Katy Happenings April 2017

| April 1, 2017

Visitors can get some roping tips from the pros during the Katy Folk Life Festival.

Visitors can get some roping tips from the pros during the Katy Folk Life Festival.


Ever wondered what life was like in the late 1800’s for the pioneers of early Texas? At the upcoming 32nd Annual Katy Folk Life Festival, visitors will get a chance to experience pioneer life by seeing how they dressed, how they survived, the types of foods they prepared and even where their children went to school, among other activities. Admission is only $1.

The event takes place at the Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane in Katy on Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.The Learning Center will be transformed into scenes of the late 1800s, as many demonstrations and activities of pioneer life are recreated.

Visitors will also be able to walk the nature trails, visit the duck pond, and see the displays and exhibits in the science and history classrooms. The Katy Folk Life Festival is a family fun event with interesting lessons in Texas history.

Hands-on activities for visitors include: arch­ery; weaving; pioneer clothes washing; calligraphy; tin punching; roping skills; dulcimer lessons; corn husk doll making; corn husking; shelling and grinding; pottery clay; pioneer games; gourd crafts; rag doll making and Indian bracelets.

See katyisd.org/dept/olc/Pages/FolkLifeFestival for more information.




The Barry Sea Paradox Band is one of the Houston area’s most popular and versatile music groups. Featuring Katy’s own Barry and Bobbie Sea, the group specializes in classic soul/rhythm and blues and smooth jazz; but also plays Motown, disco, Latin, swing, rock oldies, standards ranging from Sinatra to Satchmo and even a little country. The group performs at various venues around Katy and Houston and is available to play at weddings, anniversary parties, restaurants, night clubs and special events. Call 713-822-5011 or go to barrysea.com for the band’s full schedule. Reservations are recommended for all events.


(Photo - LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch)

(Photo – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch)


Mark your calendars through May for more free, fun-filled Spring events and entertainment at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Returning event favorites include: Mondays with Mommy, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus; Houston Ride ‘n Shine Car Show; live music; movies in the Courtyard; and more. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated. Visit lacenterra.com for a full list of events.

Houston Ride ‘n Shine Car Show – Saturdays, April 15, May 20, 8-10 a.m. This free monthly car show organized and hosted by the GTRBros group and was originally created as a place for GTR owners and friends to meetup, but has since expanded to welcome owners of all show-worthy cars and enthusiasts alike.

Live Music at LaCenterra – Saturday, April 1, 4-6 p.m., Cullen King – Point Blank Society; Saturday, April 22, 5-7 p.m., Jerrett Zoch and the OSR Band; Saturday, April 29, 5-7 p.m., Shinolah; Sunday, May 14, 4-6 p.m., Preston Smith.

HOP into Spring – Easter Bunny at LaCenterra – April 14, 4-6 p.m. Easter Friday the Easter Bunny hops his way into the Courtyard. Families can take a photo with the Easter Bunny while also enjoying family-friendly musical performances by Vivi Melody, Poppy, CC and Goober the Purple Puppet – with songs about bacon and bunnies, fun times and more.

Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade – Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Parade begins at 10 a.m.) The event will begin at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, eventually making its way to LaCenterra, with a book character parade through the center. Spectators can enjoy a day filled with displays of student art and writing, musical entertainment from student choirs and orchestras from Katy ISD, Lamar CISD and Fort Bend ISD.


“Rosine” in The Classical Theatre Company’s production of The Barber of Seville.

“Rosine” in The Classical Theatre Company’s production of The Barber of Seville.


The Classical Theatre Company, 4617 Montrose, has announced its production of The Barber of Seville scheduled for April 5-23. The play follows the Spanish Count Almaviva, who has fallen in love at first sight with the lovely young Rosine. To ensure that she doesn’t love him just for his title and fortune, he disguises himself as a poor student and woos her. His plans are foiled by Rosine’s guardian, Bartholo, who has locked her away and plans on marrying her himself. The tide turns for the Count when he runs into his ex-servant Figaro. Now a barber, Figaro can get inside Bartholo’s house, and he schemes a variety of ways to have the Count and Rosine meet and talk. Hilarity ensues in this great French farce as mistaken identities and zany characters rule the day.

