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June 2017

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.


Lamborghini will be one of the luxury automobile brands represented at the event.

Lamborghini will be one of the luxury automobile brands represented at the event.


The 2017 Houston Exotic Auto Festival & Luxury Lifestyle E-X-P-O will be held at NRG Center, Hall B, One NRG Park, in Houston on Sunday, June 4 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event will include McLaren, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Ferrari, Tesla, Porsche, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Bentley and more.

Competition categories include Exotic Sedan, Luxury Sedan, Performance, Eccentric and Classic. A musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli will be provided by Dave Halston and Suzanne Goulet.

The event will benefit Virtuosi of Houston and Houston Knights Rescue Foundation and is produced by Luxcior Magazine publisher Martin Gondra.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 fo children aged 6-11. Kids 5 and under are free. Visit Ticketmaster.com/HoustonExoticAuto­Festi­val or call 800-745-3000 to purchase tickets. For more information, visit HoustonExoticAutoFestival.com


Flower expert J Schwanke.

Flower expert J Schwanke.


Find new home products and resources for home projects big and small at the 15th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show The Woodlands, June 3 and 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr. Show exhibitors include the finest companies in The Woodlands and the North Houston area. More than 200 home improvement professionals and custom home builders will feature the newest products and services on the market. This is the one-stop shopping destination for homeowners who want to build, remodel or improve indoor or outdoor living areas or build a custom home.

Special speakers include Conor Moran, Randy Lemmon and J Schwanke. Chef Moran is a Houston native who has worked in numerous restaurants worldwide since he was 15. He also serves as executive chef for Firedisc® grills. Lemmon is the host of Houston’s GardenLine radio program, KTRH NewsRadio 740, where area gardeners listen for advice. Fourth-generation florist Schwanke is a flower expert and is regarded as the most trusted voice in the flower industry. Both Lemmon and Schwanke will have their latest books available at the show. Featured speakers also include custom builder Stephen Hann, and Dan Marshall, founder of Innovative Skylights and Attics, with new ideas for the “fifth wall” — your ceiling!

Other highlights include three food trucks with a variety of lunch, drink and dessert choices for attendee appetites; live cooking demonstrations all day both days with a tailgating theme; the Stewart Land Design Feature Landscape exhibit; new products from Hunter Douglas; and complimentary craft beer and spirits tasting.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 12 and under are free. (Cash only – an ATM will be available in the Lobby.) Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free covered parking is available in the convention center parking garage behind the convention center. See woodlandsshows.com for complete information on exhibitors, speakers and more and a $2 coupon off admission.



Come support our military service members and veterans at the Heroes for Freedom Golf Tournament, June 5 at The Woodlands Country Club Palmer Course. The tournament is presented by Spirit of Texas Bank. It proudly benefits Rolling Thunder TX-2, the Wounded Warrior Project and the U.S. Veterans Initiative.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. along with access to the practice range, military contest and lunch. Shotgun start is at 12 noon. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. in the Legacy Ballroom; a silent auction and awards are also part of the evening’s events.

The celebrity tournament host is Burton “Bubba” Gilliam, best known as Lyle in the movie Blazing Saddles.

Contact Cindy Bryson for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities at golfcmp@gmail.com or 281.380.2153. The registration form can be found at cmpeventplahttp://cmpeventplanner.comnner.com



George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library has joined the Family Place Libraries national network to provide a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children’s development and early learning during the critical first years of life. The Library’s new Play – Learn – Grow Early Literacy Space was unveiled April 10.

Located in the Children’s Area, the specially designed space for children from birth to age 5 will feature toys, books and a parenting collection containing carefully chosen works on early childhood. Young children can play in the area to learn new skills, develop small motor movements and interact socially with others, as well as read books together with their parents. Through play, children learn about their world and develop essential early literacy skills. The educational toys selected for the Children’s Area were chosen to encourage imaginative fun and include a fully equipped play kitchen, blocks, puzzles, dinosaurs and much more.

