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The celebration will feature authentic red lanterns that were presented to Fort Bend County by representatives of Chancheng District, of Foshan City, China.

GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY CELEBRATES
CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR, FEB. 21

In recognition of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Fort Bend County Libraries will celebrate with a Chinese Lantern Festival on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 2-4 p.m., in the lobby of George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

The Chinese Lantern Festival, part of an ancient ceremony welcoming spring, marks the culmination of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. The lantern symbolizes the lengthening days of the season and is also thought to ward off evil spirits.

Dancing lions from the Soaring Phoenix Dragon & Lion Dance Association will entertain visitors at 2:30 p.m. A crafts station with activities celebrating the Year of the Monkey will be set up in the puppet theater for children to enjoy throughout the festival. People of all ages can join in playing Cai Deng Mi, or “Guessing the Lantern’s Riddle,” and win a prize for the correct answer.

The Chinese Lantern Festival activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455.

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Youth inPhilanthropy students display their collaborative paintings, each representative of a different manifestation of autism.

Youth inPhilanthropy students display their collaborative paintings, each representative of a different manifestation of autism.

HOPE FOR THREE AUTISM ADVOCATES LUNCHEON, FEB. 4

The fifth annual luncheon benefiting Hope for Three Autism Advocates is set for Thursday, Feb. 4. The mid-afternoon gathering, “Pasta-bilities and Ausome Art” Luncheon will take place at Parkway Fellowship 27043 FM 1093 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. It will serve as an outlet for the Fort Bend community to learn about autism and the many ways they can partner with Hope For Three and make a difference in the lives of families living with autism.

Honored guest speaker will be Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture. This year’s luncheon will include a meal of “pasta-bilities,” serving Hope For Three’s very own puzzle pasta, created to bring awareness to the community. The real treat, however, will be the art auction featuring paintings created by high school students participating in the George Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program. The pieces reflect the group’s experience working with Hope For Three to understand the traits of autism. Hope For Three  is always seeking ways to support the children, raise funds and awareness and further its mission.

Reservations are $50 each with sponsorship and underwriting opportunities available. To make a reservation, call 281-245-0641 or visit hopeforthree.org/­pasta-bility-and-ausome-art-luncheon.

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Tour Choirboy Drew Doyle sings to John and Diana Null at the 2015 Gala.

Tour Choirboy Drew Doyle sings to John and Diana Null at the 2015 Gala.

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR GALA,  FEB. 6

On Saturday, Feb. 6 from 6:30-10 p.m. the Fort Bend Boys Choir will celebrate with a Hollywood musical themed gala event at Safari Texas. The award-winning Tour Choir will perform a musical tribute and Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls will serve as auctioneer.

Festivities for this casual, fun-filled evening include a delicious buffet meal, a Live Auction and a Silent Auction. Every taste and price range will be represented in the auctions which will include sporting event packages, weekend trips, handmade items and much more.

Opportunities are still available for sponsorships to the Gala Dinner and Auction including a Platinum Sponsorship that features preferential seating, notable recognition and an exclusive performance by the Tour Choir for a future event (subject to availability).

Proceeds will help support all music programs of the Fort Bend Boys Choir, including scholarships for each boy who needs financial help. Contact the choir office at 281-240-3800 or visit fbbctx.org to learn more about the gala event.

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(First row:) Karen Bradbury. Shirley Gordon; (second row:) Amelie Hamizi, Bonnie Steidley, Diane Reeves, Jenny Schultz; (third row:) Patti Pearson, Kathy Luckenbach, Sharon Leonard and Dana Knox.

(First row:) Karen Bradbury. Shirley Gordon; (second row:) Amelie Hamizi, Bonnie Steidley, Diane Reeves, Jenny Schultz; (third row:) Patti Pearson, Kathy Luckenbach, Sharon Leonard and Dana Knox.

SUGAR CREEK GARDEN CLUB FRIENDSHIP LUNCHEON, AUCTION AND RAFFLE, FEB. 6

Make your plans to attend this annual fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Sugar Creek Country Club. There will be something for the children and lots of auction items for anyone on your list. Call Connie at 281-494-5065 for reservations.

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Volunteers ensure Fort Bend Cares Road Trip Through the Wild Wild West comes off without a hitch.

Volunteers ensure Fort Bend Cares Road Trip Through the Wild Wild West comes off without a hitch.

