Woodlands Events April 2012
The Woodlands Car Club
The Woodlands Car Club meets on the first Sunday of each month from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Market Street – The Woodlands.
The meets provide an opportunity to gather and show off special vehicles within the car club and the local community and share information about the needs of local nonprofit groups.
All “show” vehicles will enter by the entrance by Avia Hotel and Starbucks. The entire area will be closed for this event. No “show” vehicles will be allowed to park on the “other” side of the central grass area by Cru’ Wine Bar.
TWCC collects coins/change for its donation to the Market Street “Change for Charities” program that benefits nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County. For more information, call 281-363-2977 or go to thewoodlandscarclub.org.
Spring Home & Garden Show
BEGINNING MARCH 31
The Spring Home & Garden Show at The Woodlands returns for the 10th consecutive year to The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on March 31 and April 1. The show continues its mission of bringing the newest products, technology and ideas for the home to residents of The Woodlands area. More than 200 professionals with the hottest products and services will be available at this year’s show.
A few of the experts and exhibits at the show include: John Johnston, president of Designer Kitchens, will provide expert tips to create a kitchen that reflects the owner’s personality, taste and budget. Joe Elwood, general manager of The Billiard Factory, will be joined in the Billiard Factory booth by special guest Texans defensive end Connor Barwin. Complete rooms will be set out for attendees to see, touch and sit in. Home Media Pros presents the 4-D Home Theatrical Performance, which will include a demonstration of not only 3-D visuals but a full 4th dimension, which is submersive sound.
Catherine Falgoust, CFYH, will be speaking on “The Hottest Colors in Home Interiors.” This certified color specialist’s passion is creating interior spaces that reflect her clients’ personalities and lifestyles. Brenda Beust Smith, Houston Chronicle gardening columnist “The Lazy Gardener,” will prepare attendees for the spring planting season. Ellen DeLap, certified professional organizer, will answer the Top 10 Clutter questions. Buddy Lee of the Encore Group is the inventor of Encore Azalea, the only azalea to bloom in spring, summer and fall. Lee will share news on the latest releases from the Southern Living Plant Collection and will discuss care and maintenance.
Tickets are $9, adults; $7, seniors; and free admission for children under 12. Doors are open Saturday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information on speaker schedules and a list of exhibitors, visit WoodlandsShows.com.
Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert
The Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra will present “CSYO Jam Session Benefit Concert” on Sunday, April 1 at 5 p.m. at the Conroe Symphony Centre, 1500 N. Frazier in Conroe. Admission is free though donations are welcome for the nonprofit organization. For more information call 936-760-2144 or visit conroesymphony.org.
The Woodlands Cvb Announces Event Schedule
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with fireworks, live music, children’s entertainment and more on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, from 6-9 p.m. A spectacular fireworks show will light up the night sky each evening beginning at 8:55 p.m., weather permitting.
Live music and strolling performers highlight Waterway Nights, a summer entertainment series returns every Saturday in June from 6-8 p.m. Relax and listen to sounds by local favorites while enjoying a variety of strolling entertainers.
Celebrate the 4th of July with one of the largest firework displays (weather permitting) in the southwest, hot dog and watermelon eating contests, live entertainment, and more at the 15th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival. The celebration will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Town Green Park and Waterway Square. The festival is free and open to the public. Tickets for food, concessions and games can be purchased on-site. For more information, visit TheWoodlandsCVB.com or call 281-363-2447.
Woodforest Opens Model Home Village
BEGINNING MARCH 31
Woodforest is introducing its first model home village in a big way with Circus in the Forest, a two-day event March 31 and April 1 that promises family fun, door prizes and valuable incentives for home buyers.
Visitors will enjoy strolling jugglers, magicians, stilt-walkers and other entertainment 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Thrill-seekers can try zip-lining and kids can munch on free popcorn and cotton candy while trying their luck at carnival-style games.
Opening models that weekend will be Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, Highland Homes, Newmark Homes and Partners in Building. The models will showcase available home designs in Woodforest’s Spyglass Park, located along Woodforest Golf Club, with prices from the $400,000s. The models are located near the Woodforest Homefinder Lodge, 101 Elk Trace Parkway. For more information, visit woodforesttx.com or call 936-447-2800.
Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival
BEGINNING APRIL 14
The 7th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is set forApril 14-15 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. along The Woodlands Waterway® and in Town Green Park.
This juried art show features 200 international, national and regional fine artists and has become an annual tradition in The Woodlands. The variety of original artwork that will be available includes clay, drawing, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2-D and 3-D, painting, pastel, photography, sculpture, textile, watercolor and wood.
Other highlights of the festival are the Student Scholarship Exhibit showcasing award-winning art created by area high school students; Artopoly, where young artists can create and take home art projects guided by The Woodlands Children’s Museum and The Woodlands Arts League; and The Palette Café, which serves cuisine from area restaurants and a large selection of wine and beer.
New this year will be “The Art of Food” featuring cooking demonstrations by chefs from area restaurants sponsored by Hubbell & Hudson. Guests can also visit the Art in Montgomery County area to meet members of local nonprofit performing and fine arts organizations. To purchase tickets online, visit woodlandsartsfestival.com. Tickets are $10 or $15 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Proceeds from the festival benefit area nonprofit art organizations.
Spring Events In The Woodlands
BEGINNING APRIL 7
The Woodlands is once again the hot spot for entertainment this spring with an outstanding roster of events. From outdoor concerts, athletic events, festivals and more, there’s something for every age and every interest.
On April 7, lace up your running shoes and get ready for the fifth annual Muddy Trails Bash from 3-8 p.m. at Rob Fleming Park. Take part in the 5K, 10K, Little Muddy Kids Fun Run, or 5K-9 Fun Run for runners and their dogs. Don’t miss the post race party complete with crawfish, live Zydeco music, crafts, games and activities for the whole family.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the 9th annual Fiesta Universal at Waterway Square on May 4. This is one of the area’s most popular cultural events showcasing Latin heritage and culture with authentic Mexican food, Latin music, dancing and fun for the whole family.
One of the premier multi-sport events in the region, the CB&I Triathlon returns to Northshore Park on May 5. The USA Triathlon sanctioned events consists of a 500-meter swim, 15-mile bike, and 5K run.
On May 19, nearly 3,000 athletes from around the world will gather in The Woodlands for the second annual Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas. Find a spot along the course and watch as some of the world’s top professional triathletes compete for a $75,000 purse, and a spot in the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. For more information, visit TheWoodlandsCVB.com or call 281-363-2447.
Tea On The Lawn
The annual “Tea on The Lawn” benefiting New Danville will be held on Friday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Danville’s community located at 10951 Shepard Hill in Willis.
As is the Tea’s tradition, attendees will abound in their spring finest including hats, sundresses and lady-like accessories. Dainty tea sandwiches and sweets will be served under a tented venue on the sprawling countryside backdrop of New Danville’s master-planned community. This year’s tea will feature luncheon keynote speaker Deborah Helman, co-founder of Wonderwild, a free-play party facility for children and a veteran marketing-industry executive. Drawing on her experiences at Sotheby’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design, Helman will inspire guests and share ways in which each person can grace the world with their gifts.
In keeping with the theme of the featured keynote, a special feature of this year’s tea will be an art auction featuring canvases painted by New Danville wrangler who are enrolled in art classes. New Danville is a master-planned community for adults with mild intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Individual tickets are $100, and proceeds benefit New Danville’s adult education and training programs. For more information, call 936-344-6200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Hope Habitat Gala
Plans are in full swing for the first Habitat for Humanity “Building Hope” Gala scheduled for April 21 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel.
The gala is being held as part of several fundraising events for the “Women Build Homes” campaign through Montgomery County Habitat. The honoree for this year’s gala is The John Cooper School.
Free “Law Line”
The next Woodlands Bar Association Law Line is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, April 9.
The Law Line is held quarterly in conjunction with the Montgomery County United Way. Various local attorneys take calls from Montgomery County residents with general legal questions and provide some answers.
Attorneys who focus on miscellaneous areas of the law (consumer protection, bankruptcy, criminal, family law, landlord/tenant) have available reference materials on hand to provide information to help people resolve legal issues. The Law Line number is 281-645-6344.
