Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community. Move over, “America’s Got Talent” and make way for “We’ve Got Talent” right here in our own back yard(s)! Kingwood Musical Arts Society recently kicked off their 2010-2011 season opener at Amedeo’s. It was standing room only as patrons, aficionados, and music novices alike packed in to meet, greet, eat, and enjoy an “Evening in Tuscany” as only Tony Raffa and the KMAS team could host. KMAS board members Don Pagel, Sam Treynor and Vicki Lyda greeted guests at the door, and organizer extraordinaire Debbie Norris pointed them to the sumptuous buffet and wine bar. In addition to the musical performances, long time KMAS Chairman of the Board David Livingston, beautiful wife Diane his side,received the designation of “Chairman Emeritus” as he has now resigned from that position after many years of dedicated service. Faces in the artsy crowd included: Todd and Lori Miller; Carolyn Treynor; Jim and Brenda Stubbs; Bob Arnold; Rebecca Riley; Chris and Leslie Arcenaux; Mike and Barbara Byers; Todd and Carol Sloane; Ron and Halene Crossman; Walter and Beth Higgins; Butch and Clara Russo; Harry and Bernice Satterwhite; Ed and Miriam Freiter; Jerry and Lisa Goodwin; Alice Pope; Eileen Booher; Judy Brown; Ed and Minda Kaltenbacher; Philippe, Mieke; and Pauline Cras. I had the pleasure of meeting handsome, delightful young Cameron Arcenaux, who will star as Amahl in the upcoming production of “An Italian Musical Nativity” that will be held on Dec. 10. There is music for every kind of music lover, from jazz to big band to opera, and so much more. Visit KingwoodMusicalArts.org call 281-319-1260 for performance schedule and ticket purchase. On another note: Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer will perform at Kingwood United Methodist Church, Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7pm., featuring songs of love and loss; war and peace. Call 281-358-2137 for ticket reservations. A night to remember is the upcoming Village Learning & Achievement Center 6th annual Charity Gala. The “Black & White Ball” will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. at The Houston Club. Once again the emcee will be Deborah Duncan, host of Channel 11’s Great Day Houston. Deborah is a real crowd pleaser at this event and obviously enjoys her work as she really gets into dancing with the Villagers! She is also great about posing for pictures with guests, and adds a lot fun to an already first class and fantastic event. Topping it off, Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s are the musical entertainment. The founder and Chief Executive Officer of VLAC, Kim Brusatori will be the gala honoree. This is a “don’t miss” because Gala Chair Marie Halvatzis somehow manages to surpass last year’s event every time…we need to know her secrets! To reserve seats, become a sponsor, or donate auction items contact Jennifer Nydell at 281-358-6172 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. How could you forget―the annual Kingwood Women’s Club Holiday Market is coming up Monday, Oct. 25 (Preview Night), and from 9 – 5, Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Humble Civic Center. For the truly unique and best holiday taste treats, fashions, and decorations (plus a whole lot more), be sure to get your tickets in advance by visiting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or purchasing at Alspaugh’s Sterling Events, Kingwood Garden Center, Atascocita Ace Hardware, or your favorite Club member. All proceeds benefit local charities. Cafe du Bois general manager and sommelier, Tyler Hewitt, recently collaborated with Personal Chef Krystal Peterson and Chef Arturo Escobar to host an unusually creative “Gourmet Jelly Dinner.” The seven courses began with Garlic Butter Crostini with Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic Caramelized Onion Jelly, and finished with Ice Cream topped with Raspberry/Peach/Chocolate/Hazelnut Jelly. Stacey’s Dance Studio, 3838 Plum Valley in Kingwood, will present their annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Market, Nov. 6 from 9 to 2. The market will feature handmade crafts, specialty foods, clothing, jewelry and holiday decorations. Vendor spaces are available for $30 and $40. Contact Margie Nichols, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. call 218-359-5187. Seen out and about: Cheryl “CJ” Johnson hosted a South African wine dinner at Chimichurri’s. Faces in the gourmet crowd: Richard and Len Leofsky; Lupe and Josie Lopez, celebrating their 42nd anniversary; newlyweds Terry and Sevala (Sadic) Benton. If you don’t have an American flag to display for Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 6 – 7), visit Kingwood Rotary at www.kwrotary.org or call 713-615-2366. For only $50 annually a member of the Kingwood Rotary Club will place a beautiful American flag in front of your house for Veterans Day weekend, as well as Memorial Day, July 4 and Sept. 11. Speaking of our veterans, many have served and many have died to insure our freedoms. Honor them by exercising your freedom to vote in the upcoming Nov. 2 election. Early voting began Monday. I’ll see you out and about!

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