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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23

A joint candidate forum

The City of Stafford and Stafford MSD will host this forum Wed., April 23, 7 p.m., Stafford Civic Center. Also live on the city’s website.


THURSDAY, APRIL 24

Advocates for FBISD Academies

This forum will be held Thurs., April 24, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., University Branch Library, University Blvd. @ Hwy 59, Sugar Land.

Coffee Break with Rick

Honoring the volunteers of Fort Bend Meals on Wheels, bring a friend with you. Join Rick fir a cup of coffee, a bagel, & conversation, Thursday, April 24, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Panera Bread, 1928 Hwy 6, Sugar Land. RSVP to rick@fortbendseniors.org.


APRIL 24-26

Sienna Branch Library book sale

The Friends of Sienna Branch Library,  8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City, will have its Spring Book Sale April 24-26. Thursday, April 24, 6-8 p.m., Friday. April 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.- 2p.m. Featured will be thousands of gently used books, CDs ,DVDs, and videos.  A special “Spring Cleaning” table will have items priced at $ .25.  For more information friendsofsiennabranchlibrary@yahoo.com.


FRIDAY, APRIL 25

Free legal advice 

Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) will offer free advice by phone to low-income Fort Bend County residents on Friday, April 25.  Call FBLC at 281-239-0015 to pre-qualify, or e-mail Tasha Hernandez at Tasha@FortBendLawyersCARE.org between 10:00 a.m. and noon.  Veterans with civil legal questions are encouraged to call. The attorney will return calls the same day and/or the following Monday.


SATURDAY, APRIL 26

“Backyard Basics”on fruit production 

Fort Bend Master Gardener Deborah Birge will present a “Backyard Basics” talk on Fruit Production Saturday, April 26, Fort Bend County Extension Office, 1402  Band Road,  Rosenberg, 8:30 – 11 am,  presented Fort Bend Master Gardeners. Registration is $15 for individuals, $25 for couples. Kids under 10 accompanied by parents are free. For more information or to register, contact Brandy Rader at brandyrader@ag.tamu.edu or 281-342-3034.

Austin HS Angels dance clinic

Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m.-noon. Boys & girls grade K-8, for a fun filled day of dancing. Registration fee $25 in advance or $30 at door morning of the event. Wear comfortable pants, t-shirt, & sneakers. To register or more info vaidyas@msn.com.

Quail Valley Backyard Tour

Come see Gardens Create magic at the 7th Annual Quail Valley Backyard Tour, Sat., April 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tropical demonstration & plant sale. $10 donation to see all gardens. Follow signs off FM 1092 (Murphy Rd.) & 3700 bloke. of Hampton.For map & more info www.traction//typepad.com/QVTour.


SUNDAY, APRIL 27

A Hymn Festival for Easter

Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace: A Hymn Festival for Easter, New Hope Lutheran Church, Sunday, April 27, 5 p.m., 1424 FM 1092 RD, Missouri City. Admission is free & open to the public.

Grand slam event of the year

Strike Out Autism – Hope for Three is hosting this event at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr., Sugar Land open weekend, April 27, 2:05 p.m. game time to raise awareness, acceptance and understanding for “ausome” kids!  Join County Judge Hebert, City Mayors, Hope for Three and Sugar Land Skeeters for the 2nd Annual Strike Out Autism Family Fun Day. Reserve your $12 ticket today (portion of ticket sales donated to H43) and support local families living with autism: www.hopeforthree.org/strike-out-autism.

Opening of Republican Headquarters

Join the celebration of the opening of Fort Bend County’s Republican HQ, Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m., 14019 S.W.Freeway, Suite 340, Sugar Land, with hosts Sam Malone and Jacquie Baly.

The Fort Bend Voters League

FBVL twill hold a FBISD forum Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m. -2:45 p.m., Meet & Greet, Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs. Missouri City. Municipal candidates have been invited.

Accordion Club meeting

Fort Bend Accordion Club meets the 4th Sunday of each month. The next one is Sunday, April 27, 3pm – 6 p.m., Casa de Bravos, 4514 Hwy. 6 S, Sugar Land. Free & open to public. Bring family & friends to enjoy good times as they play music from around the world. For more info Mario 713-401-7933; marioaccordion@gmail.com or Vince 281-204-7716; rmusica@windstream.net.

