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Ring in the New Year with Music, Magic and More at The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s High Noon Countdown Squared.

Ring in the New Year with Music, Magic and More at The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s High Noon Countdown Squared.


The Woodlands Children’s Museum is doubling the fun for its New Year’s party designed specifically with little ones in mind. High Noon Countdown Squared offers two chances to ring in the New Year on Thursday, Dec. 31 – with separate balloon and confetti drops – one at the stroke of noon and another at 3 p.m. The festivities will also include games, art projects and Bubble Wrap Dancing. The first event begins at 10 a.m. and goes until noon, with the second fete beginning at 1 p.m. and lasting until 3 p.m.

The museum, located at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280 in The Woodlands, will close at 3 p.m. after the event. Admis­sion to the event is $5 per person.

The museum has switched up the festivities this year by adding “Music, Magic and More.” Longtime favorite children’s musician AndyRoo and the Andy Rooniverse will emcee and usher the crowd into the New Year, while local magician David Rangel will dazzle with magic. To learn more, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.


Winter Celebrations: Exploring Lunar New Year.

Winter Celebrations: Exploring Lunar New Year.


HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE’S FOLKLIFE + TRADI­TIONAL ARTS PROGRAM PRESENTS WINTER CELE­BRATIONS, A TRIO OF INSTALLATIONS, ALONG WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES AND interactive events centered on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Lunar New Year and the African-American trail riders who help kick off the annual Livestock Show and Rodeo.

These distinctive traditions share more than a season — they are all public, participatory, festive events involving parade-like processional activities, music and dance, and fancy garb or costume.

This season, all events associated with Winter Celebrations will take place at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street, Houston’s newest, innovative art space. All events are free and open to the public. They include:

January 13-19 – Winter Celebra­tions: Exploring Lunar New Year

The Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year is based on a lunar cycle that falls between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 on the Gregorian calendar. Its celebration incites spectacular preparations, performances and displays at temples, businesses and personal residences throughout the city. A weeklong evocation of the spirit of this complex cultural event will be presented. Open­ing reception is Jan. 14, 6-8 p.m. with food, drink, lion dancing and more.

Monday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Winter Celebrations Family Day

A special celebration with mariachi music, devotional dance, zydeco, lion dancing, calligraphy and paper cutting demonstrations and more.

Visit houstonartsalliance.com/folklife/ for more information.



In an effort to help those needing warmer clothing over the winter months, the Montgomery County United Way Days of Caring program is holding its fourth annual “Coats and Mittens” drive. New and gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves and mittens are the greatest needs. All sizes for children and/or adults are welcome. The drive is ongoing through Dec. 31. All donations will go to the Crisis Assistance Center for distribution.

With the extra boost of large donations from charitable corporations like Repsol and Strike, last year’s drive was able to bundle up close to 1,000 adults and children. Montgomery County residents have long been known for their “neighbors helping neighbors” mentality.

Drop off new or gently used winter coats and accessories at the Montgomery County United Way office located at 1600 Lake Front Circle, Suite 248, until Dec. 31. For more information, call 281-292-4155 or visit mcuw.org.


The “Making a Mark” touring exhibit of art and writings from patients at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers is open to the public.

The “Making a Mark” touring exhibit of art and writings from patients at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers is open to the public.


The Woodlands Children’s Museum has turned into a temporary art gallery – displaying “Making a Mark,” a touring collection of art and writings by children whose lives have been changed by cancer and blood disorders. The exhibit, presented by the Periwinkle Foundation, will be on display through Jan. 4 at the museum located at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280 in The Woodlands.

The pieces featured in the show all have been created by children at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. “The ‘Making A Mark’ exhibit is a testament to how the arts play a vital part in the healing process,” said Angela Colton, executive director of the museum. “We are proud to celebrate these young artists and writers, and to display their powerful forms of cancer self-expression.”

Part of the project includes the “Postcards from the Road” program in which viewers of the exhibit are invited to write a postcard to the artists. The Periwinkle Foundation will mail each postcard to the children to let them know the feelings and thoughts their works have inspired in others.

