Katy Happenings September 2017

| September 1, 2017

Missouri City Firefighters get ready for the ball drop.

Missouri City Firefighters get ready for the ball drop.


The annual Missouri City Police Officers Association Police Invitational Golf Scramble will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Quail Valley Golf Club. The tournament will recognize past and present First Responders for their service to the community. The tournament will include the presentation of colors by the MCPD honor guard, the National Anthem sung by a local celebrity, a unique golf ball drop on the 18th green.

Proceeds from the tournament support college scholarships, Adopt-a-Family Program, Bethel Ministries, Boy Scouts, Special Olympics, crime prevention, and financial assistance for Missouri City officers, First Responders and their families.

To register or purchase balls for the Ball Drop, please go to golfquailvalley.com. Balls are $5 each and the prize will be 50 percent of total Ball Drop proceeds. Participants interested in playing in a golf flight and/or businesses and individuals looking for sponsor opportunities can also visit the website or contact Detective Keith Boyett at kboyett26@gmail.com or 281-403-5827, or Missouri City Councilman Floyd Emery at floydemery@sbcglobal.net or 713-562-0331.






Fall in love with the latest trends in home design at the all new Fall Katy Home and Garden Show, on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m and Sunday, Sept. 10 from11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion, 6301 S. Stadium Ln.

The event will feature a brand-new Vintage Market and Kitchen & Bath Idea Center. Discover two buildings packed with endless inspiration, including more than 200 industry experts specializing in landscape, lighting, flooring, paint, home automation and more. Meet Vintage DIY expert Melissa Cervantes, the mastermind behind Dumpster Diva Designs, who has become a hometown celebrity by turning trash into treasure. Harold Kelly from Mélange Catering will provide football and fall entertaining tips and how-to’s on the Home Design Stage. Plus, Brookwood Community will be on hand hosting a Fall Plant Sale. Get inspired and ready to renovate and decorate.

Tickets are $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; $3 with a military ID. Kids 12 and under are free. Parking is free.

For ticket information, directions, and hours visit FallKatyHomeandGardenshow.com or call 832-392-0165. A portion of ticket sales benefits Brookwood Community.



The Cinco Ranch Ladies Club (CRLC) will hold its Annual Open Membership on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. It’s the one time of year the club is open to ladies from Katy and surrounding cities to visit the sub-club tables under one roof.

The CRLC provides residents with activities both social and charitable. RSVP on Facebook to this free event. Enjoy friendship, light bites, prizes and drinks. Visit CincoRanchLadiesClub.org for more information. Find up-to-date information on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/cincranchladiesclub.



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



Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature speaker Linda Gay at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 7. She will be speaking on the topic Small Ornamental Trees for the Houston area. A horticulturist and gardener by trade, she has been learning and gardening in Houston since 1979 and worked at Mercer for 26 years.

Meet and greet time begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program will start at 10 a.m., followed by the NCGC meeting. The group meets at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive in Katy.

Anyone from West Houston and Katy interested in gardening and gardening-related areas is welcome. 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 club promotes beautification in the community, supports local and national educational and charitable organizations and educates the community about the environment.

For more information, visit ncgctx.org.


This interactive program available at the exhibition invites you to consider different opinions about some of the issues surrounding genomic technologies and how they relate to your life.

This interactive program available at the exhibition invites you to consider different opinions about some of the issues surrounding genomic technologies and how they relate to your life.


The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science is offering Houstonians a glimpse at the 0.5 percent variation in human genetics and its impact on human health in its new traveling exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code. The new exhibition will reveal the mystery behind DNA and how it connects to every living thing; encourage visitors to better understand the human genome; and provide a new way to think about ourselves as individuals, as members of a family; and as part of the diversity of life on Earth.

The exhibition – which is on display through Sept. 11 – is organized around three content areas: The Genome Within Us; Your Genome, Your Health; and Connections: Natural World and Genomic Journey.

Genome was developed and produced by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Institutes for Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute in association with Science North.

The exhibition examines the complexities of the genome — the complete set of genetic or hereditary material of a living organism — and chronicles the remarkable breakthroughs that have taken place since the completion of the Human Genome Project more than a decade ago.

With cutting-edge interactives, 3D models, custom animations and engaging videos of real-life stories, the exhibition examines both the benefits and the challenges that genomics presents to modern society. From the moment visitors enter the exhibition, they will find themselves immersed in an interactive, futuristic environment that communicates the revolutionary nature of genomics. Through examples of how genome science can affect one’s life in ordinary and extraordinary ways, visitors will also come to learn how genomics can affect perspectives about health, identity, and the place of humans in the natural world.

Access to Genome is included with the price of admission at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive. Visit thehealthmuseum.org/exhibit/genome or call 713-521-1515 for more information.



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.



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.



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 a full schedule or more information, call the Cinco Ranch Branch Library at 281-395-1311.

The September schedule is as follows:

“Honey: An Extraordinary Food” – Saturday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m., Multipurpose Room. Learn how bees make honey, how different factors in the bees’ environment affect their honey, the benefits of honey, and its many varieties and uses. Hear about the unique benefits of honey made from bees in other parts of the world, such as manuka honey from New Zealand.

