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(Sitting, l-r): Stephanie Kellum, United Healthcare; Co-Chair Lisa Kulhanek; (standing, first row): Co-Chair Giulia Hattan; Ron Holleyhead, Jacobs Engineering; Title Sponsor Mike Siwierka, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott; Lina Sabouni, AUTOARCH Architects; Paul Likhari, APAAR Management; Eric Peterson, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; (second row): Jacosn Fullum, Sewell Automotive; Merry Schneider-Vogel, Thompson & Horton; Gary Pearson, Republic Services,;Allison Bond, Johnson Development; Jarvis Hollingsworth, Bracewell LLP;Ron Bailey, PBK Architects; and Ray Meyer, Paradigm Consultants. Costumes provided by Ridge Point High School Theater Arts Department.

(Sitting, l-r): Stephanie Kellum, United Healthcare; Co-Chair Lisa Kulhanek; (standing, first row): Co-Chair Giulia Hattan; Ron Holleyhead, Jacobs Engineering; Title Sponsor Mike Siwierka, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott; Lina Sabouni, AUTOARCH Architects; Paul Likhari, APAAR Management; Eric Peterson, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; (second row): Jacosn Fullum, Sewell Automotive; Merry Schneider-Vogel, Thompson & Horton; Gary Pearson, Republic Services,;Allison Bond, Johnson Development; Jarvis Hollingsworth, Bracewell LLP;Ron Bailey, PBK Architects; and Ray Meyer, Paradigm Consultants. Costumes provided by Ridge Point High School Theater Arts Department.

FORT BEND EDUCATION FOUNDATION 24TH ANNUAL GALA, MARCH 4

The Fort Bend Education Foundation’s Off to Oz…The Emerald City Awaits presented by Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP, promises to be a fantastic journey down the yellow brick road in search of the wonders of Oz. This memorable evening will occur on March 4 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square.

Imagine skipping down the yellow brick road, through the forest and across the meadows on the way to Oz, encountering all of the fascinating people and creatures along the way. Experience garnering courage, knowledge and compassion through your encounters and coming together in the great Emerald City with Fort Bend’s finest in support of the local children’s education.

Enjoy a feast and entertainment by the band Password surrounded by the best the Emerald City has to offer. The yellow brick road leads to the silent auction and bid board area where a vast array of interesting and must-have items await. The highlight of the evening will be the live auction with Commissioner James Patterson serving as autioneer.

Information regarding sponsorships, auction donations and individual tickets is available at fortbendisd.com/foundation.

The Fort Bend Education Foundation touches every school in Fort Bend ISD. Its mission is to enrich and enhance the quality of education for all Fort Bend ISD students through its grants to teachers and school programs.

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(L-R): SSLW Scholarships Program Chair Marvelyn Harris, SSLW President Mable Scott Austin and SSLW Vice President Monica Riley.

(L-R): SSLW Scholarships Program Chair Marvelyn Harris, SSLW President Mable Scott Austin and SSLW Vice President Monica Riley.

SSLW SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE IN FORT BEND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) 2017, annual, competitive, service, and academic first – time scholarships are available through March 1 to graduating high school seniors from five Fort Bend County school districts:

Fort Bend Independent School District: Austin, Bush, Clements, Dulles, Elkins, Hightower, Kempner, Marshall, Progressive, Ridge Point, Travis, and Willowridge High; Katy Independent School District: Cinco Ranch and Seven Lakes; Lamar Consolidated Independent School District: Foster, Fulshear, George Ranch and Terry; Needville Independent School District: Needville High School; and Stafford Municipal School District: Stafford High School.

Scholarships are awarded based on community service, academic excellence, and leadership. Applicants must submit a typed application signed by parents and students, proof of 2.50 or higher GPA, a 4×6 inch color headshot, a typed essay and two letters via U.S. mail only (one from a school staff member and one from a community organization; correspondence requiring signature or extra postage will not be accepted).

