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Members of the FBSO.

Members of the FBSO.

FORT BEND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS PRESENT SEASON OPENER OCT. 8

The Fort Bend Symphony and Chorus are designing the 26th season around the richness of the American experience, celebrating American composers of all ages and backgrounds. This is the Chorus’ second season, following an exuberant reception in their inaugural year. The FBSO and FBSOC are building on the success of last year’s 25th anniversary season, where they played to near-capacity audiences.

The 2017-2018 season, “Of Liberty and Justice for All,” is designed around American musical heritage, celebrating American composers of all ages and backgrounds. The opening concert on Oct. 8, “America the Beautiful”, features selections from 10 works written by an array of American composers, including Jesse Ayer’s Stirrin, an inspiring new arrangement of spirituals for orchestra and chorus. Patrons will hear familiar patriotic themes, including Stravinsky’s re-harmonization of the Star-Spangled Banner and Irving Berlin’s God Bless America. Also on the program is the soaring finale from Aaron Copland’s 1954 opera, A Tender Land, entitled The Promise of Living. This song of thanksgiving and harvest gives praise to the American value of honest, hard work and its benefits to the community. New composers are also included, such as Tan Dun’s Internet Symphony that was commissioned for Google. The FBSO Chorus is an integral part of this entertaining performance that celebrates America, Americans and the rich diversity of our land.

Concertgoers will enjoy a free one-day pop-up art show in conjunction with the concert on Oct. 8 in the Stafford Centre lobby featuring works from local artists painted to celebrate the American experience.

For more information about ticket pricing and performances visit fbso.org or call 281-276-9642.

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44th ANNUAL BRITISH FESTIVAL, Nov. 4

The 44th British Festival opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. -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 homemade cakes, jellies, jams and chutneys. Wonderful themed baskets are laden with goods. There are even gourmet dog biscuits, handmade dog beds, Christmas cakes and puddings, T-shirts and beautifully presented sweets that make for perfect hostess gifts or Christmas presents.

There is entertainment for all the family, from Scottish and Highland Dancers to the Houston British International School a Capella Choir, from Tiny the Clown to Joel the Magician, and more. And after the shopping and entertainment, relax in the pub or the tea room (offering traditional afternoon tea).

The British Festival is run by the Daughters of the British Empire. Funds raised are disrupted between different charities that are chosen yearly by the DBE.

Tickets are $5 and the event is free for children under 12. For more information, visit dbetexas.org or call 832-640-7954.

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UMBRIA IN SUGAR LAND: CITY TO HOST ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL, SEPT. 27-OCT.1

You may partake of all that Italy has to offer at Umbria in Sugar Land, a multi-day Italian Film Festival which will be held in Sugar Land, Sept. 27-Oct. 1 and will feature private and public screenings of seven award-winning, subtitled films from the 2016 international film festival in Spello, Italy.

Hosted by the City of Sugar Land and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Festival del Cinema Citta di Spello ed i Borghi Umbri, the region of Umbria and the city of Spello, the five-day festival will highlight the many cultural offerings of the Umbrian region of Italy including its food, wine, and art, include pre-screening Aperitivos (receptions) an art exhibit showcasing sculpture, photography and crafted jewelry from the Umbrian region of Italy, and an educational seminar entitled “Framing Italian Cinema,” featuring three panel discussions with experts.

Umbria in Sugar Land will officially open on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27 with a mayoral proclamation and opening ceremony on the steps of Sugar Land City Hall honoring the delegation of Italian dignitaries representing Spello and Umbria. Follow­ing the introductions, Milan native Max Leonida, an acclaimed Los Angeles-based film director, writer and producer, will present the film awards.

A full schedule of screenings, film descriptions, events and ticketing information for the festival is at umbriainsugarland.com.

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Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert is challenging the community to support local families and children living with autism by forming a team for the 2nd annual Golf Fore Autism charity tournament.

Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert is challenging the community to support local families and children living with autism by forming a team for the 2nd annual Golf Fore Autism charity tournament.

