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July 2017

Brett Mitchell, former assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony and now Colorado Symphony music director, returns to the Houston area for TMF Week 3. (Photo - Gregg Barckholtz)

Brett Mitchell, former assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony and now Colorado Symphony music director, returns to the Houston area for TMF Week 3. (Photo – Gregg Barckholtz)


The 28th Annual Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival (TMF) continues through July 1 with classical music’s rising stars performing classical and contemporary works. For the TMF “Cool & Classical” Orchestra Series, top pre-professional musicians perform with world-class conductors, soloists and faculty artists at the University of Houston (UH) Moores Opera House and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

TMF is a one-month international music residency on par with Aspen and Tangle­wood music festivals. It has nearly 30 performances, many free or at a nominal cost. Most concerts are indoors on the UH Main Campus (Moores Opera House and Dudley Recital Hall). It began on June 10.

TMF Week 3, Friday, June 23 (Wood­lands Pavilion) and Saturday, June 24 (Moores Opera House) is entitled “Orchestral Variations.” It marks the TMF debut appearance of Colorado Symphony Music Director Brett Mitchell, known to Houston music lovers having conducted more than 100 Houston Symphony performances as its assistant conductor from 2007-11 and music director of the UH Moores Opera House from 2010-13.

The dual June 23 and 24 concerts will spotlight the student winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition. The winner gets a guest soloist role (work TBA) at the June 23-24 concerts along with L.A. Variations and Edward Elgar: Variations on an original theme, Enigma.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition first prize also carries an international invitation to appear as a soloist with the Akademisches Orchester in Leipzig, Germany.

For the TMF Week 4 Grand Finale, “Orchestral Dances,” the Festival will welcome back Maestro Daniel Hege, music director of the Wichita Symphony and guest conductor of the Tulsa Symphony. The Saturday program includes Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances; Maurice Ravel: La valse; and Richard Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

Pre-concert activities for each TMF performance include performances by Virtuosi of Houston and a lecture by Dr. Andrew Davis, dean of the UH Kath­rine G. McGovern College of the Arts.

Saturday orchestra series performances are reserved seating and parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online and through the UH College of the Arts Box Office, 713-743-3388. The UH Moores Opera House is on the UH Main Campus, I-45 at Cullen Boulevard, Entrance #16.

Visit tmf.uh.edu for more information and music.uh.edu for tickets.


The Texas Army National Guard Brigade Headquarters, 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; 1-133D Field Artillery, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team along with Expeditionary Medical Facility Detachment J and members of the U.S. Navy will participate in the parade.

The Texas Army National Guard Brigade Headquarters, 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; 1-133D Field Artillery, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team along with Expeditionary Medical Facility Detachment J and members of the U.S. Navy will participate in the parade.


Market Street once again hosts the popular South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade and live music in Central Park from Nobody’s Fool.

The 42nd annual parade takes kicks off at 9 a.m. with the singing of the national anthem by Kelly Peterson from the balcony in Market Street and Lauren Moore at Town Green Park. The parade features a “Let Freedom Ring” theme led by Grand Marshall Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 with marching bands, fire engines, clowns, horses and floats along the 1.3 mile parade route in The Woodlands Town Center, including appearances from federal, state and local dignitaries.

The Texas Army National Guard Brigade Headquarters, 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; 1-133D Field Artillery, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team along with Expeditionary Medical Facility Detachment J and members of the U.S. Navy will participate in the parade. Marching bands include students from The Woodlands College Park High School, Willis High School and Hempstead High School. More than 20,000 spectators will line the streets in Town Center and enjoy the parade, which makes its way through Market Street and concludes at 10:30 a.m. For additional details visit 4thofjuly.org.

Cover band Nobody’s Fool will entertain with popular tunes through the decades as well as country 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. The parade and activities will be held rain or shine.


The Township’s Red, Hot and Blue Festival offers fireworks and more.

The Township’s Red, Hot and Blue Festival offers fireworks and more.


Residents and visitors alike are invited to celebrate freedom in The Woodlands and enjoy a variety of festivities for the holiday weekend, beginning with the Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute on Monday, July 3, at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

The festivities on July 4 begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday with the South Montgomery County Fourth of July Parade in The Woodlands Town Center. Following the parade, Splash Day offers a free cool down at all 13 Township pools from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All pools are open with free admission, and the event is sponsored by Kroger. The lifeguards at each pool will select a special theme and provide free activities from noon to 4 p.m. and refreshments while supplies last.

