To-Do List: 18 events, activities taking place in The Woodlands area in September, October

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Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in September and early October.

1. SEPT. 11 – The Woodlands honors first responders on 9/11

The Woodlands Township hosts a First Responders Day in honor of 9/11. The event includes a presentation of colors, Honor Guard and speakers. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

2. SEPT. 15 – Oktoberfest fun arrives in The Woodlands early

Inspire Productions hosts the inaugural The Woodlands Oktoberfest featuring live entertainment as well as food trucks and drinks. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $5-$65. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 713-594-3165. www.inspireprod.com

3. Sept. 15 – Nonprofit hosts kickball tournament

The Cassidy Joined for Hope Foundation holds Kick-Fest for teen suicide awareness and prevention, featuring a kickball tournament, food trucks, entertainment and speakers. 8 a.m. $25. Alden Bridge Sports Park, 4751 Hwy. 242, The Woodlands. www.cassidyjoinedforhope.com

4. Sept. 19 – Art of Business luncheon comes to Hughes Landing

Andrew White, founder of The Verreaux Collective, a local classical music nonprofit, speaks at this quarterly luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $39-$44. Broken Barrel, 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 1900, The Woodlands. 281-719-8542. www.facchouston.org

5. SEPT. 20 – Annual orchestra concert season gets underway

The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert Series begins with a night of music and art by David Adickes. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $50-$300. Glade Arts Foundation, 2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands. 832-557-8781. www.gladeartsfoundation.org

6. SEPT. 22 – Montgomery County Youth Services hosts gala

This annual event benefits MCYS. This year’s theme is “An Evening of Dreams.” 7-11 p.m. $250-$2,000. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-292-6471. www.yestoyouthgala.org

7. SEPT. 22 – Township’s Shakespeare in the Park series is back

Arts in the Park returns with local vendors, children’s activities and Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Free. 3-8:30 p.m. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

8. SEPT. 25 – The Woodlands hosts incorporation forum

The township hosts a forum for residents to give feedback about the ongoing incorporation study. Free. 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

9. Sept. 29 – Breast cancer charities hold annual 5K race

The Pink 5K returns to The Woodlands to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for breast cancer research. 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. $45-$60. Rob Fleming & Creekside Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 936-231-8460. www.thebreastcancercharities.org

The Woodlands Family YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge spans over four days. 2-6 p.m. (Sept. 27), 8 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m. (Sept. 28-30) $875-$1000 per team. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. (via Courtesy YMCA OF GREATER HOUSTON)

10. Sept. 27-30 – Dragon boat races return

The Woodlands Family YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge spans over four days. 2-6 p.m. (Sept. 27), 8 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m. (Sept. 28-30) $875-$1000 per team. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-681-6730. www.ymcadragonboat.org

11. Oct. 1 – Shenandoah hosts National Night Out

The Shenandoah Police Department celebrates National Night Out to build partnerships with the community. 6-8 p.m. Free. Shenandoah Park, 801 Maplewood Drive, Shenandoah. 281-298-5522. www.shenandoahtx.us

12. Oct. 2 – Free CPR lessons offered to residents at library

The Montgomery County Library System and The Woodlands Neighborhood Watch host a hands-only CPR training session. 1-3 p.m. Free. George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library, 8125 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands. 936-442-7728. www.countylibrary.org

13. Oct. 5 – Museum hosts tea party

The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts an “Alice in Wonderland” tea party, featuring cookie decorating and face painting. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $6. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch hosts a Community Safety Expo with music and food. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. (via Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

14. Oct. 6 – Safety officials host expo to meet with residents

The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch hosts a Community Safety Expo with music and food. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3883. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

15. Oct. 6 – Villages host flea market

The Woodlands Village Associations host The Woodlands Fall Flea Market and Garage Sale, which allows residents to sell household items and other merchandise at the flea market. 7-10:30 a.m. Free. The Woodlands Pavilion Parking Garage. 281-210-3976. www.woodlandsfleamarket.org

16. Oct. 6 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s held in The Woodlands

The annual walk spreads awareness and raises money for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. 7-10:30 a.m. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 713-314-1335. www.alz.org

17. Oct. 6 – Interfaith hosts annual gala

The 45th annual event honors this year’s Hometown Heroes. 6 p.m.-midnight. $150. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-1230. www.woodlandsinterfaith.org

Oak Ridge North hosts its fifth annual Fall Festival with a pumpkin patch, games, rides, crafts and food. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North. (via Courtesy OAK RIDGE NORTH)

18. Oct. 6 – Oak Ridge North holds annual fall event

Oak Ridge North hosts its fifth annual Fall Festival with a pumpkin patch, games, rides, crafts and food. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North. 832-381-3215. www.oakridgenorth.com

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