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January 2017

Visitors to any model home in a Johnson Development community during January can participate in the $100,000 Gridiron Giveaway.

Visitors to any model home in a Johnson Development community during January can participate in the $100,000 Gridiron Giveaway.


Johnson Development Corp. is kicking off a super promotion that could have players scoring big during the $100,000 Gridiron Giveaway.

People visiting any model home in a Johnson Development community through January will receive a scratch-off card where six matching symbols are hidden. Those who find all six win once verified through the promotions company. In the chance of multiple winners, the $100,000 prize will be split.

“The Big Game is coming to town, so we thought it fitting to host an equally big promotion,” said Doug Goff, Chief Operating Officer of Johnson Development. “People wanting to participate can pick up tickets at more than 150 Johnson community model homes throughout the Houston area and Dallas-Fort Worth region.”

Johnson Development has 16 communities under active development in Houston and Dallas and boasts the most projects on a recent ranking of the most active communities in Houston — six, more than any other developer. The Houston Business Journal also listed Johnson Development as the second largest residential real estate developer in Houston in an annual tally published this summer.

Houston-area developments include Cross Creek Ranch and Jordan Ranch in Fulshear, Edgewater in Webster, Fall Creek in Humble, Grand Central Park in Conroe, Harmony in Spring, Harvest Green and Veranda in Richmond, Imperial in Sugar Land, Riverstone and Sienna Plantation in Fort Bend County, Tuscan Lakes in League City, Willow Creek Farms in Brookshire and Woodforest in South Montgomery County. Johnson communities in Dallas-Fort Worth include Trinity Falls in McKinney and Viridian in Arlington.

More information is available at the website, JohnsonDev.com/Gridiron.


The Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas in October is one of the three signature races.

The Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas in October is one of the three signature races.


Start the New Year off right and register for TWFG Muddy Trails Bash, CB&I TRI–The Woodlands Triathlon or Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas. Registration for The Woodlands Township’s three signature races in 2017 will open Jan. 1. All three races will be capped to ensure participant safety and are expected to reach capacity, so early registration is advised.

The 10th Anniversary TWFG Muddy Trails Bash will be held Saturday, April 1, and features a chip-timed 10K and 5K trail run, Little Muddy Kid’s Fun Run (one mile) and the 2K-9 Fun Run (runner and their dog). All runs take place on the beautiful trails of the George Mitchell Nature Preserve in the Village of Creekside Park. The Post-Race Party will take place at Rob Fleming Park and will include live Zydeco music, the Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off and a Kids’ Zone featuring activities and crafts. TWFG Muddy Trails Bash is a USA Track & Field (USATF) sanctioned event.

The CB&I TRI – The Woodlands Triathlon will be held Saturday, May 6, and is one of the premier multi-sport events in the region. The event, USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned, will host a field of 1,400 athletes ranging from beginners to nationally ranked triathletes. This sprint triathlon is composed of a 500-meter open-water swim in Lake Woodlands, a 12-mile bike course and a 5K run. The CB&I TRI will conclude with a festive awards party featuring live music, food and fun at Northshore Park.

Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas will be held Saturday, October 14, with a 10-mile chip-timed race, the 3.1 Armadillo Run (chip-timed 5K) and the One 4 Texas one-mile kids’ fun run. The USATF- sanctioned event ends with a Texas-sized Post-Race Party in Market Street with live Country music and fun for all.

For registration links and event details, visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/races. For more information, call The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation department at 281-210-3900 or email races@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.


The whole family can enjoy ice skating until the season ends on Jan. 16.

The whole family can enjoy ice skating until the season ends on Jan. 16.


Now open in a brand-new 21,000-square-foot permanent multipurpose facility, The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center will be open for special holiday hours as schools let out for the holiday break. The Ice Rink will be open on school holidays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Christmas Day from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; New Year’s Eve from Noon to 1 a.m.; and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The 2016-2017 ice-skating season concludes Monday, Jan. 16.

