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The OakBend Administrative team and board members are ready for a fun evening at Surf’s Up 2015. (Back row, l-r): Barry Beard, Joe Freudenberger, Tim McCarty and Rodney Lenfant. (Front row): Donna Ferguson, Sue McCarty, Cindy Johnson, Jannice Phillips and Ruthann Mefford.

The OakBend Administrative team and board members are ready for a fun evening at Surf’s Up 2015. (Back row, l-r): Barry Beard, Joe Freudenberger, Tim McCarty and Rodney Lenfant. (Front row): Donna Ferguson, Sue McCarty, Cindy Johnson, Jannice Phillips and Ruthann Mefford.

OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER PRESENTS “SURF’S UP!” BENEFIT FOR L.E.A.F, MAY 1

The azaleas are in bloom, the wild flowers are out and the cold weather is gone. Time to hit the beach because “Surf’s Up!” OakBend Medical Center is the title sponsor for the 2015 Surf’s Up School’s Out!, with the Triumphs, benefiting the Lamar Educational Awards foundation (L.E.A.F.).

The dinner, dance and auction will be held Friday, May 1 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with a live dessert auction immediately following. The dancing starts at 8:30 p.m. with entertainment by Fort Bend’s favorite party band, The Triumphs.

Funds raised at Surf’s Up fund grants for Lamar CISD teachers. More than $317,000 was awarded by the 2014 L.E.A.F. “Grant Express.” Since 2000, L.E.A.F has awarded more than $2.25 million dollars in grants for innovative classroom projects.

Individual tickets are $25, which includes a chicken-fried steak dinner catered by Vincek’s. Reserved tables for eight are $250. For ticket information or to reserve tables, contact Janice Knight at 832-223-0334 or visit leafgrants.org.

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(L-R): Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Board members Sonal Bhuchar, Keri Schmidt, Executive Director Dennis Parmer and Shay Shafie with Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, Kim Chambers from Group 1 Automotive, and General Manager of Fort Bend Toyota Chris Anderson.

(L-R): Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Board members Sonal Bhuchar, Keri Schmidt, Executive Director Dennis Parmer and Shay Shafie with Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, Kim Chambers from Group 1 Automotive, and General Manager of Fort Bend Toyota Chris Anderson.

DISCOVER SUGAR LAND SCAVENGER HISTORY HUNT, MAY 3

Sterling McCall Automotive Group is the proud presenting sponsor of a unique fundraising event that will be held on Sunday, May 3, to benefit the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation. The Discover Sugar Land Scavenger History Hunt combines history, competition and fun, as rival teams take to the road to follow clues leading them throughout the city to historical and iconic Sugar Land landmarks.

Teams and their supporters will gather at the Sterling McCall Toyota Fort Bend store for the start of the Scavenger History Hunt. Each team will receive a list of clues to solve within three hours.

As the Discover Sugar Land Scavenger History Hunt wraps up, a History Hunt Party will kick off at 4:30 p.m., with appetizers, libations and raffle. Sponsorships are available, starting at the $2,000 level, plus opportunities to be an Historical Marker Host. Individual tickets to the Historical Hunt Party are $30 each.

For sponsorship package details and to register for the Discover Sugar Land Scavenger History Hunt, please visit the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation website at slheritage.org or contact Dennis Parmer, Executive Director, at 281-494-0261 or dparmer@slheritage.org.

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“LUXURY IN BLOOM” DARLING MODEL HOMES TOUR, MAY 1-31

Tour 23 Darling luxury model homes located in Houston’s most desired communities during the “Luxury in Bloom” home tour from May 1-31. Model home communities are in the Southwest (Sugar Land, Missouri City and Richmond); West (Fulshear and West Memorial); Northwest (Cypress); North (Spring, The Woodlands and Montgomery); and the Northeast (Kingwood and Humble). Homes range from the $260s to over $1 million. Tourgoers can stop by any Houston area model home to register for a chance to win a shopping spree at Pottery Barn or Williams Somona. For a full tour map, visit DarlingHomeTour.com.

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3RD ANNUAL J.J. WATT CHARITY CLASSIC, MAY 1

The 2015 J.J. Watt Charity Classic will be held on the evening of Friday, May 1 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. A softball game featuring the defensive and offensive players from the Houston Texans will compete on opposing teams under “Friday Night Lights.” A home run derby at 6 p.m. precedes the 7 p.m. game with fireworks following the game.

