Woodlands Events May 2011
LADIES NIGHT OUT IN BOLLYWOOD
Montgomery County Youth Services will hold its 13th Annual Ladies Night Out in Bollywood at Legends Sports Complex on May 5 from 6:30-11 p.m.
SPRING BARK AT NORTHSHORE PARK,
On Saturday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m, Spring Bark will be held at Northshore Park in The Woodlands. The event is the largest Pet /Rescue Friendly event in the Houston area. This is the 7th year the event has been held by The Woodlands Dog Park Club, which is changing its name to Lone Star Animal Welfare League. This year’s theme is “Love. Foster. Rescue. Adopt.” Lone Star Animal Welfare League has donated more than $400,000 in seven years as a nonprofit to help homeless animals.
Eleven rescue groups will be attending and will have plenty of “next best friends” available for qualified adopters. Thirty sponsors will be on hand to give out treats and goodies to all participants and share their information, and The Houston Frisbee Disc Club will coordinate the Unified Flying Dog Operations World Cup Qualifier. Some of the most talented Frisbee dogs in the nation will be showing their skills to delight all ages.
Canine attendees can participate in any of the pet contests and their human companions can find great deals in the raffle and silent auction. For $25, participants will receive a rescue-friendly tee shirt and the donation will help support the League’s ongoing Fixing Montgomery County Program, which spays/neuters the pets of families on assistance to prevent more unwanted litters at Houston shelters.
Northshore Park is located at 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive. For details and schedule visit www.thewoodlandsdogparkclub.org.
HOPE ON THE GREEN GOLF TOURNAMENT & DINNER,
The 2nd annual HOPE on the Green Golf Tournament & Dinner will be held on Tuesday, May 17, at Woodforest Golf Club. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with an 11:30 a.m. start. Proceeds benefit The Will Herndon Fund for Juvenile Batten Disease Research.
The cost is $150, individual; and $600, four-player team. Registration includes a good bag, unlimited beverages, domestic beer, box lunch and dinner. Sponsorships are available. To register or for more information, go to www.willherndon.org/hopeonthegreen.html.
DAVID’S DREAM RUN
The annual David’s Dream Run will be held on Saturday, May 21, 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.
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 Shadowbend Place, The Woodlands, or online at david.conroeisd.net. Race-day registration is also available. For additional information or to learn about race sponsorship, contact Melissa Wolsky at 281-651-2348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMORIAL DAY IN THE WOODLANDS
BEGINNING MAY 28
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a bang as The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts “Memorial Day in The Woodlands,” a free live music event at Waterway Square complete with fireworks, live entertainment, face painters, balloonists and more. The event is Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, from 6-9 p.m.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and unwind to the sounds from local pop/rock band August 83 as they take the stage on Saturday from 6-7:20 p.m. Another Houston favorite, Alter Ego, will perform the latest alternative and contemporary hits from 7:40-9 p.m.
The fun continues on Sunday with live music from country favorite, the Buck Yeager Band, from 6-7:20 p.m., followed by Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as they energize the audience with a variety of classic ’80s favorites from 7:40-9 p.m.
A grand display of fireworks will light up the sky each evening beginning at 8:55 p.m.
For more information, visit www.thewoodlandscvb.com/memorialday.asp or call 281-363-2447.
LEON HALE’S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION,
Leon Hale, columnist for the Houston Chronicle, will turn 90 at the end of May. A celebration party will be held at the Rifle Hall in Round Top on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m. The event is free to the public/fans. Refreshments and cake will be served at 3 p.m. E-mail email@example.com to RSVP.
In lieu of gifts, Hale has asked for donations to nonprofit organizations in the Round Top-Winedale area. Donations can also be made during the event.
HOUSTON’S ANNUAL POND TOUR
BEGINNING JUN 04
Twenty or more private water gardens and koi ponds will be open to the public on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5. There’s something wet and wonderful to suit every taste, from serene backyard garden ponds, to patio-sized “disappearing” fountains, to huge multi-pond landscapes, complete with tumbling waterfalls, lush landscaping, dancing dragonflies, blooming water lilies, graceful fantail goldfish, show-quality koi, and everything imaginable in between.
