Katy Happenings December 2015

| December 1, 2015

The Travis High School Belles will perform at their holiday market.

The Travis High School Belles will perform at their holiday market.


Travis High School Belles dance team is hosting a holiday dance concert and shopping market on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the high school. The shopping market, featuring local vendors, will open at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 entry fee. This event will feature food vendors from local family run businesses like Lamontes Italian, Il Primo Pizza and Wings, Chick-fil-a and Orange Leaf. Event tickets and meal tickets will be for sale at the door. Cash only will be accepted. The dance concert, beginning at 7 p.m., features holiday dances by the award winning Belles Dance Team as well as Sugar Land, Richmond and Katy area dance studios.


Dancer Allison Miller and artist of Houston Ballet Photo - Amitava Sarkar courtesy of Houston Ballet

Dancer Allison Miller and artist of Houston Ballet (Photo – Amitava Sarkar courtesy of Houston Ballet)


From Nov. 27–Dec. 27 Houston Ballet bids farewell to Ben Stevenson’s beloved production of The Nutcracker. Created by Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson, with designs by acclaimed designer Desmond Heeley, this ballet performance has been Houston’s premiere holiday tradition since 1987. Over 1,000,000 people have seen the production since its premiere 29 years ago and have watched in rapture as the story has unfolded before them. In 2016, Houston Ballet will premiere a new version of The Nutcracker by Artistic Director Stanton Welch, featuring all-new sets and costumes.

The story of The Nutcracker has a special place in Houston Ballet’s repertory as the first full-length work to enter Houston Ballet’s repertoire in a staging by Frederic Franklin, featuring scenery and costumes by the English designer Peter Farmer. The company gave six performances in 1972 at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, and has danced the work each December without fail for the following 44 years.

Houston Ballet will give 34 performances of Ben Stevenson’s version of The Nutcracker, to a live orchestra, in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713-227-2787 or logging on to   houstonballet.org.



The City of Fulshear and the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce present the annual Fulshear Festival of Lights on Dec. 5 in downtown Fulshear from 5:30-9 p.m. This year’s theme is “White Christmas Spectacular” featuring The Lone Star Symphonic Band, an adult community organization comprised of volunteers from the greater Houston metropolitan area from various walks of life who range in age from high school students to those in their 80s.

A Parade of Lights will commence promptly at 6 p.m. Parade entry is free. Vendors and stores will be set up with food, crafts, and clothing and jewelry for holiday shoppers. Santa will arrive during the parade and visit the children’s area which will also include a live Nativity Scene. The event finale will be a Christmas fireworks display at approximately 8:45 p.m. The best place to view the fireworks will be from the event site on FM 359.

Detour routes and parking information are at fulsheartexas.gov. Contact Amy Norvell at norvell@­fulshearareachamber.com or call 832-600-3221 for more information.



St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., is presenting a Messiah sing-along on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The sing-along will be accompanied by a full orchestra, acclaimed soloists and will include Part 1 from the Messiah and also the “Hallelujah Chorus” and “Amen.” Scores will be available for loan or purchase. The event is open to the public, so invite your friends and neighbors to join. Child care will be available. Visit stpkaty.org for more information.


Members of Allegro Ballet are ready to jump start the holiday season.

Members of Allegro Ballet are ready to jump start the holiday season.


Allegro Ballet has announced the 14th annual production of The Nutcracker and the 13th annual Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Market. The ballet will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2:30 at Katy High School. Tickets are priced at $20, $25 and $30.

Fourteen years ago, Allegro Ballet started a West Houston holiday tradition by presenting a full-length production of The Nutcracker Ballet. Beautiful costumes and lovely props and scenery make the experience an unforgettable one for the audience. It even snows in the theater! Featured in the performance are guest artists from the Houston Ballet Academy. At the end of each performance, all are invited to the stage to meet the dancers for autographs and photos.

To complement the ballet, Allegro also invites the public to its Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Market. An elegant breakfast is served while the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends from the ballet interact with the children. After breakfast excerpts from The Nutcracker are performed. The accompanying Sugar Plum Market is a perfect way to start your Christmas shopping.

The Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Market will be held on Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at Lakeside Country Club, 100 Wilcrest Drive. Tickets for the breakfast and market are $35 per person or specialty tables for $55 per person. Interes­ted vendors should call 281-496-4670.

