Katy Happenings Oct. 2015

| October 1, 2015

moody gardens halloween event

During the annual Moody Gardens Ghostly Gardens Halloween celebration, children and their families can participate in free trick-or-treating, Creepy Crafts, face-painting and other fun activities on Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m. The event will also include a kids’ costume contest for children 12 years old and younger. Prizes will be awarded to the participant with the best costume in each of the different age groups.

The costume contest will kick off at 3 p.m. in the Garden Lobby of the Visitor’s Center. All other activities will be held in various locations throughout the Moody Gardens complex. All guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume the day of the event. Families with at least one member in a Halloween costume will receive a special discount to the Rainforest Pyramid, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, SPEED, MG 3D Theater, 4D Theater and Colonel Paddlewheel, paying just $5 per attraction per person.

For more information, call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.



The Memorial Hermann Stroke Support Group, whose mission is to offer stroke victims and their caregivers a roadmap for the journey to recovery, invites interested parties to their upcoming meeting scheduled for Oct. 20. The topic for the meeting is Medicare Resources.

Meetings occur on the third Tuesday of every month from 6 -7 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital in the first floor conference room at 23900 Katy Freeway. The Stroke Support Group is a program of Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital‐Katy. Register by calling 713-222-CARE (2273).


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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.


la centerra fashion show


LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is bringing High Fashion to Katy in the LaCenterra Fashion Show on Saturday, Oct. 3. This red carpet, adults-only event, benefiting The Katy Contemporary Arts Museum (KCAM), will take place at LaCenterra from 6-9 p.m. featuring two high fashion style shows.

The LaCenterra Fashion Show will showcase fashion and style from many local apparel stores at LaCenterra and two LaCenterra hair salons—Emmanuel Salon and Aurea Salon and Spa by Aveda and Sephora. The night will feature fashion, food, music, lights and live art provided by KCAM. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Another Round Wine Bar, Baker St. Pub & Grill and D’Amico’s Italian Market Café. The highlight of the evening will be a high fashion style runway show featuring some of Houston’s best models and local Katy community leaders. The guest host for the evening is Katrina Katsarelis. Sponsors include BMW of West Houston, Frontier Title, Scout & Molly’s and The Grand at LaCenterra.

Visit lacenterrafashionshow.com for additional information.



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 a full schedule of events or for more information, call the library at 281-395-1311. The October schedule is as follows:

“Gulf Coast Reads” Movie Event – Thursday, Oct.15, 6 p.m. The theme of this movie centers on a fictional series of catastrophic events similar to the Storm of 1900 that is written about in this year’s Gulf Coast Reads book selection, The Promise, written by Ann Weisgarber. Based on the story of the ancient Mayan calendar that marked its last day as Dec. 21, 2012, the movie is about a global cataclysm that thrusts the world into chaos. The movie is rated PG-13.

ESL Conversation Circles – Fridays, Oct. 9 and 23, 1-2:30 p.m. Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. The “Conversation Circles” provide an opportunity for non-English speakers to gather in a relaxed setting and discuss topics of their own choosing while practicing their English skills.

Book Clubs – Cinco Ranch Night Readers, Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. The book to be discussed is Dark Light, written by Randy Wayne White.

Adult Computer Classes – All classes will take place in the Computer Lab. Reserva­tions are required. To register online, visit fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Calendar,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling or visiting the library.

Blogging for Dollars – Thursday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.; MS Excel 2010 Survival Basics – Thursday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.; MS Word 2010 Survival Basics – Tuesday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.; Intro to Pinterest – Thursday, Oct. 22,10 a.m.; MS PowerPoint: Intermediate – Wednes­day, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.

E-Reader Q&A – Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10-11 a.m. Library staff will be available at this come-and-go session to answer questions about different types of e-readers. Reserva­tions not required.


A scene from the classic children’s musical.

A scene from the classic children’s musical.


Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will present a performance by Houston Grand Opera’s “Opera to Go!” of an original production, The Velveteen Rabbit, on Monday, Oct. 12, beginning at 3 p.m. at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

This family-friendly light opera, sung entirely in English, is about a velveteen rabbit that is given to a young boy as a Christmas gift. The other toys taunt the velveteen rabbit, but soon the rabbit and the boy are inseparable. After the boy gets sick, however, the rabbit must be burned to prevent the spread of illness. As the rabbit cries tears of love, a fairy appears and magically turns the velveteen rabbit into a real bunny.