Once the program is fully in place, the library will partner with local family-serving agencies and professionals to help parents of young children build foundations for early learning. The library’s implementation of this expanded public library role is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, and in part by a State-funded grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.



AchieveBalance.org is a group of mental health professionals providing excellent, affordable counseling services for couples, individuals and groups. In addition to counseling by appointment, they also provide some great, free online resources. These resources are specifically: “Help Me Help My Teen,” “Surviving an Affair” and “30 Day Transformation.” The office is located at Regus Office Suites at Market Street, Ste. 8210. For more information, call 936-697-2822 or go to achievebalance.org.


Every spring music concert at Market Street is free and open to the public.

Every spring music concert at Market Street is free and open to the public.


Market Street’s popular Spring Concert Series, featuring artists in country, rock and acoustic guitar and more, returns every Thursday, through June 8, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Market Street’s Central Park once again will be the scene of the eight-week concert series when music fans can enjoy performers from the shady patios of Jasper’s, Crú –Wine Bar, Tommy Bahama Tropical Café, Uni Sushi, 1252 Tapas Bar or any of Market Street’s signature restaurants.

Sponsored by Sewell Automotive, the Spring Concert Series features the following line-up:

May 25 – Acoustic guitar sounds by Zach Person

June 1– Country and rock favorites by Rat Ranch

June 8 – Jazz and R&B sounds on the saxophone from David Caceres Quintet (during H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street)

The concerts are free and open to the public. Blankets and lawn chairs also are welcome. For more information, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com


Season pool passes are valid for entry into 13 Township pools, including the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, throughout The Woodlands during the regular season.

Season pool passes are valid for entry into 13 Township pools, including the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, throughout The Woodlands during the regular season.


Get season pool passes early, and avoid waiting in line at Township pools in May. Season pool passes are valid for entry into 13 Township pools, including the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, during the regular season. Select Township pools are open during the pre-season, May 6-June 1, and the post-season, Aug. 17-Sept. 10. All Township pools, with the exception of Bear Branch Pool, are open during the regular season, June 2-Aug. 15. Bear Branch Pool is closed for renovations in 2017.

To purchase or renew your pool pass, call The Woodlands Township Recreation Center at 281-210-3950, visit the center at 5310 Research Forest Drive, or visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov and click “program registration.”


Bring Dad for some putting practice – and to possibly get in a little fishing time – at The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s Father’s Day celebration, “A Chip Off the Ole’ Block,” on June 17. (Photo - The Woodlands Children’s Museum)

Bring Dad for some putting practice – and to possibly get in a little fishing time – at The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s Father’s Day celebration, “A Chip Off the Ole’ Block,” on June 17. (Photo – The Woodlands Children’s Museum)


The Father’s Day celebration at The Woodlands Children’s Museum will have a golf theme this year. A father and child celebration – “Chip Off the Ole’ Block” will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

Festivities will include interactive putting games, and fathers and children will be invited to join forces to build a “Birdie” Bird House. Dads who participate in the putting activities will be entered into a raffle for a Top Golf-themed gift basket. Guests also may visit a food truck, which will be set up near the museum’s exit.

“What better gift can you give for Father’s Day than sharing time together at the museum?” said Angela Colton, executive director of The Woodlands Children’s Museum. “There will be plenty of photo opportunities and bonding activities available.”

The celebration costs $5 to attend, in addition to museum admission which is $6 for adults and children 1 year and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The museum is located at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280. Call 281-465-0955 for more information or visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org.



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.


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.


The Houston Symphony will perform the music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while audience members watch the film.

The Houston Symphony will perform the music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while audience members watch the film.


As part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, the Houston Symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert at 7:30 p.m. July 21-22, at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street. The concert will feature the live orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform Academy Award-winning composer John Williams’ unforgettable film score.

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and producer/conductor of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen.”

For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.




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 coordinates 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. Visit WoodlandsChairmansBall.com, email events@woodlandschamber.org or call 281-367-5777 for more information

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