Happenings in The Woodlands April 2017
15TH ANNUAL RUN FOR THE ROSE BENEFIT, APRIL 2
Brain cancer will once again meet its match on Sunday, April 2, at NRG Park in Houston as patients, supporters and family members converge for the 15th Anniversary Run for the Rose.
Sponsored by the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation (DMRF), the event raises awareness and funds benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and UTHealth McGovern Medical School. The event offers a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Family 1K Fun Run/Walk, and participants range in age from 2 months to 102 years. The race starts and ends outside NRG Arena. Last year’s race attracted more than 5,800 participants and 100 brain tumor patients and netted more than $600,000.
Katy/Fulshear Lifestyles & Home account representative Amy Barker Richards is hosting a team called “In Memory of Dan S. Barker” to honor her father, who passed away from brain cancer.
This year’s Run for the Rose begins at 6:30 a.m. with late registration. The Survivor Stroll starts at 8 a.m., followed by an 8:15 a.m. start for the Timed and Non-Timed 5K, and 8:45 a.m. start for the Family 1K. The Post-race party will offer delicious food and drink items, activities for children, great music, an inflatable, walkthrough brain exhibit, and a silent auction. The awards presentation will be inside NRG Arena immediately following the end of the race.
Registration fees range from $15 to $40. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. The DMRF receives support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Every $1 that is donated generates an estimated $5-10 of federal funding and grant support.
Through this annual fundraiser, DMRF, a tax-exempt public charity, has donated more than $5.3 million since 2003 for brain cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, pediatric health initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and cutting-edge research and treatment for children with brain tumors at UTHealth McGovern Medical School.
The DMRF was founded in 2002 in memory of Dr. Marnie Rose, a 28-year-old pediatric resident who died from what is considered one of the deadliest of human cancers, a glioblastoma. Dr. Rose was in the first year of her pediatric medical residency at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital when she was diagnosed with the rare form of brain cancer. Despite her diagnosis, she agreed to share all — her cancer journey, personal life and professional duties as a medical resident — with a TV crew from the ABC reality series Houston Medical. The critically acclaimed hospital series followed the lives of doctors, nurses, other health care professionals and patients at Memorial Hermann in summer 2002. Dr. Rose died on August 23, 2002, from complications of her cancer, just five weeks after the show’s final episode aired.
To register for a team or donate to one, visit RunfortheRose.com, or for more information on the race day’s schedule and events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE WOODLANDS HIGH SCHOOL THEATER DEPARTMENT PRESENTS TRIBES, MARCH 30-APRIL 1
The Woodlands High School Theater Department presents Tribes, a contemporary drama, in the Blackbox.
This show is centered around a young man named Billy, who was born deaf. He meets a young woman by the name of Sylvia, who is on the brink of deafness herself. Sylvia grew up using American Sign Language, and with her knowledge she helps open Billy’s eyes as he is introduced to new perspectives that challenge everything that life has been definedas up to this point. Tribes confronts the struggle to find a voice when you’re aware you will not be heard, and how language not only locks people out, but also opens us up to an entire new world.
Tribes will be shown Thursday-Saturday, March 30 through April 1 at 7 p.m., with a matinee showing on April 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be $8 for students and $10 for adults and are sold at the door only. The show is intended for audiences age 13 and up. For more information please visit TWHStheater.com.
WOAMTEC MEETING, FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAYS
Women on a Mission to Earn Commission (WOAMTEC), a networking organization geared towards businesswomen, meet at Amerigo’s Grille in The Woodlands from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. every first and third Wednesday. The cost for lunch is $20, all inclusive. All local business professionals are invited to attend. WOAMTEC was created in 2007 to provide a supportive environment for women who are committed to faith, family and career. Visit woamtec.com or call 866-757-2611 for information.
COMMUNITY MODELS TAKE THE STAGE AT GIVING GOES GLAM FASHION SHOW, APRIL 7
Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands are pleased to announce Elvira Cauthen, Jenny Coyle, Megan Hershfeld, Audra Hoegemeyer, Christine Johnson and Julie Sanchez as the 2017 Giving Goes Glam Community Models. These ladies were chosen because of their dedication to serving the community through their volunteer work with Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands.
Darcy Bass, Catie Fuller, Amy Torres, and Amy Young will serve as co-chairs of the 2017 Giving Goes Glam Fashion Show and Luncheon, presented by CHI St. Luke’s Health. The fashion show will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Friday, April 7, beginning at 10 a.m.
