Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! The second time was the charm for Village Learning and Achievement Center’s rescheduled golf tournament! There was a great turn out at Tour 18 on this warm, sunny day, and a record $36,000 was raised for VLAC programs that support individuals with disabilities! First place trophies went to the Tetra Technologies Team, Jim Funke, George Puls, John Strutevant, and Daryl Radley. The Woodlands Golf and Performance Center pros Lori Tatum, Franci Betancourt and Alan Hodde brought in lots of money as players bid on them to play with their team. And of course, Lori and Franci brought that extra bit of beauty, charm and class (not to mention great golf swings) to the day. Other notable stats: John Stone got “closest to the pin;” Merry Meunier had “longest drive” in the women’s class; Sean Chamblee got “longest drive” in the men’s. And one special team classification went to “most honest team,” Hasta La Pasta, with players Josh Abshire, Trey Seale, Albert Hogue and Rosie Astorga. Most importantly, a great time was had by all for a great cause. The 9th annual tournament will be held in May 2009; so stay tuned for more information. Humble Intercontinental Rotary has been busy giving away money raised at last spring’s annual Spaghetti Supper. Over the last few weeks recipients have included Village Learning and Achievement Center; HAAM; Feed My Lambs; FamilyTime; Boy Scouts of America, not to mention the various water projects throughout Africa. This is a busy group of folks, serving the community, locally and globally, and presenting impactful programs, such as the recent presentation by Gold Star Moms and the Patriot Guard. Gold Star Moms are an elite club, not one you want to belong to. They are the mothers of service men and women who are killed in action. The Patriot Guard was formed to escort families to military funerals, and they also meet, greet, and escort returning military. Imagine the surprise of Rotarians when they roared up to the meeting on their Harleys! Last week, Humble ISD’s Superintendent, Dr. Guy Sconzo, gave a “state of the school district” presentation. Janet Huberty, a key volunteer with Steep Creek Media, presented the outreach and impact of school bus advertising, with a testimonial of the benefits from VLAC’s Eliza Hudson. The motto of Rotary is “service above self.” If you would like to know more about being involved in this Rotary club, visit a meeting at Humble Civic Center any Wednesday at noon. Can you believe it’s already Homecoming Season?! Our high schools are already working hard to get ready for the parades, and word is out that a ton of candy will be tossed out to the crowds. So come out and show your support at these events: Atascocita High School: Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m., from Fall Creek Elementary down Will Clayton to the High School; Humble: Thursday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. on Main Street in Humble; Kingwood and Kingwood Park: Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. from Creekwood Middle School to Kingwood High. This week’s featured event: Including Kids First Annual Tennis Tournament, benefitting programs for children with Autism and related disorders. The tournament will be held at Kingwood Country Club Oct. 11, and will include women’s, men’s, and mixed doubles tournaments, a reception and raffle. If you’re a tennis player, or married to one, this event is for you! SG Interests is the title sponsor. Several of the sponsorship levels have already been sold, but some are still available, including Court Sponsors at $200; Gold Sponsor at $2,000; Presenting Sponsor at $3,500; any and all other donations are appreciated and will go to a good cause. Program ads are $25, $50, $75, and $100. Auction items are also needed. For information, reservations, or to donate: Theresa Johnston at 281-852-0501 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Kingwood’s National Night Out will be Oct. 7, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware on Lake Houston Parkway. Kingwood and Humble Rotaries will partner to help sponsor this evening, along with Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, and several service clubs. James Coney Island will provide hot dogs and drinks. It’s a great way to get out and meet your neighbors! Ken Austin of KAustin and Associates announces plans for this year’s annual open house Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 302 E. Main Street in Humble. This is really a fun time for families, as there will be barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, a moonwalk, face painting, clowns, magicians and live music. Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware has donated a Weber Genius Grill as a door prize. If that wasn’t enough, proceeds from the event (and all donations) will help FamilyTime purchase a much needed new van for their shelter, The Door. Happy 48th anniversary to Walt and Marlene Canty! Seen out and about: Mike and Candy Varty at Raffa’s; Joe and Lavelle Shelton at Chimichurri’s; Dwayne Ulrich, Cheryl Johnson and Cheryl’s mom Judy at Rico’s; Larry and Connie Jones at IHOP. Whoops! Last week’s column mentioned that Bill King is a candidate for Mayor, City of Houston. Mr. King’s candidacy is in an exploratory committee; no announcements have been made at this time. I’ll see you out and about!

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