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{Features} 13 BLUSHING BRIDES

These blushing brides – and their beaus – have ties to Katy. Peruse the pages, view their wedding details and even get some ideas for your big day!

22 OVERCOMING THE SUMMER SLIDE Turn the summer slide into a huge step in the right direction.

24 FOUR TIPS FOR SUMMER TIRE SAFETY As temperatures rise, checking your tires’ air pressure can help protect you on the road.

27 CELEBRATE GRADUATES DIY Party Décor and Gifts

28 DADS & GRADS

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Heather DeVries at Simon Youth Foundation. Photo by Debi Beauregard/Custom Minds Photography.

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SECOND CHANCES WITH SIMON YOUTH FOUNDATION

Thanks to Katy Mills Mall and the Simon Youth Foundation, as well as Katy ISD’s District Dropout Recovery efforts, more students are getting a second chance at earning their high school diploma. Simon Youth Academy provides at risk students a friendly, caring and unique learning environment for success.

The Magnificence of Henna

26 HIGH SCHOOL HOT SHOT Meet Brandon Fremin

32 FAMILY LAW

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40 absolutely! FABULOUS FINDS

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Congrats to all of the graduates of the Class of 2017!

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ON THE COVER: Heather DeVries and Zoe Shaffer. Photo by Debi Beauregard/ Custom Minds Photography.

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EXCLAMATION POINTS! Associate Publisher, LIZ JOHNSON

A June Jog Down Memory Lane

Vol. 14 No. 6 June 2017

This time of year brings back so many memories for me. I can still remember my graduation from high school and crossing that stage in the gym. I remember taking family pictures outside in my cap and gown and knowing that it would be the last time I saw some of my friends and teachers as we all went off in different directions and toward our futures. It was a time of excitement, but there was still that little touch of fear as I stepped out of high school and took Lori Ann Belin, Liz Johnson and Melissa Nixon a giant leap toward my future in college. at the Republican Women’s Club of Katy’s High Now, I get to watch from a different per- Tea and Hat Luncheon. spective as my children move toward that same path in the distant future, and I watch from the sidelines as friends and family experience these milestone moments. And again, I have that same mix of excitement and just a touch of fear for what the future holds. Our absolutely! Katy June issue is bursting with these meaningful moments. In our cover story beginning on page 8, be sure to read all about how Simon Youth Academy is helping kids in Katy graduate in unique and creative ways. Celebrate the successes that our graduate Zoe has achieved, and wish her well on the path to her bright future. I hope as you read all about this fantastic program and amazing staff, you remember that the challenges Zoe has faced haven’t stopped her from graduating and achieving her goals. With Simon Youth Foundation, she found a road map for success with the help of Katy Mills Mall and her great teachers. Her perseverance, love of learning and caring attitude has seen her through, and as a result, she is getting to experience one of life’s greatest achievements. We wish her – and all Class of 2017 graduates – the best and can’t wait to see the places she goes on her next adventure. Our June edition would not be complete without a little wedding talk and blushing brides – another one of those milestones that we absolutely want to celebrate with you! We hope you take time this June to enjoy some of our What’s Kickin’ in Katy events, and we hope to see you out and about. Be sure to take some time out to think back on all of the wonderful milestone moments you have had and make a few new ones this summer.

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Second Chances With

Heather DeVries, Zoe Shaffer and Don Massey.

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icture a high school classroom at Katy Mills Mall where students can earn their high school diploma in a friendly, caring and unique learning environment. Sounds great right? Well, for some of Katy ISD’s most at risk students, that’s exactly where they are going to school. Thanks to Katy Mills and the Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), as well as Katy ISD’s District Dropout Recovery efforts, more students are getting a second chance at earning their high school diploma.

COVER STORY By Liz Johnson Photos by Debi Beauregard / Custom Minds Photography

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Simon Youth Foundation to the Rescue For some teens, high school and the traditional classroom setting is the way to go. They thrive, grow and graduate. But for others, high school isn’t the best experience. Sometimes it’s just not for them, and sometimes, the outside world intervenes. There are many reasons a child may choose to withdraw from school, and it is not always easy to go back. That’s where the Simon Youth Academy steps in with a unique option. SYF was founded in 1998 when a group of Simon Malls’ managers, owners of Katy Mills, noticed high school students hanging out at the mall during school hours. “Instead of sending the students back to school, they had the idea of bringing the school to the students,” said Katy Mills General Manager Don Massey. “Eighteen years later,

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more than 14,000 students who were on the road to dropping out of high school have earned high school diplomas. In addition to drop out prevention, SYF has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships helping students gain access to higher education. The Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills is one of 30 academies across the country in the SYF network.” Heather DeVries is the coordinator for the program at Katy Mills. “The Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills evolved out of the work in Katy ISD’s Office of Dropout Prevention, Intervention and Recovery,” she said. “Joan Arasteh, Katy ISD Coordinator of Dropout Prevention, Intervention and Recovery and I worked together over the last 10 years to serve our secondary campuses and their most at risk students. We communicated daily with students, parents, campus and district staff to encourage re-engagement and to discuss plans of action in hopes of students returning to a successfully environment. “At times and due to personal or academic circumstances, a return to a comprehensive high school was not the perfect scenario. When the opportunity for a small, unique learning environment came forward, it seemed to be a great chance to reach even more students.” Massey explained how the program works. “Katy ISD was already making strides to reach atrisk students, and because of the impact of Katy Mills

Dr. Lance Hindt, Rebecca Fox, Gregg Goodman and J. Michael Durnil at the Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills’ ribbon cutting. Photo by Dave Rossman.

in the local community, SYF felt they could add even more to Katy ISD’s alternative education program through a Simon Youth Academy at the mall. SYF builds the space and puts in the major infrastructure, and then Katy ISD staffs it with top-notch educators. The day-to-day operation of the Academy is funded as part of the Katy ISD budget. These partnerships are successful when you have a strong school district like Katy ISD that works tirelessly to give every child an opportunity for a great education.”

