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Happenings in Cy-Fair February 2018

| February 1, 2018

Spillane Middle School Theater students cast in Cypresswoods High School’s Peter Pan the Musical include (l-r): Rachel McDaniel in the ensemble, C.J. Friend as an Indian dancer, Erin Doyle as Jane and Grant Richter as John.

Spillane Middle School Theater students cast in Cypresswoods High School’s Peter Pan the Musical include (l-r): Rachel McDaniel in the ensemble, C.J. Friend as an Indian dancer, Erin Doyle as Jane and Grant Richter as John.


Cypresswoods High School will present Peter Pan the Musical on Feb. 1-3. This will be CyWoods’ 2017-2018 Tommy Tune Award nominee. Tickets can be purchased at showtix4u.com.

The large cast will include approximately 30 CyWoods students in acting roles and 20 in tech roles. Part of the action of the show will include flying.

Four Spillane Middle School students have been cast in this production and will share the stage with the Thespian Festival and UIL award-winning CyWoods Thespians. The Spillane students are:

  • Eighth-grader Rachel McDaniel, who enjoys theatre, playing softball, Girl Scouts and riding horses and is thrilled to be part of this production;
  • Seventh-grader C.J. Friend is a musical theater veteran for more than nine years, and is back at Cywoods for her third musical with this team. C.J. was last seen at CyWoods as Young Fiona in Shrek Jr. and in It’s a Wonderful Life at Houston Grand Opera in 2016;
  • Seventh-grader Erin Doyle has been performing since she was 4 years old.  This will be her first CyWoods production, and she will share the stage with her 10th- grade sister; and
  • Eighth-grader Grant Richter is back at CyWoods for the second year of performance with this cast.  Grant enjoys acting, cross country, sports, FCA and Student Council.


Consumers can fuel transformative leadership experiences and build the next generation of entrepreneurs by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies.

Consumers can fuel transformative leadership experiences and build the next generation of entrepreneurs by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies.


Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) enters the next century of Girl Scouts learning how to be future CEOs. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® not only teaches girls essential entrepreneurial skills but also powers amazing experiences for girls across the United States, including outdoor and travel opportunities, exposure to STEM and ways to improve their communities through service projects. The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs through March 25. Cookies will arrive in Houston and surrounding areas Feb. 10-17, and customers can begin purchasing cookies at booths Feb. 23. The last day to purchase Girl Scout Cookies is March 25.

This year, GSSJC is rallying the community to donate more than 10,000 cases, or 120,000 packages, of Girl Scout Cookies to first responders who provided relief during Hurricane Harvey across our 26-county jurisdiction as part of Cookies4Heroes.

“Following their extraordinary efforts during Hurricane Harvey, we want to tell first responders across southeast Texas, thank you,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC’s CEO. “First responders have always been very supportive of Girl Scouts by opening their doors to teach girls about their profession and the positive work they are doing in our communities.”

To participate in Cookies4Heroes, all customers need to do is let the Girl Scout who is taking their order know that they would like their cookies to be donated to Cookies4Heroes. These cookies are then given by the council to first responders and organizations that support the military.

GSSJC will also celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend from Feb. 23-25. Girl Scout councils across the country will host events and set up booths for cookie enthusiasts. To find out when Girl Scouts are selling cookies near you, visit girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices during booth sales Feb. 23-March 25.


The evening includes a Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony to honor missing loved ones or comrades in arms.

The evening includes a Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony to honor missing loved ones or comrades in arms.


The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the “Salute to Our Heroes” gala at the Omni Hotel Houston Westside on Saturday, Feb. 3. North Cypress Medical Center Hospital is the Missing Man Underwriter for this gala honoring the brave men and women who have served to protect our freedom and liberty. The evening includes a Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony to honor missing loved ones (or missing comrades in arms, for veterans).

Station & Ayers Insurance Services & Consulting is the Edward Station Memorial Photography Sponsor. Memorial Hermann Cypress is a Brigadier General Sponsor. VIP Reception Sponsors include ACU of Texas and Houston Methodist, and Hightower Electric Company is the Floral Sponsor.

Salvatore “Sal” Giunta, former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, is the evening’s guest speaker. Giunta was presented with our nation’s highest military decoration – The Medal of Honor – for his heroic actions during combat in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan on October 25, 2007. His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his team’s survival and led to his selection as the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War and the eighth service member to receive the nation’s highest military decoration for valor in Iraq and Afghanistan.

CFEF was established in 1970 as a nonprofit to raise money to fund a scholarship for high school graduates in the area. Over the past 47 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 over $7.5 million in scholarships to 1,600 graduating seniors. CFEF is a nonprofit organization; all contributions are tax deductible, as allowed by the law.

