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Calvary staff and students in the House of Generosity.


or most educational institutions, the new school year opened under the cloud of the pandemic and all the concerns and complications that came with it. Calvary Episcopal Preparatory in Richmond was no different, except in one significant way — Calvary educators and students also entered the year focused on laying the foundation for a new program that celebrates excellence, promotes teamwork, and strengthens ideal behavior and citizenship. This three-year program is called Calvary C.O.R.E., and according to the staff involved in its implementation, this program further complements the standards already in operation at the private school. Calvary C.O.R.E. reinforces “that scholarly outlook that we want to instill in our students,” said Gay Clark who teaches fourth and fifth graders.“It’s always been there, thanks to their parents, but is now doubly reinforced at school by setting expectations for work and behavior.” Inspired by the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, Calvary C.O.R.E. (Crusaders Obeying Rules for Excellence) program runs on a points system, in which both students and staff can earn points by following the C.O.R.E.20,which is a list of rules,or rather expectations. The list, which was developed by Calvary staff and based on Ron Clark’s Essential 55 Rules for Success, covers a range of expectations, such as opening the door for others, sitting up straight, expressing gratitude and standing up for others. One rule reads: “If you win, do not brag; if you lose, do not show anger.” Some of the rules are narrow, like making eye contact; and some are broad, like taking ownership of your failures, said Paula Monteith, Calvary’s Head of Upper School who instructs sixth graders through seniors.

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“It’s a wonderful teaching and learning tool,” Monteith said of the program.“The thing that I admire about [it] is that it is ‘big picture’ based.” Monteith explained Calvary C.O.R.E. 20 exhibits behavioral, social and moral expectations, and it also addresses “not just the childstudent, but the child-person.” “What I mean by that is that [the rules] were chosen not just for school situations, but life situations,” she said. “All of the C.O.R.E. program components strengthen, unify, and codify the wonderful traditions and practices of our school culture — those things for which we are widely known, admired, and loved.”


Aside from the 20 rules, central to Calvary C.O.R.E is the organizational arrangement component, known as the house system. Calvary student Caden Brock said the house system was “a fun way to kick start the year.” At the beginning of the school year, on September 11 to be exact, students in fourth grade through 12th grade were sorted into one of four houses by spinning a color wheel since each house is represented by a different name and color. “I like the C.O.R.E. houses because we get to do fun things,” said Calvary student Aubree Kuperus.“And we are allowed to get a little competitive with the other houses.” The House of Merit sports maroon; the House of Integrity is showcased by indigo; the House of Generosity is highlighted by green and; the House of Resilience is identified by red. The house students were sorted into will remain their house for this year and the years to come.Additionally, each house is comprised of students from various grades. “The relational aspect to the multi-age grouping of the houses —

Christian Berry shows off his stacked clubs, wining the House of Merit points Head of School Beth Dow competing for the House of Generosity, Ella DeYoung while Mrs. Sarah Kalina announces his big win; Elizabeth Yates, from House of competing for the House of Resilience and Karsyn Jones competing for the House Integrity, is proud of her success in House Battle #1. of Merit; Mrs. Gay Clark is cheering on her house.

and the activities involving them [like] battles, points, celebrations, etcetera — allows students a wider scope of interactions, giving them the opportunity to show leadership, demonstrate empathy, and develop family-like connections,” said Monteith. And, she added, teachers are included in this experience, too. “Faculty and staff are also part of the houses and earn points just like the students,” said Monteith. “A pseudo-employee-wellness program if you will.” Student Landon Brock relishes the new program, saying “the whole idea of the C.O.R.E. and the houses is great.” “I believe it will help Calvary Episcopal Preparatory be greater than it already is.”