This musical performance was adapted from the classic children’s book,The Velveteen Rabbit, written by Margery Williams and published in 1922. Music for the opera was arranged by Carol Warwick, with libretto by Kate Pogue.

The performance is recommended for children in grades 1 through 8. A free hand-stamp is required for admission, and will be available one hour prior to the performance.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 281-633-4675. The event is sponsorerd by the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library.


Vignettes designed for the event will feature classic looks as well as what is trending to give party-goers ideas for their upcoming events.

Vignettes designed for the event will feature classic looks as well as what is trending to give party-goers ideas for their upcoming events.


Entertaining With Style, an event for Houstonians who love to entertain, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 12-8 p.m. at Memorial Antiques & Interiors (MAI), 8719 and 8731 Katy Freeway. Entertaining with Style will focus on entertaining in the home this season beautifully and with style. According to MAI general manager Kathy Swartzfager, “For nine years, we have been helping Houstonians entertain, and we can’t wait to present some of the most exciting new looks of the season.”

Along with design partners who also know well how Houston entertains, this free event will inspire anyone planning special occasions, from casual get-togethers to elegant celebrations of all sizes. From 6-8, Tony Vallone and his Vallone’s restaurant will be serving hot and cold appetizers with accompanying signature libations; florist David Brown will provide floral arrangements created in vessels available from MAI; and the models of Uptown Park’s Elizabeth Anthony will stroll the aisles in cocktail and dressy casual attire.

Throughout the day and evening, vignettes by the 50+ in-house designers/­vendors at MAI will feature new styles mixed with antiques in fabulous room settings. Dining room tables, buffets, bar carts and cabinets, and more will inspire event-goers to dress up their homes for entertaining this fall and into the holidays. Vignettes will feature what is classic as well as what is trending now in interiors, from formal dinner party looks to casual, relaxed looks.

This event will benefit Memorial Hermann Foundation with proceeds from a silent auction and a portion of the event’s sales going to the charity. For more information, visit maihouston.com.



Katy Christian Women’s Connection will be hosting its annual Fall Festival luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 15 at The Club at Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Dr. The festival starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1:15 p.m. The event will host a variety of vendors including Scentsy, Mary Kay and Elegant By Design to name a few. There will be a live auction on beautiful theme baskets and a silent auction on items donated by area merchants. A bake sale with goodies baked by the members is expected to be a favorite activity. Kathy Coleman, who recently moved to Katy from Kansas City, will be the guest speaker. Kathy, an author, artist and former flight attendant, will be talking to the group about how she landed on her feet after “Flying High.” The luncheon cost is $18 per person. All proceeds will go to Stonecroft Ministries to help support its work in the U.S. and around the world.

For more information or to be a vendor, email Nancy at Katycwc@gmail.com or call 281-232-8338.


pet blessing


Bring your furry, scaled and feathered friends (properly restrained) to be blessed in a brief service at Living Word Lutheran Church for the annual Pet Blessing on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. on the church lawn. All pets may also participate in the pet parade, as well as the look-alike and costume contests. For more information, visit livingwordkaty.org or call the church office at 281-392-2300.


red potato market days


Red Potato Market celebrates its second year and its fifth Market Days, a two-day jam-packed event. The Red Potato Market Event Center will be filled with antiques and painted furniture, lighting, eclectic vintage finds, art, pottery and handmade soaps and crafts. An expected 70 vendors will participate in this fall market. With the popularity and inspirations of HGTV’s show The Fixer Upper, Etsy, Pinterest, and Facebook, antiquing and vintage have become top outing events. Event hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

On both days, shoppers can enjoy activities including live music, food and live demonstrations, as well as several contests. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entries on DIY Repurpose & Design contest; Jam, Jelly and Salsa contest; and Creativity contest for vendor’s booth spaces.

Red Potato Farmers Market will be open during Red Potato Market Days offering fresh vegetables, fruits, jams, salsas, dairy, floral, coffees, baked goods and more.

