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A family enjoys meandering on the Lazy River.

SUMMER FUN AT MOODY GARDENS PALM BEACH, THROUGH SEPT. 10

Moody Gardens is offering some new entertainment and traditional favorites at Palm Beach as this popular private beach attraction opens for the summer.

Guests are invited to sink their toes in white sand, lounge beneath palm trees and splash amongst a variety of beach attractions. Visitors can even enjoy concerts and fireworks. Palm Beach will open weekends beginning May 21, including Memorial Day before opening daily for the summer season June 4 through August 21. As the summer season comes to an end, Palm Beach will be open weekends only August 27 through September 10, including Labor Day.

Visitors can enjoy the interactive 650-foot lazy river, wave pool and two 18-foot tower slides. Other attractions include beach volleyball on regulation courts and the Aquarium Adventure play area. The Splashpad automated aquatic water feature offers interactive dump buckets, spray arches and fountains for a day of fun at the beach. Palm Beach admission is $23.95 for adults, $17.95 for children and seniors, or $55 for a season pass. Children ages three and under are free.

Visitors can make it a weekend of entertainment with the popular Bands on the Sand summer concert series at Palm Beach. Beginning June 4, this live music series runs throughout the summer following each show with fireworks over the Moody Gardens pyramids and Offatts Bayou. Admission to each concert is $15 and free for kids three and under. Bands on the Sand will be held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through August 13. Some of the area’s top local and regional bands will perform. For a complete schedule visit moodygardens.org or call 800-582-4673.

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HOT SUMMER NIGHTS RETURNS TO SUGAR LAND ART CENTER, JUNE 3

The 3rd annual Hot Summer Nights Series will begin Friday, June 3 from 6-9 p.m. at the Sugar Land Art Center located at 104 Industrial Blvd., Suite Q. The community is invited to drop in for free entertainment, wine and savories while comfortably watching a different local artist paint and have the opportunity to win the demonstration piece. The series will end on Aug. 12.

For more information, visit sugarlandartcenter.org or call 281-565-0957.

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MD ANDERSON CELEBRATES SURVIVORSHIP WITH FREE CONCERT IN SUGAR LAND, JUNE 4

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will shine a light on cancer survivors during the Survivorship Night event in Sugar Land, a free, family-friendly concert on Saturday, June 4 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Sugar Land Town Square. This community event is part of MD Anderson’s annual Survivorship Week, featuring activities to honor those who are living with, through and beyond cancer.

During the live music event, MD Anderson will light the central lawn purple and green in recognition of local survivors. The community is invited to enjoy the evening’s light display and music, performed by Commercial Art.

All attendees also are invited to take part in an interactive photo booth that will be roaming the crowd during the event. Addi­tionally, physicians and staff from MD Ander­son in Sugar Land will be on hand to answer questions about cancer, share information about promising new research and pass out free educational materials and giveaways.

Visit MDAnderson.org/SugarLand for more information.

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SUGAR CREEK GARDEN CLUB FLOWER SHOW, MAY 26

Sugar Creek Garden Club presents “Good Vibrations,” a standard flower show on Thursday, May 26. Exhibits will be held at the Sugar Creek Country Club in the Garden Room, 420 Sugar Creek Blvd. from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. Please note: This event is a flower show only; the plants are not for sale. Judges will award ribbons for the members who made the arrangements. The public is invited to come out to view and enjoy the arrangements on display.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Survivors Day Celebration 2015.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Survivors Day Celebration 2015.

HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND CANCER CENTER CELEBRATES CANCER SURVIVORS DAY, JUNE 3

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining nearly 14.5 million American cancer survivors in celebrating the 29th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day this year. Also being recognized are the many family members, friends and health care providers whose contributions and support help make the celebration possible.

The Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and Luncheon will be held Friday, June 3 from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s new Brazos Pavilion Conference Center. Registration is required. Register at houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281-274-7500.

“Surviving cancer is more than just living. It’s an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” said Frances Goerlich, director of Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land. “You will find our Cancer Survivor’s Day event filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage.”

