Katy Happenings November 2015

| November 1, 2015

The 2015 FBJSL Sugar Plum Market committee members.

The 2015 FBJSL Sugar Plum Market committee members.


Shoppers will be treated to spectacular holiday décor, wonderful vendors, and a fantastic weekend of shopping at the annual Sugar Plum Market on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Stafford Centre. Proceeds from the Market will benefit local Fort Bend County charities. Presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann, the theme for the 15th annual market is “Let it Snow.”

The market will begin with an exclusive Preview Night from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5. Patrons will have the opportunity to shop while sampling delicious food from local restaurants. The VIP Preview Night ticket also entitles shoppers to a Preview Night drink ticket and admission to the market on Friday and Saturday.

The Sugar Plum Market will open its doors on Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. With over 100 vendors and a large raffle showcase, it will be a one-stop holiday shopping experience.

A limited quantity of Preview Night tickets, $75 each, and general admission tickets, $12 each, are available. General admission tickets may be purchased at select Randalls stores and also at the door during market hours. The 2014 Preview Night sold out, so patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Visit sugarplummarket.com or call 281-636-6272 for more information.

Through generous patrons and sponsors, the Sugar Plum Market was able to donate needed funds to 18 different charities last year. In addition to the market’s title sponsor, Memorial Hermann, top sponsors include City of Stafford, Pamela Printing, Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes, Trustmark Bank and H-E-B.




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.



On Thursday, Nov. 5, Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature guest speaker, Elizabeth Barrow, discussing “Shade Gardening.” The presentation will include the pros and cons of shade gardening, specific difficulties when gardening in the shade and hints and tips for success. She will also touch on design principles and introduce us to some shade plants suited to this area.

Barrow is a long-time Houston gardener and former owner of a garden center in the Richmond-Rosenberg area. She is a Texas Certified Nursery Professional, a Fort Bend County Master Gardener and a sought after speaker for area garden clubs.

Meet-and-greet begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by the NCGC business meeting. Join the group at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive.

Visit nottinghamgardenclub.org for more information. Everyone interested in gardening and gardening related topics is welcome. The group serves the West Houston and Katy areas.

NCGC is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Houston Federation of Garden Clubs, the Texas State Garden Clubs and the National Federation of Garden Clubs. The club promotes the beautification of our community, supports local and national educational and civic organizations, and educates the community about our environment. Donations from the NCGC are funded by various fundraisers and projects.


Participants from last year’s Turkey Dash in costume.

Participants from last year’s Turkey Dash in costume.


The Katy Family YMCA and The Fellowship will host the 13th annual Turkey Dash presented by Reliant, an NRG company, on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26. The race has grown in recent years to become one of the largest and most anticipated fun runs in the greater Houston area.

With four events to choose from, there’s something for everyone: a 10K, 5K, Kids Fun Run and a 1-Mile Walk/Run. All races start on Peek Road near the Katy Family YMCA located at 22807 Westheimer Parkway.

Seven thousand participants and more than 1,500 spectators and volunteers are expected to take part in this year’s event. Race day highlights include 10K and 5K awards in age categories and a post-race party featuring door prizes, refreshments, local businesses, games and a Kids Fun Zone. A costume contest will also be held.

“The Turkey Dash is an event where families get together and celebrate a holiday while creating new memories. A successful event is only possible because of the support of our local community, committed volunteers and local businesses,” says Brian Haines, YMCA district vice president. “Knowing that we are all working for the same worthy cause makes this event very special.”

In addition to a great time, participants receive the satisfaction of knowing their race fees go toward a good cause, the YMCA Annual Campaign. This annual fundraiser ensures that Katy families have access to Y programs and services regardless of their ability to pay.

The Signature Sponsor is Reliant, and other lead sponsors include Grand Vision, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, United Healthcare and Cram Crew.

Visit ymcaturkeydash.org or call the Katy YMCA at 281-392-5055 to participate, volunteer or become a sponsor.



The Star of Destiny Chapter (Katy), National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution will host the annual garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Estates of Chesterfield Swim and Tennis Clubhouse, 1707 Briarchester.

Sale items include furniture, toys, books and more. All items are reasonably priced and are a source of funds for the group’s patriotic activities with troops, schools, libraries and military families.

Email dar@kinghorn.com or visit the website texasdar.org/chapters/StarOfDestiny for more information.



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.


(Top row, l-r) Julia Chesnick, Juliana Buddenbaum and Hannah Embrey; (bottom row) Kelsey Bailey, Kristy Volgesang and Caroline Cain.

(Top row, l-r) Julia Chesnick, Juliana Buddenbaum and Hannah Embrey; (bottom row) Kelsey Bailey, Kristy Volgesang and Caroline Cain.


The Cinco Ranch Cougar Stars’ 12th Annual Holiday Parade of Homes home tour begins Thursday, December 10, offering Katy area residents the opportunity to view five uniquely decorated homes. This year’s holiday home tour is generously sponsored by ARIEL Janitorial Service, Inc.

Scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 11, the featured homes are adorned in a variety of decorations that range from fun to elegantly traditional. Step into one of the homes with a beautifully decorated tree in every room, allowing the entire home to be filled with Christmas cheer, or take in a home specifically designed for entertaining family and friends at this magical time of the year.

