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Stafford candidates take center stage in forum By Stefan Modrich SMODRICH@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

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Stafford voters, who are charged with selecting leaders for their city council and school board, recently had their first chance to hear from the group of candidates that will be on the ballot later this month. Stafford MSD trustee Manuel Hinojosa, an unop-

posed incumbent in Position 2, and Stafford City Council member Virginia Rosas moderated a candidate forum held last Thursday. Position 1 on the SMSD Board of Trustees also will be on the May 1 ballot, with early voting scheduled for April 19-27. The candidates vying for that spot, vacated by new city council member Xavier Herrera, are Dawn Reichling, Edward E. Rec-

tor, Clint Mendonca, Darren Keith Blakemore, Suzette Thompson and MaryAnn Smith. Blakemore did not participate in the forum. Positions 1 and 2 on the Stafford City Council also are up for election, although Position 2 incumbent Wen Guerra is unopposed. Thomas John is challenging

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Missouri City hosts outdoor movie series By Stefan Modrich SMODRICH@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Grab your popcorn, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a family-friendly movie night. The Missouri City Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor's Youth Commission have collaborated to provide residents a free monthly outdoor movie series benefiting local organizations. The “Friday Night Flicks” events will be held at Community Park, located at 1700 Glenn Lakes Ln.. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. Food will be available for purchase, and a playground for kids is nearby. On April 16, the city will show “Wonder Woman.” In lieu of selling tickets or charging a fee, the city will collect new or gently used household goods in support of Fort Bend Women's Center. On May 14, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is scheduled to play to benefit the Missouri City Animal Shelter. Accepted items to donate include dry dog food, dry cat food, bleach, blankets (no larger than a throw blanket), chewy or crunchy dog treats, clumping cat litter (Arm & Hammer Brand or Black Box) and toys for dogs and cats without plush filling. The city showed "Onward" on March 19 in support of Star of Hope and collected clothing, shoes, hygiene products, books, bottled water, canned goods and nonperishable foods from attendees. For more information, visit the city’s website at http://w w w.mctxpark s. com/994/Friday-NightFlicks.

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Sugar Land woman connects with community through yoga By Stefan Modrich SMODRICH@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Erin Cummings, founder of YESYoga in Sugar Land, has helped create a community of fitness lovers thanks to her offering of free weekly classes at Sugar Land Town Square. But the Kansas native and Wichita State University alumna had to grow a new social network from the ground up in her new home. “It was just me and my husband when we moved down,” Cummings said. “We didn’t know anyone.”

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She said coming to the Houston area was a bit of a

culture shock for her, but that she appreciates the opportunity for her two children to be exposed to different cultures and to learn about different people and their stories. “I like to picture Sugar Land as the world,” Cummings said. “You don’t actually need to travel anywhere because you can usually find it here in Sugar Land. It’s so diverse.” Her YESYoga classes have provided people in Fort Bend County with an outlet for pent-up stress and frustration and a social connection to counter the isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

After immersing herself in teaching yoga, Cummings became a certified instructor, racking up more than 1,000 hours of training and opening an online studio in January 2018. She followed it up with a brick-and-mortar studio in October of that same year. She started out offering free-pop classes in 2018, and began free “Sundays on the Square” outside her studio at 16140 City Walk in 2020. In a June 24 Facebook post, she switched to donationbased pricing and lowered membership prices to $99, but said YESYoga would con-

tinue to pay teachers at their normal rate. YESYoga, Cummings said, was designed to be “a place for people who were burned out and felt unworthy and lonely and just needed a place to find each other.” “We called it YESYoga because we wanted to be a yes for something bigger,” Cummings added. “We wanted to be a yes for more than being a mom or more than just showing up for your job every day.” Michelle Joseph, a Rosen-

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Area students illustrate talent through rodeo art By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Stafford High School sophomore Justin Amomoy has long been in awe of the school artwork he’s seen displayed for auction at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This year, Amomoy is going to (virtually) be a part of the same display he’s always admired. “I remember growing up looking at the rodeo auctions, and I used to

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just marvel at them because it was a different level,” he said. Amomoy is one of a number of Fort Bend County students whose artwork is up for auction

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Pictured are "Moo!" from The WIDE School's Ryan Kuo and "United Ambition" from Stafford High School's Justin Amomoy. Both pieces were selected to go to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's school art auction. (Photos from Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)

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Local art students find success through creative expression By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

At The WIDE School in Missouri City, Creative Director Marjon Aucoin said art is a means of self-expression for students. It’s not about how they’re different, according to Aucoin. It’s about the common thread they have of expressing their emotions through creative exploits. “We’re using art as an avenue for understanding,” said Aucoin, who runs the school with her older sister, Maryam. The Missouri City private school, which serves 230 students from kindergarten through eighth grade, is a “place where children are supported as they Wonder, Investigate, Discover and

Pictured is The WIDE School's Addison Young's piece called "It's Not That I Don't Want to Listen." (Contributed photo)

Educate themselves and their community,” according to its website. WIDE has served Fort Bend-area communities since 2001. “A lot of the students who come here may not know that art is a path they’re even inter-

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ested in,” Aucoin said. “That’s my job in life, to introduce them to who they are and use it as an avenue to express themselves.” That is certainly the case for at least one student at the school, eighth-grader Addison Young. “At my old school, art was an elective – I never really liked it until I came here, and this is my first year doing art,” she said. “I’ve sewed for a while, but I had never done any art pieces or won any competitions.” That outlet, in turn, has led to several of the school’s students placing well at art and writing competitions since the start of this year. Most recently, Aucoin’s daughter Perrin won the 3rd-5th grade category for "Free Education for All,” in the Houston Bar Association’s Law Day Contest on March 25, while London Casser took second place with

Pictured is Myles Tran's "The Takeover." (Contributed photo)

