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Community Update - OMG It's February already

posted Jan 31, 2013, 8:37 AM by Crissy Nolen

Community Update


January 31, 2013


General Interest



Don't Know How I Missed This.............

The Sugar Land Legends, a new minor league professional basketball team is looking to follow the same successful path Sugar Land's new baseball team had in its inaugural season in 2012.

The Legends are part of the American Basketball League, which is composed of 12 teams, with six based in Texas and six in Florida. Each team is to play a 24-game schedule, but they will only face teams in their home state prior to the playoffs.

Lisa Godfrey, Legends General Manager, said the team will initially play home games at Houston Baptist University while details are worked out for a possible switch to Wheeler Field House on Lexington Boulevard in Sugar Land. Fort Bend ISD is expected to vote soon on a policy change to allow the field house to be rented to a for-profit enterprise, paving the way for the team to switch home games to that venue in February, Godfrey said.

The team is led by its No. 1 draft pick, 6-foot-6 guard Jonathon Simmons, who surprisingly left the University of Houston after his junior year to try his luck in the 2012 NBA draft.

Ticket pricing for the initial games at Houston Baptist University will range from $12 to $6, Godfrey said.

The Sugar Land team is owned by three individual investors who operate the team as 1994 Investment Group LLC. The ownership group includes team CEO Katrina Chambers; COO Tamara Johnson-George, the wife of former Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans halfback Eddie George and an original member of high-profile R&B singing trio Sisters With Voices; and team president Arnetta Yardbourgh, CEO of Sugar Land-based life coaching business AY & Associates LLC and a former girlfriend of NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. Godrey said O'Neal is one of the Legends' sponsors.



Sugar Land Specific



The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has stocked the lake at Eldridge Park with 500 rainbow trout, adding to the bass, catfish and perch that have been stocked in the past. Trout are a cold-water fish that thrive when temperatures drop.


The lake is part of Eldridge Park, a 43-acre community park located on Eldridge Road near the West Airport intersection. The park facilities include a community meeting room for 65 people, a picnic pavilion, restrooms, grills, benches, picnic tables, 1.2 miles of trails, a fishing pier, a concession stand, a playground, 10 soccer fields and a parking lot for 500 vehicles.   



Future Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan


A public meeting on the draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan will be scheduled for February or March.



The City will share draft recommendations and solicit feedback during the meeting.

City staff presented draft recommendations last fall to City Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission and a citizen-based Pedestrian and Bicycle Task Force.


The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will update the City’s existing Hike and Bike Trails Master Plan to include the potential for walking and biking as a means of transportation in addition to recreational uses.


The draft plan identifies a network of existing and planned pedestrian and bicycle routes throughout Sugar Land focusing on connecting key destinations such as schools and commercial areas. The draft plan also identifies areas for improved crossings at major barriers such as U.S. Highway 59, State Highway 6, U.S. Highway 90A, the Brazos River and the railroad.

For more information about Sugar Land’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, including scheduled public meetings, visit , e-mail or call (281) 275-2218.




Missouri City Specific


Missouri City is exploring the possibility of a bond election. The Bond Committee has met one time.


There is a website for the Bond Exploratory Committee where they will share information and provide a reference section for the group. They are scheduled to meet each month from now through June. A public meeting will be held in July with a follow up meeting in August.


A presentation of the final project is expected to be presented to City Council in September.



Increased Law Enforcement Presence


A joint effort is underway between the City of Missouri City and Fort Bend County to improve police services in East Fort Bend County.  Fort Bend County Patrol Deputies assigned to East Fort Bend County report on duty and deploy out of the Missouri City Police Mini-Station located on Texas Parkway.  FB County Sheriff Deputies that deploy from that location, currently travel back to their primary fuel depot in Richmond (or other outlining fuel depots) to fuel their patrol cars.  The City and County are drafting an interlocal agreement that, upon council approval, would enable the deputies to obtain fuel for their patrol vehicles at both Missouri City fueling islands.  This agreement should promote efficiency by reducing the time and expense the county incurs under the current system, while ensuring increased police presence in our city.



English Tea Party Theme For Missouri City’s 17th Annual Dad & Daughter Dance


It’s a special evening that Dads and Daughters have been looking forward to in Missouri City: The 17th Annual Dad & Daughter Dance. This year’s royal theme is: “An English Tea Party”! 


