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St. Patrick’s Day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum will celebrate Irish culture and traditions with dance, music and art.

St. Patrick’s Day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum will celebrate Irish culture and traditions with dance, music and art. photo-The Woodlands Children’s Museum

MARCH EVENTS AT THE WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Woodlands Children’s Museum invites guests to “Go Texan” in celebration of Texas Independence Day. To commemorate the day when the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed, creating the Republic of Texas, a larger-than-life cowboy will entertain guests with rope tricks and his ability to balance on stilts. The event happens from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. Tricks by the Tall Texan are from 11 a.m.-noon.

The Woodlands LearningRx will join forces with the museum to celebrate the 137th birthday of one of the world’s greatest brains – that belonging to theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. Einstein’s Birthday Party will be held from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14. Children are invited to come to the museum to play an Einstein trivia game and participate in an Einstein-related art project, which were designed for the day by The Woodlands LearningRx.

Celebrate Irish culture and traditions at the museum on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with dance, music and art that’s all Irish-at-heart.

For an egg-cellent Easter, hop into the museum from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26. Guests are invited to Eggtivities, an egg-decorating workshop where they can experiment with different media and various dipping and swirling techniques to create their own extra special egg to take home. Children also will be able to have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny.

These events are recommended for ages 7 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The event is included in the regular price of admission, which is $5 per person 1 year and older.

To learn more, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.

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WOODLANDS BAR ASSOCIATION 2016 FUTURE LAWYERS SCHOLARSHIPS, DEADLINE MARCH 1

The Woodlands Bar Association (WBA) will award two $3,000 scholarships to outstanding local high school students through The Future Lawyers Scholarship in Memoriam Ida G. Stewart and The Future Lawyers Scholarship in Memoriam Kevin T. Shea. This marks the fourth year that the scholarships are open to graduating seniors residing in Montgomery County (public, private or homeschool) who are in good standing and will be attending a four-year university in the fall of 2016.

For more details and the application, visit woodlandsbarasso­cia­tion.­com/­News or email Rene Rogers at VPScholarships­@WoodlandsBarAssociation.com.

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JOHN COOPER SCHOOL CYBER-GALA, THROUGH MARCH 3

The 2016 John Cooper School Cyber-Gala will continue through March 3. This online fundraiser provides the opportunity to purchase a diverse array of often one-of-a-kind items that the public can bid on by logging on to johncooper.org/specialevents.

All categories will close on March 3 at 10 p.m. Bid on trips to places near and far, tickets to sporting and music events, spa packages and much more.

Contact advancement@johncooper.org for additional information.

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Clarinetist Graeme Johnson, a YTA 2014 silver medalist, earned his bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from The University of Texas at Austin and is presently working on his master’s degree in music at Yale University.

Clarinetist Graeme Johnson, a YTA 2014 silver medalist, earned his bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from The University of Texas at Austin and is presently working on his master’s degree in music at Yale University.

 

Clarinetist Graeme Johnson, a YTA 2014 silver medalist, earned his bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from The University of Texas at Austin and is presently working on his master’s degree in music at Yale University.

Clarinetist Graeme Johnson, a YTA 2014 silver medalist, earned his bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from The University of Texas at Austin and is presently working on his master’s degree in music at Yale University. photo-courtesy of Montgomery County Lifestyle

BACH, BEETHOVEN & BARBECUE GALA AND YOUNG TEXAS ARTISTS MUSIC COMPETITION, MAR. 12

The 2016 Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue gala and the Young Texas Artists Music Competition Finalists’ Concert and Awards, the beneficiary of the gala, will be held on Saturday, March 12 at the Crighton Theatre, 234 North Main St. in Conroe.

The Gala – After success in chairing the gala last year, Shana and Tim Arthur are returning as co-chairs of the 2016 Texas-themed event. The festivities begin at 5:15 p.m. in a tented pavilion on Main Street, just outside the Crighton Theatre. The event includes a barbecue dinner with all the trimmings, entertainment by Bill Mock and the Highway 105 Band, and a live auction of gifts, dinners and getaways.

The Finalists’ Concert and Awards – Jade Simmons returns to interview the finalists onstage in her entertaining and insightful way. A classical concert pianist, best-selling author and speaker, Simmons is known as “Classical Music’s No. 1 Maverick.”

