Katy Happenings November 2017

| November 1, 2017

Sugar Plum Market 2017 Co-Chairs (l-r): Sarah Kuehl, Kimberly Camp, Katie Harris, Monica Henderson, and Heather Brown.

Sugar Plum Market 2017 Co-Chairs (l-r): Sarah Kuehl, Kimberly Camp, Katie Harris, Monica Henderson, and Heather Brown.


Presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann, the theme for the 17th Annual Sugar Plum Market is “Believe in The Magic.” Shoppers will be treated to spectacular holiday décor, 100 vendors, and a fantastic weekend of shopping Nov. 3-4 at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center. Market proceeds will benefit local Fort Bend County charities.

Through patrons and sponsors, the Sugar Plum Market was able to donate needed funds to 22 different charities last year. This Year the Market will sprinkle even more of this magic on the county. A portion of the proceeds from the 2017 Market will directly benefit Fort Bend County charities, many which have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, through the FBJSL Community Assistance Fund.

It’s not too late for sponsorship. For $250, individuals or businesses can become a sponsor and receive benefits including event signage, website recognition, Preview Night tickets and an invitation to the check presentation party. In addition to the 2017 Sugar Plum Market’s title sponsor, Memorial Hermann, top sponsors to date include City of Stafford, Pamela Printing, Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes, Sterling McCall Nissan, 26 Daisies Catering and Events, Kendra Scott, Randalls and HEB.

The Market will begin with a Preview Night from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. Preview Night patrons enjoy an exclusive evening of shopping while enjoying yummy bites provided by 26 Daisies Catering and Events. The VIP Preview Night ticket also entitles shoppers to a drink ticket and admission to the Market on Friday and Saturday. The Sugar Plum Market will open its doors on Friday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m.-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 and General Admission tickets are available now at sugarplummarket.com. General Admission tickets also may be purchased at select Randalls stores and at the door. For more information, call 281-636-6272 or visit sugarplummarket.com.



Relay For Life is a community-based event that benefits the American Cancer Society. Several small fundraising events called “feeder events” lead up to one big event in the Spring. One of those feeder events will be Bark For Life of Katy, on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Katy City Dog Park. The event will honor the canine caregivers of individuals and families who are battling cancer. Monies raised will go toward care, research and more for human cancer patients. There will be games, treats and a costume contest as the group raises awareness of cancer prevention and services available to cancer patients.

For more information, visit relayforlife.org/katytx.

At Relay For Life events, no one faces cancer alone. People come together every year at more than 3,500 Relay events around the country to support and celebrate survivors and caregivers.

Relay For Life of Katy will celebrate its 20th season on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Katy City Park.



The Katy ISD Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of potentially dangerous, expires, unused and unwatned prescription medications. The DEA cannot accept needles or sharp objects. Any liquids must be in prescribed containers. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center, 20370 Franz Road in Katy. Contact Officer James Grima, Safe Schools Program Manager at 281-237-4024 for more information.



The A.D. Players Theater Arts Academy presents Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring on Friday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be at the Jeannette and L.M. George Theater. For tickets or more information call 713-526-2721 or email boxoffice@adplayers.org.



Katy ISD Police Department is sponsoring the 15th Annual Santa Cops Program, aimed at helping families that may be experiencing hardships by providing gifts and clothing for their children during the holidays. This year, the program anticipates an increased number of families in need due to the devastation caused by Harvey.

As in the past, generous sponsors are needed. Every year students, community organizations as well as district employees make this program a success. The Katy ISD Police Department welcomes any and all who would like to participate. If you or someone you know would like to donate and help children this year, please send an email to santacops@katyisd.org.

Sponsor information will be sent out around the third week of November. After Harvey, the outpouring of love and generosity has been heartwarming and the Katy ISD Police Department would like to continue the community’s support throughout the upcoming holidays.


Bagpipes, Scottish and Highland Dancers, as well as the best British baked goods this side of the pond are offered at the 44th annual British Festival.

Bagpipes, Scottish and Highland Dancers, as well as the best British baked goods this side of the pond are offered at the 44th annual British Festival.


The 44th British Festival opens on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at 1 Fluor Daniel Drive, Sugar Land, to the sounds of the magnificent Houston Highlander Pipe Band and the smell of home baked scones and biscuits. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a traditional British fete without making the trip across the Atlantic. Stands are packed with homemade cakes, jellies, jams and chutneys. Wonderful themed baskets are laden with goods. There are even gourmet dog biscuits, handmade dog beds, Christmas cakes and puddings, T-shirts and beautifully presented sweets that make for perfect hostess gifts or Christmas presents.

