Bay Area Houston Magazine September 2017

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September 2017





Clear Lake Chamber to Honor Chairmen


BIC Media Solutions Entrepreneur Project


Dental Health


Angels Claim Dr. Anna DeWald


Dr. Bill Staples


Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Welcoming the 2017-2018 chairmen BMS seeks nominations and comments Sleep your dental fears away The area loses one of our sweetest ladies A man of many initiatives Keeping you at the top of your game

30 Healthcare Teen depression: ways to help



Cosmetic Facial Aesthetics


Champagne and Oysters at 2017 Oyster Bay Fest

President & Chairman Rick Clapp


Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

Publisher & Editor in Chief Mary Alys Cherry


Astronaut William McArthur

Vice President & Creative Director Brandon Rowan


Webster Business Alliance


Joe Machol wins Seabrook election


BayTran Gets Legislative Update


India, A Journey Home


Red River in League City Expands

From left, Michael Monmouth, Jason Leaseburg, Jamie Alexander, Kenneth Brooks, Javier Rios and Edward Lee.


Graphic Designer Kelly Groce Sales & Marketing George Dismukes Judy Gaines Amber Sample Robyn Weigelt


Editorial Don Armstrong Mary Alys Cherry Rod Evans Michael Gos Capt. Joe Kent Betha Merit

Kila Skellenger Oct. 19 at Water’s Edge Venue SATOP changes the world one request at a time McArthur retires after long NASA career Luncheon crowd takes journey to space station Filling City Council Position No. 6 Rep. Dennis Paul and Rep. Greg Bonnen visit Students of Rasa Yoga visit India The area’s newest restaurant mecca


Photography Hal Bushnell Mary Alys Cherry Brian Stewart


Movers & Shakers


Clear Lake Chatter

Administration Lillian Harmon Tammy Lipsey


Texas Meditations

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Dr. Warren Nichols Weathers crowned Lunar Rendezvous queen Identities LYC to host Harvest Moon Regatta The beginning of the best for anglers Bay Area Houston calendar of events

Clear Lake Chamber to honor its chairmen

Chairman of the Board 20172018 Bryan Bogle, Ventech Information Systems

By Mary Alys Cherry


lear Lake Area Chamber members will salute outgoing Chairman Carl Joiner when they gather in South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 6, for their 55th annual Chairman’s Ball. Ball Chairman Roy Green, a past chamber chairman, and his gala committee have selected Shanghai Shindig as the theme with T.J. Aulds as master of ceremonies. After thanking Joiner, who is the mayor of Kemah and with Joiner Architects, they will welcome incoming Chairman Bryan Bogle of Ventech Information Systems and the other new officers. Other new members of the Chamber Executive Committee are Chairmanelect Brian Freedman of Boeing; Vice Chairman of Administration attorney Bob Davee of Greer, Herz & Adams LLP; Vice Chairman of Finance Shawn Bailey of Amoco Federal Credit Union; Vice Chairman of Membership J.P. Morris of Texas Citizen’s Bank; and Vice Chairman of Research Glenn Ellis of Jacobs. Joiner becomes the immediate past chairman. They will be sworn in by State Rep. Dennis Paul, and entertainment will be provided by Phil Pampolina. Individual tickets are $100 with corporate tables available for $1,200. For reservations, call the chamber, 281-488-7676. New board members who will also be introduced are Jacob Bigger, Kemah Boardwalk; Amber Brown, I.V.League Tutoring; Yasmin David, Salata; Kristi Koncaba, Texan Bank; Doug Meisinger, Clear Lake Today; and Carlos Sierra, Hilton Garden Inn.

Chair Elect Brian Freedman, The Boeing Company

Thursday, Sept. 7 State of Texas Legislative Breakfast featuring area legislators, hosted by the League City Chamber, Arolfo Civic Center, 400 W. Walker, League City. Bay Oaks Women’s Association Fall Fashion Show Luncheon, 10:30 a.m., Bay Oaks Country Club, Clear Lake. Sunday, Sept. 10 Clear Lake Area Panhellenic will kick off its season with its Fall Friendship Tea at the home of Melody Seavy, 1823 Peach Brook Court, Clear Lake.

Vice Chair of Administration Bob Davee, Greer, Herz & Adams, LLP

Vice Chair of Finance Shawn Bailey, AMOCO Federal Credit Union

Tuesday, Sept. 26 Bay Area Museum Guild’s Museum Shower, 10 a.m., Bay Area Museum, Clear Lake Park, Seabrook. Wednesday, Sept. 27 Clear Lake Area Chamber luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Landry’s on the Kemah Boardwalk featuring legislative updates by Sen. Larry Taylor, and Reps. Dennis Paul and Dr. Greg Bonnen. Thursday, Oct. 5 Bay Oaks Women’s Association Fall Coffee, 10 a.m., Bay Oaks Country Club.

Vice Chair of Membership J.P. Morris, Texas Citizen’s Bank

Vice Chair of Research Glenn Ellis, Jacobs

Immediate Past Chairman Carl Joiner, Joiner Architects, Inc.

Friday, Oct. 6 Clear Lake Area Chamber’s Chairman’s Ball, 6:30 p.m., South Shore Harbour Resort, League City. Wednesday, Oct. 11 Just A Pretty Table Luncheon, hosted by Bay Area Museum Guild, will be held at Bay Oaks Country Club, starting at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13 Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre will open its season with Swan Lake Oct. 13-15 in UH-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theatre, with 7:30 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, Oct. 14 Space Center Rotary Shrimporee, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Landolt Pavilion, Clear Lake Park, Seabrook. Tuesday, Oct. 24 Bay Area Museum Guild’s Music at the Museum, 6:30 p.m., Bay Area Museum, Clear Lake Park.

Thursday, Dec. 7 Clear Lake Panhellenic Christmas Party at Barbara Dickey’s home, 2102 Orchard Country Lane, Clear Lake. Bay Area Museum Guild hosts Holiday Open House, 5-7 p.m., Bay Area Museum, Clear Lake Park.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 Clear Lake Area Chamber will have Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott as its guest when members gather at 11:30 a.m. at South Shore Harbour Resort for their monthly luncheon.

Saturday, Dec. 9 Christmas Boat Lane Parade, 6 p.m. on Clear Lake and the Clear Creek Channel.

Friday, Nov. 3 Clear Lake Panhellenic Fall Fashion Show, 10:30 a.m., South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom, League City.

Friday, Feb. 9 Assistance League’s Carnevale di Venezia gala, 7-11 p.m., Water’s Edge on NASA Parkway.

Saturday, Nov. 4 Clear Creek Education Foundation Gala, 6:30 p.m., South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom.

Clear Lake Area Chamber’s Epicurean Evening, 6 p.m., Space Center Houston.

Bay Oaks Women’s Association’s Gala, Bay Oaks Country Club. Saturday, Nov. 18 Breakfast With the Sugar Plum Fairy, hosted by Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre at 8 a.m. in South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom. Friday, Dec. 1 The Nutcracker, presented by Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre will open a threeday run with 7:30 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, Dec. 2 Toyland Fantasy, hosted by Bay Area Museum Guild at Bay Oaks Country Club at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4 Bay Oaks Women’s Association Holiday Mart, Bay Oaks Country Club.

Tuesday, Jan. 23 Bay Area Museum Guild Wine Tasting, 5-7 p.m.

Friday, March 2 Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre will present Raising the Barr, A Mixed Repertoire, in UH-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theatre, with 7:30 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Friday, April 13 Nassau Bay Garden Club spring fashion show luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Lakewood Yacht Club ballroom. Friday, April 27 RNASA Space Gala, 6 p.m. Downtown Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Sunday, May 6 Silver Tea hosted by Bay Area Museum Guild at the museum. Tuesday, May 29 Bay Area Museum Guild installation of officers

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Sleep Your Dental Fears Away


magine this: you are going about your daily business and all of a sudden a single thought crosses your mind. Almost instantly your heart starts racing. You find yourself feeling anxious and uneasy. You might even notice that your blood pressure has gone up. Many people report sweaty palms or a knot in their stomach. What could it be? Well, there are only a handful of thoughts that can affect us to that degree. You are either in love, getting ready to be audited by the IRS, or you just remembered you have a dental appointment. Of course I am making light of the dental fear, but for many people these responses are very real. Your logical side knows that you need to keep your appointment, and you will. But your emotional side does not want to be anywhere near your dentist’s office. When it’s time to go to your dentist, do any of these physical and emotional reactions sound familiar? Regrettably for too many people they do. There are those who express their fear of dentists openly but most of us take the brave route and keep it together by hiding our fear. Then there is the third group, people who completely give in to fear and just avoid going to the dentist altogether until something hurts to a point that it can no longer be tolerated. They then reluctantly go see their dentist and usually do just enough to relieve the pain. They might even decide to get as much as they can done on the same visit because

“Wouldn’t you rather be sound asleep while getting your dental work?” they know once they leave, they will not come back until the next toothache becomes unbearable. What percentage of population do you think belong to each of these three groups? More than thirty percent of people belong to the third group according to Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). Even for those in group two who bravely visit their dentist regardless of their apprehension (like me), the experience is not very pleasant or relaxing. After all, it is completely natural to get uneasy when a sharp, long needle is approaching your mouth. Over the last 18 years I have rarely seen a patient who enjoys getting dental work done. Actually, on rare occasions (maybe once in a couple of years), I have come across some who enjoy getting anesthetic injections or teeth pulled. I always find that alarming and usually proceed to ask a few more questions to assure they are mentally sound. There are some special occasions in life that you want to remember. Getting dental work done is not one of them. The damage caused by dread of dental work goes beyond just sweaty palms and heavy palpitations. It causes many people to avoid routine dental checkups and early detection of

the oral problems when they are still small and easily correctable (and inexpensive). Some common oral health problems like Gingivitis are painless, so they get very little attention simply because they don’t hurt. Other problems such as development of tooth decay remain pain-free until the nerve of the tooth gets infected. By then the problem becomes more complicated, more painful to treat, and far more expensive. All of which further reinforces the original fear theory. I call that “oral catch 22.” Wouldn’t you rather be sound asleep while getting your dental work? That would be ideal, wouldn’t it? Well, the delivery of sedative drugs during the dental procedure will eliminate

feelings of discomfort and ensures a pleasant experience for the patient. Even though there are other forms of sedations available, they are usually not as effective or easily to titrate as intravenous (IV) sedation. The process is extremely simple. It is very similar to getting blood work done or donating blood. The specially trained dentist will establish an IV line and then give you some sedative drugs intravenously until you fall asleep. Next thing you remember, you wake up and your dental work is completed. It all seems like minutes as opposed to hours. Most people don’t even remember the whole experience. It is as though your mouth got magically fixed while you were sound sleep. I understand there are some of you who still prefer to feel and remember the whole experience. Those are usually the ones who have never experienced IV Sedation in a dental office. I dare say that if you try it, you would not go back to awake dentistry.