Simon Youth Academy’s Patricia Zimmerman, Mackenzie Baker, Bill Morgan, Marcus Guajardo, Damian Segura, Reyna Gamero, Alondra Zacarias, Nancy Allen, Elias Perez, Julia Dunaway, Zoe Shaffer, Kim Clayton, Andrea Jicalan, Kelley Freeman, Heather DeVries, Don Massey and Raul Byrd.

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I want every young person to feel empowered to move forward in their post-high school academic or workforce path with the tools and skills needed to be successful. ~ Heather DeVries Successful Students Eligible students are those who have been enrolled in a Katy ISD high school within a given school year but withdrew with no real academic intent and who are at risk of being high school dropouts. Through Katy ISD’s District Dropout Recovery efforts, students are identified, referred and complete an application at the Academy for enrollment consideration. Not every student who applies is accepted due to the uniqueness of the program and limited staff. Educators at the Simon Youth Academy meet students where they are and help them earn their high school diplomas. In addition, graduates can apply for scholarship funds through the Academy providing even more support. One Simon Youth Academy student who is preparing to graduate this month is Zoe Shaffer, a 12th grader who has been enrolled in the program since March. She attributes this to the unique classroom set up and ex-

perience. “It’s a friendly environment, and I can work at my own pace and at home.” Thanks to the Academy, Zoe has a game plan for the future. “I plan to attend community college, then move on to a career in psychology.”

Talented Staff and Teachers As one of the Simon Youth Academy’s talented educators, DeVries has seen first-hand the program’s impact on students’ lives. “The Simon Youth Academy is a model for success, because we meet each student where they are academically, socially and emotionally, and our setting looks very different from the home campus. It is understood that we will not graduate a student overnight or ‘fix’ a young person’s life; however, the teachers and staff are willing to support every young adult who enters the Academy.

Because we are a small setting, we are able to develop positive and engaging relationships with our students. We utilize emails, texts and phone calls to let our students know that we are proud of the effort they put forward or that we really want to see them in school every day, and we provide positive reinforcements for students when they experience success. “It is my hope for every young adult who enters the Simon Youth Academy to be exposed to a unique and caring environment where they can work at their own pace to complete remaining courses and End of Courses exams. Additionally, I want every young person to feel empowered to move forward in their post-high school academic or workforce path with the tools and skills needed to be successful.” And with this talented staff, great support and partnership behind them, these students have a much better chance at a bright future. Visit www. syf.org for more information.

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oe Shaffer is a current 12th grader at the Simon Youth Academy and is set to graduate this June. Her teachers have wonderful things to say about her and wish her all of the best as she moves on with her diploma! “Zoe embraced our unique environment and program right away. Although She has encountered some pebbles along her path to graduation, she didn’t let them stop her from reaching the end of the trail. She has persevered and shown determination along the way to earning her Katy ISD high school diploma, and I am immensely proud of her character and hard work!” – SYA Coordinator Heather DeVries “I always know it will be a good day when I see Zoe in class. She is not just a ‘good student;’ she is someone who loves to learn. Zoe is also kind and compassionate. In a recent essay in which she was asked to describe her idea of utopia, Zoe wrote, ‘In my perfect society, citizens will be honest, willing to open up about their lives and be respectful of their planet and all living things.’ I think this sums up Zoe rather well. She values honesty, openness and respect. I am so proud of her, and I feel honored to be a part of her journey.” – SYA English Teacher Patti Zimmerman

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Blushing Brides Joel & Lauren Noyes September 24, 2016

Brent & Sarah McDougal October 1, 2016

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Joel & Lauren Noyes September 24, 2016

Details

Photos by Kelly Hornberger Photography

Bride’s Full Name: Lauren Rebecca King Groom’s Full Name: Joel Patrick Noyes Wedding Site: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Reception Site: The Houstonian Rehearsal Dinner Site: Smith & Wollensky Videography: Cakewalk Films Wedding Planner: Lauren Carrillo - Something To Celebrate Officiant: Reverend Dr. Linda Christians & Pastor Jeff McAnally Gown: Jim Hjelm Veil: Mantilla Cathedral Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Jewelry: Earrings by Nadri Hair: Glam Studio by Misty Rockwell Makeup: Glam Studio by Misty Rockwell Bridesmaid Dresses: Badgley Mischka Formalwear: Groom’s Jacket by Brooks Brothers Invitations: Minted Flowers: Blooming Gallery Catering: The Houstonian Cake: Susie Edwards - Susie’s Cakes & Confections Music: Grady Gaines & The Texas Upsetters Favors: Hospitality Suite for Hotel Guests & Candy Bar Transportation: AFC Transportation Honeymoon: Hawaii - Maui & Kauai

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King-Noyes Wedding

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auren Rebecca King and Joel Patrick Noyes were united in marriage on September 24, 2016 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston. Parents of the bride and groom hosted a reception at The Houstonian with music by Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters. Before the wedding, the bride’s mother hosted a brunch at Tiny’s No. 5, and the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Smith and Wollensky.� The bride is the daughter of Douglas and Nancy King of Katy and the granddaughter of Elaine King. The groom is the son of Patrick and Cindy Noyes of The Woodlands. Escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless silk gown by designer Jim Hjelm. The Matron of Honor was Tori Cain, Maid of Honor was Tara Groschke, and bridesmaids were Emily Padua, Shanna Richardson and Jessica Jordan. The Best Men were Kirk and Kyle Noyes. Groomsmen were Ross Langley and Justin King. Junior bridesmaids were Jenna King and Mackenzie Noyes, and the flower girl was Stella Noyes. Trumpeter Nate Mayfield and Organist Rob Landes provided music. The happy couple are 2002 graduates of the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. Lauren earned her Master of Business Administration from UT Austin in May 2016 and is a Strategic Planning and Development Manager at Emerson. Joel is a Senior Manager for Government and External Affairs at Hess Corporation. The couple honeymooned in Maui and Kauai. They reside in the Heights with their two dogs, Charlie and Tucker, and a daughter due in June. Photo by Kelly Hornberger Photography. www.absolutelykaty.com l JUNE 2017

