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Cancer survivors LIVESTRONG at the Shadowbend YMCA.

Cancer survivors LIVESTRONG at the Shadowbend YMCA.


The YMCA and LIVESTRONG have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body. The program also welcomes and encourages participation of the caregiver. At this time, the program is available for adults only.

Participants work with Y Staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. Additional goals include reducing the severity of the therapy side effects and preventing unwanted weight changes.

The program meets twice a week, Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. at the Shadowbend YMCA. The costs associated with the program are underwritten by the YMCA for both the survivor and caregiver. Space is limited for each session.

The YMCA also has a program for breast cancer survivors: Restoration Pilates. This rehabilitation program is designed to restore the range of motion and functional muscle movement patterns through Pilates. This gentle form of exercise is suitable for all fitness levels and is available to all breast cancer survivors – eight weeks or many years post op. The instructor is a Certified Pink Ribbon Program Instructor. Class meets once a week for eight weeks, Monday or Wednesday.

For more information on LIVESTRONG at the YMCA and Restoration Pilates, contact Levitia Simmons, Healthy Living Director, 281-367-9622. The Shadowbend Y is located at 6145 Shadowbend Place in The Woodlands.


Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum is a growing organization of women dedicated to providing volunteer services, leadership and philanthropy to enrich the communities in North Harris and South Montgomery Counties.

Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum is a growing organization of women dedicated to providing volunteer services, leadership and philanthropy to enrich the communities in North Harris and South Montgomery Counties.


Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum will hold its 27th Annual Fundraising Event, “A Night in Old Hollywood,” on Saturday March 28 from 7-11:30 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Convention Center. This year CWJF’s Past Presidents will be the Honorees. The evening will include dinner, music and dancing, open bar, auctions, bid board, raffle and wine toss. Proceeds go to support CWJF community programs. For information: call 281-379-1391 or email cwjf@sbcglobal.net.

Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum is a nonprofit assistance organization and recognized chapter of Junior Forum, Inc. For more information on joining or donating to CWJF, call 281-379-1391 or visit cwjuniorforum.org.



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.


Organizers of The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival have announced their partnership with the well-known Houston restaurant chain, Ragin Cajun for the sixth anniversary of the event.

Organizers of The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival have announced their partnership with the well-known Houston restaurant chain, Ragin Cajun for the sixth anniversary of the event.


Organizers of The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival announce their partnership with the well-known Houston restaurant chain, Ragin Cajun for the sixth anniversary of the event, which will be held Saturday, March 28, in Town Green Park beginning at 11 a.m.

Touted as The Woodlands’ largest crawfish event, attracting over 4,000 friends, families, and corporate sponsors, the festival will feature live entertainment with zydeco music and an afternoon performance from Texas singer Jack Ingram. There will be plenty of children’s activities and a variety of Cajun food including Louisiana crawfish and Ragin Cajun’s famous house specialty, Mississippi Catfish Platter with coleslaw and fries. The locally owned and family operated restaurant will also offer chicken tenders.

Ragin Cajun is now selling tickets to the festival at their Woodlands restaurant located at 2626 Research Forest Drive. The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network and The Pulmonary Hypertension Association produce this event to increase awareness and raise funds for Pulmonary Hypertension (PH). PH is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs that can lead to heart failure.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for a discounted price of $25 per person for ages 13 and up – to include one plate of food and two beverage (non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverages available for those 21 and over); $15 for ages 8 to 12 – to include one plate of food and one beverage. Entry for ages 7 and under is free (admission only – does not include any food or beverages).

For general event information, visit the festival’s website at woodlandscrawfish.com or email info@woodlandscrawfish.com.


Sissy Gonzalez

Sissy Gonzalez


The monthly networking coffee meeting of the Montgomery County Association of Business Women (MCABW) is scheduled for 8 – 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3 at The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce in the Water Tree Room, 9320 Lakeside Blvd., Bldg 2, Suite 200.

Sissy Gonzalez, senior residential loan officer with Texas Premier Mortgage, will serve as guest speaker for the event. Gonzalez began her career as a residential loan officer in 2010. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso on a golf scholarship and graduated with a BBA, majoring in accounting. Gonzalez has helped countless families and individuals purchase and refinance their homes. A resident of The Woodlands, Gonzalez is currently the treasurer for the Montgomery County Women’s Counsel of Realtors, a diplomat for the Montgomery County Association of Business Women and a member of Houston’s Association of Realtors.

The MCABW is an organization that provides a forum for local businesswomen to develop and enhance professional and personal relationships with their peers. The group holds a coffee meeting the first Tues­day of each month, a mixer the second Thursday of each month and a monthly luncheon the fourth Tuesday of each month at Incredible Pizza in Conroe. Visitors are invited to attend two MCABW events before joining the organization.

For more information about MCABW, call founder and executive director Carol Gooch at 713-256-8002 or visit mcabw.org.



