Happenings around Sugar Land, Fort Bend County
Aug. 22An Evening withGillian WelchThe Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, will feature Gillian Welch at 8 p.m. Aug. 22. She will perform with David Rawlings Visit staffordcentre.com or http://gillianwelch.com/main/ for details.Family Game NightFamilies with children of all ages are invited to spend an evening playing games at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. A variety of board games, Wii™ video games, cards, LEGO®, and puzzles will be available, but families are welcome to bring their own favorite games as well. Call 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734 for information.Aug. 24Pink Floyd LaserSpectacularStafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, will present a Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at 8 p.m. Aug. 24. Visit staffordcentre.com or call 281-208-6900 for information.Dancing Under the StarsSugar Land Town Square, Texas 6 at U.S. 59, hosts a night of Dancing Under the Stars with Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.Aug. 25Master Naturalist classTexas Master Naturalists, trained volunteers who share their enjoyment of nature through outreach and participate in conservation and restoration projects, are offering training classes starting Aug. 25. The Coastal Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists will offer one class a week on a Saturday or evening for eight weeks. The training includes classwork and field trips. Visit https://txmn.org/coastal/about-our-chapter/tmn-training-information/ for details. To participate in the training, contact Carol Hawkins at email@example.com or Margo McDowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-633-7033.Church concertCornerstone Community Bible Church will present an evening of instrumental music featuring some of Houston’s top musicians from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Sugar Land Town Square, Texas 6 at U.S. 59. Bring lawn chairs.Macro photography tipsFort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, will present a free program, “Macro Photography: Everything You Need to Know,” from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Fort Bend Photography Club member Don Simmons will share his expertise and approach to macro photography — extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects. Call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734 for information.Texas historyFort Bend County Libraries will present a free Texas history program, “Texas Talks: Texas and the Reconstruction Era, Post Civil War” from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Dr. Nicholas Cox, a professor of Texas and U.S. History at Houston Community College, will discuss the military, political, and social changes in Texas after the American Civil War (1860-1880s), with a focus on Fort Bend County. Call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734 for information.Hands-on HistoryGet hands-on with history this summer at the George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road in Richmond, from now through Sept. 1. Hands-On History Hour is offered 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is included with general admission. Want to book a group of 15 or more to visit the park on a specific date? Email email@example.com or call 281-343-0218, ext. 220. The topic for Aug. 21-25 is 1890’s Tiddley-Winks and the Aug. 28-Sept. 1 topic is 1930’s “The Little Engine That Could.”Jack Ingram concertJack Ingram will perform a post-game concert on Aug. 25 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land after the Skeeters take on New Britain. Gates will open at 5 p.m. The first pitch will be at 6:05 p.m. The field is at 1 Stadium Drive in Sugar Land. Visit www.sugarlandskeeters.com/ for information.Aug. 26Brass quintet to performMusic by local musicians in the Fort Bend Brass Quintet will be featured at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. The performance is free. Call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734 for details.Aug. 27College financialassistanceFort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, will present “College Financial Aid: Filling out the FAFSA” on Monday, Aug. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step toward receiving federal or state financial aid for college. The program is free. For information, call 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734.Aug. 28“Diversity of Ferns”Sugar Land Garden Club will host Darla Harris, president of the Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society, on Tuesday, Aug. 28 starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge Road. All meetings of the Sugar Land Garden Club are free and open to the public. Visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org for information.Join the paradeAug. 28 is the deadline to enter the Fort Bend County Fair Parade. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and feature nearly 200 entries as it proceeds from Richmond to Rosenberg. The theme is “County Fair is Our Favorite Time.” Visit https://fortbendcountyfair.com/events/2018/parade for information.Aug. 29Hobbyists, Crafters and CollectorsFort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, will have a demonstration of the “Hobbies & Crafts Center” database on Wednesday, Aug. 29, beginning at 2 p. The class is free. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. Registration will open on August 15. Register online at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Events,” select “University Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5100, or by visiting the library.Jr. Fair Royalty PageantsThe Jr. Fair Royalty Pageants will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Fort Bend County Fair in Rosenberg. But the entry form, fees and pictures must be submitted to the fair office, 4310 Texas 36 S., Rosenberg, no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. Visit https://fortbendcountyfair.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.Aug. 30Learn about appsFort Bend County Libraries will present a free, introductory class, “All About Apps!” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. It is not necessary to own or to bring a smartphone to attend and benefit from this class. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Register at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Events,” select “University Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5100, or by visiting the library.Trends In InfrastructureThe Kinder Institute of Urban Research at Rice University will present “Trends in Infrastructure” at the Aug. 30 meeting of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, from 7:30-9 a.m. The meeting will be at the chamber office, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land. Email email@example.com or call 281-491-0277 for information.GuardianshipInformation SessionBrazos Bend Guardianship Services is hosting a Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship Information Session Aug. 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, in Meeting Room 2C. The session is designed for families who need information on obtaining legal guardianship of an incapacitated loved one. Alternatives to guardianship will also be discussed. RSVP to Kirk Monroe by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 281-232-7701. Visit www.brazosbendguardianship.org for information.Aug. 31NOLA NightsThe Zydeco Dots will perform during NOLA Nights at Sugar Land Town Square, Texas 6 at U.S. 59, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.White Linen NightWhite canvas and white-clad art lovers will meet colorful artists at White Linen Night, a VIP celebration of artistic endeavor on Friday, Aug. 31, at Harvest Green. The adults-only event taking place from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Farmhouse, 3400 Harvest Corner Drive, offers an opportunity to watch artists create. Guests can bid on their work or shop the art market while enjoying nibbles by Fuego y Romance, music by Marisela y su Son Karibe, wine and beer. Tickets are $10 and benefit the Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend. Visit https://www.harvestgreentexas.com for more information.Sept. 1Barbecue for Labor DayCelebrate Labor Day with a Backyard Barbecue at the George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road, Richmond, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 1. Listen to period music, play games of the past and make ice cream the old-fashioned way. The barbecue lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for ages 13 and older, $12 for ages 5-12 and $4 for ages 4 and under. Call 281-343-0218 to make meal reservations.Backyard compostingMissouri City Green will host a Backyard Composting workshop 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Rec & Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Drive. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $30. Each person registering will receive a compost bin; one per family. Visit www.missouricitygreen.org to register or for information. Or email email@example.com for information.State Coach ProductionCast Theatrical Company’s Stage Coach Acting Academy will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sept. 8. Cast Theatrical Company is located at 1921 Ave. G in Rosenberg. Visit www.casttheatrical.com or call 832-889-3808 for information.Southern County LineSouthern County Line, named the 2018 CMA of Texas Band of the Year, will perform as part of Music in the Plaza at Sugar Land Town Square, Texas 6 at U.S. 59, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 1.Yoga for KidsThe Youth Services department at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, will present a free, introductory class, “Kids Yoga” for children in grades K through 5, on Saturday, Sept. 1, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Those attending this program should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers, and should bring a bottle of water and a yoga mat if one is available. Call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734 for information.Sept. 1-2Color Your WeekendCelebrate Labor Day weekend with a splash of color and art for everyone during Color Your Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at Harvest Green. The Farmhouse, 3400 Harvest Drive, will be the site for two days of free artistic activities,including an art market and silent auction 2-5 p.m. Saturday, as well as opportunities to see artists create, a tie-dye station (bring your own T-shirt), live music and food trucks. During Community Coloring Day from noon.-4 p.m. Sunday, the public can sketch and color with free supplies as well as contribute to a community painting. Visit harvestgreentexas.com for information.Sept. 3Labor Day closingAll branches of Fort Bend County Libraries will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. Regular library hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The online library is always open at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, streaming movies or music, downloading e-books, or using the research databases. Call 281-633-4734 for information.Fort Bend County Libraries will have demonstrations and instructional sessions on the use of its 3D printers at four locations in September. Learn about free websites that can be used to find 3D files that are already created and about other resources that help you create your own designs.3D printing and ThingiverseFort Bend County Libraries will have demonstrations and instructional sessions on the use of its 3D printers in September. Learn about free websites that can be used to find 3D files that are already created and about other resources that help you create your own designs. Classes will be offered at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 at Mamie George Branch Library, 330 Dulles Ave, Stafford. George Memorial Library, 101 Golfview in Richmond, will offer a class at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and at 10 a.m. Sept. 11.Sept. 5Learn about 3D printingFort Bend County Libraries will have demonstrations and instructional sessions on the use of its 3D printers at Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City. In the class, “Intro to 3D Printing,” library staff will introduce the 3D printer and present step-by-step instructions on how to print 3D objects at the library. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 15.Coloring ContestTexas A&M AgriLife Extension-FBC and the Fort Bend County Fair Association are sponsoring an an AG’tivity Barn Coloring Contest open to student residents of Fort Bend County in kindergarten through fifth grade. Coloring sheets are available for pick up at all Fort Bend County libraries, tax offices, Extension office and the fair office. A printable version also can be downloaded from the website at fortbend.agrilife.org. For more information, call 281-342-3034. The deadline is Sept. 5. The county fair is Sept. 28-Oct. 7.Sept. 6Library offers teen programsFort Bend County Libraries offers free programs specifically designed for high school-aged teens in grades 9 through 12. In September, the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City, will offer the following programs: Trivia Showdown: Video-Game Edition - Thursday, Sept. 6, 4-5 p.m., YA Game Night - Tuesday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. Young Adult Book Club - Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4-5 p.m. In September, readers will discuss “The Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up: Tips, Tricks, and Perks No One Thought to Tell You,” written by Bridget Watson Payne. Adulting 101: Cooking Basics - Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Young Adult Advisory Council - Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4-5 p.m. Call 281-238-2952, or 281-633-4734.Sept. 7FBISD bond electionThe Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Education Division will host Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre on Friday, Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fort Bend Chamber office, 445 Commerce Green Blvd. in Sugar Land. Fort Bend ISD trustees and staff are developing a capital plan that includes classroom additions, major maintenance and renovations, and recommendations from the district’s facilities, technology and safety and security master plans. The board must prioritize these considerations to include in a possible 2018 bond package. If approved, the district must call for an election by Aug. 20. Dupre will present details of the bond approval process and the district’s needs for construction, facility and equipment replacement, transportation, and technology in a capital plan that outlines $1.7 billion in potential costs. Registration is open. Reservations for members are $15 and for prospective members $25. Visit www.FortBendChamber.com or contact Juliette Nessmith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-566-2161.Gabriel Swaggart RallyThe Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, will present the Gabriel Swaggart Rally on Sept. 7, starting at 7 p.m. The evangelist will be accompanied by musicians and singers from Family Worship Center - the home church and headquarters of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. Visit http://staffordcentre.com for information.Crafters share ideasCrafting enthusiasts are invited to “BYOC: Bring Your Own Craft” to Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, on Fridays, Sept. 7 and 21, from 1-3 p.m. People of all experience levels - from beginners to advanced - who enjoy any type of crafting are invited to attend to get other crafters’ perspectives, critiques, and suggestions. Refreshments will be provided through support of the Friends of the Sugar Land Branch Library. The program is free. Call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734 for information.Sept. 7-8A Decade In Stitches A Quilt ShowThe Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild of Texas will present “A Decade in Stitches A Quilt Show” Sept. 7-8 at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The $10 admission covers both days. Free parking. Visitors can view and purchase quilts. This is a judged show and prizes will be awarded. The show will feature approximately 200 quilts made by guild members and other attractions for the whole family. Featured events include raffle gift baskets ($1 a ticket) and demonstrations by member quilters. Vote for your favorite quilt in the show. The show will include a vendor mall for shopping, and an “eye-spy” game for the younger guests. The Artisan Market will feature small quilts, doll quilts, table runners, baby quilts and bags. Quilts of Valor will have a presentation at 1 p.m. Friday. Several veterans will be awarded quilts. A Live Quilt Auction will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 11:30 a.m.Sept. 9Annual BazaarHoly Rosary Church, 1416 George St, Rosenberg, will host its 82nd annual bazaar on Sept. 9, starting after the 11 a.m. Mass.Photography exhibit to openFort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, announces the opening of a special exhibit, “The Arts of Russell Autrey: Artist, Photographer, Raconteur,” on Sept. 9, in the Bohachevsky Gallery. An opening-day reception for the exhibit will be from 2-4 p.m. The exhibit, which showcases Autrey’s pen-and-ink drawings and storytelling skills as well as his photography, will be on display through Oct. 31. Photos for which he had a description will have a coordinating QR code with an audio recording of Autrey sharing his memories of the photo and the story behind each one. Visitors will need a smartphone that has WiFi, active internet access, and a QR reader (various free QR reader options are available for download from the Apple App or Google Play stores). The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us or call 281-633-4734 for information.Sept. 10Fall vegetable gardeningFort Bend County Libraries will present a free program on “Fall Vegetable Gardening,” on Monday, Sept. 10, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear. Fort Bend County Master Gardener Ralph Fuller will provide an overview of fall vegetable gardening. For more information, call 281-633-4675 or 281-633-4734.Sept. 11Microsoft classesFort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, will present a series of free classes in September on using Microsoft Word 2010. “MS Word Survival Basics” will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. “MS Word: Intermediate” will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. “MS Word: Advanced” will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Registration will open two weeks before each class. Register online at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on “Events,” select “University Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5100, or by visiting the library.Financial literacy for teensOn Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, will present “Learning Lounge 2 - Young Adult Financial Literacy” from 6 to 8 p.m. Financial Education Services Field Trainer Adrienna Rowe will demonstrate ways to create a future of positive financial habits. Registration is required for this free program. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.Sept. 13Great Futures DinnerBoys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston’s 30th annual Great Futures Dinner will honor the Houston Astros. The benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston will be Thursday, Sept. 13, at Marriott Marquis Houston Downtown, 1777 Walker St., Houston. A silent auction and cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and live auction will begin at 7 p.m. Business attire. Visit http://bgcgh.org/ for information.Sept. 14Tyrell to perform in concertGrammy Award-winner Steve Tyrell will perform in concert on Sept. 14 at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road. His hometown performance — the first in two years — will begin at 8 p.m. He’s touring in support of his latest release “A Song For You.” Visit staffordcentre.com for details.Sept. 15Financial literacy for teensOn Saturday, Sept. 15, the First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, will present “YA Financial Skills: Money Matters” from 10 a.m.-noon. Leticia Hardy, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension agent with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, will talk about the basics of personal finance for teens. The program is free. Call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734 for information.Sept. 22Bites & BrewsThe Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston St., Richmond, will host Bites and Brews from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 22. Visit www.forbendmuseum.org for tickets and information. The event will include wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, music and historic house tours.May the Steam be With YouThe Rosenberg Railroad Museum will host its fall fun fest 2018 “May The Steam Be With You” on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the museum grounds, 1921 Ave. F in Rosenberg. The event will feature model steam trains, trackless rides on the steam train, The Texas Flyer, bounce houses, food trucks, crafts and games. Costumes are welcome. Visit www.rosenbergrrmuseum.org for information.Sept. 28Season starts with ‘Alice in Wonderland Jr’Sugar Land’s national award-winning community theater, Inspiration Stage, will begin its 2018-19 season with performances of “Alice In Wonderland Jr” Sept. 28-30 at Sugar Land Auditorium at 226 Lakeview Drive. The 2018-19 season includes youth and adult productions, as well as acting and production classes. Tuition assistance is available to qualifying participants. Visit www.inspirationstage.com for tickets and information.Sept. 29OutRun Hunger family walk/runHarvest Green will host the OutRun Hunger Family 5K Walk and Run on Saturday, Sept. 29. The event will benefit East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry and will take place rain or shine. The Kids Run will start at 8:30 a.m. and the family 5K at 9 a.m. at the Harvest Green Farmhouse, 3400 Harvest Corner Drive, Richmond. Sponsorships are available. Visit https://www.signmeup.com/reg/form/126882/registration or https://www.facebook.com/events/843724365833956/ to register.Oct. 4Fall membership coffeeFriends of Child Advocates of Fort Bend, an auxiliary volunteer group supporting Child Advocates of Fort Bend, will host its annual Fall Coffee Membership social in the home of Cathy Stubbs, on Thursday, October 4, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend and join Membership dues of $40 support a variety of activities benefiting the children served by Child Advocates of Fort Bend and the volunteers who help them. For further information, the location and to RSVP for the event, contact Kristin Stiles-Janossy at 713-384-8096.Oct. 11Back the BlueOn Oct. 11, Smart Financial will present the second annual Back the Blue fundraiser in support of the Sugar Land Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. The association is a 501(c)(3), volunteer group that funds crime prevention programs, purchases needed law enforcement equipment and engages in volunteer activities that assist Sugar Land Police Department (SLPD) efforts. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and include live music, food, drinks and a special SLPD interactive experience that highlights techniques, equipment and training utilized by the police force. Contact email@example.com for information. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land is located at 18111 Lexington Blvd.Oct. 20Best Practices Math SummitThe Fort Bend P-16 Regional Council will host its fifth annual Best Practices Math Summit for teachers in Fort Bend County at the University of Houston-Sugar Land from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Featured speaker will be Robert Kaplinsky. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Katina Scott, executive director, at 832-842-2922.Nov. 3Seabourne Nature FestCoastal Prairie Chapter Texas Master Naturalists’ signature project, the Seabourne Nature Fest, is Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Seabourne Creek Nature Park, 3831 Texas 36 S. in Rosenberg. There will be lots of activities for kids and families. See butterflies and caterpillars, alligators and snakes, hawks and owls, beekeepers, and more. There will be a native plant sale, edible plant display, children’s crafts, face painting, nature talks, prairie walks and horse-drawn wagon rides. The nature festival entry and events are free. There will also be a variety of food truck vendors. The Texas Master Naturalists are sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Email email@example.com or call 281-633-7033 for information. Visit https://txmn.org/coastal/ or FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/TXMNCoastal/ for more information.