December-2012- Absolutely Katy Magazine
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DECEMBER 2012 Anything Goes! at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Inside Festive Decor Holiday Do’s & Don’ts for Blended Families Focus on Worship + Holiday $2.95 LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Gift Guide INSIDE FRONT Specialist care closer than ever West Campus With multiple pediatric subspecialties conveniently located on site, our experts offer top care for kids. From sports medicine to radiology to pediatric surgery, our specialist clinics are staffed by experts in their fields using the most advanced facilities – all designed specifically for children and their families. They’re one reason why U.S.News & World Report ranked us as the top pediatric hospital in Texas. The next time your child needs medical care, come to us. We’re all about kids. Follow us ©2012 Texas Children’s Hospital. All rights reserved. WC198 09/27/12 I-10 and Barker Cypress | westcampus.texaschildrens.org CONTRIBUTORS DECEMBER 2012 | VOLUME 9 | NUMBER 12 6 MEDICAL & BUSINESS 24 BUSINESS BRIEFS RIBBON CUTTINGS 10 NEWSWORTHY 23 6 COVER STORY 6 KATY VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ENRICHES COMMUNITY As a non-profit arts organization, KVPAC has been dedicated to the education and accessibility of theater, visual arts and music programs to children, teens and adults since 2001. 16 10 26 28 30 COLUMNS 14 WE BUILT THIS CITY ON GREAT SCHOOLS 21 TOP TEN LIST: Do’s and Don’ts for Divorced and Blended Families Through the Holidays 2 14 The Expendables 2 21 absolutely! H E A LT H Y L I V I N G 22 absolutely! Q & A Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Answers Your Most Common Questions on Sleep Studies absolutely! DELICIOUS 31 Nick Nicholson Entertainment Editor Page 10 Sophia Vassiliou Sophia Designs Page 12 Henry Dibrell Katy ISD School Board Page 14 HOME THEATRE The Dog Who Saved the Holidays 28 32 Nancy L. Rommelmann PLLC Attorney Page 21 Kelly Nolan Simply Divine Interiors Page 28 Steve Kursar Auto Enthusiast Page 32 absolutely! DELICIOUS LISTING absolutely! AUTO REVIEW HOLIDAY DINNER PARTY DÉCOR HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Shop Katy for the holidays and find the perfect gift for that special someone. ANNA KARENINA Friends: The Complete Series FESTIVAL DÉCOR: SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL Use these tips for infusing your home interior with a festive atmosphere. FOCUS ON WORSHIP Discover nearby churches and seasonal events for your family to celebrate the Reason for the Season. 12 absolutely! FILM REVIEW F E AT U R E S 12 SEVEN LAKES HIGH SCHOOL Advances to State Marching Contest in San Antonio Linda K. Eaves Freelance Writer Page 6 32 2013 RAM 1500 PICKUP IN EVERY ISSUE 4 18 27 31 PUBLISHER’S PREVIEW HEART OF KATY EVENTS AD INDEX DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 ON THE COVER: Sahand Naghavi, Drew Schaffer and Anna Smith. 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THE INSIDE SCOOP STRAIGHT FROM THE TOP Editor-in-Chief, PATTI PARISH-KAMINSKI It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and in this issue of absolutely! Katy Magazine, we have so many wonderful tips to help you and your family get ready for the holiday. From decorating your home to decorating your dinner table, we have helpful hints to make sure your halls are decked and your season is bright. Our cover features an organization who can truly help make your season bright. Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) is hosting several holiday events for you and your family to enjoy this month. A nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and accessibility of theatre, visual arts and music programs The absolutely! Katy team: Melissa Huckabee with Kim and Bob Crosier. to the Katy community, this unique Photo by Nesossi Studies. organization brings local talent and arts opportunities to both children and adults. From a 5K Fun Run to the seasonal favorite The Nutcracker, KVPAC offers something for everyone this month. Be sure to check out their performance schedule on page 8. The holidays are a time of hustle and bustle – so much to do, so little time to do it! If you still have some shopping to do, check out our Holiday Gift Guide on page 30 for some great ideas. And, if you are looking for a place to worship or enjoy some seasonal music, our Focus on Worship section on page 16 will help you find what you are looking for. We wish you blessings this Christmas and an absolutely prosperous New Year from all of us at absolutely! Katy Magazine. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to ringing in the New Year! Absolutely! yours, Vol. 9 No. 12 December 2012 4655 TECHNIPLEX DR. STE 400 STAFFORD , TX 77477 281-690-4242 WWW.ABSOLUTELYKATY.COM EXECUTIVE PUBLISHERS Michael & Lisa Fredrickson E D I T O R- I N - C H I E F Patti Parish-Kaminski PUBLISHER Kim Crosier AC C O U N T E X E C U T I V E S Stephenie Cox Bob Crosier Susan Dannhaus Jennifer Elliott Melissa Huckabee Jessica Kij Henry Pineda, Jr. Andrea Rigamonti Celia Rivera A RT D I R E C T O R Grace Belleza A RT & P R O D U C T I O N C O N S U LTA N T Joey Belleza GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Christopher Hernandez Jesse McPeek C O M M U N I C AT I O N S C O O R D I NAT O R Sarah Greeson A D M I N I S T R AT I V E DIRECTOR Erin Sanders PHOTOGRAPHER Nesossi Studios CONTRIBUTORS Henry Dibrell Linda K. Eaves Steve Kursar Nick Nicholson Kelly Nolan Nancy L. 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Eaves Katy Visual And Performing Arts Center Enriches Community E leven years ago, the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) started as a collection of different visual and performing artists who offered classes for kids. “The nature of our organization comes from the fact that it started with a group of artists with varying backgrounds, and they pulled it all together into one idea,” said Gregory Magyar, executive artistic director. The original KVPAC was located in a downtown Katy warehouse referred to as “the hole-in-the-wall’s hole” because one had to walk through a dance studio’s waiting room to get to the hallway that led back to the garage to the center. Now located at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, KVPAC is comprised of two buildings: the theater arts building and a structure that houses art space, an academic preschool and art classes. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, KVPAC has been dedicated to the education and accessibility of theater, visual arts and music programs to children, teens and adults since 2001. Its mission is to educate, nurture, inspire, challenge, surprise and empower artists and audiences in the Katy and surrounding communities. Gregory Magyar came to the organization three years ago to take the role of performing arts Sahand Naghavi director. “I became an intern executive director, then we restructured, and we now have an executive artistic 6 DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 director and executive operations director.” As the executive artistic director, Magyar steers and shapes all the programs. “We may see anywhere from 300 to 500 different instructors from different disciplines come through our doors on an annual basis. We offer quite a bit beyond classes for kids,” he said. “We have an adult community theatre, classes for adults as well as visual and performing arts.” Community Outreach Programs KVPAC partners with many community organizations and receives support from several foundations. In 2011, more than 25,000 children, youth and adults participated in KVPAC community outreach programs and events. “We have a touring company called Books Alive!, which is a literacy program that dramatizes popular kids’ books,” said Magyar. Books Alive! is a dynamic academic and arts program for children ages three to eight featuring a professional musical play based on a children’s book followed by workshops to encourage literacy. For many children, it’s their first time to experience the magic of live professional theatre, and they respond enthusiastically. Presentations can be scheduled at your school or students come to KVPAC for a field trip. “It’s a very popular program; it’s been going on for years now. We tour a lot of schools in the area, both Katy and Houston and beyond,” said Magyar. Additionally, the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center has an artwork program with Texas Children’s Hospital, Arielle Ducharme “With All Your Art.” Local artists visit children individually at their beds and within a few hours create a “wallready” piece of art. Creating art in a short amount of time is both gratifying and empowering to sick children. Theatre Arts Theatre classes are provided for children as well as adults. Private and semi-private instruction is available in voice, piano and guitar. Encore Players is an all-volunteer adult community theatre organization that taps into the acting, vocal, dance and stagecraft talents of adults in the Katy area. Either on stage or behind the scenes, Encore Players is home to those who love theatre and want to be a part of bringing that magic to life. Katy-area residents can look to Encore Players as a source of theater enjoyment in their own backyard without the commute or cost involved with downtown Houston’s theaters. “We have our Encore Players that’s been around for four years. The plays are for adults performed by adults. It’s like any other community theatre in the country in terms of the kind of material,” Magyar said. Party Time Party Time provides themed parties and characters for hire. Themed parties include: a take-home art project related to your theme, interactive theatrical games, meet and greet with your character with photo and autograph time. A Deluxe Character Party includes a live performance from such characters as Harry Potter, Superman Spiderman, Woody, Peter Pan and Aladdin or Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Jasmine and Rapunzel. Visual Arts Shelby Connolly and Camron Alexander star in The Sound of Music, a summer production. The Visual Arts programs are designed for ages three to adult to develop talents, stimulate creativity and encourage self-confidence. KVPAC Katy Visual and Performing Arts performance of Mulan featuring as the Ancestors Hailey Irvin, Juliana Dold, Peyton Guidry, Mikaila Simmons and Emma Sticklen with lly Lamonte as Mulan and Jared Guidry as Mushu the dragon. Sahand Naghavi and Abigail Cook star in Good Woman of Setzuan a Senior Company Production. provides after-school classes during the academic school year, summer and spring break classes, special “field trip” workshops at KVPAC or your site, classes and workshops for homeschool families, Girl Scout activity badge or Boy Scout merit badge workshops and private or semi-private instruction. PreK KVPAC’s PreK Program is designed to engage students in developmentally appropriate projects and play opportunities that encourage both creative expression and individual growth. Multiple-day options are offered in their expanded facility. Learning objectives seek a balanced approach. Academic performance, creative arts expression, along with social and physical development is emphasized. The PreK Programs include: The PreK@KVPAC, combined academics and arts, Mom and Me Music and Art and weekly half-day PreK summer classes. “Our goal is to become known as more of a community-based arts center that’s for everybody,” said Magyar. “We’ve been known for working with kids for a long time, but we do so much more than that. Our next step is to let Katy know that we’re here for everybody.” KVPAC is located at 2501 S. Mason Road, Suite 290. To learn more, please visit www.kvpac.org. www.absolutelykaty.com l DECEMBER 2012 7 KVPAC December Shows And Events Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs A Company Prelude Production Saturday, December 1st 2 – 4 pm Directed by Mark Redd Snow White is here, and so is an evil stepmother. When Snow White is led into the woods by a reluctant huntsman, Roald Dahl provides for a unique intervention by seven height-challenged heroes. This production careens wildly through dark forests on the wings of a truly inspired score. Blizzard Blitz 5K Fun Run Saturday, December 8th Anything Goes! A Senior Company Production Directed by Heather Villano December 14th at 7 pm December 15th at 2 and 7 pm December 16th at 2 pm The age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience. This show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s delightful scores. It’s a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where Anything Goes! Nutcracker A KVPAC Student Production Drew Schaffer Check-in at 8 am; race starts at 9 am at LaCenterra Shopping Center. Join us for the first ever 5K family fun run to support the arts. Ladies Art Night Extravaganza Friday, December 14th 6 – 9 pm Memory Board Art This creative collage-based project involves paint, wire and paper on wood panel. Bring a family photo, wedding picture or any cherished memory photograph. Friday, December 21st 7 – 8:30 pm Saturday, December 22nd Noon – 1:30 pm For additional information, please visit www.kvpac.org or call 281-829-ARTS (2787). Anna Smith 8 DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 MORE MODEL HOMES. MORE LARGE HOMESITES. MORE FAMILY ACTIVITIES. MORE THINGS TO DO. MORE. There is a community that re-defines tranquility, where a natural landscape is filled with native trees and lush grasslands swaying in the breeze. Welcome to Cross Creek Ranch, a peaceful retreat where active lifestyles and homes from award-winning builders come together to create an unmatched quality of life. Visit Cross Creek Ranch today. Pick up a map at the Welcome Center... and learn why Cross Creek Ranch is the place to live! Naturally. Naturally. 