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Happenings in CY-FAIR June 2017

| June 1, 2017

Lamborghini will be one of the luxury automobile brands represented at the event.

Lamborghini will be one of the luxury automobile brands represented at the event.


The 2017 Houston Exotic Auto Festival & Luxury Lifestyle E-X-P-O will be held at NRG Center, Hall B, One NRG Park, in Houston on Sunday, June 4 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event will include McLaren, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Ferrari, Tesla, Porsche, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Bentley and more.

Competition categories include Exotic Sedan, Luxury Sedan, Performance, Eccentric and Classic. A musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli will be provided by Dave Halston and Suzanne Goulet.

The event will benefit Virtuosi of Houston and Houston Knights Rescue Foundation and is produced by Luxcior Magazine publisher Martin Gondra. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 fo children aged 6-11. Kids 5 and under are free. Visit Ticketmaster.com/HoustonExoticAuto­Festi­val or call 800-745-3000 to purchase tickets. For more information, visit HoustonExoticAutoFestival.com.


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. Stageworks Theatre is a nonprofit organization offering community theatre productions on its main stage and education through its Acting Academy. This award-winning theatre was originally founded in 2005 as the Houston Family Arts Center where it has been dedicated to bringing the community together through the arts. Visit stageworkshouston.org/summer-2017 for more information and full listing of camps/performances available.



Jamie’s Hope 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament presented by Mercedes-Benz of Houston Greenway and Tenaris will be held on Friday, June 2 at Blackhorse Golf Club.

This celebrity-filled amateur-only tournament will kick off with lite bites and a Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar followed by the live Celebrity Caddie auction. Celebrity Golfers are up for grabs to play on your team prior to the tournament on the online auction. Golfers will have a fun-filled day as they hit the green and compete to win a trip to play in the Mercedes-Benz Eastern Sectional Tournament at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California on Oct. 1-5.

Golfers will come off the course to relax at the 19th Hole Lounge for some fun entertainment and drinks courtesy of Flying Pug Sports Bar & Flying Vine Wine Bar followed by dinner courtesy of Grazia Italian Kitchen and Peska Seafood Prime Steaks. The day will finish off with the awards ceremony and a live helicopter ball drop featuring amazing prizes including a $7,000 BullFrog Spa courtesy of Glacier Pool Supplies & Spas. Funds raised from this event goes towards personalized medicine research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and help aid individuals who are battling cancer through Jamie’s Hope programs which include Bald is Beautiful, Bundle of Hope, Angel Tree Mission Project, Cheer Up, and Lifestyle Matters.

Each year celebrity athletes including Houston Texans players (past and current) and some local news personalities participate in this tournament. Those involved in the past have included Brian Cushing, Chris Myers, Kevin Walter, Whitney Mercilus, Owen Daniels, Jon Weeks, Tom Savage, Ben Jones, Wade Smith and Chester Pitts, Dynamo’s Michael Chabala, along with KHOU’s Chita Johnson, The New 93Q’s Erica Rico and Fox26’s Katie McCall and sportscaster Bob Allen, who lost his battle with cancer.

Visit jamieshope.org/gt2017 to become a sponsor, play in the tournament or purchase helicopter golf balls. Contact Cindy Barnes at 713-857-5255 or via email at Cindy@JamiesHope.org for more information.


Flower expert J Schwanke.

Flower expert J Schwanke.


Find new home products and resources for home projects big and small at the 15th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show The Woodlands, June 3 and 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr. Show exhibitors include the finest companies in The Woodlands and the North Houston area. More than 200 home improvement professionals and custom home builders will feature the newest products and services on the market. This is the one-stop shopping destination for homeowners who want to build, remodel or improve indoor or outdoor living areas or build a custom home.

Special speakers include Conor Moran, Randy Lemmon and J Schwanke. Chef Moran is a Houston native who has worked in numerous restaurants worldwide since he was 15. He also serves as executive chef for Firedisc® grills. Lemmon is the host of Houston’s GardenLine radio program, KTRH NewsRadio 740, where area gardeners listen for advice. Fourth-generation florist Schwanke is a flower expert and is regarded as the most trusted voice in the flower industry. Both Lemmon and Schwanke will have their latest books available at the show. Featured speakers also include custom builder Stephen Hann, and Dan Marshall, founder of Innovative Skylights and Attics, with new ideas for the “fifth wall” — your ceiling!

Other highlights include three food trucks with a variety of lunch, drink and dessert choices for attendee appetites; live cooking demonstrations all day both days with a tailgating theme; the Stewart Land Design Feature Landscape exhibit; new products from Hunter Douglas; and complimentary craft beer and spirits tasting.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 12 and under are free. (Cash only – an ATM will be available in the Lobby.) Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free covered parking is available in the convention center parking garage behind the convention center. See woodlandsshows.com for complete information on exhibitors, speakers and more and a $2 coupon off admission.




Stageworks Theatre presents The Elephant Man, by Bernard Pomerance. Directed by Debra Shultz, the show runs June 9 – 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 by phone at 281-587-6100. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.



The public is invited to attend the 13th annual Empty Bowls Houston event to be held at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main, on Saturday, June 3 from11 a.m.-3 p.m., where soup will be served from 11 a.m. until it runs out.

Empty Bowls is an international effort to fight hunger, implemented in Houston to benefit the Houston Food Bank. The unique lunch fundraiser is a collaboration between Houston area ceramists, woodturners and artists working in all media and HCCC. In its first 13 years, Empty Bowls Houston has raised $745,685 for the Houston Food Bank, which equals 2,237,054 meals to the hungry.

