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Junior League Presents the 15th Annual Holiday Market: “Just An Old-Fashioned Christmas”

THE WOODLANDS, TX (July 30, 2017) – With the holiday season fast approaching, Junior League of The Woodlands is proud to present its 15th Annual JL Holiday Market. Junior League Holiday Market will be held November 16-19, 2017 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

JL Holiday Market will feature over 100 unique merchants from across the country that will be selling specialty holiday items, home accessories, clothing, gourmet foods, jewelry, and much more. Ticket prices are $15 for a one-day general admission ticket. Holiday Market general admission hours are: Friday, November 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, November 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Junior League Holiday Market will preview its “Just An Old-Fashioned Christmas” theme with a VIP event and Preview Party on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Along with shopping; the Preview Party features a live band, raffle and cocktail party. Tickets are $100.00 per person and include a general admission ticket to Holiday Market.

Holiday Market will feature photo opportunities with Santa on Saturday and Sunday. Photos are $10 per printed picture. Visit for specific Santa photo times.

Proceeds from Junior League Holiday Market help JLTW support the organization’s mission and our immediate community through our dynamic training and community programs.

For more information about Junior League Holiday Market visit www.JLHolidayMarket.orgor “Like” Holiday Market at For sponsorship information, please email Follow on social media through Facebook at or Twitter at


Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) presents the talented, young cast of AMERICAN IDIOT


Houston – Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT)  presents the talented, young cast of AMERICAN IDIOT, which runs September 15-16 in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. 

The stellar cast tells the story of Johnny, Tunny, and Will who are struggling to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When they leave the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths quickly diverge as Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny's attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship.

The story of the two-time Tony-Award-winning production is fueled by music from Green Day’s American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown albums.  All music for AMERICAN IDIOT was composed by Green Day.  Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the lyrics, and co-wrote – along with Michael Mayer – the book for the musical.

Starring in the production are Noah Carlin as Tunny, Jessica Helgerud as St. Jimmy, Samantha Lank as Leslie, Alexa Magro as Whatsername, Miles Marmolejo as Theo, Paco Medina as Will, Emily Mesa as Alysha, Cameron Mills as Johnny, Zac Molegraaf as Joshua, Andrew Ricks as Chase and Courtney Schmitt as Heather.  Rounding out the cast in the ensemble is Andrew Burke, Abriel Coleman, Bryce Cooper, Morgan Dallison, Ella DuCharme, Chase FontenotReed Gallagher, Rachel Goodwin, Katelyn Kapocsi, Anneliese Kelly, Brendan King, Mikayla Lillibridge, Kelly Lomonte, Molly Masson, Mia Munn, Gia Ochsenbein, Aidan O’Donnell, Molly Oubre, Carlie Sachs, Drew Shaffer, Estus Stephens, Elizabeth Tietz, Abbey Vollman, Madyson Walker, and Carson Zoch

Dave Clemmons, Dean and Director of Education for TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, is directing the production, Abbey O’Brien is choreographing, and Sean Ramos will serve as the Music Director for the production. The rest of the creative team includes Adam Spencer as Scenic Designer, Colleen Grady as Costume Designer, Mark Grady as Lighting Designer, and Andrew Harper as Sound Designer.

Tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT are available for purchase at or through the TUTS Box Office at 713-558-TUTS (8887).

AMERICAN IDIOT is recommended for mature audiences only. The show contains graphic language, suggested drug use, violence and sexual situations.  For more information, please visit

Founded in 1968, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston’s leading Musical Theatre Company.  TUTS is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization with a focus on inclusivity, education and community engagement.  TUTS relies on the generous support of donors to continue offering the very best in musical theatre to the greater Houston community, as well as to support our education, community engagement, and accessibility programs.  For more information, visit

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is the official healthcare partner of Theatre Under The Stars. United Airlines is the official airline partner of Theatre Under The Stars. KTRK ABC13 is the official media partner of Theatre Under The Stars. TUTS is supported in part by the City of Houston through the Theater District and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Founded in 1972, the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT), the nationally-recognized educational wing of Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), offers the only technique-based musical theatre training program in the Houston area.  HSMT educates and develops musical theatre students of all ages and is fully committed to providing our community with the very best in performing arts education.  Focusing on the principle of process over product, students learn the fundamentals of musical theatre performance through year-round courses, productions, workshops, and master classes, all geared toward equipping students with the tools they need to be successful in musical theatre and in life.  Visit for more information!

AMERICAN IDIOT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.



Helping Your Preschooler Get Over Their Fear of Swimming

While swimming is a great summertime activity, many preschoolers have a fear of water. Teaching your little ones early how to swim is not only important for their safety, but also opens up the door to great opportunities for activity and fun. Here are some tips that are sure to get your preschooler in the pool in no time!

