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Happenings in CY-FAIR July 2017

| July 1, 2017



Stageworks Theatre presents The Elephant Man, by Bernard Pomerance. Directed by Debra Shultz, the show runs through July 2.

Set in late 19th century London, The Elephant Man is the story of John Merrick, a man living with horrifying, rare skin and bone diseases. Seen as a freak by society, his life changes when young physician, Frederick Treves, agrees to care for him. Merrick quickly becomes a favorite of the English aristocracy – an acceptance that comes with a heavy price.

Shultz recalls her experience in The Elephant Man during college. “Having been cast in a minor role in the show, I fell in love with the play. However, as I got older, I realized that I had not fully understood the piece at the time, partially because I was 20 years old, and partially, because it was presented as a tender story of a poor, lost man. Now, I see that The Elephant Man isn’t that at all. It is the story of an extremely deformed man, Joseph Merrick, who earns a meager living by putting himself on display in a side show. Safety comes to him through a sympathetic doctor, who gives him a room, but simply puts him back into a freak show. Although the patrons of the ‘freak show’ represent the height of London high society, they come to gawk all the same. This darkness of intent elevates the play simply being a tender drama to clearly voicing an uncomfortable commentary on human nature and unadulterated self-interest.”

Shultz added, “Approaching the play this way, Merrick may be the only redeemable character in the whole piece – everyone else is out for themselves and only themselves. I hope that audiences embrace this darker, and potentially more sinister approach to The Elephant Man and allow it to inspire discussion on who is truly benefitting from help when it is offered.”

Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. at Stageworks Theatre on The Garza Mainstage located at 10760 Grant Rd. Tickets can be purchased at stageworkstx.org or at 281-587-6100. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.


Camp Hope is led entirely by high school and college students, many of whom grew up attending Camp Hope themselves.

Camp Hope is led entirely by high school and college students, many of whom grew up attending Camp Hope themselves.


Kinsmen Lutheran Church invites area children to become an “Agent of Hope” this summer at Camp Hope. Held at the church for three weeks in July, Camp Hope is more than Vacation Bible School and more than a summer day camp. It’s a place where Bible stories come alive, faith becomes real and mentoring relationships are formed – all through the leadership of passionate teens and young adults.

“Camp Hope is unique because it is led entirely by high school and college students, many of whom grew up attending Camp Hope themselves,” said the Rev. Mark England, pastor to youth, family and groups at Kinsmen. “The students bring energy and passion to their leadership, which results in a highly engaging experience for kids.”

Camp Hope will be held July 10-14, 17-21, and 24-28 and is designed for children entering kindergarten through seventh grade. Families can choose to register their child for one, two or all three weeks. Hours of the camp are 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with before and after care available from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

This year’s theme for Camp Hope is “Agents of Hope.” Each day will center around a story from the Bible, with every activity — games, crafts, worship, drama, small group time and even snacks — pointing back to the story of the day.

“My son enjoys everything about Camp Hope,” said Stephanie Howard, whose 9-year-old has been attending Camp Hope for the past three 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.”

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 in Houston.

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.




The Houston Choral Society (HCS) announces its 2017 Summer Vocal Performance Camp – Voyages of the Voice Finders. This one week camp is for students entering grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. The camp runs July 10-14 at The Foundry United Methodist Church in northwest Houston at 8350 Jones Road.

For students entering grades 3-5 the camp runs from 9 a.m.-noon and for students entering grades 6-8 the camp runs from 1-4 p.m. Students will learn how music enriches their brain, body and mind through singing classical, folk, and popular music. Songs that will be taught in these camps include “How Far I’ll Go,” and “You’re Welcome” from Disney’s Moana, “Ghostship,” “Captains Mate,” “The Water is Wide,” and “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars.

Finding your voice, learning how to improve breath and tone quality, musicianship, singing on sight, and music games will be taught one-on-one and in ensembles. Workshops are led by professional, certified music teachers and singers from The Houston Choral Society.

Marguerite Lapetina, the camp director, has helped kids learn to sing for 35 years in public schools. She is a music education graduate from Sam Houston State with a vocal performance minor and has extensive directing experience. She is assisted by Shanan Colvin, Alyssa Orlando and Katie Vargo. Colvin has degree in choral music studies from the University of Texas at Austin and teaches music at Prelude Music classes for children. Orlando has a degree in vocal performance from HBU and has performed opera and choral works abroad. Vargo has a degree in music education from Ashland University and teaches music at Blackshear Elementary in Klein ISD.

