Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! Holiday hostesses Diane Blanco, Danell Fields, Beth Panzarella, Meredith Woehst Smith, Linda Woehst and Cheryl Chamblee pulled out all the stops to host a fabulous holiday open house at Diane’s beautifully decorated home. It was all the more fun with the snow coming down, and so much good food, including Beth’s fantastic coconut cheesecake! There were dozens of beautiful faces in the crowd, including: Penny Westerfeld; Linda Head; Sharon Lewis; Janice Costa; Holly Hefflefinger; Mary Weaver Hubbard; Devon Alexander; Eileen Booher; Chris Parker; Aggie Green; Carolyn Mashburn; Pat Chandler; Gwendolyn Condeleo Crawford; and Linda Stegall. It was definitely a “dog’s day” at King’s Harbor last Saturday, as AABY director Kay Pass and her team hosted “Hike with the Hounds,” pet pics with Santa, and unveiled the 2009 pet calendar. It was a perfect day to be outdoors and enjoy the day-long-festivities which concluded with the wonderful Lone Star College – Kingwood Big Band getting everyone in the spirit with holiday music and, of course, Santa making an appearance to light the Christmas lights.  Faces in the crowd: Karen Boughton; Robert Scarfo and Jayme Snowden; Gwendolyn Condeleo Crawford; Janie Warren; Jim Pass; Joan Early; Sue Pilko; Debbie Norris; Dave and Diane Livingston; Grant and Elizabeth Chapman; Rebecca Riley; and Cherryl Young. Owen Jones hosted a 39th (again!) birthday party for the love of his life, Mary Ruth, at Zammitti’s. It was too breezy to be on the patio, but everyone enjoyed a great evening indoors with good friends: Howard Pitman; Cherryl Young; J. T. and Millie Golden; Derold Maney; Dr. David Villacres; and wine guru Paul Ramirez. Thomas Markle and his team are at the top of Santa’s list of good helpers for hosting their fourth annual “Holiday Two Step!” Step One consists of three days for ladies to fill their wish lists. Step Two is an additional day for the men in their lives to select “just the right gift(s)” for the ladies they love. Among those being dazzled by all the beautiful bling: Saundra Yarborough; Shawn Richardson; and Paula Yale. Manager Beth Snow and her crew of Santa’s Helpers got things going at Talbot’s by enticing shoppers with a special holiday evening of discounts and desserts; quite a festive way to shop! Fashionable ladies included: Ginger Bertrand; Becky Pilgrim; Marie Halvatzis; Elizabeth Chapman; Eileen Booher; Chris Parker; Michelle Parnell; Geralyn Sullivan; Holly Oberst; Carol Sutton; Denise Krieger; and Diana Garbis. Believing indeed that we should eat dessert first, many shoppers completed their night out by walking over to Carrabba’s for dinner. The Terrace “Wine and Appetizer Party Group” held their Christmas party at the beautiful home of Mike and Betty Arnold. More than 60 friends and neighbors gathered to enjoy good food and wine, and toast the holidays, including:  Bob and Gail Fry; Bob and Bonnie Williams; David and Cathy Rhodes; Ken and Shelagh Sever; Jerry and Marilyn James; Christopher and Jill Curran; Jane Parke; Jeannette Slack; Will and Barbara Hamilton. Sue Smith hosted the annual bunko bash at her lovely home for one of the “oldest” groups (25 years) in Kingwood – the group, not the players! Surely playing since they were 5 years old: Janine Batteron; Beth Beckham; Alice Cullen; Sue Smith; Nancy Fulton; Mary Lee Irwin; Lisa Filbin; Carmen Weber; Ellen Johnson; Sheila Yeary; Dianne O’Brien; and Devon Alexander. Group members who could not attend and were greatly missed: Tracy Stunja; Nancy Currell; and Melia Reed. Raffa’s has the sweetest thing going for the holidays, yes, a “holiday sweet shop,” Pastry chef and sweetheart Leslie Raffa has a menu of wonderful taste treats to order for your next event, or dinner tomorrow night, including homemade breads, mini and full-size cheesecakes; chocolate-dipped strawberries; coconut macaroons; bread pudding, and more. For a complete menu and to place your order: 281-360-1436. The spirited 148 Titans at Holy Trinity Episcopal School collected nearly 800 canned goods for the Salvation Army just before Thanksgiving. The students also collected more shoes than anyone could have imagined for “Soles for Souls,” a project that ships gently used shoes to needy kids in other countries. Some of the “grand” faces in the crowd at this year’s annual Grandparents Day Thanksgiving program included: Danny and Laurie Passmore; Richard and Meredith Hawley; Ruth Davies; and Clarice Marshall. Celebrity Watch: Several members of our community have recently been featured on “Great Day Houston” with Debra Duncan. Appearing as part of a special “girlfriends” program were Dorothy O’Neal, Cindy Young, Darlene Wilson and Kendra Wise. Following the Village Learning Center Gala, Debra (who was the gala emcee) invited Village executive director Lisa Prusak, Villager Sandra Bullick and her mom Susan Bullick to appear on the show. I’ll see you out and about!

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