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Tompkins High School Student, Skylar Skrabanek, Commits to Florida State University

Skylar Skrabanek, a Junior at Obra D. Tompkins High School, verbally committed to play D1 beach volleyball for Florida State University (FSU).  FSU has finished second in college beach nationals on numerous occasions and has a reputation in the beach community as one of the top D1 colleges for beach volleyball.  “I was beyond excited when they called and wanted to speak to me about playing for FSU.  This was my top pick and my […]

Six Houston-area bars offer special “Periwinkle cocktail” with $1 going to The Periwinkle Foundation in support of Iron Bartender competition/fundraiser

In support of The Periwinkle Foundation’s upcoming “Iron Bartender” competition and fundraiser on Sept. 29 at Gatlin’s BBQ, six Houston-area bars/restaurants will offer a signature “Periwinkle cocktail” to patrons during the month of September, with $1 going Periwinkle for every cocktail sold. The bartenders at each of these establishments is a competitor in the competition and created their cocktails especially for the event. Iron Bartender, Houston’s premier bartender competition, was last held in 2019 and […]

Communities In Schools of Houston celebrates 10-year anniversary of Mental Health Initiative

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Houston marks the 10th anniversary of its Mental Health Initiative, (MHI) which was launched in September 2012 to expand mental health support across the Houston-area campuses it serves. For the past 43 years, supporting students’ mental health and well-being has been at the core of what CIS does. With the MHI, the organization was able to implement targeted efforts to collectively address the growing mental health needs on CIS campuses. Communities […]

Family-friendly National Night Out events planned for North Houston District on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Tom Wussow Park starting at 5 p.m.

The North Houston District will bring together area residents, businesses, military members and law enforcement for its 2022 National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Tom Wussow Park. This annual family-friendly event, one of the largest in Houston, is designed to enhance relationships among neighbors and law enforcement in a positive setting and to foster a sense of community within the North Houston area. Although National Night Out is celebrated in August in most […]

Houston Symphony Opens New Season This Weekend Includes Pnc Family Series Concerts, Harry Potter, And Fiesta Sinfonica

New Houston Symphony Music Director Juraj Valčuha launches his first season this weekend with Verdi’s epically-scaled Requiem, setting a new precedent for Houston Symphony opening nights that showcase the organization’s entire orchestral and choral complement onstage at once. Other hallmarks of Valčuha’s programming that we’ll see in the coming season include embracing programmatic themes that unify his multi-week appearances, exploring operatic repertoire in concert alongside great choral works from the symphonic repertoire, continuing to spotlight Houston […]

Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects® Made with LEGO® Bricks coming to Houston Botanic Garden

Reminder: Nature Connects® opening and Family Festival/Birthday Celebration Sept. 24 at Houston Botanic Garden The inspirational exploration of art and nature is set to open Sept. 24 with a Family Festival celebrating the Garden’s 2nd birthday WHAT: Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects® Made with LEGO® Bricks, an award-winning exhibition that uses whimsical works of art made from simple toy blocks to explore the balance of ecosystems and mankind’s relationship with nature, is coming to the Susan Garver […]

Trick or Treat in nature’s neighborhood this Halloween at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Annual ArBOOretum Family Fall Festival to be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Houston’s best fall festival, ArBOOretum, set for Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bring the kids out for the Arboretum’s biggest family event of the year, featuring fun activities for all ages. Arboretum members can attend for free, and all proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s mission of […]

Local Teams Testing Mettle Before District Play

Morton Ranch RB Santana Scott will power the Maverick scoring machine this fall. He rushed for 1,247 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Only Katy's Seth Davis and Dallas Glass had more rushing yardage. (Photo by Terry Carter/UDPhotos)

By: Terry Carter Key games involving Katy ISD teams include: Tompkins, which won a tough opener against District 16-6A preseason favorite Cy Ranch, 31-23, will host Bridgeland on Friday at 7 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium. This game features two quality, playoff veteran teams expected to again make deep postseason runs. Both teams posted impressive 11-win seasons in 2021, and both are 1-0 this season. Tompkins needed to hold on in the fourth quarter to secure […]

Mindset; What You Say Is What You Get

The mind responds well to invitations to excellence and high-performance goals. Athletes know that encouragement is often sacrificed and replaced with criticism, ridicule, bullying and fear-based tactics on the field and in practice. (Photo by Terry Carter/UDPhotos for @WorldWellness2d)

(This is the first in a continuing series of wellness articles explaining the power of the mind and how it can empower our lives, athletic performance and relationships.) By Terry Carter Many of us don’t realize the power of our own words. They are literally commands to your mind and body, which are fulfilled by your subconscious mind. Whether you are struggling to heal an injury or attempting to reach a new level of success […]

Week 1 Yields 7-of-9 Football Victories 

Cinco Ranch QB Gavin Rutherford was one of many Katy ISD athletes who played well on week one of football season. (Photo by Terry Carter/

By Terry Carter Cinco Ranch, Jordan, Katy, Mayde Creek, Morton Ranch, Paetow and Tompkins all posted wins last weekend. Several played at mid-season form in August. Cinco Ranch senior QB Gavin Rutherford, for example, completed 24-of-33 passes for 391 yards and five TDs as the Cougars rolled to victory over College Park. His passing yardage is the second-highest total in Cougar football history, according to Cinco Ranch head coach Chris Dudley. Cougar WR Noah Abboud […]