Katy Happenings

| July 1, 2015

Free activities take place at the MFAH house museum from 1 to 5 p.m.

Free activities take place at the MFAH house museum from 1 to 5 p.m.


Ring in Independence Day during the 9th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Bayou Bend on Saturday, July 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott St.

Americana-themed festivities, held at Houston’s home for American decorative arts and paintings, include performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and more. Gather on the Diana Terrace at 3 p.m. to hear the annual reading of The Declaration of Independence and eat cake in honor of America’s birthday.

Bayou Bend, known for its rich history and extensive collection of American decorative arts and paintings, is the perfect place to celebrate freedom in style.

Free parking is available and the event is scheduled rain or shine. Admission is free. Visit mfah.org/bayoubend or call 713-639-7750 for more information.


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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.



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.



Area residents can enjoy free family films the second Saturday of each month in Cross Creek Ranch as part of the community’s Movies on the Hill summer series.

Open to the public, the series continues on July 11, with “Rio 2,” an animated film released last year featuring Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway. The Aug. 8 movie will be “Paddington,” also released last year and based on the popular book series.

Each movie will be shown at 8:30 p.m. on the big hill at 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Popcorn will be provided.

The movie series is just one avenue for fun in Cross Creek Ranch this summer. The public also can enjoy live music the fourth Saturday of each month at Italian Maid Café located in the development. Plus, the community’s Stars & Stripes Show will be open to the general public 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 3, featuring live music and fireworks.

Residents enjoy other community events, including family game nights, adult pool parties, casino nights and other activities. Cross Creek Ranch boasts an array of resident-only amenities, including a water park, competition pool, a dog park, disc golf, a boardwalk overlooking the community’s bird and wildlife sanctuary and the restored Flewellen Creek Park. For more information, visit crosscreekranchtexas.com.


Houston Astro George Springer with young people who have benefited from Camp SAY.

Houston Astro George Springer with young people who have benefited from Camp SAY.


The Inaugural George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit will be held Monday, July 20, from 7-10 p.m. at Lucky Strike Houston, located at 1201 San Jacinto St. in Houston.

The benefit is hosted by Houston Astro outfielder George Springer and is a fundraiser to support financial aid for young people who stutter to attend Camp SAY. Guests are invited to attend for a fun and memorable evening of bowling and entertainment alongside master of ceremonies Bob Allen of KHOU, members of the Houston Astros, baseball legend “Louisiana Lightning” Ron Guidry and other athletes and celebrities.

The George Springer Kids Fund offers young people financial aid assistance and access to Camp SAY, for which Springer, a person who stutters, is the national spokesperson. Camp SAY is a summer camp where young people who stutter develop the skills to communicate more effectively, build self-confidence and forge friendships. This sleep-away camp welcomes children and teens who stutter, ages 8-18, and their young family members and friends. Visit CampSAY.org for details.

Springer has numerous successes, including being named MVP in the Texas League All-Star Game, the Texas League Player of the Year, a Baseball America Minor League All-Star, an MLB.com Organization All-Star and was a finalist for USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year Award.

SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young is a nonprofit organization that offers comprehensive and innovative programs that address the physical, social and emotional impact of stuttering. SAY offers Camp SAY, SAY after-school and weekend programs, speech therapy and support groups. Young people from all socioeconomic backgrounds have access to SAY programs. In 2014 more than $400,000 in financial aid was awarded to families in need.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by bowling with celebrity lane captains, open bar and dinner. The event will also feature sport-themed items, experiences and memorabilia in a silent auction. All proceeds from the event and silent auction will help send kids and teens to Camp SAY.

Tickets prices are $200 for Benefit Tickets and $1,000-$25,000 for Sponsorship Levels. Program Ads are $1,000-$5,000. Contact Noah Cornman at 212-414-9696, ext. 201 or Noah@SAY.org to purchase. Tickets may also be purchased at SAY.org/Springer.



Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital Katy host the Stroke Support Group on the third Tuesday of the month at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital in the First Floor Conference Center from 6-7 p.m. The objectives of the Stroke Support Group are to educate individuals about recovery and gain realistic feedback; share helpful information on topics such as health, hygiene, nutrition and prevention; inspire family members and others who care for stroke survivors; and provide an environment where stroke survivors and caregivers can socialize. Register by calling 713-222-CARE (2273). Meetings are not held in November or December.



Mended Hearts offers the gift of encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers, bringing them together to form a network of caring individuals. Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month, 5:30–7 p.m., Mesquite Conference Room, Houston Methodist West Hospital. Monthly discussion topics include heart health and dentistry, diet and nutrition, presentations by cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, understanding heart medications and terminology, managing stress and exercise.

For more information about Mended Hearts at Houston Methodist West, contact Volunteer Services at 832-522-3062.


On Sundays through July 26, children who dress up as their favorite local hero or superhero are invited to partake in special deals at The San Luis.

