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Around Town January 2018


Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the American Revolution and United States Daughters of 1812 members celebrate Christmas.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the American Revolution and United States Daughters of 1812 members celebrate Christmas.

Local Lineage Organizations Celebrate Christmas

During the recent Christmas luncheon held in the home of Carol Hicks, three local lineage organizations celebrated Christmas together. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis chapter was thrilled to invite the Daughters of the American Revolution, Coushatti Trace chapter and the United States Daughters of 1812, Thomas Bay chapter members  to join them for their annual luncheon.

Many of the ladies who attended are members of all three lineage organizations in Montgomery County, who are dedicated to promoting patriotism and honoring their ancestors. President of the Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis DRT chapter is Shelly Lane.  President of the Coushatti Trace DAR chapter is Cheryl Bolt and President of the Thomas Bay Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812 is Carol Hicks.  Lady Dalton presented the program “Meet My ‘Real Daughter’ Great Grandmother, Tabitha.”

 

 

Husbands of DAR members and their wives after being honored by Paula Grigsby, regent of the Heritage Trails chapter, NSDAR (far right) and Julie Rohling, vice regent,  and United States Marine Corps, Corporal (far left).

Husbands of DAR members and their wives after being honored by Paula Grigsby, regent of the Heritage Trails chapter, NSDAR (far right) and Julie Rohling, vice regent, and United States Marine Corps, Corporal (far left).

Heritage Trails Chapter, NSDAR, Honors Vietnam Vets at November Luncheon

The NSDAR Thanksgiving luncheon, annual silent auction and memorial service for deceased members was held at Shirley Acres. Each veteran received a certificate and pin from Paula Grigsby and Julie Rohling for their service in the military during the years of the Vietnam Era.

The objectives of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution are “to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; to promote the development of an enlightened public; and to foster patriotic citizenship. “ These ideals are demonstrated by the husbands as well,  who lend support as they work alongside their wives to help and volunteer for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

 

 

Hounds by the hundreds Descended on Grand Central Park’s dog walk and after “paw-ty.”

Hounds by the hundreds Descended on Grand Central Park’s dog walk and after “paw-ty.”

Grand Central Park’s Bark in the Park

When Grand Central Park set out to host its Bark in the Park dog walk and after “paw-ty,” organizers had no idea they’d attract close to 300 joyful dogs and hundreds of owners making it one of Montgomery County’s largest festivals for Man’s Best Friend.

“For early November, we expected a good turn out, but those numbers exceeded our expectations,” said Shannon League, director of marketing for the community of new homes.

With hundreds of owners in tow, leashed dogs of all shapes and sizes made their way down Grand Central Park’s resident-only nature trails followed by a pup-friendly after “paw-ty” featuring a collection of pet-related vendors.  Food trucks, music, kissing booth with pups, contests, face painting and bounce house added to the festivities.  The Houston Disc Dogs also performed their high-flying Frisbee-catching acts.

Voluntary donations were collected at the event for Operation Pets Alive, a nonprofit, all-volunteer Montgomery County animal welfare organization.

“It was a great event,”  League adds. “We’re certainly looking to schedule another Bark in the Park for next year.”

A community of new homes by Johnson Develop­ment Corp., Grand Central Park is located at I-45 North and South Loop 336, just five miles north of The Woodlands.  Model homes, each fully furnished and expertly decorated, are open daily.

For directions and more information, go to GrandCentralParkTX.com.

 

 

Kasey Vann is the newly named Miss Tomball 2018.

Kasey Vann is the newly named Miss Tomball 2018.

Miss Tomball, Parade Float Winners Announced

The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce (GTACC) held its annual Miss Tomball Pageant and Tomball Holiday Parade Nov. 18, naming Kasey Vann Miss Tomball 2018.

“The pageant and parade ran smoothly, and we are beyond thankful for the overwhelming community support,” said Brandy Beyer, vice president of operations, Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce. “The pageant contestants were all so gracious to work with and the weather could not have been better for the parade down Main Street, which had its largest turn out to date.”

In addition to naming the 52nd Miss Tomball, a number of other awards were given: First Runner Up – Olivia Guzman; Second Runner Up – Cameron Monique Davis; Third Runner Up – Presley Babb; Fourth Runner Up – Emma Jo Koch; and Miss Congeniality – Emma Jo Koch

Parade Float Winners: Best All Around Float – Harris County Junior Mounted Posse; Best Church Float – Southwinds Baptist Church; Best Youth Float – GirlScouts – Wildflower Community; Best Mounted Unit – Ride with Me; Best Drill Team – Tomball Memorial High School Cheerleaders; Best Commercial Float – Phillips Cleaning Service; Best Miss Tomball Contestant Entry–Olivia Guzman; Best Civic Float – The Sons of the Republic of Texas; Best Marching Unit – Willowwood Junior High LOTC; and Best of Show for High School Band – Waltrip High School Band.

