20 things to do in and around Cy-Fair this December and January

The Candy Cane Fun Run takes place Jan. 11 in the Fairfield area. (Courtesy Candy Cane Fun Run)
The Candy Cane Fun Run takes place Jan. 11 in the Fairfield area. (Courtesy Candy Cane Fun Run)

The Candy Cane Fun Run takes place Jan. 11 in the Fairfield area. (Courtesy Candy Cane Fun Run)

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An invitation wrestling tournament takes place the weekend of Jan. 3 at the Berry Center in Cypress. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
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For those looking to head into the city of Houston for an event, Zoo Lights begins Dec 18 at the Houston Zoo. (Courtesy Houston Zoo)
Worth the Tip—Dec. 18-Jan. 12: See Zoo Lights in Houston

TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights, featuring several new additions this year—a 100-foot Infinity Tunnel of Light, 4D Enchanted Forest, a giant ice dragon and “snow” in the Winter Wonderland. LED lighting illuminates the entire zoo, and families have photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. www.houstonzoo.org/events/zoo-lights

Dec. 18: Support local children at yoga class

Shaka Power Yoga hosts a Holiday Karma Yoga class. Attendees are asked to bring a cash donation or grocery store gift card. All proceeds will benefit nonprofit Boys & Girls Country, a home for children and young adults from families experiencing crisis. 7-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Shaka Power Yoga, 10611 Fry Road, Ste. 250, Cypress. 832-413-3194. www.shakapoweryoga.com

Dec: 18: Learn about job opportunities in Cy-Fair ISD transportation

Cy-Fair ISD hosts a transportation job fair to fill bus driver and other transportation positions with the district. Pay starts at $17 per hour, and new employees receive paid training. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Westgreen Transportation Center, 21330 W. Campus Drive, Cypress. www.cfisd.net

Dec. 20: Take an evening nature tour

Harris County Precinct 4’s parks division hosts a tour through the 100 Acre Wood Preserve guided by a trained naturalist. Attendees use UV lights provided by Harris County to experience the glow-in-the-dark effects on the natural surroundings. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. 100 Acre Wood Preserve, 14236 W. Cypress Forest Drive, Houston. 713-755-6444. www.hcp4.net

Dec. 21: Bring your best to an ugly sweater party

The Cypress location of World of Beer invites the public to take part in an ugly sweater Christmas party and contest. The winner will receive a prize, and the event also includes live music, a toy donation and pictures with Santa. 5-9 p.m. Free (admission). World of Beer-Towne Lake, 9945 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 120, Cypress. 281-806-5353. www.worldofbeer.com

Dec. 21: See a local Christmas musical

The Houston Central Seventh-day Adventist Church puts on a performance of “Swaddling Clothes: Christmas Musical Presentation.” The musical tells the story of Jesus’ birth. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Houston Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 9425 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston. 281-890-1002. www.houstoncentralsda.org

Dec. 21: Find a new furry friend

The nonprofit Houston Pets Alive hosts a pet adoption event at the Pet Supermarket location on Grant Road in Cypress. Dogs available through HPA’s foster program will be on-site and can go straight home with adopters. Noon-4 p.m. Free (admission). Pet Supermarket, 14044 Grant Road, Ste. 200, Cypress. 832-786-9310. www.houstonpetsalive.org

Dec. 21: Stop by the Yuletide Magic Vendor Market

Starting at Tea Bear Teahouse, participants check in and collect a “passport” to be stamped as festive holiday activities are completed at each business in the shopping center, including Snap Fitness, Bicycle World, C4Cryo, Timeless Designs, Fairfield Chiropractic and others. Once the activity is completed, individuals can collect a goodie bag. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free (participation). Tea Bear Teahouse, 16341 Mueschke Road, Cypress. 832-653-7788. www.facebook.com/teabeartea

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Cy-Fair ISD students get two-week winter break

All district campuses and facilities are closed over the winter break. Staff members return Jan. 3 for a professional development day, and students return for the start of the spring semester Jan. 6. 281-897-4000. www.cfisd.net

Dec. 31: Catch Cypress Creek FACE’s “Buddy, Roy & Elvis” concert
Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment presents an evening of rockabilly, country, gospel, and 1950s rock and roll featuring selections from Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’ll be the Day,” “Hound Dog” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.” 7 p.m. $45-$75. Cypress Ridge High School, 7900 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston. 281-440-4850. www.cypresscreekface.org

Jan. 1: Start the new year with 2020 Run Houston

The event, part of the Run Houston series, will include distances of 10K, 5K and a 1K for children. Registered participants receive a T-shirt, and all finishers receive a medal. A post-race party at the Sam Houston Race Park includes food, drinks and awards. 6:30 a.m. (parking opens), 8:30 a.m. (race begins). $27-$45 (prices increase after Dec. 19). Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston. www.runhouston.com

Jan. 2, 4 and 6: Try out for the Houston Choral Society

The Houston Choral Society hosts a tryout for singers to join for the 2020 season, which includes concerts in February, May and June. The audition will consist of vocalization, pitch-memory exercises, sight-reading and a performance of a piece of the auditioner’s choosing. 6-9 p.m. (Jan. 2), 9 a.m.-noon (Jan. 4), 6-7 p.m. (Jan. 6). Free. Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road, Houston. 281-578-3127. www.houstonchoral.org

Jan. 3-4: Show support for Cy-Fair ISD wrestlers

The 18th annual Cy-Fair ISD Invitational Tournament features varsity male and female wrestlers competing for medals. The tournaments will include 32-64 competitors per weight class, and the top eight will receive medals. 8:30 a.m. (Jan. 3), 9 a.m. (Jan. 4). Free (spectators), $75 (wrestler entry fee). Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 832-287-7565. www.cfisd.net

