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Sugar Plum Market Committee: (l-r, first row): FBJSL President Laura Taylor, SPM co-chairs Monica Henderson, Alison Haralson, Sherri Ebarb, Katie Harris, SPM Board Liaison Dana Clement; (second row): Michaela Brady, Laura McGowen, Heather Allen, SPM Co-Chair Danielle Hames, Anjum Sproul, Reacia Keene, Stephanie Reilly, Nikki Kokel, Kristin Dedek; (third row): Stephanie Van Horn, Kelly Evans, Christine Moreno, Karla Aranda, Alisa Tristan; (fourth row): Sheila Cooper, Taylor Connor, Cindy Reaves, Hillary Watson, Catherine Kubala; (fifth row): Tracy Pipes, Faten Shanar, Parita Kurian, Kimberly Camp, Jenna Kisner and Caroline Bordelon; (sixth row): Jaynee Tierce, Amy Stine, Brittany Cope, Sarah Kuehl and Jessica Miller.

Sugar Plum Market Committee: (l-r, first row): FBJSL President Laura Taylor, SPM co-chairs Monica Henderson, Alison Haralson, Sherri Ebarb, Katie Harris, SPM Board Liaison Dana Clement; (second row): Michaela Brady, Laura McGowen, Heather Allen, SPM Co-Chair Danielle Hames, Anjum Sproul, Reacia Keene, Stephanie Reilly, Nikki Kokel, Kristin Dedek; (third row): Stephanie Van Horn, Kelly Evans, Christine Moreno, Karla Aranda, Alisa Tristan; (fourth row): Sheila Cooper, Taylor Connor, Cindy Reaves, Hillary Watson, Catherine Kubala; (fifth row): Tracy Pipes, Faten Shanar, Parita Kurian, Kimberly Camp, Jenna Kisner and Caroline Bordelon; (sixth row): Jaynee Tierce, Amy Stine, Brittany Cope, Sarah Kuehl and Jessica Miller.

16TH ANNUAL SUGAR PLUM MARKET, NOV. 3-5

The popular holiday shopping event, Sugar Plum Market, presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann, is celebrating the 16th year of “Making Spirits Bright.” Shoppers will enjoy holiday décor, vendors and a weekend of shopping on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Stafford Centre. Proceeds benefit Fort Bend County charities.

The weekend begins with a Preview Night party from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. Preview Night patrons will be treated to an exclusive evening of shopping, as well as hors d’oeuvres catered by 26 Daisies, a drink ticket and the opportunity to shop on Friday and Saturday. Hours are Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. With over 100 amazing vendors, shoppers will certainly find gifts for everyone.

A limited number 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. For as little as $250, individuals or businesses can become a sponsor and receive benefits such as event signage, website recognition, Preview Night tickets and an invitation to the check presentation party.

Visit fbjsl.org or e-mail information@sugarplummarket.com for more details.

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Burton Reckles with a few of his creations.

Burton Reckles with a few of his creations.

GLASS-ENCAPSULATED MINIATURES DISPLAY AT FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY, NOV.-DEC.

First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, will feature an exhibit of glass-encapsulated miniatures throughout November and December in its 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.

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.

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. At the suggestion of his wife about 31 years ago, his focus turned to miniatures, particularly ships in bottles. Once he mastered this technique, he broadened his choice of media to include light bulbs and watch cases.

“I create works on various subjects for different reasons,” says Reckles. “In some cases, working on a piece serves as a creative outlet, while in other cases – such as the Holocaust – I have a personal affiliation to the event and wish to maintain its visibility.” He also believes in keeping alive a 400-year-old dying art-form. “The art was born in the late 1600s, but today, in this country of over 300 million, there are less than 100 artisans still pursuing the art,” he says. “In another generation, the only examples of GEMs (Glass-Encap­sulated Miniatures) will be seen in museums and private collections.

For more information, call the First Colony Branch at 281-238-2800.

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Allyson Hendrickson with her sons.

Allyson Hendrickson with her sons.

