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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, JAN. 30

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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Let the good times roll at The Woodlands Children’s Museum on Feb. 9, as the museum celebrates Mardi Gras with beads, masks, parades and other Mardi Gras traditions.

Let the good times roll at The Woodlands Children’s Museum on Feb. 9, as the museum celebrates Mardi Gras with beads, masks, parades and other Mardi Gras traditions.

THE WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, FEBRUARY EVENTS

Get in the spirit of Carnival and Mardi Gras at The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280, with beads, masks, parades, art projects, music and king cake at the Mardi Gras Celebration from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The museum has selected special Valentines this year – the hard-working and dedicated American soldiers. Children are invited to let their creativity shine by making fun Valentine cards to send to the troops from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14.

These events are recommended for ages 7 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Both event costs are included in the price of admission, which is $5 per person 2 years and older.

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CONROE CENTRAL LIBRARY BOOK CLUB, FEB. 4

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.

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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.

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.

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“Mottled Shadow, Mottled Horses,” by Iwano Jankowski, is one of 100 palettes available in the silent auction.

“Mottled Shadow, Mottled Horses,” by Iwano Jankowski, is one of 100 palettes available in the silent auction.

TWHS PALETTES & PAINTINGS UN­VEIL­ING AND FUNDRAISER, FEB. 5

On Friday, Feb. 5, the sixth annual Palettes & Paintings unveiling and fundraiser will be held at The Woodlands High School (TWHS), 6101 Research Forest Dr., from 7-9:30 p.m. Attendees can bid on the 100 wooden palettes that have been transformed into works of art by students, alumni, teachers and area artists. Enjoy entertainment by the nationally recognized TWHS musicians. This event is free and open to all.

“Palettes,” a silent auction, will be held from 7-8:30 p.m and includes 100 original works of art offered for sale to the general public. All proceeds will be used to grow and conserve the permanent collection of professional art on display daily at TWHS.

“Paintings,” the unveiling event at 8:30 p.m., reveals the top three paintings by professional Texas artists voted on by the entire TWHS student body. Funds from the 2015 Homecoming Dance will be used to make purchases and add them to the permanent collection at the school. All other paintings are available for purchase by the public throughout the evening. These 15 artworks were selected by a student art committee.

Many of the selected artists will be in attendance at the event. This year’s artists are Terry Crump (Houston), Linda C. Dumas (Kingwood), Raul Gonzalez (San Antonio), Stuart Hausmann (Dallas), Carol Hayman (Austin), Marcos Hernandez (Houston), Jackie Impey (The Woodlands), Lourdes Lavalle-Gerard (The Woodlands), Maryann Lucas (Houston), Roberta Masciarelli (Dallas), Vickie McMillan (The Woodlands), Norma Moore (San Antonio), Kathryn Rabinow (Houston), Chancellor Roberts (The Woodlands) and Todd Stevens (Cypress).

Show your support for TWHS Art Trust by joining “One Hundred Friends of Art,” whose goal is to have 100 arts supporters make an annual donation. Membership is tax deductible and starts as low as $10. Make a donation at twhsat.weebly.com.

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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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BICYCLING IN THE WOODLANDS: SAFETY, HEALTH, AND THE ENVIRONMENT, FEB. 9

The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. is sponsoring a Going Green Sustainability Lecture titled “Bicycling in The Woodlands: Safety, Health and the Environment” be held at the The Woodlands South Regional Library on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

Cycling is in the news in The Woodlands due to the rapid growth of people, young and old, who want other ways to get around in the community for work trips, recreation, school, shopping and socializing. Cycling helps in reducing traffic congestion and air pollution, but also important to many people are the health, well-being and enjoyment that comes with riding a bike. Cycling has been a part of The Woodlands since its inception, and it continues to add to the goal of becoming a more sustainable and vibrant community.

