Katy Happenings May 2016

| May 1, 2016

City leaders gather to endorse the National Day of Prayer.

City leaders gather to endorse the National Day of Prayer.


The 65th annual National Day of Prayer is May 5. Plan events for your family, congregation, business, school, and study groups at nationaldayofprayer.org/events/. Attend the community gatherings at noon at Simonton City Hall and at 7 p.m. at Fulshear City Hall, Katy Merrell Center and Wessen­dorf Park in Richmond. For more information, contact Mary Cook, Fort Bend County Coordinator National Day of Prayer, at 832-651-7771 or maryhuntcook@comcast.net.


Start the summer off right by learning all things spy during Agents Undercover Wonderweek, May 26-June 8.

Start the summer off right by learning all things spy during Agents Undercover Wonderweek, May 26-June 8.


Fiesta de Cinco de Mayo – May 5-11, all day. On May 5,1862, Mexico defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla. Today, the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Join the fiesta as the museum celebrates this event through fun, hands-on activities and performances.

Play It Safe Wonderweek – May 12 -18, all day. From watching cartoons on TV to making s’mores around a campfire, it’s fun to play around, but safety first! Get charged and fired up to expand your electrical and fire safety smarts. Learn how electricity works, how fires can spread, and how to be safe with tons of charged activities designed to make your safety skills spark.

Let Freedom Ring Wonderweek – May 19 – 25, all day. Honor the courageous heroes who have contributed to making America the land of the free and the home of the brave. Salute the stars and stripes and get ready to paint the town red, white and blue.

Agents Under Cover Wonderweek – May 26-June 8, all day. Unlock the fun and put your agent skills to the test with all sorts of espionage-themed activities. Kids 8 and up, don’t forget to enlist at S.E.C.R.E.T. headquarters to help thwart the dastardly plans of R.I.V.AL.— a villainous league dedicated to hijacking the museum’s secrets.

For more information or a full schedule, visit cmhouston.org.



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.



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.

Special events in May are as follows:

Summer Reading Clubs For Youth, May 30-Aug.27 – Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading clubs during the summer. They are free and 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 by clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image, available on May 30. When the form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books or reading time.

Fulshear Book Club – Monday, May 16, noon. The book to be discussed is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, written by Betty Smith.

Fulshear Night Readers Guild – Monday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. The book to be discussed is Orphan Train, written by Christina Baker Kline.

Toddler Time – Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. – Caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 12 to 36 months of age.Toddler Time will take place on May 3 ONLY.

Story Time – Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. – Stories, movies, and age-appropriate craft activities for children 3 to 6 years of age. Story Time will take place on May 4 ONLY.

After-School Breaks – The After-School Break will not take place in May.




The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC)has announced that it is now part of Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL, a three-day festival of events to be held May 20-22 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. In addition to celebrating the 10-year anniversary of TTBC, Toyota Texas Fest will enable the event to further its mission to help broaden the audience reach and ultimately increase the awareness and funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL will include concerts, an outdoor festival and fun activities for all ages.

“We are very excited to introduce the Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL. For 10 years, TTBC has been proud to support the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. We look forward to continuing this tradition through Toyota Texas Fest,” said Katie Scallan, executive director of the Texas Bass Classic Foundation.

Fans can expect a fun and exciting event that will offer live concerts from top country music artists, an outdoor consumer expo, the TPWD Outdoor Adventure Area, a Kids Zone and the 10th anniversary celebration of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic­ ­– the championship of professional bass fishing. All activities will be held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, but the championship fishing will take place on Lake Ray Roberts near Denton.

Since TTBC’s inception over nine years ago, the partnership between TTBC and TPWD has helped raise awareness for TPWD’s conservation efforts and helped raise funding for youth and urban outreach programs. To date, TTBC has donated $2.25 million to the TPWD and will continue its support in 2016. Visit ToyotaTexasFest.com or call 1-866-907-0143 for additional information.




St. Peter’s United Methodist Church will host Children of the World’s International Children’s Choir in concert on Sunday, May 8, at 6 p.m., in the Sanctuary, 20775 Kingsland Blvd.

In impoverished communities around the globe, millions of children are suffering every day from the effects of dirty water, malnutrition, hunger and despair – children waiting to be rescued.