There is entertainment for all the family, from Scottish and Highland Dancers to the Houston British International School a Capella Choir, from Tiny the Clown to Joel the Magician, and more. And after the shopping and entertainment, relax in the pub or the tea room (offering traditional afternoon tea). The British Festival is run by the Daughters of the British Empire. Funds raised are disrupted between different charities that are chosen yearly by the DBE. Ticket are $5 and the event is free for children under 12. For more information, visit dbetexas.org or call 832-640-7954.



Willowfork Fire Department (Fort Bend County Emergency Services District # 2) is partnering with Fort Bend County Animal Services to hold a special Dog Adoption Day giving members of the community an opportunity to provide good homes to some very special fur babies.

The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Station 2 location, 26950 Cinco Ranch Blvd. All that is needed to adopt is a Driver License and $50 (cash only). All pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccines and heartworm tested.

If adoption is not an option but you would like to help the cause of getting animals placed in good homes, you may drop by with donations of dog food, cat food (any brand, broken bags accepted), rawhides, bones, treats, flea/tick prevention treatments, blankets, towels and toys.

Contact Willowfork Fire Department’s District Administrator, Lou Ann Matthews, at 281-395-0011 extension 120 email wfdinfo@willowforkfire.com with any questions.


Enjoy Hansel & Gretel Children’s Opera at the Bob Lutts Library on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Enjoy Hansel & Gretel Children’s Opera at the Bob Lutts Library on Wednesday, Nov. 22.


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 November schedule is as follows:

“Knitting for Beginners” – Monday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m., Meeting Room. In this hands-on, adult craft class, library staff member Marie Picon will describe essential tools used for knitting, such as different yarns that can be used for varying effects and how knitting needles differ from other types of needles. Those attending the program will learn two basic stitches (the knit stitch and the pearl stitch) and
will begin a simple rectangle project that can be modified to make a variety of items, such as scarves, blankets, cowls, shawls, and more. Picon will also talk about the history of knitting. Knitting needles and yarn for the class will be provided. Reservations are required.

Hansel & Gretel Children’s Opera – Wednesday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m., Meeting Room. This family-friendly light opera, sung entirely in English, is based on the famous Grimm fairy tale, and was written by pop star and composer Engelbert Humperdinck. HGO’s adaptation of this children’s classic tells the timeless story of two children lured into the home of a wicked witch who is looking to fatten them up for a nice dinner. Recommended for children in grades 2-8. A free hand-stamp is required for admission, and will be available one hour prior to the performance.




Shoppers will kick off the holidays at the 37th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Rockin’ and Shoppin’” at NRG Center from Nov. 8-12. Over 280 merchants from across the country will participate and showcase their unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, apparel, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.

Since 1981, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown from humble beginnings as a church bazaar, to being the second-largest charity event at NRG Park. As is tradition each year, the Market takes on a new theme and this year’s “Rockin’ and Shop­pin’” was carefully selected by Market chairman Myrna Fisch. The theme celebrates the shopping experience Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market provides and the fun cultural experience this event creates for shoppers and the Houston community.

Ten percent of all merchandise sales, plus the proceeds from admission and special event tickets, stays right here in Houston supporting the various programs of Houston Ballet and its Academy.

Over 45 new merchants will make their debut at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. This year’s new items include decorative Santas from the new Santa Barre, custom-made wreaths for any occasion, interactive crawfish boil sets for kids, vibrant high-quality Native and American jewelry pieces, homemade baked dog treats, and baking and serving options for elegant and casual entertaining, just in time for the holidays.

General admission tickets are now on sale online at Ticketmaster and at all Randalls locations across Houston. Special event tickets (Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon), Early Bird and group sale general admission tickets can be purchased now by calling 713-535-3231.

For more information, visit NutcrackerMarket.com.



On Thursday, Nov. 9, Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Mary Khazen Karish, who will be speaking on the topic of citrus trees. Mary is a Master Gardener with Harris County. She grew up in Lebanon and began gardening with her grandmother at age 7. She conducts workshops at Katy Adult Evening Edu­ca­tion Programs and is a contributing writer for Texas Gardener Magazine.

Meet and greet is at 9:30 a.m. and the program will start at 10 a.m., followed by the NCG meeting. Join the group at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive in Katy. For more information, visit ncgctx.org.

All people interested in gardening and gardening-related areas from West Houston and the Katy area are welcome to attend. 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 Federation of Garden Clubs. The purpose of the club is to promote beautification in the community, support local and national   educational and charitable organizations and educate the community about the environment.



