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SSLW recently donated tote bags to Hightower High School staff. SSLW founders (left) Mose and Mable Austin helped make the delivery.

SSLW recently donated tote bags to Hightower High School staff. SSLW founders (left) Mose and Mable Austin helped make the delivery.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN, UPCOMING EVENTS

Suburban Sugar Land Women’s (SSLW) ongoing programs include services and resources to infants, children, youth, and adults; delivery of school supplies to five schools; Lamar CISD Counselors Presentation; Ensemble Theatre volunteers; voter education and training; Youth Financial Literacy; community gardens; adopt-a-school; seniors care center; and Hurricane Harvey relief.

Students are encouraged to start now to prepare to apply for SSLW 2018 college scholarships. Applications are accepted Jan. 1-March 1. For more information, visit sslw.org and click on scholarships. Call 832-363-7975 or email harris_marvelyn@att.net with your questions.

December service opportunities include:

  • Feed The Homeless – for more information, contact donishasmith21@yahoo.com
  • H & R Block New Clients Referral Program – Provide SSLW’s ID#40010001079372 and H & R Block donates $20 per new client. Proceeds benefit SSLW’s programs and scholarships.
  • Adopt a Family – Provide services and resources – contact sslw1989@aol.com.
  • Seniors Enrichment at Health Care Centers ­–contact drjjohnson10@yahoo.com or jf48124@gmail.com.

January programs include:

  • Jan. 10 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Parade – contact donishasmith21@ya­hoo.com.
  • Adopt Schools, Students and Staff – contact sslw1989@aol.com.
  • Veterans and Military Appreciation – contact drjjohnson10@yahoo.com or jf48124@gmail.com.
  • Jan. 27, 11 a.m. – noon, Voter Registration and Education –contact sslw1989@aol.com.

Donations are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS guidelines an receipts are mailed within 30 days. Partnerships ($200 – $25,000) are appreciated. Visit sslw.org for more information.

 

The Fort Bend Museum's Candlelight Ball & Tours event is sponsored by the Fort Bend Museum Docents.

The Fort Bend Museum’s Candlelight Ball & Tours event is sponsored by the Fort Bend Museum Docents.

CHRISTMAS TALES & CLASSICS AT THE CANDLELIGHT BALL & TOURS EVENT, DEC. 1-3

Step into the pages of beloved Christmas tales and classics during the Fort Bend Museum’s Candlelight Ball & Tours event. Set for Dec. 1-3 and sponsored by the Fort Bend Museum Docents, the annual holiday event has been a community favorite since the early 1980s.

This year, the rooms in the 1883 John and Lottie Moore Home will be decorated to represent a timeless Christmas tale or classic book – from Little Women to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and guests will enjoy reminiscing and experiencing their favorite holiday stories come to life.

“Fort Bend County is full of history and being able to place fictional tales and classics into the historic Moore home is a special event,” said Candlelight Tours Chairman Austa Sue Kelley. “As always, the public will be able to partake in the wonderful Candlelight Tours. But this year, we are also pleased to extend the opportunity to attend the ball to non-members.”

The Candlelight Ball (formerly called the Candlelight Gala) will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m. and will include special candlelight house tours, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and a silent auction. Dress code is black tie optional. Tickets for members of the Fort Bend History Association are free; non-member tickets are $50 each.

The Candlelight Tours will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3. Times for the Saturday Tours are 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Times for the Sunday Tours are 3- 6 p.m. Tickets for the Candlelight Tours are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. All proceeds benefit the educational and preservation efforts of the Fort Bend Museum.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit fortbendmuseum.org/candlelight-tours.html or call 281-342-6478.

 

FRIENDS OF MAMIE GEORGE BRANCH LIBRARY HOST ANNUAL BOOK SALE, DEC. 1-2

The Friends of the Mamie George Branch Library will host their Annual Book Sale on Friday, Dec. 1, from noon to 5 p.m., and on Saturday,Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the lobby of the library, located at 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford.

People who love books, people who love bargains, and people who need to get rid of some spare change will find a lot in common at the book sale. Gently used hardcover children’s and adults’ books will be available for sale for $1 each, DVDs will be $1/disc, and paperback books will be 25¢.

The Friends of the Mamie George Branch Library organization is instrumental in funding library materials not covered in the regular library budget. Pro­ceeds from the book sale and annual membership dues also help to underwrite the costs of special programming at the Mamie George Branch Library.

