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March 25 and April 1, for Spectators and Supporters of All Ages

Houston, Texas (March 3, 2017) – Lovers of equine sports, children, fashion, and fun will be in for a special treat this spring when one of the nation’s most iconic charity horse shows returns to the greater Houston area. School and religious groups, businesses, individuals, and families are invited to attend the 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by PJP Farm and Irish Day Farm March 22 through April 2, 2017.

New in 2017, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is hosting Family Nights on Grand Prix Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, from 4 to 9 p.m. in the main covered arena. All equestrian competitive events will be held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, which is located at 2501 South Mason Road in Katy.

With the purchase of an adult general admission ticket for $10 per person, children 12 and under will be admitted free on Family Nights at The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. Children and their adult chaperones will have access to a wide range of complimentary treats, giveaways, and activities that include popcorn and cotton candy; Pin Oak coloring books, crayons and toy ponies; face painting; visits with Shetland therapy ponies and miniature horses. For a small donation, Pin Oak visitors will have the opportunity to pose with various equestrian-themed backdrops in the Catch the Moment photo booth sponsored by Stalker Energy and engage a caricature artist to sketch a stylized image of themselves. Featured entertainment includes the world famous Catalena Cowgirls, Houston Highlanders Bagpipe and Drum Corps, and the Wells Fargo Stage Coach (April 1 only).

Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome; however, no glass containers are allowed. Parking is also free. For those spectators who prefer not to bring their own foods and beverages, refreshments will be available for purchase from concession stands and food trucks. Pin Oak supporters can also enjoy shopping in The Pin Oak Marketplace for clothing, jewelry, accessories, boots, handbags, pet treats, artwork and other items. The Pin Oak Boutique offers caps, T-shirts, polo shirts and other items with the Pin Oak logo for sale. Members of The Pin Oak Club are eligible to receive a discount on anything they buy at The Pin Oak Boutique.

Established in 1945 in Houston, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious charity horse shows in the nation. The primary philanthropic goal of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show each year is to contribute a collective six-figure donation to its designated charities to support the healing of sick children. Since its inception, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has contributed a total gift that is approaching $7 million for its three designated charities: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Houston Family Rooms, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Alliance.

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is a two-week annual spring event that attracts 1,200 high-stepping and high-flying horses each week and approximately 2,000 exhibitors from around the country including riders from Mexico and Canada. An award-winning horse show, Pin Oak was the first to receive the coveted United States Equestrian Federation’s Heritage Competition designation.

More About The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

Sponsors, volunteers, Pin Oak Club members, in-kind product and service providers, and fans are always welcomed and appreciated. Rain or shine, the show goes on with many of the competitive events taking place in covered arenas. Most of the events during the two-week horse show are free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available ($10 for adults and free for children 12 and under) for the exciting Grand Prix competitions on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, and for the prestigious International Hunter Derby on Friday, March 31.

With more than half a million dollars in prize money offered, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the few remaining all-breed horse shows featuring American Saddlebreds, Hunters, Jumpers, and Ponies. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is recognized as a World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition, is United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Premier Rated, and is a 5-star Jumper show.

More About The Pin Oak Club

For a “no horse required” experience, members can join The Pin Oak Club, which offers many social and fundraising events that benefit the charities of Pin Oak. The Sporting Clays Classic (April 24 this year) and the What to Wear to That Equestrian Affaire fashion presentation and luncheon are the two signature Pin Oak Club events each year. The money raised through these activities form an essential part of Pin Oak’s annual donation to its designated charities. Pin Oak Club members also receive numerous benefits such as priority invitations to show events, and can participate in Pin Oak’s exclusive Partner Program. Annual Pin Oak Club membership options include: Junior Membership for those 21 and under, $50; Individual, $75; Family (for two adults and two children), $200; Patron, $1,250; and Lifetime, $2,500.

The 4th Annual Pin Oak Sporting Clays Classic is slated for April 24, 2017, at the Greater Houston Gun Club. The event begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m. Individuals, teams of four, and sponsors are invited to participate. Fees range from $400 to $10,000 depending on the level of participation.

For more information about The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and to explore other ways to become part of the Pin Oak tradition, please visit pinoak.org, follow Pin Oak on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; or call 713-621-6290.

