Saturday, August 27, 2016

Don't Miss This One

The Norchester Garden Club invites all interested folks to our meeting on September 1. This is the first one for the 2016-2017 year.  We meet at the Norchester Activity Center, 13439 Jones Road, Houston, Tx 77070.   

Fellowship and refreshments begins at 9:30 a.m. The club meeting begins at 10 a.m.  Our presenter is Matt Raney, a Landscaper that will be bringing plants and fertilizers to discuss.  Come, learn, and enjoy.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Kroger Signup Time

August 1st.... it is time, once again to sign up for Kroger Community Rewards in order to help the Butterfly Garden every time you shop at Kroger and use your Kroger Reward Card... (or give them your phone number at checkout).    This needs to be done each year at this time to link your card to the Garden's charity NPO number 82607....  Association for Better Community Schools.  This is now a quick process if you have created a "Digital Account".  The instructions are in the Selecting an Organization just below.  Creating a digital account also links you to weekly coupons you can select that automatically apply when you check out.


Kroger Community Rewards – Customer Instructions
A Digital Account is needed in order to participate in Kroger Community Rewards. If you already have a Digital Account, then please skip to the section named ‘Selecting an Organization’.
How to Register a Digital Account
Creating a digital account is as simple as 1,2,3! Simply visit www.kroger.com or download the Kroger mobile application from the appropriate app store for your device and follow these directions.
1.      Select the ‘Register’ button.
2.      Enter your information.
3.      Select ‘Create Account’.
Please make sure that you add your card number or create a virtual card number while registering your Digital Account. This is required for the Community Rewards program so that your transactions apply towards the program.
Selecting an Organization
Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple updating the Community Rewards selection on your Digital Account.
·        Sign into your Digital Account (if you haven’t already).
·        Select ‘My Account’.
·        Scroll down to the ‘Community Rewards’ section of your account page.
·        Select ‘Enroll Now’ or ‘Edit’.
·        Enter the name or NPO number of the organization that you wish to support.
·        Select the appropriate organization from the list and click on ‘Save’.
Your selected organization will now display in the Community Rewards section of your account page.
Any transactions moving forward using the card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program.
It takes approximately 10 days for the Community Rewards total to begin displaying on your receipt.
Viewing your Rewards Details
Wondering how much you’ve earned towards your selected organization? You may view the total earned during the last quarter by following these instructions.
·        Sign into your Digital Account (if you haven’t already).
·        Select ‘My Account’.
·        Scroll down to the ‘Community Rewards’ section.
·        The amount earned will be listed as ‘Last Quarter Kroger Donation’.
Additional Details
You must present your Kroger Plus Card or provide your Alternate ID at the register during the transaction in order for it to count towards the program.
Organization selections must be renewed once a year, during the month of August. Simply follow the instructions detailed in the ‘Selecting an Organization’ section in order to maintain or update your selected organization.

Help
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our Digital Customer Service line at 1-866-221-4141.
Thank you for participating in the Kroger Community Rewards program!
Sincerely,
KCR Team

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Janet (Norchester's Garden Club Matzke Butterfly Garden Director) Reports
that is it's HOT --if you can spare a bit of time, stop by the garden and pull a few weeds. It will only get worse as the summer and fall wear on.
The good news is that we have hired a young college student who is going to
help us this summer.  His name is Jaylynn.

The Parsley Hawthorn tree is planted.

The water is turned off as we have another broken sprinkler head in the button bush bed. We have a plan to fix this and future breakage of the water system.
Thank goodness we have had rain this week.
ABCS reports that the Kroger monies for last quarter are $78.04.  This money is specifically directed to maintenance of Matzke Park Butterfly Garden.  Thanks are due to those who have directed their Kroger reward card monies to ABCS. Don't forget to "re-enroll" your card beginning Aug 1.  This needs to be done each year by logging on to your Kroger on-line account.  The Park Garden's charity ID number for Kroger remains 82607. You can re-enroll at https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow  If you haven't linked you card to the garden's account you can also sign up at the above link. 

Keep an eye out at Norchester's 4th of July parade for the second year in a row the lovely ladies of Norchester's Garden Club will be in the parade.

