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22nd Annual CASA Christmas Home Tour Set for December 13 & 14

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iscounted pre-sale tickets to the Child Advocates of Fort Bend casa Christmas Home Tour are now available online at www.cafb.org and at all Fort Bend County Kroger and Randalls stores. Tickets are $20 presale until December 1 and $25 from December 2 – 14. There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than attending the Tour which has become a Fort Bend holiday tradition and was voted best home tour in 2009 by Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Magazine. For the first time, the Tour will feature seven distinctive homes in Sienna Plantation, Riverstone, First Colony, Lakes of Williams Ranch and Foster Creek Estates in Richmond. Tour guests will be treated to a rare glimpse of these beautiful homes, and will enjoy festive entertainment, beautiful holiday decorations, tasty home-made cookies, treats and refreshments. The event runs Friday and Saturday from 10am until 4pm with a special

candlelight tour on Friday night from 6pm to 9pm. One ticket provides admission to all seven homes and can be used at any time during the tour. The map to the homes is on the back of the ticket. This is one of Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s largest fundraisers. There is no easier way to help abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County than by purchasing a home tour ticket. Tickets make great gifts for family, friends and co-workers. For more information on the Tour or to purchase a ticket, log onto www.cafb.org or contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108. Tour Underwriter is Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation. National Oilwell Varco has joined as an Archangel sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities from $100 - $10,000 are still available. All $350+ level sponsors are invited to the special home tour Preview Party the weekend before the tour. For more information on sponsorship contact Lisa Moore at lmoore@cafb.org or 281-344-5108.

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Holiday Musical Theatre Camp offered by Fort Bend Theatre

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re you looking for that special something that will entertain your child over the Christmas break? Award winning Fort Bend Theatre will be offering a great Musical Theatre camp, Annie, for ages 7—12 , December 30 - January 3, 2014, Monday – Friday from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Give your child the chance to

experience this classic story and loveable characters while learning the essentials of singing, acting, and dancing. The $200 cost includes the performance on Friday to be held at the FBT theatre location, 2815 N Main St, Stafford. Spaces fill quickly so call 281-2083333 today for more information or register your child online at www. fortbendtheatre.com.

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oin the award winning Fort Bend Theatre and Pappasito's Cantina for Breakfast with Santa in Story Book Land, December 7, from 8:00 am-10:00 am. Patrons attending will not only be treated to a delicious buffet from the Pappasito's menu, they will have the opportunity to receive a picture taken with Santa or one of their favorite

Fairy Tale characters, including Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Belle, or Peter Pan. Christmas Carols will be led by the story book characters for all to join in and sing! Tickets are on sale now for this FBT fundraiser on their website, www.fortbendtheatre.com. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under. Don't miss out on this Yuletide Treasure!

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anta’s Exchange is a joint community service project of The Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Rotary, The Exchange Club of Fort Bend and Toys for Tots. This year 5,000 children will receive Christmas gifts through the efforts of Community Service Clubs, businesses, churches and schools that collect gifts for the children.  Parents in need are sent an

invitation to visit Santa’s Exchange and “shop” for three new toys for each child. The kids have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and “elves” entertain them with crafts and games. Traditionally over 1,000 volunteers from local community service clubs, high schools and churches assist on the day of the project.  If you would like to help by putting a toy collection box at your place of business/church or make a donation, please email santa@ecsl.org. 

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he Friends of the Arts Committee, First United Methodist Church, Missouri City, brings back by popular demand the Fort Bend Boys Choir. Directed by William R. Adams, the Fort Bend Boys Choir have performed before three U.S. presidents and have collaborated with well-known entertainers, major opera companies and symphony orchestras that have earned the choir the distinction of being a premier group among its contemporaries.

The concert will be held in the church sanctuary on Sunday, December 1, beginning at 4 p.m. The concert is free to the public, although love donations will be graciously accepted. First United Methodist church is located at 3900 Lexington Blvd. in Missouri City, near the intersection of Murphy Road and Lexington Blvd. Start the holiday season by bringing the entire family to enjoy the joyous and refreshing enthusiasm of the Fort Bend Boys Choir.  For more details, call (281) 499-3502 or via email at FriendsoftheArts@comcast.net.

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“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” tickets now on sale

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ort Bend Theatre is proud to put on the production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. The Herdsmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant… None of the Herdsmans has ever

heard the Christmas story before. And their interpretation of the tale such as the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating -- has a lot of people up in arms! But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Tickets are on sale now at www. fortbendtheatre.com.

