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Happenings in The Woodlands April 2016

Mark Atnipp and team members ham it up on the golf course.

Mark Atnipp and team members ham it up on the golf course.


The 7th Annual HOPE on the Green tees off Monday, April 11 at The Woodlands County Club Palmer Course and benefits The Will Herndon Research Fund. This year’s golf tournament features unlimited beverages and food throughout the course, pre-game contests, fabulous Hole-In-One prizes, the Blindfold Hole, the Helicopter Ball drop and plenty of HOPE hospitality.

Check-in begins at 10 am, while the driving range is open and contests are underway. The Helicopter Ball Drop is scheduled for noon, with a shot gun start promptly at 12:30 p.m. Dinner will be served immediately following the Tournament. A four player team can be reserved with a $1,000 donation. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,500. Online registration opens mid-February at willherndon.org.

The Will Herndon Research Fund (HOPE) was established in 2009 to raise funds for research into finding a cure for juvenile Batten disease. This effort began in honor of Will Herndon, who was diagnosed with juvenile Batten disease at age 6. This rare, fatal, genetic disease attacks an otherwise healthy child beginning with vision loss, declined cognitive skills, and seizures. Progressively, children suffer loss of memory and speech until they are mentally and physically incapacitated, eventually leaving them wheelchair bound, then bedridden. With no current treatment or cure, Batten disease is always fatal, often by the late teens or early 20s.

“In the years since Will’s diagnosis, we have never been more filled with HOPE than we are now,” says Missy Herndon, Will’s mother and HOPE founder. HOPE research­ers have discovered six drug compounds that could slow the progression of the disease. Two of these compounds are under further evaluations, with the anticipation of receiving approval from the FDA to conduct a clinical trial — a clinical trial that could give Will a bright, promising future.” To learn more, visit the website or call 409-454-9330.



The Ninth Annual TWFG Muddy Trails Bash will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 3-8 p.m., at the 1,700-acre George Mitchell Nature Preserve, located adjacent to Rob Fleming Park in the Village of Creekside Park.

Five events will be held at the Bash: chip-timed 5K trail run; chip-timed 10K trail run; 2K-9 fun run for you and your dog; Little Muddy Kids’ one-mile fun run and the Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off. All races will be capped. The Woodlands Financial Group (TWFG) Muddy Trails Bash is a USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned event. Please Note: TWFG Muddy Trails Bash is not a mud run or adventure race.

The post-race party, held at Rob Fleming Park, will include live Zydeco music by the Platinum Players Zydeco Band, children’s activities, crawfish plates and the Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook- Off. All 2016 participants will receive a TWFG Muddy Trails Bash cotton T-shirt, a finisher medal and food and beverages upon completing the race. Concessions will also be available for purchase.

Register for the races and download the Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off application at thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/muddytrailsbash. Race day registration will only take place if the race is not full.

The 2016 TWFG Muddy Trails Bash is sponsored by TWFG, Luke’s Locker, Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine, The Strong Firm, Homewood Suites, Finish Strong Coaching, VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa, Windvale Pet Hospital, Miam Electric, New Haven House of Prayer and Woods­Edge Community Church.

For more information, visit the Township’s website at thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov, email races@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or call 281-210-3800.




Save the date for the fifth anniversary of the Giving Goes Glam Fashion Show and Luncheon presented by Market Street The Woodlands and The Woodlands Mall on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. The event will take place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr., and will benefit Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands.Visit jlthewoodlands.org or woodlandsinterfaith.org for more information.


Headliner Cody Bryan Band will perform at Barefoot Bands in the Park on Saturday, April 9.

Headliner Cody Bryan Band will perform at Barefoot Bands in the Park on Saturday, April 9.


Barefoot Bands in the Park will debut in the Spring master-planned community of Harmony on Saturday, April 9 starting at noon when several of the nation’s top up-and-coming artists in pop, country and contemporary sounds, including the headliner, the Cody Bryan Band, take to the stage.

All of the festivities will be held in Harmony’s Barefoot Park, a rolling hillside park minutes from the community’s main entrance on Rayford Road at the newly extended Grand Parkway.

The afternoon music fest starts at noon when singer-songwriter Amy Andrews presents her unique southern sounds.

Singer-songwriter Dede, named one of the Best Vocalists in Houston by the Houston Press with four albums to her credit, takes to the stage at 1 p.m.

