Welcome back to Out and About…. the place that you can find out what’s happening in our community! Hats off to Village Learning & Achievement Center for their highly successful and fabulously fun 2nd annual Picnic on the Park Ladies’ Luncheon and Easter Bonnet Contest! The Nathaniel Center was packed with stylish ladies (many wearing hats, of course) who shopped till they dropped and then lunched on delicious food prepared by Amedeo’s Catering. Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary treated luncheon guests to a “2008 Fashion Trends” style show, adding two additional models, including her mom Barbara, who showed all of us that 81 is still young and fashionable! The Trib’s own stylish Cynthia Calvert was emcee. Winners of the Easter Bonnet contest: Judges’ Favorite: Tricia McEacharn; Most Festive: Sondra Cook; Most Creative: Truett Vondrak; “You’ve Got to be Kidding Me”: Rita Treckman. Tony Raffa himself was on hand to oversee the celebrity waiters: Chief Larry Shiflet, Joe Cleary, Philippe Cras, Billy Dawson, Thomas Nelson, Rick Alspaugh, Dan Huberty, Jeremy Wilkerson, Robert Scarfo, Joe Crabb, Philip Ivy, Mark Linabury, Cezar Gonzales, John Sheridan, David Bubier; Chet Harris. Table hosts bid for the waiters, who also worked for tips, bringing in $1,720.86. Joe Cleary received the most tips and has already signed on for next year. Who got the 86 cent tip?! The North Harris County Criminal Justice Association was treated to a rousing presentation by Congressman Ted Poe at the March breakfast meeting held at Italiano’s Restaurant in Humble. Congressman Poe spoke on the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto and received a standing ovation from a room full of folks proud to be Texans, including: Humble Mayor Donnie McMannes; City Manager Darrell Boeske; Police Chief Gary Warman; Chief Larry Shiflet; Domingo Villarreal; Ray Taylor; Don Allen; Chris Green; Betty Hogan; Becky Medley; Judy Luquette; Lisa Niccum. Take me out to the ballpark: the 7th annual Holy Trinity Episcopal School Gala was held for the second year at Minute Maid Park, the perfect venue for “Glitz and Grand Slam.” Live auction items included hunting trips, vacation packages to Colorado Springs, San Francisco, and Florida, and a gourmet package of fine dining in Humble and Kingwood at Chez nous, Railroad Café, Café Du Bois, and Amedeo’s. The band was great, and some people we know danced till midnight! Faces in the crowd: Don and Shirley Ellisor; Richard and Meredith Hawley; Robert and Susan Lunson; Steve and Nancy Sandstrum; Larry and Jan Shryock; John and Diane Myers; Ron and Tina Denoville; Dan and Pat Kasprzak; Lisa Bell and Eddie Miller; Ruth Davies. This week’s Featured Event: The second annual Madhatter’s Luncheon at Kingwood Country Club on Friday, April 4. Doors open at 11; hat judging begins at 11:15; lunch at noon. Luncheon chairs Annette Wood and Pat Burt promise a delightful afternoon of lunching and theatre as Centre Stage performers present selections from 101 Dalmatians; The Aristocats; Annie Get Your Gun. There will be an incredible silent auction, and Annette will present an informal style show featuring Worthwear fashions. If you have a hat or are thinking of getting one, here are the categories for the contest: Most Beautiful; Most Humorous; Best Theme; Best Ensemble; Best Group (three or more). Tickets are $35 or $50 for preferred seating. All proceeds benefit Centre Stage. More info: 281-360-9734 (correction from last week). See you there! Tony and Leslie Raffa and Chef David Welch hosted a wine tasting for Raffa’s wine locker owners. Enjoying good wine and great food on a gorgeous afternoon: Mike and Cindy Bonds; Rod and Gay Felts; Pat and Ardy Weston; Jim and Pascale McIver; Larry and Jan Shryock. Later that evening Bonnie Longnion, Diana Morales Taylor and Nellie Thorogood enjoyed girls’ night out at Raffa’s. Got you covered! The Kingwood Area Quilt Guild has a unique online auction of 41 one of a kind quilts. So whether you are looking for a miniature quilt, a wall hanging, a baby bed or king size, go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and shop for a good cause. Save the date(s): Friday, April 4 Humble ISD Foundation Gala; Saturday, April 5, Including Kids Annual Gala; more information in next week’s column. What’s on my calendar: Kingwood Garden Club’s annual Share a Plant day on Saturday, April 12 at Kingwood Library; rain or shine; 9 a.m. – noon. Bring one or more plants and exchange them for an equal number of new ones! Label each plant with the name and care instructions. I’ll see you out and about!

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