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FEATURE | Mustard Seed Farm & Market hopes to raise enough funds to start construction this year. ROBERT JACOBUS | Former Sugar Land resident Robert Jacobus releases his second book of trailblazing stories involving integration and sports. TALK OF THE TOWN | Income tax assistance and a spotlight on Black History events in Fort Bend.

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hirteen months ago, Ashley and Derick Grubb announced that their dream of supporting people with disabilities became a reality. After more than a decade’s worth of strategic planning, the Grubbs introduced to the community Mustard Seed Farm & Market, a nonprofit 11-acre farm off FM 723 in Richmond that will operate as a unique work program for Fort Bend County adults with disabilities. Upon completion of the property, Mustard Seed Farm & Market me was the charity’s focus on helping its participants obtain jobs in will offer safe and engaging horticultural activities in order to teach the nursery and horticulture industry,” Miller said.“It’s perfect from skills that can be used in daily life and at work. The mission of the all sides: detailed worked that requires a great deal of attention, plus nonprofit, said Ashley Grubb, is “growing great plants, produce and the sense of inclusion and pride these adults will feel when they are people.” earning their own money. That is undoubtedly still the goal of this championed nonprofit “Mustard Seed’s leadership and volunteers are completely devot(it already has a waiting list), but the most pressing objective for the ed to seeing their mission fulfilled. How can one not want to help Grubbs is raising enough money for the construction of Mustard this wonderful organization?” Seed’s main building, which is where the work program activities At the time of the interview, the Grubbs were anticipating a major will be held. board meeting to iron out this year’s fundraising goals, and leading “If we can raise another $50,000 we can break ground and com- the fundraising effort will be Kiesha Upshaw, who joined Mustard plete our work program building,” said Ashley.“Another $40,000 on Seed as its fundraising director. top of that would allow us to make the greenhouse and surrounding “She has a lot of experience and a huge heart,”Ashley said, adding area completely wheelchair accessible.” that Upshaw is planning an “exciting event” for the nonprofit in late The nonprofit is raising monies through its capital campaign called summer or early fall.“I’m really excited to see the progress we make “Help Us Grow Fund,” which kicked off January 2019. in 2020.” While the majority of funds raised in the early stages of the nonTo date more than $10,000 has been raised through the Help Us profit were used for marketing, website and storage necessities,“all Grow Fund.Ashley credits the achievement to “very generous donaof the money [currently raised] is going right into our fund,”Ashley tions,” produce sales from their trial garden, a poetry contest,T-shirt said.“This year we are focusing heavily on grant writing and seeking fundraisers and a range of festival and farmers market booths. funding to get our building started.” “And my dad, Mark Cyran,”Ashley added warmly with a smile.“The best farmers market booth companion anyone could ask for.” Mustard Seed Farm & Market will continue to sell produce from LAYING THE GROUNDWORK & A CRITICAL CAMPAIGN As their first year running a nonprofit got underway, the Grubbs its trial garden at farmers markets in the spring, as well as its handdevoted considerable time introducing Mustard Seed to local foun- printed wood block T-shirts. “The trial garden is full of herbs, greens and radishes. Soon we will dations, scheduling fundraisers in the community and “laying the ground work of putting together a solid team of people who work have beets and carrots,” said Ashley, noting that the Mustard Seed well together and have a great skill set and background experience market days will be posted on its website and social media pages. “And we have expanded [the shirts] into three color options and in the world of nonprofits.” The effort worked. Mustard Seed now has a seven-member board even toddler sizes.” of directors, including local poet Terry Jude Miller, who joined as its marketing director. TEACHABLE SKILLS & THE MILKWEED MOVEMENT When Mustard Seed’s work program starts, participants will learn “When I first heard of Mustard Seed Farm & Market, I was quite impressed with its program, which is aimed at providing needed re- the basic techniques beneficial to people who work in the greensources for adults with disabilities. The other thing that impressed house and plant-growing industry.

Derick and Ashley Grubb of Richmond, founders of Mustard Seed Farm & Market.

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Charlie Grubb, Derick and Ashley’s daughter, practices watering plants. Her parents say she likes to pull weeds and water the nonprofit’s milkweed mother plants.

Ashley Grubb excitedly mans a Mustard Seed Farm & Market booth showcasing the nonprofit’s T-shirts which are sold as part of its Help Us Grow Fund.

Derick Grubb hard at work building trial gardens.

Adults with any disability, who are at least 22 years old and are no longer eligible for services provided through public school, are welcomed to participate. There is a monthly tuition fee to attend the work program. “The youngest person on our list is 12 years old,”Ashley said.“She is hoping to volunteer whenever possible until she is old enough to enroll.” Because Mustard Seed is a farm where organic produce will be grown, related activities participants will experience include planting seeds, filling pots with soil, weeding, watering, germination, propagation and sustainable organic care of plants. “Our program will teach all of the skills necessary to work in a greenhouse or garden center because we want to help build skill sets and resumes for our participants,”Ashley said. “We will be largely focused on germinating seeds and growing milkweed plants,” she specified. The nonprofit began growing and selling native butterfly milkweed last year as a means to raise money and “it has been a very successful fundraiser,” she said. “It has helped us to gauge the local demand for milkweed plants, and, most importantly, it further helps us to spread the word about Mustard Seed and educate the community about the need for additional monarch habitat and host plants,”Ashley added, explaining that Mustard Seed is a proud supporter of the #milkweedmovement. Although the nonprofit is not open to serve

adults with disabilities just yet, it is however organizing volunteer opportunities, like planting butterfly gardens for example, to give future participants a chance to meet the faces behind Mustard Seed and “to get a feel for what we will be doing,”Ashley said. “We plan to host several [garden planting] days this year,” she continued.“As a way for our participants and volunteers to meet and begin to work together prior to the opening of Mustard Seed, we are accepting nominations for [butterfly garden] locations. We would love for the locations to be enjoyed by lots of people — nursing homes, schools, daycares, etcetera.” People with location ideas can email the nonprofit. “We have also had milkweed planting days to help plant seeds, and we also allow interested families to take vials of cold stratified seeds home to sort and return for planting if they are looking for a way to be involved in the process now,”Ashley added. “We can’t wait to start our work program and welcome our first participants. I’m very proud of the progress we have made so far and so grateful for everyone who has helped to get us here.”

