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• Rejuvenation & Wellness • Private Schools & Learning Centers • Seen on the Scene


Two Convenient Locations

OakBend Medical Center is proud to offer our award winning patient services at two convenient locations. Like our Jackson Street campus, our second full-service acute care hospital at Highway 59 and Williams Way Boulevard offers a wide range of first-class patient services in a caring and compassionate environment.

OakBend Medical Center wishes you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

If you’re looking for award winning patient care, contact us today. 1705 Jackson Street, Richmond, TX 77469 Phone: (281) 341-3000 22003 Southwest Freeway, Richmond, TX 77469 (At US Highway 59 and Williams Way Blvd.) Phone: (281) 341-2000

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features 49 Sugar Land Shapes Up Residents join together in adopting healthy habits as a part of an initiative to become – and maintain – the title of Texas’ “Fittest City.”

50 Rejuvenation & Wellness Fort Bend’s finest rejuvenation and wellness spas and clinics offer you choices on how to achieve your New Year, New You goal for 2010.

62 Private Schools & Learning Centers You will find the best and the brightest in private schools and learning centers in Fort Bend. Read through our special section and discover which one would be the most beneficial for your child’s needs.

73 The Rosa Brothers Play Ball Meet two brothers from Fort Bend, who after years of perseverance, turned their childhood dream into reality. Pictured are the Rosa brothers with Steve Young, former NFL Quarterback.

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COVER STORY 13 Real Weddings


The New Year means a new beginning for most, but it is especially meaningful to twelve newlywed couples from Fort Bend featured in this section. Gaze through the photo albums, get all the details and the next time you see these couples around the community, make sure to congratulate them!

21 Fort Bend Headliners 38 Focus on Finance 40 Focus on Health 42 High School Hot Shot 46 Community Calendar 48 Focus Cares 60 Fort Bend New Neighbor 72 Focus Film Review 74 Seen on the Scene 82 Focus Scrapbook 83 Business Buzz 85 Focus Photo Winner 86 Medical Focus 89 Fort Bend Kids Chalkboard 90 Focus Favorites - NEW!!! 93 Focus on Flavor Dining Guide 96 Living the Sweet Life

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Dear Fort Bend Friends, Happy New Year and Hello 2011!! What an exciting time of year – a time of new beginnings and rejuvenation. Each January, we love to bring you a special issue celebrating just that – new beginnings and rejuvenation. With our special Real Weddings, we celebrate couples embarking on new adventures in their lives, we take a peek at the details of their special day, and most importantly, we rejoice with them. The New Year also brings a New You, and Fort Bend Focus has several spas, doctors, and wellness centers to help you renew and regroup for the New Year. The little ones in your life have new adventures to look forward to as well, and with our Private Schools and Learning Centers advertising section, we help you take a look at the many options available in caring for – and educating – your children. Many of these schools and learning center facilities are hosting open houses this month so you and your family can preview what they have to offer. Now, I must reflect back on all the galas, the holidays, and the football season. We attended many galas and special events, and have published our ever popular Seen on the Scenes for you to enjoy. I was able to attend the 15th anniversary of the Ballet Forte Nutcracker performance and let me tell you, it was exceptional. The talent we have right here in Fort Bend County is truly amazing, and I encourage you to support the Ballet Forte throughout the year.

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TOLL FREE 1-888-430-7469 Happy New Year from your Focus Magazines Family! (Standing): Grace Belleza, Dena Perry, Mimi Quinn, Patti Parish-Kaminski, Norma Loredo, Elizabeth Pace, Shanna Sanders and April Lambert. (Seated): Michael Fredrickson, Lisa Fredrickson and Jessica Kij.

Direct mailed to subscribers and high value homes in Sugar Land, Richmond, Katy, Missouri City and Fulshear and picked up at demand distribution locations throughout Fort Bend. Single copy $2.95 PUBLISherS Michael Fredrickson Lisa Fredrickson MANAGING eDItor Patti Parish-Kaminski

And by the way, you may know Papa La Rosa Flying Pizza, but did you know the La Rosa brothers are Texans’ ball boys? Read all about their adventure on page 73. You’ll be glad you did. Stay focused for the New Year, and we will see you around the bend!

Lisa & Michael Fredrickson

SeNIor ACCoUNt eXeCUtIve Jessica Kij ACCoUNt eXeCUtIveS Dena Perry April Lambert Shanna Sanders oFFICe MANAGer Norma Loredo CoNtrIBUtorS Linda Eaves Will Hardee Don Maines Alisa Murray Nick Nicholson Dr. Peter Osborne Melinda Wood Art DIreCtor Grace Belleza

READERS FEEDBACK Lisa, You hit it right on the money choosing Mike Flory as Focus Magazine’s Man of the Year. He is such a giving individual. On a personal note, he singlehandedly helped keep “Santa” alive in my household years ago. He personally came to my house when my then little boy, Jamie, questioned if there was really a Santa. What an impression that made to Jamie. Thanks to Mike, Jamie believed in Santa a while longer which brought tears to my eyes. In Mike Flory, Fort Bend has real treasure. Happy Holidays – Feliz Navidad, Minerva Perez Lisa, We were thrilled to open the recent Fort Bend Focus and see our upcoming event publicized. Our grant recipients are so touched when they are awarded a grant and it starts with the publicity of the event. THANK YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! Judi Marchand

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Lisa, I’ve been out of town so am just now able to let you know how much I enjoyed the JEWELS luncheon last week. Joy Dowell did a fantastic job in coordinating the fashion show. The models had so much fun! The food was delicious too! Thank you for hosting this event for the community. Celia Olson Dear Patti, Working with you on the “JEWELS of Fort Bend” event was such a wonderful experience. You were always so pleasant, always smiling, and so helpful, as well as having a great personality. I received so many compliments on the article in Focus Magazine, for which you get all the credit. You certainly have a way with words. Thank you so much. Fondly, Carolyn Banfield

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If you or your children have recently married and you would like to enter for a chance to be featured in our next Real Weddings, all you need is at least ten high-resolution photos of the ceremony and/or reception. It doesn’t matter where the wedding took place, as long as it was in the last year and you or your parent/s reside in Fort Bend. Fill out the “Wedding Form” at our website and email photos to Photographers are also welcome to submit photos.

Eric & Tameisha Browne February 14, 2009

Obiora & Linda Moghalu October 10, 2009

Taylor & Renata Smith November 14, 2009

Jesse & Veronica Rivera March 20, 2010

Ryan & Kristen Baudoin April 10, 2010

Nathalie Mulhern, Bride, and Alexander John Wagner, Groom. Photo by Tony Ku Photography.

Nathalie & Alexander Wagner May 22, 2010

Ryan & Hillary Watson June 12, 2010

Chad & Carly Bradshaw July 4, 2010

Michael & Meggan Allen July 25, 2010

Justin & Emily Liska July 31, 2010

Paul & Susan Owensby September 4, 2010

Alberto & Lisa Salceda October 2, 2010

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Eric & Tameisha Browne February 14, 2009 Photography By Chappell Photography


Bride’s Full Name: Tameisha Mylea Beal Groom’s Full Name: Eric Lennox Browne Ceremony Site: Rosemary’s Garden Reception Site: Kingz Banquet Hall Videography: Dream Digital Video Wedding Planner: VMS Events – Vernell Sanders Officiant: Reverend Thiron Lynch Gown: David’s Bridal Veil: Illusions Bridal Shoes: Touch Ups Hair: Ms. Tomeco Haynes Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal Formalwear: The Men’s Warehouse Flowers: VMS Events Catering: Bliss Flavors Catering Cake: Mrs. Milisha Dunigan Music: DJ Kenny Favors: King and Queen of Hearts Porcelian Bookmarks Transportation: Mike’s Transportation Services Accommodations: The Mariott Honeymoon: Cozumel & U.S. Virgin Islands

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Obiora & Linda Moghalu October 10, 2009 Photography by Velasquez Photography


Bride’s Full Name: Linda Nwosu Groom’s Full Name: Obiora Moghalu Ceremony Site: First United Methodist Church Reception Site: Arab American Cultural Center Rehearsal Dinner Site: Preet Pavillion Videography: DVD Action Wedding Planner: Linda Moghalu Officiant: Pastor CY Gown: Maggie Soterro Makeup: By Brandi Bridesmaid Dresses: Alexia Designs Formalwear: Al’s Formal Wear Invitations: Al’s Formal Wear Flowers: Sarah’s Florist & Affordable Affairs Catering: Mama Tunde Catering Cake: Bobies Cake Creations Music: DJ Alex Transportation: Touch of Class Accommodations: Crown Plaza Honeymoon: South Africa

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Sugar Land Vein Specialists The practice is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of venous insufficiency that can cause painful visible varicose veins, leg swelling and even venous stasis ulcers. We are the vein clinic of choice in Fort Bend County. We dedicate 30 to 45 minutes during the first visit, which includes a detailed interview, physical examination and an ultrasound. Our goal is to make every patient feel comfortable and safe, allowing plenty of time for questions. When compared to large practices with multiple physicians, there is no need to reintroduce yourself to the doctor on call as you will always be taken care of by the same physician. Dr. Charles A. Murphy, Sr. Pastor

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Photography by Erin Anderson Photography

Taylor & Renata Smith November 14, 2009 Photography by Erin Anderson Photography


Bride’s Full Name: Renata Lidia Santoro Groom’s Full Name: Taylor Walker Smith Ceremony Site: Ashton Gardens Rehearsal Dinner Site: Vincent’s Officiant: David Daniels Gown: David’s Bridal Couture Veil: Handmade by Mother of the Bride Shoes: Jessica Simpson Blue Pumps Jewelry: Groom’s Mother’s Pearls Hair: Strands Salon Makeup: Mary Kay Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal Formalwear: Al’s Formal Wear Flowers: Fresh Blooms of Houston Catering: Ashton Gardens Cake: Cakes by Gina Music: DJs Unlimited Favors: Boxes of Hugs and Kisses Transportation: Town Car Company Accommodations: Hyatt Galleria Honeymoon: U.S. & British Virgin Islands

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Photography by Jerry B. Smirh Photography

Jesse & Veronica Rivera March 20, 2010 Photography by Jerry B. Smith Photography


Bride’s Full Name: Veronica Elizabeth Verdin Groom’s Full Name: Jesse Bernard Rivera Jr. Ceremony & Reception Site: Safari Texas Ranch Rehearsal Dinner Site: Brookstreet BBQ Videography: Blue Star Video Officiant: Deacon Villanueva Gown: Alfred Angelo Veil: Michaels Shoes: Parvani Vida Jewelry: Zales, Patricia A. Verdin & Dolores Pedraza Hair & Makeup: Your Beautiful Face Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston Formalwear: Al’s Formal Wear Invitations: Patricia Verdin - Sister of the Bride Flowers: Susan’s Flowers Catering: Safari Texas Ranch Cake: Sweet Tooth Music: DJ Tino Quezada Transportation: Town Car Accommodations: The Magnolia Hotel Honeymoon: Amsterdam, Brugge, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid & Seville

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HEADLINERS Send your “Fort Bend Headliners” via e-mail to Be sure to send only “high resolution” digital pictures as an “attached” jpg. Make sure your camera is set to “fine” or “high” in the setup screen. Digital pictures that have not been previously published are preferred. Please do not embed jpg in any page or layout program. Articles are subject for editing and space availability.

J Loggins Jewelers introduces THEIR Diamond Source Division, wholesale to the public,

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Music Magic Spring class having fun.

The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas’ Music Magic Strikes a Chord with 6 and 7 Year Old Boys Six and seven year olds can take a magical journey through music! Music Magic, an enrichment program, is for six and seven year old boys who like music and singing and want to learn more! The eight-week program brings music alive for the boys through the use of movement, singing, musical games, and other childcentered activities. Boys develop better large muscle coordination, pitch matching, increased focus, rhythm awareness and musicianship. Because this class is so much fun for the boys, they will learn quite a bit and make new friends as well! Music Magic will continue its 14th season on Tuesday evenings at the First United Methodist Church of Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. beginning January 18th and ending March 8th. The cost for the course is only $80.00 and no auditions are required for this class. Boys will receive a free Music Magic T-shirt after classes start. Classes are limited in size, so please call the choir office at (281) 2403800 to pre-register or Headliners continued on page 23

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Top row: Bouche Mickey, Sugar Land Rotary President; Jennipher Cole, Santa’s Exchange Committee Chair; Jake Messinger, Sugar Land Exchange Club member; and Armando Saenz, IT Physician Liaison at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Bottom Row: Marcia Barham, Physician Liaison at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital; Kaelyn Stolhand, Marketing Coordinator at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and member of Sugar Land Exchange Club; Amy Mitchell, Sugar Land Exchange Club President; Leena Taneja, Director of Physician Relations and Marketing and Amy Saenz, Physician Liaison at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Free Flu Shots and Community Toy Drive a Success Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, in collaboration with Sugar Land Exchange Club, Sugar Land Rotary and the Fort Bend Exchange Club, provided free flu shots to community members who participated in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend residents graciously brought new, unwrapped toys or clothing items to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in exchange for a flu shot. The toys and clothing will benefit local children in the Fort Bend area during this holiday season. Organizers of Santa’s Gift Exchange 2010 are anticipating an increase of qualifying families due to recent economic downturns. Santa’s Gift Exchange will provide toys and clothing to more than 3,500 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. “A special thank you to the 300 plus people who attended the free flu shot and Santa’s Exchange event, as more children will now get the present they deserve,” said Kaelyn Stolhand, Marketing Coordinator at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. For more information on Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit www. or call 281-2747500 for a physician referral.

