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“Street Eats Saturdays” Begin At Harvest Green, Jan. 13

Move over Food Truck Fridays and get ready for Street Eats Saturdays at Harvest Green starting Jan. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Food trucks will roll into the community’s model home park,  618 Vineyard Hollow Court, every second Saturday in 2018 to dispense sweet and savory treats. Visitors also will enjoy DJ music, a bounce house and tours of 11 professionally decorated model homes. Food Park Katy will co-host. The event is open to the public.

Visit harvestgreentexas.com  for more information.

 

 

 (L-R): Kelli Metzenthin, Executive Director, Alexandra Sanchez, Event Coordinator and Rene Cannavo with Houston Federal Credit Union.

(L-R): Kelli Metzenthin, Executive Director, Alexandra Sanchez, Event Coordinator and Rene Cannavo with Houston Federal Credit Union.

 18th Annual Bike The Bend For Literacy, Jan. 7 

The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County invites the public to participate in the 18th annual Bike the Bend for Literacy, presented by Houston Federal Credit Union on Sunday, Jan.  7.  This popular event is the first official BP MS 150 recommended training ride of the year. Riders can  “work off” their holiday pounds, and stick with their New Year’s Resolutions!  Rene Cannavo, Vice President Administration for Houston Federal Credit Union says, “HFCU is proud to sponsor Bike the Bend again this year. “

The ride starts at 9 a.m., and will begin and end at Foster High School in Richmond.  Along the scenic 20-, 35-, or 62-mile routes, riders will enjoy rest stops stocked with delicious fruit and snacks, as well as a variety of cold beverages to fuel the ride.

All proceeds will support the life-changing work of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, whose mission is to improve family, community, and professional lives through adult literacy education.

Register now online at ftbendliteracy.org/bike-the-bend.  Registration is $45 per rider.  Day of registration is $50.  Registration includes a rider t-shirt, snacks, and refreshments before, during, and after the ride.   Sponsorship levels ranging from $250 to $1,000 also are available and include rider entries as well as social media and print recognition. Sponsorships are available for purchase on the website at ftbendliteracy.org.

For more information, contact Alexandra Sanchez, Events Coordinator, at 281-240-8181 or asanchez@ftbendliteracy.org.

 

 

LearningRX Sugar Land Center director Syndee Howgate (far right),  students and staff along with Hope for Three Executive Director Darla Farmer (center back) sharpen their skills for the puzzle competition.

LearningRX Sugar Land Center director Syndee Howgate (far right), students and staff along with Hope for Three Executive Director Darla Farmer (center back) sharpen their skills for the puzzle competition.

Hope For Three Hosts Inaugural Jigsaw Puzzle Competition, Jan. 20

As a way to raise autism awareness, understanding and acceptance,  the first-ever Jigsaw Puzzle Competition in Fort Bend County, presented by LearningRX Sugar Land, will be held Saturday, Jan. 20. Millions of tabs, knobs, corner pieces and figurals will take over Constellation Field’s Insperity Club to bring awareness to autism.  The event is a two-hour timed competition in Individual play or in teams of four. Awards, prizes and bragging rights guaranteed.

Whether you are a puzzle fanatic or a  first-time puzzler, roll up your sleeves and support this unique one-of-a-kind competition “until all the pieces fit.” Registration is at 9:30 a.m. with the competition from 10 a.m. to noon.

Individual play is $25 or a team of four is $100. Availability is limited. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. To learn more about autism, Hope For Three resources, or register your team, visit hopeforthree.org or call 281-245-0642.

On a nationwide level, the puzzle piece symbol reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since every puzzle piece is different in some way, it accurately represents the diversity of individuals affected.

 

 

Get Tips To Maximize Home-Cooking Flavor At First Colony Branch Library Program, Jan. 10

Professional Chef Ellen Schwartz will share tips for organizing a kitchen, stocking a pantry, and maximizing flavors for tastier home cooking at a special program at Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library on Tuesday, Jan. 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.

In the program, “Flavorful Home Cooking,” Chef Ellen will demonstrate how to maximize flavors to make food tastier, how to cook without a recipe, and how to organize a kitchen pantry with ingredients that will enhance meal preparation.

Chef Ellen is a culinary instructor in Houston who taught with Leisure Learning for more than 20 years. She is a volunteer chef at Recipe for Success and has taught in professional kitchens at Central Market and Rice Epicurean.

One of her favorite pastimes is testing recipes for chefs and providing feedback to help their recipes come to publication.

The program 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 “Events,” select “First Colony Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2800, or by visiting the library.

