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December 2017


“Market Street in Lights” is just one of the holiday events to take in at Market Street – The Woodlands.

“Market Street in Lights” is just one of the holiday events to take in at Market Street – The Woodlands.

MARKET STREET HOLIDAY EVENTS

The holiday season is right around the corner, and Market Street-The Woodlands will offer great family-friendly events for the entire holiday season:

The tradition, charm and romance of holiday horse-drawn carriage rides returns to Market Street, through Sunday,Nov. 26. For one final weekend in November, horse-drawn holiday carriage rides will meander on a scenic path amidst Market Street’s twinkling lights and holiday sounds at 9595 Six Pines Drive on a first-come, first serve basis.

To reserve a ride, text 936-499-4760 or email platinumhorse13@yahoo.com.

Market Street – The Woodlands will continue a much-loved holiday tradition by offering “Smile With Santa” images where children can have their photos taken with jolly St. Nick through Sunday, Dec. 24. Find Santa Claus in suite 683 (the former Norton Ditto space). On Sunday, Dec. 3, pets are welcome to visit from 4-7 p.m. for Pet Photos with Santa.

Market Street – The Woodlands will also host a Grand Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting as presented by Chabad of The Woodlands on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 4-6 p.m. Led by Rabbi Mendel Blecher, the lighting of a nine-foot, seven-branched menorah 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 seventh year Market Street has hosted the Grand Chanukah Celebration in its Central Park for the local community.

For more information about any of these events, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com.

 

 

NYT's Gloria Mathias and Allen Barreras as Belle and the Beast.

NYT’s Gloria Mathias and Allen Barreras as Belle and the Beast.

NATIONAL YOUTH THEATER PERFORMS DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR., DEC. 1-3

National Youth Theater (NYT) will perform the live musical production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., Dec. 1-3, at the Lone Star College-Tomball Performing Arts Center, 30555 Tomball Parkway.

A live show for the entire family, eTickets are available for $12 per person at nationalyouththeater.org. Depending upon availability, tickets will be offered at the door for $15 per person.

A tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a wonderful story of redemption and transformation. Full of action, comedy, and romance, this production has something for everyone to enjoy. It also features some of the most popular songs ever written.

In addition to an excellent storyline and amazing songs, this musical is full of beautiful costumes and sets. Director Justin Parks: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a groundbreaking film and musical. Many people have already seen the show; but, our plan is to bring this production to life in a new and exciting way. The costumes we have acquired are touring-level costumes, the scenery and props are all first-class, and our artistic team members are all highly accomplished professionals. There are a lot of surprises planned. Our aim is for the audience to be swept away!”

Show times are Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

National Youth Theater (NYT) is a nonprofit, Christian ministry with the mission of engaging students in life-changing experiences through the performing arts. For more information, visit nationalyouththeater.org.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

The cast of the Stage Right production of A Charlie Brown Christmas is all kids. Photo - Michael Pittman Images

The cast of the Stage Right production of A Charlie Brown Christmas is all kids. Photo – Michael Pittman Images

STAGE RIGHT PRESENTS A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, DEC. 1-17

Stage Right’s holiday production of A Charlie Brown Christmas will be presented Dec. 1-17 at
the Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main Street in
downtown Conroe.

The beloved TV special has been turned into a stage musical. With story by Charles M. Schultz and based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson it was adapted for the stage by Eric Schaeffer. Stage Right leading lady, Sara Preisler, is the director and also provided additional material. Sara is well known to audiences for her leading roles in some of Stage Right’s most popular musicals including Eliza in My Fair Lady, Inga in Young Frankenstein and Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain. Since the TV special is only a half-hour long, Sara provided some additional songs the entire family will enjoy to help everyone remember what Christmas is all about.

Normally, this show is cast with adult actors, but Sara decided she wanted kids to portray kids (just as they were voiced in the TV special over 50 years ago). This production has been cast with an exceptional collection of young theatre artists in the area.

During the show’s run, the cast and crew will be collecting items for the elderly for donation to the Salvation Army. Suggestions include gift cards, towels, blankets, clocks, large print books, games and puzzles, non-skid socks, underwear, personal hygiene items, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

A Charlie Brown Christmas will be presented Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 936-441-7469 or online at stage-right.org.

 

 

The Accelerated Robotics workshop at The Woodlands Children’s Museum this fall gives students the skills and materials to make their own robotic creations.  photo - The Woodlands Children’s Museum

The Accelerated Robotics workshop at The Woodlands Children’s Museum this fall gives students the skills and materials to make their own robotic creations. photo – The Woodlands Children’s Museum

THE WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM PRESENTS ROBOTIKS, DEC. 2   PHOTO – THE WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

For the children who take RobotiKs workshops at The Woodlands Children’s Museum, class time is more like a game or a puzzle than an educational experience. But learning, problem-solving and fun all go together in these workshops, where children build and improve upon robotic creations.