Neiman Marcus Houston presents the ART of Fashion at the event which benefits programs and services for both Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands. The dress will be “White Haute” and the event will include an auction, raffle and more.
“Giving Goes Glam was the first high fashion runway show in The Woodlands. The event was created to bring the latest “Spring Trends” to the women of our community while raising critical funds to meet the ever increasing needs for both nonprofits,” shared Missy Herndon, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands sustainer.
Giving Goes Glam’s first-ever sold-out After Party will take place immediately following the fashion show and luncheon at Churrascos. This is an exclusive party featuring cocktails, appetizers, swag bags and more.
For sponsorship opportunities or questions regarding the event, visit givinggoesglam.org. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, visit woodlandsinterfaith.org. For information on Junior League of The Woodlands Inc., visit jlthewoodlands.org.
TEXAS WINE & ART FESTIVAL RETURNS TO OLD TOWN SPRING, APRIL 1-2
The Texas Wine & Art Festival returns to Historic Old Town Spring with two days of Texas-based wineries showcasing local white, red and sweet wines and Southern-style blends along with seasonal craft beers. The free festival takes place at the entrance to Old Town Spring, 427 Gentry on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The family-friendly event is open to all ages and will be held rain or shine.
Texas is home to some of the best wineries in the country. The festival weekend will feature more than 13 local and regional wineries showcasing top award-winning Texas wines, along with a selection of local micro-brewed and seasonal beers. Patrons will also have access to original art work and exhibitions from local artists, local food samplings, health and wellness services and products and unique shopping and surprises from the Go Texans vendors.
Visit mainstreetfestivals.com for more tickets and information.
JLTW AND THE GIVING GOWN FOUNDATION HOST 2017 BOUTIQUE DAY, APRIL 5-8
Junior League of The Woodlands (JLTW) is partnering with The Giving Gown Foundation to host Boutique Day from April 5-8 at Bammel Church of Christ Teen Center, 2700 Cypress Creek Parkway, for high school girls in Harris and Montgomery Counties. Boutique Day is an opportunity for girls to shop at an amazing pop-up boutique for dresses, shoes, and accessories that they can take home and wear to prom.
The Giving Gown Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides girls with formal dresses who might not otherwise attend their formal events. Donations of new and like-new formal gowns and accessories are collected and provided, free of charge, to local high school girls who are welcome to attend Boutique Day and shop for the dress of their dreams. Each girl will be paired with a “Fairy Godmother” who will help her select and try on dresses, shoes and jewelry. A self-esteem workshop is offered to girls throughout the event. Girls will receive a swag bag as they exit the boutique filled with personal hygiene and beauty products. The girls will also receive lunch donated by Strike Energy.
To volunteer,visit givinggown.org. To donate, email email@example.com.
NATIONAL YOUTH THEATER PRESENTS SEUSSICAL JR. AT NANCY BOCK CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS, APRIL 7-9
National Youth Theater (NYT) will perform the live musical production of Seussical Jr., April 7-9, at the Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts, McCullough Junior High, 3800 Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands.
A live show the whole family will enjoy, eTickets are available online for $12 per person at https://nyt.istartickets.com/gettickets.aspx. Same-day tickets at the door will be $15 per person. Show times are Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and again Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony Award winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
National Youth Theater is a nonprofit, Christian ministry with the mission of engaging students in life-changing experiences through the performing arts.
BRIDGEWOOD FARMS ANNUAL WINE TASTING EVENT, APRIL 8
MainStreet America in Spring will host a fundraiser benefitting the clients of Bridgewood Farms on Saturday, April 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The annual event, “Around the World in 180 Minutes” will be an evening of wine tasting along with Live and Silent Auctions. The public is invited to join the fun by purchasing a passport for entry into the event.
Each participant will receive a wine glass with a handmade ceramic wine charm (made by the clients) and a passport. Attendees will travel through different regions of the world getting their passport stamped while tasting wines of that region. France will be the highlighted wine region with Lawrence + Leblanc Catering serving complementary taste bites that reflect the beautiful crafted wines and champagnes of the region. Founded in 1967, Bridgewood Farms will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at the event with a special champagne toast.
The organization provides programs and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the community. The training and experiences at Bridgewood Farms enable the clients to reach their highest potential, increase self-esteem, and promote personal independence. Bridgewood Farms serves over 100 teens and adults with opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives.