Visit classicaltheatre.org or call 713-963-9665 for more information.


A 2016 Art Car Parade creation. )Photo - Morris Malakoff)

A 2016 Art Car Parade creation. (Photo – Morris Malakoff)


The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is proud to announce the festivities surrounding the 30th Anniversary of the Houston Art Car Parade Weekend, the largest gathering of its kind in the world and one of Houston’s most beloved annual events.

For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit thehoustonartcarparade.com.


Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett


The Blue Bird Circle has announced its annual gala, An Affair to Remember. Co-Chairs Laura Kent and Terry Agris, along with The Blue Bird Circle are planning the bash of the season. The Gala is slated for Friday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m., at River Oaks Country Club. The attire is Western Chic, Texas Tux or Black Tie. Festivities will include a gourmet dinner, exclusive live auctions, and a live performance by Lyle Lovett. In 1923, a unique organization of women volunteers was created in Houston to promote the well-being of humanity through the betterment of the community. The charitable and benevolent activities of The Blue Bird Circle are pledged to the support of The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, The Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine and The Blue Bird Circle Rett Center. The Circle’s newest endeavor, The Blue Bird Circle Clinical Research Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, capitalizes on the remarkable scientific discoveries being made in the treatment of childhood neurologic diseases and serves as the clinical research arm of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Tickets begin at $500 per person (limited seating), and tables begin at $5,000. Many underwriting opportunities are available with meaningful benefits.  For more information, contact Tammy at 713-528-0470 ext. 34 or bbcgala2017@gmail.com




Platters of mudbugs are on the menu during the Crawfish Boil in Jordan Ranch Saturday, April 1, ­­at 30722 Sonora Ridge Drive.

­The public can enjoy Cajun-style crawfish and all the fixings noon to 4 p.m. plus beer, live music by party band Bayou Roux and model home tours. A Kid Zone with face painters, bounce houses and other activities will keep children entertained. Food trucks will be on hand with even more food and beverages for purchase. Admission is free and donations are being accepted for the March of Dimes.

Learn more at jordanranchtexas.com



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.

The thrift store is open 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday and noon-6:30 p.m., Sunday. Volunteers accept donations daily at the store at 11925 Katy Freeway. For more information call 281-497-7559.



Fitness Journey Network is a group of Katy health and wellness professionals who meet the first Thursday of each month at various locations. Membership is free. Contact Karen Narum at 281-871-8920 or email fitnessjourney@live.com for information.


Lifestyles & Homes account executive Amy Barker Richards and her family and friends will participate again this year in the Run for the Rose as the team, “In Memory of Dan S. Barker.”

Lifestyles & Homes account executive Amy Barker Richards and her family and friends will participate again this year in the Run for the Rose as the team, “In Memory of Dan S. Barker.”



Brain cancer will once again meet its match on Sunday, April 2, at NRG Park in Houston as patients, supporters and family members converge for the 15th Anniversary Run for the Rose.

Sponsored by the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation (DMRF), the event raises awareness and funds benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and UTHealth McGovern Medical School. The event offers a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Family 1K Fun Run/Walk, and participants range in age from 2 months to 102 years. The race starts and ends outside NRG Arena. Last year’s race attracted more than 5,800 participants and 100 brain tumor patients and netted more than $600,000.

Katy/Fulshear Lifestyles & Home account representative Amy Barker Richards is hosting a team called “In Memory of Dan S. Barker” to honor her father, who passed away from brain cancer.

This year’s Run for the Rose begins at 6:30 a.m. with late registration. The Survivor Stroll starts at 8 a.m., followed by an 8:15 a.m. start for the Timed and Non-Timed 5K, and 8:45 a.m. start for the Family 1K. The Post-race party will offer delicious food and drink items, activities for children, great music, an inflatable, walkthrough brain exhibit, and a silent auction. The awards presentation will be inside NRG Arena immediately following the end of the race.

Registration fees range from $15 to $40. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. The DMRF receives support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Every $1 that is donated generates an estimated $5-10 of federal funding and grant support.

