Katy Happenings June 2016

| June 1, 2016

Abby Mueller as Carole King.

Abby Mueller as Carole King.


Broadway at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby Street, presents Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. The musical, which will run May 31-June5, tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, Beautiful has a book by Tony Award-nominee and Academy Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath and choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards.

Shows are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

For more information, call 800-982-ARTS or visit BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org.




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.



Take a tour of Brookwood, a community dedicated to creating meaningful lives for adults with mental and physical 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, recreational areas, administrative offices and more. Brookwood tours are available from 9:30-11 a.m., Monday-Friday. A minimum of 10 guests is required to book a tour, but a group with less than 10 can possibly be added to an already scheduled tour. The tours are free, but attendees are encouraged to support the citizens by dining in the Café and shopping at the Gift Shop, Art Gallery and Retail Greenhouse.

To make a reservation, call 281-375-2158 or email Elisea@brookwoodcommunity.org. Brookwood is located 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.



Katy Christian Women’s Connection (KCWC) will be hosting its June Luncheon on Thurs­day, June 16 at The Club at Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Dr. The group will present a local travel agent who will discuss fun places to visit in Texas and beyond, how to prepare to travel and any new rules and regulations. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Donna Bogema from Lake Jackson will also be a guest speaker. The luncheon is $18 per person.

KCWC is part of Stonecroft Ministries, a ministry for women that provides Bible studies, prayer connections and fellowship luncheons around the U.S.

Katy Christian Women also sponsors monthly Prayer Coffees on the second Thursday of each month. Call for June and July locations. For more information or to RSVP for the luncheon, email Nancy at Katycwc@gmail.com or call 281-232-8338.


Celebrate Superman’s birthday at the Children’s Museum on June 25 at 2 p.m.

Celebrate Superman’s birthday at the Children’s Museum on June 25 at 2 p.m.


Crack codes. Uncover Clues. Outsmart villains. This summer, the Children’s Museum of Houston is officially launching its S.E.C.R.E.T. exhibit and celebrating what it takes to be a S.E.C.R.E.T. agent. June events are as follows:

Go, Go, Gadget! June 9 – 22, all day – Make your own spy gadgets and devices. Use technology to create art in paint spinning machine. Make mirrored glasses to make sure no one is following behind you. Reveal secret spy messages when you devise red filter lenses. Blend into your environment when you make a spy disguise.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Special Appearance, June 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMTN) will swing by for an action-packed appearance. Cowabunga! Leonardo, Raphael, Dona­tello, and Michelangelo will take a break from outsmarting villains to visit. Prepare for mutant mania as these heroes rumble and tumble their way into the hearts of Houston’s coolest TMNT fans. Bring your camera.

Masters Of Disguise, June 23 – July 6, all day – Change your appearance to fly under the radar and hide in plain sight. Disguise your name as an abstract work of art. See if you can spot camouflaged creatures disguising them­selves in their natural environments. Cut out mustaches, bowties, beards, and glasses to make your disguise.

Superman’s Birthday, June 25, at 2 p.m. – Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. You’re invited to Superman’s birthday! The Man of Steel will “fly in” for a supersized bash. Batman and Wonder Woman will also be in attendance.

For more information and a full schedule of activities, visit cmhouston.org.



Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is encouraging quilters from across the Lone Star State to participate in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) 2016 Quilt Block Competition. This year’s quilt competition theme is Texas Wine and Floral – Two Texas Treasures. This theme was chosen to celebrate two shining industries in Texas that complement each other beautifully.

“The best things in life spring from the Texas earth,” Miller said. “The same rich Texas soil that gives birth to the wine grape brings to life a wide array of colorful Texas plants. When you pair these two Texas treasures together, you will make the ultimate Lone Star statement.”

As in previous years, each contestant will use a variety of fabrics to create a quilt block to submit to TDA. A panel of judges will select the winning entries, which will be pieced together into a quilt and unveiled in Septem­ber at TDA’s Food and Fiber Pavilion at the 2016 State Fair of Texas. At the conclusion of the State Fair, the quilt will become part of TDA’s popular quilt collection. The final quilt will be designed and constructed by Terri Vogds of Denton and quilted by Maria Hall of Flower Mound.

There is a $20 fee for each participant packet, which includes the fabrics to be used in the design, tips and techniques for developing the block and additional information about the contest theme.A limited number of packets are available.

To participate, email gotexan@Texas­Agriculture.gov or download a participant form at gotexan.org. The deadline for submissions is June 10.



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.



Hope Impacts will hold its first fundraiser, the Summer Celebration Event, on Saturday, June 11 from 8 a.m. – noon at The Waters Church, 2710 Mason Road, Suite 145 in Katy. There will be food, fun, raffles, face painting and more. One of the items to be featured in the silent auction is a Texans jersey autographed by JJ Watt.

Donations will assist Hope Impacts to broaden its services within the Katy community. The organization provides mentoring, life skills programs and other essential services to help the homeless and under-resourced people in Katy. The group seeks financial donations as well as items for the silent auction and raffle. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information about making donations or the event, call 713-705-7884 or visit the website, hopeimpacts.net.



The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will shine a light on cancer survivors during the Survivorship Night event in Katy, a free, family-friendly concert on Saturday, June 11 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. This new community event is part of MD Anderson’s annual Survivorship Week, a week of activities to honor those who are living with, through and beyond cancer.

During the live music event, MD Anderson will light the central lawn purple and green in recognition of local survivors.

All attendees also are invited to take part in an interactive photo booth that will be roaming the crowd during the event. Addi­tion­ally, physicians and staff from MD Ander­son in Katy will be on hand to answer ques- ­­­tions about cancer, share information about promising new research and pass out free educational materials and giveaways.