The implementation of the Calvary C.O.R.E. program is led by three Calvary instructors: Crystal Brock, Gay Clark, and Heather Shogren, all of whom participated in training at the Ron Clark Academy. “It was an amazing experience and it was really inspiring,” Shogren said of her Ron Clark Academy training that she completed three years ago with several other Calvary staff members. Shogren, who teachers sixth graders through seniors, said she hopes students recognize that Calvary C.O.R.E. 20 “are rules that all people should follow whether they are a child or an adult.” “I hope the students will follow these guidelines for their entire lives because it will help to make them the adults we know they can be,” she said.“We have truly wonderful students at Calvary, and this program will only help them to become even more respectful, responsible, and reverent.”

Calvary students and staff in the House of Resilience.

Shogren is also enthusiastic about how the program recognizes students for their good deeds. “I love seeing the various grade levels interacting in such a positive manner,”she added.“All students get to be a role model in this program.” Several faculty and staff members expressed the hope that the program instills an even stronger camaraderie among students and staff, and according to a few students, that has already begun. “The houses give me a sense of connectivity with my other peers and teachers,” said student Dori Soward. Fellow Calvary student Ella DeYoung added:“C.O.R.E. has made me feel closer to everyone in the school.”


As an English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, Clark stresses the importance of “confidence in any educational setting, but also proper manners in all situations, be they formal or informal settings.” This, Clark said, is what she hopes students gain through Calvary C.O.R.E. “Kids today are very good at informal communication, thanks to social media, but there is a time and place for informal,”Clark said.“The formal has been overlooked for too long.” The program, she said, will teach Calvary students how to demonstrate scholarly behavior, like what she witnessed at the Ron Clark Academy five years ago. Clark recalls the eighth-grader she met who served as the tour guide for two days. “He was so polished in conversation, so well-mannered, and so focused on what he planned to do for his future schooling,” Clark said. “Our students are being taught the same success strategies.”

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ames “Bunky” Ward is standing outside the woodshop in the backyard of his Pecan Creek home and shows off a plank of rough oak. Only that morning, he had sawed the plank out of a log he and his son had picked up from a friend. Bunky — he is never called by his first name — plans to make a display case out of the plank. Once finished, the display case will hold a tri-folded American flag, the kind typically bestowed upon the family of recently deceased veterans and members of the military. Bunky has made 86 of the cases since 2008 and has given them away free to friends, friends’ families, friends of friends, and even strangers. “I enjoy making them, and the people I give them to are always so appreciative,” he said. He made his first display case in 1984 after his former Sunday school teacher, Joe Nicosia, a Marine Corps veteran, passed away. His good deed spread by word of mouth, and more and more people asked him to make display cases for their families or friends of theirs. Bunky was only too happy to oblige.“It keeps me busy,” he says with a chuckle. Bunky also scans the obituary sections of the newspaper to see if any of those who have passed were veterans. If he knows their Dr. Kyle D. McCrea andup Dr.the Victoria families, he might well pick phone Vo and give them a call.

“They’re usually surprised to hear from me, but they’re pleasantly surprised,” he said. He’s also donated his cases to fundraisers, such as the Badges & Boots silent auction. One went to the family of a Pasadena police officer killed in action. Working an hour or two each day, it will take him about a week to turn the rough-hewn plank he is holding into a flag case. He has to cut into the correct-size pieces, nail the pieces together, sand them smooth, have the glass special ordered and installed, and cover the wood with a shiny finish. Besides flag cases, Bunky has also made display cases for a Texas Rangers association and a local Mason’s lodge, which wanted to display a historic banner. The banner, adorned with real gold thread, had been hanging on the Lodge wall for decades. Bunky’s finished display case stood 5-feet tall and allowed the banner to be viewed from both sides. “It had been hanging on their wall for so many years they didn’t even know there was an image on the opposite side,” he explained. Bunky has also made furniture for the home he shares with wife Janice. He’s made a console for the TV, a rolling countertop for their kitchen, and a cabinet for her sewing machine, picture frames, and other display cases. While Bunky is out in the woodshop, Janice can often be found indoors working on a quilt. One of their three sons is an artist

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and sculptor and earns a living as a graphic artist. Bunky readily admits woodworking isn’t his profession, but he gets great enjoyment out of it. He worked for a drug company for 20 years, doing everything from warehouse work to buying and selling pharmaceuticals to running its computer department. He left there for a betterpaying job a DuPont. He retired from there on Jan. 1, 1999, and turned his attention to his woodworking, helping out at church, and other activities. Bunky has kept a list of all the display cases he’s made over the years. It has plenty of blank spaces after the last one to keep him busy for years to come.

