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Marauding buccaneers will descend on downtown Rosenberg during the Spring Arts Festival.

Marauding buccaneers will descend on downtown Rosenberg during the Spring Arts Festival.

SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN ROSENBERG, APRIL 1

The second annual Spring Arts Festival in Historic Downtown Rosenberg will be held on Saturday, April 1. The festival will include a street fair from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with food trucks, vendor booths, puppet shows and live music. There will also be a sanctioned, judged art show of the Art League of Fort Bend, plus three additional fine art exhibits with receptions from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Vogelsang Building. The Rosenberg Symphonic Band will perform an outdoor concert at 4 p.m., and a there will be a play by Cast Theatrical Company at 8 p.m. There also will be a display of Classic Volkswagen cars at the event.

Throughout the day, there will be a Treasure Hunt Game that everyone can play for a chance to win prizes, including a Grand Prize of a half-carat diamond ring donated by Dostal’s Jewelry. The Brazos River-Pirates will be on hand during the day at the Pirate Tent on Avenue G to help promote and administer the Treasure Hunt Game. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Event co-sponsors are The Rosenberg Main Street Program, Classic Chevrolet of Sugar Land, and Dostal’s Jewelry. For more information contact Dan Kelleher, Main Street Program Manager at 832-535-0718. To become a
festival vendor, contact Tracy Dawson, dawsontracy35@gmail.com.

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SUGAR LAND EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, APRIL 1

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

This year’s Earth Day Celebration promises to be a rockin’ good time with live performances by Vocal Trash at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Environmental activity booths and performances are planned from 1-5 p.m. Enjoy eco-friendly displays and demonstrations, interactive games and educational booths from many local organizations.

Reptile shows by Texas Snakes & More will be held at 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to visit the Up-cycle Art located in the display booth featuring art from Sugar Land’s local school environmental clubs. The awards for the Up-cycle contest will also be presented.

Paper shredding will be provided by ProShred at no cost throughout the event in the parking lot at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North. Paper shredding must adhere to the following guidelines: Residents must remain in their vehicles at all times. Walk-ups will not be accepted. ProShred staff will remove items from vehicles. Residents may not be able to watch their documents get shredded. Containers used to transport items and papers will not be returned.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rock is provided by the City of Sugar Land in partnership with Keep Sugar Land Beautiful (KSLB), Sugar Land Town Square and the following sponsors: Republic Services, Living Earth, ProShred and Whole Foods.

Make everyday Earth Day by being environmentally conscious. For more information about the event, visit sugarlandtx.gov/earthday or kslb.org, or call 281-313-5752.

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(Top row, l-r) : Andrew Stoltenberg, Rashawn Slater, (Middle row): Greg Freeman, Richard Freeman, Zachary Dagnall, Megan Dagnall , Nadia Haris, Mac Garfinkel, Rachel Vanderzyl; (bottom row): Carmeli Nguyen, Kristen Li, Rachel Wang, Riley Spengeman and Sydney Bynes.

(Top row, l-r) : Andrew Stoltenberg, Rashawn Slater, (Middle row): Greg Freeman, Richard Freeman, Zachary Dagnall, Megan Dagnall , Nadia Haris, Mac Garfinkel, Rachel Vanderzyl; (bottom row): Carmeli Nguyen, Kristen Li, Rachel Wang, Riley Spengeman and Sydney Bynes.

GRANT-A-STARR FOUNDATION FAMILY 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN/WALK, APRIL 1

The ninth Annual Grant-A-Starr Foundation Family 5K and1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is back again with a board of exemplary teens looking forward to organizing another successful event to celebrate the life of Grant Starr. The event will be held on Saturday, April 1, at Sugar Land Memorial Park, and will include both a 5K chip timed race on the USATF course and a 1-mile event. A community oriented post-race party will follow the awards presentation. There will be plenty of food, freebies and fun for the whole family.

Celebrating the life of their son, Grant, a seven-year-old boy who passed away from an unidentified virus the summer before he began second grade, Dolores and Rod Starr founded the Grant-A-Starr Foundation, a nonprofit organization created solely for the purpose of saving children’s lives through the advancement of rapid detection of life-threatening childhood infections, such as encephalitis and meningitis. The foundation provides financial support to Houston-based research projects that are dedicated to the development of rapid diagnostic testing that will reduce the time required to identify an illness and ultimately save children’s lives.

For sponsorship information, contact Terri Wang at terriw@rocketmail.com. To learn more about the Grant-A-Starr Foundation and sign up for the race, visit grantastarr.org. To register for the race, email Darla Spengamen at tspengeman@comcast.net.

