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GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON, APRIL 21

The American Heart Association (AHA) will host the 2015 Houston Go Red for Women® Luncheon on Tuesday, April 21 at Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main Street in Houston. The annual luncheon, from 10:30 a.m – 2 p.m, will welcome more than 500 attendees to raise awareness and funds for women’s fight against heart disease. At the event, attendees will shop with local vendors expo style and enjoy a heart-healthy lunch while learning more about the Go Red for Women Campaign, which is nationally sponsored by Macy’s.

The luncheon Keynote Speaker is Star Jones, attorney, author, TV personality, President of Professional Diversity Network and National Association of Professional Women, and American Heart Association National Volunteer.
Register online by visiting houstongored.heart.org or by calling 713-610-5000.

Individual tickets to the event are $500 with remaining tables starting at $5,000. For more information, contact Deandrea Dillard at 713-610-5023 or deandrea.dillard@heart.org.

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Fire Rescue Service members are ready to serve some “hot” BBQ on April 24.

Fire Rescue Service members are ready to serve some “hot” BBQ on April 24.

MISSOURI CITY POLICE & FIRE AUXILIARY FUNDRAISER, APRIL 24

The annual Missouri City Police & Fire Auxiliary Benefit will be held on Friday, April 24 from 6-10 p.m., at the Missouri City Community Center, located at 1522 Texas Parkway in Missouri City. A Bar-B-Que dinner, Music, Silent and Live Auctions will be featured! Tickets are only $20. To sponsor a table, donate to the auction or purchase tickets, call Mary Amaya at 713-204-0869.

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GARDEN CLUB OF RICHMOND ANNUAL CALADIUM BULB SALE, APRIL 8

The Garden Club of Richmond is holding its annual Caladium Sale. Bulbs can be pre-ordered and will be available for pick-up April 22, 23 (10 a.m.- 4 p.m.) and April 24 (10 a.m.-noon) at Joseph’s Coffee Shop, 202 Morton St. in Richmond. The bulbs are No. 1 “fancy-leafed” caladium bulbs and are available in the following colors: red (Red Flash, pink (Carolyn Whorton), white (Candidum) and new this year variegated (Tapestry).

Prices are $25 for 25 bulbs, $50 for 50 bulbs and $95 for 100 bulbs. To order, please call 281-342-8528 or email either Meredity Doggett at doxiedoggett@­gmail.com or Fran Kelly at tiny2kelly@g­mail.com. Orders must be paid for in advance. The last day to order is April 8

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FAMILY MOVIE DAY AT SUGAR LAND BRANCH LIBRARY, APRIL 11

The Sugar Land Branch Library will present a special “Family Movie Day” on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at 550 Eldridge. Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy an afternoon movie.

The movie to be shown is a 2014 family film based on a popular comic strip by Harold Gray about a little orphaned girl named Annie. In this adaptation, Annie is a young, happy foster child who is tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York City in 2014. Her life has been hard with a mean foster mom, but things are about to change for Annie when Will Stacks, a hard-nosed business tycoon who is running for New York City mayor, makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her under his wing. This movie is rated PG.

The event is free and open to the public. The libraries’ licensing agreement for public showing of films prohibits them from releasing the name of the movie outside of the library. For more information, call the Sugar Land Branch Library at 281-238-2140.

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Spokesdog Rain is “pawsitively” pumped about Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run/Walk

Spokesdog Rain is “pawsitively” pumped about Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run/Walk.

FORT BEND CARES 2ND ANNUAL DOGGONE FUN RUN/WALK, APRIL 11

Meet Rain, Fort Bend Cares Spokesdog for the 2nd Annual Doggone Fun Run scheduled for Saturday, April 11, at 8 a.m. at Memorial Park in Sugar Land. Rain was adopted from Sugar Land Animal Services on May 8 by the Winters family. She is a black lab mix and is approximately 7 years old. Although underweight and infected with hookworms and heartworms upon arrival at the shelter, Rain is healthy now and loving life with her family.

The Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run raises funds to support nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged children and youth in Fort Bend County. This year, to show support of our four-legged friends as well, Fort Bend Cares will donate a portion of proceeds from this event to the Sugar Land Animal Services shelter. The Doggone Fun Run includes a competitive chip timed 5K Run (without dogs) and a 5K Run and a 1 mile Fun Run/Walk (with or without dogs), so there is something for everyone and every dog. There will be medals for age group winners of the competitive 5K Run along with prizes for winners of the “canine costume competition.” Come early and stay late to peruse vendor booths, enjoy DJ music, learn tips from a local dog trainer, and more.

