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F E AT U R E S

COVER STORY SEPTEMBER 2016

20 MEMORIAL’S FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

To help you make it to your favorite team’s games, here are the Spring Branch ISD 2016 Varsity Football Schedules. Go team!

22 LABOR DAY GETAWAYS Round up the family for summer’s

last hurrah – Labor Day weekend!

24 SPRING BRANCH ARGONAUTS EXPLORE ALASKA’S WILDS Stratford High School student Jordan Meza

and teacher Nayan Patel studied sea otter behavior alongside marine biologists.

39 HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS Use these tips and resources to turn

your house into your dream home.

COLUMNS 16 HOMETOWN HEROES: Frankie Sebesta and Robyn Joyce 18 absolutely! FABULOUS FINDS Nina Magon. Photo by Laurie Perez Photography.

12 CONTOUR INTERIOR DESIGN: The Epitome of True, Creative Style As one of the nation’s top interior design firms, Contour Interior Design is known for its distinctive ability to design high-end residences and commercial and hospitality spaces. With a strong vision for unique, individualized design, Owner and Creative Director Nina Magon and her team are making design dreams a reality in Memorial and beyond.

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26 WHAT’S INSIDE? John Boyert 28 JAN GLENN’S PAWSITIVELY PURRFECT Doggie Wisdom and Famous Folks 32 ASK ALEX: Valley Oaks Elementary School Turns 60 36 FAMILY LAW Back to School and What to Do: Top Ten Tips 50 THE LITTLE BOOKMARK Book Club Picks 55 SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

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48 OUT & ABOUT IN THE HEART OF MEMORIAL 52 MEMORIAL MENTIONS

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63 MEMORIAL MARKETPLACE ON THE COVER: Nina Magon. Photo by Laurie Perez Photography

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64 A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY

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EXCLAMATION POINTS! THE INSIDE SCOOP STRAIGHT FROM THE TOP Associate Publisher, LARA BELL Can you believe it is already September and the kids are back in school? In this issue, you will meet Nina Magon, a local designer who recently created the look at the new 51fifteen Cuisine and Cocktails restaurant and Bar 12. I don’t know about you, but September always puts me in the mood for fresh home design ideas for the upcoming holiday season, and you will find some in our Home Is Where the Heart Is section. We came up with some fun Labor Day activities close to home. It’s also the season for Friday Night Lights in Memorial! Turn to page 20 for the 2016 Memorial and Stratford High School Varsity Football Schedules. Also in this issue, we celebrate a couple of Memorial area milestones. Valley Oaks ElemenLara Bell. tary School is turning 60, and local restaurant Brenner’s Steakhouse is celebrating its 80th anniversary. You’ve seen Brenner’s on I-10 since the 1950s. I can remember eating there as a kid, and Memorial is lucky to call Houston’s oldest steakhouse its own. Finally, on Friday, September 30th, Spring Branch Education Foundation is hosting its sixth annual Style Show and Luncheon. Memorial area residents Michelle Majewski and absolutely! Memorial’s own Suzanne Stiles are co-chairing the event at the Royal Sonesta Houston. For all of the details, see page 49. Having co-chaired this luncheon last year, I can tell you, you do not want to miss it! Absolutely! yours,

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READER FEEDBACK Hi Sarah, We are so thrilled with the August magazine article! Seriously…it has been a major hit, and we have received a call from Kawai piano, who wants to do a fundraiser for us! Julie Lambert Music Doing Good

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PUBLISHER Patti Parish-Kaminski A S S O C IAT E P U B L I S H E R Lara Bell M A NA G I N G E D I T O R Sarah Bearden SENIOR AC C OUNT EXECUTIVE Jessica Kij AC C O U N T E X E C U T I V E S Nancy Dunbar Jennifer Elliott Molly Ellis Kay Garrett Andrea Rigamonti Suzanne Stiles A RT D I R E C T O R Grace Belleza GRAPHIC DESIGNER Marinela Taylor WEB DESIGNER Joey Belleza PHOTOGRAPHY Laurie Perez Photography CONTRIBUTORS M.G. Angulo Alex Belt Debbie Clemens Jan Glenn Tammy Hampton J.D. Joyce Steve Kursar Leslie Little Nancy L. Rommelmann Jason Smith Suzanne Stiles Stephanie Valtasaros O F F I C E A D M I N I S T R AT O R Alexa Goldstein

Dear Suzanne, Thank you so much for including two photographs and write-ups in your August Memorial Mentions column for the Houston Panhellenic luncheon! I am so excited to see two photographs for this event. They are lovely photos of our event chairmen and scholarship winners, and they look wonderful in your column. I am sure the scholarship winners and their families will be pleased to see your feature. Our organization very gratefully thanks you.   Sincerely, Connie Zieba

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Nina Magon.

Photo by Michael Martinez Photography.

COVER STORY By M.G. Angulo

Known for her distinctive ability to design high-end residences and commercial and hospitality spaces, Magon is credited with giving rise to a more diversified design in Texas, as well as putting Houston on the map in regards to interior design. “Design in Texas has been generalized as traditional design with brick houses and shingle or clay tile roofing. We believe that we have increased awareness in Texas for a broader scope of what interior design means and can mean,” Magon said of her design firm, which has two locations: one in Houston and the other in Miami, Florida. “I love modern and contemporary design with a touch of glamour for softness and depth. I absolutely love modernizing original architecture,” she said. “Be it an English Tudor house or French architecture, I adore mixing styles of furniture and eras and modernizing them to how we would live and experience them today. This creates impeccable and eclectic design.”

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To hear her tell it, her “entrepreneurial spirit” led Magon to create Contour Interior Design nine years ago in her desire to begin building something of her own. “I like being in control, and I wanted to show my skills and what I could bring to the design world without being guided by someone else’s views,” said Magon. “So when I finally came to the realization that I undoubtedly wanted to become an interior designer, I began to read and learn about the ‘gurus’ of interior design and recognized that to follow the path of my design mentors, I would need to start my own firm.” Contour Interior Design opened in 2007 in Houston and in Miami in 2014. Together, both locations feature a 10 person staff, including Magon, and each team member “excels in a specialty whether it be in details, construction documents, procurements or even creativity,” Magon said.

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you could see through the eyes of Nina Magon, you would have a front-row seat to a view of a world that showed life not just as it is, but as it could be. And what it can be is contemporary and slightly charming, pristine and distinctly diverse, said Magon, owner and creative director behind Contour Interior Design – one of the nation’s top interior design firms.

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The new 8,500 square-foot restaurant 51fifteen includes a variety of custom pieces all designed by Contour Interior Design. Photo by Julie Soefer Photography.

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“We take on clients who are interested in out-of-the-box design, unique living, European-inspired design and who are forward thinkers willing to take on a creative leap of faith with us.” – Nina Magon Contour Interior Design implemented brass shelving, backlit panels and blossom lighting inside 51fifteen’s bar for a contemporary look. Photo by Julie Soefer Photography.

“My team is extremely talented, and each individual has been hand selected by me,” she added. “I hire people who excel in areas that I do not, so that my team will be stronger and creative excelling in a high level of aptitude.” Taking into account the job scope and size, Contour Interior Design handles an average of 30 clients per year. Magon pointed out, “We take on clients who are interested in out-ofthe-box design, unique living, European-inspired design and who are forward thinkers willing to take on a creative leap of faith with us. Our general client market is anyone who is looking for high-end residential, commercial or hospitality design.”

The Calling of Interior Design A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Magon moved to Houston when she was 14 years old. She describes herself as growing up in “a Real Estate family,” so it is not a far-fetched premonition that she would find a career in designing quite fulfilling. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Magon opened her own store in the Houston Galleria. It was while she was working in retail in her early 20s that Magon felt her attention was drawn more towards the design of her store, rather than the actual merchandise in it. “At that point, I shut my store down and decided to be in a creative field that combined Real Estate with fashion, which was interior design.” Her first take at interior design actually came in a speculation job opportunity before Magon even began interior design school. In what she described as a “custom build from start to finish,” the spec house drew in accolades for the upcoming designer. “I was praised highly for my taste level and for the design of that house, which propelled me to want to learn more. And so, I began taking post graduate studies in architecture and design from The Art Institute of Houston.” Nate Berkus, the producer of NBC’s American Dream Builders, a 2013 competition show that featured Magon – who ended up being the second runner up on the show – said Magon “is a design force to be reckoned with.” And just this year, Magon was chosen for Design on a Dime Miami, an event hosted by Housing Works and Elle

Décor Magazine. The who’s who of the nation’s best designers are chosen to design vignettes with donated vendor furnishings and then sell everything to a VIP crowd and the general public, with 50 to 70 percent of all earnings going toward ending AIDS in the United States. “Being a designer for Design on a Dime was one of the biggest honors I have had to date,” Magon said.

Staying Involved and Giving Back In addition to running a top-notch design firm – which was recently aligned with Saks Fifth Avenue and Landmark Hospitality to design the new 51fifteen Cuisine and Cocktails restaurant and Bar 12 of the new Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston – Magon dedicates herself and her firm to non-profits, including Dec My Room, The Pin Oak Charity, Pratham and Ek Disha. Dec My Room works with Texas Children’s Hospital in decorating rooms for children who are in the hospital for extended stays. Pin Oak raises money through charitable events and horse shows for Texas Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and Candlelighters. Pratham raises money for children’s education in India, and Ek Disha funds high impact humanitarian projects. Magon has been married to her husband Karun since 2005, and they have two children. “It is extremely important for me to give back to the community that has given and supported me tremendously,” Magon said.

Nina, Aryan, Alina and Karun Magon. Photo by Laurie Perez Photography.

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Inside 51fifteen, Contour Interior Design implemented mid-century modern pieces with the classic color scheme of white, gray, black, brass and white stone in one cohesively designed space. Photo by Julie Soefer Photography.