Dr. Noie has been in private practice in the Bay Area since 1996. He is a Diplomate of Int’l Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry, and Assoc. Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has completed his surgical training at New York University as well as Medical University of South Carolina, Temple University, and Wright state University School of Medicine. He completed his oral Anesthesiology training at University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is a member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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Movers &Shakers Name: Dr. Warren R. Nichols, Jr.

my grandchildren. What a wonderful experience that would be to see life through the eyes of a child.

Occupation: President, College of the Mainland

My favorite performers are: Past performer would be Red Skelton. Not only a comedic genius, but a talented artist of clowns.

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas Current home: Tiki Island Family: Wife of 44 years, Chris Nichols. Two sons, Warren Nichols 3rd, married to Heather Nichols, living in Albany, Georgia. Second son is Gary Nichols, married to Heath Nichols, living in Gallatin, Tennessee. Gary and Heath have provided us with 3 grandchildren; Wyatt, age 11, Wade, age 9, and Hannah, age 8. My favorite writer is: Arthur Clark. My passion for reading began with Science Fiction during my days in elementary school. Someone I’d like to meet: Anyone who could help me improve my bay fishing. If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: One of

Angels claim Dr. Anna DeWald When the angels came floating by picking up former Gov., Mark White, Galveston favorite Glen Campbell and the Bay Area’s retired Constable Bill Bailey, they also took one of our sweetest ladies -- Dr. Anna DeWald, a member of Lakewood Yacht Club for many, many years. Anna retired as dean of education at St. Thomas University in Houston. She was the widow of Lester DeWald, the Lakewood Yacht Club commodore in 1975. Her brother is Bay Area Houston Magazine columnist Capt. Joe Kent, who writes The Admiral’s Log.


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I like to spend my leisure time: Fishing, reading, golfing, spending time with family. If I could travel any place, I’d go to: The beaches of Normandy to acknowledge the honor, bravery, and sacrifices of those who fought for our liberty. The Holy Lands would be a high second, but with the tension in the world today, that visit may never occur. Visiting the ancient wonders of the world has a tremendous appeal to me as well. My favorite meal is: Meat and potatoes were the staples of my youth, so chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and green beans is hard to beat. I am also a sucker for beans and cornbread.

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: a Helicopter pilot You’ll never catch me: Riding roller coasters and Ferris Wheels. Interesting that I enjoy flying, but hate losing my stomach on rides. The thing that bugs me the most is: Procrastination and never finishing what you start. I like to establish goals with timelines for completion. Say what you are going to do, tell how you are going to do it, then do it. My favorite movie is: My Fair Lady. I enjoy the old musicals, but really like the idea of someone having the ability to become whatever they want, as long as they are willing to work hard to get there. Few people know: In high school I was a member of the choir and performed in several high school plays. I still have my Thespian card somewhere.

A governor for all the people


 No pass, no play, exas lost one which required students of its favorite sons to have passing grades when former Gov. to participate in extra Mark White died curricular activities and of a heart attack at his to play sports in “Friday Houston home Saturday, Night Lights” country; Aug. 5 – a champion of education and a man many  The first ever statewide have held up in recent days testing, which is still being as an example of what a debated today; governor should be. A governor of all the  A competency test for people, not just a political teachers, which left teacher base. unions angry; and Many refer to him as one of the all-time good guys “In the end  Limits on elementary to serve as governor – a he stood class size, freeing teachers man whose political career to devote more time focused on a principle for what with a smaller number of he took from Texas’ first he thought students. governor, Sam Houston to “Do right and risk the was right.”  He also called for a consequences.” $4 billion tax hike to fund He did risk the the limits on class size consequences, doing what and pay for teacher raises. he considered the right thing for the children of Texas, and became a In the end he stood for what he one-term governor. But, in hindsight, thought was right. The children of many praise what he did. Texas benefitted, but Mark White Among his education reforms he became a one-term governor. pushed -- many of which are lauded To bad we don’t have more like today, but were unpopular at the him. time: -- Mary Alys Cherry

Dr. Bill Staples A man of many initiatives


r. William Staples soon will be stepping down as president of University of Houston-Clear Lake, a position he has held for more than 22 years. During his tenure, UHCL has reached several major milestones and undergone considerable transformation, including going from an upper-level institution to a fouryear university in 2014, and being ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the “Best Regional Universities in the West” category (2016 and 2017). Dr. Staples was the fourth president of UHCL, which opened its doors in 1974. He joined the faculty in 1979 as an associate professor in the then-School of Business and Public Administration. He served as professor of marketing, program director, associate dean and dean of the school before becoming president of the university in 1995.

Some of his most exciting initiatives as president came this past academic year as ground was broken on the new Health Sciences and Classroom Building, the Recreation and Wellness Center and the Police Building at UHCL along with the Health Sciences and Classroom Building at the UHCL Pearland Campus. UHCL is also seeking approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, which will represent a major step forward for UHCL in undergraduate engineering education. During his presidency, other notable successes have been accomplished in a number of areas:

 Began offering healthcare administration degree programs at the Texas Medical Center in 2004 and opened the Student Services and Classroom Building the same year;  Received approval for first doctoral program (education leadership) in 2007 and launched its third doctoral program (psychology) this fall;  Received the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education in 2009;  Opened UHCL Pearland Campus in 2010 in a partnership with the city of Pearland;  Transitioned UHCL to a fouryear university in 2014;


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 UHCL is also seeking approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, which will represent a major step forward for UHCL in undergraduate engineering education.  Increased the number of endowments by 110 percent from 1999 to 2016;  Graduates more than 2,000 students each academic year. “I am very proud of what has been achieved at UHCL through the hard work of university faculty, staff and administration. These accomplishments will make the university a very attractive opportunity for the next president,” Staples said. “I applaud their work and commitment to excellence and for reaching major milestones in UHCL’s history.” In addition to leading UHCL to academic excellence, Staples has also built vital partnerships. He has

served a number of civic and higher education organizations, including serving on the board of trustees for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools from 2009 to 2011. Staples and UHCL have received numerous accolades for community involvement. Staples was chosen as the recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal in 2003, and in 2008 he received the Quasar Award for Economic Development Excellence. UHCL is a five-time recipient of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for community engagement.

UHCL welcomes Dr. Ira Blake as the fifth university president By Karen Barbier


n Tuesday, Aug.1, the University of Houston-Clear Lake made history when it welcomed Dr. Ira K. Blake as the university’s fifth president - the first female and first African-American to serve in the role. Blake’s early action items are meeting university faculty, staff and community friends, as well as expanding educational opportunities for the Houston area. “My first priority is to continue UHCL’s evolution into a comprehensive four-year university, mission-focused on the delivery of high-quality educational experiences by outstanding faculty as we prepare all students for meaningful roles and satisfying careers in the HoustonGalveston metropolitan region, state, nation and beyond,” Dr. Blake said. She joins the university after having served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania since 2009. Prior to serving at Bloomsburg, she was associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education at Dixon University Center, as well as assistant to the president for public engagement at Kutztown University. She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University and a second master’s degree in educational psychology from San Francisco State University. Blake received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Washington University. “UHCL is a university on the rise and Dr. Blake has the necessary vision to build on our success,” said University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator shortly after announcing Blake as the sole finalist for the role of UHCL president. Dr. Blake says that one of her overriding objectives is to be inclusive, to listen to all voices and to engage members of the UHCL community. As a first-generation college student in a family of nine children, she says she understands the importance of a college education for all. She credits her sharecropper father and domestic homemaker mother with instilling the confidence in her, as well as her siblings, that

they could do anything they desired. “My parents always told us to ‘own where you come from’ and to know that it doesn’t prevent you from ending up anywhere you want to be,” Dr. Blake said, noting that having the desire is key, but having the financial support to realize the dream is often difficult. “We need to look for additional ways to fund education to assure that students can attend the university and can receive a highquality educational experience,” she said when discussing affordability as one of the challenges in higher education. Blake and her late husband raised three children who now live throughout the U.S. She now embraces her role as grandmother to six. UHCL began welcoming students in 1974 as an upper-level university and has evolved into a four-year university offering more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as three doctoral programs. During the spring, the university broke ground on three buildings including the STEM and Classroom Building and Recreation and Wellness Center at UHCL, and the Health Sciences and Classroom Building at UHCL Pearland Campus. Find out more about UHCL by visiting

University names two new deans University of Houston-Clear Lake announced new leadership to the university’s College of Business and College of Science and Engineering, as two deans retired. In the College of Business, Professor of Finance and Associate Dean Edward R. Waller has been promoted to dean of the college, effective Sept. 1. Dorothy Kirkman, associate professor of management, will take Waller’s position as interim associate dean. Waller succeeds William T. Cummings, who is retiring after serving as dean since 1998. Professor of Physics and Associate Dean Ju H. Kim will become interim Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, effective Sept. 1. Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Said Bettayeb has been appointed interim associate dean in Kim’s place. Kim replaces retiring Dean Zbignew J. Czajkiewicz, who has held the position since 2009. Waller joined UHCL in 1993 as an assistant professor of finance. He was promoted to associate professor in 1999 and professor in 2006. After serving as elected faculty chairman for the Department of Economics, Finance, Marketing and Decision Sciences, he was promoted to associate dean in 2010. He holds a doctorate in finance from Arizona State University as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Kirkman joined UH-Clear Lake in 2008 and was promoted in 2014 to associate professor with tenure. She teaches strategic management, management technology and other courses. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University and her doctorate in organizational management from Rutgers University. Kim was hired as professor and associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering in August 2015. He has conducted and authored extensive research into superconductivity, with a focus on the properties and dynamics of magnetic vortices. Previously, Kim was on the faculty of University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He received his bachelor’s degree from the

University of California-San Diego and his master’s degree and doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago. Bettayeb, who also served as the program chairman of Computer Information Systems, joined UHClear Lake as an associate professor in 2002, teaching algorithm design and analysis, parallel and distributed computing and programming languages. He was promoted to professor in 2010. Bettayeb received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Universite de Contantine, Algeria, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in computer science from Northwestern University.

