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GENERAL MANAGER Lee Hartman leehart@fbherald.com ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Marquita Griffin mgriffin@fbherald.com ADVERTISING John Oliver joliver@fbherald.com Stefanie Bartlett sbartlett@fbherald.com

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FEATURE | Greatwood actress Aly Gregorek will play a beloved character in Moana JR. ANNABELLE'S AMAZING GRACES | This local nonprofit continues to raise funds for GNAO1 mutation research through its annual benefit. TALK OF THE TOWN | The Fort Bend County Women's Center will celebrate 40 years in the community with "A Journey of Hope."

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GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Melinda Maya mmaya@fbherald.com Rachel Cavazos rcavazos@fbherald.com WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Scott Reese Willey Averil Gleason TO ADVERTISE To advertise in Greatwood Monthly please call Lee Hartman, John Oliver, Stefanie Bartlett, or Ruby Polichino, our advertising representatives, at 281-3424474 for rates, information and deadlines. PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS We are looking for fresh story ideas and enjoy publishing your articles in the Greatwood Monthly. If you have an story idea or photo to publish please send your information to mgriffin@fbherald.com with “Greatwood Monthly” in the subject line. ©2019 Greatwood Monthly All Rights Reserved. Greatwood Monthly has 30,000 print circulation and is a sister publication of Fulshear Living Monthly, Pecan Grove Monthly, West Fort Bend Living and is a Publication of the Fort Bend Herald. Our publishing headquarters is 1902 S. Fourth Street, Rosenberg Texas 77471

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Feature Story Alondra Loya will play the part of Moana, and Jarrin Sanders will play the part of Maui in the upcoming production of Moana JR which opens this month.

talented cast of 38 actors — as young as 10 years old and as old at 18 — will bring to life the fictional, but fantastical, story of a teenage girl who sets sail across the Pacific ocean to save her village of Motunui and discover the truth about her heritage. If the story sounds familiar, it’s probably because Disney’s “Moana,” an animated film about a girl named Moana who tries to repeal a curse incurred by a demigod, was a box office hit.Worldwide the film grossed more than $643,000,000. And now dozens of Inspiration Stage actors are set to perform the junior adaptation of the 2016 film, Moana JR, March 27 through April 5.The production, the theater noted, was recently made available for theatre to license for production. Greatwood’s Aly Gregorek, for one, is estatic for the upcoming show. “In 2018, I had the opportunity to workshop Moana, JR. with the writers in New York City,” said Gregorek, 13, an eighth grader at Fort

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Bend Christian Academy.“About 35 kids were selected to perform it for the first time during the editing process. It was so interesting to see this musical coming together from those early stages.” Gregorek will play the role of Hei Hei, the human character inspired by the chicken in the Moana film. “There are so many talented kids at Inspiration Stage — I am honored to have this role,” she added. To the delight of fans, the theatre said Moana JR will feature all the beloved songs from the film including “How Far I’ll Go,”“Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.” The songs were written by Tony, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina. “It’s such an honor to be one of the first theatre companies in the greater Houston area to produce this touching and beloved show,” said Mandy Seymore-Sensat, artistic director and the director/choreographer for Moana JR.  “It promises to be a show full of spectacle and heart, with amazing


music and stunning displays of beauty. It will be a new favorite for audiences young and old.”

The Synopsis In Moana JR, the audience will witness the heartwarming, comingof-age story about the strong-willed Moana who answers the ocean’s “call” to set right an infraction caused by the legendary demigod Maui. As the duo, plus Hei Hei, embark on an epic journey of self-discovery, they learn how to thrive off camaraderie and harness the power that lies within them. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR has the means to “bring out the hero within each of us,” theatre officials shaed. Celebrating the rich history of Oceania and based on the beliefs and cultures of the people of the Pacific Islands, “Moana” was developed in collaboration with an Oceanic Trust — a group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists, and choreographers from the Pacific Islands. Moana JR., which will show at the historic Sugar Land Auditorium at 226 Lakeview Drive, offers eight performances: March 27 at 7:30 p.m.; March 28 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; March 29 at 3:30 p.m.;April 3 at 7:30 p.m.;April 4 at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; and April 5 at 3:30 p.m. For ticket prices visit inspirationstage.com. And to all of those planning on viewing the production, Gregorek said they should plan on a marvelous experience. “The choreography is so high-energy and the ensemble music makes you feel like you are on an ocean adventure,” she said.“I love it!”

Inspiration Stage’s remaining shows for the 2019-20 modified season includes Annie KIDS, running April 17 - 19 and A Chorus Line High School Edition, running May 1 - 3. Additionally the theatre’s Summer Camp 2020 has announced 25 youth summer camps for kids ages 5 through 19 years old. Camps include Moana JR., Frozen JR., Aristocats KIDS, Willy Wonka KIDS, Aladdin KIDS, Little Mermaid JR. and more. For information visit inspirationstage.com/Summer.

Playing the role of Hei Hei in Moana JR is Greatwood’s Aly Gregorek, who loves drawing, swim team and singing with her school praise team in her free time.

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In The Spotlight

Photo by Light Shines Photography | The van Deursen family of Fulshear. Shelley and David and their children (from left) James, Matthew and Annabelle.

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ittle vivacious four-year-old Annabelle van Deursen is learning to drive herself around these days, and in the process is grabbing hold of the independence her disorder would seemingly prevent her from achieving. The wheelchair she now has, not only offers increased mobility, but also provides Annabelle the means to interact with peers at eye level, a welcomed progression for a child who spent the majority of her prior days crawling everywhere. “She loves it and so do we,” said Annabelle’s mother, Shelley van Deursen, adding that Annabelle also has an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device — an adaptation communication tool for people with disabilities. The device, which can replace or supplement speech and writing for those with impairments, was “such a game changer for her and our family,” Shelley said. “We are absolutely thrilled with her progress and her ability to use it. “It is one of our biggest joys for her be able to ‘talk’ to us.”

