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Happenings in CY-FAIR October 2015

| October 1, 2015

The Memorial Garden officially opens Oct. 1

The Memorial Garden officially opens Oct. 1


Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) and its Family Violence Center, along with domestic violence programs across the country, have set aside the month of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For the average 121 Texas women who die each year due to violence in their relationships, hundreds of others continue to struggle in these dangerous situations. Leaving, being safe, getting help and becoming self-sufficient is never as easy as it sounds to the rest of us.

For the second year in a row, NAM is asking community members to encourage those who continue to struggle by reminding them they “Are Not Alone.” Several ways to get involved are:

Memorial Garden – This place of remembrance honors those women and the families that suffered their loss. It will officially open on Oct. 1 at 8 a.m. with a moment of silence and placement of purple memorial flags to represent these women and their stories. The Memorial Garden is located in front of the main building at 15555 Kuyken­dahl Rd. Community members can sign a yellow flag to show their support and place it in the garden. Free flags are available at NAM’s resale store in its main building.

Social Media Posting – Community members can also use social media to spread awareness of domestic violence. The Family Violence Center has sample posts with information on domestic violence including statistics, warning signs and where to find help. Supporters can “like” NAM’s Facebook page to see these posts during October. Another way to help is to snap a picture of you or a group of people, holding a sign with the hashtag #YouAreNotAloneDV and uploading it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Awareness Posters – The Family Violence Center has three different outreach flyers in both Spanish and English which include its 24-Hour Hotline number, 281-885-HOPE or toll-free at 1-888-750-HOPE. For more information contact NAM’s Family Violence Center at 281-885-4673.



North Cypress Medical Center (NCCC) has announced its partnership with the Oncology Massage Alliance (OMA) to be the first Houston area institution to offer free hand and foot massage services to cancer patients and caregivers by trained oncology massage therapists.

Janet Kantenberger, North Cypress cancer liaison/oncology social worker, stated, “We are proud to be offering oncology massage to our patients as part of our commitment to provide supportive services to them during their cancer treatment. Massage helps with relaxation and stress reduction, which not only helps them feel better during treatment, but also assists in the overall healing of the patient.”

Hand and feet chair massages are offered free of charge one day a week to patients for a 20-minute session in Radiation Oncology. The OMA is a nonprofit organization with the mission to help reduce stress, promote healing and provide emotional support for oncology patients through oncology massage. The trained licensed oncology massage therapists of OMA have already provided free hand and foot massages to over 5,000 patients all over Texas. NCCC is the first in the greater Houston area to join with this organization.

For more information, visit OMA’s website oncologymassagealliance.org or contact Janet Kantenberger at 832-912-3658.

The NCCC has also announced its partnership with the Langham Creek Family YMCA in conjunction with the LIVESTRONG Foundation to help cancer survivors achieve their health goals through a free, 12-week program. The Langham Creek Family YMCA is offering this special program to NCCC patients comprised of a complimentary 12-week family membership, two 90-minute sessions a week and a small group environment with several instructors. The program runs through Dec. 9. It serves to help survivors regain their spirits, strengthen their minds and bodies, and use physical activity to improve their wellbeing.

“We are thrilled and so appreciative to the Langham Creek YMCA for reaching out to NCCC to offer this
to our patients undergoing cancer treatment,” stated Kantenberger.

Those wishing to participate must have their physician’s approval and meet with a Wellness Coach. Langham Creek Family YMCA is located at 16275 Longenbaugh Dr.

For more information about the YMCA program, call 281-859-6143 or email selena.henderson@ymcahouston.org.

The NCCC provides chemotherapy and radiation treatment to those diagnosed with cancer. They are committed to providing state-of-the-art cancer care in a warm and caring atmosphere. The Center is located in Professional Building I of the North Cypress Medical Center in Suite 110.




Matilda The Musical, is coming to Houston as part of Theatre Under The Stars’ 2015/16 season. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the first national tour of Matilda The Musical will be coming to The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 6 – 18.

Winner of 50 international awards including 4 Tony Awards and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin. For more event information, visit TUTS.com/events.


Klein Oak High School student Thomas Wenglinski will perform in a jazz concert to raise donations for the Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries.

Klein Oak High School student Thomas Wenglinski will perform in a jazz concert to raise donations for the Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries.


To complete his Eagle Scout project, Klein Oak High School senior Thomas Wenglinski is using music to benefit the Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (T.E.A.M.).   A jazz concert, performed by students from the Klein and Spring school districts, will be held at the Tomball United Methodist Church located at 1603 Baker Drive, on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 7-9 p.m.