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Brent & Sarah McDougal October 1, 2016

Details

Photos by Heather Purvis Photography

Bride’s Full Name: Sarah Nicole Laughry Groom’s Full Name: Brent Weldon McDougal Wedding Site: The Springs Katy - Outdoors Reception Site: The Springs Katy - Stonecreek Rehearsal Dinner Site: Alicia’s - Katy Wedding Planner: Loose Ends Event Design Officiant: Larry McDougal Jr. Gown: Allure Shoes: Ariat Boots Jewelry: Borrowed Hair: All Dolled Up - By Shea Makeup: All Dolled Up - By Shea Bridesmaid Dresses: Navy Formalwear: Suit Warehouse Flowers: Crowder-Deats Floral & Gift Shop Catering: Tastefully Yours Cake: Butterstick Bakery Music: J&A Entertainment Favors: Oreo Cookies and Milk Transportation: Sam’s Limousine Honeymoon: Kaui, Hawaii

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Tips to Plan Your Wedding Like a Pro

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may be that your budget doesn’t allow a wedding planner, or maybe you’ve just dreamed of this day for so long that all of the hands-on planning makes you giggle with glee. Either way, there are steps you can take to make your big day go off without a hitch so flawlessly, it seems as though it was planned by a professional.

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Set a budget and stick to it. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and get carried away with spending. A planner’s less emotional approach leaves less room for letting extras chip away at your wedding fund, but planning your own wedding can cause a whirlwind of emotion. Your best weapon is to set a realistic budget and hold yourself to it. Remember, there are hundreds of ways – and at least as many websites and idea boards online – to achieve everything you envision if you’re willing to get creative and be a little flexible.

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Define your priorities. The truth is you’re going to encounter some curveballs while planning your big day. A venue will get booked out from under you, or a photographer’s bid will come in significantly higher than you anticipated. Working with your fiance to define what matters most can help you make adjustments to overcome whatever obstacles you encounter. If the venue is your biggest priority, maybe another date will work. If the photography is the piece of your wedding day that you’ll treasure most, know that you’ll need to trim in other places.

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in some ways that’s true. But a timeline carries an important distinction: the recognition of when – not just what – must be done. Create your timeline with every major planning category (transportation, cake, etc.) and every step and corresponding deadline (research limo companies, secure bids from limo companies, book limo, confirm limo reservation, etc.).

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Expect exceptional service. Wedding planners have experience vetting and weeding out subpar vendors, and while you may not have the luxury of practice on your side, you can still set the bar high. A friendly but professional approach will take you far, as will an organized and decisive mindset. Avoid growing too chummy, but conversely avoid bringing out bridezilla-like demands. Lay out your expectations, determine whether the vendor can adequately meet or exceed them, listen to your instincts and solicit references to verify your impressions.

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Set your inner OCD free. Planning a wedding is the perfect time to indulge any obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Create a binder to keep track of all of your wedding planning. It’s a great place to store photos and magazine pages of looks you like so you can share them with vendors, but it’s also the spot where you can accumulate all of your contracts, receipts, contact information and other documentation. When a guest or vendor calls with a question, you can put your hands on the information you need in mere minutes, keeping stress at a minimum all around. Planning a wedding requires discipline and patience, but the payoff is big – among the biggest in your life, in fact. Take a business-like approach to planning the details, then plan to enjoy your day to the fullest. Find more tips for all of life’s special moments at elivingtoday.com. Source: Family Features

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enna is known mostly as the beautiful, semi-permanent tattoo that is adorned during an Indian, Middle Eastern or African wedding. But, what one may not know is that the beauty, art and history of henna dates back thousands of years. Due to its many purposes, henna is considered a symbol of love, good luck and security from evil. The art of henna painting on the body is customarily practiced for marriage rituals, in periods of happy occasions, during a special ceremony or during an event marking an important stage in someone’s life. 20

Henna’s Origins Henna comes from the plant lawsonia inermia, which produces the leaves that make the dye in shades of red and brown. The plant is found in places such as Egypt, North Africa, India and parts of the Middle East. Once it was realized that henna had a cooling effect, painting skin with henna or placing it on hair as a dye offered a way to cool down body temperatures. This enhanced the uses of henna. For beauty, henna is traditionally adorned on hands and feet of Indian brides. The henna is made into a thin paste called mendhi, which allows the artist to create ornate or floral intricate designs. It is applied to the bride 24 to 48 hours

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Henna is also thought of as therapeutic and an opportunity for self-expression. before the wedding, and it can last from one to three weeks depending on the strength of the mendhi. The bridal party, female family members and friends take part in decorating their hands with mendhi and welcoming the good luck associated with henna for the bride. Historically, over 5,000 years ago, Egyptians were ahead of their time when it came to beauty and saw the cosmetic value of this dynamic plant. They used henna as a hair dye to highlight their hair, decorate their hands and feet and paint their fingernails. When archeologists found mummies dating back to 1200 BC, the stain of henna was still on the Pharaohs’ nails and hair.

More Than Aesthetics Today, henna is used in a similar manner in parts of Africa, India and the Middle East as an inexpensive way to carry on the tradition began by the Egyptians. Pregnant women in Morocco often decorate their ankles with henna as a sign of protection throughout childbirth. The designs are more geometrical and are passed down for generations. In Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq, the use of henna is seen as a sign of good luck. Henna has also been used on textiles to color silk, animal skins and wool, as well as on horses’ manes and hooves.

means “the red moon.” Elizabeth Siddal, the wife and muse of artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, had naturally bright hair. Rosesetti portrayed her in many paintings, emphasizing her flowing, red hair. Red hair became a fetish for artists, and it is said that young women with a carefree inclination began tinting their hair with henna. Artists such as Gaston Bussiere, Evelyn De Morgan, Frederic Leighton and Frederick Sandys, along with many other Impressionist artists, further popularized henna-dyed hair and young, free spirited women through their paintings. Through growing interest in Eastern cultures in the 1950s and 1960s, henna gained admiration amongst the younger generation in the western world. For example, Lucille Ball popularized the “henna rinse” as her character, Lucy Ricardo, called it on the television show I Love Lucy.

