The Woodlands Area Student Center News

Lone Star College-Montgomery announces fall 2016 fine arts calendar

chicago-roxies-extensionThe Lone Star College-Montgomery fine arts department has an exciting lineup of theater, music and visual arts events planned for the upcoming fall semester. Events are open to the public and many are free of charge. For a complete listing of the college’s fine arts events, visit

Art Gallery Exhibits

Aug. 29 through Sept. 23, 2016 “Labor of Love” by Claire Cusack will be displayed. Closing reception Thursday, Sept. 22 at noon.

Oct. 10 through Nov. 4, 2016 “Bienvenidos seres queridos” by curator Charlie Pena. Opening reception Monday, Oct. 10 at noon and closing reception Wednesday, Nov. 2 at noon.

Nov. 14 through Dec. 2, 2016 “ART Exhibit” by Alton DuLaney. Opening reception Monday, Nov. 14 at noon.

Dec. 12 through Dec. 16, 2016 – Juried Student Art Show works will be displayed. Opening reception Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

All art exhibits are free of charge and open to the public. All exhibits and artist receptions are held in the Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery located in the Performing Arts Center (building D). The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information,


Oct. 6 – Jazz Ensemble Concert.

Oct. 13 – Symphonic Band and String Ensemble Concert.

Oct. 20 – Fall Choir Concert.

Dec. 1 – Jazz Ensemble Concert at the Mainstage Theatre (building D).

Dec. 9 – Holiday Benefit Concert at the Mainstage Theatre (building D).

All events are held in the Music Recital Hall (building H), unless otherwise specified, and begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Drama Performances

Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 – Black Box Production “96 Minutes” an eyewitness account of the day Charles Whitman gunned down students, professors and others from the University of Texas Tower will be performed in the Black Box Theater (building D) Thursday, Sept. 29 – Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $5 general admission. Rating: R, contains adult language and situations.

Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 “The Birds” is the adaptation of the short story that is the basis for the Alfred Hitchcock horror film and will be performed in the Mainstage Theatre (building D) Thursday, Nov. 17 – Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $5 Students/Faculty/Staff; $7 Seniors; $10 General Admission. There will be a preview performance Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m. with free admission for Lone Star College students/employees and $5 general admission. Rating PG-13, parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be frightening and inappropriate for pre-teenagers.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Call 936.273.7401 or visit for more information and a complete listing of the college’s upcoming fine arts events. Plus check out the Arts & Culture Fall 2016 Guide The LSC-Montgomery fine arts department offers a variety of concerts, theatrical productions, art exhibitions and lectures, workshops and more throughout the year.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit

Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education / career training programs to more than 83,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of 95,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit

RV park at long-delayed Grand Texas now open


The first facility at the future Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District in New Caney is finally open. Grand Texas RV Resort hosted its first guests last weekend, roughly a year after construction began on that portion of the development, according to Grand Texas’ official newsletter. A grand opening for the RV Resort will be announced in the coming weeks. click here for complete story

Oak Ridge sets sights on Volley-Battle title despite nagging injuries

57b4f26e54d35.imageOak Ridge is now 10-0 this season after sweeping Kingwood Tuesday night, and the Lady War Eagles hope to keep the party going through the weekend. With the Nike Invitational championship under its belt, Oak Ridge has its sights set on the Magnolia Volley-Battle tournament, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. click here for complete story


Athlete Training + Health OPEN HOUSE TUESDAY, AUGUST 23

fuQPhIRhAthlete Training + Health has announced an open house for their new north Houston facility Tuesday, August 23 from 5 – 8pm.   The 38,000 sq. ft. facility features Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine, a pro-style weight room, indoor turf and an outdoor turf field.

“We are excited to open this facility in such great communities of Spring and Klein,” says Troy Ramsey, director of sports performance at Athlete Training + Health.

“The athletes of these two communities deserve a first class facility and we feel we have brought them their ultimate training facility.”

Athlete Training and Health | ATH | CES | SuppressAll attendees will receive a $50 discount off of their next training program along with free giveaways from ATH partners and a tour of the adjoining Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation facility. The location of the Athlete Training + Health open house is 19711 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring, Tx., 77379.

ATH creates training programs designed to meet the needs and objectives of clients of different abilities, ages, and backgrounds. For more information on Athlete Training + Health visit our website at

Golf: Texas commit Mason Nome, 15, makes ace, albatross in one round

mason-nome-scorecard-1280x982It’s not every day a golfer makes a hole-in-one. It’s even more rare that a golfer makes an ace AND an albatross in the same round. On Friday, that’s exactly what 15-year-old Mason Nome did.

