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(Standing, l-r): Kelli Metzenthin (Executive Director), Holly Kaminga (Co-Chair); (sitting): Angela Cox and Diana Englet (CenterPoint Energy), and Emily Rhodes (Co-Chair)

(Standing, l-r): Kelli Metzenthin (Executive Director), Holly Kaminga (Co-Chair); (sitting): Angela Cox and Diana Englet (CenterPoint Energy), and Emily Rhodes (Co-Chair)

LITERACY COUNCIL’S 8TH ANNUAL GREAT GROWN-UP SPELLING BEE, SEPT. 7

There’s a buzz around Fort Bend County for the Literacy Council’s 8th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee! The event, presented by CenterPoint Energy, is slated for Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Constellation Field. This year’s event is co-chaired by Holly Kaminga and Emily Rhodes.

Enter a team of three adults to compete and earn the bragging rights as the Best Grown-Up Spellers in the county.

Event sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available, ranging from $750-$5,000, and have great perks for your business or organization. Smaller sponsorships are also available, including “Bee a Word” sponsor for $200, where you get to choose a word to “bee” used in the Bee. For $100, a sponsor can select a letter in the “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” alphabet. You may opt to claim the first letter of your business, child, family or pet’s name. “Bee a Word” sponsors will receive admission, dinner, and drink tickets for two, recognition on the website and at the event. “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” sponsors will receive admission and dinner for one along with recognition on the website and at the event.

Spectator Bee RSVPs are available for $50 and include admission to the Bee, dinner and a drink ticket. Watch your neighbors, co-workers and friends compete against one another to win a coveted spot in the “Honey Hall of Fame.”

Raffle tickets are also available for your chance to win a fabulous prize. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Winners will be announced at the Bee but you don’t need to be present to win. And the Hive Dive offers an array of fun packages to choose from. Tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10 or a wingspan for $30.

For more information, visit ftbendliteracy.org or call 281-240-8181.

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(Front row, L-R:) Robin Gill, Peggy Jackson, Sam Golden, Schlumberger’s Marianne Rezigh, Co-Chair Claude Leatherwood, Sue Chiang, Lynn Halford, Syndee Howgate and Crystal Hernandez. (Back row) Lynda Nguyen, Abolade Durojaiye, Kevin Sabouni, Jeremy Alberty, John Wantuch, Bob Cruse, Wen Wing and FBEF Events Coordinator Carol Evans.

(Front row, L-R:) Robin Gill, Peggy Jackson, Sam Golden, Schlumberger’s Marianne Rezigh, Co-Chair Claude Leatherwood, Sue Chiang, Lynn Halford, Syndee Howgate and Crystal Hernandez. (Back row) Lynda Nguyen, Abolade Durojaiye, Kevin Sabouni, Jeremy Alberty, John Wantuch, Bob Cruse, Wen Wing and FBEF Events Coordinator Carol Evans.

BACK TO SCHOOL SCRAMBLE GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITING FBEF, SEPT. 11

Plan now to golf “fore” education in the Fort Bend Education Foundation’s (FBEF) 18th annual Back to School Scramble golf tournament scheduled for a new date on Monday, Sept. 11 at Sweetwater Country Club. Schlumberger is presenting the Back to School Scramble, chaired by Chris Barton and Claude Leatherwood. Breakfast is provided by Chick-fil-A. Entry fee includes breakfast, golf and cart, beverages, lunch reception and special gifts. Sponsor­ship opportunities are available, along with Foursome Teams for $1,000 and individual entries $275.

The Education Foundation touches every school in Fort Bend ISD. Since its inception, the Education Foundation has awarded over $4 million through its Grants to Teachers and Schools program. These grants enable teachers to provide innovative classroom projects for which tax dollars are not available and they help new teachers with zero years of teaching experience to outfit their new classrooms. Your participation in the Back to School Scramble helps make the FBEF’s mission a reality – to enrich and enhance the quality of education for all Fort Bend ISD students.

