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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Fort Bend ISD Students present Messiah Concert

Students representing Fort Bend ISD’s 11 high school choral music programs will join their voices for a presentation of selections from George Frederick Handel’s oratorio, The Messiah, on Thursday, November 20. The concert will be held in the Austin High School Auditorium (3434 Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land, 77498), beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Missouri City to Host Family Fun Night 

A fitness-themed, family friendly event that will encourage family teamwork while getting your heart pumping. The night will include dinner, group games, relay races and sports activities. Residents can sign up in advance at the Recreation and Tennis Center. 6 – 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21. Recreation and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr. For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website:www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter—@MissouriCityTX, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast).

Teen Huddle Hosts Holiday Parents Time Out

Autism never takes a time out, but sometimes parent’s need to!  Hope For Three, a local autism advocacy nonprofit, is hosting a Parents’ Time Out holiday session on Nov. 21.  The Teen Huddle has decided to get in the holiday spirit with a “Crazy Sweater” theme for the evening. For autism families interested in joining the Hope for Three Teen Huddle Parent’s Night Out call 1-800-317-0787 or visit www.hopeforthree.org.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22

St. Jude Give Thanks Walk

Fort Bend residents are encouraged to form walk teams, friends, family & co-workers to participate in this walk to support the lifesaving work done by St. Jude, Saturday, November 22. For detailed information contact Anna Gross at anna.gross@stjude.org.

Volunteer Workday

The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Fourth Quarter Volunteer Workday. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Nov. 22. The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Museum and permanent museum site.  198 Kempner Street Sugar Land, Texas  77498. To complete the Brick Preservation Project.  Other opportunities to help include general cleaning of the museum and decorating for Christmas and The New Year. 281-494-0261. Volunteers 14 years and older are welcome.

Impact A Hero, Sugar Land 5K Race, Run, Walk & Wheel

Saturday, November 22, 2014. Impact A Hero Will Host: Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 a.m., Location:  Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Boulevard, Honorary Chairman: Marine Sergeant Eric Morante, Sponsors: ESS Support Services Worldwide, Flour, Schlumberger and Iron Strength Kettlebell Gym, Cost per person: $35. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.impactahero.org.

Arc of Fort Bend County Fundraiser

The Arc of Fort Bend County’s “Best in the West” 37th annual fundraiser will be raffling off a Club Car Utility Vehicle as part of their iconic evening. Bring your shopping list and mark your calendar for Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 6p.m at the George Ranch arena. Be part of this grand event that benefits great people! For ticket or table information visit http://www.arcoffortbend.org.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Annual Bike the Bend for Literacy

Annual Bike the Bend for Literacy on Sunday, November 23. Bike the Bend for Literacy is a MS150 recommended ride benefiting the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. We ride, rain or shine 8:00 am ride begins 7 a.m. day of packet pick-up. Start and Finish at Foster High School 4400 FM 723 Richmond, TX  77406. You may register now at www.active.comRider registration is $30 until Friday, November 9, 2014; $40 thereafter.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available and range in price from $250 to $5,000.  If you or your business is interested in participating, please contact Nicola Johnson at njohnson@ftbendliteracy.org or (281) 240-8181.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Happy ThanksGolfing Classic

The “Happy ThanksGolfing Classic” will be held at  Sweetwater Country Club on November 24th, the Monday before Thanksgiving. Local businesses are invited to support this great event by becoming tournament sponsors. Sponsorships, ranging from Presenting at $10,000 to Hole Sponsor at $500, are available. In-kind sponsorships are also welcome. Register online at www.fortbendfamilypromise.org or contact Robbin Mallett at 832-314-5112 for details.

