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March 2017

The Exhibition by Peter Demetz.

The Exhibition by Peter Demetz.


GLADE Gallery, 24 Waterway, is delighted to announce A Thousand Mornings, a large exhibition of most recent works of the Italian artist Peter Demetz, curated by Denise Radulescu. Accompanying the acclaimed artist, a selection of works by the renowned Dutch artist Karel Appel will also be on display.

The exhibition displays stories that use memory to give form to the relationship we all have with the everyday, in a certain “domestic archaeology.” The way we relate to the exterior world and our identity are explored by Peter Demetz through a series of metaphorical questions that trigger personal constructions, asking how our individual history is used rhetorically and representationally.

For more information, visit gladegallery.com.


Donny Edwards as Elvis.

Donny Edwards as Elvis.


On March 3 at 7:30 p.m. the Crighton Theatre, located at 234 N Main St., will present One Night With Elvis, starring Donny Edwards.

Edwards was recently chosen as the first and only Elvis tribute artist to perform on the estate of Graceland. This Las Vegas Headliner will take you through the early years and Elvis’ 70’s concert era. This is considered the #1 Elvis show in the world. The seven member band, Fever, opens the show. Come ready to Shake, Rattle, and Roll!

Donny says, “First and foremost I’m a huge Elvis fan. So everytime I take the stage, I do my ultimate best to honor the legacy of Elvis Presley. It’s a privilege to perform for the fans all over the world like myself.” Besides his live shows, Donny has entertained on TV including appearances on ABC’s Monday Night Football and CBS’s The Young and the Restless. For tickets and more information, visit crightontheatre.org.



Interfaith of The Woodlands has received nominations for the Service of Excellence Awards, which are presented annually to five outstanding individuals in the community. The Service of Excellence Award honors individuals who have invested in the community and have greatly inspired others through their tireless work by volunteering in one of the following areas: Seniors, Youth, Fine Arts, Health and Education.

Nominated individuals have demonstrated commitment and dedication to the specified area of service, be a positive role model in the community, provide leadership, help significantly to improve lives and/or community through their service.

Recipients will be honored at the annual Five Who Share Luncheon that will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on Friday, March 3, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Barbara Cargill, Texas State Board of Education, will serve as the Honorary Chair. The luncheon, sponsored by CB&I, will highlight education and honor the outstanding community leaders. Proceeds from the tickets and raffle will benefit the programs and services of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

For tickets or additional information about the luncheon, call 832-615-8225 or email rray@woodlandsinterfaith.org.

Interfaith of The Woodlands 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, or to become a volunteer, visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.



The Woodlands/Houston Chapter of Therapy Pet Pals of Texas is looking for volunteers with calm, friendly and obedient dogs to provide pet therapy to elderly and ill people at local healthcare facilities around The Woodlands /Tomball/ Spring/Conroe and Montgomery County area. The nonprofit organization will be taking reservations up until Feb. 27 for its March 1 Qualifying/ Training Class.

Visit therapypetpals.org for more information, and call 512-347-1984 for pre-screening and registration.


Shenyang, China’s Peng Wang, a student at Texas Christian University’s School of Music, was awarded the Silver Medal in the Strings Division at the 2016 Young Texas Artists Music Competition.

Shenyang, China’s Peng Wang, a student at Texas Christian University’s School of Music, was awarded the Silver Medal in the Strings Division at the 2016 Young Texas Artists Music Competition.


Some of the world’s most talented young musicians will take the stage at Conroe’s Crighton Theatre to perform the works of the masters of classical music at the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. Now in its 33rd year, the three-day competition is open to artists aged 18-30 who live in Texas or are students at a Texas college, university or music school.

The public is encouraged to attend the preliminary auditions that kick off the three-day competition, which begin at 9 a.m. at the Crighton Theatre, located at 234 North Main St., on each day of the event. The auditions are free to attend and can help provide guidance to future artists.

The competition will culminate in a Texas-style Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue gala scheduled for 5:15 p.m. March 11 at Martin’s Hall, 219 Simonton St. in Conroe. The event, YTA’s major fundraiser for the year, features Texas barbecue, entertainment and a live auction, and immediately precedes the Finalists’ Concert and Awards at the nearby Crighton Theatre, which begins at 7:30. Tickets are available at . For sponsorship information, call 936-756-7017.




