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Families fear for safety of detained Citgo executives By Adam Zuvanich AZUVANICH@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Four Fort Bend County families are worried about the wellbeing of their loved ones in Venezuela. According to relatives of the six former Citgo executives who have been detained by the Venezuelan government since November 2017, the men were abruptly rounded up and moved from house ar-

Carlos Añez of Richmond is the stepson of one of the six detained Citgo executives. (Photo by Adam Zuvanich)

rest the night of Feb. 5 by the regime of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Earlier that day, opposition leader Juan Guaido was in Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, who recognizes Guaido as the South American country’s legitimate leader. The six detained executives are Gustavo Cardenas, Jose Pereira, Jorge Toledo, Tomeu Vadell and brothers Alirio

Zambrano and Jose Luis Zambrano. Toledo has a home in Sugar Land, while Cardenas, Pereira and Jose Luis Zambrano are Katy residents. Toledo’s stepson, Richmond resident Carlos Anez, said in an email Feb. 6 that the men were taken to the SEBIN, which is the headquarters of Venezuela’s national intelligence


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Ridge Point’s Kennett making waves in new event By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM


Police are searching for two men they say robbed an elderly woman in Richmond last week. The suspects also could be connected to a burglary of a motor vehicle that happened shortly beforehand. The Fort County Sheriff’s Office described one suspect as a short black male in his late teens or early 20s with a thin build who was wearing a hoodie pulled over his head. The other suspect was described only as a black male by the FBCSO. According to the FBCSO, deputies responded to an aggravated assault call in the 2000 block of Wren Meadow Drive in Richmond just after 3 p.m. Feb. 3, when an elderly woman said she was held


Bobbi Kennett believed she was just a freestyle swimmer. Her coach and teammates knew something more was possible. The second opinion eventually won out, and Kennett is glad it did. Now the Ridge Point High School senior is in position to win her first state championship. Kennett will make her third consecutive trip to the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin for the UIL Class 6A state swimming and diving meet, where she will compete Friday and Saturday in

the 100-yard breaststroke and 100 freestyle events. The trek may seem like old hat for Kennett. She boasts finals appearances in the freestyle each of the last two years and finished fourth in the event last season. On the other hand, her best shot at a state championship appears to be in a stroke that was not in her competitive repertoire until this season. Heading into this weekend’s meet, Kennett boasts the state’s second-best 6A qualifying time in the breaststroke at 1 minute, 2.70 seconds – .01 seconds behind the time of Klein’s Charlotte Longbottom. “Before, I used to never

think I would ever be a breaststroke swimmer,” Kennett said. “But I worked on it more and realized my shot at winning is the best it’s been this year.” As the season wore on and she saw a consistent drop in short-course breaststroke times, Kennett began considering the possibility of state competition in the event. Following a time of 1:01 at a national juniors event last month, that chance became more real. “My teammates always watched me (do the breaststroke) during practice, and they always told me I


SWIMMING AT STATE FBISD QUALIFIERS COMPETING AT UIL STATE MEET FEB. 14-15 IN AUSTIN CLEMENTS: boys 200-yard medley relay, boys 200 freestyle relay, boys 400 freestyle relay, Charles Bellotti (boys 100 freestyle), Jordan Dorado (boys 200 individual medley), Alex Fu (boys 100 butterfly), Christian Le (boys 100 breaststroke), Anthony Liu (boys 100 butterfly) DULLES: Beaux Hoffman (girls 200 IM, 100 butterfly) RIDGE POINT: boys 200 freestyle relay, Bobbi Kennett (girls 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke), Michael Kohl (boys 100 backstroke), Taylor Murphy (girls 50 freestyle)

Good Samaritan saves life after Missouri City crash By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

In movies, heroes come in all shapes and sizes. An incident involving a good Samaritan in Missouri City last week proves that one doesn’t need superhuman strength to save a life – just superhuman compassion. Deputies with the Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office were dispatched around 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 to a