For information about the Scramble and sponsorship opportunities, call 281-634-1111 or email carol.evans@fortbendisd.com. For more information about FBEF visit fortbendisd.com/foundation.

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ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR LIBRARIES’ PHOTO CONTEST CELEBRATING FORT BEND COUNTY, SEPT. 4-29

Fort Bend County Libraries is seeking entries for its “Capture Fort Bend County” Photography Contest in September. Amateur photographers of all skill levels are invited to enter original photographs that portray the culture, nature, people, and places of Fort Bend County – from hidden gems in our communities to favorite places and scenes around town.

Entries can be submitted at any of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system beginning Sept. 4; the deadline for entries is Sept. 29, at 5 p.m.

The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Professional photographers, who earn a living by selling their photographs, are not eligible to participate. There is no fee for entering the contest. Library employees and their immediate families are not eligible to win.

For more information, call 281-633-4734.

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(L-R): Marlene Kelly, Cintia Listenbee, Lauran Helms and Merry Ministries leader Mary Willis.

(L-R): Marlene Kelly, Cintia Listenbee, Lauran Helms and Merry Ministries leader Mary Willis.a\

MERRY MINISTRIES BIBLE STUDY FOR WOMEN, STARTING SEPT. 5

Merry Ministries invites women of all ages to join its Bible study. This ministry, led by Mary Willis, is dedicated to teaching the Bible in a clear, accurate and practical manner. Merry Ministries meets in the Sanctuary at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road.

The group meets weekly to worship God, study the Bible, pray and fellowship with each other. The class begins with a time of praise and worship, followed by the Bible lesson and then an optional time to meet in small groups to discuss the lesson and have prayer.

To register, visit merryministries.com or call Sugar Land First United Methodist Church at 281-491-6041. The class is free of charge. Childcare is provided but you must register your child by contacting Elise at elise@merryministries.com.

For more information, contact Kathy Huebner at kathy@merryministries.com.

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Orbit, the mascot of the Houston Astros.

Orbit, the mascot of the Houston Astros.

ASTROS’ ORBIT LAUNCHES READING RALLY AT FIRST COLONY LIBRARY, SEPT. 2

Fort Bend County Libraries will welcome the Houston Astros’ mascot, Orbit, for a Reading Rally Show on Saturday, Sept. 2, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the First Colony Branch Library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land.

The Orbit Reading Rally Show gets kids excited about reading. The event also teaches children about the importance of reading at least 20 minutes a day and how reading can affect their daily lives.

This program is made possible by the support of the Friends of the First Colony Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 281-238-2800.

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Missouri City Firefighters get ready for the ball drop.

Missouri City Firefighters get ready for the ball drop.

ANNUAL MISSOURI CITY POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION INVITATIONAL GOLF SCRAMBLE, SEPT. 8

The annual Missouri City Police Officers Association Police Invitational Golf Scramble will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Quail Valley Golf Club. The tournament will recognize past and present First Responders for their service to the community. The tournament will include the presentation of colors by the MCPD honor guard, the National Anthem sung by a local celebrity, a unique golf ball drop on the 18th green.

Proceeds from the tournament support college scholarships, Adopt-a-Family Program, Bethel Ministries, Boy Scouts, Special Olympics, crime prevention, and financial assistance for Missouri City officers, First Responders and their families.

To register or purchase balls for the Ball Drop, please go to golfquailvalley.com. Balls are $5 each and the prize will be 50 percent of total Ball Drop proceeds. Participants interested in playing in a golf flight and/or businesses and individuals looking for sponsor opportunities can also visit the website or contact Detective Keith Boyett at kboyett26@gmail.com or 281-403-5827, or Missouri City Councilman Floyd Emery at floydemery@sbcglobal.net or 713-562-0331.

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The Plaza Hotel in Rosenberg; Photographer and date unknown.

The Plaza Hotel in Rosenberg; Photographer and date unknown.

