Katy Happenings December 2017

| December 1, 2017

This year marks the 15th year for the breakfast and there is a new venue – The Houston Racquet Club.

This year marks the 15th year for the breakfast and there is a new venue – The Houston Racquet Club.

ALLEGRO BALLET PRESENTS THE SUGAR PLUM MARKET AND THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, DEC. 9 AND DEC. 16-17

Sixteen years ago, Allegro Ballet started a West Houston holiday tradition by presenting a full length production of The Nutcracker Ballet. At the end of each performance, all the children (and adults) are invited to the stage to meet the dancers for autographs and photos. It is an outstanding production at an affordable price, and guests can avoid pricey parking and a drive downtown.

To complement the ballet, the company presents The Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Market. An elegant breakfast is served while the Sugar Plum Fairy and some of 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. Unique vendors create wonderful holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

The Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy & Sugar Plum Market will be held on Dec. 9, from 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr. Tickets are $35 per person or specialty tables for $55 per person.

The Nutcracker Ballet will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 , at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Katy High School, 6331 Hwy Blvd. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30.Tickets to all events are online at allegroballetofhouston.com.

 

The Fort Bend BoysTour Choir sings The Twelve Pains of Christmas at the 2016 Christmas Musicale.

The Fort Bend BoysTour Choir sings The Twelve Pains of Christmas at the 2016 Christmas Musicale. Terri Cannon, Spider Photography

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR EVENTS, DEC. 2 AND 9

The Fort Bend Boys Choir rings in their 36th holiday season with a Christmas Musicale concert on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church-Missouri City. Their three performing treble choirs – Training, Town and Tour – will be showcased along with Music Magic, the organization’s class of six- and seven-year-olds.

Tickets are available by calling the choir office, from any choir member or at the door. Adult admission is $15 and children 12 and under are $5. All proceeds from the Christmas Musicale are used for program support, operational expenses and scholarships.

Did you know there is a time limit on a young boy’s voice? That is why it is so important to encourage young boys to sing now and audition for the Fort Bend Boys Choir. Singing in the unchanged voice is for a limited time only, unlike participation in sports, scouting and other activities. Boys age eight (8) and older with unchanged voices are invited to audition. No previous singing experience is necessary.

Open auditions will be held at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, TX from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 9. Special appointments can also be made if a boy is not available for the open audition date. Scholarships and carpooling assistance are available.

Boys from all over the Fort Bend and Houston metropolitan area have the opportunity to learn more about music and singing as well as many of life’s important lessons like leadership, making friends and building self-confidence and self-esteem – all in a safe, proactive setting. Find out more by visiting fbbctx.org or call the choir office at 281-240-3800 to schedule an audition time.

Learn more about the Fort Bend Boys Choir and how they make a difference in the lives of boys by visiting their website or calling the choir office. You can also check out their fan page on Facebook.

 

 

Shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center for an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously cared for by the Citizens.

Shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center for an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously cared for by the Citizens.

BROOKWOOD CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE DEC. 1 AND 2

Join The Brookwood Community on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 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, known as Citizens. Come shop for a good cause and let your retail dollar do double duty, just in time for the holidays.

Conveniently located off of I-10 ten minutes west of Katy, visitors can shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center filled with the Citizens’ handcrafted products, unique holiday home décor and gifts, clothing, jewelry and an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously 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 Christmas pageant both days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. which 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 awakens real purpose 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. For more information, call 281-375-2100 or visit brookwoodcommunity.org.

 

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BOB LUTTS FULSHEAR/SIMONTON BRANCH LIBRARY, DECEMBER PROGRAMS

Fort Bend County Libraries’ 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, call the library at 281-633-4675. The December schedule is as follows:

Making Holiday Ornaments – Monday, Dec. 11, 5 p.m. In this program, teens in grades 9-12 will learn how to make holiday ornaments using clear balls, old CDs, and other interesting items. Materials made possible by the support of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library.

Toddler Time – Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. – Caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 12-36 months of age. This activity will NOT take place on Dec. 19 and 26.

Story Time – Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. ­– Stories, movies, and age-appropriate craft activities for children 3-6 years of age. This activity will NOT take place on Dec. 20 and 27.

After-School Breaks – second Thursday at 4:30 p.m. – Crafts, movies, stories for school-aged children in grades 1-5. The program on Dec. 14 will be “Sweet Sleighing.” Those attending the program will make a candy sleigh upon a snow-covered cupcake mountain. Materials for this program were made possible by the support of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library.