ALLY’S WISH BOOTS & BLESSINGS SOUTHERN SOIREE, NOV. 3

Allyson Hendrickson was the daughter of a minister at Sugar Creek Baptist Church. She grew up in Sugar Land and later moved to Dallas. Prior to her passing in July 2014 from a seven-year battle with ovarian cancer, four friends, inspired by Allyson’s faith and her wish to have her blog, “My Three Sons” published into a book, founded the nonprofit organization Ally’s Wish in March 2014. The first wish granted was Allyson’s and Three Little Cowboys was published. Today the book is for sale with 75 percent of proceeds benefitting a college fund for Allyson’s three sons.

Ally’s Wish is based in North Texas and devoted to granting a last “wish” to terminally ill young mothers so that their families may create a memory that lasts a lifetime. Wishes are in the form of services, gifts, transportation, lodging, or any other wish the mother may have up to $5,000 per wish. To date the organization has raised over $200,000 and granted over 20 wishes. Currently over 15 moms from across the U.S. are waiting to have wishes granted.

This year, Ally’s Wish is holding its first fundraising event in the Fort Bend area: the Ally’s Wish Boots & Blessings Southern Soiree on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Blvd. The event — with boots and jeans attire — will include a Southern Comfort seated dinner, silent auction and live music by White Collar Crime. Tickets from $150, with tables from $1,500 and sponsorships from $3,500 may be purchased at allyswish.org/southern-soiree. For more information visit allyswish.org or email Missy Phipps at missy@allyswish.org or call 469-261-8990.

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Harvest Fest will feature extraordinary fall-themed pumpkin carving from Maniac Pumpkin Carvers.

Harvest Fest will feature extraordinary fall-themed pumpkin carving from Maniac Pumpkin Carvers.

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT HARVEST GREEN, NOV. 5

Harvest Green will take holiday pumpkins to the next level with the help of New York City-based Maniac Pumpkin Carvers during Harvest Fest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Harvest Green model home park, 618 Vineyard Hollow Court in Richmond.

The live carving demonstration by nationally-recognized pumpkin artists and Food Network stars Marc Evan and Chris Soria will cap off an event that includes a farmers market, pie eating contest, food trucks, Village Farm tours and harvest-themed activities. Participants can enter to win one of the uniquely decorated pumpkins and try their hands at embellishing their own gourds at a pumpkin-decorating station.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, although some activities may require a small fee. For more information, visit harvestgreentexas.com.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital .

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital .

LUNG CANCER AWARENESS SEMINAR AT HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL, NOV. 9

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining health care organizations and professionals around the world to help overcome the myths and misconceptions surrounding this serious disease.

As part of its recognition, the hospital is hosting an informative seminar featuring specialists who will discuss risk factors, the value of early detection through low-dose radiation CT screening and various treatment options, as well as answer questions from the audience.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 6-8 p.m.in the Brazos Pavilion Conference Center on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus. Registration is required at events.houstonmethodist.org/sl-lungseminar or by calling 281-274-7500.

“Because smoking rates have fallen in recent decades, many people assume that lung cancer is no longer a major health concern,” said Sindhu Nair, M.D., a board-certified oncologist with Houston Methodist Oncology Partners at Sugar Land. “But lung cancer remains the deadliest of all cancers. More Americans die each year from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancer combined, even though most lung cancers are easily preventable. Lung Cancer Awareness Month gives us an opportunity to educate and inform people as well as increase the number of individuals who are screened early.”

One of the most persistent misconceptions about lung cancer, especially among long-term smokers, is that it is “too late” to stop. But Nair says that quitting smoking at anytime not only can reduce the risk of cancer but also provides a wealth of other health benefits, including improved circulation and heart and lung function.

“A smoker can cut his or her risk of lung cancer by as much as 50 percent by quitting,” Nair said. “It’s never too late to gain some benefit, and of course, the earlier one quits, the better.”

Another common myth is that only smokers get lung cancer. While smoking is by far the No. 1 cause, approximately 20 percent of lung cancers occur in patients who have never smoked. Some of those cases are the result of genetic mutations; others are caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to asbestos or radon, a naturally occurring gas that can sometimes be trapped in houses.

Regardless of the underlying cause, early detection is critical to survival rates.
In recent years, lung cancer patients have benefited from a range of new, targeted therapies, but finding cancer early is critical. The development of low-dose radiation CT scanning for high-risk patients is helping make a difference.

