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6 FEATURE STORY 10 TALK OF THE Fulshear’s Gus Bassani and colleges travel to Uganda to share the benefits of pharmaceutical compounding with the Gem Foundation, a safe haven for children with special needs.


The Family Hope Gala 2023 is set for Feb. 17.

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us Bassani believes it’s adopt. It is a safe haven and has the reone thing to help from afar sources to care for these kids in need.” and another to support in “The kids’ pure and genuine love person. even though they’ve been through so Bassani, who lives in Fulshear with much,” is at the core of the Gem Founhis wife and children and works for the dation, said Josh Quisenberry in the pharmaceutical company Professionprovided video. al Compounding Centers of America “They have a pure and faultless love (PCCA), traveled to Uganda months that they willing give to those that they ago with a couple of colleges to teach know love them.” pharmaceutical compounding to the Since 2014, Bassani and his wife Gem Foundation. Beth have supported the Gem Founda“They run the only orphanage in tion, but he wanted to see it in person. Uganda that cares for kids with signif“I knew I wanted to go there,” Bassani icant disabilities,” explained Bassani, said. “It’s one thing to [support] from PCCA Pharm.D. and chief scientific afar. I wanted to go to do whatever I officer. could.” The foundation, founded by Josh As it happened, the company he and Emma Quisenberry eight years works for found out about his intenago, has a site called Gem Village, Emma Quisenberry, who lives in Uganda and runs the Gem Foundation tions and wanted to help. Two PCCA located about 45 minutes outside of with her husband Josh, holds little Ruby in this side-by-side photo colleagues, Daniel Banov, MS-R&D Kampala, Uganda that houses or- depicting Ruby’s transformation at the Gem Village. Ruby was adopted by director, and Mark Gonzalez, Pharm.D phaned and abandoned children with Emma’s parents and now lives in the U.S. and clinical consulting pharmacist, special needs. In the past six years, the wanted to go with him as well. nonprofit has cared for more than 70 “PCCA is a service minded type of children with special needs who were company and it has something called abandoned, neglected, or abused. PCCA Care Days,” Bassani said, exThe Quisenberrys began the nonplaining that the Fort Bend County profit when they were in their 20s. Women’s Center is one of the local “We’re currently caring for 49 kids,” nonprofits that PCCA supports. Emma said in a video Bassani provid“When they found out I was going to ed highlighting the recent trip to Gem Uganda the company assembled five Villiage. “Our vision came from [envibins and donated pharmaceutical masioning] a world where no with special terials and supplies.” needs is left behind.” Included in those supplies were an “We come in to be home for those electronic balance, compounding supwho need a family, who need someplies, array of PCCA bases to help with where safe place to be,” Emma said of oral suspensions and topical preparathe Gem Village. tions. The village sits on 88 acres of farmland and is comprised of three as- Gus Bassani with one of the children at Gem Village in Uganda. THE OPPORTUNITY sisted living homes, which can house TO HELP about 16 children each and a medical building. Before the prominent pharmaceutical manufacturers, patients went “What’s beautiful about [the Gem Village], is they’re building it as a to the pharmacy to pick up their medication “where everything you self-sustaining village with food and water supplies and the staff live got was compounded,” said Bassani, who is a pharmacist by training there,” Bassani said. but works on the supply side PCCA and helps prepare specialized Not only do the children benefit from the foundation’s work, but the medications. surrounding community does, too, because of the access to clean “The [pharmacist] would get the mortar and pestle and make the water and jobs. medicine — think old school apothecary.” “You’d see kids with what looks like gas cans, but they were for Pharmaceutical compounding, Bassani explained, is tailoring medwater because now they have a community well to get high-quality ication to meet a patient’s specific needs through combining, altering, water,” Bassani said. or mixing ingredients. The nonprofit’s staff includes nannies (who work in shifts around “Think of it this way,” he said. “Sometimes a patient is allergic to the clock), nurses, cooks, caretakers, physical therapists, occupa- a certain dye or filler, so you have to change an ingredient, or maybe tional therapists, social workers, administration, security guards, you have a child who can’t swallow a pill. The medication can then be drivers, farm managers and supervisors. made into liquid form.” “Eventually they want a school,” Bussani shared. “It’s a community That’s compounding, and it’s still taught, but it’s done today at an focused on giving kids hope, a future and they’re looking for families to advanced level because there will always be patients who cannot be

