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Every Man’s Magazine

October 2011 ~ $1.95



TLC’s “The Little Couple” Choose Sugar Land’s Home Theater Experts


hat’s “every man’s dream?” According to Bill Klein, it’s all about the electronics! Bill and his wife, Jen Arnold, are the stars of TLC’s “The Little Couple.” This charming couple’s just like any average newlyweds––except for the fact that they’re both under four feet tall! Bill and Jen face the struggles of two little people in an average-sized world, while meeting the challenges of a move to a new city (Houston!), negotiating the building of a new home, and weighing the risks of planning a family––all while navigating the ups and downs of any new marriage. On Tuesday, July 26th, fans watched as Richard Machemehl of our own Home Theater Evolutions helped Bill design the Savant home entertainment system of his dreams. Bill says, ““The team at Home Theater Evolutions is great. From integrating the latest technology to make our home comfortable and convenient to the service they provided to help us understand how 2 ~ UPCLOSE ~ October 2011

to use it, Home Theater Evolutions was simply the best choice. Thank you, Rich, Scott, Luis and the rest of the HTE team!” While Jen went to work at Texas Children’s Hospital, Bill took a walk through the Home Theater Evolutions showroom. Owners Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain have made high-tech solutions user-friendly in this inviting space. After showing Bill a television hidden behind a Vutec art screen and some “hidden” in-wall speakers, Richard demonstrated how Bill could control his televisions, music, lights, and security system from an iPad using the Savant system. Scott says, “The Savant control and automation system’s a great example of quality and value. Everything—from the design of the docking system to the user-friendly interface—is designed to be intelligent, affordable, and extremely easy to use…the way the best technology should be. Now Bill turns on his TVs and sets the lighting scene from his iPhone.” Since Jen loves to entertain, Richard and Scott set up twelve audio zones in the house using DesignQ speakers, so Bill and Jen can get music anywhere from Pandora (or other internet music providers), iTunes, or their computers and control it through their iPads. The same system controls the lighting for the perfect party setting. Home Theater Evolutions will be coming back out to extend the automation system to control the pool equipment. “I’ll never go to the movie theater again...I’ll never have to,” says Bill and it’s true! There are many new televisions in the new house, but his favorite is the 100 inch projection television in his home theater room. Richard says, “We used a special screen and embedded the DesignQ speakers behind it so they’re totally hidden and the sound really is movie-theater quality. We really enjoy getting to know our customers so we can create exactly the experience they’ve been wanting.” Don’t worry if you missed the big episode! Look for the clip titled “Every Man’s Dream” in the episode “New House Delays” at, itunes, or on the Home Theater Evolutions Facebook page. Better yet, visit the Home Theater Evolutions Showroom and see all the amazing, intelligent, and affordable solutions for yourself! Home Theater Evolutions 281-980-2300 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace

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ith walk-in clinics springing up on every corner, it’s easy to get confused about the difference between urgent care and Emergency Care. When you choose St. Michael’s Emergency Center, A Department of First Street Hospital, you’ll be getting all the resources of a full emergency room... without the traditional wait! First Street Hospital operates several off-site emergency departments including St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms. St. Michael’s has convenient locations in Sugar Land, Houston (off Westheimer and Fondren), and the Woodlands (I45 N between Robinson and Rayford) When you’re in pain, every minute counts. Many people choose an urgent care center because they’re worried about the wait at their local emergency room. You won’t find a wait around St. Michael’s don’t get too comfortable with the flat screen television, fancy coffee selection, and comfortable leather furniture. One patient after another told us, “I had hardly started my paperwork before the nurse called me back!” At St. Michael’s ER, you’ll find an emergency trained physician on-site around the clock, as well as nurses and techs trained in advanced life support. If you need further treatment or a longer stay, St. Michael’s can admit you to their luxurious parent hospital, First Street Hospital, or admit you to where your physician has privileges. What kind of medical emergencies can St. Michael’s handle? The capable doctors and nurses treat all emergencies from breaks and sprains to chest pains and headaches and everything in between ..24/7 In an emergency, you’ll be glad you’re at St. Michael’s. St. Michael’s was designed by a board certified Emergency Medicine physician who knew that having an on-site radiology department complete with x-ray and CT scan and an onsite lab would streamline diagnosis. With lab and radiology results in minutes, the healing process can begin. The comfort and health of our patients is our top concern.” Patients agree that St. Michael’s caring approach to patient care and outreach to the community really make them feel better inside and out.

open24 hours When you’re in pain, “ Let the Healing Begin” At St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms, A Department of First Street Hospital, you’ll have the resources of the emergency room without the emergency room wait. Prompt Attention and Quality Care that’s St. Michael’s

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Sugar Land 281.980.4357 16062 SW Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479

Westheimer 713.343.0911 9000 Westheimer Houston, TX 77063

Woodlands 281.419.2911 26226 I 45 N Spring, TX 77386

BIG NEWS from Sugar Land Vein Specialists


just learned that Sugar Land Vein Specialists, Fort Bend’s premier vein clinic, is moving...but don’t worry, they’ll be less than five miles down the road. Dr. Ulises Baltazar says, “It’s mid-October, we’re moving from our location on Sweetwater Boulevard into the Methodist Medical Office Building 3. In our new location we’ll be able to offer a wider range of convenient services and state-of-theart amenities for our patients. Every decision that I make has our patients’ health and comfort in mind. We’ll be keeping the same phone number and the same website, so you can contact us anytime. I look forward to seeing you there!” “Our location may change, but our philosophy remains the same: to treat only varicose veins, offering true expertise, personal care, and the best treatment in Sugar Land!” Ulises Baltazar MD, RVT, FACS Sugar Land Vein Specialists 16605 Southwest Freeway Ste 505, Sugar Land TX 77479 281-201-6052 •

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Body by Ahmadi Lipotuck™ Took Thirty

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hen you’re unhappy with the way you look, it’s about more than the numbers on the look and feel older, more tired, and less confident. Double-board certified surgeon, Dr. Ahmadi of Avante Plastic Surgery designed his revolutionary, one-stage Lipotuck™ procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen, as well as smoothing residual bulges above and below for superior results and a quicker recovery. One happy patient told us why she chose Dr. Ahmadi...and how amazing she feels today: Dr. Ahmadi says, “This is the kind of story that warms my heart. My staff and I are passionate about changing lives through the work we do!” Avante Plastic Surgery The Art of Skin 281-265-2639 (BODY) 1112 Soldiers Field Dr. www.

