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Happenings in CY-FAIR April 2017

| April 1, 2017

Lifestyles & Homes account executive Amy Barker Richards and her family and friends will participate again this year in the Run for the Rose as the team, “In Memory of Dan S. Barker.”

Lifestyles & Homes account executive Amy Barker Richards and her family and friends will participate again this year in the Run for the Rose as the team, “In Memory of Dan S. Barker.”



Brain cancer will once again meet its match on Sunday, April 2, at NRG Park in Houston as patients, supporters and family members converge for the 15th Anniversary Run for the Rose.

Sponsored by the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation (DMRF), the event raises awareness and funds benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and UTHealth McGovern Medical School. The event offers a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Family 1K Fun Run/Walk, and participants range in age from 2 months to 102 years. The race starts and ends outside NRG Arena. Last year’s race attracted more than 5,800 participants and 100 brain tumor patients and netted more than $600,000.

Katy/Fulshear Lifestyles & Home account representative Amy Barker Richards is hosting a team called “In Memory of Dan S. Barker” to honor her father, who passed away from brain cancer.

This year’s Run for the Rose begins at 6:30 a.m. with late registration. The Survivor Stroll starts at 8 a.m., followed by an 8:15 a.m. start for the Timed and Non-Timed 5K, and 8:45 a.m. start for the Family 1K. The Post-race party will offer delicious food and drink items, activities for children, great music, an inflatable, walkthrough brain exhibit, and a silent auction. The awards presentation will be inside NRG Arena immediately following the end of the race.

Registration fees range from $15 to $40. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. The DMRF receives support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Every $1 that is donated generates an estimated $5-10 of federal funding and grant support.

Through this annual fundraiser, DMRF, a tax-exempt public charity, has donated more than $5.3 million since 2003 for brain cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, pediatric health initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and cutting-edge research and treatment for children with brain tumors at UTHealth McGovern Medical School.

The DMRF was founded in 2002 in memory of Dr. Marnie Rose, a 28-year-old pediatric resident who died from what is considered one of the deadliest of human cancers, a glioblastoma. Dr. Rose was in the first year of her pediatric medical residency at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital when she was diagnosed with the rare form of brain cancer. Despite her diagnosis, she agreed to share all — her cancer journey, personal life and professional duties as a medical resident — with a TV crew from the ABC reality series Houston Medical. The critically acclaimed hospital series followed the lives of doctors, nurses, other health care professionals and patients at Memorial Hermann in summer 2002. Dr. Rose died on August 23, 2002, from complications of her cancer, just five weeks after the show’s final episode aired.

To register for a team or donate to one, visit RunfortheRose.com, or for more information on the race day’s schedule and events, email info@drmarnierose.org.



An entertaining musical about musicals is on stage through April 8 at Lone Star College-CyFair.

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a satire of musical theatre featuring five distinctively different styles of delightful musicals from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. Before moving to Off-Broadway, this show was the longest running in the New York Theatre Company’s 35-year history and was a 2005 Drama Desk Award nominee infive categories.

“This show slays America’s most treasured musicals in a witty and hilarious fashion,” said Heidi Scanio, LSC-CyFair Center for the Arts coordinator. “Come join us for an evening of laughter.”

Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s story plot —about an evil landlord threatening June, who can’t pay rent but has hopes of a handsome leading man to come to her rescue — will be performed in five musical story variations.

The variations are a Rodgers and Hammerstein version, set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet; a Sondheim version, featuring the landlord as a tortured artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge for not appreciating his work; a Jerry Herman version, as a splashy star vehicle; an Andrew Lloyd Webber version, a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander and Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago.

Tickets are $10 for all performances, which are set for 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre located in the Center for the Arts building at 9191 Barker Cypress. Go to LoneStar.edu/box-office-ticket-info, email CFC.BoxOffice@LoneStar.edu or call 281-290-5201 for tickets and more information.



The knitting, crocheting and conversation group meets every Friday from 12:30-2:30 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. For more information, call 281-376-4610. The library is located at 6817 Cypresswood Dr.


A 2016 Art Car Parade creation. (Photo by morris malakoff)

A 2016 Art Car Parade creation. (Photo by morris malakoff)


The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is proud to announce the festivities surrounding the 30th Anniversary of the Houston Art Car Parade Weekend, the largest gathering of its kind in the world and one of Houston’s most beloved annual events.