Early registration runs through March 13 for $25 per person or $75 for a family of three or more. Each registrant will receive a t-shirt and a bandana for their favorite dog (available while supplies last). Dog owners must ensure canine participants are on a non-retractable leash and must show proof of current rabies vaccination.

For event registration, more information, or to become a sponsor, visit fortbendcares.org, email info@fortbendcares.org, or call 832-819-2005.

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(L-R): FBJSL President Debbie Buckner; Ashley Van Hoozer; Commissioner James Patterson; Michele Fisher; FBJSL Board Liaison Mimi Zaybak; Carl Favre; Hope for Three Events Coordinator Christina Guerra; Hope for Three Executive Director Katie Wiseman; Mary Favre and Memorial Herman Sugar Land Hospital CEO Greg Haralson.

(L-R): FBJSL President Debbie Buckner; Ashley Van Hoozer; Commissioner James Patterson; Michele Fisher; FBJSL Board Liaison Mimi Zaybak; Carl Favre; Hope for Three Events Coordinator Christina Guerra; Hope for Three Executive Director Katie Wiseman; Mary Favre and Memorial Herman Sugar Land Hospital CEO Greg Haralson.

FBJSL SPRING FLING, APRIL 11

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) announces that Memorial Hermann Sugar Land (MHSL) will return as the Title Sponsor for the 2015 FBJSL Spring Fling. The theme for the event is “A Red Carpet Affair” and will be held on Saturday, April 11 at Sugar Land Skeeters Constellation Field Insperity Club. The cocktail chic event will include a seated dinner, casino, live auction, Champagne and Diamonds raffle, wine and spirits pull, bid board, dancing and the opportunity to knock one out of the park from home plate at Constellation Field.

Fort Bend County Com­missioner James Patterson will once again serve as event Auctioneer, and local radio personality and owner of Michele Fisher Voice Overs, Michele Fisher, will serve as the evening’s Emcee. “We are very honored to have both James Patterson and Michele Fisher return as this year’s Auctioneer and Emcee. They are pillars of the Fort Bend community and will be an asset to our event,” said Ashley Van Hoozer.

Live Auction packages include a four-night stay at the Grand Wailea Resort in Hawaii, two-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe, five-course gourmet dinner for eight in your home prepared by renowned Chef Reynold “Rey” Darthard and a four-night stay at Laguna Suites Golf & Spa or the Ocean Spa Hotel in Cancun, Mexico to name a few.

Honorary Chairs will be Mary and Carl Favre. Carl is a real estate attorney; Mary is serving as FBJSL Sustainer President.

Proceeds from 2015 FBJSL Spring Fling will benefit Hope For Three, an autism advocacy organization and the FBJSL Comm­unity Assistance Fund. Funds raised at this event will help Hope For Three provide family assistance/financial aid for early diagnosis assessments, treatments/therapies, prescriptions, special diets, and educational tools to families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Fort Bend County.

For details about the event visit fbjsl.com. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or donations,contact FBJSL Spring Fling Co-Chairs Leslie Piwowar or Ashley Van Hoozer at springfling@fbjsl.com.

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LEARN ABOUT CREDIT RATINGS AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY PROGRAM, APRIL 11

Learn what factors can positively and negatively affect your credit at a special program at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 2 p.m. at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

In the program, “How to Improve Your Credit Score,” Tamara White will provide an overview of credit scores, explaining what they are and how they are calculated. Credit problems can make it more difficult to obtain loans or may result in higher interest rates when purchasing a car or buying a home. Understanding your credit rating and knowing how to improve it can help increase your purchasing power and save you money.

Learn about the different factors that make up a credit score, how your credit rating affects you and your ability to make purchases, and what steps can be taken to improve your rating. White will also discuss the three different credit bureaus, including what to do if information on a credit report is wrong and our rights in ensuring that the information in your credit report is accurate.

White is a field trainer with Financial Education Services. She has more than seven years of experience working in the financial-services field.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455.