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“I am fifty-two years old with five children ranging from six years old to twenty-eight. I felt like I’d lost my life and was hiding in my own world. After visiting five doctors,I decided to go with Dr.Ahmadi because of his honesty and caring. He is humble, professional, and very confident, which made me confident, too. His team is very loving and caring. I can’t thank them enough for their beautiful work and support. I went into my surgery singing and I came out singing. Everything I hoped and dreamed for in my procedure came true...and more! I really felt Dr. Ahmadi took thirty years off my age along with all that fat and dangling skin. One month after surgery I want to celebrate! It’s like I am a reborn female with all the beauty and self-esteem I thought I’d never have again. I look and feel wonderful, younger and truly alive again. I feel God led me to Dr. Ahmadi...and I’m looking forward to having a breast augmentation and lift in the future. He will always be my doctor for the rest of my life. I’d like to tell all the women out there who are suffering, wondering where they can find answers that Dr. Ahmadi is one of a kind. I know he can help you the way he helped me!”

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What’s the Buzz?

Sarah Warburton


ow did Classic Chevrolet place first out of fifty-three dealers in order to win the Chevrolet Service Hero Award for the second straight quarter? Or why did General Motors recognize Classic Chevy as a 2010 GM Dealer of the Year... an honor given to the top two percent of Chevrolet dealers in the region? The answer’s simple––customer satisfaction! So to get the real story on Classic Chevrolet’s commitment to customer service, we looked at reviews from everyday customers who’ve experience the difference for themselves! “After going to many other dealerships in the Houston area, I finally stopped in at Classic, I expected the same ol’ run around. but I was totally surprised to find an easy-going group that actually made it exciting and fun to shop for a new car. They treated me like a family friend and really helped me to understand the whole process and what was going on. Classic is my new dealership!!!” “We laughed and talked. The car was presented in a factual way that I understood, The numbers were (surprisingly) as advertised! It was FUN and QUICK! This is the way to buy a car. I highly recommend Classic Chevrolet and the way they treat customers. I am thrilled. I will be back.” “I bought a used car from Classic and the ownership/management really ‘went the

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extra mile’ for me. They know how to treat their customers and they really care about your experience. I felt like I was treated like I was buying a new car instead of a used one.” “What a nice buying experience (for a change)! I recently purchased a 2011 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid from Classic Chevrolet. After I had already taken delivery of the vehicle, their internet sales guy called to tell me they’d discovered I qualified for an extra manufacturer’s rebate based on my USAA membership. They gave me money back after they had ALREADY sold me the vehicle. How many dealerships would do that?” “Not every review we get is positive,” says Don Kerstetter, owner of Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, “but that’s where we set ourselves apart. When something goes wrong, we see it as an opportunity for change. I startled one customer who sent me an email about a disappointing experience when I called him back on Sunday night. I told him if he cared enough to send me an email sharing his disappointment, I didn’t want to wait a minute to let him know we’d make things right for him. I can’t promise we’ll never make mistakes, but I can promise we’ll work to give you the excellent experience you deserve. Come out and challenge us to be everything we say we are...and everything you want us to be!”

Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 Service: (866) 500-1660



Dr. Kesavan Shan is a long-time Sugar Land cardiologist who is highly respected for his skilled approach to medicine. Dr. Shan uses state-of-the-art technology to identify heart disease at its earliest stages, such as coronary and peripheral angiography, echocardiography, nuclear stress testing, coronary CT angiography, nuclear cardiography, cardiovascular MRI and cardiac catheterization. • Board-certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine • Certified in nuclear cardiology and echocardiography • Located on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus in Medical Office Building One, Suite 450

Call 281-275-0330 today for an appointment. Specializing in treating and managing a wide range of heart problems: •Chest Pain

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Medical Office Building One 16651 Southwest Freeway, Suite 450 Sugar Land, Texas 77479 281-275-0330

Breaking News

Sarah Warburton ow can you tell if you have a fracture or a broken bone? Orthopedic specialist Mark Vann, MD says, “They are exactly the same! A fracture is just the formal orthopedic term for a broken bone... and about 6.8 million of them are diagnosed each year in the US alone. Most are caused by trauma like a car accident, a football tackle, or a fall. As an orthopedic surgeon, I’m trained to treat fractures throughout the skeleton, except for the skull and face (I leave those to the neurosurgeons and ENTs). For patients under the age of seventy-five the wrist is the most common area for fractures...and for those over the age of seventy-five it’s the hip. In every case, we’ll start by assessing the type


and severity of the break.” Your bones are in a continual state of turnover, so they’re always ready to heal. Dr. Vann says, “In order for a fracture to heal as well as possible, we need to get the best reduction or placement of the bones so the ends of the broken parts are aligned. How easy or challenging this is depends on the severity and type of fracture you have, its location, other injuries to surrounding joints, and your age and activity level. There are many different types of fractures classified by the direction of the break relative to the bone, whether or not the skin is lacerated, and how many fragments have resulted.” “After an exam and an x-ray, we’ll determine the best course of action for you. In most cases, we place the broken bone in a cast, after manipulating the bone for the best alignment. If we can’t get a satisfactory alignment, we may turn to surgery to stabilize the bone with pins, plates, screws, or rods.” “No two patients and no two fractures are exactly the treatment we use and the length of time you’ll need to heal will vary. In every case, I’ll always here to answer

your questions so you can understand and feel confident in your treatment!” Mark Vann, MD Board Certified, Fellowship Trained, Orthopedic Surgeon Lower Extremity Specialist Sugar Land Medical Plaza 1327 Lake Point Parkway, Suite 520 Sugar Land, TX 77478 713-876-6518

