Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! The Fourth Annual Village Learning and Achievement Center Gala was, pure and simple, a grand slam, out of the ball park! The event was held in the perfect venue of the Crowne Plaza-North Houston Greenspoint ballroom and foyer; food and service very well done. There were support options for all attending, from raffle, to silent auction, bid board, and lively live auction, with one of our favorite friends, and previous VLAC honoree, Joe Cleary, as auctioneer. Special thanks from the gala committee to Thomas Markle Jewelers for donating the gorgeous pearl necklace and earrings for a special auction. Table decorations provided by Danell’s Gifts and Floral were perfect and elegant. Event emcee was KHOU’s “Great Day Houston” host Debra Duncan, who really loved what she was doing that night, bantering with Sparky Nolan, singing with the band, and dancing with the Villagers! Everyone love the band, Hotcakes and stayed to dance. Our good neighbor Rick Alspaugh was honored for his support of VLAC and our community, with lovely wife, Dorothy and lovely mom Sue by his side. There were more than 300 people in attendance; just some of the beautiful and handsome enjoying a perfect evening: Dr. Jim and Carolyn Davis; Nancy Reed; 2007 honoree Carol Joiner and wife Colene; Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary; Larry and Cynthia Calvert Shiflet; Joe and Tracy Stunja; Brett and Kimberly McLea; Chuck and Claire Kramer; Kristi Williams; Andy and Dr. Katherine Persson; Joe and Corinn Price; Ed and Sara Nowak; Dan and Janet Huberty; Robert Scarfo and Jayme Snowden; Gene and Dorothy O’Neal; Curtis and Kim Maxey; Ellen Schmidt; David and Hildy Bubier; Philippe and Mieke Cras; Seth and Sandy Brady; Scott and Peggy Pignolet; Leonard and Kim Brusatori. Congratulations to gala chair Marie Halvatzis, The Center’s Eliza Hudson and the committee for a tremendous evening! The night before the VLAC gala, RE/MAX Associates Northeast were hosting their annual Novemberfest at the beautiful ranch estate of Craig and Wanda Hemmer-McCulloch, benefitting Children’s Miracle Network and Texas Children’s Hospital. Passersby may have done a double take to see the RE/MAX hot air balloon landing at the event, not to mention the hayrides, bonfire, and music! The attire was “cowboy casual” to “juicy couture,” and more than 300 in this crowd were enjoying old fashioned barbecue and “fixins,” courtesy of Billy Dawson and his team, accompanied by hundreds of delicious cookies baked by Barbara Noonan. A “who’s who” of the real estate community included: Suzanne Noonan Murphy; Tony Burt; Beverly Sadler; Eileen Stanley; Joan Imperato; Ken Pickett; Yvonne Duncan; Brenda Landry; Dawn Morrell; Holly Whitney; Kevin Clark; Dorothy Hyatt; Whitney Peper. The “miracle committee” deserves recognition: Jared Lyons; Laurie Zinser; Elizabeth Moore; Carolyn McCauley; Lynn Englert; Bunny Geerlings; Patty Linscomb; Bill Payne; and Mary Jo Burt. Kudos to Joe and Tracy Stunja and Ed and Sara Nowak for their leadership and support of this great philanthropy! What’s on my calendar: Saturday, Nov. 22, (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) is without a doubt, a busy day! Before heading off to shopping, cooking, family and fun community events, please remember to vote on the HISD tax increase to keep staff and programming in place for our schools. For more information: www.humble.k12.tx.us. Another reminder that on Nov. 22, FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center will host a barbecue, “biker poker run,” auction and more beginning at noon at Hoot County Saloon in Humble. Contact: Dawn at 281-446-2615 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also on Nov. 22, visit AABY (Animals Always Believe in You) Thrift Shop at 24552 Loop 494 at the corner of Northpark from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a “parking lot sale” of clothing, kitchen items, decorations, toys, furniture, books and more. If you love animals and would like to volunteer for this event, or to help AABY in other ways, call 281-358-4866. The always energetic Kay Pass, volunteer Barbara Egan, and AABY Foundation are implementing their long awaited dream, “SOS – Serving Our Seniors.” SOS provides assistance to economically-challenged seniors needing veterinary services for their pets. Thanks to area veterinarians who will volunteer their services and the Foundation which will underwrite the cost of supplies! Intake screening will be at The Mission in New Caney; for info: 281-358-4866 or www.AABY.org before taking your pet. Recently family and friends gathered at Cedar Landing to wish happy birthday to the beautiful and always young Sue Schauman. Son Paul celebrated his the same day, and was joined in the celebration with brother Eddie Schauman, Anna Barron; Chad and Jennifer Reyes; Brandon Schauman; Liz Schauman; Bruce and Dawn Koceja; Ron and Tina Denoville; and Allan Osborn. Looking for a special gift, something that you won’t find at the mall? Village Learning & Achievement Center at 3819 Plum Valley has professional kiln equipment for firing ceramics, and creating original designs of bowls, mugs, trays, pasta sets, entertainment pieces and much more, including seasonal and patriotic creations. These can also be personalized for teams, company gifts, or special inscriptions, for just a few extra dollars. Many of these were on display and available at their gala, but if you missed them, special orders are accepted. Villagers also create unique note cards. Proceeds from sales go back into VLAC programs; so it’s a great deal! For more information, contact Jenn Montgomery at 281-358-6172, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. During this time of year, we want to share our blessings with those less fortunate. Donations, time, and volunteering are greatly needed and appreciated at these wonderful organizations: The Mission in New Caney; contact Lorie Young at 281-354-1200; Society of St. Stephen in Kingwood; contact Margaret White, 281-358-7722; HAAM (Humble Area Assistance Ministries); contact Millie Garrison, 281-446-3663, ext 121; FamilyTime and The Door in Humble; contact Judy Cox at 281-446-2615. I’ll see you out and about!

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