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November 2015

Happenings in CY-FAIR
November 2015

| November 1, 2015

The cast of A...My Name is Alice.

The cast of A…My Name is Alice.

TEXAS REPERTORY THEATRE CO. PRESENTS A…MY NAME IS ALICE, THROUGH NOV. 7

The Texas Repertory Theatre Co. continues its 11th anniversary “Emerging Visions” season with a new staging of the all-girl musical review A…My Name is Alice, through Nov. 7.

Winner of the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical, this slick and lively revue offers a marvelous kaleidoscope of contemporary women singing the blues, playing jazz, dancing to show tunes. Sophisti­cated, bawdy, funny and insightful, the musical portrays friends, rivals, sisters and even members of an all-women basketball team as the characters in A…My Name is Alice search for their identities and find strength through their girlfriends. Humorous, touching and sometimes just plain wild, this is a musical for everyone – for the women who can laugh at themselves and can cry – and for the men who love them.

The production features a cast of Houston’s finest performers under the direction of Troy Scheid, director of The Texas Repertory productions of Company, The Underpants and The Odd Couple. For tickets or more information, call 281-583-7573 or visit texreptheatre.org.

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Armed Forces representatives march in the annual parade.

Armed Forces representatives march in the annual parade.

“HOUSTON SALUTES AMERICAN HEROES” VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION, NOV. 11

Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston will show support for the Armed Forces and celebrate the annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes” Veterans Day Celebration beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 with the sixth annual AT&T Veterans Job & Resource Fair and U.S. Family Health Plan Veterans Health Fair.

A ceremony will be held on the steps of City Hall at 10 a.m., ending with a Moment of Silence in memory of the WWI signing of the Armistice.

The American Heroes Parade, sponsored by H-E-B, will start at 11:30 a.m. on Dallas at Bagby. Hundreds of veteran’s organizations, military personnel and vehicles, historic associations, universities and schools will participate in the parade, which begins at Dallas and Bagby, proceeds east on Dallas, north on Louisiana, west on Walker, south on Smith, west on Lamar and concludes on Lamar at Bagby. For more information, visit houstonspecialevents.org .

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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.

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.

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More than 19 unique flavors of margaritas, all made with 100 percent agave tequila, will be available at the event.

More than 19 unique flavors of margaritas, all made with 100 percent agave tequila, will be available at the event.

HOUSTON MARGARITA FESTIVAL, NOV. 7

Thousands of margarita fans will convene at Sam Houston Park on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 12-10 p.m. for the Fourth-Annual Houston Margarita Festival. Tickets are available at houstonmargaritafest.com. Additionally, the first 10,000 attendees to arrive at the festival will receive a complimentary festival cup.

Since the festival’s establishment in 2012, it has continued to grow in popularity, culminating in this year’s move to a larger space in Sam Houston Park (1000 Bagby Street, Houston). Additionally, this year’s festival will host the inaugural “Best Margarita Competition.” The competition includes a restaurant division and a mixologist division, the latter of which is open to both amateur and professional drink makers. Both restaurants and individuals interested in competing can register by emailing info@houstonmargaritafest.com.

The festival will again include a salsa competition with free entry open to non-professional dance couples, co-hosted by salsa enthusiast and instructor, Salsa Eddy, and Houston Margarita Festival competition organizer and dance pro, Crissy Poole. The crowd will determine the winner of the competition, with the title going to the couple receiving the loudest applause. The limbo competition is open to all festival attendees.

More than 19 unique flavors of margaritas, all made with 100 percent agave tequila, will be available, and the event will showcase a wide variety of local Mexican, barbeque, seafood and Cajun cuisine, as well as a full schedule of live entertainment. The festival is open to attendees over the age of 21. Multiple ticket options are available. For more information, contact Alexis Tahara at alexis@integrateagency.com. Follow Houston Margarita Festival on Facebook and Twitter for ticket and event updates.

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2015 Prairie Month includes events and activities all over the greater Houston area for those of all ages, such as planting days on the Katy Prairie.

