Katy Texas Events January 2011

| January 1, 2011



Barry Sea Paradox is one of the Houston area’s most popular and versatile bands. Featuring Katy’s own Barry and Bobbie Sea, the group specializes in old-time rhythm and blues and smooth jazz, but also plays standards ranging from Sinatra, Motown, Latin, swing and even a little country.

Upcoming performances include Saturday, Jan. 8, at Vida Loca on Kingsland just east of Mason Road, and Saturday nights, Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, at Babaloo in the Villagio Town Center on Westheimer Parkway between Mason and Peek.

For additional information and an updated schedule of appearances, go to www.barrysea.com.


Gilbert Garcin, Les Premiers Pas (First Steps), 2003.



FotoFest begins its 2011 exhibition season with an international triad of artists whose photographic works are characterized by visual fantasy, irony and wit. A Matter of Wit features the first large-scale U.S. exhibition of the French octogenarian artist Gilbert Garcin, alongside the work of one of Prague’s heralded masters of staged photography, Miro Švolík, and U.S. artist Colin Blakely, whose whimsical images make humorous commentary on everyday life.

The 100-print exhibition runs Jan. 13-Feb. 25 at the FotoFest gallery, 1113 Vine St. in downtown Houston. The opening reception is Jan. 13 from 6-9 p.m. The first Saturday Matinee public tour and talk by the artists is Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. The exhibition and artist talk are free to the public.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 713-223-5522, ext. 19, or e-mail mailto://#mce_temp_url#.



JAN 21

Texas Music Project — by popular demand — moves to Friday night. Thanks to the 2011 venue sponsor, Villagio Town Center in Cinco Ranch, ARTreach presents the Texas Music Project at the Villagio VIP on Friday, Jan. 21. From 6-8 p.m., there will be family art activities, performing and visual artists and opening music in the V Gallery. The main stage performance is from 8-10 p.m.in the Villagio VIP Room.

ARTreach is bringing in regional musicians and a selection of Texas Touring Artists found on the Texas Commission on the Arts – Texas Touring Roster. For more information or to purchase tickets online, go to www.artreachonline.org.




More than 300 exhibitors in remodeling, decorating and landscaping will be available at the Katy Home & Garden Show at the Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion. Covering two floors of two buildings, the show includes experts in kitchens and baths, home theater, windows, siding, decor, home builders, blinds and shutters, pools and spas, flooring and much more. Speakers will include floral arranger Frank Bielec and “Coupon Queeny” Tawny.

Hours are Saturday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 with military ID, and free for kids 12 and under. Parking is free. For more information, call 281-392-2132 or visit KatyHomeandGardenShow.com.



JAN. 6

The Nottingham Country Garden Club will feature Karen M. Breneman, Harris County Master Gardener and author of Gardening with Nature in Texas, at its meeting on Jan. 6 at Municipal Utility Building No. 81 at 805 Hidden Canyon Drive in Katy. Her topic is “Gardening with and for Butterflies.”

Meet and greet time begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program will start at 10 a.m., followed by the NCGC meeting.

For more information, go to www.nottinghamgardenclub.org or call 281-394-2827 or 281-395-2154.



JAN. 8

Katy YMCA Open House & Fitness Festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This free event is open to the public and includes fitness demonstrations, health-related vendors, prize drawings and more. The YMCA is located at 22807 Westheimer Parkway. For more information, call 281-392-5055 or go to  ymcahouston.org.



JAN. 14

Katy ISD Partners in Education will host its Men Who Mentor Breakfast on Jan. 14 from 8-9 a.m. at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex, 6301 South Stadium Lane, in room 1200.

If you are a man who currently mentors with the Katy ISD KEYS program, or have thought about mentoring, but don’t know where to start, this is great opportunity to learn more.

RSVP at www.katyisd.org and click on “Men Who Mentor.” For more informtion, contact Martha Brown at marthabrown­@katyisd.org.




The Titmouse Club, a nature program for children between the ages of 2-5, is offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester, by the Audubon Docent Guild.

The program features fun nature talks, stories, hands-on activities and walks in the woods to encourage a knowledge and love of nature. The cost is $5 per child or $20 for a five-session card, and the child must be accompanied by an adult during the program.

For more information, go to www.­houstonaudubon.org or call 713-464-4900.



JAN. 20

St. Peter’s Early Childhood Development Center will host its annual informational Kinder Expo on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 7-8 p.m. in Asbury Hall for parents of 4-year-olds and young 5-year-olds who are eligible to begin kindergarten in the fall. A panel of parents, kindergarten and transition program teachers will offer various perspectives for consideration and answer questions.

Child care is available with advanced registration. Call 281-492-0623 to request child care by Jan. 18. St. Peter’s is located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd.



JAN. 22

Sparkles & Spurs will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center’s Texas Children’s Hospital Arena Club, 2501 S. Mason Road. The Houston Metro Go Texas Committee, Katy has a fun evening planned to raise scholarship funds for Katy youth.

