Welcome back to Out and About ... the only place that you can find out what’s happening in Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble! I enjoy hearing from you about your events and love attending as many as I can. Please remember that I need a minimum of two weeks before your event, and I really prefer 3-4 weeks, enough time for advance notice to others, as well as my calendar. This week’s Featured Event is one that has already taken place, the first annual Zach Jones Memorial Golf Tournament. Held on Monday, April 23, it was an amazing outpouring of love, support, generosity and energy, a fitting honor for Zach and his parents Connie and Larry. It was held on a school holiday, and dozens of Zach’s friends and teammates joined as part of the more than 300 volunteers who worked Walden Country Club and the overflow crowd at Atascocita Country Club. The hallways at Walden were lined with tables filled to the brim with over 120 silent auction items including elaborate gift baskets, offering everything from coffee to martinis, gourmet foods to spas, Astros to chocolate, and much, much more. There were 17 live auction items including a weekend in the Cayman Islands; a barbecue dinner for 50 prepared by Houston’s Goode Company Barbecue; dinner for 10 at Outback, with a limo to get you there and home; four days and three nights in Las Vegas; Lasik surgery from Dr. Brent McQueen at Berkeley Eye Center, and of course, a precious, yellow lab puppy, Zoey. Coordinators said that several people from out of town and out of state (!) played in the tournament, donated an auction item, or made a donation. More than 400 people had reservations for dinner, some of them not golfers, but just wanting to show their support for the Zach Jones Memorial Scholarship. All event proceeds will benefit and begin funding college/technical school scholarships in 2008 (the year that Zach would have graduated) to Humble ISD graduates. With over 400 faces in the crowd, Zach’s was the one in everyone’s heart and mind. While the event was successful far beyond any expectations, just below everyone’s smile was a catch in the throat or a tear in the eye. Thank you, Connie and Larry, your families and friends, for giving back to our community in such a loving and selfless way. For more information: www.zachjonesmemorial.com. The Humble Civic Center Arena became a lanai at the third annual St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School fundraiser on April 21. The table decorations were island delights! Ladies in flowered sundresses and men in Hawaiian shirts enjoyed a fun evening “at the casinos” (play money, of course!), bidding on fantastic silent auction items that included two round trip tickets on Continental Airlines to anywhere in the world (!) There were door prizes, a buffet dinner, tropical drinks, and a live auction, along with several celebrity “dealers” including Guy Sconzo, Larry Shiflet, Jess Fields, Bonnie Gardner, Louis Smith and Kevin McSweeney. Other faces in the crowd: “dealer” Clyde Turner, Karen Perkins, Roxanne and Frank Jay, Mary Anne Fiala, Philip and Rhonda Bradley, Dan and Debbie Hughes, Dawn and Jeff Graham. Congrats to event chair Trish Duhon and her team for a successful event! Happy anniversary to Jim and Karyl Flaming, owners of The Shutter House in Kingwood, who recently celebrated their 44th anniversary. On April 25, 50 Women of Influence gathered at the lovely home of Jack and Lynn Fields to show their support of Kingwood College scholarships and programs. Bonnie Gardner and Top Hat Catering provided the delicious food, served by Kingwood College Ambassadors, Tomas Londa and Eric Peterson. Dr. Linda Stegall defined a woman of influence as one “who is recognized/excels in her field, serves the community, and is committed to supporting education.” Susan Ouren, head of the Interior Design Department at Kingwood College, spoke about their outstanding program which is the only one in Texas endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. A delighted Dr. Susan Lunson won the door prize for two free hours of interior design consulting. A lot of power, energy and influence gathered under one roof! Some of the beautiful faces in the crowd: Mieke Cras, Judy Luquette, Cathy Broussard, Vie Mixon, Gwendolyn Condeleo, Hildy Bubier, Sandra Dunphy, Paula Emmert, Vivian Curry, Robyn Harrell, Carol McCord, Corinn Price, Gay Nord, Colene Joiner, Addie Wiseman, Karla Nash and Joyce White. FamilyTime’s Thrift Shop located on Loop 494 at FM 1314 will celebrate their 10th birthday on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Stop by the “sidewalk café” for free cake and punch and a chance to win a camera, a TV, and other great door prizes. Congratulations to Brenda Graham and her staff on the great job they do for the community and FamilyTime! What’s on my calendar: May 3, National Day of Prayer Service at Kingwood United Methodist Church, 1799 Woodland Hills Drive, 7 p.m.; AABY Garden Party, May 6 from 3-6, Homewood Suites; May 11 Rotary Spaghetti Dinner, Humble Civic Center, 6 p.m. $10

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