Greatwood - September 2022

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FEATURE | Volunteers reflect on the impact of GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land and encourage participation in its upcoming annual gala. On the cover: From left are Greatwood’s Ammie Blahuta and her daughter Sadie, with GiGi’s Playhouse volunteers and gala co-chairs Wendy Byer and Kathryn Self.

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Land announces upcoming fall festivities and events. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT |

Cullinan Park Conservancy announces park photo contest.

CHAIRMAN, EDITOR & PUBLISHER Clyde King cking@hartmannews.com MANAGING EDITOR Marquita Griffin mgriffin@fbherald.com ADVERTISING Stefanie Bartlett sbartlett@fbherald.com

Ruby Polichino ruby@fbherald.com WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Marquita Griffin Scott Reese Willey GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Melinda Maya mmaya@fbherald.com Rachel Cavazos rcavazos@fbherald.com

TO ADVERTISE If you are interested in advertising in the Greatwood Monthly, please call 281-342-4474 and ask for Stefanie Bartlett or Ruby Polichino. We’ll be happy to send rates, and deadline information to you. PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS We are looking for fresh story ideas and enjoy publishing your articles in the West Fort Bend Living. If you have an story idea or photo to publish please send your information to mgriffin@fbherald.com with “West Fort Bend Living” in the subject line. ©2022 Greatwood Monthly. All Rights Reserved. Greatwood Monthly is a sister publication of Fulshear Living Monthly, West Fort Bend Living Monthly, Pecan Grove Monthly and is a publication of the Fort Bend Herald. Our publishing headquarters is 1902 S. Fourth Street, Rosenberg Texas 77471.

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Committee members, from left, Elin Cartier, Amanda Hudson, Kathryn Self, Wendy Byer, Tara McWhirter with Sadie Blahuta. (Members not pictured: Hannah Oujesky, Alice Sims, and Jill Carroll)

GFL (Green for Life) is the 2022 ‘i have a Voice” Gala Title sponsor, courtesy of parents Matt and Elin Cartier.

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GiGi's Playhouse at Sugar Land friends at the 2021 'i have a Voice' Gala

Aaron and Lynne Spiwak are the 2022 ‘i have a Voice” Gala underwriters

From left, Heather Hernandez, Noell Myska, Kelly and Kurt Richman and Dawn Schordock at last year’s ‘i have a Voice’ Gala.

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Hometown Happenings

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ugar Land’s most anticipated annual events are on the horizon. All of the events are fun, festive, located within the City at Sugar Land and specifically designed with the Sugar Land community in mind. First up is Bikes and Brews on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Brazos River Park, 18427 Southwest Freeway. Enjoy a night of socializing with bicycling and mountain bike enthusiasts, delicious food from food trucks and beer sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewery. Whether or not participants own a bike, all are welcome. Come on over for a fun time — no bicycles required. Sugar Land Town Square has the perfect fall backdrop setting for the new Sugar Land Fall Fest set for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This festive event will include fall activities, food and entertainment with an assortment of attractions. The main stage will energize viewers with leading artists who will present a rotation of upbeat music and dance performances. A family fun zone with additional activities will feature DIY arts and craft projects facilitated

by Sugar Land businesses and community organizations. Next up is the pups’ favorite event of the year, Yappy Hour. Featuring pet-friendly activities, music and a variety of food and beverages, Yappy Hour will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Pawm Springs Dog Park, located inside Sugar Land Memorial Park at 15300 University Blvd. Bring pets by for free onsite pet photos sponsored by Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care while grabbing a bite to eat from one of the onsite food trucks. Back by popular demand is the city’s Haunted House to round out the fall season. The Imperial Park Recreation Center, 234 Matlage Way, will transform into a Haunted House for the entire weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 28-30. Times and ticketing information will be made available soon. Don’t miss out on the fun and fright. For more information about our events or to become an event sponsor, contact Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at 281-275-2825 or visit www.SugarLandTX.gov/SpecialEvents. Follow Sugar Land Parks and Recreation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @SugarLandParks.

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Fall into a few Sugar Land community events

Park project addresses resident priorities

ugar Land City Council approved $1,065,777 for the third phase of improvements at Brazos River Park. The project approved by voters in 2013 will include a pavilion, pedestrian crossings, concrete trails, picnic tables, benches, bike racks, grills, new trees, shrubs and irrigation. Future enhancements will include playground equipment. The six-month construction project is expected to begin this month. Residents identified the new amenities through years of public input, including the Parks and Recreation Open Space Master Plan.