2015 Prairie Month includes events and activities all over the greater Houston area for those of all ages, such as planting days on the Katy Prairie. Photo by Jaime González.

ICONIC HOUSTON LANDSCAPE SPOTLIGHTED DURING PRAIRIE MONTH, THROUGH NOV. 14

2015 Prairie Month, set for Oct. 3 – Nov. 14, offers a host of fun, educational and hands-on activities and adventures for all ages at state and federal parks and refuges, nature preserves and public green spaces throughout the greater Houston area.

Sponsored by 10 conservation groups, this year’s Prairie Month will include three public prairie plantings, a three-state prairie conference, a big prairie celebration, and seed collecting trips to pristine ecosystems. Many of the events are free.

Houston is known as the Bayou City, but at one time it was also called the Prairie Dynamo because of the coastal prairie ecosystem that blanketed most of Harris and surrounding counties. The coastal prairie is an ancient home to hundreds of species of plants, vegetation, birds, wildlife, and insects. Houston’s prairie also acts as a natural buffer by absorbing water during storm surges, and it is the landscape that forged that classic American and Texan icon––the Cowboy.

“Prairie Month gives Texans a chance to rediscover our prairie roots and learn how the prairie connects us to our Texan heritage,” says Jaime González of the Coastal Prairie Partnership, one of the sponsoring organizations. “It also gives the general public a chance to help restore prairies which are much needed by monarch butterflies, birds, and other prairie wildlife.

“We have an exciting lineup this year,” continues González. “Our partners are planning a great prairie celebration in Rosenberg, three huge public prairie plantings across our region, refuge tours, seed-collecting trips to a rarely visited preserve, and even a three-day conference for landowners, scientists and anyone else interested in learning more.”

For a full schedule or more information, visit prairiepartner.org/page/prairiemonth.

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25TH ANNUAL MATT MUSIL ALL-STAR GOLF CLASSIC, NOV. 9

The 25th Annual Matt Musil Allstar Golf Classic tournament will be held on Monday, Nov. 9 at the Blackhorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road, Cypress. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start is at 9 a.m. A dinner and live auction will be held at the conclusion of the event with Nolan Ryan, the Sports Headline Honoree.

This year’s CRR Co-Chairs are Gary and Patti Tuma, Courtney Blackburn, Scott Kreinbring and Paula S. Sutton. Awards will be given for Low Gross, Closest-to-the-Pin, Longest Drive, Holes in One as well as drawing and door prizes. Tournament sponsors include Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Shell, Kroger, A.C. Collins Ford, Willie’s, Porter Truck Sales, Fuddruckers and Crown Trophy.

The format will be Scramble! Four Player Team Sponsorship $1,000; Hole Sponsor­ship, $250; Individual Player, $250.

For more information and to RSVP, visit careerandrecovery.org, or call 713-754-7008 or 713-754-7082. To ensure a spot, reservations should be made by Nov. 5.

Proceeds benefit Career and Recovery Resources’ programs, which are dedicated to providing people in need of employment with sound career advice. The agency offers career counseling and testing, job search assistance, computer training, mock interviews and other work related resources. Case management and employment services are provided for clients from all walks of life including returning veterans, homeless, persons with disabilities, literacy-challenged, older workers, at-risk adolescents, ex-offenders, and persons in substance abuse recovery. Other clients are college-educated or highly-skilled professionals who seek career coaching and counseling. In 2014, the agency served nearly 14,000 clients.

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SUGAR PLUM MARKET TO KICK OFF WITH PREVIEW NIGHT, NOV. 5

Shoppers will be treated to spectacular holiday décor, wonderful vendors, and a fantastic weekend of shopping at the annual Sugar Plum Market on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Stafford Centre. Proceeds from the Market will benefit local Fort Bend County charities. Presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann, the theme for the 15th annual market is “Let it Snow.”