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Thyroid Disease – Can Gluten and Vitamin Deficiency Be to Blame? Thyroid Disease and Dysfunction Classic signs of thyroid hormone deficiency include fatigue, memory loss, cold hands and feet, muscle and joint pain, depression, high cholesterol, and constipation. Over the past several years, I have seen a large influx of patients that had been placed on thyroid hormones to treat the above symptoms. The problem with this approach is that it doesn’t actually address why the body is not making enough thyroid hormone in the first place. What you should know about Thyroid Hormone Production: Thyroid hormone production is under the influence of a chemical called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). TSH is made by the pituitary gland. When circulating levels of thyroxine (T-4) are low, TSH sends a message to your thyroid gland to start producing more T-4. The building blocks your body uses to make T-4 come from food constituents that we obtain from the diet (tyrosine – an amino acid from protein and certain minerals – iodine, zinc, etc). Once your body makes T-4, it must be activated by other nutrients (vitamins and minerals) into something known as T-31. T-3 is the active form of thyroid hormone that works to increase the body’s metabolism. However, certain nutrient deficiencies and stress can lead to a reduction in T-3 and instead the production of Reverse T-3. This form of T-3 is not as effective and leads to symptoms of hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, Reverse T-3 is cannot be distinguished from T-3 in traditional thyroid lab reports and this is a common oversight by many

physicians. Once T-3 is made it will attach to the nucleus inside your cells and increase the body’s metabolism appropriately. Once again, however, certain nutrient deficiencies can decrease the responsiveness of our body’s cells to T-3, causing symptoms of hypothyroidism. For these reasons lab reports commonly performed by physicians that look at TSH, T-4, and T-3, can be misleading. A simplified diagram of thyroid hormone production is listed below: TSH Stimulates the thyroid gland to make T-4 T-4 Converts to either T-3 or Reverse T-3 (RT3) RT3 is inactive. Normal T-3 attaches to the cell nucleus Once attachment of T-3 occurs the body’s metabolism increases Gluten Sensitivity and Thyroid Dysfunction Gluten sensitivity is a common cause of thyroid dysfunction. Gluten exposure can trigger an autoimmune reaction (Hashimoto’s disease) that disrupts normal thyroid hormone production. (For more on this visit and visit the Glutenology tab. There are also many other environmental factors that can effect thyroid hormone production. Oral contraceptives and estrogen containing medications have been shown to reduce the conversion of T4 to T33. Many herbicides and pesticides contain estrogen mimicking compounds known to effect thyroid hormone production. Soy foods and sodas can cause a reduction in thyroid hormone. Certain food allergies and sele-

nium deficiency are linked to autoimmune thyroid dysfunction3,4. Heavy metal exposure through air, water, dental fillings etc. have been linked to poor thyroid function. Remember that thyroid disease is never just as simple as taking a medication whether it is bio-identical or not. Thyroid dysfunction has a cause. An astute physician will take an active roll in care and seek to perform a comprehensive exam and laboratory work up that will identify the cause. Keep in mind that your body has the ability to make its own thyroid hormone providing that all the essential nutrients necessary are present in the diet or through supplementation, providing that the environment is conducive to the expression of good health, and providing that the individual is properly educated in the care of his/her body. Many patients that come to me initially are taking some form of thyroid medication. Many were instructed that the medication was a life long necessity. And in many it is very common that the medication becomes unnecessary. Moncayo R, et al. The role of selenium, vitamin C, and zinc in benign thyroid diseases and of selenium in malignant thyroid diseases: Low selenium levels are found in subacute and silent thyroiditis and in papillary and follicular carcinoma. BMC Endocr Disord. 2008 Jan 25;8:2. 2. Pansini F, et al. Effect of the hormonal contraception on serum reverse triiodothyronine levels. Gynecol Obstet Invest 1987;23:133. 3. Mazokopakis EE, et al. Effects of 12 months treatment with L-selenomethionine on serum anti-TPO Levels in Patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Thyroid 2007 Jul;17(7):609-12. 4. Negro R, et al. The influence of selenium supplementation on postpartum thyroid status in pregnant women with thyroid peroxidase autoantibodies. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2007 Apr;92(4):1263-8. Epub 2007 Feb 6.



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Riverstone Donates More Than $12,000 to Two Fort Bend Charities Just in time for the holidays, Riverstone donated more than $12,000 to two Fort Bend organizations, the proceeds from acclaimed artist Tracy Lee Stum’s 3-D art installation in the community. Thousands toured the work, which Stum created in a multi-million-dollar estate home by Sterling Classic Homes in Riverstone during October. Thanks to the success of the event, Riverstone gave a check for $7,580 to Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels and a second check for $5,055 to the Fort Bend Junior Service League. Stum took several days to complete the artwork in Riverstone, which remained on display through mid-October. As part of the event, Riverstone hosted “Artful Living with Neiman Marcus,” a sold-out gathering that mixed fashion by the venerable retailer and art by Stum and Bennie Flores Ansell, who uses images of high heels hand-cut from transparency film to create fantastic “butterfly” installations. A release of live butterflies celebrated the artwork and added a touch of wonder to the evening. Tracy Lee Stum, the Guinness World Record holder for the largest street painting by an individual, has created 3-D images around the world. Her visit to Riverstone was part of The Grand Soiree, a collection of stylish events. For information and photos from the event, see www. and RiverstoneCommunity.

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empner High School student Taylor Love has been swimming competitively since she was a little girl. Now in her senior year, Taylor is looking forward to her last season. “I’ve actually been swimming since I was six years old on a neighborhood team. I decided to try it out and fell in love with it,” Taylor said. “I love the swim team at the Kempner. I’ve put my four years in with my team. We’re like a family.” For Taylor, the camaraderie she has formed with her teammates and coaches is a large part of what makes swimming one of her favorite school activities. “My coaches are absolutely amazing. No matter how hard practice gets, we all end up smiling and laughing,” Taylor shared. “Our team spends so much time together. Unlike other sports, swim meets are on Saturday, and they are all day events. Because

we’re always together, we’re forced to like each other, but we end up loving each other.” In addition to the relationships she has formed through swimming, Taylor has racked up many honors and accolades with her team including a big win last season, which she says is one of her proudest moments in high school. “Last year at district finals, we had to get second place in the 400-meter freestyle relay to beat out another high school to get second place at the meet,” she said. “We went out there, and we all dropped time. It was exciting to know that we had that much pressure on us, and we made it happen.” Though much of Taylor’s high school career does center around swimming, Taylor does spend time outside of pool as well. She’s a member of National Honor Society and the mayor’s youth council. Through her involvement with Peer Assisted Leadership (PALS), Taylor also gives back to the Sugar Land community and loves the feeling helping out gives her. “In PALS, we’re told to forget what’s going on in our personal life,” Taylor said. “It’s so easy to forget your problems because the kids get so excited to see you. It’s such a good feeling to know you are wanted and that you can help someone that much.”

When asked how she balances all of her activities, a part-time job and her personal life, Taylor jokes by crediting “lack of sleep,” but quickly added that her coaches, boss and parents work with her to fit everything in. She went on to say, “When you truly want to do something, you find time to do it.” In her spare time, Taylor spends a lot of time with her family. “We’re a very active family. It’s not uncommon to find us across town at a football game or drag racing. We’re all over the place.” She’s also keeping up a family tradition by deciding to attend Texas Tech University next fall. “My uncle played football in the ’80s, so my family has always been Red Raider fans,” she said. “My first visit just felt like home.” Because of her love of sports, Taylor plans to major in sports and exercise sciences in hopes to have a career as a physical therapist. ★

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Fort Bend Corps Steel Toe & Stilettos Ball Slated for February 11th The Fort Bend CORPS, a 501 c (3) nonprofit corporation, was established in 1999 and has completed home repairs on over 1100 homes within Fort Bend. All repairs are provided free of charge with no obligation. This assistance is made possible by grants, monetary donations, in-kind donations, as well as the unselfish and tireless work of hundreds of volunteers. The need for this program is great; there is currently a six month long waiting list of important and worthwhile projects. On Friday, February 11th, 2011, at the Safari Texas Ranch, the Fort Bend CORPS will be holding its Steel Toe & Stilettos Ball to raise funds for their organization. The Austin based band “Groove Knights” will perform. Wonderful items will be available on the bid board as well as a raffle. This year, the CORPS is honored to have Mrs. Kay Slack-Beard as its honorary chair. Kay has been a tireless volunteer for the CORPS for several years and recently took charge of a project with the CORPS to build a cottage for an underprivileged family in Fort Bend County. Kay worked with the Dulles High School PALS Program to make this project a reality. Kay states the following when asked about her passion to help others, “I have been blessed beyond imagination in my lifetime and it brings me great joy to witness young people being able to experience gratification and caring.” Sponsorship levels are as follows: Three Hearts Level - $10,000 - Includes 2 tables of 10 guests, priority seating, special recognition at event and in program, media coverage. Two Hearts Level - $5,000 - Includes 2 tables of 10 guests, priority seating, special recognition at event and in program, media coverage. Two Hammer Level - $2,500 - Includes 1 table of 10 guests, priority seating, special recognition at event and in program. One Hammer Level - $1,200 - Includes 1 table of 10 guests, priority seating, special recognition at event and in program. Headliners continued on page 58

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All month, visit the First Colony Library to see artist Burton D. Reckles’ glass encapsulated miniatures on display. ALL MONTH GLASS-ENCAPSULATED MINIATURES ON DISPLAY The First Colony Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, will feature an exhibit of glass-encapsulated miniatures in the lobby from the studio of Sugar Land resident Burton D. Reckles. The art pieces include a variety of miniatures encased in bottles, light bulbs, and pocket-watch cases. The collection includes traditional shipsin-bottles, humorous dioramas, whimsical children’s fantasy scenes and more. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For information, call 281-238-2800. 8th SATURDAY, 9 – 11 AM SATURDAY WITH THE MASTER GARDENERS Visit our 4 acres of Demonstration Gardens and talk to the volunteers who design and maintain them. It’s a great way to learn! Park in front of the Agriculture Center located at 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg, 77471. Take one of the sidewalks back to the area behind the building to find the Master Gardeners. Call 281-341-7068 or visit

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10th, 24th, 31st MONDAYS, 6:30 PM FANTASY RE-WIND FILM SERIES The Sienna Branch Library will feature a free ’80s Fantasy Re-Wind Film Series at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. The movie on January 10 is a fantasy story in which a young teenage babysitter inadvertently sends her baby brother into her favorite story book. This movie is rated PG. On January 24, see an award-winning film set in the medieval city of Aquila starring Matthew Broderick. This movie is rated PG-13. On January 31, see a live-motion animation film created by Muppet masters Jim Henson and Franz Oz. This movie is rated PG. Call 281-238-2900.

13th THURSDAY, 7 – 9 PM GARDENING FOR BUTTERFLIES, HUMMINGBIRDS & SONG BIRDS The Fort Bend Master Gardeners will present “Gardens to Attract Butterflies and Birds.” Learn about perennials and annuals to add year-round color to your landscape. The basics of bed preparation and disease control concepts and plants and landscape techniques to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other birds to your yard will be addressed. The seminar will be at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd, Sugar Land. Visit

11th & 18th TUESDAYS, 10 AM LEARN HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY HISTORY Begin your family-history research at the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview. On the 11th, library staff will provide a basic introduction to many of the resources that are available for genealogical research. On the 18th, in “Build Your Family Tree Online,” participants will learn how to create a family-tree website. Participants will need an email account. Reservations are required. To register call 281-341-2608.

15th SATURDAY, 6:30 PM SUGAR LAND CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION’S FOUNDER’S BALL A cast of local celebrities is scheduled to perform at this year’s Founders’ Ball themed ‘Texas Idol - Sugar Land Cultural Arts Style.’ In addition to enjoying entertainment, event-goers can bid for prizes in a live and silent auction. The gala is the Foundation’s most important annual event. The event will be held at Safari Texas and tickets are available for $100 each; a table for 10 is $1,000. Contact 281898-4518 or visit

On Saturday, January 15, enjoy the ‘Texas Idol - Sugar Land Cultural Arts Style’ at the 2011 Founders Ball. Pictured are ‘Texas Idol’ entertainers Ron Reynolds, KK West, David Wallace, Amy Mitchell, Louis Garvin and Dr. Tim Jenney. fort bend

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Magazine 19th WEDNESDAY, 10 AM LEARN HOW TO MAKE A WEBSITE Learn how to design and publish your own website – for free – during an introductory class at the Sienna Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in the computer lab. Reservations are required. Call 281-238-2900. 20th THURSDAY, 7 – 9 PM LEARN HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY GROW CITRUS & FRUIT TREES The Fort Bend Master Gardeners presents “Are you Prepared for those Fruit and Citrus Trees?” given by Tom LeRoy. Learn how to be successful in growing fruit and citrus in your backyard at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center, 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg. Visit 22nd SATURDAY, 2 PM TEDDY BEAR PICNIC FOR CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK The Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, invites area children to bring their teddy bears to a special Teddy Bear picnic and story time. Children and their families will enjoy Teddy Bear stories, songs, and a puppet show. Call 281-238-2900. 23rd – 29th NEWBORNS SPECIAL WELCOME DURING CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK Fort Bend County Libraries will distribute a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library, to newborns in Fort Bend. The bags will be distributed at OakBend Medical Center in Richmond, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital, and the Fort Bend Family Health Center to all children born that week. All FBC babies born during Children’s Book Week are eligible to receive a bag. Call 281-344-3893.

28th FRIDAY, 6 PM 2011 LINCOLN-REAGAN DINNER This year’s event features Karl Rove, Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and Deputy Chief of Staff. The evening includes VIP and general receptions, dinner, patriotic music and a live and silent auction. All proceeds from the event will be used to fund Party activities for the sole purpose of electing Republicans and to growing the Republican Party in this area. Contact Mandi Bronsell at 281-282-7476 or Rick Miller at 281-494-7471. 29th SATURDAY, 10 AM – 2 PM WALK-IN LEGAL CLINIC Fort Bend Lawyers CARE is hosting a Walk-In Legal Clinic for low-income residents of Fort Bend County at the Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond, Texas 77469. Civil legal questions that can be addressed include: Divorce/ Custody/child support, Adult Guardianship, Adoption, Real Estate, landlord/tenant, Credit Issues, and Wills & Probate. To pre-qualify, call 281-239-0015.

