How to help veterans in need

Millions of men and women serve in the military and make the sacrifices that such service requires. Risking their lives to serve their countries, veterans sometimes endure mental and physical trauma, returning home to face uphill battles as they deal with their injuries.


Many veterans in need are not just in need of medical attention. Learning that their efforts and sacrifices are recognized and appreciated by the ordinary citizens they protect can make a world of difference to veterans as they recover from their injuries. Men, women and children who want to help veterans in need can do so in various ways.

• Visit a veterans hospital. Contact a local veterans’ hospital to inquire about their volunteer programs. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notes that each year more than 75,000 volunteers spend more than 11 million hours in service to America’s veterans. Visiting veterans at the hospital to hear their stories can lift their spirits and aid in their recoveries. In addition, veterans’ hospitals may have volunteer opportunities that make it easier for hospitals to operate at optimal capacity.

• Help a neighbor. Unfortunately, many veterans return home with injuries that affect their ability to make it through a typical day without assistance. Disabled veterans may be unable to do their own grocery shopping or maintain their homes. If a neighbor or nearby veteran is facing such hurdles, offer to do his or her shopping or mow his or her lawn. Such tasks won’t take much time but can make a world of difference to veterans.

• Offer professional services free of charge. Professionals who want to help veterans can offer their services free of charge. Accountants can offer to prepare veterans’ tax returns for free, while attorneys can provide legal advice to veterans who need it. Contractors can help disabled veterans by offering to make alterations to their homes for free or at cost.

• Employ social media to help local veterans. Many people who want to help local veterans might not be able to do so more than one day per week. But some veterans may require daily assistance. Men and women can start a locally-based Facebook group for fellow members of their community who want to pitch in to help local veterans. Such a group can make it easier to share information and arrange help for veterans in need. Many veterans return home from serving overseas in need of help. Offering such help can improve veterans’ lives while letting them know their efforts and sacrifices are appreciated. 

Free Family Community Event (Sat. May 20th)

This Saturday The Goddard School of Champions/Spring Will be hosting a FREE community event.

Everyone is welcome and bring the whole family!

They will have:

  • Petting Zoo 

  • Bounce House 

  • Popcorn

  • Snow Cones 

  • Face Painting

  • Fire Truck and firemen! 

  • Indoor/ outdoor activities

  • prizes

  • Rain or Shine

  • Fun for the whole Family

Date: Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: The Goddard School- 8727 Eastloch Drive, Spring, Texas 





Tomball German Festival March 31- April 2

Looking for something fun to do this weekend with the whole family!? 

Tomball German Festival is happening March 31- April 2. 

Location: Tomball, TexasOld Town Tomball Near the HistoricalTrain Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm


Free Admission/Parking/ 4 Music Stages / 175 Street VendorsEthnic & Festival Food, Beer, WinePetting Zoo / Street PerformersSouvenirs, Arts & Crafts, AntiquesHeritage Center

Free Parking and Shuttles

The Carnival opens Thursday evening, March 30th, with a $15 special price for the “all you can ride” armband. See you at the corner of Main and Cherry for this Thursday ONLY special.

On Friday, March 31st at 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. shop street vendors and enjoy various performances.

Saturday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. begins with the “tapping of the keg” and Willkommen ceremony for German exchange students and Tomball host families, and official opening by the Mayor of Tomball Gretchen Fagan. Alex Meixner will be the featured entertainer once again with music and dancing all day and into the night with Alpenmusikanten, Chris Rybak and Das Ist Lustig and much, much more.

Enjoy the final day of the festivel Sunday, April 2nd at 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.

