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November 2017

The Poster Contest is under way for The Woodlands 30th Annual Wildflower Festival.

The Poster Contest is under way for The Woodlands 30th Annual Wildflower Festival.


The Woodlands Wildflower Festival, hosted by The Woodlands Development Company and The Howard Hughes Corporation, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at its new location, Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands. The Woodlands Township and BrightView are participating sponsors.

This free, family-oriented event features wildflower seeds in many different varieties, giant inflatable rides, a petting zoo, exhibits related to gardening and native plants and music. Lovable mascot of The Woodlands, Puffy Pine Cone, along with mascot friends including Bridgeland Bill will make special guest appearances from 11 a.m.-noon at the festival. Bridgeland is a development of The Howard Hughes Corporation, managed by The Woodlands Development Company.



Class Act Productions (25275 Budde Rd # 25, Spring), a nonprofit community theatre with a 20-year history of providing arts and arts education to students and families in The Woodlands, has announced its November and December production schedule with tickets now on sale.

First up is the award-winning favorite, Annie. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including Tomorrow.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Performances of Annie are Nov. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 4-5 at 2:30 p.m.

In December, audiences will enjoy the thrilling adaptation of A Christmas Carol, The Musical. Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale.

For more information, email info@classactproductions.org or call 281- 292-6779. To purchase tickets, visit classactproductions.org.



The Mighty Oaks Foundation will be hosting its 7th Annual Gala on Nov. 3 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, in The Woodlands. Glenn Beck, American media personality, political commentator and best-selling author, is scheduled to be the event’s guest speaker.

The gala is a fundraiser for Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs, dedicated to meeting the needs of active-duty military, veterans and their families who are suffering from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and combat trauma. With an intensive peer-based program for men, women, and couples, Mighty Oaks helps participants overcome any enduring hardship after service to America through instructional sessions, camaraderie, and team building activities.

Past speakers for the gala have included Sarah Palin, David Barton, and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin.

“I continue to be amazed by the incredible response we garner from a grateful nation,” stated Mighty Oaks founder Chad Robichaux.“This event sets us up for success throughout the year. We have now served over 1500 warriors as they participate in our programs.”

Over the past year Glenn Beck has become a great friend to Robichaux and the Mighty Oaks Foundation. Robichaux was a guest on Beck’s nationally syndicated radio show several times in 2017, and Beck has become a personal supporter of the Mighty Oaks Foundation, as well.

Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs teach Warriors to overcome the past experience and move forward into a life of purpose. The organization works on the frontlines to fight the staggering national statistics of over 20 veteran suicides per day, and the 80-90 percent divorce rate among deployed families.

For Warriors or families in need or to support Mighty Oaks, visit MightyOaksPrograms.org.

For information on the gala or to purchase tickets, visit MightyOaksPrograms.org/TXGala.


Two events are scheduled in November to help bring awareness to homelessness and poverty in Montgomery County.

Two events are scheduled in November to help bring awareness to homelessness and poverty in Montgomery County.


Montgomery County Homeless Coalition (MCHC), a local nonprofit has announced two events in November to help bring awareness of homelessness and poverty in the community. The goal of the local nonprofit is to eliminate homelessness and poverty through collaboration, education and advocacy within the community and at the state and national levels – with the ultimate goal of empowering individuals to become strong enough to take ownership of their lives.

The “Poverty Simulation” event to be held on Nov. 4 at the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church is an interactive immersion experience designed to help bridge the gap from misconception to understanding.

The second event, “Empty Bowls Lunch,“ will be at Salvation Army in Conroe on Nov. 14, with several activities planned including lunch prepared by the Salvation Army and the opportunity to purchase handcrafted bowls and tour the nearly completed E3 Center. E3’s mission is to equip, educate and empower Montgomery County families and individuals to greater levels of stability and self-sufficiency.