Visit allegroballetofhouston.com or call 281-496-4670 for more information.


Kids will enjoy playing in 40,000 pounds of snow at the Christmas Festival in Katy.

Kids will enjoy playing in 40,000 pounds of snow at the Christmas Festival in Katy.


Katy Market Day, in partnership with the City of Katy, will be hosting the 6th annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 5 from noon to 7 p.m. in downtown Katy on Second, Third and Avenue B. There will be 40,000 pounds of snow to play in; a visit from Santa and The Mrs.; carolers; vendors; entertainment; food trucks; and lots of cheer! The event is free for the public. For pictures with Santa, there will be a $5 fee. Organizers are asking for h acanned goods to be donated to a local food pantry, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to a local charity. The City will also be having its official Christmas tree lighting from 6-7 p.m.

Vendor space is available for $50 and corporate booths for $250. For information, call The Limited Edition Art and Antiques at 281-391-1993, or visit KatyMarketDay.com.



The Lone Star Symphonic Band will perform its 12th annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 13. The concert, titled “Rejoice!” will begin at 4 pm. Tickets are available online at lssb.org for $5.50 each. The band is expecting a sell-out, so tickets will most likely not be available at the door the day of the concert. Purchase tickets online or call 281-460-4517 for instructions on buying tickets by mail or in person prior to the concert.

The Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary 5th Grade Outback Singers from Katy ISD will also be performing several selections during the concert. The Lone Star Dixieland Band will perform in the foyer for 30 minutes before the concert.

The Band will have silent auction baskets up for bid before the concert and during intermission, with winners announced shortly after intermission. Snacks and refreshments will be offered during intermission, with proceeds going to the Lone Star Symphonic Band. A visit by Santa Claus is also in the works for the concert as well!

Founded in 1993 as the West Houston Concert Band, the band is comprised of musicians from all walks of life and instills the value that music is a life-long event, continuing well beyond high school and college. The Band is under the direction of Bob Bryant.



Partners in Education invites you to support its annual Food for Families campaign benefiting Katy ISD students and their families in need. Last year, the Katy ISD community worked together to raise $26,000. With the continuing enrollment growth, arganizers hope to raise $30,000.

Donations in any amount are being collected through Dec. 10 and will go towards the purchase of $50 grocery gift cards for students and their families identified by campus principals. Make checks payable to “Katy ISD Food for Families” and mail or deliver your donation to Katy ISD Partners in Education, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Room 1520, Katy, Texas, 77494.


The ASID Holiday Showhouse will be open for visitation select dates in December.

The ASID Holiday Showhouse will be open for visitation select dates in December.


The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter (TGCC) of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the dates for its Holiday Showhouse located at 54 North Windsail Place in The Woodlands. This home will be designed and furnished by some of the most talented designers from TGCC ASID.

The open house will take place on Dec. 5-6, 10-13 and 17-20 with the hours as follows: Thursdays – Fridays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sundays, noon–5 p.m. The showhouse will close after tours on Sunday, Dec. 20.

ASID has presented showhouses across the Houston metroplex since beginning in 1975 and first showcased a home in The Woodlands in 1998. This will be the fourth Woodlands holiday showhouse and the first major renovation of an estate home. The other three showhomes in The Woodlands were new construction.

A design committee works with all of the designers to maintain a flow to the home while at the same time allowing each designer to bring their own creativity to the project. This home and its setting are unique in that the land is over an acre and boasts over 300 feet of lake frontage. Additionally, the back of the home faces east, so the home is basked in light. The three-story home resembles a castle sitting amidst beautifully manicured lawns, complete with water features and bronze statues to a negative edge pool and a floating boat dock. The halls will be decked for the holidays, so you won’t want to miss it.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $12. Ticket prices will go
up to $15 on Dec. 5. Visit asidholidayshowhouse.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. For more information, visit asidtgcc.org/holidayshowhouse.



The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce and NewFirst National Bank are hosting the fourth annual Fulshear State of the City Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 a.m. at Safari Texas Ranch. Mayor Tommy Kuykendall will be speaking about the exciting future ahead for the Fulshear area.

Underwriters of the breakfast include LJA Engineering, Inc.; Rep. John Zerwas, M.D.; Houston Methodist West Hospital-St. Catherines; Texas Pride Disposal; Costello, Inc.; Keller Williams Premier; Severn Trent Services; Fulshear Lakes; Read King Commercial Real Estate; Taylor Morrison; and the Randle Law Office, Ltd, L.L.P.