Through generous patrons and sponsors, the Sugar Plum Market was able to donate needed funds to 18 different charities last year. In addition to the market’s title sponsor, Memorial Hermann, top sponsors include City of Stafford, Pamela Printing, Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes, Trustmark Bank and H-E-B.

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CFISD STUDENT MENTOR TRAINING SESSIONS, NOV. 5 AND NOV. 18

The Cy-Fair ISD community engagement department is seeking mentors to serve students throughout the 2015-16 school year.

The CFISD mentor program is a cooperative effort of volunteers from businesses, faith-based and/or nonprofit organizations, the community and the school district designed to encourage students (elementary through high school) to finish school and focus on future education and career goals.

A mentor is a suitable role model committed to helping a student with his/her academic and social development. More than 500 mentors are currently matched with students.

Prospective CFISD mentors are required to attend a training session, complete a global volunteer/mentor application and consent to a criminal history record check.

Training sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 5 from 9 to 10 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road). Registration is required at cyfairisd.formstack.com/forms/training.

More training sessions will occur throughout the year. Businesses that would like to schedule on-site mentor training
are asked to contact Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3950.

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Maria and Neil Bush will be honored at the Nov. 14 event for their work in literacy and education.

Maria and Neil Bush will be honored at the Nov. 14 event for their work in literacy and education.

ANNUAL “I WRITE” LUNCHEON AND BOOK SIGNING, NOV. 14

The Houston based nonprofit literacy organization, READ3Zero, will honor 68 student authors and illustrators nationwide at the 6th Annual I Write Luncheon and Book Signing with family, friends and local literacy leaders. On Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m., the celebration will begin with an Awards Ceremony for all professionally published student authors of the 6th anthology, “I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids,” at the Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston.

This year, honorees Neil and Maria Bush, co-chairs of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, will be recognized for their memorable work in literacy, service and education. The luncheon co-chairs, Michael Pearce and Matt Burrus, will join Great Day Houston host, Deborah Duncan, as the emcee for the afternoon.

“For six years our organization has helped young students become published authors, and we can’t wait to celebrate the commitment we have for students and their development in reading and writing with the city of Houston,” said Melissa M. Williams, children’s author and founder of READ3Zero.

The Editor’s Choice Recipients this year will read their short story or poem to the audience, followed by a special message by 12-time published, graduating author, Sarah Young. For the first time, the program will award a scholarship to one of its graduating seniors and hope to encourage the passion for literacy as they continue higher education. The luncheon will conclude with a book signing event, in which all the authors and illustrators will autograph their newly published books.

“It’s an exciting time for me as I continue to watch and nurture students who enjoy reading and writing as much as I do,” said Williams. “The I Write Program recognizes an outstanding group of students who show leadership skills at an early age and share their devotion to literacy and education with kids around the world.”

Founded in 2009 by Williams, a children’s author and public speaker, READ3zero has embarked on a mission to help share aspects of the literacy and publishing world, influencing the lives of children to learn outside the classroom. One of the primary creative projects at READ3Zero is the annual short-story contest, “I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids,” which emphasizes the concept that reading and writing go hand in hand. The program provides leadership and speaking opportunities to the students after they are published. Children are also allowed to submit drawings for the front and back cover of the book.

For the full schedule of events or to purchase tables or chairs for the luncheon, visit read3zero.org.

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LSC-CYFAIR’S CY-FEST 11, NOV. 7

Cy-Fest 11 offers festivities for all ages with a petting zoo, face painting, pony carousel, moonwalks, carnival rides and more on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lone Star College-CyFair.

This family event will include attractions such as holiday coloring stations, photo booth, live DJ, a mascot dance battle featuring LSC-CyFair’s Heavy D and others, and a pumpkin patch. In partnership with the Harris County Public Library, LSC-CyFair Branch, a new “Harvest of Heroes” zone will feature local law enforcement. Visitors can also receive information on area nonprofit organizations, learn about the college offerings and enjoy activities in the children’s library.