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Gus Bassani, Daniel Banov and Mark Gonzalez with Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) traveled to Uganda months ago to teach pharmaceutical compounding to the Gem Foundation run by Josh and Emma Quisenberry. Seen here are the PCCA staff with the Gem Village staff and the children who are cared for and reside there in Gem village.

met by commercial means.” the Gem staff on the importance and process of making compound And this knowledge is what Bassani and his colleagues took to suspensions. During a lab, the Gem staff also compounded a 14-day Uganda this past July. supply of Baclofen suspension using commercially available tablets. Emma said the foundation was grateful for the compounding On the final day, the Gem staff learned about compounding topical knowledge because “a lot of our children are not able to eat well, agents and even developed a formula oral spray for children who sufthey’re on feeding tubes [...] and it makes it really difficult when it fer from excessive drooling. comes to feeding or administering medicine [because] the children The developed formula, made by the Gem staff, can now replace a aren’t able to swallow due to GERD and other reflux issues.” commercially available tablet the foundation was previously purchasWhat the PCCA crew taught “makes a huge difference,” she said. ing. The new formula saves the nonprofit around $1,000 a month. The Bassani, Banov and Gonzalez stayed onsite in the Gem Village “We saw an immediate impact,” Bassani said of the trip. for 10 days, during which they toured the homes and learned about But Bassini said he was impacted, too. Being at the Gem Village, the children’s issues and which medications they were taking. conversing and listening to staff and the children, and experiencing “We quickly saw opportunities for us to help them,” Bassani said, the surrounding community was an eye-opener. referring specifically to children who had tubes running down their “This was the first time I had ever been to Africa and I’ve always noses to their stomachs. wanted to go,” he said. Before learning pharmaceutical compounding, “they had to crush He recalls the initial shock of seeing the poverty in the areas he the pills,” Bassani said, describing the only way the medical staff visited. 41 percent of the nearly 40 million people experience poverty could administer the medication at the time. and make less than two dollars a day. “But there is a potential loss of medication with that [method]. “The things we take for granted,” he said. “The people who had For example, a lot of the children nothing, they were joyful and are on an anti-seizure drug and thankful for what they do have.” administering [the dose] that way He said he is glad the Gem Vilcan cause a major issue. And the lage exists. village is a good hour from a hos“To see how the lives of these pital.” kids were being impacted just By teaching the medical staff through the Gem Foundation and pharmaceutical compounding, “we meeting the 90 staff members who could help them give the accurate care for the kids, including peodosages,” Bassani said. ple from the community working They provided the Gem nursing there... [the experience] shrinks staff with three and a half days of the world,” Bassani said. “They’re training on preparing dosages — so warm, loving and joyful. They’re “mostly how to make a pill into a giving [the children] an opportuniliquid,” he noted— and topical ty and the country and community medications. are appreciative. The focus is the Day one consisted of reviewing kids, that’s the mission, and you compounding and the descriptions can see that.” of the supplies, references and For more information about unique PCCA bases. On the secthe Gem Foundation visit theDaniel Banov with some of the Gem Village children. ond day, the PCCA staff educated gemfoundation.com

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In & Around Fulshear Family Hope Gala 2023 set for Feb. 17


ulshear’s Family Hope, an emergency relief nonprofit, will host its Family Hope Gala 2023 from 5-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Hemi Hideout, 1172 Wilpitz Road in Brookshire. The evening will provide a chance to enjoy the restaurants’ cuisines and beautiful venue of neon signs and antique cars and bid on live and silent auction items. A new TV will be raffled off at the end of the evening. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit that provides resources and services such as food security, parent classes, ESL, counseling and educational events. For more information bout Family Hope visit familyhopefulshear. org.