You Deserve the Beauty Experience W Sarah Warburton hy does Nikki Plauche Let the expert staff at Kalologie drive to Sugar Land from shed a little “light” on your skin issues. downtown Houston for the IPL (intense pulsed light) photofacial Kalologie Medspa experience? She rejuvenate skin and reverse sun and age says, “I wanted to find a non-invasive damage with minimal downtime both procedure that would effectively corduring and after treatment. Nikki says, rect acne scarring, sun damage, and “The IPL Photofacial builds up collathe creeping signs of an unpregen in your face for the six months foltentious, friendly, and comfortable lowing your last treatment. My freckles environment. My esthetician, Sarah, are already lighter and the line between is both knowledgeable and really loves my eyes is fading, too. When you look her work. She’d mentioned the Spa at yourself in the mirror everyday, the Pass Membership to me, but she’s differences may seem subtle...but when never I didn’t decide to do it my mom saw me for the first time in until my third visit. It’s a great way to four months, right away she asked, save money, while getting real results!” ‘What have you been doing to your Time takes a toll on your skin with face? You look amazing!’” 1 hour introductory FACIAL $39! “I’m telling all my girlfriends in Bellaire sun damage, signs of aging, and the stress of a hectic lifestyle. Nikki says, “I travel frequently between about the wonderful staff and treatment at Kalologie Medspa in Sugar Houston, New York, and Connecticut, and Sarah always notices Land...they’re totally worth the trip!” Call Kalologie today and receive 50% off all IPL treatments for the and offers solutions for the little changes in my skin. In between my IPL Photofacial sessions, I have regular month of October. facials to minimize redness and mudCall Kalologie today diness in my complexion and replenish Kalologie Medspa and receive 50% off all the moisture. Sarah and all the staff at 281-265-0880 IPL treatments for the Kalologie are really warm and make you 15890 Southwest Freeway feel good about coming in. I always month of October Whole Foods Shopping Center leave with a lift in my confidence and I Sugar Land, TX 77478 look forward to coming back.”

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What Do Your Feet Have to Do With Your Teeth?


our teeth can’t go to see the dentist on their own. Don’t let your dental insurance go to waste...there are only a few months before your current benefits expire. Local dentist, Dr. Thomas Lomonte, D.D.S. says, “Most insurance plans allow two free cleanings per year. If you haven’t used your dental benefits or your still need dental work, there’s no time to waste!” You pay for your insurance benefits, but if you don’t use the full amount by December 31st, 2011, any unused dollars will be lost when your new deductible rolls around. It’s a classic case of “use ‘em or lose ‘em.” Dr. Lomonte says, “We want your out-ofpocket expenses kept to a minimum and all our patients to start the New Year with happy, healthy smiles. Letting time run out on your benefits isn’t good for your wallet…or for your health. We

encourage you to call now, before the busy holiday season starts!” When you run over to Dr. Lomonte’s office, look in his reception area for the registration station for the 29th Annual Fort Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land Four Mile Run/Two Mile Walk. As a founding member of the Fort Bend Optimist’s Club, Dr. Lomonte says, “I really believe in this organization’s goal of ‘honoring high school students who are dedicated to helping others, in an effort to make themselves better people and to make the world a better place.’ I’d like to invite everyone to come on over to our office and register for the Optimist Club’s annual fourmile fun run to raise money for local youth charities including College Scholarships, Shoes and School Supplies for Underprivileged Children, Sponsoring Boy Scout Troops, Adopting Needy Families for the Holidays, and the Leadership Program for High School Sophomores. We’ve got a registration center all set up and we’ll even give you a special gift equivalent to the value of your registration fee. Whether you walk or run with us on Sunday November 6 starting at Clements High School, your feet can help spread smiles all over Sugar Land!” Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477

(281) 530-1440

Come in as a patient and leave as a friend!

29th Annual Sugar Land Optimist Club 4 mile Fun Run/2 mile Walk

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Sarah Warburton hen someone’s glad to see you, it shows in their eyes. Shouldn’t your doctor look happy to see you? Heather Finnegan says, “My optometrist, Dr. Anh Doan, is friendly, personable, and knows all her patients and their families. Her staff is very nice and I’ve known some of them for years. You hate to walk into a doctor’s office and have them look at you like they’ve never seen you before...and that would never happen at Dr. Doan’s!” For over a decade Heather and her family have trusted Dr. Doan with their eyesight. Heather says, “My husband started coming to Dr. Doan’s


For over a decade Heather and her family have trusted Dr. Doan with their eyesight.

office in 1997...and he liked her so well that I started coming to see her, too. Later he had LASIK, and Dr. Doan took care of him throughout the process, except for the surgery itself. She fit my eleven-year-old son with glasses, and when he’s ready (and a little older) we’ll talk about contacts. I myself wear contacts during the day and glasses at night...and Dr. Doan’s always there to catch changes in my vision. Only my thirteen-year-old daughter doesn’t need corrective lenses, yet. Dr. Doan’s got two children of her own, so she’s great with patients of all ages.” Excellent vision care means more than glasses and contacts lenses. As a member of Vision Source, Dr. Doan is an independent optometrist who’s undergone a rigorous admissions process and regularly updates her education. She screens her patients for conditions and diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal ulcers, and diabetic retinopathy. Heather says, “We’ve been blessed with healthy eyes in our family, and I trust Dr. Doan’s eye exams. In other optometric offices, it used to drive me crazy when you’d get the dilation done and have to sit around and wait for it to wear off. Dr. Doan uses something that doesn’t take so long...she always puts your health and your comfort first.” “I love Dr. Doan’s’s not close to my house, but I’ll make the drive, because I always enjoy my visits and she’s such a great doctor!” Dr. Anh Doan, O.D. Vision Source! 4725 Highway 6 South 281-261-2647

The Finnegan family

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Science Can Heal the Heartbreak Sarah Warburton t’s a sad statistic that up to one in every four recognized pregnancies is lost in the first trimester to miscarriage. Most


women who experience a miscarriage go on to have a healthy pregnancy and never miscarry again. However, about five percent of fertile couples experience two or more miscarriages. Triple board-certified fertility specialist, Dr. Subodh Chauhan, says, “The risk of a recurrent miscarriage goes up dramatically after the second failed pregnancy. That’s the time to seek expert help. I’m here to help diagnose the underlying cause...and help you fulfill your dreams of having a family.” Many things can keep a pregnancy from coming to term. Dr. Chauhan says, “All kind of issues can cause a failed pregnancy, including anatomic problems (septum,

