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The cast of Missouri City Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

The cast of Missouri City Ballet’s The Nutcracker.


Missouri City Ballet brings its holiday tradition to the Stafford Centre,10505 Cash Road, for three magical performances on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 and 7 p.m. and   Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. New choreography and costumes, Tchaikovsky’s beloved score and a cast of area dancers make the classic story of The Nutcracker come to life.

A holiday favorite, The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. After being enchanted by the beautiful Land of Snow and delightful Kingdom of Sweets, audiences can meet the cast for photos and autographs following each performance.

In its sixth season, Missouri City Ballet is a nonprofit, pre-professional ballet company offering intensive training and performance opportunities for serious young dancers in the Fort Bend area. Artistic Director Sharon Teague, a retired Houston Ballet first soloist, uses her ballet experience and leadership to prepare the dancers and productions for stage. The company’s artistic staff was joined by Lauren Anderson, retired Houston Ballet principal, whose talent further enhances the dancers’ training. Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased at missouricityballet.org.


Bush High School’s BTEE Players will present You Can’t Take It With You, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Show times are Oct. 22, 23, 24 and 26 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium located at 6707 FM 1464, Richmond. Ticket prices are $5 (students) and $8 (adults) in advance, or $8 (students) and $10 (adults) at the door. The play centers around the Kirby family. Tycoon Anthony P. Kirby fully expects his son, Tony, to follow in his footsteps. He fails to realize that Tony’s only real interest is in his secretary and fiancée, Alice. Tony’s parents are appalled that he wants to marry a stenographer, but to humor him, they agree to dine with her family. The dinner is doomed from the start, given their free spirits and lack of support from Alice’s family, which is headed by her wise, old grandfather.



Fort Bend County is the most ethnically diverse county in America, and Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land reflects that diversity, with members from over 90 countries. To celebrate the congregation, the community is invited to an afternoon of multi-cultural festivities, including music, traditional attire and dance on Sunday, Nov. 1 from 4:30-7:30 p.m on the Sugar Land campus in the Commons and Main Worship Center. An evening concert will follow featuring the Sugar Creek Worship Ministry with multinational renditions of contemporary and traditional worship music.

Contact Clif Cummings at 281-242-2858 and ccummings@sugarcreek.net, or visit
sugarcreek.net/let-the-nations-rejoice for more information.



Fort Bend Optimist Club of Sugar Land is having its 33rd annual Fun Run (5K) and Walk (2 miles) at 8:30 a.m. at the Sugar Land Memorial Park benefitting the youth of Fort Bend. Registration is $25 per runner before Oct. 25 and $30 after. Awards are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Come in costume if you like; awards will be given for best individual and group costume. To register to participate or donate visit fboptimist.org/2015-registration.

For more information, call Terry Stoner at 832-746-9378.


Dennis Parmer, SLHF executive director, and Stacy Bynes plan the music with board president Martin Nicholas (kneeling), while David Smith and Jay Robinson of Anson Aviation inspect a shipment of “refreshments” for the Speakeasy Party.

Dennis Parmer, SLHF executive director, and Stacy Bynes plan the music with board president Martin Nicholas (kneeling), while David Smith and Jay Robinson of Anson Aviation inspect a shipment of “refreshments” for the Speakeasy Party.


Take a trip back in time as you step into a pop-up 1920’s speakeasy for the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation’s fall fundraiser from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5. You’ll have the password as you enter Anson Aviation at Sugar Land Regional Airport for libations, fine fare, music and maybe a friendly game of chance at the casino. Expect surprises as entertainment pops up throughout the evening.

“This is our first event that recognizes a past time in our nation’s history,” said Dennis Parmer, executive director. “A pop-up speakeasy offers a chance to kick up our heels to celebrate our inaugural fundraiser.”

Sterling McCall Automotive Group is the presenting sponsor, and individual tickets are $35. Sponsorships are available by calling 281-494-0261.

Event proceeds will help make possible the future Heritage Museum in an historic Imperial Sugar building on U.S. 90 at Main Street. The Sugar Land Heritage Founda­tion’s mission is to preserve the history of Sugar Land and create its future Museum. Visit slheritage.org for more information or for tickets to the event.


(L-R): Adelola Ashaye, M.D., Kerry Laursen, M.D. and Jessen Rajan, M.D.

(L-R): Adelola Ashaye, M.D., Kerry Laursen, M.D. and Jessen Rajan, M.D.


