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Former juvenile offender locates ‘Mentor Mike’
Now they work together to help troubled kids By Donna Hill FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
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Nick Upton and Mike Heinzman’s friendship goes back a long way. So far back they might have completely lost touch with each other if Susan Bearden hadn’t been a diligent detective – and a lucky one at that. Bearden, the Special Programs Director for the Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Department in Richmond, helped to connect Upton, a former juvenile offender, with Heinzman, a volunteer and mentor with the department back in 2002. Upton, now a successful businessman and father, never forgot the mentor who helped him turn his life around. He wanted to find him to thank him. The Rosenberg native started his search by contacting Bearden at her office to help him find answers. But all he could remember was the mentor’s first name: Mike. The only name she had in her computer system was “Mentor Mike.” Bearden still needed a last name and a phone number. The psychology major
who always wanted to work with kids found out she had a few detective skills, and the Internet and luck also played a part in her research. “I didn’t know where this Mike could be, but Nick said he remembered that he worked doing fundraising in schools. So I Googled ‘Mike’ and also ‘school fundraising’, and the name Mike Heinzman came up in Sugar Land, with a phone number, and I thought to myself ‘no way,’” said Bearden. She called, left a message, explained who she was and asked if he volunteered as a mentor in Fort Bend County. “He called me back within 30 minutes,” Bearden said. “I mentioned there was a juvenile who was looking for him and Mike immediately said ‘Is it Nick?’ and I said ‘yes’. I was just over the moon about reuniting these two. And it was amazing how we did it.” Bearden has been matching community volunteers with youngsters in the juvenile justice system since 1993. Yet stories of reconnecting with a mentor are so few and far between. “Mentors sometimes don’t know the impact they
are making, and the child who is mentored may not remember a name, but they always say the mentor saved their lives. The kids do move on from the system, but they just don’t think to come back and find their mentor.” This one did. Heinzman, now semiretired, said he originally worked in prison ministry, but started thinking about working with kids. “I thought, maybe I’d rather work with kids and keep them from going to prison, instead of doing the prison ministry,” he said. After Heinzman attended training at the Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Department, caseworkers paired him with Upton, then 15 years old. “I knew from the very first meeting he was a good kid. He’d been in trouble, but he was a good kid and he wanted a better life, you could tell right away. He was always polite and courteous from the very beginning,” Heinzman said. Heinzman said consistency is the key to successful
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Special delivery A PHI Air Ambulance lifts off from Constellation Field after delivering the game ball to the Houston SaberCats for their rugby match against the New York Athletic Club Saturday night. The event was part of the SaberCat’s First Responder Night. (Photo by Joe Southern) The crew of a PHI Air Ambulance delivers the game ball to game officials Saturday night at Constellation Field for the rugby match between Houston and New York. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)
Election profiles County Treasurer, Precinct 2 Constable, and Justices of the Peace This week the Fort Bend Star is featuring profiles of the contested primary races for County Treasurer, Precinct 2 Constable, and Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Place 2, Pct. 2, and Pct. 3. Early voting has already begun, and the election will be held March 6. In the race for County Treasurer, three Republicans are seeking the seat. There are no Democrats running, so the primary winner is the presumed winner in November. Running are Bill Rickert, Tina Gibson, and Wes Vela. The incumbent, Jeff Council, is not seeking reelection. In the race for Precinct 2 Constable, Democrat Gary L. Smith is competing against incumbent Gary Majors. There is no Republican challenger. In the races for Justice of the Peace, Republican Atwood “Woody” McAndrew is challenging incumbent Mary S. Ward for Pct. 1, Place 1. There is no Democratic candidate. In Precinct 2, Democrats Deidre Dickerson-Gilbert, Joel C. Clouser Sr. and Tanisha C. Green are running. Neither Clouser nor Green responded to the Star’s request for profile information and are therefore not included here. Clouser is the incumbent. There are no Republican candidates. The race for Precinct 3 features Republicans Jarret Nethery and Kelly Crow. The winner will face Democrat Michael Antalan in November.
Position seeking: County Treasurer Name: Tina Gibson Political Party: Republican Age: 60 City of residence: Sugar Land Education: BS, Texas A&M University, BS, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Qualifications for this position: Tina Gibson has lived
Position seeking: County Treasurer Name: Bill Rickert Political Party: Republican Age: 57 City of residence: Sugar Land Education: I am trained in Texas Public Fund Investment Act, have an MBA certificate from the A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University and majored in Computer In-
Position seeking: County Treasurer Name: Wes Vela Political Party: Republican Age: 64 City of residence: Richmond Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin Qualifications for this position: Over 26 years of government accounting and
Position seeking: Constable, Precinct 2 Name: Gary Majors Political Party: Democrat Age: 48 City of residence: Missouri City Education: High school Qualifications for this position: Gary Majors was appointed Constable, Fort Bend County Precinct 2 on Oct. 25, 2016. He began his career at the
Position seeking: Constable, Precinct 2 Name: Daryl L. Smith Sr. Political Party: Democrat Age: 58 City of residence: Missouri City Education: I have an AA degree, a Master Peace Officer license and over 3,500 hours in criminal justice training Qualifications for this position: I am a Sergeant in the
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Position seeking: Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Place 2 Name: Atwood “Woody” McAndrew Political Party: Republican Age: 67 City of residence: Rosenberg Education: B.A. Michigan State University, M.A. Michigan State University, J.D. University of Houston Law Center Qualifications for this posi-
Position seeking: Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Place 2 Name: Mary S. Ward Political Party: Republican City of residence: Rosenberg Education: Texas Judicial Training, University West Georgia (BS), A&M Law Enforcement Academy, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Training, Texas State Guard, and life experiences. Qualifications for this
Position seeking: Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Name: Deirdre DicksonGilbert Political Party: Democrat Age: 57 City of residence: Missouri City Education: Graduate of Madison HS, although I attended Sterling High School for two and a half years, and Prairie View A&M University,
Position seeking: Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3 Name: Kelly Crow Political Party: Republican Age: 47 City of residence: Richmond Education: B.A. Political Science, Texas A&M University, 1994; Doctor of Jurisprudence, South Texas College of Law, 1997 Qualifications for this position: 14 years as a judge.