GOLF “FORE” AUTISM, OCT. 2

The “Pledge Your City” Challenge for Golf Fore Autism is under way. Honorable Judge Robert Hebert and Hope For Three, Autism Advocates recently challenged all 18 city mayors, city leaders and local representatives to hit the fairways to raise autism awareness during the Golf Fore Autism Charity Tournament, Oct. 2. The event, presented by Timewise, will be held at Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Blvd, Sugar Land. Tee Time is noon.

Joining in to make this one of the best charity on the greens ever is “Birdie” Sponsor OCuSOFT. Underwriters include Albemarle Foundation, Bud Light/Silver Eagle, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, Corona Del Mar Beach Properties, Finnegan Auto Group and Trusted Senior Specialists. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States with more than 3,000 children attending Fort Bend County Schools. This number does not include children enrolled in autism program facilities or private schools.

Accept the challenge to provide help and create hope for families living with autism. You do not have to hold an office to join in on the fun. All golfers are welcome. Registration is available online at hopeforthree.org/golf-2017. Individual ($125) or team ($500) play is available, as well as underwriting, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

For additional information, call 281-245-0640 or visit hopeforthree.org.

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(L-R): Shannon Bloesch, Dick Hogan, Patt Hogan and PYR Board President Jim Murray.

(L-R): Shannon Bloesch, Dick Hogan, Patt Hogan and PYR Board President Jim Murray.

PARKS YOUTH RANCH’S COWBOY UP 2017, OCT. 7

Strapping on their spurs as honorary co-chairs for the Parks Youth Ranch (PYR) 2017 Cowboy Up are Richard L. (Dick) Hogan and his wife, Patt. Fort Bend County residents since 1992, Dick and Patt make their home in Sugar Land and have raised four children here. Both have donated countless hours for various charitable organizations in their more than 46 years together. Retired President and CEO from Solvay Chemicals, Inc., Dick is enjoying life after the corporate world and has served on the PYR Board of Directors since 2009.

Joining the Hogans at the event are local radio personality Michele Fisher as event emcee, and Commis­sioner James Patterson as the event auctioneer.

The public is invited to this special evening benefiting the future of at-risk and homeless youth. General admission tickets are available for $75 each. A variety of sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available, from $250 to $10,000.

For more information on sponsorship or general admission tickets, visit parksyouthranch.org or contact Parks Youth Ranch Executive Director Shannon Bloesch (smbloesch@parksyouthranch.org).

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14TH ANNUAL DRAGON BOAT REGATTA IN SUGAR LAND, OCT. 7-8

Dragon Boat Paddlers and enthusiasts from the far corners of the world are coming to Sugar Land this October to celebrate and participate in the 14th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta. This is a colorful and spectacular event that will feature 50 + teams competing in the time-honored sport of Dragon Boat Racing.

Every October, Brooks Lake at the Fluor Campus is transformed into a Festive Cultural Center hosting land side entertainment, children’s zone, cultural diverse food options, vendor areas, and of course Dragon Boat racing on the lake. This year’s event will be held Oct. 7-8 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on and around Brooks Lake. See texasdragonboat.com for details.

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2017 Couture for the Cause Committee.

2017 Couture for the Cause Committee.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY COUTURE FOR THE CAUSE, OCT. 14

The 7th annual American Cancer Society Couture for the Cause will be held on Oct. 14 at the Farmhouse in Richmond’s Harvest Green with the theme “Garden Glitz.” Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

As in years past, the event will feature a fashion show by the pool with couture models, many of whom are cancer patients or survivors seizing their own opportunity to give back. The fashion show will be produced by Lenny Matuszewski, hair by Mark Anthony of Milagro Salons, and makeup by LaDonna Marie of Sugar Land Face and Body.

In addition, the event will include a wine pull, a Big Board with unique auction items available for bid, a “Whiskey and Diamonds” raffle sponsored by Plaza Jewelers and fabulous food from local restaurants. Hannah Hogan, senior manager, distinguished events for The American Cancer Society, says, “Planning is underway thanks to Chairs Monique Bossett, Susan Ley-Novosad, Debbie Marcell, Michelle Royster, Margot Sayre and Gina Pizzini. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please join us for an unforgettable evening full of fashion, food, and philanthropy.”