“The perfect partners are in place for the launch of this collective impact initiative,” said Nancy Heintz, MCHC past president. “The E3 Initiative can become even greater and more impactful than we can imagine right now; it just takes willing, enthusiastic and farsighted partners who will continue to commit to the vision.” To volunteer or participate at the Poverty Simulation event, visit mctxhomeless.org.


Residents are invited to enjoy a fun afternoon of music, crafts and entertainment.

Residents are invited to enjoy a fun afternoon of music, crafts and entertainment.


The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department will host the next Arts in the Park event on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 2-6 p.m. at Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive.

Arts in the Park is a free event featuring a variety of entertainment including live stage performances, food trucks for concession purchases, local vendors selling original artwork and crafts, a KidZone with activities and inflatables, and more. All residents are invited to attend this family-friendly afternoon and enjoy a good time with neighbors and friends in the park.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for Arts in the Park. For more information, send an email to specialevents@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

Arts in the Park is produced by The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department and
sponsored by H-E-B. For more information, visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or call 281-210-3800.



The following events are planned for adults, children, young adults, and their families in November at Central Library, 104 I-45 North, Conroe. All events take place at the Central Library. For a full schedule or more information, visit countylibrary.org.

Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. – Creating Resumes. Learn how to develop professional applications, resumes, references, cover letters, and thank you letters that make the most impact. Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. – International Game Day. Adults, teens, and children can play Wii, board games, cards, along with a Pokemon Go Lure every 30 minutes. Drinks provided.


Bark in the Park is ready to be unleashed in November.

Bark in the Park is ready to be unleashed in November.


Mighty mutts and pure-bred pups can strut their stuff at Bark in the Park, a hike for hounds at Grand Central Park, Saturday, Nov. 4.

Humans and their furry Fidos can meet up at the community’s Lake House, 715 Camp Strake Road, at 8 a.m. for a canine-friendly walk. After exploring the Conroe community’s new trail system, trekkers will be treated to an after “paw-ty” featuring a pup kissing booth, Houston Disc Dogs, music, contests, pet vendors, food trucks, face painting and a bouncy house. Proceeds will benefit Operation Pets Alive.

To register for the event and more information, visit grandcentralparktx.com.



The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts warmly invites the community to attend Afternoon Tea, “Deep in the ART of Texas,” on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the beautiful, newly restored Shirley Acres, 217 Woerner Road in Houston. Co-chairs Gina Wolford and Susan Cofran have planned an all-Texas afternoon with wildflowers, denim, rhinestones and lots of fun.

“It will be a true ‘Spirit of Texas’ kind of afternoon,” said Wolford and Cofran. “The funds raised at this event are very important for The Pearl, especially after the hurricane, so we’re going to come together, celebrate, and have fun in true Texas style.”

The event will honor Rep. Kevin Roberts, who was sworn in as the State Represen­tative for House District 126 on Jan. 10. The district includes parts of Cypress, Spring and Tomball. Prior to being elected, Roberts spent the majority of his career in executive management and leadership roles. He has served as executive director and COO of The Lanier Law Firm since 2002. Roberts was named to the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on County Affairs, and the House Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovations & Infrastructure. To learn more, visit the website or call 281-376-6322.



The Woodlands High School Art Trust of The Woodlands has announced that applications are open for entry into the 2018 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 the 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.

Applications must be submitted by Nov. 10 at twhsarttrust.wufoo.com/forms/m1p2unvx0xseqrk. Artists are encouraged to submit work they are willing to sell. Requirements include artwork limited to drawings, paintings, mixed media, printmaking, photography and digital media; artwork must be able to be hung with appropriate hardware; and artist must be a current resident of Texas, a juried artist, 18 years or older. No physical work will be reviewed, and only one online submission per artist is allowed.

Artists can email twhsarttrust@gmail.com with questions. Other general questions can be sent to twhsat@gmail.com.



