Funny (but not at the time) story: I was just finishing up this column when I left my desk to get a coffee refill. I returned to find one of my cats laid out on my keyboard like the Queen of Sheba. She had also managed to hit the right combination of keys to delete my entire work, lock up my screen and freeze me out from entering my password until I rebooted. Twenty-four hours later, I can finally laugh about it.

Kingwood artists Stephanne Martin and Sam Caldwell will provide demonstrations of ceramic and watercolor art. Styled “Art Fight of the Decade,” the exhibit will open at Martin Galleries, 1570 Kingwood Drive, Saturday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. Stephanne works with high-fire clays, unique glazes and natural oxides to create timeless artifacts. Her husband, John Martin, works in figurative art, but is perhaps best known for his functional art furniture, where his designs are founded in timeless styles ranging from Shaker to Traditional. Sam Caldwell, a well-known Texas artist, has been a Kingwood resident for more than 30 years. Caldwell was named Texas State Artist for 2004 and CCA Conservationist for 2015. He was recently named to the Texas Maritime Museum Wall of Fame. Items donated by both artists will be available with proceeds going to Texas Children’s Hospital. When you stop in, make sure to say hello to Vizi Lange, Sam’s wife, who’s both a dear and a doll.

Janice and Paul Costa, Halene and Ron Crossman, Eunice and Rod Dennis, Karen and Earl Garrison, plus Susan and Ron White recently celebrated the July birthdays of Susan and Paul at Raffa's. This "Fab Five" group has enjoyed over 33 years of special celebrations together and feel blessed for their enduring friendships and the health recovery of Ron Crossman and Susan who are both looking great!

After 30 years of business in the Kingwood/Humble area, Reeves Furniture will be closing its doors. The heavy flooding from a few months back caused such extensive damage to the building and the inventory, that owners Debbie Crapse and Steve Miller have decided to close down the business by the end of August. There are still items available for sale at significant discounts. Debbie and Steve are also hoping to find Boots and Stormy, the resident cats, a new and loving home.  

Skippy Lupton, longtime Kingwood resident, tireless volunteer and gracious party hostess has moved to Phoenix, Ariz., to be closer to family. Good friend Angie Chesnut is compiling a book full of memories for Skippy to enjoy even while busy doting on her newest great-grandbaby. Nancy Fulton has already put together a photo album and if you have more pictures, special messages or anecdotes to include, please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Are you sporting an orange #TeamPoe band? Community residents and friends far and wide have been spotted wearing the bracelets in support of Congressman Ted Poe’s battle with luekemia. From the Liberty County Republican Party to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Humble ISD Board of Trustees, Rep. Dan Huberty, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct 4 Constable’s Office and one afternoon at Chachi’s – every single patron – it is clear that our prayers and well wishes are with the Congressman and his family.  

Happy retirement to Assistant Chief Deputy Wally Weighat of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s office. But we haven’t seen the last of Assistant Chief Weighat as he is set to begin his new job with son, Jack, at the family-run Trinity Armory in Cleveland, a firearms dealership. The facility also includes a shooting range and offers CHL classes as well as simulator training.  

Lots and lots of August birthdays! Devon Alexander shared a great night with husband Chad and friends – Eileen Booher, Chris Parker, Gary and Theo Christman, Cheryl and Tony Austin – at Chez Nous. Hector Martinez was on the road for his birthday (Tallahasee according to wife, Robin). Hoping to have drinks with Gwendolyn Condoleo Crawford before (or during or even after) her birthday. Millie Garrison is heading out to North Carolina for her big day (maybe our paths will cross during the week I’m in Charlotte!). Judy Cox also took a moment to celebrate her birthday during a very busy month. Jessica Beemer kicked up her special day surrounded by friends at Bill’s Café. 

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