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July 2019 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings

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Description: Fort Bend Focus Magazine is an award-winning publication that features People, Places and Happenings around Fort Bend and Katy areas.  Direct mailed to subscribers and high value homes in Sugar Land, Richmond, Katy, Missouri City and Fulshear and picked up at demand distribution locations throughout Fort Bend.

Keywords: Fort Bend Focus Magazine is an award-winning publication that features People, Places and Happenings around Fort Bend and Katy areas.  Direct mailed to subscribers and high value homes in Sugar Land, Richmond, Katy, Missouri City and Fulshear and picked up at demand distribution locations throughout Fort Bend.


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JULY 2019 Quality, 3 Comprehensive Healthcare for Staycationing Memorial Hermann IDEAS Sugar Land Hospital Pat Somers {Hometown Hero} absolutely! Kid Friendly Emma Watson {High School Hot Shot}

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JULY 2019Photo by Mary Favre. {Features} {COVER STORY} 18 HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! Celebrate Independence Day Ann Kingrey, Nurse Navigator; Michelle Collins, Manager, Pedi IMU in the Bend with family and friends. and Rebecca Joest, Manager, Women’s Services. 22 absolutely! Delicious Sweet, refreshing summer snacks 10 Memorial Hermann for the 4th of July Sugar Land Hospital 28 Focus on Real Estate Resources Exemplifies Quality, Find the best realtors and home improvement Comprehensive businesses for your home. Healthcare for Women 33 absolutely! Kid Friendly Find the finest in private schools and Awarding-winning, comprehensive and quality summer camps for your child. women’s health care is of utmost importance at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. {Columns} The hospital provides extensive and innovative care to women for maternity services, bone 14 Fort Bend’s Finest and heart health, breast care, menopause and Larry Danna pelvic health – all at their Sugar Land location. 16 High School Hot Shot Meet Emma Watson 24 Hometown Heroes Pat Somers 56 Living the Sweet Life Just Got a Big Calling 4 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

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C ON T R I B U T O R S JULY 2019 Volume 15 | number 9 {Newsworthy} {Business Briefs} Joan Frances Contributor 26 Fort Bend County Fair 13 absolutely! focus media Pages 14, 16 & 24 Names Honorees Welcomes General Manager Diane Strehl 14 29 Nichols Named Stafford MSD { }absolutely! Tim Kaminski, Teacher of the Year Auto Review M.S. CCC/SLP Gingerbread Kids Academy 32 Local Artist 49 2019 Toyota RAV4 Robyn Crowell 34 Page 34 Illustrates Poetry for Children {Medical Focus} Alisa Murray 44 Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa 50 Houston Methodist D.R.E.A.M. The Tour Sugar Land Hospital Page 42 & 56 Comes to Sugar Land Earns Ninth “A” in a Row for Patient Safety 42 Retired NASA Scientist Shares Memories of Memorial Hermann Steve Kursar Apollo Launches Health System Auto Enthusiast Earns 2019 ENERGY STAR® Page 49 52 16th Annual Sugar Land Partner of the Year – Wine & Food Affair Sustained Excellence Award 49 Returns October 24th-27th 51 New 3D Technology Helps Houston Methodist Sugar Land Doctors Identify Early-Stage Lung Tumors {Travel} {In Every Issue} On the Cover: Ann Kingrey, Nurse Navigator; 42 GLOBETROTTING 8 Exclamation Points! Michelle Collins, Manager, Pedi IMU Staycationing 30 Seen on the Scene and Rebecca Joest, Manager, Women’s Services. 46 Out & About in the Heart of the Bend Photo by 53 Amateur Photo Contest Mary Favre 54 Community Events 6 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l


Exclamation Points! Vol. 15 No. 9 JULY 2019 Publisher, Patti Parish-Kaminski 4655 Techniplex DR. Ste 700 American Milestones Stafford, Tx 77477 281-690-4242 Fifty years ago this month, American history was made. Apollo 11 landed on the www.FORTBE moon, and Neil Armstrong said, “This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for man- Publisher kind.” Patti Parish-Kaminski I’m not certain if NASA always intended G E N ER A L M A NA G ER Apollo 11 to land on the moon during the Diane Strehl most historic month in American history, but it certainly worked out well. On July 4, 1776, associate Publisher the United States of America declared inde- Jessica Kij pendence from Britain, and we celebrate that milestone each year. More importantly, we A CCOU N T E X ECUTI V E celebrate the price of our freedom – our free- Kay Garrett dom to govern for the people, by the people, and our freedom of exploration. This freedom Kolton and Patti Kaminski staycationing in A RT D IRECTOR we revere came at a cost, and each July 4th, Galveston. Grace Belleza my thoughts go to the brave men and women who have served our country providing for our freedom. Happy July 4th to our W EB D ESI G N ER service men and women and our public servants. We celebrate July 4th because Joey Belleza of you. contributOrS In addition to our historic milestones, there’s much to celebrate here at abso- Joey Belleza lutely! focus media (afm) this month. First, we welcome Diane Strehl as our new Mary Favre general manager. Read all about Diane on page 13. We are thrilled to have her M.G. Angulo as part of our afm family. Joan Frances Tim Kaminski Next, we are celebrating staycationing – the art of vacationing close to home. Alisa Murray Alisa Murray gives us some great ideas to spend time with family and have amaz- Steve Kursar ing experiences in the greater Houston area. Our family recently staycationed in Galveston, and the quality time we were able to spend together laughing, explor- E D ITORIA L A SSISTA N T ing and of course, eating, was indeed a milestone celebration. Emma Watson Finally, I’d like to announce our official “save the date” for our Fort Bend Focus I N Q UIRIES 15th Birthday Bash. Fifteen years covering the people, places and happenings in 281-690-4242 our community will be celebrated on December 4, 2019 with an amazing event. I hope that you will join us for this milestone in our history. Go to fortbendfocus. e d i t o r ia l SUB M ISSIO N S com and opt in to our mailing list to receive an official invitation and upcoming [email protected] details. Neil Armstrong also said, “Shoot for the stars, but if you happen to miss, shoot for the moon instead.” Here’s to shooting for the stars and celebrating our historic milestones together. Happy 4th of July Fort Bend! Stay focused! [email protected] Subscription requests are free to all Fort Bend addresses. Annual paid subscription 8 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l of $25 required outside the Fort Bend area. Fort Bend FocusTM Magazine is published by absolutely! focus media, 4655 Techniplex Dr., Ste. 700, Stafford, TX 77477. Copy- right© 2019 by absolutely! focus media. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Fort Bend FocusTM Magazine does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertising or editorial, nor do the publishers assume responsibil- ity should such advertising or editorial appear. Fort Bend FocusTM Magazine welcomes editorial submissions from its readers.

