Broadway At The Hobby Center Presents The Book Of Mormon, Jan. 3-15
Back by popular demand, The Book Of Mormon returns to Houston for a limited engagement Jan. 3-15 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at the Hobby Center box office (800 Bagby Street), all TicketMaster outlets, by visiting BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com, or by calling 800-982-2787. Groups of 10 or more may order tickets by calling 888-451-5986.
The Book Of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated TV series, South Park. Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. For more information, visit BookofMormonTheMusical.com.
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.
Adolescents are counseled with an honest, compassionate approach to create a strong therapeutic relationship. Sometimes therapy needs to involve the entire family. Family group therapy helps people form a bond, work on managing conflict and learn new ways of communication.
The center is currently not accepting insurance but can give clients a form to submit for reimbursement. A sliding scale is available on a case-by-case basis.
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.
Interactive Pop-Up Chime By Civic Harmony At Art Blocks At Main Street, Through Jan. 6
The Downtown District welcomes a pop-up installation to Art Blocks, a public art initiative at Main Street Square. Chime, an interactive sound sculpture by the collaborative Civic Harmony, invites pedestrians to make music and performance in a public space. The work remains on view through Jan. 6.
“We’ve been thrilled with the success of Art Blocks,” said Bob Eury, executive director for the Downtown District. “At the epicenter of downtown, Main Street Square is already a hub for pedestrians and transit, but Art Blocks has infused color, sound and a playful spirit into the urban environment which has been transformative to this public space — Chime fits in perfectly.”
Civic Harmony, a design team comprised of artist Dan Gottwald and urban designer Scott Watkins, creates interactive public art installations that use music and movement to produce a sense of community and wellbeing. Chime — which Gottwald likens to a “great big community xylophone” — allows everyone to participate, regardless of musical or physical ability. Passers-by create their own sound experience simply by pushing on the outer walls of the wooden sculpture. That action activates pendulums hanging inside to strike a series of tubular metal chimes. A similar sculpture debuted at San Francisco’s Market Street Prototyping Festival in 2015.
Gottwald is an artist who specializes in fine woodworking, musical instrument building, sculpture, interactivity and music. His work focuses largely on tactile and temporary events through form, sound and electronic media. Watkins is an urban designer focused on making public spaces vibrant, connected and socially inclusive through public art, technology and digital civic engagement. For more information and a schedule of events, visit artblockshouston.org.
Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale, Jan. 14
Urban Harvest hosts its 17th Annual Fruit Tree Sale on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Rice University’s Greenbriar Lot. Gardeners of all skill levels can shop for more than 125 varieties of fruit trees that are adapted to grow in Houston’s climate and soil, including selections suitable for large areas, small spaces and container gardening. All are grafted onto rootstock to ensure many years of fruitful harvest.
In addition to popular trees such as Clementine mandarin, Meyer lemon and avocado, this year’s market will feature an assortment of nutrient-packed superfoods including seven varieties of blueberries, four varieties of pomegranate and a raspberry variety adaptable to growth in Houston. Another market highlight is Novak’s passion fruit vine, for years appreciated for its beautiful, exotic-looking flowers. Houstonians can now enjoy the vine’s delicious, edible fruits, which can be sipped like a juice box or puréed and added to smoothies or cocktails.
Shoppers at this year’s market will be entered into a raffle for the opportunity to win a fruit tree. Urban Harvest will also be accepting $25 donations to the Community Garden Fruit Tree Fund at the event. The organization supports a network of more than 100 affiliate gardens in the Houston area, and these funds will go toward purchasing fruit trees that will be planted on Urban Harvest’s third annual Earth Day Workday on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Also a fundraiser for Urban Harvest, the event benefits many vital programs including outdoor classrooms at schools, donation gardens that supply fresh food to soup kitchens and food pantries, an extensive curriculum of affordable organic gardening classes and the popular Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Eastside.
For more information about the sale, upcoming classes and gardening resources, visit urbanharvest.org/fruit-tree-sale.
Houston Cat Club Charity Cat Show, Jan. 7-8
The SuPurr Bowl of Cats is Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway. Tickets for the show are $9 for adults, $7 for military and seniors, $4 for children under 12. Children 4 and younger are free. Individuals with disabilities may also attend for free. Parking is free. Stay for lunch and enjoy DJ Pringle’s famous brisket plates.
