Katy Happenings May 2017

| May 1, 2017



Beer lovers from all around the country will return to the Wild West Brewfest (WWBF) on May 5 and 6 at Katy Mills. This engaging festival perpetuates community involvement with the ultimate goal of fellowship, charity and fun. This year’s WWBF is all set to show attendees why it continues to earn top accolades: it was awarded Top Fest for May by hopculture.com and, for the second year in a row, has been rated the #1 Event in the Country by BeerYeti.com.

The WWBF prides itself on its support of youth and continues to expand its reach into communities in and around Katy. The net proceeds from the 2016 event exceeded $140,000, putting WWBF over the $300,000 level in the five years it has been in existence.

A portion of the 2016 proceeds went to assist young Texans through the Katy FFA chapters. “The vision of the WWBF is to help students in need,” says David Loesch event organizer. “We were proud to buy over $15,000 of animals at the local KISD FFA auctions and barn sales in February 2017.”

WWBF assists FFA students whose animals do not make it to auction and those who cannot afford to raise an animal. “We could not do this without our sponsors and or patrons, we are grateful that they support us,” Loesch said.

The event is sponsored by the City of Katy and hosted by the Rotary Club of Katy. BB&T is the Platinum sponsor and H-E-B is sponsoring the Silent Auction tent. The law firm of Sowell, Alvares & Walls, PLLC is also a sponsor. For the full list of sponsors, more information on participating brewers and the Launch Party, and to purchase tickets, visit wildwestbrewfest.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, under the direction of Bob Bryant, will perform a Summer- and Travel-themed concert on May 7 in Katy. The concert, titled The 3 R’s of Summer, will begin at 4 p.m. at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 22111 Morton Road. Selections slated to be performed include Down By The Riverside, Florentiner March, Light Cavalry Overture, LOL (Laugh Out Loud), Over The Rainbow, Porgy and Bess, Seascape Sunset, Sleep, Summer Nights and What a Wonderful World.

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.

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, North America’s most prestigious award for Community Concert Bands, 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 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.



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.




Mark your calendars for more free, fun-filled Spring events and entertainment at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Returning event favorites include: Mondays with Mommy, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus; Houston Ride ‘n Shine Car Show; live music; movies in the Courtyard; and more. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated. Visit lacenterra.com for a full list of events.

Houston Ride ‘n Shine Car Show – Saturdays, through May 20, 8-10 a.m. This free monthly car show organized and hosted by the GTRBros group was originally created as a place for GTR owners and friends to meet up, but has since expanded to welcome owners of all show-worthy cars and enthusiasts alike. Live Music at LaCenterra – Saturday, April 29, 5-7 p.m., Shinolah; Sunday, May 14, 4-6 p.m., Preston Smith.

Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade – Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Parade begins at 10 a.m.) The event will begin at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library, eventually making its way to LaCenterra, with a book character parade through the center. Spectators can enjoy a day filled with displays of student art and writing, musical entertainment from student choirs and orchestras from Katy ISD, Lamar CISD and Fort Bend ISD.




Calling all moms with children from infants to adults! On May 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., Mothers of Young Children at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy will host Karen Stubbs of Birds on a Wire Ministries for a night filled with fellowship and encouragement. Karen will share real-life experiences, while giving inspiration to all women as they journey through the varying stages of motherhood.

Cost for the event, which will take place in Lott Hall, is $40 and includes two 45-minute speaking sessions by Karen, with a brief intermission in between for coffee and dessert.A Q&A session with Karen will close the event. Her topics include what to do when you’re overwhelmed and how to “hold the line” in today’s culture war.

Child care is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register at stpkaty.org by May 3. You won’t want to miss this night of laughter and inspiration as Karen champions moms and as she shares her walk of motherhood. St. Peter’s is located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd.


Pink Lemonade single bloom hibiscus.

Pink Lemonade single bloom hibiscus.


Both serious cultivators of the exotic hibiscus plant and casual gardeners are invited to the Lone Star Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society’s (AHS) annual show and sale event on Saturday, May 13, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Burney Road in Sugar Land. Judging will take place in the morning and the flower show and sale will be open to the public in the afternoon. Admission is free.

Exhibitors will enter their hibiscus blooms to compete to win awards in four major categories – Amateur, Collector, Open Collector and Comm­ercial. Growers who enter their plants for competition generally arrive between 7:30 and 9 a.m., and entries must be complete by 11:30 a.m. Then the judges inspect the blooms and evaluate them based on their form, size, color, substance and condition. Blooms can be single, double or miniature, and there is also a competition for seedlings.

From 1-4 p.m. the public is invited to view the competition blooms and purchase eye-catching hibiscus in a wide variety of colors. New varieties of hibiscus and special plant selections from Florida and California will be available for purchase. Many varieties of this stunning perennial will be available that cannot be found at a local nursery.

