The To-do List: 16 events to attend in October, November

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Nonprofit hosts benefit concert

Oct. 12
Into Abba’s Arms, a nonprofit organization that helps orphaned children in Kenya, hosts a concert featuring Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave. 7-10 p.m. $26.50 (general admission), $76.50 (reserved seating). WoodsEdge Community Church, 25333 Gosling Road, Spring. 281-364-0415.

Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas returns

Oct. 13
The Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas race features a 10-mile course, a 5K course and a kids fun run. 7-11:30 a.m. $35-$70. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands.

Light the Night event raises cancer awareness

Oct. 14
This event works to bring awareness to those affected by cancer and features music, food, a kids zone and fireworks. Participants complete a 1-mile walk lit with lanterns. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 877-586-9255.

Archery class offered for children

Oct. 15
The Woodlands Township hosts this event where children ages 8 through 12 learn skills such as range safety and proper shooting form, and play archery games. 4-5 p.m. $90 (resident), $100 (nonresident). The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348.

Baby Time event boosts social interaction

Oct. 15
The Woodlands Township hosts this event to encourage play time with educational toys as well as baby and parent socialization. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. The Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950.

Schakolad Chocolate Factory hosts class

Oct. 20
Participants make their own chocolate ganache truffles and chocolate basket. 10 a.m.-noon. $79 per person. Schakolad Chocolate Factory, 1500 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 130, The Woodlands. 281-292-9900.

Hope Under the Stars gala raises money to find a cure

Oct. 20
This 10th annual gala raises funds for research to find a cure for juvenile Batten disease. 5 p.m.-midnight. $150 (single admission), $200 (single admission and After Dark Party entry). The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands. 713-385-3981.

Hope for Heroes gala recognizes first responders

Oct. 27
This gala is hosted by Emergency Chaplain Group and features keynote speaker Andrew King Needum. 6-11 p.m. $150 per seat. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel &Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day returns

Oct. 27
The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch hosts a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day drop-off location at The Woodlands Township front parking lot. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Township, 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands. 281-210-3800.

Enjoy food, fun at Taste of the Village in Indian Springs

Oct. 27
This event is hosted by the Indian Springs Village Association and features local food vendors and local businesses, live music and a raffle. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Indian Springs Shopping Center, 6777 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands. 713-822-7596.

Gorilla Hole offers games, activities for children

Nov. 2
Children in fifth- and sixth-grades can play gym games and activities during this Gorilla Hole event. 7-9:45 p.m. $7 per person. The Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950.

The Woodlands Township hosts composting class

Nov. 3
The Woodlands Township hosts a composting class for residents to learn how to transform yard waste. 10-11 a.m. Free. The Woodlands Parks, Recreational and Environmental Services, 8203 Millennium Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800.

MINI of The Woodlands to host Canopy Quest

Nov. 4
Teams of four will drive Mini Coopers in pursuit of clues to complete challenges, followed by a finale festival. Proceeds will benefit Canopy, a cancer survivorship center. 2-7 p.m. $100 per team. MINI of The Woodlands, 16675 I-45 S., Conroe.

County residents can vote early or on Election Day

Nov. 6
Positions on The Woodlands Township board of directors, county judges and commissioners are up for election this year. Registered voters in Harris and Montgomery counties can cast their ballot at any vote center within their respective counties during early voting from Oct.22-Nov. 2.

Herpetologist leads lecture on snakes

Nov. 8
This Walk in the Woods nature series event features a presentation by Nathan Wells, a Texas herpetologist. Registration is required to attend. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800.

Superhero run supports CASA of Montgomery County

Nov. 10
This event features a 5K run and a 1-mile run through W.G. Jones State Forest. Participants can enjoy the Hero Headquarters at the event, which will feature sponsor tents, food and beverages and engaging activities for children. All proceeds benefit CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. 7-10:30 a.m. $40 (general admission). $25 (1-mile race), $35 (5K race). The Woodlands Christian Academy, 5800 Academy Way, The Woodlands. 936-441-5437.


Few students and attendees wore face masks during the ceremony June 4, though students were seated in a socially distanced arrangement. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
PHOTOS: Conroe ISD celebrates graduates in socially distanced ceremonies

"This pandemic and everything else going on has taught us that above all, we need each other," Conroe High School Principal Rotasha Smith said.

Medical businesses in The Woodlands area adapt amid coronavirus challenges

Medical businesses such as dentists, plastic surgeons and private care practices were forced to operate at reduced capacities or close their doors in mid-March.

At-risk population in The Woodlands area faces health challenges, lifestyle changes

Life for many seniors in the area has changed due to concerns over the coronavirus and its higher risks and death rate for the older population.

Total cases have risen to 13,268 in Harris County, 7,812 of which are considered active while 5,215 are confirmed to have recovered. A total of 241 people are confirmed to have died from the coronavirus in the county.(Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 241 new cases, 5 deaths confirmed June 3

Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said 45% of new cases statewide between May 26 and June 2 can be tied to prisons, jails, meat packing plants or nursing homes.

The county's total COVID-19 case count rose by more than 20 June 3, alongside dozens of new recoveries. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
COVID-19 recoveries jump in Montgomery County; total case count continues to grow

The county reported more than 60 new COVID-19 recoveries June 3 alongside 23 new cases.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Phase 3 of his Open Texas plan June 3. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott's June 3 guidelines allow most Texas businesses to operate at 50% capacity

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continues to lift coronavirus-related business restrictions.

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'Our hearts are heavy': Area churches to hold prayer rally June 5 at Magnolia High School

The rally will be held at 7 p.m. in front of Magnolia High School, located at 14350 FM 1488, Magnolia, calling for healing and unity in the nation.

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Spraygrounds open; pool season begins June 6 in The Woodlands

Sprayground water attractions in The Woodlands Township opened June 3 for a season running through Oct. 31.

Participants held fists in the air during a moment of silence at a June 2 protest over the death of George Floyd. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Criminal justice research expert weighs in on George Floyd protests and the sentiments driving them

"I think the data is clear and convincing that there is a problem. I think that we now have societal consensus of that problem and accepting that data."

Houston Food Bank is looking for more volunteers as it handles increased food distribution during COVID-19. (Courtesy Houston Food Bank)
Houston Food Bank: Volunteers needed now more than ever

The Houston Food Bank is distributing more than double the usual amount of food throughout the community.

America's ER operated a drive-thru testing site in The Woodlands in mid-April, which later moved to WoodsEdge Community Church. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
America's ER to move to COVID-19 testing by appointment June 8 at Cypress, Magnolia facilities; large-scale testing site closes June 4

While the drive-thru testing site will close permanently June 4, testing will still be available by appointment beginning June 6 at America's ER facilities in Cypress and Magnolia, officials said in a June 2 statement.

(Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
PHOTOS: Scenes from the downtown Houston march for George Floyd

People of all ages, colors and creeds packed downtown Houston June 2 to march in memory of former Houston resident George Floyd.