All private residential landscapes, many of these ponds and gardens, were designed and built by the homeowners themselves. Homeowners will be on hand to talk with visitors about the pleasures of water gardening and landscaping, and the technical aspects of pond construction, water quality and filtration, and fish health. Questions and photographs are welcomed.
Sponsored by the Houston Pond Society and the Lone Star Koi Club, this self-guided tour spans two days and is spread throughout the greater Houston area including The Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Cypress, Sugar Land and Richmond. Half the ponds will be open only on Saturday, and half on Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A $10 ticket is good for both days, and can be purchased in advance at Nelson Water Gardens in Katy, or at any of the tour homes on the day of the tour. Go to www.houstonpondsociety.org or www.lonestarkoi.com to plan your route.
Tickets include a brochure with a brief description of each pond, a map, and detailed driving directions. For more information, call 713-822-5515 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE WOODLANDS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
BEGINNING JUN 27
The 2011 Woodlands Golf Championship will feature 96 amateur players competing in a 36-hole stroke play competition to win the second Woodlands Golf Championship Title. All Amateur players will compete on Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28, at the Tournament Course of The Woodlands Country Club and the Fazio Course of The Club at Carlton Woods, respectively.
Each amateur player must qualify and either live or work in The Woodlands or belong to Carlton Woods, The Woodlands, or Canongate Golf Clubs. The field consists of different divisions comprised of post high school age and older participants.
The Woodlands Golf Championship will also offer an opportunity for the entire community to participate in a four-person Scramble. Teams will compete on Monday at The Woodlands Country Club Palmer Course.
Tournament sponsorships are available. Contact Bev Earl at 281-362-0532 or bev.earl@corp.-inc.com to find out more about the sponsorship levels. To register for the tournament, go to www.thewoodlandsgolfchampionship.com or call 832-615-8230.
NAM HOSTS “AN EVENING WITH JEANETTE WALLS,”
The Northwest Assistance Ministries Endowment Fund Board will host “An Evening with Jeannette Walls” on May 3 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott. This year’s speaker is best-selling author Jeannette Walls.The event benefits NAM’s Endowment Fund, which exists to ensure NAM’s current and future services.
COMPUTER CLASSES AT BUSH LIBRARY,
Dave Smith, computer instructor, will be teaching seven different computer classes at the Barbara Bush Branch Library in May. The classes are computer basics, Introduction to the Internet, e-mail, MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Each class meets for one 2-hour session. As class size is limited to 12 people, pre-registration is required for each class. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the library at 281-376-4610 for more information and to register. The classes are held in the Barbara Bush Library Friends Computer Lab. Check out the online registration at www.hcpl.net/calendar.php.
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 www.achievebalance.org.
E-BOOKS DATABASE DEMO,
Learn how to use Job & Career Accelerator, Learning Express, and Mango Languages at the E-Books (Reference & Study Guides) Database Demo presentation on Friday, May 6, at 11 a.m. on the second floor Barbara Bush Library Friends Computer Lab.
Register online at www.hcpl.net or call 281-376-4610.
CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION
Upcoming events at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion include: May 5, 8 p.m., Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band; May 20, 8 p.m., Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, Houston Symphony; May 26, 8 p.m., “Let the Good Times Roll” The Music of Ray Charles, Houston Symphony; June 10, 8 p.m., Dancin’ with the Symphony, Houston Symphony; June 16, 8 p.m., Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra; June 17, 8 p.m., Made in America, Texas Music Festival Orchestra; July 22, 7:30 p.m., Def Leppard with Heart and Evan Watson; Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m., Kid Rock with Sheryl Crow; Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger. For more information, call 281-363-3300 or visit www.woodlandscenter.org.
MASTER COMMUNITY CALENDAR OF EVENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched an online tool that consolidates the hundreds of concerts, community events, festivals, athletic competitions and other gatherings held in The Woodlands into a single events calendar.