The museum’s final RobotiKs workshops is geared for children ages 7-12 and is scheduled for 1-4 p.m.

“While our museum usually focuses on programming for children up to age 7, we felt we just couldn’t pass on the opportunity to bring this amazing learning experience to older children,” said Angela Colton, executive director of the museum. “This workshop is a perfect example of using fun to teach children valuable skills and concepts, from science principles to problem-solving skills.”

Children in the workshop will use LEGO Technic pieces to build their robotic creations. Students age 9 and older will be introduced to LEGO Mindstorms programmable robots.

Students usually assume they’re done as soon as they’ve built their robot, said Rosa Chen, who will be teaching the workshops. However, when children are asked to show how their creations work, they usually find the result is imperfect or incomplete. That’s when the real learning begins, Chen said. With her guidance, students figure out what the problems are and how to fix them.

Later in the workshop, children group into teams to play games with their robots.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum is recommended for ages 7 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955 for more information. To reach the Accelerated Robotics workshop instructor, email workshops@woodlandschildrensmuseum.org.

 

 

CONROE CENTRAL LIBRARY BOOK CLUB, FIRST THURSDAY

The Central Library in Conroe has started an adult book club that will meet on the first Thursday of each month, from 6-8 p.m. on the first floor small meeting room at the library, 104 I 45 N. in Conroe. Join the group for tea, cookies and discussion as they read a different work of historical fiction each month. To register for this or future book club meetings, contact Lindsay McGee by phone at 936-442-7712 ext. 6252 or via email at lindsay.mcgee@countylibrary.org. To find out what book is scheduled next, visit countylibrary.org/central.htm.

 

 

The classic Christmas tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his change of heart takes the stage in The Woodlands.

The classic Christmas tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his change of heart takes the stage in The Woodlands.

CLASS ACT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL,

DEC. 15-17

Join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of colorful characters for a remarkable Class Act holiday production of A Christmas Carol, The Musical, which spent 10 smash years on Broadway.

The immortal story is set in London in the 1800s. On Christmas Eve, miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future that reveal the possible results of his selfish, uncaring life. Will Scrooge promise to change and become a new man? This musical favorite is full of holiday merriment and has proven to be popular for all ages.

Performances are Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts, 3800 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. Tickets start at $15. To purchase tickets go to ClassActProductions.org or call 281-941-8500.

 

 

TOYS FOR TOTS KICKOFF AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, THROUGH DEC. 15

Montgomery County Library System (MCMLS) kicked off the holiday gift giving season with the Montgomery County Toys for Tots on Thursday, Nov.9 in the Central Library, located at 104 I-45 North in Conroe. This year marks the 70th anniversary for Toys for Tots, a nonprofit organization founded in 1947 to provide new, unwrapped gifts to children in need. With many local families affected by Hurricane Harvey this year, the need is even greater than usual in Montgomery County.

Toy donations will be collected at each of the 7 branches of MCMLS until Saturday, Dec. 15. Donors can also provide a monetary donation at the Toys for Tots website in lieu of gifts. For more information, visit conroe-tx.toysfortots.org.

 

 

Interfaith’s Holiday Toy Drive is in full swing.

Interfaith’s Holiday Toy Drive is in full swing.

INTERFAITH’S HOLIDAY GIVING PROGRAMS SHARE THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON, THROUGH DEC. 15

Interfaith of The Woodlands has wonderful opportunities for families, individuals, businesses and corporations during the holidays. Interfaith is busily preparing to serve over 4,000 individuals including senior adults through their Holiday GIVING Programs. Brightening the holidays for neighbors experiencing financial hardship continues to be a priority for the 44-year-old nonprofit.

“Through the years, Interfaith has been a source of happiness to families and seniors who have reached out for assistance,” said Missy Herndon, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands. “The community has supported our efforts through volunteering, serving and donating which has brought joy to so many of our neighbors.”

“The families and seniors are so appreciative,” said Lucy Gomez, director of programs and services. “Their faces light up when they receive their packages and gifts. It is so wonderful to see and we are grateful to be able to bring this kind of joy to them.”

To get involved by adopting a family or a senior, or hosting a toy drive, call 281-367-1230 or visit woodlandsinterfaith.org.

