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As an American Heritage Girl, Christina Waggoner embarked on a mission to provide the Pregnancy Resource Medical Center with a prayer garden she designed on her own. And her efforts earned her the Stars & Stripes Award.


The 17th Annual KCM Transforming Lives Gala will feature Brian Greene as the keynote speaker.


Child Advocates of Fort Bend announce its first all-male volunteer class.

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Christina and her mentor Donna received a warm shout-out from the PRMC.

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Christina Waggoner, formerly of Katy, proudly shows off her Stars & Stripes Award.

Christina's blueprint of the three-section prayer garden she desired to build for the PRMC in Rosenberg.

Christina shows off the amount of dirt needed for the prayer garden.

A prayer box and positive messages are features of the PRMC's new prayer garden.

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In The Spotlight KCM announces Brian Greene as keynote speaker of annual fundraising gala


head of its 17th Annual KCM Transforming Lives Gala on Sept. 9 Katy Christian Ministries announced Brian Greene, the president and CEO of the Houston Food Bank, will serve, for the first time,as the keynote speaker for the evening. The Houston Food Bank is the largest Feeding America food bank in the nation and 2015 Food Bank of the Year. In the fiscal year 2019, the Food Bank distributed 104 million nutritious meals through its network of 1,500 community partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers, and schools in southeast Texas. Since taking the top post at the Houston Food Bank in 2005, Greene has led the organization to unprecedented growth. In August 2011, the Food Bank moved into its current home, a 308,000 square foot warehouse and office facility, purchased and renovated following completion of a $55.6 million capital campaign. The new building is four times larger than the previous one and allows for more food distribution and more space for volunteers. In fall 2008, the End Hunger Network, a Houston-area food rescue organization, merged with Houston Food Bank. Through Greene’s leadership, HFB programs have expanded to feed more children and tap into additional sources for food donations. In early 2016, a second capital campaign was approved for $2.6 million to build a new home for the Keegan Kitchen inside the Houston Food Bank headquarters. In April 2019, Greene received the John van Hengel Fellowship award at Feeding America’s 2019 Hunger’s Hope Awards. The award honors the ideals of the late John van Hengel, who developed the concept of food banking in the 1960s. It recognizes an executive of a member food bank for his or her excellence in leadership, local impact and national influence, and entrepreneurial spirit in the area of hunger relief. Before moving to Houston, Greene was the executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana for 12 years. In the five years prior, he held the same position at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Knoxville,Tennessee. In addition to a successful and respected career at three food banks, Greene has served on numerous Feeding America Network committees, the National Council, and on Feeding America’s Board. Outside of his food bank role, he has been active in the Global Food Bank Network and is an adjunct professor, and serves as an Advisory Board Member for University of Houston Downtown’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Greene received a BA in Economics from Humboldt State University and an MA in Economics from the University of Tennessee. “I am simply overjoyed to have Mr. Greene joining us at our annual Gala,” KCM Executive Director, Deysi Crespo. “The Houston Food Bank has been an ally to our ministry for years and a valued friend to this community.Their support of the KCM Food Pantry is critical to combating food insecurity in the region and assisting local families

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through the hardships brought forth during this time of crisis.” Greene will be joined by the previously announced MC, Judge Glenn Beckendorff. Also speaking at the gala will be KCM Board President, Patti Lacy, and KCM Executive Director, Deysi Crespo. The Annual KCM Gala is the ministry’s largest fundraiser of the year and is critical to the financial health of the organization. Between the KCM Food Pantry, Crisis Center, and Social Services Department, every branch of the ministry benefits positively from the gala thanks to the generosity of those who support KCM and its work in the community. Even during the pandemic, KCM kept its doors open to provide continued support.The ministry was able to provide over 1.7 million lbs. of food to our community by our Food Pantry, assisted 16,296 families by our Social Services, and helped 2,396 victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse by our Crisis Center. Tickets for the 17th Annual Transforming Lives Gala are available at ktcm.org/gala. Photo above courtesy of the Houston Food Bank | Houston Food Bank CEO and President, Brian Greene.

KCM Executive Director, Deysi Crespo, gives a speech to the crowd at the 2018 KCM Gala.

