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Happenings in CY-FAIR December 2017

| December 1, 2017

The HCS concert Home for the Holidays promises to leave the audience full of seasonal joy.

The HCS concert Home for the Holidays promises to leave the audience full of seasonal joy.

THE HOUSTON CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, DEC. 2

The Houston Choral Society’s (HCS) Christmas concert is always an audience favorite and has become an annual tradition for hundreds of Houston families. This year, HCS presents Home for the Holidays, with two concerts on Saturday, Dec. 2. The matinee performance is at 3 p.m. and the evening concert is at 7:30 p.m., at The Foundry Church, 8350 Jones Road. The Foundry Church is one of the premier choral venues in Houston with extraordinary acoustics. Under the direction of Dr. Kevin M. Klotz, HCS artistic director, this concert promises to once again help you start off the Christmas season in a joyful mood.

The chorus opens with Christmas favorites including Carol of the Bells, Home for the Holidays, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, A King is Born, O Holy Night, and an entertaining piece called Various Themes on Fa La La.

The second half of the concert features Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, a beautiful collection of well-loved Spanish carols including Oh, mi Belen, El Desembre Congelat, A la Nanita Nana, En Belen Tocan a Fuego, and El Rorro. You don’t need to know Spanish to thoroughly enjoy these songs set for chorus, soloists, harp, guitar, and marimba.

This is followed by the Hallelujah! chorus from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah and Feliz Navidad. The concert concludes with audience members encouraged to sing along with some cherished holiday carols, including Hark! The Harold Angels Sing, The First Noel, Joy to the World, Silent Night and O Come, All Ye Faithful.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, stu­dents and veterans, and $10 for children ages 5 and younger. Group rates are available. Tickets are available online at houstonchoral.org or may also be purchased at the door.

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Shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center for an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously cared for by the Citizens.

Shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center for an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously cared for by the Citizens.

BROOKWOOD CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE DEC. 1 AND 2

Join The Brookwood Community on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 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, known as Citizens. Come shop for a good cause and let your retail dollar do double duty, just in time for the holidays.

Conveniently located off of I-10 ten minutes west of Katy, visitors can shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center filled with the Citizens’ handcrafted products, unique holiday home décor and gifts, clothing, jewelry and an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously 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 Christmas pageant both days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. which is always the highlight of the weekend and sure to put the entire family in the holiday spirit. For more information, call 281-375-2100 or visit brookwoodcommunity.org.

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VIRTUOSI OF HOUSTON OPENING NIGHT CONCERT, DEC. 2

Virtuosi of Houston (VOH) has announced its 2017-2018 Opening Night of the Season Concert celebrating 22 years of excellence in chamber and jazz music education and performances will be held Saturday, Dec. 2. at 7:30 p.m. at Zikha Hall, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby.

VOH is the only premier youth chamber and jazz orchestra in Houston designed for gifted musicians ages 11-18 to increase their education and performance opportunities, thereby preparing them for a career in music. The vision is that its musicians will return to Texas as performers, educators, and arts advocates to give their expertise back to the community that helped develop them as young artists. Many are already educators, performers and music administrators in Texas and globally.

Tickets for individuals are $20; seniors and students are $10. Buy tickets at TheHobbyCenter.org.

For more information, call 713-315-2525.

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The Cy-Hoops Invitational is a highly anticipated community event which features district and out of district teams.

The Cy-Hoops Invitational is a highly anticipated community event which features district and out of district teams.

HOUSTON METHODIST CY-HOOPS INVITATIONAL, DEC. 7-9

The Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational will be held at the Berry Center, Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 7-9. The championship game will be played at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation in partnership with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Houston Methodist West Hospital will host the event. Wainwright Dental & Associates, P.C. has been a longtime supporter of this elite high school basketball tournament. The Cy-Hoops tournament looks to engage the community, promote the sport of basketball, and foster community spirit, while raising funds for student scholarships and innovative staff development programs for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

This year’s Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational is loaded with talent including the 2017 6A State Champion Cypress Falls Golden Eagles and 2017 Class 4A State Champion Silsbee Tigers. The tournament showcases the 10 Cypress Fairbanks ISD boys’ varsity basketball teams, along with 14 out of district teams. Preseason rankings by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches have five out of district teams competing in this tournament ranked in the top 25. Dekaney High School is returning to defend its title as last year’s Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational winner.

