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Mustard Seed Farm & Market continues to make a positive impact on the community.
10 ROBERT JACOBUS 14 IN & AROUND Robert Jacobus has released his second book of trailblazing stories regarding the integration of sports in Texas.
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ast year Ashley and Derick Grubb announced that their dream of supporting people with disabilities became a reality. After more than a decade’s worth of strategic planning, the Grubbs introduced to the community Mustard Seed Farm & Market, a nonprofit 11-acre farm off FM 723 in Richmond that operates as a work program for Fort Bend County adults with disabilities. Upon completion of the property, Mustard Seed Farm & Market will sense of inclusion and pride these adults will feel when they are offer safe and engaging horticultural activities in order to teach skills earning their own money. “Mustard Seed’s leadership and volunteers are completely devoted that can be used in daily life and at work.The mission of the nonprofit, to seeing their mission fulfilled. How can one not want to help this said Ashley Grubb, is “growing great plants, produce and people.” That is undoubtedly still the goal of this championed nonprofit (it wonderful organization?” At the time of the interview, the Grubbs were anticipating a major already has a waiting list), but the most pressing objective for the Grubbs is raising enough money for the construction of Mustard board meeting to iron out this year’s fundraising goals, and leading the Seed’s main building, which is where the work program activities will fundraising effort will be Kiesha Upshaw, who joined Mustard Seed as its fundraising director. be held. “She has a lot of experience and a huge heart,”Ashley said, adding “If we can raise another $50,000 we can break ground and complete our work program building,” said Ashley.“Another $40,000 that Upshaw is planning an “exciting event” for the nonprofit in late on top of that would allow us to make the greenhouse and surrounding summer or early fall.“I’m really excited to see the progress we make in 2020.” area completely wheelchair accessible.” To date more than $10,000 has been raised through the Help Us The nonprofit is raising monies through its capital campaign called Grow Fund. Ashley credits the achievement to “very generous “Help Us Grow Fund,” which kicked off January 2019. While the majority of funds raised in the early stages of the nonprofit donations,” produce sales from their trial garden, a poetry contest, were used for marketing, website and storage necessities,“all of the T-shirt fundraisers and a range of festival and farmers market booths. “And my dad, Mark Cyran,”Ashley added warmly with a smile.“The money [currently raised] is going right into our fund,” Ashley said. “This year we are focusing heavily on grant writing and seeking best farmers market booth companion anyone could ask for.” Mustard Seed Farm & Market will continue to sell produce from its funding to get our building started.” trial garden at farmers markets in the spring, as well as its hand-printed LAYING THE GROUNDWORK & A CRITICAL CAMPAIGN wood block T-shirts. “The trial garden is full of herbs, greens and radishes. Soon we will As their first year running a nonprofit got underway, the Grubbs devoted considerable time introducing Mustard Seed to local have beets and carrots,” said Ashley, noting that the Mustard Seed foundations, scheduling fundraisers in the community and “laying the market days will be posted on its website and social media pages.“And ground work of putting together a solid team of people who work we have expanded [the shirts] into three color options and even well together and have a great skill set and background experience in toddler sizes.” the world of nonprofits.” The effort worked. Mustard Seed now has a seven-member board of TEACHABLE SKILLS & THE MILKWEED MOVEMENT directors, including local poet Terry Jude Miller, who joined as its When Mustard Seed’s work program starts, participants will learn marketing director. the basic techniques beneficial to people who work in the greenhouse “When I first heard of Mustard Seed Farm & Market, I was quite and plant-growing industry. impressed with its program, which is aimed at providing needed Adults with any disability, who are at least 22 years old and are no resources for adults with disabilities.The other thing that impressed longer eligible for services provided through public school, are me was the charity’s focus on helping its participants obtain jobs in welcomed to participate.There is a monthly tuition fee to attend the the nursery and horticulture industry,” Miller said.“It’s perfect from all work program. sides: detailed worked that requires a great deal of attention, plus the “The youngest person on our list is 12 years old,”Ashley said.“She is
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hoping to volunteer whenever possible until she is old enough to enroll.” Because Mustard Seed is a farm where organic produce will be grown, related activities participants will experience include planting seeds, filling pots with soil, weeding, watering, germination, propagation and sustainable organic care of plants. “Our program will teach all of the skills necessary to work in a greenhouse or garden center because we want to help build skill sets and resumes for our participants,”Ashley said. “We will be largely focused on germinating seeds and growing milkweed plants,” she specified. The nonprofit began growing and selling native butterfly milkweed last year as a means to raise money and “it has been a very successful fundraiser,” she said. “It has helped us to gauge the local demand for milkweed plants, and, most importantly, it further
helps us to spread the word about Mustard Seed and educate the community about the need for additional monarch habitat and host plants,” Ashley added, explaining that Mustard Seed is a proud supporter of the #milkweedmovement. Although the nonprofit is not open to serve adults with disabilities just yet, it is however organizing volunteer opportunities, like planting butterfly gardens for example, to give future participants a chance to meet the faces behind Mustard Seed and “to get a feel for what we will be doing,” Ashley said. Mustard Seed has already planted one such butterfly garden at the Irene Stern Community Center in Fulshear. “We plan to host several [garden planting] days this year,” she continued. “As a way for our participants and volunteers to meet and begin to work together prior to the opening of Mustard Seed, we are accepting nominations for [butterfly garden] locations.We would love for the locations to be enjoyed by lots of people — nursing homes, schools, daycares, etcetera.” People with location ideas can email the nonprofit. “We have also had milkweed planting days to help plant seeds, and we also allow interested families to take vials of cold stratified seeds
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the progress we have made so far and so grateful for everyone who has helped to get us here.”
