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Jim McClellan of Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, the Tour underwriter, and CAFB CEO Ruthanne Mefford show off two of the wreaths up for raffle.

Jim McClellan of Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, the Tour underwriter, and CAFB CEO Ruthanne Mefford show off two of the wreaths up for raffle.

25TH ANNUAL CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR, DEC. 9-10

Tickets to the 25th Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) Christmas Home Tour are available for $25 online at cafb.org and at the Sienna Plantation HomeFinder Center, Riverstone Information Center and Fort Bend County Randalls stores. Get into the holiday spirit by attending the Tour which has become a Fort Bend holiday tradition.

The 2016 Tour will feature five distinctive homes in Sugar Creek, Telfair, Riverstone and the Belknap Brookside neighborhood beautifully decorated for the holidays with the help of professional decorators and designers. This is the first time homes in Telfair and Belknap Brookside have been on the Home Tour. Guests will be treated to a rare glimpse of these lovely homes, and will enjoy festive entertainment, beautiful holiday decorations, tasty home-made cookies and refreshments. The event runs Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with a special candlelight tour on Friday night from 6-9 p.m. One ticket provides admission to all five homes and can be used at any time during the tour. Directions to the homes are on the back of the ticket.

A number of creative and talented individuals have generously created beautiful wreaths to be raffled. The wreaths can be viewed at the Sienna Plantation HomeFinder Center and online at cafb.org. The wreaths will also be featured in several model homes during Sienna Plantation’s Frost Fest on Dec. 17. Guests can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win their wreath of choice.

The Tour is one of CAFB’s largest fundraisers which benefits abused and neglected children. Tour Underwriter is Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation. Pamela Printing is Program Sponsor and OCuSOFT Inc. is a Children’s Godparent. For more information, for tickets or sponsorship information, visit cafb.org or call 281-344-5108.
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BMW OF WEST HOUSTON

BMW of West Houston invites your family to become part of our BMW family this holiday season.  From the moment you walk in you will feel right at home. Its 95,000 square foot state-of-the-art dealership is a select M Dealer, I Dealer & Dinan Dealer with more inventory, more courtesy loaner cars and has one of Houston’s largest Service Departments.  Forget the wrapping paper and tear up the road this season at The 2016 Center of Excellence BMW Dealership. Visit Santa December 10th from 12:30-2:30pm. For more information call 832-772-9000 or visit bmwwest.com. Located 20822 Katy Freeway, Katy Texas.  832-772-9000 

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FBC SOCIAL SERVICES AND PARTNERS BRING CHRISTMAS TO AREA CHILDREN, THROUGH DEC. 12

This holiday season, Fort Bend County Social Services and area partners are aiming to bring joy and magic into local children’s lives. The third annual Santa Claus is Coming to Fort Bend County is underway to collect gifts to accomplish this goal.

With the collaboration of area partners Lillie Garcia and Laura Rosilez of The LR Project, Wells Fargo Bank, Second Mile Mission Center, East Fort Bend Human Needs, Katy Christian Ministries, Rosenberg- Richmond Helping Hands, Boys and Girls Club, Rosenberg Fire Department, Sugar Land Fire Department, Rosenberg Police Department and Attack Poverty, the goal is to provide 1,000 children in the area with Christmas gifts and a chance to meet Santa as he presents them with their very own gifts.

New, unwrapped gifts for children (ages 0-14) can be donated until Dec. 14 at any of the following partnering locations:

  • 4520 Reading Rd #A-900, Rosenberg; and 307 Texas Pkwy #235, Missouri City.
  • Sugar Land Fire Department Locations: Station 1, 555 Matlage Way; Station 2, 1040 Industrial Blvd.; Station 3, 2255 Settlers Way Blvd.; Station 4, 2100 Austin Pkwy.; Station 5, 5735 Commonwealth Blvd.; Station 6, 6625 Sansbury Blvd; Station 7, 1301 Chat­ham Ave.
  • Rosenberg Fire Department locations: Station 1, 1021 4th Street; Station 2, 5320 Reading Road; Station 3, 6226 August Green Drive; Station 4, 4336 Hwy 36 South.
  • Rosenberg Police Station: 2120 4th St.

Volunteers are also needed. Contact Vickie Bernal, Fort Bend County Social Services at 281-238-3507.

