Connected: A Guide to The Woodlands in 2016-17

City Information


Ed Robb Ed Robb, Chairman of the board, The Woodlands Township[/caption]

The Woodlands Township: Note from Ed Robb, Chairman of the board, The Woodlands township

On behalf of approximately 114,000 residents and 2,000 businesses, welcome to The Woodlands, Texas! The Woodlands Township is known as a leading master-planned development that operates similarly to a city and has many private-public partnerships.


Living in The Woodlands Township means living in carefully thought-out neighborhoods that are protected by a No. 1-rated fire department and enhanced public safety as well as enjoying more than 200 miles of hike and bike trails. Our community also has over 130 parks and swimming pools, in addition to 11 million square feet of shopping, dining, hospitality and entertainment, including the top-rated outdoor performing arts venue in the world: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.


The Woodlands features some of the state’s best public and private schools, a Lone Star College System campus and numerous opportunities for higher education degrees through the University Center.


Four major medical facilities and a number of leading-edge physicians abound for your health care needs, and our community features multiple places of worship that are all conveniently located. Whether you are at home relaxing, or out and about, you will soon feel at home and be amazed at the many opportunities to enjoy in our community.


Enjoy the beautiful environment of The Woodlands. We’re glad you are here!


Township statistics
2015 population: 109,679
2016-17 property tax rate: 23 cents per $100 valuation
Estimated sales tax collected: (FY 2015-16): $51.3 million
Township size: 44 square miles


Township board
Meets the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. and the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.


The Woodlands Township
2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands
281-210-3800
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov


Terms and compensation
Board members are elected to two-year terms, and they are not paid to serve.


Live broadcast
Township board meetings are broadcast live at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov. The website also includes agendas and archives. 


Board members and term expiration dates
Ed Robb (2016)—chairman,  Position 4
Gordy Bunch (2016)—Position 1
Mike Bass (2016)—Position 2
Jeff Long (2016)—Position 3
John McMullan (2017)—Position 5
Ann Snyder (2017)—Position 6
Laura Fillault (2017)—Position 7




Jim Kuykendall Jim Kuykendall, Oak Ridge North mayor[/caption]

Oak Ridge North: Note from Jim Kuykendall, Oak Ridge North mayor


The motto of Oak Ridge North is, “What a hometown should be,” and we believe it! Our city was incorporated in 1979 as a place where people could live and raise a family in a safe, family-friendly environment.


Over the years, the large growth of the Houston metropolitan area has come our way. We are no longer that small quaint bedroom community we once were. We are a viable strong city that has taken an interest in what is going on in Montgomery County—especially as it relates to Oak Ridge North.


While traffic remains our biggest issue, our citizens have come together with proposals on what should be done.  From that work, plans were made and studies were conducted, and now we are close to finding resolutions that will help future generations of residents with mobility.


In saying all of that, I want to emphasize that this work, along with the work of the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, and Community Affairs Committee, are making a difference in Oak Ridge North. It is the hometown spirit of the residents all working together to work on issues and resolutions. That and so much more is really what makes Oak Ridge North what a hometown should be!


City statistics
2015 population: 3,161
2018 population projection: 3,472
Median age: 47
Median household income: $90,417
Property tax rate: 45 cents per $100 valuation
Estimated sales tax collected (2015-16): $2.5 million
City limits: 1.4 square miles


City Council
Usually meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of every month


Oak Ridge North City Hall
27424 Robinson Road, Oak Ridge North. 281-292-4648
www.oakridgenorth.com


Terms and compensation
The mayor and council members are elected to two-year terms with no term limits. The mayor receives $500 per month. Council members receive $250 per month.


Recordings
Agendas, packets and minutes are available on the city’s website at www.oakridgenorth.com.


Council members and term expiration dates
Jim Kuykendall (2018)–mayor
Tom Coale (2018)–Place 1
Clint McClaren (2017)–Place 2
Alex Jones (2018)–Place 3
Michelle Cassio (2017)–Place 4
Frances Planchard (2017)-Place 5


Chamber of Commerce
South Montgomery County Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce
9320 Lakeside Blvd., Bldg. 2,
Ste. 200, The Woodlands
281-367-5777
www.woodlandschamber.org




Ritch Wheeler Ritch Wheeler, Shenandoah mayor[/caption]

Shenandoah: Note from Ritch Wheeler, Shenandoah mayor


Shenandoah has a unique advantage for a city its size: It has a prime location on I-45 that benefits both residential and commercial development. With a city limits of just 2 square miles that sits across the interstate, we have it all—a thriving commercial base and a quality of life that we believe sets us apart. Thanks to the steady local economy and strong sales tax revenue, we offer the lowest property tax rate in Montgomery County.


