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Happenings December 2015

(L-R): Michelle Beeson, BRC member; Dana Clement, FBJSL president; Audra O’Neal, BRC member; Kavita Self, BRC member; Markisha Venzant-Sampson, BRC member; Tanya Pal, BRC chair; Becky Zachary, BRC member; Laura Taylor, FBJSL president-elect; and Mary Lovely, BRC member.

(L-R): Michelle Beeson, BRC member; Dana Clement, FBJSL president; Audra O’Neal, BRC member; Kavita Self, BRC member; Markisha Venzant-Sampson, BRC member; Tanya Pal, BRC chair; Becky Zachary, BRC member; Laura Taylor, FBJSL president-elect; and Mary Lovely, BRC member.


The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) is currently accepting applications from charitable organizations interested in benefiting from an FBJSL event to be held in the 2016 – 2017 League year. Event Beneficiary applications must be received by the FBJSL Beneficiary Review Committee on or before Jan. 8, 2016. The Event Beneficiary application and accompanying instructions can be found on FBJSL’s website at fbjsl.com/requesting-our-support.

The FBJSL Beneficiary Review Committee (BRC) reviews event beneficiary applicants based on the needs of those agencies and the goals of the organization. FBJSL selects beneficiaries that will thrive due to its support, and match the League’s vision for meeting the needs of the Fort Bend County area. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have 501(c)(3) status, provide services within Fort Bend County and encompass one or more of the League’s position statements.

Additionally, the FBJSL is offering two scholarship programs to assist women in Fort Bend County who desire to further their education. The deadline to submit scholarship applications is Feb. 1, 2016.

For the FBJSL Volunteer Scholarship, the applicant must be an outstanding Fort Bend female high school senior who has completed at least 100 hours of high school community service, has a minimum GPA of 2.5 and desires to pursue higher education in the 2016-2017 school year.

For the FBJSL New Beginnings Scholarship, the applicant must be a Fort Bend woman who has a specific degree or career advancement goal in mind and who has had a significant break in her education following high school graduation, completion of her GED, or last full-time semester at an accredited college, vocational school or university.

Four Volunteer Scholarships will be awarded at a value of $1,000 each and one New Beginnings Scholarship will be awarded at a value of $2,000. To learn more and obtain a copy of the application, visit fbjsl.com/scholarships. All event beneficiary and scholarship applications and required supporting documents must be sent via email to brccom@fbjsl.com.



On Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5-8 p.m., Santa Claus comes to town for Sugar Land’s Christmas Tree Lighting. Santa and Mrs. Claus will share some holiday cheer and pose with guests for a free souvenir picture. Guests can also enter a 15-foot inflatable snow globe for a great photo opportunity. There will be holiday arts and crafts, stilt walkers, juggling elves and performances on Santa’s Helpers Stage. Then attendees will gather around the spectacular 40-foot Christmas tree to welcome the holiday season.

Ring in 2016 on Thursday, Dec. 31 with the New Year’s Eve on the Square celebration. The countdown to midnight will feature the event’s signature 3D video projection show coupled with jaw-dropping fireworks. This celebration is divided into two segments to ensure attendees of all ages are able to celebrate the New Year. The children’s celebration begins at 7 p.m. with music, entertainment, street performers and a fireworks show ending the night at 9 p.m. The party resumes at 10 p.m. with the adult New Year’s Eve celebration. Alcohol will be available for purchase until 1 a.m.

All City of Sugar Land events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Texas and Lone Star garages. A free shuttle service will be available for Halloween Town, Christmas Tree Lighting and New Year’s Eve on the Square from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., during the event hours. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the shuttle service, as parking in the garages is limited.

For more information about these events or to become an event sponsor, contact the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at 281-275-2885. For a complete listing of the City of Sugar Land’s events, visit sugarlandtx.gov/­SpecialEvents.



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.


HBU Schola Cantorum with Director Dr. John Yarrington.

HBU Schola Cantorum with Director Dr. John Yarrington.