The Contour Interior Design Way If you ask Magon how Contour Interior Design stands out from other firms, she will tell you it can be outlined in the motivation and skill behind her firm and her designers. “We are a forward-thinking group of individuals who specialize in creativity and unique living solutions. We understand creativity, art, design and the design process. We understand project management and budgets. We understand the business management aspect of design paired with the most impeccable design end result. We are a boutique firm interested in each of one our clients’ individual needs.” Additionally, Magon – who is member of the American Society of Interior Designers, the Interior Design Society, the International Interior Design Association and the American

Institute of Architects – said her firm has “an abundance of resources from which it specs and tries to never use the same selections twice. Not only do we house the best talent in Texas, but we understand the most unmatched aesthetic that is completely distinctive for each one of our clients. “We are a team of achievers and givers. I have worked extremely hard for the last nine years to bring great design to Texas and to change the perception of what and how unique and individualized design can be,” Magon said, noting the firm’s extensive referral list. “In the process, I have learned and grown and have created a beautiful team with similar thinking. We can and do make dreams a reality.” For more information about Contour Interior Design, visit contourinteriordesign.com.

Contour Interior Design’s Awards Counter Culture Finalist – Macaron By Patisse: 2016 Hospitality Design Awards Hospitality Design Magazine Nina Magon – Woman to Watch: 2016 Women Who Mean Business Awards Houston Business Journal Best New Design Blog – Live Stylish Daily: 2016 Design Bloggers Conference Best Contemporary Interior Design Firm in Texas: 2016 Interiors Texas Modern Luxury Magazine

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Best of Houzz: 2016 Design and Customer Service

Star on the Rise: 2015 Decorative Center Houston

Top 10 Interior Designers in Houston: 2015 Decorilla

Best of Houzz: 2015 Design and Customer Service

HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Finalist: 2015 HGTV Fresh Faces of Fashion: 2015 Houston Modern Luxury Magazine 15 Best Interior Designers in Houston: 2015 BuildDirect

Semi-Finalist, American Dream Builders: 2014 NBC

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Award: 2013 Best Commercial Retail Interior Design PaperCity Design Award: 2012 Best Commercial Design Houston’s Best Prism Award: 2012 Star Award: 2011

Best of Houzz: 2014 Design and Customer Service Best of Houzz: 2013 Design and Customer Service

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rowing up in Bryan College Station, I witnessed my mother volunteer in multiple capacities over the years. Some of her more interesting roles included her years of serving as a host to the spouses of international doctoral students attending Texas A&M University. This was very fulfilling, for she developed close relationships to these visitors from abroad who when first arrived, knew very little, if anything, about the customs and norms of America and Americans. More recently, she served as a docent at the Bush Presidential Library, welcoming visitors from near and far to the impressive facility. Frankie Sebesta. Today, now in her 80s, she still has the energy and finds time to volunteer in a program at her church. She and other friends visit elderly members of the community who are wishing for social interaction but are no longer able to get out and about. Perhaps that which I appreciate even more than her activities within organized groups is the loving acts she demonstrates for her many friends and acquaintances. My mother loves to cook. Each week, she distributes multiple care packages to those suffering from the common cold to terminal illness. One thing for certain is that when one of her friends is down, she will soon be at their door with a meal, homemade soup or a sweet. Now as an adult, I admire the same giving spirit in my wife. Like my mom, Robyn tends to place most of her volunteer efforts in areas where she finds the greatest passion. Her active involvement includes countless hours, resources and dedication to activities, charities and events benefiting disadvantaged women and children, our church’s missions, schools, the homeless, rescue animals and health related organizations. I’m proud of her involvement and the example

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she sets for our children, just as my mom exemplified for me. With these two important figures in my life, I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact a volunteer can have on countless entities and individuals. Through their efforts, I’ve learned that one person can truly make a difference. This is why I am honored to partner with absolutely! Memorial by highlighting other volunteers such as my mom and my wife who are making a difference – right here in our neighborhood. Starting next month, each issue of absolutely! Memorial will feature a deserving volunteer. It is our way to honor those who give tirelessly to the many organizations and entities that make Houston a better place to work and live. It is with gratitude and appreciation that I find myself being involved in highlighting those who give so freely of their time, energy and resources. Their collective investment into our community is paying dividends that have the potential of life changing implications for those they encounter.

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NEWSWORTHY

Hearts & Hands Turns 30

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Hearts & Hands Holiday Market is the annual fundraiser of the United Methodist Women of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. This year marks 30 years since the first vendor transferred their treasures from workrooms to homes all over West Houston. The Hearts & Hands Holiday Market begins on Monday, October 24th with a preview party costing $15. Tuesday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 26th shopping is free of charge. Memorial Drive United Methodist Church is located at 12955 Memorial Drive. Just as styles have changed, vendors and shoppers at Hearts & Hands have changed over the years. Elaine Wertheimer, co-chair of the 30th annual event, said, “What has not changed is our mission. Hearts & Hands has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, which has all been donated to missions benefiting women, children and youth.” Grant recipients of the 2015 event ranged from L.I.F.E. Houston providing infant formula to low income parents, Kendleton Farms engaging in equine therapy for survivors of human trafficking and Girls on the Run inspiring fitness and confidence in girls in Spring Branch schools. “Food has always been an integral part of Hearts & Hands,” said Judy McFarland, co-chair. “A girl who is shopping has to eat.” Baked goods, premier coffee and boxed lunches fill the bill nicely. What happens at Hearts & Hands doesn’t stay at Hearts & Hands. The proceeds fund missions projects locally, nationally and globally, which affect the lives of women. For more information, call 713-468-8356.

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Westside Homeless Prevention Hosts 3rd Annual Golf Tournament Plans are underway at Westside Homeless Prevention (WHP) for the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament to be held at Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club in Katy on Monday, October 17th. The tournament has become an annual event for Memorial and Spring Branch residents who enjoy playing golf with friends or business associates they don’t see often while supporting those who need a little extra help. Over the last two years, the tournament has raised almost $90,000. Proceeds from the event are used to help families with children facing homelessness in Spring Branch ISD and Katy ISD stay in their homes. Families who join the program agree to meet monthly over a nine-month period with a case manager who helps them achieve self-sufficiency by learning financial management skills, attending parenting classes, obtaining a job and individualized counseling. Westside Homeless Prevention has been in operation for 22 years. Their unique program is successful year after year, because families must agree to stay in the program for nine months and are required to achieve their goals in order to obtain monthly assistance. WHP is currently accepting sponsors for the tournament and silent auction items. For more information, visit www. westsidehomeless.org or contact Christina Yaya at cyaya@westsidehomeless. org or 713-973-8083, extension 105.

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Memorial’s

Friday Night Lights T

hey say football is big in Texas, and Memorial football is no exception. Each Friday night, stadiums across the area are on fire with Friday night lights, spirited fans and rough and tumble competitions. The question on our minds at absolutely! Memorial as we dust off our stadium seats and wash our favorite jerseys is simple: “Are you ready for some football?” Regardless of who you root for this fall, fans will have plenty of opportunities this season to enjoy the game close to home. To help you make it to your favorite team’s games, here are the 2016 High School Varsity Football Schedules for Memorial and Stratford High Schools. Stand up and holler!

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Stratford High School

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Pearland

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Elsik

W. Tully

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Cinco Ranch

Rhodes 6:30 pm

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Ridge Point

Hall

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Klein Collins

Memorial

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W. Tully

7 pm

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W. Tully

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E. Tully

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E. Tully

7 pm

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E. Tully

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W. Tully

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10/21 Klein Oak

W. Tully

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10/21 Klein Collins

Memorial

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10/29 Klein Forest

Memorial

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10/27 Klein Oak

W. Tully

7 pm

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W. Tully

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Memorial

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“Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” – Vince Lombardi Home Games are Bold Homecoming is Red

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Labor Day R

ound up the family for summer’s last hurrah – Labor Day weekend! Here are three fabulous, nearby destinations to help you plan.

Galveston Schlitterbahn Galveston is open on Labor Day, and it’s an easy, fun way to pack in one final summer trip to Galveston. And while there, stay a few blocks away at the 16 story San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center. The iconic hotel on the island offers 250 luxurious guestrooms and magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico from the H2O pool. For more information, visit schlitterbahn.com. To take advantage of The San Luis’ Labor Day fun, call 800-392-5937 or visit www.sanluisresort.com.

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A nighttime view of the Westin at The Woodlands. Photo by Mark Knight Photography.

The Woodlands For a really fun September event for the family, catch a show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and book a night’s stay at the new Westin at The Woodlands. The Westin is within walking distance to the pavilion, and if you make a night of it, try the restaurant CURRENT before heading over. Coming up for the tweens is Fifth Harmony playing on Labor Day, September 5th. Or, if you prefer to leave the kids at home and make it a date night with your significant other, catch the Goo-Goo Dolls or Counting Crows later in the month. Close out the night by taking a dip in the infinity pool of the second level! Visit westinthewoodlands.com or woodlandscenter.org for more information.

Galleria For a fun, relaxing evening with friends, Hotel Derek’s Summer Film Series Float & Flick closes out with E.T. on Friday, September 30th at 6 pm. The cost is $15 and includes admission, complimentary gourmet popcorn, one Revolve Kitchen + Bar signature drink, self-parking and access to SPLASH with towel service starting at 6 pm for an afterwork dip in the pool. Tickets are very limited, so make sure to RSVP to secure your spot. If you want make it an overnight slumber party, book a room too, and enjoy easy access to shopping at The Galleria mall. Call 713-297-4327 or email ladyderek@destinationhotels. com for more information.

