Happenings January 2018

| January 1, 2018

The Houston Symphony will perform the iconic score of the animated film while selections from Disney Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 are projected on a giant screen above the orchestra.

The Houston Symphony will perform the iconic score of the animated film while selections from Disney Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 are projected on a giant screen above the orchestra.


Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke and the Houston Symphony bring magic and animation to Jones Hall with Disney Fantasia – Film with Live Orchestra,  Jan. 5-6 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Reineke will lead the orchestra on the iconic score of the animated film while selections from Disney Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 are projected on a giant screen above the orchestra. The widely known animated film features classic orchestral pieces ranging from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Stravinsky’s The Firebird to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

“To hear an 80-plus piece orchestra provide this music live is like watching Fantasia, but hearing it in the best surround sound you can ever imagine, so it’s great fun for the whole family,” said Reineke. “This is something that’s so cross-generational for people my age or different ages that remember the original movie.”

Known for its crowning achievement in the history of animation, Fantasia is Disney’s longest animated feature ever made which revolutionized the animation industry. Fantasia combines animation with a collection of great classical music .

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.




Solis Mammography – the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services – has launched its “Help Us Help Houston” campaign through its seven locations across the greater Houston region. From now through the end of the year, patients who schedule and complete their annual screening mammogram at Solis Mammography, will also give the gift of restoration and recovery.

For every mammogram appointment scheduled and completed at any Solis Mammography center through Dec. 31, $10 will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by Solis Mammography and its partners in the effort, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic. To signal their participation in the campaign, all patients need to do is use the code “Harvey” when they check-in for their appointment.

“Many of our patients, team members and partners were deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said DaWanda Nelson, vice president of operations for Solis Mammography in Houston. “We wanted to provide substantial support, while also continuing our message of the importance of preventative screening to overall breast health. In this way, we’ll be contributing to both the health and well-being of Houston women – and the entire community. We’d also like to express our deep appreciation to our partners HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic for joining us to support and fund this campaign.”

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Because of the immense need in and around Houston, this fund is dedicated to relieving gaps that are not met by other local and federal efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Solis Mammography’s growing presence in the Houston region includes its newly dedicated breast health center at HCA-affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Located in the newly refurbished One Fannin building next to the hospital, the center is designed to promote patient ease and peace of mind in an atmosphere devoted to both the patient experience and clinical accuracy. To schedule an appointment, go to solismammo.com/schedule-appointment.




The Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4, will feature Denise Lopez. She will give a presentation of the beginning of Enchanted Gardens and the Lenderman family who started it, and also give information on plants. Denise has worked for the Lenderman family for 11 years, is a Master Gardener, and also a Texas Certi­fied Nursery Professional. She has been a garden speaker and a total plant enthusiast for more than 20 years.

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. For more information, visit ncgctx.org.

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



Event co-chairs (l-r) are Dee Dee Robinson, and Laura Williams.

Event co-chairs (l-r) are Dee Dee Robinson, and Laura Williams.


“Shop ‘til you drop” will take on new meaning when Houston’s finest boutiques take center stage at the SALE, a two-day charity shopping event scheduled for Jan. 6-7 at Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road. Presented by Houston Tri Delta Alumnae, the SALE features boutique shopping at rock-bottom prices with proceeds benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Now in its fourth year, the SALE has provided over $500,000 to support pediatric cancer research in the Texas Medical Center.

Co-chairs Laura Williams and Dee Dee Robinson said the SALE is one-stop shopping for incredible bargains from Houston’s finest boutiques – and all for a great cause.

“The SALE brings together dozens of Houston’s finest retailers, offering deeply discounted merchandise under one roof,” said Williams. “From high fashion, rodeo wear, antiques and home goods, there is something for everyone, and it all supports pediatric cancer research right here in Houston.”

Over 50 retailers will be participating offering designer clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories for women, children and men, along with gifts and home décor.  Participating vendors include a bientôt, Anna Irion, Back Row Home, Dimensions, Elaine Turner, Fig Tree, Hunter Bell, Jeanette, A Unique Boutique, KB Kasuals, M. Wiesenthal, Monica Haff Designs, Patricia Peckinpaugh, Pinto Ranch, Presmer, Raspberry Rose and Tres Chic.