Position seeking: Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3 Name: Jarret Nethery Age: 38 Political Party: Republican City of residence: Katy Education: Master of Science, Sam Houston State University; Bachelor of Science, Sam Houston State University Qualifications for this position: I have been serv-
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Fort Bend ISD names its Principals of the Year From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
Cecilia Crear of Bush High School and Latecha Bogle of Commonwealth Elementary have been named Fort Bend ISD’s 2018 Principals of the Year. They were selected by their peers in recognition of their outstanding leadership, service and dedication to their students, staff and school communities. FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre joined Chief of Schools Joe Rodriguez and assistant superintendents Mary Ellen Eidson and Kwabena Mensah in surprising the principals with the news and a bouquet of flowers at their campuses. Bogle, the district’s Elementary Principal of the Year, has 25 years of experience in education. She served as principal of Highlands Elementary for eight years prior to taking on the leadership role at Commonwealth in 2015. Her philosophy in education
centers around the fact that all students have the potential to learn and be successful in life. “As a school leader, I believe educators should provide students with the necessary skills for life-long learning, as well as the ability to maximize their overall achievement potential,” Bogle said. Bogle also believes it is necessary to foster an atmosphere of love, trust and learning for each one in the school’s community – whether it be students, staff or parents. Crear, FBISD’s Secondary Principal of the Year, has more than 20 years of education experience. She has been principal at Bush for six years, and previously served as Associate Principal of Instruction at Alief Taylor High School. Crear believes that educators must provide students with a school environment conducive to learning. “It is our job as educators to provide an environment where students can reach their maximum potential,” said Crear. “The key to sus-
Fort Bend ISD’s 2018 Secondary Principal of the Year, Cecilia Crear. (Submitted photo)
taining a strong environment is creating a culture of building genuine relationships, high expectations, and celebrating achievements. If you ask any farmer, they will tell you that in order to reap a bountiful harvest, you need good soil. For me, that soil is the culture, and with a strong culture, students will always experience success and nothing less.”
Fort Bend ISD’s 2018 Elementary Principal of the Year, Latecha Bogle (center), is pictured with Kwabena Mensah (left) and Superintendent Charles Dupre (right). (Submitted photo)
Stafford grad returning to his roots as principal From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
Twenty years after graduation, a Stafford High School graduate is returning to his roots. The Stafford MSD Board of Trustees voted to hire 1998 Stafford High graduate Raymond Root as the new principal of the school. Root, the son of Stafford residents Raymond Root Sr. and Bobbi Root, beamed with
excitement and gratitude as the trustees made their vote official at a recent meeting. “I am very excited,” Root said. “The opportunity of returning to your hometown in a leadership role is one that not very many people get to experience. I look forward to ensuring that the kids at Stafford have every opportunity possible.” Root is currently the principal of Manvel Junior High School in Alvin ISD. He started
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working as a full-time teacher in Alvin ISD in 2004 and later became an associate principal at Manvel High School. Stafford MSD Superintendent Robert Bostic and Stafford MSD Board President Auturo Jackson were equally enthusiastic, referring to Root as a “rock star” several times. “We are proud to announce the hiring of Raymond Root as our new high school principal,” Bostic said. “Mr. Root has done an outstanding job during his many years at Alvin ISD. We know that they will miss him, but we’re glad that this rock star is coming home to Stafford.” “I am extremely excited about Mr. Raymond Root becoming our new Stafford
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High School Principal,” Jackson said. “He is not only an extremely competent and capable educator and administrator, but he is also a Spartan. Principal Root was a resident of Stafford who graduated from SMSD. He has great relationships with folks in the district and community and his parents still live here in Stafford. He is a great example of the type of citizens SMSD is producing. I am looking forward to him leading our high school campus.” Retired SMSD principal Phyllis Tyler has served as interim principal at Stafford High School since last fall and will continue in that role for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. Root will officially begin as principal in 2018-19, but he is currently in discussions with Stafford MSD and his current district on his schedule for the remainder of 2017-18. Root said he will balance the two jobs for the remain-
Raymond Root, a 1998 graduate of Stafford High School, is returning to the school next year as the principal. (Submitted photo)
der of 2017-18, in order to be involved in the future staffing and scheduling process for Stafford High. He also plans to attend several SHS events between now and the end of the school year. Root was briefly a substi-
tute teacher in Stafford MSD in 2002-03, upon graduation from the University of Texas. He has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lamar University and a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas.
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Missouri City earns S&P rating upgrade to AA From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
S&P Global Ratings, a division of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, has upgraded Missouri City’s bond rating from AA- to AA “while affirming a stable outlook” for the municipality. The increase of the Show Me City’s score “is great news for our first-class citizens, stakeholders and municipal employees who go above and beyond every day to
achieve the city’s mission of delivering outstanding customer service to all members of our diverse community,” said City Manager Anthony J. Snipes. “Additionally, the city’s sound financial management that went into earning this upgrade further reflects our capacity to meet financial commitments throughout time.” The S&P financial assessment and valuation decision further demonstrates to stakeholders that Missouri City is “a strong invest-
ment and will continue to improve,” said Snipes, who has been chief administrative officer for two years and was recently elected to serve as Region 6 Secretary/Treasurer for the Texas City Management Association. He went on to explain that staff will work together to retain the bond rating through strategic planning by utilizing business plan and high-performance organization (HPO) models, with a focus on building
first-rate budgets, sustaining infrastructure in all communities, expanding economic development citywide, protecting the public, creating more jobs and maintaining the platinum “Scenic” City status. The S&P designation is one of several fiscal accolades Missouri City has earned throughout the past year. Last spring, Moody’s Investors Service assigned an Aa2 bond rating to the city reflective of the area’s “sizable and growing
tax base benefiting from its proximity to Houston, healthy reserve levels maintained by solid financial performance and policies, and above average but manageable debt burden,” the agency said. Last summer, the city was awarded the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of U.S. and Canada’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 29th consecutive year as well as the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement
for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 34th year. “Overall, the City is growing, and we are investing in key areas such economic development, public safety, infrastructure and citizen partnerships,” Snipes said. “Bond ratings are essentially about revenues versus expenses, and staff will continue to closely monitor both and to be good fiscal stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars.”
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Woman sentenced to two years for theft from Sugar Land store From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
Judge Brady Elliott of the 268th District Court sentenced Shangaee June Palmer to two years in prison for theft – the maximum allowed by law – on Feb. 5. Palmer had previously agreed to plead guilty to the crime, but then didn’t show up for court the day she was to plea. The 36-year-old Houston woman, who was charged with stealing clothing from a retail store, was apprehended and pleaded guilty before asking the judge to determine her punishment. According to Assistant District Attorney Susan Sweeney, Palmer worked with another woman to steal the clothing from a retail store in Sugar Land in December 2016. Later, during an interview by the Fort Bend County Community Supervision and Corrections De-
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partment, Palmer admitted that she had enough money with her to purchase what she stole at the time, but that she was just greedy. After considering her statement and evidence of Palmer’s numerous prior theft convictions, Judge Elliott sentenced Palmer to the maximum two years in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Palmer was eligible to receive probation.
