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Net proceeds from the run will benefit The Woodforest Charitable Foundation which supports local charities in the area.

Net proceeds from the run will benefit The Woodforest Charitable Foundation which supports local charities in the area.


Woodforest National Bank and the City of Conroe announce the sixth Annual Woodforest Charity Run scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 at Heritage Place Park in downtown Conroe. The Woodforest Charity Run is made up of two certified runs sanctioned by USA Track and Field. The Woodforest 10K starts at 7:55 a.m. and the Insperity Invitational 5K starts at 8:15 a.m.

New this year, the Rocha Consulting One Mile Family Fun Run will begin at 7:30 a.m. And, returning by popular demand, the Barkley Shoe Dash for children ages 5-7 and 8-12 will begin at 9 a.m. This kid-friendly event will be held on Simonton Street in front of Heritage Place Park. Young runners begin their race with one shoe, dash 50 yards to retrieve and put on their other shoe from a pile of competing runners shoes, then dash 50 yards back across the finish line.

Additionally, all participants, volunteers and spectators are invited to enjoy food, music and family friendly activities at the Woodforest Post Race Party held in the park.

“We take great pride in organizing this run and are so pleased to see it continue to grow in popularity and participation year over year,” said Patricia Brown, senior vice president of Woodforest National Bank. “Over the past five years, we have grown to 479 runners and have proudly funded over $245,000 to the Woodforest Charitable Foundation to help in the support of many local charities in and around Conroe.”

Paul Virgadamo, Jr., City of Conroe administrator, added, “This run offers something for everyone, regardless of their athletic ability. The route through downtown Conroe is beautiful and an enjoyable way to promote health and fitness while raising funds for a great cause.” Register online at woodforest.com. For more information, visit woodforestcharitablefoundation.org.


Accomplished heavyweight boxer and civic leader Roy Harris was the second Conroe Legend honored with a mural.

Accomplished heavyweight boxer and civic leaderRoy Harris was the second Conroe Legend honored with a mural.


The third mural in a continuing effort to honor Conroe Legends will be unveiled
on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m., preceding the First Thursday Market and First Thursday Concert.

The Conroe Legends Mural Wall, featuring individuals from the area who have garnered statewide, national or international praise and attention for their professional efforts in the arts or entertainment, is located on the south side of 202 N. Main St. at the corner of N. Main and Metcalf streets in downtown Conroe.

The first Conroe Legends Mural, honoring Mary McCoy for her dedication to the radio industry and celebrating her induction into the Radio Hall of Fame, was unveiled in August 2014. The second mural honoring hometown hero Roy Harris, a heavyweight boxer and civic leader, was unveiled in October. The third Conroe Legend is a local resident whose accomplishments brought, and continue to bring, international distinction to the area.

Funding for the Legends Murals is made possible by donations from citizens, groups and organizations who appreciate what it takes to achieve such widespread acclaim and who agree that the honoree is worthy of recognition for continuing to shine a positive light on this area. This effort is being facilitated by The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance (GCAA).

For more information, or to make a contribution to the program, contact GCAA president Annette Spikes at 936-756-5347 or aspikes123@consolidated.net.


Various fun activities for kids are part of the Festival to be held at Town Green Park.

Various fun activities for kids are part of the Festival to be held at Town Green Park.


The Woodlands Development Company has announced that entries are now being accepted for The Woodlands Wildflower Festival Poster Contest, held annually in conjunction with The Woodlands Wildflower Festival. The Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at a new location — Town Green Park in The Woodlands Town Center.

Contest entries should portray a nature scene in the spirit of the Wildflower Festival. Interested parties should draw a favorite scene from nature on heavy, unlined white paper, canvas or poster board, no larger than 11 by 17 inches. Preferred drawing materials are watercolors, oils, pen and ink, pastels, crayons, colored pencils or markers. No writing should be included on the front of the artwork.

Entries will be judged and prizes awarded in the following age categories: up to 4 years; 5 to 8 years; 9 to 13 years; 14-18 years; and adults (19 and over). First place prizes of $100 will be awarded in all four children’s categories. The adult first place winner will receive $300. The Grand Prize winner across the four children’s categories will be used on the official T-shirt that is sold at the festival, and the winning adult entry will become the official poster sold at the festival.

Label the back of your entry with your name, address, phone number and age (for children’s entries only). Entries may be turned in at The Woodlands Information Center at 2000 Woodlands Parkway. The deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. The winners will be notified by Tuesday, Sept. 8.

This free, family-oriented event features wildflower seed packets in many different varieties, giant inflatable rides, petting zoo and exhibits related to gardening and native plants. 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.

The event is sponsored by The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation®, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Brickman Group.


FAITH - “Fighting Cancer” in Montgomery County’s enthusiastic committee plans its second Annual Lanakila Lu’au.

FAITH – “Fighting Cancer” in Montgomery County’s enthusiastic committee plans its second Annual Lanakila Lu’au.