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representation of divine male essence (and thus romance, fertility and vitality). The plant also was thought to be a symbol of peace, and anyone standing below it should receive tokens of affection. When enemies met beneath mistletoe, they had to lay down their weapons and observe a truce until the next day. This is how the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe likely began, and why a ball of mistletoe is now hung in homes during Christmas, a season of peace and affection. Homeowners who hang mistletoe and holly around their homes during the holiday season should be mindful of pets and youngsters around the plants. Mistletoe and holly are considered to be moderately to severely toxic, and ingesting the leaves could be dangerous. Therefore, keep these plants away from curious hands. Mistletoe is commonly hung up high, which should make it less problematic, but holly should be hung high as well. Now largely associated with Whether faux or fresh mistletoe, a bouquet Christmas celebrations, holly and of this plant symbolizes peace and mistletoe were once part of pagan rituals tranquility for Christmas. and ancient superstitions.

Sugar Land spreads hope this holiday season  

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ugar Land will host its annual food drive at City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd., on Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The city is partnering with KTRK Channel 13's Share Your Holidays Food Drive to make sure families in Fort Bend County have a meal this holiday season. All donations will benefit East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Food and shelter are hard to find for those living in poverty, and some families are forced to decide between a proper meal and paying their rent.  Donations during this year's food drive can make a difference in someone's life.  Whether it's donating

one can or 100, it all contributes to spreading the holiday spirit and care. To ensure nutritious donations, event organizers recommend canned goods, beans, dried fruit, flour, rice, sugar, powdered and canned milk, baby formula and other nonperishable food items. Diapers are also needed. Cash donations or checks made payable to East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry will also be accepted. For more information, contact the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at (281) 275-2885, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov or check for updates at www.facebook.com/ SugarLandParks and www.twitter. com/SugarLandParks.

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For best seats, purchase tickets early at fbso.org or call 281.276.9642. his year’s Deck the Halls selections. concert, presented by the Fort The concert also features an Reserved seats for adults begin at Bend Symphony Orchestra, audience sing-along to We Wish You $12 with discounts for adults 55 and will be more magical than A Merry Christmas. Other special over, students, military and groups ever as the St. Laurence Chamber guests include Stafford Mayor of 10 or more. Children 12 and under Singers join the orchestra in this special Leonard Scarcella narrating Twas the are free with a reserved ticket. holiday presentation. This popular Night Before Christmas, plus photo The Stafford Centre is located at concert begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. opportunities with Santa Claus and 10505 Cash Road in Stafford. 8 at the Stafford Centre. Mrs. Claus. Some of the seasonal favorites on This year’s concert is under the HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH the program include Sleigh Ride, The direction of associate conductor Christmas Song, Frosty the Snowman Dr. Dominique Royem. Beginning Fort Bend Symphony musicians, joyously preand Christmas Fantasia. FBSO will at 1:30 p.m., she will share some paring for the Sunday, Dec. 8 Deck the Halls Christmas concert, include John Gearhart, accompany the St. Laurence Singers programming notes during an harp; Patricia Guzman, cello; Aimee Peterson, as they sing Hallelujah Chorus, Carol informal time called “Beyond the co-concertmistress; and Chelsea Keaton, bass of the Bells and several additional Baton.” clarinet.

Santa Claus is coming to town for the 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting   other walk-around entertainment, including a magician with a few tricks up his sleeve. Step inside a winter wonderland, and take a picture inside a giant snow globe! Families will also have the opportunity to receive a free picture with Santa provided by Catch the Moment Photography. The City of Sugar Land will once again be participating in the "Share your Holiday's Food Drive" benefiting the East Fort Bend Human Needs on't miss the magic this Ministry and the St. Vincent de holiday season! Santa and Paul Society. Canned food and nonMrs. Claus and their elves perishable items will be collected will be in Sugar Land Town throughout the event at the Channel Square on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 - 8 13 booth located on City Walk Drive. p.m. Last but not least, gather with family The steps of city hall will light up and friends around the spectacular with excitement and entertainment 40 foot Christmas tree located in the as local community groups fill the middle of Sugar Land Town Square stage starting at 5 p.m. Family plaza to help Santa and Mrs. Claus and friends will be able to enjoy welcome in the holiday season with the holiday performances and festivities annual lighting of the tree. throughout the night. In addition to The event is free and open to the the main stage performances, guests public. A free shuttle service will will also be able to stroll down City run from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Walk Drive and participate in games Lexington Blvd., to Sugar Land Town and activities or grab a bite from one Square from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Parking of the various food vendors offering a will also be available in the Texas and selection of tasty treats for sale. Lone Star garages located in Town The holiday spirit will come Square. alive with dancing elves, a largerFor more information, visit www. than-life nutcracker, snowmen and sugarlandtx.gov or call (281) 275-2885.

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