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Creating Keepsakes and Building Memories With Mom


The Woodlands Children's Museum
4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280
The Woodlands, Texas 77381




Creating Keepsakes and Building Memories With Mom

Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum to celebrate mothers with dual Mother’s Day events

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – April 24, 2017 – On the hunt for a perfect gift for mom on her special day? What could be better than a frame-worthy piece of completely unique original art?

Heart Paper Scissors is coming to The Woodlands Children’s Museum just in time for Mother’s Day gift giving.

On Saturday, May 6, and Saturday, May 13, Patti Rishforth, owner of Heart Paper Scissors, will be at the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to create remarkable black and white silhouettes by snipping away at paper. She has more than 20 years of experience painting portraits and believes silhouettes – “portraits of the soul” – capture the essence of a person.

In addition to taking home a unique, personal gift for mom, purchasing a silhouette will help raise funds for the nonprofit museum. The price for a silhouette is $35 each or $12 for additional copies. Ornaments are $24 and pendants are $40, and the museum will receive a donation of 20 percent of the total amount raised.

“Patti is a gifted artist,” Angela Colton, executive director of the museum, said. “It only takes minutes for her to make a hand-cut profile – so children don’t have to wait long to participate in making mom’s keepsake.”

The museum also will host a Mother's Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. The party, “I love you Berry much!” will provide plenty of photo opportunities as mothers and children work together to create a homemade keepsake while enjoying berry lemonade and cookies. The cost to attend the party is $5 each for adults and children over the age of 1.

Admission to The Woodlands Children’s Museum is $6 per person 1 year and older, and will be required for these events. Activities are designed for ages 7 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times at the museum, which is located at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280.

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 of The Woodlands Children’s Museum.

Patti Rishforth, owner of Heart Paper Scissors, will be clipping personalized silhouettes for unique Mother’s Day gifts at The Woodlands Children’s Museum. 

Mural Celebrating a Local Legend to be Unveiled at Rising Stars & Legends of Texas


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Mural Celebrating a Local Legend to be Unveiled at Rising Stars & Legends of Texas

Local artist Theresa Thornhill prepares mural honoring Conroe native, Pulitzer Prize-winner Annette Gordon-Reed


CONROE, Texas – April 15, 2017 –  A new mural will be unveiled on one of downtown Conroe’s building exteriors as part of Rising Stars & Legends of Texas, a celebration of arts and culture in the Lone Star State, scheduled for April 21 and 22 in downtown Conroe.


During the festive event, the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance will present art and artists from Conroe and around Texas for a fete of visual, performing, literary and cultural arts.

Local artist Theresa Thornhill is creating the mural of Annette Gordon-Reed, a Conroe native who became a Pulitzer Prize winner, for the occasion.

The piece will be installed on the Conroe Legends Mural Wall, located on the south side of 202 N. Main St., which features individuals from the area who have garnered statewide, national or international recognition for their professional efforts.

Serving as the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, Gordon-Reed also is a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Before this post, she was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at The Queen’s College, Oxford.

Gordon-Reed won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 for “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.” She also is the author of “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy,” “Andrew Johnson” and most recently “Most Blessedof the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire  of the Imagination.”

Her honors include a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award and the Woman of Power and Influence Award from the National Organization for Women in New York City. She also was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Thornhill has been immersed in research about Gordon-Reed in preparation of creating the mural.

“She’s a Pulitzer Prize winner and a Conroe High School graduate,” Thornhill said. “She’s a big deal.”

Thornhill has already completed three murals in Conroe – honoring Mary McCoy, Roy Harris and Colin Edwards II.

For each project, the digital artist spends time reading about the person online, interviewing relatives and gathering all the information she can.

“I incorporate elements of what I learn about the person into the mural,” Thornhill said. “There are usually images that stand out to me, things that jump out that I think would make a good story – and I put that into the piece. The impression I get will tell me what direction to go.”

She is still working on the concept for the mural honoring Gordon-Reed. “I have some ideas floating around, and I kind of know what I’m going to do,” she said. “But once I start playing, it could all completely change.”

Thornhill is originally from Beaumont and moved to the Spring area in 1997. She immediately signed up for the Conroe Art League – and has been active with the group ever since.

