Destination: U.S. Virgin Islands Destination: U.S. Virgin Islands

Rich History, Diverse Activities And Picturesque Beaches Close To Home
By Cheryl Alexander
Year-round warm temperatures (77°F /winter; 82°F /summer), sugar white sand beaches, ease of travel and a variety of accommodations, culinary experiences and land/sea adventures …

MEMORABLE WEDDINGS – Melissa & Ben MEMORABLE WEDDINGS – Melissa & Ben

Text by Melanie Saxton Photos by A Sea of Love Photography
Melissa Murphy grew up in Fort Bend, and Benjamin Livingston grew up in Midland. They met when a fortuitous turn of events landed them both …

Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh August 2016 Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh August 2016

Wow, it’s hard to believe that this summer is almost a wrap! I hope you’ve all enjoyed your time with friends and family. Send in photos of your vacation and/or get-togethers to be featured in an upcoming issue of Scene in the Bend! Please be sure to send photos original size (do not reduce for email) and include the names of all people.

Fashion – Celebrate Red, White, & Blue – August 2016 Fashion –  Celebrate Red, White, & Blue – August 2016

TORY BURCH– Britten Patchwork Shoulder bag in shades of blue. neimanmarcus.com

Business in Fort Bend August 2016 Business in Fort Bend August 2016

HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND NEUROLOGY ASSOCIATES WELCOMES RONY NINAN, M.D.
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates welcomes Rony Ninan, M.D., to the practice, effective July 11.
Ninan joins the practice from the University of Texas Health Science …

Outstanding Bath Designers Outstanding Bath Designers

Winning Baths And Powder Rooms Make A Splash At NKBA
The winners of this year’s National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) design competiton show a steady stream of imaginative design solutions for challenges that included a badly …

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori – Decorating with Family Heirlooms Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori –  Decorating with Family Heirlooms

By Lori Verderame
Let Them Make A Statement
An abundance of home makeover TV shows and blogs exist about redecorating, redesigning and reconsidering the objects with which we live. Antiques and family heirlooms are front and center …

FBCA Students Debut Art Exhibit at Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center FBCA Students Debut Art Exhibit at Fort  Bend Children’s Discovery Center

Inaugural Exhibit Runs Through Aug. 28
An impressive collection of art by the students of Fort Bend Christian Academy (FBCA) is now on display through August 28 at the all-new Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center where …

Student Athletes Compete at Elite International Level Student Athletes Compete at Elite International Level

 
Champion Allison And Jayson Baldridge Are In The Running For Track And Field Prominence
By Mara Soloway
While most high school athletes don’t get much opportunity to be international goodwill ambassadors, George Ranch High School seniors Champion …

A Picture Perfect Smile A Picture Perfect Smile

The secret to attractiveness at any age
It’s no secret that we only have one chance to make a lasting first impression, which can often shape how we are perceived and remembered in both our social …

Around The Bend August 2016 Around The Bend August 2016

HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL HOSTS NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY LUNCH
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital joined nearly 14 million American cancer survivors in the annual celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day. Also recognized were the …

Manage Mosquitoes While Enjoying the Great Outdoors Manage Mosquitoes While Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Protect Yourself With These Recommendations
By Melinda Myers
Don’t let disease-carrying mosquitoes keep you indoors this summer. Instead, employ these eight tips to protect yourself and manage these pests in your yard.

Do a bit of yard …

Historically Fort Bend:
Victorian Mourning Customs
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Victorian Mourning Customs

Victorians were fond of rules and rituals, especially in social occasions and for lifetime events such as weddings and funerals. Elaborate mourning customs were the etiquette of the day, especially after the death of Prince …

Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools,
Sports, and Students August 2016
Fort Bend & Sugar Land Schools, <br>Sports, and Students August 2016</br>

FORT BEND EDUCATION FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS
At its 2016 Grant Awards Program, the Fort Bend Education Foundation presented Fort Bend ISD with a check for nearly $460,000 to fund Grants for Teachers and Schools, Professional Development …

Discoveries August 2016 Discoveries August 2016

ANIMAL SCULPTURES
These interesting sculptures are conversation starters. The Largemouth Bass Fish with Stand stands 13” high and is 21” long. The Bulldog Silver Leaf sculpture makes a glamorous pet. It stands 16” high and …

Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs Eight Tips to Save on Summer Cooling Costs

AIR CONDITIONING ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN HALF THE ENERGY USE IN U.S. HOMES
By Andrea Woroch
Americans are feeling the heat in their electricity bills. Unfortunately, this sizzling financial sensation isn’t expected to cool down any …

The Surprising Benefits of Mangos The Surprising Benefits of Mangos

If summertime brings visions of fresh fruity flavors to mind, remember that what you eat has an impact on the health and beauty of your skin. Choose your fruit wisely and enjoy the bonus benefits …

Book Reviews August 2016 Book Reviews August 2016

FEEL GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY
Robert Flatt,a Houston-based photographer and Rice University professor, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1999 and left his corporate oil and gas career to enroll in photography classes at Rice to pursue his …

A Wrap-Up of Winning Wines A Wrap-Up of Winning Wines

Short And Sweet Reports On Recent Tastings
Tasting around 150 wines per month, and only having a two-page column, I occasionally fall behind, and the only way to report on all the great values from recent …

Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Sonata Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Sonata

 
Mazda CX-5 | Starting price: $21,800
Mazda’s M.O. is to infuse sports-car spirit into everything it builds. The CX-5 is no exception. This compact SUV remains at the top of its game among competitors like the …

Nestled in the Woods Nestled in the Woods

Beautiful home was worth the wait
As the saying goes, “The longer it takes, the longer it lasts.” And if that is the case, then the Williams’ home will be around for quite a while. Married …

Beckendorff Farms Provides a History-Filled Environment for Social Occasions Beckendorff Farms Provides a History-Filled Environment for Social Occasions

Stacey and Blake Beckendorff’s structure is steeped in character
Text by Mara Soloway  |   Photos by Kevin Douglas West
In 2013, Blake and Stacey Beckendorff took several personal and professional leaps of faith. They got married, …

Creative Aging at Mamie George Community Center Creative Aging at Mamie George Community Center

Living Arts program supports better aging, better health and a better life for seniors in Fort Bend County
The energy in the art room at the Mamie George Community Center (MGCC) is effervescent and palpable. The …

Impact A Hero Holds Its 12th Annual Hall of Fame Gala Dinner Impact A Hero Holds Its 12th Annual Hall of Fame Gala Dinner

Severely wounded heroes and family members were honored
Co-founder Jim Hoelker and Gala Chair Megan Harper were on hand as Impact A Hero presented its 12th Annual Impact A Hero Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, Diamonds …

Fort Bend Citizen Earns YMCA’s David D. Allen Memorial Award Fort Bend Citizen Earns YMCA’s David D. Allen Memorial Award

Mike Flory has helped secure nearly $1 million in donations and sponsorships for Y programs
Each year, the YMCA of Greater Houston recognizes the outstanding service of a volunteer who exemplifies the highest ideals of the …