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Happenings in CY-FAIR October 2017

| October 1, 2017

Art @ Discovery Green

Art @ Discovery Green

DISCOVERY GREEN ANNOUNCES FALL PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Discovery Green, a 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Houston, announces its Fall programming schedule. The season, which runs from Sept. 1-Nov. 15, features live music, film screenings, fitness activities, family-friendly programs and much more. Most activities at Discovery Green are free thanks to contributions from park users, foundations and sponsors.

New programs at the park include Canned Acoustica, a series of unplugged concerts by local bands, and My First Music Lesson, a hands-on musical experience led by Divisi Strings. Returning favorites include Scream on the Green, a Halloween celebration and costume contest; Art @ Discovery Green, an outdoor art market featuring more than 80 vendors; and Fitness in the Park, a series of free classes presented by Sprouts Farmers Market.

Discovery Green and Houston First Corporation have teamed up for a public art installation for the Avenida Houston campus this fall. Arcade, a series of dynamic streamer sculptures by noted Texas-based artist duo Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsom of The Color Condition, will be on view until Nov. 15.

Discovery Green is at the center of the rebranded Avenida Houston campus, downtown’s newest destination to sip, stroll and savor. Events, festivals and other activities at the George R. Brown Convention Center and along Avenida de las Americas complement the programming at Discovery Green, so there is always something happening on the Avenida.

For a complete list of classes, programs and special events, visit discoverygreen.com.

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NEW LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM OFFERS “PAY WHAT YOU CAN” ADMISSION, THROUGH OCT. 1

The Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Airport (LSFM), 11551 Aerospace Avenue, is open to the public with “pay what you can” admission through Sunday, Oct. 1. A dedication ceremony with dignitaries and local officials is slated for Saturday, Sept. 30. A time for the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

“The irony of opening our building in the midst of Hurricane Harvey is not lost on any of us. We are the reality of surviving a hurricane and rebuilding and we know that our community will overcome this trial,” said Douglas H. Owens, Lt Gen (ret), CEO, Lone Star Flight Museum. “As we support the region’s recovery, I am moved by the sense of strength and common purpose that rises above and is on full display. We look forward to visitors arriving at our doors and we are proud of the experience they will have in our new facility.”

Houston Strong “pay what you can” admission supports the spirit of Texas and those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Normal Admission is Adult (12+ yrs) $20; Senior (65+ yrs) $16; Youth (4-11 yrs) $16; Child (under 4) free. Discount pricing available for active and retired military, National Guard and Reserves. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Breaking ground almost a year and a half ago at Ellington Airport, the new $38 million, 130,000 square-foot aviation history and STEM facility will share the story of flight in the Lone Star State and feature the contributions Texas and Texans have made to aviation. Highlights of the museum include interactive exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts essential to flight, a $1 million Aviation Learning Center, the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame and a marvelous flying collection of historically significant aircraft. For more information, visit Lonestarflight.org.

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Actor Sam Martinez.

Actor Sam Martinez.

STAGEWORKS THEATRE PRESENTS THE WOMAN IN BLACK, OCT. 6-29

Stageworks Theatre announces its second show of the 2017-2018 season, The Woman in Black, by Stephen Mallatratt and Susan Hill, directed by Lisa Garza. The show will run Oct. 6-29 on Stageworks Theatre’s Garza Mainstage, 10760 Grant Road.

The framework of this spine-tingler is unusual: a lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse. There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. Anyone who sees her dies! The lawyer has invited some friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. It is a classic of the genre.

Garza explains her excitement to direct this show and how she and her cast are making it their own: “The Woman in Black presents a unique opportunity to explore the Horror genre. The very small cast affords lots of rehearsal time to perfect the subtle shifts in characters’ awareness of what may (or may not) be happening around them. Is there something lurking in that dark corner or behind a locked door? Did I just hear a child crying? Why does everyone in the town hold a grudge against old Mrs. Drablow? This goes to the very heart of horror in that what you think is far scarier than what you know. And getting that right takes a talented cast and plenty time to get it right. Fortunately, we’re good on both counts!”

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at stageworkstx.org or by phone at 281-587-6100.

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Art by Lenora Palacious.

Art by Lenora Palacious.

