Happenings February 2018

| February 1, 2018

2018 Road Trip Committee members (l-r): Lisa Key, Karen Nemesi (Hippie Chick), Robbin Mallett, Cheryl Brown, Sandra Lowe, Gail McClendon, Terri Nieser (Madonna), Karen Lonsway, Angela Mason, Terri Sitter, Tricia Rostek, Executive Director Angel Tapia, Nancy Colmenares, Norma Wirkowski, (Helen Gaffney & Mel Tong in car), Ali Burrows (Pink Lady), Ann Edgar, Patty Ward, Kim Icenhower, Lisa Short, Sue O’Hara, Sandy Starr and Eileen Scamardo surround a gorgeous 1965 AC Cobra owned by Stan and Andrea Tripp of Sugar Land.

2018 Road Trip Committee members (l-r): Lisa Key, Karen Nemesi (Hippie Chick), Robbin Mallett, Cheryl Brown, Sandra Lowe, Gail McClendon, Terri Nieser (Madonna), Karen Lonsway, Angela Mason, Terri Sitter, Tricia Rostek, Executive Director Angel Tapia, Nancy Colmenares, Norma Wirkowski, (Helen Gaffney & Mel Tong in car), Ali Burrows (Pink Lady), Ann Edgar, Patty Ward, Kim Icenhower, Lisa Short, Sue O’Hara, Sandy Starr and Eileen Scamardo surround a gorgeous 1965 AC Cobra owned by Stan and Andrea Tripp of Sugar Land.

Fort Bend Cares 13th Annual Road Trip Through The Decades, Feb. 3

Fort Bend Cares’ 13th Annual Road Trip fundraiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Money raised from this fun “Road Trip Through the Decades” will support nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County.

Join sponsors Fluor, Rice Gardner and Schlum­berger for a fun night featuring favorite dishes from popular local restaurants, roaming entertainment, a casino, live and silent auctions, raffle, wine and spirits pull, photo station and more.

The event space, graciously donated by Fluor in Sugar Land, will capture highlights of American pop culture from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. The night will have something for everyone, whether you are a Fifties fanatic, stuck in the Sixties, a Seventies disco queen or an Eighties rocker.

“Road Trip will be a blast this year,” said event Co-Chair Karen Nemesi. “You can dress casual or get groovy and wear an outfit from your favorite decade. We’ll have food from top area restaurants, live music by Shark Bait and some amazing auction items up for grabs. So bring your friends and enjoy a journey through the decades for a great cause.”

Sponsorships are available ranging from $1,000 to $15,000. Individual tickets are $75 and $50 for young professionals aged 35 and under, if purchased by Jan. 19. Ticket prices increase to $85 and $60 respectively after Jan. 19. For more information or to become a sponsor, call 832-819-2005, email angel@fortbendcares.org or visit fortbendcares.org.

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Nottingham Country Garden Club, Feb. 1

Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Dinah Weems at its upcoming meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1. Weems will be speaking on the topic Bayou Bend/Miss Ima Hogg – Great Texan Collector. This presentation will provide a history of Miss Hogg, Bayou Bend, and some highlights in the collection.

Meet and greet begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program will start at 10 a.m., followed by the NCGC meeting. Join the group at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive in Katy.

All people interested in gardening and gardening related areas from West Houston and the Katy area are welcome to join. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to the group.

NCGC is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Houston Federation of Garden Clubs, the Texas Garden Clubs and the National Federation of Garden Clubs. The purpose of the club is to promote beautification in the community, support local and national education and charitable organizations and educate the community about the environment. Donations from the NCGC are funded by the annual Spring Sale and projects that vary each year. For more information, visit ncgctx.org.

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InHouston-Katy Professional Premier Business Network Mixer, Third Tuesday

InHouston-Katy Professional Premier Business Network mixers are held the third Tuesday of the month from 4-7 p.m. at Texas Borders Bar & Grill, 20940 Katy Fwy in Katy. A large number of business owners, investors, realtors, executives, marketing professionals, individuals and others attend this event for business professional mixing and social networking. The event is free, and there are drink specials. For more information, call 281-392-3034.

