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Thanksgiving, Black Friday kick off holiday season

November 18, 2018

The big event of the week this week is Thanksgiving. It is traditionally a time for families to join together, eat a big meal, share stories, watch football and generally do all the things extended families do.

Thursday is also the day before the traditional start of Christmas holiday shopping on the day known as “Black Friday.”

Local law enforcement is encouraging residents to be mindful of their safety.

“Friday kicks off the shopping season,” Memorial Villages Police Chief Ray Schultz said. “Expect shoppers out as early as 3 a.m. preparing for Black Friday deals. ... Pay attention to your surroundings, downsize purses and handbags, keep bags close to your body. Limit the number of credit cards you carry, park in well-lit areas, lock your car doors whenever you get in or out of your vehicle, get and keep all receipts and compare them to your statements, and always hide/place items out of sight inside of your vehicles.”

And it is not just people venturing out to the shopping centers who need to be aware.

“Once again, this season we expect to see the return of area ‘Porch Bandits,’” Schultz said. “These are the thugs who drive around looking for packages sitting on front porches or near doors. … Remember to track your packages online and arrange for them to be removed as soon as possible after delivery.”

Other safety ideas include:

Do not place numerous purchases into your vehicle and return to shopping. This lets potential thieves know there is something to steal and that you will be gone for a while. If you have to do more shopping in the same area, move your vehicle to a new spot.

If you are worried heading to your vehicle after making a purchase, request an escort outside. It may be possible to get some help.

Shop with others. Lone targets are easier to take advantage of.

Try shopping during the daylight hours so you can be more aware of your surroundings.

Be safe and may you find some great deals out there.

Annual Thanksgiving Feast

The eighth annual Katy Community Thanksgiving Feast will be hosted by Katy First United Methodist Church, 5601 Fifth St., Katy on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit www.katyfeast.org to register for the meal and for more information. Those lacking access to a computer or Smart phone, can call Rhonda at 281-384-0288 or Spanish speakers can call Claudia at 832-651-2650. The event also will feature face painting and a Kidz Corner for children. Donated new blankets, new or gently used coats, nonperishable food items and diapers will be made available.

Thanksgiving closures

The city of Katy will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday. For residents that normally have recycling service on the fourth Thursday, service will be moved to Friday, Nov. 23. For residents that normally have garbage service on Friday, service will be moved to Saturday, Nov. 24.

All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 26. The online library is always open at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, streaming movies and music, downloading e-books, or using the research databases. For additional information, contact the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

The Maud Marks, Katherine Tyra @ Bear Creek and Katy branch libraries will be closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. The Harris County Public Library branches will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 22-25.

Katy ISD schools are on Thanksgiving break Nov. 19-23.

rkent@hcnonline.com

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