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FORT BEND THEATRE PRESENTS “MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS,” THROUGH DEC. 18, AND THEATRE CAMP

The charming children’s classic, Madeline’s Christmas, will be playing through Dec. 18 at Fort Bend Theatre, 2815 N Main in Stafford, Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets online for $12 each with no ticket fees, visit FortBendTheatre.com.

Madeline’s Christmas also is available for a winter Musical Theatre Camp for ages 7 – 17 Monday-Friday, Dec. 26-30, from 1- 5 p.m. Students will learn acting, singing and dancing.

Winter Acting Classes will be held on Saturdays, Jan. 14 through March 4. Each session teaches stage acting techniques, including improvisation, characterization, pantomime, vocalization and many more skills. Classes conclude with a free performance open to family and friends.

To register online for the camp or acting class, visit the theatre website and click the “Register Now” button. For more information, call 281-208-3333.

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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, DEC. 1

Come out for the lighting of Sugar Land’s beautiful 40-foot Christmas tree on Dec. 1 from 5-8 p.m. at Sugar Land Town Square, with a special appearance by Santa Claus. Partake in the Christmas cheer, visit the vendor booths offering scrumptious seasonal delicacies, and enjoy some of the community’s most popular performers. Children and families will have the opportunity to take free pictures with Santa, and participate in various holiday games and activities.

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The 2016 Central Fort Bend Chamber Gala Committee.

The 2016 Central Fort Bend Chamber Gala Committee.

CENTRAL FORT BEND CHAMBER’S ANNUAL GALA “A WINTER SOIREE,” DEC. 2

The 2016 Annual Gala, “A Winter Soiree,” will be held Friday, Dec. 2 from 7-10 p.m. at the Safari Texas Ranch’s Texas Ballroom, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is the oldest Chamber in Fort Bend County with a rich history of strong leaders, two of them being Chair Honorees, Jeff and Ann Council. Both have been actively involved in the community.

Gala Chair is Holly Kaminga with Sterling McCall Lexus who is overseeing the Gala Committee made up of Lawren Eckhardt, Community Impact Newspaper; Marla Jurek, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union; Lisa Matthews, Servpro of West Fort Bend; Amber McDonald, Texas Insurance & Finan­cial Services; Noell Myska, Stancil Proper­ties Tax LLC; Cynthia Reaves, AccessHealth and Alicen Swift, OakBend Medical Center. Gala guests will enjoy unique entertainment, live and silent auctions and more.

For more information, call 281-342-5464 or email amanrique@cfbca.org.

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MEMORIAL HERMANN SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are a key part of the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital family, making visits to the hospital more friendly and less intimidating. They perform tasks that help keep the hospital running smoothly. Many volunteers know what it’s like to have a loved one in the hospital, and they consider it a privilege to offer a warm smile and a guiding hand.

“We’re always looking for active adults who want to volunteer on a long-term basis,” says Cathy Clark, Director of Volunteer Services. “Since our new patient tower opened in September 2016, we have many opportunities available.”

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land shows appreciation for its volunteers with several perks, including free parking and a meal stipend to enjoy lunch in the hospital cafeteria. Each fall, the hospital’s Auxiliary Board hosts a luncheon social for volunteers, and in the spring, the hospital hosts a volunteer recognition event.

To learn more about becoming a hospital volunteer and to request an application, please contact Cathy Clark at 281-725-5254 or catherine.clark@memorial hermann.org.

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LOCAL DELTA SIGMA THETA CHAPTER CO-SPONSORS DAAP FOUNDATION GALA, DEC. 3

The Suburban Houston- Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter (SHFBAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is the annual co-sponsor of the Delta Academic Artistic Philanthropic (DAAP) Foundation Gala that will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 p.m.–midnight at The Power Center,12401 South Post Oak, Houston. Guest attire is semi-formal. Proceeds from the event benefit community programs and scholarships.

SHFBAC continues in the spirit of serving local communities, while building leadership, and inspiring sisterhood since 1976.

Sponsorships, gala tickets and Texans raffle tickets are available. For details, email WAM.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

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Past Tour Choirboy Emmanuel Arredondo.