“In the past, most patients didn’t realize they had lung cancer until it was in an advanced stage,” said Clive Shkedy, M.D., radiation oncologist at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Screening with CT gives us the opportunity to detect lung cancer long before it becomes symptomatic or spreads outside the lungs. And early detection is one of the keys to successful treatment.”

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 are eligible for low-dose CT lung screening.

If you think you are eligible, or want more information, call the hospital nurse navigator at 281-276-8549.

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FORT BEND OPTIMIST FUN RUN/ WALK, NOV. 6

On Sunday, Nov. 6 at 8 a.m., the Fort Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land will hold its 34th annual Fun Run/Walk at Sugar Land Memorial Park,15300 University Blvd.

The annual event is the primary fundraiser for its Youth Scholarship Program and many other programs that support Fort Bend Youth. The 5K race is on a level course and is timed electronically. Trophies will be given for the overall winner, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group in the 5K Run. There will be lots of giveaways, silent auction and raffle.

Visit fboptimist.org/sponsor to sponsor and FBOptimist.org/run to register.

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FORT BEND COUNTY LAW LIBRARY HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, NOV. 10

To kick off the holiday season, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Law Library, located in the Fort Bend County Justice Center, 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Room 30298 in Richmond, will host a Holiday Open House on Thursday, Nov. 10, 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 the Law Library at 281-341-3718.

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

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QUAIL VALLEY GARDEN CLUB,   NOV. 10

The Quail Valley Garden Club presents LaVerl Daily as the speaker for their upcoming meeting on Nov. 10 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Missouri City Rec and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr. Daily will teach the group Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Bring two bottles (wine, Perrier, etc.) to the meeting and design your own arrangement. For information, visit QuailValleyGardenClub.org.

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The Trailblazer Science Museum-on-Wheels on its statewide tour will make a special stop at the library for the day.

The Trailblazer Science Museum-on-Wheels on its statewide tour will make a special stop at the library for the day.

ANNUAL MEGA-FEST AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY, NOV. 12

Music, entertainment, games, and art are planned for Fort Bend County Libraries’ second annual “MEGA-Fest @ Your Library” celebration on Saturday, Nov.12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The MEGA-Fest celebration will feature exciting free activities and fun for the whole family throughout the building and on the library grounds.The first 500 people who come to the event will receive a special surprise!

Children will enjoy a bounce-house that will be located just outside the building as well as carnival games, face-painting, and a magician and balloon-twist artist. Inside the building, a Wii™ gaming tournament will challenge gamers of all ages and experience levels in the Middle Grades Gaming Center on the second floor.

The TAME (Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering) Trailblazer Science Museum-on-Wheels on its statewide tour will make a special stop here for the day. This traveling science exhibit is filled with exciting hands-on activities focused on energy, aerodynamics, space, weather, and biotechnology that will engage students of all ages.

There will be educational fun for the whole family inside the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Discovery Dome, a portable, planetarium-style theater which will be set up in the Meeting Room. Every 30 minutes, a 25-minute, science-related film will be shown. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

The MEGA-Fest is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

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Veterans Luncheon speaker Col. Buddy Grantham.

Veterans Luncheon speaker Col. Buddy Grantham.

OYSTER CREEK ROTARY CLUB 17TH ANNUAL VETERANS APPRECIATION LUNCHEON NOV. 11

The Oyster Creek Rotary Club will hold its 17th annual Veterans Appreciation Lunch­eon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the City Centre at Quail Valley, Missouri City. Veter­ans are invited to attend.

Oyster Creek Rotary Club president, Charlie Adaway, describes the event as “a demonstration of our appreciation to veterans with individual introductions of each attending veteran in a dignified, yet informal, atmosphere led by Rotarian and Army veteran James Thurmond who will serve as MC. U.S. Army Colonel E. A. ‘Buddy’ Grantham will keynote the event with words of patriotism, service and honor.”

Grantham, a Missouri City resident, is a bronze star decorated combat veteran with a military lineage that reaches back to the American Revolutionary War.

There will also be a presentation of the U.S. Flag to a distinguished veteran courtesy of Frances X. Gerosa Jr. with Settegast-Kopf Company.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Charlie Adaway at Charlie@adaway.us or 281-499-1987 or James Thurmond at jhthurmond@­comcast.net or 281-261-7915.