The celebration will continue into the evening
with entertainment and activities at five locations in The Woodlands:

Northshore Park will host the annual “Things That Go” bike parade and decorating contest, with judging of the most patriotic bike beginning at 7:30 p.m. during intermission. Decorating materials will be provided while supplies last beginning at 5:30 p.m., or participants may bring their own. There will also be face painting, food trucks and musical entertainment by Fidelity Maxx. The park will be closed to vehicular traffic at 11:30 p.m. on July 3 and reopen at 5:30 a.m. on July 5. Attendees are encouraged to park on the AON Hewitt Campus.

Town Green Park will have a wide variety of activities, including strolling entertainers, face painters, balloon artists, inflatables, a kids’ zone, food vendors and two stages for music from the Mars Hill Band and the Klockwork Band.

Waterway Square Park will have concessions, face painting, a balloon artist and entertainment by the Level One Band.

Hughes Landing with feature musical entertainment from the ‘50s to the ‘80s by Johnny and the Spinsations.

Rob Fleming Park will have food trucks, face painting and the country musical stylings of Cody Wayne.

The annual celebration will culminate with an 18-minute fireworks extravaganza at approximately 9:30 p.m. with multiple launch locations. The primary fireworks display will be located in Lake Woodlands adjacent to Northshore Park, with secondary close-proximity displays at Waterway Square and Town Green Park. There will also be a fireworks display near Rob Fleming Park in the Village of Creekside Park.

The presenting festival sponsor of the multi-location Red, Hot and Blue celebration is CHI St. Luke’s Health, with additional sponsor support from Waste Management, Texas Tige Marine, America’s ER and The Woodlands Development Company. Visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/fourthofjuly for more details and updates.



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.


Mary understudy Dinah Mahlman with Katie Kowalik and Sam Siemonsma as Jane and Michael.

Mary understudy Dinah Mahlman with Katie Kowalik and Sam Siemonsma as Jane and Michael.


Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe presents Mary Poppins July 7-23. Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the beloved 1964 Walt Disney motion picture, this stage adaptation features original music and lyrics by Richard and Robert Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes and has new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing. Mr. and Mrs. Banks decide to take matters into their own hands. While George is looking for a no-nonsense nanny, the kids are hoping for someone kind and sweet. Practically perfect nanny Mary Poppins mysteriously appears with her magical carpet bag. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at stage-right.org or by calling the Crighton Box Office at 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.



A free call-in public Law Line for residents of Montgomery County who have general legal questions will be offered on July 3, and subsequently the first Monday of every month at 281-645-6344 from 5-8 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.)

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 public service is a project of The Woodlands Bar Association in conjunction with the Montgomery County United Way.

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.


Dorothea Lange, American, 1895-1965. Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, March 1936, printed 1976 Silver gel­atin print, 13 1/2 x 10 7/16 in. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin S. Romansky, 76.396.

Dorothea Lange, American, 1895-1965. Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, March 1936, printed 1976 Silver gel­atin print, 13 1/2 x 10 7/16 in. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin S. Romansky, 76.396.


This summer the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts features two shows which provide a poignant and powerful examination of the effects of the Great Depression:

Dignity in Labor: Texas Regionalism from the Bobbie and John L. Nau Collection is featured in the Main Gallery of the museum. These remarkable paintings, lithographs and murals from the 1930s depict the hardworking character of Texans, the development of the oil industry, and the vast open space of the Lone Star State. Artists such as Jerry Bywaters, Alexandre Hogue, and Merritt Mauzey captured the pure essence of Texas as its people suffered through the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

Introducing America to Americans: Depression-Era Photographs from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is on display in the Rebecca Cole Gallery. In 1936, photographer Dorothea Lange captured the image Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, which touched the hearts of the nation. It was part of a Farm Security Administration (FSA) photography project lasting nine years, in which exceptional photographers produced a “visual encyclopedia of American life.”

The Pearl is also offering an Adult Art Workshop. Evelyn Bouley returns to lead, “Animals in Watercolor – a Lesson of Coupling Visual Art with Text.” The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. -noon on Thursday, July 6, and from 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, July 7. Open to participants of all skill levels, this watercolor workshop includes a fun addition of the “written word” using water-soluble crayons and pencils on top of the painting. Educators who enroll will receive tips on using this project in the classroom, and will also earn three hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. Cost is $35 for museum members, $40 for non-members, and $25 for teachers. To register, visit pearlmfa.org and select Education > Adult Art Workshops. For more information, visit the website.



