Katy Happenings August 2016

| August 1, 2016

Don Cooper

Don Cooper


NASA launched Apollo 11 to the moon 47 years ago on July 16, 1969. What exactly did it take to accomplish this successful, history-making mission? Hear a behind-the-scenes account from one of the NASA scientists who helped make that dream a reality, at a special program at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd.

The program will be divided into two parts. “Apollo, Part I – To the Moon” will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The second half of the program, “Apollo, Part II – Guidance Equations,” will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The public has a choice of attending the entire program or the individual sessions.

In Part I, retired NASA physicist F. Don Cooper will share his experiences creating the technology that helped launch Apollo 11 in 1969, and the efforts that his team went through to successfully bring the Apollo 13 crew home safely in 1970. Cooper will also discuss the history of U.S. rockets, and his role in designing the Saturn V ascent guidance and trans-lunar targeting equations that would help make space travel possible.

In Part II, Cooper will talk more specifically about how geometry, algebra, calculus and classical mechanics were used to produce the Saturn V guidance equations. He will explain what the guidance equations were, how they were derived, who created them and how well they worked. Students who are considering a career in a STEM-related field will gain insight into how mathematics and physics can be used to solve real-world problems.

An Oklahoma native, Cooper became fascinated with math and science while still in high school. He attended Oklahoma Baptist University, where he majored in physics and mathematics with a minor in chemistry. His career after college took him to Huntsville, Alabama, where he worked at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center on NASA’s Apollo program, developing the targeting equations to guide the manned spacecraft from earth orbit to the moon.

His career then led him to Houston’s Johnson Spaceflight Center, which would later become known as the Johnson Space Center. During his years there, Cooper worked on eight Apollo missions, the Atlas Centaur, the Air Force Dyna-Soar, and the Mars rocket NOVA. For the Apollo 13 mission, he provided the trans-lunar coast abort options to Houston Mission Control.

Cooper retired from NASA in 2002, and soon found a new calling – that of encouraging a new generation of students to pursue a future in the physical sciences. He enjoys speaking to youth groups, community organizations, schools and colleges, hoping to inspire the technology leaders of the future with his first-hand account of the events as they actually happened.

“Of the seven primary people who did this, I am the last one alive,” says Cooper. “Students do not know much about Apollo since it all happened before they were born. My objective is to show them how it happened, emphasize that education is essential, and show how math and physics solve real-world problems.”

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-395-1311.


Tour Choirboy Rohit Satish.

Tour Choirboy Rohit Satish.


The Fort Bend Boys Choir is kicking off its 35th anniversary season in August and many opportunities still exist for young boys ages 8 and older with an unchanged voice to audition for this nonprofit boychoir organization.

The Choir offers a quality music education for young boys and currently is holding auditions by special appointment. Parents of young boys are encouraged to fill out an online audition form at fbbctx.org. Boys who pass the audition start the 2016 fall season in late August, with weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd.

Scholarships and payment plans are available as well as carpool assistance for choir families. Call the Choir office at 281-240-3800 for additional details about the organization and to make a special audition appointment. You can also learn about this organization through the website or their Facebook page. And for boys ages 6 and 7, inquire about the choir’s Music Magic program starting at the end of September.



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 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.




“Glass is more delightful and sightly than any other material at this day known to man” could be a quote from a modern day glass collector. Actually it is part of Neri’s introduction to his Art of Glass book written in 1611.

At the 42nd annual Vintage Glass & Antique Show and Sale to be held Aug.19-21 at the Fort Bend County Fair grounds in Rosenberg, the focus will be on American glass made from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s. Sponsored by The Houston Glass Club, dealers carry a wide variety of colorful 1930’s depression era glass and elegant glass (Heisey, Fostoria, Cambridge, etc.) from the 1920’s forward among their high quality glassware. Mid-century glass, another popular collectible, will be throughout the show. American-made kitchenware, pottery and dinnerware are also featured. With more than 30 dealers from across America, you’ll find a cross section of glass heritage combined under one roof.

Show hours are 2-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21st at the fairgrounds, located on Hwy. 36 in Rosenberg. Admission is $10 on Friday, $6 on Saturday and Sunday and is good all weekend. Free parking. Call 281-240-0382 for more information.



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 281-395-1311.

“Adult Coloring-Book Hour” – Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. During this come-and-go activity, learn more about the latest trend in relaxation and stress-reduction techniques. Coloring has been shown to lower heart rates and is thought to lower blood pressure as well. The creative process of coloring can also be a way to exercise the brain. Unwind and relax while re-discovering this favorite childhood activity and creating a personal piece of art. All coloring materials will be provided. This program is appropriate for individuals over the age of 12.

Summer Reading Clubs for children, middle school, teens and adults, through Aug. 27 – Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading clubs during the summer to encourage reading among children, middle-school students, teens and adults, and they are open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or they may register online by going to the FBCL website (fortbend.lib.tx.us) and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image. 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. Reading rewards must be collected from the “primary library of use” that the reader indicated on the registration form. The last day to pick up awards for children and middle-school students is Aug. 27.

Cinco Ranch Night Readers Book Club – Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m.The book to be discussed is The Buried Giant, written by Kazuo Ishiguro.