Guests enjoy their dinner during the 2018 KCM Gala. The 2021 Gala will be hosted at Palacio Maria in Katy after being hosted virtually the year prior.

In & Around Fulshear David Rose: 50 years of sharing the Gospel story & photo by SCOTT REESE WILLEY | swilley@fbherald.com


His parents still hoped he’d follow in his hen he was regularly ministering dad’s footsteps but didn’t force him along to the needs of his flock, David G. Rose would write a Sunday Bible that path. During his senior year of high school, school lesson, a sermon for Sunday morning, David accepted his parents’ request to a sermon for Sunday evening, and a pen attend a Christian liberal arts college in something for Wednesday night’s prayer Waxahachie,Texas. meeting. He was also invited to give the opening “This would give me time to adjust to the college experience, and to prayerfully prayer and benediction at countless public consider life priorities,” he said, looking events over the years. back. “Then, after completing two years, I He would also write eulogies for funerals would enroll at a state university.” and something for weddings from time to While working on an Associate of Arts time — and each one had to be different Degree in music and speech, David traveled from the last because, well, many of the same folks attended the last funeral or on weekends with the school choir and a trumpet trio. wedding. “We ministered in churches and delivered David confesses to having been stumped Rev. David G. Rose shows off his book, “God a time or two, but he never showed up and Texas,” which was first printed in 2019. It Bible Studies and sermons,” he recalled. His desire to become an architect was empty-handed, he said. can be purchased on Amazon.com. replaced with a desire to follow his father’s In June, David celebrated 50 years as an footsteps into the ministry while away at college. ordained minister. “Away from my parents for the first time, my priorities “This road of ministry began with my parents praying for me to find God’s best for my life,” he recalled.“My dad was a pastor, as is recalculated, and full-time ministry became a possibility,” he my brother and cousin. Contrariwise, I was set on becoming an explained. “Late one night, while on tour with the choir, I was by myself architect.

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in a host home fast asleep. During the night, I awoke in prayer and had a treasured encounter with the Lord. No words were spoken, but I sensed the Divine Presence of God filling me inside and out. It was at that time that God confirmed my call into the ministry.” A few weeks later, the college administration asked David to become the speaker for the touring choir, which included conducting services, promoting the school, and preaching. “Also, they encouraged me to obtain my License to Preach, which I After securing his degree, David transferred to the school’s headquarters college in Springfield, Missouri, to focus more on theological studies. “Again, I was asked by the administration to be speaker for their school choir,” he said. “In my senior year, I was asked to arrange and direct my own 24-voice touring choir.” In 1969, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, David was invited to serve as a church pastoral assistant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “This is where I met Sue, who became my bride in May of 1971.” One month later, having completed several years of prerequisite theological studies, extended field education, and assessment interviews, David was awarded my Ordination credentials. Over the years, our two daughters were born, and David and Sue served in full-time ministry in Texas and Wisconsin. “By the grace of God, I have preached in Europe, the Mid-East, Africa, the Caribbean Islands, South America, and in the former Soviet Union,” he said. “I have officiated hundreds of weddings and funerals, and produced radio and television programs.” After retiring from the pastorate in 2015, David created www. davidroseministries.com., which features his Bible Studies, blog, and sermons. David’s first book, God and Texas, was published in 2018, and he is a member of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE). Additionally, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Fort Bend County Historical Commission, as a board member of the Fort Bend Archaeological Society, and as a member of the Fort Bend History Association. This Spring, the National Department of the Assemblies of God recognized David and Sue for completing 50 years of ministry as an Ordained Minister with a plaque, lapel pin, personalized Bible, generous gifts, and flowers. “We gratefully stood before our fellow ministers and gave glory to God for His faithfulness.” David said his life can be summed up by the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:7-8, as presented in the contemporary translation of the Bible called The Message: “This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities. And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches, and generosity of Christ.”