fibroids, adhesions), immunologic problems (antiphospholipid antibodies), endocrine problems(thyroid, diabetes, PCOS), environmental risks (smoking, alcohol, caffeine), and genetic problems (chromosomal abnormalities in embryo or parental chromosomal abnormalities).” Did you know that chromosome abnormalities are the most common cause of first trimester miscarriage? In fact, 60% -70% of all pregnancy losses in first trimester are due to chromosomal abnormalities – extra or missing whole chromosomes. Happily, in the last year we’ve seen an amazing breakthrough in diagnosing and treating this cause of infertility...microarray testing. For couples suffering through the emotional devastation of recurring pregnancy loss, there’s a new hope. Dr. Chauhan says, “In the past we used Fluoresence in situ hybridization testing to get information on 8 chromosomes... now with microarray we can evaluate all 24 chromosomes. This allows us to determine if chromosomal abnormalities are the cause of loss of pregnancy, find the paren-

tal origin of the abnormal chromosome, and check all chromosomes before implanting an embryo for the best chance of success.” “The answer to your infertility may be as simple as balancing your hormones or it could be more of a challenge. I’ll always honor your feelings and give you the best information for your decision,” says Dr. Chauhan. “I promise to listen, support you, and put my experience and resources to work in the hope of making your dream come true.” Fertility Specialists of Houston 4724 Sweetwater Blvd, Ste 105 Sugar Land, TX 77479 832-553-5IVF (5483) Email Dr. Chauhan your questions at

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Have You Seen the Miracle? H

Sarah Warburton undreds of people at the Texas Home and Garden Show at Reliant Stadium saw the miracle for themselves... the way one amazing method Patrick Miracle Method makes transforming your bathroom technician. Our technicians are or kitchen super-simple. Paul and the best trained and most reliable Jonee Barnett, owners of the Miracle in the industry. Method Surface Restoration, say, “A Miracle Method refinished bathtub doesn’t just look like new again, it feels like new again. We take real pride in knowing that no one can tell the difference between a brand-new bathtub and one we’ve restored. The miracle is seeing your old bathtub, tile, and countertop transformed...without the mess, hassle, and expense of remodeling.” Al Roker saw the miracle on the Today Show, where he ran his hands over the before and after of an old bathtub and shower stall that recieved the Miracle Method. He agreed with Lou Manfredini who said, “When you’ve seen what they can do you wouldn’t consider tearing out your old things (and sending them off to a landfill).” No matter how old your tub, tile, or countertop, the Miracle Method delivers results that are professional, beautiful, and affordable! Maybe you’ve seen the miracle...without even knowing it! Do you have a friend who “suddenly” got a brand-new kitchen? Have

you stayed at a Disney or Hilton resort? Miracle Method has successfully done work for most every major hotel chain in addition to thousands of apartments, college dormitories, and homes across the US and overseas. The University of Texas at Austin knows about the miracle...they’ve used the Miracle Method for attractive and affordable bathtub and tile refinishing and shower restoration in their on-campus dormitories. Going with the Miracle Method delivers beautiful, durable results...and saves up to seventy-five percent of the cost of removal and replacement. Does your kitchen or bathroom need a miracle? It’s a piece of cake with the Miracle Method. Jonee says, “We specialize in easy, attractive, and affordable miracles. Call us for your free estimate, give us just a few days...and we’ll give you a kitchen or bathroom that looks like new!” Miracle Method Surface Restoration 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road (by appointment only), Stafford, TX

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Can You Say Boooooo? Sarah Warburton hen you were little what scared you most...ghosts, gremlins, or witches? As an adult, sometimes it seems like the scariest thing is taking a peek in the mirror! Don’t let wrinkles or age spots make you feel like you’re wearing a Halloween mask. Lance Campbell, Pharm.D., R.Ph. says, “We’ve got some great anti-aging solutions and special formulations to help conquer all your ‘mirror fears’ and love your skin again.” You don’t need a crystal ball to predict the effects of aging on your skin, but the right products work like magic. Protect your skin from the terrors of free radicals, pollution, sun exposure, and the decreased collagen synthesis that comes with age. Dr. Campbell says, “Chrysaderm is an advanced cosmeceutical product that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, protects against harsh external factors,


improves skin tone, increases skin hydration for a look that’s naturally beautiful. We offer Chrysaderm in both innovative Day and Night cream formulas that work together to offer the best protection for your skin!” When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, don’t call Ghostbusters! Our Neighbor’s Choice awardwinning pharmacy has all the answers. Actually, all the staff at Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy are so’s a little scary! Tell them your worries and they’ll find you solutions. Dr. Campbell says, “We can even make unique formulations with the highest quality, most appropriate ingredients for your skin. If you have special concerns, just ask us to conjure up the best beauty skin formula for you.” Don’t let time trick you into accepting the effects of aging. Treat yourself to one of the lush anti-aging solutions from Campbell’s Compounding. Dr. Campbell says, “Skin aging

cannot be avoided completely, but the right treatments can delay or soften you can put beauty before age. We’ve got innovative and creative ways to help you love sneaking a peek in the mirror!” Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy 281-980-2555 “If our staff can’t make it…then you probably don’t need it!” 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103

Beat Holiday Weight Gain with Ripquest Boot Camp!


et this be the year you kick off the season stronger, leaner, and more fit than ever! Beat holiday weight gain before the holidays even start by revving your workout into high gear with Ripquest Boot Camp. Founder and Trainer, Carrie Moore who is also a licensed Physical Therapist says, “Whether you work out with me or with NASM-certified personal trainer, Carianne Moore, we’ll lead you through an effective and exciting workout that’s always changing!” The next five-week Boot Camp session starts on October 17th... just in time to get fit for the holidays. At $12.50 per

session, it’s only a fraction of the cost of a personal training session. No initiation fee, no cancellation fee, just five weeks to a stronger, sleeker, healthier you! All fitness levels are welcome. Carrie says, “Don’t worry, I’ll modify activities to your fitness level and progress you appropriately, so you can get strong and fit at your own pace. And since we change up our activities through high-intensity intervals of cardio, strength training, and core training, these boot camp sessions deliver real results!” Forget holiday fatigue! Boost your energy and your self-confidence with a Ripquest Boot Camp session, located at Sugar Land Memorial Park or Bellaire Park. and you’ll be ready to take on the entire holiday season. Spaces in Ripquest Boot Camp fill up quickly so sign up today! Sign up online at www.ripquest. com or contact Carrie with questions about the next five-week session starting October 17th, and you’ll be ready to start the New Year right with RipQuest!