The National Charity League, Bluebonnet Chapter will be holding its 17th annual Garage Sale to benefit Montgomery County community and philanthropic organizations. On Saturday, Nov. 11, the community is invited to shop for gently used and new items including clothing, furniture, housewares, small appliances, décor and more. The Garage Sale will be open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2655 FM 1488, Conroe. The chapter will offer an evening of shopping for teens served by Montgomery County Youth Services before the sale opens to the public.

The Chapter fosters mother-daughter volunteerism through hands-on service for 24 philanthropic organizations in the community. Daughters are in grades 7-12. NCL, Inc. develops socially responsible community leaders and strengthens the mother-daughter relationship. The traditional six-year core program also includes leadership development and cultural activities. Mother-daughter teams nationwide are responsible, dedicated, skilled volunteers actively engaged in local community. For more information, visit bluebonnet.nationalcharityleague.org.



The sixth annual Woodlands JDRF One Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Lone Star College, 3200 College Park Drive.

The entire community is encouraged to participate in a family 5K walk/run in support of JDRF. It’s a day to support those living with T1D and to raise the much-needed funds to drive life-changing Type One diabetes (T1D) research. The event promises to be a fun-filled occasion with entertainment, a petting zoo, gaming trucks, magicians, photo booths and more. The organizers have even planned a Pet Zone with a hydration stations and goodies for your four-legged friends. Lunch is provided. For more information. visit jdrf.org.



The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF), one the nation’s leading veterans advocacy organizations, will assist Houston in its recovery efforts by uniting veterans, first responders and inspired civilians.

TMF has rescheduled its annual 9/11 Heroes Run in Houston – originally set to take place on Sept. 9, but postponed due to Hurricane Harvey. The event will now take place on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

TMF will dedicate all proceeds from the race to support relief efforts in Houston, which will include funding a TMF Service Expedition. The Expedition will take place in Spring 2018, and will see veterans and families of the fallen from across the country come together to assist with rebuilding the city of Houston. TMF’s 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race series will be hosted in more than 50 domestic and international locations, and will unite more than 50,000 participants to honor the sacrifices of our veterans, active duty military, first responders, and civilians who were affected by the attacks on 9/11 and in the wars since.

To further highlight the support towards Houston’s recover efforts, donations will be collected and a Texas flag will be carried at every 9/11 Heroes Run across the country this month. Notes of support will then be attached to the flag at the end of each run, before they are shipped to the Houston. Every Texas flag from across the country will then be displayed at the Houston 9/11 Heroes Run. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Houston’s City Hall, 901 Bagby St. For information, email houston@911heroesrun.org or visit travismanion.org/community-engagement/911-heroes-run/2017-houston-tx.



Junior League of The Woodlands (JLTW)will present its 15th Annual Junior League Holiday Market Nov. 16-19 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands.

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. Tickets are $15 for a one-day general admission.

The Junior League will preview its “Just An Old-Fashioned Christmas” theme with a VIP event and Preview Party on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m. Along with shopping, the Preview Party features a live band, raffle and cocktail party. Tickets are $100 per person and include a general admission ticket to Holiday Market. Visit JLHolidayMarket.org for specific Santa photo times.


The Accelerated Robotics workshop at The Woodlands Children’s Museum this fall gives students the skills and materials to make their own robotic creations.

The Accelerated Robotics workshop at The Woodlands Children’s Museum this fall gives students the skills and materials to make their own robotic creations.


For the children who take RobotiKs workshops at The Woodlands Children’s Museum, class time is more like a game or a puzzle than an educational experience. But learning, problem-solving and fun all go together in these workshops, where children build and improve upon robotic creations.

“While our museum usually focuses on programming for children up to age 7, we felt we just couldn’t pass on the opportunity to bring this amazing learning experience to older children,” said Angela Colton, executive director of the museum. “This workshop is a perfect example of using fun to teach children valuable skills and concepts, from science principles to problem-solving skills.”

Visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955 for more information. To reach the Accelerated Robotics workshop instructor, email workshops@woodlandschildrensmuseum.org.