For more information, call 281-238-2880.

 

GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY PHOTO EXHIBIT FEATURES PEOPLE, PLACES IN FORT BEND COUNTY, THROUGH DEC. 1

Photographs entered in Fort Bend County Libraries’ “Capture Fort Bend County” amateur-photography contest will be on display at George Memorial Library through Dec. 1, in the Bohachevksy Gallery of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

The exhibit features original photographs that portray the culture, nature, people, and places of Fort Bend County – from hidden gems in our communities to favorite places and scenes around town.

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and it can be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call the library at 281-342-4455.

 

L-R): Caleb Fusco (Sir Robin), Em Khan (Concorde), Ethan Mock (Sir Lancelot), Eric Toalson (Galahad) and Ryan Nelson (French Taunter).

L-R): Caleb Fusco (Sir Robin), Em Khan (Concorde), Ethan Mock (Sir Lancelot), Eric Toalson (Galahad) and Ryan Nelson (French Taunter).

CLEMENTS HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS SPAMALOT SCHOOL EDITION, NOV. 30-DEC. 2

Join the theatre students of Clements High School for the production of SPAMALOT School Edition. This musical tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical diverts from more traditional versions of the legend.

The play features shenanigans including flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, and Knights of Ni. Through­out the show, King Arthur recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, but audience members will have to see the show to know how the adventure ends.

Please note: this performance is rated PG-13 and might not be appropriate for younger students. All performances are in the Clements High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 each at the door for all four shows. Show times are Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and also Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

 

The Fort Bend BoysTour Choir sings The Twelve Pains of Christmas at the 2016 Christmas Musicale.

The Fort Bend BoysTour Choir sings The Twelve Pains of Christmas at the 2016 Christmas Musicale. Terri Cannon, Spider Photography

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR EVENTS, DEC. 2 AND 9

The Fort Bend Boys Choir rings in its 36th holiday season with a Christmas Musicale concert on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at 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 music enrichment class for six- and seven-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 Christmas Musicale are used for program support, operational expenses and scholarships.

Did you know there is a time limit on a young boy’s voice? That is why it is so important to encourage young boys to sing now and audition for the Fort Bend Boys Choir. Singing in the unchanged voice is for a limited time only, unlike participation in sports, scouting and other activities. Boys age 8 and older with unchanged voices are invited to audition. No previous singing experience is necessary.

Open auditions will be held at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 9. Special appointments can also be made if a boy is not available for the open audition date. Scholarships and carpooling assistance are available. The Music Magic class starts in March 2018.

For more information, visit fbbctx.org or call the choir office at 281-240-3800 to schedule an audition. You can also check out their fan page on Facebook.

 

(L-R): David Flores  and Stacey Tharalson photo - Susan Lynch

(L-R): David Flores and Stacey Tharalson.  photo – Susan Lynch

THE FORT BEND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES WITH DECK THE HALLS CONCERT, DEC. 3

The Fort Bend Symphony’s most popular concert is the annual holiday celebration, Deck the Halls. This year’s performance begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Stafford Centre. It’s a cherished tradition for many Fort Bend families, and the family-friendly setting is a wonderful way to introduce children to the entertainment of a live orchestra concert.

The first half of this year’s program features FBSO’s special holiday gift to patrons, the popular and renowned pianist Joseph Fuller, who brings brand-new arrangements for orchestra and piano. Fuller has played under conductors from the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Indianapolis Opera, the former Berkshire Opera, and the world-renowned Indianapolis Children’s Chorus. His work has been influenced by some of music’s most dynamic and classic composers. He released his first holiday album, Christmastime, in 2013. His various albums have received over 15 million plays on Pandora Radio.

The FBSOC joins the orchestra for the second half of the program, raising their voices in song. The audience will enjoy traditional holiday favorites, including Let it Snow, The Christmas Song, Three Kings of Orient, Frosty the Snowman, and the soaring notes of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and Let There Be Peace on Earth.

For more information, visit fbso.org. Single tickets begin at $15 for adults; children 12 and under are $5 each; teens are $10 per ticket. Discounts are available for college students, seniors 55 and over, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online or by calling 281-276-9642.

 

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, located at 1111 Collins Road in Richmond. For more information, call 281-202-6200.