CONNECTIONS IN THE COMMUNITY & SEARCHING FOR PARTNERSHIPS One of the most treasured experiences the Grubbs said they have had over the past year are the connections made in the community. They’re becoming familiar faces at local farmer’s markets and community events, plus they are also hoping to coordinate with the Fort Bend County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to offer educational classes. But the Grubbs also strive to build those individual bonds as well. Like with Nancy Denmark, for example. “She’s a local monarch butterfly and milkweed expert,” Ashley explained. “Her advice and information has been invaluable. We have learned so much from her.” And then there’s Joey Lenderman, the owner of Enchanted Gardens in Richmond, who “has been so incredibly supportive of our dream and mission,” she said. “He is one of the kindest and most generous people there are. He, and the employees at Enchanted, have been instrumental in the progress we have made so far and we are so thankful for all of them. “We were also fortunate to have had an introduction to the founders of Down Home Ranch — an incredible place for people with disabilities,”Ashley added.“Jerry and Judy Horton’s advice and experience has been tremendously helpful and insightful.”

“I’m really excited to see the progress we make in 2020.” Ashley Grubb

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Mustard Seed also has a volunteer base that Ashley said is welcoming new faces. “We have a list of people who want to help in any way they can,” Ashley said.“We send out emails when there is a need for volunteers and they show up.We are so happy to know and have each of them, and will be glad to add anyone interested to our list.” And those wanting to partner with Mustard Seed should know the opportunity is also available. “Now that we have a basic plan for how our work program building will look, we know that there will be a beautiful brick wall entry,” said Ashley.“On it we will feature the names of anyone who donates $1,000 or more.We also have the opportunity for one donor to have the work program building named after them.”

BEING PATIENT & ANTICIPATING GREATNESS It takes time to learn how to run a nonprofit,Ashley and Derick said of the lessons learned over the past year since Mustard Seed kicked off the ground.“Patience is crucial,”Ashley noted with a laugh.“We’re ready to get out there with a shovel and a hammer and get this program going! It’s hard to wait, especially knowing that there are people who need use and the jobs we will create.” She described the experience as “a steep learning curve” and yet, not even the tedious nature of founding a nonprofit can overshadow the excitement of their endeavor. “Everything comes together at the right time and we are so excited to watch Mustard Seed grow and develop.We say all the time that we are abundantly blessed and we are so grateful for our families, friends, and this wonderful community of people who have supported us and our dream,” the Grubbs said.“We’re making great progress. Now that we have a full board of directors, mentors and some really talented folks on our team, we anticipate great progress.”

Join the #milkweedmovement

As a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS in Conservation Biology and Biodiversity and a second major in Entomology, Ashley Grubb fully understands the necessity of native milkweed plants, which is the only food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Since the demand for native milkweed plants is high, Mustard Seed Farm & Market has included growing and selling milkweed as part of its training program, and is advocating Enchanted Gardens’ #milkweedmovement. In anticipation of the spring and migrating monarch butterflies season, Enchanted Gardens owner Joey Lenderman said all proceeds from the sale of milkweed plants will be donated to three local nonprofits: Mustard Seed Farm & Market, Hope for Three — a local autism advocacy organization — and The Monarch School — a primary and secondary school that serves children with neurological disorders and learning disabilities. Supporting both habitat restoration and people with disabilities or special needs, is an effort Grubb said she can enthusiastically get behind. “We hope that you will help us spread our wings with this movement,” she said, encouraging the public to share the hashtag on social media, purchase milkweed from participating nurseries and encourage other nurseries to do the same. “When we all work together for a great cause, wonderful things happen.”

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Robert Jacobus

‘Black Man in The Huddle’

Jacobus releases second collection of trailblazing histories

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uthor Robert D. Jacobus knows well the intricacies of interviews. The effort it can take to track a person down, how asking the right questions is vital, a most importantly, understanding how to handle the value of the information being shared with him. Over a two-year or so period, through word-of-mouth, old sports rosters and yearbooks, newspapers and, of course, the reaches of the Internet, Jacobus tracked down nearly 250 contacts for the second book he was writing: “Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from Integration of Texas Football.” Sometimes he traveled far for a chance to gather information, and other times he sat on the other side of the phone, taking notes as the former athletes reached into the depths of their memories to recount their times of growing up in the Jim Crow era and pursuing sports opportunities when integration was introduced in American society. Since retiring from a 26-year teaching career and becoming a writer, Jacobus has recorded the experiences of former black athletes who, after Brown v. Board of Education, transitioned from a segregated society to an integrated one. And collecting those first-hand accounts of integration’s effect on Texas football at the collegiate and high school levels was crucial, said Jacobus. “It was challenge [tracking down interviewees] but it was fun because they were more than willing to talk about their old football days,” Jacobus said. “I wanted to get their history recorded before they pass away and take their stories with

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them. Many of them have already passed away, but their words are recorded in the book.” He pauses momentarily before speaking again. “It is kind of a tribute to these men because they were forgotten,” he said. “There are so many people with these kinds stories and no one asks about them. We need to appreciate the sacrifices they made. The ground they broke. ”


A Minnesota native who moved to Fort Bend County in 1972 when he was a sophomore in high school, Jacobus graduated from Dulles High School and then the University of Houston. After college, Jacobus went on to coach and teach, which included 10 years in Lamar Consolidated ISD, before retiring in 2015.

Rosenberg native Joe Washington (left) and author Robert Jacobus (right). Jacobus interviewed Washington for his new book “Black Man in the Huddle,” that delves into the integration of Texas football.

Robert Jacobus’ first book focused on the integration of college basketball.

