Fort Bend

Featuring Black Widow as special guest

Friday, July 28, beginning at 11 a.m. 


Our spidey senses are tingling! The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center will get tangled in a web of excitement during a Spider-Man Day fan celebration.  Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will spin into gear for a special appearance.  This time, he will be joined by no other than the Black Widow 


Spideyverse Workshop:  Join an illustration workshop of Spidey heroes and villains.

Event Time: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at OcuSOFT® Art Academy. (Onsite signup begins at 10:30 a.m.)

Spider-Man and Black Widow Meet-and-Greet:  Swing by for your favorite crime-fighting “arachnids.”

Event Time: 1 to 4 p.m. at various locations.


  • Out Of This World Masks: Transform into a sci-fi alien at Junktion.
  • Galactic Agamograph: Construct 3-D optical illusion art work at Junktion.
  • Sci-Fi Orbs:  Produce orbs and watch them vanish right before your eyes at Science Station. 


Spider-Man Day, July 28, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

***Activities, events, and times subject to change.

WHERE: Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center

198 Kemper St., Sugar Land, TX,  77498


  • MUSEUM HOURS: – Sat.:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • General Museum admission: $12 per person and $11 for seniors 65+.  Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
  • For more information, visit or call (832) 742-2800.

The HPRA lunch speaker this Friday is consultant Wayne Dolcefinoformer investigative reporter for ABC Houston, Channel 13. Wayne will discuss the decision of Mayor Turner to throw out a recycling contract that had been negotiated by his predecessor, and strike a 15 year deal with another firm, FCC Environmental, a Spanish company. The debate grows out of the contract’s length, its higher cost, and the fact that the city will be reverting to a single bin system. Dolcefino Consulting represents EcoHub, the firm that lost the contract. Wayne has brought his special investigator’s style to his new career, and it shows up in videos he is posting on his Facebook page. Enjoy …


Mr. Dolcefino was recently injured in an auto accident which is discussed here:

Houston Property Rights Association

PUBLIC INVITED: $11.49 plus 10% gratuity – buffet self-serve – all you can eat.

Coffee and tea are extra.

The Lam Bo Restaurant (Chinese and American food), is at

6159 Westheimer Road, about a mile west of Chimney Rock on the south side.

(look for us in the back room)

July 21, 2017

Buffet lunch – 12:00 to 2:00 – Program starts at 12:30

Please tell your friends and neighbors about our meetings.


Upcoming Speakers and Topics

July 28: South Texas Law School Professor and blogger Josh Blackman – who will discuss his two books on Obamacare, which he will sign for folks who bring copies.

  1. Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare (2013)
  2. Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power(2016)

Aug. 4; TBD

Aug. 11: Retired HPD officer Larry Watts and his wife Carolyn -.who will discuss their book, Dishonored and Forgotten, a novel based on the death of an HPD detective in his office in the Houston police department, and officially explained as a suicide.


HPRA wants to thank Computer Services of Texas

for its donated work keeping the HPRA Macintosh computer running smoothly.


Veterans who need legal advice or assistance can visit a free legal clinic on Saturday, July 29, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, at the Richmond VA Outpatient Clinic, 22001 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200, Richmond, TX 77469. The clinic is a public service of Fort Bend Lawyers Care, the Fort Bend County Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative, a coalition of local bar associations that provide pro bono legal services to U.S. veterans in 18 counties in Texas.

No appointment is necessary. Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can receive one-on-one advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate, and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits. Veterans who need ongoing legal representation and who qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono attorney to handle their case.

For more information on the clinic and other services for veterans, contact the Veterans Legal Initiative at 713-759-1133 or visit

Six Memorial Hermann Hospitals, including Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical CenterMemorial Hermann Katy HospitalMemorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast HospitalMemorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, were recently honored with Mission: Lifeline Awards by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

“Memorial Hermann is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Amy Harberg, vice president of Heart & Vascular Services at Memorial Hermann. “We are honored to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.  Our team of expert physicians and staff are among the very best in the country and deserve this recognition.”

“We’d also be remiss if we didn’t thank our local EMS providers who recognize the signs of heart attack and begin care in in the field,” added Harberg.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.  As part of the program, AHA recognizes hospital achievements with a series of awards at various levels.  Memorial Hermann’s 2017 awards include:

Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award

Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center (HVI)

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Silver Receiving Plus Quality Achievement Award

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award

Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center (HVI)

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital

“We commend Memorial Hermann for its achievement awards, which reflect a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving these awards means the hospitals have met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”



The thrill of victory awaits as straw champions from all walks of life take shape during the 2017 Olympic-themed Fulshear Scarecrow Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in Cross Creek Ranch, 6450 Cross CreekBend Lane.

Creative teams in peak condition will go for the gold — and a $1,000 grand prize —in the annual scarecrow-decorating contest. Registrants will be given $100 toward their creations.

In addition, activities worthy of Olympic champions will take place including a carnival, live music, food trucks and free activities for the children. The festival is free and open to the public. All-day carnival tickets are $10 per person for unlimited rides.

For more information and to enter your team, visit


Celebrate the annual reunion of Japan’s iconic star-crossed lovers with cultural activities!

Saturday, July 8, beginning at 10 a.m.

