14 events to attend in The Woodlands this month

The Woodlands Marathon benefits nonprofits.

The Woodlands Marathon benefits nonprofits.

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

Feb. 16

Chamber hosts Economic Outlook Conference

This event highlights the economic effect of Hurricane Harvey on the Greater Houston area. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $160-$190. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-5777 www.woodlandschamber.org

Feb. 17

Out of the Darkness walk to raise awareness

Proceeds from this  walk in The Woodlands benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins, The Woodlands. 212-363-3500. www.facebook.com/outofthedarknesswoodlands

Feb. 15-19

Inspire Film Festival returns

The second annual festival is a five-day cinematic event dedicated to entertaining and inspiring audiences with films and stories celebrating the human spirit. Fifteen international documentary films, a number of shorts and multiple events are planned for this year’s festival, followed by panel discussions. $134 (weekend pass), $54.84 (student pass). The Woodlands Waterway, The Woodlands. www.inspirefilmfest.com

Feb. 17

Touch-A-Truck event features  large vehicles

Children can see, hear and touch big trucks at this  event, featuring a noise-free  hour from 9-10 a.m. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Feb. 20-March 2

Early voting held

Eligible voters can cast their vote early for the March 6 primary election at several polling locations in Montgomery County. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Feb. 20-23), 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Feb. 24), noon-5 p.m. (Feb. 25), 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Feb. 26-March 2). Free. Various locations in Montgomery County. www.mctx.org

Feb. 23-25

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ comes to the stage

Class Act Productions presents this musical based on the Disney movie. 7:30 p.m. (Feb. 23-24), 2:30 p.m. (Feb. 24-25). Price TBA. Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts, 3800 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. 281-941-8500. www.classactproductions.org

Feb. 24

Mardi Gras festival debuts

Masquerade Woodlands is a celebration featuring live music, crawfish and Cajun food, beer and hurricanes, a kids zone and a photo area. 5-11 p.m. $6 (general admission), $60 (VIP admission). Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 713-594-3164. www.inspireprod.com

Feb. 26

Eatery hosts wine dinner

Via Emilia hosts a four-course dinner by Caymus Vineyards featuring grilled octopus, red-wine braised beef short rib, braised veal osso buso and dark chocolate mousse. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $159 per person. Via Emilia, 10700 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. F, The Woodlands. 281-465-9555.

March 2

Women Empowering Women features author

This luncheon features speaker Jeannette Walls, author of “The Glass Castle.” 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Price TBA. The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, 2301 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands. 832-246-8312. www.interfaithcommunityclinic.org

March 3

The Woodlands Marathon benefits nonprofits

This event, which has donated more than $370,000 to nonprofit organizations since 2013, includes a marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K run and a 2K Family Fun Run Walk. The event also includes the Gringo’s Finish Fiesta and an awards ceremony. 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $25-$140. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands.

March 6

Cast a ballot on primary election day

Eligible voters can cast their votes in the primaries on election day at several locations in The Woodlands and throughout Montgomery County. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Locations vary. www.mctx.org,

March 10

Township hosts Arts in the Park

This event showcases live stage performances, food trucks, local vendors and children’s activities. 2-6 p.m. Free. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

March 10

Recreation center hosts mother-daughter tea

At this event, mothers and daughters enjoy crafts and tea. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $40 (per pair), $10 (per additional sibling). The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

March 10-11

Home and Garden Show returns to The Woodlands

This event features speakers and live entertainment. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (March 10), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (March 11). $9-$10. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 832-274-3944. www.woodlandsshows.com

By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.


The restaurant serves American favorites as well as a brunch menu. (Courtesy Federal American Grill)
Federal American Grill coming to Oak Ridge North in 2022

Federal American Grill is opening in The Woodlands in spring 2022.

Houston-area residents will be able to apply online for a one-time payment of $1,500 from July 28-Aug. 11. (File photo)
$30M COVID Relief Fund opens for Harris County residents as eviction moratorium ends

Sourced by funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, eligible residents will receive a one-time payment of $1,500 to support urgent needs.

Exterior of Alan B. Sadler Commissioners Court building
Montgomery County officials discuss employee raises on first day of budget workshops

Montgomery County commissioners debated the possibility of a 5% raise in salaries across the board as a priority for the 2021-22 fiscal year budget.

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center is expanding a waiting area. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center to expand overflow waiting room

The extra space will be created by enclosing a portion of the ambulance bay.

Pride Houston Parade
Pride Houston fall parade and festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The downtown annual parade and festival, scheduled for Sept. 25, will be replaced by a Montrose block party and other events, organizers announced July 25.

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

(Courtesy El Mariachi Mexican Bar and Grill)
El Mariachi Mexican Bar and Grill coming to Rayford Road

The restaurant is anticipated to open some time in the third quarter of this year.

Eva Clawson, director of finance for Oak Ridge North, presented a financial report July 26. 
(Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Oak Ridge North revenue reaching prepandemic levels

Eva Clawson, director of finance for Oak Ridge North, presented a financial report detailing a revenue of $3.6M for the current fiscal year.

Vibrant church is undergoing an expansion. (Courtesy Vibrant Church)
Vibrant Church in The Woodlands doubling facility space in expansion

The church is expanding to accommodate a larger amount of people.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Average testing positivity rate nears 10% after sharp increase

Over 97% of people nationwide who are being hospitalized because of the disease are unvaccinated.