“DIY Databases” – Wednesday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m., Computer Lab. Learn to repair a small engine, plan a wedding or family reunion, or study a language with the library’s free online resources, many of which can be accessed from a home computer. In this demonstration, library staff will introduce these resources, all of which are free to use by Fort Bend County library card-holders. Registration required.

“Chess Day @ the Library” – Saturdays, Sept. 9 and 30, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Meeting Room. People of all ages and skill levels – from beginners to advanced – who are interested in playing chess, are invited to practice their strategies while playing against others in a relaxed, stress-free environment. This is a come-and-go activity. Experienced players will be on hand to provide tips and assistance. A limited number of chess sets will be provided, but players are welcome to bring their own sets as well.

Senior Resources Collaborative’s “Financial/
Estate Planning” – Saturday, Sept. 16; 10:30 a.m., Meeting Room.

“Exploring Franchising Opportunities” – Saturday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Meeting Room. Diana Trondsen, FranNet Franchise Consultant for Houston and South Texas, will provide an overview of franchise ownership. Learn the differences between launching a start-up business, buying an existing business, and investing in a franchise business, and find out how to decide which option is the best for a particular situation. Trondsen will discuss the different types of franchise opportunities, the cost and risks of starting a franchise, and how to correctly select and research franchise opportunities. This program is presented in partnership with SCORE, the non-profit mentoring arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE is an all-volunteer group with real-world business experience that is dedicated to helping small businesses succeed.


Featured modern home by studioMET near Rice Village.

Featured modern home by studioMET near Rice Village.


The Modern Architecture + Design Society’s 7th annual Houston Modern Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23. The Modern Home Tour gives people a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture in Houston via a self-guided driving tour.

Year after year, this event provides a fantastic, fun-filled day of local sight-seeing and open-house-style visits for lovers of architecture, design, real estate, and, simply, seeing cool homes. Participating homeowners will show off their modern dwellings to neighbors for a day, and a handful of local architects get a chance to shine in the spotlight. The Lawndale Art Center is the nonprofit partner again for this year’s tour, and a portion of the funds raised will help to further its mission. More information is at modernhometours.com.


Allegro Ballet of Houston's The Nutcracker.

Allegro Ballet of Houston’s The Nutcracker.


Allegro Ballet of Houston will be holding open auditions for three full-length productions of The Nutcracker during the holiday season. Auditions will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at Allegro Academy of Dance, 12680 Goar Rd., Houston. Audition times are as follows: 7-8-year-olds: 2-3 p.m.; 9-11-year-olds: 3-4 p.m.; 12 and up: 4-5 p.m. There is a $25 fee to audition. For more information or to make reservations, call 281-496-4670.



The following free programs will take place at the Maud Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen Blvd., during September. The library is closed Sept. 4 for Labor Day. Call 281-492-8592 for further information.

Book Sale – The Friends of the Maud Marks Library will hold their September book sale on Saturday, September 30th from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. A large selection of hardback fiction and nonfiction, as well as children’s books and paperbacks are available at rock bottom prices.

TeenMAKERS – Teens and tweens in 6th grade and up are invited to come make something at the library. This program includes robotics, science experiments, art & crafts and more. The group meets one Thursday a month beginning Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Yoga Classes – Yoga makes its return to the library with classes twice a month beginning in September. Join the group on Saturdays, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. and Sept. 16 at 3 p.m., to learn the benefits and basic how-to of yoga. Call the library at 281-492-8592 for more information and to register.

Genealogy ­– The library is offering one-on-one instruction on how to use the FamilySearch.org website every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. This month’s dates are Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27. Learn more about how to get started looking into your family’s past and find out where you came from. Seating is extremely limited for this class.



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 September schedule is as follows:

“Family-History Research: Intro to DNA for Genealogy” – Monday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room. Various different resources are now available that can provide genetic DNA testing that will provide insight into one’s ancestors. Daniel Sample, Manager of the library’s Genealogy & Local History department, will discuss the different testing options that are available and how to decide which one will provide the type of results that the family researcher can use. Learn about what genetic DNA testing does and does not do. Sample will also provide tips on how to use the results to provide further insight into genealogy research.

Book clubs: Fulshear Book Club – Monday, Sept. 18, noon, Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is A Man Called Ove, written by Fredrick Backman. Fulshear Night Readers Guild – Monday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is Best Boy, written by Eli Gottlieb.




You may partake of all that Italy has to offer at Umbria in Sugar Land, a multi-day Italian Film Festival which will be held in Sugar Land, Sept. 27-Oct. 1 and will feature private and public screenings of seven award-winning, subtitled films from the 2016 international film festival in Spello, Italy.

Hosted by the City of Sugar Land and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Festival del Cinema Citta di Spello ed i Borghi Umbri, the region of Umbria and the city of Spello, the five-day festival will highlight the many cultural offerings of the Umbrian region of Italy including its food, wine,
and art, include pre-screening Aperitivos (receptions) an art exhibit showcasing sculpture, photography and crafted jewelry from the Umbrian region of Italy, and an educational seminar entitled “Framing Italian Cinema.”

