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African American History Program Participants (l-r): Mable Scott Austin; Elise Leaks Harmon, project chair; Mose Austin; and Rosalind Riggs, FBISD art Instructor,  Glover Elementary.

African American History Program Participants (l-r): Mable Scott Austin; Elise Leaks Harmon, project chair; Mose Austin; and Rosalind Riggs, FBISD art Instructor, Glover Elementary.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN SERVICE PROGRAMS, FEBRUARY AND MARCH

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) and Partners perform six caring and cutting-edge programs monthly: Seniors Enrichment, Families Outreach, Infants – Young Adults Development, Scholarships and Support, Community Partnerships and Community Involvement.

Annual scholarship applicants and continuing scholarship recipients must pre-register via email volunteer service requests 72 hours in advance at sslwscholarships@aol.com.  Applicants will receive an email confirmation with details. Call with questions: 832-363-7975 or 713-256-7953.

FEBRUARY programs:

Scholarship applications accepted Jan. 1-March 1.   SSLW service required from all applicants. More information is at sslw.org;

(3) –  Adopt -A- Spot Quarterly Clean Up. For details, email sslw1989@aol.com;

(13) – Ensemble Theatre  Volunteer for play Fetch Clay, Make Man. For details, email sslw1989@aol.com;

(24) – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. African American History and Education Excellence Program – “ SSLW & ACCG Salute African-American Artists,”  First Colony Library Meeting Room, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land. Free and open to the public.  For details, email eharmon47@hotmail.com;

Senior Enrichment – Service or resource. For details, email drjjohnson10@yahoo.com.

MARCH  programs:

(1) – U. S. Mail postmark deadline for receipt of scholarship application packets;

(15-31):  Scholarship committee selects applicants  and notifies parents recipients and counselors via email and U.S. mail;

(24) Women In History Month. For details, email bostic8320@yahoo.com.

Ongoing partnership with H & R Block New Clients Referral Program. Provide ID# (40010001079372) and H & R Block donates $20 per new client to benefit programs and scholar­ships. For details, email vera.brown2@tax.hrblock.com.

 

 

The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair scholarship winners.

The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair scholarship winners.

FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE BY JAN. 26

The Fort Bend County Fair is giving back through its scholarship program and now is the time to apply. The opportunity to earn a Fair scholarship is open to a wide range of qualifying students. The Fair will provide $4,000 scholarships to 45 Fort Bend County students. Since 1979, the Fort Bend County Fair has given 823 scholarships to county youth. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is Friday, Jan. 26.

The proceeds from the 2017 Fort Bend County Fair and the Fort Bend County Fair Life Membership Fund provide the necessary monies to allocate the scholarships. The scholarships are divided into different divisions depending on the applicants’  Fair involvement and their field of study.

Eligible candidates are required to submit their completed scholarship application by the January deadline. Applicants, parents, and school counselors are urged to review the guidelines and rules carefully. Students wanting to apply for a Fair scholarship must meet certain requirements: They must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Fort Bend County, or zoned to a school in Fort Bend County; be a high school senior and graduate by the spring semester of 2018.

“Get your applications in; this is an extraordinary opportunity for all high school seniors. Last year we had recipients who were lifelong Fair participants while others had very limited time if any at the Fair,” said Cindy Schmidt, Fort Bend County Fair Manager.

Selection of the recipient will be based on several qualifications including scholastic standing, leadership, citizenship, need, and Fair participation. During the application process, candidates will declare what type of scholarship they are applying for. Restrictive, Non-Restrictive, Open, Vocational, or Art Scholarships are some of the classifications options that candidates will have to choose.

For more information on the scholarship rules and application, visit the Fair’s website: fortbendcountyfair.com or call the fair office at 281-342-6171.

 

 

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.

 

 

Holy Rosary Catholic School students give a musical presentation at a recent event.

Holy Rosary Catholic School students give a musical presentation at a recent event.

HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL TO HOST OPEN HOUSE, JAN. 30

Holy Rosary Catholic School (HRCS) will hold a Prospective Parents Night on Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. in the Joerger Lindsey Parish Hall. Interested parents are invited to see all that Holy Rosary has to offer their child.  The school is located between Hwy 90 and Hwy 59 near historic downtown Rosenberg.  Serving students from Pre-K 3 years through 8th grade,  HRCS is dedicated to the spiritual, academic, physical, and emotional growth of all students.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the school office at 281-342-5813 or email  Development Director Pam McCarthy at pmccarthy@holyrosary-school.org. The Open House is being held during the national observance of Catholic Schools Week.