Several on UHCL faculty promoted Several members of the University of Houston-Clear Lake faculty have been promoted in the wake of the retirements of College of Business Dean Ted Cummings and College of Science and Engineering Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz this summer. Three faculty members received promotions in the College of Science and Engineering: Professor of Industrial Hygiene and Safety Magdy Akladios, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science George Guillen and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Pradeep Buddharaju. The College of Education saw the promotion of Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Denise McDonald and Associate Professor of Special Education Elizabeth Beavers. Four members of the College of Business were also promoted: Professor of Healthcare Administration Femi Ayadi, Professor of Accounting Constance Lehmann, Associate Professor of Management Aleksey Martynov and Associate Professor of Management Information Systems Douglas Steel. And, two were promoted in the College of Human Sciences and Humanities: Associate Professor in Fitness and Human Performance William Amonette and Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Johnston. For more information about UHCL’s diverse faculty, more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programs and three doctoral programs, visit

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Photos by J. Pamela Photography

The Lunar Rendezvous’ 2018 Royal Court stands for a photo at the Coronation Ball in Galveston. They are, center, King William McArthur and Queen Serina Weathers, with Capt. Ian Schaider, right, and Queen Alternate Katherine Nifong.

Once upon a time these 2017 Lunar Rendezvous princess were Little Ladies in Waiting and Daniel Monks was a page. They are, from left, front row, Tory Harless, Kayla Rainey, Serina Weathers, Lisa Matus, Sophia Shaw, Macey Westall, Rebecca Zerecheck; back row, Macie Williamson, Marlie Williamson, Lauren Foyt, Elise Tanzberger, Daniel Monks, Lauren DeMasie, Macey Ditta, Katherine Nifong.

Little Ladies in Waiting and Page Grant Rylant sit quietly for a photo as they await the start of their introduction at the Lunar Rendezvous Coronation Ball. Little Ladies in the 2017 court are Audrey Byrd, Madelyn Byrd, Maddie Hollman, Avery Jansen, Sophie Kelly, Kira Kilgore, Madison Merrill, Avisette Orlando, Elizabeth Shaw, Emily Simmons and Madilyn Turner.

Serina Weathers crowned Lunar Rendezvous queen A PRETTY Clear Horizons Early College High School rising senior, Serina Marie Weathers, was crowned the 2018 queen of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival at this year’s Coronation Ball July 29 at the San Luis Convention Center in Galveston. A former Little Lady in Waiting, she is the daughter of Brett and Kimberley Weathers of Clear Lake and was sponsored by Sandy Carney of The Clotheshorse Boutique in League City. After all the princesses, lieutenants, little ladies and page were introduced by the emcee, astronaut Shane Kimbrough, she was crowned by the 2017 queen, Madelyn Claire Emilia Chidester, and then danced the first dance with Festival King Bill McArthur, who just retired from NASA’s Astronaut Corps.


Her escort was Lt. Daniel Patrick Monks, son of Pat Monks and his wife, former festival Chairman Annette Dwyer. Queen Alternate is Katherine Josefine Nifong, daughter of Craig and Wendy Nifong and a senior at Clear Creek High School. Katie was sponsored by her grandparents, Richard and Helga Rietz and escorted by Lt. John Raymond Mahon, son of Kelly Mahon and John Mahon.

The 2018 Captain, Ian Schaider, dances with Queen Alternate Katherine Nifong as the Lunar Rendezvous Ball gets underway.


John Binger wear a big smile as he dances with his daughter, Princess Elizabeth Binger at the Coronation Ball

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This year’s captain is Ian Schaider, son of Paul and Elaine Schaider and a rising senior at Lutheran South Academy. He was escorted by Princess Madeleine Barlow, daughter of Mark and Eileen Barlow and was sponsored by Charlie Pfeiffer of Pfeiffer and Son. Festival Chairman Dinah Matthews and Vice Chairman Tisa Foster helped Ball Chairmen Debbie Reichert and Laurie Vaughn welcome the black-tie crowd that included Festival Board of Directors Chairman Mike Landolt and his wife, Ann, a past festival chairman; and Advisory Board Chairman Jill Reason. Plus a number of former kings -- Judge Louie Ditta and his wife, Renee; former astronaut Jerry Ross, with his wife, Karen; Jerry Foyt and

Troy Harless and his daughter, Princess Tory Harless, enjoy themselves at the Lunar Rendezvous Ball.

his wife, Kate; Jerry Clause and his wife, Peggy, a former chairman; and Tom Wong and his wife, Gloria, also a past festival chairman. Other former festival chairman in the mix included Wendy Shaw, who came with Greg Broderick, Karen McCorkle and Kellie McCorkle Byrd with husband, Joe. Glancing around, you might have also spotted Julie and Tim Rainey, Todd and Suzanne Zerecheck, Dave and Carol Bergman Reynolds, Krista Williamson, Kathy Dooley, Jennifer and Richard Simmons, Linda Byrd, Elizabeth Byrd Olin, Wendy Drapela, Ange Mertens, Lisa and Eric Tanzberger and Lizzie Nifong, a former queen alternate who was there to see her sister introduced as the 2018 queen alternate.

Lauren and Mike DeMasie join the crow on the dance floor at the Coronation Ball.

Advisory Board Chairman Jill Reason, left, and 2017 Festival Chairman Dinah Matthews, right, help Kimberly Weathers celebrate after her daughter, Serina, was elected Lunar Rendezvous queen during the Coronation Ball at the San Luis Convention Center in Galveston.

Lunar Rendezvous Board Chairman Mike Landolt welcomes Kathy Dooley, left, and her daughter, Melissa Turner, a former princess and mother of a 2017 Little Lady Madilyn Turner, to the annual fashion show at the San Luis Convention Center in Galveston.

Fashion Show a fun time for all THE LUNAR Rendezvous Fashion Show is always one of the biggest events of the summer, so Co-Chairmen Janis Blizzard and her daughter, Savannah McMahon, wanted to make it a memorable one, picking “Fly Me to the Moon” as the theme and inking Lenny Matuszewski Jr. as the producer. Besides seeing friends one hasn’t seen all summer, it’s always fun to see all the princesses, lieutenants, little ladies and the little page come down the runway with their proud moms – among them Kate Foyt and Linda DeMasie, both with daughters named Lauren; Renee Ditta with her third princess daughter, Macey; Ellen Chuoke with daughter, Annie; Debbie Kropp with daughter Jamie; Julie Rainey and daughter Kayla;

Wendy Shaw and daughter Sophia; and Krista Williamson with twins Marie and Marlie -- all with ties to Lunar Rendezvous. Also adding pizzazz to the show were the dancers from the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre, who

Peggy Clause, Mavis Irvan and Sharon Brown, from left, enjoy a light moment at the Lunar Rendezvous Fashion Show Luncheon at the San Luis Convention Center in Galveston.

always brighten up our events. We also might mention the many who worked behind the scenes with Festival Chairman Dinah Matthews and Vice Chairman Tisa Foster to make the festival a success. Folks like Treasurer Cyndi Frohling, Publicity Chairman Justine Powell, Auction Chairmen Lucy Cavillo, Paula Black and Misty Killebrew, Raffle Chairman Wendy Drapela, Program Chairman Elizabeth McCarty, Sponsorship Chairman Cindy Sebald and Kickoff Chairmen Ronda Cook and Judy Talley. Plus, the ladies who put in so many hours working with the princesses and lieutenants – Jill Smitherman and Belinda Schuerich; and the cuties in the little court – Laura Mackay and Amanda Mark, making sure they all knew their places, what to wear and when to show up. Now….it’s on to next year!

Mary Ann Shallberg, left, a former festival chairman, stops to visit with three other past festival chairmen during the Lunar Rendezvous Fashion Show Luncheon. Pictured with her are, from right, Annette Dwyer, Kippy Caraway and Kathy Reeves, and Reeves sister, Gwen Smith.

Fashion Show Co-Chairmen Janis Blizzard, right, and her daughter, Savannah McMahon await the arriving crowd at the popular event.

Wendy Shaw, a past festival chairman, and her daughter, Sophia make a pretty picture as they arrive at the Lunar Rendezvous Fashion Show Luncheon.

Festival Vice Chairman Tisa Foster, left, and her princess daughter, Peyton, get a welcoming hug from Gloria Wong at the Lunar Rendezvous Fashion Show.

