Katy Happenings November 2016

| November 1, 2016



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 Brookwood Dream Team is made up of Citizens Stuart, Richard, Jason and Mark.

The Brookwood Dream Team is made up of Citizens Stuart, Richard, Jason and Mark.


Join The Brookwood Community for the 31st annual Golf Benefit on Monday, Nov. 7 at Royal Oaks Country Club. With this year’s aviation-themed event, Brookwood is ready to take flight and fundraise “fore” the Citizens who live and work at Brookwood.

The Brookwood Community provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and demands dignity and respect for adults with special needs. As a nonprofit organization, Brookwood relies on the support of events like the Golf Benefit to fund the work programs and residential homes that serve over 225 adults with disabilities.

Consider forming a fundraising team. Golfers and non-golfers are welcome, and the only requirement is a desire to partner with a Citizen and have fun. Brook­wood’s goal is to have every Citizen become a Co-Pilot for a team. Team perks include a celebration dinner at Royal Oaks with the Co-Pilots and lots of fun prizes along the way. Visit brookwoodcommunity.org to make an online donation and support the Brookwood Dream Team. Check out all the donor incentives and how your donation can impact The Brookwood Community. For more information, contact Jennifer Tiedt at 281-375-2114 or jennifert@brookwoodcommunity.org.



The City of Katy Parks & Recreation has announced the Community Campout on Friday, Nov. 4-Saturday, Nov. 5 at the VFW Park, 6202 George Bush Dr.

The fun and activities begin at 6 p.m. on Friday (campers can begin setting up at 5 p.m.) and ends at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. A hot dog dinner, a camp-style breakfast, an outdoor movie and more are planned for the event.

Bring your own tent and sleeping gear. No campers or trailers are allowed. Electricity is not provided. Public restrooms are available. Kids must be accompanied at all times by an adult.

Participants must register at the Parks & Recreation office at 901 Ave. C in Katy. The deadline to register is Oct. 28, and no late registrations will be accepted.



Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone who may be suffering from overeating, food obsession, under-eating or bulimia. Also welcome are those who are concerned about someone who may have a problem and members of the helping professions (clergy, guidance and mental health counselors and health care professionals).

Multiple meetings are held every week at the West Houston Community Center. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the area, call 281-392-8914 or visit foodaddicts.org.



Katy Aglow, a part of Aglow International, is a local, spirit-filled ministry fellowship. The group meets monthly, usually on the fourth Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. They come together for fellowship, to worship and to hear inspirational speakers and testimonies as well as for special events. Katy Aglow is a great place to make new friends.

Visit katyaglow.com for information about current Bible studies, prayer meetings, special events, and speaker biographies.


Sugar Plum Market Committee: (l-r, first row): FBJSL President Laura Taylor, SPM co-chairs Monica Henderson, Alison Haralson, Sherri Ebarb, Katie Harris, SPM Board Liaison Dana Clement; (second row): Michaela Brady, Laura McGowen, Heather Allen, SPM Co-Chair Danielle Hames, Anjum Sproul, Reacia Keene, Stephanie Reilly, Nikki Kokel, Kristin Dedek; (third row): Stephanie Van Horn, Kelly Evans, Christine Moreno, Karla Aranda, Alisa Tristan; (fourth row): Sheila Cooper, Taylor Connor, Cindy Reaves, Hillary Watson, Catherine Kubala; (fifth row): Tracy Pipes, Faten Shanar, Parita Kurian, Kimberly Camp, Jenna Kisner and Caroline Bordelon; (sixth row): Jaynee Tierce, Amy Stine, Brittany Cope, Sarah Kuehl and Jessica Miller.

Sugar Plum Market Committee: (l-r, first row): FBJSL President Laura Taylor, SPM co-chairs Monica Henderson, Alison Haralson, Sherri Ebarb, Katie Harris, SPM Board Liaison Dana Clement; (second row): Michaela Brady, Laura McGowen, Heather Allen, SPM Co-Chair Danielle Hames, Anjum Sproul, Reacia Keene, Stephanie Reilly, Nikki Kokel, Kristin Dedek; (third row): Stephanie Van Horn, Kelly Evans, Christine Moreno, Karla Aranda, Alisa Tristan; (fourth row): Sheila Cooper, Taylor Connor, Cindy Reaves, Hillary Watson, Catherine Kubala; (fifth row): Tracy Pipes, Faten Shanar, Parita Kurian, Kimberly Camp, Jenna Kisner and Caroline Bordelon; (sixth row): Jaynee Tierce, Amy Stine, Brittany Cope, Sarah Kuehl and Jessica Miller.


The popular holiday shopping event, Sugar Plum Market, presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann, is celebrating the 16th year of “Making Spirits Bright.” Shoppers will enjoy holiday décor, vendors and a weekend of shopping on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Stafford Centre. Proceeds benefit Fort Bend County charities.

