Socially Speaking – Michelle Anderson December 2017

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Fireflies And Foodtrucks For Katy ISD Education Foundation

Katy ISD Education Foundation hosted its annual fall event, Fireflies and Foodtrucks, held at No Label Brewing Company in Katy on Oct. 26. From street tacos to Mediterranean cuisine, each entrance ticket included “sample tastings” from various food trucks lined up inside the event. Many of the 2017-18 teacher grant recipients were in attendance and wore bright green shirts (seen peppered throughout some of the photos below). The foundation has been incredibly successful, donating over $1 million in teacher grants throughout the district over the past 5 years.

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1) (L-R): Jenny Swaney, Heather Schomberg, McKinley Williams, Cydney Wright, Anne Marie Watne, Stephanie Larkin.

2) It was a crowded but festive evening as lights were strung above the tables set out for guests to gather and enjoy their favorite food truck and beverage tastings! KISD Education Foundation teacher grant recipients seen in bright green t-shirts.

3) (L-R): Shannon Kim, Ken Janda, Evelyn Follis, Shani Matheson.

4) Tays Junior High School Ag teacher Stephen Bennett enjoys his personally handmade Adirondack chairs along with KISD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt. These chairs were one of many items in the event’s silent auction.

5) The Earl Sanders Jr. band performed live music throughout the entire evening!

Photo credit: Michelle Anderson

6) Fireflies & Foodtrucks planning committee (L-R): President KISD Board of Trustees Ashley Vann; Shani Matheson; Jeannie Griffin; Janet Theiss; KISD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt; President KISD Education Foundation Tara Wilson; Robin Smith; Tammy Sringer.

7) (L-R): Alexander Elementary School KISD Education Foundation grant recipients for the 2017-18 school year: Terra Palmer, Morgan Macha,Stephanie Rainosek, Cynthia Wilson, Alexander Elementary School Principal Charmaine Hobin, Bonnie Becker, Mary Batycki, Linda Twiggs, Leigh Ann Cantu, Sheri Adams, Daniela Shepard.



Cinco Ranch Ladies Club’s Eat, Drink & Be Scary

The Cinco Ranch Ladies Club is known for friendship and fun! With continued club growth over the past five years, the main club has created “sub-clubs” of various interests for its members… one being the Cinco Ranch Wine Club which meets monthly to socialize over good wine. October’s wine occasion was a festive Halloween-themed party where guests were encouraged to bring their favorite sweet treats and wear their favorite costume hat. Such a spook-tacular event!

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1) Tina Braun sharing her fun, party-themed decorated treats with the group!

2) (L-R): Becky Chan and Celeste le Gros.

3) (L-R): Jan McGuire and Carie Jardine.

4) (L-R): Claudia Paulson, Joanne Torterete and Elly Hinojosa.

5) (L-R): Elizabeth Walker, Tina Braun and Denise Edwards-Jones.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Walker, Elly Hinojosa



Ladies Potluck Luncheon

The holidays are upon us! Neighbors and friends of Ashton Gardens in Cinco Ranch gathered for a “Friendsgiving” on November 1. Each guest brought their favorite Thanksgiving side dish to enjoy at their monthly luncheon gathering.

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1) (L-R): Linda Brending, Loretta Neighbors, Carolyn Norris, Patty Whittington and Pam Hartz

2) (L-R): Georgia Al-Tayar, Kelly Bell, Mary Adamson and Holly Burke.

3) (L-R): Margie Zwerneman, Elly Hinojosa, Carma Fingleton and Claudia Paulson.

4) (L-R): Terri Foley, Sharon Dodson and Barb Conway.

Photo credit: Elly Hinojosa



FCC Bowling Tournament: No Lane, No Gain!

Fulshear Chamber of Commerce members got serious about their bowling skills, hosting a fun “Battle of the Businesses” bowling tournament on October 9. The FCC supports local businesses in the growing Fulshear community. For more information on how to support them or get involved, you can visit

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1) (L-R): Blaine Cruse, Danial Van Holten, Karen Van Holten, Jonathan Giovanni and Brent Watts.

2) (L-R): Karen Van Holten, Ashley Plant and David Plant.

Photo credit: Karen Van Holten



Celebrating 10 Years Of Sweet Success!

Everyone loves a little sugar! Ooh La La Dessert Boutique has a special place in the hearts of many across Houston, but most especially Katy. Its flagship store first opened its doors in the heart of Katy 10 years ago. For this momentous occasion, owner Vanessa O’Donnell, decided to treat her customers with a free 10th anniversary celebration special cupcake! Congratulations, Ooh La La, on 10 years – they have been the sweetest!!

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1) Andy Barbarow stops by the store to grab a sweet surprise to share with his bride, celebrating his own wedding anniversary! Yesenia Gonzales of Ooh La La hands him a free 10th anniversary cupcake to add to his purchase of goodies! Happy Anniversary!!

2) (L-R): Ooh La La employees Lily Antunez, Yesenia Gonzales and Selah Nielsen stayed busy with loyal customers stopping in continuously that day! The celebratory cupcakes were gone within the first few hours of opening and the bakery continued delivery of more throughout the day!

3) (L-R): Sandra Benitez and Dee Castro grabbed their favorite treats to enjoy at home.

4) (L-R): Casey McLaughlin and Debbie Anders enjoying an after-school treat for a job well done.

5) The star of the show… presenting the 10th anniversary celebratory cupcake!

6) Many moms, dads and grandparents have ventured through the doors over the past decade treating children to Ooh La La desserts… cupcakes being one of the favorites! Seen here is Melinda Robinson helping her kids pick out a favorite – it can be difficult when there are so many wonderful flavors to choose from!

Photo credit: Michelle Anderson



Snooze Party Benefits The Ballard House

The Ballard House of Katy is a nonprofit residential facility providing free lodging for patients and families being treated in local hospitals. Sadly, the main building that houses residents was one of many structures impacted by flooding in our area due to Hurricane Harvey. Local community leaders and businesses stepped up to the plate and have been very busy fundraising to help Ballard quickly rebuild. Through this effort, The Ballard House was one of two organizations selected by Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, as the community partner of the day for its “soft opening” on October 24! Over $8,000 was raised at the newly opened restaurant in La Centerra during this event. It was a win-win for all attendees, as guests enjoyed a delicious complimentary breakfast and had the opportunity to donate funds through the purchase of a “Katy Strong” t-shirt or a direct monetary donation to the organization.

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1) L-R): Leanne Asaad, Nicole Powell, Wendy Chang and Christina Alderman enjoying brunch together.

2) (L-R): Michelle Anderson, Melinda Robinson, Andi Holt and Lisa Kim raise a celebratory toast and agree that this place was worth the wait!

3) Local business owners and leaders of the community assisting with fundraising efforts. (L-R): Chris Sezonov, Kari Sezonov, Liliana Candanoza, Scott Callahan, Tammy Callahan and Dennis Spellman donated a $6,000 check to The Ballard House.

4) Melinda Robinson, Andi Holt and Michelle Anderson have some fun in anticipation of a yummy, hot brunch spot!!

Photo credit: Michelle Anderson

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