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Happenings August 2016


(L-R): Donna Overson, Robert Moya, Anthony Smith, Adrianna Lonsdale, Gil Saenz, Virginia McBride, Kelly Shaw, Lianna Estrada, Sheila Saha, Lizabeth Ocampo, Kalimah Sims, Judge Walter Amatys, Jessica Taylor, Joe Driver, John Willmann, Shirley Thornton, Shawn Quinn, Michelle Atkinson, and Alexis Jackson.

(L-R): Donna Overson, Robert Moya, Anthony Smith, Adrianna Lonsdale, Gil Saenz, Virginia McBride, Kelly Shaw, Lianna Estrada, Sheila Saha, Lizabeth Ocampo, Kalimah Sims, Judge Walter Amatys, Jessica Taylor, Joe Driver, John Willmann, Shirley Thornton, Shawn Quinn, Michelle Atkinson, and Alexis Jackson.

CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND TRAINING CLASS, AUG. 8-12

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children? Aug. 8-12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) is offering a week-long training class to train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. This is your last opportunity this year to complete the volunteer training class in a single week.

CAFB is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing a voice for abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County. With an army of volunteers, CAFB currently serves more than 400 children each month through its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program and Children’s Advocacy Center.

Volunteers must be over 21 years of age, complete an application and interview, and submit to background screening. For more information or an application, contact Volunteer Services at 281-344-5258 or kjordin@cafb.org.

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Tour Choirboy Rohit Satish.

Tour Choirboy Rohit Satish.

AUDITIONS ONGOING FOR THE FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

The Fort Bend Boys Choir is kicking off its 35th anniversary season in August and many opportunities still exist for young boys ages 8 and older with an unchanged voice to audition for this nonprofit boychoir organization.

The Choir offers a quality music education for young boys and currently is holding auditions by special appointment. Parents of young boys are encouraged to fill out an online audition form at fbbctx.org. Boys who pass the audition start the 2016 fall season in late August, with weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd.

Scholarships and payment plans are available as well as carpool assistance for choir families. Call the Choir office at 281-240-3800 for additional details about the organization and to make a special audition appointment. You can also learn about this organization through the website or their Facebook page. And for boys ages 6 and 7, inquire about the choir’s Music Magic program starting at the end of September.

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SECOND MILE MISSION CENTER SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR FOOD PANTRY AND RESALE SHOP 

Second Mile Mission Center recently launched its Neighbor Choice Food Pantry and a resale shop open to the public, called The Opportunity Shop at Second Mile.

At the Food Pantry, people in need can select the food items of their choice among frozen meat, produce and nonperishable food items. Second Mile is seeking volunteers to host food drives and help stock the pantry shelves. The food pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Opportunity Shop is a social enterprise that offers high quality resale clothing and accessories to the public. Volunteers are needed weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help sort items or greet customers.

To volunteer, call 281-261-9199 ext. 213 or email volunteer@secondmile.org. Second Mile is located at 1135 Highway 90A by Dream Ct.

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(Front row, l-r): Membership Coffee Committee chairs Patsy Jones and Rita Brown; (back row): Mem­ber­ship Coffee Committee chair June Joseph-Steele, FBJSL Sustainer secretary and Membership Coffee liaison Wanda Sdao, Membership Coffee Committee chair Linda Woods-Wilson, FBJSL Sustainer president Cindy Dempster and Membership Coffee Committee chair June Stanley.

(Front row, l-r): Membership Coffee Committee chairs Patsy Jones and Rita Brown; (back row): Mem­ber­ship Coffee Committee chair June Joseph-Steele, FBJSL Sustainer secretary and Membership Coffee liaison Wanda Sdao, Membership Coffee Committee chair Linda Woods-Wilson, FBJSL Sustainer president Cindy Dempster and Membership Coffee Committee chair June Stanley.

FBJSL SUSTAINERS AND FRIENDS HOST MEMBERSHIP COFFEE, AUG. 11

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) Sustainers in partnership with Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes by Newmark and Johnson Development Corporation will host the 2016 Membership Coffee for prospective members on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Fedrick, Harris Estate model home located in The Enclave at Riverstone at 58 Enclave Manor Drive. With the theme, “Sustainers, Be A Star,” Fort Bend ladies who are of the prime age of 50 and older are invited to attend.

