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MAMIE GEORGE COMMUNITY CENTER OFFERS ART CLASSES

The Mamie George Community Center located at 1111 Collins Road in Richmond offers free art classes for seniors three times a week including ARTreach Clay & Pottery, and Mosaics & Ceramics every Monday and Tuesday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Mixed Media workshops every Thursday 10-11:30 a.m.
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Sweetwater Country Club Ladies Tennis Committee.

Sweetwater Country Club Ladies Tennis Committee.

SWEETWATER TENNIS TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT HOPE FOR THREE, OCT 4-5

Members take a swing at supporting autism awareness on Oct. 4-5 for the Annual Tennis Member Guest Tournament at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land. It’s a grand slam event with team members rallying for children on the autism spectrum. The event, hosted by the Tennis Committee and Mercedes Benz of Sugar Land, will benefit Hope for Three, an autism advocacy nonprofit organization serving Fort Bend County. Proceeds will help the local nonprofit further its mission to create awareness and provide support to families living with autism.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Brian Cosma at 281-980-2255 or sweetwatercctennis@gmail.com. To volunteer with Hope for Three, or learn more about financial assistance and services, contact Angie Wierzibicki at 832-274-9246 or angie@hopeforthree.org.
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(Back row) Leena Taneja, sponsorship chair and director of physician relations; Eric Purtee, Veritas manager; Marcia Barham, physician liaison; (front row) Amy Saenz, physician liaison; Kevin Rios, Veritas proprietor; and Kaelyn Bujnoch, marketing coordinator.

(Back row) Leena Taneja, sponsorship chair and director of physician relations; Eric Purtee, Veritas manager; Marcia Barham, physician liaison; (front row) Amy Saenz, physician liaison; Kevin Rios, Veritas proprietor; and Kaelyn Bujnoch, marketing coordinator.

VERITAS STEAK AND SEAFOOD PROMOTION TO BENEFIT PRETTY IN PINK, DURING OCTOBER

Veritas Steak and Seafood is offering a unique promotion throughout the month of October to benefit cancer patients at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

The restaurant has created special Pretty in Pink menus for both lunch and dinner for the month of October, with a portion of proceeds from every order benefiting the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Fund. Veritas will donate $3 for every lunch and $7 for every dinner sold from its special menus as part of the Pretty in Pink-Town Square fundraiser, which is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11.

“This is an excellent opportunity to have a great meal at Veritas and at the same time, benefit local cancer patients in need,” said Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO Chris Siebenaler. “The money raised by this month-long promotion will go directly to the Cancer Fund, which provides financial assistance to patients to continue their fight against cancer.”

Veritas’ special dinner menu consists of three courses with your choice of entrée including maggie’s salmon, a 6 oz. filet mignon, airline chicken alex or weiner schnitzel. The special lunch menu includes two courses, with entrée choices of blackened tilapia, baseball cut sirloin, grilled lemon pepper chicken or penne pasta primavera.

“We are honored to be a part of this great community initiative. Together we support the cancer patients in our community while enjoying a delicious meal,” said Kevin Rios, proprietor of Veritas.

Pretty in Pink-Town Square raised more than $110,000 for the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Fund last year.  The money is donated to local cancer patients to help with non-hospital costs such as medical equipment, medications, wigs, child care, transportation and even car or house payments, and other types of non-medical bills.

Veritas Steak and Seafood is located at 1550 Lake Point Parkway in Sugar Land. To make reservations, call 281-491-2901.

To make a donation or to learn more about Pretty in Pink, visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland and click on the blue “Donate Now” button.
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77TH ANNUAL FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, STARTING SEPT. 27

Running from Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 6, the 77th annual Fort Bend County Fair will take over the County Fairgrounds on Highway 36 in Rosenberg. Daily activities include a carnival, petting zoo, Ag’Tivity Barn, pony rides, livestock exhibits, a “kidz” celebration show, home economics exhibits, food and shopping.

The Grapes on the Brazos wine event will also take place during the week, and the BBQ Cookoff will be held Oct. 4 and  5. The PRCA Championship Rodeo Nights also will be Oct. 4 and 5. The Bull Riding Bash and Mutton Bustin’ will entertain the audience on  Sunday. Live concerts include Joe Nichols & Katie Armiger, Aaron Watson, Go Tejano Day, The Triumphs, Wade Bowen, Joe Diffie and Johnny Lee. Concerts are free with fair admission. All schoolchildren get in free until
6 p.m. Opening Day.

For tickets, call 281-342-6171 or visit fortbendcountyfair.com. A complete schedule of events is also on the website.
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PINK LIGHTING EVENT AT SUGAR LAND TOWN SQUARE, SEPT. 28

The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month by lighting the Plaza and fountain in Sugar Land Town Square pink on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7-9 p.m. during a free performance by Allen Oldies Band. Complimentary souvenir photos will be taken and MD Anderson physicians and staff will be on hand to pass out educational materials and pink glow necklaces. Visit Facebook.com/MDAnderson­SugarLand for information.
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Cast and crew of The Curious Savage.