The book clubs will not meet in December. They will resume their regular schedule in January.

 

 

KATY OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS, DEC. 2

Join your friends and neighbors for the eighth annual Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas in Historic Downtown Katy on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This free family event will include food trucks, vendors, a snow park, a beer garden and Santa himself.

This event is organized by Katy Market Day and No Label Brewing Co. Bring canned goods to donate to a local food pantry. Proceeds from the event will benefit a local charity.

Call 281-391-1993 or visit katymarketday.com for more information.

 

 

VIRTUOSI OF HOUSTON OPENING NIGHT CONCERT, DEC. 2

Virtuosi of Houston (VOH) has announced its 2017-2018 Opening Night of the Season Concert celebrating 22 years of excellence in chamber and jazz music education and performances will be held Saturday, Dec. 2. at 7:30 p.m. at Zikha Hall, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby.

VOH is the only premier youth chamber and jazz orchestra in Houston designed for gifted musicians ages 11-18 to increase their education and performance opportunities, thereby preparing them for a career in music. The vision is that its musicians will return to Texas as performers, educators, and arts advocates to give their expertise back to the community that helped develop them as young artists. Many are already educators, performers and music administrators in Texas and globally.

Tickets for individuals are $20; seniors and students are $10. Buy tickets at TheHobbyCenter.org.

For more information, call 713-315-2525.

 

PETER’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PRESENTS MESSIAH SINGALONG, DEC. 3

The Chancel Choir of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, invites the public to the annual Messiah Singalong, Sunday, Dec. 3 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. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the sheet music will be available for loan or for sale. For more information, contact David Galasso at 281-492-8031 or dgalasso@stpkaty.org.

 

 

FITNESS JOURNEY NETWORK MEETING, FIRST THURSDAY OF MONTH

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 at fitnessjourney@live.com for information.

 

 

The Taylor High School’s 14th annual Holiday Home Tour will feature five beautifully decorated homes.

The Taylor High School’s 14th annual Holiday Home Tour will feature five beautifully decorated homes.

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR, DEC. 7-8

Enjoy the spirit of the holidays by touring five beautifully-decorated homes on the James E. Taylor High School‘s Holiday Home Tour sponsored by Taylor’s Class of 2018 Project Grad. In addition to viewing the warm and festive holiday décor, you will also support Taylor’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.   Project Grad is donating 10 percent of all proceeds from the Holiday Home Tour to Harvey impacted families.

The tour is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and /or 5-9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased after Nov. 1 for $15 from Hauerland’s Purveyors of Fine Goods, 1648 South Mason Road; Southern Diva’s Boutique, 23110 Cinco Ranch Blvd.; or the senior office of James E. Taylor High School, 20700 Kingsland Blvd.   For more information, visit thsprojectgrad.com. The Home Tour information is under the Events tab. Taylor’s Project Grad provides the senior class a safe year-end celebration with friends and teachers.

 

 

SOLIS MAMMOGRAPHY LAUNCHES “HELP US HELP HOUSTON” CAMPAIGN, THROUGH DEC. 31

Solis Mammography – the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services – has launched its “Help Us Help Houston” campaign through its seven locations across the greater Houston region. From now through the end of the year, patients who schedule and complete their annual screening mammogram at Solis Mammography, will also give the gift of restoration and recovery.

For every mammogram appointment scheduled and completed at any Solis Mammography center through Dec. 31, $10 will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by Solis Mammography and its partners in the effort, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic. To signal their participation in the campaign, all patients need to do is use the code “Harvey” when they check-in for their appointment.

“Many of our patients, team members and partners were deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said DaWanda Nelson, vice president of operations for Solis Mammography in Houston. “We wanted to provide substantial support, while also continuing our message of the importance of preventative screening to overall breast health. In this way, we’ll be contributing to both the health and well-being of Houston women – and the entire community. We’d also like to express our deep appreciation to our partners HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic for joining us to support and fund this campaign.”

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Because of the immense need in and around Houston, this fund is dedicated to relieving gaps that are not met by other local and federal efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Solis Mammography’s growing presence in the Houston region includes its newly dedicated breast health center at HCA-affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Located in the newly refurbished One Fannin building next to the hospital, the center is designed to promote patient ease and peace of mind in an atmosphere devoted to both the patient experience and clinical accuracy. To schedule an appointment, go to solismammo.com/schedule-appointment.

