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Happenings in CY-FAIR November 2017

| November 1, 2017

Bagpipes, Scottish and Highland Dancers, as well as the best British baked goods this side of the pond are offered at the 44th annual British Festival.

Bagpipes, Scottish and Highland Dancers, as well as the best British baked goods this side of the pond are offered at the 44th annual British Festival.


The 44th British Festival opens on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at 1 Fluor Daniel Drive, Sugar Land, to the sounds of the magnificent Houston Highlander Pipe Band and the smell of home baked scones and biscuits. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a traditional British fete without making the trip across the Atlantic. Stands are packed with homemade cakes, jellies, jams and chutneys. Wonderful themed baskets are laden with goods. There are even gourmet dog biscuits, handmade dog beds, Christmas cakes and puddings, T-shirts and beautifully presented sweets that make for perfect hostess gifts or Christmas presents.

There is entertainment for all the family, from Scottish and Highland Dancers to the Houston British International School a Capella Choir, from Tiny the Clown to Joel the Magician, and more. And after the shopping and entertainment, relax in the pub or the tea room (offering traditional afternoon tea).

The British Festival is run by the Daughters of the British Empire. Funds raised are disrupted between different charities that are chosen yearly by the DBE.

Ticket are $5 and the event is free for children under 12. For more information, visit dbetexas.org or call 832-640-7954.




Kick off the holidays at the 37th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Rockin’ and Shoppin’” at NRG Center from Nov. 8-12. Over 280 merchants from across the country will participate and showcase their unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, apparel, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.

The Market’s theme this year is “Rockin’ and Shop­pin,” carefully selected by Market chairman Myrna Fisch. The theme celebrates the fun shopping experience Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market provides.

Ten percent of all merchandise sales, plus the proceeds from admission and special event tickets, stays right here in Houston supporting the various programs of Houston Ballet and its Academy.

Over 45 new merchants will make their debut at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. This year’s new items include decorative Santas from the new Santa Barre, custom-made wreaths for any occasion, interactive crawfish boil sets for kids, vibrant high-quality Native and American jewelry pieces, homemade baked dog treats, and baking and serving options.

General admission tickets are now on sale online at Ticketmaster and at all Randalls locations across Houston. Special event tickets (Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon), Early Bird and group sale general admission tickets can be purchased now by calling 713-535-3231. Market days and hours are Thursday-Friday, Nov. 9 and 10, 10 a.m. -8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit NutcrackerMarket.com.


The Thanksgiving Day Parade runs from 9-11 a.m. and winds through the streets of Downtown.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade runs from 9-11 a.m. and winds through the streets of Downtown.


Join H-E-B to kick-off the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 23 with the 68th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade – a stunning showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands and live entertainment.

Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Houston Foley’s department store. Since then, the Thanksgiving Day parade has gone through a few changes, but it remains a 68-year-old holiday tradition showcasing the Houston community and entertaining thousands of parade-goers lining the streets on Thanksgiving morning.

The Parade begins at 9 a.m. winding through 20 blocks of downtown Houston beginning at Smith and Lamar, moving north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas. The event will end at 11 a.m.

A limited amount of seats are available at the parade’s starting line, and can be purchased through the website. Visit houstonthanksgivingparade.org for more information.



Like so many in the community, Cy-Hope sustained significant loss during Hurricane Harvey. The agency lost half of the backpacks for its Backpack Feeding Program due to flooding in the Backpack Barn, and the Hope Chest Resale Market took in three feet of water, wiping out most of the store’s inventory, causing a great deal of structural damage and causing the loss of at least a month of income.

The annual Larry Dierker Celebrity Golf Shootout fundraising event on Nov. 2 at BlackHorse Golf Club is crucial to funding Cy-Hope’s programs. Since many of the group’s personal and business supporters were negatively impacted by the flood, the organizers have reduced the cost for those affected. Any participants who were negatively affected by Hurricane Harvey – whether individuals or businesses – can opt to register a team at the reduced rate of $1,500 instead of the current $2,000 rate.

For more event information or to register your team, visit cy-hope.org.


An iconic scene from the movie is when Ralphie's friend, Flick, gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole. Here the actor rehearses.

