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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
Second Annual Tacky Holiday Sweater Social and Service Event
The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s Young Professionals Group will get together for the second annual tacky holiday sweater social and service event at Station 3 (1919 Houston Ave, Houston, TX 77007) from 5:30-9 p.m. Throughout the evening, young professionals will mix and mingle while bundling books to be distributed to children served at a holiday celebration put on by Kids’ Meals Inc. Kids’ Meals Inc., is a Houston-area nonprofit that delivers nutritious meals to the doors of preschool children of low-income families, free of cost, every weekday, year round. Attendees are asked to bring 2-3 new or gently used pre-school books. To sign up, please visit http://www.connect4literacy.org
EAST FORT BEND COUNTY OPTIMIST TOY DRIVE
The east fort bend county optimist club will be holding a toy drive through Dec. 11. Unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the following location: 1. Courts True Value Hardware, 2830 Main St, Stafford, Tx. 2. Jewelry Services, Etc (Brazos Town Center) 2726 Mercantile, Rosenberg, Tx. All toys collected will be distributed to children in Fort Bend County. The East Fort Bend County Optimist Club is a not for profit organization made up of volunteers and was chartered two years ago. The members of the East Fort Bend County Optimist Club strive to bring out the best in kids!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
Adobe PhotoShop Elements for Beginners
Fort Bend County Libraries’ Adult Services staff at the Mamie George Branch Library will present a free, introductory class, “Adobe PhotoShop Elements for Beginners,” on Thursday, December 3, 10-11:30 a.m., in the makerspace room of the library, located at 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford. This class presents a basic introduction to using this powerful photo-editing program to crop, edit, and retouch digital images. The class is free and open to the public, and is recommended for experienced computer users. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Mamie George Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2880, or by visiting the library.
STARTING DECEMBER 4
The AHS ProGrad Holiday Hayride is a fun family activity for the holidays! This heartwarming attraction includes a delightful ride on one of our sound equipped hay trailers, through Pecan Grove (meeting place – Randall’s in Pecan Grove), which has been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with huge light displays, decorated trees and homes, bridges and brooks. The hayride last about 40 minutes and is choreographed to all the favorite songs of the season. After the hay ride, warm up with a cup of cocoa. This holiday hayride is perfect for all ages. You might even have your picture taken with Santa. The hayrides will run Dec 4 & 5, Dec 11 & 12, Dec 18 & 19 (Fri and Sat nights) 7:00-9:00 pm Price: $5.00 each (under 2 years old free) and $125 for reserving a private party and having the whole trailer. (Great for Soccer teams, Girl Scout Troops, Cub Scout Dens, birthday parties, and office parties) Reservations are recommended for parties of 6 or more. Information – Marty Brinkmanfirstname.lastname@example.org or call 713 254 7889(text messages, preferred)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
A Simple Christmas
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Bring the family out to the country and enjoy “A Simple Christmas” under moss-draped live oak trees at Brazos Bend State Park, Saturday, Dec. 5 from 3-7 p.m.. This 19th annual event includes children’s story time and craft, Victorian Era games, Dutch-oven cooking demonstrations, refreshments, marshmallow roasting, hayrides, face painting and of course Santa Clause. The evening would not be complete without a performance by “The Brazos River Pickers” – old time, blue grass volunteer community band. The park’s Nature Center is open to the general public Monday through Friday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm year ‘round. The center is also open most holidays (except Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day). Free nature programs and hikes offered every weekend. For park information call 979-553-5101 or visit www.brazosbend.org for event schedule and www.tpwd.state.tx.us for Christmas events at other Texas State Parks.
Annual Fulshear Festival of Lights
The City of Fulshear and the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Fulshear Festival of Lights on Dec. 5 in Downtown Fulshear from 5:30- 9 p.m. This year’s theme will be a White Christmas Spectacular featuring The Lone Star Symphonic Band. The Lone Star Symphonic Band is an adult community organization comprised of volunteers from the greater Houston metropolitan area. The band membership is comprised of individuals from various walks of life who range in age from high school stu- dents to those in their eighties. A Parade of Lights will commence promptly at 6pm and parade entry is free. Vendors and stores will be set up with food, crafts, clothing and jewelry so you can get some holiday shopping done! Santa will arrive during the parade and will visit the children’s area which will also include a LIVE Nativity Scene! The event will round out with a Christmas fireworks display at approximately 8:45 p.m. The best place to view the fireworks will be from the event site on FM 359.