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ARC COMMUNITY CALENDAR

The Arc of Fort Bend’s webpage, aka SNEAK Community Calendar, was developed to advertise events and activities for persons with disabilities.

Anyone can browse through the community calendar. Agencies, organizations, therapy groups, etc. that serve persons with any type of disability or organizes an event or activity for persons with special needs is invited to register the company and add events to the calendar. SNEAK has the ability to handle reoccurring events, including monthly support groups or trainings. Fundraising events are discouraged. The website is arcoffortbend.org.

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HIBISCUS SHOW AND SALE IN SUGAR LAND, APRIL 12

The Lone Star Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society is having a show and sale in Sugar Land on April 12. The show will be held from 1-4 p.m.at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 702 Burney Road. There will be more than 250 varieties of exotic hibiscus for sale as well as many garden varieties. Please call Marti Graves at 281-756-0965 for more information.

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Kevin Costner & Modern West

Kevin Costner & Modern West

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Greg Allman

STAFFORD CENTRE SPRING EVENTS, APRIL 14 AND MAY 6

Modern West, the rock and Americana country band fronted by Academy Award-winning actor, Kevin Costner, will perform at 8 p.m. on April 14 at the Stafford Centre. Best known for his roles in movies such as Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves and Body Guard, Costner founded the band from encouragement from his wife Christine.

The band released its first country album, Untold Truths in 2008. It peaked at No. 35 on the Top Heatseekers chart. Their latest record “Famous for Killing Each Other” featuring music from the television miniseries produced by the History Channel (including 8 compositions written by Costner) reached No. 6 on the soundtrack chart and broke into the top 20 of both the country and indie album charts — all career highs for the band.

On May 6 at 8 p.m., the Stafford Centre welcomes Gregg Allman, one of rock’s most acclaimed stars possesses a distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability that resonates through a musical career spanning nearly half a century. Gregg, along with the Allman Brothers Band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and the group received a lifetime achievement award at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Fans will enjoy this night of Southern Rock.

Tickets for both events may be purchased at staffordcentre.com.

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(L-R): Grayle James; Charles Dupre; Jackie Martinez, Community Relations for Whole Foods Market Sugar Land; Tim Johnson; Pamela Shaw, Strategic Partership Coordinator at FBISD; Vickie Coates; Kip Johnson, Fort Bend Empty Bowls 2015 Event Co-Chair; Linda Day, Fort Bend Empty Bowls 2015 Event Co-Chair; Ashley Aborisade, Community Relations for East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry.

(L-R): Grayle James; Charles Dupre; Jackie Martinez, Community Relations for Whole Foods Market Sugar Land; Tim Johnson; Pamela Shaw, Strategic Partership Coordinator at FBISD; Vickie Coates; Kip Johnson, Fort Bend Empty Bowls 2015 Event Co-Chair; Linda Day, Fort Bend Empty Bowls 2015 Event Co-Chair; Ashley Aborisade, Community Relations for East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry.

FORT BEND EMPTY BOWLS, APRIL 17

The 6th Annual Fort Bend Empty Bowls will honor Fort Bend Independent School District for the district’s enormous contribution to their programs for 25 years. The event is set for Friday, April 17 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch. Fort Bend Empty Bowls is the single largest fundraising event benefiting East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry.

Guests of the event are served a simple meal of soup and bread as a reminder of families in Fort Bend County who don’t have enough food to eat. Tickets for Fort Bend Empty Bowls are $40 per person and may be purchased at East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry.

Vickie Coates, Executive Director at East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, approached district board leaders about the honor and said, “Students organizations, faculty and staff have given so much in donations and volunteer time. There’s no way to count how many tons of food we’ve been given.”

Charles Dupre, Ed.D. FBISD Super­intendent of Schools, and Grayle James, School Board President, have met with staff of the Ministry, along with staff members of both organizations. The meeting also included Tim Johnson, manager of Whole Foods Sugar Land, who sponsors the event each year.

Fort Bend Empty Bowls will feature hand-painted soup bowls available for purchase, which have been donated by local professional and amateur artists. There will also be silent and live auctions, and Commissioner James Patterson will serve as event auctioneer.

For more information, call 281-261-1006.