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On Saturday, February 5, kids of all ages are invited to join in the fun at the 7th Annual Get Fit- Play Hard Kids Only Fun Run at St. Laurence Religious Education Center. For race entry information, call 281-980-0500 or visit


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Focus CareS Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Volunteer of the Year— Sonny Brasseaux


im Brown, CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, presented Sonny Brasseaux, a long-time resident of Quail Valley, with the “Volunteer of the Year” Award at a luncheon held on Friday, December 10, 2010 at Memorial Herman Sugar Land Hospital. “Sonny has been a loyal and dedicated member of the Volunteer Services Department since joining the Auxiliary in 1989. Serving as a Front Desk volunteer, he is recognized for being conscientious, friendly, respectful and empathetic towards each person he encounters. He is extremely reliable, competent in all of his duties and serves as a great resource to patients, visitors as well as new volunteers at the hospital”, said Jim Brown. “We are so proud to honor Sonny with this special award. He continues to serve as an inspiration to us all.” “Throughout his tenure, in addition to providing the hospital with hundreds of service hours, Sonny has held numer-

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ous positions on our Volunteer Board— serving as the Auxiliary President for four separate terms,” said Cathy Clark, Volunteer Services Director. “Sonny also serves on the Auxiliary’s Scholarship Committee—a responsibility for which he takes great pride and ownership. He looks forward each year to the entire process of reviewing each of the

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applications, interviewing the candidates and introducing the scholarship recipients to the auxiliary membership. He often expresses the great joy and admiration he experiences in having the opportunity to meet the young men and women who he feels worked hard in school and have set high goals for themselves at such a young age.” The hospital auxiliary has been awarding scholarships to graduating seniors of the Fort Bend Independent School District and now the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District for the past 22 years. The scholarships are awarded to young men and women who are planning to pursue a degree in the medical field. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, call 281-7255254 or visit www.memorialhermann. org. For additional volunteer opportunities in Fort Bend County, call Volunteer Fort Bend at 281-340-1919 or visit ★

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hape Up Sugar Land, a 501(c) (3) organization, promotes total wellness by raising awareness and encouraging activities that enable healthier lifestyles. Shape Up Sugar Land will be shaping up Sugar Land with a soon-to-be available website ( that will comprehensively list opportunities for healthy exercise, nutritional intake, stress reduction and overall health and wellness information. Community resources will also include restaurants providing healthy meals and local health events. Holistic Approach to Wellness Shape up Sugar Land has a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses the dimensions developed by the National Wellness Institute: Need According to the World Health Organization, increased physical activity, healthy diet, stress management and avoiding tobacco can help to prevent the majority of chronic diseases, including 80% of heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes and 40% of cancers. Shape Up Sugar Land and the new Mayor’s Fitness Council are local organizations working together to produce wellness outcomes and prevent disease through the promotion of physical activity, stress reduction activities, healthy diets, and specifically a “healthy lifestyle.” History Shape Up Sugar Land was initiated by a group of fitness enthusiasts who wanted to claim the title as “Fittest City” in Texas through the Texas Round-Up, a web-based fitness program. The Texas Round-Up was created in 2004, when Governor Perry launched the Texas Round-Up Fitness Initiative to motivate and encourage Texans to become more active in making healthy choices. The City of Sugar Land did win the title of “Fit City” four years consecutively and Shape Up Sugar Land was established as a 501 C 3 in April 2007.

appointed and began work in May 2010. The Mayor’s Fitness Council’s work was Emotional swift and targeted. Existing community assessments were reviewed and two focus groups were held with residents to explore several program ideas generated by the Spiritual Intellectual Mayor’s Fitness Council. The citizens of Sugar Land strongly supported the need to develop The Mayor’s Fitness Council Wellness as noted through the voices in the focus groups. Results from the groups clearly focused on the need to develop Social Occupational a resource-orientated website to promote fitness activities in Sugar Land in conjunction with a robust communications plan. Physical As a result of the response from the focus groups, in September 2010, the City of Sugar Land accepted $68,000 for Shape Up Sugar Land’s wellness initiatives Phase II of the grant. Joy Dowell, emphasize education and activities that foster Business Development Director for healthier lifestyles. The focus on education is Shape Up Sugar Land, reports that the rooted in the belief that wellness begins with individual decisions. launch of the new website is on target for January 2011 and is pleased to announce community partners: Minute In March 2010, the City of Sugar Land Maid, Memorial Hermann, and Whole was awarded a $12,000 Phase I grant Foods along with the City of Sugar Land. from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Getting people motivated to adopt healthy Physical Fitness. The purpose of the grant habits can be challenging and Shape was to conduct a community assessment Up Sugar Land is ready to support the and submit a proposal to encourage community. For more information on physical activity on a community-wide Shape Up Sugar Land, please contact level. The mechanism for this work was Joy Dowell at the Mayor’s Fitness Council, which was

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Rejuvenation & Wellness A New You for the New Year! Are you suffering from: • Fatigue/ Insomnia • Mood Swings/ Depression • Weight Gain/ Hair Loss • Decreased Libido • Hot Flashes/ Night Sweats These common symptoms, along with a host of many more, are typical with patients that Dr. Shel treats every day. Her mission is to help everyone restore a sense of balance through a customized comprehensive approach. Dr. Shel treats her patients on an individualized basis by utilizing the latest advances along with her integrative medical expertise to provide options such as: hormone testing and treatment with Bio-Identical Hormones, nutritional deficiency testing and medical grade supplementation, food/ environmental allergy testing and treatment with allergy drops, yeast/ gluten intolerance and nutritional meal planning.

Dr. Shel focuses on encompassing several aspects of true health by relying on her “8 Steps to Vitality” so her patients can regain their lives. It’s not uncommon to leave your consultation with a prescription in hand for these 8 steps so you can experience health, happiness and vitality for years to come. Dr. Shel’s 8 Steps to Vitality: I. Extensive History and Examination II. Check & Balance Hormone Levels with Bio-Identical Hormones III. Check & Replace Nutritional Deficiencies IV. Healthy Eating Program V. Allergy Program VI. Fitness/ Weight Loss Program VII. Stress Reduction VIII. Adequate Sleep Contact Dr. Shel’s dedicated team to start your journey towards being the BEST you in the New Year by calling for your COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION TODAY! 281-313-7435, See ad on page 3.

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Rest, Refresh, and Renewal After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, our skin may grow dull and our bodies fatigued. Come into Salon Eben & Day Spa to enter a quiet, low-lit facial room with soft music and enjoy a complimentary essential oil and salt foot scrub and massage on a warm, soft bed before receiving a focused facial with essential oils and warm towels. You will receive an upper body and facial massage from our experienced esthetician and licensed massage therapist in order to guarantee you leave the room with improved skin texture and clarity, looking and feeling rested and refreshed. The dry winter air and harsh climate shifts between warm and cold can leave your body dehydrated, and your skin rough. Come out of the cold and indulge yourself in an exfoliating sugar glow or mud wrap in a warm room with a

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Did you know depression can now be treated with a magnet? With just a 37-minute treatment, individuals with depression can begin a road to recovery. Serenity Center For Depression, under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Cress, now offers an innovative and effective treatment for depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) was FDA approved for treatment of depression in October, 2008. TMS is a safe alternative for those who have not found relief from other anti-depressant therapies or have experienced side effects from these medications. TMS uses a magnet similar in strength to the one used in an MRI. It is placed on the left front portion of the head. The magnet provides a local current that changes the brain function in the area of the brain associated with depression. The pulsed magnetic field stimulates nerve cells within the area of the brain thought to control mood. When these nerve cells are activated they release chemicals (neurotransmitters) that are naturally found in the brain, ie. serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These are the same chemicals provided by antidepressant medications, but with TMS there is not the risk of side effects seen in antidepressants. Individuals stop medication due to side effects such as sexual dysfunction, weight gain, and nausea compared to little to no side effects with TMS. Dramatic improvements have been seen as a result of TMS. After receiving TMS, Shellie stated, “It’s given me a life that I have dreamed of since I was twelve years of age.” Dr. Cress’s patients are experiencing a breakthrough with TMS and finally living a life of joy. TMS was ranked by CNN as one of the top ten health innovations of 2009. We at the Serenity Center are proud to be the first in our area to provide this alternative treatment for depression. Contact Dr. Cress at 281-240-4322 or visit


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The gluten free diet is being used by thousands as a weight loss aid. Unfortunately, many in the medical profession are falsely proclaiming that gluten free diets for weight loss are dangerous and can lead to nutrition deficits. The gluten free diet should not be perceived as the latest weight loss trend. The term trend implicates a transient phenomenon that will pass with the fickle notions of the media. A gluten free diet can be very helpful for weight loss. Think about it. If we want to fatten up cows, pigs, chickens, or other farm animals, what do we feed them? GRAIN. Look at the obesity trend in the U.S. It is most definitely on the rise. This increase parallels an increase in grain based foods in being used as staple foods in the U.S. Diet.

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A common day of eating for most Americans is grain loaded: Breakfast – cereal (with milk from animals fed grain), bagels, toast, donuts, granola bars, etc. Lunch & Dinner – Sandwich, pizza, spaghetti or pasta, rolls, rice, & corn. Desert – Cake, cookies, ice cream (from cows fed grain based diets). Are you fat or overweight? Excessive grain causes obesity in animals and in humans. Excessive grain causes inflammation and contributes to a host of different chronic degenerative diseases. Do you fit these categories? If so, it is time to look at gluten as a potential culprit. All that being said, can a gluten free diet be used to lose weight? Absolutely! See ad on page 40.

New Years often prompts people to make all kinds of resolutions for selfimprovement. From weight loss to smoking cessation, exercising more to eating healthier, people make all kinds of promises to themselves which usually get forgotten by spring. A very common example is the number of gym memberships that are sold right after the New Year. However, the number of patrons using the gym typically dwindles significantly as Spring Break approaches. This year, instead of making yourself empty promises, why not give yourself the gift to improve something you always wanted to change about yourself? Maybe you want to reward yourself if you have already lost a lot of weight and need to remove stretched-out, excess skin. Or, you may have been born with excessively large breasts and exercise and diet may not be the solution for your chronic shoulder and back pain. Although eating healthily and exercising regularly are the staples of a healthy life for everyone, they alone cannot solve every problem. So before you join a gym and pay for a membership you may not use or begin yet another fad diet, why not see if plastic surgery may be the change for which you are looking this year. Then finally, you can make a resolution to improve something about yourself and actually do it! Julie Beth Yelin, MD 281.232.6700


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Dr. David Powell, a board certified dermatologist, located in Sugar Land, provides medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services. Dr. Powell and his staff are dedicated to providing individualized care to help you feel better about your skin, hair or nails. The practice offers a full range of services including detection, analysis, and treatment of various skin conditions, both medically necessary and cosmetically elected. They are experts in treating all age ranges, from infants and teenagers to adults and elderly. Cosmetically, the practice focuses on proven non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox®, Cosmetic Dermal Fillers, Laser Hair Removal and other Skin Rejuvenating Laser therapies such as Photo Facials and Chemical Peels. Schedule your complimentary consultation with Leigh Smith to discuss which treatments will work best for your concerns and skin type. The practice is located in the Sugar Land Medical Plaza building in the St. Luke’s hospital complex at 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 400, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Call 281-494-0050 H

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Sophia Grace Center for Nutrition, Health, and Spirituality, LLC is owned and operated by Laura Laine, a registered dietitian and spiritual director. Sophia Grace stands for Wisdom and Grace of the Human Body. Although Sophia Grace Center for Nutrition, Health, and Spirituality, LLC has an actual physical location, Sophia Grace Center resides in everybody. Most of us, to a greater or lesser degree, are interested in what we eat, how we look, and how we feel about ourselves. Often this interest is heightened when we come face to face with a health condition of our own or of a family member. When we care lovingly for our body, listening to the natural rhythms, we enjoy a more peaceful, pleasurable, and healthy life. Sophia Grace Center has a simple kitchen setting for people of all ages to come for Medical Nutrition Therapy and Nutrition Counseling. The beautiful grounds also make it a comfortable place for Spiritual Direction. Laura has been a registered dietitian for over 30 years, helping people of all ages to improve their health and manage disease through proper nutrition. She has been a spiritual director for over six years, providing spiritual direction for individuals and groups. Additionally, she has provided numerous presentations and retreats on the topics of nutrition, health, and spirituality. Sophia Grace Center is conveniently located in historical Sugar Land between Hwy 6 and Hwy 90, making it easily accessible to residents of Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, Richmond, Katy, Bellaire, Houston, and surrounding cities.

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New Renderings, Time Line for Minor League Baseball Stadium Sugar Land recently began the process to select a final designbuild contractor for the construction of a minor league baseball stadium northeast of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 59. A final decision is expected in late January. Architectural renderings have been prepared and are available at Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2011 to have the stadium ready for opening day in April 2012. Sugar Land City Council approved on October 5th Lease and Development Agreements with Opening Day Partners, LLC to bring professional minor league baseball to Sugar Land. ODP -- an experienced community-focused operator that emphasizes year-round community events and activities at their stadiums -will own and operate Sugar Land’s baseball team. ODP will be the owner of an Atlantic League expansion team in Sugar Land. The $30 million stadium will be funded with a portion of sales tax revenues that may only be used for economic development purposes. No general fund tax dollars will be spent on the stadium. In addition to the stadium serving as a community amenity, a conservative cost-benefit analysis performed by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International conservatively estimates the project will provide an annual benefit of $7.7 million, or a return of $169 million over 30 years.