Ladies interested in Sustaining membership in the League are invited to come “Be A Star,” learn how meaningful it is to be a significant part of the League and how they continue to help the Fort Bend community. For more information, contact Cindy Dempster, Sustainer president, at sustainerpresident@fbjsl.com.

FBJSL is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, to developing the potential of women and to improving the Fort Bend County community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable as well as providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie for all members. For additional information, visit fbjsl.com.

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LEARN JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL TIPS AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY, AUG. 1 AND 2

Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library will present a free, two-part series of “Job-Search Survival Tips,” beginning on Monday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The series will continue on Aug. 2, at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night.

The two-part series is designed to help all job-hunters, from those applicants applying for a position at a fast-food restaurant to executives looking for a position in a large company. The tips that are presented can help any applicant plan a more efficient job hunt and make a more favorable impression.

Learn tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and non-verbal skills, making a great first impression, networking, and much more. By developing an organized plan of action, the applicant is able to experience a more efficient job hunt with an increased chance of success.

In the series, a team of 10 professionals, with decades of experience in corporate America among them, will share their insight and the experiences they have had in the business world –– from the perspective of the employer doing the hiring as well as the employee looking for a job. The job-search survival team includes business owners, financial and mortgage advisors, computer consultants, sales and marketing professionals, and advertising and communications executives –– all of whom volunteer their time for this workshop.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and late arrivals are welcome. For more information, call 281-342-4455.

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HOUSTON RESTAURANT WEEKS, AUG. 1- SEPT. 5

Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW), the single largest fundraiser in the U.S. benefiting the largest food bank in America, returns Aug. 1 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 5. Last year’s event raised a record- break­ing $1.9 million for the Houston Food Bank.

Founded in 2003 by volunteer Cleverley Stone, HRW has raised over $7.6 million for the Houston Food Bank, enabling it to provide almost 23 million meals for Houston­ians who are food insecure. Nationally recognized as Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year, the Food Bank distributes 59 million nutritious meals through its network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger relief charities in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individuals each year.

HRW is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the donations raised from area restaurants go directly to the Food Bank. For 36 days, diners will enjoy specially priced multi-course prix-fixe menus. Starting on July 15 diners can access a growing list of over 200 expected restaurant participants and their HRW menus at HoustonRestaur­ant­Weeks.com. From fine dining to casual neighborhood restaurants, patrons are able to sample a wide variety of cuisines during this month. Reservations may be required by some restaurants; walk-ins may be accepted by others. This information will be noted on the HRW website menu pages. New in 2016 is the introduction of a $25 dinner option that includes a $4 donation from the restaurant to the food bank. The food bank will be able to generate 12 meals per $25 HRW dinner sold.

HRW provides a five-week long passport to the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs. Visit the website for more information.

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The workshop is presented by SCORE mentor Mathew Fitzgerald.

The workshop is presented by SCORE mentor Mathew Fitzgerald.

GET TIPS ON CREATING A BUSINESS PLAN AT SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY WORKSHOP, AUG. 6

Attend a hands-on workshop on how to create a business plan at Fort Bend County Libraries’Sienna Branch Library on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City.

Having such a plan is an important asset when seeking funding for a new business. This EzyBizPlan training workshop will explain the 12 critical elements of every business plan, beginning with creating a customized model, assessing the competitive quality of that model, and converting worksheet data into a professional business plan that financial lenders will appreciate. The workshop includes workbooks and hands-on assistance for creating a real and relevant outline that can be used to launch a business.

The workshop is presented by SCORE mentor Mathew Fitzgerald, who began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young before moving into executive-finance roles with Baker Hughes, BJ Services Co., Veritas DGC, and Grant Prideco Inc. More recently, he has started several different business ventures, including a restaurant, real-estate rentals, and a cell-phone retail store. He also serves on the Board of Directors for two energy companies.

This program is presented in partnership with SCORE, the nonprofit mentoring arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Those attending this program will learn about resources that are available through SCORE and how to draw on the experience of other SCORE members.

The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the Sienna Branch Library at 281-238-2900.

