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May 2017


The colorful cast of Farce of Nature.

The colorful cast of Farce of Nature.

STAGE RIGHT PRESENTS FARCE OF NATURE, THROUGH APRIL 30

Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, presents the comedy Farce of Nature by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten April 14-30. The show is directed by Melody Montez. Stage Right has produced six highly successful and joyously received Jones Hope Wooten comedies including the world premiere of Mama Won’t Fly. If audiences laughed out loud to Christmas Belles last season; they’ll love Farce of Nature.

The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. D. Gene Wilburn is the owner and proprietor of the Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Well, it used to be, but lately business is down, tourists are few, and the lone guest who’s just checked in — an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca from Chicago — is only there due to a location shift in the Witness Protection Program. A Chicago gangster in the Witness Protection Program in the deep South. What could go wrong?

By the delightfully chaotic climax of this one outrageous day, love blossoms, truths are revealed, and the lives of all — family, guests and gangsters alike — change in incredible and surprising ways.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., and two Sunday matinees on April 23 and 30 are at 2 pm. Performances will be held at the historic Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main in downtown Conroe. Get tickets by calling the Crighton Theatre box office at 936-441-SHOW (7469) or online at stage-right.org. Group discounts are available by calling the box office.

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

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

SPRING CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO MARKET STREET – THE WOODLANDS, APRIL 20-JUNE 8

Market Street’s popular Spring Concert Series, featuring artists in country, rock and acoustic guitar and more, returns every Thursday, April 20-June 8, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Market Street’s Central Park once again will be the scene of the eight-week concert series when music fans can enjoy performers from the shady patios of Jasper’s, Crú –Wine Bar, Tommy Bahama Tropical Café, Uni Sushi, 1252 Tapas Bar or any of Market Street’s signature restaurants. The concerts are free and open to the public. Blankets and lawn chairs also are welcome. For more information, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com

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(L-R): Kim Lindley, Lakesha Evans and Brenda Mizell. in front of Lakesha’s new home.

(L-R): Kim Lindley, Lakesha Evans and Brenda Mizell. in front of Lakesha’s new home.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GALA, MAY 6

Set for May 6 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, the Habitat for Humanity Gala is themed “Run for the Roses – Building Homes and Hope” and will feature a silent auction, bid boards, dancing, dinner, a live auction and a program featuring an inspirational testimony by a new Habitat for Humanity homeowner, Lakesha Evans. LGI Homes is the Presenting Sponsor, and Len Cannon of KHOU will serve as emcee.

For Brenda Mizell, supporting Habitat for Humanity MCTX has become a personal priority over the years. Most notably, she launched a fundraising gala for the nonprofit six years ago. Mizell will be recognized as the honoree of this year’s Habitat for Humanity MCTX gala.

“We are thrilled to honor Brenda as she has been such an important person to Habitat for Humanity for years,” said Kim Lindley, gala chair. “She had the original vision to create this wonderful and powerful fundraising event and so it is humbling to follow in her footsteps.”

Mizell, who also serves on the board of directors, added, “Not everyone can work in a nonprofit organization, yet there are many of us who are willing to give of our time and resources to support charitable causes that reflect our personal values and beliefs. For me, Habitat for Humanity is one such organization. To be honored at this year’s gala is so personally rewarding, just as it has been witnessing the many families whose lives have been positively changed by Habitat’s mission.”

For tickets visit habitatmctx.org/galatickets or for more information call Isabel Jones at 936-441-4663.

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Brenda Mizell is the honoree of this year’s Habitat for Humanity Gala. She is with her husband John.

Brenda Mizell is the honoree of this year’s Habitat for Humanity Gala. She is with her husband John.

MARKET STREET 2017 SPRING FINE ARTS SHOW, MAY 6

Professional and amateur artists will display paintings, photography, metal-works, sculptures, pottery and more at Market Street’s popular outdoor Spring Fine Arts Show scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 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. Fun activities for aspiring artists of all ages also are scheduled.

In the event of rain, the show will be moved to Saturday, May 13. Market Street, the area’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, with more than 70 retailers and restaurants, is located in The Woodlands at 9595 Six Pines Drive.

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PEARL FINCHER MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS SUMMER CAMPS AND ACTIVITIES

The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts will host summer camps and other activities in June and July for ages 8-12 and 13-18. Camps will center around themes of “Contemporary Art Through the Ages.”