Camp tuition for 15 hours of instruction is $175. Each family will receive two free tickets for the end of class performance. Additional tickets can be purchased for only $5 per person. The camps include two complimentary tickets to the show, a camp t-shirt, music, and other needed materials.

For more information and to register, call 832-478-6986 or go to houstonchoral.org.


Natalie Lancaster is Regional Leader for Modern Widows Club Houston, a nonprofit providing mentoring, leadership and empowerment to widows of all ages, faiths and backgrounds.

Natalie Lancaster is Regional Leader for Modern Widows Club Houston, a nonprofit providing mentoring, leadership and empowerment to widows of all ages, faiths and backgrounds.


The nonprofit Modern Widows Club (MWC) has announced the opening of a new chapter serving women in the Northwest Houston and Katy areas. This brings the number of chapters in the Houston area to three, with one in central Houston and another in The Woodlands. Modern Widows Club Houston celebrates its three-year anniversary, having been founded here in 2014.

MWC Houston is part of a national organization which provides widow mentoring, leadership and empowerment through member services, active social media sites and an inspirational blog. The organization aspires to be a bridge of understanding, comfort, compassion and positive change between a widow and her community and is non-denominational.

The Northwest Houston/Katy chapter of MWC will meet the third Wednesday of every month at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 15015 Memorial Dr. near Eldridge Road at 6:30 p.m. Women of all ages, faiths and backgrounds are invited to attend.

“Modern Widows Club serves to empower widows to lean into life, build resilience and make a positive difference in society,” says Natalie Lancaster, regional leader over the Houston chapters of Modern Widows Club. “We welcome women of diverse backgrounds and beliefs into our organization. It’s not a grief counseling group, but women find comfort and solace in sharing their stories with others, in building fellowship and even in job networking.”

Lancaster explained that education is an important aspect of the Modern Widows Club, especially in the area of finances. In many cases, the husband handled the finances, insurance and taxes, so the newly-widowed wife must now take over what can be a daunting task.

“Money and money management can be big issues for many women, and now they no longer have the husband’s income to support them,” says Lancaster. “Guest speakers can help educate on financial topics. We also brainstorm jobs and new careers that women might consider if they are returning to the work force after a long absence.”

Visit modernwidowsclub.com and click the “Chap­ters” tab or email natalie@modernwidowsclub.com for more information.



Calling all Aggie moms! The Northwest Harris County Aggie Mom’s Club would love to see you at one of its Aggie Mom mixers this summer. This is a great opportunity for you to meet other Aggie moms, and members of the NWHC Aggie Mom’s Club in a fun and casual get-together. The dates for the mixers are June 29, July 13 and July 16. Come alone or bring another Aggie Mom with you. Please check the website for details on locations.

And mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Distributing Company, 7100 High Life Drive, Houston. This is the club’s annual Howdy party, and a great way to meet other Aggie moms, find out about upcoming events, and enter for a chance to win a door prize. The club welcomes all Aggie moms, whether of freshman Aggies, current Aggie students or former Aggies. For more information visit nwhcaggiemoms.org.


American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) District II Vice President Julie Burch.

American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) District II Vice President Julie Burch.


American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) District II Vice President Julie Burch is slated to induct the new 2017-2018 Executive Board of the Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) at the upcoming luncheon and networking on Thursday, July 27.

New inductees to the 2017-18 CYFEN Board include: President – ​Dr. Michelle Becker, Shots for Holly; President-Elect/Vice President – Sonja Rucker Hines, Amegy Bank of Texas; VP of Communications – Diana Saufley, Keller Williams; VP of Finance – Michelle Guerra, MichelleGuerra.com; VP of Marketing – Cathy Conrad, Action Specialties, LLC; VP of Membership – Robin Haynes, Robin Haynes State Farm; VP of Programs – Kerrie Saeger, Plexus Worldwide; VP of Outreach –Patty Bergfield, Cruise Planners – CyFair; and Past President – Kristin Severson, Aire Serv of Northwest Houston.