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR, DECEMBER EVENTS

The Fort Bend Boys Choir is celebrating its 35th anniversary performance season with a Christmas Musicale concert on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at a new venue – the First United Methodist Church-Missouri City. Their three performing treble choirs – Training, Town and Tour – will be showcased along with Music Magic, the organization’s class of six- and seven-year-olds. Special guest is Countertenor John Holiday, the 1999 Outstanding Choirboy of the Year and a rising star in the opera world.

A special cookie and punch reception will be held immediately after the concert in the church’s Fellowship Hall in honor of the organization’s 35th anniversary season. 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 Christmas Musicale are used for program support, operational expenses and scholarships.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, The Boys Choir will hold open auditions. Parents are encouraged to call the choir office and inquire about upcoming open auditions for their young sons. Boys aged 8 and older with unchanged voices are invited to audition. No previous singing experience is necessary. Auditions will be held at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. from 9 a.m.-noon. Special appointments can also be made if a boy is not available for the open audition date. Scholarships and carpooling assistance are available.

Find out more by visiting fbbctx.org or call the choir office at 281-240-3800 to schedule an audition time.

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MISSOURI CITY SNOWFEST, DEC. 2

Get in the holiday spirit with the 33nd annual Snowfest on Dec. 2 from 5:30-9 [p.m. at City Hall Complex in Missouri City. The beloved tradition includes the tree lighting ceremony and fireworks. Guests are invited to enjoy the array of event activities including the 3-lane snowhill, camel rides, moonwalks, a video gaming station and photos with Santa and his favorite reindeer.

Come back on Saturday, Dec. 3 for the Fun Run at 8:15 a.m. at the Recreation & Tennis Center. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Cartwright Road. For more information, visit missouricity.gov.

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MOMMY MINGLE AT FORT BEND CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER, DEC. 2

Mommy Mingle is back by popular demand, and now it’s happening every first Friday of the month. Beginning Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., come and enjoy free coffee and breakfast snacks at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, 198 Kempner St., Sugar Land, and meet other mommies from your part of town. Bring your little ones for playtime in Tot*Spot, the exclusive exhibit for children 35 months and under. Daddies, nannies and caretakers are welcome too. Everyone is invited no matter where you live.

Upcoming dates are:

Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, and May 5. Activities, events and times
subject to change.

Cost is the price of general museum admission: $12 per person and $11 for seniors 65+ and for active duty military personnel. Children under one and museum members receive free admission.

For more information, visit childrensdiscoveryfb.org or call 832-742-2800.

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Brookwood Citizens Joe and Debbie are eager to show off to visitors where they live and work.

Brookwood Citizens Joe and Debbie are eager to show off to visitors where they live and work.

BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE, DEC. 2-3

Join The Brookwood Community on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a weekend full of fun, shopping and yuletide cheer at the annual Brookwood Christmas Open House event benefiting Brookwood’s adults with disabilities. Come shop for a good cause and let your retail dollar do double duty, just in time for the holidays.

Visitors can shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center filled with the Citizens’ (the name given to Brookwood’s residents) handcrafted products, unique holiday home décor and gifts, clothing, jewelry and an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and cared for by the Citizens. Shoppers can enjoy a delicious lunch in Brookwood’s gourmet Café and take a self-guided tour of the campus. The Brookwood Citizens will also perform “A Concert for the Ages” both days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is always the highlight of the weekend and sure to put the entire family in the holiday spirit.

Founded over 30 years ago, The Brookwood Community has provided an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities. As a nonprofit organization that does not accept any government funding, Brookwood relies on the support of events like Open House to fund the work programs and residential homes that serve over 225 adults. The community is located off of I-10 ten minutes west of Katy. For more information, visit brookwoodcommunity.org or call 281-375-2100.

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MIRACLE ON MORTON STREET,   DEC. 3

Make plans to attend the 14th annual Miracle on Morton Street in downtown Richmond on Dec. 3 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Included in this year’s festivities are shopping, food, live entertainment and, of course, Santa! The Wells Fargo stagecoach will also be on hand, and trolley rides will take you through the historic district. The kids zone will be filled with fun activities for all ages. The Fort Bend Animal Shelter will be helping find homes for our furry friends. Visit historicrichmond.org for more information.