Featured Art Show
Event Information: Join us for our Featured Artist event, featuring JZ Selewach and Albert Goldreich. Jz works in mixed media using encaustics in a unique way as well as assemblages using found objects and other items. Albert fuses glass together to make interesting art forms as well as usable household items such as clocks, lamps, bowls, and other things. We will serve wine and light snacks. 6-9PM. 104 Industrial blvd. Ste. Q Sugar Land TX, 77478. www.SugarLandArtCenter.org
Bargain Book Sale
Join the First Colony Friends of the Library on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for their bargain book sale at First Colony Library (2121 Austin Parkway). Paperbacks, hardbacks, DVDs, children’s/youth books, nonfiction at bargain prices. Donations of good condition books, CDs, & DVDs are accepted during the sale or any time the library is open. Income tax receipts are available. Proceeds from the sale benefit the library and its programs.
Fruits and Nuts
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Fort Bend County and the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners are concluding the 2015 Backyard Basics series of classes with “Fruits and Nuts” on Saturday, December 5. This class will review all of the proven fruit and nut producing plants for Fort Bend County. We will explore all of the recommended options and discuss the basics of getting started, management, and harvest of crops. “Fruits and Nuts” will be held at the Fort Bend County Extension Office at 1402 Band Road in Rosenberg from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Doors open at 8:30. Cost is $15.00 and kids under 10 accompanied by parents are free. A portion of the program will be taught in our teaching gardens. Refreshments will be provided. For more information on this event and to register, please visit http://fortbend.agrilife.org/backyard-basics or contact administrative assistant Brandy Rader at email@example.com or (281) 342-3034. The registration deadline is December 3. Mark your calendar for the Fort Bend County Master Gardener Fruit and Citrus Tree Sale on Saturday, January 16, where you will find many of the proven fruit and citrus varieties covered in the “Fruits and Nuts” class. For more information about the sale, visit www.fbmg.org.
First Colony Mall Hosts Breakfast with Santa at The Cheesecake Factory
Saturday, December 5 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Guests Asked to Bring a Gift to Benefit Toys for Tots. First Colony Mall and The Cheesecake Factory have invited Santa Claus to come for breakfast on Saturday, December 5 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. All of Santa’s little fans are welcome to come and join the fun. Children will enjoy breakfast served by The Cheesecake Factory and story time from the jolly ol’ guy himself. To make Santa’s arrival complete, First Colony Mall has decked the halls with festive decorations – and the not-to-be-missed Jolly & Bright Light Show – to put shoppers in the holiday spirit. Find Santa nestled in his cozy Jolly & Bright spot near JCPenney daily through Thursday, December 24. Become a fan of First Colony Mall on Facebook. First Colony Mall is in Sugar Land at U.S. 59 south and Texas 6. For more information, visit www.firstcolonymall.com or call (281) 265-6123.
DECEMBER 5 – 6
Parkas and gloves will be needed in Sienna Plantation Dec. 5 and 6, as the forecast calls for snow and fun at the community’s Frost Fest. Event-goers will be able to frolic in 30,000 pounds of snow 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, at Sienna’s Village of Sawmill Lake. Inflatables will add to the fun and people will be able to take holiday pictures in a life-sized snow globe. Radio station Sunny 99.1 will be on-site playing Christmas music. While at the Frost Fest, visitors also can purchase raffle tickets for one of the 16 lavishly decorated wreaths that will be on display in the models. All of the wreaths will be raffled and proceeds benefit Child Advocates of Fort Bend, which provides a voice for abused and neglected children through therapy, mentorship and advocacy. Two homes in Sienna Plantation will be among the residences showcased during the annual Casa Christmas Home Tour, slated for Dec. 11 and 12. The wreaths will be on display and raffle tickets available at the Sienna Homefinder Center, 5777 Sienna Parkway, after Frost Fest. For more information on the Fort Bend community, visit www.siennaplantation.com or visit the development’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/siennaplantation.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
Zumba for Kids
Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library will present an introductory demonstration, “Zumba for Kids” on Saturday, December 5, beginning at 1:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 550 Eldridge. A group-fitness instructor and certified personal trainer will present a basic introduction and demonstration of this popular Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that can be enjoyed by kids just as much as by adults. Children attending the program will learn basic Zumba movements and how to stay physically fit with regular exercise. This program is intended for children in pre-K to grade 5, but all ages are welcome to attend. Those attending this program should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers, and should bring a bottle of water. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Sugar Land Branch Library at 281-238-2140 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.
