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Registration is now open for the Nov. 7 Takeaway Tourettes Charity Golf Tournament at Woodforest Golf Club.

Registration is now open for the Nov. 7 Takeaway Tourettes Charity Golf Tournament at Woodforest Golf Club.

Registration Open For 2016 Takeaway Tourettes Charity Golf Tournament, Nov. 7

Golfers are preparing to tee off in teal to support the Tourette Association of America —Texas Chapter during the Takeaway Tourettes Charity Golf Tournament Nov. 7 in Woodforest. Registration has opened for the fundraiser, which will be held at Woodforest Golf Club, 1199 Fish Creek Thoroughfare in Montgomery. Forms can be downloaded at woodforesttx.com/takeaway.

This is the event’s second year. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes to the Tourette Association of America—Texas Chapter, which raises funds for research into Tourette Syndrome, a disorder characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations that usually becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence.

The first tournament was last November and raised approximately $45,000 for the Chap­ter as a result of efforts by local teen Reese Wilson, a youth ambassador for the National Tourette Syndrome Association, to raise awareness of the disease. He was assisted by his grandfather Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest; Jeana and Roby Wilson of MAXXIMEDIA Advertising Co.; Tourette’s advocate Tammy Schroder of Veritas Title Partners; and Amanda Murphy.

This year’s event includes lunch and heavy hors d’oeuvres after play is finished. Players can participate in raffles and win prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin.

Although Tourette Syndrome was once thought to be rare, the Tourette Association of America estimates that one out of every 160 children between the ages of 5-17 in the United States has the disorder. One in 100 are boys. For more information, visit woodforesttx.com.


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, stylish furniture and more at a fraction of the original cost.

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, which will be manned 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.



John Cooper School Presents The Boy Friend, Nov. 11-13

The John Cooper School Performing Arts Department will present Sandra Wilson’s playful musical The Boy Friend on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday Nov. 12-13 at 2 p.m. on the Glenn Performing Arts Center, Main Stage. Set in the French Riviera in the 1920s, this musical will delight all ages.

Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students & seniors, and available at coopertickets.org.

The John Cooper School is located at One John Cooper Drive, The Woodlands.


The 3R Bazaar features a variety of recycling ideas and opportunities on Saturday, Nov.12, including the Buy Recycled Boutique.

The 3R Bazaar features a variety of recycling ideas and opportunities on Saturday, Nov.12, including the Buy Recycled Boutique.

Recycle Beyond The Ordinary At The Woodlands Township’s 3r Bazaar, Nov. 12

Recycling goes beyond the ordinary when The Woodlands Township celebrates America Recycles Day at the 3R Bazaar on Saturday, Nov.12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The free event takes place at The Woodlands Township Environmental Services facility at 8203 Millennium Forest Drive in The Woodlands.

“A nationwide event, America Recycles Day, started in our state as Texas Recycles Day,” noted John Geiger, manager of Environmental Services for the Township.

An opportunity for recycling unique commodities, the event will offer collection of alkaline batteries, eyeglasses, gently worn clothing and even flip flops. Attendees can also support their village by bringing old toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes and floss containers for the Village Challenge, the TerraCycle Oral Care Brigade.

Secure onsite shredding of personal documents will also be offered. A donation of five cans of food or $5 per bank box will benefit Interfaith Food Pantry.

The Buy Recycled Boutique will open its doors one day only during the event to spotlight its holiday line. Provided in partnership with The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N., the annual trunk show features unique and trendy items made from recycled materials. From high tech to handcrafted, everything at the Buy Recycled Boutique has a story. Please check collection guidelines at thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/environment or call 281-210-3800.


Youth Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field Information Meeting,   Nov. 1

The Spring-Klein Athletics Track & Field Team will hold a free youth athletics registration and information meeting from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the BF Clark Community Building, 27419 Nelson St. in Spring. Parents of children ages 6-18 can learn more about Spring-Klein Athletics Track & Field Team youth athletics programs — Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field Season(s) — which provide quality, fun recreational opportunities where youth learn and develop sports and leisure skills they can enjoy for a lifetime.

Affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union and Texas Amateur Athletic Federation, Spring-Klein Athletics Track & Field programs provides a full program of “track” events such as sprints, hurdles, middle distance, distance and relays, and “field” events such as long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, shot put and javelin. This is an excellent opportunity for track and field athletes to further develop their skills for, as well as a cross-training opportunity for football, soccer, swimming, and other sports programs.

The coaching staff is athlete-centered certified coaches with experience training national qualifiers, Junior Olympic Medalist, and helping high school athletes obtain track and field scholarships.

Visit springkleinathletics.org or call 832-415-0586 with any questions.


WOAMTEC Meeting, First And Third Wednesdays

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.


TWHS Improv Show To Benefit Teacher “Doc” De Pieri

On Saturday Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., The Woodlands High School (TWHS) Improv Troupe is having their third Improv Show of the school year to benefit of Elvira “Doc” de Pieri, a science teacher at The Woodlands High School who was diagnosed with stage-four gall-bladder cancer last March. She is a beloved member of the TWHS community, and since she was not able to return to the classroom this year, TWHS has come together to help her.

The show will be held in the auditorium and tickets are $5. This show is a very special show both in performance and in honor. In addition to the group’s usual 14 troupe members, the show will feature students from the TWHS student body. These students, who have never done Improv, participate in various sports, honor societies, performing arts, and other afterschool activities.

As part of the campus-wide efforts, all TWHS clubs and organizations have been asked to create gift baskets for a silent auction that will take place before the show and during intermission. Dozens of themed gift baskets will be available to bid on.

Visit twhstheater.com or email woodlandstheater@gmail.com for more information.


The Woodlands High School Art Trust Submissions Open, Through Nov. 11

The Woodlands High School Art Trust has announced that applications are open for entry into its 2017 collection. The Art Trust is a nonprofit organization that supports The Student Art Trust Committee.

The student committee is overseeing the application process for Texas juried artists’ work, to add to its student-selected and student-purchased professional art collection. The student committee will narrow the submissions to 15 pieces which will be voted on by the entire student body, around 4,400 students. The top choices will be purchased and added to The Woodlands High School Art Collection. The application deadline is Nov. 11.

Artists are encouraged to submit work they are willing to sell. Requirements include the following: artwork is limited to drawings, paintings, mixed media, printmaking, photography, and digital media; artwork must be able to be hung with appropriate hardware; artists must be current residents of Texas, a juried artist, 18 years or older.

The application is available at twhsarttrust.wufoo.com/forms/m6vrvb1oicybj/. Email questions to twhsarttrust@gmail.com and visit twhsat.org for more information.


The Woodlands JDRF One Walk, Nov. 12

On Saturday, Nov. 12, the community is encouraged to participate in a family 5K walk/run in support of JDRF and raising funds needed to drive life-changing Type One diabetes (T1D) research. It is a fun-filled day with entertainment, petting zoo, gaming trucks and more. Lunch is provided.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive.


Jeff Gordon is co-chair of the 2016 Montgomery County Heart Walk & Kid’s Dash.

Jeff Gordon is co-chair of the 2016 Montgomery County Heart Walk & Kid’s Dash.

Montgomery County Heart Walk And Kid’s Dash, Nov. 12

The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced the 2016 Montgomery County Heart Walk & Kid’s Dash Co-Chairs: Steve Pate, CEO of Strike, and Jeff Gordon, Vice President of Kiewit Energy Group. Slated for Saturday, Nov. 12, the free, 5K noncompetitive walk will welcome 4,000 participants and raise awareness of the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the U.S: —heart disease and stroke. The walk will also feature the Kid’s Dash, a special obstacle course for kids ages 5-12. The dash promotes awareness about childhood obesity.

“We are thrilled to have Steve Pate and Jeff Gordon co-chair our Montgomery County Heart Walk and Kid’s Dash this year,” said Lauren Trice, AHA Corporate Market Director. “Jeff co-chaired our walk last year and it was with his leadership alongside Aon –The Woodland’s Chris Payne that we were able to raise over $418,000 to fund lifesaving technology in our community. We hope to mirror that success this year and I can’t think of anyone better than Steve to join Jeff in championing our mission.”