The International Children’s Choir is made up of disadvantaged and orphaned children from several countries. Through their powerful songs, dances, spoken word and creative media they provide a compelling message of hope and opportunity through this year’s Rescue Tour.

The concert at St. Peter’s is free to the public. For additional information and to get involved, visit worldhelp.net/cotw.



Living Word Lutheran Church is hosting a Job Transition Workshop designed to offer support for a concern that hits way too close to home for many in the community. This event will feature a group of professionals who will speak to resources in the areas of emotional, spiritual, financial and employment support during a job transition. The workshop will include information about how to best approach the job search, but will not include actual job postings.

All who have lost a job, who may lose a job or who may want to help someone through a job transition are invited to attend this event. It will take place on the Living Word campus in the Life Center from 11 a.m. till 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Childcare will be provided. Attendees are asked to RSVP at tinyurl.com/zlq6ld4. For more information, visit livingwordkaty.org or call 281-392-2300.



InHouston Katy Premier Business Professional Network Mixers are held the third Tuesday of the month from 4-7 p.m. at Texas Borders Bar & Grill, 20940 Katy Fwy, Ste H. A large number of business owners, investors, realtors, executives, marketing professionals, individuals and others attend the event for business professional mixing and social networking. Donate a door prize and promote your business. The event is complimentary and there are free chips/salsa and drink specials offered to those who attend. For more information, call Newell Cheatheam 281-392-3034 or visit tinyurl.com/jz6ssfr.


Many wounded veterans participate in the 5K Walk, Run and Wheel, which will be held at Cinco Ranch HIgh School on May 21.

Many wounded veterans participate in the 5K Walk, Run and Wheel, which will be held at Cinco Ranch HIgh School on May 21.


The 12th Annual Impact A Hero Weekend is a three-day event from Saturday, May 21 through Monday, May 23. The event is hopsted by Impact A Hero, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization that provides immediate and ongoing emotional and financial support to severely wounded, post-9/11 combat veterans and their families.

The weekend begins Saturday from 7:30 -10 a.m. with the 5K Walk, Run and Wheel, which will be held at Cinco Ranch High School. Participants should arrive at 6:30 a.m. Impact A Hero anticipates that more than 2,500 runners, including 50 wounded heroes and their families, will participate in the event. There will be a Family Focus with activities for kids. The cost per person is $35 until May 14, then $40 until race day.

The Kids 1K race will also take place during the 5K event. The cost for the Kids 1K (age 10 and under) is $12 until May 14, then $18 until race day.

The Impact a Hero Hall of Fame Gala dinner, “Diamonds & Denim,” will be held at NRG Stadium on the 50-yard line on Sunday, May 22 starting at 5 p.m. A standard single gala ticket is $250.

On Monday, May 23, the Impact a Hero Golf Challenge will be held at Shadow Hawk Golf Club & Black Hawk Country Club. The Individual Champions golf play is $1,250.

For more information on any of the events and to buy tickets, visit impactahero.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.


A family enjoys meandering on the Lazy River.

A family enjoys meandering on the Lazy River.


Moody Gardens is offering some new entertainment and traditional favorites at Palm Beach as this popular private beach attraction opens for the summer.

Guests are invited to sink their toes in white sand, lounge beneath palm trees and splash amongst a variety of beach attractions. Visitors can even enjoy concerts and fireworks. Palm Beach will open weekends beginning May 21, including Memorial Day before opening daily for the summer season June 4 through August 21. As the summer season comes to an end, Palm Beach will be open weekends only August 27 through September 10, including Labor Day.

Visitors can enjoy the interactive 650-foot lazy river, wave pool and two 18-foot tower slides. Other attractions include beach volleyball on regulation courts and the Aquarium Adventure play area. The Splashpad automated aquatic water feature offers interactive dump buckets, spray arches and fountains for a day of fun at the beach. Palm Beach admission is $23.95 for adults, $17.95 for children and seniors, or $55 for a season pass. Children ages three and under are free.

