Katy Happenings March 2017

| March 1, 2017

The Fort Bend Boys Choir Music Magic class runs from March 7-May 9.

The Fort Bend Boys Choir Music Magic class runs from March 7-May 9.


If you know of a young boy who loves music and singing, talk to him about Music Magic, a nine-week music enrichment class for 6- and 7-year-old boys. The Fort Bend Boys Choir, celebrating their 35th anniversary, offers this course which brings music alive through the use of movement, musical games, singing and other child-centered activities. Boys learn about pitch matching and rhythm awareness in addition to developing large muscle coordination, increased focus and better musicianship. No auditions are necessary – just a love of music and singing.

Serving as Music Magic director is Melissa Nealy, who has many years of experience teaching music at the elementary and middle school levels as well as teaching private voice lessons. For this 20th season of the Music Magic program, the class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:15 p.m., beginning March 7 and ending May 9 at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City. Music Magic will then sing at the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s 35th Anniversary Spring Concert celebration on Saturday, May 13. The cost for this course is only $100 and boys will receive a free Music Magic T-shirt once classes start. Classes are limited in size, so call 281-240-3800 or visit fbbctx.org to pre-register.




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.



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.



On Thursday, March 2, Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Darla Harris as a guest speaker. Darla is the owner of the Fern Plantation in Magnolia. She will speak about a multitude of ferns, both sun and shade. She will also be selling some of her ferns.

Meet and greet time begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m., followed by the NCGC meeting. Join the group at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive.

The NCGC welcomes all people interested in gardening and gardening-related topics. They serve the West Houston and Katy areas. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to belong to the group.

NCGC is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Houston Federation of Garden Clubs, the Texas Garden Clubs, and the National Garden Clubs. The purpose of the club is to promote beautification of the community, support local and national educational and civic organizations and educate the community about the environment. Donations from the NCGC are funded by various projects throughout the year. For more information, visit nottinghamgardenclub.org.


Johnny Rodriguez

Johnny Rodriguez


The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Texas Independence Day Celebration scheduled for Saturday, March 4. The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. in the parking lot of Parkway Fellowship Church, at the corner of FM 1463 Rd. and FM 1093 Rd. There will be Texas music, Texas children’s activities, Texas shopping, Texas food, Texas V-Tails Flyover and fireworks! This event has it all and is free to all who wish to celebrate the great state of Texas!

Hometown Fulshear band Saenz Of The Times will take the Cane Island stage about 5 p.m. playing Texas rock ’n roll.

Texan and country artist Pauline Reese will take the FACC Main Stage about 6 p.m. Reese is Texas Music Award’s Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the year and serves as an inspiration as the only woman in Texas Music. She brings a no-holds-barred blend of alternative country, rock, Western swing and honky-tonk.

Texan and country music legend Johnny Rodriguez will take the FACC Main Stage about 7 p.m. Rodriguez was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Johnny’s debut album Introducing Johnny Rodriguez went to No. 1 on all three major trade charts. Some of Johnny’s classic hits include “Pass Me By,” “You Always Come Back(To Hurting Me),” “Riding My Thumb to Mexico,” “That’s The Way Love Goes,” and “Just Get Up and Close The Door.”

For more information about this event or to become a sponsor, please contact Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Assistant Amy Norvell at anorvell@fulshearareachamber.com or call 832-600-3221



Katy Taste Fest is set to serve up good food for a good cause. The festival is an event for foodies to experience fare from Katy’s diverse restaurant scene. Emphasis is on fun for the whole family with a variety of local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, a large kids zone, a dessert oasis, live entertainment, and a silent auction. The festival will debut at Villagio Town Center on March 4. Katy Taste Fest has partnered with several nonprofits that focus on abused, neglected, and abandoned children.

“Celebrating food, having fun, and giving back to the community are the primary goals for Katy Taste Fest,” said Cyril Thomas, the festival organizer. “The delectable food, cooking classes, and live entertainment are certainly vital pieces to the food festival, but partnering with local charities that focus on vulnerable children is what is important to me. We can make a difference celebrating what we enjoy – food, drinks, and fun. “

Proceeds from the Katy Taste Fest support several Katy nonprofit groups, including Katy Cares, Helping Kids Ministry, Krause Children’s Center, and Armor of Hope Foundation.

