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August 2017

The 10,000-square-foot 2017 ASID Designer Show House.

The 10,000-square-foot 2017 ASID Designer Show House.



The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is hosting its 2017 ASID Designer Show House, which showcases the most exciting trends in interior design and home technology. Twenty-one ASID designers have contributed to the 10,000-square-foot, one-story estate complete with an attached in-law residence, a 1,400-square-foot outdoor living and kitchen area, a barn, and a pool and pool bath.

Tour the 2017 ASID Designer Show House by Peterson Homebuilders through July 30 on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m-5 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. The spectacular ASID Show House is nestled in Northwest Houston near Telge and Grand Parkway at 5 Willow Creek Ranch Road in Tomball.

Tickets are $20 available from EventBrite or $25 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzmeimer’s Association.

For more information, visit txgc.asid.org, and look under Events. Information can also be found on the organization’s Facebook page.



The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 39th Annual Chairman’s Ball “Cele­brating the Heart of Our Community” presented by Sam Houston State University on Saturday, August 12 from 6 p.m.-midnight at The Wood­lands Waterway Marriott & Conference Center.

“We are pleased to celebrate the service and direction of Linda Leto Head of Lone Star College and her commitment to The Chamber over the past year,” says Angela Storseth Cooper, director of special events and governmental affairs at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. “Traditionally, the Chairman chooses the theme to reflect their personality or style. It was Linda’s inspiration to, instead, choose a theme that reflected the strength of our community.”

Linda is currently the associate vice chancellor, workforce education and corporate partnerships at Lone Star College System. “As 2016-2017 chairman of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Linda has worked to expand the reach of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and taken a special interest in establishing a culture of legendary leadership by connecting established leaders with young pro­- ­fes­­s­ion­als,” says J.J. Hollie, president and CEO of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. “This is a way for us to say, ‘thank you’ and honor her service and commitment.”

The planning committee of Chamber volunteers coordinate decorations, live music, dancing and giveaways. The team leader this year is Dawn Candy of I Promote You and co-team leader is James Ketchum of Leger Ketchum & Cohoon, PLLC.

“The Chairman’s Ball event is unique in that each table is decorated by chamber members interpretation of the theme,” says Dawn Candy. “We anticipate the interpretation of Celebrating the Heart of The Community to be very nostalgic and full of gratitude of this place that we get to live, work, play and learn.”

To make reservations, secure a sponsorship or decorate a table to promote a business, call 281-367-5777. Visit WoodlandsChairmansBall.com, or email events@woodlandschamber.org for more information.



The Jazzy Junque store — often called JJ — is an upscale resale store like no other! Under the watchful eyes of its store designers it offers outstanding, gently used and sometimes new items. Check out the store for furniture, household items, jewelry, linens, books, toys and much more, as there is something for everyone and every budget. Getting married or moving out? You will find what you need at JJ.

  • Located at exit 90 on I-45N Conroe Outlet Mall
  • Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Here today; gone today or tomorrow, so stop by often to see newest inventory

The store will gladly take your donations in good, workable and resalable condition. The store does not accept clothing, electronics or large appliances. Professional movers pick up larger items at your location; contact the store for details. Tax receipts are provided. To arrange a pickup call 936-441-4500 or email info@jazzyjunque.org for more information on making donations or volunteering.

Proceeds of store sales benefit New Danville, a training program that gives purpose and meaning to the lives of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.



The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts offers free monthly Family Days with hands-on art projects, artist demonstrations, performances, and more. Projects are inspired by current exhibitions at the museum and are designed for ages 5 and up. The next Family Day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Family Days are typically held the second Saturday of the monthbut may vary depending on other events happening at the museum.

Museum memberships start at just $25 for seniors and college students, $30 for individuals, and $55 for families with children under 18. At the $100 level, members are also invited to special preview parties for new exhibits. For more information, visit the website, pearlmfa.org, or call 281-376-6322.



Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital provides a variety of free support groups including Mended Hearts, cancer education, cancer nutrition, yoga for cancer survivors, diabetes, stroke, weight-loss surgery and Mothers of Multiples. For more information on meetings, call 713-222-CARE or click on the “Events and Classes” link under the “Patients & Caregivers” tab at memorialhermann.org.


The Dinos Alive exhibit allows guests to take part in a rescue team and an archeological dig site for Jurassic fun.

The Dinos Alive exhibit allows guests to take part in a rescue team and an archeological dig site for Jurassic fun.


Embark on a Jurassic adventure this summer when Dinos Alive comes to Moody Gardens through Aug. 13. Featuring life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including a full-size Tyrannosaurus, Dinos Alive guests become part of a rescue team sent back in time to search for a missing plane and its crew. Along the way, they will get an up-close and personal experience with some of the most feared and amazing creatures to ever roam Planet Earth.

“This is always a popular attraction for our guests. Dinos Alive features dinosaurs that look, sound and move like real-life dinosaurs,” Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt said. “Guests have a chance for hands-on fun with an archeological dig site.”

In addition to the dig site, the attraction will include a gift shop and photo opportunity. Admission is $8.95 a person with children 3 years old and younger free. For more information, call 1-800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.



The Texas Taco, Tequila & Margarita Festival is back for its second year, and will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19 from noon to 10 p.m. at Heritage Place, 500 Collins St. in Conroe. The event will feature more tacos, more tequila and more margaritas, gourmet restaurants, tequila tastings, a kids zone, vendors and more, with two stages of live music throughout the day. There will also be a taco contest for best overall taco. The Kids Zone will feature attractions like water slides, games, inflatables, a mechanical bull, face painting, music and much more.

General admission is $5; kids 12 and under, teachers, police, military, and first responders are free admission with valid ID.

For more information and the full entertainment lineup, visit thetexastacofestival.com.




Enjoy a swashbuckling good time with your child at the third annual Pirates & Princesses fundraiser to be held Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at Wesley Hall in The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Kids will enjoy a variety of stations while they mingle and show off their best princess and pirate costumes. Children and adults alike will visit with several well-loved Disney princesses and be entertained by friendly community pirates.

Children and adults can meet their favorite characters; have a photo taken with a pirate, princess or maybe even a superhero; participate in a craft or face painting; or have a balloon sword fight with a mighty pirate in his pirate ship. There also will be an education station, raffles and a popcorn bar.

Tichets are $25 for children and $5 for adults. For tickets and a variety of sponsorships, visit allearscenter.org/pirates-princesses-2.

Event proceeds benefit All Ears! Listening & Language Center, a nonprofit educational center dedicated to empowering hearing impaired children and their families by teaching them listening, spoken language, and literacy skills. All Ears! is the only center of its kind in The Woodlands area. For more information visit allearscenter.org.



The public is invited to attend the second annual Bombshell Car Exhibit at Southern Star Brewing Company to benefit Camp Hope & Foundation for PTSD on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 12-6 p.m. The event is presented by Southern Star Brewing Company and Woodlands Performance & Suspension. There will be lots of fun with a variety of cars, raffles, 50/50, silent and live auctions, food, music and Southern Star Beer. Performing on the Biergarten stage are The Michael Player Band and The Prettybads.

Car show categories include: Muscle, Classic , Truck, Paint Job, Import, Domestic, New/Late Models and Best in Show. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. The brewery is located at 3525 N. Frazier St. in Conroe.

Car entry fees are $20 for entries submitted on or before Aug. 18 and $30 for entries submitted after. Each fee includes a specialty souvenir SSBC pint glass and three beer tickets. Proceeds from the entry fee will be donated to Camp Hope and the Foundation for PTSD. For exhibit entry, email wpsinfo@woodlandsperformance.com

To become a sponsor or make a donation, contact Danielle Betz, Southern Star’s events director. via email at danielle@southernstarbrewing.com.



