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All cast members in the production of Seussical JR. are 13 years of age or younger.

All cast members in the production of Seussical JR. are 13 years of age or younger.


Sugar Land’s national award-winning community theatre, Inspiration Stage, presents Seussical JR. for two evening shows and two matinees from May 5-7 at the historic Sugar Land Auditor­ium, 226 Lakeview Dr. This show is unique in that no cast member is older than 13 years old. Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and other favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life in this fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony Award-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers,
and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses
faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

The youth production showcases talented youth, none older than 13, from the Sugar Land and Houston area. The show Director is Mandy Seymore-Sensat and Music Director is Sarah Patterson. For tickets and more information visit inspirationstage.com




The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced the release of its fourth annual Shop With Heart Card, presented by the Heart Guild of Houston. The card is available for $50 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association, an organization whose mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

With great weather and plenty of celebrations approaching – weddings, graduations, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day – the Shop With Heart Card is the perfect opportunity for Houstonians to tackle their gift lists and give back with a meaningful $50 donation. The Guild carefully selected participating retailers and restaurants to ensure a quality experience for cardholders that allows them to make a difference in the community while supporting their local favorites. While the shopping discounts and complimentary eats are a great reason to purchase a card, many people use it as an opportunity to continue to show their support for the AHA. A full listing of participating retailers and restaurants is available at shopwithheart.org and in their annual Merchant Card Directory.


There will be opportunities for photographs with Batman and Wonder Woman, who will be visiting from Houston Hero Headquarters.

There will be opportunities for photographs with Batman and Wonder Woman, who will be visiting from Houston Hero Headquarters.


Fort Bend County Libraries will celebrate the art and authors of the graphic-novel literary world on Sunday, May 7, from 1:30-4 p.m., at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The “Graphic Novel Day” family event will feature special guest appearances and book signings by popular graphic novelists Falynn Koch, Dave Roman and Ru Xu.

Families are welcome to dress up as their favorite superheroes for the event. There will be opportunities for photographs with Batman and Wonder Woman, who will be visiting from Houston Hero Headquarters. In addition, each child will receive a free comic book as part of the National Free Comic Book Day celebration.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the George Memorial Library and Bedrock City Comics, the event is a great opportunity for fans of children’s graphic novels to interact with a variety of literary creators. Books will be available for sale and signing in the Bohachevsky Gallery, on the lower level of the library, throughout the afternoon. A portion of the sales will benefit the Friends of the Library organization.

The novelists will also make appearances in the Meeting Room of the library to talk about their individual experiences as graphic-novel creators. Hear about their love of the genre, how they began writing graphic novels, and how their characters came into being.

Falynn Koch will talk about and sign copies of her graphic novel Science Comics – Bats: Learning to Fly. An illustrator, comic-book artist, and storyteller, Koch received her master’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York City. She is a former food-truck owner and is the writer and illustrator for two books in First Second Books’ Science Comics series.

First Second Books created the Science Comics series to introduce particular topics, such as dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, and flying machines. Bats: Learning to Fly is Koch’s first graphic novel with First Second Books.

Dave Roman will talk about and sign copies of his book Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry, published by First Second Books for ages 10-14. With a sprawling cast of unforgettable characters, this fun graphic novel is a high-octane, hilarious follow-up to Roman’s quirky Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity.

Roman worked as a comics editor for the groundbreaking Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009, and is the editor of First Second’s Science Comics series. He also co-authored two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story.

Ru Xu will talk about and sign copies of her debut graphic novel NewsPrints, a story about the power of friendship and finding the courage to be one’s true self. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Sequential Art, Ru Xu is the creator of the popular webcomic Saint for Rent. NewsPrints is published by Scholastic for children from 8 to 12 years of age.

Those attending this event can also view a display of artwork in the Bohachevsky Gallery created by local youth who participate in the library’s bi-monthly Creative Connections program for grades 4 through 8.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455.


Neurologist Larry Tran, M.D.

Neurologist Larry Tran, M.D.