Houston Methodist Primary Care Group opened a new location in September at 8330 Highway 6 just west of Sienna Parkway to better serve residents of Missouri City and surrounding areas. The new facility employs three family medicine physicians, Adelola Ashaye, M.D., Kerry Laursen, M.D., and Jessen Rajan, M.D. An open house is set for Thursday, Nov. 5, from 5-7 p.m. to allow the community to tour the new facility, meet the physicians and staff, and enjoy refreshments, door prizes and a free gift for attendees. RSVP at houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281-275-0751.

“This new facility will enable us to provide convenient, compassionate care for the entire family in a comfortable setting that is close to home,” said Dr. Ashaye. “The clinic was designed and constructed to make the patient’s experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible. We are all looking forward to seeing patients in our new facility and bringing Houston Methodist quality to the Sienna Plantation area.”

The facility will offer patients of all ages a wide range of medical services, including same day primary care appointments, online scheduling, on-site laboratory for quick and accurate test results, on-site physical therapy and patient portal for secure communication with the care team.

Physical therapy will be provided on the second floor by therapists from Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and features a unique treadmill that uses anti-gravity technology pioneered by NASA to reduce weight on the lower extremities, providing faster rehabilitation and safer conditioning.

Visit houstonmethodist.org/pcg or call 281-276-0653 to make an appointment.


Members of the 2015 FBJSL Sugar Plum Market Committee.

Members of the 2015 FBJSL Sugar Plum Market Committee.


The Sugar Plum Market is almost here! Presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann, the theme for the 15th Annual Market is “Let it Snow.” Shoppers will be treated to spectacular holiday décor, wonderful vendors, and a fantastic weekend of shopping on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Stafford Centre. Proceeds from the Market will benefit local Fort Bend County charities.

The Market will begin with a Preview Night from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5. Preview Night patrons will take part in an exclusive evening of shopping while sampling delicious food from local restaurants. The VIP Preview Night ticket also entitles shoppers to a Preview Night drink ticket and admission to the Market on Friday and Saturday.

The Sugar Plum Market will open its doors on Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. With over 100 vendors and a large raffle showcase, it will truly be a one-stop holiday shopping experience.

A limited quantity of Preview Night tickets, $75 each, and general admission tickets, $12 each, are available. General admission tickets may be purchased at select Randalls stores and also at the door during Market hours. The 2014 Preview Night sold out, so patrons are encouraged to purchase those tickets early. Visit sugarplummarket.com or call 281-636-6272 for more information.

Through generous patrons and sponsors, the Sugar Plum Market was able to donate needed funds to 18 different charities last year. In addition to the Market’s title sponsor, Memorial Hermann, top sponsors include City of Stafford, Pamela Printing, Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes, absolutely! focus media, Trustmark Bank, and HEB.


Patrons and supporters enjoyed the festivities at last year’s Texas Size Night of Hope.

Patrons and supporters enjoyed the festivities at last year’s Texas Size Night of Hope.


The second annual Hope for Three Casino Night and Hold ’em Poker Tourn­ament is set for Nov. 6 at Sweetwater Coun­try Club. The casual dress affair will be held from 7-11 p.m. Honorary Chair for this night in support of autism is Michael Garfield, The High-Tech Texan.

Organizers say the buy-in is low but the stakes are high in the effort to support families living with autism. iHost Poker will once again provide the setting with an authentic Vegas feel with nonstop gaming and professional dealers. You do not have to be a great player to participate; beginners are welcome. No one loses at this event; everyone is a winner, especially families who have autistic members.

Entry to roll the dice, sit at the tables and have an opportunity for bragging rights is $100, or Double Down with a 2-for-1 special of only $150. The entry fee for non-gamers is $50. Visit hopeforthree.org/casino-night or call 281-245-0640 for tickets and registration. Participate behind the scenes through sponsorship, underwriting or volunteering. For sponsorship opportunities e-mail Matt@HopeForThree.org or contact the Hope For Three office at 281-245-0640.


Some of the popular items for sale at the British Festival include toys from across the pond.

Some of the popular items for sale at the British Festival include toys from across the pond.


The Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) invite the public to attend the 42nd annual British Festival on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1 Fluor Daniel Dr. in Sugar Land.

After an incredibly successful British Festival in 2014 which saw proceeds for local charities rise by over 20 percent, the group is working hard to make this year’s Festival the best ever. The ladies of the DBE are currently making Christmas crackers and cakes, jams and jellies, and hampers laden with goodies. They are collecting trinkets and treasures, silent auction items, lucky dips, dog treats and Christmas trees for the many stands that are synonymous with the Festival. Many of these items are collected throughout the year on trips back to the UK.