"The Equality Committee for an Anti-Racist Country." Luna Baba won the HBA Law Day’s 6th-8th grade category for her piece, "The First Amendment." “Some of these pieces they’ve worked on for months. You’re teaching them now that working hard can affect anything – not just art,” Aucoin said. On Jan. 28, students Baba (sixth grade), Ryan Kuo (fifth grade), Tirza Chazaro (eighth grade) and Taylor Finley (seventh grade) were named Best of Show in their respective categories in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s student art contest. Kuo’s piece entitled “Moo!” is set to go to auction this Sunday. Then later in January, several students took home top regional honors in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards put on by the Alliance for

Young Artists and Writers. Young and fellow eighthgrader Myles Tran won the Gold Key Award, the contest’s highest regional award. From there, they automatically advanced to national judging in New York City, which took place in March. “We only have six eighthgraders (at our school), and four of them placed in the competition. Thousands are submitted, and that one I was just completely blown away by because I didn’t know how we’d do,” Aucoin said. Young said her piece entitled “It’s Not That I Don’t Want to Listen,” was a representation of her struggles with concentrating on her work in the classroom at the public school she previously attended. “When I came here it was way different in terms of how we learn and what we do to

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learn things. It made me think back to my last few years in public school,” she said. “It’s not that I didn’t want to listen, it was just that I didn’t find interest in it so it shows information going in one ear and out the other.” For Tran, his piece called “The Takeover” was aimed at representing the struggles in his home when the COVID-19 pandemic took over. The house, he said, represented the world and how coronavirus had ripped the building apart. It was also a self-portrait of his own mental and emotional state amidst the pandemic. “Making that art piece really showed what was going on (during that time),” he said. “It showed my worrying, how I was stressed out during all this time.” Those explanations, Aucoin said, are the essence of the WIDE School’s aims beyond the accolades. She said the artistic outlet allows for creative ways in which to illustrate their innermost emotions which may not come out easy through typical means of expression. And it’s those moments that have occurred so far this year – and those that may still be to come – that Aucoin said will be burned into her memory. “(The art pieces) are often self-portraits. They may not be a representation of what they look like, but they’re an expression and representation of how the children feel,” she said. “To see these kids lay everything out on the line, talk about their most vulnerable times and the things they’re challenged with or hope for – and get recognition for it – is just the best moment in any educator’s career.”

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Column: Easter gives birth to new hope Almost exactly a year ago today, my family took a leap of faith at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and a period of great uncertainty, doing something they had joked about for years. They decided to take home four baby chickens and raise them in the yard – or “on the homestead” as my dad tends to say in tongue-in-cheek fashion – in a largely suburban and urban setting. It is a relatively large lot compared to others in the vicinity of the surrounding Chicago suburbs that allows for a sizable garden and room for hens to roam around freely. It was an enormous project that necessitated consistent research from my sister, who in effect became the mother hen, along with my dad and my broth-

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er to build a proper chicken coop and a run that was weatherproof and predator proof. During that time, much has changed, and so much hasn’t. The chickens have since laid hundreds of eggs, which have gone into delicious omelettes and flatbreads and countless other culinary projects around the house. It has also given me and my other sister in New York a chance to bond during a year that felt like a decade

and made the time apart more bearable. I have been fortunate to have made more frequent visits and to form a genuine connection with these adorable, fluffy creatures even if I thought it was silly or even an absurd idea at first. I know backyard chickens and other farm animals are far more common in Texas and in the more rural parts of Fort Bend County, and I was exposed to farming when I made trips to Wisconsin with my sister and spent part of my summer on our uncle’s dairy farm milking cows and cleaning up their dung, among other things. So this Easter, when we were stuck watching our church service virtually and unable to hug our grandmother as we kept our distance from her dur-

ing our brief holiday visit, I felt it was especially appropriate and a rare sign of optimism from beyond that we had, as my sister has so aptly coined it, a “four-egg day” on Easter Sunday. As she explained to me, most chickens can only lay one egg per day, and for them to all do so on the same day is not an everyday occurrence, especially since the youngest of the lot only started laying eggs last month. Even before that, we had spent all day decorating the eggs as has been our annual tradition, but we had the added bonus of having our own fresh eggs that were each different shades of red, green and brown by virtue of having four different breeds of chickens in our coop — a British Buff Orpington, a Rhode Is-

land Red, and two that are known as Olive Eggers. And it seemed like a very fitting note to conclude a much-needed trip to visit family, all the while reminding me the common threads which bind me to multiple places, something that people in a place as diverse as Fort Bend County are bound to appreciate. So whether you are Christian or Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist or do not find yourself following

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Property owners in Fort Bend County could see an increase in their yearover-year values when receiving their 2021 valuations, according to a news release from the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District (FBCAD). Those property owners should have already received their 2021 Notice of Appraised Value or will receive it in the coming days, FBCAD said. According to the news release, the average home value will increase by 6.47 percent for residential properties, while the average value will change by 4.6 percent for properties with a homestead exemption. FBCAD also said the average commercial property value will increase by 9.33 percent “Throughout the past year, the local residential

any faith at all, I hope that we can go forward into the spring and summer being kinder to each other and less suspicious of one another, that we can continue to look out for one another. It is my personal goal to use part of my sacred time that I have to recharge and relax as an opportunity to be humble and to help make things better for other people around me as well, and I hope you’ll join me in that mission.

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and commercial real estate markets have been far more resilient than initially anticipated,” FBCAD chief appraiser Jordan Wise said in a news release. If property owners wish to dispute their 2021 values, they can find the documents to do so online at fbcad.org/appeals. The deadline to appeal is either May 17 or 30 days after the notice is received, whichever is later. “We encourage property owners to file their protest

electronically through the online appeals system,” Wise said. “We have made significant changes this past year to make the online appeals process more transparent and userfriendly.” To find information on 2021 values, property owners can visit fbcad. org/2021values. For detailed information on a specific property, they can use the search feature located at esearch.fbcad. org/.

