Lakewood gearing up for two August regattas

August 1st, 2018

Lakewood is gearing up for two big races in August — the Bay Cup II and Heald Bank Regattas, which provide the perfect opportunity to compete against your peers on the bay and offshore as well as a chance to tune up for this year’s Harvest Moon Regatta in October.

Lakewood will host Bay Cup II Aug. 4 along with the post-race party that evening. Liquid trophies will be awarded by Southwest Spirits, and artist Robert Greaney will perform for the crowd.

The Heald Bank Regatta will be raced Aug. 17-18, followed by a celebration at the club. Andy and the Dreamsicles will provide the live entertainment.
The fun doesn’t stop in August. Follow up these races by participating in the Harvest Moon Regatta Oct. 25-28. HMR is returning to its usual format and will race from Galveston to Port Aransas.

Primary sponsors for Bay Cup II and Heald Bank include the City of Seabrook, Blackburn Marine, Davis Marine Electronics, True North Marine, Mariner Magazine, Upstream Brokers, Sea Lake Yachts, Keven Severance Insurance, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, and Texas Coast Yachts.

Bay Cup II Regatta
Racers can register at under the Regattas tab. The registration fee for Bay Cup II is $75 and includes entry into the Skippers’ Meeting on Aug. 3, as well as a meal and two drink tickets to be enjoyed at the post-event awards party. A $5 discount is available to U.S. Sailing members. The entry fee is payable by credit card or yacht club reciprocal charge. Aug. 1st is the registration deadline.

Bay Cup II is the second in a two-race series. One or more distance races will be sailed in either Trinity Bay or Galveston Bay. Potential classes include PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF non-Spin, Cruising Spinnaker, Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas (using only Dacron sails), Multihull and One Design class(es).

Non-racers and other out-of-town guests can enjoy an array of nearby activities in Seabrook and the surrounding area, which offer a variety of entertainment. Walk the trails in Seabrook, visit Space Center Houston, check out the wildlife at Armand Bayou Nature Center or experience the dining and amusement options at the Kemah Boardwalk.

Overall trophies for the Bay Cup series will be given out at the post-race party on the evening of Aug. 4 in the LYC Ballroom. Robert Greaney will provide live entertainment while guests socialize and savor great food and tasty drinks.

This year’s sponsors include City of Seabrook,, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, True North Marine, Texas Coast Yachts, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Davis Marine Electronics, Kevin Severance Insurance, Sea Lake Yachts, Mariner Magazine, Bay Area Houston Magazine and Southwest Spirits.

Regatta proceeds benefit Bay Access, a not for profit charitable organization fostering amateur racing and sailing on Galveston Bay.

For further information, call LYC at 281-474-2511 or David Comeaux, Bay Cup I Regatta chairman at [email protected] or 832-993-5933. For visitor information, visit

Heald Bank Regatta
The Heald Bank entry fee is $80 and includes access to the Skippers’ Meeting on Aug. 16 and a ticket for dinner and two tickets for Texas Navy Rum at the post-event awards party hosted at LYC Aug. 18. A $5 discount is available to U.S. Sailing members. Don’t miss the Aug. 11 registration deadline.

Heald Bank is an offshore regatta open to all boats of the PHRF Spin, PHRF Non-Spin, Cruising boats with a PHRF Rating (non-spin or with Spinnaker), One-Design, and Multihulls.

The Buccaneer Bash dinner and awards party will follow the race at LYC, which will include a “Pirates’ Pig Roast,” live entertainment by Andy & the Dreamsicles and plenty of Texas Navy Rum.

Sponsors of the 2018 Heald Bank Regatta are the City of Seabrook, Texas Navy Light Rum,, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, True North Marine, Texas Coast Yachts, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Davis Marine Electronics, Kevin Severance Insurance, Marine Outfitters, Sea Lake Yachts, Mariner Magazine and Bay Area Houston Magazine.

For further information, call LYC at 281-474-2511 or Heald Bank Race Chairman Bob Hunkins 281-216-4082 or [email protected].