The Woodlands is officially a “Bicycle Friendly Community” as designated by the League of American Bicyclists. The Going Green program will focus on the “whys” and “how to” aspects of riding a bike, particularly focusing on bicycle safety, which is the number one priority for the Coalition and cyclists. Members of the Bike The Woodlands Coalition will present this program and host a discussion of what’s currently being done to improve cycling (as well as pedestrian safety). For more information, email info@thewoodlandsgreen.org.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY ASSOCIA­TION OF BUSINESS WOMEN, FEBRUARY MEETINGS

The Montgomery County Association of Business Women (MCABW) will meet on Feb. 2 for its coffee networking meeting at the Woodlands Chamber of Commerce from 8-9 a.m. in the Watertree Room.

On Feb. 11, the MCABW Mixer will be held at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, 25351 Borough Park Dr. from 5-7 p.m.

On Feb. 23, the MCABW lunch meeting will be held at Incredible Pizza in Conroe from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. International award-winning speaker Eric Swanson will speak on “Attitude, Think & Grow Rich.”

For more information, contact Carol Gooch at 713-256-8002.

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Committee members include (front row, l to r): event co-chairs Terry Larson, Ally Seder and Shirelle Chimenti: (back row): Deana Germany, Iram Taylor, Ayesha Fayaz, Cheryl Tyson; (middle): Betty Murphy and Denise Lipar.

Committee members include (front row, l to r): event co-chairs Terry Larson, Ally Seder and Shirelle Chimenti: (back row): Deana Germany, Iram Taylor, Ayesha Fayaz, Cheryl Tyson; (middle): Betty Murphy and Denise Lipar.

“OPEN YOUR PURSE FOR CHANGE” TO BENEFIT THE WOMEN’S CENTER, FEB. 11

The unique fundraiser “Open Your Purse for Change” will return Thursday, Feb. 11 to benefit the Montgomery County Women’s Center (MCWC).

Co-chaired by Ally Seder, Terry Larson and Shirelle Chimenti, the elegant luncheon will kick off with a champagne reception and will feature inspirational survivor stories, a silent auction featuring gently-loved designer handbags, and a raffle of luxurious prizes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Woodlands Resort & Conference at 2301 N. Millbend in The Woodlands.

Proceeds will benefit the MCWC, which serves the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or abuse and stalking from all areas of Montgomery County and surrounding counties.

Table sponsorships are offered from $2,500 up to the $10,000 level and may be purchased by contacting Ally Seder at ally@ mikeseder.com or Deana Germany at 936-441-4044 ext. 29 or deanag@­mcwctx.org. Individual tickets are $150. Seating is limited.

For more information, visit mcwctx.org.

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Timothy Eggert, Jeff Baldwin and Sara Preisler star in Stage Right’s The Producers.

Timothy Eggert, Jeff Baldwin and Sara Preisler star in Stage Right’s The Producers.

STAGE RIGHT PRESENTS THE PRODUCERS,FEB. 12-28

Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, presents Mel Brooks’ hilarious musical comedy The Producers Feb. 12-28. Winner of an unprecedented 12 Tony Awards, The Producers is the musical adaptation by Thomas Meehan and Mel Brooks of the 1968 cult classic film starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. The Producers is laugh-out-loud outrageous and billed as an equal opportunity offender.

A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

For tickets visit stage-right.org or call the box office at 936-441-7469. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and groups of 15 persons or more, $15 for youth 16 and under and for senior groups of 15 or more persons. The Crighton Theatre is located at 234 N. Main St. in downtown Conroe.

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Kerstin Anderson as 'Maria Rainer' and the von Trapp children (from left): Svea Johnson , Audrey Bennett, Quinn Erickson, Mackenzie Currie, Maria Knasel, Erich Schuett and Paige Silvester.

Kerstin Anderson as ‘Maria Rainer’ and the von Trapp children (from left): Svea Johnson , Audrey Bennett, Quinn Erickson, Mackenzie Currie, Maria Knasel, Erich Schuett and Paige Silvester.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, FEB. 16-21

The brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brienon, will make its Houston premiere Feb. 16-21 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts as part of a North American tour.

