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(L-R): BRC members present Scholarship awards – Michelle Beeson, BRC member; Kavita Self, BRC member; Laura Taylor, President-Elect; Dana Clement, President; Courtney Kilfoy, scholarship recipient; Karen Young, scholarship recipient; Avanthika Mahendrababu, scholarship recipient; Markisha Venzant-Sampson, BRC member; Kalpana Vaidya, scholarship recipient; Becky Zachary, BRC member; and Audra O’Neal, BRC member.

(L-R): BRC members present Scholarship awards – Michelle Beeson, BRC member; Kavita Self, BRC member; Laura Taylor, President-Elect; Dana Clement, President; Courtney Kilfoy, scholarship recipient; Karen Young, scholarship recipient; Avanthika Mahendrababu, scholarship recipient; Markisha Venzant-Sampson, BRC member; Kalpana Vaidya, scholarship recipient; Becky Zachary, BRC member; and Audra O’Neal, BRC member.

FORT BEND JUNIOR SERVICE LEAGUE ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS, THROUGH FEB. 1

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) is offering two scholarship programs to assist women in Fort Bend County who desire to further their education.

The FBJSL Volunteer Scholarship – The FBJSL Volunteer Scholarship applicant must be an outstanding Fort Bend female high school senior who has completed at least 100 hours of high school community service, has a minimum GPA of 2.5 and desires to pursue higher education in the 2017-2018 school year.

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

FBJSL awards up to four Volunteer Scholar­ships at a value of $1,000 each, and one New Beginnings Scholarship will be awarded at a value of $2,000. Qualified scholarship applicants can learn more about these programs and obtain a copy of the application at fbjsl.org/scholarship-programs. All applications and supporting documents must be to brccom@fbjsl.com.  The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 1.

The Fort Bend Junior Service League is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, to developing the potential of women and to improving the Fort Bend County community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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(Standing, l to r): Event co-chair Cheryl Brown, Jann Talley of Diamond Sponsor - Fairmount Santrol, Bruce Gingrich of Presenting Sponsor - The Pub Fountains, Fort Bend Cares Executive Director Angie Wierzbicki; (sitting): event co-chairs Terri Nieser and Melinda Henry.

(Standing, l to r): Event co-chair Cheryl Brown, Jann Talley of Diamond Sponsor – Fairmount Santrol, Bruce Gingrich of Presenting Sponsor – The Pub Fountains, Fort Bend Cares Executive Director Angie Wierzbicki; (sitting): event co-chairs Terri Nieser and Melinda Henry.

FORT BEND CARES 12TH ANNUAL ROAD TRIP FUNDRAISER, JAN. 28

Ready for some tropical fun? Join presenting sponsor The Pub Fountains for Fort Bend Cares 12th annual Road Trip to the South Pacific taking place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Also supporting this fun in the sun event are diamond sponsors, Fairmount Santrol and Grant Thornton LLP, and titanium sponsors, Silver Eagle Distri­butors and Fluor.

The Fluor Building, located at One Fluor Daniel Drive in Sugar Land, will be transformed into the South Pacific complete with palm trees, tiki huts, and Polynesian dancers. Emcee, Khambrel Marshall of KPRC Channel 2, will keep the evening flowing while auctioneer, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, conducts the Live Auction bidding. Throughout the evening, guests can sample culinary delights from 12 local restaurants, play a hand or two of blackjack or Texas shootout, try their luck at the wine and spirits pull, check out the silent auction, buy a raffle ticket, and more. Event proceeds support nonprofit organizations that strive to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County.

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. For more information or to become a sponsor, call 832-819-2005, email angie@fortbendcares.org, or visit fortbendcares.org.

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Professional organizer Lisa Giesler will speak both days.

Professional organizer Lisa Giesler will speak both days.

SUGAR LAND HOME & GARDEN SHOW, JAN. 28-29

The 7th Annual Sugar Land Home & Garden Show will be held at the Stafford Centre at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford Jan. 28-29. “With more than 200 home improvement contractors from the local market, the show is sure to have something for everyone,” said Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows Inc., producer of the Sugar Land Home & Garden Show.

