Katy Happenings September 2016

| September 1, 2016

The 2015 Fulshear Scarecrow Festival’s first place winner crafted by Mary Catherine Watson, center, with her children Dylan and Vanessa.

The 2015 Fulshear Scarecrow Festival’s first place winner crafted by Mary Catherine Watson, center, with her children Dylan and Vanessa.

2016 Fulshear Scarecrow Fest in Cross Creek Ranch, Oct. 15

2016 Fulshear Scarecrow Festival will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Cross Creek Ranch, 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane.

Creative teams will vie for the $1,000 grand prize in the scarecrow decorating contest, whose theme is “Scarecrows: The Next Generation, a Star Trek theme. Registrants will be given $100 toward their creations.

In addition to the scarecrow decorating contest, the festival is sure to scare up more family fun with a carnival, live music, food trucks and free activities for the children. The fifth annual festival is open to the public and has free admission. All-day carnival tickets are $10 per person.

Proceeds from the event benefit Arts Fulshear and the Texana Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change lives every day through treatment for autism and programs for adults with intellectual disabilities and those with behavioral healthcare issues.

Based in Rosenberg, the Texana Center recently launched a capital campaign to build a campus in Fulshear that will include classrooms and a store and coffee shop for retail training in its first phase, and a Children’s Center for Autism and a Center for Learning that will provide a new concept, college-like program for adults with autism and/or intellectual disabilities. Learn more at crosscreektexas.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 281-395-1311.

The library will be closed on Sept. 5 for the Labor Day holiday and Sept. 23 for the Fort Bend County Fair Day holiday.

The following special events are scheduled for September:

“Dental Health: Healthy Smile, Healthy You!” – Saturday, Sept. 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Learn about the two most common and preventable diseases in oral healthcare – dental caries (cavities) and periodontal (gum) disease. Dr. Neetu Chandra, DDS, will talk about risk factors, prevention, and management. She will also discuss the connection between periodontal disease and other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, women’s health, and the effect of hormonal changes on the body.

“Free SAT Practice-Test Session” – Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A representative from Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions will administer the test. This practice test will prepare students for the SAT test. Bring two #2 pencils, and a non-graphing calculator if available. To register, go to fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Calendar,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library.

“Japanese Tea Ceremony” – Saturday, Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m. Observe and learn about this Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. Presented by members of the Japan America Society of Houston.

ESL Conversation Circles – Fridays, Sept. 9 and 30, 1-2 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.



On Thursday, Sept. 1, Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Lucia Bettler, founder of Lucia’s Garden, as the guest speaker. Lucia will speak on aromatherapy and share her expertise about fragrance in the garden.

Meet and greet time begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m., followed by the NCGC meeting. Join the group at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive. For more information, visit nottinghamgardenclub.org.

The group welcomes all people interested in gardening and gardening related topics. They serve the West Houston and Katy areas. You do not have to live in Nottingham Country to join.



The biannual Katy Sip N Stroll benefiting The Ballard House takes place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at Villagio Town Center, Westheimer Pkwy. @ Peek Road. Visitors will enjoy 30+ wine tasting stations and 20+ restaurant tasting stations, the Kroger Craft Beer Garden, a live music station, the Cane Island Home Zone, a chef’s corner and a silent auction and wine pull.

Tickets are $35 general admission and $5 more at the door. All participants must be age 21+. For more information, visit sipandstroll.com.


Guests were in the party spirit at last year’s Fireflies and Foodtrucks event.

Guests were in the party spirit at last year’s Fireflies and Foodtrucks event.


The Katy ISD Education Foundation announces the return of its annual Fireflies & Foodtrucks fundraising event on Thursday, Sept.15 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Katy’s own No Label Brewery. The event will benefit the nonprofit Foundation and its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program. Over the last four years, the Foundation has awarded more than $725,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects. The Foundation’s fifth grant cycle begins this fall and will award grants to teachers in May 2017.

