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Happenings August 2017



The Houston Glass Club has announced its 43rd Annual Vintage Glass and Antique Show and Sale. The show begins on Friday, Aug. 18, from 2-7 p.m., and two full days of shopping on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg.

Every country has its own glass making history, and the United States is no exception. The most collected items are those made during the first half of the 20th century from such companies as Cambridge, Fostoria, Heisey, Tiffin, and Hocking. The color, shapes, sizes, and unique items from glass are what attract buyers and collectors from across the country and the globe.

One of the main goals of the Houston Glass Club Show is to help educate and inform collectors about depression and elegant glassware, and that is why the Houston Glass Club show remains one of the top-rated and respected shows in the U.S. It is also one of the largest shows with 30 of the nation’s leading glass dealers displaying rare and hard-to-find pieces.

There is also a wonderful general line antique show in the second building so attendees get two shows in one. Dealers carry a wide range of general line antiques including furniture, linens, jewelry (including estate and costume), silver, quilts, and a myriad of other items. A glass repair booth will be available at the show for any slightly damaged items that need repair.

Admission is $10 for Friday early shopping and is good for all three days of the show. Saturday and Sunday admissions are $6. Food concessions by Custom Caterer are available onsite. Free parking is available and all buildings are air-conditioned. For more information, call 281-240-0382 or visit houstonglassclub.org.


SSLW Partners Larry and Monica Riley. Monica is the SSLW liaison for SSLW’s Adopt-a-School program.

SSLW Partners Larry and Monica Riley. Monica is the SSLW liaison for SSLW’s Adopt-a-School program.


Suburban Sugar Land Women has announced the following service programs. For more information email the appropriate contact:


1-7 – Mail first time and continuing scholarship recipients’ checks/letters to universities/recipi­ents/parents, harris_marvelyn@att.net

Adopt-a-School – Hunter Glen Elementary, Missouri City Middle, and Willowridge High Schools – monicariley7@gmail.com

Adopt-a-Spot Quarterly Clean Up – Highlands Park, sslw1989@aol.com

Annual Partners’ Appreciation Reception, sslw1989@aol.com


Provide services and resources to three adopted schools, monicariley7@gmail.com

Deputy Voter Registrar Training, sslw1989@aol.com

Youth Financial Literacy Empowerment, age 8 and above, jharmon@pdq.net

Career Gear Houston – Donate new or gently-worn men’s professional suits, shoes, belts, and socks, mw.austin@yahoo.com


Presented each second Saturday of the month, trained guides will lead tours through a beautiful, historic neighborhood and share stories about the people and events that shaped Sugar Land’s history.

As an added bonus, the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation is now partnering with the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation to include the 1918 Sugar Land Auditorium on the walking tour. Participants will have an opportunity to view the interior of this restored historic building.

Walking tours begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. The group will depart from the SLHF office, 198 Kempner Street (next to the historic Char House).The cost is free for children under 12; $5, teens; and $10, adults. Proceeds benefit the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation. Reservations are appreciated but not required.

For more information, visit slheritage.org or call 281-494-0261.


Community Baby Shower Committee.

Community Baby Shower Committee.


Houston Methodist Childbirth Center at Sugar Land invites new and expectant moms – along with their partners and babies – to a Community Baby Shower on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

The event will feature demonstrations on how to safely use baby carriers, presentations on the importance of safe sleeping practices, and a Sugar Land police officer will be on hand to speak about car seat safety. In addition, lactation consultants from the Childbirth Center will be available to talk one-on-one with moms and provide guidance and support.

“This is a great opportunity for new moms to speak directly with someone who understands their concerns,” said Donna Timmer, lactation consultant. “There will be great discussions and information provided at this event; it’s been a very beneficial experience for our attendees.”

Timmer says new and expectant moms, their partners and babies are welcome to stop by any time during the shower, which will be held in the Brazos Pavilion Conference Center on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus. Demonstrations will be repeated several times throughout the event, and light refreshments will be provided. Attendees can also participate in several drawings.

“This is a fun event, but it’s also a great outreach program,” said Timmer. “Our goal is to celebrate new and expectant moms, as well as help them master the techniques they need to know in order to care for their newborns. Sometimes a mom gets home from the hospital and realizes that she needs additional support or information, and we’re here to help.”

