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The band For Heaven’s Sake will entertain guests at the Taste of Sugar Land.


NOV 14

The 8th Annual Taste of Sugar Land will be held on Nov. 14 at Safari Texas Ranch. Doors open at 4 p.m. for an auction preview from 4-5 p.m. At 5 p.m. the ballroom doors swing open for continuous tasting, entertainment, and silent and live auctions. More than 15 of the most popular area restaurants will serve their best epicurean delights. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children under 10.

Proceeds benefit the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry and Fort Bend Family Promise. For ticket and event information, go to www.tasteofsugarland.com or call 281-240-3195.


Wearing their best hats are tea/auction committee members: (l-r, front row) Gail Grace, Fran Ward; (back row) Ginger Ekstrom, Mary Ann dePaula, Elizabeth Bueno, Paula Ruskan and Michelle Broussard.



Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors presents “Taking Tea with the Mad Hatters” on Nov. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at Sweetwater Country Club.

Tea and scones will be served at tables with elaborate teapot centerpieces decorated by Cathy Gottlieb of Twenty Two Fifty Interiors in Sugar Land Town Square. The teapots will be raffled. A silent auction will raise funds for scholarships. Entertainment will be provided by pianist Mary Perterson, an FBFN member and Fine Arts faculty member at HCC and active professional musician in the Houston area. She will be joined by singer Lee Chapman, a member of the Decibelles, a women’s barbershop chorus. Dust off your old, new or decorated hats for the hat contest.

Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for guests. E-mail Paula at waysandmeans@­fbfn.org for more information.


Preparing for Preview Night are: (l-r) SPM co-chair Cindy Dempster, SPM co-chair Katharine Hunton, SPM Preview Night chair Monica Neely, FBJSL President Pam Spencer and SPM co-chair Jana Baumann.



Fort Bend Junior Service League announced the debut of Preview Night at the 2010 FBJSL Sugar Plum Market presented by Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 6-9 p.m. In honor of the 10th anniversary of both the Market and FBJSL, patrons will be given a unique opportunity to be among the first to shop the market while enjoying cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres provided by a variety of local restaurants and a festive holiday atmosphere.

Preview Night tickets are $50 and can be purchased by contacting tickets@sugarplummarket.com.


Sugar Creek Women’s Association Boutique Committee members are: (l-r) Patti Pearson,Shirley Gordon, Helen Rosenthal and Bette Lemon, president.




The Sugar Creek Women’s Association annual “Holiday Treasures Boutique” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 4, at Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Blvd.

The public is invited to shop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a $5 admission fee. Proceeds from this fee will be given to a local community charity.


(L-R) Choirboys Bryan Pulliam, Bryce Mortimer, Baldwin Lee, Tyler Sutton and Keon Sisemore.



The Fort Bend Boys Choir is gearing up for Walk in Concert with the Fort Bend Boys Choir on Nov. 6 at 9 a.m. in Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land. Participants will complete a 3-mile walk and receive a walk-a-thon T-shirt. Proceeds will help fund the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s five music programs, including scholarships.

Business sponsorships are available. To make a pledge, participate in the walk-a-thon or become a sponsor, call 281-240-3800 for details. Find more information on the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Facebook Web page.


Committee member Dallis Warren and Gillman Automotive Group President Stacy Gillman-Wimbish join Service Group representative Ray Avery, event chair Lane Pearson and Chris Gillman.




The 15th annual Gillman Golf Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Fort Bend County Women’s Center will be held at Sweetwater Country Club on Monday, Nov. 8. The event will be an 18-hole Florida scramble. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with a noon shotgun start.

Sponsors are still needed. Player fees are $150 and include lunch, snacks, beverages, a goodie bag, dinner and live auction. For more information, call Joanne Zanetti at 713-776-7044. Proceeds benefit survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.



