THE WOODLANDS WATERWAY ARTS FESTIVAL, APRIL 8-10
The 11th annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival offers a weekend escape for art and music enthusiasts of all ages and is scheduled for April 8-10. Located at Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway, this festival is one of the premier and most highly anticipated events of its kind in the area.
Ranked in the top 10 of America’s Best Art Fairs by ArtFairCalendar.com, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival (WWAF) features 225 artists from a juried competition of artists nationwide and as far abroad as Israel and Hungary. The featured artist for 2016 is the whimsical painter Julia Gilmore and her work is featured in all event graphics.
In addition to being a favorite among buyers and sellers of fine art, the festival’s popularity also comes from the community- oriented and family-friendly experience of the event. Eclectic music performed by local, national and international artists, culinary demonstrations, and a variety of local performing artists take place in a natural setting.
“We have new features that we are very excited about, such as the ability to attend the festival for all three days with one $15 ticket, The Terrace VIP Club presented by Glade Gallery, the Art of Food demonstration stage and 3 stages of music, and the Art of Craft Beer area,” said WWAF Director Jenny Wright. “We are very pleased to offer “MD Anderson Cancer Center First Look Friday,” which is a great opportunity to be among the first to view this year’s artists.”
The WWAF is produced by The Woodlands Arts Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide regional cultural enrichment opportunities to inspire, encourage, support and promote visual and performing arts. For more information on sponsorships, call 713-504-6432. For event information, visit woodlandsartsfestival.com.
CY-HOPE CLAY SHOOT, APRIL 6
Join Cy-Hope for its first annual Clay Shoot on Wednesday, April 6 at the Westside Sport Grounds,10120 Pattison Rd, Katy. Register a team now through March 31 for a reduced entry fee of $800 per 4-person team (normally $900), which includes 100 clays, ammunition, breakfast and lunch. The contest is limited to the first 80 shooters. No alcohol will be allowed on the premises. The schedule is as follows:
8 a.m. – Breakfast, check in, registration
9 a.m. – Tournament starts
11:30 a.m. – Lunch and awards
All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Cy-Hope whose mission is to help at-risk children in CyFair ISD. Email questions to email@example.com.
THE TRT PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF HAIR LIKE THE SUN, THROUGH APRIL 10
The Texas Repertory Theatre Co. (TRT), Houston’s Uptown Classic Theatre, continues its 11th Anniversary “Emerging Visions” Season with a world premiere dramatization of true life events in Charles French’s Hair Like the Sun, through April 10.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, designating certain areas of the United States West coast as military zones. This order paved the way for the unlawful imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps. Hair Like the Sun is the story of one family’s efforts to find kindness and dignity amidst the harsh reality of a nation at war.
Based on true events, this inspirational play tells a unique story from this oft-forgotten period, of a young girl who witnessed the deplorable conditions, and struggled first-hand with the fear and indifference of a nation only to find redemption and life-changing friendship in the most unlikely of places.
The TRT production of Hair Like the Sun features Jenna Malisheski, Sally Burtenshaw, Susan Ly, Regina Ohashi, Nathan Wilson, Asia Kreitz and New York guest artist Jackson Perrin under the direction of Texas Repertory artistic director Steven Fenley. For tickets or more information, call 281-583-7573, or log onto texreptheatre.org.
DAMN YANKEES OPENS ON THE HFAC GARZA MAINSTAGE, APRIL 22-MAY 15
Damn Yankees, the Broadway mega-hit and winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, hits it out of the park! This award-winning musical comedy “plays” on the Houston Family Arts Center Garza Mainstage,10760 Grant Road, April 22 – May 15.
The Washington Senators are a bad baseball team, and fan Joe Boyd just wants them to beat the “damn” Yankees. He wants a win so badly that he’s willing to sell his soul to the devil. When Applegate, otherwise known as the Devil, offers Boyd this exact deal, a Faustian legend comes to life. Based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, with a winning score by Adler and Ross, and a devilish book by George Abbott, this sporty musical comedy is a true American classic.
Managing this team of talented players is Michael Montgomery (Director), Jennifer Stewart (Music Director), Barbara Terry (Costume Design), Amelia Templeton (Scenic Design), Ron Putterman (Lighting Design), David Dean (Sound Design) and Emily Toothman (Stage Manager).
