Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
The Village Learning and Achievement Center is back with their Lake Houston’s Got Talent Show on Aug. 16. The Village wanted to bring a family-friendly event to the area, and the Lake Houston’s Got Talent Show was their answer. The night will showcase many talents from members of our community. Last year, we had a variety of singers, dancers and magicians. The event will feature two divisions: General Public and Special Needs. Sixteen acts will be chosen to perform between the divisions. Audience members will vote for their top favorites from each division, and then our judges will select the winners for cash prizes. Last year, all 200 tickets were sold out, so make sure you get yours early!
Dave Martin has been “Out and About” quite a bit. Just a few days ago he was at La Griglia where “The Golden Girls” – Cindy Clifford, Elizabeth Brock and Carrin Patman – held a luncheon to celebrate Ashley Turner’s new position as executive director of community relations at Lone Star College. Mayor Sylvester Turner, her father, gave some brief remarks after lunch was served. Lots of great things are in store for Ashley and there were some amazing individuals at her celebratory luncheon – Jeff Syptak, Suzanne Christian and Martha Tatum, to name just a few. Martin was also at the Lakewood Yacht Club to hear Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Assistant Secretary of H.U.D. Neal Rackleff, who were hosted by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce to speak on post-Harvey and disaster relief monies. Sponsored by The Boeing Company, the luncheon was quite well attended. Other faces in the crowd included Chris Daniel, Ann Hammond, Chris Reed, Mary Alys Cherry, Jane Sweeney, Bob Mitchell, Cindy DeWease, Tammie Nielsen, Marc Cowart and Darcie Durham.
Kingwood resident Sloan Rinaldi, who landed her yummy Texas barbecue sauce “Texas Q” in all the H-E-B stores in 2016, is going to be appearing on Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters!” The show will pit four regional styles of barbecue – Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina and Texas – against each other in a competition to determine which state has the best barbecue chef. Although the styles are all very different, Texas has developed an incredible craft-style barbecue culture which is very much what is on trend right now. Sloan has previously been pitted (pun very much intended) against two of the competitors who also happen to be masters of two of the top ten barbecue joints in the state. Don’t forget to catch Sloan on “Chopped,” which will be on the Food Network from July 31 to Aug. 28. Also, make sure to wish her luck on her new endeavor as she brings Texas barbecue to Colorado when she opens her new restaurant.
The Salute to Healthcare Luncheon is held each year to honor the health care community and recognize the great impact the industry has in the Lake Houston area. Three finalists from each category were selected and notified July 7 and were recognized and honored at the luncheon July 24. Changes were made this year to split the Health Care Professional of the Year category into three separate awards – congratulations to all the honorees: Nurse of the Year, Amanda Chappell; Physician of the Year, Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey; Allied Health Care Professional of the Year, Laurie Allen; and Non-Clinical Health Care Professional of the Year, Terry Vaughn.
Welcome back to the area! Michael Nasra, a longtime educator and former Humble ISD employee, is returning to the district to take on the role of Kingwood High School’s new principal beginning the 2018-2019 school year. Nasra is filling the position after former Kingwood High School principal Ted Landry accepted the position of principal for The Woodlands High School in Conroe ISD. Nasra began his career in Humble ISD in 2002 and served for 12 years in various roles, including associate principal for Atascocita High School, assistant principal for Ross Sterling Middle and Humble High School, coach and teacher at Humble Middle School, and associate principal at Kingwood High School. He has spent the last four years as the principal of Keller High School in Keller ISD.
While y’all are “Out and About,” don’t forget to drop some school supplies at the HAAM offices in Humble. They’ll be collecting until Aug. 15 and they can use all the help they can get!
Hope to see you Out and About!