The Finalists’ Concert and Awards will feature eight finalists from the three-day Young Texas Artists (YTA) Music Compe­tition, who will perform for an audience of music lovers and an esteemed panel of judges.

YTA celebrates and supports the Lone Star State’s new generation of classical musicians and vocalists. The finalists, ages 18-30, will compete for the Gold Medal in each category: voice; piano; strings; and winds, brass, percussion, harp and guitar, as well as the Grand Prize. A total of $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded, as will performance opportunities with respected music organizations. Audience members also will have an opportunity to vote for the Audience Choice Award.

Preliminary rounds of the competition, which are free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 10, 11 and 12.

Tickets to the gala are available at the Crighton box office or crightontheatre.org and include admission to the concert and the after-party celebration, featuring a dessert buffet complete with chocolates and champagne to toast the finalists, immediately following the awards ceremony.

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FIVE WHO SHARE LUNCHEON, MARCH 5

Interfaith of The Woodlands has announced the 2016 Service of Excellence Award recipients. CB&I is the Presenting Sponsor for the Five Who Share Luncheon which will be held March 4. Being honored at this year’s luncheon for their significant volunteerism contributions are: Susan Cosculluela, Education; Debbie Browne, Youth; Dr. Don Barrick, Fine Arts; Henry Sneed, Seniors; and Gelena Scally, Health.

Susan Cosculluela is currently the PTO president at The Woodlands High School. She maintains an active part in CISD Schools by volunteering and has done so for many years. She has served as the PTO president five times for a total of 10 years.

Debbie Browne has shown passion for young people, and she has been instrumental in helping girls and young women diagnosed with Turners Syndrome. Debbie is active in multiple facets of volunteerism and works tirelessly with young women from youth to adulthood to bring awareness to important causes.

Dr. Don Barrick, who was selected for his love and service to music and the arts, serves as worship pastor at The Woodlands First Baptist Church. For over 20 years, Barrick has volunteered to organize and conduct music for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Through his gift of music, he has volunteered to make a difference in the lives of many in the community.

As a senior, Henry Sneed has given back in multiple ways to people of all ages throughout the community. He is an active member of the Arc Church in Conroe and has been involved in the prison ministry at The Woodlands United Methodist Church for over 20 years.

Gelena Scally is the co-owner of DEFINE Body and Mind in The Woodlands and works to improve the health and wellness of others. She and her team give back to the community not only with their time and energy enriching healthy lifestyles, but by raising critical funds through their classes and events in which all proceeds are donated to various health-oriented charities.

For more information, visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

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Gavin Reed plays the French horn for the ROCO Brass Quintet.

Gavin Reed plays the French horn for the ROCO Brass Quintet.

RIVER OAKS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA BRASS QUINTET TO PERFORM IN THE WOODLANDS, MARCH 6

The ROCO Brass Quintet will perform at The Woodlands United Methodist Church on March 6 at 5 p.m. The church is located at 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr. in Spring. Tickets are $25 general admission; $10 students; $5 discount for TWUMC members. Purchase tickets at rocohouston.org/tickets.

The ROCO Brass Quintet is a group within the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, a professional 40-piece ensemble founded in 2005. Performing throughout the Greater Houston area, the ROCO Brass Quintet champions modern classical music while also performing music from the Renais­sance and Baroque eras, as well as jazz. The ensemble offers a unique concert experience, sharing the intimacy, accessibility and virtuosity of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Brass Quintet members are: Jason Adams, trumpet; George Chase, trumpet; Thomas Hultén, trombone; Jared Lantzy, bass trombone; and Gavin Reed, French horn.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY ASSOCIA­TION OF BUSINESS WOMEN, MARCH EVENTS

The Montgomery County Association of Business Women has scheduled the following events for March:

March 2 – Business Builder Coffee from 8-9 a.m at The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce.

March 10 – Business Networking Mixer from 5-7 p.m. at Hello Beautiful Boutique in Conroe.

March 23 – Networking Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Incredible Pizza in Conroe.

The group will hold its annual scholarship fundraiser on April 7 at the VW dealership in The Woodlands. All proceeds go to college scholarships for Montgomery County High School female graduates.

For more information, visit mcabw.org.