Over the past 30 years, the Houston Art Car Parade has grown from a small group of like-minded individuals making a statement on the streets, to a celebration of personal artistic expression, with 250 mobile masterpieces from across the country rolling through downtown Houston to hundreds of thousands of spectators. The four-day party, this year chaired by Tracy and Glen Larner, kicks off on Thursday, April 6 with the Main Street Drag and Sneak Peek at Discovery Green on the Avenida, continues Friday, April 7 with The Legendary Art Car Ball, and culminates on Saturday, April 8 with the main event – The Houston Art Car Parade – taking over Smith Street in Downtown Houston. Over $10,000 in prize money will be awarded to artists in various categories on Sunday, April 9, at the Houston Art Car Parade Award Ceremony at Smither Park.

For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit thehoustonartcarparade.com.


(L-R): Michael Morrison (Max), JT Fischer (Leo), and Mandy Kolbaba (Ulla).

(L-R): Michael Morrison (Max), JT Fischer (Leo), and Mandy Kolbaba (Ulla).


Stageworks Theatre presents its fifth production of the season, The Producers, by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks. Directed by Dru Wiser, music direction by Chelsea Lerner, and choreography by Adam Delka, the show runs through April 9 on the Garza Mainstage.

When a scheming producer and his mousy accountant aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway, you are guaranteed to have a laugh-out-loud spectacle! For anyone familiar with Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film, the names Bialystock and Bloom should strike terror and hysteria. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly “boffo” hit, winning a record 12 Tony Awards.

“When people hear I’m directing The Producers on our Garza Mainstage, they are astonished that Stageworks Theatre, once again, will present a show of this magnitude,” said Wiser. “You may have seen The Producers on a large stage or in the movies, but I promise you that being so close to the action, you’ve not experienced detailed work quite as fantastic as this show. Sitting in our wildly intimate space creates an entirely new sensory experience including the subtleties in the actors’ physical comedy, the vibrations from toe-tapping show girls, the sound of crisp, clear Broadway-like voices, and the detail of costumes and sets.”

Stageworks Theatre is located at 10760 Grant Rd. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 281-587-6100 or at stageworkstx.org. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.


Dr. Mary C. Neal

Dr. Mary C. Neal


Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) will hold its annual NAM Endowment Fund Dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. Melissa Williams, news anchor from Fox 26 will be the event’s Emcee.

This year’s special guest speaker is Dr. Mary C. Neal, the author of the New York Times best-selling book, To Heaven and Back. The book is an account of Neal’s own brush with death. Neal drowned during a kayaking accident in 1999 while visiting Chile, but miraculously came back to life. To Heaven and Back describes Neal’s meeting with God after her death. According to Neal’s book, her accident was not a tragedy, but rather, a great gift. “It has inspired many people, stimulated discussion and often resulted in a rejuvenated relationship with God.”

Individual tickets for the dinner are priced at $250 and tables start at $2,500. Proceeds from this event benefit the NAM Endowment Fund.

To reserve your place for the dinner, contact Samantha Gonzalez, Development Coordinator at 281-885-4609 or sgonzalez@namonline.org.

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, 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 and domestic violence awareness. During the last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 115,000 people through its many programs and services. For more information, visit namonline.org or call 281-885-4555.



Join Cy-Hope for its second annual Clay Shoot on Wednesday, April 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register a team, the entry fee is $800 per 4-person team ($200 for an individual), which includes 100 clays, ammunition, and lunch per person. The contest will be limited to the first 80 shooters. All proceeds benefit Cy-Hope.

Email holly.calbat@cy-hope.org to register or with questions.



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.



The Stageworks Theatre board of directors is hosting an evening of fun, festivities and fundraising. Casino Night will take place at Stageworks Theatre, 10760 Grant Rd. in Houston on April 15, from 7-11 p.m. Get excited for gambling tables, food, cash bar, raffle prizes, and a sneak peek at upcoming shows. Games Include Poker, Roulette, Craps, Blackjack and more! Come dressed in your finest Vegas attire and bring your lucky charm.