Additional visitor information and accommodations near the club can be found at

Best of the Bay Winners

May 1st, 2018

The Best of the Bay Awards were announced at a highly attended and anticipated ceremony at Water’s Edge Venue on March 22. The 2017 winners, voted by you, are:

Best Asian Cuisine: Merlion
Best Auto Repair: Space Center Auto
Best Bank: Allegiance Bank
Best Bartender: Sarah – Volcano Room
Best BBQ: Dickinson BBQ
Best Breakfast: Pelican Grill
Best Brunch: Sundance Grill II
Best Burger: Tookie’s
Best Cajun: Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar
Best Car Dealer – domestic: Norman Frede Chevrolet
Best Car Dealer – foreign: Ron Carter Hyundai
Best Credit Union: JSC FCU
Best Café: Seabrook Classic Cafe
Best City to Live: League City
Best Contractor/Remodeler: Maverick Remodeling
Best Dentist: Tie – Dr. Farid Noie and Dr. J. Derek Tieken
Best Entertainment Spot – Jackie’s Brickhouse
Best Entertainment Venue: Kemah Boardwalk
Best Family Restaurant: T-Bone Tom’s
Best Gift Shop: Spruce Flowers and Home
Best Hair Salon: Brazil N Drops
Best Hair Stylist: Bonnie Wolcott – Heist
Best Hospital: Houston Methodist St. John
Best Italian: Grazia Italian Kitchen
Best Local Entertainer: Tie – Mickey Hobbs and Claudio Sereni
Best Luxury Car: Ron Carter Cadillac
Best Margarita: El Tiempo Cantina
Best Marina: South Shore Harbour
Best Mexican: El Tiempo Cantina
Best Oysters: Gilhooley’s
Best Pizza: Dan’s Pizza Co.
Best Pub: Scotty’s Pub
Best Realtor: Kimberly Harding
Best Resale Shop: Assistance League of the Bay Area
Most Romantic Restaurant: Opus Bistro
Best Seafood: Topwater Grill
Best Steak: T-Bone Tom’s
Best Sushi: Michiru Sushi
Best Web Design: Big Splash Web Design
Best Wine Bar: Chelsea Wine Bar
Best Women’s Apparel: The Clotheshorse
Best Women’s Boutique: Back Bay Boutique
Best Yacht Club: Lakewood Yacht Club

CCISD cruises the sea to raise funds for academic enrichment

April 4th, 2018

CCISD Culinary Art students who prepped, cooked and served guests aboard the Boardwalk Fantasea yacht!

The Clear Creek Education Foundation and the Clear Creek School District partnered with the Kemah Boardwalk to provide a unique hands-on learning opportunity for CCISD Culinary Arts students aboard the Gulf Coast’s largest charter yacht, the Boardwalk FantaSea.

The sold out “Cruising the Sea with CCISD” culinary journey with over 100 guests in attendance raised more than $8,000 to support academic enrichment programs in CCISD.

This was truly an event that showcased the many great programs offered in CCISD:

  • Clear Creek ISD culinary students prepped, cooked and served an exquisite meal with executive chefs.
  • Clear Falls High Troubadours and Clear Brook High’s head choir director, Jon Marcum, put on quite a vocal and musical performance for all the guests;
  • Clear Springs Audio Visual Production student, Nicolas Mason, recorded great video footage of the night;
  • Centerpieces were created by Clear Springs High floral design students;
  • Event logo was designed by Clear Springs High junior, Lisa Kitchen.

“We are always looking for new and diverse opportunities for our students,” said Dana Morgan, CCISD director of Career and Technical Education. “Preparing and serving a gourmet dinner on a yacht for a dinner cruise was a unique experience that the students will always remember. We are so grateful tothe Kemah Boardwalk for their mentorship and partnership in this endeavor.”