The SALE is open to the public Saturday, Jan. 6, noon-5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 7, noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. A Champagne Shopping Preview will take place Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $150 per person.  To purchase tickets or for more information, visit thesalehouston.com.




Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., 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 281-395-1311. The January schedule includes the following:

“Bridge Night @ Cinco Ranch” – Tuesdays, Jan.2 and 16, 6-8 p.m., Multi-purpose Room. Bridge players of all ages and skill levels – from beginners to advanced – are invited to practice their strategies and share tips while playing against others in a relaxed, stress-free environment.

“Chess Day @ the Library” – Saturdays, Jan. 6 and 20, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Multi-purpose Room. People of all ages and skill levels – from beginners to advanced – who are interested in playing chess, are invited to practice their strategies while playing against others in a relaxed, stress-free environment. Learn a new chess move (or two) during this come-and-go activity. Experienced players will be on hand to provide tips and assistance. A limited number of chess sets will be provided, but players are welcome to bring their own sets as well.



Cacao Whiskey in the Water was the third Best Cat in the nation at last year’s Cat Show.

Cacao Whiskey in the Water was the third Best Cat in the nation at last year’s Cat Show.


Celebrate the Houston Cat Club’s 65th Annual Charity Cat show  from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, in Hall A at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Admission is $9.99 for adults, $8 for military and seniors 65 and older, and $4 for children ages 5-12.  Children 4 and younger are free.

As many as 300 pedigreed cats and kittens and household pets will compete for awards given by eight judges from the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc, the world’s largest and most prestigious cat registry.   Longhairs, shorthairs, no-hairs – you can see them all at the Houston Cat Club Charity Cat Show.  Non-pedigreed cats are also celebrated in the Household Pet competition. These pets are evaluated by the same panel of expert judges plus are awarded Best of the Best at the close of judging.

The Ask-the-Vet Kiosk will be staffed each afternoon, and for the 10th year, there will be a Feline Agility Competition. Feline Agility is a must see – enjoy both the cats and owners running the obstacle course. The Meow Mall with 50 vendors will feature a variety of toys, treats, accessories and gifts. The Children’s Area entertains and educates youngsters about the cat breeds and how to take care of their own pet cat.

The Houston Cat Club is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization that supports the Houston SPCA, The  Houston Humane Society, Citizens for Animal Protection, and Homeless and Orphaned Pet Endeavor (HOPE). In addition, animal shelters from Harris, Fort Bend, and Galveston counties receive free space at the show to present their beautiful cats available for adoption.

The Houston Cat Club has donated over $900,000 from proceeds of the 64 previous shows. Donations come from visitors’ admission fees. Can’t make it to the show? Make a donation to support the charitable work. For additional information go to houstoncatclub.org.



Along with a chance to win a free tree, the event includes live music and food trucks.

Along with a chance to win a free tree, the event includes live music and food trucks.


Urban Harvest hosts its 18th Annual Fruit Tree Sale on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This year’s sale takes place at a new location: the Houston Community College West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South. The event is free to attend; fruit trees start at $12.

Gardeners of all skill levels can shop for more than 100 varieties of fruit trees that are adapted to grow in the climate and soils of the greater Houston area, including selections suitable for large areas, small spaces and container gardening. All are grafted onto rootstock to ensure many years of fruitful harvest.

The event – the largest single-day fruit tree sale in the country – will also feature the Green Thumbs Education Pavilion with nutritional and environmental activities for kids of all ages, as well as live music, food trucks and a drawing for a free fruit tree. Individuals who make a $250 donation to Urban Harvest between now and Dec. 31 will receive access to a fruit tree pre-sale site; benefits include the first chance to select fruit trees before the sale and curbside service on Jan. 13.

For more information about the pre-sale, visit urbanharvest.org/free-tree-sale. For more information about the sale and gardening resources, visit urbanharvest.org/fruit-tree-sale.