CONNECTIONS IN THE COMMUNITY & SEARCHING FOR PARTNERSHIPS One of the most treasured experiences the Grubbs said they have had over the past year are the connections made in the community. They’re becoming familiar faces at local farmer’s markets and community events, plus they are also hoping to coordinate with the Fort Bend County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to offer educational classes. But the Grubbs also strive to build those individual bonds as well. Like with Nancy Denmark, for example. “She’s a local monarch butterfly and milkweed expert,” Ashley explained.“Her advice and information has been invaluable.We have learned so much from her.” And then there’s Joey Lenderman, the owner of Enchanted Gardens Volunteers help build a butterfly garden at the Irene Stern Community Center in Richmond, who “has been so incredibly supportive of our dream in Fulshear. and mission,” she said. “He is one of the kindest and most generous home to sort and return for planting if they are looking for a way to be people there are. He, and the employees at Enchanted, have been involved in the process now,”Ashley added.“We can’t wait to start our instrumental in the progress we have made so far and we are so work program and welcome our first participants. I’m very proud of thankful for all of them. “We were also fortunate to have had an introduction to the founders of Down Home Ranch — an incredible place for people with disabilities,”Ashley added.“Jerry and Judy Horton’s advice and experience has been tremendously helpful and insightful.” Mustard Seed also has a volunteer base that Ashley said is welcoming new faces. “We have a list of people who want to help in any way they can,” Ashley said. “We send out emails when there is a need for volunteers and they show up. We are so happy to know As a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS in and have each of them, and will be glad to Conservation Biology and Biodiversity and a second major in add anyone interested to our list.” Entomology, Ashley Grubb fully understands the necessity of native milkweed plants, which is the only food source for monarch butterfly And those wanting to partner with caterpillars. Mustard Seed should know the opportunity Since the demand for native milkweed plants is high, Mustard Seed is also available. Farm & Market has included growing and selling milkweed as part of its “Now that we have a basic plan for how training program, and is advocating Enchanted Gardens’#milkweedmovement. In anticipation of the spring and migrating monarch butterflies season, our work program building will look, we Enchanted Gardens owner Joey Lenderman said all proceeds from the sale know that there will be a beautiful brick of milkweed plants will be donated to three local nonprofits: Mustard Seed wall entry,” said Ashley. “On it we will Farm & Market, Hope for Three — a local autism advocacy organization — and The Monarch School — a primary and secondary school that serves feature the names of anyone who donates children with neurological disorders and learning disabilities. $1,000 or more. We also have the Supporting both habitat restoration and people with disabilities or special opportunity for one donor to have the needs, is an effort Grubb said she can enthusiastically get behind. work program building named after them.” “We hope that you will help us spread our wings with this movement,” she said, encouraging the public to share the hashtag on social media, purchase milkweed from participating nurseries BEING PATIENT and encourage other nurseries to do the same. & ANTICIPATING GREATNESS “When we all work together for a great cause, wonderful things happen.” It takes time to learn how to run a nonprofit, Ashley and Derick said of the lessons learned over the past year since Mustard Seed kicked off the ground.“Patience is crucial,”Ashley noted with a laugh.“We’re ready to get out there with a shovel and a hammer and get this program going! It’s hard to wait, especially knowing that there are people who need use and the jobs we will create.” She described the experience as “a steep learning curve” and yet,
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not even the tedious nature of founding a nonprofit can overshadow the excitement of their endeavor. “Everything comes together at the right time and we are so excited to watch Mustard Seed grow and develop.We say all the time that we are abundantly blessed and we are so grateful for our families, friends, and this wonderful community of people who have supported us and our dream,” the Grubbs said.“We’re making great progress. Now that we have a full board of directors, mentors and some really talented folks on our team, we anticipate great progress.”
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(Far left) Derick and Ashley Grubb of Richmond, founders of Mustard Seed Farm & Market; (center, left) Charlie Grubb, Derick and Ashley’s daughter, practices watering plants. Her parents say she likes to pull weeds and water the nonprofit’s milkweed mother plants; (center, right) Ashley Grubb excitedly runs a Mustard Seed Farm & Market booth showcasing the nonprofit’s T-shirts which are sold as part of its Help Us Grow Fund; (far right) Derick Grubb hard at work building trial gardens.
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This Month's Spotlight
‘Black Man in The Huddle’
Jacobus releases second collection of trailblazing histories
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uthor Robert D. Jacobus knows well the intricacies of interviews. The effort it can take to track a person down, how asking the right questions is vital, a most importantly, understanding how to handle the value of the information being shared with him. Over a two-year or so period, through word-of-mouth, old sports rosters and yearbooks, newspapers and, of course, the reaches of the Internet, Jacobus tracked down nearly 250 contacts for the second book he was writing: “Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from Integration of Texas Football.” Sometimes he traveled far for a chance to gather information, and other times he sat on the other side of the phone, taking notes as the former athletes reached into the depths of their memories to recount their times of growing up in the Jim Crow era and pursuing sports opportunities when integration was introduced in American society. Since retiring from a 26-year teaching career and becoming a writer, Jacobus has recorded the experiences of former black athletes who, after Brown v. Board of Education, transitioned from a segregated society to an integrated one. And collecting those first-hand accounts of integration’s effect on Texas football at the collegiate and high school levels was crucial, said Jacobus. “It was challenge [tracking down interviewees] but it was fun because they were more than willing to talk about their old football days,” Jacobus said.“I wanted to get their history recorded before they pass away and take their stories with them. Many of them have already passed away, but their words are recorded in the book.”