 

 

LAKE OLYMPIA GARDEN CLUB 

The Lake Olympia Garden Club meets at 9 a.m. the third Friday of the month from September through April at Lake Olympia Club House.

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 more information, contact  Jo Ann Keene at keeneellie@att.net  or 281-438-2174.

 

 

Gregg Powell, founder and director of the Joy of Djembe Drumming Ensemble. PHOTO-DEBBIE PORTER

Gregg Powell, founder and director of the Joy of Djembe Drumming Ensemble. PHOTO-DEBBIE PORTER

AFRICAN-DRUM PERFORMANCE AT UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY, FEB. 2 

In recognition of African-American History Month in February, Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will present a special musical performance of “African Hand-Drumming” on Friday, Feb. 2, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in Meeting Room 1 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Enjoy the traditional tribal rhythms and spiritual gifts of West African djembe drumming in a special performance by Gregg Powell, founder and director of the Joy of Djembe Drumming Ensemble.

Powell will discuss the history of the instrument and the culture of the people who originally produced it. He will perform a variety of rhythms to demonstrate the influences of different countries and traditions.

Powell began playing hand drums in 1964 in the Spanish Harlem neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City where he grew up.

Made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the University Branch Library, the performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100.

 

 

SIENNA PLANTATION FARMERS MARKET RETURNS JAN. 28

Fresh produce, locally sourced spreads and condiments and other foodie favorites can be found each month at the Sienna Plantation Community Farmers Market.

The market happens 1-5 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month, except for November and December, when the market is planned for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The first 2018 market will be Jan. 28 at the train depot parking lot near the amphitheater, 9600 Scanlan Trace, in Sienna Plantation.

Launched in 2016, the market typically attracts more than three dozen vendors each month providing baked goods, beverages, meats, prepared foods, olive oils, honey, vegetables, spices, flowers and more.  Learn more at siennafarmersmarket.com.

 

 

(L-R):  Anne Marie Buckle, a young woman with autism, Presenting Sponsor John and Lisa Daugherty, Daugherty Insurance, Darla Farmer, Hope For Three Executive Director and Erin Buckle prepare to Saddle Up for Autism. PHOTO-Brenda Perry

(L-R): Anne Marie Buckle, a young woman with autism, Presenting Sponsor John and Lisa Daugherty, Daugherty Insurance, Darla Farmer, Hope For Three Executive Director and Erin Buckle prepare to Saddle Up for Autism. PHOTO-Brenda Perry

“ROUND UP FOR AUTISM” ANNUAL LUNCHEON, FEB. 8

Hope For Three Autism Advocates encourages families, friends and supporters to Saddle Up! for the Seventh Annual Awareness Luncheon, “Round Up for Autism,” on Feb. 8 at Safari Texas Ranch, Richmond.

The event, presented by Daugherty Insurance, is an opportunity to hear first-hand from Honorary Chair Judge Joel Clouser and other fathers on the real-life challenges and rewards of living with autism.

Hope For Three Board member and father Deon Minor shared, “It was extremely hard on me as a father because most, if not all, fathers would like for their sons to grow up healthy and play sports, or do whatever they dream of. I was in denial for a very long time and finally, several years ago, had to accept the reality.”

In the past decade, Autism Spectrum Disorder has risen 289 percent, more prevalent than childhood cancer and diabetes combined. Because of this, the need to raise awareness and funds is tremendous. Hope For Three organizes the annual luncheon to empower communities and share the importance of empathy and increased knowledge.

Cowboys and cowgirls, in their western wear, are welcome to support local families with a scrumptious lunch and enjoy live music from Launch Academy Band. Line dancing and entertainment from Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School are sure to have cow pokes two-stepping to the table.

To join as a volunteer, table sponsor or underwriter, call 281-245-0640 or go to hopeforthree.org. Individual tickets for $50 are also available.

 

 

Former Tour Choirboy Tayte Choudhury singing “Dream a Dream” to his mom at the 2017 gala.

