Katy Happenings July 2017

| July 1, 2017

Children from all over are invited to attend summer camps in Cross Creek Ranch. The camps range from comics to robotics.

Children from all over are invited to attend summer camps in Cross Creek Ranch. The camps range from comics to robotics.

CROSS CREEK RANCH SPOTLIGHTS SUMMER CAMP FUN

Cross Creek Ranch will focus on fun this summer with several themed summer camps for children ages 5-14. Registration has opened for the June and July camps, which will have children cooking, making comic books, building robots and blasting off into space. All camps will be held at Cross Creek Ranch’s community center, 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane.

Comic book aficionados ages 8-12 can try their hand at creating their own daring heroes during the popular “Comic Creations” camp, July 3-7. The cost is $125. Camp runs 1-4 p.m. For more information or to register, visit artsfulshear.org.

America’s Robotic Academy is set to offer a challenging camp that invites children ages 6 and up to explore basic engineering and design concepts. “Robots on the Rampage,” July 17-21, allows kids to build a diverse range of off-road vehicles that battle other robots. Camp takes place 1- 4 p.m. and cost $175. A non-refundable $25 deposit and a $4.50 registration fee are required. Register at roboticsacademy.com.

Creative kids can spend their summer vacations doing something a little different with the support of Idea Lab. The company is offering a “Chef Academy: Food Truck Concepts” camp, July 26-30, for children ages 7-12. Camp is 1-4 p.m. and cost $175 per child. To register visit, katyidealabkids.com.

Finally, budding scientists can explore galaxies July 10-14 when they “Blast Off to Space,” a senior camp for kids ages 9-12. “Little Builders” ages 5-7 can create boats, cars and planes July 31-Aug.4. Sessions are from noon-5 p.m. Space camp is $275 per child. Little Builder is $195. Participants can register at
nuttyscientists.com/fortbend/blog/events/cross-creek-ranch-summer-camps.

Cross Creek Ranch hosts a number of activities and events throughout the year. The 3,200-acre master-planned community is located west of the Grand Parkway off FM 1093 and offers patio, executive and luxury homes priced from the $220,000s. For more information, visit crosscreekranchtexas.com.

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Children from all over are invited to attend summer camps in Cross Creek Ranch. The camps range from comics to robotics.

Children from all over are invited to attend summer camps in Cross Creek Ranch. The camps range from comics to robotics.

FULSHEAR FREEDOM FEST, JULY 2

The 10th Annual Fulshear Freedom Fest 4th of July Celebration brought to residents by the City of Fulshear and the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce will take place in historic downtown Fulshear on Sunday, July 2 from 6-9 p.m.

The event will kick off with a traditional parade with Boston Marathon Bombing survivor, Rebekah Gregory, serving as the Grand Marshal brought by title sponsor Houston Methodist West Hospital.

Mary Sarah, a finalist from The Voice, will be singing The National Anthem and God Bless America to get the evening officially started, and she is sponsored by Re/Max Realty West.

The master of ceremonies will once again be Don McCoy, executive director of the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce. The night’s entertainment will include the popular Spazmatics, along with food trucks, vendors, activities for kids and a spectacular fireworks show. “We think we have one of the best free family events in Fort Bend County,” said Amy Norvell of the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce.

Visit fulshearareachamber.com for vendor application forms and more information.

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Self Reflected in Violets – a Self Reflected microetching under violet and white light – is featured in the Rick Smith Gallery located at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

Self Reflected in Violets – a Self Reflected microetching under violet and white light – is featured in the Rick Smith Gallery located at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

MEMORIAL HERMANN-TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER’S RICK SMITH GALLERY PRESENTS “THE ART OF NEUROSURGERY”

As the nation’s top neurosurgeons convened in Houston recently, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) welcomed the distinguished delegation with a special exhibit in its Rick Smith Gallery dedicated to celebrating the beauty and complexity of the human brain.

The exhibit called “The Art of Neurosurgery” features nine works by renowned neuroscientist and artist Greg A. Dunn, whose prints, paintings and microetchings have been displayed in exhibits across the nation. The installation will be open to the public for the next several months in the Rick Smith Gallery, a small art gallery located near the main lobby of Memorial Hermann-TMC in the Hermann atrium.

The exhibit opened May 19 to help welcome the 108th Annual Meeting of the Society of Neurosurgical Surgeons, an annual gathering of neurosurgery leaders. The conference, which drew more than 300 physicians from all over the United States, was held in Houston for the first time, included a day-long visit at Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI), where retired astronaut Mark Kelly addressed the crowd as a guest speaker.