Patrons who have shopped the show in the past may want to come again because the assortment of hibiscus plants expands each year as many growers experiment with hybridizing the flower. It is the hybridization that draws many hibiscus enthusiasts to return to the AHS shows annually.

For more information visit lonestarahs.org.


Several of the artists who are exhibiting in the juried shows.

Several of the artists who are exhibiting in the juried shows.


Maud Marks Library and Mereh Arts are “Celebrating Local Artists” throughout April. The juried show consists of oil, acrylic, wood, pastels, collage, sculpture and various types of paintings and media. Part of the sales proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.

Some of the local competing artists are Luis Alberto Rivera, Zineb Sjahsam, K Krueger McDonald, Rick Spacek, Mike Peyton, Valmar Domingues, Anita Parrott and Lois Morton. Visit hcpl.net/location/maud-smith-marks-branch-library to see the schedule of art demonstrations.




Willow Fork Park is a newly created park in the Katy area, managed by the Willow Fork Drainage District, which also manages Central Green Park in LaCenterra Shopping Center. The park is located at the northwest corner of 99/Grand Parkway and Cinco Ranch Blvd., north of Cinco Ranch High School.

The Friends of Willow Fork Park organization is hosting the following family-friendly, nature event in the park:

May 13, 9-10 a.m. – Coastal Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists presents “Meet the Monarchs – Life Cycle and Caterpillar Petting Zoo.” Meet with Texas Master Naturalists and look at monarch butterflies at all stages of development from egg through caterpillar, chrysalis, and on to butterfly. Caterpillars will be available for petting. Meet at the pavilion at Willow Fork Park. For more information, visit willowforkdrainagedistrict.com/parks/willow-fork-park.




Fort Bend County Libraries presents special reading clubs during the summer to encourage reading among children from birth and up, as well as teens and adults. “Build a Better World™” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club. Registration for the 2017 Summer Reading Clubs will begin on Monday, May 29, and continue through Aug. 31 at all Fort Bend County Libraries locations. Library programs and activities for children begin during the week of June 5, and continue through July 29.

Children from infancy through school-age are invited to come to the library to read a lot of great books, see some exciting programs, and join in some fun activities to kick off a great summer! Younger children will enjoy the “Summer Reading Club for Children,” while students in grades 6-8 can participate in activities for older kids in the “Middle School Summer Challenge.” Teens in high school can participate with adults in the “YA/Adult Summer Reading Club” to complete individual online challenges and win prizes.

There is no charge to join the Summer Reading Clubs, and they are open to everyone, regardless of the county of residence. Participants may register at any Fort Bend County library, or online by going to fortbend.lib.tx.us and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image, which will become available on May 29. When the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books and reading time.

Reading rewards can be redeemed beginning Monday, June 5. The last day to pick up awards is Aug. 31. Prizes must be collected from the “primary library of use” indicated upon registration.

The Summer Reading Clubs are sponsored by Fort Bend County Libraries, the Friends organizations that support the county library system, and by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality children’s summer-reading program materials for public libraries. For more information, call the branch library nearest you, or the Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.



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 281-633-4675. The May schedule is as follows:

Library closings – May 19 for Staff Develop­ment Day and May 28, 29 for Memorial Day.

Book Clubs

Fulshear Book Club – Monday, May 15, noon, Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is The Invention of Wings, written by Sue Monk Kidd.

Fulshear Night Readers Guild – Monday, May 22, 6:30 pm, Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is Where’d You Go, Bernadette, written by Maria Semple.




The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce Living Well Expo will be held Saturday, May 20, from 1-5 p.m. at Parkway Fellowship Church located at 27043 FM 1093, Richmond.

Title sponsors for this year’s event include MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Methodist West Hospital and Memorial Hermann.

Enjoy an inspiring and interactive day of health and wellness with informational booths and guest speakers. The Living Well Expo will have something for everyone with information not only on physical health but social, pet, dental, financial and environmental health as well. The event includes vendor booths, door prizes, free gift bags, food trucks, entertainment and much more.

If you would like to be a supporting sponsor or have a vendor booth at this event, forms can be found at FulshearAreaChamber.com. For more information, contact Amy Norvell at anorvell@fulshearareachamber.com or call 832-600-3221.



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 281-395-1311. The May schedule is as follows:

Library closings – May 19 for Staff Develop­ment Day and May 28, 29 for Memorial Day.

Special Events:

“Introduction to Tai Chi” – Saturday, May 20, 2:30 p.m., Meeting Room.

YooSoo Shin, an instructor at Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, will present a demonstration of Tai Chi-Qigong. After warming up, participants will learn simple forms of Tai Chi and Qigong. Those attending the class are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.

Book Clubs – Cinco Ranch Night Readers – Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m., in the Conference Classroom. The book to be discussed is The Boston Girl, written by Anita Diamant.



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 $130 and will include a t-shirt if registered by June 5. Registrations after June 5 must include a late fee of $25 for a total of $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 $165 ($190 after June 5). 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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