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He pauses momentarily before speaking again. “It is kind of a tribute to these men because they were forgotten,” he said.“There are so many people with these kinds stories and no one asks about them. We need to appreciate the sacrifices they made.The ground they broke. ”
TELLING THE ENTIRE STORY
A Minnesota native who moved to Fort Bend County in 1972 when he was a sophomore in high school, Jacobus graduated from Dulles High School and then the University of Houston.After college, Jacobus went on to coach and teach, which included 10 years in Lamar Consolidated ISD, before retiring in 2015. And as an avid and lifelong fan of sports and an alumni of the University of Houston, when Jacobus decided to write, he began with
Rosenberg native Joe Washington (left) and author Robert Jacobus (right). Jacobus interviewed Washington for his new book “Black Man in the Huddle,” that delves into the integration of Texas football.
a subject close to him. He knew of the UH athletic department’s integration in the 1960s through football coach Bill Yeoman and the late basketball coach Guy Lewis, but Jacobus discovered “the story had never been told in its entirety,” explaining he could find magazine and newspaper clippings, but not a book. So Jacobus’ first book — “Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century”— focused on the integration of college basketball. The book was released in 2015, the same year Jacobus began background work on “Black Man in The Huddle,” which is an oral history, told by players who integrated Texas high school and college football programs in the 1950s and 1960s. “Robert Jacobus has gone thousands of extra miles to find firstperson accounts of the integration of football in Texas. It feels like hearing these gridiron pioneers tell a good story across the kitchen table.‘Black Man in the Huddle’ is not only an encyclopedic take on the topic of football, it gives a solid look into rigidly segregated Texas when institutionalized racism was the accepted norm,”reviewed Mike Vance, the author of “Houston Baseball:The Early Years 1861-1961.” “Black Man in The Huddle” was released in September 2019 and is available at Barnes & Noble, amazon.com and Texas A&M University Press. The book opens with the story of the late Ben Kelly, who in 1953 became the first black student to enroll at San Angelo College — now known as Angelo State University — and continues with stories from former players and coaches from around Texas. “For the most part, people have forgotten — or conveniently tucked away in the their memory banks — that the entire social system use to be divided along racial lines,” wrote Annette Gordon-
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Of the hundreds of interviews Jacobus’ book grew from, two came from Rosenberg natives Joe Washington Sr. and Charles Garcia. Washington, a championed PVIL and UIL coach, recalls his days of growing up “across the tracks” near what is now known as Jackson Elementary School. In Washington’s days in the 30s and 40s, however, the elementary school was then the black high school in Rosenberg, known as A.W. Jackson High School. “Rosenberg was segregated by the railroad tracks running through town when I was there.We mostly stayed across the tracks in our part of town,”Washington shared in the book. Washington played running back at Prairie View from 1948-1950 and coached at Bay City’s Hilliard High School where he won a state championship in 1959. He left the school in 1966 to become the head coach at Port Arthur Lincoln High School. He retired in 1994. In “Black Man in the Huddle”Washington shares memories of Blasé
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Robert Jacobus’ first book focused on the integration of college basketball.
Dry Goods, the Eagle Café, and the lack of, or inadequate, athletic opportunities and resources for black students. “For football in Jackson, it was slim to none. In 1945 we talked our principal into letting us play a couple of games against the black high schools in Richmond and Sugar Land.We didn’t have much in the way of equipment. We got the old stuff from the white high school.You have to remember, the school districts back then didn’t appropriate money to the black schools, especially for athletics.” And just like Washington, Garcia, who grew up in Rosenberg in the 40s and 50s, went on to play football at Prairie View. Garcia coached high school football in the late 60s and became one of the first black pro football scouting pioneers. Garcia is also the namesake of Fritz Pollard Alliance’s Annual Charles Garcia Scouting Award. Jacobus said the interviews he conducted with players like Washington and Garcia, were inspiring, thought-provoking and eyeopening. What he found was that no matter what area of the state these players hailed from, they all faced challenges of both segregation and integration. And these were the stories that needed to be put on paper, Jacobus said. “I never saw a book devoted to the role of integration in sports. So many people don’t realize [the players’] background or history,” he said.“Back then, there was never anything in the paper about black high school games and there aren’t a lot of records.You have to talk to the players and the coaches to get the story, the history. So that’s what I did.” For more information about Jacobus’ works, visit www. robertdjacobus.com.
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day during the growing season. • Plant at least three feet from sidewalks and driveways and six feet away from buildings, as roots will spread wider than the tree crown • Perform a soil drainage test by digging a hole 12” deep and fill with water. Let the water drain then refill with water. Return to the hole 24 hours later. If the hole is holding water or is full of mud, you must not plant there. Move to another site or use a berm of soil to plant in. • Before choosing the site, look up. Are there utility lines above or close to the site you’ve selected? If so, move the site. Trees grow quickly and some reach 15-20’ in 5 years. Now that you’ve found the right site. You’re ready to select the plant. This selection should be based on: • Your level of gardening abilities • Your favorite fruits • Your choice of low maintenance or high maintenance plants When planting, make sure to not plant too deeply. The first lateral roots should be at soil top or 1-2” below the soil. Additionally, make sure you see a flare where the tree trunk meets the soil. Water well, making sure the root ball and surrounding soil is moist. The amount of water will depend on your soil type and weather conditions, but generally, water three times a week for several weeks then move to two times per week. After a few more weeks make sure your plant receives at least 1” or about a gallon of water per week. For questions about planting fruit trees visit fbmg.org/ask-a-master-gardener/. The Fort Bend County Master Gardeners 2020 Fruit Tree Sale will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. A preview presentation of the varieties offered at the sale will be held Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. and will cover recommendations for plants adapted to our area, proper planting techniques and care of fruit trees for the first two years. Visit fbmg.org/events/annual-sales/ fruit-citrus-tree-sale/ for additional information.