1463 359 crosscreektexas.com facebook.com/crosscreektexas 281.344.9882 from $180s-Millions Grand Parkway KATY Katy Freeway k Westpar 1093 FULSHEAR Tollway 99 359 HigHland . KicKerillo . lennar . newmarK Perry Homes . Plantation . trendmaKer . Village Builders www.absolutelykaty.com l DECEMBER 2012 9 FILM REVIEW By Nick Nicholson A nna Karenina is director Joe Wright's brand new visionary treatment of the epic love story by Leo Tolstoy of the same name. Adapted for the screen by Academy Award winning writer Tom Stoppard, this film marks the third collaboration between best actress nominee Keira Knightley and the production team that was responsible for both Pride & Prejudice as well as Atonement. This timeless film examines the heart and love and the symbiotic relationship we have with the loves of our lives. The film takes place in imperial Russia in 1974. Anna Karenina (Kiera Knightley) is absolutely beautiful and is what every woman aspires to be. She is married to Karenin (Jude Law), an officer in the government with whom she has a son. The place the family has in the hierarchical society in St. Petersburg is unquestioned. At the request of her brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) to come help save his marriage, she travels to Moscow to undertake the task. Along the way, Anna meets Countess Vronsky (Olivia Williams) and her son, cavalry officer Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Upon their introduction, there is clearly a spark between the two that in no way can be resisted. While in Moscow, the home is visited by Oblonsky's best friend Levin (Domhnall Gleeson) who happens to be a very understanding and compassionate landowner. Levin happens to be in love with Dolly's younger sister Kitty (Alicia Vikander). Head over heals in love with Kitty, he awkwardly proposes to her, but her eyes are now on Vronsky. Although devastated, Levin returns to his estate and buries himself with work. After scorning Vronsky, Kitty herself is absolutely heartbroken when Vronsky announces that he only wants the married Anna, who happens to also have the same level of interest in him. Confused, Anna struggles to regain her mental footing by traveling back home to St. Petersburg in order to get back into her regular routine, thinking that will help her get over her feelings for Vronsky. Unbeknownst to her, Vronsky follows her home. The entire St. Petersburg social society is tossed into mayhem after the affair is discovered. Karenin is put in the rather uncomfortable position of having to save face by giving his wife an ultimatum. While trying to attain her own happiness, Anna makes decisions that reverberate throughout the entire image-obsessed society that have dramatic consequences for her and everyone around her. Anna Karenina is extremely dazzling. The choreography and wardrobe are worth the price of admission alone, and the set designs are simply spectacular. Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Vronsky and Alicia Vikander stars as Kitty in director Joe Wright’s bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, Anna Karenina. Director Wright does a remarkable job keeping the pertinent emotional arcs clear in the film. Tolstoy's original work was very brutal, and at times, confusing. The clarity that ensues in the film adaptation is really a good thing. The characters are able to spread their wings and have some freedom within the confines of the film's presentation. Keira Knightley absolutely shines in her role and the chemistry she shows with Taylor-Johnson is obvious. The manner in which the film unwinds is an emotional roller coaster, as is the relationship that follows the same path. Jude Law is marvelous as the innocent husband who shows a bit of his dark side in an attempt to verbally abuse his wife after learning of the infidelity. Overall, the film is a bit too long, but it is a wonderfully presented love story that provides over the top chemistry, passion and emotion for the audience to feast upon. Anna Karenina is a must see for any true fan of the love story. Anna Karenina Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson Director: Joe Wright Company: Focus Features Now Showing: In Local Theatres MPAA Rating: R Grade: AKeira Knightley stars as Anna in director Joe Wright’s bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, Anna Karenina, a Focus Features release. Photos Courtesy of Focus Features Nick Nicholson is the Film and Entertainment Critic for CNN Radio, the Fort Bend Star and absolutely! focus media. In addition, his reviews can be seen and heard in numerous other print/media outlets in Texas and Oklahoma. Mr. Nicholson is in great demand as a speaker to both public and civic organizations on the subject of film and the entertainment industry. 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When most homes are decorated to excess, my mantra is simplicity: There is a great impact with holiday decorations when you keep the backdrop minimal and add to existing pieces in your home. Seeking inspiration for infusing your interior with a festive atmosphere, yet you want an uncomplicated approach? Here are some of my favorite tips: Create Harmony with Color Use Nature’s Beauty Focus on creating a harmonious palette using ornaments or other holiday decorations for color ideas. Repeat these hues from room to room. Nature gives us gifts. Try pine branches, magnolia leaves, fruits and berries for garlands and arrangements in glass or porcelain vases and urns. Glitz and Glam Dazzle an eclectic design with reflective accents of crystal, silver and gold. Repeat Ribbon Use the same bolts of colored ribbons to decorate everything from tree to mantle. Adding holiday decorations to a well-designed room doesn’t take much. As your home evolves with your festive décor, enjoy the season, and Happy Holidays! For more tips from Sophia, contact her at email@example.com or 281-685-1429. 