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE ELECTION TO THE RESIDENT, QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE STAFFORD MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT: Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 1, 2021 for voting in a general election to elect a Trustee for Position 1 and a Trustee for Position 2 to the Stafford Municipal School District Board of Trustees. The election shall be administered by the Fort Bend County Elections Administrator and conducted as a joint election with the City of Stafford, and other participating entities, in precincts that can be served by common polling places pursuant to Chapters 31, 32 and 271 of the Texas Election Code, and the terms of the Joint Election Agreement and Contract for Election Services with Fort Bend County and the City of Stafford. On Election Day, voters must vote in their precinct where registered to vote. May 1, 2021 Election Day Precinct Polling places are the established precinct polling places of Fort Bend County. These locations are current as of today. Please check the Fort Bend County listing on Election Day for any updates. For early voting, a voter may vote at any of the locations listed as early voting locations. The Fort Bend County Elections Administrator is the Early Voting Clerk for the election and the Administrator’s permanent county employees are Deputy Early Voting Clerks. Early Voting by personal appearance will be held from April 19, 2021 through April 27, 2021 at: City of Stafford City Hall, located at 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477; and the early voting sites identified in the Joint Election Agreement and Contract for Election Services with Fort Bend County, listed below. Ballot applications and ballots voted by mail may be directed in writing to John Oldham, Fort Bend County Elections Administrator, 301 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas 77469-3108 (email: Vote@fortbendcountytx. gov). Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on April 20, 2021. AVISO DE ELECCIÓN DE SÍNDICOS A LOS VOTANTES HABILITADOS RESIDENTES DEL DISTRITO ESCOLAR MUNICIPAL DE STAFFORD: Se notifica por el presente que los lugares de votación indicados a continuación estarán abiertos de 7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m. el día 1 de mayo de 2021 para votar en una elección general para elegir al Síndico para la Posición 1 y al Síndico para la Posición 2 para la Junta de Síndicos del Distrito Escolar Municipal de Stafford. La elección será administrada por el Administrador de Elecciones del Condado de Fort Bend y celebrada como una elección conjunta con la Ciudad de Stafford y otras entidades participantes en precintos que puedan funcionar como lugares de votación comunes en virtud de los Capítulos 31, 32 y 271 del Código Electoral de Texas y los términos del Convenio de Elección Conjunta y el Contrato de Servicios Electorales con el Condado de Fort Bend y la Ciudad de Stafford. El Día de Elección, los votantes deben votar en el precinto donde están registrados para votar. Los lugares de votación de los precintos del Día de Elección del 1 de mayo de 2021 son los lugares de votación de los precintos establecidos del Condado de Fort Bend. Estos lugares están vigentes a la fecha de hoy. Sírvase consultar la lista del Condado de Fort Bend el Día de Elección para ver si hay actualizaciones. Para votar por anticipado, el votante puede votar en cualquiera de los lugares enumerados como lugares de votación anticipada. El Administrador de Elecciones del Condado de Fort Bend es el Oficial de Votación Anticipada de la Elección y los empleados permanentes del condado del Administrador son Oficiales Asistentes de Votación Anticipada. La Votación Anticipada en persona se llevará a cabo desde el 19 de abril de 2021 hasta el 27 de abril de 2021 en: City of Stafford City Hall, ubicado en 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477; y los lugares de votación anticipada identificados en el Convenio de Elección Conjunta y el Contrato de Servicios Electorales con el Condado de Fort Bend, que se enumeran a continuación. Las solicitudes de boletas de votación y las boletas votadas por correo se pueden dirigir, por escrito, a John Oldham, Fort Bend County Elections Administrator, 301 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas 77469-3108 (correo electrónico: Vote@fortbendcountytx.gov). Las solicitudes de boletas de votación por correo deben recibirse a más tardar al cierre del horario laboral del 20 de abril de 2021. THÔNG BÁO VỀ CUỘC BẦU CỬ ỦY VIÊN QUẢN TRỊ GỬI CÁC CỬ TRI CƯ DÂN HỘI ĐỦ ĐIỀU KIỆN CỦA KHU HỌC CHÁNH THÀNH PHỐ STAFFORD: Theo đây xin thông báo các địa điểm phòng phiếu được liệt kê dưới đây sẽ mở cửa từ 7 giờ sáng đến 7 giờ tối ngày 1 tháng Năm, 2021, để bỏ phiếu trong một cuộc tổng tuyển cử để bầu chọn một Ủy Viên Quản Trị Vị Trí 1 và một Ủy Viên Quản Trị Vị Trí 2 cho Ban Quản Trị Khu Học Chánh Thành Phố Stanfford. Cuộc bầu cử này sẽ do Quản Trị Viên phụ trách Bầu Cử Quận Fort Bend quản lý và được tiến hành là một cuộc bầu cử kết hợp với Thành Phố Stafford, và các thực thể có tham gia khác trong các phân khu bầu cử có thể được sử dụng làm các địa điểm phòng phiếu chung theo như qui định trong các Chương 31, 32 và 271 của Bộ Luật Bầu Cử Texas, và các điều khoản của Thỏa Thuận Bầu Cử Kết Hợp và Hợp Đồng Các Dịch Vụ Bầu Cử với Quận Fort Bend và Thành Phố Stafford. Vào Ngày Bầu Cử, các cử tri phải bỏ phiếu tại phân khu nơi họ ghi danh bỏ phiếu. Các địa điểm Phòng Phiếu theo Phân Khu vào Ngày Bầu