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COVER STORY Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. By M.G. Angulo Photos by Mary Favre Hospital Exemplifies Quality, Comprehensive Healthcare for W hen award-winning, comprehensive and quality women’s health care is of the utmost importance, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is at the top of the list — and for good reason. From pelvic health, maternity and breast care to menopause, bone health and heart health, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land extends leading healthcare technology, expertise and healing for women of all ages in Fort Bend County. Teresa Criswell, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, said, “Having compre- hensive, full services close to home is convenient with the busy lifestyles of the modern woman. We are busy working and taking care of our families. This allows us to also take care of ourselves more easily and conveniently.” Enriching the Maternity Experience Memorial Hermann Sugar Land ensures every woman classes along with breastfeeding support through one-on-one has a positive, memorable experience at its Birthing Center. specialized lactation care available for every mother. The The Birthing Center features private and comfortable labor hospital has been designated as a Texas Ten Step facility for and delivery suites, as well as dedicated labor and delivery the past eight years for its efforts supporting the health of nurses who care for the mother during the birthing process. breastfeeding mothers and their children. Following delivery, the Family Life Center provides individu- alized nursing care for mothers and newborns. Other services include physician-administered anesthesi- ology, available 24 hours a day, a Level II-B Neonatal In- From the moment a mother is registered with the hospital, tensive Care Unit and a Level II nursery providing 24-hour she receives extensive information detailing what to expect neonatal care. during pregnancy and childbirth, resources and educational 10 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

High-Risk Pregnancy Clinic Should concerns arise during a woman’s pregnancy, Me- Dina Cavazos, RN; Amy Francis, RN; Stacie Ramirez, RN and morial Hermann Sugar Land offers high-risk pregnancy Amanda Bagley, RN. care through maternal-fetal medicine specialists who offer advanced services in the management and care for moms- toms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and to-be with high-risk pregnancy conditions or current medi- irritation, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections and cal complications — as well as babies diagnosed with fetal moodiness two to eight years before menopause. To assist anomalies. women through this change, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land offers options from self-care methods to Hormone Replace- High-risk obstetrical patients have access to services, ment Therapy. such as prenatal testing, genetic consultation, pre-pregnancy counseling and specialized fetal care. Diagnostic testing in- cludes comprehensive and targeted fetal ultrasound, amnio- centesis, fetal biophysical profile, non-stress tests, umbilical artery Doppler studies, DNA and enzyme analysis and spe- cialized laboratory diagnostics. Supporting Menopause, Bone and Heart Health Menopause is a phase all women will experience, which is why Memorial Hermann Sugar Land devotes itself to identi- fying menopause symptoms and offering treatment options. Although menopause traditionally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, many women begin experiencing symp- Obstetrics Emergency Center Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital has opened a 24/7 Obstetrical (OB) Emer- gency Center providing expectant mothers and families in the area round-the-clock ac- cess to specialized care. “The needs of mother and baby in a medical emergency can vary drastically and may be impacted by any number of unique factors that aren’t present in a typical adult or pediatric emergency room visit,” said Teresa Criswell, Director of Women’s and Chil- dren’s Services. “Our OB ER gives patients immediate access to a physician and staff who can best meet their healthcare needs.” Common reasons to visit the OB ER are suspected pre-term labor, vaginal bleeding, complications related to high-risk pregnancy, infection, pelvic pain and abdominal pain. An average of 150 pregnant patients visit the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land obstetrical triage each month. The Memorial Hermann Sugar Land OB ER is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with dedicated nurses and a McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) OB/GYN hospitalist team. Beyond providing immediate care, the OB ER staff can consult, coordinate and communicate with the patient’s OB/GYN when possible. Patients should notify their OB/ Sharon Smith, RN and Ann Kingrey, GYN prior to coming to the OB ER, if possible. Nurse Navigator. “In order to provide the best care possible, it’s really important to work with a patient’s dedicated OB/GYN to gain a better overall understanding of all health aspects of the pregnancy,” Criswell said. “That interaction with the patient’s OB/GYN ultimately ensures the best possible out- The Family Life Center patient room. come for the mother and the baby.” JULY 2019 l 11

Michelle Collins, Manager, Pedi IMU; Vise Osial; Dina Cavazos, RN; Rebecca Joest, Manager, Women’s Services; Megan Bentley; Stacie Ramirez, RN; Beena George; Kartar Diner and Ann Kingrey, Nurse Navigator. Preventing and Treating cular surgeons, clinicians, researchers and educators are de- the “Silent Epidemic” veloping and perfecting innovative techniques to treat any heart disease or condition, including: atrial fibrillation, ar- Osteoporosis is often referred to as the “silent epidemic,” rhythmia, heart failure, peripheral artery disease, congenital because research shows nearly 50 percent of postmenopausal heart disease and aortic aneurysm. women have osteoporosis and do not know it. The affiliated heart and vascular specialists also offer a Although the effects of osteoporosis are typically identi- broad spectrum of comprehensive and advanced evidence- fied later in life, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land helps edu- based services like cardiac rehabilitation, minimally invasive cate women on instilling healthy habits, such as proper diet, valve surgery, vascular surgery, heart transplant and tran- supplemental calcium and exercise to minimize the risk of scatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). suffering from this disease. The hospital’s Imaging Center is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology to perform Advanced Breast Care Services bone density testing through Dual Energy X-Ray Absorpti- ometry (Dexa). Through a combination of advanced technology and spe- cialized radiologists, patients are routinely provided with Addressing the high-quality, patient-centered treatment at Memorial Her- Greatest Health Threat mann’s Breast Care Center. While heart disease is deemed as the greatest health Developed as a partnership with The University of Texas threat for women — heart disease and stroke are listed as MD Anderson Cancer Center, with interpretation and con- the No. 1 and No. 3 threats, respectively — only 13 percent of sultation services provided by affiliated, subspecialized, fel- women even consider their heart health. lowship-trained breast radiologists from MD Anderson, the hospital’s Breast Care Center provides breast MRI, biopsy At Memorial Hermann’s Heart & Vascular Institute, a and ultrasound, screening, diagnostic mammograms and team of world-renowned affiliated cardiologists, cardiovas- 3-D mammograms. Breast radiologists interpret all the tests Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Women’s Services 17500 West Grand Parkway South Sugar Land, Texas 77479 281.725.5PFD (5733) 12 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

