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| September 1, 2015

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The Texas Repertory Theatre Co., Houston’s Uptown Classic Theatre, opens its 11th Anniversary “Emerging Visions” Season with a new staging of the Steven Dietz comedy Becky’s New Car, opening on Aug. 27 and playing four performances a week through Sept. 20.

Becky Foster doesn’t have a half-bad life; it’s just stuck in neutral. She has a decent job at a car dealership, a solid husband and a freeloading psych-major son living in her basement. She isn’t exactly unhappy. But she can’t help but wonder what else is out there. Then an honest misunderstanding with a wealthy widower offers Becky the chance at an exciting double life. Things quickly accelerate out of her control, leaving a mountain of cover-ups along the way. Mishaps turn to mischief and Becky finds herself asking the audience for advice. Fasten your seat belt and enjoy the hilarity and U-turn plot twists as Becky leads us down the road less traveled.

The Texas Repertory Theatre production of Becky’s New Car features a cast of Houston’s finest performers, including David LaDuca, Jeffrey S. Lane, James Monoghan, Marilyn Ocker, Robin Van Zandt, and Texas Rep Artistic Director Steven Fenley under the direction of Dan O’Brien, director of Texas Repertory hits Smokey Joe’s Café, Beehive, and The World Goes Round. For Tickets or more information call 281-583-7573 or visit texreptheatre.org.


he three-day celebration will showcase two signature events: BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing.

The three-day celebration will showcase two signature events: BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing.


Tap into your inner craftsman this Labor Day. Join fellow craft beer lovers Sept. 4-6 for the 6th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, voted by Thrillist as one of the top 10 beer festivals in the country, citing it as the best for international tastes. For beer enthusiasts from expert to novice, this foam-filled weekend features more than 400 craft beers, hard-to-find specialty brews, Taste it First selections and a range of innovative and educational beer events like BrewLicious Brews & Food Pairing, Texas Brewery Tasting Tour, BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, concerts and more. Located at Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center in Galveston. Visit brewmasterscraftbeerfestival.com for information and tickets.



The Sept. 8 meeting of Cy-Fair Republican Women will be from 10:30 a.m.–noon (second Tuesday each month) at Hearthstone Country Club, 7615 Ameswood. The cost of the meeting is $3; cost with lunch is $20. At the July meeting, CFRW’s 10th Anniversary, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was the guest.

Invite your friends and neighbors for informative, educational guest speakers and great fellowship.Get to know your local candidates during the meet and greet. Please RSVP to cfrw.net by Sept. 1.

Save the date for Friday, Oct. 23 for the High Heels & High Tea at Shirley Acres. Tickets are available now.



The Northwest Flyers Track Club Youth Cross-Country Team kicks off the fall season with registration and a mandatory orientation for parents and athletes on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at Cypress Creek High School, 9815 Grant Rd. Registration starts online Sept. 1. Practices are held at the Cypress Creek YMCA and Spring Creek Park in Tomball.

The Northwest Flyers Track Club is a member program of USA Track and Field (USATF), the national governing body for track and cross country. The club is in its 28th year in the northwest Houston area. Ages 6-18 may participate on the team, and both beginners and experienced runners are welcome. Middle school and high school cross country athletes can also register, but should compete after their cross country season is over.

For more information contact Coach Eric Wentworth at emw185@gmail.com, or by phone at 281-961-6603, or Coach Donnell Carter at dcarter.nwflyers@yahoo.com, 281-467-4727. Email Coach Carter to get on the email list, and you will receive a free running training video. Visit northwestflyers.org to register, get updates and learn more about the team.


The teen cast of Rent.

The teen cast of Rent.

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Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) presents the inspiring, all-teen production of Rent on Sept. 18-19 at The Hobby Center. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

For tickets, which start at $24, and more information, visit TUTS.com/RENT.


This unique culinary collaboration will feature Houston’s most celebrated chefs.

This unique culinary collaboration will feature Houston’s most celebrated chefs.