History group to honor historian Williams
adie Williams, who has researched and recorded Stafford community events and people for decades, will be honored for her contributions to local history preservation by the Fort Bend County Historical Commission. The commission will present Williams with the 2020 Bert E. Bleil Heritage Award at its annual reception and program, scheduled for March 5 in the Veranda Room of Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond.The event opens with a mixer at 6:30 p.m.The program begins at 7. Named in memory of the late commission chairman whose vision led to its creation, the Bleil Heritage Award goes each year to an individual or group deemed to have contributed significantly to the preservation and public awareness of Fort Bend County history.
BLACK HISTORY COMMUNITY EVENTS Stories of the Black Cowboy
arry Callies, the founder of The Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg, will make an appearance at the George Memorial Library in Richmond to talk about the western experience and rich legacy of the black cowboy. The presentation — “The Black Cowboy:A Historical Perspective” — will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the Meeting Room of the library. Originally from El Campo, Callies is a former rodeo rider, country-music singer and postman. His interest in the history of black cowboys was piqued when he discovered an old photo from the 1880s taken at the Jones Ranch in Fort Bend County – a photo showing seven black cowboys and one white cowboy.That photo became the cornerstone of The Black Cowboy Museum, a nonprofit organization Callies launched in Rosenberg in 2017. “The people who come here have never heard or seen this part of history,” said Callies, emphasizing the museum is unique. The museum holds more than 100 photos featuring black cowboys from the 1890s to the 1960s. Along with the pictures, there are saddles from the 1890s and other cowboy artifacts of the era. Admission to the museum is $7. During his talk at the library, Callies will talk about the history of the black cowboys, from 1820 to the 1950s, and share stories about some of the black cowboys who made an impact on the western frontier, including Bass Reeves, Nat Love and Bill Pickett.The audience will also have a chance to view western artifacts from 1818 to 1960s, which will be on display. Made possible by the Friends of the George Memorial Library, the program is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, or call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455 or the library system’s Communications Office at 281- File Photo by Scott Reese Willey | Larry Callies teaches Libby Farris of Richmond how to lasso during the annual Rosenberg 633-4734. Art Festival.
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Searching African-American Genealogy
nderstanding that researching African-American family histories presents specific challenges, Daniel Sample, manager of the Genealogy and Local History department of the George Memorial Library, will discuss many of the resources that are available to family-history researchers, with special focus on tools to help individuals who are researching African-American family histories. Sample’s talk will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 15 in the library’s computer lab. Get tips on how to extend family-history research into the years before the American Civil War took place. Learn more about Heritage Quest’s “Freedman’s Bank Records” database, which contains records from 1865-1871.This resource is an index to Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company’s registers of signatures of depositors, and it contains information such as the names of depositors, names of employers and plantations, names of family members and place of birth. Other online resources, such as the Ancestry.com database, items that are available on microfilm, and print resources will also be discussed. Reservations are required to attend this class.
Experience an African Hand-Drumming Performance
n recognition of African-American History Month in February, Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library will present a special musical performance of “African Hand-Drumming” on Saturday, Feb.15, from 1 to 2 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Enjoy the traditional tribal rhythms and spiritual gifts of West African djembe drumming in a special performance by Gregg“Jebada” Powell, founder and director of the Joy of Djembe Drumming Ensemble. Powell will talk about the history of the instrument and the culture of the people who originally produced it. He will perform a variety of rhythms to demonstrate the influences of different countries and traditions. Thought to have been created by the Mandé people during the Malian Empire approximately 400 to 800 years ago, the djembe drum is a rope-tuned skin-covered drum played with bare hands.The goblet-
shaped body of the djembe drum is carved of a single piece of African hardwood and its drumhead is made of untreated rawhide, most commonly made from goatskin. Powell began playing hand drums in 1964 in the Spanish Harlem neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City, where he grew up. He learned to play the congas, bata drums, timbales, and the African djembe, and his primary focus has been on Latin,Afro-Cuban, and West African rhythms. The Joy of Djembe Drumming Ensemble is a group of Houston musicians who share the joy of music, particularly that of West African djembe drumming. For more information, visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, or call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455 or the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.
Understanding the Freedmen’s Bureau
r. Nicholas Cox will talk about the “Freedmen’s Bank Records” database, which contains records from 1865-1871, at the George Memorial Library Feb. 18 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room.This resource is an index to Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company’s registers of signatures of depositors, and it contains information such as the names of depositors, names of employers and plantations, names of family members, and place of birth.
Inspiring African Americans: From Slavery to Freedom
n Feb. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 2A, Carol Beauchamp, from the George Memorial Library’s Genealogy & Local History Department, will share fascinating stories of some courageous African-American slaves who defied the odds and escaped to freedom with ingenious plans fraught with risk and danger. Learn how Robert Smalls stole a Confederate steamer right out of the Charleston harbor, and how Henry “Box” Brown mailed himself to abolitionists in the north. The story of Harriet Jacobs will also be discussed, along with the harrowing escape of Ellen and William Craft.