FORT BEND CARES 11TH ANNUAL ROAD TRIP FUNDRAISER HEADS WEST,  FEB. 6

Fort Bend Cares rustled up plenty of enthusiastic volunteers  to ensure the 11th Annual Road Trip through the Wild Wild West comes off without a hitch. The event will take place at the Fluor Building, One Fluor Daniel Drive in Sugar Land, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is the Presenting Sponsor again this year. Diamond Sponsors are Fairmount Santrol and Grant Thornton LLP.

Melissa Wilson, Fox 26 news anchor, takes the reins as emcee for the evening and auctioneer Jake Messinger anticipates  a stampede of bidders for the live auction. Foot-stomping entertainment includes line dancing and a performance by a world champion trick roper. Guests will enjoy food selections provided by 12 popular local restaurants as they check out the raffle and silent auction items, play a hand of blackjack or Texas shootout, dance a two-step, or try their luck at the wine and whiskey pull.

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. 22. Ticket prices increase to $85 and $60 respectively after Jan. 22. For more information or to become a sponsor, call 832-819-2005,  email angie@fortbendcares.org, or visit fortbendcares.org.

Fort Bend Cares, a charitable foundation, has raised nearly $1.4 million over the last 11 years to support nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged children and youth in Fort Bend County.

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BIRD HIKES AT SEABOURNE CREEK NATURE PARK, FEB. 3

The series of free, monthly guided Bird Hikes at Seabourne Creek Nature Park in Rosenberg will continue on Wednesday, Feb. 3  from 8-10 a.m. The hikes are led by members of the Coastal Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist. The bird hikes will continue through May and participation is open to the public. All ages and levels of birders are encouraged to come and meet in the parking lot at 8 a.m. to sign in and receive bird lists to use. Binoculars and weather- appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended. Seabourne Creek Nature Park is located on Highway 36 across from the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds and next to the Rosenberg Civic Center.

The Texas Master Naturalists program is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Call 281-633-7033 or email mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu for additional information.

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MISSOURI CITY BOOK CLUBS ANNOUNCE FEBRUARY SELECTIONS

Whether you discovered a love of reading at age 16 or 60, and whether you enjoy a good love story or a gritty crime novel, Fort Bend County Libraries invites you to share that love of reading with other book lovers at one of Missouri City Branch Library’s book clubs. Three book clubs meet monthly at the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway, and new members are always welcome.

Love a good love story or a chilling thriller? Members of the Talk Back Book Club meet on the first Saturday of each month to discuss general fiction, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Conference Room. The group will meet on Saturday, Feb. 6, to discuss Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, written by Robin Sloan.

The book clubs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 281-238-2100.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Heart & Vascular Center and Breast Care Center.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Heart & Vascular Center and Breast Care Center.

HOUSTON METHODIST SL  HOSPI­TAL HEART & VASCU­LAR, BREAST CARE CENTER OPEN HOUSE, FEB. 4

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is inviting the Fort Bend community to see its newly streamlined Heart & Vascular Center and Breast Care Center at a special double open house on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s Heart & Vascular Center, a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, was recently expanded to expedite care for cardiac patients. The specially designed facility boasts state-of-the-art technology and provides 24/7 interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery services. The center includes four cardiac operating rooms, two hybrid operating rooms, four cardiac catheterization labs, two procedure rooms and a 19-bed observation unit, which are run by highly-trained medical staff. The Heart & Vascular Center was the first hospital in the United States to install a hybrid operating room in 2012 that combines a Maquet operating table and a Siemens Healthcare C-arm robotic system for angiography. It is one of the few hospitals in the nation to have advanced hybrid operating rooms of this kind, and is the only facility in Fort Bend County that performs open-heart surgery, including the most complex cases.

The most significant feature of the Heart & Vascular Center is that in the event of a cardiac emergency, it stands ready with a team of experienced specialists including cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic/vascular surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists and specialty-trained
nursing staff. The facility’s benefits ensure physicians are able to swiftly diagnose patients and carry out the course of treatment as quickly as possible.

Advanced technology can also be found in Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s Breast Care Center, which offers the latest in breast cancer screening advances, including low-dose radiation tomosynthesis, also known as 3-D mammography. Tomosynthesis is more accurate in detecting breast cancer than standard mammography equipment and detects 41 percent more invasive breast cancers, which leads to earlier diagnosis. The center also has a Breast Care Navigator on staff to help guide patients and their families through the entire care process.

Join Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital at the Heart & Vascular Center and Breast Care Center double open house where tours of both facilities will be offered, as well as refreshments, door prizes and a free gift for all attendees. Call 281-275-751 or visit houstonmethodist.org/events to RSVP.