Recipients must attend a mandatory community service and academic excellence luncheon on April 22. Annual SSLW service is a requirement for first- time scholarship applicants and continuing scholarship recipients. All decisions of the scholarship committee are final. All applicants will be notified via U.S. mail by March 31.

First-time applicants deadline is March 1; continuing recipients deadline is July 15.For more information email harris_marvelyn@
att.net, call 832-363-7975 or visit sslw.org.

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Top row, l-r): June Peggs, secretary and membership chair; Mable Scott Austin, president and partners chair; Monica Riley, vice president and infants - young adults chair; (bottom row): Marvelyn Harris, scholarships chair; Mose Austin, CEO and family outreach chair; and Elise Leaks Harmon, treasurer and “Salute Women in History in March” chair.

Top row, l-r): June Peggs, secretary and membership chair; Mable Scott Austin, president and partners chair; Monica Riley, vice president and infants – young adults chair; (bottom row): Marvelyn Harris, scholarships chair; Mose Austin, CEO and family outreach chair; and Elise Leaks Harmon, treasurer and “Salute Women in History in March” chair.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN, SPRING SERVICE PROGRAMS

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW), a volunteer, incorporated, Fort Bend and beyond service organization since 1989, has the following service and scholarship opportunities scheduled for the spring:

MARCH

01 – U. S. Mail postmark deadline for receipt of scholarship application packets. All scholarship notifications will be sent via U.S. Mail; email harris_marvelyn@att.net.

SSLW Salute Women in History – Elise Leaks Harmon, chair; call 281-499-3097 or email eharmon47@hotmail.com.

H & R Block nationwide makes a donation for each new client who provides the ID # 40010001079372 during tax preparation. Proceeds benefit programs and scholarships.

Missouri Middle School Welcome for sixth-graders and parents/guardians; email monicariley7@gmail.com.

Collaborations and special requests (ongoing), email sslw1989@aol.com.

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SUGAR LAND POLICE DEPARTMENT TEEN ACADEMY APPLICATIONS DEADLINE, MARCH 6

Sugar Land Police Department Teen Academy applications will be accepted through March 6.

The Teen Academy is a new program intended to engage students in a variety of topics designed to foster relationships, trust and understanding between officers and teens. Participants will have an opportunity to gain an understanding of police operations through specialized presentations and hand-on activities.

The two-week academy will be held at the Sugar Land Police Department from June 12 through June 23. Those interested must commit to attend all sessions, which will be held Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Students between the age of 14 to 18 who are enrolled in public or private schools within the city of Sugar Land and its extra-territorial jurisdiction will be considered.

Applications are available at https://volunteer.sugarlandtx.gov. Other requirements for consideration include a parental release, medical release and application questions. Classes are limited to 20 students per session.

Visit sugarlandtx.gov/PDteenAcademy for more information or contact Officer Lauren Stockholm at 281- 275-2956.

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The 3D printer at the Sienna Branch Library is ready for use.

The 3D printer at the Sienna Branch Library is ready for use.

LEARN HOW TO USE 3D PRINTER AT SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY, MARCH 4

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library will have a demonstration and instructional session on the use of its 3D printer on Saturday,March 4, from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.

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

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

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SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY CELEBRATES TEXAS HISTORY MONTH WITH PROGRAM ON ALAMO, MARCH 7

In recognition of Texas History Month in March, Fort Bend County Libraries will present a historical program, “The Battle and Fall of the Alamo,” on Thursday, March 7, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the Sienna Branch Library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.

Dr. Nicholas Cox, a professor of U.S. and Texas History at Houston Community College, will discuss the history of the Alamo, with a focus on the battle and its place in Texas history.

Cox received his doctorate degree in 19th-Century U.S. Southern History from the University of Houston in 2012. He is the program coordinator of the history department at Houston Community College.

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

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LAKE OLYMPIA GARDEN CLUB

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

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(L-R): Jackie Smith-Baker, second vice president, and Evelyn Peter Dean, president.