 

 

Jordan Ranch Snow Fest.

Jordan Ranch Snow Fest.

SNOW FEST RETURNS TO JORDAN RANCH, DEC. 9

Snow Fest is returning to Jordan Ranch with 70,000 pounds of winter fun for everyone from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 30757 Jordan Crossing Blvd.

Make snow angels to the music of a DJ, slide down a three-lane slide and munch on cookies and hot chocolate. Additional activities include an ice carver performing on-site, bounce houses, face painters, food trucks and a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves. Nine seasonally decorated model homes will be open for touring. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit jordanranchtexas.com.

 

 

KATY ISD POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEKS HELP THROUGH SANTA COPS PROGRAM

Katy ISD Police Department is sponsoring the 15th Annual Santa Cops Program, aimed at helping families that may be experiencing hardships by providing gifts and clothing for their children during the holidays. This year, the program anticipates an increased number of families in need due to the devastation caused by Harvey.

As in the past, generous sponsors are needed. Every year students, community organizations as well as district employees make this program a success. The Katy ISD Police Department welcomes any and all who would like to participate. If you or someone you know would like to donate and help children this year, please send an email to santacops@katyisd.org.

Sponsor information will be sent out around the third week of November. After Harvey, the outpouring of love and generosity has been heartwarming and the Katy ISD Police Department would like to continue the community’s support throughout the upcoming holidays.

 

 

WILLOWFORK FIRE DEPARTMENT TOYS FOR TOTS TOY DRIVE, THROUGH DEC. 13

The Willowfork Fire Department invites the community to participate in its Toys for Tots Toy Drive, through Dec. 13. Drop off new and unwrapped toys, gift cards or checks (made out to Toys for Tots) for infants-high school ages from 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at the following locations: Station 1, 24655 Westheimer Pkwy., Katy; or Station 2, 26950 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy.

For more information, contact Lou Ann Matthews, 281-395-0011 X120 or wfdinfo@willowforkfire.com.

 

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TRI DELTA HOUSTON CHAPTER’S THE SALE, JAN. 6-7

“Shop ‘til you drop” will take on new meaning when Houston’s finest boutiques take center stage at the SALE, a two-day charity shopping event scheduled for Jan. 6-7 at Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road. Presented by Houston Tri Delta Alumnae, the SALE features boutique shopping at rock-bottom prices with proceeds benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Now in its fourth year, the SALE has provided over $500,000 to support pediatric cancer research in the Texas Medical Center.

Co-chairs Laura Williams and Dee Dee Robinson said the SALE is one-stop shopping for incredible bargains from Houston’s finest boutiques – and all for a great cause.

Over 50 retailers will be participating offering designer clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories for women, children and men, along with gifts and home décor. Participating vendors include a bientôt, Anna Irion, Back Row Home, Dimensions, Elaine Turner, Fig Tree, Hunter Bell, Jeanette, A Unique Boutique, KB Kasuals, M. Wiesenthal, Monica Haff Designs, Patricia Peckinpaugh, Pinto Ranch, Presmer, Raspberry Rose and Tres Chic.

The SALE is open to the public Saturday, Jan. 6, noon-5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 7, noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. A Champagne Shopping Preview will take place Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit thesalehouston.com.

 

 

BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY INVITES TOUR GUESTS

Take a tour of Brookwood, a community dedicated to creating meaningful lives for adults with disabilities. Brookwood sits on nearly 500 country acres and provides a home and work environment for its citizens. Brookwood is a nonprofit organization, operating without accepting any government funds.

Tour guests will have a chance to see citizens going about their daily lives in the workshops, horticulture department and Café. There is also an opportunity to visit the Worship Center, residential areas, recreational facilities, enterprise wokshops, horticulture and more. Brookwood tours are available from 9-11 a.m., Monday-Friday. A minimum of 10 guests is required to book a tour, but a group with less than 10 can possibly be added to an already scheduled tour. The tours are free, but attendees are encouraged to support the citizens by dining in the Café and shopping at the Gift Shop, Art Gallery and Retail Greenhouse.

To make a tour reservation, call 281-375-2100 or email receptionist@brookwoodcommunity.org. Brookwood is about 8 miles west of Katy (Exit 731) and about 1 mile south of I-10, at 1752 FM 1489 in Brookshire. Visit brookwoodcommunity.org.