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Spring Branch Argonauts Explore Alaska’s Wilds

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tratford High School student Jordan Meza, 17, and his teacher Nayan Patel took their love of science to a new level as they traveled to Alaska in August to work alongside marine biologists researching, among other wonders of nature, sea otter behavior. In a highly selective process, the two were named Argonauts by JASON Learning, one of the nation’s most innovative initiatives to integrate science, technology and math (STEM) into school curricula, and became members of a hands-on scientific discovery team. Meza and Patel were two of 28 students and teachers from the Houston area to participate as Argonauts in one of three summer scientific expeditions. The Argonaut program is at the core of JASON’s approach to transforming K-12 STEM teaching and learning. Argonauts are named after the band of explorers in Greek mythology who accompanied Jason in his quest to find the Golden Fleece. The Alaskan adventure the Stratford pair participated in is in conjunction with the work Texas A&M University at Galveston researchers have been conducting for several years in the Alice Cove and Simpson Bay region of Alaska. In fact, Dr. Paul Olivier from the Texas A&M team is a former JASON Argonaut himself. Meza expressed in his submission to JASON that he was particularly interested in working with an actual marine scientist, knowing it could shape his future career. “Since 1990, JASON’s national Argonaut program has provided hands-on scientific fieldwork to more than 600 students and educators worldwide,” said JASON Learning President Eleanor Smalley. “We are very proud that 96 percent of student Argonauts go on to pursue degrees and careers in science, engineering and technology.” Thanks to a JASON’s ongoing partnership with Chevron, Spring Branch ISD has produced one of the highest number of Argonauts in the nation.

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“When Chevron Corporation began sponsoring JASON curriculum in Houston area schools, our hope was to help build a sustainable, scalable model so that students and teachers were truly engaged in the power of science, math, engineering and technology,” said Chevron Houston Public Affairs Manager Joni Baird. “Today, nearly 150,000 area students have been able to experience hands-on, STEM learning activities. JASON, through its inquiry-based science curriculum connecting students and teachers to renowned scientists in real-world research has exceeded our expectations.” Now that Meza and Patel are back from their Alaskan adventure, they are sharing the knowledge they gained over the summer with other Stratford students and teachers. Their message: Science and math are about creativity and discovery. They are, in fact, what allow us to explore, innovate and change the world around us for the better.

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ver the next few months, we will hear a lot about our 2nd Amendment rights with an election coming up, as well as hunting season, which for several types of hunting, starts this month. I caught up with Memorial business owner John Boyert of Boyert Shooting Center for information on gun safety.

absolutely! Memorial: I am hearing a lot in the news about LTC. What is LTC?

John Boyert: LTC is short for License to Carry. It used to be CHL (Conceal Handgun License) but was changed to LTC in January 2016. This is a license that allows individuals to open carry or conceal – carry a handgun. In order for an individual to receive the LTC, they must complete a four to six hour class that includes classroom instruction and a shooting proficiency test. The shooting portion test consists of 20 rounds at three yards, 20 rounds at seven yards and 10 rounds at 15 yards.

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Are you seeing more women come in for lessons? Yes, more women are coming in wanting to learn how to use a firearm and eventually progressing to take the LTC class. Women are more open to the thought of firearms now compared to how it was a couple of years and even months ago because of increased crime rates. They feel like it is up to them to protect themselves and more importantly, their family. As a result, there has been an increase in both men and women wanting to learn and buying firearms to protect their loved ones.

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John Boyert.

AM JB

Why do you think more and more people are learning handgun safety by taking classes on firearms? A lot people are taking handgun classes to better their knowledge, but there are more people who have never touched or even thought about touching a firearm. These people feel like they need to start actively preventing any possible harm that may come their way. Crime rates have not just gone up, but the types of crimes are different than they used to be. Crimes used to be during the night or when no one was home, but today’s crimes seem more random. It does not matter when, where or who you are or who is around, so it is best to be ready.

AM JB

What are the dates for hunting season?

Hunting season is around the corner. There are a lot of different dates and seasons depending on the type of hunting. For more information about hunting season in Texas, visit www.tpwd.texas.gov/regulations and click on “Recreational Fishing and Hunting.”

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Terri Ammerman.

The Afternoon Tea & Sponsor Celebration on October 7th at the Hotel Granduca is an exclusive event for sponsors only and will feature a fashion show and pop-up shop by St. John and a Ladies Lagniappe post-event party at The Tasting Room in Uptown Park. The presenting sponsor for this year’s series is Women’s Memorial Hermann, Memorial City, and other luncheon and Afternoon Tea sponsors include lunch

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Jan Glenn’s Pawsitively Purrfect

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ur dog, Princess Grace Kelly, recently celebrated her ninth birthday. Even though it was a celebration with cake and new chew sticks, it was hard to accept that she was getting older. I have never dealt with the deaths of my darling babies very well. When they pass away, the world stops, and nothing Princess Grace Kelly celebrating her seems as important as that precious ninth birthday with Gene Haynes. creature that was loved and treasured. The familiar bark and wagging tail of my pooch Studley Dudley Moore or the constant shadow of my other doggie Bridget Bardot Dog is something my heart still misses. In the past year, I have had several friends who have said goodbye to their beloved pets. Their dogs were companions, therapists, entertainers and loving family members. They made the good times better and the bad times more bearable. Every moment with them was cherished – especially in the autumn of their years. We give dogs all of the time and love we can spare, and in return, they give us their all. They teach us many things about being a better person that people can’t. They are so wise! I love hearing about celebrities who say, “Pets aren’t my whole life, but they make my life whole.” I know they get it.

Power, a black lab, resting in the home of his famous owner Rob Landes.

Here are a few comments on “doggie wisdom” from some of the famous folks who adore their pets: “Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.” – Corey Ford “The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andy Rooney “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” – Mark Twain “People who don’t like cats haven’t been around them. There is the old joke: Dogs have masters and cats have staff.” – Betty Rogers “If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven – and very, very few persons.” – James Thurber “I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent, devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” – Doris Day “For me, a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog.” – Roger Caras “While he has not, in my hearing, spoken the English language, he makes it perfectly plain that he understands it. And he uses his ears, tail, eyebrows, various rumbles and grunts, the slant of his great, cold nose or a succession of heartrending sighs to get his meaning across.” – Jean Little

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“If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers

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Susan G. Komen Houston® Gears up for 26th Annual Race for the Cure® Susan G. Komen® Houston invites all runners, walkers and breast cancer warriors to join together on Saturday, October 1st at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston for the 26th Annual Susan G. Komen Houston Race for the Cure®, presented by Marathon Oil Corporation®. Race for the Cure, Komen Houston’s largest annual fundraiser, allows the organization to continue to fulfill its RACE promise of Research, Advocacy, Community and Education to those in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties. All donations for the race are vital in helping Komen reach its goal of funding over 16,000 mammograms for the uninsured and underserved community in Houston and its surrounding counties, and every $150 dollars that is raised covers the costs of one mammogram. This year’s race chair is Cindy Mixon, a five-year breast cancer survivor and active Susan G. Komen Houston volunteer. Mixon is a passionate advocate for breast cancer awareness, education, screening, treatment and research. “I am honored to be a part of the team that is raising awareness for the great work that Komen is doing here at home and I know that the Race for the Cure will allow us to continue to fund programs that help to bring change and education to our community,” said Mixon. Race participants are encouraged to register to run or walk with their family and friends, create a race team, volunteer, fundraise and become a corporate sponsor or even a community partner. One hundred percent of all proceeds are allocated to the Susan G. Komen mission. Visit www.komen-houston.org or call 713-783-9188 for more information.

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EVENTS By Stephanie Valtasaros

September 1st – 18th A Night With Janis Joplin Relive the music of Janis Joplin in the new Broadway musical at the Alley Theatre, located at 615 Texas Ave. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as Me and Bobby McGee and Piece of My Heart, along with a remarkable cast, A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences. For show times and tickets, visit www.alleytheatre.org or call 713-220-5700.

September 8th, 7:25 – 9:25 pm Modern Square Dancing Hey Lollies Square Dance Club invites married couples to enjoy an evening of free square dancing at Memorial Drive Christian Church, located at 11750 Memorial Drive. Visit www.heylollies.org for more information.

September 13th – 25th In the Heights Theatre Under the Stars presents In the Heights at the Hobby Center, located at 800 Bagby Street. Powered by the sounds of summer and the rhythm of the streets, In the Heights is a vibrant snapshot of three days in an eclectic Manhattan neighborhood as the residents face the changes and challenges of a world that is on the move. For show times and tickets, visit www.tuts.com or call 713-558-TUTS (8887).

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September 17th, 11 am OATH Sporting Clays Tournament This third annual event hosted by the American Shooting Centers, located at 16500 Westheimer Parkway, features live music by The Camille Sanders Band, barbecue, live and silent auctions and raffles. All proceeds benefit the Outdoor Association for Texas Heroes (OATH), whose mission is to provide a better quality of life for heroes through outdoor excursions focused on social reintegration and mental healing. To register and for more information, visit www.oathinc.org/clay3. Photo from hmns.org.

September 26th Mummies of the World The Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive, invites visitors to come face to face with the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. Mummies of the World tells the story of the mummies and mummification through state-of-the-art multimedia, hands-on interactive stations and cutting-edge, 3-D animation taking visitors on a 4,500 year journey to explore the mummies’ history and origins both through natural and intentional practices. For tickets, call 713-639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org.

September 28th, 11:30 am No Bully Here Music Festival Listen to music and help bring awareness to bullying at Miller Outdoor Theatre, located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive. No Bully Here is a program launched in Texas that provides antibully awareness in schools. The free festival is  a culminating artistic celebration for students and schools that have taken part in the program. For more information, call 832-487-7102 or visit milleroutdoortheatre.com.

