Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! Next time you see Humble resident Norman Funderburk, ask him about meeting former Arkansas State Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee. Funderburk, a member of the Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Authority Board of Trustees, had a photo taken with the governor after he heard Huckabee speak at the National Rifle Association’s 137th annual meeting in Louisville, Ky. Rumor has it that Norm also “hobnobbed” with Sen. John McCain, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Lt. Col. Oliver North. Well, maybe it wasn’t actual hobnobbing, but he did attend speeches given by all of them. He’ll want to tell you all about it! The monthly breakfast meeting of the North Harris County Criminal Justice Association was well attended by law enforcement and community leaders, including Humble City dignitaries: Mayor Donnie McMannes; City Manager Darrell Boeske; Police Chief Gary Warman; Humble City Council; new Precinct 4 Assistant Chief Constable Woody Mitchell; Larry Shiflet; Kelly Hendricks; Tom Bates; Rodney Smith; Mike Sutton; Diane Trautman; Betty Hogan; Gwendolyn Condeleo Crawford; Judy Luquette; Judy Cox; Dawn Evans; Juanita Zavala. It was a picture perfect evening in King’s Harbor as Tony Raffa and David Welch hosted “Party on the Patio” at Raffa’s. The restaurant was packed with folks who decided not to brave the blustery breeze, but for those of us who did venture out didn’t want to leave! Among those enjoying a beautiful June evening, listening to Mark Linabury play our favorite songs: Paul and Denise Krieger; Cheryl Johnson and her mom Judy; Tony and Cheryl Austin; Wade and Mary Beckman; Jim and Pascale McIver; Beth Duncan. Remember the Humble Chamber of Commerce Education Committee book drive for Title 1 elementary school kids in HISD? Carolyn Wise reports that the committee received over 1,200 books, and thanks everyone who participated in the book drive. Gene O’Neal, vice president of Well Fargo Bank in Humble, donated 1,000 book marks. The Kingwood Rotary Club has a special offer for Kingwood Residents called Flags Across Kingwood. For a $50 subscription, Rotary will place a flag in your yard four times a year, Memorial Day, July Fourth, September 11, and Veterans’ Day. This fund raiser for Rotary projects will help support worthwhile projects near and dear to Rotarians’ hearts, including, HISD Education Foundation, HISD High School Interact Clubs, HISD Science Fair, Lake Houston YMCA, Blue Star Moms; clean water and immunization programs in developing countries, and many more. You will want to show your patriotism and help these great programs. (Rick Alspaugh has already ordered 8 flags!) To participate, contact Robert Westover, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Meanwhile, two of the newest Humble Intercontinental Rotarians are Larry Shiflet and Robert Scarfo. Our friend Carol Sutton reports that she had the privilege of being the presenter at the 2008 Kingwood Chapter of National Charity League’s Senior Salute at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel. Carol had the thrill of introducing the 20 beautiful young ladies and their very proud dads who were escorting them into the ballroom. Barrington Kingwood recently hosted an appreciation party for their Preferred Realtors, those who actively show and sell homes in Barrington. Barrington’s Michael Tenzer, CEO, and Melanie May, CFO, couldn’t say enough wonderful things about this select group, and treated them to an incredible banquet that included goat cheese crostinis, sushi bar, and a fabulous buffet catered by Swift & Company. Some faces in this elite crowd: Ed and Sara Nowak; Eunice Dennis; Bonnie Kluborg; Barb Moody. Friends are saying farewell to Tom and Janet Sheahan who have built their dream home in Conroe. Janet and partner Carol Sloan started The Music Stand, which moved from Kingwood to The Woodlands a few years back. We’re all glad that Conroe isn’t that far away! Kings Harbor restaurants are really jumping! In fact, sometimes, it’s hard to decide just where to eat! Como Se Dice is a casual spot for Mexican food. The patio at Raffa’s is everyone’s favorite spot from early afternoon till well after dark; the bar and restaurant are packed. Zammitti’s offers good Italian fare in a relaxed dining environment. Chimichurri’s (South American cuisine) has been filled to over flowing! Take out is available at all restaurants. Save the date: Monday, Aug. 4, is the next AABY (Animals Always Believe in You) luncheon, style show and auction, and will be held at Walden Country Club. For tickets, tables, and more info: AABY Thrift Shop: 281-358-4866 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. What’s on my calendar: I would not miss (and neither should you!) the second annual Chocolate Festival, September 8 and 9 at the Humble Civic Center. There will be vendor booths for sampling, demos and shopping. There will be two cooking shows; Taste of Home, a repeat (and sell out) of last year and a new one, Chocolate Baking School. This one will be taught by Chef Nick Malgieri, the Director of Baking Programs at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education and author of 8 cook books. Tickets go on sale July 15. Contact Selina Shadd, 832-515-3860 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be a vendor, purchase tickets, or compete in the contests. How did you celebrate your birthday? If you were Karen Boughton, you and your family traveled to Ireland and Scotland! And brimming with just a wee bit of pride, Karen reports that she will soon go to Pinehurst, N.C., where her 10-year-old grandson will represent Texas in the U. S. Kids World Championship of Golf! Seen Out and About: At Raffa’s: Barbara Noonan; Betty Row; Cynthia Calvert. At La Madeleine: Walt and Marlene Canty; Brian, Claire, Patrick and Molly McShane. Leaving Zammitti’s with pizza to go: Houston City Councilman Michael Sullivan and daughter Paige. Happy Father’s Day to all you great dads and grandfathers! I’ll see you out and about!

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