Katy Happenings

| February 1, 2015

“Houston Elvis” Ralph Elizondo will perform and also be master of ceremonies at the FBBC Gala.

“Houston Elvis” Ralph Elizondo will perform and also be master of ceremonies at the FBBC Gala.

FORT BEND BOYS CHOIR IS GETTING “ALL SHOOK UP” FOR GALA DINNER AND AUCTION, ONLY FEB 07

Strap on your ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and have some rocking good fun at the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Gala Dinner and Auction event on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Safari Lodge at Safari Texas. The theme is Elvis. The Tour Choir will perform a musical tribute and Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls will serve as auctioneer. As a special treat, Elvis tribute artist Ralph Elizondo, Texas’ No.1 Elvis impersonator, will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening and perform a musical set.

Festivities for this casual, fun-filled evening include a delicious buffet meal, a Live Auction and a Silent Auction. Every taste and price range will be represented in the auctions which will include: sporting event packages, weekend trips, handmade items and much more.

Opportunities are still available for sponsorships to the Gala Dinner and Auction including a Platinum Sponsorship that features preferential seating, notable recognition and an exclusive performance by the Tour Choir for a future event.

Proceeds will help support all music programs of the Fort Bend Boys Choir, including scholarships. Contact the choir office at 281-240-3800 or visit fbbctx.org for more information about this Elvis gala event.

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BARRY SEA PARADOX PERFORMANCES

The Barry Sea Paradox Band is one of the Houston area’s most popular and versatile 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. For the band’s full schedule, call 713-822-5011 or go to barrysea.com. Reservations are recommended for all events.

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NOTTINGHAM COUNTRY GARDEN CLUB, FEB. 5

On Thursday, Feb. 5, Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Mary Karish as guest speaker. Mary will present a program on Home Canning and Food Preservation. Mary is a Harris County Master Gardener, a Citrus Specialist, a Master Composter and the owner of The Three Sisters, a company that conducts workshops on organic gardening and sells organic gardening products. Mary is also a freelance writer and has published several articles on gardening related topics. She frequently gives public presentations and demonstrations to gardening clubs, garden shows and public events.

Meet and greet time begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m., followed by the NCGC meeting. The group meets at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive. Everyone interested in gardening and gardening related topics is welcome. NCGC serves the West Houston and Katy areas. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to the group.

For more information visit nottinghamgardenclub.org or call 979- 885-6199.

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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, 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.

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(L-R): Lee Ormsby as the Big Bopper, Dean Elliot as Buddy Holly and Miguel Angel as Ritchie Valens.

(L-R): Lee Ormsby as the Big Bopper, Dean Elliot as Buddy Holly and Miguel Angel as Ritchie Valens.

SPA PRESENTS BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, BEGINNING FEB 06

Society for the Performing Arts presents Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6; and at 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at Jones Hall.

Before The Beatles, The Beach Boys or The Rolling Stones, rock ‘n’ roll was forever changed by Buddy Holly, a 19-year-old kid from Texas. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of his meteoric rise to fame from that moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be The Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show, featuring more than 20 hits including “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy!” and “Not Fade Away,” will have you on your feet and will “send you out of the theater on an unstoppable high!” For tickets or more information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org.

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PEDALING THE PRAIRIE BENEFIT BIKE RIDE, ONLY FEB 07

Come pedal the prairie with the Eagle Initiative and Faith West Academy at the 2015 Pedaling the Prairie bike ride on Saturday, Feb. 7. This BPMS150 Recommended Ride begins at the Waller County Fairgrounds (22000 Fairground Road in Hempstead) and cruises past the rice fields and prairie between Bellville and Katy. Riders can choose between several well-planned routes, from a 26-mile beginner course to a 71-mile endurance ride. Breakfast and registration open at 7 a.m., with the ride beginning at 9 a.m. The post-race party begins at 11 a.m., and the course closes at 3:30 p.m. The ride happens rain or shine.

More than 1,000 riders are expected to participate in the ride, which benefits the Eagle Initiative and Faith West Academy’s athletic department. Early registration is open until Jan. 27 and is $35 per person. After Jan. 27, registration is $40 per person. Walk-up registration on race day is $45 per person. Teams or families of four riders may register for a discounted fee of $100. Registration and other details can be found at pedalingtheprairie.org.

Current sponsors of Pedaling the Prairie include Keystone Structural Concrete, LLC and Tiffany Wright, Creative. Numerous other sponsorship opportunities are available.To sponsor, call Cheri Larson at 281-391-5683.

The Eagle Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children ages pre-K to 18 years in Katy and west Houston. Faith West Academy is a private, Christian elementary and secondary school located in Katy.

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SETA AGLOW 2015 CONFERENCE, FEB. 13-14

Individuals and groups are cordially invited to attend the Southeast Texas Area Aglow 2015 Conference “Rise and Be Healed.” Guest speaker is Judith MacNutt, President and
co-founder of Christian Healing Ministries and author of the book Angels Are For Real.

Conference dates are Feb.13, 7 p.m., and Feb. 14, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.The event will be held at the Church on the Rock Katy, 433 S. Barker Cypress.