Fire Department Strategic Planning

Missouri City Fire & Rescue Services is currently conducting the strategic planning process. The Fire Department is asking for citizens to participate in one of two community focus group meetings.  The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24.  The meetings will be held in the EOC training room, located at 3849 Cartwright Rd. in the Public Safety Headquarters complex.  The training room is located next to the Municipal Court.  Please register for one of the meetings by calling 281-403-8500.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25

American Legion Post 942 Monthly Meeting

American Legion Post 942 will hold its monthly meeting at its meeting hall at 311 Ulrich St, Sugar Land at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25. U.S. military veterans and their friends are invited to attend. The American Legion was founded in 1919 and is the country’s largest veterans organization.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Christian Bible Church Thanksgiving

You’re invited to join, Pastor Rudolph White, Jr. and the Christian Bible Church family as we celebrate the true meaning of Thanksgiving.  Put dinner on hold and first join us for a power packed worship experience, Thursday, Nov. 27 from 9 to 11 a.m.  Experience uplifting praise, expressions of gratitude and true worship.  Come to Christian Bible Church – the place to find vision and fulfillment for your life. The address is: 3222 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas 77489


NOVEMBER 29 – 30

Stafford Centre Thanksgiving weekend

Local non-profit, Missouri City Ballet Company, is excited to announce the dates of their annual classic, The Nutcracker, at the Stafford Centre on Thanksgiving weekend! Tickets for all performances – Nov. 29-30 – will go on sale Oct. 13 at MISSOURICITYBALLET.ORG or by calling the ShowClix Box Office, #1-888-718-4253. Please email: cathy@missouricityballet.org for more information.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Fourth Annual Deputy John Norsworthy Blood Drive

In honor of the late Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John D. Norsworthy, the Sheriff’s Office and the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center are conducting the Fourth Annual Deputy John Norsworthy Blood Drive. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the Media Room, located in Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, 1410 Williams Way, Blvd. n Richmond. On Dec. 27, 2010, Deputy Norsworthy was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident while en route to back up a deputy on a traffic stop. Deputy Norsworthy was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital – The Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries on Jan. 4, 2011. He was 39 years old, and left behind his wife, Melissa, and a daughter and son, Kaitlyn and Jacob. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is an independent, nonprofit blood center that is not affiliated with the American Red Cross.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4

12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Don’t miss the magic this holiday season! Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves are bringing their holiday magic to Sugar Land Town Square for the 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5-8 p.m. The steps of City Hall will light up with holiday cheer and entertainment as community groups fill the stage beginning at 5 p.m. with a variety of performances by individuals, schools, dancers and theatrical acts. The event is free and open to the public. A complimentary shuttle service will run from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., to Sugar Land Town Square from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Parking will also be available in the Texas and Lone Star garages located in Town Square.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5

Third Annual Fulshear State of the City Breakfast

The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce and NewFirst National Bank are hosting the third annual Fulshear State of the City Breakfast on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:30am at Safari Texas Ranch.  Mayor Tommy Kuykendall will be speaking about the exciting future ahead for the Fulshear area. Underwriters of the Breakfast include DR Horton, LJA Engineering, Clay & Leyendecker, Hawes Hill Calderon, Independence Title, Fulbrook Homes, Fulshear Lakes, Rep. John Zerwas, Houston Methodist Hospital, Cross Creek Ranch, Beazer Homes, Taylor Morrison, and Costello Inc. The public is invited to attend.  Individual tickets are $35.  For reservations, contact Rebecca Hafner at 281.415.0063 by Dec. 1.

31st Annual Snowfest Festival

On Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 – 9 p.m., Missouri City will be hosting its 31st annual Snowfest Festival in the City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Parkway, for citizens looking for a fun and exciting way to kick off the holiday season.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6

Little Ranger Cheer Clinic

The Clements High School Cheerleaders are hosting a Little Ranger Cheer Clinic Saturday, Dec. 6, for kids enrolled in Kindergarten through 7th grade. This is a great opportunity for the Little Rangers to learn proper stretching techniques, a dance and cheer, and motions and jumps. Participants will perform learned material in the afternoon portion of the day for their family and friend. The clinic will begin at 9 a.m. in the Girl’s Gym at CHS with registration/check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m. Participants will enjoy snacks and lunch with the cheerleaders, and our “Little Ranger Show-Offs” will begin at 1 p.m. Each child will receive a t-shirt, lunch, snacks, and drinks for $40