Henna Across Cultures In the 19th century in Europe, the aesthetic movement connected women to henna through its support for literature, fine arts and music. For example, in the late 1800s, the famous opera singer Adelina Patti was attributed with promoting the use of henna in Europe. Cora Pearl, a Parisian courtesan, dyed her hair red, inspiring the application of henna for the hair, and she was often called “La Lune Rousse,” which

Today in the United States, henna can be seen almost everywhere: at cultural events, at henna tattoo parlors in the mall and at local ethnic grocery stores, where it can simply be purchased over the counter. However, in the west, the idea of using henna is fairly new, and over the past decade, it has been used mostly as an art for individuality and selfexpression. Application methods have also become more contemporary. Henna is also thought of as therapeutic and an opportunity for self-expression. Western countries that practice henna as body art also use Japanese and Chinese art designs. In fact, Japanese symbols are known to be one of the most requested designs for henna. For example, the yin yang sign is one of many widespread design options in henna tattoo parlors and at henna-themed events. Many professional henna artists today work from patterns drawn from many cultures and introduce their work with a present-day, unique angle that makes the design their own. The magnificence of henna is known worldwide. www.absolutelykaty.com l JUNE 2017

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Overcoming the

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The summer slide refers to the dip kids tend to make during the summer months when they are away from school and the daily habits of studying and learning. Studies show that kids lose an average of two months of grade level equivalency over summer break. Remediation when they return to school and waste classroom time on review costs approximately $1,500 per student. The summer slide is by all means costly and real, and for many kids, it can be a devastating setback. Who is hit hardest? Interestingly, the summer slide can affect a wide range of students in various ways. Kids who already struggle in school. These students depend on daily practice and a designed curriculum to continually progress and avoid the backward slip. When the routine and learning expectations are removed, their mind relaxes, and material they previously knew slips away, sometimes as if they never learned it. If you’ve ever tried to learn another language, you know what happens when you don’t practice it regularly. The same happens with all students, but these kids are hit especially hard. Kids who are making steady progress toward a goal. If your kids know where they’re headed and what they want to see for themselves in the future, they’ve likely counted on teachers, coaches, school counselors and the other key players in school life to help them march steadily toward their goals. Remove those support systems, and kids lose their focus and sometimes even their drive.

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Kids who are doing great in school. Imagine you have committed to healthy eating, and for nine months, you’ve adopted and maintained a healthier lifestyle. You’ve lost weight and are feeling great, and you think you’ve got this beat. Then you depart on a two-month cruise, replete with 24-hour buffets. What are the chances you’ll maintain true to your committed healthy path? And how much work will you have to do to get back on that path when you return? Kids who seem aimless or without a view of the big picture. These kids complete assignments or study for the short term – the grade or the GPA – versus studying for lifelong learning. They count on external forces such as due dates, reminders from others and direction given by adults to outline their days and keep them moving forward. During the summer when these expectations disappear, so does their progress. If any of these sound like your children, seek out opportunities to engage and educate your children year-round. Heads up, though, kids have a hard time accepting their parents as teachers and tend to balk at doing work during the summer months. A great tutor or summer program catered to your children’s needs and interests both serve unique purposes. Tutors can work with your children according to their specific needs and learning styles. They can be a refreshing change from the traditional classroom and build relationships with your children that are supportive and encouraging. Summer programs offer another way to learn: collectively, as part of a social group, and usually in a hands-on, fun way that makes learning seem less like academics and more like exploration and discovery. Both methods work wonders and turn the summer slide into a huge summer step in the right direction.

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High School HOT SHOT

By Joan Frances

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senior at Taylor High School, Brandon Fremin has spent the last four years of his education achieving an impressive resume of accomplishments. From academics to athletics, as well as extracurricular activities, Brandon has established a reputation of respect and admiration from his teachers and peers. An Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honors, Brandon represented Taylor High School at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference and Texas Boys State. He is a delegate on the Principal’s Advisory Committee and is on the Katy ISD Superintendent’s Roundtable. Brandon was named Student of the Year in Pre-AP Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, AP Physics 1 and Biology. Brandon found his niche in mathematics, as his cumulative average is a 101 in BC Calculus, and he currently holds the Taylor High School record for most perfect test scores in a single year. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and student council, as well as a four-year class president. Brandon is also an inductee into the National Society of High School Scholars. Brandon has thoroughly enjoyed learning from all of his teachers. One of his most enjoyable teachers has been Katie Statham, who taught PreCalculus his junior year. Brandon recalled, “She is truly a master of her craft. She not only knows her subject matter, but she is well versed in all of the avenues that branch from it. She put up with my frequent questions, talked with me about the Astros and taught me how to pay attention to the

Brandon minute details.” Brandon values this profound quote: “A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings.” In addition to his academic assets, Brandon is a team captain and has been the starting catcher for the past three years for the Taylor Varsity Baseball Team. He received the Division 6A All District Academic, Varsity Athletic Award and All District Honorable Mention Catcher. Brandon is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the co-founder and secretary of the Future Engineers of America Club. His leadership skills are insightful. “There is an unparagoned joy that rushes through my veins when someone is genuinely happy. I love tutoring people and seeing that epiphany in their eyes when the aimless clamor of knowledge becomes a symphony. I’m fulfilled by the happiness of others, and I don’t think you have to be a leader to help others. I notice this in baseball all of the time. You don’t have to have a flamboyant title to be a leader. You

just have to be yourself, be confident, respect others and smile often.” Brandon has many great memories of his high school career. “I can’t thank Taylor High School enough for the experiences and opportunities it has given me. I will treasure my time spent with the beautiful Anna Yammine, a person who makes me better each and every day, as well as my time spent in the baseball program with my baseball brothers. We’ve laughed, sweated, cried and competed together for the last four years, and now we are starting new chapters in our lives. Several of us are lucky enough to be playing in college, and as our senior year winds down, we are truly cherishing every moment.” Brandon will attend Johns Hopkins University next fall and major in mechanical engineering. He will also play baseball at Johns Hopkins. Congratulations on your undeniable spirit and generous heart Brandon, and good luck as you embark on the next phase of your exciting life.

