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Sabrina Scruta Katy Mills Page 10 Robin Ebrecht absolutely! Fabulous Finds Page 20 Myles Mellor Contributor Page 25 Nancy L. Rommelmann Family Law Attorney Page 29 Joan Frances Contributor Page 30 Morgan Zimmermann Out & About in the Heart of Katy Page 31 Cyd Wright What’s Kickin’ in Katy Page 32



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In August and September, we invited readers to our website to take an online survey to tell us who their favorites are in Katy in eight different categories: Food, Shopping, Auto Services, Entertainment, Care Services, Pet Services, Professional Services and Home Improvement. See who won this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards!


Muses for the Holiday Season 2016

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Holiday Home Tour

F E AT U R E S 24 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Find fabulous gifts from local retailers.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone! This is a glorious month, and we have so much to be grateful for this season. We at absolutely! Katy Magazine are so excited about this month’s issue featuring our first ever Readers’ Choice of Katy’s Favorites. Inside these pages, you will find the very best and favorites in Katy. We were overwhelmed with our readers’ responses to our online polls. In fact, we had nearly 800 votes. Also in this issue, check out our Holiday Gift Guide and Fabulous Finds for plenty of gift giving ideas! Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2: 13-14 Absolutely! yours,

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Sabrina Scruta is the marketing director at Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas. Here are her expert style picks – from high fashion finds to chic looks for less.

Check off your holiday gift list at one of Katy Mills’ more than 175 outlet and value retail stores. The center offers affordable gift ideas for stylish shoppers of all ages! Here’s a lineup of festive favorites for every budget, including options under $150, $100 and $50. Under $50 Under $100 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th Calvin Klein Rauna Turnlock Cape Price: $59.99 Saks Fifth Avenue Stretch Leggings Price: $29.99 Neiman Marcus Last Call Neiman Marcus Perfect Pout Lip Gloss and Liner Set Price: $22

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Luxury Beauty Store Lancome Cosmetics Full Complexion Perfector Kit – A full collection of primer, cheek and eyes to give your holiday look the perfect polish. Price: $44

In August and September, we invited readers to our website to take an online survey to tell us who their favorites are in Katy in eight different categories:

FOOD SHOPPING AUTO SERVICES ENTERTAINMENT CARE SERVICES PET SERVICES PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HOME IMPROVEMENT And boy, did they come through! With nearly 800 votes, readers voiced their opinion on their favorites. Take a look and see who won this year’s absolutely! The Best Readers’ Choice of Katy’s Favorites!

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Katy


Katy Fascinating Facts The first Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille opened as a meat market in 1979, and has stayed true to its roots, most notably in their decadent seven finger – as in seven fingers tall – pork chops.

Local foodies spoke up load and clear voting for their favorite eateries – yum!

Favorite Pub:

Favorite Steakhouse:

No Label Brewing Company

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

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Favorite BBQ:

Favorite Country Club:

Midway Barbeque

The Club at Falcon Point

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Favorite Happy Hour: Sonic 3 Katy Locations

Katy Fascinating Facts With over 3,500 locations in 44 states, including three in Katy, Sonic can create 168,894 different drink combinations, all poured over likely the only ice in the world with a fan club.


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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Katy

Favorite Italian Restaurant: Carrabba’s Italian Grill 6501 South Fry Road Katy, Texas 77494 Favorite Pizza: TIE The Pizza Shoppe 5815 Franz Road Katy, Texas 77493

Katy Fascinating Facts Roland Laurenzo, son of famed “Mama Ninfa” Ninfa Laurenzo, opened El Tiempo with his own sons on Richmond Avenue in Houston in 1998, shortly after the legendary Ninfa’s empire filed bankruptcy. El Tiempo now has multiple highly acclaimed locations and a carries on a legacy that surely makes Mama proud.

AND Fuzzy’s Pizza

Favorite Margarita:

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Favorite Bakery:

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Favorite Mexican:

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Favorite Burger: Whataburger 3 Katy Locations

Katy Fascinating Facts Fuzzy’s Pizza is a longtime favorite of President George H.W. and First Lady Barbara Bush. President Bush has referred to founder Fuzzy Hajar, who immigrated from Syria in 1975 with $50 to his name, as “the true American Dream.”

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Katy


Katy Fascinating Facts H-E-B reigns as the Lone Star State’s largest privately held company with more than 350 stores throughout Texas, including three in Katy.