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Ask Alex:

Valley Oaks Elementary School Turns 60

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honor of Valley Oaks Elementary School’s (VOE) 60th birthday, I asked some of the people who make VOE a remarkable school – Principal Gary Henry, fourth grade teacher Gloria Seeberger, fifth grade teacher Marcia Looper and art teacher Kimberly Lamb – why they love it so much. This year will mark my 16th and final year as a VOE mom. I am saddened that this chapter of my life is closing, but I am so proud I have had the honor of being a VOE mom for 16 years!

Alex Belt: What is your favorite part of being the principal at VOE? Gary Henry:

I love hiring staff. I can tell in the first minute if the person will work out. What I look for when hiring is if the person is honest, sincere, intelligent and if they have that “spark.” I don’t feel like a boss but more of a cheerleader.

Meghan Reily, Gary Henry and Jeannette and Scout Belt at Valley Oaks Elementary School’s Dedication.

have you stayed 25 years at one AB Why school? Marcia Looper: The families, community, staff, parents

and kids make the atmosphere positive. I love coming to work every single day.

and staff all say that you relate AB Parents so well with the students. Why is that? has changed most in the 25 years AB What that you have been teaching at VOE? GH ML I feel that it is important not to forget where we came from. I have been a student, a teacher and now a principal. It is important that we keep that connection to our past, and that makes us who we are today.

AB What do you love most about VOE? Gloria Seeberger:

VOE is not just a job or a school. VOE is about the kids, families and the faculty. As VOE teachers, we don’t say, “I have 24 students in my class.” We say “I have 24 kids in my class.” We see the students as our own children!

AB What tradition do you love at VOE? GS

Every staff meeting, Mr. Henry starts off with “Let’s start with celebrations!” This is a time we can share the celebrations in our personal lives. Our staff is a family, and we celebrate with our family. Gloria Seeberger and Jeannette Belt.

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We have always had generous parents, but now, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) brings in more money because of fundraising. I love that our PTA serves all students, and all students’ needs are provided for. The PTA is so committed to our school, and that commitment has made our school what it is today.

You created a Wishing Tree that AB brought the whole school and the community together. Can you tell me about it? Kimberly Lamb: The original Wishing Tree was created

by Vanessa Sabarese of San Francisco, who came to our second annual Wishing Tree and even helped the VOE kids hang their wishes. The Wishing Tree started as a way that VOE could honor Superintendant Dr. Duncan Klussmann’s retirement and his T-2-4 program (technical school, two-year college or four-year college).

were the kids’ reactions to the AB What Wishing Tree? KL

The kids loved it! This project was so different than anything they have ever done at school. The first Wishing Tree asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The kids took ownership of the tree, and now, it will be a yearly tradition.

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By Nancy L. Rommelmann, Family Law Attorney This article was well-received by readers a few years ago, and I thought it was worth rerunning. Separated and divorced families frequently experience communication problems regarding homework, tests and school events for their children. The following are tips to make the process easier, which is in the best interest of your child.

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If your child is in elementary school, ask the teacher if homework “packets” are distributed weekly and find out what day of the week they are distributed. Do what you can to assist your child to ensure their homework is completed. Attempt to coordinate with your child’s other parent to assist the child in completing the packet.

If you are the higher wage earner of the two parents, either purchase the items mentioned in number 7 above or give the other parent extra money to buy items.

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Periodically email or meet with the teacher to make sure your child is on track.

If you are in the unfortunate but common situation where communication with your child’s other parent is slim to none or the communication is counterproductive, check out “Our Family Wizard” at www.ourfamilywizard.com. Parties are increasingly utilizing this resource to facilitate communication between parents. “I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” - Winston Churchill

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Home Is Where The Heart Is Memorial’s Guide to Home Living

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Feel Good About Clearing Clutter Blue Crystal Pool Service Green Links Kaleidoscope-Studio of Interior Design Beth Wolff Realtors Bradley’s Art & Frame Stetzer Builders Texas Custom Patios Heritage Texas Properties Top 6 Items Stolen During a Home Burglary

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Feel Good About Clearing Clutter

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eptember is the perfect month for making new family memories. It is also great for taking some time to recall previous ones often found in items around the house. From those old baby clothes and toys to books and dusty tech that haven’t been touched in years, these “memories” may be cluttering your home. Spend some time as a family to clear out what you no longer need. For some extra motivation, approach your cleaning with a fresh perspective. Donating your gently-used items will help others while freeing up space for new memories. Get on your way to a cleaner, less cluttered home with these six tips.

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Don’t save the worst for last. Avoid the temptation to leave your messiest catch-all room for the end. Instead, tackle it first and spend extra time thinking about where you can reassign some of the clutter, so it’s not all accumulating in a single room.

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Sort your stuff into piles. In every room, you will find items you need to keep close at hand, others you would like to keep but could be stashed away, things that may have value to others and stuff that simply needs to be trashed.

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Take it one room at a time. Whether you live in a modest apartment or a sprawling, single-family home, overhauling your entire living space at once is an overwhelming prospect. Instead, focus on one room at a time with a timeframe that makes sense for your schedule.

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Give items meaning. Take a cue from stylist, author and television host Emily Henderson, and implement a rule that items you keep should be at least two of three things: functional, sentimental and beautiful. If an item is none of these – like an old food storage container without a lid – toss it. Especially if you are low on space, only hang on to those items that serve two or more roles.

Look for ways to give back. While it sometimes makes sense to resell unwanted items online or through a yard sale, donating is another way to give these goods a second life and help bring warmth, happiness and smiles to others. Through its Glad to Give program, the Glad Products Company makes donating easy. Fill a Glad ForceFlex bag, stretch it and stuff it with just about anything you want to donate. Clothing is one of the best things to donate so others can make better use of the gently-loved items you are hoarding, Henderson said. Unless a garment has been worn in the last four seasons, donate it. Other prime candidates for donating: toys, sports equipment, DVDs and home gadgets.

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Organize what remains. Once you’ve cleared the clutter and determined which items will stay, find attractive ways to create order and manage the mess. You can choose from a wide range of organizational options – everything from shelves and baskets to storage furniture and closet systems – to help make the most of your space and reveal more inviting rooms that make you feel comfortable at home. Visit GladtoGive.com to find resources for giving back, and schedule a free local donation pickup for an organization of your choice. Source: Family Features.

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Take the fun outdoors from clean, soft attractive lawn surfaces to home golf greens like the pros use to safety rated fall zones under playscapes, let Green Links help beautify your home and take the games outside.

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Practice – Play – Entertain Whether it is a putting green, playground area or simply a soft, clean lawn space for a backyard, Green Links specializes in transforming outdoor spaces into a more useful asset to families and their homes. With over 13 years of experience, Green Links has design skills and broad expertise to help clients create a much more inviting, useful and beautiful outdoor setting and space. Synthetic turf surfaces have become increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. They are consistently good looking and require very minimal maintenance. These turf surfaces drain very well and keep outdoor spaces clean and dry. The lawn surfaces are perfect for those backyard areas that are challenging for natural grass. The playground spaces include fall zone padding to making them safe and clean play surfaces. Another popular application is for pet areas; the surfaces solve the grass problem and keep the pets happy and clean. The putting green surfaces look and perform like top quality country club greens. This is how Green Links started the business, and their team creates the best designed, best performing greens across the Houston region. These greens are used by the top area golf professionals and amateur players as home practice surfaces, plus many home owners find them to be great practice and social areas for family life. Contact Green Links to discuss some initial design concepts and learn more about synthetic turf solutions at 713-932-9997 or www.greenlinksinc.com.

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Following the latest trends in home décor changes every week. Keep these ideas in mind to maintain a timeless and sophisticated home. Warm Colors: Colors with warm undertones make a home feel more inviting. The right shade will keep it timeless, blending with fabrics and finishes over time. Pops of accent colors liven up a room. Try to repeat a strong color throughout the room. Simplicity: Too many small pieces feel messy. Large furniture pieces and rugs properly arranged actually make a room feel larger. This applies to artwork and accessories as well. Bare and empty is not simplicity. Make sure the room looks pulled together and finished. Mix It Up: Different finishes and styles help to create a comfortable, collected look. All of the wood finishes should not match. Grey tones, painted pieces and deep rich woods blend beautifully. Large upholstery is best in a neutral. Remember, neutrals are not just tan and gray. Navy or green can also be neutrals. Quality Over Quantity: Well-made pieces can be used in multiple rooms for different purposes throughout the years. Always buy the best quality you can afford on large pieces to stand the test of time. Functional: Choose pieces that multi-task, such as storage coffee tables, bookcases with closed storage below and a desk that can be used as a night stand. Call the professional designers at Kaleidoscope-Studio of Interior Design at 713-827-1282 for more information about these trends and many more. See ad on page 41.


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The first step in a successful sale is positioning one’s home in the marketplace. Pricing a home in the range of actual fair market value will attract the most buyers. Market conditions, property location and property condition impact the value. Although sales in the greater Houston region continue to be strong, only 10.5 percent of June sales were $500,000 or more. This especially impacts upscale areas like Memorial. Unlike the boom of 2013 and 2014, Realtors can no longer just place the property in MLS. The service of a true professional is required in order to be certain the property is offered properly and innovatively. Strategic use of marketing resources is needed to achieve a successful sale. Beth Wolff Realtors knows most buyers start their search on the Internet. Professional pictures and accurate descriptions may peak a buyer’s interest, but it is especially important that the inquiries be addressed accurately and timely. In the luxury market, additional marketing can be effective. This is a partnership where the Realtor and seller work together to achieve optimum results. A comprehensive plan needs to be submitted to the seller. Educating buyers and sellers on the ever-changing market sets realistic expectations. Today, the overall inventory has increased to 3.7 months, which is still an active market. The way a home is presented makes a difference. The goal of Beth Wolff Realtors is to gain exposure. At the point of introduction to the market, it is important to have brochures, open houses and additional advertising ready. Beth Wolff Realtors wants clients to maximize the initial presentation for accelerated results. For more information, call 713-622-9339 or visit www.bethwolff.com.

