SUMMER EVENTS AT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON
KIDPENDENCE DAY — July 4 at 1 p.m. The stars and stripes will be in full effect to celebrate our country’s 240th birthday Before rockets glare and fireworks are in the air, exercise your right to be a kid as long as possible with some good ole American fun. Follow the High Steppers Brass Band as they lead a flag-waving parade through Kidtropolis, USA out to the Allen Family Courtyard for an exciting patriotic demonstration.The Boy Scout Color Guard will kick off the festivity by presenting the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the National Anthem.Don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blue to pay tribute to the land of the free and the home of the brave.
SUPER K-9’s — The Children’s Museum of Houston invites you to em-“bark” on a Super K-9 adventure. Undercover agents are invited to raise the “woof” and experience some doggone fun. On July 9, bite into a canine Frisbee frenzy with DISCfunctional K-9’s Frisbee catching dogs and join the Banfield FutureVet® “Woof-Shops” to learn about vet medicine and responsible pet ownership. Then on July 10, the World Series of Dog Shows will perform a dancing dogs demonstrations.
STAR WARS INTERGALACTICA — July 16 beginning at 10 a.m. Calling all Star Wars fans! Galaxies will collide when Darth Vader, Princess Leia and Chewbacca make a special appearance at the Children’s Museum of Houston.You’re invited to dress as your favorite Star Wars character and become part of this intergalactic saga. Check out a light saber duel, use the force to craft a Light Saber and more. May the force be with you! Don’t forget your camera!
TOP S.E.C.R.E.T: Summer of Spies — All summer long. Agents will rise during Top S.E.C.R.E.T.: Summer of Spies at the Children’s Museum of Houston. All-access granted to all sorts of espionage-themed activities. Kids 6 and up, don’t forget to enlist at S.E.C.R.E.T. headquarters to help the museum thwart the dastardly plans of R.I.V.AL.—a villainous league dedicated to hijacking the Museum’s secrets. Don’t miss action-packed activities, epic performances, character appearances and extraordinary events now through Sept. 7.
For a complete schedule of events, visit cmhouston.org/calendar.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR CAMP HOPE AT KINSMEN LUTHERAN CHURCH, THROUGHOUT JULY
Registration is currently under way for Camp Hope, a summer day camp offered by Kinsmen Lutheran Church. Camp Hope is unique because it is led entirely by high school and college students, many of whom grew up attending Camp Hope themselves. The students bring energy and passion to their leadership, which results in a highly engaging experience for kids.
“My son enjoys everything about Camp Hope,” said Stephanie Howard, whose 8-year-old has been attending Camp Hope for the past two summers. “A lot of it is the leaders. You can tell they want to be there, and they all seem to have such passion for it.”
This year’s theme for Camp Hope is “Be A Hero!” Each day will center around the story of a different hero in the Bible, with every activity — games, crafts, worship, drama, small group time and even snacks — pointing back to the story of the day.
Julie Mulkey has been involved with Camp Hope for 15 years, starting when she was in preschool. Now a sophomore at Sam Houston State University, she will be serving as Camp Hope’s assistant manager this summer — the highest level of leadership.
All activities take place at Kinsmen Lutheran Church, with the exception of service projects throughout the community for older campers. The church is located at 12100 Champion Forest Drive.
To register for Camp Hope or for more information, visit kinsmenlutheran.org/camp or call Sara Ray, director of children’s ministry and outreach, at 281-444-3127, ext. 17.
SUMMER FUN AT MOODY GARDENS PALM BEACH
Moody Gardens is offering some new entertainment and traditional favorites at Palm Beach as this popular private beach attraction opens for the summer.
Guests are invited to sink their toes in white sand, lounge beneath palm trees and splash amongst a variety of beach attractions. Visitors can even enjoy concerts and fireworks. Palm Beach will open weekends beginning May 21, including Memorial Day before opening daily for the summer season June 4 through August 21. As the summer season comes to an end, Palm Beach will be open weekends only August 27 through September 10, including Labor Day.
