Katy Happenings

| August 1, 2015

Taste Of Katy Tailgate

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KATY SUMMER TAILGATE, AUG. 1 4

On Friday, Aug. 14, this brand new event merging with last year’s Taste of Katy will fill the streets of downtown Katy with a Fun Zone for the kids, a Hot Wing competition, vendor booths to check out before school starts back up, a row of restaurants with plenty to satisfy any craving, and a street dance to the fabulous tunes of the Texas Twisters. Entry fee to this event is the donation of either a backpack or bag of school supplies. This event stems from last year’s Taste of Katy organized and sponsored by Matt and Heather Schomburg of Matt Schomburg State Farm agency.

Schomburg said, “Our agency is so happy to continue what was started last year, a great opportunity for our community to come together, to get a sample of all the great flavors around Katy and to support an organization like the YMCA and what it is doing for our students in the Katy area.”

All proceeds, both supplies and monetary, will benefit the YMCA’s Operation Backpack program. This past school year, the YMCA reached approximately 23 elementary schools, five junior high and four senior high schools locally.

Connie Stirgus, the outreach coordinator for the Katy Family YMCA, said, “Thanks to the generosity of our community, we provided all supplies and backpacks to roughly 1200 elementary and an additional 500 junior and senior high students and numerous students received partial supplies. Because of Operation Backpack the children get to start the school year on even ground with their peers. This project provides hope, joy and excitement for the students and helps to relieve stress from parents who are unable to fill the supply needs for their children.”

Amy Reed, community relations and volunteer coordinator for the City of Katy commented, “Creating opportunities for Katy kids through partnerships with local businesses and community members is what this event is all about.”

One local business has jumped on board as part of the committee organizing the event. No Label Brewery is also a sponsor for the Katy Summer Tailgate. Jennifer Royo, co-founder/marketing director says, “No Label Brewing is excited to be working together with the City of Katy on this wonderful event. We’re fortunate to be a part of it.”

Competitors for the Hot Wing Contest as well as restaurants and vendors are still being sought to participate in this event. For more information, call Amy Reed at 281-391-4717.

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Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, and the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra.

Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, and the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra.

FORT BEND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2015-2016 SEASON

It’s not too soon to plan next year’s family outings and prepare for an unparalleled season of musical treats. The five-concert subscription series includes a choice of an afternoon or an evening performance of Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra’s (FBSO) Christmas concert, which often sells out. Special summer subscription pricing is available through Oct. 15 for renewing and new subscribers. Visit fbso.org for complete list of performances

Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, has put together a truly excellent season of performances. “FBSO’s 24th season runs the gamut from Beethoven to Broadway. It is sure to be our most exciting season yet!”

Season ticket holders are also invited to attend FBSO’s complimentary Halloween concert, Hauntcert, (with a costume contest) at the Sugar Land Town Centre, on Friday, Oct. 30, as well as Freedom Rings!, the annual July 4 outdoor concert celebration. All five subscription performances, except the children’s concert, will be held at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road in Stafford, where there is no charge for parking. Tickets may be purchased online at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.

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BARRY SEA PARADOX PERFORMANCES

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.

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KATY CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION, UPCOMING EVENTS

Katy Christian Women’s Connection members will be hosting their August Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 20 at The Club at Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Dr. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. The luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $18 inclusive (payable at the door, cash or checks only).

Come hear about the latest ways to stay healthy through nutrition and exercise. “Nifty after Fifty” will be there to teach exercises to keep fit and foods to keep healthy. Enjoy lunch and fellowship and hear an inspiring talk from Janis Warny who will discuss “Beauty – Inside and Out.” To RSVP, email Katycwc@gmail.com or call 281-232-8338. Deadline is Aug. 17.

Monthly Prayer Connections is on Aug. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call 281-232-8338
for locations.

The group is also looking for vendors for its Fall Festival which will be held Thursday, Oct. 15 during the luncheon. For more information email the address listed above.

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HOUSTON GLASS CLUB’S ANNUAL VINTAGE GLASS & ANTIQUE SHOW AND SALE, AUG. 14-16

The Houston Glass Club’s 41st Annual Vintage Glass & Antique Show and Sale will be held from 2-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.15 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds on Highway 36 in Rosenberg. More than 30 dealers from across the United States will display more than 200 tables of the finest quality glass including: depression era glass, EAPG, American crystal, American dinnerware, kitchenware and pottery. Admission to the show is $10 on Friday, $6 on Saturday and Sunday, and is good all weekend. For more information, visit houstonglassclub.org or call 281-240-0382.

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The TUTS production schedule includes Bonnie and Clyde, Oct. 1-4.

The TUTS production schedule includes Bonnie and Clyde, Oct. 1-4.

