The year 2020 in guides: Get to know resources and places to go in The Woodlands area

Community Impact Newspaper publishes a variety of guides for dining, shopping, schools, health care and other topics in The Woodlands area each year. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Community Impact Newspaper publishes a variety of guides for dining, shopping, schools, health care and other topics in The Woodlands area each year. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Community Impact Newspaper publishes a variety of guides for dining, shopping, schools, health care and other topics in The Woodlands area each year. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Throughout the year, Community Impact Newspaper publishes guides in print for significant people, places and things in The Woodlands area. Here is a look at some of the guides we published in 2020. Our Annual Community Guide will be published in January 2021 and will feature new information on private schools, destinations and other data pertaining to The Woodlands area.


Founded by George Mitchell, The Woodlands officially opened in 1974.

The history behind The Woodlands: A look at south Montgomery County across the decades

Hospitals, ERs and urgent care

Local health care facilities offer a variety of services in The Woodlands area, including COVID-19 testing.

Your 2020 guide to hospitals, ERs and urgent cares in The Woodlands area

Home improvement

Our July Real Estate Edition included guides for those interested in home improvement.

4 tips from a home improvement expert in The Woodlands on budgeting for renovation projects

4 home improvement tips from Casa Bella Design Build in The Woodlands

How to help

Organizations profiled in our May guide continue to benefit from donations and volunteer efforts.

Ways to show support for The Woodlands area residents and community groups during the coronavirus crisis

Local destinations

The Woodlands area includes many performance venues and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Destinations in The Woodlands area: 14 places to visit and things to see

Shopping and dining

The shopping and dining guides published in January 2020 compiled locations that opened in 2019 or were expected to open in 2020.

24 shopping destinations in south Montgomery County and The Woodlands

53 Woodlands and south Montgomery County dining locations

Summer camps

Although many of these camps were canceled in 2020, the organizations running the events may offer information about options in 2021. Community Impact Newspaper's summer camp guides are published annually in March.

Guide to summer camps in The Woodlands area


Updated in November, the annual volunteer guide spotlights organizations in The Woodlands area and Montgomery County.

Your 2020 Volunteer Guide: 18 ways to help out in The Woodlands area
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


The Woodlands Township board of directors met April 22 and held a public hearing on a resolution concerning tax abatements. (Screenshot via The Woodlands Township)
The Woodlands follows Montgomery County in adopting revised tax abatement agreement

The Woodlands Township adopted the Montgomery County guidelines and criteria for tax abatement applications for the sixth time since 2009.

Maverick Remodeling and Construction employees use electronic gauges to determine how well a League City house that flooded from bust pipes is drying. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Freeze-damaged homes might qualify for property tax reduction

As of March 31, HCAD said it had only received about 150 applications for the exemption.

The CISD board of trustees met April 20 and discussed the naming process for new campuses. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Conroe ISD begins naming process for new campuses

Submissions for names will be accepted through May 14.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Appointments for a coronavirus vaccine are not needed at Woodforest Bank Stadium. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Appointments no longer required at The Woodlands-area vaccination hub

Everybody age 16 and up is eligible for a vaccine at the hub.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston region in 2017. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
How Harris County residents can prepare for hurricane season

After the most active hurricane season on record in 2020, Harris County officials said residents should be prepared for the upcoming season starting June 1.

(Courtesy Conduit Coffee)
Conduit Coffee opens on Glen Loch Drive

The coffee shop celebrated its grand opening April 20.

Home prices continue to increase, according to local real estate data. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See where the most homes sold in The Woodlands area ZIP codes in March

In the highest price range for which data was collected, $1.6 million and higher, a total of nine houses sold in The Woodlands area ZIP codes in March.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks at an April 19 press conference at a mass-vaccination site at NRG Park. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook Live).
Harris County accepting walk-ins for vaccine at NRG Park

As demand for vaccines has fallen, officials are looking for ways to make them more accessible.

The Howard Hughes Corp. completes local move amid shifts in workforce in The Woodlands

In March, The Howard Hughes Corp., which steers both commercial and residential construction in The Woodlands, consolidated its regional offices within The Woodlands to the company-owned The Woodlands Towers at The Waterway.