In less than 20 years, Shenandoah has changed from a small bedroom community to a prosperous city. We now have 12 residential neighborhoods, nearly 40 restaurants, plenty of high-end retail and a major sports complex. While we share in the amazing growth in the region, we still take time to visit with our neighbors and enjoy two beautiful parks in Shenandoah.


As we approach a population of 5,000 residents, we face important milestones in the near future—transition to a home rule city and the build-out of our available land. Equipped with a well-thought-out plan, we continue to be a progressive city that embraces change while working to maintain our sense of community.


City statistics
2016 population: 2,752
2021 population projection:  3,328
Median age: 43.7
Median household income: $86,124
Property tax rate:  22.95 cents per $100 valuation
Estimated sales tax collected in FY 2014-15: $4.6 million
City limits: 2 square miles


City Council
Meets on the second Wednesday at 6 p.m. and fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m. each month.


Shenandoah City Hall
29955 I-45 N.
281-298-5522
www.shenandoahtx.us


Terms and compensation
The mayor and council members are elected to two-year terms with no term limits. The mayor receives $545.45 per meeting. Council members receive $409.09 per meeting.


Meeting information
Agendas, packets and minutes are available on the city’s website at www.shenandoahtx.us.


Council members and term expiration dates
Ritch Wheeler (2018)–mayor
Ron Raymaker (2018)–Position 1
John Houston (2017)–Position 2
Darrell Frazier (2017)–Position 3
Jean Teague (2017)–Position 4
Michael McLeod (2018)–Position 5


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Public Education


Tomball ISD
John P. Neubauer Administration Building
310 S. Cherry St., Tomball
www.tomballisd.net
281-357-3100
Superintendent: Huey Kinchen
Total students for the 2015-16 school year: 14,120
Assessment test scores available in The Woodlands ISD Education Focus Guide


Tomball ISD


Magnolia ISD
Celeste Graves Education Support Center
31141 Nichols Sawmill Road, Magnolia
www.magnoliaisd.org
281-356-3571
Superintendent: Todd Stephens
Total students for the 2015-16 school year: 12,888
Assessment test scores available in The Woodlands ISD Education Focus Guide


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Conroe ISD
Deane L. Sadler Administration Building
3205 W. Davis St., Conroe
936-709-7751
www.conroeisd.net
Superintendent: Don Stockton
Total students for the 2015-16 school year: 58,239
Assessment test scores available in The Woodlands ISD Education Focus Guide


Conroe ISD


Conroe ISD


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Private Schools


Houston


The Banff School
13726 Cutten Road, Houston
281-444-9326
www.banffschool.org
Grades: pre-K-12
Enrollment: 160
Extracurricular activities: art, athletics, honor societies, mentoring program, musical theater, piano, student council, blues and jazz band
Tuition: $3,025-$7,678 annually (pre-K), $8,826-$12,142 annually (K-12)


Spring


St. Edward Catholic School
2601 Spring Stuebner Road, Spring
281-353-4570
www.stedwardschool.org
Grades: pre-K (age 3)-8
Enrollment: 386
Extracurricular activities: athletics, Monarchs with Merit, yearbook club, chess club, student council, service projects, academic competitions, spirit team, band, choir, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, National Junior Honor Society
Tuition: $6,270 annually with multistudent discounts


Tomball


Concordia Lutheran High School
700 E. Main St., Tomball
281-351-2547
www.concordiacrusaders.org
Grades: 9-12
Enrollment: 586
Extracurricular activities: athletics, art, photography, foreign language lab, family and consumer services, band, choir
Tuition: $12,780 annually


Rosehill Christian School
19830 FM 2920, Tomball
281-351-8114
www.rcseagles.org
Grades: pre-K-12
Enrollment: 490
Extracurricular activities: art, athletics, choir, drama, music, 4H club, debate, dual credit, National Honor Society
Tuition: $4,825-$14,175 annually

