Hospice Care Team knew just how to keep the crowd warm as they waited for the lighting of its tree of lights at Texas City’s Carnes funeral home last week. To numerous enthusiastic rounds of applause, a troupe of young actors and dancers excited their audience with a lighthearted performance before the official opening ceremony of the annual event. – Photo Gene Schwartz

RV Trident 2015Less than six months after taking delivery of its $2.5 million research vessel Trident, Texas A&M University’s Galveston campus learned this week that the vessel has been named Workboat Magazine’s significant workboat of the year. The all-aluminum 65-foot catamaran, designed in conjunction with Kemah company Fyffe Yachts, won the title during the International Workboat Show held this week in New Orleans after receiving acclaim for its multi-mission capability, fuel economy and speed, among other attributes.– Photo A&M TAMUG

Yoakam contest winners

Off to see country-and-western music megastar Dwight Yoakam on Friday courtesy The Post are Susan McLeod, left, Mark Gerhardt and Melissa Bares, each of whom won two tickets for the show in our contest drawing on Monday. They were among the entrants who correctly identified the Elvis Presley song covered by Yoakam in 1992 for the film Honeymoon In Vegas as Suspicious Minds. For everyone whose name was not selected as a winner, don’t lose heart – we’ll be conducting more free-ticket contests in the near future!Photos Jimmy Graves

151129 Community Calendar

The colors of life have brought an air of eternal serenity to St George’s Episcopal church in Texas City, where artist Lisa Tenney has been helping congregants memorialize their departed loved ones by painting silks dedicated to their honor. Pastor Robin Reeves invited Tenney in January to make the artist’s family-inspired idea reality in a community project and, by the time her exhibit opened this month, she had painted 78 silks honoring more than 100 people. – Photo by Gene Schwartz

Smith, Greg CCISD BAH collage

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership is to honor one of the county’s top educators with its annual leadership award in January. Greg Smith, superintendent of Clear Creek independent school district, will become the 23rd winner of the organization’s annual Quasar award during a presentation banquet at South Shore Harbour. The award is presented each year for individual contribution to the economic wealth and diversity of the region.