Montgomery explained, “We are bringing the 1950s back with big, bold dance numbers that will draw on musical theatre standards set by choreography legend, Bob Fosse. Careful attention is being paid to the period look with costumes, set, props, choreography and acting. It will be visually stunning and closely designed to the 1950 period. The strong dance numbers in this show also allowed us to draw on some of the city’s best dancers and some larger-than-life actors. We spent time working closely with the styling of baseball played during the period, which included professional baseball instruction and coaching as part of our rehearsal process.”
Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at houstonfac.com, or by phone at 281- 587-6100.
THE SHIELD BEARER 5K FAMILY FUN RUN AND WALK, APRIL 9
Reliant, an NRG company, presents the Shield Bearer 5K Family Fun Run and Walk on April 9 from 7-11 a.m., at The Met Church on 13000 Jones Road in Houston. This family friendly event will feature a 5K Fun Run, a 1 Mile Walk, games, t-shirts, food, giveaways, and lots of fun for all ages.
Matthew Miller, event co-chair, stated, “We at Thrivent Financial are so excited to be a part of this inaugural event and to support a ministry that brings hope to so many hurting people in our community. We think families will enjoy making lasting memories at this family-strengthening event.”
Shield Bearer, a nonprofit counseling and community resource center, has four locations in Northwest Houston and is expanding to Katy and The Woodlands in 2016. All support provides critical services and programs for victims of crime and abuse, veterans and active military and their families, human trafficking survivors, homeless women and children, and individuals, couples, and families struggling with addiction, depression, loss, intimate partner violence, self-injury, broken relationships and more. Shield Bearer is passionate about building strong and healthy individuals, families, and communities. More information available at shieldbearer.org or 281-894-7222.
Tickets are $7 per walker/runner at the website. The event is supported by community partners Reliant, Thrivent Financial and Chick-fil-A. Additional partnership opportunities are also available on the website.
ADULT/SENIOR GAMES, WEDNESDAYS
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 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays.
Rummikube and Domino games are ongoing, or bring your own games. Meet new friends or bring a friend. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring. For more information, call 281-376-4610.
RED POTATO MARKET DAYS ,APRIL 22-23
Red Potato Market Days returns Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 9114 FM 1489, in Simonton. There will be a Preview Party on Thursday, April 21 from 4 -7 p.m. Over 70 vendors participate, bringing vintage, antiques and painted furniture, lighting, eclectic finds, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery and handmade soaps and crafts. It’s the perfect place to relax in the country only 35 miles west of Houston and 15 miles west of Katy. Local Farmers also bring fresh produce and home made goods. Food trucks and a live band combine to make this a fun event.
The event takes place under a covered area, rain or shine. The $5 admission supports Young Life & Simonton Christian Academy. Children under 12 are free. The cost to attend the Preview Party is $20.
For more information visit the website, redpotatomarket.com, or call 281-533-9863.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES RETURN TO CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL, APRIL 23-24
The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival, celebrating its 28th year, has raised more than $5.2 million over the past 27 years for Child Advocates, Inc. (childadvocates.org). The festival will take place in Downtown Houston in the area surrounding City Hall, Houston Public Library Plaza, Tranquility Park and upper Sam Houston Park on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit houstonchildrensfestival.com.
FIFTH ANNUAL WINE FAIR CY-FAIR, APRIL 23
The fifth annual Wine Fair Cy-Fair presented by H-E-B and The Lippincott Team hits Cypress Village Station on Saturday, April 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A sell-out in past years, Wine Fair welcomes more than 3,000 participants who partake in more than 30 culinary tasting stations provided by Cy-Fair’s restaurant scene, over 250 wines and over 40 craft beer selections in the Backyard Grill Beer Garden.
Saturday’s pre-event “All That Sparkles” is an effervescent party held at Hanan’s Café from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for guests to enjoy French champagnes, sparkling wines and nibbles. The luxurious VIP Premium Lounge opens at 5 p.m. offering relaxing seating, restroom facilities and food from Churrasco’s and Black Market Table along with premium selections of wine. VIPs also receive a keepsake swag bag.
