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December 2016

Enjoy horse and carriage rides during the holidays at Market Street – The Woodlands.

Enjoy horse and carriage rides during the holidays at Market Street – The Woodlands.


The tradition, charm and romance of holiday horse-drawn carriage rides return to Market Street as the perfect way to cap off a holiday evening with the entire family or as a couple. Throughout the season, horse-drawn holiday carriage rides are available amidst Market Street’s twinkling lights and holiday sounds at 9595 Six Pines Drive.

The carriage rides service guests on a first-come, first serve basis and are available at the following times:

Saturday, Nov, 26, 6-9 p.m. horse and carriage; 5-7 p.m. pony cart rides available;

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2-5 p.m. pony cart rides available; horse and carriage rides available by reservation only;

Sundays in December: horse and carriage and pony cart rides are available by reservation only (no rides available Christmas Day);

Friday, Dec. 16: 6-9 p.m. horse and carriage rides available;

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2-5 p.m. – horse and carriage and pony cart rides available;

Monday, Dec. 19 – Thursday, Dec. 22, 4-7 p.m. pony cart rides available; horse and carriage rides available by reservation only;

Friday, Dec. 23: 6-9 p.m. horse and carriage and pony cart rides available;

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2-5 p.m. horse and carriage and pony cart rides available;

Sunday, Dec. 26 – Friday, Dec. 30: 1-4 p.m. pony cart rides available; horse and carriage rides available by reservation only;

Sunday, Jan 1, 1-4 p.m. pony cart rides available; horse and carriage rides available by reservation only.

To reserve a 30-minute or Sunday carriage ride, call 936-499-4760. Visit facebook.com/platinumcarriage for the most up-to-date information.



On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the day of #GivingTuesday, the Cares Program of Carlton, Hofferkamp and Jenks will start the annual Holiday Collection Drive for local charities throughout our community. The company is accepting all non-expired nonperishable food items, unwrapped toys, military requested items and gift cards from any store until Dec. 22.

All collected items will be sorted and donated to local charities including: CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates, Angel Reach, Interfaith of The Woodlands, Operation Military Embrace and Montgomery County Food Bank.

“Our collection drives encourages giving and connects us all for one common purpose, to strengthen our community. We are always honored to host our collection drives throughout the year but especially during the holidays.” said Jim Carlton, Managing Director.

The collection box is conveniently located inside the office’s lobby and no appointment is necessary. The office is located at 10200 Grogan’s Mill Road, Suite 340 in The Woodlands. Hours are Monday -Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For a list of items requested by the military, please visit the link: http://chjwealthmanagement.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/ 07/Operation-Military-Embrace-Requested-Items-List.pdf . To learn more about the CHJ Cares Prorgram, visit chjwealthmanagement.com/cares-program


The Montgomery County Choral Society will be joined by the Symphonic Women’s Choir from Robert P. Brabham Middle School and the Woodlands Boys Choir.

The Montgomery County Choral Society will be joined by the Symphonic Women’s Choir from Robert P. Brabham Middle School and the Woodlands Boys Choir.


Montgomery County Choral Society’s 45th annual holiday concert, A Christmas Celebration, is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at First United Methodist Church, 4308 W. Davis St. in Conroe. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. There is no charge for children 5 and under.

The centerpiece of the concert, Trinity Te Deum, is an early Christian hymn of praise reimagined by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds. The audience will also enjoy listening to and singing along with more of the season’s favorite carols. This concert is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.”

Joining the Choral Society on stage will be the Symphonic Women’s Choir from Robert P. Brabham Middle School in Willis, accompanied by brass, harp, percussion and organ. Established in 2015, members of the Brabham choir are girls in the seventh and eighth grade who perform at multiple concerts throughout the year, as well as pep rallies, sporting events and community events. The choir director, Rachel Rodri­guez, is an avid performer, singing in 11 operas and is a recipient of the Texas Music Educators Association Student Teacher Scholarship in 2014.

Also appearing is the Woodlands Boys Choir, a group of young men ages 7-14, directed by founder Sherryl Smith Pond, who holds a Bachelor of Music in church music, a Bachelor of Music Education in secondary vocal and a Master of Music in organ performnce from Texas Christian University. In addition, Pond studied organ in Germany with Johannes Geffert as part of a Fulbright scholarship.

