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Happenings in CY-FAIR March 2016

| March 1, 2016

Members of the Tri-County Quilt Guild display their handiwork.

Members of the Tri-County Quilt Guild display their handiwork.


The Tri-County Quilt Guild will be hosting its Bi-Annual Judged Quilt Show, “If Quilts Could Talk” at The Berry Center on Friday, March 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

View more than 200 quilts from area quilters at the show, which will include vendors; hands-on, school house demos of quilting techniques; quilt appraisals; a bed turning presentation of two-color quilts; and door prizes and raffle opportunities including the 74×74-inch quilt “Hot Hostas,” designed by Judy Niemeyer, using Kaffe Fassett and batik fabrics.

The guild’s goal is to preserve and encourage the art of quilting, provide instruction for members and education for the public, and to be a gathering place for people who have quilting as a common interest. The TCQG is a nonprofit organization that supports numerous charities and community services in the area. The entrance fee of $10 helps to support its charity partners. Children under 12 are free.The Berry Center is located at 8877 Barker Cypress. Visit tcqgtx.blogspot.com for more information.


The cast of Disney’s Mary Poppins.

The cast of Disney’s Mary Poppins.


Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents Disney’s Mary Poppins on March 8 – 20 at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St. The show is a magical, musical, chim-chim-chiroo-sical. Based on the novel by P. L. Travers, no sugar is needed to help this musical go down. This “practically perfect” portrayal of Disney’s Mary Poppins treats audiences to the cherished story of a very special nanny.

Armed with song, dance and trusty umbrella, Mary Poppins and her sooty sidekick, Bert, transform the unhappy world of a banker’s two children into a magical new fantasyland. Full of chimney sweeps, statues that come to life, and toys that think for themselves, this wondrous, Tony Award-winning musical soars to the highest height. In a word? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Tickets range in price from $30 – $124.50 and can be bought online at tuts.com or by calling 713-558-TUTS.



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.



Larry Shue’s award-winning comedy, The Foreigner, is coming to the Houston Family Arts Center. This madcap farce will debut on the Garza Main Stage March 11-April 3.

The Foreigner is a staple of theaters across America, and for good reason,” says director Lisa Garza. Watching poor Charlie overhear seemingly private conversations is riotously funny. Not to mention the fact that this play, which premiered in 1985, still deals with very topical issues of race and intolerance, albeit in a comically satisfying way. Charlie struggles with social anxiety so severe that it inhibits his ability to carry on a conversation. Plus he pines for the love of a distant and insensitive spouse. Watching him heal his own heart is one of the most charming events to happen on stage.”

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by Sergeant “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, the pathologically shy Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with stran­gers. Before departing, “Froggy” tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. An additional performance has been added on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit houstonfac.com, or call 281-587–6100.


Labay Middle School eighth-grade students (l-r) Mary Lillard, Lindsey Ford and Kinley Parrish performed with the orchestra and choir for the Annie Moses Band special The Art of the Love Song.

Labay Middle School eighth-grade students (l-r) Mary Lillard, Lindsey Ford and Kinley Parrish performed with the orchestra and choir for the Annie Moses Band special The Art of the Love Song.


When the PBS special The Art of the Love Song debuts in March, three CFISD middle school students will be in the mix. The newest television special from Annie Moses Band features an orchestra and choir made up of outstanding young musicians including Labay Middle School eighth-grade students Mary Lillard, Lindsey Ford and Kinley Parrish.

The Annie Moses Band’s annual arts event, the Fine Arts Summer Academy, partnered with PBS to put on the special. After rigorous rehearsals and one-on-one coaching, the young musicians from all over the world put on multiple shows at Nashville venues. The climax of the event was the PBS filming at the Grand Ole Opry House. The evening featured a choir and orchestra of approximately 150 students lighting up the stage with youth and vitality.

“It was a dream for us to share this mountaintop experience with our students,” said Annie Dupre, lead singer/violinist of the Annie Moses Band. “The wonder and excitement on the faces of these young performers is something I’ll never forget. Our goal is to inspire. We want to give young people a vision for where their art can take them.”