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— Q&A with Rev. David Rose —

Rev. David Rose published “God and Texas,” a nonfiction account of the founding of Texas and God’s role in making Texas what it is today, so Scotty Reese Willey took a moment to ask about Rose’s 2019 book. SCOTT REESE WILLEY: David, what gave you the inspiration to write a book? REV. DAVID ROSE: As a committed Christian and longtime pastor, I have been disappointed in the lack of teaching our children have received regarding the importance of the Bible, prayer, and worship in the founding of the State of Texas. For obvious reasons, our education system omits the “God piece” when they teach about the motivations behind establishing Texas. Rarely do they mention the Texas Declaration of Independence, much less the inspirational writings of heroes like Goliad private J.G. Ferguson, Alamo commander William Barrett Travis, or the speech Sam Houston gave to his troops just before the Battle of San Jacinto began. I gave a personal copy of my book to each of my five Texas-born grandchildren and encouraged them to remember that we are free because people asked God to be with them as they revolted against tyranny. They need to know that today, too. SRW: What was the genesis behind your book? DR: The first cousin of my paternal grandfather wrote a book titled, “The Album of Gunfighters.” Noah H. Rose was a frontier photographer who took photos of 19th Century Texas badmen, sheriffs, and other colorful characters. He then sold the pictures to local newspapers. I grew up reading that book and it stirred an interest in me for Texas history. I often used stories from early Texas lore to better engage listeners in my sermons. After I retired, I started gathering my materials together hoping to one day publish a book. “ The Album of Gunfighters” provided faces for some of the characters and made them real to me. SRW: And how did you go about writing “God and Texas”? DR: It was my desire to write a well-researched, non-fiction manuscript that someone in middle school and up would find interesting. It was important for the book to contain historically accurate and well-documented data that could benefit school papers or dissertations. Finally, each story needed to have a devotional summation for the reader. Once these protocols were established, I determined to go back as far as I could in Texas history, and highlight various people and events from 1527 to 1900. That became the framework for the book. SRW: Did you travel to the places and sites you wrote about in your book? DR: Yes. My wife and I would travel throughout south Texas visiting significant structures and historical markers according to the outline of the book. My stalwart Nikon P600 zoom camera took all of the pictures that are in my book, except the covers. We met some wonderful people who aided me in a better understanding of their historic site. SRW: Did you study history books? DR: Yes. I have often visited the George Library in Richmond. Further, I have over 275 Texas history books in my home library. Also, some of my local friends loaned me some of their books that were extremely helpful. SRW: Did you ever Google information? DR: I almost apologize for saying yes. But, sometimes it was the quickest way to get started on an article. However, I tried to confirm the information I received online in other published books that were written by respected authors before using it. But sometimes, three different writers will have four different opinions about how an event happened. So, there’s lots of room for discussion. SRW: How long did it take you to write “God and Texas.”? DR: It took me a lifetime to write “God and Texas.” But the final research and writing started in the Spring of 2015 and was completed in early 2018 when I submitted it to my publisher.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend announces first exclusively male volunteer class


ith a shortage of male volunteers and several cases that would best be served with a male advocate, Child Advocates of Fort Bend hosted a Volunteer Pre-Service Training exclusively for men called MEN OF CASA. “Studies show that children with a consistent, positive male influence in their lives achieve more academically, are more likely to abstain from using drugs, demonstrate greater ability to take initiative, have better physical well-being and better evidence of self-control,” said Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford.“These new volunteers will fill that void for some of the young boys and teenage youth we serve, and we are so excited to have them as a part of the CAFB family,” stated Mefford. Six men completed the training and were sworn in as volunteers recently by The Honorable Walter Armatys of the 328th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County.The first MEN OF CASA include: Marty Schonberger, James Idea, and Ken Quach, Carl Wagner, Gregg Dixon and Desmond Jones. Each man was interested in becoming an advocate for different reasons. Schonberger is retired and volunteers for several area non-profits. Friends had told him that should become a CASA Advocate and when he learned about the MEN OF CASA class, he decided to apply. With training suspended because CAFB’s building was under construction and then COVID, Greg Dixon had been waiting more than a year to join a training class.

Six men completed the training and were sworn in as volunteers recently by The Honorable Walter Armatys of the 328th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County. From left, front row: Marty Schonberger, James Idea, and Ken Quach; back row: Carl Wagner, Gregg Dixon and Desmond Jones.