The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair scholarship winners.

The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair scholarship winners.


The Fort Bend County Fair is giving back through its scholarship program and now is the time to apply. The opportunity to earn a Fair scholarship is open to a wide range of qualifying students. The Fair will provide $4,000 scholarships to 45 Fort Bend County students. Since 1979, the Fort Bend County Fair has given 823 scholarships to countyyouth. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is Friday, January 26, 2018.

Texas A&M freshman Courtney Ramirez, is enjoying her first year away at college. Courtney was a recipient just last year of a Fair Scholarship. The new Aggie is thrilled with the financial boost and said, “Things at Texas A&M have been great and very busy especially with finals. I have made many new friends. I joined a Christian sorority on campus and was recently voted in as sorority president for the year of 2018. I think the most challenging thing about college at first was finding my classes on the huge campus and also creating a structured environment for myself. I can’t wait to see what next semester has to offer for me!”

The proceeds from the 2017 Fort Bend County Fair and the Fort Bend County Fair Life Membership Fund provide the necessary monies to allocate the scholarships. The scholarships are divided into different divisions depending on the applicants’ Fair involvement and their field of study.

Eligible candidates are required to submit their completed scholarship application by the January deadline. Applicants, parents, and school counselors are urged to review the guidelines and rules carefully. Students wanting to apply for a Fair scholarship must meet certain requirements: They must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Fort Bend County, or zoned to a school in Fort Bend County; be a high school senior and graduate by the spring semester of 2018.

“Get your applications in; this is an extraordinary opportunity for all high school seniors. Last year we had recipients who were lifelong Fair participants while others had very limited time; if any at the Fair,” said Cindy Schmidt, Fort Bend County Fair Manager.

Selection of the recipient will be based on several qualifications including scholastic standing, leadership, citizenship, need, and Fair participation. During the application process, candidates will declare what type of scholarship they are applying for. Restrictive, Non-Restrictive, Open, Vocational, or Art Scholarships are some of the classifications options that candidates will have to choose.

For more information on the scholarship rules and application, visit the Fair’s website: fortbendcountyfair.com or call the fair office at 281-342-6171.



Library staff member Jamie McKenna shows some of the items in the Baby Book Bags.

Library staff member Jamie McKenna shows some of the items in the Baby Book Bags.


In celebration of Children’s Book Week, January 21-27, Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during this week may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library. Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services. These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth.

“We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” says Susan King, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during Children’s Book Week are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.”

Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during Children’s Book Week should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag.

Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills.

For more information, call  281-633-4734.




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 281-633-4675. The January schedule is as follows:

“Growing Fruit in Fort Bend County” – Thursday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m., Meeting Room. Fort Bend County Master Gardener Deborah Birge will talk about varieties of fruit trees that can thrive in the Gulf Coast climate. Hear about proper planting techniques and recommended maintenance tips to encourage fruit production, such as pruning, feeding and watering.

“Birds of the Bayou City” – Monday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m., Meeting Room. Mary Anne Weber, education director of the Houston Audubon Society, will talk about the array of birds in the Houston metropolitan area. Learn about both the better- and lesser-known birds, their migration patterns, and how to identify and classify them. Special focus will be on Purple Martins and local raptors. Weber will bring an assortment of live birds to show during her presentation.



There will be more than 250 vendors on hand at the show ready to share their expertise with homeowners.

There will be more than 250 vendors on hand at the show ready to share their expertise with homeowners.


The 12th Annual Spring Katy Home & Garden Show will be held Jan. 27-28 at the Merrell Center in Katy. The show will welcome HGTV’s newest celebrities starring on the hit series Flip or Flop Fort Worth. The largest home show in West Houston will showcase the latest in renovation, home design, and feature DIY workshops for endless creative inspiration.

Historically, the New Year beckons to those wanting a fresh start and look in their home environment. As Houston continues to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, the Spring Katy Home & Garden Show is the ultimate hub for the area’s best home design experts.  With two buildings packed with over 250 industry experts, attendees can meet with pros who specialize in renovation; landscape; lighting; roofing; flooring; paint; home automation and more.