The weekend begins with a Preview Night party from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. Preview Night patrons will be treated to an exclusive evening of shopping, as well as hors d’oeuvres catered by 26 Daisies, a drink ticket and the opportunity to shop on Friday and Saturday. Hours are Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. With over 100 amazing vendors, shoppers will certainly find gifts for everyone.

A limited number 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. For as little as $250, individuals or businesses can become a sponsor and receive benefits such as event signage, website recognition, Preview Night tickets and an invitation to the check presentation party.

Visit fbjsl.org or e-mail information@sugarplummarket.com for more details.




Sensations Show Choir of Seven Lakes High School will present its fall show entitled Revolution on Nov. 4-5 at the high school’s Performing Arts Center. This advanced vocal ensemble will present a musical review of Broadway shows that center on historic and world-changing events.

Featured musicals include Les Miserab­les, West Side Story, Hairspray and the brand new hit musical Hamilton, among others. Show times are Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $6 and those with a gold card can purchase tickets for $5. For more information, go to sevenlakeschoir.com or call 281-237-2857.



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.



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.


Almost 5 years old now, Parker Brown continues with daily struggles and a future that remains uncertain since there is currently no cure for hydrocephalus.


On Nov. 5, Leah and Dave Brown of Katy invite you to join the Greater Houston Hydrocephalus Association (HA) WALK at The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch located at 22765 Westheimer Parkway in Katy to spread awareness about hydrocephalus because their son, Parker, has this incurable disease.

When Parker was born it was obvious right away that he had hydrocephalus because his head was very large and his skin was so stretched out that he could barely open his eyes. When he was just two days old, he had brain surgery to implant a shunt to relieve the tremendous pressure on his brain caused by excess spinal fluid.

Hydrocephalus patients undergo repeated brain surgeries in the course of their lifetime; over 100 surgeries is not unheard of. More than one million Ameri­cans live with hydrocephalus.

HA is the largest nonprofit, non-governmental funder of hydrocephalus research in the U.S. Money raised will support its national goal to raise more than $1.5 million. This year’s Katy WALK includes food, local area mascots, a Kids’ Zone sponsored by Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital with face painting, balloon animal creations, special kid’s activities and a Best Team T-shirt design contest. Participants raising $75 or more will receive an HA WALK T-shirt. Regis­ter to participate (team or individual walker) by visiting HAwalk.kintera.org/houston.

Last year, HA WALKs raised more than $1.4 million from over 15,000 walkers participating in 36 sites. All WALKs are 100 percent volunteer-initiated and volunteer-­­ co­­or­dinated. For more information, visit hydroassoc.org or call 888-598-3789.




Katy Community ‘Chip Clinic (KCCC) is paws-tively thrilled to announce a North Katy event coming up on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the No Label Brewery, 5351 1st St. in Katy.

KCCC offers $10 microchipping with lifetime registration; community lost and found and pet safety information; and a pet adoption drive featuring local rescues, so you can grow your family and keep it safe at the same time! Microchipping saves lives by providing a vet or shelter the means to match a found pet to its family’s address and contact information. KCCC is a grassroots effort, made up of volunteers from across Katy, Richmond and Fulshear who work to together to help lost and found pets get back to their homes in their communities.

KCCC’s “Top Cat” sponsor is Donicia Whitman, Owner/REALTOR of Whitman Real Estate Group, LLC, in central Katy.

KCCC also partnered with Fort Bend Pets Alive! for its microchipping events. Fort Bend Pets Alive! is dedicated to delivering solutions that can make Fort Bend County a no-kill community through programs such as education, adoptions, outreach, low cost spay/neuter programs and fostering. Microchipping more pets makes reunions just a phone call away, when animals are brought into a shelter.

To learn more, visit the KCCC Facebook page.



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.




Register now for the 2016 Fall Keep Katy Beautiful Community Garage Sale to be held on Saturday, Nov. 19.

By registering, you grant Keep Katy Beautiful and the City of Katy permission to publish your address on a public list that will be available on the City website, social media, other garage sales and businesses in Katy. You may pick up copies of the list on Friday, Nov. 18 at the new City Hall located at 901 Avenue C. You may also view the list on the City website at cityofkaty.com.

All participants must register and can do so in person at the new city hall, by fax at 281-391-0007 or by email to kkb@cityofkaty.com. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10.


Family fun is in store at the Katy Family YMCA Turkey Dash.


The Katy Family YMCA’s 14th Annual Turkey Dash presented by Reliant, an NRG company, will take place Nov. 24. With four events, there’s something for everyone – a 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run and a 1 Mile Walk/Run. Kick off your holiday season by participating in Katy’s largest fun run.

Highlights include awards in age categories, post-race party with refreshments, door prizes, kids fun zone, games and even a costume contest.

The last day for earlybird pricing for the Turkey Dash is Oct. 31. To register or learn more, visit ymcaturkeydash.org or call the Katy Y at 281-392-5055.


The Fort Bend Boys Choir Christmas Musicale features all choirboys.


