Welcome back to Out and About…. the place that you can find out what’s happening in our community! February may be our shortest month, but it was absolutely packed with politics and politicians, Mardi Gras, Humble Rodeo, barbeque cook offs, Humble ISD Observatory ground breaking, preparations for Go Red for Women, Valentine dances, dinners, and diamonds, and more activities on Leap Day than anyone could handle! Speaking of diamonds, where can you find diamonds, martinis, and chocolate on the day before Valentine’s? Why, at Thomas Markle Jewelers, of course! It was the annual “shop for your sweetheart event,” and the store was packed with smart husbands shopping for their wives, and beautiful women making their lists. Thomas and his superb staff made sure that lookers and buyers alike were well taken care of. Thomas Markle is one of our area’s most generous supporters; in fact he donated a Mont Blanc pen for Jill Bagley’s purse auctioned at Go Red for Women Luncheon. And speaking of Valentine’s Day, Tracy Monk and Melody Phillips of Event Décor and LaDonna Winters of Creative Window Designs should add party planning to their resumes. They hosted a “Ladies Afternoon Valentine’s Soiree,” complete with magnificent lake front view, martinis, champagne, and fabulous food (guaranteed not to contain any calories) Some of the lucky ladies at this event: Diane O’Brien; Robin Rooney; Kip Rugg; Christie Bailes; Patty Harris; Tracey Bryan; Debra Wedekind; Diane Ellis; Lisa Albrecht. There were no horses parked outside, but the gorgeous Barrington Manor hosted a Rodeo Roundup for Realtors, complete with roping and lassoing! Faces in the crowd: Ed and Sara Nowak; Pat Williams; Linda Schmidt; Lisa Dempsey; Kelley Tiblier; Karen Boughton. What goes around comes around: 2 sets of four tickets to Hannah Montana at the Houston Rodeo were purchased at the Barrington’s Mardi Gras ball auction this year. Susan White reports that they were “re-donated” and have gone to the children’s ward at M. D. Anderson Hospital. The gavel saga continues. You may recall in Kim’s column that our dear friend Tom Broad, community relations executive of Memorial Hermann Northeast and past president of FamilyTime’s board, was lamenting that he did not get a gavel as outgoing prez. Judges Judy Warne, Doug Warne, and David Fall, who attended the FamilyTime gala, sent Tom an authentic judges’ gavel, inscribed “Tom Broad, Big Shot”. In the meantime, fellow board members also sent him a “Jar o’ Gavels.” All gavels are prominently displayed in Tom’s office, and current board president Jeremy Wilkerson is taking notes. Tony Raffa and Beth Duncan hosted a wonderful evening at Amedeo’s Jazz Night, wrapping up February with smooth music and great food – it’s like having your own party, with the best of catering, entertainment, and you don’t have to do the dishes! Enjoying the fun: Dale and Joan Early; Wimberly Valley Winery’s Howard Pitman; Jill Bagley; Owen and Mary Ruth Jones; Nick and Betsy Woutas; Ted and Diana Price; Paul and Janice Costa; Phil Lively and Sharon Lewis; Mike and Fran Leslie; Jim and Lori Becknell with beautiful ladies Marie and Ruth from Kingwood Country Club; Ed Stilton, Phil and Karen Boughton. What’s on my calendar: Dusting off the Easter bonnet for 2 upcoming luncheons: Wednesday, March 12, the second annual Village Learning & Achievement Center’s Ladies’ Luncheon and Easter Bonnet Contest at Nathaniel Center; 10:30 – 1 pm; only a few seats remaining; 713-289-0819; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Friday, April 4, the second annual Madhatters Luncheon, benefiting Center Stage. Save the date—more to come next week. Congratulations to Phil and Karen Boughton on their 38th wedding anniversary who celebrated at a romantic candle lit corner table at Chez Nous. Welcome home to Harrison Boyd, who had some scary moments at Texas Children’s Hospital recently. All reports are that Harrison is a very brave young man, and happy to be back home with his family! Thank you to my beautiful friend Kim Sullivan, who covered Out & About for us during the month of February. We will be working together to bring you all the news of Spring. Please remember to send us your event information at least 3 weeks in advance and include contact information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I’ll see you out and about!

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