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LIBRARIES PLAN SPECIAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILY READING CLUB

In celebration of the Family Reading Club (January 24-March 5), Fort Bend County Libraries will present a variety of special programs for children and families at locations throughout the library system. These programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 281-633-4734.

The Family Reading Club program is designed to encourage families to read, learn, and have fun together. Families participate in the program by reading books and completing optional “challenges” that can be done at home. All Fort Bend County families are eligible to participate.

Families that complete the program by reading 36 books or for six hours – six books per week or for 60 minutes per week – are eligible to receive a book bag for the family, and will have their name entered into a drawing for a $50 dining gift card, donated by the Friends of the Library. The drawing for the gift card will take place on March 7, and one winning family will be selected from each branch library.

A single registration is required for each participating family. An adult (parent or guardian) is asked to register the family online by going to fortbend.lib.tx.us and clicking on the “Family Reading Club Sign-Up” image. Families may also register at any of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system. Upon registering, families will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time.

There is no charge to join the club. The program is sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries and the Friends of the Library organizations that support the county library system. The schedule of programs and activities is as follows:

Feb. 6 – “Mardi Gras Masquerade,”  2 p.m. Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge. Make festive, colorful masks, listen to stories, munch on king cake, and march in a Mardi Gras parade through the library.

Feb. 6-13 – “Teddy-Bear Camp,” Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway. Children can bring their second-favorite teddy bear or toy and sign them up any day during the week for teddy-bear camp, but the earlier in the week they come, the more adventures their teddy bear will have. Regis­tration runs from 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 through Friday, Feb. 12, at 4:30 p.m. Each day throughout the week, library staff will email photos to the children, showing them the fun activities their teddy bear is having at the library. Teddy-Bear campers can be picked up on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2-4 p.m.

Feb. 27 – “Dr. Seuss Story & Science,” 1 p.m., George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond. Learn how to make oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid that has properties of both a liquid and a solid. Following the science activity, families can snack on refreshments while watching a movie based on a popular Dr. Seuss character named Horton.

Feb. 29 – “Dr. Seuss Birthday Extravaganza,” 5:30-6:30 p.m.,  First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land. Listen to popular Dr. Seuss stories, participate in crafts, and munch on birthday snacks.

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FORT BEND THEATRE PRESENTS  LITTLE WOMEN , AND AUDITIONS FOR SENSE & SENSIBILITY

Join the beloved March family for the heartwarming classic Little Women, The Early Years, through Feb. 7 at Fort Bend Theatre, 2815 N. Main St. in Stafford. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Under the guidance of their beloved mother, the four young March sisters — tempestuous Jo, motherly Meg, shy Beth, and spoiled baby Amy— struggle to keep their family going while Father is away in the Civil War. In this beautifully dramatized adaption of the classic novel, even as poverty, illness and sibling rivalry cast their shadows, each girls strives to find her true self.

In February, the March family story continues with the second half of the classic tale, with Little Women, the Love Years. Follow as the March girls mature — Amy discovers Laurie, Beth succumbs to illness, Meg meets Mr. Brook, and Jo finally realizes love through Professor Baehr. This love story begins on Valentine’s weekend, Feb. 12, and continues through March 6.

Tickets for these productions are available online at FortBendTheatre.com. For group sales or other inquiries call 281-208-3333.

Fort Bend Theatre will hold auditions for Sense and Sensibility on Saturday, Feb.13, from 2-5 p.m. at 2815 N. Main St in Stafford. Students ages 8-18 are invited to audition as this will be part of the FBT A.R.T. shows. The A.R.T troupe is a youth-driven, educational production that receives instructional training by a degreed professional throughout the course of the rehearsals and show run. A casting fee of $200 is payable at the first rehearsal.

Sense and Sensibility is a playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel following the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th century England, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. It examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

Youth and teens should bring a head shot or recent photo, and their resume. Auditions will consist of cold readings. For more information, call 281-208-3333 or visit the website and click the upcoming auditions tab .

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PECAN GROVE WOMEN’S CLUB, FEB. 9

The February meeting of the Pecan Grove Women’s Club will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club.  The group invites prospective members to join them at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and visiting. The program and business meeting will follow at 10 a.m.  The February presentation will be by Trent Kubena with TxDOT and Joseph Wilson with Zachry Construction, who will explain the details of the upcoming major construction project at FM 359 and Hwy 90A, scheduled to begin this year. Anyone who has ever been blocked by a train at 90A and FM359 will be interested in hearing about this devised solution.