TUTS UNDERGROUND 2015/16 SEASON

Murderous bank-robbing lovers, holiday grump meets Little Match Girl, tiaras the size of Texas and the ultimate teenage popularity contest (hair scrunchies included) – TUTS Underground’s 2015/16 season delivers new theatrical productions never seen before in Houston. TUTS Underground, Theatre Under The Stars’ alternative and contemporary series, announces the new season running in Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

“I am excited to announce the innovative musicals that we have lined up for the third season of TUTS Underground – A Theatre Revolution,” says TUTS’ artistic director, Bruce Lumpkin. “This year, we continue to uphold and expand our original mission – to bring revolutionary, edgy and affordable musicals to Houston. We want to enrich the local artistic community by continuing to produce relevant musical theatre, incubating new works and staging unique, pioneering shows that will set the scene for musical
theatre of the future.”

The production schedule is as follows: Bonnie & Clyde, Oct. 1-4; Striking 12, Dec. 17-20; Sweet Potato Queens, March 17-20; Heathers The Musical, April 28 – May 1. For full details or to subscribe, visit TUTS.com.

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CROSS CREEK RANCH HOSTS KIDS’ CAMPS, THROUGH AUG. 1 4

Children ages 5 and up can construct battle robots and participate in musical theatre productions during week-long day camps this summer at Cross Creek Ranch, a planned community in Fulshear by The Johnson Development Corp.

Cross Creek Ranch is hosting a variety of hands-on, educational camps, including American Robotics Academy, Arts Fulshear and Melody Music, with openings available for July and August. Dates, times and fees vary among programs.

Children learn engineering, design and problem-solving skills by building robots with LEGO Technic pieces during American Robotics Academy camps. “Robotics on the Rampage” session, beginning Aug. 3, focuses on building off-road “battle ‘bots” and ends Aug. 7. The session runs from 1-4 p.m. daily. The cost is $175 for the week. For more information, call 281-599-7626 or visit RoboticsAcademy.com.

First- through fourth-grade actors may prefer Theatre Camp beginning Aug. 10. Students will prepare and perform Hansel & Gretel & the Creepy Woods, a humorous take on the classic fairy tale. The performance will be on the final day of camp, Aug. 14 at Thrive Community Church. The program is $175 per child. For more information call 281-533-4109 or visit artsfulshear.org.

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Moms in Prayer international back to school event takes place Aug. 24.

Moms in Prayer international back to school event takes place Aug. 24.

MOMS IN PRAYER BACK TO SCHOOL MINISTRY, AUG. 24

Moms and grandmothers are invited to a time of prayer and to learn more about Moms In Prayer International, a Christian prayer ministry where women join in weekly prayer for our children and schools. This year’s first day of school event for the Katy area will be held on Monday, Aug. 24 from 9:15-10:30 a.m. at Redeemer Community Church, 24201 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Childcare may be available for prayer time. RSVP for childcare to Natalie Ruiz at nwruiz@g­mail.­com or 512-826-7402, and leave a message with ages of children.

Moms In Prayer is an interdenominational, nonprofit organization gathering mothers together to pray for our children and schools, worldwide. Moms will experience how to replace anxiety and fear with peace and joy by praying specifically and scripturally. For more information, visit MomsInPrayer.org.

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CINCO RANCH BRANCH LIBRARY, AUGUST EVENTS

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 library at 281-395-1311. The August schedule is as follows:

Summer Reading Clubs (SRC) for children, teens and adults, through Aug. 29 – The Summer Reading Clubs are free and open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or online by going to fortbend.lib.tx.us and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” images. When the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time.

Registration for children under the age of 13 will require a parent’s email address. An email will be sent to that address with a link to confirm the registration and activate the child’s log-in page. The confirmation link is valid for seven days after registration is initiated. If it is not confirmed, the registration will expire.

Photo Contest: “Capture Fort Bend County,” Aug. 1-15 – FBCL will conduct a photography contest in August for high school students and adults. Amateur photographers of all skill levels are invited to enter original photographs that portray the culture, nature, people, and places of Fort Bend County – from hidden gems in our communities to favorite places and scenes around town. Entries can be submitted at any of the libraries in system beginning Aug. 1; the deadline for entries is Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. The contest will be divided into two categories: high school students in grades 9-12 and adults. Prizes will be awarded for 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place entries in both categories. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday, Sept.5, beginning at 2 p.m., at George Memorial Library in Richmond. All photos will be displayed in the Bohachevsky Gallery at George Memorial Library from Aug. 31 to Oct. 3.

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Learn about hummingbirds and how to attract them at the Bob Lutts Branch Library on Aug. 31.

Learn about hummingbirds and how to attract them at the Bob Lutts Branch Library on Aug. 31.

BOB LUTTS FULSHEAR/SIMONTON BRANCH LIBRARY, AUGUST EVENTS

Fort Bend County Libraries’ (FBCL) 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 or a full schedule of events, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675.