Burch is an active second-generation member of ABWA, a charter member of the North Dallas Business Women and a three-year executive board member. She has served on many committees, was the campaign manager for a District II Vice Presidential candidate, and co-chaired the DACA Woman of the Year luncheon in 2015. She is the North Dallas Business Women’s Woman of the year for 2016 and is currently District II Vice President.

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, go to CYFEN.org.



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 at 281-463-0373 or George Crowl (Jersey Village area) at 832-467-1998.


Mark Campbell acts in a Stageworks Theatre Summer Camp performance. (Photo - Will LeBlanc)

Mark Campbell acts in a Stageworks Theatre Summer Camp performance. (Photo – Will LeBlanc)


The Stageworks Theatre Acting Academy’s 2017 Summer Camps are open for enrollment. There are performance and skill-based classes for all ages, and all levels of experience. If you’d like to discuss what classes are best for your performer, call 281-587-6100 for help to determine the best fit. Payment plans are available for all classes.

Academy Director Rachel Landon explains, “Whether the adventure takes them through the land of Oz or the streets of New York City, the actors in our program will challenge the kids to become better performers, in addition to more bold, imaginative, and creative people.”

The performance camps are divided into groups for ages 6-14 and ages 11-18 or one-week camps for ages 4-16. Visit stageworkshouston.org/summer-2017 for more information and full listing of camps/performances available.


Gerald has been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels at Northwest Assistance Ministries for more than seven years.

Gerald has been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels at Northwest Assistance Ministries for more than seven years.


Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) has announced an immediate need for volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels. The announcement comes after the rapid expansion of the three sites served by NAM, Life Path Church (Bear Creek area) and Windwood Presbyterian Church. For the past 20 years, Meals on Wheels at NAM has served thousands of homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities by delivering hot and nutritious meals every day.

“It never ceases to amaze me how rapidly we have expanded our program,” explained Grace Jackson, senior services director at NAM. “We are currently serving more than 700 people across 24 different zip codes and our need for volunteer drivers is greater than ever before. We continue to see a need in our community and we rely on volunteers to deliver these meals to hundreds of people that otherwise would go hungry. Volun­teers are truly the lifeline these individuals have and we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

To volunteer, contact NAM’s community relations coordinator at volunteer@namonline.org or 281- 885-4604. All potential volunteers should attend volunteer orientation in order to better understand their role within the organization. For more information, visit namonline.org/get-help/meals-on-wheels/ or call 281- 885-4555.


Morgan Montgomery as Dorothy.

Morgan Montgomery as Dorothy.


Stageworks Theatre presents its final show of the 2016-2017 season, The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, music and lyrics Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg. Directed by Adam Delka the show will run July 28 – Aug. 13 at The Berry Center.

Dorothy, feeling desperately misunderstood by everyone and threatened by a “witchy” neighbor, tries to solve her problems by running away. Instead, she’s swept away by a tornado to a scary yet wonderful place where, accompanied by three trusted friends, she discovers that there’s no place like home.

This beloved musical follows the story you remember from the 1939 film starring Judy Garland but with the excitement one can only experience through live theatre. Don’t miss your chance to see it come alive on stage at the wonderful Berry Center in Cypress!

“This show has very special meaning to me. Having been raised in rural Nebraska, I grew up just a few miles from the Kansas border, and experienced the yearning to see new places and the desire to escape the small town,” said Delka. “As I approach directing this American fairytale, I intend to paint some of the characters as you traditionally recognize them, and others with a new splash of modern color. It will be a visual spectacle and a wonderful experience for the whole family.”

Performances of The Wizard of Oz will take place at The Berry Center 8877 Barker Cypress Road in Cypress. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Special Saturday matinees will be performed at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 12. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at stageworkstx.org or by phone at 281-587-6100. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.


Dorothea Lange, American, 1895-1965. Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, March 1936, printed 1976 Silver gelatin print, 13 1/2 x 10 7/16 in. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin S. Romansky, 76.396.

Dorothea Lange, American, 1895-1965. Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, March 1936, printed 1976 Silver gelatin print, 13 1/2 x 10 7/16 in. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin S. Romansky, 76.396.


This summer the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts features two shows which provide a poignant and powerful examination of the effects of the Great Depression.