The Tomball Charter Chapter American Business Women’s Association will hold its monthly meeting on the third Thursday of the month at Tomball College Conference Center, 13310 Tomball Pkwy in Tomball. Networking begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Men are also invited to attend and join. The cost is $15, members; and $18, non-members. To RSVP, email vbutler@bjservices.com.

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.


Proceeds from the David’s Dream Run benefit The David Center at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Proceeds from the David’s Dream Run benefit The David Center at Texas Children’s Hospital.


The annual David’s Dream Run will be held on Saturday, May 9 at Woodforest Bank Stadium in Shenandoah. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.; the first race begins at 8 a.m. This event, hosted by David Elementary School, is held to honor the memory of David Vetter, known as the “bubble boy,” who was born with an immune disorder that robbed him of the ability to fight germs.

All proceeds from the 1 mile and 5K run/walk will go to The David Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. Registration forms are available at David Elementary, 5301 Shadow Bend Pl., The Woodlands, or online at david.conroeisd.net. Race day registration is also available. For additional information or to learn about race sponsorship please contact Cindy Kupfer at 936-525-7441 or davidptodreamrun@gmail.com.


Gordy Bunch will serve as the Honorary Chair of the 2015 Five Who Share Luncheon.

Gordy Bunch will serve as the Honorary Chair of the 2015 Five Who Share Luncheon.


Interfaith of The Woodlands has announced the 2015 Service of Excellence Award recipients. Being honored at Interfaith’s Five Who Share Luncheon for their significant contribution in making a difference and commitment to our community through their volunteerism are Barbara Cargill, Education; Sarah Coll, Youth; The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, Fine Arts; Neil Johnson-Seniors; and Steve Sanders, Health.

Gordy Bunch, TWFG President and CEO, The Woodlands Township Board of Directors Treasurer, and The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau Chairman will serve as the Honorary Chair of this year’s “Building Community Together” themed event which will be held on Friday, March 6 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Proceeds from the tickets and raffle will benefit the programs and services of Interfaith of The Woodlands. For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact Lisa Baeckel at 832-615-8230 or lbaeckel@woodlandsinterfaith.org.



The Montgomery County Association of Business Women (MCABW) will host its next monthly mixer from 5–7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Announcements and door prizes will start at 6 p.m.

The mixer will be held at the Keller Williams Office Building, 2200 N FM 3083 West. Keller Williams realtors Amy Gregorcyk and Anna Ryan will host the event.

The group holds a mixer the second Thursday of each month as well as a monthly luncheon the fourth Tuesday of each month at Incredible Pizza in Conroe. The group also hosts a coffee meeting on the first Tuesday of the month. Visitors are invited to attend two MCABW events before joining the organization. For more information about the MCABW, call Carol Gooch at 713-256-8002 or visit MCABW.org.



The public is invited to participate in the following events at the John Cooper School:

Cooper Online Cyber Gala Auction – There’s something for everyone on the annual Online Auction sponsored by The John Cooper School Gala Committee. Items can be viewed and bids placed online beginning at 8 a.m. through March 15 at 10 p.m. by going to biddingforgood.com/johncoopergala

2015 Cooper Gala: Big Time In The Big Easy, Saturday, March 7 – “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” Join the fun at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Individual tickets are $300 with tables and other sponsorships currently available. Registration and schedule of events is online at specialevents.johncooper.org



Senior citizens can take a mid-week break at the Bush Library to enjoy games and conversation. Adult Game Mornings are held in the Robin Bush Children’s Activity Room from 10:00 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays.

The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring. Call 281-376-4610 for more information.



Track and field enthusiasts and youth runners, jumpers and throwers are invited to attend the 4th Annual Texas Stallions Relays. The event promises to be fun and exciting with over 500 youth athletes competing in three relays, eight open running events and five field events. Adults can get in on the action by participating in the Open/Master 200m Dash, events for 6 and under and the Parent/Coaches 4 x 100M Relay.

For more details and to register, visit texasstallionsrelays.com.



Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber (MCHC) is currently accepting applications for its Adelante Academy Class of 2016, a nine-month leadership training program, focused on high school juniors in Montgomery County and the surrounding area. All graduates of the program will be eligible to receive MCHC Scholarships, awarded in May at the annual Fiesta Universal event. Applications are available online at mchchamber.org and the deadline to apply is March 23.

“Building future leaders for our county is a priority for the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber,” said Amos McDonald, Chairman of MCHC and Senior Vice-President of BBVA Compass. “Our goal with the Adelante Academy is to provide knowledge and opportunities during a student’s most pivotal year. To act as mentors, nurture their dreams, encourage growth and through scholarships, help provide the means to make those aspirations coming to fruition.”

The Academy’s curriculum consists of classroom sessions on personal finance and budgeting, education, the justice system and law enforcement, economic development and government, media, marketing and public relations and healthcare. There will also be a service project, field trips and a networking event. Students will conclude completion of their class with a graduation.