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.



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.



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.


Riva Row Boat House and Lakes Edge Boat House will be open for summer hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Riva Row Boat House and Lakes Edge Boat House will be open for summer hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Summer has officially kicked off on Lake Woodlands with extended hours for rentals at Riva Row Boat House and Lakes Edge Boat House. Summer hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m., with the last rental out at 7 p.m. Both boathouses will be closed Wednesdays.

The 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. The Boat House is also a short ride on the free trolley service from any spot along The Woodlands Waterway.

Lakes Edge Boat House is now open on the waterfront of Lake Woodlands, offering single and tandem kayak rentals. This new facility is located next to the One Lakes Edge apartments at 1970 Hughes Landing Boulevard, just a short walk from Whole Foods Market, Restaurant Row and the Lake Woodlands Boardwalk.

A number of programs are offered for summer fun, including SUP (stand-up paddle board) Yoga, kayak and paddle board lessons, corporate events, family get-togethers, birthday parties and more. These outings are ideal for relay races, team building, communication drills, scavenger hunts and guided tours. Table and chair rentals are also available.

At both boathouses, single kayaks rent for $15 and tandem kayaks rent for $20 for the first hour. Each additional hour is $5. Stand-up paddle boards are available at Riva Row Boat House for $20 for the first hour and $5 for each additional hour.

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.

The online liability waiver now makes it easier to get out on the water more quickly. To complete the waiver online, or for more information, visit thewoodlandstownship- tx.gov/rivarowboathouse or call 281-210-3800.


TWSC performed at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas in 2016.

TWSC performed at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas in 2016.


The Woodlands Show Chorus (TWSC), with Master Director Betty Clipman, will present Revival, a musical revue of music through the ages, complete with spaghetti supper on Saturday, July 15, at Christ Church United Methodist Church, 6363 Research Forest Dr., The Woodlands. The show will feature 14th Place International Semi-finalist women’s quartet, Live It Up!, and third Place Medalist, Region 10, women’s quartet, Sympatico. TWSC has also invited several quartets from their membership to join them. Guests will be treated to TWSC’s very popular repertoire of show tunes and fun stuff from the 30’s and 40’s through modern day songs.

TWSC has nearly 80 members comprised of women of all ages and professions. Many of their members travel great distances to participate. The common bond is a love for singing 4-part a cappella music, and the desire to study and work under the tutelage of Betty Clipman. TWSC placed in the top 10 in the October 2016 international competition and scored a record high score for its region in April. The chorus rehearses on Monday nights, 7-10 p.m. at Grace Crossing Church (atrium),105 FM 1488 (just west of I-45) in The Woodlands. Guests and interested singers are always welcome.

Live It Up! is a Sweet Adelines International quartet comprised of four friends who love singing 4-part a cappella music. They are members of TWSC, Houston Horizon Chorus and Toast of Tampa Chorus. While steeped in the tradition of singing barbershop harmony, Live It Up! enjoys singing a variety of musical styles, including jazz, pop and standards. Live It Up! formed in the fall of 2014 and earned the title of Quartet Champion of the Great Gulf Coast Region 10 in March 2015. They won Region 10’s Quartet Champion award a second time in 2016 and moved on to achieve 14th place at the Sweet Adelines Convention and Competition in Las Vegas in October 2016. Janet Burnett, tenor from Magnolia; Gayle Connelly, lead from Orlando, Florida; Kellie Welsh, baritone from Houston; and Kerri Mauney, bass from Tomball, continuously work to grow musically.

The Sympatico quartet members all belong to TWSC. With over 100 years of combined barbershop experience, this vibrant foursome is sure to inspire audiences with harmony and fun. Dian Sandefur, tenor; Karla Callaway, lead; Marlys Nelson, baritone; and Kathy Parker, bass, have joined together to compete and provide entertainment for the region.

A spaghetti supper, including vegetarian and gluten-free, load-of-treasures silent auction and bake sale will precede the show at 4 p.m. with show time from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mary Helen Rum Cakes will be live auctioned at intermission. Pricing for adults is $25; seniors/children/ and students is $20; and reserved seats $30 (group rates available). Tickets can be purchased by email at tickets@thewoodlandsshowchorus.org or by phone at 713 688-6509 or from any chorus member. For more information, go to thewoodlandsshowchorus.org.