Sponsorships are available. Visit theCFEF.org or contact marie@thecfef.org

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Numerous CFISD students were cast in the Artisan Ballet Company’s 11th annual performance of The Nutcracker including Spillane Middle School eighth-grader Riley Fry (second row, far right), Hamilton Middle School eighth-grader Katie Gray (second row, third from left) and Aragon Middle School seventh-grader Ellie Nelson (second row, third from right).

Numerous CFISD students were cast in the Artisan Ballet Company’s 11th annual performance of The Nutcracker including Spillane Middle School eighth-grader Riley Fry (second row, far right), Hamilton Middle School eighth-grader Katie Gray (second row, third from left) and Aragon Middle School seventh-grader Ellie Nelson (second row, third from right).

CFISD STUDENTS CAST IN LEAD ROLES IN THE NUTCRACKER, DEC. 9-10

Numerous CFISD students were cast in the Artisan Ballet Company’s 11th annual performance of The Nutcracker, which will be Dec. 9-10 at the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress).

Among the roles are Clara, which will be performed by Spillane Middle School eighth-grader Riley Fry, and the Snow Princess, which will be performed by Cy-Fair High School sophomore Jasmine Saengvanpheng. Hamilton Middle School eighth-grader Katie Gray will dance as Toy Soldier and as the lead in Spanish, while Aragon Middle School seventh-grader Ellie Nelson will also dance the lead role in Spanish.

Lead Mirlitons will be Bleyl Middle School eighth-grader Adrienne Countryman and Goodson Middle School eighth-grader Claire Hodges.

Other CFISD students cast in the production include: Brynna Barrett (Yeager Elementary School), Emma Mangold(Hamilton Elementary School), Lily Marshall (Moore Elementary School), Daniella Marroquin (Black Elementary School), Midori Mehandjiysky (Black Elementary School), Madelyn Nguyen (Black Elementary School) and Noelle Scott (A. Robison Elementary School).

Established in 2000, Artisan Ballet Company is a pre-professional ballet company serving the Cypress, Klein and Tomball communities.

There are two performances each day. Performances on Dec. 9 will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 10. Tickets are $22 at artisanschoolofdance.tix.com.

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KNITTING/CROCHETING MEETS AT BUSH LIBRARY ON FRIDAYS

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.

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ADULT/SENIOR GAMES, WEDNESDAYS AT BUSH LIBRARY

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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This year marks the 15th year for the breakfast and there is a new venue – The Houston Racquet Club.

This year marks the 15th year for the breakfast and there is a new venue – The Houston Racquet Club.

ALLEGRO BALLET PRESENTS THE SUGAR PLUM MARKET AND THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, DEC. 9 AND DEC. 16-17

Sixteen years ago, Allegro Ballet started a West Houston holiday tradition by presenting a full-length production of The Nutcracker Ballet. At the end of each performance, all the children (and adults) are invited to the stage to meet the dancers for autographs and photos.

To complement the ballet, the company presents The Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Market. An elegant breakfast is served while the Sugar Plum Fairy and some of her friends from the ballet interact with the children. After breakfast, excerpts from The Nutcracker are performed. The accompanying Sugar Plum Market is a perfect way to start your Christmas shopping. Unique vendors create wonderful holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

The Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy & Sugar Plum Market will be held on Dec. 9, from 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr. Tickets are $35 per person or specialty tables for $55 per person.

The Nutcracker Ballet will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 , at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Katy High School, 6331 Hwy Blvd. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30.Tickets to all events are online at allegroballetofhouston.com.

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CYPRESS CREEK FACE CONCERTS TO BE HELD AT NEW LOCATION

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Cypress Creek FACE has relocated its box office and secured new locations for upcoming concerts.

During the storm, The Centrum – beautiful home to Cypress Creek FACE performances – flooded with nearly 30 inches of water. The temporary office and box office location are at 6450 Louetta Road, Suite 200 in Spring. Box office hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office phone number, 281-440-4850, remains the same, and tickets may also be purchased at cypresscreekface.org.