And as an avid and lifelong fan of sports and an alumni of the University of Houston, when Jacobus decided to write, he began with a subject close to him. He knew of the UH athletic department’s integration in the 1960s through football coach Bill Yeoman and the late basketball coach Guy Lewis, but Jacobus discovered “the story had never been told in its entirety,” explaining he could find magazine and newspaper clippings, but not a book. So Jacobus’ first book — “Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century” — focused on the integration of college basketball. The book was released in 2015, the same year Jacobus began background work on “Black Man in The Huddle,” which is an oral history, told by players who integrated Texas high school and college football programs in the 1950s and 1960s. “Robert Jacobus has gone thousands of extra miles to find firstperson accounts of the integration of football in Texas. It feels like hearing these gridiron pioneers tell a good story across the kitchen table. ‘Black Man in the Huddle’ is not only an encyclopedic take on the topic of football, it gives a solid look into rigidly segregated Texas when institutionalized racism was the accepted norm,” reviewed Mike Vance, the author of “Houston Baseball:The Early Years 1861-1961.” “Black Man in The Huddle” was released in September 2019 and is available at Barnes & Noble, amazon.com and Texas A&M University Press. The book opens with the story of the late Ben Kelly, who in 1953 became the first black student to enroll at San Angelo College — now known as Angelo State University — and continues with stories from former players and coaches from

around Texas. “For the most part, people have forgotten — or conveniently tucked away in the their memory banks — that the entire social system use to be divided along racial lines,” wrote Annette Gordon-Reed in the foreword of the book. Gordon-Reed, a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for her book,“The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” was the first black student to enroll in the Conroe Independent School District in 1965. “Although de facto segregation remains a real phenomenon, people are used to seeing black and white players on the field together [...] It is worth remembering that this was a hard-fought battle and knowing the names of the people who personally reveled the journey from the legalized segregation of the past to the much more inclusive system of today.”


Of the hundreds of interviews Jacobus’ book grew from, two came from Rosenberg natives Joe Washington Sr. and Charles Garcia. Washington, a championed PVIL and UIL coach, recalls his days of growing up “across the tracks” near what is now known as Jackson Elementary School. In Washington’s days, however, the elementary school was then the black high school in Rosenberg, known as A.W. Jackson High School. “Rosenberg was segregated by the railroad tracks running through town when I was there in the 1930s and 1940s. We mostly stayed across the tracks in our part of town,” Washington shared in the book. Washington played running back at Prairie View from 1948To advertise, call 281-342-4474

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1950 and coached at Bay City’s Hilliard High School where he won a state championship in 1959. He left the school in 1966 to become the head coach at Port Arthur Lincoln High School. He retired in 1994. In “Black Man in the Huddle” Washington shares memories of Blasé Dry Goods, the Eagle Café, and the lack of, or inadequate, athletic opportunities and resources for black students. “For football in Jackson, it was slim to none. In 1945 we talked our principal into letting us play a couple of games against the black high schools in Richmond and Sugar Land. We didn’t have much in the way of equipment. We got the old stuff from the white high school. You have to remember, the school districts back then didn’t appropriate money to the black schools, especially for athletics.” And just like Washington, Garcia, who grew up in Rosenberg in the 40s and 50s, went on to play football at Prairie View. Garcia coached high school football in the late 60s and became one of the first black pro football scouting pioneers. Garcia is also the namesake of Fritz Pollard Alliance’s Annual Charles Garcia Scouting Award. Jacobus said the interviews he conducted with players like Washington and Garcia, were inspiring, thought-provoking and eye-opening. What he found was that no matter what area of the state these players hailed from, they all faced challenges of both segregation and integration. And these were the stories that needed to be put on paper, Jacobus said. “I never saw a book devoted to the role of integration in sports.

So many people don’t realize [the players’] background or history,” he said. “Back then, there was never anything in the paper about black high school games and there aren’t a lot of records.You have to talk to the players and the coaches to get the story, the history. So that’s what I did.” For more information about Jacobus’ works, visit www. robertdjacobus.com.

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ope For Three is inviting the public to attend its Mardi Gras themed event presented by Mary and Tom Solcher. The mid-day affair will be hosted at Safari Texas Ranch, Richmond, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. Patrons — who are encouraged to wear masquerade chic attire — will gather to mix and mingle, enjoy entertainment by Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School with live jazz music performed by Launch Academy Band. Honorary chairs and guest speakers, Sarah — actress and author of “Rounding Home” — and Greg Swindell, a retired MLB player, World Series Winner and 2019 Texas Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, will share their personal, painful, rewarding journey living with their only son who has severe autism. Sponsors include OCuSOFT, Inc. H-E-B,Trusted Senior Specialists and Safari Texas Ranch. Underwriting, table sponsorships or individual tickets are available. Visit hopeforthree. org/events or call 281-245-0640 for more information. Photo by Sarah Swindell From left, Greg, Dawson and Sarah Swindell.

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adie Williams, who has researched and recorded Stafford community events and people for decades, will be honored for her contributions to local history preservation by the Fort Bend County Historical Commission. The commission will present Williams with the 2020 Bert E. Bleil Heritage Award at its annual reception and program, scheduled for March 5 in the Veranda Room of Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond. The event opens with a mixer at 6:30 p.m.The program begins at 7. Named in memory of the late commission chairman whose vision led to its creation, the Bleil Heritage Award goes each year to an individual or group deemed to have contributed significantly to the preservation and public awareness of Fort Bend County history.