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MCUW 2016 INCOME TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, THROUGH TAX SEASON

In partnership with Entergy Texas, Inc., Montgomery County United Way, AARP and Children’s Books on Wheels will provide free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for qualifying households in various locations throughout the county. Qualifying households include those who earned less than $54,000 in 2015, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities. IRS-trained and certified volunteers work to ensure clients get the full refund and credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, they are entitled to.

Last year, Montgomery County low-income residents saw an astounding $3,626,782 in tax refunds prepared free by IRS-certified volunteers. This free tax preparation service not only increased income for individual low-income households but was also a major boost to the Montgomery County local economy.

The 2015 Montgomery County United Way Willis site, located at Meador Library, racked up a total of 435 volunteer hours with incredible results. The city of Willis VITA site experienced a 10% increase in tax returns filed, $92,000 saved in income tax preparation fees, and a total tax refund of $348,553. The economic impact of the VITA program was such a success, that this year MCUW has added another mobile site in Splendora. For more information, visit mcuw.org/vita.

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DUST BOWL MOTEL PRESENTED BY CRIGHTON THEATRE AND MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION, MARCH 18-20

A new community theatre production, Dust Bowl Motel, which runs March 18-20 at The Crighton Theatre in Conroe is collaborating with Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana for a fundraising initiative providing proceeds from the play to the nonpro­fit foundation.

Centered on the struggles, heartbreak and dreams of one woman’s journey to find happiness, Dust Bowl Motel, a new play by Scott McCarley and Jim Roth, combines acting and storytelling with video, accompanied by live, homegrown Texas music to capture a unique theatre experience. The development of the play was a dream –– four years in the making –– for McCarley, who has always been interested in music and writing and has spent many years at the Kerrville Folk Festival performing and cultivating a network of talented singer/songwriter friends. Fortunately some of those friends were willing to lend their talents to help make Dust Bowl Motel a reality.

After a sold-out production last year in Huntsville, McCarley is thrilled to bring the show to the Crighton Theatre as a fundraising initiative. “The show was a dream for me that has now been brought to reality, so to partner with a great organization like Make-A-Wish –– that makes special dreams come true for to so many deserving kids –– is awesome,” said McCarley.

Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana granted more than 500 wishes for local children within its territory in 2014 alone. More information and ticket details can be found at dustbowlmotel.org.

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THE WOODLANDS SHOW CHORUS COMPETITION, MARCH 18-19

The Woodlands Show Chorus (TWSC) is currently in preparation for its evaluation and bow-out and performance at the Great Gulf Coast Region 10 Competition March 18 and 19 at the Hilton Houston North in the Greenspoint area. The annual show featuring international quartet champions, Speed of Sound, is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, and will be held at Oak Ridge High School Theater in The Woodlands area. The chorus won its regional competition last Spring, which qualifies TWSC to compete internationally in Las Vegas this fall. Several coaching sessions by internationally acclaimed coaches and a retreat will precede international competition.

The group’s Jan. 25 open house produced no less than 19 aspiring singers, who accepted free voice lessons from the certified instructors at TWSC rehearsal. After singers were introduced to the program on Monday, they were presented to the chorus and then treated to a short performance and a regular chorus rehearsal, directed by master director Betty Clipman. To the delight of the chorus, several guests jumped on the risers and sang with their new friends. The five free voice lessons began on Feb. 1 and continue through Feb. 29. For more information, visit thewoodlandsshowchorus.org.

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SOUTHEAST TEXAS AGLOW CONFERENCE, MARCH 18-19

The Dawn is Arising, Southeast Texas Aglow Conference, will be held on Friday, March 18 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Fellowship of Praise in Stafford.

Rebecca Greenwood of Christian Harvest International will be the keynote speaker. Join women from every walk of life for worship, prayer and motivational messages. Tickets are $35 at Eventbrite.com. Aglow is a spirit-filled women’s ministry fellowship with groups that meet monthly for prayer, Bible studies and special events. Visit katyaglow.com for information about local meetings and Aglow International.

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AUTHOR HATTIE BRYANT AT THE WOODLANDS BARNES & NOBLE, MARCH 26

Author Hattie Bryant will be at The Woodlands Barnes & Noble on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. to discuss her new book: a new, unconventional healthcare and financial planning tool called I’ll Have It My Way: Taking Control of End of Life Decisions.