and assist in precise diagnosis and effective treatment and BUSINESS follow-up for breast cancer patients. BRIEFS In addition to the expertise of affiliated board-certified absolutely! focus media physicians and advanced technologies, patients at the Breast Welcomes General Manager Care Center are privy to the comfort of a spa-like environ- ment with private changing rooms and a women’s only wait- Diane Strehl ing area with refreshments and even warmed robes. Breast Care Center patients benefit from having access to a team of absolutely! focus media, publisher of community specialists in oncology, radiology and surgery, along with a magazines Fort Bend Focus, absolutely! Brazos, abso- range of breast services in one location. lutely! Katy and Fort Bend CEO, is proud to announce Diane Strehl as the new General Manager. Customized Care: The Pelvic Health Program Strehl has been in the Houston area since 1990 and currently resides in Richmond, Texas. She comes For women who have pelvic floor disorders, such as uri- to afm with over 30 years’ experience in publishing nary incontinence, fecal incontinence, over active bladder and is very active in the Fort Bend community. With and pelvic organ prolapse, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land stints at the Naples Daily News in Naples, Florida and offers a holistic approach to these common yet controllable at the Greensheet in Houston, Strehl was named Gan- issues. net Corp’s Top Manager in 2000 and 2001 while at the Fort Myers News Press in Florida. For the past nine Nearly 25 percent of women in the United States are af- years, Strehl has been in Fort Bend at the Fort Bend fected by these issues, according to the National Institutes Star Newspaper and the Fort Bend Business Journal, of Health, which is why Memorial Hermann Sugar Land most recently as General Manager. features a Pelvic Health Program Team — which includes two affiliated physicians, fellowship-trained in female pelvic “I’ve known Diane, her stellar work ethic and un- medicine and reconstructive surgery — whose sole purpose paralleled professionalism for several years,” said afm is to make sure these issues do not become a way of life for Publisher Patti Parish-Kaminski. “I’ve had the privilege patients. to work with her on projects, and she is a fantastic ad- dition to afm. Bringing her aboard will allow us to do Memorial Hermann Sugar Land’s Pelvic Floor Health more of what do best – cover the people, places and Program features multidisciplinary teams of specialists and happenings in our community,” comprehensive, state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic serv- ices and treatment programs. With this program, specialists Though not born in Texas, according to Strehl, “I have the ability to not only identify a patient’s disorder but got here as quickly as I could – twice!” The move back to also created a customized plan of care, which can include to Texas allowed her to be close to her three children minimally invasive, outpatient procedures, treatments and and five grandchildren with number six on the way this therapies aimed at improving quality of life for patients. August. Knowing Where to Begin “I absolutely love what I do for a living, and I am blessed to have had an amazing career that continues To assist women with questions or guidance about their with afm,” shared Strehl. health concerns, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land offers a Women’s Service Nurse Navigator. To contract Strehl, call 281.690.4242. or e-mail [email protected] “It is a joy to use my skills and many years of experience in women’s health care to guide women through options, answer questions and provide one-on-one assistance,” said Kingrey. “Whether patients need help with appointment scheduling, information about available resources or something else, having a single point of contact to navigate them through the process not only improves their overall experience, it can re- lieve stress and save time. And for most patients, it’s comfort- ing to know they have someone knowledgeable and helpful to reach out to and speak with.” To schedule an appointment or learn more about wom- en’s services at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, call 281.725.5PFD (5733). Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is located at 17500 West Grand Parkway South, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. JULY 2019 l 13

HHHHHHHHH FinestHHHHHHHHHHH By Joan Frances FORT BEND’S HHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Name: Larry Danna Title: Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician Basic Photos by Mary Favre. (EMT-B), Public Information Officer (PIO) Years of Service: 26 years with Pecan Grove Fire Dept., 30 years with Houston Fire Dept. Family: Wife, Sandy; Children, Erik, Sonia, Alan and Logan; and four Grandchildren. Why Public Service? I wanted to be a fireman or police officer when I was a kid. I entered the Houston Fire Department Academy in January 1973, and I retired 30 years later as Senior Captain. In 1993 I joined the Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department and have enjoyed my association with the personnel and the community. What is the greatest thing about your job? The feedback you get from the citizens when you save a life, help an elderly person from the floor, get to their chair, their bed or just being there to help them in time of need. What are your job requirements for Pecan Grove Fire Department? Most of all is keeping certifications up to date. As for me, I hold a Master Firefighter certification that requires 20 continuing certification hours every year. What are your hours? As a volunteer, we have a business meeting every first Tuesday of the month, also a drill starting at 7 pm. We have radios so that when there is an alarm, we can respond from our home to the station or the incident. Volunteer Work: I volunteer with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I have been on the Safety Committee for 40 years, and I am the last working original member that started this committee. Also, I have been with the Fort Bend County Fair parade committee for over 20 years. I have been an usher with Sacred Heart Catholic Church for over 30 years and have been involved with the scouting program for over 50 years. Inspiration: My dad. He and my mother have been married since 1949, and this November they will celebrate 70 years. I wish that Sandy and I can someday make that mark on life! Hobbies: Sandy and I love to go on cruises. This year we were able to do a bucket list cruise to Australia, New Zealand and the New Caledonia Islands. Guilty Pleasure: I love to go to the casino, and I enjoy a nice glass of single malt scotch at the end of the day. One thing you want to share with the community: It is not just me, but every person who puts on a uniform and gives their all, dedicating their time and effort to making this community safe, deserves respect. It takes a lot to be a public servant. Lt. Colonel James Doolittle said, “There is nothing greater than the heart of a volunteer.” The generous souls who walk into the station and ask how they can be a volunteer, those are the ones to look up to. 14 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

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By Joan Frances High School Photos by Candace Byers HOT SHOT As a graduated senior from Meet Emma Watson her school, Watson is involved in many George Ranch High School, activities at Parkway United Method- Emma Watson has enjoyed Emma ist Church in Sugar Land. For the past the benefits of a quality education and seven years, she has helped at Vacation fulfilling extracurricular activities. One thing she treasures the most, Bible School, leading the children and With the knowledge and life lessons Watson said, are “The people I met helping them understand the lesson she has experienced these past four during my four years. Through high of the day. She is also a volunteer for years, she is looking forward to taking school, I found my best friends, who I the Children’s Ministry and a Worship the next step to an exciting future. have spent time with and have stuck Leader at the church. During the past by me for the past four years. I truly few summers, Watson has been a vol- Watson took Advanced Placement found my people in my small group of unteer at the United Methodist Army, classes throughout her high school ca- close friends, and it’s going to be hard where she spent a week donating time reer. She was a member of the National to leave them in the fall.” to improving the lives of those in need. Honor Society. She had two teachers who have made an impact in her educa- A value Watson lives by is authen- Watson served as an editorial intern tion. “Diana Eheman, who teaches Psy- ticity. “It is important to me to always for absolutely! focus media during her chology, and James Alidor, who teaches be true to yourself, which is a cliché, senior year, and this summer she is the English, (now at Fulshear High School) but it really stands constant for me. As Editorial Assistant for the publishing are both so passionate about the sub- a teenager, it’s hard for me to be confi- company. ject that they teach, and it truly makes dent in myself and not follow the sta- sitting in their class and learning from tus quo of others. However, through my This fall, Watson will be attending them fun. They both have impacted my Christian faith, which is a very impor- the University of Texas at Austin hop- decisions regarding further study in tant defining character of myself and ing to double major in English and Psy- both of these subjects in college, and I something that I value, I know that it’s chology, or major in English with a cer- wish that I was able to have them for a important to be independent and not tificate in Psychology. Congratulations longer amount of time!” look to others to see what they’re doing Emma Watson on your dedication and and compare myself.” generous nature. Good luck as you em- Watson was Vice President of the bark on experiencing a new life filled George Ranch High School Choir Pro- In addition to her commitments to with many exciting opportunities. gram. She led the meetings to discuss the future of the choir program and upcoming events. She assisted the director in any needs expressed and maintained a smooth program. For the past three years, Watson was selected as a singer for the Region Choir of the Texas All State Competition. Watson is a respected leader. “To be a leader for others in choir is very fulfilling to me because I get to work with people who are just as passionate about music as I am. Also, by being a leader, I am able to listen to concerns of others and help better the choir pro- gram for the future, which makes me feel like I have a purpose in choir and am helping others.” “It is important to me to always be true to yourself, which is a cliché, but it really stands constant for me.” – Emma Watson 16 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