On Sundays through July 26, children who dress up as their favorite local hero or superhero are invited to partake in special deals at The San Luis.


Monet, mimosas, Picasso and pancakes, the best meal of the week just got better! The San Luis Resort will host a creative take on brunching with Brunch & Brushstrokes on July 12 – a combination brunch and painting class! Gather family and friends for a fun morning of painting, dining and drinking. The resort will provide everything from the painting supplies to the delicious spread. Participants are able to take home their masterpiece for $65 per person. RSVP to SLHTreservations@ldry.com.

This summer, kids can gear up for Superhero Sundays at The San Luis Resort. Through July 26, children who dress up on Sundays as their favorite local hero or superhero are invited to partake in special deals at The San Luis. On Sundays, all superheroes will enjoy free meals at Palm Court at Hilton Galveston Island Resort, Blake’s Bistro at The San Luis and The Jetty Restaurant at Holiday Inn Resort Galveston – On the Beach. Superheroes can also show off their superpowers at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, where they will receive a $5 discount on All Day Ride Passes, and can enjoy a movie night.

The Villas at The San Luis are opening in July. An elegant retreat unlike anything else available on the Gulf Coast, The Villas at The San Luis Resort will feature five, 800-square-foot suites nestled in lush surroundings in a quiet corner of the resort. The Villas will offer guests a private entrance with in-room check-in, welcome Champagne, separate veranda with personal hot tub, valet service and will surround a serene pool with cabanas and daybeds. Each villa suite will have a king-size bedroom with luxury bedding, separate sitting area and spa-like bathroom. Unique to The Villas, guests will have the option to upgrade their travel arrangements and arrive via luxury helicopter or limousine. For more information on this or any event, visit SanLuisResort.com.


Kids can be “amazingly immature” and explore their inner zany genius at the Museum’s exhibit.

Kids can be “amazingly immature” and explore their inner zany genius at the Museum’s exhibit.


Children can enjoy a variety of events this summer and fall at the Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz. For more information, visit cmhouston.org.

KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature – through Jan. 5. Immaturity is NOT a four-letter word – literally and metaphorically. In fact, the Children’s Museum of Houston is out to prove that immaturity and genius go hand in hand with this brand-new exhibit. Based on KLUTZ® Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2, the exhibit offers the opportunity to embrace the inner zany genius while exploring what these behaviors can teach about science, engineering, math, and literacy.

KIDPENDENCE DAY – Saturday, July 4. Superhero trainees will celebrate star spangled superheroes who have contributed to making America the land of the free and the home of the brave. Wish America a happy birthday with an indoor parade and elephant toothpaste patriotic geysers burst. Boom! We’re seeing stars and stripes!

TANABATA “STAR” FESTIVAL – Tuesday, July 7. As legend is told in the Japanese culture, Vega and Altair are separated by the Milky Way. They are allowed to meet only once a year on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month. This reunion marks the celebration of the Tanabata (meaning the evening of the 7th). Don’t miss traditional Japanese dances, movies and story telling.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER – Thursday, July 9 & Saturday, July 11. Raise the woof with Houston World Series of Dog Shows musical demos, Frisbee catching and more. Put your super-paw-ers to the test and em-“bark” on the Summer of Epic Adventure – Forces Unite.

FUTUREVET® “WOOF-SHOPS” – Thursday, July 16 & Saturday, July 18 (sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital). What does it en-“tail” to be a responsible pet owner? Do you have what it takes to be a vet? Learn the truths, tricks and “tails” of pet ownership, care and medicine with interactive workshops. Join the FutureVet® pack for a series of interactive workshops that will unleash the joys of being a pet owner but also teach about the responsibilities that come with being one. You will even receive a treat at the end of the presentation – your own “doggie” diploma and goodie bag!

NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY CELEBRATION – Sunday, July 19. Most superheroes can withstand the Houston heat, but not everyone can resist a mouthwatering ice cream. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July. Make your very own irresistible, lip-smacking ice cream on July 19. Beware the brain freeze. Brr!



The 13th annual summer band camp, offered to next year’s 7th, 8th, and 9th grade KISD band students, will be held at Seven Lakes High School from July 13-17. The camp will include daily section rehearsals, full band rehearsals and fun music-based electives. Lunch is also part of the camp. The cost is $125. All registrations after June 5 need to include a late registration fee of $25. After Thursday, July 2, late registration must be first approved by contacting camp administration through the camp email address, and if approved, all camp registration forms along with payment must be hand-delivered. The camp concludes with the Grand Finale Concert on Friday at 9 a.m. After the concert, those students wishing to extend the fun a little longer can join in the group’s optional trip to Wet ‘n’ Wild Splashtown in Spring for an additional $40 (park admission, meal, bus transportation and drinks are included in price) for a total camp cost of $165 ($190 after June 5).

