LAKEWOOD UMC FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS GOD BLESS US EVERY ONE, DEC. 1-4
Lakewood UMC Fine Arts Department presents the Texas premiere of God Bless Us Every One, a family-friendly musical by Robert Sterling. It is a sequel to Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, which will touch your soul and brighten your holiday season with its message of kindness and redemption.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Groups of 10 or more receive a 20 percent discount off the price of the original show ticket. For tickets and more information, visit lumc.yapsody.com.
97TH ANNUAL MAYOR’S HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND TREE LIGHTING, DEC. 2
Kick off the holiday season with Mayor Sylvester Turner at the 97th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting. The festivities will commence Friday, Dec. 2 at City Hall in Hermann Square from 6-8 p.m. This free event is a tradition of music, fireworks and family fun. A massive 64’ holiday tree shimmering with energy-efficient LED lights, glistening ornaments and a magnificent star topper will light up the streets of downtown Houston this holiday season.
Featured artist Michelle Williams is an American R&B, pop and gospel recording artist who rose to fame as a member of Destiny’s Child. The holiday variety show will also include a performance by SVET, an Electro Hip Hop Violinist as seen on America’s Got Talent. Viewers will enjoy additional performances by Houston’s own SoReal Cru, a hip-hop dance group from the second season of America’s Best Dance Crew and Grammy-nominated gospel recording artists The Walls Group. Also featured will be the Shlenker Star Singers and appearances by costumed characters from the Houston Ballet.
Visit houstontx.gov or houstonspecialevents.org
for more information and street closures.
BE AN ANGEL’S HOLIDAY GIFT PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed for a Be An Angel- funded project to package and deliver gifts for nearly 5,000 Houston area children with multiple disabilities or profound deafness who come from underprivileged homes. Be An Angel’s Holiday Gift Program began over 30 years ago so that these children can experience the joy of receiving gifts during the Christmas season.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 50 volunteers are needed at the George R. Brown Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to unload 18-wheelers of gift bags and sort by school. On Dec. 7, 50 volunteers are needed to decorate gift bags from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1001 Avenida de las Americas (77010.) Materials are supplied or you can bring your own. On Dec. 8, 200-plus volunteers are needed to help deliver gifts with their own vehicles. Times are subject to change and can be monitored at BeAnAngel.org. For more volunteer information, contact Billie Earley at 281-219-3313 or Billie@BeAnAngel.org.
“HOLIDAY ON 19TH STREET” IN HOUSTON HEIGHTS, DEC. 3
Thousands are expected to stroll 19th Street located in Houston’s own Historic Downtown Heights, as the 19th Street Merchants present their annual “Holiday on 19th St.” You and your family will enjoy food and refreshments, strolling carolers, live music, and much more! 19th Street has the most exciting shops Houston has to offer, featuring cool fashions for men and women, original works of art, fun and unique gifts, home furnishings and a vast assortment
The event is from 6 -10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The shops are located on 19th Street between Shepherd and Yale, exit from I-10 or Loop 6-10.
HOUSTON HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION’S JINGLE BELL BLOCK HOLIDAY HOME TOUR,DEC. 2-3
On Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3-9 p.m., six homes, one of which is more than 100 years old, located in and around the 1300 block of Cortlandt Street in Houston Heights will be dressed in holiday finery and opened to the public during Jingle Bell Block, the Houston Heights Association’s 2016 Holiday Home Tour. Other homes on the historic street will participate in the festivities with beautifully decorated yards and entertainment. Local musicians will provide the sounds of the season throughout the tour, making this beloved annual event a perfect holiday celebration.
The Holiday Home Tour is a favorite destination for those who enjoy shopping in antiques and vintage clothing shops, art galleries and eclectic boutiques. Houston Heights also is home to many coffee shops and world-class restaurants.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the days of the tour. Tickets will be available for purchase online in late October and available for purchase in November from Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th St.; Jubilee, 325 W. 19th St.; and August Antiques, 803 Heights Blvd. Tickets ordered online will not be mailed and can be picked up at the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale the days of the tour. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fire Station and the retail locations on the days of the tour.
For more information, call Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002, option 6, or e-mail email@example.com. Visit houstonheights.org for event updates. Anyone interested in volunteering to work during the tour may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE, DEC. 2-3
Join The Brookwood Community on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for a weekend full of fun, shopping and yuletide cheer at the annual Brookwood Christmas Open House event benefiting Brookwood’s adults with disabilities. Come shop for a good cause and let your retail dollar do double duty, just in time for the holidays.
Visitors can shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center filled with the Citizens’ (the name given to Brookwood’s residents) handcrafted products, unique holiday home décor and gifts, clothing, jewelry and an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and cared for by the Citizens. Shoppers can enjoy a delicious lunch in Brookwood’s gourmet Café and take a self-guided tour of the campus. The Brookwood Citizens will also perform “A Concert for the Ages” both days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is always the highlight of the weekend and sure to put the entire family in the holiday spirit.