In partnership with the Consulate General of Japan in Houston 

The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center and the Consulate General of Japan in Houston would like to invite you to celebrate the Make a Wish! “Tanabata 七夕” Japanese Star Celebration. As legend is told in Japanese culture, two star-crossed lovers, Vega and Altair, are separated by the Milky Way. They are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. This reunion marks the celebration of Tanabata (meaning the evening of the seventh).


  • Tanzaku: Write down a wish on a card and hang it on a bamboo tree at OcuSOFT® Art Academy.
  • Origami: Master the art of Japanese paper folding by making stars at OcuSOFT® Art Academy.
  • Tanabata Postcard: Decorate a postcard to mail to your friends at OcuSOFT® Art Academy.


  • Lemon- Powered Clock: convert lemons into battery cells to design a clock at Science Station.
  • Sonic Screwdriver: Assemble your own handy dandy screwdriver like Doctor Who at Junktion.
  • Back in Time Watch: Design a watch which would help you travel through time at Junktion.
  • Steampunk Time Traveler: Design the perfect time travel accessory at Junktion.


Make a Wish! “Tanabata 七夕” Japanese Star Celebration

July 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon

***Activities, events and times subject to change.


Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, 198 Kemper St., Sugar Land, TX, 77498


  • MUSEUM HOURS: – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • General Museum admission: $12 per person and $11 for seniors 65+. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
  • For more information, visit or call (832) 742-2800.

Dr. Hamid Hamdi

Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA) is pleased to announce the addition of board-certified neurologist Hamid S. Hamdi, M.D. Dr. Hamdi will join us as a general neurologist at Mischer Neuroscience Associates-Sugar Land and Mischer Neuroscience Associates-Katy.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Hamdi as a part of our team of talented neurologists at Memorial Hermann Mischer Associates,” said Dong Kim, M.D., Director of the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center and professor and chair of the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. “His expertise in neurology will provide those patients being treated in Sugar Land and Katy with the utmost attention and care.”

Prior to joining Mischer Neuroscience Associates, Dr. Hamdi held a faculty position as clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. He also completed a fellowship in neurorehabilitation at the Hospital for Joint Diseases at New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hamdi received his medical degree at Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, and completed his neurology residency at Nassau County Medical Center, where he was also chief resident.

For more information on Mischer Neuroscience Associates, visit:

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Fort Bend County Receives Rebate for Energy Program with Schneider Electric

 FORT BEND COUNTY, TX – On June 27th, Schneider Electric employees presented a $38,964 rebate to Fort Bend County. The County received the rebate as a result of its innovative multi-phase energy efficiency program with Schneider Electric. The County plans to reinvest the money from the rebate back into its long-term growth and sustainability plan.

Fort Bend County entered into a third phase public-private partnership with Schneider Electric in June of 2016, to leverage the County’s energy budget to fund much-needed energy and infrastructure upgrades designed to save money and improve the facilities for its community members. Notable improvements include modernizing the jail facilities to significantly simplify operations and replace failing systems. Thanks to the energy efficiency program, these improvements were accomplished with no new taxes or increased fees to residents.

This energy efficiency project will generate approximately $8,224,838 million in energy savings over the life of the project. Additionally, the project is expected to reduce Fort Bend County’s utility budget, saving more than $233,581 in annual energy costs.

“The energy efficiency and capital reinvestment program has already fostered a positive impact to the county facility environment through state of the art technology improvements,” said Debra Jones, Sr. Energy Solutions Specialist, Schneider Electric.

Pictured Left to Right: Chase Raska, Schneider Electric Customer Project Manager; Jamie Knight, FBC Facilities Director; Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert; Debra Jones, Schneider Electric Sr. Energy Solutions Specialist; Justin Zwahr, FBC Facilities Maintenance Manager; Gilbert Jalomo, FBC Purchasing Agent


Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 750,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at

Discovery Center makes a big splash for Moana magical celebration as part of “Freak Out Friday” select Friday series

Friday, July 14, beginning at 1 p.m. 

Sail across the “open ocean” on an action-packed voyage, encountering extraordinary characters and impossible odds! Make waves while you meet Moana and immerse yourself in island life, culture and adventure during a fan celebration. Don’t forget to check out special events or appearances during select “Freak Out Fridays” at the Discovery Center’s “Sci-Fi Summer.”


“Moana” Meet-and-Greet: Bring your camera and snap a pic with the fierce ocean voyager, Moana.

Event Time: 1 to 4 p.m. (Various locations)

“Moana” Art Workshop: Artist Christian Navarrete will show you how to draw “Moana” characters.

Event Time: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at OcuSOFT® Art Academy. Sign up begins at 10:30 a.m.

Polynesian Dance Performance: Get your groove on with hula dancers.

Event Time: 1 to 4 p.m. at Kids’ Hall.

Lei Making: Take part in an ancient Polynesian tradition by making your very own lei.

Event Time: 1 to 4 p.m. at Kids’ Hall.


  • Sonic Screwdriver: Assemble a special gadget screwdriver just like Doctor Who at Junktion.
  • Back in Time: Design a time traveling watch at Junktion.
  • Steampunk Time Traveler: Construct the perfect time traveling accessory at Junktion.


Hang Loose with Moana, July 14, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m.

***Activities, events, and times subject to change.



Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, 198 Kemper St., Sugar Land, TX, 77498



For more information, visit or call (832) 742-2800.