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is gearing up for the 30th anniversary of the beginning of its mission to serve child victims of abuse and their families next month. Invitations have been mailed out for the CAFB's 30th Birthday Gala Celebration, scheduled for May 8 at Sugar Land Mar-

Cử 1 tháng Năm, 2021 là các địa điểm phòng phiếu theo phân khu bầu cử đã được thiết lập của Quận Fort Bend. Đây là các địa điểm cập nhật nhất tính đến ngày hôm nay. Vui lòng xem danh sách của Quận Fort Bend vào Ngày Bầu Cử để biết thêm thông tin cập nhật. Đối với thủ tục bỏ phiếu sớm, cử tri có thể bỏ phiếu tại bất kỳ địa điểm bỏ phiếu sớm nào được ghi dưới đây: Quản Trị Viên phụ trách Bầu Cử Quận Fort Bend là Thư Ký phụ trách Bỏ Phiếu Sớm cho cuộc bầu cử này, và các nhân viên quận cố định của Quản Trị Viên là các Phụ Tá Thư Ký phụ trách Bỏ Phiếu Sớm. Thủ tục đích thân đến bỏ phiếu sớm sẽ được tổ chức từ ngày 19 tháng Tư, 2021 đến hết ngày 27 tháng Tư, 2021 tại: City of Stafford City Hall (Tòa Thị Chánh Thành Phố Stafford), đặt tại 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477; và các địa điểm bỏ phiếu sớm được xác định trong Thỏa Thuận Bầu Cử Kết Hợp và Hợp Đồng Các Dịch Vụ Bầu Cử với Quận Fort Bend được liệt kê dưới đây. Đơn xin lá phiếu bầu và lá phiếu bầu qua thư có thể gửi trực tiếp bằng văn bản cho John Oldham, Fort Bend County Elections Administrator (Quản Trị Viên phụ trách Bầu Cử Quận Fort Bend), 301 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas 77469-3108 (thư điện tử: Vote@fortbendcountytx.gov). Đơn xin lá phiếu bầu qua thư phải nhận được trễ nhất là cuối giờ làm việc ngày 20 tháng Tư, 2021. 理事選舉通知 致STAFFORD市立學區合乎資格選民: 茲定於2021年5月1日上午7:00至晚上7:00開放下列普通選舉投 票地點,藉此為Stafford市立學區理事會選出理事席位1和理事席 位2。 依據Texas州選舉法第31、32和271章的規定及聯合選舉協議的 條款及Fort Bend縣和Stafford市的選舉服務合同,本選舉應Fort Bend縣選舉行政官管理,連同Stafford市及其他參與機構,在可由 公共投票站提供服務的選區聯合舉行。 在選舉日,選民必須在其登記選區進行投票。2021年5月1日選舉 日選區投票所地點為Fort Bend縣已建立之選區投票所地點。這些 是當前的地點截至今日。如有任何更新請至Fort Bend縣在選舉日 發布的一覽表確認查詢。 對於提前投票,選民可在下列任一所列地點作為提前投票地點進 行投票。Fort Bend縣選舉行政官是此次選舉的提前投票專員及行 政官的永久縣僱員是副提前投票專員。親自出席提前投票將於2021 年4月19日至2021年4月27日舉行於:Stafford市政廳,地址是2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477;以及聯合選舉協議及與Fort Bend縣的選舉服務合同中確定的提前投票地點在以下列出。 選票申請及郵寄選票可應以書面形式寄至Fort Bend縣選舉行政 官John Oldham,地址為301 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas 77469-3108(電子郵件:Vote@fortbendcountytx.gov)。郵遞選 票申請必須在2021年4月20日辦公結束前寄達。 Early Voting Location / Lugar de votación anticipada Địa Điểm Bỏ Phiếu Sớm / 提前投票地點 Chasewood Clubhouse, 7622 Chasewood Drive, Missouri City Cinco Ranch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Drive, Katy Commonwealth Clubhouse, 4330 Knightsbridge Blvd, Sugar Land Fort Bend County Road & Bridge, 3743 School Street, Needville Fort Bend ISD Admin Building, 16431 Lexington, Sugar Land, Jacks Conference Center, 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land Four Corners Community Center, 15700 Old Richmond Rd, Sugar Land Fulshear High School, 9302 Charger Way, Fulshear George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Dr, Richmond Greatwood Community & Rec Center, 7225 Greatwood Pkwy, Sugar Land Hightower High School, 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City James Bowie Middle School, 700 Plantation Dr, Richmond Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd, Sugar Land James Reese Career & Technical Center, 12300 University Blvd, Sugar Land Kroger’s Riverstone (Community Room), 18861 University Blvd, Sugar Land Lost Creek Park Conference Center, 3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land Missouri City Community Center, 1522 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City Quail Valley Fund Office, 3603 Glenn Lakes, Missouri City Richmond Water Maintenance Facility, 110 N. 8th St, Richmond Sienna Annex Community Room, 5855 Sienna Springs Way, Missouri City Stafford City Hall, 2610 Main Street, Stafford Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land Monday-Friday, April 19-23, 2021 Saturday, April 24, 2021 Sunday, April 25, 2021 Monday-Tuesday, April 26-27, 2021

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riott Town Square. Among attractions featured during the event will be a live band, live and silent auctions and a raffle as well as wine and gift card pulls, according to a news release from CAFB. “Soul Relief”, a sixpiece party band, will play throughout the evening. In addition, dancers from Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School will provide guests with some live performances. Highlights of the auction include a stay at a home that sleeps 17 on a private beach, a fishing excursion and a trip to Los Angeles with tickets to a live taping of "Ellen." Per COVID-19 protocols, all guests at the May 8 event will be required to wear masks when not eating or drinking. To help with social distancing, tables will be for

eight people instead of the standard 10, and there will be extra space in the silent auction and throughout the ballroom. “We’re planning a great evening and have a lot of fun things in store for our guests,” CAFB Developmet Director Lisa Moore said. "We are balancing a party atmosphere with safety considerations and will be following CDC guidelines with safety protocols in place." To attend the event, become a sponsor, donate an auction item or for more information, go to cafb. org/events/gala/ or contact Tarina Sheridan at TSheridan@cafb.org. For more information on Child Advocates of Fort Bend and its mission, community members can visit cafb.org/. Follow us on social media @FortBendStar