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital hosts its annual Community Baby Shower in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week. Visit events.houstonmethodist.org/babyshower-sl to register.

For more information about Houston Methodist Childbirth Center at Sugar Land, visit houstonmethodist.org/childbirth-sl or call 281-274-7080.



Fort Bend Parents of Multiples is a nonprofit support group that hosts a buy/sell or garage sale each fall where members offer their gently used goodies for sale. This year’s sale will be held on Saturday, August 5 at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd. in Sugar Land from 8 – 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Items for sale include infant, toddler and children’s clothing, maternity clothes, shoes, toys, cribs and select furniture, strollers, car seats, outside toys, swim gear and much more. All sales final. For more information visit fbpom.org.



The mission of the nonprofit Fort Bend Partnership for Youth is to reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by establishing positive relationships between youthful offenders and volunteer adult role models from the community.

The juveniles are referred by the Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Depart­ment. There are so many children in need of a listening ear and encouragement. Come forward and be that person for someone in need… you may be the only one! Mentors must be 21 years of age and willing to give a minimum of an hour a week. For more information about the program, email susan.bearden@fortbendcountytx.gov. or call 281-633-7317.



Suburban Sugar Land Women is currently collecting school supplies for the upcoming school year through Aug. 5. To coordinate a drop-off or pick up for your donation, contact program chair Monica Riley via email at MonicaRiley7@gmail.com. Any donation   will be appreciated.

Elementary list:

  1. School supplies- #2 pencils, composition notebooks, 3-ring folders with brads and pockets, 24 count crayons, scissors, rulers, back packs, lunch bags, pencil bags, large wet wipe packs, large sanitizer containers and maxi pads.
  2. School uniforms – khaki or navy blue bottoms in both shorts and pants for girls and boys (sizes 5-14), underwear for girls and boys (sizes 4-8), unisex socks (child size 8-youth 8).
  3. Misc. – ear buds/ear phones, cases of water bottles, whoopee cushions, packs of tattoos, large size prize bags (Balloon & Novelty in Stafford and Pearland sells the tattoos, prize bags and whoopee cushions, and will honor 501c3 org., churches with tax free and 10 percent discount when you mention Monica Riley).

Middle School list:

  1. School supplies-3-ring binders, loose leaf paper, #2 mechanical pencils, blue/black/red ink pens, calculators, large sanitizer containers, composition notebooks, maxi pads, 3-ring folders with brads and pockets and display boards.
  2. School uniforms: khaki or navy blue bottoms in both shorts and pants for girls and boys (youth sizes 14-adult 8), belts and adult size unisex socks.
  3. Misc. – $5 gift cards to Chick Fil A, Whataburger, Subway, Little Caesars Pizza, Taco Bell, Burger King, CiCi Pizza, Sonics, Dairy Queen, I-Tunes (for student achievement, honor roll, perfect attendance), individual chip bags packages and individual/capri sun drinks.

High School list:

  1. School supplies – 3-ring binders, loose leaf paper, #2 mechanical pencils, blue/black/red ink pens, TI84 calculators, large sanitizer containers, composition notebooks, maxi pads, protractors, 3-ring folders with brads and pockets, map pencils and display boards.
  2. Misc. – $5 gift cards to Chick Fil A, Whataburger, Subway, Little Caesars Pizza, Taco Bell, Burger King, CiCi Pizza, Sonics, Dairy Queen, I-Tunes (for student achievement, honor roll, perfect attendance); frozen pizza, ice cream, snow cones, individual chip bags packages and cases of sour pickles.



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.-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.-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.



Visionary and Trichologist, Leola Anifowoshe, proudly invites the general public to this year’s first Texas Black Women’s Expo (TBWE) on Saturday, Aug.12 from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at the NRG Center.

With the goal to empower entrepreneurial women, TBWE bids to take business experiences to the next level, while providing a blueprint for profitable businesses. TBWE will exclusively feature as its keynote speaker Hollywood actress and businesswoman honoree comedienne Torrei Hart; this year’s Education, Motivation, and Inspiration (EMI) awardees; a fashion presentation by Black Fashion Week; the annual Little Miss “Happy” Head Beauty Pageant; guest speakers Clerenda McGrady, Dr. Chyna Bethley, Charlie Macol, Cheryl Wood, Tony Harris Taylor and more.

Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. For more information and the full schedule, visit texasblackwomensexpo.com.




Ditch the stove and come play at Harvest Green during Food Truck Fridays in August. The mobile treateries will be parked in front of the community’s Farmhouse, 3400 Harvest Corner Drive, from 5-8 p.m. each Friday throughout the month. Bring a blanket for picnicking and prepare to enjoy a neighborhood night out filled with fun including a DJ, giant Jenga and other lawn games, children’s activities and more. The event is free and open to the public.

Then plant to pick up a basketful of local, sustainable produce at the farmers market at Harvest Green, 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. The ongoing market is located at 602 Vineyard Hollow Court and will feature just-picked fruits and vegetables from the Richmond community’s on-site Village Farm, as well as additional products such as honey, cheese, spices and sauces, and fresh brewed coffee.

“We grow only the best tasting fruits, vegetables and herbs for this area,” Snodgrass said. “Plus, our produce is picked at its peak ripeness within 24 hours of the market, so each item has reached its juiciest, sweetest, freshest and most nutritious potential. People know that our produce is beyond anything you could find in the store.”

Other vendors will include Loam Agronomics, which oversees Harvest Green’s Community Supported Agriculture program; Salve Naturals; Great Harvest Bread; and more. For more information, visit harvestgreentexas.com.



Join the Historic Richmon Association for Music in the Park, a free community event at Wessendorff Park, 4009 Preston St. in Richmond. Each show is from 7-9 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and prepare to enjoy an evening with your friends and neighbors. Upcoming dates and performers are:

Aug. 11 – Sydney Bryant

Sept. 8 – Kayla Gulley

Email historicrichmondtx@gmail.com for more information.


Varad Gaikwad, Indian Music Society of Houston.

Varad Gaikwad, Indian Music Society of Houston.


Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will present a performance of classical music from India, on Saturday, Aug. 12, beginning at 2 p.m., in Meeting Room 1 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Sangeeta Panse, Varad Gaikwad, and Govind Shetty – members of the Indian Music Society of Houston – will perform classical Indian music on the sitar, tabla, and flute.

Established in 1992, the Indian Music Society of Houston is a nonprofit organization consisting of individuals who are committed to preserving and promoting the myriad of centuries-old classical Indian music. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100.



The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for its 26th season on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road in Sugar Land. The FBSO Chorus, now in its second year, will hold auditions at the same place and date.

Chorus auditions will be held from 10 a.m. -noon. Those wishing to audition for the full chorus will be required to both vocalize individually with accompaniment and to sight-sing. An excerpt of Ola Gijilo’s Sunrise Mass is an additional requirement for choristers wishing to offer a stronger audition and for those who would like to be considered for the chamber chorus on the final concert.

Orchestra auditions will be held from 1-3 p.m. Interested candidates should prepare a three-five minute solo and be able to demonstrate sight-reading skills. The solo piece may be written with or without accompaniment, but there will be no accom­pan-­ iment at the audition.

The FBSO and FBSOC are volunteer organizations comprised of area residents who enjoy playing and singing live symphonic music. Members range from high school students to retirees, and include many professional musicians, singers, and advanced music students.

Season tickets are now on sale at special pricing for the 2017-2018 season, entitled “Of Liberty and Justice for All.” This patriotic theme will carry through FBSO’s entire season, a celebration of the majesty and diversity of the nation.

More information about season tickets and auditions is at fbso.org.


A Backyard Composting Workshop hosted by Missouri City Green and led by Fort Bend Master Gardeners will be held at the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center.

A Backyard Composting Workshop hosted by Missouri City Green and led by Fort Bend Master Gardeners will be held at the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center.


Learn how to transform your yard trimmings, grass clippings and leaves into fertile compost that will help enrich your garden at the Backyard Composting Workshop hosted by Missouri City Green and led by Fort Bend Master Gardeners on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 9-11 a.m. at the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center located at 2701 Cypress Point Dr. Check-in is 8:30 a.m. and the $20 registration fee includes one free compost bin valued at $60. Family members accompanying a registrant may attend at no cost.

For more information and to register online, visit missouricitygreen.org. Email questions to info@missouricitygreen.org.