Dignity in Labor: Texas Regionalism from the Bobbie and John L. Nau Collection is featured in the Main Gallery of the museum. These remarkable paintings, lithographs and murals from the 1930s depict the hardworking character of Texans, the development of the oil industry, and the vast open space of the Lone Star State. Artists such as Jerry Bywaters, Alexandre Hogue, and Merritt Mauzey captured the pure essence of Texas as its people suffered through the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

Introducing America to Americans: Depression-Era Photographs from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is on display in the Rebecca Cole Gallery. In 1936, photographer Dorothea Lange captured the image Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, which touched the hearts of the nation. It was part of a Farm Security Administration (FSA) photography project lasting nine years, in which exceptional photographers produced a “visual encyclopedia of American life.”

The Pearl is also offering an Adult Art Workshop. Evelyn Bouley returns to lead, “Animals in Watercolor – a Lesson of Coupling Visual Art with Text.” The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. -noon on Thursday, July 6, and from 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, July 7. Open to participants of all skill levels, this watercolor workshop includes a fun addition of the “written word” using water-soluble crayons and pencils on top of the painting. Educators who enroll will receive tips on using this project in the classroom, and will also earn three hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. Cost is $35 for museum members, $40 for non-members, and $25 for teachers. To register, visit pearlmfa.org and select Education > Adult Art Workshops.

For more information, visit the website.


The Cy-Woods Crimson Cadette Drill Team.

The Cy-Woods Crimson Cadette Drill Team.


The Cy-Woods Crimson Cadettes Drill Team will host its 12th Annual Dance Clinic and Performance for boys and girls from K-12th grade. The Clinic will be from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. on Aug. 4. Participants will learn dance technique from Crimson Cadette team members. Registration includes specially choreographed routines for each age group, a T-shirt, drink and snack. Showoffs Performance will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Gym.

Register by July 20 to receive the pre-registration price of $50. T-Shirt not guaranteed unless registered by July 20. Door registration will begin at 8:15a.m.

This is a major fundraiser for the Cadettes and will enable them to participate in activities throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

For more information email Lapoteet@gmail.com or visit crimsoncadettes.com, where you will find a sign-up form and a link to PayPal for easy payment.


(L-R): Shield Bearer Volunteer Leslie McKeand, Associate Director Melissa Rotholz, Clinical Coordinator Allie Scott and Founder Amy White.

(L-R): Shield Bearer Volunteer Leslie McKeand, Associate Director Melissa Rotholz, Clinical Coordinator Allie Scott and Founder Amy White.


Join other community, business and ministry leaders for “Tapas and Sangria” Taste and Toast, a celebration of the hope and healing found at Shield Bearer, on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 6-8:30 p.m. at The Work Lodge-Vintage Park, 118 Vintage Park Blvd. W, Houston.

Beat the summer time heat with a refreshing evening of tapas style appetizers, sangria tastings, networking and door prizes. Discover the story behind the Shield Bearer name and hear how the group serves over 15,000 people each year including human trafficking survivors, victims of crime and abuse, veterans and active military families, struggling marriages, and many more. Find out how you can join in Shield Bearer’s mission and strengthen the community, one heart and one family at a time. RSVP required by July 29 at events@shieldbearer.org or by phone at 281-894-7222. For more information, visit shieldbearer.org.


St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is hosting its 12th annual Fall Gift Market on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 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, 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, visit stmaryscypress.org, or call Michelle at 832-559-8726.



Memorial Hermann Health System recognizes the vital importance of volunteers, and the newly opened Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital is no different. The hospital is now taking applications. “Volunteers provide support to our staff so that they can focus on patient care, as well as provide positive interactions with patients and their family members,” says Lorena Hurtado, the volunteer services coordinator at Memorial Hermann Cypress.

Volunteer tasks range from working at the front desk, to nursing unit assistance, helping discharge patients and much more. Dozens of volunteers have already joined the program, but there are more spots available.

“As a long-time Cypress area resident, it makes me feel even better knowing the hospital is staffed by people who share the same love for this community that I do,” says Toni Scott, a volunteer at Memorial Hermann Cypress.

Four-hour volunteer shifts are available seven days a week from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Adults are asked to complete an application and schedule an interview with the volunteer coordinator. For more information, visit memorialhermann.org.



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.

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