Houston’s restaurant community will come together Sept. 24 to form a culinary team like none other in support of ending chronic homelessness. The Beacon’s fifth anniversary of Come to the Table – Serving Hope to Houston’s Homeless, Body, Mind, and Soul is a two-part culinary event beginning at 6 p.m. at The Beacon Day Center, 1212 Prairie Street in downtown Houston. Proceeds will support The Beacon, a nonprofit that provides services that restore dignity, self-respect and hope to Houston’s poor and homeless.

This unique culinary collaboration will feature Houston’s most celebrated chefs who will execute an unforgettable wine-paired, four-course dinner prepared in the very kitchen that serves hundreds of Houston’s poor and homeless each day. Culinary masters include Randy Evans, director/executive chef for H-E-B Restaurants; Efisio Farris from Arcodoro; Philippe Gaston from Izakaya; Mark Holley from Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar; Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi from Kata Robata; Hugo Ortega and Ruben Ortega from Hugo’s, Backstreet Cafe, and Caracol; Mike Puccio from The Beacon; Fernando Rios from Weights and Measures; John Sheely from Mockingbird Bistro; and Claire Smith from Canopy, Shade, and Woodbar.

Individual tickets for the reception and dinner start at $500 with limited availability; tables of ten start at $5,000. For more information, visit BEACONhomeless.org.



At the Sept. 24 Cy-Fair Express Network luncheon, speaker Maritza Ortega, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, will encourage attendees and share her knowledge and methods to help others “Stand out from the Crowd.”

Maritza began her entrepreneurial journey in 2013 when she had the opportunity to pursue her dream job as a home stager. Along the way she has become an MCE instructor as well as a blogger and a professional motivational speaker.

Maritza enjoys meeting new people, building relationships, learning new things, doing zumba and photography. She is positive, determined and motivated.

This month’s CYFEN meeting begins with networking at 11 a.m. followed with a prompt 11:30 a.m. start of the program. Luncheons are held at the Sterling Country Club, 16500 Houston National Blvd.

Now 70 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. 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. For more information, visit CYFEN.org.



The Tomball Charter Chapter American Business Women’s Association will hold its monthly meeting on the third Thursday of the month at Tomball College Conference Center, 13310 Tomball Pkwy. in Tomball. Networking begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Men are also invited to attend and join. The cost is $15 for members and $18 for nonmembers. To RSVP, email Vickie at vbutler@bjservices.com.

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.


Daniel Le, M.D.

Daniel Le, M.D.


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and orthopedic surgeon and joint specialist Daniel Le, M.D., a member of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, will host a free Joint Replacement Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 6-8 p.m. on the first floor Conference Center of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.

Join Dr. Le and the team of rehabilitation experts at Houston Methodist Willowbrook to learn about the common causes of joint pain and how accurate diagnosis paired with an individualized care plan can get you on the path to quick healing.

The team will answer questions and explain the reasons behind common joint pain symptoms, share the variety of treatment options available, discuss rehabilitation therapies and provide tips for living an active life without joint pain.

Light refreshments and Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital logo giveaways will be available for seminar attendees. To find a physician, call 281-737-2500. Visit houstonmethodist.org/willowbrook to learn more about the event.



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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Start your engines and save the date for the Houston Construction Industry Charities’ fifth annual fundraising extravaganza, the Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show & VIP Benefit. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Sam Houston Race Park. This big Houston family event is all about classic cars, vintage guitars and veterans, with funds raised once again benefiting U.S.VETS-Houston.

The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with the Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show, which is open to the public and runs until 6 p.m., showcasing American classics, exotics, hot rods, muscle machines and cars galore. It’s a rain or shine, family-friendly gathering, with live music and a free kids zone, featuring boxcar derby races, a sand pit, bounce houses and games. The Guitars N’ Cars VIP Benefit, from 6-10 p.m., is an adult-only celebration, with live music, a presentation of some of the rarest and most historic guitar collections in the country courtesy of Fuller’s Guitar, silent and live auctions and dinner and a “Top 40” display of celebrated motorcars.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (or free with a donated item from the needs list). Car entry registration in the Auto Show is $25. Tickets to the evening Guitars N’ Cars VIP Benefit are $50. Visit hcias.com, for full details, call 281-356-5777 or email Kaleigh at kclunn@clunnacoustical.com.