Former Tour Choirboy Tayte Choudhury singing “Dream a Dream” to his mom at the 2017 gala.

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR’S SUPERHERO GALA, FEB. 3

The Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Superhero-themed Gala Dinner and Auction event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Safari Lodge at Safari Texas. Maintain your super-secret identity and go business casual or get your cape, mask and tights out of mothball storage.

Festivities for this “Marvel-ous” 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 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. Contact the choir office at 281-240-3800 or through fbbctx.org to learn more about this event.

 

 

KICK UP YOUR BOOTS FOR KIDS, FEB. 7

Dec My Room and Kids’ Meals along with co-chairs Peter Remington and Karen Degeurin present a boot scootin’ event, Kick Up Your Boots for Kids, on Feb. 7 from 7-10 p.m. at the Redneck Country Club, 11110 W. Airport Blvd. in Stafford.

The event benefits both Dec My Room and Kids’ Meals with entertainment provided by Mark Chesnutt, a fashion show featuring philanthropic couples walking the runway with gorgeous designs from Pinto Ranch, great food and drinks and some amazing silent auction and raffle items – fun for all.

Started in August 2007 at Texas Children’s Hospital,  the goal of Dec My Room is to change a plain hospital room into a cozier, more personalized “healing place”  filled with things that the pediatric or young adult patient will find comforting during their stay. Around the country, volunteers shop and then decorate a room with the knowledge of the likes and interests of each individual patient.
For ticket and sponsorship opportunities, visit decmyroom.org/events.

 

 

MGB---Kindness-Rocks

 

“KINDNESS ROCKS” ADULT CRAFT EVENT AT MAMIE GEORGE BRANCH LIBRARY

In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Mamie George Branch Library will present a “Kindness Rocks” adult craft event on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10-11 a.m., in the Makerspace area of the library, located at 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford.

Join the library in encouraging random acts of kindness in Fort Bend County by creating “Kindness Rocks.” In this adult craft program, those attending will use markers and paint to draw uplifting messages or pictures on small rocks, with the phrase #TheKindnessProject written on the bottom of the rock. The rocks can then be left in random public places for unsuspecting recipients to find, brightening their day and inspiring others to spread kindness and positivity in the world.

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

 

 

CASA VOLUNTEER TRAINING SESSION, BEGINS FEB. 12

According to The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), in 2016, more than 18,990 children were removed from their homes in Texas alone. This past year, Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) served 267 children in foster care in Fort Bend County who were removed from their homes. The agency is challenging more members of the community to become a part of the solution by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.

“CASA volunteers get to know the child and provide a voice for them in court, standing by their side to make sure they do not have to face an overburdened system alone,” said Mefford.

CASA volunteers are so imperative in the life of a foster child. They need someone who can look out for their best interests and ensure they end up in a safe, loving home. Each year, more and more children enter the foster care system and don’t get the opportunity to spend the holiday season baking, opening presents and participating in other family traditions.

“We need more members of the community to step up and get involved,” said Mefford. Whether you become a CASA volunteer, a foster parent or provide support to a local foster family, you can make a difference.”

There is an urgent need for volunteers to offer foster children a consistent person in their life that they can trust and rely on. Every child in foster care needs someone to support them. They need a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer to be by their side to help them move through the foster care system as quickly as possible, and into safe, permanent homes where they can spend the holidays creating happy memories.

More than 200 CASA volunteers have spoken up for abused and neglected children in our community who, through no fault of their own, ended up in foster care. Consider joining the movement and becoming a CASA volunteer. The next volunteer training session starts in February. For information or an application contact ljordin@cafb.org. For more information on CAFB, visit cafb.org or call 281-341-9955.

 

 

PECAN GROVE WOMAN’S CLUB MEETING, FEB. 13

The February meeting of the Pecan Grove Women’s Club will be held on Tuesday, Feb.13, at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club. Join the group at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and visiting. The program will follow after the 10 a.m. business meeting. The February presentation will be provided by The Sugar Sisters, a group of retired music teachers from the area school districts who will perform an entertaining Valentine musical. An optional lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. RSVP for lunch by Friday, Feb. 9 by calling or emailing Kay McNinch at 281-238-4002 (kkmcninch@yahoo.com) or Linda Saad at 281-342-8575 (lindasaad@gmail.com)s. The program is free and the cost for lunch is $13.

