Did everyone have a frightfully good Halloween? Either I bought way too much candy or there were very few trick-or-treaters this year. I sure hope the sugar high that you all were on didn’t stop you from changing your clocks and taking advantage of that extra hour of sleep.

FamilyTime announced their 2015 Women of Achievement in style Sunday, Nov. 1, at the beautiful Conservatory Day Spa. Hostess and Woman of Achievement herself, Karen Garrison, and beautiful daughter Camille greeted past and new honorees while FamilyTime's Judy Cox, Susan Meinholz and Event Chairman Linda Prator introduced the ladies and told of their many accomplishments. This year’s accomplished and deserving group of ladies include Deborah Wedekind – The Arts, Robin Robinson – Education, Jen Sitton – Volunteer, Hilary Bush – Homemaker, Diana Van Horn – Women’s Advocate, Emily Stander – Human Services, Lynne Jennings – Visionary, Nikole Davis, Entrepreneur, Christine Zenker – Business, Dr. Elaine Scott – Medical, Tammy Broussard – Spirit of Family Time and Eileen Booher – Special Recognition. A few of those enjoying the delicious food and beverages were former WOA honorees Kathy Spirakes, Betty Newton, Sharon Lewis, Beth Higgins, Norma O'Donnell, Carolyn Wise, Cheri Huber and this year’s Family Time Woman of Excellence, Halene Crossman

Despite the definite nip in the very wet weather, Dave and Julie Martin’s house was packed on a Sunday afternoon as they hosted good friend and State Representative Dan Huberty for a little coffee and conversation. Casey Christman and Jessica Beemer greeted guests while Julie Martin laid out a generous table of biscotti, cookies, fruit, cheese and cake balls. Sipping on coffee and chatting before settling down to listen to both Dave and Dan were Terri Brown, Aaron Reneau, MaryAnne and Tim Fortson, Donna Kowalik, Gerald Broussard, Susan and Tim Leopold, Richard Badoian, Rick and Carole Wilcox, Michelle Parnell, John Sorrentino, Wendy Alexander, Bernie Remmes, Glen and Alice Rekeweg and Warren and Yvonne Waggenner.

Due to schedule constraints, I didn’t get to have a booth at the this year’s Kingwood Women’s Club Holiday Marketplace but a group of us – Gina Remmes, Denise Krieger and Millie Garrison – still got to enjoy the preview party. Champagne was sipped and appetizers were nibbled as Mark Linabury, aka DJKdub spun some tunes. Hundreds of shoppers filled the Humble Civic Center getting their shopping lists done for a great cause. Just under $1 million has been raised by the Kingwood Women’s Club and donated to various local charities including the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, FamilyTime, Feed My Lambs, the Kingwood Library, Lone Star College and Project Mammogram. Some of the many shoppers and volunteers include Juanita Zavala, Tamara Paul, Karen Boughton, Carol Sutton, Theo Christman, Darryal and Connie Chandler, Diane Blanco, Twila Ilgen, Donna Wiener, Carole Covey and Sara Fuchs. Special shout out to Fran Fennie who also didn’t get a booth this year but whose soups and dips I sorely miss!

Is that a tiara on Jessica Beemer’s head? Not a surprise since the North Sector Manager for Houston City Council Member Dave Martin was the 2008 Ms. University of Texas San Antonio (or Ms. UTSA for those in the know). Jessica was back in San Antonio last weekend to celebrate UTSA Homecoming and the 30th year of Mr. and Ms. UTSA. Jessica and the 29 previous title holder couples were recognized during Saturday’s game – the first time most of the recipients have been together. Congratulations, Jessica. We always thought there was royalty running through your Kingwood veins.

Danell Fields is hosting a Stilettos Chowdown and cooking competition on November 16 at Bill’s Café on Loop 494. Geralyn Sullivan, Jessica Beemer, Emmy Lee, Kyle Campbell and Sharon Lewis will be throwing down and their dishes will be judged by Tom Broad, Halene Crossman, David Welch and Connie Chandler. Canned goods are also being collected which will be donated to both HAAM and FamilyTime.

Kingwood Line Dancers, a group of volunteers, invite the community to come to one of their classes at the Kingwood Community Center and get some fun cardio in or join the group as they spread some fun through line dancing at local churches, nursing homes and hospitals. This fun group which includes Sharon Ruby, Charles Gibson, Armando Mares, Kay Caffey, Jo Feuerbacher, Cheryll Gibson, Suzi Powell, Juanita Jordon, Barbara Monk, Darlene Lemesh, Dorothy Inglis, Candice McGonight, Barbara Davis, Berenice Satterwhite, Marva Alsandor, Kate Hubener, Diane Mayes and Joyce Horton just did an interactive performance with members of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and everyone had a blast.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists for the Small Business of the Year Award presented by the Lone Star College Small Business Development Center: Darryal and Connie Chandler of Minuteman Press, Judy Hayes with RE/Max Rewards and Dr Polly Heil-Mealey and Stephen Hale of Abundant Health and Wellness. They will all be recognized at the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce Small Business Salute Luncheon which will be held at the Kingwood Country Club November 13.

Some fabulous prizes were lined up at the last FUNraisers meeting gearing up towards Vegas Night at The Nathaniel Center December 2. Whether you come for the big-band musical stylings of The Sinatra Nation Band or the Vegas-style casino tables, there is fun to be had for everyone! Proceeds for the event will go to HAAM’s Empty Stocking Toy Drive and the HAAM General Fund just in time for Holiday giving to all those in need in our community. Purchase your tickets now at theFUNraisers.org