Memorial Hermann Life Flight Teaches Students at Dr. “Red” Duke Elementary about Their School’s Namesake


Sam Miller, flight nurse with Memorial Hermann Life Flight, holding one of the bicycle helmets that will be distributed to students.

As part of the “40 Years of Life Flight, 40 Days of Thanks” campaign in honor of the 40th anniversary of Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, Life Flight crew members recently visited Dr. James “Red” Duke Elementary School to educate students about the important service the air ambulance program provides the community. They also taught the kids about the program’s founder, who is also their school’s namesake, and shared some important injury prevention tips.

“It’s essential that our young children understand the history of our campus, which includes the legacy of Dr. James ‘Red’ Duke,” said Fulvia Shaw, principal of Duke Elementary. “We have high expectations for every student that walks through the doors of our campus, and want them to have clarity in regards to what it truly means to be a Duke Elementary Bulldog. We work daily to equip our students with the necessary tools to be successful leaders so they will have limitless opportunities to leave a huge impact on this world, just like Dr. Duke.”

In addition to watching a video about who Dr. Duke was, the students got to ask the crew members questions and received a lesson on bicycle safety. Students in grades first through fifth will also be receiving a complimentary bicycle helmet, courtesy of the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute.

“While it was a wonderful opportunity to share Dr. Duke’s story and Life Flight’s journey with the students, it was also a perfect chance to discuss safe bicycle habits,” said Sarah Beth Abbott, Injury Prevention and Outreach Education Coordinator with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. “There are over 625 helmets that will be distributed to the students, and educational material will be given to the parents which includes how to properly fit a helmet. A properly fitted helmet is the best protection against head and brain injury.”

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Pearland Art & Crafts on the Pavilion Celebrates Handcrafted Art, Local Artisans, & More!


Each October, Pearland Art & Crafts on the Pavilion assembles an extensive collection of area artists who specialize in handcrafted pieces and artwork offering visitors a unique shopping experience.  Presented by the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau, this year’s edition will take place Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pearland Town Center Pavilion, 11200 Broadway Street.

Visitors can get a jump on holiday shopping with an amazing selection of quality pieces by locally curated artists at the FREE, two-day event.  In addition to exceptional shopping, a Food Truck Court, Wine Bistro, Live Music presented by Kroger, Chalk Art by Pearland area artists, Kid’s Interactive Art Station, and a Pop-Up Paint Studio presented by Art & Kustom Kreations will be part of the festivities. 

 “We’re introducing the Wine Bistro featuring Pearland’s Dionisio Winery at this year’s Pearland Art & Crafts on the Pavilion.  The Wine Bistro will be open from noon to 5 p.m. both days offering guests an opportunity to purchase wine by the glass including the signature Pear & Simple variety created for Pearland,” according to Kim Sinistore, executive director of the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Another added element includes the Pop-Up Paint Studio presented by Pearland’s own Art & Kustom Kreations.  Visitors can enjoy paint instruction sessions for a separate ticket admission.  Two, 30-minute sessions will be offered on Saturday geared to children from 5 to 10 years old priced at $15.  Adults can choose from a 1-hour session on Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon priced at $25. 

Courageous Band takes the stage on Saturday with special featured guests on the Live Music Stage presented by Kroger.  On Sunday, 4 Barrel Ramblers play an acoustic set followed by Pearland’s own Modulation Band. 

The Food Truck Court rolls in to the show for both days and features area local favorites including D’Lish Curbside Bistro, Nom Mi Street, Space City Spudz, and Chilly Willy’s Shaved Ice. 

Keep Pearland Beautiful and the Global Organization for Divinity will keep the kids busy creating take-home art projects at the Kid’s Interactive Art Station open both days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist applications are still being accepted for the juried art show.  Artists who specialize in creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces are encouraged to apply, via an online application Pearland Art & Crafts 2016 exhibitor application.

For a complete schedule of events for Pearland Art & Crafts on the Pavilion, go to  To learn more about artist opportunities and the juried art show process, contact Tracy Rohrbacher, marketing manager of the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau at 713-436-5595 or by email at

Teen Citizen Police Academy Begins Sept. 12

The Teen Citizens Police Academy is an educational and informative program modeled after the Pearland Citizens Police Academy. The teen academy is designed to give young people the opportunity to learn about the Pearland Police Department and its operations in an effort to demonstrate the benefits of law enforcement and community policing in our city. The academy also gives the department an opportunity to interact with teens within the community and solicit their feedback and ideas through discussion of relevant issues. Through this 8-week academy course students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the functions and responsibilities of individuals providing law enforcement services in Pearland. Meetings are held on Monday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pearland Police Department, 2555 Cullen Parkway, Pearland 77581. The Fall semester academy will begin on September 12, 2016. (Parents/Guardians are asked to attend the first class night if possible).

Applicants must be:

  • currently enrolled in high school – (10th – 12th grade only)
  • in good academic standing
  • reside within the City of Pearland

All applicants must pass a background investigation and complete an application.