 

 

Photography Practice Day, Jan. 13

Fort Bend 4-H is partnering with Long Acres Ranch to provide a Youth Photography Practice Day .The workshop will take place at Long Acres Ranch ( 2335 Williams Way Blvd., Richmond) from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 13. The workshop is free and professional photographers will be there to provide positive feedback/tips. The workshop is for youth grades 3 through 12. For more information on workshops or to register, visit fortbend4h.eventbrite.com. Call 281-342-3034 with questions.

 

 

Willowfork Fire Department And Fort Bend County Ems Provide CPR Training, Jan. 13

Willowfork Fire Department (Fort Bend County Emergency Services District # 2) is working with Fort Bend County EMS to provide CPR Training (adult, child and infant) to the community. This event will take place Saturday, Jan. 13 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., at the Station 2 location, 26950 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

The course will be taught by Fort Bend County EMS paramedics at no charge and Fort Bend County ESD #2 residents are invited (proof of residency required).  Advanced registration is required due to limited space.  To register, contact Lou Ann Matthews, District Administrator, at 281-395-0011 extension 120 or by email wfdinfo@willowforkfire.com.

 

 

Sugar Land Heritage Hike, Second Saturday

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

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

Walking tours begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. The group will depart from the SLHF office, 198 Kempner Street (next to the historic Char House).The cost is free for children under 12; $5, teens; and $10, adults. Proceeds benefit the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation. Reservations are appreciated but not required. For more information, visit slheritage.org or call 281-494-0261.

 

 

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. 21-17

In celebration of Children’s Book Week, January 21-27, 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 Fort Bend County Library. 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 area Fort Bend County hospitals, 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.

Parents may introduce infants to the library by bringing them to Mother Goose Time, a free weekly parent/infant activity program that takes place at many of the branches in the Fort Bend County library system. As the children mature, other programs with age-appropriate activities are designed to interest older children.

For more information, call  281-633-4734.

 

 

(L-R): Veronica Fernandez, coordinator of Fort Bend Election office and Mable Scott Austin, SSLW president, plan the January 27 deputy voter registrar training.

(L-R): Veronica Fernandez, coordinator of Fort Bend Election office and Mable Scott Austin, SSLW president, plan the January 27 deputy voter registrar training.

Suburban Sugar Land Women’s Upcoming Service Programs

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) & Partners have provided  29 years of cheerful,
willing, and generous services and resources from infancy through adulthood in Fort Bend County and beyond. Ongoing programs include seniors enrichment, families outreach, infants – young adults development, scholarships and support, community partnerships and community involvement.

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

January programs include:

Scholarship applications accepted via U. S. mail Jan. 1-March 1. Visit sslw.org and follow instructions.  Email any questions, concerns or comments to harris_marvelyn@att.net and sslwscholarships@aol.com.

(Ongoing): Adopt Schools – Provide services  and  resources. For details, email sslw1989@aol.com.

(11) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Parade. For details, email donishasmith21@yahoo.com.

(21 or 28): Veterans and Military appreciation and support. For details, email sslw1989@aol.com.

(27)  Board of Directors meets 10-11 a.m. (1 of 4) and Advisory Board (1 of 2): programs and projects, partnerships, education/training and community giving – school supplies and uniforms. For details, email sslw1989@aol.com.

(27) 11 a.m.-noon : Deputy voter registrars certification and re-certification at First Colony Library. For details, email sslw1989@aol.com.

(Ongoing): H & R Block new clients referral program. Provide SSLW’s ID#40010001079372 and H & R Block will donate $20 per new client. Proceeds benefit SSLW’s programs and scholarships. For details, email vera.brown2@tax.hrblock.com

 

 

Catrina Kidd, star of DIY Network’s Texas Flip N’ Move, will appear twice daily at the show on Jan. 27-28.

Catrina Kidd, star of DIY Network’s Texas Flip N’ Move, will appear twice daily at the show on Jan. 27-28.

Sugar Land Home & Garden Show At Stafford Centre, Jan. 27-28

The 8th Annual Sugar Land Home & Garden Show will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday Jan. 28 at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road in Stafford.

An annual destination for homeowners in and around the Sugar Land area, the show continues to educate attendees on home improvement services and products. Whether attendees are looking for  a professional contractor or do-it-yourself tips, the show’s 200-plus exhibitors, experts and vendors are sure to inspire.

“We are pleased to announce that among the show’s expert lineup in 2018 is Catrina Kidd, star of the DIY Network’s Texas Flip N’ Move,” said Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows Inc., producer of the Sugar Land Home & Garden Show. “The Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Presentation Stage will be a popular scene throughout the weekend, with speakers including the Houston Chronicle’s architecture and design writer, Diane Cowen, and Michael Garfield, the High-Tech Texan, who will reveal the newest products in home security.”