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Katy Half Marathon Run/Walk 5k, 1k, Feb. 3

Run with the 2018 Team Katy ISD Education Foundation during the Katy Half Marathon, 5k or Kids 1k event on Feb. 3, and raise money for teacher grants.

The race will start at Katy Mills Mall, 5000 Katy Mills Cir. The half marathon is scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m., followed by the 5k at 7:45 and the Kids 1k at 9:30 a.m. To register, go to katyisdeducationfoundation.org/Pages/Reason2Race.aspx

Go to my.reason2race.com/cause/KatyISDEducationFounda­tion to join the Education Foundation team. Once you are on the R2R page, click on the red box labeled “Jointeam” and enter your information to set up your page; click on “Create Account,” and in the description box, enter your story. Then, Share the link to your page with family and friends for support.

For each mile you run, you can raise funds to help fund books, robots, art supplies and more. With your help, this can be a fun and productive event that helps Katy ISD teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students.

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Multi-Platinum Hit Duo Big & Rich To Headline Houston’s Karbach Cookoff Benefit Concert, Feb. 10

Big & Rich will perform at the Karbach Cookoff in the heart of East Downtown Houston on Feb. 10. The Karbach Cookoff is one of the biggest charity events of the year, and 100 percent of the profits support the Houston Fire Department and local area firefighters. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/karbach-cookoff-tickets-37131567518

Individually, John Rich and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world, with their one-of-a-kind vocal blend and musical styles drawing fans from all genres and ages. Some of their hit songs include Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy; 8th of November; Look At You; Lost in this Moment; Run Away with You; Lovin’ Lately and Comin’ to Your City.

The recently released Did It For The Party has brought Big & Rich’s music to a whole new place. After the success of their first single, California, Big & Rich have shown fans both upbeat anthems like Congratulations (You’re A Rockstar) and No Sleep, while also showing their softer side with the heartfelt tribute to their sons, My Son, featuring The Isaacs.

Known for high-energy shows and thrilling crowds across the country, Big & Rich are America’s technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Through­out the tragedies and heartbreak they have witnessed this year, Big & Rich may have done it for the party, but above all they have done it for the fans.

To learn more, visit bigandrich.com.

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Frank Stella, Euphonia (Catwalk View 2), UHS Public Art. (Photo – Morris Malakoff, the CKP Group)

Frank Stella, Euphonia (Catwalk View 2), UHS Public Art. (Photo – Morris Malakoff, the CKP Group)

Public Art Of The University Of Houston System Hosts “An Evening With Frank Stella,” Feb. 9

Public Art of the University of Houston System and program chair Judy Nyquist invite the public to attend “An Evening with Frank Stella” at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. Stella is one of the most highly regarded post-war American artists working today.

Moores Opera House is the site of Stella’s Euphonia, a mural commission completed in 1997. This immersive artwork – the largest in the UHS Public Art collection – spans three areas: the 100-foot-long barrel-vaulted ceiling of the lobby, a large-scale triptych on the mezzanine level and the catwalk inside the opera house. The collage of abstracted imagery and patterns is an exuberant celebration of color and rhythm. The program celebrates the 20th anniversary of the work’s completion.

Following an introduction by Michael Guidry, curator of Public Art, Stella will discuss his work and the role of art in public places with Alison de Lima Greene, the Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rick Lowe, faculty member at the UH Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts and founder of Project Row Houses.

At noon on Friday, Feb. 2, Stella’s Euphonia will be the focus of a Public Art tour led by Guidry. The tour is free and open to the public.

“An Evening with Frank Stella” is first of several planned programs leading up to the celebration of the Public Art collection’s 50th anniversary in 2019. Highlights include temporary art installations, lectures, walking tours and other public engagements. Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required. For additional information and to RSVP, visit uhouston.imodules.com/StellaPublicArt

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The Ballard House Sporting Clay Tournament, Feb. 24

The Ballard House will be having its annual Sporting Clay Tournament Fundraiser at the Westside Sporting Grounds in Brookshire on Saturday, Feb. 24.

“This is an important time in the life of our organization after being affected by Hurricane Harvey,” Executive Director Kathy Alt said. “The Ballard House is still rebuilding and will reopen soon and be even bigger and better than before due to all the hard work of our volunteers and people in the greater Katy area.”

