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Happenings in CY-FAIR August 2016

| August 1, 2016

(L-R): LaKaiya Evans, Chioke Coreathers, Jenna Malisheski, Ragan Richardson, Mason Butler,and Thomas Williams in The Texas Repertory Theatre Co. production of The All Night Strut!

(L-R): LaKaiya Evans, Chioke Coreathers, Jenna Malisheski, Ragan Richardson, Mason Butler,and Thomas Williams in The Texas Repertory Theatre Co. production of The All Night Strut!


The Texas Repertory Theatre Co., Houston’s Uptown Classic Theatre, concludes its 11th Anniversary “Emerging Visions” Season with The All Night Strut!, a musical review of 1930s and 40s songs, running four performances a week through July 31.

The All Night Strut! struts its stuff in a two-act extravaganza of the way things were during the Depression, World War II and the post-war boom. From the funky jive of Harlem to the sophisticated elegance of El Morocco and the romance of the Stage Door Canteen, this is an evening filled with jazz, blues, bebop and classic songs.

An international hit, The All Night Strut! has delighted audiences old and young with its sublime music and sheer hip-cat energy. The show’s songbook features over 20 of the era’s greatest hits, including “Minnie The Moocher”, “In The Mood”, “Crazy Rhythm”, “Hit That Jive, Jack” and “As Time Goes By.”

The Texas Repertory Theatre production features Ragan Richardson, Mason Butler, Jenna Malisheski, LaKaiya Evans, Chioke Coreathers, and Thomas Williams under the musical direction of Debbie Wylie.

For tickets or more information call 281-583-7573, or log onto texreptheatre.org.



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.



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.


Gaylyn DeVine, CEO of TLS Graphics, Inc. is slated to induct the new 2016-2017 Executive Board of the Cy-Fair Express Network.

Gaylyn DeVine, CEO of TLS Graphics, Inc. is slated to induct the new 2016-2017 Executive Board of the Cy-Fair Express Network.


Gaylyn DeVine, CEO of TLS Graphics, Inc. is slated to induct the new 2016-2017 Executive Board of the Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) at the luncheon and networking event on July 28.

DeVine is no stranger to ABWA and the internal workings of a board, having been a Charter member of the South East Express Network and serving on the board in a variety of positions including President in 2011-2012. She served as the Houston Area Council Vice Chair for 2 years, and served on both Regional and National Conference Teams. She has served as District II Vice President 2012-2013, National Secretary/­Treasurer 2013-2014, Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund Trustee 2012-2014, and as ABW Foundation Secretary/­Treasurer 2015-2016. Gaylyn was honored as Woman of the Year in 2008.

This month’s CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program and installation of the new board. Luncheons are held at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd.

For more information, visit CYFEN.org.



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.


(L-R): Jonathan Lammey (Willard), Caylin Keliehor (Urleen), Elsa Moen (Ariel), Jeremy Gee (Ren), Rachael Palmer (Wendy Joe), and Morgan Montgomery (Rusty).

(L-R): Jonathan Lammey (Willard), Caylin Keliehor (Urleen), Elsa Moen (Ariel), Jeremy Gee (Ren), Rachael Palmer (Wendy Joe), and Morgan Montgomery (Rusty).


The ‘80s classic, Footloose, rocks its way onto Stageworks Theatre’s Garza Mainstage July 15-August 7. Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford and music by Tom Snow, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman, this iconic musical will have audience members dancing in their seats.

Footloose is the story of a rebellious big-city teenager in competition with a small-town minister. Their struggle wreaks havoc on a quiet southern town that prohibits rock music and dancing. When the Chicago-born teen calls for a rock ‘n’ roll prom and the cultural revitalization of a repressed town, drama ensues. Memorable songs include “Footloose” and “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” .

Director Adam Delka highlights, “This is a fun show. My goal is to immerse you right into the ’80s. You’ll experience the sounds, colors, fashion and conflicts of the ’80s. It was an era when the consumer generation started to emerge, with increased media and communication. Teens now had phones in their rooms and access to MTV. This show examines the fear that this exposure instilled in a lot of parents. Good parents…but nervous parents.”

The cast includes Jeremy Gee (Ren McCormick), Elsa Moen (Ariel Shaw), Morgan Montgomery (Rusty), Rachel Palmer (Wendy Joe), Caylin Keliehor (Urleen), Jonathan Lammey (Willard), Brian Shircliffe (Reverend Shaw), Jana Ellsworth (Vi Shaw), and Nora Hahn (Ethel McCormick).

The production team includes Adam Delka (director), Jesse Lozano (music director), Dru Wiser (choreographer), Alex Brokmeyer (stage manager), Barbara Terry (costume design), Ben Mason (scenic design), Ron Putterman (lighting design), and David Dean (sound design).

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



The Houston Choral Society (HCS), directed by new Artistic Director Dr. Kevin Klotz, announces open auditions for its six concert 2016-2017 season. HCS is looking for strong singers ages 18 and over who have previous choral experience. Auditions are open to the community.