 

 

2018 Road Trip Committee members (l-r): Lisa Key, Karen Nemesi (Hippie Chick), Robbin Mallett, Cheryl Brown, Sandra Lowe, Gail McClendon, Terri Nieser (Madonna), Karen Lonsway, Angela Mason, Terri Sitter, Tricia Rostek, Executive Director Angel Tapia, Nancy Colmenares, Norma Wirkowski, (Helen Gaffney & Mel Tong in car), Ali Burrows (Pink Lady), Ann Edgar, Patty Ward, Kim Icenhower, Lisa Short, Sue O’Hara, Sandy Starr and Eileen Scamardo surround a gorgeous 1965 AC Cobra owned by Stan and Andrea Tripp of Sugar Land.

2018 Road Trip Committee members (l-r): Lisa Key, Karen Nemesi (Hippie Chick), Robbin Mallett, Cheryl Brown, Sandra Lowe, Gail McClendon, Terri Nieser (Madonna), Karen Lonsway, Angela Mason, Terri Sitter, Tricia Rostek, Executive Director Angel Tapia, Nancy Colmenares, Norma Wirkowski, (Helen Gaffney & Mel Tong in car), Ali Burrows (Pink Lady), Ann Edgar, Patty Ward, Kim Icenhower, Lisa Short, Sue O’Hara, Sandy Starr and Eileen Scamardo surround a gorgeous 1965 AC Cobra owned by Stan and Andrea Tripp of Sugar Land.

FORT BEND CARES 13TH ANNUAL ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE DECADES, FEB. 3

Planning for one of Fort Bend’s most popular annual events is underway. Fort Bend Cares 13th Annual Road Trip fundraiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 pm. Money raised from this fun “Road Trip Through the Decades” will support nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County.

Join sponsors Fluor, Rice Gardner and Schlum­berger for a fun night featuring favorite dishes from popular local restaurants, roaming entertainment, a casino, live and silent auctions, raffle, wine and spirits pull, photo station and more.

The event space, graciously donated by Fluor in Sugar Land, will capture highlights of American pop culture from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. The night will have something for everyone, whether you are a Fifties fanatic, stuck in the Sixties, a Seventies disco queen or an Eighties rocker.

“Road Trip will be a blast this year,” said event Co-Chair Karen Nemesi. “You can dress casual or get groovy and wear an outfit from your favorite decade. We’ll have food from top area restaurants, live music by Shark Bait and some amazing auction items up for grabs. So bring your friends and enjoy a journey through the decades for a great cause.”

Sponsorships are available ranging from $1,000 to $15,000. Individual tickets are $75 and $50 for young professionals aged 35 and under, if purchased by Jan. 19. Ticket prices increase to $85 and $60 respectively after Jan. 19. For more information or to become a sponsor, call 832-819-2005, email angel@fortbendcares.org or visit fortbendcares.org.

 

 

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.

 

 

CITIZENS FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION’S THRIFT STORE

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. 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. Call 281-497-7559 for more information.

 

 

INHOUSTON-KATY PROFESSIONAL PREMIER BUSINESS NETWORK MIXER, SECOND TUESDAY

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.

2018 Road Trip Committee members (l-r): Lisa Key, Karen Nemesi (Hippie Chick), Robbin Mallett, Cheryl Brown, Sandra Lowe, Gail McClendon, Terri Nieser (Madonna), Karen Lonsway, Angela Mason, Terri Sitter, Tricia Rostek, Executive Director Angel Tapia, Nancy Colmenares, Norma Wirkowski, (Helen Gaffney & Mel Tong in car), Ali Burrows (Pink Lady), Ann Edgar, Patty Ward, Kim Icenhower, Lisa Short, Sue O’Hara, Sandy Starr and Eileen Scamardo surround a gorgeous 1965 AC Cobra owned by Stan and Andrea Tripp of Sugar Land.

2018 Road Trip Committee members (l-r): Lisa Key, Karen Nemesi (Hippie Chick), Robbin Mallett, Cheryl Brown, Sandra Lowe, Gail McClendon, Terri Nieser (Madonna), Karen Lonsway, Angela Mason, Terri Sitter, Tricia Rostek, Executive Director Angel Tapia, Nancy Colmenares, Norma Wirkowski, (Helen Gaffney & Mel Tong in car), Ali Burrows (Pink Lady), Ann Edgar, Patty Ward, Kim Icenhower, Lisa Short, Sue O’Hara, Sandy Starr and Eileen Scamardo surround a gorgeous 1965 AC Cobra owned by Stan and Andrea Tripp of Sugar Land.


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