“The energy and enthusiasm involved in this event is a reflection of our community’s commitment to making Cy-Fair a wonderful place to live, work and raise our families,” said LSC-CyFair’s college relations executive director Michelle Tran. “Our sincere thanks go to many local businesses and community partners who donate resources and volunteer time to this free event that has been drawing thousands of smiles or more than a decade now.”

Event sponsors are Caldwell Companies-Towne Lake, Cypress Dentistry, eT Craft Burgers, Finesse Orthodontics, Follett, Friends of the Library at LSC-CyFair; Kids R Kids, Martial Arts USA, Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care, Northwest Digital Works, Primeway Credit Union, Sam’s Club, State Farm-Joel Muller, TXR Paintball, University of Houston-Downtown and Wells Fargo.

For event information, contact Tran at 281-290-3944 or visit LoneStar.edu/cy-fest.

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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.

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2015 SWING FOR SIRE, NOV. 9

The sixth annual Swing for SIRE Golf Tournament benefits veterans and honors those who have fought to preserve the country’s freedom. The event will take place on Monday, Nov. 9 at Willow Fork Country Club, a private course located at 21055 West­heimer Parkway.

The public is invited to participate, sponsor or donate to the tournament. Visit the events/calendar page on sire-htec.org for more information and to register.

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CY-FAIR REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEETING, NOV. 10

Cy-Fair Republican Women invites the public to the Nov. 10 meeting from 10:30 a.m.–noon at Hearthstone Country Club, 7615 Ameswood; the meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month. The cost to attend the meeting is $3; the cost of the meeting with lunch is $20. Michelle Samuelson will speak about social media and how to use it effectively.

Invite your friends and neighbors for informative and educational guest speakers and fellowship. Get to know your local candidates during the meet-and-greet. RSVP at cfrw.net by Nov. 3.

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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.

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ADULT/SENIOR GAMES, WEDNESDAYS

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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The City of Houston’s parade tradition includes colorful floats, high-flying balloons, celebrities and entertainment.

The City of Houston’s parade tradition includes colorful floats, high-flying balloons, celebrities and entertainment.

66TH ANNUAL H-E-B THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, NOV. 26

On Thursday, Nov. 26 from 9-11 a.m., the annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates “Houston on Parade” with a stellar showcase of the city’s finest attributes – from families, food, sports, the arts and entertainment adding a vibrant lift to this 66-year tradition.

Mayor Annise Parker joins a nonstop line up of imaginative floats and high-flying balloons, Santa Claus, marching bands, entertainers, community groups, sports favorites, celebrities and more.

This annual tradition attracts spectators of all ages and has been a holiday institution since Houston’s first Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s.

The parade will wind through 20 blocks of downtown Houston beginning at Lamar and Smith heading northeast to Walker toward Milam, hosting the longest stretch of the celebration. The route continues west on Pease to Louisiana through to Clay and onto Smith for the final leg that will end at Dallas and Brazos. Visit houstonthanksgivingparade.org for more information.

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2015 HOUSTON REMODELING GALA, NOV. 17

Bison Building Materials invites the public to the 2015 Houston Remodeling Gala on Nov. 17 at Brenner’s Steakhouse, 10911 Katy Freeway. Meet Houston’s finest remodelers and talk about your next remodeling project while enjoying gourmet food and delicious cocktails. Whether you’re looking for innovative design ideas or want to discuss how to make your home remodeling project a reality, the participating remodelers are established industry professionals with years of experience. RSVP to jennifer.wall@stocksupply.com or call 713-467-6700.

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CY-FAIR EXPRESS NETWORK SPEED NETWORKING EVENT, NOV. 19

The Cy-Fair Express Network Luncheon is a fun and lively speed networking event. It is a great way to get to know those in attendance, and at the same time, allow others to get to know you and your business.

This month’s meeting on Nov. 19 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.

Now over 50 members strong, CYFEN seeks to be a community and national leader for the support of professional women through business development, networking, education and mentoring activities. CYFEN is part of the national organization of American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), for more information go to CYFEN.org.

