Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! Winter arrived just a few hours before this year’s American Heart Association Walk, but that didn’t slow down the hundreds of walkers who set out from Lone Star College – Kingwood! YMCA fitness trainers Elfi and Kathy helped get the crowd warmed up and ready to go. Led by Lone Star College – Kingwood President Katherine Persson and husband Andy, the crowd walked briskly and energetically, no doubt anxious to get back to the big breakfast that awaited their return! Memorial Hermann Northeast (The Sponsor of the Walk), CEO Louis Smith, welcomed the crowd, as did event chair, Administaff’s Randy McCollum. Lone Star College – Kingwood did a stellar job as host, thanks to the hard work of many, including John Turner; Diane Blanco and Devon Alexander (who won the award for raising the most money). Other walkers included: Tom Broad; Nancy Allen; Larry Shiflet; Gay Nord; Marilyn Gerry; Leesa Love; David and Hildy Bubier; Tim and Dawn Lange; Ruth Hutyra; Pat Chandler; Samantha Foster; Kay and Lannon Fitzsimons; Barbara Stellmacher-Squires; Eileen Alexander; Dave and Gwendolyn Condeleo-Crawford; and many more. Tom, Devon, and Cynthia Calvert cheered the crowds across the finish line. Brightening the day were the red embroidered caps worn by many of the heart attack and stroke survivors. The Kingwood Chamber of Commerce held their annual holiday luncheon and toy drive which benefitted HAAM (Humble Area Assistance Ministries). One of the highlights of this wonderful luncheon is the presentation of the annual Dick Alspaugh Community Service Award. This year’s well-deserving winner was Paul Leviner¯congratulations, Paul! The Community Chamber of East of Montgomery County held their third annual “Principal of the Day” program last Thursday. Approximately 25 community leaders spent part of their day at one of the fine schools in this area, as acting “principal of the day.” I had the privilege of shadowing the wonderful Betty Wyatt, principal of New Caney Elementary. Following our morning at the schools, we were treated to a luncheon catered by Trigg’s (who makes the yummiest banana pudding) at the East Montgomery County Improvement District offices. The real principals and their counterparts for the day could share their experiences of the morning, and each participant received a special door prize for their participation. This was a “job well done” by the Community Chamber Education Committee and chairman Danell Fields, who received much appreciation from Andy Dill, Rick Cowan and all the participants. Raffa’s “Party on the Patio” was a Cajun Feast that would put Emeril to shame! Think: red beans and rice with Andouille sausage; fried popcorn shrimp; shrimp etoufee; Cajun creamy chicken and Andouille pasta; bananas foster bread pudding, and more than we could eat! Folks gathered inside and out (and didn’t mind waiting for a table) to enjoy this scrumptious feast, and the great music provided by D. J. Mark Linabury. Faces in the crowd: Haydn and Anne Garrett; Mark and Anne Johnson; Rod and Gay Felts; Pat and Ardy Weston; Buddy and Judy Sexton; Bill and Sandy Gresham; K.C. and Claudia Gifford; Lynn Fields; Allen and Kim Riley; Danny and Geralyn Sullivan; Tony and Cheryl Austin; Mark Linabury’s parents, Laurie and Robert Fitch; and Republic Wine Representative Paul Ramirez. More than 50 members and guests of the Kingwood Wine Club enjoyed a beautiful night on Lake Houston at the home of Paul Risch. It was the annual “Ridge Wines” tasting, and one of the most popular of the year. Enjoying the great food, wine and view: Joe and MaryAnn Burckhardt; Marc and Kathy Spector; Hank and Cheryl Wood; J. T. and Millie Golden; Ron and Tina Denoville; Mike and Marianna Baker; Cherryl Young; Howard Pitman; Cheryl (CJ) Johnson; Karen Boughton; Derold Maney and sis-in-law Coleen Mullin; John and Diana Broussard. Dr. David and Sherri Huffman celebrated their 50th anniversary with a surprise party at Iguana Joe’s Restaurant in Crosby. More than 75 family members and friends surprised the couple, including five of their nine children; 18 of their 24 grandchildren and 2 of their 6 great grandchildren! Yes, the Huffmans married at very young ages! Dr. Huffman has been a dentist in the Atascocita area since 1993; he’s also an avid tennis player; Sherri paints. Enjoying the fun: Dr. Manfred and Daiva Quentel; Dr. Nick and Jelica Gajic; Karl and Vinette Rathkamp; Aurelio and Julia Sotelo; Denise and Claudia Garza; Darrell and Autumn Grenup; Josh and Angela Campbell; Peggy French; Linda Louvier; William and Angel Acevedo; Clyde and Nancy Lambert; Ron and Tina Denoville; and Natalie Huffman. An exceptionally cool Monday night caused the Zammitti’s patio crowd to move indoors. Then the power went out in King’s Harbor for about an hour and a half! The innovative staff served dinner by candlelight to the diners that included Ted and Diana Price; Debbie McGuire; Cherryl Young; Howard Pitman. Congratulations to Tribune owners Larry and Cynthia Shiflet who celebrated their ninth anniversary with a romantic dinner at Chez Nous last Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving to all! I’ll see you out and about!