Event tickets are $125. All of the proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society and their mission. For more information contact Tiziana Triolo at 713-706-5657 or tiziana.triolo@cancer.org.

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FORT BEND WOMEN’S CENTER HEALING AND HOPE LUNCHEON, OCT. 19

Fort Bend Women’s Center has announced its second annual Healing and Hope Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land. This year’s featured speaker will be domestic violence survivor and advocate, Taylor Armstrong, known for her role on the Bravo TV hit series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Taylor will share how she hid the dark secret of her abusive marriage and found the courage to leave Russell, who, soon after, tragically took his own life.

The Healing and Hope Luncheon is the keynote event in Fort Bend Women’s Center’s annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign. The Center
is grateful to PCCA for their Signature Sponsorship and H-E-B for their Community Sponsorship.

Visit fbwc.org/get-involved for more information about tables and sponsorships starting at $1,500. Individual seats are available for $100 at healinghope17.eventbrite.com.

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(L-R): Carole Kanusky, silent auction co-chair, Joyce Levine, Foundation President, and Arleen Smith, silent auction co-chair.

(L-R): Carole Kanusky, silent auction co-chair, Joyce Levine, Foundation President, and Arleen Smith, silent auction co-chair.

FBFN FOUNDATION ANNUAL FUNDRAISER, “UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN,” OCT. 19

The public is invited to Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors (FBFN) Foundation’s annual fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Safari Texas in Richmond. The “Under the Tuscan Sun” event, which benefits the Foundation’s college scholarship program, begins at 10 a.m. with a silent auction and Marsha’s Cafe, followed by lunch and a guest speaker on Italian wine.

Reservations are $30 for club members and $35 for guests. Contact Carole Kanusky at ckanusky@aol.com or Arlene Smith at as77459@aol.com for more information on the event. Visit fbfnfoundation.org for more information and a scholarship application.

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Nancy Olson, Luncheon Committee co-chair; Gary Tuma, Conservancy Board president; Angela McCain, event speaker; Gay Thompson, Luncheon Committee co-chair; Susie Goff, Luncheon Committee co-chair; and Angie Wierzbicki, Conservancy executive director.

Nancy Olson, Luncheon Committee co-chair; Gary Tuma, Conservancy Board president; Angela McCain, event speaker; Gay Thompson, Luncheon Committee co-chair; Susie Goff, Luncheon Committee co-chair; and Angie Wierzbicki, Conservancy executive director.

PICNIC FOR THE PARK TO BENEFIT CULLINAN PARK CONSERVANCY, OCT. 20

Cullinan Park Conservancy (CPC) will host its first-ever fundraising event, a “Picnic for the Park” luncheon on Friday, Oct. 20, at 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium at River Pointe Church in Richmond. At the luncheon, CPC will celebrate two amazing Fort Bend residents – first, Dee Koch, as this year’s Nina Cullinan Honoree. The Nina Cullinan award is given in recognition each year to an outstanding supporter of the Park and Conservancy. The second woman is the event’s keynote speaker, renowned wildlife photographer, Dr. Angela McCain, who will share stories of her travels and samples of world famous photographs.

A photography contest, underwritten by Johnson Development, is underway and winners will be revealed at the luncheon. Planned improvements to Cullinan Park over the next few years include a permanent restroom, invasive species removal, additional trail development, a canoe/kayak launch, a children’s nature exploration area, expanded parking and other enhancements. Sponsorships and individual tickets for the luncheon are available at cullinanparkconservancy.org or 281-616-7860.

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THIRD ANNUAL FORT BEND COUNTY RANCHERS’ BALL FUNDRAISER, OCT. 21

Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers will host the third annual Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball at Safari Texas Ranch, located at 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond, on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 6 – 11 p.m.

The “cowboy chic” style ball benefits Fort Bend Charities, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial support to various charities working to serve Fort Bend County including the Lone Star Veterans Association, a nonprofit focused on assisting young men and women as they transition from the military to civilian life; Katy Christian Ministries, a nonprofit focused on assisting the most vulnerable in our community with a variety of social services, including a food pantry; Simonton Christian Academy; The Fort Bend County Fair; Katy Future Farmers of America (FFA), and other worthwhile charities that serve the county’s residents.