The price of concert admission is a per-person donation of new items for teens in the 13-16-age range, including gift cards (Wal-Mart, Ross, Academy, Marshall’s), school supply sets, watches, wallets, makeup sets and advanced Lego sets.

T.E.A.M. is a nonprofit organization serving clients in the Tomball area with a food pantry, clothing distribution facility and counseling services. T.E.A.M. assists over 12,000 people each year. In addition to the targeted donations for concert admission, T.E.A.M accepts new or gently used clothing, furniture and household items, as well as monetary donations. T.E.A.M. is located at 300 West Main, Tomball. Donations can be mailed or drop­ped off and should reference the Thomas Wenglinski Eagle project.

Visit facebook.com/jazzforTEAM or teamtomball.com for more information.



North Cypress Medical Center is hosting its 9th annual Project Pink event on Saturday, October 24 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the beautiful hospital lobby. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Event attendees will learn about the latest in breast cancer research and treatment from leading breast cancer specialists at North Cypress and preview the hottest fall fashions from Macy’s. The event is known each year for its fabulous silent auction, fun and lively fashion show by Macy’s and celebration of breast cancer survivors. Lunch will be provided by Merche Restaurant and guests will leave with fun gift bags.

Ticket prices are $65 each or $600 for a table of 10. VIP tables of 10 are available for $1,000 and offer luxurious benefits such as valet parking, front row seating, upgraded gift bags and more. For more information, visit ncmc-projectpink.com or call 832-912-3692.



The Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation of Texas celebrates 30 years of service in North Houston. The celebration, “Click­ing Our Heels through 30 Years – An Emerald Affair” will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel.

Funds raised from the celebration will support the Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation of Texas, a nonprofit scholarship fund which awards annual scholarships to high performing scholars from Aldine, Cy-Fair, Humble, Klein, and Spring Indepen­dent School Districts.

The celebration will also highlight and honor “Houston’s Finest,” individuals who are making an impact in the areas of health equity, social justice, education (disadvantaged communities) and community redevelopment.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at clickingourheels30.eventbrite.com. Cost is $100 for general admission and $130 for VIP access. Tables and sponsorships are available, a portion of which are tax deductible. For more information call 832-545-8403 or email ehlfoundationoftexas@gmail.com.


Dr. Betty Devine

Dr. Betty Devine


The Houston Choral Society (HCS), in one of the most highly anticipated collaborations of the season, joins forces with Prairie View A&M University Concert Chorale to present Shout for Joy. The concert will be conducted by Betty Devine, HCS artistic director and A. Jan Taylor, director of choral music activities at Prairie View A&M University, on Saturday, Oct. 3, at The Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road. Taylor will present a pre-concert lecture titled “African-American Spirituals: The Choral Arrange­ments” at 7 p.m. that provides an insightful look at African-American spirituals and the impact they have had on American music. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

The 100-plus voice joint choir begins The Houston Choral Society’s 28th season with Adolphus Hailstork’s opening piece “Shout for Joy.” Hailstork said, “I wanted to capture the feeling of a great European festival anthem while using African-American sounds.” The choir also performs four African-American spirituals arranged by Robert Shaw, Jestor Hairston and Moses Hogan. The first half of the concert closes with a jazzed-up version of Beethoven’s Ninth with the energetic rendition of “Joyful, Joyful,” from Sister Act 2. The second half of the concert features softer expressions of joy by some of the world’s most well-known composers including Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Chesnokov.

Hailstork, professor of music and composer-in-residence at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, will be attending the concert as a guest of The Houston Choral Society.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors/students/veterans, and $10 for children ages 5 and younger. Group rates are available. Tickets are available online at houstonchoral.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


Guests enjoy the fashion show at the 2014 Jeans & Jewels Luncheon and Style Show.

Guests enjoy the fashion show at the 2014 Jeans & Jewels Luncheon and Style Show.


Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) is selling tickets and tables for its two popular fall events, the Jeans & Jewels Luncheon and Style Show, and the Jeans & Jewels Gala.

This year’s luncheon will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at Shirley Acres. The event features lunch, a fashion show with styles from Cavender’s and Anything Bling, and shopping at Kendra Scott and Elaine Turner tables. This year’s honoree is Pauline Adams, and the luncheon chairs are Pam Hughes and Thelma Marsh. Tickets are $65 each, and tables start at $650. A limited number of tickets are still available.

The 2015 Jeans & Jewels Gala will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The Gala features dinner, silent and live auctions, and music by The Drywater Band. This year’s honorees are Linda and Joe Fowler. The gala chairs are Brenda Anderson and Peggy Jo Coker. Tickets are $200 and tables start at $2,000.

