Lighting of the Doves and Fireworks 2012 (low res) LOTDoves-RGB

Fireworks, international foods, strolling carolers, holiday light displays and the largest seasonal ice rink in the southwest once again will come to The Woodlands as the 31st Annual Lighting of the Doves, 7th Annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW), The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center and Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland return on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

31st Annual Lighting of the Doves Lighting of the Doves and iWOW kick off the 2013 holiday season in The Woodlands on November 23, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. where live entertainment, interactive booths and games, snow play areas sponsored by CB&I and more make for great family fun.  Enjoy a snow slide, inflatables, bubble runners, children’s arts and crafts, balloon artists along with strolling entertainers and fireworks. Produced by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, the celebration will feature a grand appearance by Santa, sponsored by Talisman Energy, aboard a decorated sleigh on The Woodlands Waterway®.  The free event will be held at Town Green Park (2099 Lake Robbins Drive) and is open to the public.

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MHTW Gift Shop_Baby Wreaths_Hi ResMemorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital (MHTW) is fortunate to have a great team of volunteers who provide many valuable services and activities through the MHTW Volunteer Auxiliary. The Auxiliary is seeking innovative and resourceful volunteers to make special crafts like “baby wreaths” and additional volunteers to join the Hospital’s gift shop team.

The baby wreaths are sold in the gift shop and are a very popular, and the sale of these supports fundraising for the Junior Volunteer Scholarship Program and the MHTW Hospital Wish List which annually provides for a variety of departmental purchases to enhance services.

The Auxiliary will deliver the required baby wreath materials, designs, and simple instructions. This easy craft project could be completed by individuals in their homes or by community groups at scheduled meeting locations. This role does not require any on-site orientation to Hospital activities and duties.

The Auxiliary’s gift shop’s extended hours will be evening and weekend shifts. Retail experience and familiarity with cash register operations is preferred. The duties consist of assisting customers and completing sales. Orientation/training is required during the week partnering with current gift shop team members.

Gift shop volunteers are needed for weekday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. The weekend gift shop hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. A minimum of two volunteers will be assigned each gift shop shift. Help the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands build and expand this team! Gift shop volunteers are asked to commit to one four-hour shift a week so familiarity with shop processes are maintained. All proceeds from the Auxiliary-managed gift shop benefit the Hospital.

Interested in volunteering? You should contact the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands at 713.897.2392 or email Susan Shelander, Manager Volunteer Services, at for an application.

New Food Options for Concert-goers at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands Pavilion Concerts

With the ever-growing health and cost-conscience society, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion along with ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment and Live Nation, is offering healthier menu items as well as giving concertgoers the option to bring in food at contemporary events.

Now available are locally grown produce on top of hamburgers and meat products from suppliers that have been certified under animal welfare programs recognized by The Humane Society of the United States. The produce includes lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Single and double cheeseburgers, Italian sausage, hot dogs, footlong hot dogs and chicken tenders are the items offered as humanely raised and harvested meats served with locally grown produce.

In addition, concertgoers have the option of a vegetarian meal. Currently, guests can purchase veggie burgers. Live Nation is working with Chef Hugh Acheson of “Top Chef” fame, who is developing additional meatless options.

“We are excited about offering concertgoers healthier menu options at our concessions stands. Anytime we can offer better services to our customers, we do it,” said Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion.

For the first time ever, guests are allowed to bring in food at the contemporary events at The Pavilion. Each guest is permitted to bring in a one gallon plastic bag of food for personal consumption. At the venue’s performing arts events, guests also can bring in food, but are not limited to a one gallon plastic bag. No beverages can be brought into the venue at any time.


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New Company Dedicated to Elevating Expectations

Property Management TeamThe Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE:HHC) has formed Howard Hughes Management Services Company (HHMSC) beginning this month to provide premium customer service and property management services for commercial tenants across the U.S. In order to provide a heightened level of customer service to their tenants, the company has assembled an experienced team of property management, financial and engineering professionals committed to excellence and striving to elevate tenants’ expectations.

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Coldwell Banker United Needs Your Help for YMCA Operation Backpack

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Now through August 11, YMCA Operation Backpack will collect brand new backpacks filled with school supplies and distribute them to children living in the communities of South Montgomery County YMCA service area. The local YMCAs and their community partners will serve as collection sites for people to drop off backpacks and supplies.

Pictured: Coldwell Banker United, The Woodlands Office, once again participated in YMCA OPERATION BACKPACK program. Each year the number of backpacks collected by this office has surpassed the previous year with a  new total of 150 packs for 2013.

To help follow these simple steps:

  • Purchase a new backpack and/or school supplies
  • Write a note of encouragement to the child and place it in the backpack or supplies
  • Drop off the donation to one of the Y centers in The Woodlands
  • Enjoy the feeling of making a difference in the life of a child

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Barry Manilow Collects Instruments for Charity Drive near The Woodlands

Manilow Instrument Drive

Barry Manilow, who performed at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion June 30 headed an instrument drive in the area.
More than 30 instruments were donated to Conroe Independent School District. Manilow formed The Manilow Music Project as part of his nonprofit Manilow Health and Hope Fund. Pictured left to right are Pat Paris, fine arts coordinator for CISD, Dr. Don Stockton, superintendent for Conroe ISD and Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion.

Township Town Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification

Leed Gold Award for Town Hall (1 of 1)The Woodlands Township Town Hall building recently earned a LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification is recognized as the premier mark of achievement in green building.

The U.S. Green Building Council uses the LEED certification system to rate building sustainability. The two-year certification process awards points in seven categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design and Regional Priority Credits. The total points awarded determines the level of certification: Certified (40 – 49 points), Silver (50 – 59 points), Gold (60 – 79 points) or Platinum (80 points or more). The Town Hall building is currently rated 62 points out of a possible 110, achieving the Gold level. LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate by reducing energy and water usage. Certification also increases the property value of the building.

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