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Last year’s Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Survivors Day Celebration.

Last year’s Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Survivors Day Celebration.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining nearly 15.5 million American cancer survivors celebrating the 30th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day® this year. Also being recognized are the many family members, friends and health care providers whose contributions to, and support of, cancer survivors help make the celebration possible.

Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land welcomes all local cancer survivors and one caregiver to join them as they honor cancer survivors. Entitled Survivors: Let’s Wipeout Cancer, the Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and Resource Fair will have a tropical theme and be held Friday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sugar Land Marriott Town Square.

News anchor Shern-Min Chow from KHOU 11 will emcee the event, and this year’s keynote speaker is LaDonna Gatlin. Born into a “showbiz” family, Gatlin grew up performing with her brothers, the well-known Gatlin Brothers. Her presentation, “Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh!” will combine humor with music. Attendees will also be able to have a tropical photo taken, and gain new knowledge through the resource fair. Attendees will be invited to participate in physical activity prior to enjoying a healthy Hawaiian-style lunch. Feel free to wear a floral shirt, grass skirt or colorful lei. Registration is required. To register, call 281-274-7500 or visit events.houstonmethodist.org/survivorluncheon-sl




The city of Sugar Land will pay tribute to those who have shown bravery and honor while serving their country by hosting its 9th annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The event will start at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29 at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd.

The ceremony will begin with a one-hour musical presentation. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with community organizations such as the Vet Center 711, the Sugar Land Rotary and the Indo American Forum. Activity stations including the Battleship Texas State Historic Site touch table will also be onsite. The official ceremony will commence at 11 a.m. and consist of a presentation of colors, words of remembrance by local dignitaries, a military flyover, a 21-gun salute and special tributes from members of the community. Patriotic performances will also fill the stage with choral and musical selections.

During the ceremony, the City will acknowledge the names of veterans engraved inside of the Remembrance Tower at Sugar Land Memorial Park. The tower features an obelisk recognizing all branches of the military and the names of Sugar Land residents who died while on active duty. The etched names serve as lasting expression of gratitude from the city of Sugar Land and its community. A local Boy Scout troop will close the ceremony with a traditional flag observance at noon.

A military vehicle exhibition will be provided as a photo opportunity for families. There will be a paper flag making station, a post card craft station, a breakfast area and much more.

The ceremony is open to the public and all activities and entertainment are free. Food will be available for purchase by a local onsite vendor. Public parking will be available at the University of Houston Sugar Land campus, 14000 University Blvd., where complimentary shuttle services will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Limited handicap parking will be available at the park.

Contact the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at 281-275-2885 for more information, visit sugarlandtx.gov/memorialday or follow Facebook.com/SugarLandParks


The Magik Theatre will perform “Rumpelstiltskin” at the First Colony Branch Library.

The Magik Theatre will perform “Rumpelstiltskin” at the First Colony Branch Library.


To kick off this year’s Summer Reading Clubs at Fort Bend County Libraries, which take place from June to August, The Magik Theatre will perform Rumpelstiltskin at the First Colony Branch Library on Saturday, June 3, beginning at 2 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.

This family-friendly performance for kids of all ages is adapted from the classic children’s tale about a young woman named Gabby, who has been locked in a straw-filled room by the king, with orders to spin gold or lose her head! When a crafty man with a secret name offers to help, she makes him a promise she isn’t prepared to keep. Now Gabby has three days to guess the man’s name. Can she do it before time runs out?

Now in its 22nd season, The Magik Theatre of San Antonio is known for its live-stage performances that bring children’s classic and contemporary literature to life, with an occasional twist.

The performance is presented with the generous support of the Friends of the First Colony Branch Library. The Summer Reading Club program is design­ed to encourage readers of all ages. The Read­ing Club and the performance are free and open to the public. For more information, call the First Colony Branch Library at 281-238-2800.


Lamborghini will be one of the luxury automobile brands represented at the event.

Lamborghini will be one of the luxury automobile brands represented at the event.


The 2017 Houston Exotic Auto Festival & Luxury Lifestyle E-X-P-O will be held at NRG Center, Hall B, One NRG Park, in Houston on Sunday, June 4 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event will include McLaren, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Ferrari, Tesla, Porsche, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Bentley and more.