The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Fulshear Simonton Texas Opry Saturday, Nov. 11, from 7-9 p.m. The Opry will be held at the Churchill Fulshear High School Theatre located at 9302 Bois D’Arc Ln in Fulshear and will be hosted by Miss Texas-United States Shannon Dresser with comedy provided by Larry “Booger Lee” Etheridge. Featured artists include Mary Sarah, Pauline Reese, Freddie Pate and Moses Rangle. For more information, email Amy Norvell at anorvell@fulshearareachamber.com or call 832-600-3221.



Katy Rocks Inc., a nonprofit music organization, invites the public to its seventh annual Winterfest Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department, 19636 Saums Rd. (on the corner of Fry and Franz/Saums).

This free family event will feature more than
70 vendors, more than seven nonprofits, visits with Santa and more. For additional information, visit katyrocks.org.



Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., 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 November schedule is as follows:

Introduction to Pinterest – Thursday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m., Computer Lab. Learn all about Pinterest, the virtual pinboard that has taken the social-media population by storm. Pinboards can be used to collect ideas for anything from planning weddings or decorating homes to organizing favorite recipes, and much more. Those attending the class should already have a working email address and password. Reservations are required.

“Recess from Stress Leisure Time” – Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Multipurpose Room.

Take a little time out of your day to relax and recharge. Try your hand at one of the board games, bring a favorite hobby to enjoy, or discover a new recreational pastime at this come-and-go activity period. Materials for this activity were made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library.

“Free ACT Practice-Test Session” – Saturday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Meeting Room. A representative from Princeton Review will administer the practice test. Students will take a full-length practice ACT test to gain experience and become better prepared for the actual test. Bring two #2 pencils; examinees may bring any 4-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, as long as it is not on the prohibited list shown in the ACT Calculator Policy. Reservations required; registration will end on Nov. 10.

“Digital Camera Basics” — Wednesday, Nov.15, 10 a.m., Computer Lab. A staff person from the Adult Services department of the library will discuss the basics of digital photography and the different features and capabilities of a digital camera. Learn how to transfer pictures from a digital camera to a computer and how to upload pictures to an online photo album. Those attending the program will also learn how to use free, online photo-editing tools to fix or fine-tune photos or to create special photo effects that can make your photos more exciting and visually appealing. Reservations required.

Senior Resources Collaborative’s “Funeral Pre-Need Planning” – Saturday, Nov. 18; 10:30 a.m., Meeting Room. Refreshments for this program are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Cinco Ranch Branch Library.


The Thanksgiving Day Parade runs from 9-11 a.m. and winds through the streets of Downtown.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade runs from 9-11 a.m. and winds through the streets of Downtown.


Join H-E-B to kick-off the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 23 with the 68th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade – a stunning showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands and live entertainment.

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 it remains a 68-year-old holiday tradition showcasing the Houston community and entertaining thousands of parade-goers lining the streets on Thanksgiving morning.

The Parade begins at 9 a.m. winding through 20 blocks of downtown Houston beginning at Smith and Lamar, moving 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. The event will end at 11 a.m.

A limited amount of seats are available at the parade’s starting line, and can be purchased through the website. Visit houstonthanksgivingparade.org for more information.


Shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center for an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously cared for by the Citizens.

Shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center for an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously cared for by the Citizens.


Join The Brookwood Community on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for a weekend full of fun, shopping and yuletide cheer at the annual Brookwood Christmas Open House event benefiting Brookwood’s adults with disabilities, known as Citizens. Come shop for a good cause and let your retail dollar do double duty, just in time for the holidays.

Conveniently located off of I-10 ten minutes west of Katy, visitors can shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center filled with the Citizens’ handcrafted products, unique holiday home décor and gifts, clothing, jewelry and an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously cared for by the Citizens. Shoppers can enjoy a delicious lunch in Brookwood’s gourmet Café and take a self-guided tour of the campus. The Brookwood Citizens will also perform a Christmas pageant both days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. which is always the highlight of the weekend and sure to put the entire family in the holiday spirit.

Founded over 30 years ago, The Brookwood Community has provided an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and awakens real purpose for adults with disabilities. As a nonprofit organization that does not accept any government funding, Brookwood relies on the support of events like Open House to fund the work programs and residential homes that serve over 225 adults. For more information, call 281-375-2100 or visit brookwoodcommunity.org.



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.



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.


Performing ensembles (Music Magic, Training, Town and Tour Choirs and Alumni) from the Fort Bend Boys Choir 35th anniversary 2016 Christmas Musicale.

