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This issue also features our ever popular feature on Pearland brides. Share in the wedding pictures and wedding details of their special day. Rejoice with them as they begin their lifelong adventure together. Our special sections this month focus on schools and wellness. Find out valuable information on local private schools and after school activities for winter and 2012/2013 registrations. In our wellness section, learn who can help you achieve a good balance in the new year.

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How Will You Look in the New Year? By Susie Ainsworth


he ball is about to drop for another new year, and we all know what that means ... time to make some New Year’s resolutions. However, many Americans are resistant to making them possibly because the thought of failure is too great. According to Time magazine, most Americans have made — and broken — a resolution or two. Here’s a list of last year’s most common New Year’s resolutions.


Lose weight and get fit.


Quit smoking.


Learn something new.


Eat healthier and diet.


Get out of debt and save money.


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Cindy Durham, Greg Durham, Sara Oliver and Erin Guerrero. Does that list look familiar? Even if you didn’t write it down last year, you may have thought about trying to achieve one of those positive changes. Weight loss and exercise are most common because, well after a couple months of overeating, shedding those unwanted pounds is the right thing to do. The National Institute of Health conducted a study and found that on average most Americans only gain about one pound over the holiday season. While that number seems encouraging, here’s another fact that is not. Most of those studied did not lose that pound after the new year, and over time, this slight weight gain each year contributes to obesity and a whole host of diseases related to obesity. If that’s not reason enough to start, here’s another fact to fuel your fire: more than half of all adults in the United States are overweight, according to government statistics based on body mass index or BMI. More than half! So throw

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Sonja Garza out your fear of failure and get busy. Needless to say, it’s time to start moving America! Here locally, we have a new fitness company that will be starting its first boot camp session this January. Bay Area Adventure Boot Camp wants to help

you reach your fitness goals and your New Year’s resolutions. “Quick fixes don’t last, and there isn’t a secret to weight loss,” explained Sara Oliver, owner of Bay Area Adventure Boot Camp. “You only get one body in this life, and I love helping people learn how to take care of themselves the right way. We not only lead people through safe, effective workouts, but we teach proper nutrition and health habits. Our big mantra is, diet’s don’t work, good habits do!” Oliver has been a personal trainer since 1997, and she opened Bay Area Adventure Boot Camp in 2006. She pearland

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started her business in Deer Park, and in just five years has grown into Clear Lake, Seabrook/El Lago, Leauge City and now Pearland. Bay Area Adventure Boot Camp structures its outdoor classes into four weekly sessions Monday through Friday and then one week off. The work they do is paying off, too. “We have seen clients not only lose amazing amounts of weight, anywhere from 10-75 pounds, but we help people lower their cholesterol, gain back lost energy, gain better sleep at night, increase their immune system, find their inner athlete and also discover long lasting friendships with other members,” Oliver said. We’ve all watched The Biggest Loser and have been in awe of the substantial amounts of weight the contestants lose. We have also seen how dedicated they are to losing weight, and the effort they put into exercising and eating healthy. “While we love the trainers on The Biggest Loser, we take a different approach,” Oliver said. “You will not be screamed or yelled at in our program, but you will be taught proper form and encouraged to dig deep and give 100 percent. We know that with proper education and encouragement, you can do anything!” she said. “We will hold you accountable to be in class, but getting there and working hard is ultimately your choice. Again, we teach you the habits necessary to reach your goals.” Bay Area Adventure Boot Camp starts Monday, January 9 at two locations. Both sessions start at 5:15 a.m. until 6:15 a.m. at Centennial Park off of McLean Road and at a Silverlake location. If you are interested in joining either session, visit their website at Ultimately losing weight and getting fit are lifestyle changes that start with you.

Success Story

The first six months of 2011, I was running three times a week and trained with a personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness doing strength training on machines three times a week. I have only been with Bay Area Boot Camp for three months and have achieved triple the success in half of the time. If anything, the machines at the gym bulked me up, and I never really lost weight. Sara and Greg know what they are doing, and my awesome results prove it! Now I have more energy, I’m happier and it is the perfect way to get my day started. If I don’t show up, my day just doesn’t seem right.