James “Bunky” Ward of Richmond shows off one of 86 flag cases he has made for veterans and deceased military families over the past two decades. He makes them in his backyard shop in the Pecan Creek subdivision.

Fort Bend Veterans’ Festival features live music, worship service and expresses gratitude


n March 13, a grassroots community effort — the Fort Bend Veterans Festival — will be held at Constellation Field in Sugar Land from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Founded by Phillip Andrews and David Doyle, and hosted this year by the Society of the Eucharist Foundation, the Fort Bend Veterans Festival is a Christian-based benefit that raises funds for historic veterans organizations in the region. It also helps various veterans organizations increase their membership. “Declining membership is a serious issue at this time, and we must find creative ways to help,” stated Fort Bend Veterans Festival on its official website. The cost to attend the family-friendly festival is $15. Net proceeds from the festival, which will be publicly disclosed, will be divided into three ways: funds distributed to local veteran organizations, funds retained for the following year festival, and funds for special veteran needs that arise during the year. The Fort Bend Veterans Festival will feature several events at Constellation Stadium including: a classic car show, barbecue, children activities, a chili cook-off, an Ecumenical Christian service, live music performances, and community leaders and public figures who will speak about faith and the veteran experience. For more information, visit fortbendveteransfestival.com.












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r. Nicholas Cox, a professor of U.S. and Texas History at Houston Community College, will talk about how Native Americans influenced the expansion and cultures of Texas in an online program hosted by Fort Bend County Libraries on Nov. 17. Dr. Cox received his doctorate in U.S. History from the University of Houston. In addition to his work at Houston Community College, Dr. Cox has taught at the Bronx Academy of Letters in New York City, the University of Houston, and UH-Victoria. The virtual program,“Native Americans of Texas,” is being hosted by FBCL in recognition of National Native American Heritage Month.The program will be live-streamed through Zoom/WebEx at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Registration is required.A link to view the presentation online will be emailed to all participants who register.To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library system’s Communications Office at 281633-4734.

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Black Cowboy Museum honored Photo by SCOTT REESE WILLEY


ort Bend County Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales Jr. presented a proclamation of appreciation to the Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg. Founder and operator Larry Callies accepts the proclamation on behalf of the museum.The proclamation recognizes “the importance of black cowboys in Fort Bend County” and “pays tribute to the generations of men who were first born into slavery but later found a better life and purpose on the open range.” The proclamation also notes the museum’s goal of working “diligently to preserve the rich history and heritage of the cowboys” as well as “provides people, young and old, with a sense of purpose, drive and connectedness by augmenting their education and knowledge about African Americans throughout history.”

Sugar Plum Marketplace Co-Chairs at Kendra Scott Sugar Land. From left, front row: Jenna Kisner, Brigit Engleman; and back row: Parita Kurian, Theresa Shmerling, and Jenny Nelson.

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here is a buzz around Fort Bend County for the Literacy Council’s 11th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling. The event, presented by CenterPoint Energy and Houston Federal Credit Union, is scheduled for Nov. 12, from 6 -9 p.m. at Quail Valley Golf Course & City Centre. This year’s Grown-Up Spelling Bee is co-chaired by Taylor Connor and Fallon Moody. Funds raised through the Spelling Bee support the mission of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County to improve families, the community, and professional lives through adult literacy education. Last year, the Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee raised over $46,000. The council expanded its sponsorship opportunities this year. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available,

RSVPS include admission to the Bee, dinner, and a drink ticket. For more information, please visit www.ftbendliteracy.org or contact the Literacy Council at 281-240-8181.