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Suburban Sugar Land Women meet the mayor. (L-R): Monica Riley, vice-president; Mable Scott Austin, president; Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman; Elise Leaks Harmon, treasurer; and June Peggs, secretary.

Suburban Sugar Land Women meet the mayor. (L-R): Monica Riley, vice-president; Mable Scott Austin, president; Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman; Elise Leaks Harmon, treasurer; and June Peggs, secretary.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER PROGRAMS

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) is a volunteer, incorporated, nonprofit organization operating in Fort Bend and beyond since 1989. Upcoming programs and contact information are as follows:

November

Adopt-A-Spot ­­–– Highlands Park Quarterly Clean Up, sslw1989@aol.com

Smoke Alarms and Replacement Batteries Installation, toniadj@msn.com

Seniors Enrichment at health care centers, toniadj@msn.com

Infants/Young Adults Development, monicariley7@gmail.com

Career Gear Houston –– Donate gently worn men’s shoes, belts and socks, sslw1989@aol.com

Fort Bend ISD High Schools, College and Scholarships Nights, harris_marvelyn@­att.net

December:

H&R Block New Clients Referral Program –– Provide SSLW’s ID# 40010001079372 and H&R Block will donate $20 from new clients to benefit SSLW’s programs and scholarships.

Cookies and Good Night, Star of Hope, donishasmith21@yahoo.com.

Special Requests and Collaborations, sslw1989@aol.com.

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Enjoy holiday trees amidst the dinosaur relics at the annual Jingle Tree events at the HMNS Sugar Land.

Enjoy holiday trees amidst the dinosaur relics at the annual Jingle Tree events at the HMNS Sugar Land.

JINGLE TREE AT THE HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE SUGAR LAND, NOV. 12-17

The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) Sugar Land makes the holiday season even more magical with one of Fort Bend’s most anticipated holiday traditions. Jingle Tree features a showcase of beautifully decorated trees that are up for bid in a six-day long, online silent auction. The trees are sponsored and decorated by Fort Bend designers, museum supporters, local celebrities and artistic visionaries. Three events mark this holiday tradition:

Cookies with Santa, Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are $5 in addition to museum admission. It’s your first chance to view the trees and catch Santa and Mrs. Claus during an early holiday visit to Sugar Land. Play stations will be set up in the area for the kids, while they line up to visit with Santa. Adults are invited to visit the complimentary coffee bar where you’ll also have the option to purchase festive holiday drinks.

Bubbles, Bites and Belles Holiday Coffee, Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tickets are $35. This private event will allow you to see the trees up close and perhaps even “pre-buy” the one you fall in love with. Indulge in bubbly mimosas and delicious bites, or add to the fun at Santa’s Little Helpers coffee bar, where you can purchase festive holiday drinks.

Jingle, Jingle, Mix ‘n Mingle Happy Hour and Auction Close, Thursday Nov. 17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Bring your friends for an evening of tree viewing, on-line bidding, a live auction, unique raffle items and delectable food. Enjoy a complimentary signature cocktail, the Jingle Jangle, or visit the cash bar for your drink of choice. All bids close that evening at 8:15 p.m.

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USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS PROGRAM AT SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY, NOV. 12

Sienna Branch Library will present a special program, “SCORE: Growing Your Business Through Social Media,” on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.

The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. Visit fortbend.lib.tx.us for more information.

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43RD ANNUAL BRITISH FESTIVAL IN SUGAR LAND, NOV. 12

The 43rd annual British Festival is on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1 Fluor Daniel Drive, Sugar Land, to the sounds of the magnificent Houston Highlander Pipe Band and the smell of home baked scones and biscuits.

This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a traditional British fete without making the trip across the Atlantic. Stands are packed with home make cakes, jellies, jams and chutneys. Wonderful themed baskets laden with goods include: Gardener’s Basket, Sherlock Holmes Basket, Irish Basket, the Sherry Basket and many more. There are even gourmet dog biscuits and handmade dog beds, as well as linens and cards, T-shirts and sweets that make for perfect hostess gifts or Christmas presents. New this year is the Apple Core-ner where everything on an apple-related theme can be purchased!