A summary of the film screenings follows. For more information, a full schedule of events and ticketing information, visit umbriainsugarland.com.

My Italy (La Mia Italia) – An Italian producer searches for investors across Europe while four artists encounter a series of ridiculous events. Comedy. Director: Bruno Colella.

Maternity Blues (Il Bene dal Male) – Clara seeks healing from a life-changing event related to post-partum depression and finds a community of women in a psychiatric clinic; all while her husband tries to rebuild his life, still loving her. Drama. Director: Fabrizio Cattani

Greenery will Bloom Again (Torneranno i Prati) – Set in the WWI trenches of Northeastern Front, this film explores a group of soldiers surrounded only by silence, fear and knowing that the memory of their sacrifice may be erased when spring blooms again. Drama/War. Director: Ermanno Olmi

Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia) – Donatella and Beatrice reside in a psychiatric facility in Tuscany and successfully escape during a field trip beginning an adventure in the open-air nuthouse (the world) that will disclose their pasts and change their lives. Comedy/Drama. Director: Paolo Virzi

The Gospel According to Mattei (Il Vangelo Secondo Mattei) A cynical director returns to Italy, looking for a cinematic success. Comedy. Director: Antonio Andrisani e Pascal Zullino

Italian Race (Veloce Come il Vento) – A 17-year-old female racer watches her life pulled apart and her only hope is her addict brother. Drama. Director: Matteo Rovere .

I Have Friends in Heaven (Ho Amici in Paradiso) – An impulsive accountant gets involved in money laundering for the mob and turns informant to avoid jail. Through community service he finds purpose and love, but his past threatens to undue his newfound family. Comedy.



Houston Methodist Cancer Center at West offers a monthly support group to help women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment understand that cancer can also affect them emotionally and spiritually, not just physically. The group’s mission is to ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces cancer alone.

The cancer support group meets the second Wednesday of every month. If you are a cancer patient or cancer survivor, join the next cancer support group on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Houston Methodist Cancer Center at West , 18400 Katy Frwy., Medical Office Building 1, Suite 120, Walnut Conference Room. Refreshments are provided. For more information, call 832-522-8110 or email egesprit@houstonmethodist.org.



Abigail’s Place will host its second annual Race for Grace on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Cross Creek Ranch, 6440 Cross Creek Bend, Fulshear. Race for Grace consists of a 5K and 1K fun run. All fitness levels are welcome and this event is for the whole family. There will be food trucks throughout the race for all to enjoy.

Proceeds from the race will benefit Abigail’s Place, a nonprofit relief organization committed to supporting Fort Bend single mothers and their children by providing transitional housing and restoring hope during a time of family crisis.

“The Race for Grace is such fun way for the Fort Bend community to come together and support mothers in crisis in our own backyard,” says Lisa Davila O’Toole, co-chair for Race for Grace. “The proceeds allow Abigail’s Place to provide a safe haven and hope during a traumatic event. As a runner myself, I am excited to see this race continue to grow.”

Participants can register online by going to the events tab at abigailsplace.org. Registration ends Oct. 12. The 5K begins at 8 a.m., and the 1K begins at 7:40 a.m., rain or shine. The registration fee is $30-$60, depending on the race. Race sponsorship is available. For sponsorship information, email Shereen.sampson@abilgailsplace.org.

Founded in January 2016, the mission of Abigail’s Place is to support Fort Bend single mothers and their children by providing transitional housing and restoring hope during a time of family crisis. Its long-term goal is to restore local distressed structures to develop quality, affordable housing opportunities while promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization. Visit the website for more information.


Greg and Karen Stubbs.

Greg and Karen Stubbs.


Investing in marriage and building family are some of the greatest of human experiences. Karen Stubbs, of Birds on a Wire Ministries located in Cummings, Georgia, and husband Greg, will share their personal experience and valued insight to cultivate and inspire you to Make It Count.

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church and the Mothers of Young Children ministry will host the highly respected Stubbs couple for an evening dinner event on Friday, Sept. 29 , beginning at 6:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Register at stpkaty.org.


The St. Peter’s Pumpkin Patch will start Oct. 8 and the Fall Family Festival is Oct. 14.

The St. Peter’s Pumpkin Patch will start Oct. 8 and the Fall Family Festival is Oct. 14.


The annual ECDC Fall Family Festival is set for Oct. 14 from 3-6 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist
Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd. The event is held rain or shine. Proceeds from the Fall Festival will go to the ECDC preschool.

The event features various family-friendly themed events as well as on-site vendors. Some of these events will include pony rides, a petting zoo, balloon artists, face painting, inflatables, games, food and more. Cash and credit cards will be accepted for all attractions. Tickets for the attractions are for purchase the day of the festival. There will also be a themed basket auction, with tickets available for $1. The winner will be drawn and announced after the festival.

The St. Peter’s Pumpkin Patch will open starting Oct. 8 and run through the end of October.

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