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(Front row, l-r): Students from Hightower High School Interact Club, Kempner High School Interact Club, Ridge Point High School Student Council, and Clements Interact Club. (second row): Eunice Mather, FBEF Marketing Coordinator Hillary Dunn, Bill Dillon, Ron Williams, Margaret Constance, Tonya Samuels, Frankie Jackson, Ronnie Escobar, Joanna Covington, Matt Brown, Jim Mayes; (third row): Terri Hernandez, FBEF Board Member Ron Bailey, FBEF Past President John Wantuch, Co-Ride Director Akhil Kulkarni, Co-Ride Director Charles Borsos, FBEF Board Member Scott Maddox, Janice Holley and Geir Bentzen.

(Front row, l-r): Students from Hightower High School Interact Club, Kempner High School Interact Club, Ridge Point High School Student Council, and Clements Interact Club. (second row): Eunice Mather, FBEF Marketing Coordinator Hillary Dunn, Bill Dillon, Ron Williams, Margaret Constance, Tonya Samuels, Frankie Jackson, Ronnie Escobar, Joanna Covington, Matt Brown, Jim Mayes; (third row): Terri Hernandez, FBEF Board Member Ron Bailey, FBEF Past President John Wantuch, Co-Ride Director Akhil Kulkarni, Co-Ride Director Charles Borsos, FBEF Board Member Scott Maddox, Janice Holley and Geir Bentzen.

14TH ANNUAL SCHLUMBERGER EDUCATION EXPEDITION BIKE RIDE, APRIL 1

On Saturday, April 1, the Fort Bend Education Foundation will host its 14th annual bike ride.   Whether you are training for the BP MS 150 or just wanting a great day with friends, this is the ride for you.

Riders take off at 7:30 a.m. from Ken Hall Stadium (located at Hightower High School in Missouri City) to wind through the quiet streets and countryside of Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties before looping back home. Riders have the option of three routes; 31, 51, and 77 miles.

Rest stops are themed and staffed by Fort Bend ISD high school students vying for the “Best Rest Stop” award. SAG wagon and motorcycle support will be on the course to assist you with any needs. After the ride, stay and enjoy a scrumptious lunch and don’t forget to vote for your favorite Rest Stop.

This ride is a BP MS 150 Recommended Ride and all proceeds benefit the Education Foundation. The Fort Bend Education Foundation provides opportunities to enrich and enhance the quality of education for all Fort Bend ISD students through its Grants to Teachers and Schools programs.

Register online at fortbendisd.com/foundation before the event day to prevent any distractions for you on the ride morning.

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OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTERVOLUNTEERS ANNOUNCE SECOND “POWER OF THE PUR$E,” APRIL 6

The Volunteers of OakBend Medical Center are holding their second Power of the Purse fund­raiser to raise money that will be donated to the renovation of the hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit.

Each year, the volunteers donate money that has been raised through various events such as craft and bake sales and through the sales of popcorn, pickles and items in the gift shop.

This year’s event will take place on Thursday, April 6 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Safari Texas. The event will include lunch and a silent auction of a variety of purses ranging from everday purses to designer bags.

Melissa Wilson of Fox 26 will be emceeing the program. The keynote speaker this year will be LaDonna Gatlin. LaDonna, a native Texan, is the sister of Country Music’s Gatlin Bros. and is a performer, professional speaker and author.

Tickets may be purchased online at oakbendmedcenter.org under the events section or call 281-341-2864. For more information, email ldrummond@obmc.org.

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UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY PROGRAMS, APRIL 3 AND 7

Fort Bend County Libraries will have an informational program for people who would like to learn more about vegetarian diets on Monday, April 3, beginning at 6 p.m., in Meeting Room 1 of the University Branch Library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Registered and Licensed Dietician Dianne Gertson will talk about different types of vegetarians, reasons people make these dietary decisions, and how to create tasty vegetarian dishes. Samples will be available for tasting. Gertson is the County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Fort
Bend County.

These programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100.

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Lifestyles & Homes account executive Amy Barker Richards and her family and friends will participate again this year in the Run for the Rose as the team, “In Memory of Dan S. Barker.”

Lifestyles & Homes account executive Amy Barker Richards and her family and friends will participate again this year in the Run for the Rose as the team, “In Memory of Dan S. Barker.”

15TH ANNUAL RUN FOR THE ROSE BENEFIT, APRIL 2

Brain cancer will once again meet its match on Sunday, April 2, at NRG Park in Houston as patients, supporters and family members converge for the 15th Anniversary Run for the Rose.

Sponsored by the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation (DMRF), the event raises awareness and funds benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and UTHealth McGovern Medical School. The event offers a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Family 1K Fun Run/Walk, and participants range in age from 2 months to 102 years. The race starts and ends outside NRG Arena. Last year’s race attracted more than 5,800 participants and 100 brain tumor patients and netted more than $600,000.