An iconic scene from the movie is when Ralphie’s friend, Flick, gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole. Here the actor rehearses.


Stageworks Theatre announces its holiday show of the 2017-2018 season, A Christmas Story: The Musical, lyrics written by Pasek & Paul and based on the movie and book titled the same by Joseph Robinette. The musical is directed by Katie Harrison, with music direction by Sam Brown and choreography by Adam Delka. The show runs Nov. 24-Dec. 17 at Stageworks Theatre on the Garza Mainstage, 10760 Grant Road, Houston.

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts – an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.

All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as Ralphie to the Rescue!, A Major Award, Sticky Situation, Up on Santa’s Lap, Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana and the inevitable You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at stageworkstx.org or by phone at 281-587-6100. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.



AHFC Premier Goalkeepers (GK) Program will be held on Friday evenings. The objectives are to further aid current goalkeepers’ development and to develop any prospective goalkeepers.

Non-AHFC players are welcome per league, club and associations rules.

Block 2 training will be held on Nov. 3 and 10 and will run on a pattern where keepers will train for two weeks, have one week off, followed by two weeks of training to complete the block. The second block of training will be slightly different due to prior engagements with the coaching staff. All sessions will be held at Campbell Road Sports Park (CRSP 3601 Campbell Rd.).

Age brackets and times are: U11 – U14, 6-7 p.m. and U15 – U18, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cost is $120. To register visit albionhurricanes.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 (Copper­field and Hearthstone areas) at 281-463-0373 or George Crowl (Jersey Village area) at 832-467-1998.



Active military personnel, veterans and their families are invited to a fun picnic lunch. Join Shield Bearer and Louetta Automotive for free food, music, games and goodies on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Louetta Automotive 14031 Telge, Cypress.

RSVP by Oct. 27 at shieldbearer.org/picnic for a chance to win a $100 Pappas Gift Card, Carnauba Car Wash and $50 Louetta Automotive Gift Card. Contact events@shieldbearer.org or call 281-894-7222 with any questions.

Shield Bearer, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening individuals, couples, and families, offers professional counseling services, prevention programs, and training on a sliding scale in five Houston area locations. Volunteers welcome. Visit shieldbearer.org for details.



Join The Brookwood Community for its 32nd annual Golf Benefit on Monday, Nov. 6, at Weston Lakes Country Club. Brookwood invites the public to participate and raise funds for the Citizens who live and work at the Community.

The Brookwood Community provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities. For more information on how to form a fundraising team, become a corporate sponsor or make a donation, contact Jennifer Tiedt by phone at 281-375-2114, via email at jennifert@brookwoodcommunity.org or online at brookwoodcommunity.org.



Take a trip to Norway in Houston on Nov. 10-12 at the Norwegian Christmas Bazaar held at the Norwe­gian Seamen’s Church, 4309 Young Street, Pasadena.

Unique holiday gifts, such as Scandinavian Christ­mas decorations, trolls, Nisser, Swedish linens and Norwegian jewelry, will be available for purchase, along with raffle prizes and a silent auction. On Saturday, enjoy folk dancing. Visit the bakery for Norwegian speciality cookies and breads and a wide selection of Scandinavian foods. Have lunch in the cafeteria, where you can enjoy open-faced sandwiches and cream cakes.

Event hours are Friday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 12, noon-4 p.m.

For more information, call 281-998-8366.



At the Nov. 17 Cy-Fair Express Network Luncheon (CYFEN), members and guests will participate in a fun, quick-paced Speed Networking Event. This is a great way to meet and get to know those in attendance and at the same time allow others to get to know you and your business. The public is invited.

This month’s extended CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 10 a.m. followed with a prompt 10:30 a.m. start of the program. Luncheons are held at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd.

Now over 60 members strong, CYFEN’s vision is to be a community and national leader for the support of professional women by providing a nurturing environment for business development, networking, education and mentoring. Members have opportunities to pursue excellence and achieve both local and national recognition. CYFEN is part of the national organization of American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), for more information go to CYFEN.org. For more information, visit abwa.org.




Houston Grand Opera continues its annual holiday opera series with the world premiere of The House without a Christmas Tree from the sought-after composer/librettist team of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek, based on the story by Gail Rock and beloved 1972 television film of the same name.