Members of the community are invited to get their sparkle on at the school’s biennial live gala. The John Cooper School’s “Neon Ball” Gala Event will be held on Saturday, March 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Co-chaired by Sanette Austin and Angie Signorelli, the festive event will include cocktails, dinner, a big board and live auction and entertainment provided by “The Spazmatics.” Underwriting opportunities, table sponsorships and individual tickets for $300 each and can be purchased online at johncooper.org/gala.

Cooper’s Gala Online Auction runs through March 2 at 10 p.m. and can be reached by going to the website .



A free call-in public Law Line for residents of Montgomery County who have general legal questions is offered on the first Monday of every month – March 6 – at 281-645-6344 from 5-8 p.m by volunteer attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association (TWBA). 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 TWBA in conjunction with the Montgomery County United Way. TWBA 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. For more information, visit WoodlandsBarAssociation.com.



The George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library welcomes author Rhys Bowen for an author visit and book signing onWednesday, March 8 at 1 p.m. Bowen will talk about her work and her newest book, In Farleigh Field, her first big stand-alone thriller which has already received stellar reviews. She will give a short reading from her book and then proceed to answer questions from the audience. A book signing will follow, with copies of In Farleigh Field available for purchase. This author event is co-sponsored by the South Montgomery County Friends of the Library and will be preceded by their quarterly general meeting. For more information, visit countylibrary.org.

Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness Series, Molly Murphy Mysteries, and the Constable Evans novels. She has won the Agatha Best Novel Award and has been nominated for the Edgar Best Novel.


Walkers at the finish line of last year’s “Running for Hearts” event.

Walkers at the finish line of last year’s “Running for Hearts” event.


Volunteers have been planning this year’s “Running for Hearts” annual 5K Family Fun Run and Walk. This fun-filled event will take place on March 25 and features a timed 5K trail run, a one mile family fun walk (strollers welcome), children’s activities, local vendors and more. Parti­cipants will receive a swag bag, a race day t-shirt, and are invited to an after-race celebration featuring a DJ, food, and a few surprises. Prizes for participants include race winners and fundraising winners.

Northside Christian Church (20250 Kuykendahl in Spring) is hosting this year’s fundraiser, with proceeds going to support Shield Bearer Counseling Centers.

To register, visit shieldbearer.org/5K. Pre-race day entrance fees are $25 per participant. Children under 13 are $10. Vendor and sponsor opportunities are available by emailing events@shieldbearer.org or calling 281-894-7222. For more information, visit shieldbearer.org, call 281-894-7222, or attend a free community breakfast on the first Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. at 12340 Jones Rd, Ste. 290 in Houston.


The BB&T Woodlands CrawPHish Festival features live entertainment, crawfish and other Cajun-style food and beverages.

The BB&T Woodlands CrawPHish Festival features live entertainment, crawfish and other Cajun-style food and beverages.


The BB&T Woodlands CrawPHish Festival will return on March 25 to Town Green Park, located at 2099 Lake Robbins Drive in the Woodlands.

The BB&T Woodlands CrawPHish Festival was created as a community partnership between the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. Festival proceeds are used to fund research to help find a cure for pulmonary hypertension – a rare, complex health disease that creates high blood pressure in the lungs and that can lead to heart failure. Since its inception in 1999, local fundraising events have raised over $2M to fund research for a cure.

The BB&T Woodlands CrawPHish Festival features live entertainment from Cory Morrow, Zach Coffey & Zydeco Dots, Crawlie’s Kids Corner, crawfish and other Cajun style food and beverage.

The event will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Town Green Park, located at 2099 Lake Robbins Drive. Ticket purchase includes a plate of food and two beverages. Purchase your tickets early at the discounted price of $25 for adults (age 13+) and $15 for children (age 6-12). Children under 5 enter free of charge. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $36 for adults (age 13+) and $21. For tickets, more information
or sponsorship opportunities, visit WoodlandsCrawfish.com or contact Sharla Grayson at sharla@woodlandseventplanners.com.



Applications are now being accepted by graduating seniors residing in Montgomery County for the “2017 Future Lawyers Scholarship in Memoriam Ida G. Stewart” and the “2017 Future Lawyers Scholarship in Memoriam Kevin T. Shea.” Each scholarship will award $3,000 to outstanding local high school students through The Woodlands Bar Association (WBA) scholarship program.