7th Annual Get Fit –Play Hard Fun Run Kids of all ages are invited to join in the fun at the 7th Annual Get Fit – Play Hard Kids Only Fun Run and Get Fit Fair, presented by St. Joseph Medical Center, on Saturday, February 5th. This “Kid’s Only” fun run places a strong emphasis on fun and fitness where “Every Kids a Winner” simply by participating. Open to all children, toddlers through 8th grade, the event will start and finish at the St. Laurence Religious Education Center and the races will be run in the Colony Park neighborhood located at the corner of Austin Parkway and Sweetwater Boulevard in Sugar Land. Entry forms will be available beginning January 7th. The early registration fee is $15 and race day registration fee is $18. For a race entry form or more information, call St. Laurence Catholic School at (281) 980-0500 or visit school and click on the link for the Fun Run. fort bend

Fort Bend Education Foundation Sponsors toast the upcoming Gala – Sally Imig, Aetna; Deb Farley, United Healthcare; Don Comer, NALCO; Lina Sabouni, AutoArch Architects; Laura Winters, Gala Co-Chair; Emily Agis-Wahl, BMC Software; Bouche Micky, Sugar Land Rotary Club; Gabriella Cone, Gala Co-Chair; and Michael Siwierka, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins and Mott. Not pictured are, Top Shelf Wine & Spirits, The Day Foundation, and Fred and Mabel Parks Foundation.

A Toast to the Tea Party The 18th annual Fort Bend Education Foundation Gala “A Tea Party in Wonderland,” presented by Aetna, will be held at the Sugar Land Marriott Hotel on February 26, 2011. Join gala co-chairs Gabriella Cone and Laura Winters in a Tea Party toast to the Fort Bend Education Foundation’s continuing efforts to enrich and enhance the quality of education for all Fort Bend ISD students. Our children are the recipients of this excellence and will take what they learn with them in to the future. Let’s support this ongoing effort in a whimsical, whacky and fun way! Go through the looking glass into Alice’s Wonderland and join her for a tea party. Experience a wonderful evening complete with delectable dining, divine music and dancing, and fantastic friends. Journey through a Wonderland filled with exciting live auction items. Bid on a trip to glittering and glamorous New York City to see the sights and do some serious shopping. Venture to Napa Valley to partake of some fine wine and tour the wineries while taking in the glorious surroundings. There’s been a special someone trapsing through Wonderland lately. It’s a puppy, just lapping up the idea of becoming the newest member of your family! Bid on live auction items & bid board items individually or with friends. The evening’s silent auction promises to have irresistible items donated from each school in FBISD. Who knows, you may be bidding against the Mad Hatter! Just as Alice remembered her visit to Wonderland, you will experience an evening to remember. Join us as we toast to the success of the Fort Bend Education Foundation and thank the community for its generous support. For table sponsorship, individual tickets or to donate an item, visit

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Attending a recent planning meeting are front row (left to right) Allison Wen of Safari Texas Ranch, Host Sponsor; board members Jamie Roberts, Sandy Scott, Liz Gerstenberger; Patti Cryer and Martin Weir. Middle row (left to right) are Sandra Campos and Karen McCarter, Board President. Standing (left to right) are Elyce Kahn, Maggie Crow, Marian Wright and Linda Rhodes, Vice President of Corporate Development, American Red Cross. Missing from photo were board members Teri Grimes, Denise Haenel, Jan Leaman and Wendy Cederberg.

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Mark your calendar for the American Heart Association, Fort Bend County division’s annual Wine and Cheese Event scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday, February 25, 2011 at Safari Texas Ranch. A popular Fort Bend County tradition, the event features a live and silent auction. Sponsorships are available by contacting Karen McCarter, 281-341-5078. Tickets are $25 at the door or can be obtained online at

Ladies of The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) are hard at work preparing for Charity Ball and Casino ~ Vintage Vegas, planned for Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Proceeds from the event benefit the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch and the FBJSL Community Assistance Fund. A variety of sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. Individual tickets are $125. Visit www.fbjsl. com or email

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Visit Hamre’s Kitchen & Bath Remodeling in Their New, Updated Showroom Hamre’s Kitchen & Bath Remodeling has been serving Fort Bend County residents since 1997. Founders Jamie and Patricia Hamre have raised their children in the Fort Bend school system and take pride in being residents of Fort Bend County. It takes a team to make a good company. Over the years, a dedicated group of individuals have become the Sales and Customer Service Team here at Hamre’s. We are members in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Residential Founders Patricia and Jamie Hamre. Construction Commission. We have built our business squarely on repeat and referral customers. We continue to grow and adapt to meet the needs of our customers. Browse our website at for more information about what we can do for you, as well as to see pictures of our projects. We hope this will inspire you to visit our remodeled and updated showroom at 12603 Executive Drive in Stafford. We have plenty of free parking in front of our showroom. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you on your kitchen renovation, bathroom remodeling or flooring replacement project! Showroom Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 – 5, Tel. No: 281-494-9200 Please see Ad on page 59. H

Amerejuve Medical Spa is a cosmetic and rejuvenation destination that offers the latest in preventive and restorative rejuvenation services. With two convenient locations in Sugar Land and the Galleria area, Amerejuve caters to those who expect superior quality and service by offering the latest in non-invasive aesthetic procedures The Med Spa Services are focused on providing laser hair removal, IPL photofacial skin rejuvenation, VelashapeTM cellulite and circumferential reduction treatments, RefirmeTM Skin Tightening, Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, Juvederm®, Botox®, Restylane® , facials, and Glo Therapeutics cosmetic line. Amerejuve’s luxurious centers offer guests a soothing Med Spa experience at an affordable price. Amerejuve also offers an exclusive weight loss program called the Red Circle ( Red Circle is a comprehensive, personalized weight management program design based on state-of-art medical science and technology. Red Circle’s exclusive program utilizes genetic testing, metabolism and cardiovascular measurement, nutritional counseling, personal training, coaching and more. At Amerejuve, the warm gracious staff will do everything possible to ensure you are completely comfortable and at ease and leave feeling great about your refreshed self confidence. Amerejuve Sugar Land is conveniently located at 2507 Williams Trace Blvd., Suite 102 in the heart of Sugar Land. Amerejuve Galleria is located at 2800 Sage Rd., Suite A-200. We invite you to step out of the noise and turbulence of life, and call (713) 960-6262 or (877) 9MEDSPA today for your complimentary consultation. For information on these services and more, visit Amerejuve’s website at and take your first step toward looking good and feeling good. H


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Yes! You can and should have dentures that look natural, beautiful and fit comfortably. You should also be able to eat with your dentures! Dentures-That-Fit are functional dentures. This simply means the measurements (impressions) for these dentures are made with your mouth in motion. When you wear your dentures, you want to be able to eat, speak, smile, laugh, sing, and yes, kiss! Dentures-That-Fit is particularly unique because these motions are incorporated into your dentures as we fabricate them. The goal is for you to look good and sound natural wearing your dentures. • Do you like the way your denture fits your face? • Do you cover your mouth when smiling wearing your dentures? • Do you have some or all of your teeth missing or breaking down? • Are you currently wearing dentures that are uncomfortable? • Do your dentures hurt you when you eat? • Are the teeth on your dentures flat on the top? • Have you had or worn your dentures for many wears, and you think you need a new one? Find out if you are a candidate for Dentures-That-Fit. Dr Daniela Adeola, a Prosthodontist, specializes in making Dentures-That-Fit. As a special gift for our January 3rd grand opening, we are offering free consultation for the entire month. Two locations to serve you – Richmond/Sugar Land area and The Medical Center. Call 713-520-8400 H

Master stylists and colorists Christina Saenz and Tara Phillips are two of Sugar Lands best kept secrets. Both Christina and Tara have been in the beauty industry for over fifteen years. Christina and Tara are both constantly educating themselves to stay up to date on the latest cuts and color Christina Saenz & Tara Phillips trends in order to maximize the appearance and satisfaction of their clients. By applying many of the industry’s most innovative color techniques and newest cutting trends they help their clients look their absolute best! Christina and Tara are now being featured at J’Adore Salon. With advanced color training and cutting education with Aveda and Goldwell, they can provide the ultimate hair style for you. They offer fusion and non-heat hair extensions and you can assure top-notch results from Tara who is certified in these services. If you are looking for a keratin treatments, call Christina today. She is certified in Brazillian Keratin treatment that is formaldehyde free. They focus on highlights, low lights, and color paneling as both Christina and Tara are in corrective color. If you are thinking about a new look for 2012, these talented stylists can help update your look. By choosing to use only the top products on the market today, they can assist you in obtaining healthy hair. Currently, they are using Moroccan Oil, Pureology and Goldwell products and all products are available for purchase at their salon. Come see them at their new location. H

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Kids Can Make New Year’s Resolutions Too


or grade-school aged kids, making New Year’s resolutions can be an important first lesson in goal setting. While it’s never a good idea to insist that children adopt a resolution for the coming year, parents can provide both support and encouragement when kids show interest in doing so on their own or in response to resolution-making by a respected adult or parent. The key support that kids need is in formulating a resolution that is realistic, positive and achievable. For example, if your child declares that she will make 20 new friends during the year or secure a spot on the next season of American Idol, it’s definitely a good idea to step in and, while encouraging the thought behind the idea, help the child to scale back the resolution to something more manageable.

Timing is everything For younger children, help them choose a simple resolution that is part of daily life and within their developmental reach in the near future. For kids to feel successful, they need to experience success so it’s best to suggest a resolution that can be mastered prior to the end of an entire year. For example, young children who have recently learned to tie their own shoes can promise to make two attempts before asking a parent for help. This resolution is not only within reach, but the likelihood of mastery -- over a few short months -- is very high.

Though it’s a tradition many associate with adults, New Year’s resolutions can be made by kids as well.

Encourage and support While older children can certainly tackle more complex resolutions, their success hinges on motivation. Most older kids and teenagers are far more likely to hold to their resolutions if they feel they have a shot at success and if it’s something they truly want to do. New Year’s isn’t the time to extract big promises from children. Here again, it’s far better to scale back the resolution and allow kids to experience a sense of accomplishment. This doesn’t mean that the goal has to be easy. It just has to be within reach. For example, older kids and teens can resolve to eat an additional serving of fruit or vegetables every day or promise to do their regular chores without parental reminders. It’s important to remember that New Year’s is just one of many teachable moments throughout the year. H Source:

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Growing Kids with Character By Linda K. Eaves


rimrose School of First Colony utilizes a character development program in its curriculum called Posies and Pollywogs. Through discussion, arts and crafts, puppet play, games, and role-playing, children are encouraged to share thoughts on moral concepts and values such as honesty, compassion, respect and good judgment. Primrose School of First Colony focuses on community awareness through its Helping Hands program. Owners Tina and Matt Koenig take it a step further with their community support. “Our school is very focused on giving back to the community and teaching our students Aidan G. at East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry. at a young age the importance of caring and giving. Children learn the value of helping others by participating in community-minded class activities,” Tina said. Each month, students learn elder care and respect in the Adopt-A-Grandparent program at Colonial Oaks Retirement community. During Primrose School of First Colony’s Annual Can-A-Thon, students donate non-perishable items and then deliver them to East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry. Teachers also volunteer their time to serve at FBISD Elementary School Fundraisers such as Austin Parkway’s Walk-A-Thon. Spring Fling is an annual charity event that raises funds for local charities. “We have done carnivals, sock hops and more. Last year, we raised over $3,000 for The Houston Children’s Fund and the Fort Bend Women’s Center. Our students also run lemonade and popcorn stands to raise money at this event.” Primrose School of First Colony sponsors FBISD Elementary School Fundraisers by donating funds, free weeks of summer camp, and school supplies. “Last year, I helped with outclasses so teachers could have their holiday celebrations. I also volunteered at Dulles High School and Austin High School to do mock interviews for their students. Teachers enjoy getting snacks, stickers, pencils, pens, fun things to keep them motivated, so we have provided tool boxes filled with these goodies,” said Tina. “We sponsor First Colony Little League, Fun Fair Positive Soccer and other teams that our students may participate in. My husband, Matt, donates his time to drive our buses to shuttle parishioners/visitors to the Easter at the Creek Service,” Tina said. “Matt has organized tennis tournaments to raise funds for Breast Cancer awareness and Toys for Tots. We donate meals to area churches for families in need as well. In the past, I have volunteered for the Fort Bend Junior Service League (Riverstone CASA Home Tour, Charity Ball, Sugar Plum Market, etc.) and the Literacy Council of America.” In addition to supporting community organizations through volunteerism and fundraising, Primrose School of First Colony has a hand in providing educational opportunities for parents. “Baby Fest is our local training outreach for new and expecting parents held in August,” said Tina. “Service is in our heart. We believe that children are taught through example, and we work very hard to keep the children integrated into our charitable activities.” Visit Primrose School of First Colony during their Open House on Saturday, January 22nd from 10 Ms. Khan and Brandon at Primrose School of First a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, Colony’s recent event “Hayride, Hot Chocolate, Ho Ho Hos.” contact Primrose at 281.565.2707. H

Kindergarteners loading the truck at East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry after donating the food donations from Primrose School of First Colony.

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International Preparatory School

INTERNATIONAL PREPARATORY SCHOOL Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade Open House January 12, 2011 6 pm - 8 pm Integrity, Honesty and Service to Others

Available After School Programs: Homework Assistance • Art • Voice • Guitar • Piano • Kid Fit • Math Club • Chess Club After School Program available until 6:30 pm.

