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On Friday, Aug. 21, The Woodlands Children’s Museum located at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280, will celebrate going back to school – with one last, big summertime bash. The annual Shake Your Summer Sillies Out event calls for lots of fun activities and live entertainment.

The event is recommended for ages 7 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All activities included in the cost of admission, which is $5 for children ages 2 and older.

On Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Museum will host Sensory Friendly Day – an event exclusively for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing differences. Young guests will enjoy sensory exploration through exhibits and hands-on activities, as well as social and imaginary play, art projects and a special “cool down classroom.” The cost is $5 per child; adults will not be charged admission for this special event.

For more information, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.



The deadline to submit nomination forms for a 2015 Hometown Hero is Friday, Aug. 7. The honor will be bestowed upon four individuals and a business or institution that serve as outstanding role models for volunteerism and dedication to The Woodlands’ community.

The Hometown Heroes will be inducted into the Hometown Heroes Hall of Fame at The Woodlands 2015 Celebration of Excellence Gala benefiting Interfaith of The Woodlands, to be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Nomination forms are available in The Villager newspaper, at The Woodlands Homefinder Center, located at 2000 Woodlands Parkway, or online at thewoodlands.net and woodlandsinterfaith.org.

Nominees must be current residents of The Woodlands, or businesses/institutions based in The Woodlands. Completed nomination forms should be mailed to: Hometown Heroes Selection Committee, The Woodlands Homefinder Center; P.O. Box 5050, The Woodlands, TX 77387-5050 or emailed to info@thewoodlands.com.

Criteria the public should consider for a nomination include: positive role model; history of volunteerism; sacrificing personal gain to achieve noble goals; special awards and recognitions; brought positive recognition to The Woodlands; embodies the values of The Woodlands community, i.e. family values, the importance of education, the arts and culture, environmental consciousness; economic contributions to the community; leadership and courage; consistent dedication and commitment to worthy causes; representative of the diversity within the community; spiritual leadership; and dedication to public service.

For more information about The Celebration of Excellence gala and sponsorship opportunities, call 281-615-8221 or contact Aimee Newsom at anewsom@woodlandsinterfaith.org .


HGTV Design Star Abby Vasek will return to the Houston area to share tips and advice on interior design and home staging at the 13th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show The Woodlands.

HGTV Design Star Abby Vasek will return to the Houston area to share tips and advice on interior design and home staging at the 13th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show The Woodlands.


The 13th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show The Woodlands will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23.

“Southeast Texas is blessed with two growing seasons,” said Tony Wood, president ofTexwood Shows Inc., producer of the spring and fall home and garden shows in The Woodlands. “As we anticipate the advent of cooler weather, those attending the Fall Home & Garden Show can leave armed with not only expert gardening advice, but a wealth of information on updating their homes inside and out.”

HGTV Design Star Abby Vasek returns to the Houston area for the show and will discuss interior design and home staging, providing her high-energy and knowledgeable advice to those in attendance.

With a nod to the future of interior design, the Hunter Douglas feature exhibit, Simple Elegance, will demonstrate how homeowners can combine tomorrow’s technology with today’s hottest window fashion trends to customize their homes with automated coverings that can be programmed to open and close via a timer or smartphone app – conserving energy while saving money on heating and cooling costs.

Returning favorites to the Fall Home & Garden Show include the always-popular wine and beer tasting tent, as well as an outdoor feature exhibit by Stewart Land Design. Homeowners who are interested in updating their landscape, adding a green space or even an outdoor kitchen can learn about their options from Stewart Land Design experts, who will be on hand to discuss the company’s design and installation services.

“The Woodlands Children’s Museum is once again the charity partner of the annual Fall Home & Garden Show The Woodlands,” Wood said. “Since the home will always be the heart of the family, what better way to support home than sharing a portion of our success with one of the most popular family-friendly attractions in the area.”

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for children 12 years and younger. Free covered parking is available in the parking garage behind the convention center next to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at Six Pines and Lake Robbins. The pedestrian skywalk connected to the 4th floor of the garage will lead you to the hotel/convention center.

