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 childrensdiscoveryfb.org 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 www.hba.org.

Fayette County Fair Welcomes Some of the Best in Country Western Music to Touch the Hearts of True Texas

If the names Clay Walker, Kevin Fowler, Curtis Grimes, Sunny Sweeney, and TUB put a smile on your face, add Dean Seltzer, Jeff Woolsey, Keith Hickle, Spirit Riders, Mark Randall, the Incredible Music Makes, Taylor Mclayne, Red Ravens, and Blue Sunset Band and make their concerts part of the Fayette County Fair in La Grange (besides the loads of other attractions), and you’ve got a phenomenal showcasing for all ages that is clearly not to miss—all in one price of a ticket!    Always held Labor Day weekend (this year from Thursday, August 31 through Sunday, September 3), this fair is an annual culmination of countless hours throughout the year by a group of volunteers that are part of the Board of Directors—with the “win-win” being scholarships for the kiddos.  With the concerts as part of the ticket price (get them from a queen’s contestant or go to www.fayettecountyfair.org), families, friends, groups, and reunions of all ages are able to attend at a very nominal price.  And, it becomes very clear that these music notables lined up bear a “Texas Theme” giving the Fayette County Fair center stage to a country music extravaganza with Texas pride!


Spotlighted on Thursday, August 31 is the traditional Queen’s Pageant with the Little Mr. & Mrs. Contest (held for the second year). This is an incredible fun event that draws big smiles on everyone attending.  Prior to the pageant at 4:00 pm, Blue Sunset Band hits the stage until 11:00 pm performing the timeless classics that the original four Kalbas brothers from Paige performed decades ago.   Kicking off Friday, September 1 at 4:00 pm is Taylor Melayne and at 8:00 pm Red Ravens and the ever popular Texas Unlimited Band (TUB).  Formed in the 1980’s, TUB has become one of the most requested country and variety bands in Texas and across the southwest United States.  Comprised of 5 musicians and 2 road crew members, this group has shared the stage with the likes of George Strait, Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, Trace Adkins, Toby Keith, and many others.


Saturday, September 2 takes music to a new level at the Fayette County Fair as Los Kolaches perform at 1:00 pm, Jeff Woolsey at 4:00 pm, Dean Seltzer & the Redneck Mothers at 7:00 pm, and Curtis Grimes and Kevin Fowler take stage (Curtis at 9:00 pm and Kevin at 10:00 pm).  Grimes clearly takes a trip through the heart of country music.  A Texas native (reared on Strait and Jackson music), Curtis charms the audiences with his refreshing voice and in 2011 finished in the top 10 with “The Voice”.  Awarded “New Male Vocalist of the Year”, his songs render a spirit to make Texas proud.


Kevin Fowler (another great Texas country singer-songwriter) launches his performance at 10:00 pm Saturday night.  Fowler has earned his reputation as one of the most “amped-up” concert performers to emerge with modern day Texas country bringing unbridled musical muscle to the platform.  He’s a great performer—cracking jokes, hitting high notes, strumming his guitar, and putting all fans in two-stepping mode that has stretched throughout the Midwest up to Chicago.  Social media has impacted his career as he boasts more than 270,000 Facebook likes at 34K Twitter followers.  Make no mistake, he can relax too as Kevin’s hobbies of hunting and fishing sometimes capture “his” center stage.


And that stage for more great music is set on Sunday, September 3, as Spirit Riders kick off their performance at 11:00 am, followed by Keith Hickle at 2:30 pm, the Incredible Music Makers at 4:00 pm, and Mark Randall Band at 6:00 pm.  Showcased at 7:00 pm is Sunny Sweeney with Clay Walker capping off the Sunday’s performances at 9:00 pm.  Sweeney, with Texas honky-tonk roots shows absolutely no mercy in her music.  From albums “Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame” and “Concrete” to “Provoked”, Sunny has a fearless creative spirit on her songs rendering emotions to marriage, divorce, dying, and living while projecting toughness and vulnerability to a grand style of country music.


Creative and multi-platinum country music artist and East Texas native, Clay Walker rocks the country scene Sunday at 9:00 pm.  Diagnosed in 1996 with multiple sclerosis, Clay doesn’t allow that to set him back, continuing tours and recordings with his high-energy concerts and performance style radiating his audiences.  Since 2003, his Band Against MS has raised five million dollars through performances, tournaments, rides, and auctions.  Join Clay Sunday night as he wraps up the Fayette County Fair and you won’t be disappointed!


The phenomenal Annual Fayette County Fair is indeed a menu of tradition, fun, and entertainment while showcasing an incredible preserved heritage that has encompassed this community.  Volunteers to the Fayette County Fair work hard throughout the year fine tuning a multitude of projects ensuring that the locals and visitors alike will have a truly memorable time with family and friends (old and new alike). Expect the best when coming to the Fayette County Fair in La Grange (always Labor Day weekend) and you will never be disappointed with the entertainment, parade, petting zoo, children’s activities, bar-b-que cookoff, carnival, washer pitching contest, loads of food vendors at the German Czech mart, livestock, culinary, creative competitive venues, 4-H and FFA heifer sale on Saturday at 5:00 pm (great way to buy some quality replacement heifers while supporting the youth of Fayette County)—an incredible array of events wrapped in the cultures of the community that promises to keep all ages busy.  The spirit of tradition, and competition continues to be the driving force behind the Fayette County Fair, all thanks to an incredible Board of Directors and volunteer base.