were eased and they were able to get out in the community once again. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to watch the girls grow into confident, young adults. We are very proud of them and who they have become. Whatever they choose to do, we know they will be prepared to serve, lead, and be successful,“ Lanier said, adding that the Star Chapter wishes these young women great success in their future endeavors. The seniors to be honored are: Amy Abke, Taylor Burke, Caroline Chapman, Lauren Dorsett, Sarah Drury, Kennedy Hatten, Emily Johnson, Brett Ashton Kelley, Ellery Kovacs, Grace Lanier, Racquel McCauley, Tanvi Patel, Abigail Patton, Sophie Prothro, Brynn Smith, Kaelyn Sweeney, Marie Wadlington, and Diane Weber.

NCL, Inc., Star Chapter recognizes senior class of 2023


n Sunday, Feb. 19, the National Charity League (NCL), Inc., Star Chapter will present the Senior Class of 2023 at its annual Senior Recognition Ceremony. This formal event includes family and friends, dinner and dancing and will take place at The Westin Houston at 7 p.m. The evening honors each of the 18 members of the graduating class for their accomplishments and their contributions to the community. “The Class of 2023 has completed a six-year program designed to foster the mother-daughter relationship through active community service and instill a sense of compassion and drive to serve those in need within our community,” said NCL, Inc. Star Chapter President Jackie Lanier. Over the past six years, these young ladies, alongside their mothers, have contributed over 3,500 volunteer hours at 35 local charities, including The Westview School, Neighborhood KidZ Club, Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), Interfaith Ministries (Meals on Wheels), The Ballard House, Katy Christian Ministries (KCM), Fort Bend Women’s Center, The Krause Center, The Monty Ballard YMCA, Brookwood, Willow River Farms, and Texas Children’s Hospital. In addition to serving their community through volunteering, these young ladies were honing their leadership skills by holding various board or liaison positions within the chapter, organizing class retreats as well as planning and leading annual chapter-wide social and philanthropy events, including: Holiday Philanthropy Fair, Mother-Daughter Tea and even hosting last year’s Senior Recognition of the Class of 2022. They also expanded their cultural awareness by attending the ballet, the symphony, the opera and musical theater. “The last two years presented its own unique set of challenges with the pandemic. Volunteering and meetings were different however the girls continued to fulfill their responsibilities and seemed to have a greater appreciation for their involvement once restrictions

#PartyWithAPurpose Girlfriends Giggle 2023 aims to raise $150K


hrough what has been called an annual grown-up pajama party — Girlfriends Giggle— the Fort Bend Women’s Center has raised more than $1 million to fund its initiative of supporting, protecting and providing resources to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Girlfriends Giggle is open to women at least 21 years old and features food, pampering experiences, live entertainment, dancing, and boutique shopping for more than 600 attendees who arrive in pajamas. “It’s #womensupportingwomen,” said organizers. “That’s what Girlfriends Giggle is all about.” Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the center stated it needs the community’s “support now more than ever,” explaining the findings of the National Commission on COVID-19 and criminal justice which show an increase in violence against women across the nation by a little more than 8 percent. “Which is why we have set an even higher fundraising goal of $150,000 for this year’s Girlfriends Giggle,” organizers said. This year’s Girlfriends Giggle, sponsored by PCCA, will be held from 6-11 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Stafford Center, 10505 Cash Road in Stafford. Guests can self-park for free, but a valet parking service will also be available for a fee. Individual tickets are $125, and several sponsorship options are available, all of which are on sale at bidpal.net/giggle23. To learn more about becoming a sponsor or a vendor at the Girlfriends Giggle event, contact Patty Holt at 281-344-5761 or pholt@ fbwc.org or visit www.fbwc.org. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, please call the Center’s 24-hour Hotline at 281-342-4357 (HELP).