Those in attendance each day can hear Lisa Giesler, a Certified Professional Organizer, owner of Houston-based A Time and Place for Everything, and award-winning author of “My Life is a Mess: Organization 101” and “Uncluttered: Discovering Strength and Purpose in the Chaos of Life.” A Sherwin-Williams Certified Color Consultant will take the stage each day to demonstrate the company’s ColorSnap Selection System, and the Thermador Live Cooking Stage presented by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery will feature Chef Michelle Morris, Ferguson Enterprises’ in-house chef, who will cook up some tasty treats four times each day using the latest Thermador induction cooktop and steam oven appliances.

The Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Presentation Stage will present experts such as Randy Lemmon, host of GardenLine on KTRH AM 740, on Saturday, and Bill Murphy, a Solar Energy Expert and manager of Sugar Land’s Sweetwater Energy Services. The Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Presen­tation Stage also will host the award-winning founder of The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Fryar will demonstrate his pruning and training skills each day of the show.

Show hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. Tickets are cash only at $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 12 years and younger can attend for free. For more show and ticket information call 832-274-3944 or visit SugarLandHomeAndGarden.com, where a downloadable discount coupon for $2 off admission is available.

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Fort Bend County Justice Center.

Fort Bend County Justice Center.

FORT BEND COUNTY LAW LIBRARY HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE, FEB. 2

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Law Library, located in the Fort Bend County Justice Center, 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 30298, Richmond, will host its third Annual Open House on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m.-noon. The public is invited to enjoy light refreshments, tour the library, and watch demonstrations of the library’s database resources.

The Law Library provides support for the research, reference, and educational needs of the legal community – including litigants, attorneys, judges, and county officials – as well as the general public and has a good working collection of basic legal materials, for in-library use only. Most of the print collection consists of reference sources on Texas statutes and case law; U.S. Supreme Court case law and federal statutes; a wide selection of Texas practice guides and forms manuals; and other research materials, including legal encyclopedias, state case-law digests, and federal practice guides.

In addition to the print collection, a number of legal research resources – such as the Westlaw Next, Lexis/Shepard’s, and Hein Online databases – can be accessed on the library’s computers. Free classes are available on the use of these electronic resources.

The Law Library had its beginnings in 1989, when Fort Bend County Commissioners Court ordered the establishment and maintenance of a County Law Library in Richmond. The Fort Bend County Bar Association contracted with Fort Bend County Libraries for the administrative operations of the library, effective Jan. 1, 1990.

Funding for operations comes from filing fees in civil cases in the district or county courts, as provided by Texas Local Government Code. The Law Library is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of a Law Library Committee appointed by the Fort Bend County Bar Association and current officers of the Bar Association.

The open house is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Law Library at 281-341-3718 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

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Tour Choirboys performing “Basil the Cat” during their June 2016 summer tour.

Tour Choirboys performing “Basil the Cat” during their June 2016 summer tour.

35TH ANNIVERSARY GALA EVENT FOR THE FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR

On Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m., join the Fort Bend Boys Choir in the Safari Lodge at Safari Texas for their 35th anniversary 1980s flashback-themed gala. The Tour Choir will perform and Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls will serve as Auctioneer.

Festivities 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.

Proceeds will help support all music programs of the Fort Bend Boys Choir, including scholarships for any choirboy who needs financial help. Call 281-240-3800 to learn more.

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(L-R): Event chair Donisha Smith, Glover Elementary aspiring artists, and art teacher Rosalind Riggs at Glover Elementary in Fort Bend ISD celebrate the African American History Month program.

(L-R): Event chair Donisha Smith, Glover Elementary aspiring artists, and art teacher Rosalind Riggs at Glover Elementary in Fort Bend ISD celebrate the African American History Month program.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN, WINTER PROGRAMS

Fort Bend County. Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) sail into 28 years of cheerful, willing, and generous services and resources to those in need in our community.

Programs include Seniors Enrichment, Families Outreach, Infant – Young Adult Development, Community Partners and Community Involvement.

Annual onsite SSLW service is required of first time scholarship applicants and continuing scholarship recipients.

February programs:

Scholarship applications are on the website. March 1 is U.S. Mail postmark deadline.

14 – “ Sweet Treats” for Missouri City Middle School staff

18 – noon, African American History and Education Excellence program at Sugar Land Branch Library on Eldridge Road; contact donishasmith21@yahoo.com

H & R Block nationwide new clients only nonprofit referral – Program donates $20 to SSLW for scholarships and programs when you provide ID#40010001079372 during tax preparation.

Adopt-A-Spot Quarterly Clean Up – Highlands Parks; contact sslw1989@aol.com

Collaborations and special requests – Email, sslw1989@aol.com.