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RICHMOND FARMERS’ MARKET, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS

The Richmond Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Fridays from 3:30-7 p.m. at the corner of Highway 90 A and Second Street. Produce offered includes green beans, squash, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, local honey, a variety of peppers, herbs, egg plants, onions, kale, beet bulbs, Swiss chard and more. Visit ci.richmond.tx.us/market.html for information.

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SUGAR LAND EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, APRIL 18

Sugar Land’s Earth Day Celebration – called Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rock – will be held April 18, from 1-5 p.m. at Sugar Land Town Square.

Paper shredding will be available free of charge during the event in the City Hall parking lot. Paper shredding guidelines are as follows: Residents must remain in their vehicles at all times; walk-ups will not be accepted; city staff will remove items from vehicles; residents will not be able to watch their documents shredded; and containers used to transport items and papers will not be returned.

Household hazardous waste will not be accepted this year since curbside collection is available to all residents. To learn more call Republic Services at 713-726-7307 or visit sugarlandtx.gov/hhw.

Environmental activity booths and performances are planned at Sugar Land Town Square from 1-5 p.m. Enjoy eco-friendly displays and demonstrations, interactive games and educational booths from local organizations. Planned events include Environmental Extravaganza shows; Reptile Shows by Texas Snakes & More; a poetry contest hosted by Keep Sugar Land Beautiful; and a compressed natural gas solid waste collection vehicle for kids to explore. Contact 281-275-2450 for more information.

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SECOND MILE MISSION CENTER EXPANDS SERVICE HOURS

Second Mile Mission Center has expanded its hours of operation to provide food and personalized counseling to the working poor in Fort Bend County during select evening and weekend hours. Funded in part by The George Foundation, this initiative aims to reach food insecure families who often don’t get the chance to receive badly needed assistance. Second Mile is now open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m. and on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

Second Mile is looking for volunteers to assist families and to help prepare and distribute food. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to call 281-261-9199, ext. 245, or email volunteer@secondmile.org.

No appointments are necessary as walk-ins are welcome during operating hours. Second Mile is located at 1135 Highway 90A in Missouri City.

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Pooches will perform their Frisbee-catching and dancing acts throughout the day.

Pooches will perform their Frisbee-catching and dancing acts throughout the day.

SIENNA PLANTATION’S CANINE CARNIVAL APRIL 18

Dog lovers from all over are invited to bring their four-legged friends to the Sienna Plantation Amphitheater, 3777 Sienna Parkway, on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. as the Fort Bend community of Sienna Plantation hosts a special Canine Carnival celebrating dogs of all sizes and shapes.

Sienna Plantation’s Canine Carnival will feature the Houston Disc Dogs who will perform their high-flying Frisbee-catching and dancing acts throughout the day. The Carnival also will offer a Furry Friends Photo Booth and a Pooch-AWW-Lympics canine talent show judged by Houston Disc Dog trainers.

Families will enjoy local food vendors, carnival games, rides and face painting. Plus, they can make a friend for life by adopting a vaccinated and spayed or neutered pup, sponsored by Dorothy’s Pet Rescue. The Canine Carnival is free and open to the public.

As part of the Canine Carnival, Sienna Plantation will showcase the outdoor art of award-winning metal sculptor Dale Rogers of Haverhill, Mass. “The Big Dog Show,” a collection of 20 large-scale dogs standing 10 feet tall, and “Four People” are ideal for photos with dogs, friends and family. The two sculptures celebrate 40 years of excellence in community development by The Johnson Development Corp., developer of Sienna Plantation and several other master-planned communities in the Houston area.

“The Big Dog Show” will be on display in Sienna Plantation as a temporary exhibit, April 15-30, while “Four People” will remain in the community as a permanent art sculpture. Made of a weathered, Cor-Ten steel, both works of art made the 1,900-mile journey from Haverhill to Houston.

While at the Canine Carnival, families also can tour Sienna Plantation’s collection of model homes, open daily, by Houston’s top home builders. Call 281-778-7777 for more information, or visit SiennaPlantation.com and like Sienna Plantation at Facebook.com/SiennaPlantation.

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TRAVIS HS “TIGER” BAND SPRING FUNDRAISERS, APRIL 18 AND 27

Members of the Travis High School Band are currently preparing for upcoming fundraisers which will take place on April 18 and 27. The community is invited to take part in each of these events.

