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Missouri City residents join together in celebration of National Night Out.

“SHOW ME CITY” CELEBRATES NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, OCT. 6

Missouri City residents will partner with police officers, firefighters and elected officials on Tuesday, Oct. 6 to participate in National Night Out (NNO) and promote community unity and safe neighborhoods.

In advance of the City’s official NNO celebration, first responders will host the sixth annual Pre-National Night Out “Kick Off” gathering at the Police Mini-Station, 1703-A Texas Pkwy., on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 3-6 p.m. Then, on Oct. 6, citizens will kick-off the crime-prevention initiative at 5 p.m. in the Target parking lot, 6000 Hwy. 6 at FM 1092. The Target Corporation is the National Corporate Sponsor of National Night Out.

Members of the Fire & Rescue services and the Police Department, including the Dive, SWAT, Bike Patrol and ATV Search Teams, will attend both events to visit with participants and share public safety materials. A ladder truck, police vehicles, tactical equipment, and rescue boat will also be on display.

In advance of the event, residents can register block parties at missouricitytx.gov; by contacting Sgt. Jazton Heard at 281-403-5825, jheard@missouricitytx.gov, or by signing up at Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd., on Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. Hosts who sign up at Public Safety Headquar­ters, will receive a free NNO T-shirt.

“We’re looking forward to another great event this year and being able to encourage our citizens to get to know one another and partner with their police officers and firefighters to help keep our streets safe,” said Sgt. Heard, who is community resource officer for the police department.

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THE ARC COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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.

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FORT BEND COUNTY PANHELLENIC ALUMNAE ANNOUNCES EVENTS

Fort Bend Panhellenic has announced plans for the upcoming school year and extends an invitation to all National Panhellenic Conference alumnae sorority women in the Fort Bend area to join and be a part of the excitement. For 2015-2016 upcoming events include Fine Arts Performance at Creative Dreams Outreach Center on Oct. 15, Kendra Gives Back to benefit Panhellenic Scholarship Fund on Nov. 10, Women’s Health & Nutrition Seminar in January, a social at Pinot’s Palette in February, Recruitment Workshop on March 5 and a traditional Bunco Party to finish the year. The group is “Focusing on Philanthropy” this year.

Fort Bend Panhellenic hosts two special annual events. A Scholarship Program for active collegiate sorority members and a Spring Recruitment Information Workshop for high school senior and collegiate girls and their parents. Both events directly support girls in the community.

Membership in Fort Bend Panhellenic is open to initiated alumnae of any of the 26 national sororities that make up the National Panhellenic Conference (npcwomen.org). Visit fortbendpanhellenic.org for more information.

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(L-R, front row): Lerleen Hawkins, Raleigh Bailes Sr., Margie Connolly, Dr. Steve Harris, SL Rotary President Dr. Stacy Croft, Jeff Stacy. (Middle row): Rick Smith, Laura Lavigne, Lana Huff, Pam Filip, Ward Pendleton, Chuck Chance, Bill Griffin. (Back row): Greg Pendley, Bouche Mickey, Mitch Rahim, Jeff Tallas, Trent Wayne.

(L-R, front row): Lerleen Hawkins, Raleigh Bailes Sr., Margie Connolly, Dr. Steve Harris, SL Rotary President Dr. Stacy Croft, Jeff Stacy. (Middle row): Rick Smith, Laura Lavigne, Lana Huff, Pam Filip, Ward Pendleton, Chuck Chance, Bill Griffin. (Back row): Greg Pendley, Bouche Mickey, Mitch Rahim, Jeff Tallas, Trent Wayne.

SUGAR LAND ROTARY FALL CLASSIC CHARITY FUNDRAISER, OCT. 3

“Escape to the Rain Forest” is the theme of the third annual Fall Classic Charity Fundraiser hosted by Sugar Land Rotary and title sponsor Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land to be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. on the indoor tennis courts at Sweetwater Country Club.