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during regular library hours. A library card is needed to use the printers, and the cost to print is 10¢ per black-and-white page. Patrons should bring the following information to the session if possible: a photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, spouse, and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s, and any other compensation received in 2019; unemployment compensation statements; and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return. FEBRUARY’S SCHEDULES ARE AS FOLLOWS: George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond; Room 2C. • Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; • Mondays, February 3, 10, 17, 24; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; • Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd, Sugar Land; Conference Room 1: • Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Boulevard, Katy: • Mondays, February 3, 10, 17, 24; 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge; Meeting Room: • Mondays, February 3, 10, 17, 24; 1:00 to 4:00 pm; • Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:00 to 4:00 pm. First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land; Conference Room: • Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. • Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South, Fulshear; Meeting Room: • Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26; 1:00 to 4:00 pm; • Fridays, February 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

are saddles from the 1890s and other cowboy artifacts of the era. Admission to the museum is $7. During his talk at the library, Callies will talk about the history of the black cowboys, from 1820 to the 1950s, and share stories about some of the black cowboys who made an impact on the western frontier, including Bass Reeves, Nat Love and Bill Pickett. The audience will also have a chance to view western artifacts from 1818 to 1960s, which will be on display. Made possible by the Friends of the George Memorial Library, the program is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, or call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455 or the library system’s Communications Office at

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arry Callies, the founder of The Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg, will make an appearance at the George Memorial Library in Richmond to talk about the western experience and rich legacy of the black cowboy. The presentation — “The Black Cowboy: A Historical Perspective” — will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the Meeting Room of the library. Originally from El Campo, Callies is a former rodeo rider, country-music singer and postman. His interest in the history of black cowboys was piqued when he discovered an old photo from the 1880s taken at the Jones Ranch in Fort Bend County – a photo showing seven black cowboys and one white cowboy. That photo became the cornerstone of The Black Cowboy Museum, a nonprofit organization Callies launched in Rosenberg in 2017. “The people who come here have never heard or seen this part of history,” said Callies, emphasizing the museum is unique. The museum holds more than 100 photos featuring black cowboys from the 1890s to the 1960s. Along with the pictures, there

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File Photo by Scott Reese Willey | Black Cowboy Museum founder Larry Callies teaches Adolphus Elementary School kindergartener Xavier Easley, 6, how to lasso during the 2019 Art Walk & Motor Madness in Rosenberg.

Searching African-American Genealogy


nderstanding that researching African-American family histories presents specific challenges, Daniel Sample, manager of the Genealogy and Local History department of the George Memorial Library, will discuss many of the resources that are available to family-history researchers, with special focus on tools to help individuals who are researching African-American family histories. Sample’s talk will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 15 in the library’s computer lab. Get

tips on how to extend family-history research into the years before the American Civil War took place. Learn more about Heritage Quest’s “Freedman’s Bank Records” database, which contains records from 1865-1871. This resource is an index to Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company’s registers of signatures of depositors, and it contains information such as the names of depositors, names of employers and plantations, names of family members and place of birth. Other online resources, such as the Ancestry. com database, items that are available on microfilm, and print resources will also be discussed. Reservations are required to attend this class.

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n recognition of African-American History Month in February, Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library will present a special musical performance of “African HandDrumming” on Saturday, Feb.15, from 1 to 2 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Enjoy the traditional tribal rhythms and spiritual gifts of West African djembe drumming in a special performance by Gregg “Jebada” Powell, founder and director of the Joy of Djembe Drumming Ensemble. Powell will talk about the history of the instrument and the culture of the people who originally produced it. He will perform a variety of rhythms to demonstrate the influences of different

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fter making Fort Bend Christian Academy history in 2018 with District wins for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Actress at the TAPPS One-Act Play competition, FBCA repeated the same wins at the 2019 competition. The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools commits to building leadership, fellowship, fair play and sportsmanship of students enrolled in the organization’s member schools in the areas of academics, athletics and fine arts by providing wholesome competition. This year’s TAPPS Division I, District 4 competition was held in November at San Jacinto College in Houston. FBCA’s entry, The Diviners, placed first for Best Play, while its actors, seniors Brennan Vacek and Aedin Waldorf of Greatwood won Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. It was Waldorf’s second year in a row to receive this honor. “The cast of The Diviners consisted of our top actors in the school. They have been acting on stage for years,” said FBCA’s theatre arts teacher, Lana Thompson.“We only take our juniors and seniors to the competition. Everyone from the production theatre class attends, either as actors or crew members.” The Diviners tells the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in the early 1930s. Last year, 2018, marked the first time in the FBCA’s history that the school won the three top categories, with its entry The Scent of Jasmine placing first for Best Play, as well as Best Actor and Best Actress awards. The play told a touching story about a young girl (Waldorf) learning how to deal with loss and grief. Senior Matthew Pozzi won Best Actor, and junior Waldorf brought home the Best Actress award. “I truly am so lucky to have a class that supports me through everything. Both years, we’ve become like family, and they have been instrumental to my growth as both an actress and a person,”Waldorf said.“I couldn’t have tackled the two hardest roles I’ve ever had without their support. Mrs.Thompson is, in every way, supportive and understanding and sees the potential in every person. She pushes us to be the best we can be. I owe everything to her!” “Our goal was to move the audience, and we did,”Thompson said. “Aedin and Brennan were able to walk on stage, stay in the world they created, and deliver believable characters.They were living the parts — they wanted to portray people that the audience could connect with. Both were able to create moments that took the air out of the room.” FBCA brought home numerous other awards from the District competition this year as well: juniors Jessica Crocker and Audrey Hodson won All-Star Crew; seniors Riley Cargile and Damisi Akinpelu won Honorable Mention Acting Cast; and senior Brandon Wood and junior Sam Farah won All-Star Acting Cast. Additionally in 2018 at District, Damisi Akinpelu and Tolu Asade won Honorable Mention, Danielle Galatoire and Asher Ajim won AllStar Cast, and Paige Estes won All-Star Crew Award. “These actors are beyond dedicated — it’s a true passion for them,” Thompson says. “It was all about being a team. Everyone gave 100 percent in every rehearsal, crew included. There was constant support and constructive criticism for everyone involved in every role to be better. Everyone was open to working the hardest they ever had to create something beautiful.” The top two schools winning district advance to the State competition, which is held in Kerrville,TX at the Cailloux Theatre. In 2019, though FBCA didn’t win it all at State,Waldorf,Vacek and Wood were awarded Honorable Mentions in Acting, and Farah won All-Star Acting Cast. For 2018’s The Scent of Jasmine,Waldorf and Danielle Galatoire

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received All-Star Cast;Asher Ajim and Pozzi received Honorable Mention Cast; and Gabby Pardede received All-Star Crew. In November 2016, FBCA did win the highest award for the first time in history. Their outstanding performance of Twelve Angry Jurors, a play about a jury forced to reconsider its nearly unanimous decision, earned them the title of State TAPPS One-Act Play Champions.