Sponsorships and tickets are available. Tickets are $125 for individuals and $75 for veterans and must be purchased in advance. For more information, contact marie@thecfef.org or visit the CFEF.org.


Theo Mitchell plays Penner in the School of Rock Tour.

Theo Mitchell plays Penner in the School of Rock Tour.


BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center has announced that individual tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are now on sale. The production will play The Hobby Center from Jan. 30-Feb. 4.

Rocking the roofs off theaters across America, the stage production is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same name, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and direction by Laurence Connor.

The musical opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Dec. 6, 2015. It was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman). School of Rock – The Musical also won the 2017 Oliver award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

This hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

Visit SchoolOfRockTheMusical.com for more production information. Visit thehobbycenter.org for information on tickets.


Frank Stella, Euphonia (Catwalk View 2), UHS Public Art.

Frank Stella, Euphonia (Catwalk View 2), UHS Public Art.


Public Art of the University of Houston System and program chair Judy Nyquist invite the public to attend “An Evening with Frank Stella” at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. Stella is one of the most highly regarded post-war American artists working today.

Moores Opera House is the site of Stella’s Euphonia, a mural commission completed in 1997. This immersive artwork – the largest in the UHS Public Art collection – spans three areas: the 100-foot-long barrel-vaulted ceiling of the lobby, a large-scale triptych on the mezzanine level and the catwalk inside the opera house. The collage of abstracted imagery and patterns is an exuberant celebration of color and rhythm. The program celebrates the 20th anniversary of the work’s completion.

Following an introduction by Michael Guidry, curator of Public Art, Stella will discuss his work and the role of art in public places with Alison de Lima Greene, the Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rick Lowe, faculty member at the UH Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts and founder of Project Row Houses.

At noon on Friday, Feb. 2, Stella’s Euphonia will be the focus of a Public Art tour led by Guidry. The tour is free and open to the public.

“An Evening with Frank Stella” is first of several planned programs leading up to the celebration of the Public Art collection’s 50th anniversary in 2019. Highlights include temporary art installations, lectures, walking tours and other public engagements. Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required. For additional information and to RSVP, visit uhouston.imodules.com/StellaPublicArt




Recipe for Success Foundation offers 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.


Big & Rich will perform at the Karbach Cookoff Benefit Concert where proceeds benefit Houston’s Fire Department.

Big & Rich will perform at the Karbach Cookoff Benefit Concert where proceeds benefit Houston’s Fire Department.


Big & Rich will perform at the Karbach Cookoff in East Downtown Houston on Feb. 10. The Karbach Cookoff is one of the biggest charity events of the year, and 100 percent of the profits support the Houston Fire Department and local area firefighters. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/karbach-cookoff-tickets-37131567518.

Individually, John Rich and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world, with their one-of-a-kind vocal blend and musical styles drawing fans from all genres and ages. Some of their hit songs include Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy; 8th of November; Look At You; Lost in this Moment; Run Away with You; Lovin’ Lately and Comin’ to Your City.

The recently released Did It For The Party has brought Big & Rich’s music to a whole new place. After the success of their first single, California, Big & Rich have shown fans both upbeat anthems like Congratulations (You’re A Rockstar) and No Sleep, while also showing their softer side with the heartfelt tribute to their sons, My Son, featuring The Isaacs.

Known for high-energy shows and thrilling crowds across the country, Big & Rich are America’s technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Through­out the tragedies and heartbreak they have witnessed this year, Big & Rich may have done it for the party, but above all they have done it for the fans.

To learn more, visit bigandrich.com.


The Home & Garden show will also feature the Bridgeland Farmer’s Market.

The Home & Garden show will also feature the Bridgeland Farmer’s Market.



The 11th Annual Cy-Fair Home and Garden Show will be held at the Berry Center in Cypress on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18. Exhibitors and speakers will offer participants valuable information on home improvement, up to date trends in home décor and entertaining segments with education relevant to our Houston area.This is not your average Home and Garden Show!

Special guest speakers include:

  • Antique Appraisals from Dr. Lori, star of Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings
  • Randy Lemmon, host of KTRH GardenLine AM 740
  • Tom Tynan, with a Live Broadcast on HomeShow Radio Sports 610
  • Diane Cowen, Home Design writer for the
    Houston Chronicle

There will also be live cooking demonstrations on the H-E-B Cooking Stage with HEB Cooking Connection Chefs; Food Trucks by Skye Café, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, and IL Primo Pizza; the Bridgeland Farmer’s Market; and the Belgard Outdoor Living Pavers Mobile Display Semi Truck of new products.

