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Happenings in CY-FAIR October 2016

| October 1, 2016

Mamma Mia! returns to Houston for its farewell tour.

Mamma Mia! returns to Houston for its farewell tour.


Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center season as a part of its final farewell tour. Only four performances will play on Oct. 6, 7 and 9 at the Hobby Center located at 800 Bagby Street in Houston’s Theater District.

Mamma Mia! is one of the most successful musicals of all time, the eighth-longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years on Broadway. The West End production is now in its 18th year. To date, Mamma Mia! has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 50 productions in 16 different languages.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” this show is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

The performance schedule for Mamma Mia! is: Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $35 and are available by phone at 800-982-2787; online at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org; or at the Hobby Center Box Office, 800 Bagby.


The Day of the Dead display at the NMFH.

The Day of the Dead display at the NMFH.


The Halloween season in Houston wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the National Museum of Funeral History. This year, the Museum is celebrating everyone’s favorite spooky holiday during the full month of October (and into the beginning of November). Families have the chance to explore a variety of Halloween happenings with the Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos celebration, complete with storytelling, costumes, crafts, candy and more. Please note: all events require paid admission to the Museum. For more information about these events, visit nmfh.org.


Lee Carrier was selected as the featured artist of the month in August.

Lee Carrier was selected as the featured artist of the month in August.


CFISD visual arts coordinator Lee Carrier was selected in August as the featured artist of the month for the Community Artists’ Collective (CAC), who will showcase her artwork at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The CAC, which gave Carrier her start as a professional artist 10 years ago, will have a booth at the convention, which draws more than 15,000 visitors each year.

“This year my goal was to exhibit my work at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, and after sharing my goal with Michelle Barnes, the executive director of CAC, my dream was made a reality,” Carrier said. “The organization has continued to support my art career for the past 10 years by providing opportunities and I am forever grateful.”

At the CAC booth, Carrier will exhibit a selection of small pieces from her “New Tribe” art series, as well as a five-foot painting installation she uses to create street art murals.

“I would like the audience to see my versatility with painting on varied art surfaces,” Carrier said. “I cannot tell you how excited I am.”

A Cypress Springs High School alumna and former art teacher at Cypress Lakes High School, Carrier said the opportunity will allow her to be a role model for students and show them how to strive for a goal. “It’s possible to be a working artist, but my calling was really a love of teaching,” she said. Learn more at thecollective.org.



Christ Clinic’s 5th Annual Breakfast for a Blessing will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Omni Hotel at Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway in Houston. Keynote speaker will be H-E-B President Scott McClelland.

Christ Clinic is a nonprofit charity medical clinic located at 25722 Kingsland Blvd., Suite 111 in Katy. The clinic provides quality healthcare without any state or federal subsidies for nearly 4,500 uninsured adults who work and live throughout the Greater West Houston area. With the population of uninsured adults in Texas on the rise, the need for quality and affordable healthcare is steadily increasing.

The average attendance for Breakfast with a Blessing is 400, and this year’s fundraising goal is $100,000. As with all funds received by Christ Clinic, 86 percent goes directly to patient care.

Many sponsorship levels and benefits are available for the Breakfast. For more information, contact Development Assistant Michael Peterson at 832-913-8476 or michael@christclinickaty.org.


Olga Kifyak will be Princess Aurora and Eugeniy Svetlitsa will dance Prince Désiré during the 35-city U.S. tour.

Olga Kifyak will be Princess Aurora and Eugeniy Svetlitsa will dance Prince Désiré during the 35-city U.S. tour.


The Russian Grand Ballet is pleased to announce the performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” in Stafford, on Friday, October 7 at the Stafford Centre. at 7:30 p.m. The Russian Grand Ballet brings the classic ballet to life with Russia’s brightest ballet stars to perform the full-length production.

Tickets can be purchased through StaffordCentre.com, by phone at 281-208-6900, or at the Stafford Centre Box Office.

The Russian Grand Ballet has established a reputation for talent and versatility by touring the world with both full-length traditional ballets and shorter ‘divertissements.’ Its Ballet Master, Honored Artist of Russia, Vladimir Troshchenko, is highly dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet. The Honored artist of Ukraine Olga Kifyak will be dancing Princess Aurora, with The Honored Artist of Ukraine Eugeniy Svetlitsa as Prince Désiré for this 35-city U.S. tour.