John Cooper Drama Students Perform One-Act Plays
Upper School Drama students at The John Cooper School will perform a collection of five one-act plays by the contemporary American playwright Christopher Durang from April 12-15 at Black Box Theater in the school’s Performing Arts Center.
The clever comedies promise to provide sophisticated humor that is “must-see.” Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at johncooper.org.
Knitting/Crocheting Meets At Bush Library
The knitting, crocheting and conversation group meets every Friday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Earl Elliott meeting room at the Bush Library. Help make lap blankets for veterans and chemo caps for MD Anderson Cancer Center patients. Bring items for a soldier in Afghanistan including playing cards, books, toiletries or hard candy. For more information, call 281-376-4610. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring.
Free Support Groups
AchieveBalance.org is a group of mental health professionals providing excellent, affordable counseling services for couples, individuals and groups. Two ongoing free support groups currently being offered are: “Help Me Help My Teen,” first Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m., and “Life After an Affair,” first Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. The office is located at Regus Office Suites at Market Street, Ste. 8210. For more information, call 936-697-2822 or go to achievebalance.org.
Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair
More than 100 world-class wineries and chefs will showcase their talents at winemaker lunches, vintner dinners, and wine seminars at the Sugar Land Wine & Food affair — 5 unforgettable days of celebration. Make the experience memorable with a weekend pass to the top three events. The VIP Grand Pass includes tickets to The Grand Tasting on Friday, April 20, 7-9:30 p.m.; Sip & Stroll at Imperial (all new location) Saturday, April 30, 1-4 p.m. including round trip Imperial Shuttle transportation from Sugar Land Marriott; and the Bistro Brunch on Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Grand Tasting event includes The Grand Auction, a silent auction that will feature some of the world’s most collectable wines, romantic weekend getaways, exciting vacations, winery tours, art, one-of-a-kind collectables and opportunities to dine in premier restaurants. For a complete 5-day event schedule and to purchase tickets, visit sugarlandwineandfoodaffair.com.
South Montgomery County Friends Of Library Spring Book Sale
South Montgomery County Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale will be held April 19-21 at Community Center, 2235 Lake Robbins Drive. Hours are Thursday, 5-8:30 p.m. ($5 donation for first night); Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with the $1 bag sale from 1:30-3 p.m.
Approximately 10,000-12,000 books will be available for sale. Hardback books are priced at $1; paperbacks are 50 cents. In addition, DVDs, videos, puzzles and games will be available. Books of special value are displayed in a separate room. Proceeds benefit the South Regional and Mitchell branch libraries.
Mark your calendar for the favorite “after business” event, Wine Fest, which returns on April 26 at Macy’s Furniture Gallery at The Woodlands Mall and benefits the Montgomery County Women’s Center. This year’s theme “Reds, Whites and The Blues” will feature blues music as guests experience fine wines, sample signature dishes from local restaurants, and have an opportunity to shop at the “MarketPlace” for goods and services needed by the clients and shelter.
Individual tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door. Sponsorship levels range from $500 to $10,000. To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsor contribution levels, visit WineFestTX.org or call 281-292-4155, ext. 231.
Montgomery County Republican Women Scholarship
DEADLINE IS APRIL 20
Applications for two annual $1,000 Scholarships offered by Montgomery County Republican Women are due by April 20. The organization funds and awards two scholarships to deserving women who attend Lone Star College and are pursuing a degree in public service. For more information, visit mcrepublicanwomen.org or the financial aid office of Lone Star College.
Stage Right Presents The Carol Burnett Show
BEGINNING APRIL 20
Stage Right of Texas will present The Carol Burnett Show April 20-May 6. Adapted for the stage by Director Sam Martinez, The Carol Burnett Show will be an homage to the variety/sketch comedy television show that starred Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway.
Stage Right will recreate some of the classic comedy sketches and spoofs of old movies as well as movie musical numbers. Please note that Burnett and the original TV cast members are not appearing in the show.
At the personal request of Carol Burnett, Stage Right will collect monetary donations during the run of the show for one of her favorite charities — The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation provides monetary and emotional support to families with a child undergoing cancer treatment.