Ben Davis (Broadway’s Violet, A Little Night Music, La Bohème) will play Captain Georg von Trapp and Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins, NBC’s The Sound of Music) will play The Mother Abbess with Merwin Foard as Max Detweiler, Teri Hansen as Elsa Schraeder, Dan Tracy as Rolf and Paige Silvester as Liesl. The von Trapp children will be played by Erich Schuett (Friedrich), Maria Knasel (Louisa), Quinn Erickson (Kurt), Svea Johnson (Brigitta),Mackenzie Currie (Marta) and Audrey Bennett (Gretl).

The musical introduces Jack O’Brien’s brand new discovery, Kerstin Anderson, as Maria Rainer. A student at Pace University, Anderson won the coveted role from hundreds who auditioned. This is her first national tour.

The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired in Decem­ber 2013; 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Tickets are available at the Hobby Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org. For more information, visit TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com.

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President of the National Art Honor Society, senior Ramsha Asim, works on her bowl.

President of the National Art Honor Society, senior Ramsha Asim, works on her bowl.

COOPER’S EMPTY BOWLS EVENT CONTINUES HUNGER RELIEF SUPPORT, FEB. 20

The John Cooper School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) will begin its second decade of raising funds to help fight hunger in our community by sponsoring the 11th annual Empty Bowls Project on Saturday, Feb. 20 in Cooper’s Student Center from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Online reservations are encouraged, but not required. This public event has helped to raise over $65,000 for hunger relief in the community over the past 10 years. Reserva­tions are $10.

Handmade bowls, created by Cooper students in grades PK-12, as well as faculty, staff, parents and local artists, will be available. A simple meal of soup, bread and water contributed by local restaurants and businesses, will be served for the admission price. “The handmade bowls come in all shapes and sizes and are for people to take home as a reminder of the fight against hunger,” said senior Laura Meyer, who is the NAHS Service Chair.

Faculty advisors Amy Dietrich and Emily Taylor are adding a new twist to the silent auction portion of the event. “We are taking bowl-making in new directions –– from 3-D printed bowls, ceramic cups, and more traditional bowls (with a few bells and whistles) to water color paintings and photographs of bowls at various states of emptiness,” Taylor said.

Proceeds from Empty Bowls have again been designated for the Interfaith Food Pantry, with a portion earmarked for the Imagine Render Group that initiated the program worldwide.

More information and a link to the online reservation is posted at johncooper.org. NAHS students are currently seeking community involvement in the event, including donations of soup, bread and water. Local artists are also encouraged to donate to the silent auction.

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AHA’S 21ST ANNUAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY HEART BALL, FEB. 20

The glamour of Hollywood will make its way to Montgomery County for the 21st annual American Heart Association’s (AHA) Montgomery County Heart Ball on Feb. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr., The event, chaired by Tracy and Richard Wilken, is themed “Hollywood: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” KTRK ABC 13’s investigative reporter Ted Oberg will also be joining the luncheon for the second-year in a row as emcee.

The $1.2-million fundraising ball and gala hopes to raise a record-breaking amount of lifesaving funds to combat heart disease. The event will feature both live and silent auctions, live music played throughout the evening by Radio Live!, a vintage car collection and more surprises. The annual black-tie event is one of the premier AHA events both locally and nationally.

This year’s Heart Ball will have a major focus on CPR initiatives and achievements over the past 100 years, including lifesaving technologies the AHA has helped fund in our local hospital systems. In Montgomery County, the bystander CPR rate is only 14 percent, while the national average is 42 percent.

In the last 21 years, the Heart Ball has raised more than $4.5 million for the AHA’s critical mission. Last year, more than 800 of Montgomery County’s finest philanthropists, business leaders and socialites joined the Heart Ball to help the AHA raise crucial funds for the hearts of Montgomery County.

Tickets are $300 for individuals and $1,000 for couples, with remaining tables starting at $3,000. Tickets are available at montgomerycountyheartball.ahaevents.org. For more information, contact Jessica Fowler at Jessica.Fowler@heart.org.