Proceeds from Jeans & Jewels benefit Northwest Assistance Ministries, a non-profit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education, safety and financial education. In fiscal year 2013-2014, NAM touched the lives of more than 131,000 people through its many programs and services. Visit namonline.org, call 281- 885-4605 or email rbarnes@­namonline.org for further event information.


College Night 1


CFISD’s 21st annual districtwide College Night is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road).

More than 200 colleges, universities, and technical and specialty schools will be represented at the event, which is open to all 11th- and 12th-grade CFISD students and parents.

All students must have a ticket to enter the Berry Center. Students may register online at gotocollegefairs.com. Tickets will be distributed by high school counselors prior to Oct. 7.

Large group presentations will be held throughout the evening for financial aid (in English and Spanish), Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Houston, Rice University and Lone Star College.

For more information, view the College Night flyer online at cfisd.net.



Join Cy-Hope in supporting Kookin’ for Kids 2015 benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital. This BBQ cook-off event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, at Langham Creek ACE Hardware at 18020 FM 529 in Cypress. Tickets are $5 at the door to taste all of the great BBQ and vote for the people’s choice award. The day’s events include 10 a.m. to noon – People’s Choice tasting; 1:15 p.m. – judging begins; 3:15 p.m. – awards ceremony.

The celebrity judges for this event include Trent Brooks, a renowned pit master and owner of Brooks’ Place Barbeque, who has been recognized by Texas Monthly Magazine as one of the top 50 BBQ spots in Texas; Bill Brown, an Astros broadcaster for the last 29 years, who has been inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and the Houston Astros Media Wall of Honor; Larry Dierker, a former pitcher for the Houston Astros, a popular announcer, and a successful manager; and Jennifer Tyler, the mid-day DJ (known as the mid-day Diva) on The Eagle, Houston’s classic rock station.



The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) will hold its 18th annual Salute to the Stars Gala on Oct. 15 at the Berry Center. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has been underwriting Salute to the Stars since 2013. Sponsors include Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union, IBI Group, Community Impact Newspaper, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Prairie View A&M University, Station & Ayers Insurance Services and Consulting, LLC, and Stone Gate Home Owners Association.

Salute to the Stars has raised more than $2 million for innovative staff development programs for district teachers and instructional leaders, and scholarships for graduating seniors in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. The Salute to the Stars gala honors CFISD “Spotlight Teachers” who are chosen by campus principals for their dedication in providing valuable instruction to students.

Sponsorships are still available for Salute to the Stars. For more information contact marie@thecfef.org.


Audience members will recognize many familiar characters in the JHFAC production of Into the Woods.

Audience members will recognize many familiar characters in the JHFAC production of Into the Woods.


One of the most famous works of Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods, is coming to the Houston Family Arts Center. This twisted musical of our favorite fairy tale characters opens on the Garza Main Stage,10760 Grant Road, Oct. 16-Nov. 8.

Into the Woods is not just a fairy tale mash-up,” says director, Sam Brown. “True, it does feature many well-known characters in the same story, but audiences will be surprised at some of the twists and turns that are present. It’s a beautiful world that is being created, but audiences should be aware that it’s not a Disney-fied world that they’ll be walking into. One doesn’t necessarily expect to empathize and identify with princes and witches. Our cast does a magnificent job of finding the truth in these characters. I’m most interested in seeing how these iconic, seemingly two-dimensional figures can be shown as a true and authentic reflection of what we as a collective society experience.”

Performances of Into the Woods are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. The Halloween performance on Oct. 31 will be a matinee at 3 p.m. There will not be an evening performance on Oct. 31. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at houstonfac.com, or by phone at 281-587-6100. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.



Cy-Fair Republican Women invites the public to attend the sixth biennial High Heels & High Tea on Friday, Oct. 23 at Shirley Acres, 217 Woerner Road. This event will be the fundraiser to support local candidates and the CFRW Scholarship Fund for 2016 and will replace the second Tuesday meeting for October.

The event will feature a luncheon with elected officials and candidates, a fashion show, live and silent auctions, vendor showcase and more.

Tickets are available from any CFRW member and event coordinator Edith Gibson at egib@sbcglobal.net. Ticket price is $75.

For more information, visit cfrw.net.


2015 Haras Cup will be a three-day event featuring an equestrian soiree.

2015 Haras Cup will be a three-day event featuring an equestrian soiree.

2015 HARAS CUP, OCT. 23-25

Haras Hacienda will be the site for the three days of parties for the Haras Cup’s national and international competition in the Working Equitation International Association USA governed championship. Located at 26427 Peden Road, Magnolia, the events, benefitting Kids’ Meals, will be held Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25. The horse show is complimentary and open to the public.