Stafford-based nonprofit gets storm relief donation By Landan Kuhlmann

by Winter Storm Uri became apparent,” Attack Poverty CEO Brandon Baca said in a news release. “As we mobilize resources in the communities we serve, we believe that we are better together through collaborative partnerships like that with Reliant.” Founded in Richmond, Attack Poverty is currently based at 3727 Greenbriar Dr., Suite 100 in Stafford. “The devastating effects of this historic natural disaster are continuing to be felt, particularly by the most vulnerable members of our community," Reliant Energy president Elizabeth Killinger said. "At Reliant, we are focused on providing assistance, relief and much-needed resources to our neighbors in need." For more information on Attack Poverty and its mission, visit its website at https://attackpoverty. org/.

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On March 29, locallybased Attack Poverty received a $100,000 donation from Reliant Energy to help Fort Bend County's ongoing recovery efforts from Winter Storm Uri. According to a news release from Reliant, the donation is aimed at helping to provide funding for plumbing and construction repair costs for 20 damaged homes in Fort Bend County, ensuring they are safe and secure as families continue to recover. “The reality is that most of us were impacted somehow by the recent winter storm and likely know someone in need of home repair. As we connected with community members through food distribution lines and home assessments, the scale of damage caused

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LEGALS CITY OF MISSOURI CITY Purchasing Division/Public Works 1522 Texas Parkway Missouri City, Texas 77489 (281) 403-8970 Jonathan.harris@missouricitytx.gov ******* BID OPENING DUE April 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM ******* SOLICITATION NUMBER 21-315 Knight Road Extension Commodity Code: 913-95 Responses must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the IFB name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Responses must be delivered to the attention of: City of Missouri City Attn: Purchasing Office/Public Works –21-315, Knight Road Extension 1522 Texas Parkway Missouri City, Texas 77489 A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in the City Hall Chambers, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX 77489. Prior to the acceptance deadline. Responses marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Until final award of the contract, the City reserves the right to reject any or all responses, to waive irregularities or technicalities, to re-advertise, or proceed to do the work otherwise when in the best interests of the City. No bid may be withdrawn during the 60 days following the bid opening date.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION REQUEST FROM THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT IN THE STANDARD SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1) ZONING DISTRICT FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4211 WILLOW BANK DRIVE VICINITY MAP:

Zoning Board of Adjustment Public Hearing 5:00 p.m., April 21, 2021, City of Sugar Land City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, hosted via live stream at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1238/SLTV-16Live-Video or https://www.youtube.com/ sugarlandtxgov/live, and Sugar Land Comcast Subscribers can also tune-in on Channel 16 to hear all persons interested in the proposed Special Exception to the Rear Yard Setback at 2715 Planters Street, Lot 41, Block 11, Colony Bend Section II, in the Standard Single-Family Residential (R-1) District.

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The agenda item for this meeting will be placed on the City of Sugar Land website at www. sugarlandtx.gov under “Meeting Agendas” Zoning Board of Adjustment no later than Friday, April 16, 2021. Request details or provide feedback on the proposed Special Exception online at www.sugarlandtx.gov/ PublicHearingComment or contact City of Sugar Land Planning Department at (281) 275-2218.

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As of the date of this publication (April 07, 2021) the Centers for Disease Control recommends social-distancing and the avoidance of large and small gatherings in public spaces in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the City of Sugar Land has elected to conduct this meeting online. Members of the public wishing to view the meeting live may do so at the links above. Members of the public desiring to make comments during the public hearing may submit their written comments to the Office of City Secretary (citysec@sugarlandtx.gov). Comments should reference the hearing in the subject line, must be received by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021, then will be read into the record during the public hearing. Members of the public desiring to make their comments during the published date and time of the public hearing must e-mail (citysec@sugarlandtx.gov) or call ((281) 275-2730) the Office of the City Secretary by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to register and receive instructions for direct participation during the hearing.

Should the Centers for Disease Control, and/or the prevailing appropriate authority, lift the restrictions related to social-distancing and the avoidance of large and small gatherings in public spaces prior to 72 hours of the date of the public hearings, the City of Sugar Land will provide notice to the public on the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting agenda at www.sugarlandtx.gov under “Meeting Agendas.”

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION REQUEST FROM THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT IN THE RESTRICTED SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1R) ZONING DISTRICT FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 23 STRETFORD COURT VICINITY MAP:

Zoning Board of Adjustment Public Hearing 5:00 p.m., April 21, 2021, City of Sugar Land City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, hosted via live stream at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1238/ SLTV-16-Live-Video or https://www.youtube. com/sugarlandtxgov/live, and Sugar Land Comcast Subscribers can also tune-in on Channel 16 to hear all persons interested in the proposed Special Exception to the Rear Yard Setback for 44 Bradford Circle, Lot 17, Block 3, Commonwealth Park Section Two, in the Standard Single-Family Residential (R-1) District.

