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Klein Oak High School student Thomas Wenglinski will perform in a jazz concert to raise donations for the Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries.

Klein Oak High School student Thomas Wenglinski will perform in a jazz concert to raise donations for the Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries.


To complete his Eagle Scout project, Klein Oak High School senior Thomas Wenglinski is using music to benefit the Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (T.E.A.M.).   A jazz concert, performed by students from the Klein and Spring school districts, will be held at the Tomball United Methodist Church located at 1603 Baker Drive, on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 7-9 p.m.

The price of concert admission is a per-person donation of new items for teens in the 13-16-age range, including gift cards (Wal-Mart, Ross, Academy, Marshall’s), school supply sets, watches, wallets, makeup sets and advanced Lego sets.

T.E.A.M. is a nonprofit organization serving clients in the Tomball area with a food pantry, clothing distribution facility and counseling services. T.E.A.M. assists over 12,000 people each year. In addition to the targeted donations for concert admission, T.E.A.M accepts new or gently used clothing, furniture and household items, as well as monetary donations. T.E.A.M. is located at 300 West Main, Tomball. Donations can be mailed or drop­ped off and should reference the Thomas Wenglinski Eagle project.

Visit facebook.com/jazzforTEAM or teamtomball.com for more information.


Market Street Fall Fine Arts Show


Professional and amateur artists will display paintings, photography, metal-works, sculptures, pottery and more at Market Street’s popular outdoor Fall Fine Arts Show scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Fall 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. Market Street is at 9595 Six Pines Drive. Visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com for additional information.


twhs theaterour town logo


The Woodlands High School Theater Department proudly presents Our Town in The Woodlands High School Black Box on Oct. 8-10 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 15-17 at 7 p.m., with matinee shows on Oct. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.

Our Town is a play about the residents of Grover’s Corner, New Hampshire and their personal afflictions in daily life, love, and death. For the first time ever the students will be performing in The Woodlands High School Black Box. This style of theater is great for audiences because it is an immersive experience with the actors. Because this show will be presented in a minimalist style, it will rely upon the actors to bring it to life, catching the attention of their audience and engulfing their hearts. For more information, visit twhstheater.com.



On Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Montgomery County South Regional Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr., the public is invited to The Going Green program where cyclists can learn more and share experiences with cycling in order to add to a more sustainable community. The program, sponsored by The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N., will focus on the “whys” and “how to” of riding.

Cycling is in the news in The Woodlands as well as many other cities due to its rapid growth as a way to get around the community, to get to work and for recreation. It helps with traffic, air pollution, human health and well-being. It adds to the community’s goals as a sustainable community.

The Woodlands is officially a “Bicycle Friendly Community” as designated by the League of American Bicyclists. October in The Woodlands includes several community bicycling activities including le Tour de Woodlands, bike/walk to school month, bike safety classes, a bike to worship day, organized bike rides for all levels, a new bicycle master plan under way and more. This event is free and is not sponsored or endorsed by Montgomery County Memorial Library System. For more information, email info@thewoodlandsgreen.org.



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.



The 2015 Autumn Art & Texas Wine & Festival returns to Historic Old Town Spring featuring two days of Texas-based wineries showcasing local white, red and sweet wines and southern-style blends along with craft beers, regional hand-crafted art, photography, crafts, fashion and more. The event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Entrance to Old Town Spring, 427 Gentry.

Texas is home to some of the best wines, each with their own distinctive personality and style of wine-making, offering wine enthusiasts the chance to savor the many flavors of Texas. This weekend will feature more than 10 local and regional wineries showcasing a variety of award-winning Texas wines.

Participating vineyards include Griffin Meadery, Landon Winery, Clear Creek Vineyard, Pleasant Hill Winery, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, Perrine Winery, Bernhardt Winery, Red Road Vineyard, Dionisio Winery, Texas South Wind Vineyard & Winery and more. The event is open to all ages and is a family-friendly event; rain or shine.

In addition to wine-tasting opportunities, patrons can sample craft beer selections from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, as well as enjoy live entertainment, a variety of local and regional original art work and exhibitions, local food products from Go Texans vendors and more.

General admission to the festival is free on Saturday and Sunday and provides access to viewing original art and the Go Texan vendors. Wine tasting tickets are $30 and include one commemorative wine glass and seven tastings; additional wine tasting tickets are available for $1 each. Tickets are available at winefesttexas.com. Parking costs $7 per car, of which a portion will benefit the Knights of Columbus. The festival is sponsored by Puffabellys Old Depot Restaurant in Historic Old Town Spring and Saint Arnold Brewing Company.



CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County is hosting the sixth annual CASA Superhero Run through W.G. Jones State Forest on Saturday, Oct. 3. This year’s event will be held on The Woodlands Christian Academy’s campus and features 10K and 5K trail runs, as well as a 1K Kids’ Fun Run. The event offers complimentary food and drinks for all participants, awards for top runners in each event, finisher medals for all participants, and most importantly, lots of Superhero-themed fun for a good cause.

Montgomery County native and NBC Nightly News correspondent, Jacob Rascon, will serve as the event’s MC. All proceeds from the CASA Superhero Run benefit CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County and support its mission of providing an advocate for every abused child in need.

Visit CASASpeaks4­Kids.com, email CASARun@CASASpeaks­4Kids.com or call 936-441-5437 for more information.



Conroe ISD is sponsoring a Youth Activity Fair to offer “one-stop” shopping for families and community members to learn about and/or sign up for community activities designed for students from grades K-12 — including sports teams, recreational activities, social and service clubs and activities related to the fine arts of dancing, music, art and drama. The Fair will be held at Irons Junior High School on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. – noon.

Up-to-date information regarding participating organizations is posted on the CISD website (conroeisd.net) under the Youth Activity Fair link under Newest Updates. Parents and their children are encouraged to attend.



The 10th Annual Braden Bailess Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, Oct. 5 at The Woodlands Country Club Palmer Course. Registration and lunch begins at 11 a.m., opening ceremonies at noon followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Dinner with cash bar, awards and live/silent auctions will immediately follow tournament play.

The event highlight will be the awarding of two mortgage-free homes to two combat-wounded heroes and their families. Special guests will include Major Ed Pulido, author of Warrior For Freedom, and local veterans. Team foursome entry is $700, individual player is $200 and veterans play for $125. Event dinner tickets are available for $50. This event benefits the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Birdies For The Brave.

The Braden Bailess Memorial Golf Tournament began in 2006 as a way to honor the life of USMC PFC Braden Bailess, son of Doug and Claudia Bailess, who tragically died in an automobile accident in 2002. For further details or to register, contact Lisa Davidson at 832-259-2394 or visit bailess.org.



On Oct. 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the nonprofit group MOPS invites the public to enjoy its MOPS Fall Marketplace to be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5201 Spring Cypress Road in Spring.

The market will offer a variety of booths with crafts, gift items, yard sale deals, baked goods and much more. Proceeds help fund MOPS, a ministry outreach to moms with preschool-aged children. Call or email Leah Gaide at 832-593-589 or leah@gaide.net with any questions.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring has openings in the MOPS Group, a moms group that meets twice a month on Monday mornings to share in a hot meal, encourage friendships, listen to speakers and even complete a craft. Child care is provided and registration is open. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for Oct. 5 and Oct. 9.

Interested moms are asked to email the group prior to attending the meetings at MOPS@trinityklein.org.



The debut of the New Danville Store at Market Street makes it convenient to shop for a good cause. The New Danville Store opens Thursday, Oct. 1, offering products beautifully packaged by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Handcrafted gifts for the home and garden will be showcased.

New Danville is nonprofit, self-sustaining master-planned integrated community in Willis where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live, learn, work and grow emotionally, socially, and spiritually with their non-disabled peers. For more information on,visit newdanville.org.


Wise Conference


The WISE (Women Inspiring, Supporting, Empowering) 2015 WISE Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Convention Center. The event is a one-day women’s conference focused on personal, professional and community growth. It will include networking, breakout sessions, a sit-down luncheon and international motivational speakers. Sponsorships of the event are also still available. Conference sponsors include Donna Wick Public Relations – Presenting Sponsor; Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands – VIP Party Sponsor; The Seiler Law Firm – WISE Luncheon Sponsor; Joseph M. Perlman – Attendee Bag Sponsor; The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes and MD Anderson Cancer Center – WISE Sponsors; and Woodforest National Bank – Mentor Sponsor.

Additionally, this year the conference will feature a local business expo to support and grow local business, as well as an exciting new electronic expo game with lots of prizes given for visiting the vendors. The expo is free to the general public.