The elegant event will be held at the City Centre at Quail Valley (2880 La Quinta Dr.) on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Tickets always sell fast, so make sure to purchase yours early at the Recreation & Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr.; 281.403.8637. Tickets are $30 for each Dad and Daughter duo, and $25 for each additional daughter.


The purchase includes dinner, exciting door prizes and a keepsake professional photograph—so Dads and daughters should wear their best “Tea Party” finery! Prizes will be awarded to girls with the most creative “Tea Party” hats and corsages will be available for purchase.




Drought Contingency Implementation Update


Effective immediately, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has rescinded its Order requiring the implementation of certain water use restrictions.


As a result, the City of Missouri City has now moved from Stage 2 to Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan for its Surface Water Treatment Plant Utility Service Area.  This is the area served by Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility Districts.


The conservation goal for Stage 1 is a 5 percent reduction of water use. The City in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Water authority will be monitoring usage and supplying notice and reports relating to the drought contingency plan to local and state authorities. 


At this time, for residents of Sienna Plantation utility districts, please implement the water conservation measures specified by your utility provider.  Typical water use restrictions include limitations on outdoor watering and at home washing of vehicles.


For more information, please contact your utility provider at the number on your water bill or you may contact the City for additional information at 281-403-8500.





Republic Services - Exclusive Solid Waste Provider for Commercial Customers Located within City limits.


Republic representatives are meeting with business owners and managers to communicate the news and will match companies’ current rates.


As part of its partnership with all Missouri City businesses, Republic has agreed to incur the solid waste franchise fee, instead of passing the cost on to customers. This value-added benefit will help improve efficiencies for all partners. And, Republic vehicles will display decals authorizing them to operate in the City.


Companies that become new Republic customers will receive trash containers of a different color. Overall, the transition to a sole provider for all businesses will result in less wear and tear on City streets due to fewer trucks driving on area roadways and less traffic in parking lots.  Additionally, Missouri City companies can expect improved service as each route will have one Republic employee dedicated to servicing it.


In addition to being the City’s commercial solid waste collector, Republic also provides pickup to more than 60 percent of area households. For more information, call 281-403-8500 or visit






  This Week's Events 
In Date Order




Girls Night Out
Thursday, January 31            6 - 8 p.m.
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Conf. Rooms A, B, and C
17500 West Grand Parkway South, Sugar Land
Registration required  713-222-2273.


Mardi Gras Galveston
February 1-12 




Fort Bend Czech Heritage Society Annual Soup Tasting Supper
Friday, February 1            5-7 p.m.
SPJST Hall on Hwy 36, Needville

Tickets $7 at the door
Includes soup, salad , breadsticks, tea, coffee     

Featured soups: chicken noodle, potato, broccoli cheese, vegetable,sauerkraut
also: delicious authentic czech desserts  for purchase


Basic Motorcycle Operator Training 70049

Sat/Sun February 2-3        7:00AM - 4:00PM

WCJC - Julie Rivers Campus

Also available several other weekends in February and March (see website for more info)


This is the course to take to qualify for your motorcycle license test waiver. In this course, we will teach you how to operate a motorcycle, the best protective clothing to wear while riding, defensive driving techniques, and more. Participants will receive hands-on instruction from experienced professionals who have been riding for years. This course is required by the State of Texas in order to obtain a motorcycle operator's license.


The class consists of approximately 5-hours of classroom instruction, and 10-hours of riding exercises in a controlled environment to provide a complete 15-hour introduction to motorcycling. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for all participants. There is a maximum of 10 students per class, so be sure to register early!


Please note that you will still be required to take the WRITTEN test only at the Texas Department of Public Safety after completing this course. If you are under the age of 18, you will be required by the Texas Department of Public Safety to take the written test AND riding evaluation at their office before receiving your motorcycle endorsement.    $195.00


No textbook required.




Social Media for Business  
Mondays, February 4-25          6:00PM - 9:00PM

WCJC, Sugar Land location

Social media is the technology buzz of the 21st century, but  how can it help you in business? This class will teach you the ins and outs of  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube for business. This 12 hour class is designed for the novice social media user who has never used social media websites or has had very minimal use of some. This hands-on class teaches the participants how to navigate the programs and utilize the functional tools for business.
No textbook required
.   $99




Reading Between the Wines
Friday, February 8               5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Safari Texas Ranch


Two New York Times best-selling authors will be speaking at this event, along with several local authors. For tickets, or more information- or 281-240-8181.