Youth football team camp

The First Colony Broncos youth football team will host a football and cheer camp on Sunday, April 27, Kitty Hollow Park, 3-5pm. Boys and girls ages 5-11 are welcome to participate. Registration will begin at 2:30pm. The cost is $5. For more information, please visit http://fcbroncosfootball.wix.com/2014, or call us at (832) 947-3740. We have several roster spots open on our flag level for our 5 and 6 year old participants.


MONDAY, APRIL 28

Brightwater Garden Club meeting

The Brightwater Garden Club will have its last meeting of the 2013-2014 year at 6:30 pm, Monday, April 28, Brightwater Clubhouse, 2410 Brightwater Drive, Missouri City.  John McQueen, a Missouri City resident, has collected cacti and succulents for 17 years, with an extensive collection from around the world than can endure our unique local weather. Brightwater residents and neighbors from surrounding subdivisions are invited. For more information, call Betty Grant at 281-261-5913 or Diane Giltner at 281-499-0695.


TUESDAY, APRIL 29

Turf & tree challenges

First Colony Community Assoc. will host this meeting Tuesday, April 29, St. Laurence Catholic Church Parish, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd., 6:30-8:30 p.m. In an effort to educate members of First Colony urban forest & test area within Edgewater Subdivision. Dr. Todd Watson guest speaker. Homeowners can ask questions.


FRIDAY, APRIL 30 

Free Family Law Workshop  

Fort Bend Lawyers CARE Family Law Workshop welcomes low-income residents of Fort Bend County with family law questions and is an open forum. Bring to the workshop any prior court orders or documents that you have prepared. Call  281-239-0015 to pre-qualify or e-mail Tasha Hernandez at Tasha@FortBendLawyersCARE.org. The workshop will be held from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM, in the Parish Hall of Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond.


THURSDAY, MAY 1

64th Annual National Day of Prayer

Locations for the National Day of Prayer are: Missouri City-City Hall 10:00 AM; Sienna Brushy Lake Pavilion   10:00 AM;  Meadows Place City Hall 10:00 AM; Sugar Land Town Square 12:00 noon; Simonton City Hall  12:00 noon; Fulshear City Hall  7:00 PM;  Stafford City Hall 7:00 PM; Katy Merrell Center 7:00PM; and Fort Bend County Courthouse 7:00 PM.  For more information call Mary Cook at 832-651-7771.

ABWA May Meeting

ABWA Ft. Bend Chapter meeting will be held  May 1, Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk. Networking and Vendor Tables 5:30 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m. Speaker is Kathryn Watson. Her topic is Caring for your aging Parent, Discover your options. Kathryn will help us learn more about the numerous resources available. Guest are welcome. RSVP: to Marilyn@Nelson-Marketing.com.


FRIDAY, MAY 2

Spring concert

St. Laurence Chamber Singers Spring Concert presents “Forever Singing Your Praise” will be held Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., St. Laurence Catholic Church, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd. Sugar Land. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will be held immediately following the performance. To learn more, please visit www.stlaurence.org or call 281-980-9812.


SATURDAY, MAY 3

Debutante Cotillion interest meeting

Houston Birthing Connect is hosting an information meeting for a Debutante Cotillion at Sienna Plantation Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs, Missouri City, Sat., May 3, 3 p.m. for Fort Bend Debutantes, grades 9-12. There is no fee. For info 832-367-9087.

Drip Irrigation

Sat., May 3: Saturday with the Master Gardeners – Presentation on “Drip Irrigation” by Fort Bend Master Gardeners at 10 am. Master Gardeners’ Demonstration gardens open for tours and Master Gardeners available for tips and advice, 8:30-11 am. Park in front of the Agriculture Center located at 1402 Band Road in Rosenberg and take one of the sidewalks back to the area behind the building. Call 281-341-7068 or visit http://www.fbmg.com/ for more information.

Learn to row day

The Greater Houston Rowing Club (in conjunction with U. S. Rowing) is hosting its free annual “Learn to Row Day” Saturday, May 3, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Oyster Creek Boathouse (15910 Creek Bend Drive in Sugar Land).  Learn about the boathouse, boats, safety, strokes and then experience rowing on the water with club members!  Wear minimal jewelry, snug-fitting gym shorts,  t-shirt, hat and sunscreen.  Minimum age is 12 (minors must have parent present).  Signed waiver required.  For directions, go to www.greaterhoustonrowingclub.com.  For more information, info@greaterhoustonrowingclub.com.