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ranging from $500-$5,000 and have perks for businesses or organizations.There is also an opportunity to sponsor a team. Smaller sponsorships are also available: • “Bee a Word” sponsor for $200, where participants get to choose a word for the bee. “Bee a Word” sponsors will receive admission, dinner, and drink tickets for two, recognition on the website, and recognition at the event. • “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” sponsor for $100, where participants can also select a letter in the “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” alphabet. You may opt to claim the first letter of your business, child, family, or pet’s name. “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” sponsors will receive admission and dinner for one, recognition on the website, and recognition at the event. • Spectator Bee RSVPS for $50, where spectators watch their neighbors, co-workers, and friends compete against one another to win a coveted spot in the “Honey Hall of Fame.” Spectator Bee


fter the cancellation of its initial face-to-face 40thanniversary celebration, “Journey of Hope,” months ago, the Fort Bend Women’s Center announced the event would continue, but in a different fashion. The center plans to celebrate with a virtual event, complete with an eclectic mix of conversations, live performances, auction items, and testimonials featuring some of the most influential voices from within the agency and beyond. This virtual “Journey of Hope” will be held Nov. 12 from 7-8 p.m.To register and receive the Watch Party link, visit fbwc.org. About the Fort Bend Women’s Center Since 1980, Fort Bend Women’s Center has helped over 50,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2019, the center served more than 395 sexual assault survivors. The center’s services are free, and it operates a 24/7 emergency hotline (281-342-HELP) with a newly-launched online Chat feature at www.fbwc.org to help victims in danger.The Fort Bend Women’s Center also provides 24/7 emergency response for victims of sexual assault.

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e sometimes think of the fallen leaves in our yards this time of year as a nuisance, or worse. People rake up and throw away fallen leaves for trash pickup without realizing that they are rich in nutrients for your landscape. It has been estimated that up to 20 percent of the solid waste generated by Texans comes from landscape wastes, including tree leaves. So before you go through the process of raking and bagging up all of those leaves for the trash man, consider adding the leaves to your gardens. In fact, if your neighbors are bagging their fall leaves for the trash you can use those, too.

Your plants will thank you, and your trash man will thank you, too! WHY AMEND YOUR SOIL WITH LEAVES? Our soil along the Gulf Coast is generally a nutrient-poor, claydominated soil that needs nutrients added on a regular basis. While there are plenty of options that help to add nutrients to the soil, such as compost and fertilizers, we often overlook the value of our tree leaves as part of this solution. It has been established that one acre of trees will shed up to two tons of leaves each fall. That’s a lot of leaves that can benefit your soil. This natural carpet of leaves over the soil helps to conserve moisture, modify temperatures, and reduce clay compaction. The bacteria, fungi and other organisms already in the soil will decompose the leaves. This is like having a free, time-release fertilizer for your plants. Incredibly, they still contain 50-80 percent of the nutrients that they had as a living part of your tree. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service’s Earth-Kind® Landscaping program has published several articles about how to use fallen leaves. One article in particular,“Don’t Bag It – Leaf Management Plan,” is very helpful and can provide you with more detailed information. To read the article visit aggiehorticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/leaf. HOW TO USE YOUR LEAVES: Mowing • If there is a light covering of fallen leaves on your lawn, mowing them (mulching mowers are best) will shred and distribute them on the lawn. • You could use a mower with a bagging attachment to collect

shredded leaves. Mulching • Apply a 2-3 inch mulch of shredded leaves in flower beds, and a 3-6 inch mulch of shredded leaves around shrubs and trees. Shredded leaves will decompose faster and stay in place better than leaves that have not been shredded. Direct application • Distribute raked, unshredded leaves onto flower bed soils. • Tilling the leaves into the soil will improve aeration and drainage, which is best done in the fall to allow time for decomposition. Composting • If you don’t have a compost pile, you can pile the leaves in an out-of-the-way spot in your yard and let them decompose. When the pile of leaves has become dark, loose and crumbly you can use it to improve your soil and add nutrients to your lawn and gardens. For more information about composting, visit aggiehorticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/ Be sure that the leaves that you’re putting into your flower beds or compost piles are healthy leaves. Leaves that are diseased should not be used and should be disposed of by sending them to the landfill. So when the leaves start falling, think about adding them to your lawn and your garden beds.Your plants will thank you! Happy Gardening! Fort Bend County Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in educating the community using research-based horticultural information.