This year’s parade, marking the 52nd anniversary of the event, featured about 150 parade entries along the two-mile route down Tomball’s Main Street.

The GTACC provides resources and fosters relationships that empower businesses to prosper; for information on the chamber, visit TomballChamber.org or call 281-351-7222.

 

 

Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum ladies volunteered and serviced the program.

Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum ladies volunteered and serviced the program.

Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum Participates in “A Salute to Our Veterans”

“A Salute to our Veterans” was the theme for 162 guests recently at a Forum Friends luncheon held in Lakewood United Methodist Church. A large number of veterans were in attendance. Jim Connors, long-time Astros organist, entertained everyone with oldies music and patriotic songs to honor veterans. The signature program meets in local area churches and other locations with Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum (CWJF) members providing free entertainment and lunch.

CWJF is an organization of women providing volunteer services, leadership and philanthropy to enrich the communities in North Harris and South Montgomery County. CWJF partners with agencies, schools and corporations to fulfill identified needs in education, interaction with an aging population and support for people with disabilities.

CWJF is a nonprofit assistance organization and a recognized chapter of Junior Forum, Inc. For more information on joining or to donate, call 281-379-1391 or visit cwjuniorforum.org.

 

 

(L-R): Noemi Gonzalez, Market Street; Angell Wright, FAITH; Kay Hohman, FAITH; Maggie Marmack, FAITH; Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Phillip Mitchell, The Woodlands Car Club and Barbara Hilton, FAITH.

(L-R): Noemi Gonzalez, Market Street; Angell Wright, FAITH; Kay Hohman, FAITH; Maggie Marmack, FAITH; Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Phillip Mitchell, The Woodlands Car Club and Barbara Hilton, FAITH.

Market Street Donates More Than $2,500 to FAITH “Fighting Cancer”

As part of its Change for Charity initiative, Market Street recently donated more than $2,500 to FAITH “Fighting Cancer” in Montgomery County, Inc.  The funds were raised by Market Street patrons and The Woodlands Car Club event attendees during the third quarter of 2017 and will assist the organization, which provides emotional and financial support for area cancer patients and their families and also assists in educational and preventative care programs.

Since the program’s inception, Market Street patrons and The Woodlands Car Club event attendees have raised more than $120,000 for local charities.  Four Montgomery County organizations are selected each year.

The Woodlands Car Club also generously raises money at their events, held the first Sunday of each month.  Their contributions, coupled with the amount donated to Market Street’s 68 parking meters make up the total amount given to a selected charity each quarter.

 

 

Waterway Cruisers resume normal operations.

Waterway Cruisers resume normal operations.

The Woodlands Waterway Cruisers Announce Return After Harvey

Waterway Events is pleased to announce the return of The Woodlands Waterway Cruisers to The Woodlands Waterway. Normal operations resumed on Dec. 8.

“Our cruisers sustained substantial damages during Hurricane Harvey and have been out of service since late August. The repairs are complete and we are eager to resume regular operating hours,” said Lisa Spitz with Waterway Events LLC. “We would like to apologize for our absence on the water and hope you will enjoy a cruise with us soon.”

Weekend hours of operation are Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, Noon-9 p.m.; and Sunday 2-9 p.m. Cruisers offer a unique way to experience The Woodlands Waterway. While traveling down the 1.4-mile-long corridor, riders will see the beauty of Town Center from a stunning viewpoint. All cruisers are completely enclosed with heating and air conditioning, providing guests a comfortable outing shielding them from the elements.

For the remainder of the year, riders can enjoy holiday atmosphere in the comfort of a cruiser as they travel down the corridor on a 45-minute round trip ride. Guests can observe areas along the route that are decorated for the season and experience The Woodlands from the water.

Hourly departures are made from The Woodlands Mall turning basin near The Cheesecake Factory. Tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card from the captain as you board. Private events rentals are also available. For more information or to book a private cruise, call Lisa at Waterway Events LLC at 832-458-3006.

For details on departure times, pricing and a map of the area or other amenities in The Woodlands, go to visitthewoodlands.com.

 

 

(L-R): Beth Gervais, Pat Halvorsen, Marilynn Patterson, Collie Parker, Lisa Musial, Margie Skelton, Betsy Sullivan, Vera Beck, Claire Payne and Sandra Tunnell.

(L-R): Beth Gervais, Pat Halvorsen, Marilynn Patterson, Collie Parker, Lisa Musial, Margie Skelton, Betsy Sullivan, Vera Beck, Claire Payne and Sandra Tunnell.

Northwest Delphian Chapters Preview Murder on the Orient Express

Houston Assembly of Delphians’  Sigma chapter in Tomball, and members of the newly formed Kappa chapter in The Woodlands, met at Cinemark on Nov. 16 to view the newly released Murder on the Orient Express, followed by lunch at Amalias Italian Restaurant. This social outing gave new members an opportunity to get acquainted, and to talk about the twice-monthly discussion groups on various topics, which is part of the Delphian experience.

