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Visitors to any model home in a Johnson Development community during January can participate in the $100,000 Gridiron Giveaway.

Visitors to any model home in a Johnson Development community during January can participate in the $100,000 Gridiron Giveaway.

JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT CORP. “GRIDIRONGIVEAWAY” DURING JANUARY

Johnson Development Corp. is kicking off a super promotion that could have players scoring big during the $100,000 Gridiron Giveaway.

People visiting any model home in a Johnson Development community through January will receive a scratch-off card where six matching symbols are hidden. Those who find all six win, once verified through the promotions company. In the chance of multiple winners, the $100,000 prize will be split.

“The Big Game is coming to town, so we thought it fitting to host an equally big promotion,” said Doug Goff, Chief Operating Officer of Johnson Development. “People wanting to participate can pick up tickets at more than 150 Johnson community model homes throughout the Houston area and Dallas-Fort Worth region.”

Johnson Development has 16 communities under active development in Houston and Dallas and boasts the most projects on a recent ranking of the most active communities in Houston — six, more than any other developer. The Houston Business Journal also listed Johnson Development as the second largest residential real estate developer in Houston in an annual tally published last summer.

Houston-area developments include Cross Creek Ranch and Jordan Ranch in Fulshear, Edgewater in Webster, Fall Creek in Humble, Grand Central Park in Conroe, Harmony in Spring, Harvest Green and Veranda in Richmond, Imperial in Sugar Land, Riverstone and Sienna Plantation in Fort Bend County, Tuscan Lakes in League City, Willow Creek Farms in Brookshire and Woodforest in South Montgomery County. Johnson communities in Dallas-Fort Worth include Trinity Falls in McKinney and Viridian in Arlington. More information is available at JohnsonDev.com/Gridiron

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NEW YEAR’S EVE HISTORICAL BASH AT GEORGE RANCH PARK, DEC. 31

On Dec. 31 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. attend the New Year’s Eve Historical Bash at George Ranch Historical Park. Prepare for the countdown to 2017 with a historical mask-making and noisemaking craft and learn the dos and don’ts of “first-footing.” At noon, a countdown will be held at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm followed by a special New Year’s Eve meal at 12:30 p.m. in the 1930s George Home Yard. Reservations for the New Year’s Eve meal are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 281-343-0218 or visiting georgeranch.org.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE ON THE SQUARE

What better way to kick off 2017 than to join a massive party at Sugar Land Town Square? Extraordinary street performances will keep everyone entertained. The children’s celebration starts at 7 p.m. and includes a pre-midnight countdown with a fireworks finale. For those holding out for the stroke of midnight, a spectacular 3D show will leave a lasting impression. Alco­holic beverages will be available for purchase during the adult celebration, which starts at 9:30 p.m.

The event is free. Parking is available in the Texas and Lone Star garages. A free shuttle service will be available from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., to Sugar Land Town Square during the hours of the event. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the shuttle buses as the parking garages only provide limited spaces.

For more information or to become an event sponsor, call 281-275-2885 or visit sugarlandtx.gov.

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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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SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS, JANUARY READING SELECTIONS

Share your love of reading with other book lovers at one of the book clubs that meet monthly at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs in Missouri City. New members are always welcome.

Members of the Sienna Book Club meet on the second Monday of the month, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The book club discussion on Monday, Jan. 9, will be on The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage, written by Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL.

Area booklovers who share the same love for a good mystery, from hard-boiled detective novels to true-crime stories, may wish to join the Booked on Crime Mystery Book Club, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7p.m. The discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 24, will be on Dark Times in the City, written by Gene Kerrigan.

The book clubs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900.

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Sean Gaskell and his kora.

Sean Gaskell and his kora.

ENJOY MUSIC OF THE WEST AFRICAN KORA AT SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY, JAN. 10

Fort Bend County Libraries will host a performance and talk on the “Music and History of the West African Kora” on Tuesday, Jan. 10, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City.