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Drymalla Construction is requesting proposals from qualified SBE and SBA-8A subcontractors for the Fort Bend ISD New Elementary School #54. Certifications from the following agencies are approved by Fort Bend ISD: Port of Houston Authority SBE Certification, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) SBE Certification, City of Houston SBE Certification and Small Business A-SBA-8A. Drymalla Construction will be accepting bids for this project until 1:30, 4-13-21 via email at bids@drymalla.com, or by fax 979-732-3663. Direct all questions regarding this project to Seth Smith no later than 4-17-21 at 10:00 am either by phone at 979-732-5731 or bids@drymalla.com.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION REQUEST FROM THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT IN THE STANDARD SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1) ZONING DISTRICT FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 44 BRADFORD CIRCLE

As of the date of this publication (April 07, 2021) the Centers for Disease Control recommends social-distancing and the avoidance of large and small gatherings in public spaces in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the City of Sugar Land has elected to conduct this meeting online. Members of the public wishing to view the meeting live may do so at the links above. Members of the public desiring to make comments during the public hearing may submit their written comments to the Office of City Secretary (citysec@sugarlandtx.gov). Comments should reference the hearing in the subject line, must be received by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021, then will be read into the record during the public hearing. Members of the public desiring to make their comments during the published date and time of the public hearing must e-mail (citysec@sugarlandtx.gov) or call ((281) 275-2730) the Office of the City Secretary by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to register and receive instructions for direct participation during the hearing.

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Community Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021. The sale will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m. from 3219 Pheasant Trail, Sugar Land. Located off FM 1464/ Old Richmond, between Garcia M.S. & Austin H.S.

The agenda item for this meeting will be placed on the City of Sugar Land website at www. sugarlandtx.gov under “Meeting Agendas” Zoning Board of Adjustment no later than Friday, April 16, 2021. Request details or provide feedback on the proposed Special Exception online at www.sugarlandtx.gov/ PublicHearingComment or contact City of Sugar Land Planning Department at (281) 275-2218. As of the date of this publication (April 07, 2021) the Centers for Disease Control recommends social-distancing and the avoidance of large and small gatherings in public spaces in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the City of Sugar Land has elected to conduct this meeting online. Members of the public wishing to view the meeting live may do so at the links above. Members of the public desiring to make comments during the public hearing may submit their written comments to the Office of City Secretary (citysec@sugarlandtx.gov). Comments should reference the hearing in the subject line, must be received by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021, then will be read into the record during the public hearing. Members of the public desiring to make their comments during the published date and time of the public hearing must e-mail (citysec@sugarlandtx. gov) or call ((281) 275-2730) the Office of the City Secretary by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to register and receive instructions for direct participation during the hearing.

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Should the Centers for Disease Control, and/or the prevailing appropriate authority, lift the restrictions related to social-distancing and the avoidance of large and small gatherings in public spaces prior to 72 hours of the date of the public hearings, the City of Sugar Land will provide notice to the public on the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting agenda at www.sugarlandtx.gov under “Meeting Agendas.”

The agenda item for this meeting will be placed on the City of Sugar Land website at www. sugarlandtx.gov under “Meeting Agendas” Zoning Board of Adjustment no later than Friday, April 16, 2021. Request details or provide feedback on the proposed Special Exception online at www.sugarlandtx.gov/ PublicHearingComment or contact City of Sugar Land Planning Department at (281) 275-2218.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION REQUEST FROM THE REAR AND STREET SIDE YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT IN THE STANDARD SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1) ZONING DISTRICT FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 13635 WOODCHESTER DRIVE

As of the date of this publication (April 07, 2021) the Centers for Disease Control recommends social-distancing and the avoidance of large and small gatherings in public spaces in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the City of Sugar Land has elected to conduct this meeting online. Members of the public wishing to view the meeting live may do so at the links above. Members of the public desiring to make comments during the public hearing may submit their written comments to the Office of City Secretary (citysec@sugarlandtx.gov). Comments should reference the hearing in the subject line, must be received by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021, then will be read into the record during the public hearing. Members of the public desiring to make their comments during the published date and time of the public hearing must e-mail (citysec@sugarlandtx.gov) or call ((281) 275-2730) the Office of the City Secretary by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to register and receive instructions for direct participation during the hearing. Should the Centers for Disease Control, and/or the prevailing appropriate authority, lift the restrictions related to social-distancing and the avoidance of large and small gatherings in public spaces prior to 72 hours of the date of the public hearings, the City of Sugar Land will provide notice to the public on the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting agenda at www.sugarlandtx.gov under “Meeting Agendas.”

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION REQUEST FROM THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT IN THE RESTRICTED SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1R) ZONING DISTRICT FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4710 ABINGDON COURT Zoning Board of Adjustment Public Hearing 5:00 p.m., April 21, 2021, City of Sugar Land City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, hosted via live stream at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1238/SLTV-16Live-Video or https://www.youtube.com/ sugarlandtxgov/live, and Sugar Land Comcast Subscribers can also tune-in on Channel 16 to hear all persons interested in the proposed Special Exception to the Rear Yard Setback for 4710 Abingdon Court, Lot 34, Block 3, Sutton Forest Section Two, in the Restricted SingleFamily Residential (R-1R) District.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION REQUEST FROM THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT IN THE STANDARD SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1) ZONING DISTRICT FOR THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 2715 PLANTERS STREET

Should the Centers for Disease Control, and/or the prevailing appropriate authority, lift the restrictions related to social-distancing and the avoidance of large and small gatherings in public spaces prior to 72 hours of the date of the public hearings, the City of Sugar Land will provide notice to the public on the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting agenda at www.sugarlandtx.gov under “Meeting Agendas.”

The agenda item for this meeting will be placed on the City of Sugar Land website at www. sugarlandtx.gov under “Meeting Agendas” Zoning Board of Adjustment no later than Friday, April 16, 2021. Request details or provide feedback on the proposed Special Exception online at www.sugarlandtx.gov/ PublicHearingComment or contact City of Sugar Land Planning Department at (281) 275-2218.