Each camp meets Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, 6815 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. Cost of the week-long camps is $140 for members of the museum, or $175 for non-members.

In collaboration with AAUW and Klein ISD, a special camp will also be held once a week for students with visual impairments, as well as a camp for students with autism.

To register or for complete details, visit pearlmfa.org.

In addition to summer camps, the Pearl has a fun-filled calendar of activities throughout the summer for all ages. Highlights include free Family Days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 13, June 10, July 8 and August 12, as well as Drop-In Art Wednesdays, a free program for ages 5 and up in conjunction with the Barbara Bush Branch Library. There’s fun for adults as well, with Adult Art Workshops and the Pen & Paintbrush Book Club. Visit the website for details.

The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts exists to provide direct, first-hand access to original works of art, and to offer outstanding educational and public programming. As the only Fine Arts museum outside the city center of Houston, the Pearl operates completely through the generosity of local individuals, businesses and foundations, and is free to all. For more information, visit the website or call 281-376-6322.

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Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino

NEW DANVILLE PRESENTS “TEA ON THE LAWN,” APRIL 28

Academy Award-winning actress and human rights advocate Mira Sorvino will serve as the replacement featured guest speaker at the 9th annual “Tea on the Lawn” set for April 28. The event benefits New Danville, a self-sustaining, master-planned integrated community serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sorvino, who replaces originally planned speaker Jane Seymour who had to cancel, will present “From Harvard to Hollywood: Life Lessons Learned from a Woman on a Mission.” Through an engaging narrative with the right mixture of heart and reality, Sorvino’s talk inspires others to get involved, give back to the community and find personal empowerment.

“We are very excited to announce Mira Sorvino as our speaker,” said Kathy Sanders, President and Founder of New Danville. “While disappointed that Jane Seymour had to cancel, we are delighted to have found such an inspirational, compassionate woman who is driven to make a change in the world.”

“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 don their finest hats and lovely frocks. Prior to the sit-down luncheon, 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 Presenting Sponsor and radio celebrity Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 will serve again as Emcee.

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.

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FAIR TRADE STORE OPEN

At The Hands of Faith Fair Trade Store at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, shoppers will find coffee, chocolate, jewelry, paper items, home décor, purses, greeting cards and clothing items for sale. Often the artist’s name and country of origin appear on a tag, making it possible to envision the purchase strengthening individuals and families in impoverished areas.

Regular store hours are Sunday, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The store will also be open 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning this fall. The church is located at 3801 S. Panther Creek Dr. in The Woodlands.Email Beth Miller at handsoffaith.fairtrade@yahoo.com for more information.

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COULSON TOUGH K-6 RACE FOR AWARENESS 5K RUN/WALK, APRIL 29

Coulson Tough K-6 School is excited to kick off its second annual Race for Awareness. This year’s 5K run/walk will focus on raising funds and awareness for foster care.

The race will start and end at Coulson Tough’s campus in The Woodlands on Saturday, April 29, starting at 8 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 for Awareness 2017 T-shirt. The event is pet friendly too, so dogs can be registered to participate!

At the school, fifth- and sixth-grade Student Council members are sharing books about foster care and helping others with kindergarten-sixth grade classes. Funds raised from this year’s race will benefit Love Fosters Hope, a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children in foster care.

“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 Tough Principal Shawn Creswell.

Major sponsors stepping up to date to support the Race for Awareness include Hunter Family Orthodontics, Dr. Scott Andersen pediatric dentistry, Chick Fil A, Frost Cupcakes, Wheeler Pediatric Dentistry, Villa Sport, Hughes & Cozad Orthodontics, H-E-B Grocery in Indian Springs Shopping Center and Corporate Incentives in The Woodlands. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Principal Shawn Creswell at screswell@conroeisd.net and are on the Coulson Tough website.