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Identities By Michael W. Gos High Hill, Texas


e were spending a part of our Christmas break exploring the painted churches around Schulenburg. The last on our list was the one I found to be the most amazing, Saint Mary’s in High Hill. Because my wife grew up in a world pretty much devoid of Catholics, I spent a good part of the day answering questions. She marveled at the difference between these little churches and the one she was raised in. While the outside architecture was similar, the insides were as different as night and day. While sitting there, we also talked about church music. I grew up on Bach and plainsong (chant), she on gospel accompanied by a piano. And then we discussed the changes in the church over time, a sad topic for me. I explained to her about the differences between the mass when I was a kid and what she would see were she to attend one today. Back


then, the altar was turned around, with the priest facing the same way as the congregation. And the Latin! Even as a kid with no particular liking for religion, I thought the mass was beautiful. We sat for a long time—she taking in the beauty around her, and me thinking about the distance between my boyhood and today. We all started somewhere. For most of us, it was somewhere different from where we are today. For me, there is the obvious distance between Indiana and Texas for a start. But the far greater distance is from a working-class steel mill community to academia. As is the case with most of our lives, it has been a long journey—a journey of change. Many of my working class students are just now beginning to attempt a similar journey in their lives. They are starting with education but will quickly discover that is not enough. They must also work to change social class markers—speech patterns,

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critical thinking, etc. I always feel sad for them when they first start to feel that inevitable separation from friends and family as they make those changes. For a long time, the

evolving student feels like a man without a home. He no longer fits in the old world he grew up in, but he has not yet found his place in the new one either. He feels rejected by

getting “uppity” and thinks he is better than they are. It’s sad, but inevitable. There is an old saying that you can’t go home again and I suspect that is true. Once we begin our independent journeys in life, the die is cast. And yet, at many stages along the way, we get frustrated

“Our identities are...the sum total of every instant of our existence.”

the people in his life because they just don’t, or won’t, understand what he is trying to do. Meanwhile, family and friends in the old neighborhood feel left behind by someone who is

and start asking ourselves questions like, “What am I doing? Who am I, really?” And that never changes. Even now, decades later, I often feel insecure in this new world. I wonder, did I really change as much as it appears, or am I still that same working-class kid who’s now playing dress-up to impress the grown-ups. I often feel like I’m just bluffing my way through this new world, constantly worried that someone might catch on. What if they find out I really am just an imposter? I suspect I’m not alone in that feeling. You may not have made a

class border crossing, but there are lots of other changes we go though in our lives that carry the same burdens. Some of us change cultures, moving to other regions of the country or even to other nations. Others go on a different career path than the rest of the family and friends and are stigmatized as a result. And frankly, some of us are the black sheep of our families for one reason or another. Whatever our circumstances, change is inevitable. Life is change. And with this barrage of changes, sooner or later, we become overwhelmed and start to question everything. Am I still the person I started out as all those years ago? Or am I really the person I seem to be today? Perhaps I am neither of those people but rather someone else entirely different? And probably the hardest question of all—is it all worth the cost? That’s a tough one to answer. But it doesn’t really matter; we can’t unmake the decisions from the past. The old adage is right; we really can’t go home again. The places we knew back then have changed, the people are different and some of them are gone, so why even try? And yet, we can’t just forget about who we were back then either. It is important to never lose sight of that, if for no other reason than to be able to fully

appreciate how far we’ve come over the years. But it seems to me that remembering where we came from and being aware of where we are today doesn’t leave us that much closer to understanding who we are. It’s not enough to just appreciate how far we’ve come. Who we are is really a more complicated issue. To really understand our true identities, we need to see the bigger picture—where we came from, where we are today, and most important, every step that occurred along the way. It is the entire journey that identifies who we are. Aristotle argued that you can’t measure happiness in the moment. It must be evaluated over an entire lifetime. Identity has that same essence. It is the sum total of every instant of our existence. To look at it any other way would be doing ourselves a disservice. More important, it keeps us from ever understanding who we really are. And that understanding is a key to happiness and satisfaction in our lives. We are all the changes we have made or experienced throughout our lives. We’ve all come a long, long way. When looked at that way, I can’t help but be excited about who I am… and about who you are.

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Bay Cup II winners announced

L Lakewood to host Harvest Moon Regatta “Registration is now open for the 2017 Harvest Moon Regatta,” Regatta Chairman Paul Dunphey has announced. “The notice of race (NOR), registration link and other relevant information can be found at” The entry fee for the Oct. 5 race is $180 plus a Port A City Marina Docking /Rafting Fee based on length overall of the vessel. U.S. Sailing members receive a $10 discount. See NOR for details. “This 150-mile offshore regatta from Galveston to Port Aransas has become a favorite tradition among sailing enthusiasts,” says LYC Fleet Captain Rex Bettis. The October weather along the Texas Gulf Coast is favorable for offshore racing, and the gorgeous red moon reflecting off the Gulf’s dark blue waters can be awe inspiring. Open to all serious, as well as noncompetitive sailors, the regatta will begin with multiple starts on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 5 in front of Galveston’s Pleasure Pier, where spectators can watch the action before driving down to Port Aransas to enjoy the numerous festivities. Previous HMRs have had more than 200 participants, which amounted to close to 2,000 crew and guests descending on the Port Aransas City Marina. Contact HMR Race Chairman Paul Dunphey for information at or call Principal Race Officer Dwight Bengtson at 832-457-5154.


akewood Yacht Club played host to the Bay Cup II Regatta and have announced the winners of this exciting and competitive event. Bay Cup II, the second in the two-race series, was raced on Galveston Bay Aug. 5. Thirty-four competitors signed up, and trophies were given to the top boats in the following six categories at the post-race awards party held in the LYC Ballroom.

Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas: 1st Place: Phoenix, David & Karen Atkinson, HYC/ GBCA 2nd Place: Catch My Drift, John Morse, LYC Cruising Poleless Spin: 1st Place: Figaro, Gerhard Wittich, LYC 2nd Place: Shaken Not Stirred, Walter Caldwell, GBCA J/105: 1st Place: Pesto, John Barnett, LYC 2nd Place: Infinity, Uzi Ozeri, LYC 3rd Place: Stinger, J B Bednar, LYC/GBCA PHRF Non-Spin: 1st Place: Good News, Ashley Walker, LYC 2nd Place: Renovation, Warren Miller, HYC 3rd Place: Flyer, Gary Peterson, GBCA 4th Place: Seven Star, Stephen Lack, LYC

PHRF Spin – (Non-Sprit): 1st Place: Whistler II, Cran Fraser, LYC 2nd Place: Danelaw, Roy Olsen, GBCA PHRF Spin – Sprit: 1st Place: Hamburg, Al Goethe, LYC 2nd Place: 77, George Cushing, GBCA 3rd Place: Second Star, J.D. Hill, LYC/GBCA

Full race results can be viewed on the LYC website at Bay Cup Regatta Chairman Larry Rogers extends his thanks to the hard working and dedicated volunteers, scorers, protest committee members and LYC staff who helped with this year’s Bay Cup Series. The Race Committee would also like to acknowledge the generous 2017 Bay Cup sponsors without which we could not hold such a great event. This year’s sponsors include Upstream Brokers, City of Seabrook, nue Vodka, Bay Access, Little Yacht Sales, OJ’s Marine, True North Marine, Blackburn Marine & Davis Marine Electronics. Questions about the Bay Cup Series can be addressed to Bay Cup Regatta Chair Larry Rogers at 832-228-7052 or

Heald Bank Race winners announced


akewood Yacht Club has released the winners of the 2017 Upstream Brokers Heald Bank Regatta, which was raced on the Gulf of Mexico July 29-30, 2017. The top performers of this offshore race are listed below. PHRF Non-Spin, Division B: 1st Place: Tenacious, James Apple 2nd Place: Sea Nymph, Joan van Ravenswaay, HYC PHRF Non-Spin, Division A: 1st Place: Good News, Ash Walker, LYC 2nd Place: Edelweiss, Ted Greak, LYC 3rd Place: SUETE DEERN, Hans Knickrehm, LYC

PHRF Spin, Division B: 1st Place: SSTV Sirly, Rob Frees, Sea Scouts, BSA 2nd Place: SolAire, Chris Haas, GBCA PHRF Spin, Division A: 1st Place: Hamburg II, Al Goethe, LYC 2nd Place: Second Star, J.D. Hill, LYC/GBCA 3rd Place: Gold Rush, Gregory Way, LYC

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The winner of the Navigator Trophy, which is awarded to the overall winner in the Non-Spin classes, is Good News, Ash Walker of LYC. Hamburg II, Al Goethe of LYC won the Old Winch Trophy, which is awarded to the overall class winner in the Spinnaker class. Full race reults can found at www. The Upstream Brokers Heald Bank race was originally scheduled to take place in late April but was postponed because of inclement weather. The race is one of the three-event Texas Offshore Circuit (TORC). The Houston Yacht Club Offshore Regatta and the Galveston Bay Cruising Association Regatta constitute the other two TORC events. Boats that sailed in the PHRF Spinnaker Class were eligible to compete for the TORC championship trophy, the Texas Navy Cup if they competed in all three races. Competitors that sailed in the PHRF Non-Spinnaker Class in all three events were eligible for the S. Rhoads Fisher Trophy. For further information, contact Bob Hunkins, at or (281) 216-4082.