The former preacher (Brennan Vacek) and Jennie Mae (Aedin Waldorf) in their Best Actor and Best Actress award-winning roles in The Diviners.

Jennie Mae (Aedin Waldorf), Goldie Short (Ariana Garcia) and Buddy (Sam Farah) in The Diviners.

Brennan Vacek and Aedin Waldorf win Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2019 TAPPS One-Act District competition for their roles in The Diviners.

Continued from page 15 countries and traditions. Thought to have been created by the Mandé people during the Malian Empire approximately 400 to 800 years ago, the djembe drum is a rope-tuned skin-covered drum played with bare hands. The goblet-shaped body of the djembe drum is carved of a single piece of African hardwood and its drumhead is made of untreated rawhide, most commonly made from goatskin. Powell began playing hand drums in 1964 in the Spanish Harlem neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City, where he grew up. He learned to play the congas, bata drums, timbales, and the African djembe, and his primary focus has been on Latin, Afro-Cuban, and West African rhythms. The Joy of Djembe Drumming Ensemble is a group of Houston musicians who share the joy of music, particularly that of West African djembe drumming. For more information, visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, or call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455 or the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

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r. Nicholas Cox will talk about the “Freedmen’s Bank Records” database, which contains records from 18651871, at the George Memorial Library Feb. 18 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. This resource is an index to Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company’s registers of signatures of depositors, and it contains information such as the names of depositors, names of employers and plantations, names of family members, and place of birth.

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n Feb. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 2A, Carol Beauchamp, from the George Memorial Library’s Genealogy & Local History Department, will share fascinating stories of some courageous African-American slaves who defied the odds and escaped to freedom with ingenious plans fraught with risk and danger. Learn how Robert Smalls stole a Confederate steamer right out of the Charleston harbor, and how Henry “Box” Brown mailed himself to abolitionists in the north.The story of Harriet Jacobs will also be discussed, along with the harrowing escape of Ellen and William Craft. To advertise, call 281-342-4474

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oin the Fort Bend Boys Choir for their Red, White & Blue gala event, a patriotic salute to America. Generously underwritten by the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, you can rejoice in your freedom to attend this event on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Safari Texas. Wave a flag with the Fort Bend Boys Tour Choir as they perform a Yankee Doodle Dandy medley of patriotic tunes and honor John and Diana Null, Star-Spangled Alumni Supporters, for their 38 years of pledged allegiance to the Choir and the Fort Bend community. This patriotic event includes a tasty buffet meal with a live auction led by Sheriff Troy Nehls. Silent auction and big board items are part of the evening, too. You can make a declaration of sponsorship, or a donation, in honor of the Null’s and in support of the choirboys. Information on sponsorship, tickets and donation levels are available on the choir website, www.fbbctx.org, or by calling 281-2403800. You can also keep an eye on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube for the latest. Proceeds from this patriotic event will support music program operations and scholarships for all four music programs of the Fort Bend Boys Choir. Be a sponsor, donate and attend this Red, White & Blue gala event and play a part in “making a difference … one boy at a time.”

Greatwood Veterinary Hospital At Greatwood Veterinary Hospital, we are dedicated to providing excellent and compassionate care for your furry, family friends. We offer full veterinary services in our new, spacious 6,500 square foot facility. Our experienced and caring veterinarians and staff strive to provide the best quality care available for your pets, with an emphasis on client education and an understanding of your pet’s specific needs. We would like to be partners with you in ensuring your pet’s good health and well-being. In addition to full medical, surgical, and dental veterinary care, we also offer boarding, grooming, and cremation services. Greatwood Veterinary Hospital has been providing affordable and quality veterinary care to the Fort Bend area for over 15 years. It is our hope that we can meet all your animal’s health care needs with our warm, friendly, and knowledgeable services. To make an appointment for your pet or for more information, please call us at (281) 342-7770 or visit us at 401 Crabb River Road in Richmond.

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n celebration of Children’s Book Week, February 2-8, Fort Bend County Libraries will continue its annual tradition of welcoming newborns to the wonders of books. Every Fort Bend County baby born during this week may receive a special baby book bag, courtesy of the Friends of Fort Bend County Library. Each bag contains a book, a bib, a special certificate, a list of suggested reading for children, and information on parenting and on library services.These bags represent the library system’s commitment to providing library services for county residents throughout their lives, beginning at birth. “We hope to start every child born in hospitals in Fort Bend County on a successful road to life-long learning,” said Susan King, Coordinator of Youth Services for FBCL. “We distribute the baby book bags to babies born during that week at area Fort Bend County hospitals, but ALL Fort Bend County babies who are born during Children’s Book Week are eligible to receive one, while supplies last.” Families of Fort Bend babies born at other locations during Children’s Book Week should call the Youth Services department, at 281-633-4762, to receive their book bag.

