‘The Help’ author to speak at luncheon
Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help,” will headline the Signatures Author Series luncheon Friday, Nov. 9.
The event will be held from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, located at 1601 Lake Robbins Drive.
Stockett’s first novel, “The Help,” which was initially rejected by 60 literary agents, has since gone on to sell more than 10 million copies and earn a spot on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than 100 weeks. Adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film, the novel follows the lives of African-American maids in 1960s Jackson, Miss. Stockett’s follow-up will also be based in Mississippi and set in the 1920s.
The Executive Committee of The John Cooper School’s Signatures Author Series has organized a diverse lineup of writers for this year’s events. Visiting authors include fiction writers Jay Brandon and Joe Labatt, nonfiction author Debbie Browne, contemporary fiction’s Terrie Cambridge, baking writer Bridget Edwards and photography and poetry writers Brenda Gottlieb and Kathryn Lane.
For registration and more information, visit johncooper.ejoinme.org.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s exceeds $100,000
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s event Saturday, Oct. 6, raised more than $100,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
As part of a nationwide effort, more than 1,000 Harrison and Montgomery County residents participated in the 5K walk, raising funds and awareness about the Alzheimer’s Association and its mission. Participants learned about what they can do to combat Alzheimer’s disease and some of the current research being done.
Alzheimer’s disease is rapidly becoming one of the nation’s most troubling epidemics, now ranked as the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 5.4 million Americans are currently afflicted with the disease, including more than 340,000 Texans.
For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association or to donate, visit www.alz.org/walk.
Human Rights Walk, Festival is Scout project
Local Girl Scout Demme Durrett is organizing the Human Rights Walk and Festival in The Woodlands for Saturday, Dec. 8.
The 15-year-old John Cooper School sophomore has been involved in the Girl Scouts for 11 years and earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award for her work in human rights education.
“Believe it or not, human rights need to be learned and applied more readily, as there are many violations of our basic rights going on right now in our own city, throughout the U.S., and of course, internationally,” said Durrett. “People need to be aware that they have 30 natural-born human rights.”
After the success of last year’s Human Rights Walk, Durrett decided to continue her mission with another event this year. Houston Mayor Anise Parker even honored Durrett with an official proclamation earlier this year that designates Dec. 8 as Human Rights Walk and Festival Day.
“People that come to the event this year will be really inspired, and will have a lot of fun, too,” said Durrett. “They will be empowered and will get a sense of helping make a difference in the world, while having a great time. In addition to all the great music, fair trade shopping, bouncy houses and education we had last year, this year we are adding even more great things such as a pet walk, an art and essay contest, gourmet food trucks and several more surprises.”
The walk is part of a larger International Walk for Human Rights event, a worldwide awareness campaign petitioning for an international Declaration of Human Rights. Durrett said she is looking to collect 2,000 signatures.
The Human Rights Walk and Festival will be held from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information and registration, visit humanrightswalk.org.
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