Don’t miss the lighting of the 70-foot Christmas tree, synchronized to twinkling lights and holiday music at Market Street – The Woodlands.

Don’t miss the lighting of the 70-foot Christmas tree, synchronized to twinkling lights and holiday music at Market Street – The Woodlands.


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. 16 at 6 p.m. as part of the “Market Street in Lights” tree lighting celebration.

Sponsored by Sewell Automotive and Texas Children’s Hospital – The Woodlands, “Market Street in Lights” will attract hundreds 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. The 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 2017 Official Lighting Luminary, will light the tree in front of the crowd.

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 pm. Rides are $10 per person;
children ages 12 and under are $5. For more information, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com.


Kyla Hall, Miss Tomball 2017.

Kyla Hall, Miss Tomball 2017.


The 52nd Annual Tomball Holiday Parade and 2018 Miss Tomball Pageant will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18.

This year’s parade theme is “Texas Strong: Honoring Harvey’s Heroes” and the parade’s Grand Marshal will be announced soon. “We want to recognize not only our brave first responders, but all individuals and organizations that stepped up to help fellow citizens in the Houston area and beyond,” said Bruce Hillegeist, Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce president. “Harvey allowed us to show the nation what Texas Strong really means and the parade is a time to come together and celebrate all of our heroes.”

The parade will be held from 10 a.m.-noon. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church Worship Center. For more information, visit TomballChamber.org.



Start your holiday shopping Nov. 17-19 at the Global Market Fair Trade Holiday Sale at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 3801 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. Visitors will find an intriguing array of coffee, chocolate and other food items, clothing, jewelry, home décor, greeting cards and accessories for everyone on your list. Sale hours are Friday, November 17 from 5 pm – 9:30 pm; Saturday, November 18 from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, November 19 from 9 am – 2 pm. You’ll feel good about your purchase dollars which support farmers, craftsmen and artisans around the world in disadvantaged communities. Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted. Parking is available. For additional information and directions call 281-367-7016.



Entergy will be presenting sponsor for the annual YMCA Run Thru The Woods charity event held on Thanksgiving morning in The Woodlands. This year marks the event’s 28th year as one of Texas’ premier running and walking family events. The charity event expects to attract more than 4,500 participants from around the country.

“Entergy is proud to sponsor Run Thru The Woods this year,” said Sallie Rainer, president and CEO of Entergy Texas. “Entergy powers the communities we serve by providing reliable and affordable electricity.  Run Thru The Woods is a tradition across Montgomery County that benefits charitable organizations across the county. Entergy is committed to bettering the communities we serve, and this event helps to improve the lives of so many young people throughout the region.”

On Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23, thousands of people will make their way through The Woodlands as participants of Run Thru The Woods. The annual event has been a source of fundraising for local charities for 27 years, raising more than $2 million.

The event is designed for a wide variety of participants and offers walkers and runners the choice of a 5-mile run, 3-mile run, 3-mile walk and a 1-mile kid’s race for children ages 12 and younger.

“YMCA Run Thru The Woods is a great way to begin Thanksgiving Day and kicking off the holiday season,” said Roxanne Davis, community liaison of The Woodlands Family YMCAs. “There’s the excitement of thousands of people pulling together with purpose, and it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends, to encourage each other, and give thanks and support local nonprofits, including the YMCA.”

Register early and save. To learn more and register, visit runthruthewoods.org.


(L-R): Susan DeMarco and Christie Swanbeck are co-chairs of the Signatures Executive Committee.

(L-R): Susan DeMarco and Christie Swanbeck are co-chairs of the Signatures Executive Committee.


The John Cooper School will host the 13th Annual Signatures Author Series featuring Paula Hawkins, on Friday, Dec. 8 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Hawkins is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling suspense thriller, The Girl on the Train, that was made into a major motion picture. Hawkins released a subsequent thriller, Into the Water in May of this year, that People Magazine said, is “a captivating contemporary whodunit… suspense churns and the plot keeps you guessing.” 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 Susan DeMarco and Christie Swanbeck, 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. Due to space constraints, only a limited number of booths are available, and authors will be selected from an application process.

