feel Katy Real Estate is the best place in the Houston area to live, work. and play! You will see schools, great luxury family subdivisions, shopping facilities, highway options, and wonderful restaurants! Cross Creek Ranch: Cross Creek Ranch is the newest Master Planned Community in the Katy Real Estate area but is quickly catching on with those looking for a little slower pace

While still having lots of amenities and wonderful school options. Developed by the same people who brought us Grand Lakes, Cross Creek Ranch has a wide variety of homes and prices. This community is an easy commute to I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Kelliwood: Kelliwood is a beautiful group of subdivisions off S. Fry Rd. A wide range of homes and home prices can be found here. From Custom Gated sections like LakeForest that are comprised of all estate homes...to smaller patio homes that border the Willow Fork Country Club. The short commute times appeal to a wide range of buyers! Green Trails: Green Trails is a large Master Planned Community that borders I-10, S. Fry Rd, and Baker Rd. It is full of amenities for the family, is close to I-10 and the Houston Energy Corridor, and has a variety of styles and price ranges from small one story homes up to Custom Estates...no matter what you are looking for it will be easy for you to carve out your slice of Green Trails! Silver Ranch: A fairly new master planned community located in area that some folks believe is the best part of all of Katy Real Estate.

Silver Ranch is only a short drive away from Katy Mills Mall and is located in the highly acclaimed Katy Independent School District. The community is approximately 3 miles from both I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Lavish homes ranging from the $140's to $300's make the community very affordable for growing famililies or empty nesters. Silver Ranch is conveniently located for access to major employers in the energy corridor and has easy entree to South West Houston, Sugarland, West Park Tollway along with numerous park and ride bus lots that have express service to downtown Houston. When this community is completed it will be home to about 1,500 families. Amenities include Six Lane Jr Olympic Pool , Stone Grill Children's Splash Pad, Tennis Court, Playground and Swing Set, Outdoor BBQ Pavilion and numerous Walking Trails.

Seven Meadows: Seven Meadows is a Master Planned Community that was developed by the same people who put Cinco Ranch on the map! It is located right off HWY 99 (the Grand Parkway) with short commutes to both I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Pools, parks, a movie theater, work out facilities, and nature trails are all part of this great community!


Katy is a city located in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 11,775 at the 2000 census.

Katy, suburb of Houston, Texas, is named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly referred to as the "K-T Railroad", now a part of Union Pacific) that ran through Katy in the 19th century. Katy was once known as Cane Island. The name is derived from Cane Island Creek which runs just west of downtown. Cane Creek is a branch of Buffalo Bayou. The origins of the name Cane Island are believed to be from the fact that Katy was once a major sugar cane producer and rice producer. To commermorate the importance of rice to the Katy community, the Chamber of Commerce holds the Rice Harvest Festival every second weekend of October.

Katy was recently the location of one of the ten large red balloons in the DARPA Network Challenge on December 5, 2009. The balloon was stationed in Katy Park.

In 2009 the Gadberry Group named Katy as one of nine "9 from 2009" most notable high growth areas in the United States.
After a low income apartment complex was proposed for development in an adjacent unincorporated area, in 2010 the Katy City Council passed a resolution stating that the development would decrease property values.[5] The plans for the complex were canceled.