“Dr. Lori Verderame will be joining us again for two shows at noon and 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday,” said Tony Wood, president of Texwood Shows, producer of the Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show. “Dr. Lori educates about antiques in a humorous style that makes for great entertainment. You don’t want to miss this!” Participants are encouraged to bring an item to be appraised by Dr. Lori at no cost, time permitting. Her famous comedic style of discussing antiques and information on avoiding scams when selling or purchasing “antiques” is not only informative, but each show is different with personal stories shared with her from those that have obtained items either passed down to them or obtained through other sources.

Sherwin-Williams Certified Color Consultants will demonstrate the company’s ColorSnap Selection System that you can use in real time with your home measurements/photos to get answers immediately with images that can be saved on your cell phone. Certa Pro Painters highly recommend Sherwin Williams Paint and will share information about the latest color trend — Gray!

Outdoor living trends are continuing to gain interest with show attendees. Homeowners will be amazed at the truckload of new pavers by Belgard Outdoor Living; and plants, trees, and yard items ready to go to your home from RCW Nurseries. There will be carry out items from Ryker Tools, fencing from Aber Fence and Supply, iron enclosures, spas, custom patios, and even information on mosquito control by Houston Mosquito Control Systems.

So much under one roof! Meet exhibitors with window treatments, flooring options, porch enclosures, shelving and organizing specialists, and “As Seen on TV” need-to-have items!

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18. Tickets for the Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show are cash only at $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 12 years and younger can attend for free. The Berry Center has acres of free parking.

Ticket and show information is available at 832-274-3944 or visit CyFairHomeAndGarden.com, where
a downloadable discount coupon for $2 off admission is available.




The San Jacinto Model Railroad Club will present the Greater Houston Train Show on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Stafford Centre. This annual event attracts railfans from across Texas and Louisiana.

The Train Show is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and features 20,000 square feet of operating layouts, instructive classes, model and photo contests, train videos, and vendors from across the Southwest.

Admission cost is $6 for individuals 18 and older, $1 for 12 to 18, and children under 12 are free. There is a $12 maximum charge per family. The Stafford Centre is located at 10505 Cash Road at Murphy Road just southwest of US Hwy. 59 and Beltway 8. More information is available at sanjacmodeltrains.org.



Local nonprofit Shield Bearer is hosting several marriage building activities during National Marriage Week Feb. 7-14. Shield Bearer has been on the front lines strengthening marriages through counseling, marriage saving intensive experiences, and workshops since 2007.

“Strengthening marriages is at the core of our mission and National Marriage Week is a great time to focus on the benefits of a strong marriage,” Executive Director Roy Wooten said. “We have seen these benefits first hand, from helping couples live longer and happier lives, to increased economic stability, to positive and lifelong impacts on the health and wellbeing of children. We know it takes focus and determination to maintain a strong marriage and are committed to getting resources and support to as many couples as possible.”

Shield Bearer will host a special Life Together Forever Couples Workshop on Feb. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at their central counseling office (12340 Jones Rd., Suite 290). “This workshop is a fun and meaningful way to strengthen your relationship, reconnect with your spouse, and rekindle your romance,” said Clinical Coordinator Allie Scott. “Couples explore topics that affect every marriage including speaking and hearing the truth, having courageous conversations, forgiveness, romance, healthy expectations and more.”

For additional details and registration, call 281-894-7222 or visit shieldbearer.org.


Club track team registration for middle and high school is now open.

Club track team registration for middle and high school is now open.


Now in its 31st year, the Northwest Flyers Track Club is accepting registrations for all middle and high school athletes for the spring and summer 2018 season. The team is sanctioned by USA Track & Field, and offers a full program of “track” events such as sprints, hurdles, middle distance, distance and relays, and “field” events such as long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus, shot put and javelin and pole vault. It is an excellent off-season program for young athletes who currently compete on their middle school or high school track teams.

In order to register, athletes must first attend one of the orientation sessions in late March/early April, which are listed on the team website.For additional information on the Northwest Flyers Track Club or to register, visit northwestflyers.org. Contact Linette Roach with questions at linette.roach@sbcglobal.net.


Karen Sharp

Karen Sharp


The American Business Women’s Association, Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) invites the public to its February Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd. Networking begins at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $25 with advanced reservations or $30 at the door. The program includes “Making Sense of the Numbers,” a program by Karen Sharp.

Sharp started her career in systems analysis at Shell Oil and Tenneco Oil E&P where she programmed, maintained and managed the Personnel /HR systems. She later moved into information technology marketing and sales in companies including BMC Software and Ansa Software, a highly successful tech startup. Sharp earned a B.S. in Applied Science, Systems Analysis from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and an MBA from University of Houston.

Sharp founded her branding solutions business in 1997 in which she provides digital, print, and promotional marketing and branding solution to mid-large firms in the private and public sectors. Her clients include Harris County Public Health, Harris County Community Health Choice, and various oil and gas service firms. She joined Lone Star College as adjunct business faculty in 2007, where she taught marketing and business management courses. In 2009, she joined America’s SBDC at Lone Star College as a senior business advisor where she provides business advising services to businesses in the CyFair and Northwest Houston areas.

