absolutely! Katy Care About Community

Fall means back to school and back to fall fun with community events.  So, what’s happening with our valued community organizations this fall?  What are their plans for the coming months, and what fun things can we add to our fall calendar?

We reached out to several local organizations to find out what fun and fabulous activities are on their fall calendars, and most importantly, how we as a community can support their efforts.  In this special feature, absolutely! Katy Cares About Community, we highlight several local non-profits and share a calendar of upcoming events.  We hope to see you out and about in Katy doing what we all do best – supporting our community while having a great time!

Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship

By partnering with horses, Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship (RSTH) helps people realize their individual potential through customized equine assisted services.

Reining Strength is a nonprofit in Fort Bend County and a Premier Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. They provide therapeutic horsemanship programs for people ages two through adults, who have physical, cognitive, social, or emotional needs. There are a wide variety of people who can benefit from therapeutic horsemanship.  They include, but are not limited to, individuals with a diagnosis of Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, CVA or Stroke, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Multiple Sclerosis, PTSD, Spina Bifida, Traumatic Brain Injury, and various Genetic Syndromes.

Reining Strength offers group and private riding lessons.  Client lessons are taught by a Certified PATH International Instructor and are available Monday thru Friday. The fall session starts September 12, 2022.

Reining Strength loves volunteers!  They are the backbone of Reining Strength. You’ll never find a more rewarding volunteer opportunity.  There are so many ways to help – volunteer during lessons, help in the office or join the Derby Day Party committee.  The best way to learn about what RSTH does is to come see them in action. Schedule a tour at the Reining Strength facility, located at 7126 FM 359 Road in Richmond, Texas, 77406, or visit the RSTH website (or more information on touring, giving, or volunteering at www.reiningstrength.org or call 832-451-6874.

Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center Enriches Fort Bend Families with
Hands-On, Minds-On Learning Opportunities Onsite and Beyond

Named “2019 Best Local Museum” by Fort Bend Star and listed as one of Sugar Land’s top attractions by TripAdvisor, Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center – A Very Special Project of Children’s Museum Houston, is a Playground for Your Mind™. It is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning.

Converting the historic Imperial Sugar mill into a museum for the community, the Discovery Center serves families with children ages 12 and younger by presenting a wide array of learning opportunities through exhibits and special events all year round.  Last year, the Discovery Center welcomed more than 60,000 visitors of whom more than 6,600 received free admission through the “Open Doors” program, which ensures access to low-income families. The Discovery Center also served an additional 6,400 people through its extensive afterschool and parenting outreach programs delivered in schools, community centers and events all around Fort Bend.    

The Discovery Center houses five exhibits which use Building Blocks for Learning rubric, ensuring alignment with national learning standards and 21st century skills. Kidtropolis, USA focuses on civic engagement, economics, math and literacy; How Does it Work? explores physics and simple machines; Amazingly Immature, based on the best-selling KLUTZ® book series, fosters STEM learning through quirky challenges; Cum Yah Gullah, created in partnership with Penn Center, explores African American culture of the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina; and Tot*Spot provides developmentally appropriate experiences for infants and toddlers.

Get involved by visiting www.childrensdiscoveryfb.org. Support the Discovery Center by donating, volunteering or becoming a member.

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce:  At Your Service

Serving local businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity, and business education is the mission of The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. As your premier source in Katy, TX, the Katy Area Chamber offers a variety of benefits and opportunities for building your business.

Since 1962, The Katy Area Chamber has existed with the purpose of seeing that our local small businesses survive and thrive. If you’re a business owner looking to get your venture off the ground or grow your business, The Katy Area Chamber will help you advocate, connect and grow with our variety of professional services. We host monthly business and social networking events, professional development opportunities and numerous special events throughout the year to offer numerous marketing opportunities for our members.

Katy Area Chamber events include:

  • Business After Hours Events
  • Chamber Luncheons
  • New Business Ribbon Cuttings
  • Small Business Educational Series
  • Business Networking Breakfasts

We collaborate with the cities of Katy and Fulshear, Fort Bend County, Harris County, Waller County and area government and civic organizations in an effort to play our part in important business and community improvement matters.

Put your best foot forward in advancing your business with the help of The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. Stop by the office at 814 East Ave suite G in Katy, visit www.katychamber.com or call us at 281-391-5289 to get the helping hand your business needs.

Fort Bend Junior Service League and Sponsors
“Jingle All the Way”
to the 2022 Sugar Plum Market

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land (MHSL) invite the community to join them as they “Jingle All the Way” into the holiday season during the 2022 Sugar Plum Market. This year’s market will again be held at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center, November 3rd – 5th, with a special preview night to be held the evening of November 2nd.

FBJSL is grateful to the community for supporting their charitable efforts through the Market. In addition to their title sponsor MHSL, FBJSL is pleased to recognize other notable sponsors, including: the City of Stafford, Sterling McCall Toyota Fort Bend, Amy & Gary Becker Foundation, Kendra Scott, H-E-B, The Sansone Group at RE/MAX Fine Properties, The Audra O’Neal Team, Trustmark National Bank, PB&J Pavement Marketing, Inc., Stewart Title, Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, Sugar Land Town Square, Cardinal Realty Management, J Squared Interior Designs, Legacy Ford, Molson Coors Beverage Company, and Pamela Printing.