“Deck the Halls” is a seasonal tradition for Fort Bend County families. HBU’s acclaimed choir, Schola Cantorum, is back by popular demand to perform in accompaniment to the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra in two concerts on Sunday, Dec. 6 in the Stafford Centre at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

The orchestra will perform traditional favorites, the American “Sleigh Ride,” and the Russian “Troika” by Prokofiev. The Russian theme continues with McKechnie’s “Deck the Halls with Trepac” (also known as “The Russian Dance” from The Nutcracker). New this year, “A ‘Texified’ Night Before Christmas” brings a new twist to the beloved poem. “White Christmas” and the “Hanukkah Festival Overture” complete the orchestra’s solo performance.

Schola Cantorum gives voice to FBSO’s music for the medley “Christmas on Broadway” including “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Toyland,” “My Favorite Things,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” and “God Bless Us Everyone”, continuing with “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Sing We Now of Christmas.” The choir performs a cappella for “Ding, Dong Merrily on High” and “Gloria (Movement 1)”.

The 2 p.m. performance features a special guest — Santa Claus! The winner of the Houston Music Teachers’ Association Concerto Competition, accompanied by FBSO, treats guests at the 7 p.m. performance to a piano concerto.

Prior to each performance and at intermission, guests can shop at the FBSO Holiday Market, featuring handcrafted gift items made by orchestra members. Last year’s most popular selections included scarves, ornaments, jewelry, paper goods, small paintings, and more. All proceeds from the sale benefit FBSO. There is no charge to visit the Market.

Tickets begin at $15 for adults; children 12 and under are $5 and teens $10 each. There are discounts for college students, seniors 55-plus, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more. Get tickets at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.



The AHS ProGrad Holiday Hayride is a fun family activity for the holidays. Dates scheduled are Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12,18 and 19 (Friday and Saturday nights) from 7-9 pm. This old-fashioned attraction includes a delightful ride on a sound-equipped hay trailer through Pecan Grove (meeting place – Randall’s in Pecan Grove), a neighborhood that will be transformed into a winter wonderland filled with huge light displays, decorated trees and homes, bridges and brooks.

The hayride will last about 40 minutes and is choreographed to all the favorite songs of the season. After the hay ride, warm up with a cup of cocoa or even have your picture taken with Santa.The hay ride is $5 per ticket and children under 2 years old are admitted free; $125 to reserve an entire trailer for a private party. Reservations are recommended for parties of six or more. Proceeds benefit AHS Project Graduation 2016 evening activities.

For more information, contact Marty Brinkman at mbrinkman1@msn.com or call 713-254-7889 (text messages preferred).


Princess Christmas Photo


Fort Bend Theatre will present Princess Christmas, Dec. 5-22, Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the theatre, located at 2815 N. Main St. in Stafford. Everyone’s favorite princesses — Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid and Snow White — are all back by popular demand to show everyone the true meaning of the holiday season. All the mean school girls think they have what it takes to be a princess, until the Real Princesses show the girls what it really takes in this enchanting holiday tale.

Everyone in the audience who attends wearing their princess/prince costume will receive a special holiday treat! Get tickets for the show online at FortBendTheatre.com. For more information or for group rates, call 281-208-3333.

The Theatre’s Musical Theatre Camps will be offered at the Theatre during school break. THis year’s camp is “Tribute to Frozen”. Classes are for ages 5-10 and are held Monday through Friday, Dec. 28-Jan. 1 from 1-5 p.m. There will be a free showcase at the end of camp for friends and family. Camp fee is $200. Register online at the website above.



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.


Philip Chong (left) and Derek Cyprian.

Philip Chong (left) and Derek Cyprian.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s annual Christmas Musicale on Saturday, Dec. 5. Three performing choirs – Training, Town and Tour – will be showcased at Sugar Land Baptist Church, 16755 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land at 7 p.m. Special guests include Music Magic, the organization’s music class for 6- and 7-year-olds.

Tickets are available by calling the choir office, from any choir member or at the door. Adult admission is $15 and children 12 and under are $5. All proceeds from the musicale are used for program support, operational expenses and scholarships.

Open auditions for the Fort Bend Boys Choir will be held at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 12. Young boys from all over the Fort Bend and Houston metropolitan area have the opportunity to learn more about music and singing as well as many of life’s important lessons like leadership, making friends and building self-confidence.