For More Information Call: 281-208-1403 1717 Dulles Ave., Missouri City, TX 77459 Fax: 281-208-1426

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Involved, Committed and Engaged Students and Faculty At the very core of the International Preparatory School (IPS) is the fostered relationship between the faculty and students. This dynamic school community is committed to developing each student’s intellect, lifelong principles, and character while developing intercultural understanding and respect for others. IPS has responded to the need for a higher level academic environment for our immediate community, and the international community at large. Our student body and faculty are multi-cultural with varied ethnicity that recognizes the importance of a global perspective, a mix of personalities, cultures and attitudes. The IPS curriculum is a unique combination of the core curriculum based on Texas Standards in combination with the philosophy of an international education. The Early Childhood Program, PreSchool 4 and Kindergarten, is a highly motivating program. Through the use of challenging phonetic instruction, basic math skills and hands on math applications, IPS is creating inspired, inquisitive learners. The IPS student’s creativity is expanded by integrating the arts, athletics and foreign language to their program. The Lower School, 1st-3rd, and Middle School, 4th-8th, are distinctly different experiences. As the students progress, they develop a more abstract level of thinking. With the use of science lab materials, and a wide variety of technologies, including lap top computer classes, foreign language, and fine arts, students are supported through a rigorous curriculum with the expectation of achieving academic excellence. There is a synergy as you walk through the door that is hard to ignore. IPS welcomes you to visit the school and experience the energy and enthusiasm for yourself. H

High- Grade Learning At Kids R Kids By Linda K. Eaves


t Kids R Kids, children benefit from the latest in researchbased, field-proven, early education training while incorporating play. Owners of ten Fort Bend County Kids R Kids locations explain five points that set them apart from other preschools: Concentration on Expert, Research-Driven Child Development – Kids R Kids uses the Learn with Play philosophy – planful, purposeful and playful. Their awardwinning curriculum works with children at specific age groups to build their language, physical, cognitive, social and emotional development in accordance with early childhood milestones. Children are “playing” and having fun while they’re building neurological connections that are vital during their formative years. Studies show the greatest capacity for learning is 0 to 5 years. Social and emotional development is also emphasized. “Children are taught words to use when solving problems and conflicts with their peers. They eat in a home-style setting where they ask to pass the food,” said Nannette Ray, owner of the Katy location. Sign Language is taught to the infants which studies have shown help them to communicate and learn speech sooner. Smart Board – The TeachSmart™ Smart Board is an interactive whiteboard with a touch screen that is 60” wide. Kids R Kids Fort Bend locations are the only private preschools utilizing the Smart Board with software designed specifically for children ages three to five years. The Smart Board offers 1100+

learning activities in four subjects -- math, emergent literacy, social studies and science that tie directly into the Texas Pre-K guidelines, as well as national accreditation guidelines like NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children.) Each learning activity has three levels so students are continually challenged; add a Wi-Fi connection and the learning possibilities are endless. “The screen itself provides an iPadlike experience with real pictures to hold children’s attention and stimulate development,” said owner of the Missouri City and Sienna Plantation locations, Rustom Khosravian. It’s an incredibly valuable resource for creating engaging learning experiences,” added Dan Bertoni, also owner of two Fort Bend schools.

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Kids R Kids strives to provide the best educational environment for children and a safe and nurturing place.

Internet Camera -- Parents at home or work – even those who serve overseas -- can observe their children anytime. Grandparents anywhere in the world can log in to watch their grandchildren as well. Focus on Accreditation -Three out of the ten Kids R Kids in Fort Bend County are recommended for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SACS accreditation (the same accreditation as FBISD) and all other Fort Bend locations are actively working on district wide accreditation. Teachers’ Professional Development – Excellent facilities, technology and curriculum are all important, but none of those things work without dedicated, well trained and devoted teachers and staff. “We actively search for teachers already qualified with state licensure or teachers who are motivated to pursue their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential,” said John Caroll. Kids R Kids Private Preschools strive to provide the best educational environment for children and a safe and nurturing place that parents can feel great about as an educational choice for their children. H


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Southminster School Mind…Body…Spirit At Southminster School, We Care for the Whole Child.

Fort Bend Baptist Academy Fort Bend Baptist Academy exists to glorify God through excellence in Christian education. Located on a 35 acre campus in the heart of Sugar Land, FBBA is a PreKindergarten through Grade 12 private, college-preparatory Christian school. With an enrollment of 850, students attend over 100 area churches and are active members of the Fort Bend County community. Students receive an academically challenging course of study with curriculum designed to provide a superior spiritual and intellectual environment for each student. An honors degree program and Advanced Placement classes are offered at the high school level; middle school students with accelerated educational development may also participate in honors courses. Spiritually, academically, and professionally qualified, all teaching staff are certified educators, many possessing a Master’s degree or above. Visit FBBA, 281-263-9175,, and learn more! • Small Class Sizes • Uniforms, Hot Lunch Program, Before and After School Extended Day programs • Enrichment classes, clubs, and strong community service involvement • Competitive TAPPS 4A Athletics (Lady Eagles Softball State Champs 2010/2009/2007, final-four state appearances in multiple sports) • Award winning, growing programs in Fine Arts, Theater, and Debate • 100% of FBBA graduates are accepted to college, most to their first choice school, and include National Merit Scholars, military service appointees and recipients of numerous scholarship offers. H

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Founded in 1990, Southminster School serves children from eighteen months through fifth grade in a loving, Christian environment. A low student/ teacher ratio, exceptional certified teaching staff, and multi-sensory activities promote a challenging curriculum, exemplifying excellence. Spanish, music, computers, library, physical education, and chapel complement the elementary curriculum. Monthly dance and art classes enhance the Fine Arts program, while preschool students experience monthly literacy enrichment activities. Fully accredited by SACS CASI, Southminster School maintains the highest quality education while promoting and utilizing individual learning styles. The preschool program uses developmentally-appropriate activities in a nurturing environment to engage and educate young students. The individual attention afforded by the small elementary and preschool classes permits teachers to be responsive to different learning styles and create challenges beyond the average classroom experience. Morning and afternoon extended care are available. All extended care programs have planned age-appropriate activities. In addition, a variety of after-school activities are available including computer club, karate, dance, art, tumbling, and fitness. New to Southminster is the Upward sports program with flag football, cheerleading, and soccer for 4 year olds and up. The skills and attitudes taught at Southminster School develop educated thinkers and strong leaders willing to make a difference in their world. Learning is a lifelong journey and the voyage begins here at Southminster School. Southminster School is located at 4200 Cartwright Road at Brightwater in Missouri City. For more information go to or call 281-261-8872 for tour appointments. H

Bill Austin’s Gymnastics & Dance Studio We invite you to join us this winter at Bill Austin’s Gymnastics & Dance Studio for an exciting year in dance, gymnastics, and the performing arts all under one roof. Under the new direction of awardwinning musical theatre director and choreographer Monroe Moore, 2010-2011 brings a new and exciting time to the Academy of Dance, full of new classes, with an enhanced class schedule, additional programs, new professional instructors, performing opportunities including our annual production of “Nutcracker The Musical” and our expanded Spring Recital in addition to the performance collaboration with Broadway Bound Youth Musical Theatre Company. Several new and exciting classes are being offered in our winter session, including gymnastics for children with special needs. For information, questions or to register, please call 281-565-5327, visit or email our studio director at H


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The Turning Point Academy How’s Your Child’s School Year So Far? The co-founders of a world-renown teacher training company, www., created the Turning Point Academy, a grades 6-12 private school that truly prepares its students for success in college…and in life! “As parents, we could not find the type of school we wished for our daughter.” We have trained over 50,000 teachers annually for over 20 years. With that knowledge, we decided to blend the best educational models into a learning experience that benefits today’s middle and high school students. Along with the pleasure of learning in a luxurious home setting with spectacular views, the Turning Point Academy proudly uses the NEW College Prep curriculum. Our curriculum is the “best of the best” and of course is recognized by The College Board. Both student and parents are personally involved in mapping out a plan for high school completion and a detailed plan for college enrollment and scholarships. Our students are taught to take ownership of their learning by mastering goal-setting and weekly planning— habits necessary for college and future employment! You won’t find shortcuts on our tests like matching, true-false or multiple choice. Our students truly master each subject before moving on. Can you imagine a school without the drama in the hallways? Without peer pressure? Without homework? Visit our website to view our Channel 2 News interview at Call 281-780-8713 today to learn more about our January and February Open Houses. H

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Cornerstone Christian Academy Cornerstone Christian Academy, located in the heart of Sugar Land, combines state-of-the-art curriculum with the love of Jesus and is one of the fastest-growing private schools in the area. Our mission is to equip students with skills for life and faith for eternity. Cornerstone serves all facets of children - spiritual, educational, social and physical. We have committed to offering a high school. Our goal is to be the best preschool through high school in the area. Cornerstone now offers programs for 2-year-olds through middle school. We will be adding an eighth grade in the fall. We meet the needs of families in our preschool community by offering two-day, three-day, four-day and fiveday programs. Our preschoolers attend music, P.E. and library throughout the week. Our elementary and middle schools

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focus on developing students’ individual talents and education while integrating Bible-based character traits and beliefs. Our elementary program includes library visits and art, Spanish, computers, music and P.E. classes. Our middle school students rotate through classes and choose electives from choir, band, and journalism. Our sports program has taken off, with our middle school students participating in flag football, volleyball, basketball and track. We teach community involvement by participating in service-based projects. Our teachers have years of experience and are active Christians. All of our students attend chapel daily and have Bible stories incorporated into their curriculum. We invite you to come see our facility, located in First Colony Church of Christ. We offer tours weekly. Visit us on the web at H


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According to the National Association of Independent Schools, the median tuition for independent schools continued to rise in the 2007-08 school year. For non-boarding schools grades 9 and 12, that average tuition was $18,287 in 2007-08. To some parents, those figures were higher than they expected, as just 10 years ago this figure was more in line with a college education than secondary school education. Parents hoping to send their children to a boarding school can expect the bill to nearly double, as the cost of such a school was $35,791 for grades 9 and 12. The median tuition for grades 1 through 3 was $14,633. Parents can rest assured that financial aid is available at many independent institutions. In fact, 17 percent of students received financial aid at independent schools during the 200708 year. The average grant was nearly $11,000 as well. H Source:


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Holy Rosary Catholic School Who We Are: Located on 27 acres in a rural setting, Holy Rosary Catholic School (HRCS) attracts Pre-K through 8th grade students throughout Fort Bend County. We are a Catholic community dedicated to the spiritual, academic, physical and emotional growth of all students. Holy Rosary seeks to instill a Catholic identity in students who must function in the secular world. While we create a Catholic atmosphere, we welcome children of all faiths. Open House and Prospective Parents Night: Enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year begins February 1. Two events are planned for prospective families to learn more about what Holy Rosary School has to offer. An Open House is set for January 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Prospective Parents Night on February 1 at 7:00 p.m. Tours will be scheduled as needed. Why Choose Holy Rosary: HRCS incorporates Catholic values throughout the curriculum; prepares students for high school and beyond by instilling in each the love of learning and the value of service to the community; focuses on the individual student with expectations set high for all; promotes self-discipline with moral values. Contact Us: Find out why Holy Rosary is the Good News in Education. Call 281-342-5813 or log onto The school is located at 1408 James Street, Rosenberg, Texas. Holy Rosary Catholic School: Building Faith, Shaping Minds! H

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Calvary Episcopal School and College Preparatory Nestled amongst the old oaks in Richmond, Texas, Calvary Episcopal School & College Prep has been providing an exemplary academically advanced and accelerated curriculum in a safe, nurturing, creative environment for over 50 years. They are currently accepting applications for students entering Pre-K through High School. Calvary’s legacy of educational excellence has been created by the outstanding successes their students have in academics, service learning, athletics and arts; the creative, motivating and inspired faculty; along with an environment rich in culturally diverse backgrounds, religions and ethnicity. Calvary’s student body includes Private School Interscholastic Association Champions; girls Volleyball League and Tournament Champions; boys Football League and Tournament champions; girls Basketball Champions; Maestro vocalists & gold winning Concert Choir and Girl’s Ensemble; and award winning artists who have won several Best of Shows and gold medals at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo among other awards and distinctions. They will be happy to give you a tour and discuss your child’s future at Calvary. For more information, please call 281-342-3161 or visit the website at H

Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy Are you aware of the values your child is being taught in school? Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy is a private Christian school dedicated to providing faith-based educational programs which focus on academic excellence and spiritual growth. As a college preparatory school for Pre-K 3 through 7th grade, we equip students to become courageous leaders while serving Jesus Christ in our changing world. Westlake recognizes that your children are your most important possession, and we take the responsibility you entrust to us seriously. Your child will be challenged and motivated to excel academically in a loving and caring environment. Our dedicated teachers see their vocation as a true calling which is core to facilitate learning. The teachers integrate the intangibles of faith, morals, ethics, and service in the classroom as each student pursues a solid academic foundation. We employ only certified and degreed teachers, and all of our K-7th grade teachers have Master’s Degrees. Each class is also equipped with the latest technology to support the curriculum, particularly in the areas of math, science, reading, writing, and history/geography. We invite you to join us for Preview Day on January 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., where you will meet the faculty, tour the classrooms, and hear parent testimonies. As the newest private school in the Fort Bend area, Westlake strives to prepare children for “today, tomorrow and eternity.” We want to become the school of choice for your family. We are conveniently located southwest of the Grand Parkway and Westpark Tollway intersection. If you are looking for an inspiring environment for your child, call us at 281-341-9910 or visit our website at H

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et in the 1870’s, True Grit focuses on a young teenager named Mattie (Hailee Steinfeld) whose father has been killed by the ruthless outlaw, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). As one could imagine, Mattie wants to avenge her fathers death so she begins searching for the roughest, toughest hombre that will essentially go out and kill Chaney. Mattie is intelligent and wise well beyond her years. The locals all recommend a bounty hunter who knows the Indian Territory like no other. Upon meeting one Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), Mattie knows she has her man. Shortly before they leave on their quest of locating Chaney, Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Matt Damon) enters the picture. La Boeuf has been on Chaney’s trail for some time, but has found the trail to have become a bit cold. Much to his own chagrin, Rooster puts two and two together and realizes the Texas Ranger isn’t as talented as he first thought. As the quest is underway, Mattie comes to realize the world is as violent and unpredictable as the people within it. Mattie discovers she too has the true grit and determination to persevere through the elements, the dangers and the unknown to see her quest to the end. Quick - what was the last Western you saw that was worth a darn? Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven was remarkable, not to mention untouchable, as far as Westerns go for the past fifty years. I know what you’re thinking, too. True Grit is a John Wayne movie. Rooster Cogburn IS John Wayne, and vice versa. And who are these Coen brothers anyhow? How dare these yankee city slickers defile the original film and do a “do over”? I think you will be very surprised. This particular film doesn’t focus as much from Cogburn’s perspective as the original film did. Quite the contrary, the Coen brothers’ film takes a much more active position, similar to that of the Charles Portis novel. The primary character in the story is perfectly performed by newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. She is the glue that holds the film together. The performances of La Boeuf (Damon) and Rooster (Bridges) are just as effective. There is a confidence about the film from all characters. Lastly, the film is going to shock some folks at how good it actually is. Bridges gets kudos for performing one of John Wayne’s most memorable roles and making it his own. Watch for possible Oscar nominations for True Grit, Jeff Bridges as Cogburn, Roger Deakins for Cinematography and Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie. There is no doubt John Wayne would approve! True Grit Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld & Matt Damon Director: Joel & Ethan Coen Company: Paramount Now Showing: in Local Theaters MPAA Rating: PG-13 Grade: A+

Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon & Jeff Bridges in True Grit.

Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn and Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie. All photos are courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Nick Nicholson is the Film and Entertainment Critic for CNN Radio, the Fort Bend Star, Focus Magazine, Pearland Focus as well as Focus on Women. In addition, his reviews can be seen and heard in numerous other print/media outlets in Texas and Oklahoma. Mr. Nicholson is in great demand as a speaker to both public and civic organizations on the subject of film and the entertainment industry. He is the co-founder of the Houston Film Critics Society and is currently the President of the organization. fort bend

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Ball Boys By Don Maines


hen the Houston Texans play at home, those days are “sacred” at Rosa households in Fort Bend County because brothers John and Ricky Rosa are longtime “ball boys” for the team. The Rosa brothers are also partners in the restaurant business, and they’re always learning from coaches how to improve as managers themselves. Besides, it’s fun. “It’s our golf game,” said John, 40, of Richmond. “It’s our getaway from everyday life.” “It’s a dream, a chocolate dream,” added Ricky, 35. “We feel very fortunate. We never take it for granted.” Ricky paved the way for the brothers’ opportunity to work for the Texans by persisting in his dream to be a ball boy for the Houston Rockets. Ricky recalled how, from nosebleed seats at the Summit in 1986, he spotted workers wiping sweat off of the basketball court. Ricky was only 11, but the next day, he contacted the Rockets’ management to see how he could get that dream job. “They told me to write a letter about myself, my dreams and my goals,” he explained. “Then, for two years straight, I kept calling and calling and calling until finally they invited me to training camp at St. Thomas High School” in Houston. “I focused on the job and didn’t get caught up with the athletes,” he said, explaining how he got picked and spent the next ten seasons with the Rockets. As ball boys for the Texans, the Rosa brothers work only home games – eight regular season and two preseason games each year. But with 80-something basketball games the Rockets played, Ricky also traveled with the team to a number of cities across the country for games and their playoff series. Accordingly, Ricky earned two championship rings when the Rockets won back-to-

Scott Gordon, John Rosa, Bum Phillips and Ricky Rosa.

John Rosa, Clay Walker with his son, and Ricky Rosa.

Ricky Rosa, the late Marvin Zindler and John Rosa.

back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. Meanwhile, John played high school basketball and football, graduating from Alief Elsik in 1989. Ricky played basketball and football at Elkins, graduating in 1995. Along with brother, Joe, of Sugar Land, the Rosa brothers grew up in the Houston restaurant business after their parents moved here from Brooklyn, New York. Their restaurants were called La Rosa Flying Pizza, said Joe, “because we hand-tossed it.” www.fortbend

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Ricky also parlayed his experience with the Rockets into an on-field position with the Houston Oilers in that franchise’s final three years before moving to Tennessee. Ricky’s job was to hold the cord to Coach Jeff Fisher’s headphone. A year into that gig, another ball boy position opened, and John grabbed it. When Houston got the Texans franchise, the Rosa brothers were recruited as ball boys, or sideline assistants, for the new football team. This season, John mainly handles “K” balls, the ones for kicking, so he’s easily spotted wearing a big “K” on his chest. “On the field, we get the human aspect, the raw emotion. You don’t see that on TV,” he explained. “As businessmen, what we look at is the styles of the coaches, how as leaders, the coaches demonstrate to the players, and how players respond to them,” John added. For example, the brothers have watched as a coach immediately corrects a player “right then and there.” “That’s a good coach,” said John. “A good coach never stops teaching during the game.” The Rosa brothers own Rosarito’s Mexican Restaurant in Needville, which annually donates to the school district some $25,000 worth of football shoes previously worn by the Texans. Their other restaurant is Twin Peaks in Webster. They plan to open seven more restaurants through the Houston-area Twin Peaks franchise in the next eight years. For his community involvement, Ricky also has been named a hometown hero by Time Warner, and Fort Bend YMCA’s volunteer of the year in 2007. For that honor, he was nominated by Fort Bend Focus’ 2010 Man of the Year Mike Flory. So, next time you’re watching the Texans play at home, look for John and Ricky Rosa – your neighbors and Fort Bend’s hometown ball boys. H


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American Red Cross Super Ball X Prepares for 10th Anniversary Event Featuring Food, Football and Fun! The American Red Cross Super Ball X scheduled for Saturday, January 22nd at Safari Texas in Richmond, promises to be the biggest – and best – indoor tailgate party in town! Celebrating their tenth anniversary, Super Ball X benefits the American Red Cross Southwestern Branch located in and serving Fort Bend County, and this year’s proceeds will support program operations, service delivery to our community and general operating needs. The event features a tailgate-themed buffet full of football The American Red Cross Super Ball X midway includes the Best Buy Raceway food favorites, a Half-Time Dance with music by The Spiffingwhere guests can compete to win a Wii game system. Pictured at Best Buy are Suton’s and a midway with games for guests to compete in. New to per Ball Head Coaches Carol Whileyman, Goldie Leinweber, May W. Tape, DDS and Cindy Reaves along with Best Buy’s LeHanh Tran, Giselle Eggenberger and Trisha the midway this year are two games: Best Buy Raceway sponGarcia. Super Ball X is scheduled for January 22nd at Safari Texas and tickets are sored by Best Buy and Air Mail sponsored by Lifestyles at Oakavailable by calling 281.342.9480. Bend. Guests will have the opportunity to race in the Mario Race Car Wii game to win a Wii game system, along with trying their ship opportunities include tickets to the event, recognition in the hand at landing airplane mail to win a year membership to Lifeprogram and invitations, and on-site recognition at the event. styles at OakBend. Long-time midway favorites are also back: Tickets to Super Ball X are $75 per person or $130 per couple two Basketball Shoot-Outs, sponsored by and the and are available by contacting the American Red Cross SouthRotary Club of Richmond, and the Football Toss sponsored by western Branch at 281.342.9480. For more information about the Stan and Edie Speer. Finals will be held for the high scorers in American Red Cross Super Ball X call 281.342.9480 or visit www. each competition and winners of these events will receive H ball goals or a sporting goods gift certificate. Headliners continued on page 88 The American Red Cross Super Ball X’s auctions are always a crowd-pleaser, and this year’s live auction features an exclusive item courtesy of Super Ball X’s Honorary Chairmen Ron and Juliana Ewer owners of Legacy Ford. The Ewers have donated the use of a new car each month for an entire year Fulshear H Simonton to kick off the live auction. Other live 2011/2012 NEWCOMER GUIDE AND VISITOR DIRECTORY auction items include a Botox party, a San Marcos shopping trip, a golf package filled with foursomes at fabulous courses along with a custom-made putter and various sports and entertainment packages. Leading the Super Ball team to victory for this year are returning Head Coaches Cindy Reaves, May W. Tape, DDS and WINNER OF THE YEAR Carol Whileyman. “Our tenth anniverOnly one winner will be featured on the cover; sary event is shaping up to be our best however, other entries may be used throughout the publication. This is a fantastic opportunity for amateurs ever,” said Sandra Startz, Managing Diand professionals. Have your work distributed all over rector Branch Operations for the Ameritown- on the cover! You will receive photo credit! can Red Cross. “Because of the generous NO LIMIT TO ENTRIES support of our committee members, sponTo submit a photo, e-mail it to Grace@fortbendfocus. com with a subject line of “RR-FS Photo Contest.” sors and our community, we are looking Photos must be HIGH RESOLUTION- at least 300 dpi forward to celebrating the American Red and an actual size of at least 4”x 6”. Please include some basic information about the photo such as: who, Cross Super Ball’s tenth anniversary what, where, your name and phone number. ENTER TO WIN with a fantastic evening of football fun!” Richmond-Rosenberg Fulshear-Simonton Newcomer By submitting an entry, the photographer gives Sponsorships are currently available Guide is looking for a photo to be used as the 2011 Richmond-Rosenberg Fulshear-Simonton Newcomer cover image. The photo should focus on people, Guide the right to use and publish their photograph. for the tenth anniversary event, and they places or happenings around Richmond, Rosenberg, range from $1,000 to $10,000. SponsorFulshear or Simonton. Published by Focus Magazines


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Riverstone Receives Award for Vibrant Resident Lifestyle Fort Bend’s Riverstone recently received a C.A.R.E.S. Award from the Houston chapter of the Community Associations Institute. The award recognizes Riverstone’s efforts in hosting special events in the community planned by an on-site lifestyle director. After starting work at the beginning of the year, Riverstone Lifestyle Director Melanie Rushé developed an active events calendar, which ranges from on-site fitness classes to large-scale events that are open to the general public. Response has been strong. “This year has been amazing,” said Rushé. “And what a difference a few months can make. We had only a handful of residents at our first event, but more than 1,000 at October’s Trail of Treats festival. In light of increasingly strong response, we have planned even more activities and events for next year.” With a membership comprising community association volunteers, community managers and association service providers, the Community Associations Institute works to assist community associations in promoting harmony, community and responsible leadership. The C.A.R.E.S. Award is given quarterly to recognize excellence in several categories: special events, beautification, neighborhood projects, conservation and helping hands. For more information, visit Riverstone, ranked fifth among the 10 top-selling Houston communities by housing consultant Metrostudy, is located at Highway 6, three miles south of U.S. 59. Home prices are from the $200,000s to the millions. For more information on Riverstone, visit www. H

It’s almost time for tax season again and we know that everyone wants to avoid surprises. Here are some common areas where there have been recent changes: • Capital Gains – Have you thought about realigning your portfolio? We have some of the lowest tax rates for capital gains, but most experts agree these low rates won’t last forever. And remember, any losses can offset gains and be deducted up to a net of $3,000. • Charitable Donations – Dust off your old clothes, furniture and equipment and donate to qualified charities. Food to local food pantries and even cash works as well. • College Education – Do you know what expenses qualify for education tax breaks? Keep records for all tuition, fees, class supplies, books, graduate classes, and job training even if you used funds from a college savings plan. In anticipation of the upcoming tax season, Null-Lairson, PC is excited to announce that Jennifer Esch, CPA will be joining the firm as a principal. Jennifer is a Baylor graduate and has twenty years of experience providing tax and accounting services to clients in Fort Bend County. “We’re excited about Jennifer Esch, the opportunity to join this team of CPA accountants who provide the same personalized and friendly practice philosophy that we provide for our clients,” Esch said. “Null-Lairson also gives us the opportunity to offer our clients additional services such as financial planning, business valuations, cost segregation, auditing services and many more.” The entire staff of Esch, CPA will be joining Null-Lairson as well. John Null, managing shareholder of Null-Lairson, PC said, “Jennifer brings tremendous value and experience with her. We’re thrilled to have her and her team join our firm.” Esch will be joining Null-Lairson’s Fort Bend office. H

Laura Richard named MHAFBC executive director Laura Richard has been named the Executive Director for the Mental Health Association of Fort Bend County (MHAFBC). Laura has 20 years of experience in management, marketing and development both in profit and nonprofit organizations. She brings to MHAFBC experience in fundraising management and public relations, leading and managing cross-functional teams, and a history of working with community leaders. Laura has deep ties to the community having grown up in Fort Bend County. She received her degree in Marketing and Management from Houston Baptist University. Laura and her husband are members of many Fort Bend based volunteer organizations and consider it a privilege to give back to the community. She currently resides in Sugar Land with her husband and 3 children.


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Stars and Fort Bend Junior Service League Bring Christmas to Women’s Center Shelter

Christmas arrived early at the Fort Bend County Women’s Center shelter. The women and children were treated to a catered Christmas dinner generously donated by Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Following dinner, the children shopped the “Rainforest Boutique” for the perfect gifts for their mothers and volunteers helped wrap the gifts complete with bows and smiles. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived to hear all of the latest wishes for this Christmas season and handed out a few goodies of their own. fort bend

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M edical F ocus Texas Children’s Health Center Sugar Land Provides Unique Experience for Pediatric Patients Receiving MRI Scans Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans can be scary for children. However, at Texas Children’s Health Center Sugar Land, pediatric patients receiving a non-sedated MRI now have an alternative to standard scans, thanks to an innovative, interactive environment. Texas Children’s Health Center Sugar Land is the only Houston-area provider that offers patients the “Ambient Experience MRI.” This recent offering transforms the typical test setting and makes the experience less intimidating for patients by allowing them

to select their own ambient theme for their visit. The brightly colored walls and animated lighting concepts help to reassure and relax patients during their scans. “Medical testing is always a bit disconcerting for children, adolescents and parents. Now, through the use of this new MRI environment, we can offer a distraction, by engaging patients in the testing environment. This should help them feel more at ease, allowing the testing process to run smoothly,” said Dr. George Bisset, chief of pediatric radiology at Texas Children’s Hospital.