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The phase-three improvements complement past projects that provide a connection to Sugar Land Memorial Park, the Festival Site and the city’s network of hike/bike trails. “This project delivers on what our community told us is important,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Chesser. “It is a reflection of past community priorities and reaffirms that our residents believe green spaces and parks projects are important to Sugar Land’s quality of life and attract visitors who contribute to our economic prosperity.” Voters approved bonds totaling $31.5 million on Nov. 5, 2013, to fund two park projects. The approved propositions included the development of 128 acres of new parkland along the Brazos River with an adjacent festival site and a connecting network of nearly 10 miles of hike and bike trails and bridges. In preparing for the bond election, the city gained input and feedback from a 100-member citizens’ bond committee. The committee prioritized projects, considered phasing opportunities and made funding recommendations. The final phase of Brazos River Park was delayed due to economic constraints caused by COVID.

Special-edition library card released for 75th anniversary

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n recognition of its 75th Anniversary in 2022, Fort Bend County Libraries will release a limited-edition commemorative library card during National Library Card Sign-Up Month in September. FBCL cards are free for all Texas residents. New library users who apply for a FBCL card for the first time in September will automatically receive the special-edition anniversary library card. To apply for a library card, visit any FBCL location during business hours. One of the following forms of a valid, unexpired, photo ID must be provided to show proof of identification: a valid, unexpired government-issued photo ID, passports from any country, or any state driver’s license. If the photo ID does not include a current address, bring a separate document to validate this information (mail, utility bill, etc. from the last 30 days). Current FBCL cardholders, who would like to receive a special limited-edition library card, may pay a replacement fee of $2.00 to

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receive the anniversary card. The new card will have a new barcode number, and their existing account number will change. National Library Card Sign-Up Month is part of a nationwide initiative by the American Library Association to encourage everyone to reach out to their local libraries to get a free library card. Library cards provide free access to numerous resources for people of all ages, from homework help and recreational reading to DIY resources and business/investment research tools. In addition to books and ebooks for the whole family, a library card provides free access to movies, music, computers, the Internet, and much more. Library cardholders also have access to many of the libraries’ online resources, which contain authoritative research information that Google and Yahoo cannot access. For more information on how to get a library card, visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us or call 281-633-4734. A PLATINUM JUBILEE Fort Bend County Libraries is commemorating its 75th Anniversary in the fall, and preparations have begun for a county-wide celebration to mark the historic occasion. Events, activities, and displays throughout the library system in September and October will culminate with a Platinum Jubilee on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at George Memorial Library in Richmond. A 1940s Day Open House will take place on Monday, Oct.3, at all locations throughout the library system in salute to the decade that Fort Bend County Libraries was founded. Step back in time – and bring a camera for a fun photo op — as library employees county-wide recreate the spirit of the ‘40s. Take a peek back in time at what life looked like when the library first began, from hairstyles and attire to memorabilia spanning the last 75 years. Stop by the Missouri City Branch to see an exhibit on the evolution of technology, or swing by the Cinco Ranch Branch to see 75 years of bestsellers (September) and cultural memorabilia of the 1940s (October). Enjoy a day of vintage games and lemonade when George Memorial Library in Richmond hosts a “1940s Board Game Day” on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reminisce about family game days from through the years while playing board games like Scrabble, Monopoly™, or Clue™, or other games like jacks, pick-up sticks, and cards. This activity is for all ages, but children should be elementary-school-aged and up. Vintage movies from the 1940s will be shown at two locations: see a dark comedy classic starring Cary Grant at the Missouri City Branch on September 21, at 6 p.m. or an animated Disney class at the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. The public is also encouraged to participate in the festivities by sharing memories of the libraries or the ways the libraries have impacted their lives. Memories, stories, and pictures can be shared by submission on FBCL’s website (see the “Celebrating 75 Years” icon), by emailing celebrating@fortbend.lib.tx.us, or by sharing them in person at the libraries. The public may also view a history of the Fort Bend County library system at bit.ly/FBCL_LibraryHistory.