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hen Bob Gifford took over the gymnastics studio next to the Sugar Land Ice Center, everyone wondered, could he really create an elite gymnastics and dance studio in only three months? We asked Bryan Kiser,the Executive Director and General Manager of the Sugar Land Gymnastics and Dance Studio how things are going. Bryan says, “We raised the bar...and exceeded it! Our studio is renovated, our highly trained and enthusiastic staff is ready, and enrollment is well underway. We’ve got the focus and direction to give our students an incredible experience!” With a newly remodeled and updated gym, sporting all of the latest innovations in gymnastics training––foam pits, trampolines, tumbling trampolines, spotting belts, and brand-new, state-ofthe-art elite equipment––Sugar Land Gymnastics and Dance Studio is registering students like crazy. Bryan says, “We’ve totally redone the dance floors with top-ofthe-line dance flooring and are completely remodeling the upstairs waiting/lounge area. Everyone on our staff has years of experience in this sport and love working with kids as we inspire them to excel. Our goal is to be the very best training facility, the safest environment, with the most qualified we’re the place your kiddos need to be!”

As a Member Club of USA Gymnastics, Sugar Land Gymnastics and Dance Studio uses a proven program that offers young athletes the opportunity to grow and develop along the path from “Tiny Tot/Mom and Me” classes all the way to competitive Team programs (both Men’s and Women’s)...which could lead to a spot on one of the Junior or Senior National Teams or even an Olympic Team! Not only that...but Dufour Dance Studio is part of Sugar Land Gymnastics and Dance. Bryan says, “We’re thrilled to announce that Synergy Dance Company-Sugar Land dances here...and we’re all looking forward to a spectacular dance recital coming this Spring! And don’t forget, in addition to gymnastics and dance, we also offer karate for ages three and up!” After all this work, don’t think the team at Sugar Land Gymnastics and Dance is ready for a rest! Bryan says, “Getting things ready has really energized us and we can’t wait to show you everything we have to offer. Bob and all of us here at Sugar Land Gymnastics and Dance believe that when we offer and expect excellence, our students enjoy it...and they deliver! Call to enroll your child today!” Sugar Land Gymnastics and Dance 281-240-0999 16215 Lexington Blvd Sugar Land, Texas 77479




How Do You Find the Best? Sarah Warburton


hen Dr. Shannon Orsak of St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms and his wife Sarah needed to have their hardwood floors resurfaced, they looked for the best people for the job. “We didn’t go in blind,” says Sarah. “We called up a company that’s done work for us before, asked around, and got a few quotes. Through St. Michael’s we’re members of the Texas Referral Network where we met Bob and Renee McKelvey from All About Carpet and Floors. When we asked them for a quote, they gave us the best price for the best product. That’s why we chose All About Carpet to resurface all

our hardwood floors and install hardwood on our stairs.” “Sanding the floor is a messy job,” says Sarah, “but the All About Carpet team was really great about keeping things clean. We had them sand the floors down, match the colors, and put hardwood on our stairs that had been carpeted. They were timely and polite, really wonderful about cleaning up after themselves, and the job was finished on-time. Now it looks absolutely beautiful! The actual work was very took longer to wait for the finish to dry and set than it did for them to do the work! And throughout the whole experience, Bob and Renee were really great about keeping in touch. It didn’t matter what time of day, they always kept us informed and were available to answer our questions or concerns.” What’s the best recommendation you can give a company? Your repeat business! Sarah says, “We were so pleased with the work they did and the way our floors look that we’ve chosen All About Carpet and Floors to replace our upstairs carpet. We love what they did, so we’re using them again. That says it all!” Customer satisfaction and a commitment to excellence have made All About Carpet and Floors a Fort Bend favorite for over fifteen years. Owners Bob and Renee McKelvey say, “In everything we do, customer satisfaction is our top priority. If you’re having trouble imagining the perfect floor for your home or you don’t know if your current flooring can be ‘saved,’ the experts in our showroom can open your eyes to the possibilities. We pride ourselves in offering the best of the best. Our products come straight from the best-known manufacturers, are installed by the best installers, and are ALWAYS sold to you at the very best price possible. Not only that, but we are the only IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certified) firm in the Sugar Land area.For all of your consulting, retail, installation, and cleaning needs, we’ve got you covered...come visit our showroom today!” All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s)

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The Smile She’ll Never Forget Sarah Warburton


hen the little girl first walked through the door, she wouldn’t look up, never spoke above a whisper, and wouldn’t smile. Dr. Katia Lemke, DMD says, “She was the sweetest elevenyear-old girl, but she was actually missing some teeth and needed some straightening. She was so self-conscious about her smile. Her parents hadn’t been able to bring her in for any pre-treatment, so she needed a lot of work. Through traditional braces, we were able to close the spaces left by her missing teeth without implants and give her a beautiful smile by the time she was thirteen!” “A case like this one could have taken

years,” Dr. Lemke says, “but using traditional braces, we were able to get wonderful the same amount of time as a patient without those challenges. Afterwards we saw an incredible change in her attitude, her demeanor, and her self-confidence!” If your child’s smile needs a lift, come see Dr. Lemke. She says, “My office is open late (until 7pm) on Monday and Tuesday and early (7am) on Friday, so it’s easier for my patients (and their parents)! We’ll take an x-ray and examine any existing or potential problems. Even if I don’t do anything right away, it’s good to know what’s coming. And if a child is extremely self-conscious about gaps or crooked teeth, sometimes I can make an aesthetic change. Whether we use traditional braces, Invisalign, or Incognito (lingual) Braces, we have a range of solutions for straighter, healthier smiles... and happier kids” “When I think about the ‘before’ and ‘after’ for each of my patients, it’s the happiness in their eyes and their new willingness to smile that makes me smile, too!”

Lemke Orthodontics 281-277-3555 Katia Lemke, DMD, PA 4907 Sandhill Dr., Ste B Sugar Land, TX 77479



Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Offers FREE FLU SHOTS to benefit Santa’s Gift Exchange


ethodist Sugar Land Hospital, in collaboration with Fort Bend and Sugar Land Exchange Club and the Sugar Land Rotary, will provide free flu shots on Saturday, October 29 to community members who participate in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend residents can bring a new, unwrapped toy or clothing item to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from 8 a.m. to noon in exchange for a flu shot. The toys and clothing will benefit local children in the Fort Bend area. In 2010, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to more than 3,000 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. Organizers of Santa’s Gift Exchange 2011 are anticipating an equal or greater number of qualifying families due to recent economic downturns. “Everyone’s help is needed to meet the challenge of providing toys for our children who will not have toys this year without our help,” said John Robson, Chairman of Santa’s Gift Exchange 2011. “We are looking forward to partnering with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for a fourth year. This is a great collaboration; get a flu shot and in return you are able to give back to the children in this community,” says Steve Griffith, Exchange Club of Sugar Land President.

