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Sunspace Texas’ easy-operating, custom-made WeatherMaster Plus stacking door system protects homeowners and their guests from inclement weather, blistering sun and insects.

Sunspace Texas’ easy-operating, custom-made WeatherMaster Plus stacking door system protects homeowners and their guests from inclement weather, blistering sun and insects.

SUGAR LAND HOME & GARDEN SHOW, JAN. 30-31

The 6th Annual Sugar Land Home & Garden Show returns to the Stafford Centre, located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford, for its sixth annual event on Saturday, Jan. 30 and, Sunday, Jan. 31.

Homeowners interested in modifying their home space – indoors or out – will have an opportunity to meet with experts who can provide the right product or guidance, whether for a successful remodel or a new build. From appliances to patio pavers, and sunrooms to countertops, the show is certain to provide something for everyone.

“This year’s Sugar Land Show will provide two cooking stages featuring demonstrations from Molly Fowler, The Dining Diva, as well as chefs from local restaurants,” said Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows Inc., producer of the home and garden shows in Sugar Land, Cy-Fair and The Woodlands.

Homeowners who enjoy outdoor living must not miss the “Texas Room,” which will be built by Sunspace Texas to showcase its WeatherMaster Plus stacking door system. Custom-designed to provide protection for sunrooms or covered patios, as well as those using them, from inclement weather, blistering sun and insects, the doors can be quickly and easily closed to safeguard property and guests against the unpredictability of the Gulf Coast’s spring and summer weather, and are just as easily reopened when the threat passes.

If a new patio or outdoor kitchen is on a homeowner’s wish list, the Belgard Outdoor Living Ideas semi-truck, loaded with pavers, experts and ideas will be on-site both days. And gardeners with spring planting questions can find solutions at the Ask the Master Gardeners Booth, which will be staffed by Fort Bend County master gardeners throughout the two-day event.

Returning to the 2016 show is Sensational Color’s Kate Smith, a color expert who will offer private color consultations by appointment, as well as to walk-up attendees, schedule permitting. For more information, or to sign up for a private session visit the show website. Smith suggests bringing electronic photographs, color swatches and room measurements.

Keeping pace with the growth of technology in interior design, Hunter Douglas will feature its PowerView Motorization/Auto­mation App, allowing homeowners to schedule automatic operations or operate window treatments remotely – all from a mobile device. To be demonstrated at the show by Custom Décor Solutions,the PowerView App can help homeowners create scenes to balance different lighting and privacy needs throughout the day, and adjust window treatments for temperature, privacy and security from across the room or across the world.

“The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, which will hold its grand opening in May, has once again been selected as the show’s charity partner,” said Wood. “Volunteers will be on-hand both days to provide more information about this special project of the Children’s Museum of Houston.”

Show hours are from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are cash only at $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for children 12 years and younger. Free parking is available.

For more information call 832-274-3944 or visit SugarLandHomeAndGarden.com, where tickets and a downloadable discount coupon for $2 off admission are available.

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(L-R): Gala honorary chair Pat Hebert; the special honoree of the evening and founding member of the SLCAF, Don Smithers; gala chair Farrah Gandhi; gala signature sponsor Don Kerstetter; and gala chair Himesh Gandhi.

(L-R): Gala honorary chair Pat Hebert; the special honoree of the evening and founding member of the SLCAF, Don Smithers; gala chair Farrah Gandhi; gala signature sponsor Don Kerstetter; and gala chair Himesh Gandhi.

SUGAR LAND CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2016 GALA: BIG WIGS, JAN. 23

Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation (SLCAF) and Classic Chevrolet have announced the 2016 Founders Ball to be held at Safari Texas on Jan. 23. This year’s Founders Ball theme will be BIG WIGS ~ A Night of Entertainment and is guaranteed to be an evening of BIG entertainment and BIG fun.

Inspiration Stage, SLCAF’s partner, will provide the first class entertainment for the evening with a brand new Broadway-inspired musical performance that is sure to be the toast of the town.

Proceeds will benefit the mission and goals of the SLCAF, which include continued improvements to the Sugar Land Auditor­ium, the city’s oldest public space, and the continued support of the arts in Sugar Land.

SLCAF is accepting sponsorships for the event at varying levels, while tables for 10 and individual tickets are also available for purchase. For tickets and more information, call 281- 313-0752 or contact Farrah Gandhi at info@slcaf.org.

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Volunteers ensure Fort Bend Cares Road Trip Through the Wild Wild West comes off without a hitch. (Photo - Robbin Mallett)

Volunteers ensure Fort Bend Cares Road Trip Through the Wild Wild West comes off without a hitch. (Photo – Robbin Mallett)

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. Coming along for the ride as 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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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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FREE WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SEMINAR AT HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL, JAN. 19

A slimmer you is in sight. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, you can learn about comprehensive weight loss programs, including Step LITE™, medical weight management and bariatric surgery, and also enjoy a healthy cooking demonstration. The seminar begins at 6 p.m. in Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. Regis-tration is required. To reserve a seat, call 281-274-7500, or register online at houstonmethodist.org/events.