Founded in 1949, ABWA provides business training and networking opportunities for women of diverse occupations and backgrounds. ABWA has dedicated 60 years to women’s education, workplace skills and career development training. For more information, visit, abwa.org.

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THETA CHARITY ANTIQUES SHOW, NOV. 13-15

The Houston Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae organization will hold its 2015 Theta Charity Antiques Show “London’s Calling” at its new venue, the Bayou City Event Center located at 9401 Knight Road, Houston from Nov.13-15. A preview party is scheduled for Nov. 12.

In addition, guests will learn how antiques can be successfully incorporated into a variety of different lifestyles through a new interactive Designers Walk led by notable Houston design professionals Lindsey Herod, Jane Osborne, Ben Johnston, Bob Wakefield, Courtnay Tartt Elias and Bill Stubbs.

The show also spotlights four national and internationally renowned guest speakers, each focusing on unique aspects connected to the lifestyles and personalities of the historical eras represented in the show. Featured speakers are Cynthia Brumback, Bettie Beaerden Pardee, Rebecca Rabinow and Robert Edsel, author of Monument Men and founder and president of the Monument Men Foundation.

Visit thetacharityantiquesshow.com for more information.

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A spectacular fireworks display is in the works for the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event.

A spectacular fireworks display is in the works for the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event.

30TH ANNUAL UPTOWN HOUSTON HOLIDAY LIGHTING, NOV. 26

For more than a decade, Pyrotecnico has turned the Houston skies into a dazzling fireworks display of color and light for the 30th annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting. The family-owned business will once again bring its talent and fireworks acumen to the Thanksgiving night event on Thursday, Nov. 26, blending state-of-the-art technology and technicolor artistry.

Pyrotecnico uses satellite-linked GPS clocks on three area hotels, ensuring the fireworks shoot in perfect synchronicity. Each minute of a choreographed fireworks display takes approximately an hour to design, and Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting planners work with the Pyrotecnico team every year to create a fireworks display soundtrack that entertains and inspires.

“We have a wonderful show planned celebrating the 30th year,” said Constantine Vitale, Pyrotecnico founder. “There isn’t a bad seat in the house; just find your spot, sit back and enjoy the show!”

For the last 29 years, “Boulevard Bob” Luevano has made sure every light twinkles perfectly at the Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting. As the man behind the trees, Luevano is responsible for carefully executing the installation and maintenance of 80 holiday trees, the half-million tree lights and the 30-foot Garland Tree on Post Oak Boulevard and Loop 610 that is decorated with more than 80,000 lights. Luevano and his crew are also responsible for testing the tree lights and polishing more than 320 chrome tree bases each year.

“It’s hard to believe it has been 30 years. The Lighting has evolved quite a bit,” Luevano said. “Families who grew up coming, now bring their own kids. It’s a gathering of family and friends, and everybody just has a good time.”

The 30th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting celebration starts at 4 p.m. with the excitement growing throughout the evening in anticipation of Santa’s arrival and the illumination of 500,000 lights on 80 trees along Post Oak Boulevard and surrounding Uptown area. The spectacular fireworks extravaganza presented by Carnan Properties begins at 7 p.m. The celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, visit uptown-houston.com.

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(Front row, l-r): Sarah Cermak, Elizabeth Cermak, Courtney Reid, Evelyn Nava and Victoria Vasisko; (middle row) Katie McElroy, Isabella Wallace, Clarissa Wallace, Ariana Chaidez, Journey Rasmussen and Mary Damian; (back row): Grace Schlafer, Andreina Hurtado, Hannah Wilhelmsen, Henry Ginsburg, Bobby Ginsburg, Finn Adams and Paige Hacker. (Julie Hacker - photo)