This project is supported by funds from the City of Conroe Council on Arts & Culture and ExxonMobil. For more information, visit mcchoral.org.


Kris Kringle, as Santa Claus, and Susan, a little girl who at first does not believe in the magic of Christmas.

Kris Kringle, as Santa Claus, and Susan, a little girl who at first does not believe in the magic of Christmas.


Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the Crighton Theatre invites you to believe in miracles again as the company presents the classic Christmas tale Miracle on 34th Street.

Based on the beloved 1947 motion picture and adapted for the stage from the book by Valentine Davies, Miracle on 34th Street tells the timeless tale of Kris Kringle, a man who gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of goodwill by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa.

As with every Stage Right show, the company highlights a need in the community and then spotlights an organization helping fill that need. Before you come to the show, pick up a gift that will be donated to the Salvation Army. Gift items could be personal care items, soaps, denture care, shampoo, blankets, socks, slippers, pajamas, reading glasses, etc. Let’s make this Christmas a joyous one for those of all ages.

Miracle on 34th Street runs Dec. 2-18; Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and three Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Perfor­mances are at the Crighton Theatre located at 234 N. Main St. in downtown Conroe. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for youth. Group discounts are available by calling the box office. Tickets can be purchased online at stage-right.org or by calling 936-441-SHOW (7469).


Artist Michael Schwarcz in his studio.

Artist Michael Schwarcz in his studio.


The Woodlands artist Michael Schwarcz will open his studio to the public for the first time Dec. 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 49 Country Forest Court.

The artist’s past and present works in oil paints, watercolor and mixed media will show visitors the visual journey and evolution of his artistic style. Come experience this rare glimpse into an artist’s studio, meet the artist and gain insight into the creative process. Visit michaelschwarcz.com for a sneak peek at some of the images Schwarcz will be displaying.


Digital rendering of 2iPM009 for Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern by Jean C. Giallorenzo.

Digital rendering of 2iPM009 for Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern by Jean C. Giallorenzo.


Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will co-present the inaugural art installation in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a 1926 underground city reservoir that BBP restored, repurposed and opened to the public in May 2016. Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern (#CisternRain) will feature2iPM009 from the Venezuelan artist’s video series Mobile Paintings and open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 10.

2iPM009 is an abstract video-projection piece, 1 minute and 56 seconds in length that evokes a rain-soaked night. For the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Fernández adapted 2iPM009 to project the video onto the columns so that its imagery is reflected in the shallow pool of water on the Cistern floor. The Cistern’s raw interior, modulated by a series of majestic columns, and its 17-second acoustic reverberation time, will make for an immersive art environment. Mari Carmen Ramirez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the MFAH, is working with the artist to realize the installation.

The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a structure reminiscent of the ancient Roman cisterns in Istanbul, is a cavernous, 87,500-square-foot-space featuring more than 200 slender, 25-foot high concrete columns. For tickets and more information, visit buffalobayou.org.



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.

Since its inception in 2005, the Change for Charity program has raised more than $100,000 for these organizations. For more information, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com/change-for-charity



Market Street and the American Heart Association (AHA) invite the community to promote heart disease education and prevention by attending a family-friendly Hands-Only CPR Awareness Event from 9 am – Noon Saturday, December 3.

The come and go event will take place in Market Street’s Central Park and will include CPR training by the American Heart Association, heart-healthy activities for kids and more heart fun.

“We are thrilled to partner with Market Street The Woodlands on this free, educational opportunity,” said Michelle Mason, Director of Communications for the American Heart Association. “In Montgomery County, the bystander CPR rate, which is the percentage of people who know and are willing to perform CPR in the event that someone is having a cardiac arrest, is only 14.6 percent.

The event is free and open to the public. To get involved or to volunteer, contact ngonzalez@trademarkproperty.com, or find out more about the American Heart Association’s CPR efforts, contact michelle.mason@Heart.org.



A free call-in public Law Line is offered by volunteer attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association each month. Residents of Montgomery County can ask general legal questions by calling 281-645-6344 on the first Monday of every month from 5-8 p.m. (If the first Monday is a Federal holiday, then the Law Line will be offered on the second Monday of that month.) The next scheduled date is Dec. 5.