The public is invited to attend a free seminar at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Brazos Pavilion Conference Center to learn how the brain and heart are connected. Neurologist Dr. Larry Tran and cardiologist Dr. B. Keith Ellis will discuss stroke and heart attack risk factors, symptoms and prevention. Registration is required. Call 281-274-7500 to register or sign up online at events.houstonmethodist.org/sl-stroke

“It may not get as much attention as other serious diseases, but stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the primary cause of serious long-term disability for Americans,” said Dr. Tran, a board-certified neurologist with the Neuro­science & Spine Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

A stroke occurs when blood flow in the brain is interrupted and brain cells die. There are two main types of stroke: An ischemic stroke results when an artery in the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot ; and a hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that bursts. And it’s not just older adults who are at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about a third of strokes occur in people under the age of 65. No matter your age, it’s never too early to learn what you can do to prevent stroke. Preventable risk factors include high blood pressure, obesity and smoking.

To evaluate your risk with Dr. Tran, or another specialist at Neuroscience & Spine Center, call 281-274-7979 for a physician referral. Visit the Facebook page at fb.com/methodistsugarland for the latest news, events and information.



On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition, Fort Bend ISD Safe & Drug Free Schools, Fort Bend ISD Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will co-sponsor an opportunity for community members to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Mercer Stadium Parking Lot at 16403 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

For more information about the Take Back Day event or disposal of prescription drugs, visit dea.gov or contact Payal Patani or Lauren Ibekwe of the Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition at 281- 207-2400.



The Suburban Houston-Ford Bend Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta public service sorority offers the following spring service programs:

April 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – “Healthy @ Every Age” is a free Community Fair and Health Screenings event hosted by the Program Planning and Development Committee in collaboration with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,Inc – Missouri City & Sugar Land Alumni Chapter. The event will be held at The Pinnacle Senior Center (behind the Boys and Girls Club), 5525 Hobby, Houston. For details, call 832-746-2379 or email PPD.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

May 5 – The Social Action Committee hosts Marshall High School Teachers Appreciation.

May 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – The May Week Committee hosts the Academic Excellence and Award Scholarships Luncheon at City Centre at Quail Valley, Bluebonnet Room, Missouri City. Cost is $35 per person. For details, email Dr. Porscha Jackson, May Week Chair, at May Week.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

SHFBAC continues in the spirit of serving the local communities while building leadership and inspiring sisterhood since 1976.


(L-R): SSLW members Donisha Smith, Mable Scott Austin, Mose Austin and Carletta Lloyd were volunteer ushers for a theatre production.

(L-R): SSLW members Donisha Smith, Mable Scott Austin, Mose Austin and Carletta Lloyd were volunteer ushers for a theatre production.


Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) and Partners have made a lifetime commitment to provide cheerful, generous services to those in need in our community. SSLW always seeks new Community Partners, who can be an individual, family, church, organization, business or corporation that makes one annual, tax-deductible donation from $200 – $25,000. Seventy-five percent of SSLW members are Partners.

May’s Service Projects include:

  • Hope for Homeless in Fort Bend and Harris counties, email donishasmith21@yahoo.com
  • Adopt-A-Spot Quarterly Clean-Up, Highlands Park, email sslw1989@aol.com
  • Girl Scouts Sleepover at Constellation Field, email donishasmith21@yahoo.com
  • Provide schools support and services, email sslw1989@aol.com
  • Collaborations and Special Requests, email sslw1989@aol.com.

Ongoing programs in need of volunteers include seniors’ enrichment; military and veterans support; SSLW Cares, families outreach; organically grown community gardens; fund development; positive males initiative; mentoring/tutoring; continuing scholarships; children and youth financial literacy; community partnerships; voter registration; education and training.

For more information, please visit sslw.org, email sslw1989@aol.com or call 713-256-7953.


BJ Thomas

BJ Thomas


BJ Thomas, five-time Grammy and two- time Dove Award winner, returns to the Stafford Centre on Thursday, May 4. His special guest is Mary Sarah of Richmond, a Season 10 finalist from NBC’s popular competition, The Voice.

Mary Sarah made history on her national debut album Bridges by being the youngest artist to record an album of duets with some of country music’s biggest names including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, the Oakridge Boys and the late Ray Price.