Precinct 2 Constable Daryl Smith presents John Greco with a plaque honoring his actions during an incident Feb. 6. Greco dove in and saved a man who crashed his car into an area creek. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

one-vehicle accident on the southbound portion of the Fort Bend County Toll Road about a half-mile north of Lake Olympia Parkway in Missouri City, where a vehicle had careened off the road and into a creek. According to Precinct 2 Deputy Michael Murray and witnesses, the vehicle left the roadway to the right of traffic and traveled down the embankment before going airborne into a creek below. “I just thought, ‘God, please bring them down in

the water,’ because I knew if it hit the bank it was not going to be good,” 63-year-old Missouri City resident John Greco said. “That prayer was answered.” Greco, who often traverses the same route on Fort Bend County Toll Road while traveling to and from his job in the Galleria, said he was traveling just a few hundred feet behind the car at the time of the crash. He



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Sugar Land wins award for tree-planting project From Staff Reports

Sugar Land was recently recognized for its efforts to improve the environment. The Houston Area Urban Forestry Council 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. 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 March 14 at Brazos River Park, where a variety 15- and 30-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," Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation William Hajdik

said in a statement. "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." 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 281275-2825 or visit www. sugarlandtx.gov/parks.

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Area volunteers plant trees during the city of Sugar Land's 2019 Right Tree, Right Place event at Brazos River Park in March. The project included planting a variety of 15- and 30-gallon trees donated by CenterPoint Energy. (Contributed photo)

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CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY By Landan Kuhlmann For three decades, Dr. James Cox and his staff at Sugar Creek Animal Clinic have provided top notch care for ailing area animals. He’s aiming to continue doing so as long as they’ll have him. “I really appreciate the support the community has given me,” he said ahead of a 30th anniversary celebration last week. “I wouldn’t have been here for this long without that, and I intend to keep providing the same level of care I have in the past.” Last week, dozens of community members gathered inside the business at 14015 Southwest Fwy. Building 2 to commemorate Dr. Cox’s 30 years serving the community. Following graduation from Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Cox worked in Columbia, South Carolina for a year before coming to Houston to work at Beechnut Animal Clinic from 1983-1989. He opened Sugar Creek Animal Clinic in 1990. “I just felt like I could do it on my own. I did a lot of looking around in the Houston suburbs, and I saw that Sugar Land was going to be growing the fastest,” he said of wanting to set down roots in Fort Bend County. Treating mostly dogs and cats, Dr. Cox and his staff at Sugar Creek Animal Clinic offer general healthcare such as in-house lab work medical assessments, preventive and surgical services. Dr. Cox also just recently became certified to work with plasma cells, which he said can help his patients avoid surgery in nearly all cases. Dr. Cox’s rapport with his customers is also a key part of the practice, and why he believes the community has continued to trust him with their pets for three decades. “My goal has always been to provide the best healthcare that I could

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Who’s got the juju in crowded primaries for District 22? There are 15 Republicans and four Democrats who each want to be their party’s candidate to run for office in November’s general election to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, a Republican who is not seeking reelection in Texas’ 22nd Congressional District. Who filed first for the March 3 primaries? It was Republican candidate Greg Hill from Pearland, and the last one to file was also a Republican, Pierce Bush. He is the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush. Does filing time matter? No. What about where and how long the candidates have resided in the community? More on that in a bit. Some say this race is about electability. Does that mean a political candidate will do well because of some kind of magical juju or maybe be-

★ CITGO 6, FROM PAGE 1 service, and had been cut off from communication with family members and their attorneys. “We are afraid for his life,” Cardenas’ wife, Maria Elena Cardenas, said Feb. 6 on Twitter. Houston-based Citgo is a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), a state-run oil and gas company. Family members of the six executives say they were called to Venezuela for a meeting shortly before Thanksgiving in 2017 and then arrested. Their relatives say the men, five of whom are dual citizens, have been accused of trying to make decisions that would financially inhibit Citgo’s parent company and by extension the Venezuelan government. They have yet to stand trial. After spending more than two years in jail, the men were granted house

cause their campaign is non-partisan or refrains from bashing opponents? There’s another account that suggests “electability” is a code word for discrimination against women and people of color. One thing is certain: Bipartisan polarization is alive and well in Fort Bend County. The Democratic Party has some candidates seeking to hold political office for the first time. One of the notable candidates on the primary ballot is former diplomat Sri Preston Kulkarni, who ran against Olson in 2018 and might have expected a rematch