The performance features a repertoire from the Great American Song­book of the 1940s and 1950s, then borrows from soulful folk/rock songsmiths of the 1960s and 1970s including Don McLean, Paul Williams and John Lennon.

Dosey Doe’s Music Café in Conroe hosts a live performance of The Art of the Love Song on Friday, March 18. Watch the trailer at youtube.com/watch?v=SJ52P4f3LFg.



The Dawn is Arising, Southeast Texas Aglow Conference, will be held on Friday, March 18 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Fellowship of Praise in Stafford.

Rebecca Greenwood of Christian Harvest International will be the keynote speaker. Join women from every walk of life for worship, prayer and motivational messages. Tickets are $35 at Eventbrite.com. Aglow is a spirit-filled women’s ministry fellowship with groups that meet monthly for prayer, Bible studies and special events. Visit katyaglow.com for information about local meetings and Aglow International.


The Miso Yummy food truck, one of 35 options, will be parked at the festival.

The Miso Yummy food truck, one of 35 options, will be parked at the festival.


The 6th Annual Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival is set for March 19-20 on the Houston Community College (HCC) Southwest West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South. Hours are 12-5 p.m. on both days. Benefitting the HCC Foundation, this festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park System with a focus on the Great Outdoors. The largest gathering of food trucks in Houston with 35 food trucks will also feature a host of outdoor activities, a beer and wine garden, a live music stage, a vendor village a Kid’s Zone and more.

Grab a group of hungry friends and plan your outing in advance. The best strategy is to eat family style with dishes from a variety of trucks. Most trucks will also serve a sample portion and streamline their menus so patrons can sample a variety of food. A wide variety of culinary creations including gluten-free and vegan menus are offered. Choose from gourmet hot dogs and burgers, Korean BBQ tacos, Kimchi quesadillas, Creole cuisine, gourmet egg rolls, and more in one location. For those with a sweet tooth, expect lots of yummy cupcakes, fresh mini pies, hand-spun milkshakes and homemade chocolate truffles.

Tickets are $16 for adults, which include $5 worth of beverage tickets, music and $1 donation to the HCC Foundation. Children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets and find a complete list of food trucks and entertainment at hautewheelshouston.com. Tickets are limited.


Bayou Greenway Day 2015 at Mason Park drew thousands of people who enjoyed cycling, running, kayaking, music, food and many other activities throughout the day.

Bayou Greenway Day 2015 at Mason Park drew thousands of people who enjoyed cycling, running, kayaking, music, food and many other activities throughout the day.


Houston Parks Board will host the second annual Bayou Greenway Day, a free outdoor festival for the whole family on Saturday, March 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at T.C. Jester Park at White Oak Bayou Greenway, 4201 T.C. Jester Blvd. This event is rain or shine. All are invited to participate in this community event along White Oak Bayou Greenway presented by Noble Energy. Bayou Greenway Day 2016 is a celebration of Houston’s bayou corridors as a place
for recreation and play. The festival will showcase Bayou Greenways 2020, a citywide, $220 million project to transform the bayous that will connect Houstonians to parks and greenspaces – and each other.

Families will be able to walk, bike, run, stroll, play and paddle along White Oak Bayou Greenway, the star of this year’s event. Event programming provided by nonprofits and neighborhood organizations will include bike rides; a marching band; lawn games; coloring stations; interactive children’s activities; kayaking demonstrations and much more.

Attendees are encouraged to bicycle, walk or take public transportation to the event in keeping with the spirit of the Bayou Greenways. Parking will be extremely limited. Visitors are asked be respectful of the surrounding neighborhoods. Bayou Greenway Day 2016 is a project of Houston Parks Board in collaboration with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. For event updates, visit bayougreenwayday.org.



North Cypress Medical Center will host its 9th annual Spring Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, May 13 at Blackhorse Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

The Foundation works with wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support by helping them adjust to the effects of their experiences and assisting them with transition into what may be looked at as their “new normal.”

North Cypress has donated $135,000 in tournament proceeds from the previous three years. “We are honored to continue to support this organization that does so much to serve the men and women of our military,” said hospital CEO and chairman of the board Dr. Robert A. Behar.

Sponsorship and player opportunities can be found at ncmcgolf.com or by calling Kaci Hancock at 832-912-3692. For more information visit lonesurvivorfoundation.org.