NOV 20

The Arc of Fort Bend and returning key underwriter Prosperity Bank are joined by fellow underwriters Aliana, Sprint Landfill and Sugar Land Rotary inviting you to the 32nd annual Best in the West dinner, dance and auction benefiting persons in this county with intellectual and related developmental disorders. Proceeds enable the nonprofit organization to provide unique opportunities and services to these special citizens. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the George Ranch Historical Park.

The Swinging Door will serve a delicious barbecue dinner. A fun-filled evening of music and entertainment will be provided by the Triumphs. Many silent auction corrals hosted by area companies and organizations will offer opportunities for holiday shopping. The legendary live auction promises fabulous travel, hunting, fishing, sports and rodeo packages, as well as unique surprises guaranteeing a night of friendly, competitive bidding. An added attraction this year is a restored 1966 red Mustang with 302 V-8 donated by KR Mustang, Kevin Casey, and a host of Kevin’s friends. To drive away this classic automobile, you must purchase one of the 500 raffle tickets to be sold at $100 each. Tickets may be purchased from any Dance Committee member, Prosperity Bank or the Arc office.

Tickets are $50 each and reserved tables for 10 are $500. They may be purchased at the Arc of Fort Bend, Prosperity Bank Sugar Land or Pamela Printing. Call Theresa Bathe (281-879-1158) or Ann Smith (281-240-1313) to order now. If your company would like to offer support, contact Jo Ann Stevens at 713-829-1827. Should you wish to make a donation to the Texas-sized live auction, call Jenny Gortney at 281-269-7230. To be a part of the legendary silent auction Corrals, call The Cushenberrys at 281-242-4441 or Jacque Burgess at 281-346-2699.


(L-R) Gay Thompson, former Houston Astro Craig Biggio, Claire Bogard, Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard and Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson.



Minute Maid will host the second annual Minute Maid Holiday Soiree during the city of Sugar Land’s Tree Lighting in Sugar Land Town Square. The event will take place on Dec. 2 on the fourth floor of the Minute Maid building. Guests will enjoy an evening of holiday festivities with a bird’s eye view of the tree lighting below, including Santa’s entrance and the lighting of the 40 foot Christmas tree.

The Soiree will boast a sampling of sips and bites from Sugar Land Town Square restaurants, with Mayor James Thompson, city of Sugar Land representatives and special Houston Astros guests of honor on hand to celebrate.

A ticket to the Soiree will come with a VIP parking spot, festive activities for little ones, and the opportunity to bid in a silent auction.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Minute Maid 3-Family Fund. For pricing information and to purchase tickets, visit MinuteMaidHolidaySoiree.com.


(L-R) Joyce Lolley, Austa Sue Kelley, Matthew Driggers, Mary Jane Kocurek and Ginger Walker.



The Fort Bend Museum’s annual Candlelight Tours are set for Dec. 3-4. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.” Tours will be full of cultural and historical significance as each room in the Moore Home is decorated according to a specific country’s theme.

Docents are currently selling raffle tickets for a number of prizes. The event is a fundraiser benefiting the programs of the Fort Bend Museum.

Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; and $3 for children. Raffle tickets are $2 each; $5 for three tickets; or $15 for 10 tickets. Tickets are available at the Fort Bend Museum.

The Fort Bend Museum is located at 500 Houston Street in Richmond. For more information, visit www.fortbendmuseum.org.



NOV. 4-6

Austin High School Playhouse’s first show of the school year is Dracula. Using the stage adaptation by Steven Dietz, this version of Dracula’s story more closely follows Bram Stoker’s original novel. Experience the chills and thrills of this blood thirsty fiend on Nov. 4-6 at 7 p.m. at Austin High School, 3434 Pheasant Creek Drive.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 281-634-2071. Presale tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets at the door will be $10, adults; and $7, students. This show is not appropriate for children under 10.




Each month, Town Square continues to add new, exciting events to this ever-changing schedule. Watch for upcoming entertainment announcements by visiting www.sugarlandtownsquare.com, and sign up for Town Square’s weekly e-newsletter.