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raduation marks a major milestone in any student’s life, and the event calls for a celebration to remember. Whether you’re planning a party in honor of the graduate or commemorating the accomplishment from afar, consider these fun Do It Yourself (DIY) party projects. Borrow an idea from Kelly Mindell, author of the Studio DIY blog. Graduation Balloon Superlatives feature colorful floating balloons, which bring fun and whimsy to any occasion. The project uses pictures of guests to give each one a special or funny recognition such as “Best Hair” or “Most Likely to be President.” Get creative to recognize all of your guests, and have fun watching everyone discover their very own piece of the party. When you can’t attend the festivities but want to honor a deserving student’s accomplishment, surprise them with a Money Confetti Popper. This easy-to-assemble popper is filled with money and confetti to create an instant celebration. For more ideas for honoring this year’s graduating class, visit www.balloontime.com.

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Dads&Grads Things We Love - Just for Dads & Grads! ENGRAVED UPON THE HEART . . . For graduation and Father’s Day, Loggins Jewelers’ on-site master jeweler custom engraves for all milestones! Loggins Jewelers has a large selection of engravable gifts including charms, watches, bracelets and rings. Make your gift personal with custom engraving. Loggins Jewelers, 14015 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land. Call 281-242-2900; LogginsJewelers.com.

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CELEBRATE WITH YOUR GRAD Treat your grad to a whole day of family fun with tickets to Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts in Galveston or New Braunfels! Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts. Visit www.schlitterbahn.com.

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This Father’s Day, treat your dad to something he really wants. BR Vino has a wide selection of wines and other goodies for him. BR Vino, 1917 Avenue G in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. Call 832-595-2881; www.BRvino.com.

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BOOKENDS FOR THE DAD AND GRAD Any grad or dad will love these fossil bookends featuring ammonites, an extinct type of cephalopod mollusk from the ancient seas that covered an area that is now Morocco. Houston Museum of Natural Science. Call 713-639-4665; www.museumstore.hmns.org.

FOR THE MAN WHO LIKES TO WORK HARD AND PLAY HARD Working, playing, exercising and working more . . . men wear a lot of hats. Give him the nutrients to help boost brainpower, sustain energy levels and stay healthy. Hotze Health & Wellness Center. Call 281-646-1659; visit hotzevitamins.com.

DAD’S OWN OUTDOOR GETAWAY There’s nothing Dad would like more than his own outdoor space! Make every event an outdoor event with family and friends. Call today for a free design consultation. Texas Custom Patios. Call 281-265-1994; www.TexasCustomPatios.com.

DRIVING IN STYLE It’s just what dads and grads always wanted: a new toy from Texas Direct Auto, the world’s largest independent dealership. With over 2,000 automobiles in stock, Texas Direct Auto is sure to have the perfect gift. Texas Direct Auto, 12053 Southwest Freeway in Stafford. Call 281-499-8200; www.TexasDirectAuto.com.

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T-Bone Steaks with Dad’s Steak Rub Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 • 4 T-Bone steaks • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil Dad’s Steak Rub (see recipe) Thaw steaks overnight in refrigerator or quickly thaw by placing sealed steaks in a sink with water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Prepare rub recipe. Heat grill on medium. Blot dry steaks with clean paper towel, then brush each side with cooking oil. Generously season both sides of steaks with rub. Grill steaks to desired doneness. For medium rare steak, grill for about 8 minutes on first side and 6 to 7 minutes on second side.

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Dad’s Steak Rub Yield: 1/2 cup • 4 Tablespoons coarse sea salt or kosher salt • 1 Tablespoon coarse ground black pepper • 1 Tablespoon coarse dehydrated onion flakes • 1/2 Tablespoon coarse dehydrated garlic • 1/2 Tablespoon crushed red pepper • 1 Teaspoon whole dill seed • 1 Teaspoon dried whole thyme • 1 Teaspoon whole cumin, toasted and crushed coarsely • 1 Teaspoon whole coriander, toasted and crushed coarsely

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Fire up the grill and serve up robust, savory cuts, such as Omaha Steaks’ Tbone or Rib Crown selections for your Father’s Day celebrations. The T-bone is a thick cut to give you more bone-in strip and butter-tender Filet Mignon for even the heartiest of appetites, while the Rib Crown is carved from the most prized part of the Ribeye and is known for exceptional marbling, flavor and tenderness. Both cuts are grain-fed, aged to perfection and flash-frozen to capture freshness and flavor. For more steak recipes for your Father’s Day celebration, visit www. omahasteaks.com.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container or zip lock bag for up to 6 months. Note: To prepare cumin and coriander, toast by placing in dry pan over medium heat, shaking pan about 2 minutes until seasonings start to brown. Crush using bottom of pan on cutting board or with mortar and pestle.


Rib Crown Steaks with Roasted Root Vegetables Prep time: 60 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Servings: 4 • 4 Rib Crown Steaks • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil • 2 Tablespoons Dad’s Steak Rub (see recipe) Roasted Root Vegetables (see recipe) Thaw steaks overnight in refrigerator or quickly thaw by placing sealed steaks in sink with water for 15 to 30 minutes. Prepare rub and vegetables. Heat grill on high. Blot dry steaks with clean paper towel, then brush each side with cooking oil. Generously season both sides of steaks with rub. Grill steaks to desired doneness. For medium rare steak, grill for about 5 minutes on first side and 3 to 4 minutes on second side. Serve each steak with vegetables.