The fantastic entertainment program will include the Houston Highlander Pipe Band, the Royal Scottish Dancers, the St. Thomas Episcopal School Highland Dancers, a vintage car show, children’s entertainers and much more.

The British Festival is a wonderful reminder of quintessential British culture; a glorious part of this culture can be found in the tearoom and the pub. It is an opportunity for the DBE to give back to the gracious American community that has been so welcoming. Proceeds from this year will go to Mountbatten House as well as other local charities. Entrance is $5 for 12 years and over. For more information, visit dbetexas.org or call 713-729-4049.



The Quail Valley Garden Club meets the first Thursday of each month. For information, visit traction.typepad.com/qvgc or call 281-835-9888.



The community is invited to enjoy Fort Bend ISD’s talented theatre students as they compete in the annual Middle School Theatre One-Act Play Festivals on Saturday, Nov. 7. Hosted by the District’s Fine Arts Department, the festivals will feature 40-minute theatrical performances, in both Zone A and Zone B, by students representing each of the District’s 14 middle schools.

Zone A Festival: Willowridge High School, 16301 Chimney Rock Rd., Houston. Start time – 9 a.m. Participating schools (in order of performances): McAuliffe, Lake Olympia, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Quail Valley, First Colony and Hodges Bend. Awards ceremony will be at 5 p.m.

Zone B Festival: Clements High School Auditorium, 4200 Elkins Drive, Sugar Land. Start time – 9 a.m. Participating schools (in order of performances): Baines, Bowie, Crockett, Dulles, Fort Settlement, Sartartia and Garcia. Awards ceremony is at 5 p.m.

At the conclusion of each zone competition, the top two schools from each festival will advance to the District One-Act Play Festival to be held on Saturday, Nov.14 at Willowridge High School. That competition will begin at 9 a.m. and the order of performance will be made available after the Nov. 7 Zone festivals. An awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. following the performances. All events are free.



The third annual Trash-off will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9-11 a.m. Check-in is from 8-9 a.m. at Buffalo Run Park Pavilion #1. Awards and lunch are at 11 a.m. This is a citywide volunteer cleanup event for families, groups and individuals, and is part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanuup. All participants are required to complete and sign a waiver before participating. For more information, email info@missouricity.green.org. To register and download the waiver, visit missouricitygreen.org.


Robert Malone, M.D., medical director of radiology at Methodist Houston Sugar Land Hospital.

Robert Malone, M.D., medical director of radiology at Methodist Houston Sugar Land Hospital.


On Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Confer­ence Center, learn more about the risks, screening, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. A short discussion will be followed by an opportunity to speak one-on-one with members of the lung cancer team to determine if lung screening is needed.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer among men and women in the United States. More people die each year of lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined.

Despite new diagnostic techniques, most patients are still diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease. Lung cancer screenings help high-risk individuals receive a diagnosis and treatment plan at an early stage, when the disease is easier to treat – and possibly cure.

If you’re a current or former smoker, you may be eligible for lung cancer screenings that Medicare and private insurance now cover. Following a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation, insurers this year began covering annual low-dose radiation CT scans for certain patients.

Those eligible for screening include individuals 55 to 77 years of age who currently smoke or have quit smoking in the past 15 years; have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” (an average of one pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, etc.); and receive a written order from a physician.

Lung cancer screenings are covered for eligible patients by private insurance and Medicare, but a copay or deductible may apply. Medicare requires providers to include smoking cessation counseling prior to the scan. Call your insurance company for information. The cost for self-pay is $225.

During the screening, a CT machine using low-dose radiation scans and takes images of the lungs while patients lie on a table.

“Aside from giving up cigarettes, lung cancer screening with CT is the most significant development in reducing deaths from lung cancer,” said Robert Malone, M.D., medical director of radiology at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Through screenings, we can detect lung cancer when it is small – long before it becomes symptomatic or spreads outside the lungs.”

If you think you are eligible, or want more information, call 281-276-8549 or visit   houstonmethodist.org/lung-screening.



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.


Pastor Phil concert


“A Night to Remember” will be held at the Sugar Land Baptist Church Sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. The event, a Live Concert Celebration to Remember Absent Friends and Pastor Phil, will also offer the CD release of “Thy Will Be Done.”

