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December 2015


The ASID Holiday Showhouse will be open for visitation select dates in December.

The ASID Holiday Showhouse will be open for visitation select dates in December.

ASID HOLIDAY SHOWHOUSE, DEC. 5-6, 10-13 AND 17-20

The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter (TGCC) of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the dates for its Holiday Showhouse located at 54 North Windsail Place in The Woodlands. This home will be designed and furnished by some of the most talented designers from TGCC ASID.

The open house will take place on Dec. 5-6, 10-13 and 17-20 with the hours as follows: Thursdays – Fridays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sundays, noon–5 p.m. The showhouse will close after tours on Sunday, Dec. 20.

ASID has presented showhouses across the Houston metroplex since beginning in 1975 and first showcased a home in The Woodlands in 1998. This will be the fourth Woodlands holiday showhouse and the first major renovation of an estate home. The other three showhomes in The Woodlands were new construction.

A design committee works with all of the designers to maintain a flow to the home while at the same time allowing each designer to bring their own creativity to the project. This home and its setting are unique in that the land is over an acre and boasts over 300 feet of lake frontage. Additionally, the back of the home faces east, so the home is basked in light. The three-story home resembles a castle sitting amidst beautifully manicured lawns, complete with water features and bronze statues to a negative edge pool and a floating boat dock. The halls will be decked for the holidays, so you won’t want to miss it.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $12. Ticket prices will go up to $15 on Dec. 5. Visit asidholidayshowhouse.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. For more information, visit asidtgcc.org/holidayshowhouse.

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Dancer Allison Miller and artist of Houston Ballet Photo - Amitava Sarkar courtesy of Houston Ballet

Dancer Allison Miller and artist of Houston Ballet (Photo – Amitava Sarkar courtesy of Houston Ballet)

HOUSTON BALLET PRESENTS FINAL SEASON OF BEN STEVENSON’S THE NUTCRACKER, NOV. 27-DEC. 27

From Nov. 27–Dec. 27 Houston Ballet bids farewell to Ben Stevenson’s beloved production of The Nutcracker. Created by Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson, with designs by acclaimed designer Desmond Heeley, this ballet performance has been Houston’s premiere holiday tradition since 1987. Over 1,000,000 people have seen the production since its premiere 29 years ago and have watched in rapture as the story has unfolded before them. In 2016, Houston Ballet will premiere a new version of The Nutcracker by Artistic Director Stanton Welch, featuring all-new sets and costumes.

The story of The Nutcracker has a special place in Houston Ballet’s repertory as the first full-length work to enter Houston Ballet’s repertoire in a staging by Frederic Franklin, featuring scenery and costumes by the English designer Peter Farmer. The company gave six performances in 1972 at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, and has danced the work each December without fail for the following 44 years.

Houston Ballet will give 34 performances of Ben Stevenson’s version of The Nutcracker, to a live orchestra, in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713-227-2787 or logging on to   houstonballet.org.

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HOLIDAY ON 19TH STREET, DEC. 4

Thousands are expected to stroll 19th Street located in Houston’s Historic Downtown Heights, as the 19th Street Merchants present their annual Holiday on 19th St. Enjoy food and refreshments, strolling carolers, live music and more. 19th Street has the most exciting shops Houston has to offer, featuring cool fashions for men and women, original works of art, fun and unique gifts, home furnishings and a vast assortment of antiques.

The event is from 6-10 p.m on Friday, Dec. 4. The shops are located on 19th Street between Shepherd and Yale. Exit from I-10 or Loop 610.

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“Like” The Ice Rink on Facebook at Facebook.com/­TheWoodlandsIceRink.

“Like” The Ice Rink on Facebook at Facebook.com/­TheWoodlandsIceRink.

THE WOODLANDS ICE RINK KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center, presented by Planet Ford in partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital, attracts thousands of families from across the area. This holiday season, it will again be located at the northeast corner of Lake Robbins and Six Pines Drive.

The Ice Rink will open daily through Monday, Jan. 18, with operating hours Monday through Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-7 p.m. The Ice Rink will also be open during Conroe ISD school holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Weekday two-hour skate sessions are $9.50 for adults and $5 for children five and under. Weekend sessions are $10.50 for adults and $6 for children five and under. All prices include a $2.50 skate rental. Helmet and walker (children’s skate trainer) rentals also are available. A separate kid’s ice rink also will be available for children five and under.