Desmond Jones has experience serving as a role model.An assistant principal at Austin High School, he had served as a mentor to children in foster care with criminal cases when he was in college. “I provided them with life skills and taught them how to act appropriately in different situations.” Jones received an email about the training class from a friend who is a CAFB volunteer and decided to do it. He was not familiar with the CASA program prior to applying.

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“Although I’ve been in education for 20-plus years and I’ve dealt with a lot of youth in foster care and group homes, I had seen a lot of CPS case managers but had never met a CASA advocate.Training as a CASA advocate changed how I work,” Jones said.“Now, when I am working with youth in foster care, I will make sure to ask if they have a CASA. Because these kids move so often, and the CASA advocate stays with children throughout the life of their case, the advocate is a great resource and help to the child and to their academic success.” James Idea has a background in education, having previously taught in Houston and Alief school districts as well as working for a language school teaching ESL prior to opening Club Z Tutoring, which helps kids looking to improve their academic performance. “I loved how interactive the training was and I am looking forward to the opportunity to put what I’ve learned into action and to doing the good work which will help a lot of kids out there,” said Idea. Ken Quach had served as a CASA Advocate in Harris County and decided to become an advocate locally because he lives in Fort Bend County. “I am so pleased that Fort Bend has a program dedicated to serving children here and that I can apply the experiences I gained in Harris County to better help children locally.” “We are delighted to have an amazing group of men from all walks of life and backgrounds who want to make a difference in the lives of children,” said Mefford. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall Volunteer Training Class which is open to both men and women, which starts September 20. For an application or more information contact Jennifer Brown at jbrown@cafb.org or 281-344-5123.

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The George Foundation Awards Attack Poverty a Multi-Year $300,000 Grant


ttack Poverty, a local nonprofit organization committed to strengthening under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization, and basic needs, announced it will receive a multi-year $300,000 grant fromThe George Foundation with a $25,000 annual match opportunity for the next two years. The George Foundation serves Fort Bend County to enhance the community and quality of life for those in need by providing grants to local nonprofits and scholarship opportunities for local students. “We are humbled by the opportunity to receive support from The George Foundation. These funds allow our nonprofit to equip individuals to attack poverty in their lives and communities,” said Brandon Baca, CEO of Attack Poverty.“We are excited to increase our capacity to serve individuals by awakening potential and provoking transformation in their life and community.” Attack Poverty will receive $150,000 in the fiscal year 2022, which started July 1.The other $150,000 is earmarked for distribution at the beginning of the fiscal year 2023. In addition, The George Foundation has agreed to match up to $25,000 for all new funds as part of the agreement.With the matching component of the grant agreement, Attack Poverty has the potential to receive $400,000 over the next two years. The grant funds will support Attack Poverty’s programs and operations in Fort Bend County,including its after-school programs,literacy education, GED preparation, home repair assistance, counseling, and food distribution.Additionally, funds will support its social enterprise initiative, Mercy Goods. Since 2018, Mercy Goods has provided employment, job training, and mentorship opportunities for at-risk teens. “Events like the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and the Texas Winter Storm underscored why the work we do is so important in the communities we serve,” said Baca. “Attack Poverty continues to be grateful for the partnership with The George Foundation so that we are able to make a significant difference in our community. We are truly better together.” To participate in the matching campaign, visit www.attackpoverty. org.

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85th Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo Meet the Fair Queen candidates


he quest to be Fort Bend County Fair Queen is in full swing. Nine young ladies are vying to carry on the tradition and will be the recipient of the Fair Queen Scholarship. The candidates took part in a mandatory meeting and posed for group and individual pictures. “We are always excited to meet our queen candidates as they begin their journeys,” said Jennifer Williams, Fort Bend County Fair CoDirector in Charge of the Queen Scholarship Contest. “It is very rewarding to see our candidates soar in their self-esteem and communication skills.We are proud to be able to carry on the tradition of naming a Fair Queen, but to be able to also help these young ladies get prepared for their futures.” Running for 2021 Fort Bend County Fair Queen are Taylor Rich, who attends Foster High School and lives in Richmond; Tabitha Webster, who attends Foster High School and lives in Richmond; Lilly Fiser, who attends Foster High School and lives in Richmond; Valeria Salazar, who attends Tompkins High School and lives in Fulshear; Skylin Bromonsky, who attends Needville High School and lives in Needville; Delayna Zepeda, who attends Terry High School and lives in Richmond;Tristen Drury, who attends Needville High School and lives in Needville; Meadow Votis, who attends Elkins High School and lives in Missouri City; and Christie Koerth, attends George Ranch High

The 2021 Fort Bend County Fair Queen candidates are from left, front row: Taylor Rich, Tabitha Webster, Lilly Fiser, and Valeria Salazar; back row: Skylin Bromonsky, Delayna Zepeda, Tristen Drury, Meadow Votis, and Christie Koerth.