Boys age 8 and older with unchanged voices are invited to audition. No previous singing experience is necessary. Scholar­ships and carpooling assistance are available. Be sure to ask about the Music Magic class that starts in late February.

Find out more by visiting fbbctx.org or call 281-240-3800 to schedule an alternate audition time.


The North America Youth Chinese Orchestra.

The North America Youth Chinese Orchestra.


Fort Bend County Libraries will host a musical performance of “Asian Melody” by the North America Youth Chinese Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at the University Branch Library, located at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Directed by Changlu Wu, the orchestra consists of talented young Chinese-American student musicians who are passionate about their culture and its music. Using the violin and clarinet, as well as Chinese instruments such as the pipa, guzheng and zhong ruan, the musicians will perform a variety of traditional Chinese musical pieces.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100.


Sienna PLantation Frost Fest logo


Parkas and gloves will be needed in Sienna Plantation, as the forecast calls for snow and fun at the community’s Frost Fest. Event-goers can frolic in 30,000 pounds of snow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, at Sienna’s Village of Sawmill Lake. Inflatables will add to the fun and people will be able to take holiday pictures in a life-sized snow globe. Radio station Sunny 99.1 will be on-site playing Christmas music.

On Sunday, visitors can don free ice skates and practice their spins as an ice rink will be staged at the model home park in the Village of Sawmill Lake. “A mountain of snow, ice skating and other yuletide activities are sure to spark the holiday spirit,” said Christen Johnson, marketing director for Sienna Plantation.

Also helping set the mood will be holiday-scented rooms in all model homes in Sienna, including the 13 new models in the Village of Sawmill Lake, Sienna Plantation’s newest collection of neighborhoods. “While touring our many luxurious models, visitors will be greeted by scented rooms, all in holiday fragrances,” Johnson said. “It will add a festive air to the model home tours.”

Frost Fest visitors also can purchase raffle tickets for one of the 16 lavishly decorated wreaths that will be on display in the models. All wreaths will be raffled and proceeds will benefit Child Advocates of Fort Bend, which provides a voice for abused and neglected children through therapy, mentorship and advocacy. Two homes in Sienna Plantation will be among the residences showcased during the annual CASA Christmas Home Tour, slated for Dec. 11 and 12.

The decorated wreaths will be on display and raffle tickets available at the Sienna Homefinder Center, 5777 Sienna Parkway, after Frost Fest.


The ASID Holiday Showhouse will be open for visitation select dates in December.

The ASID Holiday Showhouse will be open for visitation select dates in December.


The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter (TGCC) of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the dates for its Holiday Showhouse located at 54 North Windsail Place in The Woodlands. This home will be designed and furnished by some of the most talented designers from TGCC ASID.

The open house will take place on Dec. 5-6, 10-13 and 17-20 with the hours as follows: Thursdays – Fridays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sundays, noon–5 p.m. The showhouse will close after tours on Sunday, Dec. 20.

ASID has presented showhouses across the Houston metroplex since beginning in 1975 and first showcased a home in The Woodlands in 1998. This will be the fourth Woodlands holiday showhouse and the first major renovation of an estate home. The other three showhomes in The Woodlands were new construction.

A design committee works with all of the designers to maintain a flow to the home while at the same time allowing each designer to bring their own creativity to the project. This home and its setting are unique in that the land is over an acre and boasts over 300 feet of lake frontage. Additionally, the back of the home faces east, so the home is basked in light. The three-story home resembles a castle sitting amidst beautifully manicured lawns, complete with water features and bronze statues to a negative edge pool and a floating boat dock. The halls will be decked for the holidays, so you won’t want to miss it.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $12. Ticket prices will go up to $15 on Dec. 5. Visit asidholidayshowhouse.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. For more information, visit asidtgcc.org/holidayshowhouse.



Get ideas for new ways to dress up your holiday packages at a special program, “Curly, Twirly, & Bow: Holiday Bow-Making Techniques,” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Mamie George Branch Library, 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 10-11 a.m, in the makerspace area of the library.

Learn how to create a variety of bows that can be used to adorn packages or hair clips. Ribbon will be provided and those attending the program will leave with at least one completed bow.