At 3 p.m., enjoy the fresh, Texas country sounds of the Cody Bryan Band. The Austin band’s debut album, “Wreck Me,” showcases Bryan’s considerable vocal and songwriting skills on 10 strong tracks, most co-written during a marathon weekend in Nashville.

The event will also feature delicious fare from food trucks Cousins Main Lobster, Tex-Mex cuisine from the Cajanos Food Truck and hot, fresh sugar donuts.

In addition to the live music, there will be plenty of free activities for kids of all ages, and the first 100 concert fans at the event will receive a free picnic blanket.

The festival is free and open to the public. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Free onsite parking is also available.

Additionally, families can tour Harmony’s collection of model homes, each fully furnished and expertly decorated, by Ashton Woods, CastleRock Communities, Darling Homes, Highland Homes, Perry Homes, Taylor Morrison, Village Builders and Westin Homes. Go to Harmony-Houston.com to learn more.


Paula Paciorek, water resources coordinator with Galveston Bay Foundation, will speak at the lecture.

Paula Paciorek, water resources coordinator with Galveston Bay Foundation, will speak at the lecture.


The Woodlands Grass Roots Environmental Education Network is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally responsible actions.The Wood­­lands G.R.E.E.N. Sustainability Lecture, titled Water Conservation Plans for People and the Environment, will be held on April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Montgomery County South Regional Library, 2101 Lake Robbins in The Woodlands.

The availability of water is a critical issue impacting us statewide and in the water planning area where we live – Region H. Our region with its rapid population growth is projected to experience water shortages as early as 2020. A proven strategy for meeting increased water demand is conservation. Actions to reduce demand can effectively and efficiently avoid shortages or at least significantly delay them. Other strategies, such as construction of reservoirs and desalination plants, are expensive and environmentally damaging. The Woodlands has taken a leading role in water conservation efforts by adopting workable water efficiency tools that can be applied in the greater north Houston area.

This event is free and open to the public and is not sponsored or endorsed by Montgomery County Memorial Library System. For additional information, contact Cinda Hitchcock at 281-363-2723.




Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, presents Neil Simon’s comedy Rumors April 15 – May 1, directed by Travis Bryant.

Rumors, a farce in two acts, set in Palisades, shows a dinner party gone topsy-turvy. An enjoyable romp that has been staged countless times all over the country, Rumors is one of Simon’s most celebrated comedies.

Four couples arrive at the townhouse of a deputy New York City mayor and his wife to attend a party celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary. However, the four couples soon discover that there are no servants, the hostess is missing and the deputy mayor has shot himself in the head (it’s only a flesh wound). Comic complications arise when, given everyone’s upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on April 24 and May 1. The Crighton Theatre is located at 234 N. Main in Conroe. Tickets can be obtained by calling 936-441-SHOW (7469) or online at stage-right.org.




Tails & Trails is a unique, community oriented event to be held on April 16 at the 20-acre Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, to benefit Happy Trails Rescue.

The event will include a raffle and a silent auction. The park’s large green space will provide ample room to showcase vendors, dogs for adoption, educational booths, law enforcement dog demonstrations, activities for children, agility dog demonstrations and delicious food and beverages. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners.The park is surrounded by a half-mile of paved walking path allowing potential adopters to take dogs on a stroll for some bonding time and to better see if they are a good fit for adoption.

Educational booths will focus on many of the ways to get involved with solving the serious and invisible issue of homeless animals in Montgomery County and beyond. Most people are unaware that so many animals, many of whom are loving family pets turned in to the shelter by owners no longer able to care for them, are ending up in the county shelter, which is so full that many dogs don’t even get a daily break to get out of their kennel to play or go for a walk. This issue is compounded by a booming stray animal population in Montgomery County.

The shelter takes in up to 100 animals per day. In 2013, the shelter took in more than 24,000 dogs, cats, and other animals. Many of these animals wait in the shelter for an adoptive family for many months and many never make it to their “forever home.”

For more information, call Heather Calkins, founder/chairperson Tails & Trails, at 512-579-1229.


Celebrate Mexican heritage and culture at The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s Cinco De Mayo fiesta.

Celebrate Mexican heritage and culture at The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s Cinco De Mayo fiesta.


Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum for its annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration – complete with art projects, story times, music and dance. The celebration is scheduled from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

This event is recommended for ages 7 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The event is included in the price of admission, which is $5 per person 1 year and older. To learn more, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.


Celebrate Mexican heritage and culture at The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s Cinco De Mayo fiesta.

