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Happenings September 2018

A visit to HMNS at Sugar Land is always an adventure. (Photo – Amy Robinson)


The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) has expanded of its Augmented Reality (AR) technology to the Sugar Land Museum (13019 University Blvd.) where museum visitors can experience the “Adventurers” AR display on the large screen adjacent to Devil Rex in the T-rex atrium. Admission to The AR experience in Sugar Land is included with all exhibit hall entry tickets. For tickets or more information, visit hmns.org/sugarland or call 281-313-2277.

For millennia, dinosaurs were the undisputed masters of the planet, and mankind followed in
their footsteps. Today’s AR can deliver an experience like never before, fulfilling the ultimate dream of
seeing dino­saurs, explorers and exotic animals walk among people.

AR is an interactive experience of a real-world environment, whose elements are “augmented” by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory, and olfactory. With the help of advanced AR technologies, information about the surrounding world of the user becomes interactive, as objects are overlaid on the real world images. This overlay technology differs from Virtual Reality technology, which usually blocks out any outside visual information.

AR is used to enhance natural environments or situations and offers a perceptually enriched experience. Instead of remaining passive recipients, visitors can become active learners, able to interact with their learning environment and the dinosaurs on the screen.

Some AR learning advantages include allowing people to see things they might not otherwise experience; providing a fuller picture of information presented; providing a sense of scale; ability to seem to travel to places not possible; inherently social activity; starts the knowledge base farther along; and participants talk about the experiences as if they are real.

The HMNS at Sugar Land AR experience allows visitors of all ages to walk with prehistoric animals, an astronaut, dolphins and other exotics, and become a visual part of their world on screen.



The nonprofit Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild of Texas will hold its biannual Quilt Show at the Stafford Centre on Friday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $10 admission fee covers entry both days. The Stafford Centre is located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford. Parking is free.

Approximately 200 quilts made by guild members will be displayed to view and purchase. This is a judged show and prizes will be awarded. There will be demonstrations by member quilters. On Friday at 1 p.m. Quilts of Valor will have a presentation and award quilts to several veterans. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. the Live Quilt Auction will be held. There will also be raffle gift baskets for $1 a ticket.

The show also will include a large vendor mall offering fabric, notions, and craft supplies and an “eye-spy” game for younger visitors and other attractions. The Artisan Market will feature small quilts, doll quilts, table runners, baby quilts and bags for holiday gifting.


SSLW Board Members (l-r) Judeene Edison, Susan Myrick Wilcox, Devette George, Mable Scott Austin, Mose Austin, and Alisa Laddie plan the organization’s next service year projects.


Several service events are scheduled for Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) for September, October and November. For more information, visit sslw.org.

September Projects

Sept. 25, 4th Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day in Fort Bend ISD, Willowridge  High, contacteharmon47@hotmail.com; Lamar CISD, Lamar High School, contact smsewell@aol.com; and Stafford MSD at Stafford High, sslw89@gmail.com.

Sept., 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon,Youth and Parents Financial Literary Empowerment, First Colony Library Conference Room, Sugar Land. Seating is limited. Register via email to jharmon@pdq.netand sslw89@gmail.com. In subject bar, type your name, school and cell phone number to receive an email confirmation.

Sept. 29, Elementary Math workshop for parents, contact ms.dmgeorge@hotmail.com.

October Projects

Oct. 1-Nov. 18, Needville ISD Pre-school Book Drive, contact  281-789-4916 or 832-715-6830.

Fort Bend Countywide College Nights – Monday, Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m., Foster High; Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6-8 p.m., Bush High ; Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m., Leonard Merrell Center in Katy ISD; Monday, Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m.,Terry High; and Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6-8 p.m., Marshall High. Contact  harrris_marvelyn@att.net.

Saturday, Oct. 27, National Make a Difference Day, contact donishasmith21@yahoo.com.


Be a Christmas Elf with Sugar Land Sound Chorus.