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.

 

 

ARTS WORKSHOPS AT MAMIE GEORGE COMMUNITY CENTER 

Catholic Charities offers a Creative Aging program to help bring the arts to seniors in Fort Bend County. The program at the Mamie George Community Center runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and offers classes on painting, crafts and mixed-media art and invites an intergenerational mix of volunteers and friends. The program’s focus is on the seniors’ creativity, providing enriching experiences, and social opportunities. For more information, call 281-202-6200.

 

 

 

(L-R):  Elyssa Munden, Joe Freilich and Dan Patterson. PHOTO - Susan Lynch

(L-R): Elyssa Munden, Joe Freilich and Dan Patterson. PHOTO – Susan Lynch

THE FORT BEND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “ALL IN THE FAMILY,” FEB. 18

Thanks to a performance support grant from the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, FBSO features the works of musical families Schumann, Mendelssohn and Coleridge-Taylor in its first concert of 2018, on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Stafford Centre.

In “All in the Family”, the audience will explore compositions from both men and women in notable musical families. Sometimes siblings, sometimes spouses, you’ll find that the composers share more than a last name – they also share immense musical talent. Concertgoers will get a feeling for the creative styles of these talented musicians, and how their music is similar in some ways and very, very different in others.

The program includes Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s Overture, her only known orchestral work.  Though she originally showed the greater musical promise, her brother Felix was the name remembered for generations. FBSO honors him with a performance of Hebridies. Robert and Clara Schumann were 19th century husband and wife composers. Clara’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 7 and Robert’s Manfred Overture gives the audience a taste of each one’s unique style. Avril Coleridge-Taylor was an English composer, the daughter of composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Avril’s Golden Ballet Suite (Excerpt) stands with her father’s Three Dream Dances.

Tickets and more information is at fbso.org. Single tickets begin at $15 for adults. Children 12 and under are $5 each, and teens are $10 per ticket. Discounts are available for college students, seniors 55 and over, military personnel and groups of 10 or more.

 

 

Musician Cloris Grimes will be the featured entertainer at the Feb. 20 dinner.

Musician Cloris Grimes will be the featured entertainer at the Feb. 20 dinner.

LOVING FRIENDS DINNER AT QUAIL VALLEY CITY CENTRE, FEB. 20

Back by popular demand, Cloris Grimes will entertain Loving Friends on Tuesday, Feb. 20, as the group meets for dinner and entertainment.  Grimes, a flutist, keyboardist and saxophonist, has become one of Houston’s hottest musicians. Loving Friends meet monthly for dinner and entertainment at Quail Valley City Centre, 2880 LaQuinta Dr., Missouri City.

Loving Friends are those who have lost their spouses but gather monthly in a social environment as they move on with their lives. Other monthly activities include pokeno, lunches, book club and bridge. The cost for dinner and entertainment is $22 inclusive, paid at the door. Reservations are required. Call 281-208-3124 for reservations or more information on Loving Friends and its activities. Guests and new members always greeted with a warm welcome.

 

 

Commissioner Vincent Morales is the 2018 Helen Cordes Award honoree.

Commissioner Vincent Morales is the 2018 Helen Cordes Award honoree.

FORT BEND REGIONAL COUNCIL’S NINTH ANNUAL HELEN CORDES AWARD DINNER, FEB. 22

Fort Bend Regional Council’s (FBRC) Ninth Annual Helen Cordes Award Dinner will take place on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stafford Centre.

The dinner is held in honor of an individual who has given their time, experience and expertise to Fort Bend Regional Council.  The 2018 honoree is Fort Bend County Commissioner Vincent Morales, who has been an outspoken advocate for FBRC.

Morales is a longtime Fort Bend County resident, business owner and former mayor of Rosenberg. Since 2011, he has devoted his time in office to serving the citizens of the City he calls home and preparing it for the future. In 2016, he was elected to Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court for Precinct 1, and is now in his first term of that office.

As an active member of the community, Morales has been involved in several organizations including the Central Fort Bend Chamber, the Lamar Edu­cational Awards Foundation (LEAF) and the Rosen­berg Railroad Museum. Morales served as a board member of Child Advocates of Fort Bend, the Rosenberg Development Corporation and the I-69 Alliance, as well as on the advisory board of OakBend Medical Center. He also has served as a director on the West Fort Bend Management District.