“National Cancer Survivors Day is a great opportunity for cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family to come together and affirm the possibility of quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer,” added Clive Shkedy, M.D., radiation oncologist and medical director of Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land.

Anyone living with a personal history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life – is a cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. Additionally, the foundation says that more people are surviving cancer than ever before, thanks to advances in prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up care. Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land welcomes all local cancer survivors and a guest to join them as they honor survivors living with a history of cancer.

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Strings & Things will perform June 26.

Strings & Things will perform June 26.

LIVE MUSIC AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, JUNE 5 and 26

Live music by talented local musicians will be featured at “Sunday Showcase: On Stage at George Memorial Library” this summer. Stop by the library on Sunday afternoons to enjoy a variety of musical genres and styles at this special summer series. Performances begin at 2 p.m. at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

The series will kick off on Sunday, June 5, with a jazz fusion performance by legendary vibraphonist Harry Sheppard. During his career, this veteran of the jazz scene has performed with Billie Holliday, Benny Good­man, long-time Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinson, and in the band for Barbra Streisand’s first televised performance. He has opened for jazz legends such as Duke Ellington and Ben Webster, and alternated sets with Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, and many other music artists.

On Sunday, June 26, the musical group Strings & Things will perform. This ensemble includes an eclectic mix of hammered dulcimers, fiddles, a mandolin, a guitar, a folk harp, a harmonica, percussion, and even a penny whistle. They will perform their “Tin Pan Alley” set, with musical pieces from the early 20th century.

Strings & Things was started in 1994 by Peggy Carter, a performer and teacher of mountain and hammered dulcimer. Carter has since retired, but the ensemble continued and evolved as new musicians came and went. The current core group of players has been together since 2007, and they represent a variety of backgrounds and musical training. The oldest player is past the age of 90 and the youngest is the only one of the group who has not yet retired.

The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455.

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Kidventure is returning to The Club at Riverstone with a series of comic book-themed day camps.

Kidventure is returning to The Club at Riverstone with a series of comic book-themed day camps.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR KIDVENTURE’S CAMP RIVERSTONE WEEKLY SUMMER CAMPS, STARTING JUNE 6

Registration is now open for a series of comic book-themed Kidventure day camps that will be held in Fort Bend’s Riverstone June 6-Aug. 12.

Summer Quest 2016 is the theme of this year’s camps, which will allow children, ages 6-12, to activate their inner superheroes through a range of pursuits designed to keep children’s minds and bodies moving. The camps are open to the public.

Superhero Academy, Tales of the Enchanted Realm and Slimetropolis are just some of the camps parents and children can choose from. All indoor and outdoor activities relate to the theme and include athletics, arts and crafts, science projects, team-building, field trips and snacks.

“We are so pleased to be able to bring these amazing camps to Riverstone,” said Nick Deacon, Riverstone’s lifestyle director. “Kids love them. They want to come back year after year to explore the latest theme and let their imaginations run wild.”

The camps will be held at The Club at Riverstone, 18353 University Boulevard. Cost for the basic camp, slated for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., is $220 a week. Pre-camp and post-camp times of 7-8:45 a.m. and 3:45-6 p.m., respectively, are available for an additional $30 per week each. Registration is available at kidventure.com or by calling 713-960-8989.

Kidventure began providing summer camps in Houston in 1994 and has expan­ded to include programs in Dallas and Austin. The program boasts low counselor-camper ratios, character-building curriculums and safe environments. For more information, visit riverstone.com.

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(Front row,l-r): Linda Baker, Parul Shah, Sher Schuele, Colleen Migl, Susan Correa; (second row): Jenna Kisner, Rebecca Schuiten, Leah Henley, LaQuita Starr, Michelle Atkinson, J.J. Phillips, Monica Rayburn, Tanya Justice, Tara Smith; (third row): Tracy Osina, Nyma Shah, Jennifer Gottlieb, Kelsea Lake, Gussie Fuller, Gillian Parker and Francina Hollingsworth; (Fourth row): Andrea Suarez-Chaiban, Jamie Harris, Dr. Jessica Russel, Lacey Perez, Tiffany Schneider, BethAnn Wanosik, Jennifer Bombach, and Holly Thompson.