’Tis the season to shop ’til you drop! Check out these favorite shopping spots. Favorite Grocery Store: H-E-B 3 Katy Locations

Favorite Holiday Shopping: Beau Kisses

Favorite Shoe Store:

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Thank you Katy! Your Votes Mean Everything! Beau Kisses continues to strive to be your one-stop gift shop! Come enjoy these great brands and many more. Happy Holidays!

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Favorite Jewelry Store: James Avery 20260-D Katy Freeway Katy, Texas 77449 Favorite Bargain Shopping: Katy Mills 5000 Katy Mills Circle Katy, Texas 77494

Katy Fascinating Facts Katy Mills opened on October 28, 1999 and was built with a “racetrack” design in which one complete pass around the mall on Katy Mills Circle is approximately one mile. The mall contains over 1.2 million square feet of retail floor area and over 175 stores.

Favorite Auto Dealer:


Westside Chevrolet 23001 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77450 Auto Repair: Christian Brothers Automotive 4 Katy Locations

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Thank you Katy for voting for us! From theatres to outdoor recreation, readers got serious about voting for their favorite entertainment! Favorite Live Entertainment: The Cellar Door 829 South Mason Road, Suite 280 Katy, Texas 77450 Favorite Fitness Center: Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch 22807 Westheimer Parkway Katy, Texas 77494

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Santikos Palladium

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7301 West Grand Parkway South Richmond, Texas 77407 Favorite Kids’ Entertainment: Main Event

Katy Fascinating Facts Santikos Palladium – AVX opened in Richmond in the spring of 2013 and boasts 22 movie theatres, a 16-lane bowling alley, a cocktail and sports bar, in-theatre dining, an arcade and 100 plus different varieties and combinations of Coca Cola products. Pass the popcorn!


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Our readers don’t trust their kids to just anyone. From preschool to college, check out their favorite child care services. Favorite Learning Center:

Katy Fascinating Facts The Katy Family YMCA, which has been present in the Katy community since 2001, received a new name this year: Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch. The center was named after Ballard, whose foundation has contributed a seven-figure donation to support the work of the YMCA of Greater Houston. The gift was made specifically to expand YMCA services and programs in the Katy area.

Eye Level Katy Southwest 24948 FM 1093, Suite 215 Richmond, Texas 77406 Favorite Private School:

Favorite Day Care:

Alexander Smith Academy

Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch

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Favorite Veterinarian: All Pets Animal Hospital


24221 Kingsland Boulevard Katy, Texas 77494 Favorite Grooming: Cute & Sassy Grooming Salon 1340 Pin Oak Road Katy, Texas 77494

With the holidays around the corner, have your four-legged friends taken care of at Katy’s finest! Favorite Day Care/Boarding Services: Canine Country Club 1440 Katy Gap Road Katy, Texas 77493 l DECEMBER 2016


Our Readers Voted for The Best of Katy




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Favorite Attorney/Law Firm: Nancy L. Rommelmann PLLC 820 Gessner, Suite 1630 Houston, Texas 77024


For selecting Katy Insurance Agency as The Best Insurance Agency in the Katy area!

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Nancy Rommelmann is regularly consulted by local media for her on-air analysis about family law.

Katy Insurance Agency 1207 Avenue D Katy, Texas 77493 Favorite Bank/Credit Union: Allegiance Bank 2 Katy Locations Favorite Real Estate Agent: Linda Burnett – Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

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Favorite Insurance Agency:

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Our Readers Voted for The Best of Katy Favorite Financial Services: J.D. Joyce Investment Management Group, LLC 1811 Bering Drive, Suite 250 Houston, Texas 77057 Favorite Florist:

Favorite Custom Home Builder:

Old Town Katy Florist

Williams Custom Homes

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From appliances and flooring to landscaping and design, check out readers’ go-to services for making their homes beautiful. Favorite Flooring Store: Katy Carpets Etc. 2020 South Fry Road Katy, Texas 77450 Favorite Gardening/Landscaping Company: Burke Landscaping

19622 Azalea Brook Way Houston, Texas 77084 Favorite Cleaning Service:

Favorite Plumbers:

Angelic Carpet Cleaning, Inc.