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FBSO in concert. (Photo - Britany Lovett)

FBSO in concert. (Photo – Britany Lovett)

FBSO ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR THE FIRST SYMPHONIC CHOIR, AUG. 13-14

In honor of its upcoming 25th season, the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra has announced the creation of the first symphonic choir in Fort Bend County. Open call auditions for singers of all ages will be held on Aug. 13-14 at Grace Presbyterian Church’s music department, located at 10221 Ella Lee Lane.

Applicants may audition as a solo or as a small group. An accompanist will be provided. For solo auditions, please come prepared to perform one classical solo or two musical theatre tunes. There will be a sight reading exercise as well as tonal memory exercises. Small groups will be asked to
perform vocalizations and to sight-sing a Haydn choral selection. There will also be tonal memory exercises. Sight-singing may be performed with solfege, numbers or a neutral syllable.

Group auditions will be held both days from 1-2 p.m., with solo auditions held from 2-2:30 p.m. each day. Auditions for symphony musicians of all ages will be held both days from 3-4 p.m. There are currently orchestral openings for bassoon, percussion, double bass, cello, viola and violin.

Audition forms and links may be found on the FBSO page under the “Chorus” tab or the “Audition” tab at fbso.org.

The FBSO Chorus will sing with the symphony during the regular season, September through May, joining the orchestra at the annual holiday concert, Deck the Halls, on Dec. 4 and at the season finale performance of Carmina Burana on May 21. Both performances will be at the Stafford Centre at 2 pm. The chorus will also perform stand-alone concerts, beginning with the First Annual Choral Classics Concert on Sept. 24, 2 p.m. at the Ismaili Jamatkhana Center.

For more information or to be added to the mailing list, email chorus@fbso.org.

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UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY AUGUST PROGRAMS

The Adult Services staff at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will present the following programs at 4010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. Both are free and open to the public.

“Get Hooked on Crochet!” will be offered on Thursday, Aug. 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. People of all ages and skill levels – from beginners to advanced – who are interested in crocheting are invited to attend this “craft-and-gab” session to learn more about the basics of this needlework art or to share ideas. Experienced crocheters can bring a current project to show novices who are thinking about taking up a new stitching hobby. Beginners are invited to try out the crocheting hooks and yarn that will be made available, before deciding to purchase their own.

Beginning crafters looking for a project may want to start out with something simple. Instructions for making a bookmark will be on hand. Samples of the library’s instructional books, crafting magazines, and online resources and websites on various sewing arts and craft projects will be available.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at 2 p.m., photographers Chris Narvaez and Amber Leung will share their expertise
and experience at a special program, “Worldwide Wildlife Photography.” Photo­gra­phers of all experience levels, from amateur to seasoned professional, will gain insight into what it takes to capture an outstanding photograph.

Award-winning wildlife photographer Chris Narvaez will share his adventures capturing breathtaking wildlife images from around the world. He will also provide tips on traveling for wildlife photography. A member of the Fort Bend Photography Club, Narvaez specializes in action photographs of animals and birds.

Before Narvaez’s talk, Amber Leung will begin the program with a brief talk on astrophotography. She will discuss the amazing images she is able to capture from the night sky.

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SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS, AUG. 8 AND 23

Share your love of reading with other book lovers at one of the book clubs that meet monthly at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs in Missouri City. New members are always welcome.

Members of the Sienna Book Club meet on the second Monday of the month, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The book club discussion on Monday, Aug. 8, will be readers’ choice. Participants are invited to talk about their latest favorite book or author.

Area booklovers who share the same love for a good mystery, from hard-boiled detective novels to true-crime stories, may wish to join the Booked on Crime Mystery Book Club, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7 p.m. The discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 23, will be on Chasing Darkness, an Elvis Cole novel written by Robert Crais.

The book clubs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 281-238-2900.

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SUGAR LAND BRANCH LIBRARY PLANS “TABLETOP TUESDAY” GAME DAY FOR ADULTS, AUG. 9

The Adult Services Department at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library will have a “Tabletop Tuesday” game day for adults on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6:15-8:15 p.m., at 550 Eldridge.

Adults who enjoy the challenge, excitement and competition of playing tabletop games or card games are invited to test their skills against one another at this special event for adults and teens over the age of 16. Games such as Munchkin, Ticket to Ride, Timeline and Gravwell will be on hand, but those attending the event are welcome to bring their own favorite games as well.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140.