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P resident Harry Truman once said, “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” And on July 4th, these truths are exactly what Americans celebrate. This year July 4th falls on a Thursday, so mark your calendars with a pre-weekend filled with family festivities. Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, Meadows Place, Fulshear, Richmond and Rosenberg offer plenty of opportunities for celebrating America with a weekend long birthday party. HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Sugar Land 4th Fest at Constellation Field Thursday, July 4th 5 – 10 pm The 4th of July celebration at Constellation Field features performances of live music and a post-concert fireworks show. Other attractions include a zip line, mechanical bull, rock- climbing wall, face painting, inflatable slides and much more. For more information, visit Red, White and Boom Thursday, July 4th 4 – 10 pm The Sugar Land sky will light up with colorful fireworks as the city celebrates America’s Independence Day! The event will be held in The Crown Festival Park and is free and open to the public. Fun, 4th of July events include a children’s zone, face painting, photo opportunities, live music, great food and more. For more information, visit 18 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

Missouri City Missouri City Fourth of July Celebration Thursday, July 4th 6 – 9:30 pm Join Missouri City for it’s annual 4th of July Celebration at Buffalo Run Park! Celebrate the holiday with a variety of entertainment, activities and tasty treats. The firework’s show will begin at approximately 9:15 pm and parking will be available at Thurgood Marshall High School next to Buffalo Run Park. Sit back, relax and enjoy the community and a firework’s show! For more information, visit HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Stafford Freedom Rings Concert Thursday, July 4th 2:30 pm Celebrate America’s birthday with an evening of fireworks and patriotic music with the Fort Bend Symphony’s Independence Day performance. Listen to the beautiful tunes of the symphony and end the night with a view of the fireworks show. For more information, visit City of Stafford Independence Day Celebration Thursday, July 4th 4 – 9 pm Enjoy live music, family and friends and a firework show at the annual City of Stafford Independence Day Celebration! The celebration will be held at the Stafford Centre following the Freedom Rings concert. Live music by Art Tijerina will begin at 7:40 pm and the firework’s show will conclude the night at 9:15 pm. For more information, visit HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Meadows Place The City of Meadows Place Fourth of July Parade Thursday, July 4th 9 am Join the fun during Meadows Place Annual 4th of July Parade. Community members will gather in the Sugar Grove Church of Christ east parking lot, then travel down from City Hall and end at McGrath Park. From there, spirited parade participants will wait anxiously while awards are announced. Grab your family and enjoy with this hometown tradition! For more information, visit JULY 2019 l 19

Fulshear Fulshear Freedom Fest Thursday, July 4th 6 – 9:30 pm Celebrate the 4th of July with downtown Fulshear’s Freedom Fest! Enjoy a variety of events for children and a collection of vendor booths while you watch the fireworks with family and friends. Pay tribute to the men and women on duty with a First Responders’ display. Enjoy live music from New Orleans’ Bag of Donuts as they rock this 4th of July. For more information, visit HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Richmond An American Tradition Scavenger Hunt Thursday, July 4th 10 am – 5 pm Nothing says America and Independence Day like games, speeches and food! Enjoy this fun-filled day as George Ranch Historical Park celebrates the country’s birthday with some old- fashioned game play. Try your hand at a variety of historic games and take a scavenger hunt through time as clues are scattered across the park to discover intriguing trivia about this American holiday. Enjoy a reading of the Declaration of Independence while you fill your stomach with a July 4th feast. For more information, visit HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Rosenberg Rosenberg’s Family 4th Celebration Thursday, July 4th 6 – 10 pm It’s all about patriotism, family and fun each July 4th when Rosenberg hosts the Family 4th Celebration at Seabourne Creek Nature Park. This free event runs from 6 pm to 10 pm and includes a carnival area for the children, horse-drawn wagon rides through the park, food vendors, live musical entertainment from the main stage and a spectacular firework’s show to end the evening! For more information, visit 20 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

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Hometown Heroes: Pat Somers By Joan Frances D id you know there are hun- Photos by Mary Favre. with family members who now care for dreds of homeless and unac- them and keep them safe. We work to companied minors in Fort Pat Somers. heal the hurt, break the cycle of abuse Bend County alone? It’s shocking to and provide a voice so no child is kept even think about. And one of the most In 1992 when Court-Appointed Spe- from the help they need.” surprising facts is this abuse, neglect cial Advocate (CASA) was introduced and homelessness, is happening in all into Fort Bend County, Somers knew Staying in step with her desire to sections of Fort Bend. These facts alone she had to get involved. “Being a teach- help children, Somers also serves on are what keep our Hometown Hero, er, it was obvious that some kids were the Board of Directors for Parks Youth Pat Somers, involved and determined hurting. I also learned that it takes Ranch, the only homeless shelter for to make a difference, even if it’s just just one caring adult to help a kid youth in Fort Bend County. They pro- one child. grow up to be healthy and productive vide emergency shelter, counseling and citizens. Child abuse is a horrible stain life-changing services to abused and Somers is a retired teacher from on society, and I thought I could help neglected kids. Alief Independent School District mitigate some of its negative effects.” where she taught Physical Education She attended the first volunteer train- Pat Somers was presented the “Carl Favre True for 24 years, and then was a Preven- ing and continues to support CASA. Believers Award” in 2017 for her unwavering tion and Safe Schools Specialist for She is currently the President of the support and leadership at Parks Youth Ranch. seven years. She is currently an Edu- Board of Directors for Child Advocates cational Consultant for Safe and Civil of Fort Bend and serves on the Friends Somers said, “These organizations Schools where she trains teachers of Child Advocates Council and as an have been very fortunate to have won- around the country on positive behav- Ambassador for the Voices for Children derful leadership from executive direc- ior and intervention supports. She is initiative. tors, CEOs, therapists, case manag- married to Brad, and has a son, Gray- ers and boards of directors. Fort Bend son, a daughter-in-law Amanda and Somers is a passionate volunteer. County is an amazing place to live, and a granddaughter Isabelle, who is the “There are so many wonderful organi- all these organizations help to make it light of their lives. zations in Fort Bend County, but I tend a safe and nurturing community.” to support the children in our commu- The Somers moved to Sugar Land in nity. They are our future may sound Somers has also helped support 1983 and have lived there ever since. cliché, but it’s the truth. We’ve got to Hope for Three activities, as well as “First Colony was still very young then, help those who are least able to help the Literacy Council. For the past 34 and so were we. It has been a great themselves. We’ve got to be the caring years, she and Brad have been mem- place to raise our son and develop life- adult when others have hurt them. On bers of Sugar Land First United Meth- long friends. I started volunteering as a my first case with a sibling group of odist Church. Thank you Pat Somers Big Sister in the Big Brother Big Sister four, we were fortunate to have a mom for your undeniable commitment to program.” adopt them all, keeping them together making Fort Bend County an open- as a family. I have seen several other hearted and munificent community for Pat and Brad Somers. children find safe and loving homes everyone. 24 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

