Sugar Land

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.


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 or, 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

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.”



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, 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 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

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:

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.