Start With Steps

Sit your child down on the steps of the pool and just get them acclimated with the water. Bring a pool toy or just have fun splashing around.

Practice Blowing Bubbles

Many parents forget the simple step that helps little ones get over their fear of water: blowing bubbles in the water. This can be a tricky step for those more skittish or afraid of putting their faces in the water. So, just let them go at their own pace and lead by example. Make sure to always smile while showing them this step.


Once your child is ready, count down from three and let them get used to putting their heads underwater while blowing out like they have already practiced.


Some children enjoy being taught how to float more than others. This process can be as gradual as needed—start by carrying your child around the pool before moving them onto their backs. Once they’re comfortable with this step, slowly help them tilt their heads back and evenly distribute their body weight while breathing. Gradually lessen your hold on them until they are familiarized with the feeling of floating by themselves.

Kicking and arm strokes

Show them the correct kicking and arm movements to move through the water until they can confidently do both at the same time. You can make a game out of this with other children to see who can kick the fastest!

Growing distances

Have your child doggy paddle from the wall to you and gradually move farther away from them until they can go from one side of the pool to the other. Before you know it, your little one will be ready to jump in every day!

About Kids 'R' Kids

Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Spring located in Spring, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family.

Kids `R` Kids #51 is family owned and operated. Kids ‘R’ Kids is very proud to provide the most innovative facilities and effective educational programs for children 6 weeks through 12 years of age.

With their sincere love for children and strong belief that they should have a solid foundation, in combination with Kids `R` Kids, the absolute leader in its industry, make the perfect choice for your family`s childcare needs. The Kids ‘R’ Kids center is approximately 17,000 square feet with 10 classroom suites, a cafeteria, a resource room, a large activity gym for before and after school students, and four large play areas separated for age groups.

At Kids `R` Kids, they share a common desire with parents, which is to provide the absolute best for the children. With their high quality teachers, creative and fun educational programs and, of course, their state-of-the-art facility make them stand high above their competitors.

Kids ‘R’ Kids love children and are dedicated to making their school a great success. The Kids ‘R’ Kids door is always open for parents to come and discuss their needs, ask questions, give suggestions and comments.

To learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids we encourage you to  take a tour and meet the staff. The Kidnnected Team is confident that you will agree Kids ‘R’ Kids is the best environment for your child!

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Spring, TX 77386
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16325 W Lake Houston Pkwy
Houston, TX 77044
Phone: (281) 454-4244
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Humble, TX 77346
Phone: (281) 812-3770
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6262 Upper Lake Dr
Humble, TX 77346
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8221 N Same Houston Pkwy E
Humble, TX 77396
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For the Moms: 4 Reasons Why You Are Probably Not Sleeping at Night

Sleep is always necessary but sometimes elusive. Millions of Americans each year spend their days and nights burning the candle at both ends while others lay awake for hours on end, incapable of shutting off their brains. As tempting as it is to prescribe a one-size-fits-all medication to squeeze in some precious shut-eye, it is first important to understand why you are not sleeping at night.

  1. You are not getting enough exercise

Although it may seem counter-intuitive to some, exercise during wakeful hours can actually trigger better sleep at night. Even as little as 10 minutes of moderate aerobic activity can cause a slight elevation in body temperature followed by a drop. It is this drop in temperature that triggers the body to produce sleep-inducing chemicals. If you take your workout outside, it has the added benefit of resetting your sleep-wake cycle, allowing you to experience more wakefulness during the day and better sleep later on. However, before you hit the treadmill at 10 pm, be careful to pay attention to how you feel after a workout. If you are ready to take on the day, exercising at night is not for you. If you are so tired that you need a nap, go for it.

  1. Your brain won't shut off

Even the most predictable sleeper sometimes has difficulty shutting down their racing mind for the night. Scientists note that it is much more difficult to control your thoughts and refocus your thinking when your body is tired than it is when you are alert. As a result, many people note that even though they are exhausted, they cannot bring themselves to fall asleep. Depression and anxiety are also factors to consider when you have difficulty transitioning from awake to asleep. Those who experience insomnia are ten times more likely to develop depression than those who get adequate rest. Likewise, depression and anxiety are known to cause sleep problems in certain people. 

  1. You are under too much stress

Amongst the hormones released in the body during stressful situations, the twin hormones adrenaline and cortisol are particularly linked to sleep problems. Known as key players in the "fight or flight" response, adrenaline and cortisol increase the heart rate and make the body's muscles prepare to fight off a would-be attacker or run for its life. Over time, these hormones are also linked to increased fat in the midsection, adrenal fatigue, and sleep problems. While acute stress, a test, performance review or project due at work can ruin your sleep for a few days, chronic stress can affect sleep for years or even a lifetime.