Friday- Stellar Entertainment Line Up (6-10pm)

MC Valina Polka 6:00 Auf Geht’s 7:00 Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe 7:30 Auf Geht’s 8:30 Rathkamp German Folk Dancers 9:00 Auf Geht’s

Chris Rybak Party Stage

MC Edita Rybak 6:00 Chris Rybak Band 7:30 David G Wonders 8:00 Chris Rybak Band

Warsteiner Stage

MC Heidi Holadio 6:00 Alex Meixner Band sponsored by Polka Beat 7:00 Rathkamp German Folk Dance Troupe 7:30 Alex Meixner Band 8:30 Das Ist Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe 9:00 Alex Meixner Band

Texas Heritage Stage

MC Scott Armstrong 6:00–10:00 Blue Yonder

Heritage Center

6:30–8:30 Kenny James

Saturday, Line Up (10am-10pm)

MC Heidi Holadio 10:30 Matt Tolentino’s Royal Klobasneks 11:10 Parade arrives 11:15 Opening ceremonies and keg tapping 11:30 Matt Tolentino’s Royal Klobasneks 12:30 Clements HS German Club folk dancers 12:45 Tompkins HS German Club folk dancers 1:00 Matt Tolentino’s Royal Klobasneks 2:00 Scandinavian Folk Dancers of Houston 2:30 Matt Tolentino’s Royal Klobasneks 3:30 Woodlands HS German Club folk dancers 3:50 TBA 4:00 Kingwood HS German Club folk dancers 4:15 Auf Geht’s 5:30 Rathkamp German Folk Dancers 6:00 Auf Geht’s 7:00 Cloggers On The Move 7:30 Auf Geht’s 8:30 Keine Kunst 9:00 Auf Geht’s

Chris Rybak Party Stage

MC Edita Rybak 10:30 Round Top Brass Band 11:30 recorded music 12:00 Round Top Brass Band 12:45 Deer Park HS German Club folk dancers 1:00 Kingwood HS German Club folk dancers 1:15 Round Top Brass Band 2:20 TBA 2:30 Round Top Brass Band 3:15 Clements HS German Club folk dancers 3:30 Great Oak School German Choir 4:15 Chris Rybak Band 5:15 Woodlands College Park German club Polka Band and folk dancers 5:45 Woodlands HS German Club folk dancers 6:00 Chris Rybak Band 7:00 Scandinavian Folk Dancers of Houston 7:30 Chris Rybak Band 8:30 Rathkamp German Folk Dancers 9:00 Chris Rybak Band

Warsteiner Stage

MC Katerina & Valina Polka 10:30 TubaMeisters 11:30 recorded music 12:00 TubaMeisters 12:45 Woodlands HS German Club folk dancers 1:05 TBA 1:15 Das Ist Lustig 2:00 German folk dance Showcase; six German Clubs from Houston area high schools 2:30 Das Ist Lustig 3:15 Woodlands College Park German Club folk dancers / Polka band 3:45 Alex Meixner Band sponsored by Polka Beat 5:00 Das Ist Lustig 6:00 Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe 6:30 Alex Meixner Band 7:30 Masskrugstemmen (Stein holding) 7:50 Das Ist Lustig 8:40 Masskrugstemmen (Stein holding) 9:00 Alex Meixner Band

Texas Heritage Stage

MC Scott Armstrong 10:30 Armstrong Family Bluegrass Band 11:30 recorded music 11:45 Robert Duke Trick Roper 12:15 London Lawhon 12:45 Armstrong Family Bluegrass Band 1:45 TBA 2:00 Robert Duke Trick Roper 2:30 Armstrong Family Bluegrass Band 3:35 Derek Song 4:00 London Lawhon 4:30 Deer Park HS German Club folk dancers 4:45 Tompkins HS German Club folk dancers 5:15 TBA 5:30 Hollerin’ and Yodelin Contest 6:00 The Siekers Band 7:30 Derek Song 8:00 The Siekers Band

Heritage Center

11:00–3:30 Rebecca Jane 4:00-9:00 Joe Brikha

Sunday, Finale! Line Up (10am-6pm)

MC Heidi Holadio 12:00 Walburg Boys 1:15 David G Wonders 1:45 Walburg Boys 3:00 Rathkamp German Folk Dancers 3:30 Walburg Boys 4:30 Cloggers Unlimited 5:00 Walburg Boys

Chris Rybak Party Stage

MC Edita Rybak 12:00 Chris Rybak Band 1:15 JungeMeisters 2:00 Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe 2:30 JungeMeisters 3:30 Chris Rybak Band 4:30 Rathkamp German Folk Dancers 5:00 Chris Rybak Band

Warsteiner Stage

MC Valina Polka 12:00 Das Ist Lustig 2:00 Cloggers Unlimited 2:30 Alex Meixner Band sponsored by Polka Beat 4:00 Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe 4:30 Alex Meixner Band