The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Mamie George Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2880, or by visiting the library.



Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild members Cheryl Jacobs, Susan Bozart and Barbara Young, were literally on hand at Dew House to show and teach visitors quilting techniques such as “paper patch” and “yoyo” in October. Mark your calendars for the Annual Dew House Holiday Wassail to be held Dec. 6 from 1-4 p.m. where Santa will be on hand to hear wishes from kids of every age. School groups such as the Scanlan Oaks Elementary Whistlestops and the Elkins Knightbeats will be there to entertain guests as they enjoy cookies and wassail. This event is free to the public. The Dew House is located at the back of Kitty Hollow Park just off Highway 6.

For more information, visit fortbendmuseum.org/dewalt-heritage-center.html.



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.


(L-R): Child Advocates of Fort Bend board president Jim McClellan, CEO Ruthanne Mefford and board member Jim Lockwood.

(L-R): Child Advocates of Fort Bend board president Jim McClellan, CEO Ruthanne Mefford and board member Jim Lockwood.


The Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) staff, committee members, decorators and homeowners are gearing up for the 24th annual CASA Christmas Home Tour, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12. Neighborhoods confirmed for 2015 include Sienna Plantation and Imperial.

“Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation has had a long-standing relationship with this agency and with our Home Tour. We are so excited that they came forward to kick off the sponsor drive again this year as our Event Underwriter,” said CAFB CEO Ruthanne Mefford.

Proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour help CAFB advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children in this community. Through its two programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Children’s Advocacy Center, the agency touches the lives of more than 400 young victims each month.

A Fort Bend holiday tradition, the tour offers guests the opportunity to view beautifully decorated homes in Fort Bend County while helping to raise needed funds to support CAFB’s programs. Tour hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 12 with a candlelight tour on Dec. 11 from 6-9 p.m. Spon­sors and volunteers are needed to support the tour. If you would like to participate, contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or lmoore@cafb.org. For updates on home locations and ticket sales, go to cafb.org/Events/Home-Tour.

The wreath raffle will take place again this year. Wreaths decorated by each of the decorators on the tour will be raffled during the tour. Images of the wreaths will be available on the website, but guests may view the wreaths in person at the homes. Raffle tickets will be available at all of the home tour homes and at the Special Tour Lunch.



This group provides social opportunities for children with autism ages 1-12 years and their families while building a support network in Fort Bend county. Members meet six times per year at various locations. The December meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Duhacsek Park, 17034 Old Richmond Road in Sugar Land. Thanks to local sponsors, drinks, snacks and door prizes are provided. Attendance is free but donations are appreciated and RSVP is required. For more information, contact Susan at susan@susangar.com or call her at 281-726-2665.



The Imperial Park Recreation Center invites parents to bring their little one to the fifth annual Winter Wonderland on Dec. 12, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Imperial Park Recreation Center, 234 Matlage Way.

This event offers an opportunity to get some last minute holiday shopping done, take some time alone or have lunch with friends. Children will have a day packed with hours of fun activities including entertainment, crafts and lots of real snow. Santa will even stop by for a visit.

Registration is now open to children ages 5-12. Imperial Park Recreation Center members can sign up their children for $5 each and non-members can sign up for $20 per child. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Snacks and lunch will be provided, and each child will receive a free event t-shirt.

The general public is invited to stop by from 2-4 p.m. to play in the snow, warm up with hot chocolate and watch an authentic Hawaiian Christmas show performance from 2-3 p.m.

For more information, call 281-275-2885 or visit sugarlandtx.gov.



Travis High School Prograd holiday hayrides will be held Dec. 3 through Dec, 20 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, with proceeds benefitting the THS ProGrad 2016 Celebration. Hayrides will run from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will leave from Pecan Grove Elementary School parking lot. Rides are $5 per person with children 2 and under free. Reservations are highly recommended, but walk-ups are welcome!

Visit TravisTigerProGrad.com and click on the fundraiser tab to make reservations, or email pghayride@gmail.com. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available. Bring your family and friends, support THS ProGrad, and enjoy the lights of the season!


(L-R): Lynn Haney, Brett Haney and Nick Castelberg at the Campfire Christmas event.