Through this annual fundraiser, DMRF, a tax-exempt public charity, has donated more than $5.3 million since 2003 for brain cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, pediatric health initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and cutting-edge research and treatment for children with brain tumors at UTHealth McGovern Medical School.

The DMRF was founded in 2002 in memory of Dr. Marnie Rose, a 28-year-old pediatric resident who died from what is considered one of the deadliest of human cancers, a glioblastoma. Dr. Rose was in the first year of her pediatric medical residency at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital when she was diagnosed with the rare form of brain cancer. Despite her diagnosis, she agreed to share all — her cancer journey, personal life and professional duties as a medical resident — with a TV crew from the ABC reality series Houston Medical. The critically acclaimed hospital series followed the lives of doctors, nurses, other health care professionals and patients at Memorial Hermann in summer 2002. Dr. Rose died on August 23, 2002, from complications of her cancer, just five weeks after the show’s final episode aired.

To register for a team or donate to one, visit RunfortheRose.com, or for more information on the race day’s schedule and events, email info@drmarnierose.org.



Harvest Green is throwing a party for the planeton Saturday, April 22, during an Earth Day Extravaganza paying tribute to life, community and Mother Earth.

From noon – 4 p.m. at 3400 Harvest Corner Drive, visitors will learn why every day is Earth Day for residents of the Richmond community. Activities will include a farmers market, farm tours and a look at Harvest Green’s new amenity center. In addition, there will be performances by Travis High School students, a petting zoo, animal adoptions, family-friendly activites and more. A disc jockey will help attendees rock out while they kayak on the lake, compete in the watermelon-eating contest and play lawn games. Food trucks will be on hand and admission is free. For more information, visit harvestgreentexas.com


Hundreds of quilts will be on display for you to examine or purchase at the third annual St. Mary’s Quilt Show.

Hundreds of quilts will be on display for you to examine or purchase at the third annual St. Mary’s Quilt Show.


The third Annual St. Mary’s Quilt Show is scheduled for April 28-29. Quilts will be displayed in St. Mary’s historic painted Church in Plantersville. No admission will be charged to view the quilts; however, donations are welcome.

The public may enter a quilt in the show and offer it for sale, if desired. This show will not be judged and no monetary prizes will be given. There will be a ribbon awarded for “People’s Choice” quilt.

The Gala Preview Dinner is on Thursday, April 27. Cocktails, appetizers and a three-course dinner will be served. After dinner, attendees will preview the quilts in the church. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. For tickets or more information, visit stmarysquiltshow.com




Red Potato Market days celebrates its fourth year and eighth show April 20-23 at 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. A Preview Party on Thursday April 20 kicks off the event. More than 70 vendors showcase vintage, antiques, painted furniture, lighting, eclectic finds, art, jewelry, clothing and handmade soaps and crafts. It’s the perfect place to relax in the country only 35 miles west of Houston and 15 miles west of Katy. Local Farmers also bring fresh produce and home made goods. Food trucks and a live band combine to make this a fun event.

The Market takes place under a covered arena, rain or shine. The preview party is $10 with a return admission for another day. The $5 general admission supports Young Life and Simonton Christian Academy. Children under 12 are free. Hours for the event are Thursday, 4 – 7p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information call 281-533-9863 or visit redpotatomarket.com


33RD ANNUAL BP MS 150, APRIL 29-30

The BP MS 150 is a two-day, fundraising bike ride from Houston to Austin taking place April 29-30. More than 12,000 cyclists are expected to raise $16 million to stop multiple sclerosis (MS) in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. The BP MS 150 is the largest fundraising event for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the largest fundraiser for MS research in the world.

Cyclists will start Saturday morning in Houston and follow scenic routes into Bellville for lunch with an overnight in La Grange. On Day 2 the journey continues with two route options out of the Fayette County Fairgrounds, taking riders into Austin for exciting festivities at the finish line and a one-of-a-kind view of the Texas State Capitol. There are more than 20 BP MS 150 recommended rides to help cyclists prepare for the event. Breakpoints are located every 8-12 miles along the route featuring snacks, sports drinks and water to keep you going. In addition, first aid stations, mechanical support, sunblock, and rest room facilities are provided to meet all your needs.