The public is invited to attend. Individual tickets are $35. For reservations, contact Rebecca Hafner at 281-415-0063 by Dec. 1.


(Top row, l-r) Julia Chesnick, Juliana Buddenbaum and Hannah Embrey; (bottom row) Kelsey Bailey, Kristy Volgesang and Caroline Cain.

(Top row, l-r) Julia Chesnick, Juliana Buddenbaum and Hannah Embrey; (bottom row) Kelsey Bailey, Kristy Volgesang and Caroline Cain.


The Cinco Ranch Cougar Stars’ 12th Annual Holiday Parade of Homes home tour begins Thursday, December 10, offering Katy area residents the opportunity to view five uniquely decorated homes. This year’s holiday home tour is generously sponsored by ARIEL Janitorial Service, Inc.

Scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 11, the featured homes are adorned in a variety of decorations that range from fun to elegantly traditional. Step into one of the homes with a beautifully decorated tree in every room, allowing the entire home to be filled with Christmas cheer, or take in a home specifically designed for entertaining family and friends at this magical time of the year.

Members of the Cougar Stars dance team will be serving as docents, working with adult volunteers. “The Holiday Parade of Homes is one of our favorite fundraisers! It’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and lovely opportunity for mother-daughter time,” Yvonne Chesnick said.

Beginning the first week in November, tickets will be available for $12 from Cougar Stars or at the following five Cinco Ranch retailers: Beau Kisses in La Centerra shopping center on 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Hauerland’s at both the 1648 S.Mason Rd. and La Centerra locations, The Dancer’s Closet at 22764 Westheimer Pkwy., and Peek Rd. in Villagio Shopping Center, Laura’s Line at 23730 Westheimer Pkwy. in the Target shopping center, and Southern Diva’s at 23110-A Cinco Ranch Blvd. across the street from Sprouts.

For more information about the Cougar Stars, visit crhscougarstars.org.


Bring the kids to enjoy breakfast with Santa.

Bring the kids to enjoy breakfast with Santa.


On Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8:30-11 a.m., Santa and his elves will be stopping at Stephen F. Austin State Park, Park Road 38, San Felipe, for breakfast on their way to the North Pole. Join the holiday crew for a pancakes and sausage, fruit, juice and coffee breakfast provided by The Friends of Stephen F. Austin State Park.

Kids can bring their wish list to share with Santa and then enjoy a holiday nature walk. Bring your camera if you wish to take a photo. Stay for the whole day and explore everything the park has to offer including exciting Ranger programs, hiking and biking, fishing, geocaching, picnicking and just plain ‘ol relaxing in the great outdoors.

Cost for kids 9 and under is $4; $5 for adults and kids 10 and older. Cost is free for kids under 3, seniors, active and retired military. Pricing includes park entry fee

Bring non-perishable food items and unwrapped toy donations for delivery to The Sealy Christian Food Pantry. Financial proceeds help fund special projects in the park and support The Friends’ mission. For more information, email info@friendsofsfasp.org.


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The fourth annual Gingerbread Jog 5K run, 1-mile kids fun run and 1-mile walk benefitting the Pregnancy Help Center (PCH) of West Houston will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12 at La Centerra at Cinco Ranch. All proceeds go to the PHC, which ministers 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., 1 mile kids fun run starting at 8:05 a.m. and the 1 mile walk starting at 8:10 a.m. For more information, call PHC at 281-578-0078. La Centerra is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. or go to LaCenterra.com.



Katy Christian Women’s Connection will hold its Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 17 at The Club at Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Dr. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. The event will feature Christmas music provided by Sherry Wood­ruff and Angie Whitley. Bring an ornament (under $7) and participate in the ornament exchange. Joining the group from College Station, Jeanne Beckman will speak about “The Perfect Gift.” The luncheon is $18 per person. Bring a friend and celebrate the holidays. For more information or to RSVP, call 281-232-8338 or email Katycwc@gmail.com.



Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., will begin selling Girl Scout cookies door-to-door and digitally Dec. 19, approximately three weeks earlier than previous years. The program is the largest girl-led business in the world and teaches girls essential skills to succeed personally and professionally, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. For the last two years, GSSJC has had the top cookie sale in the country.