When I started Boot Camp, I weighed 220 pounds and could not run a mile. I used to be very athletic at a younger age. Life now just seemed to be about taking care of my children and family. I just stopped taking care of myself and was feeling the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle. I tried other types of workouts and diets, but realized quickly that Boot Camp was right up my alley. I jumped right in and worked through the soreness that comes with moving your body after so many years of being inactive. I started incorporating all of the eating tips that Sara taught, and I never missed a day of Boot Camp. I went five days a week, no matter what the weather was. It was not easy but after a period of time, I saw that the pounds just started coming off. I have lost over 60 pounds and recently competed in a 10K. I still attend Boot Camp five days a week, and I have added daily runs in my afternoon workout. None of this would have been possible if it was not for Sara and the Boot Camp. I have made lots of friends that share the same goals as me and most importantly, I have taken my life back and have made myself happier and healthier for me and my family!

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• The term of the loan. • The interest rate and fees. Then, total them up. Looking at the numbers can be worrisome, but this is a positive – and necessary – first step to tackling your debt. The power of 50 Paying the minimum amount due on your credit cards is one of the fastest ways to fall further into debt, and it can keep you in debt for years or decades. If you have a credit card with a $3,000 balance at an annual interest rate of 18%, and you pay only the 2% minimum monthly payment of $60 per month, it would take you 8 years to pay off your bill. Not only that, you will have paid $5,780 by the end of the 8 years – almost double the $3,000 you thought you were spending when you made the charges. Paying just $50 above the minimum amount due each month will make an incredible difference in how quickly you can pay down what you owe. If you pay an additional $50 per month toward your $3,000 balance for a total payment of $110 a month, you could pay off the debt in 3 years instead of 8, and save yourself over $1,800 in interest. But if you can pay an additional $50 per month on that debt, for a total payment of $110 a month, you will pay down more of the $3,000 you originally owed. And that means less money for the credi-


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oday, it’s easier than ever to take a sip from the fountain of youth. Advances in minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures over the past decade now make it easier, and more financially feasible, for men and women to enhance or transform their appearance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a growing number of patients are choosing minimally-invasive procedures over cosmetic surgery. For some patients, the decision is a matter of economics; the recent economic downturn has put major surgical procedures out of reach for many. Other patients are reluctant to commit to the pain and recovery time that accompanies cosmetic surgery. Regardless of the reason, in the last decade, the number of facelifts dropped by 15% while the number of Botox procedures done by plastic surgeons increased from about 800,000 to over 5 million last year. Patients now have attractive new options for non-surgical facial rejuvenation and body contouring. Botox® and dermal fillers can be combined to reduce facial wrinkles. When you contract certain muscles of your face, you produce wrinkles and furrows over time that make you look older, sad, or tired. Botox® helps to weaken these specific muscles, thus minimizing wrinkles. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm®, are made of a naturally occurring hyaluronic acid that can help treat wrinkles visible without muscular contraction, thus leaving you looking younger and refreshed. Microdermabrasion, laser-based photofacials, and chemical peel treatments help to restore your skin to its natural beauty by unclogging pores, exfoliating dead skin cells, reducing blackheads, reversing sun damage, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and stimulating regeneration with gentle acids that achieve amazing results in facial rejuvenation. Body contouring can be done non-surgically as well. CoolSculpting® offers a revolutionary, pain-free option for fat reduction with no needles, no recovery, minimal discomfort, and no downtime. It is perfect for busy people, since the process takes only one hour and can reduce the fat from a region by about 25% with only one treatment and because the fat cells are destroyed and removed, the results are essentially permanent. All of these non-surgical options will soon be available at Divinity Med Spa & Wellness, a new full-service medical spa coming to Friendswood, catering to men and women looking to drink from the fountain of youth. For more information, visit★


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Michael & Laura Ambro July 31, 2010 Photography by JP Beato III


