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Happenings in The Woodlands August 2016

The late J. Ross Martin III in 2014 when he received the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance Visionary Award.

The late J. Ross Martin III in 2014 when he received the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance Visionary Award.


On Saturday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m., the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance will take the stage at the fifth annual Montie Awards at the Crighton Theatre in the Arts District in downtown Conroe, to honor a number of individuals who have been instrumental in strengthening and developing the arts in the community.

A community enriched with the arts helps create a community with a healthy and growing economy. A quick look around is evidence that this is the case in the Conroe area. The area is booming and the arts scene is vibrant with talented, creative individuals who call the Conroe area home. Playing an important role in this effort is the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance, which facilitates The Montie Awards each year and boasts 11 participating nonprofit arts organizations.

As its president, Annette Spikes is the driving force of the GCAA, which meets once a month to discuss the activity and trends in the arts community and to address the needs of local arts organizations.

“There are so many who are responsible for the success of our arts organizations, and we look forward to this opportunity to honor some exceptional individuals who have exhibited exemplary dedication and support of the arts in our community,” said Spikes.

The Visionary Award, voted on by Alliance member organizations, will honor someone who has shown exemplary vision in the arts and through individual effort has set that vision in motion, enhancing the area’s collective image as an arts community.

Previous recipients of the Visionary Award are Susie Pokorski, chairman of Young Texas Artists Music Competition; Dr. Aline Arnold, executive director of the Conroe Symphony Orchestra; the late J. Ross Martin III, civic leader and arts supporter; and Ann Lee, executive director of the Montgomery County Choral Society.

Pursuit of Excellence Awards –– one from each nonprofit organization in the Alliance –– will be presented to honor esteemed individuals who have shown exceptional growth in their artistry or brought positive change to their member organizations.

Recipients of last year’s Pursuit of Excellence Awards include: Kathleen Roland, Conroe Art League; Stephanie Harris, Conroe Symphony Orchestra; Jim Bingham, Crighton Theatre Foundation; Joe Kolb, The Heritage Museum; Dede Fox, Montgomery County Literary Arts Council; Robert “Doc” Fennessy, Montgomery County Performing Arts Society; Craig Stephan, Montgomery County Choral Society; Sue McClelland Hayes, The Players Theatre Company; and Dennis O’Connor, Stage Right.

Tickets are $10 each and are available at crightontheatre.org/­Ticketing. To learn more, visit themontieawards.com.




The following performances are scheduled in August at the Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main, Conroe. For a full schedule and to buy tickets, visit crighton-theatre.com

Treasure Island – The Crighton Theatre Summer Camp will perform Treasure Island on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the theatre. When Treasure Island premiered Off-Broadway, it received unanimous critical acclaim and is still one of the most durable adventure stories of all time, with the villainous Long John Silver following young Jim across the ocean to search out a buried fortune.

The Music Man – By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. Christian Community Theater’s performances are Aug. 18-20.




Homeowners will have an opportunity to learn about and see the latest in home-improvement products from over 200 exhibitors at the Fall Home & Garden Show The Woodlands on Aug. 13 and 14 at The Woodlands Waterway and Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Among the exhibitors are a variety of experts providing energy-saving, environmentally-friendly trends in homebuilding and remodeling. Whether interested in updating their current homes, outdoor living spaces or even starting from scratch with a home built from the ground up with personal custom specifications, those attending the show will have a chance to learn what questions to ask, where to turn for help or simply how to get started.

H-E-B ­–Throughout the weekend, H-E-B Cooking Connection chefs will be providing cooking demonstrations on the newest model of the popular Louisiana Grill and samples (while supplies last) on the Cunningham Gas Outdoor Cooking Stage.

