Fulshear Living - January 2023

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Contents & Staff

Fulshear Living monthly

January 2023

CHAIRMAN, EDITOR & PUBLISHER Clyde King cking@hartmannews.com

MANAGING EDITOR Marquita Griffin mgriffin@fbherald.com

ADVERTISING Stefanie Bartlett sbartlett@fbherald.com Ruby Polichino ruby@fbherald.com

WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS

Marquita Griffin Scott Reese Willey

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

Melinda Maya mmaya@fbherald.com Rachel Cavazos rcavazos@fbherald.com

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JANUARY

Hometown Happenings
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Give Back Campaign launched

This year, Cross Creek Ranch — in collaboration with sister community Cross Creek West — revived its Give Back, Build Hope campaign to benefit five local charities.

The two communities donated money to five Fort Bend charities for every home sold during December. The charities are Abigail’s Place, Brookwood Community, Family Hope, Fort Bend PAWS and Reining Strength. In addition, those purchasing a home in either community will have a chance at winning $3,000.

“Through the initiative over the past two years, we have donated more than $40,000 to the participating charities,” said Rob Bamford, General Manager for Cross Creek Ranch and Cross Creek West. “All of these charities provide invaluable services to the Fort Bend community. We’re happy to continue doing our part in supporting them.”

Earlier in 2022, the Give Back, Build Hope campaign won Houston’s Best PRISM Award for Charitable Project of the Year, given by the Greater Houston Association of Builders.

Richmond-based Abigail’s Place serves single mothers facing episodic homelessness, providing transitional housing and helping

clients toward self-sufficiency. The charity’s transitional housing includes on-site shelter units, rental assistance, short-term hotel stays and security deposits.

Brookwood Community provides an educational environment that creates meaningful work, builds a sense of belonging and awakens purpose in the lives of adults with disabilities.

Family Hope specifically helps those in northern Fort Bend County with food and assistance with medical, rent and utility costs. During the pandemic, Cross Creek Ranch has partnered with Family Hope to provide food for those in need.

Fort Bend PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) raises funds and awareness for Fort Bend County Animal Services to help them maintain a high save rate and provide heartworm treatment and preventative and low-cost spay and neuter events.

Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship serves adults and children ages 2 and older with physical, cognitive, social or emotional needs by providing equine-assisted services.

Learn about Cross Creek Ranch at www.crosscreektexas.com, or Cross Creek West at www.crosscreekwesttx.com.

Old Foster Community Museum awards scholarships

As a grassroots organization with a board of five members, the Old Foster Community Museum’s scholarship program has awarded 58 $1,000 scholarships over the years.

The scholarship program, which recently announced its 2022-2023

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The communities of Cross Creek Ranch and Cross Creek West are joining together for the Give Back, Build Hope campaign that will benefit five local charities, including Reining Strength.

At left, Calvary Episcopal Preparatory students participate in the George Ranch Interpretive Teen (G.R.I.T.) programs, and at right, students volunteer for a worka-thon.

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On the old Tenant House porch at the museum are the 2022-2023 scholarship winners. From left, Kathryn Reynolds from George Ranch, attending Texas A&M; Vickie Lynn Tonn, president; Abigail Simmons from Fulshear, attending Blinn College; Jess Stuart, vice president; Cassandra Fuentes from

Senior recognition banquet set for Jan. 28

scholarships, was developed by Vickie Lynn Tonn and adopted by the board in 2008.

Without significant financial support from large corporations or groups, the museum generates funds through its annual fundraiser and community donations.

For the past three years, however, Covid concerns have halted the museum’s fundraiser and planned projects, but in the fall, the museum said it will resume its fundraiser. It also had the ability to reserve funds for the yearly scholarship program and Christmas Outreach program.

For information about the Old Foster Community Museum and its scholarship program, contact President and Scholarship Chair Vickie Lynn Tonn at vickietonn@yahoo.com.

