Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now fasten your seat belts because the holiday parties and celebrations are about to begin! You won’t want to miss the events taking place Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Holiday on the Harbor in King’s Harbor. There will be great food, shopping, art, an opportunity to decorate your own gingerbread house and a whole lot more! There will be a “Hike with the Hounds” Dog Walk, and have your pet’s picture taken with Santa. Of course, Santa and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be there! The Lone Star College – Kingwood Big Band will begin playing all your holiday favorites and more at 4:30. The Tree Lighting will take place at dusk. It will be a great day of fun, food and entertainment for the whole family. What’s on my calendar: Kingwood Garden Club’s Forest Home Tour, Dec. 5, 6 and 7. Not only will you be able to tour four of our area’s most beautiful homes, you also will be able to purchase unique, hand-crafted, decorative items, created by the very talented Kingwood Garden Club members, visit the upscale resale shop, and participate in a spectacular raffle. Go to www.kingwoodgardenclub.com or call 281-360-4631 for ticket and other information. Day and evening tours are available. Proceeds benefit community philanthropies. Including Kids is hosting a Holiday Open House Thursday, Dec. 4 at their new location, from 1 – 7 p.m., 5364 FM 1960 E. in Atascocita. It’s in the same center, just relocated slightly east of the other site. Tour the new facility, enjoy some refreshments, and learn more about this wonderful organization that provides programs for children with Autism. For more information, call 281-852-0501. The Jazz Night crowd at Amedeo’s was thankful for the great music of Julia Olivares, piano and vocal, and Erin Wright on bass, on the Thursday before Thanksgiving and last Jazz Night of 2008. Faces in the crowd: Rod and Eunice Dennis; Dom and Joanne Capriotti; Owen and Mary Ruth Jones, Ed and Peggy Glazier; Christopher and Jill Curran; Gail Fry; and Eileen Booher. Next Jazz Night will be January 29, 2009. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Tony Raffa and Chef David Welch hosted a wine locker party at Raffa’s. It was a wine connoisseur’s delight and four of them were there: Robert Gilroy, Paul Ramirez, Carl Chargois and David Dickson. Enjoying an incredible array of wines and Chef David’s yummiest creations: Jay and Sally Mincks; Ralph and Joan Imperato; Michael and Nicci Lawler. (For your next party, ask Chef David to prepare the bacon sandwiches, smoked salmon mini quiches, and mini pumpkin flans that he created for this appreciative crowd!) The Forest Collection held a holiday open house just before Thanksgiving, featuring many beautiful Christmas, home decorating and fabulous jewelry offerings. Everyone registered for the gorgeous clock give away; the winners were Scott and Tammi Howard. (There will be another drawing Dec. 22). Faces in the crowd: Cherie Ledoux and mom Zennie; Judy Luquette; Paul and Denise Krieger; David and Emily Marshall; Christopher and Jill Curran; Cheryl (CJ) Johnson; Dwayne Ulrich; Richard and Len Leofsky; and many more. Diamond expert/gemologist Gary Carriere tempted us with the gorgeous diamonds, pearls and gems in the collection. Cherie made a scrumptious chocolate cake to celebrate store owner Angela Leviner’s birthday. Angela’s daughter Mary, a student at Northeast Christian Academy, had just returned from a TAPS competition in Tyler, where she received one of three awards given, that of “Best Actress.” CJ, Dwayne and the Leofskys left there for a wine dinner at Kingwood Country Club. Kingwood Area Republican Women hosted State Sen. Tommy Williams at their November lunch meeting. Always a favorite, Sen. Williams spoke on the upcoming legislative session in the Texas House. Officers for 2009 were elected, and our dear Halene Crossman will be the president. The officers will be sworn in by Congressman Ted Poe at the Dec. 7 Christmas party. Halene and her team are busy preparing for a 30 anniversary celebration of KARW which will take place in the fall of 2009. Stay tuned for more details. Get in the holiday spirit with the Kingwood Pops Holly Jolly Christmas performances at the Nathaniel Center Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. Performances are at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $20 and available at H-E-B, the Nathaniel Center, or call 281-319-POPS. Visit www.kingwoodpops.org for more information. Continue in the spirit: Take a few extra minutes this week and send a holiday greeting to our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Just prepare a card or letter, addressed to “Dear Service Member” and either mail it or drop it by Congressman Ted Poe’s office, 20202 U.S. Hwy. 59 N, Suite 105; Humble, TX 77338. This is a great project for individuals, students, clubs, and classes, but the deadline is Dec. 8. Let our service men and women know how much we appreciate them. Call 281-446-0242 for more information. Seen out and about: Tim and Diane Trautman dining at Chez Nous; Judy Cox celebrating a straight A report card with grandson Riley at Carrabba’s; Aggie Green and Stacia Cowan lunching at TGI Friday’s. Happy 75th Birthday to the City of Humble! I’ll see you out and about!