Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! Starting the year out right, the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce held their first After Hours of 2009 at the new Kingwood Fitness and Sports Center. It was packed with chamber members ready to get in shape, and club staff to help them, including: Mike and Barbara Byers; Larry Shiflet and Cynthia Calvert; Tom and Mary Ann Wussow; Pete Rupp; Jim and Karyl Flaming; Phil Lively and Sharon Lewis; Hector and Robin Martinez; Bob and Kathy Garlington; Carol McCord; Aggie Green; David Brewer and son Jonathan; Louise Hite; Dave and Emily Marshall; Jim and Dana Lindenau. Inauguration night was quite a celebration at the home of Bob and Jenni Strader! You couldn’t miss all the yard signs and the large victory sign over the front door. Ranging in age from 11 month-old Conner Simpson to 90 year-old Millie Watkins, the party goers included: Chuck and Mary Simpson; Pam Spivey; Bruce and Karen Menke; Linda Abdmoulaie; Gary Binderim; Erik and Mary Koroscik; Kim Hammond; Sue Pilko; Julia Ann Moffett and Brenda Kusieba. Better, not older: Richard Leofsky rented a party bus and took several of his best friends to Masraff’s on Post Oak for his 60th birthday celebration. Owners Tony and Richard Masraff made sure that everything was perfection – a six-course specially-prepared dinner to go with wines personally selected by Richard. C. J. Johnson made place cards and tasting notes, and provided special souvenir pens for guests to take home. Those lucky friends included: Tony and Cheryl Austin; Howard and Beverly Rose; Jim and Pat Manning; John and Jeanne Simonetti; Dale and Denise Skuldt; Diana Van Horn; Steve and Gerri Pisklak; Howard Pitman; Cherryl Young; Dwayne Ulrich, C. J., and of course, Richard’s wife Len and mom Agnes Bazant. Gene and Dorothy O’Neal celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the beautiful home of daughter and son-in-law Marty and Cindy Gens, who live in The Commons in Huffman. The party was hosted by the Gens, daughter Melanie Moore and husband David, and granddaughters Karlee Gens, Emily Edgar and Hannah Edgar. The evening was enjoyed by more than 50 friends and family including: Tom and Molly Webb; Molly’s mom, Ellen Powers; Mark and Kendra Wise; Larry and Darlene Wilson; Allen Lee; Charles and Fairle Rickard; Eddie and Linda Byrnes; Rick and Linda Halaska. The Atascocita Wine Group hosted Dr. Madaiah Revana at the home of Jerry and Phyllis Smith, aka “Chateau Jerlis.” The Smiths served wines from Dr. Revana’s vineyards in Oregon and California to a delighted crowd that included: Michael and Elaine Say; Michael and Louise Novack; Bobby and Cheryl Puntes; Ron and Nancy Morrison; Rod and Pat McAdams; Tim and Peg Harvey; Lyn and Barb Grunze. Jetsetter Howard Pitman was home just long enough (between trips to New York and California) to host the January gathering of the Kingwood Wine Club.  Wine experts Carl Chargois, Robert Gilroy and Paul Ramirez lent their expertise to the appreciative crowd that included:  Cherryl Young; Tim and Carol Hunt; Jack and Sandy Roth; Kim and Barbara O’Hara; C. J. Johnson and Dwayne Ulrich; Suzanne Nincks; Ann Viault; Eileen Booher; Joe and Mary Ann Burckhardt; Christopher and Jill Curran. The Kiwanis Club of Kingwood is having a “Golf Ball Drop” immediately following the annual YMCA Bridge Fest Feb. 7. Golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter hovering over the YMCA soccer field. The balls that make it into a hole or closest to a hole win some fabulous prizes, including: a one week Mexico vacation; round of golf for four at Redstone; a 35 bottle wine collection; 26” LCD TV; a one-year membership at the Y! Golf balls are $20 each or three for $50 and can be purchased from Bruce Nickell, 281-851-1974 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Go out and walk for two good causes (you and the YMCA), and buy a golf ball or two to support the good work that Kiwanis does in our community! Local author Joan Early’s latest book is “Look Both Ways,” and is featured in the February issue of Sister to Sister Magazine. For more info on Joan’s book, visit www.RomanceInColor.com. Traveling in high circles: Tim and Andrea Burgess were invited to attend the christening of aircraft carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush in Norfolk, VA. Ask the Burgesses about rubbing shoulders with many rich and famous Washingtonians! The January LIFT luncheon at Olive Garden in Humble was well attended by these lovely ladies: Michele Guarino; Lillian Hood; Mary Koroscik; Elewease Shirley; Becky Sutherland; Bev Wooley; Jackie Snider. Seen out and about: At Chimichurri’s: Victor and Diane Blanco with Victor’s mom Graciella; John and Christi Elledge; Ann Marie Pires with daughter Brittney. What’s on my calendar: It’s not too late to make plans for the Humble Area Chamber’s Renegade Roundup Friday, Jan. 30 at Golden Corral. $10 buys you a great breakfast (7 – 9 a.m.) and helps the Chamber Education Committee provide scholarships and grants for area schools. For more information, call Carolyn at the Chamber, 281-319-8907. Get your boots and hats ready for fun-filled family rodeo weekends at the Humble Civic Center, Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 6-7. Check last week’s Tribune for a full calendar of events! I’ll see you out and about!

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