Bride’s Full Name: Laura Jean Brenner Groom’s Full Name: Michael William Ambro Ceremony Site: St. Helen Catholic Church, Pearland Reception Site: Helena Hall at St. Helen Rehearsal Dinner Site: Las Rosas, Pearland Videography: James Longoria Wedding Planner: By the Bride with Day-of by Cindy Rodriguez Officiant: Father Efiri Matthias Selemobri, MSP Gown: David’s Bridal Veil: David’s Bridal Shoes: Antonio Melani Jewelry: Bride’s Own Hair: Connie Stryk Makeup: By the Bride Bridesmaid Dresses: Black Dress of Choice Formalwear: The Men’s Wearhouse Invitations: By the Bride, a Graphic Designer Flowers: LZ Floral Design Catering: Ben’s Chuck Wagon Cake: Ronda Chambers Music: Hector Reyes Favors: Cookies by Ronda Chambers, Souvenir Cups by Transportation: By the Groom Accommodations: The Couple’s First Home in Pearland Honeymoon: Tour of Italy & Second Wedding Reception in Rota, Spain


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Pet Hub’s Family Fun/Spay-Neuter Event


hose with four legs and those with only two gathered on October 15th for Pet Hub Animal Rescue’s 1st Annual Family Fun/Spay-Neuter Event sponsored by Pet Hub Animal Rescue, PETCO Foundation, Pearland Animal Control and Silverlake Animal Hospital. A crowd of several hundred people stopped by Pearland PETCO to take advantage of free pet sterilization services for low income individuals, free microchipping, City of Pearland pet registration amnesty day, low cost pet vaccinations, pet adoptions, child fingerprinting and information from the Laura Recovery Center. on how to keep your children safe.   Also as part of this event, several boxes of food was donated by those who came to the event for the Pearland Neighborhood Center to help fill the pantry. A fundraiser raffle for donated items was also held.  A special thanks to the many businesses Shari Coleman, Supervisor Pearland Animal Control; Heidi which contributed to the Downs, Pearland PETCO Store Manager; Mayor Tom Reid; raffle: Dave Maggard “The and Tammy Dexter, Pet Hub Executive Director. Wine Man,” Blockbuster Video, Texas Central BBQ, According to Tammy Dexter, Pet Hub FreeBirds, CiCi’s Pizza, Chili’s, European Executive Director, “The event was a huge Wax Center, Half Price Books, Bella Nails success.  Our mission as a rescue is to help and Spa, Mimi’s Café, Best Buy, Pei Wei, educate the community about the importance Lenny’s Sub Shop, and Meadowlake Pet of pet sterilization, city registration, and Resort. All proceeds from the raffle help how to improve your pet’s chances of being returned home if they are lost.”     The SNAP (spay neuter assistance program) mobile clinic was full by 8 a.m. and sterilized 22 pets. The Silverlake Animal Hospital was on-site to implant free microchips in 27 animals.  Approximately 75% of all City pet registrations were first time registrations.  Also, several newly adopted animals found their “forever families.” The Pearland Police Explorers were on hand to help assist with child fingerprinting.   The Laura Recovery Center was available to answer questions and pass out information Pearland Police Explorers. pearland

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fund Pet Hub Animal Rescue projects and raise money for next year’s event. Pet Hub Animal Rescue rescues and fosters homeless animals until permanent homes are found, promotes spay/neuter programs, and helps return lost pets to their owners through its free PETS411 service. For further information about Pet Hub Animal Rescue or to make a donation, email or visit the Pet Hub website at H

NewStart Helps Residents Reach Weight Loss Goals The NewStart surgical weight loss program at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital is expanding to help the growing number of local residents struggling with obesity. “We’ve welcomed a medical bariatrician to our staff who provides weight management and weight loss support, and are now offering more surgical options,” says Kenneth Hollis, M.D., medical director of the program who has completed about 2,000 bariatric procedures. “The goal is to offer a comprehensive program that helps patients understand all their options and then work with them to ensure they succeed.” Accredited by the American College of Surgeons, NewStart provides coordinated care to help people of all ages maintain a healthy weight. Available services include patient education seminars and webinars, nutritional counseling, medical and surgical weight loss programs, presurgery medical and psychological evaluations, and postsurgery support groups. NewStart also has an innovative pediatric weight management program to help overweight children and their families develop healthy eating and exercise habits to last a lifetime. More than 130 children have participated in the program. “There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to weight management,” says medical bariatrician Karla Vital, M.D., who is affiliated with Memorial Hermman Southeast hospital and board certified in internal medicine. “I consider a variety of factors – such as patients’ weight-related

Dr. Hollis (left) and Dr. Vital care for NewStart patients.

goals, lifestyles, work schedules, genetics and eating habits – and develop customized, medically supervised weight loss programs. I also help evaluate patients considering bariatric surgery.” Dr. Vital works closely with patients’ primary care physicians. She monitors their progress and helps them gain control of their diabetes, high blood pressure and other obesity-related problems. NewStart now offers three minimally invasive surgical procedures: gastric banding, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.