December brings fun holiday parties and family gatherings with an abundance of food — and excessive calories. It’s no wonder weight loss tops the list of New Year’s resolutions. Here are some tips on how to be successful in your weight loss journey.

Keep It Positive: Think about the healthy behaviors you intend to create, not the bad ones you wish to break. Take a simple activity you already do daily, and create a new healthy habit to accompany it. For example, you might try stretching immediately after waking up or eating a handful of baby carrots after taking your daily multivitamin.

Set Yourself Up For Success: Put your plan and your reasons for losing weight in writing. Create modest, short-term goals, such as skipping fast food one day a week or taking one flight of stairs at work. Prepare for success by stocking the kitchen with healthy, easy-to-prepare foods. Keep apples and nuts at hand to ward off snack attacks, and repackage food into single servings to avoid overeating. Allow for an occasional treat, preferably planned, served in a single portion on a plate and savored one leisurely bite at a time.

Examine What Works: The National Weight Control Registry is a database of more than 10,000 adults who have lost at least 30 pounds and maintained the loss for at least one year. Participants keep food diaries, stick to their diet even on weekends and get back on track quickly when their weight edges up.

Other winning habits include exercising an average of one hour daily, eating break- fast every day, weighing yourself once a week and watching less than 10 hours of TV each week. The average American watches 28 hours a week, which contributes to a sedentary lifestyle and potential weight gain. To learn more, visit houstonmethodist.org/weight-management.

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Behind the Badges Charities is there for these first responders and their families with financial assitance.

Behind the Badges Charities is there for these first responders and their families with financial assitance.

ANNUAL BOOTS & BADGES GALA FUNDRAISER, FEB. 13

Even now, when John Norsworthy talks about his son JD, his eyes reflect the pain that he and his family experienced following the Fort Bend County Sheriff Deputy’s death, the result of an automobile accident while in the line of duty. Norsworthy also remembers the love and support that he and his family received from the entire community of emergency first responders from the Fort Bend area. It made a difference — and now he and 23 board members assisted by countless community volunteers and supporters are working hard to make an
even larger difference.

Behind the Badge Charities was founded on January 5, 2011 to assist first responders and their families. The group’s mission is to provide support to all public safety professionals working in Fort Bend County: peace officers, correctional officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, probation officers, and 9-1-1 emergency community professionals serving with government or volunteer emergency services organizations within Fort Bend County.

In 2015 the organization gave out 24 scholarships to the children or dependents of qualified public safety officers and emergency first responders in Fort Bend County. Individual scholarships are dedicated to the memory of officers killed in the line of duty.

The group’s annual Boots & Badges Gala, a fundraiser to support these missions. will be held at George Ranch Historical Park on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

For more information on Behind the Badge, visit behindthebadgecharities.org or call 281-815-4980.

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SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY, JANUARY PROGRAMS

These January programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Sienna Branch Library at 281-238-2900. The library is located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City.

The Sienna Branch Library will present a program for beginning entrepreneurs called “Funding Your Own Small Business” on Saturday, Jan. 16, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the University Branch Library. SCORE representative Lalitha Raman will talk about sources of funding for beginning entrepreneurs who are planning to start a new business. Dr. Raman has a doctorate degree in biophysics and is a CPA. She has more than 15 years of research experience, as well as 26 years in the City of Houston in various capacities. She has owned three businesses, and will share her experience in getting a business started.

This program is presented in partnership with SCORE, the nonprofit mentoring arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Those attending this program will learn about resources that are available through SCORE and how to draw on the experience of other SCORE members.

The library will present a free, two-part workshop on “Job-Search Survival Tips,” on Monday, Jan. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Different topics are discussed each night. The information will 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 plan a more efficient job hunt and make a more favorable impression.

Get tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and non-verbal skills, making a great first impression, networking and more.

A team of 10 professionals, with decades of experience in corporate America among them, will share insight and experiences from the perspective of the employer doing the hiring as well as the employee looking for a job. The 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.

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BIKE THE BEND FOR LITERACY,   JAN. 10

The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s Bike the Bend for Literacy: Resolution Ride for Reading event will be held on Sunday, Jan. 10. The start and finish is at Foster High School, 4400 FM 723, Richmond.

The BP MS150 Recommended Ride is presented by Houston Federal Credit Union with a start time of 8 a.m. and distances of 20, 35 or 62 miles.