Guests will enjoy a happy hour sponsored by Silver Eagle Distributors, fantastic food, fellowship, a live auction and bid board (with items including a golf package, hunting package, travel packages, sports packages and more) and a raffle to win an eight-day package to tropical Costa Rica — hence the theme of the evening. All funds raised will support multiple Fort Bend charities and the Rotary Foundation’s international initiatives.

Don Kerstetter, owner of Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, says, “Rotary’s annual Fall Classic is their only fundraiser… and we encourage everyone to come out for a great night that will make a difference in the lives of others!”

Each raffle ticket is $100, and also your admission to the event. Sponsorship levels range from $500 to $5,000. Rotarian and event chair Margie Connolly says, “Every dollar you bid during our auction or on our bid board will go toward a worthy cause. Organizations we support include: Fort Bend Literacy Council, Fort Bend Women’s Center, The Arc of Fort Bend County, Boots and Badges, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, and more. Last year’s Fall Classic raised over $100,000, and this year’s goal is set at over $150,000!”

Visit rotaryfallclassic.org to buy a raffle ticket, purchase a sponsorship or make a donation. Raffle tickets and sponsorships are also available at Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land or from any Rotarian.

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A group of boys from the 2010 Walk in Concert walk-a-thon.

A group of boys from the 2010 Walk in Concert walk-a-thon.

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR FUNDRAISING WALK-A-THON, OCT. 3

The Fort Bend Boys Choir is gearing up for its 12th walk-a-thon! Called Walk in Concert with the Fort Bend Boys Choir, this walk-a-thon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3rd at 9 a.m. in Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land. Participants will complete a 3-mile walk and receive a walk-a-thon T-shirt. Proceeds will help support the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s music programs, including scholarships for young boys in need.

Businesses that would like to support the Fort Bend Boys Choir can contact the office for information about becoming a sponsor for the Walk in Concert walk-a-thon. If anyone in the community would like to help through a pledge or by participating in the walk-a-thon, call the choir office at 281-240-3800 for details. You can also find more information at the Choir’s website, fbbctx.org, or their Facebook page.

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“Argentine Gaucho” by Luis Murua.

“Argentine Gaucho” by Luis Murua.

UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY FEATURES ARGENTINIAN ARTIST FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, OCT. 3

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, Fort Bend County Libraries will feature a talk and demonstration by Argentinian artist Luis Murua on Saturday, Oct. 3, beginning at 2 p.m., at the University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100.

Murua will share his experience as a self-taught artist. He will also discuss the artistic process as his talent has grown and evolved over the years. His presentation will include a demonstration of his painting.

Born in San Juan, a city in northwestern Argentina, Murua discovered a love of drawing at a very young age. He creates both drawings and paintings, and prefers the medium of oil painting. He has participated in a number of art shows in the Houston area and in Argentina, and currently resides in Houston.

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Dulles High School students Jimmie Washington and Niara Hubbard (seated, from left) receive advice on completing their college essays from College and Career Readiness Coordinator Dr. Terry Sheneman.

Dulles High School students Jimmie Washington and Niara Hubbard (seated, from left) receive advice on completing their college essays from College and Career Readiness Coordinator Dr. Terry Sheneman.

COLLEGE NIGHTS FOR FBISD STUDENTS, OCT. 5 AND 8

Fort Bend ISD high school students are getting a jump start on their college planning. Nearly 365 students recently attended an FBISD College Application Boot Camp to meet with college representatives and learn about college admission policies, financial aid, college prep courses, and more. Hosted by the District’s College and Career Readiness Department, the event held at Bush and Hightower high schools provided students and their parents with a wealth of information and resources to help prepare for college.

Twenty colleges and universities were represented at the event, including Houston Community College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, Texas State University, Texas Woman’s University, The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Tulsa, Trinity University, University of Houston and Wharton County Junior College.

The boot camp began with a general information session, presented by college representatives, to provide camp attendees with detailed information and answers to any questions they had. The camp also included a college fair to allow guests to learn more about the college of their choice, and a computer area where students submitted college applications.