Deck the Halls
Deck the Halls is a seasonal tradition for Fort Bend County families. HBU’s acclaimed choir, Schola Cantorum, is back by popular demand to perform in accompaniment to the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. There are two concerts on Sunday, December 6, in the Stafford Centre. The afternoon performance is at 2 o’clock, with an encore performance that evening at 7 o’clock. The orchestra transports the audience into a horse-drawn winter wonderland with two traditional favorites, the American Sleigh Ride, and the Russian Troika by Prokofiev. The Russian theme continues with McKechnie’s Deck the Halls with Trepac (also known as The Russian Dance from The Nutcracker). Dominique Røyem, FBSO’s music director, shares her excitement about the event. “Deck the Halls kicks off the holiday season for so many families! After traditionally selling out this event, we’ve added the second concert to allow even more attendees to share in this entertaining concert.”
Fort Bend Boys Choir, Christmas and More presented by First United Methodist Church
The Friends of the Arts Committee, First United Methodist Church, Missouri City presents in concert the very talented and popular Fort Bend Boys Choir directed by Bill Adams. They will fill your heart with joy this Christmas season with songs of Christmas and more. The concert will be held in the church sanctuary on Sunday, December 6 beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free thanks to Patrons of the Arts although love donations graciously accepted. Handicapped parking available and greeters will direct visitors to the sanctuary and offer programs for the event. The First United Methodist Church is located at 3900 Lexington Blvd., cross street, Murphy road. More information, please call 281-499-3502 or email: FriendsoftheArts@comcast.net.
STARTING DECEMBER 7
Albion Hurricanes FC Soccer Spring Evaluations
Albion Hurricanes FC (AHFC), established in 1989, is leading the way in South Texas youth soccer by inspiring and developing young men and women through world class coaching and innovative techniques, as well as instilling the proper framework, self-esteem, confidence and sportsmanship within our athletes.
Paper with a Holiday Twist
Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will present an origami demonstration, “Paper with a Holiday Twist,” on Monday, December 7, beginning at 6:30 pm, in the Small Meeting Room of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. Library staff member Jessica Williams will demonstrate how these delicate origami art forms are made by twisting paper into unique shapes that can be used as a decoration for the holiday table, a handmade ornament to adorn a tree, or a personalized topper for gift packages! You can also learn how to make a dove of peace, a holiday tree, and a gift bow. This class is for older teens and adults. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100, or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8
Caroling & Cookies Holiday Open House
Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will host a Caroling & Cookies Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 8, from 2-4 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway. Join the library staff for caroling, cookies, and warm beverages. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Missouri City Branch Library at 281-238-2100.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9
Culinary Book Club to meet
The Culinary Book Club at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will meet on Wednesday, December 9, beginning at 1:30 pm, in the Large Conference Room of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. This month, the group will have a cookie exchange. Bring and share holiday treats and recipes.
The Culinary Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and different cooking genres are explored each month. Cooking enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels – from beginners to advanced — are invited to join. Those attending are welcome to bring their own cookbooks and recipes, or they may browse the library’s collection of cookbooks. Share tips, get ideas, and enjoy the camaraderie of other individuals who have an interest in cooking and good cuisine! The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734
Walk to Bethlehem
WALK TO BETHLEHEM is an amazing and exciting journey back in time, it’s a live re-enactment and interactive walking tour telling the historic and most beautiful birth story in history. This is a biblical adventure the whole family will enjoy as you experience the telling of the time of Jesus’ birth, a time of hope, angels, nomads, shepherds and the powerful Roman Empire! For more information about this year’s exceptional Christmas performance, please visit our web-page at www.fumcmc.org (you can find us under the “CONNECT” [Events] tab).