Sponsorship opportunities, passports for entry ($75 in advance and $85 at the door) and more information are at BridgewoodFarms.org.
Auction items can be donated by contacting Margie Taylor at margie@BridgewoodFarms.org. or by calling 936-856-6460, ext. 103.
WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY AUCTION AND GALA, APRIL 8
The Woodlands Christian Academy’s annual Auction and Gala will be held on April 8 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The theme of this year’s event is “Rendezvous in Monte Carlo,” and presenting sponsor is Richie’s Specialty Pharmacy. The evening will include both silent and live auctions, dinner, casino and after party hosted by Houston DJ/Drummer Don Vaughn. All proceeds from the event will go toward the school’s greatest need, a new high school building. Tables and individual tickets are available for purchase at twca.net/gala
FAMILY YMCA “DANCING WITH THE WOODLANDS STARS” BENEFIT, APRIL 13
Tables are still available for the Woodlands Family YMCA’s 5th Annual YMCA Dancing with The Woodlands Stars. Presented by Spirit of Texas Bank, this unique charity event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 13 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and features local leaders as the live dance entertainment.
Each year, volunteers take to the dance floor to compete for votes and raise funds for The Woodlands Family YMCA. Every dollar raised from the purchase of tables, seats and votes goes to the YMCA Annual Campaign, which makes community-strengthening Y programs like swim lessons, after school care and youth sports available to everyone regardless of age, income or background.
The stars who will dance to raise funds for the YMCA Annual Campaign are:
- Becky Parsons: Tomball Regional Hospital and Avante Medispa
- Carol Durkee: Community Volunteer
- Christin Allphin: Woodforest National Bank
- Jenny Taylor: Market Street
- Keaton McDaniel: Edward Jones
- Kevin Bass: Spirit of Texas Bank
- Margaret Cecil: CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands
- Dr. Marshall Guy: Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery
- Marty Miller: Providence Title Company
- Natalia Arjona: RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring
- Trey Diller: Inspire Productions
- Warner Van Stone: Hubbell & Hudson
Patricia’s Dance Lessons has partnered with the Y to provide the dance partners, lessons and choreography for the community stars. Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 will be emcee for the evening, which will include a live and silent auction, dinner and the opportunity to dance with the stars when the dance floor opens.
To purchase a table or individual admission, contact The Woodlands Family YMCA at 281-367-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To vote for a dancer or for more details, visit ymcahouston.org/dancing-with-the-woodlands-stars
MONTGOMERY COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVAL, BAREFOOT BANDS IN THE PARK, APRIL 8
Barefoot Bands in the Park, the Montgomery County music festival which debuted last year in the Spring master-planned community of Harmony, is back with an afternoon of great-sounding live music sounds on Saturday, April 8 from noon-4 p.m.
This year’s Barefoot Bands in the Park features the modern, folk music tunes of Texas’ Jesse Stratton Band followed by Grammy-Award winning country music artist Rick Trevino. Trevino has charted 14 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three number-one singles. He also has recorded seven studio albums.
Besides great music, Barefoot Bands in the Park will feature cuisine from Houston’s top food trucks, pony rides, rock wall, face painters, balloon artists, corn hole bean bag board games, four-person bungee trampoline, and oversized lawn games of tic-tac-toe and ring toss.
All of the festivities will be held in The Thicket in Harmony, 3811 Everly Bend Drive in Spring, a tree-lined park minutes from the community’s main entrance on Rayford Road at the newly extended Grand Parkway. Harmony’s Barefoot Bands in the Park music festival is free and open to the public. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Free onsite parking is available.
While at Barefoot Bands in the Park, families can tour Harmony’s collection of luxury model homes, each fully furnished and expertly decorated, by Ashton Woods, CastleRock Communities, Darling Homes, Highland Homes, Perry Homes, Shea Homes, Taylor Morrison, Village Builders and Westin Homes. To learn more, go to Harmony-Houston.com
STAGE RIGHT PRESENTS FARCE OF NATURE, APRIL 14-30
Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, presents the comedy Farce of Nature by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten April 14-30. The show is directed by Melody Montez. Stage Right has produced six highly successful and joyously received Jones Hope Wooten comedies including the world premiere of Mama Won’t Fly. If audiences laughed out loud to Christmas Belles last season; they’ll love Farce of Nature.