Seniors who missed the College Application Boot Camps will have another opportunity to receive college information by attending Fort Bend ISD’s 2015 College Nights. The evening events will be offered: Oct. 5 at Austin High School (3434 Pheasant Creek Dr., Sugar Land) from 6-8 p.m.; and Oct. 8 at Ridge Point High School (500 Waters Lake Blvd., Missouri City) from 6-8 p.m.

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The Sugar Shindig Honorary Committee (l-r): Max Cleaver, Kermit Spears, Christie Whitbeck, Phillys Hill, Honorary Co-Chairs Seeju and Charles Dupre, FBEF Executive Director Brenna Cosby, Steven Bassett, Nancy Porter, Long Pham and Beth Martinez.

The Sugar Shindig Honorary Committee (l-r): Max Cleaver, Kermit Spears, Christie Whitbeck, Phillys Hill, Honorary Co-Chairs Seeju and Charles Dupre, FBEF Executive Director Brenna Cosby, Steven Bassett, Nancy Porter, Long Pham and Beth Martinez.

FORT BEND EDUCATION FOUNDATION HOSTS FIRST SUGAR SHINDIG, OCT. 9

Enjoy a sweet time at the Fort Bend Education Foundation’s first Annual Sugar Shindig presented by Safari Texas on Friday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Shimmy over to Safari Texas for a casual evening of fun and frolic, including a fajita dinner, a dessert auction and dancing to the music of Password. This is camaraderie at its finest as staff from our schools and community members vie for the best cakes made by local bakers. The event is hosted by the Angels of Education Auxiliary, whose mission is to create community awareness for the Foundation’s Grants to Teachers and Schools programs. Have your cake and eat it too at this shindig!

To purchase tickets (adults only) or make donations, visit fortbendisd.com/foundation. Tickets are $25 per person.

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CAMPBELL ELEMENTARY 2015 FALL FUNDRAISER, THROUGH OCT. 5

Last year’s Fall Fundraiser brought delicious food items, desserts and other items to your table. This year Kolodziejs Food Service returns to support the fundraising efforts. The Campbell students will sell Texas specialties, dessert treats, tumblers and wrapping items. The items are delicious and can be frozen to last throughout the year. Stock up on treats to help celebrate your holidays.

The Fall Fundraiser will run through Oct. 5. The pick-up of items and reward party for top sellers will take place on Oct. 27. Look for more information at campbellpto.org.

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FRIGHTFULLY FUN YOUTH EVENTS AT FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY, THROUGH OCTOBER

In celebration of autumn, the Youth Services Department at Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library will host special activities for families and teens in October. The activities are free and open to the public. The First Colony Branch Library is located at 2121 Austin Parkway. For more information, call 281-238-2800.

On Monday, Oct. 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m, families with children of all ages are invited to attend a “Fall Marionette Puppet Show” featuring exquisitely handcrafted marionettes from the Carranza Puppet Theater.

Families are invited to watch a spooky-but-not-too-scary movie together on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy an animated feature starring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samburg. The movie is rated PG.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6-7 p.m., teens in grades 6 and up can attend a “Spooky Maker Faire” where they can get ideas for creepy costume additions for any frightfully fun costume party. Stations will be set up throughout the room with Halloween-themed crafts.

On Monday, Oct. 26, from 5-6:30 p.m., the library will have a “Fall Craft Drop-In and Costume Parade” for families with children of all ages. A children’s costume parade through the library will begin at 5:45 p.m., but families may come and go anytime during the event.

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FORT BEND PARENTS OF MULTI­PLES GARAGE SALE, OCT. 10

Fort Bend Parents of Multiples (fbpom.org), a nonprofit support group, hosts a buy/sell garage sale where members gather with all of their gently used goodies for sale. This year’s sale will be held at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd, on Oct. 10, from 8-11:30 a.m. for any parents and parents-to-be.