Commissioner Morales is married to Fort Bend County native Regina Klingle Morales, president/CEO of the Central Fort Bend Chamber. They have two children, The Honorable Christopher G. Morales, County Court at Law 1 Judge, and Justin Morales, Vice President of GreenScape Associates, LLC, and two daughters-in-law, Vanessa and Brooke Morales. They, along with their three grandchildren, Madelyn, William and Parker Morales, all live in Fort Bend.

The Cordes Award Dinner honors Helen Cordes for her generous community spirit and many community achievements. Helen served on the Fort Bend Regional Council’s Board of Directors from 1991-1997 and was president from 1992-1995. She served FBRC with such a sincere passion for the mission that she has inspired all who have shared the privilege of working with her.  For more information or a sponsorship, contact Seth Malin at smalin@fortbendcouncil.org or 281-207-2406.

 

 

(L-R): Board members Dinah Givens, Luis Angel, Lisa Davila O’Toole, Adrian O’Toole, CEO and Founder Shereen Sampson, Agave Real owner Steve Livingston, and board member Donna Givens.

(L-R): Board members Dinah Givens, Luis Angel, Lisa Davila O’Toole, Adrian O’Toole, CEO and Founder Shereen Sampson, Agave Real owner Steve Livingston, and board member Donna Givens.

 ABIGAIL’S PLACE PRESENTS “PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ,” FEB. 23

Abigail’s Place, a Fort Bend County charity, announces its second annual “Puttin’ on the Glitz” gala, a Roaring Twenties themed party, with all proceeds to benefit the clients of Abigail’s Place.

The event will be held on Feb. 23 from 7-11 p.m. at  Agave Real, 1254 FM 1463, in Katy.  Guests will enjoy signature cocktails, elegant hors d’oeuvres, music, whisky tastings, and a well-curated silent and live auction.

Abigail’s Place invites 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 $100 per person or $1,000 per reserved table for eight.  For tickets or more information, visit abigailsplace.org or call 832-945-1461.

 

 

 

(L-R): Bailey Smith, George Ranch High School, University of Oklahoma, Alpha Phi; Jacquie Bazbaz, Clements High School, University of Arizona, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Gabby Martinez, George Ranch High School, University of Mississippi, Delta Gamma; Aubrey Millis, George Ranch High School, Texas Christian University, Kappa Sigma; Claire McInnis, George Ranch High School, University of Oklahoma, Delta Delta Delta; Zoe Mallios, Clements High School, University of Mississippi, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Bailey Araiza, George Ranch High School, Arizona State University, Alpha Phi; and Bella Cantu, George Ranch High School, Louisiana State University, Delta Zeta.  PHOTO-Hannah Mougel Photography at Hannah.pictures.com

(L-R): Bailey Smith, George Ranch High School, University of Oklahoma, Alpha Phi; Jacquie Bazbaz, Clements High School, University of Arizona, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Gabby Martinez, George Ranch High School, University of Mississippi, Delta Gamma; Aubrey Millis, George Ranch High School, Texas Christian University, Kappa Sigma; Claire McInnis, George Ranch High School, University of Oklahoma, Delta Delta Delta; Zoe Mallios, Clements High School, University of Mississippi, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Bailey Araiza, George Ranch High School, Arizona State University, Alpha Phi; and Bella Cantu, George Ranch High School, Louisiana State University, Delta Zeta. PHOTO-Hannah Mougel Photography at Hannah.pictures.com

FORT BEND COUNTY PANHELLENIC RECRUITMENT WORKSHOP, FEB. 24

The Fort Bend Alumnae Panhellenic Association will host their Annual Recruitment Sign-up on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Boulevard. The event is for young women who are high school seniors or collegians, along with their parents, who wish to know more about the recruitment process or are planning to participate in sorority recruitment in the Fall of 2018/Spring 2019 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,  go to fortbendpanhellenic.org.