The Stafford High School robotics team poses with a robot they used for a demonstration at halftime of the rugby match Saturday night between the Houston SaberCats and the New York Athletic Club at Constellation Field. Pictured from the left are (top row) Agustin Macedo , Lauren Schomburg, Danny Cao, Coach Hoang, Lisandro Vargas, Coach Thompson, Philynn Dinh, Quang Nguyen, (bottom row) Christopher Hughes, Henri Ngassop, Hudson Lee, James Phan, Leonardo Hernandez, and Mentor Raquel. (Submitted photo)
Child Advocates of Fort Bend taking training applications From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
Recently trained volunteers shown with Judge Ronald Pope of the 328th Judicial District Court are, from the left (back row) Selina Ali, Amy Galli, Earl Coaston, Jackie Neumann, Marina Tecson, Wayne Neumann, Linda Bair, John Allaire, Randy Corbin, (front row) Julieta Edmond, Tyeisha Johnson, Stephanie Sherman, Bobbie Donalson, Stephanie Colligan and April Shaver. (Submitted photo)
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Cultural Kite Festival set for March 3 From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
Escape for a moment to witness vibrant kites ride the wind and decorate the sky at the annual Cultural Kite Festival on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Brazos River Park and the newly named The Crown Festival Park at Sugar Land, 18427 Southwest Freeway. Activities will include a 24-foot rock wall, spring-free trampoline, face painting, henna tattoos, community booths and much more for your entire family to enjoy. Stilt walkers will roam the park enticing the crowd with their visual artistry and movement. The main stage will come to life with cultural performances from local area groups. Throughout the event,
Fort Bend ISD to host annual Talent Draft job fair Fort Bend ISD is seeking qualified and experienced individuals to join its team, and currently has openings for teachers, campus administrators, paraprofessionals, auxiliary support and central office staff. Individuals interested in applying for any of the positions are invited to attend FBISD’s 2018 “All Star Talent Draft” Job Fair on Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Constellation Field. FBISD school and department administrators will be on site to interview applicants and make offers of employment. Applicants are asked to bring multiple copies of their resumes and dress in business casual attire for the event. Please keep in mind that this is an “adultsonly” event. Registration begins Feb. 26. At that time, visit the FBISD human resources page to register online. Registration will also be open at Constellation Field on the day of the event.
children will be able to create their own kites at the kite-making workshop, enjoy kite-flying lessons and participate in several kite competitions for people of all ages. There is no cost to enter the kite competition. Registration may be completed at www.sugarlandtx.gov/specialevents or onsite. First-, second- and third-place trophies will be awarded for each category. Get a team together and show creativity and spirit at the chalk art competition. The chalk art competition is free and open to all. Beat the lines by registering online at www. sugarlandtx.gov/specialevents. All activities and entertainment are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be sold by local onsite food trucks
that include Nom Mi Street, the Waffle Bus, Big 6 BBQ, the Burger Joint, the Pink Company, the Grove Donut Truck and Anna’s Gourmet Greek Food Truck. Public parking will be available onsite at Brazos River Park and The Crown Festival Park at Sugar Land. Additionally, shuttle services will be provided for offsite parking at the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. The shuttle service will run continuously between the Smart Financial Centre and The Crown Festival Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limited handicap parking will be available at the park. For more information about the event, contact Sugar Land’s Parks and Recreation Department at 281-275-2825 or visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/specialevents for a complete listing of events.
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In recognition of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Fort Bend County Libraries will celebrate with a Chinese Lantern Festival on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2-4 p.m., in the lobby of George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Dancing lions from the Soaring Phoenix Dragon & Lion Dance Association will entertain visitors at 2:30 p.m., following the welcome and introductions. A crafts station with activities celebrating the Year of the Dog will be set up in the puppet theater for children to enjoy throughout the festival. People of all ages can join in playing Cai Deng Mi, or “Guessing the Lantern’s Riddle,” and win a prize if the answer is correct. The Chinese Lantern Festival activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734. (Submitted photo)
Travis High hosting adult-only wellness event on teenager substance abuse From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
Fort Bend ISD parents and guardians are invited to attend “Family Matters,” an adult-only event designed to help parents recognize warning signs and how they may relate to substance abuse. The event will be at Travis High School on Wednesday, Feb. 21,
from 6-8 p.m. and is open to the community. Tony Hoffman will serve as the event’s special guest speaker. Hoffman is a nationally renowned inspirational speaker and 2016 Rio Olympics BMX coach. His presentation outlines ways for parents to take proactive steps in their children’s lives, signs to watch out for and how to talk to your children about substance abuse. A panel of
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What it was, was rugby – and it’s a lot of fun and worth checking out I can’t say that I understand this game called rugby, but I have a much better feel for it after having seen four matches. Apparently so do the local fans of the Houston SaberCats. This is the inaugural season of Major League Rugby and although the sport has been around for nearly 195 years, most people here are unfamiliar with it. It’s like someone blended football and soccer together, added some quirky rules and let ’er rip. (Actually, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the game we know as football was born out of rugby.) My first match was on Jan. 13 when the SaberCats hosted the Vancouver Ravens. It was the second match held at the pitch (they don’t call it a field) at Constellation Field. I had no earthly idea what to expect and no clue what I would be photographing, so I just took a lot of pictures of everything. It was clear to me the fans (with the exception of a few diehard rugby aficionados) had no idea what they were watching. They knew to cheer whenever the SaberCats scored (they call it a try, but it doesn’t count until they touch the ball down on the ground in the in-goal [end zone], which to me sounds more like a touchdown) but other than that, they seemed to be as bewildered as I was. Over the past few weeks I’ve come to understand the basics of the game and some of the strategy and quirks. The same is quite obvious with the black and gold faithful in the stands. They now cheer at appropriate times and seem to really be getting into the matches. Unlike baseball and football where the scoreboard operator frequently flashes “get loud” graphics, the hundreds of people in attendance were very in tune with what was going on and were quite vocal about it. (I relate my experience of learning rugby to that classic Andy Griffith story called “What it was, was football.” It’s the story of a country bumpkin’s accidental discovery of a football game. If you’re not familiar with it, I recommend you Google it for a good laugh.) On Saturday I covered my fourth match, which was the team’s seventh at Constellation Field. The SaberCats played five matches before coming to Sugar Land and, after two more matches here, will take to the road for a couple more exhibition season matches before the regular season starts. At the time of this writing it has not been announced where Houston will play their inaugural regular sea-
Letter to the Editor Valentines Day column was touching Dear Editor, Many times editorial comments come off as if from a lofty perch of journalism – not your Valentine Day’s edition. The humility and tribute that you paid touched me and my Valentine, my fiancée Stacey. Being divorced for 10 years, it didn’t seem like either one of us would ever get married again, but when it happened, we both felt overwhelmed by the feeling of “this is nice.” And that was the highest compliment that we gave each other. My fiancée, in just the last year and half, has had to deal with issues in my life that fall into the category of marriage killers, but she is still here. Thank you again, and keep these editorials coming. Robert C. Rhodes Sugar Land H TRAVIS, FROM PAGE 4 community. Registration is online at https:// fortbendisd.revtrak.net/FBISDSchools-1082/High-School/THS/ ths-general/#/v/ths-family-matters-parent-night. Cost is $10 per person, which includes a box dinner from Cane’s along with the guest speaker and panel discussion.
