Katy Happenings

| September 1, 2015

"Patricia Hayes," photo by Debi Beauregard.

“Patricia Hayes,” photo by Debi Beauregard.


Mamie George Community Center, Catholic Charities, and the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum (KCAM) have teamed up in efforts to present an eloquent exhibition based on the exploration of artistic creation in later years of life. Featuring an array of artists, this exhibition displays the works of those who have actively chosen to be involved in the arts later in life. Creative Aging will help raise funds for the continuing of the art programs at Mamie George Community Center, a Catholic Charities facility.

“When asked for a statement about the art of creative aging, I found it difficult to put my feelings into words,” stated Dee Koch, director of community engagement for The George Foundation. “I am truly in a wonderful place in life, and I have gotten here one day at a time with the love of family and friends. I don’t dwell on aging but instead on seeking the best and new experiences each day offers. I enjoy taking photos so that my experiences can come alive for others. It is wonderful to have this opportunity to also share these images with our community through the generosity of KCAM.”

Artists featured in this unique show are all residents of Fort Bend County: painter Claire Payne, who is turning 80 and began painting after her husband’s death; photographer Dee Koch, who is 71 and continues to work full time in the nonprofit arena; and sculptor Lee Benner, 68, who has been a sculptor most of his life and is collaborating with the KCAM in the community center exhibition. The exhibition will run through Sept. 13.




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.



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.


Vintage cars such as this Plum Crazy Purple 1971 Challenger R/T are always the stars at the Current Car Show, benefiting the IMPACT 15 event.

Vintage cars such as this Plum Crazy Purple 1971 Challenger R/T are always the stars at the Current Car Show, benefiting the IMPACT 15 event.


Car and truck enthusiasts and the general public are invited to the eighth annual Current Christian Church Car Show, being held on Saturday Sept. 19, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

“This is our eighth Annual Car Show and it’s really a family fun atmosphere that offers something for people of all ages to enjoy,” said volunteer coordinator Brian Perilloux. “Kids will have the opportunity to choose their favorite vehicle, and we’ll have door prizes, food trucks and good music. The registration fees for the cars all go back to the community through our upcoming IMPACT 15 event.” IMPACT 15 is a day of community caring, where hundreds of volunteers pitch in to impact the health and well-being of Katy communities.

n for the general public is free. All makes and models are welcome. Regis­ter online at currentchristian.org/carshow ($20) or day of the event ($25). All registrants will receive a T-shirt with artwork by Bill Seitz. Current Christian Church is located at 26600 Westheimer Parkway. Email carshow@currentchristian.org or visit the website for more information.


The Rotary Club of Katy 23rd Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne includes a 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race and three-mile run.

The Rotary Club of Katy 23rd Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne includes a 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race and three-mile run.


Triathletes from throughout Katy, greater Houston and across the state are getting in gear for the Rotary Club of Katy 23rd Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne Sunday, Sept. 27, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. in and around Firethorne off FM 1463 in Katy/Fulshear. Hosted by Firethorne for the seventh consecutive year, the USA Triathlon (USAT)-sanctioned charitable event encompasses a 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race and three-mile run.

“We hope to attract more than 700 athletes to the Katy Triathlon, our major fundraiser for the year,” said Rotarian and Katy Triathlon coordinator Vicki Rao. “Its success allows our Katy Rotary Fund to support college scholarships and essential health, recreation and educational services for Katy ISD students, as well as this year’s construction of the Freedom Park Memorial Tower honoring veterans of the U.S. armed services and those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism attacks.”

Athletes may register solo or as a relay team (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 is in place through Sept. 13 at katytriathlon.com/crtregister.htm.

For additional info, contact Vicki Rao at vickirao@gmail.com or 281-391-3655.



On Thursday, Sept. 3, Nottingham Country Garden Club (NCGC) will feature Judy Ulke from Enchanted Forest Landscapes presenting “Enjoying a Night Blooming Garden.” She will discuss the many plants that bloom exclusively at night or wait until evening to release their fragrance. Ulke is the owner of Enchanted Forest in Richmond and has spent her whole life in the gardening industry. Her parents started their first nursery back in 1976 and three out of their five children are now in the business themselves.

Meet and greet begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the NCGC business meeting. The group will meet at the Municipal Utility Building #81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive. For more information, visit nottinghamgardenclub.org or call 832-390-7321.

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 the Nottingham Country neighborhood to belong to the group.



The Houston Civil War Round Table is an organization that hosts authors and historians who present the history of various events during the American Civil War. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, except for the summer months (June, July and August). The group meets at the Hess Club, 5430 Westheimer Rd. Networking begins at 6 p.m, dinner at 7 p.m. and the speaker at 7:45 p.m. There is a charge for dinner. For information and to RSVP, visit houstoncivilwar.com.



ARTreach seniors and volunteers at Mamie George Community Center hold a big art sale the second Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 111 Collins Road in Richmond. The event, “Espresso Yourself,” promises a free cup of coffee and a homemade cookie along with the opportunity to purchase handmade gifts, ceramic coffee cups and jewelry. The money raised will benefit the Mamie George Community Center.



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 the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675. The September schedule is as follows:

Library closings on Sept. 7 – Labor Day and Sept. 25 – Fair Day.

