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TUESDAY, MARCH 24

MS PowerPoint Survival Basics

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 pm. The class will be repeated on Wednesday, March 25, at 10:00 am. This class presents an introduction to using this slide-show presentation software program. The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Missouri City Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2100, or by visiting the library.

Research Skills: Databases

Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, will present a special series for students – “Research Skills” — in March. The second class, “Research Skills: Databases,” will take place on Tuesday, March 24, beginning at 2 pm, in the Computer Lab. Students will learn how to use the library’s online databases to retrieve authoritative research material from journals and newspapers. The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. Registration will open two weeks before each class. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “University Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5150, or by visiting the library.

Ancestry.com: Beyond the Basics

Have you ever wondered where your ancestors came from?  Are you curious about their military service or daily lives? Begin your family-history research at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Local History and Genealogy Department at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The class “Ancestry.com: Beyond the Basics” will take place on Tuesday, March 24, beginning at 10 am, in the Meeting Room. Library staff will talk about advanced search features that one can utilize when using the Ancestry.com database for family-history research. Tips and strategies for a more efficient search will also be demonstrated. The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “George Memorial,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library’s Local History and Genealogy Department at 281-341-2608, or by visiting the department at the library.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Spring 2015 Career and Employment Fairs

Houston Community College Southwest Career Planning and Resources would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2015 Career and Employment Fairs. These events are open to the public and are being advertised in JobSparx and other effective media. March 25, 2015, 10am-2pm, West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77081, Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015. DONATION/FEE: A small donation of $75 is requested and will cover the cost of hospitality and some marketing for each event. Payments can be made on-line by credit card by following the registration process noted below. If you wish to pay by check, please complete the attached registration form and mail it, along with a check made payable to: HCC-SW Career Ambassador Network form to: HCC-SW Career Planning & Resources; 5601 West Loop South; Houston, TX 77081—Attn: Dr. Carolyn Davis. ON-LINE REGISTRATION. If you are currently registered with HCC’s Career Center, then logon and click on career events and search for Southwest College’s Career & Employment Fairs.


THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Free Colorectal Cancer Seminar And Screening Kit

Join Dr. Swarna Balasubramaniam and Dr. Nasrullah Manji on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center to learn more about colorectal cancer — the second leading cause of cancer deaths — and take home a free colorectal cancer screening kit.  Registration required.  Register online at houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281.274.7500.

How to Create a Blog

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Adult Services staff at the First Colony Branch Library will present a free, introductory computer class, “How to Create a Blog,” on Thursday, March 26, beginning at 10 am, in the Conference Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. The class will consist of a hands-on introduction to basic skills for people who would like to learn how to set up and maintain a blog. The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “First Colony Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2800, or by visiting the library.


FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Eggpalooza Egg Dash

From 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27, Missouri City will host its annual Eggpalooza egg dash in Community Park, 1700 Glenn Lakes Lane. Contact Missouri City Media Relations Specialist Cory Stottlemyer atcstottlemyer@missouricitytx.gov to sign up as an event volunteer. For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter and Instagram—@MissouriCityTX, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch.99 on AT&T U-verse).

35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Scramble

The 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Scramble sponsored by the Exchange Club of Missouri City will be held Friday March 27 at the Quail Valley Golf Course (For more information:  www.qvec.clubexpress.com).  Only the first 36 Paid Teams can play and the entry deadline is March 15th.   All proceeds from this tournament steeped in tradition go directly toward Fort Bend County Charities including CASA, Literacy, ARC, and more.

7th Annual Fort Bend County Fair Crawfish Boil

Let your inner Louisianan out and satisfy your hankering for crawfish, without making the trek to Louisiana at the 7th Annual Fort Bend County Fair Crawfish Boil. Mudbugs will boil on Friday, March 27 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. The talk of Crawfish season being one of the best in years has crawfish lovers already tempted to quench their taste for the seasonal treats. By tradition, crawfish season’s start date is a bit flexible, occurring usually between late February and early March, and is mostly dependent on climate factors like temperature and rainfall.Wade Andrew Smith & Driftwood will bring their unique western blend and keep the dance floor full starting at 8:30 p.m. Music and mudbugs will bring the bayou action to a boil. For tickets or more information visit our website www.fortbendcountyfair.com.

Classic Boogie 2015!