“Photo Contest: Capture Fort Bend County,” Aug. 1-15 – FBCL will conduct a Photography Contest in August for high school students and adults. The theme of the contest is “Capture Fort Bend County.” Amateur photographers of all skill levels are invited to enter original photographs that portray the culture, nature, people, and places of Fort Bend County – from hidden gems in our communities to favorite places and scenes around town. Entries can be submitted at any of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system starting Aug. 1; the deadline for entries is Aug. 15 at 5 p.m.

“Hummingbirds for You: The Joy of Hummingbirds in Your Yard” – Monday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m. Presenting the program will be Kathie Holder, an avid birding enthusiast who has a particular love of hummingbirds.

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MAUD MARKS LIBRARY, AUGUST EVENTS

The following free programs will take place at the library during August. Call 281-492-8592 for further information and a full schedule of events.

Book Sale – The Friends of the Maud Marks Library will hold their August book sale on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A large selection of hardback fiction and nonfiction as well as children’s books and paperbacks will be sold.

Superhero Convention – Superheroes of all types are invited on Friday, Aug. 7 from 1-4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Reading is My Superpower.” Come dressed in your superhero costume. Get your own superhero card. Take a picture with Thor. Discover your superpower. Cover your identity with your custom-made mask. Make your own shield to fight those evil villains.

Summer Reading Program – “Every Hero Has a Story!” The 2015 Summer Reading Club is for both readers and listeners, and will run from through Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cause.”

Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cause.”

6TH ANNUAL AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S “COUTURE FOR THE CAUSE,” OCT. 17

The public is invited to join the 6th Annual Couture for the Cause “A White Haute Affair.” Returning as presenting sponsor, Wealth Design Group partners with the American Cancer Society for this exclusive evening on Oct. 17 at the home of Randy and Brenda Bartley featuring a creative fashion show and a dress code of all-white attire.

Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the event, have an important message. Julissa says, “Recently, I’d forgotten to schedule my annual mammogram in January, but wasn’t worried. I’m only 45, and the only cancer in my family was my dad, who had prostate cancer three years ago. In fact, I was serving on the Couture for the Cause committee in his honor! After my mammogram, they called back for more testing. After 5 hours in radiology, I heard the terrifying words: ‘It looks like breast cancer.’ A biopsy confirmed I had invasive lobular sarcoma, stage 2. I joined this committee last year to help others, but never imagined I’d face cancer myself. After the diagnosis, my ex-husband called ACS on my behalf. They called to offer me a free wig and invited me to a support group. Volun­teering is now so personal. I know firsthand the difference that ACS makes! On April 6, I underwent a 9-hour bilateral mastectomy. I wasn’t ready for this road bump but will continue living every day to the fullest!”

Amy says, “As co-chairs, we’re thankful for ACS, this committee and the support of our stellar community. Cancer shows up unannounced and disregards who you are or what you have planned… no one is immune. Our Couture for the Cause committee is determined to help fight this vicious disease. Never underestimate what your support can do!”

For information or to sponsor, contact Valerie Marun at 713-706-5684 or valerie.marun@cancer.org.

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OLD TOWN KATY MARKET DAYS, THIRD SATURDAYS

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.

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GIRL SCOUTS OF SAN JACINTO COUNCIL – REGION 9, REGISTRATION SESSIONS

Registration for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is now open for 2015-2016. Visit the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council – Region 9 during one of the
following walk-in registration sessions, or for more information email WOWrecruiter2@gmail.com.

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2-4 p.m.,
St Paul’s Episcopal (1936 Drexel Dr.)

Sunday, Aug. 23, 2-4 p.m.,
Cinco Ranch Lake House (25202 Springwood Lake Dr.)

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m.,
Redeemer Community Church
(24201 Cinco Ranch Blvd.)

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Living Word Lutheran Church (3700 Mason Road)

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2-4 p.m.,
Katy Branch Library (5414 Franz Road)

Thursday, Aug. 27, 5-7 p.m.,
St Peter’s United Methodist Church (20775 Kingsland Blvd.)

Saturday, Aug. 29, 1-3 p.m.,
Cross Creek Ranch Community Center (6450 Cross Creek Bend Ln.)

Monday, Aug. 31, 4:30-6 p.m.,
Westland Baptist Church (1407 W. Grand Parkway S.)

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 4-5 p.m.,
Fielder Gazebo (Fielder Elementary, 2100 Green­way Village Dr.)

Troop Round-Up – Round Up with your new troop parents to organize your troop for the year. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m., Crosspoint Christian Church (700 Westgreen Blvd.)

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GINGERBREAD JOG, DEC. 12

The 4th Annual Gingerbread Jog 5K run and 1-mile family fun walk benefiting the Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston (PHC) will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12 at La Centerra in Cinco Ranch. All proceeds go to the PHC, whose primary mission is to minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women and their families as they experience pregnancy. Online registration is available at thedriven.net. Race day registration will begin at 6:45 a.m. with the 5K starting at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile family fun walk starting at 8:10 a.m. For more information, call 281-578-0078. La Centerra is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. or at LaCenterra.com.


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