For more information, call 832-274-3944 or visit WoodlandsShows.com, where a downloadable discount coupon for $1 off admission is available.


FAITH - “Fighting Cancer” in Montgomery County’s enthusiastic committee plans its second Annual Lanakila Lu’au.

FAITH – “Fighting Cancer” in Montgomery County’s enthusiastic committee plans its second Annual Lanakila Lu’au.


FAITH – “Fighting Cancer” in Montgomery County provides emotional and financial support for cancer patients and their families. It also assists in educational and preventative care programs.

FAITH’s goals are accomplished through generous donations from businesses, individuals, and dedicated fundraising volunteers. Since 2010, the nonprofit organization has raised more than $100,000. Through its programs, nearly 500 area citizens have been assisted annually.

Next on FAITH’s calendar is “Lanakila Lu’au”, which translates to “Victory Feast over Cancer.” The second annual fun fundraiser will be Thursday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Walden Yacht Club. Paige Walford and Karen Lonon will serve as co-chairs. The “Island Casual” luau, silent auction and live auction is $100 per person or $850 for a table of 10.

A few of the nonprofit organizations who will benefit from FAITH’s fundraising are:

New designated fund at MD Anderson – $15,000 donated to Montgomery County pediatric patients this year; additional $1,000 will be donated annually for the next five years;

Lone Star Family Health Center – $15,000 donated for “See, Test & Threat” event;

MD Anderson The Woodlands Regional Care Center – $5,000 donated to again sponsor Pamper Night Bags for MDA’s Breast Friends (breast cancer survivors) plus $10,000 to the original designated fund at MDA.

E-mail FaithFightingCancer@gmail.com for event sponsorship and ticket commitments. Donations may be made to FAITH -“Fighting Cancer” in Montgomery County at P.O. Box 445, Conroe, Texas 77305.


MCABW founder Carol Gooch.

MCABW founder Carol Gooch.


The Montgomery County Association of Business Women is the largest nonprofit business women’s networking organization in Montgomery County. Founded in 2005 by Carol Gooch, it provides a local forum for business women to develop and enhance professional and personal relationships with their peers. MCABW also awards scholarships to female graduates from all Montgomery County high schools.

In August, MCABW is celebrating its10th anniversary. There will be a coffee networking meeting at the Conroe Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce, 505 West Davis, Conroe, on Aug. 4 from 8 to 9 a .m. The group will have a mixer on Aug. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Conroe Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce hosted by Helen Thornton, Thornton Financial Services; Stephanne Davenport, Montgomery County Treasurer and Elena Nunez, owner of Margarita & Peppers Mexican Restaurant. The lunch meeting will be held at Incredible Pizza in Conroe on Aug. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more details, please visit mcabw.org or call Carol at



The Barbara Bush Branch Library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. All library programs are free and open to the public. For a full listing
of activities, visit hcpl.net or call 281-376-4610.

Green Thumb Gardening Series, Aug. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and the Harris County Master Gardeners are pleased to offer the Green Thumb gardening series of lectures at the Barbara Bush Branch Library. These lectures are free and space is limited so call 281-855-5600 to register. This series will be held on the second Thursday of the month.

The August topic is “Low Maintenance Landscaping.” The topic for September is “Indoor Gardening – pest problems and animal safety.”


Hou Glass Pics


The Houston Glass Club’s 41st Annual Vintage Glass & Antique Show and Sale will be held from 2-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.15 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds on Highway 36 in Rosenberg. More than 30 dealers from across the United States will display more than 200 tables of the finest quality glass including: depression era glass, EAPG, American crystal, American dinnerware, kitchenware and pottery. Admission to the show is $10 on Friday, $6 on Saturday and Sunday, and is good all weekend. For more information, visit houstonglassclub.org or call 281-240-0382.



Montgomery County’s popular Jazzy Junque sale is now a permanent storefront at The Outlets at Conroe. Featuring donated items that are new or in good and working condition, savvy shoppers can find exciting steals on sofas, decorator comforters, boutique handbags, stylish furniture and more at a fraction of the original cost.