Weekend admission, Friday to Sunday and school holidays, for a two-hour skate session is $12.50 for adults and $6 for children 5 and under. School holidays are based on the Conroe ISD calendar. Weekday admission, Monday through Thursday, for a two-hour skate session is $10.50 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. All prices include skate rental.

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center, produced by The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department, is presented by Planet Ford Lincoln and Texas Children’s Hospital–The Woodlands, and sponsored by The Strong Firm P.C. and CenterPoint Energy.

The rink is located in the heart of The Woodlands Town Center at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, on the grounds of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Call 281- 419-5630 or visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/icerink for more information including regular hours and rental pricing.



The more than 70 fashion boutiques in Market Street – The Woodlands will offer extended holiday shopping hours through Jan. 1. Regular hours of operation at the shopping, dining and entertainment destination from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. run through Dec. 22. Extended hours Friday, Dec. 23 are from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

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

Market Street stores will be open New Year’s Eve Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and New Year’s Day Sunday, Jan. 1 from 12-6 p.m.

Market Street is closed Christmas Day in observance of the holidays. Although most stores and restaurants will be closed on Christmas Day, Cinemark Theater will be open. For a full list of restaurants that will be open on Christmas, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com.



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 p.m. until 8 p.m by volunteer attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association. (If the first Monday is a Federal holiday, then the Law Line will be offered on the second Monday of that month.) Upcoming dates are Jan. 2, Feb. 6, and March 6.

Topics include bankruptcy, family law, criminal law, consumer protection, and more. The volunteer attorneys do not provide specific counseling, yet offer general information and inform people about their rights and options and what legal resources may be available for callers to follow through with their concern. Callers’ identities as well as the identities of the volunteer lawyers will remain anonymous.

This free public service is a project of The Woodlands Bar Association in conjunction with the Montgomery County United Way. More information is available at WoodlandsBarAssocia­tion.com.


Rick Gillis

Rick Gillis


The South Regional Library is hosting a free program titled Job Search Optimized, presented by Rick Gillis on Saturday, Jan. 7 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with light refreshments provided during a scheduled lunch break.

This free, full-day workshop is for you if you are seeking employment, are considering new employment or are currently employed and want to learn how to secure your career and enhance your professional and promotional options. Gillis will teach you how to speak to and present your value to an organization.

Gillis has been seen and heard on radio and TV stations across the country, interviewed by CIO.com, BlackEnterprise, Forbes, Fortune, LiveWellNetwork, The WSJ, ComputerWorld, Salary.com, USA Today College, HuffingtonPost, Inc.com, BusinessInsider, NPR & PBS to name just a few. Rick’s broad radio and television production and on-air experience assures a “knock-it-out-of-the-room” presentation. Visit rickgillis.com for additional information.

All registered attendees will receive a free copy of his book, Job! Search Optimized.

Attendees may register online at countylibrary.org/calendar.htm or by phone at 281-364-4294 and select “option 4.”


JAN. 8

Celebrate at the second annual multi-city screening gala benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital St. Jude Red Carpet for Hope on Jan. 8, from 5-10 p.m., at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott in The Woodlands, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr.

Before the live telecast of the of the awards ceremony, guests in The Woodlands, Miami, Chicago and Minneapolis will enjoy a red carpet reception, live multi-city auction, dinner and hear courageous stories from St. Jude patient families.

St. Jude Red Carpet for Hope is presented by Panera Bread. Event chair Andria Cain collaborated with a volunteer committee from The Woodlands to plan this event. A patient family will be in attendance to share their St. Jude experience.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Everything they do is centered on their mission:
Finding cures. Saving children. ®

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20-80 percent since the hospital opened in 1962. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries they make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. For more information, visit stjude.org/redcarpetwoodlands.



Calling all singers, dancers, musicians, actors and more — auditions will be held for “Montgomery County’s Got Talent” on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce, 505 W. Davis in Conroe.

