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Author Bili Morrow Shelburne’s first sequel continues the intriguing tale of “Clemmie.”

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OVERCOMING THE OBSTACLES The Fort Bend Boys Choir is on the road to recovery by MARQUITA GRIFFIN | mgriffin@fbherald.com

Photo by EB Scott Photography | The Training choirboys Photo by Bill Adams | Choirboys Gavin and Luke demonstrate the choir’s social distancing protocols. processing into the 2020 Christmas Musicale.

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hen the coronavirus crisis took hold of society in the spring of last year, the Skinners, like many parents, paused their son’s social activities, not that there was much choice in the matter. As the statemandated lockdowns rolled out, local youth-centric organizations like the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas, which should have been gearing up for its spring and summer activities, were forced to shut down. Before there was time to process what was happening, in one fell swoop, the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas had to cancel all of its plans, with no indication of when or if operations would resume. Gone was the Spring Concert, the week-long summer vocal camp, and the choir’s summer performance tour to New Mexico. The income from fundraisers, galas, and performances ceased, and membership nose-dived. And yet, by August 2020, the choir was in the position to resume its regular season while adhering to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and additional scientific studies. But the Skinners were still worried about the contagious virus and decided their son Caleb — who has been a member of the choir for four years, the last two as a Tour choirboy — shouldn’t return to the choir. As the months passed, however, Carlton Skinner watched gloom gradually surround his son. “Caleb loves singing,” Skinner said.“And with everything shut down and not being in choir, all of his social life was totally cut off. Even though it’s tough for us adults, too, we can cope easier than a kid. ” Not only did he lose his choir time and had to adjust to virtual learning on the fly, Caleb entered sixth grade at a new school while most of his friends tracked to another campus.

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“It was like ‘I’m stuck at home, looking at faces I don’t know on a computer screen ...’” Skinner said of his son’s predicament.“So even with those [COVID-19 case] numbers still up in January, we decided to give it a try.We looked at all the precautions in place and decided to let him return. And we haven’t had one problem. He is back with familiar faces and friends and doing something he loves to do.” “When there is something you love, that is the core of your being, and it’s been taken from you ... Skinner pauses briefly. “Being back let his heart breathe,” he said.“And I am quite happy.”

STILL IN RECOVERY MODE

While the Skinners’ story is an encouraging example of how families can safely and successfully resume social activities, learning how to operate during a worldwide health crisis was, and still is, an uphill battle for the Fort Bend Boys Choir. As a private, nonprofit organization, the Fort Bend Boys Choir relies on fundraising, sponsorships, and donations to fund its operations, so when the pandemic hit, officials worried that the longstanding choir was on unsteady grounds. “We received no income for over six months last year due to no summer tour, no spring concert, and no spring fundraising,” said Tiana Mortimer, the executive director of the Fort Bend Boys Choir.“Our budget runs lean and mean anyway so if it weren’t for the fact that last year’s gala did so well, who knows where we would be. The governmental PPP loans and such put a temporary Band-Aid on finances. “The good news is that we were able to start rehearsals again in


Photo by EB Scott Photography | The audience for the 2020 Christmas Musicale. Photo by EB Scott Photography | The Tour Choir singing in the 2020 Christmas Guests also sat on the balcony and everyone was socially distanced in their Musicale at Christ Church Sugar Land. family groups.

August 2020, although with less than half the membership,” she noted. The choir’s total enrollment as of April 2021 was 43 choirboys. In prior years, the choir boasted 100 to 125 members across its four choir groups. “COVID-19 really affected our membership,” Mortimer said.“We feel fortunate the 40-plus choir families trusted us with the safety of their sons.” The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas typically features three performing ensembles, but the drastic decline in membership during the pandemic forced the organization to restructure its operations. Currently, the Town and Training choirs are combined, collectively comprised of 18 boys.The Town-Training Choir meets on Mondays, while the Tour Choir, which has 25 members, still meets on Thursdays and Sundays. The choir’s Music Magic program, comprised of six and seven-yearolds, unfortunately still hasn’t resumed. But “things are looking up a bit because we are still auditioning boys,” Mortimer said.“In fact, we have four new boys in our TownTraining Choir this semester.”

A CHOIR’S COMEBACK

The key to the choir’s recovery is rooted in membership, said Fort Bend Boys Choir Founder and Artistic Director William “Bill”Adams. This is why recruitment is currently the most pressing objective for the choir. “A secondary objective is boosting income ... which is directly tied to recruitment,” Adams said, noting the choir is holding in-person auditions for the upcoming season. “We encourage boys who love music and singing to give us a try,”he said. Auditioning boys should be 8 to 13 years with an unchanged voice, and prior experience isn’t necessary. In previous years the choir’s recruitment primarily stemmed from local music teachers, but virtual and hybrid learning made it difficult to get audition information into the hands of the music teachers. So word of mouth, a text, or social media post will serve the choir well,Adams stressed. “Spread the word to the parents,” he said. “Let them know that despite the pandemic, we have been able to meet, sing and perform successfully and safely.” “Over the summer and up to now, we maintained our safety protocols, even during auditions,” Mortimer added. “The boys are singing with masks without a problem.” “We totally understand the hesitancy of families because of the

pandemic. However, it has been a year, vaccines are out, cases are down and frankly, kids, especially boys, are tired of being cooped up,” Mortimer and Adams both added. “It is important for kids to have an outlet, and many have had nothing but a computer monitor for schooling for the past year.Their mental and emotional well-being are important. Boys need a sense of community, something that the Fort Bend Boys Choir can provide. “We have proven that meeting together as a group to sing can be safe.”