School and lives in Missouri City. The candidate that is crowned queen will serve as an ambassador throughout the fair’s 10-day run. She will attend receptions, livestock shows, and auctions as part of her duties. Throughout the year, the Fair Queen will represent the Fort Bend

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County Fair at community events, luncheons, holiday gatherings, and other fair activities. The 2021 Fort Bend County Fair Queen will be crowned on Friday, Sept. 24. For more information, visit fortbendcountyfair.com or call the Fair Office at 281-342-6171.

Cullinan Park Conservancy seeking photographers for annual photo contest


ullinan Park Conservancy invites photographers of all levels to submit photos to its annual photo contest.The contest is held in conjunction with the Conservancy’s fifth annual “Picnic for the Park”luncheon to be held on Friday, Oct. 22 at River Pointe Church in Richmond. The deadline for photo contest submission is Friday, Sept. 24 to allow time for judging as the winners will be announced at the luncheon. “We had 258 amazing entries in the Photo contest in 2020, but we expect to surpass that this year. We’ve had a surge in park visitors as more and more families discover Cullinan,” said Cullinan Park

2020 1st Place in the Wildlife Category, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by Tracey Woodard of Houston.

2020 1st Place in the Bird Category “Hunting for Breakfast“ by Mike Cassity of Sugar Land.

Conservancy President Robbin Mallett. Located in Sugar Land, the 754-acre Cullinan Park is one of the largest nature parks in the greater Houston area with two lakes, miles of shady pedestrian-only hiking trails and abundant wildlife.The park’s Conservancy was created in 2010 to advocate for, enhance and protect the natural beauty of the park. “Many people coped with the pandemic by spending more time outdoors,” Mallett added.“And Cullinan is a fabulous place for nature exploration and photography.” Photographers may submit up to five total photos in the following categories: birds, wildlife, flora (trees, flowers, plants), landscape and photographer’s choice. To encourage young photographers, the Conservancy has an “18 and under” category so youth and teenagers can be judged with their peers. There is no fee to participate, and winners will receive both bragging rights and prizes. Anyone is eligible to participate, but photographs must be taken at Joseph S. and Lucie H. Cullinan Park, just north of Sugar Land Regional Airport on Highway 6 in Sugar Land.The photos may be taken at any time of year. For full details and Contest Rules, please visit www. cullinanparkconservancy.org/Contest.

40 YEARS STRONG IN SONG Fort Bend Boys Choir holding auditions and Music Magic returns!


oys can sing, and have done so successfully amidst the COVID19 pandemic, reported the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas.The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas is the only children’s choral group meeting in person in the Greater Houston area, and the choir has been meeting in person since August 2020. Additionally, the choir also performed public concerts for socially distanced crowds in December and May, complete with masks and the Tour Choir went on a week-long mini-performance tour to the Dallas area. 2020 Youth 2nd Place in the Wildlife Category, “Hoverfly on Buttonbush” by Anika Patel of Sugar Land.