(L-R): Jackie Smith-Baker, second vice president, and Evelyn Peter Dean, president.

DELTA SIGMA THETA SUBURBAN HOUSTON – FORT BEND ALUMNAE CHAPTER, SPRING SERVICE PROGRAMS

The Suburban Houston – Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter (SHFBAC) or the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is committed to retrieving the past to construct the present and design the future. Most service programs are free and open to children, youth, and adults. SHFBAC has served local communities, while building leadership and inspiring sisterhood since 1976. Service programs available for participation include the following:

MARCH: 01 – Economic Development Committee deadline for school to request Smart Money Training for grades 7-12 students. All materials are provided free to students. Schools are asked to provide audiovisual equipment. Maximum per session is 50 students. Each session is 60 minutes. School staff is encouraged to email their request to ED.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

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FINAL TWIST WRITERS SOCIETY MEMBERS PRESENT WRITING WORKSHOP AT FIRST COLONY LIBRARY, MARCH 11

Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special program to encourage aspiring writers, “Developing Strong Female Characters for Texas Fiction,” on Saturday, March 11, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. A panel of Houston-area authors who are members of The Final Twist Writers Society — Cash Anthony, Laura Elvebak, Charlotte Phillips, and Becky Hogeland — will discuss how they go about creating the characters that appear in their stories. They will also discuss the process they use in developing their works of fiction.

The Final Twist Writers Society is a Houston-based writers’ group dedicated to supporting authors, providing mentors for aspiring writers, and promoting reading. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call the First Colony Branch Library at 281-238-2800.

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PECAN GROVE WOMEN’S CLUB MEETING, MARCH 14

The March meeting of the Pecan Grove Women’s Club will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club beginning at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and visiting. The program and business meeting will follow at 10 a.m.

March is Texas history month, and the Club is celebrating by hosting Kent Hill, a Wharton resident and gifted amateur Texas historian, whose presentation will intrigue guests.

Following the presentation, an optional lunch will be served. If you would like to stay for lunch, call or email Loyce Anderson at 281-344-8055 (Loyce0519@ att.net) or Sally Wingard at 713- 598-5850 (sally.wingard@yahoo.com) by Friday, March 10 to make reservations. The program is free and the cost for lunch is $13. A country club membership is not necessary to visit or join the Women’s Club. All women who would like an opportunity to socialize with other ladies in their area and become further involved in their community are welcome.

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Dr. Sindhu Nair, hematologist oncologist; Dr. Ali Mahmood, colorectal surgeon.

Dr. Sindhu Nair, hematologist oncologist; Dr. Ali Mahmood, colorectal surgeon.

COLORECTAL CANCER SEMINAR, MARCH 16

Join Ali Mahmood, M.D., colorectal surgeon, and Leka Gajula, M.D., gastroenterologist, on March 16 at 6 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Brazos Pavioion Conference Center to learn more about colorectal cancer — the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States — and take home a free screening kit. To register, go to events.houstonmethodist.org/sl-colorectal or call 281-271-7500.

For more information about genetic testing for FAP, or to schedule an appointment with Sindhu Nair, M.D., or Ali Mahmood, M.D., call 281-274-7500.

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MISSOURI CITY EXCHANGE CLUB TOHOST ST. PATTY’S DAY TOURNAMENT, MARCH 17

Looking for a fun way to spend the St. Patrick’s Day holiday? What better way that being on the golf course on a beautiful spring day while raising money for local Fort Bend charities? The Missouri City Exchange Club is proudly hosting its 37th annual St. Patty’s Day Tournament & Auction on Friday, March 17 at Quail Valley Golf Course. You and four of your friends will enjoy lunch, on-course beverages, dinner buffet and auction. Players will also receive a golf hat, towel, koozie and other goodies.

Find out what all the buzz is about by
contacting tournament chairman Rick Lyons at 832-368-4600. Send golf tournament entries or questions to Exchange Club of Missouri City, P.O. Box 1205, Missouri City, Texas 77459. Make checks payable to Exchange Club of Missouri City. More information is also available at qvec.clubexpress.com.