Annual Boots & Badges Gala set for Feb. 11

he Behind the Badge Charities Gala will continue its aim to raise funds for college scholarships intended for the children of Fort Bend County public safety professionals through its annual fundraiser, Boots & Badges. This year’s gala is set for Saturday, Feb. 11 at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond. The event will feature casino games and a live and silent auction. At the time of publishing, the time for the gala was not released. Tickets and sponsorships are available at www.behindthebadgechar-

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ities.org/gala. Each year Behind the Badge Charities awards college scholarships valued at $2,000 each to deserving young men and women of first responders. The 2023 scholarship applications are open and the deadline to complete the application is March 31. For more information about the scholarship application visit www. behindthebadgecharities.org/scholarships. Since its inception, the organization has awarded more than $500,000 in assistance and scholarships.


Ranch spotlights Black Cowboy history

earn the enduring legacy of Black cowboys in Fort Bend County history on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the fourth annual Black Cowboy Legacy Rodeo at the George Ranch Historical Park Arena at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. The rodeo will feature all the favorite rodeo events including bull-riding, team roping, and steer-riding, plus a grand entry parade, children’s activities, crafts and vendors. General Admission tickets include admission to the arena only and cost $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 12 years old. Advantage Seat tickets include admission to the Arena and Historical Park and cost $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 12 years old. For more information, visit www.fbhistory.org/black-cowboy-legacy-rodeo. EDUCATION DAY Before the rodeo, however, the George Ranch Historical Park will host its Black Cowboy Education Day at 9 a.m. on Feb. 10. During this event, students can tour the park and discover what life

was like for the African American cowboys that worked at the ranch in the 19th and 20th centuries. For more information visit www.georgeranch.org.


National Civics Bee launched, essay deadline is Feb. 24

he Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of the 2023 National Civics Bee, an initiative aimed at encouraging more young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Organized in partnership with The Civic Trust of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the competition in Fort Bend County will inspire middle schoolers to become better informed about American democracy, to engage respectfully and constructively in the community, and to build greater trust in others and institutions. Middle school students from public, private, charter, and home schools are invited to take part in the first-round civics essay competition. After a distinguished panel reviews the 500-word essays, the top 20 students will be selected to move on to the final round of competition: a live quiz event to test their civics knowledge. The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host this event in April 2023 and more information including location will be announced soon. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including $500 cash for the first-place student. “Preparing our students for a life as an informed citizen is crucial for our future,” said Fort Bend Chamber President & CEO, Keri Schmidt. “We have to know where we’ve been and why our country’s principles were formed to continue to prosper and grow.” The deadline for student essay submissions is Feb. 24. For more information on the essay topic, competition rules and prizes, and to submit the essay, visit ortbendchamber.com/national-civics-bee.

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The Houston Glass Show returns for three days only

he Houston Glass Show will return to the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg on Feb. 17, 18 and 19. Called “the glass event of the year,” the glass show is an annual event of Max Miller Antiques. Lady Mary Beth and Max Miller at the 2022 Max Miller Antiques Houston Glass Show. specializes in American Glassware from 1850-1970, including Carnival, Fostoria, Cambridge, Pattern Glass, Imperial, Heisey, Tiffin, Fenton, Depression Glass, Vaseline Glass (Uranium Glass) and more. Founded by antique glass expert Max Miller in 1980, Max Miller Antiques is a source for collectors searching for the best selection of rare glassware. The Houston Glass show will feature dealers from across the nation offering a large selection of rare glass, pottery, and china from the Depression Era through the 1970s. The show’s Preview Sale is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Feb 17. The preview admission is $15 per person, and the ticket can also be used on Feb 18 and 19. Preview tickets are available at the door by calling 713410-4780. The Houston Glass Show will also offer its “Best Little Antique Show in Texas” on Feb 18 and 19. Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information, visit maxmillerantiques.com