SETTING A PRECEDENT

When Adams and Mortimer said the Fort Bend Boys Choir proved returning to social activities was possible, they mean that literally. “The First United Methodist Church in Missouri City is our rehearsal spot, and when we started rehearsals in August, the church was still not meeting in person yet,” Mortimer said, explaining no other groups other than the choir were allowed in the church. “The Fort Bend Boys Choir was the ‘test subject’ so to speak,” Mortimer continued.“We set the precedent on how groups should be meeting in the church during COVID-19.” With oversight from church trustees and safety protocols based on the Centers for Disease Control guidelines and additional scientific studies, the Fort Bend Boys Choir “proved we could safely and effectively meet,” Mortimer said proudly. In addition to implementing social distancing, mask requirements, temperature checks, and hand-washing/sanitizing etiquettes, the choirboys also receive an “air break” halfway through rehearsals. “Essentially the rooms air out while the boys go outside for fresh air before returning,” Mortimer explained.“And after rehearsal, we spray down the chairs and other surfaces in the room with disinfectant.” Looking back at a year filled with chaos, uncertainty, and fears of every kind, Mortimer is proud of the choir’s resolve. “There is a reason why the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas has lasted for almost 40 years — Mr. Adams,” she said.“He is the guiding force behind it all. The organization is his baby and he did not want to accept not being able to meet and sing. He worked hard finding alternatives at every turn when COVID-19 threw up roadblocks.” Adams, however, was quick to give credit to the community. “The Fort Bend community loves the choirboys and we have good relationships here,” he said. “Because we have performed in many venues and sang in many churches over the years, I am friends with a number of choir directors and music ministers. It is these relationships within the community and the choir’s reputation that had many people trust us.”

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OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

The pandemic proved to be a tough adversary, but the Fort Bend Boys Choir isn’t one to bow out. In March 2020, before the mandated shutdowns, the Polish film “Hejter” was released in Europe, featuring the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” on its soundtrack. August brought the international release of the Wasteland 3 video, which featured six songs on its soundtrack recorded by the Tour Choir, and December brought forth the choir’s most pressing challenge: hosting the Christmas Musicale. The annual event, held at Christ Church Sugar Land this year, allowed a 175-member audience that had to be socially distanced. Tickets and reservations were secured solely online, guests were temperature-checked upon entry and required to wear masks, and the choirboys performed in masks as well. “All of our choirboys participated,” Mortimer said.“We had to cut some music out because the performance was limited to one hour. “Typically, our concerts are an hour and a half to two hours.” The choir boys were also unfortunately prohibited from performing a modest, but potent, gesture because of social distancing restrictions. “Our audience and choirboys truly missed [a treasured interaction] when the Tour Choir sang ‘Dream a Dream,’” Mortimer said.“It’s the song the boys sing while holding a concert patron’s hand before hugging them and returning to the stage. “That personal, touching aspect was missed by all.” Still, Mortimer said the choir was “so thankful to even have a concert” during a pandemic. Then when it came time to host the choir’s annual gala dinner and auction fundraiser a few months ago, the platform was a virtual one. “With sponsorships and auction proceeds, we raised almost $25,000,” Mortimer said.“Pretty good results, but we are still a long way from recovering financially from the COVID-19 pandemic.” What could aid the choir’s recovery is a reminder to the community about the nonprofit’s presence and purpose, she offered. “I think COVID-19 has put everyone in their own little bubbles, so many may not be aware that we are still working hard and operating,” Mortimer said.“We have current choirboys and families who need our support as well as some who are in COVID-hold, just waiting to return. “We need the support and help from the community to survive and thrive to ensure we have a music program for boys to return to.” Adams agreed. “As Tiana said, we need community support,” he said.“Spread the word about our music programs and our successful operations during this COVID year. Our next performance season starts in August and it will be our 40th anniversary. “Hopefully, you all can help us make it a triumphant one.”

Photo by Carlton Skinner | From left, Town Choir Director Jason Ritchie, a Fort Bend Boys Choir alumnus, and Katy ISD music teacher with Caleb Skinner at the 2019 Spring Concert, when Caleb was in the Town Choir.

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SINGING SAFELY With the increase in vaccinations, the implementation of CDC guidelines, and studies like those from the Florida Atlantic University and the University of Bristol, England that reported singing in a group can be safe when maintaining social distance and wearing a mask, The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas is hosting in-person auditions. Below are safety protocols the choir follows: ❖ Masks are worn at all times ❖ A touch-less temperature check is required upon entry ❖ Hand sanitizer is provided upon entry and in the rehearsal room ❖ Hand washing is required before entering the rehearsal room ❖ Practice is held in a large, ventilated rehearsal room ❖ Each choirboy rehearses with a 6-foot social distancing radius ❖ Rehearsals include a break time halfway through practice to allow for room circulation ❖ Chairs and surfaces disinfected after each rehearsal

Auditions

During auditions, the potential choirboys will be checked for singing range, sing the first verse of ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee” or the “Happy Birthday” song. The boys will also sing several short melodic patterns dictated by the piano. Below are qualities the choir looks for in potential choirboys: ❖ A love of singing. ❖ A free and controlled tone which will blend well with other voices, and a good sense of pitch. ❖ Must be self-disciplined. Good behavior is positively enforced. ❖ Should be passing all subjects and have a good conduct grade. ❖ Must provide transportation to all rehearsals and concerts. Carpooling is available and encouraged. For more information about tuition, scholarships and available payment plans, visit www.fbbctx.org or scan the code below.