Lifestyles & Homes account representative Amy Barker Richards is hosting a team called “In Memory of Dan S. Barker” to honor her father, who passed away from brain cancer.

This year’s Run for the Rose begins at 6:30 a.m. with late registration. The Survivor Stroll starts at 8 a.m., followed by an 8:15 a.m. start for the Timed and Non-Timed 5K, and 8:45 a.m. start for the Family 1K. The Post-race party will offer delicious food and drink items, activities for children, great music, an inflatable, walkthrough brain exhibit, and a silent auction. The awards presentation will be inside NRG Arena immediately following the end of the race.

Registration fees range from $15 to $40. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. The DMRF receives support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Every $1 that is donated generates an estimated $5-10 of federal funding and grant support.

Through this annual fundraiser, DMRF, a tax-exempt public charity, has donated more than $5.3 million since 2003 for brain cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, pediatric health initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and cutting-edge research and treatment for children with brain tumors at UTHealth McGovern Medical School.

The DMRF was founded in 2002 in memory of Dr. Marnie Rose, a 28-year-old pediatric resident who died from what is considered one of the deadliest of human cancers, a glioblastoma. Dr. Rose was in the first year of her pediatric medical residency at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital when she was diagnosed with the rare form of brain cancer. Despite her diagnosis, she agreed to share all — her cancer journey, personal life and professional duties as a medical resident — with a TV crew from the ABC reality series Houston Medical. The critically acclaimed hospital series followed the lives of doctors, nurses, other health care professionals and patients at Memorial Hermann in summer 2002. Dr. Rose died on August 23, 2002, from complications of her cancer, just five weeks after the show’s final episode aired.

To register for a team or donate to one, visit RunfortheRose.com, or for more information on the race day’s schedule and events, email info@drmarnierose.org.

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Tapestry, the club’s most popular new bulb, will be available at the sale.

Tapestry, the club’s most popular new bulb, will be available at the sale.

GARDEN CLUB OF RICHMOND’S ANNUAL CALADIUM BULB SALE, APRIL 5-7

The Garden Club of Richmond is holding its annual Caladium Sale. Bulbs can be pre-ordered and will be available for pick-up on April 5-6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and April 7 from 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 variegated (Tapestry), the club’s most popular new offering.

Prices are $25 for 25 bulbs; $50 for 50 bulbs; and $95 for 100 bulbs. To order, call 281-341-0588 or email nrain@comcast.net. Orders must be paid for in advance. The last day to place an order is March 24.

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ROSENBERG RAILROAD MUSEUM RAILFEST, APRIL 8

The 10th Anniversary of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum RailFest is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum Grounds, 1921 Ave F, Rosenberg.

Attendees can expect fun, food, games, a bounce house, train rides, museum exhibits,         garden railroad and more.

Tickets to the event are priced at $8 each for everyone, 2 years and older. To purchase a speed pass in advance, visit rosenbergrrmuseum.org

The Rosenberg Railroad Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of railroading in Fort Bend County. All proceeds from this fundraising event go to support museum operations.

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The "flower power" Lone Star Stomp Committee (back row, l-r, ): Claire Rogers, Billie Van Slyke, Juliane Mahlmann, Keely Knipling; (middle row) Tim Kaminski, Ann Werlein, Kathy Kubelka; (front) Daniela Abrego.

The “flower power” Lone Star Stomp Committee (back row, l-r, ): Claire Rogers, Billie Van Slyke, Juliane Mahlmann, Keely Knipling; (middle row) Tim Kaminski, Ann Werlein, Kathy Kubelka; (front) Daniela Abrego.

FORT BEND COUNTY MUSEUM ASSOCIATION HOSTS LONE STAR STOMP, APRIL 8

Get ready for a groovy time at the Fort Bend County Museum Association’s 28th annual Lone Star Stomp! The event is set for Saturday, April 8 from 7-11 p.m. at the George Ranch Historical Park Arena, 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. This year’s Stomp will be a throwback to the 1960s as the Museum Association celebrates its 50th anniversary. Revel in the decade that brought Beatlemania, flower children and the Summer of Love with live music by The Triumphs, dinner catered by The Swinging Door, live and silent auctions, signature cocktails and lots of 1960s-era fun!

Tickets start at $75 per person for open seating and $800 for a reserved table of 8. For ticket information email lonestarstomp@fortbendmuseum.org, call 281-342-1256 or visit fortbendmuseum.org/lone-star-stomp

The Museum Association, which was founded on April 11, 1967 by an eclectic group of 22 citizens from all over Fort Bend County, has been sharing and preserving Fort Bend County’s history for five decades. Honorary chairmen for this year’s Stomp are the original founders and their descendants.