The 2015 Giving Goes Glam fashion show and luncheon will take place on March 27 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. The event, featuring Saks Fifth Avenue fashions, is presented by The Woodlands Mall and Market Street The Woodlands. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands, Inc. For more information, visit jlthewoodlands.­org or woodlandsinterfaith.org.



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 what it would cost to buy new.

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 linda.hein@jazzyjunque.org.



Events for all ages are offered at the George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library in The Woodlands.

Family Storytime is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. This story program is for children of all ages (birth-4 years) and a caregiver with an emphasis on stories and activities for toddlers. This program emphasizes early literacy skills and is a great way to meet other families with young children.

Designed for children ages 3 and up, Story Club is held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Children are introduced to new authors and illustrators and develop literacy skills, listening, thinking, participation and social skills.

For more information about The Fiction Book Club for Adults, contact Emily Osburn at Emily.Osburn@countylibrary.org.

Participants in the Teen Anime Club view a current anime production, talk about their favorite anime/manga series, and feast on snacks. The club is for ages 13 and up only. For more information, contact Tabatha Perry at 936-442-7728, ext. 310.



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 marketstreet-thewoodlands.com



Join Children’s Safe Harbor on Friday, April 10 from 6 – 11 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr. for its “Betting on Courage” casino night, dinner and fundraiser.

Children’s Safe Harbor’s mission is to protect and enhance the life of every child who has the courage to battle sexual abuse or severe physical abuse. This nationally-accredited nonprofit children’s advocacy center is part of a nationwide effort to heal the trauma and facilitate justice for children ages 2 through 17 and their families by prioritizing the investigation and prosecution of child abuse.

This exciting casino night will feature a dinner and dancing to live music by The Chinatown Band, along with an silent auction of fabulous items.

Sponsorship levels range from $1,000 to $20,000. Individual tickets are $150. To purchase tickets or to inquire about sponsor contribution levels, call 936-756-4644 ext. 235 or visit ChildrensSafeHarbor.org.



Lakeside Bible Church will be hosting a two-day Art of Marriage Video Event on April 10-11 at its campus at 18940 Freeport Dr., Montgomery. Anyone seeking to improve their marriage relationship or to learn what a Biblical marriage is like is invited.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10 and the program will begin at 7 and end at 9:30 p.m. The program will continue on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $39 a couple or $20 a single, which includes entrance to the conference, the workbook and material needed for the course, and refreshments/snacks.

Pastor/teacher Dr. Ken Ramey says of The Art of Marriage video series, “We feel it is a worthy investment of time and money to strengthen your marriage relationship. The course gets to the heart of God’s design for marriage in a fun and interactive way and illustrates that the only way to make your marriage a masterpiece is to place it in the Master’s hands.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 936-582-1977 or visit lakesidebible.eventbrite.com




Stage Right of Texas, resident theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, presents Texas playwright Horton Foote’s masterpiece The Trip to Bountiful, April 17 – May 3. Audiences will be transported back to Houston of the 1950s; a simpler time when home, family and hymns were the elixir to cure any ailment. The show is directed by Stage Right Artistic Director Carolyn Corsano Wong.

Living in an overcrowded three-room Houston apartment with her dutiful, yet melancholy son Ludie and his brittle, bossy wife Jessie Mae, elderly and frail Carrie Watts longs to visit her childhood home in the small Texas town of Bountiful before she dies. Forced to leave the land where she grew up twenty years ago, her powerful memories sustain her as she dreams of making the trip back to reclaim her dignity and strength. The play follows the journey when one day, Carrie decides to take the trip back to Bountiful. Her journey, though trying, is one filled with faith, love and hope. Audiences will laugh at the familiar ‘family’ situations and ultimately have tears in their eyes, as Carrie does, when she realizes her dream.

Performance dates are weekends April 17 – May 3, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with two Sunday matinees on April 26 and May 3 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 15 or more persons. The Crighton Theatre is located at 234 N. Main St. in downtown Conroe.



St. Mary’s Quilt Show is set for April 24 – 25 at the historic painted St. Mary’s Church at St. Mary’s Way, 8227 CR 205 in Planters­ville. All quilters are invited to enter quilts for this non-juried show. There will be a “Popu­lar Vote” for one quilt and ribbons awarded by sponsors. There is no fee to enter and no monetary prizes will be given. Entrants may offer their quilts for sale. Quilts will be displayed as space allows.

The public is invited to view the quilts on display on Friday, April 24 from10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visitors can walk the church gardens, visit vendors in the church hall, enjoy snacks and lunch at the Dresden Plate Cafe’ and purchase one-of-a kind quilts.

For information, visit stmarysquiltshow.­com, call or text Paula Allison at 281-743-2124 or email contessapaula@­yahoo.com .

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