Funds raised from this event will be split with 50% going to the CCISD Culinary Arts Program and 50% to CCEF to help Inspire educational excellence through the following programs:


CCEF is proud to offer the following Educational Grant Opportunities for CCISD teachers and students in order to help them take education to the next level:

  • Teacher Innovative Grants: Teachers apply for Teacher Innovative Grants to implement innovative, hands-on instructional ideas that enrich the classroom learning experience in academic areas such as math, science, language arts and technology.
  • Student – Teacher Innovative Grants: This program supports “Student Teacher Innovative Projects”. An individual student or a team of students may apply under the guidance and sponsorship of a teacher.
  • Mini – Grants: A Mini-Grant is intended to enhance classroom learning by providing needed resources that are not available.
  • Special Innovative Grants: A Special Innovative Grant is a large grant amount of up to $50,000 designed to encourage and support innovative teaching and learning on a large scale.
  • Science Fair Innovative Grants: Secondary students may apply for a Science Fair Innovative Grant to enhance their science fair project. Students must apply under the guidance and sponsorship of a teacher.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: CCEF encourages teachers to achieve the highest and most rigorous standards set by the U.S. Department of Education by offering its financial support.

CLEAR HORIZONS: CCEF supplements tuition for students at the early college high school who simultaneously earn a college associates degree and a high school diploma.

About CCEF

Established in 1992, the Clear Creek Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization located in League City, Texas. Comprised of volunteers with a passion for excellence, the Foundation raises funds to enrich academic achievement within CCISD. While the Foundation operates independently of the school district, it is aligned and collaborates closely with CCISD to promote excellence in education.

Come celebrate the 19th annual 2018 Yachty Gras Extravaganza

January 1st, 2018

The annual fun and exciting Yachty Gras event celebrating the Mardi Gras Season begins with a week of revelry. The celebration for the Clear Lake Area starts on Jan. 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. A welcome aboard the traditional “Kickoff Party” will be hosted at the Kemah Elks Lodge. Admission is free and open to the public. The reception will consist of hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and silent auction items. All net proceeds from this event will benefit several local Bay Area charities.

The official commemorative poster was designed by artist and organizer Dr. Maurine Howard.

“The theme this year is titled “Wonder of the Sea,” stated Dr. Howard said.

The following weekend of Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., the Yachty Gras Grand Night Parade takes place. “America’s largest Mardi Gras Boat Parade” will begin from the Seabrook Channel and proceed past the Kemah Boardwalk.

The elaborately decorated yachts will be throwing beads to the revelers viewing the parade along the channel route. Parade judges will be located at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Company. Yachty Gras is a spectacular “Family Event” for viewing, dining, and participating in the Yachty Gras Grand Night parade.

Remember to book your hotel and or bed and breakfast rooms early to enjoy a fantastic weekend of fun and excitement for the entire family. Come enjoy some of the finest restaurants on the Gulf Coast and explore all Bay Area Houston has to offer! As they say in Na Orleans, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!”

For additional information, please visit or call 713 882.4040.

Dine Out to Donate

September 26th, 2017

CCEF invites YOU to “Dine Out to Donate” on Monday, Oct. 2 to support education! This year, 60 area restaurants will donate a portion of their revenue to CCEF which will benefit the students and teachers of the Clear Creek Independent School District.

CCEF is excited to have 60 local participating restaurants that will donate a portion of their Oct. 2 revenue to CCEF to benefit the students and teachers of the Clear Creek School District. The top two CCISD elementary, intermediate and high school campuses with the highest percentage of participation based on student population will win $1,000 and $500 respectively!

Participating Restaurants Include:

  • Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta, 400 W. Bay Area Blvd., Suite A | Webster
  • Aquarium, 11 Kemah Boardwalk| Kemah
  • Avenida Brazil, 201 Bay Area Blvd. | Webster
  • Bubba’s Shrimp Palace, 352 Gulf Fwy. N. | League City
  • Bubba’s Shrimp Palace, 113 6 th | San Leon
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 502 W. Bay Area Blvd. | Webster
  • Chick-Fil- A, 2805 E. League City Pkwy | League City
  • Chuy’s, 20975 Gulf Fwy. | Webster
  • District Theaters, 1020 W. Nasa Pkwy. #152 | Webster
  • Esteban’s Café and Cantina, 402 W. Main St. | League City
  • Fudruckers, 2040 Nasa Rd. 1 | Houston
  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 2660 Marina Bay Dr. | League City
  • Gatti’s Pizza, 16607 El Camino Real | Houston
  • Gio’s Flying Pizza & Pasta, 650 FM 517 W. | Dickinson
  • Grazia Italian Kitchen, 1001 Pineloch Dr. #1100 | Houston
  • Ichibon Japanese Seafood and Steakhouse, 18206 Egret Bay Blvd.| Houston
  • Jersey Mike’s, 2456 Marina Bay Dr. | League City
  • Jersey Mike’s, 2555 E. League City Pkwy. #130 | League City
  • Jimmy Changas, 2504 Gulf Fwy. |League City
  • Jinya Ramen Bar, 18299 Egret Bay Blvd. | Houston
  • Joe Lee’s Seafood Kitchen, 1108 Marina Bay Dr. | Clear Lake Shores
  • La Brisa Mexican Bar and Grill, 4001 Hwy. 146 | Bacliff
  • La Brisa Mexican Bar and Grill, 501 N. Wesley Dr. | League City
  • Landry’s Seafood, 1 Kemah Boardwalk | Kemah
  • Longhorn Steakhouse, 19019 Gulf Fwy. | Webster
  • Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta, 210 S. Hwy. 3 #C | League City
  • Luna’s Mexican Restaurant, 6555 South Shore Blvd. #B | League City
  • Luna’s Mexican Restaurant, 704 W. Parkwood | Friendswood
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy, 700 Baybrook Mall Dr.| Friendswood
  • Malay Malay Malaysian Restaurant, 2508 S. Gulf Fwy. #102 | League City
  • McDonald’s, 3140 Gulf Fwy. S. | League City
  • McDonald’s, 102 Hwy. 3 S. | League City
  • Mediterraneo, 18033 Upper Bay Rd. | Nassau Bay
  • Mediterraneo, 2409 Falcon Pass #160 | Houston
  • Sombrero Mexican Restaurant, 2640 E. League City Pkwy. | League City
  • Sombrero Mexican Restaurant, 6011 W. Main St. | League City
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes, 304 W. Bay Area Blvd. #400 | Webster
  • Opus Bistro, 1002 Aspen Rd. | Clear Lake Shores
  • Opus Ocean Grille, 1510 Marina Bay Dr. #124 | Clear Lake Shores
  • Pappas Bar-B- Q, 20794 Gulf Fwy. | Webster
  • Pappas Seafood House, 19991 I-45 S. | Webster
  • Pappasito’s Cantina, 20099 I-45 S. | Webster
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner, 19411-A Gulf Fwy. |Webster
  • Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille, 700 Baybrook Mall Dr. | Friendswood
  • PIZZAFIRE, 2471 Gulf Fwy. S. | League City
  • Pomodoro’s Cucina Italiana, 2700 Marina Bay Dr. | League City
  • Raising Cane’s, 2586 E. League City Pkwy. | League City
  • Red River BBQ & Grill, 1911 E. Main St. | League City
  • Saltgrass Steakhouse, 20241 Gulf Fwy.| Webster
  • San Lorenzo Taqueria, 3020 Marina Bay Dr. #E | League City
  • San Lorenzo Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, 2441 FM 646 W. #D | Dickinson
  • San Lorenzo Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, 3202 Marina Bay Dr. #G | Kemah
  • Schlotzsky’s, 221 S. Egret Bay Blvd. | League City
  • Skipper’s Greek Cafe, 1026 Marina Bay Dr. | Clear Lake Shores
  • Sloppy Nick’s Brooklyn Deli, 2800 Marina Bay Dr. #1 | League City
  • Sokols’ Greek Deli and Café, 2410 Bay Area Blvd. #C/D | Houston
  • South Shore Grille, 2800 Marina Bay Dr. #F | League City
  • Star Cinema Grill, 702 Baybrook Mall Dr. | Friendswood
  • Tommy’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, 2555 Bay Area Blvd. | Houston
  • Zoes Kitchen, 1501- C Bay Area Blvd.

CCEF would like to invite YOU to “Ride to Give” on October 6th-8th by purchasing  discounted amusement ride wristbands at the Kemah Boardwalk. Discounted wristbands are $20.99 for anyone 48’’ and over and $15.99 for anyone under 48’’. CCEF will receive $4.00 for every discounted wristband purchased and all of the proceeds will directly benefit the students and teachers of CCISD. The first 50 wristbands sold will receive a FREE ticket to Stingray Reef.

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