Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Happy New Year! How did everyone celebrate? I have to admit to being asleep at midnight. It had been a long week of traveling and I was wiped out. I did manage to make and eat some Pasta Lenticchie – pasta with lentils as well as some Corned Beef and Cabbage and Stir Fried Noodles. I know, a little strange but I believe there’s enough of something about the ingredients as well as the knowledge of what my family likes that symbolize health, longevity and prosperity to satisfy my East-meets-West-meets-South background. Regardless, we washed it all down with the last of my homemade Eggnog and that’s probably the real reason why I was asleep before midnight.
The perfect way to thank everyone you’ve worked with as you transition to a new position? Throw a “Grateful” party. That’s what Kingwood resident Dr. Angel Munoz and spouse, Missy, did in early December at Italiano’s Banquet Hall, when they hosted a couple hundred of their closest friends and colleagues from what used to be called Northeast Medical Center Hospital in Humble. As Lake Houston’s first neonatologist, Munoz cared for at least 40,000 Lake Houston newborns since he set up the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit in 1994. He trained the nurses who staffed the unit and many of them came by to wish him well, including Debbie Baker, a long-time nurse at the hospital and spouse of Kingwood banker and Northeast Hospital Authority Trustee Tim Baker. Fellow authority trustee and former hospital ER physician Dr. Barbara Reischmann was there as well as recently retired pediatrician Dr. Mason Gilfoil and very active Lake Houston surgeon Dr. Jose Ortega (with spouse, Debbie) and OB/GYN Dr. Miles Mahan, (with wife Susan), who recently attained the rank of colonel and will be deployed soon to Afghanistan. Also spotted at the packed party were Linda Davison, Art and Carolanne Voltmann, Terry Burkhalter, Carla Maslakowski, Tom Broad, John Denton and Robin Ardoin McCloud. Munoz’s former staff gifted him with a DNA test and discovered that he is 50 percent European, five percent Irish – and is related to a lot of Bakers. Tim Baker declared that he and Munoz are cousins.
A few of us managed to get together for a Back to School (again)/New Year lunch at Chachi’s the other day. The original lunch date way back in August got derailed by Harvey, so we thought, why not? Mark Linabury, Lynn Fields, Janet Huberty and Sparky Nolan managed to get caught up over queso.
The committee for the Putts and Prayers for Kevin Golf Tournament benefiting Kevin Kilgore met the other day and it’s full steam ahead. Cynthia Calvert, Gwendolyn Condoleo-Crawford, Ken Kirschhofer, Kevin Kilgore, Jr. and I all have our marching orders and are hoping for a fantastic event that will help defray medical costs for Kevin. Putts and Prayers is scheduled for Feb. 16 and will feature golf (of course), vendor booths, children’s activities, food, raffles, silent and live auctions, and lots more fun for everyone in the family. Help us help Kevin, who has been such a huge supporter of our area charities and organizations. So go ahead and start rustling up a foursome (or more), stop and shop the vendor booths, let the kids run around and play, or drop by after work and enjoy some food and drinks and put your name down for an auction item or two.
What else is going on around town?
H-E-B is finally going to reopen, scheduled Jan.19. On Jan. 20, in H-E-B’s parking lot, a music-filled fundraising event will be held to benefit Kingwood High School’s Music Department. So much equipment was damaged by Harvey that they are going to need all the help that they can get. Coupons to most of the area businesses that are now back up and running are being given away at the event, so make sure you stop by.
Start laying out the blingy denim and cowboy boots for the annual Boots and Buckles event at the Humble Civic Center Jan. 27, featuring live entertainment from Rick Trevino and Gary Kyle. The event is hosted by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo METRO Go Texan Humble/Kingwood Committee.
Let’s start 2018 with gusto and optimism! I personally don’t do resolutions, but if you did, I hope you meet your goals. And I hope to see you all Out and About in this new year.