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February 2018

Timekeepers will regulate each stump speech.

Timekeepers will regulate each stump speech.


The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 Meet the Candidates: Whistle Stop Tour on Friday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Lone Star College System Office Community Building, 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands.

The Whistle Stop Tour is an old-fashioned political campaign stop hosted by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce every even year. This patriotic event’s mission is to inform the community and its members about candidates running for office. All candidates appearing on the Montgomery County ballot are invited to participate in the event. Candi­dates who purchase a reservation will have the oppor­tunity to give a stump speech. Attendees will enjoy lunch, while having the opportunity to meet and greet with candidates and enjoy a modern take on this nostalgic experience.

“The Whistle Stop Tour is a Chamber tradition,” says Lupe Cuellar, Director of Government Affairs for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. “Encour­aging voter awareness is a key role of the Chamber’s Business Advocacy Council and our
legislative priorities. The Whistle Stop Tour is just one of the ways we engage the community and our members.”

All candidates on the 2018 March Primary Election are invited to participate. These seats range from U.S. Senators to Justice of the Peace. Candidates must register at WoodlandsChamber.org/WhistleStop

Sponsors to date include Consolidated
Commun­ications, Entergy Texas, Inc., Lone Star College, Bays & Bays, BetterBookkeepers, Inc. and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. Sponsorship opportunities are available at the website.

The Whistle Stop Tour is produced by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce with the Business Advocacy Council (BAC) team, a team of dedicated volunteers that meet monthly to discuss key topics related to The Chamber’s legislative priorities. For more information about the Business Advocacy Council or to view The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce legislative priorities, visit WoodlandsChamber.org/BAC


(L-R): Hands-Only CPR advocate Ron Mullins instructs Justin Jones of The Woodlands Fire Department in the administration of Hands-Only CPR. These trainings will offer critical skills and knowledge to help save lives and increase bystander intervention during moments of crisis.

(L-R): Hands-Only CPR advocate Ron Mullins instructs Justin Jones of The Woodlands Fire Department in the administration of Hands-Only CPR. These trainings will offer critical skills and knowledge to help save lives and increase bystander intervention during moments of crisis.


The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch will launch a series of Hands-Only CPR trainings on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. at The Woodlands Fire Department Station 7, 26722 Kuykendahl Road. These trainings are offered free of charge in partnership with The Woodlands Fire Department, American Heart Association and Montgomery County Hospital District. Training events conclude in April.

In 2008, The American Heart Association released new CPR guidelines to include the option of Hands-Only CPR (without breath interventions). If performed immediately, Hands-Only CPR can significantly increase the chance of survival for a cardiac arrest victim.

The training events are drop-in and will take only about 20 minutes. Training events will also include blood pressure checks and a raffle to be a “Doctor for a Day” by CHI St. Luke’s Hospital, crime prevention information presented by the Township Neigh­borhood Watch, nutrition and heart health information presented by the American Heart Association, and information from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The training schedule is as follows:

Feb. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Station 7, 26722 Kuykendahl Road; Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Station 1,9951 Grogan’s Mill Road; Feb. 17, 2-4 p.m., Station 3, 1522 Sawdust Road;March 3, 10 a.m.-noon, Station 8, 11800 Gosling Road; March 3, 2-4 p.m., Station 5,10100 Branch Crossing Drive; March 24,10 a.m.-noon, Station 6, 1100 Windsor Lakes Boulevard; April 7, 10 a.m.-noon, Station 4, 7900 Bay Branch Drive; April 7, 2-4 p.m. ,Station 2, 9303 Gosling Road.

Additional training events can be scheduled for a group or organization by contacting The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch at 281-210-3800 or neighbor@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.


The highly anticipated Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance will have a Candy Wonderland theme this year.

The highly anticipated Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance will have a Candy Wonderland theme this year.