12 DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 “Thank you for re-electing me to be your State Representative for District 28. Serving the people of Fort Bend County is a great honor. If you are ever in Austin, please stop by.” District 28 Office 9315 FM 1489, Suite C Simonton, TX 77476 (281)533-6042 pd pol ad • Friends of John Zerwas P.O. Box 852 • Fulshear TX 77441 www.absolutelykaty.com l DECEMBER 2012 13 We Built T his City on Great Schools By Henry Dibrell M erry Christmas and a most Happy New Year. As we celebrate the holiday season, celebrate our playoff victories and prepare for a new year, I want to remind you that January is School Board Trustee Appreciation Month. School Board Trustee Appreciation Month is celebrated across the state of Texas, as well as right here in Katy. I want us to make this month very special, not because Iâ€™m a trustee, but because I love history. The history of this area (the 181 square miles we call Katy ISD or the Katy area) was built on a vision of great schools. It is a place to raise a family. I honor all of those school board trustees and visionaries who went before me. We have a rich heritage, and it is the responsibility of each of us to guard the trust we have been given, to build on that with which we have been entrusted. We cannot do that if we do not know, honor and respect our history and all those who went before us in building this great community. The following list is every school board member from as far back as we have record. Thank you, for all you gave your time, your talent and your treasury. You all gave to do a job that pays no salary but bestows such great rewards. You gave to listen to people scream, yell and complain, only to hear a few say thank you. You gave of yourself and your family for our children. Thank you for your service. Member Term Porter, S.J. Wallace, T.H. Sills, John Cope, John Hagler, C.E. Hoyt, F.E. Poorman, Perry A. Oliphint, J.B. Tucker, T.B. Gilpin, W.R. Moore, Joe Vaughn, W.P. Evans, W.B. Denny, E.E. 1919-1920 1919-1920 1919-1921 1919-1922 1919-1923, 1926-1928 1919-1926 1919-1924, 1926-1928 1920-1921 1920-1922 1921-1922, 1927-1931 1921-1922, 1923-1927 1921-1927 1922-1927 1922-1926, 1927-1929, 1937-1949 1922-1926, 1927-1948 1924-1926 1926-1928 Romack, H.E. "Ed" Gordon, H.L. Shreve, L.R. 14 Years Served 1 1 2 3 6 7 7 1 2 5 5 6 5 18 25 2 2 DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 Member Term Years Served Beckendorff, M.A. 1926-1934 Alderson, T.C. 1928-1932 Morton, C.E. 1928-1932 Morrison, L.E. 1928-1938 Cardiff, C.C. 1929-1939 Miller, O.L. 1930-1933 Jordan, H.E. 1932-1939 Freeman, Jesse 1932-1938, 1948-1954 Bryan, L.B. 1933-1938 Alexander, H.H. 1934-1939 Nelson, G.P. 1938-1941 Hoyt, Eugene 1938-1947 Southard, I.L. 1938-1949 Freeman, M.D. 1939-1946 Beckendorff, Roy 1939-1948 Thompson, Olen 1941-1947 Reaves, H.A. 1945-1948 Hensley, H.L. 1947-1949 Thompson, Albert 1947-1957 Mangum, Arland 1947-1965 Cardiff, Charles I. 1948-1957 Gorden, C.D. 1949-1956 Short, Garber 1949-1961 Elder, Sr., D.E. 1949-1967 Scott, Melvin L. 1954-1969 Rhoads, O.E. 1956-1962 Woods, J.D. 1957-1963 Scroggins, Van 1957-1964 Cardiff, Hal 1961-1970 McIlroy, R.E. 1962-1965 Fry, Glen 1963-1969 Brown, Harry W. 1963-1970 Kinberger, Jack M. 1965-1971 Rheman, George A. 1965-1974 Williams, James E. 1967-1985, 1988-1994 Fraley, Oscar 1969-1978 Nelson, Wesley 1969-1978 Walton, Jr., Edgar C. 1970-1978 Field, Robert W. 1970-1979 Lange, Eugene B. 1971-1980 Meyer, Herman C. 1974-1980 Reed, Ronald J. 1978-1979, 1980-1982 Alexander, Jr., Nicholas J. 1978-1984 Myrick, Eugene P. 1978-1984 Glover, Kay 1979-1985 Beckendorff, Glenn 1980-1983 Pierce, Jr., Euel 1980-1983 Beckner, James L. 1982-1984 Thompson, Alton C. 1983-1987 Wills, Mary Alice 1983-1989 Montgomery, D.N. "Monty" 1984 8 4 4 10 10 3 7 12 5 5 3 9 11 7 9 6 3 2 10 18 9 7 12 18 15 6 6 7 9 3 6 7 6 9 24 9 9 8 9 9 6 3 6 6 6 3 3 2 4 6 1 Member Term Years Served Cate, Charles C. Callegari, W.A. "Bill" Kellond, A.W. "Bill" Elder, Jr., Don Loveday, Harold W. Coker, Don Keller, J. Michael Weiss, Garry Thompson, Stanley Frishman, David Adams, Joe M. Burton, Jr., Kenneth R. Moore, Larry M. McGarr, Mary Peters, James Kimmel, Joe Brasier, James W. Richardson, Jean B. Snyder, Judith Rogers, David S. Shaw, Robert Myers, Marsha B. Birkel, Jackie Duhon, Eric M. Fox, Rebecca Law, Tom Crockett, Christina Howard, Neal Proctor, Bill Dibrell,Henry Huckaby, Terry Griffin, Charles Michalsky,Bryan 1984-1987 1984-1988 1984-1988 1984-1990 1985-1987 1986 1987-1990 1987-1993 1987-1995 1988-1991 1989-Present 1990-1996 1990-1997 1991-1996 1993-1999 1994-2006 1995-1998 1996-1997 1996-2010 1997-1999 1997-2012 1998-2004 1999-Dec 2007 1999-2010 2004-Present 2006-2009 2007-2010 2009-2012 2011 - Present 2011 - Present 2011 - Present 2012 -Present 2012 -Present 3 4 4 6 2 1 3 6 8 3 24 6 7 5 6 12 3 1 14 2 15 6 6.5 11 9 3 2.5 3 1 1 1 I ask our community in the month of January to say thank you in our schools, in our churches and on our streets. These men and women had a vision, and our children are the benefactors of that vision. Now it’s our turn to grow the legacy. Great is the trust. I know together we can make Katy ISD an example of educational excellence unparalleled anywhere in the world – a place of learning where young people grow into outstanding adults who give back to their community. Our community continues to grow, not only in size, but also in diversity. We have many challenges ahead as development begins north of I-10. What will Katy look like in 20 years? It’s up to us to decide now how to approach what we know will occur. It’s up to us to prepare now. We have been entrusted with this great vision, and together, we will make Katy ISD that light on a hill. YOUR COMMUNITY ER WITHOUT THE LONG WAIT OPEN 24 HOURS, 7 DAYS A WEEK! 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Parents of preschoolers and grade schoolers will enjoy the safe, welcoming and secure environment for their children at Tallowood. Dynamic Bible study for all ages is a hallmark of Tallowood’s history. Lifelong friendships are common. Tallowood members reach into the community to assist neighbors and friends in times of need. The church believes it is our calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus in West Houston. Sundays Tallowood offers two excellent worship choices with choir, orchestra and pipe organ led worship at 8:45 am and Contemporary (band driven) services at 11:15 am and on Saturday nights at 6:10 pm. Recently, Tallowood began a School of Fine Arts for private arts study. Tallowood Baptist Church is located at 555 Tallowood Drive between Memorial City and CITYCENTRE. Visit www.tallowood.org for more information on everything Tallowood has to offer your West Houston family. 16 DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 Christmas Music and Worship at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church S t. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy invites you to discover the love of God in Jesus through a season of music and worship. Christmas Music On December 2nd at 7 pm, the Youth Choir will present a concert of lessons and carols, including selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria. On December 9th, members of the community are invited to participate in our annual Messiah singalong as we join together with a full choir and orchestra in performing this great work. The program will begin at 7 pm, and you are welcome to sing or just listen. On December 16th from 4 to 6 pm, children will enjoy Jingle Jam, a concert just for them presented by the Element Band in Lott Hall. Also featured will be a reading of The Christmas Story, yummy treats and crafts. Also on December 16th, the Chancel Choir and Orchestra and the Carillon Bell Choir will present a program of sacred and secular music at 7 pm. Christmas Worship December 17th is St. Peter’s Night of Hope Service at 7 pm for those suffering any type of loss. December 20th is our Traveler’s Service at 7 pm, a contemporary Christmas service for those who will be away from Katy on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve, eight worship services will be offered, including a special afternoon service for children. Child care is available for most events. Complete information can be found at www.stpkaty.org. Celebrate Christmas Dec. 9 - Messiah Singalong, 7 p.m. Dec. 16 - Jingle Jam, a concert for children and families, 4 - 6 p.m. Dec. 20 - Travelersâ€™ Christmas Service, 7 p.m. Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve Service Times . Childrenâ€™s Musical: 3 p.m. Traditional Service: 5, 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11p.m. Contemporary Service: 5 and 6:30 p.m. 20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy Visit www.stpkaty.org www.absolutelykaty.com l DECEMBER 2012 17 OUT & ABOUT IN THE HEART K AT Y Karina Gonzalez, Morton Ranch High School (MRHS) senior, signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Pictured are Richard Celestine, Senior Principal of MRHS; Mark Grisdale, MRHS Principal; Allison Merrell, Head Volleyball Coach; Brandi Chapman, Assistant Volleyball Coach; Dave Meadows, Athletic Coordinator; Liz Gonzalez-Ramos and Karina and Gabino Gonzalez. Rebecca Hafner, Krista Boehm and Kim Dick at the Imagine Realty International Grand Opening. Kelsey Dean, Katie and Finley Payne and Jennifer Pierce enjoyed craftime, singing and dancing and story time at “Preschool Playhouse,” hosted by Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A hosts “Preschool Playhouse” most Friday mornings with an exciting new theme each week. On October 26th, Emma Herron and Jennifer Pierce made “pumpkin patches” using fist prints. Ryland and Lela Kemp were all smiles as they made an adorable fall keepsake during a morning of “Preschool Playhouse.” 18 DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 The Katy Rice Harvest Festival was held on October 13th and 14th. Enjoying the day of fun-filled activities were Garrett and Courtney Crosier. Maria Cherney with Ooh La La Candles showed off her wares to the crowd at the Katy Rice Harvest Festival. Britney Ludwig and son Braydon enjoyed the music at the Katy Rice Harvest Festival. Owner Vickie Wachtel celebrated the Grand Opening of Imagine Realty International. Pictured at the event are Najla Walters, Vickie Wachtel, Dowanna Baker and Erika Vidal. The English III team at Morton Ranch High School took over 350 students to see the Alley Theaterâ€™s production of Arthur Millerâ€™s Death of a Salesman in October. The students went on the trip at the conclusion of their study of the play in class and were exposed to theater etiquette and lessons on the content of the play. The students were extremely excited for this opportunity and had glowing reviews of the performance and the trip. Photo taken by student Bryan Hernandez. SUBMIT NEWSWORTHY E-mail editor@ absolutelykaty.com. Include story and a photo with complete names of people. www.absolutelykaty.com l DECEMBER 2012 19 Katy Art & Frame Experienced In Framing Fine Art & Unique Collectables OUT & ABOUT IN THE HEART K AT Y Custom Framing MD Anderson in Katy brightens LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch with a pink lighting event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. â€œBreast Friendsâ€? support group leader Monica Cerda-Juarez emceed the event and welcomed breast cancer patients, survivors and families to the special night in their honor. Fine Arts Local Arts Jim and Ginger Hopper, Board Chair of Cinco Charities, Inc.; Katy physicians Sunil Patel, M.D., Assistant Professor, General Oncology; Gregory Chronowski, M.D., Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology; Rachel Theriault, M.D., Assistant Professor, General Oncology and Annie Starkey, MD Anderson Regional Care Systems, at the Heritage Square lighting in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. 5604 First Street Katy, Texas 77493 281.391.9146 www.katyartandframe.com Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday - 10:00am - 2:00pm 20 DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 Katy residents enjoy the beautiful night in Heritage Square hosted by MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy, surrounded by the pink light and music of Norma Zenteno. Top Ten List Do’s and Don’ts for Divorced and Blended Families Through the By Nancy L. Rommelmann PLLC Holidays Do: 1. Get counseling - Put aside negative feelings regarding the other parent. Don’t play the victim to your child. Get professional counseling; your child is not your therapist! 2. Put your child first - Holidays should be a magical time. Put your child’s needs and desires above your own. 3. Involve your child in decision making - Show your child on a calendar when he or she will be with you and with the other parent. Particularly for an older child, accommodate his or her social plans. 4. Make a Plan - Focus on time shared with your child, not on when you won’t be with your child. Both parents, in their respective homes, should get a tree, decorate it with the child, buy gifts, etc. 5. Embrace the holiday spirit - Surround your child with spirited family and friends who embrace your child with holiday spirit and love. Participate in celebrations, attend choir concerts and Christmas pageants and make decorations and cookies. 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A child feels part of both parents, so when disparaging comments are made about a parent, the child feels bad about themselves. 2. Don’t discuss litigation or past memories - Don’t bring up litigation or how “things used to be.” 3. Don’t over schedule - Having some downtime for you and your child is important. 