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A New Year’s Resolution You’ll Like

By Brian Covault Founder and President of TCRN


he Christmas Holiday has come and gone, and it is now the New Year. By now, most of us have decided what our New Year’s Resolution will be. Let me throw out a suggestion to add to your current resolution: Add saving money to your list in 2012. Do you like to save money? Better yet, do you like to save money at top rated businesses in your community? Of course you do. Who wouldn’t? Texas Community Referral Network (TCRN) can help! All you need is a TCRN Preferred Customer Card (PCC)! If you don’t already have one, start the New Year with a Preferred Customer Card from Texas Community Referral Network! With it, you can enjoy unlimited savings at great businesses around Pearland. The card is free! It doesn’t expire, and you can use the card as often as you want. There is nothing to print out and no coupons you have to mess with…just ONE card! You can get a Preferred Customer Card from any local TCRN business. Just log on to, and look through the online Business Directory to find the closest TCRN business to you. There are several local businesses that you can use the card at. While on the TCRN-Pearland website, click on the Money Saving Tips tab, and it will populate all of the businesses that offer something associated with the card and what your savings are with it. You can even use the QR code on the card with your smartphone to see all of the businesses that you

can use your card at. You don’t have to register your card either. Just log on and see all the places you can use your card. Be sure to look at it regularly too, because new TCRN businesses will be added to the site each month. Which means, more places for you to save money. For example, let’s say you feel like going out for Mexican food. There are a lot of choices but which one do you choose? Well, if you go to Del Pueblo’s Mexican Restaurant, you can save 10% off of your food bill every time with your TCRN Preferred Customer Card. When you get your bill, just give your server your PCC, and they will give you the discount on your bill. You can also use your TCRN Preferred Customer Card at Sakura Japanese Steakhouse for a 10% discount and at Stadia Sports Grill for a 15% discount. There are many other businesses found on the website that you can use your card at too. All you have to do is keep your TCRN Preferred Customer Card in your wallet, and use it often. TCRN is dedicated to the residents of Pearland and its surrounding area. Tell


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REJUVENATION & WELLNESS Drop Foot Can Cause Pain and Embarrassment A car accident left Ashley Mitchell, 18, with drop foot, a condition that left her unable to properly lift her foot off of the ground. “The condition caused me a great deal of embarrassment,” said Mitchell. Drop foot is a condition where there is weakness in the muscles that raise the foot up at the ankle. People with drop foot are unable to clear their foot from the ground when swinging the foot forward. “This causes them to lift their foot higher than normal to allow the toes to get off the ground, leading to unsafe walking and difficulties getting around,” said Dr. Kevin Varner, an orthopedic surgeon with The Methodist Hospital. Drop foot is often caused by injury to the peroneal nerve deep within the lumbar and sacral spine. The peroneal nerve is a division of the sciatic nerve that runs along the outside of the lower leg (below the knee) and branches off into each ankle, foot, and first two toes. It transmits signals to muscle groups responsible for ankle, foot, and toe movement and sensation. The condition is commonly seen after trauma such as a knee dislocation or penetrating injury (knife, glass, etc.) that damages the nerve. It can also be caused by congenital or acquired nerve. Some people with drop foot can wear special shoes or straps that mimic the natural motion of the ankle, but others need surgery to fix the problem. “Surgery involves rerouting tendons from undamaged local muscles to restore foot elevation. If a local muscle is not available, we can take one from the leg or the back,” Varner said. “Muscle tone often returns by six months with gradual improvement in strength over about a two year period.” H

