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WINE & FOOD WEEK 2016, JUNE 6-12

Thousands are expected to flock to Wine & Food Week, celebrating “A New York State of Mind” at the 12th annual extravaganza held June 6-12. The region’s largest and most comprehensive culinary and wine event draws culinary masters and wine experts from around the world.

An epicurean extravaganza with more than 10,000 participants each year, Wine & Food Week features scores of events with more than 500 wines, 75 restaurants, legendary wine producers and culinary personalities. A myriad of education classes, chef demonstrations, cookbook author events, and casual to fine wine-and-dine experiences round out the week.

Events and auctions benefit the Signature Series Literacy Education efforts of the John Cooper School and New Danville, a self-sustaining, master-integrated community for adults with intellectual disabilities. For information and a complete schedule, visit wineandfoodweek.com or call 713-557-5732.



Fun is full on at Township pools.

Fun is full on at Township pools.


Thirteen Township pools will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, and again for the regular season beginning Friday, June 3, and continuing through Aug. 21. The opening date for Bear Branch Pool has been delayed until further notice.

Season passes for all pools are now 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 guests and residents who only use the pools occasionally, punch cards good for six visits are available. These cards are $30 for residents and allow access to 13 pools, excluding the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center. Cards are $40 for residents with access to the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, and $55 for non-residents for the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center only.

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.



The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will shine a light on cancer survivors during the Survivorship Night event in The Woodlands, a free, family-friendly concert on Thursday, June 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Market Square. This new community event is part of MD Anderson’s annual Survivorship Week, a week of activities to honor those who are living with, through and beyond cancer.

During the live music event, MD Anderson will light the central lawn
purple and green in recognition of local survivors. The community is invited to enjoy the evening’s light display and music, performed by Already Gone, an Eagles cover band.

All attendees also are invited to take part in an interactive photo booth that will be roaming the crowd during the event. Addi­tionally, physicians and staff from MD Anderson in The Woodlands will be on hand to answer questions, share information about promising new research and pass out free educational materials and giveaways.

Visit MDAnderson.org/­TheWoodlands to learn more.



Golfers, sponsors and volunteers are invited to support the servicemen and women who have sacrificed for our county in the Heroes for Freedom Golf Tournament to be held June 6 (the “D-Day” anniversary) at The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course. Registration opens at 10 a.m. and shotgun start is noon. Dinner and auction, awards and live entertainment begin at 5:30 p.m. in the new Palmer Course banquet facility. The celebrity host for the event is actor Burton “Bubba” Gilliam, best known for his role as “Lyle” in Blazing Saddles. Proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project.

Visit cmpeventplanner.com to register your team. For sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, email Cindy Bryson at golfcmp@gmail.com or call 281-380-2153.


The Queens, aka Speed of Sound, are the 2016 Sweet Adelines International Championship Quartet.

The Queens, aka Speed of Sound, are the 2016 Sweet Adelines International Championship Quartet.


The Queens are coming to sing with The Woodlands Show Chorus at its annual show, “Music in Motion,” on June 11 at Oak Ridge High School. And, yes, there really are four of them. They are called Speed of Sound, and they are the 2016 Sweet Adelines International Championship Quartet. The Queens will sing with the little princes and princesses, Class Act Stars on Tour, which includes some of the brightest students in this area.

Speed of Sound is a long-distance quartet with over 60 years of combined barbershop experience. Although they’ve been together for about four years, they’ve already achieved major accomplishments as Sweet Adeline barbershop singers. In the spring of 2012, they won their very first regional contest (Region 14) with a record score. They followed that up by placing 12th in the world at the 2012 Sweet Adelines international competition in Denver, and then 9th at the 2013 international competition in Hawaii, then 2nd at the 2014 international competition in Baltimore. Most recently, they placed first int the world at the Sweet Adelines International competition in Las Vegas.

Class Act Stars on Tour is a part of Class Act Productions, a nonprofit community theatre in The Woodlands, made up of some of the brightest and most talented students in the community. The performers are selected not only for their outstanding singing and dancing talent, but also for their stage presence, exceptional attitude and work ethic. C.A.S.T. prepares and performs choreographed music around the community, state, and nation. They have performed for various groups in many different venues in the state of Texas and for the past 20 years have represented Class Act in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hawaii, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

This show is filled with the additional talents of The Woodlands Show Chorus (TWSC) an 80-member-strong women’s a capella chorus, and itsRegion 10 Contest medalists quartets, Live It Up and RAVE, who have also made quite a name for themselves singing throughout the community.