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FBFB FOUNDATION ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS, THROUGH MARCH 22

FBFN Foundation, the charitable arm of Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors, is now taking applications for the FBFN Foundation 2017 scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded to students who graduate from a Fort Bend County high school and who attend a Fort Bend County college campus. Since 2005, FBFN has awarded over $141,000 in scholarship funds. Applica­tions are available at the high school counselor’s office, the college financial aid offices or online at fbfnfoundation.org.

The deadline for receipt of the applications is Wednesday, March 22.

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(Top row, l-r): Lisa Shepherd, Cari White, Lisa Davila O'Toole (Gala Co-Chair), Phaedra Taylor; (seated): Dottie Allen, Shereen Sampson (Abigail's Place founder and gala co-chair); and (bottom): Adrian O'Toole.

(Top row, l-r): Lisa Shepherd, Cari White, Lisa Davila O’Toole (Gala Co-Chair), Phaedra Taylor; (seated): Dottie Allen, Shereen Sampson (Abigail’s Place founder and gala co-chair); and (bottom): Adrian O’Toole.

ABIGAIL’S PLACE FIRST ANNUAL GALA, “PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ,” MARCH 25

Abigail’s Place, a Fort Bend County-centered charity, has announced its first annual gala, “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” a Roaring Twenties-themed party, with all proceeds to benefit Abigail’s Place.

This elegant event will held on March 25, from 6 – 9 p.m. in the enchanting brick courtyard of the historic Moore Mansion located at 406 South Fifth Street in the museum district of Richmond. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails, elegant hors d’oeuvres, music, a well-curated silent auction and a display of vintage cars. Abigail’s Place is seeking 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 $65 per ticket or $500 per reserved table (seats 8). For tickets or more information, visit  abigailsplace.org or call 832-535-6474.

“‘Puttin’ on the Glitz ‘will be an enjoyable and impactful evening,” said Shereen Sampson, founder and gala co-chair.  “The Roaring 20s theme is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and our wonderful and creative gala committees have some brilliant ideas that will definitely impress our attendees.”

Abigail’s Place is a nonprofit relief organization committed to supporting single mothers in Fort Bend County by providing safe, transitional housing while promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization.

For donor information, or to volunteer, email cmcdaniel@abigailsplace.org.

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CELEBRATE SUPERHEROES AND ANIMÉ AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY’S YOUNG-ADULT COSPLAY EVENT, MARCH 25

Fort Bend County Libraries invites comic-book lovers, costume enthusiasts, and animé superfans to a “Young Adult Animé Cosplay” at George Memorial Library on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room of
the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The event will feature a costume contest and movie.

Older teens and young adults will have an opportunity to highlight their creativity and show off the hard work and imagination they put into fashioning fantastic outfits representing their favorite video game, animé, manga, SciFi, or comic-book superheroes.

Prizes for 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place will be awarded for animé or manga cosplay participants. Cosplay based on video games adapted into manga or animé are also eligible. Costumes must be family-friendly and not contain any profanity or weapon props. Entries can be handmade or store-bought, but those that are purchased must have at least one new addition made to the ensemble.

The movie to be shown is an animated feature released in 2001 about a young girl named Chihiro and her parents who are moving to a new house in Japan’s countryside. Chihiro encounters a young boy named Haku, who cautions her to leave town before nightfall. Haku helps Chihiro survive by working in a bathhouse for Japanese gods and spirits while she tries to find a way to save her parents before they become the main course on a dinner platter. This movie is rated PG.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455.

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FORT BEND PARENTS OF MULTIPLES ANNUAL GARAGE SALE, MARCH 25

On March 25, Fort Bend Parents of Multiples (FBPOM) invites the public to its annual garage sale at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd., from 8 –11 a.m.