Admission is free and 100% of proceeds from CD sales go to the“Pastor Phil See Me Scholarship Fund.” The Fund will honor Phil Lineberger’s legacy of generosity in ensuring that all children have equal opportunity to attend educational activities that build Christian character and grow faith in the Savior he loved and served throughout his life and ministry.

The concert is free and open to the public. For reservations, call the church at 281-980-4431. CDs wil be available at the event or can be pre-ordered at seemefund.com.

About this project: “Thy Will Be Done” is an exciting and powerful collection of praise and worship songs written, arranged, performed and produced by some of the most talented artists in Houston. More than 60 musicians and technicians have contributed to this project from Sugar Land, Houston, Nashville, Tenn., and Richmond, Virginia.

Some accolades for “Thy Will Be Done”:

“Love Foundation” is southern gospel singing at its best and the reason I fell in love with this style as a boy! “Thy Will Be Done” is a soulful song packed with emotion!” —Duane Allen, lead singer, The Oak Ridge Boys.

“Incredible. This music is just beautiful.” — Acclaimed Nashville singer Vicki Hampton.

“Love Foundation,” “Go In Peace” and “Thy Will Be Done” are some of my most favorite inspirational songs ever.” — Matt Lemmler, NOLA Steinway artist, arranger, composer.

“Great arrangements, stellar musicianship and a beautiful sounding recording.”—Shane Theriot, Grammy Award winning producer, guitarist, composer, musical director, Hall & Oates.


The 2015 Jingle Tree Committee.

The 2015 Jingle Tree Committee.


The festive events of Jingle Tree, the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land’s 2nd annual fundraiser, will be held from Nov.14-19. Attendees can bid on dazzling, pre-decorated trees in an auction among festive company. The special event features a showcase of beautifully decorated trees that are up for bidding in a six-day-long silent and live auction. The trees are sponsored and decorated by Fort Bend designers, museum supporters, local celebrities and artistic visionaries.

This year’s event begins during Cookies with Santa, Saturday, Nov.14. It is the first chance for families to view the trees and catch Santa during an early holiday visit to Sugar Land. Bring a camera to snap some candids. Then it’s on to the Sip n See, Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This open house and strolling lunch event allows guests to see the trees up close and perhaps even “pre-purchase” a particular tree one may be fond of while enjoying light fare. The festivities wrap up on Thursday, Nov. 19 with a Happy Hour, an evening filled with cocktails, tree viewing, on-line bidding and a fabulous live auction. All bids close that evening at 8 p.m.

“The event was a great success in 2014 – its first year,” says Adrienne Barker, director and chief development officer of HMNS at Sugar Land. “Jingle Tree is a festive way to benefit HMNS’ mission of science education and help us provide science enrichment to local underserved populations.”

Jingle Tree event co-chairs are Jana Baumann and Laura Thompson. The host committee includes: Beth Butler, Dorine Craig, Cindy Dempster Laura Gallier, Pat Houck, Syndee Howgate, Judy Maddison, Caron Marble, Crissy Nolen, Cee Cee Parker, Wanda Sdao, Ashley Van Hoozer, Linda Webb and Geraldine Whitt. For tickets or more information visit hmns.org/sugarland or call 281-313-2277.



Tricia Bradbury will speak about “The Right Tool for the Right Job” on Monday, Nov.16 at 6:45 p.m. at Brightwater Clubhouse, 2410 Brightwater Drive in Missouri City. Learn about must have tools for the home gardeners and get ideas for gardening related gifts for the holidays. For more information call 281-403-9269 or visit brightwatergardenclub.com.



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.



To kick off the holiday season, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Law Library, located in the Fort Bend County Justice Center in Richmond, will host a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments, tour the library and watch demonstrations of the library’s database resources. The open house is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-341-3718. The Law Library is located in the Fort Bend County Justice Center at 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 30298, in Richmond.

The Fort Bend County Law Library provides support for the research, reference and educational needs of the legal community – including litigants, attorneys, judges and county officials – as well as the general public. The library has a good working collection of basic legal materials, for in-library use only.

In addition to the Law Library’s print collection, a number of legal research resources – such as the Westlaw Next, Lexis/Shepard’s, and Hein Online databases – can be accessed on the library’s computers. Free classes are available on the use of these electronic resources.