Spring Car Wash – On Saturday, April 18, the band will sponsor a Car Wash from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of Randall’s in Pecan Grove (at the corner of FM 359 and Plantation Dr.). A second Car Wash will take place on Saturday, May 16.

Annual Golf Tournament – The Tiger Band will host its 5th Annual “Tee Up for Tunes” Golf Tournament on Monday, April 27 beginning at 1 p.m. at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club. The scramble format tournament will include a Putting Contest, Long Drive Contest and a $10,000 Hole In One prize award. Dinner will be provided following the tournament and will include a Silent Auction. Contact Roger Masek at rogmasek@aol.com or 281-235-4750 for registration information or sponsorship opportunities. Visit the band website at travistigerband.com for details on either event. Proceeds from the fundraisers will be used to fund new instruments, uniforms, music, contest fees, clinics, and various other efforts that directly support the Travis Tiger Band.

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Missouri City Ballet performs “Coppelia” for the first time.

Missouri City Ballet performs “Coppelia” for the first time.

MISSOURI CITY BALLET PRESENTS “COPPELIA,” APRIL 18-19

Local non-profit, Missouri City Ballet Company, is excited to announce the dates of their spring performances of Coppelia, at the Stafford Civic Center, 1415 Constitution Ave. This is the first time for the company to perform this beloved classic, a fantastically comedic ballet whose central character, Coppelia, is a life-sized doll created by a toymaker. Audiences will delight in the humorous nature of this ballet and the vibrant costuming and choreography. Missouri City Ballet performs under the direction of Artistic Director, Sharon Teague.

Missouri City Ballet will also be hosting “Cookies with Coppelia” as an extra option for those attending the Sunday matinee. Join our ballerinas for cookies and photo opportunities before the Sunday show. This is an optional $5 add on for Sunday’s matinee only and must be purchased in advance. Tickets for all performances are available through missouricityballet.org or by calling the ShowClix Box Office, 888-718-4253. Email cathy@missouricityballet.org for more information.

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INVESTMENT IN YOUTH LUNCHEON, APRIL 22

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, The George Foundation, and Safari Texas Ranch invite you to join them for the Investment in Youth Luncheon on Wednesday, April 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond.

This event is held in recognition of students from Calvary Episcopal College Prep, Fort Bend Christian Academy, Fort Bend ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Needville ISD, Katy ISD, and Stafford MSD participating in the 18th annual Youth in Philanthropy Program. The luncheon is fully underwritten allowing all ticket proceeds, donations, and all contributions to go straight towards scholarship funds and will celebrate the volunteer accomplishments of the YIP students. For more information and for tickets, visit web.fortbendchamber.com/­events/YIP-Investment-in-Youth-Luncheon-2063398/details.

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FORT BEND LAWYERS CARE“JUSTICE FOR ALL” LUNCHEON, APRIL 23

The seventh annual “Justice for All” Luncheon will be held on April 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Blvd. The event is presented by Fort Bend Lawyers Care with presenting sponsor S. Scott West of The West Law Firm.

For sponsorship and ticket opportunities, visit fortbendlawyerscare.org or for more information, contact Jennifer Kirkpatrick at 713-517-1950 or jennifer@26daisies.com.

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ARTREACH WORKSHOPS AT MAMIE GEORGE COMMUNITY CENTER

Catholic Charities is partnering with ARTreach to help bring the arts to seniors in Fort Bend County. The ARTreach Program at the Mamie George Community Center runs weekly and offers a variety of arts and crafts with music, painting and ceramics and invites an intergeneration mix of volunteers and friends. Classes are held Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m.

The program’s focus is on the seniors’ health and wellbeing, providing enriching experiences, and social opportunities.
For additional information, visit artreachonline.org.

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SUGAR LAND SKEETERS OPENING DAY, APRIL 23

The Sugar Land Skeeters announced the 2015 season schedule with Opening Day set for Thursday, April 23 at Constellation Field. Opening Day will feature a 2014 Championship Series rematch against the Lancaster Barnstormers. The Skeeters’ 2015 game schedule features 140 games, with 70 home games in Sugar Land.

“We are looking forward to our 2015 season and building on the successes of last year, both on the field and the fan experience,” said Chris Jones, General Manager of the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Several weekly promotions will be returning to Constellation Field, including Thirsty Thursdays, which feature discounted beverages, and Friday Night Fireworks. Sunday Fun Day at the ballpark will include pregame catch on the field and team autograph session followed by postgame kids run the bases. Constellation Field offers a kid-friendly atmosphere including a carousel, playground, interactive splash pad and inflatable zone.