Topics include bankruptcy, family law, criminal law, consumer protection, and more. 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. Callers’ identities as well as the identities of the volunteer lawyers will remain anonymous.

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


The fourth annual Teacher vs. Student Improv Show will raise money for The Will Herndon Fund.

The fourth annual Teacher vs. Student Improv Show will raise money for The Will Herndon Fund.


On Saturday, Dec.10 at 7 p.m. The Woodlands High School, the student Improv Troupe is having the fourth annual Teacher vs. Student Improv Show. The 14 improv troupe members will be competing in comedy improv games and scenes against their teachers from The Woodlands High School. Some of these teachers have been participating in the show every year, while for others, this will be their first time.

The benefiting charity for this show will be The Will Herndon Fund. Will Herndon is young boy battling Batten’s disease, which is a rare and fatal genetic disease that he has been suffering from since age 6. Tickets will be $5 but extra donations are encouraged. Have a night full of laughs while showing your support for Will. To find out more about Will and his battle with Batten’s, visit beyondbatten.org/will-herndon-fund



Volunteers are needed for a Be An Angel- funded project to package and deliver gifts for nearly 5,000 Houston area children with multiple disabilities or profound deafness who come from underprivileged homes. Be An Angel’s Holiday Gift Program began over 30 years ago so that these children can experience the joy of receiving gifts during the Christmas season. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 50 volunteers are needed at the George R. Brown Convention Center; on Dec. 7, 50 volunteers are needed to decorate gift bags at 1001 Avenida de las Americas (77010.) On Dec. 8, 200-plus volunteers are needed to help deliver gifts with their own vehicles. For specific times visit BeAnAngel.org. For more volunteer information, contact Billie Earley at 281-219-3313 or Billie@BeAnAngel.org.



The public is invited to pick up a unique handcrafted gift for friends and family at the Woodforest Arts and Craft Show 5-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9. Local artists and artisans will display a trove of creative treasures at Stewart Elementary School, 680 Fish Creek Thoroughfare in South Montgomery County, including fine art, original photography, jewelry, seasonal items and more for holiday shoppers looking for one-of-a-kind presents.

The public can admire illuminated Woodforest homes during the Spirit & Sparkle Hayride, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Hayrides starting from Jackson Park, 2829 Woodforest Parkway North, will take riders on a tour of lavishly lit up neighborhoods. Visitors also can enjoy a petting zoo, music and more, then later vote for their favorite displays. The event is free.

Visit woodforesttx.com for more details.



A tradition since 1941, the Kappa Kappa Gama Charitable Foundation Holiday Pilgrimage 2016 will showcase the best in interior, floral and holiday-inspired design ideas. Over the years, thousands of volunteers have worked together to coordinate the oldest continual home tour in Houston. In the early days, volunteers decorated the homes themselves, donating their own holiday decorations to the effort. Today, local florists have taken over and use the most cutting edge designs and décor to transform the homes into holiday masterpieces.

This year, four homes will be on the tour, two in River Oaks, located at 1923 Olympia Dr. and 3405 Meadow Lake Dr. and two in Tanglewood, located at 819 Briar Ridge Dr. and 818 Briar Ridge Dr. All of the homes are exquisitely decorated, and one was designed by famous architect John F. Staub.

The 2016 Home Tour is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit charities that are working to impact the lives of children and adults in the community.

Since 1976, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation has donated over $3.5 million to a significant number of large and small charities. The organizations have utilized the funds for programs, facilities, equipment and staff as they have helped thousands of Houstonians in need.

Tickets for the Home Tour are $20, include admission to all four homes on the tour and may be purchased in advance at Bering’s Hardware and other local retailers, or on the day of the event at any of the Tour homes. For more information, visit HoustonKappas.org.