Houston, Texas (Feb. 21, 2017) – The 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by PJP Farm and Irish Day Farm is unveiling its official T-shirt designed by a very special young lady: She is Ksenia Voronina, who is 16 and a native of Russia.

Voronina is one of 30 children and teens who participated in The 2017 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show ArtReach Program while she stayed at Ronald McDonald House Houston’s 50 bedroom Holcombe House and was a patient at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Center.

The 2017 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show T-shirt designed by Voronina will be available for sale in The Pin Oak Boutique during the horse show, which will be held March 22 through April 2 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in the Houston suburb of Katy. The official Pin Oak T-shirt will be available in youth and adult sizes for $15 each. The Pin Oak Boutique also will offer caps, polo shirts, a wide assortment of T-shirt styles, and other items for purchase. Members of The Pin Oak Club are eligible for a discount on items they purchase in The Pin Oak Boutique.

Chris Tresten, ArtReach Program Founder and Chair of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Board of Directors, and other members of Pin Oak’s leadership team selected Voronina’s drawing as the featured design for the official Pin Oak 2017 T-shirt. Voronina’s artwork will be scanned on white cotton T-shirts, offered in both short and long sleeves options.

Almost all horses appreciate being rewarded after a ride or lesson with treats of many types, with the most popular being peppermint candies, sugar cubes, carrots, and apples. Voronina was inspired to incorporate peppermint treats in her Pin Oak ArtReach design after Tresten told Voronina that she hand-feeds her Saddlebred horse a peppermint after every ride.

Sketched with colored markers on white 18-by-24-inch drawing paper, Voronina’s illustration depicts a horse, standing up on its hind legs, dancing with joy from eating peppermint candies. Perfectly round, red and white peppermint treats can be seen floating around the horse. Voronina incorporates a soft pink color for the body of the horse and used hues of blue and green to make up the horse’s mane and tail. Voronina captions her drawing with the message, “Horses like to eat peppermints too!”

Voronina enjoys creating beautiful masterpieces like the one that was selected for The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show T-shirt, and she aspires to having a career as an illustrator. She also enjoys spending time with Mogie, who is the fun-loving and nationally popular resident labradoodle who lives at the Holcombe House.

Established in 1945 in Houston, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious charity horse shows in the nation. The primary philanthropic goal of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show each year is to contribute a collective six-figure donation to its designated charities to support the healing of sick children. Since its inception, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has contributed a total gift that is approaching $7 million for its three designated charities: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Houston, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Alliance.

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is a two-week annual spring event that attracts 1,200 horses each week and approximately 2,000 exhibitors from around the country including riders from Mexico and Canada. An award-winning horse show, Pin Oak was the first to receive the coveted United States Equestrian Federation’s Heritage Competition designation.

About ArtReach and Founder Chris Tresten

In 1997, Tresten created and brought The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show’s ArtReach Program to the children and teenagers who are receiving care at Texas Children’s Hospital and living temporarily at the Ronald McDonald House. ArtReach was a natural extension of Tresten’s love of art, children and horses. Tresten leads ArtReach programs several times each Fall. Typically, 30 to 50 children and teenagers participate each year.

Tresten wears many hats for The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in addition to being the creator of ArtReach: she chairs the Board of Directors of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show; she is an accomplished Saddlebred competitor; she has served for almost 30 years as a sponsor and volunteer; and she is an active member of The Pin Oak Club.

When she launched ArtReach 20 years ago, Tresten was president of the board of directors of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. At the time, her children were in elementary school, and she was volunteering to assist with the art program at their school. It was through this volunteer activity that she became aware of the therapeutic benefits that art can provide for children.

“The first Pin Oak ArtReach class that I led in 1997 was so much fun. I am not sure who enjoyed it more — the children or me! It was especially enjoyable seeing the children drawing horses and being creative. Through ArtReach, these courageous young people enjoy a mental escape — talking about horses with me, drawing and coloring freely, laughing and joking. ArtReach allows them to focus for a little while on something other than the serious health issues they are facing,” Tresten explained. “Some of the children, especially the girls, put on silly hats and tiaras and joke about drawing a purple horse or a polka dotted horse. I encourage them to draw any type, any color or any style of silly horse that they want. It is amazing every year to see the cutest and brightest colored horses you can imagine emerge from this process.”