Founded over 30 years ago, The Brookwood Community has provided an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities. As a nonprofit organization that does not accept any government funding, Brookwood relies on the support of events like Open House to fund the work programs and residential homes that serve over 225 adults. The community is located off of I-10 ten minutes west of Katy. For more information, visit brookwoodcommunity.org or call 281-375-2100.
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.
WUNDERLICH FARM OLD FASHION CHRISTMAS, DEC. 3
Wunderlich Farm presents an Old Fashion Christmas on Dec. 3 from10 a.m.-4 p.m. at
18218 Theiss Mail Rt Rd. in Klein. There will be lots of activities for the kids and great music for the adults. Shop early, explore the museum, eat great German food, and make this a family tradition. Get more information at kleinhistorical.org/christmasmarket.
THE HOUSTON CHORAL SOCIETY HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES,DEC. 3-4
The Houston Choral Society’s Christmas concerts are always an audience favorite and have become an annual tradition for hundreds of Houston families. This year, HCS presents Handel’s Messiah, on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Kevin M. Klotz, artistic director, conducts what is considered a triumph of music and text, Handel’s Messiah, a matchless December tradition.
“The Houston Choral Society is thrilled to present the Christmas portion along with the popular chorus, ‘Hallelujah,’ as a gift to our community,” said Klotz. The performance features a 75-member chorus, a strong cast of soloists, and professional orchestral musicians from the Houston area.
HCS also will present an afternoon of festive entertainment with its special Christmas matinee concert, Joy to the World, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. The ensemble celebrates this season with a combination of popular and classical Christmas favorites. HCS will perform new and unique arrangements of traditional carols, such as “Jingle Bells” and “O Holy Night,” as well as the popular contemporary anthem, “Breath of Heaven,” composed by Amy Grant and Chris Eaton. The audience is invited to join in singing several holiday favorites. HCS will be joined for a portion of the concert by talented choral students from Cypress Ridge High School Choir, under the direction of B.J. Douglas.
Attendees will be treated to holiday decorations, enticing desserts and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
HCS performs at The Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road. For more information and to get tickets, visit houstonchoral.org.
KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH HOSTS FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT, DEC. 4
Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites the community to a free holiday concert, “A World of Carols,” on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The concert will be presented by Kinsmen’s music ministry, and includes Christmas readings and music from around the world. Admission is free to the event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the church, 12100 Champion Forest Drive in Houston.
Other concerts in the series include “Tangled Blue,” a caffeinated folk-rock blend of acoustical praise by Joel and Aimee Pakan on Jan. 14; a dramatic presentation of “Red Letter Jesus” by Brad Sherrill on April 1; and “Brass Beats” on May 21.
All concerts are free and open to the public, and guests are welcome to stay for a reception afterward. For more information, visit KinsmenLutheran.org, call 281-444-3126 or email email@example.com.
7TH ANNUAL HOUSTON METHODIST CY-HOOPS INVITATIONAL, DEC. 8-10
The Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational is scheduled for Dec. 8, 9 and 10. The championship game will be played at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Berry Center. The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation in partnership with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Houston Methodist West Hospital will host the event.
Join the community in cheering on the teams at the Berry Center. Game times will be posted after Thanksgiving. Visit TheCFEF.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sponsor the event.
WEST HOUSTON CHURCH OF CHRIST PRESENTS CELEBRATE JESUS, DEC. 9-10
On Dec. 9-10 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. the West Houston Church of Christ, 17100 West Road, Houston, invites the public to its Christmas performance, Celebrate Jesus.
This unique representation of the Christmas season is a drive-through drama performance the whole family can watch from their own vehicle or the church’s hayride. In a 15-minute drive through the West Houston parking lot, Celebrate Jesus takes the viewer through an awe-inspiring journey of the life of Jesus Christ — from birth to miracles to death and resurrection — in a powerful and interactive setting. Stay for the food, hot cocoa and fellowship in this free and special event put on by the West Houston family. Visit westhoustonchurch.org for more information.
BROADWAY AT THE HOBBY CENTER PRESENTS THE BOOK OF MORMON, JAN. 3-15
Back by popular demand, The Book Of Mormon returns to Houston for a limited engagement Jan. 3-15 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at the Hobby Center box office (800 Bagby Street), all TicketMaster outlets, by visiting BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com, or by calling 800-982-2787. Groups of 10 or more may order tickets by calling 888-451-5986.
The Book Of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated TV series, South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. For more information, visit BookofMormonTheMusical.com.
