Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community. Getting to know you! Kingwood Medical Center’s new CEO, Melinda Stephenson, was honored at a reception last week at the hospital. Community leaders poured in to meet the beautiful new community leader. Stephenson moved from Mainland Medical Center to the Kingwood campus, both part of the HCA System. Although she has a long daily trek from Clear Lake to Kingwood, she will be moving to our community soon. Raffa’s provided scrumptious appetizers while Stephenson greeted guests and discussed her busy future: an expansion of two additional floors to the hospital, the new pediatric hospitalist (the only one on the 59 corridor), the HealthOne Express Care Kingwood for non-emergency, urgent care patients, the neurosurgery program, an upcoming open house for the Breast Center, and the Women’s Center and NICU levels II & III . Wow! Faces in the crowd: Georgette and Charles Falk, Pat and Ray Guard, Mike Legoudes, Nancy and Kenny Shortsleeve, Cynthia Calvert Shiflet, Gwendolyn Condoleo Crawford, Devon Alexander, Carol Sutton, Andy and Sylvia Dill and lots of the outstanding hospital adminstrators including Byran Lee, Megan Marietta, Paige Roane, Amy Brown, Dan Andresen, Tricia Ryan and her new hubby, Nick Racine. A very relaxed (and well fed!) group of folks just returned from an Alaskan cruise that was sponsored by Lone Star College Kingwood, with arrangements through Kingwood Travel. Leaving the July/August heat of Houston, the group departed from Vancouver on the Coral Princess and returned from Anchorage after visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Glacier Bay. It was a thrill for everyone that Lone Star Kingwood’s own Erick Skiles was a finalist in the “Princess Pop Star” contest, a ship board “American Idol.” Along with Erick, those enjoying the wonderful getaway: Victor and Diane Blanco; Randy Shaw; Ron and Sharon Rolando; Dave and Jan Willis and Jan’s sister Linda Gregory; Ron and Kim Wilson; Larry and Barbara Wilkins; Kenneth Morrison and Glenda Bailey; Carolyn and Kasi Fisher. Rumor has it that everyone is on a carrot stick and water diet for the next two weeks to recover from all the wonderful food! An added treat for the Blancos and the Willises was seeing their former Kingwood United Methodist Church senior pastor Joe Fort at the Anchorage airport. Joe and son Ben arrived to spend a few days with David Fort. Tony and Leslie Raffa and Chef David Welch kept things moving all summer long at Raffa’s and Amedeo’s. Both the “Burger Buffet” and Jazz Night were huge hits at Raffa’s with locals packing the place to dine well and enjoy the musical performances of David Pipkin and Elvis impersonator Nathan Belt. Just some of the folks seen at Raffa’s: Cheryl (CJ) Johnson; Howard Pitman; Dwayne Ulrich; Lee Ann Sprick; Dr. Martin Basaldua; Mike and Layna Netek; Danny, Geralyn, Michael and Kelly Sullivan; Dave and Gwendolyn Condeleo Crawford; Paul and Angela Leviner. Jazz Night at Amedeo’s is another place to be, and July was no exception, with crowd favorites Pamela York on piano and Mike Wheeler on guitar. Faces in the crowd included Owen and Mary Ruth Jones; Ed and Peggy Glazier; Tony and Cheryl Austin; Lupe and Josie Lopez; Christopher and Jill Curran; Gary Carriere; Mark Linabury. Friends of the Glaziers will want to know that Peggy had hip surgery recently and is reportedly home and recovering nicely. Stacey Willms will host the grand opening of her new Stacey’s Cheer and Tumble facility located at 1405 Northpark, on Aug. 13, from 5 - 6 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments. For more information, call -354-2478 or visit www.staceyscheer.com. Lone Star College Kingwood will celebrate their 25th anniversary on Aug. 18, with a family friendly evening of food, children’s activities, program and concert by the US Air Force Band of the West, from 5:30 till 9 p.m. The event is free, but a ticket is required and may be obtained through the LSC-Kingwood business office; at Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware; Humble Area Chamber of Commerce, and the LSC location at East Montgomery County Improvement District offices. Call 281-312-1558 for more information. This week’s featured event: Sept. 19 is KARW’s (Kingwood Area Republican Women’s Club) 30th Anniversary Gala. Gala goers will enjoy hearing former Houston City Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem, Michael Berry, now a popular radio talk show host, as the guest speaker. The evening will include a silent auction, entertainment, dancing to the music of Mickey Hobbs, complimentary wine and photos for table sponsors, and an opportunity to applaud Literacy through cooperative efforts with Humble ISD, Humble Intercontinental Rotary, and Kingwood Library. Sponsorships are available. For reservations and information, call Halene Crossman at 281-361-5454. Earlier in the day on Sept. 19, you might want to help “Wash Out Autism,” at a “washer tournament,” car wash and bake sale, benefitting Including Kids, an outstanding organization that provides programs and services for children with Autism and their families. There will be prizes, refreshments, and fun for all ages, from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Mulligan’s parking lot. There are opportunities for “washer teams” of two, as well as sponsorships. The winning team will be awarded the grand prize of a crawfish boil for 50 people; second place is a golf package at Sanctuary Golf Resort. Teams must register, and can do so at Including Kids from now till Sept. 14, or at Mulligan’s on the 14th from 6 - 9 p.m. For more information, call 281-852-0501 or visit www.washoutautism.com. I’ll see you out and about!

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