Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! Hasta La Pasta in Atascocita was the recent scene of a fabulous and fun birthday luncheon, hosted by August birthday girls, Cynthia Calvert, Devon Alexander, Gwendolyn Condoleo-Crawford and yours truly. The theme of the party was “Don’t Ask My Age/No Gifts, Please.” So imagine the surprise when everyone admitted to being the same age – 30! Guests feasted on, well, a feast prepared by the excellent chefs at Hasta: yummy appetizers that included crab cakes, shrimp, artichoke dip, calamari and more; then a huge chicken salad, followed by incredible desserts, such as carrot cake, tiramisu, chocolate cake, and a big favorite¯creme brule! And not one calorie in all of it! Enjoying the festive, fun event: Karla Nash (who had exciting news about her winery in Montgomery); Lynn Fields; Judy Luquette, Nancy Shortsleeve; Janet Huberty; Cheryl Johnson; Tracy Zacek; Jill Bagley Curran; Michelle Parnell; Judi Anderson; Kim Brusatori; Karen Boughton; Frances Andrews; Hildy Bubier; Margie Riley; and Kay Fitzsimons. It was such fun for all, that Hasta La Pasta wait staff and management invited the group back for a Christmas party¯sounds like a plan! Also celebrating her “30th” birthday that same evening at Chimichurri’s was Gayla Murphy, who was accompanied by good friends Linda Shephard; Rick Starzyk; Denise Guest and handsome son Michael Guest. It was a party on the patio as guests gathered to enjoy a hot Latin combo on a hot summer night. Faces in the crowd: Cheryl Famulari; Cristy Famulari; Gary Carriere; Devon Alexander; Christopher and Jill Bagley Curran; Cheryl Austin; Cheryl Johnson; Richard and Len Leofsky. Administaff is leading the pack of walkers for the upcoming annual Greater Lake Houston American Heart Association Walk, set for Saturday, Nov. 15 at Lonestar Kingwood College. Event chair Randy McCollum and Dr. Raymond Little hosted a room full of Administaff and other community leaders to learn more about warnings, symptoms, tests and treatments for cardiovascular disease, which kills 300-400,000 Americans each year, exceeding the total of several other diseases combined. Everyone was sufficiently “pumped” and ready to exceed last year’s record breaking numbers of 500 walkers and $70,000 raised for American Heart. Chef Dan of Signature Catering delighted (and filled!) the attendees with a fantastic breakfast creation of “heart healthy eggs Benedict.” I kid you not! To find out more about forming a team, becoming a sponsor, and/or leading a Heart Healthy Awareness campaign in your office, contact Steffi Hutto at 713-610-5072 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I hope to see all of you walking for a healthier heart! The Village Learning and Achievement Center annual Golf Tournament that was rained out in May has been rescheduled at Tour 18 Sept. 8. If you are already registered, just come on down! If you would like to play, and are not registered, contact Eliza Hudson, 281-358-6172 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It will not rain on September 8! Two more dates to put on your calendar for VLAC: Sept. 30: the grand opening of the Plum Valley Center and the Flagpole Plaza dedication. This event is free and open to the public. Nov. 8: annual gala at Crowne Plaza Hotel. This year’s theme is “Embrace the Fusion – Melding of Community, Families and People with Disabilities.” This year’s emcee with be TV personality Debra Duncan, and the auctioneer will be one of our favorite people, Joe Cleary. Another of our favorite people, Rick Alspaugh, will be honored (well-deserved!) for the support he has shown VLAC and the community. This is a lovely event, with great live and silent auction items; all for a very good cause. The new Village Web site is up and running, and you can find more information about gala sponsorships, registration forms, and everything you would like to know at www.villagelac.org/2008/07/2008-gala/.  Don’t wait to reserve your table! If you are not a golfer, plan to attend Chocolate Festival of Texas on Sept. 8 at Humble Civic Center. If you are a golfer playing the in VLAC tournament on the 8th, or if you can’t make it on Sept. 8, or if you just want to go twice (!) there is an extra day of fun on Sept. 9 at this year’s second annual delicious festival! There are booths, yummy tastings, samplings, cooking contests, door prizes, and much more. But you need to get your ticket (s) in advance, and last year sold out. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Go online to www.chocolatefestivaloftexas.com to purchase advance tickets or contact Selina Shadd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Amedeo’s continues to be the “scene and be seen” for power lunching. Recent lunchers at several tables included Dr. Guy Sconzo; David Brewer; Philippe Cras; Bob Rehak; Howard Pitman; Paul Leviner; Bob Priddy, Roger Gaskamp; Ginger Robertson; and even Tony Raffa! A “power table” of beautiful ladies making plans on behalf of Humble ISD Foundation: board members Corinn Price, Tracy Stunja, Karen Perkins, and Kim Riley. Speaking of Tracy Stunja, this lovely, always beautifully dressed, lady has added “Etcetera Consultant” to her very full resume. To view the clothing line, just visit www.etcetera.com and then e-mail Tracy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like an invitation to her October showing of holiday and winter fashions. What’s on my calendar: Saturday, Aug. 30:  Race for the Kids – An Evening at Sam Houston Race Park, to benefit Including Kids – dinner, horse racing and a concert by Clay Walker! Contact Theresa Johnson at 281-852-0501 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This is for a very good cause, instructing, including, and inspiring children with Autism.Deadline to sign up is Aug. 26. Remember to send me your event information, at least 3 weeks in advance, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include who, what, where, when, why and contact phone number/e-mail. I’ll see you out and about!

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