(Front row,l-r): Linda Baker, Parul Shah, Sher Schuele, Colleen Migl, Susan Correa; (second row): Jenna Kisner, Rebecca Schuiten, Leah Henley, LaQuita Starr, Michelle Atkinson, J.J. Phillips, Monica Rayburn, Tanya Justice, Tara Smith; (third row): Tracy Osina, Nyma Shah, Jennifer Gottlieb, Kelsea Lake, Gussie Fuller, Gillian Parker and Francina Hollingsworth; (Fourth row): Andrea Suarez-Chaiban, Jamie Harris, Dr. Jessica Russel, Lacey Perez, Tiffany Schneider, BethAnn Wanosik, Jennifer Bombach, and Holly Thompson.

FBJSL WELCOMING 2016 NEW MEMBERS, JUNE 9 AND JULY 14

Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) has begun its membership drive for the 2016-2017 League year. Provisional membership is available to women ages 21 to 50 years. Women interested in learning more about the League are encouraged to attend the informational meetings scheduled for June 9 and July 14 from 6-8 p.m. Please check the FBJSL website (fbjsl.org) for location details and other information.

FBJSL members will have the opportunity to provide direct service to the following agencies: Child Advocates of Fort Bend, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Fort Bend Rainbow Room, Fort Bend County Women’s Center, Texana, Houston Museum of Natural Science-Sugar Land, Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, Lunches of Love, Parks Youth Ranch and Fort Bend Teen Service League (FBTSL), a mentoring project of FBJSL. Members may also serve on the Sugar Plum Market committee.

FBJSL is an 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. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable as well as providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie for all members. For additional information about joining FBJSL, email
provisionaldirector@fbjsl.­com.

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Mycle Recycle, Missouri City Green's new mascot

Mycle Recycle, Missouri City Green’s new mascot

MISSOURI CITY GREEN SHREDDING EVENT, JUNE 11

On Saturday, June 11, Missouri City Green will host a complimentary, secure onsite paper shredding event from 9 a.m.-noon at the Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd., Missouri City. The event is open to all with a limit of three boxes per household. Documents will be removed from cars by ProShred personnel and shredded onsite before being recycled. Dona­tions will be accepted to help fund future community wide recycling events hosted by Missouri City Green, a nonprofit organization and the Keep Texas Beautiful Affiliate (Gold Star Status) for Missouri City.

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A few of the SSLW Phenomenal Partners are (l-r): Vivian Burley, Belinda Allen- Clark of Amazing Smiles, Dr. Margaret J. Allen of Amazing Smiles, Elise Leaks Harmon, Mable Scott Austin, Susan Wilcox, Marvelyn Harris, Dr. Moses Wilcox,Sr. and Mose Austin.

A few of the SSLW Phenomenal Partners are (l-r): Vivian Burley, Belinda Allen- Clark of Amazing Smiles, Dr. Margaret J. Allen of Amazing Smiles, Elise Leaks Harmon, Mable Scott Austin, Susan Wilcox, Marvelyn Harris, Dr. Moses Wilcox,Sr. and Mose Austin.

SSLW JUNE AND JULY PROGRAMS

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) members and partners are celebrating their 27th year of providing cheerful, willing and generous collaborative services and resources in Fort Bend county and beyond.
Ongoing programs include seniors enrichment, infant through young adult development, family outreach, children/youth development, summer enrichment and educational opportunities, member­ships and partnerships, community involve­ment, fund development, continuing scholarships and support, military/veteran appreciation, collaborations, voter registration and education,
community gar­dens and special requests.

June programs include the following:

Pre-kindergarten through college/career support incentives

Career Gear Houston collection (professional men’s suits, shirts, ties, socks, and shoes), and new or used plastic dry
cleaning clothes bags are also requested.