In order to do something for local families dealing with cancer, Stage Right is offering free admission to the show for immediate family members with a member (mom, dad or kids) currently undergoing cancer treatment. Contact the box office at 936-441-7469 to reserve free tickets.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees on April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m. The historic Crighton Theatre is located at 234 N. Main St. in downtown Conroe. Tickets can be purchased at stage-right.org. Tickets are $20 for adults; $17 for seniors and groups of 10 persons or more; $15 for kids ages 16 and under and groups of 20 or more.
Women Of Distinction Luncheon
Montgomery County Women’s Council of Organizations will host the Women of Distinction Luncheon to celebrate the many accomplishments provided by volunteers to local charitable organizations performed during the year. This year’s luncheon will be held Friday, April 27, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Entertainment will be provided by The Heart-Lites, who will perform Hit Parade songs from 1911-38, as well as music from the ’50s and ’60s.
To participate in this event one must be a member of the Montgomery County Women’s Council of Organizations. Dues are $25 a year.
For more information on the silent auction, nominations or to purchase paperless tickets, call Jo Ann Robinson at 281-296-2675 or email email@example.com.
David’s Dream Run
Each year, David Elementary, along with the community, holds its annual David’s Dream Run. The event, set for May 5, is a community wide 5K and 1-mile run/walk to raise money for The David Center at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
David Vetter touched millions of hearts around the globe without ever leaving his sterile environment. The world knew him as David, the Bubble Boy.
Opportunities for sponsorship are still available. For sponsorship, registration and other information go to davidsdreamrun.org.
Movie Night Returns To Waterway Square
BEGINNING APRIL 21
Grab a blanket and favorite snack and head over to Waterway Square in The Woodlands for “Movie Night,” the popular entertainment series showcasing family-friendly movies every Saturday beginning April 21 through May 12 from 8-10 p.m.
Produced by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, featured movies scheduled this spring include Shrek, April 21; Dolphin Tale, April 28; Happy Feet 2, May 5; and Monsters vs. Aliens, May 12. For more information on “Movie Night” and other events taking place in The Woodlands, visit TheWoodlandsCVB.com or call 281-363-2447
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.
Classes meet Mondays at 12:30 p.m. or Tuesdays at 6 p.m. The program includes a private personalized patient assessment, six weeks of specialized exercise and an exercise booklet. Participants must have a doctor’s release to participate.
For information, contact Shellee Eudy, 281-364-0258, or Michelle Hill, 281-367-9622. Registration can be done at either YMCA branch in The Woodlands.
Memorial Hermann Support Groups
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital provides a variety of free support groups including Mended Hearts, cancer, yoga and Tai Chi for cancer survivors, diabetes, stroke, weight-loss surgery and Mothers of Multiples. For more information on meetings, call 713-222-CARE or click on “Classes and Events” tab at memorialhermann.org.
Friendship Center Meals On Wheels Needs Volunteers
Everyday somewhere in Montgomery County, approximately 50 Friendship Center volunteers are serving the needs of the senior population of the county.
The Friendship Center offers a two-hour volunteer training program that provides basic information on aging issues as well as tips on working with seniors in the various volunteer capacities. Trainings are scheduled twice a month, once in Conroe and once in The Woodlands. Volunteers also receive a manual for private study and reference.
For more information, contact Anna Claire Croghan at 936-756-5828, ext. 43, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walk
The Angelman Syndrome Foundation Walk will be held on Saturday, May 19, at Rob Fleming Park in The Village of Creekside Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive in The Woodlands. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; and the 5K walk starts at 9 a.m.
Participants are encouraged to register online at angelman.org/walk/walk-information/houston-tx or by calling 1-800-432-6435. Registration is also available on the day of the event.
This event will support medical research, support, education and advocacy for families affected by Angelman Syndrome, a neurological disorder.
Events At The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Upcoming events at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion include:
The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony with the Houston Symphony, April 20, 8 p.m.;
The Black Keys with Arctic Monkeys, April 24, 7:30 p.m.;
Giselle performed by Houston Ballet, May 4, 7:30 p.m.;
Hot Night in Havana featuring Tiempo Libre and the Houston Symphony, May 24, 8 p.m.; Il Divo, June 21, 8 p.m.
Pollstar magazine announced the top 100 amphitheaters in the world based on the number of tickets sold in 2011, and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion was ranked fifth. For more information, call 281-363-3300 or visit woodlandscenter.org.