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son. The City of Houston has agreed to build a $3.3 million, 3,500-seat stadium at Houston Amateur Sports Park along Texas Highway 288 in south Houston for the SaberCats to lease, but that won’t be ready until the 2019 season. We do know they will not be at Constellation Field because it’s a baseball stadium and the Sugar Land Skeeters will be playing there at the end of April. In the meantime the field will need to be reconfigured for baseball, which will take some time. I must confess that I was just a little skeptical last summer when the Skeeters introduced the team and announced they would be playing at the stadium. I’m thrilled to have a local professional sport here and very grateful for the chance to see and learn about rugby, but I’m your basic football and baseball kind of guy. I don’t like basketball and never got into soccer or hockey. I think I could come to really like rugby, but once baseball starts it will have to take a back seat. I’m unapologetically and enthusiastically a Skeeters fan. That and they are the local team. It wouldn’t make much sense for me to skip the Skeeters to cover the SaberCats. Nonetheless, I think it’s safe to say that the SaberCats have made new fans here and will have a good following going into their first season. I think they’ll also sell a lot more tickets once they can tell people where they will be. In the meantime, if you have any interest at all in seeing professional rugby (or are just looking for an excuse to get out and have a good time with friends), I highly recommend checking out the SaberCats. They play Feb. 24 against the New Orleans Gold (I foresee a rivalry forming here) and on March 3 against the Ontario Arrows. Major League Rugby currently has seven teams with an eighth scheduled to join in 2019. In addition to Houston and New Orleans, there are the Austin Elite Rugby (an in-state rival), the Glendale (Colorado) Raptors, the San Diego Legion, Seattle Seawolves, and the Utah Warriors. Next season the Rugby Union of New York will join the league.
This is a scrum. It’s the way the ball is put back into play after play has stopped. The ball is placed into the mass of bodies and they try to push the opponents away so a player on the outside can retrieve the ball. (Photo by Joe Southern)
Houston SaberCats fullback Zach Pangelinan dives in-goal to score a try Saturday against New York. The SaberCats won 3938. The new professional rugby league is quickly winning fans in the Houston area. (Photo by Joe Southern)
This is the second recent attempt to bring professional rugby to America. While there are rugby clubs that have been in existence on these shores for decades and even a century, a professional league has never taken root. In 2016 the PRO Rugby league formed with four teams but folded the next year. From everything I’ve seen so far, it appears MLR has taken a smart and well-researched approach to forming the league. All of my interactions with them have been highly professional and the play has been fun. Not only are they trying to get a league off the ground, but they are also very involved in the community and have been instrumental in getting youth leagues going. It’s going to take the league some time to get traction in this country, but I think it can
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Ridge Point falls in 2nd round of playoffs, but has break-through year By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
The Lady Panthers, whose tallest starter is 5 feet, 5 inches, made it to the second round of the girls’ basketball playoffs before losing to Langham Creek 72-62 last Thursday at Coleman Coliseum. All season the Panthers used their quickness, swarming defense, and a never-give-up attitude to make up for their lack of height, but a second quarter scoring drought against Langham Creek finally did them in. The Lady Panthers started strong, grabbing a 23-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. But, the Lobos came out hot in the second quarter with an 11-2 scoring run in the first two minutes and tied the Lady Panthers at 27-27 with 5:53 to go in the half. The Lobos then outscored Ridge Point 11-6 to finish the half with a 3833 lead. In the third quarter Ridge Point regained their game
Ridge Point’s Jada McHenry drives the lane Thursday against Langham Creek. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)
and kept the score close with the quarter ending with the Lobos up 51-44. The Lady Panthers then intensified their defense in the fourth quarter and pulled to within four points at 58-54 with four minutes to go, but they couldn’t get any closer. Ridge Point was called for 11 fouls in the second half to just one for Langham Creek, and the Lobos made their free throws to seal the victory 72-62. Junior Taylor Thomas led Ridge Point with 20 points. Senior Jada McHenry added 15 points and freshman Aleighyah Fontenot had 13. “This was a year filled with firsts in our program: first 20-plus win season, first placing in the Fort Bend ISD tournament, and first bi-district championship. We earned our best record overall (26-8) and our best district record (113) in school history, and we made our third straight playoff appearance,” Ridge Point Coach Michael Vitek said. “Some of the main things we focused on this season were consistency, being the best
teammates to each other on and off the court, and doing the little things right. “I feel we took some huge steps in the right direction but still have so much room for improvement. This team has so much talent but so many different personalities and such a wide age difference I didn't know how we would mesh. In the past I have seen teams with a lot of talent fall apart and not achieve any of their goals. That was not the case with us. Some of our older kids showed a lot of maturity and leadership by putting the team first and showed what it is to be a Lady Panther basketball player. “Our program will really miss this group of seniors: Jada McHenry, Lindsay Bush, Tia Pierre, Brittany Boatner, Trinity Morrison, Alex Williams, Lexie Weaver and Lauren Berk. The maturity, leadership and heart that McHenry brought to our program is something that I am grateful for and will truly miss! With five lettermen returning, I am really looking forward to what the future has to bring,” he said.
