Katy Happenings December 2016

| December 1, 2016

The Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir.

The Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir.

CINCO RANCH HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS, DECEMBER EVENTS

Kick off the holidays in swinging style at the traditional Snowball Social hosted by the Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Show Choir. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. This event offers dessert and a beverage or coffee while you enjoy beloved holiday classics such as “Chestnuts Roasting,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and many more. Join the choir with jingle bells on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Commons of Cinco Ranch High School.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, 3rd-5th graders are invited to join other students and CRHS choir members in experiencing the fun of singing, rhythm activities and music games. Throughout the afternoon, children will work in both small and large groups learning songs and making new friends. The highlight of the day will be a concert for parents, relatives and friends at 3:45 p.m. in the Main Commons. Registration is encouraged. For registration forms or questions, email dorothyjwilson@katyisd.org.

The Cinco Ranch High School Choir presents Wintersong 2016 on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cinco Ranch High School Performing Arts Center. Be part of the audience as the choir celebrates the season in song. This concert is the choir’s special gift to the community.

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VINTAGE CELEBRATION GIFT MARKET, DEC. 2-3

A Vintage Celebration Gift Market is scheduled for Dec. 2 from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 10 am.- 6 p.m. at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 South Mason Rd. in Katy. The parking and the admission are free at this event where visitors will find unique and creative local vendors boasting a mix of vintage, handmade, market gifts and even mobile boutiques. For more information, visit celebrationsgiftmarket.com

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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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FACC LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW BREAKFAST, DEC. 2

The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce (FACC) and NewFirst National Bank are hosting the 85th Legislative Preview Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 a.m. at Safari Texas Ranch.Senator Lois Kolkhorst and Rep. John Zerwas will discuss issues important to the City of Fulshear and Fort Bend County that are expected to be addressed by the Texas legislature.

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

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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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A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS, DEC. 17

The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fulshear present A Holly Jolly Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 17 in Downtown Fulshear from 5:30-9 p.m. This year’s event will include ice skating, Santa, live music, The Frozen Sisters, a live Nativity, a children’s area, vendor booths and a walking parade.

The event will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. with announcements and a walking parade. Parade entry is free. Vendors and stores will be set up with food, crafts, clothing and jewelry for holiday shopping. Santa will arrive during the parade and will visit the children’s area which will also include a live Nativity scene and an ice skating rink.

Live music will be provided by Thrive church and White Stone band. The White Stone Band is comprised of nine Katy and Fort Bend area worship music veterans with a passion for funk, jazz and R&B. They come together to honor the music of Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire; Steely Dan, Tower of Power, Steve Wonder and others.

Temporary road closures for the event include all lanes of FM 359 between Front St. and Second St. for this event. Detour routes and parking information can be found at fulsheartexas.gov. For more information or to register for the parade, email anorvell@fulshearareachamber.com or call 832-600-3221.

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Brookwood Citizens Joe and Debbie are eager to show off to visitors where they live and work.

Brookwood Citizens Joe and Debbie are eager to show off to visitors where they live and work.

BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE, DEC. 2-3

Join The Brookwood Community on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for a weekend full of fun, shopping and yuletide cheer at the annual Brookwood Christmas Open House event benefiting Brookwood’s adults with disabilities. Come shop for a good cause and let your retail dollar do double duty, just in time for the holidays.

Visitors can shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center filled with the Citizens’ (the name given to Brookwood’s residents) handcrafted products, unique holiday home décor and gifts, clothing, jewelry and an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and cared for by the Citizens. Shoppers can enjoy a delicious lunch in Brookwood’s gourmet Café and take a self-guided tour of the campus. The Brookwood Citizens will also perform “A Concert for the Ages” both days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is always the highlight of the weekend and sure to put the entire family in the holiday spirit.

Founded over 30 years ago, The Brookwood Community has provided an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities. As a nonprofit organization that does not accept any government funding, Brookwood relies on the support of events like Open House to fund the work programs and residential homes that serve over 225 adults. The community is located off of I-10 ten minutes west of Katy. For more information, visit brookwoodcommunity.org or call 281-375-2100.

