Homewood Suites by Hilton in Kingwood recently underwent a renovation and it looks amazing! The grand re-opening included a tour of the fresh new interior, door prizes and some truly delightful hors d’oeuvres. Welcoming guests were Philippe and Mieke Cras and their daughters: Evelyne, Nathalie and Pauline. Seen munching on crabcakes with remoulade, caprese salad and prosciutto-wrapped melon were Angela Egbert from the East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Stephanie Johnson of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Jim Lindenau, Brenda Banks, Heath Rushing, Millie Garrison, Capt. David Escobar, Diane Meredith, Devon Alexander, Tim Baker, Troy Hill, Darryal Chandler and Patsy Oliver.

Congratulations to Katherine Sawyer of Kingwood and Lauren Potter of Humble who were recently awarded the Kingwood Area Alumnae Panhellenic Association scholarships. Katherine is majoring in Radiation Therapy at Texas State University where she also serves as director of activities for the Delta Gamma Fraternity, a member of Colleges against Cancer and Honors College. Lauren, a health promotions major at the University of Houston, is president of the Residence Hall association, Club Camp director of operations and a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. Kingwood Area sorority alumnae are invited to come mingle, touch base with old friends and make new ones on “Winesday” at Raffa’s Waterfront Grill on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Check out the alumnae page on facebook.com/kwpanhellenic.

Get to now your new sheriff and enjoy golf too! Sheriff Ron Hickman will host a fundraising golf tournament Monday, Sept. 14, at Cypresswood Golf Club. Spots are selling quickly for the four-man Florida scramble. There will be lots of prizes and fun. Teams are $500. Get all the information at RonHickman.com

Kim Brusatori, Founder and CEO of the Village Learning and Achievement Center, Community Relations manager Kelly Paull and a host of volunteers welcomed over 200 attendees at the very first Lake Houston’s Got Talent Show. It was such a fun family night which included performances by The Village Choir, magic tricks by both Dr Penn and Tobin Johnson, a showstopping number by Stacey’s Dance Studio’s High School Platinum Team, Andrew Shepherd channeling Frank Sinatra and even a fire dance by Boon Ryan. I had to seriously limit myself on how many desserts to bid on as there were some spectacular ones up for grabs at the dessert auction ranging from a delicious looking homemade peach cobbler to some gorgeous professionally decorated cakes.

The Village has had a couple of busy weeks as they also celebrated the grand opening of their new Multi Purpose Center in Kingwood with a 1950s-themed Sock Hop. State Representative Dan Huberty, City Councilman Dave Martin and City of Houston’s Community Development Department gave Kim Brusatori a hand at the official ribbon cutting before tours of the facility were offered and refreshments were served.

A star is on the horizon! Jess Fields Jr., son of Jess Fields and Danell Fields, just announced he is running for State Representative - District 14 in College Station. Jess Jr. has a gorgeous wife, Courtney, and a precious little daughter, Lacey. The young politician has already been elected and served on the College Station City Council. A graduate of Kingwood High School and Texas A&M, Fields is a small business owner and a proud Republican. Congratulations and good luck, Jess!

Congratulations to the incoming officers of the Humble Noon Lions Club which has donated thousands of dollars to the Humble Independent School District, the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, Cure Fest, FamilyTime, Mission Northeast and the Memorial Hermann Read program. The 2015-2016 Officers are Neil Launder, Duane Meyer, Gary Fritz, Joe Blockage, Tony Austin and Tom Crowell.

Debbie Sottile, Kay Caffrey, PV Fitzharris, Minhchau Epley, Sherran Domescik, Karen Lombardo, Judy Miles, Claire Garrett, Lee Ann Sprick, Kate McPike, Linda Plesko, Susan Soderquist, Debbie Campbell, Connie Shifferd and Cheryl Daciek – the new board of Hi Neighbor Kingwood – are inviting all those interested to a New Member Coffee Aug. 27 at the Kingwood Community Center. Come check out all the activities offered by the different groups such as theater, bridge, travel, tennis, golf, wine, food and, one of my favorites, the Heartbeat Bears.

Join Diane Blanco for a fabulous AmaWaterways' Danube River fall cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest with Kingwood Travel, Nov. 3-10. Add a three-day pre-trip to beautiful Prague! This travel group has a blast and you can too with some of Kingwood's most fun people – Kathy Adkins, Claudette McKee, Judy Thigpen, Jim and Jo Davis, Linda Hernandez, Gwen Carter, Karen Seay, Linda Perlioni, Mary Ann Brantley, Meredith Miniat, Ginny Clark, Emily Maas, Cathy Reading, Carolyn King, Kathy Johnson and Twila Ilgen. A few cabins remain for a really COOL getaway! Call Diane for details 281-380-7939.

Some amazing friends celebrated their birthday this month. Cynthia Calvert celebrated by trading in Houston’s sun and heat for Florida’s sun and heat and some totally well-deserved rest and relaxation. Millie Garrison enjoyed lots of water-related activities with her family in Austin before seeing her daughter off back to Oklahoma University. Gwendolyn Condoleo-Crawford is headed off to Colorado to be with her boys before celebrating her anniversary with Dave in Cabo San Lucas. Robin Martinez of Flowers of Kingwood threw her husband ,Hector, a friend-filled party at Rigo’s where Danny Sullivan, Daniel Ledoux, Mark Linabury, Danell Fields, Donna Ballard, Mike and Layna Netek and others enjoyed fajitas, quesadillas and giant margaritas.

If you haven’t yet checked out thefunraisers.org for details on the Pete’s Dueling Pianos event at The Nathaniel Center, do it now! Presented by Suddenlink and with special thanks to Dan Huberty, Sullivan’s Advanced Paint and Auto, The Tribune, The Nathaniel Center and Chachi’s, it should be a totally fun night for everyone, so don’t forget to buy tickets.  

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