ESL Conversation Circles – Fridays, Aug. 12 and 26, 1-2 p.m. Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. The “Conversation Circles” provide an opportunity for non-English- speak­ers to gather in a relaxed setting, and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills.


The Spider-Man celebration on Aug. 6 includes interactive activities, a Spider-Man appearance and a Web Sling Showdown.

The Spider-Man celebration on Aug. 6 includes interactive activities, a Spider-Man appearance and a Web Sling Showdown.


TOP S.E.C.R.E.T.: S.O.S. (Summer of Spies), now through Sept. 7 – Agents will rise during Top S.E.C.R.E.T.: Summer of Spies at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

All-access granted to all sorts of espionage-themed activities.

Kids 8 and up, don’t forget to enlist at S.E.C.R.E.T. headquarters to help the museum thwart the dastardly plans of R.I.V.AL.—a villainous league dedicated to hijacking the Museum’s secrets.

BASF KIDS’ LAB, Every Monday, through Sept. 5 – Put your skills to the test as you experiment with mind-
boggling science during the BASF Kids’ Lab, an award-winning global program which encourages children to discover the dynamic world of science and its wonders.

Code Breakers WonderWeek, Aug. 4-17 – Put your code-breaking skills to the test. Turn an original drawing into a three-dimensional masterpiece, then use   3-D glasses to make it pop. Learn how to create special spy devices, like the Code Breaker.

Spider-Man Day and Web Sling Show­down, Aug. 6 – Get tangled in a web of excitement. The Spider-Man celebration includes interactive activities, a Spider-Man appearance and a Web Sling Showdown.

Visit cmhouston.org for a full schedule of summer events.


The Butterfly Project includes handmade butterflies from six continents.

The Butterfly Project includes handmade butterflies from six continents.


Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) present The Butterfly Project, sponsored by Christensen Building Group, at the Rick Smith Gallery, a small art gallery located near the main lobby of Memorial Hermann-TMC in the Hermann atrium. The Butterfly Project was created by HMH as a way to connect a new generation of children to the children who perished during the Holocaust.

In 1942, a young Czech named Pavel Friedmann wrote a poem titled “The Butterfly” while in the Terezin Concentration Camp before he died in Auschwitz in 1944. “The Butterfly” voiced the spirit of the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust. As part of The Butterfly Project, students from around the world have created butterflies that commemorate individual children whose lives were lost during the Holocaust, and mailed them to HMH.

“This project has served as a learning moment for thousands and thousands of students,” said Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, executive director of the Museum. For more information, visit butterflies.hmh.org.



Katy Christian Women’s Connection (KCWC) will be hosting its next luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 18 at The Club at Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Dr. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Beverly Deputy from Spring will be the guest speaker. The group will also be celebrating Stonecroft and Katy Christian Women. They will discuss who they are, what they do and the women to whom they reach out. The luncheon is $18 per person.

KCWC is part of Stonecroft, a ministry for women that provides Bible studies, prayer connections and fellowship luncheons around the U.S.

KCWC also sponsors monthly Prayer Coffees on the second Thursday of each month. Call for the August location.

For more information or to RSVP, email Katycwc@gmail.com or call 281-232-8338.



On Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.­-3 p.m., 18 Kroger stores will host a food and supply drive for Operation Military Embrace (OME), an organization that sends care packages to individual troops around the world.

The Care Package mission ships boxes to deployed men and women, all of whom are referred by the local community. A unique aspect of OME’s Care Package mission is the customization of the items shipped. Dennis Bernhart, program manager, communicates with the troops to find out exactly what they need –– whether it be hot chocolate in the winter or sunscreen in the summer. Girl Scout cookies are requested all year long.

The donations, in­-kind as well as monetary, are also used at the Annual Free PX for wounded or ill military men, women and their caregivers at the San Antonio Military Medical Center each December.

In 2015, this same drive at 14 Kroger locations resulted in 2,010 packages being shipped to the troops and more than $41,000 in goods and cash donated and used by OME.

For more information or to volunteer, visit operationmilitaryembrace.com or call Dennis Bernhart, at 832-­515-­0333. OME is an all-volunteer organization founded by Jerry and Debbie Reed and Brenda Schultz in 2007.

Store locations for 2016 include the following:

The Woodlands – 4747 Research Forest Drive; 8000 Research Forest Drive; and 6700 Woodlands Parkway

Spring – 15802 Champion Forest Drive; 2301 Rayford Road; and 8745 Spring Cypress Road

Conroe – 2222 I­45 N.; 220 S. Loop; and 3830 West Davis

Tomball – 24350 Kuykendahl Road and 14060 FM 2920

Magnolia – 6614 FM 1488

Kingwood – 3410 Northpark Drive and 25651 US 59 & Northpark

Humble – 19300 W. Lake Houston Parkway and 9475 FM 1960 Bypass Road

Cypress – 13135 Louetta Road and 20355 Cypresswood Dr.



The following free programs will take place at the Maud Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd., during August. Call 281-492-8592 for further information and to get the full schedule.