Join us for a night you won’t soon forget: the British Invasion of Classic Boogie 2015! This year’s theme Drive My Car beckons a time of cool nostalgia – hip moves and swinging grooves, centered around the world renowned Beatles and their 1965 classic hit! Mark your calendar and join us in our own Liverpool: March 28th at the Stafford Centre from 6 pm to 11 pm. Find your groovy-groove by becoming a sponsor, donating to the auctions and/or placing an advertisement in the program guide. Individual tickets are also available for $75 each. For more information on any of these opportunities, please visit www.fortbendwomenscenter.org , email amparker@fortbendwomenscenter.org or contact Angela Parker at 281-344-5750.

Fort Bend Lawyers CARE

Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) will offer free advice by phone to low-income Fort Bend County residents on Friday, March 27..  Please call FBLC at 281-239-0015 to pre-qualify for this service, or e-mail Tasha Hernandez at Tasha@FortBendLawyersCARE.org between 10 a.m. and noon.  Veterans who are low-income residents of Fort Bend County are especially encouraged to call. The attorney will return calls the same day and/or the following Monday. FBLC’s mission is to provide equal access to justice through volunteer lawyers.


SATURDAY, MARCH 28

7th Annual Grant-A-Starr Foundation Family 5K and 1 mile Fun Run Walk

Plans are underway for the 7th Annual Grant-A-Starr Foundation Family 5K and 1 mile Fun Run Walk to be held on Saturday, March 28 at Sugar Land Memorial Park.  In addition to a 5K chip timed race on the USATF course, there will be a 1-mile event as well.  A community oriented post race party will follow the awards presentation.  As always, there will be plenty of food, freebies, and an area just for the kids.  The Kid’s Zone will have games and activities galore and is sponsored by St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital.

2nd Annual Sugar Land Art Center Spring Festival

Fine art created by the members of the Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery (SLAC&G), and other artists will be featured for sale at the 2nd Annual Arts Fest. The event will also feature an art show by Fort Bend County ISD Art Students, entertainment, a kids’ zone with art project participation, a silent auction, live auctions, and more. Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015. Time: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Location: 104 Industrial Blvd, Suite Q, Sugar Land TX. Information: All ages, Free to the public, More information at www.SugarLandArtCenter.org

2015 “Community Challenge” Softball and Volleyball Tournament

AccessHealth is pleased to announce that BB&T will be sponsoring the 2015 “Community Challenge” Softball and Volleyball Tournament. BB&T has made a $5,000 sponsorship donation and will be competing in the softball tournament. The “Community Challenge” event will be a fun-filled family event held on March 28 at Missouri City’s Community Park – 1700 Glenn Lakes Lane, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The events attractions will also include food trucks, raffles and children’s activities. Other Grand Slam sponsors include Houston Methodist Sugar Land, the City of Missouri City and Legacy Ford. For additional information on becoming a sponsor or registering a team for the Community Challenge event, please contact Sharonda DeBose at (281) 633-3144 or sdebose@myaccesshealth.org.

Second Annual Kickball Classic

The Sugar Land Skeeters is kicking off its second annual Kickball Classic March 28 at Constellation Field. Companies and other groups are invited to register for the double-elimination tournament that benefits the Sugar Land Skeeters Foundation, which raises funds to help local disadvantaged youth in the area. Approximately $11,300 was raised in last year’s inaugural event. “More than a dozen teams participated in last year’s event, helping to raise more money than we thought possible,” said Skeeters General Manager Chris Jones. “We hope to exceed those numbers this year, as companies return and others join us for a day of friendly and fun rivalry.” Team registration is ongoing and sponsorships are still available. Contact Kyle Dawson at kdawson@sugarlandskeeters.com for details. For more information on the Sugar Land Skeeters Foundation, visit www.SugarLandSkeeters.com.

Family Movie Day

Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library will present a special “Family Movie Day” on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 1:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy an afternoon movie at the library! The event is free and open to the public. The libraries’ licensing agreement for public showing of films prohibits them from releasing the name of the movie outside of the library. For more information, call the First Colony Branch Library at 281-238-2800 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734

Craft Your Heart Out!