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Author Bili Morrow Shelburne continues the story of ‘Clemmie’ in a new sequel

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fter completing her third novel, Bili Morrow Shelburne set her mind to her next work, a piece of fiction she wasn’t certain she wanted to complete. “I wrote it on and off, on and off,” Shelburne said.“I would pick it up and put it down.” The hesitation, she explained, was because it was a sequel to her beloved book, Clemmie. “I kept thinking: I can’t do a sequel. I don’t think I’ll like it,” Shelburne said.“But friends kept asking me to write it.” Nearly five years later, Shelburne honored the wishes of her Clemmie-loving friends with the December 2020 release of Racing With The Tide. Clemmie, set in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, tells the story of a young woman desperately searching for clues to her forgotten past in a world of love, voodoo, pain, loss, and revelations. Its sequel, Racing with the Tide — to the delight of Shelburne’s fans — returns to the island and characters from the first novel, including Clementine, Daniel, and of course, Mama Rae. “Everybody loves Mama Rae,” Shelburne said with a laugh. Jennifer Pearson,who said she’s been a fan since Shelburne’s Blackbirds

and Butterflies,took toAmazon to review Shelburne’s fourth novel,calling it “one of the best things to come out of 2020” and “a beautiful tribute to Clemmie’s resilience and determination to find happiness.” “This novel doesn’t disappoint as [Shelburne] continues her stellar tradition of storytelling,” she posted.

RETURNING TO ‘A GARDEN OF EDEN’

Although she’s slightly anxious about the reception of her first sequel, Shelburne feels energized at the idea of Racing With The Tide in the hands of a fan or new reader. She enthusiastically begins sharing slices of the tale — just enough juicy tidbits to pique interest, not spoil the story. Clementine Foster, her title character, returns her roots on Hilton Head Island where she reconnects with Mama Rae and lands a job with a mysterious man who runs a mysterious company.Then, of course, Shelburne adds laughing, there’s romance thrown in. “Both her wit and her grit will be sorely tested as events rapidly unfold,” Shelburne concluded by reading from her book’s cover. Readers who thought its predecessor was a page-turner should prepare for the same type of intrigue and mystique in Racing

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With The Tide. Although a challenging process, Shelburne said she appreciated the journey sparked by Racing With The Tide, particularly since it allowed her the chance to revisit the setting of Hilton Head Island, a place she once described as “like a Garden of Eden.” Her writing was aided by feedback from three close readers, a writer’s network, and her husband Ralph. “He is my biggest cheerleader, but my harshest critic,” Shelburne said sweetly, explaining she would give him a chapter at a time to review. “I’d tell him: “Make any and all suggestions you want; I may or may not take them.” Her laughter follows again, long and mischievously, in the way of a longtime married woman.But the truth is,her husband was an ideal sounding board for Shelburne’s writing process. Not only is Hilton Head Island the backdrop of Shelburne’s Clementine-centric novels, but it was also once the Shelburnes’ home. “We had a villa there for 22 years,”Shelburne said, noting that it’s the same villa detailed in the novel. Shelburne is quiet for a moment, reliving those years. “They use to have a festival on the island a long time ago, and it was fantastic.” It was only right, Shelburne said, for Clementine to return to the island in Racing With The Tide. “I hope I wrote a proper sequel,” she said with a hint of nervousness in her voice. An advance review from Kirkus Reviews called the book [...] an engaging tale of new love and second chances,”but Shelburne yearns for even more feedback from readers. She wants to know if she nailed a sequel her first go at it. “I did my best,” she said.“I do hope people like it.” In addition to “Racing With The Tide” and “Clemmie,” Shelburne authored “Blackbirds and Butterflies,” her first novel, and “Collateral Justice” her third novel. Follow Shelburne and her works at www.bilimorrowshelburne.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bili Morrow Shelburne’s roots begin in the heart of the Kentucky Bluegrass region where she developed a love of horses and the outdoors. She received a B.A. from the University of Louisville and an M.A. from the University of Kentucky. She spent 20 years as a teacher and college instructor, primarily teaching writing and language arts, before leaving the academic world to become a full-time writer. While a former resident of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Bili and her husband Ralph have lived in West Fort Bend County for nearly 30 years.

RACING WITH THE TIDE Clemmie​returns to her roots on Hilton Head Island where she reconnects with her old friend and mentor, Mama Rae, an enigmatic character who lives in the woods and who appears to practice a little Voodoo on occasion. As she becomes increasingly entangled in the machinations of her new mysterious employer, she simultaneously meets and is wooed by a handsome young man who just might become the new love of her life. Still haunted by the ghosts of her past, Clemmie strives to attain normalcy and happiness in her island home, but soon there is trouble in paradise. Both her wit and her grit will be sorely tested as events rapidly unfold. COLLATERAL JUSTICE When attorney Matt Stevenson returns to his hometown to attend his mother’s funeral, he inadvertently becomes embroiled in a homicide involving an old and trusted friend. Matt and his friend, along with two other witnesses, are confronted with both a moral and legal dilemma: Do they tell what they know and risk ruining their lives and careers or stay silent in hopes that the truth will never be exposed? CLEMMIE At the age of 23, Clementine Foster finds herself in a mental hospital with no recollection of how or why she came to be there. Her struggle to regain her memory leads her to navigate the treacherous shoals of her past and to uncover secrets that might best remain hidden away. As the layers of Clemmie’s past are peeled away, her lost loves, friendships, and family come to life with each surprising revelation. BLACKBIRDS & BUTTERFLIES In the summer of 1959, the tranquility of a small town in rural Georgia is shattered by the violent acts of a few, forcing young Jesse Wheeler to reach manhood in a hurry. Jesse Wheeler’s last summer before college should have been nothing but a romp with his friends and his best girl. But events conspire to change all that. When Jesse is targeted by local thugs and, later, when family tragedy strikes, he is forced to come of age in a rush. With sage advice from his old friend Gabriel, an ancient black man, he teams up with the local sheriff’s deputy and a state police investigator, then goes on the offensive to set things right.