Sean Gaskell will give an educational demonstration of the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. His performance will feature traditional songs, as well as some of his own personal compositions. Between songs, he will explain how the kora is built, who plays it, its cultural significance, the types of events where it is played, and more.

The kora is native to the Mande peoples who live in the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots. The kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status. Although the kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years.

A featured performer at numerous festivals in the U.S., Gambia, and Senegal, Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of kora teachers Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and with Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, New York.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900.

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Lunches of Love features a variety of restaurants and food vendors committed to ending hunger in Fort Bend County.

Lunches of Love features a variety of restaurants and food vendors committed to ending hunger in Fort Bend County.

TASTE OF FORT BEND BENEFITING LUNCHES OF LOVE, JAN. 12    

The Taste of Fort Bend, underwritten by Briscoe Manor, will be dishing up for the cause on Jan. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Lunches of Love in support of the organization’s commitment to end childhood hunger in Fort Bend County.

Guests will enjoy creations from many of Fort Bend’s favorite food establishments. From appetizers to entrees, desserts and drinks, there will be something for everyone. Restaurants and food vendors plating up include Behind the Bash, Dekker’s Mesquite Grill, Edible Moments, Gringo’s, Lomonte’s, Pier 36, The Rouxpour, Saltgrass Steakhouse, The Sweet Tooth, The Swinging Door and Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse.

In addition, guests can bid on live and silent auction items while enjoying festive musical entertainment. Included in the live auction this year is a two-day, all-inclusive, guided Rio Grande turkey hunt in south Texas by El Rancho Arenosa, and a one-week stay in South Padre Island at Marlin Cottage. Other auction items include clay shooting for four, crawfish boil at The Old Trading Post, skydive tandem jump, sports memorabilia and more.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 (feeding 667 children) – $10,000 (feeding 13,333 children). Tickets are on $75. To purchase tickets, a limited number of reserved tables or for sponsorship information, visit lunchesoflove.net.

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SSLW adopted Missouri City Middle School. (L-R): Monica Riley,SSLW Vice President; Jerrie Kammerman, MCMS Principal; Mable Scott Austin; and Mose Austin.

SSLW adopted Missouri City Middle School. (L-R): Monica Riley,SSLW Vice President; Jerrie Kammerman, MCMS Principal; Mable Scott Austin; and Mose Austin.

SSLW WINTER SERVICE PROGRAMS

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

SSLW programs include Seniors Enrichment; Families Outreach; Infants – Young Adults Development; Community Partners; and Community Involvement.

Sugar Land Holiday Lights – through Sunday, Jan. 8. Hours are Sun. – Thurs., 6-9p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 6-10 p.m. Use promo code “SSLW1989” to save $2 per ticket online or in person. Visit sugarlandskeeters.com for more information.

January programs include:

Scholarship Applications – available at sslw.org. March 1 is US Mail postmark deadline.

Jan. 20 – Career Day at Missouri City Middle School.

Jan. 14, 12 p.m. – MLK Youth Parade, contact donishasmith21@yahoo.com.

Jan. 21, 11 a.m. – Deputy Voter Registrars Training, First Colony Library, vivianburley@sbcglobal.net or smeansbrown@att.net.

Military and Veterans Appreciation at DeBakey Hospital Houston, contact toniadj@msn.com.

H & R Block Nonprofit Referral Program – nationwide, new clients only, during tax preparation. H & R Block donates $20 to SSLW. Provide SSLW’s ID #40010001079372 and help raise funds for programs and scholarships.

Collaborations and special requests – email sslw1989@aol.com.

SSLW collaborates with the following organizations: Houston Food Bank; TSU Debate Team; YMCA Camping Services; Fort Bend Regional P-16 Council; Dress For Success Houston; Career Gear Houston; DST-SHFBAC; Fort Bend ISD; Sisters Network; Special Olympics Texas; Girl Scouts; NAACP; JSU-HAAC; A Concerned Citizens Group; Kujichagulia, Christian Girls; H & R Block; Ensemble Theatre; Sugar Land Adopt-A-Spot; March of Dimes-Babies; Red Cross; Buffalo Soldiers; Alzheimer Association; and more.