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Not only is reading to a child a wonderful opportunity for bonding between parent and child, it has also been shown to stimulate brain development. Even the youngest baby can benefit from the chance to develop eye focus by looking at the page of a book, while being comforted by the familiar voice of a parent. Reading aloud to children exposes them to the sounds and cadences of a human voice, resulting in an earlier and stronger grasp of vocabulary skills. Parents may introduce infants to the library by bringing them to Mother Goose Time, a free weekly parent/infant activity program that takes place at many of the branches in the Fort Bend County library system. As the children mature, other programs with age-appropriate activities are designed to interest older children. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).



eople who enjoy crafts are invited to join the Craft Squad at the University Branch Library, where they can make new crafty friends, learn a new craft or two, and share tips, tricks, and resources with fellow crafters. Each month will have an instructional meeting introducing a new craft on the first Friday of the month, and badges can be earned for each new craft that is learned. The rest of the Fridays will be devoted to “Craft-Squad Meet-

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ups,” where patrons can bring their own craft to work on while networking with other crafters. In February, earn the “Macramé” badge by learning this ancient art of knotting cord or string into patterns to create decorative items at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 in Meeting Room 1. Macramé can be used to make wall art, plant hangers, jewelry, and more. This activity is suitable for adults and older teens only. Materials are provided through the support of the Friends of the University Branch Library. Registration is required. The weekly meet-ups will take place on Fridays, Feb. 14, 21, and 28. Registration is not required for the meet-ups.



raphic designer and calligraphy artist Lauren Cole will present an introductory demonstration of calligraphy at the University Branch Library on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. In this hands-on workshop, learn calligraphy concepts, warm-up drills, basic strokes, and lower- and upper-case alphabets. Students will gain a working knowledge of how to use a brush pen and connect letters together to create words and phrases. Materials are provided through the support of the Friends of the University Branch Library. Registration is required.



imilar to a book club, the Podcast Club at the University Branch Library is a monthly club for people who enjoy listening to podcasts on a variety of subjects. Each month, a theme will be selected, along with a short list of podcast episodes. Listeners will meet to discuss the podcasts they have listened to and the themes within them. In February, the theme is “Friendship.” The first meeting of the month will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in Conference Room 1. The list of podcasts from which to choose includes:“Make New Friends (And Keep Them)” – Life Kit from NPR, 24 m.; “When Friendship Changes, How to Cope” – Life Kit from NPR, 22 m.; “The Science of BFFs” – Stuff Mom Never Told You, 1 h. and “When the World is Exploding Around You” – StoryCorps, 10 m.

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Campbell’s Boot Scootin’ Boogie by ALEINI LACOMBE


lease join us for a night of good clean Boot Scootin’ family fun with Campbell Elementary’s Boot Scootin’ Boogie, set for 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 21. There will be Carnival games, a mechanical bull, Boot Scootin’ with DJ Jeffrey, the Campbell Chili Cook-Off, and Silent Auction. PRESALE PRICES: A $15 wristband gives children ages 2-16 access to dance, games, and the mechanical bull. Adults are admitted at no charge but can purchase a wristband for the games and the mechanical bull for $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Presale prices are goo through Feb. 18. PRICES AT THE DOOR: Prices at the door ar $20/child wristband and $10/adult game/ bull wristband. Only cash or check will be accepted at the event. SILENT AUCTION: There will be fabulous baskets donated by our awesome Campbell classes so don’t miss your chance to go home with some great items. CHILI COOK-OFF: Do you make an incredible pot of chili? Do you and your spouse or your friend have a long-standing bet on who makes the

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Continued from page 20 best chili? Now is your chance to settle the score, enter our contest and have our judges name you champion It is open to adults and children and there are no fees. RULES FOR CHILI COOK-OFF: Chili must be brought in an electric pot, crock pot, or slow cooker by 6 p.m. Open flames are not permitted. Enough chili should be made for judges to sample. Feel free to bring enough to offer everyone a taste, four to10 quarts. Each judge must get to taste chili entries. The PTO will provide cups and utensils for the judges. Contestants will provide sample cups and spoons for any samples they want to offer. The winner will be announced at the event. DOES YOUR CHILD/GROUP NEED SERVICE HOURS? Campbell is need of student volunteers for our Boot Scootin’ Boogie event. Please contact us at sfundraiser@campbellpto. org for more information.Thank you in advance for your help. PTO NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED Nominating committee members are needed to help prepare the slate of PTO Board nominees for the 2020-2021 school year. We are seeking three volunteers to serve on this committee. Committee members will be responsible for reaching out to individuals nominated for a PTO Board position to confirm willingness to serve and then, once all nominated individuals have been contacted, committee members will prepare a list of individuals they recommend for each of the PTO positions. Nominating committee members cannot be current PTO Board members or individuals interested in serving on the Board next year.

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To be considered for the nominating committee please email your name, phone number, email address, and the grade level(s) of your child(ren) to info@campbellpto.org no later than March 1, 2020. Please put “Nominating Committee” in the subject line. Three committee members will be drawn at random from the names submitted, and those selected will be notified by March 8, 2020 via email. OPEN PTO POSITIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR Parent involvement is critical for a successful school so please consider volunteering as a PTO officer or a committee chair for 2020-2021. All PTO Board positions are open, and we need you to fill them. We are seeking nominations for: President; Treasurer; Recording Secretary; Communications Secretary; Website Coordinator; Room Parent Coordinator; Student Services/ School Store Coordinator; Community Relations Coordinator; Membership Coordinator; Teacher Appreciation Coordinator; Fall Fundraiser Coordinator; Spring Fundraiser Coordinator; Year Book Coordinator; Volunteer Coordinator; and Special Programs Coordinator. Those elected will serve one-year term, from July 1 through June 30. Nomination forms are available online at www. campbellpto.org. If you are interested in serving in one of these positions please fill out the online nomination form no later than March 29th, 2020. You may nominate yourself or another for any of the open positions.