The Fort Bend Boys Choir (FBBC) is celebrating its 35th anniversary performance season with a Christmas Musicale concert on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at a new venue – the First United Methodist Church-Missouri City. The three performing treble choirs – Training, Town and Tour – will be showcased along with Music Magic, the organization’s class of 6- and 7-year-olds. The concert’s Special guest is Countertenor John Holiday, the 1999 Outstanding Choirboy of the Year and a rising star in the opera world.

A special cookie and punch reception will be held immediately after the concert in the church’s Fellowship Hall in honor of the 35th anniversary. Tickets are available by calling the choir office, from any choir member or at the door. Adult admission is $15 and children 12 and under are $5.

All proceeds from the Christmas Musicale are used for program support, operational expenses and scholarships. To learn more about the FBBC and how it makes a difference in the lives of boys visit fbbctx.org or call 281-240-3800, or check out their fan page on Facebook.




The Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation, Child Advocates of Fort Bend staff, committee members, decorators and homeowners are gearing up for the 25th annual Christmas Home Tour scheduled for Friday, Dec.9 and Saturday, Dec. 10.

“Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation has had a long standing relationship
with this agency and with our Home Tour. We are so excited that they came forward to kick off the sponsor drive again this year as our Event Underwriter,” said Ruthanne Mefford, Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO.

“We’re working on a couple of special things for our 25th anniversary tour. We’ll be in Telfair and Belknap, two neighborhoods we haven’t been in before,” stated Child Advocates of Fort Bend Marketing Specialist Lisa Moore. “In addition, we’re partnering again with Johnson Devel­opment and bringing back our popular wreath raffle for a third year. It’s really going to be a great tour so make sure to put it on your calendar and purchase your tickets!”

Proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour help Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children in this community. Through its two programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), the agency touches the lives of more than 400 young victims each month.

A Fort Bend holiday tradition, the Tour offers guests the opportunity to view beautifully decorated homes in Fort Bend County while helping to raise much needed funds to support CAFB’s programs serving abused and neglected children. Tour hours are 10-4 pm on Dec. 9 and 10 with a candlelight tour on Dec. 9 from 6-9 pm.

Sponsors and volunteers are needed to support the Home Tour. To participate, please contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or lmoore@cafb.org. Ticket sales begin Nov. 1 online at cafb.org and Fort Bend area Randalls Stores. For updates on home locations and ticket sales, go to cafb.org/Events/Home-Tour.


(Photo – richard carson)


Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Houston Foley’s department store. Since then, the Thanksgiving Day parade has gone through a few changes, but today, it remains a 67-year-old holiday tradition showcasing the Houston community and entertaining thousands of parade-goers.

Join the fun again this year from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24 with the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade — a stunning showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands and live entertainment. The parade will wind through 20 blocks of downtown Houston beginning at Smith at Lamar, north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas.

A limited amount of seats are available at the parade’s starting line, and can be purchased at houstonthanksgivingparade.org for $28 each including service fee. Ticketed spectators must be seated no later than 8:15 a.m. No refunds. The parade goes on rain or shine. For more information, visit the website.


The public is invited to the Taylor High School Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 8-9.


James E. Taylor High School Project Grad has announced the dates of the 13th Annual Holiday Home Tour. Five families have agreed to open their homes to raise funds for Project Grad. The Katy community is invited to tour these homes filled with holiday décor. Dates for the tour are Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5-9 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m.

Each home will feature a different silent auction basket. Taylor High School students and their parents will also decorate trees to be raffled off on Friday night.

Tickets for the Tour can be purchased after Nov. 1 for $10 from Hauerland’s Store at 1648 South Mason Road or at the Senior Office of James E. Taylor High School. Tickets can also be purchased or questions asked at thsprojectgrad17@yahoo.com.

Money raised will help seniors celebrate their 2017 graduation by offering a safe haven with friends and teachers.



Taylor High School Project Grad is sponsoring a Flamingo Your Family and Friends program to raise money for its 2017 event. You are encouraged to rent flamingos to place in the yards of friends and family to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, other special occasions or just for fun. Place your order for a perfectly poised, passionately pink, plucky, perky flock of flamingos!

Two-day rental fee is only $1 per bird (20 bird minimum). Banners available for an additional $5 fee includes a 2′ x 4′ “Happy Birthday” banner or 2′ x 5′ “Will you go to Homecoming with me?” banner.

For more information, contact Kris Poldervaart at kristie185@gmail.com.



Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear, presents a variety of 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.

Library Closings:

Nov. 11 – Veterans’ Day Holiday

Nov. 24-27 – Thanksgiving Holiday

Special Events:

“Family-History Research: Finding Your Military Ancestor” – Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. Daniel Sample, manager of the genealogy and local history department at George Memorial Library, will discuss a variety of resources for searching for information on veterans of the American Revolutionary War through World War I, including databases, websites, and military records. Learn how and where to obtain copies of compiled service-records and pension files. Databases such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and Fold3 will be discussed, as well as holdings in the Genealogy and Local History Depart­ment at the library. No reservations required.

Fulshear Night Readers Guild – Monday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. The book to be discussed is Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham.

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