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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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WOODLANDS BAR ASSOCIATION 2016 FUTURE LAWYERS SCHOLARSHIPS, DEADLINE MARCH 1

The Woodlands Bar Association (WBA) will award two $3,000 scholarships to outstanding local high school students through The Future Lawyers Scholarship in Memoriam Ida G. Stewart and The Future Lawyers Scholarship in Memoriam Kevin T. Shea. This marks the fourth year that the scholarships are open to graduating seniors residing in Montgomery County (public, private or homeschool) who are in good standing and will be attending a four-year university in the fall of 2016.

Applicants must have an interest in attending law school upon completion of an undergraduate program and have aspirations of becoming an attorney. The scholarship program is intended to recognize and encourage a spirit of community involvement and good citizenship among high school students residing in The Woodlands and surrounding areas of Montgomery County, and allow the WBA to support the next generation of young lawyers in the community.

The deadline to apply is by 11 p.m. CST, March 1. The recipients will be chosen based upon financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, citizenship and community involvement, demonstration of a strong desire to pursue a legal career and recommendations.

For more details and the application, visit woodlandsbarasso­cia­tion.­com/­News or email Rene Rogers at VPScholarships­@WoodlandsBarAssociation.com.

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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.

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Gavin Reed plays the French horn for the ROCO Brass Quintet.

Gavin Reed plays the French horn for the ROCO Brass Quintet.

RIVER OAKS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA BRASS QUINTET TO PERFORM AT THE WOODLANDS UMC, MARCH 6

The ROCO Brass Quintet will perform at The Woodlands United Methodist Church on March 6 at 5 p.m. The church is located at 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr. in Spring. Tickets are $25 general admission; $10 students; $5 discount for TWUMC members. Purchase tickets at rocohouston.org/tickets.

The ROCO Brass Quintet is a group within the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, a professional 40-piece ensemble founded in 2005. Performing throughout the Greater Houston area, the ROCO Brass Quintet champions modern classical music while also performing music from the Renais­sance and Baroque eras, as well as jazz. The ensemble offers a unique concert experience, sharing the intimacy, accessibility and virtuosity of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Brass Quintet members are: Jason Adams, trumpet; George Chase, trumpet; Thomas Hultén, trombone; Jared Lantzy, bass trombone; and Gavin Reed, French horn.

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THE WOODLANDS SPRING HOME & GARDEN SHOW, MARCH 12-13

The 14th annual spring Home & Garden Show will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriot Hotel & Convention Center on March 12-13. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

More than 200 home improvement professionals will be on hand to provide inspiration for creating or remodeling your dream home. Featured speakers include color expert Kate Smith and her design advice, and gardening expert Randy Lemmon. There also will be live cooking demos and beer and wine tastings.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for kids 12 and under. For a full schedule of events and a dollar off show admission, visit WoodlandsShows.com.

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Clarinetist Graeme Johnson, a YTA 2014 silver medalist, earned his bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from The University of Texas at Austin and is presently working on his master’s degree in music at Yale University.

Clarinetist Graeme Johnson, a YTA 2014 silver medalist, earned his bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from The University of Texas at Austin and is presently working on his master’s degree in music at Yale University.

YOUNG TEXAS ARTISTS MUSIC COMPETITION,MARCH 10-12

Applications are now being accepted for the 32nd Young Texas Artists (YTA) Music Competition, hosted by the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, March 10-12 at the Crighton Theatre in Conroe.

YTA celebrates and supports the Lone Star State’s new generation of classical musicians and vocalists. Appli­cants must be between the ages of 18 and 32 and Texas residents or students enrolled in a Texas college, university or music school. Professional performance opportunities and $20,000 will be awarded. The musicians will compete in their choice of four divisions: voice; piano; strings; and winds, brass, percussion, harp and guitar.

Unique to YTA, a panel of five judges, all esteemed leaders in their respective disciplines, provide valuable, written critique to all competitors.

Preliminary rounds of the competition, which are free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 10, 11 and 12. The Finalists’ Concert and Awards will be held on Saturday evening, March 12. Gold and Silver Medals will be awarded for each division, and a Grand Prize and Audience Choice award will be presented.