The event will encompass three days of National and International riders competing in a Working Equitation International Association USA (WEIAUSA) governed championship with six levels of competition from Youth to Advanced.

Friday, October 23, 11:30 a.m. – Horsey Crazy Fashion Show & Luncheon – Fashions are from four premier designers and a retail store: Josē Sanchez, ladies and men’s leather designer fashions; Linda Cunning­ham, ladies designer attire; Lucho, high-end men’s fashions; and Pat Dahnke, designer of an artistic line of western style ready-to-wear. Lunch is provided by Haras Catering. Tickets are $100.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m. – Eques­trian Dream Soiree Dinner Gala – A cocktail attired event that includes dinner and dancing, a performance by Virtuosi of Houston accompanied by dancing horses, a dancing horse joined by a ballerina, and riding exhibitions by the Catalena Cowgirls and elaborately costumed Charros. Tickets are $250.

Sunday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. – Hat Derby Brunch – The brunch begins with the working equitation speed competition, then brunch provided by Haras Catering and the popular Ladies Hat Derby Contest. Tickets are $150. For more information or tickets, call 281-259-4861, email Info@Harasdc.us or visit HarasCup.com.


A previous winner in the kids’ costume contest.

A previous winner in the kids’ costume contest.


During the annual Moody Gardens Ghostly Gardens Halloween celebration, children and their families can participate in free trick-or-treating, Creepy Crafts, face-painting and other fun activities on Oct. 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will also include a kids costume contest for children 12 years old and younger. Prizes will be awarded to the participant with the best costume in each of the different age groups.

The costume contest will kick off at 3 p.m. in the Garden Lobby of the Visitor’s Center. All other activities will be held in various locations throughout the Moody Gardens complex. All guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume the day of the event. Families with at least one member in a Halloween costume will receive a special discount to the Rainforest Pyramid, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, SPEED, MG 3D Theater, 4D Theater and Colonel Paddlewheel, paying just $5 per attraction per person. For more information, call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.


zombie stomp


Cypress Creek Lakes will host its second annual Zombie Stomp on Saturday, Oct. 24. All proceeds benefit Cy-Hope, whose mission is to make life better for kids in Cy-Fair who are economically, relationally and spiritually disadvantaged. Cy-Hope received a $15,000 donation from the proceeds of last year’s run.

This race route is through the beautiful master-planned community of Cypress Creek Lakes, near the community’s Phase 3 Recreation & Welcome Center and several sections of the neighborhood south of Tuckerton Road.

Times for the events are as follows:

8 a.m. – 5-K Race Start; 9 a.m. –­ 1 mile Family Run/Walk; Post Race Celebration ends at 11 a.m. This is a chip-timed race and a USATF-certified course.

Everyone who participates will receive a race T-shirt and goodie bag plus a finisher MEDAL. There will be a $250 cash award for overall top female and male finishers; a $100 cash award for top finisher in each gender/age group; engraved award medals for top three finishers in each gender/age group; and prize drawings for non-runners at the post-race party.

Even if you aren’t running or walking, this event has something for everyone. Hosted by CBS Radio, there will be free food, a pumpkin patch, face painting and a bounce house for the kids. Event emcee Lauren from MIX 96.5 will judge the best costume contest, which has a $100 prize. You may even run into a zombie or two! Join this fun, family fall event and help make this year’s Zombie Stomp another huge success. Register for the event on Active.com.


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The 2015 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Putting on the Ritz” will be held at NRG Center from Nov. 12-15, with almost 300 merchants from across the country selling unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, clothing, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.

From humble beginnings in a community church in 1981, Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, which now marks its 35th year, has grown to become the second-largest charity event at NRG Park. As is the tradition, each year the market takes on a new theme, and this year’s is “Putting on the Ritz.” Think glitz and glamor! This year’s market proudly honors all the shoppers who have made the market what it is today.

Each year, a handful of new vendors make their debut. This year’s Market goers will discover new items from local Houston businesses, plus a variety of interesting and one-of-a-kind items from other places. Some familiar favorites return, with food from Texas Tamale Co. and Donne Di Domani, decorative accessories and gifts from Paul Michael Co., ornamental metal accessories from The Round Top Collection, and Christmas wreaths and decorations from Clutter Yule Love.

General admission tickets go on sale to the public starting Oct. 19 at all Houston Randalls, and tickets will also be available for purchase online through Ticketmaster. Special event tickets (Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, and Macy’s Fashion Show and Holiday Brunch) and four-day priority tickets can be purchased by calling 713-535-3231.

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