Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
It’s that most wonderful time of the year yet again! A time when we’re all just a little harried, but also a little merrier. Hopefully y’all are enjoying the season no matter what you’re celebrating.
The annual Mothers Against Cancer Holiday Luncheon, Pearls of Hope, was another astounding success for the organization which also celebrated 30 years of giving, proudly supporting Texas Children’s Hospital’s Texas Children’s Cancer Center, the largest pediatric oncology and blood disease center in the United States, in their ongoing research activities. MAC, as the organization is affectionately called, has donated over $6 million to specific research projects, funded mainly by this luncheon. This year’s donations will be applied to molecular oncology research, which studies the molecular mechanisms of cancer initiation, progression and metastasis. Fox 26’s Melissa Wilson did a fantastic job as Mistress of Ceremonies while the Reverend Beth Chenault of Strawbridge United Methodist Church gathered us all in prayer with a special prayer of remembrance for former U.S. President George Bush. The Fall Creek Elementary School Choir, led by Allison Janes, performed a lovely holiday-themed spectacle for us as we sat down for some delicious Chicken Involtini with spinach and sundried tomatoes followed by a selection of little dessert bites. Ginger Bertrand presented the Ann Denman Award to Glenda Gordy and honored Dylan Probe, who is sporting a gorgeous new ‘do, as this year’s Texas Children’s Cancer Center Patient. Dylan also happened to win the new iPhone watch at the Heads or Tails game, beating out a whole lot of players! Seen buying numerous raffle tickets, watching their bids for the silent auction, cuddling that adorable puppy from the live auction, and generally enjoying the festive atmosphere were Gwendolyn Condoleo Crawford, Lynn Fields, Karyn Brenza, Jane Clement, Karen Moran, Terri Stowers, Mary Lee Irwin, Amye Lockett, Fran Fennie, Karen Linette, Elaine Craven, Pam Shanks, Brenda Miller, Karen Cassidy, Pat Dollar, Judy Monaghan, Jacquie Seguin, Nancy Fulton, Mary Ann Brantley, Rita Klein, Meredith Miniat, Halene Crossman and Judy Thigpen.
Jennifer Wooden invited the “movers and shakers” to a kick-off luncheon for the 39th annual Good Oil Days in Humble. The popular festival is expanding this year! Look for an evening street dance following the festival, a beer garden, multiple music venues, plus tons of food trucks, juried vendors and a farmers market. Planning it all were Diane and David Pierce, Scott Brady, Nancy Shortsleeve, Pat Gill, Ken Austin, Connie Chandler, Deborah Rose Miler, Gwen Key, Cynthia Calvert, Dr. Polly Heil Mealey and Debbie Bixby, Want to help? Perform? Be a vendor? It’s Saturday, April 6. If you want to be part of the event, call 281-446-4140!
A small but enthusiastic group of Lake Houston residents traveled inside The Loop to join other members of Houston District E at the very trendy Grace’s on Kirby for Councilmember Dave Martin’s annual Christmas party. Once again, Martin joined with colleague Dwight Boykins, who represents Houston District D, to host what we view as the first and one of the best holiday parties of the season. There was a notable hush in the festive crowd as Martin and Boykin raised their glasses in a toast to George H. W. Bush. He would have loved the party. The Councilmembers’ merry party drew lots of Houston’s power brokers including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Seen nibbling Grace’s famous comfort finger foods and imbibing in what was probably Dr Pepper were Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe and Lindsey Stuebe, Casey Christman, Mark Mitchell, Tom Broad and John Denton, Fred Flickinger and Marie Flickinger, and Clarissa Perez and Nicholas Huerta. Clarissa, by the way, is Martin’s newest staffer. She’s the one to call if you live in Kingwood. We also saw Sanjay Dapat and Melissa Arredondo. He spends a lot of time in Kingwood now as the attorney for the TIRZ #10 Board. Melissa and Sanjay brought a ray of sunshine to the party, their cute little first-born. State Rep. Dan Huberty made a quick appearance before heading back to Lake Houston to speak to the Kingwood Tea Party. We got to meet Jessica Beemer’s beau, Tony Arredondo. Jessica, as we all know, is Martin’s trusty chief of staff and Tony showed the patience of Job while Jessica made sure the finger foods and beverages continued to flow. Good job, Jessica and Clarissa. We look forward to next year’s Dave & Dwight Show.
My little family is enjoying a reunion for the first time with my extended family from all over the world. If you look up the white sand beaches of Boracay, that’s where we’ve been. That and the most darling cat café in Tokyo where you could also cuddle up with a hedgehog or an owl. It’s been a trip! And when I get back, I hope to see a lot of you Out and About!
Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2019!