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Meet the 2022 FBC Fair & Rodeo Queen candidates

he quest to be queen returns with 12 candidates vying for the coveted Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo title awarded each year. Not only will the winner capture the crown but also receive the Fair Queen Scholarship. “For 2022, we have candidates representing all corners of Fort Bend County,” said Jennifer Williams, the co-director of the Queen Scholarship Contest. “Meeting them was great. We look forward to watching them grow in their confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills as they go through the journey.” In the running for the 2022 Fort Bend County Fair Queen are Rianna Crocker of Fulshear High School, Bailey Helmcamp of Foster High


The 2022 Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo candidates are, from left, front row: Rianna Crocker, Bailey Helmcamp, Brooke Vaughn, 2021 Fort Bend County Fair Queen Meadow Votis, Kilee Reyna, Estella Westermann, Cassidy Watts; and back row: Madison Sifuentes, Hailey Tollett, Tristen Drury, Madison Malek, Skylin Bromonsky, and Mallory Rodriguez.

School, Brooke Vaughn of Foster High School, Kilee Reyna of George Ranch High School, Estella Westermann of Travis High School, Cassidy Watts of Stephen F. Austin High School, Madison Sifuentes of Travis High School, Hailey Tollett of Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land, Tristen Drury of Needville High School, Madison Malek of Needville High School, Skylin Bromonsky of Needville High School, and Mallory Rodriguez of Lamar Consolidated High School. The crowned candidate will serve as an ambassador throughout the fair’s 10-day run. 2021 Fort Bend County Fair Queen, Meadow Votis, shared her journey as the fair queen, which included representing the fair at community events like RodeoHouston, the fair’s Crawfish Boil & Fish Fry, and singing the National Anthem during the Lamar Little League’s League of Champions end-of-season ceremony. The fair queen also attends receptions, livestock shows, and auctions as part of her duties. Plus the fair queen represents the Fort Bend County Fair at community events, luncheons, holiday gatherings, and other fair activities throughout the year.

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odeo contestants who do well at the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo will now qualify to compete at RodeoHouston. “We look forward to this partnership and are excited for the athletes who have been coming to our rodeo and for the fans as well,” RodeoHouston President Chase Raska said. “It is a great way to get the best in rodeo action and enjoy all the Fort Bend County Fair and

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PARK PHOTO CONTEST ENDS SEPT. 16

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ullinan Park Conservancy invites photographers of all levels to submit photos to its annual photo contest. The contest is held in conjunction with the Conservancy’s sixth annual “Picnic for the Park” luncheon to be held on Friday, Oct. 7 at River Pointe Church in Richmond. The contest opened last month, and the deadline to enter is Friday, Sept. 16. “We had a dramatic increase in the number of nature photographers at the park this year beginning in February when up to 40 photographers at a time were out on the pier shooting photos of the Bald Eagles and Ospreys that regularly fish the park’s White Lake,” said Cullinan Park Conservancy President Robbin Mallett. “We are excited that so many new people have discovered the beauty of Cullinan and hope to see a lot of great entries in this year’s contest.” Thanks to Photo Contest sponsor Oxbox Advisors, up to 20 entrants will win Cullinan online store credits and one Grand Prize Winner will receive a $200 cash prize plus a full-day outing with acclaimed Houston wildlife photographer and birding guide Greg Lavaty anywhere in the Sugar Land, Houston, Galveston or Brazoria area. Photographers may submit up to five total photos in the following categories: Osprey/Bald Eagle; All Other Birds; Wildlife; Flora (trees, flowers, plants) and Landscape. To encourage young photographers, the Conservancy has an “18 and under” category so youth and teenagers can be judged with their peers. There is no fee to participate, and winners will receive both bragging rights and prizes. Anyone is eligible to participate, but

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SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS AT UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY

ort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus, presents a variety of free children’s programs, adult computer classes, book clubs, and special programs for people of all ages each month. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us or call 281-633-5100. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Please note that the library is unable to accommodate daycares and school groups at these activities. Mother Goose Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Provides caregiver/infant multisensory circle-time activities including simple sign language, folksongs and lullabies, and finger plays that are specially designed to stimulate babies’ social, emotional, and physical development through rhythm and music. Mother Goose Time is intended for pre-walking infants from age 1 month to 12 months. Toddler Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Offers caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 1 to 3 years of age. Preschool Story Time: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Presents stories, movies, and age-appropriate craft activities for children 3 to 6 years of age. Pajama Night Story Time: Wednesdays at 7 p.m.