Ongoing – Adopt Schools, offering services and resources to students, parents and staff at Hunter Glen Elementary, Missouri City Middle, Marshall High, and Willowridge High; contact monicariley7@gmail.com.

Become a Community Partner – A Community Partner is an individual, family, church, organization, business, or corporation who makes one annual, tax-deductible donation of $200 – $25,000. Partnership Levels are 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.

One hundred percent of donations benefit ongoing community programs and first time and continuing scholarships. Some of the benefits of partnership include Invitation to service programs, names on programs and website, priority seating at events, recognition in media and tax deductions. Visit sslw.org for more information or to donate.

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Dee Koch

Dee Koch

MAMIE GEORGE CENTER GALA TO HONOR COMMUNITY LEADER DEE KOCH, FEB. 2

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and its Mamie George Community Center (MGCC) will honor Dee Koch’s life and legacy at its Fourth Annual Mission of Love Gala on Feb. 2 at Safari Texas Ranch.

Koch is the Director of Community Engagement for The George Foundation, and Community Resources Division Chair for the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce.

“Dee’s leadership and influence have touched our hearts, our community and our future,” said Beth Zarate, Mamie George Community Center director. “Her vision and support have strengthened the fabric of Fort Bend County and brought us together to provide help and create hope.”

Koch was a key partner in developing the vision for the Mamie George Community Center as the hub of Catholic Charities’ services to low-income seniors, families and children in Fort Bend County.

Since 2011, the MGCC has helped invigorate the lives of senior residents by providing free hot meals, socialization and activities aimed to improve their health and quality of life. The MGCC has also fostered collaborations with area nonprofits to increase access to additional needed social services in the county.

“We want to thank and honor Dee for her vision, friendship and guidance,” said Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, Catholic Charities President and CEO. “We hope you’ll make plans to join us to celebrate this outstanding community leader and to raise support for seniors and families in need in Fort Bend County.”

Individual tickets for the gala are $175, and sponsorships range from $1,500 to $20,000.

For more information, call 281-202-6220 or email DGodfrey@catholiccharities.org.

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SUGAR LAND HERITAGE HIKE, SECOND SATURDAY

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

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

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

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

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JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL TIPS AT FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY, FEB. 7-8

Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library will present a free, two-part series of “Job-Search Survival Tips,” beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. The series will continue on Feb. 8, at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night.

The two-part series 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 that are presented can help any applicant plan a more efficient job hunt and make a more favorable impression.

Learn tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and non-verbal skills, making a great first impression, networking, and much more. By developing an organized plan of action, the applicant is able to experience a more efficient job hunt with an increased chance of success.

In the series, a team of 10 professionals, with decades of experience in corporate America between them, will share their insight and the experiences they themselves have had in the business world – from the perspective of the employer doing the hiring as well as the employee looking for a job. The job-search survival team includes business owners, financial and mortgage advisors, computer consultants, sales and marketing professionals, and advertising and communications executives – all of whom volunteer their time for this workshop.

The sessions are free and open to the public. To register online at the library’s website (fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “First Colony Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2800, or by visiting the library.

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QUAIL VALLEY GARDEN CLUB MEETING, SECOND THURSDAY

Since 1972, The Quail Valley Garden Club has provided community service efforts including beautification, scholarships and education in Quail Valley, Missouri City and Fort Bend County. The QVGC Member Meeting is the second Thursday of each month from 9:30-11 a.m.

For information, visit the website, Quailvalleygardenclub.org or email membership@quailvalleygardenclub.org.

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12TH ANNUAL GIRLFRIENDS GIGGLE AT STAFFORD CENTRE, FEB. 9

STARS, the Volunteer Auxiliary of Fort Bend Women’s Center, will host its 12th Annual Girlfriends Giggle, on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Stafford Centre from 6:30 -11 p.m. This premier event benefits domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their children, so that they can live safe and violence-free lives. For many, the very thought of living in freedom has long appeared to be a sweet dream. But, with help, this dream can become reality.

General admission tickets are $74 and VIP tickets are $125 with early entry and a champagne toast. Tickets can be purchased at giggle2017.eventbrite.com. For updates on the event visit Facebook.com/girlfriendsgiggle.