Individual tickets for ages 18 and older include: ANTE UP ($25) – One admission ticket, food buffet and $1,000 gambling chips; CARD SHARK ($50) – One admission ticket, food buffet, two drink tickets, $2,500 gambling chips; or HIGH ROLLER ($100) – One admission ticket, food buffet, four drink tickets, $5,000 gambling chips

Sponsorship levels are available from $250 to $3,000. For tickets and sponsorship information, go to stageworkshouston.org/casino-night




Red Potato Market days celebrates its fourth year and eighth show April 20-23 at 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. A Preview Party on Thursday April 20 kicks off the event. More than 70 vendors showcase vintage, antiques, painted furniture, lighting, eclectic finds, art, jewelry, clothing 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 Market takes place under a covered arena, rain or shine. The preview party is $10 with a return admission for another day. The $5 general admission supports Young Life and Simonton Christian Academy. Children under 12 are free.   Hours for the event are Thursday, 4 – 7p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information call 281-533-9863 or visit redpotatomarket.com.


Kinsmen Lutheran Church will host a community-wide Crawfish Boil and festival on Saturday, April 22, in celebration of the congregation’s 45th Anniversary.

Kinsmen Lutheran Church will host a community-wide Crawfish Boil and festival on Saturday, April 22, in celebration of the congregation’s 45th Anniversary.


In celebration of its 45th Anniversary, Kinsmen Lutheran Church will host a Crawfish Boil and Festival for the entire community.

The event will take place Saturday, April 22 from 6:30 -9 p.m. and features a street party atmosphere with inflatables, children’s activities, country/Cajun/zydeco music by The String-benders, and much more.

Tickets to the Crawfish Boil are $15 per person ($5 for children under 12), and include your choice of crawfish, hamburgers or hot dogs, as well as admission to all activities. Tickets may be reserved online at KinsmenLutheran.org or by visiting the church office. Guests can also learn about Kinsmen’s on-site summer camp for children, Camp Hope, and receive a discount on registration.

Located at 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston, Kinsmen Lutheran Church is a congregation that strives to be rooted in faith and relevant to life. For more information, visit the website or call 281-444-3126.




The ninth Annual Cy-Fair Women’s Expo will be April 27 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd. This year’s event invites attendees to ignite connections and give back to the Cy-Fair community.

Besides giving over 60 vendors a place to showcase their products and services, the goal for the expo is to get the community more involved and show the Cy-Fair area what ABWA and CYFEN are all about. One of the ways the group is doing this is to have local personalities present to meet and greet. Celebrities will include American Ninja Warrior Sam Sann, former NFL player and Food Network Star Eddie Jackson, and Randy Lemmon, The Garden Guy.

This event is hosted by the Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN), a local network of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) that provides a nurturing environment for business development, networking, education, and mentoring in Northwest Houston. Cy-Fair Express Network funds numerous local scholarships.

The Expo is sponsored by Cake Fine Pastry, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, A Splash of Sass, Robin Haynes State Farm Insurance, and Villa Sport Athletic Club and Spa.

For more information, go to CYFEN.org or email expochair@cyfen.org.


Leslie MartoneLeslie Martone

Leslie MartoneLeslie Martone

Courtney Altimore

Courtney Altimore


The American Heart Association will welcome over 500 red-dressed ladies and men to CityCentre Houston’s Red Oak Ballroom on Friday, April 28 to celebrate the fight against heart disease and stroke at the annual Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon.

This premiere philanthropic event aims to raise $200,000 towards lifesaving research necessary to save more lives from cardiovascular diseases and stroke – the No.1 and No.5 killers of all Americans. The event is being chaired by Courtney Altimore, director of business development for Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital.

“Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 1 in 3 women each year, that’s about one woman every 80 seconds and the sad thing is that 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented,” said Jessaca Rodriguez, the Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women associate director. “The Go Red for Women movement focuses on prevention, education and awareness in regards to women’s heart health. But we still have a lot more work to do to save more lives, and we’re humbled and thankful for the community for continuing to rally around us in support.”

This year’s event, sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Memorial Hermann Cypress, Houston Methodist Willowbrook and Houston Methodist West, will honor Leslie Martone, the President of Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce.

“Leslie is a champion for all things heart. She has been a longtime advocate for the American Heart Association, and the sudden loss of her mother to a stroke two years ago, gives her another why to continue supporting this importance cause,” said Leslie Francis, Director of Marketing for Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District and the Luncheon’s Open Your Heart Chair.

Every year, the luncheon also features one inspirational story from a local woman. This year, the luncheon will hear the powerful and impactful story of Nicki James, who had a stroke when she was only 27 years old in the middle of church.