Upcoming events in November include: Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The 5th Annual International Festival celebrates the diversity in the school district by highlighting unique cultural traditions, arts and food from various cultures. Eighteen countries will be represented and entertainment will be provided by local artists and students.

Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m. Clements High School Chamber Strings performs a community concert featuring “The Mill and the Train” to celebrate the history of Sugar Land.

Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Support Fort Bend County’s Youth in Philanthropy high school students as they build structures out of canned goods. Non-perishable food donations will be collected for the food drive and live music will be performed in the plaza.

Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m. Bring family, friends and lawn chairs and enjoy watching a movie under the moon for free.

Nov. 19, 7-8 p.m. Enjoy a preview performance of Hansel & Gretel performed by Imperial Performing Arts at The Imperial Theatre.

Nov. 20, 7-9 p.m. Concert in the Plaza presented by Quail Valley Church.

Nov. 28, 1-5 p.m. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at Town Square for a holiday photo.



NOV. 6

Boy Scout Troop 1424’s garage sale is scheduled for Nov. 6 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot of Colony Creek Community Church, 7555 Highway 6 South next to Candelari’s.

This huge multi-family sale will include furniture, electronics, toys, bikes, books, clothing and housewares. To donate items or schedule a pick up, call 281-684-5495. Proceeds will benefit Boy Scout Troop 1424.



NOV. 6

Shoppers will flock to City Hall on Saturday, Nov. 6, to find deals at Missouri City’s Community-wide Garage Sale. And now is the time for interested vendors to obtain a booth for their wares. The popular garage sales are held twice a year — in November and in April — and offer shoppers a chance to find a wide array of great buys.

To choose your space and for more information, stop by the Parks & Recreation Office adjacent to City Hall, 1522 Texas Parkway.



NOV. 6

The Friends of the Arts committee, First United Methodist Church, Missouri City presents tenor Daniel Montenegro in concert on Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Resurrection, 3900 Lexington Blvd.

Montenegro is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music who has established his reputation as an outstanding tenor. He appeared with the American Tenors on their own PBS nationwide special broadcast. In recent seasons, he has appeared in productions with the Los Angeles Opera.

The concert is free to the public, although donations will be accepted. For more details, call 281-399-3502 or e-mail FriendsoftheArts@comcast.net.



NOV. 10-11

The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land will host a series of classes for the Look Good Feel Better program, a free, public service program created by the American Cancer Society to inspire women with cancer and improve their self esteem during treatment and recovery.

The Look Good Feel Better program consists of a series of classes where volunteer cosmetologists teach women diagnosed with cancer how to cope with skin changes and hair loss due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Each woman attending the class will receive a complimentary cosmetic kit selected to enhance her complexion. All cosmetics and skin care products are donated by The Personal Care Products Council Foundation and are tested to be safe for women undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Upcoming class dates are set for Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. and Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land at 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway.

Pre-registration is required. Call 281-566-1800, ext. 2, to register or get more information. The program is open to MD Anderson patients as well as any cancer patient in the Fort Bend area.



NOV. 10

Job-hunters who are interested in networking are invited to attend the ICAN Center Mix & Mingle at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, beginning at 6 pm.

Those attending will have an opportunity to meet other individuals with similar job-hunting experiences, to exchange ideas and business cards, and to establish relationships that may assist them in their networking and job-hunting endeavors. Job-hunters may also participate in a “Flash Round-Table Round-Up” in which they will give a 30-second resumé of why their qualifications make them the best candidate for a job.

Refreshments will be available. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-499-4100.



NOV. 12

Fort Bend Theatre’s Annual Celebrity Gala and Awards Show, Robbing Hood, Men in Tights, will be performed Friday, Nov.12, at Texas Safari Ranch. Starring local celebrities including Rowdy Yates from KILT, Doug Johnson of Channel 2 fame, Michele Fisher of 96.5 FM, and even more surprise guest celebrities, this show promises to be one outrageous romp.