Cast and crew of The Curious Savage.

GEORGE RANCH HS THEATRE PRESENTS THE CURIOUS SAVAGE, BEGINNING OCT 10

The George Ranch High School Theatre Department will be presenting The Curious Savage, a comedy written by John Patrick, Oct. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. in the GRHS Performing Arts Center. The play features a feisty elderly woman named Ethel Savage who is placed in a home for the eccentric by her three manipulating offspring. Savage has hidden all of her children’s bonds in order to teach them a lesson about what is important in life. However, she learns a lesson herself by getting to know her new eccentric friends. Tickets are $5 and go on sale Oct. 7 at the GRHS front office.
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The committee has planned lots of fun for the Oct. 12 American Cancer Society fundraiser.

The committee has planned lots of fun for the Oct. 12 American Cancer Society fundraiser.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S COUTURE FOR THE CAUSE, ONLY OCT 12

Dazzling fashions, a signature cocktail, delectable dishes, an exclusive swag bag, diamond necklace raffle, good music, good friends, and good times…all for a good cause. The Fourth Annual American Cancer Society “Couture for the Cause” will be held on October 12 at a Tuscan-inspired private home in Sugar Land. Cari Middaugh, the 2013 Event Chair says, “Our theme is ‘La Dolce Vita’, the ‘Sweet Life.’ We hope to raise awareness and resources so that together we can create a world with more birthdays, one sweet life at a time.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the spectacular poolside fashion show starts at 8 p.m. “The featured couture will be showcased by models whose lives have been touched by cancer,” Cari says. Proceeds will benefit ACS research and patient programs, including the construction of Hope Lodge. a free home away from home where cancer patients undergoing treatment and their
families can stay.

Sponsorships are still available and range from $1,500 to $7,500. Individual tickets are $100 per person. Honor and Memorial Recognition options are available for those unable to attend the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit houstoncoutureforthecause.org. For sponsorship inquiries, contact Cari Middaugh at CariM914@gmail.com.
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FBISD COLLEGE NIGHTS, OCT. 1 & OCT. 3

Fort Bend ISD will host two College Nights  to give current high school juniors and seniors and their parents or guardians the opportunity to learn about educational opportunities available from accredited colleges and universities. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities (as well as trade and technical schools) from across the nation will be available to meet with students and their families.

The first College Night will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Kempner High School, the second will be Thursday, Oct. 3, at Hightower High School.
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AUTISM ADVOCACY GROUP VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, OCT. 1-2

Hope for Three, the local autism advocacy organization serving Fort Bend, will host two volunteer orientation sessions: On Tuesday evening, Oct. 1, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Berryhill Baja Grill in Sugar Land; and on Wednesday morning, Oct. 2 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. at Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land. For more information, call 1-800-317-0787 or visit
hopeforthree.org/volunteer-sign-up.
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FORT BEND VOLUNTEERS AWARDS BREAKFAST, OCT. 3

The County Judge’s Annual Fort Bend Volunteers Awards Breakfast will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond. Join Judge Robert Hebert in paying tribute to these volunteers. Khambrel Marshall, KPRC-TV, will emcee. The Fort Bend Volunteers initiative brings together volunteers and the nonprofit communities by helping those who wish to volunteer find the perfect service opportunity that will benefit from their time and talent. Admission is $50 or $75 at the door. For more information, contact David Crowl at 281-491-2497 or David@fortbendcc.org.
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The Tanners will be performing for the 30th year at Texian Market Days.

The Tanners will be performing for the 30th year at Texian Market Days.

30TH ANNUAL TEXIAN MARKET DAYS, OCT 26

Texian Market Days returns to the George Ranch Historical Park for its 30th year. This celebration of Texas heritage has something for everyone with food and craft vendors, battle re-enactments, live music and hands-on activities that both children and adults will enjoy. The George Ranch Historical Park is located in Richmond at 10215 FM 726. Texian Market Days will offer a school-specific program on Friday, Oct. 25, geared toward field trip groups.

Be ready for cannon fire, the smell of black powder, and clouds of gun smoke hanging in the air when the general public is welcomed to various battle reenactments on Saturday, Oct. 26. The 1830s Jones Stock Farm will be turned into a campground for Mexican Soldados and Texian Soldiers as they re-live the battle of Thompson’s Ferry. Across the field, Union and Confederate soldiers will have skirmishes in the Civil War era at the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home.

The 1890s Davis Victorian Mansion will feature The Tanners’ stage show, one of the elite few attractions that has attended the festival for 30 years. In addition, cowboys will be offering a variety of hands-on activities at the 1930s George Cattle Complex, where guests can also see Miss Mamie’s 1919 Model T. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 5-15; and children under 4 are free. For information, visit texianmarketdays.com or call 281-343-0218.
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FBJSL members with Sugar Plum Market sponsors.

FBJSL members with Sugar Plum Market sponsors.

