The Woodlands Area Student Center News

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!

Fireworks show over Lake Woodlands incomplete due to safety concerns

american.flag.fireworksDue to unprecedented high wind gusts, The Woodlands Township was unable to complete the finale portion of the 2016 Red, Hot and Blue Fireworks Extravaganza over Lake Woodlands. Upon review by The Woodlands Fire Department Safety Inspector, a decision was made to bring the show to an immediate conclusion to ensure spectator safety. The show at Town Green Park was able to run through its entirety. Safety is a top priority for The Woodlands Township, and we thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Celebrate America at The Pavilion’s Annual Star-Spangled Salute July 3

RWBpav_DSC8448 copy.jpgKick off America’s birthday celebration at Star-Spangled Salute as the Houston Symphony takes the Main Stage, Sunday, July 3 at 8 p.m.   This free Independence Eve spectacular, which has been a tradition at The Pavilion for 26 years, features the Houston Symphony in a selection of patriotic favorites, presented by The Woodlands Development Company. Tickets are not required. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. click here for complete story

Golf: PGA Tour Superstore schedules fall opening in The Woodlands

920x920 (16)A major national golf retailer will take over retail space at The Woodlands Shopping Center recently vacated by a defunct sporting goods retailer.

PGA Tour Superstore, the golf association’s exclusive off-course retailer for North America, will open its first Houston-area location this fall. The store, at 19075 Interstate 45 North, will fill 45,500 square feet left empty by Sports Authority, which folded this summer. click here for complete story

John Cooper Students Receive Congressional Award Gold Medals

Congressional Award Gold Medal winners Claire Cromley and Frank Masuelli, join US Representative Kevin Brady at an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill.

Claire Cromley, a rising senior at The John Cooper School, and Frank Masuelli, a 2016 Cooper graduate, were among 325 youth from around the nation who received a Congressional Award Gold Medal on June 16 in Washington, D.C. The two Woodlands residents are two of only 21 students recognized from the state of Texas.

Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives joined community and corporate leaders to recognize young people who have dedicated hundreds of hours of service to their communities. The two Cooper students attended an award ceremony in the Cannon Caucus Room on Capitol Hill, followed by a Youth Wellness Recognition Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

The Gold Medal is based on four criteria: 400 cumulative hours of public service, 200 hours of physical activity, 200 hours of personal growth and an exploration which is designed to show independence and immersion in a different culture. Both students were required to write about the impact of the experiences that were to take place outside of school activities. Cromley and Masuelli were each awarded a Congressional Award bronze and silver medals by U.S. Representative Kevin Brady in 2014 and 2015.

Cromley met the Gold Medal criteria for public service hours by working at the South Montgomery County Memorial Library and the Montgomery County Food Bank. She achieved the physical activity criteria through Pilates classes and off-campus tennis and enhanced her personal growth by working at pools through The Woodlands Township. The final criteria was achieved by visiting with students and serving as a teaching assistant for a week at MacArthur Ninth Grade campus of Aldine ISD, a title 1 school.

“Through these efforts, I’ve learned so much,” Cromley said. “I’ve learned how to gain strength physically and mentally and I’ve learned the importance and impact of helping others through my service activities. These opportunities have helped me learn about my community and myself, and I feel I’ve grown as a person because of them. It feels really good to impact others.” Cromley, who will begin her senior year at Cooper this fall and would like to pursue the study of social work at the college level.

Masuelli, a Cooper Pioneer, meaning he attended Cooper consecutively from kindergarten through 12th grade, gained his public service hours primarily by his outreach efforts through The Woodlands chapter of National Charity Roundtable, a non-profit organization in which young men work with their parents in the community serving area philanthropies. He volunteered at the Bridgewood Farms Thrift Shop, the Interfaith Food Pantry and the Tamina Community Center’s after-school program. He also worked with youth at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, doing curatorial work and leading tours. In addition to regularly working out at the gym, Masuelli shares a love of long distance bike riding with his dad to keep fit.

Masuelli, who will major in systems engineering and economics at The University of Pennsylvania in the fall, fulfilled the personal growth aspect for the award by taking art classes in oil painting plus voice and music theory lessons that led him to join the school choir in tenth grade and continued through his senior year. “I enjoyed the charity work because I simply enjoy helping people in our community,” he said. “And it was a nice form of self expression to pursue additional opportunities in the arts.”

OSU veterinary grad Mandy Hall of The Woodlands, Texas focus on global, public safety

Mandy Hall (left) of The Woodlands, Texas, Kaitlin Agel of Yukon, Oklahoma, and Cyrena Neill of Hudson, Colorado, celebrate their graduation with a DVM and a Master’s in Public Health from OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

Many pet owners know their local veterinarian has an impact on animal health. However, few of these people realize the significant impact veterinarians have on global health and safety — including the health of people, the environment and even food safety.

Three recent Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences graduates — Kaitlin Agel of Yukon, Oklahoma, Cyrena Neill of Hudson, Colorado, and Mandy Hall of The Woodlands, Texas — decided to do something their predecessors hadn’t done by obtaining a Master’s of Public Health degree while enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. click here for complete story

Texas Music Festival Orchestra Offers Free Concert at The Pavilion

TMF PlayersSince 1990, each summer, young professional musicians descend upon the University of Houston campus for a four-week intensive orchestral fellowship program. Each musician accepted into the program receives a fellowship that includes tuition, housing and meals.   The program is a dynamic opportunity for young musicians to learn from distinguished artists from the Moores and Shepherd schools of music faculty as well as members of the Houston Symphony with a mission of preparing them for a career in music.

The program culminates at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion where the Texas Music Festival Orchestra will take the Main Stage for a free concert Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. under Guest Conductor Mei-Ann Chen.  click here for complete story

Track & Field: Area Athletes Compete at UIL 6A State Meet

Atascocita’s Jace Comick and Coach Eric Nichols celebrate Comick’s gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the UIL 6A State Track and Field Championship.

The UIL 6A Track and Field State Championships were held May 13  and 14 at Mike Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. DeSoto High School won both the boys and girls team titles. The Atascocita boys were the top area team with a fifth place finish. The top five boys point totals were DeSoto (54), Manvel (50), Mansfield (36), Comal Canyon (28), and Atascocita (24). The Kingwood girls tied for 20th . click here for complete story

Woodlands graduation event aims to keep seniors safe

Senior-Class-of-2016Seniors at The Woodlands High School are counting down the days until they walk across the stage and accept their ticket into adulthood.

While students look forward to that bittersweet moment – and the celebration that comes with it – parents and educators are working to ensure that their last day as high schoolers will be the beginning of a full and successful life.

The Woodlands High School Parent Teacher Organization is hosting its Graduation Highlander, a senior lock-in event, after the May 31 graduation ceremony so that teenagers can have a drug- and alcohol-free night to party with their peers under adult supervision. One-third of more than 5,000 teenaged car fatalities were due to drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. click here for complete story


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