STEPHEN HANN –president of Hann Builders, a leader in sustainable building in the Houston area, is one of many experts who will be speaking at the show. Also in attendance will be representatives from Andersen Corp., recipient of the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Product Brand Owner Award, to provide specifications and information on its Renewal by Andersen windows, with which homeowners can save money and energy while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Dr. LORI –The always popular Dr. Lori Verderame, syndicated columnist and star antiques appraiser on the Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings,” will be on-hand both days of the show to provide one free appraisal on a first-come first-served basis and as time allows, to those who attend one of her presentations at the show. Search the attic and bring in something for her to appraise. She will be doing two sessions per day, and times are posted on the website.
RANDY LEMMON – On Saturday, Randy Lemmon, host of KTRH AM 740’s GardenLine will hold a signing event for his newest book, “Texas Tough Gardening with Randy Lemmon,” a primer to help local gardeners conquer the challenges of gardening in Texas’ extreme weather.

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. After parking take the pedestrian skywalk connected to the 4th floor of the garage that will lead you to the hotel/convention center. Follow the show signs that will direct you to take the escalator down to the lobby and the show entrance.

Shows are Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for 12 and under. For more information, call 832-274-3944 or visit WoodlandsShows.com, where a downloadable discount coupon for $1 off admission is available.



The following YMCA events are scheduled for August (for full schedule and description, visit ymcahouston.org):

Senior Pot Luck Lunch – Aug. 1, noon-2 p.m. Bring your favorite dish to share; free; 6145 Shadowbend Place.

Summer Day Camp/Teen Camp – through Aug. 19; Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., ages 5-15 years; location varies per camp.

Summer Specialty Camp – Aug. 1 Wild Science; Aug. 8 Secret Agent Lab; Aug. 15 How Does It Work? Mon.-Fri., length varies from ½ day to full day, ages 5-12; 6464 Creekside Forest Drive.

Summer Sports Clinics – Aug. 1, soccer and volleyball; Aug. 8, soccer, basketball and T-ball; Aug. 15, basketball, T-ball, flag football and soccer; Mon.-Thurs.,time varies per camp and age group, ages 2-13 years; location varies per clininc.

Summer Performing Arts Workshops – Aug. 1, Inside Out The Musical; Aug. 8 Grease; Mon.-Fri., 1:30-4:30 p.m., students K-6th grade; 6145 Shadowbend Place.

Babysitter Training Class – Aug. 6, noon-4 p.m., open to anyone age 11 or older. This American Safety and Health Institute course teaches basic skills including handling emergencies and preventing accidents; 8100 Ashlane Way.

Senior Game Day – Aug. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m., senior adults. Share your favorite game and make new friends; free; 8100 Ashlane Way.

Summer Swim Lessons – Aug. 8-18, Mon. -Thurs., times vary by age group and skill level; 6 months-adult; 8100 Ashlane Way and 6464 Creekside
Forest Drive.

CPR and First Aid Training – Aug.17, 5:30-9:30 p.m., age 13 or older. Learn basics of CPR and first aid. There is an online study requirement prior to the class date; 8100 Ashlane Way.

Parents Night Out – Aug. 20, 6-10 p.m., ages 18 months-2 years. Enjoy a night out on the town while the kids have fun at the YMCA; 8100 Ashlane Way.

Adult Sports Co/Ed Volleyball – Registra­tion deadline is Aug. 14; games are played on Sundays; ages 18 years and older; 8100 Ashlane Way.


Look Out for Litter participants help make the community a more attractive, litter-free place for residents and those who enjoy visiting The Woodlands.

Look Out for Litter participants help make the community a more attractive, litter-free place for residents and those who enjoy visiting The Woodlands.


Look Out for Litter, The Woodlands Township’s popular summer litter scavenger hunt, kicks off with the start of summer vacation. Teens and children can participate in the free, fun, outdoor family activity anytime through Aug. 15.

The recent rains drive home why even a small amount of litter on roads and pathways is too much. Rain washes litter from parking lots, streets and pathways into waterways as runoff. A few bits here and there become concentrated and contaminate waterways. Eighty percent of litter found in creeks, bayous and rivers traveled from locations on land.

This summer, there is a special cigarette butt challenge. Some of the worst microlitter that contaminates waterways is cigarette butts. Bring your cigarette butt collection in plastic bags to The Woodlands Township Environmental Services office, located at 8203 Millennium Forest Drive. The Woodlands Township has an ongoing partnership with Terracycle® to recycle and compost them.