To register for the event and to create a walking team, contact Stephanie Phillips at Stephanie.Phillips@heart.org or 832-918-4064 or visit heart.org/hgcevents. There is no cost to register for the Heart Walk, but donations are appreciated. The Kid’s Dash is $10 per kid, which includes a finisher’s medal and bandana for each participant.


Citizen’s Climate Lobby Meeting, Nov. 12

Citizen’s Climate Lobby, The Woodlands Chapter Monthly Meeting, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, 4881 West Panther Creek, Charles Hendricks Building.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), is a non-partisan, grass-roots organization that works to create political will for climate solutions by building constructive and respectful working relationships with members of Congress. CCL advocates for Carbon Fee and Dividend (CF&D), a revenue-neutral, market-based carbon fee climate change solution, with all revenue returned directly to households. For more information call Bill Bray at 832-702-6227.


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.



Junior League Presents The 14th Annual Holiday Market,Nov. 17-20

Junior League of The Woodlands (JLTW) has announced the 14th Annual Junior League Holiday Market, “Shopping in a Winter Wonderland,” is scheduled for Nov. 17-20 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands Town Center.

The Market will feature over 100 unique merchants from across the country that will be selling specialty holiday items, home accessories, clothing, gourmet foods, jewelry, and much more. Ticket prices are $15 for a one-day general admission ticket. Holiday Market general admission hours are: Friday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Market VIP event and Preview Party is Thursday, Nov. 17 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Along with shopping, the Preview Party features a live band, raffle and cocktail party. Tickets are $90 per person and include a general admission ticket to Holiday Market.

Holiday Market will feature photo opportunities with Santa on Saturday and Sunday. Photos are $10 per printed picture. Visit JLHolidayMarket.org for specific Santa
photo times.

Proceeds from the Market help JLTW support the organization’s mission and immediate community through training and community programs.

For more information about the Market, visit JLHolidayMarket.org. For more information about JLTW, visit jlthewoodlands.org or call 281- 376-5754.


Shop for holiday gifts and more at the Hands of Faith Global Market Fair Trade Sale.

Shop for holiday gifts and more at the Hands of Faith Global Market Fair Trade Sale.

Hands Of Faith Global Market Fair Trade Sale, Nov. 18-20

The Hands of Faith Global Market Fair Trade Sale at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 3801 S. Panther Creek Dr. in The Woodlands will feature home décor items, greeting cards, jewelry, paper goods, scarves, clothing, coffee and chocolate.

Sale hours are Friday, Nov. 18 from 6-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fair Trade means your shopping dollars skip the middleman wholesale providers and go directly to disadvantaged communities worldwide to support lives, end exploitation and build independence. For additional information, visit Handsoffaithfairtrade.com.



Market Street – The Woodlands Hosts Market Street In Lights And More, Starting Nov. 17

Market Street-The Woodlands will kick off the holiday season when its soaring, 70-foot Christmas tree, synchronized to twinkling lights and holiday music, debuts Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. as part of the shopping, dining and entertainment destination’s “Market Street in Lights” tree lighting celebration.

Hundreds once again will gather to witness the first “performance” of Market Street’s Christmas tree and the more than 25,000 multi-colored lights adorning the
destination’s Central Park. “Market Street in Lights” presentation will continue nightly throughout the holiday season.

As part of the evening’s festivities, which take place until 9 p.m., one deserving family or individual, nominated as the 2016 Official Lighting Luminary, will light the tree in front of the cheering crowd.

Nominations currently are being accepted for this year’s Market Street “Lighting Luminary,” a child or family who has overcome incredible odds, made a significant contribution to the community, or perhaps helped someone in need. The selected “Lighting Luminary” will be on stage to illuminate Market’s Street’s giant Christmas tree and launch its amazing, three-minute light show synchronized to signature holiday songs.

To nominate a deserving child or family, visit the Market Street website, download the Luminary Nomination Form and describe why a child/family should serve as the Official Lighting Luminary for Market Street’s Christmas Light Spectacular celebration.

All submissions must arrive at the Market Street management office no later than Thursday, Oct. 27. Instructions for submission can be found on the nomination form.

Kicking off a holiday season of events, the celebration continues with live musical performances, entertainers and holiday carriage rides.