The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 39th Annual Chairman’s Ball “Cele­brating the Heart of Our Community” presented by Sam Houston State University on Saturday, August 12 from 6 p.m.-midnight at The Wood­lands Waterway Marriott & Conference Center.

“We are pleased to celebrate the service and direction of Linda Leto Head of Lone Star College and her commitment to The Chamber over the past year,” says Angela Storseth Cooper, director of special events and governmental affairs at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. “Traditionally, the Chairman chooses the theme to reflect their personality or style. It was Linda’s inspiration to, instead, choose a theme that reflected the strength of our community.”

Linda is currently the associate vice chancellor, workforce education and corporate partnerships at Lone Star College System. “As 2016-2017 chairman of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Linda has worked to expand the reach of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and taken a special interest in establishing a culture of legendary leadership by connecting established leaders with young pro­- ­fes­­s­ion­als,” says J.J. Hollie, president and CEO of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. “This is a way for us to say, ‘thank you’ and honor her service and commitment.”

The planning committee of Chamber volunteers coordinate decorations, live music, dancing and giveaways. The team leader this year is Dawn Candy of I Promote You and co-team leader is James Ketchum of Leger Ketchum & Cohoon, PLLC.

“The Chairman’s Ball event is unique in that each table is decorated by chamber members interpretation of the theme,” says Dawn Candy. “We anticipate the interpretation of Celebrating the Heart of The Community to be very nostalgic and full of gratitude of this place that we get to live, work, play and learn.”

To make reservations, secure a sponsorship or decorate a table to promote a business, call 281-367-5777 for more information or visit WoodlandsChairmansBall.com, or email events@woodlandschamber.org.



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 Dinos Alive exhibit allows guests to take part in a rescue team and an archeological dig site for Jurassic fun.

The Dinos Alive exhibit allows guests to take part in a rescue team and an archeological dig site for Jurassic fun.


Embark on a Jurassic adventure this summer when Dinos Alive comes to Moody Gardens through Aug. 13. Featuring life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including a full-size Tyrannosaurus, Dinos Alive guests become part of a rescue team sent back in time to search for a missing plane and its crew. Along the way, they will get an up-close and personal experience with some of the most feared and amazing creatures to ever roam Planet Earth.

“This is always a popular attraction for our guests. Dinos Alive features dinosaurs that look, sound and move like real-life dinosaurs,” Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt said. “Guests have a chance for hands-on fun with an archeological dig site.”

In addition to the dig site, the attraction will include a gift shop and photo opportunity.

Admission is $8.95 a person with children 3 years old and younger free. For more information, call
1-800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.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.




Enjoy a swashbuckling good time with your child at the third annual Pirates & Princesses fundraiser to be held Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at Wesley Hall in The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Kids will enjoy a variety of stations while they mingle and show off their best princess and pirate costumes. Children and adults alike will visit with several well-loved Disney princesses and be entertained by friendly community pirates.

Children and adults can meet their favorite characters; have a photo taken with a pirate, princess or maybe even a superhero; participate in a craft or face painting; or have a balloon sword fight with a mighty pirate in his pirate ship. There also will be an education station, raffles and a popcorn bar.

Tichets are $25 for children and $5 for adults. For tickets and a variety of sponsorships, visit allearscenter.org/pirates-princesses-2.

Event proceeds benefit All Ears! Listening & Language Center, a nonprofit educational center dedicated to empowering hearing impaired children and their families by teaching them listening, spoken language, and literacy skills. All Ears! is the only center of its kind in The Woodlands area. For more information visit allearscenter.org.



The Taste of Houston Festival 2017 will take place at Town Green Park in The Woodlands, Sept. 9 and 10. For two full days Town Green Park and the promenade will be filled with over 200 eateries, artists, crafters, boutiques, food trucks and more as well as live music from some of Houston’s best, an amazing Kid Zone with rides and activities, artistic performances and a whole lot more. Come taste, see, feel and hear the best that Houston has to offer.

Vendor and food truck spaces are now available, and the organizers have begun scheduling the musical lineup as well as the craft beer and winery tastings. If you would like to be involved, email your information to info@tasteofhoustonfest.com.

Tickets for Taste of Houston Festival are only $3 in advance at tasteofhoustonfest.com, or $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free! Tickets for the rides and Kid Zone activities range from $1-$3 and can be purchased on site.

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