This marks the fifth year that the WBA has offered scholarships 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 2017.

Applicants must have an interest in attending law school upon completion of an undergraduate program, and have aspirations of becoming an attorney. The scholarship program is intended to recognize and encourage a spirit of community involvement and good citizenship among high school students residing in The Woodlands and surrounding areas of Montgomery County, and allow the WBA to support the next generation of young lawyers in our community.

The deadline to apply is March 1 no later than 11 p.m. CST. The recipients will be chosen based upon financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities, citizenship and community involvement, demonstration of a strong desire to pursue a legal career, and recommendations. More details and the application are at woodlandsbarassociation.com/News

For more information on the Woodlands Bar Association, visit WoodlandsBarAssociation.com.



Women on a Mission to Earn Commission (WOAMTEC), a networking organization geared towards businesswomen, meet at Amerigo’s Grille in The Woodlands from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. every first and third Wednesday. The cost for lunch is $20, all inclusive. All local business professionals are invited to attend. WOAMTEC was created in 2007 to provide a supportive environment for women who are committed to faith, family and career. Visit woamtec.com or call 866-757-2611 for information.




Greater Tuna is comin’ home to Texas with its loving and hilarious send-up of life in a small, Southern town on Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crighton Theatre, 234 N Main St, Conroe.

This hilarious and irreverent comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of Tuna citizens – men, women, children, and animals alike – are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America both crazy and delightful.

Called “a good ol’ down-home laugh-out-loud fest,” by DC Metro Theater Arts, Greater Tuna has enjoyed worldwide success, including long-running engagements both on and Off-Broadway, at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Late Night with David Letterman, and as an HBO special. Two actors, 20 characters and 20 million laughs. Order tickets at mcpas.org/tickets. Upstairs seats, $45; downstairs seats, $55. For more information, visit mcpas.org.




The 12th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival offers a weekend escape for art and music enthusiasts of all ages and is scheduled for April 7-9. Conveniently 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. Proceeds from the festival directly fund the year-round community and education outreach programs of Because Art Matters sponsored by The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC).

Recently ranked in the top five of America’s Best Fine Arts Fairs by ArtFairCalendar.com, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival features 225 artists from a juried competition of artists nationwide, showcasing artwork from 14 different categories. The featured artist for 2017 is Terrell Powell and his work is featured in all festival graphics, as well as locally through TWAC Art Bench Program. Terrell’s whimsical bench, “Family,” underwritten by Gordy and Michelle Bunch, is located in the outdoor courtyard near the water basin at The Woodlands Mall.

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. Music representing a wide range of genres, performed by local, national and international musicians, plus local performing artists, offer an eclectic array of entertainment for all to enjoy. There are also culinary demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages, and student artwork on display, all in a natural setting.

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is produced annually 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 about sponsorship opportunities, call 713-504-6432. For festival updates, ticket purchase or additional information, visit thewoodlandsartscouncil.org


Rick Gillis

Rick Gillis


The South Regional Library is hosting a free program titled Job Search Optimized, presented by Rick Gillis on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with light refreshments provided during a scheduled lunch break.

This free, full-day workshop is for you if you are seeking employment, are considering new employment or are currently employed and want to learn how to secure your career and enhance your professional and promotional options. Gillis will teach you how to speak to and present your value to an organization — in short, how to compete!

Gillis has been seen and heard on radio and TV stations across the country, interviewed by CIO.com, BlackEnterprise, Forbes, Fortune, LiveWellNetwork, The WSJ, ComputerWorld, Salary.com, USA Today College, HuffingtonPost, Inc.com, BusinessInsider, NPR & PBS to name just a few. Rick’s broad radio and television production and on-air experience assures a “knock-it-out-of-the-room” presentation. Visit rickgillis.com for additional information.

All registered attendees will receive a free copy of his book, Job! Search Optimized.

Attendees may register at the website, countylibrary.org/calendar.htm, or by phone at 281-364-4294 and select “option 4,” or by visiting the library.


Seussical Jr. will be presented in The Woodlands from April 7-9.

Seussical Jr. will be presented in The Woodlands from April 7-9.


National Youth Theater (NYT) will perform the live musical production of Seussical Jr., April 7-9, at the Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts, McCullough Junior High, 3800 Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands.