To register for the Race visit the school website, http://tough.conroeisd.net

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CONROE CENTRAL LIBRARY BOOK CLUB, FIRST THURSDAY

The Central Library in Conroe has started an adult book club that will meet on the first Thursday of each month, from 6-8 p.m. on the first floor small meeting room at the library, 104 I 45 N. in Conroe. Join the group for tea, cookies and discussion as they read a different work of historical fiction each month. To register for this or future book club meetings, contact Lindsay McGee by phone at 936-442-7712 ext. 6252 or via email at lindsay.mcgee@countylibrary.org. To find out what book is scheduled next, visit countylibrary.org/central.htm

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

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

SEASON POOL PASSES AVAILABLE FOR NOW FOR POOL SEASON, MAY 6-SEPT. 10

Get season pool passes early, and avoid waiting in line at Township pools in May. Season pool passes are valid for entry into 13 Township pools, including the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, during the regular season.

Select Township pools are open during the pre-season, May 6-June 1 and the post-season, Aug. 17-Sept. 10. All Township pools, with the exception of Bear Branch Pool, are open during the regular season, June 2-Aug. 15. Bear Branch Pool is closed for renovations in 2017.

Purchasing or renewing your pool pass is easy. Call The Woodlands Township Recreation Center at 281-210-3950, or visit the center at 5310 Research Forest Drive. You can also visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov, and click program registration.

For new season pool passes, pictures must be taken at The Woodlands Township Recreation Center, located at 5310 Research Forest Drive, within one week of purchasing a new pass by phone or online. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. -9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Passes can be purchased by residents for $40 for ages 3 to 64, $15 for those 65 and up, and just $6 for children 2 and under. After purchasing four full-price ($40) passes, residents can purchase additional passes for just $15 each for others in the same household. For non- residents, the price is $30 for children 2 and under and $120 for those ages 3 and up. There is no additional family member or senior discount for non-residents.

Daily fees and punch cards are also available during pool season. For guests visiting The Woodlands and residents who only use the pools occasionally, punch cards good for six visits are available for purchase. To view the full schedule, visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/pools. For more information, call 281-210-3950, or email recreation@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

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(L-R): MCWCO Board of Directors Stephanne Davenport, Carol Gooch, Mary Lea Kirk, Theresa Wagaman and Anita Phillips.

(L-R): MCWCO Board of Directors Stephanne Davenport, Carol Gooch, Mary Lea Kirk, Theresa Wagaman and Anita Phillips.

WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF ORGANIZATIONS ANNUAL “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION” LUNCHEON, MAY 12

In its 27th year, the Montgomery County Women’s Council of Organizations (MCWCO) serves the community by providing nonprofit organizations a forum to network and honor a member of its organization or volunteers at its annual luncheon. The Women of Distinction luncheon will be on Friday, May 12 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Any Montgomery County nonprofit organizations that utilize volunteers are eligible to nominate one woman from their organization, staff or volunteer committee for the Women of Distinction awards, which are given out at the luncheon. Award recipients are recognized for the numerous hours, unyielding commitment and loyal dedication they have provided their organization.

“Our board members recognize the countless hours volunteers give as a way to give back to the community”, said Theresa Wagaman, MCWCO president. “Women are especially gracious, and find philanthropy work a way to connect with other women, donate their time while servicing their community. The Women of Distinction luncheon purpose is to give back to those who give, and give a few women praise in a dynamic way.”

The MCWCO board of directors works to foster the cooperation among its members to maximize the effectiveness and potential of each member organization.

At the luncheon, the Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum will be modeling fashions through the years in a fashion show titled Petticoats & Parasols. After the show the Women of Distinction nominees will be presented, followed by the awards.

Tickets for the luncheon are now on sale and can be purchased at mcwod.org/tickets. For more information, visit mcwod.org.

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FREE CALL-IN “LAW LINE,” MAY 1

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 at 281-645-6344 from 5-8 p.m by volunteer attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association. If the first Monday is a Federal holiday, then the Law Line will be offered on the second Monday of that month. Upcoming dates are May 1, June 5 and July 3.

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 free public service is a project of The Woodlands Bar Association in conjunction with the Montgomery County United Way.

The Woodlands Bar Association 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. The Law Line offers a local community service opportunity for members to share their unique legal skills to provide service to others. For more information, visit WoodlandsBarAssociation.com.

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JAZZY JUNQUE STORE

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 and more. Jazzy Junque is seeking donations of unwanted furniture, home accessories, housewares, infant/children’s items, art, garden/patio items, jewelry, boutique clothing, collectibles and antiques.