Back by popular demand, Sugar Land Sound Chorus invites area ladies to join the group as an “Elf” and sing in the Christmas performances. Rehearsals are in the Choir Room at Christ Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, on Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. starting Aug. 23. For more information, call Lynn at 409-998-2874, email Holly at wesingdoyou@aol.comor visit sugarlandsound.com.

Participants will learn Christmas music barbershop style, perform with the group during the holiday season, get some great musical education, have a lot of fun and make new friends. Sheet music and learning CDs are provided. Reading music is not required; only the ability to carry a tune. There is no obligation to join the group after Christmas, although those who wish to join are welcome.

Sugar Land Sound Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, performance and competition. This independent, nonprofit music education association is one of the world’s largest singing organizations for women, boasting nearly 22,000 members! Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets sing exciting a cappella, four-part harmony music, barbershop style.


Dr. Natalie Garza


In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15), Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, will feature two special events in September celebrating the rich cultural heritage and history of Latinos in America. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, enjoy a special live performance of Nouveau Flamenco guitar music by John Acevedo, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library. Inspired by artists such as the Gypsy Kings, José Feliciano, and Ottmar Liebert, Acevedo has taken the traditional sounds of Flamenco music and developed a soulful, contemporary kind of music that may be considered Flamenco Jazz or Nouveau Flamenco. He has been composing and playing the guitar for more than 25 years.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, Dr. Natalie Garza will present “Hispanic Heritage: Early Hispanic Politicians of Texas” from 1-2:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room. A professor of U.S. History and Mexican American Studies at Houston Community College, Dr. Garza will talk about Tejano political participation and influence during the period between Texas independence in 1836 and the American Civil War.

Dr. Garza has a doctorate degree in Latin American History, with a minor in Mexican American History.



The September meeting of the Pecan Grove Women’s Club will be held on Tuesday, Sept.11, at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club. Join the group at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and visiting. The program will follow. Call or email Kayat 281-238-4002 (kkmcninch@yahoo.com) or Linda at 281-342-8575 (lindasaad@gmail.com) to make reservations by Friday, Sept. 7. The program is free and the cost for lunch is $15. The program this fall kicks off with a Quilt Show presented by members and friends, and will include antique, seasonal and traditional styles. A country club membership is not necessary to visit or join the Women’s Club.  All women in the Pecan Grove area who want to become further involved in the community are welcome.


(L-R): Robbie Raska,Tuesday coordinator; Mary Willis, leader/teacher; and Lauran Helms, Wednesday coordinator.


Merry Ministries invites women of all ages to join in its Through-the-Bible Study. This ministry, led by Mary Willis, is dedicated to teaching the Bible in a clear, accurate and practical manner.  Register at merryministries.com or through Sugar Land First United Methodist Church at 281-491-6041. The class is free of charge. Childcare is provided by emailing jennifer@merryministries.com.

Evening classes are Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. starting Sept. 4 and morning classes are Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. starting Sept. 5. Merry Ministries meets in the Sanctuary at First United Metho­dist Church, 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land. Contact lauran@merryministries.com for more information.

The group meets weekly to worship God, study the Bible, pray and fellowship with each other. The goal is to provide an environment for women to grow in biblical knowledge, learn how the Bible applies today, and start or strengthen a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. 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.



The Friends of the University Branch Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land. Books, CDs and DVDs for adults and children will be available. Most items ar $0.50 to $1. Proceeds support reading and other educational programs. Good condition books, CDs and DVDs may be donated to the library during the sale, or at any time. A receipt for income tax purposes can be provided. The library is located on the University of Houston campus at Hwy. 59. Parking is free.


(L-R): LCFBC Chair Elect Leticia Lowe, Co-Chair Emily Rhodes, Co-Chair David Timmermeyer and Angela Cox, CenterPoint Energy.


The Literacy Council’s ninth annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, presented by CenterPoint Energy and Houston Federal Credit Union, is a fun, casual evening of friendly competition between teams slated for Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Quail Valley Golf Course & City Centre. This year’s event is co-chaired by Emily Rhodes and David Timmermeyer. For more information, visit ftbendliteracy.org or call 281-240-8181.