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In & Around Fulshear Rhonda Kuykendall apprises city leaders of local sex trafficking by AVERIL GLEASON | agleason@fbherald.com

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honda Kuykendall wants to eliminate human trafficking businesses from Fort Bend County. And more than that, the Fort Bend County DA’s Human Trafficking Team chairwoman wants to help the victims caught up in these illicit affairs. At a Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting at the end of March, Kuykendall provided the council information regarding illicit massage businesses that front for commercial sex operations, suggesting the city create an ordinance to stop this from spreading. She said the team is working on statewide legislation, ordinances in surrounding cities, and education and awareness symposiums locally to help caregivers and kids protect themselves. “They’re all over the place,” Kuykendall told the council.“They’re in open view.They’re everywhere.” “As many of you know, we do not have a Bissonnet tract in Fort Bend County.We do not have strip clubs in Fort Bend County.We do not have cantinas in Fort Bend County, but we do have online solicitation through social media. And we do have sex trafficking in residential homes. “And we do have sex trafficking in illicit massage businesses in Fort Bend County.” Of the 6,696 sexual trafficking advertisements listed in the county in 2020, 64 came from Rosenberg. According to Kuykendall, two reviews for illicit services have been

The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office collaborated with the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance and partnering agencies to conduct a multi-day proactive operation in February called Operation Cupid. In total, the operation resulted in 30 arrests and rescued one juvenile victim. That’s Rhonda Kuykendall of Fulshear, at right. She chairs the district attorney’s Human Trafficking Team. She is joined by Mary Magnus, assistant special agent with Homeland Security Investigations. They helped answer any questions posed to District Attorney Brian Middleton and Sheriff Eric Fagan.

listed in the city, and more specifically along SH 36. “If you go and shut them down right now, guess what’s going to happen?” Kuykendall asked. “They’re just going to pop back up somewhere else. That’s why we’re working on implementing ordinances, conditional use permits in all of the cities across Fort Bend County right now.” Kuykendall added that it’s not just about shutting down these illegal businesses. She also wants to provide services for the victims, which are women caught in sex trafficking.

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“Recently, when we started working on these issues, we didn’t see them as victims,” Kuykendall admitted.“It’s just prostitution, right? “We would actually penalize the victims. So, now we are working on the perpetrators and the landlords and the traffickers, and looking for help for the victims.” Kuykendall then provided ordinance suggestions to help drive out illicit businesses in the city. Of the 17 cities in the county, Fulshear, Meadows Place and Pearland have adopted ordinances to enact such a change. The entire council said it would favor adopting an ordinance to combat sex trafficking operations in Fort Bend County. “As a dad of daughters, I’m glad we’re being aggressive on this,” council member Kevin Raines said. “The thing that scares me on ordinances is it’s kind of a paper tiger.We put all these meanings in a piece of paper and it kind of just becomes another thing that moves on. “And I just want to make sure with the police department that we’re all in to take care of this. So many times, people slip under the radar. I hope we as law enforcement collectively come together and really go after this and take a bite out of it.”

our building to enable us to meet the growing need and opened our Davis George Campus just before the pandemic hit.While the number of children we saw dropped initially during the shutdown, we saw a dramatic rise in cases throughout the year. In fact, we served 3,544 children and families last year - an increase of 24% over 2019.” To date, Child Advocates of Fort Bend has served nearly 19,000 children. “The Gala is critical to funding our programs and services for the children and your support has never been more critical than it is today,” said Mefford. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available ranging from $2,000 to $15,000. Individual seats are available for $150. To attend the gala, become a sponsor, donate an auction item or for more information, visit www.cafb.org/events/gala/sponsorshipopportunities/ or contact Tarina Sheridan at 281-344-5109 or tsheridan@cafb.org.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend announces 2021 gala theme

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xchange Club of Sugar Land will be the Confetti Presenting Sponsor for Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s 30th Birthday Gala Celebration on Saturday, May 8. The gala will celebrate the agency’s 30 years of serving child victims of abuse and their families. This fun, adult event will take place at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square and will feature a live and silent auction, raffle, wine and gift card pulls. Michele Fisher will emcee for the 9th year. Johnny Bravo is joining her as an auctioneer for the fourth time.Attire for the evening is elegant and festive. Black tie is optional. Child Advocates of Fort Bend opened its doors in 1991 with a volunteer executive director, trained its first class of CASA volunteers and assigned its first CASA volunteer to a child in foster care. In the last 30 years,they have expanded those services exponentially. “We now have two programs – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and a Children’s Advocacy Center with comprehensive services to enable child victims of abuse and their families to get the support that they need to heal.The number of children and families in need of our services has increased 60% over the last eight years,” said CAFB CEO Ruthanne Mefford. “We launched a Capital Campaign in 2019 to renovate and expand

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Reliant donates $100,000 to Attack Poverty for critical home repairs