Joan Fullerton workshop comes to Fort Bend


ince the early 70s, Joan Fullerton’s work has appeared in galleries, juried shows and museums, and in February, she’ll make an appearance in Fort Bend during a 4-day workshop at the Fort Bend Art Center in Rosenberg. The workshop, “Intuitive Exploration with Acrylic and Collage,” runs from Feb. 20 -23. Fullerton’s background consists of studying watercolor with Edgar

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Whitney, Frank Webb, Charles Reid and other nationally known watercolorists; earning her BFA and MFA degrees in painting from the University of Wyoming in the 1980s; and being hired in 1990 to head the art instruction at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 2003, she relocated to Taos, New Mexico to paint full-time for eight years, which in- Joan Fullerton’s ‘Nourished and Triumphant,’ 24x24 cluded some teaching. She now lives in Denver, where she works and exhibits in her home studio and conducts workshops nationwide and internationally. During her February workshop at the Fort Bend Art Center, “we’ll touch on notions of confidence, procrastination, vulnerability, curiosity, courage, play, metaphor, symbolism, and competition,” the Art League of Fort Bend stated in a release. “You will create compelling art not only by focusing on technique, but by discovering your unique voice. Beginning students will find encouragement and confidence, while more advanced students will benefit from Joan’s insightful solutions to their artistic challenges. Be prepared for a light-hearted imaginative experience.” To register for the workshop, visit artleaguefortbend.org.

Applications for local arts fest close Feb. 28


ollowing its achievement of restoring the Sugar Land Auditorium — the oldest public building in Sugar Land — through its annual gala, the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation decided to develop a new fundraiser two years ago. And since the nonprofit’s mission is to “promote the cultural, performing, and visual arts in Sugar Land,” it seemed fitting that the new venture take the form of an arts festival. So on April 1 and 2, the foundation will again host its Sugar Land Arts Fest featuring artist booths, hand-selected wines, delicious food, and live music at the Smart Financial Centre Plaza. The nonprofit is looking for sponsors and artists for the festival. The artist application process is free, but the booth (10 feet by 10 feet) costs $250. Applications must be completed by Feb. 28. Complete applications at sugarlandartsfest.com/artists. The required application documents include up to six images of

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Free children and adults programs at Fulshear Branch Library

ort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear will present free children’s programs and book clubs for adults this month. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website atwww.fortbend.lib.tx.us or call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675 or the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Craft packets will be given out at the end of each program, so that children may take them home to enjoy. Materials for these programs are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library. Family Story Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30 -11 a.m. in the Meeting Room. Families with children of all ages will enjoy stories, songs, and action rhymes. The schedule for February is as follows: Feb. 1: Space; Feb. 7 and 8: Things That Go; Feb. 14 and 15: Love; Feb. 21 and 22: Books & Libraries; and Feb. 28: Rodeo. After-School Breaks: Takes place on the first and third Thursday, from 4:30-5 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Crafts, movies, stories, and more programs are designated for school-aged children in grades 1 through 5. Materials for these programs are made possible by the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library. The schedule of activities is as follows: Feb. 2: Building Club. Try out a LEGO building challenge, build a sand castle, or create a bot maze and Feb. 16: Marble Mayhem. Work in teams to create an amazing marble run before time runs out. ADULT PROGRAMS Day Readers Book Club: Monday, Feb. 13 at noon in the Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, written by David Grann. This book is available in print, audio on CD, and digitally as an ebook and e-audiobook on OverDrive and as an e-audiobook on hoopla; call the library to check availability of additional print copies. This book club meets on the second Monday of every month. Nifty Needlers: Friday, Feb. 17. 20, noon - 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Needlework enthusiasts of all experience levels who enjoy any type of crocheting, knitting, or sewing are invited to attend to get other needlecrafters’ perspectives, critiques, and suggestions. Those attending should bring their own yarn, strings, and needles to start or finish a project, while chatting, networking, and enjoying the company of fellow needlecrafters. The group meets on the third Friday of every month. Night Readers Book Club: Monday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story, written by Douglas Preston. This title is available