The Sporting Clay Tournament is tremendous in helping to raise the necessary operational funds to keep the doors open at The Ballard House. Teams compete with their shooting skills for fun and fundraising to benefit this great cause. Teams and individuals can register at theballardhouse.org or by calling 281-804-8414. Sporting activities are planned throughout the day with the tournament starting at 9 a.m. and concluding with lunch and a program.

The Ballard House provides a safe, family-friendly environment and home-away-from-home for those undergoing life-threatening illnesses and treatment in the Houston area; all at no-cost. Patients come to The Ballard House from all over the United States and world. For more information, contact Mary Raines at 281-804-8414 or mary.raines@att.net.

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Cinco Ranch Branch Library, February Programs

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy, presents a variety of free children’s programs, adult computer classes, book clubs, and special programs for people of all ages each month. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311. The February schedule includes the following:

“Mastering the College-Application Essay” – Saturday, Feb. 11, 2-3 p.m., Meeting Room. Dr. Jill Martiniuk, a university professor and college consultant, will talk about how to complete a college-application essay that will reflect the student’s achievements and make their submission truly stand out. Hear about different approaches, expectations from the university, and common mistakes to avoid.

“College Fair” – Thursday, Feb. 16, 7-8:30 p.m., Meeting Room. Representatives from colleges and universities will be on hand to share information about their programs with current high school students and their parents or guardians. Students will have the opportunity to learn about educational opportunities available at the colleges, as well as admission requirements, financial aid, student housing, and more.

“Classical Music of India” – Saturday, Feb. 18, 2-3 p.m., Meeting Room. Members of the Indian Music Society of Houston will perform classical Indian music on the sitar, tabla and flute.

“Bonsai Basics” – Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m., Meeting Room. Pete Parker, a member of the Houston Bonsai Society, will discuss fundamentals of the ancient art of bonsai. Get tips on how to get started with this Asian gardening technique, where to buy materials in the Houston area, and what resources are available for information on creating and maintaining bonsai.

Family Reading Club, through March 3 – This six-week program is designed to encourage families to read, learn, and have fun together. Families participate by reading books and completing optional “challenges” that can be done at home. A single registration is required for each participating family. An adult (parent or guardian) is asked to register the family online at fortbend.lib.tx.us and click on the “Family Reading Club Sign-Up” image. Families may also register at one of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system. Upon registering, families will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time. There is no charge to join.

Cinco Ranch Night Readers – Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m in the Conference Classroom. The book to be discussed is Best Boy, written by Eli Gottlieb.

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The event is named for Graeme McDaniel, a child who lost his battle with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

The event is named for Graeme McDaniel, a child who lost his battle with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

Third Annual Graeme’s Run Benefit In Katy, Feb. 10

The Third Annual Graeme’s Run, benefiting The Children’s Heart Foundation, is set for Saturday, Feb. 10. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run/1 mile walk starts at 9 a.m. at No Label Brewery, 5351 1st Street in Katy.

Last year, more than 1,200 people celebrated with Robby and Stephanie McDaniel (Graeme’s Dad and Mom and event organizers) at the run. This year, they are hoping for an even larger turnout. Last year, the event raised upwards of $60,000 for The Children’s Heart Foundation and put toward a research project that is attempting to use stem cells to help children with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (kids with one functioning ventricle) to live normal lives without having to have the same three heart surgeries that were planned for Graeme, the McDaniel’s son for whom the event is named.

Activities will include The Righteous Cause Band and Chris Boise, Bounce Houses from All Around Bounce, raffles and door prizes, face painting, balloon animals, photography by Haven Photography and Mama Bear Photography, and food trucks (Truck on the Bayou, It’s A Wrap, Frosted Betty, Curbside Sliderz, Cousins Maine Lobster, and more).

Register by Jan. 29 at graemessuperheroes.org/register to receive a run shirt.

To become a sponsor for this year’s run or to donate a raffle item, go to graemessuperheros.org/sponsors

Visit graemessuperheroes.org to learn more.

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Annual Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show At Berry Center, Feb. 17-18

More than 200 home improvement professionals will be on hand to offer advice and solutions to homeowners at the annual Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show on Feb. 17-18 at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road in Cypress. Transform your house into a dream home with the latest products and fresh ideas at the show. “Sometimes a small improvement to a home or yard can make all the difference,” said Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows, Inc. and producer of the event.