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available for this event, ranging from $750 to $1,250. Don’t have great spellers? Call 281-240-8181 to sponsor a team. Smaller sponsorships are also available, including “Bee a Word” sponsor for $200 and choose a word to be used in the Bee.  For $100, a sponsor can select a letter in the “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” alphabet. 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 recognition at the event. “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” sponsors will receive admission and dinner for one, recognition on the website and recognition at the event.



Primary care sports medicine physicians with Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Sugar Land have some important pointers for dealing with joint pain for every decade of your life. Join Nader Ayub, D.O., and Nish Shah, M.D. for a free seminar at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Brazos Pavilion Conference Center.  From diagnosis to rehabilitation, both physicians will discuss the latest medical advances to help you get back to your active life. For more information or to register, visit events.houstonmethodist.org/jointpain-sl or call 281-274-7500.

As you age, chances are greater that you’ll develop osteoarthritis in your hips, knees or shoulders. Severe symptoms, like constant pain and very limited mobility, aren’t uncommon, but anti-inflammatory medication, weight loss, physical therapy and exercise can help. “Even in late age, losing weight can help decrease joint pain in the knees and hips, while regular stretching and strengthening can help lubricate hip, knee and shoulder joints and increase flexibility,” Ayub said.

Unfortunately, some people will reach a point where the pain is unbearable. “In the most severe cases, osteoarthritis can make it hard to walk, lift or reach, or even be self-sufficient,” Shah said. “In these cases, joint replacement can provide pain relief, improve range of motion and mobility, and restore independence. Joint replacement is a good option to have down the road in a worst-case scenario, but the opportunity to decrease your chances of needing one is in your hands today.”

To schedule an appointment with  Ayub or Shah, visit houstonmethodist.org/orthopedics-sl or call 281-690-4678. Visit the hospital’s Facebook page at fb.com/methodistsugarland for the latest news, events and information.



Teens and adults are challenged to prevent a full-blown zombie apocalypse by finding clues and solving puzzles at the First Colony Branch Library’s Escape Roomon Saturday, Sept. 22, between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To reserve a 45-minute time slot, call the First Colony Branch Library at 281-238-2800 or visit the Adult Services department of the library.


The Ball Drop is always a popular element in the annual Charity Golf Scramble fundraiser.


The Annual Missouri City Police Officers Association Charity Golf Scramble will be held on Friday, Sept. 21 at Quail Valley Golf Course. Shotgun start is 1 p.m. and dinner & auction will start at approximately 6 p.m.  Individual player entry is $125 and team entry $500.  Ball Drop entry is $5 and the Ball Drop will take place at 12:45 p.m. The Ball Drop winner will receive 50 percent of  Ball Drop proceeds.

To register to play in the golf scramble, visit golfquailvalley.com/golf/ecom_v2/ecom.php?cat=15961.  Participants interested in playing in either golf flight and/or businesses and individuals looking for sponsor opportunities – which will provide recognition of their business in various local advertising media – also may email Officer Michael Zimmer at

missouricitytxpoa@gmail.com or call 281-403-5823; or contact Missouri City Councilman Floyd Emery at floydemery@sbcglobal.netor 713-562-0331. For more information about the golf course, visit golfquailvalley.com.



Celebrate Labor Day weekend with a splash of color and art for everyone during Color Your Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at Harvest Green. Learn more at harvestgreentexas.com.

The Farmhouse, 3400 Harvest Drive, will be the site for two days of free artistic activities. Event-goers can enjoy an art market and silent auction 2-5 p.m. Saturday, as well as opportunities to see artists create, a tie-dye station (bring your own t-shirt), live music, food trucks and more. Sunday is Community Coloring Day from noon.-4 p.m. where the public can sketch and color with free supplies as well as contribute to a community painting.



