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Look Out for Litter participants help make the community a more attractive, litter-free place for residents and those who enjoy visiting The Woodlands.

Look Out for Litter participants help make the community a more attractive, litter-free place for residents and those who enjoy visiting The Woodlands.


Look Out for Litter, The Woodlands Township’s popular summer litter scavenger hunt, kicks off with the start of summer vacation. Teens and children can participate in the free, fun, outdoor family activity anytime through Aug. 15.

The recent rains drive home why even a small amount of litter on roads and pathways is too much. Rain washes litter from parking lots, streets and pathways into waterways as runoff. A few bits here and there become concentrated and contaminate waterways. Eighty percent of litter found in creeks, bayous and rivers traveled from locations on land.

This summer, there is a special cigarette butt challenge. Some of the worst microlitter that contaminates waterways is cigarette butts. Bring your cigarette butt collection in plastic bags to The Woodlands Township Environmental Services office, located at 8203 Millennium Forest Drive. The Woodlands Township has an ongoing partnership with Terracycle® to recycle and compost them.

Look Out for Litter is as easy as 1-2-3. Teens and children, ages 18 and under:

  1. Simply pledge to pick up three pieces of litter per day for three weeks or join the Cigarette Butt Brigade.
  2. Complete a daily log of the items or fill plastic bags with cigarette butts.
  3. Submit the log, or bring bags of cigarette butts to The Woodlands Township

Environmental Services office to receive a T-shirt (while supplies last) and be entered into a drawing for additional prizes.

For information on how to register and to print a litter log, visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/adoptapath or call 281-210-3800.


Shake Your Summer Sillies Out at the farewell to summer daylong bash.

Shake Your Summer Sillies Out at the farewell to summer daylong bash.


The Woodlands Children’s Museum will celebrate going back to school – while helping children “shake out” a goodbye to summer – with one last, big summertime bash.

Shake Your Summer Sillies Out will be held from10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 at The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

Cost for the program is included in the daily admission price of $6 per person, 1 year and older. There is no charge for children under 1. The event is recommended for ages 7 and under.




“Glass is more delightful and sightly than any other material at this day known to man” could be a quote from a modern day glass collector. Actually it is part of Neri’s introduction to his Art of Glass book written in 1611.

At the 42nd annual Vintage Glass & Antique Show and Sale to be held Aug.19-21 at the Fort Bend County Fair grounds in Rosenberg, the focus will be on American glass made from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s. Sponsored by The Houston Glass Club, dealers carry a wide variety of colorful 1930’s depression era glass and elegant glass (Heisey, Fostoria, Cambridge, etc.) from the 1920’s forward among their high quality glassware. Mid-century glass, another popular collectible, will be throughout the show. American-made kitchenware, pottery and dinnerware are also featured. With more than 30 dealers from across America, you’ll find a cross section of glass heritage combined under one roof.

A second building full of beautiful and one-of-a-kind general line antiques is right next door to the glass building. From primitives, silver, linens, jewelry, postcards, furniture and European collectibles, choose items to match your glass purchases. From plain to fancy, common to rare finds, attendees will develop distinctive style through vintage glass and antiques.

Sandwiches, cakes and other food items are found at the on-site concession. Additionally, Leigh Ann Winter from Texas Silver Mercantile will also be on-site to repair your damaged glass, silver and costume jewelry items. Information on joining the Houston Glass Club will also be available.

Show hours are 2-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21st at the fairgrounds, located on Hwy. 36 in Rosenberg. Admission is $10 on Friday, $6 on Saturday and Sunday and is good all weekend. Free parking. Call 281-240-0382 for more information.



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.


An owl with its trainer.

An owl with its trainer.


This summer, visitors will have the chance to get up close to owls, falcons, hawks, vultures and a variety of other bird species as they learn about these amazing creatures and their place in nature at Moody Gardens live bird presentation series, Wings of Wonder. The live bird shows will focus on history, special traits and demonstrate the natural skills of some of the most notorious avian creatures in the world.