The store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Customers can also enjoy coffee drinks from the coffee bar, staffed by residents of New Danville. Proceeds benefit New Danville, a master-planned community for adults with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. 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.

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TWACC ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY JOB FAIR, MAY 3

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its annual Community Job Fair on Wednesday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Sam Houston State University The Woodlands Center at 3380 College Park Drive in The Woodlands, first floor.

The Job Fair is presented by Goode Company Restaurants, which is opening Goode Company BBQ & Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina on Six Pines Drive in The Woodlands this year.

As a part of The Chamber’s mission to create opportunities for business success, the Community Job Fair provides viable employment opportunities to the skilled workforce in Montgomery County and surrounding areas. The Fair will feature opportunities in healthcare, education, criminal justice, banking, clerical, customer service, sales, industrial workforce opportunities, accounting and more.

Employer booths showcasing available job openings and internships are available. Attendance to the Job Fair is free of charge. For more information or to secure an employer booth, call 281-367-5777, visit TheWoodlandsJobFair.com or email events@woodlandschamber.org.

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THE WOODLANDS HIGH SCHOOL THEATER DEPARTMENT PRESENTS THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAY 6

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 May 6 starting at 6 p.m. The shows will be student directed by a senior, and each grade from 8th- 12th will performing episodes from Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.

Explore the fifth dimension in the TWHS auditorium. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults, and can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit twhstheater.com

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LIBRARY ONLINE ACCESS TO FREE MUSIC AND AUDIOBOOKS

Montgomery County Memorial Library announced public availability of thousands of music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.

MCMLS card holders can now download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of artists — from major record companies and publishers — available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablet and computers.

Montgomery County Memorial Library System is the sixth library system in the state of Texas to partner with hoopla digital. Current partners include BiblioTech, Houston Public Library, Abilene Public Library, Brazoria County Library and Denton Public Library.

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The USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned event is composed of a 500-meter open-water swim in Lake Woodlands, a 12.25-mile bike course throughout The Woodlands, and a 5K run along The Woodlands Waterway.

The USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned event is composed of a 500-meter open-water swim in Lake Woodlands, a 12.25-mile bike course throughout The Woodlands, and a 5K run along The Woodlands Waterway.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2017 CB&I TRIATHLON, TEXAS STATE TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP, MAY 6

Register now for the 14th annual CB&I TRI – The Woodlands Triathlon, scheduled for Saturday, May 6, at Northshore Park, with the first wave starting at 7 a.m. The CB&I TRI is one of the premier multi-sport events in the region, and this year’s event has been selected as the Texas State Triathlon Championship.

The USA Triathlon (USAT) sanctioned CB&I Tri will host 1,400 athletes, ranging from beginners to nationally ranked triathletes. This triathlon is composed of a 500-meter open-water swim in Lake Woodlands, a 12.25-mile bike course throughout The Woodlands, and a 5K run along The Woodlands Waterway. Due to road opening times, course time limits will be strictly enforced. The event culminates with a festive awards party featuring music, great food and beverages at Northshore Park, located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive.

In addition to the Township-issued awards, USA Triathlon (USAT) South Midwest Region will be providing awards to the top Overall Male, Overall Female, Overall Male Masters and Overall Female Masters. Winners receiving the USAT awards for Texas State Triathlon Champion must be residents of Texas and cannot hold Elite/Pro licenses. Should an athlete with an Elite/Pro License win, they would still receive the Township-issued award, but the USAT award would go to first-place amateur participant.

The CB&I TRI is produced by The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department and offers high-caliber competition, first-rate race management and scenic courses. For the past 12 years, the CB&I Triathlon sold out, so early registration is advised. The triathlon is capped to ensure participant safety.

Register at thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/thewoodlandstriathlon. For more information, call 281-210-3900, or email races@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

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ROCK THE RANCH FESTIVAL ADDS ARTISTS SUNDANCE HEAD AND FLO RIDA, MAY 12-13

Rock the Ranch Music Festival, set to take place at the Valley Ranch Town Center Amphitheater in New Caney on May 12-13, announces the addition of 2016’s The Voice winner and area-native Sundance Head and hip-hop superstar Flo Rida to the bill. Head will be performing on Friday, May 12 with Flo Rida performing on Saturday, May 13. They join the already stellar line-up that includes two nights of great music from Jason Derulo (May 12) and the “I Love the 90’s” Tour (May 13) featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, All 4 One, Color Me Badd, Tone Lōc and Young MC.