Salem Lutheran School
22601 Lutheran Church Road, Tomball
281-351-8223
www.salemlutheran.com
Grades: early childhood, K-8
Enrollment: 446
Extracurricular activities: athletics, Kingdom Kids after-school program, technology club, private music lessons, fine arts music program
Tuition: $9,400 annually for one student (K-8), $8,460 for subsequent students (K-8), $920 per month (infants), $880 per month (toddlers), $845 per month (2-year-olds), $805 per month (preschool and pre-K)

St. Anne’s Catholic School
1111 S. Cherry St.,Tomball
281-351-0093
www.stanne-tomball.org
Grades: pre-K-8
Enrollment: 373
Extracurricular activities: athletics, choir, academic team, chess, Cub Scouts, geography bee, National Junior Honor Society, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo art projects, music lessons, spelling bee, band
Tuition: $6,500 annually

Step By Step Christian School
1119 S. Cherry St., Tomball
281-351-2888
www.stepbystepchristianschool.org
Grades: Pre-K-8
Enrollment: 200
Extracurricular activities: cheerleading, chess, flag football, drama, Girl Scouts, outdoor games
Tuition: $5,280 annually (full-day kindergarten-8), $4,455 annually (kindergarten half days), $675-$825 per month (preschool)

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Christ Community School
1488 Wellman Road, Shenandoah
936-321-6300
www.christcommunityschool.org
Grades: pre-K-7
Enrollment: 150
Extracurricular activities: Knights of Honor, after-school care, competitions through the Association of Christian Schools International, spelling bee, art festivals, speech meet, math Olympics, honors choir
Tuition: $3,500-$10,000 annually

Cunae International School
5655 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands
281-516-3770
www.doortomyschool.com
Grades: pre-K (age 4)-12
Enrollment: 90
Extracurricular activities: foreign language programs, violin, art, nature-based curriculum, languages
Tuition: $9,000-$19,500 annually

Esprit International School
4890 W. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands
281-298-9200
www.espritinternationalschool.com
Grades: pre-K-12
Enrollment: 170
Extracurricular activities: student council, community service programs, school newspaper, Camp Allen, running club, football, cheerleading, music, video game creation
Tuition: $5,130-$17,500 annually

The John Cooper School The John Cooper School[/caption]

The John Cooper School
1 John Cooper Drive, The Woodlands
281-367-0900
www.johncooper.org
Grades: pre-K-12
Enrollment: 1,230
Extracurricular activities: tennis, chess, robotics, taekwondo, drama, aerial arts, diversity club, dance, math, science club, Future Scientists and Engineers of America Club, science fair club, interact club, drama club, student council, yearbook, Habitat for Humanity and Empty Bowls outreach projects
Tuition: $19,980-$24,685 annually

Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy
9768 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands
936-337-2000
www.legacypca.org
Grades: pre-K-12
Enrollment: 375
Extracurricular activities: athletics, visual and performing arts, student council, National Honor and Junior Honor societies, school newspaper, praise band, karate, gardening
Tuition: $5,400-$9,700 annually, with multistudent discounts

The Rubicon Academy
14211 Horseshoe Bend, The Woodlands
936-273-9111
www.rubiconacademy.com
Grades: pre-K-8
Enrollment: 35
Included in curriculum: music, art, computer and science labs, science and technology expositions, academic competitions, foreign language
Tuition: $17,000 annually

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School[/caption]

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School
7901 Bay Branch Drive, The Woodlands
281-296-0300
www.staopcs.org
Grades: pre-K (age 3)-8
Enrollment: 491
Extracurricular activities: athletics, band, choir, dance and cheer team, theater, student council, National Junior Honor Society, quiz bowl, gardening club, community service projects
Tuition: $4,800-$7,400 annually

Sojourn Academy
27420 Robinson Road, Oak Ridge North
281-298-5800
www.oakridgechristian.org
Grades: pre-K (age 1)-12
Enrollment: 141
Extracurricular activities: cross-county, track, tennis, golf, Lego Club, tumbling, chess, beta club, debate, yearbook, music, band, art, drama, Lewis/Tolkien elective
Tuition: $2,300-$6,000 (pre-K), $7,500 (K), $8,900 (1-12) annually

The Woodlands Christian Academy
5800 Academy Way, The Woodlands
936-273-2555
www.twca.net
Grades: pre-K-12
Enrollment: 585
Extracurricular activities: athletics, art, foreign languages
Tuition: $12,395-$20,945 annually