SAWYER YARDS PRESENTS THE FALL BIANNUAL ART STROLL, OCT. 7

Art collectors, enthusiasts and even those looking to purchase their first piece of art shouldn’t miss the chance to view and shop thousands of original works from nearly 300 Houston artists at the Fall Biannual Art Stroll hosted by the Artists at Sawyer Yards on Sat., Oct. 7, at Sawyer Yards. From 12-9 p.m., the five studio buildings on Houston’s largest creative campus will be open ­– Silver Street Studios, Spring Street Studios, Summer Street Studios, The Silos and Winter Street Studios ­– so you can meet the artists and see a fantastic array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media and jewelry. Live music and food trucks at each building will keep visitors energized for a colorful day of meeting new artists and finding the perfect piece to add to your collection.

Sawyer Yards creative campus is located at the following: Silver Street Studios – 2000 Edwards St.; Spring Street Studios – 1824 Spring St.; Summer Street Studios – 2204 Summer St.; The Silos at Sawyer Yards – 1502 Sawyer St.; and Winter Street Studios – 2101 Winter St.

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SHIELD BEARER OFFERS “HOPE AFTER HARVEY” WORKSHOPS

Trauma specialists at Shield Bearer are offering free workshops for anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey or for anyone wanting to help those recovering from the storm. These workshops explore the emotional roller coaster of disaster recovery, what is “normal” in a disaster’s aftermath, tools for moving through the storm’s traumatizing effects, how the aftermath affects children, teens and seniors, and how to help others recover.

The workshops are perfect for anyone who was affected in any way by the disasters in our region and are appropriate for all ages. Registration is required at 281- 894-7222. Workshop dates and additional information about professional counseling services and support groups are available at shieldbearer.org.

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 are needed to move the mission forward.

Contact volunteer@shieldbearer.org or call 281- 894-7222 for more information.

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The Gatlin Brothers.

The Gatlin Brothers.

HURRICANE HARVEY RECOVERY BENEFIT WITH LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS, OCT. 8

Red Bird Productions is proud to announce its inaugural event, a recovery benefit for those hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey, on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. featuring Grammy Award-winning musical artists Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band.

Over 50 years ago Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing together in their little hometown of Abilene and from these humble beginnings went on to make musical history. Over the course of a four-decade career that has taken The Gatlin Brothers from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards at the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element – music.

Now these legendary performers will share their uniquely harmonic vocal style with Houston audiences to benefit the recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey. Appearing in concert at Klein Cain High School’s brand-new theater in Spring, The Gatlin Brothers bring their patriotic and family-friendly brand of country and inspirational music to the stage in a special celebration of not only one of country music’s most beloved and harmonic families, but also of the character and spirit of one of Texas’ and America’s greatest cities.

Seating is reserved and tickets range from $45 to $85. Reserve tickets at redbirdproductions.org or call 281-583-7575.

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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.

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.

The Cy-Hope Counseling Center has recently relocated to the heart of Cy-Fair ISD. It is located at 12715 Telge Rd. in Cypress. For more information, call 713-466-1360 or visit cy-hopecounseling.org.

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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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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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(L-R): Executive Director Roy Wooten with board members Gary Gray, Esther Halford, Paula Burns, Shari Nightingale and Founder Matthew White.

(L-R): Executive Director Roy Wooten with board members Gary Gray, Esther Halford, Paula Burns, Shari Nightingale and Founder Matthew White.

SHIELD BEARER’S CELEBRATION OF HOPE DINNER AND AWARDS, OCT. 10

Shield Bearer, a local nonprofit organization that brings hope and healing to survivors of trauma, including abused children, women and girls rescued from human trafficking, veterans and their families, and survivors of domestic abuse, invites the public to be part of the Celebration of Hope Dinner and Awards Banquet. This signature fundraising event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at 2700 Cypress Creek Parkway.

Proceeds will help fund professional counseling services and prevention programs in five Northwest Houston offices. For information about tickets, volunteering, or sponsorship, visit shieldbearer.org/hope or call 281-894-7222.

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(L-R): Dancers Kifyak and Svetlica perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

(L-R): Dancers Kifyak and Svetlica perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

RUSSIAN GRAND BALLET PRESENTS SWAN LAKE, OCT. 17 & 19

The Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production of one of the world’s most famous ballets, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, will be presented on Oct. 17 and Oct. 19 at Stafford Centre in Stafford. The Oct. 19 performance was to have been held at the Wortham Theatre but because of hurricane damage has been moved to the Stafford Centre.

This performance includes the rarely seen Waltz of the
Black Swans.

Swan Lake features the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her. Tchai­kov­sky’s Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages.

Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production features Russia’s brightest ballet stars. Founded by graduates of the great choreographic academies of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev, and steeped in the history of classical Russian ballet, Russian Grand Ballet has been bringing most beloved full-length classics to audiences around the world since 2005.

Under the leadership of Constantine Pinchuk and award-winning ballet master Andrey Litvinov, the company has expanded to include a corps de ballet of more than 50 dancers, joined each year by renowned guest artists dancing principal roles. This year marks the company’s third North American tour with visits to 60 cities across the United States, and the presentation of two masterworks that define the art form – The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

For tickets and more performance information visit RussianGrandBallet.com.

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Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

THE BLUE BIRD CIRCLE 2017 FALL LUNCHEON, OCT. 12

The Blue Bird Circle 2017 Fall Luncheon is set for Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Houston Country Club, 1 Potomac Circle. The guest speaker is actor Henry Winkler – “The Fonz.” Registration for the event opens at 10:30 a.m., with a VIP reception and book signing at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon.

Winkler is an award-winning actor and entertainer, having received two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and three Emmy nominations. He has a Star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and “Fonzie’s” leather jacket and lunchbox are in the Smithsonian.

Winkler is also a best-selling author of the series of children’s novels, Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever. The books are inspired by Winkler’s own educational struggles due to his learning challenges. They have been on the New York Times and Los Angeles Times Best Seller lists.

Individual tickets range from $150 for general seating, to $1,000 and include special seating, as well as entrance to the VIP reception and book signing with Winkler.

Table seating for 10 guests range from $1,500, which includes two tickets to the VIP reception, to $10,000 premier seating, which includes 10 tickets to the VIP reception. Tables for 10 guests for $3,000 include 4 tickets to the VIP reception, and a table for 10 guests for $5,000 includes six tickets to the VIP reception.

Master of ceremonies is Frank Billingsley, chief meteorologist, KPRC Channel 2. This will be Frank’s fourth year to emcee the event. Chair is Anna Hodges. Proceeds will benefit The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neuro­logy at Texas Children’s Hospital. For tickets and more information, visit thebluebirdcircle.com.

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The black-tie, celebratory Salute to the Stars Gala honors CFISD Spotlight teachers, with all proceeds raised going to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships and development grants to CFISD.

The black-tie, celebratory Salute to the Stars Gala honors CFISD Spotlight teachers, with all proceeds raised going to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships and development grants to CFISD.

CY-FAIR EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY SALUTE TO THE STARS, OCT. 19

The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation will hold its 20th Anniversary Salute to the Stars Gala on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Berry Center.

Salute to the Stars recognizes Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Spotlight Honorees. Each campus principal selects a Spotlight Teacher for their outstanding dedication in providing valuable instruction to students in CFISD. Spotlight paraeducators and support staff recipients are selected each year by supervisors for their outstanding dedication through their notable work on campus. The evening’s celebration is highlighted with teacher drawings, a guest speaker, dinner, entertainment, a raffle and live auction.

In 1998, former Superintendent Richard Berry had a vision to recognize district Spotlight Teachers while raising money for staff development grants and scholarships for graduating seniors. Pam Scott, director of Partners in Education, worked closely with the first gala co-chairs, John Fox and Kim Watson, and Salute to the Stars committee members to organize the first Salute to the Stars Gala. Proceeds from the gala provide funds for qualified students seeking education beyond high school and for staff development programs for CFISD. Salute to the Stars has raised almost $3 million since its inception.

For more information on tickets or sponsorships, contact Marie Holmes at Marie@TheCFEF.org or call 281-370-0144.

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Actor Rob Lowe will share his journey to sobriety at the Council on Recovery Fall luncheon.

Actor Rob Lowe will share his journey to sobriety at the Council on Recovery Fall luncheon.

ROB LOWE TO SPEAK AT THE COUNCIL ON RECOVERY’S LUNCHEON, OCT. 20

Rob Lowe will be the keynote speaker at the nonprofit Council on Recovery’s Fall Luncheon, Friday, Oct. 20 at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel. This is the 35th Annual Luncheon in the Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series and is presented by the Wayne Duddlesten Foundation. Proceeds from the Luncheon will fund The Council’s programs that help individuals and families affected by alcoholism, drug abuse, other addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Lowe began his national acting career in the 1979 television series, A New Kind of Family. In his rise to fame that followed, Lowe has become one of Hollywood’s most highly-acclaimed triple threats – as an actor, author and producer. His career includes starring roles in movies such as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night, Bad Influence, St. Elmo’s Fire, Wayne’s World and Tommy Boy. His Emmy-nominated work in TV includes the hit television series The West Wing and Parks and Recreation, and television films Killing Kennedy and Behind the Candelabra. Lowe was nominated for a Golden Globe for FOX’s The Grinder and is currently starring in CBS’ Code Black.