The Katy Plumbing Company

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1704 Avenue D Katy, Texas 77493

Favorite Pool Services:

Favorite Home Improvement:

Blue Crystal Pool Service

Envisions Interior Design

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You may know me as a Katy mom of three amazing boys and wife to Daryn, but what you may not know is that I love finding cool and unique products because, let’s face it, in a house full of boys, a girl needs her girl stuff! So, here are some things I absolutely love...and hope you will, too!


Charging Bracelet Never get caught with a dead phone again with this sleek, unisex charging bracelet. It can charge a phone up to 50 percent in 40 minutes. Free engraving is included too!

Personalized Wreath Hanger Just add your name, address or message of your choosing and your favorite wreath, of course! This is such a welcoming addition to any door.

Northern Lights Starlit Tree Even unadorned, these trees are so elegant. They are beautiful for decorating indoors or outdoors for the holidays, and imagine how pretty they would be at a wedding or special event! There are various colors and sizes to choose from.

Aldrich Wall Clock Add this clock to any room for a great pop of color! I love the red and can’t wait to get mine put up in my game room. I think this clock would look amazing in any room of the house or office!


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13th Annual Holiday Home Tour James E. Taylor High School Project Grad presents the 13th Annual Holiday Home Tour on Thursday, December 8th from 5 to 9 pm, Friday, December 9th from 10 am to 2 pm and Friday, December 9th from 5 to 9 pm. Six fabulous families have agreed to open their homes in the Katy community to raise funds for Project Grad. The Katy community is invited to tour these homes filled with holiday décor. Each home will feature a different silent auction basket. Taylor High School students and their parents will also decorate trees to be raffled off on Friday night. Money raised will help seniors celebrate their 2017 graduation by offering a safe haven with friends and teachers.

Tickets for the Holiday Home Tour can be purchased for $15 from Hauerland’s Store at 1648 South Mason Road or at the Senior Office of James E. Taylor High School. Additionally, tickets can be purchased or questions asked at thsprojectgrad17@

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Wed-Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5 • 801 2nd Street 281-232-0035 or 832-595-9600 Come shop with us, then explore Historic Downtown’s 3 restaurants and 12 other antique & boutique shops.

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HOLIDAY WISHES Celebrate the holidays with gifts that represent the magic of the season. Visit Freckles in Fulshear for unique holiday goodies. Freckles Stationery and Gifts, 8030 FM 359 South in Fulshear. Call 281-536-4900;

A CUSTOM OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE Give a gift that will add value to your home – a new outdoor living space for entertaining, grilling or relaxing by the fire. Call today! Texas Custom Patios. Call 281-265-1994;

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Christmas Conundrum

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CHRISTMAS MEMORIES With Christmas just around the corner, these vintage ornaments are sure to bring memories of Christmas’ past. Visit D & S Antiques to see their Christmas collection. D & S Antiques, 801 Second Street in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. Call 281-232-0035.

FOR THE OVER-INDULGER Help her get back on track in the New Year. The Slim Kit has everything she needs to get rid of the holiday bulge and back into her skinny jeans by spring break. Hotze Health & Wellness Center, 20214 Braidwood Drive, Suite 215 in Houston. Call 281-698-8698.

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Medical Follow-Up: Q:


EXPERTS: Dr. Jorge Gomez, sports medicine specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, along with Dr. Kristin Ernest, answer some questions about concussions.



An athlete who suffers a blow to the head should be evaluated by a physician within 48 hours if the athlete has any of the following symptoms: headache, dizziness, blurred vision, disorientation, slowed speech or thinking, difficulty concentrating or remembering, excessive fatigue or drowsiness. These may be symptoms of a serious head injury, such as bleeding in the skull or brain. The primary care or emergency room physician will look for factors that increase the likelihood of bleeding in the head, including loss of consciousness longer than one minute, worsening of symptoms as opposed to gradual improvement of symptoms, which is a hallmark of a concussion, and focal neurological findings such as abnormalities of strength, sensation or reflexes on one side of the body but not the other side. Any of these findings may warrant imaging of the head – a computerized tomography (CT) scan if less than 48 hours after the head injury or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) if more than 48 hours after the injury. If the young athlete’s head injury symptoms are improving, he has not suffered prolonged loss of consciousness and has a non-focal (symmetrical) neurological examination, it is very likely he has a concussion and does not require imaging. If the physician decides to order a CT or MRI and the results are normal, the physician will likewise conclude that the athlete has a concussion.