4. Don’t make your child feel like they “missed out”Don’t make your child feel like they “missed out” by not being with you during the holidays. 5. Don’t introduce a new “significant other” to your child - A child shouldn’t have to figure out where this person fits into your and your child’s life, unless the person is someone with whom your child is familiar and comfortable. Have a lot of one on one time with your child, thereby affirming how important your child is to you. “God Bless Us, Every One!” - Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens' 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol Comprehensive, compassionate and cutting edge care for women of all phases. 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There are a number of signs and symptoms that parents should be aware of including snoring or breathing problems during sleep, problems falling and/or staying asleep, tossing and turning while sleeping, excessive sleepiness during the day and behavior or learning problems, among others. Q: WHY WOULD MY CHILD NEED A SLEEP STUDY? The Sleep Center at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with sleep disorders, including difficulty falling 22 asleep and staying asleep, narcolepsy, sleep apnea and other disruptive sleeping behaviors like sleepwalking, nightmares, night terrors and repetitive leg movements. If you are concerned about potential sleep problems your child has, call our pediatric subspecialists at 832-227-1570. Q: WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SLEEP STUDY? Our state-of-the-art facility allows sleep specialists to conduct overnight routine sleep studies and multiple sleep latency studies in one of three sleep rooms. Positive airway pressure (CPAP or BIPAP), a treatment option for children with sleep apnea, are used for certain studies. DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 Children may be evaluated in the Sleep Disorders Clinic before and after their sleep study. Sleep disorder specialists take an extensive sleep history and conduct a physical exam to properly diagnose the patient, then offer lifestyle and medical help to manage the sleep disorder. Children are welcome to bring their favorite pajamas, stuffed animal and a blanket to help them remain comfortable through the duration of their sleep study. Expert commentary from Dr. Daniel Glaze, chief of Texas Children’s Sleep Clinic, and Dr. Binal Kancherla, pediatric pulmonologist and sleep specialist, with Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. N E W S W O RTHY Seven Lakes High School Advances to State Marching Contest in San Antonio The Seven Lakes High School Spartan Band on the field during the performance that advanced them to State. Photo by Steve Hickman. T he Seven Lakes High School Band represented Katy ISD at the UIL Texas State Marching Contest in San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday, November 6th. They competed against other marching bands from across the state for top honors. After earning a Division 1 rating in the Region 23 UIL Marching Contest earlier this month, Katy ISD’s Seven Lakes High School advanced to the Area Marching Contest held on Saturday, Oct. 27th. A total of 22 bands competed in the Area Contest with 10 advancing to finals and only four advancing to compete at the State Marching Contest. The Seven Lakes High School band was among the top four bands and advanced to State. Only four times since the 1980’s has a school from Katy advanced to the State Marching Contest and only two times in 5A classification. The last time a school advanced to the State Marching level was Seven Lakes High School in 2007 as a 4A school. The State Marching Contest took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The 5A competition comprised of 38 bands from across the state. These bands are considered the “best of the best” and competition is steep. The Spartan Band competed with both band and color guard members comprised of approximately 320 members. Directors include Damon Archer, Director of Bands; David Reynolds, Associate Director of Bands; Jonathan Yoo, Assistant Director of Bands and Angie Fritsch, Guard Director. Drum Majors include Grace Chung,Head Drum Major; Alaina Roth; Molly Todd; and Mark Milhelin. Rachel Luergering is the band’s student teacher. The UIL State Marching competition for 5A takes place every other year. The competition is evaluated by five different judges and all bands are given a composite score. Based on these results, the top 10 out of 38 bands advance to finals, which take place later in the evening. Unfortunately, the Spartan Band did not advance to finals, however, advancing to this level was quite an accomplishment. Marcus High School from Flower Mound placed first in this year’s contest, and eight out of the top 10 bands in this year’s finals were also among the top 10 bands in the 2010 State Marching Contest Finals. The Seven Lakes High School Spartan Band would like to thank Katy ISD for their support at this recent trip to compete at the UIL Texas State Marching Contest. Also supporting the band were corporate sponsors ConocoPhilips; Wal-Mart Transportation; Baytown Shopping Center; M&H Enterprises; Soteica Visual Mesa; Drs. Hamon & Debuyl, DDS; Infinity Roofing; Kingsland Dental Group; Randall’s; Trendmaker Homes; Trailer World of Katy; KTK, Inc and Forrest Orthodontics. Birthday Parties for Girlie Girls Classic Princess • It makes Cinderella jealous Fairy Tea • A new twist on a classic tradition My Dolly & Me • Making memories just like you did Pretend PJ • Who needs curfews? Salon Spa • Bring the gorgeous out to shine Rock Star • She will own the stage 14520 Memorial Dr., Ste. 40, Houston, TX 77079 713.969.9878 www.girliegirls4thegirl.com www.absolutelykaty.com l DECEMBER 2012 23 BUSIN E S S BRIEF S Katy Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Milestone Anniversary The Katy Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday, September 28th at The Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor with an event honoring outstanding Katy community leaders from the last 50 years. The commemorative event honored leaders from 1962 through today with a festive party theme and a special video presentation. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of business and professional people who have joined together to offer services to strengthen existing businesses, encourage small business creation and develop a talented workforce. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce has been serving the Katy area business community as its voice and assisting with business development and economic growth since 1960. The service area of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce is primarily the same as the Katy Independent School District boundaries. Vanessa Wheeless and Angie Thomason welcome guests to the anniversary luncheon. Recent Ribbon Cuttings Thursday, October 24th • UT Physicians at Cinco Ranch 23923 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494 Tuesday, September 11th • Papa Murphy’s Pizza 1560-A S. Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450 Thursday, October 25th • Fastsigns of Katy 22511 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX 77450 Monday, October 22nd • Pollo Campero 557 South Mason Road, Ste. A, Katy, TX 77450 24 DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 Your New Outdoor Living Room! Patio Covers • Outdoor Kitchens • Screened Porches Decorative Patios • Sunrooms • And More! FAMILY & FRIENDS Make it an Outdoor Event! Call today Katy Mayor Don Elder, Jr. and Ida Faye Elder. to schedule a free design consultation. 281-265-1994 TexasCustomPatios.com Hal and Lynn Cardiff. Former Chairman of the Board Stan Stanley. Former Katy Mayor Doyle Callender. www.absolutelykaty.com l DECEMBER 2012 25 e m o h DVD re t a e th THE DOG WHO SAVED THE HOLIDAYS Anchor Bay se ea Rel By Nick Nicholson FRIENDS: COMPLETE SERIES ON BLU-RAY Warner I t's a sun-soaked holiday season for the Bannister family as they travel to Southern California to stay with Aunt Barbara (Shelley Long), who surprises them with a new puppy named Eve (voiced by Peyton List). Everyone is smitten with Eve, except for the Bannisters’ dog, Zeus (voiced by Joey Lawrence), who sees what a mischievous animal she is when no one else is around. After deciding to run away, Zeus sees Ted and Stewey, two thrifty thieves, trying to break into the family home while the Bannisters are at church. It's up to Zeus and his newest sister, Eve, to join together to save the O holidays for their family! ver ten years and 236 episodes, Friends put drama and comedy at the forefront of everyone’s television set with the trials and tribulations of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey. Clearly one of the best television THE EXPENDABLES 2 Lionsgate series of all time, Friends shot to prominence and T stayed there throughout its network run. The final program was aired in May of 2004 and was watched by over 51 million people in the United States. It’s been eight years since the program originally left the Expendables returns with some new members to the air, but the group of Friends still lives in our collective team. Mr. Church minds and our hearts. Warner has put together the (Bruce Willis) enlists ultimate collector series on Blu-ray and features the Expendables to over 110 hours of material. Each and every one of take on a seemingly 236 episodes is included in a beautifully designed simple job. The collector package in the form of a hard cover task looks like an book. It contains all 21 discs as well as a 32 page easy paycheck for guide that is chocked full of pictures and bonus Barney and his band of old school mercenaries. content directly from the archives at Warner Bros But when things go wrong and one of their own is entertainment. Friends: The Complete Series on viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to Blu-ray is a collection for the serious Friends junkie! seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are There are a tremendous amount of bonus features stacked against them. The Expendables is really worth included as well. This set is a must own for any fan of checking out! this iconic show. 26 he cast from The DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 EVENTS December 1st December 6th – 24th Saturday, 8 am – 2 pm Thursday, 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, 8 pm Sundays, 2 pm Church of the Holy Apostles Mission Community Garage/Vendor Sale Church of the Holy Apostles (COTHA), located at 1225 West Grand Parkway South in Katy, is internationally, nationally, regionally and locally committed to missions. All proceeds from the sale of booths will benefit COTHA missions. Visit www.cotha.org/MissionGarageSale. December 1st – 14th 9 am – 7 pm Seventh Annual Toys for Tots Drive Willowfork Fire Department is again teaming with the United States Marine Corps to sponsor the Toys for Tots Drive. Please send donations of new, unwrapped toys for infants through high school ages. They can be brought to the Willowfork Fire Station, located at 24655 Westheimer Parkway in Katy, between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-395-0011 ext. 121 to arrange for toys to be picked up. The Country Playhouse Presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol All ages love this ageless “ghost story,” a true holiday tradition. Join the Country Playhouse, located at 12802 Queensbury in Houston, for Christmas carols in the lobby, led by choirs from local churches, hot cider and figgy pudding and door prizes at intermission. Ticket prices are $15 for adults or $12 for students, seniors, and children. Call the box office at 713-467-4497 for reservations, or make them online at www.countryplayhouse.org. December 6th & 7th Thursday & Friday, 6 – 10 pm John Stevens as Ebenezer Scrooge. Photo by Jeff Howie. 9th Annual Cinco Ranch High School Cougar Stars Holiday Parade of Homes December 9th Visit six Katy area homes uniquely and smartly decorated. Listen to the Cinco Ranch High School Bravo Choir on Thursday and the Orchestra on Friday as they delight everyone with songs of the season. Tickets are $12 and available from a Cougar Star or at the following retailers: Beau Kisses, Hauerlands and YaYa. Contact 281-237-7000. A Night of Rejoicing Sunday, 8 am, 9:30 am and 11 am Living Word Lutheran Church invites the Katy community to its presentation of A Night of Rejoicing in the church sanctuary, located at 3700 S. Mason Rd. in Katy. The cantata will feature a variety of Christmas carols and newly composed pieces. Following each service, there will be an instrument “petting zoo” for children to get a closer look at the musical instruments. Visit www. livingwordkaty.org or call 281-392-2300, ext. 213. December 9th Sunday, 7 pm Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along What is Christmas without Handel’s Messiah? The Chancel Choir of St Peter’s United Methodist Church will present their annual Messiah singalong with full orchestra in the sanctuary, located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd. All are welcome. You are encouraged to bring your own music. For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-492-8031, ext. 329. Cougar Stars Stephanie Fitts, Carly Martin, Anna