Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
And because by now it’s a tradition to share my Easter Menu with all of you, let me tell you what we’re having. I’ve been meatless for the last forty days so this will be a shockingly carnivorous menu with nary a vegetable in sight: prime rib with coriander salsa verde, rack of lamb with pine nut gremolata, crispy salt and pepper pork belly, Korean fried chicken, and pan-fried Szechuan duck. For dessert, an almond and mocha buttercream Japonaise and chocolate fondants. It’ll probably take us about two hours to get through that mountain of meat and sugar, then it’ll be nap time. I can’t wait!
Put on your favorite team colors and get ready to cheer – the 2018 Humble ISD Education Foundation Gala is almost here! The foundation board has been hard at work on getting this together. Jerri Monbaron, Lisa Doughty, Jen Sitton, India Loth, Colin Carney, Bonnie Longnion, Jim Carranza, Dr. Liz Fagen, Devon Alexander, Kelly Paull, Scott Brady, Lynette Calfee, Carrie Brinsden, Philip Ivy and the rest of the education foundation’s board of directors and advisors are excited about this year’s theme – College Game Day: Show Your Spirit for Our Schools. It’s April 13 at the Humble Civic Center and will be tailgating themed, so get your favorite jerseys on and some comfy shoes.
Stilettos had a great program at Amedeo’s featuring Sam Schrade of DNA (Digital Network Associates). Flowers of Kingwood provided beautiful red roses in glass bowls and audio was provided by Mark Linabury. Mark, by the way, wears many hats – the face of ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning in Kingwood, owner of Local Influence, an online reputation management service, and last, but certainly not least, THE DJ KDub. But really Mark was mostly there to represent Loafers – the flip side of the same coin that Stilettos is on. More than fifty guests attended the event, including Casey Schrade, Devon Alexander, Eileen Booher, Carolyn Cain, Shannon McIntosh, Theo Christman, Sharon Lewis, Connie Chandler, Michelle Dykstra and Robin Martinez.
There is still space left to attend the Humble Area Assistance Ministries Pillars of the Community gala, which will be held at The Overlook. Help us honor three wonderful couples – Guy and Judy Williams, Joe and Corinn Price, and Bill and Ginny Power. While enjoying a fun evening, scribble your name on some fantastic items that will be up for grabs at the silent auction. I happen to have had a peek at all the wonderful things our generous donors have provided for auction and there are definitely some bidding war-worthy items! The Pillars committee – Chair Devon Alexander, Dorothy Alspaugh, Tom Broad, Connie Chandler, Nathalie Cras, Gwendolyn Crawford, Danell Fields, Millie Garrison, Diane Heinricks, Tracy Hobson, Ellen Johnson, Kelly Paull and Betti Welch – have been working so hard on this event and I’m sure it will be one to remember!
Music is in the air this spring. The treasured Lake Houston Musical Arts Society, which enriches our community so much, is hosting their annual fundraiser and this year, enjoy “An Evening in Venice.” The multi-talented members of the Kingwood Chorale, the Kingwood Big Band, Dr. Todd Miller, Rob Hunt and a very special guest artist, soprano Julia Fox, will delight patrons Sunday, April 15 at The Overlook. Catered by the fabulous Raffas, it is only $50 per person for what is sure to be a truly memorable evening! Cocktail attire and cash bar! Call the delightful Beth Higgins at 281-353-2883 or send an email to lhmas.org/RSVP to purchase tickets and to support the arts in our community!
Kingwood Medical Center hosted a ladies night at the end of February, American Heart Month, that was well attended (nearly 100!) and praised by all the attendees. The hospital’s community room was packed for the complimentary evening which included a scrumptious, and heart-healthy, dinner by Chef Scott Strickland and Food Services Director Tim Beecroft. Drs. Syed Raza, PaulRaj Samuel and Nilay Mehta were charming and informative, sharing tons of useful information. The dazzling dinner duo dished up a five-way composed salad with raspberry vinaigrette, a tasty, red wine basted salmon with a Thai glaze and grilled chicken with siracha cream sauce. Served on the side were sautéed, tricolor fingerling potatoes with peppers and onions and everyone practically begged for seconds after enjoying the Oreo cheesecake. Learning all about heart health were Cheryl Austin, Danell Fields, Sharon Lewis, Gwendolyn Crawford, Millie Garrison, Dr. Andrea Burgess, Dr. Polly Heil-Mealy, Teri Jones, Eileen Booher, Helen Michelini, Karen Palmisano, Kelly Paull, Gina Thompson, Carol Sutton, Carmen Weber, Melinda Stephenson, Devon Alexander and Amy Brown.