Tickets range from $18 to $150 and are on sale at the Constellation Field box office and online at ticketreturn.com.

In addition, the event will feature a silent auction with items such as autographed apparel, autographed game-day memorabilia and an “experience package” to sit in either the defensive or offensive dugout during an inning, just to name a few. Foundation merchandise will also be available for sale.

For more information, visit jjwfounda­tion.org. For sponsorship information, contact Capture Marketing at 262-696-5177 or info@capturemarketingllc.com.

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Area religious leaders invite the public to join the National Day of Prayer activities.

Area religious leaders invite the public to join the National Day of Prayer activities.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, MAY 7

The 64th annual National Day of Prayer is May 7. Plan events for your family, congregation, business, school, and study groups at nationaldayofprayer.org/events. The 2015 theme is “Lord, Hear Our Cry. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” (I Kings 8:28).

The public is invited to attend the community gatherings: Missouri City-City Hall – 10 a.m.; Sienna Brushy Lake Pavilion – 10 a.m.; Meadows Place City Hall – 10 a.m.; Sugar Land Town Square – noon; Simonton City Hall – noon; Fulshear City Hall – 7 p.m.; Stafford City Hall – 7 p.m.; Katy Merrell Center – 7 p.m.; Rosenberg City Hall – 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Mary Cook, Fort Bend County Coordinator 2015 National Day of Prayer, at 832-651-7771 or maryhuntcook@comcast.net.

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Boys who love music and singing can find a voice with the Fort Bend Boys Choir.

Boys who love music and singing can find a voice with the Fort Bend Boys Choir.

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR CONCERT AND AUDITIONS, MAY 9 AND 16

On Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m. The Fort Bend Boys Choir will present its annual Spring Concert at Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston, just off the beltway at Westheimer. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Four ensembles – Training, Town, Tour and Music Magic – will be showcased as they celebrate this year’s theme, “Boys are singing … join our song!”

On Saturday, May 16, the Fort Bend Boys Choir will hold open auditions. Entry into one of the treble choirs (for unchanged voices) is by audition only. Boys should be 8 years old or going into the third grade for the 2015-2016 school year. Scholarships and payment plans are available in addition to carpool assistance. Call the Choir office for more audition details and/or if you need to schedule an alternate date. Also ask about Music Magic, their music enrichment program for 6 and 7-year-old boys – no auditions required.

Boys learn so much more than music as a member of the Fort Bend Boys Choir. They become leaders and develop time management skills, self-confidence, self-esteem and citizenship. There are no benchwarmers or substitutes in choir. Each boy plays an integral role in the organization’s success. For more information or to schedule an audition, visit fbbctx.org or call the choir office at 281-240-3800.

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SUGAR LAND GARDEN CLUB SPRING GARDEN TOUR, MAY 2

The Texas Master Naturalist Coastal Prairie ChaThe Sugar Land Garden Club is hosting its 16th annual Spring Garden Tour on May 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rain date is May 9. Six distinctive private gardens in Venetian Estates are featured on the tour. Come stroll among gardens with beautifully designed flower and vegetable beds, spectacular containers, water features, outdoor kitchens, garden art and sparkling pools. You will leave inspired to create or expand an oasis of beauty in your home.

Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour for $15. A tour map will be included. Additional information will be available at SugarLandGardenClub.org.

One of the oldest garden clubs in Texas, the Sugar Land Garden Club celebrates its 83rd year in 2015. The club is a nonprofit organization that supports a variety of state-wide and community horticultural projects, including scholarships for horticultural students and community garden projects. The club meets at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 702 Burney Road in Sugar Land on the third Tuesday of the month. The meetings feature speakers on garden-related topics.

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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. Fundraising events are discouraged. The website is arcoffortbend.org.

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Keegan Lessard (left) with Caitlin Rowley.

Keegan Lessard (left) with Caitlin Rowley.

2015 TAKE STEPS WALK HOUSTON FOR CROHN’S AND COLITIS FOUND­ATION OF AMERICA, MAY 2

Keegan Lessard from Missouri City is inspiring people in the Houston area to participate in the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Houston Take Steps Walk on Saturday May 2 at 4:30 p.m. at Houston’s Moody Park. Keegan, a Ridge Point High School sophomore, is living with Crohn’s disease. Along with ulcerative colitis, these painful, debilitating, and incurable digestive diseases impact over 1.6 million American adults and children, with as many as 150,000 under the age of 18 including over 66,000+ in Houston.