SUGAR PLUM MARKET, BEGINNING  NOV 8

The Fort Bend Junior Service League  and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will host the 13th annual Sugar Plum Market with the theme “WILD About Sugar Plum.” The event will be held at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, plus a special Preview Night the evening of Thursday, Nov. 7.

Last year’s Market raised a record $203,300, which was given to 14 local Fort Bend County charities. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available ranging from $250 to $5,000. General admission tickets are $10.

The 2013 Sugar Plum Market’s Preview Night is set for Nov. 7 from 6-10 p.m. With the theme “WILD About Sugar Plum,” attendees are guaranteed to have a good time as they enjoy shopping and hors d’oeuvres from participating restaurants and bakeries.

Preview Night tickets are $60 and include Thursday evening advance shopping, two drink tickets, light hors d’oeuvres and Market entry Friday and Saturday. Due to the popularity of this event, a VIP Preview Night ticket has been added this year. In addition to the above mentioned benefits, this special $100 ticket includes early entry at 5:45 p.m., valet pass and a Sugar Plum Market koozie. For information on tickets, sponsor opportunities and vendor applications, visit sugarplummarket.com or call 281-636-6272.
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SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY PROGRAMS, BEGINNING OCT. 5

In recognition of Family History Month in October, Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special program, “The Black & White of It: Your Ancestors Are in the Newspaper,” on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room at the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City.

Genealogy expert Trevia Wooster Beverly will talk about the different ways to research newspaper archives, many of which can be found on microfilm at public libraries or on the Internet. She will also discuss the types of information that can be found.

A two-part workshop on “Job-Search Survival Tips,” will begin Monday, Oct. 7, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The workshop will continue Oct. 8 at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night.  The two-part workshop is designed to help all job-hunters. Learn tips on writing a better resumé, researching prospective employers, interviewing and non-verbal skills, making a great first impression, networking, and much more. Registration is not required, and late arrivals are welcome. For information, call 281-238-2900.
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SUGAR LAND/MISSOURI CITY LIFE CHAIN, OCT. 6

On Sunday, Oct. 6, the 5th annual Sugar Land/Missouri City Life Chain, sponsored by Christian Voices for Life of Fort Bend County, will be held along Highway 6. From 2-3:30 p.m., several hundred local Christians from at least 15 churches will stand on both sides of the road, between Town Center Blvd. and Murphy Road, praying and holding signs denouncing abortion. Life Chains will also be held on Highway  90A in Rosenberg, and along the Beltway 8 feeder road at Airport, as part of a national event, which began in California in 1987.

In 2012, more than 1,500 cities across the United States and Canada held Life Chains at over 1700 locations. Churches join individuals who want to participate can contact Marie McCoy at 281-610-3986 or ChristianVoicesfor­LifeFB@gmail.com.

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(L-R) Co-Chairs Commissioner James Patterson, who will be the evening’s entertaining auctioneer, Ann Smith, Jo Ann Stevens (seated) and Arc supporter Mike Casey with the raffle car donated by Judge Bob Hebert and Pat Hebert.

(L-R) Co-Chairs Commissioner James Patterson, who will be the evening’s entertaining auctioneer, Ann Smith, Jo Ann Stevens (seated) and Arc supporter Mike Casey with the raffle car donated by Judge Bob Hebert and Pat Hebert.

ARC’S “BEST IN THE WEST” DINNER AND DANCE, NOV 23

The Arc of Fort Bend County’s 36th Annual Best in the West dinner and dance will be held Saturday, Nov. 23 at George Ranch Arena. The evening will include the raffling off of a replica of a classic car —  a Mercedes convertible roadster. Only 500 raffle tickets at $100 each will be sold for a chance to win the roadster. The car is just one of many luxury items that will help raise monies for the nonprofit, which assists individuals with intellectural and related developmental disabilities. “We have a King Ranch Hunt that is always a favorite among the bidders,” says Co-Chairperson Jo Ann Stevens. “Between our silent and live auctions we have something for everyone.”

Barbecue provided by The Swinging Door will be served from 6-9 p.m. with the get-up-and-dance music from the live band, The Triumphs playing 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $50 or $500 for a table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information, call 281-240-1313 or visit arcoffortbend.org.
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Representatives of the organizations receiving proceeds from the 2012 Sugar Plum Market with members of FBJSL and representatives of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Representatives of the organizations receiving proceeds from the 2012 Sugar Plum Market with members of FBJSL and representatives of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

FBJSL ACCEPTING EVENT BENEFICIARY APPLICATIONS

The Fort Bend Junior Service League is currently accepting applications from charitable organizations interested in benefiting from an FBJSL event to be held in 2014-15.  Event Beneficiary applications must be received by the FBJSL Beneficiary Review Committee on or before Jan. 3, 2014. The application and instructions can be found at fbjsl.com. All applications must be submitted via email to brc@fbjsl.com.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have 501(c)(3) status and provide services within Fort Bend County.  FBJSL selects beneficiaries that demonstrate a history of support within their own organizations, match the League’s vision for Fort Bend County and encompass one or more of the League’s position statements.