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ocal actors from Fort Bend Christin Academy the life of a young deaf boy named Tuc who struggles to find his will present a unique play to the community voice. His journey leads him to discover sign language, which this month called “The Taste of Sunrise.” opens his eyes to his true identity and opens the audience’s eyes It is a tale of two worlds — deafness and to the history of deaf culture and the beauty of American Elizabeth Walker hearing. Sign Language. This is the second time in the academy’s “Performing this play is so exciting to me history that its theatre and American Sign because I get to combine two of my passions Language departments collaborated for a while doing something great for the deaf shadow production intended for a hearing community,” said senior Elizabeth Walker, who and deaf audience. plays Tuc’s Shadow in the show. “Telling the The production will include speaking story of an actual deaf character is doing so students from the academy’s theatre much for representation in the theatre industry, department, led by Lana Thompson, and and I’m so glad to be able to participate at the students from the academy’s American Sign high school level.” Language (ASL) department, which is led by Tony “It will be challenging, but the end product will Slate and Elyse DeBuck. mean so much to those of us who worked on it.” “My prayer is that we can produce something that our local Senior Madison Glenn, who is playing the role of Emma, is deaf community can enjoy and makes them feel 100 percent particularly excited about this production “diving into a culture welcome at our school,” said Slate. “This is our second year, and that isn’t really talked about or embraced in our society right this time the play centers around a deaf character.” now.” Thompson said her passion for the deaf community was “I feel like a lot of people don’t understand or know about sparked by Slate and DeBuck, who explained the lack of the history of deaf culture, so I’m excited to share that Madison Glenn theatre opportunities for deaf students. with everyone,” Glenn said. “There will be a lot of “I am beyond excited to be able to be a part of ASL in this play so there are definitely going to be this shadow performance,” said Thompson. “To some challenges for the few of us who aren’t be able to open this door for our students is fluent, but I think we are ready to face it headsomething that they will never forget while on and turn the play into something great.” providing a way to minister to the community “The Taste of Sunrise” opens Nov. 14 at the in a way that no one else can. Fort Bend Christian Academy’s North Campus “I am so proud of the students and their hard gym, 1250 Seventh St. in Sugar Land for hearing work and commitment to something new and and deaf audiences. Three showings are challenging. What a blessing it is to be able to scheduled at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. work with incredible teachers and students. For tickets or more information, visit www. “You don’t want to miss this beautiful performance.” fortbendchristian.org/the-taste-of-sunrise. Written by Suzan Zeder, “The Taste of Sunrise” centers around

From left, Jonas’ Shadow (senior Ashley Anderson), Tuc (senior Jessica Crocker), Jonas (junior Grant Haralson), Emma (senior Madison Glenn), and Emma’s Shadow (senior Rylie Marlow) perform in FBCA’s “The Taste of Sunrise.”

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Cullinan Park Conservancy announces photo contest winners