The Star-Lit! Series concerts for this fall have been moved to the new Klein Cain High School auditorium, located at 10201 Spring Cypress Road in Houston. Parking may be accessed from Cutten Road south of Spring Cypress Road. Upcoming concerts include John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. The concert will take place at Klein Cain High School. Ticket-holders should keep their tickets until replacements are issued for the new venue. The Klein Cain Auditorium is slightly larger than The Centrum, with seating all on one level.

All concerts in the Promenade Series through February have been moved to John Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 5830 Bermuda Dunes Drive in Houston. Concerts in this series include the New Houston Harp Ensemble at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. January’s concert will feature Windsync at 3 p.m. on Jan. 9, while Rob Landes brings a concert perfect for Valentines at 3 p.m. Feb. 13.

New locations for the Free Children’s Series and the Family Series are still being confirmed. Visit cypresscreekface.org for the latest updates.

Detailed descriptions about each of this season’s concerts are available at the website. Tickets for any concert may be purchased on the website, at the new box office location, or by calling 281-440-4850.

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LOBO BAND WINTER CONCERT AND AUCTIONS, DEC. 12-13

The Lobo Band Winter Concert and Auctions are scheduled for Dec. 12-13 in the school auditorium and cafeteria at Langham Creek High School, 17610 FM 529, Houston. Dinner and auctions start at 5:30 p.m. and performances run 6:30-9 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this fun event. The evening will include concert music, a talent show with performances by Colorguard Squads, live and silent auctions, and dinner provided by Adriatic Café. The dinner and auctions are fundraisers for the band and Colorguard.

For dinner tickets or more information, contact Beth Wentworth at 832-687-3290.

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THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OFFERS COUNSELING SERVICES

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.

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.

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High school students who are members of the juvenile chorus in The House Without a Christmas Tree.

High school students who are members of the juvenile chorus in The House Without a Christmas Tree.

HOUSTON GRAND OPERA PRESENTS THE HOUSE WITHOUT A CHRISTMAS TREE, THROUGH DEC. 17

Houston Grand Opera continues its annual holiday opera series with the world premiere of The House without a Christmas Tree from the sought-after composer/librettist team of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek, based on the story by Gail Rock and beloved 1972 television film of the same name.

Soprano and HGO Studio alumna Lauren Snouffer stars as the precocious daughter Addie Mills, who struggles to understand why her father, played by baritone and HGO Studio alumnus Daniel Belcher, so strongly resents the holidays. The role of Grandma Mills will be sung by soprano Patricia Schuman. The work will also include a children’s chorus. James Robinson will create the production and Patrick Summers will conduct.

This production will now be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center instead of the Wortham Theater. For tickets and more information, visit houstongrandopera.org or call 713-228-6737.

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CYFEN HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND GIFT EXCHANGE, DEC. 21

The Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) Holiday Luncheon and Gift Exchange Event is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 21 at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd.

Networking begins at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The cost for the event is $25 with advanced reservations or $30 at the door.

Members and guests will enjoy cheery festivities during the annual event. As always, guests are welcome and encouraged to join in and network.

Now over 60 members strong, CYFEN’s vision is to be a community and national leader for the support of professional women by providing a nurturing environment for business development, networking, education and mentoring. Members have opportunities to pursue excellence and achieve both local and national recognition. CYFEN is part of the national organization of American Business Women’s Association (ABWA). For more information, go to CYFEN.org.

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SOLIS MAMMOGRAPHY LAUNCHES “HELP US HELP HOUSTON” CAMPAIGN,   THROUGH DEC. 31

Solis Mammography – the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services – has launched its “Help Us Help Houston” campaign through its seven locations across the greater Houston region. From now through the end of the year, patients who schedule and complete their annual screening mammogram at Solis Mammography, will also give the gift of restoration and recovery.

For every mammogram appointment scheduled and completed at any Solis Mammography center through Dec. 31, $10 will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by Solis Mammography and its partners in the effort, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic. To signal their participation in the campaign, all patients need to do is use the code “Harvey” when they check-in for their appointment.

“Many of our patients, team members and partners were deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said DaWanda Nelson, vice president of operations for Solis Mammography in Houston. “We wanted to provide substantial support, while also continuing our message of the importance of preventative screening to overall breast health. In this way, we’ll be contributing to both the health and well-being of Houston women – and the entire community. We’d also like to express our deep appreciation to our partners HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic for joining us to support and fund this campaign.”