As of January 2016, Medicare began to pay physicians to discuss end-of-life issues, and Bryant’s new book puts the layperson in the driver’s seat for this important conversation.

I’ll Have It My Way addresses the healthcare crisis from a very individual and layman’s perspective to show the reader that they do have power when faced with serious or terminal illness. Using extensive research, interviews with dozens of healthcare professionals across multiple disciplines, and real-life examples and consequences of healthcare decisions made and not made, Bryant’s book is “the last self-help book any Baby Boomer needs.”

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2016 Featured Artist Julia Gilmore. (Photo - Ted Washington)

2016 Featured Artist Julia Gilmore. (Photo – Ted Washington)

THE WOODLANDS WATERWAY ARTS FESTIVAL, APRIL 8-10

The 11th annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival offers a weekend escape for art and music enthusiasts of all ages and is scheduled for April 8-10. Located at Town Green Park along The Woodlands Water­way, this festival is one of the premier and most highly anticipated events of its kind in the area.

Ranked in the top 10 of America’s Best Art Fairs by ArtFairCalendar.com, The Wood­lands Waterway Arts Festival (WWAF) features 225 artists from a juried competition of artists nationwide and as far abroad as Israel and Hungary. The featured artist for 2016 is the whimsical painter Julia Gilmore and her work is featured in all event graphics.

In addition to being a favorite among buyers and sellers of fine art, the festival’s popularity also comes from the community- oriented and family-friendly experience of the event. Eclectic music performed by local, national and international artists, culinary demonstrations, and a variety of local performing artists take place in a natural setting.

“We have new features that we are very excited about, such as the ability to attend the festival for all three days with one $15 ticket, The Terrace VIP Club presented by Glade Gallery, the Art of Food demonstration stage and 3 stages of music, and the Art of Craft Beer area,” said WWAF Director Jenny Wright. “We are very pleased to offer “MD Anderson Cancer Center First Look Friday,” which is a great opportunity to be among the first to view this year’s artists.”

The WWAF is produced by The Wood­lands Arts Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide regional cultural enrichment opportunities to inspire, encourage, support and promote visual and performing arts. For more information on spon­sor­ships, call 713-504-6432. For event information, visit woodlandsartsfestival.com.

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Headliner Cody Bryan Band will perform at Barefoot Bands in the Park on Saturday, April 9.

Headliner Cody Bryan Band will perform at Barefoot Bands in the Park on Saturday, April 9.

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Singer-songwriter Amy Andrews will kick off Barefoot Bands in the Park on Saturday, April 9 at noon.

NEW MONTGOMERY COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVAL, APRIL 9

Barefoot Bands in the Park will debut in the Spring master-planned community of Harmony on Saturday, April 9 starting at noon when several of the nation’s top up-and-coming artists in pop, country and contemporary sounds, including the headliner, the Cody Bryan Band, take to the stage.

All of the festivities will be held in Harmony’s Barefoot Park, a rolling hillside park minutes from the community’s main entrance on Rayford Road at the newly extended Grand Parkway.

The afternoon music fest starts at noon when singer-songwriter Amy Andrews presents her unique southern sounds.

Singer-songwriter Dede, named one of the Best Vocalists in Houston by the Houston Press with four albums to her credit, takes to the stage at 1 p.m.

At 3 p.m., enjoy the fresh, Texas country sounds of the Cody Bryan Band. The Austin band’s debut album, “Wreck Me,” showcases Bryan’s considerable vocal and songwriting skills on 10 strong tracks, most co-written during a marathon weekend in Nashville.

The event will also feature delicious fare from food trucks Cousins Main Lobster, Tex-Mex cuisine from the Cajanos Food Truck and hot, fresh sugar donuts.

In addition to the live music, there will be plenty of free activities for kids of all ages, and the first 100 concert fans at the event will receive a free picnic blanket.

The festival is free and open to the public. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Free onsite parking is also available.

Additionally, families can tour Harmony’s collection of model homes, each fully furnished and expertly decorated, by Ashton Woods, CastleRock Communities, Darling Homes, Highland Homes, Perry Homes, Taylor Morrison, Village Builders and Westin Homes. Go to Harmony-Houston.com to learn more.