Follow­ing the business meeting, an optional lunch will be served. Those who stay for lunch should contact Loyce Anderson 281-344-8055 or Loyce0519@­att.net or Sally Wingard at 713-598-5850 or sally.wingard@­yahoo.­com to make reservations by Friday, Feb. 5 to insure a spot. The program is free, and the cost for lunch is $13. Please note that a country club membership is not necessary to visit or join the Women’s Club; all women who would like an opportunity to socialize with other ladies in their area and become more involved in their community are welcome.

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SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH, FEB. 11

In recognition of Texas History Month in March, Fort Bend County Libraries will present a historical program, “African-American Elected Leaders in the Post-Civil War Era in Fort Bend County,” on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.

Dr. Nicholas Cox, a U.S. history professor at Houston Community College, will discuss the changes experienced by African-Americans in Fort Bend County in the 1860s, during the period before and after emancipation in 1865. He will also talk about the county’s first elected black office-holders before the restoration of whites-only political control in the 1870s.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Sienna Branch Library at 281-238-2900.

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CHILDREN’S OPERA THE PUFFED-UP PRIMA DONNA AT FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY, FEB. 15

Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library will present a special performance for children by Houston Grand Opera’s “Opera to Go!” of an original production, The Puffed-Up Prima Donna, on Monday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.

This family-friendly light opera, sung entirely in English, is recommended for children in grades 2-8. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in three students say they have been bullied at school. This comedy explores how collaboration can counteract bullying by telling the story of a group of fictitious opera singers who are struggling with artistic
differences among themselves. As the troupe prepares for a palace wedding, will the overbearing diva ruin everything? Or is she simply misunderstood?

The program is presented with the generous support of the Friends of the First Colony Branch Library. Proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales and annual membership dues help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at the library.

The performance is free and open to the public. A free hand-stamp is required for admission, and will be available one hour prior to the performance. For more information, call the First Colony Branch Library at 281-238-2800

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SEVENTH ANNUAL CAMPBELL ELEMENTARY FUN RUN AND COUGAR CARNIVAL, FEB. 21

The Greatwood Community family and friends are invited to join the Campbell Cougars on Sunday, Feb. 21 for the Annual Fun Run and Carnival benefiting the educational needs of Campbell Elementary teachers and students.

Event schedule/times are as follows:

8 a.m. ­–  5K/3.1 miles

9:15 a.m. ­–  Toddler Dash

9:20 a.m. ­–  Family & Kids 1 Mile Run

9:30 a.m. ­–  Carnival Opens

9:45 a.m. ­–  Awards Ceremony

From volunteering to participating, the entire community is encouraged to pitch in to host the annual run.

To fulfill your competitive side you can register for thre hill-free 5k/3.1 mile course. For an easygoing family experience, the whole family can join in the 1 mile run or create a memorable photo opportunity by letting your little one(s) make a break for theToddler Dash finish line.

All participants will receive a medal as they cross the finish line. After the fun run, stick around and enjoy the food and games at the Cougar Carnival.

For additional information, visit campbellpto.org. Once registered, pick up your race packet at Campbell Elementary at the following times: Tuesday, Feb. 16,  7:30-10 a.m. or 4-7 p.m; Wednesday, Feb. 17, 4-7 p.m.; Thurs­day, Feb. 18, 7:30-10 a.m.

Campbell Elementary is located at 1000 Shadowbend Drive, Sugar Land.

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LEARN JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL TIPS AT UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY, FEB. 22 AND 23

The University Branch Library will present a free, two-part workshop on “Job-Search Survival Tips,” on Monday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. Part 2 of the workshop will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night.

The workshop is designed to help all job-hunters, from those applicants applying for a position at a fast-food restaurant to executives looking for a position in a large company. The tips can help any applicant plan a more efficient job hunt. For more information, call 281-633-5100.

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(L-R) Rosalind Riggs, art teacher at Grover Elementary School,  Fort Bend ISD aspiring young artists and their work,  and Donisha Smith, chair of the African-American history program event.

(L-R) Rosalind Riggs, art teacher at Grover Elementary School,  Fort Bend ISD aspiring young artists and their work,  and Donisha Smith, chair of the African-American history program event.

SSLW “SALUTE TO AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS,” FEB. 27

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) will present a Salute to African-American Artists on Saturday, Feb. 27 starting at noon at the Sugar Land Branch Library, located at 550 Eldridge Road in Sugar Land. FBISD elementary, middle and high school students will give short presentations on the notable African-American historical figure they have chosen to draw and their importance on American culture or society. The event is free and open to the public.