SaberCats hang on to beat New York, 39-38 By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
The Houston SaberCats staked themselves to a 3317 halftime lead and then hung on to win 39-38 last Saturday at Constellation Field. Sam Windsor kicked a 50-meter penalty kick in the 77th minute to make it a two-score game at 3931. New York then scored in the 79th minute but the SaberCats ran out the clock to claim the win. After giving up a New York penalty kick in the 4th minute, the SaberCats came roaring back with trys by Windsor in the 7th minute, Zach Pangelinan in the 20th minute, and Connor Murphy in the 23rd minute to give Houston a 21-3 lead. New York scored a try
in the 26th minute, but the SaberCats responded with a try by Pangelinan a minute later, and a try by Josua Vici in the 30th minute. New York came back with a try in the34th minute, but the SaberCats ended the half with a try by Vici to make the score 33-17. In the first half, the SaberCats attempted three penalty kicks, a new strategy for them. “We tried to mix it around. We don’t want to be too predictable. We have to be able to play many different ways and these games allow us to try different ways to play the game,” SaberCats Coach Justin Fitzpatrick said. The game turned into a control for possession in the second half. New York added a try in the 49th minute, cutting the
SaberCats lead to 33-24. Windsor made a penalty kick in the 54th minute to provide a little breathing room at 36-24. New York would not give up and made it 36-31 with a try in the 71st minute, setting the stage for Windsor’s dramatic long kick. “I was just thinking, put it through the middle of the goalposts. The kick before I missed it by 10 meters. I had to make amends for that” Windsor said. “That’s rugby. You have to take the opportunities when they appear.” “We tested the depth of our squad tonight. We lost a little bit of composure in the second half after a strong first 40 minutes. We stuck to our guns and did what it took to win the game. So, I am very pleased overall,” Fitzpat-
rick said. With the exhibition nearing an end, the SaberCats are pleased with where they are. “New York is a great team. They have won numerous titles. This was a good challenge for us. For us it’s about building momentum,” Windsor said. “We need to tighten things up for the regular season. Improve our discipline. We still have four games to go before the regular season, and when it starts, we should be cooking with gas.” The SaberCats play their next two matches at Constellation Field. They host the New Orleans Gold on Feb. 24 and the Ontario Arrows on March 3. Matches start at 7 p.m. The SaberCats are 5-2 at Constellation Field during the exhibition season.
Houston SaberCats flanker Cecil Garber is tackled by New York players Saturday during the rugby game at Constellation Field. The SaberCats won 39-38. (Photo by Joe Southern)
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Both Upton and Heinzman are now volunteering together as a team, mentoring others and giving motivational speeches, such as a recent talk in December with the Detention Center youths. As Upton told the group of students, “…I was sitting exactly where you are, dealt a bad hand in life, didn’t have a role model…” His mentor was thinking how good it was to be back at being a mentor. “When Nick contacted me about working together, I took one look at those kids
H MENTOR FROM PAGE 1 mentoring. When Heinzman said he’d come by to talk or visit with Upton, he would. “You show up. You tell them you’re gonna come by, and you come by. If there’s a problem, you call,” he said. “I think for many of these kids, people have told them something and then not followed through. A big part of being a mentor is showing up and listening and not being judgmental. Showing someone cares and there can be a better life for them.” Often the two would shoot baskets, grab a bite to eat, or hit a tennis ball. Heinzman is proud to see where Upton is today. “He’s working in a successful career, with a young son with whom he’s such a great dad to. It’s really nice to see that a cycle has been broken,” Heinzman said. The cycle was not yet broken when Upton was paired with Heinzman at the center. “I kept getting into trouble, and violating probation,” said Upton. Prison – or worse – was looming ahead, which Upton didn’t want. “Finally, my last probation officer said they were going to set up an interview for me with the mentoring program in Fort Bend County,” he said. “I didn’t have a structured home system, or even have someone I could talk to. I had no structured home system. This sounded like a push in the right direction, and I said yes. I had no other
Nick Upton (left) credits Mike Heinzman (right) for turning his life around through the mentoring program at the Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Department. (Photo courtesy Averil Gleason)
options.” Initially, Upton said he was hesitant. “The first few times we met, I was really quiet,” Upton said. “If I needed to talk, he was there. I wouldn’t trust anyone – family, friends – and to open up to a total stranger, it took time. Eventually I realized, ‘hey this is someone I could trust.’” Soon he was attending Heinzman’s church for services, with Heinzman soon extending an invitation to Upton for a retreat to a Navaho reservation in New Mexico. There would be volunteering in the community there, painting houses and working with children. Upton
said the experience “changed my life forever.” Changing lives is the primary goal of the mentoring program. “After juveniles agree to try the program, we match them with mentors. Maybe they both are interested in art or sports. We pick up on small things during the interview of both parties and sometimes it’s just randomly pairing people together,” Bearden said. Sometimes she doesn’t know how it all works out. “We never know. We try and plant seeds in these juveniles who have just found themselves in a bad position and we never know what’s
going to come from that. Mentoring may be the first time an adult shows up at a time they say they will,” she said. Bearden said mentors have to be 21, pass a background check and do a short training session. “We require a minimum of one volunteer hour a week. Many do more,” she said. “The kids know the mentors are not coming to lecture them. They know they are volunteering, it’s not because it’s their job – it’s because they care. When the mentor consistently shows up every time each week, walls start coming down and communication starts.”
and I knew I had to get back into this program,” he said. “To hear Nick say what could have happened to him if Mike had not been there for him,” confirmed to Bearden “is what our mentor program is all about.” For more information about mentoring with the Fort Bend County Juvenile Probation Department and information about the Fort Bend Partnership for Youth, Inc., call 281-633-7317 or visit www.facebook. com/fortbendjpdspecialprograms/.