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LEARN ABOUT KWANZAA AT MISSOURI CITY BRANCH LIBRARY PROGRAMS, DEC. 3 AND 10

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will celebrate family, community and culture with two special holiday programs on the Pan-African celebration of Kwanzaa in December. A variety of books on Kwanzaa traditions will be on display and available for check-out in the Adult Services department throughout the month. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 281-238-2100.

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Sienna Plantations's Frost Fest returns Dec. 3 in a big way - 50,000 pounds of snow, the world's largest rocking horse and the world's largest snowman.

Sienna Plantations’s Frost Fest returns Dec. 3 in a big way – 50,000 pounds of snow, the world’s largest rocking horse and the world’s largest snowman.

CHILL OUT AT SIENNA FROST FEST, DEC. 17

The forecast is for snow and fun Saturday, Dec. 3, during Sienna Plantation’s second annual Frost Fest.

The event – planned for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sienna’s Village of Sawmill Lake, 9815 Cameron Way – is bigger than ever with 50,000 pounds of snow, the world’s largest snowman and the chance to ride and take photos atop the world’s largest rocking horse, which stands at more than 15 feet tall. Also planned is an outdoor ice skating rink, holiday music and food trucks. Plus, the Fort Bend County Animal Shelter will have adoptable pets at the Newmark Homes’ model in the neighborhood. For more information,visit siennaplantation.com.

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(Back row, l-r): Jordon Nickerson, David Flores, Tofik Khanmamedov; (front) Andrea Cope, Patricia Kelley. photo - Susan Lynch

(Back row, l-r): Jordon Nickerson, David Flores, Tofik Khanmamedov; (front) Andrea Cope, Patricia Kelley. photo – Susan Lynch

FORT BEND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S “DECK THE HALLS,” DEC. 4

The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra’s most popular concert of the year is Deck the Halls, a family-friendly opener to the holiday season. The afternoon is full of holiday music, shopping opportunities and special surprises for the little ones. The concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road.

Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, enjoys choosing the music for this popular event. “It’s a delicate balance between the familiar Christmas music and selections that might not be as well-known, but ones that we hope will become some of your new favorites.” Traditional pieces include White Christmas, We Need a Little Christmas, Sleigh Ride and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The Mayor of Stafford joins FBSO as the narrator for the beloved story poem, The Night Before Christmas.

The newly formed FBSO Chorus joins the orchestra for A Christmas Festival, a medley of well-loved holiday standards; the beautiful Oh, Night Divine, and a sentimental Home for the Holidays. The concert is rounded out with selections from Home Alone; the Catalonian carol Fum, Fum, Fum; Gustav Holtz’ Christmas Day and The Festive Sounds of Hanukkah.

Patrons can do some holiday shopping before the concert and at intermission at the FBSO Holiday Market. Orchestra members handcraft items for sale in the market, and the proceeds benefit the orchestra. And of course there will be a visit from the gentleman from the North Pole!

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

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CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF THE HISTORIC 1883 MOORE MANSION, DEC. 3

The Fort Bend Museum Docents will host the 2016 Candlelight Tours of the Historic Moore Mansion, an annual showcase of vintage and historical holiday decorations in an intimate, candle-lit setting. This year’s theme is “How Santa Came to Texas.” The tours will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston Street, Richmond.

Each room will portray some of the holiday traditions and representations of Santa Claus brought to Texas by different ethnic and cultural groups. Some of the cultures represented will include Victorian England, Czech, German, Mexican and Texan. Entertainment and visits by Mr. and Mrs. Claus are scheduled throughout the day. Refreshments will be served at the end of the tour. Attendees will have an opportunity to buy holiday crafts handmade by the museum docents or bid on gift baskets for the silent auction. All proceeds benefit the educational and preservation efforts of Fort Bend Museum.

To buy tickets or get more information, visit fortbendmuseum.org. Tickets are also available at the museum.

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CHRIST CHURCH SUGAR LAND CONCERT CHOIR & ORCHESTRA, DEC. 4

Join the Christ Church Concert Choir & Orchestra as it presents “Carols & Candle­light,” a Christmas concert, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and pre-concert music will begin at 5:30. Christ Church Sugar Land is located at 3300 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Reception following the concert. Visit christchurchsl.org/advent for more details.