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FORT BEND PANHELLENIC RECRUIT­MENT WORKSHOP AND SCHOLAR­SHIP PROGRAM, FEB. 27

Fort Bend County Alumnae Panhellenic is preparing for its annual Sorority Recruitment Workshop for girls who are high school seniors or collegians, and their parents. This free event will be held at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd., on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m.-noon. Attendees will learn about participating in Recruitment and membership in the 26 Nation­al Panhellenic Conference Sororities.

The group also announced its Scholar­ship Program for 2016 to support active members in good standing of an NPC sorority who will have completed 48 hours by the end of spring 2016. Eligible collegians include permanent residents of Fort Bend County who graduated from area public high schools, private schools or home school. Criteria considered will include scholastic achievement, campus and community involvement and leadership in sorority.

Registration, recruitment information and Scholarship applications are available at fortbendpanhellenic.org. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 19.

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2016 Underwriters star in Bollywood Nights: (front row seated, l-r): Gala Co-Chair Jamie Fairchild, Carol Voelkel-United Healthcare, Mike Siwierka-Perdue Brandon Field Collins & Mott, LLP and Vijay Bhuchar;  (back row): Lina Sabouni-AUTOARCH Architects, Gala Co-Chair Terri Wang, Ray Aguilar-Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, Ron Holleyhead-Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., Jaqueline Preston-Kelsey–Seybold Clinic, Austin Roncancio-Fresh Air LP, Ron Bailey-PBK Architects, Inc. and Sonal Bhuchar.

2016 Underwriters star in Bollywood Nights: (front row seated, l-r): Gala Co-Chair Jamie Fairchild, Carol Voelkel-United Healthcare, Mike Siwierka-Perdue Brandon Field Collins & Mott, LLP and Vijay Bhuchar;  (back row): Lina Sabouni-AUTOARCH Architects, Gala Co-Chair Terri Wang, Ray Aguilar-Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, Ron Holleyhead-Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., Jaqueline Preston-Kelsey–Seybold Clinic, Austin Roncancio-Fresh Air LP, Ron Bailey-PBK Architects, Inc. and Sonal Bhuchar.

FORT BEND EDUCATION FOUNDATION ANNUAL BOLLYWOOD NIGHTS GALA, MARCH 5

The Fort Bend Education Foundation’s Bollywood Nights, presented by Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP, promises to be a fantastic journey filled with possibilities at the Bollywood Filmfare Awards.  This exquisite and stylized evening will occur on March 5 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square.

Guests are invited to transform into their best celebrity look as they don beautiful and bejeweled saris for the event in support of education. Enjoy a feast and entertainment as you are surrounded by the Bollywood experience. The music of the band Password will entice guests to enjoy dancing.

A silent auction and bid board area will offer an array of interesting and must have items. The highlight of the evening will be the bidding on the live auction items. Place a bid yourself or get together with friends.  The auction items and packages will be auctioned by James Patterson, Commis­sioner of Fort Bend County Precinct 4. For more information, table sponsorships, individual tickets or auction donations, visit fortbendisd.com/foundation.

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Music Magic is a nine-week class for boys ages6 and 7.

Music Magic is a nine-week class for boys ages6 and 7.

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR OFFERS MUSIC MAGIC CLASS IN MARCH

Give your sons an educational boost with Music Magic, a nine-week music enrichment class for boys ages 6 and 7. The Fort Bend Boys Choir, world-renowned for its positive, proactive boychoir programs, offers this course which brings music alive through the use of movement, musical games, singing and other child-centered activities. Boys learn pitch matching and rhythm awareness in addition to developing large muscle coordination, increased focus and better musicianship. No auditions are necessary; just a love of music and singing!

Serving as Music Magic director is Francesca Rushing, a new staff member of the organization and currently a music specialist for Fort Bend ISD. For this 18th season of the Music Magic program, the class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 –7:15 p.m., beginning March 8 and ending May 10 at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City. The cost for the course is $80 and boys w ill receive a free Music Magic tee shirt once classes start.

Classes are limited in size. Call the choir office at 281-240-3800 to pre-register or visit their website at fbbctx.org. Visit their Facebook page for the latest on the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Music Magic class and the group’s public performances.

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Groot, the amigurumi root.

Groot, the amigurumi root.