Traditional horse-drawn carriage rides will be available in front of the Cinemark Theater and will operate from 6-9 p.m. Rides are $10 per person; children ages 12 and under are $5.

Guests at Market Street will feel the spirit of the holiday season as they enjoy a variety of live musical and dance entertainment from local school and community performance groups throughout the month of December. The following groups are scheduled to perform:

Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.: The Shepherd’s House Church

Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.: Trinity Lutheran School Band and Choir

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.: The Rubicon Academy

Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m.: Creekside Forest Elementary School

Saturday, Dec. 17 at 12 p.m.: 37th Annual Tuba Christmas performance

Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.: Magnolia Community Choir – I Believe

Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.: Magnolia Community Choir – I Believe

Friday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m.: A Christmas Night to Remember.

Additionally, Market Street once again will host a Grand Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting as presented by Chabad of The Woodlands on Monday, Dec. 26 from 4-6 p.m.

Led by Rabbi Mendel Blecher, the lighting of a nine-foot, seven branched candelabra will take place at 4 p.m. with traditional Chanukah food and musical entertainment and fun for guests of all ages following the ceremony. This marks the sixth year Market Street has hosted the Grand Chanukah Celebration in its Central Park.

For more information on these events, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com.


The Woodlands Children’s Museum, December Events

The Woodlands Children’s Museum will be dishing up breakfast with a special guest, Kris Kringle. Pancakes with Santa will feature a breakfast buffet and time to mingle with St. Nick from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Seating is limited, so advanced reservations are required. Tickets are $15 for adults and $30 for children, ages 12 and younger and may be purchased online or by calling the museum.

Children are invited to mingle with Mrs. Claus as she helps them build and decorate gingerbread houses from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 17. Cost for the event is $5 above the normal price of admission, which is $6 for children ages 1 and older. For more information, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.


Spring Creek Nature Trail Competes For National Funding, Through Nov. 26

Bayou Land Conservancy and the Spring Creek Nature Trail are competing for funding against 11 other trail projects across the country through the “Go The Extra Mile” Campaign. Established by Michelob ULTRA, in partnership with the American Hiking Society, the “Go The Extra Mile Fund” is on a mission to restore local trails in communities across the country. Now through Nov. 26, Michelob ULTRA is donating a portion of every case sold with the goal of raising and distributing up to $200,000 between 12 deserving trail restoration projects.

Spring Creek Nature Trail is part of the evolving Spring Creek Greenway project: the longest contiguous, urban-forested greenway in the country which defines the border between Harris and Montgomery County. The Spring Creek Nature Trail will be an 11-mile natural surface multi-use trail extending from the George Mitchell Nature Preserve in The Woodlands east to the Montgomery County Preserve in Spring.

Bayou Land Conservancy is a community-sponsored land preservation organization working to permanently protect land, with a focus on the 13 watersheds that feed Lake Houston.


Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, is the keynote speaker at the highly anticipated Signatures Author Series luncheon.

Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, is the keynote speaker at the highly anticipated Signatures Author Series luncheon.

12th Annual Signatures Author Series Luncheon, Dec. 2

The John Cooper School will host the 12th Annual Signatures Author Series featuring Cheryl Strayed, on Friday, Dec. 2 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Wild, that was made into a major motion picture that earned Academy Award nominations. Strayed also wrote #1 New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough as well as the novel, Torch. As is tradition at the much-anticipated annual luncheon, the event will also feature a diverse array of visiting authors who are selected through an application process.

The Signatures Executive Committee, co-chaired by Meg Garrison and Denise Hayes, is pleased to again offer the opportunity for authors to participate in the Signatures event, sell their books and have the opportunity to engage with attendees at the luncheon, which sells out to around 1,000 attendees each year.

“Each year, we strive to put together a well-rounded group of visiting authors who represent a variety of genres,” said Patricia Black, who co-chairs the Visiting Author portion of the event with Lisa Hollingsworth. “Authors who participate are highlighted in event publicity and will be able to sell their books and visit with guests before and after the luncheon. This is a highly anticipated portion of our event and we look forward to spotlighting local authors.”

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, call 281-367-0900 or email advancement@johncooper.org.

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