Labor Day: The Beginning of the Best for Anglers By Capt. Joe Kent


n old friend who also was a fishing guide often said that Labor Day was his favorite holiday of the year. Why? I asked him and he said it signals the end of the tourist season, the kids are back in school and other sports start drawing fishermen away from the water. There is a lot to be said about his view on Labor Day, and I must agree with him that it is a nice transition for fishermen however not for coastal merchants. Throughout the years I have run across a number of anglers that sit it out during the early summer months and wait until after Labor Day to resume fishing. Heat is part of it; however, the crowds on the water are the biggest reason. After the first Monday of September anglers find the days shorter and somewhat cooler than during July and August. Summertime fishing patterns continue and will do so until after the first genuine cold front. Normally that does not occur until late September or early October. Fish begin sensing the change with the shorter days and start their transition sometime during mid to late September. Tarpon action along the beachfront reaches its peak as the silver kings come closer to shore chasing pods of mullet and other bait. From High Island to Port O’Connor, tarpon can be seen rolling not far off of the beachfront and are easy to hook up with by anglers using the proper bait and tackle. Speaking of the surf, September and early October offer some of the


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best surf fishing of the year. Just before starting their exodus south, pelagic fish will make a run close to the beach taking on all sorts of bait including crabs. Usually there are one or more events in the Gulf of Mexico from early September to mid October that generate a rough surf. That is when bull reds will make their run. When the big fish are running the surf it is not at all unusual to land a half dozen or more. Except for one that requires the tag on your fishing license they must be released. Shark anglers find September a great month for their sport. Huge sharks are caught within five miles of shore during that time and most are landed by surf fishermen using their long poles and heavy duty reels. Offshore anglers find September to be one of the best months for landing kings, ling, Dorado, Shark and other fish. This usually lasts until a cold front sends them scattering and migrating south. In the bays September is known as a transition month in that trout, reds and other fish that are found there year-round begin making their way to shallower waters and tend to be more widespread. Flounder are known as the kings and queens of the fall as their annual migration attracts thousands of anglers from all over the state. The shorter days of September tell them that they should start preparing for November when their exodus from the bays to the Gulf of Mexico gets well underway. Pleasant weather, fewer anglers and excellent fishing, that is what we find after the vacationers depart on Labor Day.


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Teen depression A mom offers ways to help before suicide becomes their only option

T Michael Monmouth, M.D. Joins Nationally Ranked Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Group at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital


r. Michael Monmouth, a fellowship-trained orthopedic and sports medicine physician specializing in total joint replacement, has joined the Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital. Dr. Monmouth is a highly trained surgeon with years of experience performing advanced orthopedic procedures. He has cared for patients in the Greater Bay Area for more than 20 years and has built many longterm patient relationships. His areas of expertise include reconstructive surgery of the knee and hip; minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery to perform cartilage, ligament, and tendon repair and restoration; and fracture care. He is also the team doctor for student athletes on the Texas City High School Stingarees football team. “I look forward to bringing my complementary skill set to the Orthopedics & Sports Medicine group already in place at Houston Methodist St. John,” Monmouth said. “My experience in the care of athletes and my special interest in lower extremity joint repair and replacement will contribute to the this comprehensive care team, helping both students and adults get back to the activities they enjoy.” Dr. Monmouth will join Drs. Jamie Alexander, Kenneth Brooks, Edward Lee, Jason Leaseburg, and Javier Rios and see patients at two office locations: 2020 NASA Parkway, Suite 230 in Nassau Bay and 14903 El Camino Real in Clear Lake. For more information or to schedule an appointment visit st-john or call 713.363.9090.


een depression – something no one talks about but really should if we want to help those who are so depressed that suicide seems like the only way out of their depression. Carolyn Zahnow will be sharing information on how to save teens who are depressed Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Clear Lake Freeman Library Meeting Room from 6:30 to 8 p.m. She has recently released her second book, “Beautiful Disasters – A Family’s Journey Through Teen Depression” in which she shares the downward spiral of her son during his high school years. It was in Cameron’s freshman year at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, his birth dad died from melanoma in North Carolina. His grief slowly manifested into major depression fueled by substance abuse, which also caused lots of risky behavior. Cameron’s grades in school tanked, going from A’s and B’s to D’s and F’s. Carolyn and her husband, Dan, took note of all these changes and started questioning what was going on. There were signs prior to the grades dropping but after an initial visit to a therapist, Cameron was declared okay, even though his dad had just died. Not only did Cameron no longer care about school, but he was trying various drugs – alcohol, OTC cold meds, and meth, which became his drug of choice. But after his parents were able to get help, he was successful

in staying clean, except for an occasional slip when he drank beer or smoked pot with friends. During his senior year, his addiction came back strong and he once again let meth take over his life. Carolyn took her only child to therapists, psychologists and a psychiatrist over the three and half year period. But his depression was stronger than he was, and ultimately he chose to end his life during the summer after he graduated from high school, just a week before he was to start college – perhaps one of the factors why he ended up choosing suicide over life. Carolyn bravely shares the story of their happy times but also the sad and scary times with their son. As a result of his death, she founded a nonprofit in North Carolina -- The Shore Grief Center, which provides free peer-based grief support groups for children, teens and adults in four cities. Carolyn hopes that by allowing people to explore their feelings surrounding a loved one’s death, they will heal and not turn to destructive means as her son did in 2005. Copies of both books will be available for purchase, as well as signed by Carolyn. Additional information about the nonprofit can be found at

Nuero-Development Training at PAM Rehab hospital


AM Rehabilitation Hospital of Clear Lake congratulates Mike Luyun- PT, Noah Gregorio- PT, Ashley Fernandez- OT, and Lisa Meehan- OT (pictured right) for completing their Neuro-Development Training (NDT) certification. NDT is a holistic and interdisciplinary clinical practice model informed by current and evolving research that emphasizes individualized therapeutic handling based on movement analysis for habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with neurological pathophysiology. Neuro-Development Training is a hands on approach to enhance the function for adults who may have impaired function and mobility as a result of neurological deficits, more specifically brain injury or stroke. NDT is a personalized therapeutic approach that uses guided or facilitated movements as a treatment strategy along with salient tasks to ensure correlation of input from tactile, vestibular, and somatosensory receptors within the body, thus improving function and quality of life for the neurological population. Each treatment session focuses on a holistic treatment that is individualized to a patient’s personal interest, thus allowing patients to become more engaged in their sessions resulting in progression towards independence. PAM Rehabilitation Hospital of Clear Lake provides comprehensive rehabilitation services in an inpatient and outpatient setting. The care team at PAM Rehabilitation has completed specialized training and

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is able to provide state-of-the-art services to meet the unique needs of each individual. An interdisciplinary approach made of specialized clinicians, that include a physical medicine rehabilitation physician, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and rehabilitation nurses, work together to help each patient maximize recovery. “For more information, feel free to stop in for a tour or contact the hospital at 832224-9500,” officials said.

Cosmetic Facial Aesthetics’

Center and attending International Vein Conferences throughout the country. Kila is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses and is currently certified in Dermaplaning, Botox, Juvederm Fillers and Skin Care. To schedule an appointment with Kila or for any questions please text her at 832‑795‑2677. She serves patients in Webster and surrounding areas – League City, Nassau Bay, Friendswood, Alvin, Pearland, Pasadena, southeast Houston, Dickinson, Texas City and Galveston.

Kila Skellenger


ila Skellenger, BSN, RN of Cosmetic Facial Aesthetics in Houston, is the owner and founder. Kila has been a Texas registered nurse for 27 years. She is a graduate of San Jacinto College and the University of Texas Medical Branch. Kila completed her critical care residency at NE Baptist


Hospital in San Antonio and surgical residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston. Kila Skellenger practiced nursing in critical care and hospice for 12 years and then practiced nursing in surgery and recovery room for 12 years, while working with Dr. Mark Skellenger at the Cosmetic Vein









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IT’S CHAMPAGNE AND OYSTERS AT THE 2017 OYSTER BAY FEST Oyster Bay Fest will feature champagne, oysters and a spectacular waterfront view of Clear Lake. Included is a fashion show; art; sound and light show; DJ dancing system galore; fantastic giveaways and a cash bar. Attractive models will show off fashionable pearls, gowns and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch. Enjoy the new Hendricks Gin and delicious vodka oyster shooters while great recorded music by Pearl Jam, Blue Oyster Cult and ZZ Top plays. This fun-filled evening will kick off the 2017 Oyster Season with a champagne toast. The oyster industry makes a huge impact on our local economy and our precious Galveston Bay environment. Sponsors to date include Water’s Edge, Bay Area Houston Magazine,


ay Group Media, publishers of the Bay Area Houston Magazine and Gulf Coast Mariner will host this year’s Oyster Bay Fest at the glamourous Waters Edge Event Center on NASA Parkway in Seabrook. This Clear Lake chic event on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., will celebrate the beginning of Oyster Season.

Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine, Prestige Oysters, Galaxy Dresses by Ruby, Hendricks Gin, Gilhooley’s and Misho’s Oysters. For sponsorship information, call 281 474-5875. Tickets to this exciting event are $25, cash only, at the door. Price of admission will include a dozen oysters and two glasses of champagne. A full cash bar will be available. Dress is Clear Lake chic. Portions of the proceeds will benefit Texas Parks and Wildlife. Fashionable pink Mariner sports shirts will be sold to promote breast cancer awareness. Space is limited so please make your reservation ASAP by calling 281-474-5875.


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SATOP Program Director Bob Payne proudly holds the Space Foundation Hall of Fame award which was presented to SATOP for its contribution to Florikan’s success in producing its Staged Nutrient Release fertilizer that is being used on the International Space Station in its Veggie project.