Since its inception in 2001, FBJSL has raised more than $2.3 million for local charities across Fort Bend County through projects such as the Charity Ball, Sugar Plum Market, Children’s Book & Author, Glitter & Gloss, Pancakes & Pajamas, Charity Golf Tournament, and “Edible Heirlooms” and “Treasures from the Bend, Rich in History & Flavor” cookbook sales.
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Fireside Supper classes will take place Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18-19.

Fireside Supper classes will take place Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18-19.

OCTOBER EVENTS AT GEORGE RANCH HISTORICAL PARK,  BEGINNING OCT. 5

Rise and shine on Oct. 5 for a hearty cowboy-style breakfast prepared by Cookie at the George Ranch Historical Park. At 8 a.m., venture to the Chuckwagon at the 1860s site in George Ranch Historical Park for scrambled eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, refried beans, biscuits and gravy, and sausage. The cost is $12.50, adults and kids 13+; $9, children ages 5-12; and $4, children 4 and under. Reservations are required.

Explore 19th century cooking techniques and the intricacies of hearthside cooking at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18-19. Guests will partake in their meal over candlelight with historical cooking guide Chef Nick Castelberg. Menu includes sauteed dandelions with fatback and onions, cream of pinto bean soup, venison pot roast with assorted vegetable, corn bread, and Indian fry bread with local honey drizzle. This class is recommended for adults and children ages 10 and older. The cost is $55; $45 per member. Reservations are required.

Bring the whole family to discover more than 100 years of Texas history at the 30th annual Texian Market Days on Oct. 26 featuring hands-on activities, battle re-enactments, live entertainment, food, craft vendors and more. The festival is a community event put on by the Fort Bend County Museum Association and held on the grounds of the 480-acre George Ranch Historical Park. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-15. Children ages four and under are free.

An All Hallows’ Eve celebration is set for Oct. 31. Trick-or-Treat through time on a hay wagon around the park and listen to local spooky lore at each site. Wear your best Halloween costume (period costume is encouraged) and learn more about this historic holiday in a safe and fun environment.  Call 281-343-0218 to RSVP.
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THERESIAN CONFERENCE IN SUGAR LAND, OCT.  11-13

The 2013 Theresian National Conference will be hosted by Fort Bend Theresians, Oct. 11-13, Marriot Hotel Sugar land Town Center. It is open to all women. Paula D’Arcy will present “Crossing New Thresholds Toward the Horizon.”  For more information, call Rebecca Herndon at 281-232-2666 or email rebecca@herndonmail.com. Theresians International is a Christian women’s spiritual group whose mission is “women supporting women” reaching out with Gospel values.
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ROSENBERG RAILROAD MUSEUM’S ANNUAL GALA, OCT. 12

The Rosenberg Railroad Museum will host its annual gala “The Circus Comes to Town” on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond. The honorary ring masters are The Honorable Pete and Nancy Olson. Proceeds will support operations and general operating needs for the museum. Contact Doris Gurecky at 281-342-5926 or doris.gurecky@gurecky.com for information.
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KIDS YOGA CLASS TO BENEFITTEAM MADDIE, OCT. 13

Bikram Hot Yoga Missouri City will host a kids yoga class Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m. This will not be a heated class. Attendees will enjoy food and drinks from Panera Bread and raffle prizes for kids and parents. Each yogi will receive a special goody bag and raffle ticket. Additional tickets are available for $2. Sign up at the studio to reserve a spot. All proceeds will go to the Team Maddie Fund for a 7-year-old girl who is fighting Leukemia. Bikram Hot Yoga Missouri City is located at 8790 Highway 6, Ste. 160. For information, call
281-778-1242 or visit bikrammissouricity.com.

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FORT BEND MASTER GARDENER MONTHLY PROGRAM, OCT. 17

The Fort Bend Master Gardener Monthly Program will be held Oct. 17 at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center, 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg. Learn how to care for valuable trees and shrubs during the cool fall and winter months. Paul Wierzbicki, horticulturist, Missouri City Parks & Recreation Department will discuss the “ABC’s of Winter Season Tree & Shrub Care.” Social begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program from 7-8 p.m. For information, call 281-633-7033 or visit fbmg.com. FBCMG is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
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CENTRAL FORT BEND CHAMBER’S CHAMPAGNE & PONIES BUSINESS BLENDER, OCT. 17

The Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Fulshear Area Business Division will hold its Inaugural Champagne & Ponies Business Blender on Oct. 17. The free event, which is presented by Texas Insurance Agency – Fulshear, is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. at Pecan Acres Polo Club, 35635 Vernon First Road in Simonton. The event will feature a polo exhibition, followed by an after party, which is sponsored by Stieber Insurance Group, LLC. The polo teams are sponsored by Casey Pope Properties and Martin Mortgage.