Nome, a Houston resident who is committed to Texas for the Class of 2019, began his round at Black Hawk Country Club in Richmond, Texas, with back-to-back birdies. After a bogey at the par-5 fifth, he grabbed 3-iron at the 218-yard par-3 eighth hole, playing closer to 230 yards, and holed it. click here for complete story

PACN to offer free mammograms through The Rose Foundation

On August 22, PACN will offer free mammograms at its Spring/The Woodlands location to insured and uninsured residents of Montgomery County

On August 22, PACN will offer free mammograms at its Spring/The Woodlands location to insured and uninsured residents of Montgomery County.  In fulfillment of its mission to offer client-centered care, PACN will team with The Rose Foundation through its mobile mammography unit to encourage women to put their health first.

“Offering free mammograms for our community is an exciting opportunity for PACN.  Nothing empowers women more than providing affordable opportunities for preventative medical care,” stated Cindy Sunday Powell, PACN Executive Director. “This event will equip women in our community to care for themselves, which ultimately impacts the care they can give to their families.”

Addressing barriers that prevent women from caring for themselves, is the mission of The Rose Foundation.  According to their studies, women often put personal needs on hold while tending to the needs of others. Many women site cost and lack of access as reasons they delay preventative services. Yet, early detection mammography screenings are the most powerful weapons in the fight against breast cancer – which is 98% curable when detected early.

“PACN’s well-woman clinic has shown great success in meeting the needs of women who cannot afford preventative healthcare.  By partnering with The Rose, we are able to expand our medical offerings and provide women in our community yet another no-cost healthcare service,” said Tina Spruell, MSN, FNP-BC, PACN Nurse Practitioner.

Community members interested in signing up for this free service should call PACN at 832-299-1961.  Reservations must be made by Monday, August 8. PACN and The Rose will accept women who are both insured and insured which meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be 35 years of age or older
  • Not have any breast symptoms or problems
  • Not pregnant or breast feeding
  • Not have had breast cancer in the last two years
  • Not have had a mammogram in the last 12 months

Grand Texas Theme Park headed to New Caney

HEROAfter setbacks and delays, a water park, an RV park and a kart-racing track are under construction at Grand Texas—a 632-acre amusement park development in New Caney at the intersection of Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 242.

Speedsportz Racing Park and Grand Texas RV Resort are projected to be complete this fall after heavy spring rain and infrastructure construction delayed the projected summer completion, Grand Texas CEO Monty Galland said. Big Rivers, the water park within Grand Texas, is on track to open by spring 2017. Once Big Rivers is complete, construction will begin on Grand Texas’ namesake-bearing 200-acre amusement park. click here for complete story

Theater Review: ‘Crazy for You’ at the Woodlands Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts

Fight Texas heat with a wildly silly romantic musical, accompanied by a Live Pit Orchestra, glamorous chorus girls, rarin’-to-go cowboys and an evening full of great tap-dancing to the death-defying songs of Ira and George Gershwin.

The wild joy of terrific Tony Award winning choreography and big production numbers will leave you beaming at Class Act’s thoroughly entertaining, professional production of “Crazy for You.”

IMG_7284This delightful musical, called the “New Gershwin Musical,” is a retelling of the 1930 musical “Girl Crazy.” Its book by contemporary comedic playwright Ken Ludwig opens the story in New York City’s theater district. There, we meet wannabe Broadway hoofer named Bobby Child who wants to dance for impresario Bela Zangler but instead is sent by his wealthy mother to close down a theater in the tumbleweed town of Deadrock, Nev. Bobby meets Polly and love blooms.

Will Burke as Bobby Child and Jenny Gee as Polly Baker

So does a whole lot of dance numbers originally choreographed by Susan Stroman and restaged here by choreographer Tony Smith. The ardent enthusiasm and style of the youthful, high-kicking chorus girls and athletic, grinning cowboys are a delight all night. A look through the program quickly proves each of these young actors, already have many roles to their credit. Their professionalism shows, particularly in the big numbers. It revs up with the brilliant “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” in which Bobby is joined by a bevy of cotton candy pink clad chorus line who sweeten up the stage with…well…adorable dancing. Then there’s the ingenious “Slap that Bass” in which the chorus line are used like bass violins.

IMG_7292Bobby Childs played by William Burke, had the audience roaring with laughter, and his tap dancing was amazing. His opening solo, a combination of complicated tap moves and powerful vocals, started the show with a bang.  His ability to switch between a Nevadan accent and an Eastern European accent was also very impressive. Additionally, his role was difficult to act; Bobby is charming yet quite uncertain of his future. Not surprisingly, Burke effectively portrayed all of these emotions.