Competition categories include Exotic Sedan, Luxury Sedan, Performance, Eccentric and Classic. A musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli will be provided by Dave Halston and Suzanne Goulet.

The event will benefit Virtuosi of Houston and Houston Knights Rescue Foundation and is produced by Luxcior Magazine publisher Martin Gondra. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 fo children aged 6-11. Kids 5 and under are free. Visit Ticketmaster.com/HoustonExoticAuto­Festi­val or call 800-745-3000 to purchase tickets. For more information, visit HoustonExoticAutoFestival.com




Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading clubs during the summer to encourage reading among children from birth and up, as well as teens and adults. “Build a Better World™” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club. Registration for the 2017 Summer Reading Clubs continues through August 31, at all Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) locations. Library programs and activities for children begin during the week of June 5, and continue through July 29.

Children from infancy through school-age are invited to come to the library to read a lot of great books, see some exciting programs, and join in some fun activities to kick off a great summer! Younger children will enjoy the “Summer Reading Club for Children,” while students in grades 6-8 can participate in activities for older kids in the “Middle School Summer Challenge.” Teens in high school can participate with adults in the “YA/Adult Summer Reading Club” to complete individual online challenges and win prizes.

The Summer Reading Clubs are free and open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or they may register online at fortbend.lib.tx.us and click on the “SRC Sign-Up” image. When the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books and reading time.

Reading rewards can be redeemed beginning Monday, June 5. The last day to pick up awards is Aug. 31. Prizes must be collected from the “primary library of use” that the reader indicated on the registration form.

The Summer Reading Clubs are sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries, the Friends organizations that support the county library system, and by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality children’s summer-reading program materials for public libraries. For more information, call the branch library nearest you, or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.



Interested in getting out on the water at Sugar Land Memorial Park but don’t have a kayak? No problem! The Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Bayou City Adventures to bring kayak and paddleboard rentals to the lake at Sugar Land Memorial Park.

Kayak and paddleboard rentals will be available on Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes before sunset. The rate is $20 per hour and paid to the attendant onsite. Lifejackets are provided and required.

Parks staff anticipates expanding the program to include various levels of instructional classes in early summer and is very excited about the opportunity to add a new water-based activity to the parks’ leisure programs.

For questions, call 281-275-2885 or visit facebook.com/SugarLandParks



In line with City Council and City Management initiatives to foster community business development and economic growth, Missouri City will host its First Annual Job Fair & Career Development Forum on Wednesday, June 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the City Centre at Quail Valley, 2880 La Quinta Dr. “Show Me City” business and education partners will be on-site to host career booths and to host workshops and presentations. Staff will also discuss municipal career opportunities with guests.

To provide assistance to job candidates in advance, staff will host two preparation workshops on the following dates/times: Wednesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 31 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Old Municipal Courtroom in the City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Pkwy.

“This strategic event will include partnerships from regional businesses and stakeholders to promote community unity by engaging citizens and providing networking opportunities for those seeking employment in the Fort Bend County area,” said Dr. Edward Williams, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development. “Some features of the Job Fair and Career Development Forum will include a resume-writing workshop, health and wellness booths, a small business workshop, career counseling and more.”

To register, visit missouricitytx.gov for details. Call 281-403-8500 to participate as an employer, employment candidate or vendor.


Don Cooper worked on eight Apollo missions during his time at Johnson Space Center.

Don Cooper worked on eight Apollo missions during his time at Johnson Space Center.


NASA launched Apollo 11 to the moon on July 16, 1969. What exactly did it take to accomplish this successful, history-making mission? Hear a behind-the-scenes account from one of the NASA scientists — retired physicist F. Don Cooper — who helped make that dream a reality, at a special program at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library on Saturday, June 10, in the Meeting Room of the library, at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.

The program will be divided into two parts. “Apollo, Part I – To the Moon & Back” will take place from 1-2 p.m. The second half of the program, “Apollo, Part II – Saturn Vehicle Guidance Equations,” will take place from 2-3 p.m. The public can attend the entire program or the individual sessions. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Sienna Branch Library at 281-238-2900.

During his years at the Johnson Space Center, Cooper worked on eight Apollo missions, the Atlas Centaur, the Air Force Dyna-Soar, and the Mars rocket NOVA. For the Apollo 13 mission, he provided the trans-lunar coast abort options to Houston Mission Control.