The ballet is in three acts with two intermissions, with music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa, revised by Vladimir Troshchenko, and libretto by Ivan Vsevolozhskiy and Marius Petipa.

For more information, contact Gulya Hartwick at info@RussianGrandBallet.com or 347-901-3042.


The Salute to the Stars Gala is held annually to raise funds for staff development grants and student scholarships.

The Salute to the Stars Gala is held annually to raise funds for staff development grants and student scholarships.


The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) will host the 19th Annual Salute to the Stars Gala on Oct. 13 at the Berry Center 8877 Barker Cypress Road. The black-tie, celebratory event will honor 87 CFISD Spotlight teachers from 2015-2016, one from each district campus.

Dinner, entertainment, live auction and a raffle will be featured as community and business leaders and elected and school officials give thanks to those who give so much to the students in CFISD.

Each spring, CFISD recognizes one teacher from each of its campuses who represents a unique balance of skill, art and heart in teaching students in his or her subject area or program.

The gala will also showcase the talent of district students, including scholarship winners as guest speakers, performances by the All-District Honor Choir and Cypress Creek High School drum line, and culinary arts students who will serve dinner to guests.

All proceeds go to the CFEF, which provides college scholarships for district students as well as staff development grants

This year’s underwriter will be Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. Other sponsors are IBI Group as the Superinten­dent Table Sponsor; Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union as the Red Carpet Premiere Sponsor; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Prairie View A&M University and Northwest Dodge as Teacher Appreciation Sponsors; and North Cypress Medical Center Hospital as the Floral Sponsor. Additional table sponsorships are available.

Visit thecfef.org/qsot-event/salute-to-the-stars for more details or call Marie Holmes at 281-807-3591 or email marie@thecfef.org.




The Cy-Woods Crimson Cadettes Drill Team will host its 11th annual dance clinic for K –12th grade students from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 15. Participants will learn dance technique from Crimson Cadette team members. Registration includes specially choreographed routines for each age group, a t-shirt, drink and snack. Showoffs Performance will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Gym.

Register by Oct. 3 to receive the pre-registration price of $40. This is a major fund-raiser for the Cadettes that enables them to participate in activities throughout the 2016-2017 school year. For more information, email kat1964@­com­cast.net or visit crimson­cadettes.com, where there is a sign-up form and a link to PayPal for easy payment.




Stageworks Theatre presents Little Shop of Horrors Oct. 7-30 at the Stageworks Theatre,10760 Grant Road.

In a “not your typical boy-meets-girl” musical comedy that’s literally out of this world, a power-hungry, fast-talking plant vows to fulfill a down-on-his-luck fellow’s wildest fantasies.

A meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to Krelborn, as long as he keeps feeding it what is craves most…BLOOD. Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and its hankering for global domination.

“Most people remember Little Shop of Horrors as the musical movie starring Rick Moranis as the lovable Seymour and Steve Martin as a tyrannical dentist,” said Director Matthew Logan. “However, the movie musical was based on a B movie of the same name, starring a young Jack Nicholson. We wanted to add that ‘Nicholson’ flair, accentuating the dark comedy that makes the show interesting, funny and a little creepy. There­fore, with an incredible production team and choreographer, Dru Wiser, we made the plant living and breathing, unlike the typical puppet used in most productions. Our plant is made up of actors/dancers in bodysuits who create the monstrous plant, allowing the plant to move around, grow and create different shapes as it evolves. It also gives the show some originality that only live theatre can produce. In addition, the set and costume designs reflect the B-movie feel with a touch of Alfred Hitchcock.”

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets prices are adults $26, seniors (65+) $22 and students (3-18) $15. Visit stageworkstx.org for tickets or more information.


Tom and Darlis Fuller, long-time supporters of Northwest Assistance Ministries and honorees of the 2016 Jeans & Jewels Gala.

Tom and Darlis Fuller, long-time supporters of Northwest Assistance Ministries and honorees of the 2016 Jeans & Jewels Gala.


Tickets are on now on sale for the 18th Annual Jeans & Jewels Gala benefiting Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM).

The Jeans & Jewels Gala is NAM’s largest annual fundraiser and last year along with the Jeans & Jewels Wine Party and Jeans & Jewels Luncheon it raised more than $750,000 for the organization’s services to Neighbors in Need. This year’s Gala will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. Gala tables start at $2,000 and tickets are $200 per person. Gala sponsors are needed at a variety of levels and they’ll receive ad space and recognition in this year’s program.