“We believe that Katy Taste Fest’s focus on philanthropy is an opportunity for the community to rally for our neighbors in need, both locally and globally, and we’re thrilled to be onboard as a charity partner this year,” said Allison Stark, President and CEO of Katy Cares.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit KatyTasteFest.com.



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.

“Introduction to Pinterest” — Thursday, March 23, 10 a.m., Computer Lab. Learn all about Pinterest, the virtual pinboard that enables people to organize and share items of interest to them that they have found on the Internet. Pinboards can be used to collect ideas for anything from planning weddings or decorating homes to organizing favorite recipes, and much more. Those attending this class should have a working email and password. Reserva­tions required. Register at fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Events,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311, or by visiting the library.

“Chess Day @ the Library” – Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 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.



The following free programs will take place at the Maud Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Boulevard, during March. Call 281-492-8592 for more information.

Used Book Sale – On Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Friends of the Maud Marks Library will hold its next 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.

Free Tax Assistance – Every Monday and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through April 17, AARP will be offering free tax assistance to elderly and low-income individuals at the Maud Marks Branch Library. The dates for March include Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27 and Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.




The Lone Star Symphonic Band is performing a Texas and Western-themed concert on March 5. The concert, titled “It’s TEXAS, Ya’ll!,” will start at 4 p.m. at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, located at 22111 Morton Road in Katy.

Tickets are $5.50 online and $10 at the door. Visit lssb.org for tickets or more information or call 281-769-5129.

Selections slated to be performed include “Southwestern Wildflowers” by Randol Alan Bass, “Southwest Summer” by Robert W. Smith, “Burnin’” by Gary Ziek, “Symphony No. 2” by Howard Hanson, “Texas Promenade” by David Holsinger, and “The Heart’s Reflection” by Daniel Elder. A Clarinet Choir will perform “The William Tell Overture” during the performance.

The Lone Star Symphonic Band is a nonprofit 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 Band was awarded the Sudler Silver Scroll, which is 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 honor those community bands that have demonstrated particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and which have played a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in their respective communities. In August 2016, the Band moved to Holy Covenant United Methodist Church for its rehearsals and concerts. The Band is under the direction of Bob Bryant.




Katy ISD will celebrate the time, effort and heart of KEYS mentors – while supporting KEYS Scholarships – at Ties & Tiaras on March 9 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at NOAH’S of Katy at Mason Creek, 21402 Merchants Way.

his year’s festivities include honoring the 2017 Mentors of the Year and KEYS Scholarship Sponsors, along with entertainment provided by a stringed ensemble from Tompkins High School. Also joining the event will be the Cinco Ranch High School student artists who created this year’s KEYS scholarship masterpiece

Tickets are $40 per person in advance and $50 at the door. There will be hors d’oeuvres and mocktails along with the student entertainment. Despite the event’s title, dress is business casual.

Every year Ties & Tiaras honors Katy ISD’s family of mentors, who spend up to one hour each week with their students. In particular, the event recognizes a few individuals who’ve sustained relationships and dedication to the KEYS program year after year. The Katy ISD 2017 Mentors of the Year, and their respective KEYS campuses, are:

  • Fred Crist, McDonald Junior High
  • Kevin Drury, Rylander Elementary
  • James Grima, Wolfe Elementary
  • Kirsten Hampshire, Seven Lakes High School
  • Steven Herold, Bear Creek Elementary
  • Don Mach, Taylor High School
  • Karen Morey, Hayes Elementary
  • Donna Ortiz, Cardiff Junior High
  • Susan Reilly, Katy High School

To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at katyisd.org or call Martha Brown, 281-396-2468, or email marthabrown@katyisd.org.




Brain cancer will once again meet its match on Sunday, April 2, at NRG Park in Houston as patients, supporters and family members converge for the 15th Anniversary Run for the Rose.