The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. D. Gene Wilburn is the owner and proprietor of the Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Well, it used to be, but lately business is down, tourists are few, and the lone guest who’s just checked in — an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca from Chicago — is only there due to a location shift in the Witness Protection Program. A Chicago gangster in the Witness Protection Program in the deep South. What could go wrong?
By the delightfully chaotic climax of this one outrageous day, love blossoms, truths are revealed, and the lives of all — family, guests and gangsters alike — change in incredible and surprising ways.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., and two Sunday matinees on April 23 and 30 are at 2 pm. Performances will be held at the historic Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main in downtown Conroe. Get tickets by calling the Crighton Theatre box office at 936-441-SHOW (7469) or online at
stage-right.org. Group discounts are available by calling the box office.
RED POTATO MARKET DAYS, APRIL 20-23
Red Potato Market days celebrates its fourth year and eighth show April 20-23 at 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. A Preview Party on Thursday April 20 kicks off the event. More than 70 vendors showcase vintage, antiques, painted furniture, lighting, eclectic finds, art, jewelry, clothing 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 Market takes place under a covered arena, rain or shine. The preview party is $10 with a return admission for another day. The $5 general admission supports Young Life and Simonton Christian Academy. Children under 12 are free. Hours for the event are Thursday, 4 – 7p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information call 281-533-9863 or visit redpotatomarket.com.
MARKET STREET 2017 SPRING FINE ARTS SHOW, MAY 6
Professional and amateur artists will display paintings, photography, metal-works, sculptures, pottery and more at Market Street’s popular outdoor Spring Fine Arts Show scheduled for Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Free and open to the public, the Spring Fine Arts Show at Market Street is one of the most popular gatherings for artists in The Woodlands where families can browse for great buys, enjoy live music and participate in artist demonstrations. Fun activities for aspiring artists of all ages also are scheduled.
In the event of rain, the show will be moved to Saturday, May 13. Market Street, the area’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, with more than 70 retailers and restaurants, is located in The Woodlands at 9595 Six Pines Drive.
SPRING CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO MARKET STREET – THE WOODLANDS, APRIL 20-JUNE 8
Market Street’s popular Spring Concert Series, featuring artists in country, rock and acoustic guitar and more, returns every Thursday, April 20-June 8, from 6-8:30 p.m.
Market Street’s 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.
Sponsored by Sewell Automotive, the Spring Concert Series features the following line-up:
- April 20 – Beatles and favorite sounds of the ‘60s from THE FAB 5
- April 27 – Popular hits from cover band Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- May 4 – Latin and contemporary favorites from Mango Punch
- May 11 – The Eagles tribute band Already Gone
- May 18 – Texas Country tunes from Junior Gordon
- May 25 – Acoustic guitar sounds by Zach Person
- June 1– Country and rock favorites by Rat Ranch
- June 8 – Jazz and R&B sounds on the saxophone from David Caceres Quintet (during H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street)
The concerts are free and open to the public. Blankets and lawn chairs also are welcome. For more information, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com
GRAND CENTRAL PARK HOSTS GRAND OPENING JAMBOREE SATURDAY,
Grand Central Park will celebrate its official grand opening on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with the debut of its nine model showcase homes, prize drawings, camp cuisine, music and children’s activities as the treasured, forested setting begins its next chapter as Houston’s most anticipated master-planned community.
Grand Central Park’s Grand Opening Jamboree will mark the first time prospective home buyers can explore the community’s lush, cul-de-sac homesites, all within a short walk to magnificent, natural settings of parks, lakefront and open spaces.
In addition to touring the community’s nine luxury model homes, visitors to Grand Central Park’s all-day Grand Opening Jamboree can register to win an amazing Jeep tour of Sedona, Arizona. Families also can register for a chance to win camping gear with everything needed to set up camp from the backyard to the back woods. Light refreshments will be available at a Canteen Bar while children can meet Smokey The Bear, climb a rock wall and take photos with a kangaroo and her joey.
Located at I-45 and Loop 336, the carefully planned community by Johnson Development Corp. presents new luxury patio homes, lifestyle townhomes and larger, single-family homes by Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Drees Custom Homes, Jaeger Homes, Perry Homes and Village Builders.
Register for the Grand Opening Jamboree at GrandCentralParkTX.com/jamboree
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FUNERAL HISTORY PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE BARRIS, THROUGH DEC. 31
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston presents a new exhibit, A Tribute to George Barris, through Dec. 31.