 

(L-R): Deputy Constable Nick Kaminski, a volunteer, and Hope For Three Development Director Caroline Bordelon gather toys to help families during the holiday season.

(L-R): Deputy Constable Nick Kaminski, a volunteer, and Hope For Three Development Director Caroline Bordelon gather toys to help families during the holiday season.

HOPE FOR THREE’S CIRCLE OF HOPE GIFT-GIVING PROGRAM

Autism is the leading developmental disability in the United States. It is complex and mysterious; emotionally, financially and physically draining. However, at the same time, it is loving, free-spirited, and amazingly extraordinary. There is no cure and no one family can do it alone. It is these attributes and chall­en­ges that fuels the heart engines of Hope For Three Autism advocates.

The nonprofit organization Hope For Three provides help and creates hope through various programs/resources and autism awareness events. Since 2011, it has assisted thousands of families in Fort Bend County and the surrounding areas, yet there are still so many families to help.

“The day to day living with autism is a feat with annual costs estimated at $60,000 per year for one child,” said Darla Farmer, Hope for Three’s founder and Executive Director. “Factor in Hurricane Harvey and the numbers catapult with hardships many cannot begin to imagine. We need this community more than ever.”

As the holiday season begins, Hope For Three asks residents to “Give Where YOU Live” by pledging a one-time year-end donation or an ongoing gift through the Circle of Hope Gift-Giving Program.  For more information or to pledge a gift, call 281-245-0640 or visit hopeforthree.org.

 

SAINT THERESA CATHOLIC SCHOOL HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT, DEC. 2

The Saint Theresa Catholic School Music Department will host a benefit concert, “Una Noche de Música” on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Community Center on the parish campus located at 705 St. Theresa Blvd. in Sugar Land. The Spanish-themed event will feature musical selections performed by faculty and students of STCS.

Music to be performed will include pieces and transcriptions of Bizet’s famous opera Carmen as well as pieces by Spanish composers throughout the ages. Proceeds from this event will provide scholarship support to students at STCS for a music concert series in Spain. In addition to brilliant music, there will be food, drawings, and prizes throughout the evening.

For information regarding the purchase of tickets, please visit sttheresacatholicschool.org or email zturner@sttheresacatholicschool.org.

 

801 SCOUT HOLIDAY MARKET DAY, DEC. 2

The 801 Scout Holiday Market Day will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the KC Hall, 2007 Kay Cee Hall Drive in Rosenberg.

The event will feature unique gift items, holiday decor, handmade gifts and much more. Additionally, there will be a drawing for a handcrafted quilt, a fine writing instrument and a mystery prize.

Crafters and vendors, visit brazostroop801.org for registration information or email Sandra Luckett, chairperson, at luckett-scouts@att.net. The event’s sponsoring organization is BSA Scout Troop 801, Fort Bend Columbus Club. All proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 801’s summer camp and high adventure programs.

 

Harvest Green will host a performance of The Nutcrakcer by the In Tempo Dance Ensemble on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Harvest Green will host a performance of The Nutcrakcer by the In Tempo Dance Ensemble on Sunday, Dec. 3.

IN TEMPO DANCE ENSEMBLE PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER AT HARVEST GREEN, DEC. 3

The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier will pirouette into Harvest Green on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for a free, sweet-filled performance of The Nutcracker at The Farmhouse, 3400 Harvest Corner Drive. Dancers from In Tempo Dance Ensemble will take the stage as whirling snowflakes, delicate flowers and — of course — Clara and her Nutcracker in the classic holiday ballet. Afterward, there will be photo opportunities with the cast, a holiday market and other seasonal activities. Visit harvestgreentexas.com for more information.

 

SOLIS MAMMOGRAPHY LAUNCHES ‘HELP US HELP HOUSTON’ CAMPAIGN THROUGH DEC. 31

Solis Mammography – the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services – has launched its “Help Us Help Houston” campaign through its seven locations across the greater Houston region. From now through the end of the year, patients who schedule and complete their annual screening mammogram at Solis Mammography, will also give the gift of restoration and recovery.

For every mammogram appointment scheduled and completed at any Solis Mammography center through Dec. 31, $10 will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by Solis Mammography and its partners in the effort, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic. To signal their participation in the campaign, all patients need to do is use the code “Harvey” when they check-in for their appointment.