after losing to Olson by only 5 percentage points. The other Democratic candidates on the primary ballot are Nyanza Moore, Carmine Petricco III and Derrick Reed. Something to take note of is that District 22 has become very ethnically diverse, which is what some scholars say could be a factor in voting outcomes that are more favorable to Democratic candidates. But we’re not close to the November election. The primary election, with early voting starting Feb. 18, is what is in focus now. Although District 22 has historically been more of a Republican stronghold – before and after Democrat Nick Lampson served one term in 2006 – depending on the voter turnout, each political party’s choice is up for grabs. That rings especially true among the 15 Republican contenders. Along with Pierce Bush and Hill, the Re-

publicans on the primary ballot are Jon Camarillo, Douglas Haggard, Aaron Hermes, Matt Hinton, Dan Mathews, Diana Miller, Troy Nehls, Brandon Penko, Shandon Phan, Bangar Reddy, Howard Lynn Steele Jr., Kathaleen Wall and Joe Walz. Some predictions lean toward Bush, Hill and Wall as the top vote-getters. Wall was a former candidate in District 2 and in 2018 lost against Dan Crenshaw in neighboring Houston. Locally, she’s made quite an impression with her generous support to community nonprofit efforts, most recently to the Boots and Badges fundraiser held this past weekend at Safari Texas. Other talking circles focus on Nehls, the Fort Bend County Sheriff who is considered the candidate to watch closely. Nehls is practically home grown. He calls himself the only Fort Bend County

arrest in December. Anez said Toledo was taken from his Venezuelan home during dinnertime Feb. 5 under the premise that we would be undergoing a medical evaluation and then returning home. On Feb. 6, Anez said the families were told they could have food, water, medicine and personal hygiene items delivered once a day to the men. “They may be stuck at the SEBIN for a while,”

Anez said. “Their house arrest order was never revoked by the courts and there is no record of an order for this transfer. It all seems arbitrary.” U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who represents some of the men, has been lobbying for their release and return to their families in the U.S. Olson has been making daily posts on Twitter that illustrate how long the men have been detained — more than 800

days. “I am in communication with the (U.S.) State Department regarding recent developments with the Citgo 6 in Venezuela,” Olson said Feb. 6 in a statement. “Their health and safety is a top priority. I will continue to do all I can to help reunite these men with their families in the United States.”

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officeholder among the candidates and many of us have associated with him for some 30 years, maybe more. We know Troy, Hill lives just down the road, so to speak, and attends and supports many of our local events. And Wall and her husband, we’ve found out, are part of the business community in Sugar Land. So, when Bush arrived on the scene for the first time this December, there was skepticism. But he’s been here before. As CEO the last seven-plus years for Big Brothers and Big Sisters Lone Star, the largest affiliate in the country, his huge area encompasses all of District 22. Bush said he has the unique distinction of having served and been active in all of District 22. He lives here now and embraces the amazing diversity of the area in appreciation of how the country will look in 20 years. So, should it matter how

long a person has resided in the community to be represented to adequately advocate on its behalf? Some may think so. But in the end, what really matters is that those running for political office want to make changes for the betterment of their community. And that’s admirable. We need to keep in mind that our vote would be most impactful for the one who has the skills to do it. District 22 is large with close to 1 million in population, and it’s about 93 percent urban and 7 percent rural. Most of the district is in Fort Bend County, some is in Brazoria County (Alvin and Pearland), and a small portion is in Harris County (Friendswood). Exercise your right to vote. Early voting for the March 3 primary runs from Feb. 18- 28. Let’s take the aspiring District 22 leaders to the next level – the general election in November.

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(From left) Stafford Health Sciences teacher Sonja Turner and Walgreens pharmacist Tiyaji Rogers with SMSD students participating in a partnership between the school district and the area pharmacy and Walgreens manager Alexis Wilson.(Contributed photo)

Stafford’s health science students are getting the opportunity for some realworld experience thanks to a partnership with a local pharmacy. Earlier this month, 10 students from Stafford High School began a health sciences mentorship program at the Walgreens at 6120 Hwy. 6 in Missouri City. Last year, Walgreens pharmacist Tiyaji Rogers

discovered the health science program at nearby Stafford and reached out to teacher Sonja Turner to begin a discussion about having those students at Stafford MSD’s College & Career Center apply for

a mentorship program at the store. Rogers said Houston Community College students previously participated in a similar program. In order to apply, students must be at least 16 years old with a minimum grade-point average of 3.2. They are required to submit an essay and go through a 30-minute interview. If hired, students work 3-4 days per week and earn between $10 and $12.50 per hour. “I like that I get to help motivate the high school students for a career in



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Area teams battling for playoff berths last week’s games involving area teams.