Celebrate Mexican heritage and culture at The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s Cinco De Mayo fiesta.


The Pink 5K is returning to The Woodlands on Saturday, May 7 in Creekside Park, for the third consecutive year, benefitting The Breast Cancer Charities of America. Pre­sen­ted by Northside Imports-FIAT-Alfa Romeo-Maserati, The Pink 5K sold out in 2015 and expects to be another sell-out this year with over 1,000 walkers and runners.

“We are excited to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with the community by honoring moms and women everywhere through The Pink 5K,” said Erica Johnson, founder and executive director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “What better way to honor the women in your life than walking to win the fight against breast cancer.”

The race is open to all ages (including children, dogs and even strollers). Awards will be given to all participants as well as special awards for top fundraising teams and individuals.

Early Bird Registration is open online for $30 until March 31.

Proceeds from The Pink 5K will go toward the charity’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent and survive breast cancer through program services.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For questions or to get involved with the event, call 936-231-8460 or email Info@iGoPink.org. For more information about the organization visit iGoPink.org.



Market Street’s popular spring concert series, featuring artists in classic rock, jazz and the best of Latin sounds, returns to the luxury shopping, dining and entertainment destination every Thursday, April 21-June 9, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Market Street’s cozy Central Park once again will be the scene of the eight-week concert series when music fans can enjoy performers from the shady patios of Jasper’s, Crú –Wine Bar, Tommy Bahama Tropical Café, Uni Sushi, 1252 Tapas Bar or any of Market Street’s signature restaurants.

Every spring music concert at Market Street is free and open to the public. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.



Red Potato Market Days returns Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 9114 FM 1489, in Simonton. There will be a Preview Party on Thursday, April 21 from 4 -7 p.m. Over 70 vendors participate, bringing vintage, antiques and painted furniture, lighting, eclectic finds, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery and handmade soaps and crafts. It’s the perfect place to relax in the country only 35 miles west of Houston and 15 miles west of Katy. Local Farmers also bring fresh produce and home made goods. Food trucks and a live band combine to make this a fun event.

The event takes place under a covered area, rain or shine. The $5 admission supports Young Life & Simonton Christian Academy. Children under 12 are free. The cost to attend the Preview Party is $20.

For more information visit the website, redpotatomarket.com, or call 281-533-9863.



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. For information, call 281-376-4610. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring.


Tanya Urban

Tanya Urban


Tanya Urban will be recognized as the honoree at the 8th annual “Tea on the Lawn” set for April 22 to benefit New Danville. Urban served as the event chair in 2012 and as co-chair in 2011, working tirelessly to volunteer her time to make each fundraiser a huge success for this very special nonprofit.

The event is an annual luncheon benefiting New Danville, a master-planned community in Willis for adults with special needs, such as the autism spectrum, brain injuries, and other disabilities.

“It is our great pleasure to honor Tanya for her dedication to our past Tea On The Lawn events,” said Kathy Sanders, president and founder of New Danville. “The two years she served certainly helped to significantly fuel the momentum and impact of our annual fundraising luncheon. We tip our hats to this very special lady as we pay homage to her service.”

Urban is executive director and business development director for Gibbs & Bruns LLP, a premier litigation boutique in Houston, where she manages the firm’s marketing and business development; lawyer recruiting and professional development; client relations; media and community relations; and daily administrative operations.

In addition to New Danville’s “Tea on the Lawn,” her community activities have included service with the Communities in Schools Houston/HBA Summer Internship Program, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Paddington British School. She is engaged in multiple community activities supported by Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, where her husband, Josh, serves as CEO.

This year’s “Tea” will feature guest speaker Naomi Judd, six-time Grammy award winner, celebrated songwriter, bestselling author, actress and passionate health advocate. Judd will share her personal story of perseverance through hardships and the life-altering power of positive thinking. She was a single mother and registered nurse from small-town Kentucky when she first captured the hearts of the world performing with her daughter Wynonna. The Judds sold 20 million records, scored 15 number-one hits and received more than 60 industry awards. Most recently, the famed duo reunited and performed for sold-out audiences during their “Girls Night Out” residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

The 2016 event will be held at New Danville, which is located on 42 acres of beautiful rolling hills at 10951 Shepard Hill Road. Multiple sponsorship and table underwriting levels are available. Individual tickets go on sale April 1 at $150 per person.