SPECIAL EXHIBIT OF COUNTY HISTORIC SITES AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY

In collaboration with the Fort Bend History Association, Fort Bend County Libraries will feature a special exhibit, “Lost, Saved & Threatened: Historic Architecture of Fort Bend County,” throughout the month of September and continuing through October 14, in the Bohachevsky Gallery at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

Recall the rich historical background of Fort Bend County as reflected in the architecture of its buildings. In this exhibit, photographs and artifacts of buildings and historical sites around the county – some of which have been preserved while others have been lost – provide a greater understanding of the county’s domestic life as well as its commercial enterprises over the years. The exhibit will shine a spotlight on historic structures in Fort Bend County that have been lost, buildings that have been saved, and historic sites that stand threatened.

The county’s architectural legacy provides a unique perspective into the lives of the people who lived and worked there. By studying a community’s buildings, one can garner clues as to its prosperity and the social values of its residents. When one learns the remarkable and often fascinating stories behind the lives of families or workers in a particular building, that structure becomes alive in the imagination of its viewer.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and can be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call the library at 281-342-4455.

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The Sugar Land Sound Chorus is part of Sweet Adelines International.

The Sugar Land Sound Chorus is part of Sweet Adelines International.

SING WITH THE SUGAR LAND SOUND CHRISTMAS ELF PROGRAM, STARTING SEPT. 7

Sing sweet music at Christmas with the Sugar Land Sound Christmas Elf Program. Rehearsals begin on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 7-8 p.m. and run through December. Ladies who love to sing are invited to try the group for free and sing and perform with the group at Christmas.

The Sugar Land Sound Chorus is composed of women all ages from Sugar Land and is part of the Sweet Adelines International organization. They meet every Thursday night in at Christ Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, to sing unaccompanied four-part harmony barbershop style.

If you can hold a tune, you can be one of the four parts – tenor, lead, bass or bari. Participants do not have to be able to read music as learning CDs are provided. To find out more, visit sugarlandsound.com.

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Food trucks will offer a variety of cuisines on the second Friday of each month.

Food trucks will offer a variety of cuisines on the second Friday of each month.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD TRUCKS AT RIVERSTONE, STARTING SEPT. 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 on Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

For more information, visit riverstone.com.

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Music Magic class for six- and seven-year-old boys begins on Sept. 26.

Music Magic class for six- and seven-year-old boys begins on Sept. 26.

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR MUSIC MAGIC CLASS, STARTING SEPT. 26

Music is a brain builder, so it’s important to start children early – especially boys – with a strong musical foundation. If you have a six- or seven-year-old boy in your life that loves music and singing, the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Music Magic program can provide that firm foundation.

Music Magic brings music alive through the use of movement, musical games, singing and other child-centered activities. Boys learn about pitch matching and rhythm awareness in addition to developing large muscle coordination, increased focus and better musicianship. No auditions are necessary – just a love of music and singing.

In its 21st season, Music Magic will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:15 p.m., beginning Sept. 26 and ending Nov. 28 at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City. Music Magic will then sing at the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s annual Christmas Musicale on Saturday, Dec. 2. The cost for this course is $100 and boys will receive a free Music Magic T-shirt once classes start. Classes are limited in size so please call the choir office at 281-240-3800 to pre-register or visit fbbctx.org. Stop by their Facebook page for the latest on the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Music Magic class and the organization’s public performances.

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ROSENBERG RAILROAD MUSEUM ANNUAL FALL FUN FEST, SEPT. 16

Rosenberg Railroad Museum’s 4th annual Fall Fun Fest fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. The theme is “May the Steam Be With You” and will feature the Texas Flyer ride-on trackless Steam Train and steam trains on the garden railroad. The Houston Area Steampunks will host a Steampunk Station which will include parasol dueling,Wonderland croquet and more. There will be live music by area musician Kayla, a Brazos Bend State Park exhibit, Museum open house and exhibits, up-close views of trains going by from the rail fan observation deck, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, model train displays, carnival games, food trucks and more. Visitors are encouraged to wear Star Wars or Steampunk-themed costumes.