(Back row, l-r): Nita Workman, E.A.Jones registrar; Sue Bridges, Book Project chairperson; Tyson, Ruben, Sotonte, Leah, E.A. Jones students, Evelyn Smith; (front row): Demaris, Jayden, Natalie, E.A. Jones students and Ann Thompson.

(Back row, l-r): Nita Workman, E.A.Jones registrar; Sue Bridges, Book Project chairperson; Tyson, Ruben, Sotonte, Leah, E.A. Jones students, Evelyn Smith; (front row): Demaris, Jayden, Natalie, E.A. Jones students and Ann Thompson.


The Texas Retired Teacher’s Association (TRTA) local unit, Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators (FBHRE), recently presented 295 new books to E. A. Jones Elementary students in third, fourth, and fifth grades. This Children’s Book Project(CBP) is a state wide service activity carried out through TRTA to put new books into the hands of children. Last December 2016, 285 new books were given to E. A. Jones’ students in kindergarten, first and second grades.

With this project, retired public school personnel continue to be a part of the education of Texas School children. CBP began in 1998 and since that time has provided more than 600,500 books to children who otherwise might never have a book to call their own. The FBHRE gives approximately 600 new books a year to FBISD school children, targeting at-risk schools with age-appropriate books selected under the leadership of retired librarians.

The CBP is ongoing and anyone who wishes may contribute. Interested parties should contact FBHRE at localunits.org/FortBendHarris or on the group’s Facebook Page.

The public is invited to TRTA’s first 2017-2018 meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. followed by its “Oh Happy Day Luncheon.” The event will be held at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, Great Hall, 431 Eldridge Rd.



Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special program to encourage aspiring writers, “Writing in Another Realm? Explore Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writing,” on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 1-3 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.

A panel of Houston-area authors who are members of the Houston Writers Guild – Dorothy Tinker, Kelly Lynn Colby, Julian Kindred, and Fern Brady – will talk about what they do to create such vivid worlds in their fantasy stories.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 281-238-2800.



Advocates of Healthy Minds in Fort Bend County is dedicated to promoting mental health and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, awareness, programs and activities that support a well-balanced life.

Starting on the Fort Bend County level, the nonprofit organization founded by Evelyn Traylor is promoting the awareness that seems to be lacking as many view mental health as an embarrassing topic of conversation. The group’s Family Fun Festival and 5K Race will help stop the stigma and raise awareness. It will be held at Constellation Field on Saturday, Aug. 26. The day will kick off at 7 a.m. with a 5K fun run, followed by its summer Family Fun Festival from 2-8 p.m.

The six-hour festival will include live music and entertainment, 80 vendors, chili and gumbo cookoffs, vintage car show, military displays, mental health educational booths, children’s activities and much more.

Email advocatesofhealthyminds@gmail.com to volunteer or inquire about sponsorship opportunities. For more information, visit advocatesofhealthyminds.org.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital cancer survivors get together for mutual support.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital cancer survivors get together for mutual support.


Fort Bend-area cancer survivors now have a new artistic outlet to help with emotions surrounding their life-changing experience.

Thriving Through Creative Arts is a complimentary expressive art program designed for local cancer survivors and administered by Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. The program gives survivors the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about being diagnosed, treated and surviving cancer through art.

“Cancer survivors — being anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer — need time to process their emotions and doing so through creative artistic expression can be a stress-relieving outlet for them as well as a means of coping,” said Melissa De Los Santos, breast and gynecologic oncology nurse navigator, who developed the unique program along with the Director of Oncology Services, Amy Sebastian-Deutsch.

“Thriving Through Creative Arts provides the softer side of cancer care – the much-needed, but often forgotten element, of wellness,” said Sebastian-Deutsch. “Through this program, Houston Methodist Sugar Land is helping to provide the important components of expression and healing that can provide significant benefits to survivors.”

The art program is designed to help cancer survivors view Houston Methodist Sugar Land not only as a place that delivers care for the body and eliminates cancer, but also as a center of emotional and spiritual health.

“It’s really about offering a more holistic approach to health care, something that is often missing in today’s technology-driven approach to medicine,” said De Los Santos.