Jazzy Junque is seeking donations of unwanted furniture, home accessories, housewares, infant/children’s items, art, garden/patio items, jewelry, boutique clothing, collectibles and antiques.

The store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Customers can also enjoy coffee drinks from the coffee bar, which will be manned by residents of New Danville. Proceeds benefit New Danville, a master-planned community for adults with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Donations can be dropped off at Outlets of Conroe by appointment, or arranged to be picked up by calling 936-441-4500 or emailing info@jazzyjunque.org.


twhs theater


The Woodlands High School Theater Department opens its 2015 – 2016 season with the Tony Award winning musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical introduces six unique children who are competing to be the annual spelling champion, all the while trying to navigate the chaotic journey of growing up. Throughout the show these characters learn two important lessons: winning isn’t everything; and if you lose the spelling bee, it doesn’t mean that you are a loser. This musical will have you wishing you had brought your dictionary because four audience members get called up to be a part of each show.

The Woodlands High School Theater Department will be presenting the show Aug. 27-29 at 7 p.m., with a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on the 29th. This show is suitable and encouraged for all ages. All performances will be at The Woodlands High School Ninth Grade Campus. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10. Visit twhstheater.com for more information.



The Feast of Artisans Farmers’ Market is now held in two locations: on the first Saturday of the month at B-52 Brewing, 12470 Milroy Lane in Conroe, and on the third Friday of the month at Southern Star Brewing Company 1207 N. FM 3083 East in Conroe. The Friday evening market is open from 4-9 p.m. and the Saturday afternoon market is open from 1-4 p.m. The market features a wide variety of locally produced goods from local vendors and also hosts a food truck and features local musicians. For more information visit feastofartisans.com or the Feast of Artisans Facebook page.


The Breast Cancer Charities of America combines body, mind and spirit to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America combines body, mind and spirit to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.


The Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) has announced that Wine Women & Shoes will be returning to The Woodlands on Sept. 24 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

Presented this year by EXIT Lone Star Realty, Wine Women & Shoes Houston will be showcasing new fall fashions, designers and fabulous shopping experiences. “Last year was our inaugural Wine Women & Shoes event in The Woodlands and it was a huge success and VIP sell-out,” said Erica Johnson, founder and executive director of BCCA, which benefits from the event. “This year, our committee has a plethora of new surprises and fantastic shopping experiences that any woman would love to win.”

From Shoe Guys, to the “Key to the Closet,” a New York Style Runway show, boutique shopping and wine tasting, Wine Women & Shoes will be the ladies night out this fall. In addition, new stations will include Kendra Scott’s “Sip & Sparkle” and one of the ladies favorite, the “Best in Shoe” competition.

Limited VIP tickets are available as well as general admission tickets. Sponsorship opportunities also remain.

For more information visit iGoPink.org or WineWomenandShoes.com/­Houston.



The “Change for Charity” program is an ongoing effort which encourages shoppers to deposit change into one of 68 non-governed parking meters within the shopping and entertainment destination. Every quarter, nickel and dime is metered to better the community and benefit a different organization every three months.

Since its inception in 2005, the Change for Charity program has raised more than $75,000 for local nonprofit organizations. For information, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com.


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WOAMTEC (Women On A Mission To Earn Commission) is a premier business building group designed to appeal to the business woman who is already successful and simply wants to grow more professionally, educationally and personally. It is not designed for commissioned sales people only, rather any strong female who wants to increase their company’s bottom line and overall revenue. The group seeks to attract women who have achieved success and do not need to be taught, but rather have the knowledge to teach each other on a social and interpersonal level.

WOAMTEC will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and Wednesday, Aug. 19 (every first and third Wednesday) at Americas (The Woodlands location) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The lunch price is usually $20, all inclusive. If you are a woman who has a successful career, a family, and many other obligations, consider this business-building group. Women are mandatory and men are welcome.



