Join the Fun and Volunteer at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 18th Annual Children’s Festival

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The Woodlands, Texas – At the annual Children’s Festival, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground filled with live music, a train ride, kite flying, hat-making, face-painting and much more. Sound like fun? Well, consider volunteering at the Festival through your company or community service organization.

Community service organizations can include groups from Junior League, Junior Forum, High School clubs, church groups, girl and boy scouts just to name a few. In the past, The Woodlands College Park High School Interact, Arts Society and DECA clubs, The Woodlands High School Spanish Club, Klein High School National Honor Society, Junior League of North Harris and Montgomery Counties, Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum, The Woodlands Christian Academy, and many more have volunteered at the Festival.

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Open Your Purse For Change The Woodlands

“Open Your Purse for Change,” a fundraising luncheon with a guest speaker, raffle and silent auction featuring designer handbags, will be hosted by Ally and Mike Seder on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Amerigo’s Grille, 25250 Grogan’s Park Drive in The Woodlands to benefit the Montgomery County Women’s Center.

The event will kick off with a champagne reception, followed by a scrumptious lunch prepared by the chefs at Amerigo’s Grille.  Guests will have the opportunity to bid on an array of gorgeous designer handbags and participate in a raffle to win fabulous prizes.  During the luncheon, guests will hear from a former client of the Women’s Center who will share her story of recovery and triumph.

Proceeds will benefit the Montgomery County Women’s Center, which serves the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or abuse and stalking from all areas of Montgomery County and surrounding counties.

Tickets are $100 per person and table sponsorships are offered at the $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 level and may be purchased by contacting event chair Ally Seder at ally@ Seating is limited.


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“Open Your Purse For Change” fundraising luncheon will be held Oct. 17 from 11-2  at Amerigo’s Grille in The Woodlands with a guest speaker and silent auction of designer handbags to benefit the Montgomery County Women’s Center.  The event is hosted by Ally and Mike Seder with Re/Max The Woodlands and Spring.  For tickets, contact Ally Seder at

Pictured bottom row, from left are event chair Ally Seder with auction committee members Annabelle Carrillo, Ayesha Fayaz, Terry Larson, Katty Phan, Beth Griffith, Denise Lipar and Melissa Stanosheck.  Pictured top row, from left are Sherry Smith, Janice Warren, Iram Taylor and Shirelle Chimenti.

Enter Now for The Woodlands Wildflower Festival Poster Contest

Wildflower Festival to be held at Rob Fleming Park in the Village of Creekside Park

2012 WF Tee-Shirt Winner-Osmond

The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE:HHC), has announced that entries are now being accepted for The Woodlands Wildflower Festival Poster Contest. The contest is held annually in conjunction with The Woodlands Wildflower Festival, a popular community tradition that is celebrated each fall. The Woodlands Wildflower Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands’ Village of Creekside Park.  The festival will be held on the 39th anniversary of The Woodlands.

Contest entries should portray a nature scene in the spirit of the Wildflower Festival.  Interested parties should draw a favorite scene from nature on heavy, unlined white paper, canvas or poster board, no larger than 11” X 17.” Preferred drawing materials are watercolors, oils, pen and ink, pastels, crayons, colored pencils or markers. No writing should be included on the front of the artwork.

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Dream Comes True for Young Musicians Thanks to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

School of Rock Photo The Woodlands

Twelve young musicians got a chance of a lifetime at the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival Aug. 29 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Students from School of Rock The Woodlands had an opportunity to watch the sound check for Circa Survive, tour backstage and several of the tour buses before the concert. The concert featured Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive.

The School of Rock focuses on rock bands as a method of educating students how to become a professional musician. One of the bands performing at the concert, Alice in Chains, is a band they study and whose material they perform. Marc Reczek, general manager and music director for the school uses Alice in Chains’ style of music as a method of teaching.

“Today was really awesome, because we got to meet some of the band members and see what it is like to be in a rock band,” said Natalie Ware, an 8-year-old student at the School of Rock. “I am a drummer and hope to play in a band when I am older. This was fantastic!”

The production team of the Uproar Festival escorted the kids on stage and gave a tour of the set. The kids received drumsticks, guitar picks and a meet and greet with Alice in Chains. Anthony Green of Circa Survive greeted the students and posed for a group photo. The group learned how much work goes into installing the truck loads of equipment required for a big stage production. Then after the show it all comes down, goes back on the trucks and the entire tour production drives to the next city on their itinerary.

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Annual Event Rolls Over into 5th Year

Canine superstars performing feats of brawn and brain will be highlights of Bridgeland’s “pet-acular” Howl-O-Ween Fest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House Hahl Road.

Bridgeland Howl-O-WeenMutts Gone Nuts will have audience members howling and begging for more at the fifth annual Fido-and-family festival, as Scott and Joan Houghton try to outsmart their pack of mischievous rescue dogs in a show that includes thrilling stunts and impeccable comedic timing.  The husband-and-wife team works with as many as eight dogs on stage, all who have been handpicked for their lively personalities and athleticism among the 70 to 80 dogs the pair have fostered during the last decade.

Also on stage will be Kyra Sundance and her Weimaraner, Jadie, dubbed by Jay Leno as the “world’s smartest dog” after she “read” numerals during an appearance on the Tonight Show. The clever canine also will showcase her acrobatic ability and intelligence in an energetic display of dog tricks taken from Sundance’s best-selling book, “101 Dog Tricks.”

“We have a superb line-up of entertainment and activities planned for this year’s Howl-O-Ween Fest,” said Peter Houghton, vice president of master planned communities for Bridgeland. “We’ve also added another fundraising component to the event to further help the many rescue organizations affiliated with the festival.”

Kicking off this year’s Howl-O-Ween Fest is a new activity, a pup-and-people Ruff Run at Waterway Park. Entrants can choose to race a half-mile or one-mile course at 9 a.m. and can then take shuttles to Howl-O-Ween Fest. Creative attire is encouraged, as awards will be given for the best pet-and-owner costumes. Online registration is $25 and is available now at Race day registration will be $35 and begins at 8 a.m. at Festival Park. All proceeds benefit participating Howl-O-Ween Fest rescue groups, which include Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas, Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston, Great Dane Rescue of Southeast Texas, Husky Haven, Lone Star Boxer Rescue, Texas Gulf Coast Boston Terrier Rescue, Pug Hearts and Boykin Spaniel Rescue.

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