George Barris, known throughout the world as the ‘original’ King of Kustomizers, created iconic automobiles including the original 1966 Batmobile, the “Beverly Hillbillies” jalopy, the Munster Koach and casket turned dragster (the “Drag-U-La”) for “The Munsters,” and many KITTs, the short name of two fictional characters from the adventure television series “Knight Rider.”
The Museum will display a replica of the 1966 Batmobile, a memorial folder from Barris’ funeral along with other personal memorabilia.
Born in Chicago in the mid-’20s, Barris moved to Roseville, Calif., with relatives after his parents died in 1928. He pursued a passion for building scratch-built model airplanes and model cars that resulted in winning competitions for construction and design. His interest in cars intensified during his teenage years as he discovered “the black art” of body work by hanging out after school at local body shops.
Before he graduated from high school, Barris created his first full custom car from a used 1936 Ford convertible that led to his first commercial customer. Shortly after, Barris formed a club called Kustoms Car Club where the first use of “K” for kustoms appeared.He later moved to Los Angeles where his talents began to flourish. Barris opened his first shop in a Los Angeles suburb in late 1944.
As movie studios took note of Barris kustoms on the streets and at races, the studios came to George for cars for their films. This included customizing the personal cars of the stars as well.
In the ‘60s, George shifted gears and bought a new shop in North Hollywood where he designed and built award-winning cars.
For hours, tickets and more information, visit nmfh.org.
NEW DANVILLE PRESENTS “TEA ON THE LAWN,” APRIL 28
Academy Award-winning actress and human rights advocate Mira Sorvino will serve as the replacement featured guest speaker at the 9th annual “Tea on the Lawn” set for April 28. The event benefits New Danville, a self-sustaining, master-planned integrated community serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Sorvino, who replaces originally planned speaker Jane Seymour who had to cancel, will present “From Harvard to Hollywood: Life Lessons Learned from a Woman on a Mission.” Through an engaging narrative with the right mixture of heart and reality, Sorvino’s talk inspires others to get involved, give back to the community and find
“We are very excited to announce Mira Sorvino as our speaker,” said Kathy Sanders, President and Founder of New Danville. “While disappointed that Jane Seymour had to cancel, we are delighted to have found such an inspirational, compassionate woman who is driven to make a change in the world.”
“Tea on the Lawn” will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Lone Star Convention Center at 9055 Airport Road in Conroe. The Marketplace opens at 10 a.m. and the tea luncheon begins at noon. As tradition has it, guests don their finest hats and lovely frocks. Prior to the sit-down luncheon, genteel ladies will enjoy sipping light libations while browsing through the Marketplace of New Danville clients’ unique hand-crafted products. This year’s event is expected to attract up to 700 guests. Richie’s Specialty Pharmacy has returned as Presenting Sponsor and radio celebrity Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 will serve again as Emcee.
New Danville (NewDanville.org) is located on 42 pastoral acres in Willis, at 10951 Shepard Hill Road. It is a special place where community members can live, learn, work and grow emotionally, socially and spiritually in a safe, caring environment.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 713-478-4690, or visit the event web site at TeaOnTheLawn.org.
COULSON TOUGH K-6 RACE FOR AWARENESS 5K RUN/WALK, APRIL 29
Coulson Tough K-6 School is excited to kick off its second annual Race for Awareness. This year’s 5K run/walk will focus on raising funds and awareness for foster care.
The race will start and end at Coulson Tough’s campus in The Woodlands on Saturday, April 29, starting at 8 a.m. The event is open to all ages and members of the school and community. The registration fee for both the run or walk is $25 and includes a Race for Awareness 2017 T-shirt. The event is pet friendly too, so dogs can be registered to participate!
At the school, fifth- and sixth-grade Student Council members are sharing books about foster care and helping others with kindergarten-sixth grade classes. Funds raised from this year’s race will benefit Love Fosters Hope, a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children in foster care. To register for the Race visit the school website, http://tough.conroeisd.net
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GALA, MAY 6
Set for May 6 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, the Habitat for Humanity Gala is themed “Run for the Roses – Building Homes and Hope” and will feature a silent auction, bid boards, dancing, dinner, a live auction and a program featuring an inspirational testimony by a new Habitat for Humanity homeowner, Lakesha Evans. LGI Homes is the Presenting Sponsor, and Len Cannon of KHOU will serve as emcee.