Participants are required to complete a membership application. Please contact Officer Z. Davis for more information.

Help a Local Girl Scout earn her Gold Award

featured_galleryMy name is Angela. I’m a Girl Scout and I’m excited to announce my Gold Award Project, “Rewire Society!” Here’s everything you need to know about it and how you can help!

This project is geared toward fighting insecurity in people of all ages, race, sexual orientation, size, and gender. How will we accomplish this?

logoThe discussion about society’s standards for beauty and behavior comes up too often – be it in every day conversation, in an advertisement, movies, social media, magazines, news, etc. Everyone feels pressured to look and act a certain way, be it look skinny, have pale skin, be tall, act manly, show no emotion, have a big bust, but be proportional, and so on and so forth. We’re programmed and wired from childhood to find certain characteristics of a person beautiful.

So what if we were given the opportunity to “rewire society?”


About the Gold Award:

gs-gold-logoOne of the highest honors a Girl Scout can achieve is her Gold Award.

When Girl Scouts reach the final rank of Ambassador, they can send in an application to the Girl Scout Council to outline their ideas and plans for their Gold Award. If it’s approved, then she has until the end of the summer of her last year of high school to complete the project.

An average of about 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully achieve it. It is a project that enables a Girl Scout in high school to make a difference in the world – or at least their corner of it. It also makes a Girl Scout eligible for a wide range of scholarships. Girls put the skills they’ve obtained through scouting such as leadership, organization, and commitment to community to the test.

It’s an opportunity for a girl to test all that she’s learned and see how she can change the community and world around her. It’s an empowering project that requires some soul searching and a lot of dedication. Some girls have renovated parks to encourage children to play outside more, helped near-extinct species thrive by rebuilding roadways and putting up crosswalk signs for animals, or teach poor kids how to read music and play intruments. Famous Gold Award recipients include Betsy Boze, Chief Executive Officer and Dean, Kent State University Stark, and Jan Hopkins, financial news anchor for CNN.

N. Brazoria County Suicide Prevention Event Sept. 8

14195282_1047156272006706_5081524448428754316_oPearland ISD is partnering with the Mental Health Task Force of Brazoria County to host the first annual #iwillASK Brazoria County Suicide Prevention Event.

The community is invited to the free Northern Brazoria County event Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. at Turner College and Career High School (4717 Bailey Road).

Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death. Learn how to be a change agent in your family and community.

In remembrance of loved ones lost to suicide, attendees will release balloons at sunset.

Those who cannot attend the first event are also invited to the Southern Brazoria County event Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m. at the Brazoria County Courthouse (120 S. Chenango St., Angleton).

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Zika: The truth from the CDC

The news headlines have contained the words, “Zika Virus” often in these past few months; however, the virus itself is nothing to be afraid of, contrary to the hype.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.”

The main threat of Zika is to pregnant women because, “Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.

“To date, there are no reports of infants getting Zika virus through breastfeeding. Because of the benefits of breastfeeding, mothers are encouraged to breastfeed even in areas where Zika virus is found.”

Zika may also be transmitted from one person to the other through sex, even if the infected person is showing no symptoms.

Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms, or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)

Other symptoms include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Headache

“Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

“People who think they are infected should see their doctor if they have the symptoms described above and have visited an area with Zika. This is especially important for pregnant women.”


Source: CDC

While there is no treatment for Zika, prevention is key:

  • Use a mosquito repellant that contains DEET.
  • Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
  • Take steps to control mosquioes outside the home:
    • Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
    • Use air conditioning when available.
      • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.
    • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Check inside and outside your home. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.

As of this post, the only area with significant reports of Zika is a neighborhood in Miami, FL.

Basically, Zika is nothing to be afraid of. Remember that the media hype is to get ratings and to sell products. No one in the US has died from Zika, and it is unlikely that anyone will in the future.

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Source: CDC

Josh Turner at Arena Theater Sept. 29

TurnerTurner’s rich, deep voice and distinctive style have made him one of country music’s most recognizable hit makers, selling more than 12 million units. A disciple of traditional country music; his debut single “Long Black Train” was inspired by listening to Hank Williams. The single went to no. 13 on the country charts and led to a full album on MCA in 2003. “Long Black Train” went platinum and led to a string of hits that garnered Turner a coveted place in the Grand Ole Opry as its youngest member.

His 2012 Billboard No. 1 release, “Punching Bag”, Turner earned multiple GRAMMY, Country Music Association (CMA), and Academy of Country Music (ACM) nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love” — the most played country song of 2012.

Turner has also added author and philanthropist to his list of accomplishments. His first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood, was released in 2014. He created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student in South Carolina, Turner had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools.

Houston’s Legendary Theatre in the Round


Josh Turner: September 29 at 8:30 pm

7326 Southwest Freeway (Between Bellaire and Fondren)


Box Office Hours: Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm; Day of Show: 5pm to 10:00pm

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