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. CYFEN is part of the national organization of American Business Women’s Association. For more information, go to CYFEN.org.


Riverdance performers in the new number, Anna Livia.

Riverdance performers in the new number, Anna Livia.


BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center has announced individual tickets for Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour are on sale now for the international Irish dance phenomenon. Back by popular demand, the show will play a strictly limited engagement at the Hobby Center from March 9-11.

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan. It will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, Anna Livia, featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe number.

Showtimes are Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and are available by phone at 713-315-2525; online at TheHobbyCenter.org or The Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby) and all Ticketmaster outlets. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

For more information, call 888-451-5986 or e-mail houston.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com. Per­for­mance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.



The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) will celebrate 47 years of fine art and giving back to local non-profits as it spotlights 300 artists at Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park, Friday-Sunday, March 23-25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

As the nation’s premier outdoor fine art event, the three-day festival will provide guests with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works, and purchase world class art. The festival will benefit local non-profit partners and feature music, local food vendors and food trucks, live music performances and entertainment.

“We are excited to produce a three-day festival that brings together attendees from all over the U.S. for an unforgettable experience with fine art and fun for everyone in the heart of Memorial Park,” said Bridget Anderson, Executive Director of Art Colony Association. “We are grateful to have the support from our patrons, artists, sponsors and local non-profit partners helping us get ready for a successful Memorial Park festival in the spring.”

Celebrating 47 years since the founding of the Westheimer Art Festival, now known as Bayou City Art Festival, ACA has provided a venue for over 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. Every year, a new jury selects participating artists, some new and some returning. This helps create a fresh and different festival year after year.

Ticket prices are $12 online and $15 at the gate for adults, $5 for children 6-12; children under five are free. Discounted general admission tickets will soon be available. Visit artcolonyassociation.org for more information.


(L-R): Roy Wooten, executive director; Bridgette Jones, volunteer; Angela Cross, volunteer; Matthew White, founder; and Donna McCarty, board member.

(L-R): Roy Wooten, executive director; Bridgette Jones, volunteer; Angela Cross, volunteer; Matthew White, founder; and Donna McCarty, board member.


The Shield Bearer Running for Hearts 5K Family Fun Run and Walk will take place on April 7 from 7-11 a.m. at Windwood Church, 10555 Spring Cypress Road. This family-friendly event will feature a 5K timed, trail style run, a 1-mile family walk, games for the kids, T-shirts, food, prizes, and lots of fun for all ages. Race registration is $25 for adults (ages 14 and up) and $10 for children (ages 13 and under) before March 20.

“This race is a wonderful way to show support for the many families that are struggling right now. We all need a little help at some point in our lives. This is a chance to give that help to your neighbors and to help instill the values of kindness and generosity in your own family,” added Shield Bearer Associate Director Melissa Rotholz.

Register at shieldbearer.org/5K to participate as a sponsor, vendor, runner, walker, and/or fundraiser. Volunteers are also needed for the event. Call 281-894-7222 or email volunteer@shieldbearer.org for volunteer details.


David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth


Houston Grand Opera’s annual white-tie fundraiser, this year chaired by Drs. Liz Grimm and Jack Roth, returns April 14 with the 2018 Opera Ball, An Evening in Old Hollywood – featuring a special guest appearance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Lee Roth, who will perform a rare, private mini-set of hits.

Always a highly anticipated event on Houston’s social calendar, Opera Ball, to be held at The Post Oak at Uptown Houston, brings together many of the city’s movers, shakers, and tastemakers for an unforgettable evening in support of Houston Grand Opera. For the young professional crowd, the Encore Party will offer a chic, late-night celebration that tops off Opera Ball. Drs. Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah are chairmen of the Encore Party.

Arriving Opera Ball guests will walk the red carpet to a swanky supper club on Sunset Blvd. Think palm trees and the Polo Lounge, cocktail shakers and dealmakers, and legends like Fred and Ginger, Garbo, Grant, and Garland. Imagine dancing under the glow of Hollywood lights. A musical tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers featuring original choreography performed by the American Contemporary Ballet from Los Angeles will be the dinner entertainment.

David Lee Roth is best known as the original (1974–1985) and current (2006–present) lead singer of the legendary hard rock band Van Halen. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also a songwriter, actor, and former radio personality, Roth is known as a successful solo artist, releasing numerous Gold and Platinum albums and singles. Nominated for both Grammy and American Music Awards, Roth won the Best Stage Performance Award in 1984.

To purchase tickets, call 713-546-0271 or email brogers@hgo.org. For more information, visit HGO.org/operaball

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