Delphians meet all over the city, as the 13 chapters coordinate special activities to network and discuss ways in which “the best kept secret in Houston – Delphian!” – can provide opportunities for intellectual growth, social enhancement and philanthropy for deserving students at the University of Houston. For information on the Delphian organization in northwest Houston or Tomball, call 713-773-4380.

 

 

The 2017 Trailblazers (l-r):  Rhonda Arnold, Linda Head,  Brenda James, Brenda Mainwaring, Nina Marino, Nina  Judy Olson, Shelia Redmon-Jones, Michelle Riley-Brown,  Jennifer Stewart, Angela Strong and Gindi Vincent.

The 2017 Trailblazers (l-r): Rhonda Arnold, Linda Head, Brenda James, Brenda Mainwaring, Nina Marino, Nina Judy Olson, Shelia Redmon-Jones, Michelle Riley-Brown, Jennifer Stewart, Angela Strong and Gindi Vincent.

Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Honors Trailblazers

Eleven women were recognized as Trailblazers during the 2017 The Woodlands North Houston Conference for Women hosted by The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Nov. 9 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

The following women were honored as a 2017 Trailblazer for their work in industries that don’t typically have high numbers of women, and for demonstrating amazing courage, resilience and leadership in their journey to reach their career goals:  Rhonda Arnold, Houston Airport Systems; Linda Head, Lone Star College System; Brenda James, Clayton Services; Brenda Mainwaring, Union Pacific Railroad; Nina Marino, Nina Marino Real Estate; Judy Olson, Spirit of Texas Bank; Michelle Riley-Brown, Texas Children’s Hospital; Shelia Redmon-Jones, North Houston District; Jennifer Stewart, SWN; Angela Strong, A Strong CPA, LLC; and Gindi Vincent, ExxonMobil.

During the conference, several influential speakers/panelists presented their empowering personal and business insights, representing a variety of topics on leadership.

The keynote speakers, Jan Sieving and Sandy Asch, covered a variety of topics from leadership to what feminism means to them. Seiving spoke about resilience and shared her story about the importance of relationships. Asch is an author and motivational speaker who talks to corporations and coaches them on leadership. Her speech focused on women and how they can advance in leadership roles.

Panel topics and speakers included: Feminism, Changing the StereotypeChristina Ptasinski, Crane; Kim Hoover, Nabors; Robin Fielder, Anadarko; Sherri Scott, McDermott; and You Don’t Need a Title To Be A LeaderLeann Alvarez, The UPS Store at Shadow Creek; Shawntell McWilliams, Infinity Cleaning Solutions, LLC; and Erika Tolar, FedEx Services.

Proceeds from the conference benefited programs that help to advance the positions of women and girls in the greater Houston area.

 

 

Mike Bass, executive director, The Woodlands Art Council, presents a check to the 2017 Charity Partners.

Mike Bass, executive director, The Woodlands Art Council, presents a check to the 2017 Charity Partners.

The Woodlands Cultural and Heritage Festival Celebrates  with Inaugural Event

It was a beautiful Sunday in Market Street’s Central Park to enjoy the inaugural presentation of The Woodlands Cultural and Heritage Festival. Several hundred families from the area gathered on Nov. 12 to celebrate the diversity of cultural heritages in the community through the arts.

The festival featured food trucks and  more than 18 cultural exhibitors and international entertainers. Festival attendees contributed in making an on-site artwork called the AncesTree, a sculpture developed by students from The Woodlands High School with leaves made by students from Irons Junior High School.

Each leaf is unique, as it holds sayings or drawings from people’s own family history, culture or tradition. The AncesTree will be housed at The Woodlands Children’s Museum until a permanent location is decided. The phrases written by all participants will be used by Marlo Saucedo, a local artist, to create a 36-inch diameter original artwork. This three-dimensional work will culminate in a permanent installation as a painted mural in Market Street in 2018. Saucedo’s painting will ultimately be on view at The Woodlands Arts Council “Spotlight Gallery” within the Woodlands Mall.

“We commend you all on putting together something new and different. It was wonderful to see so many cultures being represented in our community,” said Jane Minarovic, Director of The Inspire Film Festival. “I can’t tell you how many people recognized our Cholita photo and told us stories about their mothers and grandmothers that still dressed in the traditional costume.”

Mike Bass presented checks to the organization’s charity partners from the 12th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and Because Art Matters. The donation totaled $22,550 and was presented to the Conroe Art League, Pavilion Partners, Woodlands Art League, The Anne Marie Hopkins Art Alliance and The Woodlands Children’s Museum.

Over 100 countries were represented in different booths throughout the festival and through dance, music and food. “I really lack words in Chinese or English to adequately describe how much my family enjoyed the festival!” said Kim Lee, festival attendee. Visit thewoodlandsartscouncil.org for more information.

 

Around Town January 2018


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