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Happenings in The Woodlands May 2016

(L-R): Barb Jenks, principal, CHJ Wealth Management; John Sinitiere, client relations, CHJ Wealth Manage­ment; Jim Carlton, managing director, CHJ Wealth Management; and Dennis Bernhart, Coordinator Cares Program, Operation Military Embrace.

(L-R): Barb Jenks, principal, CHJ Wealth Management; John Sinitiere, client relations, CHJ Wealth Manage­ment; Jim Carlton, managing director, CHJ Wealth Management; and Dennis Bernhart, Coordinator Cares Program, Operation Military Embrace.


Carlton, Hofferkamp and Jenks (CHJ) Wealth Management is partnering with local nonprofit Operation Military Embrace (OME) to host a collection drive throughout the month of May, in honor of National Military Apprecia­tion month. All donated items can be dropped off in the reception area at the CHJ office, 10200 Grogans Mill Rd., during business hours from May 1-31.

OME’s detailed list of items requested by Military personnel can be viewed at CHJ’s website. Community members can also support the troops by donating money to OME to help pay for the cost of shipping care packages overseas.

Checks made out to OME will also be accepted at CHJ’s office during May.

“It is our honor to host this drive and be able to provide some comfort to support our Troops. We are all grateful for our service men, women and their families,” said Jim Carlton, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer.


Celebrate Mexican heritage and culture at The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s Cinco De Mayo fiesta.

Celebrate Mexican heritage and culture at The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s Cinco De Mayo fiesta. (Photo by -The Woodlands Children’s Museum)


Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum for its annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration – complete with art projects, story times, music and dance. The celebration is scheduled from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

This event is recommended for ages 7 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The event is included in the price of admission, which is $5 per person 1 year and older. To learn more, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.


Co-chairs Diane Kink and JoAnne Johnson.

Co-chairs Diane Kink and JoAnne Johnson.

Montgomery County GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON, May 13

Join forces with the American Heart Association (AHA) for the 2016 Montgomery County Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, May 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.

Real estate moguls Diane Kink and JoAnne Johnson from Keller Williams The Woodlands & Magnolia will be joining the fight against heart disease and stroke as co-chairs of the 2016 event. Their agency is also the presenting sponsor at the event. ABC 13’s morning anchor Katherine Whaley will be the luncheon emcee.  Amy LeCrone, wife of late Woodlands-area orthodontist Dr. Vance LeCrone, who died in August 2014 after suffering a heart attack, will share her passion towards providing more education and CPR and AED awareness in the community.

An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease and stroke – the No.1 and No.5 killers of all women. 90 percent of all women have one or more risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

For tickets, visit  montgomerycountygored.heart.org. For table sales, contact Jessaca Rodriguez at 832-918-4013 or Jessaca.Rodriguez@heart.org.


The recently renovated Tournament Clubhouse at The Woodlands Country Club offers a picturesque view of the No. 18 green and features a main dining room that opens to an outdoor patio with lounge seating, TV and fireplace.

The recently renovated Tournament Clubhouse at The Woodlands Country Club offers a picturesque view of the No. 18 green and features a main dining room that opens to an outdoor patio with lounge seating, TV and fireplace.


The Insperity Invitational, played annually on The Tournament Course at The Wood­lands Country Club (TWCC) and this year May 2-8, was awarded the 2015 PGA TOUR Champions “Players Award,” which recognizes the tournament that goes above and beyond in the experience provided to the Champions players.

The Champions Tour stated that, year in and year out, the tournament provides a level of hospitality that is unsurpassed on PGA TOUR Champions. The tournament has “the best of everything” for players, sponsors and spectators, resulting in excellent galleries, first-class amenities and spectacular surroundings at TWCC.

“There is no greater compliment than to be recognized by the players for whom we host the Insperity Invitational,” said Bryan Naugle, executive director, Insperity Invitational. “From both a fan and sponsors perspective, it is the players who truly what make our event, and the PGA TOUR’s Champions circuit great. Much of this credit goes to the dedicated volunteers and the generous support from the community.”