Fort Bend County Libraries announces the opening of “Houston in Ink,” a mini-exhibit showcasing pen-and-ink sketches by Houston-based illustrator Janice Tauro, beginning Sept. 17, on the 2nd-floor landing at George Memorial Library at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.  The exhibit is free and open to the public. It can be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call 281-342-4455.

Tauro is a self-taught artist who specializes in computer-generated art, usually in the manga/animé style. Her “Houston in Ink” series focuses on her love of Houston and the beautiful medium of ink on 4.5”x 3” pieces of canvas.  Some of the sites depicted include Rice University, Montrose Market, and Hermann Park. Other sketches capture the beautiful architecture found in the museum district and downtown Houston.


(l-r): Aaron Dobbs, vice president; Shannan Stavinoha, executive director; Honorary Chairs Diana and John Null;  Josh Pipes, board president; and Angela Parker, development director. (Photo – Mary Favre)


Parks Youth Ranch (PYR) has announced its seventh annual Cowboy Up to be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at George Ranch Historical Park. Presented by Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, the event will feature live music by the Nigel Edison Band, a BBQ dinner, dessert bar, jewelry grab by Kendra Scott and both live and silent auctions. Along with honorary chairs Diana and John Null, approximately 500 local leaders, business owners and community supporters will attend the shindig. Sponsorships for Cowboy start at $500 and general admission tickets are available for $75. Visit parksyouthranch.org/cowboyup for event details.

PYR opened its doors in 2011 to provide emergency shelter, counseling and life-changing services to at-risk and homeless youth. Located in southern Fort Bend County, PYR is a 20-bed emergency shelter that provides services to abused and neglected youth ages 7 to 17. Since opening, the shelter has provided over 40,000 nights of shelter and has served over 1,000 children.

Sponsors include Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foun­dation, Robert & Geraldine Simmer Foundation,
C & M Favre Foundation, Susie and Vernon Beyer, Patt and Dick Hogan, Nationwide-Jim Murray Agency, Veritex Community Bank, Gwen and Kolbe Curtice, Hogan Chiropractic, Gray Reed & McGraw Law Firm, Icon Bank, Nectron International, Next Level Urgent Care, Kathy and Bill Rohrbach, Pat and Brad Somers, and The Guild.

For information about ways to support Parks Youth Ranch or Cowboy Up, contact Angela Parker at aparker@parksyouthranch.org or 281-392-5794.


Members of the Fort Bend Symphony. (Photo – Susan Lynch)


The Fort Bend Symphony and Chorus focus their musical talents for the 27th season on themes of home and family, from the present to the past. All the performances are at 2 p.m. in the Stafford Centre. For tickets and more information, visit fbso.org.

Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, has compiled an exciting group of musical selections, promising a season of crowd-pleasing experiences. Julia Morsher begins her first season as FBSOC’s chorus director. Her appointment is sure to further energize this young, promising chorus, now in its third year.

The first concert on Oct. 7, “Finding Home: Reflections on Where We Belong,”  sets the stage for a season of home and family. Showcasing the concert is a world premiere of a bassoon concerto by composer Dr. Noam Faingold, performed by Dr. Lia Uribe. Also on the program are works from Brahms, Smetana, Dvorak and more.

The annual holiday concert, “Deck the Halls,” is on Dec. 2.  This year’s focus, Home for the Holidays, is a family celebration of holiday music, with familiar tunes and plenty of chances for old-fashioned caroling on the audience’s part. Symphony and chorus members will contribute items for the Handmade Market. The Katy Youth Orchestra and Katy Youth Chorus will join FBSO and FBSOC for this family afternoon, a perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

The season will also include two free concerts – the annual spring children’s concert and the annual July 4th celebration. Three intimate Cabaret evenings will also be a part of the FBSO lineup.


OakBend Medical Center’s Patchwork of Life 2018 honorees Ann and Jeff Council.