During this half-hour presentation guests will learn about conservation, biology of the various bird species and be witness to these amazing creatures being put into flight through commands by their trainer Kevin Gaines of Wildlife Revealed. Visitors will also have the rare opportunity to view the birds’ hunting styles and techniques as the animals soar overhead. Wildlife Revealed is partnering with Moody Gardens to offer this one-of-a-kind show for bird lovers throughout the region as both of the nonprofit organizations share the common mission of education and conservation.

“We are very excited to offer this special experience to our guests,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt. “We hope that this series will educate visitors of the importance of these birds and give a better understanding on conservation of the species.”

Tickets are $7.95 for general admission. This price will be included for Moody Gardens memberships as well as the Day Pass, which gives access to all attractions. For more information including group pricing call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.


Fun is full on at Township pools.

Fun is full on at Township pools.


Thirteen Township pools will be open on for the regular season through Aug. 21. The opening date for Bear Branch Pool has been delayed until further notice.

Season passes for all pools are for sale for both residents and non-residents. Passes for residents are $40 for ages 3-64, $15 for those 65 and older, and $6 for children younger than 2. After purchasing four full-price ($40) passes, residents can purchase additional passes for just $15 each for others in the same household. For non- residents, the price is $30 for children younger than 2 and $120 for those ages 3 and older. No additional discount is available for non-resident family members or seniors.

For new season pool passes, pictures must be taken at The Woodlands Recreation Center, located at 5310 Research Forest Dr. (in Bear Branch Park) within one week of purchasing a new pass. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

For a comprehensive list of pool fees and options, including group rates and rentals, or to renew or purchase a season pass, visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/pools or call 281-210-3950 for more information.



Senior citizens can take a mid-week break at the Barbara Bush Library to enjoy games and conversation. Adult Game Mornings are held in the Robin Bush Children’s Activity Room from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays.

Rummikube and Domino games are ongoing, or bring your own games. Meet new friends or bring a friend. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring. Call 281-376-4610 for more information.



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.




Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, presents musical comedy Legally Blonde July 8-24. The show is directed by Tina Cafeo.

Legally Blonde the Musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2007 and won the Olivier Award for Best Musical. Based on the hit movie of the same name, the show follows college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods as she puts down the credit cards, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School in pursuit of her boyfriend Warner, who just dumped her for the more “serious” Vivienne. Elle learns more at Harvard than she bargained for –– most importantly that being true to oneself never goes out of style. Legally Blonde the Musical will take audiences from the social whirl of California campus life to Harvard’s halls of justice with our heroine Elle, her Chihuahua, Bruiser and the bull-dog-toting-hairdresser Paulette.

Show dates are July 8-24 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at the Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main in downtown Conroe. For tickets, call the box office at 936-441-SHOW (7469) or visit stage-right.org.



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.




Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum for a celebration of six years at its current location, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280. The birthday party is scheduled for Friday, July 15. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m. with a party that will include live music, art projects, a visit from the Houston Rockets and Daisy the Clown, a special Storybook Theatre presentation and of course a slice of cake, compliments of Montgomery Bakehouse, after singing “Happy Birthday.” Tom’s Fun Band will take the stage or children can sing along during Silly Songs with Nan. Guests will also have a chance to enjoy a marionette show.

The cost for the event is included in daily admission of $6 per person 1 year and older. There is no charge for children under 1. The event is recommended for ages 7 and under. To learn more, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.



Restoration, a Pilates-based exercise recovery program for breast cancer survivors, is now being offered at the South Montgomery YMCA.

Designed to help breast cancer survivors restore mobility, improve circulation, regain energy and rebuild strength, this form of exercise also improves self-confidence and quality of life while reducing emotional stress. The program is available to all breast cancer survivors, whether they are eight weeks or eight years post-op. Shellee Eudy, a Pink Ribbon Program certified instructor and veteran YMCA fitness instructor, leads the program.