GNAO1, A TRICKY DISORDER By traditional expectations, Annabelle should be walking, talking and moving through life like any other four-year-old kid.

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But she isn’t. Following a year fogged with questions, tests, concerns, retests and frustrations, Shelley and her husband Daniel were told Annabelle was diagnosed with a GNAO1 mutation — a rare neurological disorder that can cause, among other symptoms, developmental delays, abnormal movements, early infantile seizures, irregular muscle contractions, involuntary movements of the face and tongue and poor muscle tone. In a prior interview, Shelley said GNAO1 is “a little trickier than just simple diagnosis,” explaining that within the diagnosis there are different variants, and each child is affected differently, even if they have the same variant. For Annabelle, the mutation caused her to have developmental delays and a movement disorder, resulting in her inability to walk or talk. Annabelle is, however, completely cognitively appropriate for her age. “She is loving the public school PPCD program. We all are,” Shelley shared excitedly. “She continues with therapy weekly and is really learning how to ‘drive’ her wheelchair and work her ACC device to talk to us. I know Annabelle has so much to tell us, and as a 4 year old, it was becoming increasingly more frustrating for her to not be able to. We were just guessing what she wanted, now she can actually tell us. It’s amazing for us all.” Among “loving all things princess, coloring, painting, reading books and getting her nails painted,” Annabelle is also happy being a big sister to her brothers James and Matthew.


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“Annabelle excels at being a big sister,” her mother said, adding that watching her children bond is a blessing. “She loves to help me with her baby brother Matthew,” Shelley gushed.“She loves to hold him, give him a pacifier, push him in the swing and read to him. She is also loving to her little brother James. They have such a fun and loving relationship and they play so well together. “James is already such a great little brother to Annabelle as well,” Shelley added. “He really loves her and helps her when she needs it.”

NO FEARS, STRONG FOUNDATION The truth is Annabelle, and other children diagnosed with the GNAO1 mutation, do need help. According to The Bow Foundation, around 150 children around the world are known to be impacted by a GNAO1 genetic disorder.To date there is no cure. Although Annabelle has made progress over the past year, her parents can tell the mutation is progressing, too. “Her body seems to be getting a little more stiff and there have been a handful of times we have seen that she has trouble controlling her body and the way it moves. “This is very scary for her and us.” Yet fears don’t steer the van Deursen household, which Shelley said is built upon a strong Catholic foundation. “We know God is the ultimate healer and He can do anything,” she stressed. “I love when I know people are praying for our Annabelle, it brings me such peace.” Despite the many challenges the van Deursens must battle in regard to their daughter’s disorder, there is an abundance of joy in their household. Their days, Shelley said, are filled with laughter and all the cute idiosyncratic things children do. “We can’t get enough of it,” she said, adding that they are also grateful for the support swelling from the community . Daniel and Shelley notably praised Katy ISD for their daughter’s school, teacher, therapists, aides and school bus drivers. “It brings us such great joy that she loves school and she has made so much progress.“It is prayers answered for us.”

ANNABELLE’S BENEFIT As they adapt to and meet the challenges of their daughter’s disorder, the van Deursens also continue their work with the 501c3 nonprofit they founded called Annabelle’s Amazing Graces. PHOTOS TOP TO BOTTOM: Photo by Light Shines Photography | Annabelle van Deursen loves being a big sister to her brothers James, 2, and Matthew 3 months. “We are doing really well, we are all so happy with the addition of Matthew and how much love Annabelle and James have for him,” said Shelley. Photo by Light Shines Photography | Annabelle van Deursen loves being a big sister to her brothers James, 2, and Matthew 3 months. “We are doing really well, we are all so happy with the addition of Matthew and how much love Annabelle and James have for him,” said Shelley. “Annabelle excels at being a big sister to both of her brothers,” said her mother Shelley. Both Annabelle and her parents are grateful for Annabelle’s AAC device which allows her to “talk.”

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From left Rick and Connie Rogge (Annabelle’s grandparents); James van Deursen, Daniel van Deursen, Shelley van Deursen, Annabelle van Deursen, Christine Seligman, Ella Seligman, Jordan Seligman and Cassie Rogge at a prior Annabelle’s Benefit.

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From left Renee Bain, Claire Pateman, Lauren Hughes at a prior Annabelle’s Benefit event.

The goal of their nonprofit is to raise funds to donate for GNAO1 mutation research through its annual fundraiser called Annabelle’s Benefit. Proceeds from the benefit are donated to The Bow Foundation, an organization started by two families, who, like the van Deursens, want a cure for their children who were also diagnosed with the GNAO1 mutation. In January The Bow Foundation granted $50,000 to Dr. Brian Muntean, a researcher in the Martemyanov lab at The Scripps Research Institute, and $100,000 to the University of California, San Francisco. Both grants will be used to study GNAO1-related

neurodevelopmental disorders. Such grants, Shelley said, is exactly why Annabelle’s Benefit donates 100 percent of its proceeds to The Bow Foundation. Last year the benefit raised $51,020 for the foundation. The 2020 Annabelle’s Benefit — a 5K run/1-mile walk event — will be held April 4 at No Label Brewery in Katy. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Ticket prices are $40 for adults and $25 for anyone 21 years old and younger. The event will feature a silent auction, raffle, live music by Chris Boise, No Label Beer, bounce houses, Snooze breakfast tacos, face painting, a balloon artist and even a wine pull. “Our goal is to cure the GNAO1 mutation through providing money needed for research and through prayer,” Shelley said. “And we can’t make Annabelle’s Benefit possible without our sponsors and donors.” Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or donor can email Shelley at shelley@annabellesamazinggraces.org.

