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February 2016

Happenings in CY-FAIR
February 2016

| February 1, 2016

The CFISD Exhibit Center will be the site of the 22nd Annual Livestock Show and Sale.

The CFISD Exhibit Center will be the site of the 22nd Annual Livestock Show and Sale.


The 22nd Annual Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Livestock Show Association Show and Sale will be held Feb. 4-6 at the CFISD Exhibit Center, 11206 Telge Road.

The CFISD community gave a combined total of nearly $890,000 during the 2015 show through the premium sale, freezer sale and in donations to students.

Students from all CFISD high schools will participate in the event. Approximately 690 student exhibitors and 900 student projects and animals will be exhibited and judged. The three-day schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 4

8 a.m. – Poultry and

Ag Mechanics Shows;

1 a.m. – Goat Show;

1 p.m. – Lamb Show; and

3 p.m. – Steer and Heifer Shows.

Friday, Feb. 5

8 a.m. – Swine Show; and

1 p.m. – Rabbit and Horticulture Shows.

Saturday, Feb. 6

11 a.m. – Buyers’ Luncheon at Arnold

Middle School (11111 Telge Road); and

1 p.m. – Premium Auction.

“Our ag-science program would not be the success it is today without the support of our parents and community members,” said Denise Kubecka, career and technical education coordinator. “All are welcome to come and applaud the students on what they have been able to accomplish after countless hours of working on their projects.”



At the Jan. 28 Cy-Fair Express Network Luncheon, Leslie Marchand will present “Work-Life Rhythm for Busy Business Women.” Marchand is a clinical social worker (LCSW), yoga instructor (RYT-500), certified life coach (TDM) and founder and president of SoYoCo Wellness Services,

How do you manage your own stress while juggling personal and professional responsibilities? When your peers, co-workers and employees interact with you, do they see a model of work-life balance or someone who lives for the job or for their business? Can you really have it all, be it all, do it all? Marchand will explore these questions and look at the latest research and strategies of how to find a rhythm between work and life that works for you, your family, your co-workers/employees and your business.

This month’s CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program. Luncheons are held at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd. For more information, visit CYFEN.org.



The Northwest Harris County Aggie Mom’s Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb.9 beginning with the social at 6:30 p.m. where light snacks and drinks are served, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Houston Distributing Company, 7100 High Life Drive. The guest speaker will be Porter S. Garner III, president, Association of Former Students. The group will also hear from several student-run organizations that wish to present their missions for funding opportunities.

The Annual China Luncheon and Style Show will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Shirley Acres, located at 217 Woerner Rd., Spring. Get your ticket(s) at the meetings or at nwhcaggiemoms.org. For more information contact Tami at tamidenault@sbcglobal.net.

The club meets August-May on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. For more information on upcoming events visit the website or contact Patty Rabel, club president at rabelpp@aol.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.

For more information, call 713-466-1360 or visit cy-hopecounseling.org.


The keynote speaker for the Salute to Our Heroes Gala will be Kevin Lacz, a Navy SEAL, sniper, combat medic and author.

The keynote speaker for the Salute to Our Heroes Gala will be Kevin Lacz, a Navy SEAL, sniper, combat medic and author.


The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) will hold the Eighth Annual Salute to Our Heroes Gala on Feb. 13 at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside. Underwritten by Joe Myers Ford Lincoln, the gala honors the brave men and women who have served to protect our freedom and liberty.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and North Cypress Medical Center will serve as Major General Sponsors for Salute to Our Heroes. The evening will include a Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony to honor missing loved ones (or missing comrades in arms, for veterans).

The gala will feature Navy SEAL, sniper, combat medic and author Kevin Lacz as the guest speaker. Lacz is a military hero and strong advocate for veterans. The respected communicator and leader will step in for the original keynote speaker, Capt. Gerald Coffee, who will be unable to attend due to health issues.

Salute to Our Heroes has raised more than $500,000 over the past seven years. Proceeds from this event have funded three endowed scholarships for students graduating from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

Tickets for the event are available for $100 apiece or $50 for veterans. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact marie@thecfef.org or visit TheCFEF.org.

The CFEF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established in 1970 to raise money to fund a scholarship for high school graduates in the area. Over the past 45 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 $6 million in scholarships to 1,300 graduating seniors.



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.


Kerstin Anderson as 'Maria Rainer' and the von Trapp children (from left): Svea Johnson, Audrey Bennett, Quinn Erickson, Mackenzie Currie, Maria Knasel, Erich Schuett and Paige Silvester.

Kerstin Anderson as ‘Maria Rainer’ and the von Trapp children (from left): Svea Johnson, Audrey Bennett, Quinn Erickson, Mackenzie Currie, Maria Knasel, Erich Schuett and Paige Silvester.


The brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brienon, will make its Houston premiere Feb. 16-21 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts as part of a North American tour.

Ben Davis (Broadway’s Violet, A Little Night Music, La Bohème) will play Captain Georg von Trapp and Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins, NBC’s The Sound of Music) will play The Mother Abbess with Merwin Foard as Max Detweiler, Teri Hansen as Elsa Schraeder, Dan Tracy as Rolf and Paige Silvester as Liesl. The von Trapp children will be played by Erich Schuett (Friedrich), Maria Knasel (Louisa), Quinn Erickson (Kurt), Svea Johnson (Brigitta),Mackenzie Currie (Marta) and Audrey Bennett (Gretl).

The musical introduces Jack O’Brien’s brand new discovery, Kerstin Anderson, as Maria Rainer. A student at Pace University, Anderson won the coveted role from hundreds who auditioned. This is her first national tour.

The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired in Decem­ber 2013; 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Tickets are available at the Hobby Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org. For more information, visit TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com.



The Texas Repertory Theatre Co., Houston’s Uptown Classic Theatre, continues its 11th anniversary “Emerging Visions” Season with a new staging of Shakespeare’s classic romance Romeo & Juliet, playing Thursday through Sundays, Jan. 28-Feb. 21.

Celebrate the Valentine season with William Shakespeare’s immortal portrait of true love. When feuding families attempt to separate our young hero and heroine, it sets the stage for one of the theatre’s most enduring literary creations. The Bard’s tale of star-crossed lovers has remained one of the greatest plays ever written, and The Texas Repertory Theatre’s outstanding cast of actors and artists bring this familiar story to new life in a fresh and highly accessible production that makes Shakespeare’s beautiful language both clearly understandable and undeniably moving.

The production features Trace Pool, Susannah Eig, Lyndsay Sweeney, Ted Doolittle, and other Texas Repertory Theatre favorites under the direction of Scott Carr, director of The Texas Repertory productions of Blithe Spirit and It’s a Wonderful Life.

For tickets or more information, log onto texreptheatre.org.



Staying healthy begins with knowing your risk. Join Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital for a free assessment to learn your 10-year risk for heart disease and receive cholesterol and blood pressure screenings on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Women’s & Children’s Pavilion, Confer­ence Center, 18220 State Highway 249.

Every second counts when someone is suffering from a heart attack. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense and others begin slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Chest pain or discomfort are common heart attack symptoms, but seminar attendees will learn which symptoms women and men are more likely to experience. You will hear from cardiac specialists at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and be able to ask questions.

Registration is required. Visit houstonmethodist.org/heartscreenings or call 281-737-2500 to register.



At the Feb. 25 Cy-Fair Express Network Luncheon (CFYFEN) attendees will learn about working in and through WIN (Women’s Instructional Network). They will learn more about how to update member profiles, upload items to WIN and about other scholarship opportunities. Members are encouraged to bring their laptops and/or tablets, and hotspot connection to actively participate in the presentation.

The meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program. Luncheons are held at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd.

Now over 50 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.  For more information, go to CYFEN.org. ABWA has dedicated 60 years to women’s education, workplace skills and career development training. For more information, visit abwa.org.


Forever Plaid


The Houston Family Arts Center, 10760 Grant Road, invites the public to “step into the most fun you’ll have all year” with its production of Forever Plaid, a heavenly hit of a musical, on stage Jan. 29 through Feb. 21.

When four young singers are killed in a car crash, they posthumously take the stage for one final gig in this goofy 1950’s nostalgia trip. Forever Plaid is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This fun revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Audiences are sure to enjoy this trip down memory lane.

For tickets or more information, visit   houstonfac.com.



The 2016 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest will be held at NRG Park from Feb. 25-27. Net proceeds benefit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR). With each ticket purchased, visitors are treated to a complimentary chopped beef sandwich plate. Guests may enjoy their meal on the porch-style area at The Chuck Wagon. This year be sure and stop by the Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon. There are no tent passes required to enjoy either of these venues. Contest dates and times are:

  • Thursday, Feb. 25: 5 to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 26: noon to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb 27: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults (ages 13 and over); $5 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children age 2 and under.

An NRG Park Season Pass is $25 and is valid through the run of the contest and the duration of the HLSR (March 1–20). Tickets can be bought at rodeohouston.com or at the contest gates.