Visit MDAnderson.org/Katy to learn more.



Swing on over to TopGolf,1030 Memorial Brook Blvd., on Monday, June 20 from 3-6 p.m. for a golf tournament benefitting the Katy Education Foundation, an organization that serves as a catalyst for extraordinary teachers to create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students.

The schedule is as follows:

3-3:30 p.m. – Registration and Warm Up

3:30-5:30 p.m. – Two Rounds/Games

5:30-6 p.m. – Free Play and Awards

Other details include six players per booth at a cost of $125 per player or $720 per sixsome. The registration fee covers golf, food, soft drinks and lots of fun.

Visit katyisdeducationfoundation.org to learn more or to register.



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.


Guitarist Brian Rutledge will perform in the Music on the Patio series on June 25.

Guitarist Brian Rutledge will perform in the Music on the Patio series on June 25.


Music, cuisine and libations are once again mixing for picture-perfect evenings out at Italian Maid Café in Cross Creek Ranch with the return of the Music on the Patio series.

Upcoming performances include guitarist Brian Rutledge 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25; blues musician Randy Burns 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23; and guitarist and vocalist Dave Miley, who is performing 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

“We introduced this series last year to much success,” said Lanie Alvarez, owner. “There is just something very special about dining outdoors on great food while listening to live music.”

Patrons can enjoy a varied menu including salads, entrees such as pecan-crusted chicken and the restaurant’s signature spaghetti and meatballs, and “crespelles” — savory crepes stuffed with meats, cheeses and vegetables. Alvarez opened the Fulshear branch of her popular Richmond-based café in 2014.

“Italian Maid Café has become a fixture in Cross Creek Ranch for both residents and non-residents alike,” said Rob Bamford, general manager of the master-planned community. “Special events like these make dining out close to home even more special.”

Italian Maid Café is open in Cross Creek Ranch 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane adjacent to the community information center. For more information, visit italianmaidcafe.com.



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 or a full schedule, call the library at 281-395-1311. The June schedule is as follows:

Summer Movies @ the Library

Friday, June 10, 12:30 p.m. and Monday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. In this sci-fi epic based on the popular Young Adult novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender Wiggin is a quiet but brilliant young strategist who rises to the top of his class in the International Military Battle School while training to defend Earth against the Formics, hostile aliens intent on exterminating the entire human race. As the final battle approaches, Ender is tested and honed into an empathetic soldier who begins to despise what he does, as he learns to fight in the hope of saving Earth and his family. This film is rated PG-13.

Friday, June 17, 12:30 p.m. and Monday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. This 2015 drama is inspired by the true story of four undocumented Hispanic high school students who join together to form a robotics club at their school. With no experience, this rag-tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT, with nothing more than $800, used-car parts, and a dream. This film is rated PG-13.



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.


Emily Koch as Elphaba (Photo - photo by Joan Marcus)

Emily Koch as Elphaba (Photo – photo by Joan Marcus)


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.

Tickets start at $40. For single tickets, call 800-982-2787 or visit BroadwayAtTheHob­byCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org. Tickets will be available at the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby) and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Group sales are offered for groups of 15 or more and are available by calling 888-451-5986.

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.


“Boats Over Stone Faces” and “This Could Be You” are in the exhibition by Felipe Lopez.

“Boats Over Stone Faces” and “This Could Be You” are in the exhibition by Felipe Lopez.


KCAM – Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend will present the solo show of Houston-based artist Felipe Lopez. I Come From The Water eloquently expands upon the creative concepts wading in the artist’s Hook series. Lopez collects elements from his Cuban heritage, his love of fishing and his infinity for psychology. In addition, the artist grapples with the loss of years of work to the recent Houston floods and the renewal of materials. Reeling out these concepts into five new bodies of work, the exhibition takes viewers on a thought-provoking journey. Among the five exhibits are:

“This Could Be You” – In this series, Lopez examines the current political tensions in regards to Syrian refugees. With opinions across the spectrum, many lack acceptance towards Syrian refugees. Based on the current social elements, many in the United States believe that they could easily migrate to another nation based on their disdain of what is happening in their home country. Lopez believes that these potential ex-pats may find themselves in the same position as the Syrian refugees. “Swimming Steel” – From skeletons of rafts to the idea of over sized fishing lures, this sculptural series shows the historical aspect of human migration. The subtle movements of colors fade into each other over the steel that changes with the atmosphere around it. “One of the feature pieces in the exhibition, ‘Boat Over Stoned Faces’, features the construction of a boat frame of many colors floating across the imprints of ancient faces of concrete…”, says Lopez. …“these faces signify the lives lost in the water of those attempting to reach new lands along with the ruins of ancient civilizations that live in the deepest waters.”

For more information on the full exhibit, visit katycam.com. KCAM is located at 805 Avenue B in Katy.



The 14th annual summer band camp, offered to next years 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. 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 $165 ($190 after June 3). The KISD JH Summer Band Camp has been a huge success each year and a large enrollment is anticipated again this year.

Register early in order to guarantee a spot. If you have already registered and have not received a confirmation email, contact kisdbandcamp16@gmail.com.



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 or a full schedule, call the library at 281-633-4675.

Summer Reading Clubs, May 30-Aug. 27 – Special reading clubs during the summer encourage reading among children, middle-school students, teens, and adults. Programs and activities for children and middle-school students begin during the week of June 6, and continue through July 30. 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 online at fortbend.lib.tx.us and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image. Once completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time.

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