Around Town June 2016
THE WOODLANDS AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP JOINS THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK FOR A DAY OF SERVICE
The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) held its second annual Day of Service benefitting The Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) on Thursday, May 5 by participating in the Food Bank’s “Sort to Support Challenge,” a fun, team-building competition that gives back to the community. This is a unique twist on the typical food bank volunteering experience that incorporated sorting food, random quiz questions and friendly competition. The goal of “Sort to Support” is to be the team that receives the highest sorting score based on time, number of team members and amount of food sorted. The three EDP teams sorted 11,000 pounds of food in under four hours, which is enough food to serve 9,000 meals.
EDP CEO Gil Staley says, “With nearly 50 business leaders participating in our day of service, we made a large contribution to feeding the hungry in Montgomery County. Everyone agreed that they left with a strong sense of fulfillment and pride in a job well done.”
ANGEL RUN IN WOODFOREST RAISES $13,000 FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
It was a record-breaking year for the 2016 Angel Run in Woodforest, as approximately 350 competitors raised nearly $13,000 for local scholarships.
The commemorative fundraiser has attracted roughly 300-500 racers each year since its inception in 2012. Including this year, the race has raised more than $30,000 for scholarships in Montgomery County.
“It is so inspiring to see how the race has grown over the years,” said Andrea Terna, one of the race organizers. “This year’s Angel Run was bigger than ever, not just in terms of money raised — which was amazing — but in the support the community, and Woodforest in particular, have shown for it.”
The race winds through Woodforest, which also serves as the location of an after-party for participants and their supporters. Awards were given to the top three male and female finishers in each category.
The Angel Run commemorates the memory of sisters Kelsey Knepprath and Sara Hartnett. Knepprath passed away suddenly in 2012 after being diagnosed with the flu two days prior to her death. Hartnett, a 17-year-old Montgomery High School senior, died in a head-on collision in 2008 after losing control of her car in the rain.
Woodforest is a 3,000-acre development in South Montgomery County. For more information, visit woodforesttx.com.
THE WOODLANDS WATERWAY ARTS FESTIVAL 2016 SETS NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD
The 11th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival attracted more than 19,000 art lovers and over 200 juried fine artists to the spectacular setting of The Woodlands Waterway, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 8-10. Ranked as one of the top fine arts festivals in the country, the three-day celebration of the arts and culture included the wildly popular Art Dash Party, a fun and informal Artist-Patron event; First Look Friday presented by MD Anderson Cancer Center; the new Terrace Hospitality Club presented by Glade Gallery; children’s activities at Artopoly and the Early Inspiration Gallery; live music from local bands and delicious food and beverages from a variety of food vendors.
“We had more to offer at the 2016 Festival than ever before,” said Amy Lecocq, president of the board of The Woodlands Arts Council. “Our guests and artists really appreciated the quality and variety of the art, along with the fun activities for art lovers of all ages. We were also blessed with many generous sponsors and three gorgeous spring days for our Festival!”
She added, “The record-breaking success of this year’s Festival is due, in large part, to our anchor sponsors, The Woodlands Development Company, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, Stella Artois and KHOU 11. We wish to thank them for their continued commitment to the arts and culture in our community… because art matters!”
CONROE ISD PARENT RESOURCE CENTER HOSTS RESOURCE AND TRANSITION FAIR
The Conroe ISD Department of Special Education Services Parent Resource Center hosted the 12th Annual Resource and Transition Fair on March 3 at The Woodlands College Park High School. Over 500 parents and students were able to meet with the experts to help prepare for the transition from high school to college and/or the work force. Approximately 85 vendors from colleges, vocational certificate programs, local daily job training sites, residential communities, estate planning/guardian- ship, and vocation agencies were in attendance.
In addition, students and parents had the opportunity to connect with community agency support and learn about recreational and social opportunities for all ages.
“I am very proud that Conroe ISD is able to offer a Resource and Transition Fair for our families and community,” stated Judie Hunter, Conroe ISD Parent Liaison. “It’s so wonderful to be able to showcase the many services and opportunities available under one roof.”