Fort Bend Boys Choir's Annual Gala Dinner & Auction

Saturday, February 9             6:30 p.m.

Safari Texas Ranch


Casual, fun-filled evening includes a buffet meal, live and silent auctions.

For more information: 281-240-3800 or visit




Road Trip To The Orient

Saturday, February 9             6:30 - 11:30 p.m

Fluor Daniel, One Fluor Daniel Drive, Sugar Land


The event will feature an Oriental themed delight with an array of food from local restaurants, music for dancing, silent and live auctions and casino style games to add to the fun. Individual tickets are only $75. This event benefits Fort Bend Cares, supporting organizations and programs that serve disadvantaged children and youth. For more information or to become a sponsor call 281-433-3363 or visit:

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This Week's Highlight



The Sugar Land Exchange Club's Spaghetti Dinner


Friday, February 22

5-9 p.m.

Fluor Cafeteria

1 Fluor Daniel Dr.

Sugar Land


This year's 26th annual event will be as exciting as

all 25 previous years!


Competition of the Spaghetti Sauces


Cook off Teams from

the Fort Bend County Law Enforcement, Fire, and Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Emergency Services.


Live entertainment

Live & Silent Auctions

Raffle Drawing

A Children's Area with

games, prizes, a cake walk

and much more!


Tickets $10 in advance

$12.50 at the door.












Looking Ahead - A Sneak Peek





Monday, February 11                                                  4-9 p.m.

Clements High School on Elkins Road, Sugar Land

This annual event is the brainchild of Mike Michael a Clements High School teacher. “The Shoah” is for the community, students and educators.  Holocaust Survivor Bill Morgan will be the keynote speaker. In addition to his personal testimony, the program will feature a docudrama about a young girl and her rescuer and a tour of the “Hall of Remembrance” including student artwork, poetry and photos.


The Hall of Remembrance opens at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the high school. The shoah docudrama is 5:30-6:15(upstairs). The Holocaust survivor presentation is 6:30-7:30 in the school auditorium.




Tuesday, February 12
CHAUTAUQUA TALK:  Sugar Land History Series               7-9 p.m.
Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr., Sugar Land.


This is the second in a special series of lectures on the history of  Sugar Land. 


Former Sugar Land Mayor William (Bill) Little will speak with Chuck Kelly about the Transition From a Company Town to an Incorporated City as part of the Sugar Land Chautauqua Talks, co-sponsored by the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation. This event is open and free of charge to the public.


In 1961, Bill Little was elected the second mayor of the newly incorporated city

of Sugar Land, serving in this role until 1964. 


For more information, please visit or



Valentine’s Day Dinner and Lecture
Thursday, February 14                                                  6:00 pm                           

Houston Museum of Natural Science-Sugar Land

$140 per couple nonmembers
$120 per couple members

Our special couples Valentine’s Dinner on February 14, will feature a lecture on the history of chocolate and its role in romance by Dirk Van Tuerenhout, HMNS Curator of Anthropology.  The evening includes a three course meal with wine pairings and a unique opportunity to spend a romantic evening amongst the exhibits.  Skip the restaurant bother on this special evening, but make your plans early as the event sold out last year!  This event is only for a dults over 21. 

Advanced ticket purchase required – deadline is February 11.


Men Who Cook 2013
Saturday, February 16                                              6:30 p.m.
Safari Texas Ranch - the Texas Ballroom


Presented by the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation (LEAF). Live

Auction/Silent Auction/dancing  Tickets $60 per person. Proceeds benefit teachers and students in Lamar Consolidated ISD by way of grants and scholarships.




Sunday, Feb. 17                                                        2 p.m.
Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road in Stafford


A Trio of classical works - Featuring the music of Ravel, Sibelius and the “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar, plus a spectacular performance by the winner of the FBSO Young Artist Concerto Competition. Reserved tickets for adults are $12 and $17 with discounts for seniors 55 and over, students, military and groups of 10 or more. Children 12 and under are free, but must have reserved seats. For more information and to order tickets, visit or call 281.2 76.9642.




