Wine & Food Week returns to The Woodlands and more news from the Houston area

Attendees sample a wide variety of global wines and cuisine during Wine & Food Week. (Courtesy Food & Vine Time Productions)
Attendees sample a wide variety of global wines and cuisine during Wine & Food Week. (Courtesy Food & Vine Time Productions)

Attendees sample a wide variety of global wines and cuisine during Wine & Food Week. (Courtesy Food & Vine Time Productions)

Read business and community news from the Houston area.

The Woodlands

Following spring postponement, Wine & Food Week returns to The Woodlands with events beginning in August

Wine & Food Week is set to hold a series of four events throughout The Woodlands later this year after the 16th annual tasting event week was postponed in May.

THINGS TO DO: Food truck festival, fireworks, and other outdoor activities and dates to know in The Woodlands

Read about things to do in The Woodlands.

EVENTS: Where to see live music in August and September in The Woodlands area

Live music is planned at outdoor and several indoor locations in The Woodlands area in August and September. Events are subject to cancellation. Please check with the venue before attending.

Cinemark 17 and XD in The Woodlands announces Aug. 14 reopening

Cinemark announced it will begin reopening a select number of theaters across the country Aug. 14, including the Cinemark 17 and XD in The Woodlands.

Sugar Land

Dining al fresco: Sugar Land allows for new outdoor seating option at restaurants

Sugar Land City Council voted unanimously Aug. 4 to allow for the temporary use of parking spaces for outdoor dining tables until indoor dining occupancy restrictions are lifted or the state of disaster due to the coronavirus pandemic is terminated.

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Liberty Kitchen reopens River Oaks location Aug. 7 under new ownership

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette in River Oaks, 4224 San Felipe St., opened for dine-in service Aug. 7 after being acquired by Houston hospitality firm Culinary Khancepts.


Jayden Layne Boutique opens second location in Tomball

Owner Brittani Johnson opened Jayden Layne Boutique at 309 Market St., Ste. B., Tomball, on June 27. This is the boutique's second location, as another storefront is located in Magnolia. Jayden Layne offers children's, women's—sizes XS-3X—and men's clothing as well as accessories, wreaths and home decor, Johnson said.

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How to support Houston Restaurant Weeks in Bellaire-Meyerland-West University Place

With Houston Restaurant Weeks well underway, over 230 local restaurants are participating and offering specials through Labor Day.


Texas allows limited visitations to nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Families in Texas may be able to visit their loved ones in nursing homes and assisted-living centers—even if, by law, they still cannot hug them.

Andrew Christman, Matt Dulin, Ben Thompson, Anna Lotz, Eva Vigh and Marie Leonard contributed to this report.



Clear Creek ISD will hire a new superintendent at the end of 2020. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD board of trustees, search firm create superintendent candidate profile

The profile consists of a statement of desired characteristics, which will be used to help select Greg Smith's successor.

George Buenik, Houston's director of safety and homeland security, urged residents to stay home throughout the day and evening Sept. 22. (Courtesy Houston Office of Emergency Management)
Tropical Depression Beta: Houston officials urge residents to stay home over next 24 hours

More rain bands will continue to cross the region through the day and into the evening.

The deadline to register to vote in Harris County is approaching. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here’s how to register to vote in Harris County

Sept. 22 is National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan, civic effort to encourage eligible U.S. citizens to confirm their voter registration status in time for the upcoming election.

Flooding occurred in the Glen Cove neighborhood near Knollwood Street on Sept. 21. (Courtesy city of League City)
PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Beta floods Bay Area roads, neighborhoods

Forecasters said the storm will stall over southeast Texas on Sept. 22 and slowly move east to northeast into Sept. 23.

Roads and parks around League City, Pearland, Clear Lake and Friendswood are flooding due to Tropical Storm Beta. (Courtesy city of League City)
Bay Area experiencing flooding due to Tropical Storm Beta

The Bay Area is under a flash flood warning as Tropical Storm Beta continues to drop rain over the Houston area.

Clear Lake Shores has a population of about 1,200 people. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Lake Shores adopts fiscal year 2020-21 budget

City Council approved the proposed budget, which is $1.8 million higher than the fiscal year 2019-20 budget, on Sept. 1.

The Harris County Department of Education lowered its tax rate for the 2020-21 fiscal year. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Department of Education lowers tax rate for 2020-21

For the average homestead valued at $182,484, that means taxpayers will contribute $9.11 to support its programs.

(Courtesy Fotolia)
Transportation updates: Red Bluff Road widening and North Landing Boulevard extension

Here are Bay Area transportation updates to know for September.

Learn about Rustic Oaks, September's featured neighborhood

Learn more about Rustic Oaks, our featured neighborhood for September.

Forecasters currently predict Tropical Storm Beta will make landfall the evening of Sept. 22 along the middle Texas coast then slowly move along the coast or slightly inland through the Greater Houston region toward Louisiana. (Courtesy National Weather Service)
Disaster declaration issued for 4 Houston-area counties ahead of Tropical Storm Beta

Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris counties were all included in a disaster declaration issued Sept. 21; several Bay Area school districts, colleges and city entities are closed in response.

Another 1,372 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Harris County over the Sept. 19-20 weekend along with 48 deaths caused by the virus. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Texas Medical Center positivity rate under 5% for two straight weeks

A low positivity rate is one of three metrics medical center officials are tracking that they say may indicate a declining spread of the virus.