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Extending Imagination into the Summer Primrose Schools® Balances Fun with Learning through its Summer Camp Program Throughout the school year, Primrose students are challenged academically and exposed to activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle, an active imagination and social and emotional development. Participating in this kind of balanced program doesn’t have to stop at the end of the school year. Many organizations offer summer camp programs that engage children in fun activities and promote learning and discovery throughout summer. Once again, Primrose Schools will offer its summer camp that incorporates learning into many fun activities and topics. Camp Primrose® 2012, “Expedition Summer…the Adventure Awaits!” proves that at Primrose, learning doesn’t take a vacation during the summer. Having fun and learning can go hand in hand. “Encouraging children to use their natural tendency to learn through play and exploration over the summer gives them time to practice, internalize, and apply what they learned during the academic part of the year. They can investigate and explore topics that interest them in more depth which will help them develop into wellrounded learners,” says Dr. Mary Zurn, vice president of education at Primrose Schools. Here are a few tips from Dr. Zurn about how to choose the best summer camp program: • Include your child in the decision • Choose a well-rounded program • Visit the location • Ask other parents To learn more about the Primrose summer camp experience at the Primrose Schools of Pearland, visit Primrose School of Pearland, www.primrosepearland. com or call 713.436.4120, Primrose School of Pearland Parkway, or call 281.997.8855, or Primrose School of West Pearland, or call 713.436.0404 to arrange a tour of the campus. H

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rom director Steven Spielberg comes an emotional epic on a classic scale. It is the story of a miraculous horse in wartime - a stirring journey that explores a bond of friendship, loyalty and courage. Within the tale of a boy and the feisty colt he never stops believing in, there are sweeping battles, desperate escapes and an evocative odyssey through a world at war. But no matter where they go or what they experience both boy and horse keep forging ahead, driven by devotion and the hope of returning home. Adapted from one of the great modern stories of friendship and war, the film is drawn from the novel that sparked a rousing stage hit, garnering five Tony Awards, including Best Play. Now, Spielberg unfolds this heartwarming tale for all ages with a return to the territory where big screen cinema and intimate storytelling meet. The journey begins on the cusp of WWI as an English farming family buys a fiery hunter colt at auction despite not having the funds to pay for him. Named Joey, the horse seems to be nothing but a loss for

struggling Ted and Rosie Narracott (Peter Mullan and Emily Watson), but their son Albert (Jeremy Irvine) is determined to tame and train him, making the most of Joey’s enthralling spirit, speed and affection. The two are inseparable, but when war breaks out, they are pulled apart as Joey is sold from under him and heads to the front as the mount of a dashing British cavalry officer. Thus starts Joey’s labyrinthine trek through joy and sorrow, hardship and wonder, as this simple horse becomes a remarkable hero, touching lives on all sides of the war with his innocence, purity of motive, and unconditional devotion to his human friends. He pulls battlefield ambulances, whisks away German soldiers on the run, fires the imagination of a French girl and hauls colossal cannons up mountains. As the film builds to its powerful climax, and Albert heads into the trenches on his own perilous mission, Joey finds himself ensnared in the haunting No Man’s Land between British and German territory. But even when it seems there can be no return, he sets in motion a momentary chance for peace and holds fast to a dream of reunion and renewal. What Spielberg has on his hands is essentially a Saving Private Ryan set against the backdrop of WWI whose focus

is that of a horse. One of the most magnetic qualities of the film is its emotion. The viewer will experience the full gamut due to everything about the film. The casting, the cinematography, as well as the score, all combine to provide a grandiose film that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The emotion and honesty of the film are just raw throughout. The battle, sequence involving the Argonne is phenomenal both in its presentation and scope. Immediately after the brutality of the battle, your emotions will once again be twisted as two enemies are both drawn to the center of the battlefield because of their love of horses. What happens proves there is hope in the world no matter who you are or where you come from. Don't pass up War Horse as it will definitely be involved in the Oscar race this year. H

War Horse Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson & David Thewlis Director: Steven Spielberg Company: Disney Now Showing: In Local Area Theatres MPAA Rating: PG-13 Grade: A+

On their farm in the French countryside, Emilie (Celine Buckens) and her Grandfather (Niels Arestrup) with Joey (right) and Topthorn (left) are featured in this scene from DreamWorks Pictures' War Horse, director Steven Spielberg's epic adventure and an unforgettable odyssey through courage, friendship, discovery and wonder. Photos courtesy of David Appleby & Andrew Cooper, Walt Disney Pictures.