“Many of our patients, team members and partners were deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said DaWanda Nelson, vice president of operations for Solis Mammography in Houston. “We wanted to provide substantial support, while also continuing our message of the importance of preventative screening to overall breast health. In this way, we’ll be contributing to both the health and well-being of Houston women – and the entire community. We’d also like to express our deep appreciation to our partners HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic for joining us to support and fund this campaign.”

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Because of the immense need in and around Houston, this fund is dedicated to relieving gaps that are not met by other local and federal efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Solis Mammography’s growing presence in the Houston region includes its newly dedicated breast health center at HCA-affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Located in the newly refurbished One Fannin building next to the hospital, the center is designed to promote patient ease and peace of mind in an atmosphere devoted to both the patient experience and clinical accuracy.

To schedule an appointment, go to solismammo.com/schedule-appointment.

 

Christmas-Cookies

SUGAR LAND BRANCH LIBRARY HOLIDAY COOKIE SWAP AND DECORATING DEMO, DEC. 8

Bring a batch of your favorite cookies (and the recipe) for a Holiday Cookie Swap at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library (550 Eldridge) on Friday,Dec. 8, from 2-4 p.m.

Bakers are encouraged to bring at least a dozen of their favorite home-baked holiday cookies to swap and share. Include the recipe to exchange with others.

In addition, personal chef and professional baker Tiffany Freeman will demonstrate different decorating techniques for cakes and cupcakes. A graduate of the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Indianapolis, Freeman will show ways to dress up your holiday treats with easy, festive, decorative touches.

Refreshments and other materials for this event are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Sugar Land Branch Library. The event is free to the public. Call the library at 281-238-2140 for more information.

 

Food trucks will offer a variety of cuisines on the second Friday of each month.

Food trucks will offer a variety of cuisines on the second Friday of each month.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD TRUCKS AT RIVERSTONE, THROUGH DEC. 8

There will be a lot of options on the menu during Riverstone’s “Bite Nite Friday,” to be held from 6-9:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month through December. A selection of food trucks will dish up a variety of culinary delights – from Renegade Kitchen’s Texas bistro fare to Muiishi Makirritos’ Japanese fusion. Music and children’s activities are also part of the plan for the evenings. Head down to The Club at Riverstone, 18353 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, to sample what these roving restaurants have to offer.

Nov. 10 – Twisted Catfish, Renegade Kitchen & Catering, Bowl’D Up, The Sauer Kraut, Oh My Gogi! and Mary Had a Little Party

Dec. 8 – Foreign Policy, Renegade Kitchen & Catering, Nom Mi Street and Mary Had a Little Party

Visitors can select their favorite cuisine – or mix it up and try a little of this and a bit of that for dinner. Music and children’s activities are part of the plan for the evening. For more information, visit riverstone.com.

 

Meet the Houston Astros mascot, Orbit, on Dec. 16 at the First Colony Branch Library.  photo - Houston Astros

Meet the Houston Astros mascot, Orbit, on Dec. 16 at the First Colony Branch Library.
photo – Houston Astros

ASTROS’ ORBIT LAUNCHES READING RALLY AT FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY, DEC. 16

Fort Bend County Libraries will welcome the Houston Astros’ mascot, Orbit, for a Reading Rally Show on Saturday, Dec. 16, beginning at 2 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the First Colony Branch Library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.

The Orbit Reading Rally Show gets kids excited about reading. The event also teaches children about the importance of reading at least 20 minutes a day and how reading can affect their daily lives.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the First Colony Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 281-238-2800 .

 

SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY KWANZAA WORKSHOP, DEC. 16

In preparation for the holiday season, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library (8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City) will present a “Kwanzaa Workshop & Craft” on Saturday, Dec.16, from 1-4 p.m.

At this family event, learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa and get ideas on how to establish your own Kwanzaa traditions. Cecillia Shearron-Hawkins will share decorating tips for a spectacular Kwanzaa tabletop. She will also demonstrate craft activities that the whole family can enjoy. Discover how to create a fabric-embellished greeting card, a Kwanzaa bookmark, and festive Kwanzaa ornaments.

Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Sienna and Missouri City Branch Libraries.The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 281-238-2900.

 

Event co-chairs (l-r) are Dee Dee Robinson (Tanglewood) and Laura Williams (Memorial) .

