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Happenings in CY-FAIR February 2017

| February 1, 2017

The 23rd Annual CFISD Livestock Show Association will be held Feb. 2-4 at the CFISD Exhibit Center. Last year’s event generated more than $900,000 in sales.

The 23rd Annual CFISD Livestock Show Association will be held Feb. 2-4 at the CFISD Exhibit Center. Last year’s event generated more than $900,000 in sales.


The 23rd Annual Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Livestock Show Association Show and Sale will be held Feb. 2-4 at the CFISD Exhibit Center, 11206 Telge Road. The CFISD community gave a combined total of $905,562 during the 2016 show through the premium sale, freezer sale and in donations to students.

Students from all CFISD high schools will participate in the event. Approximately 650 student exhibitors and 850 student projects and animals will be exhibited and judged.

“We are looking forward to another great show and sale,” said Denise Kubecka, lead curriculum coordinator in the career and technical education department. “Students have been spending hours preparing their projects for competition. It is hard not to get caught up in the excitement when you see the students in their blue and gold FFA official dress showing off their projects. All are welcome to come cheer them on and support them at the sale.”


(L-R): Mark Mendelsohn (Oscar), Patrick Barton (Felix), Nora Hahn (Olive) and Rachel Landon (Florence). (Photo - Casablanca Productions)

(L-R): Mark Mendelsohn (Oscar), Patrick Barton (Felix), Nora Hahn (Olive) and Rachel Landon (Florence). (Photo – Casablanca Productions)


Stageworks Theatre presents The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, running Jan. 27 – Feb. 19. It is the story of two suddenly single pals — diametrically opposites — who strain their friendship by becoming roommates and unconsciously repeating the same mistakes they made in the marriages they just left. See one title with a couple of versions.

Director Chris Gibson presents this classic story of two mismatched friends with a clever twist: alternating casts (one starring female roommates and one featuring male roommates). The male version is the basis for the launch of the 1968 movie, The Odd Couple, which became a franchise name on television in the late 60s and 70s. The female version is staged 20 years later in 1985, and follows the same story line as the male version.

“While Neil Simon’s Odd Couple is a staple of American theatre, his counterpart female version is an underrated gem and this is a rare opportunity to see them both produced in repertory,” said Gibson.

Performances are at Stageworks Theatre in The Garza Mainstage,10760 Grant Rd., on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at stageworkstx.org or by phone at 281-587-6100.


Darcy Mingoia

Darcy Mingoia

Courtney Altimore

Courtney Altimore


Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District Board of Trustees member and 26-year American Heart Association (AHA) volunteer, Darcy Mingoia, will join countless women on February 1 at the State Capitol to advocate for the heart.

“I have been going to Austin to seek support from the legislators for Go Red for Women events for many sessions,” Mingoia said. “The first time was to ask then-Representative Peggy Hamrick to support a resolution for a Go Red for Women Day at the Capitol in the early 2000s.”

Mingoia also will be joined by several women from the Northwest Harris County area including Christina Robinson, chief strategist for innovation and research for Lone Star College–University Park and the Circle of Red chair for the Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon.

The AHA celebrates the Go Red for Women movement at the “Advocating for Heart” day on Feb. 1. The signature advocacy event brings together AHA’s volunteers for a high impact experience to raise awareness of the nation’s number one killer of women — heart disease. As well, the Capitol will turn red in significance of the Go Red for Women movement. The event includes House and Senate resolutions recognizing the importance of knowing the risk factors associated with heart disease and acknowledging the fight to improve heart health in women.

The public is also invited to support local Go Red for Women efforts by joining Mingoia and Robinson at the Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon on April 28 at the Norris Conference Centers Red Oak Ballroom in CityCentre Houston. The event is chaired by Courtney Altimore, Director of Business Development at Memorial Hermann Cypress, and sponsored by Houston Methodist Willowbrook and Houston Methodist West Houston, and Memorial Hermann Cypress. Visit nwharriscountygored.heart.org to buy tickets.

For more information on the AHA’s advocacy efforts, visit yourethecure.org/txgrfw.


