Upcoming Village Independence Fesitval needs volunteers The 13th annual Village Independence Festival will be held July 2. The parade will start at Memorial High School at 9 a.m. and will end at Memorial Drive Baptist Church where there will be food, games and entertainment for all ages. The festival committee is looking for volunteers to help serve food and supervise games. To volunteer, call the church office at Memorial Drive Baptist Church at 713-781-3553. Childrens activities at the Spring Branch Library On May 4 , children ages 6 and up are invited to take part for a Mothers Day craft event at the Spring Branch Library, 930 Corbindale Road. Children will make a magnetic photo frame for their mothers. Visit the librarys Web site at www.hcpl.net or call 713-464-1633 for more information. Senior center salutes volunteer seniors The Buckingham retirement community, 8580 Woodway Drive, will accept nominations for its 2005 Salute to Seniors Award until May 15. Qualified nominees are active adults age 55 and older who volunteer their time and talents in their communities and who exemplify leadership, spirit and citizenship. Honorees will receive a $100 gift certificate to the store of their choice and a commemorative gift from Tiffany & Co. The sponsor also will make a $100 donation to the honorees favorite charity. Please submit a description of up to 100 words on why the nominee should be honored to: Salute to Seniors Award, c\/o Beth Wilbins, The Buckingham, 1377 S. Voss Road, Houston, TX 77057 or fax nominations to Wilbins attention at 713-660-6512. School breaks ground for new chapel Houston Christian High School, 2700 West Sam Houston Parkway North, will have a groundbreaking ceremony for its new chapel at 11:40 a.m. May 4 in the campus courtyard. The school received a $4 million gift to fund the project, designed acoustically for choral performances, concerts and the contemporary services that students enjoy leading. The school hopes to have the chapel completed by the second semester of 2006. For information, call 713-580-6021. Teaching excellence honored at luncheon The Houston West Chamber of Commerces 15th annual Teacher of the Year and Educational Partnership Awards Luncheon will honor the work of outstanding teachers 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 19 at Hilton Houston Westchase, 9999 Westheimer Road. Teachers have been nominated from several public school districts and private schools. This year, the event also recognizes contributions and volunteer work at schools by local businesses. For ticket or chamber information, call 713-785-4922 or visit www.www.hwcoc.org. Art students exhibit works at campus gallery OUTPUT: Rice Student Art Exhibition 42 will open with a free, public event April 28. The opening celebration is 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Rice Gallery and includes a 6 p.m. performance by Rice Dance Theatre. Festivities shift to Rice Media Center 7-9 p.m., where student films will be screened. The exhibition continues through May 14. Visitors can walk between the two venues or take a free campus shuttle bus. For information, visit www.ricegallery.org. Museum program mixes Girl Scouts, science, math Thousands of Girl Scouts of all ages will convene at Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive, to learn more about math and science 10 a.m.-noon April 30 as part of a Girls Celebrating Math and Science program. For information, contact Lydia Baehr at 713-629-4773 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Moms of Multiples host garage sale The Bellaire Area Mothers of Multiples club will hold its spring garage sale 8-11 a.m. April 30 at Westbury United Methodist Church, 5200 Willowbend Blvd. For information about the event or the support group, contact email@example.com. Weekend event matches homeless pets with homes When the worldwide Pet Adoptathon 2005 runs April 30-May 1, Adopt-A-Cat will be one of the animal welfare organizations participating. The event matches homeless and orphaned pets with loving homes. Participating Adopt-A-Cat locations, open noon to 5 p.m., include PetsMart stores at 5415 West Loop South and 2902 South Shepherd Drive. For information call 281-580-6652. Rise and shine event benefits Rise School The second annual Rise and Shine 2005 benefiting the Rise School of Houston for children with Downs Syndrome starts at 8 a.m. April 30 in the open parking lot near the intersection of Crawford and McKinney streets by the George R. Brown Convention Center downtown. Registration starts at 7 a.m. The Early Riser Kids K event is at 8 a.m. The Rise & Shine 5K Walk & Run begins at 8:30 a.m. The event, which includes a Family Festival, is part of City of Houston Mayor Bill Whites Get Moving Houston fitness promotion. For event information, visit www.lukeslocker.com. For school information, visit www.riseschool.org. Several churches schedule concerts The Fine Arts Ministry of St. Lukes United Methodist Church will present pianists Stephen Nielson and Ovid Young at 7 p.m. May 1 in the sanctuary, 3741 Westheimer Road. The duo also will accompany three morning worship services that day at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. For information, call 713-402-5016 or visit www.stlukesmethodist.org. West University United Methodist Church, 3611 University Blvd., continues its concert series at 4 p.m. May 1 with a performance by trumpeter Dan Shipman and soprano Leigh Shipman, accompanied by Robert Bennett. For information, call 713-666-8111. Palmer Society for the Appreciation of Liturgy and Music and the Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church Choir present The Sacred Arts Interns Liederabend, an evening of songs and arias accompanied by Thomas Jaber, 7:30 p.m. May 2 in St. Bedes Chapel, Autry House, 6221 Main St. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For information, call 713-529-6196. Money, mourning in divorce Speakers Patricia Barrett and Diana Carleton will present a free seminar on Money and Mourning in Divorce at noon May 4 at 5100 Westheimer Road, Suite 200. The discussion qualifies as continuing education credits for therapists. For information or to RSVP, call 832-858-0099. Scholarship luncheon The Junior League of Houston and the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Association and Foundation will host the 19th annual Fashion Event and Luncheon 11 a.m. May 5 at the Junior League building, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane. The event benefits the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Fund and honors the 2005 collegiate scholarship recipients. To attend, call 281-497-2702. Cinco de Mayo on the bayou Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Earth Day by exploring culture, heritage and life along Buffalo Bayou. The Endangered Species Media Project will present Cinco de Mayo on Buffalo Bayou as Houstons official Earth Day event, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 7-8 at Buffalo Bayou Park and the Downtown Aquarium. The free public event is themed Come Explore! And Learn the Lore! and includes a self-guided eco-tour of the bayous north side as well as interactive displays about ways to protect wildlife, habitats and the bayous ecosystem. For information, visit www.bayoucitylive.com. Mothers Day Tea The Motherhood Center and Invitation Only Inc. will host their second annual Mothers Day Tea Party and Fashion Show benefiting the Texas Childrens Hospital Kangaroo Care Program 1-3 p.m. May 7 at the River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Blvd. The program includes a fashion show of maternity, infants and childrens clothing. The guest speaker is Carol Carrier, the head clinical nurse at Texas Childrens Hospital. Tickets cost $45 and are available at the Motherhood Center, 3701 West Alabama St. For information, call 713-963-8880 or visit www.motherhoodcenter.com. Spina Bifida Association to hold walk-a-thon The Spina Bifida Association Houston Gulf Coast chapters Walk-a-thon will begin at 8 a.m. May 14 at Bud Bering Tanglewood Park on Bering Drive. The event includes games, prizes, firefighters and equipment, music and vendor booths. Dr. Grace Villarreal of Texas Childrens Hospitals SB clinic will speak during the events opening ceremony. To register, visit www.sbshgc.org. St. Catherines plans tours St. Catherines Montessori School will hold a tour for prospective parents 8:45-10:30 a.m. May 11 at its campus, 2510 Westridge St., near Reliant Park. For school or tour information, call 713-665-2195 or visit www.stcathmont.org. Tour includes homes by Wright disciples The Alpha Gamma Delta 2005 Home Tour, 1-5 p.m. May 14-15, will feature many properties designed by MacKie & Kamrath Architects, mid-20th century disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright. On view are six homes, two churches and two office buildings: 8 Tiel Way, 48 Tiel Way, 59 Tiel Way and 67 Tiel Way in River Oaks; 804 Friar Tuck and 11214 Hermosa in Memorial; Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church at 11612 Memorial Drive; Congregation Emanu El Synagogue at 1500 Sunset Blvd.; and the former Humble Oil Co. facility (now ExxonMobil) at 3120 Buffalo Speedway. The event benefits the AGD Foundation Leadership Institute, American Heritage Foundation and Robin Bush Room at Barbara Bush Library. For information or tickets, call 713-868-1018. Ongoing Mothers Day Out First Methodist Church will offer a summer Mothers Day Out program 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 2-July 7, at its Westchase Campus, 10570 Westpark Drive. The program accepts children 6 months to 4 years old. There is no registration fee. The cost is $125. The summer program is a pilot for a new, year-round program to be offered 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 23. For information call Karen Schneider at 713-458-4780. Kudos Vocal ability noted Alyson Ilustre, a senior at Incarnate Word Academy, achieved highest honors in the state vocal competition sponsored earlier this month by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Ilustre earned a Division I Superior rating for her vocal solo of Schuberts Ave Maria. Bulletin Board welcomes submissions of news, community events and accomplishments. To send items for consideration, e-mail information at least two weeks prior to an event date to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a contact number. Please do not fax or mail press releases.