Food and beverages will be courtesy of Fort Bend Brewing Company, Silver Eagle Distributors, Braman Winery, The Old Main Street Bakery, Another Time Soda Fountain and Victor’s Mexican Grille. For information, contact Rachelle Kanak at 281-342-5464 or rkanak@cfbca.org.
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UPCOMING EVENTS AT STAFFORD CENTRE, BEGINNING OCT. 18

The Charlie Daniels Band will perform Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. at Stafford Centre. From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need. Over the course of his career, Daniels has received numerous accolades, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame.

Stafford Centre Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or visit staffordcentre.com.
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FORT BEND CO. A&M CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT, OCT. 18

The 2013 Fort Bend County A&M Club Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at The El Dorado Course at Quail Valley. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start. The format is a six-person team scramble (ladies and men) and includes a longest drive and closest to the pin contests. The entry fee is $110 and includes golf and two meals. There will also be a raffle. A primary goal of the organization is to support academic scholarships to attend Texas A&M for graduates of Fort Bend County area high schools. For additional information, contact Clint at 281-468-6880 or CPowell@mcvean.com or visit fortbendags.com.
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Ellis Bennett will discuss the use of quilts throughout history on Oct. 19.

Ellis Bennett will discuss the use of quilts throughout history on Oct. 19.

PROGRAMS AT UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY, BEGINNING OCT. 19

A special program, “American Quilt History & the Civil War Era,” will take place at the University Branch Library on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. The program will be presented by Ellis Bennett, an award-winning quilter who has appraised, restored, conserved, and hand-laundered quilts. In this presentation, Bennett will discuss the use of quilts throughout American history, particularly during the U.S. Civil War years. Learn about popular quilt designs, styles and colors during that era, as well as differences seen in quilts of the South versus those of the North.

In recognition of Family History Month in October, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Local History and Genealogy department will present the Second Annual Genealogy Symposium on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For information, call 281-633-5100.
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BRENT EVENT — A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, OCT. 19

The third Brent Event, A Celebration of Life will take place Oct. 19 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd. The morning will feature a 10K, 5K, 1 mile walk, kid’s fun run, and post- run celebration with a silent auction. Run/Walk for someone you know who is battling or has battled cancer, and join others as they celebrate the lives of cancer patients they love. Email a picture of the person you are running for and they will post it on the Celebration of Life wall. The Celebration will include music, food, festivities, with a bounce house and face painting for the children. For more information or to register visit brentevent.org.
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TEXAS DRAGON BOAT REGATTA, OCT. 19-20

For the first time ever, the Flying KLM Airlines Dragon Boats, the official team from the Netherlands, will participate in the 10th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta at Brooks Lake at Fluor Campus in Sugar Land on Oct. 19-20. The event takes place both days from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. .

The Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta is one of two events hosted by the Texas Dragon Boat Association, which promotes the tradition of dragon boating and increases awareness of Asian and Asian American culture. Teams from California, Louisiana, Dallas, Austin and even Canada and Ukraine have competed in the dragon boat races during this event. On water, the audience will see the “flying Dutch” compete with other teams outside the Houston metropolitan area such as the Austin Coolers, Cajun Invasion, California Skittles and the Dallas team. For more information on sponsorship, vendors, committee and volunteer opportunities, contact Eve Marie Ruhlman at director@texasdragonboat.com  or visit texasdragonboat.com.
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GIFTS GALORE GREATWOOD FALL GIFT SHOW, OCT. 19

Gifts Galore Greatwood is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Fall Gift Show on Saturday, Oct.19. from 9 am to 4 pm at Dickinson Elementary in Greatwood.  The show features over 75 vendors with a variety of new merchandise including Fall and Holiday Décor and Gifts, Yard and Home Décor, Embellished Clothing, Jewelry, Handbags, Specialty Foods, Children and  Baby Items, Candles, and more. Concessions will be available. Admission is FREE and strollers are welcome. A portion of the proceeds benefits Lamar Educational Awards Foundation (L.E.A.F.)  —  a nonprofit community-based organization created to support the educational programs of Lamar CISD. For more information, contact Staci Hartfiel at Staci@GiftsGaloreShows.com.
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Dr. Héctor Agüero begins his sixth season as music director of the Fort Bend Symphony.

Dr. Héctor Agüero begins his sixth season as music director of the Fort Bend Symphony.

FORT BEND SYMPHONY NEWSEASON, BEGINNING OCT. 20

Popular music by famous American composers George Gershwin and Aaron Copland awaits concertgoers as the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra raises the curtain on its 22nd season on Sunday, Oct. 20. The 2 p.m. concert at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, also features the student winners from the 2013 Houston Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition. American Showcase I includes Copland’s Down a Country Lane, a composition originally commissioned and published by Life magazine to offer piano students quality music. It has since been transcribed for orchestra. Also on the program is Morton Gould’s Revival: Fantasy on Six Spirituals. Besides the music of these late composers, FBSO will perform works from living American composers.

Deck the Halls on Sunday, Dec. 8, captures the holiday spirit with a mix of popular and classical Christmas music.