Saturday, June 25 – from 10 a.m.-noon is board development. Submit your member commitment and schedule your 20-minute interview at sslw.org/Join Us.

July programs include the following:

July 9 – from 10 a.m.–noon is the annual planning of programs, budget development and new board member interviews.

July 15 – Annual US Mail deadline for scholarship recipients bursar form and acceptance/enrollment documentation.

July 21-31 – Review and select continuing scholarship recipients.

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SIRE THERAPEUTIC EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM VOLUNTEER TRAINING, JUNE 4

SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center, has been providing therapeutic activities for children and adults with disabilities since 1983. Therapeutic activities are done with the client on horseback. SIRE Fort Bend, one of three SIRE sites, is accepting new volunteers, side walkers and horse leaders to its program. Side walkers do not need horse experience; horse leaders need to have a good knowledge of horses.

The next formal training event for the summer session will be held Saturday, June 4. Potential volunteers should contact Maryann Gerity, SIRE Volunteer Coordinator at 281-344-4308 or mgerity@sire-htec.org on or before May 21st for the June event. The program is located at the Richmond State Supported Living Center, 2100 Preston St., Richmond.

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(Back row, l-r): Karen Lasater (Rabbit) and Donna Wheaton (Owl); (front row): Denver Dalanya (Mr. Otter) and Kristin Miller (Mrs. Otter).

(Back row, l-r): Karen Lasater (Rabbit) and Donna Wheaton (Owl); (front row): Denver Dalanya (Mr. Otter) and Kristin Miller (Mrs. Otter).

PERFORMANCES OF DO UNTO OTTERS AT LIBRARIES, JUNE 14-15

Fort Bend County Libraries will present performances by the Noyes Fine Arts Foundation, in collaboration with ARTreach, of an original musical-theater production of Do Unto Otters at several libraries in April. The performances are suitable for all ages and will take place at the following locations:

June 14, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond, grades K-3.

June 15, 2 p.m. – University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd. Sugar Land, grades 1-5.

This family-friendly performance is based on a popular children’s book written by Laurie Keller, and adapted to the stage by Books Alive! for the Noyes Fine Arts Foundation’s Book Bash program. In this story, Mr. Rabbit has new neighbors who are otters. Not knowing anything about otters, Mr. Rabbit doesn’t know how well they’ll get along or if they are even friendly. Mr. Owl advises Mr. Rabbit to treat the otters the same way he would like to be treated himself. Follow Mr. Rabbit as he learns how to be a good friend and neighbor.

The performances are free and open to the public. For more information,
call the branch libraries or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

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UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY TO HOST COLLEGE FAIR, JUNE 16

Students who would like to have more information on area colleges are invited to attend a special College Fair at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library on Thursday, June 16, from 1-3 p.m. at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

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

The schools represented will include Texas Southern University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Lamar University, Texas State University, Trinity University, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Women’s University, University of Tulsa, St. Louis University, University of Missouri and others. This come-and-go event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library at 281-633-5100.

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FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY COMIC-HERO CHALLENGE, JUNE 18

Fort Bend County Libraries invites comic-book lovers to test their pop-culture knowledge and strategic-gaming skills at a Summer Comic-Hero Challenge at the First Colony Branch Library on Saturday, June 18, from 2-4 p.m. at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. This event is for adults and teens age 13 and above and will feature three competitions; prizes will be awarded. The schedule is as follows:

2-3:45 p.m. – Cosplay Costume Contest. Show off your creativity and adventurous side by dressing in costume as a favorite comic-book or graphic-novel hero. (Costumes must be appropriate).

2:15-3:45 p.m. – Super-Hero Battling Game. This video game introduces an original story featuring a large cast of DC Comics icons such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

2:30-3:35 p.m. – Pop-Culture Jeopardy. Trivia buffs can test their knowledge on pop culture’s leading cartoon characters, television shows, comic books and fandom.