For 18 years, the Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance has been a tradition that brings fathers and daughters together for a night of fun, games and dancing. This is a great opportunity to spend some special time with your dad or daughter and create lasting memories for years to come. The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department invites all dads and daughters to attend a dreamy, sweet evening of gumdrops, lollipops and candy galore at the Candy Wonderland-themed 19th Annual Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance at The Wood­lands Waterway Marriott on Feb. 10 from 6-9:30 p.m.

This event is open to all ages and will have games and activities in the Candy Wonderland theme. Every daughter will receive a special gift and there will also be prizes handed out. This event offers assigned seating, so call ahead to get your tickets and put in your seating requests.

Registration prices for this event will be $125/pair, $50/additional sibling – up until Jan. 2. After this date the price will increase to $150/pair, $55/additional sibling.

For more information, contact The Woodlands Township Recreation Center at 281-210-3950 or email recreation@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.


Attendees will learn practical ways to create and maintain habitats for pollinators such as honeybees.

Attendees will learn practical ways to create and maintain habitats for pollinators such as honeybees.


FEB. 3

The Woodlands Township will host a free workshop on Saturday, Feb. 3, entitled “Creating Wildlife Habitats in Community Spaces.” The event will be held from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. at The Woodlands Emergency Training Center, 16135 I-H 445 South, Conroe.

The workshop is an outgrowth of the Board of Directors’ resolution to support the creation and improvement of habitats for pollinators within the Township. Attendees will learn practical ways to create and maintain habitats for pollinators, birds and other native species, and will be given the tools to extend the program into their own landscapes. Additionally, attendees will receive information about habitat certification programs for homeowners.

The program will be hosted by The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department in partnership with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency.

Registration is required for the workshop and space is limited. The deadline to register is Thursday, Feb. 1 by 5 p.m. Attendees may register online at thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/environment. Lunch is included for workshop participants.

For more information about The Woodlands Township or for assistance in registering for the workshop, please visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or call 281-210-3800.



A free call-in public Law Line for residents of Montgomery County who have general legal questions is offered on the first Monday of every month at 281-645-6344 from 5-8 p.m by volunteer attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association.

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.

Upcoming dates are Feb. 5 and March 5. This free public service is a project of The Woodlands Bar Association in conjunction with the United Way of Greater Houston, Montgomery County Center.

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


The Woodlands Children’s Museum will celebrate The Chinese New Year with performances, art projects and games.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum will celebrate The Chinese New Year with performances, art projects and games.


The Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate a new beginning while sharing rich, centuries-old traditions with family. Area children will have an opportunity to experience some of those traditions for themselves when The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts its annual Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, Feb. 10. Activities will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

“Our Chinese New Year party goes to the heart of one of our key missions: Enriching children’s lives by introducing them to other cultures,” said Angela Colton, executive director of the museum. “And the traditions associated with Chinese New Year are wonderful, from the dances to the stories to the emphasis on family.”

The upcoming new year will be the Year of the Dog on the Chinese zodiac calendar.

During the museum’s celebration, the Houston Lion Kings dance troupe will be performing. Additional activities include a Coin Tree project, printmaking and games. Making this celebration possible is event sponsor, Kid to Kid of The Woodlands.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum is recommended for ages 7 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Chinese New Year activities are included in the museum’s admission, which is $6 for adults and children ages 1 and older. Visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org for more information or call 281-465-0955.



The 2nd annual Miles for Meals 5K run/walk benefitting Meals on Wheels Montgomery County will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at the B-52 Brewing Company in Conroe.

Meals on Wheels Montgomery County (MOWMC) is pleased to announce the Presenting Sponsor for the second year in a row is The Woodlands Dermatology Associates. Patient-First Dental Care has signed up again as a Kilometer Sponsor.

This family-friendly chip timed event welcomes runners, walkers, strollers and leashed dogs. Each participant will receive a souvenir pint mug, t-shirt and two drink tickets (for beer, lemonade or root beer). The course will begin and end at the B-52 Brewing Company located at 12470 Milroy Lane.