Members of the Cougar Stars dance team will be serving as docents, working with adult volunteers. “The Holiday Parade of Homes is one of our favorite fundraisers! It’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and lovely opportunity for mother-daughter time,” Yvonne Chesnick said.

Beginning the first week in November, tickets will be available for $12 from Cougar Stars or at the following five Cinco Ranch retailers: Beau Kisses in La Centerra shopping center on 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Hauerland’s at both the 1648 S.Mason Rd. and La Centerra locations, The Dancer’s Closet at 22764 Westheimer Pkwy., and Peek Rd. in Villagio Shopping Center, Laura’s Line at 23730 Westheimer Pkwy. in the Target shopping center, and Southern Diva’s at 23110-A Cinco Ranch Blvd. across the street from Sprouts.

For more information about the Cougar Stars, visit crhscougarstars.org.



The Cinco Ranch High School Music Department presents the annual Veteran’s Day Gala on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the CRHS Performance Arts Center. “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Salute to the Armed Forces,” “America” and “God Bless America” are some of the songs that will be performed to honor the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. All Veterans and their families are invited to this free event.



The public is invited to register now for the 2015 Fall Keep Katy Beautiful Citywide Garage Sale scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21. The Garage Sale’s mission is to promote families to reduce, reuse and rebuy in yards and garages across Katy.

All participants must register and can do so in person at 5718 Second Street (City Annex Building), by fax at 281-391-4017 or by email to kkb@cityofkaty.com. The registration deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13.

A list of participating locations will be available starting on Friday, Nov. 20 at the City Annex at 5718 Second Street, at City Hall at 910 Avenue or on the city website at cityofkaty.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 or the library’s public information office at 281-633-4734.

For a full schedule of events, visit fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Calendar,” and and select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library.” The November schedule is as follows:

Library closings: Nov. 11 – Veterans Day; Nov. 26-29 – Thanksgiving.

“Free SAT Practice-Test Session” – Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ­­– A representative from Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions will administer the test. This practice test will prepare students for the new version of the SAT test. Bring two #2 pencils, and a non-graphing calculator if available. To register online at the library’s website, click on “Calendar,” 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.

“SCORE: LinkedIn for Business” – Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m – 1 p.m. LinkedIn is the world’s largest social-media network for professionals and is a great vehicle for connecting with potential customers. SCORE mentor Celina Enamorado will talk about how to make the best use of LinkedIn to network and engage with contacts and businesses. Learn how to create a profile, receive and provide recommendations, manage groups, utilize statistics, and implement best practices and strategies.



The sixth annual Swing for SIRE Golf Tournament benefits veterans and honors those who have fought to preserve the country’s freedom. The event will take place on Monday, Nov. 9 at Willow Fork Country Club, a private course located at 21055 Westheimer Parkway.

The public is invited to participate, sponsor or donate to the tournament. Visit the events/calendar page on sire-htec.org for more information and to register.


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The fourth annual Gingerbread Jog 5K run, 1-mile kids fun run and 1-mile walk benefitting the Pregnancy Help Center (PCH) of West Houston will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12 at La Centerra at Cinco Ranch. All proceeds go to the PHC, which ministers to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women and their families as they experience pregnancy. Online registration is available at thedriven.net. Race day registration will begin at 6:45 a.m. with the 5K starting at 8 a.m., 1 mile kids fun run starting at 8:05 a.m. and the 1 mile walk starting at 8:10 a.m. For more information, call PHC at 281-578-0078. La Centerra is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. or go to LaCenterra.com.



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.




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.



ARTreach seniors and volunteers at Mamie George Community Center hold a big art sale the second Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 111 Collins Road in Richmond. The event, “Espresso Yourself,” promises a free cup of coffee and a homemade cookie along with the opportunity to purchase handmade gifts, ceramic coffee cups and jewelry. The money raised will benefit the Mamie George Community Center.



Registration now for the 2016 Women’s Quarter Marathon to be held Saturday, Jan. 9 in Katy, which is founded by Houston-based race production company, iRun Productions. The marathon is a women’s-only race to empower women and young girls through fitness and a healthy lifestyle. The 6.55-mile course is designed to showcase thousands of women and their individual and group strength.

“The last two years have flown by for iRun Productions,” said Randi Schooley, race director. “We’ve experienced such tremendous growth in our management experience and finding what works for our clients in establishing their race event dreams. With that, we’re excited to announce our own dream coming to life this January.”

The route will start at Central Green Park, run through Cinco Ranch, and back to Central Green Park where the post-race party will take place. The distance is a quarter of a marathon, which is 6.55 miles. The Mini-Quarter Marathon is 1.25 miles and is designed for girls under the age of 13 who also want to join the movement.

“The Women’s Quarter Marathon is a platform to empower women and support each others endurance goals,” said Lauren Smith, race director. “Equally as important is to give back to our community through Girls Inc. of Greater Houston. The distance is perfect for individuals who want to ring in the new year by accomplishing an achievable challenge like the quarter marathon distance.”

Girls Inc. of Greater Houston’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold by developing programs of informal education for them to live and succeed in an inequitable world. Visit womensquartermarathon.com for more information.

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