For Brenda Mizell, supporting Habitat for Humanity MCTX has become a personal priority over the years. Most notably, she launched a fundraising gala for the nonprofit six years ago. Mizell will be recognized as the honoree of this year’s Habitat for Humanity MCTX gala.
“We are thrilled to honor Brenda as she has been such an important person to Habitat for Humanity for years,” said Kim Lindley, gala chair. “She had the original vision to create this wonderful and powerful fundraising event and so it is humbling to follow in her footsteps.”
Mizell, who also serves on the board of directors, added, “Not everyone can work in a nonprofit organization, yet there are many of us who are willing to give of our time and resources to support charitable causes that reflect our personal values and beliefs. For me, Habitat for Humanity is one such organization. To be honored at this year’s gala is so personally rewarding, just as it has been witnessing the many families whose lives have been positively changed by Habitat’s mission.”
Visit habitatmctx.org/galatickets for tickets and more information.
LIBRARY ONLINE ACCESS TO FREE MUSIC AND AUDIOBOOKS
Montgomery County Memorial Library announced public availability of thousands of music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.
MCMLS card holders can now download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of artists — from major record companies and publishers — available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablet and computers.
Montgomery County Memorial Library System is the sixth library system in the state of Texas to partner with hoopla digital. Current partners include BiblioTech, Houston Public Library, Abilene Public Library, Brazoria County Library and Denton Public Library.
THE PINK 5K, MAY 13
The Pink 5K, presented by Terramont Orthodontics, will be held on Saturday, May 13, at Creekside Park in The Woodlands, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K Walk/Run start time at 8:30 a.m.
Join together with your friends and family to honor a survivor or support a current patient in the fight against breast cancer.
The Pink 5K race is open to all ages. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.
Top fundraiser will be awarded to the team and individual with the most funds raised. Create a team and/or individual page after registering for the race.
Early Bird registration is $35 and is open until March 31; children 12 and under are $20; children 2 and under are free. You may also register on race day for $60. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit igopink.org.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2017 CB&I TRIATHLON, TEXAS STATE TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP, MAY 6
Register now for the 14th annual CB&I TRI – The Woodlands Triathlon, scheduled for Saturday, May 6, at Northshore Park, with the first wave starting at 7 a.m. The CB&I TRI is one of the premier multi-sport events in the region, and this year’s event has been selected as the Texas State Triathlon Championship.
The USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned CB&I Tri will host 1,400 athletes, ranging from beginners to nationally ranked triathletes. This triathlon is composed of a 500-meter open-water swim in Lake Woodlands, a 12.25-mile bike course throughout The Woodlands, and a 5K run along The Woodlands Waterway. Due to road opening times, course time limits will be strictly enforced. The event culminates with a festive awards party featuring music, great food and beverages at Northshore Park, located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.
In addition to the Township-issued awards, USA Triathlon (USAT) South Midwest Region will be providing awards to the top Overall Male, Overall Female, Overall Male Masters and Overall Female Masters. Winners receiving the USAT awards for Texas State Triathlon Champion must be residents of Texas and cannot hold Elite/Pro licenses. Should an athlete with an Elite/Pro License win, they would still receive the Township-issued award, but the USAT award would go to first-place amateur participant.
Register at thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/thewoodlandstriathlon. For more information, call 281-210-3900, or email email@example.com.
THE WOODLANDS SPRING HOME & GARDEN SHOW, JUNE 3-4
Find new home products and resources for home projects big and small at the 15th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show The Woodlands, June 3 and 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr. Show exhibitors include the finest companies in The Woodlands and the North Houston area. More than 200 home improvement professionals and custom home builders will feature the newest products and services on the market. This is the one-stop shopping destination for homeowners who want to build, remodel or improve indoor or outdoor living areas or build a custom home.
Special speakers include Chef Conor Moran, Randy Lemmon, and popular Lifestyles & Homes contributor, antiques appraiser Dr. Lori Verdarame. Bring your antiques to Dr. Lori’s Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show. Dr. Lori is becoming a “media mogul,” with appearances as the antiques appraiser on the Discovery Channel’s hit reality TV show Auction Kings and on the FOX Business Network’s Strange Inheritance.