Led by event co-chairs Rachelle Kanak and Rebecca Lazarou, Patchwork of Life 2018  “Weaving the Threads of Life”  will benefit the intensive care unit at OakBend’s Jackson Street Campus and is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. at Safari Texas in the new Infinity Ballroom. The money raised will be used for renovations that will help create a warm environment that inspires healing and helps patients achieve their best possible outcomes. For  more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, go to oakbendmedcenter.org/patchwork-of-life or call 281-341-3094.

Ann and Jeff Council have been named as the 2018 honorees for OakBend Medical Center’s Patchwork of Life event. Both Ann and Jeff have devoted years of service to OakBend Medical Center.  Jeff has been on the board of director for more than 30 years and currently serves as the board president.  Ann has been an active member of the Patchwork of Life committee since its inception and was also among the honorees in the inaugural event.

“Ann and Jeff are pillars of the Fort Bend community and valued members of our OakBend family. We are thrilled to honor them at this year’s Patchwork event. We are looking forward to joining the community in celebrating Ann and Jeff at a fun event for a worthy cause,” said Joe Freudenberger, OakBend CEO.

The event will include dinner, live auction and a raffle. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase and personalize a square for the annual dedication quilt made by Pat Hebert. Pat has made a quilt for each Patchwork of Life event since 2013. New for this year, Patchwork of Life will feature a mystery pull from Kendra Scott, in partnership with the jewelry designer’s Sugar Land store.


Harvest Green in Richmond is seeking sponsors for its inaugural OutRun Hunger 5K Family Walk/Run.


Sponsorship opportunities are available for the first annual OutRun Hunger 5k Family Walk/Run, Saturday, Sept. 29, at Harvest Green. The race benefits East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry (EFBHNM), a local nonprofit that provides assistance to families and individuals during times of temporary financial crisis. Among the services offered is a food pantry.

Three sponsorship levels are available: Bronze sponsorships are $100, Silver are $300 and Gold are $500. Sponsors will receive free race entries and their company logo or family name will be printed on the race t-shirt.  For sponsorship, visit https://www.signmeup.com/reg/form/126882/registration.

Race day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a Kids Run, followed by the 5K at 9 a.m. The course will wind through Harvest Green and finish with an after-party featuring food trucks, a DJ, bouncy houses and select vendors who are sponsoring the event.

“I believe it is important to bring awareness about hunger to the community,” said Stacey Williams, community outreach coordinator for EFBHNM. “I chose a 5K because I wanted to create a fundraiser the entire family could be involved in.”  The organization hopes to raise $7,000-$10,000 through sponsorships and fees. All proceeds will help local families living in East Fort Bend County.

“At EFBHNM, 92 cents of every dollar go directly to our programs to help our clients,” Williams said. “We are excellent stewards of our money. In 2017 we served 36,835 individuals — 20,378 adults and 16,557 children. With this fundraiser we hope to continue to help all of our neighbors in need.”

Shay Shafie, general manager for Harvest Green, welcomes the opportunity to give back to the community.  “We have partnered with East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry on several occasions,” Shafie said. “And we have contributed our fresh produce to their food pantry. They are a wonderful organization and we are honored to be chosen as the site of their first 5K fundraiser.”


The Dragon Boats are coming to Brooks Lake for the 15th annual Dragon Boat Regatta.


Dragon Boat Paddlers and enthusiasts from the far corners of the world are coming to Sugar Land to celebrate and participate in the 15th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta.  This year’s event will be held Oct. 13-14 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on and around Brooks Lake. This is a colorful and spectacular event that will feature more than 50 teams competing in the time-honored sport of Dragon Boat racing.

Every year in October, Brooks Lake at the Flour Campus in Sugar Land 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. National and International Teams will be on hand to promote the tradition of dragon boating. Corporate, community, youth, breast cancer survivor and competitive teams will paddle the waters in the fastest growing water sport. This free family event has come to be known as one of the largest multicultural and team-building activities in Fort Bend County bringing over 5,000 visitors.