The race is on for the coveted final playoff spots in boys’ district action, and multiple area high school basketball teams are still clinging to postseason hope. Entering the final three games of the regular season, the Elkins Knights and Dulles Vikings are duking it out for the fourth and final playoff berth in District 20-6A. Whichever team comes out with the berth will have earned it in a grueling district that features three teams with at least 20 victories. Elkins (18-12, 6-5 district) sits in the driver’s seat with a two-game edge over the Vikings and has pushed its way into the playoff conversation with four consecutive wins. Meanwhile, Dulles (1017, 4-7) must win out and hope for the Knights to lose out if they want a playoff berth. Elkins can sew up the final playoff spot with a victory when the teams square off Friday night. Elsewhere around the area in District 24-5A, Willowridge (14-17, 5-8)

The Bush Broncos basketball team is one of five area boys teams that has clinched a spot in the postseason, while others are still fighting for spots. (Photo from Bush Hoops Twitter)

and Marshall (16-15, 5-8) remained within striking distance of District 24-5A’s final playoff spot entering the season’s final week. Entering their headto-head matchup Tuesday night, both teams were two games behind fourthplace Manvel (19-11, 7-6) with three games remaining. Ridge Point, Travis and Bush have already claimed 20-6A’s top three playoff slots. The Hightower Hurricanes (25-5, 12-1 district) will also be in the postseason. They are ranked third in the latest Class 5A rankings compiled by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

Stafford (24-9, 8-0) claimed the District 25-4A title with a win over Needville Feb. 4 and has risen to 17th in the TABC’s most recent 4A rankings. On the girls’ side, the Travis Lady Tigers (1413, 7-6) claimed District 20-6A’s fourth and final playoff spot by taking down Austin on Feb. 4. Three players scored in double digits in the win, led by Savanna Smith’s 26-point effort. It was the eighth time Smith has scored at least 20 points in a game this season. Ridge Point, Dulles and Bush had previously claimed playoff spots, as had the Hightower Lady Hurricanes. The Lady

Holyfield’s son set to fight in Constellation Field boxing event From Staff Reports

The son of Evander Holyfield will fight during a series of professional boxing matches on March 7 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. The Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team, in partnership with Next Fight Up and Force Train Promotions, are hosting a total of eight bouts, with the first scheduled for 5 p.m. Gates will open at 4 p.m. The weighin for the fights will occur at 1 p.m. March 6 in the stadium’s Insperity Club. Most prominently, the card for the event will feature Evan Holyfield, the son of four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. It will be the third career fight for the younger Holyfield, who is 2-0. Additionally, the main event for the night will feature Sugar Land’s own Pablo Cruz against Eduardo Pereira Dos Reis in an eight-round featherweight bout. The co-main event will feature Houston’s Raphael “Trouble” Igbokwe in a six-round middleweight fight against

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE The public is invited to attend a Risk Assessment workshop for an update to the city’s Hazard Mitigation Plan on February 26, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., in the Cane Room at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North. The goal of the plan is to minimize or eliminate long-term risks to human life and property from known hazards by identifying and implementing cost-effective mitigation actions. The assessment will guide activities proposed in the Hazard Mitigation Plan. “This project identifies hazards and their occurrence within our area; compares risks of exposure to an established inventory of assets; and provides an estimate of potential human and economic losses based on the vulnerability of people, buildings and infrastructure,” said Assistant Fire Chief Pat Hughes. “It’s our goal to ensure Sugar Land remains safer than ever before.” The purpose of the workshop is to share results of the assessment performed by the city’s project consultant and solicit information from the general public. Those unable to attend the workshop may watch the meeting on Channel 16 if they live in Sugar Land and subtscribe to Comcast. The meeting will also be livestreamed to the city’s website at www. sugarlandtx.gov and reposted at www.sugarlandtx.gov/HMP after the meeting.