 

The Woodlands Methodist School The Woodlands Methodist School[/caption]

The Woodlands Methodist School
2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands
281-882-8220
www.twmschool.org
Grades: K-6
Enrollment: 240
Extracurricular activities: science enrichment, golf, soccer, basketball, flag football, cheerleading, cross-country, robotics, choir, chess, taekwondo, Spanish
Tuition: $9,468-$10,152 annually

The Woodlands Preparatory School
27440 Kuykendahl Road, Tomball
281-516-0600
www.woodlandsprep.org
Grades: pre-K-12
Enrollment: 200
Extracurricular activities: athletics, art, student council, fencing, gymnastics, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, animation, 3-D modeling academy
Tuition: $20,145-$24,390 annually

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Real EstateReal Estate


The area in and around The Woodlands has a number of communities that are still growing.


1. Lakes at Creekside
Home values: $300,000-$1 million
600 lots
Builders: Lennar and M/I Homes, Trendmaker Homes
Schools: Tomball ISD
281-376-1500
www.lakesatcreekside.com


2. Harper’s Preserve
Home values: $350,000-$600,000+
1,700 lots upon completion
Builders: Ashton Woods, Brighton Homes, Chesmar Homes, Drees Custom Homes, Gehan Homes, Highland Homes, J. Patrick Homes, Plantation Homes
Schools: Conroe ISD
713-783-0308
www.syi.net


3. The Woodlands Reserve
Home values: $1.4 million+
55 lots
Builder: Frankel Building Group
Schools: Conroe ISD
713-623-4648
www.frankelbuildinggroup.com/about-woodlands-reserve


4. Lakeside Cove
Home values: $605,000- $1 million+
57 lots
Builder: Gracepoint Homes
Schools: Conroe ISD
832-434-2100
www.gracepointhomes.com


5. Woodson’s Reserve
Home values: $361,990-$643,000
55 lots
Builders: Meritage Homes, Perry Homes, Taylor Morrison, Toll Brothers
Schools: Conroe ISD
713-489-9217
www.woodsonsreserve.com


6. Liberty Branch
Home values: $300,000-$1 million
400 lots
Builders: Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, J. Patrick Homes, Palmetto Homes
Schools: Tomball ISD
281-719-6333
www.coventryhomes.com


7. Stillwater
Home values: $370,000-$806,000
381 lots
Builders: Jeff Paul Custom Homes, Matt Powers Custom Homes, T.D. Cox Custom Homes, Tommy Bailey Custom Homes
Schools: Conroe ISD
281-681-0400
www.stillwatertx.com


8. North Grove at Spring Creek
Home values: $300,000-$800,000
850 lots
Builder: Toll Brothers, others TBA
Schools: Magnolia ISD
281-894-8655
www.northgrovetx.com


9. Falls at Imperial Oaks
Home values: $180,000-$700,000
Builders: David Weekley Homes, Lennar Homes, Partners in Building, Ryland Homes, Village Builders
Schools: Conroe ISD
281-296-8000
www.fallsatimperialoaks.com


10. Harmony
Home values: $250,000-$600,000+
2,300 estimated lots
Builders: Ashton Woods, Castlerock Communities, Darling Homes, Highland Homes, Perry Homes, Taylor Morrison, Village Builders, Westin Homes
Schools: Conroe ISD
936-447-2805
www.harmony-houston.com


11. Timarron Lakes
Home values: $370,000-$485,000
21 lots
Builder: Darling Homes
Schools: Tomball ISD
281-290-0002
www.darlinghomes.com


12. The Estates at Blair’s Way
Home values: $860,000-$1 million+
110 home sites
Builder: Toll Brothers
Schools: Tomball ISD
281-516-0899
www.tollbrothers.com


13. Wyatt Oaks
Home values $350,000-$500,000
55 home sites
Builders: M/I Homes, Pulte
Schools: Tomball ISD
281-223-1602
www.mihomes.com


14. Harper Woods
Home values: $400,000-$580,000
88 lots
Builder: Sullivan Brothers
Schools: Spring ISD
713-880-4663
www.harperwoodstx.com


15. Grogan’s Crest
Home values: $340,000-$490,000
30 lots
Builder: Connor Davis Homes
Schools: Conroe ISD
281-978-2894
www.groganscrest.com