Bring your fur babies out to Bear Branch Dog Park on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. for a treat hunt and holiday costume contest. Enjoy hot cocoa while your pets socialize, then decorate a stocking for your pooch. Fee is $5 per dog For more information, visit thewoodlanstownship-tx.gov



“Christmas Around the World” is the theme for Old Town Spring’s Home for the Holidays event, through Dec. 24. Enjoy entertainment on various stages as well as strolling entertainment. Over 150 shops decorated with red bows, twinkling lights and ropes of garland will welcome visitors to another festive season of unique shopping for Christmas. Photos with Santa will be available at Santa’s Workshop located next to Puffabelly’s Restaurant on Main at the railroad tracks. The Be An Angel Christmas train will be making stops around the town to the delight of the young and old alike. On Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., shoppers can enjoy a cup of cocoa and the little ones can write letters to Santa. The second annual Cookie Walk benefiting Spring Preservation League is Dec. 3. For more information, visit oldtownspring.com.



The more than 70 fashion boutiques in Market Street – The Woodlands will offer extended holiday shopping hours, beginning on Black Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26, when its stores will be open an hour earlier from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Regular hours of operation at the shopping, dining and entertainment destination from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Sundays will be maintained beginning Sunday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 15.

Extended holiday hours resume Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Dec.18 retailers are open 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

Regular shopping hours resume Monday, Dec. 19-Thursday, Dec. 22. Extended hours Friday, Dec. 23 are from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, shopping hours are from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Extended hours are also available Monday, Dec. 26 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Normal hours of operation resume beginning Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Market Street stores will be open New Year’s Eve Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and New Year’s Day Sunday, Jan. 1 from 12-6 p.m. For a full list of restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com


The Potter Residence at 1312 Cortlandt is one of six homes to be featured in Houston Heights Association’s 2016 Holiday Home Tour.

The Potter Residence at 1312 Cortlandt is one of six homes to be featured in Houston Heights Association’s 2016 Holiday Home Tour.


On Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3-9 p.m., six homes, one of which is more than 100 years old, located in and around the 1300 block of Cortlandt Street in Houston Heights will be dressed in holiday finery and opened to the public during Jingle Bell Block, the Houston Heights Association’s 2016 Holiday Home Tour. Other homes on the historic street will participate in the festivities with beautifully decorated yards and entertainment. Local musicians will provide the sounds of the season throughout the tour, making this beloved annual event a perfect holiday celebration.

The Holiday Home Tour is a favorite destination for those who enjoy shopping in antiques and vintage clothing shops, art galleries and eclectic boutiques. Houston Heights also is home to many coffee shops and world-class restaurants.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the days of the tour. Tickets will be available for purchase online in late October and available for purchase in November from Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th St.; Jubilee, 325 W. 19th St.; and August Antiques, 803 Heights Blvd. Tickets ordered online will not be mailed and can be picked up at the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale the days of the tour. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fire Station and the retail locations on the days of the tour.

For more information, call Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002, option 6, or e-mail holidaytour@houstonheights.org. Visit houstonheights.org for event updates. Anyone interested in volunteering to work during the tour may send an email to volunteer@houstonheights.org.



Thousands are expected to stroll 19th Street located in Houston’s own Historic Downtown Heights, as the 19th Street Merchants present their annual “Holiday on 19th St.” You and your family will enjoy food and refreshments, strolling carolers, live music, and much 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 Saturday, Dec. 3. The shops are located on 19th Street between Shepherd and Yale, exit from I-10 or Loop 6-10.




Guests at Market Street will feel the spirit of the holiday season as they enjoy a variety of live musical and dance entertainment from local school and community performance groups throughout the month of December. The following groups are scheduled to perform:

Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.:

The Shepherd’s House Church

Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.:

Trinity Lutheran School Band and Choir

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.:

The Rubicon Academy

Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m.:

Creekside Forest Elementary School

Saturday, Dec. 17 at 12 p.m.:

37th Annual Tuba Christmas performance

Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.:

Magnolia Community Choir – I Believe

Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.:

Magnolia Community Choir – I Believe

Friday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m.:

A Christmas Night to Remember.

Additionally, Market Street once again will host a Grand Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting as presented by Chabad of The Woodlands on Monday, Dec. 26 from 4-6 p.m.

Led by Rabbi Mendel Blecher, the lighting of a nine-foot, seven branched candelabra will take place at 4 p.m. with traditional Chanukah food and musical entertainment and fun for guests of all ages following the ceremony. This marks the sixth year Market Street has hosted the Grand Chanukah Celebration in its Central Park.

For more information on these events, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com

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