Tresten added: “The children participating in Pin Oak’s ArtReach therapy sessions enjoy sitting together and talking about horses. Some of them have had experiences with horses and others have none at all. The long art table that I set up for ArtReach is covered with stuffed toy horses and books to inspire our young artists. They clearly enjoy being together looking at each other’s drawings. Sometimes they will share stories about when they rode a pony or a horse.”

The ArtReach Program has become an important part of the Pin Oak tradition, which has evolved into much more than a horse show. In addition to the two-week charity horse show, Pin Oak hosts many social, sports and recreational, fashion, charitable, and community service activities held throughout the year. Members, volunteers and sponsors are always welcomed and appreciated.

More About The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

The 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will be held March 22 through April 2, 2017, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, 2501 South Mason Road in Katy. PJP Farm is the presenting sponsor for Week 1 of the horse show. Irish Day Farm is the presenting sponsor for Week 2. Sponsors, volunteers, Pin Oak Club members, in-kind product and service providers, and fans are always welcomed and appreciated. Most events are free and open to the public. Admission for Grand Prix events is $10 for adults, and children 12 and under are admitted free.

New this year are “Family Nights at The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show,” which will be hosted from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1. With the purchase of an adult general admission ticket for $10 per person, children 12 and under will be admitted free on Family Nights. Children and their adult chaperones will have access to a wide range of complimentary treats, gifts, and activities that include popcorn and cotton candy; Pin Oak coloring books, crayons and toy ponies; face painting; visits with Shetland therapy ponies and miniature horses; and taking candid photos with a Pin Oak ambassador and the Easter Bunny (either or both weekends). For a small donation, Pin Oak visitors will have the opportunity to pose with various equestrian-themed backdrops in the Catch the Moment photo booth sponsored by Stalker Energy and engage a caricature artist to sketch a stylized image of themselves. Featured entertainment includes the world famous Catalena Cowgirls, Houston Highlanders Bagpipe and Drum Corps, an acoustic guitarist, and the Wells Fargo Stage Coach (Week 2 only).

Friday, March 31 doors open 5 p.m. for The Dr. Brian Bradley, MD Memorial $50,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby. Enjoy the elegance of the Hunter horses featured in the USHJA International Hunter Derby with top competitors from around the country.

The 4th Annual Pin Oak Sporting Clays Classic is slated for April 24, 2017, at the Greater Houston Gun Club. The event begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m. Individuals, teams of four, and sponsors are invited to participate. Fees range from $400 to $10,000 depending on the level of participation.

Anyone who wants to help heal sick children can join The Pin Oak Club – no horse required! The Pin Oak Club offers many social and sporting events throughout each year, with its two featured events being the annual Sporting Clays Classic and the What to Wear to That Equestrian Affaire fashion show and luncheon. Annual Pin Oak membership options include: Junior Membership for those 21 and under, $50; Individual, $75; Family (for two adults and two children), $200; Patron, $1,250; and Lifetime, $2,500. Membership benefits are detailed at pinoak.org/pin-oak-club/join-now/membership-benefits.

For more information about The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show and to explore other ways to become part of the Pin Oak tradition, please visit pinoak.org, follow Pin Oak on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; or call 713-621-6290.

3rd to 8th grade students and teachers to receive free breakfast on the first day of STAAR testing 

HOUSTON, TX On Tuesday, March 28, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., Houston area McDonald’s restaurants will provide free breakfast to students taking the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) test and their teachers.

“We’re proud to support local students and teachers in our community by offering free breakfast to kick off STAAR testing on March 28,” said Matthew Kades, President of the McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association of Greater Houston. “A nutritious breakfast is an important part of every morning, and we’re happy to help ensure students are fed and ready to do their best on the first day of STAAR testing.”

Children grades 3 through 8 are invited to visit a participating Houston area McDonald’s restaurant with a parent or legal aged guardian to receive a free breakfast that includes:

  • Choice of: Egg White Delight McMuffin or Fruit and Maple Oatmeal
  • Choice of: 1% Low Fat Milk or Apple Juice
  • Apple Slices

McDonald’s is also offering the same free breakfast to teachers of grades 3 through 8 with a valid school I.D. No coupon necessary. Limit one breakfast per student or teacher only. Dine-in only. Student must be present and accompanied by a parent or legal aged guardian. 