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ARTS FULSHEAR OLD THYME CHRISTMAS MARKET, DEC. 3

The annual Arts Fulshear Olde Thyme Christmas Market will take place on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Red Potato Market, 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. The Market promotes artists and small businesses in the Katy area who will be offering their jewelry, wooden signs, wreaths, scented candles, health and beauty products, women’s clothing and more. A $5 donation to Arts Fulshear to support the programs and scholarships offered by the nonprofit is requested. Entertainment and refreshments will also be available. For more information, visit artsfulshear.org.

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KATY OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL, DEC. 3

The seventh annual Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas is a family classic, and a free event that Katy Market Day runs in partnership with the City of Katy. The event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and ends with the official lighting of the Mayor’s Christ­mas Tree at 7 p.m. The day includes photos with Santa Claus, booths with holiday activities for children including letters to Santa, making your own Christmas Ornaments and reindeer food! Photos with Santa are available for $5.

Market Day will have 180 guaranteed unique and craftspeople-only vendors (no businesses just soliciting information), and a free snowfield with 50,000 pounds of snow for the kids to enjoy. The event also includes entertainment from local church and school choirs and groups of carolers throughout the day. Organizers also are collecting canned food donations for a local food pantry. Visit katymarketday.com for more information.

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FROSTYFEST CRAFT FAIR, DEC. 3

Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, 1530 Norwalk Dr., presents FrostyFest, the church’s longstanding annual craft fair, on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 70 vendors will feature their handmade-only items. Food and baked goods will be available for sale. Bring your camera and take your own pictures with Santa. All proceeds go to charity.

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MESSIAH SING-A-LONG, DEC. 4

The Chancel Choir of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy invites you to their annual Messiah Sing-A-Long , Sunday Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Come to sing or just to listen to this beautiful music. There will be soloists and a full orchestra. There is no charge. Copies of the music will be available for loan or sale.

St. Peter’s is located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy. For more information, call David Galasso at 281-492-8031.

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TAYLOR HS PROJECT GRAD FLAMINGO PROGRAM, ONGOING

Taylor High School Project Grad is sponsoring a Flamingo Your Family and Friends program to raise money for its 2017 event. You are encouraged to rent flamingos to place in the yards of friends and family to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, other special occasions or just for fun. Place your order for a perfectly poised, passionately pink, plucky, perky flock of flamingos!

Two-day rental fee is only $1 per bird (20 bird minimum). Banners available for an additional $5 fee includes a 2′ x 4′ “Happy Birthday” banner or 2′ x 5′ “Will you go to Homecoming with me?” banner.

For more information, contact Kris Poldervaart at kristie185@gmail.com.

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MD ANDERSON KATY BLOOD DRIVE, DEC. 5

It is that time of year when we all want to do something nice for someone in need, and cancer patients are in need of blood donations. MD Anderson is the largest transfusing hospital in the United States and one donation of whole blood saves three lives.

On Dec. 5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., MD Anderson Katy will hold a blood drive at Donor Coach, 19770 Kingsland Blvd. Booths will be located in the parking spots reserved for MD Anderson. All donors will receive an appreciation gift and refreshments. To schedule an appointment, visit tinyurl.com/mdakaty1216. Picture ID is required. For more information call 713-792-777 or visit mdanderson/org/bloodbank.

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The public is invited to the Taylor High School Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 8-9.

The public is invited to the Taylor High School Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 8-9.

JAMES E. TAYLOR HS PROJECT GRAD 13TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR, DEC. 8-9

James E. Taylor High School Project Grad has announced the dates of the 13th Annual Holiday Home Tour. Five families have agreed to open their homes to raise funds for Project Grad. The Katy community is invited to tour these homes filled with holiday décor. Dates for the tour are Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5-9 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m.

Each home will feature a different silent auction basket. Taylor High School students and their parents will also decorate trees to be raffled off on Friday night.

Tickets for the Tour can be purchased after Nov. 1 for $10 from Hauerland’s Store at 1648 South Mason Road or at the Senior Office of James E. Taylor High School. Tickets can also be purchased or questions asked at thsprojectgrad17@yahoo.com.

