The power of plants
If you want to see amaryllis in partnership with Grisham, Rowlings and Shakespeare, come to the fragrant, fun and stimulating annual Plant & Book Festival March 24-25 at the Spring Branch Memorial Library, located at 930 Corbindale in Hedwig Village. Your support will help provide extras for the library like the charming Edith Spang Reading Garden, among other things. The sale will run: Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, contact Shirley Barr at 713-622-4747.
Memorial resident Dena Prasher, left, Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Tana Wood of Tanglewood helped raise more than $160,000 for The Center, which serves persons with mental retardation. Dena and Tana were chairwomen of The Center’s recent “Reaching New Peaks” luncheon at which Aron Ralston was a guest speaker. Ralston’s autobiographical book chronicles his survival following the amputation of his own arm after being pinned by an 800-pound boulder during a hike in Blue John Canyon in Utah. The Center, located at 3550 West Dallas, serves nearly 700 people, ranging in age from 6 months to 78 years. For additional information, call Sharon Tevault at 713-525-8479 or Gwen Koch at 713-525-8485.
Odyssey of the heart
Holy Spirit Episcopal School seventh-grade student, Anna DeSanctis, and first-grade student, Mia DeSanctis, will be traveling back to their birth places (both are adopted from China) this summer to dedicate an orphanage library built as a result of donations to the fundraising project, “Odyssey Project,” initiated by Anna. The library is to be built for an orphanage that is home to approximately 100 orphans between the ages of a few months and 10 years old. The children currently do not have access to reading materials or toys.
On your mark, get set, draw!
Eighth-grader, Keller James, practices for On-Site Drawing, one of the contests at the upcoming PSIA competition, where sixth through eighth-grade students have one hour to produce a drawing from a still life arrangement. St. Francis Episcopal Day School hosted the 10AA district meet of the Private Schools Interscholastic Association on Saturday, March 4. Just as St. Francis students participate in both athletic and fine arts competitions, they also have the opportunity to compete in academic contests. Students that place first or second will go on to compete at the state PSIA contest on Saturday, April 29, on the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth.
The Rev. Noel Denison, minister of serving at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, displays the Crystal Award, Texas Association of Partners in Education’s annual top honor. Standing next to her is Spring Branch ISD community relations officer Linda Buchman. Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Chase Bank, and AMEC Paragon Engineering accepted top awards for their contributions to volunteering and student outreach in SBISD during the recent TAPE meeting held at the Hyatt Hotel in Austin. Texas Commissioner of Education Shirley Neeley presented Chapelwood United Methodist Church with TAPE’s Crystal Award.
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