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Happenings in CY-FAIR September 2017

| September 1, 2017



Stageworks Theatre will present its first show of the new season, Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, directed by Sean Thompson. The show will run through Sept. 17 on Stageworks Theatre’s Garza Mainstage, 10760 Grant Road.

Written by English playwright Michael Frayne, Noises Off has been hailed as “the funniest farce ever written.” It presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a theatre flop called Nothing On. On and offstage intrigue and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classical comedy.

Said Director Sean Thompson, “I’ve loved Noises Off ever since I first saw it on stage in England many years ago. There’s something about the ‘slamming door comedy’ that just showcases the height of human humor. All the pieces — characters, set, costumes, blocking, pacing — have to fit together like a finely tuned pocket watch and run as smoothly. Directing a show like this is an honor for me.

“Our production has one particular unique slant to it: we’re setting Nothing On (the ‘show within the show’) in 1971, which is the year the first real British bedroom farce, No Sex, Please, We’re British came out. Our set, costumes, hairstyles, and music reflect the era, so we’re a tad more ‘groovy’ than your typical production.”

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



Whether you are a mom of a past, current, or new Aggie, check out the Northwest Harris County Aggie Mom’s Club. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month (Aug-May), at the Houston Distributing Company, 7100 High Life Drive, Houston, Texas. The next meeting is on Sept. 12.

Socializing starts at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Each month, interesting speakers address the group, and attendees have a chance to win a door prize, a fun money raffle, and a chance to enter the book award drawing. The group members have a lot of fun in their quest to support Aggie students and in awarding a number of student scholarships each year. The scholarship applications are due by early February and are awarded in April.

The Hullabaloo Huddle football watch party is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at Swanny’s Grill for the Texas A&M vs. Auburn game. Visit nwhcaggiemoms.org for details on upcoming meetings and events.


Some of the hundreds of items available at the Annual Remodelers Council Garage Sale.

Some of the hundreds of items available at the Annual Remodelers Council Garage Sale.


Houstonians wanting to renovate their homes have a unique opportunity to find what they need at a price they can afford at the 10th Annual GHBA Remodelers Council Charity Garage Sale taking place at the 23rd Texas Home and Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24 at NRG Center.

The Garage Sale will feature excess inventory donated by members of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) as well as donations made by their suppliers and local businesses, all available to consumers at deeply discounted prices. Items on hand will include a great variety ranging from flooring, tile and granite, windows, doors, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, trim material, cabinets, a variety of sinks and more. Electronic technology will be available for the first time at the garage sale, from Audio Pro 5.0 surround speakers to Crestron automation, RTI remotes and many networking items.

All proceeds go towards local GHBA charity projects such as Casa de Esperanza, SIRE Therapeutic Equestrian Center, FamilyTime Crisis Center and Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services.

The event will take place in NRG Center, Hall C; Show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door. For additional information, visit texashomeandgarden.com.


Featured modern home by studioMET near Rice Village.

Featured modern home by studioMET near Rice Village.


The Modern Architecture + Design Society’s 7th annual Houston Modern Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23. The Modern Home Tour gives people a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture in Houston via a self-guided driving tour.

Year after year, this event provides a fantastic, fun-filled day of local sight-seeing and open-house-style visits for lovers of architecture, design, real estate, and, simply, seeing cool homes. Participating homeowners will show off their modern dwellings to neighbors for a day, and a handful of local architects get a chance to shine in the spotlight.

The Lawndale Art Center is the nonprofit partner again for this year’s tour, and a portion of the funds raised will help to further its mission.

More information is at modernhometours.com.




You may partake of all that Italy has to offer at Umbria in Sugar Land, a multi-day Italian Film Festival which will be held in Sugar Land, Sept. 27-Oct. 1 and will feature private and public screenings of seven award-winning, subtitled films from the 2016 international film festival in Spello, Italy.

Hosted by the City of Sugar Land and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Festival del Cinema Citta di Spello ed i Borghi Umbri, the region of Umbria and the city of Spello, the five-day festival will highlight the many cultural offerings of the Umbrian region of Italy including its food, wine, and art, include pre-screening Aperitivos (receptions) an art exhibit showcasing sculpture, photography and crafted jewelry from the Umbrian region of Italy, and an educational seminar entitled “Framing Italian Cinema.”