As tradition has it, guests will don their finest hats and lovely frocks. Prior to the sit-down luncheon at noon, genteel ladies will enjoy strolling leisurely through the grounds of New Danville, sipping light libations and listening to live classical piano pieces while browsing through the Marketplace of New Danville clients’ unique hand-crafted products. Marketplace ‘must see’ include original works of art, potted flowers, distinctive writing pens, stately birdhouses, whimsical wind chimes, inspirational mosaic crosses, luscious bath and body products, and fine food products.

This year’s event is expected to surpass the 2015 “Tea,” which attracted almost 400 guests. Proceeds will serve as vital funds for New Danville’s Life Enrichment and JOBS programs.

New Danville is the only community concept of its kind that offers an affordable, holistic approach to services by offering adult educational, skills training and vocational services, low-income housing and job opportunities. Residents can live, learn, work and grow emotionally, socially and spiritually in a safe, caring environment.

For more information, email kathy.san­ders­@­newdanville.org, call 936-522-8244, or visit TeaOnTheLawn.org. For more information about New Danville, visit NewDan­ville.org.



Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County has announced that Ana­darko will be the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Habitat for Humanity Gala on April 23. Other significant gala sponsors include Revenew International and Strike. KHOU Channel 11 meteorologist Chita Johnson will act as the emcee for the event, and The Woodlands Community Presby­terian Church will be the gala honoree.

The fifth annual gala will take place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and entertain guests with a “James Bond, A License to Build” theme that promises to be a sleek, elegant affair. For more information about remaining, available sponsorships and underwriting opportunities, visit habitatmctx.org.



The annual David’s Dream Run will be held on Saturday, April 23 at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Shenandoah. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m; the first race begins at 8 a.m. This event, hosted by David Elemen­tary School, is held to honor the memory of David Vetter, known as the “bubble boy,” who was born with an immune disorder that robbed him of the ability to fight germs.

All proceeds from the 1 mile and 5K run/walk will go to the David Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. Registration forms are available at David Elementary, 5301 Shadowbend Place in The Woodlands, or online at david.­conroeisd.net. Race day registration is also available. For additional information or to learn about a race sponsorship, contact Colleen King at 832-771-6621 or davidptodreamrun@gmail.com.



Take a step back in time and enjoy Houston’s Tastiest Picnic in the Park at one of the region’s most highly anticipated new developments, Grand Central Park.

The old-fashioned fun will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Grand Central Park Lake House, 715 Camp Strake Road. The event will feature picnic favorites, popcorn, cotton candy, balloon art and music. The adventurous can try an on-site obstacle course and large zipline. New home builders just announced also will be on-site offering information.

Grand Central Park is located along Interstate 45 and Loop 336. Learn more at grandcentralparktx.com.




Interfaith Community Clinic has announced that Liz Murray will be the guest at “Women Empowering Women” from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at The Westin The Woodlands on Friday, May 6. Proceeds from the event will benefit Interfaith Community Clinic.

Liz Murray, renowned author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard will be speaking about having been accepted into Harvard University despite being homeless in her high school years. Murray was born in the Bronx, New York to poor, drug-addicted parents, both of whom would later die of AIDS. Murray overcame in 2009. She is now the founder and director of Manifest Living and a successful motivational speaker.

Interfaith Community Clinic opened its doors in 1996 to meet the medical needs of the uninsured population, and in 2010 the clinic joined the Interfaith family of services. Interfaith Community Clinic is dedicated to providing quality basic medical and dental care, counseling and patient services to the uninsured. Programs are provided free of charge and are funded by the generous financial support of grants, faith-based organizations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals. For more information, visit interfaithcommunityclinic.org.




Save the date of May 7 for the American Cancer Society’s new gala fundraiser in Montgomery County. Details are coming together for the inaugural year of Couture for the Cause of Montgomery County.

This exclusive, fun-filled evening will include fabulous food, drinks and music. The evening’s main event will be a professional New York-style fashion show featuring the latest trends, presented by models whose lives have been touched by cancer. This year’s theme, Moonlight in Milan, honors the tradition of fashion as it has evolved in this beloved European city. The event will take place in the luxurious Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands.

Event co-chairs Shelley Rollins and Krisiti Leggett bring their considerable talent and leadership to the planning committee for this first-year event. The committee is currently seeking event sponsors and underwriters, local cancer survivors to serve as guest models, donated items to be used in auctions or swag bags, and volunteers to help achieve the fundraising goal of $175,000. To learn more, contact Leigha Hughes at Leigha.Hughes@cancer.org.

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