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(L-R): Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, Mose and Mable Austin, SSLW founder and president at the Lamar CISD Colleges & Scholarships' Fair at B.F. Terry High School.

(L-R): Lamar CISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, Mose and Mable Austin, SSLW founder and president at the Lamar CISD Colleges & Scholarships’ Fair at B.F. Terry High School.

SSLW DECEMBER SERVICE PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

Suburban Sugar Land Women and its Phenomenal Partners are celebrating 28 years of providing services and resources to infants through adults in Fort Bend County and beyond. The five programs are: Seniors Enrichment; Families Outreach; Infants/Young Adults Development; Community Partners; and Community involvement. Programs consist of numerous projects.

December projects include:

  • H&R Block Nonprofit New Client Referral Program. Provide ID # 40010001079372. H&R Block donates $20 per new client. Pro­ceeds benefit SSLW’s programs and scholarships.
  • Seniors Enrichment, Families Outreach, Infants/Young Adults Development, Com­mu­nity Involvement, Community Partners, Special Requests and Collabor­ations, contact monicariley7@gmail.com.
  • Community Involvement: Star of Hope – Cookies and Good Night, contact donishasmith21@yahoo.com or 305-767-9081.

To become a Phenomenal Partner, donate or secure one annual, tax deductible donation. Individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and corporate partnerships are appreciated. Partnership levels include 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.

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SUGAR LAND ART CENTER & GALLERY PRESENTS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, DEC. 10

The Sugar Land Art Center & Gallery, 104 Industrial Blvd., Ste. Q, invites the public to attend a Holiday Open House reception on Dec. 10 from 2-6 p.m. Guests will enjoy holiday shopping and light refreshments in this family-friendly, free indoor event. Addition­ally, participants can sign up for classes, tour the artists’ studios and visit the gift shop. This event supports local art by allowing patrons to buy directly from the artists.

Through Dec. 2, visitors to the Art Center & Gallery can enjoy Rock, Paper, Scissors, Wax, which features the work of three local artists: silversmith/jewelry artist Vanessa Parker; historical mystery and western writer Scott Dennis Parker; and encaustic artist JZ Selewach.

For more information, call 281-565-0957 or visit sugarlandartcenter.org.

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COMPLIMENTARY MEALS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

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

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FIRST UMC MISSOURI CITY WALK TO BETHLEHEM

First United Methodist Church Missouri City (MoCity First) invites to the public to its free annual Christmas performance, Walk to Bethlehem, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10, from 5:45-9:30 p.m. This unique Christmas experience is a walking, guided tour portraying Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to the manger in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Presented in five unique, interactive performances, this live re-enactment provides an exciting experience that all ages will enjoy. For additional information, please visit MoCity First’s website, mocity1st.org or call 281-499-3502.

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Jimmy (inside car) and Gay Thompson, honorary Co-Chairs; Diana and John Null, event Honorees; (second row) Cindy and Chip Sutton, gala Co-Chairs.

Jimmy (inside car) and Gay Thompson, honorary Co-Chairs; Diana and John Null, event Honorees; (second row) Cindy and Chip Sutton, gala Co-Chairs.

SUGAR LAND CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION 2017 GALA, JAN 21

Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation (SLCAF) has announced the 2017 Founders Ball to be held at Safari Texas on January 21, 2017. This Founders Ball theme will be “In High Gear” and is guaranteed to be an evening of supersonic fun that will get your motor running!

Honorees for the 2017 Gala are John and Diana Null, and the Honorary Co-chairs are the Honorable Jimmy and Gay Thompson.

The Title Sponsor is Audi Sugar Land, a Sewell Company. Proceeds will benefit the mission and goals of the SLCAF, which include continued improvements to the Sugar Land Auditor­ium, the city’s oldest public space, and the continued support of the arts in Sugar Land.

SLCAF is currently accepting sponsorships for the event at varying levels, while tables for eight and individual tickets are also available for purchase. For tickets and more information, please call 281-313-0752 or contact Cindy Sutton at info@slcaf.org.

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CHINESE ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE AT UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY, DEC. 10

The University Branch Library will host a musical performance of “Asian Melody” by the North America Youth Chinese Orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 10, beginning at 2 p.m. at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Directed by Changlu Wu, the North America Youth Chinese Orchestra consists of talented young Chinese-American student musicians who are passionate about their culture and its music. Using the violin and flute, 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 library at 281-633-5100.