Admission for the event is $50 per person, paid in advance, and covers food and beverage costs. For an additional $25 per person, guests can also purchase exclusive VIP Bar Experience tickets featuring access to exclusive No Label brews. Groups of 8 can purchase a Party Pak for $500, which includes this year’s Fireflies & Foodtrucks shirt. Both VIP Bar Experience and Party Pak admission sales are limited availability.

Current event sponsors include Phillips 66; Thompson & Horton, LLP; Cane Island; Firethorne; VLK Architects; Cross Creek Ranch; Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; DBR Engineering; Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP; LJA Engineering; PBK Architects. Additional sponsorships are available at http://tinyurl.com/sponsorfireflies or by contacting the Foundation office.

Returning event features are The Earl Sanders, Jr. Band, beer garden area, variety of food trucks, valet parking and more, with an added opportunity to contribute to the foundation’s teacher grant initiative. Last year’s event sold out. Early ticket and sponsorship purchases are encouraged.

Find more information and register at katyisdeducationfoundation.org or contact the Foundation at 281-396-2461 or foundation@katyisd.org.




Abigail’s Place, a Fort Bend County charity, has announced the First Annual Abigail’s Race for Grace 5K and Fun Run. All proceeds will go directly to support the vision of Abigail’s Place.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 17 and will be held in Cross Creek Ranch at the Welcome Center, located at 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane, Fulshear. The Fun Run begins at 7:40 a.m., and the 5K race begins at 8 a.m., with onsite pre-race registration and packet pick-up opening at 7 a.m.

Abigail’s Race for Grace will be a family-oriented experience for advanced and novice runners alike. A Family Fun Zone featuring a number of sponsors, local vendors and more will be on-site for all to enjoy.

Abigail’s Place mission is to aid women who are facing episodic homelessness by providing housing and financial assistance. The group’s long term goal is to restore local distressed structures in order to develop quality, affordable housing opportunities while promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization.

To register or for more information, visit abigailsplace.org/events/. For sponsorship information, contact Lisa Shepherd at 214-669-3502 or dwight_lisa@yahoo.com.


Jenna Bush

Jenna Bush


On Sept. 14, co-chairs Heather Simpson and Gwen Emmett invite the public to join Jenna Bush Hager for the Pearls of Wisdom luncheon at the Houston Country Club from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The NBC Today correspondent, New York Times best-selling author, UNICEF Next Generation Initiative chair and former First Daughter will share gems from her journey.

Individual tickets begin at $125 and table sponsorships begin at $5,000 with proceeds from the event going to support community-based behavioral health education, training, outreach and awareness initiatives provided by the Mental Health America of Greater Houston. For more information, visit




Hope Impacts will host its first Golf Tournament and Auction at the Weston Lakes Country Club, 32611 FM 1093 in Fulshear, on Monday, Sept. 26.

The format is Scramble – Shotgun start. Check-in is 10 a.m. and driving range and putting area will open. Lunch is 11 a.m. Shotgun start is noon, and the steak dinner, awards and auction start at 5 p.m. Cost is $125 per player and $500 Team sponsor, and includes lunch and dinner. Many sponsorship levels are available.

There will be team awards, Closest to Pin, Longest Drive, and mulligans available. Non-golfers are welcome to come for dinner for $30 and the silent and live auctions.

Golfers must register by Sept. 19; sign up at hopeimpacts.net using a major credit card. Please contact dj@hopeimpacts.net or Marion@hopeimpacts.net to donate. Contact golf chairman Mark Wilay at Wileymark@sbcglobal.net with tournament questions.

Hope Impacts networks with caring people and other organizations to meet the needs of the “Least of These” in the community. Since February 2014, Hope Impacts has helped 32 people get off the streets in the local community. The organization provides necessary assistance to help homeless and other needy people manage their current crisis, and also provides ongoing personal support, encouragement, and prayer to help them change their lives forever. For more information on Hope Impacts services and personal testimonies, visit hopeimpacts.net or the Facebook page.



Christ Clinic’s 5th Annual Breakfast for a Blessing will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Omni Hotel at Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway in Houston. Keynote speaker will be H-E-B President Scott McClelland.