All concerts, except Once Upon a Time, begin at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road in Stafford. Once Upon a Time begins at 7 p.m. at B.F. Terry High School’s Graeber Auditorium, 5500 Avenue N in Rosenberg. Purchase tickets online at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.
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DUCK GOLF CLASSIC, OCT. 21

The Exchange Club of Fort Bend’s fifth annual Duck Golf Classic will be held Monday, Oct. 21, at Pecan Grove Country Club. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with tee off at 11:30 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

The money raised each year goes to support the Fort Bend County community, and this year’s goal to raise $50,000 will help the club continue its programs in the area of prevention of child abuse, Americanism, youth and community service. To register, visit fortbendexchange.org.
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FORT BEND CHAMBER LUNCHEON SEMINAR, OCT. 23

The Business and Professional Division of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon seminar with Christina Hawkins from GlobalSpex Internet Marketing on “How to Maximize Your Website and Improve Functionality.” The Oct. 23 luncheon will be held at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Blvd, Sugar Land from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Learn the top 10 essentials for a great website. From readability to usability, a website is more crucial now than ever.

Luncheon sponsorships available for $500; individual member reservations, $25; individual non-member reservations, $35; and $40 at the door. Register and pay online at FortBendChamber.com or contact Matthew Ferraro at 281-491-0277.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO AND GYPSY WAGON MARKET, OCT. 26-27

The Health + Wellness Expo-Fort Bend and Gypsy Wagon Market are coming to Stafford Centre. The Gypsy Wagon Market takes place Oct. 26 and 27 and is a collection of artisans in a unique European-style market that highlights an eclectic array of hand-crafted items, delicious gourmet treats, unique furnishings, bath and body products, jewelry and fashion designs, and much more. Their diverse roster of exhibitors features craftsmen who produce innovative items that you won’t find anywhere else.

The Health + Wellness Expo on Oct. 26 only is an opportunity for the entire family to   learn to make healthy choices. It’s an entire day devoted to your health. Medical professionals from various fields of practice will be available to discuss new treatment trends, and modern methods to maintain a healthy lifestyle. From pediatrics to plastic surgery, the Health + Wellness Expo provides answers and advice for every stage of your life. The Expo offers something for everyone with information on nutritional supplements, pain management, weight loss, facial rejuvenation, body contouring, options for the aging and much more.

No appointment is necessary to meet with all the health and wellness professionals at the Expo. Admission to either event is $7, or free if you pre-register at healthandwellnessexpo.com.

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Dr. Héctor Agüero begins his sixth season as music director of the Fort Bend Symphony.

Dr. Héctor Agüero begins his sixth season as music director of the Fort Bend Symphony.

FORT BEND COUNTY WOMEN’S CENTER M*A*S*H BASH, OCT. 28

Fort Bend County Women’s Center and Classic Chevrolet will unveil plans for Boogie 2014, M*A*S*H Bash set for Monday, Oct. 28, from 6-8 p.m. in the Classic Chevrolet Showroom at 13115 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land. Activities include a fashion show, Crpl. Klinger Wannabe Contest, appetizers and drinks. The event will raise funds to help survivors of domestic violence and their children.

Boogie is the Women’s Center’s largest annual fundraiser and celebrates the best of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The big event will be held on Saturday, March 29, at Stafford Centre. Attendees will enjoy dinner, dancing, auctions and more. All proceeds raised from Boogie are used to provide women and children with free and confidential emergency shelter, counseling, crisis intervention, and other supportive services.

To RSVP or to receive more information, call Jacki Breckon at 832-435-1322 or email jbreckon@fortbendwomenscenter.org by Monday, Oct. 21.
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CITY OF ROSENBERG HALLOWEEN EVENTS

The City of Rosenberg will host BOOberg on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-noon at Seabourne Creek Park. Ghosts and goblins, ages
10 and under, can dress in their favorite costumes and participate in games and activities. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded. Contact Lydia Acosta at lydiaa@ci.rosenberg.tx.us or call 832-595-3520 for information.

Join the Historic Downtown Rosenberg Division of the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance for its second annual “Trunk or Treat” on Sunday, Oct. 27, in historic downtown Rosenberg. Bring out the family for a fun afternoon. For more information, visit cfbca.org or call 281-342-5464.
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Houston Methodist Sugar Land hospital workers at last year’s Flu Shot Clinic & Community Toy Drive.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land hospital workers at last year’s Flu Shot Clinic & Community Toy Drive.

FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC AND TOY DRIVE, NOV. 2

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, in collaboration with the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Fort Bend Exchange Club, Rotary Club of Sugar Land, Rotary Club of Fort Bend and Toys for Tots Fort Bend, will offer free flu shots on Saturday, Nov. 2 to community members who participate in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend and surrounding area residents can bring a new, unwrapped toy or clothing item to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from 8 a.m. to noon in exchange for a free flu shot. The toys and clothing will benefit local children in the Fort Bend area.

“We are proud to partner with the local exchange clubs and Toys for Tots once again to provide this community offering,” said Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “This is a great way for the community to stay healthy while also putting smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season.” In 2012, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to more than 4,000 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County.