15. Honeycomb Ridge-The Woodlands
Home values: $900,000-$1.2 million
20+ custom homes
Builder: First Stone Homes
Schools: Conroe ISD
713-632-2957
www.honeycombridge.com


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Parks


The Woodlands Parks

1. Grogan’s Point Park
180 Grogan’s Point Road
Acres: 6.74
Amenities: pavilion, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, volleyball, barbecue pits, picnic tables

2. Sawmill Park
2220 Millpark Drive
6.15 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, volleyball, splash pad, barbecue pits

3. Tamarac Park
1300 N. Millbend Drive
10.5 acres
Amenities: pavilion, fishing pond, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, volleyball, dog park, bike and skate area

4. Creekwood Park
3383 S. Panther Creek Drive
14.68 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, fishing pond, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, volleyball, bike and skate area

5. Northshore Park
2505 Lake Woodlands Drive
7 acres
Amenities: pavilion, fishing pond, restrooms, play area, volleyball, stage and canoe launch

6. Ridgewood Park
4192 Interfaith Way
10.35 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, skate and bike area with stairs and rails, BMX dirt track

7. Southshore Park
3030 Woodlands Parkway
1.6 acres
Amenities: pavilion, fishing pond

8. Bear Branch Park
5200 Research Forest Drive
6.03 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, volleyball, skate and bike area, dog-friendly area, disc golf

9. Bear Branch sports fields
5205 Research Forest Drive
30.23 acres
Amenities: pavilion, fishing pond, restrooms, disc golf, jogging track, community garden

10. Shadowbend Park
4995 Lake Woodlands Drive
12.68 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, volleyball, splash pads, barbecue pits

11. Harper’s Landing Park
2 N. Blair Bridge Drive
12.41 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, baseball/softball, skate and bike area, dog-friendly area

12. Falconwing Park
5610 Rush Haven Drive
10.34 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, baseball/softball, skate and bike area, dog-friendly area

13. Forestgate Park
7505 S. Forestgate Park
9.94 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, skate and bike area

14. Alden Bridge Park
7725 Alden Bridge Drive
20.85 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, fishing pond, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, volleyball, drinking fountains, theme slides

15. Lakeside Park
5001 W. Alden Bridge Drive
14.03 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, fishing pond, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, skate and bike area, kayak launch

16. Windvale Park
7600 Windvale Park
22.90 acres
Amenities, pavilion, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, jogging track

17. Cranebrook Park
11800 Cranebrook Drive
12.39 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, restrooms, play area, tennis, BMX course

18. Rob Fleming Park
6055 Creekside Forest Drive
19.23 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, fishing pond, restrooms, play area, performance stage, canoe launch

19. Wendtwoods Park
8950 Creekside Green Drive
12.96 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, fishing pond, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, baseball/softball, barbecue pits, picnic tables

20. Meadowlake Park
9501 N. Panther Creek Drive
6.80 acres
Amenities: pavilion, fishing pond, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, dog park, walking trails, workout station

21. Marilyn Edgar Park
26531 S. Hillside Drive
4 acres
Amenities: swimming pool, pavilion, basketball, volleyball, dog park, walking trails, workout stations

22. Toddler Park
315 Shenandoah Drive
0.5 acres
Amenities, pavilion, play area, walking trail, picnic tables

23. Teddy Bear Park
27207 Robinson Road
7 Acres
Amenities: restrooms, play area, water fountains

24. Crossvine Park
2709 Crossvine Circle
3.8 acres
Ameniteis: play area, walking trails, benches

25. High Oaks Park
13100 Sawmill Road
4.4 acres
Amenities: play area, basketball, barbecue pits, picnic tables

26. Tallowberry Park
7 S. Tallowberry Circle
2.6 acres
Amenities: pavilion, play area, barbecue pits, picnic tables

27. Wedgewood Park
42 Wedgewood Forest Drive
9.99 acres
Amenities: pavilion, fishing pond

28. Cattail Park
9323 Cochrans Crossing Drive
12.7 acres
Amenities: pavilion, restrooms, play area, tennis, basketball, jogging track, dog park, barbecue pits

29. Copper Sage Park
75 S. Golden Arrow Circle
6.43 Acres
Amenities: pavilion, fishing pond, play area, tennis, basketball, barbecue pits, picnic tables, drinking fountains

30. Mystic Forest Park
10 E. Amberglow Circle
2.95 acres
Amenities: play area, tennis, basketball, barbecue pits, picnic tables