Rob released his memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends in 2011, which made The New York Times Best Seller list. His second book, Love Life was published in 2014 and also landed on the bestseller list.

With over 25 years of sobriety, Loweπ attributes his wife as the inspiration to get sober and describes his journey through recovery as the path that brought him everything he values in life. On his 25th sobriety anniversary he tweeted, “To those struggling with addiction, there is true, real hope, 25 years ago today, I found recovery; and a life of promise. #Grateful.”

The Council is accepting corporate and organizational sponsorships and donations for the Luncheon, and sales of individual tables at the event. For more details or to buy a table, email specialevents@councilonrecovery.org or call 281-200-9336.

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Keith Barber, CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook, will chair the annual Northwest Harris County Heart Walk at Lone Star College – University Park.

Keith Barber, CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook, will chair the annual Northwest Harris County Heart Walk at Lone Star College – University Park.

NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY HEART WALK, OCT. 21

The American Heart Association (AHA) Northwest Harris County Healthy for Good ™ Heart Walk is pleased to welcome Keith Barber, CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, as chair of the annual, family-friendly event. The event, which is scheduled to kick off the Heart Walk season on Saturday, Oct. 21, will be held at Lone Star College – University Park from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

“It’s an honor to lead this year’s Heart Walk. We hope to raise not only funds for the American Heart Association’s heart-healthy initiatives, but a broader awareness in our community about stroke and heart disease and the knowledge to fight them,” Barber said. “For me, it’s also a personal calling as my family has been touched by heart disease over the years. I hope our Heart Walk will inspire more people to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

This year’s event will welcome more than 3,500 walkers as they walk for healthy hearts across the Northwest Harris County community. Heart Walks are the signature community event for the AHA’s Healthy for Good ™ Movement, which encourages Americans to lead healthier lives by delivering science-based recommendations, tools, tips and motivation to build healthier behaviors.

The walk also raises funds to support the fight against heart disease and stroke – the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death. According to one study, just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years of life expectancy. In fact, for the average person in their 50s and 60s, moderate exercise could reduce the risk of dying from a heart attack by half.

Registration is underway for the annual Heart Walk at nwhcheartwalk.org. The AHA is encouraging walkers to create their teams and set walking goals online. To participate in the event as a sponsor, contact Natalie.Diaz@Heart.org, or call 832-918-4061.

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CY-FAIR EXPRESS NETWORK MEETING AND LUNCHEON, OCT. 26

“Educational Opportunities of ABWA” will be the topic of discussion on Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Cy-Fair Express Network (CYFEN) meeting and lunch event. Members and guests will learn how American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) offers educational opportunities through an exclusive online learning portal. This online Apex Campus includes professional development courses, tools and resources to help members achieve their personal and professional best.

Online courses include topics such as “Assertiveness and Direct Communication” and a “Job Suite” series. Ohio University and New Jersey Institute of Technology are just two of the educational institutions with which ABWA partners. CYFEN encourages students in the area to attend the October luncheon.

Attendees will also hear from CYFEN members who attended the ABWA National Women’s Leadership Conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This panel will update attendees on what they learned as well as have a Q & A session.

The CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program. The luncheon location is Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd., Houston.

Now over 60 members strong, Cy-Fair Express Network’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. CYFEN is part of the national organization of ABWA. For more information, go to CYFEN.org.

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LARRY DIERKER CELEBRITY GOLF SHOOTOUT TO BENEFIT CY-HOPE, NOV. 2

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.

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BE AN ANGEL TO HOST DESIGNER PURSE BINGO, NOV. 2

Be An Angel is hosting Designer Purse Bingo on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Life HTX, 2512 Woodhead from 6-9 p.m. The evening will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes. Seating is limited to 200 ladies.

The evening includes 20 different bingo games. Each game winner will win a high-dollar designer purse. Ten games will be played for purses valued between $250 to $1,000 and five games for very high-end purses valued at $1,500 and up. The games will be called by professional bingo caller Marty Drake who also has a special needs child.

Some of the purses lined up and ready for the games include Furla Bags, Trina Turk, Michael Kors, Elaine Turner, Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton.

