Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! This week’s featured event: The 9th annual Humble ISD Education Foundation Gala will be Friday, April 3, at the Humble Civic Center. This year’s theme is “Bikers and Bling…Hog Wild for Education”! Guests are encouraged to dress in biker attire (should I say, “Biker Gala”)? The gala committee works hard each year to present a unique and enjoyable venue for the event. This will be a fun evening, with a great dinner buffet catered by Trigg’s, entertainment and super, live and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit the Foundation’s Innovative Education Grant Program. Table sponsorships are $2,000 to $10,000, with individual seating for $100 per person. Last year, school projects received grants totaling $286,961. Let’s exceed that this year! Contact the HISD Foundation office for reservations and information, 281-641-8140. Raffa’s first wine tasting dinner of 2009 was more than a huge success! Hosts Tony and Leslie Raffa welcomed 42 guests for a fabulous meal created by one of Houston’s most creative and talented chefs, Raffa’s David Welch. Faces in the crowd: Dr. David and Joanne Carpenter; Lynn Fields; Rod and Gay Felts; Pat and Ardy Weston; Larry and Connie Jones; Gary and Amanda Leonard; Toby and Mia May; John and Jan Lopez; Bob and Linda Weinand; Sam and Jo Claytor; Ted and Diana Price; Robert and Susan Lunson; Andy and Shelley Ricks; Phil Boughton; Derold Maney. March birthday boy and girl Tony and Cheryl Austin celebrated with friends and family at Chimichurri’s where they were serenaded “Happy Birthday” by vocalist Eric Charles and his keyboard accompanist, Les Lobo. Faces in the crowd included: son Ryan with Meredith Miller; daughter Lauren with Jeremy Traywick; another March birthday boy, Paul Krieger with Denise; Daniel and Cherrie Ledoux; Wayne and Millie Garrison; Larry Lane; Karen Boughton; Dwayne Ulrich; Cheryl Johnson and her mom, Judy. It was a busy week for Tony Raffa as Amedeo’s monthly Jazz Night followed on the heels of the wine dinner at Raffa’s. Once again, vocalist Sharon Montgomery wowed the crowd and brought down the house with her performance of “New York/New York”. (Move over Liza!) As always, the place was packed. Celebrating their 59th anniversary were Bill and Helen Murphy, with daughter Lynne Baldwin. Lovely Sharon Lewis celebrated her 29th birthday (once again!) with friends Charlie and Judy Monaghan; Dick and Rita Klein; and Phil Lively. Other faces in the crowd: Rod and Eunice Dennis; Mike and Lynn Boyd; Mike and Annette Keady; Alice Pope; Eileen Booher; Owen and Mary Ruth Jones; Sam and Carolyn Treynor; Bob and Gail Fry; Christopher and Jill Curran. Architect Jackie Barnard has created a gorgeous new book of his sketches. He recently hosted a book signing at Holy Trinity Episcopal School, with proceeds from the evening benefitting school projects. Faces in the crowd: Dr. Shirley Ellisor; Richard and Meredith Hawley; Bill and Glenda McLendon; Mike and Susan Patterson; Shaun Lawson; Steven Spencer. The Bill Cantrell Recovery Fund Golf Tournament will be Friday, March 27, at Atascocita Country Club on the Pinehurst and Point courses. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7 a.m., with shotgun start at 8:30 and lunch at 1:00. This is a very good cause for a friend of the community, Bill Cantrell, who has been battling Small Cell Lung Cancer. For registration or to donate raffle or door prize items, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 281-319-6240. The Humble Police Association will hold their annual Crawfish Festival at the Humble Arena, on Friday, April 3, from 6 – 11 p.m. For an advance ticket at $20 ($25 at the door), enjoy all you can eat crawfish, a cash bar, live and silent auctions, and dancing, with all proceeds benefiting scholarships in our area. For tickets, call 281-319-9773. Art lovers look no further than the Art Gallery in the SFA Building at Lone Star College Kingwood. From March 16 – April 2, visit the free showing of works by artist Louis Katz. For more information, 281-312-1534. What’s on my calendar: Including Kids annual Boots and Bling Gala, Saturday, April 4, at the Humble Civic Center. You can wear your cowboy hat with your tux or your dazzling diamonds with your denim, and have a wonderful time raising money for programs for children with autism. The live auction is one of the best going. Table sponsorships are available from $1,000 to $5,000. Silent auction and raffle items are needed and will be appreciated. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 281-852-0501 for more information. Save the date: May 1 is the annual Go Red for Women American Heart Association luncheon, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For more information on sponsorships, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 713-610-5021. Donate a purse for the fabulous “Purse-onality” auction, by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I’ll see you out & about!

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