The Missing Man Table, Cypress Woods High School JRAFROTC. (Photo - Image 24 Studios)

The Missing Man Table, Cypress Woods High School JRAFROTC. (Photo – Image 24 Studios)


On Feb. 11,the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) will hold its ninth Annual Salute to Our Heroes Gala at the Omni Hotel Houston at Westside. For the second year in a row, Joe Myers Ford Lincoln has underwritten this gala that honors the brave men and women who have served to protect our freedom and liberty. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has been a Major General Sponsor for Salute to Our Heroes since 2011. This year’s Brigadier General Sponsors include Hightower Electric Company, Memorial Hermann Cypress, North Cypress Medical Center and Station & Ayers Insurance Services & Consulting. The evening will include a Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony to honor our missing loved ones [or missing comrades in arms, for veterans]. There will be entertainment by the Aggienizers, Barber Shop Quartet from Texas A&M’s Singing Cadets.

Kris Paronto, former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor is the guest speaker. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012. His team’s involvement was paramount in the saving of U.S. lives and assets while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Paronto’s story is told in the book 13 Hours, written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members.

In 2009, Edward Station, former CFEF Trustee, envisioned a gala to recognize and honor U.S. military while raising scholarship funds for the Foundation. Salute to Our Heroes has funded more than $600,000 in endowed scholarships for students graduating from Cypress Fairbanks ISD.

Gala sponsorships and tickets are available. Tickets are $100 for individuals and $50 for veterans. For more information, contact marie@thecfef.org or visit TheCFEF.org .


Cancer heroes, Shelley Piper and Honey. (Photo - Nature Dog Photography)

Cancer heroes, Shelley Piper and Honey. (Photo – Nature Dog Photography)


Join the PuppyUp Foundation on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 12-3 p.m. at the Rob Fleming Park & Lodge for a one-mile walk to promote awareness of canine cancer and fundraise for cancer research to benefit both pets and people. The park is located at 6055 Creekside Forest Dr.

The nonprofit PuppyUp Foundation works to continue the fight and support those with cancer, honor the friends who’ve been lost and walk for those who need help. Last year, the PuppyUp Foundation funded a $100,000 study of NK Cell Therapy for dogs with bone cancer at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Online registration is now open at puppyupwalk.org/spring. Onsite registration will begin at noon, and the Walk will start at 2 p.m. A vendor village, entertainment and more are planned, along with a Memorial Wall where people are encouraged to put pictures of their loved ones to honor those fighting and to remember those who have lost their battle.

For each PuppyUp Walk, the event manager and his or her Walk Team select both a Human Cancer Hero and a Canine Cancer Hero, to be honored during the Walk ceremonies. These heroes are chosen because of their exemplary attitude towards their particular type of cancer, showing bravery and hopefulness in their fight. Representing the Houston PuppyUp Walk are Shelley Piper and Honey, who is a Boxer/Lab rescue.

“What draws me to the Foundation is its commitment to comparative oncology. I personally have not lost a dog to cancer; however, I lost my Aunt Kathy to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, as well as witnessed many other relatives and friends battle this horrible disease,” said Kimmey Piper, PuppyUp Houston Walk organizer. “I want to do everything in my power to avoid losing another loved one to cancer, human or canine.”

Email Kimmey@puppyup.org for additional information or to volunteer.


Runners round the corner near Postma Elementary School at the third annual Superintendent’s Fun Run in February 2016, which raised more than $52,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

Runners round the corner near Postma Elementary School at the third annual Superintendent’s Fun Run in February 2016, which raised more than $52,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.


The fourth annual CFISD Superintendent’s Fun Run and Festival is set for Feb. 18 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road) and the Towne Lake community.

Underwritten by Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, the fun-filled community event will include a 5K run, as well as a 1-mile run or family path option. The fun run will feature booth vendors, food trucks, entertainment, superheroes and activities for children.

Proceeds from the Superintendent’s Fun Run benefit the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF), which awards student scholarships and staff development grants.Last year’s event generated more than $52,000 for the foundation.

