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Houston ‘s iconic Wine & Food Week celebrates 10 magical years in 2014, drawing culinary masters and wine experts from around the world. Held June 2-8, Wine & Week’s gastronomic grandeur features scores of events with more than 500 wines, 50 restaurants, legendary wine producers and culinary personalities, and a vast collection of craft beers and gourmet food purveyors.
Wine education classes, chef demonstrations, cookbook author events, silent auctions, and casual to fine wine-and-dine experiences round out the week’s festivities. The region’s largest, most comprehensive epicurean extravaganza with more than 10,000 participants each year, Wine & Food Week features exceptional wine experiences for the novice to the enthusiast paired with delicacies created by some of America’s top chefs.

Wine & Food Week’s big three not-to-be-missed events include Thursday, June 5th’s H-E-B Wine Walk @ Market Street, a taste and stroll experience in a European-style center featuring wine and light bites at more than 30 tasting stations; Sips, Suds & Sliders, presented by The Woodlands Mall, a Texas-size celebration featuring live music, specialty beers, value wines and a gourmet slider competition on Friday, June 6; and Saturday, June 7’s ultimate adult evening: The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, presented by Capital One Bank, where guests sample delectable cuisine and hundreds of wines as chefs representing more than 50 restaurants compete for Wine & Food Week’s Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Award and a $5,000 cash prize. To complete the evening, the epicurean experience culminates with the “Just Desserts” contest, a confectionary competition to crown the night’s dessert extraordinaire.

Wine & Food Week events and auctions benefit several benefactors including the Signature Series Literacy Education efforts of the John Cooper School. Most of the events are held at venues in The Woodlands, with unique experiences throughout Houston. To purchase tickets or for information and a complete schedule, visit or call 713.557.5732.

Wine & Food Week, produced by Food & Vine Time Productions, is the first comprehensive destination culinary and wine event to promote green living. Owners Clifton and Constance McDerby are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and health of Houstonians by educating the novice to the aficionado on wines and fine dining featuring sustainable ingredients. Food & Vine Time Productions also produces Haute Wheels Houston THE Food Truck Festival, Wine Fair Cy-Fair, Zest in the West, Katy Sip & Stroll, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, and new in 2014, Big Brew Houston. Since its inception in 2005, Food & Vine Time Productions has donated over $675,000 to local charities through live and silent auctions and cash donations.



Hughes Landing OverviewThe Woodlands, and the entire Houston area, is abuzz with the Howard Hughes Corporation’s development of Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands, a 66-acre mixed-use development. Situated at the heart of The Woodlands, Hughes Landing is the #1 master-planned community in Texas.

Well, as if the hype surrounding this massive undertaking wasn’t enough, today, The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC) announced that its Houston division, which includes The Woodlands and The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, placed 33rd  in the ‘large companies’ category of the Houston Chronicle’s Top Workplaces list.

Houston’s Top Workplaces recognizes outstanding local businesses based on employee surveys that measure qualities like company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits.

“Ranking among the top workplaces in Houston is truly a testament to   the exceptional team at The Howard Hughes Corporation,” said Paul   Layne, Executive Vice President of Master Planned Communities. “We   are very pleased with the recognition and will continue striving to be an   employer of choice for our team members.”

With nearly 742 employees in Houston, The Howard Hughes   Corporation owns, manages and develops two of the largest and most   acclaimed communities in the area – The Woodlands and Bridgeland –   both listed as top-selling master planned communities in not only Texas, but the nation. Within The Woodlands, Carlton Woods offers luxurious, custom homes in a private golf community and The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center provides guests resort-style amenities, well-appointed accommodations and high-tech conference facilities.

The Howard Hughes Corporation was established in 2010 and recently celebrated its third anniversary – making it the youngest of the organizations listed within the ‘large’ category.


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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Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum for a Birthday Celebration

The Woodlands Children’s Museum has a jam-packed day planned with fun entertainment to celebrate their 3rd Anniversary!

Join Us on Friday, July 12!
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Woodlands Children’s Museum’s 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280 location
Special events are included with the cost of admission.

The Houston Rockets
 will be coming to the party – offering cool raffle prizes and hosting a mini Pop-A-Shot game.
Harmony The Clown will offer face painting from noon to 2 p.m.
The Woodlands Mascot Puffy Pine Cone will make a special guest appearance with a special birthday art project making birthday hats and candles!
Montgomery Bakehouse in Conroe generously donated an awesome birthday cake for the party!
Frozen Bliss, a shaved ice business that uses natural syrups made from real fruit syrups, will be on location selling tasty frozen treats.

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