At the March 24 Cy-Fair Express Network Luncheon (CYFEN), speaker Heidi Caperton will encourage attendees to gain a new appreciation for the stories of their lives and the impact those stories can have on their business, peers, families and even the world.  The March 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.

Caperton is the owner of Perfect Blend Consulting, a marketing consulting company that specializes in graphic design, copy-writing and corporate writing.

In this fast-paced, media-driven world, people often overlook the importance of their own influence and assume there are others better equipped to make an impact, but who is better equipped to share your story? If you don’t share the story of your life, who will? Whether your story relates to business or personal matters, you are the only one capable of bring your narrative to life. For more information, go to CYFEN.org.


Candice Ma of Sugar Land was the 2015 winner of the Texas division, grades 7-9, for her artwork featuring walleye fish.

Candice Ma of Sugar Land was the 2015 winner of the Texas division, grades 7-9, for her artwork featuring walleye fish.


The Texas State-Fish Art Contest, headquartered at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC), reminds Texas teachers and students that the deadline for entries in the 2016 State-Fish Art Contest is March 31.

The contest is open to any student in public, private or home schools in grades K-12. Students must draw or paint any recognized state fish. Complete contest details and entry forms are at tpwd.texas.gov/fishart.

The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) provides funds for scholarships for first-, second- and third-place Texas winners in each of the four grade-level divisions. First place in grades 10–12 wins $1,000; second place $750; third place $500. Prizes in the K–3, 4–6 and 7–9 grade levels are $100 for first; $75 for second; $50 for third. Student art from the Texas contest is featured on TTBC tickets. The next TTBC will take place on Lake Ray Roberts in May.

The Texas State-Fish Art Contest is part of Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art Contest. The TTBC also provides a travel allowance for Texas first-place winners and their families to attend the national awards ceremony.

Educators who wish to have their students enter the contest can download the free “State-Fish Art Contest Lesson Plan” at statefishart.com. The curriculum includes lessons and activities, a species identification section profiling each state fish, a glossary and student worksheets.



Art Benefits, Inc. will host the Inspirations Charity Art Show on Saturday, March 26 from 6-11 p.m. at The Marque, in CityCentre.

The Insprirations Charity Art Show is an event to promote four of Houston’s up-and-coming artists, and to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Featured artists are Donny Cal, pop artist; Rob Gladstone, digital artist; Meredith Richey, memory artist; and John Whaley, Jr., visual artist. The event offers attendees an opportunity to discover talented local artists, purchase original works of art and enjoy a complimentary cocktail and light appetizers at one of Houston’s most luxurious business social clubs, The Marque, in CityCentre. Especially for the show, the artists are collaborating on a patriotic themed work of art that will be auctioned. By purchasing a ticket to this event, you will be supporting Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that serves veterans and service members who incurred physical or mental injury, illness or wound due to their military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/inspirations-charity-art-show-tickets-20146729410.

Art Benefits, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting local, aspiring artists through charity art shows that benefit well-established, reputable, nationally recognized and local charities. For more information, visit artbenefitsinc.org.


Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman


Kinky Friedman, the colorful Texas Country singer, songwriter, humorist, cowboy and best-selling mystery writer, will be center stage Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m., for “An Evening with Kinky Friedman Bene­fitting Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston” at the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galves­ton. He will perform signature songs from his celebrated 40-year music career, plus selections from his new CD, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met.”

“Little Jewford,” Kinky’s illustrious piano-playing sidekick and original band member of the renowned “Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys,” will open the bill. “Jewford and Kinky have been pals on-stage and off since their Echo Hill Ranch camper days in the late 1950s. When you combine their music, witticisms and antics, you’ve got quite an entertaining and uproarious show,” said Barbara White, event and host committee chair. “I think they’ll raise the roof on the 1894 Grand,” she said.

“The Loneliest Man I Ever Met,” Kinky’s first new studio album in 30 years, has received accolades in reviews in publications ranging from Rolling Stone and Newsweek magazines to The Wall St. Journal. Kinky has recorded 11 albums and published 35 books, in addition to being an occasional Texas politician. He also advocates for animal welfare and is a co-founder of the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.