Parents of Multiples garage sale

This garage will be at CrossFit Caveman, 4413 Bluebonnet Dr. #2, Kirkwood and Bluebonnet, Stafford, Sat., May 3, 8 a.m.- 11a.m. You will find everything you need for infants & children. Cash, credit cards accepted. No checks.


SATURDAY, MAY 10

Sugar Land Garden Club Spring Garden Tour

The Sugar Land Garden Club will host their spring garden tour on Saturday, May 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The tour will showcase gardens of the East New Territory Subdivision, Sugar Land, TX.  More information including a list of homes on the tour and a map will be available soon at:  http://sugarlandgardenclub.org/


MONDAY, MAY 12

Business Showcase Mini Expo

Showcase is presenting its 9th Mini Expo May 12, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., T.E. Hartman Center, 226 Matledge Way, Sugar Land. This event is free to attend. Attendees will enjoy 42 vendors presenting their services and/or products. Entertainment & food tastings. For more info call Bob 71-598-5454 or Bob@BusinessShowcase.net.

SATURDAY, MAY 17

Spring Fling

Lakeview Elementary PTA, 314 Lakeview Dr., Sugar Land, to host this Spring Fling, 10:30 – 2:30 p.m., Sat., May 17. 96.5 will be there along with a raffle, live camel rides, dunking booth, photo booth, video gaming truck, vendors, food, Heart of Gold to buy your gold, silver, or platinum. A fun way to spend your day. For more info call 832-37206549 or jk68ross@yahoo.com.


SUNDAY, MAY 18

Chocolate Walk

Central Fort Bend Chamber, and sponsor State Farm – Janice Vyoral, invites you to stroll historic downtown Rosenberg and receive a free chocolate at 24 participating shops, Sunday, May 18, noon – 5pm. Spring photo booth offering free digital image courtesy of BAC Photography & Design. For more info 281-342-5464.


SATURDAY, MAY 24

Free health fair

Perfecting Ministries Church,121 Wood Street, Sugar Land invites you to attend their Health Free on Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Open to the public.


SUNDAY, MAY 25

Kirk Rich in recital

Kirk Rich in Recital at New Hope Lutheran Church, Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 3:00 p.m., 1424 FM 1092 RD, Missouri City. Admission is free & open to the public.


SATURDAY, MAY 31

Aces for Austin

Austin High School tennis fundraiser will be held Sat., May 31, start time 9 a.m. Check in at New Territory Tennis Courts, 6200 Walker School Road, Sugar Land. Some matches at Austin HS, Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land. Entry fee $25. Must be entering HS fall 2014 & older. For more info Shaun.Moore@fortbend.k12.tx.us or TennisCowgirl@Windstream.net. Deadline to enter is Friday, May 9.


ONGOING

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 Cindy Fauvelle,713-829-0550 or cindyfauvelle@yahoo.com.

Registration now open

Sienna Panthers Lacrosse Registration for Spring Season (2014) is now open. Accepting boys from 1st grade to 12th grade! For more information and to register online, go to fbpantherslax.org

Registration is now open for 1st to 12th Grade Boys!!

Where:  fbpantherslax.org, click on Register Now. For More Information EMAIL:  fbpantherslax@yahoo.com. Practice to begin January 2014 at Camp Sienna Fields. 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.

New Diabetic support group

Mondays 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, 17500 West Grand Paryway South, hospital conference rooms B & C. Aug. 19, 2013, Nov. 18, 2013, Feb. 17, 2014, May 19, 2014. Events are free RSVP to 713-222-2273. Info? 281-725-5059.

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 7:00 a.m., Sweetwater Country Club, Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. Web site is ECSL.ORG

Beat the heat at Gattitown 

Beat the heat at Gattitown with indoor Laser Tag, Go Karts and much more. Plus enjoy Gatti’s signature pizza buffet for just $3.99 (plus $1.89 bottomless drinks), Monday – Thursday all summer long.Great for groups & birthdays.

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 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Al-Anon Support Group

Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, 1 hour meetings every Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held at Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Jill 281-416-9005.

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

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.

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