Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! Mothers Against Cancer held their 20th annual Holiday Luncheon at Kingwood Country Club last week. Over the last 20 years, this amazing organization has raised more than $2.5 million for Texas Children’s Hospital. Their mission is that one day soon, not a single child will be lost to cancer. There was an amazing array of fabulous raffle and silent auction items, and Rick Alspaugh (looking quite handsome in a tux) was the auctioneer. The custom-framed (by Webb Gallery), autographed Lance Berkman jersey brought in $10,500, leading the way for another extremely successful fundraising day for Mothers Against Cancer. Dolly Knoll received the prestigious Ann Denman Service Award. Carol (and Phil) Garner, Bev Wright, Diana (and Ted) Price, Jean Rosnagle and Nancy Dillard were among those receiving special recognition. Maggie Labove, founder and lifetime director of the organization is retiring, and Nancy will succeed her as director. Special recognition to the executive board members: Karyn Brenza, Darlene Crane, Nancy Dillard, Virginia Gandy, Brenda Miller, Jean Rosnagle, Janet Trotti, and Bev Wright. I wish I could list the names of the hundreds of women (and men) who were in attendance, and all those who contributed. Kudos to all of you! That same evening the Artesian and WOVEN Chapters of ABWA held their inaugural Holiday Tea at Homewood Suites. Hosted by Emily Marshall, the event benefited three area organizations with canned goods and donations for the holidays. The executive directors of all three were there to greet and thank the attendees: Lorie Young, the Mission; Judy Cox, FamilyTime; Diana Garbis, HAAM. Karen and Julie Vick got everyone into the holiday spirit with their beautiful music. There were several types of tea, and sandwiches and sweets to go with each one. Many attendees were wearing hats, thanks to Emily and her collection of 112! Some of the lovely faces in the crowd: Barbara Byers; Kathy Adkins; Caroline Smith; Lisa Niccum; Yvette Bryars; Katie Weirich; Carolyn Prescott; Myra Bruns; Sherry Thornburg; Jerri Bankston; Jacquelyn, Savana and mom Dr. Dawn Bush. Suzanne Noonan, Tony Burt and Beverly Sadler were the chairs of the recent Novemberfest 2008, to benefit Children’s Miracle Network and Texas Children’s Hospital. This mighty trio overcame the obstacles of Hurricane Ike, coordinated the efforts of 200- plus sponsors and volunteers, and hosted a terrific event at the awesome ranch owned by Craig and Wanda Hemmer-McCulloch. My apologies for not recognizing them in a previous column! Kudos to this committee, their team, and all whose heart and passion for helping children truly makes a difference! Dorothy Alspaugh and her team hosted their annual Ladies Night at Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware and Sterling Events, and it was a huge shopping extravaganza! There were many special purchases, items already beautifully wrapped, wine and food, and a huge paint bucket to put your selections in. Some of those getting an early start on their Christmas shopping: Lois Meredith; Kathi Douglas; Eileen Booher; Chris Parker; Gretchen Cook; Beth Chenault; Lynda Watt; Nancy Reed; Candy Varty; Connie Jaeger; Jennifer Karp; Cindy and Karyn Brenza; Jane Milligan; Rheba Westmoreland; Fran Leslie; and Lisa Prusack. Leigh Marcus-Kelley was the perfect Santa’s helper, handing out special door prizes to delighted shoppers all evening long. (For those of you who are wondering, yes, Rick did ditch the tux for jeans, and was very happy to do so!) Kingwood Chorale will present Handel’s “Messiah” Saturday, Dec. 13, at Kingwood United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Kingwood Kroger, H-E-B, and at the door. Tickets: adults, $15; seniors, $10; children $5. Dr. Todd Miller is the director. This performance is extraordinary, and a “don’t miss!” For more information: KingwoodMusicalArts.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Strikepoint of Texas will present “A Christmas Tapestry” at Kingwood First Baptist Church Dec. 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm. This is a lovely selection of Christmas music performed by English handbells, organ, piano, oboe, percussion and vocalists. Someone in the audience will win a beautiful “Christmas in the Garden” hanging wall tapestry. If you have a Christmas tapestry that you would like to display at the concert, you will receive two complimentary tickets to one of the concerts. Contact director Melanie Bankston at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 281-358-1464. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students. Call 281-360-4743 for more information. Mary Lemm’s annual ornament exchange has become “quite the event”, and this year was no exception. Great food, good friends and much fun showcased this holiday extravaganza, as all gathered for the unveiling of the traditional “Lemmster” ornament, and the delicious homemade cream puffs! This year’s lucky crowd of friends included: Eileen Alexander; Carmen Weber; Celie Herbst; Devon Alexander; Karen Brown; Beth Beckham; Mary Kay Denham; Jane Leckey and Barbara Stellmacher-Squires. A holiday Open House was held Dec. 4 at the new office of Shank Wealth Management, located at 2627 Chestnut Ridge. Faces in the crowd: David and Connie Emerson, Gus and Illene Cantrell, Louise Katzenberger, Janice and Dick Rumbley, Verna Ekstrom, C.E. Ragsdsale, Jim Pinkerton, Robin Lawrence and Gene and Marva Alsandor. What’s on my calendar: Keller Williams Holiday Concert at Kings Harbor: Bring your chairs, coolers, (maybe a thermos of hot chocolate), and blankets for a free Christmas concert Friday, Dec. 19, from 7 – 10 p.m. Get in the spirit with the 8 Seconds Band performing country Christmas music, and meet the characters from Kingwood Dance Theatre’s “The Nutcracker.” Chimichurri’s will provide an outdoor beer and wine bar, and all the Harbor restaurants will offer “food to go” during the concert. Bring a new toy for the Spirit of Texas Toy Drive for the Salvation Army. For more info: www.clickkwne.com or www.kings-harbor.com. I’ll see you out and about!