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SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN AND SUGAR LAND SKEETERS HOLIDAY LIGHTS FUNDRAISING EVENT, THROUGH JAN. 8

Join the Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) at the Sugar Land Skeeters Holiday Lights event through Jan. 8 for a fun-filled evening for the entire family. Present the code “SSLW1989” to the Skeeters TDECU Tickets Office or go online to ticket return.com to receive a $2 discounted ticket. For every ticket purchased, the SSLW will be given a $2 donation, which will in turn benefit the variety of programs supported by the SSLW. For more information on the Holiday Lights, visit sugarlandskeeters.com.

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PECAN GROVE WOMEN’S CLUB MEETING, JAN. 10

The January meeting of the Pecan Grove Women’s Club will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club. Coffee and visiting is at 9:30 a.m. followed by the program and business meeting at 10 a.m.

The January presenter is Laurey Boenig, who will be teaching a Tai Chi routine. Laurey has been with the YMCA since 1994 and has taught various classes there. She recently discovered that she loved the movement combined with the peace and calm that Tai Chi and Qi Gong bring, and now she shares it with others.

Following the presentation, an optional lunch will be served. If you would like to stay for lunch, call or email Loyce Anderson at 281-344-8055 (Loyce0519@ att.net) or Sally Wingard at 713-598-5850 (sally.wingard@yahoo.com) by Friday, Jan. 6 to make reservations. 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, and all women who enjoy socializing and community activities are welcome.

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LAKE OLYMPIA GARDEN CLUB

The Lake Olympia Garden Club meets each month for a field trip and meeting.

Members donate to a number of worthwhile organizations throughout the year, and are also asked to bring nonperishable items to each meeting for the East Fort Bend food pantry. Membership includes not only Lake Olympia but the surrounding area. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For information, contact Jo Ann Keene at 281-438-2174 or keeneja@yahoo.com.

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LEARN HOW TO USE NEW 3D PRINTER AT SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY, JAN. 11

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library will have a demonstration and instructional session on the use of its new 3D printer on Wednesday, Jan. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.

In the class, “Intro to 3D Printing @ FBCL,” library staff will introduce the 3D printer and explain how library patrons can print their own designs. Those attending the session will also learn about free websites that can be used to find or create 3D designs.

The session is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Sienna Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2900, or by visiting the library.

For more information, call 281-633-4734.

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BILL PARISH TO ENTERTAIN LOVING FRIENDS,  JAN. 17

Loving Friends is a social group that meets once a month for dinner, entertainment and fellowship as members move on after losing a spouse; it is not a grief support group. Bill Parish will entertain Loving Friends on Tuesday, Jan. 17, with registration at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment.

Bill Parish, with his rich baritone voice and his skill as a musician (guitar and harmonica) will entertain the group. Bill is known for his wit, charm and comedic flair while performing, which offers his audience a party attitude. The location for the dinner meeting is Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd. Cost for dinner is $24 inclusive with complimentary valet parking available. Reservations are required by calling 281-208-3124.

For more information, call 281-208-3124. New members are always welcome.

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Diana Trondsen , FranNet Franchise Consultant.

Diana Trondsen , FranNet Franchise Consultant.

UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY PROGRAM EXPLORES FRANCHISE OWNERSHIP, JAN. 20

Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will present a special program, “Franchising 101 – Everything You Want to Know About Buying a Franchise,” on Friday, Jan. 20, from 10-11:30 a.m. at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Diana Trondsen, FranNet Franchise Consultant for Houston and South Texas, will provide an overview of franchise ownership. Learn the differences between launching a start-up business, buying an existing business, and investing in a franchise business, and find out how to decide which option is the best for a particular situation. For some people, franchise ownership may be a complete career-changing decision, while for others it may be a source of supplemental income or a retirement investment. Trondsen will discuss the different types of franchise opportunities, the cost and risks of starting a franchise, and how to correctly select and research franchise opportunities.