The 2016 Jeans & Jewels Gala honors Tom and Darlis Fuller, both long-time supporters of NAM. Tom served as Board President of NAM’s Endowment Fund and continues to serve as chair of the Planned Giving Committee. Darlis began her journey with NAM as a Meals on Wheels volunteer and later as part of the Jeans & Jewels Committee. Honorary Chairs of this year’s event are NAM Board Chair Mike Watford and his wife Carol of The Woodlands. This year’s Gala will feature live music by The Drywater Band, dinner, dancing and more.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Samantha Gonzalez, Development Coordinator at 281- 885-4609 or visit namonline.org.



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.




Red Potato Market Days celebrates its third year and seventh show Oct. 21-22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. A Preview Party on Thursday Oct. 20 from 4-7p.m. kicks off the event. More than 70 vendors showcase vintage, antiques, painted furniture, lighting, eclectic finds, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery and handmade soaps and crafts. It’s the perfect place to relax in the country only 35 miles west of Houston and 15 miles west of Katy. Local farmers also bring fresh produce and homemade goods. Food trucks and a live band combine to make this a fun event.

The event takes place under a covered arena, rain or shine. The $5 admission supports Young Life and Simonton Christian Academy. Children under 12 are free. The preview party is $10. For more information, visit redpotatomarket.com or call 281-533-9863.


Monica O’Hara of Tomball on the catwalk at the annual American Girl Fashion Show.

Monica O’Hara of Tomball on the catwalk at the annual American Girl Fashion Show.


After 22 years American Girl will no longer be hosting American Girl Fashion Shows.

Join HITS Theatre as it hosts the Grand Finale of the American Girl Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., at the Junior League of Houston.

This is your last chance to attend the American Girl Fashion Show so you don’t want miss out. The event is a fun-filled afternoon for girls, their families and favorite dolls. Young models provide an entertaining and educational look at how generations of American Girls have used clothing to express their own unique style and personality. The entire show is performed by local children to help raise money and awareness for children’s theatre programs.

The American Girl Fashion Show brings American Girl dolls to life with an engaging program that combines fashion, education and goodwill. The Fashion Show features an interactive showcase of historical and contemporary fashions by American Girl, a seated meal, raffle prizes, take-home treasures and more. For more information or to purchase tables, visit hitsfashionshow.com.



North Cypress Medical Center’s 10th annual Project Pink event, benefitting the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the hospital lobby.

Over the past nine years, this event has raised over $331,000 for the charity. Patrons will enjoy appetizers and drinks while browsing and bidding through the spectacular silent auction and Project Pink market. Physician and survivor speakers will discuss the latest in breast cancer research and prevention during the seated lunch provided by Merche restaurant. Breast cancer survivors will join their supportive friends and family on the runway for a fantastic fashion show highlighting fall and holiday fashions from Macy’s Memorial City and coordinated by fashion show producer, Lenny Matuzewski.

Tickets are $65 for an individual seat and VIP tables of 10 are available for $1,000 and offer benefits such as valet parking, front row seating, special VIP gift bags and more.

Visit ncmc-projectpink.com or call 832-912-3692 for more information.



Cypress-Fairbanks ISD will host the TASB Education/Business Forum on Monday, Oct. 24 at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.

The forum will provide an opportunity for businesses and community leaders to join with education leaders to discuss the most effective approaches to partnering for student success.

The event will have panelists from CFISD and other greater Houston school districts sharing ways that businesses, chambers of commerce, foundations
and faith-based organizations can partner with schools. RSVP to leslie.francis@cfisd.net if you plan to attend.



Cy-Woods FFA Booster Club will host its 7th Annual Fall Craft Market on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p .m. and Sunday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the CFISD Exhibit Center on Telge Rd. (off Hwy. 290) in Cypress. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

For information on being a vendor for the event, email cywoodsffa@gmail.com or go to cywoodsffa.org and download the forms.


Shah Ardalan, president of Lone Star College – University Park, will be the chair of the Oct. 29 Walk.

Shah Ardalan, president of Lone Star College – University Park, will be the chair of the Oct. 29 Walk.