Using the Proper Grilling Technique For exceptional steaks every time, incorporate these tips from Omaha Steaks Executive Chef Karl Marsh. 1. Clean and heat the grill on high. 2. Blot dry any moisture using a clean paper towel, and then lightly oil the steak before placing it on the grill. This helps the searing process and prevents sticking. 3. Season the food before grilling. 4. Sear the outside of steaks when grilling. This really helps with the flavor and juiciness. 5. Use tongs or a spatula to turn meat on the grill. Using a fork can damage and dry out the meat. 6. Cover the grill as much as possible during the grilling process. This helps to lock in the grilled flavor and will help prevent flare-ups. 7. Keep a spray bottle with water handy to douse any unexpected flare-ups. 8. Use the 60/40 grilling method. Grill for 60 percent of the time on the first side, then grill 40 percent of the time after you turn over the food. This will give you an evenly cooked product. 9. Place your cooked product on a clean plate. Never place cooked product on the plate you used to transport the raw product to the grill without thoroughly washing it first. 10. Allow your steaks to “rest” for 5 minutes between cooking and eating. This will help retain moisture when you cut into them. Source: Family Features

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First Annual Big Bash BBQ Cook-Off Benefiting Caring4Katy

April 1, 2017 • The Great Southwest Equestrian Center

Sponsored by Wildcatter Saloon, the First Annual Big Bash BBQ Cook-Off benefiting Caring4Katy stands to be the blowout event of the season. Who doesn’t love great barbecue, exciting contests, outdoor shopping and live music? And, with the added benefit of helping local families in need, this event has it all. The fun takes place Saturday, July 8th from 11 am to 7 pm at Wildcatter Saloon, located at 26913 Katy Freeway. Admission is free! Although the disease took away her ability to walk or talk, it didn’t stop her from expressing her love and thoughts through the unspoken words that shined brightly in her eyes. Caring4Katy was formed in honor of Savannah, who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1, as a way to help other families in Katy and the surrounding communities who have children impacted by life threatening illnesses. The 501c3 volunteer organization relies on donations and sponsorships from events such as this to continue making an impact in the lives of those who need them most. Volunteer opportunities, vendor spaces and corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact Sheryl@Caring4Katy. com or visit www.caring4Katy.org.

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Heather R. Williams Named Principal of New Lindsey Elementary School Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (LCISD) has named Heather R. Williams principal of the district’s newest elementary school, Kathleen Joerger Lindsey Elementary. Set to open in August, the 92,324 square-foot building is located at 2431 Joan Collier Trace Road in Firethorne. It marks LCISD’s first school in Firethorne, its 24th elementary district-wide and its first school with a Katy address. “This is my first time to open a new school, and it’s an honor. It’s something you think about when you become a principal,” said Williams, who celebrates her 20th year in education this year. “It’s exciting because this is a growing community.” LCISD represents a “coming home” for Williams, who lives in Richmond and worked for the District from 2002 to 2008, starting as a Gifted and Talented Facilitator at Austin and Huggins Elementary Schools. She taught fourth and fifth grade at Frost Elementary, then served as the Briscoe Jr. High Heather R. Williams and Janet Burkett Campus Instructional reviewing blueprints of Kathleen Technology Special- Joerger Lindsey Elementary School. ist from 2006 to 2008. Williams joined Katy ISD in 2008 as assistant principal of Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary from 2008 to 2012 before being promoted to principal of Stan C. Stanley Elementary in Katy ISD. Williams has a love of leading and teaching teachers. “Kids are my passion and teachers are my heart,” said the principal, who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in May 1997 and her Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria in 2008. Lindsey Elementary School is named in memory of a brilliant Fort Bend County attorney and distinguished community leader who was a founder of the Fort Bend Library System and helped bring the Richmond State School to the community.

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Le Cirque Benefiting Child Advocates of Fort Bend April 29, 2017 • Sugar Land Marriott Town Square

2017 Fort Bend County Medical Society Board The Fort Bend County Medical Society (FBMS) recently appointed Sapna Singh, MD as its board president and Asha Wurdeman, DO as secretary/treasurer for 2017. Dr. Singh is a board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She works at the Texas Children’s Pediatric clinic in Sugar Land and is a native Texan. She attended Texas A&M Science Center College of Medicine Medical School and completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She has lived most of her life in and around Sugar Land along with her husband, Mehul, and her two children, Savan and Surina. She serves on the board of Pratham USA and is active in charities aiding children and underserved communities in and outside of the United States. Dr. Wurdeman is a board certified palliative medicine, geriatric medicine and family medicine physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas. She is affiliated with the Memorial Hermann Health System. Her medical education and training are from Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, California, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. She recently moved from Omaha, Nebraska, where she practiced palliative medicine for seven years. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. Her patient care interests include care coordination for patients with serious illnesses and transitional care needs. With these two physicians serving in the leadership positions, FBMS’ vision for the year is to improve on the needs of community physicians through more opportunities to network, to gain continuing medical education (CME) and to impact legislative initiatives that affect physicians in their daily practice. The FBMS scholarship program will continue to be a highlight of the FBMS community outreach program, which serves not only to assist financially, but also as an incentive and inspiration to Fort Bend County students to pursue careers in medicine. Two CMEs will be offered as well as socials and a scholarship event. For more information on the FBMS, contact Vickie Tonn at office@fbms.org.