Beyond browsing for the latest home trends, get creative at the NEW Craft and Carry area where DIY-lovers can participate in fun projects and learn valuable tips in home organization. Then let the kids’ imag­in­ation run wild at the NEW Let’s Playhouse! It features unique playhouses any younger aspiring homeowner would like to call their own, one of which will be auctioned off to benefit a local charity. The 3rd Annual People’s Choice Awards for Outstanding Outdoor Living Retreat also returns, and attendees are invited to cast their vote for this honored award.

When it comes to renovating, Texans know how to do it big. Andy and Ashley Williams, stars of the newest edition of the hit HGTV show “Flip or Flop,” bring their savvy style to the Katy Home & Garden Show from Fort Worth, where they work to make over more than just houses. Having served in the Marines and Army, these two veterans turned real estate investors are dedicated to their country and community. “By renovating homes in old neighborhoods, we are striving to transform our hometown and put life back neglected neighborhoods,” said Andy.

Meet Andy and Ashley on the FRESH IDEAS Stage throughout the weekend as they share their passion for design. “We are very excited to come to the Spring Katy Home & Garden Show and share how, with creativity and hard work, anyone can transform their house and add their personal touch to their home.” Adding dimension to designs through pattern mixing and playing with textures is a calling card for Ashley’s flip visions. Polka dots, stripes and faux finishes are especially fun to play with, she says.

“I love textures because they add dimension to your space,” Ashley said. “Faux finishes are a great way to save money, and in some cases the materials may hold up better than the authentic version.”

If spending more time with the family is a 2018 resolution, consider that nothing brings people together like the great outdoors and backyard entertaining spaces. Looking for ways to unplug this year? A spa haven master bathroom is the ideal way to find relaxation. Whether you want the new year to include a kitchen with expanded space to cook, or you just want to gain some inspiration for future projects, the Spring Katy Home & Garden Show is the perfect place to get started.

The Spring Katy Home & Garden Show is held at the Merrell Center in Katy. Tickets are $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 with a military ID.  (*Facility charges a $1 per ticket fee, which is added at time of purchase.) Kids 12 and under are FREE. Hours are Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For additional information, directions. seminar times and hours, visit KatyHomeandGardenshow.com or call 832-392-0165. Parking is free.




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 between 2nd Street and Avenue B. Regular booth space is $30. To book a space, call 281-391-1993.




The Maud Marks Branch Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd., presents the following free programs at the library during January:

Used Book Sale – Saturday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of the Maud Marks Library, there will be a large selection of hardback fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books and paperbacks.  All proceeds will benefit the library.

Chess Wars – Teens and tweens are invited to join Chess Wars during the school year every Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. to battle it out on the chessboard. Learn basic strategies and techniques to heighten your chess game.

Volunteer at the Library – help shelve, count patrons and more. The next volunteer orientation is on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 5 p.m.  Students should be in high school and must be able to commit to two hours a week.  To help in any way, contact Elizabeth Herndon at 281-492-8592.

Teen Book Club – On Thursday, Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. join this teen group to discuss Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Extra copies of the book are available at the checkout desk.

Yoga Classes – Join the group on Saturdays, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. and Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. to learn the benefits and basic how-tos of yoga.  Registration is required.




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, horticulture and more. Brookwood tours are available from 9-11 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 Retail Greenhouse.

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



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 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.”

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.




Citizens for Animal Protection’s Thrift Store — the only Houston-area thrift store benefiting homeless animals — offers customers a vast assortment of designer labels, housewares and unique decorative items. The store is located at 11925 Katy Freeway, the former home of CAP’s shelter. Shoppers can find clothing, shoes and purses, books, collectibles, furniture and appliances. Volunteers accept donations daily at the store at 11925 Katy Freeway. For more information call 281-497-7559.




InHouston-Katy Professional Premier Business Network mixers are held the second Tuesday of the month from 4-7 p.m. at Trios Latin Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd. 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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