Dr. Lori Verderame will present her highly popular Dr. Lori’s Antique Appraisals Comedy Show twice taily, at noon and 2 p.m. She is the star appraiser on the History Channel’s hit show, The Curse of Oak Island. Other featured experts on the Cy -Fair Lifestyles & Homes Ideas Stage include gardening guru Randy Lemmon, host of radio KTRH’s GardenLine; Houston Chronicle architecture and home design writer Diane Cowen; certified professional organizer Judson Crowder; window fashions expert Mary Scalli; color consultants from Sherwin-Williams on color trends, and more. Belgard Outdoor Living will have a semi-truck full of ideas onsite, and there also will be food trucks available.

Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. -6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for kids 12 and under. Parking is free. Show information is available at 832-274-3944 and the website CyFairHomeandGarden.com, where a downloadable coupon for $2 off show admission is also available.

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Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, February Programs

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear, presents a variety of free children’s programs, adult computer classes, book clubs, and special programs for people of all ages each month. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675. The February schedule includes the following:

Family Reading Club, through March 3 – This six-week program is designed to encourage families to read, learn, and have fun together. Families participate by reading books and completing optional “challenges” that can be done at home. A single registration is required for each participating family. An adult (parent or guardian) is asked to register the family online at fortbend.lib.tx.us and click on the “Family Reading Club Sign-Up” image. Families may also register at one of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system. Upon registering, families will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time. There is no charge to join.

Income-Tax-Preparation Assistance – Fridays, 1-4 p.m.; Meeting Room. Representatives from the AARP will provide free income-tax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers. Patrons should bring the following information to the session if possible: photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, spouse, and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s, and any other compensation received in 2017; unemployment compensation statements; and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return. This service is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Inaugural Reign Over Cancer Walk Comes To Cane Island, Feb. 25

The GEST Foundation, founded by Katy residents Michelle and Aaron Perzan to raise funds for those undergoing cancer treatment, will host the inaugural Reign Over Cancer Walk on Sunday, Feb. 25 in the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island.

The one-mile walk will begin in the Cane Island Amenity Village, 2100 Cane Island Parkway, starting at 2 p.m. followed by free food and drinks, kids’ games, and family-friendly activities. Event day registration and packet pickup will begin at 12:45 p.m.

To register, go to gestfoundation.org. Registration is $30 for walkers ages 13 and up through Feb. 24 and increases to $35 on event day. Registration for walkers ages 4-12 is $20 through event day. Walkers under the age of 4 are free. Registration fee includes entry to the walk, admission to the after-party, and event t-shirt. Virtual Walker registrations are available for those who can’t attend but still wish to support the GEST Foundation and its mission. Sponsorships also are available.

Funds raised by the GEST Foundation provide grants to cancer patients to purchase services while recovering from surgery, including grocery delivery, transportation to and from post-op medical appointments and treatments, and personal caregivers to assist with daily activities.

Founder Michelle Perzan created GEST Foundation, Inc. in honor of her mother Gemma (G), father Elmer and grandmother Elsie (E), and brother Steven (S), who all died from various types of cancer. The “T” in GEST represents Michelle’s maiden name, Trakalo.

A breast cancer survivor, Michelle is the author of Strength in My Storm: Faith and Breast Cancer.

To reach Cane Island, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10. Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway directly into the community of new homes.

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Old Town Katy Market Days, Third Saturdays, March – December

Old Town Katy Market Days has been steadily growing since it was established in 2001. Each month features local produce, free range eggs, local honey and organic, beef, chicken and lamb all raised locally. Farmers are encouraged to bring extra produce to sell to the community. Market Days is held every third Saturday of each month, March through December, between 2nd Street and Avenue B. Regular booth space is $30. To book a space, call 281-391-1993.

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Celebrate Recovery Meetings, Wednesdays At Crosspoint

Celebrate Recovery is designed for those who want to celebrate God’s healing power in their lives. It is uniquely designed for those who are seeking to recover from a wide variety of hurts, hang-ups, habits and addictions by sharing their experiences, strength and hope with one another. This is a free, ongoing meeting that takes place at CrossPoint Community Church, 700 Westgreen Blvd. in Katy. For more information, email recovery@crosspt.org.