The museum is seeking food vendors, area sponsors and volunteers. To participate, call 281-633-2846 or email info@rosenbergRRmuseum.org. All proceeds benefit museum operations. For more information and speed pass advance purchase tickets visit rosenbergrrmuseum.org/fall-fun-fest.

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2017 Fair Queen candidates: (Front, seated, l-r) Skylar Higginbotham, freshman, George Ranch HS; Jenna Marler, senior, Tompkins HS; Fort Bend County Fair Queen Katie Koerth; Tori Reeh, senior, Needville HS; Marissa Salazar, senior, Austin HS; (standing): Samantha Mae, senior, Lamar Consolidated HS; Bethany Garcia, senior, Clements HS; Marissa Charcas, senior, Lamar Consolidated HS; Shauna Pack, junior, George Ranch HS; Krystal Negrete, senior, Needville HS; Kelsey Lattin, junior, Hightower HS; and Kennedy Johnson, senior, Ridge Point HS.

2017 Fair Queen candidates: (Front, seated, l-r) Skylar Higginbotham, freshman, George Ranch HS; Jenna Marler, senior, Tompkins HS; Fort Bend County Fair Queen Katie Koerth; Tori Reeh, senior, Needville HS; Marissa Salazar, senior, Austin HS; (standing): Samantha Mae, senior, Lamar Consolidated HS; Bethany Garcia, senior, Clements HS; Marissa Charcas, senior, Lamar Consolidated HS; Shauna Pack, junior, George Ranch HS; Krystal Negrete, senior, Needville HS; Kelsey Lattin, junior, Hightower HS; and Kennedy Johnson, senior, Ridge Point HS.

FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR QUEEN SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST, SEPT. 29

The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair Queen Scholarship contest has 11 young ladies vying for the crown, scholarships, and all the other awards that come with the title. The tradition of being crowned Fair Queen will carry on for one royal hopeful on Friday, Sept. 29.

“Being named Queen is a long-standing tradition of the Fort Bend County Fair,” said Lisa Reyes, co-chair of the Queen Scholarship contest. “The young ladies come from all over the county, and it truly is an exciting time for them. It is always an experience that we as a committee strive to make an exceptional one, and it is very rewarding for us to see them transition, learn, and grow in the process. We are very much looking forward to crowning this year’s Queen.”

Reigning queen Katie Koerth was crowned last September and has been busy attending events, being an ambassador for the Fair, and enjoying all the Queen’s duties. This year a new pre-determined scoring format will debut. As part of the new criteria, an essay on “What My Fair Means to My Community” will be required to be submitted by the candidates. The longstanding tickets sales requisite is no longer part of the contest.

The Fort Bend County Fair Queen Scholarship Contest is for females between the ages of 15 and 19 who are residents of Fort Bend County. The competition is based on a personal interview, the essay, a networking event, and participation. Winners receive scholarships and prizes for their efforts, as well as the opportunity to serve as a community ambassador for the Fort Bend County Fair for the coming year. The Fair will run from Sept. 29-Oct. 8.

Visit fortbendcountyfair.com for more information or call the Fair Office at 281-342-6171.

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Country music star and Fort Bend County native Mary Sarah will be the Grand Marshall for the Fort Bend County Fair Parade.

Country music star and Fort Bend County native Mary Sarah will be the Grand Marshall for the Fort Bend County Fair Parade.