“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 with Lisa Hollingsworth. “Authors who participate are highlighted in event publicity and will receive a table with signage where they can 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 shedding light on local authors.”

The booth registration fee is $150, and the deadline for application to participate is on or before October 27. Specific guidelines and application forms are available at johncooper.org/specialevents. Luncheon updates will be posted at johncooper.org. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the luncheon is given to a local literacy organization, and this year’s will support hurricane relief efforts.

For additional information, call 281-367-0900 x2326 or email advancement@johncooper.org.


The Woodlands Show Chorus is a part of Sweet Adelines International.

The Woodlands Show Chorus is a part of Sweet Adelines International.


The Woodlands Show Chorus (TWSC) is searching for additional singers as they prepare for their next international contest in St. Louis in the fall of 2018. TWSC began just five years ago, as the largest and fastest-chartering chorus in Sweet Adelines history. Formed by women committed to continuous improvement through education, performance and competition, this chorus is currently ranked ninth in the world with even higher aspirations.

Master Director Betty Clipman said, “This is the perfect time to increase our numbers as we begin to learn new songs for contest. We are looking for women who can accurately learn their music (either reading sheet music or listening to recordings), sing on pitch and hold their part with three other parts as well as women with a desire to perform.”

TWSC membership is made up of women from all walks of life – mothers, grandmothers, new mothers, home schooling mothers and empty nesting mothers – who are finally finding the time to do something for themselves. They are also professional women who realize the value of forming friendships and having activities away from work. They come from Beaumont, Austin, League City and Bryan and are even expatriates from several other countries. These singers report that the joy of singing and the bond of everlasting friendships keep them coming back.

Sally Ison, membership chair from Cypress, tells women who have never explored singing opportunities other than school or church, “We teach you everything you need to know to be successful and give you consistent individual and group instruction. And if you are a seasoned singer, you will be intrigued by our high-level, four-part a cappella singing.”

Email info@thewoodlandsshowchorus.org or call Sally at 713-208-0863 for more information. All Monday night rehearsals are open to the public.



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.



Restoration, a Pilates-based exercise recovery program for breast cancer survivors, is now being offered at the South Montgomery YMCA.

Designed to help breast cancer survivors restore mobility, improve circulation, regain energy and rebuild strength, this form of exercise also improves self-confidence and quality of life while reducing emotional stress. The program is available to all breast cancer survivors, whether they are eight weeks or eight years post-op. Shellee Eudy, a Pink Ribbon Program certified instructor and veteran YMCA fitness instructor, leads the program.

Classes meet every Monday. The program includes a private personalized patient assessment, six weeks of specialized exercise and an exercise booklet. Participants must be 18 or older and have a doctor’s release to participate. For information, contact Shellee Eudy, 281-364-0258, or Michelle Hill, 281-367-9622. Pre-registration is required and can be done at either YMCA branch in The Woodlands.



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.



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.



The Jazzy Junque store – often called JJ – is an upscale resale store like no other! Under the watchful eyes of its store designers it offers outstanding, gently used and sometimes new items. Check out the store for furniture, household items, jewelry, linens, books, toys and much more, as there is something for everyone and every budget. Getting married or moving out? You will find what you need at JJ.

  • Located at exit 90 on I-45N Conroe Outlet Mall
  • Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Here today; gone today or tomorrow, so stop by often to see newest inventory

The store will gladly take your donations in good, workable and resalable condition. The store does not accept clothing, electronics or large appliances. Professional movers pick up larger items at your location; contact the store for details. Tax receipts are provided. To arrange a pickup call 936-441-4500 or email info@jazzyjunque.org for more information on making donations or volunteering.

Proceeds of store sales benefit New Danville, a training program that gives purpose and meaning to the lives of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

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