For a minimum $25 donation, attendees receive a simple lunch of soup and bread provided by Whole Foods Market, and then select a bowl from 1,500-plus one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted bowls donated by Houston area ceramists and craft artists. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and the world. There are also larger bowls available at a higher price (lunch also included).

Empty Bowls Houston Preview Party, Friday, June 2, from 6-8 p.m. at HCCC. Enjoy light bites, beer and wine, and the first opportunity to purchase an Empty Bowl. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at EmptyBowlsHouston.org.



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.

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.


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.

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. Volunteer orientations are held the first Wednes­day and third Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. at the NAM offices located at 15555 Kuykendahl Road, second floor. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have a car and a valid driver’s license..

For more information, visit namonline.org/get-help/meals-on-wheels/ or call 281- 885-4555.



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.



The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts invites the community to a new event, “Pearl in the Fast Lane,” on Saturday, June 17 at Hemi Hideout in Brookshire. Perfect for celebrating Father’s Day weekend, this event will take place among spectacularly restored muscle cars from the 1960s and ‘70s, vintage neon signs, and the largest heavy timber frame, scissor-arched structure in Texas. “This is going to be a fun night,” said Clara Lewis, Director of Development for the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts. “The property is beautiful, the cars are amazing, and with good food and friends it’s a great way to spend a summer evening.”

The event begins at 6 p.m. with beer, wine and margaritas, followed by a barbecue dinner from Goode Company and live entertainment by the Will Carter Band.

Tickets are $125 per person. To reserve tickets or for sponsorship information, visit pearlmfa.org or call Clara Lewis at 281-376-6322. Guests at the event must be at least 12 years of age, and all proceeds benefit the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts. Pearl in the Fast Lane is co-chaired by Susan Diehl and Valerie vonBerg.

Hemi Hideout is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream by owner John Hovas. The 21,700-square- foot Heavy Timberframe masterpiece is filled with 24 of the most desirable Mopars on Earth, as well as more than 600 vintage porcelain and neon signs, antique tractors and motorcycles, and various pieces of memorabilia — all restored to their original factory glory. The Texas-sized mancave even includes a 1950s-style diner, soda fountain, grand fireplaces and professionally designed landscaping.


Registration to attend Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council summer camp is now open with dozens of sessions to choose from.

Registration to attend Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council summer camp is now open with dozens of sessions to choose from.


Registration to attend Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) summer camp is now open with dozens of sessions to choose from. Week-long sessions begin June 11 and end July 28 and are held at one of three Girl Scout camp locations: Camps Agnes Arnold and Misty Meadows, located in Conroe, and Camp Casa Mare, located in Seabrook. Girl Scout camp is open to all girls in grades 1-12, including non-registered members.

Shadow Lake is the main attraction at Camp Agnes Arnold. The lake offers 35 acres of cool, refreshing fun for campers. Girls who attend sessions there will enjoy canoeing, swimming, nature and fishing and sleeping in unique accommodations, including platforms tents and tree houses.

Camp registration can be completed online or by submitting a registration form through the mail. Sessions start at $200. A $50 deposit per session is required for all registrations and balances can be paid in monthly installments. Camp scholarships or camperships are also available. For more information, visit residentcamp.gssjc.org or call 713-292-0300.


Tony Vinchealle

Tony Vinchealle


Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) presents “Fitness and Nutrition for the Busy Professional,” by fitness professional Tony Vinchealle, on Thursday, June 22 at Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd. This month’s CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program. Cost to attend is $25 with advanced reservations; $30 at the door.

Tony’s mission is to empower people by providing them with the information and knowledge that is necessary to create a type of wellness that is well-rounded and comprehensive. She believes that fitness, health and wellness must be accomplished through knowledge, power and the confidence to exhibit self-efficacy when it comes to your overall health. More information is at CYFEN.org.


The Houston Symphony will perform the music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while audience members watch the film.

The Houston Symphony will perform the music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while audience members watch the film.


As part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, the Houston Symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert at 7:30 p.m. July 21-22, at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street. The concert will feature the live orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform Academy Award-winning composer John Williams’ unforgettable film score.

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and producer/conductor of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen.”

For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.



JULY 10-14

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.

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 info and to register, call 832-478-6986 or go to houstonchoral.org.




Stageworks Theatre is holding canine auditions for its upcoming production of the musical The Wizard of Oz, directed by Adam Delka, to be performed live at the Berry Center theatre in Cypress July 21- Aug.6.

Stageworks is looking for a small Cairn Terrier that is similar to the dog from the original 1939 MGM film. The dog is preferred to be small, friendly, willing to be carried in a basket and not easily startled.

“We’re excited for another opportunity to have a dog join our cast,” said Julie Montgomery, member of the board of directors for Stageworks Theatre. “We have cast dogs for our productions of Annie in 2013 and Peter Pan in 2014. We had the best time working with the pups and their owners.”

Once cast, Toto and owner will need to attend some, but not all rehearsals, which will be held at Stageworks Theatre, 10760 Grant Road, throughout May – July. The dog will need to be accompanied by its owner at the Berry Center during all performances, so it would be ideal for that person to enjoy a theatre setting and have an understanding of long and late-night rehearsals
and performances.

If you are a fan of theatre and think your dog would be the perfect match to play Dorothy’s best friend, request an audition by submitting the following to Michael Montgomery, artistic director at oraclemontgo@gmail.com: a picture or video of your dog; some background information (i.e., age, temperament, interesting facts); and your personal interest in theatre and why you both would enjoy being a part of this classic production.

“Because the show has such a large cast, it’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to be involved. Even Fido!” Montgomery said.

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