The athlete should not participate in athletic activity or exercise besides normal walking, use of electronics should be minimal, and school modifications should be taken to minimize symptoms and reduce the amount of mental work the athlete has to do. The athlete should get a good night’s sleep. The athlete should be encouraged to return to school as soon as possible with the above modifications and should be seen weekly until completely recovered. At these weekly visits, the health care provider should ask about symptoms and administer tests of orientation, concentration, memory and balance. Computerized neuropsychological testing such as ImPACT, BrainCheck and Cogsport rarely adds any useful information while the athlete still has symptoms of a concussion. These tests are most useful when the athlete is no longer reporting symptoms and the physician seeks additional information to determine that the athlete has completely recovered. For more information about sports medicine care at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, call 832-227-1000 or visit

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Photo by A. Kramer.

References: McCrory P, Meeuwisse WH, Aubry M, et al. Consensus statement on concussion in sport: the 4th international conference on concussion in sport held in Zurich, November 2012. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2013; 47: 250-258. Giza CC, Kutcher JS, Ashwal S, et al. Summery of evidence-based guideline update: evaluation and management of concussion in sports: report of the guideline development subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology 2013; 80: 2250-2257.

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Muses for the Holiday Season 2016 By Nancy L. Rommelmann, Family Law Attorney

On Gratitude . . .

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

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On Family . . .

Evaluation & Treatment of Pelvic Pain

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts! Blood makes you related – loyalty makes you family. Call it network, tribe or family; whatever you call it, you need one. Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.


On Stress . . .

It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it. “Stress is like fire: When controlled and used for a purpose, it serves us well. Let unbridled, it can consume us.” – Brendan Brazier “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James “The key to winning is poise under stress.” – Paul Brown Uncertainty is the most stressful feeling. It is not stress that kills us, but our reaction to it.

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On Motivation . . .

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz “A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” – Pat Riley Motivation, to me, is one of the most noticeable and admirable traits in a person.

On New Beginnings . . .

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C.S. Lewis “Every moment is a new beginning.” – Elie Wiesel “Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on with all of the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” – Hal Borland Sincerely wishing you and your loved ones a most peaceful and blessed holiday season!

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High School HOT SHOT

By Joan Frances

Meet Benjamin C. Kamdem-Talom Photo by Tiffany A. Shirey.


Benjamin work toward my goal every single day and set a path for future and present students to follow and lead.” In addition to his extensive academic strengths, Benjamin is a captain of the MRHS football team and the varsity track and field team. “My teammates are surprised by how many challenging classes I take. But my goal is to set an example and stepping stone so younger athletes can follow.” Benjamin’s favorite teacher is Wendell Ishee. “Since freshmen year, Coach Ishee has always been a part of my life, always teaching right from wrong and values to live by, breaking me down so he can build me back up. He is the best role model any student and athlete can ask for. He is like a father to me. I will forever be grateful to him. “Getting to know the teachers who have helped me all of these years to achieve my goals is one thing I will always treasure about my high school experience. I’ve learned so many great things from my teachers. They have become a part of my life. Getting to know them and listening to their sto-

ries on why they chose this path is something that will always stay with me. I give special thanks to all of my teachers, coaches and administration for molding me into the person I am today.” Benjamin’s volunteer work is equally admirable. He spends many hours volunteering at Katy Christian Donation Center, the Houston Food Bank and the Grace Care Center of Katy. Benjamin is thankful to God for everything he has done for his family and him, and he graciously gives back to his community. Benjamin is currently being recruited for football and track and field and has applied to Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University. He will major in Molecular Biology to fulfill his dream of becoming a surgeon and to work for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) providing medical care to people in crisis around the world. Congratulations on your inspirational actions and leadership skills Benjamin. We look forward to watching you make an impact to improve the quality of life for everyone.