COUNTRY STAR MARY SARAH TO BE GRAND MARSHALL FOR FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR PARADE,

SEPT. 29

The darling of Nashville, Mary Sarah, will be the 2017 Grand Marshall of the Fort Bend County Fair Parade on Friday, Sept. 29. A powerful voice that has a distinct veteran sound, 22-year-old Mary Sarah is well on her way to cutting her place in country music history. The pride of Fort Bend County has already appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and has a duet album featuring icons such as Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson and the late Merle Haggard. Mary Sarah will be headlining at this year’s Fair on Saturday, Oct. 7. She is excited to be playing before her hometown crowd and said, “This means the world to me. Where you grow up and the people you grow up with influence your life in ways that cannot be explained. I love my hometown! It is truly an honor to be coming home, and to say I am headlining is just a dream!”

The parade starts at 9 a.m, kicking off the Fort Bend County Fair’s 10-day run from Sept. 29-Oct. 8. Almost 200 parade entries wind their way from the Historic Court House in Richmond and proceed west down Hwy. 90-A to Jennetta Street in Rosenberg. “Serving Youth Today for a Better Tomorrow” is this year’s parade theme.

Tickets for the Fair are now on sale. For more information, visit fortbendcountyfair.com.

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Members of the FBSO.

Members of the FBSO.

FORT BEND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS FOCUS 26TH SEASON ON OUR AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

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 2017-18 season is entitled “Of Liberty and Justice for All”. This patriotic theme will carry through each performance, showcasing the majesty and diversity of our great nation.

The first concert, “America the Beautiful”, is Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Stafford Centre. It will feature works from American composers of many different backgrounds, including Jesse Ayer’s Stirrin’, an inspiring new arrangement of spirituals for orchestra and chorus. The audience experience will include both familiar patriotic themes from Copland, Bernstein and Stravinsky, combined with a broad selection of new works 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. For more information about ticket pricing and performances visit fbso.org or call 281-276-9642.

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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.

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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Monica Riley serves up ice cream floats at one of the SSLW’s adopted schools.

Monica Riley serves up ice cream floats at one of the SSLW’s adopted schools.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN, FALL SERVICE PROGRAMS

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) Ambassadors’ Program goal is to foster a lifetime commitment of collaborative voluntarism in children, youth, young adults and parents/guardians via onsite delivery of services and resources a few times per semester for two to four consecutive years.

Participants may create their own project or support an existing SSLW program. Pre-requisites include securing Board of Directors’ approval 90 days prior to your event; supporting a SSLW program (Seniors Enrichment, Families Outreach, Infants/Young Adults Development, Scholarships & Support, Community Partnerships, Community Involvement) and documenting the project’s collaborative impact and email to sslw1989@aol and sslw89@­gmail.com within seven days. Email pre-registration and on-site signing required of all attendees. For more information, email sslw1989@aol or call 713-256-7953.

October Projects:

Adopt Schools Support – Hunter Glen Elementary and Missouri City Middle Students Achievement Staff Appreciation. Contact monicariley7@gmail.com.

Oct. 1-31 – Installation of smoke alarms and batteries replacement. Contact mw.austin@yahoo.com or jharmon@pdq.net.

Oct. 2, 4, 9, 10, 11 – Fort Bend Countywide Colleges & Scholarships Fairs. Contact harris_marvelyn@att.net or sslw1989@aol.com.

Oct. 28 – National Make A Difference Day/Fort Bend End Alzheimer Walk. Contact sslw1989@aol.com.

For special requests and collaborations contact sslw1989@aol.com and sslw89@gmail.com.

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HISTORIC RICHMOND ASSOCIATION PRESENTS MUSIC IN THE PARK

Join the Historic Richmon Association for Music in the Park, a free community event at Wessendorff Park, 4009 Preston St. in Richmond. Each show is from 7-9 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and prepare to enjoy an evening with your friends and neighbors. On Sept. 8 the featured performer is Kayla Gulley. Email historicrichmondtx@gmail.com for more information.

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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.

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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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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SUGAR LAND HERITAGE HIKE, SECOND SATURDAY

Presented each second Saturday of the month, trained guides will lead tours through a beautiful, historic neighborhood and share stories about the people and events that shaped Sugar Land’s history.