“Our founders knew how important it was to preserve our heritage for the future,” said Billie Van Slyke, 2017 Stomp chairman. “Without their vision, so much of our important Texas history would have been lost over the decades. We are so excited to honor the founders and their families with this ‘far-out’ party that will celebrate the past 50 years — and look forward to the next 50!”

The steering committee is co-chaired by Dottie Allen, Diane Elko and Keely Knipling. All proceeds benefit the Fort Bend County Museum Association.

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MISSOURI CITY HOSTS FIRST MCTX FEST, APRIL 8

Missouri City will host its First Annual MCTX FEST — a new Parks & Recreation initiative that will feature a day full of live music, art, and food for residents and visitors. The festival of fun will take place on Saturday, April 8 from noon to 9 p.m. at 5855 Sienna Springs Way. This first-of-its-kind celebration will allow guests to try food from local restaurants such as Brandani’s and Soto’s Kitchen, and stroll through an art market, showcasing creations of local artisans. Guests will also be able to enjoy live music by festival headliner Blue Water Highway and other musicians.

“Last fall, we had the opportunity to promote Missouri City as an entertainment destination with our first annual Community Night Out in the City Hall complex. This spring, we are launching MCTX Fest as an all-day, premier music festival in line with efforts by our new 501©3 Parks Foun­dation and Parks and Recreation Department to brand the City as a prime tourist destination,” said City Manager Anthony Snipes. “We are excited to share the great combination of food, music and art with the public in an exciting and groundbreaking way for the Show Me City.”

Entry for the festival is free, though food and beverages will be available for purchase. The full list of musical artists includes: Blue Water Highway, Griffin House, Aaron Sinclair, Cari Q, Bourbon Street Band and Campfire Soul.

Additional food vendors include Old Hickory Inn Barbecue, Off the Vine Bistro, Ula’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, Hoggs N’ Chicks, Red Oak Grill and refreshments from B’s Wine Bar. More than 20 vendors including Linda Wagner, Tim Herschbach and Heather Chappelear will also have art and goods displayed.

Food and art/goods vendor applications are available. Visit missouricitytx.gov for information or email Recreation Specialist Julia Montgomery at julia.montgomery@missouricitytx.gov.

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(L-R): Jackie Smith-Baker, second vice president, and Evelyn Peter Dean, president.

(L-R): Jackie Smith-Baker, second vice president, and Evelyn Peter Dean, president.

DELTA SIGMA THETA SUBURBAN HOUSTON – FORT BEND ALUMNAE CHAPTER, SPRING SERVICE PROGRAMS

The Suburban Houston – Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter (SHFBAC) of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is committed to retrieving the past to construct the present and design the future. Most service programs are free and open to children, youth, and adults. SHFBAC has served local communities, while building leadership and inspiring sisterhood since 1976. Service programs available for participation include the following:

APRIL – Social Action Committee, Teen Summit, half day, Marshall High School. For more information, email SA.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

– Pan Hellenic Council donates socks to senior citizens. For more information email NPHC.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

MAY – 06, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – May Week Committee hosts academic excellence and award scholarships luncheon; City Centre at Quail Valley, Bluebonnet Room, Missouri City. $35 per person. For more information, email May Week.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

– Pan Hellenic Council hosts Bread of Life homeless support, food and supplies. For more information, email NPHC.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

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BACK COUNTRY NAVIGATION CLASSES OFFERED AT CULLINAN PARK, APRIL 8

The Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with REI to offer Back Country Navigation classes at Cullinan Park. The class is the first outdoor learning activity to take advantage of the newly acquired park, which includes 754 acres of mostly inaccessible forest and wetlands north of Sugar Land Regional Airport.

Two instructors certified in Wilderness First Aid will teach groups of 10 people how to use maps and compasses. The six-hour classes are intended to provide students with the basics of land navigation. For more information call the Imperial Park Recreation Center at 281-275-2885 or following the parks department at facebook.com/SugarLandParks

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Volunteers are needed for the Trash-off

Volunteers are needed for the Trash-off

MISSOURI CITY TRASH-OFF EVENT, APRIL 8

Missouri City Green will host the Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off event on Saturday, April 8 at the Missouri City Community Center located at 1524 Texas Parkway. Join participants of all ages in making Missouri City’s parks and trails shine during the largest one-day clean up event in the state. This is a great service opportunity for Scouts, school and community service organizations and corporations as well as families and individuals. Sign-in is at 8 a.m. with parks and trail clean up from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Volunteer appreciation reception and awards ceremony will follow at 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Registration and waiver forms are available at missouricitygreen.org. For more information, email info@missouricitygreen.org.