In Part I of his talk, Cooper will share his experiences creating the technology that helped launch Apollo 11, and the efforts that his team went through to successfully bring the Apollo 13 crew home safely in 1970. In Part II, he will talk more specifically about how geometry, algebra, calculus, and classical mechanics were used to produce the Saturn V guidance equations.

Cooper retired in 2002, and soon found a new calling — encouraging a new generation of students to pursue a future in the physical sciences. “Of the seven primary people who did this, I am the last one alive,” says Cooper. “Students do not know much about Apollo since it all happened before they were born. My objective is to show them how it happened, emphasize that education is essential, and show how math and physics solve real-world problems.”



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.-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.-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.



The Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center serves up ace tennis lessons aimed at attracting people of all ages to the sport. Classes are offered for players of all skill levels. Qualified teaching staff provide individual private lessons and group instruction for two to eight people of the same skill level. Courts are also available for league play and open play. For additional information, call Tennis Administrator Cristina Escamos at 281-403-8629. For a detailed list of lesson prices, visit missouricitytx.gov.



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.


From James and the Giant Peach.

From James and the Giant Peach.


Sugar Land’s national award-winning community theatre, Inspiration Stage (iStage), offers 21 youth summer camps for kids of all ages at the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr. Sign up at inspirationstage.com/summer/ Use coupon code “SAVE50” for $50 off your tuition. For a full schedule of camps by production, date and age group or for more information, visit inspirationstage.com




Are you curious about the drum-inspired Pound® fitness craze, but not sure if it’s for you? Fort Bend County Libraries’University Branch Library will present an introductory demonstration of the “Pound® Fitness Workout Program” on Saturday, June 10, from 2-3 p.m., in Meeting Room 1 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Marinela Taylor, a certified Pound® Pro group-fitness instructor, will present a basic introduction and demonstration of this popular cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing fun of playing the drums. Pound® fitness combines cardio, conditioning, and strength-training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements, using lightly-weighted drumsticks. It is designed for all fitness levels and appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities.

Taylor will demonstrate four different Pound positions and modifications and explain which muscles they work. Those attending this program should wear comfortable, workout clothes and sneakers, and should bring a bottle of water. The program is intended for older teens and adults and is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Branch Library at 281-633-5100 .


The writing club is for beginning bloggers to published writers to support each other’s work.

The writing club is for beginning bloggers to published writers to support each other’s work.


Join other aspiring writers at Fort Bend County Libraries’ “Story Spinners Writing Club” on Saturday, June 10, from 2-4 p.m, in Room 2C at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to write, share, learn, support, network, and critique each other’s work. Writing prompts, brainteasers, and brief exercises will be available to ignite the imaginations of any and all wordsmiths who wish to hone their craft.

The Story Spinners Writing Club is free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455.


Turn an old book into something uniquely beautiful.

Turn an old book into something uniquely beautiful.


Are you stumped for gift ideas? Searching for something different and unique for the book lover in your life? What about folded-book art that you can make yourself? Learn how to recycle old books into creative works of art at a special program, “Recycle Books Project – Design By You,” on Friday, June 16, from 2-3:30 p.m. at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library, located at 550 Eldridge.

Library staff will demonstrate how to take an old book and make words and images by folding the pages. No cutting, gluing, or special equipment is needed for this simple craft project. The project is a fun way to re-use old books and give them a new purpose. The resulting piece of art can be a great gift for someone who loves to read. Materials for the class will be supplied. Those attending the program will receive additional patterns to take with them and work on at their leisure.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Sugar Land Branch Library at 281-238-2140.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital cancer survivors.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital cancer survivors.


Fort Bend-area cancer survivors now have a new artistic outlet to help with emotions surrounding their life-changing experience.

Thriving Through Creative Arts is a complimentary expressive art program designed for local cancer survivors and administered by Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. The program gives survivors the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about being diagnosed, treated and surviving cancer through art.

“Cancer survivors — being anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer — need time to process their emotions and doing so through creative artistic expression can be a stress-relieving outlet for them as well as a means of coping,” said Melissa De Los Santos, breast and gynecologic oncology nurse navigator, who developed the unique program along with the Director of Oncology Services, Amy Sebastian-Deutsch.