There will be clothing (baby, toddler, children, adult), strollers, toys, books, shoes, costumes, swim gear, car seats, etc. Since the sellers are moms of multiples, there usually are two of everything. It is free to shop and only cash or credit cards are accepted. All sales are final.

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KOOKIN FOR KIDS FUNDRAISER FOR TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, OCT. 10

Kookin’ for Kids is enrolling grill teams at Chamberlin Ace Hardware now. Your only qualification is to be a happy griller for this open style competition. Join this fundraising event at Chamberlin Ace Hardware on Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for great food, great entertainment and great fun. And it’s all for the kids!

Prizes include 1st/2nd/3rd Place and People’s Choice, which will be awarded the grill they are cooking on; additionally,1st place receives $100 Ace gift card; 2nd place receives $50 Ace gift card; 3rd place receives $25 Ace gift card; People’s Choice receives $25 Ace gift card.

Contact Chamberlin Ace at 281-495-8844 or come by the store at 9440 Hwy. 6 South for more information. Spaces are still available. More details about the event are at acehardwaretexas.com/kookin-for-kids#sthash.xiMHlLi4.dpuf.

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LAKE OLYMPIA GARDEN CLUB

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.

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The “Show Me City” Fire Department will host its open house at Fire Station 1.

The “Show Me City” Fire Department will host its open house at Fire Station 1.

MISSOURI CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT’S FOURTH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE, OCT. 10

Missouri City’s Bravest are set to host their fourth annual Fire & Rescue Services Open House on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 3849 Cartwright Rd.

The event will feature a variety of activities and demonstrations, including a fire safety house; fire extinguisher training for adults; firefighter skills drills for children; exit drills residents can practice at home; and tours of the firehouse and a fire truck.

“We are excited about continuing our commitment to provide fire protection and education programs to the community,” said Fire Chief Russell Sander. “Hundreds of residents and visitors have joined us for these safety events the past three years and we’re looking forward to another successful event this year.” For more information, visit missouricitytx.gov.

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GIFTS GALORE GREATWOOD BENEFITTING L.E.A.F., OCT. 17

Gifts Galore Greatwood has announced its 13th Annual Fall Gift Show on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dickinson Elementary in Greatwood. Shoppers will enjoy a shopping extravaganza featuring over 75 vendors with a variety of new merchandise you can’t find in stores, including fall and holiday décor and gifts, yard and home décor, embellished clothing, jewelry, handbags, specialty foods, children and baby items and candles.

Concessions will be available, including breakfast and lunch items provided by local restaurants. Admission is free and strollers are welcome, so come and shop ‘til you drop. 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 on Gifts Galore Greatwood Fall 2015 Show, contact Staci Hartfiel at Staci@GiftsGaloreShows.com.

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Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cause.”

Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cause.”

SIXTH ANNUAL AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S “COUTURE FOR THE CAUSE,” OCT. 17

The public is invited to join the sixth annual Couture for the Cause “A White Haute Affair.” Returning as presenting sponsor, Wealth Design Group partners with the American Cancer Society for this exclusive evening on Oct. 17 at the home of Randy and Brenda Bartley in Sugar Land featuring an unforgettably creative fashion show and a dress code of all-white attire.

Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the event, have an important message. Julissa says, “Recently, I’d forgotten to schedule my annual mammogram in January, but wasn’t worried. I’m only 45 and the only cancer in my family was my dad, who had prostate cancer three years ago. In fact, I was serving on the Couture for the Cause committee in his honor! After my mammogram, they called back for more testing. After 5 hours in radiology, I heard the terrifying words: ‘It looks like breast cancer.’ A biopsy confirmed I had invasive lobular sarcoma, stage 2.”

She adds, “I joined this committee last year to help others, but never imagined I’d face cancer myself. After the diagnosis, ACS called to offer me a free wig and invited me to a support group. Volun­teering is now so personal. I know firsthand the difference that ACS makes. On April 6, I underwent a 9-hour bilateral mastectomy. I wasn’t ready for this road bump but will continue living every day to the fullest.”