Invitational and Go Texan teams feature the most creative in barbecue décor, with pits disguised as fire engines, covered wagons, airplanes, waste disposal trucks, the state of Texas and armadillos, just to name a few. More than 250 teams comprising over 400 entries compete for best overall barbecue. Judging will be held Saturday, Feb. 27. The awards presentation will begin at The Garden at 6 p.m. with the results being announced at 7 p.m. The contest is sponsored by Comcast Business.

The Garden, a festive gathering place inside the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, will feature street dancing with live entertainment each night. The Garden Stage is sponsored by Miller Lite. The Carnival also is open during the contest for enjoyment of all ages.



The Tri-County Quilt Guild will be hosting its Bi-Annual Judged Quilt Show, “If Quilts Could Talk” at The Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress, on Friday, March 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The show will include more than 200 quilts from area quilters, vendors, “hands on” School House demos of quilting techniques, quilt appraisals, a Bed Turning presentation of two-color quilts, as well as door prizes and raffle opportunities for items including the 74×74 quilt named “Hot Hostas” designed by Judy Niemeyer using Kaffe Fassett and batik fabrics.

The goal of the guild is to preserve and encourage the art of quilting, provide instruction for members and education for the public, and to be a gathering place for people who share an interest in quilting.

The nonprofit guild supports numerous area charities and community services. The entrance fee of $10 helps to support the guild’s charity partners (under 12 free). Visit tcqgtx.blogspot.com for more information.



The Dawn is Arising, Southeast Texas Aglow Conference, will be held on Friday, March 18 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Fellowship of Praise in Stafford.

Rebecca Greenwood of Christian Harvest International will be the keynote speaker. Join women from every walk of life for worship, prayer and motivational messages. Tickets are $35 at Eventbrite.com. Aglow is a spirit-filled women’s ministry fellowship with groups that meet monthly for prayer, Bible studies and special events. Visit katyaglow.com for information about local meetings and Aglow International.


Sunspace Texas’ easy-operating, custom-made WeatherMaster Plus stacking door system quickly deploys to protect homeowners, their guests and their property from inclement weather and flying insects.

Sunspace Texas’ easy-operating, custom-made WeatherMaster Plus stacking door system quickly deploys to protect homeowners, their guests and their property from inclement weather and flying insects.


The 9th Annual Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21 and 22, at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road in Cypress.

More than 200 home improvement experts will be on hand to give homeowners fresh new ideas and inspiration for their home interiors, exteriors and yards. There will be live cooking demos on the Black Olive Grill Outdoor Cooking Stage, featuring Molly Fowler, the “Dining Diva,” and Rick Kelsay, Berry Center Chef.

Just a few of the vendors on hand include window treatments by HunterDouglas; Sunspace and their Porch Enclosure System; a bath showcase by MIB Remodeling; outdoor living ideas from Houston Cool Pools; and special exhibits from The Farmers Market at Bridgeland.

Randy Lemmon, host of KTRH’s Gardenline, will do a live broadcast from the show from 6 -10 a.m. Saturday, and then will do a presentation from 10:30 -11:30 a.m.to answer questions from fellow green thumbs or those who would like to be.

Spending a little time with the experts and exhibitors can have a big payoff – helping you enjoy your home more and even increasing its value.

“Sometimes a small improvement to a home or yard can make all the difference,” said Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows, Inc. and producer of the event.

Tickets for the Show are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 12 years and younger can attend for free. The Berry Center has acres of free parking.

For more information and a full schedule of speakers and activities, visit the website CyFairHomeandGarden.com, where a downloadable discount coupon for $2 off admission is available.


Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman


Kinky Friedman, the colorful Texas Country singer, songwriter, humorist, cowboy and best-selling mystery writer, will be center stage Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m., for “An Evening with Kinky Friedman Bene­fitting Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston” at the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galves­ton. He will perform signature songs from his celebrated 40-year music career, plus selections from his newly released CD, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met.”

“Starting from the time he played guitar and sang around the campfire at his parents’ Echo Hill Ranch summer camp in the Texas Hill Country in the 1960s and ‘70s, to touring with such music legends as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Ringo Starr, and headlining world tours, Kinky has been a one-of-a-kind performer,­ often irreverent, always quick witted. He’s a talented singer, musician and raconteur combined,” said Barbara White, event and host committee chair.

The event will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the historic Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston, the “Shul (Synagogue) by the Shore.”

“The Loneliest Man I Ever Met,” Kinky’s first new studio album in 30 years, has received accolades in reviews in publications ranging from Rolling Stone and Newsweek magazines to The Wall St. Journal. The recording features three new Kinky compositions and cover songs written by Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash, among others.

Concert benefit tickets, priced from $45-$100, are available at thegrand.com/calendar.asp. The 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Post Office Street.

For more information, go to galvestonshul.org or call 409-762-4545.

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