TWCC recently unveiled the “new” Club with the reinvented Palmer Clubhouse, featuring stylish new dining amenities and media area with big-screen TVs; elegant private event space; refreshed outdoor dining area with fire pits and new media area; new Palmer Clubhouse resort-style pool experience; newly renovated Champions Locker Room; improved golf experience throughout the three golf courses with updated tee amenities and new golf carts; and a new private event venue with golf course views and seating for up to 300. The multi-phase reinvention project also included renovations to the Tournament Clubhouse, including the Champions locker room.



Women On A Mission To Earn Commission (WOAMTEC) is a premier business building organization designed to appeal to the business woman who is already successful and simply wants to grow more. It is not designed only for commissioned salespeople, but for any strong female who wants to increase her company’s bottom line and overall revenue while working towards the greater commissions in life.

The WOAMTEC goal is to build a positive networking atmosphere where seasoned professional business women can come together to share ideas, offer support and create solid business alliances.

The group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at Americas (The Woodlands location) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. All business and professional women are invited to attend.



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.



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.


Kache’ will be performing May 5.

Kache’ will be performing May 5.


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.

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


Mary Neskora will be honored at the fundraising event.

Mary Neskora will be honored at the fundraising event.


Children’s Safe Harbor is hosting its 10th annual dinner fundraiser, themed “Betting on Courage” at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at The Woodlands Waterway Hotel and Convention Center at 1601 Lake Robbins Dr. In addition to casino night and a dinner, there will be dancing to live music along with a silent auction of items, bid board of auction items, and a wine and liquor pull.

Children’s Safe Harbor’s mission is to protect and enhance the life of every child who has the courage to battle sexual or severe physical abuse. As a nationally-accredited nonprofit organization serving Montgomery, San Jacinto and Walker counties, it is part of a nationwide effort to heal the trauma and facilitate justice for children ages 2 through 17 and their families.

Children’s Safe Harbor is unique in that it serves children and their families all in one building, minimizing the need for children to retell their experience to multiple agencies, therefore re-experiencing the trauma over and over. From legal investigation, child protective services, forensic interviews, and medical examination, to facilitating prosecution, justice and counseling for long-term healing, it is all offered in one co-located facility at Children’s Safe Harbor.

To purchase individual tickets or table sponsorship levels, visit childrenssafeharbor.org and click on the gala link.


Liz Murray

Liz Murray


Interfaith Community Clinic has announced that Liz Murray will be the guest at “Women Empowering Women” from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at The Westin The Woodlands on Friday, May 6. Proceeds from the event will benefit Interfaith Community Clinic.

Liz Murray, renowned author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard will be speaking about having been accepted into Harvard University despite being homeless in her high school years. Murray was born in the Bronx, New York to poor, drug-addicted parents, both of whom would later die of AIDS. Murray overcame in 2009. She is now the founder and director of Manifest Living and a successful motivational speaker.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Liz Murray will be sharing her incredible journey. We are honored to have her as our special guest for this event which benefits Interfaith Community Clinic,” said Dr. Ann Snyder, President and CEO of Interfaith Community Clinic.

Interfaith Community Clinic opened its doors in 1996 to meet the medical needs of the uninsured population, and in 2010 the clinic joined the Interfaith family of services. Interfaith Community Clinic is dedicated to providing quality basic medical and dental care, counseling and patient services to the uninsured. Programs are provided free of charge and are funded by the generous financial support of grants, faith-based organizations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals. For more information, visit interfaithcommunityclinic.org.



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.



The Spring-Klein Athletics Foundation, along with Ms. Veteran America semi-finalist Lavoxkeia Carnes, will host a local MONOPOLY Game Tournament on May 7 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston North/Spring, 24485 Interstate 45 North, Spring. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Final Salute to help provide homeless women veterans with safe and suitable housing.

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities exist. For more information, contact Lavoxkeia Carnes at 832-415-0568×101.



Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) is hosting its sixth annual Golfing In The Woods Golf Tournament on May 9 at Panther Trail Golf Course in The Woodlands. The golf tournament will benefit the food insecure children, seniors and other individuals throughout the county with its various community programs. Breakfast will be provided to kick the day off, and lunch will be served during the awards ceremony after 18 holes of fun competition for a great cause. Sign up your foursome, sponsor a hole, or volunteer for the day by visiting mcfoodbank.org or by contacting Amanda Riddle at ariddle@­mcfoodbank.org.




You have just crossed over into The Twilight Zone. There is nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.

Come see for yourself as The Woodlands High School (TWHS) Theater Department presents its annual competition The Twilight Zone on Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m. in the TWHS auditorium, 6101 Research Forest Dr., The Woodlands. The shows will be student-directed, and each grade from 8th to 12th grade will perform episodes from Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.

Tickets range from $5-$10 and can be purchased at the door. For more information visit twhstheater.com.


You can kick off your shoes at the TOMS One Day Without Shoes event, designed to increase awareness of how difficult life without shoes can be.

You can kick off your shoes at the TOMS One Day Without Shoes event, designed to increase awareness of how difficult life without shoes can be.


The Woodlands Children’s Museum is joining forces with TOMS, a conscientious shoe retailer, to help make the world a better place – one foot at a time.

By going barefoot on TOMS One Day Without Shoes, scheduled for 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, the museum and TOMS hope to increase global awareness of how difficult life without shoes can be.

Angela Colton, executive director of The Woodlands Children’s Museum, said shoes are just a symptom of a larger problem.

“This is about so much more than what you wear on your feet,” she said. “By simply sharing sensory experiences with children, we hope to focus on the issues of children whose basic needs are not met and how their lives change when receiving something so many of us take for granted.”

Providing children with shoes can help meet school uniform requirements, enabling them to attend school regularly, she said, explaining that wearing shoes and practicing good foot hygiene also helps prevent the spread of the debilitating disease podoconiosis, which is caused by going barefoot in certain soils.

The museum is encouraging children to participate in the small sensory walk, make T-shirts and have their toenails painted with a complimentary mini-pedi being offered on TOMS One Day Without Shoes. In addition, children can participate in a collaborative footprint painting project that will be sent to TOMS upon completion.The event is included in the cost of admission, which is $6 per person 1 year and older.

The museum is located at 4775 W. Pan­ther Creek Drive, Suite 280. Visit wood­lands­child­­rens­museum.org or call 281-465-0955 for more information.


Old West Melodrama spoofs Sherlock Holmes.

Old West Melodrama spoofs Sherlock Holmes.


Old West Melodrama is preparing to unveil a new mystery dinner show that spoofs Sherlock Holmes mysteries – and explores Victorian customs, exotic diseases and cures.

Holmes Sweet Homicide debuts on Friday, May 13 and performances continue Friday and Saturday evenings through Saturday, May 28.

Attendees will join world-famous detective Hemlock Holmes, who has just returned from a visit to a long-lost cousin in a sanatorium in upstate New York. Unbeknownst to Holmes’ female sidekick Whatsun, the detective has brought his cousin Elmira back home with him. Whatsun is shocked and jealous of the beautiful woman with a rare mental disorder called Disrobe-a-phobia. Mystery and intrigue abound when Dr. Charles Ovary and his nurse arrive to cure Elmira – and the doctor soon becomes just as infatuated with Elmira as Holmes is.

“Keep your eyes and ears open, because someone will be ruthlessly murdered at the end of the play,” producer Jeannine Cole said. “It’s up to our audience to guess who-done-it.”

The show will be held at Puffabelly’s Depot Restaurant in Old Town Spring, with dinner and a pre-show starting at 7 p.m. The melodrama begins at 8 p.m.

Old West Melodrama, stationed at 100 Main Street in Old Town Spring, is the only performing group in the greater Houston area that offers melodramas and murder mystery dinner shows year-round.