Individual tickets are $100 including two bingo cards. Sponsorship levels include name recognition on all promotional material. A $15,000 package includes 10 tickets and 20 bingo cards; $5,000 includes four tickets and eight bingo cards; $2,500 includes two tickets and four bingo cards and $1,000 includes two bingo cards.

For additional information, contact Barbara Heim at 281-219-3313 or Barbara@BeAnAngel.org.

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Brookwood Dream Team (l-r): Citizens Stuart, Richard, Jason and Mark.

Brookwood Dream Team (l-r): Citizens Stuart, Richard, Jason and Mark.

BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY HOSTS 32ND ANNUAL GOLF BENEFIT, NOV. 6

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.

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ANNUAL HOUSTON BALLET NUTCRACKER MARKET, NOV. 8-12

Shoppers will 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.

Since 1981, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown from humble beginnings as a church bazaar, to being the second-largest charity event at NRG Park. As is tradition each year, the Market takes on a new theme and this year’s “Rockin’ and Shop­pin’” was carefully selected by Market chairman Myrna Fisch. The theme celebrates the shopping experience Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market provides and the fun cultural experience this event creates for shoppers and the Houston community.

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 for elegant and casual entertaining, just in time for the holidays.

Shoppers can also expect to see returning favorites, such as The Royal Standard featuring home décor, fashionable women’s apparel and accessories, scrumptious cherry products from Cherry Republic, fun novelty glass ornaments by the Ornament Barre, hot new trends in ladies fashion and shoes by Amy B’s, and handcrafted jewelry with semi-precious stones from Bora Jewelry.

New this year, general admission tickets go on sale to the public starting August 15 online at Ticketmaster. On Oct. 16, general admission tickets go on sale 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.

General admission tickets are good for one day admission during the Market. No repeat admission. Cost is $20 each at NRG; $18 each at Houston-area Randalls beginning Oct. 16; $18 each online at Ticketmaster beginning Aug. 15; Half-price admission is available daily, three hours prior to closing; Children under 5 are free; Group Rate: Groups of 20 or more will receive a $2 discount off regular admission price by calling 713-535-3231 prior to Nov. 3.

Early Bird Tickets are good for repeat admission all four days and early 8:30 a.m. admission Thursday and Friday. Cost is $50 each by calling 713-535-3231 prior to Nov. 3. For more information, visit NutcrackerMarket.com.

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LITTLE PLATES FOR LITTLE FEET CHEF COMPETITION, NOV. 15

Little Plates for Little Feet is an annual chef competition between 12 of Houston’s finest chefs. This event, scheduled for Nov. 15 at The Houstonian Hotel, Club, & Spa, 111 N Post Oak Ln., is chaired by Lisa and Mike O’Leary and honors Gaye Lynn and Stuart Zarrow with the proceeds going to Pathways for Little Feet, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide financial assistance to families that wish to adopt.

This is not a sit-down gala, but instead, a fun party with live music, open bar and 24 small plates being served by chefs from some of the best restaurants that Houston has to offer. As the guests make their way around the room, mingling and tasting the food, they use their voting cards to vote for their favorite dishes. Winning chefs are announced at the conclusion of the event.

2017 Participating Top Chefs include Tommy Elbashery, B&B Butcher; Joe Cervantez, Brennan’s of Houston; Philippe Verpiand, Étoile Cuisine et Bar; Mark Holley, Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar; Manuel Pucha, La Table; Nicole Routhier, Le Colonial; David Denis, Le Mistral; Neal Cox, Olivette at The Houstonian; Claire Smith, Canopy/Woodbar/Alice Blue; Junnajet Hurapan, Songkran Thai Kitchen; Bobby Matos, State of Grace; and Lance Gillum, Uchi.

There are over 150 million orphans worldwide, and nearly 4,500 in Harris and surrounding counties. Pathways provides interest-free adoption loans to families who can support their children on a daily basis but find the up-front expenses of the adoption process prohibitive (currently $30-50,000). Since its inception, Pathways has provided interest-free loans to over 360 families so that they could bring 430 children (many adopt sibling groups) into their loving homes.

Tickets are $175 per single ticket or $300 per couple. Visit littleplatesforlittlefeet.org for more information or to purchase tickets.

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HOUSTON GRAND OPERA PRESENTS THE HOUSE WITHOUT A CHRISTMAS TREE, NOV. 30-DEC. 17

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. For tickets and more information, visit houstongrandopera.org or call 713-228-6737.

 

 

 

 


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