Keegan went through a lengthy diagnosis featuring multiple CT scans, colonoscopies, and blood tests, and has endured a great number of painful injections and invasive surgeries just to keep himself out of long-term hospital care. Despite constant pain and multiple unsuccessful treatment plans, Keegan refuses to let Crohn’s disease defeat him.

Thousands of people will gather this spring at nearly 80 walk sites across the country to join the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The walks are family friendly festivals with activities for everyone including bands, games, activities, food and a leisurely walk through a park or community. Take Steps has raised over $60 million for research and patient support services and is committed to transforming the lives of those impacted by these diseases through well-funded, cutting-edge scientific research.

For more information on Keegan’s story or how to get involved with Houston’s Take Steps Walk, visit cctakesteps.org/houston or contact Matt Jackson at 832-264-4172 or mjackson@ccfa.org.

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(L-R): Ashley Bella Rush (Benefit Bettie), Jessica Rox (Benefit Bettie), Andrea Cope (FBSO percussionist), Cynthia Whitty (FBSO French Horn), Leslie L'Amour (Benefit Bettie), Al. E. Cat (Benefit Bettie). Susan Lynch

(L-R): Ashley Bella Rush (Benefit Bettie), Jessica Rox (Benefit Bettie), Andrea Cope (FBSO percussionist), Cynthia Whitty (FBSO French Horn), Leslie L’Amour (Benefit Bettie), Al. E. Cat (Benefit Bettie). Susan Lynch

FORT BEND SYMPHONY PRESENTS THE FABULOUS 40’S, MAY 17

America has long spent more than any other nation on building a health care system primarily focused on treating people once they are sick. Shape Up Fort Bend, a 100 percent volunteer nonprofit organization, believes that Fort Bend county can commit to tackling preventive health issues with various countywide fun challenges.

Recently at the Champions of Wellness launch event, County Judge Robert Hebert presented a proclamation announcing a campaign challenging Fort Bend residents to collectively lose one million pounds.

The Million Pound Challenge is a web-based program that tracks weight loss, plus participants can log other relevant health indicators into their page. The campaign promotes healthy eating, regular exercise and competition to motivate weight loss and is being coordinated by nonprofit Shape up Fort Bend in alliance with Shape Up Houston. Ginger Blomstrom, RN is chair of Shape Up Fort Bend. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or participating in the Challenge can call Nicole Volek at 832-520-8212, or visit ShapeUpFortBend.org.

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Area Champions of Wellness with their pledges to stay healthy.

Area Champions of Wellness with their pledges to stay healthy.

SHAPE UP FORT BEND JOINS MILLION POUND CHALLENGE

America has long spent more than any other nation on building a health care system primarily focused on treating people once they are sick. Shape Up Fort Bend, a 100 percent volunteer nonprofit organization, believes that Fort Bend county can commit to tackling preventive health issues with various countywide fun challenges.

Recently at the Champions of Wellness launch event, County Judge Robert Hebert presented a proclamation announcing a campaign challenging Fort Bend residents to collectively lose one million pounds.

The Million Pound Challenge is a web-based program that tracks weight loss, plus participants can log other relevant health indicators into their page. The campaign promotes healthy eating, regular exercise and competition to motivate weight loss and is being coordinated by nonprofit Shape up Fort Bend in alliance with Shape Up Houston. Ginger Blomstrom, RN is chair of Shape Up Fort Bend. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or participating in the Challenge can call Nicole Volek at 832-520-8212, or visit ShapeUpFortBend.org.

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RICHMOND FARMERS’ MARKET, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS

The Richmond Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Fridays from 3:30-7 p.m. at the corner of Highway 90 A and Second Street. Produce offered includes green beans, squash, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, local honey, a variety of peppers, herbs, egg plants, onions, kale, beet bulbs, Swiss chard and more. Visit ci.richmond.tx.us/market.html for information.

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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON HOSTS ANNUAL FORT BEND SPRING BRUNCH, MAY 7

The Children’s Museum of Houston’s Hats, Gloves and Boutonnières 12th Annual Fort Bend Spring Brunch, chaired by Fort Bend County residents Rachel Leaman and Martha Rutledge, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at the home of Carlos and Maky Abello. The Spring Brunch benefits the Museum’s outreach efforts for children in Fort Bend County.