The flu vaccine is formulated to provide protection against three different flu viruses – H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will be distributing a limited supply of the influenza vaccine to persons age 18 and over with no history of egg and/or latex allergy. If you are pregnant, please visit your OB/GYN or primary care physician to have your vaccine administered. For more information please call 281-275-0751.
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BRITISH FESTIVAL, NOV. 2

The British Festival in Houston is celebrating its 40th anniversary from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 Fluor Daniel Drive in Sugar Land. Stands will be overflowing with home make cakes and jellies, Christmas stocking fillers, hampers and silent auction items. New this year will be a large selection of Christmas hampers.

The Festival is run by the Daughters of the British Empire, a charity serving local communities in the U.S. for more than 100 years. Over $800,000 have been raised at the Festival in Houston. Be an Angel and Cuddling Care are among the recipients of this year’s proceeds. Admission is $5; and  free for children under 12. For information, call 713-729-4049 or visit dbetexas.org.
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(L-R) Committee members Judy Childress, Helen Rosenthal, Patti Pearson and Rootie Moore. Not pictured are Amelie Hamizi and Shirley Gordon.

(L-R) Committee members Judy Childress, Helen Rosenthal, Patti Pearson and Rootie Moore. Not pictured are Amelie Hamizi and Shirley Gordon.

SUGAR CREEK WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION’S “HOLIDAY TREASURES BOUTIQUE,” NOV. 7

The Sugar Creek Country Club Women’s Association continues its tradition of sponsoring the annual boutique, “Holiday Treasures,” on Nov. 7 at the Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Country Club Blvd. The public is invited to shop from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for a $5 admission. Proceeds from this fee will be given to a local charity.

Along with many returning vendors, a number of new vendors have been added for this year’s holiday shoppers. Among the vendors will be Scentsy, Amici Italian Imports, Gotcha Covered Quilts, The Pearl Lady, Baby Mine, This Little Light of Mine Rock Candles and O’Hurley’s Keepsakes.  Shoppers will be able to choose from a variety of items including jewelry, children’s items, clothing, handbags, foods, specialty gift items,  and holiday decorations.
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Sgt. John Boerstler in Anbar Provicnc, Iraq, for the first national elections in 2005.

Sgt. John Boerstler in Anbar Provicnc, Iraq, for the first national elections in 2005.

VETERANS APPRECIATION LUNCHEON, NOV. 8

The Oyster Creek Rotary Club will hold its 14th annual Veterans Appreciation  Luncheon Friday, Nov. 8, at the City Centre at Quail Valley in Missouri City. The speaker  will be Missouri City native John Boerstler, who served as a U.S. Marine Corps  sergeant in Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Djibouti, and Kenya. Rotary Club member James Thurmond will serve as master of ceremonies and use his own U.S. Army  experience to facilitate an informative exchange with veterans. There will also be the presentation of the U.S. flag to a distinguished veteran sponsored by Frances X. Gerosa Jr.

Boerstler was wounded in Iraq and suffered severe trauma to his right eye. Boerstler received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2007, graduated from Texas A&M University, and is currently pursuing a master’s of public  administration degree from the University of Houston. In 2011, he was the recipient of a German Marshall Fellowship to represent the U.S. in eight European countries. After working for a U.S. Congressman and for two Houston mayors, he is a strong advocate for veterans and is a manager for the Wounded Warrior Project and board chairman of the Lone Star Veterans Association.
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HOA PRIDE YOUTH BASKETBALL, NOV. 9-10

The Missouri City Police and local Homeowners Associations are looking for young citizens, ages 8-13, to build basketball teams to compete in the first Annual HOA Pride Basketball League on Nov. 9-10. For information, contact Officer Evett Kelly at 281-403-5830 or ekelly@missouricitytx.gov.
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(L-R, front row) Malisha Patel, MHSL chief operations officer; Kimberly Hays, MHSL marketing and community relations; Cathy Clark, MHSL director of volunteer services; (back row) Courtney Diepraam, MHSL director of business development; KK West, FBJSL Spring Fling co-chair; Greg Haralson, MHSL chief executive officer; FBJSL Spring Fling co-chairs Melissa Hayslip and Johnnie Wright; and Cindy Dempster, FBJSL president.

(L-R, front row) Malisha Patel, MHSL chief operations officer; Kimberly Hays, MHSL marketing and community relations; Cathy Clark, MHSL director of volunteer services; (back row) Courtney Diepraam, MHSL director of business development; KK West, FBJSL Spring Fling co-chair; Greg Haralson, MHSL chief executive officer; FBJSL Spring Fling co-chairs Melissa Hayslip and Johnnie Wright; and Cindy Dempster, FBJSL president.

SAVE THE DATE FOR FBJSL SPRING FLING

The Fort Bend Junior Service League announced that Memorial Hermann Sugar Land will return as the Title Sponsor for the 2014 FBJSL Spring Fling (formerly FBJSL Charity Ball). The theme for the upcoming event is “Black & White Bash” and will be held Saturday, April 5, at Sugar Land Skeeters Constellation Field Insperity Club. Proceeds will benefit Fort Bend Family Promise and the FBJSL Community Assistance Fund.
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Sen. John Cornyn will deliver the keynote address.