Wine Fair Cy-Fair is a collaboration between the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce and Food & Vine Time Productions. The community event celebrates Cy-Fair businesses and residents, bringing all together for this signature event with interaction anchor areas, sponsor displays, vendor village, local artisans and live music.
Sponsorship, restaurant and vendor opportunities are available. General admission tickets are $25. For tickets or more information, visit winecyfair.com. Must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets.
CY-FAIR WOMEN’S EXPO, APRIL 28
The 8th Annual Cy-Fair Women’s Expo will be April 28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Boulevard. This year’s event, sponsored by Three20Three and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, invites attendees to connect, learn, and give back to the Cy-Fair community.
The keynote presentation by Patricia Lopez of ABC 13 will be “Balancing Career and Home Life, How to Have It All, (well almost!).” Lopez focuses on saving you money through her daily “Stretch Your Dollar” segments on ABC13. Her stories can be seen Monday through Friday on Eyewitness News at 4 p.m. as well as Eyewitness News at 5 a.m. Lopez researches her own stories, tests products, checks out services and lets her viewers in on her findings. From start to finish, she sets up, writes and executes each story. Her presentation is scheduled for noon.
The goal for the expo is to get the community more involved and show the Cy-Fair area what American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) and Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) are all about. There will be round table workshop discussions focusing on health and wellness, communication, relationships and personal finance. Free workshops include “Thrive and Flourish! – Boost Your Emotional Wellness” by Judith Richey, wellness coach, author and public speaker; “Life Style Challenge” by Linda Buford of Living Health Now; “Power Up! -The Endless Power of Building Others Up” by Melissa Rotholz of Shield Bearer; “The Art of Communications” by Pat Durham of Diversity Unlimited; and “What Is Your Dream?” by Rick Skinner of Edward Jones.
This event is hosted by CYFEN, a local network of the ABWA. Cy-Fair Express Network funds numerous local scholarships. For more information, visit CYFEN.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRIDGELAND HOSTS 9TH ANNUAL NATURE FEST, APRIL 30
Plans are in full swing for “One Wild Adventure” on Saturday, April 30 as Bridgeland hosts its ninth Annual Nature Fest, an annual event that showcases a lively menagerie of creatures, characters and cuisines. Nature Fest will be held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the community’s Oak Meadow Park at 17730 House Hahl Road.
Entry to Nature Fest and most activities are free, but a few will require tickets to participate. All proceeds raised will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County, a non-profit organization that builds affordable housing for families in need within northwest Harris County.
Renowned animal expert Grant Kemmerer and the Wild World of Animals will have three stage performances, showcasing a variety of exotic and endangered animals. Kemmerer will offer two meet-and-greet sessions. Grant Kemmerer and the Wild World of Animals are based in Southwest Pennsylvania and have more than 20 years of experience working with animals. Kemmerer and his team specialize in educational and entertaining wildlife shows for a variety of events. He has appeared on a number of TV shows, including the Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman and the Meredith Vieira Show.
At Nature Fest, animal acts will take the stage throughout the day and offer a chance to get up close and personal with some amazing creatures. The kids’ zone will have inflatables, a rock wall, train rides and outdoor laser tag. Pony rides and a petting zoo will be a favorite among the wee ones, and kids will have an opportunity to get creative in the arts and craft area.
Keep hunger growls at bay with a variety of gourmet food trucks or take a spin in a whimsical butterfly with the Austin Bike Zoo. Austin Bike Zoo is an assembly that combines puppetry and mechanics to create pedal-powered animal art. The cycling clan will showcase two of its butterfly bikes, one of which comes in at 15 feet tall, making it the ‘monarch’ of the duo.
Visitors who take a stroll through the nature exhibitor area might get a glimpse of some of the community’s world-renowned roaming entertainment. They will also have a chance to enjoy the lakes in a paddle boat, canoe or kayak and participate in a fly fishing demonstration.
NAM STARTING “SURVIVAL OVER SUMMER” FOOD AND FUND DRIVE
Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) is now conducting its annual “Survival Over Summer” campaign to prepare for a busy summer of helping families in need. This year two generous donors will multiply community support of this effort to help it go even further.
Summer can be a difficult time for Houston-area residents. The break from school means families with children have extra childcare expenses — and no free meals. Seniors on fixed incomes often have to choose between purchasing food or running air conditioning to ward off sweltering heat and humidity.