“I was an outsider, and they were so nice to me,” she said.

Thanks to her experience with the arts community, Thornhill has a special spot in her heart for the city of Conroe.

“It’s great to have this small-town feel so close to Houston,” she said. “And there’s a great group of people here – artists and residents all committed to growing downtown.”

And now she has made her own mark on the downtown landscape with her art honoring hometown heroes.

For more information about Theresa Thornhill, visit

Rising Stars & Legends of Texas kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park with the raising of the 13 flags that have flown over Texas, musical entertainment and special guests. The festivities move to downtown Conroe until 10 p.m. and continue on Saturday, April 22, from noon – 10 p.m. when the streets will be filled with fun, food, entertainment for the whole family and lots of fabulous art. There is no entrance fee to Rising Stars & Legends of Texas.

Rising Stars & Legends of Texas is presented by the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance, comprising 13 arts and culture organizations and encompassing the visual, performing, literary and cultural arts.

Sponsors include First Financial Bank, Impact Printing, James Avery, Mack Barnhill State Farm, Woodforest National Bank, Keating Honda-Nissan, Soules Insurance, Hailey-Sadler Properties, Conroe Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lone Star Community Radio, Hello Beautiful Boutique, Alice and John Eckstrum, Lone Star College-Montgomery, The Courier, Mike and Patsy McLemore, and the City of Conroe.

For more information about Rising Stars & Legends of Texas, visit




Attached photo courtesy of the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance.





A mural honoring Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Annette Gordon-Reed, Conroe native and the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, will take its place on the Conroe Legends Mural Wall during the upcoming Rising Stars & Legends of Texas event.



Photo by Tony Rinaldo.



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Opening April 11, The Woodlands Area Restaurant Will Incorporate Cutting Edge

Ordering Technology Expediting Visits for Guests on the Go

HOUSTON, TX – April 6, 2017 – Fuddruckers, an iconic, Texas-born hospitality brand, is debuting its first new Houston-area location in almost two years. Opening on April 11, the approximately 4,000-square-foot restaurant is situated at 8510 Creekside Forest Drive on the corner of Kuykendall Road in The Woodlands.

The site will introduce the option of self-ordering with four, state-of-the-art touch screen kiosks.

According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer, “We have been part of The Woodlands community for over thirty years with our location at 2290 Buckthorn Place and we are pleased to introduce a second location at Creekside. While patrons will find a number of familiar elements, we’re also looking forward to unveiling some special site-specific surprises.”

The home for the “World’s Greatest Hamburgers” will join an array of specialty tenants, ranging from CHI St. Luke’s Health to the Coffeeshop Company, at Crossroads Square at Creekside Park, a recently completed, four-acre lifestyle center. Fuddruckers guests will enjoy development amenities including a pedestrian-friendly piazza, central valet service and covered walkways.

A showcase for Fuddruckers’ eclectic décor, referencing the brand’s classic, Americana tradition, the interior offers seating for 147, including a private dining room where teams and families can celebrate with a capacity of 36, and nine bar counter seats overlooking the open kitchen. Five televisions will ensure patrons are always in sight of any big game, while toasting their team with an assortment of beers. A spacious patio opening to the piazza will accommodate an additional 28 diners.

Since 1980, Fuddruckers has been obsessed with making the world happier, one great hamburger at a time. Grilled-to-order burgers feature always fresh and never frozen, 100% USDA premium-cut beef with no fillers or additives. Delicious, sesame-topped buns are baked from scratch on-site throughout the day to achieve the perfect combination of crisp crust and melt-in-your-mouth texture.

And while burgers are the signature, the engaging menu offers variety for many tastes with an array of hand breaded chicken tenders and onion rings, sandwiches, platters and salads. No matter what they choose, customers can customize their meal with a trip to the legendary Build Your Own produce bar, which features fantastic fixings like sun-ripened tomatoes, lettuce, sliced onions, dill pickles, pico de gallo and classic cheese sauce.

About Luby’s, Inc.