The next meeting of the “Craft Your Heart Out!” program at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will take place on Saturday,March 28, beginning at 11 am, in the Conference Room of the library. The first 45 minutes of the program will be devoted to knitting and crocheting. For the last half hour of the program, guest speakers will introduce a different hobby each month, from candle-making and decoupage to soap-making and scrapbooking. Samples of the library’s instructional books, crafting magazines, and websites on various hobbies will be available.  The program meets on the fourth Saturday of every month, and is free and open to the public. The Missouri City Branch Library is located at 1530 Texas Parkway. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2100 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

Model Home Village & Backyard Showcase

The Fort Bend master-planned community of Aliana will host a weekend Grand Opening of its all-new Model Home Village & Backyard Showcase, March 28 – 29 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., when families can tour 12 new, fully furnished models, experience one-of-a kind backyard designs and enter to win prizes including a $5,000 grand prize. Aliana families also attend sought-after schools in the Fort Bend Independent School District including a new, on-site elementary school opening Fall 2015. For more information on this award-winning Fort Bend master-planned community, visit www.AlianaHouston.com.

Sugar Land Branch Library presents Introductory Computer Class

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Adult Services staff at Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, will present a variety of free, introductory technology classes this month. The classes will consist of a hands-on introduction to basic skills for people who would like to learn more about using these computer programs. Saturday, March 28, 10:15 am. This class presents a basic introduction to using this spreadsheet software program. The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Sugar Land Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2140, or by visiting the library.

Pecan Grove Mudbug Boil

Pecan Grove Texas Facebook group today announced that it plans the Pecan Grove Mudbug Boil, March 28th from 2 p.m. until dusk in Pecan Grove Park on Pitts Road.  Organizers for this non-profit community event will provide crawfish and other food items for $7 per plate, or crawfish and 3 beers for $12.  All area residents may attend this family outing, and children are welcome. “Social media has been accused of diminishing face-to-face communication” says co-organizer Paul Christy, a former Houston radio personality and long time Pecan Grove resident.  “I disagree.  I’ve lived in Pecan Grove over 30 years, and have met more of my neighbors recently via Facebook than in all those years before.  The Mudbug Boil is a result of our social media interaction.”Tickets to the Pecan Grove Mudbug Boil will be available on site the day of the event.  Those planning to attend are encouraged to confirm on the Event page of the Pecan Grove FB page.  Area residents not yet members should apply online:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/PGPeople/

Fort Bend County Museum’s annual Children’s Day

Families are invited to celebrate the arrival of spring at the Fort Bend County Museum’s annual Children’s Day festival on March 28, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The free family event for children of all ages will include the opportunity to participate in a real archaeological dig, play pioneer games, pet native Texas snakes and baby alligators, live entertainment, tours of the historic 1883 Congressman Moore Home and so much more! The event will take place at the Fort Bend County Museum located at 500 Houston Street Richmond, Texas 77469. For more information please visit http://www.fortbendmuseum.org or call 281-342-6478.

Hawks at Brazos Bend State Park

Imagine a Falcon diving at speeds of over 150 miles per hour as it chases a trainers lure,  Hawks on the wing soaring mere inches above your head,  an Andean Condor with a wingspan of over 10 feet! Try to hear the quiet rustle of the owl’s feathers as it glides to a nearby perch. You can see all this and much more at Brazos Bend State Park on Saturday, March 28 at 2:00pm. For one day only Master Falconer and environmental educator Steve Hoddy founder of EarthQuest will present a Birds of Prey Program to the public. The program will be held in the lawn area in front of the park’s nature center.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets or just sit in the grass.  Visitors in lawn chairs may be seated in the back so everyone can see the program.  The program is free of charge with regular park admission.  Donations will be accepted and will go to EarthQuest.

Crawfish boil at the American Legion Hall

Crawfish or crawdaddies, crayfish, freshwater lobsters, or whatever you call them, amaze the judges this Saturday March 28 at the American Legion Hall in Sugar Land with your favorite family or super-secret recipe for edible mud bugs. Cooking starts at 9:00 a.m., judging is at 3 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at about 5 p.m.  A minor entry fee is used to support trophies and plaques for winners, with the remainder going for needed remodeling of the Legion Hall. To sign up for the contest call organizer Jimmy Zamora at (832) 677-7017. The Sugar Land American Legion Hall is located at 311 Ulrich Street.


SUNDAY, MARCH 29

Palm Sunday

“The Praise that Matters” (Psalm 118: 26; Matthew 21: 14-16). First Presbyterian Church of Sugar Land, 502 Eldridge Rd.