 

 

Authentic red lanterns from China will hang in the library lobby during the Festival activities in recognition of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Authentic red lanterns from China will hang in the library lobby during the Festival activities in recognition of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY, FEB. 25

In recognition of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Fort Bend County Libraries will celebrate with a Chinese Lantern Festival on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2 – 4 p.m. in the lobby of George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

Dancing lions from the Soaring Phoenix Dragon & Lion Dance Association will entertain visitors at 2:30 p.m. following the welcome and introductions. A crafts station with activities celebrating the Year of the Dog 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 if they’re right.

The Chinese Lantern Festival  is part of an ancient ceremony welcoming spring, and the lantern symbolizes the lengthening days of the season. It is also thought to ward off evil spirits. The library celebration  will feature authentic red lanterns that were presented to Fort Bend County by representatives of Chancheng District, of Foshan City, China. The lanterns will hang in the lobby for the day’s festivities.

The Chinese Lantern Festival activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

In 2012, county and business leaders from Fort Bend County signed a Memorandum of Understanding with delegates from the City of Foshan, signifying an alignment between Fort Bend and Chancheng District on mutual economic, cultural and environmental issues. In November of 2012, representatives from the two entities signed a Friendship Agreement, which is in essence a contract stating that the two sides will work together to promote exchanges and cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, sports, environmental protection, science, technology, education, medical research and culture, to promote mutual prosperity and development.

 

 

FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY TO HOST COLLEGE FAIR, FEB. 28

Students who would like to have more information on area colleges are invited to attend a special College Fair at Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.

Representatives from colleges and universities will be on hand to share information about their programs with current high school students and their parents or guardians. Students will have the opportunity to learn about educational opportunities available at the colleges, as well as admission require­- ments, financial aid, student housing and more.

Schools that will be represented include Baylor University, Houston Baptist University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800.

 

 

Underwriters of the Silver Jubilee Gala are (sitting, l-r): Co-Chairs Lynn Halford and Peggy Jackson (front row, standing): Dr. Victor Hassid, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Lina Sabouni, AUTOARCH Architects; Mike Siwierka, Perdue Fielder Brandon Collins & Mott; Sharon Galloway, CHI St. Lukes Health Sugar Land Hospital; Chris Keene, Rangeland Energy; (middle row): Ron Bailey, PBK Architects; Ray Aguilar, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land; Shefali Jhaveri; Dr. Eric Peterson, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Oscar Saenz, Jacobs Engineering; (top row): Irfan Abji, E Contractors; Ray Meyer, Paradigm Consultants; Charles Carter, UnitedHealthcare; Gary Pearson, Republic Services and Douglas Walker-Rice, Rice and Gardner Consultants.

Underwriters of the Silver Jubilee Gala are (sitting, l-r): Co-Chairs Lynn Halford and Peggy Jackson(front row, standing): Dr. Victor Hassid, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Lina Sabouni, AUTOARCH Architects; Mike Siwierka, Perdue Fielder Brandon Collins & Mott; Sharon Galloway, CHI St. Lukes Health Sugar Land Hospital; Chris Keene, Rangeland Energy; (middle row): Ron Bailey, PBK Architects; Ray Aguilar, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land; Shefali Jhaveri; Dr. Eric Peterson, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Oscar Saenz, Jacobs Engineering; (top row): Irfan Abji, E Contractors; Ray Meyer, Paradigm Consultants; Charles Carter, UnitedHealthcare; Gary Pearson, Republic Services and Douglas Walker-Rice, Rice and Gardner Consultants.

THE FORT BEND EDUCATION FOUNDATION PRESENTS “SILVER JUBILEE… CELEBRATING  25 YEARS,” MARCH 3

The Fort Bend Education Foundation’s Gala, “Silver Jubilee… Celebrating 25 Years,” presented by Purdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP, promises to be a sparkling celebration of the sterling achievements of the Fort Bend Education Foundation over the past 25 years.  This memorable evening will occur on March 3  at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square.

Ladies and gentlemen – get your silver on!  Ladies, don your brightest sparkling attire.  Gents, be the silver fox you know that is within you. Enjoy a sumptuous feast and thrilling entertainment in the stunning setting, then dance the night away to the unbeatable music of the band Password.

The Silent Auction and Bid Board area will offer a vast array of interesting and must have items.  The highlight of the evening will be the much-anticipated bidding in the Live Auction.  Place a bid yourself or amass a group for better bidding power.  The items and packages will be auctioned by Commissioner James Patterson. For table sponsorships, individual tickets or auction donations, visit fortbendisd.com/foundation.