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Hiring an interior designer can be an intimidating process, but it doesn’t have to be! Stetzer Builders sat down with Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors to get the inside scoop on hiring a design professional and why it is helpful when building a custom home. Q: What is the relationship between designer and builder? Marie: When brought in early, our team works very closely with clients and their builders to ensure that architectural elements and finish selections are delivered from concept to completion in a seamless fashion. We love serving as a companion to our clients throughout the construction process helping them transform their new houses into cherished homes! Q: What are the benefits of working with a design professional? Marie: An interior designer will present you with a concept that offers up a comprehensive look at your home’s design before you ever purchase a piece of furniture. He or she will develop creative ways of using existing pieces found in your home and can guide you through tedious selection processes, saving you time and money. Q: How will I know which designer is right for me? Marie: Most designers feature their premiere projects on their websites, so spend some time reviewing portfolios. Once you’ve narrowed down your search, interview each designer in person to ensure that you connect and make a solid team. Q: How much should I expect to pay for design services? Marie: Fee structures can take many forms. Some designers charge an hourly rate that can range from $50 - $250 per hour. Others charge a flat rate per project, which is normally based on the square footage or number of rooms. Be sure to ask these questions up front during your interviews to avoid any surprises. Marie Flanigan Interiors 979.574.9686 • www.marieflanigan.com

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Bradley’s Art & Frame: Framing and Caring Since 1970 Bradley’s Art & Frame has been custom framing and caring for Houston’s art, memorabilia and more since 1970. Their team of designers and Master Certified Picture Framers are ready to offer the personal and professional service clients deserve. Bradley’s Art & Frame provides comprehensive art services, including custom picture framing, art restoration, frame repair, consultations, art installation, pickup and delivery. Bradley’s unconditionally guarantees quality and client satisfaction. Consider one story about one of Bradley’s Art & Frame’s family memorabilia custom framing projects for a World War II nurse shadowbox. Barbara Gessner brought in items belonging to her mother, Mildred Roberson, who graduated from nursing school in 1938 and was drafted by President Roosevelt in 1940. She received a letter directly from the president telling her they needed military nurses and that she could even select her branch of service. She accepted and chose the Navy. Her job was to fly out close to the battles in the Pacific and fly back with wounded sailors. She was stationed for a year in a rehab facility located in a Yosemite hotel and then in Guam, where she met her Marine Corps husband. Roberson was one of only 106 Navy flight nurses in World War II. The framing design included a photo of her in uniform, medals, a patch, dog tags, a pin and her induction papers signed in 1941. Roberson served valiantly for four years until the end of the war. For more information, visit www.bradleysartandframe.com or call 713-4615695. See ad on page 43.

Building a Dream Home: A Team Effort Even for those who can find the property of their dreams or are already sitting on the lot, finding a custom home builder can still present a challenge. While there are certain things to look for in a home builder, one real criteria to look for in Houston’s current environment is a builder’s relationship with various trades. Stetzer Builders is an innovative, Houston-based custom home building company specializing in new construction in the Memorial Villages area. Erin Stetzer, professional graduate master builder, relies on her extensive experience, neighborhood knowledge and solid relationships with trades to craft beautifully functional and refined living spaces on time and within budget. Stetzer has established an impeccable reputation for quality, reliability, anticipatory skills, interactive communication and creative functionality. Stetzer Builders has spent 20 years building solid relationships with key trades in the Houston area, many of whom work solely on Stetzer Builders projects. These strong, long-term relationships ensure that each project is completed with the expected level of excellence and within agreed time frames. Stetzer Builders’ keen understanding of the way their partners work allows them to not only manage the overall collaborative environment but also empowers clients throughout the custom home building process. From conversations to negotiations, Stetzer Builders advocates for clients while respecting the expertise and creativity of the skilled craftsmen involved. When it comes to custom home building, Stetzer Builders gets it. In turn, clients get great value and less stress while pursuing the home of their dreams. For more information, visit www.stetzerbuilders.com or call 832-527-6968.

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The Texas Custom Patios Difference Texas Custom Patios is the premier custom builder of Houston’s outdoor living spaces. The family-owned company is the residential remodeling contractor to have design and build any outdoor living area. A custom outdoor space can include a patio cover, outdoor kitchen, fireplace or fire pit, sunroom, screened porch, pergola and decorative patios. The Texas Custom Patios team has completed over 1,300 projects and has been in business since 2004. Texas Custom Patios provides a turnkey custom design project. Their specialty is building projects that look original to the home. They serve all of the Houston area including Cypress, Memorial, The Woodlands, Fulshear, Katy, Kingwood, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Pearland, Sugar Land,

Tomball, Friendswood and League City. Those who are in or near these areas are invited to contact Texas Custom Patios today to discuss their outdoor living project. Homeowners know exactly what they are getting when they choose to work with Texas Custom Patios. Detailed designs include rendered views showing the completed project on the back of the home. For a detailed explanation of their process, from design to completion, visit their website. There is a huge photo gallery of completed projects that shows what they have done and also provides ideas for new backyard projects. Contact Texas Custom Patios today to schedule a free consultation. For more information, call 281-265-1994 or visit www.TexasCustomPatios.com.

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Heritage Texas Properties Acquires Larger Office Space in Katy Heritage Texas Properties, a local residential Real Estate brokerage company focused on providing top-notch customer service, is moving its Katy office to a new, larger, more centrally-located space that better serves the company’s growing client base. According to Sandy Benson, Senior Vice President/Broker, the new location at 28818 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Suite 140, is located in the heart of the vibrant Katy/Fulshear area, with great access to area neighborhoods and businesses. “The Katy/Fulshear area is growing by leaps and bounds. We have absolute confidence in this market and have moved forward to expand our footprint in the area,” said Benson. “Our new office is more centrally located for our Katy and Fulshear clients and also better accommodates so many of our agents and their families who live, work and play in the Katy/Fulshear area. Heritage Texas Properties is celebrating its 40th year in 2016, and we’ve been selling in Katy for over 30 years. Also, a large part of our success is our ability to work with so many clients due to our award-winning relocation department.” Heritage Texas Properties is a local company with 16 offices throughout Houston metropolitan areas including the Hill Country, Galveston and The Woodlands, and it is also part of the world-wide network Leading Real Estate Properties of the World. Benson invites everyone to, “Feel free to drop by and visit us in our new home. We’d love to help you with all of your Real Estate needs.” For more information, visit heritagetexas.com. See ad on Back Cover.

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Top 6 Items Stolen During a Home Burglary

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rime unfortunately is on the rise in Memorial. Do you ever wonder which items are most commonly stolen during a home burglary? Some items, such as cash, are pretty obvious, but burglars are also looking for things they can sell or pawn. Here are the top six stolen items.

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Cash – It should come as no surprise that cash is among the most commonly stolen items during a home burglary. When a burglar breaks into a family’s home, they will often ransack the place in search of bills – including in a wallet or purse. When compared to other items, cash is more difficult to trace back to its original owner, making it the ideal choice among burglars. And given the fact that nearly 43 percent of Americans keep their savings in cash, burglars will have plenty of opportunities to come away with the green. Firearms – Burglars also love to steal pistols, shotguns, rifles and other firearms. The Bureau of Justice Statistics recently revealed that 172,000 firearms were stolen per year from 2005 to 2010. They either want them for their own protection, for use in committing further crimes or to sell them for quick cash. This creates a disturbing problem for law enforcement agencies, as stolen guns used in crimes are traced back to the original owner instead of the criminal who perpetrated the act. If you are among the millions of gun-owning United States citizens, store your firearms in a heavy-duty safe to protect against burglary. Electronics – Whether it’s a video game console, iPad, laptop, flat screen television or a sound bar, burglars will grab virtually any electronic device they can get their hands on. Electronics are relatively easy to sell, with many pawn shops agreeing to buy them – no questions asked. Unfortunately, it is difficult to recover stolen electronics without a record of its serial number, and the se-

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rial number is unique. This is why it is a good idea to keep a record of all electronics and appliances inside your home. If they are ever stolen, you can reference the serial number to determine whether or not a particular item is yours if it turns up in a pawn shop. Prescription Drugs – You might be surprised to learn that prescription drugs are a popular target among burglars. It may not sound as appealing as cash or high-dollar electronics, but many burglars steal prescription drugs to resell on the street. So, what can you do to protect your medication from theft? Rather than storing it in obvious locations like the bathroom or kitchen cabinet, consider hiding it in a discreet area of your home. Use soda bottles or shaving cream cans with false bottoms to store prescription drugs or cash, jewelry and other small valuables. Jewelry – From antique rings and gold necklaces to pearl earrings and diamond tennis bracelets, burglars will scour a home in a search of jewelry. Jewelry is small, easy to conceal and relatively easy to resell on the black market. Furthermore, if a burglar is

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worried about getting caught, he may melt down the metal before selling the stolen jewelry, at which point it is impossible to identify. Power Tools – Burglars want to sell power tools. Whether it is gardening tools such as weed whackers, leaf blowers and lawn mowers or power tools such as drills and saws, these items end up in pawn shops all over the U.S. Some even end up on eBay or Craigslist. Try not to leave your garage door open for long. Otherwise, you’re giving passing potential thieves a sneak peek. Beyond power tools, this could include bikes, skis and other recreational equipment. If you have a shed, keep it locked. Prevention Is Best Of course, the best bet is to prevent burglars from targeting your home. Take simple precautions such as always keeping doors and windows locked, installing motion sensor lights outside and making sure your yard isn’t providing hiding places.