Classes meet every Monday. The program includes a private personalized patient assessment, six weeks of specialized exercise and an exercise booklet. Participants must be 18 or older and have a doctor’s release to participate. For information, contact Shellee Eudy, 281-364-0258, or Michelle Hill, 281-367-9622. Pre-registration is required and can be done at either YMCA branch in The Woodlands.




Homeowners will have an opportunity to learn about and see the latest in home-improvement products from over 200 exhibitors at the Fall Home & Garden Show The Woodlands on Aug. 13 and 14 at The Woodlands Waterway and Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Among the exhibitors are a variety of experts providing energy-saving, environmentally-friendly trends in homebuilding and remodeling. Whether interested in updating their current homes, outdoor living spaces or even starting from scratch with a home built from the ground up with personal custom specifications, those attending the show will have a chance to learn what questions to ask, where to turn for help or simply how to get started.

H-E-B ­–Throughout the weekend, H-E-B Cooking Connection chefs will be providing cooking demonstrations on the newest model of the popular Louisiana Grill and samples (while supplies last) on the Cunningham Gas Outdoor Cooking Stage.

STEPHEN HANN –president of Hann Builders, a leader in sustainable building in the Houston area, is one of many experts who will be speaking at the show. Also in attendance will be representatives from Andersen Corp., recipient of the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Product Brand Owner Award, to provide specifications and information on its Renewal by Andersen windows, with which homeowners can save money and energy while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  1. LORI –The always popular Dr. Lori Verderame, syndicated columnist and star antiques appraiser on the Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings,” will be on-hand both days of the show to provide one free appraisal on a first-come first-served basis and as time allows, to those who attend one of her presentations at the show. Search the attic and bring in something for her to appraise.
    She will be doing two sessions per day, and times are posted on the website.

RANDY LEMMON – On Saturday, Randy Lemmon, host of KTRH AM 740’s GardenLine will hold a signing event for his newest book, “Texas Tough Gardening with Randy Lemmon,” a primer to help local gardeners conquer the challenges of gardening in Texas’ extreme weather.

Free covered parking is available in the parking garage behind the convention center next to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at Six Pines and Lake Robbins. After parking take the pedestrian skywalk connected to the 4th floor of the garage that will lead you to the hotel/convention center. Follow the show signs that will direct you to take the escalator down to the lobby and the show entrance.

Shows are Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for 12 and under. For more information, call 832-274-3944 or visit WoodlandsShows.com, where a downloadable discount coupon for $1 off admission is available.


Guest conductor Carl St. Clair takes the podium on July 2.  photo-Marco Borggreve

Guest conductor Carl St. Clair takes the podium on July 2.  photo-Marco Borggreve


This summer the 27th Annual Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival (TMF) will chart several musical firsts, including the TMF debut of distinguished Austrian conductor Hans Graf, who holds the distinction of having been the longest serving Music Director in Houston Symphony history. The June 3 – July 2 international music residency, based at the University of Houston (UH) Moores School of Music, attracts classical music’s rising stars from top tier music conservatories worldwide to study and perform in concert with world-class soloists, conductors and faculty artists at the UH Moores Opera House and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Topping off the four-week festival will be the Grand Finale Saturday, July 2, featuring Richard Strauss: “An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64”, an epic piece about an 11-hour physical and spiritual journey climbing an Alpine mountain, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds, Op. 297b”. The concert will spotlight four of TMF’s faculty members with native Texan Carl St. Clair conducting. The soloists are Richard Beene, bassoon, Dean Emeritus of the Colburn School Conservatory of Music;Leone Buyse, flute, a professor at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music; Jonathan Fischer, oboe, principal oboe of the Houston Symphony; and Robert Johnson, horn, associate principal horn of the Houston Symphony. Fischer and Johnson are both affiliate artists at the UHMoores School of Music. For a full calendar of events, visit uh.edu/class/music/tmf.


The Veteran’s Float at the South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade.

The Veteran’s Float at the South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade.