Complete information, application forms and eligibility requirements are available at youngtexasartists.org. All submissions, including the application, required fees and materials, must be received by Dec. 31. Contact Young Texas Artists Music Compe­tition at info@ytamc.com for more information.

The annual Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue gala will be held the evening of the Finalists’ Concert and Awards. Tickets to the gala and Finalists’ Concert and Awards are available at crightontheatre.org.

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Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman

“AN EVENING WITH KINKY FRIEDMAN” BENEFIT CONCERT, MARCH 26

Kinky Friedman, the colorful Texas Country singer, songwriter, humorist, cowboy and best-selling mystery writer, will be center stage Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m., for “An Evening with Kinky Friedman Bene­fitting Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston” at the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galves­ton. He will perform signature songs from his celebrated 40-year music career, plus selections from his newly released CD, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met.”

“Starting from the time he played guitar and sang around the campfire at his parents’ Echo Hill Ranch summer camp in the Texas Hill Country in the 1960s and ‘70s, to touring with such music legends as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Ringo Starr, and headlining world tours, Kinky has been a one-of-a-kind performer,­ often irreverent, always quick witted. He’s a talented singer, musician and raconteur combined,” said Barbara White, event and host committee chair.

The event will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the historic Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston, the “Shul (Synagogue) by the Shore.”

“The Loneliest Man I Ever Met,” Kinky’s first new studio album in 30 years, has received accolades in reviews in publications ranging from Rolling Stone and Newsweek magazines to The Wall St. Journal. The recording features three new Kinky compositions and cover songs written by Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash, among others. Kinky has recorded 11 albums and published 35 books, in addition to being an occasional Texas politician.

Concert benefit tickets, priced from $45-$100, are available at thegrand.com/calendar.asp. The 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Post Office Street.

For more information, go to galvestonshul.org or call 409-762-4545.

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Librarians are preparing thousands of books at bargain prices for the SMCFOL Book Sale.

Librarians are preparing thousands of books at bargain prices for the SMCFOL Book Sale.

SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE, MARCH 31-APRIL 2

From Thursday, March 31 to Saturday, April 2, South Montgomery County Friends of the Library (SMCFOL) will be holding its Annual Book Sale at the South County Community Centre in The Woodlands.

SMCFOL Book Sales have been held for over 20 years. From the start, donations from the community came pouring in, and within a few years the sale outgrew the library’s meeting room space. In 2000 the Book Sale was moved next door to the South County Community Center where it has evolved to the event it has become.

The sale brings the community a quality and varied inventory of books, all sold at terrific bargains. The proceeds go to support programs at the two Woodlands libraries.

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Mark Atnipp and team members ham it up on the golf course.

Mark Atnipp and team members ham it up on the golf course.

7TH ANNUAL HOPE ON THE GREEN FUNDRAISER, APRIL 11

The 7th Annual HOPE on the Green tees off Monday, April 11 at The Woodlands County Club Palmer Course and benefits The Will Herndon Research Fund. This year’s golf tournament features unlimited beverages and food throughout the course, pre-game contests, fabulous Hole-In-One prizes, the Blindfold Hole, the Helicopter Ball drop and plenty of HOPE hospitality.

Check-in begins at 10 am, while the driving range is open and contests are underway. The Helicopter Ball Drop is scheduled for noon, with a shot gun start promptly at 12:30 p.m. Dinner will be served immediately following the Tournament. A four player team can be reserved with a $1,000 donation. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,500. Online registration opens mid-February at willherndon.org.

The Will Herndon Research Fund (HOPE) was established in 2009 to raise funds for research into finding a cure for juvenile Batten disease. This effort began in honor of Will Herndon, who was diagnosed with juvenile Batten disease at age 6. This rare, fatal, genetic disease attacks an otherwise healthy child beginning with vision loss, declined cognitive skills, and seizures. Progressively, children suffer loss of memory and speech until they are mentally and physically incapacitated, eventually leaving them wheelchair bound, then bedridden. With no current treatment or cure, Batten disease is always fatal, often by the late teens or early 20s.