 

 

Enjoying last year’s Boogie were (l-r): County Commissioner James Patterson; Vita Goodell, CEO, Fort Bend Women’s Center; Betty Baitland and Ray Aguilar, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land.

Enjoying last year’s Boogie were (l-r): County Commissioner James Patterson; Vita Goodell, CEO, Fort Bend Women’s Center; Betty Baitland and Ray Aguilar, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land.

FORT BEND WOMEN’S CENTER CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY “BOOGIE” AT STAFFORD CENTRE, MARCH 24

Fort Bend Women’s Center’s largest annual fundraiser, Boogie, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The event, which raises more than $200,000 every year to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives, will take place on Saturday, March 24 at The Stafford Centre.

To mark its special anniversary, Boogie will be turning The Stafford Centre into Studio 25 and bringing disco back! In addition to great tunes from DJ Rock N Robin, guests can also enjoy a variety of food from local restaurants, silent and live auctions, and Boogie’s famous Purse-A-Nality.

Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land is returning as Boogie’s presenting sponsor and a range of other sponsorship packages are available, starting at $500.

“We are so excited to be celebrating this milestone anniversary at this year’s Boogie,” said Vita Goodell, Fort Bend Women’s Center CEO. “The event’s continuing success is a real testament to the work of the many volunteers and sponsors who have supported Boogie since 1993. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has been part of Boogie’s history, and we hope that Studio 25 will attract new friends this year. While Boogie is a great night of fun, food and friendship, it does serve a serious purpose. Without the amazing community support for our events, we could not continue to provide our lifesaving services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. Over the last 25 years, Boogie has helped us bring healing and hope to hundreds of families, helping them build new lives, free of violence and fear. We look forward to celebrating that success with old and new friends on March 24th.”

Individual tickets ($75) and sponsorship packages for Boogie–Studio 25 are now available at fbwc.org. For further information about Boogie, please contact Events Manager Patty Holt at 281-344-5750.

 

 

The Coastal Prairie Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists - Training Class studying native prairie grasses on the Attwater NWR with Dr. Barron Richter, professor at Texas A&M University.

The Coastal Prairie Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists – Training Class studying native prairie grasses on the Attwater NWR with Dr. Barron Richter, professor at Texas A&M University.

COASTAL PRAIRIE CHAPTER, TEXAS MASTER NATURALISTS TRAINING CLASS, STARTING MARCH 24

Registration for the Fort Bend and Waller Counties Texas Master Naturalist Class for 2018 has begun.The new Master Naturalists will join a corps of volunteers dedicated to the beneficial management of our natural resources and natural areas. They will learn about native plants and grasses; local geology; natural water systems; native birds, insects and mammals; hummingbirds or butterflies; and the overall ecosystem by becoming a Certified Texas Master Naturalist.

Naturalist students and graduates of this program volunteer for numerous projects around Fort Bend and Waller County including Katy Prairie Conser­vancy, Brazos Bend State Park, local independent school district educational programs, Fort Bend County Fair, the Prairie Heritage Festival and the Chapter’s signature project, Seabourne Creek Nature Park.

Master Naturalists can be involved in anything from trail management to educating students about the natural habitat and  can decide based on what interests them most. Classes are scheduled to begin March 24  and end on Saturday, May 26, and will include four evening classes on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. and eight Saturday classes from 9-2 p.m. Tuesday classes are held at the Bud O’Shieles Center, 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg or nearby in the AgriLife building, and Saturday classes are held at nearby parks and preserves to provide additional educational opportunities for new trainees in the field.

Students also will participate in field trips to exciting locations including Attwater Prairie Chicken National Refuge, Sea Center Texas, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Brazos Bend State Park and Katy Prairie Conservancy. They will enhance their knowledge of local geology, range management and ecological diversity. They will also visit local properties to view different habitats and ecosystems.

The total cost for the program is $175 for individuals or $300 per couple who share a training manual.

Call Margo “Mac” McDowell at the Texas Master Naturalist office 281-633-7033 or CJ McDaniel at 832-945-2220 with questions, or visit txmn.org/coastal.

 


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