As an added bonus, the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation is now partnering with the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation to include the 1918 Sugar Land Auditorium on the walking tour. Participants will have an opportunity to view the interior of this restored historic building.

Walking tours begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. The group will depart from the SLHF office, 198 Kempner Street (next to the historic Char House).The cost is free for children under 12; $5, teens; and $10, adults. Proceeds benefit the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation. Reservations are appreciated but not required.

For more information, visit slheritage.org or call 281-494-0261.

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(L-R): Jen Hayes and Jen Rizzo of Feather & Nest Interiors will present a holiday decorating demonstration for guests attending FRIENDS of Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Fall Membership Coffee. (Photo by Heather Purvis Photography)

(L-R): Jen Hayes and Jen Rizzo of Feather & Nest Interiors will present a holiday decorating demonstration for guests attending FRIENDS of Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Fall Membership Coffee. (Photo by Heather Purvis Photography)

FRIENDS OF CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND TO HOST FALL COFFEE,OCT. 10

FRIENDS of Child Advocates of Fort Bend, an auxiliary volunteer group, will host its annual Fall Membership Coffee social in the home of Brenda Bartley on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. In addition to coffee, mimosas, light fare and learning about the FRIENDS mission, guests will be treated to a holiday decorating presentation by Jen Hayes and Jen Rizzo, owners of Feather & Nest Interiors in Missouri City. The public is invited to attend.

FRIENDS of Child Advocates of Fort Bend is an auxiliary league which helps support a variety of activities benefiting the children served by Child Advocates of Fort Bend and the volunteers who help them. Their Special Needs Fund underwrites the needs of children that other providers are unable to offer – items that most people take for granted. The fund has underwritten backpacks filled with school supplies, summer camp tuition, tutoring, caps and gowns for graduating seniors and computers for college students.

For further information, the event’s location and to RSVP, call Kristin Stiles-Janossy at 713-384-8096.

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(L-R): Dancers Kifyak and Svetlica perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

(L-R): Dancers Kifyak and Svetlica perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

RUSSIAN GRAND BALLETPRESENTS SWAN LAKE, OCT. 17

Due to the damages of the hurricane, beautiful Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater is forced to cancel all shows, including 80% sold out Swan Lake. We don’t want you to change your plans for the evening, so Russian Grand Ballet’s Swan Lake Oct. 19 show has a new location – Stafford Centre.

Two Shows Only!

Stafford, TX (September, 2017)The Russian Grand Ballet is pleased to present one of the world’s most famous ballets – Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on October 17 and 19, at 7:30pm at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX 77477. This full-length classical production features the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans, and marks the third time the Russian Grand Ballet has performed in Houston Metro Area. The Stafford Centre shows are a part of their 2017 US Tour: www.RussianGrandBallet.com

 

Ticket prices are $35, $49, $55, $68 and can be purchased online at StaffordCentre.com, by phone at 281.208.6900, or in person at the Stafford Centre Box Office.

 

Swan Lake features the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages.

Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production features Russia’s brightest ballet stars.

Founded by graduates of the great choreographic academies of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev, and steeped in the history of classical Russian ballet, Russian Grand Ballet has been bringing most beloved full-length classics to audiences around the world since 2005.

Under the leadership of Constantine Pinchuk and award-winning ballet master Andrey Litvinov, the company has expanded to include a corps de ballet of over fifty dancers, joined each year by renowned guest artists dancing principle roles. This year marks the company’s third North American tour with visits to 60 cities across the United States, and the presentation of two masterworks that define the art form – The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. www.RussianGrandBallet.com

For more marketing information contact:

Gulya Hartwick / 347.901.3042 / hartwick.g@gmail.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.

FBFN Foundation is a nonprofit organization and the charitable arm of Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors. Since 2005, the Foundation Scholarship Program has awarded 89 scholarships, totaling $165,000 to deserving Fort Bend County students planning on attending college at a campus within the county. Visit fbfnfoundation.org for more information and a scholarship application.


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