Look Out for Litter is as easy as 1-2-3. Teens and children, ages 18 and under:

  1. Simply pledge to pick up three pieces of litter per day for three weeks or join the Cigarette Butt Brigade.
  2. Complete a daily log of the items or fill plastic bags with cigarette butts.
  3. Submit the log, or bring bags of cigarette butts to The Woodlands Township

Environmental Services office to receive a T-shirt (while supplies last) and be entered into a drawing for additional prizes.

For information on how to register and to print a litter log, visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/adoptapath or call 281-210-3800.



Women on a Mission to Earn Commission, WOAMTEC, The Woodlands’ premier business building organization, has announced its new meeting location will be Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd., Suite 400.

The August meetings are scheduled for Aug. 3 and 17 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVPs are requested at woamtec.com. Men are also welcome to attend.




“Glass is more delightful and sightly than any other material at this day known to man” could be a quote from a modern day glass collector. Actually it is part of Neri’s introduction to his Art of Glass book written in 1611.

At the 42nd annual Vintage Glass & Antique Show and Sale to be held Aug.19-21 at the Fort Bend County Fair grounds in Rosenberg, the focus will be on American glass made from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s. Sponsored by The Houston Glass Club, dealers carry a wide variety of colorful 1930’s depression era glass and elegant glass (Heisey, Fostoria, Cambridge, etc.) from the 1920’s forward among their high quality glassware. Mid-century glass, another popular collectible, will be throughout the show. American-made kitchenware, pottery and dinnerware are also featured. With more than 30 dealers from across America, you’ll find a cross section of glass heritage combined under one roof.

A second building full of beautiful and one-of-a-kind general line antiques is right next door to the glass building. From primitives, silver, linens, jewelry, postcards, furniture and European collectibles, choose items to match your glass purchases. From plain to fancy, common to rare finds, attendees will develop distinctive style through vintage glass and antiques.

Sandwiches, cakes and other food items are found at the on-site concession. Additionally, Leigh Ann Winter from Texas Silver Mercantile will also be on-site to repair your damaged glass, silver and costume jewelry items. Information on joining the Houston Glass Club will also be available.

Show hours are 2-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21st at the fairgrounds, located on Hwy. 36 in Rosenberg. Admission is $10 on Friday, $6 on Saturday and Sunday and is good all weekend. Free parking. Call 281-240-0382 for more information.


Shake Your Summer Sillies Out at the farewell to summer daylong bash.

Shake Your Summer Sillies Out at the farewell to summer daylong bash.


The Woodlands Children’s Museum will celebrate going back to school – while helping children “shake out” a goodbye to summer – with one last, big summertime bash.

Shake Your Summer Sillies Out will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 at The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

Cost for the program is included in the daily admission price of $6 per person, 1 year and older. There is no charge for children under 1. The event is recommended for ages 7 and under.



The following programs are scheduled in August at the Barbara Bush Branch Library, 6817 Cypresswood Dr., Spring.

Be Smart Gun Safety Class – Monday Aug. 15, 7-8 p.m. Learn how to keep your kids safe when guns are around. The class will teach parents and caretakers to be smart and take simple safety steps to help protect children from guns. While most firearm owners store their guns responsibly, nearly 1.7 million children live in homes with unsecured guns. The Be Smart presentation outlines simple steps that all adults –– whether they own guns or not –– can take to keep children safe. No politics, just safety.

What Does Human Trafficking Look Like? – Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m. This class, open to the public, will educate community members about human trafficking. Learn to recognize the red flag indicators, how to respond and ways to be proactive. For questions, contact education@pearlmfa.org.




Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) will host its annual Shootout Hunger clay shoot tournament, the Joey Bolton Open, on Aug. 26 at Able’s Gun Club in Huntsville. This event will benefit the Food Bank’s efforts to provide nourishment to children, adults and seniors who are food insecure in Mont­gomery County through its direct programs and critical partner agencies.

Breakfast will be provided to kick the day off and lunch will come after a fun morning of friendly competition out on the range. Hosted by worldwide shooting award winner and Montgomery County’s own Joey Bolton, shooters will enjoy a challenging round of sporting clay stations at one of the premier shooting ranges in Texas.