To make the process even more comfortable, patients can also view movies through special movie goggles or listen to music, either through the radio or by bringing in their own digital audio player. Additionally, with the use of a Web camera, the technician is able to have face-to-face interaction with patients, in addition to standard voice communication, while they are inside the scanning machine. The Ambient Experience MRI is located at Texas Children’s Health Center Sugar Land at Williams Trace and U.S. Highway 59. H

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Leading Cardiovascular Surgery in Fort Bend County In the past month, Uttam Tripathy, M.D., cardio thoracic surgeon, has performed two types of heart surgeries at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital that were the FIRST of their kind in Fort Bend County. The first was a Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting procedure. A coronary artery bypass surgery is needed when one or more of a patient’s coronary arteries are blocked, and the heart is not able to pump blood effectively. Usually, coronary artery bypass procedures are performed through an open heart approach, in which the chest is spread open from the midline and recovery is several months long. In the minimally invasive approach, the surgery is performed by spreading the ribs rather than opening the chest. The longest incision is on the side of the chest and is only 5 to 7 centimeters long. The surgical instruments used

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are longer and thinner, so the surgery can be performed through fewer and smaller incisions. Because the surgery is minimally invasive, it offers several recovery benefits, including: • improved cosmetic outcome • reduced length of hospital stay • quicker return to normal activities • fewer restrictions following surgery Henrieto Delosreyes and Larry Jackson were two of the first patients to have this surgery. “I have had a surprisingly painless recovery, and I was able to go back to work two weeks after the surgery. Staying at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was like staying at a hotel, and the quality of care I received, I believe, also helped with my recovery.” said Mr. Delosreyes. Mr. Jackson, another of Dr. Tripathy’s patients, said “I was

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital— Operating Rooms Expand Once Again out of bed the morning after my surgery, and I walked out of the hospital only four days later.” Dr. Tripathy also performed Fort Bend County’s first minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. In this procedure, the valve between the heart and the aorta is replaced while the patient’s heart is still beating. Replacing a diseased or hardened valve helps the heart pump blood more efficiently, and performing this surgery while the heart is still beating significantly decreases the patient’s recovery time and restrictions following surgery. “Performing minimally invasive surgeries helps us reach our goals of achieving better results with a faster and less painful recovery for our patients which allows them to return home sooner. Delicate surgeries like these can only be performed at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in Fort Bend County. Their nursing and other support staff are highly skilled—many have been trained in the Medical Center” said Dr. Tripathy. Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting surgery and aortic valve replacement surgery are just two of the many medical firsts that Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has brought to Fort Bend County. Just in the last couple of years, for example, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physicians have successfully performed abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, first angioplasty with stents, awake craniotomy, brain surgery, carotid artery stenting, gastric LAP-BAND® surgery & laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, open heart surgery, MRI-guided biopsy, robotic surgery, single-puncture laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, urinary bladder reconstruction, video-assisted esophagomyotomy, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and 3T Breast MRI. To make an appointment with Dr. Tripathy or another cardiothoracic surgeon in your area, call Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line 281-274-7500 or visit H

John Boon, M.D.; Guillermo Ponce de Leon, M.D.; Timothy Sitter, M.D.; Margaret Condit, M.D.; Sundara Kulkarni, M.D. and Ali Mahmood, M.D.

Twice in the last two years, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has expanded their operating rooms, and are now expanding again to meet the community’s demand. The hospital will open two new operating rooms in the Main Pavilion on December 6, in addition to the current twelve. This will bring the number of operating rooms in the new building to 14, which will greatly expand patient capacity. “We’re trying to keep pace with the expansion in service lines and the number of new procedures the hospital is performing,” said Becky Chalupa, Associate Chief Nursing Officer. “This latest operating room expansion will allow us to handle a greater number of patients and provide more flexibility in scheduling for our surgeons and patients.” “I am excited to continue to increase my surgical time in Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s operating rooms as they are state-of-the-art which allows me to perform groundbreaking procedures,” says John Boon, M.D., urologist on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, and the first in Fort Bend County to perform a robotic nephrectomy surgery, with Henry Pham, M.D. In the last couple of years, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physicians and operating room staff have successfully performed services once www.fortbend

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only available in the medical center – abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, first angioplasty with stents, awake craniotomy, brain surgery, carotid artery stenting, gastric LAP-BAND® surgery & laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, open heart surgery, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft surgery, MRI-guided biopsy, robotic surgery, single-puncture laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, urinary bladder reconstruction, videoassisted esophagomyotomy, videoassisted thoracoscopic surgery and 3T Breast MRI. Each of these procedures was performed for the first time in Fort Bend County at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Our operating room staff and physicians should be commended for their innovation and dedication to Leading Medicine at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital,” adds Chalupa. Ali Mahmood, M.D., colorectal surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital adds, “I am looking forward to having more OR time in Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s state-of-the-art operating rooms and providing our patients with services close to home at a hospital that is known for excellence.” For more information on Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit www. or call 281274-7500 for a physician referral. H

M edical F ocus Having A Baby After Age 40 With the increasing number of late marriage and late start of the family, more and more women have been told that they are unable to bear children because they have C. James Chuong, M.D. reached premature menopause or they can only produce old or damaged eggs. They may receive donor eggs, as long as they are healthy, to carry a pregnancy and willing to take on the responsibility of parenthood. Patient’s friends or relatives are occasionally brought in to donate eggs,

but most patients prefer an anonymous donor. In addition to using the traditional paid donors, Cooper has developed an affordable approach, the Egg Sharing Program. Some women are in need of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to become pregnant due to tubal blockage or low sperm count. If they do not have ovulation problems, and are willing to donate half of their eggs from retrieval procedures, they can be matched with a recipient. The recipient will pay a portion of the IVF charges for the donor, and there will be no egg donor compensation fee of $5,000 as in the traditional paid donor program. Cooper selects only those donors

who are otherwise healthy, bright, free of genetic and communicable diseases, and deemed psychologically healthy. The egg donation process allows a child to be biologically related to the intended father and gestated by the intended mother. Joining the world in celebrating the recognition of IVF in treating human infertility by the Nobel Prize Committee, our best wishes go to those who want to become parents. By: C. James Chuong, M.D., Medical Director, Cooper Institute for Advanced Reproductive Medicine, 7500 Beechnut St., Suite 308, Houston, TX 77074. Tel: (713) 771-9771. www. H

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The Grant-A-Starr Foundation’s Annual 5K Race and Fun Run is Set for Saturday, March 5 The Grant-A-Starr Foundation has announced plans for its 3rd annual 5K race and fun run. The charity event date has been set for Saturday, March 5, 2011 and will be held at the Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd. The Foundation is also kicking off a sponsorship drive in support of the race. The Grant-A-Starr Foundation was founded in the celebration of the life of Grant Starr and is a non-profit organization created solely for the purpose of advancing diagnostic testing to save children’s lives. The Foundation provides financial support to Houston based research projects that are dedicated to the development of diagnostic testing capabilities which will reduce the time required to identify a child’s critical illness from days or weeks to hours. What makes the Grant-A-Starr Fun Run unique is the student steering committee. It is made up of local area high school volunteers who have taken a deep

Front Row (left to right): Alex Hohn, Josie Henning, Joey Horvath. Middle Row: Brandon Goldberg, Ryan Alexander, Alec Horvath, B.J. Jordan, Baher Michel. Top Row: Rachael Lisse, Alayiah Slater, Krystal Tanaka, Paige Lambert. Not Pictured: Maddy West, Mark Hibler, Jennifer MacDonell, Michael Munnell.

personal interest in the event. Building upon the success of the first two years, the group, led by committee chairperson Paige Lambert, is setting aggressive sponsorship goals for the 2011 run. Lambert, a junior at Clements High School, says, “We have been blessed by great sponsorship support during the first two years of the race, but now we need to take it to the next level. Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 for the Foundation, and obviously, we need generous donations from the Sugar Land and Greater Housfort bend

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ton business communities. There are many levels of support available including the headliner / primary sponsorship position. Both businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate. We welcome them all!” For sponsorship information, please contact Susan Alexander at (713) 5407075. To learn more about the GrantA-Starr Foundation, please go to: www. The student volunteers and the Foundation would appreciate your support. H

FORT BEND KIDS CHALKBOARD The published photos came from Press Releases submitted to Fort Bend Focus by the schools/organizations of these children.

Kids R Kids of Sienna Plantation donated $500 to the Houston Food Bank from total profits made at their annual Fall Festival. In addition, each person who attended the festival brought a canned good which was also donated Grant Perdue, senior at Elkins High School, signed to the food bank. a National Letter of Intent with the University of Nebraska to join the Gymnastics Program next fall. Girl Scout Catherine Todd of the Rainbow Stars Service Unit recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award - the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn.

Congratulations to Fort Bend Baptist Academy’s Lady Eagles Gold Basketball Team for winning first place in the Faith West Tournament in December. Way to go girls! The Fort Bend All-Stars captured the 8U Division tournament championship at the 2010 King Classic National Youth Football Tournament hosted by Sportscapers University. Running back Kobie Campbell was named tournament MVP for the All-Stars. Girl Scouts from Troop 28155, the Rainbow Stars Service Unit, collected enough money to purchase bikes and helmets from Academy for charity donation over the holidays. In addition, Academy donated one additional bike and helmet in support of the troop’s effort.

Boy Scouts from Troop 659 pitched in on a tree-planting project at Sta-Mo Park. The Scouts planted 70 trees along the banks of a water retention pond in front of the complex. www.fortbend

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FOCUS FAVORITES... Your Community Resource Guide Advertising Fort Bend Focus Magazine 281-640-4242 Fort Bend’s only feature magazine direct mailed to nearly 30,000 homes, subscribers and high value homes in Sugar Land, Richmond, Katy, Missouri City and Fulshear. Complimentary at on demand distribution locations throughout Fort Bend. Subscribe for free. (10/2010) Focus On Women Magazine 281-640-4242 Finally, the magazine that you have been waiting for. A new publication showcasing one of the best and brightest resources – our women. Full of interesting, thought-provoking stories. Focus on Women is a celebration of today’s women – their lives, their passions and their spirit. Subscribe today. (10/2010)

Counseling DF Counseling Services 281-380-9518 www.dfcounselingservices Change can be challenging. A positive outcome is the goal. I believe that a fulfilling life is complete with supportive relationships, feelings of selfworth, and continued personal growth. If you are struggling with some difficult life issues and need some helpful guidance, hire the Licensed Professional Counselor who is experienced, compassionate, and effective - Dallas Ferguson. Individuals, couples, and families are welcome. (11/2010)

Estate Planning and Probate Andreason Law Firm 281-265-1561 With over 25 years experience in Texas, Kurt M. Andreason can meet your estate planning needs with everything from basic wills and disability planning documents to sophisticated estate planning strategies, including family limited partnerships, life insurance trusts and other recognized methods of estate tax reduction. Convenient Sugar Land location. Handicap Accessible. Board Certified in Estate Planning, Probate Law and Commercial Real Estate. Listed over 10 years in Best Lawyers in America. (11/2010)


Home Remodeling & Construction Services Villa Construction & Remodeling 281-344-2732 Villa Construction and Remodeling recognizes the privilege that you extend to us in serving your home construction and remodeling needs. We offer a full range of quality products and professional services. We have served the communities in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County since 1991. We are members of the Better Business Bureau and Texas Residential Construction Commission. We accept credit cards and insurance claim work. Please contact us for a free no obligation quote. (11/2010)

Horseback Riding Sienna Stables 281-778-7433 The premier Southwest Houston area Equestrian Facility offers horseback riding lessons for youth and adults in both English or Western styles. Other activities include kids’ camps, birthday parties, special events and therapeutic riding. For the horse owner, horses can be boarded and or trained by professionals. Sienna Stables also hosts many styles of horse shows. Nestled among centuriesold shade trees in Sienna Plantation this little slice of heaven is conveniently located in Fort Bend. (11/2010)

Jewelry Designs In Gems 713-995-7975 Custom Designs - Hand Made Jewelry by Designs In Gems since 1984. “Distinctive originals redesigned from your sentimental existing gold and stones.... We make the next generation’s keepsakes.” Custom Jewelry Designer - Bruce J. Snider M.S., G.G.- GIA, NAJA. Gemological Laboratory Appraisals. Graduate Gemologist - Gemological Institute of America, Member: National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. Listed: Jewelers Board of Trade, Member: BBB. 16180 City Walk (Town Square - Sugar Land) by appointment. (11/2010)

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Pisklak Orthodontics 281-403-5599 Carrie W. Pisklak, DDS, MS, is a respected provider of othodontic care in your community. Located in Missouri City, Texas, the practice’s top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. Dr. Pisklak utilizes the latest technological advances, such as clear braces and Invisalign Teen, along with the latest in computer technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible. (10/2010

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Roofing Ameristar Roofing 281-238-4230 Ameristar Roofing is your full service roofing company, No job is too small or too big. We are a certified “Shingle Master Co” with Certainteed which authorizes us to offer 3, 4 & 5 star extended warranties. We are fully insured and bonded for your safety. At the end of every job we perform a QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTION. Our company belief is, THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT. We want your recommendation because of our reputation! THANKS, JOE RANGEL, REUBEN STAFFORD & JOHN YATES, MANAGING PARTNERS. (10/2010)

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Focus on Flavor ANTONIA’S • Celebrating our 3rd Anniversary! Come in and enjoy our wine and dinner specials and help us celebrate. Famous for our Awe-inspiring Hospitality and Great Food, our reputation is that we are a family oriented, family run business. This has been “Our Recipe For Success.” As we grow, we continue to stay close to our roots, always grateful for what we have, remembering where we came from. Thank you, for choosing Antonia’s for your dining experience. We appreciate your business. Two locations: Antonia’s Cucina Italiana: 2001 Katy Mills Boulevard, Suite. A, Katy, Texas 77494, call 281-644-6000/Fax: 281-6446001. Antonia’s Italian Cantina: 26281 NW Freeway, Ste 950, Cypress, TX 77429, call 281-256-2796 / Fax: 281-256-2790. ARISTOTLE GRILL • The Greeks have landed in Sugar Land! Owner Hamid Panah and his staff have just opened on the corner of Hwy 6 and Hwy 59 providing the best Greek dishes in the area! Everything from appetizers to traditional Greek salads to plates specials and traditional Gyro sandwiches, this is the place for a nice, relaxed atmosphere and elegant Greek dining! Aristotle Grill also caters employee lunches, business meetings, and corporate gatherings. Their goal is to leave their guests impressed! Open 7 days, Sun-Thurs 11 am -9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am -10 pm. 2109-B Highway 6 @ Highway 59 South, Sugar Land. 281-277-7787. www.fortbend

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BLUE FISH HOUSE II – SUSHI & GRILL Great Sushi, Great Hot Plates & Vegetarian Choices, Great Value, Fantastic Happy Hour Specials Best of Sushi by Citysearch 2010. 2735Town Center Blvd. N, Ste C, Sugar Land,TX 77479. Phone: 281-295-0707 •

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BULLPEN PIZZA & SPORTS BAR Patio is now open!!! All sports, UFC fights, pool tables, darts, golden tee, NASCAR, golf, free wi-fi, great food, awesome pizza, huge lake front patio. Open Monday-Sunday, 11:00 am - 2:00 am (Food Until 1:00 am). Call 281-242-0190, located at 14019 SW Fwy, Suite 204, Sugar Land, TX 77478. For menu, please visit

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CHEF REY • Known for his amazing gourmet cheesecakes, Chef Rey is always professional and most importantly passionate about every dish he prepares. He pays attention to every detail in preparing a mouth watering meal that is presented with style and class. His dedication is evident with every aspect of ensuring each customer is satisfied. Seeking a new spot that offers American Cuisine with professionalism and style together with an ambience that is exquisitely quaint and personal? Then visit Chef Rey’s, 2865 Dulles Avenue, Missouri City, TX 77459. Call 281-403-2900, visit www.chefreynolds. com. Open Thurs. 5-10, Fri-Sat. 5 -11 and Sun 10-4. Restaurant is available for private parties and catering. Gift Certificates available.