Besides its regular operating hours, The Ice Rink will host a number of promotions and special skate nights. It also offers a buy one, get free coupon available at Xfinity located on Lake Robbins Drive. For information on special pricing, events, promotions and theme nights, call The Ice Rink hotline at 281-419-5630.  Facebook.com/­TheWoodlandsIceRink

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(L-R) Captain Karen Twinney of the Salvation Army with Homestead House owners Linda and Chris Pfeiffer.

(L-R) Captain Karen Twinney of the Salvation Army with Homestead House owners Linda and Chris Pfeiffer.

HOMESTEAD HOUSE AND THE SALVATION ARMY PARTNER FOR TOYS FOR KIDZ

For the third year, Homestead House and the Salvation Army of Mongtomery County are partnering to bring toys to children. This year, they are not only collecting Toys for Kidz — they are offering discounts to customers who bring in a new and unwrapped toy. To qualify, customers who bring in a new, unwrapped toy will receive 50 percent off a retail item in the store. In addition, Homestead House is offering an additional discount towards all purchases that the customer can apply towards Toys for Kidz.

All floor brands are included in the discount, including Henredon, Hancock & Moore, Jessica Charles, Sherrill, Taylor King, Lexington, Hickory White. For more information, visit homesteadhousetx.com.

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Carriage rides are part of the holiday experience at Market Street.

Carriage rides are part of the holiday experience at Market Street.

MARKET STREET HOLIDAY FUN

The tradition, charm and romance of holiday horse-drawn carriage rides return to Market Street – The Woodlands as the perfect way to cap off a holiday evening with the entire family or as a couple.Throughout the holiday season, horse-drawn carriage rides will meander on a scenic path amidst Market Street’s twinkling lights and holiday sounds at 9595 Six Pines Drive. The carriage rides are offered to guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. For a full schedule and pricing, visit facebook.­com/platinumcarriage.

Another Market Street holiday tradition is “Smile With Santa” through Thursday, Dec. 24. Young visitors may have their photos taken and share their wish list with Santa, who will be located between J. Crew and Cos Bar. Santa and his set are sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital, The Woodlands.

After visiting Santa, grab a patio seat at one of Market Street’s restaurants for “Luxury in Lights,” a synchronized light show performing every hour on the half hour from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Watch as Market Street’s 70-foot Christmas tree and surrounding twinkle lights perform to holiday favorites.

For a full list of restaurants and stores that will be open on Thanksgiving and Christ­mas, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com.

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HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA HOSTS DOWNTON ABBEY PREMIERE SCREENINGS IN THE WOODLANDS

Are you eagerly awaiting the season premiere of Downton Abbey Season Six? You could be one of the lucky fans to see it a full month before it debuts in the U.S.! On Saturday, Dec. 12, Houston Public Media is hosting two free screenings of the Downton Abbey season premiere at 12 noon and 3 p.m. at Cinemark at Market Street in The Woodlands. The screenings will be hosted by the cast of Houston Public Media’s popular Downton Abbey talk show, “Manor of Speaking,” and fans will have a chance to meet their favorites. Enter the “Dress for Downton” costume contest at each screening and you could win guest passes to an upcoming taping of “Manor of Speaking.”

The audience will have the opportunity to meet “Manor of Speaking” stars: Emmy Award-winning host, Ernie Manouse; Mr. Rodgers, the butler; and panelists St. John Flynn and Helen Mann.

A confirmed reservation is required to attend a screening. For more information, visit
houstonpublicmedia.org/downtonday.

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The Woodlands Children’s Museum dishes up holiday fun with its Pancakes with Santa event.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum dishes up holiday fun with its Pancakes with Santa event.

PANCAKES WITH SANTA AT THE WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, DEC. 12

The Woodlands Children’s Museum invites children to stop by for breakfast with a special guest, St. Nick. Pancakes With Santa will take place from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

Advanced reservations are required for all attendees, and seating is limited. Tickets are $15 for adults and $30 for children, ages 12 and younger; they may be purchased online at woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or by calling the museum at 281-465-0955.

The buffet-style breakfast includes a special gift for each child, a Christmas-themed marionette puppet show, Christmas carols with Tom’s Fun Band and a photo with Santa. The event is being sponsored by The Learning Experience at The Woodlands/Magnolia.