This is not an ordinary garage sale. It is a professional event that is put on by multiple moms groups in the Sugar Land area and has anything and everything for babies, toddlers, young children and adults, as well as some household items. You’ll find clothing (children and maternity), shoes, toys, cribs, furniture, strollers, car seats, exersaucers, outside toys and more.

For more information, visit FBPOM.org.

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

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OAKBEND ANNUAL STROKE WALK, MARCH 25

OakBend Medical Center will hold its annual “Stepping Out Against Stroke” 3K walk on Saturday, March 25 with registration and T-shirt pick up beginning at 8 a.m. and the festivities beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is free and the event will include activities for children, music and information on stroke prevention and awareness. The walk will be held at the Seabourne Creak Nature Park at 3831 State Highway 36 in Rosenberg, and the 3K route will wind through the park with opening and closing activities at the pavilion.

Fort Bend County businesses, organization and individuals are invited to partner with OakBend on this event. Participants who register by March 15 will receive a free T-shirt. To register for the walk and to request T-shirt sizes, call 281-341-3093 or email bjanak@obmc.org.

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UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY PRESENTS ACTIVE-SHOOTER SAFETY WORKSHOP, MARCH 25

If you ever find yourself in an active-shooter situation, will you know what to do? How would you defend yourself against an active shooter?

Fort Bend County Libraries, in conjunction with the Sugar Land Police Department, will present a special workshop, “Civilian Response Active-Shooter Event (CRASE) 101,” on Saturday, March 25, from 1-4 p.m., in Meeting Room 1 of the University Branch Library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus.

Presented by the Sugar Land Police Department, this workshop will instruct the general public on ways to react and protect oneself if threatened by an active shooter or in the case of other dangerous events. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100.

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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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(Top row, l-r) : Andrew Stoltenberg, Rashawn Slater, (Middle row): Greg Freeman, Richard Freeman, Zachary Dagnall, Megan Dagnall , Nadia Haris, Mac Garfinkel, Rachel Vanderzyl; (bottom row): Carmeli Nguyen, Kristen Li, Rachel Wang, Riley Spengeman and Sydney Bynes.

(Top row, l-r) : Andrew Stoltenberg, Rashawn Slater, (Middle row): Greg Freeman, Richard Freeman, Zachary Dagnall, Megan Dagnall , Nadia Haris, Mac Garfinkel, Rachel Vanderzyl; (bottom row): Carmeli Nguyen, Kristen Li, Rachel Wang, Riley Spengeman and Sydney Bynes.

GRANT-A-STARR FOUNDATION FAMILY 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN/WALK, APRIL 1

The ninth Annual Grant-A-Starr Foundation Family 5K and1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is back again with a board of exemplary teens looking forward to organizing another successful event to celebrate the life of Grant Starr. The event will be held on Saturday, April 1, at Sugar Land Memorial Park, and will include both a 5K chip timed race on the USATF course and a 1-mile event. A community oriented post-race party will follow the awards presentation. There will be plenty of food, freebies and fun for the whole family.

Celebrating the life of their son, Grant, a seven-year-old boy who passed away from an unidentified virus the summer before he began second grade, Dolores and Rod Starr founded the Grant-A-Starr Foundation, a nonprofit organization created solely for the purpose of saving children’s lives through the advancement of rapid detection of life-threatening childhood infections, such as encephalitis and meningitis. The foundation provides financial support to Houston-based research projects that are dedicated to the development of rapid diagnostic testing that will reduce the time required to identify an illness and ultimately save children’s lives.

One part of the Grant-A-Starr Foundation Fun Run that is vital to the organization of the race is the student steering committee, comprised of local high school volunteers who have taken a deep personal interest in the event. Teen Board President Rachel Wang, a senior at Clements High School and last year’s committee vice president, said, “I hope to raise awareness for this cause because it will increase the money that goes towards research at Children’s Memorial Hermann and Texas Children’s Hospital. My goal is to raise $50,000 because we’ve always been so close to raising that amount. I also want to continue to raise awareness for this cause because it does so much good in the community.”