Kids Camp  T shirt and Lunch

Do you have a budding Thespian? Drama King or Queen?  Join Clements Theatre department from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 6 for their annual Kids Camp  T shirt and Lunch included in the registration and performance for parents in the CHS commons (4200 Elkins Drive, Sugar Land). $40.00 for a day of theatre……BRAVO!!!    Visit: www.chstheatre01.weebly.comRegistration form & payment due by Wednesday, November 19th.  Questions? E-mail Michele at texasmendi@gmail.com

A Simple Christmas

Bring the family out to the country and enjoy “A Simple Christmas” under moss-draped live oak trees at Brazos Bend State Park, Dec. 6 from 3-7 pm.  This 18th annual event includes children’s story time and craft, Victorian Era games, Dutch-oven cooking demonstrations, refreshments, marshmallow roasting, hayrides, face painting (small fee for face painting benefits the Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer Organization) and of course Santa Clause.  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 Winter Book Sale

Enjoy the best book bargains around at the Friends of the Missouri City Branch Library’s Annual Winter Book Sale on Saturday, December 6, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway. For more information, call the Missouri City Branch Library at 281-238-2100, or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734. For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website:www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter—@MissouriCityTX, and watch Missouri City Television

Busytown – A Musical, Family Fun-Filled Show!

Breakfast with Santa in Storybook Land is the perfect setting for lucky boys and girls to enjoy some one-on-one time with Santa and their favorite storybook characters! This memorable event will be held on Dec. 13, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Pappasito’s Cantina at 13750 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Sing Christmas carols, enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, and receive a keepsake photo taken with Santa or your favorite storybook character! Remember far, far away and once upon a time when Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Prince Charming enchanted us and brought us such joy into our young lives? Join them, and see Elsa’s special guest appearance from the smash hit Frozen this holiday! This fundraising event for FBT is sure to provide an enchanting holiday experience for you and your family! Tickets are only $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Purchase your tickets today at www.fortbendtheatre.com or call (281) 208-3333 for more information.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls is a lively, family-friendly celebration of the Christmas season.  Due to the overwhelming response following last year’s combined performance, HBU’s acclaimed choir, Schola Cantorum, will again lift their voices in accompaniment to the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra.  There will be two concerts on Sunday, December 7, in the Stafford Centre.  The afternoon performance is at 2 o’clock, with an encore performance that evening at 7 p.m. It’s a warm-hearted way to spend a merry Sunday afternoon or evening with your family.  Tickets to Deck the Halls begin at $12 for adults.  There’s no charge for children 12 and under when they’re accompanied by an adult.  Discounts are available for students, seniors 55 and over, military personnel, and groups of 10 or more.  Tickets are available online at www.fbso.org or by calling 281.276.9642.

Free Hanukkah Celebration

You’re invited to a free Hanukkah celebration for the entire family, right where you shop! Join us at Barnes and Noble  at First Colony Mall on Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. for Hands-On Hanukkah, a multi-activity Hanukkah-themed event for families with young children. Come hear some Hanukkah stories; get your picture taken with Danny the Dreidel; and color your own placemat featuring Elmo and friends! Adults will have a chance to enter the FREE raffle for a chance to win a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma! This program is free and open to all. Hands-On Hanukkah is a program of Big Tent Judaism and is locally sponsored by Congregation Beth El For more information, please contact Elise  at 832-779-1546 or EPassy@JOI.org


MONDAY, DECEMBER 8

Christmas Advent Season

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital would like to cordially invite the Fort Bend and surrounding communities to join us as we usher in the Christmas Advent Season. Through a series of worship events, we will tell the story of the coming of the Christ Child. Please join Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on the following days for scripture readings, music and devotional thoughts. From Monday to Friday. Learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital at houstonmethodist.org/sugarland or visit us on Facebook at FB.com/methodistsugarland for the latest news, events and information.


