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Katherine Audas will be featured in the Woodlands Symphony's "HomeGrown" concert

Tickets now on sale for orchestra’s season finale that honors local musicians, composers, and artists

The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra will present a multimedia experience with HomeGrown: A celebration concert honoring the musicians, composers and artists in The Woodlands, the symphony’s final concert in its Cantus Firmus (Fixed Song) season. The concert will take place on Sunday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, located at 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive in The Woodlands. Tickets are available at www.woodlandssymphony.org.

Under the artistic direction of Darryl Bayer, the evening will be orchestrated with a variety of segments that include original compositions, classical favorites, soloists, live performance arts, video/media enhancement and two multi-generational-diverse symphonies on stage at the same time.

The full 55-piece Woodlands Symphony Orchestra will perform native-born composer’s Colin Larson’s Symphony No. 2 in C# Minor. Larsen was born in The Woodlands, attended CISD schools, and now teaches orchestra at McCullough Jr. High. Cello soloist and winner of the Young Texas Artist Competition Katherine Audas will also perform Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. Audas is a graduate student at Rice University and already a most sought-after soloist around the country.

As part of the multimedia experience, local artists from The Woodlands Arts Council will flank the stage and paint their impressions of the music onto canvas. These unique “performance artworks” will be silent-auctioned at intermission to benefit area nonprofit organizations. Highlights from the Inspire Film Festival will be displayed on the widescreen projectors, including the performance of the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra.

For the second half of the concert, the baton will be passed to Darryl Bayer and The Woodlands’ very own W.A.Y.S., the Woodlands Area Youth Symphony, celebrating the completion of its first full season, as 18 area junior high, high school, and Lone Stat College students sit side-by-side with the adults of the WSO to perform Dvorak’s New World Symphony and Hoedown from Rodeo by Aaron Copeland, as video plays images of famous artwork in and around The Woodlands along with a historic look at the past three “comeback” seasons of The Woodlands Symphony and new youth orchestra.

Comprised of area musicians, the Woodlands Symphony is designed to be an orchestra that encapsulates the beauty of The Woodlands with an emphasis on unique and diverse programming. The WSO embraces all with unity through the arts.

“I am so happy for the success of the WSO over the past three seasons but especially for the formation of the new youth symphony. The children and families of The Woodlands no longer have to drive into Houston for a quality youth orchestra experience,” said Darryl Bayer, founding director of The Woodlands Area Youth Symphony. “Playing with the Landfill Harmonic at Inspire Film Festival gave the children a boost to their orchestral confidence and an appreciation for what we have right here in our hometown.”

Discount advance tickets can be bought online for $20 adult seating, $10 for students and seniors. Corporate sponsors for the April 30 concert include Lone Star College, The John Cooper School, Texas Brass Ensemble and c3 – Creative Content Creations. To purchase tickets or donate to unity in the arts, go to www.woodlandssymphony.org or www.facebook.com/woodlandssymphony.

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Stork Vision

Woodlands-area business brings new clarity to pre-birth baby photos

Stork Vision 3D/4D Ultrasound, a Woodlands-area business that provides next-generation photos and videos of unborn babies to expectant parents, is celebrating its second anniversary. Stork Vision was founded in April of 2015 by local resident Brook Makowsky, a registered ARDMS Sonographer.

“I wanted to bring the next generation of ultrasound technology to The Woodlands area’s moms- and dads-to-be,” said Brook. “Gone are the days of laying on a hard surface in a sterile doctor’s office while trying to make out old-technology black-and-white two-dimensional sonograms. At Stork Vision, you get vibrant colors, clear pictures, and real-time videos of your unborn baby.”

Stork Vision provides a comforting and comfortable environment designed to maximize the experience, whether it is to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, learn the gender, or just “check on baby.” Various packages are offered, and customers are given discs with the footage of their babies. “Heartbeat animal” plush dolls are also available, along with “repeat customer discounts.”

For more information on Stork Vision, call 713-540-0511, email storkvisionthewoodlands@yahoo.com, or visit www.StorkVision.com and search for The Woodlands location. Stork Vision is located in the Portofino Office Suites at 250 Ed English Drive, Building 3, Suites 1B & 2B in Shenandoah just off Interstate 45 and Research Forest.

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Kevin Davison will be the keynote speaker for this year's "Hope for Heroes" gala

Singer/Songwriter Kevin Davison of “When Those Sirens Have Gone” fame joins other luminaries

Emergency Chaplain Group, a nonprofit organization that offers crisis chaplaincy services to emergency service personnel and their families, has announced the keynote speaker for its 6th annual Hope for Heroes gala on Saturday, November 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Canadian-born singer/songwriter Kevin Davison, who was internationally recognized for his recording of “When Those Sirens Have Gone,” a tribute to First Responders who have encountered post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues as a result of their daily experiences. Davison himself is a former First Responder.