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Great Day Houston host and Memorial resident Deborah Duncan celebrated her birthday recently at Saks 51fifteen. Happy Birthday Deborah! Celebrating were Sandra Ling, Kim Moody, Alicia VonGriesman, Michelle Williamson, Gail Brown, Ashley Small, Warner Roberts, Jenee Stefanakis, Katie Brass, Debbie Clemens, Lara Bell, Atoinette Latham, Michelle Mantour, Wendy Hatz, Sylvia Forsythe, Chau Ngyuen, Donae Charmosta, Deborah Duncan, Alicia Smith, Anne Carl and Donna Vallone.

Dimitri Fetokakis welcomed Brooks Milam to the new Niko Niko’s location.

Spring Valley sisters Scout and Jeanette Belt along with big sis Meghan Riley enjoyed a family friend’s outdoor wedding.

Suzanne Stiles, Cathleen Ezanidis and Margaret Sanders received Texas PTA Lifetime Membership Awards from Spring Branch Middle School.

Jeff, Alexandra, John, Hayward and Caroline Hildreth celebrated John’s 18th birthday!

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Camp Longhorn buddies Sarah Kate James, Allie Guerino, Kennedy Dupree, Claire Gammill, Caroline Burke and Dylan Milam met before camp to get their nails painted and hair braided.

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Spring Branch Education Foundation Hosts September 30th Style Show Memorial area residents Michelle Majewski and Suzanne Stiles, co-chairs of the Spring Branch Education Foundation’s (SBEF) sixth annual Style Show and Luncheon, are expecting a sold-out crowd on Friday, September 30th at the Royal Sonesta Houston, located at 2222 West Loop South. All proceeds will benefit Spring Branch ISD’s 35,000 students through innovative programs provided by the Foundation. Since 1993, SBEF has gifted SBISD with more than $10 million in grants and scholarships. “We’ve had great fun working with Todd Ramos, who is producing the style show,” Stiles said. “We look forward to sharing fashions from Monkee’s of Houston and Elaine Turner, both Houston faMichelle Majewski and Suzanne Stiles. vorites.”

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A reception will begin at 11 am, followed by the Style Show and Luncheon at noon. “This show has a feature that keeps our patrons coming back year after year,” Majewski said. “Our models are Spring Brand ISD volunteers and parents. We love seeing our friends and neighbors on the runway. They are great sports who enjoy supporting our students.” Models for the day are Julie Bergen, Kris Breed, Heather Christmann, Nancy Cofran, Cathleen Ezanidis, Rachel Gower, Jeana Hur, Mandy Kelvin, Susan Marks, Lil Newman, Pam Pennington, Meredith Rall, Iliana Romero, Christi Smith and Dena Williams. Deborah Duncan we be the event emcee. Rachel Gower of The Upper Hand and Patty Busmire of Full Blown are lending their services to get the models runway ready. Before and after the show, guests are invited to shop the event’s pop-up stores provided by Monkee’s of Houston, Elaine Turner and stella & dot. Tickets for tables of 10 range from $1,000 to $5,000. Individual tickets are $125. Register online at https://sbef.ejoinme. org/styleshow. For more information, call 713-251-2381 or visit www.springbrancheducationfoundation.com.

The 71st Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Continues Legacy of Giving with $200,000 Donation for 2016 to Designated Beneficiaries Photo by Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio.

The 71st Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is fulfilling its philanthropic mission again this year with a contribution of $200,000 to its three designated charity beneficiaries: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Alliance. Pin Oak presented contribution checks and hosted celebrations with its charity beneficiaries in Houston on Wednesday, July 27th and Wednesday, August 10th. The 71st Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by Irish Day Farm was held March 22nd to April 3rd at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy. Since its inception in 1945, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has contributed a total gift that is approaching $7 million for children’s charities. In 1947, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show provided the first donation toward the building of what is now the world-renowned Texas Children’s Hospital. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious charity horse shows in the nation. The primary philanthropic goal of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show each year is to contribute a collective six-figure donation to its designated charities to support the healing of sick children. Pin Oak’s 2016 gift is realized through the generous support of numerous sponsors, Pin Oak Club members, equestrian competitors, media partners, volunteers, a small staff and thousands of spectators directly connected to the two-week horse show, as well as Pin Oak Club events hosted throughout the year. “Our 2016 gift to Texas Children’s Hospital marks the third

Chris Tresten, Lynn Walsh, Armand Scurfield, Mary Jones and Albert C. Hergenroeder.

installment of Pin Oak’s commitment of $550,000 to establish a Sports Medicine Fellowship and $100,000 of seed money for the new Texas Children’s Hospital campus planned for The Woodlands. Our donation to Ronald McDonald House Houston is allocated for support of the Family Rooms within Texas Children’s Hospital for Candlelighters, the gift from Pin Oak funds three months of support for the Parking Program for families whose child is undergoing cancer treatment at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center,” explained Lynn Walsh, president of the board of directors and a longtime Pin Oak Charity horse show competitor, sponsor and volunteer. Visit www.pinoak.org or call 713-621-6290 for more information.

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The Little Bookmark

By Leslie Little

Book Club Picks

If you are in a book club or looking to start one, here are some good picks for this fall! The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney When three siblings learn that a big chunk of their shared inheritance was used to get their charismatic but reckless brother out of trouble, does the unexpected combination of money, dysfunction and secret meetings bring this family closer or separate it further? Oddly funny at times, The Nest will take you to your uncomfortable zone, not because it feels bad but because you know it.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty This is a page-turner that focuses on three women – the effortless beauty, the super-mom with the killer art projects and the new girl who doesn’t quite fit in – who forge a special friendship as they leave their kids at kindergarten for the first time. When something terrible and unexpected happens at the parents’ trivia party, will their friendship stand the test? This one has a surprise you won’t see coming!

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian When Richard hosts a bachelor party for his younger brother – an evening of seemingly innocent debauchery – he doesn’t expect it to spiral into a nightmare of confusion, murder, the Russian mafia, guilt and paranoia. Filled with intrigue and the heartbreaking issue of human trafficking, this fast-paced novel will take you on a ride that you never wanted to go on but can’t quite step off.

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Microcephaly 101 WHAT PROBLEMS CAN MICROCEPHALY CAUSE?

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Microcephaly has been linked with multiple problems, including seizures, developmental delays such as problems with speech or other developmental milestones, intellectual disabilities, problems with movement and balance, feeding problems such as difficulty swallowing, hearing loss and vision problems.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.

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There is no known cure or standard treatment for microcephaly. Microcephaly can range from mild to severe, and treatment options can range as well. Babies with mild microcephaly often don’t experience any problems besides having a small head size. For more severe microcephaly, babies will need care and treatment focused on managing their other health problems. Visit westcampus.texaschildrens.org or call 832-227-1570 for more information about neurology services at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

In most babies, the cause of microcephaly is not known. It can be caused by a change in genes, certain infections during pregnancy, malnutrition, exposure to harmful substances or interruption of the blood supply to the baby’s brain. Recently, some babies with microcephaly have been reported among mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.

According to the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, microcephaly is not a common condition. It ranges from two babies per 10,000 live births to about 12 babies per 10,000 live births in the United States.

Microcephaly can be diagnosed during pregnancy with an ultrasound test or after the baby is born.

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

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Mentions Memorial

BY SUZANNE STILES suzanne@absolutelyfocusmedia.com

Curves alumni Alyse Caplan, Marti Stewart, Gloria Koshkin, Liz Jameson, Gloria Pearson, Carole Look, Pattie McBride, LaTonya Hardy, Penny Hollyfield, Kath Boles and Jeanmarie Tade met for a reunion lunch at the Mezza Grille.

In June, 31 incoming eighth grade students at St. Francis Episcopal Day School spent two weeks in Costa Rica living with host families, taking a conversational Spanish class and participating in various cultural excursions. Having a great time were David Goodall, Vivian Terry, Paul McGarry, Leyton Howell, Cooper Deyo, Patrick Iglesias, Lyndon Way, Trey Tuscai, Mueller Thomas, Luke Stefan, Lachlan Hamra, Alexis Gomez, Adam Desroches, Pierce Ederle, John Cutter, Conner Jones, Addison Reilly, Suzannah Gilmartin, Lilly Butcher, Mia Schulze, Jessica Wang, Annabelle Alemand, Nova Manning, Keeley Moore, Kate Donaldson, Blake Bagwell, Grace Markovich, Alexandra Heard, Grace WoodHull and Mary Perea.

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Fabulous chaperones Kathryn Spinelli, Whitney Wright, Michelle Smith, Spencer Duran, Morgan Scoville and Fabricio Arguedas had a great time on the St. Francis Episcopal Day School Costa Rica trip.

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Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church’s Summer Celebration Leadership Team members, known as the Pink Ladies, were Leigh Leigh Melcher, Allison Transou, Leslie Valentine, Marty Chapman, Jennifer Vajdos, Lori Zabor, Tracy Short, Sara Long, Jen Wallis, Stacy Stewart, Sara Miller, Susan Fargason, Suzanne Stiles, Alicia Boykin, Becky Funderburk, Mallory Moore, Rachel Poysky, Kathy Suerth, Mimi Wells, Mayra Escamilla and Keri Mosk. They were easy to spot during the weeklong Vacation Bible School in their pink shirts!

The Spring Branch Independent School District Parent Teacher Association Council installed new board members for the 2016-2017 year: Suzanne Stiles, Michelle Majewski, Karen Ross, Heather Sheffield, Susan Wienert and Jennifer Perroni.

Caroline, Bob, Victoria, Boston and Trey Vaughan enjoyed time at their lake house with their dogs Bellini and Journey after attending a Journey concert.

Children’s Ministries Director Rachel Poysky and Rev. Dr. Alf Halvorson, Senior Pastor, had a blast on stage at the Summer Celebration at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.

Berkeley Keller, Cara Chaffin, Audrey Hwang and Callie Gormley swam in the Meet of Champs June 25th and 26th and were repeat champions!