Texas Heritage Stage

MC Scott Armstrong 12:00 Armstrong Family Bluegrass Band 1:00 Robert Duke Trick Roper 1:30 Traveling Murphy’s 2:30 Robert Duke Trick Roper 3:00 Armstrong Family Bluegrass Band 4:00 Traveling Murphy’s 5:00 Armstrong Family Bluegrass Band

Heritage Center

1:00-5:00 Shelia Lee and Friends

Strolling All Weekend

David G Wonders Tallest German Katerina on Saxophone Gene Hackemack on Accordion

Saturday & Sunday only: Ghillie The Elf TubaMeisters Derek on classical Violin

*subject to change*

Free Community Event: Self Defense Workshop

This Friday Join Hero Martial Arts Academy for a Free Self Defense Workshop. Located at 6411 FM-2920, Spring, TX 77379.

Please click on the link below to register: 

Click here to Register

Everyone is welcome to join! Ages 13 and up! 

You are welcome to bring a friend and wear your proper athletic attire (athletic pants, yoga pants, martial arts pants & t-shirt).  It will be fun, informative and packed with useful "life saving" information. There is no prior martial arts experience necessary, but there will be some physical elements to the workshop.




Northland Christian Student Chosen for World Debate Team

The Northland Christian debate team is incredibly proud to announce that Sarah Lanier, a senior, has been chosen to represent the United States as a member of the USA Debate Team. Sarah will travel the world competing as a representative of Team USA (and Northland Christian School). The team is made up of eight other students from across the nation that will compete in global debate competitions against students from other countries. Some competitions they will attend this upcoming school year will be held in Germany, Croatia, Singapore and Argentina; the final tournament of the year will be held in Bali, Indonesia. 

In order to be selected, the participants had to complete several video speeches on different debate topics. The field started with over 500 applicants. Once the field was narrowed down to the final 20, Sarah participated in an interview that consisted of questions and impromptu speaking exercises. Margaret Purcell, a senior debate captain, also made it to the semi-final round! We could not be more proud of how these ladies have represented our program and our school!

Northland Christian has had one other student that was selected to be a member of Team USA—Shania Hunt, class of 2014. With Sarah being selected to the team, Northland Christian becomes one of only a select few schools that has ever had two students on the team. Since 1974, Northland Christian School has prepared Christian leaders for college, life and forever, for ages 18 months through 12th grade. Northland offers a traditional college preparatory curriculum and comprehensive co-curricular programs. The beautiful campus is located in northwest Houston with over 680 students currently enrolled.

Sarah Lanier, a senior, at Northland Christian

Sarah Lanier, a senior, at Northland Christian

Help Support Local Police Officers

WACO - Until recently there haven't been many good choices to clean and maintain a firearm. That is until now, right here in Waco, hey can you guys help me?

They can with one of their six locations Nation wide and with eight more opening this year as well, this is a business that is thriving due to ex Military members using their skills to fill a real void. 

"This is the only business we know of that can take a guy who has gun use, gun knowledge and can share that with the public. And it lets them become the expert again, and it's great to see these guys thrive."

Like franchiser Roman Carreon who served six years in the military and is now using his expertise on both gun safety and maintenance which led him to owning his own store.

"Weapons was something that I was very good at in the military something that a lot of military guys get trained in, firearms safety, cleaning and it just fit the bill...."

The Gun Cleaners hope to have 100 stores Nationwide by the end of 2018. And they are constantly thinking of ways to support our men and women in Blue. So for just 30 dollars you can pre pay a gun cleaning for an officer. They sold 40 cleanings in the first 48 hours. 

"We have a store in Dallas and of course when the 5 officers were killed in July it just spurned us to say what can we do not just gun cleaners corporate members, which is 2500, what can we do to support our police officers and we came up with the pay it forward program.....

So officers take advantage and come on in and you'll get your firearm cleaned and most of the time you'll get your gun back the day that you turned it in. And you can even text the person who paid thanking them for their generosity.

For more information please visit the link below!

The Gun Cleaners of Spring

4334 FM 2920 Road Suite 30,Spring, TX 77388

  •  Phone: (281) 651-4419