A live show the whole family will enjoy, eTickets are available online for $12 per person at nyt.istartickets.com/gettickets.aspx. Same-day tickets at the door will be $15 per person. Show times are Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and again Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony Award winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

National Youth Theater is a nonprofit, Christian ministry with the mission of engaging students in life-changing experiences through the performing arts.


(L-R): Dawn Candy, Randy Lovelace, Jennifer Hudson and Mike Fortner at last year’s event.

(L-R): Dawn Candy, Randy Lovelace, Jennifer Hudson and Mike Fortner at last year’s event.


MainStreet America in Spring will host a fundraiser benefitting the clients of Bridgewood Farms on Saturday, April 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The annual event, “Around the World in 180 Minutes” will be an evening of wine tasting along with Live and Silent Auctions. The public is invited to join the fun by purchasing a passport for entry into the event.

Each participant will receive a wine glass with a handmade ceramic wine charm (made by the clients) and a passport. Attendees will travel through different regions of the world getting their passport stamped while tasting wines of that region. France will be the highlighted wine region with Lawrence + Leblanc Catering serving complementary taste bites that reflect the beautiful crafted wines and champagnes of the region. Founded in 1967, Bridgewood Farms will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at the event with a special champagne toast.

The organization provides programs and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the community. The training and experiences at Bridgewood Farms enable the clients to reach their highest potential, increase self-esteem, and promote personal independence. Bridgewood Farms serves over 100 teens and adults with opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives.

Sponsorship opportunities, passports for entry ($75 in advance and $85 at the door) and more information are at BridgewoodFarms.org.

Auction items can be donated by contacting Margie Taylor at margie@BridgewoodFarms.org. or by calling 936-856-6460, ext. 103.




The American Cancer Society (ACS) has announced its 2017 Couture for the Cause gala on Saturday, April 1, at Main Street America. Honoring many of Montgomery County’s cancer patients and survivors with a fashion show presented by Macy’s, the fundraiser brings together the community to raise money to support the many ACS patient programs and services.

The second annual event is co-chaired by Kristi Leggett for the second consecutive year along with Amanda Beard who was on the volunteer committee last year.

With a new theme each year, the 2017 gala will be “A Roaring Affair” with the Roaring ‘20s flair and the extravagance of The Great Gatsby.

The evening will begin with a Speakeasy cocktail reception for VIP guests who will have chance to mingle, bid on silent auction items and enjoy champagne, cocktails and delicious bites from local eateries. The Speakeasy VIP reception will be followed by the main event, including the signature fashion show featuring models who have or who are currently battling various forms of cancer.

Ticket prices are $125 for individual guests, while sponsorship opportunities include a $20,000 presenting sponsor and others at various amounts. For more information about the gala and for tickets, visit CoutureMontgomery.org. For more information about cancer, services and programs, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit cancer.org.




The Woodlands High School Theater Department presents Tribes, a contemporary drama, in the Blackbox.

This show is centered around a young man named Billy, who was born deaf. He meets a young woman by the name of Sylvia, who is on the brink of deafness herself. Sylvia grew up using American Sign Language, and with her knowledge she helps open Billy’s eyes as he is introduced to new perspectives that challenge everything that life has been definedas up to this point. Tribes confronts the struggle to find a voice when you’re aware you will not be heard, and how language not only locks people out, but also opens us up to an entire new world.

Tribes will be shown Thursday-Saturday, March 30 through April 1 at 7 p.m., with a matinee showing on April 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be $8 for students and $10 for adults and are sold at the door only. The show is intended for audiences age 13 and up. For more information please visit TWHStheater.com.


Artists and arts enthusiasts will descend on Conroe for the ultimate arts and culture mash-up. (Photo - Young Texas Artists, Inc. )

Artists and arts enthusiasts will descend on Conroe for the ultimate arts and culture mash-up. (Photo – Young Texas Artists, Inc. )


Art and culture are everywhere in the booming community of Conroe, overflowing with fresh, new art and artists, theater companies, galleries, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers. The city boasts a symphony orchestra with a celebrated conductor, a world-renowned classical music competition, a choral group that has performed in Carnegie Hall, an esteemed Texas poet laureate, and music events from classical and jazz to
country and pop.