IMG_7241Jenny Gee as Polly Baker has an excellent Nevadan accent that helped establish the setting, and her many witty jokes had the audience in stitches. However, it was her spectacular singing voice that left the audience speechless. Gee has been involved with Class Act since the 2nd grade and has appeared in 17 main stage productions. Her training certainly showed during her solos. The elderly woman sitting next to me during the musical was in tears after listening to Jenny Gee who delivers a beautiful “Someone to Watch Over Me”.


Justin Hinton, who recently appeared as Horton in Oak Ridge High School’s “Seussical the Musical,” brings out the funny in Bela Zangler. Murphy Baker turns up the heat in her vampy dance number “Naughty Baby” in which she seduces Lank Hawkins, the local saloon owner (played by Peter McPoland)

Keith Brumfield directs this effervescent production. Great gags, especially the “mirror image” scene in the second act when Bobby, who has taken on the personna of Zangler, meets the real deal in a drunken daze.

Music director Rae Moses does his best work yet in “Crazy for You” — numbers like Embraceable You,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “I Got Rhythm” sparkle with Broadway quality. Scenic designer Jonathan Shelledy creates a funny comic setting, especially for Deadrock’s saloon which grows and grows and grows as it’s brought on stage. And costume designer Dawn Baxter and Helen Sage has amassed a sweet array of looks for the cast.

DSC00949This show is fun, fun fun. If you’ve never seen “Crazy for You,” this will be a good introduction to it. It’s got verve, style and yes, it’s “got rhythm….who could ask for anything more?”

“Crazy for You” Showtimes:

  • Saturday, July 16 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, July 17 at 2:30pm (Final Performance)

At the Nancy Bock Performing Arts Center at 3800 South Panther Creek Dr. in The Woodlands. Tickets are $30 General Admission and $27 for seniors and student and can be purchased by visiting Class Act Production Tickets .

If you have and/or know some kids in the Woodlands area who would like to pursue a career in the performing arts, Class Act Productions offers a variety of classes in performance, dance and acting. Class Act is a safe, supportive, challenging, and innovative environment where students will discover and develop their unique, creative voice. It’s a profound path to empowerment, and to unlocking their artistic potential to become the stars of tomorrow.

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Calling Volunteers for New Texas Children’s Hospital Woodlands Murals

C0013065749--582589There is still time to sign up to help Master area artist Vickie McMillan paint two 65 foot “Spirit of the Woods” collaborative community murals for the new Texas Children’s Hospital currently under construction in The Woodlands. Under Vickie’s direction, a diverse cross-section of area people is signing on, including students ages nine to 18, teachers, representatives of area social and art nonprofits,schools, churches and hospitals. No previous art experience is required. Visit Vickie’s website at to sign up. Direct questions to Vickie via email

Woodlands AAA Kings Baseball Black Team has won the USSSA World Series

IMG_8122The 7U AAA Kings Baseball Black team from The Woodlands won the USSSA World Series in Gulf Shores, Alabama last Saturday.  The 16 team, double elimination event consisted of six of the Top 15 teams in the country and was represented by 6 states across the Southeastern United States.  The Kings got off to a strong start by winning 16-4 and 13-0 in their two pool play games and landed a #1 seed.  They proceeded to win their next three games to stay in the winners bracket and advanced to the semi-finals.  In the semi-final game, there were only two teams left in the winner’s bracket, The West Cobb Bombers from Marietta, GA and The Kings.  The West Cobb Bombers were ranked #2 in the country going into the tournament and won the World Series in 2015.  The semifinal game turned out to be everything that was anticipated.  Both teams played excellent defense and neither team was willing to give up.  The Kings hitting came to life in the semi-final game with a team batting average of .514 vs a West Cobb average of .343.  In the end, the Kings were able to pull out the victory in the bottom of the last inning to win the game 11 – 10.

The Kings win sent West Cobb to the losers bracket and moved the Kings into the Championship game. The Bombers won their game in the losers bracket and were forced to face the Kings again.  In the second matchup, the Bombers capitalized and won the second game 5 –1.  This set the stage for one final game to decide the championship.  It was another strong defensive battle and the Kings were down by a score of 6-3 going into the bottom of the 5th inning. In the bottom of the 5th, with timely hitting and clutch base running, the Kings exploded for 4 runs to take a 7-6 lead going into the final inning. The King’s defense was strong and was able to hold off the Bombers to clinch the USSSA 7U AAA World Series.

The 7U AAA Kings Baseball Black team finished the season ranked #1 in the state of Texas in both Nations and USSSA rankings and #1 in the country in Nations and #3 in the country in USSSA.  Congratulations Kings!


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