“We are honored to have as our keynote speaker a man who has lived firsthand what our own First Responders have gone through, making him a perfect choice to educate gala attendees and members of the public about our mission,” said J.C. “Skip” Straus, BCC, and founder/CEO/Senior Chaplain of Emergency Chaplain Group. Past keynote speakers have included world-famous comedian and author David Naster and author of the book and subject of the motion picture 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life, Don Piper.

Sponsorship opportunities for the “Hope for Heroes” gala are available at various levels. More information can be found on the website at www.emchap.org or by emailing hopeforheroes@emchap.org.

Emergency Chaplain Group, founded in 1998, is a group of specially trained chaplains who respond to the needs of the first responder community both on-scene and “behind-scene,” with an emphasis on Critical Incident Stress and Post Traumatic Stress services. The services offered by the group are without regard to religious affiliation (or lack thereof). For more information, visit www.emchap.org or call 855.4EM.CHAP (855.436.2427).

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Operation Pets Alive (OPA) is revving up for it’s Third Annual OPA Rescue Ride, Saturday, April 22, 2017! Calling riders, back-warmers, guests, vendors, sponsors, donators and more to join them for a day of family friendly rescue fun, all to benefit Operation Pets Alive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization striving to elevate Montgomery County to a No-Kill Community through innovative programs that help save the lives of thousands of unwanted and homeless pets in our Community every year!

The day kicks off for all April 22, at 9:30 am with A ‘Flight for Life’ at Galaxy FBO, Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport. OPA fosters and volunteers, riders and guests will gather to send off our rescue ’Flight for Life’, where up to 60 homeless pets will board with our partners at Hank’s Flights, and take to the skies destined for the Rocky Mountain State of Colorado and on to second chances at life with loving forever families. A breakfast through the Black Walnut Cafe will be offered to Riders and guests alike. Wheels up at 10 am!

The Motorcycle Rescue Ride follows. Kickstands up at 11 am! Riders will blip the throttle, and head out for a scenic 75 mile ride through the countryside of Montgomery County. The ride includes several stops, and wraps up at Southern Star Brewing Company in Conroe, TX, for a huge family friendly After-Party and Celebration/Fundraiser, featuring Southern Star’s First Annual BBQ Cook Off to benefit Operation Pets Alive, Food Trucks, Silent Auction, Live Entertainment, Vendor Booths, Raffle, Games, Dog Demonstrations, Pet Adoptions and more!

As part of the big OPA Rescue Ride Event, OPA will be raffling off a brand new HARLEY-DAVIDSON 2016 XL 1200CX SPORTSTER ROADSTER™! Raffle tickets are available now, and just $25 each with all proceeds going to support the work OPA does with the homeless pets of Montgomery County. The Sportster Roadster™ retails for $11,299 and is on display at Texan Harley, 2111 N. Frazier in Conroe TX through the day of the Rescue Ride, Saturday April 22 2017. It will then be transported to the Rescue Ride After-Party Celebration/Fundraiser at Southern Star Brewing Company and the winner will be drawn and announced at 5pm. Full raffle details and tickets are available at: www.oparescueride.org/harleydavidsonraffle.

Don’t miss out on the biggest Rescue event in Texas! More info at: http://www.oparescueride.org

Riders and Guests:

Registration Fee is $40 per rider, and $70 per double riders (includes T-shirt and entrance to after-party at Southern Star Brewing Company).
Guests pay $12 entry fee at Southern Star Brewing Company, children under 12, free admission. 

Vendors:

Vendor Booth Registration/Participation is $125.  Vendors may register up to a week before the event.

Sponsors:

Several Sponsorship levels are available beginning at $250 for our Wags and Whiskers level, all the way up to $2,500 for our Top Dog Sponsorship. All come with benefits.

Silent Auction Item Donators:

Operation Pets Alive welcomes any donations for our Silent Auction. In the past businesses and individuals have donated themed gift baskets, gift cards/certificates for merchandise and/or services, vacation getaways and more! 

LOCATIONS:

Flight for Life and Rescue Ride:
Meet at Galaxy FBO, Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport, 2971 Hawthorne Dr, Conroe TX 77303

After Party/BBQ Cook-Off/Fundraiser:

Ride ends and celebration begins at Southern Star Brewing Company, 3525 N. Frazier St., Conroe TX 77303

For more information, or to sign up as a rider, vendor or sponsor, donator and more, ‘Get Your Rescue Ride On’ at:

 
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Operation Pets Alive! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer animal rescue organization striving to elevate Montgomery County to a No Kill community through innovative programs that:
  • Raise community awareness
  • Reduce the number of dogs and cats that enter our local shelters
  • Increase the number of dogs and cats that leave our local shelters alive

See more about Operation Pets Alive on its website, www.operationpetsalive.org, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OPATexas/

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Swing Zone

Indoor golfing facility features family-friendly fun and a full restaurant/bar

 

NORTH HARRIS COUNTY, TX – April 4, 2017 – Swing Zone, an indoor golf center that has golf simulators for training, practice, and recreation, opened today at its newly constructed facility in Tomball, at the western edge of The Woodlands on Kuykendahl and West Rayford.