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NEWSWORTHY Local Artist Robyn Crowell Illustrates Poetry for Children A local professional artist and illus- trator, Robyn Crowell has been creating and teaching art in Fort Bend for over 20 years. Her goal has always been to edu- cate and share the passion for fine art, teaching others the value and impor- tance it has in the community. Crowell has di- rected and co- founded a gallery, as well as acted as Robyn Crowell. a Visual Arts and Education Director. She has been blessed to be a featured artist at The Hardy and Nance Studios and East End Gallery. Illustrating this book has been a dream come true and has inspired her to take on a future book project of haikus and illustrations. The Trickster Poems for Very Clever Children and Silly Adults, written by Dan- iel Klawitter, is a mix of silly and thought provoking poetry for children and adults. From a bug eating boy to a rockin’ farm band, the book is filled with fun and whimsical illustrations that are sure to make you smile. Klawitter and Crowell are local high school friends that graduated from BF Terry High School. “He is a published poet and asked me last year if I would be interested in collaborating in a book for children,” said Crowell. “I submitted a few drawings, and the rest is published Joyce Long’s history!” The book is available on Amazon. Wellness InstituteColonic - Detox - Lymphatic com, White Bird Publishing Company and Barnes and Noble. Established 1989 Joyce Long “Our clients become family and we Internationally Certified Colon Hydrotherapist & Instructor Nationally Certified Massage Therapist # ME0170 are here to celebrate their WELLNESS” Services by appt only. The Trickster Poems for Very Massage Therapies • Lymphatic Drainage Massage • Lymphatic Facials Clever Children Reflexology • Infra Red Saunas • Relaxing Ion Cleanse Hand & Foot Bath and Silly Adults. Chinese Cupping • Gift Certificates Colon Hydrotherapy by M.D. Prescription Only (Yours Or Ours) NEW FORT BEND LOCATION! 281-344-0095 1308 James Street • Rosenberg, TX 77471 32 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

PARENTS’ GUIDE TO absolutely Kid Friendly Private Schools & After School Activities F E AT U R I N G Is Your Child Kindergarten Ready? Safety America The Walden School Sugar Land Gymnastics Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center Gingerbread Kids Academy Memorable Family Moments Capture Moments That Matter JULY 2019 l 33

Advertorial absolutely! Kid Friendly Is Your Child Ready? Kindergarten By Tim Kaminski, M.S. CCC/SLP 7. Social Studies The child is able to discuss the simi- M aking sure that your child is Kindergarten ready is larities and differences between people. an important step in the overall success of his or her He is able to organize his life around long-term education. But making certain that your events, time and routines, and he can child is ready is more than just purchasing school supplies and identify the roles and responsibilities of new sneakers. community workers, such as policemen and firemen. The child should also be Before you pack your little one off to sight words with pictorial support, and able to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Kindergarten, there are some basic skills identify those words in stories. The child that will help him have a successful entry can reenact parts of a story after it has 8. Fine Arts into the education system, all of which been read to him. The child is accustomed to using a can be addressed by enrolling three and variety of art materials and activities for four-year-olds in a public or private Pre- 4. Emergent Literacy sensory experience and exploration. He K program that focuses on 10 key mile- Writing should be able to use art for self-expres- stones to insure your child is Kindergar- The child is able to write his name sion and be able to show appreciation ten ready. with some accuracy, and he can inde- for other people’s artwork. The child pendently write some letters upon re- should also be familiar with participating 1. Social and Emotional quest. The child may use some scribble in music and dramatic play activities. Development drawings to convey a meaning to a story. Through age-appropriate social and 9. Physical Development emotional development, the child devel- 5. Mathematics The child is able to run, jump, climb ops a sense of self and personal control. The child is able to rote count from and pedal. He shows signs of improved He is able to follow rules within a class- one to 30. He has a basic understanding eye-hand coordination and is able to cut room type setting and engage with his that items and things can be counted. He using scissors. He also understands per- peers in group activities without being understands that the order sequence of sonal safety and hygiene. disruptive. The child is aware of his own counting is always the same and can use feelings and the feelings of his peers. a verbal word problem to add or subtract 10. Technology one to five items. The child should also The child is able to identify rudi- 2. Language and be able to name and recreate common mentary parts of a computer, such as Communication shapes. a mouse and key board. He is able to The child is able to understand and use basic software programs to navigate follow two to three step instructions. He 6. Science through an activity on the computer. uses communication to initiate conver- The child is able to observe and de- sations with his peers and to gain new scribe the common properties of dif- By focusing on these 10 key mile- information about his environment. ferent objects, such as fruits and veg- stones, parents can easily determine etables. He is able to use basic tools for whether their child is prepared to suc- 3. Emergent Literacy measuring and learning about objects. ceed in Kindergarten. Reading The child is able to talk about changes The child is able to identify up to 20 in the environment, such as weather and For more information, contact Direc- upper and lower case letters of the al- seasons, and he is able to discuss cause tor of the Gingerbread Kids Academy phabet. He is able to sound out single and effect from experiments. Tim Kaminski, M.S. CCC/SLP at 281- 239-2110 or [email protected] 34 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

absolutely! Kid Friendly Advertorial NINJA-KID WARRIOR’s For Kids Ages 4-13 281 980-3030 2595 Cordes Drive Sugar Land Summer Free Training Facility: Camp Pizza on • Ninja Warrior Course • Indoor Rock Wall Monday • Zip-Line & Rope Swing • Double Warped Wall H H H H H H H • Parkour Obstacles May 28th – August 13th • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • AM Care open at 7 a.m. • PM Care to 6 p.m. • First 100 to register receive a Camp T-Shirt HHHHHHH 281.240.0999 For Kids Ages 4-13 9 am to 3 pm 16215 Lexington Blvd. May 28th to August 13th AM Care open at 7 am PM Care open to 6 pm in Sugar Land JULY 2019 l 35