The race is limited to 700 runners and sold out three weeks early last year, so don’t delay. Early bird registration is available through Dec. 31 at mowmc.org/miles-for-meals

Early bird pricing is $35 for individuals, $125 for a team of four, and kids under five are free.

“We are excited to announce our second annual Miles for Meals fundraiser,” said Bonnie Pfrenger, Director of Development for Meals on Wheels Montgomery County. “Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success as it attracted 500 participants and surpassed our original goal by raising $38,000. Since last year’s event sold out early, we’ve increased to 700 spots. We encourage folks to register early and come out for a day of fun and support local homebound seniors. Together we can make a difference in the lives of this fragile population.”

Call 936-756-5878 or email sarah@mowmc.org for more information and to inquire about sponsorships.

The mission of Meals on Wheels Montgomery County is to improve the lives of the homebound elderly of Montgomery County by providing home-delivered meals and transportation services. For more information about Meals on Wheels Montgomery County, visit mowmc.org.


The Woodlands Show Chorus is a part of Sweet Adelines International.

The Woodlands Show Chorus is a part of Sweet Adelines International.


On Feb.14, The Woodlands Show Chorus (TWSC) will be hosting its first-ever Singing Valentines event. Each quartet will sing a song, provide your individual message and a box of GODIVA chocolates to the recipient. What could be more personal than that? For more information call 888-246-2313 or email singingvalentines@thewoodlandsshowchorus.org.

The TWSC is searching for additional singers as members prepare for their next international contest in St. Louis. TWSC began just five years ago, and is the largest and fastest-chartering chorus in Sweet Adelines history. Formed by women committed to continuous improvement through education, performance and competition, this chorus is currently ranked ninth in the world.

Master Director Betty Clipman said, “This is the perfect time to increase our numbers as we begin to learn new songs for contest. We are looking for women who can accurately learn their music (either reading sheet music or listening to recordings), sing on pitch and hold their part with three other parts as well as women with a desire to perform.”

TWSC membership is made up of women from all walks of life – mothers, grandmothers, new mothers, home schooling mothers and empty nesting mothers – who are finally finding the time to do something for themselves. They are also professional women who realize the value of forming friendships and having activities away from work. They come from Beaumont, Austin, League City and Bryan and are even expatriates from several other countries. These singers report that the joy of singing and the bond of everlasting friendships keep them coming back.

Sally Ison, membership chair from Cypress, tells women who have never explored singing opportunities other than school or church, “We teach you everything you need to know to be successful and give you consistent individual and group instruction. And if you are a seasoned singer, you will be intrigued by our high-level, four-part a cappella singing.”

For more information about the chorus, email info@thewoodlandsshowchorus.org or call Sally at 713-208-0863 for more information. All Monday night rehearsals are open to the public.



The February “12×12” Conroe Art League (CAL) Gala joins the artwork from some of the area’s finest artists with an energetic auction to create a memorable one-night event. The challenge is for each participating artist to create an original work that conforms to the dimensions of 12 by 12 inches. The artwork is then sold through a silent and live auction to benefit the league’s yearly Student Art Compe­ti­tion and Scholarship Program.

All 12 x 12 artwork will be on display in the Gallery at the Madeley Building, 127 Simonton Street, Conroe, beginning Jan. 30 until the Feb. 24 auction. Well-known area art supporter Lynn Howard will conduct the live auction with a selection of the “top ten” 12 x12 original pieces. All other work will be available that night through the silent auction or from the CAL website throughout the month. Bids for each piece begin at $25.

The public is encouraged to visit the gallery to view this unique exhibit and to attend the reception and auction Feb. 24 from 5-8 p.m. The Gallery, staffed by CAL volunteers, holds normal business Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and open late on Friday from 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

The Conroe Art League is a nonprofit organization that for more than 50 years has focused on encouraging artistic development and cultivating an appreciation for the visual arts through education, exhi­bi­tions and community outreach. The Student Art Show and Scholarship Program, funded by the 12 x 12 gala, is only part of the league community outreach and educational programs. For more information, visit conroeartleague.com. Conroe Art League is partially supported by a Grant from the Conroe Commission on the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Event chair and MCWC board member Ally Seder (center) with co-chairs Terry Larson (left) and Shirelle Chimenti (right) at last year’s event.