Participants may register online at thedriven.net/bikethebend.com. Rider fees are $40 prior to the event and $45 the day of the event. All riders registered before Dec. 18 are guaranteed an event T-shirt. Team sponsorships are available. The ride will take place rain or shine.

For more information, email Lolita Robles at lxrobles@ftbendliteracy.org or call  281-240-8181.

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Library staff member Jamie McKenna shows some of the items in the Baby Book Bags.

Library staff member Jamie McKenna shows some of the items in the Baby Book Bags.

NEWBORNS RECEIVE SPECIAL WELCOME DURING CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK, JAN. 24-30

In celebration of Children’s Book Week, Jan. 24-30, Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during this week may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of FBCL. Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children and information on parenting and on library services. These bags represent the library system’s
commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth.

“We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” says Susan King, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at OakBend Medical Center in Richmond, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during Children’s Book Week are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.”

Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during Children’s Book Week should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762 to receive their book bag.

Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills. For more information, call 281-633-4734.

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LIBRARIES ANNOUNCE FAMILY READING CLUB, BEGINNING JAN. 24

The popularity of Fort Bend County Libraries’ Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens, and adults inspired the library system to add a similar program for families during the winter. The Family Reading Club will begin on Sunday, Jan. 24, and will continue for six weeks through March 5, at all branches in the Fort Bend County library system. There is no charge to join the Family Reading Club. For more information, call 281-633-4734.

This six-week 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.

“The best way to help children learn new words and to build a larger vocabulary is to talk and read with them,” says Susan King, coordinator of youth services for the library system. “Children hear more new words when you read books to them.”

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 the library’s website (fortbend.lib.tx.us) and clicking on the “Family Reading Club Sign-Up” image, which will become available Jan. 24. 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.

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INKY PANELS BOOK CLUB AT MISSOURI CITY BRANCH LIBRARY

The Inky Panels Graphic-Novel Book Club meets on the fourth Monday of every month at 5 p.m. in the library’s Conference Room. The book club is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2100.

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Ulises Baltazar. M.D.

Ulises Baltazar. M.D.

FREE VEIN SEMINAR AT HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL, JAN. 28

On Thursday, January 28 at 6 p.m.. Dr. Ulises Baltazar will offer a free vein seminar at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s conference center. He will be speaking about the causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatments and prevention of varicose and spider veins. Registration required. Register online at houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281-274-7500.

According to Dr. Baltazar, a board-certified vascular surgeon with Houston Metho­dist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates, varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older. They are more common among older people,those who are overweight or obese, those who sit or stand for long periods, and women. Varicose veins may be caused by weak, damaged, deformed or missing valves in the veins. Your leg muscles push blood back to the heart against gravity. Normally, valves in your veins keep your blood flowing forward to return it to your heart. But if the valves aren’t working properly, blood can leak back into the veins and pool there. When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become varicose.

Dr. Baltazar adds that people should should seek treatment if varicose veins cause pain or aching; a vein is red, swollen, very tender or warm to the touch; the skin on your calf and ankle becomes thick and changes color, or has sores; a varicose vein begins to bleed; or your symptoms interfere with your daily activities. Treatments for varicose veins include self-care; compression stockings; sclerotherapy; laser treatment; catheter-assisted procedures; ambulatory phlebectomy and vein stripping.

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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-bilies 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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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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FORT BEND THEATRE PRESENTS LITTLE WOMEN PRODUCTIONS                         

Join the beloved March family for the heartwarming classic Little Women, The Early Years, from Jan. 15-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 please call 281-208-3333.

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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.

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

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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.

After seven successful years, the student sponsorship committee, led by Vice President Rachel Wang, is setting even more aggressive sponsorship goals for the 2016 event. Rachel, a junior at Clements High School said, “Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 for the Foundation and obviously, we need generous donations from the Sugar Land and greater Houston business communities. There are many levels of support available, and both businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate. We welcome them all.”

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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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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Roland and Judy Adamson will be the honorary chairs for this year’s Lone Star Stomp fundraiser.

Roland and Judy Adamson will be the honorary chairs for this year’s Lone Star Stomp fundraiser.

LONE STAR STOMP, APRIL 16

The Fort Bend County Museum Associa­tion has announced Roland and Judy Adamson as honorary chairs for the 2016 Lone Star Stomp. The event is set for Saturday, April 16 from 7-11 p.m. at the George Ranch Historical Park.

The Adamsons are long-time residents of Fort Bend County with an impressive background of community involvement and support for many organizations throughout the county, including the Fort Bend County Museum Association.

“For me, Richmond’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1972 really sparked my curiosity to learn more about the city and its history,” Roland said. “Once I started looking into the amazing things that happened in Fort Bend County, I came to see this area as a cradle of Texas civilization.”