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SIENNA COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET, DEC. 18

The newly established Sienna Community Farmers Market will be held Dec. 18 from 1-5 p.m. at 9600 Scanlan Trace in Sienna Plantation. The event offers locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, free range meats, handcrafted items and more. Vendors include Texas Fresh Juice, SweetNes Honey Beetique, Great Harvest Bread Co. and Yonder Way Farms. Parking is free and dogs are welcome. Email siennafarmersmarket@gmail.com for more information.

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CIRQUE MUSICA PRESENTS AN UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE, DECEMBER 18

Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land will open its doors for a sneak preview of the state-of-the-art performing arts venue, featuring a special performance by Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular on Sunday, December 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the show can be purchased at TicketMaster.com.

Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience that offers audiences a high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer. The fun-filled, family holiday event blends the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with holiday music favorites performed by the Fort Bend Symphony.

Produced by TCG Entertainment, Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular presents an opportunity for the entire family to experience live holiday music and an edge-of-your-seat circus experience. For more information, visit CirqueMusica.com.

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A colorful crew of committee chairs surround Paula Gingrich (middle wearing sunglasses) of Presenting Sponsor The PUB Fountains for the kick-off of Fort Bend Cares Road Trip to the South Pacific.

A colorful crew of committee chairs surround Paula Gingrich (middle wearing sunglasses) of Presenting Sponsor The PUB Fountains for the kick-off of Fort Bend Cares Road Trip to the South Pacific. photo – Robbin Mallett

FORT BEND CARES 12TH ANNUAL ROAD TRIP TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC, JAN 28

A colorful crew of enthusiastic volunteers has been planning Fort Bend Cares 12th Annual Road Trip fundraiser set for Satur­day, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Funds raised from this event will support nonprofit organizations that strive to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County.

This year, space donated by Fluor in Sugar Land will be transformed into the South Pacific complete with palm trees, tiki huts, coconuts, and beaches. Join presenting sponsor The PUB Fountains, diamond sponsors Fairmount Santrol and Grant Thornton LLP, and titanium sponsors Silver Eagle Distributors and Fluor for this ‘island festive’ event.

Guests can enjoy culinary delights from 12 popular local restaurants, play a hand of black jack or Texas shootout, check out the live and silent auctions, try their luck at the raffle or wine and spirits pull, strike a pose at the tiki hut photo station and more.

Sponsorships are available from $1,000 to $15,000. Individual tickets are $75 and $50 for young professionals aged 35 and under, if purchased before Jan. 13. Ticket prices increase to $85 and $60 respectively after Jan. 13. For more information or to become a sponsor, call 832-819-2005, email angie@fortbendcares.org, or visit fortbendcares.org.

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TASTE OF FORT BEND BENEFITING LUNCHES OF LOVE, JAN. 12              

The Taste of Fort Bend, underwritten by Briscoe Manor, will be dishing up for the cause on Jan. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Lunches of Love in support of the organization’s commitment to end childhood hunger in Fort Bend County.

Guests will enjoy creations from many of Fort Bend’s favorite food establishments. From appetizers to entrees, desserts and drinks, there will be something for everyone. To date, restaurants and food vendors plating up include: Behind the Bash, Dekker’s Mesquite Grill, Edible Moments, Gringo’s, Lomonte’s, Pier 36, The Rouxpour, Saltgrass Steakhouse, The Sweet Tooth, The Swinging Door and Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse.

In addition, guests can bid on live and silent auction items while enjoying festive musical entertainment. Included in the live auction this year is a two day, all-inclusive, guided Rio Grande turkey hunt in south Texas by El Rancho Arenosa and a one-week stay in South Padre Island at Marlin Cottage. Other auction items include clay shooing for four, crawfish boil at The Old Trading Post, skydive tandem jump, sports memorabilia and more.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 (feeding 667 children) – $10,000 (feeding 13,333 children). Tickets are on sale through December 11 at an early bird special of $65 and will increase to $75 beginning December. 12. To purchase tickets, a limited number of reserved tables or for sponsorship information, visit lunchesoflove.net.


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