The flu vaccine is formulated to provide protection against three different flu strains – H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will be distributing a limited supply of the influenza vaccine to persons age 18 and older with no history of egg and/or latex allergy. If you are pregnant, please visit your OB/GYN or primary care physician to have your vaccine administered.

If you would like to participate in this community event, please bring an unwrapped, new toy or clothing item to the main lobby of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital between the times of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th.

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Don’t Let the Energy Monster Get You! Cara Smith


ven though Halloween’s just around the corner, it’s still pretty dang hot around here. This month, while ghosts and skeletons are popping up everywhere, there’s one monster you should put to rest: your energy-sucking A/C unit! If your energy bills are downright scary, and your A/C clunked and moaned its way through the summer, Jackson Air has just the thing for you: a high-efficiency, seriously energy-saving unit from Trane that can slash your bills faster than a masked madman in a horror flick. And the cost won’t spook you at all! “With your choice of $1,250 in instant rebates or 0% financing

for 36 months, you can afford to treat yourself,” says owner Brian Jackson, “and it’s a great time to take advantage of federal tax credits before they expire in December.” As Sugar Land’s oldest independent Trane dealer, Jackson Air knows how to do the job right, and how to make sure there aren’t any scary surprises lurking in your heating and cooling systems. “We do a thorough inspection, so we can make sure we get your unit installed properly and that everything’s working like it should,” says Brian. They also offer routine maintenance plans to fit your needs, to make sure it all keeps working that way. And while it’s hard to believe that cool air is on the way, it will be, sooner or later, which means it’s a great time to get your furnace inspected before the winter. “We care about our neighbors,” Brian continues, “and we want to keep them safe and comfortable all winter long.” Remember to stay safe this Halloween, and call Jackson Air to treat yourself to a comfortable home—with no tricks. Don’t let that energy monster get you! Jackson Air 281-240-7200 •

“With your choice of $1,250 in instant rebates or 0% financing for 36 months, you can afford to treat yourself,” says owner Brian Jackson, “and it’s a great time to take advantage of federal tax credits before they expire in December.”

Enjoy A Culinary Escape

Sarah Warburton ord is getting about about the amazing happy hour at Keeper’s Restaurant, where special appetizers, drinks like blood orange martinis, green tea mojitos, and sake, sushi and innovative rolls are available at awesome prices from 3-6 every day...with a bonus “Reverse Happy Hour” from 9-11 Friday and Saturday night. But why wait for evening? The friendly and attentive service and atmosphere that’s as bright and modern as the beautifully addictive food makes Keeper’s the perfect midday escape. After all, why shouldn’t you feel special every day? Open the door and the smiling hostess, the sushi chefs, and the servers will greet you with the Japanese welcome, “Irashaimase!” Invite your best friend or gather a group to relax with a glass of light Cupcake Moscato wine and a salad of seasonal fruits like mango, kiwi, carefully peeled and sectioned oranges, pineapple and a delicious fruit and yogurt dressing. In the Chef’s Kaisen Salad you’ll find treasures like scallops, shrimp, squid, mussels, and crab meat, served with a mild spicy mustard dressing.If you don’t see Owner Keeper Lin himself behind the sushi counter, he’s probably at


the fish market, where he goes daily to ensure the highest-quality, freshest product for every dish. Not sure what to order? The staff enjoys making recommendations...whether you prefer sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, tempura, or noodles. They may suggest the fresh (never frozen!) Yellowtail Hamachi

with deseeded jalepeno rings in a Japanese tangerine Yuzu sauce or the salmon tartar over a salad of diced shrimp, avocado, red onion, cucumber and tomato served as a trio in spoons topped with sesame, Yuzu, or mustard seed dressing. Want a taste of everything? Try the Bento Box––a special lunch sampler artfully arranged with a choice of

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tempura or teriyaki, a bit of sushi, a little salad, and bite of something sweet. “Every detail at Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant and Bar––the Tamaki Gold rice (the highest grade Japanese rice), the fresh seafood, and our expert service,happy hour selections, and free wifi––was chosen to make our customers feel special,” says Keeper. “I’m so committed to quality and customer satisfaction that I gave this restaurant my own name.” Keeper’s Japanese Restaurant & Bar 281-242-0389 4654 Highway 6 South Sugar Land, TX 77578

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Conserving Water Can Save You Money

Sarah Warburton


e’re running low on water in Texas this year, so homeowners across Fort Bend are looking for ways to conserve each drop...and save money, too! Master Plumber Alan Burkhalter says, “One leaky pipe can make a big impact on your water bill. Keep an eye on those numbers each month and if you see an unexplained jump in your bill, give us a call. A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. Undiscovered leaks are just like money going down the drain!”

Did you know that a family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day? Remember the little things that make a difference like turning off the water while you shave or brush your teeth and only running the dishwasher when it’s full. Alan says, “All of us–– me, my brothers Chris and Brian, my two oldest sons Luke and Beau or new addition Zach––are always happy to answer questions or help you get set up with aerators on your plumbing fixtures, low flow shower heads that give you maximum spray while conserving water, or low flow toilets. You’ll always get the best service, a fair price, and a straight answer from us, because we believe in treating people right!” How long are you running your shower, waiting for the water to heat up? If your hot water heater is old, it could be costing you more and doing less. Call up the experts at Alan’s Plumbing for the inside scoop. Alan says, “Another ‘green’ solution I recommend is a new hot water heater. New water heaters are

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more efficient, work better, and require less energy, less space, and less money than old you’ll get hot water when you need it! Call us up and we’ll walk you through the options.” Don’t let pesky plumbing problems like a dripping faucet, running toilet, clogged drain, worn-out water heater or outdated bathroom fixtures make you see red. Call Alan’s Plumbing to go green...and save green! 281-261-1064

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fun Turning All the

It will be all because we are

You are invited to join the fun at the St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital’s Fall Festival Celebrating our Third Anniversary

Saturday, October 8th 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Activities include: · Bringing the fun–Radio Disney will have fun activities planned playing Radio Disney hits, interacting with kids and parents. Participants can register to win an “Extreme Halloween Makeover!” · Amusements for kids including a 22" giant slide, bouncer, bawl crawl, spots challenge and other fun games. · Face painting and fun hairdos · Explore the Texas Children's Kangaroo Crew ambulance especially for kids. 281- 637-7000

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Maybe Someday...