DECEMBER 9 & 11

December Reading Selections

Share your love of reading with other book lovers at one of the book clubs that meet monthly at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge. New members are always welcome. Members of the Sugar Land Book Break meet on the second Thursday of the month, beginning at 1 pm, in the Conference Room. The book club discussion on Thursday, Dec. 11, will be on The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon, written by Jim Corbett. Those attending are invited to bring a lunch, if desired. For an evening alternative, the Sugar Land Book Club normally meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, beginning at 7 pm, in the Conference Room. Because of the holidays, the group will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to plan the book selections for 2015. The book clubs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Sugar Land Branch Library at 281-238-2140 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11

MS Excel Survival Basics

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Adult Services staff at the University Branch Library will present a free, introductory computer class, “MS Excel Survival Basics,” for version 2010, on Thursday, December 11, beginning at 2 p.m., in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. This class presents a basic introduction to using this spreadsheet computer resource. The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. Registration will open on Nov. 27. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “University Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5150, or by visiting the library.


DECEMBER 12 – 14

LIVE REENACTMENT OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday December 12, 13 & 14. 6pm – 8:30pm. Join us on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, December 12, 13 or 14 for an amazing and unique Christmas experience! WALK TO BETHLEHEM is an exciting journey back in time, 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.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13

Winter Used Book Sale

The Friends of the University Branch Library will hold their winter used book sale Saturday, December 13, from 10 AM to 2 PM, at the library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land. Books, CDs, DVDs, LPs and VHS tapes for adults and children will be available. Most items are $0.50 to $1.00. Proceeds support reading and other educational library programs. Good condition books, CDs and DVDs may be donated to the library during the sale, or at any time. A receipt for income tax purposes can be provided. The library is located on the University of Houston campus at Hwy. 59 and University Blvd. Parking is free.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20

Toys for Tots

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is the fund raising and support organization for the   U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and has supported Toys for Tots since 1947.  The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Parents in need register at the Toys for Tots website and then are informed to visit Toys for Tots/Santa’s Exchange December 20th event and “shop” for three new toys for each child. The kids have a chance to visit Santa and “elves” entertain them with crafts and games.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

Super Ball XIV

The American Red Cross is proud to partner with presenting sponsor Legacy Ford for the 14th annual Super Ball. Please join us for a casual, fun-filled tailgate party to support the American Red Cross. Saturday, January 24, 2015. 7:00 p.m. Constellation Field, Sugar Land, Head Coaches Eileen Akerson, Nick and Amy Stugart. Honorary Chairs, Terry and Kandee McGill. For more information, please contact Barbara Gallo at (281) 342-9480 or Barbara.Gallo@redcross.org.


ONGOING

SEPTEMBER 20 – NOVEMBER 15

Fall Acting Class registration is ongoing

Registration for our Fall Acting classes is ongoing Children will be instructed on a wide variety of the dramatic arts, including stage movement and directions, voice and diction, pantomime, storytelling, expression, and improvisation. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings at 2815 North Main Street in Stafford, from Sept. 20 – Nov. 15.. Each session ends with an exciting performance open to family and friends for free!

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

La Leche League monthly meetings

La Leche League of Fort Bend’s evening meeting is on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Our daytime meeting is on the third Monday of the month at 10:30am at St. Theresa Catholic Church Family Life Center. To speak to an accredited La Leche League Leader, call Erin at 281-325-0618, Lisa at 281-710-7171, Laura at 281-277-4989 or Shandi at slrbroussard@gmail.com or visit www.texaslll.org.  For more information about breastfeeding, visit www.lalecheleague.org.

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 eabroussard3@gmail.com.

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, jeanne@jeannegregory.com or 713-854-0923.

“Hot Summer Nights”

SugarLand Art Center & Gallery, & Sugar Land Artist Guild, 104 Industrial Blvd., Suite Q, Sugar Land invites you to enjoy wine, savory hors d’oeuvres, live artist demos,  7 p.m.-9 p.m. every Friday night, through Aug. 8. Raffle tickets $20 or 5 for $80 for a demoed piece of that night. For more info 281-565-0957.

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 jd965@sbcglobal.net.

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 momsclub_sln@yahoo.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 mike@reichekfinancial.com.

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: brianavalencia@gmail.com

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