Dragon Boats featuring 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steersperson will be gliding along the lake paddling in unison towards the finish line. On land, the general public will be able to experience multi-cultural performances by noted performers and performance troops, enjoy the children’s activities, sample culturally diverse food choices, and view the water activities.

The Texas Dragon Boat Association (TDBA) is a Texas nonprofit corporation established to promote the tradition of dragon boating, increase awareness of Asian and Asian American culture, and embrace cross-cultural understanding. TDBA organizes the Houston Dragon Boat Festival, the Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta, San Antonio Dragon Boat Festival and other dragon boating events throughout the year.


Fort Bend County’s newest golf rookies, their siblings and parents, with Doug Earle, Executive Director, The First Tee of Greater Houston, and Sugar Land Jewels National Charity League volunteers, during a Golf Clinic at Quail Valley Country Club.


The Third Annual Golf “Fore” Autism, presented by Timewise Food Stores, the retail division of Landmark Industries, is set for Oct. 15 at Sweetwater Country Club, Sugar Land. Tee time is noon with a shotgun start. Individual ($125) or team ($500) play is available, as well as sponsorship, underwriting and volunteer opportunities. For more information, visit hopeforthree.org or call 281-245-0640.

Golf “Fore” Autism encompasses many activities with the goal of bringing awareness and raising funds for a disorder that affects 1 out of 45 school-age children. “This event is an opportunity for area corporations, organizations and supporters to fellowship, compete and enjoy a mid-afternoon filled with activities, food and fun,” said Carl Foy, Hope For Three’s development director. “Each year, our committee works hard to bring a different spark and this year, I believe they have done just that.”

Participants will have the opportunity to swing for a “Hole in One” and winning a brand-new 2018 Chevy Cruze from Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land or a luxury ride from Sterling McCall Lexus. Take a chance to win gas for a year by purchasing a $20 ticket – a $2,600 value, compliments of Timewise.

Along the fairway, golfers will come upon three different vendors who have vowed to provide a mouth-watering cultural experience. Also, the Honorable Judge Bob Hebert is back with his challenge to all city mayors, officials and representatives to take his/her best shot in support of area autism families. Underwriters include Trusted Senior Specialists, Final Expense Direct, Deep Down, Inc., Front Row Signs and Off the Vine Bistro.



The Lake Olympia Garden Club meets at 9 a.m. the third Friday of the month from September through April at Lake Olympia Club House.

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 more information, contact  Jo Ann Keene at keeneellie@att.net  or 281-438-2174.


(L-R): Dr. Thomas Randle, Superintendent, Lamar Consolidated ISD and chair, P-16 Council and Katina Scott, MBA, executive director, P16 Council.


The Fort Bend P-16 Regional Council will host its 5th annual Best Practices Math Summit for teachers in Fort Bend County at the University of Houston – Sugar Land on Oct. 20 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For additional details and sponsorship opportunities email scottk@wcjc.edu or call 832-842-2922. Robert Kaplisky, an inspiring math educator/motivator with a national following, will be the event’s featured speaker.



Fort Bend County Libraries will host a Health and Disability Fair on Friday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Meeting Room at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. This come-and-go event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455.

Representatives from a variety of organizations will be available to hand out information and answer questions about health-related topics, preventative healthcare, safety and mobility issues, and community resources.

Visit with professionals from Fort Bend County’s Community Health, Transportation, and Emergency Management departments; Texas State Library’s Talking Books Department; the Social Security Administration; Texas Veterans Commission and Fort Bend County Veterans Affairs; Arc of Fort Bend; Captel Captioned Telephones; Nightlight Pediatric; and Rosenberg Senior Center.

Andrew Hardwick, a Metropolitan Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, will present a “Social Security 101” workshop on Friday, Sept. 14, beginning at 2:30 p.m., also in the Meeting Room. This presentation is free and open to the public. People aged 60 to 65, as well as their family members and caregivers, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 281-342-4455.

Those attending this workshop may want to set up a “my Social Security” account online atsocialsecurity.gov/myaccount and print out a Social Security Statement before arriving at the class so that Hardwick may address any questions they have.