Trondsen has been involved in the franchis-business world for more than 25 years. Her expertise is in single and multi-unit franchises, with extensive expertise in implementation of franchise systems, business operations, and regional/local marketing. She currently owns two franchises – a haircare franchise and FranNet, a franchise consulting firm.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, call the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100.

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SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS, JANUARY READING SELECTIONS

Share your love of reading with other book lovers at one of the book clubs that meet monthly at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs in Missouri City. New members are always welcome.

Members of the Sienna Book Club meet on the second Monday of the month, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The book club discussion on Monday, Jan. 9, will be on The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage, written by Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL.

Area booklovers who share the same love for a good mystery, from hard-boiled detective novels to true-crime stories, may wish to join the Booked on Crime Mystery Book Club, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7p.m. The discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 24, will be on Dark Times in the City, written by Gene Kerrigan.

The book clubs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900.

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(L-R): Scholarships & Awards committee members Lena Ellis, Dr. Tracy Petry and Karen DeBose attend Fort Bend County Colleges & Scholarships Fair at B. F. Terry High School in Lamar CISD.

(L-R): Scholarships & Awards committee members Lena Ellis, Dr. Tracy Petry and Karen DeBose attend Fort Bend County Colleges & Scholarships Fair at B. F. Terry High School in Lamar CISD.

DST SUBURBAN HOUSTON – FORT BEND ALUMNAE CHAPTER, WINTER PROGRAMS

The Suburban Houston-Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter (SHFBAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is committed to retrieving the past to construct the present and design the future. Most service programs are free and open to children, youth, and adults–guardians. SHFBAC continues in the spirit of serving its communities, while building leadership, and inspiring sisterhood since 1976.

Join the group to help with any of the following empowering community service programs:

JANUARY

Arts & Letters Committee presents Red Carpet Movie in Fort Bend County, For details, email AAL.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

FEBRUARY

01: Scholarship & Awards Committee Deadline for 2017 Scholarship Applications. For details, email SAA.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

18: Arts & Letters Committee presents Signature Literary Café showcasing talented artists and authors. For details, email AAL.SHFBAC@gmail.com

18: Program Planning and Development Committee, Healthy Lifestyles subcommittee presents “Affair of the Heart.” Learn what you need to keep your heart healthy at The Pinnacle Senior Center, 5525 Hobby Road. This event is free and open to the public. For details, email PPD.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

18: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Scholarships & Awards Committee presents Students and Parents Work­shop. Email SAA.SHFBAC@gmail.com for details.

MARCH

01: Economic Development Committee deadline for school to request Smart Money Training for grades 7-12. All materials are provided free to students. Schools must provide audio/ visual equipment. Maximum per session is 50 students per 60 minute session. School staff should email their request to ED.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

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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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SECOND MILE MISSION CENTER SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR FOOD PANTRY AND RESALE SHOP

Second Mile Mission Center recently launched its Neighbor Choice Food Pantry and a resale shop open to the public, called The Opportunity Shop at Second Mile.

At the Food Pantry, people in need can select the food items of their choice among frozen meat, produce and nonperishable food items. Second Mile is seeking volunteers to host food drives and help stock the pantry shelves. The food pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Opportunity Shop is a social enterprise that offers high quality resale clothing and accessories to the public. Volunteers are needed weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help sort items or greet customers. To volunteer, call 281-261-9199 ext. 213 or email volunteer@secondmile.org. Second Mile is located at 1135 Highway 90A by Dream Ct.

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

The 7th Annual Sugar Land Home & Garden Show is scheduled for Jan. 28 and 29 at the Stafford Centre, located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford. It will be the scene of professional
presentations ranging from outdoor cooking to master gardeners and color consultations to topiary design.

“This year we are bringing in Pearl Fryar, the award-winning founder of The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville, South Carolina, to share his vision of nature’s greenery,” said Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows Inc., producer of the Sugar Land Home & Garden Show. “The self-trained topiary artist will join a host of design experts who will provide home-improvement guidance from the show’s Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Presentation Stage.”