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in Sugar Land for 35 years, married to Mike Gibson former Fort Bend GOP Chairman, raised two daughters, worked as an NICU RN at Hermann Hospital, school nurse at Fort Bend Christian Academy and CEO of a family owned oil and gas consultancy firm. She has led numerous volunteer organizations raising funds for a and scholarships. She is a Precinct Chair, State Republican Executive Committeewoman, board member Texas Federation of Republican Women and President first Republican Women’s Club in Fort Bend. Gibson is a true conservative Republican candidate. She understands that bean counters count beans and managers make things happen. She is a manager with a proven track record of success. She also understands that your true values are demonstrated over a long period not just when running for office. Her values have been demonstrated not just with her paid jobs but also with her unpaid volunteer work. She has worked to elect conservative Republicans in Fort Bend, Texas and the U.S. Gibson was selected to be on the Trump Texas Team working with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. She has experience in managing groups that have raised and dispersed funds for charity, scholarships and political campaigns. She has experience in the budgeting process, managing offices charged with organizing staff, caring for ill patients and insuring their safety and wellbeing. When elected, she will work to make those changes which benefit the tax payers of the county by making the office more efficient, cost effective and better use of personnel and technology. She will work to reduce costs for the county. Campaign website: www. facebook.com/TinaGibsonGOP Email address: TinaGibsonforTreasurer@gmail.com Phone number: 713-412-1620
formation Systems at Loyola University of New Orleans. Also, numerous other business, management, finance, technical and human resource, training and certifications. Qualifications for this position: I am a proven leader with decades of executive management experience in the areas of business management, financial controls, forecasting and process improvement. Until recently, I co-owned a firm specializing in outsourced financial controllership for Texas Special Districts (Municipal Utility Districts, Levy Improvement Districts, Emergency Services Districts, etc.). As Board of Directors President for the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, I led its financial turnaround, creating a thriving asset for our county. I have served on the of the Board of Directors for a Municipal Utility District and have been elected Fort Bend Republican Party Precinct Chair for 10 years running. My past role as Fort Bend Republican Party’s Communications Committee Chair won an award at the 2011 Lincoln Reagan Dinner. I’ve worked in numerous in other organizations like the Texas House of Representatives – District 26 Transportation Advisory Team. Campaign website: www. rickert.com Email address: votebill@ rickert.com Phone number: 713-377-1149
Fort Bend County Constables Precinct 2 Office in 1994 as a deputy. He graduated from the Houston Community College Police Academy in 1994, Class 94C. He served two years in the warrant division section until being promoted to sergeant. As sergeant he was responsible for the department patrol officers, gang resistance program, and field training. In 1996, he achieved the rank of lieutenant and was assigned as commander of the department of education and training. He specialized in civil process (law), earning his certification of Civil Process Proficiency Certification. Majors continues to pursue specialized training from various academies, where he received his license to instruct law enforcement ethics and cultural diversity in law enforcement. Majors has earned his Master Peace Officer License. Moreover, he is a certified concealed handgun instructor, mental health officer, and basic peace officer instructor. Furthermore, he holds instructor certifications in non-lethal use of force, ASP baton, OC pepper mace, and a number of recognitions with the American Red Cross (first aid, CPR, and AED). Majors is married to Dawn Majors and together they have one daughter, Gabrielle. They have resided in Fort Bend County since 1996 and have been a member of the Windsor Village United Methodist Church since 2004. He is honored by nonprofits, community groups and his peers. Gary will take a comprehensive multi-agency approach to law enforcement, and crime prevention. Majors is a member and serves on a number of boards and committees including: • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) • Barbara Jordan Endeavors (Kids with Unique Disabilities) • International Association of Chief of Police • Justice of the Peace Constable Association • Cleat combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas • NAACP • Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers • Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas, Every Ready Lodge #506 Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone number: 832-3093676
tion: Former Assistant District Attorney - Prosecutor for all Fort Bend County Justice of the Peace Courts for 12 years. Former Municipal Court Prosecutor for Sugar Land and Stafford Municipal Courts for 5 years on a part-time basis. In order to keep my law license, I must have annually continuing education credits. Campaign website: woodymcandrewforjudge.com Email address: woody@ woodymcandrewforjudge.com Phone number: 979-2649899
8 years, Associate Judge Missouri City 10 years, Presiding Judge Fulshear Presiding Judge City of Rosenberg 2016 Prosecutor in Fort Bend County municipalities for 19 years 20 years prosecutorial experience in Fort Bend County 10 years total experience, Assistant City Attorney in Missouri City and Sugar Land Member, State Bar of Texas Member, Texas Municipal Courts Association Faculty, Texas Municipal Court Education Center Instructor for Gus George Law Academy, Legislative Update Instructor for Texas Court Clerks Association Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce Leadership graduate and facilitator Former Board of Directors, Literacy Council of Fort Bend Campaign website: crowforjusticeofthepeace.com Email address: kncrow70@ gmail.com Phone number: 281-9082393
B.S. Political Science/Mass Communication (Cum Laude), M.A. Educational Administration. Qualifications for this position: I am a former educator for 26 years. My educational degree in political science equipped me with the skills that taught me how laws are made and the comparative structures of government. I understand how public policy is formulated and the impact of policy on the social and economic status of the populace such as the county of Fort Bend. I have strong writing, research and verbal communication skills. I possess analytical skills that help to dissect policy and the ramifications they may possess. Although I do not possess a law degree I understand the political and legislative processes that directly affect the community in which I reside. I learned how to analyze different political problems and respond with persuasive, evidence-based arguments. I have over 22 years as a social and civil rights advocate where the core of my message has been consistently “Justice for All.” Campaign website: www.dicksongilbertjp.com Email address: email@example.com Phone number: 832-488-5765
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H NETHERY, FROM PAGE 1 ing the residents of Fort Bend County for over a decade as a distinguished law enforcement professional. Currently a sergeant with the sheriff’s office. Most of my career has been spent in child abuse investigations and Internet Crimes Against Children. Campaign website: www. netheryforjp3.com Email address: email@example.com Phone number: 346-2422514
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Andrea Guy-Halat’s passion for helping the less fortunate, rooted in her native Appalachian upbringing, propelled her to career success as an author, a model, a radio reporter and a television news producer in the nation’s top TV markets. Her morning routine reading the Bristol, Tenn., morning newspaper, starting at age 9, bolstered her life-long dedication to making a difference in people’s lives. Ms. Guy-Halat worked for 13 straight years on the overnight shift as a TV morning newscast producer – mostly as the only woman in leadership in “the television-news booth” – at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, N.C.; KYW in Philadelphia and KTRK in Houston. After leaving the news business, Ms. GuyHalat worked in public relations and as the outreach coordinator for a Houston foundation that runs medical and dental clinics serving immigrants, refugees and the underprivileged. All the while, Ms. Guy-Halat told only a few that she had been on dialysis for the past four-and-a-half years. She died Feb. 4 of kidney failure. She was 57. Despite her prominent career, Ms. Guy-Halat most loved her daily 7-mile run; enjoyed watching the sunrise during her regular morning swim outdoors; and, with her husband of nearly 35 years, Hakan Halat, doted on their rescue dogs and enjoyed outdoor grilling and discovering new restaurants. Mr. Halat, who grew up in Istanbul, Turkey, met Ms. Guy-Halat while he was working at his cousin’s factory in South Carolina. Mr. Halat preceded his wife in death on Oct. 13 at age 58. Ms. Guy-Halat’s best friend, Janna Patrick of Spring, Texas, said she appreciated Ms. Guy-Halat’s work expertise while also enjoying her “great sense of humor, her smile and her laughter.” “She was always looking on the bright side of life,” Patrick said. The two hit it off instantly when they met at a public information officers’ conference. “It was like we had known each other a million years,” Patrick said. “That kind of friendship comes around only once in a lifetime. I feel very privileged that I was her friend.” Ms. Guy-Halat’s ebullient outlook emerged partly from her rural, free-wheeling upbringing in Blountville, Tenn., in which she excelled as a “south paw” softball pitcher for a girls’ Central Heights Ruritan Club team; became a junior lifeguard at age 12; and reveled in being part of the Sullivan Central
high-school traveling choir that experienced religious services of all different faiths – the more dramatic and emotional, the better. Her exceptionally high ACT and SAT test scores made her an enviable college prospect. She was graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 1983, and remained a big “Gamecocks” fan for the rest of her life. In college, faculty members chose Ms. GuyHalat as the only freshman to cover presidential speeches and other major political events on campus. She started her career as a radio reporter and weekend anchor at WSPA-AM Radio in Spartanburg, S.C., and then became a radio news director at WTHO-FM/WTWA-AM in Thomson, Ga., and at WGAC-AM Radio Augusta, Ga. Ms. Guy-Halat’s favorite stories were about uncovering, and ultimately helping to thwart local politicians’ plans to build a huge garbage dump in a scenic area of rural Georgia, and of learning the intricacies of golf as she covered the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club for CBS Radio. “From that point on, Andrea loved to watch the Masters on TV, and fondly recalled the years that she had walked every inch of that beautiful course,” said her twin sister, Sandra Guy, a Chicago journalist and adjunct professor at DePaul University. Ms. Guy-Halat hosted radio shows where she interviewed newsmakers such as President Carter, his Assistant Secretary of State Hodding Carter III, Jesse Jackson, rock star James Brown, Barbara Bush and many others. Ms. Guy-Halat left her radio career to be a TV news producer, starting in 1992 as a producer for the investigative reporter at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, N.C.