Money raised will help seniors celebrate their 2017 graduation by offering a safe haven with friends and teachers.

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Kids can enjoy 40,000 pounds of snow and more at the Jordan Ranch Snow Fest.

Kids can enjoy 40,000 pounds of snow and more at the Jordan Ranch Snow Fest.

JORDAN RANCH PRESENTS SNOW FEST, DEC. 10

Bring mittens, hats and gloves to Jordan Ranch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, for the frost-filled fun of Snow Fest.

The festival features carolers, a bounce house, music, holiday treats and a snow slide featuring 40,000 pounds of snow. Seasonal activities will take place in each of Jordan Ranch’s model homes and Santa will make a guest appearance. Snow Fest is free and open to the public. Learn more at jordanranchtexas.com.

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CINCO RANCH BRANCH LIBRARY, DECEMBER PROGRAMS

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., presents a variety of 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 library will be closed for Christmas, Dec. 23-26 and for New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

Holiday Open House: Arctic Express – Winter Festivals of the World”– Saturday, Dec. 3, 10-11 a.m. Using puppets, magic, storytelling, and audience participation, Julian Franklin will take everyone on an imaginary train ride around the world to learn about winter holidays like Diwali, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Lunar New Year, Ramadan, Hanukkah and Christmas. The program is intended for school-aged children and their families. This event is presented with the generous support of the Friends of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library. Enjoy light refreshments and holiday music after the program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday Open House: Wrap It Up for the Holidays – Saturday, Dec. 3, noon-1 p.m. The Holiday Open House continues with a program on creative gift-wrapping ideas.

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BREAKFAST WITH THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY AND SUGAR PLUM MARKET AND THE NUTCRACKER, DEC. 10,

Allegro Ballet of Houston will host its13th annual Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Market at Lakeside Country Club, 100 Wilcrest Dr., on Dec. 10 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Enjoy a beautiful breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends from The Nutcracker. You will never forget the look in your child’s eyes when the Sugar Plum Fairy bends down to give her a hug. Create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime for you and your little ones. The costumed characters will interact with the guests enhancing all of the Christmas wonder and holiday magic.

Excerpts from The Nutcracker will be performed. The children will also have an opportunity to dance with the ballerinas. A limited number of character tables are available on a first come first served basis. Resevations are available.

Start your holiday shopping at the accompanying Sugar Plum Market. Top vendors will present their amazing merchandise. These vendors have been carefully chosen for their attention to detail and their extraordinary products and services. Custom clothes and hair bows, beautiful tutus, stunning jewelry and more await.

Allegro Ballet additionally presents its 15th annual full-length production of The Nutcracker at Katy High School PAC for three performances: Dec. 17 at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., and Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for all three events can be purchased online at allegroballetofhouston.com or by calling 281-496-4670.

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Alfredo Gisholt’s Untitled, 2016, mixed media on paper, 22" x 30"

Alfredo Gisholt’s Untitled, 2016, mixed media on paper, 22″ x 30″

KCAM’S FIRST INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBIT BY ALFREDO GISHOLT

The KCAM Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend is currently featuring its first international traveling exhibition, “For the Love of Paper” by Mexican artist Alfredo Gisholt, who is presently an assistant professor of fine arts at Brandeis University in Boston.

KCAM’s Director and Curator, Ana Villaronga-Roman shared, “He respects paper and the dance between the ink, the gouache or the pencil toward the paper. It is obvious to me that he has a special relationship with paper.”

“Empowering expression on paper is what Alfredo’s work is. The abstraction that occurs takes paper beyond its limits,” says curator Mariana Debes, an art psychologist and curator active in Mexico City and Houston. She is in charge of traveling with the exhibition to Mexico later in 2017.

Gisholt’s passion for making art was awakened on a trip to Europe for six months when he was 17. After earning his MFA in 1996, he moved to Massachusetts, where he set up a study with the aim of concentrating solely on painting. However, a year later Gisholt decided to enroll at Boston University, where he got the opportunity to study with John Walker, the English painter.