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GEORGE RANCH HIGH SCHOOOL BAND BOOSTERS PRESENTS FOURTH ANNUAL AUTORAMA AT THE RANCH, APRIL 9

On Sunday, April 9, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the George Ranch High School Band Booster Club (GRBBC) will host its fourth annual Auto­Rama at the Ranch. A fun family event for the entire community, AutoRama at the Ranch is a unique car show featuring over 100 Sports, Classic, Muscle, Exotic, Tuner, Sport Compact and Low Rider Cars and Motorcycles. Last year, more than 2,000 people attended, visiting with the car owners, listening to live music and other performances, and enjoying offerings from several food truck vendors.

Organizers are currently looking for car owners and corporate sponsors. Trophies will be awarded in various categories and an activities area for kids makes it an event for all ages.

To participate, contact Steve Nelson at president@grhsband.org for information on car registration or to learn of the benefits for promotion of your business. GRBBC is a registered nonprofit organization, so your contribution is tax deductible.

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Suburban Sugar Land Women board members (front row): Judeene Edison, Tonia Johnson,Marvelyn Harris and Elise Leaks Harmon; (back row): Melvin Petitt, June Peggs, Donisha Smith, Mable Scott Austin and Dr. Joanna Fields Gilmore.

Suburban Sugar Land Women board members (front row): Judeene Edison, Tonia Johnson,Marvelyn Harris and Elise Leaks Harmon; (back row): Melvin Petitt, June Peggs, Donisha Smith, Mable Scott Austin and Dr. Joanna Fields Gilmore.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN, SPRING SERVICE PROGRAMS

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW), a volunteer, incorporated, Fort Bend and beyond service organization since 1989, has the following service programs scheduled for the spring:

APRIL

– Spring Dress For Success – collecting plus-size professional clothing/ panty hose/ colorful scarves; donishasmith21@yahoo.com.

– Career Gear Houston – men’s professional shirts, belts, and socks; email Mose and Melvin at sslw1989@aol.com.

– Friday, April 7 – 6:30 – 8 p.m., National Art Honor Society Beyond Creativity “Night of Arts” gallery exhibit and showing; email monicariley7@gmail.com.

– Saturday, April 22, 3-5 p.m. – Scholarship recipients mandatory attendance reception; email harris_marvelyn@att.net.

To learn more, visit sslw.org.

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Dr. Karl Vega-Lelkes, orthopedic spine surgeon.

Dr. Karl Vega-Lelkes, orthopedic spine surgeon.

BACK AND NECK PAIN SEMINAR, APRIL 19

Join Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Neuroscience & Spine Center on Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. at the hospital’s Brazos Pavilion Conference Center for a seminar discussion on preventing and treating back and neck pain. Dr. Karl Vega-Lelkes will present the latest information on less invasive treatment options and address any questions you may have. Registration is required. Register online at events.houstonmethodist.org/sl-backandneck or call 281-274-7500.

Most healthy adults will experience back or neck pain at some point in their lives. Whether you’re young or old, back and neck pain can be debilitating. The spine is a complex structure with more than 33 vertebrae that form the flexible column running from skull to tailbone; between each is a cushiony disc, and holding everything together is a web of ligaments and muscles.

To schedule an appointment, visit houstonmethodist.org/appointments for easy online schedule or call 281-274-7979.

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RED POTATO MARKET DAYS, APRIL 20-23

Red Potato Market days celebrates its fourth year and eighth show April 20-23 at 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. A Preview Party on Thursday April 20 kicks off the event. More than 70 vendors showcase vintage, antiques, painted furniture, lighting, eclectic finds, art, jewelry, clothing and handmade soaps and crafts. It’s the perfect place to relax in the country only 35 miles west of Houston and 15 miles west of Katy. Local Farmers also bring fresh produce and home made goods. Food trucks and a live band combine to make this a fun event.

The Market takes place under a covered arena, rain or shine. The preview party is $10 with a return admission for another day. The $5 general admission supports Young Life and Simonton Christian Academy. Children under 12 are free.   Hours for the event are Thursday, 4 – 7p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information call 281-533-9863 or visit redpotatomarket.com

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FORT BEND LAWYER’S CARE “JUSTICE FOR ALL” LUNCHEON, APRIL 20

Fort Bend Lawyer’s Care 2017 “Justice For All” Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land.

Presenting sponsor for the event is the Springer Law Firm. The keynote speaker will be Pete Olson, U.S. Representative for the 22nd District of Texas, and the event will feature a live auction with Commissioner James Patterson as auctioneer.