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

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(L-R): Ray Aguilar, Classic Chevrolet; Mark Kolon, Classic Chevrolet; Don Kersetter, owner of Classic Chevrolet; James Patterson, Fort Bend County Commis­sioner, Precinct 4; Laura LaVigne, executive director, The Arc of Fort Bend County; David Dacus, Troy Construction, president and CEO; Zac Cypert, Classic Chevrolet; Taylor Dacus, Troy Construction; Gary Krueger, owner of PG Professional Golf.

(L-R): Ray Aguilar, Classic Chevrolet; Mark Kolon, Classic Chevrolet; Don Kersetter, owner of Classic Chevrolet; James Patterson, Fort Bend County Commis­sioner, Precinct 4; Laura LaVigne, executive director, The Arc of Fort Bend County; David Dacus, Troy Construction, president and CEO; Zac Cypert, Classic Chevrolet; Taylor Dacus, Troy Construction; Gary Krueger, owner of PG Professional Golf.

THE ARC OF FORT BEND COUNTY’S ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC, JUNE 20

Join The Arc of Fort Bend County on June 20, the Monday after Father’s Day, at Weston Lakes Country Club in Fulshear at 10:30 a.m. for their annual Golf Classic. Following 18 holes of golf, the award-winning BBQ cooking team “Yeah, I Do” will serve barbecue while Commissioner James Patterson conducts a live auction.

Register at arcoffortbend.org or call 281-494-5923. Not a golfer? Join the group for the barbecue dinner and auction at 5 p.m. Cost for a foursome is $1,200 and an individual $300. Sponsorships are available. Title Sponsors are Classic Chevrolet and Troy Construction.

The Arc of Fort Bend County was founded in 1968 by parents who wanted to improve the lives of their children who had intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a “grass roots” advocacy organization, The Arc advocates for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (Autism) into all parts of the community – from classrooms to the workplace. Along with this advocacy, we provide recreational and social programs, employment assistance, housing support and the largest Special Olympics program in the area. _________________________________________________________________________________

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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SOCIAL SECURITY PRESENTATION AT SUGAR LAND BRANCH LIBRARY, JUNE 20

Andrew Hardwick, a metropolitan public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, will present a “Social Security/Medicare workshop” on Monday, June 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge.

Hardwick will provide an overview of Social Security and the Medicare program. Learn how and when to apply; the differences between Medicare Parts A, B, C and D; and the online tools at the Social Security Administration’s website, ssa.gov. He will also discuss survivor and disability benefits and retirement planning.

“Not filing at the right time can result in penalties, meaning paying higher premiums for Medicare Parts B and D,” says Hardwick. “Many seniors are working at 65, and there is much confusion as to whether they should file for Medicare if they are covered through their employer or their spouse’s employer.”

Hardwick brings more than 30 years experience with the Social Security Administration to his workshops.

This presentation is free and open to the public. People aged 60 to 65, as well as their family members and caregivers, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call the Sugar Land Branch Library at 281-238-2140.

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FORT BEND PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SEEKS ADULT MENTORS

The mission of the nonprofit Fort Bend Partnership for Youth is to reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by establishing positive relationships between youthful offenders and volunteer adult role models from the community.

The juveniles are referred by the Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Depart­ment. There are so many children in need of a listening ear and encouragement. Come forward and be that person for someone in need… you may be the only one! Mentors must be 21 years of age and willing to give a minimum of an hour a week. For more information about the program, please call 281-633-7317, visit fbpfy.org or email susan.bearden@fortbendcountytx.gov.

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TEXAS A&M HORSEMANSHIP SCHOOL IN ROSENBERG, JUNE 22-23

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service -Fort Bend County and the Fort Bend Horse Task Force will host a two-day “A&M Horsemanship School” on Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, in the O. D. Tucker Rodeo Arena, 4310 Highway 36 South in Rosenberg. The school will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the first day and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on day two. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. both days. Pre-registration is required for those wishing to participate and is limited to first 30 participants. Registration deadline is Friday, June 17.