(L-R): Lynn Haney, Brett Haney and Nick Castelberg at the Campfire Christmas event.


Join the Fort Bend Museum Docents on Friday, Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 2-8 p.m. for the annual Candlelight Tours of the 1883 John M. Moore home. This year’s theme is “To Grand­mother’s House We Go: A 1950s-era Moore Family Christmas.”

Guests are invited to experience the sights and sounds of a mid-century Christmas during this year’s tours, and each room in the historic home will be decorated with all the trimmings of the season. Complimentary wassail and cookies will also be served. Group tours can be arranged during regular museum hours in December.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. For more information, visit fortbendmuseum.org or call 281-342-6478. The Fort Bend Museum is located at 500 Houston Street in Richmond. The annual Candlelight Tours are sponsored by the Fort Bend Museum Docents and all proceeds benefit the educational and preservation efforts of the Fort Bend Museum.

Visit “Christmases Past” at the George Ranch Historical Park’s annual Campfire Christmas event. Set for Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19, the event features hearty food, Texas traditions and Christmas cheer on the ranch.

First, guests will enjoy a multi-era holiday meal complete with 1930s cowboy music. After dinner, guests will jump back in time to visit a “newly-built” log cabin on Christmas Eve 1825. “Old 300” settlers Henry and Nancy Jones will share what life was like as a Texas pioneer on the wild frontier and will teach visitors about the early Welsh Christmas traditions of their ancestors.

Next, guests will jump forward 44 years to an 1869 campfire as the local cowboys pay a visit to the neighboring sharecropper for the evening. Hot cider and coffee will be served as the conversation turns to the growing systems of sharecropping and cattle drives of the era.

The evening’s final stop will be the Davis Victorian Mansion, which will be decked out for a festive family Christmas in 1888. “Guests will learn about the changes the family underwent in this critical year – and about special Victorian traditions,” said Director of Programs Krystal Willeby.

Reservations are required and are non-refundable. Tickets are $50 for adults and $45 for children, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Note: Campfire Christmas is recommended for adults and children ages 8 and up. For younger children, a special Children’s Campfire Christmas event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17. Children’s Campfire Christmas begins at 6 p.m. and includes a light dinner, Christmas crafts, a hayride through the Park and singing Christmas songs around the campfire. Tickets for Children’s Campfire Christmas are $30 for adults, $25 for children ages 5 to 15 and $10 for children 4 and under.

The George Ranch Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. Operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit   georgeranch.org or call 281-343-0218.


String Theory String Orchestra


Live holiday music by talented local musicians in the String Theory String Orchestra will be featured when Fort Bend County Libraries presents “Music to Inspire Your Christmas Spirit” on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m., at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.

String Theory String Orchestra is an all-string ensemble of violins, violas, cellos and a bass violin. The group, which consists of professional and semi-professional musicians from Fort Bend County, will perform a variety of seasonal music, from pops to classical.

String Theory String Orchestra was founded in the summer of 2012 by a group of individuals who love to play chamber music and who wanted to explore the abundance of great string music this is often missed if one performs solely with a symphony orchestra.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call First Colony Branch Library at 281-238-2800.


“Sleeping Beauty” marionettes.

“Sleeping Beauty” marionettes.


The Youth Services department at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library will present two performances of a special marionette puppet show, “Sleeping Beauty and the Handsome Prince,” on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 3 p.m. and again at 4 p.m., at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

Master puppeteer Jean Kuecher, producer of Marionette Playhouse, will entertain children of all ages with her handcrafted marionettes on an elaborate stage, with music and lighting. In this puppet show, the Good Fairy helps the Handsome Prince battle the Wicked Witch’s dragon, but then the prince can’t remember how to awaken the Princess Sleeping Beauty. After the performance, stay to learn some of the backstage secrets.

The delicately handcrafted, 1/3-life-sized marionettes are built by Kuecher, who also designs their beautiful costumes and majestic scenery. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455.