Girlfriends Giggle is the ultimate “grown up” pajama party with more than 800 women in attendance. The event features delicious food from top local restaurants, a silent auction, DJ, dancing, shopping, pajama contest and personal indulgences including manicures, pedicures, massages and more. Join the group for a fun, exciting and inspirational night that celebrates friendships and empowerment – all in support of providing healing and hope for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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THE ARC COMMUNITY CALENDAR

The Arc of Fort Bend’s webpage, aka SNEAK Community Calendar, was developed to advertise events and activities for persons with disabilities.

Anyone can browse through the community calendar. Agencies, organizations, therapy groups, etc. that serve persons with any type of disability or organizes an event or activity for persons with special needs is invited to register the company and add events to the calendar. SNEAK has the ability to handle reoccurring events, including monthly support groups or trainings. No fundraising events accepted. The website is arcoffortbend.org.

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The Novel Expectations Book Club February selection is The Wright Brothers, written by David McCullough.

The Novel Expectations Book Club February selection is The Wright Brothers, written by David McCullough.

FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS, FEB. 9 AND 21

Fort Bend County Libraries invites you to share the love of reading with other book lovers at one of First Colony Branch Library’s book clubs. These book clubs meet monthly at the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, and new members are always welcome.

The Novel Expectations Book Club meets on the second Thursday of every month, at 1:30 p.m., to discuss a variety of popular fiction. The book to be discussed on Thursday, Feb. 9, will be The Wright Brothers, written by David McCullough.

Members of the Sugar Land Great Books Adult Discussion Group meet on the third Tuesday of the month to discuss classic literature. The book group will meet on Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., in the Conference Room, to discuss The Red and the Black: A Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century, written by Stendhal.

The book clubs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800.

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CREATIVE CUPCAKE-DECORATING TIPS AT MISSOURI CITY BRANCH LIBRARY, FEB. 11

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will present a special program, “Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day: Decorating Magic,” on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 2-4 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway.

Learn how to dress up your cupcakes with easy, festive, decorative touches. Library staff member Michelle Moreno will demonstrate basic decorating methods as well as tips and tricks to make cupcake-decorating hassle-free.

The class is free and open to the public. Seat­ing is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online visit fortbend.lib.tx.us. Participants may also register by calling 281-238-2100, or by visiting the library.

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BOOTS & BADGES GALA TO BENEFIT BEHIND THE BADGE CHARITIES, FEB. 11

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the annual Boots & Badges Gala, which raises the revenues to support the mission of Behind the Badge Charities, will be held at the George Ranch at 6 p.m.. The public is invited to purchase tickets and attend this fun — and very important — event.

Behind the Badge Charities was founded in 2011 following the death of Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy JD Norsworthy, who died in an automobile accident while in the line of duty. The charity’s mission is to provide support and assistance to all public safety professionals working in Fort Bend County: peace officers, correctional officers, firefighters, emergency
medical technicians, probation officers, and 9-1-1 emergency community professionals serving with government or volunteer
emergency services organizations.

The Fort Bend community has also supported Behind the Badge Charities in a big way this past year. The Sugar Land Skeeters presented Behind the Badge Charities with a check for $12,500 from their Deacon’s Stars And Stripes Charity Softball Classic held at Constellation Field. Also in April, the BAPS Hindu community’s annual walk benefiting multiple causes included Behind the Badge Charities. The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra honored First Responders with a special Summon the Heroes concert and distributed free tickets to First Responder families and the Morton Masonic Lodge held a Gumbo Cook Off competition with all proceeds going to BTBC and the Indo-American Forum.

The two components of the core mission of Behind the Badge are the “10-33” Officer Assistance Fund and the Fallen Officers Memorial Scholarship, which in the past year gave out 24 scholarships to the children or dependents of qualified public safety officers and emergency first responders in Fort Bend County. For more information, volunteer opportunities or donations, visit behindthebadgecharities.org or call 281-815-4980.

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(L-R, standing): Hope For Three's Jazz It Up for Autism Annual Luncheon Presenting Sponsor John and Lisa Daugherty (Daugherty Insurance), Caroline Bordelon (Hope For Three), Honorary Chair Linda Shultz; (seated) Samantha Katchy (Hope For Three)

(L-R, standing): Hope For Three’s Jazz It Up for Autism Annual Luncheon Presenting Sponsor John and Lisa Daugherty (Daugherty Insurance), Caroline Bordelon (Hope For Three), Honorary Chair Linda Shultz; (seated) Samantha Katchy (Hope For Three)

HOPE FOR THREE HOSTS JAZZ IT UP FOR AUTISM LUNCHEON, FEB. 16

“Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez” (Let the Good Times Roll) can be heard from organizers of Jazz It Up for Autism, Hope For Three’s Fifth Annual Luncheon. The event, set for Feb. 16, will be held at Safari Texas Ranch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Daugherty Insurance leads Jazz It Up for Autism as Presenting Sponsor and long-time advocate for children Linda Shultz serves as Honorary Chair. “My husband John and I are in the business of helping others meet their insurance needs and giving back to our community, said Lisa Daugherty, owner/operator of Daugherty Insurance. “Partnering with Hope For Three in its efforts to support children with autism is an honor.”