Event registration is $30 (non-students) and $15 (students) for the 5K, $15 (non-students) and $10 (students) for the 1-mile run and $20 per family for the family walk. 5K participants will receive a goodie bag filled with items including a commemorative pouch with a carabiner, headphones and a t-shirt; 1-mile participants will receive a goodie bag with an event pouch with headphones; and family walk participants will receive four event dog tags.

The theme of the event will once again be “Superheroes for Kids,” and runners and guests are invited to wear superhero-themed clothing. “Live-action” superheroes will roam the Berry Center parking lot, including Superman, Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Bat Girl, Wonder Woman and Super Girl. The district’s superhero-themed vehicle, the “Super Bus,” will also be on display for great photo opportunities.

Visitors can browse a variety of vendor booths and food trucks while enjoying student performances and a children’s play zone set up in the Berry Center parking lot. For information regarding sponsorship or vendor booth pricing, call 281-894-3950. For race information, access the Superintendent’s Fun Run block from the district website or visit cfisd.net/funrun.


(L-R): LTC Jason Colbert; Gerry and Leigh Mercado, parents of inductee Yehudi Mercado; Dr. Courtney Robertson; Dr. Kevin Beam; and TJ Farnsworth.

(L-R): LTC Jason Colbert; Gerry and Leigh Mercado, parents of inductee Yehudi Mercado; Dr. Courtney Robertson; Dr. Kevin Beam; and TJ Farnsworth.


Cypress Creek High School continues its tradition of acknowledging the outstanding lifetime achievements and significant contributions of Cypress Creek graduates with the induction of another Wall of Honor class this spring.

A Wall of Honor committee comprised of current and former principals, counselors and
various Cypress Creek staff is soliciting nominations of prospective inductees to be reviewed
for consideration.

The Wall of Honor recognizes former students dating back to the opening of Cypress Creek in the 1976-1977 school year. The mark made by former Cougars will be considered in a variety of areas, including but not limited to athletics; performing and visual arts; humanitarian efforts; military service; business and industry; politics and government; health science and medicine; research and development; and technology.

The deadline for nominations is March 1. All chosen honorees will be formally recognized during the induction ceremony scheduled for later in the spring at Cypress Creek.

The online nomination form can be accessed at cycreek.cfisd.net/en/about/alumni/wall-honor-nomination/. Completed forms and all documentation can be returned to:

Cypress Creek Wall of Honor Nomination Committee

Patsy Hickman

7510 Bairnsdale Lane

Houston, Texas 77070

Forms can also be scanned and emailed to cphickman@sbcglobal.net.


A popular bath update, the Kohler Poplin Vanity can be installed as a single element or combined to customize a room of any size. See this and other Kohler and Delta products at the Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show’s Bath Hardware Showcase by MIB Remodeling.

A popular bath update, the Kohler Poplin Vanity can be installed as a single element or combined to customize a room of any size. See this and other Kohler and Delta products at the Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show’s Bath Hardware Showcase by MIB Remodeling.


The Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, at the Berry Center located at 8877 Barker Cypress in Cypress.

“To celebrate 10 years in Cypress, every 10th person attending the show will be admitted for free,” said Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows Inc., producer of the Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show. “And this year’s show promises to have something for everyone, whether they are just beginning or are in the final stages of a home renovation or improvement project.”

Homeowners will have an opportunity to learn from experts who specialize in projects ranging from interior color to new kitchens and baths, and exterior color to amazing outdoor living and gardening spaces.

If a new bath tops your wish list, NewLuxe Bath Glass specialists will be available to provide guidance on bath renovations. As an added incentive, show-goers will have an opportunity to enter to win a $10,000 Bathroom Makeover Giveaway from the company. In addition, the Bath Hardware Showcase by MIB Remodeling will feature experts, information and products by fixture manufacturers Kohler and Delta Faucet.

Because the popularity of outdoor living continues to grow, homeowners can learn about the latest in brickwork, outdoor kitchens and fire pits at the show’s Belgard Outdoor Living Area by Turf Plus Management.

