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September 2017


ONGOING BREAST CANCER REHAB PROGRAM OFFERED AT THE YMCA

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.

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.

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Every fall music concert at Market Street is free and open to the public.

Every fall music concert at Market Street is free and open to the public.

FALL CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO MARKET STREET, STARTING SEPT. 7

Market Street’s popular fall concert series, featuring artists in country, rock and acoustic guitar and more, returns to the shopping, dining and entertainment destination every Thursday, Sept. 7 through Oct. 26, from 6-8:30 p.m.

Market Street’s Central Park once again will be the scene of the eight-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. Blankets and lawn chairs also are welcome.

For additional information visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com, or their Facebook page.

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Noises-Off

STAGE RIGHT PRESENTS HILARIOUS FARCE NOISES OFF, SEPT. 8-24

Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the Crighton Theatre, presents Michael Frayn’s laugh-out-loud tour de’farce Noises Off Sept. 8-24. Touted as one of the funniest plays ever written, this play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: final dress rehearsal, an early performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayn gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and flying sardines. The show is directed by multiple Montie Award-winning director Travis Bryant.

Noises Off will be presented at the historic Crighton Theatre (recently named one of the top 10 venues in the state by Best Things Texas.com to see live theatre) located at 234 N. Main St. in downtown Conroe. Performance dates are Sept. 8-24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and two Sunday matinees on Sept. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

For tickets and more information, visit stage-right.org or call the Crighton Box Office at 936-441-7469. Discounts are available for groups of 12 or more by calling the box office. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $18 for groups and $15 for students and youth and senior groups of 12 or more.

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FREE CALL-IN “LAW LINE,” SEPT. 11

A free call-in public Law Line for residents of Montgomery County who have general legal questions will be offered on Sept. 11, and subsequently the first Monday of every month at 281-645-6344 from 5-8 p.m by
volunteer attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association.

Topics include bankruptcy, family law, criminal law, consumer protection, and more. The volunteer attorneys do not provide specific counseling, yet offer general information and inform people about their rights and options and what legal resources may be available for callers to follow through with their concern. Callers’ identities as well as the identities of the volunteer lawyers will remain anonymous.

The October Law Line is scheduled for Oct. 2.

This public service is a project of The Woodlands Bar Association in conjunction with the Montgomery County United Way.

The Woodlands Bar Association is comprised of private practice attorneys from both large and small law firms, judges and corporate attorneys and seeks to promote high legal standards, education and community service in the area. The Law Line offers a local community service opportunity for members to share their unique legal skills to provide service to others. WoodlandsBarAssociation.com.

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Cancer survivor Liette Ocker.

Cancer survivor Liette Ocker.

THE BREAST CANCER CHARITIES OF AMERICA PRESENTS WINE WOMEN &  SHOES, SEPT. 21

The Breast Cancer Charities of America and the committee of Wine Women & Shoes 2017 has announced its Wine Women & Shoes Houston event will be hosted at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott on Thursday, Sept.21. The event will include a New York Style Runway Show, a “Best in Shoe” competition, wine tasting from BCCA’s National Partner CHLOE Wines, boutique shopping, a “Key to the Closet” experience where one woman will win over $5,000 of new designer clothes/accessories and more. This year the runway will once feature the beautiful faces of local women from 23-75 who have beat and overcome breast cancer and been impacted by the programs of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

The Wine Women & Shoes committee has also selected Woodlands resident Liette Ocker as the Annual Spotlight Survivor. Liette, who recently completed her breast cancer treatments, came to know The Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) after being diagnosed and searching for educational materials to help her through the journey. When she discovered the Create Wellness workbook through BCCA, she learned that BCCA is headquartered in The Woodlands. From there, through a mutual friend and supporter of the organization, Mindy Harmon Photography, Liette and BCCA were connected, and the organization is pleased to have her share her inspiring story this year at the event.

VIP tickets and Platinum VIP tables are available on a first come, first served basis. Sponsorship opportunities also remain. To find out more, visit WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston or iGoPink.org

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KNITTING/CROCHETING MEETS AT BUSH LIBRARY ON FRIDAYS

The knitting, crocheting and conversation group meets every Friday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Earl Elliott meeting room at the Barbara Bush Library. Help make lap blankets for veterans and chemo caps for MD Anderson Cancer Center patients. For information, call 281-376-4610. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring.

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The Texas Marine Medal of Honor Monument in Town Green Park.

The Texas Marine Medal of Honor Monument in Town Green Park.