The British Festival is run by the Daugh­ters of the British Empire. Each year nearly $50,000 is raised for local charities. This year’s charities include Mountbatten House, the HPD 100 Club, Pets for Vets, Cuddling Care and the Friends of Down Syndrome.

Ticket price is $6 and is free for children under 12. For more information, visit dbetexas.org or 713-729-4049.

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FORT BEND COUNTY HEART WALK, NOV. 19

The Seabourne Creek Nature Park is the setting for the Fort Bend County Heart Walk on Nov. 19. The event will benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). Join the fun for a family-friendly, non-competitive 5K walk to promote walking as part of a healthy lifestyle and raise funds for the AHA to support cardiovascular research and education programs in the community.

Form a team and start fundraising. Register at heart.org/fortbendhearwalk. Con­tact Amanda Payne at 832-918-4028 or Amanda.Payne@heart.org with questions.

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Guests filled the dance floor at last year’s fun event.

Guests filled the dance floor at last year’s fun event.

THE ARC OF FORT BEND’S “BEST IN THE WEST” EVENT, NOV. 19

The Arc of Fort Bend County’s 38th edition of the Best in the West Dinner, Dance and Auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 starting at 6 p.m. at the George Ranch Historical Park Arena in Richmond. The evening features dinner, dancing, lots of shopping opportunities for $60 per ticket. Tables of 10 are priced at $600. The bargain price is made possible by the support of presenting sponsor Prosperity Bank and fellow underwriters, which include The Johnson Development Company, Sprint Landfill, Aviles Engineering Corp., Classic Chevrolet, Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, and Sugar Land Rotary Club.

Live auction items include “vacays” and “staycays” to fancy hunting excursions, from celebrity lunches and dinners to the puppy everyone falls in love with. If live auction bidding isn’t your thing, the Ace in the Hole Auction has temptations to attract your interest and an arena full of Corrals with silent auction items ranging from holiday décor to autographed sports memorabilia and almost everything in between.

The barbecue dinner with all the trimmings is provided by The Swinging Door (don’t miss out on the smoked turkey as a starter for your Thanksgiving Dinner). Then burn off those dinner calories dancing to Fort Bend County’s hometown band, The Triumphs. Their playlist includes something everyone can dance to.

The event supports the Arc’s efforts to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For sponsorship information, call Jo Ann Stevens at 713-829-1827. For tickets, contact Ann Smith at 281-240-1313 or go online to arcoffortbend.org.

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BECOME A CHAMPION FOR ORPHANS AT THE “CHOSEN MARATHON,” NOV. 19

Springtime House in Romania-USA is a Sugar Land-based nonprofit organization founded in 2010 by Rick and Sandy Scott to rescue Romanian orphans and bring them to homes in the U.S. Almost 100 percent of donors to Springtime House come from the Fort Bend area. The organization held a fundraising dinner in September at Quail Valley Center Golf Club.

For more information, call the Scotts at 281-903-7230 or email info@springtimehouse.org or visit springtimehouse.org.

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The Fort Bend Boys Choir Christmas Musicale features all choirboys.

The Fort Bend Boys Choir Christmas Musicale features all choirboys.

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR CHRISTMAS MUSICALE, DEC. 3

The Fort Bend Boys Choir (FBBC) is celebrating its 35th anniversary performance season with a Christmas Musicale concert on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at a new venue – the First United Methodist Church-Missouri City. The three performing treble choirs – Training, Town and Tour – will be showcased along with Music Magic, the organization’s class of 6- and 7-year-olds. The concert’s Special guest is Countertenor John Holiday, the 1999 Outstanding Choirboy of the Year and a rising star in the opera world.

A special cookie and punch reception will be held immediately after the concert in the church’s Fellowship Hall in honor of the 35th anniversary. 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 Christmas Musicale are used for program support, operational expenses and scholarships. To learn more about the FBBC and how it makes a difference in the lives of boys visit fbbctx.org or call 281-240-3800, or check out their fan page on Facebook.

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Tacky the Penguin does not fit in with his companions in this original musical-theater production. PHOTO - Courtesy of Noyes Fine Arts Foundation's Books Alive!

Tacky the Penguin does not fit in with his companions in this original musical-theater production.
PHOTO – Courtesy of Noyes Fine Arts Foundation’s Books Alive!

CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCE OF “TACKY THE PENGUIN” AT MISSOURI CITY LIBRARY, NOV. 30

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will present a children’s theater performance by the Noyes Fine Arts Foundation of an original musical-theater production of “Tacky the Penguin” on Wednesday, Nov. 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library at 281-238-2100. This family-friendly performance is based on a popular children’s book written by Helen Lester, and adapted to the stage as a one-act musical by Books Alive! for the Noyes Fine Arts Foundation’s Book Bash program. In the story, Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his “odd” behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.

The Noyes Foundation is a not-for-profit community-arts organization committed to bringing semi-professional theater and fine arts education to the Katy area. Through the Book Bash program, the Foundation brings the magic of live theater and the gift of literacy to children by adapting children’s literature into fully staged, original musicals, performed by professional actors.

The program is presented with the generous support of ARTreach, a nonprofit organization that provides art-related programs and mentoring to at-risk children and others in need in the tri-county area of Katy.

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Spring 2016 Music Magic class performing at the Spring Concert .

Spring 2016 Music Magic class performing at the Spring Concert .

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR’S MUSIC MAGIC CLASS, THROUGH NOV. 29

Do you have a young boy in your life who loves music and singing? Cultivate that love of music by enrolling him in Music Magic, a nine-week music enrichment class for boys who are 6 or 7 years old. The Fort Bend Boys Choir (FBBC), celebrating its 35th anniversary, offers this course which brings music alive through the use of movement, musical games, singing and other child-centered activities. Boys learn about pitch matching and rhythm awareness in addition to developing large muscle coordination, increased focus and better musicianship. No auditions are necessary.

Serving as Music Magic director is Melissa Nealy, who has many years of experience teaching music at the elementary and middle school levels as well as teaching private voice lessons. For this 20th season of the Music Magic program, the class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30- 7:15 p.m., through Nov. 29 at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. Music Magic will then sing at the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s annual Christmas Musicale on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The cost for this course is $100 and boys will receive a free Music Magic t-shirt once classes start. Classes are limited in size, so call the choir office at 281-240-3800 to pre-register or visit fbbctx.org. Visit FBBC’s Facebook page for the latest on the Music Magic class and the organization’s public performances.

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Brookwood Citizens Joe and Debbie are eager to show off to visitors where they live and work.

Brookwood Citizens Joe and Debbie are eager to show off to visitors where they live and work.

BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE, DEC. 2-3

Join The Brookwood Community on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a weekend full of fun, shopping and yuletide cheer at the annual Brookwood Christmas Open House event benefiting Brookwood’s adults with disabilities. Come shop for a good cause and let your retail dollar do double duty, just in time for the holidays.

Visitors can shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center filled with the Citizens’ (the name given to Brookwood’s residents) handcrafted products, unique holiday home décor and gifts, clothing, jewelry and an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and cared for by the Citizens. Shoppers can enjoy a delicious lunch in Brookwood’s gourmet Café and take a self-guided tour of the campus. The Brookwood Citizens will also perform “A Concert for the Ages” both days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is always the highlight of the weekend and sure to put the entire family in the holiday spirit.

Founded over 30 years ago, The Brookwood Community has provided an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities. As a nonprofit organization that does not accept any government funding, Brookwood relies on the support of events like Open House to fund the work programs and residential homes that serve over 225 adults. The community is located off of I-10 ten minutes west of Katy. For more information, visit brookwoodcommunity.org or call 281-375-2100.

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CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF THE HISTORIC 1883 MOORE MANSION, DEC. 3

The Fort Bend Museum Docents will host the 2016 Candlelight Tours of the Historic Moore Mansion, an annual showcase of vintage and historical holiday decorations in an intimate, candle-lit setting. This year’s theme is “How Santa Came to Texas.” The tours will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston Street, Richmond.

Each room will portray some of the holiday traditions and representations of Santa Claus brought to Texas by different ethnic and cultural groups. Some of the cultures represented will include Victorian England, Czech, German, Mexican and Texan. Entertainment and visits by Mr. and Mrs. Claus are scheduled throughout the day. Refreshments will be served at the end of the tour. Attendees will have an opportunity to buy holiday crafts handmade by the museum docents or bid on gift baskets for the silent auction. All proceeds benefit the educational and preservation efforts of Fort Bend Museum.