Kelly has long been a champion for neurosurgical breakthroughs following an incident in 2011 when his wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, required emergency treatment after being shot in the head at pointblank range outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords spent several days recuperating in MNI’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit before she was strong enough to transfer to TIRR Memorial Hermann for rehabilitation. She has made remarkable progress, and in the years since the shooting, Giffords has been seen hiking, biking and even skydiving, providing a powerful testament to the transformative ability of neurological medicine.

“The Art of Neurosurgery” is the gallery’s 10th installment since it opened in 2012. The Rick Smith Gallery was created in memory of Rick Smith, the late director of Chaplaincy Services at Memorial Hermann-TMC. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit memorialhermann.org for more information .

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KATY ISD JUNIOR HIGH SUMMER BAND CAMP, JULY 10-14

The 15th annual summer band camp, offered to next year’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade KISD band students, will be held at Tompkins High School from July 10-14. The camp will include daily section rehearsals, full band rehearsals, fun music-based electives, and lunch. The cost of the camp is $155. All registrations must be postmarked by Friday, June 23.

The camp concludes with a Grand Finale Concert on Friday, July 14 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 Typhoon Texas for an additional $35 (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 expected again this year.

Camp participants will audition for summer band camp placement as soon as they arrive on the first day. Students should prepare major scales and chromatic scales specific to the student’s instrument, as well as 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. Registration Form, Audition materials and Travel/Emergency Treatment Consent Form can be downloaded by campers from the Katy ISD Fine Arts Webpage. An email confirmation will be sent 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 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. Camp brochures can be downloaded from the Katy ISD Fine Arts webpage.

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The Houston Symphony will perform the music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while audience members watch the film.

The Houston Symphony will perform the music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while audience members watch the film.

HOUSTON SYMPHONY PRESENTS HARRY POTTER  AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, JULY 21-22

As part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, the Houston Symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert at 7:30 p.m. July 21-22, at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street. The concert will feature the live orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform Academy Award-winning composer John Williams’ unforgettable film score.

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and producer/conductor of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen.”

For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

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The Crazy for Cars car show will include a coffee bar, food trucks, activities and tours of new model homes.

The Crazy for Cars car show will include a coffee bar, food trucks, activities and tours of new model homes.

JORDAN RANCH IN FULSHEAR HOSTS CLASSIC CAR SHOW, JULY 29

Cruise on over to Jordan Ranch for coffee and a spectacular car show during Crazy for Cars, Saturday, July 29, from 8-11 a.m. Coffee & Cars will have 50 exotic and classic cars on display at The Shed, 30757 Jordan Crossing Boulevard, the Fulshear community’s new amenity center. In addition, enjoy a hot and cold coffee bar, brunch via food trucks, activities, tours of nine professionally decorated model homes and a chance to win a luxury vehicle rental for the weekend. Admission is free. Visit jordanranchtexas.com for more information.

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CINCO RANCH BRANCH LIBRARY,JULY PROGRAMS

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.

“Zika Virus Preparedness” – Saturday, July 1, 11 a.m.-noon, Multi-purpose Room. Learn what precautions to take to protect oneself against the Zika virus.

“Making Mexican Food Healthy” – Monday, July 10, 6:30 p.m., Multi-purpose Room. Find out about ways to modify your favorite Mexican food recipe so it is even healthier. Registered and Licensed Dietician Dianne Gertson, County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Fort Bend County, will conduct a live cooking demonstration and sampling of Mexican dishes made healthier by substituting a few basic ingredients.

“Chess Day @ the Library” – Saturdays, July 15 and 29, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Meeting Room. People of all ages and skill levels – from beginners to advanced – who are interested in playing chess, are invited to practice their strategies while playing against others in a relaxed, stress-free environment. Learn a new chess move (or two) during this come-and-go activity. Experienced players will be on hand to provide tips and assistance. A limited number of chess sets will be provided, but players are welcome to bring their own sets as well.

“Publish Your Book for Free!” – Saturday, July 15, 3-4 p.m., Multi-purpose Room. Carolyn Janisé will talk about the basic components of self-publishing a book, from designing the cover art, layout, and design to editing, printing, and distribution. Learn how to begin the publishing process and about the different methods that are available. Janise will also discuss costs and technical details.

Summer Reading Clubs “Build a Better World,” Through Aug. 31. Library programs and activities continue through July 29. There is no charge to join the Summer Reading Clubs (SRC), and they are open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or register online at fortbend.lib.tx.us and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image.

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Star-Lord, Gamora, and Yondu are coming to the Children’s Museum of Houston for a Guardians’ fan celebration and to kick-start the wonders of the “Sci-Fi Summer.”

Star-Lord, Gamora, and Yondu are coming to the Children’s Museum of Houston for a Guardians’ fan celebration and to kick-start the wonders of the “Sci-Fi Summer.”