Dinner will be provided by Outback Steakhouse, Katy, and dessert by both The Original Marini’s Empanada House, Katy, and Cake A Wish, Katy. Entertainment and dancing will be provided by Al White and the Chaparral Band.

The cost is $40 per person. For more information, call Karen Winkler at 281-782-2401.



JAN. 23-29

In celebration of Children’s Book Week, Jan. 23-29, Fort Bend County Libraries will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during this week can receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library. Each bag contains a book, bib, special certificate, list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and library services.

These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth.

Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during Children’s Book Week should call Karen Bonura at 281-344-3893 to receive their book bag.



Golfing Gals is a small, fun group of ladies playing golf on Wednesday mornings in the West Houston/Katy area at a different course each week. Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact Nancy at 281-550-2043 or golfingals@yahoo.com.



JAN. 25

Katy Aglow Community Lighthouse holds its monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Church on the Rock, 433 S. Barker Cypress. Enjoy fellowship, coffee, praise and worship as well as an inspiring speaker. The featured speaker in January is Bonnie Ward, founder of Shield of Love Ministries. For more information, go to www.katyaglow.com.



JAN. 27

Epiphany Church,1530 Norwalk Drive in Katy, is hosting a Job Fair on Jan. 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is free. More than 50 companies will be represented from the area of finance, IT, engineering, health care, retail and sales/management.

A list of companies participating and the openings they have will be given to job candidates on the morning of the fair.

This event is geared toward degreed, career-minded, professional job candidates.  Candidates with no/some college, but substantial related work experience would also be well suited for this event.

Call 281-578-0707 for more information.



Katy Christian Ministries needs the help of volunteers including individuals, families, church groups, neighborhood groups…anyone who has a passion for helping others.

KCM has two resale stores in need of volunteers to organize, set up displays and greet customers.

Receptionist volunteers are needed to answer phones at the Administrative Building at Katy Social Services and the Fulshear office on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m.-noon and afternoons from 1-4:30 p.m.

The acre cross-shaped garden outside the Food Pantry is producing much-needed fresh produce for the clients of KCM, but needs volunteers to work on-site in the garden. To volunteer, contact Bruce in the Katy Food Panty at 281-391-3730.

Looking to donate items in your house? Call 281-391-7400 to donate large items that need to be picked up. For smaller items,  there are donations sites at the Mason Road Store, 333 S. Mason Road; Donation Center in Old Katy, 5012 E. 3rd Street; and the  Fulshear Donation Center, 30417 5th Street in Fulshear.

For times and additional information, go to  www.ktcm.org.



Family to Family Network provides information, training, referral and support to families with children and adults with disabilities. For more information or to volunteer, go to www.familytofamily­network.org.

Family Friends Volunteer Program matches older adults to become a treasured friend to a child with disabilities and/or chronic illness and their family. Volunteers visit the family home to play games, read a book, help with homework, give encouragement and just have fun.

Call 713-466-6304 for more information about the next volunteer training.

For a calendar of upcoming events, go to www.familytofamilynetwork.org.




Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone who wants to stop eating addictively. A Katy meeting is held on Saturdays at Hermann Memorial Katy Hospital, 23900 Katy Freeway, at 9:30 a.m. in Tiger Room A on the main level, and on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd.

For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout the area, call 281-392-8914 or visit www.foodaddicts.org.



Katy Area Artists Art Mentoring Program is limited to artists or patrons age16 and older, and the session will likely take no more than 30 minutes. A mentor’s primary goal is to help a fellow artist to grow in knowledge and confidence. A mentoring session is a private help session for feedback about artwork-in-progress, art technique problems, how to frame or present art, ways to build one’s portfolio, and similar subjects.

Most KAA mentors are long-standing members who are aware of the Lone Star Art Guild competition rules and other matters pertaining to shows and competitions. Anyone needing this type of support can call 281-352-8057.



The Cinco Ranch Branch of Fort Bend County Libraries, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd., offers a variety of activities and services for all ages.

Children’s activities include Mother Goose Time, which provides caregiver/infant activities and songs specially designed for infants 1 month to 12 months at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday.

Toddler Time is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., and offers caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for ages 12 to 36 months.

Pre-school children, 3 to 6 years of age, will enjoy Story Time, where they hear stories, watch movies and participate in age-appropriate craft activities at 2 p.m. each Tuesday.

Pajama Night Story Time gives families an evening option for the activities otherwise presented during the daytime, and begins at 7 p.m. each Thursday evening.

Kinder Korner, a time for kindergartners to enjoy stories, movies, crafts and other activities, takes place on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Elementary-school-aged children entering first through fifth grades enjoy more mature activities, crafts and movies targeted specifically to their age range at 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Young people in grades 5 and up can enjoy Tween programs, activities and crafts on the second and third Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

Representatives from the Princeton Review will conduct a free practice SAT test  on Jan. 22 from 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 of the library. A follow-up strategy session will take place on Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-noon.