There will be a $20 audition entry fee for each participant. Audition order on Tuesday will be on a first-come basis. No act shall exceed 3 minutes. Performances may range from juggling, dancing, art/painting, gymnastic routines, jumping rope, stand-up comedy, musical performances as well as dramatic presentations such as original Slam poetry and original interpretative literature. Competitors’ ages may be 10 years and older.

All competitors who require music must bring a flash drive or CD with two selections for competition that are performance ready. (The second musical selection will be used if you are selected to perform as one of the top five the night of the competition.)

Montgomery County Performing Arts Society will be the host of the annual Montgomery County’s Got Talent Competition on Friday, Jan.13 at the Crighton Theatre in Conroe at 7:30 p.m. Ten to 15 candidates will be selected from the auditions to perform on Jan. 13. The top five will perform for the panel of judges to determine a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place winner. Cash prizes will be awarded the night of the competition:1st place, $500; 2nd place, $300; and 3rd place, $150.

For more information or questions, contact Suzanne Ray at sray@misd.org or 936-446-9832.


Governor Rick Perry slated as luncheon keynote speaker.

Governor Rick Perry slated as luncheon keynote speaker.


The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2017 Economic Outlook Conference, Fully Charged: Moving Forward on Jan. 27 from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. The event will showcase luncheon keynote speaker, Governor Rick Perry.

For over 30 years, the Economic Outlook Conference recognizes that the economic activity of our county warrants individual analysis to supplement traditional economic forecasts for our region.

“The Economic Outlook Conference provides the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the projected growth of the economies in Montgomery County and Texas,” says JJ Hollie, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “Year after year, this event brings together nationally recognized speakers, over 800 businesses, community leaders and corporate sponsors.”

The 2017 Volunteer Team Leader for the Economic Outlook Conference is Nicole Gauthier, Executive Director with Lone Star College Foundation. “We are really looking forward to this year’s lineup of speakers. When the team chose the theme, Fully Charged: Moving Forward, we wanted to pull in speakers that can focus on the robust Texas economy and discuss what we can anticipate for continued future growth.”

Leading off the morning U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady of the 8th District will speak, followed by presenting underwriter, Gil Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, and Alex Sutton and Tim Welbes, Co-Presidents of The Woodlands Development Company for a community update. Morning keynote speakers are Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar and Heidi Cruz, managing director at Goldman Sachs. The day will end with keynote speaker Perry. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available at EOCTheWoodlands.com.


JAN. 27-FEB. 5

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) Houston presents Peter Pan, one of the most beloved family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. Tickets $15 online or at the door.The performance is at the Nancy Bock Theater in The Woodlands, 3800 S Panther Creek Dr. For more information, visit


Tammy and Daniel Schroder will be co-chairs of the Montgomery County Heart Ball.

Tammy and Daniel Schroder will be co-chairs of the Montgomery County Heart Ball.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced Daniel W. Schroder, former Chairman of the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, and his wife, Tammy, have accepted the role as co-chairs for the upcoming Montgomery County Heart Ball. The elite black-tie event will be held at the Woodlands Waterway Hotel & Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 18. Doors to the expo will open at 6 p.m. where guests will get a chance to bid on several luxurious silent auction items. Doors to the ballroom will open at 7:30 p.m. with the main event plus an exhilarating live auction starting at 8 p.m.

“We wanted to get involved because heart disease strikes someone in the United States about once every 43 seconds. The disease is the No.1 cause of death in the U.S., killing over 375,000 people a year, and is the No.1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined,” said Daniel Schroder. “The American Heart Association and our extremely giving community has done and will continue to do all it can to fight this terrible disease.”

A 30-year veteran of the financial industry and the Market President for The Woodlands/Tom­ball/North Houston Area for Pioneer Bank, Daniel Schroder served as Chairman of the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and has been a board member of the chamber for the past five years, including chair of its Economic Outlook Conference.

