Community briefs for March 30

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Posted 3/29/23

Community briefs for March 30, 2023.

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Community briefs for March 30


Commissioner Andy Meyers congratulates regional business leader’s appointment to Texas Transportation Commission

Fort Bend County Pct. 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers is excited by Gov. Greg Abbott’s appointment of business leader Steven Alvis to the Texas Transportation Commission.

“I could not be more pleased with Gov. Abbott’s appointment of Steven Alvis,” Meyers said. “Steven is an excellent choice for the Texas Transportation Commission. He is a seasoned manager, very knowledgeable about transportation issues, and knows the transportation needs of our region.”

The commission governs the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and is responsible for policymaking regarding the state’s highway system, developing a statewide transportation plan, assisting the development of public transportation, and adopting rules for TxDOT’s operation.

Alvis is familiar with TxDOT issues. He works with the TxDOT, serving on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Transportation Advisory Board. Patrick also appointed Alvis in 2018 to the Texas Facilities Commission.

Alvis is the co-founder and managing partner of commercial real estate company NewQuest Properties, which develops and operates numerous shopping centers in Texas, including Fort Bend Town Center and The Shoppes at Fort Bend.

Alvis earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. His term on the commission will expire on Feb. 1, 2029.

Photography lighting class at Cinco Ranch Branch Library

The Cinco Ranch Branch Library will present “Photography 102: Painting with Light” from 1-3 p.m. April 15 in the Multipurpose Room of the library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd.

Build on basic photography skills and take lighting a step further with this simple technique. Learn how to use long exposures and a flashlight to place lighting where it is wanted, creating dramatic still-life photos and surreal portraits.

This class will feature a live demonstration by a professional photographer. Participants are invited to bring their own DSLR camera if they would like to practice the technique during the program.

The class is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website

Katy Area Community Band to perform May 7

The Lone Star Symphonic Band continues the celebration of its 30th anniversary season with its fourth performance, “Celebrate,” May 7, at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 22111 Morton Road. The concert begins at 4 p.m.

The band is honored to have Colonel (Ret.) Lowell Graham, former commander and conductor of the U.S. Air Force’s premiere musical organization based in Washington, D.C. as its featured guest conductor for this concert. Graham has selected, and will be conducting, several stirring and eloquent musical selections on this concert providing an exceptional evening of musical enjoyment.

Tickets are $7 can only be purchased online at Season tickets are $14 are available for purchase at Season tickets include this concert plus the remaining Patriotic concert of this 2022-23 concert season. For more information, visit the website

Texas Department of Transportation, Cinco Ranch Branch Library, Lone Star Symphonic Band