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
A Cardinal’s Christmas
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston presents the seventh annual A Cardinal’s Christmas luncheon with Cardinal DiNardo. This event embraces the values of faith and family while creating beautiful memories and raising funds to support children and families in our care. Catering to the littlest of guests, the event will feature an elegant children’s buffet, holiday centered craft activities, and a special story time with Cardinal DiNardo. In addition, select families will have the opportunity to capture the moment with family Christmas portraits and feast on delicious cookies by Paulie’s.
National Alliance on Mental Illness-NAMI Fort Bend
For Families Living with Mental Illness. St. Laurence Catholic Church 3100 Sweetwater Blvd. 7-8:30 p.m. We are an all volunteer group offering hope and support for family members who live with someone who has a brain disorder. Treatment works and Recovery is Possible!
Sugar Land Christian Women’s Connection hosts holiday luncheon
The Sugar Land Christian Women’s Connection invites all area women to a holiday luncheon at Sweetwater Country Club on Friday, December 11, from 11 a.m.-1 pm. Sherry Woodruff , from Richmond will be the featured speaker. Sherry is also an accomplished musician and will entertain the audience with her musicality talent singing Christmas carols, inviting the women to a sing-a-long with her. The location of Sweetwater Country Club is 4800 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. Cost for luncheon is $21 inclusive with complimentary valet parking available. Reservations are required by calling 281-208-3124 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sugar Land Christian Women’s Connection is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, www.stonecroft.org. Stonecroft Ministries offers opportunities for women to participate in small group studies through its Stonecroft Bible Study program.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 19
Comprehensive Weight Loss Programs Seminar
December brings fun holiday parties, sweet cookie exchanges and family gatherings with an abundance of delicious food—and excessive calories. It’s no wonder weight loss tops the list of New Year’s resolutions. But only a few weeks after resolving to lose weight, it’s easy to find yourself back in front of the TV, chips in hand while ignoring the dusty exercise bike in the corner. Here are some tips on how to be successful in your weight loss journey. A slimmer you is in sight. Join us on Tuesday, January 19 to learn about comprehensive weight loss programs, including Step LITETM, medical weight management and bariatric surgery, and also enjoy a healthy cooking demonstration. The seminar begins at 6 p.m. in Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. Registration is required. Call 281.274.7500, or register online at houstonmethodist.org/events to reserve a seat.
Katy Home & Garden Show
The largest home show in West Houston celebrates 10 years with its biggest show to-date. January 30-31, 2016 experience two buildings packed with more than 300 exhibits at the Katy Home & Garden Show which will focus on decorating; remodeling; window treatments; kitchens & baths; do-it-yourself; flooring; windows; landscaping; pools; outdoor entertainment and more. Learn from expert seminars and guests like DIY Network star, Matt Muenster from Bath Crashers who will wow you with incredible bathroom transformations. A licensed contractor himself Matt puts his personal touch on every house project. Get inspired and ready to renovate. Sponsored by Superior Window Company. For ticket information, directions and hours visit www.katyhomeandgardenshow.com
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Seventh annual Helen Cordes Award Dinner
Annual fundraiser for Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse to be held at the Stafford Centre, 6:30 p.m. Now recruiting volunteers and sponsors. For more information, call 281-207-2406 or email email@example.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5
Fort Bend Education Foundation’s 23rd Annual Gala
The Fort Bend Education Foundation is pleased to announce its theme for its 23rd Annual Gala to be held on March 5, 2016 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Gala Co-Chairs Jamie Fairchild and Terri Wang are exited with this year’s theme, “Bollywood Nights”, presented by Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP. The evening promises to be an exquisitely stylized event. This lavish and opulent trip to the Bollywood Filmfare Awards will celebrate the successes of the Fort Bend Education Foundation and will serve as a thank you to the community for its generous support. Planning is now in progress. Information regarding sponsorships, auction donations, individual/raffle tickets and volunteer opportunities are available at www.fortbendisd.com/foundation.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2
Classic Boogie 2016 Prom Night!!