Commissioner Meyers has hosted an annual fundraising event for the last 15 years, and has raised $1 million through the Ranchers’ Ball and previous annual Golf Tournaments to benefit the local non-profits Fort Bend County Charities supports.

Visit fortbendranchersball.com for more information. To purchase event or raffle tickets please call 281-238-1400.

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KAYAK, PADDLEBOARD RENTALS AT SUGAR LAND MEMORIAL PARK

Interested in getting out on the water at Sugar Land Memorial Park but don’t have a kayak? No problem! The Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Depart­ment is partnering with Bayou City Adventures to bring kayak and paddleboard rentals to the lake at Sugar Land Memorial Park.

Kayak and paddleboard rentals will be available on Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes before sunset. The rate is $20 per hour and paid to the attendant onsite. Lifejackets are provided and required. Parks staff anticipates expanding the program to include various levels of instructional classes in early summer. For questions, call 281-275-2885 or visit facebook.com/SugarLandParks.

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(Row 1, l-r): Heather Allen (Group 1 Automotive), Kelli Hansen (Kendra Scott), Hilary Wetmore (Kendra Scott), Lauren Miles (Kendra Scott); (Row 2): Jessica Valdez (Braman Brands), Melissa Arcache (Sugar Plum Market committee), Christine Moreno (SPM committee), Ann Smith (Pamela Printing), Kim Zeiner (Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes), Heather Brown (SPM Co-Chair), Monica Henderson (SPM Co-Chair), Jaynee Tierce (SPM committee); (Row 3): Katie Harris (SPM Co-Chair), Melissa Blackford (SPM Co-Chair), Sarah Kuehl (SPM Co-Chair), Jamie Hill (Pamela Printing), Jen Rizzo (President, Fort Bend Junior Service League), Patti Parish-Kaminski, Chris Anderson (Sterling McCall Nissan), Greg Haralson (Memorial Hermann), Brittany Cope (SPM committee), Kimberly Camp (SPM Co-Chair) and Jennifer Kirkpatrick (26 Daisies Catering and Events).

(Row 1, l-r): Heather Allen (Group 1 Automotive), Kelli Hansen (Kendra Scott), Hilary Wetmore (Kendra Scott), Lauren Miles (Kendra Scott); (Row 2): Jessica Valdez (Braman Brands), Melissa Arcache (Sugar Plum Market committee), Christine Moreno (SPM committee), Ann Smith (Pamela Printing), Kim Zeiner (Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes), Heather Brown (SPM Co-Chair), Monica Henderson (SPM Co-Chair), Jaynee Tierce (SPM committee); (Row 3): Katie Harris (SPM Co-Chair), Melissa Blackford (SPM Co-Chair), Sarah Kuehl (SPM Co-Chair), Jamie Hill (Pamela Printing), Jen Rizzo (President, Fort Bend Junior Service League), Patti Parish-Kaminski, Chris Anderson (Sterling McCall Nissan), Greg Haralson (Memorial Hermann), Brittany Cope (SPM committee), Kimberly Camp (SPM Co-Chair) and Jennifer Kirkpatrick (26 Daisies Catering and Events).

SUGAR PLUM MARKET RECOGNIZES TOP SPONSORS TO DATE

“Believe in the Magic” is the theme of the 17th Annual Market, which will pay tribute to the many organizations that have benefited from Market proceeds through the years. The Market will take place at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4. Preview Night has been set for the evening of Thursday, Nov. 2.

The 2016 Sugar Plum Market raised a record-breaking $310,000 which benefited more than 22 charitable organizations in Fort Bend County. The continued success of the Market would not be possible without the support of sponsors and donors. In addition to the 2017 Sugar Plum Market’s title sponsor, Memorial Hermann, top sponsors to date include City of Stafford, Pamela Printing, Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes, Sterling McCall Nissan, 26 Daisies Catering and Events, Kendra Scott, Braman Brands, Randalls, and HEB.