REFUSING TO GIVE IN Shelley offers advice to parents who may be experiencing life similar to her own: Never give up on something you want for your child, she encouraged. “It can be a struggle and a constant fight, but it will be worth it in the end,” she said. “Never set limits on your child, you never know when they will up and do something they weren’t ‘supposed to.’” “I have also learned to let go of what I imagined for Annabelle’s life, and now I live off of her happiness and her smiles — they are the best.” “If she’s happy, I’m happy.”

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he Garden Club of Richmond is holding its annual Caladium Sale. Bulbs can be pre-ordered and will be available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April, 1, 2 and 10 a.m. to noon April 3 at Joseph’s Coffee Shop, 202 Morton Street in Richmond. The bulbs are No 1 “fancy-leafed” caladium bulbs and are available in the following colors: red (Red Flash), pink (Carolyn Whorton), white (Candidum) and variegated (Tapestry), our popular newest offering. We can sell the bulbs only in batches of 25 of a single color. For example, you may order 25 pink and 50 red, but you cannot order 37 pink and 38 red. Prices are: $30 for 25 bulbs; $55 for 50 bulbs; and $100 for 100 bulbs. To order, please contact Nancie Rain at 281-341-0588 or nrain@ comcast.net, or Roberta Terrell at 281-343-9932 or robertaterrell@ gmail.com. The last day to place an order is March 22 and all orders must be paid for in advance.We appreciate your purchases as they make our community service projects possible. Caladiums have big heart shaped leaves that display amazing color combinations of white, pink, red and green. The plants love hot, humid weather and are native to the banks of the Amazon River in South America.These tropical plants are grown from a tuberous root often called bulbs. Easy to plant, they add a lush, exotic touch to summer gardens in

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our area, and, while most caladiums are at home in shade or partial shade, the varieties recommended by the Garden Club of Richmond — Red Flash, Carolyn Whorton and Tapestry — tolerate full sun. Candidums thrive in shade or filtered sunlight and mix beautifully with ferns and impatiens. Caladiums are a wonderful way to enhance shady areas, provide a focal point for a sunny garden, or show off in stunning patio containers.

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he Houston Area Urban Forestry Council recently awarded the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department a 2019 “Project of the Year” award for the Right Tree, Right Place volunteer tree planting event. Sugar Land won the same award in 2018 for its Trees Across America tree volunteer planting event. Assistant Director of the Parks and Recreation William Hajdik accepted the award on Jan. 14 during HAUFC’s annual meeting and awards ceremony. The awards recognize individuals or groups in the greater Houston area who have gone above and beyond in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry. The Right Tree, Right Place planting began in 2015 and is the result of a partnership between the city and CenterPoint Energy.The 2019 tree planting took place on March 14 at Brazos River Park, where a variety of 30- and 15-gallon gallon trees donated by CenterPoint Energy were planted. A total of 30 trees were planted by more than 40 volunteers from Sugar Land, Missouri City and CenterPoint.

“Trees are a vital part of our lives, and they provide so much more than landscaping,” said Hajdik. “They clean the air, reduce erosion, add to property values and so much more.We are proud to organize and host these tree plantings for the betterment of our community. “We’d like to thank CenterPoint Energy for their partnership and their generous donation of trees in order to make this volunteer tree planting possible.” A total of 100 trees have been added to the Sugar Land parks system’s tree inventory through the annual events. For more information about programs, events and forestry initiatives, contact Sugar Land Parks and Recreation at (281) 275-2825 or visit www. sugarlandtx.gov/parks. For other updates, follow Sugar Land Parks and Recreation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SugarLandParks. Staff and volunteers work together at the Right Tree, Right Place Tree Planting in March 2019.

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Park guide retires after 3 decades sharing passion

Story & Photos by AVERIL GLEASON | agleason@fbherald.com

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fter more than 1,000 guided hikes across 30 years, Brazos Bend State Park naturalist David Heinicke led his last guided hike in January as an employee before retiring from the park. And he said he couldn’t help but be proud of the work he did and the knowledge he shared over the course of three decades. “I initially came to volunteer here 30 years ago because I wanted to return something to the park that I enjoyed and got so much out of,” Heinicke said.“After about five years of volunteering, I realized that this would be a great way to make a living.” Heinicke said he took a significant pay cut from working as a landscape designer to come to the state park, but no amount of money lost could dampen his happiness. “I haven’t regretted my choices for one day,” Heinicke said with a smile. As Heinicke led dozens of hikers on his last First Day Hike, he shared that this event was one of his favorites. “These First Day Hikes are pretty special to me,” he revealed.“You get a lot of people out here that normally wouldn’t come to the park. Over the years, I’ve met people who told me they haven’t been out here since their kids were little. Or they hadn’t been out here in 15 years or so. Special occasions like this hike tend to really bring people back out. “That’s pretty special.” “Other times, you’ll run into people that are middle-aged that come here and tell me, ‘You led me in a hike when I was on a fifth-grade field trip.’ “These First Day Hikes bring out people with all different interests. This will open their eyes to the beauty of the park or bring up feelings of nostalgia.” Heinicke said he was happy to end his time at the park teaching adults and children alike about local plants and animals. “My real passion is showing people the outdoors and getting kids interested in nature,” Heinicke explained.“The only way we’re going to preserve this in the future is if we interest kids in it today.That’s the kind of passion that drove me to do this.” Although Heinicke is retiring from the park, he said he will still volunteer. “It’s time to pursue other interests as well,” the 57-year-old said.“I’d like to volunteer at a few other places and share my time and knowledge with as many people as possible.” Brazos Bend State Park is located at 21901 FM 762 south of Richmond.