Along with a succulent feast that would even satisfy Friar Tuck, there will be live musicians accompanying talented FBT singers, and a silent auction with goodies for everyone. Celebrity tables are $1,000; Premium tables are $750 and are available on a first-come basis by calling 281-208-3333. Individual tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for children 11 and under, and are available at www.fortbendtheater.com.



NOV. 13

A “Celebrate Life” fundraiser sponsored by Strauss Systems Inc., 7 Strauss Ct., Stafford, on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. will benefit the Women’s Pregnancy Center.

A barbecue plate is $10. Pre-order tickets by calling 713-774-0126, faxing 713-774-0131 or e-mailing DonnaKocurek@­yahoo.com. Also order tickets through Paypal on Facebook.



NOV. 13

Motorcycle riders are invited to assist disadvantaged Fort Bend youth by joining a motorcycle ride sponsored by local nonprofit, Fort Bend Cares, on Saturday morning, Nov. 13. The ride will begin at Republic Harley Davidson in Stafford and travel 45 miles to the new town center in Fulshear. There, area restaurants will donate a portion of their lunch-sale proceeds to Fort Bend Cares, which funds organizations benefiting Fort Bend youth.

Motorcycles will be available for rent at Republic Harley Davidson, 12707 Southwest Freeway in Stafford, where registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Riders will depart between 9 and 9:30 a.m. To reserve a motorcycle, call Republic Harley Davidson at 281-295-1000.

For more information, call 832-392-1983 or visit www.FortBendCares.org.


September 2010 Tutor Training graduates


NOV. 8, 10, 13

Tutor training dates for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County have been scheduled for Nov. 8 and Nov. 10 from 6-9 p.m., and Nov. 13 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Literacy Center, 12530 Emily Court in Sugar Land.

LCFBC volunteer tutors teach adult basic literacy and/or English as a Second Language. Students benefit from the individualized attention while tutors enjoy the rewards of helping improve adult literacy.  Literacy tutors do not need knowledge of any foreign language, nor do they need formal teaching experience.

Tutor-training workshops are held every other month and attendance at all scheduled days of training is required to become a certified tutor.

For more information or to register for the tutor training workshop, call 281-240-8181 or visit www.ftbendliteracy.org.



NOV. 13

Want to impress your guests this holiday season with simple culinary dishes that are a healthy and festive addition to any table? Come to a special program, “Merry Morsels: Healthy Holiday Cooking,” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m in the Small Meeting Room of the library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City.

Sandra Fry, county extension agent for Family & Consumer Sciences from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will demonstrate various holiday dishes that taste great and are easy to make. She will also provide tips on healthier options for ingredient substitutions, portion versus serving size, and holiday meal-planning.

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



NOV. 13

Team up with Woody Williams, honorary chair for The Taylor Sears Champion the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis Dinner and Auction, on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land. The evening will include complimentary valet parking, live music, cocktails, food tastings from local restaurants like BJ’s, Japaneiro’s, Chef for You, Amici Ristorante, Escalante’s, Aura, Shiva and others, as well as a silent and live auction.

Sponsorship for a table of 10 starts at $1,500. Ticket prices begin at $100 and may be purchased through the CF Foundation by calling 713-621-0006 or go to txgulf.-cff.org/TaylorSearsChampion.



NOV. 13-14

Brazos Bend State Park will host a two-day program on Nov. 13-14 designed to teach families not only how to pitch a tent, cook outdoors and learn about nature, but also how to use a global positioning system to navigate trails and locate hidden caches. The program also teaches participants about conservation ethics and introduces them to park rangers and what they do.

The workshop is $55 per family (up to six people) and includes individual camping sites for each family, restrooms with hot showers, professional park ranger-led programs and instruction, overnight state park police officer public safety and security, a curriculum developed specifically for use and enjoyment of a state park, and state park Junior Ranger certification programs.

Call 512-389-8903 to register or send an e-mail to tofsp@tpwd.state.tx.us.