Event chair and MCWC board member Ally Seder (center) with co-chairs Terry Larson (left) and Shirelle Chimenti (right) at last year’s event.


Here’s your chance to donate your purse and open your heart to help fight domestic abuse. The Montgomery County Women’s Center is currently accepting donations of new or gently-loved handbags for their 5th annual “Open Your Purse for Change” event set for Friday, Feb. 23.

This year’s unique fundraising luncheon, chaired by Ally Seder along with co-chairs Shirelle Chimenti and Terry Larson, will feature a guest speaker, raffle and silent auction of fabulous handbags from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. at The Woodlands Country Club – The Legacy Ballroom located at 100 Grand Fairway Drive in The Woodlands.

Proceeds will benefit the Montgomery County Women’s Center (MCWC), a nonprofit organization and a United Way agency whose mission is to lead the effort in preventing domestic violence and sexual assault through crisis intervention, assistance, advocacy, empowerment and social change. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, advocacy, counseling, legal services and community outreach.

“This is a very special fundraising event for the Women’s Center,” explains Seder, MCWC board member. “It was created when the realization struck me that women must flee dangerous domestic violence crisis situations with literally the clothes on their backs and without their purse.”

To make arrangements to donate purses, contact Ally Seder at ally@ mikeseder.com or 713-202-6093 or drop off purse donations at the Amazing Spaces Storage Center at 32620 FM 2978, Magnolia, TX or in The Woodlands/Shenandoah area at 18250 I-45 South.

Tickets are $150 per person and table sponsorships are offered from $2,500 up to the $10,000 level and may be purchased online at mcwctx.org or by contacting Deana Germany at 936-441-4044 ext. 29 or deanag@mcwctx.org.


Woodforest Glitz and Glam.

Woodforest Glitz and Glam.


Bonterra at Woodforest is rolling out the red carpet for a star-studded Hollywood Glitz & Glam party on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 5-8 p.m.

The cinematic celebration takes place at the active 55+ community’s clubhouse, 300 Bonterra Blvd. Big Band music, members of the Brat Pack and a martini bar will highlight the soiree as well as hors d’oeuvres, champagne, a chocolate fountain and more. The event is free. For more information, visit woodforesttx.com.


Help fight hunger in the community by participating in the 13th annual Empty Bowls event.

Help fight hunger in the community by participating in the 13th annual Empty Bowls event.


The John Cooper School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and Cooper Art Society (CAS) students will continue the tradition of raising funds to help fight hunger in the community by sponsoring the 13th annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The 2018 Empty Bowls will be held in Cooper’s Student Center from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The public is invited to this annual event that has helped raise over $85,000 for hunger relief in our community over the past 12 years. Reservations are $10 and can be secured online at johncooper.org/emptybowls


A simple meal of soup and water will be served and as part of admission, guests can select a handmade bowl to take home. A silent auction of bowls and related art is also part of the fundraiser to help fight hunger.

More information is posted on the Cooper website at johncooper.org. The PK-12 independent school is located at One John Cooper Drive, The Woodlands.


Heart survivor Halle Kate Spivey at her first birthday party in December 2017. Heart Ball guests will hear about her first open heart surgery when she was only 3 days old.

Heart survivor Halle Kate Spivey at her first birthday party in December 2017. Heart Ball guests will hear about her first open heart surgery when she was only 3 days old.


Event co-chairs Bryan and Marina Silver Frenchak.

Event co-chairs Bryan and Marina Silver Frenchak.


Richard and Sherry Lane will be honored at the event.

Richard and Sherry Lane will be honored at the event.


The Montgomery County Heart Ball is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott, and the American Heart Association (AHA) is thrilled with the remarkable auction packages available to guests this year. As a preview, the auction will feature a two-year prepaid lease for a 2018 BMW 530i with a custom red wrap, donated by BMW of Houston North.