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THE 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. No fundraising events accepted. The website is arcoffortbend.org.

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PENNYWISE RESALE CENTERS TAKE SHOPPING ONLINE

PennyWise Resale Centers and the Fort Bend County Women’s Center’s new eCommerce site, thriftingfashionista.com, is available for existing PennyWise customers who want to shop for the best arrivals from the comfort of their own home. The site features collectibles, sports memorabilia, jewelry, computers and electronics, designer clothing and accessories, home décor and housewares and more. The best part is that every purchase will continue to help change the lives of the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault served by the Women’s Center.

For more information or to schedule a donation pick-up, call 281-344-5777 or email pickups@fortbendwomenscenter.org.

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MAKING IT BETTER HOSTS BACK-TO-SCHOOL FREE IMMUNIZATION CLINIC, AUG. 16

Texas Children’s Hospital Super Kids Pediatric Mobile Unit is coming to Walnut Bend Elementary School, 10650 Briar Forest, in the multi-purpose room on Wednesday, Aug.16, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. to offer free immunizations (including Gardasil) to children ages birth to 18 years.

Immunizations are offered to any and all children accompanied by a parent
or guardian as long as they have a copy of their immunization card or medical records.

Immunizations are an important part of protecting your child’s, your family’s, and your community’s health, and state law requires students in Texas schools to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Making It Better understands that it can be difficult to get your children vaccinated before the school year begins, especially for the many under-served families in the West Houston area who have limited access to transportation. For the sixth year, Making It Better has partnered with Grace Presbyterian Church and Texas Children’s Hospital to bring this free service to those in need.

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MAKING IT BETTER IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT IMPROVES LITERACY, LEADERSHIP, AND LIFE SKILLS FOR UNDERSERVED elementary students. The organization was founded in 2006 by Jerry Davis to address the severe disadvantages faced by low-income children in Houston and offers programs that provide a foundation for academic success through promotion of literacy development and students’ social/emotional learning. Making It Better fills a significant gap in services within public schools through programming that includes small group reading interventions and afterschool programs that focus on building skills for future success. The group also provides a volunteer-facilitated mentoring program, parent/toddler classes promoting reading readiness skills and Family Literacy outreach events that provide parent education, support and materials to promote literacy and reading as a “way of life.”

For more information about the Walnut Bend Elementary event, email Kelly Bukolt at Kbukolt@mibtx.org or call 832-814-6054.

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Ensemble Theatre Volunteers (l-r): Tena Ford, Kennedi Grice and Mable Scott Austin.

Ensemble Theatre Volunteers (l-r): Tena Ford, Kennedi Grice and Mable Scott Austin.

SSLW AUGUST PARTNERS APPRECIATION AND SERVICE PROGRAMS

Suburban Sugar Land Women and its Phenomenal Partners are celebrating 28 years of service to the communisty. SSLW’s members and partners communicate, collaborate and cooperate in the timely delivery of free, year-round, caring and compassionate services and resources from cradle to college/career.

A Phenomenal Partner donates or secures one or more tax-deductible donation annually. Partnerships levels are Bronze – $200-$499; Silver – $500-$999; Gold – $1,000-$4,999; Platinum – $5,000- $$9,999; Diamond – $10,000-$24,999; and Lifetime – $25,000 – $100,000. The 2016 Phenomenal Partners are Amazing Smiles- Margaret Allen,DDS; Milton and Dr. Rose Austin; Mose and Mable Austin; Caleb and Kathryn Bonds; CenterPoint Energy; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc – Suburban Houston Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter – Evelyn Dean, Chapter President; Dr. Charles and Seeju Dupre; Fort Bend Publishing Group; Albert Glover, Jr., Joel and Elise Harmon; George and Marvelyn Harris; H & R Block Tax Professionals; Jackson State University – Houston Area Alumni Chapter; Dr. Johnny and Anne Johnson; George and Adell Meador; Dr. Thomas and Rubye Randle; James Rice, Rice and Gardner Consultants, Inc; Larry and Monica Riley and family; Walter Veterinary Services; Windsor Village United Methodist Church; and Dr. Moses and Susan Wilcox.