very year, the Cullinan Park Conservancy hosts the photo contest to highlight the diverse natural scenery and a wide variety of plants and wildlife at the 754-acre Joseph S. and Lucie H. Cullinan Park in Sugar Land, and this year turned out to be the most competitive contest to date. In all, 258 entries were submitted from across the greater Houston area. The contest, which was sponsored by Oxbow Advisors, LLC , ran featured four adult categories and four youth categories. All photographs had to be taken at the 754-acre Cullinan Park, and judges included local photographers Mary Favre, Rod Craig and John Whitt. “This year was very challenging,”said judge Mary Favre.“There were so many creative entries that showcased a variety of viewpoints and photography styles. The beauty of Cullinan and its abundance of wildlife really came shining through. It’s an exceptional place for residents to enjoy.” Winners were announced on September 18. FIRST PLACE WINNERS Adult | Birds: “Hunting for Breakfast” by Mike Cassity; Wildlife: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by Tracey Woodard; Photographer’s Choice:“Orb Weaver in Golden Light” by Ken Conkle; Landscape:“Reflection” by Cynthia Azzam; and Flora:“Furry Friend” by Vedha Sampath. Youth | Wildlife:“Fishing” by Anika Patel; Photographer’s Choice: “Nectar Sack” by Bryan Berteaux; Landscape:“One Foggy Morning” by Anika Patel; and Flora:“Blooming Lotus” by Anika Patel. To view more winning photo contest entries and to learn more about Cullinan Park visit www.cullinanparkconservancy.org or visit the Conservancy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ CullinanParkConservancy.

Author Kevin Kwan to highlight virtual book festival


ort Bend County Libraries will host a virtual Book Fest Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event will be live-streamed through WebEx; it will not be in person. Ke v i n K w a n , a u t h o r o f t h e internationally bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians, joins the festival as a special guest speaker. The Book Fest will feature several programs designed to encourage aspiring writers of all genres, from prose and poetry to song lyrics.The workshops will be presented online throughout the day of the festival. Participants are invited to log on to the video-conference link as time permits.They may attend the whole day, or they can choose which individual session(s) they would like to attend. The writers’ workshops will begin at 10 a.m., with an “Author Readings Hour: Wake Up and Smell the Writing!” Writers of various genres and experience levels are invited to submit a n ex c erp t o f t h eir work for

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consideration before the event. Submissions must be family-friendly. Those writers whose work has been selected will be invited to read or perform these excerpts of their work during this session. Guidelines for submissions will be emailed to all who register for this session. From noon to 1 p.m., a panel of local published authors will present “How Do I Get Published?” Hear about their experiences while they discuss the pros and cons of smallhouse printing, big-house printing, and independent printing. They will also talk about the obstacles they faced and how to cope with the challenges of being an author. During the “Ask Me Anything with Kevin Kwan” session from 2 to 3 p.m., Kevin Kwan will share his experiences from his early childhood in Singapore to moving to Clear Lake as an adolescent, and finally to becoming a successful designer and bestselling author in New

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NaNoWriMo inspires and empowers aspiring writers


t’s National Novel-Writing Month and Fort Bend County Libraries is encouraging fledgling writers or anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel to join in this coast-to-coast annual writing challenge. Established in 1999, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a creative-writing project designed to empower and inspire vibrant creativity among aspiring writers, who are encouraged to write 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November. Throughout the month, Fort Bend County Libraries will host online programs that are intended to encourage new writers by providing tips and tricks, writing and publishing advice, and support from other aspiring novelists. Virtual Write-ins — informal gatherings where novice writers can network with each other for encouragement and inspiration — are scheduled on Mondays, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. Join fellow writers for quiet writing time, word sprints, and feedback.These video conferences will be live-streamed via Zoom/WebEx. Registration is required; a link to the sessions will be emailed to all who register. CREATE FROM A PROMPT The Missouri City Branch Library will host an online Short Stories Writer’s Challenge during the month of November. A story prompt and activity guidelines will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on Nov. 2. Writers are encouraged to create a story from the prompt, and submit it to mcpublic@fortbend.lib.tx.us before the deadline on Nov.30. One of the stories will be selected to be featured on the Missouri City Branch Library Facebook page in early December. THE STORY SPINNERS The Story Spinners Writing Club, which normally meets once a month at George Memorial Library, will meet virtually on Thursdays, Nov.5, 12, and 19, from 2 to 3 p.m.. Each week will have a different topic. From beginning blogger to published novelist, writers of all genres and experience levels are welcome to join the Story Spinners Writing Club to write,share,learn,support,network,and critique each other’s work.These activities will be live-streamed via Zoom/WebEx. Registration is required; a link to the sessions will be emailed to all who register. The sessions are free and open to the public.Registration is required for the live-streamed Zoom/WebEx events ONLY; a link to the Zoom/WebEx session will be emailed to participants who register.To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us),click on“Classes & Events,” select“Virtual Programs,”and find the program on the date indicated. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).


