Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community. Mothers Against Cancer (MAC) was recognized at Wortham Center during a concert presented by the TMC Orchestra. Director Nancy Dillard represented MAC with an overview of what this amazing organization does to support cancer research for children. The TMC (Texas Medical Center) Orchestra is formerly known as Doctors Orchestra of Houston, and as its name suggests, is comprised of doctors. But this is no amateur group – they were celebrating their 10th year of performances. The concert was fantastic, featuring Music Director Libi Liebel, a diminutive but absolutely dynamic conductor, and a solo performance by renowned pianist James Dick. Faces in the crowd included: Robert Dillard; Dale, Janet and Traci Trotti; Christopher and Jill Curran; Eileen Booher; Richard and Virginia Murray; and Connie Mann. For information on upcoming performances, www.TMCOrchestra.org. Polka, anyone? Milan and Julie Saunders hosted their third annual Oktoberfest party at Oakhurst Golf Club. (Milan has a Yugoslavian heritage; the country is now called Slovenia). The party boasted the only Slovenian Polka Band anywhere in the area. The music was great, and so was the food! It was great fun for the hundred or so guests, including: Robert and Lori Geiger; Charlie and Claudia Mundell; Ray and Lilie McCrary; Mike and Barbara Carr; Phil Lively and Sharon Lewis; Ted and Diana Price; and Dr. Claude Larose, along with many friends from the Slovene American Club, and co-workers from Plains State Bank. Dr. Martin Basaldua welcomed guests to his campaign kickoff for state representative District 127. It was a packed house at Raffa’s American Bistro, complete with wonderful food and wine, and music provided by local DJ, Mark Linabury. Martin proudly introduced wife Alta, son John and his wife, Brooke Weidig, and adorable grandson John John. It was a “who’s who” from the local medical and business community, including Dr. Carl Heller; Dr. John Carpenter and wife Joann; Dr. Angela Nunnery; Dr. Asit Choksi; Dr. Rick and Cindy Hill; Ronnie Chance and Robin Herrera; Ray and Camille Burt; Kevin and Stephanie Marquard; Carol McCord; Paul and Janice Costa; Ron and Anita Proctor; Greg and Carma Wentzel; Lindsey Wentzel; Eileen Booher; Chris Parker; Duane Ulrich and Cheryl Johnson. Dan Huberty, candidate for state representative District 127, and lovely wife Janet greeted guests as they arrived at the beautifully decorated-for-Christmas home of former Congressman Jack Fields and wife Lynn. After Dan spoke to the crowd of over 100, he and Janet mingled with good friends and supporters that included: Joe and Tracy Stunja; Roddy and Patsy McAlpine; Joe and Corinn Price; John Darst; David and Diane Pierce; Jim and Barbara Williamson; Keith Lapeze; Robert Scarfo; Dave Martin; Brent and Lena Engelage; David and Barbara Lino; Bob and Kathy Garlington; Ron and Tina Denoville; Bobby and Kathy Hollis; Roger and Anne Schuelke; Judy Luquette; Christine Price; Evelyn Walters; Pete and Jackie Hinojosa. Later in the evening, the Hubertys and friends dined at Raffa’s. Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Devon Alexander was honored by a surprise party at the home of good friends Jack and Eileen Alexander.  Celebrating Devon’s recent completion of her MBA:  Chad Alexander; Steve and Barbara Squires; Rick and Mary Kay Denha; Rich and Margie DeGarmo; Jaime DeGarmo and Elizabeth Alexander. After once again successfully chairing the annual “Principal for a Day” for the Community Chamber of Commerce of East Montgomery County, Danell Fields drove into Houston to accept her award as the 2009 Lake Houston Family YMCA Volunteer. At an “invitation only” reception, Danell was honored for giving countless hours of her time, and helping to raise thousands of dollars for Lake Houston and the East Montgomery County YMCA extension. Congratulations to Cynthia and Larry Shiflet who celebrated their 10th anniversary last week in Memphis at the Peabody Hotel, the same place they celebrated their first anniversary. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with lots of family fun in store for all! On Dec. 5, visit “Cookies and Tea under the Tree” – a first-time happening that promises to become an annual event. This is part of pre-Christmas activities and the annual tree lighting at Kingwood Town Center. Bring two dozen cookies for an exchange (homemade or store bought) and an entry fee of $5 (or $10 if you are not bringing cookies). There’ll be cookie decorating demos, hot drinks, and, my favorite – lots of sampling! A yummy day, and proceeds benefit FamilyTime. The fun will go on from 10 – 7. If you’d like to sponsor, volunteer, or know more, contact Cherrie Ledoux at 832-527-2237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Denise Krieger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I’ll see you out and about!

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