Students can bring a non-graphing calculator and two No. 2 pencils. Students will take the practice test during session one, and review their scores and learn strategy tips during the second session. Sessions are free, but seating is limited and reservations are required.

The Cinco Ranch Night Readers book Club will meet on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 2. The group will discuss The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham.

To register, go to www.fort­bend.lib.tx.us or call 281-395-1311.



JAN. 21

Texas Music Project — by popular demand — moves to Friday night. Thanks to the 2011 venue sponsor, Villagio Town Center in Cinco Ranch, ARTreach presents the Texas Music Project at the Villagio VIP on Friday, Jan. 21. From 6-8 p.m., there will be family art activities, performing and visual artists and opening music in the V Gallery. The main stage performance is from 8-10 p.m.in the Villagio VIP Room.

ARTreach is bringing in regional musicians and a selection of Texas Touring Artists found on the Texas Commission on the Arts – Texas Touring Roster. For more information or to purchase tickets online, go to www.artreachonline.org.



The city of Katy Parks and Recreation Department is offering PiYo classes on Wednesdays, 6:35-7:35 p.m.; Fridays, 5-6 p.m.; and Saturdays, 7:15-8:15 a.m. at the VFW Hall, room 3 in Katy. The monthly fee for Katy residents is $50; $55, non-residents. Babysitting is not available.

Pilates classes are held Mondays, 5-6 p.m.; and Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. in the V.F.W. Hall in room 3. Classes begin at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. The monthly fee is $40 for Katy residents and $46, non-residents.

For more information, call 281-391-4840 or go to 5718 2nd St. to register.



Greater Katy Exchange Club membership meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy.

Speakers and programs vary each month and guests are welcome to attend. The cost is $15 with advance registration. To RSVP, go to www.KatyExchangeClub.com or contact Newell Cheatheam at 281-392-3034 or ncheatheam@comcast.net.



Cimarron Swordfish Swim Team will hold registration for its 2011 summer season beginning Feb. 1. Swimmers, ages 4-18,  from any community can join the team. The regular season runs from the first week of May to the last week of June.

Visit www.cimst­swordfish.com for additional information or to register online.



The Katy Library has fun events and activities planned during the month of January.

Club Hispano de Libros will meet on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. This group of Spanish-speaking adults meets on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss a book.

The Who Dun It? Mystery Group will meet on Jan. 8 at 10:30 a.m. The January selection is Think of a Number by John Verdon.

Weekly programs at the library include:

Baby Bounce on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. This is an active storytime for infants 3-18 months.

Bilingual Storytime is held every Monday at 2 p.m. This program features stories for young children, moms and dads to share the fun of reading in another language.

Toddler Time is a fun program for children 18 months to 3 years and is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime is held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and is recommended for children 3 to 6 years old. Children enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and occasional crafts.

The Knitting and Crochet Club meets each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Learn new techniques, teach someone else or just hang out with other crafters. All ages are welcome.

The Katy Library is located at 5414 Franz Road. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information and a complete list of programs, call 281-391-3509 or go to www.hcpl.net.



The Katy Christian Women’s Connection is offering Bible Studies at the Fellowship at Cinco Ranch Church, 22765 Westheimer Parkway. Members of the Katy YMCA will receive free child care during the study.

Upcoming Bible Studies include: 1 John – Christ: Our Life, through Feb. 22 on Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. Christians learn to discern the difference between true and false teaching.

Christ In Genesis 2 – The God of the Family, Jan. 5-April 20 on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Learn lessons of faith from the lives of God’s children — Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

For more information or to sign up, contact Janet at 281-762-8252 or visit www.KatyCWC.org.




InHouston-Katy Professional Premier Business Network mixers are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Vida Loca Mexican Bar and Grill, 21810 Kingsland Blvd.

A large number of business professionals, business owners, investors, realtors, executives, marketing professionals, individuals and other professionals attend this event for business professional mixing and social networking.

For more information, contact Newell Cheatheam at www.newellsdesigns.com or call 281-392-3034 or go to inhouston­.ning.com/events to register.




Cimarron Elementary School, 1100 South Peek Road, is hosting its annual Spring Carnival on March 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enjoy rides, games, petting zoo, trackless train ride, food, silent auction, craft fair and more. Tickets are 50 cents each and can be used at all attractions and most food vendors.

To become a vendor at the craft fair, contact Dawn Bryan at dawnrbryan@katyisd.org or Deirdre Chavez at deirdreachavez@katyisd.org. To sponsor an attraction, contribute a donation for the silent auction, donate game  prizes or make a monetary contribution, contact Stephani Peralta at 281-217-3635 or lanie1012@aol.com.




Pope John XXII High School, 1800 West Grand Parkway N., will host a Community Wide Garage Sale from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the school gym on March 5. Spaces are available to rent for $30. For information, contact Ana Sanchez at ams1965­@att.net.



Ladies, are you looking for something to do on Tuesday mornings? How about hitting the course at Cinco Ranch with the West­side Ladies Golf League? Contact Kathy Smith for further details, 815-715-3892.

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