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Newborns receive special welcome during Children’s Book Week
n celebration of Children’s Book Week, February 2-8, Fort Bend County Libraries will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during this week may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library. Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services.These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth. “We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” said Susan King, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during Children’s Book Week are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.” Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during Children’s Book Week should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag. Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting
in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills. Parents may introduce infants to the library by bringing them to Mother Goose Time, a free weekly parent/infant activity program that takes place at many of the branches in the Fort Bend County library system.As the children mature, other programs with age-appropriate activities are designed to interest older children. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib. tx.us), or call the librar y system’s Communications Office (281-6334734).
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Fort Bend Boys Choir Patriotic Gala to honor John & Diana Null by TIANA MORTIMER
oin the Fort Bend Boys Choir for their Red, White & Blue gala event, a patriotic salute to America. Generously underwritten by the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, you can rejoice in your freedom to attend this event on Saturday, Feb. 22at 6:30 p.m. at Safari Texas. Wave a flag with the Fort Bend Boys Tour Choir as they perform a Yankee Doodle Dandy medley of patriotic tunes and honor John and Diana Null, Star-Spangled Alumni Supporters, for their 38 years of pledged allegiance to the Choir and the Fort Bend community. This patriotic event includes a tasty buffet meal with a live auction led by Sheriff Troy Nehls. Silent auction and big board items are part of the evening, too. You can make a declaration of sponsorship, or a donation, in honor of the Null’s and in support of the choirboys. Information on sponsorship, tickets and donation levels are available on the choir website, www.fbbctx.org, or by calling 281-2403800. You can also keep an eye on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube for the latest. Proceeds from this patriotic event will support music program operations and scholarships for all four music programs of the Fort Bend Boys Choir. Be a sponsor, donate and attend this Red, White & Blue gala event and play a part in “making a difference … one boy at a time.”
The rest of the Fridays will be devoted to “Craft-Squad Meetups,” where patrons can bring their own craft to work on while networking with other crafters. In February, earn the “Macramé” badge by learning this ancient art of knotting cord or string into patterns to create decorative items at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 in Meeting Room 1. Macramé can be used to make wall art, plant hangers, jewelry, and more. This activity is suitable for adults and older teens only. Materials are provided through the support of the Friends of the University Branch Library. Registration is required. The weekly meet-ups will take place on Fridays, Feb. 14, 21, and 28. Registration is not required for the meet-ups.
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imilar to a book club, the Podcast Club at the University Branch Library is a monthly club for people who enjoy listening to podcasts on a variety of subjects. Each month, a theme will be selected, along with a short list of podcast episodes. Listeners will meet to discuss the podcasts they have listened to and the themes within them. In February, the theme is “Friendship.” The first meeting of the month will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in Conference Room 1.The list of podcasts from which to choose includes:“Make New Friends (And Keep Them)” – Life Kit from NPR, 24 m.;“When Friendship Changes, How to Cope” – Life Kit from NPR, 22 m.; “The Science of BFFs” – Stuff Mom Never Told You, 1 h. and “When the World is Exploding Around You” – StoryCorps, 10 m.
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Join the Craft Squad
eople who enjoy crafts are invited to join the Craft Squad at the University Branch Library, where they can make new crafty friends, learn a new craft or two, and share tips, tricks, and resources with fellow crafters. Each month will have an instructional meeting introducing a new craft on the first Friday of the month, and badges can be earned for each new craft that is learned.
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raphic designer and calligraphy artist Lauren Cole will present an introductory demonstration of calligraphy at the University Branch Library on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. In this hands-on workshop, learn calligraphy concepts, warm-up drills, basic strokes, and lowerand upper-case alphabets. Students will gain a working knowledge of how to use a brush pen and connect letters together to create words and phrases. Materials are provided through the support of the Friends of the University Branch Library. Registration is required.
HOLIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Valentine’s Day Popular candies share sweet words of love
There are many ways to say,“I love you,.” For Valentine’s Day celebrants, various sentiments may be expressed with candy — particularly candy hearts. Candy hearts, also called Conversation Hearts ® and Sweethearts ®, are sweet, chalky confections that have been around for more than 100 years. The conversation about candy hearts began back in 1847 when Oliver Chase, a Boston pharmacist, wanted to get in on the apothecary lozenge craze that was popular at the time. Lozenges were common remedies for sore throats and bad breath, and were growing in popularity as a convenient medical treatment. Chase invented a machine that could roll out lozenge dough and press it into perfect discs, a time-saving improvement on the manual process used until then. Chase eventually abandoned making lozenges and the pharmacy business, ultimately realizing his machine could be used to make candies. He formed the New England Confectionery Company and began producing what would eventually be known as NECCO wafers. Wanting to get in on his brother’s candy empire, Daniel Chase saw an opportunity to build on the growing popularity of Valentine’s cards by printing words on candy with vegetable dye during the cutting process. In 1866, conversation candies began
as round confections and were much bigger than today’s heart varieties. It wouldn’t be until 1902 that conversation candy hearts became available. Through the years, the candies became smaller and the sentiments expressed on the hearts have been updated to stay current with the times. Phrases like “LOL,” “BFF” and “Text me” have replaced some less modern sentiments. At the height of the candies’ popularity, NECCO estimated that it made nearly 100,000 pounds of the hearts each day throughout the year in preparation for Valentine’s Day. In 2019, NECCO filed for bankruptcy and did not produce the iconic candy hearts while it was being purchased by an investment company called Round Hill Investments, LLC. Round Hill decided to sell NECCO to another candy company. Fortune magazine reported Spangler Candy Co., which took over rights to NECCO’s iconic brands, would manufacture candy hearts in 2020. Similar conversation hearts also are available through Brach’s candy company.
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How did “XO” come to symbolize kisses and hugs?