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Librarians are preparing thousands of books at bargain prices for the SMCFOL Book Sale.

Librarians are preparing thousands of books at bargain prices for the SMCFOL Book Sale.

SOUTH MONTGOMERY COUNTY FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE, MARCH 31-APRIL 2

From Thursday, March 31 to Saturday, April 2, South Montgomery County Friends of the Library (SMCFOL) will be holding its Annual Book Sale at the South County Community Centre in The Woodlands.

SMCFOL Book Sales have been held for over 20 years. From the start, donations from the community came pouring in, and within a few years the sale outgrew the library’s meeting room space. In 2000 the Book Sale was moved next door to the South County Community Center where it has evolved to the event it has become.

The sale brings the community a quality and varied inventory of books, all sold at terrific bargains. The proceeds support programs at the two Woodlands libraries.

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GIVING GOES GLAM FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON, APRIL 1

Save the date for the fifth anniversary of the Giving Goes Glam Fashion Show and Luncheon presented by Market Street The Woodlands and The Woodlands Mall on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. The event will take place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr., and will benefit Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands.Visit jlthewoodlands.org or woodlandsinterfaith.org for more information.

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Mark Atnipp and team members ham it up on the golf course.

Mark Atnipp and team members ham it up on the golf course.

7TH ANNUAL HOPE ON THE GREEN FUNDRAISER TEES OFF, APRIL 11

The 7th Annual HOPE on the Green tees off Monday, April 11 at The Woodlands County Club Palmer Course and benefits The Will Herndon Research Fund. This year’s golf tournament features unlimited beverages and food throughout the course, pre-game contests, fabulous Hole-In-One prizes, the Blindfold Hole, the Helicopter Ball drop and plenty of HOPE hospitality.

Check-in begins at 10 am, while the driving range is open and contests are underway. The Helicopter Ball Drop is scheduled for noon, with a shot gun start promptly at 12:30 p.m. Dinner will be served immediately following the Tournament. A four player team can be reserved with a $1,000 donation. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,500. Online registration opens mid-February at willherndon.org.

The Will Herndon Research Fund (HOPE) was established in 2009 to raise funds for research into finding a cure for juvenile Batten disease. This effort began in honor of Will Herndon, who was diagnosed with juvenile Batten disease at age 6. This rare, fatal, genetic disease attacks an otherwise healthy child beginning with vision loss, declined cognitive skills, and seizures. Progressively, children suffer loss of memory and speech until they are mentally and physically incapacitated, eventually leaving them wheelchair bound, then bedridden. With no current treatment or cure, Batten disease is always fatal, often by the late teens or early 20s.

“In the years since Will’s diagnosis, we have never been more filled with HOPE than we are now,” says Missy Herndon, Will’s mother and HOPE founder. HOPE research­ers have discovered six drug compounds that could slow the progression of the disease. Two of these compounds are under further evaluations, with the anticipation of receiving approval from the FDA to conduct a clinical trial — a clinical trial that could give Will a bright, promising future.” To learn more, visit the website or call 409-454-9330.

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Paula Paciorek, water resources coordinator with Galveston Bay Foundation, will speak at the lecture.

Paula Paciorek, water resources coordinator with Galveston Bay Foundation, will speak at the lecture.

THE WOODLANDS G.R.E.E.N. SUSTAINABILITY LECTURE, APRIL 14

The Woodlands Grass Roots Environmental Education Network is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally responsible actions.The Wood­­lands G.R.E.E.N. Sustainability Lecture, titled Water Conservation Plans for People and the Environment, will be held on April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Montgomery County South Regional Library, 2101 Lake Robbins in The Woodlands.

The availability of water is a critical issue impacting us statewide and in the water planning area where we live – Region H. Our region with its rapid population growth is projected to experience water shortages as early as 2020. A proven strategy for meeting increased water demand is conservation. Actions to reduce demand can effectively and efficiently avoid shortages or at least significantly delay them. Other strategies, such as construction of reservoirs and desalination plants, are expensive and environmentally damaging. The Woodlands has taken a leading role in water conservation efforts by adopting workable water efficiency tools that can be applied in the greater north Houston area.