A summary of the film screenings follows. For more information, a full schedule of events and ticketing information, visit umbriainsugarland.com.

My Italy (La Mia Italia) – An Italian producer searches for investors across Europe while four artists encounter a series of ridiculous events.  Comedy.  Director: Bruno Colella.

Maternity Blues (Il Bene dal Male) – Clara seeks healing from a life-changing event related to post-partum depression and finds a community of women in a psychiatric clinic; all while her husband tries to rebuild his life, still loving her. Drama. Director: Fabrizio Cattani

Greenery will Bloom Again (Torneranno i Prati) – Set in the WWI trenches of Northeastern Front, this film explores a group of soldiers surrounded only by silence, fear and knowing that the memory of their sacrifice may be erased when spring blooms again. Drama/War. Director: Ermanno Olmi

Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia) – Donatella and Beatrice reside in a psychiatric facility in Tuscany and successfully escape during a field trip beginning an adventure in the open-air nuthouse (the world) that will disclose their pasts and change their lives. Comedy/Drama. Director: Paolo Virzi

The Gospel According to Mattei (Il Vangelo Secondo Mattei) A cynical director returns to Italy, looking for a cinematic success.  Comedy. Director: Antonio Andrisani e Pascal Zullino

Italian Race (Veloce Come il Vento) – A 17-year-old female racer watches her life pulled apart and her only hope is her addict brother. Drama. Director: Matteo Rovere .

I Have Friends in Heaven (Ho Amici in Paradiso) – An impulsive accountant gets involved in money laundering for the mob and turns informant to avoid jail.  Through community service he finds purpose and love, but his past threatens to undue his newfound family. Comedy.



CYFEN’s first annual Fall Fashion Show will be held at the group’s Sept. 28 luncheon. September is also the annual Fall Membership drive, so this will be a perfect time for guests to visit and see what CYFEN has to offer.

Fashions will be provided by Cabi and J. Hilburn – Angela Altamuro; Ruby Ribbon – Angila Ervin; Ruth Pataine Jewelry – Dr. Michelle Becker; A Splash of Sass – D’Ann Gummelt; LuLa Rue – Carrie Morrison and Premier Jewelry – Joan Deasy. Guests in attendance will receive a complimentary swag bag.

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.

For more information, go to CYFEN.org.



St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is hosting its 12th annual Fall Gift Market on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the ideal event to kick off your holiday shopping and decorating. The convenient location at the corner of Louetta Road and N. Eldridge Parkway makes it easy to shop the selection of unique jewelry, home decor, creative toys, handcrafted gifts, collectibles, pottery, candles and trendy clothing for ladies and children. The Fall Gift Market also features The Tea Room offering the famous taco soup, sandwiches, desserts and homemade baked goods, plus the Silent Auction benefiting church-affiliated projects and outreach. For more information, visit stmaryscypress.org, or call Michelle at 832-559-8726.



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.




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. A classic of the genre.

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. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.


Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler


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 Henry Winkler.

Table seating for 10 guests range from $1500, 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.


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

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


Due to the damages of the hurricane, beautiful Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater is forced to cancel all shows, including 80% sold out Swan Lake. We don’t want you to change your plans for the evening, so Russian Grand Ballet’s Swan Lake Oct. 19 show has a new location – Stafford Centre.

Two Shows Only!

Stafford, TX (September, 2017)The Russian Grand Ballet is pleased to present one of the world’s most famous ballets – Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on October 17 and 19, at 7:30pm at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX 77477. This full-length classical production features the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans, and marks the third time the Russian Grand Ballet has performed in Houston Metro Area. The Stafford Centre shows are a part of their 2017 US Tour: www.RussianGrandBallet.com


Ticket prices are $35, $49, $55, $68 and can be purchased online at StaffordCentre.com, by phone at 281.208.6900, or in person at the Stafford Centre Box Office.


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 over fifty dancers, joined each year by renowned guest artists dancing principle 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. www.RussianGrandBallet.com

For more marketing information contact:

Gulya Hartwick / 347.901.3042 / hartwick.g@gmail.com


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 contact Marie Holmes at Marie@TheCFEF.org or call 281-370-0144.