Soprano and HGO Studio alumna Lauren Snouffer stars as the precocious daughter Addie Mills, who struggles to understand why her father, played by baritone and HGO Studio alumnus Daniel Belcher, so strongly resents the holidays. The role of Grandma Mills will be sung by soprano Patricia Schuman. The work will also include a children’s chorus. James Robinson will create the production and Patrick Summers will conduct.

This production will now be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center instead of the Wortham Theater. For tickets and more information, visit
houstongrandopera.org or call 713-228-6737.




Join The Brookwood Community on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for a weekend full of fun, shopping and yuletide cheer at the annual Brookwood Christmas Open House event benefiting Brookwood’s adults with disabilities, known as Citizens. Come shop for a good cause and let your retail dollar do double duty, just in time for the holidays.

Conveniently located off of I-10 ten minutes west of Katy, visitors can shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center filled with the Citizens’ handcrafted products, unique holiday home décor and gifts, clothing, jewelry and an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously cared for by the Citizens. Shoppers can enjoy a delicious lunch in Brookwood’s gourmet Café and take a self-guided tour of the campus. The Brookwood Citizens will also perform a Christmas pageant both days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. which is always the highlight of the weekend and sure to put the entire family in the holiday spirit.

Founded over 30 years ago, The Brookwood Community has provided an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and awakens real purpose for adults with disabilities. As a nonprofit organization that does not accept any government funding, Brookwood relies on the support of events like Open House to fund the work programs and residential homes that serve over 225 adults. For more information, call 281-375-2100 or visit brookwoodcommunity.org.



The Lobo Band Winter Concert and Auctions are scheduled for Dec. 12-13 in the school auditorium and cafeteria at Langham Creek High School, 17610 FM 529, Houston. Dinner and auctions start at 5:30 p.m. and performances run 6:30-9 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this fun event. The evening will include concert music, a talent show with performances by Colorguard Squads, live and silent auctions, and dinner provided by Adriatic Café. The dinner and auctions are fundraisers for the band and Colorguard.

For dinner tickets or more information, contact Beth Wentworth at 832-687-3290.



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.


“For Hire” curators, Faythe Levine and Sam Macon.

“For Hire” curators, Faythe Levine and Sam Macon.



This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, explores the rich history and current renaissance of hand-lettered signs in For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America. The exhibition, which runs through Jan. 7, showcases a range of contemporary sign painters who use traditional methods to create banners, sandwich boards, paper signs, murals, fictional advertisements, and more. Some pieces will be installed from the start of the show, while others will be created in the gallery, during public hours, over the course of the exhibition. This will allow visitors to witness, firsthand, a variety of sign-painting processes.

As recently as the 1980s, storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled crafts and trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into the modern landscape. Fortunately, there is a current resurgence in the trade and a growing trend of business owners seeking out traditional sign painters. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.



Celebrate the return of cooler fall weather by exploring the 155-acre nature sanctuary at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. With five miles of walking trails accessible free of charge, observation decks, and an indoor Discovery Room, this urban oasis is the perfect place to relax and recharge.

Special events include the following:

A Taste of Honey – Saturday, Nov. 11, 6-8 p.m. Celebrate the fall harvest with the sweet taste of honey. Local beekeeper Nicole Buergers offers a guided honey tasting while she answers your questions about bees and honey. You’ll enjoy a sample of mead (honey wine) and a selection of fruits and cheeses, along with Saint Arnold beer and Katz Coffee. Support local honey producers and pollinator conservation. $40 member / $65 nonmember. Ages 16 and up.

DIY Paper, Saturday, Nov. 18, 1-3 p.m. Add a personal touch to your holiday gifts with beautiful, homemade paper. Make your own recycled paper for cards, ornaments and even special seed paper to plant in the garden. Everything you need to make paper, including the option to make special paper shapes for cards, gift tags or ornaments, is provided. $20 member / $35 nonmember. Ages 16 and up.

For more information about the trails, go to houstonarboretum.org/visit/plan-your-visit/trails. For a complete list of classes, visit houstonarboretum.org.

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