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CALENDAR February 7: Early Release February 11: PTO Board Meeting @7:45am February 17: President’s Day / Progress Reports Go Home February 21: Chili Cook-off, Boot Scootin’ Boogie & Silent Auction

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he Dickinson PTO announced its TAG sale is set for Feb. 29. The TAG sale is our answer to the “no garage sale” rule. Volunteers are needed. For more information about Dickinson, visit www. dickinsonpto.membershiptoolkit.com. CALENDAR February 3: PTO Meeting February 5: AR Free Dress (if enough points earned) February 6: Bluebonnet Celebration - 4th and 5th Grade February 7: Early Release February 11: P.E. Heart Challenge February 12: Ben’s Chuck Wagon Drive-Thru Dinner February 21: PTO Box Tops Due February 27: Spring Pictures February 28: Go Texas Day! March 2: PTO Meeting March 3: Kickoff for World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser

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Fort Bend County Libraries Launches New “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” Initiative


ort Bend County Libraries is proud to announce the launch of its “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” challenge beginning February 2, 2020. Part of a nationwide initiative, this ongoing program encourages reading to newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers to foster a love of books and prepare them for school. “Studies have shown that children who are read to at an early age will be better prepared to learn,” says Susan King, Youth Services Coordinator for the library system.“Children who have been read to from birth will have heard more than 30 million words by age three and have a significantly larger vocabulary by age six, which is often an early indicator of future academic success.” “Studies have also shown that reading with your child provides a great opportunity for bonding. Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories for both of you,” adds King. The 1,000-book goal is not as daunting as one would think. If a child is read just one book every night, he/she will have heard 1,095 books in just three years! Even if children sign up at age three or four, they can still meet their goal before kindergarten. Books that are read over and over count each time they are read. Books can be from the library or from home. Even books read at Story Time count. Parents can register their child by going to the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), clicking on the red “Youth” block, and using the link for the Beanstack app to sign up. Easy-to-use reading logs will be available, and virtual badges can be earned along the way. Incentives will be awarded upon registration and at the 500- and 1,000-book marks. All children from birth through the time when they enter kindergarten are eligible to participate.The program is self-paced, so it can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to complete. There is no charge to participate in the“1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” challenge. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734,or the library branch nearest you.

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lmost everyone has at some time improved diet, better stress management, not experienced an odd heartbeat — smoking and limiting caffeine and alcohol as feeling your heart race, pound, ways to reduce episodes. f lutter, pause or skip a beat. These • Vagal maneuvers. Some types of episodes of an unusual heart rhythm, or tachycardia, especially SVT, can be treated arrhythmia, caused by abnormal electrical by stimulating your vagal nerves — the impulses in the heart, are often minor and part of the nervous system that regulates harmless. Sustained or more serious your heart rate — which respond by irregular rhythms, however, can pose a slowing your heart rate.These “maneuvers” danger and lead to cardiac arrest. include holding your breath and straining, Some people don’t notice any coughing and dunking your face in ice symptoms. Others feel palpitations or a water. galloping or sluggish heartbeat, shortness • Medications. Beta-blockers, calcium of breath, chest pain or discomfort, fatigue channel blockers, sodium and potassium or weakness, dizziness or unexplained channel blockers, and digitalis may slow Dr. Apoor Patel, electrophysiologist falls or fainting. If you experience any of or suppress tachycardia. However, these these symptoms suddenly or frequently, seek urgent care. medications may produce unwanted side effects, cause an arrhythmia to occur more frequently, or produce a new WHAT’S GOING ON? arrhythmia. A normal heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats a minute • Implantable devices. Surgery to implant an artificial and fluctuates during the day and in response to anxiety, pacemaker is a common treatment for bradycardia.This device, excitement or some medications. Heart rate speeds up during implanted under the skin and attached to the heart, sends an exercise and slows during sleep. electrical impulse whenever the heart rhythm slows or “Physicians classify the many types of arrhythmias by where becomes erratic. Another device, the implantable cardioverter they originate and the type of heart rate they cause.A rate faster defibrillator, can be placed in the chest to correct an abnormally than 100 beats a minute is called tachycardia and slower than fast heartbeat usually in patients with a weak heart. 60 beats a minute is called bradycardia,” said Apoor Patel, M.D., • Cardioversion. This treatment uses drugs or an electrical board-certified electrophysiologist at Houston Methodist shock to reset the heart to its regular rhythm. DeBakey Cardiology Associates at Sugar Land. • Catheter ablation. “Catheters are threaded through blood For example, in atrial fibrillation, abnormal impulses in one vessels to the heart and deliver radiofrequency energy to of the heart’s upper chamber, or atria, cause the heart to beat carefully destroy (ablate) the abnormal portions of the heart too fast. Atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common arrhythmia, causing the arrhythmia. This method is highly successful in affecting millions of Americans, refers to very fast and chaotic treating many arrhythmias,” Patel said. contracting of the heart’s atrial chambers. The uncoordinated impulses cause the atria to beat so fast — 300 to 400 beats a THE BOTTOM LINE minute — they quiver. Supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT, is It’s important to tell your doctor about any symptoms of another example of a fast heartbeat from the upper chamber arrhythmia you experience. Even if symptoms pass quickly, due to a short circuit in the heart that can present with a rapid your heart’s ability to work may be compromised. Over time, a and sustained heartbeat. When patients get rapid heartbeats seemingly harmless arrhythmia could lead to a more serious from the bottom chamber of the heart, or the ventricles, they condition. have ventricular tachycardia which can often be dangerous. To schedule an appointment with Apoor Patel, M.D., at Slow heart rates, or bradycardia, can be due to degeneration Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates at Sugar of the conduction system of the heart.“Sinus node dysfunction Land, call 346-901-2070. For the latest news, events and occurs in the area of the heart that serves as a natural pacemaker infor mation visit our Facebook pa ge at fb.com/ and causes the heart to beat slowly. 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he Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system, recently released the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was one of 855 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. “Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognizes hospitals like Houston Methodist Sugar Land that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.” Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice a year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. “Patient safety is central to our mission, and we are proud of our results,” said Chris Siebenaler, regional senior vice president


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Teddy-Bear Sleepover: Sign-Ups Children of all ages can bring their second-favorite teddy bear or toy and sign them up for a teddy-bear sleepover at the University Branch Library. Stuffed animals should be backpack-sized or smaller. Stuffed animals can be brought to the library for registration and dropoff anytime during library business hours starting Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m., through Thursday, Feb. 6, 9 p.m., at the Youth Services desk. On Friday, Feb. 7, the library’s Youth Services staff will post photos on the library’s Facebook page showing the stuffed animals and their adventures. The stuffed animals can be collected during the Books & Bears Story Time on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10:30 am.