The locally owned and operated enterprise brings an indoor golfing experience to the public, with the most innovative and accurate golf simulators on the market that allow players of all skill levels to have a realistic golf experience with 3D graphics, various play modes, instant feedback, and detailed swing analysis. This unique golf venue allows golfers to play at courses all over the world while enjoying the comfort and flexibility of golfing indoors. Additionally, they offer lessons for adults and kids with their on-site PGA professional, as well as interactive golf challenges, weekly leagues, private and corporate events, and a full service bar and bistro kitchen.

“We felt there was a niche that needed to be filled to make golf more accessible for everyone. Not everyone is able to spend the time or money it takes to play at the golf course on a regular basis. At Swing Zone, you can play a round of golf faster, at a more affordable price and in any weather condition,” said owner John Reno, a Woodlands area businessman and avid golfer who left an office job behind in order to pursue his passion and build his dream. “Whether you are a serious golfer who wants to improve your game, a novice who wants to learn, or just looking for some fun with our golf challenges and games, we are the place for you.”

Swing Zone is located at 24036 Kuyhendahl Road, Suite 100, Tomball, 77375. For more information or to book a tee-time experience that includes all the fun without the hassle, visit www.swingzonegolf.com or email info@swingzonegolf.com.

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Commissioner Jim Clark

Pretrial diversion agreement reached

 Montgomery County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark has reached an agreement with the prosecutors pro tem involved in the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) case involving Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, County Judge Craig Doyal, and political consultant Marc Davenport.

The agreement provides a pretrial diversion for Commissioner Clark, meaning when he completes the conditions of the agreement his record can be expunged. According to E. Tay Bond, the Conroe-based attorney representing Commissioner Clark, oftentimes a pretrial diversion requires an admission of guilt; however, he notes, this was not the case here. “Commissioner Clark entered a plea of not guilty to the Court,” said Bond.

Commissioner Clark feels that, after reviewing the grand jury testimony in its entirety, the special prosecutors of this case – who were appointed by Kelly Case, former Judge of the 9th District Court – felt comfortable in approaching him through his attorney E. Tay Bond. “We feel they offered Commissioner Clark this agreement in exchange for something he would have given freely in court anyway: the truth,” said Bond.” It’s what he’s done thus far and will continue to do moving forward. It’s what his constituents would expect.”

“I gave a true and honest testimony to the grand jury, and I believe the special prosecutors knew the truth when they heard it and were inspired to approach me through my attorney,” said Clark. “The other conditions of the agreement are fair, and I look forward to fulfilling these terms so that we can move forward from this event.” For Clark to successfully have the case against him dismissed, he must also complete a course given by the Texas Attorney General’s Office on TOMA, retain an attorney to advise him and his staff of TOMA obligations, and obey all laws.

Clark, Riley, and Doyal are all up for re-election in 2018, and Clark is confident that, once the testimony has been given in open court, the public will better understand the facts of the case.

“The special prosecutors knew they needed the unvarnished truth to be spoken concerning myself and the others involved in this case, and I’m grateful for their trust,” said Clark.

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Pretrial diversion agreement reached

 Montgomery County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark has reached an agreement with the prosecutors pro tem involved in the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) case involving Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, County Judge Craig Doyal, and political consultant Marc Davenport.

The agreement provides a pretrial diversion for Commissioner Clark, meaning when he completes the conditions of the agreement his record can be expunged. According to E. Tay Bond, the Conroe-based attorney representing Commissioner Clark, oftentimes a pretrial diversion requires an admission of guilt; however, he notes, this was not the case here. “Commissioner Clark entered a plea of not guilty to the Court,” said Bond.

Commissioner Clark feels that, after reviewing the grand jury testimony in its entirety, the special prosecutors of this case – who were appointed by Kelly Case, former Judge of the 9th District Court – felt comfortable in approaching him through his attorney E. Tay Bond. “We feel they offered Commissioner Clark this agreement in exchange for something he would have given freely in court anyway: the truth,” said Bond.” It’s what he’s done thus far and will continue to do moving forward. It’s what his constituents would expect.”

“I gave a true and honest testimony to the grand jury, and I believe the special prosecutors knew the truth when they heard it and were inspired to approach me through my attorney,” said Clark. “The other conditions of the agreement are fair, and I look forward to fulfilling these terms so that we can move forward from this event.” For Clark to successfully have the case against him dismissed, he must also complete a course given by the Texas Attorney General’s Office on TOMA, retain an attorney to advise him and his staff of TOMA obligations, and obey all laws.

Clark, Riley, and Doyal are all up for re-election in 2018, and Clark is confident that, once the testimony has been given in open court, the public will better understand the facts of the case.

“The special prosecutors knew they needed the unvarnished truth to be spoken concerning myself and the others involved in this case, and I’m grateful for their trust,” said Clark.