August service programs:

Aug. 1-7- Mail first time and continuing scholarship recipients’ checks/letters to universities/recipients/parents.

Adopt Schools – Hunter Glen Elementary, Missouri City Middle, and Marshall High

Adopt-A-Spot Quarterly Clean Up

Aug. 21, 6 p.m., Appreciation Reception baseball game – Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks, by invitation.

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Houston Glass Show in August

HOUSTON GLASS CLUB SHOW, AUGUST 19-21 IN ROSENBERG

“Glass is more delightful and sightly than any other material at this day known to man” could be a quote from a modern day glass collector. Actually it is part of Neri’s introduction to his Art of Glass book written in 1611.

At the 42nd annual Vintage Glass & Antique Show and Sale to be held Aug.19-21 at the Fort Bend County Fair grounds in Rosenberg, the focus will be on American glass made from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s. Sponsored by The Houston Glass Club, dealers carry a wide variety of colorful 1930’s depression era glass and elegant glass (Heisey, Fostoria, Cambridge, etc.) from the 1920’s forward among their high quality glassware. Mid-century glass, another popular collectible, will be throughout the show. American-made kitchenware, pottery and dinnerware are also featured. With more than 30 dealers from across America, you’ll find a cross section of glass heritage combined under one roof.

A second building full of beautiful and one-of-a-kind general line antiques is right next door to the glass building. From primitives, silver, linens, jewelry, postcards, furniture and European collectibles, choose items to match your glass purchases. From plain to fancy, common to rare finds, attendees will develop distinctive style through vintage glass and antiques.

Sandwiches, cakes and other food items are found at the on-site concession. Additionally, Leigh Ann Winter from Texas Silver Mercantile will also be on-site to repair your damaged glass, silver and costume jewelry items. Information on joining the Houston Glass Club will also be available.

Show hours are 2-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21st at the fairgrounds, on Hwy. 36 in Rosenberg. Admission is $10 on Friday, $6 on Saturday and Sunday and is good all weekend. Free parking. For more information, call 281-240-0382.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PARTNERS WITH SUGAR LAND SKEETERS FOR BENEFIT GAME, AUG. 20

A portion of all discounted tickets sold with a special promo code for the Sugar Land Skeeters game on Saturday, Aug. 20 will benefit Habitat for Humanity. The “Home Improvement” theme night game starts at 6:05 p.m with gates opening at 5.

Tickets can be purchased at the Constellation Field box office or at sugarlandskeeters.com using the promo code word: habitat.

For more information or to order group tickets contact Adam Mettler at 281-207-9144 or amettler@sugarlandskeeters.com.

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BOLLYWOOD DANCE FITNESS AT FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY, AUG. 27

Would you like to become more active and just have fun? Fort Bend County Libraries will have a fun, heart-pumping “Bollywood Dance Fitness” demonstration on Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Meeting Room at the First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.

Fitness instructor Cyndia Rodriquez will show how to incorporate the music and dance of India into your exercise routine with fun, easy-to-follow dance moves inspired by the lively and vibrant music of Bollywood.

Those attending the class should wear comfortable clothes and bring a bottle of water. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the First Colony Branch Library at 281-238-2800.

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INKY PANELS BOOK CLUB AT MISSOURI CITY BRANCH LIBRARY

The Inky Panels Graphic-Novel Book Club meets on the fourth Monday of every month at 5 p.m. in the library’s Conference Room. The book club is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2100.

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2016 FORT BEND ISD HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS GO ON SALE IN AUGUST

Season football tickets for Fort Bend ISD’s high schools (including Austin, Bush, Cements, Dulles, Elkins, Hightower, Kempner, Marshall, Ridge Point, Travis and Willowridge) will be issued in the form of a pass for each seat. The pass will be retained by the purchaser for the season and will be good at Mercer or Hall Stadiums for all Home and Visitor games for that school played in FBISD Stadiums. As in previous years, the season pass will entitle you to your assigned seat at Home games. Existing ticket holders may renew their seats starting Aug. 1; all others starting Aug. 15.