“This is a chance for children to experience the wonder of the holidays and have a more personal experience with Santa,” executive director Angela Colton said. Families can enjoy the museum until 11a.m.; it will open to the public at 1 p.m. after the event. The Woodlands Children’s Museum will be all decked out for the holidays. The calendar is full of fun activities, as well as a number of workshops for children ages 4-8. Visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org for more information.

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STAGE RIGHT PRESENTS CHRISTMAS BELLES, DEC. 4-20

Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe, presents the riotous
holiday comedy Christmas Belles, Dec. 4-20. The show is directed by Jim Bingham.

Don’t miss the hilarious misadventures of the citizens of Fayro, Texas, as they prepare for their annual Christmas pageant at The Tabernacle of the Lamb.

Despite all the chaos that ensues, the true meaning of Christmas is at the heart of this play written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, who also wrote audience favorites The Dixie Swim Club, The Red Velvet Cake War and Mama Won’t Fly. When critic David Dow Bentley III reviewed the Stage Right 2008 production of Christmas Belles, he called the show a “riotous romp” and said that the newly-ormed theatre company was “off to a rip-roaring, hilarious start.”

Before you come to the show, pick up a gift for needy “seasoned citizens.” The holidays can be a lonely time for seniors with the focus on kids. Stage Right asks patrons to bring an unwrapped gift for seniors that will be donated to the Salvation Army. Last year, the group collected three large moving boxes full of gifts, and they hope to be able to do the same again this year. Gift items could be personal care items, soaps, denture care, shampoo, blankets, socks, slippers, pajamas and reading glasses.

Show dates are Dec. 4-20, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and three Sunday matinees on Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at stage-right.org or by calling the Crighton Theatre box office at 936-441-SHOW (7469). Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and groups of 15 persons or more and $15 for youth 16 and under and for senior groups of 12 or more persons. The Crighton Theatre is located at 234 N. Main St.

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THE JOHN COOPER SCHOOL, UPCOMING EVENTS

The John Cooper School is now enrolling for the 2016-17 academic year. Interested families are invited to the annual Admission Open House for grades 2-12 on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Glenn Performing Arts Center. Faculty and administrators will join admission office representatives for a presentation of the school’s philosophy, curriculum and admission process. There will be ample opportunity for questions as well as a tour of campus following the presentation. The application deadline for applying to grades 2-12 for the 2016-17 school is Jan. 15.

The John Cooper School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and Cooper Art Society (CAS) students have taken the lead to help fight hunger in the community through its annual Empty Bowls Project and have raised more than $65,000 for hunger relief since its inception. The tenth annual event will be held on Feb. 20 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the school’s student center. All members of the community are invited to share a bowl of soup, bid in a silent auction, view student art, and take home a student-made bowl as a reminder that there are empty bowls in our community. All proceeds will go toward local hunger relief efforts. Reserva­tions are $10 and proceeds will benefit The Interfaith Food Pantry.

For more information on either event, visit johncooper.org.

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BARBARA BUSH BRANCH LIBRARY, DECEMBER PROGRAMS

The Barbara Bush Branch Library, located at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring, has a number of events for December. For a complete listing or for more information, visit hcpl.net.

Digital Photography Tips, beginner class – Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the computer lab. Learn the basics of using your new camera. Bring your digital camera if you wish. Call 281-376-4610 to register.

Community Open House – Saturday, Dec. 5 from 2-4 p.m. Everyone is invited to the library’s annual Community Open House, sponsored by the Barbara Bush Library Friends. There will be musical entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments to celebrate the holiday season. Santa Claus will also be a guest.

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THE WOODLANDS MALL REVEALS SPECTACULAR HOLIDAY LINEUP

The merriment of the holiday season has arrived, and The Woodlands Mall is buzzing with great retailer offers at every price point, family-friendly activities and memorable holiday experiences. Signature holiday experiences this season include:

Black Friday Sales Start Thanksgiving ­– Day, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. The Woodlands Mall opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to give shoppers the jump on some of the season’s best offers. Some stores, restaurants and entertainment venues at the mall may keep different hours on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Call retailers for specific opening and closing times.

Special Opportunities with Santa – Santa Claus is at the mall every day through Thursday, Dec. 24, ready to greet visitors and listen to holiday wishes of kids both young and old. His elves will be nearby, prepared to lend a helping hand and snap a commemorative photo. Find Santa on the lower level near Macy’s.