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★ KENNETT, FROM PAGE 1 should do it,” Kennett said. “But I always thought, ‘I’m a freestyler. I’ll never do that.’ “Breaststroke just wasn’t my thing, because when I swim long-course it’s one of my worst strokes.” But first-year Ridge Point head coach Ashleigh Glover, who has overseen Kennett’s development as an assistant and now head coach, said tireless work in the pool – which consists of more than 20 practice hours per week – makes her ascent in the event unsurprising. Kennett, a Texas A&M commit, has also been selected to participate in the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials from March 30-April 5. “(Bobbi) is the hardestworking athlete I’ve ever seen. It’s basically her parttime job,” Glover said with a laugh. Humble beginnings Kennett’s road to the precipice of a state title began in Colorado, where her sister joined a summer league team and inspired her to do so at the age of 10. After a move to Texas at age 11, her love for the sport only grew as she swam in summer leagues and on club teams around the area and eventually made the varsity team at Ridge Point. Though Kennett could not pinpoint the exact moment in happened, swimming eventually switched from being a fun pastime to a serious endeavor. “I’ve always been in love with the sport, competing with my teammates and having fun,” said Kennett, now 18. “But the fact that I put the work in every day made me think that I could take this somewhere and it could be something special. I put in so much effort that I really wanted to make something work.” That love for the sport manifests in everything Kennett does, according to her coach, and her intensity has rubbed off on teammates. “(Bobbi) doesn’t just put in the work for herself, but for others as well,” Glover said. “She encourages them to be great. She’s a role model and really holds the standard for everyone else on our team. She knows she can have it all, so she strives to do that.” By the end of next week,

she might indeed have it all. End in sight In addition to the breaststroke, Kennett will compete in the freestyle in Austin for the third straight year. She placed 12th at the 2018 meet before vaulting up to fourth last year. “Mentally and physically, I’m just more prepared for it this year,” she said. “It’s definitely nerve-racking, so most people panic. I panicked my first year. But I’m competing with the best of the best and I know that we’ve all put in the work.” Amidst the fanfare accompanying the state meet, on top of competing in a fairly new event, Kennett is also drawing on advice from past teammates such as Kylie Powers – who finished second in the breaststroke

final in 2018 – to calm her nerves ahead of this week’s meet. “You deserve to be there if you’ve made state,” Kennett said. “I learned to calm myself in the blocks. I deserve to be there, and I’ve worked hard for this moment. I block everything out and tell myself to just be quiet. This is my chance to be here. … I think about every single stroke, every single flip turn or underwater action.” Thanks to that approach, Kennett is one of a kind in and out of the pool, according to her coach. Glover said Kennett has a good chance to win this weekend and hopes she inspires future generations of Ridge Point swimmers. “I’m hoping to see more like her,” Glover said. “But she’s one in a million.”

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safety with the assistance of a Precinct 2 deputy. Greco then sought the man out to make sure he was alright and said he began simply talking to him and reminding him of his blessings. According to the constable’s office, the driver was treated by EMS at the scene and denied transportation to a hospital. “I told him, ‘Brother, just think about all the people who love you at home – you’re going to go see them tonight,’” Greco said. “At the end of all this, me and a deputy bowed our heads and said thanks to God. I grabbed his hand and told him, ‘God blessed you today.’ I hope he heard that.” Deputies with the Precinct 2 Constable’s Office honored Greco with a heroism award