Looking for a place to celebrate this Fourth of July? Market Street, the shopping and entertainment destination, once again hosts the popular South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade and live music in Central Park from cover band Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The 41st Annual South Montgomery County Fourth of July Parade takes kicks off at 9 a.m. and features a Music of America theme with Woodlands resident Nancy Curtis performing the national anthem. There will be marching bands, floats, horses and appearances from local dignitaries and the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Texas Army National Guard along with the 72nd Special Troops Battalion, the 453rd Inland Cargo Transfer Company and U.S. Army Reserves. More than 8,000 guests will line the streets and enjoy the parade, which makes its way through Market Street and concludes at 10:30 a.m.

Cover band Breakfast at Tiffany’s will entertain with popular tunes through the decades as well as current pop hits as they perform in Market Street’s Central Park from 7-9:15 p.m. on July 4. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the concert.

For more information, visit 4thofjuly.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.



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. 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.




The Fourth of July in The Woodlands offers a spectacular lineup of events provides entertainment for the entire family.


STAR-SPANGLED SALUTE – The holiday festivities begin on Sunday, July 3 with the Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute. The concert features a selection of patriotic favorites, American Classics, sing-alongs, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with cannons from atop the hill. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, and admission is free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.


FOURTH OF JULY PARADE – Wake up early, put on your red, white and blue and get a prime viewing spot for the exciting South County Fourth of July Parade. The 1.3-mile parade begins and ends at The Woodlands United Methodist Church.The parade begins at 9 a.m., with marching bands, fire engines, clowns, horses and floats. A tent will be set up in front of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for senior citizens and the physically challenged to obtain relief from the summer heat. Roads will be closed during the parade.

SPLASH DAY – Cool off at one of the Township’s 14 community pools. The lifeguards at each pool will a select special theme and provide free activities and refreshments while supplies last. Pools will be free to all residents from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with activities occurring from noon-4 p.m.

“THINGS THAT GO” BIKE PARADE AND CON­CERT AT NORTHSHORE PARK – Bring the kids at 4:30 p.m. for the Bike Parade and Decorating Contest. Families are invited to parade their patriotically-decorated bike around the park with awards to follow. Decorating materials will be provided, or you can bring your own. The event is free and open to children ages 14 and under. The parade will begin at 4:15 p.m. with judging to begin at 5:15 p.m. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and bring your lawn chairs for an evening of great music by The Spicolis, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Kroger.

LIVE MUSIC AT HUGHES LANDING – Exper­ience The Woodlands’ newest mixed-use development in a unique way at Hughes Landing (located off Lake Woodlands Drive and Lake Front Circle, just east of Northshore Park). Featuring the county and rock sounds of Sawdust Road, the concert will take place along Restaurant Row beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by America’s ER.

RED, HOT & BLUE FESTIVAL AND FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA – Celebrate freedom in The Woodlands with vendor booths, great food, children’s activities and entertainment on multiple stages at Town Green Park and Waterway Square from 6-10 p.m. This community-wide celebration offers fun for all ages. The event culminates with one of the largest fireworks displays in the Greater Houston area with the 20+ minute Fireworks Extravaganza over The Woodlands Town Center. Sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital, The Woodlands Development Company, Wells Fargo, Kevin Brady for Congress and Waste Management.


Risa Tallent will provide three performances of Japanese dances to celebrate the festival.

Risa Tallent will provide three performances of Japanese dances to celebrate the festival.


Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum for a celebration of Tanabata, or the Star Festival, on Thursday, July 7.

“The festival traces its origins to a legend about the Cowherd Star, or Altair, and the Weaver Star, Vega, who were lovers separated by the Milky Way,” said Angela Colton, the museum’s executive director. “The stars are allowed to meet just once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month.”

To honor the event children and adults write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches placed in their backyards or entrances of their homes. The fun happens from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. There will be a special art activity at MUSE for the occasion – and Japanese dances performed by Risa Tallent are slated for 10:45 and 11:30 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. The celebration is included in daily admission of $6 per person 1 year and older. The museum is recommended for ages 7 and under. More information is at woodlandschildrensmuseum.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.

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