Amy says, “As co-chairs, we’re thankful for ACS, this committee and the support of our stellar community. Cancer shows up unannounced and disregards who you are or what you have planned… no one is immune. Our Couture for the Cause committee is determined to help fight this vicious disease. Never underestimate what your support can do.”

For information or to sponsor, contact Valerie Marun at 713-706-5684 or valerie.marun@cancer.org.

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GREATWOOD SECOND ANNUAL E-CYCLE DRIVE, OCT. 18

Girl Scout Troop 3035 and Holmes Road Recycling are hosting an E-Cycle Drive on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Rec Center #1, 7225 Greatwood Parkway.

Drive by and donate old computers and electronics so they can be recycled. Members of the group will unload your car. Accepted donations include computer equipment, computer monitors, TVs up to 27 inches (larger flat screens also accepted), consumer electronics, small kitchen appliances, blow dryers and flat irons, alarm clocks and radios and fans.

Contact Ken Head at 979-240-3367 or kenhead@outlook.com and Sofia Sheikh at 832-922-2089 or sofie_sheikh@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.

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Tournament co-chairs Julia Stoner (left) and Susan Waldron.

Tournament co-chairs Julia Stoner (left) and Susan Waldron.

SECOND MILE MISSION CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT, OCT. 19

The Second Mile Mission Center has announced their second annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Pat McWaters Health Clinic, a free medical and dental clinic, to be held at Sweetwater Country Club on Monday, Oct. 19.

There will be a noon Shotgun Tee Time, as well as a silent auction reception and dinner to follow the golf tournament. Non-golfing guests are invited to attend the evening events. More information is available at secondmile.org.

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FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OPENS CONCERT SEASON, OCT. 17

The Friends of the Arts committee at First United Methodist Church in Missouri City will open its new concert season on Saturday, Oct. 17, beginning at 5 p.m.

The program title: “Will You Marry Me? A Celebration of Weddings” presented by the Music Ministry at the church will have a special appeal not only to those who are thinking about upcoming weddings, but also those who are curious about what goes on behind the scenes of a wedding. This program will cause you to remember, to laugh, to anticipate, but most of all to appreciate the sacred moment that is a wedding. The program will be held in the sanctuary of the church located at 3900 Lexington Blvd. Handicapped parking is available. The concerts are always free to the public, although donations are graciously accepted.

Email FriendsoftheArts@comcast.net or call 281-499-3502 for more information.

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(L-R): Yang Si, Summer Haiyan Song Voice Studio; Zeenat Mitha, celebrity emcee; Beth Arlington, 2014 regatta chair; Isis Smalls, Miss Houston 2013; Varun Gupta, Mr. Bollywood 1st runner up 2014; Eve Ruhlman, executive director; Himesh Gandhi, Sugar Land City Council; The Honorable Li Qiangmin, consul general of the People's Republic of China in Houston; and Eugene Lee, advisory board, Texas Dragon Boat Association.

(L-R): Yang Si, Summer Haiyan Song Voice Studio; Zeenat Mitha, celebrity emcee; Beth Arlington, 2014 regatta chair; Isis Smalls, Miss Houston 2013; Varun Gupta, Mr. Bollywood 1st runner up 2014; Eve Ruhlman, executive director; Himesh Gandhi, Sugar Land City Council; The Honorable Li Qiangmin, consul general of the People’s Republic of China in Houston; and Eugene Lee, advisory board, Texas Dragon Boat Association.

12TH ANNUAL GULF COAST INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT REGATTA, OCT. 24-25

It’s been nearly a year since there have been sightings of dragons on Brooks Lake, but they are returning soon and will be dancing to boot. On Oct. 24-25 the public is invited to the 12th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta from 8:30 a..m.–4:30 p.m. on Brooks Lake at the Fluor Daniels Campus in Sugar Land.