Red Potato Market Days vendor applications and contest information can be found at redpotatomarket.com or by emailing   redpotatomarket@att.net. Red Potato Market shop hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The country venue is located at 9112 FM 1489 in Simonton, 30 minutes from Houston, 15 minutes from Katy, and five minutes from Fulshear.



Cinco Ranch High School PTSA is once again hosting its annual garage sale on Saturday Oct. 24 from 7-10 a.m. at Cinco Ranch High School, 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd. The garage sale is the perfect place to sell unique items at a great price. No rain date scheduled. For more information, visit crhsptsa.org.



Katy Women’s Aglow, a part of Aglow International, is a local, spirit-filled women’s ministry fellowship that meets monthly, usually on the fourth Tuesday. They come together to talk and laugh, to worship and to hear inspirational speakers and testimonies as well as for special events. Katy Women’s Aglow is a great place to make new friends. The next meeting/event will be Oct. 26. Visit katyaglow.com for information.



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.


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The 2015 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Putting on the Ritz” will be held at NRG Center from Nov. 12-15, with almost 300 merchants from across the country selling unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, clothing, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.

From humble beginnings in a community church in 1981, Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown to become the second-largest charity event at NRG Park, and this year will mark its 35th year. As is the tradition, each year the market takes on a new theme “Putting on the Ritz.” Think glitz and glamor, the perfect way to celebrate 35 years of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. This year’s market will also take on special importance as it proudly honors all the shoppers who have made the market what it is today.

“From the start, the market has always been about raising much needed dollars for the Houston Ballet Foundation, the Academy and its Scholarship Programs,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. “This year is no different and we want to give a heartfelt thanks to every shopper who comes out because every dollar spent has a profound impact on arts education and fueling the passion of young dancers right here in Houston.”

General admission tickets go on sale to the public starting Oct. 19 at all Houston Randalls, and tickets will also be available for purchase online through Ticketmaster. Tickets are good for one-day admission only during Nov. 12-15. No repeat admission. Tickets are $20 each at the Nutcracker Market; $18 each at Randalls and $18 each (plus surcharge) online at Ticketmaster.

Market dates are: Preview Party: Wednesday, Nov.11, 7- 10:30 p.m. (tickets start at $250); Thursday – Friday, Nov. 12-13, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, Nov.14-15, 10 a.m. – 6:p.m.

Special event tickets (Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, and Macy’s Fashion Show and Holiday Brunch) and four-day priority tickets can be purchased by calling 713-535-3231.

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.



This November the public is invited to honor the service personnel who have fought to preserve the country’s freedom by participating, sponsoring or donating to the sixth annual Swing for SIRE Golf Tournament benefiting veterans and honoring those who have given so much.

The event will take place on Monday, Nov. 9 at Willow Fork Country Club, a private course located at 21055 Westheimer Parkway. Visit sire-htec.org/event/swing-for-sire-golf-tournament-tentative for more information and to register.


Felipe Lopez 'Hooked'

“Old Downtown Y #9” by Ken Mazzu.

“Old Downtown Y #9” by Ken Mazzu.


Collapse, documentation, renewal, and perception are all subjects that make up the exhibition at the Katy Contempor­ary Art Museum (KCAM), 805 Ave. B. Ana Villaronga-Roman, museum director and curator, has forged together two international artists with work that displays the vision of the title of this exhibition. The work of Ken Mazzu is about showing us the beauty in the destruction and the respect he has toward the history while Felipe Lopez’s work is about breaking to reform and sculpt new.

Ken Mazzu currently teaches at Glassell and his paintings are taken from all of the demolitions of buildings occurring throughout Houston. The body of work is about deconstruction; the dust that arises from the act of tearing down. Through this series, Mazzu visually comments on recalibration of the destructed pieces and how one redefines the old along with remembering history.

Combining his life-long love of hand-tying flies for fishing and his innovative style in the contemporary art world, Lopez shows a breadth of detail and concept in his latest art. Combining the fishing tradition of his Cuban heritage and merging it with psychology including the idea of people as lures, he shows the balance and construction of oversized fly hooks and lures submerged. By shifting the scale of small flies to large sculptural works, Lopez forms fragments of metal into industrialized beauty that bends and flows in the fashion of hand made flies.

Visit katycam.com for more information.

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