For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Tasha Hernandez at tasha@fortbendlawyerscare.org or 281-239-0015.

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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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The cast of 13, The Musical.

The cast of 13, The Musical.

INSPIRATION STAGE PRESENTS 13, THE MUSICAL, APRIL 21-23

Sugar Land’s national award-winning community theatre, Inspiration Stage, opens 13, The Musical on April 21 in the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr.

Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out.

Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. 13 is the only Broadway musical ever with a cast and band entirely made of teenagers.

Inspiration Stage’s youth production, featuring a live band, showcases talented teenagers from the Sugar Land and Houston area, with two evening shows and two matinees the weekend of April 21-23. 13 is directed by Lex Laas, with support from music director Heather Tipsword and choreographer Monica Malone.

“This amazingly talented troupe of teens are rocking out to this score and digging their teeth into these characters,” says Mandy Seymore-Sensat, Inspiration Stage’s artistic director. “It is a joy to watch them bravely take on themes that are important to young teens in a positive and inspiring way.”

Tickets are available at inspirationstage.com

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Group Costume Contest winners 2016, (l-r): Cooper, Brett Martin, Chewy, Lauren Martin, Ahana Gavrelos, and Yanni.

Group Costume Contest winners 2016, (l-r): Cooper, Brett Martin, Chewy, Lauren Martin, Ahana Gavrelos, and Yanni.

FORT BEND CARES FOURTH ANNUAL DOGGONE FUN RUN, APRIL 22

Join “Top Dog” sponsor Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and “Leader of the Pack” sponsors Sunoco Logistics and Travis’ Red Bandana Brigade, plus Spokesdogs Annie and Lilly, for Fort Bend Cares’ fourth annual Doggone Fun Run on Saturday, April 22, starting at 8 a.m. in the Village of Sawmill Lake in Sienna Plantation.

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 every person and pup. 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 to peruse vendor booths and listen to live music and stay late to enjoy more canine-friendly activities at Sienna Plantations’ Canine Carnival.

Event swag includes a T-shirt and dog bandana while supplies last. Dog owners must ensure canine participants have a current rabies vaccine and are on a non-retractable leash.

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

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“BIRD-WATCHING FOR BEGINNERS” AT MISSOURI CITY LIBRARY, APRIL 22

Fort Bend County Libraries will present an introductory program about bird-watching in Texas, “Bird-Watching for Beginners,” on Saturday, April 22, from 2-4 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway. Texas Master Naturalist Kristine Rivers will talk about the different types of birds that can be found in the Upper Texas Gulf Coast area. Learn how to identify different birds and how to distinguish between similar species. Rivers will also provide tips on selecting binoculars and field guides.

Rivers began studying zoology at the University of Oklahoma. President of the Cradle of Texas Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists, she is also a birding instructor for the City of Pearland and has been an area leader for the Brazoria-Columbia Bottomlands Christmas Bird Count for the past four years. She has maintained a lifelong interest in nature, and enjoys sharing her love of birds and wildlife with others.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Missouri City Branch Library at 281-238-2100 .

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QUAIL VALLEY GARDEN CLUB MEETING, SECOND THURSDAY

Since 1972, The Quail Valley Garden Club has provided community service efforts including beautification, scholarships and education in Quail Valley, Missouri City and Fort Bend County. The QVGC Member Meeting is the second Thursday of each month from 9:30-11 a.m.

For information, visit the website, Quailvalleygardenclub.org or email membership@quailvalleygardenclub.org.

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Group Costume Contest winners 2016, (l-r): Cooper, Brett Martin, Chewy, Lauren Martin, Ahana Gavrelos, and Yanni.

Group Costume Contest winners 2016, (l-r): Cooper, Brett Martin, Chewy, Lauren Martin, Ahana Gavrelos, and Yanni.

ANNUAL HIBISCUS SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE, APRIL 23 AND MAY 13

Replenish your garden with hibiscus at the Lone Star Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society’s annual show and sale events in April and May. On Sunday, April 23 growers will gather at Condit Elementary School on Third Street in Bellaire, and on Saturday, May 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Burney Road in Sugar Land. For both shows, judging will take place in the morning, and the flower show and sale will be open to the public from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Exhibitors, both experienced and novice, will enter their hibiscus blooms the morning of each show to compete to win awards in four major categories – Amateur, Collector, Open Collector and Commercial. Growers wishing to enter their plants in the competitions generally arrive between 7:30 and 9 a.m., and entries must be complete by 11:30 a.m. Once the plants are entered, the judges inspect the blooms and evaluate them based on their form, size, color, substance and condition. Blooms can be single, double or miniature, and there will also be a competition for seedlings.

Hibiscus growers are encouraged to join in the festivities by simply bringing their blooms that are opening on the morning of the show to enter in the competition.