The Montgomery County Heart Ball, themed “A Night at the Grand Prix: Rev Your Hearts,” hopes to raise over $1.2 million for the fight against our Nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death – heart disease and stroke.

The black-tie event auction is chaired by Candi Thibodeaux Guilbeau and Gayle Robertson Brand, and will welcome over 800 of Montgomery County’s finest philanthropists, business leaders and advocates to the event.

The Heart Ball will feature a live and silent auction, music by Intensity, and welcomes ABC 13 Investi­gative Reporter and Woodlands local, Ted Oberg, as guest emcee for the fourth year. This event will honor Sherry and Richard Lane, and event co-chairs are Marina Silver Frenchak and Bryan Frenchak.

“The Heart Ball is the most glamorous event in Montgomery County and our auction packages must match that,” said Cliff McAden, Corporate Market Director for the Montgomery County Heart Ball. “I spend an entire year securing the most exclusive and luxurious experiences for our guests and I am excited to present this year’s amazing collection of auction items.”

To top off the evening, guests will hear the remarkable story of Halle Kate Spivey who celebrated her first birthday in December. She had her first open heart surgery when she was only 3 days old and was given a pacemaker before she was 6 months old.

Tickets are available at montgomerycountyheartball.ahaevents.org. If you would like to support American Heart Association and have an auction package to donate to the Heart Ball, contact Cliff.McAden@heart.org.


WEW Committee (l-r): Meagan Jamaluddin, Kelly Hull, Darin Mittelstaedt, Lee Fackler, Anita Phillips, Missy Herndon, Emma Sims, Georgianna Syal and Kathy Rifaat.

WEW Committee (l-r): Meagan Jamaluddin, Kelly Hull, Darin Mittelstaedt, Lee Fackler, Anita Phillips, Missy Herndon, Emma Sims, Georgianna Syal and Kathy Rifaat.


The fifth annual Women Empowering Women Luncheon benefiting Interfaith Community Clinic will take place at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center on Friday, March 2.

“We are thrilled to announce this year’s guest speaker, Jeannette Walls,” said Anita Phillips, director of Interfaith Community Clinic. “We have been fortunate to have had incredible speakers at this luncheon and this year is no exception.”

Walls is a celebrated author best known for her best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, which details her life growing up in extreme poverty and the tale of her emergence. Named by Amazon as one of the top 10 books of the decade, her inspiring story was brought to the screen in one of the most highly-anticipated major motion pictures of the year starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Brie Larson.

Proceeds from this special event, presented by CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands, support Interfaith Community Clinic. The Clinic provides medical, dental, and mental health services to individual and families who do not have insurance and do not qualify for healthcare insurance from federal, state or county assistance programs. The clinic also provides 46 interactive health education classes, which promote health and wellness behavior.

“Interfaith Community Clinic provided 8,971 combined program visits in 2016,” shared Missy Herndon, president & CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic. “We are blessed to have incredible community involvement and dedicated professional medical and dental volunteers that help enable us to be a medical home for our uninsured neighbors for more than 20 years. Everyone deserves access to healthcare and our mission at Interfaith Community Clinic is to meet that need.”

For sponsorship information, visit interfaithcommunityclinic.org/wew or contact Kathy Rifaat at 832-246-8312 or krifaat@interfaithcommunityclinic.org.



Women on a Mission to Earn Commission (WOAMTEC), a networking organization geared towards businesswomen, meets at the Holiday Inn, 19333 David Memorial Drive in Shenandoah 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.



Families who are interested in The John Cooper School with children in PK-12 for the 2018-19 academic year are invited to visit the campus on Feb. 7 or April 4 at 10 a.m. in the Ramirez Lecture Hall in the Rock Math + Science 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. No reservations are required.

Founded in 1988, The John Cooper School has an enrollment of 1232 students and is a fully accredited, independent, college preparatory day school located at One John Cooper Drive, The Woodlands. For more information, log on to johncooper.org or call 281-367-0900.

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