Brazos Bend State Park naturalist David Heinicke spent his last day guiding the First Day Hike.

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Hope For Three introduces bridge-building autism driver training program by MARQUITA GRIFFIN | mgriffin@fbherald.com

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ope For Three has long been a powerful voice advocating for autism awareness in the Fort Bend community, and earlier this year, it continued its efforts with a new training program aimed at creating safe and productive interactions between law enforcement and drivers with autism. While it is not a state-regulated driver education course, Hope For Three’s new program — Police Traffic Stops & Positive Driver Outcomes — is a training session focused on drivers and traffic stop interactions. “The program is needed in the autism community as our children on the spectrum become teens and adults who have worked very hard to attain independence,” said Darla Farmer, founder and CEO of Hope For Three, explaining that one in three adolescents with autism, but without an intellectual disability, are licensed by age 21. The program, she emphasized, is beneficial for the drivers as well as law enforcement. “Many with autism do not understand rules or boundaries of social behavior,” she continued.“Some respond impulsively to their feelings without regard to certain social mores. Others react inappropriately as a result of sensory regulation problems. Individuals can also become overstimulated and have an unprovoked ‘meltdown.’ “It is possible for individuals to find themselves in trouble with the law without awareness of having done something wrong or without understanding what they did to get into trouble.” And this, Farmer stressed, is why the Police Traffic Stops & Positive Driver Outcome program is vital.The driver program is a component to the nonprofit’s Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program.Through CIT, law enforcement is trained on the characteristics of autism, engagement strategies, understanding and acceptance to assist those in the autism community. “As teens transition to adulthood, being able to get around on their own is a big step toward independence, enabling opportunities for social activities, post-secondary education and work,” Farmer said.“Our goal is to have the autism driving program implemented in all law enforcement agencies in Fort Bend County and the surrounding areas.” AN INCREDIBLE START Police Traffic Stops & Positive Driver Outcomes, which debuted in Fort Bend with the Missouri City Police Department on Jan. 8 and was sponsored by Union Pacific, initially caught Farmer’s attention while at a CIT session. In Hope For Three’s pilot session, eight teenagers and young adults, ranging from 14 years old to 37 years old, participated in hands-on activities that covered safe driving, obeying traffic laws, what to do the case of an accident and role-playing certain situations like traffic stops. Officers sat in, and stood outside of, the cars with the participants and advised them on the steps to take during a variety of scenarios. “It was incredible,” Farmer said. “The officers were very receptive and did a great job with the presentation.” As more police departments join the program, the training sessions will increase and run between one to two hours.The classes are limited to 10 drivers so that participants can receive focused one-on-one instruction. Registration for the sessions can be made by calling Hope For Three at 281-245-0640 or visiting its website at www.hopeforthree.org. The next session with Missouri City is scheduled for April. “We are working diligently to get other departments interested,” Farmer said, noting the nonprofit’s plans to contact Rosenberg Police


Department and Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. “Our goal is to have at least six departments on board with the program within in the year.” BUILDING BRIDGES As a community resource and patrol officer with the Missouri City Police Department, Ellis Williams praised Hope For Three’s new driver program as a chance to “bridge the gap between the police department and the community.” Williams, who helped organize the program for the department and led the presentation during the pilot session, said the hands-on approach is beneficial for the drivers as well as the officers. He noted that as officers were training drivers about the rules of the road, they simultaneously learned about the behaviors of people on the spectrum — like auditory sensitivity, difficulty with eye contact and fidgeting. “With people on the autism spectrum as part of the driving community, it is important for officers to understand their behaviors, because behaviors can be misinterpreted,” said Williams, who is also a CIT officer.“One of the benefits of having this program is it will help avoid mistakes and stress in certain situations.” He takes a moment to consider his next point. “All officers are trained,”he stressed heavily.“But not all of them have the life experience.” Williams, who has been with the department for 15 years has had a variety of experiences that serve him well when engaging with the community, said the Police Traffic Stops & Positive Driver Outcomes program is a chance for officers to gain experiences that will serve them just as well. “It is a good program,” he said.“It’s an opportunity for everyone — families, officers and kids on the spectrum — to become educated.”

UNDERSTANDING & TEACHING What is most important to know is that children on the autism spectrum want the same things as every other person.They want to drive. They want jobs.They want to be involved in their community, too. “And they are very capable of accomplishing those things, especially if others have empathy and are understanding of people who live with autism,” Farmer said.“Learning to drive is a huge deal for them, for their independence, so it is important for us to teach them what is expected.”

Officers of the Missouri City Police Department with participants of the inaugural Hope For Three Police Traffic Stops and Positive Driver Outcomes program. From left are Officer Lex Paxton, Officer Ellis Williams, Marisol Amezaga, Jacob Martin and Justin Moehn. Back Row: Conor Garczynski, Christian Courtney, Matthew Cuddus , Marshall Jones and Officer Warren Simon. Kneeling: Officer Cinttia Argueta.

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Wildscape program draws sizeable crowd of nature lovers Story & Photos by SCOTT REESE WILLEY | swilley@fbherald.com

Lauren Simpson shares tips on how homeowners can turn their lawns into wildscapes, which will attract pollinators and help the entire community.