The knitting, crocheting and conversation group meets every Friday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Earl Elliott meeting room at the Barbara Bush Library. Help make lap blankets for veterans and chemo caps for MD Anderson Cancer Center patients. Bring items for a soldier including playing cards, books, toiletries or hard candy. For information, call 281-376-4610. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring.


This unique culinary collaboration will feature Houston’s most celebrated chefs.

This unique culinary collaboration will feature Houston’s most celebrated chefs.


Houston’s restaurant community will come together Sept. 24 to form a culinary team like none other in support of ending chronic homelessness. The Beacon’s fifth anniversary of Come to the Table – Serving Hope to Houston’s Homeless, Body, Mind, and Soul is a two-part culinary event beginning at 6 p.m. at The Beacon Day Center, 1212 Prairie Street in downtown Houston. Proceeds will support The Beacon, a nonprofit that provides services that restore dignity, self-respect and hope to Houston’s poor and homeless.

This unique culinary collaboration will feature Houston’s most celebrated chefs who will execute an unforgettable wine-paired, four-course dinner prepared in the very kitchen that serves hundreds of Houston’s poor and homeless each day. Culinary masters include Randy Evans, director/executive chef for H-E-B Restaurants; Efisio Farris from Arcodoro; Philippe Gaston from Izakaya; Mark Holley from Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar; Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi from Kata Robata; Hugo Ortega and Ruben Ortega from Hugo’s, Backstreet Cafe, and Caracol; Mike Puccio from The Beacon; Fernando Rios from Weights and Measures; John Sheely from Mockingbird Bistro; and Claire Smith from Canopy, Shade, and Woodbar.

“There is something about sharing a meal that brings a community together,” says Beacon Executive Director Charly Weldon. “We are thrilled to have the support of Houston’s culinary community who recognize the importance of coming together for the common good – and embracing the mission of The Beacon.”

Event co-chairs Nancy and David Randall have planned an extraordinary evening which will begin with a cocktail reception alfresco in Nancy’s Garden where guests will enjoy light bites from Houston area restaurants and presentation of the 2015 Beacon of Light awards, given to volunteers who have been extraordinary servant leaders to The Beacon and its programs. The event will then move to The Beacon Day Center for a spectacular chef-inspired meal and live auction.

Individual tickets for the reception and dinner start at $500 with limited availability; tables of ten start at $5,000. For more information, visit BEACONhomeless.org.


Houston Construction Industry Charities will again honor local veterans at its 5th Annual Guitars N' Cars Auto Show.

Houston Construction Industry Charities will again honor local veterans at its 5th Annual Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show.


Start your engines and save the date for the Houston Construction Industry Charities’ fifth annual fundraising extravaganza, the Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show & VIP Benefit. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Sam Houston Race Park, this big Houston family event is all about classic cars, vintage guitars and veterans, with funds raised once again benefiting U.S.VETS-Houston.

The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with the Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show, which is open to the public and runs until 6 p.m., showcasing American classics, exotics, hot rods, muscle machines and cars galore. It’s a rain or shine, family-friendly gathering, with live music and a free kids zone, featuring boxcar derby races, a sand pit, bounce houses and games. The Guitars N’ Cars VIP Benefit, from 6-10 p.m., is an adult-only celebration, with live music, a presentation of some of the rarest and most historic guitar collections in the country, courtesy of Fuller’s Guitar, silent and live auctions and dinner and a “Top 40” display of celebrated motorcars.

Houston Construction Industry Charities was founded four years ago, with a mission to unite local construction industry resources in support of area veterans, helping with housing, job placement and the general daily needs of more than 500 veterans. Since then, over $1 million in goods, services and monetary donations has been raised, with organizers hoping to donate a further $75,000 to the program this year, through ticket sales, sponsorship, vehicle registrations and auction proceeds.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (or free with a donated item from the needs list). Car entry registration in the Auto Show is $25. Tickets to the evening Guitars N’ Cars VIP Benefit are $50. Visit hcias.com, for full details, call 281-356-5777 or email Kaleigh at kclunn@clunnacoustical.com.

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