Welcome back to Out and About … the place where you can find out what’s happening in our community! We need your help, you guys! Our own community leader, and co-owner of Keller Williams Northeast, Judy Hopkins, has a daughter-in-law, Stacie Rhea, who has been diagnosed with the terminal illness ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Judy is always such a generous person when it comes to helping others. Now it’s our chance, as a community who cares about each other, to help her family. Keller Williams Northeast is putting on a benefit to raise money for a home remodel and addition to accommodate the Rhea family as Stacie’s illness progresses. Date alert…Thursday, March 6, 4 – 7 p.m. at Walden Country Club in Atascocita. It will be great fun for a great cause! Silent auction; Live auction featuring a trip to Hawaii complete with a ride in a GT racecar (just what we all need to get the old blood flowing!), Taste of our Town featuring delectable fare from local restaurant favorites and a cash bar. Cash donations or auction items can be mailed or delivered to Keller Williams Realty at 20665 West Lake Houston Parkway (just across the bridge in Atascocita) or call (281) 358-4545 for additional information. Please put this on your calendar and plan to join us! You May Get What You Ask For You Guys! Remember the gavel Tom Broad, past board chair of FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center, was looking for at the recent FamilyTime Gala? In thanking him for his three years in office, current Chairman Jeremy Wilkerson told Tom they’d be honoring him at the next Board meeting. Tom kiddingly (is that a word?) made a big deal about every past-president getting a going-away gavel. Well, the surprise was on Tom at Jeremy Wilkerson’s first FamilyTime Board Meeting when Jeremy presented Tom with a gavel fashioned out of toilet paper rolls and created and signed by students from his Primrose School of Lake Houston Parkway! Is that a hoot or what? Board member Tamara Paul then presented Tom with a gavel made from a Diet Coke. Board member Marilyn Gerry next gave him a cute “Little Tykes” plastic hammer/gavel. Board secretary Nancy Shortsleeve, who probably was behind all of the ‘gavel presentations,’ presented Tom with a lovely, handcrafted, rhinestone embossed, Gala Gavel as well as a huge glass jar in which to store his gavels. Board member Domingo Villarreal presented Tom with a heartburn kit that he would need when he tries to decide which gavel to use and, finally, Board member David Escobar presented him with an authentic Constable’s umbrella to help protect all of Tom’s gavels from the elements! So now (poor Tom) can rest assured that he will have a gavel for any occasion – and I mean any occasion! It was red, red, RED at the Kingwood Country Club Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Kingwood Area Republican Women held a meet the candidate’s luncheon for many of the GOP candidates in Harris County. The room was a buzz with election excitement and gossip. Club President Alice Rekeweg had a hard time getting everyone to settle down for the speeches which was a little strange because no one ignores Alice!! Looking around, it was wall to wall yard signs and candidates all appropriately dressed in candidate attire: Faces in the crowd, in addition to all the candidates: Skippy Lupton; Dan and Janet Huberty; Rachael Waite; Anne Wallace; Tony and Anne Geldens; Robert Westover; Jeremy Wilkerson; Robert Scarfo; Brent Entelage; Kindra Hefner; Debbie Hughes. The Manse on the Hill was absolutely glowing with festive politicos last Thursday night. Jack and Lynn Fields hosted a party fit for a Senator and not just any Senator … our dynamic Tommy Williams, of course! Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst said it was well worth hours of circling Hobby and IAH airports to finally land in Houston and arrive at the Manse! Without a doubt, Jack and Lynn are wonderful hosts, and the cause was a great one. The festive crowd listened as the Lt. Governor spoke of the many accomplishments of Senator Williams on behalf of the district and the state of Texas. Senator Williams spoke warmly of his state, his beautiful wife Marsha (who was, of course, by his side), his family, and his supporters. The menu was to die for (Chef David of course!) and included house cured pork tenderloin and sun dried fruit chutney canapés, port wine laced goose liver pate with smoked duck prosciutto and mini gherkins, smoked salmon “salad” served over garlic crostini with purple onions, capers and chopped egg, and Mediterranean artichoke and olive canapé with parmesan and olive oil! The beverages flowed all evening and the discussion was lively. Political savvy faces in the crowd included: Dr. Martin Basaldua; Roy and Sue Hearnsberger; Joe and Tracy Stunja; Mickey and Wilma Kahn; Barbara Jordan; Ron and Tina Denoville; David and Pam Dickson; Gail Lynch; Ron and Halene Crossman; Betty Newton; Bryan Monk; Skippy Lupton; Danny and Geralyn Sullivan; Barbara Siriani. Chef David and Laurel from Amedeo’s. Irving Berlin wrote this classic: “For in your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.” The Easter parade of bonnets will be the spring’s most anticipated event yet come March 12 at the Nathaniel Center. The second annual Picnic in the Park Ladies Luncheon and Easter Bonnet Contest gets started at 10:30 a.m. with lovely ladies admiring vendor tables and eyeing a gang of handsome fellows wearing aprons. Benefitting the Village Learning and Achievement Center, the guys are up for bids starting NOW. Who will wait on your table? Will it be debonair Joe Cleary? Good natured Rick Alspaugh? How about that handsome Larry Shiflet who also happens to be a fabulous dancer? Smooth talking Philippe Cras or our own Latin king Cezar Gonzales? Other gorgeous waiters are John Sheridan, David Bubier, Robert Scarfo, Thomas Nelson, Stephen King, Joe Crabb, Jeremy Wilkerson, Chet Harris, Dan Huberty and Billy Dawson. Place your bids by calling Eliza at 281-358-6172 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Winning bidders will be notified on March 5. Word has it that Larry Shiflet got the first bid so on your mark, get set, GO! Our precious Pam Dickson will be back with you next week and she is so excited to share some of her fun happenings. I will see you in April! See You Out and About!!

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