Once the judging is complete, the facilities are open free to the public from 1-4 p.m. to view the competition blooms and purchase plants. At the plant sale, you will find eye-catching hibiscus in a wide variety of colors, including whites, yellows, oranges, peaches, pinks, reds, purples, lavenders, blues, and browns, as well as various combinations of these colors. New varieties of hibiscus and special plant selections from Florida and California will be available for purchase. Many varieties of this stunning perennial will be available that cannot be found at your local nursery.

Even if you have shopped the show in the past, you may want to come again this spring because the assortment of hibiscus plants expands each year as many growers experiment with hybridizing the flower. Hybridization is the process of cross-breeding flowers to create new types of seedlings that blossom into blooms with unique color combinations and patterns.

For more information on the Lone Star Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society and the upcoming Hibiscus shows, visit lonestarahs.org.

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(Front row, l-r): Cynthia Barratt (holding Princess), Kay Carlin and Jacque Burgess (holding Max); (back row): Thomas Mason, Marilyn Parker, George Haines and Clayton Reeves.

(Front row, l-r): Cynthia Barratt (holding Princess), Kay Carlin and Jacque Burgess (holding Max); (back row): Thomas Mason, Marilyn Parker, George Haines and Clayton Reeves.

CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND’S LE CIRQUE GALA, APRIL 29

OCuSOFT, Inc. will join Exchange Club of Sugar Land as Ringmaster Sponsor for Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s 17th annual gala – Le Cirque, a whimsical, fantastical ball on Saturday, April 29, at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square.

“We’ll have Cirque du Soleil-style entertainment, a live auction, silent auction, raffle, wine pull, dinner and dancing,” stated Event Chair Lisa Moore. “New for this year is our magical, mystery jewelry pull. We’ve teamed with the folks at Kendra Scott for this fun, new addition to our event. Guests will pay $50 to select a box containing a piece of jewelry from Kendra Scott’s current signature collection worth at least $50 and up to $200.”

Michele Fisher will serve as the evening’s emcee. Ray Aguilar will be the auctioneer. Black tie and costumes are optional. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available ranging from $2,000 to $35,000. Individual tickets are $150. To attend, become a sponsor or for more information, go to cafb.org/events/gala/sponsorship-opportunities or contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or lmoore@cafb.org.

The event raises much-needed funds to support Child Advocates of Fort Bend and its programs for abused and neglected children.

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(L-R): Anna Wilkening (board member), Stan Wilkening (president), Evelyn Martin (board member), Jim Horcica (golfer), and Mike Baker (board member.

(L-R): Anna Wilkening (board member), Stan Wilkening (president), Evelyn Martin (board member), Jim Horcica (golfer), and Mike Baker (board member.

HANDS AND HEARTS GOLF TOURNAMENT, MAY 1

On Monday, May 1, Hands and Hearts Foundation of Sugar Land, Texas, (HHF) will host its 16th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club, 3000 Plantation Drive, Richmond.

For registrations received prior to April 25, the 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 26. The Single Player fee includes the box lunch, a Mexican buffet dinner, and drinks on the course, as well as a Golfer Goody Bag along with raffle tickets and great give-aways.

Check in for 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 noon, with a Shotgun Start at 1 p.m. Dinner, an awards ceremony and silent auction follow tournament play. Each team is given the opportunity of a group photo prior to the tournament start, with the prints delivered at the dinner.

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. Sponsorships range from a Tournament Co-Sponsor at $3,500 to Hole Sponsor levels of $2,000, $1,000 or $500.

HHF was formed in April 2002 as a Christian-based, nonprofit corporation. With no paid employees, volunteers carry out all operations and activities of the foundation, which provides support, assistance and encouragement for a variety of projects. HHF has also funded individuals who seek to improve the lives of people in under-resourced areas, both locally and worldwide, by serving as teachers, Christian evangelists and volunteers on mission trips to Mexico, Gua­t­e­mala, Honduras, Tibet, Africa and the Netherlands.

For more information, email contact@handsandheartsfoundation.org. For tournament signup, visit handsandheartsfoundation.org.

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(L-R): Jazmin Hosea, Beth Kennedy, RN, and Kyndal Silva.

(L-R): Jazmin Hosea, Beth Kennedy, RN, and Kyndal Silva.

MARCH OF DIMES WALK FOR BABIES, APRIL 29

The first-ever March of Dimes Fort Bend Walk for Babies is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive in Sugar Land. Fort Bend residents are invited to join the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital team and participate in the 3.2-mile walk to raise funds that support healthy childbirth and babies.

