Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community. Laughter, tears, and hugs filled the HSB Foyer at Lone Star College Kingwood at Diane Blanco’s special retirement party. Surrounded by friends, colleagues, community leaders, and most importantly, family, Diane was toasted, roasted and honored, as well she should be! Among those offering a toast were: Katherine Persson, Danell Fields, Linda Stegall, Judy Lux, Pat Chandler, Andrew Robinson, husband Victor Blanco, and beautiful daughter Julie Hahn, who was accompanied by twin sons Hudson and Landon, and hubby Steve. Other faces in the crowd included Michael Sullivan, Mike Byers, Eddie Stegall, Nancy Shortsleeve, John Sheridan, Kathy Adkins, Todd Miller, Penny Westerfeld, Debbie Esparza, and many more. The party continued as friends gathered at Los Cucos to toast Diane with margaritas, her favorite Mexican food, and of course, cake. Speaking of cake, friends met at Starbucks to show that it’s never too early in the morning to celebrate a birthday, as they surprised Twila Carter with balloons, gifts, and Starbucks cakes and coffee. Twila was stunning in her tiara as friends and Starbucks staff sang “happy birthday.” Faces in the crowd included Victor and Diane Blanco, Danell Fields, Mary Hubbard, Diane Lumsden, and everyone in Starbucks from 7:30 to 8 a.m. that morning! Chad Alexander celebrated his birthday at Amedeo’s Jazz Night with wife Devon and a restaurant full of friends. It was so much fun listening to the great jazz of Danette McMahon that the Alexanders closed the place down! Faces in the crowd included: Eileen Booher; Owen and Mary Ruth Jones; Ted and Diana Price; Ruth Bogus; Christopher and Jill Curran; CJ Johnson; Duane Ulrich; Tony and Cheryl Austin; Richard Leofsky. Make your reservation no later than Sept. 12 for “Diamonds and Pearls,” the KARW (Kingwood Area Republican Women) 30th anniversary gala at Kingwood Country Club, Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. The event includes a three-course dinner, cash bar, silent auction, entertainment and dancing to the music of Mickey Hobbs. Table sponsors and special ticket holders will also enjoy a VIP reception and complimentary photo taken with event host and radio personality Michael Berry. Contact Len Leofsky at 281-360-6760 for reservations. The 6th Annual One Life at a Time luncheon, style show and fundraiser benefitting The Mission (Mission Northeast) will be held on Monday, Sept. 28, with the Tribune’s own Cynthia Calvert as emcee. At this time sponsors include Administaff, the Tribune Newspapers, Carol Golden, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Northeast Hospital Foundation, and David Patrick & Company P.C. Caron McMahon will present a trunk showing of fabulous fall fashions, modeled by some of your favorite friends. After the luncheon the clothes will be available at Homewood Suites so guests can try them on and place special orders – it will be so much fun! Caron will donate a portion of the sales proceeds to The Mission. Amedeo’s is catering the delicious Italian luncheon buffet, which will begin serving at 11:30. You’ll want to arrive at the beautiful EMCID building (Hwy. 59 at Community Drive) when the doors open at 11 for the special raffle and bid board items. A highlight of the day is the presentation of the Joe Boyd Community Service Award. Call 281-354-1200 for registration information. Happy 47th anniversary to Rod and Eunice Dennis! Diane Trautman announced her candidacy for Harris County Tax Assessor Collector in the next election. Her campaign kick-off celebration is Oct. 1 at Americas Restaurant, 1800 Post Oak Blvd, in Houston, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information about the event contact Erin Mincberg at 713-942-9339 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Party giver extraordinaire CJ Johnson hosted a fabulous “Wild About Wayne” wine dinner at Raffa’s. Guests included honorees Wayne and Millie Garrison; Jack and Lynn Fields; Jim and Mary Brenner; David and Judy Luquette; Paul and Angela Leviner; Tony Geldens with daughter Pat Suydam; Dennis and Karen Pfeiffer; Annette Dwyer; Pat Monks; Tim and Jo Daspit; Criss Daspit, and about 30 others. CJ will host a fundraiser barbeque for Wayne’s City Council candidacy at Town Center, Saturday, Sept. 12 from 4 – 8 p.m. There will also be a free concert with music presented by DJ Mark Linabury and the Harmony Groove Band. As we approach primaries and elections, I am happy to mention candidate events, space permitting, and with adequate notice. Send me a brief description, including: who, what, when, where, why and contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at least 3 weeks in advance of the event. I want you to be informed! Watch/read the news, attend debates and fundraisers, make sure you are registered to vote in the right precinct, and exercise your precious freedoms to campaign and vote for the candidate(s) of your choice! I’ll see you out and about!

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