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.
The HPRA lunch speaker this Friday is consultant Wayne Dolcefino, former 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 …
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.
Texas Gulf Coast smoke alarm installation events part of nationwide effort to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in 100 cities in just three weeks
The American Red Cross is calling for 35,000 volunteers to Sound the Alarm this fall to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 major cities across the country, helping to save lives and lessen the number of tragedies attributed to home fires.
Sound the Alarm is part of a nationwide series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events to be held between September 23 and October 15, culminating in the Red Cross’ installation of the one-millionth free smoke alarm since its Home Fire Campaign launched in 2014. Volunteers and partners canvass high-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.
“Every day home fires are responsible for as many as seven deaths and 36 injuries in this country. We want that number reduced and so far our Home Fire Campaign is responsible for saving 258 lives across the U.S.,” said David Brady, Regional Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast. “We are grateful to have made such an impact but there is more to be done.”
To that end, the Red Cross of Greater Houston will be participating in Sound the Alarm and seeks volunteers to help install smoke alarms on September 30 and October 14 in Southwest Houston and North Houston, respectively.
Since 2014, Red Cross volunteers and members of more than 4,200 partner organizations have installed 886,823 smoke alarms in 10,664 cities and towns in all 50 states, serving more than 998,500 people. In the past 12 months alone, the American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast has responded to 1,266 home fires and installed more than 6,000 free home smoke alarms.
“No one should have to experience the tragedy of a home fire,” said Brady. “We hope community members will join us to Sound the Alarm throughout the Texas Gulf Coast and help save lives.”
Volunteer to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.
Visit org to find events in your local community and join neighbors in going door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans.
Make this life-saving campaign a group activity. Invite friends and family to register.
Donate to help Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.
Visit org to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires.
Your donation will: help educate families on fire safety; help fund the installation of free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods nationwide; and provide food, comfort and aid to those who have been affected by a home fire.
This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners Almost Family and Delta Air Lines. In addition, the Red Cross has received funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. We are also grateful for the generous donations of Texas Gulf Coast partners Sysco Corporation and Palais Royal, part of the Stage Family.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross, a United Way agency, shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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.
The Central Fort Bend Chamber celebrated BBVA Compass, Richmond with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, and welcomed them to the Chamber family. BBVA Compass is located at 1201 Jackson Street in Richmond. Friends, BBVA Compass partners, local businesses and Chamber members enjoyed networking, delicious h’orderves and learning about what makes the BBVA Compass’ Richmond location the #1 BBVA location in all of West Houston.
Michael Yanez, Senior Vice President of BBVA Compass West Houston District praised the accomplishments of Fredric Clark, Vice President, BBVA Compass, Richmond and his staff. Mr. Yanez described BBVA’s new mission, “Our new brand marketing strategy is to provide unique solutions to help with each customer’s individual needs; we are accessible 24 hours a day on line and offer convenient walk in hours of operation.” Mr. Yanez continued, “BBVA Compass’ mobile app has been voted number one out of all of the banking apps available 3 year’s running, this just one of the great accomplishments that sets BBVA apart from the competition.”
Mr. Yanez thanked everyone for coming and expressed his excitement with working with the Chamber, “I can’t tell you how very excited we are to team up with the Central Fort Bend Chamber and I cannot wait to see what’s to come with our involvement with your team.”
BBVA Compass understands that every individual and company has unique dreams and ambitions, needs and wants. Stop by their Richmond location to discover how they can accommodate your banking needs.
The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 106 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.
For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit www.CFBCA.org.
Six Memorial Hermann Hospitals, including Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial 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 PlusQuality Achievement Award
Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital
Mission: Lifeline STEMI Silver ReceivingQuality 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.”