The AHS ProGrad Holiday Hayride is a fun family activity for the holidays. Dates scheduled are Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12,18 and 19 (Friday and Saturday nights) from 7-9 pm. This old-fashioned attraction includes a delightful ride on a sound-equipped hay trailer through Pecan Grove (meeting place – Randall’s in Pecan Grove), a neighborhood that will be transformed into a winter wonderland filled with huge light displays, decorated trees and homes, bridges and brooks.

The hayride will last about 40 minutes and is choreographed to all the favorite songs of the season. After the hay ride, warm up with a cup of cocoa. This holiday event is perfect for all ages. You might even have your picture taken with Santa.The hay ride price is $5 per ticket and children under 2 years old are admitted free; $125 to reserve an entire trailer for a private party. Reservations are recommended for parties of six or more.

For more information, contact Marty Brinkman at mbrinkman1@msn.com or call 713-254-7889 (text messages preferred).


The Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Christmas Musicale will be held on Dec. 5 at Sugar Land Baptist Church.

The Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Christmas Musicale will be held on Dec. 5 at Sugar Land Baptist Church.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s annual Christmas Musicale on Saturday, Dec. 5. Three performing choirs – Training, Town and Tour – will be showcased at Sugar Land Baptist Church, 16755 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land at 7 p.m. Special guests include Music Magic, the organization’s music class for 6 and 7-year olds.

Tickets are available by calling the choir office, from any choir member or at the door. Adult admission is $15 and children 12 and under are $5. All proceeds from the musicale are used for program support, operational expenses and scholarships.

Open auditions for the Fort Bend Boys Choir will be held at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 12. Young boys from all over the Fort Bend and Houston metropolitan area have the opportunity to learn more about music and singing as well as many of life’s important lessons like leadership, making friends and building self-confidence and self-esteem.

Boys age 8 and older with unchanged voices are invited to audition. No previous singing experience is necessary. Scholar­ships and carpooling assistance are available. Be sure to ask about the Music Magic class that starts in late February.

Find out more by visiting fbbctx.org or call 281-240-3800 to schedule an alternate audition time.


Burton Reckles

Burton Reckles


Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Pkwy. in Sugar Land, will feature an exhibit of glass-encapsulated miniatures throughout the months of November and December in the lobby.

From the studio of Sugar Land resident Burton D. Reckles, the art pieces include a variety of miniatures encased in bottles, light bulbs and pocket-watch cases. The collection includes traditional ships-in-bottles, humorous dioramas, whimsical children’s fantasy scenes, Judaic mementos and Holocaust art.

Reckles began his hobby more than 65 years ago when he started building models from kits and eventually worked his way up to scratch-built museum pieces. He enjoys his hobby because he believes in keeping alive a 400-year-old dying art-form.

“The art was born in the late 1600s, but today there are fewer than 100 artisans still pursuing the art. In another generation, the only examples of Glass-Encapsulated Miniatures (GEMs) will be seen in museums and private collections,” he explains. “I hope that someone seeing my work will get inspired to try to create their own GEM and, in so doing, delay the art’s passing.”

Some of Reckles’ art pieces have been exhibited in museum collections in Japan, Europe, and the San Diego and Houston Maritime Museums, as well as at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., where a curator titled the piece “modern American maritime art.” He has won numerous awards for his artwork.

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call the library at 281-238-2800.


Cadet Colin Scott laying a wreath at the Houston National Cemetary.

Cadet Colin Scott laying a wreath at the Houston National Cemetary.


The Clements High School NJROTC will again partner with Wreaths Across America-Houston (WAA-Houston) to raise funds to place a wreath on over 60,000 gravesite at Houston National Cemetery. For every $15 wreath a cadet sells the ROTC unit receives $5. To help the cadets reach their goal of raising $36,000 for 2,400 wreaths, visit waahouston.donorpages.com/HoustonWreathProject/ClementsNJROTC, or go to waahouston.com, Team: Clements NJROTC.

Clements NJROTC also will once again serve as an Honor Guard during the wreath-laying ceremony on Dec. 12 at the Houston National Cemetery. To see the Clements NJROTC members in action
follow the link, youtube.com/watch­?v=dGjtBME2zo8.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking U.S. veterans for their service and sacrifice. The Wreaths Across America mission is to “Remember, Honor, and Teach.”



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.


HBU Schola Cantorum with Director Dr. John Yarrington.

HBU Schola Cantorum with Director Dr. John Yarrington.