Advertorial absolutely! Kid Friendly 281-499-3921 A Ninja Warrior Summer Camp? 3643 Glenn Lakes Ln., Highway 6 • Missouri City There’s a lot more going on at Safety America this summer than just karate. Indeed, Safety America is a convenient, one-stop-shop for kids. They host a won- DANCE STUDIO derful play land for kids at their summer sports camp. 2019-2020 Safety America Camp offers a full Ninja-Kid Warrior Registration course, featuring a double-warped wall. Your kid can come to the Safety America’s Ninja Cave and be a Nin- July 9/10/25 • 4 – 7 pm ja-Kid warrior at camp! Along with being a ninja, your August 8/15/22/29 • 4 – 7 pm child can take a wild ride on a 90-foot indoor zip line and climb on the indoor rock-climbing wall. This state- Classes begin September 3rd of-the-art facility also offers a giant moonwalk house, rope swing and parkour obstacle course. If you want to Ballet • Tap • Jazz double or triple your child’s fun, bring them to Safety Lyrical • Hip Hop America’s Summer Sports Camp where they can enjoy an entire summer of fun activities and games. Leaps & Turns Camp is mom friendly, too! Safety America offers Ages 3 - Adult flexible schedules, meaning you can pay by the week or by the day. However, once your kiddos experience Call or see website for schedule a day of jedi-sword fighting, dodgeballing, kickballing, karate and much more, they won’t want to be anywhere else! So, if you’re looking for a safe, kid-friendly and fun place for your kids this summer, Safety America is the place for you! For more information, call 281-980-3030 or visit See ad on page 35. The Walden School Will Meet Your High Expectations If you’re looking for a solution to early childhood needs, or program for a school age child, the an- swer can be as easy as a visit to The Walden School. Children as young as six weeks of age through 12 years have a special place here where a nurturing environment and caring staff help children grow and flourish. The Walden School philosophy makes for a child-friendly environment. Parents, too, find that being involved with The Walden School is more than a partnership in raising their children. Open communication with staff and directors is encouraged and a variety of activities are planned specially to involve parents in special events in their child’s school activities. Emphasis is directly and indi- rectly focused on a child’s self-esteem through developmentally appropriate activities. The preschool and pre-kindergarten classes help prepare children for their successive years in elementary classes. Smaller classes and more one-to-one contact their teachers during the day will help children succeed in mastering subject matter. Visit The Walden School, located behind First Colony Mall at 16103-A Lexington Blvd. in Sugar Land, and meet Director Mike McGilvray, 2010 Administrator of the Year, along with his experienced staff. Hours are 6:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Visit or call 281- 980-0022 to schedule a tour. 36 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

absolutely! Kid Friendly Advertorial Celebrating 30 years as an NAEYC school! Now You have high expectations... and so do we. Great Accepting Summer Camps Fall 2019 K – 5th Grade Registrations •Swim Lessons •Gymnastics Infants •Tae Kwon Do through •Music •Kumon Pre- •Ballet & Jazz Kindergarten •Field Trips •Weekly Extended Day SRA Reading & Transportation & Math Labs to Area Schools Call for details Kindergarten through 5th Grade Mike McGilvray - Director/Owner for 24 Years 16103-A Lexington Blvd. (behind First Colony Mall) • 6:30am - 6:30pm HAAEYC Administrator of The Year 2012 281-980-0022 • Learning Stages, Inc. A Child Development Center INFANTS THRU PRE-K 12780 South Kirkwood (Between Hwy 59 & Hwy 90) 281-240-0480 JULY 2019 l 37

Advertorial absolutely! Kid Friendly Where Children Learn and Grow The Best Summer Day Camp Ever! Back To What will your child be doing this summer? Playing video games? Looking at their I-Pads? Watching TV? Or, sliding down Sugar Land Gymnastics’ (SLG) Giant Moonwalk Slide? Maybe even swinging from the tra- peze into their giant foam pit? Not to mention learning how to flip and tumble at their Summer Camp. Along with teaching kids the fundamental skills of gymnastics in their year-round gymnastics program, SLG offers a fun and exciting Summer Day Camp. Not only is it the best summer camp for kids ages four to 13-years-old, but it is the best for mom and dad, too! Drop your kiddos off for a month, a week or even one day of gymnastics, dodgeball, soccer, foam pit games, hide-n-seek and much more with the flexible sign-up schedule! Sugar Land Gymnastics Summer Day Camp is the perfect solution to getting your kiddos away from their screens this summer and tumbling around their safe, kid-friendly and fun facility. Call 281-240-0999 or visit for more details. See ad on page 35. School Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center Now Registering for Fall The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center is a very Pre-K and K-5 After-School Program special project of the Children’s Museum of Houston. Located at the historic Imperial Silos in Sugar Land, it Registration Fee features six exhibits geared for children ages birth to 12 that educate and fascinate. With this ad. Must be registered by August 30th, 2019. Supply fee and Delve into physics, immerse your family in a new security deposit not included in special. culture when “visiting” a mountain village town in Mexico, govern your own kid-led city in Kidtropolis, 281-239-2110 USA or experience a wonderland specially designed for babies and toddlers in Tot*Spot. Plus, the whimsi- cal 12,000 square feet of exhibit spaces provide an eclectic backdrop for after-hour special event rentals, including corporate parties. Plan to visit more than three times annually and save money with a family membership, which provides perks such as exclusive Halloween and holiday par- ties and early bird hour during character appearance events. Find out more at See ad on page 37. 38 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

absolutely! Kid Friendly Advertorial Gingerbread: 814 FM 2977 281-239-2110 Quality Early Education Richmond 77469 [email protected] in Fort Bend County Monday As summer begins to wind down, it is time turn our thru Friday attention to a new school year. This year, the Ginger- 6:30 am to bread Family of Learning Centers celebrated their five year anniversary of the Gingerbread Kids’ Academy 6:30 pm in Richmond and the 39th anniversary of The Ginger- bread House Learning Center in Rosenberg. Infants The Gingerbread Kids’ Academy and Gingerbread Toddlers House Learning Center have developed an environ- ment where children can learn and grow. The pro- 3&4 grams are designed for children ages eight weeks to year-old 12 years and offer a variety of activities throughout the Private, Free Backpacks year. Full-Day while supplies last to families who enroll Research has shown that in order for a child to be successful in school and life, they must begin with a by August 30th. strong foundation in learning. Gingerbread has de- signed a curriculum that includes an emphasis on Pre-K Programs reading, writing, science, math, discovery and explo- ration, as well as social skills development. The in- K-5th After-School fant and toddler programs focus on the development of both gross and fine motor skills along with basic Programs for Pick-Up language development. The three to five-year-old Pre- School and Pre-K programs focus on academics, peer & Morning Drop Off relationships and preparation for entry into Kindergar- from Thomas, Williams, ten and elementary school. The Gingerbread after- school programs, located onsite at Bentley, Frost, Hutchison, Hubenak and Arredondo Elementary, as well as onsite at the Gingerbread Kids’ Academy and Gingerbread House, offer homework assistance, arts, crafts, games and sports. A new school year means new beginnings. The Gingerbread Family invites you to come by for a visit. Both locations are now accepting enrollments for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information, contact Tim Kaminski at [email protected] or 281-239-2110. Arredondo & Carter Elementary Conveniently Located Near: River Park West Bonbrook CRABB RIVER RD. Briarwood Crossing HWY 59 Bridlewood Estates Brazos FM 762762 GREATWOOD Town Center FM SUBDIVISION Greatwood READING RDF.BMEN2T9O77N/RMD.ENNONITE RD. River Park West River’s Run Summer Lakes The Oaks of Rosenberg The Reserve Walnut Creek JULY 2019 l 39