The National Charity League Brazos Belles Chapter will be holding its inaugural Senior Recognition Banquet on Jan. 28 at Weston Lakes Country Club in Fulshear. The graduates have fulfilled their commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

This banquet is the first official Senior Recognition for the Brazos Belles Chapter as the Class of 2023 is the chapter’s first graduating class to complete the six-year NCL experience.

Seniors will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in community involvement as well as personal and academic excellence. These ladies have represented NCL’s core value of community service with more than 200 hours of combined volunteer hours in the last year alone. Front row, from left, are Ollie Mae Harrison, Audrey Huston, Jenna Bradley, and Aneis Curfman. Back row, from left, are Mackenna Mullins, Avery Huey, Sara Rhodes, Siena Curfman, Kynley Dillon and Addison Rives.

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Terry, attending Wharton Jr. College; Marianne Alvarado from Terry, attending UT-Austin; and Melody Hess, an advisory board who served as a judge. Not pictured is Morgyn Sheridan from Lamar, attending Texas A&M.

Needlers, book clubs and more free programs at Fulshear library

Fort 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 281-6334675 or the library system’s Communications Office at 281-6334734. Please note the library will be closed Jan. 2 for New Year’s and Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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 January is as follows: Jan. 3 and 4 – Snow Much Fun!; Jan. 10 and 11 – Let’s Get Cozy; Jan. 17 and 18 – Things That Pop; Jan. 24 and 25 – Opposites; and Jan. 31 – Space.

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: Jan. 5 – Building Club. Try out a LEGO building challenge, build a sand castle, or create a bot maze!; and Jan. 19 – Indoor Sidewalk Chalk.

ADULT PROGRAMS

eReader Q&A: Monday, Jan. 23, noon-2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. The e-Reader Question and Answer session is a walk-in clinic during which patrons can bring their mobile reading devices and have their questions answered about using the device, downloading ebooks, or streaming movies. Learn how easy it is to check out free ebooks, e-audiobooks, music, and movies from the library’s online digital collections, OverDrive and Hoopla.

Day Readers Book Club: Monday, Jan. 9 at noon in the Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is The Dutch House, a novel written by Ann Patchett. 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, Jan. 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, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. The book to be discussed is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, written by Gail Honeyman. This title is available in print, audio on CD, and digitally as an ebook and e-audiobook on OverDrive; call the library to check availability of additional print copies. This book club meets on the last Monday of every month.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Apply now for local Arts Fest

Artists are now able to apply via the Sugar Land Arts Fest website. Are you an artist? The Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation wants artists in all media to apply to participate in the second annual Sugar Land Arts Festival April 1-2.

During the inaugural edition, more than three thousand people visited more than a hundred artist booths, drinking hand-selected wines, eating delicious food, and enjoying live music. This time, the City of Sugar Land is partnering with the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation to celebrate the second annual event at the Smart Financial Centre Plaza.

The artist application process is free, and accepted artists will receive a $50 discount on booth space if their registration is completed by Jan. 31.

The Sugar Land Arts Fest is an outdoor art gallery event with live music and entertainment featuring world-class artists from all backgrounds and artwork in all media.

The application deadline is Feb. 28. Complete applications at sugarlandartsfest.com/artists. The required application materials are six images of artwork per artist, one photo to be featured as a profile image of the artist, and two photographs of the booth.

For more information, visit www.sugarlandartsfest.com or follow @ SugarLandArtsFest on social media.

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Annual Caladium Bulb Sale returns

The Garden Club of Richmond is offering No. 1 “fancy-leafed” caladium bulbs for sale, which the club explained is best for the Fort Bend area. 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) and 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.

Native to the banks of the Amazon River in South America, Caladiums are tropical plants grown from a tuberous root often called bulbs.

They add a lush, exotic touch to summer gardens in our area. Easy to care for, the bulbs can provide a focal point for a sunny garden, enhance shady areas, or look stunning in patio containers.

Planting should take place in late April or early May when all danger of frost has passed, and the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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.

To order, contact Nancie Rain at 713-898-8359 or nrain@comcast. net or Roberta Terrell at 281-343-9932 or robertaterrell@gmail.com.

Feb. 17 is the last day to place an order, and all orders must be paid for in advance.

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