Inspirational Crossroads Past Events

Kites Take Flight

Kite event has theme of unity, friendship


SURFSIDE BEACH — Hundreds of kites, some multicolored, others shaped like various animals, were spread out across the summer sky, part of an event focused on getting the community outdoors and together.

Organized by nonprofit organization Inspirational Crossroads, “Kites Take Flight” encourages communities and families to step away from their schedules and come together. With about hundreds of kites flying above the beach at Surfside, local and out-of-town kite flyers came out to show off their elaborate designs and enjoy food and friends.

The organization recognizes loneliness and depression have grown at a fast rate and the kite-themed event is meant to offer the community a day of friendship, event organizer Sharon Hudson said.

“We recognized that so we wanted to put together an organization where we could get people to get together as family and let people know that we care and you’re not alone,” she said. “There are a lot of people in the community that care. I just get inspired with the events and this event, I had been thinking about it last year.”

She wants people to get outdoors more and enjoy time away from electronic devices, Hudson said.

“Although we appreciate social media and it’s a good tool to have, we want people to get out and interact with each other,” she said. “We are kind of separated and disconnected from each other. We are trying to get people to reconnect. When we were kids, we used to play outside until we got dragged in.”

Out and about along the beach flying his own trilobite and frog-shaped kites was Surfside Flyers Club member Billy Mladenka.

Kite flying is a natural activity that gets the public outdoors and allows them to have a day of fun, Mladenka said.

“I’ve been flying down here a long time,” he said. “This is very special.”

It’s always good for Surfside Beach kite events to get as much attention as possible because it gets more of the community intrigued in kite flying, Mladenka said.

“There are a lot of kites,” she said. “They are checking out the kites and that’s what we love.”

He always jumps at the chance to get out to the beach and have some fun with his family, Seabrook kite flyer Wayne Carpenter said.

“It’s real important,” he said. “I got my parents down here. I got my daughter and grandson. It’s the whole family out here flying kites and spending time together.”

People are here for each other and events such as this foster that kind of positive environment, Hudson said.

“I believe that we were born to help each other,” she said. “We are here to encourage and help each other.”

Connor Behrens is a reporter at The Facts. You can contact him at 979-237-0150.

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A Special THANK YOU to all the Folks that Made Kites Take Flight a HUGE Success

Food Trucks

  • Kona Ice Galveston/Bay Area

  • Sams Snack Shack

  • Gelu Italian Ice

  • Bunz of Meat

Kite Flyers

  • Gary Moss from Sulphur LA

  • Stephen Newberry, Kites Unlimited Galveston, Tx

  • Billy Ray Mladenka with Surfside Flyers Kite Club

  • Joel Scholz from Kingsland, TX

  • Terry Crumpler South Texas

  • Sharks Kite Club, Houston, Tx

  • Christian Baden Powell

  • Bruce Blausen

  • David Morris


  • Paula Garcia

  • Jayme Chao

  • Anna Helguero

  • Amelia Thibodeaux and Jose and Abbey Guerrero

  • Aaron and Rose Timberlake

  • Brenda, Alyssa, and Jaime Ortiz

  • Stephanie and Chris Thompson

  • Kevin, Tina and Makenzie McEntire

  • David and Jean Lynn

  • Paige Hudson

  • Jake Lewis and Hannah Hansen

  • Aaron and Melanie Higgins

The Facts Newspaper

  • Conner Behrens

  • Katie Frezza


  • DJ Freddy B and Jaime Ramirez (Fuego) Houston, Texas

  • Michael Hempel, Garrett Lough Clute, Texas


  • Coastal-Ice - Houston, Texas

  • Kroger - Lake Jackson, Texas

A big thank you to Kroger for your generous donation of bottled water.

A big thank you to Kroger for your generous donation of bottled water.


Social Graces

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019

  • 5:00 PM  7:00 PM

  • Lake Jackson Civic Center - Plaza Room


An event presented by Inspirational Crossroads that is open to HIGH SCHOOL TEEN GIRLS. We will be gathering in order to inspire and encourage one another to take on the trials of everyday life. Come join us and be a part of this positive community experience.

A special THANK YOU for helping make this event possible

  • Teresa Breland

  • Michelle Archer

  • Rose Timberlake

  • Devin Manning - Anjelieca and Christian

  • Marinell Music

  • Lashon Polhman

  • Melanie Higgins

  • Sabrina Brimage

  • Brenda George

  • Paige Hudson

  • Nikki Hudson

  • Communities In Schools - Debra Molina, Melissa Soto, Melinda Gonzales

  • Robin Roy - Angie& Yusselly

  • Kyra Travis & Tiffany Currier

Social Graces Sponsors


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Women's Community Coffee

Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

  • 5:30 PM  7:00 PM

  • Lucy Goose Market - Downtown Freeport (map)

**Due to the overwhelmingly popular response, we have added an evening meeting**

Our group will meet to share stories and messages of hope to inspire women in their everyday life. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to get together with local residents for Women’s Community Coffee.

*Limited to 40 seats per session.*

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What Our Community Is Saying

Inspirational Crossroads - Featured in the Lake Jackson Journal Fall/Winter 2018

Inspirational Crossroads - Featured in the Lake Jackson Journal Fall/Winter 2018