Registration is available at BPMS150.net. The 2017 registration fee is $130. Each BP MS 150 cyclist is required to raise a minimum of $400 prior to picking a rider packet. Individuals, families and groups are also encouraged to volunteer along the route. Visit the website, call 713-394-2921 or email bpms150@nmss.org to register as a cyclist, virtual rider or volunteer. Support a rider by donating online.


Cross Creek Ranch is hosting a Hit the Trails Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 29. The event is free and open to the public.

Cross Creek Ranch is hosting a Hit the Trails Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 29. The event is free and open to the public.


Fun is part of life at Cross Creek Ranch, and families can learn more about it during the community’s Hit the Trails Family Fun Day, noon-4 p.m., Saturday, April 29.

The first 500 families visiting the Fulshear master-planned community’s Welcome Center, 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane, will receive a complimentary Cross Creek Ranch backpack filled with goodies. Everyone will enjoy an afternoon of radio-controlled model boat races, kite flying, music, bounce houses, trolley rides and touring model homes. Food trucks will be on hand or attendees can purchase sack lunches from Italian Maid Café. The event is free and open to the public. For details, visit crosscreektexas.com



Boys who love music and singing can audition with the Fort Bend Boys Choir for its 36th concert season. Entry into one of their treble choirs (for unchanged voices) is by audition only. These auditions will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m.–noon at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City. Boys should be 8 years old or going into the third grade for the 2017-2018 school year. Scholarships and payment plans are available in addition to carpool assistance. Call the Fort Bend Boys Choir office for more audition details and/or if you need to schedule an alternate date. Also, ask about Music Magic, their music enrichment program for 6 and 7 year old boys – no auditions required.

Find out more about the Fort Bend Boys Choir and how they have been making a difference in the lives of boys for over three decades by visiting their website at fbbctx.org as well as their Facebook fan page, YouTube channel or Twitter; or, call the choir office at 281-240-3800 to learn about their various music programs, concerts or to schedule an audition.


A 1966 Batmobile replica, by George Barris, is on display at the National Museum of Funeral History.

A 1966 Batmobile replica, by George Barris, is on display at the National Museum of Funeral History.


Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston presents a new exhibit, A Tribute to George Barris, through Dec. 31.

George Barris, known throughout the world as the ‘original’ King of Kustomizers, created iconic automobiles including the original 1966 Batmobile, the “Beverly Hillbillies” jalopy, the Munster Koach and casket turned dragster (the “Drag-U-La”) for “The Munsters,” and many KITTs, the short name of two fictional characters from the adventure television series “Knight Rider.”

The Museum will display a replica of the 1966 Batmobile, a memorial folder from Barris’ funeral along with other personal memorabilia.

Before he graduated from high school, Barris created his first full custom car from a used 1936 Ford convertible that led to his first commercial customer. Shortly after, Barris formed a club called Kustoms Car Club where the first use of “K” for kustoms appeared.He later moved to Los Angeles where his talents began to flourish. Barris opened his first shop in a Los Angeles suburb in late 1944.

As movie studios took note of Barris kustoms on the streets and at races, the studios came to George for cars for their films. This included customizing the personal cars of the stars as well.

In the ‘60s, George shifted gears and bought a new shop in North Hollywood where he designed and built award-winning cars.

For hours, tickets and more information, visit nmfh.org.



On Tuesday, May 16, at the 12th annual An Evening with a Legend event benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center, guests will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share an incredible evening with the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps. With 28 medals—23 of which are gold—Phelps has taken the swimming world by storm for nearly two decades and has created a legacy that may never be replicated in history. The evening will include an intimate conversation with Phelps about his journey to become a gold medal legend and what is in store for the next phase of his life. Carmen & Butch Mach and Kelli & John Weinzierl will serve as Honorary Chairmen for the event.

The event will take place at the Hilton Americas – Houston, 1600 Lamar St. with a cocktail reception at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.

Tables start at $5,000. For more information or to purchase, visit texaschildrens.org/legends or contact Jessica Varon Fleischer at 832-824-6914 or jxvaron@texaschildrens.org.

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