Nick Nicholson is the Film and Entertainment Critic for CNN Radio, the Fort Bend Star, Fort Bend Focus, 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. pearland

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Pearland Community Rallies to Help Family What do you do when you receive word  from Pearland ISD Business Community Liaison, Lisa Cushing, three weeks before Christmas that a Pearland family can't afford Christmas presents for their children this year? If you are Tammy Dexter, executive director of Pet Hub Animal Rescue, you starting rallying the community. "Even though our primary focus is helping the four-legged members of the family, I knew that many people in Pearland would be willing to help if asked," said Dexter. And help they did. Donations were made by generous Pearlanders and by retailers  Macy’s, Manvel Mattress, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Best Buy and WalMart, who also offered discounts on items on the family’s Christmas list to make the donated dollars go even farther. Soon a sleigh-full of presents were gift-wrapped and ready to go under the anonymous family's tree. According to Brendan Halford from Macy’s at Pearland Town Center, “At Macy’s, we make magic in our communities every day. Through our employee volunteer program, Partners in Time, our associates saw this as an opportunity ‘give back’ to our community.” Because of the positive response, Dexter says that Pet Hub Animal Rescue plans to turn this effort into an annual “Share Your Christmas” program. “We want to build on the great community support and adopt more families next year.” Pet Hub Animal Rescue rescues and fosters homeless animals, promotes spay/ neuter programs, and helps return lost pets through its free PETS411 service. Visit H www.pearland

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Susan Busch Nicole LaGravenese & Audrey Henderson.

Grace Belleza, Liz Pace, Patti Parish-Kaminski & Debi Beauregard.

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Jamie Susice & Amanda Ainsworth.

Delfino & Norma Loredo.

High School HOT SHOT

By Linda K. Eaves Photography by Daniel Hernandez



a friend, Phillip Zamora, took it upon themselves to visit and talk with homeless people and gave out snacks, water, and juice boxes. Chad is a member of National Honor Society and dreams of attending either the Curtis Institute of Music or the Colburn School Conservatory of Music. His next choices are University of Texas, University of Houston or Northwestern University. He definitely wants to pursue a career in music, playing in a major symphony and giving lessons. “You can’t get anywhere if you don’t put the time in and practice. If I don’t

had Henry, highly talented trumpet player and Pearland High senior, performs with Virtuosi of Houston Young Artists Chamber Orchestra. “I joined my sophomore year,” said Chad. “I was hesitant because I didn’t know much about it. The people are music geniuses. It’s a whole new level I never thought was possible at this age. We practice twice a week for four hours including travel time. We have a blast and make awesome music.” Chad also plays with the Houston Youth Symphony and credits Jim Vassallo, his instructor at University of Houston, for urging him to get involved with a youth orchestra. Chad began playing trumpet in sixth grade and helped the Pride of Pearland marching band earn high rankings in recent competitions. “Virtuosi of Houston takes up a lot of time,” Chad said. Balancing school work and college applications with music has been an obstacle he’s had to overcome. Activities sometimes overlap. During marching season, it’s not unusual to be at school at 6:30 a.m. and not be home until 11:00 p.m.


“You have to practice every day and learn to appreciate it, love it, and find the joy in it because lots of times playing your instrument is work, and you forget that you like to play.” - Chad Henry But he’s learned to work in the car and use every opportunity to practice. In the midst of this schedule, he’s had to record challenging pieces of music for college applications. “Sometimes, it’s relentless. I’m working really hard,” he said. In addition to attending services at Southeast Church of Christ, Chad is a youth group leader. The youth group funded and ran a summer camp for

underprivileged kids in Mineral Wells, Texas. “We run this camp and give them the greatest week of their lives and teach them about God. It’s so much work, but it’s so rewarding.” He also went to Biloxi and Galveston after hurricanes Katrina and Ike and installed floors in people’s houses and helped clean up. At the Houston Food Bank, he helped bag and deliver a massive shipment of rice and beans. He and