Game times and a full promotional schedule will be released at a later date. Season tickets for the 2015 season are on sale now with mini-plan tickets being announced in the coming weeks. For more information, call the main office at 281-240-4487 or visit SugarLandSkeeters.com.

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SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN APRIL EVENTS

The Scholarship Recipients Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 25 at 11 a.m., and is partially underwritten by Veritas Steak and Seafood in Sugar Land. For ticket price and other information, call 713-256-7953.

SSLW is conducting its Spring Dress For Success Panty Hose Drive through April 30. All sizes and colors,especially plus size and neutral colors, are needed. Call the number above for donation information.

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FORT BEND PARENTS OF MULTIPLES GARAGE SALE, APRIL 25

Each spring Fort Bend Parents of Multiples hosts a garage sale where members gather with all of their gently used goodies for sale. This year’s event is on April 25th from 8 – 11:30 a.m. at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd, Sugar Land. You’ll find everything from baby/toddler/­children/adult clothes, strollers, toys, books, shoes, swim gear, car seats etc. Since all of the sellers are moms of multiples, there are usually two of everything. It is free to shop, and please bring cash and credit cards only for purchases. For more information, visit fbpom.org.

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LAKE OLYMPIA GARDEN CLUB

The Lake Olympia Garden Club meets each month for a field trip and meeting.

Members donate to a number of worthwhile organizations throughout the year, and are also asked to bring nonperishable items to each meeting for the East Fort Bend food pantry. Membership includes not only Lake Olympia but the surrounding area. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For information, contact Jo Ann Keene at 281-438-2174 or keeneja@yahoo.com.

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Jeffrey Wood, M.D.

Jeffrey Wood, M.D.

FREE BACK AND NECK PAIN SEMINAR, APRIL 30

Join Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at their Conference Center for a free seminar on back and neck pain. Whether you’ve had back and/or neck pain for a few days or several long years, the professionals at Houston Methodist want to help.

Dr. Jeffrey Wood will present the latest information on surgical and non-surgical treatment options and address any questions you may have. Your back is a hard-working machine, giving strength to your movements and supporting most of your weight. With all this work to do, it’s no wonder the back is prone to injury and strain. Four out of five adults will experience
at least one episode of back pain in their lifetimes.

“Back pain is experienced by both the young and old, but the risk of developing it increases with age,” says Dr. Jeffrey Wood, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Neuroscience & Spine Center. “Back ailments can stem from a variety of sources, including heavy lifting, improper sports or exercise techniques, sitting hunched over a desk or being overweight.”

Conditions such as a herniated disc, muscle spasms, arthritis and scoliosis can also contribute to back pain. Depending on the source of your back problem, you may experience acute pain (lasting no longer than a few weeks) or chronic pain (lasting for months or years). Minor back ailments, primarily those associated with strains and/or spasms, can be successfully treated at home with a combination of hot and cold compresses, rest and anti-inflammatory medications. “Although you may be tempted to spend a few days in bed recuperating, this isn’t the best solution,” says Dr. Wood. “To help maintain back strength and movement, try to keep up with your regular activities.” Seminar registration required. Register online at houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281-274-7500.

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POETRY CONTEST FOR TEENS, ADULTS, THROUGH APRIL

In recognition of April National Poetry Month, Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) announces its first Annual Adult Poetry Contest celebrating poetry and the contributions made by poets to the world of literature.

The poems should be inspired by reading, literature, and/or the library. Entries can be submitted on the libraries’ website, fortbend.lib.tx.us, between April 1 and 25. The contest will be divided into two categories: high school students in grades 9-12 and adults.

All entries must be original and unpublished. Only one poem may be entered per person. Poems must fit on one standard, letter-sized page, with at least 1-inch margins, in 12-point font or larger. Library employees and their immediate families are not eligible.