She produced the news in Philadelphia and Hartford, Conn., before doing so in Houston, where she enjoyed working with long-time investigative reporter Marvin Zindler. Ms. Guy-Halat continued to send her husband and, after his death, her sister, a morning news lineup via email right up until her death. “Andrea punctuated her morning news email lineup with her personal insights, ranging from funny quips to sharp barbs to references to her favorite country-music songs that certain news items reminded her of,” said Sandra Guy. “Two of her favorite songs were Alan Jackson’s ‘Little Man’ about corporate takeovers leaving mom-and-pop businesspeople behind, and Tim McGraw’s 'Humble and Kind.'” During her news career, Ms. Guy-Halat modeled part-time for hair-salon books, reflecting her love of fashion, the latest styles and her pride in her strenuous workout routines. She also loved history, and wrote the book, “Historic Fort Bend County,” (Historical Publishing Network (November 24, 2010), published by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. As outreach coordinator for Ibn Sina Foundation, Ms. Guy-Halat took pride in the sponsorships she developed with corporations such as Walgreens and Bank of America to provide affordable medical care, backto-school supplies and healthcare resources to those most in need. She made sure that the Chick-Fil-A cow made an appearance at the health fairs that she coordinated. A letter to Ms. Guy-Halat from a woman she referred to a medical clinic read, “I would not have been able to see a doctor without your help. Once again, thank you.’” “That letter really epitomized Andrea’s big heart,” Sandra Guy said. “She always reminded me that work wasn’t everything. She was adamant that I open my heart to love, and told me how amazingly freeing it was to truly forgive someone. She was my hero.” Friends are invited to celebrate Ms. GuyHalat’s life at Noon on Feb. 24 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church, 1123 Burney Road, in Sugar Land. A reception will follow. Donations may be made in Ms. GuyHalat’s name to the Humane Society or to Honoring Hope & Faith Rescue, Inc., a non-profit dog rescue organization at 3375 Westpark Dr., #341, Houston (1866-774-HOPE (4673)).
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR MONTH OF FEBRUARY INTRO TO TECHNOLOGY CLASSES
First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, will present a variety of free, introductory tech classes in February. Coding with Java- Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m. MS Word: Intermediate - Thursday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. Computers 101- Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. To register visit www. fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on Events, select First Colony Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-238-2800.
University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, presents a variety of free children’s programs ¬– Mother Goose Time, Toddler Time, Story Time, Pajama Night Story Time, Kinder Korner, and After-School Breaks. Free and open to the public. For more information, call at 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734
ESL CONVERSATION CIRCLES
Fort Bend Libraries provide an opportunity for non-English-speaking people to practice their English skills. Available at four library locations: George Memorial Library (281-341-2653); Sugar Land Library (281-2382140); Cinco Ranch Library (281-395-1311); and First Colony Library (281-238-2800). Call the library of choice for more information and dates.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21 HOMEWORK: A PARENT’S SURVIVAL GUIDE
LEARN TO DESIGN A WEBSITE
An introductory class is offered at University Branch Library, 2 p.m., at 14010 University Blvd. You are encouraged to bring photographs you would like to use on a USB flash drive. Those attending should have a Google account. Free and open to the public, reservations required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us select Events, then University Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-633-5100.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3 ANGLER WORKSHOP
Hosted by George Memorial Library, noon to 4:30 p.m., 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Learn fishing basics, including fish identification and regulations along with equipment needed. Free and open to the public. Reservations required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us click on Events, select George Memorial Library, and find the program, or call 281-341-2604
HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO
Come to Jordan Ranch and learn how to keep fitness goals on track and learn more about living a healthy lifestyle. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Shed, 30757 Jordan Crossing Blvd. Wellness screenings, nutrition tips, chair massages along with a DJ, inflatable rock wall, a basketball dunk and more. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www. jordanranchtexas.com.
SPRING FLING TODDLER FAIR
Hosted by First Colony Branch Library, 6 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. The workshop will provide strategies to use to assist their students with homework. Get tips on how to help the student prepare for standardized tests such as the STAAR, the SAT, and the ACT. Parents of school-aged children are encouraged to attend. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.
Sienna Plantation will host families with children aged toddler to 8 years., 1-4 p.m. Enjoy train and hay rides, a carousel, bounce houses, petting zoo, face painting, music and more. The first 500 children get a free Sienna Super Kid cape. Register to win a Kindle for Kids and tickets to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. The event is free. For more information, visit www.siennaplantation.com/toddler.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 4 VIEWFINDERS FILM FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG ADULTS.
Hosted by the Junior League of Houston, 7-8:30 a.m., 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston. You will hear of God’s renewing and transforming power in people’s lives, and enjoy a meal at the event.
FRIDAY, FEB. 23 NIGHT OF WORSHIP/BENEFIT
A concert benefiting the Delgado family and Dream 4 Adoption will be presented, 7-8:30 p.m., at Sanctuary Fellowship, 1315 Market St., Richmond (near Walmart). $5 donation for adults, children under 18 free. Ticket is your door prize entry
SATURDAY, FEB. 24 PRE MARRIAGE PREP
Receive $60 off a Texas marriage license by attending eight hours of fun, interactive, pre-marriage prep training. Brazos Professional Building, 130 Industrial Blvd, Sugar Land, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.pitcherministries.org or call 832-945-5323.
