Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
I hope you all made the most of the long holiday weekend and enjoyed all the Fourth of July festivities going on around town: Local Texas artist Sam Caldwell and his wife Vizi, Forest Cove residents and active community volunteers helped put the finishing touches to the 49th Annual Forest Cove Parade lead car honoring another resident, 95-year-old World War II veteran, Sgt. Franklin Patterson. Patterson was part of the unit that led the Utah Beach assault during the Normandy landings and his unit had been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for Valor in Action during their heroic effort at the Battle of the Bulge. Also in the lead car was Pfc. Marine Earl Warner, a Korean war veteran.
At Town Center, there were vendors galore, face painting, food booths, live music and music from DJ KDub, lawn games, and even “ambassador animals” from The Houston Zoo.
Over at The Overlook, there was lots more family fun with hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, the Mambo Jazz Kings and fireworks presented by Texan GMC Buick and Keller Williams Northeast and sponsored by The Tribune, Atascocita Golf Club, Spurlock Law Firm, Fairlake Boat and RV, Marsala’s and Taco Flores.
A couple of days earlier at Kings Harbor, it was also food, fun, music by Johnny and the Spinsations, and fireworks sponsored by Insperity, The Tribune, Silversand Services, and Kings Harbor merchants Sharky’s, Jennika’s, Raffa’s, The Berry Bar, Zammitti’s, Pretty Little Things, Harbor Cove Apartments, Hometrust Mortgage and Harbor View Apartments.
Also on July 1 was the annual Alspaugh’s Street Dance and Barbecue with barbecue, hot dogs, ice cream and live music by Horizon; all donations benefited Kingwood Young Life.
For those of you looking for a few more fireworks this summer, the Kingwood Country Club is opening its water park to the public on July 21 and, together with Town Center, is holding a fireworks show on Labor Day weekend. Apparently, additional “open to the public” dates for the water park are also about to be added for the summer. The country club asks those that wish to attend the July 21 event to RSVP as space is limited.
Enjoying the kick-off party for the 10th In The Pink Luncheon set for Oct. 20 were Northeast Hospital Foundation President Tim Baker, Memorial Hermann Northeast CEO Josh Urban, co-chairs Lynette Calfee and Nancy Shortsleeve, Kim Stokes, Joanne Pike, Brittany Cannon, Carol Prince, Heather Ingalls, Tracy Erwin, Cristi Cardenas, Robin Ardoin, Erica White, Toni Schau, Fran Linton, LynAnn Centofanti, Marco Ollervides, Chelsea Degueyter and Angie Lewis. Committee members Tom Broad, Cynthia Calvert, Dawn Allen, Sara Baker, Brooke Baugh, Suzanne Brown, Suzanne Croft, Rhonda Dishongh, Tricia Racine, Elizabeth Tise, Missy Williams and Audrey Winders are encouraging everyone to save that date for the luncheon, which will be held at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport Marriott. The event, which last year helped allocate $50,000 to Project Mammogram, also benefits other initiatives of the Northeast Hospital Foundation.
Congratulations to Kingwood High School, Kingwood Park High School and Atascocita High School, Humble ISD schools which were recognized by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) as being three of the top 25 schools in the state in UIL-sanctioned competitions. A special shout out to the Kingwood Park Girls’ Golf Team, who finished second in the state tournament!
More congratulations to Kingwood coach Chase Duplantis, Kingwood high school volleyball players – Kayla Janikula, Camryn Wisenbaker, Sydney Rambo, Emma Brinsden, Parker Roach and Mollie Holmes – and Kingwood Park volleyball players – Hannah Overmyer, Andrea Unwin, Yates Barker, Emma Omenson, Julia Hadley and Katelyn Searcy – all members of The Woodlands Revolution who won the gold medal at the 2017 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championship in Minnesota.
Happy birthday to Scott Brady and Katie Woodard! How U Doin Tavern was packed with well-wishers, including Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Terry and Mitzi Vaughn, Bradley and Christina O’Dell, Sam and Casey Schrade, Aaron Armstrong, Robin Choiniere, LynAnn Centofani, Laura Casey, Marc Surla, Amber Parr, Peggy Murphy and Ken Morrison.
Kingwood residents making quick trips to Louisiana recently – Danny, Geralyn, Michael and Kelly Sullivan with Peggy Murphy and Jack Kelly. Must be the luck of the Irish with the lucky winnings! Also winning in Louisiana were Cheryl Johnson and Donna Ballard. Enjoying the Big Easy and Lake Charles were Hector and Robin Martinez and Emily Dorman.
People watching at Amedeo’s around lunchtime and dinner? Then you must have seen some familiar faces recently – Johnny Brooks of Commercial State Bank, dining with a client and looking handsome in a pale blue seersucker suit; Lake Houston Area Chamber President Jenna Armstrong; Tribune columnist and man about town Tom Broad; Tribune owner Cynthia Calvert; In the Pink Raffle Chair Cristi Cardenas; Planet Ford’s Kelly Paull; Paul and Angela Leviner; and Rick Alspaugh.
Looking forward to a couple of events coming up: The Village Learning and Achievement Center’s annual Sock Hop at the Kingwood Community Center and their annual Lake Houston’s Got Talent Show at The Nathaniel Center are always fun family events. Christmas in July at the Humble Civic Center lets you get a jump start on Christmas shopping and is a great way to pretend it’s cold outside.
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