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Because of the immense need in and around Houston, this fund is dedicated to relieving gaps that are not met by other local and federal efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Solis Mammography’s growing presence in the Houston region includes its newly dedicated breast health center at HCA-affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Located in the newly refurbished One Fannin building next to the hospital, the center is designed to promote patient ease and peace of mind in an atmosphere devoted to both the patient experience and clinical accuracy. To schedule an appointment, go to solismammo.com/schedule-appointment.

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Recipe for Success Foundation’s Culinary Director Justin Kouri.

Recipe for Success Foundation’s Culinary Director Justin Kouri.

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS FREE COOKING CLASSES AT HOPE FARMS, SATURDAYS

Recipe for Success Foundation has begun its weekly cooking classes every Saturday morning at Hope Farms as part of its ongoing Farmer’s Market. The cooking demos, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will feature Recipe for Success Foundation’s Culinary Director Justin Kouri and Foundation recipes focused on making vegetable dishes both healthy and delicious.

Fresh, organically grown produce is also available for purchase from 9 a.m.-noon.

Hope Farms is located at 10401 Scott Street at the NE corner of Airport Blvd. For more information, visit hopefarmshtx.org.

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Event co-chairs (l-r) are Dee Dee Robinson (Tanglewood) and Laura Williams (Memorial) .

Event co-chairs (l-r) are Dee Dee Robinson (Tanglewood) and Laura Williams (Memorial) .

TRI DELTA HOUSTON CHAPTER’S THE SALE, JAN. 6-7

“Shop ‘til you drop” will take on new meaning when Houston’s finest boutiques take center stage at the SALE, a two-day charity shopping event scheduled for Jan. 6-7 at Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road. Presented by Houston Tri Delta Alumnae, the SALE features boutique shopping at rock-bottom prices with proceeds benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Now in its fourth year, the SALE has provided over $500,000 to support pediatric cancer research in the Texas Medical Center.

Co-chairs Laura Williams and Dee Dee Robinson said the SALE is one-stop shopping for incredible bargains from Houston’s finest boutiques – and all for a great cause.

“The SALE brings together dozens of Houston’s finest retailers, offering deeply discounted merchandise under one roof,” said Williams. “From high fashion, rodeo wear, antiques and home goods, there is something for everyone, and it all supports pediatric cancer research right here in Houston.”

Over 50 retailers will be participating offering designer clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories for women, children and men, along with gifts and home décor. Participating vendors include a bientôt, Anna Irion, Back Row Home, Dimensions, Elaine Turner, Fig Tree, Hunter Bell, Jeanette, A Unique Boutique, KB Kasuals, M. Wiesenthal, Monica Haff Designs, Patricia Peckinpaugh, Pinto Ranch, Presmer, Raspberry Rose and Tres Chic.

The SALE is open to the public Saturday, Jan. 6, noon-5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 7, noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. A Champagne Shopping Preview will take place Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit
thesalehouston.com.

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Jim Wells, former principal of Cypress Creek High School and Wall of Honor committee chair, unveils the plaques of members of the 2017 Wall of Honor class on May 16 in the school atrium.

Jim Wells, former principal of Cypress Creek High School and Wall of Honor committee chair, unveils the plaques of members of the 2017 Wall of Honor class on May 16 in the school atrium.

CYPRESS CREEK WALL OF HONOR NOMINATIONS OPEN, THROUGH FEB. 1

The 2018 Cypress Creek Wall of Honor campaign has begun in an effort to recognize the post-college achievements of Cypress Creek alumni. The campus annually acknowledges former students since the school opened in 1976-1977 by inducting them into the Wall of Honor.

Nominees must have notable achievements in areas such as, but not limited to, athletics, performing or visual arts, business and industry, politics and government, health sciences, research and development, military, medicine or technology. Nominees for the award must have graduated at least 15 years ago.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 1. A committee comprised of current and former principals, counselors and various Cypress Creek staff will vote upon nominees and will induct the Wall of Honor recipients in the spring.

An induction ceremony will be held May 22 in the school auditorium.

For more information, visit the Cypress Creek website to review the goals, criteria and nomination process for this honor; preview the names of students who have been previously inducted; and access and print a nomination form.

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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.


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