Visitors can enjoy the interactive 650-foot lazy river, wave pool and two 18-foot tower slides. Other attractions include beach volleyball on regulation courts and the Aquarium Adventure play area. The Splashpad automated aquatic water feature offers interactive dump buckets, spray arches and fountains for a day of fun at the beach. Palm Beach admission is $23.95 for adults, $17.95 for children and seniors, or $55 for a season pass. Children ages three and under are free.
Visitors can make it a weekend of entertainment with the popular Bands on the Sand summer concert series at Palm Beach. Beginning June 4, this live music series runs throughout the summer following each show with fireworks over the Moody Gardens pyramids and Offatts Bayou. Admission to each concert is $15 and free for kids three and under. Bands on the Sand will be held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through August 13. Some of the area’s top local and regional bands will perform. For a complete schedule visit moodygardens.org or call 800-582-4673.
STAGEWORKS THEATRE PRESENTS FOOTLOOSE, STARTING JULY 15
The ‘80s classic, Footloose, rocks its way onto Stageworks Theatre’s Garza Mainstage July 15-August 7. Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford and music by Tom Snow, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman, this iconic musical will have audience members dancing in their seats.
Footloose is the story of a rebellious big-city teenager in competition with a small-town minister. Their struggle wreaks havoc on a quiet southern town that prohibits rock music and dancing. When the Chicago-born teen calls for a rock ‘n’ roll prom and the cultural revitalization of a repressed town, drama ensues. Memorable songs include “Footloose” and “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” .
Director Adam Delka highlights, “This is a fun show. My goal is to immerse you right into the ’80s. You’ll experience the sounds, colors, fashion and conflicts of the ’80s. It was an era when the consumer generation started to emerge, with increased media and communication. Teens now had phones in their rooms and access to MTV. This show examines the fear that this exposure instilled in a lot of parents. Good parents…but nervous parents.”
The cast includes Jeremy Gee (Ren McCormick), Elsa Moen (Ariel Shaw), Morgan Montgomery (Rusty), Rachel Palmer (Wendy Joe), Caylin Keliehor (Urleen), Jonathan Lammey (Willard), Brian Shircliffe (Reverend Shaw), Jana Ellsworth (Vi Shaw), and Nora Hahn (Ethel McCormick).
The production team includes Adam Delka (director), Jesse Lozano (music director), Dru Wiser (choreographer), Alex Brokmeyer (stage manager), Barbara Terry (costume design), Ben Mason (scenic design), Ron Putterman (lighting design), and David Dean (sound design).
Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at
3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at stageworkstx.org, or by phone at 281-587-6100. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.
ABWA CY-FAIR EXPRESS NETWORK INDUCTS NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD, JULY 28
Gaylyn DeVine, CEO of TLS Graphics, Inc. is slated to induct the new 2016-2017 Executive Board of the Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) at the luncheon and networking event on July 28.
DeVine is no stranger to ABWA and the internal workings of a board, having been a Charter member of the South East Express Network and serving on the board in a variety of positions including President in 2011-2012. She served as the Houston Area Council Vice Chair for 2 years, and served on both Regional and National Conference Teams. She has served as District II Vice President 2012-2013, National Secretary/Treasurer 2013-2014, Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund Trustee 2012-2014, and as ABW Foundation Secretary/Treasurer 2015-2016. Gaylyn was honored as Woman of the Year in 2008.
This month’s CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program and installation of the new board. Luncheons are held at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd. For more information, visit CYFEN.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.
TIRR MEMORIAL HERMANN’S CAMP KIDS UNLIMITED, JUNE 28-JULY 1 AND JULY 27-JULY 30
Camp Kids Unlimited, TIRR Memorial Hermann’s annual overnight summer camp for children with physical disabilities, is offering two options for potential campers this summer.
The first Camp Kids Unlimited session is scheduled for June 28-July 1 at Camp Aranzazu in Rockport. This camp will offer typical summer camp activities including the ropes course, kayaking and canoeing, and adaptive sports. This camp is offered to campers ages 8-18 who are either independent or who might require some assistance with mobility, transfers, and self-care functions. The registration deadline is June 20. The cost of the camp is $125. Scholarships are available.
The second session is scheduled for July 27-July 30 at Sea Scout Base Galveston. At this camp, appropriate campers are ages 10-21 and independent with their personal care, transfers, and mobility. The camp will offer adaptive sailing and other water-based activities, as well as handcycling. The registration deadline is July 19. The cost of the camp is $150. Scholarships are available.
