17 events and dates to note from our February edition

Attend the UIL state wrestling tournament

Attend the UIL state wrestling tournament

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in February and March

See a play at a local theater

Stageworks Theatre
10760 Grant Road, Houston

“The Drowsy Chaperone”
Dates: Feb. 22, 23 and March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 (7:30 p.m.); Feb. 24 and March 3, 10, 17 (3 p.m.)
Cost: $17 (students), $24 (seniors and veterans), $28 (adults)

Playhouse 1960
6814 Gant Road, Houston

“God of Carnage”
Dates: March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 (8 p.m.); March 17 (3 p.m.)
Cost: $18 (students, seniors and veterans), $21 (adults)

Feb. 21-23

Attend the UIL state wrestling tournament

The top high school wrestlers from across the state compete at the Berry Center. 4 p.m. (Thu.), 6:30 a.m. (Fri.), 6 a.m. (Sat.). $7 (students), $12 (adults). Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. www.uiltexas.org/wrestling

Feb. 22-23

Take part in a women’s worship gathering

Foundry United Methodist Church hosts IF Gathering, an event for women to meet and hear talks on Bible teachings. 6-9 p.m. (Fri.), 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Sat.). $25 (includes lunch and dinner). Foundry UMC, 10203 Fry Road, Cypress. 713-937-9388. www.foundrychurch.org

Feb. 23

Support Northwest Prairie Ducks Unlimited Banquet

The organization fundraises for wetlands conservation with dinner and a live auction. 5-10 p.m. $50 (individual),
$90 (couple). St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 16900 Cypress Rosehill Road, Cypress. www.facebook.com/nwprairieduckscypresstx

Feb. 23

Stop by the Heritage Towne Lake Car Show

The car show and craft fair features live music, food and vendors. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Heritage at Towne Lake, 19201 N. Canyon Lake Springs Drive, Cypress. 281-728-5784. www.heritagetownelake.com

Feb. 23

Celebrate anniversary of Sylvan Learning Center

The event includes free food throughout the day, free SAT/ACT practice tests, games, crafts and door prizes. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Sylvan Learning Center, 12250 Queenston Blvd., Ste. D, Houston. 281-256-0200.

Feb. 25-March 17

WORTH THE TRIP: Head into town for the Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo features games, rides, food, rodeo events and live music. Times vary. $15 (age 13 and older), $5 (ages 3-12), free (children age 2 and younger). 3 NRG Parkway, Houston. 832-667-1000. www.rodeohouston.com

Feb. 27

Learn about school finance issues at public meeting

The League of Women Voters of Cy-Fair hosts an informational meeting about one of the 86th Texas Legislature’s top priorities: public school finance. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Juergen’s Hall Community Center, 26026 Hempstead Road, Cypress.

Feb. 28

Last day to submit H-GAC transportation comments

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is accepting comments on transportation projects that could get federal funding, including a Greenhouse and Skinner roads connection under Hwy. 290. Visit www.h-gac.com for more information.

Feb. 28

Catch a free documentary screening in Cypress

Cy-Fair education organizations present “Backpack Full of Cash,” a film narrated by Matt Damon about charter school expansion, and experts provide local context. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. www.facebook.com/cfisdclc

March 1-2

Visit a quilt show at the Berry Center

The West Houston Quilter’s Guild hosts an annual quilt show featuring vendors, a silent auction and door prizes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 (adult), free (children 12 and younger). Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-894-3900. www.whqg.org/quilt-show

March 2

Go for a run to support Cy-Fair ISD students

The annual Superintendent’s Fun Run raises funds for student scholarships. 8 a.m.-noon. $10-$30. Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-894-3900. www.berrycenter.net

March 2

Stop by a distracted driving awareness event

An event focused on distracted driving features a chili cookoff, fire trucks, bounce houses, face painting, an auction and safety demonstrations. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Costello Safety Consulting, 8133 Jackrabbit Road, Houston. 832-786-8814. www.costellohse.com/safety-day

March 9

See a live performance of classic movie songs

The Houston Choral Society hosts “Music from the Movies.” 7 p.m. (pre-concert lecture), 7:30 p.m. (concert). $25 (adults), $20 (seniors, veterans and students), $10 (children age 5 and younger). Foundry UMC, 8350 Jones Road, Houston. 832-495-3030. www.houstonchoral.org

March 9-10

Shop at a garage sale to support a local church

The West Houston Church of Christ hosts its annual garage sale at Traders Village to raise money for church activities. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free ($4 parking). Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston. 281-890-5500. www.tradersvillage.com

March 11-15

CFISD students have a week off for spring break

All CFISD students and staff have the week off for spring break. See pages 31-33 for details on several spring break camps being hosted by local businesses in the Cy-Fair area.

March 16-17

See classic cars at Traders Village’s Auto Swap Meet

The Traders Village Auto Swap Meet features hundreds of dealers selling over 1 million car parts and accessories as well as classic cars and trucks on display and for sale. 8 a.m. Free ($4 parking). Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston. 281-890-5500. www.tradersvillage.com

By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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