Concert benefit tickets, priced from $45-$100, are available at thegrand.com/calendar.asp. The 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Post Office Street. For more information, go to galvestohttp://galvestonshul.orgnshul.org or call 409-762-4545.


Darcy Mingoia

Darcy Mingoia

Patricia Lopez

Patricia Lopez


The American Heart Association (AHA) has announced that long-time American Heart Association volunteer and CFISD’s board of trustees member, Darcy Mingoia, will be joining the fight against heart disease as chair of the 2016 Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon.

“I am honored to lead the efforts to help women understand the importance of taking care of their hearts,” Mingoia said. “Oftentimes, we are just too busy taking care of everyone else that we forget how to take care of ourselves and take the necessary steps of exercise, eating healthy and regular health screenings to insure our own health.”

The event, sponsored nationally by Macy’s, is slated for Friday, April 1 at the Red Oak Ballroom, Norris Conference Centers at CityCentre from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mingoia will be joined by Beth Eaton, a 16-year AHA volunteer, who will be honored at the luncheon for her passion, dedication and commitment to the organization’s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

In 2006, Eaton’s mother had her first stroke, followed by a secondary stroke in 2015. Due to this, Eaton has been part of several committees throughout the years. The Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon Honorary Committee plans to raise $25,000 in honor of Eaton.

In addition, ABC 13’s consumer reporter, Patricia Lopez, will join the luncheon as the event emcee. At age 35, Lopez’s brother suffered a stroke. Since then, she has become an advocate for stroke education including the ASA’s F.A.S.T. messaging, which stands for the signs and symptoms of stroke – Face. Arm. Speech. Time.

For additional information, call Lauren Taylor at 704-618-4566 or email her at lauren.taylor@heart.org.


The artists of Houston Ballet perform Madame Butterfly, choreographed by Stanton Welch.

The artists of Houston Ballet perform Madame Butterfly, choreographed by Stanton Welch.


Houston Ballet launches its 47th season with a mixed repertory program entitled Director’s Choice: American Ingenuity, featuring George Balanchine’s tribute to Imperial Russian Ballet,Theme and Variations, and the company premieres of Jerome Robbins’ dynamic Other Dances, and William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8, 10, 16, 17 and at 2 p.m. on Sept.11 and 18.

A signature work for Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch since its creation in 1995, Madame Butterfly performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 24, 30, Oct. 1 and at 2 p.m. on Sept. 25, Oct. 1 and 2.

The highlight of the 2016-17 Season is a joyous new production of The Nutcracker by Stanton Welch Nov. 25-Dec.27.

Jubilee of Dance, a one-night-only event, is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.

The story has been a favorite for generations, but make no mistake, this is not your childhood Cinderella. See the show at 7:30 p.m. on March 2, 4, 10, 11; at 2 p.m. on March 5, 12; and 1:30 p.m. on March 4 and 11.

A mixed repertory program Director’s Choice: Legends and Prodigy, featuring three company, dancer, and audience favorites plays at 7:30 p.m. on March 16, 18, 24, 25 and at 2 p.m. on March 19 and 26.

The Tempest makes its American premiere at 7:30 p.m. on May 25, 27, June 2 and 3 and at 2 p.m. on May 28 and June 4.

La Bayadère is classical ballet with a touch of Bollywood and shows at 7:30 p.m. on June 8, 10, 16, 17 and at 2 p.m. on June 11, 17 and 18.

For more information or to purchase
tickets, visit houstonballet.org.


Sam Hartley as The Beast and Brooke Quintana as Beauty.

Sam Hartley as The Beast and Brooke Quintana as Beauty.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is returning to Houston at the Hobby Center as part of the 2015-2016 Season of Broadway at the Hobby Center Sponsored by Bank of America. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to the Hobby Center April 27-May 1.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice.

The original creators of the Broadway production have reunited for this new touring production. The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with costume design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), lighting design by Natasha Katz (five-time Tony Award winner), scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr. and music supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the ninth longest-running musical in Broadway history. It has become an international sensation seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into nine different languages. This production launched in February 2010 and has been seen nearly 3 million people. Current­ly, there are five productions playing around the world.

Visit BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com or BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

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