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ith nine children and one on the way, Amanda Craig and her husband have good reason to want to grow their own produce. Amanda, a budding herbologist, attended a “Wildscape Your Lawn” workshop in hopes of picking up tips for using her lawn more productively. She took four of her children, who returned home with a free birdhouse. The seminar, held at the Rosenberg Civic Center, was hosted by the Coastal Bend Prairie chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists programs. About 100 people listened to Master Naturalist Lauren Simpson explain how they could wildscape their lawns — plant native grasses, shrubs and other plant life to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators that help a community bloom. Simpson is the founder of St. Julian’s Crossing, a Facebook community which documents the pollinator and urban wildlifefriendly space she has made at her just-outside-the-Loop home. At the seminar, she offered visitors free seeds she collected from her backyard habitat. St. Julian’s is a pollinator-friendly, organic garden that is a certified wildlife habitation, certified butterfly garden and Monarch waystation. Virtually every plant at St. Julian’s provides food or shelter for insects, birds, lizards, etc., but St. Julian’s focus is luring insects that pollinate, such as bees, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps, beetles and more. Simpson, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center, said the average neighborhood yard may look pretty, but doesn’t support the range of wildlife that is crucial to a healthy environment and natural community. She said she hasn’t used pesticides on her property in five years.

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She offered audience members steps to creating a wildlifefriendly garden at their own homes for the enjoyment of families and the benefit of the community. She said the key to a successful wildscape lawn — one the neighbors won’t complain about — is to make it look like it was designed that way on purpose. Simpson also provided a handout that included websites dedicated to wildscaping, attracting pollinators, plants native to the region, the importance of pollinators, how to avoid the use of pesticides, and more. Bert Stipelcovich, president of the Coastal Prairie chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists, said he was pleased with the seminar’s turnout. He introduced the rest of the chapter’s staff and board of directors: Terri Hurley, vice president; Katie Sallean, treasurer; Becky Waldo, secretary; Jerry Trenta, immediate past president; Bob Noeger, membership director; Kimberly Farou, program director; Robbin Mallett, communications director; Ramona Ridge, advanced training director; Johanna DeYoung, volunteer services project director; Jerry Trenta, Seabourne Creek Nature Park director; Carol Hawkins and Shannon Westveer, new class co-chairs; Amy Barta, new class representative; Jean Stipelcovich, state representative; and Max Dowell and Stacie Villarreal, advisors/program coordinator. The master naturalists are responsible for overseeing all the plant and wildlife at Seabourne Creek Nature Park. Westveer invited members of the audience to become Texas Master Naturalists themselves. To sign up for the class or to find out more about the master naturalist program, call 832-225- 6936 or email info@coastalprairie. org.


Fort Bend Women’s Center celebrates 40 years of service by MARQUITA GRIFFIN | mgriffin@fbherald.com

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he Fort Bend Women’s Center is switching it up this year,replacing its expected Boogie and Giggle fundraising events with something special — an event dubbed “A Journey of Hope,” a jamboree highlighting the center’s four decades of service in the community. “We are so excited for this year’s 40th anniversary celebration,” said Fort Bend Women’s Center CEO Vita Goodell. To date, the nonprofit has helped more than 50,000 survivors of domestic violence and assault. This long “journey of hope,” said Eva Rushing, the center’s communications and marketing manager,“has led to an amazing evolution of programs and services to help provide survivors and their children freedom from abuse and a path toward independence.” Some such programs and services include a 24- hour emergency shelter, a crisis hotline and free, longterm support services such as counseling, case management, legal advocacy, children’s services, rape crisis services, rental assistance and transportation — all of which are accessible to survivors from Fort Bend County, Harris County and surrounding areas. “In 1980, we could not have imagined that we would be given the opportunity to help so many victims in need. From a kitchen telephone helping callers in Rosenberg to now serving as the primary provider of free services for survivors in Fort Bend County, we have truly come a long way and have helped thousands of families get on the path to living an independent life, free of violence and fear,” Goodell said. “I’d say that’s something worth celebrating.” “A Journey Of Hope,” presented by PCCA, will be held at Anson

Aviation in Sugar Land on March 21 from 6 to 11 p.m., in a unique airplane hangar on the runway. This event will include food stations, open beer and wine bars, private plane display, flight simulator experience, high-end auction items,live music by Mango Punch and more. Ticket prices are Excited about “A Journey of Hope” are, from $150 for an individual left, Jim Smith, Lizzie Harbin, Bryan Sparks and sponsorships start at and Marc DuPont with PCCA, the presenting sponsor for The Fort Bend Women’s Center’s $1,000. celebratory fundraiser. “The journey back to For more information freedom, self-sufficiency and independence about the event, to pur- is a hard one for many of the survivors we chase tickets or become serve – Fort Bend Women’s Center is working hard to give them the very best a sponsor contact Patty opportunity to succeed,” Eva Rushing said. Holt, the center’s events manager, at pholt@fbwc.org or 281-344-5761. For more information about the center visit fbwc.org. “We are so grateful for all of our supporters along the way,” Goodell said. “And [we] are continuing to work hard at assisting survivors in their journey of hope and the fight against violence.”