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. 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 Center has recently relocated 12715 Telge Rd. in Cypress. For more information, call 713-466-1360 or visit cy-hopecounseling.org.


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.


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 over 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.


Marti Owens (left) and Patty James, area community coordinators at H-E-B, participate in the Business Partner Expo at the Annual Leadership Conference.


More than 40 CFISD business partners showed plenty of support for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD by participating in the Business Partner Expo at one or both the CFISD Annual Leadership Conference on Aug. 8-9 and New Staff Orientation on Aug. 11 at the Berry Center.

With the 2017-2018 school year theme, CFISD for all, the Leadership Conference featured performances by the Cy-Fair High School AFJROTC, Cypress Ridge High School pep band, CFISD Combined Cham­ber Choir and Sheridan Elementary School Star Steppers for 1,200 district leaders. Author and inspirational speaker Liz Murray delivered the keynote address.

The New Staff Orientation introduced nearly 1,100 new staff members to CFISD with performances by the Cypress Springs dance team, Jersey Village AFJROTC, national anthem by Cy-Fair student Samantha Haydel, Cypress Springs High School jazz band and Cook Middle School readers’ theater. Education author and speaker Annette Breaux delivered the address.

The Business Partner Expo allowed business and community leaders to share information about their respective companies and organizations while offering freebies, discounts and incen

In addition, Cypress Lakes High School photography instructor Michaela Bakondy offered an interactive photo booth, and Jersey Village students showcased their creative abilities by painting a welcome sign from chalk on the sidewalk.

In getting face-to-face time with both CFISD leaders and new staff, Kaci Hancock of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital said that aspect only adds to the benefit of attending the expo.

“For Houston Methodist, our involvement in the community and in the school district is paramount,” Hancock said. “We reach our teachers, we reach our students and their parents, and we want to be there for them.”


Rashad Godbolt


Rashad Godbolt, associate principal at Cypress Creek High School, was named the new principal at Alternative Learning Center-East on July 26. Godbolt replaces Laurie Snyder, who retired in June.

Godbolt’s 19-year education career began in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, where he spent four years as a language arts teacher and was a finalist for Teacher of the Year in 2001-2002. Godbolt also coached football, basketball and track. He then moved to Texas, joining Alief ISD where he spent five years as a sixth- and seventh-grade language arts teacher. In 2004-2005, Godbolt was elected Teacher of the Year at O’Donnell Middle School.

He moved to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in 2007, taking on an administrative role as an assistant principal at Cypress Creek High School. Godbolt spent seven years in the role before becoming the school’s associate principal, serving three years.

Godbolt earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Education from South­ern University.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and lead as the principal of Alternative Learning Center-East,” Godbolt said. “I am excited about the new journey and look forward to building meaningful relationships with students, staff and parents to help student maximize success. I am blessed to be a part of the Alternative Learning Center-East family!”


Cesar Diaz


Cesar Diaz, assistant principal at Bane Elementary School, was named the new principal at Reed Elementary School on Aug. 1. Diaz replaces Kandy Bond, who accepted a principal position in Fort
Bend ISD.

Diaz’s 13-year education career began in Houston at Southwest Schools Public Charter where he spent four years as a bilingual teacher and was Teacher of the Year in 2006. He then moved into administration at Southwest Schools Public Charter, serving four years as an assistant principal and
one year as principal. Diaz joined Aldine
ISD in 2013 and served two years as an assistant principal at Orange Grove Elementary School.

He moved to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in 2015 as an assistant principal at Bane Elementary School.

Diaz earned his Bachelor of Science in computer information engineering from Universidad Rafael Belloso Chacin in Venezuela, and Master of Education from Prairie View A&M University.

“I’m very excited and humbled to be named as the new principal at Reed Elementary,” Diaz said. “I am looking forward to serve this great school community and become part of the Reed family.”



Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, recently released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information.

“North Cypress is thrilled to be recognized as a one of the “Most Wired” hospitals. We place a huge emphasis on protecting and safeguarding patient health information and identity management, as well as patient accessibility to their clinicians/physicians. The hospital continues to provide patients and staff with the most up-to-date and secure systems available, striving to improve care and outcomes” states Beata Kasper, CIO, North Cypress Medical Center.

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA president and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisticated IT monitoring systems to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities or policy violations and produce real-time analysis of security alerts.

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