February 4

Connections: Coffee & Conversation Meet new people and make new friends at this casual, comeand-go social hour at the George Memorial Library at 7 pm., Feb 4 and 10 a.m., Feb. 20 in Room 2A. Enjoy music while getting to know one another over a game of cards, chess, checkers, or other board games the library has on hand. This activity is suitable for adults aged 18 and up.

February 5

Pinterest for Beginners Learn all about Pinterest, the virtual pinboard that has taken the social-media population by storm at the University Branch Library at 2 p.m. in the computer lab. Those attending the class should already have a working email address and

password. Registration required. Seabourne Nature Park Bird Hike Texas Master Naturalist Coastal Prairie Chapter will hold its monthly bird hike at Seabourne Nature Park from 8 - 10:30 a.m.

February 6

35th Annual Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference The conference is a celebration of vegetable production along the upper Gulf Coast region. The event will focus on teaching sustainable practices to help producers maximize efficiencies and profitability. Five continuing education credits for TDA license holders will be offered. 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.

February 8

Valentine’s Day Dance The Fort Bend County Fair Association Go Tejano Committee’s 10th Annual Valentine’s Day Dance, featuring Bobby Pulido, will be held at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in Building C. Tickets are $25 at the door. Visit www.fortbendcountyfair.com. Podcasting for Beginners Blogger and podcaster Alpana Deo will share her experiences as a podcaster and will share tips for others who are interested in becoming a podcaster at 2 p.m. in the University Branch Library Meeting Room 1. Gain a better understanding of why people listen to podcasts, how to open a Podcast channel on Ancho, how to prepare a the first episode of a podcast, things to consider while recording, and how to create engaging content.

Books & Bears Story Time Families with children of all ages will enjoy a puppet show, crafts, and a teddy-bear giveaway at 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room 1 of the University Branch Library. Those attending are invited to bring their stuffed animals to the program as well. Boots & Badges Behind the Badge Charities will host its annual Boots & Badges Gala from 6 - 10 p..m. at Safari Texas Ranch. Visit www. behindthebadgecharities.org. Heart Fund 5K Fun Run/Walk South Texas Women is hosting its 5K walk/run from 8 a.m. - noon at Friendship Church in Richmond. Proceeds will benefit the Heart Fund. Visit www.stxagwm.org/ heart-fund.

February 12

Young Adult Book Club During the George Memorial Library’s young adult book club at 5 p.m. in Room 2B, teen readers in grades 9-12 will have an opportunity to meet with others who share the same love for good books, and have a lively discussion on the reasons a book or its characters were liked or disliked. This month, readers will talk about Starry Eyes, written by Jenn Bennett.

February 13

Annual Autism Awareness Luncheon 2020 Hope for Three’s annual luncheon will be held from 11 a..m. - 1 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond. Greg Swindell, a former Major League Baseball player and World Series Winner, and Sarah Swindell, an actress and author of the

recently released book, “Rounding Home,” will provide a raw look at their challenges and rewards having an only son on the severe end of the autism spectrum. Visit hopeforthree.org

Community Calendar

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February 14

Valentines Dance Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg will host its dance from 7 - 11 p.m.

February 15

Puttin’ On The Glitz Gala Abigail’s Place will host its annual “Puttin’ on the Glitz” gala from 6 - 10 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch. A Roaring Twenties theme. Proceeds provide transitional housing for single moms and their families throughout Fort Bend County. Visit www.abigailsplace.org.

February 17

LEGO® Club Families with kids of all ages will have an opportunity to get creative with LEGO building blocks from 4:15 - 5 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 of the University Branch Library. Different-sized LEGO pieces will be available for the varying ages in attendance.

February 19

Young Adult Advisory Council Teens in grades 9-12 who are interested in an exciting new leadership opportunity and volunteer-service hours are invited to attend the 5 p.m. meeting of the Young Adult Advisory Council in Room 2B at the George Memorial Library. Members will have a chance to share ideas about library programs, to help out at events, to To advertise, call 281-342-4474

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give suggestions for teen services, books, and movies and to meet new people. Culinary Book Club Cooking enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels – from beginners to advanced -- are invited to join the University Branch Library’s Culinary Book Club at 1:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. This month, the theme is “Heart-Healthy Food.” How to Learn a New Language Learning another language can have many benefits, and Fort Bend County Libraries’ “Transparent Language® Online” resource makes learning a new language easier than ever – and it’s free. Learn more at 2 p.m. in the computer lab of the University Branch Library.

February 20

Story Spinners Writing Club This George Memorial Library writing club will focus on the topic of “Villains” this month. The club meets from 5:30 - 8 p.m. in Room

2C of the library. From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to write, share, learn, support, network and critique each other’s work. This program is recommended for adults and teens aged 14 and up. The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged) The Millennium Players present their first show: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Rosenberg Civic Center at 6:30 p.m.

February 21

Senior Series: The Truth About Your Aging Brain Liz McNeel, a senior real-estate specialist and certified seniorhousing professional, will debunk many of the longstanding myths associated with age-related changes, getting older, and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease at 10:30 a.m. in Meeting

Room 1 of the University Branch Library. Gumbo Fest 2020 The Rosenberg Rotary Club host its annual Gumbo Fest from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy all you can eat seafood gumbo, beer/wine, Cajun music, Mardi Gras fun, live and silent auctions. Tickets are $25 each. ToGo orders are available.

Library from 1 - 3 p.m. in Room 2A, teens in grades 9-12 will learn how to paint a masterpiece of their own, in true Bob Ross style. Registration is required.

Havana Nights Carnaval This carnaval, set for 7 - 11 p.m. a Cross Key Acres in Richmond, will benefit the KnILE Parent Group scholarship fund and The Houston Area Parkinson Society. Last year, contributions and support raised more than $16,000 for HAPs and $4500 in scholarships to KnILE. Visit knilecenter.com.

February 29

Paint with Bob Ross Bob Ross is known for his paintings that always had an outdoor theme and “happy little trees.” In this tutorial at the George Memorial

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