To contact a queen’s contestant to purchases tickets or to obtain more information/registration forms on the Fayette County Fair in La Grange from Thursday, August 31 through Sunday September 3, go to www.fayettecountyfair.org or call 979-968-3911.  La Grange is 65 miles east of Austin, 80 miles north of Victoria, 125 miles south of Waco, and 90 miles west of Houston with zip code of 78945 for GPS users.


Cathy Chaloupka–Rural Texas Tourism, LLC

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 www.crosscreektexas.com.


(Houston, Texas)  – July 7, 2017 – Frank and Stacey LaViola are Katy residents and local experts in emergency services with their franchise office Paul Davis of West Houston.  The couple and their two children recently moved into the Firethorne community and entered the July 4th Independence Day parade. They won the top award for Best Vehicle decorations with a patriotic theme on their Paul Davis truck among 120 parade participants in a variety of categories. The LaViolas along with the Firethorne Independence Day parade team volunteered to participate in the event with homeowners and local vendors, plus county officials, and others.

The LaViolas own and operate six Paul Davis emergency restoration offices in the Greater Houston area with service in Katy, Rosenberg, Cypress, Tomball, Missouri City and East Cypress. According to Frank LaViola, once disaster strikes with flood or fire or wind or mold, property owners seeking renovation, remediation, and restoration can benefit from emergency management services and highly-trained and certified technicians with vast experience. The Paul Davis offices are located in a 3,000-square-foot warehouse at 11875 West Little York, Suite 1002 in Houston.

“Celebrating in a traditional style, we joined in our community parade which showcased scout troops, walkers and cyclist, individuals with decorated golf carts, and first responders including firefighters, police and emergency medical service professionals, as well as local venders and members of the neighborhood, among others,” said Stacey LaViola. “The two mile route proudly displayed the patriotic red, white and blue, while honoring the American flag and supporters of our great nation.”

“We’re privileged to participate in local events like the Firethorne parade. Being involved with our community has been part of our mission as a family and as a company. Stacey and I take pride in our country and each citizen that calls the United States of America their home,” said Frank LaViola. “As we observe 241 years of independence, let’s not forget to thank the men and women who fight to defend and protect our rights and freedoms. God bless America,” he said.
For information, call 713-937-1981. Visit the website at http://west-houston.pauldavis.com/. The LaViola’s Paul Davis office is located in a 3,000-square-foot warehouse at 11875 West Little York, Suite 1002 in Houston.

For more than 50 years, Paul Davis has restored residential and commercial properties damaged by fire, water, mold, storms and disasters. The experts at Paul Davis understand the complex process of recovering from property damage and provide complete services; there is no need for the expense and confusion of hiring multiple contractors. Paul Davis is a one-stop shop for disaster damage and restoration. Paul Davis Restoration has more than 375 independently owned franchises in the USA and Canada. The professionals at Paul Davis are certified in emergency restoration, reconstruction and remodeling. Visit the website at www.pauldavis.com.


In the early morning hours of Wednesday June 28th burglars broke into the Sealy Tractor, Inc. store located at 1537 Hwy 36 N. in Sealy. Fortunately losses were limited, but the brazenness of the smash-and-grab style of break-in is notable, and troubling. Video surveillance cameras show two male suspects entering the store then leaving with handheld tools and other equipment. A description of the two suspects is very limited due to the concealing nature of their clothing. However, the two suspects are seen getting into a light colored late model Chevrolet Equinox.

If anyone has information that would help to identify the suspects they are encouraged to call the Sealy Police Department at 979-885-2913 or call Austin-County Crime Stoppers at (979) 865-2949.


Share your love of reading with other book lovers at one of the book clubs that meet monthly at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library,
8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear. New members are always welcome.

The next meeting of the Fulshear Book Club will take place on Monday, July 17, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the library. The book to be discussed is Best Boy, written by Eli Gottlieb.

The Fulshear Night Readers Guild will meet on Monday, July 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library. The book to be discussed is The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, written by Timothy Egan.

Anyone interested in joining these literary-review clubs is invited to attend. For more information, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675.


Regarding the Texas Gulf Coast, we are working with local emergency managers and partners to prepare for the storm:

  • Four shelters are on standby — in Vidor, Orange, Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island; (addresses are not available at this time)
  • Nine emergency response vehicles are activated and ready for use if there is a need to supply residents with food, water, hygiene kits or other much-needed items;
  • Red Cross team members are preparing to deploy to hard-hit areas if warranted; and
  • Members of our Leadership Team are prepared to deploy as well.

Right now we are carefully monitoring the situation and will keep you updated in terms of Red Cross preparation. Please do open the press release link above, which will give you information on hurricane safety, our free emergency app and more. If of use, here are links to some photos taken during last years’ storms and floods. They were taken primarily in areas surrounding Beaumont and Orange. You are welcome to download and use if you wish. https://www.flickr.com/photos/texasgulfcoastredcross/albums/72157664262235283 Feel free to access the entire site and peruse March/April/May 2016 photo albums for more storm photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/texasgulfcoastredcross/albums.