To learn more, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.


TWHS Theater


The Woodlands High School Fine Arts Department proudly presents the classic musical comedy The Music Man, written by Meredith Wilson. This six-time Tony award-winning show has entertained audiences across the country since 1957 and is a family-friendly story for all ages.

The plot follows the escapades of the fast-talking salesman Harold Hill who stirs up trouble in the small town of River City, Iowa. His plan is to con the entire city into purchasing uniforms and instruments to start a boy’s band, with the promise to teach them and lead them as their director. The only problem is he can’t tell the difference between a treble clef and a trombone. Hill plans to skip town with everyone’s cash before anyone is the wiser, but his plans are foiled when he falls for Marian Paroo, the town’s librarian.

This year students from the Conroe ISD arts family are also in the show. There will be 14 actors from various feeder elementary and middle schools participating in the production.

The Woodlands High School Fine Arts Department will be performing this hilarious and heartwarming musical Jan 21-23  at 7 p.m., with a matinee show on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, visit twhstheater.com.


John Warner

John Warner


On Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the South Regional Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr., the public is invited to attend a lecture on sustainability in The Woodlands.

A continuing concern in The Woodlands has been forest destruction and fragmentation. A lecture entitled “Forest Management in The Woodlands Area” will be held as part of the Sustainable Lectures series. John Warner, a forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service, is the speaker. The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. sponsors this lecture series.

Land development in The Woodlands has generated concern about forest destruction and fragmentation. This has been an issue for many years as the area has grown and changed. As part of this lecture, attendees will participate in a big picture discussion about the issues at hand, and brainstorm about specific steps that can be taken to preserve and restore as much forest habitat as possible.

Forester John Warner has a long history of managing multi-use challenges relevant to forest management. He has been with the Texas A&M Forest Service for 26 years, and has spent the 14 years in the Conroe District office. John is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University in forestry and business. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Science in resource interpretation at Stephen F Austin State University. John enjoys working with Texas Master Gardener and Naturalist programs, especially teaching basic tree care and maintenance.

This event is free and open to the public and is not sponsored or endorsed by Montgomery County Memorial Library System.



The Woodlands High School PTO will present an evening with Chris Herren on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at The Woodlands Church, One Fellowship Drive. This is a free event open to the public.

Schools and community groups across the United States are “Going Purple” to support The Herren Project’s Project Purple Initiative, a national anti-substance abuse awareness program of The Herren Project, a nonprofit foundation established by Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player, motivational speaker, author and sobriety advocate. This program assists individuals and families struggling with addiction through treatment navigation, education and mentoring. The goals are to create awareness and educate the public on the epidemic of substance abuse while encouraging teens and people of all ages to make positive decisions and stand up to drugs and alcohol.

The concept was developed when Herren spoke at a local high school and the students in the front row were wearing purple shirts. After Chris shared, one of the purple shirts raised her hand and stood up to speak. As snickering and laughter could be heard in the auditorium, the student said, “Thank you Mr. Herren for validating what we do. We are the sober students of this high school and each year we take a pledge to not use drugs or alcohol.” Chris was captured by the courage it took, to not only stand up and share the symbolism of the purple shirts, but was inspired to make a difference amongst adolescents across the United States.

Herren came to The Woodlands High School campus last year the when the school’s own Project Purple club won a video competition. Herren seeks not only to help people who may have started down a path of substance abuse, but also to promote living a substance-free life. When Herren spoke to TWHS students last year, his talk was so powerful that he had each student’s full attention. The PTO also wants parents/ guardians to hear this talk since some adults provide their child ­– and more significantly, their child’s friends – with alcohol at parties and events like prom.

For more information, contact Susan Cosculluela at twhspto@gmail.com.