“Thriving Through Creative Arts provides the softer side of cancer care – the much-needed, but often forgotten element, of wellness,” said Sebastian-Deutsch. “Through this program, Houston Methodist Sugar Land is helping to provide the important components of expression and healing that can provide significant benefits to survivors.”

The art program is designed to help cancer survivors view Houston Methodist Sugar Land not only as a place that delivers care for the body and eliminates cancer, but also as a center of emotional and spiritual health.

“It’s really about offering a more holistic approach to health care, something that is often missing in today’s technology-driven approach to medicine,” said De Los Santos.

Thriving Through Creative Arts will take place at the hospital on the first and third Wednesday and Thursday of each month starting at 12:15 p.m. The mediums used will vary at each meeting along with the project. Photography, painting, jewelry making and journaling are just a few of the mediums planned. Go to houstonmethodist.org/events to register for a class. For more information, call 281-414-8027 or email mdelossantos@houstonmethodist.org.



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.



Commit to becoming a positive adult role model for community youth referred by the Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Department. There are many children in need of a listening ear and encouragement. Come forward and make a difference in the life of a child. 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, visit fbpfy.org, call Susan Bearden at 281-633-7317 or email susan.bearden@fortbendcountytx.gov.



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.


Troy Construction and Classic Chevrolet, Sugar Land, Return as Title Sponsors of The Arc Golf Classic. Pictured are (l-r): Courtney Hare, Troy Construction; James Patterson, Fort Bend County Commissioner, Precinct 4; Laura LaVigne, CEO, The Arc of Fort Bend County; Britiny Froemmling, Troy Construction; Jeff Sebastian, GM, Classic Chevrolet; Gary Krueger, Owner, P G Professional Golf; and Brandon Sine, General Sales Manager, Classic Chevrolet.

Troy Construction and Classic Chevrolet, Sugar Land, Return as Title Sponsors of The Arc Golf Classic. Pictured are (l-r): Courtney Hare, Troy Construction; James Patterson, Fort Bend County Commissioner, Precinct 4; Laura LaVigne, CEO, The Arc of Fort Bend County; Britiny Froemmling, Troy Construction; Jeff Sebastian, GM, Classic Chevrolet; Gary Krueger, Owner, P G Professional Golf; and Brandon Sine, General Sales Manager, Classic Chevrolet.


Join the fun on June 19, the Monday after Father’s Day, at Weston Lakes Country Club in Fulshear at 10:30 a.m., for the 23rd annual Golf Classic. Following 18 holes of golf, the , “Yeah, I Do”, BBQ team will serve the meal while Commissioner Patterson conducts the live auction. Register on line at arcoffortbend.org or call The Arc office. Not a golfer? Come for the barbecue dinner and auction at 5 p.m.

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. The Arc also provides recreational and social programs, housing support and the largest Special Olympics program in the area.



Fort Bend ISD will offer various summer school programs to meet students’ academic needs at the elementary, middle and high school levels from June 12-July 27.

High school summer school programs will be offered at Ridge Point High School and Bowie Middle School. All middle school programs will be offered at Missouri City Middle School. Elementary students will attend summer school at Jones Elementary and Seguin Elementary.

For a full schedule and course descriptions, visit fortbendisd.com and click on the Summer School webpage. For more details regarding times, dates and locations of the programs, email FBISDSummerSchool@fortbendisd.com or call the Summer School Voice Mailbox at 281-634-9990. Details about the registration process, course offerings and tuition can also be found on the Summer School website.



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.



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.



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, 1111 Collins Road in Richmond. For more information, call 281-202-6200.



Picking up a basketful of local, sustainable produce on a regular basis just got easier with the introduction of weekly farmers markets at Harvest Green, 8 a.m. – noon on Saturdays. The ongoing market is located at 602 Vineyard Hollow Court and will feature just-picked fruits and vegetables from the Richmond community’s on-site Village Farm, as well as additional products such as honey, cheese, spices and sauces, and fresh brewed coffee.

Previously, the markets were held on a monthly basis, but enthusiastic support convinced Harvest Green farmers that weekly markets would be welcome, said Scott Snodgrass, co-owner of Agmenity, which manages Harvest Green’s farms.