Gives families an evening option for some activities presented during the daytime. Rise & Shine Family Story Time: Saturday, Sept. 24, at 10:30 am. Families with children of all ages are invited to come and enjoy stories, movies, and crafts together. After-School Breaks: 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 4:15-5 p.m. Crafts, movies, stories, and more for school-aged children in grades 1 through 3. Materials for these programs are provided through the generous support of the Friends of the University Branch Library. The schedule for September is as follows: • Sept. 13 – Letter to Hogwarts! You’ve received your letter to Hogwarts – now it’s time to be sorted into your houses, choose your wand, and learn the science behind the Golden Snitch. Dressing up is optional, but accepted! • Sept. 27 – Tag, You’re It! Style your backpack with your own oneof-a-kind backpack nametag that you create yourself. Creative Connection- Button-Making Bonanza: – Saturday, Sept. 17, 2:30 p.m. Youth in grades 4 through 8 will use images from magazines, comics, and more to create customized buttons. Materials for these programs are made possible by the Friends of the University Branch Library. YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS (for teens entering grades 9-12) YA Trivia Jenga: Thursday, Sept. 1, 4-5 p.m. in Meeting Room 2. Teens entering grades 9 through 12 will play Jenga with a trivia twist! Young Adult Advisory Council: Thursday, Sept. 8, 4-5 p.m in Conference Room 1. Teens in grades 9-12 who are interested in an exciting new leadership opportunity and volunteer-service hours are invited to attend. Members will have a chance to share ideas about library programs, help out at events, give suggestions for teen services, books, and movies, and meet new people. Meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month, except during the summer. ADULT PROGRAMS Craft Squad- Paper Quilling: Friday, September 2, 2-4 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. People who enjoy crafts are invited to join the Craft Squad, where they can make new crafty friends, learn a new craft or two, and share tips, tricks, and resources with fellow crafters. Each month features a different craft demonstration. In September, the featured craft is “Paper Quilling.” Learn how to roll, shape, and glue strips of paper to create decorative designs for greeting cards, wall art, jewelry, and more. This program is for adults and older teens only. Registration is required. Craft Squad Social: Fridays, Sept. 9, 16, and 30, 2- 4 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. At weekly Craft Squad Socials, crafters can bring their own crafts and materials to work on while networking with other crafters. The Craft Squad Social is suitable for adults and older teens only. It will not meet on September 23; the library will be closed for Fort Bend County Fair Day. University Branch Book Club: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. in Meeting Room 2. The book to be discussed is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, a novel written by David Grann. This title is available in print, audio, and digitally as an ebook and e-audiobook on OverDrive; call the library to check the availability of additional print copies. This book club meets on the second Wednesday of every month. New members are invited to attend. Online Podcast Club: Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. This videoconference will be live-streamed in real-time via Webex; it will not be in person at the library. Similar to a book club, the Podcast Club is a monthly club for people who enjoy listening to pod-

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Gardening

Confessions of a Miserly Gardener

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am a practicing tightwad. I love Mother Earth (she knows I do) but I love my money more. So, when I learned all the ways Earth-Kind® gardening could save me money, I was onboard. Here are some ways I save money using these techniques and you might too. You don’t need to do all of these things but every little bit saves you money (and helps Mother Earth). Water wisely. Don’t pay for more water than necessary. Instead, consider using drought-resistant plants, drip irrigation, xeriscapes, and rainwater harvesting. Check your irrigation system regularly to avoid watering the street and sidewalks. Avoid overwatering, a common gardening mistake, because it will save money, and overwatering promotes some plant diseases. Use native plants and plant them in the right place. Native plants are well adapted to your environment so they are more likely to thrive. The likelihood of success increases if you put the plant in a place suitable to its needs. More importantly, if the plant lives, you won’t need to pay money to replace it! Mow correctly for your grass type. Mow at the correct height with a mulching mower and mow frequently enough to remove no more than one-third of the plant. This will keep the grass healthier and recycling the grass cuttings into the soil reduces the need for fertilization. For extra credit, use a non-gas-powered mower. Hint: a reel mower may save you gym fees. Reduce the amount of turf in your landscape. Doing this can reduce watering, mowing, and fertilization costs. Instead, replace the grass with groundcovers, wildflowers, ornamental grasses, and other plants that require less time and money. Follow written directions for chemical usage and storage.