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On The Fort Bend Scene

Taste of Fort Bend benefit draws hundreds of generous donors Photos by SCOTT REESE WILLEY | swilley@fbherald.com

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Arts & Entertainment

MUSIC MAGIC STARTS IN MARCH by TIANA MORTIMER

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oung boys who love music and singing are encouraged to enroll i n the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas Music Magic class, an eight-week music enrichment program for 6 and 7-year-old

boys. The Fort Bend Boys Choir offers this special class which bring music alive through movement, musical games, singing and other activities. Boys learn about rhythm awareness and pitch matching in addition to developing large muscle coordination, better musicianship and increase focus. The best part is that there are no auditions for this class. Mr. William R. Adams, the organization’s founder and artistic director, is returning as the director for this class — how cool! For this 23rd season of the Music Magic program, the class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., beginning March 17 and ending May 5 at the First United Methodist Church Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. in Missouri City. Music Magic will then sing at the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Spring Concert on Saturday, May 9. The cost for this course is $100 and boys will receive a free Music Magic T-shirt once classes start. Classes are limited in size so call the choir office at 281-240-3800 to pre-register or visit its website at www.fbbctx.org. Be sure to stop by the choir's Facebook page for the latest on the Music Magic class and public performances.

Photo by Terri Cannon | Ryan Foley singing in the Spring 2019 concert.

THE BIG ONE-OH! WINS BIG

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hen Inspiration Stage was asked to debut a world premier 30, 2019. Inspiration Stage produced The Big One-Oh! JR in cooperation pilot production of a brand new musical in September with and at the special invitation of iTheatrics and Music Theatre In2019, they knew they were onto something big. “As the premiere pilot of a new junior show, the actors and artistic ternational (MTI). iTheatrics adapts main stage Broadway musicals so team have the opportunity to create original characters, create the they can be performed by kids in school and after-school settings. It scenic design and create the choreography,” said the show’s director/ creates these adaptations for a distinguished list of clients, including MTI, one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies. choreographer Mandy Seymore-Sensat last fall. Through the pilot process, Inspiration Stage’s creation of this “This pilot and world premiere is a huge honor and we are all jazzed to be a part of it.This is an amazing opportunity for our pro- brand-new musical will eventually be available for all theatres to license in the future. duction staff and cast.” The investment paid off, with The Big One-Oh! JR being awarded the 2019 Broadway World Houston Award for Best New Play or Musical. Local actors featured in the production include:Alexandria Deanne Gomez, a Fieldstone resident; Campbell Baldon, a Greatwood resident; and Addison “Addie” Doss, a Brazos Lakes resident. Inspiration Stage’s win comes after a record number of nominations and votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Houston Awards, which were sponsored by TodayTix. Regional productions, touring shows, and more were all included, honoring productions which opened between Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. Photo by Erika Waldorf | The enthusiastic cast of The Big One-Oh! JR.

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FRIDAY FILM SERIES: IRIS IS ‘MORE THAN A FASHION FILM’

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eleased in 2014, the film Iris pairs the late documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), then 87, with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. The film will be shown at the University Branch Library on March 13 from 1:30 - 3 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art, and people are her sustenance. She reminds us that dressing – and indeed, life – is nothing but a grand experiment. “If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.” The documentary will be followed by a discussion at

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approximately 2:50 p.m. The discussion will explore topics such as creativity, aging, fashion, art, individualism, and work ethic. This documentary is rated PG-13.This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent nonfiction film series on PBS (www.pbs.org/pov).


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‘MATILDA JR’ INTRODUCED TO 7,000 ATTENDEES AT JTF

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nspiration Stage introduced Matilda JR for the first time to the attendees of the annual Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta on Jan. 18. iStage was honored to be selected to perform three Matilda JR numbers on the festival’s main stage in the New Works Showcase for the festival’s almost 7,000 attendees. “When Inspiration Stage was asked to pilot the brand-new junior version of Matilda at the Sugar Land Auditorium in October 2018, we were thrilled,” said Mandy Seymore-Sensat. “Performing some of our favorite numbers on the main stage for the entire festival was a huge honor. We are humbled by the confidence the iTheatrics and JTF leadership has in our theatre to perform such an exhilarating introduction of this exciting new junior adaptation.” After the introduction of Matilda JR. at JTF, the new Matilda JR. adaptation will become available for all theatres to license in the future. The iStage troupe performed three numbers from the musical in the closing performance of the New Works Showcase. The opening, “School Song,” thrilled the audience with its fast-paced choreography and creative staging, followed by “When I Grown Up,” which brought the audience to tears with its touching presentation. The finale, “Revolting Children” brought the entire 7,000-member audience to its feet, dancing and clapping along with the performance. “Ending with such a powerful and thrilling song [ ...] was an amazing way to end the always-exciting New Works Showcase,”

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beautiful harmonies, powerful dynamics, and soaring vocals—all with British accents! Being recognized for our musicality was a wonderful reward for the difficulty of tackling two fantastically complex pieces.” Evan Blackwell (playing George Banks) was honored with an exclusive award — one that was bestowed on just three recipients at this year’s festival. The adjudicators recognized Blackwell with the Freddie G Inspiration Award, an award given to performers who touched the hearts of the adjudicators in a very special way. Blackwell,17,was thrilled with the recognition.“I was so touched and so honored to be recognized this year in this way at my last JTF ever,” he said.“Senior year is a time of uncertainty, of wondering where you’re going to go, whether you’ll be happy and be doing what you want to do. Receiving this award was, to me, a sign that yes, I can do it, and yes, things will be okay.This honor felt like the perfect end to this magical weekend, and I could not imagine a better way to end my five years as a JTF alumni.” Blackwell and Madison Willett (playing Mary Poppins) were also selected as the Inspiration Stage company All-Stars by the adjudicators. Six Inspiration Stage youth also received Golden Tickets — special invitations to audition for the opportunity to appear in iTheatrics’ instructional guide choreography DVDs distributed with its Broadway Jr. series of shows. Two iStagers received callbacks for the third, ultra-competitive round of auditions — Jaxon Daniel and Gentry Claire Lumpkin. Final winners will be contacted in March if they are invited to film in New York City. In February, Inspiration Stage took a different company to JTF West in Sacramento to perform Into the Woods JR for adjudicators.