Gisholt’s work is on exhibit at KCAM from Nov. 9 to Jan. 15. The museum is located at 805 Ave B in Katy. Visit kcamfortbend.com for more information.

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Vocalist Amanda Hart Bassett joins String Theory String Orchestra for the Dec. 12 concert.

Vocalist Amanda Hart Bassett joins String Theory String Orchestra for the Dec. 12 concert.

STRING THEORY STRING ORCHESTRA PERFORMS AT BOB LUTTS FULSHEAR/SIMONTON LIBRARY, DEC. 12

Live holiday music by talented local musicians in the “String Theory String Orchestra” will be featured when Fort Bend County Libraries presents “Holiday Music with String Theory” on Monday, Dec. 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

An all-string ensemble of violins, violas, cellos, and a bass violin, String Theory String Orchestra will be joined by vocalist Amanda Hart Bassett in performing a variety of seasonal music, from pops to classical.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 281-633-4675.

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KATY CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON, DEC. 15

Katy Christian Women’s Connection (KCWC) will be hosting its annual Christmas Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 15 at The Club at Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Dr. Christmas music will be provided by Katy resident Barbara Freeman. Bring an ornament for the annual ornament exchange. Beverly Deputy from Spring will share how she “paints hr life with joy.” The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. for fellowship, games and lunch. It ends at 1 p.m. The luncheon is $18 per person.

Katy Christian Women also sponsors monthly Prayer Coffees held on the second Thursday of each month. New Bible Studies start in January. Visit katycwc.org for locations or call Janet Collins at 281-762-8252. For more information or to RSVP, email Nancy at Katycwc@gmail.com or call 281-232-8338.

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TOMPKINS HIGH THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, JAN. 19-21

Feed the need for musical hilarity with Tompkins Theatre Company’s presentation of the musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, a delicious sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination. Rated PG.

For more information, email boxoffice@­tompkinstheatre.com. Tompkins High School Performing Arts Center is located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd.

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KATY VOCAL EXPRESS OPEN HOUSE, JAN. 26

Katy Vocal Express (KVE), the newest prospective Sweet Adelines Chorus has arrived in the Katy area. The name honors the history of the Katy railroad as well as the barbershop harmony. Ladies from the Katy/West Houston area are invited to attend chorus rehearsal any Thursday evening, 7-9 p.m. at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church (HCUMC), 22111 Morton Ranch Road. In December, there is only one rehearsal scheduled for Dec. 1. Rehearsals will then resume on Jan. 5. Signs on the property will guide you to the correct place on the east side of the church campus.

Join KVE for its Chorus Open House on Thursday Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at HCUMC. Guests will be treated to a short performance, a brief explanation about the chorus, and then everyone will have the opportunity to sing.

To reserve your spot or for more information, email katyvocalexpress@gmail.com.

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Landscape expert Chris Lambton of DIY Networks’ Yard Crashers will appear at the show.

Landscape expert Chris Lambton of DIY Networks’ Yard Crashers will appear at the show.

SPRING KATY HOME AND GARDEN SHOW, JAN. 28-29

Get a head start on your home and garden expansion and experience two buildings packed with more than 300 exhibits at the Spring Katy Home & Garden Show, the largest home show in west Houston at the Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion. The event will focus on decorating; remodeling; window treatments; kitchens & baths; do-it-yourself; flooring; windows; landscaping; pools; outdoor entertainment and more.

Meet celebrity landscape expert, Chris Lambton, host of DIY Networks Yard Crashers who also appears with his wife Peyton, on HGTV’s Going Yard where they transform backyards, one house at a time. Other features include a Kid’s Activity Zone presented by Adventure Kids Playcare, and the People’s Choice Awards for Outstanding Landscape selected by popular vote.Get inspired and ready to renovate.

Tickets are $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 with a military ID. Kids 12 and under are free. Show hours are Saturday January 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 29, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Parking is free.

The Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion is located at 6301 S Stadium Lane in Katy. For ticket information, directions and hours visit katyhomeandgardenshow.com or call 832-392-0165. The show is sponsored by Superior Window Company.


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