This year’s theme is Growing With Gratitude. The conference will feature keynote speaker Cynthia Kersey of the Unstoppable Foundation, and international leadership expert Dr. John Demartini. There will also be breakout speakers covering content-rich topics ranging from health and wellness to growing your business with social media.

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Convention Center is located at 1601 Lake Robbins Drive. Ticket prices for the conference are $99 per person or $900 for a table of 10. For more information on ticket pricing and available sponsorships, visit thewise­con­ference.com or contact Glenda Minshew at 315-430-8749.


zombie run


Join your friends, family, and community in the school’s First Annual Zombie Electric 3K Run/Walk on Friday, Oct. 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. There will be glow-in-the-dark necklaces/ bracelets, face painting, music, and prizes. Electric markers will be on the path and there will be water stops. Wear comfortable clothing, costumes, or anything that glows! Registration is $10 per family (students/parents/community members). The Tom Cox Intermediate School is located at 3333 Waterbend Cove, Spring. For more information, visit the website, cox.conroeisd.net.


(L-R): Michael Hayles – Coat of Many Colors Minstries (executive director); Billy Ray Duncan – Montgomery Historical Society (board member); Allison Hewlett – Meals on Wheels (executive director); Wayne Keller-Caiden’s Hope (executive director); and Larry Daspit – Fernland Historical Park (board member).

(L-R): Michael Hayles – Coat of Many Colors Minstries (executive director); Billy Ray Duncan – Montgomery Historical Society (board member); Allison Hewlett – Meals on Wheels (executive director); Wayne Keller-Caiden’s Hope (executive director); and Larry Daspit – Fernland Historical Park (board member).


Five Montgomery County nonprofit organizations were recently selected as beneficiaries of the 2015 Texian Heritage Festival to be held Saturday, Oct. 17, 10am-5pm.

In 2014, $14,000 was given to three charitable organizations serving Montgomery County. This year, five nonprofit organizations will each receive 20 percent of the proceeds, including Caiden’s Hope Foun­da­­tion; Coat of Many Colors Ministries, Inc.; Meals on Wheels Montgomery County; Fernland Historical Park; and Montgomery Historical Society.

The festival is a family fun, outdoor event that depicts the era of the 1800s with shoot-outs, cannons, reenactments, Chikawa dancers and much more. Old-fashioned children’s activities, depiction of lifestyles typical of early Texas, demonstrations of pioneer crafts, pioneer/frontier musical entertainers and other events show guests what it was like for the Texians in the 1830-40s.

Various dedicated groups of historic reenactors, including Daughters & Sons of the Republic of Texas, the Sons of the Confeder­ate Veterans, the Texas Army and Texas Navy set up an encampment and perform military skirmishes and an equestrian riding demonstration, Visitors also enjoy the wares of craft and food vendors. Sponsor, vendor and volunteer opportunities and more information can be found at TexianHeritage.org.



Online registration is now open for the fourth annual Le Tour de Woodlands cycling event presented by Repsol USA and hosted by Interfaith of The Woodlands. More than 500 cyclists are expected to participate in the ride and space is limited.

The cycling event, slated for Saturday, Oct. 17, will feature both a long course and short course to provide cycling opportunities for individuals and families. The bike ride will begin at 7 a.m. at The Woodlands Township.

Participants may register online until Oct. 14, after which registration will only be available the morning of the event. For more information, contact Aimee Newsom at 832-615-8221 or anewsom@woodlandsinterfaith.org. To register for the bike ride, visit wdlndsif.ejoinme.org/?tabid=697496.


SIRE riders improve their balance, communication, social skills, coordination and confidence.

SIRE riders improve their balance, communication, social skills, coordination and confidence.


SIRE’s special needs riders bond with community trail riders from all over the region through the experience of a traditional Texas trail ride. The Saddle Up for SIRE Ride-a-thon has been SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship’s premier fall fundraiser for 22 years. The Ride-a-thon is held at 7iL Ranch, Cat Spring, Texas on Oct. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 7iL Ranch and Trails, 5389 Mill Creek Rd, Cat Spring.

Bring your own horse to ride or simply come out and enjoy the music, family activities and barbecue. This special event provides funding for the nearly 300 special needs clients who ride with SIRE on a weekly basis as well as military veterans and their families who attend SIRE’s family days. Many of the collaborating partners benefiting from the funds raised at Saddle Up for SIRE include: Avondale House, Houston ISD, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Richmond State Supported Living Center.