Group tickets to the Spring Brunch are available in sponsorship levels of $3,000, $1,500 and $750. Individual tickets are available for $75. To purchase tickets, contact Audrey Cortez at 713- 535-7210 or acortez@cmhouston.org.

The Museum has worked alongside Fort Bend for several years. With the recent successful completion of the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center’s Capital Campaign, plans are moving forward to bring a world-class children’s museum to the Fort Bend community. The Discovery Center is now scheduled to open in the new Imperial development in Sugar Land in summer 2016 with a look and feel similar to the Children’s Museum of Houston.

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SpongeBob SquarePants comes alive at Moody Gardens in a new submarine adventure.

SpongeBob SquarePants comes alive at Moody Gardens in a new submarine adventure.

SPONGEBOB SUBPANTS ADVENTURE AT MOODY GARDENS, BEGINNING MAY 23

Moody Gardens guests can visit iconic destinations and meet their favorite underwater characters from Nickelodeon’s global phenomenon SpongeBob SquarePants when the SpongeBob SubPants Adventure debuts in the Discovery Pyramid this Memor­ial Day weekend.

The SpongeBob SubPants Adventure will take guests through all the stages of a submarine voyage, complete with live animals and their captain, Patrick Star, who takes them on a wild and silly deep-sea adventure where they help choose their path through the underwater experience.

The doors open to a pier-themed pre-show area filled with hands-on activities and tanks full of remarkable sea life. Guests will be transported back in time through L’Oceanauts Submarine Explorations’ vintage “mission briefing” film to explore the beauty of coral reefs and highlight the animals in the tanks, encountering real sea stars, jellyfish, sea sponges and squids while learning about sea-life conservation.

Only at Moody Gardens, the SpongeBob SubPants Adven­ture is a non-stop whirlwind of surprises that is fun for the whole family. For more information, call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.

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Missouri City volunteers help out at the Community Garden at Buffalo Run Park.

Missouri City volunteers help out at the Community Garden at Buffalo Run Park.

MISSOURI CITY MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Missouri City launched its comprehensive Municipal Volunteer Program to provide residents with a new, streamlined process for partnering with staff to serve the “Show Me City” community. In the first few months of the program, Missouri City added more than 50 residents to the new program, resulting in several hundred more hours of volunteering.

Missouri City residents who are interested in becoming volunteers can fill out an application to join MVP on the City’s website or by contacting Media Relations Specialist Cory Stottlemyer at cstottlemyer@missouricitytx.­gov or at 281-403-8532.

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COASTAL PRAIRIE CHAPTER – TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST, MAY 7

The Texas Master Naturalist Coastal Prairie Chapter will be host to Michelle Sneck, a Ph.D. candidate studying ecology and evolutionary biology at Rice University.

The topic of her speech is “Hidden Friends: An exploration of microscopic fungi that live inside two native Texas grasses” (Elymus virinicus and E. Canadensis). This program will take place on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be preceded by a social time and snacks at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The Texas Master Naturalist program is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For additional information call 281.633.7033 or email mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu.

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BEACON OF HOPE BANQUET, MAY 8

Mental Health America of Fort Bend County invites the public to the 10th Annual Beacon of Hope Banquet, The Building Blocks of Success, on Friday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sugar Creek Country Club. Ten percent of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Texana’s Childrens Center for Autism.

Tickets are $85/person. Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available: Platinum: $2,500 – table of 10, VIP seating, listing as Platinum Sponsor on all printed and electronic media, signage at event; Gold Level Sponsor: $2,000 – preferred seating for table of 10, listing as Gold Sponsor on all printed/electronic media when possible; Silver Level Sponsor: $1,500 – reserved seating for table of 10, table signage.

Mary Kiernan will be honored with the Bell Ringer Award and State Representative Rick Miller will be presented with the Gary Williams Award. For more information, visit mhafbc.org.

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MISSOURI CITY POLICE & FIRE ACADEMY, STARTING MAY 12

The Show Me City’s Citizens’ Police & Fire Academy begins Tuesday, May 12 and offers a “behind-the-scenes” view of the dangers firefighters and police officers face on the job. The free, seven-week program is open to residents and classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Missouri City’s Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd. The deadline to register is Thursday, April 30.

