Katy Happenings February 2016

| February 1, 2016

Kerstin Anderson as 'Maria Rainer' and the von Trapp children (from left): Svea Johnson , Audrey Bennett, Quinn Erickson, Mackenzie Currie, Maria Knasel, Erich Schuett and Paige Silvester.

Kerstin Anderson as ‘Maria Rainer’ and the von Trapp children (from left): Svea Johnson , Audrey Bennett, Quinn Erickson, Mackenzie Currie, Maria Knasel, Erich Schuett and Paige Silvester.


The brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brienon, will make its Houston premiere Feb. 16-21 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts as part of a North American tour.

The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired in Decem­ber 2013; 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Tickets are available at the Hobby Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org. For more information, visit TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com.


Members of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra.

Members of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra.


Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra (FBSO) will create an afternoon of romantic music during “At a Viennese Ball,” on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre. The musicians will bring glorious waltzes, marches and traditional dance selections designed to transport the audience to Vienna, Austria during one of its most glamorous time periods. The performance also includes intermission entertainment by Dolce Strings.

Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, creates a program showcasing the finest of the classic German composers while including a few modern American favorites. Much of the music will be familiar to the audience. The perennial favorite, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz, is also on the program, as well as a more modern selection, Ralph Vaughn Williams’ March Past of the Kitchen Utensils.

There will also be a performance by the winner of the FBSO Marielle Ogletree Concerto Competition, as well as a rendition of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto by the winner of December’s HTMA competition. Tango Lullaby from the popular 20th century American composer, Don Gillis, and Leroy Anderson’s 1952 sultry Blue Tango round out the program.

Tickets begin at $15 for adults. Children 12 and under are $5 each, and teens are $10 per ticket. Discounts are available for college students, seniors 55 and over, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642.



The Katy ISD Education Foundation is inviting parents, businesses and community members to contribute to its teacher grant initiative by becoming a Foundation Investor or making a one-time donation. The Foundation’s annual Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program awards funds to teachers to implement classroom projects that engage and excite Katy ISD students. Formed in 2013 to support creative classroom programs in Katy ISD schools, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to teachers throughout the district, enriching the learning experience for more than 65,000 Katy ISD students.

Each spring, teachers are invited to apply for a grant through a competitive, three-step evaluation process. Submissions are judged by community volunteers. This year’s grant application process launched in November with teacher grant applications due March 30. Grants will be awarded in May 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year.

Foundation Investors pledge annual gifts that range from $1,000 to $50,000 per year. One-time contributions of any amount are also welcome. Ken Janda, Katy ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors, said, “Katy ISD has had a very positive impact on our community’s reputation as a fantastic place to live and work. Our grant program helps maintain and extend this reputation, and at the same time, rewards our excellent teachers. Every dollar given to the Foundation helps reward another deserving teacher.”

Additional information about the grant program and how to donate can be found at the Foundation’s website, katyisdeducationfoundation.org. Questions can be emailed to foundation@katyisd.org.



The Metro Go Texan Cypress Fairbanks Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is once again hosting its annual cookoff on Jan. 22-24 at Trader’s Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Road.

At the heart of the Show is the scholarship program which directly benefitted the Cy-Fair school district in 2015 with 25 scholarships worth $450,000. Monies raised will support this program.

Join the fun by entering the contests or by purchasing some BBQ, including brisket, ribs, chicken, dutch oven, fajitas or cooks choice (no desserts). Concessions will be available for purchase.

The entry fees are as follows:

BBQ – $150 (40 x 40 Space), FMV—no donative value; extra spaces are available for an additional $50; Chili – $20; Junior Chili – $5; Margarita/Bloody Mary $10.

Underwriter opportunities are available at the following levels: Gold – $1,000 event underwriter, (fmv $375); Silver – $500 Pit underwriter (fmv $250); or $100 Award underwriter.

To register or donate, visit eventbrite.com­/e/­­17784201024. For more information, call Tammy Faber at 713-899-7975 or email metrogotexancyfair@gmail.com.



On Thursday, Feb. 4, Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Kathy Lord of the Bayou Preservation Association as its guest speaker. Kathy is the executive director of the association and will speak about the conservation and environmental issues that the association addresses.

Meet and greet time begins at 9:30 a.m., and the program begins at 10 a.m., followed by the NCGC meeting, which will be held at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive. For more information, visit nottinghamgardenclub.org or call 979-885-6199.

All people interested in gardening and gardening related topics are welcome. The group serves the West Houston and Katy areas. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to the group.



The American Heart Association (AHA) with Houston Heart Ball chairs Lacey and Matthew Goossen are all set to transform the Hilton Americas ballroom at 1600 Lamar Street into a swanky and romantic Cuban-infused destination at the 2016 “Hearts in Havana” Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 7 p.m. – midnight.

Each year, this themed event celebrates culture, the arts and the philanthropic spirit of the Houston community. With their commitment as chairs of the Heart Ball, the Goossens have set a goal of raising $2.2 million, the highest goal in the event’s 33-year history.