Luby's, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) operates 173 restaurants nationally: 91 Luby's Cafeterias, 73 Fuddruckers, eight Cheeseburger in Paradise and one Bob Luby's Seafood Grill. The Company is the franchisor for 114 Fuddruckers franchise locations across the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Mexico, Italy, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Colombia. Additionally, a licensee operates 34 restaurants with the exclusive right to use the Fuddruckers proprietary marks, trade dress, and system in certain countries in the Middle East. The Company does not receive revenue or royalties from these Middle East restaurants. Luby's Culinary Contract Services provides food service management to 23 sites consisting of healthcare higher and corporate dining locations.

The Woodlands Family YMCA 2017 Dancing with The Woodlands Stars

The Woodlands Family YMCA

2017 Dancing with The Woodlands Stars



THE WOODLANDS – Tables are still available for the upcoming Woodlands Family YMCA 5th Annual YMCA Dancing with The Woodlands Stars. Presented by Spirit of Texas Bank, this unique charity event is scheduled for 6 pm on April 13 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and features local leaders as the live dance entertainment.


Each year, volunteers take to the dance floor to compete for votes and raise funds for The Woodlands Family YMCA. Every dollar raised from the purchase of tables, seats and votes goes to the YMCA Annual Campaign, which makes community-strengthening Y programs like swim lessons, after school care and youth sports available to everyone regardless of age, income or background.


The stars who will dance to raise funds for the YMCA Annual Campaign are:

  • Becky Parsons: Tomball Regional Hospital and Avante Medispa
  • Carol Durkee: Community Volunteer
  • Christin Allphin:  Woodforest National Bank
  • Jenny Taylor: Market Street
  • Keaton McDaniel:  Edward Jones
  • Kevin Bass:  Spirit of Texas Bank
  • Margaret Cecil:  CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands
  • Dr. Marshall Guy: Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Marty Miller:  Providence Title Company
  • Natalia Arjona: RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring
  • Trey Diller:  Inspire Productions
  • Warner Van Stone:  Hubbell & Hudson

Patricia’s Dance Lessons has partnered with the Y to provide the dance partners, lessons and choreography for the community stars. Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 will emcee for the evening, which will include a live and silent auction, dinner and the opportunity to dance with the stars when the dance floor opens.


“Tables are selling fast,” said Roxanne Davis, YMCA Community Liaison/Event Director. “This event is the talk of the town. Guests are eager to witness a friend, colleague or family member step out of their comfort zone and onto the dance floor for such a worthy cause.”


To purchase a table or individual admission, contact The Woodlands Family YMCA at 281-367-9622 or email To vote for a dancer or for more details, visit



About the Y

First organized in 1886, the YMCA of Greater Houston is one of the city's leading nonprofits dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, seeks to serve all – regardless of age, income, faith or background and we welcome everyone. In the greater Houston area, 36 YMCA centers, one overnight camp and hundreds of program sites nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the city's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the Houston community, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. To learn more, call 713-659-5566 or visit us on the web at


Theatre Under The Stars introduces the cast for its production of DREAMGIRLS.

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For Immediate Release: March 15, 2017

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Houston, TX – Theatre Under The Stars is excited to introduce the cast for its upcoming production of DREAMGIRLS.

Speaking about the cast of DREAMGIRLS, TUTS Artistic Advisor and Director of the production, Sheldon Epps says, "A careful and exhaustive series of auditions in three cities has led us to this superlative company of triple threats. The cast is deeply gifted in every way. I know that they will generously give their artistry to this very special show in vivacious performances that will give this material a vibrant and exciting new life."

In the role of Deena Jones is Phoenix BestTa’Nika Gibson will play the role of Lorrell Robinson; and, Zonya Love will be joining the cast in the role of Effie White. Best’s recent credits include THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway, as well as, regional productions of LES MISERABLES (PA Shakespeare Festival), CINDERELLA (PA Shakespeare Festival), and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PA Shakespeare Festival). Gibson has a vast number of regional theatre credits including productions of THE WIZ (Weathervane Rep. Theatre), AIDA (Strand Theater), and ANYTHING GOES (MacDuffie Theater). Love has appeared on Broadway as Celie in 2008 production of THE COLOR PURPLE, Off-Broadway and in the National Tour of AVENUE Q, in the television show, "Blue Bloods", and in numerous regional theatre productions including THE WIZ (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), THE COLOR PURPLE (Milwaukee Rep) and KISS ME, KATE (Shakespeare Theatre Company).