Peterson, Catherine Wood, Savannah Botkin, Jaclyn Heiser, Cassidy Nessen, Courtney Christian, Julia Stanton and Lori Schaefer. SUBMIT YOUR CALENDAR EVENTS. E-mail email@example.com. Include the event date, time, location and a short description of the event. www.absolutelykaty.com l DECEMBER 2012 27 Holiday Dinner Party Décor I t is that time of year again for holiday parties and festivities, and one big question that is often asked is “How do I decorate my dinner table for a holiday party?” One thing to make sure of is that your centerpiece will not block the view of dinner guests at the table. No one wants to keep leaning over to one side in order to talk to the person across the table. MEASUREMENTS Cider Wassail Think Big So what are your options? If you want something big and dramatic, get a tall, skinny, glass vase that will clear your eyesight. You can put tree trimmings, flowers, sticks or hang decorative ornaments for some extra bling coming out of the vase. 2 1½ ¾ 1 ½ 2 1 1 INGREDIENTS quarts apple cider cups orange juice cups pineapple juice tablespoon brown sugar teaspoon lemon juice cinnamon sticks (3 inches) dash ground cinnamon dash ground cloves DIRECTIONS Think Small Another option is to have small, low decorations. For example, get bud vases and line them up and down the table. How many of you get poinsettias for decorations or as gifts? Trim a few flowers off, and put them in a bud vase. This is a great way to get a festive look, and add a little color to your table. You can also have little glass votive candles between each bud vase to add elegance. Don’t forget your buffet table! Line up a row of votive candles there, too. Personalized Place Settings Many people like to add place card settings to the table but worry that they add clutter and just get in the way. If you have placemats, get a paint pen in silver or gold, and write your guest’s name directly on it. This will give it a custom look, and add a little elegance while not cluttering the table. We here at Simply Divine Interiors wish everyone Happy Holidays! 28 By Kelly Nolan DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 In a large saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks. Serve hot in mugs. can always add brandy Optional You or rum to taste! Courtesy of Allrecipes.com. Looking for absolutely! Katy? Find a copy at businesses throughout Katy including the following establishments: 7-7 Cleaners 1634 S. Mason Rd. Fancy Nails and Facial 2944 S. Mason at Cinco Ranch Blvd. Katy Urgent Care 21700 Kingsland Blvd. Pump It Up 923 S. Mason Rd. Ace Hardware 1720 S. Mason Rd. Fort Bend Library 2620 Commercial Center Blvd. Luxury Nails 6856 S. Mason Rd. Schlotzsky’s 502 S. Mason Rd. 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They carry meat kolaches, fruit kolaches, poppy seed kolaches, crème cheese kolaches, bagels, croissants and custom-made breakfast tacos. They also carry a line of healthy options including low carb, chicken kolaches, and spinach and cheese kolaches. With the holidays coming, you’ll certainly want to know about their take home freshbaked dinner rolls available baked or unbaked. Call ahead for large orders as everything is handmade and they want to fulfill your order! MAUREEN’S GOURMET BAKERY 5530 W. Grand Parkway Richmond, TX 77406 281.239.6847 www.maureensbakery.com Cakes & Pastries Maureen’s Gourmet Bakery Cakes & Pastries Since 2001, Maureen’s Gourmet Bakery has been delighting customers with beautiful made-from-scratch cakes and pastries. With 20 + cake flavors to choose from and fillings and butter cream icings made from only the finest ingredients, visit Maureen’s for a large selection of wedding, bridal shower, birthday, anniversary or special event custom designed cakes to coordinate with a concept or theme party. Maureen’s has been an important part of the Sugar Land area for 10 years and looks forward to creating more happy customers in the Katy/Richmond area. 281.239.6847 5530 W. Grand Parkway S Richmond, TX 77406 Monday - Saturday: 9AM - 6PM Sunday: Closed 281-494-4230 3227 Highway 6 Sugar Land, TX 77478 Monday - Saturday: 7AM - 6PM Sunday: Closed www.maureensbakery.com www.absolutelykaty.com l DECEMBER 2012 31 absolutely! AUTO REVIEW By Steve Kursar RAM 1500 PICKUP T he all-new 2013 Ram 1500 pickup took home top honors as the 2012 Truck of Texas at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo at the Knibbe Ranch just north of San Antonio. This trophy, voted on by fifty members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), is arguably the most prestigious of all truck awards because Texans know more about trucks. TAWA members drove the newest, toughest trucks over rough ranch roads, creek beds and rocky ascents to test the best each truck-maker brought to the event. Each year, several competitors leave the course worse for wear. It’s no surprise that the 2013 Ram 1500 won this year’s big trophy. The Ram team just brought out a truck that’s considerably better than the 2012 model year with an upgraded interior, a smoother ride and much improved fuel economy. The base 305 hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine gets the truck best-in-class fuel economy of 25 mpg on the highway, that’s 2 mpg better than Ford’s base V6 and 3 mpg better than the V6 EcoBoost. The V6 engine also gets 16 mpg in the city. What’s 32 more, the Ram has an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s controlled by a rotary “e-shift” knob on the dash, showing a technological leap over its competitors. If you just gotta have a DECEMBER 2012 l TO ADVERTISE CALL 281.690.4242 V8, then you can choose from either the 310 hp, 4.7-liter engine or the 395 hp, 5.7-liter engine, both of which get fuel economy numbers of 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. The new Ram’s ride is practically vibration-less due to a lighter and stronger redesigned frame and an available air suspension system offering five settings and can raise or lower the stance of the truck by four inches. This truck is now quieter, and the upgraded interior showcases luxury features that the Ram’s rival can’t match, such as buttery leather, real wood grain trim (not a strip of vinyl), an 8.4-inch display, a 115-volt power outlet in the dash and keyless ignition. You can now lock the tailgate and the RamBox cargo system with the touch of one button. In dealerships right now, the base 2013 Ram 1500 has an MSRP of $22,590. But the popular Texas Edition, at $34,275, is a good place to start. By giving us a pickup that gets 25 mpg on the highway, the team at Ram trucks just made it easier for all of us to drive a truck again. 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