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON PRESENTS SCI-FI SUMMER, THROUGH LABOR DAY

The Children’s Museum of Houston’s “Sci-Fi Summer” will take you to infinity and beyond! From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, you’re invited to take off on an out-of-this world adventure where imagination and reality collide. Explore the endless possibilities of time, space and mind-boggling discoveries where there are no limits to where you’re going, even if it means doing it all over again. The future is what you make of it now. Teleport to your own “Sci-Fi Summer” adventure and imagine what you’ll know tomorrow. It’s a “Sci-Fi Summer” at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Some of the advetures kids will encounter include the following:

Experience a close encounter of a rockin’ kind. Travel through intergalactic wormholes and dimensions during an action-packed live production of “The Galactic Journey,” showing daily.

Join a galaxy ranger team and protect Space Port from 3-D asteroids by launching sticky balls.

Be in for a shock as you build robots in a Robotics Lab. Then, put them to the test in a Battle Bot Arena.

Make a transport interchange at the Museum’s all-new “Coding Hangout” exhibit where you create code to bring your imaginings to life – it does compute!

Go in search of E.O. (extraordinary) characters.

“The Galactic Journey” Live Musical Production (showing daily).

Kidpendence Day, Tuesday, July 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Make A Wish! “Tanabata” Japanese Star Festival, Friday,  July 7, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

For more information and a full schedule, visit cmhouston.org or call 713-522-1138.

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The Dinos Alive exhibit allows guests to take part in a rescue team and an archeological dig site for Jurassic fun.

The Dinos Alive exhibit allows guests to take part in a rescue team and an archeological dig site for Jurassic fun.

MOODY GARDENS PRESENTS DINOS  ALIVE EXHIBIT, THROUGH AUG. 13

Embark on a Jurassic adventure this summer when Dinos Alive comes to Moody Gardens through Aug. 13. Featuring life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including a full-size Tyrannosaurus, Dinos Alive guests become part of a rescue team sent back in time to search for a missing plane and its crew. Along the way, they will get an up-close and personal experience with some of the most feared and amazing creatures to ever roam Planet Earth.

“This is always a popular attraction for our guests. Dinos Alive features dinosaurs that look, sound and move like real-life dinosaurs,” Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt said. “Guests have a chance for hands-on fun with an archeological dig site.”

In addition to the dig site, the attraction will include a gift shop and photo opportunity. Admission is $8.95 a person with children 3 years old and younger free. For more information, call 1-800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.

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BOB LUTTS FULSHEAR/SIMONTON BRANCH LIBRARY, JULY PROGRAMS

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.

“Board Gaming for Young Adults” – Monday, July 10, 3 p.m., Meeting Room. Teens in grades 9-12 can meet new friends who enjoy the challenge of pitting their wits against other competitors who enjoy games such as Pandemic, Catan, and Munchkin. Those attending the event are welcome to bring their own favorite games as well. Materials for this project are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library.

Summer Reading Clubs “Build a Better World,” through Aug. 31. Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading clubs during the summer to encourage reading among people of all ages. Library programs and activities continue through July 29. There is no charge to join the Summer Reading Clubs (SRC), 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 at fortbend.lib.tx.us and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image. When the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time. Prizes must be collected from the “primary library of use” that the reader indicated on the registration form. The last day to pick up awards is Aug. 31.

Fulshear Book Club – Monday, July 17, noon, Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is Best Boy, written by Eli Gottlieb.

Fulshear Night Readers Guild – Monday, July 24, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, written by Timothy Egan.

Toddler Time – Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. Caregiver and child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 12 to 36 months of age. This activity will not take place on July 4.

Story Time – Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. Stories, movies, and age-appropriate craft activities for children 3- 6 years of age.

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KATY ISD OFFERS SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS & TEENS, THROUGH JULY 13

“Summer Meals for Kids & Teens” are being offered by Katy ISD at three sites. Breakfast is served from 8:30 – 9 a.m. and lunch from 10 – 11 a.m. The program is open to all children 18 and younger, at no cost and no enrollment required.

Locations for meals and remaining dates are:

Morton Ranch Elementary: June 26-29 and July 5-7;

Mayde Creek Junior High: June 26-29 and July 5-7;

Raines High School: June 26-29, July 5-7 and July 10-13.

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CITIZENS FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION’S THRIFT STORE

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.

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OLD TOWN KATY MARKET DAYS, THIRD SATURDAYS

Old Town Katy Market Days 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.

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CINCO RANCH LADIES CLUB MEETING, AUG. 29

The Cinco Ranch Ladies Club (CRLC) will hold its Annual Open Membership on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. It’s the one time of year the club is open to ladies from Katy and surrounding cities to visit the sub-club tables under one roof. The CRLC provides residents with activities both social and charitable. RSVP on Facebook to this free event. Enjoy friendship, light bites, prizes and drinks.

Visit CincoRanchLadiesClub.org for more information, and find up-to-date information on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/cincranchladiesclub


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