Early bird registration is currently open and extends through July 29, after which regular registration continues. Shooters’ packages include breakfast, ammunition, lunch and more. Additionally, sponsorship packages are available at varying levels. To find out more about registering your team, becoming a sponsor, or volunteering, visit mcfoodbank.org/event/shoot-out-hunger/.



The Junior Hurricanes Soccer League (JHSL) is led by professional United States Soccer Federation (USSF) licensed staff and is designed for boys and girls who want to play and have fun in a safe and developmentally-appropriate environment. The JHSL program is being offered at multiple locations and in conjunction with Cy-Fair Sports Association at the Schiel Road Complex.To learn more about each location and to register, visit albionhurricanes.org.

For those wishing only to train, join the group in Katy for AHFC Friday Night Academy. Visit Katy Youth Soccer to register for this Friday Fun Program.

Email jhsl@albionhurricanes.org for more information or with questions.


Troops unpack the care packages sent by OME.

Troops unpack the care packages sent by OME.


On Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.­-3 p.m., 18 Kroger stores will host a food and supply drive for Operation Military Embrace (OME), an organization that sends care packages to individual troops around the world.

The Care Package mission ships boxes to deployed men and women, all of whom are referred by the local community. A unique aspect of OME’s Care Package mission is the customization of the items shipped. Dennis Bernhart, program manager, communicates with the troops to find out exactly what they need –– whether it be hot chocolate in the winter or sunscreen in the summer. Girl Scout cookies are requested all year long.

The donations, in­-kind as well as monetary, are also used at the Annual Free PX for wounded or ill military men, women and their caregivers at the San Antonio Military Medical Center each December.

In 2015, this same drive at 14 Kroger locations resulted in 2,010 packages being shipped to the troops and more than $41,000 in goods and cash donated and used by OME.

For more information or to volunteer, visit operationmilitaryembrace.com or call Dennis Bernhart, at 832-­515-­0333. OME is an all-volunteer organization founded by Jerry and Debbie Reed and Brenda Schultz in 2007.

Store locations for 2016 include the following:

The Woodlands – 4747 Research Forest Drive; 8000 Research Forest Drive; and 6700 Woodlands Parkway

Spring – 15802 Champion Forest Drive; 2301 Rayford Road; and 8745 Spring Cypress Road

Conroe – 2222 I­45 N.; 220 S. Loop; and 3830 West Davis

Tomball – 24350 Kuykendahl Road and 14060 FM 2920

Magnolia – 6614 FM 1488

Kingwood – 3410 Northpark Drive and 25651 US 59 & Northpark

Humble – 19300 W. Lake Houston Parkway and 9475 FM 1960 Bypass Road

Cypress – 13135 Louetta Road and 20355 Cypresswood Dr.




Call it barrels of fun: Texas-brewed ales, stouts and lagers will be on tap at the inaugural Woodforest Craft Fest, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Christine Allen Nature Park, 101 Elk Trace Parkway in Woodforest, the master-planned community surrounding Woodforest Golf Club.

The free brew fest will allow craft beer aficionados to sample a range of local, artisanally produced creations while enjoying live country music by the Cody Bryan Band and Josh Fuller. Food trucks, Texas barbecue and family-friendly activities such as a mechanical bull, inflatable jousting and face painting add appeal for all ages. For more information, visit woodforesttx.com.



The Woodlands/Houston Chapter of Therapy Pet Pals of Texas is looking for volunteers with calm, friendly and obedient dogs to provide pet therapy to elderly and ill people at local healthcare facilities around The Woodlands /Tomball/ Spring/Conroe and Montgomery County area.

The nonprofit organization will be taking reservations until to Sept. 2 for the Sept. 7 Qualifying/Training class.

Visit therapypetpals.org for more information. Call 512-347-1984 for pre-screening and registration.



Feng Shui is a worldwide phenomenon embraced by millions including celebrities, billionaires, homeowners and corporations. Beginning Sept. 9 and continuing for 12 consecutive months, the public is invited to study Classical Feng Shui series at The Woodlands/Market Street. Participants will learn the ancient Chinese secrets behind prosperous and harmonious homes and will discover what makes one building or home feel superior over another.