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practice for a day or two, I can really tell. It’s like I’ve taken a bunch of steps backwards, said Chad. “You have to practice every day and learn to appreciate it, love it, and find the joy in it because lots of times playing your instrument is work, and you forget that you like to play. Make sure you’re having a good time. Find lots of friends in band. Band is a great environment for an awesome experience.” H

Designing Your New Year

Time to




enjoy decorating for winter, especially after the busy holiday season. External runaway pressures, real or perceived, from the fall season to New Year can put us in a frenzy of activity. The very thing that bothers people about this time of year, the stopping, is really a great opportunity to prioritize and reassess. It is also a wonderful time to organize your home. As you are storing your holiday decorations, try using a few things in a new way for a clean, fresh look to the New Year. Then, read a book or take a walk. You will feel as refreshed as your home looks. Enjoy these decorating suggestions during the New Year as you entertain, relax and regroup. Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!

Take a Walk

Enjoy the sunshine when it’s out or just head outside for a quick walk. Pair a vibrant scarf and fun gloves with your dark parka. The splash of color will bring a smile to your face and those around you.

Lighten Up



Lighting is especially important during the shorter, darker days since light helps improve our moods in the winter months. Bottomless hurricane lamps or any large clear containers and strands of holiday lights make a glowing addition to a mantel or a sideboard. Connect the strands and voila!


Use leftover ribbon to tie around stems of your Champagne flutes and stemware for fun. Choosing a different color for every glass also helps guests keep track of their drinks.


Fruit for Thought 4


Create a great look by coring green or red apples for votive candle holders. Use with fresh flowers, foliage and branches from your garden for this simple yet elegant effect. Light the candles in your kitchen or dining area just for you.

Collect Pine Cones

Use holiday decorative or natural pine cones in cylinders with natural greenery from your garden or sparkly twisted twigs for a great look.


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By Alisa Murray Nationally recognized portrait artist and award-winning columnist.

Living the Sweet Life:

Finding Treasures in Unexpected Ways!


bout six months ago, one of my clients stepped out of her car for a shoot, and I heard a familiar jingle. At first, I could not place the sound, but after just a second, I realized that it was coming from her shoes. Once I glanced down, I saw her wearing a shoe that almost made me cry. They were a sandal with tiny little glass leaves and grapes that jingled when she walked, and all of these memories of my mother came flooding back to me. Mother had been a shoe person if ever there was one, and she had a pair of white sandals with red and purple grapes that surely had been made by the same designer nearly 35 years prior! My client asked me to tell her the story as I stood there and kept saying “Oh my, oh my!” I explained to her that after mother had been killed, my father gave many of her

clothes and shoes away. He was like most men not thinking about a day in the future when I would want to wear these things or might enjoy just having them. In his haste to try to painfully move on, it was understandable that he gift to her closest friends who were the same size all of these “things.” Years later, I recall, perhaps in high school specifically asking him for those white sandals. I remembered them from when I was a little girl and wanted very much to have them. I was crushed to find that they had been given away. There’s a lot about losing a mother at an early age that is difficult to describe or for others to understand, but in a nutshell, it’s always the small things you remember. It might be a sound or a smell. For me, it was the clicking of those shoes, and I felt like I had found something of mother that had been lost to me. pearland

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My client immediately pulled her foot out of the shoe, and asked me to try it on, and it fit as we are the same size. I told her that I could not take them but asked her for the manufacturer, and said if she ever found anything similar to please buy a pair for me. Two months later, she texted me that she had returned to Switzerland and had been searching for the shoes for me only to discover they were nowhere to be found! I could hardly believe that she would have gone to so much trouble! She said at the next shoot she was bringing hers to me, and I told her absolutely not. I did not intend to have her give up her gloriously fab shoes for me! She wasn’t listening to any of it. When she brought me the baby for the next visit, she brought me those shoes. I told her how much she means to me and that thanking her would never quite be enough. It was a selfless gesture on her part marking her and my friendship forever. She simply stated that for her it was a “no brainer – those shoes had been mine all along – she had just been the one to find and get them!” Happy New Year, too by the way. This year, I am asking everyone to look around them and see if they have something ever so small that might be just the perfect gift to a stranger or to a loved one. I never thought I would ever see those shoes again, and now, I have found the most perfect treasure in the most unexpected of ways! Take Care of You!