ABOUT McDONALD’S OWNER/OPERATORS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER HOUSTON

The McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association of Greater Houston (MOAGH) is a co-operative of local business owners who own and operate more than 300 McDonald’s restaurants in Greater Houston. MOAGH-owned McDonald’s restaurants employ more than 15,000 people in the Greater Houston community. Follow local McDonald’s on Twitter @McD_Houston, Facebook /McDonaldsHouston and Instagram @McdonaldsHouston.

Spread the word, our Spring Musical is coming up 3/30-4/1. Tickets go on sale next week at lunches or they can be purchased from the theatre teachers or at the door.  Tickets are $5 for general admission to the evening performances.  Early Admission seating is $20 (you will be get your choice of seats before general admission ticket holders are let into the cafetorium.)  We will also have a buyout preview performance during school on Friday 3/31 from 1:45-2:30.  Tickets for the buyout are $3.     

 

Ann Graves

Richmond, TX…OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that Anne Graves, the hospital’s medical staff coordinator has achieved her certification as a Certified Professional in Medical Staff Management (CPMSM) from the Certification Commission of National Association of Medical Staff Services.

Graves took the CPMSM exam during a weekend late last year and after 175 multiple choice questions, two hours later and completion of the exam, she successfully passed.  She just recently received her certification papers.

The CPMSM exam focuses on the management role in the medical staff services field as follows:

Credentialing and Privileging – Develop, Manage, Conduct and Maintain Credentialing and Privileging Processes (38% content)

Ongoing Monitoring and Compliance – Regulatory Requirements, Accreditation Standards and Organizational Policies and Procedures (27% content)

Department Operations – Budget, Staffing, Reports, Minutes, Robert’s Rules of Order, Preparation of Materials for Meetings (agendas, minutes, follow-up) (20% content)

System Management – Work Independently, Collaborating with Others, Critical Thinking, Develop policies and applicable tools (15% content)

To achieve the CPMSM Certification coupled with the Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Certification that Anne obtained in October 2013 is a huge professional accomplishment. In the field of Medical Staff Professionals having dual certification is an achievement that is not ordinary.  Dual certification is often seen in very large hospital systems and/or held by consultants in the field.

“We are proud of Anne’s new certification,” stated Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center, “she has gone beyond her job requirements to become a dual certified professional in Medical Staff Services and we are honored to have her as an employee.”

According to Graves, “I believe this is another example of the type of quality service OakBend Medical Center strives to retain for our patients, physicians and community.”

 

About OakBend Medical Center

OakBend Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community hospital based in Fort Bend County, providing quality care and exemplary service with its three full-service hospitals, as well as many specialty centers. As a community hospital, caring for our patients is personal. Our patients are our neighbors, our family, and our friends. We act with integrity and compassion, each of our staff takes ownership of providing the highest quality care and we have an absolute commitment to excellence in all that we do. 

OakBend Medical Center distinguishes itself among its healthcare peers in Fort Bend County by housing several unique programs and facilities including the County’s only:

  • No Wait Emergency Room
  • 5-Star Hospital-based Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Neonatal ICU with the capacity to care for babies up to 12 weeks premature
  • Advanced Trauma Program
  • Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit
  • Geriatric Psychiatric Program
  • Permanent Hospital-based Air Ambulance 

For more information, please visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org. Connect with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

 

By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications

COLLEGE STATION, March 21, 2017 — Hundreds of Texas A&M University students – both undergraduate and graduate – will display their scholarly efforts as Texas A&M University hosts its annual Student Research Week March 27-31 with several events planned on campus.

Now in its 20th year, Student Research Week highlights research occurring on the Texas A&M campus. It can also pay nice rewards for winners – this year, awards totaling more than $25,000 will be presented.

As one of the country’s largest universities with research expenditures of almost $900 million each year, Texas A&M offers a unique pathway for students to explore research projects that only a Tier One research university can provide, say the organizers.

“It allows students to refine their research and communication skills and show the depth and scope of student research,” says Jamie Wangler, Student Research Week Advisor.

“Student Research Week provides a venue for students to present their work through oral and poster presentations and compete for some very nice cash awards.”

During Student Research Week, students are exposed to challenging research opportunities designed to enhance their academic experiences and prepare them for better careers or advanced study. While exploring research first-hand, they also experience the thrill of discovery, often side-by-side with a renowned faculty member who helps guide them with their research efforts.