“Deck the Halls” is a seasonal tradition for Fort Bend County families. HBU’s acclaimed choir, Schola Cantorum, is back by popular demand to perform in accompaniment to the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra in two concerts on Sunday, Dec. 6 in the Stafford Centre; at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

The orchestra will perform traditional favorites, the American “Sleigh Ride,” and the Russian “Troika” by Prokofiev. The Russian theme continues with McKechnie’s “Deck the Halls with Trepac” (also known as “The Russian Dance” from The Nutcracker). New this year, “A ‘Texified’ Night Before Christmas” brings a new twist to the beloved poem. “White Christmas” and the “Hanukkah Festival Overture” complete the orchestra’s solo performance.

Schola Cantorum gives voice to FBSO’s music for the medley “Christmas on Broadway” including “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Toyland,” “My Favorite Things,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” and “God Bless Us Everyone”, continuing with “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Sing We Now of Christmas.” The choir performs a cappella for “Ding, Dong Merrily on High” and “Gloria (Movement 1)”.

The 2 p.m. performance features a special guest — Santa Claus! The winner of the Houston Music Teachers’ Association Concerto Competition, accompanied by FBSO, treats guests at the 7 p.m. performance to a piano concerto. Prior to each performance and at intermission, guests can do some holiday shopping at the FBSO Handcrafted Market, featuring gift items made by members of the orchestra.

Tickets begin at $15 for adults; children 12 and under are $5 and teens $10 each. There are discounts for college students, seniors 55-plus, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more. Get tickets at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.


(L-R): Child Advocates of Fort Bend board president Jim McClellan, CEO Ruthanne Mefford and board member Jim Lockwood.

(L-R): Child Advocates of Fort Bend board president Jim McClellan, CEO Ruthanne Mefford and board member Jim Lockwood.


The Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation, Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) staff, committee members, decorators and homeowners are gearing up for the 24th annual CASA Christmas Home Tour, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12. Neighborhoods confirmed for 2015 include Sienna Plantation and Imperial.

“Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation has had a long-standing relationship with this agency and with our Home Tour. We are so excited that they came forward to kick off the sponsor drive again this year as our Event Underwriter,” said CAFB CEO Ruthanne Mefford.

Proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour help CAFB advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children in this community. Through its two programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Children’s Advocacy Center, the agency touches the lives of more than 400 young victims each month.

A Fort Bend holiday tradition, the tour offers guests the opportunity to view beautifully decorated homes in Fort Bend County while helping to raise needed funds to support CAFB’s programs. Tour hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. with a candlelight tour on Dec. 11 from 6-9 p.m. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to support the Home Tour. If you would like to participate, please contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or lmoore@cafb.org. For updates on home locations and ticket sales, go to cafb.org/Events/Home-Tour.

Whether or not you participate in the tour, you are invited to the Special Tour Lunch at Sweetwater Country Club from 11a.m.-2 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday of the Home Tour. Neither reservations nor membership to the club are required. Lunch tickets are $15. A portion of the lunch proceeds supports the Christmas Home Tour.

The wreath raffle will take place again this year. Wreaths decorated by each of the decorators on the tour will be raffled during the tour. Images of the wreaths will be available on the website, but guests may view the wreaths in person at the homes. Raffle tickets will be available at all of the home tour homes and at the Special Tour Lunch.


Mary Karr

Mary Karr


The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is pleased to announce New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr as the featured author for the fourth annual Reading Between the Wines to be held on Friday, April 1 at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond.

Karr is an award-winning poet and best-selling memoirist. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoirs The Liars’ Club, Cherry and Lit. Her latest book, The Art of Memoir, is a master class on the fastest-growing literary genre. A television series based on The Liars’ Club and Lit is in development with Showtime starring Mary Louise Parker as Karr and produced by Sarah Timberman (Masters of Sex, Justified and Elementary).This year Syracuse University awarded Karr an honorary doctorate in humane letters.

“We could not be happier to have Mary Karr with us for the evening and expect to have a record setting attendance for her,” stated event co-chair Helen Bow. The 2016 event will allow sponsors and their guests to attend a private meet and greet Karr, and will feature a DJ and music for dancing after the live auction.

Individual tickets are $100 and include live music, wine, a “restaurant stroll” featuring tastes from local chefs and restaurants, and the opportunity to bid on exciting auction items, purchase from a Kendra Scott pop-up store and win a cash raffle.

Early sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $10,000. Sponsor benefits include admission to a VIP party at the home of Gena and Paul Horak and reserved premier seating.

For more information, please contact Cari Middaugh at cmiddaugh@ftbendliteracy.org or 281-240-8181.

Happenings November 2015

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