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson harvests red romaine lettuce on the ISS, the first fresh produce grown and eaten in space. The Veggie project, which is ongoing, uses Florikan’s controlled-release fertilizer to nourish the growing plants. (Photo: NASA)

SATOP changes the world one request at a time — and wins awards to boot! By Kathryn Paradis


hat. If. Separate, these words don’t mean much, but they’re two very powerful words when placed together. For example, what if you were “this close” to having an invention that could change people’s lives or even the course of history but didn’t have the knowledge or capital to take it to the next level of development? What if you discovered a way to overcome your technical challenges, and what if it cost you absolutely nothing? Does this sound too good to be true? It isn’t in the world of the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program. SATOP is a free service designed to provide technical assistance to small businesses and speed the transfer of space technology to the private sector, thus increasing their chances of success. A business can receive up to 40 hours of free technical assistance from an Alliance Partner working within 14 space companies, academic institutions, and NASA. SATOP coordinates with professionals within these organizations who then volunteer their time and expertise in solving the challenges of the small business. Since SATOP’s inception in 1999, more than 3,400 resolutions have been provided to businesses. A company named Florikan, based in Sarasota, Fla., has an amazing success story made possible through


the expertise provided through SATOP when the program was administered nationwide through four regional centers. Florikan’s product, Staged Nutrient Release (SNR) Fertilizer, has been such a game-changer that the Space Foundation, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., recently inducted Florikan, NASA, and SATOP as Innovating Organizations into its Space Technology Hall of Fame. Fertilizer and space? What? The backstory definitely needs telling. In the beginning Ed Rosenthal and his wife founded Florikan in 1982. At that time, and for several years to come, farmers had to fertilize plants frequently. Many of the fertilizer’s nutrients leached out into the groundwater. This didn’t do the plants much good and was even worse for the environment. By 2002, Rosenthal had been working with fertilizers and polymers for decades, since he had worked at a company that manufactured polymerbased plastic plant containers before the founding of Florikan. He studied the problem and determined that a fertilizer could be created that coated each nutrient in a different polymer, some with a largerporosity polymer that would allow water to penetrate quickly and release the nutrient relatively soon and some with a smaller porosity to slow down the release of the nutrient. Through this process, a fertilizer would deliver exactly the right amount of each nutrient at the

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appropriate stage of the growing cycle. Once developed, the new product, SNR, was hugely successful. In 2004, the State of Florida and the National Society of Professional Engineers recognized Florikan for making one of the year’s most innovative new products. This recognition led to Rosenthal connecting with SATOP to receive 40 free hours of consultation to take his product even further. At the end of the 40 hours, SATOP Alliance Partner engineers recommended an entirely different method. The nutrients could be treated in a single, impervious polymer, and then they would be treated with a chemical to open up pores to the exact specifications needed. Two more years of perfecting the formula ensued. By 2008, Florikan had two new patents, one for SNR fertilizer and another for the polymer coating. Growers use far less of Florikan’s SNR fertilizer and much less often. This lowers their cost for both fertilizer and labor and greatly reduces the harmful environmental impact of nutrient run-off, as well. Where does space fit in the equation? NASA has been experimenting with growing food aboard the ISS as part of its Veggie project. Long duration missions in the future will necessitate the ability to grow food in space and perhaps someday on another planet. In 2015, ISS astronauts successfully grew and ate red romaine lettuce which was fertilized using Florikan’s

controlled-release fertilizer. Rosenthal pointed out that, “NASA’s expertise helped us advance our development by years. We were happy to pay it back.” Much research remains to be done to determine the most efficient way to grow food under the challenging conditions of space or within a habitat on another world, but Florikan has made the day-to-day work of “farming” in space much less complicated. We often hear of NASA technology, through its spin-offs, making life easier here on Earth. Big shifts in technology in the private sector, such as Florikan’s SNR fertilizer, will create even more “spinins” for NASA, which just might have the potential of changing the course of history for future space exploration. Going forward SATOP Program Director Bob Payne stated, “The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, which administers the SATOP program, feels very fortunate to be able to participate in this state grant that provides SATOP the opportunity to help small businesses solve their technical challenges. “We’re hopeful that in the future the state will increase funding for the program so that more small businesses will be given the opportunity for success just as with Florikan.” (Editor’s Note: BAHEP expresses appreciation to NASA and its publication, SPINOFF 2017, for information used to compose this article.)

Astronaut William McArthur retires after long NASA career


fter almost three decades of service to NASA, veteran astronaut William McArthur has retired from NASA. His last day with the agency was June 24. “We will greatly miss Bill’s excellent leadership at NASA, and we’ve been the fortunate recipient of his many years of dedicated service to America’s space agency,” said Dr. Ellen Ochoa, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “Bill and I were part of the same astronaut class in 1990. He brought the same enthusiasm he had for his flying career, along with his expertise as a crew member, to his recent positions as director of our safety and mission assurance office and manager of the space shuttle safety and mission assurance office. I wish him all the best as he embarks on the next phase of his life.” McArthur began his career in the U.S. Army in 1973. He was assigned to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 1987, after graduating from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and being designated an experimental test pilot. He spent three years as a space shuttle vehicle integration test engineer, testing the flight control system for each orbiter before being selected as an astronaut. As an astronaut, McArthur logged 224 days and 22 hours in space during three space shuttle missions and one long-duration stay at the International Space Station. He made his first flight on board space shuttle Columbia, as part of the STS-58 crew in 1993. It was the second Spacelab Life Sciences mission, and McArthur and his crewmates collected more than 650 biological samples from themselves and rodents for 14 different experiments. McArthur then flew on space shuttle Atlantis for his second mission, STS-74, in 1995. The mission was the second to dock to the Russian Space Station Mir, and delivered a permanent docking module, making future space shuttle dockings safer.


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McArthur made his first visit to the International Space Station in 2000, as part of space shuttle Discovery’s STS-92 mission. He conducted two spacewalks, and with his crewmates delivered a truss segment and a pressurized mating adapter to the space station, preparing it for its first residents. McArthur himself became a sixmonth resident of the space station on his final mission, Expedition 12, in 2005 and 2006. McArthur served as commander and science officer for the crew, and conducted two more spacewalks, including the only spacewalk ever conducted in NASA’s Extravehicular Mobility Unit without the aid of additional crew members inside the spacecraft. His total time spent spacewalking is 24 hours and 21 minutes. Following his expedition, McArthur went on to manage the Space Shuttle Safety and Mission Assurance Office, then the Space Shuttle Orbiter Project. Since 2011, he has been the director of Johnson’s Safety and Mission Assurance directorate. McArthur was born in in Laurinburg, N.C., and holds a B.S. in Applied Science and Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, in West Point, N.Y., and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He began his retirement as serving as king of the 2017 Lunar Rendezvous Festival.

Houston Methodist group expands Into Friendswood

Photos by Mary Alys Cherry


ouston Methodist Primary Care Group has opened a new location in Friendswood to provide the community with convenient access to high quality primary care. The new practice is located at 107 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 101, where it has begun welcoming Friendswood families. “With the Bay Area growing at a tremendous rate, it’s important for us to expand our footprint to continue making the health of this community our priority. Our goal is to make leading medical care more accessible for Friendswood residents,” said Stephen Spielman, president of Houston Methodist Primary Care Group. The three new physicians at the Friendswood location are proudly affiliated with Houston Methodist St. John Hospital, which gives patients more access to a leading network of specialists and continuity of care in the event of hospitalization. Drs. Falanda Limar-Troutman, DO, MS, and Marta Molina, MD, are both board-certified in family medicine and Dr. Hong Le is board-certified in internal medicine. Each doctor specializes in women’s and men’s health, preventive care and wellness, and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses. “This new facility is state-of-the-art and allows us to deliver exceptional care and service that continues to set Houston Methodist apart as a leader in medicine,” said Dr. Limar-Troutman. “The Friendswood location offers an onsite laboratory for patient convenience and will soon host a broad range of specialty care physicians.” Some of the conveniences patients can enjoy at Houston Methodist Primary Care Group include sameday appointments, online scheduling and a fast, secure patient portal for communication with the primary care team. “At Houston Methodist Primary Care Group, we work hard to place families at the center of everything we do,” said Spielman. “Our physicians are among the best in their respective fields and each provides a unique brand of expertise met with both commitment and compassion.” In addition to the new practice, the Bay Area is home to 11 family and internal medicine physicians who practice at three other Houston Methodist Primary Care Group locations in Clear Lake, Nassau Bay, and Webster. To find a Houston Methodist Primary Care Group doctor or schedule an appointment, visit houstonmethodist. org/pcg or call 713.394.6638.

Webster crowd takes journey to space station By Mary Alys Cherry

L Astronaut Kjell Lindgren and NASA’s Myritha Cleveland, right, visit with Webster economic development specialist Karen Coglianese as they arrive for the Webster Business Alliance luncheon at the Civic Center.

Councilman Larry Millican of League City and his wife, Monica, join the crowd at the Webster Business Alliance.

Annette Falks, left, and Lillie Hammon await the start of the Webster Business Alliance luncheon at the Civic Center.

ittle did those attending the recent Webster Business Alliance luncheon know what a treat awaited them – a journey aboard the International Space Station and drifting through space. Not for real, of course, but those attending almost felt like they were up there with the astronauts. Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, who has quite an illustrious background, made it that real as the crowd finished their Chicken Marsala lunches provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill and leaned back for a listen as he described life 200 miles up and showed videos of what it was like floating around the space station with astronaut Mark Kelly, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui. Their research included work with the “Veggie” lettuce experiment which represented the first time a U.S. crew has eaten a crop grown on orbit. The space station is not an individual accomplishment, he explained, but a partnership. NASA is part of a team of 16 countries that have kept it flying 24/7 in a harsh environment for 16 years, he pointed out, noting that 226 have visited the space station, including 142 Americans. While it only takes 8 and1/2 minutes for a spacecraft to reach low Earth orbit, astronauts must stay in a fetal position between liftoff and arriving at the space station for eight hours. During his 141 days on the space station, Dr. Lindgren participated in many of the 240 different scientific projects, he said, going on to describe how they all do a variety of exercises each day, how they send their trash out to burn up in the atmosphere, how they found ways to have fun and not lose things. “It’s amazing how quick you can lose something on the ISS.” His favorite past time? Taking a few moments to sit and look back at Earth. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said of his space journey, which include two spacewalks. Pointing to the audience, he added, “You all are the economic engine that sustains the space center” where amazing thing are happening as the space community sets its sights first on the moon in the 2020s and then Mars around 2030. Born in Taipai, Taiwan, Dr. Lindgren spent his childhood in England and attended high school in Virginia. After graduating from U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, he went on to earn several master’s degrees and then his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Colorado. He completed residences in emergency medicine in Minneapolis and aerospace medicine at UTMB in Galveston and is board certified in both. He and his wife, Virginia, have three children.