During her presentations at noon and 2 p.m. each day, Kidd will share stories of the treasures she uncovers across the Texas landscape and how she saves these abandoned houses from the wrecking ball, transforming them into a starter or dream home ready to place on the buyer’s property of choice.

Homeowners who desire to update their home’s surroundings, whether curb appeal or outdoor living areas with landscape or hardscape, will find a plethora of experts on hand to provide guidance. Randy Lemmon, host of KTRH Radio’s GardenLine will take The Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Presentation Stage for a presentation on Saturday, and local gardeners will staff the Ask the Fort Bend Master Gardeners booth throughout the show to answer gardening questions. Professionals from Belgard Outdoor Living Ideas by Bello Domani will feature the Belgard Mobile Display, a semi-truck filled with decorating ideas and products.

For an easy, affordable way to revamp the look of any home, inside or out, color experts from Sherwin-Williams invite homeowners to stop by the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap booth to learn about the colors available and how best to combine them with the home’s current decorating scheme or any of the other 1,500 colors on the Sherwin-Williams palette.

The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center has been selected as the 2018 show’s charity partner. The center provides innovative, child-centered learning to the children of Fort Bend County, and invites show attendees to stop by the center’s booth to learn about its mission, goals and fundraising opportunities.

“For a unique taste of longtime favorites, we have arranged for food trucks to set up at the Stafford Centre throughout the show,”  Wood said. “In addition to Cousins Maine Lobster’s lobster rolls and other delicacies, Houston’s Il Primo Pizza will be onsite to present its famous selection of delicious pizza, wings and salads, and the Foreign Policy Food Truck will be serving up its famous Donut Bacon Cheeseburger and other American food with an international flavor.”

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are cash only at $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 12 years and younger are 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.

 

 

LIBRARIES ANNOUNCE FAMILY READING CLUB, Jan. 21-Mar. 3

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 season. The Family Reading Club will begin on Sunday, Jan. 21, and will continue for six weeks through March 3, at all branches in the Fort Bend County library system.

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 – six books 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 5, 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 by going to fortbend.lib.tx.us and clicking on the “Family Reading Club” image, which will become available Jan. 21. 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. For more information, call  281-633-4734.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Former Tour Choirboy Reid Curnan speaks at the 2017 gala event.

Former Tour Choirboy Reid Curnan speaks at the 2017 gala event.

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. Get your cape and tights out of mothball storage or maintain your super-secret identity and come business casual.

Festivities for this  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 (subject to availability).

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 to learn more.

 

 

MACRO-PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY Through Jan. 31

“Macros,” an exhibit showcasing works by members of the Fort Bend Photography Club, will be displayed through Jan. 31 in the Bohachevsky Gallery at George Memorial Library in Richmond.

Macro photography is a specialized challenge of taking extreme close-up photos of very small subjects, such as raindrops, insects, or flower petals, and capturing intricate details to achieve dramatic works of art. Viewers of the exhibit will discover an entirely new perspective of tiny worlds often overlooked, but found all around us every day.

Macro photography has become a more popular technique with the advent of digital cameras. The challenge of capturing the essence of something as tiny as a dewdrop and taking that image to a size many hundreds of times larger can be both frustrating and exhilarating.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It can be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call 281-342-4455. George Memorial Library is located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

 

 

SOCIAL SECURITY SPECIALIST To Discuss DISABILITY BENEFITS AT UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY, Jan. 22

Andrew Hardwick, a Metropolitan Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, will present a special program, “Social Security Disability Benefits,” on Monday, Jan. 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in Meeting Room 1 at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Hardwick will provide an overview of disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, and the qualifications and application process for each. Learn about other Social Security programs that are available and how to qualify for them. Hardwick will also demonstrate how to access one’s Social Security record online and how to use other online services.

Those attending this workshop may should set up a “my Social Security” account online at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and print out a Social Security Statement before arriving at the class.

Hardwick has worked in public affairs for the Social Security Administration since 2001, and has won numerous communication awards during that time. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a master’s degree in psychology. This presentation is free and open to anyone over the age of 18. For more information, call 281-633-5100.

 

 

(L-R):  The Honorable Judge Joel Clouser, grandson Marshall, Lynn Clouser-Kelly and Gloria Clouser.

(L-R): The Honorable Judge Joel Clouser, grandson Marshall, Lynn Clouser-Kelly and Gloria Clouser.

“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 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%, 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 the H43 posse as a volunteer, table sponsor or underwriter, call 281-245-0640 or go to hopeforthree.org. Individual tickets also available.