Sponsored by the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation (DMRF), the event raises awareness and funds benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and UTHealth McGovern Medical School. The event offers a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Family 1K Fun Run/Walk, and participants range in age from 2 months to 102 years. The race starts and ends outside NRG Arena. Last year’s race attracted more than 5,800 participants and 100 brain tumor patients and netted more than $600,000.

Katy/Fulshear Lifestyles & Home account representative Amy Barker Richards is hosting a team called “In Memory of Dan S. Barker” to honor her father, who passed away from brain cancer.

This year’s Run for the Rose begins at 6:30 a.m. with late registration. The Survivor Stroll starts at 8 a.m., followed by an 8:15 a.m. start for the Timed and Non-Timed 5K, and 8:45 a.m. start for the Family 1K. The Post-race party will offer delicious food and drink items, activities for children, great music, an inflatable, walkthrough brain exhibit, and a silent auction. The awards presentation will be inside NRG Arena immediately following the end of the race.

Registration fees range from $15 to $40. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. The DMRF receives support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Every $1 that is donated generates an estimated $5-10 of federal funding and grant support.

Through this annual fundraiser, DMRF, a tax-exempt public charity, has donated more than $5.3 million since 2003 for brain cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, pediatric health initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and cutting-edge research and treatment for children with brain tumors at UTHealth McGovern Medical School.

The DMRF was founded in 2002 in memory of Dr. Marnie Rose, a 28-year-old pediatric resident who died from what is considered one of the deadliest of human cancers, a glioblastoma. Dr. Rose was in the first year of her pediatric medical residency at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital when she was diagnosed with the rare form of brain cancer. Despite her diagnosis, she agreed to share all — her cancer journey, personal life and professional duties as a medical resident — with a TV crew from the ABC reality series Houston Medical. The critically acclaimed hospital series followed the lives of doctors, nurses, other health care professionals and patients at Memorial Hermann in summer 2002. Dr. Rose died on August 23, 2002, from complications of her cancer, just five weeks after the show’s final episode aired.

To register for a team or donate to one, visit RunfortheRose.com, or for more information on the race day’s schedule and events, email info@drmarnierose.org.

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Past participants really got in the spirit with colorful costumes.



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 March schedule is as follows:

“Making Mexican Food Healthy” – Monday, March 6, 6:30 pm, Meeting 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. Materials for this program are provided courtesy of the Friends of Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library. Registration required.

“Spring Cookie Decorating for Young Adults” – Monday, March 13, 3:30 p.m., Meeting Room. Teens in grades 9-12 can learn how to dress up cookies with easy, festive, decorative touches. Library staff member Michelle Moreno will demonstrate basic decorating methods as well as tips and tricks to make cookie-decorating hassle-free. Materials for this program are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library. Reservations required.

To register for both of the events, visit fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Events,” select “Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-4675, or by visiting the library.


David Paul, Channel 11 Chief Meteorologist, and his wife, Miranda, will serve as emcees for the event.

David Paul, Channel 11 Chief Meteorologist, and his wife, Miranda, will serve as emcees for the event.


The excitement is building for the 2017 Covenant House Texas Gala coordinated by the CHT Guild of volunteers. The theme this year is “Let Them All Eat Cake,” a night of French fun and whimsy to provide homeless and at-risk youth a chance at the American Dream. Covenant House Texas has been helping youth under the age of 21 with shelter, services and programs for over 33 years. The gala is scheduled for April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel.

Gala honorees are Julie and Jay Rogers and IBC Bank. Jay and Julie are longtime supporters of CHT and IBC Bank, where Jay is an executive, has been a great partner to CHT donating thousands of dollars over the years.

The CHT Guild coordinates all of the fun holiday activities for the kids as well as the wonderful gala to raise funds. Two of the CHT youth will be speaking and guests won’t want to miss their stories of courage. As the number one fundraising event for Covenant House Texas, the annual Gala helps make it possible for CHT to continue providing homeless and runaway youth with the services and programs they need to be successful.

Table sponsorships and tickets are available, as well as the opportunity to donate items for the silent auction. Visit covenanthousetx.org to purchase tickets. For more information, contact Kate Ryther at 713-630-5636 or at kryther@covenanthouse.org.

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