More than 200 pedigreed cats and kittens as well as household pets will compete for awards given by eight judges from the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc., the world’s largest and most prestigious cat registry. Forty breeds of pedigreed cats are judged on standards of conformation that are written for each individual breed. Household pets (non-pedigreed) are judged on health and beauty, and visitors enjoy watching the judges handle and talk about each cat. Be sure to visit with the Pet Me cats at the show that you can snuggle with, and talk with their owners to learn more about pedigreed cats and animal companionship.
Fun activities at the Cat Show include Feline Agility – a must see – with both the cats and owners running the obstacle course; Ask-the-Vet Kiosk; and the Meow Mall – featuring a variety of toys, treats, accessories and gifts for cats and those who love them.
Sponsors for the event are All Cats Veterinary Clinic, Westbury Animal Hospital, Houston SPCA, Animal Avian Hospital of the Village, and Houston Animal Acupuncture and Herbs.
For additional information or to make a donation go to houstoncatclub.org.
Tangled Blue To Perform At Kinsmen Lutheran Church, Jan. 14
Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites the community to enjoy its free Abendmusik concert series. The January concert will feature a caffeinated folk-rock blend of acoustical praise by Joel and Aimee Pakan of Tangled Blue. The couple began performing together in 2000, and have been favorites at concerts from Texas to Hawaii to the Dakotas and everywhere in between.
Tangled Blue will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the church, 12100 Champion Forest Drive. Admission is free, and pre-concert appetizers will be available starting at 6:15 p.m.
Other concerts remaining in the series include a dramatic presentation of “Red Letter Jesus” by Brad Sherrill on April 1, and “Brass Beats” on May 21.
Visit KinsmenLutheran.org for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The Odd Couple Opens At Stageworks Theatre, Jan. 27-Feb. 19
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.
Gibson continues, “We have assembled two incredibly funny, powerhouse casts and rehearsals have been hilarious. Personally, I’m having a blast exploring the differences in these two plays, not only between the sexes, but also of these two radically different time periods. Of course, what both plays have in common is Simon’s unmatchable wit. He is truly one of this country’s greatest theatrical comedians, and his work stands the tests of time.”
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. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.
Northwest Flyers Youth Track Club Registers For 30th Anniversary Season, Feb. 4
The Northwest Flyers Youth Track Club will celebrate its 30th Anniversary Season by hosting its annual free Registration/ Orientation breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 4, for all boys and girls who are interested in joining for the 2017 track season.
The breakfast starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. at the Cypress Creek Christian Community Center Forum located at 6823 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring.
The event is an opportunity for youth athletes to register for the 2017 spring/summer track season, and to meet the Northwest Flyers coaches, staff, and other new and returning athletes. The event will be highlighted by a special presentation from a member of the USA Track & Field Olympic organization (USATF). All athletes and parents who wish to join the Northwest Flyers must attend the orientation.
The Northwest Flyers Track Club is a youth (ages 6 -18) track club, affiliated with USA Track & Field (USATF), that provides a full program of sanctioned “track” events such as sprints, hurdles, middle distance, distance and relays, and sanctioned “field” events such as long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and javelin. For more information, visit northwestflyers.org or contact Linette Roach at email@example.com.
Match Family Fun Day, Jan. 15
MATCH –Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St., invites the public to its Family Fun Day on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 1-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public, the MATCH opens its doors to Houston families for a day of family fun. All four of its theatres, the rehearsal halls and the breezeway will be filled with performances and activities. Performances will include special appearances by Main Street Theater, Prelude Music, and Magician Robby Bennett. There will also be a bounce house, face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, chalk artists and more. Lemond Kitchen will be providing food for sale through their recently opened Café on Main Street. For more information, visit matchouston.org.
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.
Registration Open For CFISD Superintendent’s Fun Run & Festival, Feb. 18
Registration has opened for the fourth annual CFISD Superintendent’s Fun Run & Festival, set for Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, and Towne Lake. Underwritten by Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, the fun run supports student scholarships through the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.
Options include a chip-timed 5K run, a 1-mile run/walk and a family fun path. Children’s games and activities, music entertainment and food trucks make this a fun event for the entire family.
Register by Jan. 6 and receive an early bird discount of $5 off! Find more information and register at cfisd.net/funrun.
Jack And Jill Of America Chapter Presents “Puttin’ On The Ritz” Charity Gala, March 4
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.