Swaying to the eclectic sounds of modern rumba and Cuban jazz, guests will be charmed by the romance of Old Havana on the eve of Valentine’s Day with cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction.

The Heart Ball is one of Houston’s most anticipated social events of the year. For ticket information, contact 832-918-4015 or go to houstonheartball.heart.org.



Kinky Friedman


Kinky Friedman, the colorful Texas Country singer, songwriter, humorist, cowboy and best-selling mystery writer, will be center stage Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m., for “An Evening with Kinky Friedman Bene­fitting Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston” at the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galves­ton. He will perform signature songs from his celebrated 40-year music career, plus selections from his newly released CD, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met.”

“Starting from the time he played guitar and sang around the campfire at his parents’ Echo Hill Ranch summer camp in the Texas Hill Country in the 1960s and ‘70s, to touring with such music legends as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Ringo Starr, and headlining world tours, Kinky has been a one-of-a-kind performer,­ often irreverent, always quick witted. He’s a talented singer, musician and raconteur combined,” said Barbara White, event and host committee chair.

The event will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the historic Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston, the “Shul (Synagogue) by the Shore.”

For more information, go to galvestonshul.org or call 409-762-4545.



On Sunday, April 3 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the George Ranch High School Band Booster Club (GRBBC) will be hosting its third annual AutoRama at the Ranch community event and fundraiser. A fun family event for the entire community, AutoRama at the Ranch is a unique car show featuring over 100 sports, classic, muscle, exotic, tuner and sport compact and low rider cars. New this year, the event will also feature motorcycles. Last year, over 2,000 people attended to visit with the car owners, enjoy live music and other performances as well as tasty food from food truck vendors and much more.

The event organizers are currently looking for car owners and corporate sponsors. Tro­phies will be awarded in various categories. Businesses or individuals who would like to be a part of the event contact Jill Underhill at president@grhsband.org for information. GRBBC is registered as a 501(c)3 charitable organization so contributions are tax deductible.

For more information, email Jill Underhill at president@grhsband.org.



Don’t mess with Texas® and Keep Texas Beautiful invite students to enter their Elementary School Art Contest. Elementary school students from across Texas can submit their best litter prevention design to be considered for the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Entries will be judged based on creativity/uniqueness, inclusion of a litter prevention message and interpretation of theme, overall visual appeal, composition, and age appropriateness.

Last year, two Katy students won and have their artwork displayed in the 2016 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar.

Students who create the top 13 winning designs will have their artwork assigned to a month or featured on the cover of the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Each will also win an iDeaUSA 8 tablet donated by
H-E-B and Central Market, the sponsors of the contest. All student winners and their artwork will be showcased on the Don’t mess with Texas and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and social media sites, at the 2016 Keep Texas Beautiful annual conference, and through other means as appropriate.

Teachers representing students who produce the top 13 designs will each win a $100 H-E-B and Central Market gift card.

For questions regarding the contest, contact Keep Texas Beautiful at 1-800-Clean-Up or info@ktb.org.




The KVPAC ARTS for ALL! Family Festival is a community celebration of the arts organized by Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) and LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. The daylong event includes professional dance, theatre and musical performances, an arts market and artist exhibitions, local talent showcases and hands-on creative opportunities for guests.

This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at LaCenterra. Proceeds from the festival fund KVPAC’s ongoing community programs and events. Full details and applications for sponsors and vendors are available by contacting Lisa Connolly at 281-829-2787 or lconnolly@kvpac.org.



The following free programs will take place at the Maud Marks Branch Library during February. The library is located at 1815 Westgreen Blvd. Please call 281-492-8592 for further information.

Used Book Sale – The Friends of the Maud Marks Library will hold their February book sale on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. There is a large selection of hardback fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books and paperbacks. All proceeds benefit the library.

Timeless Travelers: Buffalo Soldier’s Museum – Seniors 55+ are invited to join the Maud Marks Library’s Timeless Travelers program for a free tour and reenactment at the National Buffalo Soldier’s Museum downtown, courtesy of the Friends of Maud Marks Library and Precinct Three Transportation.

The reenactment for the day will be the story of Trooper Tyrrell D. Biggs, a slave boy on a Louisiana plantation who would become a brave and accomplished member of the famed 10th Cavalry. After the reenactment, participants will tour the museum. The bus will leave the library at noon on Feb. 25 and return by 5 p.m. Registration begins Feb. 1.


Sam Hartley as The Beast and Brooke Quintana as Beauty.

Sam Hartley as The Beast and Brooke Quintana as Beauty.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is returning to Houston at the Hobby Center as part of the 2015-2016 Season of Broadway at the Hobby Center Sponsored by Bank of America. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to the Hobby Center April 27-May 1.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

The original creators of the Broadway production have reunited for this new touring production. The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with costume design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), lighting design by Natasha Katz (five-time Tony Award winner), scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr. and music supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the ninth longest-running musical in Broadway history. It has become an international sensation seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into nine different languages.

Visit BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com or BroadwayAtThe
for more information or to purchase tickets.


Katy Happenings February 2016

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