If you must use chemicals like pesticides or herbicides, carefully follow the package directions. Using too little may be a waste of time, and using too much may cause more harm than good (and waste money). Try to purchase only the amount needed and store supplies carefully so the chemical will not go bad before it is used (again wasting money). Take care of your garden tools. Caring for your tools is always cheaper than replacing them. However, you will want to buy good quality tools initially to ensure they will have a long life under your tender care. Plant a tree. Not only will a tree enhance the market value of your home (ka-ching!), it can also reduce your heating and cooling costs if planted in the right place. Compost. Composting can be as simple as recycling coffee grounds and banana peels into your garden or a bit more elaborate. Yes, there may be some initial set-up costs but there will also be savings in the compost you won’t need to purchase to enhance your soil. Save seeds and share plants. When your annual plants go to seed, save those seeds for the next season to avoid the costs of seed packets or plants. You can also participate in a plant exchange with friends and neighbors. Bartering can include landscape tips about planting and caring for the plants. I love free! Use solar-powered landscape lighting. Landscape lighting enhances the appeal and security of your landscape. However, I don’t want to pay those electrical costs if there is a free alternative. Do you? Solar-powered lights have become less expensive and easier to install and are worth consideration. Environmentally friendly gardening need not cost you money. In fact, it can be a soul satisfier to misers like me. Learn more about Earth-Kind gardening at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/.

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arth Kind Kids Kamp is a summer camp like no other: At least, no other summer camps call for young campers to eat insects. Fort Bend Master Gardeners Youth Action Committee was at it again with the Earth Kind Kids Kamp held in Building D on the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. The camp intended for third to fifth-graders ran in late July. On one particular Monday, participants learned about bees from Master Gardener Emma Dow, taste-tested edible insects and different types of honey, walked through butterfly life cycles, participated in a bee dance and constructed homemade pollinator habitats. Kamp activities focused on gardening, nutrition, and fresh vegetables, along with physical activity. Participants had science, math, social studies, health and languages through the Grow & Go activities.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Continued from page 13 Rodeo has to offer.” “Champions of the sport of rodeo have always had a presence at our rodeo. Tuf Cooper, Sage Kimzey, Jacobs Crawley, and Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi are just a few of our past contestants who have graced our arena.” Along with the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo, Waller County Fair & Rodeo in Hempstead, Texas, will be a qualifier. The Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo will remain a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo. The RodeoHouston purse has increased to $2,178,000. The rodeo competition is a 10-day tournament-style competition that crowns an event champion in bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, women’s barrel racing, and women’s breakaway roping. All the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo champions in each of the approved eight events will be extended an invitation to compete at RodeoHouston in 2023. Chris Boleman, Rodeo president and CEO, said the addition of Fort Bend and Waller County fair rodeos will enhance the HoustonRodeo and the Fort Bend County Fair Rodeo. “We are committed to making RodeoHouston the best it can be, for our fans and athletes alike, and as we look at our presentation and the growth across the sport of rodeo, we continue to evolve RodeoHouston’s offerings, as well as our presentation,” he said. “We’re also excited to welcome Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo and Waller County Fair and Rodeo as our two new local qualifiers.” The Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo is held in Rosenberg at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2. For more information, visit fortbendcountyfair.com.

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ort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer meal delivery drivers to grow the volunteer team. Volunteers pick up meals at a distribution point in the city in which they are delivering, then drive a pre-assigned route in the area delivering hot, fresh meals to an average of 10 homebound seniors on an assigned route in the community. FBS works to help seniors remain independent by enhancing their quality of life through services, such as home delivered and congregate meals, and by connecting them with resources in the community. More than 1,200 seniors receive meals throughout Fort Bend and Waller Counties daily. The organization delivered nearly 359,000 meals in 2021. For more information visit www.fortbendseniors.org or contact the volunteer department at iloveseniors@ fortbendseniors.org, 281-6337049.

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akBend Medical Center, the last remaining independent, nonprofit hospital in the Greater Houston area, announced its volunteer program returned last month. The program was on hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital executives and volunteers said volunteering with OakBend provides a chance to “brush up on everyday medical skills for you, your family and your friends.” “I have been volunteering with OakBend Medical Center for over 13 years. I enjoy it very much,” said volunteer Pat Burks. “I just turned 90 and want all to know that you are never too old to volunteer.” Volunteering responsibilities range from working with hospital staff and spending time with patients to assisting in the gift shop or with administrative tasks. Reading to patients, delivering treats, operating the reception area, and escorting elderly patients are other volunteering avenues. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. A background check is required of all applicants. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit the OakBend Medical Center Gift Shop gift at 1705 Jackson Street to complete an application.

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