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ecovery efforts in Fort Bend County from Winter Storm Uri received a boost from Reliant in late March with a $100,000 donation to Attack Poverty, a nonprofit founded in Richmond with a mission to strengthen under-resourced communities and empower people to break the generational cycle of poverty. Reliant’s support will provide funding for plumbing and construction repair costs for 20 damaged homes, ensuring they are safe and secure as families continue to recover. “The devastating effects of this historic natural disaster are continuing to be felt, particularly by the most vulnerable members of our community. At Reliant, we are focused on providing assistance, relief and much-needed resources to our neighbors in need,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of Reliant. “That’s why we are supporting organizations like Attack Poverty that are making a real impact in the community by helping families return to their homes safely.” Attack Poverty takes a holistic approach when helping clients with home repairs, keeping the resident involved in assessing the home, hiring contractors and evaluating work. The goal is to empower and support the homeowner while Attack Poverty helps navigate the damage and recovery as part of the


homeowner’s team. “The reality is that most of us were impacted somehow by the recent winter storm and likely know someone in need of home repair. As we connected with community members through food distribution lines and home assessments, the scale of damage caused by Winter Storm Uri became apparent,” said Brandon Baca, CEO of Attack Poverty. “As we mobilize resources in the communities we serve, we believe that we are better together through collaborative partnerships like that with Reliant.”

Photo By Averil Gleason | Attack Poverty held its “steel signing” event early February, marking the next phase in the Friends of North Rosenberg’s Resource Center. The building (at 1901 Ave. E.) is estimated to be complete in September. Attack Poverty CEO Brandon Baca stands with Jennifer Cooper, Pct.1 Commissioner Vincent Morales and volunteers, supporters and friends of Attack Poverty.

‘Take Me Home’ safety program grows

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ort Bend County residents with cognitive disabilities are the focus of a fairly new local program designed to aid in their safety, and local agencies that support residents with a range of disabilities champion this program. This program, called “Take Me Home,” launched last December through the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Its purpose is to help return people with cognitive disabilities safely to their homes if they are lost, or if they are found by someone. Residents who cannot communicate with authorities or have cognitive disabilities such as autism, Alzheimer’s, down syndrome, or even brain injuries, are all eligible to register to the “Take Me Home” database. The database registers information such as the individual’s image and specifics about the person’s communication challenges, like the effects of bright lights, being non-verbal or sensitivity to touch, and caregiver contact information. Since its launch, Hope For Three Autism Advocates,The Arc of Fort Bend County, Gigi’s Playhouse, and the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter have worked to notify and register Fort Bend County residents that would find the program helpful. “An estimated 40 percent of people with autism are nonverbal,” said Darla Farmer, CEO of Hope For Three.“Knowing the ‘Take Me Home’ program can assist in keeping this population safe if lost or found, and aid in the response by local law enforcement helps families all across our county sleep better at night.”

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As of early April, “Take Me Home” reached more than 200 registrations. “When we encounter a person with cognitive disabilities, it is helpful to refer to this database to know how best to respond and reach caregivers safely,” said Fort Bend Sheriff’s Sgt. Matthew Hricko. “The identification information provided can also assist us in search of a missing person if necessary.” Families can sign up by visiting the Take Me Home program is available at www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departmentso-z/sheriff-s-office/programs/ take-me-home. Information is kept confidential and only used by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. For autism resources and referrals visit www.hopeforthree. org. Hope For Three | Caroline Bordelon with son Caleb, 9, who lives with autism. Caleb is non-verbal and has eloped (a common characteristic of autism) from home many times. Upon learning about the Take Me Home program, she immediately registered Caleb. “This program is greatly needed and gives me peace and comfort for my family,” she said.

Library presents tips for senior citizens living independently

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ort Bend County Libraries will present a special online program, “The Truth About Wills, Trusts, and Probate,” a program in the Senior Series for older adults and their family members, on Friday, May 14, from 10:30 am to noon. This program will be a virtual session presented via Webex; it will not be in person. Participants who register for the event will be emailed a link to a Webex meeting, and they may join the discussion from the comfort and safety of home. Liz McNeel, a senior real estate specialist and certified senior housing professional, will lead a panel of experts who will talk about the importance of estate planning. Learn about the differences between trusts and wills, how probate works, and how these can impact the parties involved. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required; a link to the Webex session will be emailed to participants who register. To register online at the librar y’s website ( w w w. f o r t b e n d . l i b . tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the programs. For more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office Liz McNeel (281-633-4734).

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ou might think master gardeners spend countless hours making our gardens the envy of all that behold them and, to be honest, some master gardeners do. However, one of the great things about being a master gardener is learning tricks that make us more successful in our gardens with less work.Who wouldn’t like that? Let me tell you about one of my favorite tricks. One of the best things you can do to ensure garden success is to choose the right plant for the right place. Sounds easy but there are so many amazing plants to choose! The solution to this problem is a wonderful Texas A&M AgriLife program called Texas Superstars®. These plants have been tested by university horticulturists and master gardeners and proven to be winners throughout a variety of locations in Texas. What do I mean by “winner”? Hardier, more pest and disease resistant, more flowers, bigger flowers, more fruit, tastier fruit, and a “wow” factor is what I mean. In other words, these plants are more likely to thrive in your garden and dazzle you at the same time. Also, to be designated a Texas Superstar, a plant must be easy to propagate so the plants can be mass-produced for consumers at reasonable prices. An example of a Texas Superstar® is Duranta, also known as Golden Dew Drop. This deciduous shrub has masses of blue or purple flowers from spring through fall and golden berries in late fall. It attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other birds. If you are still not sold, it’s drought-resistant, too!