In an effort to encourage more businesses and companies to champion the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, Shah Ardalan, President of Lone Star College – University Park, has joined the Northwest Harris County’s Heart Walk as chair.

“We built this college for the community and the health of our community is important to us,” Ardalan said. “We have invested in the walk with donations, volunteers, and walking teams and are also pleased to host the event at our college. We invite other organizations, businesses and individuals to join us in October as we build a stronger and healthier community.”

On Saturday, Oct. 29 the 5K noncompetitive walk will welcome nearly 5,000 walkers to fight against the No.1 and No.5 killers of all Americans: heart disease and stroke.

Additionally, AHA has announced its 2016 Montgomery County Heart Walk & Kid’s Dash Co-Chairs, Steve Pate, CEO of Strike, and Jeff Gordon, Vice President of Kiewit Energy Group. Slated for Saturday, Nov. 12, the 5K noncompetitive walk will welcome 4,000 walkers and will also feature the Kid’s Dash, a special obstacle course for kids ages 5-12. The dash will feature fun obstacles kids can enjoy as a way to promote awareness about childhood obesity.

To register for either Heart Walk, visit heart.org/hgcevents. The events are free, but donations are appreciated. The Kid’s Dash is $10 per kid, which includes the finisher’s medal and special bandana.



Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN), part of the national organization of American Business Women’s Association, invites area women to attend its “Mythbusters: Public Speaking Edition” Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd. Networking begins at 11 a.m. followed by the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Kathryn Kelly, a communications instructor and private speech coach in College Station, will be the speaker.

For the last 10 years, Kelly has taught public speaking, argumentation and debate, mass communication, and oral interpretation classes while coaching champion collegiate speech and debate teams. She started ghostwriting speeches for politicians and business professionals during college, and in the last five years has taken on private public speaking lessons to professionals in the public and private sectors.

The luncheon costs $25 with advanced reservations or $30 at the door. For more information, go to CYFEN.org.


The Houston Choral Society in performance.

The Houston Choral Society in performance.


The Houston Choral Society will open its 2016-2017 Concert Season with “Sing a Mighty Song,” a rousing program of anthems, spirituals, and secular pieces. The concert will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 1 at The Foundry United Methodist Church, beginning at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert lecture will begin at 7 p.m.

Under the leadership of new Artistic Director, Dr. Kevin Klotz, the 75-member ensemble will perform the vigorous Sing a Mighty Song by American composer Daniel Gawthrop; the joyous O Clap Your Hands based on Psalm 47 by renowned English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams; the rousing Sanctus from Requiem by French composer Maurice Duruflé; and works by other composers, including Joseph M. Martin, David Dickau, and Jeffery Ames.

Dr. Klotz said, “The chorus will ‘pull out all the stops’ on their final selection – John Rutter’s Gloria – which will combine their powerful voices with the dramatic sounds of the brass, organ, and percussion.”

Tickets are available online at houstonchoral.org, purchased at the door or by calling 832-478-6986.



Lone Star College-CyFair’s annual Cy-Fest is a must-do family day with a petting zoo, pony carousel, train rides, bounce houses, duck races, math activities and more from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

There will be something for all ages with live entertainment, martial arts demos, arts and crafts, pumpkin patch and face painting as well as a non-profit and community organizations information zone. New to Cy-Fest this year will be a variety of food trucks with tasty treats for purchase.

“Cy-Fest is, and always has been, a free event thanks to many local businesses and community partners, who generously donate resources and time. We are grateful for their continued support,” said LSC-CyFair’s College Relations Executive Director Michelle Tran.

Among the 2016 Cy-Fest event sponsors thus far are: Allstate Shotwell Ins. Group, Ashton Woods Homes, Best Entertainers, Bricks4kidz Cypress, Cypress Winds Clarinet Quartet, Bridgeland, Caldwell Companies – Towne Lake, Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union, Follett Cy-Fair Bookstore, Friends of the Library – LSC-CyFair Branch, Gymboree Play & Music, Kiddie Academy Longenbaugh-Cypress, Martial Arts USA, Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care, NW Digital Works, Sam’s Club, School of Rock Cypress, Sprint, State Farm – Whitney Black, TXR Paintball and Wells Fargo.

For event information, email cyfest@lonestar.edu, call Tran at 281-290-3944 or Celia Barnes at 281-290-3937 or go to LoneStar.edu/cy-fest

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