31. Chandler Creek Park
11 Scented Path Lane
1.81 acres
Amenities: pavilion, play area, barbecue pits, picnic tables, drinking fountains

32. Cottage Green Park
1 W. Cottage Green
0.83 acres
Amenities: pavilion, play area, drinking fountains, picnic tables

33. Pleasant Hill Park
7300 Kendall Green Drive
4.26 acres
Amenities: play area, barbecue pits, picnic tables, benches

34. Sundance Park
3700 West Alden Bridge Drive
6.62 acres
Amenities: pavilion, play area, tennis, basketball, barbecue pits, drinking fountains, picnic tables

35. Bantam Woods Park
130 E. Beckonvale Circle
1.85 acres
Amenities, pavilion, play area, barbecue pits, drinking fountains, picnic tables

36. Granite Ridge Park
7500 West Windvale Circle
0.76 acres
Amenities: play area, barbecue pits, picnic tables

37. Avalon Park
8585 Grogan’s Mill Road
0.05 acres
Amenities: play area, tennis, barbecue pits, drinking fountains, picnic tables

38. Venture Tech Park
8402 New Trails Drive
2.31 acres
Amenities: pavilion, fishing pond, picnic tables

39. Trace Creek Park
158 E. Wild Yaupon
1 acre
Amenities: pavilion, play area, volleyball, barbecue pits, picnic tables, drinking fountains

40. Reedy Pond Park
4727 Woodlands Pkwy
7.46 acres
Amenities: fishing pond, walking trails

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Community Events


October 2016




Community Events The Woodlands Marathon[/caption]

Texas Renaissance Festival
Oct. 8-Nov. 27 • 9 a.m.-8 p.m. • $30 (age 13 and older), $15 (age 5-12), Free (age 4 and younger).
The 42nd annual festival recreates a world of  16th century English grandeur with live entertainment, authentic food and local artisanal goods. The country’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance-centered park has a different theme each weekend and is open every Saturday and Sunday in October and November as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving.
21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission
800-458-3435
www.texrenfest.com


Trick or Treat Trail
Oct. 25 • 3-6 p.m. • Free.
Children in costume get to trick or treat a few days early, collecting goodies from more than 30 local vendors at this annual event. The festivities include strolling entertainers, inflatables, games and a costume contest.
Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-363-2447
www.thewoodlandscvb.com


The Haunting at Bear Branch
Oct. 28-29 • 8-10 p.m. • $8 (per ticket).
A tour guide leads visitors through a haunted trail in this Halloween tradition. This year’s theme is “Trail of Treachery: The Cursed Wood.” The event is recommended for participants age 9 and older. Ticket sales will end at 9:30 p.m. each night.
The Woodlands Township Recreation Center, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov


The Original Spooktacular Monster Mash Party
Oct. 31• 4-8 p.m. • $7 (per child member), $9 (per child non-member), $1 (per adult).
The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts its annual Halloween party filled with games, art projects, live entertainment and child-friendly activities. The evening also features hot dogs and drinks for purchase, and Halloween costumes are encouraged.
The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands
281-465-0955
www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org


November


Hook, Line, Sinker
Nov. 5 • 8-10 a.m. • Free.
Park rangers teach children age 5-14 fishing basics in this free one-day clinic. Children learn how to tie a line, bait a hook and catch fish at Creekwood Park. Preregistration is required, and participants must provide their own fishing poles.
Creekwood Park, 3383 S. Panther Creek, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstown ship-tx.gov  


Texas Flea Market & Garage Sale
Nov. 5 • 7-10:30 a.m. • Free.
This semi-annual event happens every spring and fall in The Woodlands. It provides a venue for residents to sell and purchase used or new household goods, sports equipment, arts, crafts, tools and other merchandise. Vendors are charged a fee for booth space, however, the market is free for buyers. A spring market date had not been set as of press time.
Town Center parking garage, Southwest corner of Lake Robbins and Six Pines drives, The Woodlands
281-210-3976
www.woodlandsfleamarket.org


The Woodlands Children’s Festival
Nov. 12-13 • 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Nov. 12), noon-5 p.m. (Nov. 13) • $8 (in advance), $10 (at the door).
The 21st annual family-friendly weekend includes live music, strolling entertainers, face painting, balloon artists, inflatables, games, and arts and crafts. The two-day event is presented by ExxonMobil and is open to all ages.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-363-3300
www.woodlandscenter.org