FAITH – “Fighting Cancer” in Montgomery County provides emotional and financial support for cancer patients and their families. It also assists in educational and preventative care programs.

FAITH’s goals are accomplished through generous donations from businesses, individuals and dedicated fundraising volunteers. Since 2010, the nonprofit organization has raised more than $100,000. Through its programs, nearly 500 area citizens have been assisted annually.

Next on FAITH’s calendar is “Lanakila Lu’au,” which translates to “Victory Feast over Cancer.” The second annual fun fundraiser will be Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Walden Yacht Club. Paige Walford and Karen Lonon will serve as co-chairs. The “Island Casual” luau, silent auction and live auction is $100 per person or $850 for a table of 10.

for event sponsorship and ticket commitments. Mailed donations may be made to FAITH -“Fighting Cancer” in Montgomery County, P.O. Box 445, Conroe, Texas 77305.


The Woodlands Show Chorus will have a free open house performance at Grace Crossing Church.

The Woodlands Show Chorus will have a free open house performance at Grace Crossing Church.


The Woodlands Show Chorus presents its free open house performance of “A Show Chorus Affair,” on Sept. 28, during its regular rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Crossing Church. The performance will be preceded by a vocal contest, “Last Singer Standing, Come Sing It Your Way” on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 1:30-4 p.m. at Dosey Doe Music Café on FM 1488.

The singing contest is open to women everywhere ages 12 to112. More information can be found by emailing singingcontest@thewoodlandsshowchorus.org or visiting at thewoodlandsshowchorus.org. A Holiday Show is planned for Nov. 21.

The Chorus was recently coached by Becky Bartlett, a freelance choreographer from Durham, North Carolina who specializes in movement for show choirs, adult and student choral groups and music theater productions. She was impressed with the work ethic and great attitude of the 70+ members and spent the evening teaching choreography for a tune to be used by the chorus at its international competition in Las Vegas in October 2016. Chorus members responded to Becky’s inspiring choreography and lively demonstrations with renewed motivation.

Bartlett spent the last four years managing performers in the theme park industry for Six Flags and Busch Gardens. Becky has a bachelor’s degree in music industry studies from Appalachian State University. She
is a member of The Rich-Tone Chorus in Richland, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines International.

Betty Clipman, master director for the chorus and legendary worldwide coach, explains, “We love being a part of The Woodlands and would like to provide women singers in all areas the opportunity to perform on stage with us at the 2016 Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas. It has been such a joy to direct this chorus dedicated to excellent singing.” The Woodlands Show Chorus chartered in 2012 and has won both its regional competitions with exceptionally high scores, in addition to placing well at its first international competition in Baltimore in November 2014.

Rehearsals are held Mondays at 7 p.m. at Grace Crossing Church, 105 FM 1488.



Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe, presents Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond, Sept. 11-27. The show is directed by Jim Walker.

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. He is a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory – but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, 10 years younger and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness – and slang – in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together.

Made popular by the 1981 film starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn, On Golden Pond is a touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years.

The show runs on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and two Sunday matinees on Sept. 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at stage-right.org or by calling the Crighton Theatre box office at 936-441-SHOW (7469). Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and groups of 15 persons or more, $15 for youth 16 and under and for senior groups of 12 or more persons. The Crighton Theatre is located at 234 N. Main St. in downtown Conroe.


Join the Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter for child-friendly tea to decorate cookies and make a creative art project.

Join the Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter for child-friendly tea to decorate cookies and make 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 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 at The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

The event is recommended for ages 7 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 for children ages 2 and older. Visit   woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955 for more information.



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.


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.


le tour de woodlands


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.

“We are thrilled to offer a wonderful family and individual event honoring our bicycle-friendly community, as well as bringing the community together to support Interfaith and the many programs and services we provide each day to hundreds of area residents.” said Dr. Ann Snyder, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

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


(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.


(L-R) Beth Miller, volunteer store manager, and Anne Swetich, director of Outreach at Lord of Life Lutheran Church.

(L-R) Beth Miller, volunteer store manager, and Anne Swetich, director of Outreach at Lord of Life Lutheran Church.


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

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



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.



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.



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 benefit a different organization every three months.

Since its inception in 2005, the Change for Charity program has raised more than $75,000 for local nonprofit organizations. Visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com, for information.



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. These walks bring together more than 900,000 people who raise more than $68 million for T1D research. This success is only possible because of the support, commitment and strength of our community.

For more information, call Clara Utley at 713-334-4400. To register or donate, search on “JDRF The Woodlands.”



The Feast of Artisans Farmers’ Market is now held in two locations: on the first Saturday of the month at B-52 Brewing, 12470 Milroy Lane in Conroe, and on the third Friday of the month at Southern Star Brewing Company 1207 N. FM 3083 East in Conroe. The Friday evening market is open from 4-9 p.m. and the Saturday afternoon market is open from 1-4 p.m. The market features a wide variety of locally produced goods from local vendors and also hosts a food truck and features local musicians. For more information visit feastofartisans.com or the Feast of Artisans Facebook page.

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