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Living the Sweet Life in Katy

| May 1, 2016
Living the Sweet Life in Katy

Success Of Momma Made It Cookies A Delicious Achievement By Judy Latta That delightful aroma wafting from Jessica Ringley’s kitchen is the sweet smell of success. Jessica runs her family business, Momma Made It cookies, out of her home in the idyllic community of Firethorne. She is in charge of production, baking scrumptious cookies and […]

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Meet the Janczaks

| April 1, 2016
Meet the Janczaks

  Katy Couple Devoted to Helping Area Youths Achieve Their Dreams By Judy Latta Photo By Kevin Douglas West Jim and Crystal Janczak, Katy ISD employees, are both passionate about their work supporting area youths to realize their potential and pursue their dreams. He is in his 28th year with the district, 12th year as […]

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Bayou City Art Festival’s Featured Artist Brings an Upbeat, Colorful Vibe

| April 1, 2016
Bayou City Art Festival’s Featured Artist Brings an Upbeat, Colorful Vibe

April Murphy Uses Color And Whimsy To Create Joy For years, April Murphy, who is this year’s featured artist at Houston’s prestigious and fun Bayou City Art Festival (BCAF), made a solid living as a artist doing marketing and graphic design for a local bank. In January 2009 that bank was bought by BBBA, and […]

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‘Lend-a-Book / Give-a-Book’ Program Comes to Katy/Fulshear

| April 1, 2016
‘Lend-a-Book / Give-a-Book’ Program Comes to Katy/Fulshear

Firethorne Launches First-Ever Little Free Library Firethorne resident Meg Glenn is a former English teacher whose life-long passion for instilling the love of reading books into the minds of children has opened a new chapter in her life. Though she officially retired from the Katy ISD classroom in 2013, she now dedicates herself to placing […]

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Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Brings Horses and Riders Together with Their Fans

| March 1, 2016
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Brings Horses and Riders Together with Their Fans

Horse Show And Charitable Event Also Gives Lifelong Meaning To Its Participants By Mara Soloway More than 1,000 horses – Andalusians, Lusitanos and American Saddlebreds, as well as hunters and jumpers – are set to compete in Week I of the annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. During Week II, 1,000 hunters and jumpers fill […]

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Kevin Douglas West’s Photos from Cuba to be Shown at KCAM Exhibit

| March 1, 2016
Kevin Douglas West’s Photos from Cuba to be Shown at KCAM Exhibit

  Katy Resident Finds Vibrant Life Beyond The Stereotypes By Mara Soloway Kevin Douglas West finds inspiration – and the best photo opportunities – in places that are off the beaten path. Tequila Mexico. Cuba. Big Bend in West Texas. “I like to go to places that other people don’t go to and tell the […]

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Run for the Rose, April 10

| March 1, 2016
Run for the Rose, April 10

          Brain cancer will once again meet its match on Sunday, April 10 at NRG Park in Houston as patients, supporters and family members converge for the 14th Annual Run for the Rose. Sponsored by the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation (DMRF), the event raises awareness and funds benefiting The University of […]

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Chuck Hipsher Takes Bold Artistic Steps

| February 1, 2016
Chuck Hipsher Takes Bold Artistic Steps

Katy Artist Has First Museum Show At KCAM Through Feb. 28 Art images photographed by Kelly Hipsher / Text and other images by Mara Soloway Small canvases don’t work well anymore for abstract painter Chuck Hipsher, 56. With the way he throws his whole body – make that his whole self – into his art, […]

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Cupid Keeps Love Alive

| February 1, 2016
Cupid Keeps Love Alive

Romance is in the air! Local sweethearts share inspiring stories… and tips on keeping true love alive! As the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, “I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” This Valentine’s Day sentiment is exemplified by four remarkable couples, each with […]

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2015 AIA Houston Home Tour

| February 1, 2016
2015 AIA Houston Home Tour

Highlighting excellence, quality craftsmanship, innovation and sustainability Text by Cheryl Alexander and Tina Zulu Photography by Benjamin Hill The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston recently held its 2015 Annual Home Tour featuring nine area homes that represent the finest in new residential architecture as selected by a jury of experts. The two-day, self-guided tour was […]

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Missouri City’s Country Star Savannah Berry

| January 1, 2016
Missouri City’s Country Star Savannah Berry

Talented Savannah Berry Is Finding Success In Her Music Career By Michelle Johnson Savannah Berry was introduced to the world when she took a spot on Blake Shelton’s team on season four of The Voice.

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Meet Major Dodson of The Walking Dead

| January 1, 2016
Meet Major Dodson of The Walking Dead

Twelve-year-old Houstonian is an actor on the rise By Judy Latta Major Dodson is living a young performer’s dream, following in a long line of gifted child actors from Texas who hit it big in Hollywood. At the age of 12, the adorable Major co-stars in AMC’s international smash hit series The Walking Dead as […]

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Katy YMCA Turkey Dash Raises $205,000

| January 1, 2016
Katy YMCA Turkey Dash Raises $205,000

13th annual event attracts 6,000 on Thanksgiving morning Attracting serious runners to recreational walkers and families, benefitting the YMCA Annual Campaign, the Turkey Dash annually brings community spirit to Katy. This year’s 13th annual event attracted almost 6,000 participants on Thanksgiving morning. “The Turkey Dash has grown to be more than a race. It’s become […]