Sunspace Texas’ easy-operating, custom-made WeatherMaster Plus stacking door system protects homeowners and their guests from inclement weather, blistering sun and insects. (Photo - Sunspace Texas)

Sunspace Texas’ easy-operating, custom-made WeatherMaster Plus stacking door system protects homeowners and their guests from inclement weather, blistering sun and insects. (Photo – Sunspace Texas)


The 6th Annual Sugar Land Home & Garden Show returns to the Stafford Centre, located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford, for its sixth annual event on Saturday, Jan. 30 and, Sunday, Jan. 31.

Homeowners interested in modifying their home space – indoors or out – will have an opportunity to meet with experts who can provide the right product or guidance, whether for a successful remodel or a new build. From appliances to patio pavers, and sunrooms to countertops, the show is certain to provide something for everyone.

“This year’s Sugar Land Show will provide two cooking stages featuring demonstrations from Molly Fowler, The Dining Diva, as well as chefs from local restaurants,” said Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows Inc., producer of the home and garden shows in Sugar Land, Cy-Fair and The Woodlands.

Homeowners who enjoy outdoor living must not miss the “Texas Room,” which will be built by Sunspace Texas to showcase its WeatherMaster Plus stacking door system. Custom-designed to provide protection for sunrooms or covered patios, as well as those using them, from inclement weather, blistering sun and insects, the doors can be quickly and easily closed to safeguard property and guests against the unpredictability of the Gulf Coast’s spring and summer weather, and are just as easily reopened when the threat passes.

If a new patio or outdoor kitchen is on a homeowner’s wish list, the Belgard Outdoor Living Ideas semi-truck, loaded with pavers, experts and ideas will be on-site both days. And gardeners with spring planting questions can find solutions at the Ask the Master Gardeners Booth, which will be staffed by Fort Bend County master gardeners throughout the two-day event.

Returning to the 2016 show is Sensational Color’s Kate Smith, a color expert who will offer private color consultations by appointment, as well as to walk-up attendees, schedule permitting. For more information, or to sign up for a private session visit the show website. Smith suggests bringing electronic photographs, color swatches and room measurements.

Keeping pace with the growth of technology in interior design, Hunter Douglas will feature its PowerView Motorization/Auto­mation App, allowing homeowners to schedule automatic operations or operate window treatments remotely – all from a mobile device. To be demonstrated at the show by Custom Décor Solutions,the PowerView App can help homeowners create scenes to balance different lighting and privacy needs throughout the day, and adjust window treatments for temperature, privacy and security from across the room or across the world.

“The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, which will hold its grand opening in May, has once again been selected as the show’s charity partner,” said Wood. “Volunteers will be on-hand both days to provide more information about this special project of the Children’s Museum of Houston.”

Show hours are from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are cash only at $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for children 12 years and younger. Free parking is available. For more information call 832-274-3944 or visit SugarLandHomeAndGarden.com, where tickets and a downloadable discount coupon for $2 off admission are available.



The San Luis invites you to ring in the new year at “Midnight in Paris,” an all-inclusive evening of music, food, celebration and more. Attendees will enjoy an award-winning chef’s four-course meal, generously hosted premium bar, entertainment by Password Band, Champagne toast, balloon drop, party hats and favors. Interested parties can book luxurious overnight accommodations and two extravaganza event tickets from $599 per couple. The New Year’s Eve celebration event is $199 per person.

For more information or to book your ticket, call 409-744-1500.



The elves of Quail Valley invite you to meet Santa and enjoy the festivities at the North Pole Christmas on Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 18-24 from 6:30-9 p.m. The North Pole is a must stop to prepare for the holidays with a band, a children’s handbell choir, carolers and good neighborly fun. Christmas lights on Boca Raton and Kiamesha streets lead the way to Boca Court and Santa. Just follow the lights! On very cold nights the North Pole has a heater to keep Santa, his helpers and visitors warm.

North Pole Christmas began more than 20 years ago when neighbors living in the Boca Court cul-de-sac in Quail Valley, led by Head Elf Jim Hays, created a unique, fun Christmas tradition as a gift for their neighbors. Adults who were brought to the North Pole as children now bring their own families. All ages enjoy the North Pole tradition and having their picture taken with Santa. Over the years, the youngest visitor was less than a month old and the oldest visitor was over 100.

Don’t forget your camera and your letter to Santa to go in the mailbox!

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