Katy Happenings January 2017

| January 1, 2017

Cast from The Book of Mormon.

Cast from The Book of Mormon.


Back by popular demand, The Book Of Mormon returns to Houston for a limited engagement Jan. 3-15 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at the Hobby Center box office (800 Bagby Street), all TicketMaster outlets, by visiting BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com, or by calling 800-982-2787. Groups of 10 or more may order tickets by calling 888-451-5986.

The Book Of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated TV series, South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chap­erone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. For more information, visit BookofMormonThe­Musical.com.


Barry Sea Paradox


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.




Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd. in Katy, 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 Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311.

Library closings: Jan. 1-2 – New Year’s holiday and Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.


“Introduction to Zumba” – Saturday, Jan. 14; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Licensed Zumba instructor Elba Garduno will present a basic introduction and demonstration of this popular Latin-inspired dance-fitness program. Those attending should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers, and should bring a water bottle.

“Ikebana – The Enchantment of Japanese Flower Arranging” – Saturday, Jan. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. YuMei Montalvo, First Jonin Somu (professor) of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, will provide a short history of ikebana, the Japanese art and philosophy of flower arranging. As she demonstrates the creation and composition of several arrangements, she will explain the relationship of the materials being used and the importance of their placement within the arrangements.

Children’s Book Week – Jan. 23-29. Every Fort Bend County baby born during this week may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library. Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services. Baby book bags will be given to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during Children’s Book Week are eligible to receive one, while supplies last. Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during Children’s Book Week should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag.



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.



Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Louis Bennett, the garden representative from Wabash Feed and Garden Store, as a guest speaker on Thursday, Jan. 5. Louis will talk about different soils, fertilizers and other products as organic solutions to best improve gardens and yards. Meet and greet time begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10, followed by the NCGC meeting. The event takes place at the Municipal Utility Building #81, 805 Hidden Canyon Drive, Katy. For more information visit nottinghamgardenclub.org.

The club welcomes all people interested in gardening and gardening related topics. The
club serves the West Houston and Katy areas but members do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong.



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 Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675. The January schedule is as follows:

Library closings: Jan. 1-2 – New Year’s holiday and Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

“Growing Fruit in Fort Bend County” – Monday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m. Fort Bend County Master Gardener Deborah Birge will talk about varieties of fruit trees that can thrive in the Gulf Coast climate. Hear about proper planting techniques and recommended maintenance tips to encourage fruit production, such as pruning, feeding and watering.

“Essential Oils for Relaxation & Sleep” – Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. Wellness Advocate Donna Randall will talk about naturally produced essential oils that can be used for relaxation, stress reduction, and sleep. Learn how to safely use them, how to select quality oils, and how they can be used aromatically, topically, and orally. Recipes and information on blends will be available to take home.

Family Reading Club – Jan. 23-March 4. This six-week program is designed to encourage families to read, learn, and have fun together. Families participate by reading books and completing optional “challenges” that can be done at home. All Fort Bend County families are eligible.


Crockett, the 2016 Best Cat in Texas, will be available for visiting at the 2017 Cat Show.

Crockett, the 2016 Best Cat in Texas, will be available for visiting at the 2017 Cat Show.


The SuPurr Bowl of Cats is Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway. Tickets for the show are $9 for adults, $7 for military and seniors, $4 for children under 12.

More than 200 pedigreed cats and kittens as well as household pets will compete for awards given by eight judges from the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc., the world’s largest and most prestigious cat registry. Forty breeds of pedigreed cats are judged on standards of conformation that are written for each individual breed. Household pets (non-pedigreed) are judged on health and beauty, and visitors enjoy watching the judges handle and talk about each cat. Be sure to visit with the Pet Me cats at the show that you can snuggle with, and talk with their owners to learn more about pedigreed cats and animal companionship. For additional information or to make a donation go to houstoncatclub.org.



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.


Get your fill of fruit trees at the Urban Harvest sale on Jan. 14.

Get your fill of fruit trees at the Urban Harvest sale on Jan. 14.


Urban Harvest hosts its 17th Annual Fruit Tree Sale on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Rice University’s Greenbriar Lot. Gardeners of all skill levels can shop for more than 125 varieties of fruit trees that are adapted to grow in Houston’s climate and soil, including selections suitable for large areas, small spaces and container gardening. All are grafted onto rootstock to ensure many years of fruitful harvest.

In addition to popular trees such as Clementine mandarin, Meyer lemon and avocado, this year’s market will feature an assortment of nutrient-packed superfoods including seven varieties of blueberries, four varieties of pomegranate and a raspberry variety adaptable to growth in Houston. Another market highlight is Novak’s passion fruit vine, for years appreciated for its beautiful, exotic-looking flowers. Houstonians can now enjoy the vine’s delicious, edible fruits, which can be sipped like a juice box or puréed and added to smoothies or cocktails.

For more information about the sale, upcoming classes and gardening resources, visit urbanharvest.org/fruit-tree-sale.




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.

Reserved seating tickets will be available for purchase Jan. 2 at tompkinstheatre.com. General admission seating tickets will be sold in the PAC Jan. 16-20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and one hour prior to each performance. For more information, email boxoffice@­tompkinstheatre.com. Tompkins High School Performing Arts Center is located at 4400 Falcon Landing Blvd.




The following free programs will take place at the Maud Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd., during January. Call 281-492-8592 for more information. To register online for any of the programs, visit hcpl.net, click on “Events Calendar” and select “Maud Marks.” Participants may also register by calling the library or by visiting the library.

Library closings: Jan. 1-2 – New Year’s holiday and Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Used Book Sale: On Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., the Friends of the Maud Marks Library will hold its used book sale. There is a large selection of hardback fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books and paperbacks. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Volunteer opportunities abound at the Maud Marks Library. Volunteers are needed to help shelve, count patrons, and more. The library will be holding its next volunteer orientation on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m. Students should be in high school and must be able to commit to two hours a week. If you would like to help, contact Judy Larson at 281-492-8592.

Yoga Demonstration: The Maud Marks Library now hosts yoga classes twice a month. Join the group on Saturdays, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. and Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. to learn about the benefits and basic how-to of yoga. Registration is required.

Katy MakerSpace: Learning all about this special place for creators and inventors at the library on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Harry Krueger will give an introduction to Katy MakerSpace and all you can do there. Makers of all ages and disciplines are encouraged to join the group to learn everything our new MakerSpace has to offer.

DIY Crafts: Macrame. This month the DIY group will be learning the folk art of macrame on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. The group will make bags by tying knots in colored cords. Seating for this is limited.




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 facilites, enterprise wokshops, horticulature and more.

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. For information, visit brookwoodcommunity.org.


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.

Singers of all ranges of experience makeup KVE. Some have years of chorus singing while others have very little singing experience but the desire to create beautiful harmony. The ability to read music is helpful but not required; you just need the desire to sing and the ability to carrya tune. To reserve your spot or for more information, email katyvocalexpress@gmail.com.


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.


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 Jan. 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 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’s sponsor is Superior Window Company.



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 email fitnessjourney­@­­live.com for information.


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