Denise Tazumi

Denise Tazumi


The Woodlands Show Chorus is offering aspiring singers the most comprehensive vocal and performance enhancement techniques you can get for free. Participants will be given five weekly group and/or private lessons from certified instructors in a safe and comfortable environment. Singers will learn the basics of good vocal production, including techniques for maximizing breath, emphasis on pitch accuracy and tuning, as well as a focus on performance techniques that will inspire confidence and charisma.

Sessions begin with an application and introduction to the program at an open house on Monday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. with the first full lesson being held the following Monday, Feb. 1 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Following lessons will be held on consecutive Mondays at the same time, all at Grace Crossing Church Atrium, 105 FM 1488 (just west of I-45) in The Woodlands. After each one-hour lesson, singers are encouraged to sing with the chorus on the risers at their regular rehearsal if they desire.

The open house, “Come Sing With The A-Team,” is held at the same location and includes a performance by The Woodlands Show Chorus, offers participants the ability to sing with the chorus and refreshments. All interested parties are welcome at this event. To pre-register for the free vocal lessons, email members@thewoodlandsshowchorus.org or visit the web site at thewoodlandsshowchorus.org.



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.


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.


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.




The Metro Go Texan Cypress Fairbanks Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is once again hosting its annual cookoff on Jan. 22-24 at Trader’s Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Road.

At the heart of the Show is the scholarship program which directly benefitted the Cy-Fair school district in 2015 with 25 scholarships worth $450,000. Monies raised will support this program.

Join the fun by entering the contests
or by purchasing some BBQ, including brisket, ribs, chicken, dutch oven,
bfajitas or cooks choice (no desserts). Concessions will be available for purchase.

The entry fees are as follows:

BBQ – $150 (40 x 40 Space), FMV—no donative value; extra spaces are available for an additional $50; Chili – $20; Junior Chili – $5; Margarita/Bloody Mary $10.

Underwriter opportunities are available at the following levels: Gold – $1,000 event underwriter, (fmv $375); Silver – $500 Pit underwriter (fmv $250); or $100 Award underwriter.

To register or donate, visit eventbrite.com­/e/­­17784201024. For more information, call Tammy Faber at 713-899-7975 or email metrogotexancyfair@gmail.com.



On Jan. 28, from 4- 9 p.m. at The Wood­lands Waterway Marriott, the public is invited to celebrate The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s 30th anniversary of the Taste of the Town.

This premier culinary event of South Montgomery County attracts thousands of people from across state and beyond. For one low price, attendees can sample mouth-watering appetizers, entrees, desserts, pastries and beverages from some of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, bakeries, delis and beverage companies.

Businesses can showcase their
company by being sponsor, having a booth that serves food or by being a
raffle donor.

The funds raised from this event help benefit various programs that The Chamber hosts such as economic development, mobility, healthcare and education that promote the growth of South Montgomery County, its residents and businesses.

Attendees can help give back to the community by donating non-perishable canned food items that will be distributed to local charities in partnership with Woodlands Church (wc.org ). Donation drop-off times and locations are Jan. 28 at The Woodlands Area Cham­ber of Commerce, 9320 Lakeside Blvd, Bldg. 2, Suite 200; Woodlands Church, 1 Fellowship Drive; The Woodlands Mall, Guest Services Booth, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive. For more information on tickets and sponsorships, visit taste.woodlandschamber.org.



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

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


AHA Logo


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.”

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.



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 “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.


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.


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.



Save the date for the fifth anniversary of the Giving Goes Glam Fashion Show and Luncheon presented by Market Street The Woodlands and The Woodlands Mall on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. The event will take place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel
and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr., and will benefit Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands.

Visit jlthewoodlands.org or woodlandsinterfaith.org for
more information.



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

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

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



Montgomery County Memorial Library announced public availability of thousands of music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.

MCMLS card holders can now download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of artists — from major record companies and publishers — available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablet and computers.

Montgomery County Memorial Library System is the sixth library system in the state of Texas to partner with hoopla digital. Current partners include BiblioTech, Houston Public Library, Abilene Public Library, Brazoria County Library and Denton Public Library.

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