FIRST ANNUAL TEXAS MARINE MEDAL OF HONOR MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AT WOODLANDS COUNTRY CLUB, SEPT. 25

The Texas Medal of Honor Fund will host the First Annual Texas Marine Medal of Honor Memorial golf tournament on Monday, Sept. 25. With Wells Fargo as the title sponsor, the Tournament Course at The Woodlands Country Club is the site for the tournament that will begin at 8:30 a.m.with a shotgun start and utilize the 4-Person Shamble format. All proceeds will benefit the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Tourna­ment highlights include: Hole-in-one/Mercedes Benz prize; 5-time World Long Drive Finalist Glenn Wilson, Jr.; “closest- to-the-pin” prize weekend at Benchmark Resort; and Esprit de Corps with Marines and other patriots. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available and will include opportunities for company branding and visibility. Visit texasmarinemedalofhonor.com/golf_tournament to register, or for more information contact Rita McClure at 281-719-3264 .

Founded in 1962, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. For 55 years, the Scholarship Foundation has provided access to affordable education for the children of Marine and Navy Corpsman attending post-high school, under-graduate and career technical education programs. In that time, the Foundation has provided more than 37,000 scholarships worth nearly $110 million and has received top scores from leading charity watchdogs, including an A+ from the Better Business Bureau and 4/4 stars for accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator. The Scholarship Foundation supports students in all 50 states, but this year alone has awarded more than $550,000 in scholarships to 182 students in Texas.

For more information on the Texas Marines Medal of Honor Fund or the monument in Town Green Park visit texasmarinemedalofhonor.com.

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Guests can find beautiful paintings, photography, metal-works, sculptures, pottery and more at the Fall Fine Arts Show.

Guests can find beautiful paintings, photography, metal-works, sculptures, pottery and more at the Fall Fine Arts Show.

FALL FINE ARTS SHOW AT MARKET STREET – THE WOODLANDS, SEPT. 23

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, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m.-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. Fun activities for aspiring artists of all ages also are scheduled.

In the event of rain, the show will be moved to Saturday, Sept. 30. Market Street is located in The Woodlands at 9595 Six Pines Drive.

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 WOODFOREST CRAFT FEST AT CHRISTINE ALLEN NATURE PARK, SEPT. 23 The second annual Woodforest Craft Fest will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1- 5 p.m. at Christine Allen Nature Park, 5831 Woodforest Parkway South in Montgomery. Attendees can rub shoulders with fellow craft beer lovers while sampling Texas-brewed ales, stouts and lagers. The free event will also showcase live country music by Willow Creek Junction and Brando Kingz, great food including Texas barbecue available for purchase, a Texas Truck Show, and many child-friendly activities, including face painting, a rockwall, pony rides, oversized lawn games, an obstacle course and balloon art. Strollers, wagons, chairs and blankets are welcome, but no coolers are allowed or outside beverages. All ages are welcome but visitors must be at least 21 years old to sample the beers and have valid identification. There will be free parking along Woodforest Parkway South, or locals can walk or ride a bike to the Park. The event is being held in Montgomery’s largest master-planned community, Woodforest, located 5 miles north of The Woodlands. Visit woodforesttx.com or email Amanda Murphy at amandam@johnsondev.com for more details. _________________________________________________________________________________ MEMORIAL HERMANN IN THE PINK OF HEALTH LUNCHEON, SEPT. 29 Memorial Hermann presents its In the Pink of Health Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 29 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive. A champagne reception and silent auction begins at 10 a.m. followed by the lunch and program at noon. Co-chairs Cheryl Brady and Tiffany McClung will be joined by keynote speaker Amy Robach, Good Morning America anchor and breast cancer survivor. Founded in 2001, Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health has raised nearly $5 million through the annual luncheon and ancillary programs like Pink Pals, a year-around community fundraising program that enables individuals or groups to join the fight against breast and ovarian cancer in their own way. The money has been reinvested into the greater Montgomery County area to fund cutting-edge technology, programs and services for breast and ovarian cancer patients and survivors, and most recently to open Canopy, a free survivorship center for all cancer survivors (and their caregivers). For more information, or to purchase a table at the luncheon, contact Ann Wolford by phone at 713-897-PINK (7465) or email at inthepink@memorialhermann.org or visit inthepinkofhealth.org.

WOODFOREST CRAFT FEST AT CHRISTINE ALLEN NATURE PARK, SEPT. 23

The second annual Woodforest Craft Fest will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1- 5 p.m. at Christine Allen Nature Park, 5831 Woodforest Parkway South in Montgomery. Attendees can rub shoulders with fellow craft beer lovers while sampling Texas-brewed ales, stouts and lagers. The free event will also showcase live country music by Willow Creek Junction and Brando Kingz, great food including Texas barbecue available for purchase, a Texas Truck Show, and many child-friendly activities, including face painting, a rockwall, pony rides, oversized lawn games, an obstacle course and balloon art.