For show tickets, email tickets@thewoodlandsshowchorus.org or call 713- 688-6509.

Since its beginning in 2012 as the largest and fastest chartering chorus in Sweet Adelines International, The Woodlands Show Chorus has won its first two regional competitions with exceptionally high scores, and competed internationally in Baltimore last fall. TWSC is now working toward their next international competition in Las Vegas in October. Other upcoming chorus performances include singing The National Anthem at a June 9 Strykers ball game, and a July 3 Independence Day performance at Bernhardt Winery.

For more information, visit thewoodlandsshowchorus.org or attend one of their open rehearsals at Grace Crossing Church atrium just west of I-45 on FM 1488.



Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is encouraging quilters from across the Lone Star State to participate in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) 2016 Quilt Block Competition. This year’s quilt competition theme is Texas Wine and Floral – Two Texas Treasures. This theme was chosen to celebrate two shining industries in Texas that complement each other beautifully.

“The best things in life spring from the Texas earth,” Miller said. “The same rich Texas soil that gives birth to the wine grape brings to life a wide array of colorful Texas plants. When you pair these two Texas treasures together, you will make the ultimate Lone Star statement.”

As in previous years, each contestant will use a variety of fabrics to create a quilt block to submit to TDA. A panel of judges will select the winning entries, which will be pieced together into a quilt and unveiled in Septem­ber at TDA’s Food and Fiber Pavilion at the 2016 State Fair of Texas. At the conclusion of the State Fair, the quilt will become part of TDA’s popular quilt collection. The final quilt will be designed and constructed by Terri Vogds of Denton and quilted by Maria Hall of Flower Mound.

There is a $20 fee for each participant packet, which includes the fabrics to be used in the design, tips and techniques for developing the block and additional information about the contest theme.A limited number of packets are available.

To participate, email gotexan@Texas­Agriculture.gov or download a participant form at gotexan.org. The deadline for submissions is June 10.



The knitting, crocheting and conversation group meets every Friday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Earl Elliott meeting room at the Barbara Bush Library. Help make lap blankets for veterans and chemo caps for MD Anderson Cancer Center patients. For information, call 281-376-4610. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring.


Stop by and help The Woodlands Children’s Museum celebrate six years at its new location on Friday, July 15.  photo-The Woodlands Children's Museum 

Stop by and help The Woodlands Children’s Museum celebrate six years at its new location on Friday, July 15.  photo-The Woodlands Children’s Museum


Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum for a celebration of six years at its current location. The Woodlands Children’s Museum Birthday Party is scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, July 15 at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

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.


Local magicians will delight and amaze on Friday, June 17. photo-The Woodlands Children's Museum 

Local magicians will delight and amaze on Friday, June 17. photo-The Woodlands Children’s Museum


Local magicians will take the stage for Magic Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at the Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280. The cost for Magic Day 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.




The Houston Symphony pays homage to late rock legend David Bowie during the Summer Series at Jones Hall opener on June 11 in a program featuring the orchestra along with a full, amplified rock band in celebration of the artist’s unforgettable sounds.

Led by Brent Havens, known for his arrangements of popular symphonic rock programs, such as the Music of Michael Jackson and the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of David Bowie celebrates the artist’s astounding career, which spans five decades and includes an estimated 140 million albums sold worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street. Tickets start at $29. For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org.



Celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s greatest treasure — its National Parks. The Cypress Creek Community Center presents a panel discussion at the Centrum (6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring) on Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. with Houston photographer Mark Burns. Burns’ iconic black-and-white photos of America’s National Parks are featured in an exhibit at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts (6815 Cypresswood) from June 4-Sept. 4.

Shara Fryer, KTRH news personality, will moderate the discussion, and Kyle Britt, an outdoor enthusiast who has visited all 59 parks, will also participate. The Pearl will be open until 10 p.m. after the program for viewing of the exhibit and serving of light refreshments. The event is free and does not require a ticket.


Emily Koch as Elphaba (Photo - photo by Joan Marcus)

Emily Koch as Elphaba (Photo – photo by Joan Marcus)


Wicked, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster will return to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts July 6-Aug. 14. Tickets for the return engagement are on sale now.