A team entry consists of a minimum of four and maximum of 10 participants per team. This event is also open to all Fort Bend ISD Schools and provides a variety of incentives for the participating schools. Contact Duyen Le at 713-515-5733 for more team and school information.

For sponsorship information, contact Terri Wang at terriw@rocketmail.com. To learn more about the Grant-A-Starr Foundation and sign up for the race, visit grantastarr.org. To register for the race, email Darla Spengamen at tspengeman@comcast.net.

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(Front L-R): Patricia Kelley, Andrea Cope, Katherine Leskin; (Back): Dan Patterson, Elyssa Munden.

(Front L-R): Patricia Kelley, Andrea Cope, Katherine Leskin; (Back): Dan Patterson, Elyssa Munden.

FORT BEND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS ANNUAL CHILDRENS’ CONCERT, APRIL 1

It’s an April Fool’s Day celebration as FBSO’s annual children’s concert peeks into all corners of the orchestra, looking for the culprit in this high-spirited murder mystery. The concert features words by Lemony Snicket in this work by Nathaniel Stookey. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at George Memorial Library in Richmond.

Similar in feel to “Peter and the Wolf” and “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” “The Composer is Dead” introduces young audience members to the different instruments of the orchestra in an engaging, entertaining production. It’s a perplexing murder mystery where all the participants seem to have alibis, all certainly have motives – and all are musical instruments!

Also on the concert is Micha Namenwirth’s “Divertimento for Toys and Orchestra.” This engaging selection is performed with toy trumpets, recorders, percussion instruments and
the orchestra.

FBSO will hold an instrument petting zoo following the performance. Other activities are being planned for the day; please check the website for more details. This is an entertaining, family activity and a great way to foster a young child’s love of music.

To encourage family attendance, the FBSO children’s concert is free of charge, and there are no tickets required. More information is available at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.

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From tantalizing cocktails to delectable appetizers the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair truly offers something for every taste.

From tantalizing cocktails to delectable appetizers the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair truly offers something for every taste.

14TH ANNUAL SUGAR LAND WINE & FOOD AFFAIR, APRIL 6-9

On April 6, Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair will officially kick off, celebrating the region’s diverse food and drink culture while telling the untold story of its epicurean traditions. The four-day festival is gearing up for its biggest year to date with award winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists via dinners, events, learning experiences, the Grand Tasting and a two-day Sip & Stroll. Tickets are now on sale for this unique event at SugarLandWineandFood Affair.com.

Located in Fort Bend County, the most ethnically diverse county in America, the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair will focus on the untold stories of the region’s melting pot of African, Asian, Latino, European and Southwestern flavors that are drawing attention from food and drink lovers from around the country. By partnering with leading regional and national culinary talent, expanding the weekend’s educational programming and adding curated dinners and events, Sugar Land is poised to showcase why the region is gaining a reputation as the next global food mecca.

Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair will include:

1) Dinners & Events – from unique seated dinner experiences to a meat-lovers lunch, these new dinners and events will educate, entertain and delight attendees:

  • The Boiling Point – Thursday, April 6, 7:30p.m.
  • The Italian Invasion: Italy and the Rest of the

World – Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

  • Cured & Fermented Lunch at Bacon Bros. Public House – Friday, April 7, noon-2 p.m.

2) Learning Experiences – Friday, April 7, 3-4:15 p.m., Saturday, April 8,10-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

3) The Grand Tasting – Friday, April 7,

7:30-10 p.m.

4) Sip & Stroll – Saturday, April 8, 3 – 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The popular Sip & Stroll is back again with an expanded schedule and a deliciously curated experience. Eat, drink and enjoy fantastic bites from the area’s best restaurants, carefully crafted cocktails and a great selection of wines. Ale aficionados won’t want to miss the exciting beer garden. Cheers to that!

Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair was founded and produced in 2003 by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and benefits the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

For tickets, the full lineup and more information, visit SugarLandWineandFood Affair.com.

