Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Santa officially begins the Christmas season in Lake Houston when he joins Humble’s 28th annual Christmas Parade of Lights Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. on historic Main Street. The City of Humble’s Beautification Committee has selected “A Charlie Brown Christmas” as the official theme and you and your family can expect to see at least 100 floats, community organizations and walking groups. After the parade, Santa will settle in at Uptown Park to hear “wish lists” from kids of all ages.
A tip o’ the hat to long-time Humble lawyer Mike Carr who was named the chamber’s 55th Haden E. McKay Citizen of the Year during the Lake Houston Chamber’s November luncheon. The Golf Club of Houston was already packed with members getting an update on the State of Health Care in Lake Houston. Everyone was rightfully surprised when Sam Schrade revealed Mike’s name. A standing ovation, naturally, with a couple of former “Citizens” leading the applause, including Jess Fields, last year’s recipient, State Sen. Dan Huberty, Humble Mayor Merle Aaron, and Mayor Pro Tem Norman Funderburk. Oh my, I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone. Carr will be formally recognized at the chamber’s annual Awards Extravaganza Jan. 24 at The Overlook in Atascocita. The $60 per seat tickets are available now at lakehouston.org.
There’s a new place for breakfast and I can hardly wait. It’s called Snooze and I heard all about it at the H-E-B Northpark Grand Opening from Michelle Hundley of Stratus Consulting. Snooze was the only name I didn’t recognize when I saw the list of new stores joining H-E-B at the top of Northpark. Apparently, Snooze is quite the breakfast place in Austin and Michelle assured me it’ll soon be the place to be seen in Kingwood in the early morning. I guess I don’t get out of Lake Houston much because there are Snoozes in The Woodlands, Katy, Montrose and the Heights. Michelle raved about the breakfast pot pies, the breakfast burritos and the breakfast tacos. I can hardly wait. They’ll be joining Starbucks, Twin Liquors, Pacific Dental Services, Nails of America and Chase Bank in what Stratus is calling Kingwood Place.
The Village Learning and Achievement Center’s Gala “Reach for the Stars” at Hotel ZaZa was another spectacular event, this year chaired by Dave and Gwendolyn Crawford. Together with the efforts of many volunteers, including Auction Chairs Marie Halvatzis and Kim Maxey, Gala Committee Chairs Cher Pope and Michelle Sorrentino and Special Guest Lauren Potter, the actress on “Glee” with Down’s Syndrome, the night was filled with both celebration and inspiration. Shining bright enough to be one of the stars were Executive Director Kim Brusatori, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Rick and Kelly Paull, Chad and Devon Alexander, Wayne and Millie Garrison, Tracie Mieth, Tracy Hobson, Erica Johnston, Danell Fields, Trish King and John Sorrentino.
In other Village Learning Center news, APEX Estate Sales, who is partnered with HAAM (Humble Area Assistance Ministries) for donations within the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita area, is also now partnered with The Village for donations in the greater Houston area and beyond.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day and Ellie Csengery’s home was nothing less than fabulous for the reveal of the FamilyTime 2019 Women of Achievement. With wine donated by Jennifer Bohner and food donated by A Grand Affair, photos courtesy of Pat Guard and the efforts of Janet Huberty and Susan Meinholz, it was the perfect afternoon for “The Big Reveal.” Congratulations to these ladies – The Arts, Andi Lewis; Education, Gudrun Oppermon; Business, Melissa Lonier; Entrepreneur, Sheloncio Daniel; Homemaker, Annette Isbell; Volunteer, Kelly Paull; Community Activist, Jessica Beemer; Visionary, Dr. Elizabeth Fagen; Women’s Advocate, Nadine Patterson; Medical, Lisa Milliken; Human Services, Debbie Hughes; Special Recognition, Drue DaSilva; and the Spirit of FamilyTime, Kyle Campbell. Quite a lot of us past Women of Achievement honorees were on hand to welcome these ladies to the fold including Executive Director Judy Cox, Juanita Zavala, Betty Newton, Casey Christman, Jennifer Carney, Kaaren Cambio, Twila Carter, Nancy Foisner, Diana VanHorn, Jennifer Summer Green, Michele Dykstra and Dorothy Alspaugh.