“In the years since Will’s diagnosis, we have never been more filled with HOPE than we are now,” says Missy Herndon, Will’s mother and HOPE founder. HOPE research­ers have discovered six drug compounds that could slow the progression of the disease. Two of these compounds are under further evaluations, with the anticipation of receiving approval from the FDA to conduct a clinical trial — a clinical trial that could give Will a bright, promising future.” To learn more, visit the website or call 409-454-9330.

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TAILS & TRAILS BENEFIT, APRIL 16

Tails & Trails is a unique, community oriented event to be held on April 16 at the 20-acre Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, to benefit Happy Trails Rescue.

The event will include a raffle and a silent auction. The park’s large green space will provide ample room to showcase vendors, dogs for adoption, educational booths, law enforcement dog demonstrations, activities for children, agility dog demonstrations and delicious food and beverages. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners.The park is surrounded by a half mile of beautiful paved walking path allowing potential adopters to take dogs on a stroll for some bonding time and to better see if they are a good fit for adoption.

Educational booths will focus on many of the ways to get involved with solving the serious and invisible issue of homeless animals in Montgomery County and beyond. Most people are unaware that so many animals, many of whom are loving family pets turned in to the shelter by owners no longer able to care for them, are ending up in the county shelter, which is so full that many dogs don’t even get a daily break to get out of their kennel to play or go for a walk. This issue is compounded by a booming stray animal population in Montgomery County.

The shelter takes in up to 100 animals per day. In 2013, the shelter took in more than 24,000 dogs, cats, and other animals. Many of these animals wait in the shelter for an adoptive family for many months and many never make it to their “forever home.” Through no fault of their own these animals never get to know a human family.

For more information, call Heather Calkins, founder/chairperson Tails & Trails, at 512-579-1229.

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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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Naomi Judd

Naomi Judd

NAOMI JUDD IS GUEST SPEAKER FOR “TEA ON THE LAWN” BENEFITING NEW DANVILLE, APRIL 22

Six-time Grammy award winner, celebrated songwriter, bestselling author, actress and passionate health advocate Naomi Judd has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the eighth annual “Tea on the Lawn” set for April 22 to benefit New Danville. She will share her personal story of perseverance through hardships and the life-altering power of positive thinking.

Judd was a single mother and registered nurse from small-town Kentucky when she first captured the hearts of the world performing with her daughter Wynonna. The Judds sold 20 million records, scored 15 number-one hits and received more than 60 industry awards. Most recently, the famed duo reunited and performed for sold-out audiences during their “Girls Night Out” residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

Early sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are now available for the 2016 “Tea on the Lawn.”

The annual luncheon benefits New Danville, a master-planned community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as the autism spectrum, brain injuries and many other disabilities.

The 2016 event will be held at New Danville, which is located on 42 acres of beautiful rolling hills in Willis at 10951 Shepard Hill Road.

Available now, “Tea on the Lawn” table underwriting levels range from $3,000 to $15,000. Sponsorships start at $150 for a program ad and up to $7,500 for the ladies tee sponsorship. Individual tickets go on sale April 1 at $150 per person.

As tradition has it, guests will don their finest hats and lovely frocks. Prior to the sit-down luncheon at noon, ladies will enjoy strolling leisurely through the grounds of New Danville, sipping light libations and listening to live classical piano pieces while browsing through the Marketplace of New Danville clients’ unique hand-crafted products. Marketplace ‘must sees’ include original works of art, potted flowers, distinctive writing pens, stately birdhouses, whimsical wind chimes, inspirational mosaic crosses, luscious bath and body products and fine food products.

New Danville is the only community concept of its kind that offers an affordable, holistic approach to services by offering adult educational, skills training and vocational services, low-income housing and job opportunities. Residents can live, learn, work and grow emotionally, socially and spiritually in a safe, caring environment.

For more information, email kathy.san­ders­@­newdanville.org, call 936-522-8244, or visit TeaOnTheLawn.org. For more information about New Danville, visit NewDan­ville.org.

 


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