FBCL reserves the right to print or display online any entry to this contest. Winning poems may be posted for the general public to see, so poems should be appropriate for all ages to view. Winning poems will be determined by a panel of judges, who will make their determinations based on the poem’s originality, use of language and imagery, and emotional impact.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place entries in both categories. Winners will be announced no later than Monday, May 11, and their poems will be displayed in all the library branches and on the FBCL website throughout May. There is no fee for entering the contest. For more information, call the libraries’ Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

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3RD ANNUAL J.J. WATT CHARITY CLASSIC, MAY 1

Houston Texans star player J.J. Watt has announced the date for the 2015 J.J. Watt Charity Classic. The event will be held on the evening of Friday, May 1 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. A softball game featuring the defensive and offensive players from the Houston Texans will compete on opposing teams under “Friday Night Lights.” A home run derby at 6 p.m. precedes the 7 p.m. game with fireworks following the game.

Tickets range from $18 to $150 and are on sale at the Constellation Field box office and online at ticketreturn.com.

In addition, the event will feature a silent auction with items such as autographed apparel, autographed game-day memorabilia and an “experience package” to sit in either the defensive or offensive dugout during an inning, just to name a few. Foundation merchandise will also be available for sale.

Funds raised will benefit the Justin J Watt Foundation, whose mission is to provide after-school opportunities for children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the basic character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic and perseverance while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers. Qualifying schools are encouraged to apply for funding. Through generous donors, the Foundation has provided over $635,000 in funding.

“The Justin J Watt Foundation encourages children to dream big and work hard,” says J.J. Watt. “We hope to provide the motivation and means to turn those big dreams and hard work into something incredible.”

For more information, visit jjwfounda­tion.org. For sponsorship information, contact Capture Marketing at 262-696-5177 or info@capturemarketingllc.com.

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Vince Finnegan (Presenting Sponsor and Committee Member), Jeff Haley (Committee Member), Angie Wierzbicki (Fort Bend Cares Executive Director), John Kennedy (Committee Member), and Robert Wills (Welcome Sponsor and Committee Member).

Vince Finnegan (Presenting Sponsor and Committee Member), Jeff Haley (Committee Member), Angie Wierzbicki (Fort Bend Cares Executive Director), John Kennedy (Committee Member), and Robert Wills (Welcome Sponsor and Committee Member).

FORT BEND CARES GOLF OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, MAY 1-2

Fort Bend Cares is proud to partner with Presenting Sponsor Finnegan Auto Group for its new Open Championship Golf Tournament on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at Fort Bend Country Club.

Led by a committee of golf enthusiasts, the charitable foundation raises funds by encouraging golfers of all skill levels to partake in this two-day challenge. The tournament is a 4-ball/stroke play competition where two competitors play as partners, each playing their own ball (as opposed to the traditional charity 4-man scramble teams). The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole.

The event will feature various flights determined by team handicaps, with starting times based on scores within the flights. Friday will start late morning and continue throughout the day with entertainment, food, beverages and great prizes for all golfers. Saturday will start early morning and conclude with an awards ceremony in the early afternoon.

Team prices are $400 for two people for two days and sponsorships start at $500. All proceeds from the event benefit disadvantaged children and youth in Fort Bend County. To sponsor, sign up as a two-person team, or volunteer, visit fortbendcares.org, email info@­fort­bendcares.org, or call 832-819-2005.

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WILD WEST BREWFEST, MAY 2

The Rotary Club of Katy announces its annual craft beer-tasting event, the Wild West Brewfest, on May 2 from 3 – 10 p.m . at Katy Mills Mall. This event will feature 25 Specialty Craft Brewers from various distributorships within the city of Houston. There will be many locations within the event for you to relax and enjoy the wide ranges of beers that will be represented and several restaurants will be open during the event. Enjoy multiple bands, such as headliners JT Hodges and Curtis Grimes.

VIP ticket holders get in at 2 p.m. Separate tickets are available for the Launch Party on May 1 from 7 – 10 p.m. Combo tickets are available for both events. Ticket sales are limited.

Visit katybrewfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

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SUGAR LAND GARDEN CLUB SPRING GARDEN TOUR, MAY 2

The Sugar Land Garden Club is hosting its 16th annual Spring Garden Tour on May 2 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Rain date is May 9.

Six distinctive private gardens in Venetian Estates are featured on the tour. Come stroll among gardens with beautifully designed flower and vegetable beds, spectacular containers, water features, outdoor kitchens, garden art and sparkling pools. You will leave inspired to create or expand an oasis of beauty in your home.

Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour for $15. A tour map will be included.