My Time with Santa – New this holiday season, guests can reserve their visit with Santa online and save 30 percent or more with their pre-purchase of a photo package. Reservations can be made from the Photos with Santa feature on the mall’s website at thewoodlandsmall.com. Reservations are not required to visit Santa.

Donuts with Santa – Santa is serving donuts on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Food Court. Along with the refreshments, kids get a chance to visit with Santa in an informal setting and listen as he reads a story. Towards the end of the party, Santa will lead all his guests to the lower level near Macy’s, where he will settle in and be ready for guests and photos. Contact woodlandsadmin@ggp.com or 281-363-3363 to make the necessary reserva­tions.

PJ Tuesdays – On Tuesdays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15 from 6-9 p.m., kids are invited to wear their pajamas for a cute, cozy photo with Santa. Santa’s elves will be on hand to capture the moment.

Family Photo – While in line to see Santa, guests can stop and have a quick holiday photo taken of the whole group against a festive background. The family portrait photos will be available to see and purchase when viewing the photos taken with Santa.

Pet Photos with Santa – The mall hosts Pet Nights on Mondays, through Dec. 14 from 6-9 p.m. Cats and dogs must be on a leash or in an appropriate carrier. Animals, other than those servicing the disabled, are not allowed in the shopping center other than during Pet Night. Pet owners are asked to use the acorn entrance on the lower level by Macy’s.

The Season of Giving – Shoppers are invited to choose an angel from The Salvation Army Tree and provide a gift for that child or senior citizen. Gifts can be dropped off at the Angel Tree, in Center Court near Banana Republic, through Friday, Dec. 18.

Deck the Mall – This year, the mall has an extra sparkle and shine to greet Santa and all his visitors: the halls are decked with fresh, new holiday finery.

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FREE CALL-IN LAW LINE, DEC. 7

The free Law Line will be available on Monday, Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m. by calling 281-645-6344. Questions about general legal information and resources will be answered by volunteer attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association.

This free monthly service for residents of Montgomery County is usually offered on the first Monday of every month, unless that date is a federal holiday; if so, Law Line is offered on the second Monday of that month.

This free public service is a project of The Woodlands Bar Association in conjunction with the Montgomery County United Way. Callers’ identities as well as the lawyers’ identities 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.

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.

For more information about Law Line, visit WoodlandsBarAssociation.com and click the “News” tab.

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CHANGE FOR CHARITY PROGRAM AT MARKET STREET

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 the proceeds benefit a different nonprofit organization every three months. For more information, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com/change-for-charity.

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KNITTING/CROCHETING MEETS AT BUSH LIBRARY ON FRIDAYS

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.

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GIRL SCOUT COOKIES GET EARLY START DATE, DEC. 19

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., will begin selling Girl Scout cookies door-to-door and digitally Dec. 19, approximately three weeks earlier than previous years. The program is the largest girl-led business in the world and teaches girls essential skills to succeed personally and professionally, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Through the Cookie Program, Girl Scouts venture into the entrepreneurial world to learn business skills and financial literacy and earn money to fund their service oriented goals. When customers purchase a box of Girl Scout cookies, they are enabling girls to become advocates for issues they are passionate about, or they are sending a city kid from a low-income household to camp. A purchase can also send a girl overseas to learn about an archipelago or help girls purchase supplies to send care packages to soldiers serving abroad.

With the new season brings the 10th anniversary of Lemonades. These savory slices of shortbread with a refreshing tangy lemon flavored icing are a customer favorite. Gluten free chocolate chip-peanut butter- oatmeal cookies, called Trios, will be offered again. The bite-size cookies will retail for $5 per package. Trios will only be available at cookie booths or can be ordered online via COCOdirect.

Online orders will delivered between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Beginning Feb. 12, Girl Scout Cookies will be sold at cookie booths outside of grocery stores and other retail venues.

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MEMORIAL HERMANN SUPPORT GROUPS

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital provides a variety of free support groups including Mended Hearts, cancer education, cancer nutrition, yoga for cancer survivors, diabetes, stroke, weight-loss surgery and Mothers of Multiples. For more information on meetings, call 713-222-CARE or click on the “Events and Classes” link under the “Patients & Caregivers” tab at memorialhermann.org.

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(L-R) Beth Miller, volunteer store manager, and Anne Swetich, director of Outreach at Lord of Life Lutheran Church.

(L-R) Beth Miller, volunteer store manager, and Anne Swetich, director of Outreach at Lord of Life Lutheran Church.