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Pat King, Ruthanne Mefford & Janice King Renee Lukefahr & Karen Jordin Yumna Thariani with Zeenat & Ike Mitha Diana & Randy Miller Ray Aguilar & Valerie Golden Daniel Thesing & Le Roy Hodge Scott & Sue McClintik Jessica Kij, Michelle Fisher & Jim Kij Taylor & Craig Conner

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Katy ISD Announces Principals of the Year 11

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Lawren Eckhardt & Brian Covalt Kristi Gutierrez & Aly Tomasello Jessica Jubin & Irene Wisner Lisa Moore & Fiona Remko Patti & Tim Kaminski Glenn & Anne Bulan Sheila & Michael O’Toole Cynthia Liska & Steve Fuqua Marhia Coane & Jim McClellan Dana & Clayton Reeves Metoyer Martin & Krystal Vann

Katy ISD recently announced that McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah and Mayde Creek Junior High Principal Dr. David Paz were chosen for Katy ISD’s Region IV Principal Recognition. Mensah and Paz were selected by their peers for their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth and their ability to inspire Katy ISD students and staff. Mensah was a scholar athlete with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Rice University, and he holds a Masters in Education in Educational Administration from the University of Texas. He also received his Doctorate in Education Leadership and Superintendent Certificate from the University of Houston. As principal at McRob- Dr. Kwabena Mensah. erts Elementary, he has increased campus and community morale, which has led to academic gains in all education content areas and has closed performance gaps. He has established an environment of high expectations to ensure access to programs and support for teachers and students. He is currently being recognized as the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators Principal of the Year and is now a Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association National Distinguished Principal Finalist. Paz holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston and a Masters of Education in Education Administration. He also holds a Doctor of Education degree in Public School Administration from Texas A&M University. As campus principal at Mayde Creek Junior High, he continues to lead by setting the bar Dr. David Paz. high for student achievement. He has developed various programs to improve student success, such as an algebra lab and an afterschool tutorial program called Gator Academy for at-risk students. Congratulations to these outstanding principals!

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s u o l u Fab inds F BY RO B I N E B R E C H T

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!

Rita Rims Party Cups Rita Rims are party cups pre-rimmed with lime flavoring and salt. These ready-to-use cups are a tasty way to serve special drinks. www.myritarims.com

Reversible Tote Bag What’s cuter than a monogrammed tote bag? One side is made of durable straw, and the other side is navy and white fabric. This tote is perfect for a weekend getaway or just a day at the pool or beach! www.marleylilly.com

Training Beach Towel Show your love for training by carrying this bright and bold printed beach towel to the pool, beach or gym this summer! It’s lightweight and made from a microfiber fabric that dries quickly and doesn’t retain water. www.chalktalksports.com

Albion Ring by David Yurman This David Yurman ring is one of my all time favorites. I wear it every day. Made of sterling silver and 18 karat gold with a smoky quartz stone, it is a timeless piece that will never go out of style. www.davidyurman.com

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Adidas Iniki Running Shoes These classic running shoes have a retro feel made of stretch mesh and a vintage look of suede. They are extremely comfortable and cute too! www.adidas.com


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Bicycle Camp for Individuals with Disabilities Now Accepting Applications iCan Shine, a non-profit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through its iCan Bike program, is gearing up for this year’s event from July 10th through July 14th. This five-day camp, requiring riders to attend only one 75-minute session per day, takes place at The British International School of Houston, located at 2203 North Westgreen Boulevard in Katy. iCan Shine is a non-profit organization that collaborates with local organizations to host camps in their communities. However, this camp is unique as it is hosted by three mothers of children with a disability who have volunteered to bring the camp to Katy for the third year in a row. iCan Shine uses adapted equipment, trained professionals and

volunteers. With 75 minutes of instruction over five days, over 80 percent of riders learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently by the end of camp. To be eligible to enroll, riders must be at least eightyears-old, have a disability and be able to walk without an assistive device, such as a walker or cane. Riders must be able to side-step quickly to both sides. Riders must have a minimum inseam measurement of 20 inches and weigh no more than 220 pounds. The cost of the camp is $250. If the rider does not currently have a bike that meets iCan Bike’s specifications, the family will need to provide one. For more information, email icanbikekatytx@gmail.com or visit www.icanshine.org.

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Physical Activities 101 Expert: Dr. Jorge Gomez, Sports Medicine Specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

In the last 30 years, obesity has doubled in children and nearly quadrupled in adolescents, with the United States having the highest rate in the world. Physical activity is essential for a child’s cardiovascular endurance, strength and bone health. As a result, parents are curious as to how much is too much when it comes to physical activities for their kids.

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WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF OVER-EXERCISE?

Children who over-exercise face the same injuries or risks as adults, such as overuse injuries, heat exhaustion or joint injuries due to fatigue or burnout. Burnout occurs when a child develops a strong dislike for a particular sport or activity. It is especially detrimental for kids, because play is an essential part in a child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

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SHOULD CHILDREN SPEND MORE TIME DOING FREE PLAY OR ORGANIZED SPORTS? While organized sports offer physical activity and discipline, children’s health experts are warning parents about the disappearance of free play. Free play allows kids the opportunity to experience different types of movements, problem solving and social interactions that they would not obtain from organized sports. Although organized sports can be rewarding for children, they should spend more time in free play.

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HOW IMPORTANT IS MAINTAINING A HEALTHY DIET?

It’s important for children – involved in organized sports or not – to maintain a healthy diet. They need to consume plenty of water and avoid excessive amounts of fatty, processed and sugary foods. Children should eat three meals a day – not skipping breakfast – and one or two snacks; this should include five servings of fruits and vegetables and three servings of dairy or equivalent calcium-rich foods. Giving your child a multivitamin can be beneficial, as vitamin D and iron are two of the most common dietary deficiencies in children. However, supplements, besides vitamin D and iron, have no proven benefit to children and should never be given as a substitute for a well-balanced diet. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit westcampus.texaschildrens.org or call 832-2271000.

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO ENCOURAGE AND WHEN TO STOP?

Many child fitness experts, as well as The Center for Disease Control (CDC), currently recommend 60 minutes per day of physical activity for children ages seven to 12. Normally, kids are good about regulating their physical activity; they’ll stop when they become tired. Over-exercising in children is often a result of being pushed to keep going by an adult. Simply asking a child if they’ve had enough of a certain activity is not always effective. Children like to impress coaches and parents and will say they can keep going. Generally, if a child appears they’re no longer interested or having fun, it’s time to stop the activity.

