Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
We couldn’t have had a more gorgeous day for the inaugural Play for the Pink Golf Tournament at The Overlook and Atascocita Golf Club. Sunny, blue skies, mild temperatures and Patsy Oliver serving cold beer at The Tribune’s hole made for very happy golfers. Tournament chairs Gwendolyn Crawford and Ken Kirchhofer started off the day welcoming everyone to registration where In the Pink chairs Cynthia Calvert and Cristi Cardenas got everyone situated before sending them off to the dining room where A Grand Affair served breakfast tacos as well as complimentary bloody Marys and mimosas provided by Nico’s. A late afternoon lunch was served by David Welch and FireCraft BBQ to the hungry but happy crowd, which included Larry Shiflet, Tim Baker, Dave Crawford, Noel Cardenas and Mike Byers. The swag bags were full of some absolutely amazing donations. A few favorites were the pink RTIC insulated mugs as well as the adorable golf-themed decorated cookies from Yummy Tummy. Gina Remmes also came by with the first few weeks of sales from the Pink Out T-shirts at Atascocita and Summer Creek High Schools. Gina and her committee, including her daughter, Christina, raised more than $9,000 for In the Pink. Amazing work all around!
A few barbecue notes – if you happen to have a hankering, don’t forget to try out pitmaster Raul Jacobo’s offerings at Cobo’s on 1960. If you were at the last Chicks and Hogs annual cook-off and fundraiser for Family Promise, you probably had some of Cobo’s award-winning sauce. I would call ahead just to make sure what you want is still available as the first few times they completely sold out within hours. Also on my barbecue radar on 1960 was Gilbert and Co. with more delicious meats from pitmaster Andre Burns. They also advertise soul food which they weren’t serving the day I swung by, but I will definitely be making an effort to try it out. I was asked to be head judge at the Sawmill Festival BBQ Cook Off, so I’m sure I will get to taste other outstanding creations and I promise to keep you posted. A few months ago I mentioned Mark Linabury’s poke challenge and how I was unofficially taking him up on it. Really, it was just an excuse to eat as much poke as I could. Apparently, we have a new Hawaiian restaurant around so Mahalo to everyone at Kealoha on 1960 in Humble. I can’t wait to try your poke very soon (and lau lau, and the kalbi short ribs, and the loco moco, and the spam musubi, and really, just everything).
If you’re looking to join a great group of women, the Lake Houston Ladies Club is a social organization dedicated to connecting women through monthly luncheons, social activities and various interest groups. This month’s speaker will be world-renowned storyteller Rabbi Dan Gordon, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Torah in Humble. New members are always welcome. Many interest groups are available, including Bunco, Shooting Club, Bridge, Game Day, Mah Jongg, Lunch ‘N Look, Tea Time, Readers Choice, Hand, Knee and Foot, Supper Club, Mexican Train and Movie Club. There are also events during the year that include spouses or significant others.
Speaking of Mah Jongg, when I was standing in that very long line for early voting at the Kingwood Community Center I happened to notice that there was a group of men and women in the space next door to the voting area who were deep into a game. Next time I have some time off (ha!) I will definitely need to check out if they have space for any new players. The Community Center has a whole heap of information on the various clubs and groups that meet in their space regularly. Everything from Zumba to Tai Chi to Canasta, so don’t forget to drop by and see if there’s anything of interest to you. Congratulations to Dan Crenshaw, our new U.S. representative who will be taking over for Ted Poe in watching out for our interests in D.C. For those not able to make it to the ceremony in D.C., the Crenshaw team will be planning “Get to Know Dan” celebrations all around his district. Watch this space for news on the Kingwood event.
The Kingwood Country Club’s Kelly Paull hosted 97 women on two buses for a trip to the Nutcracker Market and was it fun! Starting with breakfast tacos, bacon bloody Marys and mimosas, the group made their way to NRG Center and I have to say, not having to park a car at the market is definitely a bonus. There were, of course, thousands of women and so much stuff to see, buy, touch and taste. It was a long, but fun, day for the group which included Millie Garrison, Tracy Hobson, Addie Wiseman, Judge Laryssa Corduba, Connie Chandler, Kay Manning and Charlotte Lawton.
Don’t forget – HAAM’s Empty Stocking Toy Drive has begun and there are lots of drop-off places all around town. Look them up on HAAM’s website and start collecting. HAAM’s Seasons of Sharing has also begun and they are ramping up putting baskets of food together for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so try and include some canned goods with your toy donations.
Happy birthday to dear friend Aggie Green who is celebrating in the Bahamas with Karen Palmisano. We’ll see you back in Kingwood soon, Aggie!