Showteam “Bluebonnets” level 5 Elyse Carlson and Remi Sirmons with Level 3 “BeeGees” Melanie Suerth and level 2 “Shooting Stars” Abby Hammer participated at the USA Gymnastics Team Gym National Competition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. All teams placed in the top five in their respective divisions. Congratulations!

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absolutely! AUTO REVIEW By Steve Kursar

2016 NISSAN TITAN XD The all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup is the reigning Truck of Texas as voted on by the Texas Auto Writers Association. This truck is designed for the owner who needs something more capable than a light duty pickup but does not want to move up to a big, heavy duty truck. Nissan may have just created their own segment with this completely redesigned Titan. It is definitely a break from the ordinary. Nissan introduced their first Titan back in 2003, but it never really caught on with truck buyers. And to make things worse, Nissan never upgraded their pickup after its introduction. The truck market, for both light and heavy duty models, is highly profitable for the automakers and extremely competitive. Each manufacturer fights for market share through innovation, and the truck buyers are the winners. So, Nissan knew that they had to bring their “A” game with the new Titan XD. There are two engine choices with the 2016 Titan XD. With an MSRP of $35,290, the base standard engine is a 390 hp 5.6 liter V8 gasoline engine mated to a new seven speed automatic transmission and rated at 401 lb-ft of torque. For an extra $5,000, opt for the new 310 hp, Cummins 5.0 liter Turbo Diesel that delivers a whopping 555 ft-lb of torque. The diesel engine

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has a new six-speed automatic transmission. Both engines are highly capable, designed for towing serious loads and for going off-road. The interior features as standard Nissan’s NASA inspired super-comfortable Zero Gravity seats that make long trips a breeze. There is very little outside noise due to laminated glass and special body sealing. The dash features a seven-inch screen that controls the 12 speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system. An innovative option is the dual, lockable Titan Box storage boxes that fit in the truck bed and are not visible at street level. They can hold a variety of equipment and are watertight. They are also drainable, so they can be filled with ice and used as coolers. And if you need more room in the bed, they can easily be removed. Nissan likes to say they have created a whole “new class” of pickups with the introduction of the 2016 Titan XD. A lot of buyers are going to be drawn to its heavy duty capabilities coupled with a feel and the price of a light duty truck. Follow Steve Kursar at KursarOnCars.blogspot.com.

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Sports Spotlight By Tammy Hampton tammy@absolutelyfocusmedia.com

It takes guts, hard work, dedication and energy to play sports!

salutes the kids and parents who hit the fields week after week.

Congratulations to these outstanding team players!

SBMSA 9/10 Generals Pee-Wee AL Champions Dan Lindsay, John Broussard, Wade Crawford, Jeff Gentil, Bo Harrison, Adam Tran, Johnny Crawford, Blake Berry, Ethan Gentil, Hayden Lee, Cooper Harrison, Wes Wohlfahrt, Patrick Lindsay and James Broussard.

12U Texas Drillers at Tournament in Cooperstown, New York Michael Hampton, Evan Caulfield, Tab Tracy, Jacob McKenzie, Carson Waters, Diego Denson, Zach Witte, Logan Thomas, Lucas Todd, Jacob Cerda, Chris Wilkinson and Peter Smith.

12U Panthers Softball Champions Todd and Courtney Reppert, Megan Medlenka, Carlos Abello, Haley Devlin, Felicia Gonzalez, Haley Lucksinger, Melissa Claire Blomquist, Mia Abello, Rebecca Lorentzatos, Allyson Carter, Grace Delpit, Kathryn Carter and Lia Bonet.

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ext time you reach for a snack, go for a great-tasting option that delivers on both flavor and nutrition. Sensible snacks can be surprisingly delicious when you choose ingredients wisely. One “pop-ular” choice: popcorn. Ideal for between-meal snacking since it satisfies but doesn’t spoil the appetite, popcorn is also the perfect addition to treats such as snack bars and trail mix. The key to smart snacking is finding good-for-you ingredients that make your body healthy and your taste buds happy. With no artificial additives or preservatives, popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories. The whole grain provides energy-producing complex carbohydrates and contains fiber, providing roughage the body needs in the daily diet. Find more healthy snack solutions at popcorn.org.

Perfect Popcorn There’s nothing like the taste of freshly popped popcorn and nothing like the disappointment of burnt popcorn. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll have perfect popcorn every time. • Whether on the stove or in the microwave, popcorn will begin popping in a few minutes. • When the popping begins to slow, listen until you can count two seconds between pops. Remove the pan from heat or bag from microwave. • Remember to lift the lid or open the bag away from your face to prevent steam burns.

Yummy Yogurt Popcorn Yield: 2 1/2 quarts 2 1/2 Quarts popped popcorn 1 Cup plain yogurt 1 Cup brown sugar 1/3 Cup light corn syrup

In large bowl, keep popped popcorn warm. In 2 ½ quart saucepan, combine yogurt, brown sugar and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat to hard ball stage (250 F on candy thermometer). Pour over popped popcorn, stirring to coat.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Corn Yield: 10 cups 8 Cups popped popcorn 3 Tablespoons melted butter 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 Cup crunchy granola 1 Cup raisins 1 Cup walnut halves In a bowl, toss popcorn with melted butter. Combine sugar with cinnamon; sprinkle over popcorn. Toss with granola, raisins and walnuts until combined.

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Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix Yield: 9 cups 5 Cups popped popcorn 3 Cups whole-grain oat cereal 1/3 Cup raisins 1/3 Cup peanuts or other nuts 1/3 Cup sunflower seeds 1/4 Cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine 6 Tablespoons brown sugar 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup In a large, microwavable bowl, stir together popcorn, cereal, raisins, nuts and seeds; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Heat until boiling; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over popcorn mixture, stirring to coat evenly. Microwave 3 to 4 minutes, stirring and scraping the bowl after each minute. Spread onto greased cookie sheet; cool. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

Popcorn Granola Snack Bars Yield: 16 bars Nonstick cooking spray 1/2 Cup honey 2/3 Cup peanut butter 1 Cup granola cereal 1 Cup roasted and salted peanuts 3 Cups popped popcorn Line 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with foil. Spray foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside. In a large saucepan, heat honey until boiling. Stir in peanut butter until well blended. Remove pan from heat and stir in granola, peanuts and popcorn until coated. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Refrigerate until cool; cut into bars to serve.

Crispy Crunchy Apple Popcorn Yield: 7 cups 6 Cups popped popcorn 1 Tablespoon butter, melted 2 Teaspoons sugar 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon 2 Cups dried apple chips Heat oven to 300 F. Line 9 by 13 inch baking pan with foil; butter foil. Spread popcorn in pan and drizzle with melted butter; toss popcorn. Sprinkle popcorn with sugar and cinnamon, and toss again. Bake 7 minutes. Sprinkle apple chips over popcorn and heat an additional 3 minutes. Serve warm, or cool to room temperature. Store in airtight container.

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hether you are a competitive sprinter chasing a new record or an everyday gym hound looking to get the most from your workout, seafood is among the best food to support an athletic lifestyle. It not only delivers great tasting nutrition but also provides one-of-a-kind health benefits. The combination of lean protein, anti-inflammatory omega-3s and muscle-building nutrients found in Alaska seafood are why it is a staple for athletes like Ryan and Sara Hall. “We like to incorporate Alaska seafood in our daily diet, because it’s a really high-quality protein that helps to repair our muscles on a daily basis,” said Ryan Hall, a two-time Olympian and holder of the U.S. half marathon record. After a run, Sara Hall – a 3,000-meter steeplechase and marathon runner, U.S. national champion and World Team member – relies on seafood as a go-to for low-fat meals with protein and simple-to-digest carbs. Sample these dishes straight from the Hall kitchen, and find more recipes and nutritional values for your favorite seafood at wildalaskaseafood.com.

Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Cedar planks with enough surface area for salmon Olive oil spray Salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste 4 Alaska salmon fillets (4-6 ounces each), fresh, thawed or frozen 1 Tablespoon fresh (or 1 teaspoon dried) dill, thyme or rosemary 4 Large sweet potatoes, sliced lengthwise into wedges 1/2 Tablespoon ground cumin

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Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Sweet Potatoes

Soak cedar planks for 1 to 2 hours submerged in water. Remove and pat dry. Heat grill to medium heat or 400 F. If frozen, rinse ice from salmon under cold water; pat dry with paper towel. Spray cedar planks and salmon with olive oil spray. Place salmon on planks; sprinkle with herbs, salt and pepper. Place sweet potatoes in bowl; spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Place cedar planks and potato wedges on grill. Cover and cook about 3 to 4 minutes. Turn wedges over and continue cooking until potatoes are soft and cooked. Keep warm. Cook salmon 12 to 15 minutes, until fish is opaque throughout. Nutritional information per serving: 350 calories; 11 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 27% calories from fat; 91 mg cholesterol; 33 g protein; 33 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 277 mg sodium; 36 mg calcium; 1,700 mg omega-3 fatty acids.

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Pan-Seared Cod Over Minted Pea Puree Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Olive oil Salt, to taste 2 Pounds frozen or fresh peas, blanched 1 Package (0.6-0.7 ounces) fresh mint, leaves only 4 Alaska cod fillets (4-6 ounces each), fresh, frozen or thawed 1 Teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning 1/2 Cup water

Add water, peas and mint to blender or food processor; season with salt. Puree until almost smooth. Cover and keep warm. If frozen, rinse ice glaze from cod under cold water; pat dry with paper towel. Heat heavy, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of fillets with olive oil. In heated skillet, cook cod, uncovered, about 3 to 4 minutes, until browned. Shake pan occasionally to keep fish from sticking. Turn cod over and sprinkle with lemon

pepper seasoning. Cover pan tightly and reduce heat to medium. Cook an additional 6 to 9 minutes for frozen cod or 3 to 4 minutes for fresh or thawed fish. Cook until fish is opaque throughout. To serve, spoon pea puree onto 4 plates. Top each with cod fillet and serve immediately. Nutrition information per serving: 319 calories; 5 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 13% calories from fat; 65 mg cholesterol; 37 g protein; 34 g carbohydrate; 12 g fiber; 393 mg sodium; 101 mg calcium; 28 IU vitamin D; 200 mg omega-3 fatty acids.