Jan. 5: Run 10 miles in Bridgeland

The Houston Methodist Hospital System along with the Texas 10 Series hosts a 10-mile run through the Bridgeland community. The event includes a $100 cash prize drawing for all 10-mile finishers and a $50 cash prize drawing for all 5-mile finishers. Children can participate in a 1-mile event. 7-10 a.m. $30-$70. Festival Park, 16902 Bridgeland Landing Drive, Cypress. www.texas10series.com

Jan. 11: Support a 5K fun run for education

Proceeds from the Candy Cane Fun Run support Ault, Keith and Swenke elementary school PTOs as well as Salyards Middle School. The 3.1-mile run through the Fairfield neighborhood is timed and features medals for participants. 8 a.m. $30 (children younger than 13), $40 (adults). Salyards Middle School, 21757 Fairfield Place, Cypress. www.candycanfunrun.com

Jan. 11: Showcase classic cars at Towne Lake

Towne Lake Cars on the Lake hosts Towne Lake Cars & Coffee, showcasing classic, import, export, hot rod and muscle cars, trucks, Jeeps and golf carts. 8-10 a.m. Free (admission). Boardwalk at Towne Lake, 9945 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. www.facebook.com/townelakecarsonthelake

Jan. 18: Attend a Drake-themed cake decorating class

The CreATEry presents an adults-only cake decorating clasfeaturing a playlist of music by Drake. Attendees may bring their own drinks. 6-8:30 p.m. $44.99. Cypress Sweets, 11702 Grant Road, Ste. E, Cypress. www.thecreatery.com

See a play at a local theater

Playhouse 1960

6814 Gant Road, Houston

281-587-8243. www.ph1960.com

“Steel Magnolias”

Dates: Jan. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Feb. 1 (8 p.m.); Feb. 2 (3 p.m.)
Cost: $18 (students, seniors, veterans), $21 (adults)

Stageworks Theatre

10760 Grant Road, Houston

281-587-6100. www.stageworkstx.org


Dates: Jan. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Feb. 1, 7, 8 (7:30 p.m.); Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9 (3 p.m.)

Cost: $19 (students); $23.50 (seniors, veterans); $26.50 (adults)

Cypress Ridge High School

7900 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston

281-807-8056. www.cyridge.cfisd.net

“James and the Giant Peach”

Dates: Jan. 16-18 (7 p.m.)
Cost: $5
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.


Lalo’s Molcajete includes beef, chicken, shrimp, Mexican sausage, Mexican cactus and cheese served in a molcajete with hot sauce and the diner’s choice of rice and beans. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cy-Fair eatery Monica's Mexican Restaurant gets help from all members of the family

The restaurant has operated off Hwy. 290 and Village Drive since early 2019.

The Texas Department of Transportation has announced several lane closures planned along Hwy. 290 this weekend. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
22 Hwy. 290 lane closures affecting Cy-Fair drivers this weekend, Feb. 21-23

The Texas Department of Transportation has announced the following lane closures planned along Hwy. 290 this weekend.

The city of Jersey Village is bringing a new police chief on board.
New police chief in Jersey Village to officially take over March 1

Chief Kirk Riggs was brought on as interim chief in November.

Houston Premium Outlets is located off Hwy. 290 in Cypress. (Courtesy Houston Premium Outlets)
Houston Premium Outlets announces two new retailers

The two new stores will open this spring and summer.

Stats Sports Bar and Grill offers a variety of American fare ranging from Buffalo wings and burgers to crawfish and flatbreads. (Courtesy Stats Sports Bar and Grill)
Stats Sports Bar and Grill to celebrate 10 years in March

Owned by Tate Powers and Jessica and Michael Statlander, the bar and grill first opened March 16, 2010, and offers a variety of American fare ranging from Buffalo wings and burgers to crawfish and flatbreads.

Texas Kids Childcare is now open on Enchanted Creek Drive, near the FM 529 intersection.
Texas Kids Childcare opens on Enchanted Creek Drive

Other locations can be found on Barker Cypress, Mason and Fry roads.

Cheetos Cheese Pickles from Biggy's (Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)
Cheetos cheese pickles, mac and cheese eggrolls, deep-fried cheesecake: 93 food spots to try during the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

From tried and true to something new, the food options at this year's Rodeo include classic staples and crazy concoctions.

Lone Star College System has $185 million remaining from its 2014 bond referendum. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College System updates 2014 bond project progress

Lone Star College System continues to make improvements to campuses through an $485 million bond that passed in 2014.

Edward Jones is coming soon to Lakeland Village Center in Cypress. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Edward Jones to open new location this spring in Lakeland Village Center

Services include wealth management and financial advice on topics such as retirement and stocks.

The Door Store to move from Spring to Cypress in March

The Door Store will relocate from 14919 Stuebner Airline Road, Houston, to 10706 Grant Road, Cypress, in March.

Cy-Fair ISD pushes to diversify teacher hires

Last year, 66% of teachers in CFISD were white, according to state data. CFISD officials have managed to hire more teachers of color in recent years.

The venue holds up to 500 guests; can host indoor and outdoor ceremonies; and features a dividable large ballroom, private dressing rooms, 24-foot ceilings and sophisticated modern architecture. (Courtesy Lux Vita)
Wedding, event venue Lux Vita now open in North Houston

The venue holds up to 500 guests; can host indoor and outdoor ceremonies; and features a dividable large ballroom, private dressing rooms, 24-foot ceilings and sophisticated modern architecture.

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