Linda Shultz has advocated for children for more than 35 years. Her impact in Fort Bend County alone is extraordinary having founded two non-profits that provide services for abused and homeless children. “Advocacy matters, in all forms, whether it means speaking for children who cannot speak for themselves, a teacher advocating for services for a child or assisting families who face one road block after another. Advocacy matters, Hope For Three matters,” said Linda Shultz.

Hope For Three’s Jazz It Up for Autism Annual Luncheon serves as community fellowship and an opportunity to bring awareness to a disorder that affects 1 in 45 children. To purchase tickets, sponsor or become an event underwriter, visit hopeforthree.org/jazz-it-up-for-autism. For information on resources, advocacy or to volunteer, call 281-245-0640.

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THE PECAN GROVE WOMEN’S CLUB, FEB. 14

The February meeting of the Pecan Grove Women’s Club will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club. Join the group at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and visiting. The program and business meeting will follow at 10 a.m. Tricia Bradbury, from the speakers bureau of the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners, will present “Herbs and Their Uses.” She will teach participants which herbs are area-appropriate and how to use them in recipes.

Following the presentation, an optional lunch will be served. RSVP for lunch by Friday, Feb. 10, by calling or emailing Loyce Anderson at 281-344-8055 (Loyce0519@ att.net) or Sally Wingard at 713- 598-5850 (sally.win­gard@­yahoo.com). The program is free, and the cost for lunch is $13. A country club membership is not necessary to attend the meeting.

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(Front, l-r): Johnson Development’s Natalia Grynyshyn and Diane Nevels; (back): Cross Creek Ranch General Manager Rob Bamford and L.E.A.F. Executive Director Janice Knight.

(Front, l-r): Johnson Development’s Natalia Grynyshyn and Diane Nevels; (back): Cross Creek Ranch General Manager Rob Bamford and L.E.A.F. Executive Director Janice Knight.

JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT IS THE TITLE SPONSOR FOR MEN WHO COOK 2017

Johnson Development is the title sponsor for the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation’s (L.E.A.F.) largest annual fundraiser, Men Who Cook 2017, set for Feb. 18 at Safari Texas Ranch.

“We are so thankful to have Johnson Development as the presenting sponsor for 2017,” said Chip Sutton, L.E.A.F. board president. “Their enthusiastic support of the students in Lamar CISD and of the area’s overall economy shows their commitment to our community. The District’s growth and their growth will go hand-in-hand for years to come.”

Johnson Development has three neighborhoods in Lamar CISD: Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, Jordan Ranch in Katy and The Veranda in Richmond.

Proceeds from the evening will be used by L.E.A.F. to support ideas and classroom projects proposed by Lamar CISD teachers that would otherwise go unfunded.

L.E.A.F. also offers scholarships to graduating Lamar CISD seniors and paraprofessionals working on their teaching certificates.

Contact Janice Knight at 832-223-0334 or leafgrants.org for information on how to become a sponsor, volunteer or even become a cook for the event.

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(L-R): Jenna Marks, Dulles HS, University of Oklahoma, Pi Beta Phi; Madison Ellis, Ridge Point HS, TX A&M, Delta Gamma; Kelsey Hendershot, FBCA, University of Texas, Delta Delta Delta; Emma Hereford, Clements HS, Texas Tech, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Emma Millard, Clements HS, University of Missouri (Mizzou), Chi Omega; and Peyton McNeely, Ridge Point HS, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Phi Mu.

(L-R): Jenna Marks, Dulles HS, University of Oklahoma, Pi Beta Phi; Madison Ellis, Ridge Point HS, TX A&M, Delta Gamma; Kelsey Hendershot, FBCA, University of Texas, Delta Delta Delta; Emma Hereford, Clements HS, Texas Tech, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Emma Millard, Clements HS, University of Missouri (Mizzou), Chi Omega; and Peyton McNeely, Ridge Point HS, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Phi Mu.