Wicked is the winner of over 100 international major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards.

The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, Wicked tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in. Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made this one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Tickets start at $40. For single tickets, call 800-982-2787 or visit BroadwayAtTheHob­byCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org. Tickets will be available at the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby) and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Group sales are offered for groups of 15 or more and are available by calling 888-451-5986.

For a full list of performance dates and times, visit houston.broadway.com/­shows/­wicked-ss2/.


"Far Bright Star" exhibit by artist Iris Schomaker at Glade Gallery in The Woodlands

“Far Bright Star” exhibit by artist Iris Schomaker at Glade Gallery in The Woodlands


Glade Gallery has announced Far Bright Star, the first exhibition of new and existing works of Iris Schomaker curated by Denise Radulescu. Accompanying the critically acclaimed German artist, works by Salvador Dali, Henri Toulouse Lautrec and Francisco de Goya y Lucientes will be on display, zooming in on art history recurrent motifs and modes of representation.

As the core of Far Bright Star, Iris Schomaker will present a series of recent large scale paintings that examine the performative side of everydayness, and the overlapping between a subtle realism and a certain modern melancholia. Her portraits, landscapes and eerie compositions investigate the apparent ephemerality of simple gestures and ordinary moments that mask our deeper spiritual trajectories through life and beyond.

Thus, Far Bright Star is also addressing the possible connections between artists over centuries based upon an understanding of time and space as shared system of codes and allocations of meaning, just as a star map.

Far Bright Star brings to Glade Gallery a selective overview of Iris Schomaker’s oeuvre from 2011 until today, and highlights delicate yet powerful gems of old masters.

The exhibit will be on display through August. Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. For appointments call 832-557-8781. For more information, visit gladegallery.com.



Interfaith of The Woodlands is in need of donations to help neighbors affected by the recent floods. Donation needs include new undergarments and socks, nonperishable food (canned pasta, apple sauce cups, fruit cups, easy-open canned tuna, chicken, and vegetables), bottled water, diapers, wipes and household and cleaning items. All donations can be dropped to Interfaith Central at 4242 Interfaith Way, The Woodlands. An additional drop-off location for undergarments, socks, shoes and household items is the Interfaith Hand Me Up Shop at 25018 Spring Ridge Drive.

Online donations can be made at woodlandsinterfaith.org. Monetary donations will be used to provide temporary shelter, gas cards and gift cards given to those families who have been displaced by the floods.

“Our hearts are heavy for our neighbors affected by the recent flooding. The loss is devastating, but working with our member congregations and community partners, Interfaith of The Woodlands is here to serve,” said Missy Herndon, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Additionally, Interfaith of The Woodlands partners with MC-CARES- Montgomery County Community Assistance Recovery Efforts and Services as the hub
for South Montgomery County relief efforts.

Interfaith of The Woodlands is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday- Friday. Interfaith is a nonprofit social service agency providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, call 281-367-1230 or visit woodlandsinterfaith .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.


A family enjoys meandering on the Lazy River.

A family enjoys meandering on the Lazy River.


Moody Gardens is offering some new entertainment and traditional favorites at Palm Beach as this popular private beach attraction opens for the summer.

Guests are invited to sink their toes in white sand, lounge beneath palm trees and splash amongst a variety of beach attractions. Visitors can even enjoy concerts and fireworks. Palm Beach will open weekends beginning May 21, including Memorial Day before opening daily for the summer season June 4 through August 21. As the summer season comes to an end, Palm Beach will be open weekends only August 27 through September 10, including Labor Day.

Visitors can enjoy the interactive 650-foot lazy river, wave pool and two 18-foot tower slides. Other attractions include beach volleyball on regulation courts and the Aquarium Adventure play area. The Splashpad automated aquatic water feature offers interactive dump buckets, spray arches and fountains for a day of fun at the beach. Palm Beach admission is $23.95 for adults, $17.95 for children and seniors, or $55 for a season pass. Children ages three and under are free.

Visitors can make it a weekend of entertainment with the popular Bands on the Sand summer concert series at Palm Beach. Beginning June 4, this live music series runs throughout the summer following each show with fireworks over the Moody Gardens pyramids and Offatts Bayou. Admission to each concert is $15 and free for kids three and under. Bands on the Sand will be held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through August 13. Some of the area’s top local and regional bands will perform. For a complete schedule visit moodygardens.org or call 800-582-4673.

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