reative Learning Society - The Agatha Mystery Theater, in collaboration with Discover Downtown Rosenberg, will host the “I Love Lucy Murder Mystery” dinner throughout February. The production, a parody of the beloved TV program ‘I Love Lucy,’ will show from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb 3. 4, 16, 17, 18, 24, and 25. Dinner service begins at 7 p.m. Theater begins at 8 p.m. The audience can interact with the actors to tell the story and solve the crime. Audience members compete in goofy challenges to win clues and discover hidden evidence and some audience members even become characters in the story. “It’s the perfect evening for those who like to solve crimes and those who love to participate in some seriously bad acting,” the theatre stated. Choose a Ticket with Dinner Service and enjoy a catered buffet dinner from Ol’ Railroad Cafe. Tickets with reserved seating (private table) are $66 with dinner and $40 for theater only. General Admission Tickets (open seating) are $60 with dinner and $35 for theater only. The Agatha Theater is located at 1909 Ave G in Rosenberg. The receipt is the ticket for the event. There are no paper tickets for the show. All purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable. For more information, visit www.creativelearningsociety.com or call 713-876-2585.



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by DEBORAH BIRGE | Fort Bend County Master Gardener


he ideal time to plant containerized fruit trees is in early spring after the chance of a freeze has passed. So, if you’re thinking about adding a fruit tree to your landscape, now is the time to begin planning for your purchase. The Fort Bend County Master Gardeners’ February fruit tree sale will be just in time for you to choose from a wide selection of trees carefully chosen to suit our climate. Photo courtesy of If you’ve never grown a fruit tree, consider start- Deborah Birge | ing with some of the easier-to-grow, lower-main- Bloomsweet Grapefruit tenance fruit trees. These types of trees include several varieties of Fig, Pear and Persimmon. Improved Meyer Lemon is another good choice for a beginner wanting to grow citrus. This year there will be an estimated 75 different varieties of fruit trees, berries and topicals/sub-tropicals for sale with approximately 1,000 different plants available. Fort Bend Master Gardeners will be available at the sale to answer questions so you can obtain the best information about how to plant and care for your new tree or plant. A complete list of fruit trees and plants that will be available at the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners fruit tree sale will be available at fbmg. org/events/annual sales. The sale will be Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. (or earlier if sold out) at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the sale support the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners’ educational programs and demonstration gardens. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in providing horticulture education for Fort Bend County residents of all ages. Should you have any questions, please contact the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners Hotline and Research Team at FortBendmg@ag.tamu.edu.

Annual Vegetable Conference set for Feb. 7


exas A&M AgriLife Extension – Fort Bend County announced it will be hosting the 38th Annual Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference in-person on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. The conference is a celebration of vegetable production along the upper Gulf Coast region. Counties of Waller, Wharton, Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Colorado and Austin join with Fort Bend to put on this event focusing on teaching sustainable practices to help producers maximize efficiencies and profitability. Visit fortbend.agrilife.org for more details.

Order caladium bulbs before Feb. 17


he Garden Club of Richmond is again offering No. 1 “fancy-leafed” caladium bulbs for sale, which the club explained is best for the Fort Bend area and Feb. 17 is the last day to place an order. The bulbs are available in the following colors: Red Flash (red) and Carolyn Whorton (pink), which grow well in full sun or shade; Candidum (white), which thrives in partial sun or shade; White Christmas (white with intense green veining); Fanny Munson (flamingo pink with green edges) which need shade; and FM Joyner (green netted veining with shades of pink and white), which is sun tolerant. Bulbs can be pre-ordered and will be available for pick-up on March 1, 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Joseph’s Coffee & Cigars, 202 Morton Street in Richmond. Bulbs are only sold in batches of 25 of a single color. Prices, including tax, are $36 for 25 bulbs, $68 for 50 bulbs and $134 for 100 bulbs. All orders must be paid for in advance. To order, contact Nancie Rain at 713-898-8359 or nrain@comcast. net or Roberta Terrell at 281-343-9932 or robertaterrell@gmail.com.

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