FORT BEND COUNTY PANHELLENIC RECRUITMENT WORKSHOP, FEB. 25

The Fort Bend Alumnae Panhellenic Association will host its Annual Recruitment Sign-up on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event, held at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Boulevard, is for young women who are high school seniors or collegians and their parents who wish to know more about the recruitment process or are planning to participate in sorority recruitment in the Fall of 2017/Spring 2018 school year.

Attendees will learn about participating in recruitment and membership in the 26 National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities. RSVP is not required to attend
the event.

For more information about the workshop please go to fortbendpanhellenic.org.

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(L-R) Clements coaches Laine Skelton and Bobby Darnell with Mike Baches, VP Sales and Derek Brown, VP of Marketing & Business Development for Mercedes Benz Sugar Land, Title Sponsor of the Booster Ball.

(L-R) Clements coaches Laine Skelton and Bobby Darnell with Mike Baches, VP Sales and Derek Brown, VP of Marketing & Business Development for Mercedes Benz Sugar Land, Title Sponsor of the Booster Ball.

CLEMENTS ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB TO HOST ROWDY RANGERS BOOSTER BALL, FEB. 18

The Clements High School Athletic Booster Club (CABC) will host its Rowdy Rangers Booster Ball on Saturday, Feb. 18 with proceeds from the event benefiting the CABC. The event will be held at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land from 7-11 p.m. The evening will include a mechanical bull, the band Easy Money, a wine pull and silent auction. The Title Sponsor is Mercedes Benz of Sugar Land and Raffle Sponsor is VLS Recovery Services. Other sponsors are Dennis E. Halford, DDS, MD, William V. Jordan III, DDS, and The Demeris Family.

“We really want our community friends, alumni and supporters of Clements athletics to come out and enjoy some great food, beer/wine and entertainment,” said CABC president Mitch Danklef. “Fort Bend Independent School District does not provide all the necessary funding for sports, so our Booster Ball is one of our biggest and most important fundraisers and it’s always fun.”

Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple, and include dinner and beer/wine. Buy tickets at ClementsAthleticBoosterClub.org.

For more information, contact publicity co-chairs Joan Danklef at mdanklef@msn.com; Susan Ferrer at Sferrer88@gmail.com or 813-787-4888; or Jennifer West at 281-796-3776 or jcjwest@gmail.com. To become a sponsor, contact co-chairs Laura Stoltenberg and Joannie Demeris at cabcboosterball@gmail.com.

The Clements Athletic Booster Club is an organization of parents and families working with the administration to support the entire athletic program at Clements High School. In the past few years, the Boosters raised and donated over $130,000 annually to support
student athletes.

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(Front row, l-r): Co-Chair Lisa Kulhanek, Becky Walker, Mary Favre, Kay James, Diana Miller, Sapana Patel, Sonal Bhuchar, Sue Chiang, Lynn Halford, Peggy Jackson, Seeju Dupre, Stacy Bynes, Carol Evans, Noreen Covey and Shirley Brown; (back row): Co-Chair Giulia Hattan, Cheryl White, Cindy Cheng, Liz Furman, Terri Wang, Jamie Fairchild, Robin Gill, Renu Narang, Carol Scott, Fran Steele, Shirley Lee, Shefali Jhaveri, Lina Sabouni, Jessica Kij, Carrie Diaz, Wen Wing, Syndee Howgate, Pam Hubenak, Jenni Leonetti, FBEF Executive Director Brenna Cosby and Nappinnai Natarajan.

(Front row, l-r): Co-Chair Lisa Kulhanek, Becky Walker, Mary Favre, Kay James, Diana Miller, Sapana Patel, Sonal Bhuchar, Sue Chiang, Lynn Halford, Peggy Jackson, Seeju Dupre, Stacy Bynes, Carol Evans, Noreen Covey and Shirley Brown; (back row): Co-Chair Giulia Hattan, Cheryl White, Cindy Cheng, Liz Furman, Terri Wang, Jamie Fairchild, Robin Gill, Renu Narang, Carol Scott, Fran Steele, Shirley Lee, Shefali Jhaveri, Lina Sabouni, Jessica Kij, Carrie Diaz, Wen Wing, Syndee Howgate, Pam Hubenak, Jenni Leonetti, FBEF Executive Director Brenna Cosby and Nappinnai Natarajan.