“Mary Sarah is a beautiful young lady with a beautiful voice,” said Willie Nelson, who sang with her on his timeless ballad “Crazy.” On The Voice, she finished in fifth place competing on country star Blake Shelton’s team. She made her Grand Ole Opry debut on May 31, 2016.

The May 4 concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office at 281-208- 6900 or staffordcentre.com.



The May meeting of the Pecan Grove Women’s Club will be held on Tuesday, May 9 at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club. Join the group at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and visiting. The business meeting and program start at 10 a.m. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation by Nicci Byrd and Shannon Stavinoha of the Richmond State Supported Living Center on the needs and importance of RSSLC. Afterward, the group will embellish brown bags for use by Lunches of Love and install theClub’s 2017-17 Board. Following the meeting, an optional lunch will be served. 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) to make reservations by Friday, May 5. The cost for lunch is $13.




Inspiration Stage presents Legally Blonde JR. for two evening shows and two matinees the weekend of May 12-14 at the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr.

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle’s high school boyfriend Warner dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not “serious” enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate Emmett and spunky hairdresser Paulette along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.

The youth production showcases talented youth from the Sugar Land and Houston area. The show’s Director is Mandy Seymore-Sensat and Music Director is Sarah Patterson. Tickets are available now at inspirationstage.com.



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.




Replenish your garden with hibiscus at the Lone Star Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society’s annual show and sale events in April and May. On Sunday, April 23 growers will gather at Condit Elementary School on Third Street in Bellaire, and on Saturday, May 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Burney Road in Sugar Land. For both shows, judging will take place in the morning, and the flower show and sale will be open to the public from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Exhibitors, both experienced and novice, will enter their hibiscus blooms the morning of each show to compete to win awards in four major categories – Amateur, Collector, Open Collector and Commercial. Growers wishing to enter their plants in the competitions generally arrive between 7:30 and 9 a.m., and entries must be complete by 11:30 a.m. Once the plants are entered, the judges inspect the blooms and evaluate them based on their form, size, color, substance and condition. Blooms can be single, double or miniature, and there will also be a competition for seedlings.

Hibiscus growers are encouraged to join in the festivities by simply bringing their blooms that are opening on the morning of the show to enter in the competition.

Once the judging is complete, the facilities are open free to the public from 1-4 p.m. to view the competition blooms and purchase plants. At the plant sale, you will find eye-catching hibiscus in a wide variety of colors, including whites, yellows, oranges, peaches, pinks, reds, purples, lavenders, blues, and browns, as well as various combinations of these colors. New varieties of hibiscus and special plant selections from Florida and California will be available for purchase. Many varieties of this stunning perennial will be available that cannot be found at your local nursery.

Even if you have shopped the show in the past, you may want to come again this spring because the assortment of hibiscus plants expands each year as many growers experiment with hybridizing the flower. Hybridization is the process of cross-breeding flowers to create new types of seedlings that blossom into blooms with unique color combinations and patterns.

For more information on the Lone Star Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society and the upcoming Hibiscus shows, visit lonestarahs.org.


(L-R): Bonnie Steidley and Ruth Heikkila are Flower Show co-chairs.

(L-R): Bonnie Steidley and Ruth Heikkila are Flower Show co-chairs.


Sugar Creek Garden Club presents “Lost & Found,” a Standard Flower Show on Thursday, May 18 at Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Blvd., in the Garden Room from 1-4 p.m. The show is open to the public and admission is free.



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.

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



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.


(Back row, l-r): FBSO musicians Stacey Tharalson, Katherine Leskin, Patricia Kelley, Andrea Cope, Tofik Khanmamedov, Jordon Nickerson; (Front row) Dan Patterson, Elyssa Munden.

(Back row, l-r): FBSO musicians Stacey Tharalson, Katherine Leskin, Patricia Kelley, Andrea Cope, Tofik Khanmamedov, Jordon Nickerson; (Front row) Dan Patterson, Elyssa Munden.