Other highlights include three food trucks with a variety of lunch, drink and dessert choices for attendee appetites; live cooking demonstrations all day both days with a tailgating theme; the Stewart Land Design Feature Landscape exhibit; new products from Hunter Douglas; and complimentary craft beer and spirits tasting.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 12 and under are free. (Cash only – an ATM will be available in the Lobby.) Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free covered parking is available in the convention center parking garage located behind the convention center. Paid parking options are valet parking at hotel entrance and the hotel parking garage.
Visit woodlandsshows.com for complete information on exhibitors, speakers and more.
ROCK THE RANCH FESTIVAL ADDS ARTISTS SUNDANCE HEAD AND FLO RIDA, MAY 12-13
Rock the Ranch Music Festival, set to take place at the Valley Ranch Town Center Amphitheater in New Caney on May 12-13, announces the addition of 2016’s The Voice winner and area-native Sundance Head and hip-hop superstar Flo Rida to the bill. Head will be performing on Friday, May 12 with Flo Rida performing on Saturday, May 13. They join the already stellar line-up that includes two nights of great music from Jason Derulo (May 12) and the “I Love the 90’s” Tour (May 13) featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, All 4 One, Color Me Badd, Tone Lōc and Young MC.
With two stages and multiple activities, Rock the Ranch Music Festival promises an exciting kickoff to the summer music season. The festival will feature a BBQ Cook-off sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association. Thirty-five competitors will participate in the contest. BBQ lovers and music fans get to enjoy great food and join in on the judging in the “Fan Favorite” category.
Tickets begin at $129 for two-day general admission passes and $159 for VIP passes. Single-day tickets are also available for $79 for general admission and $89 for VIP admission. A limited number of full weekend RV camping spots are available for $120. Exclusive VIP cabana sponsorships are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit rocktheranchtx.com.
TEXAS WILDLIFE AND WOODLAND EXPO AND SPRING FLING, APRIL 1
The Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo and Spring Fling will take place on April 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lone Star College-Montgomery. The annual free family-friendly event gives children and adults a chance to get outdoors and learn about the natural environment.
Be inspired by experts who can tell you everything about landscaping, gardening and the critters and insects that live in your yard. Children’s imaginations can run wild in the Kids Adventure Zone. Little ones can test their archery skills, learn gun safety, master kayaking, hold slithery snakes, and pet furry animals. Smokey Bear will also be on hand to take pictures with the whole family.
The Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo and Spring Fling is co-sponsored by LSC-Montgomery, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife, along with the Montgomery County Beautification Association and the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.
For more information visit expo.tamu.edu.
REGISTRATION FOR THREE TOWNSHIP SIGNATURE RACES OPEN
Registration for The Woodlands Township’s three signature races in 2017 will be capped to ensure participant safety. All races are expected to reach capacity, so early registration is advised.
The 10th Anniversary TWFG Muddy Trails Bash will be held Saturday, April 1, and features a chip-timed 10K and 5K trail run, Little Muddy Kid’s Fun Run (one mile) and the 2K-9 Fun Run (runner and their dog). All runs take place on the beautiful trails of the George Mitchell Nature Preserve in the Village of Creekside Park. The Post-Race Party will take place at Rob Fleming Park and will include live Zydeco music, the Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off and a Kids’ Zone featuring activities and crafts. TWFG Muddy Trails Bash is a USA Track & Field (USATF) sanctioned event.
The CB&I TRI – The Woodlands Triathlon will be held Saturday, May 6, and is one of the premier multi-sport events in the region. The event, USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned, will host a field of 1,400 athletes ranging from beginners to nationally ranked triathletes. This sprint triathlon is composed of a 500-meter open-water swim in Lake Woodlands, a 12-mile bike course and a 5K run. The CB&I TRI will conclude with a festive awards party featuring live music, food and fun at Northshore Park.
Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas will be held Saturday, October 14, with a 10-mile chip-timed race, the 3.1 Armadillo Run (chip-timed 5K) and the One 4 Texas one-mile kids’ fun run. The USATF- sanctioned event ends with a Texas-sized Post-Race Party in Market Street with live Country music and fun for all.
For registration links and event details, visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/races. For more information, call The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation department at 281-210-3900 or email email@example.com.
GREATER TUNA RETURNS TO TEXAS, MARCH 31
Greater Tuna is comin’ home to Texas with its loving and hilarious send-up of life in a small, Southern town on Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crighton Theatre, 234 N Main St, Conroe.
Order tickets at mcpas.org/tickets. Upstairs seats, $45; downstairs seats, $55. For more information, visit mcpas.org.