Zoning Board of Adjustment Public Hearing 5:00 p.m., April 21, 2021, City of Sugar Land City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, hosted via live stream at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1238/SLTV-16Live-Video or https://www.youtube.com/ sugarlandtxgov/live, and Sugar Land Comcast Subscribers can also tune-in on Channel 16 to hear all persons interested in the proposed Special Exception to the Rear Yard Setback for 23 Stretford Court, Lot 25, Block 1, Sweetwater Section 12 & 12-A, in the Restricted SingleFamily Residential (R-1R) District.

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The Ridge Point High School softball team has been heating up as the season moves along, and the Lady Panthers put their power on display last week as they continued their quest for a fourth consecutive District 20-6A crown. Blane Simmons and Grace Janik both hit grand slams while combining for 11 RBIs in a 19-2 win over Clements on March 30, while Alexa Semeyn also homered. Janik then had two more hits and two RBIs in Ridge Point’s 6-0 win over Austin on April 1. Semeyn and Callie Mayes had two hits apiece. It was the 10th multi-hit game of the season for Semeyn, who has a .537 batting average this season. Pitcher Malyn Simmons had two wins for Ridge Point (16-7) in the circle last week, including a complete game with nine strikeouts against Austin. In other softball action, Riley Westmoreland went 3 for 4 with a double and

From left, Ridge Point's Grace Janik, Blane Simmons and Alexa Semeyn hold up their home run balls after a March 30 win against Clements. They combined for 11 RBIs in the Lady Panthers' 19-2 win. (Photo from Ridge Point Softball Twitter)

RBI for the Travis Lady Tigers in a 6-0 win over George Ranch on April 1. It was the first district loss for the Lady Longhorns. Ariel Kowalewski also had three hits for Travis. Alyssa Medrano had two hits and three RBIs for the

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★ YOGA FROM PAGE 1 berg resident, said YESYoga has become part of her routine. She’s been practicing yoga daily since 2014, and she began her sessions at home. Eventually, she needed a change of scenery and found YESYoga through an internet search in 2019. “I think people are missing that these days. There’s no self-care,” Joseph said. “I think that’s where you get into mental health dangers because nobody’s paying attention to themselves.” Joseph said she brought as many of her friends as possible to experience a class with her, taking advantage of Cummings’ initiative to allow participants to bring a guest for free each month, though she said that slowed down when the pandemic hit last year. Lauren Somers, a Minnesota native, has been a client of YESYoga from the beginning, attending the pop-up Town Square sessions three months before the studio opened. Like Cummings, Somers said her husband got a job in the oil and gas sector that sent them to Sugar Land. While the classes are primarily attended by women, men also are welcome to attend the classes, and the couple has attended classes together and made some new friends in the process while introducing her

new friends to the other attendees. Cummings said YESYoga has also offered kids yoga programs in the past, like the Halloween Yoga event she held in 2019. “It’s always a breath of fresh air going in feeling connected and saying hi to people who you might have had class with a few times before,” Cummings said. “But also welcoming new people that are just joining and you can show them the ropes or whatever we’re doing that day.” Due to the economic impact of the pandemic, Cummings decided in June to offer a donation-based payment method to make her classes more accessible. In addition, Cummings has created a scholarship fund for her alma mater, Wichita State, aimed at creating more female entrepreneurs. She said the funds will be awarded on a rolling basis for the next five years. “I just really wanted to help another woman who had a creative idea to feel successful and get her business off the ground,” Cummings said. Everywhere she’s been, Cummings has sought to create a family atmosphere with her yoga classes. And her friends and yoga students and even her Lululemon ambassador colleagues stepped up for her during a time of need, when her dad

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Erin Cummings oversees one of her yoga classes at Sugar Land Town Square in 2020. (Contributed photo)

spent more than two months in the hospital recovering from a motorcycle accident in Texas. “The people here were just amazing,” Cummings said. “One of my clients if they were friends of mine would bring me food at the hospital and they would come take

my class and see how I was doing. One of the ladies at Lululemon started a GoFundMe for my dad’s hospital bills. People just really showed up for me.” She said she knew at that point that the studio had to keep going. “I went from this lonely per-

son in Houston as a mom to now having two kids and feeling like I had a whole bunch of women and community around me that supported me,” Cummings said. When COVID-19 cases began to spike in 2020, Cummings said she felt that support again, and wanted to

★ FORUM FROM PAGE 1 incumbent city council member Alice Chen, the city’s mayor pro tempore, for her Position 1 seat. Both Chen and John said Stafford needs to continue to attract new businesses to the city. “Our job is to find money to operate the city,” Chen said. “We need to have a partnership with the Stafford Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), with local business owners, with the (Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce), the city, state

reciprocate that support as her friends and clients rallied around her to help boost her business. “It just felt like a great way to give back,” Cummings said. “And to give people a chance to continue to move their body and have some sense of normalcy.”

Champion. HLSR said on its website that its annual art program promotes an awareness of agriculture, western heritage and show activities through artistic competitions for area students. Artwork is divided into seven categories: colored drawing, mixed media, monochromatic, painting, 3D, elementary and junior high. Amomoy, who has

grown up in a family of drawers and artists, said he had been entering the contest at various levels since middle school. This is the first time, however, that his artwork has made it to this level of the competition. “I was just shocked that I was in it – I entered the competition mainly just to test my skill level,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it to make it auction ever.”

But his art teacher, Tammy Bui, was not surprised that Amomoy became the first SMSD student to have artwork reach HLSR’s auction. "Every year I see the selected pieces and I know our students' work is that good, too,” Bui said in a news release. Kuo of The WIDE School also is seeing the fruits of his labor. His monochromatic cow painting, he

said, had no elegant meaning behind it, but was fun to draw. “I like cows, because they’re hard to draw, and I really wanted to challenge myself,” Kuo said. “I’ve always liked bulls and the minotaur and things like that. … I like the creativity of art, I like the colors that are flowing and moving. I like how the piece expresses yourself when you draw it and how emotional it is.”