Texas Miss Amazing Art Show- A program that celebrates the abilities of girls and women with disabilities The mission of Miss Amazing (TX) is to celebrate the abilities of girls and women with disabilities and provide opportunities for them to build self-confidence in a supportive environment. Texas Miss Amazing (TMA) is a division of Miss Amazing Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in Nebraska in 2007. Miss Amazing Inc. expanded nationwide in 2010 and the organization is now located in over 35 states. Four representatives from TMA will be traveling to Chicago to participate at the 2017 National Miss Amazing event; boasting over 110 participants from across the country.
For the Miss Amazing event, participants were given the opportunity to showcase their abilities in the following categories; an interview with judges, introductions to the audience, and evening gown presentation. An optional talent event allowed for participants to showcase their individual talents. In the spirit of Miss Amazing, all participants are awarded a trophy and crown as National Princesses. At the National level, six participants in various age divisions were selected as National Representatives of Miss Amazing. This was the first time in history Texas brought home a National title. Our Texas Jr. Teen Queen competed at Nationals and won, with her platform being Spina Bifida Awareness.
We would love to invite you to join us for a Miss Amazing Art Show. Saturday, July 22nd at River Pointe Church in the Lakeside Building, 10am- 12pm. Support our Queens by buying a piece of their art to help fund their trips to our National pageant. All art will range from $5 – $15. River Pointe Church – Lakeside Building 5000 Ransom Rd, Richmond Texas 77469
We would like to thank River Pointe Church and Wendi Akers for their support, and making it possible for us to have this event. The current TMA Queens, Hannah Poncio (Pre-teen); Ashley Christoph (Jr. Teen), Anne Marie Buckle (Teen), Lizzie Tovar (Jr Miss), Sonya Wilson (Miss), Shannon Freeman (Senior Miss), will continue to represent their peers throughout the year in various local activities. Confident, Able, Amazing. Queens today, Leaders tomorrow.
New home sales are flourishing in Johnson Development’s Houston-area communities, with builders reporting 27 percent more homes sold during the first six months of 2017 than the previous year.
Builders sold a total of 1,560 homes through the first half of the year, compared to 1,225 in 2016. Three developments reported a year-over-year sales increase topping 35 percent: Richmond’s Harvest Green, with 48 percent more sales in 2017; Harmony in Spring, with 45 percent more sales during the first six months; and Imperial in Sugar Land, with 37 percent more sales this year.
In terms of actual number of homes sold, Riverstone heads the list not only among Johnson Development’s Houston-area communities, but all developments in the region, according to a recently released mid-year sales report by housing think tank Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO). With 276 sales — a 19 percent increase from mid-year 2016 — Riverstone is ranked at No. 1 in Houston, No. 2 in Texas and No. 16 in the nation. Johnson Development had six Texas communities ranked among the top 50 on the RCLCO list: Riverstone, Cross Creek Ranch (No. 31), Sienna Plantation (No. 32), Woodforest (No. 37t), Harvest Green (No. 41) and Viridian (No. 49t).
“Again this year, we were blessed to have more top-selling master-planned communities in the nation than any other developer,” said Doug Goff, President and Chief Operating Officer for Johnson Development. “Thanks to a great team of professionals who manager our communities, our home sales are on pace to exceed 3,000 in the Houston market in 2017.”
Newmark Homes President Mike Moody says it’s the outstanding amenities found in Johnson communities and the thoughtful development that has fueled home sales.
“We build in seven Johnson developments and do so because we know the community will be well planned and no corners will be cut in creating a neighborhood where people will want to live,” he said. “Our sales are especially strong in Harvest Green where residents can grow their own produce on an on-site farm and pick fresh herbs from the edible landscape.”
Three Johnson communities started their first full year of home sales this year: Grand Central Park in Conroe, Jordan Ranch in Fulshear and Veranda in Richmond.
In its 42nd year, Johnson Development has 17 communities under active development — 14 in the Houston area, two in Dallas-Fort Worth and one in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.johnsondevelopment.com.
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Builders in Johnson Development’s 14 Houston-area communities are reporting 27 percent more sales during the first half of 2017 than last year. Johnson Development has more top-selling master-planned communities than any other developer in the nation, according to a recent report.
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.