To buy tickets or get more information, visit fortbendmuseum.org. Tickets are also available at the museum.

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LOCAL DELTA SIGMA THETA CHAPTER CO-SPONSORS DAAP FOUNDATION GALA, DEC. 3

The Suburban Houston- Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter (SHFBAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is the annual co-sponsor of the Delta Academic Artistic Philanthropic (DAAP) Foundation Gala that will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 p.m.–midnight at The Power Center,12401 South Post Oak, Houston. Guest attire is semi-formal. Proceeds from the event benefit community programs and scholarships.

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

Sponsorships, gala tickets and Texans raffle tickets are available. For details, email WAM.SHFBAC@gmail.com.

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25TH ANNUAL CASA CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR, DEC. 9-10

The Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation, Child Advocates of Fort Bend staff, committee members, decorators and homeowners are gearing up for the 25th annual Christmas Home Tour scheduled for Friday, Dec.9 and Saturday, Dec. 10.

“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 Ruthanne Mefford, Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO.

“We’re working on a couple of special things for our 25th anniversary tour. We’ll be in Telfair and Belknap, two neighborhoods we haven’t been in before,” stated Child Advocates of Fort Bend Marketing Specialist Lisa Moore. “In addition, we’re partnering again with Johnson Development and bringing back our popular wreath raffle for a third year. It’s really going to be a great tour so make sure to put it on your calendar and purchase your tickets!”

Proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour help Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children in this community. Through its two programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), 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 much needed funds to support CAFB’s programs serving abused and neglected children. Tour hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10 with a candlelight tour on Dec. 9 from 6-9 p.m.

Sponsors and volunteers are needed to support the Home Tour. To participate, please contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or lmoore@cafb.org. Ticket sales begin Nov. 1 online at cafb.org and Fort Bend area Randalls Stores.

For updates on home locations and ticket sales, go to cafb.org/Events/Home-Tour.

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(Back row, l-r): Jordon Nickerson, David Flores, Tofik Khanmamedov; (front) Andrea Cope, Patricia Kelley. Photo - Susan Lynch

(Back row, l-r): Jordon Nickerson, David Flores, Tofik Khanmamedov; (front) Andrea Cope, Patricia Kelley.
Photo – Susan Lynch

FORT BEND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S “DECK THE HALLS,” DEC. 4

The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra’s most popular concert of the year is Deck the Halls, a family-friendly opener to the holiday season. The afternoon is a Christmas stocking full of holiday music, shopping opportunities and special surprises for the little ones. The concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road.

Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, enjoys choosing the music for this popular event. “It’s a delicate balance between the familiar Christmas music and selections that might not be as well-known, but ones that we hope will become some of your new favorites.” Traditional pieces include White Christmas, We Need a Little Christmas, Sleigh Ride and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The Mayor of Stafford joins FBSO as the narrator for the beloved story poem, The Night Before Christmas. Tickets are available at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.

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SUGAR LAND CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION 2017 GALA, JAN. 21

Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation (SLCAF) has announced the 2017Founders Ball to be held at Safari Texas on January 21, 2017. This Founders Ball theme will be “In High Gear” and is guaranteed to be an evening of supersonic fun that will get your motor running!

Honorees for the 2017 Gala are John and Diana Null, and the Honorary Co-chairs are the Honorable Jimmy and Gay Thompson.

Proceeds will benefit the mission and goals of the SLCAF, which include continued improvements to the Sugar Land Auditor­ium, the city’s oldest public space, and the continued support of the arts in Sugar Land.

SLCAF is currently accepting sponsorships for the event at varying levels, while tables for eight and individual tickets are also available for purchase. For tickets and more information, please call 281-313-0752 or contact Cindy Sutton at info@slcaf.org.

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CHRIST CHURCH SUGAR LAND CONCERT CHOIR & ORCHESTRA, DEC. 4

Join the Christ Church Concert Choir & Orchestra as it presents “Carols & Candle­light,” a Christmas concert, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and pre-concert music will begin at 5:30. Christ Church Sugar Land is located at 3300 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Reception following the concert.

Visit christchurchsl.org/advent for more details.

 


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