“The charity partner for this year’s Sugar Land Home & Garden Show is the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center,” Wood said. “I would like to invite everyone attending the show to stop by the center’s booth to learn about its mission, goals and fundraising opportunities.”

Whether homeowners are on the hunt for indoor design ideas or looking for a way to make the greenspace surrounding their homes more appealing, the show will provide one-stop shopping of more than 200 home improvement contractors from the local market area.

In addition to Fryar, who will provide a demonstration of his skills on each day of the show, gardening expert Randy Lemmon, host of GardenLine on KTRH AM 740, will take the stage on Saturday to discuss the unique growing conditions faced by gardeners in the area. And throughout both days of the show Fort Bend master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and share ideas.

Lisa Giesler, a Houston-based Certified Professional Organizer, owner of 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, will lead a panel of experts to share elements of a dream home. Composed of Giesler, Lisa Anhaiser, owner of LBL Event Rentals and Tara Board of professional home staging and redesign company ReMix Designs, the panel will share tips on organization and decluttering, living and dining room decoration, and community-based donation sites. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of common issues and questions from the audience.

And for those in attendance who need guidance selecting colors for the interior and/or exterior of their homes, certified color consultants from The Sherwin-Williams Co. will man the Sherwin-Williams Color Snap booth to answer questions using the company’s Color Snap Color Selection System.

Home chefs will find something to whet their appetites at the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Light­ing Gallery Cooking Stage. Houston-based Chef Michelle Morris, Ferguson Enterprises’ first and only in-house chef in the nation, will demonstrate the latest Thermador induction cooktop and steam oven appliances to cook up somethingfabulous to share – while supplies last – with those  in attendance.

Foodies attending the show also will have an opportunity to experience the tastes of unique offerings of local food trucks Cousins Maine Lobster and St. John’s Fire, which will be set up outside of the Stafford Centre and serving both days of the show.

Wine and craft beer aficionados must not miss the Brew & Vinos Craft Beer and Wine Event, which will take place from 1-5 p.m. on both days of the show. Brew and Vinos, a pop-up gathering of friends who enjoy Houston’s great beer and wine, will be located in the parking lot adjacent to the outdoor exhibit area. Although this event requires a separate entry fee, show attendees will receive a free tasting with proof of paid show entrance. A specially priced combination ticket to both the Home & Garden Show and the Craft Beer and Wine Event may be purchased in advance at brewandvinos.com.

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. Parking is free.

For 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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LEARN ABOUT HERB GARDENING AT LIBRARY PROGRAM, JAN. 30

Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will present “Growing & Using Herbs,” on Monday, Jan. 30, beginning at 7 p.m. at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land on the UH campus.

Fort Bend County Master Gardener Tricia Bradbury will provide an overview and general information on growing herbs on the Texas Gulf Coast. Learn how to preserve herbs for later use by drying or freezing them, or by using them to flavor oil and vinegar. Bradbury will also share tips on cooking with fresh and dried herbs.

A retired pharmacist, Bradbury has been a long-time member of the Sugar Land Garden Club and the Houston Federation of Garden Clubs. She is also a member of the Coastal Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists, the Houston chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and Keep Sugar Land Beautiful. Her backyard is certified as a Texas Parks & Wildlife Wildscape, a National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat, and a Monarch Watch Waystation Site. Her garden has been featured several times on the Sugar Land Garden Club’s spring garden tour and on the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners’ fall garden tour.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100.

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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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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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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.

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.

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

Behind the Badge Charities will hold its annual Boots & Badges Gala at the George Ranch on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m..

Behind the Badge Charities was founded in 2011 to assist public safety professionals and their families. Its 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 within the county.

The two components of the charity’s core mission are the “10-33” Officer Assistance Fund and the Fallen Officers Memorial Scholarship. The Gala raises the revenues to support these missions. For more information, call 281-815-4980 or visit behindthebadgecharities.org.


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