Staff members from TIRR Memorial Hermann, recognized around the world as a leader in medical rehabilitation and research will help with both camps. The camp staff is experienced in caring for people with disabilities and hosting adaptive camps. “Camp Kids Unlimited is a great opportunity for our campers to expand their independence, try new things and make lasting friendships,” says Ava Skrabanek, camp director and adaptive sports coordinator at TIRR Memorial Hermann.
For more information call Skrabanek at 713-797-5928 or visit tirr.memorialhermann.org/patient-resources/camp-kids-unlimited-2
MATINEE PERFORMANCE OF MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY AT JONES HALL , JULY 23
The Houston Symphony has announced an additional matinee performance of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The second performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. the same day.
Guest conductor Arnie Roth will lead the Houston Symphony and Chorus in the multimedia concert spectacular. With new orchestral arrangements and HD video presentations from game developer Square Enix, the concert will feature music from the main Final Fantasy franchise, including games VII, VIII, IX, X and XII.
Roth is a Grammy Award-winning artist known for his work with a variety of performers including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Peter Cetera and Dennis DeYoung. He has conducted the London, National, Atlanta and Dallas symphony orchestras; the Hollywood Bowl, Czech National Chamber, Ravinia Festival and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras; the Los Angeles and Tokyo philharmonics; the BBC, Detroit, San Francisco, San Diego, Sydney and Winnipeg symphonies; and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.
He is well-known in the world of video game music for his work with Nobuo Uematsu and Square Enix as music director and conductor for several games and soundtracks. He was the winner of the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premiere Awards for his film score Barbie as Rapunzel and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song “Shine” from the movie Barbie in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Roth has produced dozens of best-selling CD’s.
For tickets and more information, visit houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224- 7575.
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.
THEATRE SUMMER CAMPS AT STAGEWORKS THEATRE, THROUGH AUG. 19
Stageworks Theatre’s Acting Academy (formerly Houston Family Arts Center), the premier junior theatre academy in the northwest Houston area, proudly announces a series of summer camps designed to entertain, educate, and enamor children in grades K-12. Sessions lasting one, two and three weeks are available.
The camps are led by trained acting, technical and musical professions to introduce your children to the magical world of musical theatre. From basic instruction in movement, voice and acting, and culminating in a full-fledged performance of a musical production, your future award-winning performers will be immersed in a program whose effects will last a lifetime.
Through its award-winning Actors Academy, HFAC offers acting and singing classes, and provides performance opportunities for all ages. To register for any of these camps, or for more information on Stageworks Theatre, visit houstonfac.com or call 281-587-6100.
LARRY DIERKER’S 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRITY GOLF BASH, SEPT. 22
Larry Dierker’s 70th Birthday Celebrity Golf Bash is scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Blackhorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road in Cypress. The shotgun start is at noon. Proceeds from the event benefit Cy-Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making life better for kids in Cy-Fair.
Teams will receive a 10 percent discount on registration through May 31. For more information, email email@example.com.
MARY’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH FALL GIFT MARKET, SEPT.23-24
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is hosting its 11th annual Fall Gift Market on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the ideal event to kick off your holiday shopping and decorating. The convenient location at the corner of Louetta Road and N. Eldridge Parkway makes it easy to shop the selection of unique jewelry, home decor, creative toys, flower arrangements, handcrafted gifts, collectibles, pottery, candles and trendy clothing for ladies and children.
The Fall Gift Market also features The Tea Room offering the famous taco soup, sandwiches, desserts and homemade baked goods, plus the Silent Auction benefiting church-affiliated projects and outreach.
For more information, call Michelle at 832-559-8726 or visit stmaryscypress.org.
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 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
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.
Additionally, the center offers speakers to groups that want information on parenting skills, discipline, working with special needs children, teenage issues or family stress. Speaking engagements are typically 1-3 hours long and are used to help educate, train and support those working with or raising child. For more in-depth educational programs, the center has programs for parents, families and teens that provide more than just an overview of a topic.
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. For more information, call 713-466-1360 or visit cy-hopecounseling.org