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by JAMES BOONE HOLLADAY | M.Ed. – Fort Bend County Extension Agent – Horticulture & CHRIS TAYLOR | Fort Bend County Master Gardener


re your pecan leaves mysteriously disappearing? Leaves normally fall much later in the season, but because of our wet summer so far, some leaves have already prematurely fallen. However, if they are disappearing completely out of your pecan trees, it may be due to a pesky insect called the Walnut Caterpillar. This time of year, especially after a wet summer season, is the time for Walnut Caterpillars to begin their attack of nut trees such as Pecan, Walnut, and Hickory trees. The last two years had us assuming that we were on the decline of this localized outbreak, but this year’s rainy summer seems to have started a resurgence. Now is the time to study their behavior and life cycle. So if you have pecan trees in this area, be prepared with an action plan prior to the trees losing their leaves. What are Walnut Caterpillars and why are they a problem? The walnut caterpillar, Datana integerrima, is a foliage feeder of trees in the family Juglandaceae, which includes the pecans, hickories, and walnuts. Infestations start with female moths depositing egg masses of 300 to 900 eggs on the undersides of individual leaflets of mature foliage (see photo 1). So, what can we do? The safest products for homeowner situations would be Bt (Dipel, Thuricide, Caterpillar Killer) and products with spinosad

(such as Green Light Lawn and Garden with Spinosad). These products need to be applied to the leaves where caterpillars are actively feeding.Apply with a surfactant to get better pest contact and always read the product label before application. If you cannot reach the top of the tree where the caterpillars are feeding, you may be able to catch them when they move down the tree and cluster to molt. This is usually about 6 to 15 feet up the tree and easy to spot with a little inspection. If you can catch them then, you can spray the cluster with dish soap and water (10 drops to 24 oz. water), insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, or approved contact insecticides. Be aware of the potential for acute poisoning to pets and wildlife if you use some chemical pesticides on these insects. With the large populations of these, ingestion of treated insects by birds and other beneficial organisms may prove deadly. We ask that if you scout any young populations of the Walnut Caterpillar in your area, that you contact our office at fortbend. agrilife.org. We will then visit the area to confirm the outbreak and if confirmed, will add it to our mapping. Thanks ahead for your help. Happy Gardening! Fort Bend County Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in educating the community using research-based horticultural information.

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Photo courtesy of Ken Rivet | The larval stage (caterpillar) has five active growth stages (instars). By late summer/early fall, they have fully developed and this is when they do the majority of damage to foliage, stripping all leaf material from the canopy. Inspect trees now to gauge populations and to start working on an action plan. These photos can help to identify whether your Pecan tree has a problem.

Photo courtesy of Ken Rivet | Caterpillars devouring the foliage of a pecan tree.

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pring and summer may be the seasons most often associated with gardening. But people who love to grow their own vegetables can do so even when the weather outside is frightful. Various vegetables thrive in cool temperatures. The home and garden experts at HGTV note that some winter vegetables are hardy. That means they can handle frosts in temperatures as low as 25 F without being damaged. Others are even sturdier in the face of all that winter can throw at them, capable of tolerating temperatures that dip into the high teens. Growing vegetables in winter requires a different approach than growing in spring and summer, as gardeners must be ready to prevent damage from frost if temperatures get especially chilly. For example, the experts at Michigan State University Extension note that gardeners may need to utilize floating row covers to protect sensitive crops from frost. Gardeners interested in planting winter vegetables can speak with a local garden center professional about which crops to plant and what to do if temperatures push winter vegetable gardens to the brink. Though it’s up to gardeners what they want to plant, the following are some popular winter vegetables that can make for wonderful, fresh additions to any dinner table even after the traditional gardening season has come and gone. • Arugula • Broccoli • Brussel sprouts • Cabbage • Carrots

• Collard greens • Endive • Parsley • Parsnips • Kale

• Radishes • Rutabagas • Spinach • Swiss chard

Continued from page 14 Armed with a long list of safety protocols and following CDC guidelines, everyone remained safe and healthy for the 2020-2021 school year. The Fort Bend Boys Choir is looking forward to all musical ensembles returning this coming fall 2021 season, for their 40th anniversary. “With more adults being vaccinated and vaccines now available for older kids, it is time for children to return to activities.We look forward to having more of our membership return while we continue to audition for new members as well as restart our Music Magic program for six and seven-year-old boys,” said William R.Adams, the founder and artistic director of the FBBCTX. “We will continue to offer the mask option for the safety of our choirboys and music staff,” said says Tiana Mortimer, the choir’s executive director.“In addition, we will continue to uphold the social distancing during rehearsals and performances as an added layer of safety. “We want our choir parents and boys to feel safe.” Auditions are ongoing this summer by special appointment. If you know of a boy who will be at least eight years of age or in the third grade or older (with an unchanged voice) for the fall 2021 semester, he is eligible to audition for the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s milestone 40th anniversary season. Choristers learn many life lessons including responsibility, leadership, etiquette, citizenship, and confidence; they become part of a supportive community. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings at the First United Methodist

