(L-R): Kelli Metzenthin, Executive Director, Alexandra Sanchez, Event Coordinator and Rene Cannavo with Houston Federal Credit Union. 18th Annual Bike the Bend for Literacy, Jan. 7 The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County invites the public to participate in the 18th annual Bike the Bend for Literacy, presented by Houston Federal Credit Union on Sunday, Jan. 7. This popular event is the first official BP MS 150 recommended training ride of the year. Riders can “work off” their holiday pounds, and stick with their New Year’s Resolutions! Rene Cannavo, Vice President Administration for Houston Federal Credit Union says, “HFCU is proud to sponsor Bike the Bend again this year. “ The ride starts at 9 a.m., and will begin and end at Foster High School in Richmond. Along the scenic 20-, 35-, or 62-mile routes, riders will enjoy rest stops stocked with delicious fruit and snacks, as well as a variety of cold beverages to fuel the ride. All proceeds will support the life-changing work of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, whose mission is to improve family, community, and profes-sional lives through adult literacy education. Register now online at ftbendliteracy.org/bike-the-bend . Registration is $45 per rider. Day of regis-tration is $50. Registration includes a rider t-shirt, snacks, and refreshments before, during, and after the ride. Sponsorship levels ranging from $250 to $1,000 also are available and include rider entries as well as social media and print recognition. Sponsorships are available for purchase on the web-site at ftbendliteracy.org. For more information, contact Alexandra Sanchez, Events Coordinator, at 281-240-8181 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Hope for Three Hosts Inaugural Jigsaw Puzzle Competition, Jan. 20 As a way to raise autism awareness, understanding and acceptance, the first-ever Jigsaw Puzzle Competition in Fort Bend County, presented by LearningRX Sugar Land, will be held Saturday, Jan. 20. Millions of tabs, knobs, corner pieces and fig-urals will take over Constellation Field’s Insperity Club to bring awareness to autism. The event is a two-hour timed competi-tion in Individual play or in teams of four. Awards, prizes and bragging rights guaranteed. Whether you are a puzzle fanatic or a first-time puzzler, roll up your sleeves and support this unique one-of-a-kind compe-tition “until all the pieces fit.” Registration is at 9:30 a.m. with the competition from 10 a.m. to noon. Individual play is $25 or a team of four is $100. Availability is limited. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are avail-able. To learn more about autism, Hope For Three resources, or register your team, visit hopeforthree.org or call 281-245-0642. On a nationwide level, the puzzle piece symbol reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since every puzzle piece is different in some way, it accurately repre-sents the diversity of individuals affected. 16 | Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes | January 2018 LearningRX Sugar Land Center director Syndee Howgate (far right), students and staff along with Hope for Three Executive Director Darla Farmer (center back) sharpen their skills for the puzzle competition.