The Texas Superstar®, Duranta, is also known as Golden Dew Drop.


Another example of a Texas Superstar® is the Dwarf Cherry Surprise Tomato, which produces a bounty of cherry tomatoes that are considered four times as sweet as other cherry tomatoes. It’s resistant to most common tomato diseases and is highly recommended for home and school gardens. New Texas Superstars® are added from time to time as they are tested and approved, the newest being an evergreen vine called the Yellow Butterfly Vine. It has delicate yellow flowers but its name comes from the salmon-colored seed pods that resemble butterflies. It is droughttolerant and thrives in hot sunny locations. The value of choosing Texas Superstars is more than just their beauty or your increased probability of success. If you choose plants that will thrive in your garden, you save money that might have been wasted on plants that die before their time. You also save time and energy in nurturing plants that will be successful. Just remember to plant and care for them according to directions. If you are interested in more information about these plants, visit texassuperstar.com. This site includes detailed plant descriptions, growing tips, and where plants can be purchased. You can also look for plants with Texas Superstar® labels. For answers to your specific gardening questions, contact the Fort Bend Master Gardener Hotline at bmg.org/contact. The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and Texas Department of Agriculture (“Go Texan” Program) partner with Texas A&M faculty, Agrilife Research and Agrilife Extension to spread the word about Texas Superstars®.

Learn about plant selection with an online gardening program

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ort Bend County Libraries will present an online program, “Landscape Success: Right Plants for the Right Place,” on Tuesday, May 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Part two of the Texas AgriLife Extension Office’s “Landscape Success” series for homeowners, this program will be live-streamed via Webex; it will not be in person. Fort Bend County Advanced Master Gardeners Peggy d’Hemecourt and Suma Mudan will talk about the use of native and well-adapted plants in the landscape. Get tips on landscape planning and how to make the best use of sun, shade, and drainage for varying plant needs. Mudan and d’Hemecourt will also talk about the Earth-Kind® Plant Selector,Texas Superstar® plants, and Earth-Kind® roses. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the program so a link to the Webex session can be emailed to all who register. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib. tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. Participants may also register by calling Fort Bend County Libraries’ Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

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Arts & Entertainment ‘The Taste of Sunrise’ headed for Sugar Land Town Center

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ocal actors, directors, and instructors at Fort Bend Christin Academy are continuing, what some are calling a “performance of impact,” with another showing of “The Taste of Sunrise,” this month. This production is a tale of two worlds — deafness and hearing. “The Taste of Sunrise” marks the second time in the academy’s history that its theatre and American Sign Language departments collaborated for a shadow production intended for a hearing and deaf audience. “I am so excited to be a part of the cast of ‘The Taste of Sunrise,’” said junior Madelyn Pozzi. “Working on the show has taught me so much. Before starting the play, I knew almost nothing about the ASL community around me. However, through rehearsals, I’ve been able to learn so much about the deaf community while also growing closer to my fellow cast members.” The production will include speaking students from the academy’s theatre department, led by Lana Thompson, and students from the academy’s American Sign Language (ASL) department, which is led by Tony Slate and Elyse DeBuck. Thompson said her passion for the deaf community was sparked by Slate and DeBuck, who explained the lack of theatre opportunities for deaf students. “Being able to be in this performance has been the biggest blessing,” said senior Jessica Crocker. “It has been so cool to bridge together two very important parts of my life, ASL and theatre.

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“I’m so excited to be able to challenge myself and create something beautiful for the deaf community.” ‘THE TASTE OF SUNRISE’ Written by Suzan Zeder, “The Taste of Sunrise” centers around the life of a young deaf boy named Tuc who struggles to find his voice. His journey leads him to discover sign language, which opens his eyes to his true identity and opens the audience’s eyes to the history of deaf culture and the beauty of American Sign Language. The next showing is set for 7 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at Sugar Land Town Center, 15958 City Walk. There is no admission fee. “We look forward to sharing this special evening with our hearing and deaf audiences,” said the cast. For more information visit www.fortbendchristian.org/thetaste-of-sunrise.

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Aspiring writers encouraged to join Story Spinners Club

oin other aspiring writers at Fort Bend County Libraries’ online “Story Spinners Writing Club” on Thursday, May 20, from 2 to 3 p.m.The topic for May is “Flow.” This program will be a virtual session presented via Webex; it will not be in person. Participants who register for the event will be emailed a link to a Webex meeting, and they may join the discussion from the comfort and safety of home. 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. Writing prompts, brainteasers, and brief exercises will be available to ignite the imaginations of any and all wordsmiths who wish to hone their craft. This program is recommended for adults and teens aged 14 and up. Free and open to the public, the Story Spinners Writing Club meets on the third Thursday of every month. Registration is required; a link to the Webex session will be emailed to participants who register. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib. tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455.

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Take advantage of special online family programs

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n preparation for the Summer Reading Club, which begins May 31, Fort Bend County Libraries will have special online family programs for children of all ages each week rather than the regular virtual story-time activities. Because of the COVID-19 social-distancing recommendations, FBCL is continuing to offer children’s programming virtually, so that families can participate from the comfort and safety of home. Videos of the family programs will be posted on the online Vi r t u a l c a l e n d a r o n FBCL’s website on the scheduled date. Families of toddlers and preschoolers may pick up to-go activity packets from the library for the month. These packets contain fun craft activities that can be done at home. Call the libraries to request to pick up the packets through the Curbside Pick-Up service. The schedule of family Twanda’s Theatre on Wheels will present “Little programs for May is as follows: Bear’s Beary Bad Day” on May 1.