Kids Night Out
Nov. 11 and Dec. 9 • 6-10 p.m. • $30 (per resident), $35 (per non-resident).
Children ages 4-10 get a night out, including dinner, games, arts and crafts. Children get into the holiday spirit with a “Turkey Tribute” theme in November and an “Evening with the Elves” theme in December.
The Woodlands Township Recreation Center, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov




Community Events Lighting of the Doves/iWow[/caption]

Lighting of the Doves/iWow
Nov. 19 • 3-9 p.m. • Free.
This long-standing Woodlands tradition kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of the doves and the International Winter on the Waterway event, which showcases the cultural diversity of The Woodlands. The events coincide with one another and conclude with a firework display.
Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov  


The Woodlands ice skating rink
Nov. 19-Jan. 16 • 3-9 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 3-11 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), noon-7 p.m. (Sun.) • $5-$10.50 (weekday admission), $6-$12.50 (weekend admission).
This year starts a new tradition in The Woodlands as the township’s ice rink has a new seasonal home at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The ice rink is open for two months offering two-hour sessions seven days a week, while boasting a state-of-the-art sound system, seating, concessions and room to host parties and events. The ice rink offers special holiday hours on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-363-3300
www.woodlandscenter.org


GE Runs Thru the Woods
Nov. 24 • 7:45 a.m. • $27-$55.
This Thanksgiving morning tradition has race options for all members of the family, including a 1-mile children’s race (age 12 and younger), a 5-mile run for all ages, a 3-mile run for all ages and a 3-mile walk for all ages. All races are timed, and participants run a new 5-mile course. Awards and cash prizes are given to top finishers, and everyone who completes the race receives a medal.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-681-6730
www.runthruthewoods.org


January 2017


Economic Outlook Conference
Jan. 27 • 8 a.m.-1 p.m. • $145-$190.
International and local speakers come together at this annual The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce event to lend insight to business leaders on the economy and preparation for future growth. This year’s theme is “Fully Charged: Moving Forward” and includes a luncheon.
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-367-5777
www.woodlandschamber.org


February


Taste of the Town
Feb. 9 • 4-9 p.m. • $30-$35.
In its 31st year, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce event attracts visitors from around the state to sample Montgomery County foods and drinks from local restaurants, caterers, bakeries and beverage companies.
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-367-5777
www.tasteofthetown.org


Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance
Feb. 18 • TBA • $50-$150.
This 18th annual traditional event invites dads and their daughters to participate in a royal masquerade ball, including dinner and dancing. All daughters receive a special gift.
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov  


March




Community Events The Woodlands Marathon[/caption]

The Woodlands Marathon
March 3-4 • 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. • $15-$122.50.
Athletes participate in a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5-K race or 2-K family fun run/walk. Presented by The Woodlands Marathon Management LLC, the annual event also has a “cheer challenge” bystanders can participate in and concludes with award ceremonies and a Finish Strong Festival.
Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
www.thewoodlandsmarathon.com


April




Community Events Waterway Arts Festival[/caption]

Waterway Arts Festival
April 7-9 • 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (April 7), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (April 8), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (April 9) • $15 (three-day festival pass), free (children 12 and younger).
Visitors meet and interact with artists from around the U.S., enjoy food samples and craft beer, watch Art of Food demonstrations, listen to live music and enjoy the “ARTOPOLY-Because Art Matters” area during the three-day festival.
Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
832-745-3560
www.woodlandsartfestival.com


Memorial Hermann Texas Ironman
April 22 • 5 a.m.-11 p.m. • $710-$795.
The annual triathlon begins with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Woodlands beginning at Northshore Park, followed by a 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile run all taking place throughout The Woodlands.
Waterway Square parking lot, 1505 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
www.ironman.com


July


Star-Spangled Salute
July 3 • 8 p.m. • Free.
The Houston Symphony celebrates America’s independence with this 25-year pavilion tradition. The free concert features a selection of patriotic tunes.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-363-3300
www.woodlandscenter.org


Red, Hot and Blue Festival
July 4 • 6-10 p.m. • Free.
Attendees celebrate Independence Day with food, drinks, children’s activities, entertainment and one of the largest fireworks displays in the Greater Houston area.
Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-363-2447
www.thewoodlandscvb.com


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By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.


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