Miso Halibut with Soba Noodle Stir-Fry

Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes 1 Package (12 ounces) prepared soba noodles or noodle of choice 4 Alaska halibut fillets (4-6 ounces each), fresh, thawed or frozen 3 Tablespoons sesame oil, divided 2 Cups roughly chopped bok choy 1 Cup water 1 Cup sliced mushrooms 1/2 Cup chopped green onion 1/4 Cup miso 1/4 Cup teriyaki sauce 1 1/2 Cups sugar snap peas

Prepare noodles according to package directions; set aside. If frozen, rinse ice glaze from halibut under cold water; pat dry with paper towel. Heat large, nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of halibut with half of the sesame oil. In heated skillet, cook fish, uncovered, about 3 to 4 minutes, until browned. Shake pan occasionally to keep fish from sticking. Turn halibut over; reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook 5 to 7 minutes for frozen halibut or 2 to 3 minutes for fresh or thawed fish, cooking until fish is opaque throughout. Transfer fillets to plate; cover to keep warm. Wipe out skillet or wok with paper towel. Add remaining sesame oil. Heat to medium-high, then add and stir-fry bok choy, snap peas, mushrooms and green onions. Stir in noodles; turn off heat. Cover and keep warm. In saucepan, blend miso, water and teriyaki sauce. Bring mixture to boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook 1 minute. Stir sauce into warm noodle-vegetable mixture. To serve, divide and portion mixture into 4 bowls or plates. Top each with halibut fillet. Nutrition information per serving: 571 calories; 15 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 22% calories from fat; 56 mg cholesterol; 38 g protein; 71 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 1,643 mg sodium; 77 mg calcium; 219 IU vitamin D; 350 mg omega-3 fatty acids. Source: Family Features

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A Houston Original Since 1936:

Brenner’s Steakhouse Celebrates Major Milestone at 10911 Katy Freeway. This new location gave ample room for the Brenners to create their lush gardens in the back of the restaurant. These fabled gardens were said to have been a recreation of picturesque scenery from Herman Brenner’s native Germany. Under Landry’s, Inc. ownership, the original lure of the remodeled restaurant remains, but everything has been spruced up and expanded slightly, particularly the extraordinary backyard garden. Posh patio furniture and contemporary light fixtures give the garden a fresh, romantic feel and can be seen from the dining room’s large windows.

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Rich in History and Culture Longtime admirer and restaurateur Tilman J. Fertitta acquired the historical Brenner’s Steakhouse in 2003. Since then, Brenner’s has expanded to a second location built in an old hunting lodge along the banks of the scenic Buffalo Bayou. The original founders, however, were Herman and Lorene Brenner, who built the restaurant in 1936. The young newlyweds met while working together at a restaurant in Downtown Houston called The Old Vienna. With $20 to their name, the couple started Brenner’s Café and served light fare such as sandwiches, fried chicken and some steaks – most of which were rarely sold, because few could afford such luxuries at the time. During the early 1950s, Houston was expanding west, and the original Brenner’s building had to be sold to make way for the construction of Katy Road. The restaurant was relocated to its current location along the Beltway and Interstate 10

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For decades, diners and critics alike have praised both Brenner’s Steakhouse and Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou for its excellence in cuisine, service and ambiance. Voted “Best Steakhouse in Houston” by Zagat, “Best Atmosphere” by Houston Press and recipient of Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence,” Brenner’s strives to precede its reputation. But in a city where it seems like there is an endless catalog of steakhouses, what makes Brenner’s so special? For starters, it has perfected the classic steakhouse experience with a few Teutonic twists. Here, diners can order items like a B.L.T. wedge salad, blackened jumbo scallops, an expertly prepared 14-ounce center cut, bone-in filet mignon – or a 21-ounce bone-in ribeye for those who are ambitious – alongside German staples like crunchy, German-style potatoes, wiener schnitzel a la holstein – veal crowned with a fried egg – and homemade apple strudel for dessert. More than 200 wine labels are also available to complement any meal. The rustic, yet elegant steak and seafood restaurant also boasts a cozy bar area and wine cellar with wood finishes and a stone fireplace. With a combination of excellent food, top-notch service and warm interiors, Brenner’s Steakhouse will surely be around for many more years to come.

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A B S O L U T E LY ! DELICIOUS LISTING CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CUISINE MASRAFF’S 1753 Post Oak Blvd. 77056 713-355-1975 www.masraffs.com Hands on proprietors, Russell and Tony Masraff, recognized premier Houston restaurateurs, offer affordable elegance, attentive yet unobtrusive service and exquisitely fresh American cuisine prepared with the best ingredients from around the world. Located in the heart of the Galleria, Masraff’s features the perfect ambience for business and social gatherings. Whether dining in one of the elegant dining rooms, stunning bar area with the elevated fireplace or The Patio on the Boulevard by the waterfall, Masraff’s impeccable service offers a dining experience to remember.

ITALIAN & AMERICAN CUISINE THE DEVINE AFFAIR RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 14021 Memorial Dr. 77079 281-759-6300 www.thedevineaffair.com This casual, fine dining neighborhood restaurant is located in the heart of the Memorial/Energy Corridor. Established in 2010, the restaurant is proudly owned by native Houstonian and Texas Aggie Lindsey Jeffery. Recognized by Open Table and Trip Advisor as one of Houston’s “Top Best Italian Restaurants” and “Neighborhood Gem,” Devine Affair offers a variety of dishes including seafood, steaks, pastas, homemade desserts and daily specials. Devine Affair offers exceptional food, wine, service and ambiance in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere at an affordable price.

CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE FINE DINING KUU RESTAURANT 947 Gessner Rd, Ste. A180 77024 713-461-1688 www.kuurestaurant.com Executive Chef Adison Lee brings a fresh perspective to the art of fine dining. Intent on precision and complexity of flavors, Lee’s menu features seasonal ingredients and fish flown in from Japan, alongside hand-crafted cocktails and an award-winning wine list. “If you appreciate exciting dishes served in a handsome environment, with wines and cocktails of more than passing interest, it’s well worth investigating.” – Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle

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A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY By The Heritage Society Images from the Collection of Brochsteins Inc.

The Men’s Shirts department in the downtown Sakowitz Bros. store featured fixtures finished with paldao wood veneer. Photo by Elwood M. Payne.

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hough Houston is a city well known for its entrepreneurial spirit, few local businesses survive long enough to be considered iconic. One of the rare few is Houstonbased Brochsteins Inc. After three generations and more than 80 years of producing architectural woodwork all over the United States and abroad, this company has woven itself into the architectural legacy of Houston. Isaac Brochstein immigrated to Texas as a 15 year-old in 1912, bringing with him knowledge and skills in cabinetmaking he had learned from his father. After two decades honing those skills in Galveston and Houston, he established his own company in 1935. Early on, the company weathered the end of the Great Depression and for a short time contributed to the World War II effort by manufacturing parts for a B-24 bomber aircraft. In 1940, the company opened a permanent facility on South Main. Isaac Brochstein designed the building himself with Lenard Gabert. The elegant art moderne industrial facility, which was expanded in 1947, continues to serve the company today in its original form. In its early days primarily working in banks and retail stores, the company was responsible for some of the most extravagant interiors of the post-World War II building boom in Houston. Two of the most high profile local projects of this era were the Shamrock Hotel, de-

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signed by Wyatt C. Hedrick and opened in 1949, and the Sakowitz department store at 1111 Main in Downtown Houston, designed by Houston architect Alfred Finn in 1951. This era was an exciting one for retail design and merchandising. As shopping centers were increasingly following the sprawl to the fast-expanding and car-friendly suburbs, downtown department stores nevertheless continued to thrive in an affluent, optimistic and consumer-friendly atmosphere. Retail designers strove to elevate the shopping experience with grand, open spaces, special amenities and highquality details such as fixtures and finishes. Brochsteins produced custom retail fixtures, shelving, furniture and even some custom lighting fixtures for each of the Sakowitz department store’s specialty shops using exotic wood veneers such as avodire, guanacaste and paldao, as well as domestic species. Isaac’s son Raymond Brochstein eventually took over the Brochsteins operation. Guided by formal schooling in architecture at Rice University and training from his father that began during his childhood, he was able to work closely with architecture firms to produce high quality, very precise, finished interiors. By the 1960s, Brochsteins was widely regarded as one of the premier woodworking companies in the United

States. Through working relationships with local architects and contractors, Brochsteins worked with such internationally renowned architects as Richard Meier, Philip Johnson and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill on interiors and furnishings of all types. Well respected by the architects he worked with, Raymond Brochstein was elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows in 1996 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston chapter of the AIA in 2012. Today, with Raymond’s daughter Deborah Brochstein at the helm, the company continues to uphold a reputation for high quality architectural millwork. Though the manufacturing process has been partially streamlined with CNC routers and other computerized equipment, Brochsteins continues to operate out of the now iconic building that has served it since 1940.

Designed by Isaac Brochstein with Lenard Grabert, the Brochsteins offices and manufacturing facility opened in 1940 and was expanded in 1947. The building remains in use today.

To see a selection of Brochsteins furniture pieces, drawings and photographs of interiors produced during the mid 20th century, see The Heritage Society’s current exhibition, This WAS Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in Houston 1945-1965. The exhibition is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm until October 15th at The Heritage Society’s Museum Gallery, located at 1100 Bagby Street. Admission is free.

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