Thriving Through Creative Arts will take place at the hospital on the first and third Wednesday and Thursday of each month starting at 12:15 p.m. The mediums used will vary at each meeting along with the project. Photography, painting, jewelry making and journaling are just a few of the mediums planned. Go to houstonmethodist.org/events to register for a class. For more information, call 281-414-8027 or email mdelossantos@houstonmethodist.org.


(Standing, l-r): Kelli Metzenthin (Executive Director), Holly Kaminga (Co-Chair); (sitting): Angela Cox and Diana Englet (CenterPoint Energy), and Emily Rhodes (Co-Chair)

(Standing, l-r): Kelli Metzenthin (Executive Director), Holly Kaminga (Co-Chair); (sitting): Angela Cox and Diana Englet (CenterPoint Energy), and Emily Rhodes (Co-Chair)


There’s a buzz around Fort Bend County for the Literacy Council’s 8th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee! The event, presented by CenterPoint Energy, is slated for Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Constellation Field. This year’s event is co-chaired by Holly Kaminga and Emily Rhodes.

Enter a team of three adults to compete and earn the bragging rights as the Best Grown-Up Spellers in the County.

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available for this event, ranging from $750-$5,000 and have great perks for your business or organization. Smaller sponsorships are also available, including “Bee a Word” sponsor for $200, where you get to choose a word to “bee” used in the Bee. For $100, a sponsor can select a letter in our “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” alphabet. You may opt to claim the first letter of your business, child, family or pet’s name. “Bee a Word” sponsors will receive admission, dinner, and drink tickets for two, recognition on the website and at the event. “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” sponsors will receive admission and dinner for one along with recognition on the website and at the event.

Spectator Bee RSVPs are available for $50 and include admission to the Bee, dinner and a drink ticket. Watch your neighbors, co-workers and friends compete against one another to win a coveted spot in the “Honey Hall of Fame.”

Raffle tickets are also available for your chance to win a fabulous prize. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Winners will be announced at the Bee but you not need to be present to win. And, the Hive Dive offers an array of fun packages to choose from. Tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10 or a wingspan for $30.

For more information, visit ftbendliteracy.org or call 281-240-8181.



Interested in getting out on the water at Sugar Land Memorial Park but don’t have a kayak? No problem! The Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Bayou City Adventures to bring kayak and paddleboard rentals to the lake at Sugar Land Memorial Park.

Kayak and paddleboard rentals will be available on Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes before sunset. The rate is $20 per hour and paid to the attendant onsite. Lifejackets are provided and required. Parks staff anticipates expanding the program to include various levels of instructional classes in early summer. For questions, call 281-275-2885 or visit facebook.com/SugarLandParks


(Front row, L-R:) Robin Gill, Peggy Jackson, Sam Golden, Schlumberger’s Marianne Rezigh, Co-Chair Claude Leatherwood, Sue Chiang, Lynn Halford, Syndee Howgate and Crystal Hernandez. (Back row) Lynda Nguyen, Abolade Durojaiye, Kevin Sabouni, Jeremy Alberty, John Wantuch, Bob Cruse, Wen Wing and FBEF Events Coordinator Carol Evans. Not pictured: Co-Chair Chris Barton.

(Front row, L-R:) Robin Gill, Peggy Jackson, Sam Golden, Schlumberger’s Marianne Rezigh, Co-Chair Claude Leatherwood, Sue Chiang, Lynn Halford, Syndee Howgate and Crystal Hernandez. (Back row) Lynda Nguyen, Abolade Durojaiye, Kevin Sabouni, Jeremy Alberty, John Wantuch, Bob Cruse, Wen Wing and FBEF Events Coordinator Carol Evans. Not pictured: Co-Chair Chris Barton.


Plan now to golf “fore” education in the Fort Bend Education Foundation’s (FBEF)18th annual Back to School Scramble golf tournament scheduled for a NEW date on Monday, Sept. 11 at Sweetwater Country Club.

Schlumberger is presenting the Back to School Scramble, chaired by Chris Barton and Claude Leatherwood. Breakfast is provided by Chick-fil-A. Entry fee includes breakfast, golf and cart, beverages, lunch reception and special gifts. Sponsor­ship opportunities are available, along with Foursome Teams for $1,000 and individual entries $275.