“We’d like to say thank you to our amazing sponsors,” said Sugar Plum Market Co-Chair Monica Henderson. “FBJSL and the Sugar Plum Market are proud to partner with an outstanding group of area businesses willing to give so generously to benefit our community. They are truly bringing Magic into this special community. We’d like to invite others to become part of this amazing event that helps support so many worthwhile causes and organizations.”

Several sponsorship and underwriting opportunities remain available, ranging from $250 to $10,000 with a variety of benefits suited to both individuals and businesses. For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, visit sugarplummarket.com or email information@sugarplummarket.com.

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2016 Flu Shot Toy Drive volunteers.

2016 Flu Shot Toy Drive volunteers.

HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL OFFERING FREE FLU SHOTS TO BENEFIT SANTA’S EXCHANGE, OCT. 21

With fall around the corner and the holiday season not far behind, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is once again offering Fort Bend and surrounding area residents the opportunity to “give a gift and beat the flu.”

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, is offering free flu shots on Saturday, Oct. 21 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 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 again with the local exchange and rotary clubs and Toys for Tots 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 2016, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to more than 5,000 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. “Everyone’s assistance is needed to meet the challenge of providing toys for children who will not have toys this year without our help,” said Rick Bell, chairman of Santa’s Exchange 2017.

“Our community is well known for its philanthropic values, so we encourage you to participate by dropping off toys or clothing even if you have already had your flu shot,” Siebenaler said.

If you would like to participate in this community event, bring a new, unwrapped toy or clothing item to the Main Pavilion lobby of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday, Oct. 21. For more information, call 281-275-0751 or visit events.houstonmethodist.org/flushot-sl.

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Fort Bend, Lamar, and Stafford ISD student volunteers.

Fort Bend, Lamar, and Stafford ISD student volunteers.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN AND DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY PRESENT “A LITERARY CAFÉ,” OCT. 28

The Arts and Letters Committee of the Suburban Houston Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter (SHFBAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in partnership with Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) invite the public to attend “A Literary Café” on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Houston Community College – Southwest Campus, Learning Hub Building, 10041, Cash Road, Stafford.

National best-selling authors from Greater Houston and Fort Bend County will read excerpts from their books, discuss characters, plots and the motivation behind writing the book. Authors attending the event include Dr. Jacqueline Horton Cobbin, Janice Hale Harris, Darcell Walker, Rosalind Riggs, Eric L. Wiggins, Fannie Madry, and Brenda White.   The event will include vendors such as Tippy Apparels by Joyce Compton; The Interior Design Gallery by Stephanie Marks, Designer; Avon representative Doris Broome; Bee Kleen (driveway and exterior home washing) by Donovan Tyson; art by Rosario Solis; sculptures by Luis; K & B Enterprises by Karen Douglas; Park Lane Jewelry by Beverly Bilts; Va Verte by Briana Campbell; Black Expressions by Pamela Hicks; Swanky Style by Tameka Ballard; Nadi’ Elmore; Remix Tees and other vendors selling clothing, arts and crafts, floral arrangements, jewelry and more.

Lively entertainment will be provided by the Missouri City Middle School Cougar Orchestra Band under the direction of Heather Nielson-Corbett; High­tower High School African Dance Troupe under the leadership of Ibironke Balogun; Hightower ROTC; Ugochi Chuka-Ipere, digital artist; Jessica Bradnax, vocalist; and other talented local students. For more information, contact Serena Wright-Bostic at 281-450-3619 or aal.shfbac@gmail.com, or SSLW president Mable Scott Austin at 713-256-7953 or email sslw89@gmail.com.

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(Seated, L- R): Peggy Jackson and Kristin Stiles-Janossy; (Back): Alison Haralson, Pat Somers and Sue Lockwood.

(Seated, L- R): Peggy Jackson and Kristin Stiles-Janossy; (Back): Alison Haralson, Pat Somers and Sue Lockwood.