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 the proceeds benefit a different nonprofit organization every three months.

Since its inception in 2005, the Change for Charity program has raised more than $100,000 for these organizations. For more information, visit marketstreet-thewoodlands.com/change-for-charity


Nationally known antiques appraiser Dr. Lori Verderame will give presentations twice a day on both days of The Woodlands show. (Photo - Texwood Shows Inc)

Nationally known antiques appraiser Dr. Lori Verderame will give presentations twice a day on both days of The Woodlands show. (Photo – Texwood Shows Inc)




The 15th Annual The Woodlands Fall Home & Garden Show will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, on Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3.

Those in attendance will have an opportunity to learn about the latest technology in home building, outdoor kitchens, interiors, landscapes and more from the 200-plus local home-improvement experts scheduled to appear.

Dr. Lori Verderame, author and star antiques appraiser from the Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings, will present Dr. Lori’s Antiques Appraisals Comedy Show, twice a day throughout the show. A unique, interesting and informative presentation injected with Dr. Lori’s own brand of humor, show-goers are invited to bring antiques, collectibles, family heirlooms or other items for an opportunity to see them appraised live on stage for an instant history and valuation.

Kicking off the show on Saturday, Randy Lemmon will broadcast 740 AM KTRH’s GardenLine live from the show from 6-10 a.m., later taking The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes magazine Home Idea Stage to answer questions on gardening in Southeast Texas. In addition, Lemmon will autograph copies of his latest book, Texas Tough Gardening. Show attendees are invited to stop by his broadcast booth where gardening items, courtesy of his show sponsors, will be given out while supplies last.

Putting a new twist on outdoor kitchens, Cunningham Gas Products will present Le Griddle, a new cooking experience that provides healthy, easy and quickly cooked food. Demonstrations of the product on Le Griddle Cooking Stage by Cunningham Gas will take place both days of the show, with free samples available while supplies last.

In an effort to keep the interiors of homes comfortable and beautiful, those attending the show will have an opportunity to visit with experts at Simple Elegance Designs’ HunterDouglas Products Feature Exhibit, which will include the very popular PowerView Motorization, Designer Roller Shades, NewStyle Shutters and much more. The beauty of HunterDouglas’ innovative products are matched only by the functionality of modern technology, allowing the company’s window coverings to be digitally programmed to provide maximum protection from the Texas weather – all with the touch of a smartphone.

For a quick and inexpensive update to personal living spaces, nothing beats a new color scheme to make a home look and feel new. Simply sharing photos and/or color swatches at the Ask the Sherwin-Williams Color Experts booth will help get homeowners on the right track. Using the paint manufacturer’s ColorSnap Color Selection System, the consultants manning the booth will answer questions and provide guidance for the perfect fit.

Tickets for the Show are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and children 12 years and younger can attend for free. Free covered parking is available in the parking garage behind the convention center next to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at Six Pines and Lake Robbins. After parking take the pedestrian skywalk connected to the 4th floor of the garage that will lead you to the hotel/convention center. Follow the show signs that will direct you to the escalator down to the lobby and the show entrance.

For more information, call 832-274-3944 or visit WoodlandsShows.com, where a downloadable discount coupon for $2 off admission is available.


This interactive program available at the exhibition invites you to consider different opinions about some of the issues surrounding genomic technologies and how they relate to your life.

This interactive program available at the exhibition invites you to consider different opinions about some of the issues surrounding genomic technologies and how they relate to your life.


The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science is offering Houstonians a glimpse at the 0.5 percent variation in human genetics and its impact on human health in its new traveling exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code. The new exhibition will reveal the mystery behind DNA and how it connects to every living thing; encourage visitors to better understand the human genome; and provide a new way to think about ourselves as individuals, as members of a family; and as part of the diversity of life on Earth.

The exhibition – which is on display through Sept. 11 – is organized around three content areas: The Genome Within Us; Your Genome, Your Health; and Connections: Natural World and Genomic Journey.

