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

The Kingwood Garden Club has enjoyed a very good year despite Harvey flooding many of their members. This year, this local club that started in 1973 is celebrating their 45th anniversary. With membership currently at 136, they are a thriving and active group of men and women that do what they love while also helping the community. This year’s luncheon was themed “Spring Blooms – A Mayday Celebration!” I have been lucky enough to have been to several of their annual luncheons and I have to say, they are some of the absolute prettiest ones I have ever attended. This year’s tablecloths were a soft coral with celery-green napkins. The 12 floral arrangements were spectacular, with two of their members making gorgeous designs incorporating the construction of a maypole. Another fabulous arrangement was a beautiful floral birthday cake in celebration of the club’s anniversary. The Kingwood Garden Club also awards scholarships to graduates of Kingwood, Kingwood Park, New Caney and Porter High schools who will be studying a field related to gardening/horticulture, including botany, agriculture, conservation, entomology, forestry, horticulture, environmental studies, landscape or landscape architecture, and plant research. This year, a $4,000 scholarship was awarded to Caitlin Lakey, who is a junior at Texas A & M majoring in soil conservation and crop management. She is a graduate of Kingwood Park High School. She spoke to the membership and thanked them for her scholarship and gave an explanation of her course of study. Several past presidents of the club attended the luncheon as well as Ryan Fennell, branch manager of Kingwood Library, who talked of the library’s plans to reopen. The club’s main project for this year was a plant sale held at Town Center April 21. All plants were grown by their members and sold at bargain prices to benefit the community as many restore their landscapes after flood recovery. The luncheon also included the installation of the newly elected officers for 2018-19: Millie Smaardyk, president; Gail Wright, 1st VP; Margo Rushin, 2nd VP; Dean McNeely, 3rd VP; Cathy Owen, secretary; and John  Hernandez, treasurer.

Don’t forget to drop by the Humble Civic Center on May 16, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for chopped beef sandwiches along with chips and a drink for only $10 to benefit Deputy Christopher Gaines, who was injured in the line of duty while answering a disturbance call in Atascocita. You can either drive through or dine in for your lunch, so get enough for everyone and dinner also, and help Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, Capt. Toby Hecker and the Precinct 4 deputies help their injured colleague.  

If you happen to not have purchased enough sandwiches for dinner as well, consider heading to Los Cucos for the Congressional District 2 Runoff Candidate debate between Dan Crenshaw and Kevin Roberts.  Hosted by The Tribune and moderated by The Tribune’s owner, Cynthia Calvert, you get to mingle and meet at 6:30 p.m. before the forum begins at 7.  

On Monday, April 23, Evan Lee Lewis, son of Becca and Wess Lewis, was awarded the first annual Major David S. Williams Memorial Scholarship at Kingwood High School’s Honors Night. Guy and Judy Williams provided a scholarship to a KHS graduate who exemplified the core values of their son Major David S. Williams, who passed away after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Evan was awarded the scholarship from a pool of more than 25 applicants. According to the Williams family, Evan’s activities, grades, teacher recommendations and essay clearly made him stand out. Congratulations, Evan! The Williams family stands behind you on your future endeavors at Texas A&M!

It was a gorgeous day at the Atascocita Golf Club May 7. Director of golf and all-around great guy Ken Kirchhoffer and Head Golf Pro Brad Dodson welcomed hundreds of golfers to their sixth annual Memorial Day Classic, benefiting veterans served by Base Camp 40 and the Lone Survivor Foundation. Lupe Tortilla served up lunch and Planet Ford and The Tribune helped sponsor the event, which featured the Scooter Brown Band and the Atascocita High School JROTC program, which handled the impressive presentation of colors. Former Houston Oiler Dan Pastorini played, as did Larry Shiflet, Gary Warman, Mike Byers, Randy Oertelle, John Centner, Mark Kolan, Jerry Bontarger, Carl Williamson, Jim McNeese, Reuben Vela, Matt Woodward, Rob Dimilia, Walter and Sheryl McKellar, Troy Hitt and Tim Miser. A whole host of my girls’ girls are graduating this week! I’ll let you know about them soon. Maybe a graduation edition of “Out and About?” Let me know about your grads – plans for continuing education, internship plans, gap years and grad parties. Drop me the details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I hope to see you Out and About!

Cherrie Ledoux
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