Christ Clinic is a nonprofit charity medical clinic located at 25722 Kingsland Blvd., Suite 111 in Katy. The clinic provides quality healthcare without any state or federal subsidies for nearly 4,500 uninsured adults who work and live throughout the Greater West Houston area. With the population of uninsured adults in Texas on the rise, the need for quality and affordable healthcare is steadily increasing.

The average attendance for Breakfast with a Blessing is 400, and this year’s fundraising goal is $100,000. As with all funds received by Christ Clinic, 86 percent goes directly to patient care.

Many sponsorship levels and benefits are available for the Breakfast. For more information or tickets, contact Development Assistant Michael Peterson at 832-913-8476 or michael@christclinickaty.org, or visit christclinickaty.org.


Blue caps prepare for the swim at the 2015 Katy Triathlon in the 12-acre Lake Firethorne.

Blue caps prepare for the swim at the 2015 Katy Triathlon in the 12-acre Lake Firethorne.


Triathletes from throughout Katy, Greater Houston and across the state are gearing for the 24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne Sunday, Oct. 2, 7-11 a.m. in and around the Firethorne master-planned community. The USA Triathlon (USAT)-sanctioned charity event, sponsored by the City of Katy and Rotary Club of Katy, encompasses a 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race and three-mile run charted off FM 1463 in Katy/Fulshear.

“With this being the Rotary Club of Katy’s 70th anniversary, we’re hoping to attract 700 or more athletes to the Katy Triathlon, their annual major charity fundraiser,” said Janet Burkett, director of marketing for Firethorne, home to the Katy Triathlon for the past eight years. “It’s a great fit because the Club’s philanthropic and outreach programs reflect ours as well, such as funding college scholarships and essential health, recreation and educational services for Katy ISD students.”

Athletes may register solo or as a relay team, i.e., two- or three-person all male, all female or co-ed. The youngest age category is 11-14, with age categories going up to 70+. Early bird registration rates are through Aug. 31 at katytriathlon.com/crtregister.htm. USAT membership is required to participate, with one-day memberships available for purchase at packet pickup Friday, Sept. 30 (5-8 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 1 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) at the Courtyard by Marriott Katy Mills, 25402 Katy Mills Parkway.

For additional info, contact Rotarian and Katy Triathlon Coordinator Vicki Rao, vickirao@gmail.com or 281-391-3655.




Katy Area Chamber of Commerce/Katy Women’s Leadership Circle will hold the Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show on Friday, September 30 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at The Club at Falcon Point.

For more information, call 281-391-5289 or visit katychamber.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.


Olga Kifyak will be Princess Aurora and Eugeniy Svetlitsa will dance Prince Désiré during the 35-city U.S. tour.

Olga Kifyak will be Princess Aurora and Eugeniy Svetlitsa will dance Prince Désiré during the 35-city U.S. tour.


The Russian Grand Ballet is pleased to announce the performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” in Stafford, on Friday, October 7 at the Stafford Centre. at 7:30 p.m. The Russian Grand Ballet brings the classic ballet to life with Russia’s brightest ballet stars to perform the full-length production.

Tickets can be purchased through StaffordCentre.com, by phone at 281-208-6900, or at the Stafford Centre
Box Office.

The Russian Grand Ballet has established a reputation for talent and versatility by touring the world with both full-length traditional ballets and shorter ‘divertissements.’ Its Ballet Master, Honored Artist of Russia, Vladimir Troshchenko, is highly dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet. The Honored artist of Ukraine Olga Kifyak will be dancing Princess Aurora, with The Honored Artist of Ukraine Eugeniy Svetlitsa as Prince Désiré for this 35-city U.S. tour.

The ballet is in three acts with two intermissions, with music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa, revised by Vladimir Troshchenko, and libretto by Ivan Vsevolozhskiy and Marius Petipa.

For more information, contact Gulya Hartwick at info@RussianGrand­Ballet.com or 347-901-3042.

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