2nd Annual George Ranch High School “AutoRama at the Ranch

Come be a part of one of LCISD’s biggest fundraising events. On March 29, from 11:00am to 4pm you are invited to join us at George Ranch High School for AutoRama at the Ranch, a car and craft show benefitting the GRHS Band. 11:00am – 4:00pm. George Ranch High School, 8181 FM 762, Richmond TX 77469. Contact Person: Kathryn Ward 832-453-4425


MONDAY, MARCH 30

An Introduction to Watercolor Painting for Senior Citizens

Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, will present “An Introduction to Watercolor Painting for Senior Citizens” on Monday, March 30, from 6 to 7:30 pm, in the library’s Meeting Room. The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “First Colony Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2800, or by visiting the library.

Texana Tee Off

It’s time to shake off the winter blues and sign up for the Texana Tee Off which will take place at Weston Lakes Country Club on Monday March 30. This fundraising tournament is looking good for a great day of golf for all who participate.  It is an 18 hole scramble tournament which includes; lunch, dinner, live and silent auctions.  This year, making things even more exciting, is our putting contest which is sponsored by Partners in Benefits and will have with great prizes including a top prize of $3,000! Texana Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that provides behavioral healthcare and intellectual & developmental disabilities services to people living in Fort Bend, Austin, Colorado, Matagorda, Waller and Wharton counties.


TUESDAY, MARCH 31

Research Skills: Citations

Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, will present a special series for students – “Research Skills” — in March. The final class, “Research Skills: Citations,” will take place on Tuesday, March 31, beginning at 2 pm, in the Computer Lab. Students will learn how to create bibliographies for their research papers by using online citation tools that ensure that their citations are done in the correct format. The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. Registration will open two weeks before each class. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “University Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5150, or by visiting the library.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

Fort Bend County Libraries announce Poetry Contest for Teens, Adults 

In recognition of National Poetry Month in April, Fort Bend County Libraries announces its 1st Annual Adult Poetry Contest celebrating poetry and the contributions made by poets to the world of literature. Poems entered in the contest should be inspired by reading, literature, and/or the library. Entries can be submitted on the libraries’ website,www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, between April 1 and 25. The contest will be divided into two categories: high school students in grades 9-12 and adults. There is no fee for entering the contest. For more information, call the libraries’ Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.


THURSDAY, APRIL 2

An Upper Room Experience

“An Upper Room Experience” will take place in the FLC Gym on Thursday evening, April 2, at 7 pm. Pastor Chappell Temple will lead those present through a celebration of the Passover Seder meal. In the context of a worship service planned just for this evening, he’ll teach the meaning of the elements and relate them to an experience Christ had with His disciples in that upper room. Each table will have a Seder plate with all the elements and what they will need to celebrate Holy Communion with others at their table. Acoustic music, special prayers, and softer lighting will enhance your experience. Plan now to attend. Bring others with you. The church is located at 3300 Austin Parkway, just across from First Colony Middle School.

Spring Style Show

Join us for a Spring Style Show on April 2nd featuring fashions from Palais Royal being modeled by members of Quails.  This will be the last meeting till our fiscal year begins again in September, 2015.  Social Hour begins at 10am and the program starts at 11am with lunch being served at noon.  Reservations required.  Contact Rhonda Jacobson at 281-416-1197.  The cost is $30.00 for members and $35.00 for guests.  The event takes place at Quail Valley City Centre located at 2880 La Quinta in Missouri City.


FRIDAY, APRIL 3

Gone to Texas: Austin’s Old 300

On Friday, April 3, speaker Robert Frost will be presenting a lecture about the early days of colonial Texas with “Gone to Texas: Austin’s Old 300”.  Wrapping up our Docent Enrichment Lecture Series is Kaitlin Thompson, the Fort Bend County Museum’s Outreach Coordinator.  Thompson will take guests on a journey back to 1830s Texas during a talk on the importance of living history interpretation. Each day’s presentation and luncheon will run from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The cost for each event is $5 for Museum members, $10 for the general public, and includes lunch.  Paid reservations are required at least two days prior to the lecture. Please phone (281) 342-6478 for more information and to make your reservation.

Celebrate Good Friday

All are welcome to attend this special service as we join with millions in remembering what Christ did for all on the cross. The service of Tenebrae (from the Latin term for “darkness” or “shadows”) is an ancient Holy Week devotion that dates back to the seventh century. The name “Good Friday” may refer to the great good that God accomplished for the world on this day, but more likely it is simply an alternate form of an older name, “God’s Friday.” At the conclusion of the service our Altar will be stripped and left barren, reminding us of the state of the world without Christ within it. No offering will be taken, for whatever we could give would never compare with the incomparable offering that Christ made on our behalf. The church is located at 3300 Austin Parkway, just across from First Colony Middle School.