Additional information including a tour map with house locations will be available at SugarLandGardenClub.org in mid-April.

One of the oldest garden clubs in Texas, the Sugar Land Garden Club celebrates its 83rd year in 2015. The club is a nonprofit organization that supports a variety of state-wide and community horticultural projects, including scholarships for horticultural students and community garden projects. The club meets at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 702 Burney Road, 77478 on the third Tuesday of the month. The meetings feature speakers on garden-related topics.

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COMPLIMENTARY MEALS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Catholic Charities Mamie George Community Center offers daily complimentary hot meals to senior citizens at Patty’s Café, open Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dining is available both inside and outside, with free wireless Internet access. Enrollment in the meal program is required at the Mamie George Community Center, 1111 Collins Road in Richmond. For more information, call 281-202-6200.

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Keegan Lessard (left) with Caitlin Rowley.

Keegan Lessard (left) with Caitlin Rowley.

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Keegan Lessard

2015 TAKE STEPS WALK HOUSTON FOR CROHN’S AND COLITIS FOUND­ATION OF AMERICA, MAY 2

Keegan Lessard from Missouri City is inspiring people in the Houston area to participate in the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Houston Take Steps Walk on Saturday May 2 at 4:30 p.m. at Houston’s Moody Park. Keegan, a Ridge Point High School sophomore, is living with Crohn’s disease. Along with ulcerative colitis, these painful, debilitating, and incurable digestive diseases impact over 1.6 million American adults and children, with as many as 150,000 under the age of 18 including over 66,000+ in Houston.

Keegan went through a lengthy diagnosis featuring multiple CT scans, colonoscopies, and blood tests, and has endured a great number of painful injections and invasive surgeries just to keep himself out of long-term hospital care. Despite constant pain and multiple unsuccessful treatment plans, Keegan refuses to let Crohn’s disease defeat him.

“I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s during my eighth-grade year and it has been a huge part of my life ever since,” he said. “I’ve lost count of the number of doctor visits, surgeries, injections, and other Crohn’s related treatments that I have been through over that time period, but I refuse to let Crohn’s take away my dreams and keep me from accomplishing all of my goals in life. I have always wanted to play college baseball and Crohn’s won’t change that dream. If there is one message that I could share with other patients like me, it would be to keep fighting for your dreams and never lose hope.”

Thousands of people will gather this spring at nearly 80 walk sites across the country to join the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The walks are family friendly festivals with activities for everyone including bands, games, activities, food and a leisurely walk through a park or community. Take Steps has raised over $60 million for research and patient support services and is committed to transforming the lives of those impacted by these diseases through well-funded, cutting-edge scientific research.

For more information on Keegan’s story and battle against this debilitating disease, or to learn how to get involved with Houston’s Take Steps Walk please visit cctakesteps.org/houston or contact Matt Jackson at 832-264-4172 or mjackson@ccfa.org.

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(L-R): Dale Davison, Matthew Walz, and James Walz, along with Hands and Hearts Foundation President Stan Wilkening.

(L-R): Dale Davison, Matthew Walz, and James Walz, along with Hands and Hearts Foundation President Stan Wilkening.

HANDS AND HEARTS 2015 GOLF TOURNAMENT, MAY 4

Hands and Hearts Found­ation of Sugar Land will host its 4th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament at Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Boulevard, Sugar Land, on Monday, May 4.

Stan Wilkening serves as Hands and Hearts board president as well as chair of the golf committee. He invites individuals, companies and corporations to support this fund­­­-­raising event. Sponsor­ships range from a Tournament Co-Sponsor at $5,000 to Hole Sponsor levels of $2,000, $1,000 or $500.

For registrations received prior to April 20, individual player fee is $150 including the Advantage Package: two Mulligans, a huge drive on Par 5 and a putting contest entry. The cost per player increases to $175 on April 21.

Registration at the tournament begins at 11 a.m., when the driving range and putting green will open. After a putting contest, a box lunch will be provided at 12 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner, awards ceremony and silent auction follow.

Silent auction chair and board member Evelyn Martin promises a large selection of items, including rounds at local golf courses, as well as gifts which will make Mother’s Day and Father’s Day shopping a breeze.

For additional information, email contact@handsandheartsfoundation.org. Stan Wilkening can be reached directly at 713-304-3247.


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