To access the TWCVB’s online community event calendar, go to www.visitthewoodlands.com and click on the “events” tab. Events are listed on the corresponding dates along with a link to additional information.
MEMORIAL HERMANN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP,
The cancer support group at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital serves patients with any type of cancer, as well as family, friends or caregivers, and meets the fourth Thursday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. in the hospital conference center. Mary Thory, LPC, will discuss Cancer Survivors and Grief: Understanding the Process on March 24.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Carol Lewis, R.N., at 281-364-4668.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION’S KENTUCKY DERBY EVENT,
The Montgomery County Homeless Coalition will host a Kentucky Derby event at 3 p.m. on May 7 at Stonehaven Equestrian. Guests can stroll around the farm, view a dressage exhibition, and participate in a silent auction while sipping mint juleps, and, of course, watch the Kentucky Derby live from Churchill Downs on a GoTron jumbo TV. After the race, traditional derby fare will be served, along with live musical entertainment, and the winner of the Most Fabulous Hat contest will be announced.
For sponsorship and ticket information, call 936-760-4179, ext. 306, or go to mchomeless.org.
THROUGH MAY 8
Stage Right of Texas will present the classic comedy Harvey. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase tells the tale of Elwood P. Dowd and his six- and- one-half foot rabbit friend Harvey.
Show dates run through May 8 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and two Sunday matinees on May 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. at the historic Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main in downtown Conroe.
Stage Right will be collecting donations for the Montgomery County Food Bank during the run of the show. Bring a nonperishable food item to the show.
Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $12 for youth. Call 936-441-SHOW or go online at www.stage-right.org to purchase tickets.
DOO WOP WED WIDING HOOD,
Stage Right will hold performances of Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood on May 13 at 7 p.m. and May 14 at 2 p.m. at Crighton Theatre in Conroe. It’s the 1950s, hula-hoops are in high demand, and so is Little Red Riding Hood! Wise Prince Jason (winner of the Math Olympics and the Nobel Prize), Strong Prince Justin (who can bench press his own mother), and ordinary Loud Prince Frank all want to woo Red Riding Hood. So the king and queen hire the Fairy Godmother to set three tasks for the princes. This adventure is guaranteed to end in happily-ever-after laughter for audiences of all ages.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.crighton-theatre.com.
BRIDGELAND HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR RED RIDING HOOD,
The Bridgeland Community Theatre Players is holding auditions for the children’s classic, Red Riding Hood,1-5 p.m. May 15 at the Lakeland Activity Center, 16902 Bridgeland Landing.
The play, written by Jo Smith, will be presented as a traditional English pantomime and will feature singing and dancing. The large cast of characters offers roles for adults, teens and children. A parent must accompany any child age 6 or under at all times.
Those auditioning are asked to select a preferred time slot — 1-2 p.m., 2-3 p.m., 3-4 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. — and can either prepare a 30-second monologue or perform cold readings from the script. Visit www.bridgelandlife.com/registrationpop.asp to register.
CARS AND COFFEE FOR A CAUSE
The Woodlands Car Club meets on the first Sunday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon at Market Street – The Woodlands, between Jasper’s and the movie theater.
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.
TWCC will collect 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 www.thewoodlandscarclub.org.
ANDREA MARCOVICCI: LOVE SONGS OF WORLD WAR II,
Montgomery County Performing Arts Society presents Andrea Marcovicci’s most requested show, Love Songs of World War II, on Saturday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Crighton Theatre. Marcovicci takes the audience on a journey through America’s most dramatic era. The music represents many of America’s most prolific songwriters including Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne and others responsible for hits like Sentimental Journey, We’ll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and Skylark.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.mcpas.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 email@example.com.
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.
TEXAS THUNDER GOLF TOURNAMENT,
The Texas Thunder 2nd Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 3, at Longwood Golf Course with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
A variety of sponsorship levels are available that include 4-member teams, hole and banner recognition, lunch, beverages and mulligans per player and much more.
Proceeds go toward a trip to USFA Nationals in Panama City, Fla. For more information, contact Derek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR HAND ME UP SHOP
The Hand Me Up Shop sells gently-used, quality clothing, boutique items, books, toys, housewares and furniture at affordable prices and is always in need of donations.