(Front row, l-r): Sarah Cermak, Elizabeth Cermak, Courtney Reid, Evelyn Nava and Victoria Vasisko; (middle row) Katie McElroy, Isabella Wallace, Clarissa Wallace, Ariana Chaidez, Journey Rasmussen and Mary Damian; (back row): Grace Schlafer, Andreina Hurtado, Hannah Wilhelmsen, Henry Ginsburg, Bobby Ginsburg, Finn Adams and Paige Hacker. (Julie Hacker – photo)

CFISD STUDENTS TO PERFORM IN HRB PRODUCTION OF THE NUTCRACKER, DEC. 4-6

Twenty-three CFISD students have been cast in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s 14th annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Dec. 4-6, featuring HRB alumni Elizabeth Keller (principal, Ballet Idaho) as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Jared Matthews (principal, Houston Ballet and former CFISD student) as the Cavalier, with the Cypress Philhar­monic directed by Glynnes Lanthier.

Houston Repertoire Ballet (HRB) is Houston’s premier pre-professional ballet company. Founded by nationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome, HRB is celebrating its 20th anniversary season. For the last several years, HRB’s productions of The Nutcracker have sold out, prompting HRB to add an additional performance in 2015.

The HRB’s goal is to give young, talented, dedicated dancers the serious training needed for them to enter the professional world of dance; many of them advance to professional ballet companies throughout the country. HRB graduates have danced with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet and other companies. Purchase tickets at hrbdance.org.

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Miz Magnolia, a home included in a previous Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour, represents the type of holiday cheer visitors will experience on the 2015 Home Tour.

Miz Magnolia, a home included in a previous Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour, represents the type of holiday cheer visitors will experience on the 2015 Home Tour.

HOUSTON HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION 2015 HOLIDAY HOME TOUR, DEC. 4-5

On Friday, Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, 3-9 p.m. select homes in the Houston Heights will be decorated for the holiday season and opened to the public in this tour of one of the city’s most cherished neighborhoods, rich in its diverse mix of architectural styles (from Queen Anne elegance to 1920’s bungalow comfort to the urban energy of sleek contemporary spaces). The annual event attracts crowds of locals and is a popular holiday destination.

The Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour has become a favorite season destination, where visitors can enjoy holiday shopping in the antiques and vintage clothing shops, art galleries and eclectic boutiques. There are coffee shops available for a relaxing break or world-class restaurants for fine dining.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. Advance tickets may be purchased online or at select Houston Heights partner vendor locations: Buchanan’s, Jubilee and Another Place in Time. Day-of-the-tour tickets may be purchased at the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale. For more information and tickets, visit houstonheights.org.

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This memorable scene from A Christmas Story The Musical is only one of the favorites of the show.

This memorable scene from A Christmas Story The Musical is only one of the favorites of the show.

A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER, DEC. 8-20

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents A Christmas Story The Musical Dec. 8-20 at The Hobby Center for Performing Arts – Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St.

Prepare yourself for an all-American Christmas in the holiday show heralded by the Associated Press as “a charming triumph infused with utter joy.” In this clever musical adaptation of the 1983 film comedy, follow the childhood dreams and schemes of little Ralphie, whose heart is set on getting one thing and one thing only for Christmas – the official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.

Along the way, discover the stuff of pink nightmares (think bunny suit), the power of fishnet-clad lamps (careful, it’s fra-GEE-lay), and the wintry hazards of sticking a warm tongue to a cold metal pole. With its timeless scenes, quirky innocence and nostalgic warmth, this musical trip down memory lane will leave the whole family bright-eyed and buoyant. For more information, visit TUTS.com.

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BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, DEC. 27-JAN. 2

Broadway at the Hobby Center has announced the Houston premiere of Bullets Over Broadway, which was written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film. It was originally directed and choreographed on Broadway by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.

Tickets will be available at the Hobby Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com
or TheHobbyCenter.org. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-982-ARTS. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 888-451-5986 or sending an e-mail to houston.groups@­broadway­­across­america.com. The staged production of this worldwide smash-hit film will play at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts from Dec. 27 through Jan. 2.

The production received six Tony-Award nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography. Visit BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com for more information.


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