To participate with the hospital team, visit marchforbabies.org/team/­HoustonMethodistSugarLandHospital and click on the pink “Join This Team” button on the right. Or, you can donate to the hospital team by clicking on the orange “Donate” button.

Kyndal Silva was born at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital four weeks early, to a young, first-time mom named Jazmin Hosea. Like many premature babies, Kyndal had a number of serious health issues, and she required an extended stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Houston Methodist Sugar Land.

Today Kyndal is nearly two years old and is happy and healthy. And as her way of saying thanks, Jazmin is serving as the 2017 Patient Ambassador for Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s March of Dimes Walk for Babies.

“Kyndal is healthy and active today because of the care and support that Houston Methodist Sugar Land and March of Dimes provided,” said Jazmin. “Participating in the Walk for Babies can help other new moms gain the skills and confidence they need to care for their premature babies. I encourage everyone to join our team or make a donation today.”

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“WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATE PLANNING” AT FIRST COLONY LIBRARY, APRIL 29

Aspecial program, “Wills, Trusts, and Estate-Planning,” will be presented on Saturday, April 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon,in the Meeting Room at the First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Presented by family law attorney Evelyn Gordon, the program will provide an overview of the advantages of estate planning. Learn about the three primary documents of estate planning — medical directives (medical power of attorney), durable power of attorney, and wills. Gordon will discuss the differences between holographic (written) and formal wills, including their legal requirements, advantages and disadvantages, guardianship clauses, and the most important content. Find out how a trust differs from a will and how community property affects estate planning.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the First Colony Branch Library at 281-238-2800 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

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Devon Noel Lee will present the Genealogy Workshop.

Devon Noel Lee will present the Genealogy Workshop.

GENEALOGIST WORKSHOP AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY, APRIL 29

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Local History and Genealogy department will present a special Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, in the Meeting Room at George Memorial Library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

Professional genealogist, author, speaker, and family-history blogger Devon Noel Lee will share her knowledge, experience, and insight on topics designed to help family-history buffs explore different avenues of genealogical research.

The workshop is free and open to the public, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Events,” select “George Memorial Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library’s Local History and Genealogy Department at 281-341-2608.

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Neurologist Larry Tran, M.D.

Neurologist Larry Tran, M.D.

FREE SEMINAR ON STROKE VS. HEART ATTACK AT HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL, MAY 2

The public is invited to attend a free seminar at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Brazos Pavilion Conference Center to learn how the brain and heart are connected. Neurologist Dr. Larry Tran and cardiologist Dr. B. Keith Ellis will discuss stroke and heart attack risk factors, symptoms and prevention. Registration is required. Call 281-274-7500 to register or sign up online at events.houstonmethodist.org/sl-stroke

“It may not get as much attention as other serious diseases, but stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the primary cause of serious long-term disability for Americans,” said Dr. Tran, a board-certified neurologist with the Neuro­science & Spine Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

A stroke occurs when blood flow in the brain is interrupted and brain cells die. There are two main types of stroke: An ischemic stroke results when an artery in the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot ; and a hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that bursts.

To evaluate your risk with Dr. Tran, or another specialist at Neuroscience & Spine Center, call 281-274-7979 for a physician referral. Visit the Facebook page at fb.com/methodistsugarland for the latest news, events and information.

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BJ Thomas

BJ Thomas

BJ THOMAS RETURNS TO STAFFORD CENTRE WITH SPECIAL GUEST MARY SARAH OF FORT BEND,     MAY 4

BJ Thomas, five-time Grammy and two- time Dove Award winner, returns to the Stafford Centre on Thursday, May 4. His special guest is Mary Sarah of Richmond, a Season 10 finalist from NBC’s popular competition, The Voice.

Mary Sarah made history on her national debut album Bridges by being the youngest artist to record an album of duets with some of country music’s biggest names including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, the Oakridge Boys and the late Ray Price.

The May 4 concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office at 281-208- 6900 or staffordcentre.com

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MEDICAL BUSINESS OFFICE PROFES­SIONAL COURSE HOSTED BY LITERACY COUNCIL, THROUGH JUNE

Earn your Medical Business Office Professional career certification with the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Training classes will be held at the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, 12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land. Classes will meet Monday- Thursday evenings from 3-9 p.m., February -June. The Medical Business Office Professional program will prepare you to work in the business office of a healthcare facility. Eligible candidates must have a valid Texas photo ID, a social security number, and proof of high school diploma or GED. Partici­pants must be able to attend all class sessions, must pass an admissions test and online background check, and pay a one-time registration fee of $100.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Colleen Mayer, program director at 281- 240-8181 or via email cmayer@ftbendliteracy.org.

This course is provided by HCC Adult Education Community-Based Job Training and the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County.


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