Katy Happenings July 2016

| July 1, 2016



The 9th Annual Fulshear Freedom Fest 4th of July Celebration, sponsored by the City of Fulshear and the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Houston Methodist West Hospital will take place in downtown Fulshear on Monday, July 4 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The event will kick-off with a traditional parade at 5:30 p.m. and conclude with The WCA’s Big Bang Fireworks Show at 9:15 p.m. The night’s entertainment will include the popular Spazmatics along with food trucks, vendors and many activities for kids.

“We think we have one of the best free family events in Fort Bend County,” advised Amy Norvell of the Fulshear Area Chamber.

Parade and vendor application forms may be found at fulshearareachamber.com.




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.



The Lone Star Symphonic Band will perform its annual patriotic concert, titled “This Is My Country…” on June 26. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. at CrossPoint Community Church, 700 S. Westgreen. Tickets for the concert are available on the Band’s website lssb.org for $5.50 each, and will be available at the door the day of the concert for $10 each.

Pieces to be performed for this concert include annual patriotic favorites such as America the Beautiful, Stars and Stripes Forever, God Bless the USA, American Civil War Fantasy, Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Salute to the Armed Forces.

The Band is forming its annual Commu­nity Chorus to sing along during the concert. If you are interested in singing in the chorus, email the chorus director, Steve Hoyle, at worshipleadersteve@hotmail.com.

Several silent auction baskets will be auctioned before the start of the concert and during intermission. Winners will be announced in the second half.

The Lone Star Symphonic Band is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to bringing performances of artistic merit to the Houston metropolitan area. Founded in 1993 as the West Houston Concert Band, the band is comprised of musicians from all walks of life and instills the value that music is a life-long event, continuing well beyond high school and college.

In the summer of 2011, the Band began rehearsing and performing concerts at CrossPoint Community Church in Katy. In December 2012, the Lone Star Symphonic Band was awarded the Sudler Silver Scroll, North America’s most prestigious award for Community Concert Bands. The award is administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation (sousafoundation.net). The purpose of the award is to identify, recognize and honor those community bands that have demonstrated particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and have played a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in their respective communities. The Band is under the direction of Bob Bryant.


Celebrate “Kidpendence Day” July 4 at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Celebrate “Kidpendence Day” July 4 at the Children’s Museum of Houston.


KIDPENDENCE DAY — July 4 at 1 p.m. The stars and stripes will be in full effect to celebrate our country’s 240th birthday Before rockets glare and fireworks are in the air, exercise your right to be a kid as long as possible with some good ole American fun. Follow the High Steppers Brass Band as they lead a flag-waving parade through Kidtropolis, USA out to the Allen Family Courtyard for an exciting patriotic demonstration.The Boy Scout Color Guard will kick off the festivity by presenting the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the National Anthem.Don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blue to pay tribute to the land of the free and the home of the brave.

SUPER K-9’s — The Children’s Museum of Houston invites you to em-“bark” on a Super K-9 adventure. Undercover agents are invited to raise the “woof” and experience some doggone fun. On July 9, bite into a canine Frisbee frenzy with DISCfunctional K-9’s Frisbee catching dogs and join the Banfield FutureVet® “Woof-Shops” to learn about vet medicine and responsible pet ownership. Then on July 10, the World Series of Dog Shows will perform a dancing dogs demonstrations.

STAR WARS INTERGALACTICA — July 16 beginning at 10 a.m. Calling all Star Wars fans! Galaxies will collide when Darth Vader, Princess Leia and Chewbacca make a special appearance at the Children’s Museum of Houston.You’re invited to dress as your favorite Star Wars character and become part of this intergalactic saga. Check out a light saber duel, use the force to craft a Light Saber and more. May the force be with you! Don’t forget your camera!

TOP S.E.C.R.E.T: Summer of Spies — All summer long. Agents will rise during Top S.E.C.R.E.T.: Summer of Spies at the Children’s Museum of Houston. All-access granted to all sorts of espionage-themed activities. Kids 6 and up, don’t forget to enlist at S.E.C.R.E.T. headquarters to help the museum thwart the dastardly plans of R.I.V.AL.—a villainous league dedicated to hijacking the Museum’s secrets. Don’t miss action-packed activities, epic performances, character appearances and extraordinary events now through Sept. 7.