DISCOVER CREATIVE CRAFT OF AMIGURUMI AT MAMIE GEORGE BRANCH LIBRARY, FEB. 29

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals or figures. In recent years, it has become an increasingly popular project for crafters around the world.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Mamie George Branch Library in Stafford will have an introductory demonstration, “Crochet Amigurumi Toys: Tips and Tricks,” on Monday, Feb. 29 from 6-7 p.m.

Novices and experienced crafters alike can learn how to create these imaginative toys by using just a few stitches. Library staff member Jessica Robbins will demonstrate all the stitches needed, so even beginners who have never touched a crochet hook are invited to attend. Discover how a variety of figures can be made, including adorable tiny animals, people look-alikes or colorful monsters.

The demonstration is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the library at 281-238-2880 The Mamie George Branch Library is located at 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford.

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(Back row, l-r): Will Haase, Dylan Alexander, Riley Spengeman, Rashawn Slater, Meredith Prado, Naveen Jain, Sydney Bynes, Blake Jameson, Jason Rodriguez; (front row): Julia Jameson, Audrey Vanderzyl, Lizzie Anderson, Emme Le.

(Back row, l-r): Will Haase, Dylan Alexander, Riley Spengeman, Rashawn Slater, Meredith Prado, Naveen Jain, Sydney Bynes, Blake Jameson, Jason Rodriguez; (front row): Julia Jameson, Audrey Vanderzyl, Lizzie Anderson, Emme Le.

2016 GRANT-A-STARR FAMILY 5K FUN RUN/WALK, APRIL 2

The 8th Annual Grant-A-Starr Foundation Family 5K &1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is back again with a board of exemplary teens looking forward to organizing another successful event to celebrate the life of Grant Starr. The event to be held on Saturday, April 2 at Sugar Land Memorial Park will include both a 5K chip timed race on the USATF course and a 1-mile event. A community oriented post-race party will follow the awards presentation. As always, there will be plenty of food, freebies, and fun for the whole family.

Celebrating the life of their son, Grant, a 7-year-old boy who passed away from an unidentified virus the summer before he began second grade, Dolores and Rod Starr founded the Grant-A-Starr Foundation. The nonprofit organization was created solely for the purpose of saving children’s lives through the advancement of rapid detection of life-threatening childhood infections, such as encephalitis and meningitis. The foundation provides financial support to Houston-based research projects that are dedicated to the development of rapid diagnostic testing that will reduce the time required to identify an illness and ultimately save children’s lives.

One characteristic that makes the Grant-A-Starr Foundation Fun Run unique is the student steering committee, comprised of local high school volunteers who have taken a deep personal interest in the event. This year’s Teen Board President is Dylan Alexander, a senior at Clements High School. Dylan, who was a childhood friend of Grant Starr, believes that this year’s committee of young leaders truly reciprocates his sentiment for the Foundation’s cause.

For sponsorship information, contact Terri Wang at terriw@rocketmail.com. To learn more about the founda­tion and sign up for the race, visit grantastarr.org.

This year’s event includes both a Team and School Challenge. The Team Challenge is open to all companies, organizations, or groups. Each team entry consists of a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 participants per team. For more information or to register your team, please contact Audrey Vanderzyl at audrey.vanderzyl@st-agnes.org. The School Challenge is open to all FBISD schools and provides a variety of incentives for the participating schools. For more information on the School Challenge, contact Betty Ann Williams at bafromsl@aol.com.

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Texas Master Naturalist – Coastal Prairie Chapter, march 3

John Ferguson, organic garden guru and founder/owner of Nature’s Way Resources, will be the guest speaker at the March monthly program meeting of the Texas Master Naturalist – Coastal Prairie Chapter. Ferguson will inform people on how to keep their garden safe from toxic chemicals.

Ferguson will discuss “Safety in Your Backyard Garden” on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be preceded by a social time and snacks at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosen­berg. The meeting is free and open
to all.

The Texas Master Naturalists program is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For more information, email mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu or call 281-633-7033.

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COLONY MEADOWS ELEMENTARY SILVER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, APRIL 1

Colony Meadows Elementary (CME) will celebrate its Silver Anniversary with “A Night to Remember.” on Friday, April 1, as CME celebrates past and present faculty, staff, parents and students.

Did you teach at CME the first year that it opened? Were you one of the first students to enter the building? CME wants to hear from you.

The evening will include dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction. All proceeds will benefit Colony Meadows Elementary. Organizers are currently seeking tax- deduc­tible donations (underwriting opportunities are available). Contact Catherine Robinson at eckmanrobinson­@yahoo.com or Ana Gantt at ana.gantt@gmail.com for more
information.

 

 


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