SUNDAY, APRIL 5

Easter Sunday

Christ Church will offer six celebrations of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday morning, beginning at 6:30 am with a youth-led Sunrise service held outside, followed by a light breakfast from Panera Bread. The Sanctuary will be the setting for the Contemporary service at 8 am and the two Traditional services at 9:30 am and 11 am.  Casual worship (the hub) will be held in the FLC Gym at 9 am and again at 11:15 am.  The pastors will be in a preaching rotation that day. Special music will be offered in all the services. Children will receive a gift from the church in all of the services. Parking may be tight but we’ll have helpers outside to guide you. Be sure to arrive well ahead of the beginning of the service so that you won’t have to wait for delayed seating. The church is located at 3300 Austin Parkway, just across from First Colony Middle School.


THURSDAY, APRIL 9

First Colony Branch Library presents Introductory Computer Classes

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Adult Services staff at First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, will present a variety of free, introductory technology classes this month. The classes will consist of a hands-on introduction to basic skills for people who would like to learn more about using these computer programs. “MS PowerPoint Survival Basics” will take place on Thursday, April 9, beginning at 10 am. This class presents a basic introduction to using this presentation software program. “MS Publisher Survival Basics” will take place on Thursday, April 23, beginning at 10 am. This class presents a basic introduction to using this desktop-publishing software program. The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “First Colony Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2800, or by visiting the library.


FRIDAY, ARPIL 10

Pearl Sale in support of Tahirih Justice Center

On April 10,  the Women’s Association of Riverbend Country Club, 1214 Dulles Avenue, will sponsor a pearl sale in support of Tahirih Justice Center, a national non-profit organization that protects courageous immigrant women and children who refuse to be victims of violence by elevating their voices in communities, courts and Congress. They work to create a world where women and girls can live in safety and with dignity. Each year Tahirih partners with world-renowned pearl designer, Amy Lin, to allow Tahirih supporters to purchase discounted jewelry at prices ranging from $10-$5,000. Pearl sale proceeds go to support Tahirih Justice Center. Entry is $25 and includes a glass of Prosecco, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Non Riverbend members may pay cash at the door. Shopping and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. Desserts and continued shopping will follow a 7 p.m. presentation by Anne Chandler, Houston Director, Tahirih Justice Center. RSVP by March 31 to rbccwa1@gmail.com or 281-269-2520. For further information on Tahirih Justice and Amy Lin, go to www.tahirih.org or www.amylinspearls.com.


SATURDAY, APRIL 11

The AHS ProGrad – Market Day

To provide funding for Project Graduation. AHS Project Graduation (ProGrad) is a supervised, all night, drug and alcohol free, celebration for AHS graduating seniors held at the end of the school year, normally the night following graduation!  The entire evening is spent on campus with an assortment of food and refreshments, games, sports activities, entertainment and many, many prizes. Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Shopping is open to the general public from 10 am to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015! Contact Audrey Helms or go the website AHS ProGrad website-austinbulldogprograd.weebly.com for more information. Vendors or businesses interested in being a sponsor or donating items for the door prize drawings please e-mail: chairperson, Audrey Helms- audreyhelms@sbcglobal.net. To learn more about our event go to austinbulldogprograd.weebly.com. Profits from the Market Day will benefit the Austin High School Class of 2015 Project Graduation (ProGrad 2015).  AHS Market Day will be open from 10 am – 3 pm in the AHS Commons (3434 Pheasant Creek Drive Sugar Land)

22nd Annual City Wide Pride Spring Clean Up

The City of Stafford along with Keep Texas Beautiful will be holding its’ 22nd Annual City Wide Pride Spring Clean Up, a part of The Great American Clean-Up, on April 11 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.  The event is sponsored by the City of Stafford, Corporate sponsors and many local businesses.   Many civic group volunteers, area businesses, Stafford students, churches, and HOA’s as well as other groups of local citizens will be canvassing the streets of Stafford picking up trash & debris. Participants will receive a T-shirt and will be fed lunch after picking up trash. Come join the fun.   If you have a group that would like to volunteer to participate in the clean up or if you would like to volunteer to assist City staff, please contact us at (281) 261-3941.