Last year’s Sugar Plum Market raised a record-breaking $375,000, which benefited 30 charitable organizations in Fort Bend County.

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities for the Market are still available to both businesses and individuals. The Market is also seeking donations for their Premium Raffle. Please visit www.sugarplummarket.com for more information. For the latest news and updates, follow @sugarplummarket on Facebook and Instagram.  

2022 Wild West Brewfest!

It’s only two months until the 2022 Wild West Brewfest (WWBF)! Thursday, November 3rd kicks off the multi-day event with the K-Town Throwdown, followed by the Launch Party on Friday, November 4th. The official WWBF will be on Saturday, November 5th.

The weekend of events will be hosted at Typhoon Texas in Katy. The new and improved venue will offer a great experience for the 9,000 patrons expected to attend. One hundred plus brewers will be featured and over 750 different types of beers will be flowing. Along with excellent liquids, WWBF guests get to experience multiple activation zones, and cabanas will even be available for rental as an added feature.

The WWBF also boasts a lineup of live music throughout the day, and back by popular demand, the Queen Legacy Band will close the night on Saturday. It’s a show you will not want to miss!

The Rotary Club of Katy founded the WWBF on the principal of giving back, and since its inception, almost $1 million has been distributed to local schools, organizations and charities. The event is 100% volunteer-led and volunteer-run, and the Rotary Club of Katy takes zero fees from the money contributed. That’s right, every dollar of net proceeds is given back. It’s a great time, all for a great cause.

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.wildwestbrewfest.com, along with volunteer opportunities to the 2022 WWBF. The event is quickly approaching so secure your entry today! Price will be higher for tickets purchased at the door.

The Great Pumpkin Round Up: Fall Fun at The George Ranch

The George Ranch is a great place for families to visit anytime of the year, but there’s something very special about the Historical Park when the weather turns a bit cooler. That fall feeling is captured in a picturesque way when two semi truckloads of pumpkins, gourds and squash arrive from Floydada, Texas, to create the Great Pumpkin Round Up at the ranch.

Inspired by the eighteen-year tradition at the Dallas Arboretum, local designer Lucas Chavez creates a magical pumpkin display that will take your breath away. Last year, Chavez debuted the Great Pumpkin Round Up by creating a unique design surrounding the George Ranch House that included a western chuck wagon, training carriage and antique plows, and this year, there’s even more pumpkin fabulous to enjoy in his original fall-inspired creation.

The perfect place for visitors of all ages to take that unforgettable fall photo surrounded by pumpkins that climb structures and cascade to the ground in whimsical designs, the Great Pumpkin Round Up debuts October 15th and is available for visitors to enjoy every Saturday this fall through November 26th. The experience requires purchase of a regular admission ticket to the George Ranch Historical Park and includes the added fun of children’s games at the Ranch House. Come for the photos and awe and stay for a day of outdoor fun. Bring a picnic, tour the historic homes and explore what life on the prairie was like decades ago. To purchase tickets, visit www.georgeranch.org.

Texian Market Days Returns Saturday, October 22nd
at The George Ranch Historical Park

Texas is known for wide-open spaces and the equally wide-open way its residents celebrate their heritage. Here in Fort Bend County, those two ideas will come together once again during Texian Market Days, held at the 23,000-acre George Ranch Historical Park, Saturday, October 22nd from 9 am to 5 pm.

When an authentic working ranch plans a celebration, the result is a uniquely wide-ranging event where visitors young and old can all find something to embrace. History, food, crafts and demonstrations come together in a day-long celebration of what makes Texans, well, Texans.

Food trucks, craft vendors and entertainment will be on site in addition to visitors being able to venture out to explore the ranch. Activities of all types will unfold throughout the day – old-time games, historic home tours, riding team shooting demonstrations,  plus cowboy roping and wrangling.  Focus on one or two activities, or sample them all as the day unfolds and you travel through Texas time.

What are you doing on October 22nd? Bring the entire family to “The Ranch” and make it a Saturday to remember.  To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit www.georgeranch.org.  The George Ranch Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond, TX, 77469.

The Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Clang, Clang – All Aboard! The Rosenberg Railroad Museum (RRRM) is busy getting ready for an amazing fall festival season!

There are so many cool things to see and do at the museum! Whether you are a train fan or just looking for a fun and educational outing, the museum has something for everyone. Check out their upcoming events planned for the fall as well as some new exhibit improvements.

Kicking off their fall season on September 10th is Discovery Day, where everyone receives free admission.

On Saturday, October 8th, RRRM will host their ever-popular Fall Fun Fest, an annual fall fundraiser benefiting the museum. Rounding out the month of October, RRRM will have a Halloween Family Fun Day on Saturday October 29th.

New this year, the Caboose exhibit has undergone some serious changes. Starting in February, the museum had contractors out to help renovate and restore the car’s interior. From the freshly painted walls and floors to the reupholstered furniture, the 1972 Caboose looks almost brand new. The exhibit now has interpretive signs and will celebrate its completion in December, also marking its 50th birthday.

The Education Station offers a large model train exhibit room, children’s playroom, a classroom for Scout Merit Badge classes, Wig-Wag Fridays for preschoolers, and exhibit enrichment classes. School field trips and group tours are always welcome by appointment.

The Rosenberg Railroad Museum is a hidden gem nestled in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. For more information, visit www.rosenbergrrmuseum.org or call 281-633-2846 to learn more.