 

JAZZY JUNQUE STORE BENEFITS NEW DANVILLE COMMUNITY

The Jazzy Junque store — often called JJ — is an upscale resale store like no other! Under the watchful eyes of its store designers it offers outstanding, gently used and sometimes new items. Check out the store for furniture, household items, jewelry, linens, books, toys and much more, as there is something for everyone and every budget. Getting married or moving out? You will find what you need at JJ.

  • Located at exit 90 on I-45N Conroe Outlet Mall
  • Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Here today; gone today or tomorrow, so stop by often to see newest inventory

The store will gladly take your donations in good, workable and resalable
condition. The store does not accept clothing, electronics or large appliances. Professional movers pick up larger items at your location; contact the store for details. Tax receipts are provided. To arrange a pickup call 936-441-4500 or email info@jazzyjunque.org for more information on making donations or volunteering.

Proceeds of store sales benefit New Danville, a training program that gives purpose and meaning to the lives of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

 

 

SOLIS MAMMOGRAPHY LAUNCHES “HELP US HELP HOUSTON” CAMPAIGN, THROUGH DEC. 31

Solis Mammography – the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services – has launched its “Help Us Help Houston” campaign through its seven locations across the greater Houston region. From now through the end of the year, patients who schedule and complete their annual screening mammogram at Solis Mammography, will also give the gift of restoration and recovery.

For every mammogram appointment scheduled and completed at any Solis Mammography center through Dec. 31, $10 will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by Solis Mammography and its partners in the effort, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic. To signal their participation in the campaign, all patients need to do is use the code “Harvey” when they check-in for their appointment.

“Many of our patients, team members and partners were deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said DaWanda Nelson, vice president of operations for Solis Mammography in Houston. “We wanted to provide substantial support, while also continuing our message of the importance of preventative screening to overall breast health. In this way, we’ll be contributing to both the health and well-being of Houston women – and the entire community. We’d also like to express our deep appreciation to our partners HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic for joining us to support and fund this campaign.”

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Because of the immense need in and around Houston, this fund is dedicated to relieving gaps that are not met by other local and federal efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Solis Mammography’s growing presence in the Houston region includes its newly dedicated breast health center at HCA-affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Located in the newly refurbished One Fannin building next to the hospital, the center is designed to promote patient ease and peace of mind in an atmosphere devoted to both the patient experience and clinical accuracy. To schedule an appointment, go to solismammo.com/schedule-appointment.

 

 

The Finnie Family Rooftop Garden and Observatory on the third floor of The Rock Math + Science Center is one of the newest classrooms on the 42-acre Cooper campus.

The Finnie Family Rooftop Garden and Observatory on the third floor of The Rock Math + Science Center is one of the newest classrooms on the 42-acre Cooper campus.

JOHN COOPER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE, JAN. 6

The John Cooper School is now enrolling for the 2018-19 academic year. Families interested in information about enrolling Pre-k through Grade 12 students are invited to the school’s annual Admission Open House scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6 on campus. The informative program will begin at 1 p.m.

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.

For more information, go to the Admission portion of the school website (johncooper.org) or contact the Admission Office at 281-367-0900, extension 2308.

 

 

Produced by The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department, The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center is presented by Sewell and sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital – The Woodlands.

Produced by The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department, The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center is presented by Sewell and sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital – The Woodlands.

THE ICE RINK AT THE WOODLANDS TOWN CENTER, THROUGH JAN. 15

The Woodlands Township invites residents and visitors alike to enjoy The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center, presented this year by Sewell. The Ice Rink is now open daily through Monday, Jan. 15.

“Celebrating Christmas and the holiday season with the communities and customers we serve is an important tradition for Sewell,” said Chris Childs, general manager at the Sewell Audi North Houston dealership. “The indoor ice skating rink provides great fun for the entire family, and we are proud to partner with The Woodlands to offer this tradition to residents and visitors this holiday season.”

Township Director of Parks and Recreation Chris Nunes also enjoys the versatility of the permanent venue. “We now have a 21,000-square-foot multipurpose facility where we can offer great lighting, sound, tables and concessions, which makes it a great place for parties as well.”

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center is located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, near the north gate entry of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and the intersection of Lake Robbins Drive and Six Pines Drive.

Weekend admission, Friday-Sunday and school holidays, for a two-hour skate session is $12.50 for adults and $6 for children 5 and under. Weekday admission, Monday-Thursday, for a two-hour skate session is $10.50 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. All prices include skate rental. Helmet and walker (children’s skate trainer) rentals are also available.

For more information, call 281- 210-3800 or visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/icerink.


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