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CONGRESSMAN BRADY, JUDGE DOYAL, COMMISSIONER NOACK INSPECT FLOOD-DAMAGED AREAS
Congressman Kevin Brady, County Judge Craig Doyal, and Commissioner James Noack inspected flood-damaged areas and homes recently with FEMA representatives as the county makes its case for inclusion in a presidential disaster declaration. A federal declaration will open the doors for federal dollars to assist Montgomery County residents in recovering from the recent floods.
“The flooding caused significant devastation to our community, so we appreciate Congressman Brady taking time out from his duties in Washington, D.C. to tour flood-affected areas with FEMA officials to help them understand the extent of that devastation,” Doyal said.
Doyal, Noack and Brady met with one resident in Precinct 3 whose home had been damaged, and toured other flood-damaged areas as well. Brady, chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, said he was hopeful, after viewing the damage, that Montgomery County will qualify for federal disaster assistance.
Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Darren Hess said the county is collecting information from local governments and residents to develop a damage assessment. The county can qualify for two separate programs: public assistance – designed to repair roads, bridges and government facilities – and individual assistance – designed to provide direct aid to help flood victims recover.
Those reporting damage may go to the Emergency Management web site to find forms at mctxoem.org/go/site/1945/, call 936-523-3916 or the United Way at 281-292-4155, ext. 245. This will help the Office of Emergency Management prepare a formal assessment of the total number of affected structures; this is required for the County and State to qualify for federal recovery assistance.
LONE STAR FAMILY HEALTH CENTER OPENS NATURE EXPLORE® OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
Lone Star Family Health Center (LSFHC) unveiled its newest community offering, a 2,500-square-foot Nature Explore Classroom, in a ceremony on Arbor Day, April 29.
The Nature Explore program uses extensive research to design outdoor spaces that encourage families to engage with the natural world. LSFHC will be the first Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to offer one of these spaces and hopes to encourage other FQHCs to do the same. LSFHC’s Outdoor Classroom was made possible by the U.S. Forest Service in collaboration with the National Environmental Education Foundation, Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, as well as through support from the Texas A&M Forest Service and many community partners.
“Every day, our staff works to care for the whole patient, including their social, physical, and mental health needs. This classroom will be another unique feature we can offer our patients, giving them a ‘prescription’ for the medicine of being outdoors,” says LSFHC medical director, Dr. Daniel Porter.
Dimensions Educational Research Foundation shows that syncing outdoor education with positive learning experiences leads to better physical and mental well-being, increased skill development, more imaginative play and even increased environmental stewardship in children. LSFHC hopes that access to this outdoor classroom will pull the facilities’ patients away from extended screen time and open the community to more engagement in outdoor activities.
“The concept of outdoor classrooms stems from a great deal of research looking at the role that the natural world plays in our health and happiness,” says Porter, “Often, the current generation of kids is not experiencing the benefits of being outside. This classroom is meant to get kids and their parents to start exploring the natural world.”
31ST ANNUAL TEXAS & NEIGHBORS REGIONAL ART EXHIBITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Reception and Awards Ceremony for the 31st Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition presented by Irving Arts Center and the Irving Art Association was held on April 17 at the Irving Arts Center.
Best of Show was awarded to artist Jesse Lane of The Woodlands for “Echoes,” a large work in colored pencil. The Irving Arts Center Award of Excellence went to Steve Quevado of Arlington for his acrylic artwork “The Melancholy Astronaut.” Over $9,000 in cash was awarded in five media categories to 22 artists. Additionally, Jessica Hernandez, a senior at MacArthur High School, was awarded the 2016 Irving Art Association Visual Arts Scholarship to pursue her studies at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. For a full list of awards see the 2016 TxN Awards List.
The exhibition was juried by renowned watercolorist Soon Y Warren. Nearly 500 works of art were submitted by approximately 200 artists residing in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico. From those entries, 80 were selected to be exhibited in the Main Gallery at Irving Arts Center. Floral art interpretations inspired by selected works of art in the exhibit, were designed by The Chocolate Rose.
“It is truly a blessing for us to be able to provide a venue for artists in the state of Texas and the five neighboring states to express their creativity and artistic ability,” said the Irving Art Association Exhibits Committee (Linda Shotwell, Sharon Giles, and Mark Thompson). “We have fallen in love with this event and continue to be impressed and awed by the talent and beauty displayed each year.”