The luncheon will kick-off at 11 a.m. with fun activities such as a silent auction, a photobooth sponsored by Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, health screenings sponsored by North Cypress Medical Center, Hands-Only CPR demonstrations and a selfie station sponsored by Houston Methodist.

Tickets will be available for the luncheon until April 21. For more information, email Jessaca.Rodriguez@heart.org, or visit nwharriscountygored.ahaevents.org.


Hundreds of quilts will be on display for you to examine or purchase at the third annual St. Mary’s Quilt Show.

Hundreds of quilts will be on display for you to examine or purchase at the third annual St. Mary’s Quilt Show.

The third Annual St. Mary’s Quilt Show is scheduled for April 28-29. Quilts will be displayed in St. Mary’s historic painted Church in Plantersville. No admission will be charged to view the quilts; however, donations are welcome.

The public may enter a quilt in the show and offer it for sale, if desired. This show will not be judged and no monetary prizes will be given. There will be a ribbon awarded for “People’s Choice” quilt.

The Gala Preview Dinner is on Thursday, April 27. Cocktails, appetizers and a three-course dinner will be served. After dinner, attendees will preview the quilts in the church. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. For tickets or more information, visit stmarysquiltshow.com.


Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry (left) and Mark French, IBI - Platinum Sponsor heading out onto the course at the 2016 B. F. Adam Golf Classic.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry (left) and Mark French, IBI – Platinum Sponsor heading out onto the course at the 2016 B. F. Adam Golf Classic.

The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) will hold its 29th Annual B. F. Adam Golf Classic at BlackHorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road, Cypress, on May 11. For the past seven years, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, a Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Partner, has generously underwritten this tournament. Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson and IBI Group have been Platinum Sponsors for more than 10 years.

CFEF was established in 1970 as a nonprofit to raise money to fund a scholarship for high school graduates in the area. Over the past 46 years, the Foundation has grown tremendously through the efforts of the Board of Trustees and the generosity of the Cy-Fair Community. The Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in scholarships to 1,400 graduating seniors. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact marie@thecfef.org or visit TheCFEF.org.



North Cypress Medical Center will host its 10th Annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, May 12 at Blackhorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road, Cypress. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2010 by Navy SEAL (Ret.) Marcus Luttrell.

The Foundation provides support for wounded service members, their spouses, children and care partners by empowering them with helpful techniques and tools addressing Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), Chronic Pain, Military Sexual Trauma, and Care Partner Stress.   Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers and renews hope for wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.

North Cypress has donated $180,000 from tournament proceeds from the previous five years. “We are honored to continue to support this organization that does so much to serve the men and women of our military,” stated hospital CEO and chairman of the board, Dr. Robert A. Behar.

Sponsorship and player opportunities can be found at ncmcgolf.com or by calling Stacy Thornton at 832-912-3846. To donate an item or a service for the Silent Auction, call Stacy or email stacy.thornton@ncmc-hospital.com.



The Center for Children and Families is a Cy-Hope counseling clinic offering counseling, training and consultation on a variety of topics to anyone working with or raising children. The Center works with children as young as 18 months and also offers counseling for adolescents and families.

The Center has counselors trained in play therapy to help children work through their life struggles. Play therapy allows children a chance to play out their feelings in a safe place, while building a safe relationship with the therapist. This relationship, along with expressing feelings through play, gives them the opportunity to build confidence and not be tied down by what has happened to them.

Adolescents are counseled with an honest, compassionate approach to create a strong therapeutic relationship. Sometimes therapy needs to involve the entire family. Family group therapy helps people form a bond, work on managing conflict and learn new ways of communication.

Additionally, the center offers speakers to groups that want information on parenting skills, discipline, working with special needs children, teenage issues or family stress. Speaking engagements are typically 1-3 hours long and are used to help educate, train and support those working with or raising child. For more in-depth educational programs, the center has programs for parents, families and teens that provide more than just an overview of a topic.

The center is currently not accepting insurance but can give clients a form to submit for reimbursement. A sliding scale is available on a case-by-case basis. The Cy-Hope Counseling Center has recently relocated to the heart of Cy-Fair ISD. It is located at 12715 Telge Rd. in Cypress. For more information, call 713-466-1360 or visit cy-hopecounseling.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 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.

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