Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! How do you say good-bye to your good friend, a community leader, a true gentleman, a local hero; who also happens to be your boss or your right hand man, the glue that holds everyone together? In the case of Constable Chief Larry Shiflet, it was a gathering of those nearest and dearest to him at Precinct 4 on April 30, which was declared “Larry Shiflet Day” by both Humble Mayor Donnie McMannes and Houston Mayor Bill White. As Larry retired from 50 years of law enforcement, there were tears and laughter, fond reminiscences, cards, gifts, lots of picture taking, and Larry’s favorite food. Proclamations and tributes were made by City of Humble; City of Houston; Congressman Ted Poe’s office, Humble Chamber of Commerce’s Mike Byers, Commissioner Jerry Eversole; HISD School Board member Dan Huberty; State Sen. Tommy Williams; State Rep. Joe Crabb. Larry was also gifted with a “little black book,” letters from several women in the community who wrote thoughtful and touching letters of friendship. Faces in the crowd: beautiful wife Cynthia; son Brad with wife Susie and Larry’s adorable granddaughter Laryssa; son Wilson Calvert; Constable Ron Hickman; Lynn Fields, Gwendolyn Condeleo Crawford; Judy Luquette; Kim Brode; Humble Police Chief Gary Warman; City Councilman Mike Sullivan; Charles Cunningham; dozens of officers, and community friends. It was an afternoon to remember. And, if that weren’t enough, at 5 p.m., when Larry left the precinct for one last time, he was followed out to the parking lot by several of his officers, who tearfully hugged him good-bye. Those who couldn’t be there radioed in with good luck: “We’re going to miss you; Thanks, Chief. Our community has been extraordinarily blessed and we thank you, Larry! We know you won’t really retire from us, and we look forward to many more years of your friendship and working together.” A little night music … at Strawbridge United Methodist Church where Kingwood Musical Arts Society (KMAS) presented “The Music of America”, its final presentation of the season. Solo performances by Anne Heath-Welch and Deborah Wedekind were heart stopping, and Marvin Monk’s portrayal of Prof. Henry Higgins is now our favorite! From folk to spiritual, Gershwin to Lerner and Lowe, it was a night filled with great talent and beautiful music. A highlight was the recognition of Robert and Susan Lunson as loyal and ardent supporters of KMAS. Board chair David Livingston and Lori Miller presented the very surprised Lunsons with a beautiful music box! Guest conductor Dr. Roger Keele did a beautiful job of filling in for our own Dr. Todd Miller, who just happened to be performing with the Houston Symphony at the time! Sharing in the evening: Judy Brown; Candy Bowman; Russell and Cheryl Strickland; Dick and Bev Silloway; Steve and Nancy Sandstrum, whose son Army Capt. Andrew Sandstrum has just returned to Iraq. To be a part of the 2008-09 KMAS season, call 281-312-1404 or visit Kingwood.LoneStar.edu. It was a perfect Sunday in Town Center for Dr. Scott Mosby’s Car Show – over 150 classic cars, food and drinks, vendors, and people of all ages enjoying the lovely afternoon. Following the show, CJ’s on the Park had an “After Car Show Party.” Coincidentally, it was Cheryl Johnson’s birthday (we decided that 34 was a good age), and everyone was celebrating. CJ’s incredible friend and chef Cherrie Ledoux (A Grand Affair) and husband Daniel flew in the day before from Vienna in order to make CJ’s (very delicious) birthday cake! CJ’s daughter Annie and mom Judy were on hand to celebrate, as were: Howard Pitman; Rick Starzyk; Jericho Concepcion; Dwayne Ulrich; Peter Courchene; Tony and Cheryl Austin; Richard and Len Leofsky; Christopher Curran and Jill Bagley; Ronnie and Brenda Chance with daughter Robin Herrera; Larry Lane. That’s what friends are for…Lisa Niccum and Myra Bruns invite you to a Garage Sale and Concert Benefit for Nina Ward, who recently had cancer surgery. Nina is a friend from ABWA, self-employed and now unable to work. So stop by Lake Houston Church of the Nazarene parking lot, Saturday, May 17, 5616 1960 E, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more info or to have donations picked up, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lisa, 281-744-5761. What’s on my calendar: Saturday, May 10, Be sure to vote in the HISD board election and FOR the Lone Star College Bond Referendum; Tuesday, May 13 at Kingwood Country Club: Women of Vision Express Network Luncheon and Annual Business Expo, a great way to promote your business. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration and reservations; Friday, May 16, at Humble Civic Center: Lyle Lovett in Concert; tickets are $100 per person; table sponsorships available, but selling out fast! Contact Jim Sumner at 713-553-8790 or 281-703-5952, or www.ronhickman.com. I’ll see you out and about!

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