Event Information: Classic Boogie 2016 Prom Night!! presented by Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land. Join us for a wonderful night of dinner, dancing, costume contests, Purse grab, Silent and Live Auctions! Stafford Centre. 6-11 pm
Citizens Police Academy
Want to discover firsthand what it takes to be a police officer, get to know your beat officer and learn more about criminal investigation? Find out by signing up for the Sugar Land Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy and learn about traffic laws, crime scene investigation and how to respond during an active shooter situation. The 10-week course begins Sept. 10 and runs through Nov. 19. Students meet once a week at the police department at 1200 State Highway 6 from 7-10 p.m., including weekend courses that include mock building searches and simulated traffic stops. While learning about the challenges faced by police officers, laws affecting citizens, the judicial system and emergency management, participants personally interact with officers, detectives and other personnel in a nontraditional law enforcement setting. The class is offered free of charge to Sugar Land residents and people who work in Sugar Land. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 21.
Yoga Class -all levels welcomed
$65 per Month OR By the Class / 1 class $20 ~ 5 classes $75 ~ 10 classes $100. *Late Class Times by Appointment Only. Classes are 60 minutes ~ Hatha & Raja Yoga0 Wear loose and comfortable, non-binding clothing. Yoga mat for stretching/exercise and a firm pillow for sitting in meditation are recommended. SCHEDULE: Monday~Wednesday~Friday, 9:30AM, Monday ~ Tuesday, 6PM & 7:15PM*, Wednesday, 6PM, Saturday, 11AM, YOGA FOR KIDS, Classes include basic yoga stretches, asanas, and breathe control along with short meditation sessions, 5 & 6 yrs ~ 45 minutes * $40 per month, 7 – 12 yrs ~ 60 minutes ** $60 per month. All Classes by appointment only ~ Space is limited. Classes kept small to ensure each child gets personal instruction on proper body alignment. SCHEDULE: Tuesday & Thursday * 3:30PM ~ 4:15PM ** 4:30PM ~ 5:30PM
AARP Missouri City Chapter # 3081 Monthly Meeting
AARP Missouri City Chapter # 3081 Monthly meeting at City Hall Complex/Missouri City 1552 Texas Parkway, Missouri City. Second Monday of Every Month, 11:15 am- 1 pm. Fun/Food/Fellowship/Learning Contact Buddy or Barbara 713-859-5920 or 281-499-3345
Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets
The Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon @ The Quail Valley Centre(Golf Club) , 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. All are welcome to come. For Information contact Ed Broussard, 512-738-2209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Bend Business Network International
Fort Bend Business Network International meets every Thursday, 7 am, Sweetwater Country Club. This is a great way to increase your business and find other small business resources. Please contact Jeanne Gregory, email@example.com or 713-854-0923.
Al-Anon Family Support Group Meetings
“Does someone’s drinking bother you, if so 1 hour weekly meetings every Wednesday – 6:30 p.m.; Thursday – 12 p.m.; and Sunday – 6:30 p.m., Lamplighters Club, 2425 FM 1092 (Murphy Rd), Missouri City. Call Mattie 281-261-0017 for more info.
Vendors Wanted for 38th Annual Craft Show
The Meadows Place Home and Garden Club is accepting booth reservations for the annual craft show. Handcrafted items only. This craft show will be held Saturday, November 2, from 9 to 4 at Sugar Grove Church of Christ 11600 W. Airport. Contact Joe at 281-530-2566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mom’s Club of Sugar Land North
Are you a stay at home mom? We have playgroups, socials, mom’s night out, book clubs, and many more fun things planned! Any age children are welcome, or just come yourself if your children are in school. For more info email email@example.com.
Morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land
The morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land is an all-volunteer national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills, and enjoy new friendships. The Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., Sweetwater Country Club, Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. Web site is ECSL.ORG
Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets
The Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets every Wednesday, noon, Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royal Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information call Mike Reichek at 281-575-1145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support group for caregivers
NAMI Fort Bend (an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness)would like to invite you to a Support Group for caregivers on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. These meetings are free and open to anyone who is giving care and support to a family member who is suffering from mental illness. These are caregiver ONLY meetings and are held at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, in the Social Concerns Conference Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m..
Interested about breastfeeding?
Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting of La Leche League of Fort Bend every second Monday at 7pm at Memorial Hermann Sugarland Hospital or every third Monday at 10:30am at St. Theresa Catholic Church Family Life Center. Babies are always welcome at meetings. For more info call Erin: 281-325-0618, Laura: 281-277-4989, Lisa: 281-710-7171, Briana: email@example.com