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(Front row, l-r): Students from Hightower High School Interact Club, Kempner High School Interact Club, Ridge Point High School Student Council, and Clements Interact Club. (second row): Eunice Mather, FBEF Marketing Coordinator Hillary Dunn, Bill Dillon, Ron Williams, Margaret Constance, Tonya Samuels, Frankie Jackson, Ronnie Escobar, Joanna Covington, Matt Brown, Jim Mayes; (third row): Terri Hernandez, FBEF Board Member Ron Bailey, FBEF Past President John Wantuch, Co-Ride Director Akhil Kulkarni, Co-Ride Director Charles Borsos, FBEF Board Member Scott Maddox, Janice Holley and Geir Bentzen.

(Front row, l-r): Students from Hightower High School Interact Club, Kempner High School Interact Club, Ridge Point High School Student Council, and Clements Interact Club. (second row): Eunice Mather, FBEF Marketing Coordinator Hillary Dunn, Bill Dillon, Ron Williams, Margaret Constance, Tonya Samuels, Frankie Jackson, Ronnie Escobar, Joanna Covington, Matt Brown, Jim Mayes; (third row): Terri Hernandez, FBEF Board Member Ron Bailey, FBEF Past President John Wantuch, Co-Ride Director Akhil Kulkarni, Co-Ride Director Charles Borsos, FBEF Board Member Scott Maddox, Janice Holley and Geir Bentzen.

14TH ANNUAL SCHLUMBERGER EDUCATION EXPEDITION BIKE RIDE, APRIL 1

On Saturday, April 1, the Fort Bend Education Foundation will host its 14th annual bike ride.   Whether you are training for the BP MS 150 or just wanting a great day with friends, this is the ride for you.

Riders take off at 7:30 a.m. from Ken Hall Stadium (located at Hightower High School in Missouri City) to wind through the quiet streets and countryside of Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties before looping back home. Riders have the option of three routes; 31, 51, and 77 miles.

Rest stops are themed and staffed by Fort Bend ISD high school students vying for the “Best Rest Stop” award. SAG wagon and motorcycle support will be on the course to assist you with any needs. After the ride, stay and enjoy a scrumptious lunch and don’t forget to vote for your favorite Rest Stop.

This ride is a BP MS 150 Recommended Ride and all proceeds benefit the Education Foundation. The Fort Bend Education Foundation provides opportunities to enrich and enhance the quality of education for all Fort Bend ISD students through its Grants to Teachers and Schools programs.

Register online at fortbendisd.com/foundation before the event day to prevent any distractions for you on the ride morning.

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INSPIRATION STAGE’S SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET,
MARCH 31-APRIL 9

Sugar Land’s national award-winning community theatre, Inspiration Stage, presents Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street on March 31 – April 9 in the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr.

Set in 19th century Victorian England, legendary Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s dark and brooding musical explores the violent return of barber Benjamin Barker to London after 15 years’ imprisonment to take revenge on the corrupt judge who sentenced and banished him on false charges. Using the alias Sweeney Todd, Barker opens a new barber practice above Mrs. Lovett’s failing meat pie shop on Fleet Street. As Sweeney’s angry blades do their master’s gruesome bidding, customers begin to disappear and bodies pile up. Todd and the enterprising Lovett conspire to solve his bloody predicament by disposing of victims’ remains in Lovett’s meat pies which coincidentally become infamously sought-after with the infusion of their macabre new secret ingredient.

Director Jeff Sensat, Music Director Jeannine Rowden and Choreographer Mandy Seymore-Sensat have groundbreaking plans for the Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, and Evening Star award-winning tragicomedy.

The musical is based on the 1973 play Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Christopher Bond. The production showcases adult and youth talent from Greater Houston with four evening shows and four matinees March 31 – April 9. For more information, visit inspirationstage.com.

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INKY PANELS BOOK CLUB AT MISSOURI CITY BRANCH LIBRARY

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


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