Conference cost is $35 before Feb. 6 and $45 after. Conference registration is found at Eventbrite Rise and Be Healed! For more
information visit katyaglow.com

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“ESPRESSO YOURSELF” ART SALE, SECOND THURSDAYS

ARTreach seniors and volunteers at Mamie George Community Center hold a big art sale the second Thursday of every month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the center, 111 Collins Road in Richmond. The event, “Espresso Yourself,” promises a free cup of coffee and a homemade cookie along with the opportunity to purchase handmade gifts, ceramic coffee cups and
jewelry. The money raised will benefit the Mamie George Community Center.

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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.

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OLD TOWN KATY MARKET DAYS, THIRD SATURDAYS

Old Town Katy Market Days was established in 2001 and has been steadily growing ever since. Each month local produce, free range eggs, local honey, organic, beef, chicken and lamb all raised locally are featured. 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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THE 6TH TEXAS YOGA CONFERENCE, FEB. 20-22

The Texas Yoga Association is proud to announce the 6th annual Texas Yoga Conference to be held at the recentlycompleted ISKCON Temple and Cultural Center Feb. 20-22. The Texas Yoga Association continues its mission to build a passionate networking community of yoga professionals and practitioners by gathering industry leaders and enthusiasts at the annual event. With nearly 70 presentations on the schedule, the event attracts regional and national yoga teachers who offer classes at all levels of experience, from the beginner to the advanced student. The conference acts as a city retreat featuring lectures and presentations that peak the interest of a wide range yoga enthusiasts, as well as demonstrates interesting research such as the effects of meditation and yoga inside the brain.

Workshops on the 2015 schedule include: Green Psychology: A Salute to the Late Yoga Scholar Georg Feuerstein presented by his beloved wife Brenda Feuerstein; The Physics of Thought; Challenging Boun­daries of Strength, Breath, Flexibility and Focus; Why Sugar is the New Fat; Pole Yoga; The Yoga Brain: Connection Between Yoga and Mental Health, in addition to 65 more presentations. Participants will have access to nearly 100 exhibitors showcasing aroma-therapeutic massage, natural products, health foods, jewelry, yoga clothing and other unique gifts.

This is the first year the conference will be held in its “new home” at the ISKCON in Houston. The 24,000 square-foot-temple has been under construction since 2004, and the grand opening recently occurred in May 2014. Leaders from each faith community made prayers of invocation in their own faith language and tradition to bring auspiciousness to the temple’s grand opening.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend concerts on both Friday and Saturday with Vish from The Mayapuris and Bhakti House Band. The very popular traveling bhakti bands contribute to the overall feel of the conference with music segments peppered through out the weekend.

Visit texasyogaconference.com for more information or email info@texasyogaconference.com.

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BOB LUTTS FULSHEAR/SIMONTON BRANCH LIBRARY, FEBRUARY 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 a full schedule or for more information, call the branch library at
281-633-4675 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

“The Pastry Prince” – Monday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Performed by Houston Grand Opera’s “Opera to Go,” this family-friendly light opera, sung entirely in English, is about a troupe of down-and-out actors who arrive in town to perform the classic Italian tale “The Pastry Prince” for the noble Duke of Bologna. During their rehearsals for the big day, they are forced to take on a last-minute understudy, and things do not go quite as expected. The performance is intended for children in grades 2 through 8.

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CINCO RANCH BRANCH LIBRARY, FEBRUARY PROGRAMS

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., 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 a full schedule or for more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

“Income-Tax-Preparation Assistance” – Mondays, 1-5 p.m. – Representatives from the AARP will provide free income-tax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers. Patrons should bring photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, spouse, and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s, and any other compensation received in 2014; unemployment compensation statements; and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return. Income-tax forms may be obtained at any of the branch libraries in the Fort Bend County library system.

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More than 50 artisans and antiques and vintage dealers will be on hand at the Red Potato Market Days.

More than 50 artisans and antiques and vintage dealers will be on hand at the Red Potato Market Days.

RED POTATO MARKET DAYS, MARCH 6 AND 7

Red Potato Market Days will be held Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the “Red Barn” on the grounds of the country shop Red Potato Market, 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. This growing show hosts over 50 artisans and antiques and vintage dealers.

Visitors will find vintage accents, antique and repurposed furniture, plants, clothing, jewelry, accessories for the home and garden and much more. It’s a great place to find unique gifts and decor for the home. How-to demos include painting, iron and woodworks. Local chefs are loading up their food trucks to help make this event one not to be missed.There is a $5 entry fee. Children are free. For more information call 281-533-9863 or visit redpotatomarket.com .

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70TH ANNUAL PIN OAK CHARITY HORSE SHOW, MARCH 17-29

The 70th Annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will take place at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 S. Mason Road in Katy, from March 17-29. A nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, Pin Oak has raised more than $6 million for children’s charities since its inception in 1945. The two-week show will benefit Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance.

Pin Oak attracts thousands of competitors, supporters and spectators, and is a sporting and social event like no other. The Grand Prix events are Olympic-level Show Jumping spectaculars and the show is a World Champion Hunter Rider qualifying event.

On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – admission is $5, children under 12 are free; Fridays and Saturdays – admission is $10, children under 12 are free.

For more information, call 713-621-6960, email info@pinoak.org or visit pinoak.org


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