With the new season brings the 10th anniversary of Lemonades. These savory slices of shortbread with a refreshing tangy lemon flavored icing are a customer favorite. Gluten free chocolate chip-peanut butter- oatmeal cookies, called Trios, will be offered again. The bite-size cookies will retail for $5 per package. Trios will only be available at cookie booths or can be ordered online via COCOdirect.

Online orders will delivered between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Beginning Feb. 12, Girl Scout Cookies will be sold at cookie booths outside of grocery stores and other retail venues. The Cookie Program ends March 20.


Ron Hartgrove’s Dante Purgatorio Canto #25, 2013, mixed water media.

Ron Hartgrove’s Dante Purgatorio Canto #25, 2013, mixed water media.


Decoding surrealism, religious thought, and literary interpretations are all interwoven in the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum’s (KCAM) three-part exhibition, The Divine Comedy. Museum Director and Curator Ana Villaronga-Roman seized the opportunity to exhibit the philosophical and artistic renderings of Dante’s literary gift through the mind of artist Ronald Hartgrove. KCAM is presenting the exhibitions along with its cultural partner, the Italian Cultural and Community Center of Houston.

During his high school years in the early 60’s, Hartgrove was introduced to Dante’s The Divine Comedy series and subsequently became immersed in the story and history of the writings. In 1970, as a student at St. Thomas University, Hartgrove spent an entire semester with Father Lee attempting to decode some of the enigmas contained within this monumental work. Fifty-plus years later in 2013, Hartgrove spent eight months creating a painting for each of the 100 cantos of the comedy’s three books, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

The exhibition for Inferno runs through Nov. 29.

The opening reception for Purgatorio will be held Dec. 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The exhibition runs through Dec. 20.

The opening reception for Paradiso will be held Dec. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The exhibition runs through Jan.17.

The Katy Contemporary Arts Museum is located at 805 Avenue B in Katy. For more information, visit katycam.com.



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.


DIY Network star Matt Muenster will provide advice on bathroom transformations.

DIY Network star Matt Muenster will provide advice on bathroom transformations.


The largest home show in West Houston celebrates 10 years with its biggest show to date. On Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31, visitors will experience two buildings packed with more than 300 exhibits at the Katy Home & Garden Show. The focus is on decorating, remodeling, window treatments, kitchens and baths, do-it-yourself, flooring, windows, landscaping, pools and outdoor entertainment. Learn from expert seminars and guests like DIY Network star, Matt Muenster from Bath Crashers, who will wow you with incredible bathroom transformations. Matt, a licensed contractor, puts his personal touch on every house project.

Other features include a Kid’s Activity Zone presented by Adventure Kids Playcare, special prizes for every 100th guest to the show and the all new People’s Choice Awards for Outstanding Landscape selected by popular vote. The Katy Home & Garden Show will pay tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the National Park System with themed activities throughout the weekend.

The Show will be held at the Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion in Katy. For ticket information, directions and show hours visit katyhomeandgardenshow.com.



Registration now for the 2016 Women’s Quarter Marathon to be held Saturday, Jan. 9 in Katy, which is founded by Houston-based race production company, iRun Productions. The marathon is a women’s-only race to empower women and young girls through fitness and a healthy lifestyle. The 6.55-mile course is designed to showcase thousands of women and their individual and group strength.

“The last two years have flown by for iRun Productions,” said Randi Schooley, race director. “We’ve experienced such tremendous growth in our management experience and finding what works for our clients in establishing their race event dreams. With that, we’re excited to announce our own dream coming to life this January.”

The route will start at Central Green Park, run through Cinco Ranch, and back to Central Green Park where the post-race party will take place. The distance is a quarter of a marathon, which is 6.55 miles. The Mini-Quarter Marathon is 1.25 miles and is designed for girls under the age of 13 who also want to join the movement.



The San Luis invites you to ring in the new year at “Midnight in Paris,” an all-inclusive evening of music, food, celebration and more. Attendees will enjoy an award-winning chef’s four-course meal, generously hosted premium bar, entertainment by Password Band, Champagne toast, balloon drop, party hats and favors. Interested parties can book luxurious overnight accommodations and two extravaganza event tickets from $599 per couple. The New Year’s Eve celebration event is $199 per person.

For more information or to book your ticket, call 409-744-1500.

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