The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra’s c The season finale promises to be a spectacular culmination of FBSO’s 25th anniversary season, blending orchestral and choral voices in Carl Orff’s 1937 masterpiece, Carmina Burana.

One of the classical music lover’s favorite concert pieces, Carmina Burana is described as “having something for everybody.” The audience will enjoy recognizing the musical themes that they’ve heard in everyday life, from advertising commercials to hip-hop and rap music. Orff’s work has a far-reaching musical influence.

James D. Rodriguez will perform the baritone solos, which are masculine and strong. Dr. Rodriguez is on the voice faculty at Texas Christian University, and he has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Opera in the Heights, and other symphonies across the country. Russ Clark, in his second appearance with FBSO, performs the tenor solos, depicting a swan’s dying day. The notes rise almost to the falsetto range in this powerful presentation. Clark has performed with Houston Grand Opera, TUTS, Houston Symphony Chorus, Opera in the Heights and more. He was the Director of Choirs at Elkins High School for 24 years. The soprano solos are performed by Gwendolyn D. Alfred. These solos have been described as “singing higher than one thinks possible, jumping from flat ground to the top of the building.” Dr. Alfred recently made her Houston Grand Opera debut in a title role, and she has performed with the Houston Symphony, Opera in the Heights and the Moores Opera Center. She is Assistant Professor of Voice at Texas Southern University.

Powerful choirs join FBSO in this season finale full of Texas classical music talent: the internationally-renowned Fort Bend Boys Choir, now in its 35th year, led by William R. Adams, Founder and Artistic Director; the Austin High School Choir, directed by Adrian O. Rodriguez; and the FBSO Chorus, guided by Gregory McDaniel, Director and Adrian O. Rodriguez, Associate Director.

Tickets begin at $15 for adults. Children 12 and under are $5 each, and teens are $10 per ticket. Discounts are available for college students, seniors 55 and over, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.



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, contact the Imperial Park Recreation Center at 281-275-2885 or visit facebook.com/SugarLandParks



Fort Bend County Libraries invites you to share your love of reading with other book lovers at one of Missouri City Branch Library’s book clubs. Three book clubs meet monthly at the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway, and new members are always welcome. For more information, call the Missouri City Branch at 281-238-2100.

Love a good love story or a chilling thriller? Members of the Talk Back Book Club meet on the first Saturday of each month to discuss general fiction, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Conference Room. The group will meet on Saturday, May 6, to discuss Scottsboro: A Novel by Ellen Feldman.

If mysteries and crime novels intrigue you, the Murder & Mayhem Book Club meets on the third Saturday of the month, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Conference Room. The book club will meet on May 20 to discuss Stalking Jack the Ripper, written by Kerri Maniscalco.

The Inky Panels Young Adult Graphic Novel Club is a book club for Young Adults aged 14 and up who enjoy comic books and graphic novels. The group meets on the fourth Saturday of every month in the library’s Conference Room. The group will meet May 27 at 12 noon to talk about Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 1: Revival, written by Brian Michael Bendis. The book clubs are free and open to the public.


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


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.

Registration is required. To register, call 281-274-7500 or go online at events.houstonmethodist.org/survivorluncheon-sl



Earn your Medical Business Office Professional career certification with the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Training classes will be held at the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, 12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land. Classes will meet Monday- Thursday evenings from 3-9 p.m., February -June. The Medical Business Office Professional program will prepare you to work in the business office of a healthcare facility. Eligible candidates must have a valid Texas photo ID, a social security number, and proof of high school diploma or GED. Partici­pants must be able to attend all class sessions, must pass an admissions test and online background check, and pay a one-time registration fee of $100.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Colleen Mayer, program director at 281- 240-8181 or via email cmayer@ftbendliteracy.org.

This course is provided by HCC Adult Education Community-Based Job Training and the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County.



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.



Catholic Charities offers a Creative Aging program to help bring the arts to seniors in Fort Bend County. The program at the Mamie George Community Center runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and offers a variety of arts and crafts with music, painting and ceramics and invites an intergenerational mix of volunteers and friends. The program’s focus is on the seniors’ health and well-being, providing enriching experiences, and social opportunities. For information, call 281-202-6200.

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