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January 2018

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

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


The Woodlands Show Chorus (TWSC) is searching for additional singers as they prepare for their next international contest in St. Louis in 2018.  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.”

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



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

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


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

Faculty and administrators will join admission office representatives for a presentation of the school’s philosophy, curriculum and admission process. There will be ample opportunity for questions as well as a tour of campus following the presentation.

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



Angela Colton, executive director of The Woodlands Children’s Museum, invites the public to enjoy the touring exhibit of art and writings from patients at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. Photo - The Woodlands Children’s Museum

Angela Colton, executive director of The Woodlands Children’s Museum, invites the public to enjoy the touring exhibit of art and writings from patients at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. Photo – The Woodlands Children’s Museum


For children whose lives have been touched by cancer, creative expression can be a lifeline, a means of empowerment and a way to help others better understand their journey.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum is giving children coping with cancer a public forum for their art and writing by hosting a new installation of the Making A Mark exhibit. The collection features pieces created by patients at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and their siblings.

Making A Mark will remain on exhibit through the first week of January, at 4775 S. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

Presenting this exhibit is the Periwinkle Foundation, a Houston-based nonprofit organization that provides programs to benefit children diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

“This is our third opportunity to showcase this important exhibit, and we consider it a tremendous honor,” Angela Colton, the museum’s executive director said. “Not only does creative expression like this augment the children’s healing, it also results in pieces that help other children learn empathy as they explore the art and writing with their families.”

Exhibit viewers are encouraged to write a postcard or two to the artists to praise their work and encourage them. Periwinkle Foundation will make sure they’re delivered.

“The exhibit is an excellent opportunity, throughout the holiday season, to help children shift their focus a bit from receiving gifts to the needs and challenges of others,” Colton said.

For more information, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.


H-E-B will feature its gourmet picks in a double booth again in 2018.

H-E-B will feature its gourmet picks in a double booth again in 2018.


The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s 32nd Annual Taste of the Town presented by Planet Lincoln and Visit The Woodlands will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 4-9 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Taste of the Town is the premier culinary event of South Montgomery County attracting thousands of people. For one low price, attendees can sample mouth-watering appetizers, entrees, desserts, pastries, and drinks from some of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, bakeries, deli’s and beverage companies.

“Taste of the Town tickets are a wonderful holiday gift for friends, family and co-workers,” says Meagen Korenek, Director of Special Events at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to offer ticket packages online at discounted rates.”

Throughout the night, attendees will enjoy entertainment and can purchase raffle tickets to win prizes. Businesses can showcase their company with sponsorships, serving, ambassador opportunities or donating raffle items.

Restaurants will compete in the “Best of Taste” competition for titles including Best Appetizer, Best Entrée, Best Dessert and The 2018 Planet Lincoln People’s Choice Award. Adult tickets are $30 online or $35 at the door and include entry, all-you-can-eat samples and two alcoholic beverages. Child (ages 4-10) tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door and include entry and all-you-can-eat samples. Soda and water are complimentary. Strollers are not allowed at this event.

For ticket packages, restaurant booth sign up and sponsorship opportunities, visit TasteoftheTown.org or contact the special events department at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce at 281-367-5777, events@woodlandschamber.org, or visit woodlandschamber.org.




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




The Riva Row Boat House and Lakes Edge Boat House will both be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The hours for kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day, with the last rental out one hour before sunset. The facilities will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Both boat houses offer a great opportunity for those wanting to enjoy an outing on the lake for family get-togethers, dates, team building exercises, fishing excursions or just a relaxing paddle around scenic Lake Woodlands.

Riva Row Boat House is located at 2101 Riva Row, within walking distance of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and Market Street, as well as the many free parking lots south of Riva Row. Lakes Edge Boat House is located at 1970 Hughes Landing Boulevard.

The family dog is also welcome to ride for free in the kayaks, and lifejackets are available for dogs of all sizes. Fishing enthusiasts are welcome to bring a pole and tackle box, and the friendly staff will help to select the best kayaks for day fishing trips.

For more information, call 281-210-3965 or visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/rivarowboathouse.




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.


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.




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.

Winners’ medals will be awarded to the top three finishers (male/female) in the following age groups: Under 15, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.

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. Serving 550 people each weekday, MOWMC helps aging neighbors in our community remain well nourished, connected to the community, and independent within the comfort of their own home.

For more information about Meals on Wheels Montgomery County, visit mowmc.org.




The San Jacinto Model Railroad Club will present the Greater Houston Train Show on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Stafford Centre. This annual event attracts rail fans from across Texas and Louisiana.

The Train Show is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and features 20,000 square feet of operating layouts, instructive classes, model and photo contests, train videos, and vendors from across the Southwest.

Admission cost is $6 for individuals 18 and older, $1 for 12 to 18, and children under 12 are free. There is a $12 maximum charge per family. The Stafford Centre is located at 10505 Cash Road at Murphy Road just southwest of US Hwy. 59 and Beltway 8. More information is available at sanjacmodeltrains.org.



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.




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.




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

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

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

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



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.




South Montgomery County Friends of the Library (SMCFOL) will hold its Annual Book Sale at the South County Community Center, 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, March 22-24.

SMCFOL book sales are popular events and every year sales have grown and have included more members of the community. This year there will be thousands of books offered for bargain prices, from fiction to nonfiction, classics to children’s, foreign language materials to CDs and DVDs.

All funds raised from the sale are used to support programs at the two Woodlands libraries, such as summer reading programs, children’s programs throughout the year, book clubs, display items, reference items etc. Through its membership, fundraising and volunteer efforts, SMCFOL has been able to significantly contribute to the continued excellence of the library services at the South Branch and George and Cynthia Mitchell Libraries.

The sale times are as follows:

Thursday, March 22 is First Choice Night with a $5 donation required with purchase. Sale hours are 5-8 p.m.;
Friday, March 23 the sale will run from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.;
Saturday, March 24 the sale will run from 9 a.m.-noon.

There will be a 30-minute shut down followed by a $2 bag sale running from 12:30-3 p.m.

For more information, call 835-599-5580.




At The Hands of Faith Fair Trade Store at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, shoppers will find coffee, chocolate, jewelry, paper items, home décor, purses, greeting cards and clothing items for sale. Often the artist’s name and country of origin appear on a tag, making it possible to envision the purchase strengthening individuals and families in impoverished areas.

Regular store hours are Sunday, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The store will also be open 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning this fall. The church is located at 3801 S. Panther Creek Dr. in The Woodlands.Email Beth Miller at handsoffaith.fairtrade@yahoo.com for more information.


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