Judy helped organize the first annual Candlelight Tours and was president of the Fort Bend Museum Docent Society in 1981. She’s a member of the Garden Club of Richmond and has also been deeply involved with the education community as a middle school principal and executive director of human resources for Lamar Consolidated ISD.

“Every child in Texas public schools has to take Texas history,” Judy said. “What the Fort Bend Museum does well is taking history out of a book and making past times real. It creates a lasting impression in young minds.”

As the county continues to grow, the need for the Museum is even greater, Roland said. “New people are coming in who don’t know the heritage of this area. To me, that’s important, and the Fort Bend Museum is instrumental in making sure that legacy is preserved and shared.”

Roland served as executive director of The George Foundation for more than 35 years and has served on the boards of many other organizations, including the Brazos River Authority, the Grand Parkway Association, the Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital (now Oak Bend) and more. He is currently president of the board of the West Fort Bend Water Authority and a member of the International Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The 2016 theme is “Texas’ Most Wanted” and all proceeds benefit the educational and preservation efforts of the Fort Bend Museum. The Fort Bend Museum is located at 500 Houston Street in Richmond. For more information, visit fortbendmuseum.org or call 281-342-6478.

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(L-R): Kelli Metzenthin, Executive Director, Literacy Council of Fort Bend County; Helen Bow; Congressman Pete Olson and Nancy Olson; and Gena Horak.

(L-R): Kelli Metzenthin, Executive Director, Literacy Council of Fort Bend County; Helen Bow; Congressman Pete Olson and Nancy Olson; and Gena Horak.

LITERACY COUNCIL’S READING BETWEEN THE WINES, APRIL 1

Plans for the 2016 Reading between the Wines event are well on their way! This year’s featured author is New York Times best-selling author and memoirist, Mary Karr. Reading between the Wines is being held on Friday, April 1 at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond.

Reading between the Wines is co-chaired by Helen Bow and Gena Horak. Nancy Olson will serve as emcee for the evening. Honorary Chairs are Congressman Pete Olson and Nancy Olson.

Early sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $10,000. Sponsor benefits include admission to a VIP party at the home of Gena and Paul Horak, reserved premier seating and more.

Sponsors to date include, Presenting Sponsor, The Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation; Wine Connoisseur Sponsor, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land; The Barrel Sponsors, Johnson Development, Sonal and Subodh Bhuchar/Vijay and Vinod Bhuchar; The Magnum Sponsors, Bill and Michelle Hickl/BDO USA LLP, Gena and Paul Horak, Nancy and Congressman Pete Olson; The Stave Sponsors, Kelli and Steve Metzenthin, Lisa and Jeff Pauls and Rosemary Jones.

Individual tickets are $125 and include live music, wine, a “restaurant stroll” featuring tastes from local chefs and restaurants, the opportunity to bid on exciting auction items, purchase from a Kendra Scott pop-up store and win a cash raffle.

Book Clubs have the opportunity to attend at a Special Book Club rate. Contact Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s development director, Nicola Johnson, for more information on the Book Club special pricing.

The event committee is busy making plans for 2016 and is looking for fun, enthusiastic members to help make this the best year yet. For more information, contact Nicola Johnson at njohnson@ftbendliteracy.org or 281-240-8181.

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CAFB staffers with CEO Ruthanne Mefford (back row, second from far right) are already planning their attire for the 2016 Superhero Ball.

CAFB staffers with CEO Ruthanne Mefford (back row, second from far right) are already planning their attire for the 2016 Superhero Ball.

CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND 2016 GALA, APRIL 30

Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) invites you to iron your capes, press your best suit or slip into your ball gown and join them on April 30 in the ballroom of the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square for The Superhero Ball. From the minute you fly into the Marriott, it promises to be a supernatural evening of action heroes, motivating stories, delicious food, and a live and silent auction filled with unique opportunities and exceptional objects.

CAFB recently held The Secret Garden Gala. With the help of event underwriter National Oilwell Varco and presenting sponsors Exchange Club of Sugar Land and Early McClintic & McMillan, it was a record-breaking success. Funds raised will support CAFB’s programs and allow the agency to continue to serve the needs of child victims of abuse in Fort Bend County.

“At the very heart of this event is the belief that every child deserves a safe and healthy childhood. Community participation in our gala fundraiser is a crucial part of our mission to help children and families affected by child abuse,” says Ruthanne Mefford, CAFB’s executive director.

CAFB is a nonprofit agency dedicated to ending child abuse by providing a voice, healing the hurt and breaking the cycle of child abuse. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, Children’s Advocacy Center and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, Child Advocates improves the lives of more than 400 children each month and has served more than 12,600 children since 1991.

For information on volunteering call Volun­teer Services at 281-344-5146. To learn more about the Superhero Ball, call 281-344-5108 or visit cafb.org.


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