Performing ensembles (Music Magic, Training, Town and Tour Choirs and Alumni) from the Fort Bend Boys Choir 35th anniversary 2016 Christmas Musicale.


The Fort Bend Boys Choir presents Hear-Boys Sing!, the annual Christmas Musicale concert, on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church-Missouri City. Three treble choirs – Training, Town and Tour – will be showcased along with Music Magic, the organization’s class of 6- and 7-year-olds.

Tickets are available on the choir website, 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. Learn more about the Fort Bend Boys Choir and how they make a difference in the lives of boys by visiting fbbctx.org.



The following free programs are scheduled at the Maud Marks Branch Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd., during November. Call 281-492-8592 for more information.

Used Book Sale – The Friends of the Maud Marks Library will hold its next book sale on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There is a large selection of hardback fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books and paperbacks. All books sold at rock bottom prices.

Family Film Festival – The Maud Marks Library will be showing a movie at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21. Watch a movie where the prince of thieves robs from the rich to give to the poor. The first movie was produced shortly after World War II. The second movie is a cartoon. Popcorn will be provided.

TeenMAKERS – Teens and tweens in sixth grade and up are invited to come make something at the library during this monthly program which will include robotics, science experiments, art & crafts and more. On Nov. 2 at 3:30, participants will be making a holiday photo booth. This is a ticketed program. Tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Volunteer at the Library – Help shelve, count patrons and more. The next volunteer orientation is on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. Students should be in high school and must be able to commit to two hours a week. Contact Elizabeth Herndon at 281-492-8592.

Chess Wars – Teens and tweens are invited to join Chess Wars every Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. to battle it out on the chessboard. Learn basic strategies and techniques.

Teen Book Club – On Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. the group will discuss the book Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. Extra copies of the book are available at the checkout desk.

Book Discussion Clubs – The Afternoon Book Club meets on the second Thursday of the month, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. to discuss Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Due to the election, the Evening Book Club meets on the second Monday of the month, Nov.13, at 7 p.m. to discuss Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes. The Just Desserts Mystery Book Club will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. to discus A Fatal Feast by Donald Bain. Bring your favorite dessert to eat.

Holiday Book Bash – The 4th annual Book Bash will be on Saturday, Nov. 4, between 2-4:30 p.m.  Mix and mingle with prize-winning authors where there will be two hours of storytime, crafts, author talks and prizes for those attending. Children’s authors will be reading  their books and doing crafts with the kids.

Adults can attend one or more author panels which include Doing Historical Research, Path to Publishing, Do You Have What It Takes, and Creating Villains. There will be extra prizes for teachers and other educators. Also, join authors to purchase autographed copies of their newest books. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.



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. Email Karen Narum at fitnessjourney@live.com or call 281-871-8920 for more information.


The Taylor High School’s 14th annual Holiday Home Tour will feature five beautifully decorated homes.

The Taylor High School’s 14th annual Holiday Home Tour will feature five beautifully decorated homes.


Enjoy the spirit of the holidays by touring five beautifully-decorated homes on the James E. Taylor High School‘s Holiday Home Tour sponsored by Taylor’s Class of 2018 Project Grad. In addition to viewing the warm and festive holiday décor, you will also support Taylor’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.   Project Grad is donating 10 percent of all proceeds from the Holiday Home Tour to Harvey impacted families.

The tour is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and /or 5-9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased after Nov. 1 for $15 from Hauerland’s Purveyors of Fine Goods, 1648 South Mason Road; Southern Diva’s Boutique, 23110 Cinco Ranch Blvd.; or the senior office of James E. Taylor High School, 20700 Kingsland Blvd.

For more information, visit thsprojectgrad.com. The Home Tour information is under the Events tab. Taylor’s Project Grad provides the senior class a safe year-end celebration with friends and teachers.



Take a tour of Brookwood, a community dedicated to creating meaningful lives for adults with disabilities. Brookwood sits on nearly 500 country acres and provides a home and work environment for its citizens. Brookwood is a nonprofit organization, operating without accepting any government funds.

Tour guests will have a chance to see citizens going about their daily lives in the workshops, horticulture department and Café. There is also an opportunity to visit the Worship Center, residential areas, recreational facilites, enterprise wokshops, horticulature and more. To make a tour reservation, call 281-375-2100 or email receptionist@brookwoodcommunity.org. Brookwood is about 8 miles west of Katy (Exit 731) and about 1 mile south of I-10, at 1752 FM 1489 in Brookshire. Visit brookwoodcommunity.org.

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