With two stages and multiple activities, Rock the Ranch Music Festival promises an exciting kickoff to the summer music season. The festival will feature a BBQ Cook-off sanctioned by the International Barbeque Cookers Association. Thirty-five competitors will participate in the contest. BBQ lovers and music fans get to enjoy great food and join in on the judging in the “Fan Favorite” category.

Rock the Ranch Music Festival highlights also include a freestyle motocross show four times per day, featuring the sport’s most exciting athletes. The festival midway will include thrilling rides and the vendors’ alley will feature local food and artisan vendors and street performers. RV camping is also a part of the festival, with ample spots located adjacent to the Valley Ranch Town Center so music lovers can enjoy the whole weekend from one convenient spot.

Tickets begin at $129 for two-day general admission passes and $159 for VIP passes. For more information, visit rocktheranchtx.com.

Rock the Ranch Music Festival is set to be an annual event hosted by the East Montgomery County Improvement District and produced by 542 Entertainment, Inc. This is the inaugural event for the planned 13,500-capacity Valley Ranch Town Center Amphitheater.

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HAND OF FAITH STORE OBSERVES WORLD FAIRTRADE DAY, MAY 13

Join in the celebration of World Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Hands of Faith Fair Trade Store in Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 3801 S. Panther Creek Drive in The Woodlands. Shoppers will find treasures from around the globe: jewelry, clothing, purses, housewares, handmade greeting cards and paper goods, coffee and chocolate. You’ll also find a special selection of beautifully made Mother’s Day gift baskets for that hard-to-please mom on your list. Fair trade shopping dollars skip the middleman wholesale providers and go directly to disadvantaged communities worldwide to support lives, end exploitation and build independence.

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ANGELMAN SYNDROME FOUNDATION TO HOST ANNUAL WALK, MAY 20

Each step gets the The Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) closer to a cure. That’s why the foundation encourages the community to participate in its annual walk on May 20 in The Woodlands to raise funds to improve the quality of life for individuals with Angelman Syndrome – a severe, neurogenetic disorder.

Angelman Syndrome a neurological disorder that is largely misdiagnosed as either autism or cerebral palsy. Individuals with Angelman Syndrome are developmentally delayed, have difficulty with balance and walking, sometimes laugh inappropriately and experience seizures. Most individuals cannot speak, and they will require care for their entire lives.

As part of the foundation’s national walk, hundreds will gather on Saturday, May 20 at Rob Fleming Park at 6055 Creekside Forest Dr. in The Village of Creekside Park to raise funds to advance the awareness and understanding of Angelman Syndrome through education and information, medical research and support. Fundraising is more important than ever before as research has revealed possible treatment/cure of symptoms related to Angelman’s.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K walk starts at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to register in advance online at angelman.org (click the Walk tab for the Houston walk), or call 1-800-432-6435, or they can register the day of the event. For more information about the walk, contact Debbie Sukin at debrasukin@yahoo.com. For more information about the Angelman Syn­drome Foundation, visit the website.

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KNITTING/CROCHETING MEETS AT BUSH LIBRARY ON FRIDAYS

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.

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GEORGE AND CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL LIBRARY JOINS FAMILY PLACE LIBRARIES NETWORK FOR EARLY LEARNING

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

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

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

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CHANGE FOR CHARITY PROGRAM AT MARKET STREET

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

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THE WOODLANDS SPRING HOME & GARDEN SHOW, JUNE 3-4

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

Special speakers include Chef Conor Moran, Randy Lemmon, and popular Lifestyles & Homes contributor, antiques appraiser Dr. Lori Verdarame. Bring your antiques to Dr. Lori’s Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show. Dr. Lori is becoming a “media mogul,” with appearances as the antiques appraiser on the Discovery Channel’s hit reality TV show Auction Kings and on the FOX Business Network’s Strange Inheritance.

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

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 12 and under are free. (Cash only – an ATM will be available in the Lobby.) Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free covered parking is available in the convention center parking garage located behind the convention center. Paid parking options are valet parking at hotel entrance and the hotel parking garage.

Visit woodlandsshows.com for complete information on exhibitors, speakers and more.


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