Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Wow, how has everyone been? I am technically not Out and About, I guess no one really is. I hope you and your loved ones have managed to stay healthy and safe. Traditionally, this is the time of year when kids are back in school, plans for fundraisers are put into motion and holiday events are finalized. Travel plans are organized and guest rooms are readied for families and friends. Things are a whole lot different this year.
A two-decade old tradition, the Women’s Club Annual Holiday Marketplace, is canceled this year. The three-day event, which raises over $100,000 for Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM), FamilyTime/The Door, Project Mammogram, Feed My Lambs, The Gathering Place, Kingwood Library, Lake Houston YMCA, Lone Star College, Mission Northeast and Society of St Stephen, has only been canceled one other time – the year of Harvey. According to Ellie Csengery, current KWC president, the 150-member club is exploring alternatives to hold a different event in the spring. I know I have always enjoyed browsing and shopping the many vendor booths through the years and will miss doing that this time around, but I look forward to what these creative ladies come up with next year.
Each year during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, FamilyTime hosts a Candlelight Vigil to honor and remember those who were killed in Texas as a result of domestic violence. If you’ve never attended one, please consider it. This year the vigil will be held at the St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church parking lot in Humble on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. There will also be an online silent auction starting Monday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 25 with some great items from both the Mothers are Jewels Luncheon and the Purple Ribbon Luncheon that were both canceled earlier this year –gift certificates, golf packages, designer handbags, getaways to Wimberley, Galveston and Austin, Lagos earrings and even a virtual wine pull. The FamilyTime Hearts of Gold Gala is being pushed to Saturday, April 24, 2021 and this year’s nominations for Women of Achievement will be accepted from Nov. 15, 2020 to Jan. 15, 2021. For more information , go to familytimeccc.org.
The Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) Seasons of Sharing has officially begun. If you can, please help with donations of the following items in a reusable bag: stuffing mix, cans of vegetables, a bag of rice, a packet mix of turkey gravy, a can of fruit, cranberry sauce or yams, one box of instant mashed potatoes, one pound bag of dried beans, one box of brownie mix and two packages of corn bread mix. Distribution begins on Oct. 26. HAAM is also beginning their Empty Stocking Toy Drive. In the past, different events that have kicked off Empty Stocking – gingerbread house building contests, cookie exchanges, open houses, etc. This year, HAAM is asking for gift cards in lieu of toys to minimize risk of exposure. For more information on how to help, go to haamministries.org.
The Village Learning and Achievement Center strives to create the support and services needed to affect positive change in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and our local community, so that these individuals may reach their maximum potential and level of independence. The Village’s annual fundraiser, also their 20th anniversary, has been transformed into a virtual gala this year. It will feature a raffle, silent auction and a “faux” live auction. Visit villagelac.org for more information.
Small local businesses are very dear to me. Together, my husband Daniel and I own two small businesses, A Grand Affair Catering and Events and APEX Estate Sales. This newspaper, The Tribune, owned by Cynthia Calvert, is a small business. Many of my other friends are small business owners – Danny and Geralyn Sullivan of Sullivan’s Advanced Paint and Body, Sevala Benton of Lone Star Mailing and Printing, Chris Sarvadi and Jered Montgomery of Megaton Brewery, Donna Ballard of Ballard Pest Control, Robin Martinez of Flowers of Kingwood, Tony and Leslie Raffa of Raffa’s and Amedeo’s, David Welch of Firecraft BBQ, Emmy and Greg Lee of Nico’s and so many, many others. All of us have been negatively affected in one way or another by the COVID crisis and the shutdowns. These are the same people that donate, sponsor and volunteer for FamilyTime, HAAM, The Village, Kingwood Women’s Club and many other fundraisers that benefit our local community. I urge you to patronize small local businesses when you can.
On that note, a special shout out to Mark Linabury, Cheri Huber, Bobbi Bodenhamer, Tyler Jones and the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce for their creative and continuing efforts to keep our area’s small businesses going by holding virtual events like BizFest and others.
One other thing – some of my very favorite people had birthdays last month. Socially distant birthday hugs and kisses to Lynn Fields, Larry Shiflet and Danny and Geralyn Sullivan!