Katy Happenings January 2016

| January 1, 2016

Members of the Tri-County Quilt Guild display their handiwork.

Members of the Tri-County Quilt Guild display their handiwork.





The Tri-County Quilt Guild will be hosting its Bi-Annual Judged Quilt Show, “If Quilts Could Talk” at The Berry Center on Friday, March 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

View more than 200 quilts from area quilters at the show, which will include vendors; hands-on, school house demos of quilting techniques; quilt appraisals; a bed turning presentation of two-color quilts; and door prizes and raffle opportunities including the 74×74-inch quilt “Hot Hostas,” designed by Judy Niemeyer, using Kaffe Fassett and batik fabrics.

The guild’s goal is to preserve and encourage the art of quilting, provide instruction for members and education for the public, and to be a gathering place for people who have quilting as a common interest. The TCQG is a nonprofit organization that supports numerous charities and community services in the area. The entrance fee of $10 helps to support its charity partners. Children under 12 are free.

The Berry Center is located at 8877 Barker Cypress. Visit tcqgtx.blogspot.com for more information.



LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch has announced the spring return of Mondays with Mommy, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. This monthly program provides an educational journey for children while utilizing music and movement.

The spring schedule is as follows: March 7 – Health & Fitness Fun; April 4 – Hop into Spring; and May 2 – Beach Days. All events take place in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Courtyard. Mondays with Mommy will be held weather permitting and will include a themed craft project beginning at 9:45 a.m.

This free community program is open to children ages 0 – 5, community playgroups, parents, grandparents and caregivers. Series participants will receive a LaCenterra “MWM Card” which entitles parents and guardians to day of and ongoing discounts at select LaCenterra retailers.

“It is such a privilege for us to be a part of this great program right here in our community,” says Chanda Cashen Chacon, president of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. “At West Campus, we value the importance of children’s well-being and enjoy partnering with programs like this that offer these special experiences for mothers and their children.”

Jodie Jensen with Kindermusik is the returning host. “I am so excited to join Mondays with Mommy again for another year of playing, dancing, singing, laughing, shaking, learning and growing with your little ones! With two (almost three!) kids of my own, I deeply understand the need for kids to move in order to learn. Why stunt their learning by forcing them to sit still in order to do it? Mondays with Mommy will give you new ideas for ways to teach and connect with your child on many levels, while having so much fun! Come ready to move, be silly and have a great time!”

The series breaks during January, February, June, July, August and December for winter and summer breaks.

Visit lacenterra.com for more details.



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.



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.


Music Magic is a nine-week class for boys ages 6 and 7.

Music Magic is a nine-week class for boys ages 6 and 7.


Give your sons an educational boost with Music Magic, a nine-week music enrichment class for boys ages 6 and 7. The Fort Bend Boys Choir, world-renowned for its positive, proactive boychoir programs, offers this course which brings music alive through the use of movement, musical games, singing and other child-centered activities. Boys learn pitch matching and rhythm awareness in addition to developing large muscle coordination, increased focus and better musicianship. No auditions are necessary; just a love of music and singing!

Serving as Music Magic director is Francesca Rushing, a new staff member of the organization and currently a music specialist for Fort Bend ISD. For this 18th season of the Music Magic program, the class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 –7:15 p.m., beginning March 8 and ending May 10 at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City. The cost for the course is $80 and boys will receive a free Music Magic tee shirt once classes start.

Classes are limited in size. Call the choir office at 281-240-3800 to pre-register or visit their website at fbbctx.org. Visit their Facebook page for the latest on the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Music Magic class and the group’s public performances.



The following free programs will take place during March at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd . For more information or a full schedule, call the libraary at 281-395-1311. The library will be closed for Easter March 25-27.

Family Reading Club, through March 5 – This six-week program is designed to en­cour­age families to read, learn, and have fun together by reading books and completing optional “challenges” that can be done at home. Families who complete the program by reading 36 books or for six hours – six books per week or for 60 minutes per week – are eligible to receive a book bag for the family, and will have their names entered into a drawing for a $50 dining gift card on March 7. A single registration is required for each family at fortbend.lib.tx.us, or at one of the libraries in the Fort Bend County library system. Upon registering, families will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time. There is no charge to join the club.