January/February 2012 JANUARY

Community Calendar

14th SATURDAY, 9:00 AM ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION AND TREE GIVE-AWAY Keep Pearland Beautiful is planning an Arbor Day Celebration at the Pearland Community Center located at 3523 Liberty Dr. Tree seedlings will be given away from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as long as quantities last. For more information, call the Keep Pearland Beautiful office at 281-652-1659 or email

28th SATURDAY, 10:00 AM WINTERFEST The event at Bailey Campus 4717 Bailey Road will include playing in the snow, riding rides, food and more, including: HEB Plus! Winter Zone, Petting Zoos, Snow Tubing Hill, Pony Rides, 250,000 lbs. of snow, live entertainment, carnival rides, midway games and much more! Free for ages 2 & under, $10 for ages 3-16, $4 for ages 17 year & older. Parking available at Pearland High School, 3775 South Main Street. For more information, visit


18th SATURDAY 6:00 PM DADDY DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT Pearland Parks and Recreation is holding “Daddy Daughter Date Night” from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at Bailey Campus. The evening’s theme will be “Under the Sea.” The event will include dessert, photo, and dancing. There will be no dinner. Attire is dressy. Call 281 412-8900 to register, or register online by visiting PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Events, schedules and information may change without notice. Please refer to the event’s contact person or check the event’s website for more information.

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Historically Pearland

By John D. “Mickey” Mark, President – Pearland Historical Society

Pearland Oiler Football in the 40’s: It Was a Little Different Back Then


or the devout football fans in our area, the 2011 season was another one which will long be in our memories. The Pearland Oilers made it to the State quarterfinals, the Dawson Eagles to the State semifinals and the Manvel Mavericks all the way to the State finals before losing their first game of the season to State Champs, Aledo. It was certainly a season which the players, students and fans will talk about for years to come. For those of us who can recall going to Pearland Oiler six man football games back in the 40’s, it is amazing to look back and think about the many changes. One topic which is sometimes brought up when old time PearThis photo was taken just south of what is now Zychlinski Park looking north toward Orange Street. 1942 land football fans get together and PHS cheerleaders Lydia Smith Rutherford (deceased), Mary Keneaster Oblinger (deceased), and Norma Rae McCormack Kelly (Friendswood). talk about those old days is how the old pep squads would all come up with insulting yells to throw at the opposing team. Those yells, if and 40’s being somewhat of a honky-tonk boomtown. That made today, would no doubt brand the school as very, very might somewhat explain the basis for a song which the pep unsportsman-like. Here is one example of a yell the pep squad sang in those days. If an organized school group sang squad of the 40’s would shout at the fans across the field: this song in today’s world, the pep squad sponsor, the school principal and probably the superintendent would be fired, Chew tobacco, chew tobacco and Mothers Against Drunk Driving would be picketing the Spit it on the wall. school. Here are the words to that song which was sung to Danbury, Danbury can’t play ball. the tune of the Notre Dame fight song. When near the end of the game and Pearland was obviously going to win, the pep squad would break into a victory song which went like this: Pearland will shine tonight, Pearland will shine, We’ve won a game tonight, that’s one good sign, The sun goes down and the moon comes up, Pearland will shine Danbury will pine tonight, Danbury will pine, They’ve lost a game tonight and that’s one good sign, The sun goes down and the moon comes up, Danbury will pine. And then, the squad would repeat the Pearland will shine verse and all the fans would begin to cheer, and the players would start a celebration. In the past, we have written about Pearland in the 30’s

Bring out three kegs for old Pearland High, We’ll lift her banners up to the sky. Send some Freshmen out for gin, And don’t let a sober person in. We never stagger, we never fall, We sober up on wood alcohol. Oh, you sons of PHS, You’re out on a drunk again. Beer! Beer! Usually the pep squad would begin singing that song along with a version of “Pearland Will Shine Tonight” when it appeared the Oilers had clinched another victory. After Superintendent J. D. Gray came to Pearland in the fall of 1947, that particular song was banned. The times have certainly changed. H

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