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Consumers can fuel transformative leadership experiences and build the next generation of entrepreneurs by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies.

Consumers can fuel transformative leadership experiences and build the next generation of entrepreneurs by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies.

Girl Scouts Of San Jacinto Council Kicks Off 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Season, Through March 25

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) enters the next century of Girl Scouts learning how to be future CEOs. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® not only teaches girls essential entrepreneurial skills but also powers amazing experiences for girls across the United States, including outdoor and travel opportunities, exposure to STEM and ways to improve their communities through service projects. The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs through March 25. Cookies will arrive in Houston and surrounding areas Feb. 10-17, and customers can begin purchasing cookies at booths Feb. 23. The last day to purchase Girl Scout Cookies is March 25.

This year, GSSJC is rallying the community to donate more than 10,000 cases, or 120,000 packages, of Girl Scout Cookies to first responders who provided relief during Hurricane Harvey across our 26-county jurisdiction as part of Cookies4Heroes.

“Following their extraordinary efforts during Hurricane Harvey, we want to tell first responders across southeast Texas, thank you,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC’s CEO. “First responders have always been very supportive of Girl Scouts by opening their doors to teach girls about their profession and the positive work they are doing in our communities.”

To participate in Cookies4Heroes, all customers need to do is let the Girl Scout who is taking their order know that they would like their cookies to be donated to Cookies4Heroes. These cookies are then given by the council to first responders and organizations that support the military.

GSSJC will also celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend from Feb. 23-25. Girl Scout councils across the country will host events and set up booths for cookie enthusiasts. To find out when Girl Scouts are selling cookies near you, visit girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices during booth sales Feb. 23-March 25.

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Kids enjoying colored chalk at the first Annual Katy Color Run.

Kids enjoying colored chalk at the first Annual Katy Color Run.

Katy Color Run, April 7

The second annual Katy Color Run will be held Saturday, April 7, at Kingsland Baptist Church. The color-filled run will consist of a 5K run and a 1K kids’ dash. The community event will also feature entertainment, food trucks and vendors and a kids’ fun zone. Proceeds from the run will benefit local nonprofit organizations including Christ Clinic, Clothed by Faith, Compassion Katy, Hope Impacts and Katy Christian Ministries. The Ballard Foundation is the title sponsor of the event.

The benefiting nonprofits provided thousands of people with medical, food, clothing and shelter needs after Hurricane Harvey. Christ Clinic offers medical care to uninsured and underinsured patients. Clothed by Faith gives gently used clothing to thousands of Katy area residents in need. Compassion Katy connects churches, businesses, and nonprofits to provide solutions to meet the needs of the community. Hope Impacts imparts hope to homeless and under-resourced people in the Katy area by connecting them to services and resources. Katy Christian Ministries offers food and emergency financial assistance to those in need and also offers many other resources to the community including a domestic abuse center and a resale store.

For more information and to register, visit runsignup.com/Race/TX/Katy/KatyColorRun5K

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Brookwood Community Invites Guests To Take A Tour

Take a tour of Brookwood, a community dedicated to creating meaningful lives for adults with disabilities. Brookwood sits on nearly 500 country acres and provides a home and work environment for its Citizens. Brookwood is a nonprofit organization, operating without accepting any government funds.

Tour guests will have a chance to see Citizens going about their daily lives in the workshops, horticulture department and Café. There is also an opportunity to visit the Worship Center, residential areas, recreational facilities, enterprise workshops and more. Brookwood tours are by appointment only starting at 9:45 to 11:15 a.m., Monday-Friday. A minimum of 10 guests is required to book a tour, but a group with less than 10 can possibly be added to an already scheduled tour. The tours are free, but attendees are encouraged to support the Citizens by dining in the Café and shopping at the Gift Shop, Art Gallery and Greenhouse.

To make a tour reservation, call 281-375-2100 or email receptionist@brookwoodcommunity.org. Brookwood is 8 miles west of Katy (Exit 731) and 1 mile south of I-10, at 1752 FM 1489 in Brookshire. Visit brookwoodcommunity.org for more information.


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