So each spring, NAM hosts the “Survival Over Summer” (SOS) food and fund drive. In a typical month, the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center at NAM serves more than 1,100 people. But during the summer those numbers can jump by more than 50 percent. SOS is designed to make sure NAM is well prepared to provide food and other services to Neighbors in Need.
The goal of SOS is to raise $200,000 in cash or canned goods by April 30. For every $1 in cash contributions to SOS, two generous donors will donate $3 to NAM’s building campaign, up to a maximum of $300,000.
“We were so excited to learn of this generous matching gift,” said Carole Little, NAM’s president & CEO. “While the community comes together to provide food and support that is imminently needed this summer, the triple matching gift is an investment in the future of NAM. It has the potential to complete our building campaign, allowing us to build a robust training center for mid-skills jobs as well as a permanent home for our largest resale store.”
There are several ways to help:
- Support the “Virtual Food Drive” by making an online donation at namonline.org or send a check to the address below.
- Pick up fresh, frozen or non-perishable groceries at the store. Shopping as a family is a great way to teach kids about caring for others.
- Host a food drive through your business, neighborhood, club, school, sports team, etc. Details are available by calling Volunteer Coordinator Ebony Kimble at 281-885-4604 or emailng email@example.com.
Food donations may be brought to the Joanne Watford Nutrition Center at NAM, 15555 Kuykendahl Road in Houston. The Nutrition Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for the “Deliveries” door at the rear of the building.
More information, including an online giving form and a list of suggested food items, is available by visiting the NAM website, clicking the “Give” tab and selecting “Survival Over Summer.” You may also call NAM at 281-885-4555.
Northwest Assistance Ministries is a non-profit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education, safety, and financial education. In fiscal year 2014-2015, NAM touched the lives of more than 127,000 people through its programs and services.
BRIDGELAND AND THE WOODLANDS OFFER NEW TIC TAG TOLL PROMOTION, THROUGH APRIL 30
Bridgeland and The Woodlands have announced the launch of their latest springtime promotion – Tic Tag Toll. Following the recent opening of the Grand Parkway segments that connect the two award-winning master planned communities, the Tic Tag Toll promotion urges new homeowners to take advantage of a toll tag on the Grand Parkway, bisecting Bridgeland and now connecting US 290 to The Woodlands.
When homebuyers purchase a new home through April 30 in Bridgeland or The Woodlands, they can receive free tolls for one year or can choose a $2,000 gift card. Along with the toll promotion, select builders in both communities are offering incentives such as appliance packages, discounts on closing costs, Visa gift cards, up to $40,000 in free Design Center options and more.
Participating builders in Bridgeland who are offering incentives include Beazer, Chesmar, Coventry, Darling, J. Kyle, Meritage, Perry, Ryland, Taylor Morrison and Westin Homes. In The Woodlands, builders who are offering incentives include Connor Davis, Coventry, Darling, David Weekley, Gracepoint, J. Kyle, J. Patrick, M/I Homes, Pulte, Ryland, Shea, Taylor Morrison, Trendmaker Homes, Toll Brothers and Village Builders.
The Grand Parkway is now open for traffic between US 59 South and I-45 North and has been extended to 59 North. The newest segment between US 290 and I-45 substantially reduced commuting time between The Woodlands and Bridgeland and improved access to major employment centers. Both Bridgeland.com and TheWoodlands.com include information on the toll promotion. For homebuilder promotions, see builders for details. Some restrictions may apply.
HAA HOSTS AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH SINATRA’S ICONIC MUSIC, APRIL 28
On Thursday, April 28, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) will host its third annual fundraising dinner, An Intimate Evening with Sinatra’s Iconic Music, at Hotel Zaza. In celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, this special evening of dining and entertainment will be reminiscent of a ‘50’s supper club showcasing “Ol’ Blue Eyes.”
For more information, contact Kate Yadan at 713-581-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELEVENTH ANNUAL HOUSTON NAMIWALKS, APRIL 30
Join others who care about mental health at the 11th annual Houston NAMIWalks, benefitting the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Houston. The family-friendly April 30 event will bring together an expected 3,000 participants for a 5K walk at Sam Houston Park.