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Joe Machol wins Seabrook election


eabrook held a special election on Saturday, July 29, to fill a vacancy of an unexpired term of more than 12 months for City Council Position No. 6. Joe Machol won with 71 percent (132 votes) over Kim Morrell who had 29 percent (55 votes). Machol has been a resident of Seabrook for 50 years, becoming a Texan when his family moved to Seabrook from Ohio in 1967, and his father opened Acme Cleaning Equipment, a local business he operated through 2010. 
Joe is an active duty Texas State Guardsman, and the owner and tour guide of ETO Tours, a World War II

Angels call out from on high, ‘Bill Bailey, please come home’


t’s been over a month now since the Bay Area lost one of its best loved and most colorful citizens with the death of retired Precinct 8 Constable Bill Bailey, and most are still shaking their heads in disbelief over his untimely death at the age of 78 on July 27. They will always remember his booming voice announcing the Grand Entry at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo …. encouraging the kids in the Calf Scramble and Mutton Bustin’ …. His way with the microphone …. that big, happy smile….


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tour company where he guides clients to European battlefields. Joe is a professional sports official who umpires college baseball, and referees high school and college football. He has been the game clock operator for the NFL for 15 years, and has worked 12 NFL playoff games, 3 NFC championship games, and 2 Super Bowls! He can be found driving his 1944 Willy’s jeep around Seabrook on weekends. He volunteers his time at the Bay Area Veteran’s Memorial, which was established in Seabrook in 2013. He is an avid hunter, and outdoorsman. Joe has 2 sons, a grandson, and granddaughter.

And the jokes. Any event with Bill Bailey as emcee would be a guaranteed success in advance – he was just that funny. Born Milton Odum Stanley, he began his radio career while still in high school in Temple and later decided he liked radio more than college and dropped out of Texas Western before graduating to pursue radio opportunities in El Paso and Round Rock. He became Bill Bailey when he assumed the role of a disc jockey by that name with a country music radio station which used the melody, “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home” as its theme song. The name stuck and he went on to become a prominent disc jockey in Houston and Pasadena and was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. He was first elected constable in 1982 and retired three decades and seven terms later in 2011. Preceded in death by his parents, Verna and Floyd Stanley, his brother, Bobby, and his beloved son, Milton Stanley; he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janis Bailey; three daughters, Rae Sinor, and her husband Keith; Sharon Escareno and husband, Jaime; and Linda Taylor; and a daughter-in-law, Amber Stanley. He may have been he heard the angels on high singing, “Come home, Bill Bailey,” and heeded their call, but it will be a long time before his smile and wonderful sense of humor is forgotten here in Bay Area Houston. -- Mary Alys Cherry

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Photos by Mary Alys Cherry

State Reps. Dennis Paul, left, and Dr. Greg Bonnen are greeted by Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership President Theresa Rodriguez as they arrive at the Marriott South to speak at BayTran’s Legislative Breakfast.

Seabrook Mayor Thom Kolupski, left, talks with Col. Len Waterworth, executive professor at Texas A&M-Galveston, during the BayTran Legislative Breakfast.

BayTran Vice Chairman Bob Robinson, left, updates League City Councilman Larry Millican on his recent trip to the Far East as they await the start of the Legislative Breakfast.

BayTran gets legislative update By Mary Alys Cherry


ayTran members were in for a treat when they held their first breakfast meeting in a number years – a rundown of what was going on in Austin by two area legislators – Rep. Dennis Paul of District 129 and Rep. Greg Bonnen of District 24 during the break between the two sessions. After they were introduced by Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership President Theresa Rodriguez and Treasurer Karen Coglianese, Dr. Bonnen quickly turned to the topic on everyone’s mind, transportation. “Transportation actually came

out quite well with the Legislature dedicating several billion to the Highway Fund,” during what he thought was “a productive but sometimes confusing session.” Also, “TxDOT went through the sunset review without any significant changes,” he said, later adding that while trying to pivot away from debt, the Legislature made a commitment to transportation.” Rep. Paul gave a rundown of some of the Legislature’s work and listed some of the bills that had passed. “We made sure education was fully funded,” he told the crowd at the Hobby Marriott. “We did away with straight ticket voting, provided protection for veterans and widows of first

UHCL Bayou Theatre unveils its 2017-18 musical season By Mary Alys Cherry


H-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theatre launched its 2017-18 season with an Aug.31 Bach and Piazzolla concert by Mercury – the Orchestra Redefined that merged Bach’s precision and Piazzolla’s passion -- much to the delight of the audience. Besides four concerts by Mercury, the theatre will present both blues and bluegrass performances, along with programs saluting Texas artists. Season tickets are available by emailing as are tickets to individual shows ranging in price from $10 to $13 for students and from $18 to $26 for adults. The next Mercury concert, pairing Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 with


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responders, voted to help provide vests for police, and spent an enormous amount of time working of the Houston Pension Fund, making lots of concessions all the way around.” He said they also passed a resolution asking the U.S. to move the African Command here. When asked about help with the proposed Ike Dike or Coastal Spine, he suggested that the public write or call their representatives in Washington. “Any pressure you can put on politicians helps,” both legislators agreed. Port Commissioner John Kennedy, right, chats with Bob Robinson’s grandson, Anthony Robinson, at the BayTran Legislative Breakfast.

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 will be Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. Later, on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m., the Bayou will present the Texas New Music Ensemble, which is dedicated to the performance of contemporary music created by Texas composers and performed by Texas musicians, and will feature duets, trios and quartets, as well as a piece for bass clarinet and computer. Riyaaz Qawwali will represent the diversity of Texas with South Asian music on Friday, Nov, 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Houston-based ensemble hails from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and combines traditional works with poetry of multiple linguistic and religious backgrounds to create a message of oneness. Then on Jan. 11, to start the new year, the six members of the Bumper Jackson will combine Appalachian folk music, New Orleans jazz and Texas swing to create an evening of powerful music. Other events include the unique sound of The Quebe Sisters on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14, Dailey & Vincent offering up bluegrass tunes on Feb. 21, Mercury providing a program on the Italian Baroque Masters April 13, and Brave Combo bringing a Texas flavor to the stage on April 27.

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By Kila Skellenger


ecember 28, 2016, I embarked on an amazing journey, with ten other wildly courageous, curious and excited souls, across the Southern end of India. As a group, we would be returning home on Jan. 14, 2017, changed forever in some way...just how that would look for each one of us, was unknown. According to Sri Aurobindo, an Indian sage, “The individual Self and the universal Self are one; in every world, in every being, in every thing. In every atom is the Divine Presence, and man’s mission is to manifest it.” We were on a Journey Home, and each one of us, had our Own Journey to find, within our individual Self. This journey was organized by Tracie Brace Hatton/Padma Shakti, our teacher and founder of Rasa Yoga School of Yoga and Ayurveda in Webster. Assisting Tracie with this journey was her husband, Dr. Paul Hatton, her friend Dr. Stephen Phillips, from Austin and Indian guide, Mrs. Malar Vizhi, from India. After 22 total hours of flying time, we arrived near the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram, at our first, of many 5-Star Resorts. This city is located at the tip of India and is renowned for its Ayurvedic treatments, both for luxury and healing. We also celebrated the New Year’s Eve festivities here, with a magnificent dinner and show! Of course, all the ladies dressed up in our finest saris, which we bought in town. We traveled via an air-conditioned


bus, with a driver and assistant. Trust me, with the driving…there was never a dull moment. Indian driving is more of a cooperative honking adventure than the competitive sport it is here in the States. While in the towns, we often travelled by rickshaws pulled by

tiny cars or a bicycle, or walked, which allowed us to mingle with the environment and the culture. After Thiruvananthapuram, we headed north to Madurai, Thanjavur, Mahabalipuram and finally to Chennai, where we embarked on another 22 hour flight to Houston. Our days started early in reverent silence with a 2-hour yoga practice, outside, with stunning views of mountain or beach scenes. Every morning was enriched with music and far away chanting from the town. Following a fabulous breakfast, each day we participated in a Satsang, a gathering with our teacher

