Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! Keller Williams Realty Northeast hosted a sparkling Denim & Diamonds gala New Year’s Eve at the Houston Marriott Airport Hotel. A diamond-studded crowd in gala attire and fancy western duds rang in the new year by raising $20,000 for FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center. Judy Hopkins and Letitia Whipple were the lucky and lovely models of dazzling diamond jewelry donated by Thomas Markle Jewelers. Gala co-chairs Diana Heffner and Pamela Love left no diamond nor detail unturned as they made sure the evening was first class, down to the rhinestone letter “D” monograms on the wait staff uniforms! Along with Letitia, committee members included Michelle Otteman, Kendra Lee, Eleana Topp, Kimberly Kirsch and Donna Wilson. Among those ringing in the new year, and all for a good cause: Michael and Laura Clapp; Mark and Star Heinrich; Ken Pickett; Kevin Clark; Paul and Angela Leviner; Robert and Lisa Dempsey; Marthella Simpson with fiancé Jim Spoonemoore; Judy Cox. Meanwhile, over at Tour 18 in Humble, the pavilion was decorated in black, white, silver and gold – a dazzling setting for more than 50 good friends gathered to celebrate the new year and honor our armed forces. There were special toasts for all currently or soon-to-be deployed servicemen and women, followed by the singing of “God Bless America.” The evening was filled with great food, wine, music and dancing; midnight brought about confetti, kissing and champagne; then more dancing! Faces in the crowd: Richard and Meredith Hawley; Terry Thompson and Kathy Kerr; several Blue Star parents: Robert and Susan Lunson; Gary and Mary Davis; Steve and Nancy Sandstrum; Andy and Susan Yee; Richard and Bev Silloway; Glen and Alice Rekeweg who made the “party circuit” that night. (CJ) Cheryl Johnson hosted an elegant New Year’s Eve party in her beautiful home, requesting that everyone “dress up,” and they did! Everyone had a great time ringing in the new year and sharing their New Year’s resolutions. (David Luquette, have you gotten organized yet?) Beautiful and handsome faces in the crowd: Dwayne Ulrich; Joseph Nolan (aka Sparky); Adriana Aponte; Linda Reichert; Bobby Montgomery; David and Judy Luquette; Miek Staats; Andy and Marion Ferguson; Martin and Renda Little; Steve and Casey Mote; Ann Marie Pires. Fashion awards go to these elegant tux-clad guys and their lovely dates: Chad and Devon Alexander; Robert Scarfo and Jayme Snowden; Christopher and Jill Curran; Richard Leofsky with wife Len and mom Agnes Bazant; Richard and Nancy Foisner. Denise Krieger looked glamorous in her slinky black gown, purchased from this summer’s AABY fashion show at Walden, where it was modeled by the also glamorous Diane Trautman. Yes, Krieger men Paul and son Cameron looked glamorous, too! The only downside of the evening was that CJ’s mom, Judy, rang in the new year at Kingwood Medical Center Hospital; she was greatly missed. This week’s featured event: Hearts of Gold Gala – FamilyTime’s Annual Women of Achievement Gala that will be held at the Houston Airport Marriott Hotel, Saturday, Jan. 24; reception begins at 6 p.m. You won’t want to miss this exciting evening as 13 women are recognized and honored for their outstanding achievements in our community. There will be a wonderful dinner, with auctions and dancing; music by a favorite, The Easy Money Band. Individual seats are $100; with table sponsorships ranging from $750 to $7,500. Proceeds benefit FamilyTime programs and services. For reservations and information, call 281-446-2615. Don’t wait; deadline is Jan. 20. Keller Williams Concert at Kings Harbor is Friday, Jan. 16, from 7 – 10 p.m. Coolers, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Harbor Restaurants are prepared to do a booming “to-go” business so you can picnic on the plaza! The Riverbank Band will play new and classic country music, as well as blues and a little rock ‘n’ roll – something for everyone. This is a Kingwood-based band with local musicians: Rob Williamson, Greg Ray, Brad Griffith and Doug Martin, their drummer, who also plays with Ezra Charles and The Works. The Humble Area Chamber of Commerce annual Renegade Roundup is Friday, Jan. 30, sponsored by the Chamber Education Committee. Start the day (7-9 a.m.) with an-all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at Golden Corral in Humble; tickets are $10/person. Warrants are available, to “arrest” local “renegades” (aka community leaders and fellow Chamber members) at a cost of $25 per warrant. Those wanted renegades will need to “pony up” $100 on the day of the event, or pre-pay $125 before the event to avoid the Golden Corral “jail” and get two breakfast tickets as a bonus. It’s a fun way to raise funds for teacher grants and scholarships for students in Humble ISD, Spring ISD, Northeast Christian Academy and Lone Star College–Kingwood. The Committee’s goal is $12,000; let’s help them exceed that! Have a good breakfast, support a great cause. Call Carolyn at the Chamber for warrants and information: 281-319-8907. Breakfast tickets may be purchased at the Humble Chamber or from a board member. What’s on my calendar: Humble BBQ Cook Off Jan. 30 and 31 at Humble Civic Center. Great family fun and lots of food! Kids Corner Jan. 31; Marsha’s Petting Zoo; pony rides; Dotty the Clown; Maxx outdoor bowling alley, YMCA Moonwalk, Ronald McDonald, and so much more – www.humblebbqcookoff.com. I’ll see you out and about!

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