Classes are taught by Feng Shui master and international author Denise A. Liotta-Dennis. Cost is $280 per class. For more information and a detailed course description, go to dragongatefengshui.com.

To reserve a spot, call 480-241-5211 or email denise@dragongatefengshui.com.



The Woodlands Bar Association’s volunteer attorneys are on the line at 281-645-6344 for Law Line on the first Monday of every month from 5-8 p.m. The attorneys can provide general legal information and information about legal resources to Montgomery County residents. (If the first Monday is a Federal holiday, then Law Line is offered on the second Monday of that month).

Callers’ identities as well as the identities of the volunteer lawyers will remain anonymous. The volunteer attorneys do not provide specific counseling, yet offer general information and inform people about their rights and options and what legal resources may be available for callers to follow through with their concern.

This free public service is a project of The Woodlands Bar Association in conjunction with the Montgomery County United Way.

The Woodlands Bar Association is comprised of private practice attorneys from both large and small law firms, judges and corporate attorneys and seeks to promote high legal standards, education and community service in the area. The Law Line offers a local community service opportunity for members to share their unique legal skills to provide service to others. For more information, visit WoodlandsBar­Association.com and click the “News” tab.



Wise Conference 2016 is set for Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lone Star Corporate College, 5000 Research Forest Drive.

This is the 4th year that local women’s networking organizations have joined together for WISE, Women Inspiring Supporting Empowering. The one-day business conference is a joint effort of Montgomery County Association of Business Women (MCABW), Business Women’s Forum and multiple chapters of Women on a Mission to Earn Commission (WOAMTEC) to provide education and networking opportunities for professionals with a desire to learn more about work-life balance.

The conference includes:

Female Executive Panel Discussion —The panel is made up of Missy Herndon, Interfaith of The Woodlands CEO; Amy Milstead, Milstead Automotive President; Linda Head, Lone Star College Systems, Associate Vice Chancellor; and Debra Sukin, Houston Methodist Regional SVP and CEO. The keynote speaker is Indrani Goradia, Indrani’s Light Foundation.

Breakout Session Opportunities include Health and Wellness, Social Media or Leadership Development.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses who would like to showcase their companies’ capabilities to 300+ women. Click on the Sponsorship, Vendor and Ticket tab on the event website.

Tickets to the event are $69 and include lunch. Individual tickets will go on sale Aug. 1. Conference coordinator is Dawn Candy. Contact her at dawn@ipromoteyou.biz or 936-207-5017.

For the first time, WISE 2016 will be awarding three $1,000 scholarships to area women. Community women may apply for scholarships which can be used toward continuing education or business seminars. Applicants should visit the website, thewiseconference.com, and click on the Scholarship Info tab to initiate the process. For more information, visit the website.


Co-chairs Rachel Racz and Laurie Krohn with K9 Johnny Cash.

Co-chairs Rachel Racz and Laurie Krohn with K9 Johnny Cash.


K9s4COPS is hosting the 6th Annual K9s4COPs “Unleashed” on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the JW Marriott Galleria. This year, the nonprofit group is honoring Houston Interim Police Chief Martha Montalvo for her outstanding service to the department for more than 35 years.

Special guests include Joel Lambert, a 10-year veteran of the Navy SEALS and star of the Discovery Channel’s hit show Lone Target/Manhunt.

Guests will enjoy an action-packed evening with the Hard Dog/Fast Dog demonstration, silent and live auctions and food stations, as they dance and sing along to tunes performed by The Guzzlers.

In five years, K9s4COPs has unleashed approximately 125 K9s to 68 agencies and 11 schools in 33 states and Paris, France. K9s granted by K9s4COPs are responsible for taking $135,000,000 worth of contraband off the streets. The four-legged K9 partners help make arrests; locate narcotics, explosives, weapons and cash; provide invaluable detection abilities; and allow their human partners to make it home safely to their families each night.

With budgets still being cut across the country, law enforcement agencies are unable to replace their K9s when injured, retired, or even killed in the line of duty. Be part of the solution by helping to gift more K9s to protect our communities.

Event tables start at $2,500 and individual tickets at $250. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or more information, visit k9s4cops.org.

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