Auditions will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 from 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m.-noon by appointment at Foundry United Methodist Church located at 8350 Jones Road in Northwest Houston.

Singers can make an appointment for an audition time slot by emailing Penny Nelson at pennynelsn@gmail.com or calling her at 281-578-3127. Include your vocal part, preferred email address and best contact number in your request. Singers will receive a phone call and an email response with an assigned time slot. Auditions will be performed in front of an audition panel, including the artistic director, section directors, and board members.

Auditions will consist of the following: vocalization; repetition of short melodic patterns; short sight-reading excerpt; one song selection of your choice (accompanist will be provided).

Rehearsals are held at the church and begin on Monday, Aug. 8. Rehearsals are from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with occasional sectional rehearsals at 7 p.m. Performance week, there is an additional Thursday rehearsal from 7:30-10 p.m. One or two rehearsal conflicts can usually be accommodated with the exception of two weeks prior to a performance. There is one Saturday choral workshop each semester. The fall workshop is Saturday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and the spring workshop is Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The six concerts are Sing a Mighty Song, Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Handel’s Messiah, Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Joy to the World, Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.; Americana, Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m.; and Music Fit for a King, Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.

There is a $50 membership fee each semester (fall/spring), and members are required to provide their concert attire.




Homeowners will have an opportunity to learn about and see the latest in home-improvement products from over 200 exhibitors at the Fall Home & Garden Show The Woodlands on Aug. 13 and 14 at The Woodlands Waterway and Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Among the exhibitors are a variety of experts providing energy-saving, environmentally-friendly trends in homebuilding and remodeling. Whether interested in updating their current homes, outdoor living spaces or even starting from scratch with a home built from the ground up with personal custom specifications, those attending the show will have a chance to learn what questions to ask, where to turn for help or simply how to get started.

H-E-B ­–Throughout the weekend, H-E-B Cooking Connection chefs will be providing cooking demonstrations on the newest model of the popular Louisiana Grill and samples (while supplies last) on the Cunningham Gas Outdoor Cooking Stage.

STEPHEN HANN –president of Hann Builders, a leader in sustainable building in the Houston area, is one of many experts who will be speaking at the show. Also in attendance will be representatives from Andersen Corp., recipient of the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Product Brand Owner Award, to provide specifications and information on its Renewal by Andersen windows, with which homeowners can save money and energy while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Dr. LORI –The always popular Dr. Lori Verderame, syndicated columnist and star antiques appraiser on the Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings,” will be on-hand both days of the show to provide one free appraisal on a first-come first-served basis and as time allows, to those who attend one of her presentations at the show. Search the attic and bring in something for her to appraise. She will be doing two sessions per day, and times are posted on the website.
RANDY LEMMON – On Saturday, Randy Lemmon, host of KTRH AM 740’s GardenLine will hold a signing event for his newest book, “Texas Tough Gardening with Randy Lemmon,” a primer to help local gardeners conquer the challenges of gardening in Texas’ extreme weather.

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 take the escalator down to the lobby and the show entrance.

Shows are Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for 12 and under.

For more information, call 832-274-3944 or visit WoodlandsShows.com, where a downloadable discount coupon for $1 off admission is available.


Acting Academy Production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Acting Academy Production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.


Stageworks Theatre’s Acting Academy (formerly Houston Family Arts Center), the premier junior theatre academy in the northwest Houston area, offers a series of summer camps designed to entertain, educate, and enamor children in grades K-12. Sessions lasting one, two and three weeks are available.

The camps are led by trained acting, technical and musical professions to introduce your children to the magical world of musical theatre. From basic instruction in movement, voice and acting, and culminating in a full-fledged performance of a musical production, your future award-winning performers will be immersed in a program whose effects will last a lifetime.

One-week camps cost $125. Morning and afternoon classes are available and are scheduled as follows:

August 8-12 – Matilda Revisited. An encore presentation of last summer’s smash success. In this camp, your child will learn songs from the Broadway show, dress up, dance and act out some of the Ronald Dahl classic story now popular on Broadway.

August 15-19 – Heroes vs. Villains. What’s the super-power your child has always wanted? This camp will let them create their own super hero (or super villain). The week concludes with a fun battle between good and evil.

Three-week camps cost $450. The camp will include full theatrical performances for parents and theatre lovers to enjoy over the last three days. The camp runs Monday through Fridays for full-day sessions and is scheduled as follows:

August 1-20 – The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr. Adapted from Norton Juster’s beloved, award-winning children’s book, this inventive musical features a melodious score by Arnold Black and witty lyrics full of wordplay by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony winner Sheldon Harnick. Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all, until he takes a trip through the Phantom Tollbooth.

Through its award-winning Actors Academy, HFAC offers acting and singing classes, and provides performance opportunities for all ages.

To register for any of these camps, or for more information on Stageworks Thetre, visit houstonfac.com or call 281-587-6100.