Registration forms are available at the Fort Bend County Extension office located at 1402 Band Road, Suite 100 in Rosenberg. Forms also may also be downloaded from thewebsite, fortbend.agrilife.org under the Agriculture and Natural Resources tab. The cost to participate is free for youth age 8 to 16 and $65 for adults age 17 and over. Proof of age is required.

Two Texas A&M students will be the school Instructors. Some of the topics to be covered are: Safety, Horse Theft Awareness, Rein Aids, Stopping, Simple and Flying Lead Changes, Bits and Equipment and Gait Transitions. A negative coggins test will be required for all participants’ horses. There will be stalls available for $15, but participants must bring their own shavings.

For more information contact the Extension office at 281-342-3034 or brandy.rader@ag.tamu.edu.

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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.

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Summer Reading Club trophies

Summer Reading Club trophies

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Denise Fojtik with the Summer Reading Club tote.

LIBRARIES’ SUMMER READING CLUBS, STARTING JUNE 6

Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading clubs during the summer to encourage reading among children, middle-school students, teens, and adults. Registration for the 2016 Summer Reading Clubs is May 30-Aug. 27, at all Fort Bend branch library locations. Library programs and activities for children and teens begin during the week of June 6, and continue through July 30.

There is no charge to join the Summer Reading Clubs, and they are open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or online at fortbend.lib.tx.us, then click on the “SRC Sign-Up” image. Once the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books and reading time.

Rewards can be redeemed beginning Monday, June 6. The last day to pick up awards for children and middle-school students is August 27. Prizes must be collected from the “primary library of use” that the reader indicated on the registration form.

“On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!” is the theme for the Summer Reading Club for children. “Get in the Game: Read” is the theme for the Middle School Summer Challenge for youth in grades 6-8. The theme for the Adult Summer Reading Club is “Exercise Your Mind – Read!”

For more information, call the branch library nearest you, or the Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

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LAUNCHPAD LEARNING TABLETS NOW AVAILABLE AT COUNTY LIBRARIES

Fort Bend County Libraries now offers Launchpad educational tablets for families with young library patrons, from pre-K to kindergarten age, to borrow from any of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system. They are pre-loaded with high-quality, award-winning educational apps that kids will have fun playing while they learn new skills and new technology.

The Playaway ­pads are secure learning tablets designed specifically for young children and preloaded with ad-free STEM, language-learning, art and music apps chosen by ex­­per­i­enced curriculum experts.

Subject areas meet widely recognized learning objectives, ranging from math and science to critical thinking and creativity withthemed learning packs that include popular kids’ characters, animals, vehicles, marine life, and more.

The Launchpads should be recharged before being returned to the same library from which they were checked out, and they must be returned to a staff member, NOT placed in the book drop. For more information, call 281-633-4734.

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CELEBRATE AMERICA AT FOURTH ANNUAL STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR, JULY 4

The City of Sugar Land’s Fourth of July Celebration is scheduled for Monday, July 4, from 6-10 p.m., at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s event will highlight America’s favorite sport, baseball. Before the event moves to its new home near Sugar Land Memorial Park, the Sugar Land Skeeters will host the New Britain Bees for a seven-inning game to close out the Star Spangled Spectacular at Constellation Field.

Patriotic entertainment and activities are planned along the concourse, and the evening will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display.

Due to stadium capacity requirements, free tickets will be distributed for the event on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sugar Land residents may request up to four tickets per household from May 1 through June 19. Tickets will be available at the Constellation Field Box Office Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and during weekend home games from 10 a.m. through the fifth inning. A driver’s license will be required to establish proof of residency. Any remaining tickets will be made available to the general public beginning June 19. Tickets will be limited to four per address.

For more information or to become an event sponsor, contact the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at 281- 275-288 or visit sugarlandtx.gov.

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THE ARC COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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

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

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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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QUAIL VALLEY GARDEN CLUB MEETING, SECOND THURSDAY

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

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

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