Event co-chairs (l-r) are Dee Dee Robinson (Tanglewood) and Laura Williams (Memorial) .

TRI DELTA HOUSTON CHAPTER’S THE SALE, JAN. 6-7

“Shop ‘til you drop” will take on new meaning when Houston’s finest boutiques take center stage at the SALE, a two-day charity shopping event scheduled for Jan. 6-7 at Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road. Presented by Houston Tri Delta Alumnae, the SALE features boutique shopping at rock-bottom prices with proceeds benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Now in its fourth year, the SALE has provided over $500,000 to support pediatric cancer research in the Texas Medical Center.

Co-chairs Laura Williams and Dee Dee Robinson said the SALE is one-stop shopping for incredible bargains from Houston’s finest boutiques – and all for a great cause.

“The SALE brings together dozens of Houston’s finest retailers, offering deeply discounted merchandise under one roof,” said Williams. “From high fashion, rodeo wear, antiques and home goods, there is something for everyone, and it all supports pediatric cancer research right here in Houston.”

Over 50 retailers will be participating offering designer clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories for women, children and men, along with gifts and home décor. Participating vendors include a bientôt, Anna Irion, Back Row Home, Dimensions, Elaine Turner, Fig Tree, Hunter Bell, Jeanette, A Unique Boutique, KB Kasuals, M. Wiesenthal, Monica Haff Designs, Patricia Peckinpaugh, Pinto Ranch, Presmer, Raspberry Rose and Tres Chic.

The SALE is open to the public Saturday, Jan. 6, noon-5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 7, noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. A Champagne Shopping Preview will take place Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit thesalehouston.com.

 

PECAN GROVE WOMAN’S CLUB, DEC. 12

The December meeting of the Pecan Grove Women’s Club will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and visiting. The program will follow at 10:30 a.m. after the 10 a.m. business meeting.

The December meeting will feature “Pecan Grove-Shining Bright at Christmas for Over 35 Years,” an exploration regarding why the Pecan Grove neighborhood is regularly chosen as the premier destination to see Christmas lights. Old and new residents alike will enjoy hearing about the history of the famous Pecan Grove Christmas lights – a major reason to be Pecan Grove Proud.

Join the group for this special Christmas lunch by calling or emailing Kay McNinch at 281-238-4002 (kkmcninch@yahoo.com) or Linda Saad at 281-342-8575 (lindasaad@gmail.com) by Friday, Dec. 8 to make reservations. The program is free and the cost for lunch is $15.

A country club membership is not necessary to visit or join the Women’s Club.  All women in the Pecan Grove area who enjoy laughter, conversation and who want to become further involved in their community are welcome.

 

2018 Road Trip Committee members (l-r): Lisa Key, Karen Nemesi (Hippie Chick), Robbin Mallett, Cheryl Brown, Sandra Lowe, Gail McClendon, Terri Nieser (Madonna), Karen Lonsway, Angela Mason, Terri Sitter, Tricia Rostek, Executive Director Angel Tapia, Nancy Colmenares, Norma Wirkowski, (Helen Gaffney & Mel Tong in car), Ali Burrows (Pink Lady), Ann Edgar, Patty Ward, Kim Icenhower, Lisa Short, Sue O’Hara, Sandy Starr and Eileen Scamardo surround a gorgeous 1965 AC Cobra owned by Stan and Andrea Tripp of Sugar Land.

2018 Road Trip Committee members (l-r): Lisa Key, Karen Nemesi (Hippie Chick), Robbin Mallett, Cheryl Brown, Sandra Lowe, Gail McClendon, Terri Nieser (Madonna), Karen Lonsway, Angela Mason, Terri Sitter, Tricia Rostek, Executive Director Angel Tapia, Nancy Colmenares, Norma Wirkowski, (Helen Gaffney & Mel Tong in car), Ali Burrows (Pink Lady), Ann Edgar, Patty Ward, Kim Icenhower, Lisa Short, Sue O’Hara, Sandy Starr and Eileen Scamardo surround a gorgeous 1965 AC Cobra owned by Stan and Andrea Tripp of Sugar Land.

FORT BEND CARES 13TH ANNUAL ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE DECADES, FEB. 3

Planning for one of Fort Bend’s most popular annual events is underway. Fort Bend Cares 13th Annual Road Trip fundraiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 pm. Money raised from this fun “Road Trip Through the Decades” will support nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County.