FORT BEND EDUCATION FOUNDATION 24TH ANNUAL GALA, MARCH 4

The Fort Bend Education Foundation has announced its theme for the 24th annual gala to be held on March 4 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Gala co-chairs Giulia Hattan and Lisa Kulhanek announced this year’s theme, “Off to Oz…The Emerald City Awaits!”, presented by Perdue Brandon Collins & Mott, L.L.P. The event will celebrate the success of the Fort Bend Education Foundation and thank the community for its generous support.

The evening begins with a wave of the Good Witch’s wand. Afterwards, enjoy dancing the night away to the music of Password. Attendees can bid on the silent auction items or go for the live auction items offered by Commissioner James Patterson.

Information regarding sponsorships, auction donations and individual tickets is available at fortbendisd.com/foundation.

The Fort Bend Education Foundation touches every school in Fort Bend ISD. Its mission is to enrich and enhance the quality of education for all Fort Bend ISD students through its grants to teachers and school programs.

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FBISD INTRODUCES MONTHLY IN THE ZONE! DIGITAL NEWSLETTERS, ONGOING

Fort Bend ISD has announced In the Zone!, a new digital newsletter created to keep parents and community members in touch with the District’s 11 high school feeder patterns informed about news and events within their local school community. Each month, In the Zone! will feature stories from every school within a high school’s attendance area – creating unity among students and families from the elementary to high school level. The newsletters will also include an article that will provide families with information, tools, and tips to help their child succeed.

“Schools are at the center of our community, and Fort Bend ISD always wants to keep our parents and community members connected with information about what is going on close to home,” said FBISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre. “We hope our parents will find the information in each newsletter useful. We also want to make sure that community members can stay engaged with their neighborhood schools, even if they do not have school-age children.” Visit fortbendisd.com/inthezone to sign up.

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WINE FROM THE HEART, FEB. 24

Join the Fort Bend Board of the American Heart Association for an evening of of wine, charity and filled with heart at the Wine from the Heart event on Feb. 24 from 6-9 p.m. at the Fort Bend Country Club, 2627 FM 762 Road in Richmond. Tickets are available for $25 before the event or $30 at the door. Wines and light bites included.

You’ll have access to some wonderful live and silent auciton items, a raffle and an eveing of community as attendees come together to support the mission of the American Heart Association: to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Sponsorships start at $250. For tickets and more information, visit eventbrite.com/e/wine-from-the-heart-tickets-29495586092?aff=es2.

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Former FBRC board members Roberta Terrell and Roy Cordes at the Cordes Dinner Kick Off Sponsors’ Reception held at the Richmond home of Honorary Chairs Regina and Vincent Morales in December.

Former FBRC board members Roberta Terrell and Roy Cordes at the Cordes Dinner Kick Off Sponsors’ Reception held at the Richmond home of Honorary Chairs Regina and Vincent Morales in December.

OLYMPIC MEDALIST TO SPEAK AT FORT BEND REGIONAL COUNCIL’S ANNUAL CORDES DINNER, FEB. 23

Oympic Silver Medalist Dotsie Bausch will speak at Fort Bend Regional Council’s “Changing Lives and Giving Hope” Helen Cordes Award Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 23 at Sugar Creek Country Club.

The 2017 Honorees will be community advocates Ann and Jeff Council; Regina and Vincent Morales are Honorary Chairs. Lisa Regan and Jonee Barnett are serving as Co-Chairs.

Sponsorships are available from $1,500, with a special $250 Host Sponsor level for two reserved seats. To sponsor the event, go online to fortbendcouncil.org or contact Debbie Ortiz at 281-207-2406 or dortiz@fortbendcouncil.org. Tickets will go on sale soon for $100 per person.

The Cordes Award Dinner is held in honor of individuals who have given time, experience and expertise to Fort Bend Regional Council (FBRC). Proceeds from this event provide treatment and youth prevention programs, to break the cycle of addiction in families.

Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. has been changing lives and giving hope since 1978. In addition to outpatient substance abuse treatment, FBRC reaches 15,000 students in 45 elementary, middle and high schools in Fort Bend, Lamar Consolidated and Stafford school districts.

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(Top row, l-r): Lisa Shepherd, Cari White, Lisa Davila O'Toole (Gala Co-Chair), Phaedra Taylor; (seated): Dottie Allen, Shereen Sampson (Abigail's Place founder and gala co-chair); and (bottom): Adrian O'Toole.