Genome was developed and produced by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Institutes for Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute in association with Science North.

The exhibition examines the complexities of the genome — the complete set of genetic or hereditary material of a living organism — and chronicles the remarkable breakthroughs that have taken place since the completion of the Human Genome Project more than a decade ago.

Access to Genome is included with the price of admission at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive. Visit thehealthmuseum.org/exhibit/genome or call 713-521-1515 for more information.


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.


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.

Sponsored by Sewell Automotive, Market Street’s 2017 Fall Concert Series features the following music line-up:

  • Sept.7: Jazz and R&B sounds on the saxophone from David Caceres Quintet
  • Sept. 14: Pop, rock and dance hits from Flashpoint
  • Sept. 21: A variety of Latin and contemporary favorites from Shekere
  • Sept. 28: Beatles tunes from cover band The Fab 5
  • Oct. 5: A cover of Journey favorites from Escape
  • Oct. 12: A variety of country hits from
    Nobody’s Fool
  • Oct. 19: The smooth sounds of jazz fusion
    by Stratus
  • Oct. 26: Blues and rock tunes from
    Hamilton Loomis

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



The Taste of Houston Festival 2017 will take place at Town Green Park in The Woodlands, Sept. 9 and 10. For two full days Town Green Park and the promenade will be filled with over 200 eateries, artists, crafters, boutiques, food trucks and more as well as live music from some of Houston’s best, an amazing Kid Zone with rides and activities, artistic performances and a whole lot more. Come taste, see, feel and hear the best that Houston has to offer.

Vendor and food truck spaces are now available, and the organizers have begun scheduling the musical lineup as well as the craft beer and winery tastings. If you would like to be involved, email your information to info@tasteofhoustonfest.com.

Tickets for Taste of Houston Festival are only $3 in advance at tasteofhoustonfest.com, or $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free! Tickets for the rides and Kid Zone activities range from $1-$3 and can be purchased on site.



Experience music and fun at the Inaugural Tribute to Woodlands Music Fest on Sept. 16 from noon-7 p.m. at Town Green Park in The Woodlands, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr.

Two stages will feature the following bands: Let It Rock (Bon Jovi Tribute Band), Synchronicity iii (Police Tribute Band), Underage (‘80s, ’90s, 2000s), Lemon Yellow Sun (Pearl Jam Tribute Band), Iron Lotus (80s Rock Tribute Band), Foo Fakers (Foo Fighters Tribute Band) and Nightbird (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band).

The festival will also offer food trucks, a kids’ zone and other vendors. Entry is free for kids 12 and under; and police, military, first responders and teachers with valid identification. Otherwise tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Visit Inspireprod.com for more information or to become a vendor.




Summer on Lake Woodlands means extended hours for rentals at Riva Row Boat House and Lakes Edge Boat House. Summer hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m., with the last rental out at 7 p.m. Both boathouses are closed Wednesdays.

The Riva Row Boat House is located at 2101 Riva Row, within walking distance of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and Market Street, as well as the many free parking lots south of Riva Row. The Boat House is also a short ride on the free trolley service from any spot along The Woodlands Waterway.

Lakes Edge Boat House is open on the waterfront of Lake Woodlands, offering single and tandem kayak rentals. This new facility is located next to the One Lakes Edge apartments at 1970 Hughes Landing Boulevard, just a short walk from Whole Foods Market, Restaurant Row and the Lake Woodlands Boardwalk.

The online liability waiver now makes it easier to get out on the water more quickly. To complete the waiver online, or for more information, visit thewoodlandstownship- tx.gov/rivarowboathouse or call 281-210-3800.




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.


The cover of Amita Trasi’s new novel.

The cover of Amita Trasi’s new novel.

Author Amita Trasi (Photo - ©sameer rao)

Author Amita Trasi (Photo – ©sameer rao)


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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