Tammy Schroder, the Business Development Manager for Veritas Title Partners, has been involved in the charity scene for several years, having worked with several different organizations before joining the AHA’s Heart Ball. “Danny and I have many family members and friends affected by cardiovascular conditions, heart disease and stroke,” said Tammy. “And we were honored to be asked to chair the 2017 Woodlands Heart Ball.”

This year’s Heart Ball, themed “Honor Thy Heart: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” will celebrate the journey of local heart warriors, including 4-year-old Teagan McMahon, a Congenital Heart Defect survivor who had open heart surgery at age 3. Inspired by the strength and resilience of medieval warriors, this year’s Heart Ball will feature several surprises in the opening expo, with performances and entertainment fit for a king and queen.

The AHA’s Heart Ball is an elegant occasion that gathers over 800 business and community leaders to help raise funds to support the mission, encourage heart-healthy habits and celebrate the commitment to fight heart disease and stroke. This year’s ball hopes to raise $1.2 million to fund the AHA’s lifesaving mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

For over 22 years, the Montgomery County Heart Ball has raised over $4.6 million towards the AHA’s critical mission. The Heart Ball is currently sponsored by Tracy and Richard Wilken, Aon–The Woodlands, CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, Dr. Mark Mettauer, and The Hearty Party.

ABC 13 Investigative Reporter and Woodlands local, Ted Oberg, will be joining the Heart Ball for the third year as emcee. For tickets, visit montgomerycountyheartball.ahaevents.org.


Witness the transformation of Eliza Dooittle from “gutter snipe” to “duchess” in My Fair Lady.

Witness the transformation of Eliza Dooittle from “gutter snipe” to “duchess” in My Fair Lady.


Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the Crighton Theatre, 234 N. Main St. in Conroe, presents My Fair Lady, Feb. 10-26. The show is directed by Manny Cafeo.

With song classics of musical theatre including “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and the rollicking “With a Little Bit of Luck,” and “Get Me To The Church On Time,” My Fair Lady will bewitch and amuse you.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at stage-right.org or by calling 936-441-7469. Discounts are available for groups of 12 or more by calling the box office. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $18 for groups and $15 for students and youth and senior groups of 12 or more.


The Exhibition by Peter Demetz .

The Exhibition by Peter Demetz .


GLADE Gallery, 24 Waterway, is delighted to announce A Thousand Mornings, a large exhibition of most recent works of the Italian artist Peter Demetz, curated by Denise Radulescu. Accompanying the acclaimed artist, a selection of works by the renowned Dutch artist Karel Appel will also be on display.

The exhibition displays stories that use memory to give form to the relationship we all have with the everyday, in a certain “domestic archaeology.” The way we relate to the exterior world and our identity are explored by Peter Demetz through a series of metaphorical questions that trigger personal constructions, asking how our individual history is used rhetorically and representationally. For more information, visit gladegallery.com.



Meals on Wheels Montgomery County (MOWMC) will be holding their its annual “Miles for Meals” 5K run/walk on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Conroe. The course will begin and end at the B-52 Brewing Company located at 12470 Milroy Lane.

Sponsored by The Woodlands Dermatology Associates, this family-friendly event will feature snacks from food trucks and fun games. Both strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. Each registration includes a t-shirt, a souvenir pint glass, and three drink tickets for beer, root beer or lemonade. Check-in will start at 9 a.m. and the run/walk will begin at 10 a.m.

“We are extremely excited to announce our first Miles for Meals,” said Bonnie Pfrenger, Director of Development for Meals on Wheels Montgomery County. “All net proceeds will help our mission to feed our local homebound elderly and provide transportation services. We encourage the community to step out and support a worthwhile organization while having lots of fun at the same time.”

Serving on the Miles for Meals event committee are Carrie Hyman, Amber Cooper, Bethany Laub, Jessica Mitchell and Rachel Dvorak.

Registrater at mowmc.org/miles-for-meals.

For more information and to inquire about sponsorships, contact Bonnie Pfrenger, Director of Development at MOWMC, at 936-756-5836 or bonnie@mowmc.org.

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