Visitors can make it a weekend of entertainment with the popular Bands on the Sand summer concert series at Palm Beach. Beginning June 4, this live music series runs throughout the summer following each show with fireworks over the Moody Gardens pyramids and Offatts Bayou. Admission to each concert is $15 and free for kids three and under. Bands on the Sand will be held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through August 13. Some of the area’s top local and regional bands will perform. For a complete schedule visit moodygardens.org or call 800-582-4673.



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.



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.



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.

Special events in May are as follows:

“Classical & Folk Dances of India” – Saturday, May 14, 2 p.m. Enjoy a demonstration of classical dances of India performed in spectacular costumes by the senior students of Sunanda’s Performing Arts Center, led by founder and director Sunanda Nair. Influenced by temple
traditions and the rich mythological tales of the Hindus, the artistic dance forms of India have captured global attention in cultural vistas around the world. The performance will visually portray episodes from Indian mythology.

“Outdoor Fun 101” – Saturday, May 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jennifer Boley, with NEO (Nature & Eclectic Outdoors), will provide an introduction to camping, including basics such as selecting a campsite and pitching a tent. Learn about safety measures and basic gear necessary for camping, hiking, and backpacking. Boley will also talk about basic native-wildlife information and identification, and how to protect one’s feet with proper footwear.

Summer Reading Clubs For Youth, May 30-Aug.27 – Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading clubs during the summer. They are free and open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence.




On Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m., join co-chairs Matt Davis and Ryan van Steenis for the Pink Door – Sporting Clays Charity Tournament at American Shooting Centers – 16500 Westheimer Pkwy.

The tournament is an opportunity to bring together community and business leaders, medical professionals, philanthropists and shooting enthusiasts in support of women cancer patients in the Houston community.

More than 100 participants/teams will compete in a private, 10‐stand sporting clay course, as well as shooting challenges and contests throughout the day. Following the competition, guests will enjoy food and drinks. Prize drawings and top‐team prizes will be awarded. The day will wrap with an informative talk about cancer risks and
prevention from Julie Rowe, M.D., oncologist at UTHealth/Memorial Hermann‐Texas Medical Center.

Sponsors include BQ Catering, Profes­sional Insights and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities visit pinkdoornonprofit.org/sportingclays or call 832-727-3121. For more information, email ktankersley@pinkdoornonprofit.org.




To kick off the highly-anticipated opening of the Typhoon Texas Waterpark, the inaugural Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Typhoon Texas Triathlon will take place on Sunday, May 22. The event will be held at the waterpark the weekend before it opens to the general public.

Children ages 6-17 are welcome to participate. The course will begin with a lazy river swim at Typhoon Texas, followed by a bike ride and run around the Katy Mills Mall parking lot, all leading back to the finish line at Typhoon Texas.

Short course (ages 6-10) includes a 100-meter lazy river swim, a 2-mile out and back bike and a 1-mile loop run. Long course (ages 11-17) includes a 200-meter lazy river swim, a 4-mile out and back bike and a 2-mile loop run.

The triathlon begins at 7 a.m. and spectators are invited to watch the race from all areas. Following the race and awards ceremony, participants, friends and family have the opportunity to enjoy the waterpark for the afternoon.

Visit athletepath.com/typhoon-texas-kids-tri/2016-05-29 to register (deadline May 21) or visit eventbrite.com/e/2016-typhoon-texas-kids-triathlon-volunteers-tickets-19238408598 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.




The seventh annual U.S. Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Classic and Bar-B-Q Cook Off weekend will be held on Memorial Day weekend, Friday-Sunday, May 27-29 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. This free and fun-filled weekend includes great music, award winning barbecue, incredible items in the silent and live auctions, the newly introduced Extreme Roughstock event, and some of the best professional and amateur team roping in the U.S. This year’s event may prove to be the biggest and best yet, thanks to the generous sponsors, staff and volunteers.

Proceeds from the weekend’s events benefit The Navy SEAL Foundation and The Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Foundation. Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Dietz was part of Operation Red Wing. On June 28, 2005, four SEALS were conducting a reconnaissance mission in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan and came under fire by Taliban fighters, ultimately taking three of the four men’s lives. Only Marcus Luttrell survived; he recounted the events in his 2007 book Lone Survivor, which was released as a film in 2013. Dietz was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in combat.

For more information on the event, visit dannydietzmemorial.com.

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