The mission of SIRE is to improve the quality of life for people with special needs through therapeutic horsemanship activities, therapies and educational outreach. SIRE is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International premier accredited center serving nearly 300 weekly riders at three sites in the greater Houston area: Hockley, Richmond, and Spring. SIRE is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Visit SIREHouston.org for information regarding enrollment, volunteering and donations.



For those who love cookbooks and enjoy new recipes, the Cookbook Club classes at Williams-Sonoma at The Woodlands Mall are showcasing recipes from the latest cookbooks on the market.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. attendees at the October Cookbook Club class will learn recipes from Food Network Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay’s newest book, Brunch at Bobby’s.

Each Cookbook Club class features cooking tips, techniques and recipes from one of the favorite new cookbooks of the year. Cost is $75 per person and the 1.5 to two-hour class includes a three-course tasting menu from the book’s recipes, a copy of the cookbook and a 10% discount on purchases made after the class. Reservations are required; call 281-298-6915 or stop by the Williams-Sonoma store located outside in The Courtyard.



The John Cooper School is sponsoring informative and relevant presentations on topics relating to parenting adolescents and teenagers today. The public is invited to attend “The Courage to Have Difficult Conversations” on Oct. 21. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the school’s Performing Arts Center.

A representative from Teen and Family Services-Woodlands campus will present the workshop that focuses on how to help students find the courage to question peer pressure and make smart decisions. Information about current alcohol and drug trends in The Woodlands area will be presented, and parents will be given ideas to encourage students to avoid being in an uncomfortable situation.

The John Cooper School is an independent, college preparatory school for students in grades PK-12. The school is located at One John Cooper Drive. For more information go to johncooper.org.



The public is invited to participate in the fourth annual JDRF One Walk on Saturday, Nov. 7 at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive.

Check-in is at 7:30 a.m., and the event begins at 9 a.m. The length of the walk is 5K.

JDRF One Walk has a single goal: creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Help JDRF continue to fund life-changing research for the millions of children, adults and families affected by T1D by joining in the walk.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin – a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.

With T1D, there are no days off, and there is no cure. That’s why JDRF holds more than 200 walks across the country every year to raise money for JDRF – the only global organization with a strategic research plan to end T1D. For more information, call Clara Utley at 713-334-4400. To register or donate, search on “JDRF The Woodlands.”


jr league holiday market


The Junior League of The Woodlands, Inc. (JLTW, Inc.) will present the 13th annual Junior League Holiday Market on Nov. 20-22 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 admission ticket. Holiday Market hours are Friday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Holiday Market will kick-off with a “Merry Christmas Y’all” Preview Party on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. The preview is a shopping event that will feature a live band and silent auction. Tickets are $90 per person and include a one-day admission ticket to the Holiday Market.

The Holiday Market will feature photos with Santa on Saturday and Sunday that will be open to the public with no ticket purchase necessary. Photos are $10 per printed picture.

Proceeds from the Junior League Holiday Market help JLTW, Inc. support the organization’s mission and the immediate community through its dynamic training and community programs. For more information, visit JLHolidayMarket.org.



The American Heart Association (AHA) welcomes the public to the 2015 Montgomery County Heart Walk on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Aon-The Woodlands. The annual event, chaired by Chris Payne, executive vice president of outsourcing for Aon–The Woodlands, and Jeff Gordon, the vice president of Kiewit Energy Group, is expected to raise over $410,000 for the research and education needed to fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Participants can either run or walk the 5K course located on the Aon–The Woodlands campus, 9500 Lakeside Blvd. Following the walk, festivities for the entire family will take place in the parking lot of the campus. Learn nutritional ways to stay healthy; head over to the Kids’ Zone to hula hoop and get your face painted; commemorate the Walk with team and family photos; and hear inspiring stories of survivors.

This year, the walk will welcome a new challenge made just for kids. “We are so excited to include the Kids Heart Health Challenge during the Heart Walk. We know that healthy habits start young, and we are excited to bring a family-fun obstacle course for kids to enjoy,” Payne said.

The Kid’s Heart Health Challenge is a fun, 5K obstacle course for kids ages 7 through 12. The challenge will feature fun physical challenges for the kids, and an opportunity to learn important ways to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine.

The event is free and open to the public. To participate, register at montgomerycountyheartwalk.org. There is no registration fee, but donations are appreciated.

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