Join sponsors Fluor, Rice Gardner and Schlum­berger for a fun night featuring favorite dishes from popular local restaurants, roaming entertainment, a casino, live and silent auctions, raffle, wine and spirits pull, photo station and more.

The event space, graciously donated by Fluor in Sugar Land, will capture highlights of American pop culture from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. The night will have something for everyone, whether you are a Fifties fanatic, stuck in the Sixties, a Seventies disco queen or an Eighties rocker.

“Road Trip will be a blast this year,” said event Co-Chair Karen Nemesi. “You can dress casual or get groovy and wear an outfit from your favorite decade. We’ll have food from top area restaurants, live music by Shark Bait and some amazing auction items up for grabs. So bring your friends and enjoy a journey through the decades for a great cause.”

Sponsorships are available ranging from $1,000 to $15,000. Individual tickets are $75 and $50 for young professionals aged 35 and under, if purchased by Jan. 19. Ticket prices increase to $85 and $60 respectively after Jan. 19. For more information or to become a sponsor, call 832-819-2005, email angel@fortbendcares.org or visit fortbendcares.org.

 

L-R): Hope For Three Family Assistance Coordinator Elizabeth Munoa and Hope For Three Development Director Caroline Bordelon work to put a puzzle together until “all the pieces fit,” to raise awareness and support for children with autism.

L-R): Hope For Three Family Assistance Coordinator Elizabeth Munoa and Hope For Three Development Director Caroline Bordelon work to put a puzzle together until “all the pieces fit,” to raise awareness and support for children with autism.

HOPE FOR THREE HOSTS INAUGURAL JIGSAW PUZZLE COMPETITION, JAN. 20

On a nationwide level, the puzzle piece symbol reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since every puzzle piece is different in some way, it accurately represents the diversity of individuals affected.

As a way to raise autism awareness, understanding and acceptance, Hope For Three will host the first-ever Jigsaw Puzzle Competition in Fort Bend County. Millions of tabs, knobs, corner pieces and figurals will take over Constellation Field to bring awareness to autism. The event is a two-hour timed competition in Individual play or in teams of four. Awards, prizes and bragging rights guaranteed.

In partnership with the Sugar Land Skeeters, the competition will be held Saturday, Jan. 20 at Constellation Field’s Insperity Club, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land. Whether you are a puzzle fanatic or a first-time puzzler, roll up your sleeves and support this unique one-of-a-kind competition until all the pieces fit. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. with the competition from 10 a.m. to noon.

Individual play is $25 or a team of four is $100. Availability is limited. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. To learn more about autism, Hope For Three resources, or register your team, visit hopeforthree.org or call 281-245-0642.

 

LAKE OLYMPIA GARDEN CLUB

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.

 

FORT BEND COUNTY LIBRARIES HELPS STUDENTS EXCEL WITH ONLINE HOMEWORK HELP

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Brainfuse HelpNow (Homework Tutoring) program enables the library system to provide online homework assistance in a broad range of subjects in both English and Spanish for students in grades K through 12, free of charge.

This tutoring program is an Internet-based service that provides library patrons with live, on-demand homework help, seven days a week, from 3-11 p.m. Certified tutors are experienced in math, science, social studies, and English/language arts. If live, real-time assistance is not needed, students may also submit questions any time of the day or night, and emailed responses will arrive within 24 hours.

Math tutors assist with basic skills, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, while science tutors are versed in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth-science subjects. Social studies tutors cover American history, world history, and political science. English/language arts instructors provide help with writing, reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary skills, as well as help in English literature.

The program includes a 24-hour writing lab, which allows students to submit papers online to trained writing instructors at any time; students receive feedback within 24 hours. Writing experts evaluate the submitted paper and provide constructive comments.

The program also offers a Skills Building section in which students may receive additional exercises to help them master the concepts being taught in their homework lessons. These lessons involve one-to-one sessions with live instructors. Tutors utilize a library of field-tested, state-aligned lessons, including age-appropriate content, reading passages, simulated test questions, and worksheets.

All tutors are required to have a four-year college degree and undergo extensive background and reference checks. They are also subject to a rigorous selection-and-training process, multiple screening inter­­views, and skills-testing. For more information, call 281-633-4734.


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