RailFest 2015 On Track

“Clang, Clang…Clang, Clang”  The old locomotive bell at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum will signal all to come and enjoy the fun April 11th, 2015 from 11 am – 5pm at the Museum (1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg, Texas). Visitors that attend RailFest 2015, can also take the opportunity to experience all that Historic Downtown Rosenberg has to offer:  shopping, dining, antiques and more.   Historic Downtown Rosenberg is the first state-designated Cultural District in Fort Bend County and just received the Main Street USA distinction.  Visitwww.rosenbergRRMuseum.org or call 281.633.2846 for directions and more information.

Fort Bend Cares 2nd Annual Doggone Fun Run/Walk 

Join ‘Leader of the Pack’ sponsors Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors and Sunoco Logistics, plus Fort Bend Cares Spokesdog Rain, for the 2nd Annual Doggone Fun Run on Saturday, April 11, at Memorial Park in Sugar Land. For event registration, more information, or to become a sponsor, visit www.fortbendcares.org, email info@fortbendcares.org, or call 832-819-2005.

Poetry Slam

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will present a Poetry Slam for teens and young adults on Saturday, April 11, from 2 to 4 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library. Local high school and college students who are 14 to 21 years of age are invited to compete in this performance-poetry event by reading original works they have created themselves. Prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants.         The Poetry Slam is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Missouri City Branch Library at 281-238-2100 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734. The Missouri City Branch Library is located at 1530 Texas Parkway.

Prekindergarten Registration dates set for 2015-2016 school year

The prekindergarten experience can have a great influence on a child’s educational career and helps set the stage for lifelong learning. To facilitate the enrollment process, Fort Bend ISD is hosting a centralized registration event for FBISD four-year old children who are eligible for prekindergarten. The School Board recently adopted a District-wide Feeder Pattern and Boundary plan to serve as a guide for current and future growth within Fort Bend ISD, and also approved new attendance zones to align feeder patterns. Therefore, the prekindergarten registration process has changed for the upcoming school year and prekindergarten students will now follow the outlined feeder pattern and boundary plan. Registration packets will be available district-wide at all elementary campuses and at the Administration Building from March 30 through April 10.  PreK registration will not be offered through the online process at this time.


SUNDAY, APRIL 12

Four-week study: “Children of Abraham: A Methodist Look at Islam”

Interested in finding out more about Islam from a Christian perspective? Christ United Methodist Church in Sugar Land will offer a four-week study entitled “Children of Abraham” on Sunday afternoons at five in the Sanctuary, beginning on April 12. The class will be led by Pastor C. Chappell Temple, who holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University, and will examine some of the history and principle beliefs of Islam, as well as discuss how Muslims and Christians can have a respectful dialogue about both their shared heritage as the descendants of Abraham, along with those who are Jewish, and the differences between those faith traditions that have confused many. There is no charge for the class and all are welcome. The church is located at 3300 Austin Parkway, just across from First Colony Middle School.


SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Lone Star Stomp

The Fort Bend County Museum will host its largest and most important fundraiser, Lone Star Stomp, at 6:30 pm, Saturday, April 18, at the George Ranch Historical Park arena. Lone Star Stomp: Tall Texas Tales will feature silent and live auctions, great food and drinks, interactive history demonstrations, and music from the Grammy nominated band The Texas Gypsies. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is Cowboy Dave, weekday evening 100.3 The Bull radio host. All proceeds of the Lone Star Stomp benefit the educational and preservation efforts of the Fort Bend County Museum. The event will be held in George Ranch Historical Park’s indoor arena, located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond, TX.  For ticket and table reservations, underwriting and sponsorship opportunities, or more information, visit http://www.fortbendmuseum.org/annual-events/stomp/ or contact the event’s committee chair, Terri Norris, at tnorris@fortbendmuseum.org or 281-342-1256.

Sugar Land Earth Day Celebration Scheduled for April 18

Sugar Land’s Earth Day Celebration – called Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rock – will be held April 18, from 1-5 p.m., at Sugar Land Town Square. Paper shredding will be available at no cost throughout the event in the City Hall parking lot. Household hazardous waste will not be accepted this year since curbside collection is available to all residents. To request this service, call Republic Services at (713) 726-7307, or visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/hhw to learn more.

Missouri City Ballet’s production of Coppelia!