NOV. 13

The Autism Play Group of Fort Bend County provides social opportunities for children with autism, ages 1-12 years and their families, while building a support network in Fort Bend County. The group meets the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m.-noon. Thanks to local sponsors, drinks, snacks and door prizes are provided. Cost is free but donations are appreciated. RSVP is required.

For more information, contact Susan at susan@susangar.com or 281-726-2665.


Anna Busier, Harley Guel, Chrissy Dillon, Victoria Fortenberry and Taylor Rainosek prepare for the Fall Dance Clinic.


NOV. 13

Clements High School Stars Dance Team will host its Fall Dance Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 13, 8 a.m.-noon at Clements High School. The clinic is for girls kindergarten-eighth grade. The clinic will end with a performance at 11:30 a.m. in the girls gym for family and friends. Participants will also get to perform in the Winter Dance Extravaganza on Nov. 15.

The cost for the clinic is $35 or $45 at the door. To register, contact Candice Tutt at 713-299-3137 or e-mail Candice.tutt@fortbend.k12.tx.us.



NOV. 13

Frosty’s Holiday Market will be held on Nov. 13 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Frost Elementary, 3306 Skinner Lane in Richmond.

Get an early start on your holiday shopping with unique items for the entire family including custom made jewelry, women’s clothing and accessories, decorative stationary, hand-poured candles, foods, chic handbags, home decor and floral design, garden accents and more.

Admission is $3 and includes a ticket to be placed in the raffle. All proceeds benefit  Frost Elementary School.



NOV. 13

The Sugar Land Democrats Club monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the First Colony Library at 2121 Austin Parkway. Hear the results of the Nov. 2 general election from Fort Bend County Democratic Chairman Steve Brown.



NOV. 14

Fort Bend County Libraries kicks off the holiday season with a performance by the Town Choir of the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas. The concert will take place on Sunday, Nov. 14, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

Directed by Matt Robinson and accompanied by Jason Ritchie, the Town Choir will sing an assortment of holiday-themed music.

The concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 281-341-2677.




Fort Bend Theatre presents God’s Favorite through Nov. 14 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at 2815 N. Main Street in Stafford.

Based on the classic biblical tale of Job, God’s Favorite is a side-splitting comedy re-imagined in a way only Neil Simon can. Don’t miss this contemporary tale of morality, tribulation and devotion.

Tickets are available online at www.fortbendtheatre.com. For more information, call 281-208-3333.



NOV. 14

Everyone suffers betrayal. When we do, our natural instinct is to fight back, but God tells us to forgive. How do we forgive someone or something that hurts us deeply?

Kent and Tanya Whitaker will speak to Christ United Methodist Church in Sugar Land on Sunday, Nov. 14, about why our perspective on forgiveness is so important, and how to bring our perspective into line with God’s. Both have suffered traumatic loss at the hands of those they have loved the most.

Kent’s story, involving the murders of his wife and younger son, orchestrated by his other son, has been the subject of programs on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20 and 48 Hours, and his book Murder by Family was on the New York Times Best Seller List. Services at Christ Church are at 8:15, 9:45 and 11:05 a.m. The church is located at 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land.



NOV. 15

The Clements High School Stars Dance Team will present its annual Winter Extravaganza on Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the CHS auditorium.

The show will feature all of Clements Dance l, Dance ll and Advanced Dance classes in routines that each group choreographed. The little Stars from the Fall Dance Clinic will also perform. The Clements Stars Dance Team will cap off the evening by giving the headline performance. Admission is free.



NOV. 16

Loving Friends is a social group for widows and widowers in the area. Meetings are held the third Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. at Sweetwater Country Club beginning with social time and a meal. Entertainment follows. For more information, call Georgia at 281-438-5224.



NOV. 17

Are your pecans the best in the state? If you think so, enter your pecans for judging in the Fort Bend County Pecan Show. The Pecan Show is scheduled for Nov. 17. Entries are accepted at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Fort Bend County. For more information, call 281-341-7068.