Over 40 teams have already registered, and they include paddlers from all across the United States as well as Canada. Nationally ranked Steers, just off victories at the 12th World Nations Championships in Welland, Canada will be working with our local teams to enhance their paddling experience.

David M. Mandell, executive director of the Texas Dragon Boat Association and his team are planning a weekend of fun and excitement that you won’t want to miss. There is still time for teams and individuals to register to participate. This event is free to the public and a great family event. It is expected that over 5,000 people will attend this weekend regatta. A few spaces are still available for product sales and food vendors. For more information, email Mandell at texasdragonboat@yahoo.com or visit texasdragonboat.com.

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COMPLIMENTARY MEALS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Catholic Charities Mamie George Community Center offers daily complimentary hot meals to senior citizens at Patty’s Café, open Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dining is available both inside and outside, with free wireless Internet access. Enrollment in the meal program is required at the Mamie George Community Center, 1111 Collins Road in Richmond. For more information, call 281-202-6200.

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CONCERT ON THE CREEK IN WESSENDORFF PARK, OCT. 30

Richmond’s Wessendorff Park has been seeing more activity with their newest park, now that the Historical Richmond Association has been hosting Movie In The Park nights and a Music In The Park night. But the city will soon experience its first music festival, Concert on the Creek, a fall Friday night of live music and great food. Morton Street Music owner and musician, Rob Quarles, has wanted to produce a music festival in historic downtown Richmond for several years. Morton Street Music, LLC was created exclusively to promote and produce live seasonal outdoor concerts and an annual all day music festival in Richmond.

The first of these events will be on Friday Oct. 30 from 6-11p.m. at Wessendorff Park, on Preston St., just north of City Hall and the railroad tracks, between 4th and 6th Streets. The event is free to the public and will offer a variety of musical genres. Concert on the Creek will feature six bands/artists and four food trucks across this five-hour evening. Go to mortonstreetmusic.com to view theline-up of bands and the food trucks.

The new Braman Winery & Brewery, due to open in new digs before year’s end, will be on site with beverages for purchase and a variety of vendors will round out the festival atmosphere. For more information, contact Robert@mortonstreetmusic.com.

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SUGAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL, NOV. 1

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. That will be followed by an evening concert featuring a musical performance by the the Sugar Creek Worship Ministry including multinational renditions of contemporary and traditional worship music. For more information contact Clif Cummings at 281-242-2858, email him at ccummings@sugarcreek.net, or visit sugarcreek.net/let-the-nations-rejoice.

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(L-R): Pam Spencer, SPM co-chair; Alison Haralson, SPM co-chair; Catherine Kubala, SPM co-chair; Jimi Cagle, P.F. Chang’s operating partner; Sheila Cooper, SPM co-chair; Monica Henderson, preview night committee; Chasity Munn, SPM board liaison; and Sherri Ebarb, SPM co-chair.

(L-R): Pam Spencer, SPM co-chair; Alison Haralson, SPM co-chair; Catherine Kubala, SPM co-chair; Jimi Cagle, P.F. Chang’s operating partner; Sheila Cooper, SPM co-chair; Monica Henderson, preview night committee; Chasity Munn, SPM board liaison; and Sherri Ebarb, SPM co-chair.

SUGAR PLUM MARKET TO KICK OFF WITH PREVIEW NIGHT, NOV. 5

Tickets are on sale for the 2015 Sugar Plum Market. The “Let it Snow” themed Market will begin with a VIP Preview Night on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 6-10 p.m. Preview Night patrons will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and be the first to shop the market, which is presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann.

“Preview Night has become a community event that sells out each year,” said Pam Spencer, Sugar Plum Market co-chair. “Its popularity is due in part to local restaurants providing light hors d’oeuvres and serving staff, making for a festive start to a fun night of shopping. We are so thankful for their generosity in donating to our event and making it such a success year after year.”   Tickets are $75 and include Thursday evening advance shopping, a Preview Night drink ticket, light hors d’oeuvres and Market entry Friday and Saturday.