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Online demonstrations for craft & hobby enthusiasts


ort Bend County Libraries will present a series of online, craft- and hobby-themed video demonstrations to introduce people to new hobbies and activities, and to give current crafters inspiration and new ideas. These demonstration videos can be viewed by selecting “Virtual Programs” on the “Classes and Events” tab on the Fort Bend County Libraries website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us – and finding the programs on the dates listed. THE NOVEMBER SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS: • “Let It Go: How to Clear Your Clutter” | Nov. 4 (prerecorded video) Get tips for leading a more organized – and less stressful – life! Discover helpful ideas for organizing one’s home and work. • “Hanging Photo Frame” | Nov. 10 (pre-recorded video) • “Plan with Me: Live Edition!” | Nov. 13; 2pm. (livestreamed) In this livestreamed program, get tips on planning and organizing your life. Discover how a little journaling, doodling, and creative hand lettering can add structure and simplicity to daily schedules. This event will be livestreamed via Zoom. Registration is required; an email with the link for the event will be emailed to all who register. • “Yarn-Pumpkin Centerpieces” | Nov. 13 (pre-recorded video) In this craft-demonstration video, library staff will show how to make a decorative pumpkin centerpiece using balloons and yarn. • “Photography Basics: Everything You Want to Know

About Aperture” | Nov. 16 (pre-recorded video) In this video tutorial, learn how a camera’s aperture settings can affect one’s photographs. • “Hand Lettering for the Holidays” | Nov. 18 (pre-recorded video) In this video tutorial, learn how to create beautiful handwritten messages for friends and family – just in time for the holidays. Discover a new style of hand lettering with a lesson in faux calligraphy that is designed for beginners. • “DIY Gift Bows” | Nov. 20 (pre-recorded video)In this video tutorial, learn how to use paper or ribbon to create decorative, handmade bows that add a special touch to gifts. • “Jewelry Making” | Nov. 24 (pre-recorded video) In this video tutorial, learn how to use craft wire to make jewelry. • “Dot Mandala Painting” | Nov. 25 (pre-recorded video) A “mandala” is a term often used to describe a geometric pattern representing the universe. The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the livestreamed Zoom/WebEx events only; a link to the Zoom/WebEx session will be emailed to participants who register. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. For more information, call the librar y system’s Communications Office 281-633-4734.


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he cancer survivorship series hosted by the Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land is designed to improve the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual health of cancer survivors and their caregivers in Fort Bend County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, support and connection are even more important, so survivorship resources are being offered virtually. “With the tremendous strides made in cancer care, we are seeing more and more survivors live long and productive lives,” said Amy Sebastian-Deutsch, director of oncology and infusion therapy services at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.“But these survivors, most over the age of 50, often require specialized services to overcome the physical and emotional impacts of their disease and treatment. Now, due to the isolation and precautions we have all had to take during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hosting virtual survivorship classes to help survivors stay connected and engaged from the safety of their own homes.” The cancer survivorship series continues to offer these programs free of charge: • Thriving Through Creative Arts — offers survivors a chance to engage in art-making, discussion, writing, and mindfulness.Thriving Through Creative Arts is held virtually via Webex on the first Thursday of each month. • Life in Motion — designed to help survivors engage in gentle movement and mindfulness practices. Life in Motion is held virtually via Webex on the second Thursday of each month. • Music4Life — designed to improve muscle relaxation, mood