Several Cullinan Park Conservancy board members and staff convened to prepare for the second annual Picnic For the Park. (L-R): Betty Baitland, Gary Tuma, Nancy Olson, Susie Goff, Angie Wierzbicki and Gay Thompson.
Photo staging by Diane Amundson, Festivities Turn Key Events. (Photo – Mary Favre)


The second annual Picnic for the Park benefiting Cullinan Park Conservancy will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, from11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the River Pointe Church Auditorium, 5000 Ransom Rd. in Richmond.  Get tickets at cullinanparkconservancy.org/picnic-for-the-park. Individual tickets are $75 and seats are at designated tables in the auditorium. Bleacher tickets are $50 and ticket holders will enjoy their lunch and the presentation on the bleachers in the auditorium. Sponsorships for Picnic for the Park start at $500.  For sponsorship  information, email cullinanparkconservancy@gmail.comor call Executive Director Angie Wierzbicki at 281-616-7860 for more information.

Guests will hear stories from keynote speaker  Mike Matson, a world adventurer who holds two Guinness World Records for skippering a three-man rowboat over 3,200 miles across the Atlantic.

The photography contest is back, underwritten again by Johnson Development, and winners will be revealed at the luncheon.  Guests also will help honor the 2018 Nina Cullinan Outstanding Citizen, Ann Hamilton. Ann is past president and emeritus director of Cullinan Park Conservancy and has been instrumental in building the Conservancy and its partnerships since the organization’s inception.


Flu Shot Toy Drive volunteers.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land, 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. 20 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 the Main Pavilion lobby of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital between 8 a.m.-noon. The toys and clothing will benefit local children in the Fort Bend area. For more information, visit events.houstonmethodist.org/flushot-sl or call 281-274-7910. No appointment is necessary.

“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 2017, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to nearly 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 Judge Rick Bell, chairman of Santa’s Exchange 2018.

“We look forward to partnering with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for a ninth year. This is a great collaboration; get a flu shot and in return you are able to give back to the children in your community,” said Bell, a third-year member of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land.

The flu kills as many as 20,000 people a year. The vaccine is indicated for active immunization for the prevention of influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and B. Vaccination with the flu vaccine may not protect all people who receive the vaccine. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will distribute a limited supply of the influenza vaccine to persons age 18 and over with no history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome or rubber latex allergy. If you are pregnant, please talk with your obstetrician-gynecologist about your flu shot.



The Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 TX-36, Building C, in Rosenberg is the place to be on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. when the Central Fort Bend Chamber hosts its free Business Expo. For sponsorship details and information about participating, visit cfbca.org or cal 281-342-5464.

The event is open to the public with sponsorship, exhibition booth space and advertising opportunities. Sponsorships range from $500-$2,000. Booth spaces run $125 to $225.  Chamber members may participate as “Bakeries, Caterers and Restaurants” and Expo program advertising space is available for $50.



The Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation (SLCAF) will host the 100-year anniversary of the Sugar Land Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive, will be the venue for a day of fun activities and free performances. Attendees will be entertained through a variety of musical acts, talks, demonstrations and participatory activities that will educate the public about the history of the auditorium, the history of Sugar Land, and the history of America in 1918. There will also be food, refreshments and an Ice Cream Social with celebrity scoopers. For more information, visit slcaf.org.

The SLCAF is a nonprofit arts organization, founded in 1999, to promote the cultural, performing and visual arts in Sugar Land, and preserve, renovate and restore the historic Sugar Land Auditorium. SLCAF advocates, supports and promotes the cultural arts through programs, initiatives and partnerships including the City of Sugar Land, Fort Bend Independent School District, Houston Endowment, Inc., the George Foundation and the Sugar Land Heritage Society.



Catholic Charities Mamie George Community Center offers daily complimentary hot meals to Fort Bend 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, located at 1111 Collins Road in Richmond. For more information, call 281-202-6200.

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