“NAMIWalks is the one place every year where thousands of people from across the Greater Houston area come together to say that mental illnesses can and should be treated instead of stigmatized, and to celebrate the recovery that is possible,” said Glenn Urbach, executive director of NAMI Greater Houston. “At the same time, we honor the lives lost to mental illness and show our commitment to preventing these needless deaths in the future.”
Walk proceeds will fund NAMI Greater Houston’s education classes, support groups and community outreach programs. The event begins and ends at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby Street. On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; walk start is 8:30 a.m. Individual and team advance registration is open at namiwalks.org/greaterhouston. For more information, call 713-970-4419.
CY-FAIR KIWANIS CLUB MEETINGS
The Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club meets on the first, second and third Tuesday of each month at 12:15 p.m. for lunch and informative programs at Hearthstone Country Club. The group sponsors children’s activities that develop leadership and good citizenship in the youth of the community.
Membership is open to persons of good character who adhere to the standards of good conduct in their community and believe in and subscribe to the objectives of Kiwanis International.
Visit kiwanishoustoncyfair.com, or call John Carroll (Copperfield and Hearthstone areas) at 281-463-0373 or George Crowl (Jersey Village area) at 832-467-1998.
NAM ENDOWMENT DINNER TO FEATURE AUTHOR OF “CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL,” MAY 4
Northwest Assistance Ministries has announced that Jack Canfield, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul, will be the speaker at its 2016 Endowment Dinner. The event will take place Wednesday, May 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott.
Canfield is an award-winning speaker and internationally recognized leader in personal development and peak performance strategies. For 40 years he has been teaching entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders, and people from all walks of life how to create the life they desire.
Canfield has published more than 250 books, including Chicken Soup for the Soul series which has sold more than 500 million copies in 47 languages, and The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He has personally helped hundreds of thousands of people on six continents become multi- millionaires, business leaders, best-selling authors, leading sales professionals, successful entrepreneurs, and world-class athletes while at the same time creating balanced, fulfilling and healthy lives.
Tickets are $250 per person, with tables starting at $2,500. For reservations, contact Ryan Barnes at 281-885-4608 or email@example.com.
NORTH CYPRESS MEDICAL CENTER HOSTS GOLF TOURNAMENT, MAY 13
North Cypress Medical Center will host its 9th annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, May 13 at Blackhorse Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.
￼The Foundation works with wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support by helping them adjust to the effects of their experiences and assisting them with transition into what may be looked at as their “new normal.”
North Cypress has donated $135,000 in tournament proceeds from the previous three years. “We are honored to continue to support this organization that does so much to serve the men and women of our military,” said hospital CEO and chairman of the board Dr. Robert A. Behar.
Sponsorship and player opportunities can be found at ncmcgolf.com or by calling Kaci Hancock at 832-912-3692. For more information about The Lone Survivor Foundation, visit lonesurvivorfoundation.org.
12TH ANNUAL IMPACT A HERO WEEKEND, MAY 21-23
The 12th Annual Impact A Hero Weekend is a three-day event from Saturday, May 21 through Monday, May 23. The event is hopsted by Impact A Hero, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization that provides immediate and ongoing emotional and financial support to severely wounded, post-9/11 combat veterans and their families.
The weekend begins Saturday from 7:30 -10 a.m. with the 5K Walk, Run and Wheel, which will be held at Cinco Ranch High School. Participants should arrive at 6:30 a.m. Impact A Hero anticipates that more than 2,500 runners, including 50 wounded heroes and their families, will participate in the event. There will be a Family Focus with activities for kids. The cost per person is $35 until May 14, then $40 until race day.
The Kids 1K race will also take place during the 5K event. The cost for the Kids 1K (age 10 and under) is $12 until May 14, then $18 until race day.
The Impact a Hero Hall of Fame Gala dinner, “Diamonds & Denim,” will be held at NRG Stadium on the 50-yard line on Sunday, May 22 starting at 5 p.m. A standard single gala ticket is $250.
On Monday, May 23, the Impact a Hero Golf Challenge will be held at Shadow Hawk Golf Club & Black Hawk Country Club. The Individual Champions golf play is $1,250.
For more information on any of the events and to buy tickets, visit impactahero.org.