NOV. 18

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital partnered with two breast cancer support groups, Survivors Offering Support and Reconstruction of a Survivor, to offer breast cancer survivors a group support system at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

The newly formed breast cancer support group, Survivors Offering Support at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, featuring Reconstruction of a Survivor’s curriculum, “Navigating Life’s Roadmap After Breast Cancer,” began in October. Women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, are undergoing treatment, or have completed treatment are welcome to attend.

The group meets on Thursdays, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in the Main Pavilion conference room D.

For more information or further dates, call 281-274-7164 or visit www.roasurvivor.org.




The Women’s Ministry of Sugar Land Baptist Church (formerly Williams Trace Baptist Church) is offering Bible Study classes for women:

Online registration is available at www.sugarlandbaptist.org. Child care is available by reservation on Wednesday mornings. For more information, call the church office at 281-980-4431.



NOV. 18-21

Known as one of the top antiques shows in the country, it’s no surprise that the 2010 Theta Charity Antiques Show has another stunning line-up planned this year. Barry Dixon, one of the country’s most sought-after decorators, will speak to show guests during a forum on Thursday, Nov. 18.

The Theta Charity Antiques Show will feature more than 50 premier dealers from around the world at “Legacies,” the 58th Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show. This year’s show will take place from Thursday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 21, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall D.

For a complete schedule of events, go to www.ThetaAntiquesShow.com.



NOV. 20

Join the fun at the 22nd Annual New Hope Lutheran Church Community Bazaar, to be held Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with more than 70 arts and crafts booths, a Victorian tea room and bakery, silent auction and raffle, theme gift baskets, fair trade coffees, chocolates and decorator items, and catered concessions. Have photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

This annual event draws crafters from all over Texas and offers a fun, holiday-shopping experience for folks of all ages. Proceeds benefit community organizations such as the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Fort Bend Association for Retarded Citizens and a scholarship fund for El Buen Pastor Church in El Salvador.

For more information, call 281-499-7611 or log onto www.newhopelc.org. New Hope Lutheran Church is located at 1424 FM 1092 (Murphy Road), Missouri City.




NOV. 30

Just in time for the holiday season, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital will host a special Girls’ Night Out on Tuesday, Nov. 30, to pamper the ladies of Fort Bend County. It will truly be a night to unwind with chair massages and plenty of laughter.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, plus the massages. At 6:30 p.m. get ready to laugh and be inspired as author Linda Gayle Thompson shares from her latest release, Hookers, Midgets and Firetrucks – An Invitation to Our Party.

Acknowledging that her book title is politically incorrect, she said, “The words in this title, though possibly offensive to some, are exceptionally near and dear to my heart. They are written with love, humor and a bizarre wackiness, which will unfold in the pages of my life.”

While Thompson wants to save the origin of this title for her presentation, she says it is an analogy to life and relates to who is coming to our party, our life. By sharing the challenges she has faced, Thompson hopes to inspire others, make them laugh, and help them realize that they can go on no matter how tough life gets.

Following the presentation, Thompson will be available for book signings. As always, Girls’ Night Out is a free event, but registration is required and can be made by calling 713-222-CARE (2273).



NOV. 20

Whole Foods Market Sugar Land and the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County are partnering for the Whole Foods Market Community Book Club. Each month Whole Foods Market Sugar Land will feature a different author who will visit the store, discuss his or her book and sign copies available for purchase in the store. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the life changing programs of the Literacy Council.

On Nov. 20 at 2 p.m., author Jan Bethancourt will be in the store with her book, Be Empowered: Eat Chocolate with Breakfast, an inspirational book that will touch hearts and motivate women of all ages to recognize gifts, identify goals and trust in their abilities.

For a list of upcoming authors and dates, visit wholefoodsmarket.com/­storesbeta/sugarland/store-calendar/.




