Thanksgiving break, city meeting: 5 things to know in The Woodlands area this week, Nov. 20-25

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With many busy prepping for the holidays, here is what residents in The Woodlands need to know this week:

  1. Thanksgiving break begins today

Students in Conroe, Tomball and Magnolia ISDs kick off their week-long Thanksgiving break Monday and return to school Monday, Nov. 27.

The Township will host drop-off camp for children Nov. 20-22, during which children can enjoy games, snacks and movies during Thanksgiving break. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Nov. 20-21), 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Nov. 22). $50 per day. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

2. Oak Ridge North holds second monthly meeting

Oak Ridge North City Council meets tonight for its second monthly meeting. Agenda items of note include the approval of payment for a master thoroughfare plan study and the approval of a bid to construction in the City Hall parking lot. To view the entire agenda, click here. 7 p.m. Oak Ridge North City Hall, 27424 Robinson Road, Oak Ridge North. www.oakridgenorthtx.com

3. Thanksgiving Day

Several businesses, government offices  and restaurants will be closed during the day to celebrate the holiday. Looking for more holiday events? Be sure to check out our 2017 Holiday Kickoff Guide here. 

4. Grand Illumination

The Woodlands Resort hosts this annual family-friendly event with carolers singing traditional Christmas songs, a visit from Santa Claus and the lighting of the resort’s professionally-decorated, 20-foot Christmas tree. 6-8 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Resort
2301 N. Millbend Road, The Woodlands
281-367-1100. www.woodlandsresort.com

5. Small Business Saturday

Whether shoppers are looking to avoid the crowds on Black Friday or just trying to help a local business, Small Business Saturday takes places the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year to encourage residents to shop local. The Small Business Administration and American Express estimate 112 million shoppers spent $15.4 billion last year. In Texas, small businesses make up 99.8 percent of all businesses across the state and employ 45.9 percent of the working population, according to the SBA. To find participating small businesses nearby, click here. 

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Wendy Cawthon

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Cawthon has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and joined The Woodlands edition in 2017.

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