Troops unpack the care packages sent by OME.

Troops unpack the care packages sent by OME.


On Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.­-3 p.m., 18 Kroger stores will host a food and supply drive for Operation Military Embrace (OME), an organization that sends care packages to individual troops around the world.

The Care Package mission ships boxes to deployed men and women, all of whom are referred by the local community. A unique aspect of OME’s Care Package mission is the customization of the items shipped. Dennis Bernhart, program manager, communicates with the troops to find out exactly what they need –– whether it be hot chocolate in the winter or sunscreen in the summer. Girl Scout cookies are requested all year long.

The donations, in­-kind as well as monetary, are also used at the Annual Free PX for wounded or ill military men, women and their caregivers at the San Antonio Military Medical Center each December.

In 2015, this same drive at 14 Kroger locations resulted in 2,010 packages being shipped to the troops and more than $41,000 in goods and cash donated and used by OME.

For more information or to volunteer, visit operationmilitaryembrace.com or call Dennis Bernhart, at 832-­515-­0333. OME is an all-volunteer organization founded by Jerry and Debbie Reed and Brenda Schultz in 2007.

Store locations for 2016 include the following:

Conroe – 2222 I­45 N.; 220 S. Loop; and 3830 West Davis

Tomball – 24350 Kuykendahl Road and 14060 FM 2920

Magnolia – 6614 FM 1488

Cypress – 13135 Louetta Road and 20355 Cypresswood Dr.


Anya Lucas

Anya Lucas


On Aug. 25, the Cy-Fair Express Network Luncheon (CYFEN) is hosting its community luncheon. Networking is at 11a.m. and the luncheon follows at 11:30 a.m. at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd. The cost is $25 with advanced reservations or $30 at the door.

CYFEN’s own Anya Lucas, 2016 FHPW Woman of Excellence, will present and demonstrate the group’s new Commu­nity Connections platform and explain how using this new tool will empower members to create their own personal ABWA experience. It will allow members to connect with fellow ABWA members across the U.S. as well as provide valuable tools and access to tutorials, networking, team board interactions and important League document storage capabilities.

Lucas is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and a graduate of the University of Louisiana–Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal and public communication with a minor in Spanish. She and her husband, Tyger, have been business partners since 2000 when they started their online auto dealership, TexasToys.com. In 2007 they expanded their business by opening Lucas Auto Care, a European auto repair facility in Cypress. The primary focus areas for their family business are human resources, business accounting, financial compliance, recruiting, community networking, strategic planning and team building.

Anya is highly involved in her community both professionally and personally. She is serving as the President of the Federation of Houston Professional Women Educational Foundation. She has been a member of ABWA since 2006 and serves in leadership roles for both Cy Fair Express Network and Women Empowering Women Express Network. Anya and her daughter, Kara, are members of the Cypress Gems chapter of the National Charity League, a mother-daughter organization providing volunteer services to philanthropies in the community. She currently serves on the Cypress Gems executive board.

CYFEN is part of the national organization of American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), for more information, go to CYFEN.org or abwa.org.



The Woodlands/Houston Chapter of Therapy Pet Pals of Texas is looking for volunteers with calm, friendly and obedient dogs to provide pet therapy to elderly and ill people at local healthcare facilities around The Woodlands /Tomball/ Spring/Conroe and Montgomery County area.

The nonprofit organization will be taking reservations until to Sept. 2 for the Sept. 7 Qualifying/Training class.

Visit therapypetpals.org for more information.

Call 512-347-1984 for pre-screening and registration.



The Bridgeland Annual Fishing Tournament for Bridgeland residents only will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 starting at 7 a.m. There is a $20 entry fee. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st-5th place

For information and rules, call David at 713-203-9101.

To register, visit bridgelandlife.com.



Larry Dierker’s 70th Birthday Celebrity Golf Bash i scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Blackhorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road in Cypress. The shotgun start is at noon. Proceeds from the event benefit Cy-Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making life better for kids in Cy-Fair.

Teams will receive a 10 percent discount on registration through May 31.

For more information, email cy-hope@cy-hope.org.



Christ Clinic’s 5th Annual Breakfast for a Blessing will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Omni Hotel at Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway in Houston. Keynote speaker will be H-E-B President Scott McClelland.

Christ Clinic is a nonprofit charity medical clinic located at 25722 Kingsland Blvd., Suite 111 in Katy. The clinic provides quality healthcare without any state or federal subsidies for nearly 4,500 uninsured adults who work and live throughout the Greater West Houston area. With the population of uninsured adults in Texas on the rise, the need for quality and affordable healthcare is steadily increasing.

The average attendance for Breakfast with a Blessing is 400, and this year’s fundraising goal is $100,000. As with all funds received by Christ Clinic, 86 percent goes directly to patient care.

Many sponsorship levels and benefits are available for the Breakfast.

For more information, contact Development Assistant Michael Peterson at 832-913-8476 or michael@christclinickaty.org.

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