Back by popular demand—every Prince and Princess young and young at heart are summoned to “the ball” by attending Princess Christmas at Fort Bend Theatre, 2815 N. Main Street, from Nov. 27-Dec. 19. Performances are held on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m.

In attendance will be everyone’s favorite princesses including Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White in this enchanting holiday tale written by playwright and FBT Executive Artistic Director Tarra McCain.

For more information, group sales, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.fortbendtheatre.com or call 281-208-3333.



DEC. 4

Jump start your holiday season in Historic Downtown Rosenberg on Dec. 4 from 3-9 p.m. by exploring an eclectic mix of eateries and shops featuring antiques, gifts, collectibles and handmade furniture. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season along with the evening’s activities including food and craft vendors, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, a children’s carnival, seasonal entertainment and much more.

For more information, contact Camille Prat at 832-595-3525 or e-mail camillep@ci.­rosenberg.tx.us.



Celeste Herweck, left, and Isabel Araujo invite the community to the 11th annual Clara’s Nutcracker Tea on Dec. 5. They will portray Clara in BalletForte’s performances of The Nutcracker on Dec. 10-12.


DEC. 5

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at the 11th annual Clara’s Nutcracker Tea on Dec. 5 from 3-5 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond. Guests will enjoy delectable treats from the Kingdom of Sweets with friends and family. Have your picture taken on Clara’s throne and collect autographs from the beautifully costumed cast members. Tickets are $28 and are available by calling 281-799-7554.

The 15th Anniversary Nutcracker performances will be Dec. 10-12 at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre. Call BalletForte at 281-799-7554 for performance times and ticket information.



DEC. 5

Experience the magic of the holiday as the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra presents “Deck the Halls” on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre. The popular concert features classic, seasonal favorites like Sleigh Ride and A Most Wonderful Christmas, as well as contemporary selections from the motion picture soundtrack of The Polar Express and a delightful blend of America’s favorite march with a Christmas favorite in Jingle Bells Forever.

Also featured will be the talented junior and senior division winners of the Houston Music Teachers Association/Houston Young Artist Concert Concerto Competition who will perform with FBSO.

Adult tickets begin at $10 and children 12 and under are free with a reserved ticket. Discounts are provided for students, seniors over 55 and military with I.D. Purchase tickets early at www.fbso.org or call 281-276-9642.




Holiday hayrides will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in December from Dec. 10-29 with proceeds benefiting the Travis High School Pro-Grad Celebration. The location will be in the Pecan Grove Elementary parking lot. Rides are $5 per person with ages 2 and under free. Reservations are highly recommended, but walk ups are also welcome.

Contact Pam Ryder or Natalie Kidd and pghayride@gmail.com for reservations. Include the number in your party and the time preferred. Rides will be staggered 30 minutes apart beginning at 7 p.m.



DEC. 11

In conjunction with Parents for Academic Excellence, the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land presents “Festivals Around the World” on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a unique opportunity for the entire family to explore the holidays and traditions celebrated by different cultures and countries with hands-on activities, storytime and lots of fun. This event is free with museum admission.



JAN. 28

Fort Bend County’s 2011 Lincoln-Reagan Dinner will be held on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Texas Safari Ranch in Richmond. This year’s event features Karl Rove, senior advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000-07 and deputy chief of staff from 2004-07. He is an author and a Fox News contributor, and a columnist for both the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.

The evening includes VIP and general receptions, dinner, patriotic music and live and silent auctions. Seating is allotted on a first-come, first-served basis and table sponsorships are currently being taken. Sponsorship levels range from $2,000-$6,000. VIP reception and dinner with Karl Rove, $150; general reception and dinner, $100.

Proceeds from this event will fund the party’s activities and provide resources to directly support candidates in the general election in 2012.

For more information, contact Mandi Bronsell at 281-282-7476 or e-mail campaignlogistics@yahoo.com or Rick Miller at 281-494-7471 or rickmiller@fbgop.org.

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