Local non-profit, Missouri City Ballet Company, is excited to announce the dates of their spring performances of Coppelia, at the Stafford Civic Center. This is the first time for the company to perform this beloved classic. This is a fantastically comedic ballet whose central character, Coppelia, is a life-sized doll created by a toymaker. Audiences will delight in the humorous nature of this ballet and the vibrant costuming and choreography. Missouri City Ballet proudly performs under the direction of their accomplished Artistic Director, Ms. Sharon Teague. You will not want to miss the incredible talent of this local, pre-professional ballet company. Missouri City Ballet will also be hosting “Cookies with Coppelia” as an extra option for those attending the Sunday matinee. Join our ballerinas for cookies and photo opportunities before the Sunday show.  This is an optional $5 add on for Sunday’s matinee only and must be purchased in advance. Tickets for all performances – April 18 & April 19– will go on sale February 28th through MISSOURICITYBALLET.ORG or by calling the ShowClix Box Office, #1-888-718-4253. Tickets will be higher at the door. Please email: cathy@missouricityballet.org for more information.

Travis High School “Tiger” Band announces Spring Fundraisers

Members of the Travis High School Band are currently sponsoring an Enchanted Gardens/Enchanted Forest gift card fundraising event, and preparing for upcoming fundraisers which will take place on April 18 and 27. The community is invited to take part in each of these events. Enchanted Gardens/Enchanted Forest Gift Cards – The Travis Tiger Band is selling $20 gift cards to Enchanted Gardens and Enchanted Forest through March 3. If you are interested in purchasing an Enchanted Gardens gift card to spruce up your yard while supporting the Travis band, contact Linda O’Leary at lindavoleary@gmail.com or visit www.travistigerband.comSpring Car Wash – On Saturday, April 18, the band will sponsor a Car Wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Randall’s in Pecan Grove (at the corner of FM 359 and Plantation Dr.). A second Car Wash will take place on Saturday, May 16. For more information, visit www.travistigerband.com.


TUESDAY, ARPIL 21

2015 Houston Go Red for Women® Luncheon

Please join the American Heart Association (AHA) for the 2015 Houston Go Red for Women® Luncheon on Tuesday, April 21. The annual luncheon will welcome more than 500 attendees to Hotel ZaZa to raise awareness and funds for women’s fight against heart disease. At the event, attendees will shop with local vendors expo style and enjoy a heart-healthy lunch while learning more about the Go Red for Women Campaign. 10 am. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005. To participate in the annual event, register online by visiting www.houstongored.heart.org or by phone (713) 610-5000. Individual tickets to the event are $500 with remaining tables starting at $5,000. For more information, please contact Deandrea Dillard at (713) 610-5023 or deandrea.dillard@heart.org.


THURSDAY, APRIL 23

7th “Justice for All”

Fort Bend Lawyers Care is proud to announce its 7th “Justice for All” (JFA) Luncheon, honoring the dedicated volunteer lawyers, non-lawyer volunteers, sponsors, donors and Strategic Partners for their hard work, time and resources donated to FBLC. FBLC provides civil legal aid and advocacy to low-income, Fort Bend County residents, families, veterans, and their spouses. The 2015 JFA Luncheon, is co-chaired by Will Colgin and Sharon Steckler. The Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sugar Creek Country Club. Remaining Sponsorship opportunities range from $750 to $2,500. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Kirkpatrick at (713) 517-1950 or send an email to jennifer@26daisies.com. For more information on Fort Bend Lawyers Care, please visit www.fortbendlawyerscare.org.


SATURDAY, APRIL 25

Rebuilding the American Dream: Home-Buying 101

The idea of buying a home is exciting, but the process can be complicated and intimidating, especially for first-time home-buyers. Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library will present a panel discussion about the process of buying a home at a special program, “Rebuilding the American Dream: Home-Buying 101,” on Saturday, April 25, from Noon to 4 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

American Heart Association’s revolutionary CPR Anytime®

9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. Wheeler Field House, 16403 Lexington Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Participants will also take home one of the American Heart Association’s revolutionary CPR Anytime® kits.  The American Heart Association’s Family & Friends CPR Anytime® Personal Learning Program allows anyone to learn the core skills of CPR in just 22 minutes using their own personal kit. The kit contains everything needed to learn basic CPR, AED skills and choking relief in any setting. Hands-only CPR training is not a certification course. Find out more by visiting heart.org/savealifehouston, emailing savealifehouston@heart.org or by calling 713-610-5052. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at: @ahahouston. Join the conversation at #SaveaLife.


