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The Aesthetic Value of the Arts in Every Day Living

Dr. Paul R. Shockley, who is originally from Lufkin, is married to Jill (25 years now) and has four children. He has lived in Stafford since 2003. He is a faculty member at both the College of Biblical Studies-Houston and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has also taught at Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, and Houston Baptist University. He received his B.A. in History, Stephen F. Austin State University; Th.M in both Bible Exposition and Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A. Humanities, History of Ideas, The University of Texas-Dallas; PhD in Philosophy from Texas A&M University. While he pursues scholarship in areas like philosophy and mentors a number of students, he is also a hobbyist beekeeper. To find out more go to: www.prshockley.org

Feb 14, 2018
 
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Malawis Pizza With A Purpose

Join us to hear the amazing story of Malawi's Pizza with a purpose.

Feb 28, 2018
 
Mar 07, 2018
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
 
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City Manager's Update as he enters his third year in Missouri City

Veteran municipal manager Anthony J. Snipes is presently Chief Administrative Officer of Missouri City, Texas, a dynamically diverse and commercially thriving community of 71,000 that is located in premier Fort Bend County and is recognized as one of America’s “Best” places to live.

Mr. Snipes’ career spans more than 20 years and includes achievements in strategic initiatives that involve budgeting and performance management, public/private partnerships and organizational development. He has earned numerous accolades for inspiring his teams with clarity of purpose and leading them toward a shared view of collective goals.  

He joined the “Show Me City” on Dec. 1, 2015 after being unanimously appointed by City Council Members to become the municipality’s seventh Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Snipes oversees 354 full-time employees and a combined annual budget of more than $105 million. 

Before joining the ‘Show Me City’, Mr. Snipes was an executive in different capacities for Dayton, Ohio; Fort Worth and Austin. In all three cities, he implemented proactive programs and led innovative initiatives that set a standard for excellence. 

Utilizing his extensive experience, Mr. Snipes is steering a steady course toward success in Missouri City, forging myriad partnerships, firmly building on the legacy of leadership that established the “Show Me City” as a community that is fiscally sound, safe and scenic.

Mar 14, 2018
 
 
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Hope For Three

Darla Farmer, Executive Director / Founder of Hope For Three, a local 501c3 nonprofit and autism advocacy group providing resources and support to families living with autism spectrum disorder. The organization also generates awareness through outreach, education and events.

Darla is a Fort Bend County resident since 1993 and is long-time volunteer and supporter of many children’s charities. Self-employed for the past 25 years, Darla possesses an extensive background in business administration, operations, marketing and customer relations. Her visionary leadership is illustrated through her passion for Hope For Three’s mission

May 09, 2018 7:00 AM
 
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Love Where You Live

Dr. Paul R. Shockley, who is originally from Lufkin, is married to Jill (25 years now) and has four children. He has lived in Stafford since 2003. He is a faculty member at both the College of Biblical Studies-Houston and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  He has also taught at Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, and Houston Baptist University.

 He received his B.A. in History, Stephen F. Austin State University; Th.M in both Bible Exposition and Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A. Humanities, History of Ideas, The University of Texas-Dallas; PhD in Philosophy from Texas A&M University.

While he pursues scholarship in areas like philosophy and mentors a number of students, he is also a hobbyist beekeeper.

Jun 06, 2018 7:00 AM
 
Jun 20, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
 
Jun 27, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Texas Firearms Laws and You

Ross Asher is a shareholder in the litigation section of Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC. His practice focuses on civil litigation in the areas of insurance defense, toxic torts, products liability, serious injury, wrongful death cases, and firearms laws. He holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is a testament that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Mr. Asher has thirty years of experience defending products and premises liability cases related to claims of chemical exposure, including mass tort cases. He has argued before the 1st and 14th Courts of Appeal of the State of Texas as well as the Texas Supreme Court. Additionally, Mr. Asher has been admitted Pro Hac Vice and represented clients in the states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New Jersey, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, California, Oregon, North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Mr. Asher served on active duty as a United States Army Infantry Officer, including a tour of duty as a Rifle Platoon Leader in the Demilitarized Zone of the Republic of Korea. Mr. Asher has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University.

Jul 11, 2018 7:00 AM
 
Jul 18, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
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Project Smile

Carolyn Tarver from Sugarland, Texas, a suburb of Houston, believes that it is her mission to keep her son Stan's memory alive through Project SMILE (Stan's Memory Includes Loving Everyone). Thousands of children and hundreds of senior citizens continue to be blessed because of Stan.

Stan died 26 years ago at age 17 when he fell off the back of a friend's car and severed the stem of his brain. He was, according to his mom Carolyn, a beautiful child, tall, blond, blue eyes, and a very sensitive and caring individual – from convincing his mom to help kids in a 5th grade class go to a special park for a special day of fun to making sure the man who loved his mom's banana pudding got fed.

"Stan always said that the important things in life are relationships, not material possessions or any other thing," Carolyn said. "He gave me more wonderful memories in his 17 years than a lot of mothers have in a whole lifetime."

What Carolyn does is appropriate to his memory with Project SMILE. This outreach program began in 1983, the year Stan died. One month before his death, Carolyn remembers taking Easter baskets to a youth shelter for poor children. She thought about it close to Christmas, called the shelter and got information about the children and their wish list, spending Christmas Eve determined to brighten their bleak holiday. She reached out to 12 impoverished families from depressed areas in Richmond, Texas. The following year she went door to door in these depressed areas and helped even more people. "I found it very heartwarming to reach out to them in their need and in my grief," said Carolyn.

As time passed service clubs like the Sugar Land Rotary Club and the Exchange Club of Sugar heard what she was doing and began helping her with both money and volunteer work. She spoke to various other organizations about the needs of many and about poverty. She says she has received letters from children who have said how much it helped their parents. One little boy said, "You're the best thing that ever happened to me. You knew just what I wanted. I really needed those socks."

This past year 3,368 children were helped, 1,227 with school supplies and the others with Christmas gifts, now known as Santa's Exchange. She doesn't solicit funds and says she gets more money for Christmas gifts, but school supplies are in great demand. In addition she gets help from athletes, churches, businesses and ordinary citizens donating supplies and funds annually. When she is given leftover holiday candy, she fills her car, drives to one of the neighborhood houses, opens her trunk and says, "Kids, go get your friends and come and get the candy." There is never anything left.

"This has been a beautiful outreach in Stan's memory and keeps me going," she says. It wasn't always like this. At first Carolyn had a very hard time. She didn't even want to wake up in the morning and face another day. But then a miracle came her way, a small grand nephew that she took care of for the mom who worked, named Cody.

"A lot of healing came those six years I kept him during the day for 8-10 hours," said Carolyn. "I was forced to focus on something else other than Stan. We had and still have a special love for each other. Cody is now 23, and visits often. He is a caring and sensitive person, and definitely helped me survive."

She thinks that God used Cody first and Project Smile second to get her where she is today, in addition to a loving husband Carlos, Stan's stepdad, who begged her to make it through her grief journey. She says Stan's death didn't affect him as badly as it did her, but realized much later on that he was in pretty bad shape. "We would hold, cry and comfort each other." Carlos still works during the day but is very

Aug 01, 2018 7:00 AM
 
Aug 08, 2018
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
 
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