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management, and expression of emotion. Music4Life is held virtually via Webex on the third Thursday of each month. Houston Methodist Sugar Land also offers a breast cancer support group. Trained facilitators help women and men at any stage of diagnosis and treatment by providing education on a variety of topics, sharing resources, and providing a forum for survivors to share their fears and talk about their feelings. These meetings are held on Thursdays once a month virtually via Webex. The ostomy support group is also hosting virtual meetings to continue providing support, encouragement, education, and guidance to patients with ostomies. The group meets every third Thursday virtually via Webex. “All of these programs provide other benefits, too, because they allow survivors to connect with others who have lived through the same experiences,” said Sebastian-Deutsch.“Having someone to talk with who understands what it’s like to fight and survive cancer is an important part of the healing process. Especially during the pandemic, having that camaraderie with others can be powerful.” For more information on our cancer survivorship classes and support groups,contactYolanda Lopez at ylopez2@houstonmethodist. org or 281-274-0145. Houston Methodist Sugar Land is Fort Bend County’s only hospital with the American College of Surgeons - Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation. Facilities achieve such accreditation after proving commitment to providing the best cancer care and complying with CoC standards. Hospitals that achieve accreditation provide a vast scope of high quality, specialized services — screenings, diagnostics, genetic testing, advanced technology, clinical trials, and patient support.

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ne of the area’s most respected cardiothoracic surgeons Wyler von Ballmoos says Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s will start seeing patients at Houston Methodist Sugar excellent reputation as a cardiovascular center of excellence and Land Hospital. the opportunity to offer minimally invasive valve and bypass Moritz C. Wyler von Ballmoos, M.D., Ph.D., director of robotic surgery outside the Texas Medical Center were major factors in cardiac and vascular surgery for the his decision to join the staff. Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & “Through its investment in the area’s Vascular Center, is joining Marvin D. leading Heart & Vascular Center, Houston Atkins Jr., M.D., Charlie Cheng, M.D., and Methodist Sugar Land has proven that Tony Lu, M.D. with Houston Methodist regional hospitals can deliver the same Cardiovascular Surgery Associates at level of expertise in cardiovascular Sugar Land where he will focus on diagnosis and treatment as large medical advanced, specialized cardiovascular center institutions,” he explained. surgery. “The cardiovascular program’s Wyler von Ballmoos has a distinguished growth is an important benefit for background as a surgeon and clinical patients, as having access to outstanding investigator. He earned his medical care close to home can make a real degree and Ph.D. in cardiovascular difference in treatment and recovery. physiology from the University of Bern Houston Methodist Sugar Land has in Switzerland and completed his invested in people and technology to surgical training at the Medical College build an impressive cardiovascular of Wisconsin and Duke University s e r v i c e l i n e t h a t b e n e fi t s t h e Medical Center. community, and I am excited to join the Wyler von Ballmoos completed the team and continue the hospital’s AATS Graham Foundation Robotics mission of bringing the best possible Fellowship, as well as an advanced care to Fort Bend County and the fellowship in minimally invasive cardiac surrounding area.” surgery and transcatheter procedures “The addition of Dr. Wyler von for structural heart and valve disease. Ballmoos to the hospital’s medical staff He has been recognized for his strengthens an already first-class Dr. Moritz Wyler von Ballmoos groundbreaking work as the recipient cardiovascular service,” Atkins said. “All of the AATS Graham Foundation Robotics Grant, the Michael J. of us at Houston Methodist Sugar Land are thrilled to have him Davidson Award (for minimally invasive cardiac surgery), and the on board and we look forward to working with him to continue Thoracic Surgery Foundation Advanced Cardiac Robotic to advance our cardiovascular program.” Fellowship Award. Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates at Sugar Wyler von Ballmoos is an internationally recognized expert in Land is located in Medical Office Building 3 on the Houston the minimally invasive treatment of heart disease and is the Methodist Sugar Land campus, 16605 Southwest Freeway, Suite 560. principal investigator or co-investigator for 12 clinical device trials To make an appointment with Wyler von Ballmoos, call 713to treat valvular heart disease. He has extensive knowledge and 352-1820. expertise in valve repair surgery and minimally invasive cardiac To learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, surgery, including robotic-assisted surgery and related technologies. visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland.




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