“Love & Courtship in Jane Austen’s Day,” Saturday, March 5, 1-3 p.m. – Local author Dr. Maria Grace Castor Scheufler will share her research of British traditions during the majestic Regency era in which Jane Austen lived and wrote. Scheufler will discuss the British traditions related to socializing, courtship, weddings and marriage during that era. English Tea and light finger-foods reflective of the period will be served. This program is presented in conjunction with the Jane Austen Society of North America – Greater Houston Region.



The Arc of Katy has announced its annual Triumph Gala, honoring Beta Sigma Phi – Houston Council, will be held on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Pine Forest Country Club, 18003 Clay Road.

The Arc of Katy is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization benefiting individuals in the Katy community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its mission is to create opportunities for all children and adults with these disabilities that enable each person to be a participating and respected member of our community and to grow in mind, body and spirit.

Seating is limited, so purchase your tables or individual tickets early. Sponsor­ships are available. For more information, email vickimkn@­aol.­com, call 281-578-0180, or visit thearcof­katy.org and click on “Events.”



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.



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.


The City of Fulshear’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will include a parade, live music and more.

The City of Fulshear’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will include a parade, live music and more.


The eighth annual Fulshear St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration hosted by the City of Fulshear and the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday, March 12 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. in downtown Fulshear. This year’s celebration will feature Houston’s premier Irish band, the Godfrey’s Rangers.

The event includes authentic Irish music, a flyover by the “Texas V-Tails,” a parade, children’s activities, shopping and food. This year’s Grand Marshals are Fulshear High School principal Daniel Ward, Leaman Junior High School principal Michael Semmier and Fulshear High School campus athletic coordinator and football coach Oschlor Flemming.

The event schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. – downtown road closed for set-up. Detour routes and parking information can be found at fulsheartexas.gov.

4 p.m. – Flyover and parade starts. Par­ade registrations must be received by March 9. Parade registration and vendor forms are available at FulshearAreaCham­ber.com.

5 p.m. – Godfrey’s Rangers perform.

For more information, contact Amy Norvell at anorvell@fulshearareachamber.com or call 832-600-3221.


The cast of The Puffed-Up Prima Donna.

The cast of The Puffed-Up Prima Donna. (Photo – Houston Grand Opera)




Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will present a special performance for children by Houston Grand Opera’s “Opera to Go!” of an original production, The Puffed-Up Prima Donna, on Wednesday, March 16 at 3 p.m. at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

This family-friendly light opera, sung entirely in English, is recommended for children in grades 2 through 8. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in three students say they have been bullied at school. This comedy explores how collaboration can counteract bullying by telling the story of a group of fictitious opera singers who are struggling with artistic differences among themselves. As the troupe prepares for a palace wedding, will the overbearing diva ruin everything? Or is she simply misunderstood?

After the success of last year’s The Pastry Prince (An Italian Folk Tale), composer/ libret­tist duo Mark Buller and Charles Anthony Silvestri collaborate again on another memorable opera for children.

The program is presented with the generous support of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library. Proceeds help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at the library.

The performance is free and open to the public. A free hand-stamp is required for admission, and will be available one hour prior to the performance. For more information, call the library at 281-633-4675.


Needle-felting art.

Needle-felting art.


Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will present a special fiber-art demonstration “Needle-Felting: What’s the Point?” on Thursday, March 31, beginning at 6 p.m. at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

Learn more about working with felt – one of the oldest textiles in the world – to create beautiful works of art. Betsy Mudra, fiber artist and owner of Felting by Betsy, will demonstrate how to use special needles as a sculpting tool to manipulate the fibers of the cloth into pieces of art. Materials for the demonstration will be provided.

Mudra is a retired educator from Fort Bend ISD. She has been working with fibers for six years, and has taught and demonstrated the art to both children and adults.

This program is presented with the generous support of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library. Proceeds help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at the library.

The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register, go to fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Calendar,” select “Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-4675.



The Dawn is Arising, Southeast Texas Aglow Conference, will be held on Friday, March 18 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Fellowship of Praise in Stafford.

Rebecca Greenwood of Christian Harvest International will be the keynote speaker. Join women from every walk of life for worship, prayer and motivational messages. Tickets are $35 at Eventbrite.com. Aglow is a spirit-filled women’s ministry fellowship with groups that meet monthly for prayer, Bible studies and special events. Visit katyaglow.com for information about local meetings and Aglow International.


Coleman Locke and Porter Quinn Hoskins (in horn).