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Nutcracker Collection Fills Home with Memories

| December 1, 2015
Nutcracker Collection Fills Home  with Memories

Brenda Hatfield’s Collection Ranges From Religion To Cultural Icons, From Personal Sentiment To Sports By Mara Soloway / Photos by Amanda White When Brenda Hatfield of The Woodlands went nuts over nutcrackers, she went all in: at last count, she has 150 collected over the last 27 years or so. It’s been an adventure, finding them at […]

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KCAM Launches The Texas Big 10 for Art Competition

| December 1, 2015
KCAM Launches The Texas Big 10 for Art Competition

Inaugural Event Accepting Entries Through Dec. 31 Katy Contemporary Arts Museum (KCAM) has announced the launch of the Texas Big 10 for Art Comp­etition, which features unique submission guidelines, substantial prizes, a week of events and more for artists and writers based in the Lone Star State. A project led by the vision of Museum […]

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Fort Bend County Captured
in Photo Contest

| November 1, 2015
Fort Bend County Captured </br>in Photo Contest

Images By Amateur Photographers Show Favorite County Scenes By Mara Soloway More than 50 amateur photographers of all skill levels focused their eyes and their camera lenses to answer the call for Fort Bend Libraries’ “Capture Fort Bend County” photography contest. Color or black-and-white entries were submitted at Fort Bend County libraries between Aug. 1-15. […]

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KCAM Adds Deconstruction Beauty at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair

| November 1, 2015
KCAM  Adds Deconstruction Beauty at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair

Launches Texas Big 10 For Art Competition The Houston contemporary arts scene was in full swing at the recent Texas Contemporary Art Fair, which took place at the George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 1-4. With the support of the Houston community and the city’s galleries and institutions, the fair returned to the convention center […]

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Community Sculpture to be Featured at Houston Fine Art Fair

| September 1, 2015
Community Sculpture to be Featured at Houston Fine Art Fair

Katy Contemporary Arts Museum Comes Full Circle With Collaborative Reuse Sculpture Project By Mara Soloway When the Houston Fine Art Fair takes place at NRG Center on Sept. 9 – 12, an installation called Pieces of Texas being created by the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum (KCAM) will share the main installation space along with some […]

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Larger-Than-Life Waterfowl Join Flock Along I-10 in Katy

| September 1, 2015
Larger-Than-Life Waterfowl Join Flock Along I-10 in Katy

Houston Sculptor Edd Hayes Creates Monumental Outdoor Artworks By Melanie Saxton Edd Hayes is famous for his sculptures, all dispersed around the globe from Japan to Puerto Rico to right here in the U.S. If you’ve ever passed through The Woodlands, chances are you’ve seen his life-size herd of 30 bucks, does and fawns that […]

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The Mural Project

| September 1, 2015
The Mural Project

Bringing Houston Arts To CITYCENTRE By Elizabeth Anthony Typically when Houstonians think about growth and construction, unsightly images of debris, huge cranes and construction equipment and horrific traffic jams come to mind. As well, few Houstonians consider traveling outside the loop to experience art and cultural events. However, with its mission of “Bringing Houston Arts […]

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A Creek Runs Through It

| September 1, 2015
A Creek Runs Through It

Long-Awaited Book Documents The History Of Katy Settlers coming to the Katy area in the mid-1800s found a cane-filled creek on the vast coastal prairie. The area became known as Cane Island (see more about that on page 96.) When the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad laid tracks in the 1890s, a stop 30 miles west of […]

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Wild West Brewfest 2015 Set Record for Charitable Contributions

| September 1, 2015
Wild West Brewfest 2015 Set Record  for Charitable Contributions

Numerous Katy-Area Nonprofits And Other Groups Benefit From Generosity Wild West Brewfest 2015 crossed the 6,000-guest mark, almost doubling its 2014 attendance of 3314, and it netted more than $113,000 in funds that are going toward charitable causes. According to David Loesch, chairman of the Wild West Brewfest, the event is staffed 100 percent by […]

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Pièces de Résistance, the art of collecting art

| August 1, 2015
Pièces de Résistance, the art of collecting art

The art of collecting art By Cheryl Alexander Photos by Gary Huff Photography Typically when I have the opportunity to write about art, the articles spotlight artists and their work, and during the interview we will discuss their passion, their training, their style, their evolution. This time, however, my assignment was to interview David Horn, […]

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BMW of West Houston Grand Opening

| August 1, 2015
BMW of West Houston Grand Opening

Katy state-of-the-art facility opening event benefited Houston Children’s Charity B MW of West Houston celebrated its grand opening in June in high style as artists, acrobats and performers entertained hundreds of guests who, despite Tropical Storm Bill’s impending appearance, enjoyed a memorable night of style and elegance. The crowd sipped champagne and craft cocktails, enjoyed gourmet […]

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Katy Teen on the Rise in the Music World

| August 1, 2015
Katy Teen on the Rise in the Music World

Sydney Bryant is passionate about songwriting and performing Sydney Bryant is already an accomplished singer/songwriter at the age of 15. The Seven Lakes High School student has amassed an impressive catalog of original songs for piano and guitar, both of which she plays to accompany her vocals. With the great range of her rich alto […]

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