Sarah Warburton o you want a family someday...but not today? We asked Dr. Leslie Cohan of The Woman’s Place about the different options for birth control and the impact they have on your fertility. She says, “The best contraception is the one that’s safe, will be used correctly and consistently...and works with your body and your plans for the future.” “Some options don’t affect your long-term fertility, but they only work if you use them consistently and correctly. Vaginal barriers like the diaphragm or sponge are relatively simple and can be used with little advanced planning. Condoms are inexpensive, available without a prescription and easy to use. Not only do they prevent pregnancy, but by preventing sexually transmitted infections, condoms help protect your future fertility. They can (and should) be used along with other methods to protect yourself, your partners, and your long-term fertility.” “One of the most popular forms of contraception is the daily pill, which contains a combination of progesterone and estrogen. Usually three weeks of “active” pill are followed by one week of “reminder” pills. Newer pills are lower dose and have a shorter “pill-free” interval. Some require a period only four times a year. Newer combined hormonal methods work on the same principle. You can get pregnant as soon as you stop any of these methods, although it’s easier to pinpoint ovulation if you wait two or three months after stopping before conceiving. The Progesterone-based Depo-Provera injection is given every 12 weeks and may free you from a period altogether. Ovulation can return three to six months after stopping Depo-Provera, but some women need up to 18 months.” “If you’re really sure you don’t want to become pregnant for the next few years, but you want to keep your options open, you might consider intrauterine contraceptives or IUDs like Mirena. They provide effective, long-term protection against pregnancy


and after they are inserted in a doctor’s office, they’re hassle-free and absolutely reversible at any time. They do work better in women who have been pregnant.” “Come see me and we’ll discuss your health, family history, lifestyle, and plans for the future. I’m always happy to explain your choices, so you can make an informed decision for your health today...and the years to come!” The Woman’s Place (affiliated with the Woman’s Hospital of Texas) 713-795-0349 16552 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479

Fall into a Clean Home!

Cara Smith


verybody always talks about spring cleaning, but what about fall cleaning? It makes perfect sense for us Texans, when we’ve been holed up all summer, to give things a thorough freshening up when the weather finally gives us a break. And with the holidays just around the corner—and the guests, parties, and decorating—there couldn’t be a better time. Nor could there be better help than Professional Maid Service, locally owned and operated by Max McCammond. They’re cleaning experts, and they’ll do a truly professional job on your home. “Our maids uphold the highest possible standards—yours,” says Max. Nothing is ever swept under the rug,

and the only cobwebs you’ll see are your Halloween decorations. And not only do they clean professionally, but they act professionally, too. All of Max’s carefully screened employees are bonded and insured, and they arrive in uniform in a company car, so you’ll know just who’s at your house. Plus, they’ll discuss your needs with you so they make sure they’re doing the job right. Falling into a sparkling home is easy—if you leave it to the professionals! Give them a call, and let Sugar Land’s experts give you a break this fall. Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500

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Cleaning to the “Max”

With the holidays coming up, it’s time to shine your silver. But if you hate standing at the sink for hours with the polish, there’s an easier way! Line a pan with aluminum foil, and add three inches of water and a teaspoon each of baking soda and salt. Bring it to a boil on the stove, and carefully add your silver pieces. Make sure the water covers them, and let them simmer for two or three minutes. All the tarnish will be transferred to the foil, and voila—shining silver with a lot less elbow grease. Check in next month for a nearly-magical hint about cleaning stubborn grease out of pots and pans—just in time for Thanksgiving!

Trick My...


f you drive 90A between Sugar Land and Richmond/Rosenberg, you may have noticed the awesome monster trucks parked outside Lonestar Speed Shop... but that’s not all! Varuna Entertainment, creators of the hit CMT show “Trick My Truck,” have teamed up with Lonestar Speed Shop (also home to All Out Off Road) for a new show hosted by John Schneider, set to begin a nine-episode run on October 7th. Owner Chance Kamp says, “We’ve always said that if you can drive it, we can trick it out. Now the new show, ‘Trick My What!’ puts us to the test...and we’re up to the challenge!” Trick My What?!” gives blue-collar work-

ers the opportunity to trick out anything with an engine that helps put food on the table for their family. From shrimp boats to combines or logging skidders, Schneider and the guys from the Lonestar Speed Shop will trick out the lucky laborer’s equipment. Schneider says, “The heart of the show is finding out about the amazing and exciting things real families do to earn a living and fixing up the specific and unusual equipment they need to get those jobs done. Planting cabbages at Froberg’s Family Farm in Alvin or seeing the way one of those logging skidders could fell a tree before I’d even started my chainsaw really brings home how important these vehicles are to the families we feature.” Known for his roles on “Dukes of Hazard,” “Smallville,” and “Nip/ Tuck,” among others this award-winning actor and proud father of three has spent his fair share of time in Texas. From “Eddie Macon’s Run” filmed

in Laredo back in ’83 to Doonby filmed this year at Spiderwood Studios near Austin, John Schneider’s worked all over the Lone Star State. He’s also toured Texas performing his country music in places like Gilley’s in Dallas...and it’s rumored he’ll be providing the theme song for “Trick My What?!” Remember his fancy driving in “Dukes of Hazard” (where he performed many of his own stunts)? Keep your eyes peeled on 90A (or tune into CMT on October 7th) to see the gravel fly outside the Lonestar Speed Shop and All Out Off Road! “Trick My What?!” airs on CMT starting October 7th at 10/9c Lonestar Speed Shop and All Out Off Road 281-341-9494 708 Hwy 90A Richmond, TX. 77469 All Out Off Road Stafford 281-499-3806 • 13261 Murphy Rd.