Participants receive instruction in traffic laws, criminal law and crime scene investigations, learn about the principles of CPR, experience firearms training in a simulator, and view a staged SWAT operation, live fire demonstrations, a motor vehicle extrication using the “Jaws of Life” and a Dive Rescue Team demonstration.

Applicants must be at least 18 and either live or work in Missouri City. Applications are available at: Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd.; the Police Mini-Station, 1703-A Texas Pkwy.; at City Hall,1522 Texas Pkwy.; on the City’s website, missouricity­tx.gov; or via Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX.

The 2015 Class will graduate on Thursday, June 25. After completing the academy, members will be eligible to join the Missouri City Police & Fire Auxiliary and/or the Citizen’s Response Team. Both provide support to police officers and firefighters.

For more information, call Administrative Sergeant Phillip Englishbee at 281-403-5807 or email him at english@missouricitytx.gov.

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SUGAR LAND HERITAGE HIKE, SECOND SATURDAY

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

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

Walking tours begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. The group will depart from the SLHF office, 198 Kempner Street (next to the historic Char House).The cost is free for children under 12; $5, teens; and $10, adults. Proceeds benefit the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation. Reservations are required. For more information, go to slheritage.org.

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NEW BOOK CLUB AT MISSOURI CITY BRANCH LIBRARY

A new monthly book club for people who enjoy reading graphic novels and comic books will meet on the fourth Monday of every month. The Inky Panels Graphic-Novel Book Club will take place Monday, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m. in the library’s Conference Room. The book club is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2100.

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MEMORIAL HERMANN SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL WANTS EVERYONE TO “THINK PINK,” MAY 15

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the Sugar Land Skeeters will celebrate Pink in the Park, Friday, May 15 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. The Skeeters ask that attendees join them in wearing pink when they take on the York Revolution in the “Pink Out” game starting at 7:05 p.m. followed by a fireworks show.

Breast cancer survivors are invited to participate in a pregame ceremony starting at 6:15 p.m. All who register will be honored on the field and the first 50 registrants will receive two free tickets to the game. Kristi Chambers is a breast cancer survivor and will throw out the first pitch.

“It’s such a wonderful, family event,” says Chambers. “Cancer affects the whole family and it was scary for my kids when they heard mom had cancer. For them to see me on the field, being recognized as a survivor is a powerful message.”

A silent auction will be held for fans to bid on inspiring paintings, supporting breast cancer awareness, painted by Skeeters players. The players pink jerseys worn during the game will also be up for bid during the silent auction. Proceeds from Pink in the Park will be used to enhance the services offered to women through the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Breast Center.

“Investing our time, energy, and resources back into our community is a key component of our mission,” says Greg Haralson, CEO, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. “Pink in the Park brings attention, awareness, and education to breast cancer and the impact breast cancer can have on women and their families. It is a privilege to honor these inspiring survivors in our community.”

Breast services at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land include digital mammography for screening and diagnostics, including the cutting edge 3-D breast tomosynthesis. This digital technology can detect smaller breast tumors that may be missed by traditional mammography. The technology is particularly beneficial for women with dense or fatty breast tissue.

If you’d like to register to attend the pregame Survivor Ceremony visit memorialhermann.org/sugar-land-pink-in-the-park. The first 2,000 fans who attend will also receive a complimentary gift.

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FORT BEND SCHOOL GARDEN FARMERS MARKET, MAY 16

The Great Grow, Inc., a 501c3 community and school garden organization will be bringing the Treesearch Farms’ unique selection of plants to the Sugar Land Imperial Farmer’s Market on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will also be offering Texas Wildscapes Backyard Habitat Starter Kits that include an assortment of four to six native plants, native seeds and instructions that can help you get started in creating your own backyard habitat that can be certified by the Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Beginning May 1, plant enthusiasts may pre-order and purchase plants from a selection on the website at TheGreatGrow.com. A pre-order will better ensure you get the plant of your choice before a possible sell out. You may purchase online and your plants will be ready for pick-up at the Farmer’s Market. Be sure to bring a wagon for large purchases.

At 11 a.m., the group will present one school garden with a $500 check for participating in the 2014-2015 Great Grow program. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit the website for more information.