Fall Vegetable Gardening – Monday, Sept. 14, noon – Jennifer Plihal and Peg Turrentine, owners of Three Sisters Farm in Needville, will provide an overview of fall vegetable gardening. Plihal and Turrentine will talk about recommended vegetable varieties for this area, planting schedules, crop rotation, and raised-bed construction. Those attending the program will also learn about organic fertilization and ways to manage pests and diseases without the use of chemicals.

Friends of the Library – Annual Book Sale – Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Discover great bargains on gently-used adult and children’s books, magazines, DVDs and videos, all at prices that are hard to beat. Prices range from 25¢ for paperback books up to $5 for select hardback books. The money raised helps to underwrite the costs of special programming and cultural events at the libraries and other things not covered in the library budget.



The Memorial Hermann Stroke Support Group of Katy meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 6 -7p.m. in the first floor conference room of the hospital, located at 23900 Katy Freeway.

The Stroke Support Group is a program of Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital‐Katy.

Upcoming dates and topics are: Sept. 15, Music Therapy with Lupe Flores, MT-BC; and Oct. 20, Medicare Resources.

Register by calling 713-222-CARE (2273). The Stroke Support Group is a program of Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital‐Katy.



The Katy ISD Education Foundation’s legendary end-of-summer bash returns to kick off the school year with Fireflies & Foodtrucks, a unique, energetic fundraiser for the year’s Inspiring Imagination teacher grants. The event will occur on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. at No Label Brewery located at 5351 1st Street. Spon­sorships and more information are available at katyisdeducationfoundation.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. Come together for friendship, to worship and to hear inspirational speakers and testimonies as well as for special events. Katy Women’s Aglow is also a great place to make new friends. View the website at katyaglow.com for information about current Bible studies, prayer meetings, special events and speaker biographies.



Katy ISD offers the opportunity to do something that just might change the world with its KEYS Mentor Program (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success). Spend time with a Katy ISD student once a week during the school year, and you can help make the world a better place.

When school starts, hundreds of children will begin the year needing a mentor. If you are ready to join as a mentor and can commit to meeting with a child each week, complete the online mentor application at apps.katyisd.org/public/KEYSMentorApplication/Default.aspx.

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a mentor or if you are already a KEYS mentor, mark your calendar for the KEYS Kick Off set for Sept. 25, 8-9:30 a.m., at the Merrell Center.

KEYS Mentoring, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, pairs a community volunteer with an at-promise Katy ISD student for up to one hour per week for the school year. To learn more, visit Partners in Education at katyisd.org/dept/pie/­Pages­/default.aspx or contact Martha Brown,
281-396-2468, marthabrown@katyisd.org.


lone star symphonic band fall concert


The Lone Star Symphonic Band will pay homage to Katy’s history and heritage in a Fall Concert, to be held on Sunday, Oct.18. The concert, titled “All Aboard / All About Katy!” will be performed at CrossPoint Community Church, 700 South Westgreen in Katy. The concert will begin at 4 pm. Tickets for the concert are available on the band’s website (lssb.org) for $5.50 each. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the concert for $10 each. The band’s director is Bob Bryant.

Selections to be performed at the concert include pieces celebrating the area’s history and heritage, such as being known for the geese that migrate to the rice fields each year. The band will also play selections that celebrate the growth of the Katy area over the last several years (Katy is the home of the “hottest selling zip code in the state”). Other selections will honor the City of Katy being known as “The City of Churches” at one time in its past. Other selections will feature the early settlers, farmers, ranchers, and cowboys and all their associated equipment that once populated the area.

The Lone Star Symphonic Band is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to bringing performances of artistic merit to the Houston metropolitan area. Founded in 1993 as the West Houston Concert Band, the band is comprised of musicians from all walks of life and instills the value that music is a life-long event, continuing well beyond high school and college.


Local designers, architects and artists are invited to create one-of-a-kind doghouses to raise funds for local nonprofit Pup Squad Animal Rescue.

Local designers, architects and artists are invited to create one-of-a-kind doghouses to raise funds for local nonprofit Pup Squad Animal Rescue.


Barkitecture Houston returns for its 7th year to GreenStreet (located at 1201 Fannin in Houston’s Central Business District), Oct. 23-24. The annual doghouse design event, benefitting Pup Squad Animal Rescue, will feature one-of-a-kind, custom-built doghouses for sale – all created by teams composed of local artists, designers and architecture firms from the Bayou City. While bidding on these artful creations, event-goers also will enjoy “Yappy Hour” complete with live music, raffle prizes and other free entertainment scattered across The Lawn in GreenStreet’s central block. Deborah Duncan will serve as this year’s Yappy Hour M.C, and Diane Caplan, Neal Hamil and Alicia Smith will serve as co-chairs.

Entries are open to builders, architects, interior designers, landscapers, engineers, contractors, students, artists and creative individuals. Teaming up with other design professionals in your company, firm or network is highly recommended. The competition gives you a chance to showcase your creative skills and improve the quality of life for companion animals and people in our community. They’re looking for the most innovative entries – not only design savvy, but functional and fun.

To enter a doghouse, visit greenstreetdowntown.com/barkitecture-call-to-entry and download an application. Dog house entries will be displayed on Oct. 23-24 on The Lawn, an outdoor entertainment green space located in the project’s middle block, where it also will be judged and auctioned during the two-day event.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but a voluntary donation directly benefitting Pup Squad is welcomed. Onsite event parking also is available in the attached garage located at 1301 Main Street, with entrances located at the corner of Polk and Fannin. For more information. visit greenstreetdowntown.com.



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.

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