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

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OUT & ABOUT

After competing in nine rounds with 56 spellers representing 42 Texas counties, Raksheet Kota, an eighth grader at Beckendorff Jr. High, was named runner-up at the 2017 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee. Kota, along with Champion Shourav Dasari from The Woodlands, will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington, D.C. area with an all-expenses-paid trip to “Bee Week.” Photo courtesy of Houston Public Media / Craig Hartley.

IN THE HEART K AT Y

Celebrating after the competition were Lisa Shumate, Raksheet Kota, Shourav Dasari and Ernie Manouse.

The Republican Women’s Club of Katy hosted a High Tea and Hat Luncheon on April 12th. Special guest speaker Congressman Michael McCaul provided a legislative update.

Jennifer Gunn and Liz Johnson.

Mary Mann and Patricia Hayden.

Delia Dibrell, Lyndsey Ortiz, Mary Oladiji, Lorna Barnes, Marilyn Keys and Tricia Hill.

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The Katy ISD Education Foundation hosted its annual spring event GROOVE combining great food, great company and great music for an unforgettable evening! Guests kicked off the night with a stylish cocktail reception while enjoying live music, followed by a three-course dinner and dancing to The Grooves. All proceeds benefited the Katy ISD Education Foundation.

Becca White, Stacy Slater, Cari Masson, Sayda Chapa, Lucy Tolentino, Diana Viteri, Sanjuanita Aldrete and Thelma Ginsburg.

Photos by Sandy Buller.

Heather and Matt Schomburg.

Downy and Kavin Vickery with Karen and Paul Kurt.

Nim Sanghera and Tara Wilson.

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants was pleased to open its doors in Katy with a spectacular grand opening VIP gala. Guests were treated to samples of several of their dishes, and proceeds from the event benefited Child Advocates of Fort Bend. Abuelo’s was pleased to provide a check in the amount of $7,500 following the event.

Mike Lilly, Irene Wisner and Ana Dlouhy.

Stella Baird with horse Miracle greeted Mykah and Caleb Taylor at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.

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OUT & ABOUT IN THE HEART K AT Y

Allison Wolfe, Caroline Uberecken, Annie Murrill, Rowan Clancy, Emerson Vasek, Ava Allen and Elia Burns, all members of the Pacers Basketball Team from the Monty Ballard YMCA, had a fantastic season!

The 9th Annual Katy Jazz Festival, held at the Katy High School Performing Arts Center, featured a wide range of world-renowned ensembles and professional jazz artists, as well as a visual arts exhibit and sales showcase by ARTkaty.

Warren Sr., Rhonda and Warren Tichenor Jr.

Kurt and Nick Hays.

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Ed Manuel and Ralph Pendarvis.

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Ruth and Joe Higginbotham.


Shop With Heart kicked off its 10 day shopping event with shopping, cocktails and bites at Kuhl-Linscomb. All proceeds from Shop With Heart benefited the American Heart Association and the fight against cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Mary Dee Neal, Julie Grayum and Liz Jameson.

Charles Snider and Jessica Willey.

Colby Goetschius, Pam Kuhl-Linscomb, Elsie Woodruff and Alyssa Schmalenberger.

Leann Newton, Paula Goodhart, Karen Miller, Cindy Cook and Julie Haralson.

The Harris County Republican Party recently hosted Texas’ Largest Lincoln-Reagan Dinner honoring Congressman Bill Archer, Jr. with keynote speaker Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The event, held on Friday, April 28th at Bayou City Event Center, was well attended by Katy residents. Rebecca Fox, Alexandra Bourgeois, Kaye Goolsby, Michael McCaul, Elizabeth Walker, Liz Johnson and Tina Walgenbach. www.absolutelykaty.com l JUNE 2017

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What’s Kickin’ in

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chool is out, so now it’s time to get in gear for an amazing and fun summer! Whether it’s a stay-cation or vacation, there is plenty to do in Katy – from summer camps to swimming – so don’t waste any time. Get out to see what’s kickin’ in Katy this month! June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th Pajama Night 7 – 8 pm Cinco Ranch Branch Library 2620 Commercial Center Boulevard Come to the library dressed in your pajamas for bedtime stories and other fun activities for the whole family! For more information, call 281-395-1311.

June 2nd – 5th KISD Graduation Ceremonies Leonard E. Merrell Center 6301 South Stadium Lane • Tompkins High School: Friday, June 2nd at 2 pm • Seven Lakes High School: Friday, June 2nd at 7 pm • Mayde Creek High School: Saturday, June 3rd at 9 am • Taylor High School: Saturday, June 3rd at 2 pm • Morton Ranch High School: Saturday, June 3rd at 7 pm • Cinco Ranch High School: Sunday, June 4th at 2 pm • Katy High School: Sunday, June 4th at 7 pm • Raines High School: Monday, June 5th at 7 pm (Tompkins PAC) Congrats to all of the graduates of the Class of 2017! The best is yet to come! For more information, visit www.merrellcenter.org or call 281-396-2562.

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June 9th Katy Summer Nights 8 pm Katy City Park 5850 Franz Road The City of Katy invites all families out to join them for a movie under the stars. This is a fun, free event! Visit www.cityofkaty.com for more details.

June 10th, 17th and 24th Movie Nights Sunset Central Green Park 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard Central Green Park offers a great place for families and friends to gather and hang out Saturdays in June. Movies are as follows: Mrs. Doubtfire on June 10th, The Secret Life of Pets on June 17th and Minions on June 24th. Contact yvonne@willowforkparks.com or visit www.willowforkdrainagedistrict.com/ central-green for more details.

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June 14th Flag Day June 18th

June 24th Garden Insects in Katy 9 – 11 am Willow Fork Park Corner of 99/Grand Parkway and Cinco Ranch Boulevard This family-friendly program is for all ages. Meet with Texas Master Gardeners to learn all about the role insects play in your garden. The program starts at the Willow Fork Park pavilion. For more details or a schedule of events, visit www.willowforkdrainagedistrict. com/parks.


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June 2017 - Absolutely Katy Magazine  

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