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The Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts cordially invite children and their parents to join them for child-friendly tea, decorating cookies and making a creative art project.

The Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts cordially invite children and their parents to join them for child-friendly tea, decorating cookies and making a creative art project.


The Mad Hatter Tea Party brings “Alice in Wonderland” to life at The Woodlands Children’s Museum. Join the Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter for child-friendly tea, to decorate cookies and make a creative art project from10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 at the museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive.

This event is recommended for ages 7 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Cost for the event is $6 admission for children ages 1 and older. For more information, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.


Outstanding high school marching bands from throughout Texas will compete in one of the nation’s most prominent championships, Music for All’s Bands of America Regional Championship at Conroe, presented by Yamaha, at Woodforest Bank Stadium (19115 David Memorial Dr.) in Shenandoah on Oct. 1.

The championship event, hosted by The Woodlands College Park High School Band and Boosters, will feature 29 high school marching bands in the preliminary competition, all of which will be evaluated by a panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching band experts. The top 10 bands will advance to the evening finals competition, which will ultimately name the Regional Champion.

Music for All president and CEO, Eric L. Martin, said, “The thousands of students who will perform at this championship showcase the results that come from the dedication, teamwork and mastery required and fostered through music and arts education.”

The preliminary competition runs from 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Gates will open for the finals at 6:45 p.m. with performances beginning at 7:45 p.m. All times are tentative pending the final schedule of performing bands.

Updated schedule and ticketing is available at musicforall.org or by calling 800-848-2263. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Standard general admission is $18 for preliminaries or finals, or $27 for a day pass to both. Children ages 10 and under are free for general admission seats. A $5 off any general admission ticket discount will be available at the gate for college students with an ID, spectators 11-18 years of age, military members and spouses (military ID required), and spectators age 62 and over.




The Woodlands High School Theater Department is proud to announce its first show of the 2016/2017 season, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop. This comedic spoof of 1940’s murder mysteries takes place when a group seeking financial backing for a musical find themselves caught in a mysterious mansion during a blizzard. Shockingly, dead bodies begin dropping out of nowhere! It seems
as if the “Stage Door Slasher” is back and out for revenge.

During the show each of the guests are quick to point the finger at one another until the Slasher is finally unmasked. The performance dates are Sept. 29 and 30 at 7 p.m., and on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Admission is $8 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door using cash, check or credit card.



CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, in partnership with The Woodlands Christian Academy and the Texas A&M Forest Service, is hosting the 7th Annual CASA Superhero Run (10K, 5K Trail Run & 1K Fun Run) through W.G. Jones State Forest on Saturday, Oct. 1. This year’s event will be held on The Woodlands Christian Academy’s campus located at 5800 Academy Way. The run offers complimentary food and drinks for all participants, awards for top runners in the 5K and 10K, finisher medals for all participants, and most importantly, lots of Superhero-themed fun for a fantastic cause.

All proceeds benefit CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, a nonprofit organization and the county’s only court-appointed organization advocating for abused and neglected children. CASA Child Advocates are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social services system, or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Advocates stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many children, their CASA Advocate will be the one constant adult presence in their lives during this time.

Race Day Registration is from 7-7:45 a.m. and races begin at 8 a.m. For more information, visit casaspeaks4kids.com/newsandevents/superherorun/


Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome at the concerts in Market Street’s Central Park.

Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome at the concerts in Market Street’s Central Park.


Market Street’s popular fall concert series, featuring artists in classic rock, jazz and the best of Latin sounds, returns to the luxury shopping, dining and entertainment destination every Thursday through Oct. 13, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Market Street’s Central Park once again will be the scene of the six-week concert series when music fans can enjoy performers from the shady patios of Jasper’s, Crú –Wine Bar, Tommy Bahama Tropical Café, Uni Sushi, 1252 Tapas Bar or any of Market Street’s signature restaurants.

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

Sponsored by Sewell Automotive, Market Street’s 2016 Fall Concert Series features the following music line-up:

Sept. 29, Popular hits from cover band Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Oct. 6, Classic rock sounds from Nobody’s Fool Band

Oct. 13, Country and rock favorites by Rat Ranch

For additional information, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com



On Saturday, Oct. 1, join All Ears! Listen­ing & Language Center at the Conroe Shooting Center, 11400 FM 2854, for its Sporting Clays Tournament.

The event will feature two flights at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Experienced shooters and novices are encouraged to attend.

All proceeds will benefit the All Ears! Center, the only preschool based on Auditory Verbal principles in Montgomery County. Its mission is to empower children who are hearing impaired and their families by teaching listening, spoken language and literacy skills.

To register, go to allearscenter.org/sporting-clays-tournament or contact Johhny Higdon at 281-380-8335 or higdon@sbcglobal.net.




Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands, Medical Office Building 1, Suite 310, 17183 Interstate 45 South, will host a Pamper Me Pink Breast Health Awareness Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 6-8 p.m.

Houston Methodist Breast Care Center health experts will discuss Houston Metho­dist’s comprehensive care approach – from handling the appointment making, to providing ladies with rapid results (often on the same day as their mammogram), to connecting them with a breast surgical oncologist and plastic surgeon, located next to the breast care center, should women require their services.

Event highlights include free massages; Nordstrom The Woodlands’ Beauty Bar com­plete with complimentary mini-makeovers and manicures; hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and desserts; easy access and free parking; and physician Q&A. On-site screening mammograms are available and can be scheduled online.

Registration is required. Register online at houstonmethodist.org/events or call 713-790-3333. All attendees will receive a special gift.


Olga Kifyak will be Princess Aurora and Eugeniy Svetlitsa will dance Prince Désiré during the 35-city U.S. tour.

Olga Kifyak will be Princess Aurora and Eugeniy Svetlitsa will dance Prince Désiré during the 35-city U.S. tour.


The Russian Grand Ballet is pleased to announce the performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” in Stafford, on Friday, Oct. 7 at the Stafford Centre at 7:30 p.m. The Russian Grand Ballet brings the classic ballet to life with Russia’s brightest ballet stars to perform the full-length production.

Tickets can be purchased through StaffordCentre.com, by phone at
281-208-6900, or at the Stafford Centre Box Office.

The Russian Grand Ballet has established a reputation for talent and versatility by touring the world with both full-length traditional ballets and shorter ‘divertissements.’ Its Ballet Master, Honored Artist of Russia, Vladimir Troshchenko, is highly dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet. The Honored artist of Ukraine Olga Kifyak will be dancing Princess Aurora, with The Honored Artist of Ukraine Eugeniy Svetlitsa as Prince Désiré for this 35-city U.S. tour.

The ballet is in three acts with two intermissions, with music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa, revised by Vladimir Troshchenko, and libretto by Ivan Vsevolozhskiy and Marius Petipa.

For more information, contact Gulya Hartwick at  347-901-3042 or info@RussianGrandBallet.com


Japanese-American children pledging allegiance during World War II.

Japanese-American children pledging allegiance during World War II.


This year’s Gulf Coast Reads book, The Train to Crystal City, seeks to bring remembrance to a frequently forgotten population: Japanese-Americans who were interned in American internment camps during World War II. Through it, library attendees explore the personal impact of war and hysteria on several generations of American immigrants.

Montgomery County Memorial Library System invites Dr. Abbie Grub, historian and instructor of history, San Jacinto College, to speak concerning the fate of the thousands of Japanese-Americans who walked through the doors of internment camps, especially in Crystal City, Texas. Find out more information on the policies and historical events surrounding internees.

This event is open to the public on Oct.17 at 5:30 p.m. in the large downstairs meeting room at the Central Library, 104 I-45 N. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 936-539-7814, ext. 6256 or email Lisa.Cammack@countylibrary.org.


Shop for one-of-a-kind finds during Red Potato Market Days.

Shop for one-of-a-kind finds during Red Potato Market Days.


Red Potato Market Days celebrates its third year and seventh show Oct. 21-22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. A Preview Party on Thursday Oct. 20 from 4-7p.m. kicks off the event. More than 70 vendors showcase vintage, antiques, painted furniture, lighting, eclectic finds, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery and handmade soaps and crafts. It’s the perfect place to relax in the country only 35 miles west of Houston and 15 miles west of Katy. Local farmers also bring fresh produce and homemade goods. Food trucks and a live band combine to make this a fun event.

The event takes place under a covered arena, rain or shine. The $5 admission supports Young Life and Simonton Christian Academy. Children under 12 are free. The preview party is $10. For more information, visit redpotatomarket.com or call 281-533-9863.



An inaugural walk and run to raise awareness for Dysautonomia, Run for DREAMS – 5 K Trail Run and Family Fun K, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8-11 a.m. at Burroughs Park in Tomball. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. and the first race steps off at 9 a.m. Post-event activities will go until 11 a.m.

More than 70 million people worldwide suffer from this little-known yet very common disease, which can drastically alter lives – many times turning a strong healthy individual into a bed-ridden medical mystery overnight.

“Run for D.R.E.A.M.S. is one of the very few events in our country dedicated to helping Dysautonomia sufferers come together and see that they are not alone in the struggles they face,” said Loren Alexander, Dysautonomia patient and event organizer. “We hope the event inspires Dysautonomia patients to continue to work through their medical challenges, while raising the much needed awareness and funds necessary to find solutions to this disorder, which currently has no cure.”

Last year, Alexander received awareness month proclamations for the month of October from both Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Annise Parker. She now leads the Hope for D.R.E.A.M.S. cause and has started a support group in the Cypress/Tomball area.