(Top row, l-r): Lisa Shepherd, Cari White, Lisa Davila O’Toole (Gala Co-Chair), Phaedra Taylor; (seated): Dottie Allen, Shereen Sampson (Abigail’s Place founder and gala co-chair); and (bottom): Adrian O’Toole.

ABIGAIL’S PLACE FIRST ANNUAL GALA, “PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ,” MARCH 25

Abigail’s Place, a Fort Bend County-centered charity, has announced its first annual gala, “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” a Roaring Twenties-themed party, with all proceeds to benefit Abigail’s Place.

This elegant event will held on March 25, from 6 – 9 p.m. in the enchanting brick courtyard of the historic Moore Mansion located at 406 South Fifth Street in the museum district of Richmond. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails, elegant hors d’oeuvres, music, a well-curated silent auction and a display of vintage cars. Abigail’s Place is seeking event sponsors who believe in investing in the community and supporting organizations that make a difference in Fort Bend County.

Tickets to the event are $65 per ticket or $500 per reserved table (seats 8). For tickets or more information, visit  abigailsplace.org or call 832-535-6474.

“‘Puttin’ on the Glitz ‘will be an enjoyable and impactful evening,” said Shereen Sampson, founder and gala co-chair.  “The Roaring 20s theme is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and our wonderful and creative gala committees have some brilliant ideas that will definitely impress our attendees.”

Abigail’s Place is a nonprofit relief organization committed to supporting single mothers in Fort Bend County by providing safe, transitional housing while promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization. For donor information, or to volunteer, email cmcdaniel@abigailsplace.org.

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FORT BEND PARENTS OF MULTIPLES ANNUAL GARAGE SALE, MARCH 25

On March 25, Fort Bend Parents of Multiples (FBPOM) invites the public to its annual garage sale at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd., from 8 –11 a.m. This is not an ordinary garage sale. It is a professional event that is put on by multiple moms groups in the Sugar Land area and has anything and everything for babies, toddlers, young children and adults, as well as some household items. You’ll find clothing (children and maternity), shoes, toys, cribs, furniture, strollers, car seats, exersaucers, outside toys and more. For more information, visit FBPOM.org.

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(Top row, l-r) : Andrew Stoltenberg, Rashawn Slater, (Middle row): Greg Freeman, Richard Freeman, Zachary Dagnall, Megan Dagnall , Nadia Haris, Mac Garfinkel, Rachel Vanderzyl; (bottom row): Carmeli Nguyen, Kristen Li, Rachel Wang, Riley Spengeman and Sydney Bynes.

(Top row, l-r) : Andrew Stoltenberg, Rashawn Slater, (Middle row): Greg Freeman, Richard Freeman, Zachary Dagnall, Megan Dagnall , Nadia Haris, Mac Garfinkel, Rachel Vanderzyl; (bottom row): Carmeli Nguyen, Kristen Li, Rachel Wang, Riley Spengeman and Sydney Bynes.

GRANT-A-STARR FOUNDATION FAMILY 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN/WALK, APRIL 1

The ninth Annual Grant-A-Starr Foundation Family 5K and1 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 will be held on Saturday, April 1, at Sugar Land Memorial Park, and 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. There will be plenty of food, freebies and fun for the whole family.

Celebrating the life of their son, Grant, a seven-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, a nonprofit organization 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 part of the Grant-A-Starr Foundation Fun Run that is vital to the organization of the race is the student steering committee. The committee is comprised of local high school volunteers who have taken a deep personal interest in the event. Teen Board President Rachel Wang, a senior at Clements High School and last year’s committee vice president, said, “I hope to raise awareness for this cause because it will increase the money that goes towards research at Children’s Memorial Hermann and Texas Children’s Hospital. My goal is to raise $50,000 because we’ve always been so close to raising that amount. I also want to continue to raise awareness for this cause because it does so much good in the community”.

A team entry consists of a minimum of four and maximum of 10 participants per team. This event is also open to all Fort Bend ISD Schools and provides a variety of incentives for the participating schools. Contact Duyen Le at 713-515-5733 for more team and school information.

For sponsorship information, contact Terri Wang at terriw@rocketmail.com. To learn more about the Grant-A-Starr Foundation and sign up for the race, visit grantastarr.org. To register for the race, email Darla Spengamen at tspengeman@comcast.net.

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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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