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the yogic system of meditation, which includes guided stretches, guided breathing practices, and guided sound-based meditation. Students will learn how to use these practices to develop a strong sense of mindfulness, increase mental and physical flexibility, and take control of any depression, anxiety, or stress they may be experiencing. May 22: Fancy Nancy Tea Party (pre-recorded video) Watching this program, children can participate at home by dressing in their favorite party clothes while they listen to a “Fancy Nancy” story and enjoy an afternoon tea party. Library staff will demonstrate how to make a fancy wand and crown and offer instructions on how to create “Fancy Nancy” inspired snacks. Children may even pick up some etiquette tips to practice at home! A limited number of craft packets for this activity will be available for pick up at the First Colony Branch Library beginning May 17. Activity sheets may also be downloaded from the online calendar on the FBCL website and printed out at home.This activity is sponsored by the Friends of the First Colony Branch Library. May 31-September 30: Tails and Tales Summer Reading Challenge Registration FBCL presents special reading challenges during the summer to encourage reading among children from birth and up. Children are invited to read a lot of great books and earn fun prizes for reading. Participants may register for the Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) online by going to the FBCL website and clicking on the “SRC Sign-Up” image, which will become available on May 31. When the online registration form has been completed, readers will then have their own online page on which to record their books and reading time. Participants may also register and log books/reading time by downloading the free Beanstack Tracker app to their mobile device from the Apple App or Google Play stores. Fort Bend County Libraries and the Summer Reading Challenge will appear as options when the program starts on May 31. Video links and special live-streamed performances for the SRC will be available on FBCL’s online calendar and on the “FBCL Virtual Programs & Educational Resources” Facebook group page in June and July. All program videos can be viewed by selecting “Virtual Programs” on the “Classes and Events” tab on the Fort Bend County Libraries website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us – and finding the programs on the dates listed.Youth programming will also be posted on the “FBCL Virtual Programs & Educational Resources” Facebook group page. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

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The public is invited to watch live-streamed poetry slam

ort Bend County Libraries is hosting an online Poetry Slam Competition for teens and young adults on Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m. The theme for the live-streamed performance-poetry competition is “Dare to Hope.”

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Anyone who enjoys poetry is invited to watch the competition, which will take place online. Reservations are required to view the event; a link to the Webex session will be sent to all spectators who register on the FBCL website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us). Students 14 to 20 years of age are invited to submit entries on the FBCL website by May 3 at 5 p.m. They will compete for prizes in this performance-poetry event by reading original works they have created themselves. To participate in the competition, contestants should complete an online entry form on FBCL’s website and upload copies of three original poems they wish to read for the competition. One poem will be read for each round to which the participant advances. There will be two qualifying rounds and one final round. A panel of five judges will determine which competitors advance to the second round and the final round. The order of performances will be randomly chosen on May 8 at the start of the event. Judging will be based on language, idea, theme, tone, mood, vocal strength, emotion, body/facial movement, and fluency. Each poem must be limited to no longer than 3 minutes and 10 seconds in length. Poets may read from a copy of their poem, but they may not use props, costumes, or musical instruments. Poems must be family-friendly and may not include any profanity or sexually explicit content. Poems containing incendiary, offensive, discriminatory, or inflammatory language will be disqualified. Participants who submit poems online during the entry period will be sent a link for the Webex session for the competition. Submissions will not be accepted after 5 p.m. on May 3. Prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Fort Bend County Libraries, the Poetry Slam is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

Online game of “Spyfall” just for adults

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he Adult Services Department at Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will have an online “Virtual Board-Game Day: Spyfall” event for adults on Tuesday, May 4, beginning at 3 p.m. This virtual event will be online; it will not be in person. In this virtual event, players will participate online in a game of Spyfall – a combination of a role-playing game and a hidden-role game. All players except one are given a role to inhabit and the location for that round. The remaining player is secretly designated as a spy. The players take turns asking each other questions. The spy’s goal is to figure out what location the players are at without tipping off the other players that he/she is the spy. The game ends when the players figure out who the spy is or when the spy figures out what location they are in. The rules of the game are explained here: www.spyfall.app/ gamerules. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register online visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. Participants may also register by calling George Memorial Library (281-342-4455).


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Health Heart to Heart program helps NICU preemies bond with their moms

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unique program at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is helping premature or critically ill newborns create healthy bonds with their mothers – while still in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). In the first few days or weeks of life, babies in the NICU are separated physically from their mothers while the nursing staff provides round-the-clock care. The Heart to Heart program uses small pieces of fabric, sewn in the shape of a heart, to transfer the mother’s scent to the baby’s crib or isolette for bonding. It works like this: Staff at the Houston Methodist Childbirth Center at Sugar Land give moms the fabric hearts that can be placed in their bras or under their clothing, along with a poem that explains the program.After a couple of hours, the cloth heart has absorbed the mom’s scent and is placed with the baby to provide comfort. “Babies have an acute sense of smell that is naturally designed to enable them to recognize their mother, even before their eyesight is fully developed,” said Donna Timmer, a nurse, and lactation specialist in the NICU at the Houston Methodist Childbirth Center at Sugar Land, who initiated the program. “When babies are separated in the NICU, they undergo a lot of stress that results in increased crying and elevated vital signs.The hearts soothe them and help them bond with their mother even if mom can’t be there beside them.At the same time, mom’s scent