Entry fee for the run is $40 and registration includes a t-shirt, post-race snacks and refreshments, and a raffle ticket. Stroller riders are free, but will not receive a t-shirt.

Choose between the 5K trail run and the Family Fun K, where you can walk, run or roll on the 1K paved track around March’s Pond. Those who can’t attend but want to support the cause can register to Sleep in for DREAMS for a donation of $30 and get an event t-shirt mailed to them.To register, visit crowdrise.com/­RunforDREAMS2016



During its Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit, Glade Gallery will present a series of the most prominent artworks of the 20th century by the renowned Mexican artists: Jorge Alarcón Islas, Gustavo Arias Murueta, Francisco Toledo, Jose Luis Cuevas and Francisco Zuniga.

Profiling artistic practices bound against the conventions of figurative art, Glade Gallery highlights the diversity within contemporary art and fuels the synergy that describes the creative exchanges between American and European art today. Bringing together outstanding artists of diverse generations and genres, the gallery gathers around the various modes of representation that have come to define figurative art in recent decades, as well as affirming its enduring urgency.

Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 832-557-8781 for appointments.



The Indian Springs Village Association (ISVA) will hold its 12th Annual Taste of the Village on Saturday, Oct.15 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Indian Springs Shopping Center, located at the southwest corner of Kuykendahl Road and The Woodlands Parkway. The free event is co-sponsored by ISVA, H-E-B, and Regency Development Company in cooperation with participating Indian Springs business establishments.

The Taste of the Village was initiated 12 years ago by ISVA to bring local residents and businesses together for a fun and family-friendly event. The event draws more than 4,000 people each year and supports the ISVA Community Service Scholarship fund.

There will be a raffle for an Amazon Echo, two $250 gift certificates from H-E-B, two “foursome” rounds of golf donated by Club Corp and a variety of other prizes.Visit indianspringsvillage.com for more information.




The John Cooper School has announced its 29th Annual Golf Tournament, benefiting the Dragon Booster Club, will be held on Monday, Oct. 24 at The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course.

Registration, lunch, driving range, putting and chipping contests will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon, followed by dinner and awards at 5 p.m.

Register online at Johncooper.org/specialevents. Individual and team registration as well as sponsorships are available.


(L-R): Amy Milstead, Nina Marino and James Stilwell.

(L-R): Amy Milstead, Nina Marino and James Stilwell.


Nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County have a new opportunity to receive help from a new local nonprofit, The Woodlands Charities, Inc., founded by Nina Marino, Amy Milstead and James Stilwell. These community leaders formed the organization with a vision to hold fundraisers and bring awareness for selected Montgomery County charities and funds raised donated directly to the charity.

The Woodlands Charities, Inc. is supported by an advisory committee of community leaders who provide oversight and help select the projects in the community

The group’s initial focus charity is Canopy, a first-of-its-kind cancer survivorship center in Montgomery County. Its mission is to provide the finest support, education and integrative medical services to all those impacted by cancer, regardless of where patients are receiving treatment. Located at the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, the center will serve as the primary site for activities aimed at helping patients and families throughout all phases of their illness, as well as assistance in navigating life after treatment.

Into The Woods, Canopy Unmasked, a Halloween costume party, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Milstead’s extended facility located at 29707 W. Hawthorne in Spring. The funds raised will benefit Cano­py. Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information about Into The Woods, Canopy Unmasked or The Woodlands Charities, Inc., contact Nina Marino at nina@ninamarino.com, or Amy Milstead at amy@milsteadgroup.com. For more information on Canopy, visit thewoodlandscanopy.org.


Monica O’Hara of Tomball on the catwalk at the annual American Girl Fashion Show.

Monica O’Hara of Tomball on the catwalk at the annual American Girl Fashion Show.


After 22 years American Girl will no longer be hosting American Girl Fashion Shows.

Join HITS Theatre as it hosts the Grand Finale of the American Girl Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., at the Junior League of Houston.

This is your last chance to attend the American Girl Fashion Show so you don’t want miss out. The event is a fun-filled afternoon for girls, their families and favorite dolls. Young models provide an entertaining and educational look at how generations of American Girls have used clothing to express their own unique style and personality. The entire show is performed by local children to help raise money and awareness for children’s theatre programs.

The American Girl Fashion Show brings American Girl dolls to life with an engaging program that combines fashion, education and goodwill. The Fashion Show features an interactive showcase of historical and contemporary fashions by American Girl, a seated meal, raffle prizes, take-home treasures and more. For more information or to purchase tables, visit hitsfashionshow.com.


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.


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 October 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.



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 2016 Junior League Holiday Market Committee.

The 2016 Junior League Holiday Market Committee.


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.


Steve Pate

Steve Pate

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

Co-chairs of the 2016 Montgomery County Heart Walk & Kid’s Dash.

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.


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.


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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