The Texas Living Waters Project is a partnership of the Galveston Bay Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club. This partnership is advancing water conservation through education. Paula Paciorek, water resources coordinator with Galveston Bay Foundation, will discuss how water efficiency and conservation help to achieve sufficient water resources to meet all of our critical needs, including sufficient water supplies that support healthy rivers, bayous, and Galveston Bay.

The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. recognizes the importance of conserving the precious water resources of our community, region, rivers and Galveston Bay. Its continuing goal is to educate The Woodlands area residents on environmental sustainability issues.

This event is free and open to the public and is not sponsored or endorsed by Montgomery County Memorial Library System. For additional information, contact Cinda Hitchcock at 281-363-2723.

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COULSON TOUGH K-6 RACE FOR AWARENESS, APRIL 16

Coulson Tough K-6 School has kicked off its first annual Race for Awareness. This year’s 5K run/walk will focus on raising funds and awareness for autism for students and the community.

The race will begin and end at Coulson Tough’s campus on Saturday, April 16 starting at 9 a.m. The event is open to all ages and members of the school and community. The registration fee for both the run or walk is $25 and includes a race T-shirt.

At the school, fifth and sixth grade student council members are sharing books about autism differences and acceptance with the Kindergarten – sixth grade classes. Funds raised from this first annual race will benefit Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of those affected by autism spectrum disorders. “We would love for all of our children and families in the community to come together and join in the Race for Awareness!” said Coulson principal Shawn Creswell. “Our plan is to highlight a different medical condition or disorder each year to educate our students and make a difference in our community by broadening the understanding of our students, their families, friends and neighbors.”

Major event sponsors include Luke’s Locker in Market Street, H-E-B Grocery in Indian Springs Shopping Center and Corporate Incentives in The Woodlands. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Creswell at screswell@conroeisd.net or online at tough.conroeisd.net.

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Registration is now open for the Angel Run half-marathon, 10K and 5K races scheduled for April 16 in Woodforest. Proceeds go to scholarships for local Montgomery County youth.

Registration is now open for the Angel Run half-marathon, 10K and 5K races scheduled for April 16 in Woodforest. Proceeds go to scholarships for local Montgomery County youth.

2016 ANGEL FUN RUN, APRIL 16

Racers are lacing up their running shoes to raise money for local Montgomery County scholarships during the 2016 Angel Run slated for April 16 in Woodforest.

Registration for the annual fundraiser, which includes a half-marathon, 10K and 5K, is now open at AngelRunTX.com. Regis­tration fees are $75 for the half-marathon, $50 for the 10K race and $35 for the 5K. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each category.

The race begins at 8 a.m. at Stewart Elementary School, 680 Fish Creek Thoroughfare, and concludes with a post-race party for participants and supporters. Festivities will include a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, face and hair painting, a photo booth, beer garden, DJ Chico and food trucks.

The Angel Run commemorates the memory of sisters Kelsey Knepprath and Sara Hartnett. Knepprath passed away suddenly in 2012 after being diagnosed with the flu two days prior to her death. Hartnett, a 17-year-old Montgomery High School senior, died in a head-on collision in 2008 after losing control of her car in the rain.

Further details on the race and post-event party are at woodforesttx.com.

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TAILS & TRAILS BENEFIT FOR HOMELESS PETS, APRIL 16

Tails & Trails is a unique, community oriented event to be held on April 16 at the 20-acre Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, to benefit Happy Trails Rescue.

The event will include a raffle and a silent auction. The park’s large green space will provide ample room to showcase vendors, dogs for adoption, educational booths, law enforcement dog demonstrations, activities for children, agility dog demonstrations and delicious food and beverages. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners.The park is surrounded by a half-mile of paved walking path allowing potential adopters to take dogs on a stroll for some bonding time and to better see if they are a good fit for adoption.

Educational booths will focus on many of the ways to get involved with solving the serious and invisible issue of homeless animals in Montgomery County and beyond. Most people are unaware that so many animals, many of whom are loving family pets turned in to the shelter by owners no longer able to care for them, are ending up in the county shelter, which is so full that many dogs don’t even get a daily break to get out of their kennel to play or go for a walk. This issue is compounded by a booming stray animal population in Montgomery County.