Camp participants will audition for summer band camp placement as soon as they arrive for the first day of camp. Students should prepare major scales and chromatic scales specific to the student’s instrument, as well as a band camp audition etude. Students will be grouped according to ability with the number of bands being determined by total enrollment for the camp. Registration form, audition materials and medical form and permission to travel are to be downloaded by campers from katyisd.org/­­dept/finearts. An email confirmation is sent out upon receipt of registration, and follow-up reminders from the camp coordinator will be sent before the camp begins. The student’s email address should be clearly printed on the registration form.

The camp provides an economical and convenient alternative to those who may not have had a chance to attend another band camp over the summer due to scheduling and/or costs. Participants will receive top quality instruction on their instruments from KISD and Houston area band directors.


FUNFEST 2015, JULY 20-23

Set out on a journey to unchartered territory at “Journey off the Map” on Monday, July 20 – Thursday, July 23 at The Fellowship, 22765 Westheimer Parkway.

Each night from 5:30-8:30 p.m., have fun learning how Jesus is our ultimate guide and how to have a personal relationship with Him. Enjoy games, crafts, music and skits with dinner provided each evening.

FunFest is for children who have completed kindergarten – fourth grade. The cost is $10 per child, maximum charge is $30 per household.

Register online at thefellowship.org. After July 12 online registration is closed. Register on-site the day of the event, July 20. Contact Debbie Dowdell for more information at 281-395-3950.


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Horse Head Theatre Co. presents the world premiere of The Whale; or, Moby-Dick, an immersive, theatrical performance inspired by Melville’s timeless classic. Set inside a newly constructed great, white dome on Houston’s Buffalo Bayou, audiences will experience the sea beast’s innards in this unforgettable, theatrical voyage. The play runs July 29 – Aug. 15 at the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Silos, 351 N. St. Charles; all shows begin at 8 p.m.

Conceived, developed and performed by Houston actor Phillip Hays (Stages, Prague Shakespeare Company) and written by playwright Timothy N. Evers (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), The Whale brings the classic Melville story to life in a way never done before: a one-man show performed with the theatrical grandeur of a large-scale production.

Inspired by Hays’ real life Moby-mania, the story revolves around Philip, a hapless actor, who has been swallowed by a whale. To forestall his impending digestion, he entertains the monster with a quick, dirty and spectacular retelling of the sea beast’s favorite whale tale, Moby-Dick. Will he make it through all 135 chapters of Melville’s tome? Or will Philip’s Arabian Nights-esque tale end with his demise?

The audience, as fellow swallow-ees, lives out Philip’s final hours from the inside of an enormous 44-foot dome – built by Horse Head for this project – on the banks of Houston’s reinvigorated Buffalo Bayou. The inside of the dome will come to life through video projections and extensive soundscapes, complementing Philip’s last moments alive, as he attempts to perform Moby-Dick in its entirety. For more information, visit Horseheadtheatre.org.



ARTreach seniors and volunteers at Mamie George Community Center hold a big art sale the second Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 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.



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.



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.



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.


Moms in Prayer international back to school event takes place Aug. 24.

Moms in Prayer international back to school event takes place Aug. 24.


Moms and grandmothers are invited to a time of prayer and to learn more about Moms In Prayer International, a Christian prayer ministry where women join in weekly prayer for our children and schools. This year’s first day of school event for the Katy area will be held on Monday, Aug. 24 from 9:15-10:30 a.m. at Redeemer Community Church, 24201 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Childcare may be available for prayer time. RSVP for childcare to Natalie Ruiz at nwruiz@g­mail.­com or 512-826-7402, and leave a message with ages of children.

Moms In Prayer is an interdenominational, nonprofit organization gathering mothers together to pray for our children and schools, worldwide. Moms will experience how to replace anxiety and fear with peace and joy by praying specifically and scripturally. For more information, visit MomsInPrayer.org.



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 more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311. The July schedule is as follows:

Library closings – Independence Day – July 4, 5, 6.

Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens and adults, June 2-Aug. 30 – Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading clubs during the summer to encourage reading among children, teens and adults. There is no charge to join, and they are open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or they may register online by going to the FBCL website (fortbend.lib.tx.us) and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” images. When the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their hours and activities.

Summer Movies at the Library – Meeting Room. Families may bring a sack lunch to eat “picnic-style” while watching the movie.           Mondays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 at 6 p.m. and Fridays, July 11, 18, 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Cinco Ranch Night Readers – Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m. The book to be discussed is The Language of Flowers, written by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Summer photo contest for teens, June 1 – Aug. 1 – “Be Your Own Super Hero” is the theme for the Teen Digital-Photography Contest for young adults between the ages of 13 and 18. Contestants must be residents of Fort Bend County. Entry forms, rules and instructions are available on the website. Deadline for entries is Aug. 1.

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