Strollers, wagons, chairs and blankets are welcome, but no coolers are allowed or outside beverages.
All ages are welcome but visitors must be at least 21 years old to sample the beers and have valid identification. There will be free parking along Woodforest Parkway South, or locals can walk or ride a bike to the Park. The event is being held in Montgomery’s largest master-planned community, Woodforest, located 5 miles north of The Woodlands.

Visit woodforesttx.com or email Amanda Murphy at amandam@johnsondev.com for more details.

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MEMORIAL HERMANN IN THE PINK OF HEALTH LUNCHEON, SEPT. 29

Memorial Hermann presents its In the Pink of Health Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 29 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive. A champagne reception and silent auction begins at 10 a.m. followed by the lunch and program at noon.

Co-chairs Cheryl Brady and Tiffany McClung will be joined by keynote speaker Amy Robach, Good Morning America anchor and breast cancer survivor.

Founded in 2001, Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health has raised nearly $5 million through the annual luncheon and ancillary programs like Pink Pals, a year-around community fundraising program that enables individuals or groups to join the fight against breast and ovarian cancer in their own way. The money has been reinvested into the greater Montgomery County area to fund cutting-edge technology, programs and services for breast and ovarian cancer patients and survivors, and most recently to open Canopy, a free survivorship center for all cancer survivors (and their caregivers). For more information, or to purchase a table at the luncheon, contact Ann Wolford by phone at 713-897-PINK (7465) or email at inthepink@memorialhermann.org or visit inthepinkofhealth.org.

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The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is thrilled to present the work of artist Anat Ronen as part of their fall exhibits. Ronen is an urban street artist whose work can be seen throughout Houston and around the world.

The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is thrilled to present the work of artist Anat Ronen as part of their fall exhibits. Ronen is an urban street artist whose work can be seen throughout Houston and around the world.

FALL EXHIBITS AT THE PEARL FINCHER MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS OPEN SEPT. 30

This fall, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts presents an exhibition titled Anat Ronen: Urban Legend. After coming to the U.S. from Israel in 2007, Anat Ronen embarked on a new career in art and has become one of the most exciting and highly regarded street artists of our day, though she has no formal training in art. Typically she works on large-scale projects that can reach over 30 feet tall, with more than 500 pieces in public spaces including highways, bridges, buildings, churches and schools. The Pearl’s exhibit will bring a sampling of her work from the city’s social spaces into one gallery, chronicling Anat’s journey into art as well as her new life in the United States.

Also this fall, the museum will present Contem­porary Quilt Art from the International Quilt Festival Collection. For more than three decades, Karey Bresenhan, founder of the Houston International Quilt Festival, and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes have been purchasing studio art quilts for their corporate collection. For the first time ever, part of this collection has been assembled into a nationally-touring exhibition of 25 quilts, and the Pearl is one of the stops on that tour.

Fall exhibits will open Saturday, Sept. 30, with Sept. 9 as the last chance to view this summer’s exhibits on the Great Depression. The museum will be closed Sept. 10- 29. The Museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 per adult is appreciated.

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WOAMTEC MEETING, FIRST AND THIRD WEDNESDAYS

Women on a Mission to Earn Commission (WOAMTEC), a networking organization geared towards businesswomen, meet at Amerigo’s Grille in The Woodlands from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. every first and third Wednesday. The cost for lunch is $20, all inclusive. All local business professionals are invited to attend. WOAMTEC was created in 2007 to provide a supportive environment for women who are committed to faith, family and career. Visit woamtec.com or call 866-757-2611 for information.

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Color-of-Our-Sky

Author Amita Trasi

Author Amita Trasi

NOVELIST AMITA TRASI TO SPEAK AT MITCHELL LIBRARY EVENT, OCT. 5

The George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library, located at 8125 Ashlane Way in The Woodlands, will be welcoming Amita Trasi for an author visit and book signing on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. Trasi will be presenting her debut novel, The Color of Our Sky.

A powerful story from a talented new voice, the book tells the gripping tale of a young woman who tries to find and rescue her missing childhood friend. Moving from a traditional village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, to Los Angeles and back again, The Color of Our Sky is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship set against the background of human trafficking.