For a complete schedule of events, visit cmhouston.org/calendar


Emily Koch as Elphaba

Emily Koch as Elphaba


Wicked, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster will return to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts July 6-Aug. 14. Tickets for the return engagement are on sale now.

Wicked is the winner of over 100 international major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards.

The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, Wicked tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in. Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made this one of the world’s most popular musicals.

For a full list of performance dates and times, visit houston.broadway.com/­shows/­wicked-ss2/



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.



The 14th 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 11-15. The camp will include daily section rehear­sals, full band rehearsals, and fun music-based electives. Lunch is also part of the camp. The cost of the camp is $125. After Thursday, June 30, late registration and an additional fee of $25 must be hand delivered to the front office at Cinco Ranch Junior High and payment must be either cash, money order or cashier’s check.

The camp concludes with the Grand Finale Concert on Friday morning, July 15, 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 $190. The KISD JH Summer Band Camp has been a huge success each year and a large enrollment is anticipated again this year.

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, and a band camp audition etude which can be downloaded at katyisd.org/dept/finearts. Students will be ability-grouped with the number of bands being determined by total enrollment for the camp. The registration form, audition materials, medical form and permission to travel are also on the website. 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, so make sure your email address is clearly printed on the registration form.

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



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.



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.




“Glass is more delightful and sightly than any other material at this day known to man” could be a quote from a modern day glass collector. Actually it is part of Neri’s introduction to his Art of Glass book written in 1611.

At the 42nd annual Vintage Glass & Antique Show and Sale to be held Aug.19-21 at the Fort Bend County Fair grounds in Rosenberg, the focus will be on American glass made from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s. Sponsored by The Houston Glass Club, dealers carry a wide variety of colorful 1930’s depression era glass and elegant glass (Heisey, Fostoria, Cambridge, etc.) from the 1920’s forward among their high quality glassware. Mid-century glass, another popular collectible, will be throughout the show. American-made kitchenware, pottery and dinnerware are also featured. Show hours are 2-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21st at the fairgrounds, located on Hwy. 36 in Rosenberg. Admission is $10 on Friday, $6 on Saturday and Sunday and is good all weekend. Free parking. Call 281-240-0382 for more information.




This summer, visitors will have the chance to get up close to owls, falcons, hawks, vultures and a variety of other bird species as they learn about these amazing creatures and their place in nature at Moody Gardens live bird presentation series, Wings of Wonder. The live bird shows will focus on history, special traits and demonstrate the natural skills of some of the most notorious avian creatures in the world.

During this half-hour presentation guests will learn about conservation, biology of the various bird species and be witness to these amazing creatures being put into flight through commands by their trainer Kevin Gaines of Wildlife Revealed. For more information including group pricing call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.




The multi-million selling country star Clint Black returns to his Texas roots at the Stafford Centre on Sept. 22. Black has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and racked up 57 charted singles, 31 top 10 hits and 22 No. 1 smashes. Recordings such as “A Better Man,” “Killin’ Time,” “Like the Rain,” “When I Said I Do” and “Nothin’ But the Taillights” have led to honors from the Country Music Association, The Academy of Country Music, The Grammys, and the American Music Awards as well as membership in the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.

Raised in the suburbs of Houston, Clint Black is the youngest of four brothers. He began performing with brother Kevin at the family’s backyard barbecues. After high school, he spent 10 years on the local nightclub circuit. He auditioned for a Nashville recording contract in 1988. The following year, he debuted the triple platinum album, Killin’ Time. Black is credited for leading a movement of young talent that transformed the country music industry in the 1990’s.

Black released his latest album, On Purpose, in September 2015. It was his first full album in a decade. He recorded and produced the 14 new tracks in his Nashville studio, crafting a very diverse group of songs including a duet with his wife, actress Lisa Hartman Black. Black lends his voice to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation and also competed on Celebrity Apprentice to help raise funds and awareness of the debilitating disease which has affected his family. His brother Kevin lost his daughter to Rett Syndrome.

Pre-sale tickets for Clint Black are available at staffordcentre.com. Updated ticket information is available on the Stafford Centre’s Facebook page. The Stafford Centre is located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford, 15 minutes west of the Galleria on Highway 59 exit Murphy Road.



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.



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.

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