STAGEWORKS THEATRE ANNOUNCES OPEN AUDITIONS, DEC. 10
Stageworks Theatre announces open auditions for the next two shows of its 2016-2017 season, including Mel Brooks’ The Producers and Peter and the Starcatcher, the adult prequel about the boy who would not grow up, Peter Pan.
Auditions are scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 10 for all actors 17 years of age or older by March 17, 2017 (with parental approval). Additional call backs, if necessary will be determined by each director, likely occurring Dec. 11-15. Open auditions are held by appointment only at Stageworks Theatre, 10760 Grant Road, Houston.
Show dates for The Producers are March 17-April 9, with rehearsals Jan. 8-March 16.
Show dates for Peter and the Starcatcher are April 28-May 21, with rehearsals Feb. 21-April 28.
Auditions for all shows are open to the community and all parts may be cast with actors of any ethnicity. The company is looking for all ages and types of dancers, actors and singer/dancer/actors 17 years and older. For more information or to schedule an audition appointment, visit stageworkshouston.org/auditions.
ARTISAN BALLET COMPANY PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER, DEC. 10
Stageworks Artisan Ballet Company invites you to attend its annual performance of the timeless ballet classic The Nutcracker, at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 and 4 p.m.
Join the company for an elaborate production with beautiful dancing, exquisite costumes and colorful handmade sets. Don’t miss this opportunity to introduce your children to the beauty of classical ballet with a journey into the fantasy Land of the Sweets to meet Clara, the Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Snow Princess. The performance is approximately 1 1⁄2 hours and includes an intermission, making it a great introduction to classical ballet. Discounts are available for organizations.
Get tickets at artisanschoolofdance.com.
KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HOLIDAY PILGRIMAGE 2016, DEC. 9-10
A tradition since 1941, the Kappa Kappa Gama Charitable Foundation Holiday Pilgrimage 2016 will showcase the best in interior, floral and holiday-inspired design ideas. Over the years, thousands of volunteers have worked together to coordinate the oldest continual home tour in Houston. In the early days, volunteers decorated the homes themselves, donating their own holiday decorations to the effort. Today, local florists have taken over and use the most cutting edge designs and décor to transform the homes into holiday masterpieces.
The 2016 Home Tour is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit charities that are working to impact the lives of children and adults in the community.
Tickets for the Home Tour are $20, include admission to all four homes on the tour and may be purchased in advance at Bering’s Hardware and other local retailers, or on the day of the event at any of the Tour homes. For more information, visit HoustonKappas.org.
NWHC AGGIE MOM’S CLUB MEETING, DEC. 13
Join the Northwest Harris County Aggie Mom’s Club for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Distributing Company, 7100 High Life Drive. This fun-filled Aggie evening is a great way to meet other Aggie Moms, find out about upcoming events, and enter for a chance to win a door prize. The group will have its Christmas party and ornament exchange at this meeting, so feel free to bring a gift-wrapped Aggie Christmas ornament to exchange. The Moms are looking forward to meeting all Aggie Moms, whether of freshman Aggies, current Aggie students or former Aggies. For more information, visit nwhcaggiemoms.org.
OLIVER, FAGIN AND THE GANG TAKE OVER THE GARZA MAINSTAGE, THROUGH DEC. 18
Join Stageworks Theatre (10760 Grant Road, Houston) for Oliver!, through Dec. 18. With music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart, adults and children of all ages will enjoy renowned songs such as, “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” and “Pick-a-Pocket!”
Performances of Oliver! are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.on the Garza Mainstage. There will be two special Saturday matinees on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at stageworkstx.org, or by phone at 281-587-6100.
CYFEN HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND GIFT EXCHANGE EVENT, DEC. 15
On Dec. 15, Cy-Fair Express Network invites the public to attend its Holiday Luncheon and Gift Exchange at the Sterling Cuntry Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd. At the luncheon, attendees will enjoy a festive celebration during the annual event. As always, guests are welcome and encouraged to join in and network. Networking begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $25 with advance reservations or $30 at the door. To RSVP, email email@example.com. CYFEN is part of the national organization of American Business Women’s Association (ABWA). For more information go to CYFEN.org.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, THROUGH DEC. 24
Come to Old Town Spring through Dec. 24 to enjoy Home for the Holidays with the theme of “Christmas Around the World.” Enjoy entertainment on various stages as well as strolling entertainment. Over 150 shops decorated with red bows, twinkling lights and ropes of garland will welcome visitors to another festive season of unique shopping for Christmas. The Be An Angel Christmas train will be making stops around the town to the delight of the young and old alike. On Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., shoppers can enjoy a cup of cocoa and the little ones can write letters to Santa.
The second annual Cookie Walk benefiting Spring Preservation League is Dec. 3. For more information, visit oldtownspring.com.