Trasi will give a short reading from her book and then respond to questions from the audience. A book signing will follow, with copies of The Color of Our Sky available for purchase from the South Montgomery County Friends of the Library. A Mitchell Library Fiction Book Club selection, The Color of Our Sky has been positively reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.

Trasi was born and raised in India, and now lives in Houston with her husband and two cats. She has an MBA in human resource management, has worked for various international corporations and enjoys traveling to different countries to learn about their cultures. She supports organizations that fight human trafficking. Her website, amitatrasi.com, contains more information about her and her writings.

For more information on this and other programs, see the library calendar of events at countylibrary.org or call 936-442-7728, extension 6333.

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Now in its seventh year, CreekFest celebrates the arts and outdoors with a myriad of fun activities for the entire community.

Now in its seventh year, CreekFest celebrates the arts and outdoors with a myriad of fun activities for the entire community.

CREEKFEST 2017 IN SPRING, OCT. 7

CreekFest 2017 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, and it’s a day of fun you won’t want to miss. Now in its seventh year, CreekFest celebrates the arts and outdoors in a fun-filled event for the entire community. The festival takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Cypress Creek Cultural District, located on Cypress­wood Drive east of Stuebner-Airline in Spring.

Festival activities will take place indoors and outdoors at Cypress Creek FACE, The Centrum, Cypress Creek Christian Church & Community Center, the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, the Barbara Bush Library, Harris County Courthouse, and the beautiful trails and waterways of Harris County Precinct 4’s Collins Park and Meyer Park.

This free festival offers a wide variety of family-friendly activities, including: professional and high school chalk artists; a huge tent filled with family art activities; live entertainment; canoe rides on Cypress Creek; bike events by the Greater Houston Off Road Biking Association; library activities for all ages; dog costume contest; blessing of the animals; local artists and vendors; food trucks; painting an official CreekFest t-shirt; and more.

Sponsors of the event include Resource One, the Cypress Creek Cultural District, Fidelity Investments, and Radcliffe Bobbitt Adams Polley PLLC. Additional sponsorships are available at levels ranging from $150 to $3,000. For more information, visit creekfesthouston.com/sponsors, or contact Clara Lewis at creekfesthouston@gmail.com.

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WOODLANDS BBQ FESTIVAL, OCT. 8

Come feed your barbecue addiction at the second Annual Woodlands BBQ Festival on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Town Green Park. Families and the ‘cue-obsessed will eat themselves silly while sampling from the area’s finest brisket, butts, belly and more.

More than 15 BBQ joints, some of which have been featured in Texas Monthly’s “The List: The Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas,” will gather to support a great cause with live music, kids’ activities, a raffle, and more. The BBQ lineup includes: BBQ Godfather, Blood Bros. BBQ, CorkScrew BBQ, Goode Company BBQ, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, Pinkerton’s Barbecue, Roegels Barbecue Co., Southern Q BBQ, Southside Market & BBQ, Spring Creek Barbeque, Tejas Choco­late Craftory, Tin Roof BBQ, True Texas BBQ and Victorian’s Barbecue.

The festival serves a dual purpose of celebrating Texas barbecue and raising funds and awareness to fight a rare lung disease known as pulmonary hypertension, or PH. Simply stated, PH is high blood pressure in the vessels of the lungs. To purchase a ticket, become a volunteer or learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities, visit TheWoodlandsBBQ.com.

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MEMORIAL HERMANN 10 FOR TEXAS RACE, NOV. 14

Registration is now open for the annual Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas event that will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at Market Street – The Woodlands.. One of the most popular events in the community, this race includes a USA Track and Field (USATF) certified 10-mile course, the One 4 Texas Kid’s Fun Run, and new this year, the 3.1 Armadillo Run, a 5K race for casual runners.

“This event has always been a great opportunity for runners of all levels to get together and enjoy a great time,” explains Angel Nicks, assistant director of parks and recreation for The Woodlands Township. “This new 5K race should be really popular for those who enjoy a shorter race but still want to participate.”

Early registration for the USATF-sanctioned race is strongly encouraged, as openings for the event fill quickly. The number of participants in all three races is capped to ensure runner comfort and safety. Race-day registration will not be available if the race is sold out. Visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/10fortexas to register online.

The registration fee is $70 for the 10 for Texas, $55 for the 3.1 Armadillo Run and $35 for the One 4 Texas Kids’ Fun Run. The fee is an additional $5 on race day. For more information, call 281-210-3800 or email races@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov. To volunteer, visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/volunteer.
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JUNIOR LEAGUE PRESENTS THE 15TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY MARKET, NOV. 16-19

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.

General admission hours are: Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

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.


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