Among the speakers scheduled to appear at the 2017 show are Dr. Lori Verderame, TV personality, author and antiques appraiser, who joins the Cy-Fair Show lineup to discuss antiques and their values as well as provide tips on buying and selling these collectable items; a Sherwin-Williams Certified Color Consultant will take the stage each day of the show to demonstrate the company’s ColorSnap Selection System; Randy Lemmon, host of GardenLine on KTRH AM 740, and Ted Ritts of the new pool construction department at The Pool Man, will discuss outdoor gardening and recreational pursuits; Bill Murphy, a Solar Energy Expert and manager of Sweetwater Energy Services will share his alternative energy expertise; and Judson Crowder, professional organizer and owner of Restorganize, will lead an “Ask the Organizer” question and answer session twice daily throughout the show.

Show hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19. Tickets for Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show are cash only at $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for children under 12 years. Participants of the nearby Cy-Fair Independent School District’s Superintendent Fun Run will receive $2 off the entry free by showing their Fun Run wrist band at the door. The Berry Center has free parking. For show and ticket information call 832-274-3944 or visit CyFairHomeAndGarden.com, where a downloadable discount coupon for $2 off admission is available.


Jena Rodriguez is the guest speaker for CYFEN’s “Elevate Your Value and Charge What Your Worth” February luncheon.

Jena Rodriguez is the guest speaker for CYFEN’s “Elevate Your Value and Charge What Your Worth” February luncheon.


Jena Rodriguez, brand strategist + business coach, speaker and author, will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 23 Cy-Fair Express Network Luncheon, “Elevate Your Value & Charge What You’re Worth: Get the Formula!” Jena is passionate about transforming businesses from so-so to WOW with brand clarity, strategy, and profit enhancement expertise. She is founder of Brand With Jena, a business coaching company that educates, elevates, and inspires entrepreneurs internationally, supporting them in getting their “brave” on.

Jena shows entrepreneurs what it takes to work with clients they love and make the money they truly desire by elevating their perceived value so they can charge what they’re worth. By doing so, she’s helped clients surpass the six-figure mark with increases of 600 percent + in their 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.

Now over 60 members strong, Cy-Fair Express Network’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.


The young actors of Stageworks Acting Academy in Shakespeare's classic comedy, As You Like It.

The young actors of Stageworks Acting Academy in Shakespeare’s classic comedy, As You Like It.


Stageworks Acting Academy presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy, As You Like It, running Feb. 24-26. Join the young actors, under the direction of Sean Thompson, as they present slapstick comedy at its finest as they bring the Forest of Arden to life.

In this production, set in New York’s “Roaring ’20s” (complete with jitterbuggin’ live music), nerdy Orlando falls head over heels in love with street-smart Rosalind, who decides to go into hiding with her bestie, Celia, due to a threat on her life. While Rosalind – now dressed up as the “young man Ganymede” – and Celia are hiding out in the Forest of Arden (well… Central Park) with a group of misfits, they run into Orlando’s own group of forest ranger wannabes. Lots of disguises and mistaken identities ensue. Will Rosalind be forced to live the rest of her life disguised as a guy, or will she find some way to win Orlando’s heart while convincing her evil uncle to not kill her?

Performances of As You Like It will take place at Stageworks Theatre in the Fischer Studio located at 10760 Grant Rd. Performances are Feb. 24-26 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $10 at stageworkstx.org or by phone at 281-587-6100.



The associates of the Jack and Jill of America, Inc., North Houston Suburban Chapter will hold a “Puttin’ on the Ritz” dance on Saturday, March 4. The event will be take place from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at the Northgate Country Club, 17110 Northgate Forest Drive. The suggested attire is formal black and white.

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” will benefit the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, which supports education, literacy, scientific and charitable projects that benefit children. For tickets, contact Shirley Carter, 281-222-7765 or sjmcarter@att.net.

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a nonprofit family organization dedicated to nurturing future leaders by supporting children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. For more information, visit jackandjillinc.org.


(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 March 17 – 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.



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.


Happenings in CY-FAIR February 2017

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