FAIR TRADE STORE OPEN

At The Hands of Faith Fair Trade Store at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, shoppers will find coffee, chocolate, jewelry, paper items, home décor, purses, greeting cards and clothing items for sale. Often the artist’s name and country of origin appear on a tag, making it possible to envision the purchase strengthening individuals and families in impoverished areas.

Regular store hours are Sunday, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The store will also be open 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this fall. The church is located at 3801 S. Panther Creek Dr. in The Woodlands.Email Beth Miller at handsoffaith.fairtrade@yahoo.com for more information.

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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.

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ADULT/SENIOR GAMES, WEDNESDAYS

Senior citizens can take a mid-week break at the Barbara Bush Library to enjoy games and conversation. Adult Game Mornings are held in the Robin Bush Children’s Activity Room from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays.

Rummikube and Domino games are ongoing, or bring your own games. Meet new friends or bring a friend. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring. Call 281-376-4610 for more information.

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A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, directed by Michael Wilson at The Alley Theatre 11/05 Scenic Design:Tony Straiges Costume Design: Alejo Vietti Lighting: Rui Rita Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson

The Company in the Alley Theatre’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas.

ALLEY THEATRE PRESENTS A CHRIST­MAS CAROL, THROUGH   DEC. 28

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd invites the Houston-area community to the theatre’s 28th production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas, staged in the newly renovated Hubbard Theatre at 615 Texas Avenue.

Michael Wilson’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol returns this year with a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. The production instills a powerful message about redemption and holiday spirit. Houston’s seasonal favorite has been seen by nearly one million adults and children. This year, Alley Associate Director James Black directs this colorful, comical and music-filled production.

Tickets are now on sale and start at $26. Discounted tickets are available for any student, regardless of age, with a valid student ID for $16 for designated performances in designated sections. Tickets can be ordered online (alleytheatre.org) or by phone (713-220-5700). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. This show is recommended for general audiences, children six and older.

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FREE SUPPORT GROUPS

AchieveBalance.org is a group of mental health professionals providing excellent, affordable counseling services for couples, individuals and groups. In addition to counseling by appointment, they also provide some great, free online resources. These resources are specifically: “Help Me Help My Teen,” “Surviving an Affair” and “30 Day Transformation.” The office is located at Regus Office Suites at Market Street, Ste. 8210. For more information, call 936-697-2822 or go to achievebalance.org.

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year at The Woodlands Children’s Museum with art projects, cultural activities and lion dancers.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at The Woodlands Children’s Museum with art projects, cultural activities and lion dancers.

CELEBRATE THE CHINESE NEW YEAR WITH THE WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Ring in the Chinese New Year at The Woodlands Children’s Museum, located at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280. The museum will be transformed with traditional colors and decorations in celebration of the Year of the Monkey.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the museum will host its grand Chinese New Year celebration from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lion dancers will perform, and various art projects and cultural activities will be scheduled throughout the day. The Woodlands High School Chinese Club will also be on hand to demonstrate the ancient art of Chinese writing. The event is included in the price of admission, which is $5 per person two years and older.

“We always look forward to our Chinese New Year celebration at the museum,” Angela Colton, executive director of the museum, said. “It’s a great opportunity to help children discover the rich traditions in Asia – and explore the art and culture of the various countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year.”

Visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955 to learn more.

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JAZZY JUNQUE STORE

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.

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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE SAN LUIS RESORT

The San Luis invites you to ring in the new year at “Midnight in Paris,” an all-inclusive evening of music, food, celebration and more. Attendees will enjoy an award-winning chef’s four-course meal, generously hosted premium bar, entertainment by Password Band, champagne toast, balloon drop, party hats and favors. Interested parties can book luxurious overnight accommodations and two extravaganza event tickets from $599 per couple. The New Year’s Eve celebration event is $199 per person.

For more information or to book your tickets, call 409-744-1500.

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NORTHWEST PRIVATE SCHOOL PREVIEW, JAN. 31

The Northwest Private School Preview will be held on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 3-5 p.m. This free event will give you the chance to visit with representatives from more than 20 private, independent and parochial schools of the greater northwest Houston area representing all grade levels. The preview will be held in the Schindle­decker Building at D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA located on 19915 SH 249 at Cypress­­wood Drive. Attendees will receive a chance to win a $500 tuition voucher to use at one of the participating schools.

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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.


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