  1. Your diet needs help

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine recently made the connection between sleep duration and diet. They discovered that people who consumed the largest number of calories during the day were more likely to be the shortest sleepers, averaging five to six hours of sleep. On the flip side, those who consumed the fewest calories slept the longest, more than nine hours per night. What's more, the types of calories came into play when uncovering sleep habits. People who ate the smallest variety of foods slept the least while those who consumed fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy slept normal amounts.

As difficult as it may be to go day after day without adequate rest, adjusting any of these factors can help you have a more restful night and more productive day.


About Sandstone Chiropractic

Providing the best in care to Montgomery chiropractic patients and their families is the  mission at Sandstone Chiropractic. For almost fifteen years, their passion for serving people has grown both in terms of helping their patients and in terms of giving back to the community as well as offering state-of-the-art chiropractic care for the community of Montgomery, TX and surrounding areas.

As Dr. Tony DeRamus says, “Regular chiropractic care is beneficial for so many different injuries, illnesses and conditions, and now with my years of experience I see that practically every patient has their own unique chiropractic success story. It’s that personal aspect of chiropractic that makes it so motivating to me.”
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In addition to chiropractic, Sandstone also offers the following services:

DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy
Apollo Cold Laser Therapy
Neuromuscular Therapy
Take Shape for Life.
Chiropractic Care for the whole family…

125 Blue Heron Dr, Suite B, Montgomery, Texas 77316


(936) 582-0404

Museum Brings Stellar Japanese Celebration to Children in The Woodlands

The Woodlands Children's Museum

4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280

The Woodlands, Texas 77381




Tanabata - Risa Tallent 


Museum Brings Stellar Japanese Celebration to Children in The Woodlands

Tanabata is a day for wishing upon a star (or two)



THE WOODLANDS, Texas – June 5, 2017 – In Japan, it’s not unusual this time of year for children to have stars in their eyes. In fact, it’s encouraged. July 7 is when families celebrate Tanabata – also known as Evening of the Seventh or the Star Festival – to commemorate a special, once-a-year reunion between two celestial bodies.


Visitors to The Woodlands Children’s Museum will have a chance to experience this festival for themselves on Friday, July 7, when the museum hosts a Tanabata celebration with a hands-on art activity and Japanese dance performances.


Tanabata marks the once-yearly meeting of two stars: Vega and Altair. Ancient Japanese folklore assigned the stars human identities. Orihime (Vega) was a gifted weaver, and Hikoboshi (Altair) was a hard-working cow herder. But after the two wed, they began to neglect their duties. The bride’s father, who happened to be the emperor of heaven, then exiled the husband and wife to separate ends of the Milky Way. Now they only can reunite once a year, on July 7, if they both diligently fulfill their celestial obligations on the other days of the year.


“As children celebrate Tanabata at our museum, they’ll know that children across the globe, in Japan, are engaging in similar activities,” said Angela Colton, the museum’s executive director. “In Japan, it’s traditional for children and adults to write wishes on colorful strips of paper during the festival. Then, they hang the strips and other colorful ornaments on bamboo branches that they place in their backyards, or the entrances to their homes.”


Museum visitors will be invited to do the same and to hang their wishes on the tree at the museum.


“Every time we host this festival, we find that families are captivated by the Tanabata mythology,” Colton said. “Not only does it make the movements of the stars much easier for children to understand, honoring it here in The Woodlands gives children a vivid look at another culture and its unique traditions.”


The museum’s Tanabata celebration is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include Japanese dances performed by Risa Tallent at 10:45 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.


These activities are included in the museum’s daily admission of $6 for adults and children 1 year and older. The museum is recommended for ages 7 and under. 


To learn more about The Woodlands Children’s Museum, its hours of operation and ways to support the nonprofit, visit or call 281-465-0955. The museum is always looking for sponsors or partners for events. Follow the museum’s Twitter handle @thewoodlandscm.


About The Woodlands Children’s Museum

The Woodlands Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and exciting children and their families in lifelong learning and discovery. The Museum also provides multi-ethnic and multicultural experiences encouraging children to celebrate and embrace cultural and global differences and strengthen common bonds. Year-round, hands-on activities – from reading and art to science and magic – are all intended to make a positive difference in the life of a child. The museum also offers free admission to military personnel and their families and is a proud member of the Blue Star Museums Program.




Attached photo courtesy The Woodlands Children’s Museum.



Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum on Friday, July 7, to celebrate the Star Festival, Tanabata, with art activities, Japanese dances performed by Risa Tallent and an opportunity to send wishes to the stars of the festival, Vega and Altair.