Sen. John Cornyn will deliver the keynote address.

FORT BEND STRONG GALA, NOV. 9

The Central Fort Bend Chamber, along with Presenting Sponsors Kevin Patton State Farm and Legacy Ford, wants to show its appreciation to the individual communities throughout the county and the leaders who have facilitated their growth and success. The inaugural Fort Bend Strong, a celebration of everything Fort Bend County, will take place Nov. 9 at Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond.

The celebration, which will start with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., will also feature a video that highlights the achievements of every city and village in Fort Bend County, a live auction and a raffle to win a new car every month for 12 months from Legacy Ford. County Judge Bob Hebert will emcee the event. KTRH 740 AM’s morning drive-time host Matt Patrick is a featured guest. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn will deliver the keynote, which will be focused on the lessons Washington can learn from Texas and Fort Bend County’s successful pro-growth approach.

Every mayor in Fort Bend County has been invited to head an individual table, which can be purchased for $3,000. Sponsor tables of 10 are $2,000. Sponsor tables of four are $1,000. Individual tickets are $125. To purchase a sponsor table or an individual ticket, contact Shannan Stavinoha at 281-342-5464 or sstavinoha@cfbca.org.
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MEMORIAL HERMANN SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP, NOV. 18

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is hosting a Diabetes Support Group. Come together with friends and family for support and to learn new information about managing diabetes and interact with guest speakers and fellow diabetics in a friendly environment.

Meetings will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, Feb. 17 and May 19 in Hospital Conference Rooms B & C. Events are free. RSVP by calling 713-222-CARE (2273). For information, call Radhika Koppanur, R.D., at 281-725-5059.
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“A SALUTE TO VETERANS” WALK-IN CIVIL LEGAL AID CLINIC, NOV. 23

Fort Bend Lawyers Care will host its 3rd annual “A Salute to Veterans” Walk-in Civil Legal Aid Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Road in Richmond.

Veterans and/or their spouses are encouraged to attend. The event is open to all low-income residents of Fort Bend County with civil legal questions including, but not limited to, divorce, custody, child support, adult guardianship, adoption, veterans benefits, real estate, landlord-tenant, credit issues, wills and probate.

Veterans who are low-income, a Fort Bend County resident, and are seeking legal aid assistance should contact Margie Connolly at 281-239-0015 or email Margie@fortbendlawyerscare.org to pre-qualify for the legal aid clinic.

Non-veterans who are low-income, a Fort Bend County resident and are seeking civil legal aid assistance, should contact Tasha Hernandez at 281-239-0015 or Tasha@fortbendlawyersCARE.org
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Learn how to make different types of paper flowers at a program Oct. 22.

Learn how to make different types of paper flowers at a program Oct. 22.

SUGAR LAND BRANCH LIBRARY PROGRAMS

Explore the wonders of the world without  leaving Texas during the Fort Bend County Libraries’ “Armchair-Travel Movie Series” at the Sugar Land Branch Library in October. The library will show travelogues featuring different countries each week. Showtime is 1 p.m. Upcoming programs are Oct. 11, Spain; Oct. 17, Italy; and Oct. 25, Papua New Guinea. The travelogue series is free and open to the public.

The library will present “Making Cut-Paper Flowers” on Oct. 22 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Hayley Kyle, a member of the library’s Adult Services staff, will demonstrate how to make different types of cut-paper flowers from recycled materials such as newspapers, magazines, crepe paper and other items. These unique creations can be used to make flower bouquets, adorn packages, or for many other decorative uses. The library is located at 550 Eldridge. For information, call 281-238-2140.
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(L-R) Tournament planners FBFP Executive Director Vera Johnson and Board Members Caron Marble, Elizabeth Butler, Ed Brasher, Karen Jennings, Michael Brown and Robbin Mallett.

(L-R) Tournament planners FBFP Executive Director Vera Johnson and Board Members Caron Marble, Elizabeth Butler, Ed Brasher, Karen Jennings, Michael Brown and Robbin Mallett.

FORT BEND FAMILY PROMISE “HAPPY THANKSGOLFING CLASSIC,” NOV. 25

Fort Bend Family Promise’s ninth annual charity golf tournament, the “Happy ThanksGolfing Classic” will take place at Sweetwater Country Club on Nov. 25. The practice range will open at 11:30 a.m. and the scramble format-shotgun start for the four-player teams begins at 12:15 p.m. Dinner and awards follow.

Sponsorships are available ranging from $10,000 to $400. Registration is $150. This year, a discounted $100 student registration is also being offered with at least one paid adult registration. Tournament proceeds will help fund construction of a new Family Day Center. The organization has operated out of a borrowed building since its founding in 2005. Fort Bend Family Promise is the County’s only nonprofit agency committed to helping homeless families with children get back to self sufficiency.
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