When you are a Visitor, the pass will act as General Admission to the game with no assigned seating. After the ticket sales are over, the remaining chair back seats will be available on a “first-come, first-served” basis. All tickets sold during the football season will be General Admission tickets. Tickets sold at FBISD stadiums will cost $8 each. For the 2016 football season, parking will be free of charge.

Tickets will be sold at the FBISD Athletic Office in Wheeler Field House (16403 Lexington Blvd.) from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays (except for Friday, Aug. 5 when the office is closed).

Football fans are encouraged to take advantage of the savings ($2 per game) and convenience (no waiting at the gate) that season tickets offer. For more information, email cr@fortbendisd.com.

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FORT BEND PARENTS OF MULTI­PLES GARAGE SALE, SEPT. 24

Fort Bend Parents of Multiples, a nonprofit support group, hosts a buy/sell or garage sale each fall and spring where members gather with all of their gently-used goodies.

The fall sale will be held at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Terri­tory Blvd., on Sept. 24, from 8 -11:30 a.m.

Parents and parents-to-be (or grandparents) are invited. The event will have everything from baby/toddler/children/adult clothes, strollers, toys, books, shoes, swim gear, car seats and more. Additionally, since all of the sellers are moms of multiples, there usually are two of everything.

The event is free to shop and cash and credit cards only to buy. For more information, visit fbpom.org.

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Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers (center) featured with Host Committee co-chairs Tricia and Ed Krenek (left) and Cheryl and Kenneth Stalinsky (right). (Photo - sunset photography kerryl ann frank)

Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers (center) featured with Host Committee co-chairs Tricia and Ed Krenek (left) and Cheryl and Kenneth Stalinsky (right). (Photo – Sunset Photography Kerryl Ann Frank)

INAUGURAL FORT BEND RANCHERS’ BALL, OCT. 22

On Oct. 22 from 6-11 p.m., the public is invited to attend the Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball at Safari Texas, 11627 FM 1464.

When great people come together for a worthy cause they can make a difference in many lives. That’s why Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers is hosting the Inaugural Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball which will benefit Fort Bend Charities, Inc. a nonprofit organization. Through your committed financial support of this great event, you’ll enable Fort Bend Charities to continue providing funding for some of Fort Bend County’s most impactful groups, each of which have a direct benefit and payback within our area.

Groups benefitting include the Lone Star Veterans Association, Katy Christian Ministries, Simonton Christian Academy, Fort Bend County Fair Association, Katy FFA and more.

Whether you can buy one seat, a whole table, or perhaps become a sponsor, your tax-deductible contribution will absolutely make the difference for many families in Fort Bend County.

For more information, visit fortbendcharitiesinc.org or call 281-391-3366

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(L-R): Firefighter David Kaiser, Officer Andrew Sonnier, Firefighter J. Polach, Officer Khoury Hilliard, Firefighter K. Vincent, and Telecommunications Operator Tracy Vives. Mural painted by Matt Rios.

(L-R): Firefighter David Kaiser, Officer Andrew Sonnier, Firefighter J. Polach, Officer Khoury Hilliard, Firefighter K. Vincent, and Telecommunications Operator Tracy Vives. Mural painted by Matt Rios.

MISSOURI CITY POA INVITATIONAL GOLF SCRAMBLE HONORING FIRST RESPONDERS, SEPT. 9

The annual Missouri City Police Officers Association Police Invitational Golf Scramble will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Quail Valley Golf Club. The tournament will recognize past and present First Responders for their service to the community. The theme throughout the tournament will include the presentation of colors by the MCPD honor guard, the National Anthem sung by a local celebrity, a unique golf ball drop on the 18th green and a display of first responder vehicles from Missouri City and Fort Bend.

Proceeds from the tournament support college scholarships, Adopt-a-Family Program, Bethel Ministries, Boy Scouts, Special Olympics, crime prevention, and financial assistance for Missouri City officers, First Responders and their families.

To register or purchase balls for the Ball Drop, go to golfquailvalley.com. Balls are $5 each. The prize will be 50 percent of total Ball Drop proceeds.

Those interested in playing in a golf flight and/or businesses and individuals looking for sponsor opportunities, may also visit the website or contact Detective Keith Boyett at kboyett26@gmail.com or 281-403-5827, or Missouri City Councilman Floyd Emery at floydemery@sbcglobal.net or 713-562-0331.


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