Regular hours for the Sugar Plum Market are Friday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The 15th annual market will be held at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Con­ven­tion Center to benefit local Fort Bend County charities. This year’s market will feature over 100 fabulous vendors from across the state.

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities range from $250 to $10,000 with many benefits, including Preview Night tickets.

General admission tickets may be purchased at select local Randalls stores beginning Oct. 1 and also at the door during market hours. The 2014 Preview Night sold out, so patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Visit sugarplummarket.com or call 281-636-6272 for more information.

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(L-R ): Sugar Creek Country Club Women’s Association President Rosemary Jodeit, and Market committee members Amelie Hamizi, Judy Childress and Helen Rosenthal.

(L-R ): Sugar Creek Country Club Women’s Association President Rosemary Jodeit, and Market committee members Amelie Hamizi, Judy Childress and Helen Rosenthal.

SUGAR CREEK WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION “HOLIDAY TREASURES” MARKET, NOV. 5

The Sugar Creek Country Club Women’s Association continues the longtime tradition of sponsoring its spectacular annual market, “Holiday Treasures,” on Nov. 5 at the Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Country Club Blvd., Sugar Land. The public is invited to shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a $5 admission fee. The 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 many vendors will be Amici Italian Imports, Collectors Nest, Follow your Arrow Boutique, Baby Mine, A Ari Jewelry, Scentsy and The Pearl Lady. Shoppers can choose from a variety of items including jewelry, children’s toys, clothing, handbags, foods, specialty gift items, home decor selections and holiday decorations. For more information call the Sugar Creek CC at 281-494-9131.

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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.

HOPE FOR THREE ROLLS THE DICE FOR CASINO NIGHT, NOV. 6

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.

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. Remember, although one may indeed have bragging rights, no one loses at this event. Everyone is a winner, especially families with 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.

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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 42ND ANNUAL BRITISH FESTIVAL, NOV. 7

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 Drive 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, 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 which has been so welcoming. Proceeds from this year will go to Mountbatten House as well as other local charities. Entrance $5 for 12 years and over. For more information, visit dbetexas.org or call 713-729-4049.

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(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.

CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND CASA CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR, DEC. 11 AND 12

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 (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 needed funds to support CAFB’s programs. Tour hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 11-12 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, which was new to the tour last year, 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.

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CAFB staff with CEO Ruthanne Mefford (back row, far right) are already planning their attire for the 2016 Superhero Ball.

CAFB staff with CEO Ruthanne Mefford (back row, far right) are already planning their attire for the 2016 Superhero Ball.

CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND 2016 GALA, APRIL 30, 2016

Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) invites you to iron your capes, press your best suit or slip into your ball gown and join them on April 30, 2016 in the ballroom of the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square for The Superhero Ball. From the minute you fly into the Marriott, it promises to be a supernatural evening of action heroes, motivating stories, delicious food, and a live and silent auction filled with unique opportunities and exceptional objects.

CAFB recently held The Secret Garden Gala. With the help of event underwriter National Oilwell Varco and presenting sponsors Exchange Club of Sugar Land and Early McClintic & McMillan, it was a record-breaking success. Funds raised will support CAFB’s programs and allow the agency to continue to serve the needs of child victims of abuse in Fort Bend County.

“At the very heart of this event is the belief that every child deserves a safe and healthy childhood. Community participation in our gala fundraiser is a crucial part of our mission to help children and families affected by child abuse,” says Ruthanne Mefford, CAFB’s executive director.

CAFB is a nonprofit agency dedicated to ending child abuse by providing a voice, healing the hurt and breaking the cycle of child abuse. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASATM), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, Child Advocates improves the lives of more than 400 children each month and has served more than 12,600 children since 1991. For information on volunteering call Volun­teer Services at 281-344-5146. To learn more about the Superhero Ball, call 281-344-5108 or visit cafb.org.


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