absolutely! Kid Friendly Photo by Getty Images. Educational Activities Ideal for Making Memories Together Educational activities and plans that allow kids accredited zoo or aquarium. Explore the challenges facing to flex their brain muscles in fun and creative endangered species, discover how community programs are ways can be ideal ways to spend family time spurring positive change for conservation and learn more at that makes lasting memories. After learning about animals that need help, visit ze- for fun kids games, coloring pages and other While children typically gain invaluable knowledge and activities that encourage creativity. Many animal sanctuar- experience in the classroom, purposeful activities done out- ies and wildlife recovery centers also have endangered spe- side of that setting can help encourage kids to keep learn- cies and offer educational information about them. ing and make family moments more enjoyable for everyone involved. From planning trips that celebrate animals and the 3 Visit a national park. Many park ranger programs great outdoors to rainy day activities at home that inspire provide opportunities to interact with the animals that creative expression, these ideas can produce some family mo- live in the area, as well as information about any endangered ments worth remembering. animals and how you can help with conservation efforts. While in the park, enjoy a nature hike, have a picnic lunch 1 Go on a scavenger hunt. From native species of and view the different species of plants in the region. plants, animals and insects to neighborhood landmarks, there are plenty of interesting things that can be found right 4 Enjoy an arts and crafts day. Spending time doing in your own backyard. Organize a scavenger hunt and work an art project is a hands-on way to help introduce kids together in teams of family members to search for each item to new ideas and ways of learni­ng. Engage the entire fam- on the list, then do more research on the things you found ily by creating crafts with different subjects of interest. This once you return home. For a real challenge, expand your can help create conversations and opportunities to further hunt to the city limits of your hometown and make a day trip explore what your children are interested in. of the adventure. 5 Organize a game day. A play day can be just as fun 2 Hang out with wildlife. Learn about different as it is educational. Choose from a variety of games that species of animals, how to help protect them and the can allow players to get extra creative. Options like Piction- importance of eco-friendly everyday practices by visiting a ary or charades tap into different types of creative skills, destination like an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)- which can keep everyone engaged while they’re learning to express themselves effectively in new ways. Source: Family Features. 40 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

absolutely! Kid Friendly Capture Moments That Matter M ake your family’s learning adventures more 4 Create a family calendar to plan your sum- memorable by encouraging kids to capture mer activities together. Anticipating upcoming ad- ventures is part of the fun. Let kids help you keep track of their experiences on paper. The practice of what’s coming up and build excitement with a personalized calendar. Make it a work of art by asking kids to draw icons communicating on paper can help lock in memories, or small images that depict upcoming activities with an op- tion like Zebra’s Sarasa® Fineliner Pens, which are available plus it’s a clever way for kids to practice practical skills in 12 vibrant colors. in an engaging and productive way. 5 Share experiences on social media. Let friends and family in on the fun by sharing your photos, draw- Adjust these ideas as needed to match the ability ings, dioramas and other creations online. Seeing the posi- tive interaction and praise-filled comments from loved ones level of each child so the whole family can participate. can help reinforce the value of creative expression to impres- sionable young minds. 1 Write about experiences in a journal or di- ary. For older kids, encourage them to use words to de- 6 Create scrapbooks to help remember family scribe their adventures. Ask younger kids to draw a scene moments. Keep the pace of life from fading those pre- or image that captured their attention or excited them the cious memories by assembling scrapbooks to commemorate most. family adventures. Make the scrapbook a family affair with everyone contributing their own creations. 2 Design a diorama about your family’s ad- ventures to display in your home. Make it a Find more ideas for capturing and sharing experiences at conversation piece by asking kids to think about an endan- gered species and depict its living environment. Available in standard, glitter, neon, metallic and pastel colors, tools like Zebra Doodler’z® allow little designers to explore the nearly endless possibilities for color coding, sketching, journaling and embellishing. 3 Take photos to share with friends and fami- ly. Get creative with your photo- taking by encouraging kids to think about the story they’ll tell through the images. It might be a series of selfies tackling exciting new activities or documenting a sibling’s first experience at the petting zoo. Another way to cap- ture photographic memories is a photo treasure hunt, where kids have a list of items to search for and photograph during each outing. Source: Family Features. JULY 2019 l 41

Globetrotting Downtown Houston. By TM Staycationing W hile I do plan a lot of travel inside and City Attractions outside of this country, there’s plenty to be experienced right in our own In Houston “city proper,” visitors can find a day at the zoo backyard. Houston has so much to offer as one of or a trip to a park as adventurous as any day in the sand. the largest cities in the United States, especially During the month of July, the Trails and Parks (TAP) Sum- during the summer travel months. We have a mer Passport series offers free activities for families to canoe, plethora of places to experience a wide variety of fish and practice their archery skills. Stay at Hotel Zaza for a cultural events that are sure to make beautiful luxurious staycation, and enjoy the spa complete with an oxy- memories for both young and old alike. gen bar. Drop over to the museum next door with sketchbook in hand, and spend the day composing your own creations Beach Getaway amongst the fine masters. For families with smaller children, Houston offers a bal- The Marriott Marquis is steps away from Discovery Green ance of fun in the sun with a quick getaway to Galveston. where guests will find lawn games and music throughout the There, a stay at The Hotel Galvez offers a poolside view only summer at their Sundays in the Park offerings. The hotel steps away from the beach. And, of course, there’s Pleasure boasts six restaurants and has a unique feature of a rooftop Pier over the ocean with rides on the pier and cotton candy! lazy river. It’s like being on a total vacation while staycation- Grab a bike at the hotel, and take a stroll beachside! ing in your back yard! Complete your stay with a visit to the spa where the offerings are as unique and specialized as any For those who like the gulf but not necessarily the beach, you would expect to find around the world. there’s the Kemah Boardwalk, featuring games, rides and family-friendly activities. Every Friday in July, visitors can enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks in Kemah around 9:30 pm while enjoying a cocktail from one of the many res- taurants located up and down the boardwalk. The Pleasure Pier in Galveston. Culinary Adventures For wine lovers and foodies, there are some of the best restaurants in the world in Houston. Make your way through the many farmer’s markets, take a lesson from a local chef and learn about pairing wines with your own unique crea- tions. There is such a wide variety of festivals and cultural events that staying “home” and being on a “vacation” can be as rewarding as a traditional trip, not to mention less stress- ful and a whole lot of fun. Happy Wandering! Do you have a travel story about a place you love? I would love to hear from you! Email me [email protected] 42 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