Love letters are a great way for couples to express their affection and devotion to each other. The sentiments expressed in love letters are as unique as the couples who write them. However, love letters often contain one particular turn of phrase regardless of their authors. When signing a love letter, it’s customary for writers to include at least one “XO” near their names. “XO” is widely recognized as symbolic of wishing “hugs and kisses” to a letter’s intended recipient. This tradition is such an ingrained part of romantic letter writing that few may stop to pause and wonder just how the letters “XO” came to symbolize hugs and kisses. The origins of “XO” are not definitively known, though many historians note that signing letters with “X” dates back to the Middle Ages. Few people could read and write in the Middle Ages, but signing “X” did not require either of those abilities. Christianity played a big part in many people’s lives during the Middle Ages, and “X” was seen as a representation of the Christian cross. So when people signed “X” on legal documents, they were essentially stating the contents of the document were true in the name of Jesus Christ. While Jesus Christ’s teachings are rooted in showing compassion for one’s fellow man, signing a letter with “X” did not symbolize love in the Middle Ages. In fact, that development did not come about until much later. The Oxford English Dictionary attributes the first use of “X” to symbolize love and/or kisses in a letter to English naturalist Gilbert White. However, some historians debate the accuracy of that attribution, saying White’s use of the letter “X” in his letter was likely meant to convey blessings on the letter’s recipient. Researcher Stephen Goranson found many uses of the letter “X” to convey love and/or kisses in or after the 1880s, so it’s very likely that this was the first time that including the letter “X” at the end of a letter took on the meaning so many people give it now. As for “O” symbolizing hugs, even less is known about how that came about. The late American writer Leo Rosten, whose writings included 1968’s “The Joys of Yiddish,” suggested that including “O” at the end of a letter might have a similar origin story to “X.” Rosten theorized that “O” was used by Jewish immigrants who did not want to sign a document with “X,” which they, like the people in the Middle Ages, interpreted as symbolic of the Christian cross. Exactly when “O” was paired with “X” and came to symbolize hugs is unknown, though various historians suggest the two were not paired until the latter half of the 20th century.
Say “I love you” with music
Music can express many emotions, be a source of comfort and encouragement or simply induce a peaceful state of mind. For those looking to express their love for a special someone, songs
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with or without lyrics can help convey such feelings. Music lover s may greatly appreciate songs chosen especially for them in honor of Valentine’s Day. Therefore, as a heart-warming gift, curate a special selection of songs that can be gifted to a loved one. Even though it’s an inexpensive way to show you care, the meaning behind the gift can be profound. While “mix tapes” of the 1990s may have fallen out of favor, individuals who subscribe to streaming music services can do something similar by establishing custom playlists. Look to options such as Pandora, Amazon Music, and Spotify for inspiration. For those who want to go a little further, upload audio versions of several songs and create a YouTube video montage featuring meaningful photos. When considering which songs to include, think about “Endless Love,” which Billboard places in the No. 1 spot on its list of the top 50 love songs. This song remained at the top of the charts for nine weeks in 1981 and features the vocal talents of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross.
8 sweets for your sweetheart
Few things can elicit “oohs and aahs” on Valentine’s Day as much as decadent desserts. Sweets and romance seem tailormade for each other.That’s why heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and other sweets are snatched up in droves and handed out like, well, candies, come February 14. According to Nielsen Product Insider,Valentine’s Day chocolate sales reached nearly $11 billion in 2018, and candy generated $695 billion in sales. In terms of baked goods, the top-selling items sold during Valentine’s Day included dipped/covered treats, message cookies, iced cookies, cupcakes, and two- to fivecount doughnuts. Wine, chocolate and strawberries also are very popular Valentine’s treats. Those pondering giving something sweet this year can consider the following desserts. 1. BANANAS FOSTER: This treat is made from bananas and vanilla ice cream. A sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur is placed over the cooked bananas and ignited like a flambé to create a caramelized dessert. 2. BLACK FOREST CAKE: This chocolate cake marries layers of chocolate sponge cake with a rich cherry filling. It is b ase d on the Ge r m a n dessert, schwarzwälder kirschtorte. Whipped cream often tops off this rich cake. 3. CANNOLI: These Italian pastries originated on the island of Sicily.They consist of tube-shaped fried pastr y dough filled with a ricotta cheese-based cream. 4. CHEESECAKE: Cheesecake often is made with a crust of crushed cookies, gra h a m crackers or sponge cake. A thick layer of batter made
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Why roses are such a must-have on Valentine’s Day
Many things are symbolic of Valentine’s Day. In the 1800s, heartshaped boxes of candy became wildly popular ways for sweethearts to express their affection for each other, and since then they have become one of many symbols of Valentine’s Day. But one such symbol traces its history back even further than that. Roses are now as symbolic of Valentine’s Day as those heart-shaped boxes, and, in fact, have long maintained a connection with feelings of love. The Ancient Greeks a n d R o m a n s , fo r example, wore rose garlands during wedding ceremonies. But the practice of giving Valentine’s Day flowers can be traced to King Charles II, who served as King of Sweden from 1809 as well as King of Norway from 1814 until his death in 1818. During his travels, King Charles visited Persia, where he learned about the use of flowers to express certain emotions. Red roses were used to express deep love, and King Charles shared the language of flowers when he returned home to Europe. It soon became quite popular. But Europeans were learning about the symbolic power of flowers even before King Charles’ visit to Persia. In fact, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the wife of a British ambassador to Turkey, began sharing the practice of assigning meaning to objects via letters she wrote home to England in 1716. Lady Montagu noted how the locals had assigned meaning to various colors, flowers and plants in order to send secret love letters to one another. However, Lady Montagu was incorrect in her interpretation, as historians would later note. Despite her misinterpretations, Lady Montagu’s perception of the flower language would spread, and many people still associate certain flowers with certain emotions.