The FORE Cy-Fair Golf Tournament (underwritten by Texas Emergency Care Center at Cypress) will be held on Sept. 29 at the Blackhorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Rd. The public is invited to participate in the annual Chamber golf tournament. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Adam J. Skinner Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. Sponsor­ships and individual player opportunities are available. Sponsorships range from $500 – $10,000 and the cost for an individual player is $250.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by a putting contest at 10 a.m., and a Scramble Shotgun Start at 11 a.m. An awards dinner at 4 p.m. will top off the event. Fundraising raffle packages include items such as an iPad, BBQ grill, four tickets to a Houston Dynamo game and more.

Since the tournament’s beginnings 17 years ago, more than $94,000 has been donated to the Adam Skinner Memorial Scholar­ship. Visit blackhoursegolfclub.com or cyfairchamber.com/events.com for more information on the tournament.



The Northwest Harris County Aggie Mom’s Club will host Texas A&M University-Galveston’s Yell Leaders, Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Houston Distributing Company, 7100 High Life Drive.

Social time, with a light buffet, begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting follows at 7 p.m. Join them for this fun-filled Aggie evening, learn a few yell’s at a mini yell practice, find out about upcoming events and Aggieland trips and win door prizes.

Sept. 12 is Shop ‘Til You Drop, sponsored by the Cy-Fair Women’s Club, at The Berry Center. The club will have a boutique with a full line of traditions merchandise.

The Northwest Harris County Aggie Mom’s Club meets August through May on the second Tuesday of every month with social beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Distributing Center. For more information on monthly speakers or upcoming events visit nwhcaggiemoms.org or contact President Patty Rabel at rabelpp@aol.com.



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, Inc, Prairie View A&M University, Station & Ayers Insurance Services and Consulting, L.L.C., 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 I.S.D. (CFISD). The Salute to the Stars gala honors CFISD “Spotlight Teachers” who are chosen by campus principals for their outstanding dedication in providing valuable instruction to students.

CFEF was established in 1970 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit to raise money to fund a scholarship for area high school graduates. Over the past 45 years, the Foundation has grown through the efforts of the Board of Trustees and the generosity of the Cy-Fair community. The Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships to 1,300 graduating seniors. All contributions to CFEF are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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



Local designers, architects and artists are invited to create one-of-a-kind doghouses to raise funds for local nonprofit Pup Squad Animal Rescue. Shannon O’Hara

Local designers, architects and artists are invited to create one-of-a-kind doghouses to raise funds for local nonprofit Pup Squad Animal Rescue.
(Shannon O’Hara)


Barkitecture Houston returns for its 7th year to GreenStreet (located at 1201 Fannin in Houston’s Central Business District), Oct. 23-24. The annual doghouse design event, benefitting Pup Squad Animal Rescue, will feature one-of-a-kind, custom-built doghouses for sale – all created by teams composed of local artists, designers and architecture firms from the Bayou City. While bidding on these artful creations, event-goers also will enjoy “Yappy Hour” complete with live music, raffle prizes and other free entertainment scattered across The Lawn in GreenStreet’s central block. Deborah Duncan will serve as this year’s Yappy Hour M.C, and Diane Caplan, Neal Hamil and Alicia Smith will serve as co-chairs.

Entries are open to builders, architects, interior designers, landscapers, engineers, contractors, students, artists and creative individuals. Teaming up with other design professionals in your company, firm or network is highly recommended. The competition gives you a chance to showcase your creative skills and improve the quality of life for companion animals and people in our community. They’re looking for the most innovative entries – not only design savvy, but functional and fun.

To enter a doghouse, visit greenstreetdowntown.com/barkitecture-call-to-entry and download an application. Dog house entries will be displayed on Oct. 23-24 on The Lawn, an outdoor entertainment green space located in the project’s middle block, where it also will be judged and auctioned during the two-day event.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but a voluntary donation directly benefitting Pup Squad is welcomed. Onsite event parking also is available in the attached garage located at 1301 Main Street, with entrances located at the corner of Polk and Fannin. For more information. visit greenstreetdowntown.com.

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