PODCAST CLUB IS ‘CELEBRATING WOMEN’ FOR MARCH THEME

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imilar to a book club, the University Branch Library’s Podcast Club 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.This month’s meeting is set for 7 p.m. in Conference Room 1. In March, the theme is “Celebrating Women.” The list of podcasts from which to choose includes: ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

“Women’s Social Clubs” – No Man’s Land by The Wing, 30 m. “The Sculptor, Edmonia Lewis” – What’sHerName, 39 m. “The Secret History of International Women’s Day” – Stuff Mom Never Told You, 46 m. “The Untold Story of Women & Space History” – When Women Win, 34 m. “Finally, An All-Female Spacewalk” – Short Wave, 12 m.

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Scholastic Spotlights

Open Campbell Elementary PTO Positions for the 2020-2021 Year by ALEINI LACOMBE

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hris “CJ” Johnson Foundation, Inc. is heightening the fun at its 7th annual Keepin’ It Renal Fun Run/ Walk benefit with a Mardi Gras theme this time around. While the benefit has a new theme this year, the foundation’s president and founder, Ritchie Johnson, said the mission remains the same: to increase local awareness and funds for research for renal medullary carcinoma, a rare kidney cancer. While it hosts fundraisers and awareness events in Fort Bend throughout the year, the foundation’s prize event is its Annual Keepin’ It Renal Run/ Walk, which is set for March 28 at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. Medals will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in overall adult men and women as well as male and female youth.

“Let’s join forces as we heighten RMC awareness and raise funds for research,” Johnson said in a social media post promoting the fundraiser. The participation fee is $30 for anyone 10 years and older and includes Mardi Gras beads and mask. Registration is available online at chrisjohnsonfoundation.org

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GET INSPIRED In addition to sharing the word about the upcoming Keepin’ It Renal benefit, the foundation also announced it has launched a new online support community with Team Inspire and Kidney Cancer Association. Visit www.inspire.com/groups/rmc to join.

The Chris “CJ” Johnson Foundation, Inc. The Chris “CJ” Johnson Foundation Inc., established in 2013, is a 501 (c)3 non-profit charity organization based in Sugar Land, Texas. Its mission is to find a cure for Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC) worldwide through awareness, education and research. Its primary focus is on individuals with sickle hemoglobinopathies such as sickle cell trait (SCT), who may be at risk for this rare and aggressive form of kidney cancer. In addition, the foundation offers emotional, spiritual and financial support to individuals diagnosed with RMC, and donate funds annually to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to advance RMC research. For more information visit chrisjohnsonfoundation.org or follow the foundation on Facebook at @ chrisjohnsonfoundation PICTURED TO THE RIGHT: Ritchie Johnson and her son, the late Chris “CJ” Johnson, who passed away in 2012 from kidney cancer. His mother started a foundation in his name to raise money for research on renal medullary carcinoma and to keep her son’s memory alive.

The George Foundation Funds HGI Counseling

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Counseling Center. Although counseling services aren’t in everyone’s budget — leaving them to believe they have no place to turn when a problem or challenge overwhelms them — HGI’s doors are open to everyone, Levin explained. “HGI has a sliding scale and often offers pro-bono (or no-fee) counseling services. No one is turned away,” she said. “We also have a Walk-In Counseling Program, where no appointment is needed for those in crisis, or for those who do not want to wait for an appointment.” In 2019, HGI provided counseling services to 1,925 clients in Fort Bend, which includes individuals, families, couples and students. HGI has been providing counseling, training, workshops, research, disaster and crisis response, and so much more for over 40-years, and have been serving Fort Bend residents for the past four and a half years. “Fort Bend has welcomed us with open arms, and we are thrilled to be part of this wonderful community,” Levin said. “The generous support from the George Foundation has helped make it possible for us to see so many clients without having to charge fees that are unaffordable.We cannot begin to thank The George Foundation for this support.” For more information about HGI and its services, visit www. talkhgi.org or call the Fort Bend Office at 832-471-6538. To advertise, call 281-342-4474

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Income-Tax-Preparation Assistance in Richmond Representatives from the AARP will provide free income-taxpreparation assistance for lowincome taxpayers, Saturdays, March 2 through April 15 at the George Memorial Library from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Room 2C. This service is free and open to the public on a first-come, firstserved basis. Call 281-342-445 for details.

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Connections: Coffee & Conversation Meet new people and make new friends at this casual, comeand-go social hour at the George Memorial Library at 7 p.m. March 3 10 a.m. on March 19 in Room 2A . This activity is suitable for adults aged 18 and up.

MARCH 4

Income-Tax-Preparation Assistance in Fulshear Representatives from the AARP will provide free income-taxpreparation assistance for lowincome taxpayers, Saturdays, March 4 through April 15 at the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room. This service is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 281-633-4675 for details. Let’s Learn Origami! Learn how to make an elegant decoration or gift from a simple piece of paper at the George Memorial Library from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in Room 2A. This program is suitable for all ages, but those aged 13 and below must be accompanied by an adult.

MARCH 5

Financial Fitness A representative from the Foundation for Financial Education (F3E) will provide helpful tips for managing one’s personal finances at the University Branch Library from 7 - 8 p.m. in Meeting Room 1.