MONDAY, APRIL 27

Travis High School “Tiger” Band announces Spring Fundraisers

Members of the Travis High School Band are currently sponsoring an Enchanted Gardens/Enchanted Forest gift card fundraising event, and preparing for upcoming fundraisers which will take place on April 18 and 27. The community is invited to take part in each of these events. Enchanted Gardens/Enchanted Forest Gift Cards – The Travis Tiger Band is selling $20 gift cards to Enchanted Gardens and Enchanted Forest through March 3. If you are interested in purchasing an Enchanted Gardens gift card to spruce up your yard while supporting the Travis band, contact Linda O’Leary at lindavoleary@gmail.com or visit www.travistigerband.comAnnual Golf Tournament – The Tiger Band will host its 5th Annual “Tee Up for Tunes” Golf Tournament on Monday, April 27 beginning at 1 p.m. at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club. The scramble format tournament will include a Putting Contest, Long Drive Contest and a $10,000 Hole In One prize award. Dinner will be provided following the tournament and will include a Silent Auction. Contact Roger Masek at rogmasek@aol.com or 281-235-4750 for registration information or sponsorship opportunities. You can also visit the band website at www.travistigerband.com for details.


SATURDAY, MAY 2

Oyster Creek Rotary Club Crawfish Boil

Oyster Creek Rotary Club Crawfish Boil, 5-8 p.m. May 2 at Stafford Centre. Raffle tickets $100 each with two dinner tickets, dinner tickets $20 each, and we have hot dogs etc for kids. The Oyster Creek Rotary Club main emphasis is to eradicate polio, as well as support local charities.


SUNDAY, MAY 3

Discover Sugar Land

Pull together a team of your friends, brush up on your Sugar Land history and get ready to “discover Sugar Land” in a whole new way!  Sterling McCall Automotive Group is the proud presenting sponsor of a unique fundraising event that will be held on Sunday, May 3, to benefit the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation.  The Discover Sugar Land Scavenger History Hunt combines history, competition and fun, as rival teams take to the road to follow clues leading them throughout the city to historical and iconic Sugar Land landmarks. For sponsorship package details and to register for the Discover Sugar Land Scavenger History Hunt, please visit the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation website at www.slheritage.org or contact Dennis Parmer, Executive Director, at 281-494-0261 or dparmer@slheritage.org.


MONDAY, MAY 4

Hands and Hearts 2015 Golf Tournament

Hands and Hearts Foundation of Sugar Land, Texas, will host its 14th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament at Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Boulevard, Sugar Land, on Monday, May 4. Stan Wilkening serves as Hands and Hearts board president as well as chair of the golf committee.  He invites individuals, companies and corporations to support this fund-raising event. Sponsorships range from a Tournament Co-Sponsor at $5,000 to Hole Sponsor levels of $2,000, $1,000 or $500. For registrations received prior to April 20, individual player fee is $150 including the Advantage Package: two Mulligans, a huge drive on Par 5 and a putting contest entry.  The cost per player increases to $175 on April 21. For additional information, please contact the tournament committee by mail at Hands and Hearts Foundation, 5826 New Territory Boulevard #600, Sugar Land, Texas 77479-5948; or by email at contact@handsandheartsfoundation.org. Stan Wilkening can be reached directly at 713.304.3247.  Visit www.handsandheartsfoundation.org for a tournament signup sheet.


SATURDAY, MAY 9

The 64th annual National Day of Prayer

The 64th annual National Day of Prayer is May 7. Plan events for your family, congregation, business, school, and study groups at http://nationaldayofprayer.org/events/ . Please attend the community gatherings below. The 2015 theme is Lord, Hear Our Cry, I Kings 8:28 Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”


SATURDAY, MAY 30

2nd Annual Keepin’ It Renal 5K Run/Walk

In order to raise funds to support our cause, The Chris “CJ” Johnson Foundation, Inc. will be hosting the 2nd Annual Keepin’ It Renal 5K Run/Walk.  This event will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Sugar Land Memorial Park- Large Pavilion, 15300 University Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas 77479.  On-site registration begins at 0730 and the race will began promptly at 0830. Registration fee is $25.00, which includes a t-shirt and refreshments.  Children 10 and younger may walk free (t-shirts are $10.00). Please register by May 9th to be guaranteed a t-shirt. You may contact: Ritchie Johnson at chrisjohnsoncancerfoundation@gmail.com or call me at 832-721-8998.


ONGOING

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

Free Income-Tax Help at Fort Bend County Libraries 

Fort Bend County Libraries will again host representatives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who will provide free income-tax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers at several locations in the Fort Bend County library system through April 15. Patrons should bring the following information to the session if possible: a photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, spouse, and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s, and any other compensation received in 2014; unemployment compensation statements; and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return.

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 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.

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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