 

 

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. During that time and long afterward, 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.

 

 

Complimentary Meals For Senior Citizens  

Catholic Charities Mamie George Community Center offers daily complimentary hot meals to senior citizens at Patty’s Café, open Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dining is available both inside and outside, with free wireless Internet access. Enrollment in the meal program is required at the Mamie George Community Center, located at 1111 Collins Road in Richmond. For more information, call 281-202-6200.

 

 

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 a variety of arts and crafts with music, painting and ceramics and invites an intergenerational mix of volunteers and friends. The program’s focus is on the seniors’ health and well-being, providing enriching experiences, and social opportunities. For information, call 281-202-6200.

 

 

(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.

“Last year’s event was such a fun and impactful evening,” states CEO and Founder Shereen Sampson.  “We chose to hold this year’s gala at the gorgeous Agave Real to provide our guests a truly special and memorable event.”

Abigail’s Place is a nonprofit relief organization committed to supporting single mothers and their children in Fort Bend County by providing transitional housing and restoring hope during a time of family crisis.  For sponsor or donor information, email  shereen.sampson@abigailsplace.org.  To volunteer,  email lisa.davila@abigailsplace.org.

 

 

It’s fashion, it’s glitz and it has a new date.

It’s fashion, it’s glitz and it has a new date.

American Cancer Society Couture For The Cause, April 14

In light of the Hurricane Harvey recovery and rebuilding efforts, the Couture for the Cause Chairs and the American Cancer Society decided to postpone the “Garden Glitz” event. The premier Fort Bend County affair benefitting The American Cancer Society – a fashion-filled night of food, fun and philanthropy – is now set for April 14 at the Farmhouse in Richmond’s Harvest Green – Houston’s first farm-centric community by Johnson Development.

Emceed by Ryan Chase of 104.1 KRBE’s Roula and Ryan Show, this year’s theme is “Garden Glitz.”  A fashion show will feature couture models – many of whom are cancer patients or survivors. Attendees also will enjoy a wine pull (make a donation, draw a cork, win a bottle of wine!), Big Board (unique auction items available for bid), “Baubles & Bubbles” raffle sponsored by Plaza Jewelers and fabulous food from local restaurants, including The Rouxpour, Pacific Coast Tacos, The Slanted Frog, Sammy’s Steakhouse, Hickory Barn BBQ and  Veritas Steak & Seafood.

Sponsorship Chair Debbie Marcell says, “We have some new faces this year. We are happy to have them join our cause! There are a lot of worthy causes in our community, and we’re especially thankful for the people and businesses that step forward on this one.”

Current sponsors include Johnson Development (this year’s presenting sponsor); Houston Methodist Cancer Center; HCSS Innovative Software; Classic Chevy Sugar Land; Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Plaza Jewelers; Mike and Toni Baches;  Houston Dermatology & Plastic Surgery; Westin Homes; Money Manage­ment International; WJ Interests Wealth Advisors; West Law Firm; Balanced Body Image; Discount Hitch & Truck Accessories; Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey; Newmark Homes Houston; The Millis Group; American Textile Recycling Service; Griswold Home Care; Ashley and Jim VanHoozer; Maxx Builders/Miss Pakistan 2017 Hira Khan and Renew Laser & Skin.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Event tickets are $125. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society and their mission. For more information, call 713-706-5657 or  email Tiziana.Triolo@cancer.org.

 

 

The school is seeking donations, sponsorships from the community to support its Centennial Celebration event.

The school is seeking donations, sponsorships from the community to support its Centennial Celebration event.

Lakeview Elementary Preparing For Centennial Celebration, Mar. 24

Lakeview Elementary is gearing up for a celebration 100 years in the making – its Centennial Celebration Saturday,  March 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lakeview Elementary (314 Lakeview Drive, Sugar Land). The event is free and open to the entire community.

District and city leaders are scheduled to attend to help kick off a day of fun and celebration. There will be food trucks, carnival games, silent auctions, raffles, a mini historical museum of Lakeview, performances by select FBISD student groups and more.

Planning for the event has begun and the school is seeking sponsorships and monetary donations to help. Sponsorship levels are Diamond, $5,000 +; Platinum, $2,500 +; Gold, $1,000 +; Silver, $500 +; Mercury, $250 +; and Bronze – $50, $75, $100 +

The school is also seeking in-kind donations related to printing, stage equipment, moonwalks, t-shirts, hospitality, food and drinks and much more.  Those interested in a sponsorship or donation may contact Riqisha Rios, Centennial Celebration Chair at 832-563-9760 or LVEsponsors@yahoo.com.

 


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