FRIENDS OF CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND FALL MEMBERSHIP COFFEE  

FRIENDS of Child Advocates of Fort Bend, an auxiliary volunteer group supporting Child Advocates of Fort Bend, will host its annual Fall Coffee Membership social in the home of Brenda Bartley, on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. Guests will enjoy a holiday decorating presentation by Jen Hayes and Jen Rizzo, owners of Feather & Nest Interiors in Missouri City. The public is invited to attend and join FRIENDS. Membership dues of $40 support many activities benefiting the children served by Child Advocates of Fort Bend and the volunteers who help them. For further information on FRIENDS, the location and to RSVP, please contact Kristin Stiles-Janossy at 713-384-8096.

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(L_R): Sugar Plum Market Committee members Heather Brown, Michaela Brady, Kimberly Camp and Cara Millas.

(L_R): Sugar Plum Market Committee members Heather Brown, Michaela Brady, Kimberly Camp and Cara Millas.

SUGAR PLUM MARKET PREVIEW PARTY, NOV. 2

“Believe in the Magic” is the theme of the 2017 Sugar Plum Market, but it’s also what the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) has been doing since its inception in 2001. Through funds raised at the popular holiday shopping event, the Sugar Plum Market has donated an impressive amount of over $2.3 million to various Fort Bend County charities. Those grants have and will continue to bring magic into the lives of so many in need.

Presented by Memorial Hermann, the 17th Annual Market will take place at the Stafford Centre Perform­ing Arts Theatre and Convention Center Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4. Market hours will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. A special Preview Night shopping event will be held Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6-10 p.m. Unique vendors from across Texas will fill the Stafford Centre for this one-stop holiday shopping extravaganza.

General Admission tickets for Friday or Saturday are $12 each. A limited number of Preview Night tickets are available for $75 each and include advance shopping Thursday night, a Preview Night drink ticket, light hors d’oeuvres, and Market entry Friday and Saturday. Tickets may be purchased online at sugarplummarket.com.

The Sugar Plum Market offers a variety of sponsorship and underwriting opportunities for both businesses and individuals. Sugar Plum Market sponsors receive benefits including event signage, website and program recognition, plus Preview Night tickets with early sponsor entry. Preview Night has consistently sold out each year, and this year’s Preview Night is certain to be another sensational event.

For information on sponsorship opportunities or tickets, visit the website or email information@sugarplummarket.com.

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(L_R): Annette Griffith, Patti Pearson, Judy Johnson and Sandra Dickey

(L_R): Annette Griffith, Patti Pearson, Judy Johnson and Sandra Dickey

SUGAR CREEK COUNTRY CLUB WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION PRESENTS “HOLIDAY MARKET,” NOV. 2

The holiday giving season is fast approaching and the 38th annual “Holiday Market” at Sugar Creek Country Club is a great place to find those special gifts and décor items. The ladies of Sugar Creek Country Club Women’s Association are continuing a longtime tradition by sponsoring this event. The market is Thursday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and the community is welcome. The entrance fee of $5 will be donated to East Fort Bend Human Needs Food Pantry and the Rainbow Room.

Venders will be offering a wide variety of items such as jewelry, gourmet foods, fashion, home décor, and more. This year’s co-chairwomen are Shirley Gordon, Helen Rosenthal, Dianne Parrott and Sandra Dickey. Sugar Creek Country Club is located at 420 Sugar Creek Blvd in Sugar Land.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD TRUCKS AT RIVERSTONE, THROUGH DEC. 8

There will be a lot of options on the menu during Riverstone’s “Bite Nite Friday,” to be held from 6-9:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month through December. A selection of food trucks will dish up a variety of culinary delights – from Renegade Kitchen’s Texas bistro fare to Muiishi Makirritos’ Japanese fusion. Music and children’s activities are also part of the plan for the evenings. Head down to The Club at Riverstone, 18353 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, to sample what these roving restaurants have to offer.

Oct. 13 – Anna’s Gourmet Greek, Mary Had a Little Party, the Grove Donut Truck, Renegade Kitchen & Catering, Cousins Maine Lobster and Craft Burger Food Truck

Nov. 10 – Twisted Catfish, Renegade Kitchen & Catering, Bowl’D Up, The Sauer Kraut, Oh My Gogi! and Mary Had a Little Party

Visitors can select their favorite cuisine – or mix it up. Music and children’s activities are part of the evening. For more information, visit riverstone.com.


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