also helps stabilize baby’s heart rate, blood sugar, and respirations, so there are medical benefits as well as emotional.” Timmer learned about the program from Rush Medical Center in Chicago, and she was impressed with the evidence-based results they achieved. She introduced Heart to Heart at Houston Methodist Sugar Land on Valentine’s Day 2019, after enlisting the help of her neighbors and coworkers to sew hearts. “Moms with babies in the NICU go through a very emotional experience,”Timmer said.“They are excited about their newborns, but they also feel emotionally separated from them because of the physical distance. The Heart to Heart program is a proven way to help them – and their babies – at the same time.” The scent effect works both ways. Moms can use the hearts from the baby’s isolette to help stimulate milk flow for pumping. “Partners can participate, too,” said Timmer.“We’ve had several dads who have been part of the program.” Not surprisingly, the response to Heart to Heart has been heartfelt by new parents and the community. Over the past two years, volunteers have donated over 1,200 flannel hearts. “Most moms just say they are happy to have something that helps them feel closer to their baby,” said Timmer.“Heart to Heart helps babies adapt but it also helps moms feel more involved with their child’s care during those first few days.They just love it.” Visit houstonmethodist.org/childbirth-sl to learn more about Houston Methodist Childbirth Center at Sugar Land Hospital

Moms need timeouts, too

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hile timeouts may be torturous for young children eager to get up and go, alone time may sound like paradise to busy mothers. It can be helpful for parents to schedule daily timeouts, though breaks a few times per week can do the trick as well. Timeouts can benefit moms who need a break during or after a long day. Such breaks can be restful and reenergizing. Any woman can benefit from a time-out, but working mothers juggling careers and home life may be especially in need of scheduled breaks. Women who want to incorporate more breaks into their daily routines should know that it’s possible to do so, even on the most hectic days. • You don’t need much time. A break doesn’t need to be extensive to be effective. Schedule around 30 minutes for the timeout.That’s just enough time to watch a sitcom, read a chapter in a book, or enjoy a nice, steamy bath. • Choose a kid-free time of day. If possible, select a timeout period when the kids are away from home or you can be guaranteed some alone time. If this is not possible, arrange with your spouse to look after the kids while you get some alone time. • Find an enjoyable activity. Select an activity for the timeout that you may not have the opportunity to enjoy when other people or tasks require your attention. Listening to music, taking an exercise class, writing in a journal, engaging in artwork or other crafts, or reading a book make for great timeout activities.A timeout is not the time to catch up on chores. • Treat yourself on occasion. Build an extra treat into the timeout, such as a bite of a favorite dessert or purchasing a clothing accessory or luxurious body butter. This can make the timeout even more enjoyable.


Vitamins and supplements women need

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balanced diet does more than provide sustenance and fuel for daily life. Eating an array of healthy foods gives people the best opportunity to naturally obtain the vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health. But certain nutrients may be lacking even when a diet includes an assortment of colorful produce and a careful mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The right supplements can help overcome such deficits, and women often need different supplementation than their male counterparts. Vitamins geared toward women are not just a marketing ploy; most contain formulations that cater to women’s unique needs at various stages in life.The Office on Women’s Health and WebMD recommends these vitamins for women to maintain good health. Vitamin D The Cleveland Clinic reports that 42 percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient.Vitamin D comes from diet but also is produced in the skin when the body is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D helps the body absorb and maintain adequate levels of calcium and phosphate, which are essential to bone health. Rush University Medical Center says recent research suggests vitamin D may help guard against severe COVID-19 infections. Some populations have higher levels of vitamin D deficiency, particularly people of color, those with inflammatory bowel diseases and postmenopausal women. Folic acid

Folic acid or folate (also known as vitamin B9) helps the body make blood cells and the DNA for new cells.This B vitamin also is key to preventing birth defects like spina bifida. According to the March of Dimes, one in two pregnancies are unplanned, and adequate folic acid is required at the early stages of gestation to help the fetus develop healthfully. All women who are sexually active are advised to take a multivitamin that contains folic acid in concentrations of 400-800 mcg. In addition, folate can be found in dark, green, leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, and cereals with added folic acid. Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 comes mostly from animal products.Therefore, anyone who follows a vegetarian or vegan diet may need supplementation to ensure they are getting enough B12. Pregnant women will find B12 is important for baby’s development.Without it, the infant may have low birth weight or other health problems, advises the OWH.Vitamin B12 also helps produce healthy red blood cells, may support bone health, could reduce risk of macular degeneration, and may reduce symptoms of depression. After age 50, women’s bodies cannot absorb vitamin B12 as readily, so supplementing or eating fortified foods can help. Calcium Growing girls need 1,300 mg of calcium each day to develop strong bones for adulthood. After menopause, women may need nearly the same dosage (1,200 mg) to help slow the bone loss that comes with aging. Calcium is found in low-fat dairy products and foods with calcium added. Healthy eating may be a goal, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration notes that 99 out of 100 Americans don’t meet even minimum standards of a balanced diet. Supplementation can help meet those standards and ensure a long, healthy life.

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bunny hands Hayden Samson an egg to A timid Bryson McGuffin approaches the Easter Excited to fill his basket is Hutch Wester. 1The help fill his basket. 3 Bunny. 5 Wester takes an egg from the Easter Cruver adds a blue egg to his blue Boettcher fills her basket to the brim. 2Hutch Bunny. 4Landon basket. 6Stella Sidwell puts her first egg in her Easter 7Harper basket.

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