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The history behind kissing
How do you show yo u r l o ve a n d affection? Many people do so through the tender gestures they share throughout the d ay, i n c l u d i n g kisses. Kissing exemplifies love and passion and can express many different sentiments. A kiss also can provide comfort in a time of need. Even though kissing may seem universal to human beings, it is not embraced by all cultures. Information published in Psychology Today suggests kissing is not innate to all people. However, many still peck and kiss ardently. Even some animals are known to express affection through kissing. How did this behavior then come to be? Two theories give some ideas about where kissing may have originated.Vaughn Bryant, an anthropologist at Texas A&M University who specializes in the history of the kiss, says the earliest references to kissing-like behavior dates to around 3,500 years ago in Sanskrit scriptures that influenced various Eastern religions. Kissing is mentioned in both Sumerian and Egyptian poetry. The Old Testament also references kissing in the book of Genesis when Isaac asks his son Jacob to kiss him. Another theory is that kissing evolved from a process known as “kiss feeding.” This is when mothers would pre-chew food and then pass it to their babies. Some suggest that kissing may be an extension of grooming behavior. That’s because primates such as bonobo apes frequently kiss one another. Dogs and cats also lick and nuzzle other animals and humans. This may indicate that so-called “kissing” is merely a way of communicating or grooming other beings as a form of establishing trust and bonding. Even though people are not entirely sure about the origins of kissing, many men and women around the world engage in some form of kissing each and every day.The next time sweethearts lock lips, whether on Valentine’s Day or another time during the year, they can think about how kissing became the norm for showing love.
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HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL EARNS TWELFTH “A” IN A ROW FOR PATIENT SAFETY
he Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system, recently released the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was one of 855 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. “Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognizes hospitals like Houston Methodist Sugar Land that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.” Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600
U.S. hospitals twice a year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. “Patient safety is central to our mission, and we are proud of our results,” said Chris Siebenaler, regional senior vice president and chief executive officer at Houston Methodist Sugar Land. “Our success depends on the daily actions of our physicians, nurses, technicians and other staff members. Receiving our twelfth consecutive ‘A’ grade shows that we are making a significant difference in keeping our patients safe while under our care.” Visit hospitalsafetygrade.org to see Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital. For more information about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland or call 281-2747500 to find a doctor in your area. Visit our Facebook page at fb.com/methodistsugarland for the latest news, events and information.
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A GUIDE TO MANAGING ARRHYTHMIAS
than 100 beats a minute is called tachycardia and slower than 60 beats a minute is called bradycardia,” said Apoor Patel, M.D., board-certified electrophysiologist at Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates at Sugar Land. For example, in atrial fibrillation, abnormal impulses in one of the heart’s upper chamber, or atria, cause the heart to beat too fast. Atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common arrhythmia, affecting millions of Americans, refers to very fast and chaotic contracting of the heart’s atrial chambers. The uncoordinated impulses cause the atria to beat so fast — 300 to 400 b e a t s a m i n u t e — t h e y q u i v e r. Supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT, is another example of a fast heartbeat from the upper chamber due to a short circuit in WHAT’S GOING ON? the heart that can present with a rapid and A normal heart rate is between 60 and Dr. Apoor Patel, electrophysiologist sustained heartbeat. When patients get 100 beats a minute and fluctuates during the day and in response to anxiety, excitement or some rapid heartbeats from the bottom chamber of the heart, or the medications. Heart rate speeds up during exercise and slows ventricles, they have ventricular tachycardia which can often be dangerous. during sleep. Slow heart rates, or bradycardia, can be due to degeneration of “Physicians classify the many types of arrhythmias by where they originate and the type of heart rate they cause. A rate faster the conduction system of the heart. “Sinus node dysfunction lmost everyone has at some time experienced an odd heartbeat — feeling your heart race, pound, flutter, pause or skip a beat.These episodes of an unusual heart rhythm, or arrhythmia, caused by abnormal electrical impulses in the heart, are often minor and harmless. Sustained or more serious irregular rhythms, however, can pose a danger and lead to cardiac arrest. Some people don’t notice any symptoms. Others feel palpitations or a galloping or sluggish heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, fatigue or weakness, dizziness or unexplained falls or fainting. If you experience any of these symptoms suddenly or frequently, seek urgent care.
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occurs in the area of the heart that serves as a natural pacemaker and causes the heart to beat slowly. In some instances, when the heart’s normal electrical pathways shut down or allow only intermittent signals, heart block (also called conduction block) occurs, which can slow down the heart rate at varying degrees of severity,” Patel explained. TREATING YOUR ARRHYTHMIA Not all arrhythmias require treatment, but patients need to manage arrhythmias that cause significant symptoms, increase
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Teddy-Bear Sleepover: Sign-Ups Children of all ages can bring their secondfavorite teddy bear or toy and sign them up for a teddy-bear sleepover at the University Branch Library. Stuffed animals should be backpacksized or smaller. Stuffed animals can be brought to the library for registration and drop-off anytime during library business hours starting Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m., through Thursday, Feb. 6, 9 p.m., at the Youth Services desk. On Friday, Feb. 7, the library’s Youth Services staff will post photos on the library’s Facebook page showing the stuffed animals and their adventures. The stuffed animals can be collected during the Books & Bears Story Time on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10:30 am.