The WIDE School is a private school in Missouri City and has served Fort Bend-area communities since 2001. Creative Director Marjon Aucoin, who runs the school with her sister, said having a student place in the rodeo’s prestigious competition was among the best moments in the school’s competition history. “Some of these pieces they’ve worked on for months,” she said. “You’re teaching them now that working hard can affect anything – not just art.” Their hard work appears to be paying off for Amomoy and Kuo, who both deflected praise. They said their favorite part of the rodeo art competition is seeing how it’s ending up. “I’m honored – there are no words I could say, really,” Amomoy said. “I feel like there were so many before me who deserved this title. I want to continue making records and history.”

and federal partners.” When asked if building new homes and commercial space was more important than better utilizing existing space, Chen said both were critical to making the city an attractive business partner. She also said maintaining the city’s zero property tax and a strong fiscal policy were among her top priorities. John said the city’s debt is one of his main concerns, and that bringing new startup companies to Stafford and modernizing its business community would help alleviate that debt.

“We have to change our system,” John said. “A lot of companies are moving to Texas. If we work hard together, we can bring more modern businesses to Houston, to Stafford. We have enough space.” The school board candidates were asked to define their most important responsibility for a school board member. Thompson and Rector emphasized improving communication with parents. “As trustees, we should be transparent with the parents,” Rector said. “Also, trustees should be involved

in the community and going out in different neighborhoods of Stafford to see what they need and what can be done better inside the schools.” Thompson, who said she had been in Stafford for 10 years and has two children in the SMSD system, said she has been involved with community service in the city. “My mission is to make sure all students at Stafford have academic achievement,” Thompson said. “To me, the most important responsibility of the school board is communication.” Smith did not attend the

forum but submitted a written statement that was read by Rosas. “I am not a newcomer,” Smith said. “I have consistently showed interested and concern for our city but also what’s best for our students.” Reichling said her goal was to earn the trust of SMSD parents. “They need to be able to reach out to us,” she said. “We need to be a presence in the community that they see and that they know that they can trust. That’s what I want to be, someone they know they can trust, whether they have a problem, a concern, a

question, or even an idea of something that can be done in a school.” Mendonca said the school board needs to set a vision for the district for the superintendent, administrators, and teachers to implement and goals for them to achieve. “Trustees are not involved in the day-to-day operations of the school district,” Mendonca said. “We help with the overall plan, like the board of directors of a corporation. Whether it’s something major or it’s something that affects one campus, we’re the ones who set the tone for the district.”

★ ART FROM PAGE 1 in a competition for the honor of HLSR’s Grand Champion. Fifth-grader Ryan Kuo of The WIDE School in Missouri City is also preparing for auction after his piece entitled “Moo!” was selected. More than a dozen Fort Bend ISD students will also have their pieces up for auction. Kuo’s piece will go to auction Sunday, April 11 after it was named Best in Show on Jan. 28. “I was very surprised to find out that I won,” Kuo said. “I was very happy because my hard work got recognized but at the same time, I was very sad because I won’t be able to keep my artwork when it goes to auction.” Amomoy and Kuo are guaranteed to make at least $1,500 from auction, and could win as much as $38,000 if chosen as Grand

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In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the cancellation of several community gatherings, please check with each organization for updated information about the status of their events. APRIL 8 FT. BEND/HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS ZOOM MEETING Ft. Bend/Harris Retired Educators next zoom meeting is Thursday morning, April 8th, at 10:00-noon. Program: Learn about the candidates running for Fort Bend I.S.D. School Board. Paid members will receive an emailed zoom invitation a week prior to the meeting. Further information for any retired educator, email cmduvall@aol.com. APRIL 15 LAMBDA SIGMA CHAPTER OF DKG VIRTUAL MEETING APRIL 15TH Local chapter, Lambda Sigma of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional society of leading women educators will conduct a zoom meeting Thursday, April 15th, at 5 p.m. (social time, 4:30). Program: Find Your Happy Place, Chair Yoga. Educators who are interested in learning more about DKG, contact dkglsnews2020@gmail.com APRIL 17 EXCHANGE CLUB OF SUGAR LAND’S 34TH SPAGHETTI FUNDRAISER will be held VIRTUALLY on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 6:00 PM www.facebook.com/ sugarlandmorningexchange TEXT NOODLE TO 71777 to donate or buy Raffle tickets. SILENT AUCTION www.32auctions.com/ Spaghetti2021. Www.ECSL.org

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ONGOING SUGAR LAND AMERICAN LEGION American Legion Freeman Post 942 meets the fourth Thursday of every month at the Post facility, 311 Ulrich, Sugar Land, Texas, at 7:00 PM. All veterans are welcome. Post hall is available for rental for events. Call 713-553-5370 if interested.

of new members! Various Fort Bend clubs exist and can accommodate early morning (7 a.m.), noon and evening meeting time desires. For more info, contact Mike Reichek, Regional Vice President, 281-5751145 or mike@reichekfinancial.com We would love to have you join us and see what we are all about!

GIVE A GIFT OF HOPE Give a Gift of Hope one-time or monthly. Your help provides access to therapies and services children with autism might otherwise go without. Please consider Hope For Three in your Estate, Planned, or YearEnd Giving. Register now, or learn more about exciting events: www.hopeforthree. org/events

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 281-499-3345.

DVD-BASED ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS WITH NO HOMEWORK REQUIRED Weekly class designed to help you understand and appreciate the Bible by giving you a better sense of the land and culture from which it sprang. The class meets at 9:30 am every Sunday at First Presbyterian of Sugar Land (502 Eldridge Rd.). For more information call 281-2403195 EXCHANGE EXCHANGE, AmericaÕ s Service Club, always welcomes guests and is in search

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