Church-Missouri City from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Music Magic, an eight-week music program for six and seven-yearold boys is currently enrolling for its fall 2021 semester, meeting on Tuesday evenings starting October 5 from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church-Missouri City. No auditions are required – just a love of music and singing. This enrichment program brings music alive using movement, singing, musical games, instruments, and more. For more information about auditioning for one of the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s three treble choirs or their Music Magic program for six and seven-year-old boys, visit their website at www.fbbctx.org or call (281) 240-3800 for more information. Learn more about how the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas continues to “make a difference … one boy at a time” during the COVID-19 pandemic through its website, Facebook page,YouTube channel, and Twitter.

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THIS MONTH’S EVENT HIGHLIGHT | Fair Time: A Return to Tradition The Fort Bend County Fair will celebrate 85 years this year, and the community is fired-up for the beloved tradition to return. “We look forward to being able to have the fair for our community, especially our youth,” said Brian Graeber, the 2021 Fort Bend County Fair president in July. The family-fun event is a tradition in Fort Bend County, and was significantly modified last year due to COVID-19. Graeber emphasized that the fair’s board, staff, health officials, and community stakeholders worked together to help this year’s event reach fruition. “My family and I have been part of the Fair just like many other families for generations,” Graeber said. “And I look forward to doing my part to make it happen.” For 40 years, Graeber has been involved with the Fort Bend County Fair, having volunteered at the Jaycees’ food booth to co-chairing the Fair’s BBQ cook-off. “Being able to safely return to the tradition of supporting agriculture, western lifestyle, culinary competitions, and top of my list- the kids,” he added. “That is what it is all about.” The 85th Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo will run Sept. 24 to Oct. 3, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg, Texas. The Fair’s 10-day run is

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Annual Walk, Run, Stroll, or Roll Hope for Three will host its 2nd Annual Walk, Run, Stroll, or Roll fundraising event from Sept. 4 through Sept. 12. Visit www.hopeforthree.org/events.

September 11

Happy Cousins Dance Wallis American Legion Hall Post 200 in Wallis, Texas will host its public dance, featuring Al Sulak Country Sounds, from 8 - 11:30 p.m. Call 281232-3531.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Car Wash Fulshear-Katy Area Chamber of Commerce is raising money for the Walk To End Alzheimers. The event will be at 21408 Provincial Blvd. Katy. Call 832-219-1238.

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Recognizes HPD’s Chicano Squad The Fort Bend County Libraries will host an online presentation of “HPD’s Chicano Squad” at 3 p.m. The program will be presented live via Webex, so that it can be viewed from home. . Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us.

returning to tradition with livestock shows, rodeo action, live music, and more. Livestock shows are scheduled, creative art competitions are seeking entries for youth and 4H departments, nine candidates are vying for Fair Queen, and committees are already working toward fair days. More than 50 committees made up of 1,500 plus volunteers work together to put on the Fort Bend County Fair. “Every year, it is a team effort. This year is no different,” said Cindy Schmidt, Fair Manager, Fort Bend County Fair Association. “We are working hard to have our fair. Our committees are working not only together within their own members, but we are working with other committees and their members to meet protocols and make this year as smooth as possible.” This year’s entertainment lineup is still being finalized but includes musical acts representing Texas Music, Traditional Country, and Tejano. Gate admission will include the concert, rodeo action, and access to the food and shopping vendors. Carnival ride tickets and wristbands will also be available onsite for purchase. For a full schedule of events or sponsorship information, visit fortbendcountyfair.com.

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Autism Speaks Autism Speaks is hosting running or walking an 8K/5K/1K from 7 -11 a.m. at Sugar Land Town Square. Visit www.sugarlandtownsquare.com.

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September 21

Online Gardening Program Fort Bend County Libraries will present an online gardening program, “Controlling Landscape Pests & Diseases” at 2 pm. This program will be live-streamed via Webex.Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us.

