Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! The Humble Civic Center was filled with dynamic divas of all ages and hat sizes as the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual “Ladies’ Night Out – Derby Divas.” The walls of the ballroom were lined with diva “must haves” of all descriptions related to beauty—jewelry, accessories, spas, skin care, and more. Lynn Beckwith and her team made it “derby official” by serving Mint Juleps in commemorative glasses. Cherrie Ledoux and her “A Grand Affair” were event caterers. There were a few brave men as well, including Mike Byers, Dan Huberty, Dr. Martin Basaldua, Randy Butler, Leon Brashier, and of course, emcee extraordinaire, Johnnie Ray Scroggins. Just some of the beautiful diva faces in the crowd: Melinda Stephenson, Tricia Ryan Racine, Sharon Lewis, Emily Marshall, Aggie Green, Bonnie Longnion, Karen Collier, Lynn Fields, Robin Garrett, Carol McCord, Susan Curling, Laura Cox, Kay Walters, Kristen Caldwell, Michele Witkowski, Jan Swanson, Shelli Ratliff, Meredith O’Brien, Becca Dubow, and Laura Kennison. The “crowning event” of the evening was that lovely Janet Huberty won the title of Humble Area Chamber of Commerce Ladies Night Out Queen. Her highness received a tiara and will ride in the City of Humble Christmas parade. This week’s featured event: The 4th Annual Keller Williams Realty Northeast Charity Gala is this Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Marriott Hotel Intercontinental Airport, 7 p.m. till midnight. Proceeds benefit InKids programs and services for children with autism. The theme is Viva Las Vegas—so be a winner for this fine organization, and make your reservations now! Enjoy dinner, dancing to music by Tony Mac, casino games, a great auction, and beautiful show girls. Reservations and sponsorships are available through www.clickKWne.com or call 281-358-4545. Could Sparky Nolan really be 47? Unable to keep this secret any longer, Sparky was surrounded by 90 or so of his closest friends, and of course, sweetie/fiancé Mary Knapp, at a Kingwood Chamber “Friendly Friday” lunch and birthday celebration held at Zammitti’s. Owner Laura O’Brien served champagne and tiramisu cake for the occasion which was broadcast live by Mark Linabury on Kingwoodradio.com. Well wishers included: Doug and Beth Stanley; Dan Huberty; Ronnie and Robin Chance; Jill Curran (just back from a fabulous European vacation with hubby Christopher); Mark Mangum; Skip Wuest; Gregg Mielke; Randy Taylor; Ricky Barrarea; Art Melinder, Linda Prator; Leslie Mercier; Nancy Foisner; Danny and Geralyn Sullivan; Denise Krieger. Sandy Blevins celebrated her birthday at Chachi’s with her best tennis buddies, Lori Nypaver, Margot Urban, Sandy Maness, Linda Dalton, and Kathleen Butts, who brought a beautiful bouquet of flowers from her Amaryllis Floral Designs. On a recent Sunday evening, Tony Raffa and lovely wife, Leslie, had a rare date night at their own Raffa’s wine dinner. The delicious dishes, prepared by Chef David Welch, were served “family style” to guests seated at several tables joined together for an evening of great food and friendship. Faces in the crowd: Kirk and Cathy Munden; John and Jan Lopez; Gary and Amanda Leonard; Mike and Cindy Bonds; Frank and DeDe Mease; Rod and Gay Felts; Cheryl (CJ) Johnson; Phil and Karen Boughton; Bobby and Pennye Surles; and Casey Reeves. Kingwood Musical Arts Society kicked off their 2009-1010 season at the lovely Atascocita lakeside home of Charlie and Cheryl Burnett. It was an evening of entertainment by members of the Kingwood Chorale and Kingwood Big Band, delicious food catered by Hasta La Pasta and wine courtesy of Bill Chenault. Faces in the crowd included Todd and Lori Miller; Susan Lunson; Todd and Carol Sloane; Alice Pope; Marvin and Tracy Monk; Bob Schorr; Judy Brown. The Band concert season begins Oct. 23-24 in the SFA Building at Lone Star College-Kingwood, and on Nov. 21 at Strawbridge United Methodist Church for the Chorale. Visit KingwoodMusicalArts.org for more information. On another musical note, Carol Sloane and Janet Sheahan celebrated 25 years of business and their partnership in “The Music Rack,” located at 17934 Kuykendahl in Spring, Saturday, Oct. 17. There were door prizes, refreshments, musical performances, and lots of reminiscing– along with a fall photo op amidst pumpkins, mums, hay and scarecrows. The fifth annual Village Learning & Achievement Center (VLAC) gala, “Moonlight Garden Ball” is Saturday, Nov. 7 at Crowne Plaza Hotel Greenspoint. This year’s event honors Kathie Gentry, and proceeds benefit VLAC programs and services for adults and children with disabilities. There will be dinner, dancing to the great sounds of “Hotcakes,” auctions, and a touching presentation about VLAC and their “Villagers.” Visit villagelac.org or call 358-2172 for your table sponsorship or seating reservation. Early voting has begun…. I’ll see you out and about!

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