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QUAIL VALLEY GARDEN CLUB "Cullinan Park - The Gem of Fort Bend" will be the program for the February meeting. All meetings of the Quail Valley Garden Club are free and open to the public. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and is held at the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center at 2701 Cypress Point Drive in Missouri City. For further information, refer to the QVGC website at quailvalleygardenclub.org. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 SUGAR LAND GARDEN CLUB Get away on Ò A Plant LoverÕ s Tour of Public and Private Gardens in St. Kitts and NevisÓ presented by Joan Pritchard. She will take us on an armchair tour to these tropical islands and show us highlights of her visits there. Enjoy beautiful photos and stories of botanical and private gardens with a variety of garden styles. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at St. Basil’s Hall, 702 Burney Road, Sugar Land. All meetings of the Sugar Land Garden Club are free and open to the public. For further information, please see the organiztion's website at www.sugarlandgardenclub. org, or call 281-901-1970. TUESDAY, MARCH 10 PECAN GROVE WOMEN'S CLUB The March meeting of the Pecan Grove Women's Club will be held the second Tuesday of the month. The subject of the March program is Ò GenealogyÓ . The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at the George Memorial Library at 1001 Golfview Dr. in Richmond in Room 2 C on the second floor of the library. Daniel Sample, head of the library's Genealogy and Local History department, will lead the discussion. Sample will introduce the many library resources available to the public for genealogy research

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accommodate early morning (7 a.m.), noon and evening meeting time desires. For more info, contact Mike Reichek, Regional Vice President, 281-575-1145 or mike@reichekfinancial.com We would love to have you join us and see what we are all about! SIENNA CRAFT/SEWING GROUP Sienna Craft/Sewing group. Meets every Tuesday from 10-noon at Sawmill Clubhouse in Sienna Plantation. We sew, crochet, knit, needlepoint, etc. contact Livia Erich at 281-543-3524 or liviaerich@yahoo.com for additional information. DAV CHAPTER 233 MONTHLY MEETING The second Tuesday of every month at the United Way fort Bend Center, 12300 Parc Crest Dr., Stafford, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 281-222-4888. MISSOURI CITY AARP CHAPTER 3801 Meets the second Monday of every month at 11:30 a.m., at 2701 Cypress Point Dr., Missouri City Rec Center. Lunch, education, and entertainment. All seniors over 50 invited. For more information, call 713-859-5920 or 281-4993345. BECOME A FOSTER GRANDPARENT Volunteers are needed to be a role model, mentor and friend to children with exceptional needs in the community. Training, mileage reimbursement, tax-free monthly stipend if eligible. Call today to help change the world, one child at a time in Rosenberg. For more information, call 281-344-3515. WHILE WE’RE WAITING SUPPORT GROUP For Bereaved Parents - grieving the loss of a child at any age. Meets the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., at the First Colony Church of Christ, 2140 First Colony Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information, call 281-413-2484. AMERICAN LEGION 271 MEETING We meet the first Thursday of every month at the Post Hall, 4520 Hwy. 36 in Rosenberg. A covered dish meal is served to members at 6:30 p.m. followed by meetings at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 281-341-9966. ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias are invited to attend the first Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. JohnÕ s United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson St. in Richmond, across from the historic Fort Bend County Courthouse. Free and open to

the public. For more information, call 713-3141313 or 1-800-272-3900. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center has moved to 4411 Avenue N in Rosenberg across from Navarro Middle School. Volunteers are needed on a continual basis. For information on volunteering or supporting the PRMC in other ways, email info@prmcfortbend.org. 4-H, FOOD & NUTRITION Fort Bend 4-H is looking for input from the community on how it can better serve the public. To learn more about 4-H projects, join 4-H at 7 p.m. at the University Library (14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land), visit fortbend4h. eventbrite.com or call 281-342-3034. STORY SPINNERS WRITING CLUB Hosted by the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. 5:30-8 p.m. All levels welcome to write, share, learn and support. Free and open to the public. The program meets on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734. ADOPT A SHELTER CAT Fort Bend Pets Alive is partnering with Half Price Books in Sugar Land to find homes for shelter cats and to promote literacy among young readers. School-aged children are invited to come read to a cat, receive an Ò I read to a catÓ bookmark and be eligible to adopt a cat for 50 perecent off. Held 1:30-4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at 3203 Hwy 6 S, Sugar Land. FORT BEND RECOVERS HURRICANE HARVEY HELP Those needing help with a recovery plan for home repairs, or any unmet needs, Fort Bend Recovers is here to help. Call one of these Helplines today: Case Management Helpline 281-207-2555, Spiritual/Emotional Helpline: 281-207-2505, Lone Star Legal Aid 866-6590666. A case manager will contact you and get you started on your road to recovery.Visit www. fortbendrecovers.org for more information and to donate. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS The Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City presents a variety of programs every month. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.

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