Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
How many of you have gone to see the bluebonnets? I had a consultation in Brenham this week and there were cars pulled off next to the freeway almost the entire way with folks frolicking in the bluebonnets. I have to say, it was quite the sight! And it was perfect weather to boot with the sun shining, almost no humidity and a slight breeze. Beautiful.
Was that Wonder Woman and Captain America in Kingwood last week? Yes! The famed duo flew into the Liveable Forest along with their best friends, Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Marketing director Christy Walker blew it out with a fantastic celebration! The super heroes were on hand to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Kingwood Emergency Center. It was a packed scene with barbecue, hot dogs, cotton candy, balloons, face painting, music and popcorn. Guests loved getting selfies with the movie star superheroes. After the party got started, a bright yellow helicopter appeared in the sky and landed in the parking lot. First responders hopped out and then gave an inside peek at the “bird.” The Kingwood Park High School band played and the Silver Stars performed. Seen in the crowd were Mark Linabury, Derise Bunn, Rick Hatcher, Aaron Armstrong, owner Richard Yount, Sparky Nolan and Bill Kowalski.
Harvey can’t keep us down!
The Kingwood branch of Wells Fargo, flooded last August with nearly 8 feet of water, celebrated their grand reopening last Saturday. It was a huge party with hot dogs, refreshments and the world-famous Wells Fargo stagecoach on the scene. District Manager and Humble Rotary President-elect, Danny Contreras, Branch Manager Paula Hurtado and Personal Bankers Ariely Lopez and Tracey Jones, along with bank staff Diane Salzman, John Taylor, Juan Zamarripa, Alex Vasquez, Lisa English, Valerie Rodriguez, Melissa Guajardo, Nicolas Sandoval and Victor Pineda were grinning from ear to ear to finally be back “home!”
Jennifer Wooden had to be thrilled with the packed house March 24 for talented singer/comedian Michael Hix. The Bender Performing Arts Center in historic downtown Humble literally overflowed with the Hix-ster’s fans who traveled from as far as Beaumont to see him singing oodles of Motown’s best songs – the Platters, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Wilson Pickett, the Temptations; the list goes on and on. The crowd knew the words to most of the songs and Hix encouraged all to sing along. Seen singing along were Humble City Council Members Norman Funderburk, Allan Steagall, David Pierce and Andy Curry, Humble ISD Trustee Charles Cunningham, Humble Assistant City Manager Aimee Phillips, Sharon and Howard Mittag, Connie and Darryal Chandler, and Tom Broad and John Denton. Making it a special night were the parents of Michael Hix who came in from Amarillo just to watch their son perform. When she’s not “running” the Humble Civic Center, Wooden also oversees The Bender, the former Bender High School, that the City of Humble wisely transformed into the premier performing arts center in Lake Houston. During his performance, Hix gave a shout-out to the Humble High School students in the audience who were exhibiting their amazing artwork in The Bender lobby, and Wooden gave her own special shout-out prior to the performance to Tom Broad and The Tribune as well as to Connie and Darryal Chandler of MinuteMan Press for their invaluable support of The Bender. Wooden revealed that Community Resource Credit Union is bringing Bob Smiley, the clean comedian, to The Bender April 14. Get all the details at humblepac.com.
Lovely Humble is getting spruced up for the 38th Good Oil Days Festival. It is hard to believe it has been held every spring for nearly four decades! The City of Humble and the Senior Activity Center is hosting dozens of vendors down the middle of Main Street Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Proceeds go to the Humble Area Seniors and by the way, get there early in order to purchase one of their amazing, vibrant, huge flowering baskets. Every year, the seniors grow more and more, and every year, the baskets sell out! There will be lots to see as you meander down Main Street, plenty of free parking in nearby streets and admission is free. Jennifer Wooden, director of the Humble Civic Center, promised lots of good food to purchase and an amazing Kids Zone. “Oil Barons” making all this possible include the Tribune Newspapers, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Planet Ford, Minuteman Press and Rockstar Capital Management. Booth space is still available for just $100! Call the amazing Pat Gill at 281-446-4140 to reserve your space!
Jill Fry Curran was an amazing woman – daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, businesswoman and, as I knew her, a very good friend. Jill died of colon cancer two weeks ago and last Wednesday, a beautiful celebration of her life was held at The Overlook. More than 500 people, everyone of whom felt close to her, came to hear loving tributes from long-time friends. Flowers filled the ballroom and photos of her were everywhere. She was a long-time resident of Kingwood and touched many people in the community with her kindness and generosity. She was a successful business owner with many enterprising successes to her name, whether in the field of cosmetics, sales, the family business, support of political candidates, and finally as a very successful Realtor. She was recently recognized by Family Time as a Woman of Achievement. She was also a wonderful wife, mother and Nana who never met a stranger. Jill is survived by her husband, Christopher, her parents Bob and Gail Fry, her children Courtney Green and Tay Bagley, brother Bobby, and sister Jan, and her five grandchildren whom she adored, Ella, Olivia, Gavin, Ronan and Rex. Daniel and I will miss our “Marcia Gay Harden.” In memory of Jill, please make donations to either of the following organizations: Family Time Crisis and Counseling Center familytimeccc.org/ways-to-help-donate or Mothers Against Cancer mothersagainstcancer.net/how-to-help.php