Don't forget to check our blog for information regarding the Norchester Garden Club's Photo contest for pre-school and school children.  Guidelines are listed in our last post.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Matzke Park Fun - Another Look

Some of the following was posted in mid April, but is worth another look and options for pre-schoolers have been added:

School is out. The kids are bored.
Bring them to Precinct 4’s Matzke Park Butterfly Garden at the corner of Jones Rd and Grant Rd in Northwest Houston and bring a picnic lunch!  
The park boasts rest rooms, benches, 1 ½ mile walking trail, barrier free playground structures, picnic tables and 20 acres of open grassy space.
Bring a digital camera or a smart phone on a bright sunny day and challenge your and the kids photography skills.  
Look for caterpillars, butterflies, bees, bugs and birds among the butterfly weed, passion flower, butterfly bush, and other flowers both ornamental and native. 
The plants have been selected for food for caterpillars, butterflies and other pollinators.
Start a collection of what and when you have seen them this summer.  It becomes a great reference for later study.
You can also check the message board for what is happening in the park. Matzke Park is open every day of the week. The gardens are behind the Jones Rd parking lot.
Preschool Picture Contest - OFFICIAL RULES

All children in Harris County Texas between the ages of 3 to 5 are eligible to enter the Preschool Picture Contest this summer, with the permission of their parent or guardian.  Rules for the contest are as follows:

1. Entrance in the contest implies that you agree to the rules of the contest and have parental consent to enter the contest.  

2. The age of the contestant is to be based on his or her age as of June 1.

3.  A single picture (drawing, painting, etc.) of any one "Thing that Flies" in the garden (i.e. butterflies, bees, birds, ladybugs, dragonflies, etc.) may be submitted by a contestant.

4.  Submit picture along with your name, age, and contact information to 
Preschool Picture Contest
10502 Brentway
Houston, TX  77070-4004

5.  The deadline for submitting entries is midnight on August 31, 2016.

6.  Scoring:  Judges will award one point per picture and one additional point for the correct identification of the species submitted

The decisions of judges will be final.  Prizes will be awarded in September



Children’s Photo Contest - OFFICIAL RULES 

All children in Harris County Texas between the ages of 6 to 14 are eligible to enter the Children’s Photo Contest this summer, with the permission of their parent or guardian.  Rules for the contest are as follows:

1.  Entrance in the contest implies that you agree to the rules of the contest and have parental consent to enter the contest.  

2. The age of the contestant is to be based on his or her age as of June 1.

3.  Photos are to be taken only by the contestant, must only be taken in the Matzke Park Butterfly Garden and are to only be taken between the dates of June 1 and August 31 of the current year.  Please follow posted rules of observing without disturbing nature.

4.  One photo of each species of "Things that Fly" in the garden (butterflies, bees, birds, ladybugs, dragonflies, etc.) may be submitted by a contestant. There can be several entries of butterflies, for example, so long as each is a different kind.

5.  Email your photos as a jpg attachment, along with your name, age and contact information to ABCS.Park@att.net

6.  The deadline for submitting entries is midnight on August 31, 2016.

Scoring:  Judges will award one point per photo of each different species submitted, one additional point will be awarded for the correct identification of the species submitted, and one point may be deducted for duplicates of the same species submitted by one individual.

The decision of judges will be final.  Prizes will be awarded in September to contestants by age groups:
6 to 8,
9 to 11,

12 to 14.

Businesses and individuals wishing to support these contests may send a donation  before August 15th to:
    Norchester Garden Club Treasurer
    14606 Quail Creek Court   
    Houston, TX 77070      


Please make checks payable to Norchester Garden Club with "Children’s Picture Contest" in the memo. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nice Blooms

Some of us are still recovering from the flood waters and the endless issues and decisions that then arise.  NGC member Pat's flower bed is helping to brighten the mood....

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Name This Plant

Found in a member's back yard.. we don't recognize this plant.  If you have the answer, please send an email to:  ABCS.Park@att.net

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Despite the water or Because of it

We have had plenty of water in Norchester during the past two weeks.  Mother nature provided much more than was welcome.  And streets like Normont, Moorcreek, and Fawnview were particularly impacted.  Yet... here are some recent pictures from our member Pat who lives on Moorcreek where she found nature truly in bloom.  Plants likely totally underwater just two weeks ago.