The shelter takes in up to 100 animals per day. In 2013, the shelter took in more than 24,000 dogs, cats, and other animals. Many of these animals wait in the shelter for an adoptive family for many months and many never make it to their “forever home.”

For more information, call Heather Calkins, founder/chairperson Tails & Trails, at 512-579-1229.

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The Woodlands Spring Fine Arts Show is a day of great art buys, performances and artist demonstrations.

The Woodlands Spring Fine Arts Show is a day of great art buys, performances and artist demonstrations.

THE WOODLANDS SPRING FINE ARTS SHOW, APRIL 30

Amateur and professional artists alike are invited to showcase their paintings, photography, jewelry, metal works, sculptures, digital art, mixed media and other works of art
at Market Street’s 2016 Spring Fine Arts Show on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the Spring Fine Arts Show at Market Street is one of the most popular gatherings for artists in The Woodlands where families can browse for great buys, enjoy live music and participate in artist demonstrations. Activities for aspiring artists of all ages are also scheduled.

A 10’x10’ tented exhibit space is $150 and a 10’x20’ tented space is $275. Electri­city for booths is limited and available to exhibitors on a first come, first serve basis for $50. Tables and chairs are also available for a rental fee.

In the event of rain, the show will be moved to Saturday, May 7.

Exhibitors may download an application at marketstreet-thewoodlands.com or they can contact the Market Street concierge desk at 281-419-4774.

Completed applications are due Thursday, March 31 and can be dropped off at the Market Street concierge desk or mailed to Vanessa Johnson, Market Street – Art Show, 9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 6390, The Woodlands, TX, 77380. Payment for exhibit space must accompany the completed application.

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The Woodlands Spring Fine Arts Show is a day of great art buys, performances and artist demonstrations.

The Woodlands Spring Fine Arts Show is a day of great art buys, performances and artist demonstrations.

SPRING CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO MARKET STREET, APRIL 21 – JUNE 9

Market Street’s popular spring concert series, featuring artists in classic rock, jazz and the best of Latin sounds, returns to the luxury shopping, dining and entertainment destination every Thursday, April 21-June 9, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Market Street’s cozy 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 2016 series features the following line-up:

April 21 – Early classic rock sounds of Summer Street

April 28 – Classic party rock and pop music by The Slags, the official band of the Houston Texans

April 30 – The high-energy African dance music of Kupira Marimbe (at Market Street’s Spring Fine Arts Show) from 4-6 p.m.

May 5 – Latin dance and pop sounds from Kaché

May 12 – Classic ‘80’s songs from The Chromatics

May 19 – Blues and classic rock sounds by Luther & The Healers

May 26 – Moodafaruka presents its world fusion sounds, from the Gypsy Kings to Johnny Cash

June 2 – The Eagles tribute band Already Gone

June 9 – Latin jazz and Santana rock sounds of The Brew (during H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street)

Every spring music concert at Market Street is free and open to the public. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.

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THE ACS PRESENTS COUTURE FOR THE CAUSE OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MAY 7

Save the date of May 7 for the American Cancer Society’s new gala fundraiser in Montgomery County. Details are coming together for the inaugural year of Couture for the Cause of Montgomery County.

This exclusive, fun-filled evening will include fabulous food, drinks and music. The evening’s main event will be a professional New York-style fashion show featuring the latest trends, presented by models whose lives have been touched by cancer. This year’s theme, Moonlight in Milan, honors the tradition of fashion as it has evolved in this beloved European city. The event will take place in the luxurious Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands.

Parties for a cause, along with the generous commitments from the local community, have helped raise more than $3 million over the past 20 years in Montgomery County. Couture for the Cause of Montgomery Co. will continue the American Cancer Society’s mission to eliminate cancer by helping to fund groundbreaking research, in addition to supporting acclaimed patient programs and services.

Event co-chairs Shelley Rollins and Krisiti Leggett bring their considerable talent and leadership to the planning committee for this first-year event. The committee is currently seeking event sponsors and underwriters, local cancer survivors to serve as guest models, donated items to be used in auctions or swag bags, and volunteers to help achieve the fundraising goal of $175,000. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase by the general public.

To learn more, contact Leigha Hughes at Leigha.Hughes@cancer.org. For the latest information, visit the page on Facebook. For more information about cancer, services and programs, visit cancer.org.


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