The Education Foundation touches every school in Fort Bend ISD. Since its inception, the Education Foundation has awarded over $4 million through its Grants to Teachers and Schools program. These grants enable teachers to provide innovative classroom projects for which tax dollars are not available and they help new teachers with zero years of teaching experience to outfit their new classrooms. Your participation in the Back to School Scramble helps make the FBEF’s mission a reality – to enrich and enhance the quality of education for all Fort Bend ISD students.

For information about the Scramble and sponsorship opportunities, call 281-634-1111 or email carol.evans@fortbendisd.com. For more information about FBEF visit fortbendisd.com/foundation




Sugar Land City Council recently approved an agreement with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, the International Film Festival of Spello (IFFS) and the Region of Umbria for the creation of an Italian Film Festival in Sugar Land.

The multi-day festival called Umbria in Sugar Land is scheduled for Sept. 27-Oct. 1 at locations throughout Sugar Land. Highlights of the agreement include managing events and hosting the festival, marketing initiatives, eight films for screening, sponsorships and recruiting opportunities and more.

The Italian film festival is an international project produced by IFFS, also known as Festival del Cinema Città di Spello ed i Borghi Umbri. The sixth edition of the festival was presented at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in September 2016.

The film festival features both Italian and European films, meetings with film professionals, cultural events and seminars. It is dedicated to the promotion of cinematographic culture and the Umbrian region’s contributions to art, culture, food, wine and craftsmanship.

Umbria in Sugar Land will be a multi-day event throughout the city featuring Italian films from the Festival del Cinema Città di Spello ed i Borghi Umbri. The event will also include regional food, wine and crafts from Umbria. For more information, contact the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Division at 281- 275-2969.



Hope For Three Autism Advocates will take to the fairways on Oct. 2 for its Second Annual Golf “Fore” Autism charity tournament. The mid-afternoon round of golf will take place at Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Blvd. Tee Time is 12 p.m. Acing a “Hole in One” is presenting sponsor Timewise, the retail division of Landmark Industries. Joining in to help make it a great day on the greens are underwriters Bud Light/Silver Eagle and Classic Chevrolet. Registration at hopeforthree.org/golf-2017. Individual ($125) or team ($500) play is available, as well as underwriting, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. For additional information, call 281-245-0640 or visit hopeforthree.org.



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.


Scott and KK West will serve as honorary chairs for Couture for the Cause.

Scott and KK West will serve as honorary chairs for Couture for the Cause.


Johnson Development will present this year’s Couture for the Cause at The Farmhouse at Harvest Green in Richmond on Oct. 14. Doors open for the event at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Couture for the Cause is the premier Fort Bend County affair benefitting The American Cancer Society. This year’s event, “Garden Glitz,” will celebrate and honor the life of longtime Johnson Development employee, Carolyn Williams. Carolyn lost her 13-year hard-fought battle with cancer on June 14, 2016.

Evidence suggests that one can reduce their risk of cancer by making healthy choices like eating right and staying active. This correlation makes The Farmhouse at Harvest Green the perfect setting for the show. Harvest Green is Houston’s first farm-centric community. Chairman and CEO Larry Johnson says, “It’s a concept that’s taking root around the country. A ‘healthy living’ planned community with community gardens, optional resident backyard gardens, a Community Supported Agricultural Program, and a Farmer’s Market every week – plus lakes and waterways, greenbelts and open space, parkland and a walkable trail system.”

The highlight of Couture for the Cause is the fashion show, featuring couture models – many of whom are cancer patients or survivors. This fashion show is produced by Lenny Matuszewski with hair by the team at Milagro Salons, makeup by LaDonna Marie of Sugar Land Face & Body, and clothing by Dillards. Guests will enjoy food stations from area restaurants, plus a wine pull, Big Board auction, and “Baubles & Bubbles” raffle sponsored by Marlene and Samir Dharia of Plaza Jewelers. Visit Couture for the Cause on Facebook to vote for your favorite 3D image of a custom bauble to be made and raffled off the night of the event.

Event chairs are Monique Bossett, Susan Ley-Novosad, Debbie Marcell, Michelle Royster, Margot Sayre and Gina Pizzini. Honorary chairs are Scott and KK West, the very first Couture for the Cause chairs back in 2009.

Event tickets are $125. All of the event proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society and its mission. For more information contact Hannah Hogan at 713-706-5635 or hannah.hogan@cancer.org.

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