EXTREME PITA • We’re fast, fresh, fun and full of flavor. In addition, we’re EXTREME when it comes to our commitment to creating a unique product bursting with healthy ingredients. Lunch, dinner and late night menu items include our Extreme Club, Philly Cheese Steak, Grilled Chicken, Gyros and Falafel, all served with your choice of different vegetable varieties served fresh or sautéed to perfection right in front of your eyes. We also offer a variety of great tasting Flat Baked Pita’s, fresh salads, soups and drinks. Mon-Thur: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun: Noon-10pm, 15810 SW Frwy., Sugar Land, (Lake Pointe Village) TX 281-494-7482

DUMAR’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL It’s a great new place serving middle eastern favorites with an outdoor patio and some of the friendliest service in town. The owner, Mr. Bashar F. Dumar and his wife, Ilham are natives of the Middle-East and make everything fresh daily. The Kebeh Balls, Hummus, Taboulih, Babaghanouj and Baklava. In addition to a full line of Middle-Eastern groceries, Dumar’s also features fresh feta cheeses, several types of brined Olives, Gyro Sandwiches, Greek Salads and Spinach pies. Now serving Beer & Wine. Also, Party trays available. 4518 Hwy 6, Sugar Land. Mon-Thur 10am8:30pm and Fri-Sat 10am-9:00pm, 281-313-1893.

FERNANDO’S RESTAURANT What’s new in 2011: Steakhouse cuisine, new wine selection. live entertainment by Salsa Bands, special events and more! Join us for live entertainment and dancing on the weekends. Banquets for up to 300 people, casual party room, and caterings are available. A special thanks to Focus Readers for your continued support! Stop by and get a free Fernando’s gift card. Come celebrate with Fernando and join his VIP list at 14135 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land. For reservations call 281-494-9087. Closed on Sundays. Visit

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GODFATHER’S PIZZA • Godfather’s Pizza, with the “Thickest Pie” now open! Not just your regular pizza place, Godfather’s offers Video Games and Party Rooms, big screen TV’s, DVD rentals (one night free with first order) and all you can eat lunch buffet (adults $6.99, kids $3.99). Try the all time favorites Taco Pie or All Meat Combo. Visit for online ordering and delivery coming in January. Catering available. 609 Dulles, across from Dulles High, 281-208-0200. Su-Th 11am to 10pm, Fr-Sa 11am to 11pm.


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LA MAGIA CAFE & PIZZA • If you are looking for casual dining with an easy atmosphere then La Magia is just the place for you! La Magia Café and Pizza recipes and menu are based on 30 years of Italian cooking. The dishes are prepared and cooked in the traditional Italian way, using extra virgin olive oil, and the freshest ingredients and herbs, giving them a home cooked flavor. The pizzas are made with a medium crust and cooked in a traditional stone oven. Limited area delivery. Margaritas are always available for $4.50. Open Sun-Thurs 11am to 9pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 10pm. Daily lunch specials Mon-Fri 11am to 3pm. Check www. for more specials. 3699 Highway 6 at Settlers Way, Sugar Land. 281-565-0366.

ITALIAN MAID CAFE • ‘Where the locals go!’ Gourmet cuisine, priced affordably in the heart of Historic Downtown Richmond. Owners, Chef Alex Ciocca and sister Lanie Alvarez invite you to a unique dining experience. Try our delightful old world sauces over pasta, thick-crust pizza, zesty house salad dressings, flavorful soups, mouth watering desserts and of course, our great house wine. Perfect for business lunches or a romantic dinner. We serve nightly specials including creatively prepared fish, chicken and beef. Pot Roast on Tuesday night. Located 2 blocks North of the Fort Bend County Courthouse on 300 Morton Street. Call for reservations or for more info at 281-344-8955 or 832-433-0032 for catering.

LUPITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT • Jaime and Lupe Garcia and son, Leo Rigo, have been serving homemade traditional Mexican food to the community for 6 years. Lupitas is open 7 days a week with over twenty lunch specials Monday through Friday. Don’t miss Happy Hour Monday-Thursday with $2 Domestic Beer, $2.50 Imported Beer and $3.50 Margaritas! Lupitas is now serving Angus Beef. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm. 281-265-6556, 3121 Highway 6, near the Williams Trace intersection. Muchas Gracias from our family to yours for your support the past 6 years!

J & L CAFÉ • “Home of the Best Peach Cobbler in Texas” located at 1110 Texas Parkway in Stafford. Serving a homestyle menu that changes daily! Open Tuesday - Sunday 11am-7pm. Call us for our changing menu, 281-499-9895.

NAPA GRILLE URBAN WINE BAR Combines a warm, cozy atmosphere, excellent wine variety and an exceptional cuisine to provide the ultimate dining experience. Now open and serving lunch & dinner in Sugar Land, just off 59 and Sugar Creek. Come join us for Happy Hour from 4-7pm. Enjoy live music Tuesday - Saturday nights. Napa Grille Urban Wine Bar is also available for private parties. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm Sat 5pm-11pm. 14019 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX. Call 281-277-2599. For full menu and daily specials visit



Excludes meals $9.95 & up, not valid on Sundays or with other offers. Present this coupon. Exp. 06/3/2011 KARL’S AT THE RIVERBEND • Offering romantic dining in the country, Swiss Chef Karl Camenzind serves a wide variety of delicious cuisine including venison, Angus beef, fresh fish and wienerschitzel. Enjoy budget dinners as well as our regular dinner menu Tuesday Thursday with the Neighborhood Menu, featuring entrees under $11.00. Regular Dinner Menu Tuesday - Saturday. Best Sunday brunch in town, including over 50 items served buffet style and featuring eggs benedict and carved roast beef. Reservations suggested, but not required. Tuesday-Thursday 5-8:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5-9pm, and Sunday 11:30am-2pm. 5011 FM 723, Richmond, TX. 281-238-9300. Visit

OLD HICKORY INN BARBECUE • More than 40 years in business in the Houston and Fort Bend area, Old Hickory Inn Barbecue is famous for their Old Fashion Hickory Smoked Barbecue and numerous Homemade Side Dishes, made fresh daily. 3 convenient locations, with a drive-through window at the Hwy 6 location. Open 7 days a week, SundayThursday from 11am-9pm, and Friday & Saturday 11am-9:30pm. 3334 F.M. 1092 @ Hwy 6 Missouri City 281-499-8904 / 8000 Hwy 6 @ Beechnut 281983-5020 / 5427 S. Braeswood @ Chimney Rock 713-723-8908.

KABOB CAFE • The warm and cozy Kabob Cafe is located at 4645 Hwy 6, corner of Dulles Ave in Sugar Land. We serve over 10 different Kabobs (wraps and entrees). Our Happy Lunch Hour is Monday - Thursday from 11am-2:30pm, Happy Munch Hour from 2:30pm to 5:00pm, and Family Nights with kids eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays. Check us out on Facebook for specials, and our website,, for menu and directions. 281-903-7373.

RAISING CANE’S • We’re all about ONE LOVE - chicken fingers. Our simple menu focuses on fresh, never frozen chicken tenders, warm, buttery Texas toast, creamy coleslaw and crinkle cut French fries. Our legendary Cane’s sauce is made in-house daily and provides the perfect compliment to our cooked-to-order chicken fingers. Don’t forget a cup of our freshly squeezed lemonade or freshly brewed sweet tea for the road. What are ya...chicken? 1529 HWY 6 in Sugar Land. Sun-Thurs: 10:30am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat: 10:30am-12:00am, Phone: 281-980-9860. Stay connected with us on &

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LA COCINA • Is proud to be serving the Fort Bend Community fine Mexican dishes for 13 years. Since our beginning in Rosenberg in 1997, quality and value has been our motto. At La Cocina we understand that to be successful in the food and beverage business, we have to execute a great product and a great dining experience as well as contribute and support our county. We are proud to say that we have raised over $60,000 for “Meals on Wheels.” We invite you to come try our wonderful and exciting new dishes. Call La Cocina for your next event, to-go or catering is available or reserve our banquet room for any occasion. Don’t miss our Breakfast Sat & Sun 8-12, Happy Hour 11-7 pm. 515 FM 359 in Richmond, 281-238-0872 www.fortbend


A unique concept of a neighborhood bar and grill with a “field to table” menu specializing in recipes made from the highest quality of seasonal and organic inspired ingredients. Daily Specials and menu selections are created based on the local availability of organic fruits and vegetables, Natural Select meats and wild game and seafood. All seafood is purchased direct and filleted in-house to ensure the freshest quality. The restaurant and bar are available for private parties and a catering menu. Located at 8502 FM 359, Fulshear, TX 77441. Call 281-533-0099, .com • January 2011


Living the Sweet Life

A Year in Review W

ell, it’s January. I honestly cannot believe it. This time of the year always makes me think about things that I did not get to in the previous year. There is, of course, all the improvements both to oneself and one’s home that always seem to get pushed back until right now, and then, I see, it’s January once more. There’s also the veritable “wish” list of want to’s that always turn into did’nt’s! I like the one especially that always makes it to the first of the list: Learn a new language. Or, like most of us, loose a few pounds! Alas, in the end, it’s the looking back over the past year that invariably helps me to get going with the real “need to” list for the year embarking. This year, I began by going through each compartment, if you’ll allow me to label it that, of my life and deciding on what should be kept, what should be discarded and what could be, and then, exactly how it could be improved upon. Last year, Lisa Geisler, author of A Time and a Place for Everything, physically organized the studio. This year, I organized mentally what changes needed to be made...everywhere else. In mental review: Personally, I gave myself a great big pat on the back. I quit smoking last year, and although not really a big deal for me to do, I know for some it’s treacherous and can be a lifelong addiction. I also gained about 35 extra pounds from doing this, and I am going to play the turning 40 card for as long as I can! My relationships with my family all reviewed and decisions made to spend more quality time with the children and the hubby. What about you? What is the status of your personal inventory? Are there relationships that need more attention? Are there people who are making you crazy that you can step away from and disengage? I looked at friendships, and who was there versus who was always promising to be. I was brutally honest with myself as to what kind of friends I want, the kind of friend I am and how all of that would be worked on over the next year.

Business wise: Professionally, I looked at who I currently was serving and how those relationships were doing. Who was my perfect client? I had allowed the business to creep into everyday....sleeping with orders in my head unable to let go. It is perhaps one of the disadvantages to working from home. LOL. I restructured how my time was going to be spent. No longer would I work every Saturday and never again on Sundays! Time really is all we have, and I was giving all of mine to the business. I was also allowing my charitable projects to drive me instead of me driving them, and I vowed to always stay in control of things I am doing for free. It’s amazing how true the old saying is, “Give and inch and they’ll take a mile!” Are there people or projects in your life that have tipped past I’m ok and into the taking blatant advantage of you? I urge you to assess all areas in your life, and gently remove the situations that fall into this category. Doctors will tell us that stress causes all sorts of issues, and stress is often caused by people and situations that we can avoid. Lastly, it is a new year and there is no more appropriate time than right now to find out what your passion is and to go for it. January begins a new year, and it is time for you and I to discover something fort bend

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extraordinary about ourselves. An article I read in Psychology Today, November/ December, entitled “Stealth Super Powers,” helped me gain insight into conquering any would be fears that might have been lurking within me over my next step towards what my publicist calls “building celebrity.” Many of you are aware that the old location for Swoozie’s is now The Imperial Theatre. I, as a board member, enjoy shooting for the theatre their playbills and marquis. Back in October, I was offered the opportunity to create and perform a “One Woman Show” starring.... me! Yikes! I would read from my column, tell stories from my childhood, and basically do whatever. Best of all, the proceeds from ticket sales would benefit the theatre. At first, it was a little daunting. What on earth could I do for two hours that anybody would want to sit through? I am absolutely an artist but a performing one? Ahem... I wasn’t so sure. As I began to think about what I would do, and furthermore, what I was comfortable doing, a few new things began to emerge. What I have been working on is quite a stray from the Alisa you all know. It will be an evening filled with surprises and fun, and most enjoyable for a mature audience. I have stretched out of my “comfort zone” to emerge a little less afraid to just be me. What will you do this year to stretch yourself in a new way? The results are not as important as having gone through the journey.... at least that’s what the experts say! The article said, “Deep within you are powers you’ll never know you have-until they’re unlocked by fear.” We will see.... standing up in front of a what I hoped to see as a packed house, I’ll be afraid, but I will also be brave and will be doing something for a cause that I believe in. Won’t you join me? Tickets are available now at or by calling 281.277.7444. Happy New YOU Year! Take Care of YOU!

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January 2011  

Fort Bend Focus Magazine