Brazos River Bridges Fort Bend County Libraries will present an online local-history program, “A History of Brazos River Bridges in Fort Bend County.” This video presentation will be pre-recorded. Visit www. fortbend.lib.tx.us.

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Bowling Tournament The Fulshear Katy Area Chamber 5th Annual “B.O.B.” Bowling Tournament will be held noon to 4 p.m. at Main Event, 24401 Katy Fwy, Katy, Texas. Call 832-600-3221.

October 9

Fall Fun Fest The Rosenberg Railroad Museum will host its annual Fall Fest fundraiser from 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. rain or shine. Visit www. rosenbergrrmuseum.org.

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6th Annual Golf Fore Autism Hope For Three is hosting its 6th Annual Golf Fore Autism at the Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., in Sugar Land. Visit www. hopeforthree.org/events.


October 15

Needville Harvest Festival The 2021 Needville Harvest Festival will take place on Oct. 15 and 16. Visit www.needvilleharvestfest.org

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Zombie Fun Run HOPE, Hispanics Offering People Education, will hold its annual Zombie Fun Run scholarship fundraiser at the Seabourne Creek Nature Park in Rosenberg. Visit www.hopefortbend. org.

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Health Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital offering a drive-thru flu shot toy drive


ith fall around the corner and the holiday season not far behind, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is once again offering Fort Bend and surrounding area residents the opportunity to donate a gift and receive a free flu shot. Houston Methodist Sugar Land, in collaboration with the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Fort Bend Exchange Club, Rotary Club of Sugar Land, Rotary Club of Fort Bend and Toys for Tots Fort Bend, is offering free flu shots on Saturday, Oct. 9 to community members who participate in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend and surrounding area residents can bring a new, unwrapped toy in exchange for a free flu shot.The toys will benefit children in the Fort Bend area. “We are proud to partner again with the local Exchange and Rotary Clubs and Toys for Tots to provide this community offering,” said Chris Siebenaler, regional senior vice president and CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land.“Once again, we are doing a convenient drivethru to make it easy to stay healthy and help the community while also putting smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season.” In 2020, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to nearly 5,000 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. “Everyone’s assistance is needed to meet the challenge of providing toys for children who will not have toys this year without our help,” said Jim Kij, spokesmen of Santa’s Exchange 2021 and 20-year member of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land. “We’ve been working with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for 12 years, and we look forward to working together again this year.This is a great collaboration; get a flu shot and in return you are able to give back to the children in your community.” “Our community is well known for its philanthropic values, so we encourage you to participate by dropping off toys even if you have already had your flu shot,” Siebenaler said. DRIVE-THRU FLU SHOT TOY DRIVE If you want to participate in this community event, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the drive-thru at the Cancer Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land, 16675 Southwest Fwy. in Sugar Land between 8 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. One flu shot per unwrapped toy. No stuffed animals or clothing items allowed. Please make sure to wait in your car and wear a mask.

Last year’s volunteers displaying toys donated to the Santa’s Gift Exchange.

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For more information, please visit join.houstonmethodist.org/ flushot-sl or call 281-274-7976. No appointment is necessary. The flu kills as many as 20,000 people a year. The vaccine is indicated for active immunization for the prevention of influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and B.Vaccination with the flu vaccine may not protect all people who receive the vaccine. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will distribute a limited supply of the influenza vaccine to persons age 18 and over with no history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome or rubber latex allergy and who are not pregnant.

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he Fort Bend Junior Service League announced the return of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital as Title Sponsor for their Sugar Plum Market signature event. This year marks a milestone for the market which has raised over $3.3 million for worthy charitable organizations and scholarship programs. “We are proud to recommit our support as Title Sponsor of the Fort Bend Junior Service League’s Sugar Plum Market and look forward to celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall.We value our partnership and are humbled by our shared responsibility to serve our community,” said Malisha Patel, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. FBJSL’s 2021 Market will be held in-person this year at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center with an additional full day of shopping starting Nov. 4 and running through Nov. 6.The event will kick off with a special Preview Night Celebration on Nov. 3. Visit www.sugarplummarket.com for sponsorship and ticket information,or follow @sugarplummarket on Instagram and Facebook.

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