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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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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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BICYCLE CARE & MAINTEN­ANCE AT SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY, MAY 16

Learn about steps you can take at home to ensure the safety and longevity of your family’s bicycles at the “Bicycle Upkeep & Maintenance” program on Saturday, May 16, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Sienna Branch Library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City.

Michael Donnelly, Service Manager at Sugar Cycles in Missouri City, will talk about general bicycle maintenance, including proper tire inflation, cleaning, and basic adjustments that you can do at home. Learn how to inspect your bicycle equipment for potential problems and address them before they become a safety issue. Proper bicycle care can also extend the life of the equipment.

Donnelly has been working on bicycles and managing bicycle-service departments for 15 years. He is a graduate of the United Bicycle Institute, as well as the training programs at TREK U and SBCU (Specialized Bicycle Components).

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

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SUGAR LAND ANIMAL SERVICES EXTENDS PET ADOPTION SPECIAL

Sugar Land Animal Services has reduced adoption fees to $50 for cats and $55 for dogs through May 2. The fee includes vaccinations, spaying/neutering and a microchip with a lifetime registration.

All shelter pets require a sleepover allowing potential families to try out a pet in their home for three to five days. If it’s a perfect match, just return to Animal Services to finalize the adoption.

For more information, contact Sugar Land Animal Services, 101 Gillingham Lane, at -281- 275-A-DOG (2364).

The City also hosts adoption events at Petsmart, 16758 Southwest Freeway. Adoptable animals from the City’s animal shelter are displayed on a daily basis. Cats are at Petsmart during daytime hours seven days a week, and dogs visit the store on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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(L-R): FBFN Foundation President Carole Kanusky, honored guest Neeta Sane, and Marilyn Davis, FBFN Foundation Vice President/Scholarships.

(L-R): FBFN Foundation President Carole Kanusky, honored guest Neeta Sane, and Marilyn Davis, FBFN Foundation Vice President/Scholarships.

FBFN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON, MAY 20

The public is invited to the joint annual membership meetings of Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors and the FBFN Foundation for a brief induction of new officers followed by FBFN Foundation’s 2015 Scholarship Awards Luncheon. The event will be held at Sweet­water Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd. on Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. Neeta Sane, Board Trustee, Houston Community College District VII, will be guest emcee.

Scholarship recipients and their parents will be honored guests. Students will acknowledge the Fort Bend County college they will attend and their educational goals.

RSVP no later than May 12. Admission for members is $30 and guests $35. Mail your reservation check to: FBFN Foundation, P.O. Box 18229, Sugar Land, Texas, 77496. Indicate your entrée choice of beef or salmon. For more information, visit FBFNFoundation.org.

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(L-R): Co-chairs Bonnie Steidley and Ruth Heikkila.

(L-R): Co-chairs Bonnie Steidley and Ruth Heikkila.

SUGAR CREEK GARDEN CLUB FLOWER SHOW, MAY 19

Sugar Creek Garden Club’s annual Standard Flower Show will be held on Thursday, May 19 at Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Blvd. This year’s title is “Destinations Near and Far,” and design interpretations will be in keeping with that theme. The beautiful and intriguing floral designs will take you from New York City to the Serengeti, on Route 66. The public is invited from 1 to 4 p.m., free of charge.

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LEARN HOW TO SAVE MONEY WITH COUPONS AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY, MAY 16

Extreme couponer Kristin Holt Duncan, will present “Saving Money with Coupons” on Saturday, May 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Holt will provide a basic introduction to “couponing” – the process of collecting discount coupons to save money on food or household purchases. Learn about strategic shopping, meal-planning, and stockpiling, as well as store policies on coupons and discounts. Get tips on helpful technology such as smartphone apps for shoppers.The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Survivors Day Celebration.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Survivors Day Celebration.

HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL CELEBRATES NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY, JUNE 5

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining nearly 14 million American cancer survivors in celebrating the 28th 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.

“Surviving cancer is more than just living. It’s an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” says Frances Goerlich, director of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center. “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 Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center.

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, which can be attributed to advances in prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up care. Cancer, however, does come with many challenges, such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. “Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives,” says Dr. Shkedy.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center welcomes all local cancer survivors and a guest to join them as they honor survivors living with a history of cancer. The Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and Luncheon will be held Friday, June 5 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Confer­ence Center. RSVP required.

Call 281-274-7500 or visit houstonmethodist.org/­events to reserve a seat.


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