The New Face of PAIN


hen you’re in pain, it’s hard to think clearly, and treatment decisions can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, the best solution is also the simplest one—and it’s offered right here by Sebastian Villarreal, M.D. Dr. Villarreal heads up the Houston Interventional Pain Center, where he helps free patients from pain—without surgery. “It’s always a good idea to start simple,” says Dr. Villarreal. “If there’s a non-surgical way that we can manage pain, the patient can start to feel better more quickly, without the additional recovery time.” Fellowship-trained in anesthesiology and pain management, Dr. Villarreal provides minimally-invasive injections for pain associated with most neck, back, and joint disorders. They’re minor, outpatient procedures, done right in his office without a trip—and they produce major results. How does it work? Using advanced digital imaging equipment, Dr. Villarreal carefully pinpoints the area where the pain is stemming from, which he injects with a combination of short- and long-acting pain medication. “I like to compare it to a sports car and an 18-wheeler,” he explains. “Like a sports car, the short-acting anesthetic gets there quickly, which provides instant relief and lets us know we’ve found the right spot. The long-acting medication, on the other hand, takes a little

longer to get going, but it provides relief for the long haul.” The path to less pain starts with less stress. Dr. Villarreal’s staff is warm, friendly, and experienced. The office has a personal atmosphere, is easily accessible, and best of all, Dr. Villarreal works his patients in quickly. “I know how debilitating pain is, and you shouldn’t have to deal with red tape, struggle to get into the office, or wait for treatment,” he says. That empathy defines his whole approach, and patients feel instantly at ease with him— as do their families, whom he involves in treatment decisions as often as possible. “Dealing with pain can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean the treatment should be,” explains Dr. Villarreal. “I saw a patient referred Friday straight from his doctor’s office. His wife couldn’t be there on such short notice, so we put her on speaker phone to include her in the consultation. That’s the kind of immediate, personal, flexible care that really sets us apart from the large institutions.” So, if you’re hurting, call Dr. Villarreal. He makes it simple to strike through pain!

Sebastian Villarreal, M.D. Houston Interventional Pain Center • 281-494-PAIN (7246) 6350 Hwy 90A, Suite 700, Sugar Land, Texas 77498

“Why Did We Wait So Long?”


he temperature upstairs in our house just never got below 85 degrees in the summer and it was so humid! We’d had these old A/C systems that were fifteen years old and it was time to do something about it,” says Fort Bend resident Beverly Haugseth. “My husband, Paul, is an engineer and he did all the research on different air conditioning companies and interviewed several sales people.

He chose Bryan Bellamy of All Out A/C for three reasons. First, it was clear Bryan knew what he was talking about, secondly he was honest and forthright, and thirdly he offered us a fair price for the units we chose.” “Since we were replacing our entire air conditioning system, it wasn’t a decision we took lightly. Bryan came out and walked us through the rebates and government incentives. He knew what we needed for the size of our home and the best SEER rating for us and made his suggestions...and he was spoton. The units we have now are incredible!” “The team from All Out replaced our full systems inside and out and I’ve been recommending them ever since! They were efficient, respectful, and fun to be around. They paid attention to where we spend our time and asked which areas we wanted cooler so that our ducts delivered the cool air where we need it most. And Bryan’s always been available to answer questions whenever we need his help...even after all the work was finished! “Now I sit upstairs in the evenings where it used to be so hot. That part of the house faces the west and gets the full

afternoon sun. Even with the thermostat on 78 degrees, I need a blanket on my lap. Our new air conditioning system takes the humidity right out of the air and we’re seeing real savings on our electric bill. Basically, we’re paying less and staying cooler. Every day since we had them replaced my husband and I look at each other and say, ‘I can’t believe we waited so long to have this done!’” All Out A/C and Heating 281-238-9292 626 Highway 90A Richmond, TX 77406


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You’re Invited!


ark your calendar for Saturday, October 29th and meet your friends and family at the Sugar Land Town Square Plaza from 4-7pm for live music by 80 Proof, activities and food, and the unveiling of the 2012 Small Miracles Calendar to benefit The Snowdrop Foundation. Brian Covault, founder of TCRN-Sugar Land, says, “This is an event that’s fun for the whole family and really brings the community together in support of a wonderful cause!” “We’ve found the best businesses in Sugar Land are also the most active in our community...and have the biggest hearts! All the members of TCRN are enthusiastic about supporting Snowdrop Foundation. This amazing organization assist patients and families at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and raise funding for continued research to eliminate childhood cancer. We’re particularly honored to help Snowdrop Foundation raise money for full scholarships for college-bound pediatric cancer patients and survivors...from Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford, and Richmond-Rosenberg. This benefit is familyfriendly fun for a fantastic cause!”

You’ll witness the dramatic unveiling of the Small Miracles calendar by nationally recognized fine art portrait photographer and award-winning columnist, Alisa Murray. This limited edition calendar features photographs of pediatric cancer patients and will be available with a twelve dollar donation to Snowdrop Foundation. In addition, Alisa Murray will be available to sign copies and answer your questions. The Small Miracles Project is a collaboration between Snowdrop Foundation, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, TCRN-Sugar Land and Alisa Murray. “At TCRN-Sugar Land, we’re thrilled to give back to the community in support of such a worthy cause,” says Brian. “Visit our website or our Facebook page to see our full range of members from businesses like home services, restaurants, and medical services to community resources like churches...and remember to take advantage of our FREE Preferred Customer Card which offers you special discounts! Our member businesses distinguish themselves by their commitment to customer service, superior performance, and community spirit.”

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You discovered her favorite restaurant. She introduced you to your husband. Now, you could save her life. State-of-the-art BreaSt CanCer DiagnoStiCS: Digital Mammography Breast Ultrasound Breast MRI MRI Guided Biopsy Ultrasound Biopsy Stereotactic Biopsy

Schedule your mammogram at the Sugar Plum Market November 3, 4 and 5

Reminding a friend to schedule a mammogram could save her life. According to The National Cancer Institute, the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early are getting a high-quality screening mammogram and having a clinical breast exam on a regular basis. You can rest assured that at the Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital you and your friend will receive the high-quality mammogram you need. It is the only full-service center of its kind in Fort Bend County that women can rely on for dedicated breast radiology expertise, state-of-the-art technology and compassionate care.

Call 281-242-PINK (7465) to schedule a mammogram at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

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