The troupe, founded by Joe Cole, is comprised of experienced actors and performers who enjoy interacting with the audience. For more information or tickets, call 713-364-9190, email reservations@oldwestmelodrama.com or visit oldwestmelodrama.com.



Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County will host a free demonstration by Dan Phillips entitled “Transforming Recycled Materials Into A New Home” on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at its ReStore home improvement resale shop located at 9407 S.H. 242 in Conro.

Renowned as one of the most creative home builders, Dan Phillips, a trained architect from Huntsville, has built affordable homes for low-income families and individuals using recycled, donated and salvaged building materials for over 15 years.

For more information about ReStore, visit Facebook.com/HabitatMCTXReStore or call the store at 936-441-5888.



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.


Participants in last year’s Angelman Walk.

Participants in last year’s Angelman Walk.


Step up and step out to help find a cure! The Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) invites the public to participate in its annual walk on Saturday, May 21 in The Woodlands to raise funds to improve the quality of life for individuals with Angelman syndrome – a severe, neurogenetic disorder.

People with Angelman syndrome don’t talk, have a hard time walking and using their hands, and will need someone to take care of them for the rest of their lives. Since Angelman syndrome shares symptoms with several other disorders including autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Rett and Prader-Willi syndromes, any research progress toward treating and curing symptoms has the potential to positively affect more than 12 million people. Angelman syndrome occurs in one in every 15,000 live births and exhibits symptoms such as: developmental delay; lack of speech; seizures; inappropriate laughter; and walking and balance disorders.

The walk will take place at Rob Fleming Park located at 6055 Creekside Forest Dr. in The Village of Creekside Park. Funds raised will advance the awareness and understanding of Angelman syndrome through education and information, research and support. Over 450 participants are expected to turn out at this year’s walk.

Participants are encouraged to register in advance online at angelman.org (click the Walk tab for the Houston walk) or by calling 1-800-432-6435. They can also register the day of the event. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K walk starts at 9 a.m.

For more information about the Walk, email debrasukin@yahoo.com. For more information about the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, visit angelman.org.


(L-r): Lucy Gomez, Director of Programs and Services Interfaith of The Woodlands; Interfaith of The Woodlands’ 2016 Woman of Distinction, Cindy Harlan; Leslie McPherson, Family Services Manager, and Missy Herndon, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

(L-r): Lucy Gomez, Director of Programs and Services Interfaith of The Woodlands; Interfaith of The Woodlands’ 2016 Woman of Distinction, Cindy Harlan; Leslie McPherson, Family Services Manager, and Missy Herndon, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.


Interfaith Community Clinic will honor Kathy Thompson as its 2016 Woman of Distinction, and Interfaith of The Woodlands will honor Cindy Harlan as its 2016 Woman of Distinction at the annual Women of Distinction luncheon on May 27 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. The event celebrates the accomplishments provided by volunteers to local organizations throughout the year.

Kathy has been a devoted volunteer for Interfaith Community Clinic since 2003, assisting individuals and families with eligibility of the clinic’s dental and medical services and providing additional information needed for community resources in Montgomery County. Cindy Harlan has been with Interfaith for over 10 years. In 2015, she dedicated over 700 hours to the Interfaith Food Pantry. Cindy currently volunteers in the Interfaith Food Pantry on a regular basis spending up to five days a week preparing groceries for distribution, shelving donations and orienting new student and adult volunteers when needed. For more information call 281-367-1230 or visit woodlandsinterfaith.org.


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.



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.



Montgomery County’s popular Jazzy Junque sale is now a permanent storefront at The Outlets at Conroe. Featuring donated items that are new or in good and working condition, savvy shoppers can find exciting steals on sofas, decorator comforters, boutique handbags, stylish furniture and more at a fraction of the original cost.

Donations can be dropped off at Outlets of Conroe by appointment, or arranged to be picked up by calling 936-441-4500 or emailing info@jazzyjunque.org.


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.

For information and a complete schedule, visit wineandfoodweek.com or call 713-557-5732.

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