Connections: Coffee & Conversation Meet new people and make new friends at this casual, come-and-go social hour at the George Memorial Library at 7 pm., Feb 4 and 10 a.m., Feb. 20 in Room 2A. Enjoy music while getting to know one another over a game of cards, chess, checkers, or other board games the library has on hand. This activity is suitable for adults aged 18 and up.
Pinterest for Beginners Learn all about Pinterest, the virtual pinboard that has taken the social-media population by storm at the University Branch Library at 2 p.m. in the computer lab. Those attending the class should already have a working email address and password. Registration required. Seabourne Nature Park Bird Hike Texas Master Naturalist Coastal Prairie Chapter will hold its monthly bird hike at Seabourne Nature Park from 8 - 10:30 a.m.
Young Adult Book Club During the George Memorial Library’s young adult book club at 5 p.m. in Room 2B, teen readers in grades 9-12 will have an opportunity to meet with others who share the same love for good books, and have a lively discussion on the reasons a book or its characters were liked or disliked. This month, readers will talk about Starry Eyes, written by Jenn Bennett.
Annual Autism Awareness Luncheon 2020 Hope for Three’s annual luncheon will be held from 11 a..m. - 1 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond. Greg Swindell, a former Major League Baseball player and World Series Winner, and Sarah Swindell, an actress and author of the recently released book, “Rounding Home,” will provide a raw look at their challenges and rewards having an only son on the severe end of the autism spectrum. Visit hopeforthree.org
35th Annual Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference The conference is a celebration of vegetable production along the upper Gulf Coast region. The event will focus on teaching sustainable practices to help producers maximize efficiencies and profitability. Five continuing education credits for TDA license holders will be offered. 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.
Valentine’s Day Dance The Fort Bend County Fair Association Go Tejano Committee’s 10th Annual Valentine’s Day Dance, featuring Bobby Pulido, will be held at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in Building C. Tickets are $25 at the door. Visit www.fortbendcountyfair.com. Podcasting for Beginners Blogger and podcaster Alpana Deo will share her experiences as a podcaster and will share tips for others who are interested in becoming a podcaster at 2 p.m. in the University Branch Library Meeting Room 1. Gain a better understanding of why people listen to podcasts, how to open a Podcast channel on Ancho, how to prepare a the first episode of a podcast, things to consider while recording, and how to create engaging content. Books & Bears Story Time Families with children of all ages will enjoy a puppet show, crafts, and a teddy-bear giveaway at 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room 1 of the University Branch Library. Those attending are invited to bring their stuffed animals to the program as well. Boots & Badges Behind the Badge Charities will host its annual Boots & Badges Gala from 6 - 10 p..m. at Safari Texas Ranch. Visit www. behindthebadgecharities.org. Heart Fund 5K Fun Run/Walk South Texas Women is hosting its 5K walk/ run from 8 a.m. - noon at Friendship Church in
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Puttin’ On The Glitz Gala Abigail’s Place will host its annual “Puttin’ on the Glitz” gala from 6 - 10 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch. A Roaring Twenties theme. Proceeds provide transitional housing for single moms and their families throughout Fort Bend County. Visit www.abigailsplace.org.
LEGO® Club Families with kids of all ages will have an opportunity to get creative with LEGO building blocks from 4:15 - 5 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 of the University Branch Library. Different-sized LEGO pieces will be available for the varying ages in attendance.
Young Adult Advisory Council Teens in grades 9-12 who are interested in an exciting new leadership opportunity and volunteer-service hours are invited to attend the 5 p.m. meeting of the Young Adult Advisory Council in Room 2B at the George Memorial Library. Members will have a chance to share ideas
about library programs, to help out at events, to give suggestions for teen services, books, and movies and to meet new people. Culinary Book Club Cooking enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels – from beginners to advanced -- are invited to join the University Branch Library’s Culinary Book Club at 1:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. This month, the theme is “Heart-Healthy Food.” How to Learn a New Language Learning another language can have many benefits, and Fort Bend County Libraries’ “Transparent Language® Online” resource makes learning a new language easier than ever – and it’s free. Learn more at 2 p.m. in the computer lab of the University Branch Library.
Story Spinners Writing Club This George Memorial Library writing club will focus on the topic of “Villains” this month. The club
meets from 5:30 - 8 p.m. in Room 2C of the library. From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to write, share, learn, support, network and critique each other’s work. This program is recommended for adults and teens aged 14 and up. The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) The Millennium Players present their first show: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Rosenberg Civic Center at 6:30 p.m.
Senior Series: The Truth About Your Aging Brain Liz McNeel, a senior real-estate specialist and certified seniorhousing professional, will debunk many of the longstanding myths associated with age-related changes, getting older, and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease at 10:30 a.m. in Meeting
Room 1 of the University Branch Library. Gumbo Fest 2020 The Rosenberg Rotary Club host its annual Gumbo Fest from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy all you can eat seafood gumbo, beer/wine, Cajun music, Mardi Gras fun, live and silent auctions. Tickets are $25 each. ToGo orders are available.
Library from 1 - 3 p.m. in Room 2A, teens in grades 9-12 will learn how to paint a masterpiece of their own, in true Bob Ross style. Registration is required.
Havana Nights Carnaval This carnaval, set for 7 - 11 p.m. a Cross Key Acres in Richmond, will benefit the KnILE Parent Group scholarship fund and The Houston Area Parkinson Society. Last year, contributions and support raised more than $16,000 for HAPs and $4500 in scholarships to KnILE. Visit knilecenter.com.
Paint with Bob Ross Bob Ross is known for his paintings that always had an outdoor theme and “happy little trees.” In this tutorial at the George Memorial
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