17 things to do in the Cy-Fair area in November and December

The Cy-Hoops Invitational starts Dec. 12. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
The Cy-Hoops Invitational starts Dec. 12. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)

The Cy-Hoops Invitational starts Dec. 12. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)


21: Network with local business owners

The Cy-Fair Express Network—a branch of the American Business Women’s Association—hosts a luncheon featuring a fast-paced networking event. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards to distribute to other members of the business world. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $35. Longwood Golf Club, 13300 Longwood Trace Drive, Cypress. www.cyfen.org

21-24: Catch a comedic play at Lone Star College-CyFair

“Barbecue Apocalypse” tells the story of three sets of friends getting together for a barbecue on the one-year anniversary of the apocalypse. Local students perform at the campus’s Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sun.). $10. Lone Star College-CyFair, 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. www.lonestar.edu/boxoffice

23: Take part in a poetry writing workshop

Lone Star College-CyFair professor Sharon Bippus hosts an interactive poetry writing workshop in conjunction with Harris County Public Library’s LSC-CyFair branch. Participants read and write poems focused on different forms of gratitude. 1-3 p.m. Free. Lone Star College-CyFair Library, 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. www.hcpl.net

23-24: See local Art at Via Colori Houston (Worth the Trip)

The annual Via Colori Houston festival features more than 200 artists creating street paintings in downtown Houston and three stages with live music. The event raises money for the Center of Hearing and Speech. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (both days). $7 (in advance), $10 (on-site). Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St., Houston. 713-523-3633. www.viacolorihouston.com

25-30: Take note of Thanksgiving closures

All Cy-Fair ISD schools will be closed for the entire week Nov. 25-29. State and county offices will be closed Nov. 28-29. Harris County public libraries will be closed Nov. 28-30. Banks, credit unions and post offices will also be closed Thanksgiving Day.

28: Run the Gobbler Gallop

The second annual event includes a 5-mile run, 5K run and walk, 1-mile race for children, an awards presentation and turkey costume judging. 8 a.m. $45 (adult participant), $25 (children participant). Fairfield Town Center, 28902 Hwy. 290, Cypress. www.cypressgobblergallop.com


1: Run the Leftover 5K

Houston Running Company hosts a 5K with postrace food, drinks and music for the whole family. Runners participate in a chip-timed race and receive a T-shirt and a medal “leftover” from other Houston Running Company races. 8 a.m. $25. Houston Running Company Warehouse, 21215 FM 529, Ste. 130, Cypress. www.houstonrunningco.com

3: Learn about mental health resources

The Cy-Fair ISD departments of Guidance & Counseling and Psychological Services host an informational resource fair featuring community mental health care providers. District parents, staff and community members are invited to attend. 3:30-6 p.m. Free. Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. www.berrycenter.net

4: Find a job in the oil and gas industry

Oil and gas industry recruiter Rigzone hosts a job fair featuring employment opportunities that vary in experience level, skill set and sector. Attendees can speak directly with recruiters about available jobs. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. www.rigzone.com

8: Play cornhole for Relay for Life

The event supports Relay for Life Cy-Fair, a local branch of the American Cancer Society’s fundraising program. 1-4 p.m. $20 (individual), $40 (team). Brew:30 Taphouse, 15914 Telge Road, Cypress. 713-706-5686. www.relayforlife.org/cyfairtx

8: Support the Langham Creek Bailadoras

Langham Creek High School dancers perform and host an auction, vendors, concessions and Santa at the “Winter Wonderland” event. 1-5 p.m. $10. Langham Creek High School, 17610 FM 529, Houston. www.bailadoras.com/winter-wonderland

8: Donate toys at Traders Village

Telemundo Houston hosts games and giveaways as TV personality Antonio Hernandez provides photo opportunities and collects donated toys. New, unwrapped toys and any other proceeds from the event will be donated to a children’s charity. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston. 281-890-5500. www.tradersvillage.com

9: See who is running in the March 2020 primaries

The deadline for candidates to file to run in March 2020 primaries in Texas is Dec. 9, including in races for all seats on the state House of Representatives and half of the seats on the state Senate. In Cy-Fair, the seat for Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner will also be up for election. www.harrisvotes.com

12-14: Stop by the Cy-Hoops Invitational

The annual Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational features 24 teams, including all 12 Cy-Fair ISD boys basketball varsity teams. The tournament raises funds for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships for local students. Times and locations vary. www.thecfef.org

13: Attend a Jersey Village City Council meeting

The Jersey Village City Council hosts its monthly meeting. At the December meeting, the council will receive the monthly city manager’s report and take comments from members of the public. 7 p.m. Free. Jersey Village City Hall, 16327 Lakeview Drive, Jersey Village. 713-466-2100.


15: See a Houston native stand-up comedian

The stand-up comedian Chinedu Ogu will perform live at the Berry Center in Cypress. The Houston native is known for his presence on social media, where he makes observations about parenting, family life and living in Houston. 7-9 p.m. $25-$40. Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-894-3900. www.chineduogu.com

Shop a local high school’s FFA craft market

Several Cy-Fair ISD high schools hold markets featuring craft and gift vendors, silent auctions and food available for purchase. Proceeds benefit FFA programs. Times vary. CFISD Exhibit Center, 11206 Telge Road, Cypress.

Nov. 23-24: Cypress Springs FFA

Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Cypress Ridge FFA

Dec. 7-8: Cy-Fair FFA

Dec. 14-15: Cypress Creek FFA

This article ran in the November edition of Cy-Fair. Read the full e-edition here.
By Shawn Arrajj

Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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