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discussing a relevant topic. Our days and evenings were full and exciting, and always full of surprises! We shopped, took boat rides down the river, visited some of the most famous Temples in India and we were blessed by many priests. People pilgrimage to this area from all over India, so we were especially fortunate to be in such an auspicious space at the right time. In India, going to temples and living spiritually, is a way of life. We swam in the oceans and the pools and received healing Ayurvedic massages. We ate in Ayurvedic Restaurants and we were given Ayurvedic cooking lessons. “Ayurveda,” is the ancient medical system of India and means the Science of Life. It addresses health and disease from the aspect of cause, rather than just symptoms. It is a holistic approach and can be prescribed for your own body type, or “dosha.” In India, Ayurveda is a way of life. There was plentiful shopping, with Malar guiding us to each town’s specialty, translating, and helping us exchange dollars for rupees. And, when we needed clothing, Malar’s team of seamstresses whipped up new wardrobes for us overnight! We dressed conservatively and were respectful of the Indian culture. Despite leaving our shoes at the door at every temple with literally

and creativity. Many entryways are decorated by beautiful art on the ground, and the handmade floral decorations were ornate and clearly made as an offering to the Divine. On one journey, we were welcomed into homes made from mud and cow dung with thatched roofs and primitive electricity. Chickens, goats and cows meandered outside. Even among the dirt floors and animals, the women wore beautiful bracelets and saris without shoes. They were content, healthy and gracious. Overall, my experience in India can be summed up by one of the 12 landmark-stones of the Matrimandir Temple in Auroville. Its title is “Gratitude” and states simply, “The ego thinks of what it wants and has not. This is its constant preoccupation. The soul is aware of what it is given and lives in endless gratitude.” Now that I am home, I continue to practice and study with my teacher(s) at Rasa Yoga School of Yoga and Ayurveda (www.rasayogaschool. org). It is a studio, community and school like no other. It is a place where judgements are left at the door, as well as our shoes. It has been referred to as “The Harvard of Yoga Schools”. Offering all levels of Asana classes to the public and, for those looking to reduce suffering in their lives, a “Master’s Path” Training Program that leads to certification as

hundreds of others, Malar managed to always keep ours together and not one time were our shoes lost! The weather was very warm and humid and a shower at the end of the day was always welcome! We closed each evening with reverent silence for reflection. Our journey was planned so that we took “The Road Less Traveled.” Avoiding the touristy approach allowed us to really see the culture and their true way of life. We found the people of India to be kind, humble and generous and they were enthusiastic about meeting us. Their way of life is driven by spirituality

a Registered Yoga Teacher or Yoga Therapist. For those not able to attend classes in person, we have a broadcasting system so that everyone can have access to the teachings of Padma Shakti. The community is led with love and principles that correlate to the teachings in my church. Through mercy and compassion, we learn the path to reduce suffering and improve relationships with ourselves and others, and to become closer to The One, The Divine. *NAMASTE*

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Red River: League City’s Restaurant Mecca


hat was once a small BBQ joint is now a restaurant mecca and a League City landmark, and what was one will soon be three. Red River BBQ & Grill was started in 2002 in the old Weaver’s BBQ building. The dynamic brothers Kevin and Ric Kiersh had a passion for cooking and did not have any previous restaurant experience other than brother Ric had a barbecue catering company in College Station after graduating college at Texas A & M. The two brothers parlayed their love of cooking good food, family recipes and business acumen and started Red River BBQ & Grill. They both enjoy working hard and serving only food that they are proud of and would eat themselves. Soon they will be starting a new chapter – Red River Cantina in League City. They believe that hiring talented people is one of the keys to success such as the new Red River Cantina General Manager Jim Molina, who boasts over 20 years restaurant experience with Pappasito’s. “ We knew Jim was extremely talented and could help us get our restaurants to the next level,” stated Kevin Kiersh. Another important ingredient of serving delicious mouthwatering barbecue is that they cook it the old fashion way. They use pits that are 100% wood fired - unlike many BBQ restaurants today that use natural gas or electric heated rotisseries. Red River BBQ cooks their meats throughout the day to maintain the freshness and the demand. The trio believes in using the highest quality meats available. In order to have great tasting sides, they make everything from scratch. “We are known as a scratch kitchen,” stated Kevin

Kiersh. In 2011 they started their second successful location in Katy which Pitmaster Ric Kiersh runs and operates. Red River BBQ & Grill is truly a family business and not a chain. Red River is rather unique. They serve barbecue to their customers in a friendly restaurant style with personal attention and service. Unlike most of the other BBQ chains that serve their food cafeteria style. Kevin Kiersh and his beautiful wife, Danna, have three children, and brother Ric Kiersh and his lovely wife, Julie, have two children. All are excited about launching their newest concept – Red River Cantina – which will go into the present Red River BBQ location. The Red River BBQ Landmark will go into their new beautifully designed and constructed Authentic Texas Country building. It is located directly behind the present location. The new restaurant is scheduled to open in mid-September of this year where upon the Red River Cantina construction and remodeling will begin at that time. Its planned opening is the spring/summer of 2018.



Clear Lake Style Show Sept. 7. Bay Oaks Women’s Association members will host their annual fall fashion show luncheon Thursday, Sept. 7 at Bay Oaks Country Club, Clear Lake. Panhellenic tea Sept. 10. Clear Lake Panhellenic will host its annual Fall Friendship Tea Sunday, Sept. 10 at the home of Melody Seaby, 1823 Peach Brook Court. Town Hall Sept. 14. Houston Councilman Dave Martin will host a Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in Space Center Houston’s Destiny Theatre. Welcome Neighbors Sept. 21. Bay Area Welcome Neighbors Club, a nonprofit social organization for women, will meet Thursday, Sept 21, at Bay Oaks Country Club for its monthly luncheon and program. The club, established in1978 to welcome newcomers, offers interest groups for members such as Bridge, Bunco, Dining Divas, Book Club, and Movies, etc. For reservations, contact Nancy Guthrie -- call 281.333.3055. Chamber luncheon Sept. 27. The Clear Lake Area Chamber will feature a legislative update by State Sen. Larry Taylor and State Reps. Dennis Paul and Dr. Greg Bonnen at its Wednesday, Sept. 27 luncheon, from 11:30 to 1, at Landry’s on the Kemah Boardwalk. For reservations, call the chamber, 281-488-7676. BAGS meets Sept. 29. Bay Area Genealogical Society will meet Friday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Irene Walters from the Clayton Genealogical Library discuss French ancestry in the University Baptist Church chapel, 16106 Middlebrook Drive. For more information, visit or call Kim Zrubek at 281-992-2636. The public is invited and admission is free for first time guests.

Dickinson Ballet kickoff party Sept. 14. The Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre will host its annual Kickoff Party at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, at its new rehearsal studio, 2350-D Dickinson Ave.


At Harbour Playhouse. The comedy, The Dixie Swim Club, is now playing at the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 Highway 3, through Sept. 17 with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sundays with The Crucifer of Blood opening Sept. 29. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 281-337-7469 or email www.

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Garden Club kickoff Sept. 12. The Nassau Bay Garden Club will open its season Tuesday, Sept. 12 with Mayor Mark Denman and City Manager Jason Reynolds presenting “Everything You Want to Know About Nassau Bay,” starting at 9:30 a.m. in City Council chambers at the Nassau Bay City Hall.

Craft Beer Festival Sept. 23. Sample hand-crafted beers and enjoy some Texas flair at the Craft Beer Festival Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Kemah Boardwalk. Buy tickets at Chamber luncheon Sept. 27. The Clear Lake Area Chamber will feature a legislative update by State Sen. Larry Taylor and State Reps. Dennis Paul and Dr. Greg Bonnen at its Wednesday, Sept. 27 luncheon, from 11:30 to 1, at Landry’s on the Kemah Boardwalk. For reservations, call the chamber, 281-488-7676.

La Porte Anchor Point Gala Sept. 7. The annual Celebrating Hope Gala, benefitting Anchor Point and chaired by State Rep. Dr. Greg Bonnen and his wife, Kim, will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. at Sylvan Beach Pavilion at 1 Sylvan Beach Drive.

League City Legislative Breakfast Sept. 7. League City Regional Chamber will host a Legislative Breakfast featuring State Sen. Larry Taylor, State Reps. Dennis Paul, Wayne Faircloth, and Dr. Greg Bonnen and Jeb Webb from Rep. Randy Weber’s office at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center, 400 W. Walker, at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Tickets for members are $15 and $20 for non members. For reservations, call 281338-7339 Garden Walk Sept. 23. The League City Garden Club will host its 7th Annual Garden Walk, “Under the Majestic Oaks,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets are $15. For information, visit the club’s website, www.

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Comedy opens Sept. 8. The Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, will open its season on Friday, Sept. 8 with the comedy Calendar Girls, which continues through Sept. 24 with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. To buy tickets, which are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, call 281-335-5228. Season tickets also are now available.

Symphony League Sept. 13. Jazz trumpeter Sparky Koerner will perform when the Houston Symphony League Bay Area opens its season Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pops concert Sept. 15. The Clear Lake Symphony will open is 42nd season with its Fall Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road. Tickets for the concert and season tickets are available at Eye Trends 515 Bay Area Blvd #300. Or call 281-488-0066. Film Festival Sept. 29. The 19th Annual Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30, with film screenings at the Nassau Bay Hilton and the Saturday night Gala and Awards Banquet at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook.

Pasadena Chamber luncheon Sept. 14. The Pasadena Chamber will hold its membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at San Jacinto College’s South Campus, 13735 Beamer Road, Houston. To register, call 281-487-7871 or email suzette@ Industry Forum Sept. 20. The twoday Gulf Coast Industry Forum, hosted by the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, opens at noon,

Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Pasadena Convention Center. At the Little Theatre. The drama, On the Verge, is now playing at the Pasadena Little Theatre and continues weekends through Sept. 10 with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults (in advance) but $18 at the door and $12 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 713-9411758 or reserve on line at www.

Pearland Chamber luncheon Sept. 21. The Pearland Chamber will hold its monthly membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Hilton Garden Inn, 12101 Shadow Creek Parkway, with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as guest speaker. For reservations, call 281- 485-3634.

Seabrook Kids Fish Sept. 9. The 2017 Seabrook Kids Fish will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Pine Gully Park. Only children in kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible to participate in this free community event. The first 100 participants will receive a Kids Fish T-shirt. Museum shower Sept. 26. Bay Area Museum Guild will hold its annual museum shower and annual kickoff at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the museum in Clear Lake Park. Oyster Bay Fest Oct. 19 Gulf Coast Mariner and Bay Area Houston Magazine will host a champagne and oyster party at Water’s Edge on Clear Lake. Tickets are $25, make your reservation by calling 281-474-5875

Texas City COM season opens Sept. 7. College of the Mainland’s Community Theatre at 1200 Amburn Road will open its season with the drama, Talley’s Folly, which plays Sept. 7-24 with curtains at 8 p.m. ThursdaysSaturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets, which range in price from $11 to $23 – with discounts for seniors and students -- may be reserved by calling 1-888-258-8859, ext. 8345.

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