MARCH 6

Craft Squad: Paper Quilling People who enjoy crafts are invited to join the Craft Squad at the University Branch Library from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. In March, earn the “Paper Quilling” badge. This activity is suitable for adults and older teens ONLY. Registration is required. The Craft Squad weekly meet-ups will take place on Fridays, Mar 13, 20, and 27. Registration is not required for the meet-ups. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for details.

MARCH 7

20/20, Girl What’s Your Vision? The Butterfly Project, Inc will hold its 5th and 6th grade empowerment conference at 9 a.m. Those interested in attending can register at https://forms. gle/3Rnf8FyEkfDZh3d78. The conference is free. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be included. The conference is also accepting volunteers and sponsors. Email thebflyprojectinc@gmail.com. Volunteer Orientation Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship will host a volunteer orientation from 9 - 11 a.m. Visit www.reiningstrength.org/getinvolved. Income-Tax-Preparation Assistance in Sugar Land Representatives from the AARP will provide free income-taxpreparation assistance for lowincome taxpayers, Saturdays,

March 7 through April 11 at the University Branch Library from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Conference Room 1. This service is free and open to the public on a first-come, firstserved basis. Call 281-633-5100 for details.

MARCH 10

Resumé Workshop Learn the basics of putting together a resumé at the George Memorial Library at 2 p.m. in the Computer Lab. Those attending this informal program will receive one-one-one help formatting a resumé. For assistance on a preexisting resumé, please have a digital copy available on a usb flashdrive, saved to the cloud, or have access to it via email. Registration required.

MARCH 11

Puppetpalooza Families with children of all ages will enjoy some of the staff’s favorite puppet shows, complete with jokes, stories, rhymes, and more at the George Memorial Library from 2 - 3 p.m. in the Puppet Theater.

MARCH 12

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 at the University Branch Library at 5 p.m. in Conference Room 1. Members will have a chance to share ideas about library programs, to help out at events, to give suggestions for teen services, books, and movies, and to meet new people. Creative Connection: Connect-4 Tournament Youth in grades 4-8 will have an opportunity to test their Connect-4

skills in this tournament-style game day at the University Branch Library at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1.

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MARCH 2

MARCH 13

Game Day Families with children of all ages are invited to play video games, board games, and card games in the Game Room in the Middle Grades department at the George Memorial Library from 2 - 4 p.m.

MARCH 14

The Fab 5 at Scotty’s Saloon Scotty’s Saloon at OTP will feature The Fab 5, known for its 60s and 70s hits. The fun runs from 8 midnight at Scotty’s Saloon visit scottyssaloon.com. YA Game Day Teens in grades 9-12 will enjoy classic board games and card games at the University Branch Library at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room 2. Texas Talks: Avenger Field & the WASPs of WWII Learn about Avenger Field – a WWII Army Airfield near Sweetwater – and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) who trained there in the 1940s at the George Memorial Library from 1 - 3:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Hear about some of the unsung female pilots who volunteered to contribute their skills to the war effort by delivering airplanes, testing and repairing aircraft, and towing targets for anti-aircraft gunnery practice.

MARCH 16

Fulshear & Texas History Claire Rogers from the Fort Bend Historical Society will share fascinating stories about the history of Fort Bend County since the time of Stephen F. Austin, with particular focus on the Fulshear To advertise, call 281-342-4474

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area at the Bob Lutts Fulshear/ Simonton Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. LEGO® Club Families with kids of all ages will have an opportunity to get creative with LEGO building blocks at the University Branch Library from 4:15 - 5 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. Different-sized LEGO pieces will be available for the varying ages in attendance.

MARCH 18

Culinary Book Club The University Branch Library’s culinary book club will meet at 1:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. This month’s theme is “Street Food.” Cooking enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels, from beginners to advanced, are invited to join.

MARCH 19

Story Spinners Writing Club This month’s topic at the George Memorial Library from 5:30 -

8:30 p.m. in Room 2C will be “Character Development.” 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. Easter Egg Hunt The annual Pecan Grove Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11 a.m. at Pitts Road Park. Fun is planned for all the youngsters up to 10 years old (ages will be divided). Other activities include face and hair painting and a bouncy house.

MARCH 20

The Truth About Senior-Living Options Liz McNeel, a senior real-estate specialist and certified seniorhousing professional, will discuss the benefits offered by seniorliving communities, costs and associated services, and the

differences between independent living, assisted living, memorycare facilities, and long-term care options at the University Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room 1.

MARCH 21

“Create & Take” Enchanted Gardens in Richmond will host its “Create & Take” session from 2 -3 p.m., this time teaching attendees how to create a hanging basket they get to take home. For more information or to make reservations call 281-3411206.

MARCH 28

Butterfly Gardening for Beginners Erin Mills, the current Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center, speak at Enchanted Gardens in Richmond in a seminar from 2 - 3 p.m. Erin, a board certified Entomologist, will share her favorite host and nectar plants, and how you can use them

to enjoy beautiful butterflies yearround right in your own backyard. Bullet-Journaling Basics Discover how a Bullet Journal can be used to keep ideas and tasks organized at the University Branch Library at 1 p.m. in Meeting Room 2. This customizable system can be used as a to-do list, calendar, sketchbook, tracker, diary, or any combination of these tasks. Learn about layouts, stencils, and handlettering that can be used to add a creative, personalized touch. Registration is required.

MARCH 30

Tee-Off for Tourette Golf Tourette Association - Texas Chapter will host its 25th annual Tee-Off for Tourette Golf charity event from noon - 7 p.m. at the Black Hawk Country Club in Richmond. Contact TouretteTexas@ aol.com for details.

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