It allows Texas A&M to fulfill its mission of teaching, research and service.

This year’s theme is “Inclusivity,” and oral and poster presentations will be held from March 28-30.

“‘Inclusivity’ was selected as the theme because organizers are trying to reach out to historically unrepresented or underrepresented colleges and departments across campus,” Wangler explains.

“Our goal is to get the entire campus involved with Student Research Week.”

Academic areas represented include history, literature, fine arts, communications, philosophy, psychology, medicine, plant and animal science, engineering, astronomy, physics, chemistry, math, statistics, computer science, biology, neuroscience, geosciences and many more.

In addition, there is a publication devoted directly to undergraduate research titled Explorations.  It is a student-run journal that selects and publishes student-authored articles of general interest in many areas, and each article is reviewed and approved by faculty members.

Inclusion in the journal is competitive: less than 20 percent of submitted articles are accepted.

Student Research Week is one of the  events held by the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) in conjunction with the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, Vice President for Research, Department of Student Life, and LAUNCH, academic colleges, administrators, faculty and staff.

For more about the event, go to http://srw.tamu.edu.

 

The decision to pursue a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle may be made for health reasons or as an ecological choice. Fort Bend County Libraries will have an informational program for people who would like to learn more about these lifestyle choices on Saturday, April 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

In the program, “Vegetarian or Vegan Curious?,” hear from Katy/West Houston Vegan Meetup member Cathy Plato, who will provide an overview of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Learn the difference between vegan and vegetarian diets, reasons people make these dietary decisions, and how to find healthy and delicious alternative foods.

Those attending the program will get ideas on how to create meals that are tasty and easy to make, and that provide the nutrients and protein one needs for a healthy diet. A sample menu of a week’s worth of meals and recipes, as well as local grocery resources, will be available. Hear suggestions on how to get started with this new alternative diet, gradually eliminating dairy and meat from one’s diet. Learn about support networks in the area and how to maintain the diet while dining out.

Cathy Plato has been a vegetarian “on and off” for many years, and made the decision to commit to a vegan diet three years ago at the encouragement of her adult daughter. She also teaches yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

After months of preparing their broilers and turkeys for the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo, Texas 4-H and FFA members efforts’ were rewarded, Thursday, March 16, during the Junior Market Poultry Champion Selection at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Buckholts FFA member Cooper Meinards, 16, earned Grand Champion Pen of Broilers. In his fifth year competing at the Show, Meinards said he has had help making it this far.

“A lot of people have been an inspiration, but Lana McDurnam got me started showing,” Cooper said. “She’s known me a long time and is a good family friend.”

The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers was shown by Kamryn Till, 11, of Wharton County 4-H. The Nada, Texas, native said her biggest challenge this season was getting up in the mornings, but it taught her responsibility.

“This season has been stressful,” Kamryn said. “It’s a lot of work, [but] it feels pretty awesome.”

Thomas Oman, 12, a Taylor 4-H member, exhibited the Grand Champion Turkey. Showing turkeys is an Oman family tradition that Thomas is proud to continue.

“It’s fun and has been in my family since my dad was young,” Thomas said.

First-time Show competitor, Hewston Lochte, 9, won Reserve Champion Turkey. The Wrede 4-H member thanked his dad for helping him achieve this accomplishment.

“My biggest inspiration is my dad,” Hewston said. “He helped me take care of the turkeys.”

Exhibitors will sell their broilers and turkeys in the Junior Market Poultry Auction, Friday, March 17, at noon.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show continues through March 26.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy, will present a variety of free, introductory computer 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. All computer classes will take place in the Computer Lab of the library.

  • MS Word 2010 Survival Basics” will take place on Tuesday, April 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m.. Learn the basics of using this word-processing software program to create letters, resumés, forms, and other types of documents.
  • MS Excel 2010 Survival Basics” will take place on Thursday, April 20, beginning at 10:00 a.m.. Learn the basics of using this spreadsheet software program, which features calculation tools that are helpful for financial and statistical needs.
  • Intro to Google Docs” will take place on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Learn how to set up a Google account and how to create and store documents online using the Google Docs application. If you already have a Google account, bring the related information with you.

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 “Events,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311, or by visiting the library.