The shop is located at 25018 Spring Ridge Drive right off Rayford Road and is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Donations of clothing, furniture and household items are accepted during regular store hours and at Interfaith of The Woodlands, 4242 Interfaith Way. All donations are tax deductible.
Go to www.woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230 for more information.
TEEN ACTIVITIES AT THE BARBARA BUSH LIBRARY,
Upcoming activities at the Barbara Bush Library for teens during the month of May include: Chess & Go Club, first and third Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m.; Poetry in Motion, Mondays at 6 p.m. Registration is required.
Club Otaku meets the second Thursday of each month from 5-6:30 p.m. for anime viewing, manga reading and/or anime-themed crafts.
Princeton Review hosts its two-part SAT Prep Course on May 14 and May 21. In the first session (10 a.m.-2:15 p.m.) teens take a practice test; in session two (10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) teens get their results and troubleshoot problem areas. Registration is required.
SAT Prep with Sam T. will be held on Saturdays, May 7 and May 14, from 1-3 p.m. Registration is required.
To register for a class or more information, call 281-376-4610.
TEXAS TABLES COOKBOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE OR AT LOCAL SHOPS
The Junior League of North Harris and South Montgomery Counties Inc. has the Texas Tables cookbook available for purchase at several local shops and online. Texas Tables, a compilation of 240 delicious recipes, takes consumers on a journey of culinary creation and personal recollection.
For a listing of local retailers or to purchase Texas Tables, go to www.jlnhsmc.org.
MINOLA’S PLACE OF TEXAS’ “HELP US FUND A VAN” FUNDRAISER,
THROUGH JUNE 10
Minola’s Place of Texas, a nonprofit organization that serves disadvantaged, at-risk adolescents ages 13-17, is in need of
additional vehicles to transport kids. The organization has received a $10,000 grant from Houston Galveston Area Coalition for a new van and is now attempting to raise matching funds to purchase at least one new, 15-passenger van.
The organization has launched its Help Us Fund a Van fundraiser to get “$100, 100 donors, 100 days,” with the hope of raising a minimum of $10,000 by June 10.
To make a donation, call 281-251-7696 or mail donations to Minola’s Place of Texas Inc., 8765 Spring Cypress # L179, Spring, Texas, 77379.
WOODLANDS JUNIOR CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS SET,
The 33rd annual Woodlands Junior Clay Court Tennis Championships will be held June 17-19 at The Woodlands Country Club Tennis Center and nearby locations.
The tournament, sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association and the Texas Tennis Association, will feature singles and doubles boys’ and girls’ matches in the 12 through 18 year age brackets. Levels of play will be ZATs, Champs and Superchamps.
Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities including Interfaith of The Woodlands. The Woodlands Men’s Tennis Association is seeking donor support for the tournament and volunteers to help run it.
MEMORIAL HERMANN THE WOODLANDS NEEDS VOLUNTEER TRANSPORTATION CART DRIVERS
The Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital Auxiliary needs adult volunteers to drive the 6-person visitor transport carts that pick up visitors in the campus’ parking lots and bring them to a hospital entrance.
Drivers interested in helping must have a license and a clean driving record. For more information, contact Susan Shelander, R.N., via e-mail at email@example.com.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT MCWC
The Montgomery County Women’s Center needs volunteers to serve in a variety of areas. Volunteer coordinator Linda Hardwick now has a home study training program for those who are unable to attend training classes in person, making it both easy and rewarding to volunteer.
MCWC serves victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through crisis intervention, counseling support, emergency shelter, legal advocacy and transitional housing. All services are offered free of charge.
For more information, contact Linda Hardwick at 281-292-4155, ext. 277.
Senior citizens can take a mid-week break at the Bush Library to enjoy games and conversation. Adult Game Mornings are held in the Earl Elliott Room on the first floor from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays.
Domino games are ongoing, or you can bring your own games. Meet new friends or bring a friend. Light snacks are provided. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring. Call Annette at 281-376-4610 for more information.