“We grow only the best tasting fruits, vegetables and herbs for this area,” Snodgrass said. “Plus, our produce is picked at its peak ripeness within 24 hours of the market, so each item has reached its juiciest, sweetest, freshest and most nutritious potential. People know that our produce is beyond anything you could find in the store.”

Other vendors will include Loam Agronomics, which oversees Harvest Green’s Community Supported Agriculture program; Salve Naturals; Great Harvest Bread; and many more. Visit harvestgreentexas.com



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.




The Houston Glass Club has announced its 43rd Annual Vintage Glass and Antique Show and Sale. The show begins on Friday, Aug. 18, from 2-7 p.m., and two full days of shopping on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg.

Every country has its own glass making history, and the United States is no exception. The most collected items are those made during the first half of the 20th century from such companies as Cambridge, Fostoria, Heisey, Tiffin, and Hocking. The color, shapes, sizes, and unique items from glass are what attract buyers and collectors from across the country and the globe.

One of the main goals of the Houston Glass Club Show is to help educate and inform collectors about depression and elegant glassware, and that is why the Houston Glass Club show remains one of the top-rated and respected shows in the U.S. It is also one of the largest shows with 30 of the nation’s leading glass dealers displaying rare and hard-to-find pieces.

Admission is $10 for Friday early shopping and is good for all three days of the show. Saturday and Sunday admissions are $6. Food concessions by Custom Caterer are available onsite. Free parking is available and all buildings are air-conditioned. For more information, call 281-240-0382 or visit houstonglassclub.org.


The gymnasium prior to renovation.

The gymnasium prior to renovation.


Do you have old yearbooks, pictures or memorabilia from the old Missouri City High/Middle School?

Fort Bend County Pct. 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage is calling on the community to help with the Missouri City Middle School Gymnasium Renovation Project. The building was acquired by the County from Fort Bend ISD and the Commissioner plans to completely restore the building and transform it into a center for the community to use and enjoy. He also plans to include a small museum to house the history of the building and its place in the community.

The Commissioner would like to use photographs of the building from past years as the decorative theme for the renovated building and small museum. County libraries in Missouri City and Richmond will be the drop-off point for any items you would like to lend to the County to be scanned by professional staff. Once the process is completed, staff will contact lenders to pick up their materials. The Library is also offering lenders an opportunity to receive their own digitized copy of the photographs, upon request.

Copies will be kept at the George Memorial Library’s Genealogy and Local History Department for researchers to use far into the future. Those willing to share images and/or information will contribute greatly to future generations; it is vital to the success of saving the history of this building and this community.

Items can be dropped off at Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway in Missouri City, during business hours (M 12-9; Tu, W 10-9; Th10-6; F 12-5; Sa 10-5) or to the Genealogy Department at George Memorial Library at 1001 Golfview in Richmond (M-Th 9-9; Sa 9-5; Su 1-5.)

Commissioner Prestage would like to thank you in advance for joining in this preservation project. For more information or to ask questions, contact Brenda Patton or Maurice Lewis at 281-403-8000 or commpct2@co.fort-bend.tx.us



Students who would like to have more information on colleges around Texas and elsewhere are invited to attend summer College Fairs at three Fort Bend County Libraries in June.

Representatives from colleges and universities will 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, as well as admission requirements, financial aid, student housing, and more.

The events will take place at:

Missouri City Branch Library — Saturday, June 10, 2-4 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway. Schools represented at the College Fair will include Lamar University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Texas State Technical College, University of Houston, and the University of Tampa.

University Branch Library – Thursday, June 22, 1-3 p.m., in Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. Texas schools represented include Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, San Jacinto College, Southern Methodist University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas Lutheran University, Texas Southern University, Texas State Technical College – Fort Bend, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, Texas Women’s University, Trinity University, University of Houston – Downtown, University of Houston (main campus), University of Houston – Victoria, University of Texas at Dallas, and Wharton County Junior College.

Other colleges at the University Branch Library’s College Fair include Cor­nell University, Louisiana State University, Missi­ssippi State University, University of Alabama at Birming­ham, University of Mississippi, University of Tampa, University of Tulsa, and West Virginia University.

Cinco Ranch Branch Library – Friday, June 23, 1 to 3 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy. Texas schools represented include Lamar University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Texas Lutheran University, Texas State University, Texas Women’s University, University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, and Trinity University. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the libraries directly.

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