TEDDY BEAR TEA PARTY
Sienna Branch Library invites teens to submit entries. Prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding entries. The deadline for entries is March 1 at 5 p.m. All films will be shown at the Sienna Branch Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Short films – 5 minutes or less in length – may be on any topic, but they must be appropriate for family viewing. Films can be recorded on any device. Submit entries at https://tinyurl.com/ snviewfinders. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.
TUESDAY, MARCH 6 EASTER EGG MASON JAR CRAFT
Mamie George Branch Library hosts this adult craft class 10-11 a.m., 320 Dulles Avenue. Mason jars and materials will be provided, feel free to bring your own preferred jar to decorate. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us click on Events, select Mamie George Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-238-2880.
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Teddy bears will get their “Rodeo On” at annual tea party at the DeWalt Heritage Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The familyfriendly event, features storyteller Miriam Watson and includes a full tea, including sweets and savories. Reservations required $25/ adult, $15/child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to make reservations, call 281-342-1256.
At First Colony Branch Library from 6-7:30 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway. This introductory class for adults provides basic instruction on sewing techniques with a sewing machine. Materials will be provided, and a limited number of sewing machines will be on hand. You may bring your own sewing machine. Free and open to the public, but reservations required. Call 281-238-2800.
WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE-PLANNING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 TRIVIA AT THE LIBRARY
Hosted by the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City, at 10:30 a.m. to noon. Learn the advantages of estate planning, as well as the disadvantages of not having a plan. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.
Presented at George Memorial Library, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Learn how to make a cosplay costume from start to finish, or improve upon existing costuming skills fashioning outfits that represent a video game, animé, manga, sci-fi, or comic-book superhero. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.
FORT BEND PANHELLENIC RECRUITMENT WORKSHOP
The annual recruitment sign-up is from 10 a.m. to noon at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd. For young women who are high school seniors or collegians, and their parents that wish to know more sorority recruitment in the fall of 2018/spring 2019 school year. For more information, visit www.fortbendpanhellenic.org.
SUNDAY, FEB. 25 CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL
Celebrate at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, beginning at 2 p.m. Dancing lions, a crafts station, and more. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-6334734.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28 COLLEGE FAIR
Hosted by First Colony Branch Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway. Representatives from colleges and universities will share information about their programs with current high school students and their parents or guardians. Schools represented include Baylor University, Houston Baptist University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-6334734.
THURSDAY, MARCH 1
George Memorial Library will host a contest from 6 - 8 p.m., 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Trivia buffs are invited to form teams of two to eight people to compete in a challenge that will include five categories, with 10 questions per category. People ages 14 and up welcome. Free and open to the public, reservations required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us to register. Select Events, George Memorial Library, and find the program, or call 281-342-4455.
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THURSDAY, MARCH 22 PARKS YOUTH RANCH CONCERT
Enjoy a night with the Robbie Seay Band at Christ Church, 3300 Austin Pkwy. Dinner begins at 5:30, concert at 7 p.m. All concert proceeds benefit the Mission of Parks Youth Ranch, providing life changing services to abused and neglected youth. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit parksyouthranch.org.
COLORECTAL CANCER SEMINAR
Join Dr. Ali Mahmood, colorectal surgeon, and Dr. Nitesh Vachhani, gastroenterologist, at 6 p.m. in Methodist Hospital Sugar Land’s Brazos Pavilion Conference Center to learn more about colorectal cancer and take home a free colorectal cancer screening kit. Registration is required. Register at events.houstonmethodist.org/colorectal-sl or call 281-274-7500.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23 EGG MY YARD DEADLINE
Support Dream4Adoption by ordering a yard full of filled Easter eggs. Deliveries available for March 30 and March 31. Order on line at www. Dream4Adoption.org/EggMyYard or email Director@Dream4Adoption. org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 TEXAS TEE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Hosted by the Quail Valley Ladies and Men’s Golf Association. First Tee teaches students core values and healthy habits along with the game of golf. Visit www.golfquailvalley.com or email email@example.com for more information.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 BACK AND NECK PAIN SEMINAR
Join Dr. Jeffrey Wood to learn the latest treatment options and prevention at 6 p.m. in the Methodist Hospital Sugar Land, Brazos Pavilion Conference Center. Registration is required. Visit events.houstonmethodist.org/ backpain-sl or call 281-274-7500.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 COUTURE FOR THE CAUSE AT HARVEST GREEN
Harvest Green hosts the American Cancer Society’s Couture for the Cause at 7 p.m. at The Farmhouse, 3400 Harvest Corner Drive. Models whose lives have been touched by cancer will showcase couture looks. Guests will enjoy local restaurants, a signature cocktail, music, a swag bag, raffles and prizes. All the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information and tickets visit https://acshph.ejoinme.org/CoutureforCause.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21 SPAGHETTI DINNER
The Exchange Club of Sugar Land will host the 31st annual dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Fluor Corporation Cafeteria, 1 Fluor Daniel Dr. Local law enforcement and fire departments prepare the spaghetti and compete to win the cook-off trophy. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 713-443-8061
ONGOING INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR
Beginning, Monday, Jan. 29, and the last Monday of every month, George Memorial Library will host the event beginning at 9 a.m. 1001 Golfview in Richmond. People of all nationalities are invited to come to the informal gathering to get to know one another, share cultural experiences. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281633-4734.
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
THURSDAY, MARCH 8 AAUW FORT BEND MEETING
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 “I read to a cat” bookmark and be eligible to adopt a cat for 50 perecent off that day. Held 1:30- 4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at 3203 Hwy 6 S, Sugar Land.
Author and speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will present “We Should All Be Feminists” at Kelley’s Restaurant, Stafford 7 p.m. The public is welcome. For more information, visit http://fortbend-tx.aauw.net/
SATURDAY, MARCH 10 THEME-BASED PLOTTING
This creative writing workshop is offered by the First Colony Branch library, 1-3 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Learn how theme can help drive plot. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or at 281-633-4734.
MONDAY, MARCH 12-16 TEDDY-BEAR CAMP
Sienna Branch Library will host this weeklong event at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City. Children can bring their second-favorite teddy bear or toy. Registration opens at noon March 12. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.
FRIDAY, MARCH 16 ST. PATRICK’S DAY GOLF SCRAMBLE
Join the Exchange Club of Missouri City for its 38th annual Charity Golf Tournament. Five person teams will play at Quail Valley’s El Dorado
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