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Nickelodeon’s Jojo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour NEWSWORTHY Comes to Sugar Land sic Star.” Her previous Choice Awards apparel, accessories, consumer elec- include “Favorite Viral Music Artist” in tronics, Halloween costumes and more. 2017 and “Favorite Musical YouTube To date, over 50 million JoJo Bows have Creator” in 2018. been sold. In November, Siwa released her first Siwa launched her first animated EP, D.R.E.A.M. The Music, featuring shorts series, The JoJo & BowBow four new songs. The music video for Show Show starring herself and her furry D.R.E.A.M. was released on Siwa’s You- best friend BowBow. She also works Tube channel and to date has garnered alongside Nick Cannon in Nickelodeon’s over 40 million views. Just last month, hit competition series Lip Sync Battle Siwa dropped her latest single, Bop. Shorties and has appeared on various Nickelodeon live-action series including In 2016, Nickelodeon and Siwa en- School of Rock and The Thundermans. tered an exclusive licensing partnership to develop a line of consumer products Visit for more inspired by Siwa. Categories span toys, information. Jojo Siwa. Retired Nasa Scientist to Share Memories of Apollo Launches Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M The Tour is coming to Sugar Land! The NASA launched Apollo 11 to the moon 50 YouTube personality will perform at the Smart Financial Centre on September years ago on July 16, 1969. What exactly did 13th. Tickets are on sale now at smartfi- or at JoJoDREAMTour. it take to accomplish this successful, history- com. making mission? Hear a behind-the-scenes Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, en- account from one of the NASA scientists who trepreneur, social media influencer. The New York Times bestselling author and helped make that dream a reality, at a special star on Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties connects with her fans through program, “The Apollo Mission: To the Moon many channels: via social media, through her SIWANATOR club, which stands and Back,” at several locations in the Fort Bend against negativity and bullying, through her global reach of consumer products County library system this summer! including her signature bows, and with her hugely popular singles, Boomerang, Retired physicist F. Don Cooper will share Kid in a Candy Store, Hold The Drama, and High Top Shoes. his experiences creating the technology that Siwa will also take the stage at this helped launch Apollo 11 in 1969, and the efforts year’s Nickelodeon SlimeFest – a two- day family-friendly music festival held that his team went through to successfully bring in Chicago – along with Pitbull, Bebe Rexha and T-Pain. Siwa helped kick off the Apollo 13 crew home safely in 1970. Coo- Nickelodeon’s inaugural U.S. SlimeFest last year, where she performed in front of per will also discuss the history of U.S. rockets, over 24,000 fans. and his role in designing the Saturn V ascent Siwa recently won her third Kids’ Choice Award for “Favorite Social Mu- guidance and trans-lunar targeting equations F. Don Cooper. that would help make space travel possible. Cooper will present his program at the following locations: • July 27th, 2 to 4 pm – University Branch Library Part I: “To the Moon & Back” – 2 to 3 pm Part II: “Saturn Vehicle Guidance Equations” – 3 to 4 pm • August 3rd, 2 to 4 pm – Sienna Branch Library Part I: “To the Moon & Back” – 2 to 3 pm Part II: “Saturn Vehicle Guidance Equations” – 3 to 4 pm • August 31st, 2 to 4 pm – Missouri City Branch Library Part I: “To the Moon & Back” – 2 to 3 pm Part II: “Saturn Vehicle Guidance Equations” – 3 to 4 pm The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633- 4734 or visit 44 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

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OUT & Fort Bend residents attended the dazzling Pratham Houston gala, celebrating 20 years of Pratham USA and raising a record-breaking $4.5 million. Pratham is dedicated ABOUT to improving the quality of education for underserved children and youth in India and IN THE has reached over 60 million individuals since its inception. HEART Photos by Bijay Dixit/Unique Photo Images. OF THE BEND Pankaj and Asha Dhume. Al and Inge Duran. Ali and Habiba Dhanani. Anjali and Hari Agarwal. Ajit and Vimla Paralkar. Pradeep and Sujata Anand. Ramesh and Alpa Shah. Seema Sanghi and Asha Reddi. Savita, Sanjay and Monika Rao. Anil and Purnima Shah. 46 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

Guests donned pretty hats for the 16th Annual Fort Bend Spring Brunch Hats, Gloves and Boutonnieres benefiting the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. The event was held at the gorgeous home of Dr. Anne Marie Ponce DeLeon. Farrah Gandhi and Rachel Charlene Pate and Charlene Joanne Eagleton, Tammie Kahn, Ann Leaman. Sabonghy. Smith and Betty Baitland. Diane Decario, Darenda Leffel, Lisa Susie and Doug Goff. Shelena Lalji and Anne Marie Witten, Lynn Hewitt and Debbie Fish. Ponce DeLeon. Tracy Golden. Kathryn Johnson, Becky Tucker, Hunaid Gurji, Cynthia Knox and Hellen Jenkins. Courtney Diepraam, Rachel Kelm and Ann Kingley. Charmane Carter and Janet June Joseph-Steele and Jessica Tracy Pipes and Diana Null. Brooks. Kij. JULY 2019 l 47

OUT & The “Pearls of Texas,” all former event chairs, were honored at the 30th annual Lone Star Stomp. More than 500 people attended the annual gala, which raised ABOUT over $150,000 to support the year-long education and preservation efforts of the IN THE Fort Bend History Association. HEART OF THE BEND Keely Knipling, Regina Morales, Billie Van Slyke, Nell Ciancarelli, Sue Mitchell, Monica Myska, Evalyn Moore, Pat Hebert, Lynn Hewitt, Jo Ann Eagleton, Diane Poole, Becky Covell, Carolyn Pope and Linda Jenkins. Local authors were at the Meet The Authors event held at St. Laurence Church, Ave Maria Center in Sugar Land, to kick-off summer reading. The community supported and purchased signed books of a variety of authors and genres from devotionals to fantasy for children and adults. Photos by Joey Belleza. Mia and Susan Pothanikat with Delores Mitchell. Jan Bethancourt. Susan Mulé and Allison Zapeta. Rita McCarthy. Gabe and Sarah Cortez. 48 JULY 2019 l TO ADVERTISE: 281.690.4242 l

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