Coleman Locke and Porter Quinn Hoskins (in horn). (Photo – Elizabeth Hoskins)

(Photo – Elizabeth Hoskins)


The annual Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra (FBSO) Children’s Concert will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2 in the Graeber Auditorium at B.F. Terry High School, 5500 Avenue N, Rosenberg. FBSO has donated 100 tickets to Taylor Ray and Meyer Elementary.

As the “outer-space” musical notes begin, children are invited to journey along with an alien who’s visiting his favorite place, A Zoo Called Earth. Accompanied by the FBSO, he recounts the stories he’s seen over the millions of years he’s dropped in on earth, starting with the cooling of the planet, moving through ocean life, the dinosaurs, mammals, and finally, humans. He shares his impressions of the ways that humanity has impacted the environment, and in the end, asks the children to see our “Earth Zoo” in a new way, and to take care of it always. Public radio fans will be familiar with composer Peter Schickele’s humor, satire and new ways of looking at classical music. One of his most popular works, A Zoo Called Earth is entertaining for all ages.

Afterward, FBSO’s music director, Dominique Røyem, leads the symphony in an animal-friendly classical music journey. Selections include Bydlo (Cattle) and The Ballet of Unhatched Chicks in Their Shells from Mussorsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a perennial favorite. Les Toreadors, Bizet’s overture to Carmen, and Vaughn William’s The Wasps’ Overture use animal imagery to simulate human behavior. Jimbo’s Lullaby is a gentle description of an elephant that came to live in Paris one springtime at the turn of the last century. Animal-themed selections from Delius round out the program, and the concert concludes with a fiery excerpt from Stravinsky’s The Firebird. The Agrilife Extension office of Fort Bend is providing a live chick-hatching station, and Agrilife will do a live demonstration on stage prior to The Ballet of the Un­hatched Chicks.

Tickets for children 12 and under are just $5, and 13 years – adult are $10. Tickets are available at fbso.org or 281-276-9642.



Pattison Elementary Kindergarten “Round Up” night is Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. This one-time spring event is for all incoming kindergarten students to meet the teachers and see the classrooms, while parents hear about Pattison’s curriculum for next year. Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten. Fall registration information will be provided on Tuesday, April 12. For more information call 281-237-5450.


2016 dmwt art contest flyer cropped jpg


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. Everything needed to participate — including fact sheets, official rules, and the contest entry form and agreement — is posted at DontMessWithTexas.org.

All entries must be submitted or postmarked on or before April 8, 2016. Winners will be announced in early May. For questions regarding the contest, contact Keep Texas Beautiful at 1-800-Clean-Up or info@ktb.org.




The 2016 Relay for Life of Katy will be held on April 29-30 from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. at Katy City Park, 5720 Franz Road. This event is the largest cancer fundraiser in Katy. The public is invited to form a team, donate, honor survivors with a luminaria, and participate or volunteer to support those who are fighting, those who have lost their fight, and most of all help finish the fight in helping to find a cure for all types of cancer.

Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk where teams of people camp out around the track and take turns walking around the track. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie in a family-friendly environment for the entire community. Because it’s a team event, individual
participants are not required to be there
the entire time.

Event details vary by location, but all events have key moments in common:

Survivors Lap – All cancer survivors take the first lap around the track, celebrating their victory over cancer while cheered on by the other participants who line the track. The event also recognizes caregivers who give support to those facing cancer.

Luminaria Ceremony – This ceremony takes place after dark, so participants can remember people lost to cancer, honor
people who have fought cancer in the past and support those whose fight continues. Candles are lit inside of personalized
bags and placed around the track as
glowing tributes to those who’ve been affected by cancer.

Fight Back Ceremony – This ceremony inspires participants to take action, symbolizing the emotional commitment each person can make in the fight against cancer. The action represents what participants are willing to do for themselves, for their loved ones and for their community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives.

In 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society’s fight. A year later, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since then, the movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.

Learn more at relayforlife.org/katytx.



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.   GRBBC is registered as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, so contributions are tax deductible.

All proceeds directly benefit the band students and program. The GRBBC helps fund events and programs such as the band’s performance at the Fort Bend County Fair Parade, community and school contests, football games, trips and music festivals and also helps to purchase instruments and equipment as needed.

Businesses or individuals who would like more information can contact Jill Underhill at president@grhsband.org.


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