Rising Stars & Legends of Texas brings it all together with the ultimate arts and culture mash-up on April 21 and 22 in downtown Conroe. Thirteen organizations comprising the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance are presenting art and artists from Conroe and around the state for a special time to celebrate the arts with free fun, family entertainment that encompasses the visual, performing, literary and cultural arts.

The Downtown Conroe venues include the Crighton Theatre, Owen Theatre, Gallery at the Madeley Building, Founders Park, Martin’s Hall, Heritage Place, Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park, and the Montgomery County Heritage Museum.

Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, with the raising of the 13 flags that have flown over Texas, musical entertainment and special guests. The festivities continue at noon on Saturday, April 22, when the streets will be filled with fun, food, entertainment and lots of fabulous art.

Additionally, the event will feature a play by a Texas playwright, live radio broadcasts, showing of an Emmy Award-winning film, a symphony concert, choral group and jazz performances, music ensembles featuring Texas musicians, a talent show winners and readings by Texas poets and authors, a gallery show featuring award-winning Texas visual artists, a children’s art show and workshops and more!

For more information, contact Annette Spikes at aspikes123@consolidated.net.


Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour


Award-winning actress Jane Seymour will be the featured guest speaker at the ninth annual “Tea on the Lawn” set for April 28 to benefit New Danville, a self-sustaining, master-planned integrated community serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as the Autism Spectrum, brain injuries and over 100 disabilities.

Seymour has showcased her talents on the Broadway stage, in motion pictures, and on television, blazing the trail for family-friendly programming with her Golden Globe-winning role as Dr. Michaela Quinn on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Seymour’s film credits include the iconic James Bond film Live and Let Die and the cult classic Somewhere in Time, among others. She is also an established author, designer and humanitarian. In addition to her busy life of acting, writing, designing, painting, and mothering six children, Seymour is a dedicated activist for a number of charities for over 25 years.

“Tea on the Lawn” will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Lone Star Convention Center at 9055 Airport Road in Conroe. The Marketplace opens at 10 a.m. and the tea luncheon begins at noon.

As tradition has it, guests will don their finest hats and lovely frocks. Prior to the sit-down luncheon at noon, genteel ladies will enjoy sipping light libations while browsing through the Marketplace of New Danville clients’ unique hand-crafted products.

This year’s event is expected to attract up to 700 guests. Richie’s Specialty Pharmacy has returned as the Presenting Sponsor and radio celebrity Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 will serve again as Emcee. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available.

New Danville (NewDanville.org) is located on 42 pastoral acres in Willis, at 10951 Shepard Hill Road. It is a special place where community members can live, learn, work and grow emotionally, socially and spiritually in a safe, caring environment.

For more information, email kristin@kickinpromotions.com or call 713-478-4690, or visit the event web site at TeaOnTheLawn.org.




On April 1 Children’s Safe Harbor will host its 11th annual fundraiser gala themed “Betting on Courage – Under The Big Top!” Over 500 generous sponsors and guests are expected to attend on Saturday, April 1 from 5:30-11 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Hotel and Convention Center.

This year’s special guest speaker will be childhood sexual assault survivor Erin Merryn, who is an author, activist, speaker, wife, mother, and the force behind Erin’s Law, which requires sexual abuse prevention education in schools in 26 states to date. She is the feature in the TLC documentary Breaking the Silence, and author of Stolen Innocence, Living For Today and An Unimaginable Act. Merryn was named Woman of The Year by Glamour magazine in 2012 and has been named by People magazine a HEROES Among Us and one of 15 women changing the world. The gala will also feature an exciting casino, live music by the band “Johnny and the Spinsations,” a wine and liquor pull, a raffle pull by Kendra Scott, and a silent auction of fabulous items.

According to Victoria Constance, MSPH, PhD, Executive Director and CEO of the Board of Directors for Children’s Safe Harbor, central to the 2017 gala is the capital campaign which will fuel the construction of a critically-needed larger, new facility as they have outgrown their current facility.

Leading this worthwhile charity fundraiser is event chair and CSH board member Mary Neskora along with event co-chair and CSH board member Sally Toppe.

Sponsorships are available at various levels ranging from $1,000 up to $20,000. To purchase individual tickets at $150 each or table sponsorships, visit childrenssafeharbor.org, email mary.neskora@gmail.com or call 713-203-4002.

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