Book Sale – The Friends of the Maud Marks Library will hold its August book sale on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A large selection of hardback fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and paperbacks at rock bottom prices are available.

Family Film Festival – Every Monday and Friday at 1:15 p.m. a different mystery film will be featured, complete with popcorn. On Aug. 5, three cold-climate friends go on an adventure as they try to return a human to his family. On Aug. 8, join the crew of the Enterprise as they attempt to stop a time- travelling alien from destroying the Federation. On Aug. 12, a sloth finds the eggs of some very large reptiles. On Aug. 15, the Enterprise sets out to capture one man bent on destroying modern civilization. Finally, on Aug. 19, everything is melting and the cold-climate friends set out across the ocean on their iceburg. For a complete schedule, call the library.

Summer Reading Program – “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” The 2016 Summer Reading Club is for both readers and listeners, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 8.   August dates are:

Kids – Monday, Aug. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Pizza Party. Storytimes, special programs and crafts for children of all ages are available. Those who read at least 10 books or complete 10 activities will receive a certificate and a free book. Seating is limited. Hand-stamping begins the day of the event.

Teens – Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. Lego WeDo. “Get in the Game: Read” – Special teenage programs include robotics and other technology driven workshops. Teens who complete the summer reading program will receive a special prize.

Adults _ “Exercise Your Mind: Read” Adults ages 18 and up are invited to participate in the Harris County Public Library summer reading program. Special programs include movies and computer classes. Adults who read at least five books will receive a prize. Read books in five different genres and get entered into the drawing for a grand prize of various gift certificates and a Kindle.



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.



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.



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. 22 from 9:30-11 a.m. at Redeemer Community Church, 24201 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Childcare will be available. RSVP for childcare to Andrea Oliver at 281-914-0996 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 experience how to replace anxiety and fear with peace and joy. Visit MomsInPrayer.org for more information.



Celebrate Recovery is designed for those who want to celebrate God’s healing power in their lives through the 12 steps and the eight recovery principles that Christ taught in His message from the Sermon on the Mount. 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 S. Westgreen in Katy. Visit crosspt.org or call 281-398-6464.


The 2015 Fulshear Scarecrow Festival’s first place winner crafted by Mary Catherine Watson, center, with her children Dylan and Vanessa.

The 2015 Fulshear Scarecrow Festival’s first place winner crafted by Mary Catherine Watson, center, with her children Dylan and Vanessa.


Hay men will be immortalized “Forever in Blue Jeans,” during the 2016 Fulshear Scarecrow Festival, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Cross Creek Ranch, 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane.

Creative teams will vie for the $1,000 grand prize in the scarecrow decorating
contest, which will have scarecrows clad in denim. Registrants will be given $100 toward their creations.

In addition to the scarecrow decorating contest, the festival is sure to scare up more family fun with a carnival, live music, food trucks and free activities for the children. The fifth annual festival is open to the public and has free admission. All-day carnival tickets are $10 per person.

Proceeds from the event benefit Arts Fulshear and the Texana Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change lives every day through treatment for autism, programs for adults with intellectual disabilities and those with behavioral healthcare issues.

Based in Rosenberg, the Texana Center recently launched a capital campaign to build a campus in Fulshear that will include classrooms and a store and coffee shop for retail training in its first phase, a Children’s Center for Autism and a Center for Learning that will provide a new concept, college-like program for adults with autism and/or intellectual disabilities, in addition to a day care program. The organization hopes to raise $12 million.

Founded in 2011, Arts Fulshear is a nonprofit organization that provides and supports art and cultural events, art education and public art in the Fulshear community. Existing programs include summer art camps and theater workshops, adult art classes, after-school art classes at Huggins Elementary and the annual Fulshear Art Walk, held in Cross Creek Ranch. Learn more at crosscreektexas.com.


Co-chairs Rachel Racz and Laurie Krohn with K9 Johnny Cash.

Co-chairs Rachel Racz and Laurie Krohn with K9 Johnny Cash.


K9s4COPS is hosting the 6th Annual K9s4COPs “Unleashed” on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the JW Marriott Galleria. This year, the nonprofit group is honoring Houston Interim Police Chief Martha Montalvo for her outstanding service to the department for more than 35 years.

Special guests include Joel Lambert, a 10-year veteran of the Navy SEALS and star of the Discovery Channel’s hit show Lone Target/Manhunt.

Guests will enjoy an action-packed evening with the Hard Dog/Fast Dog demonstration, silent and live auctions and food stations, as they dance and sing along to tunes performed by The Guzzlers.

In five years, K9s4COPs has unleashed approximately 125 K9s to 68 agencies and 11 schools in 33 states and Paris, France. K9s granted by K9s4COPs are responsible for taking $135,000,000 worth of contraband off the streets. The four-legged K9 partners help make arrests; locate narcotics, explosives, weapons and cash; provide invaluable detection abilities; and allow their human partners to make it home safely to their families each night.

With budgets still being cut across the country, law enforcement agencies are unable to replace their K9s when injured, retired, or even killed in the line of duty. Be part of the solution by helping to gift more K9s to protect our communities.

Event tables start at $2,500 and individual tickets at $250. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or more information, visit k9s4cops.org.

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