The First Annual Cricket Cup Match
Saturday, Feb 23                                                       10am-2 pm.
Constellation Field, Hwy 6 (across from the Sugar Land airport)


Memorial Hermann presents their first annual cricket cup match benefiting Asians Against Domestic Abuse. Watch physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest sledge it out on the pitch at Constellation Field.   Admission free- donations welcome. RSVP  713-222-CARE



Free Heart Smart Seminar
Wednesday, February 20                                               6-8 p.m.
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital-Conference Center


Screenings by appointment only   6-7 p.m.   Seminar  7 - 8 p.m.
Registration required  281-274-7500  or




Spaghetti Cook Off
Friday, February 22                                                       5-9 p.m.
Fluor Campus, Fluor Daniels Drive


A variety of spaghetti sauces provided by the cook-off teams. Live entertainment, a raffle drawing, live and silent auctions. There is a children's area with games. Proceeds benefit Fort Bend County non-profits. Tickets $10 in advance  $15 at the door     Children 12 and under are free.









Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women
through February 3 times vary

Main Street Theater



through-Sunday, February 3                                          7:30 p.m.

Theatre Under The Stars               713-558-TUTS



The Lion in Winter
through-Sunday, February 17                                          7:30 p.m.

Texas Repertory Theatre Company  



You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Through - February 10                                                     8 p.m.

Houston Family Arts enter                                               281-685-6374


Don Giovanni

Through - February 10                                                     7:30 p.m.

Houston Grand Opera                                                      713-228-6737




Through - February 10                                                      7:30 p.m.

Opera in the Heights                                                        713-861-5303



Itzhak Perlman
Thursday, February 7                                                        8 p.m.
Jones Hall, Houston



Showing: Photographer Geof Nesossi

Friday, February 8   (starts)                                               6:00 p.m

The Imperial Gallery, downtown Rosenberg


Classic Film

Saturday, February 9                                                        2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, starring Audrey Hepburn

The Imperial Theatre, downtown Rosenberg





Sports & Recreation


NBA All Star Clinic
February 16                                          10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Imperial Recreation Center

Play like the pros with Houston Rockets Director of Youth Basketball Eric

Love.  For more information, call 216-378-0932. 





Spring Break in Sugar Land

March 11-15                                           8 a.m. to 2 p.m

Imperial Park Recreation Center, 234 Matlage Way (next to Imperial Park & the T.E. Harman Center)


An unforgettable spring break. Enroll your children in Spring Break Camp at the Imperial Park Recreation Center! The week will be full of fun activities. While snacks are included, campers must bring lunches. Call today to register children, and join a spring break jam-packed with fun!


For more information, contact the Imperial Park Recreation Center at (281) 275-2885 or visit







WATCH Week  in FBISD schools is coming. The  WATCH Your Wellness Health Fair- which kicks off WATCH Week will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 10-1 in Sugar Land Town Square. Sponsored by FBISD and The Fort Bend Medical Society Alliance.






Save The Date

Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown the previous day.



Thursday, January 31 - Missouri City Seniors' Day Trip to Brenham
February --- Black History Month

Friday, February 1 - Fort Bend Czech Heritage Society Annual Soup Tasting Supper
Thursday, February 7 - Girlfriends Giggle-
Friday, February 8 - Reading Between The Wines -
Saturday, February 9 - Fort Bend Cares Road Trip to the Orient

Saturday, February 9 - Fort Bend Boys Choir's Annual Gala
Sunday, February 10 - Chinese New Year - Year of the Snake

Monday, February 11 - Showing of The Shoah and Holocaust survivor presentation.
Tuesday, February 12 - Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Speaker Series
Wednesday, February 13 – Ash Wednesday
Thursday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day
Friday, February 15 – Nirvana Day

Saturday, February 16 - Men Who Cook 2013
Sunday, February 17 – Fort Bend Symphony – Orchestral Masterwork
Monday, February 18 – Presidents’ Day

Thursday, February 21 - FRIENDS of CAFB Girls Night Out

Saturday, February 23 - Cricket Cup Match - Constellation Field
Saturday, February 23 - Fort Bend Education Foundation Gala

March – National Women’s History Month
Friday, March 8- International Women’s Day

Sunday, March 10 - Maha Shivratri

Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
Sunday, March 14 – Palm Sunday

Saturday, March 23 - FBEF - Education Expedition
Saturday, March 23 – Fort Bend Symphony – March Madness – 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 24 - International Festival of Fort Bend -Stafford Ctr. Monday,

March 25 – Passover Begins at sundown today.

Wednesday, March 27 - Holi

Sunday, March 31 – EASTER Sunday



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