“I want my actions to inspire other to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.” – Benjamin Kamdem-Talom 30

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senior at Morton Ranch High School (MRHS), Benjamin Kamdem-Talom is involved in academics, sports and extracurricular activities. He is a devoted individual who strives to inspire others through his positive actions and leadership skills. During his high school career, Benjamin has achieved respect from his teachers and peers and has an ambitious future ahead of him. Benjamin has taken Advanced Placement (AP) classes throughout high school. This year, his schedule includes AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Psychology, AP French, Dual Credit English 4 and AP Microeconomics. He has a strong grade point average and is in the top percentage of his senior class. Benjamin is a member of the French Honor Society and is highly proficient at reading, writing and speaking French. He also speaks and reads Spanish. He is a member of the Community Involvement Association and M.A.V.S. (Mavericks Achieving through Volunteer Service), the Superintendent Student Leadership Table and the Principal Communication Network. In addition, Benjamin is vice president of his senior class. “Being the vice president for my senior class will enable me to leave a legacy at Morton Ranch High School,” said Benjamin. “I want my actions to inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. It enables me to create a condition of trust between my classmates and me. As an officer and a representative, I get to

Simon Youth Foundation celebrated the grand opening of its newest academy at Katy Mills with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring remarks from Simon Youth Foundation officials and local dignitaries. The academic-based program was designed in partnership with Katy ISD schools to help at-risk students earn their high school diplomas.

By Morgan Zimmermann


Photos by Dave Rossman.

Lance Hindt, Rebecca Fox, Gregg Goodman and J. Michael Durnil.

Kerri Finnesand, Tori Hill, Lee Crews and Andrea Grooms.

The Club at Falcon Point hosted Pink at The Point, a charity golf tournament raising over $8,000 for The Rose. Representing The Club at Falcon Point and The Rose were Lisa Bechtold, Joanne Choquehuanca, Wendy Pocknall, Barbara Lazor, Linda Riehl, Justin Awtrey and Shannon Lecoq. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Cinco Ranch High School Cheerleaders took part in the largest Pink Out event in Katy ISD’s history, raising thousands of dollars for breast cancer awareness and prevention. They sold limited edition Pink Out shirts and donated the proceeds to The Rose, a non-profit organization aimed at diagnosis and care for women.

Boy Scout Troop 209’s Forrest Steele earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, Steele replaced and enlarged the turkey coop at the Kenneth D. Welch Outdoor Learning Center in Katy. Steele currently serves as Troop 209’s senior patrol leader and attends James E. Taylor High School. Congratulations!

Cinco Ranch High School Junior Varsity Cheerleaders Michelle Graham, Bre Rowland, Kate Ober, Reece Van Slyke, Maddie Willey, Caroline Green, Makaylah Gracia, Cami Wagner, Ariel Grace, Hadley Flessner, Nicole Bourgeois, Hailey Bruegger, Bianca Wilson and Sarah Jeffries. l DECEMBER 2016


What’s Kickin’ in



ecember is a magical month filled with fun activities and events for the entire family! May your Christmas season be merry and bright and filled with incredible blessings both day and night. Spend time and treasure each moment with family and friends, and remember to check out all that is kickin’ in Katy before the year ends! December 7th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Honor those who lost their lives serving this nation at Pearl Harbor.

December 3rd A Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas 11 am to 7 pm Historic Downtown Katy Take a photo with Santa and enjoy entertainment from local schools, performances and real snow! Food trucks will be on site, and No-Label Brewery will have their Beer Garden open. The event is free, but guests are asked to bring canned goods to be donated to a local charity. For more details, visit

December 10th and 11th Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus 9 to 10:30 am The Café and Shoppes at Brookwood 1752 FM 1489 A little elf invites you to a fun morning with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Enjoy a scrambled egg bar, cinnamon French toast, sausage, potatoes, fruit and beverages. Tickets are $8.95 for children and $15.95 for adults, and guests will receive a complimentary Christmas photograph. Call 281-375-2100 for reservations. December 16th National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

December 4th Messiah Sing-a-long 7 pm St. Peter’s United Methodist Church 20775 Kingsland Boulevard The Chancel Choir hosts a night of wonderful music at this free community event. Feel free to listen or sing along to the beautiful music complete with soloists and a full orchestra. For more information, visit


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December 17th Holiday Classic Movie Night Dusk Central Green Park 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard Grab your family and friends for a free movie under the stars. Bring your own blanket and a picnic to enjoy White Christmas, suitable for all ages. For more information, visit

December 21st Family Game Day Noon to 4 pm Cinco Ranch Branch Library 2620 Commercial Center Boulevard Families are invited to enjoy an afternoon of games! A variety of board games will be available, but families may bring their own favorite games as well. Call the library at 281-395-1311 for more information. December 25th Merry Christmas! December 26th National Thank-You Note Day Grab a notepad, note cards, paper or anything to write on along with a pen, some envelopes and stamps. Write special thank-you notes for the gifts that you received. December 31st New Year’s Eve


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