Welcome, everyone, to the new Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!

Do you know that when you shop the Kingwood Women’s Club Christmas Market every October that you change lives?  You make a difference. To complete the circle of giving, the club recently held a reception to present checks totaling almost $109,000 to Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM), FamilyTime, Society of St. Stephen, Lone Star College scholarships, Mission Northeast, Feed My Lambs, The Gathering Place, the Kingwood Library, and Project Mammogram.  Celebrating the Joy of Giving were Donna Weiner, Judy Thigpen, Lynn Harper, Erin Mattingly, Claire King, Katharine Persson, Diane Blanco, Erica Badano, Liz Stemm, Millie Garrison, Heidi Dreher, Carrie Chase-Hope, Sharon Lewis, Judy Cox, Pam Dickson, Leanna Nguyen, Cathy Parva, Connie Chandler, Karen Currington, Lanita Richardson, Katelin Wanen, Beth Statesir, Ryan Fennell and Tim Baker. What an amazing achievement by an amazing group of women who are also celebrating their 20th anniversary. Congratulations, ladies!

Kingwood ladies took Italy by storm on Kingwood Travel’s Treasures of Italy Tour. Over 12 days, the group visited Stresa, Cinque Terre, Florence, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano and sailed into the sunset on gondolas in Venice. Vineyard dinners, a Tuscan cooking class and a little shopping immersed in the rich history of this beautiful country made for an unforgettable trip. Led by Diane Blanco and Kathy Adkins, the trip included Kingwood ladies Christine Zenker, Sara Vercellino, Maureen Smith, Sharon Sirgo, Sue Schmidt, Onnie Sherrer, Lisa Ryan, Dee Rogers, Helen Reuland, Cathy Reading, Barbara Pope, Rachel Harlin, Beth Higgins, Claudette McKee, Emily Maas, Twila Carter, and Ronda Meuwissen. For information about future group trips and travel specials, join our own “Over the Edge” writer Diane Blanco’s email list at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Danell Fields and Stilettos had their March meeting, which featured a travel show and craft-making get-together. Appetizers and wine were provided at no charge to the gals who met at the Kingwood Country Club. Sheila Belisch of Amawaterway Cruises flew in to give a talk on travel and riverboat cruises. The women all made crafts out of the goodies provided and Beth Powell gave a demonstration for her Tupperware range. Prizes included four club level Astros tickets by Twila Carter, a 200 grill from Beth and scarves from Amawaterway. It was great fun! Seen in the crowd were Bridget Ognoskie, Fran Fennie, Cynthia Nix, Karen Fennel, Linda Dumas, Shannon McIntyre, DeDe Wedekind, Anita Thomas, Linda Copeland, Sharon Lewis and many more. The April event will be a cooking demonstration with David Welch and all are welcome.  Speaking of Danell, she just got back from a two-week trip to Turkey. Venturing off on her own, she met 20 other individuals from around the country to get to know this beautiful land. Istanbul and all the coastal towns were mesmerizing as well as some of the great places like Ephesis, the spice market, and Grand Bazaar. One of her favorite places (and mine) was the Blue Mosque, an absolutely amazing structure. Not quite done with her travels, Danell is also planning on taking a group trip from Paris up the French coastline for a riverboat cruise event called Taste of Bordeaux. Sightseeing and wine tasting while cruising around France in September? Twist my arm. There are still some spots available. Danell can be reached at 832-776-4407.

The Kingwood Area Alumnae Panhellenic Association (KAAPA) will host Sorority 101, an informational meeting on the sorority recruitment process on April 2 at Kingwood High School. This presentation is open to high school juniors, seniors, college students, and their parents who are interested in learning more about the sorority recruitment process, including recruitment format, sorority academic and financial expectations, as well as what to expect after becoming a member of a sorority. Alumnae members of KAAPA as well as the executive board will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. This is a great opportunity to hear more about the entire Greek Life experience and help those interested in participating in sorority recruitment put their best foot forward.

Annette Wood (281-360-9734) is putting on some blingy denim, harnessing the rodeo spirit, and inviting folks to a country western dance and buffet March 24 at the Kingwood Country Club. Themed “Rhinestone Cowboy,” this should be a whole lot of fun with entertainment by Mike Willeford’s 6-piece “Whiskey River” band. Call Annette for more information and while you’re at it, ask her about tickets to the Mad Hatter luncheon and start cooking up some fabulous millinery for yours truly to judge.  

If you haven’t yet, time is running out to get tickets to HAAM’s Pillars of the Community Gala. Honoring three couples – Byron and Ginger Bertrand, Darryal and Connie Chandler, and Frank and Marlene Kopta – who have been selfless in sharing their time, talents and treasures, the event will be held at the Kingwood Country Club March 31. Go to the HAAM website to purchase tickets and I hope to see you there!

Cherrie Ledoux
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