Kerrisa Arrington, who TUTS audiences may recognize from the 2016 production of THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS, will be playing the role of Michelle Morris. Her other theatrical credits include the National Tour of SISTER ACT and regional productions of RENT (The Woodlawn Theatre) and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (The Woodlawn Theatre). E. Clayton Cornelious joins the cast as Jimmy “Thunder” Early. His Broadway credits include the original productions of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, WONDERLAND and THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, as well as, revivals of A CHORUS LINE and THE MUSIC MAN.

Thomas Hobson will be playing the role of Curtis Taylor, Jr. He has an extensive number of film, television and theatre credits including “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Criminal Minds”, Follow, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (Pasadena Playhouse), AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH (Center Theatre Group), and DREAMGIRLS (San Diego Music Theatre). Wonza Johnson, who recently appeared in the TUTS production of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, will be playing the role of C.C. White. He has appeared in numerous regional productions including AIDA (The MUNY), MAMMA MIA! (The MUNY), WESTSIDE STORY (Musical Theater Wichita), and 42ND STREET (Musical Theater Wichita). Jacques C. Smith, whose Broadway credits include the original cast of RENT and who was recently in the National Tour of IF/THEN, will be playing the role of Marty.

Rounding out the cast in the ensemble are Courtney BlackburnNatalie Kaye ClaterTiffany Adeline ColeKevin CurtisSheldon HenryApril HollowaySheila JonesLogan KeslarTravis PattonArmando ReinaldoTerrance Spencer, and Borris York.

Blackburn has appeared in a number of regional theatre productions including MEMPHIS (Arkansas Rep), 9 TO 5 (Broward Stage Door Theatre), LES MISERABLES (Cortland Rep), A CHORUS LINE (Boiler Room Theatre) and OKLAHOMA! (Leslie Milstead). Clater, who is also serving as the Dance Captain for this production of DREAMGIRLS, has appeared in a variety of regional theatre productions including GREASE (The MUNY), WEST SIDE STORY (The MUNY), HAIRSPRAY (Porch Productions) and PETER PAN (Carolina Broadway Theatre Co.). Cole’s theatrical credits include regional productions of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Stages Theater) and A PIECE OF MY HEART (Grand Central Theater), and has also served as choreographer on many productions including THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (The Space Theater) and VIOLET (Grand Central Theater).

Curtis appeared in the 2008 National Tour of A CHORUS LINE and has appeared in productions of INVISIBLE THREAD (Second Stage – directed by Diane Paulus), SWEENEY TODD (Denver Center) and HAIRSPRAY (PCLO). Henry has appeared in the National Tours of SOUTH PACIFIC and RIVERDANCE, and in many regional theatre productions including SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Speak Easy Stage Company), GUYS AND DOLLS (WestChester Broadway Theatre) and SHOW BOAT (Fiddlehead Theatre). Holloway’s theatrical credits include RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (New York and the National Tour), MEMPHIS (Walnut Street Theatre), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Maltz Jupiter Theatre) and THE MUSIC MAN (Flatrock Playhouse). Jones previous work includes roles in productions of RAGTIME (Lees McRae Summer Theatre), OKLAHOMA! (Portland Center Stage), CATS (Theatre Winter Haven) and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Fallon Theatre). Keslar, who was recently in TUTS’ productions of INTO THE WOODS and HOW TO SUCCEED… has also been seen on Broadway in the Tony-award-winning revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.

Patton appeared in the National and International tours of FOSSE and has a variety of regional theatre credits including CHICAGO (Woodminster Theater), PIPPIN (Palace Theater), A CHORUS LINE (Palace Theater) and THE WIZ (Laguna Creek Playhouse). Reinaldo’s work includes the television show, "The Real O’Neals" and theatrical productions such as the second National Tour of IN THE HEIGHTS, the 2013/14 International Tour of WEST SIDE STORY and TWIST AN AMERICAN MUSICAL, which was directed by Debbie Allen. Spencer has appeared on Broadway and the National Tour of WICKED, and has also appeared in a number of regional theatre productions such as KISS ME KATE (Pasadena Playhouse), ALADDIN (The Hyperion Theatre) and REVOLVER (Celebration Theatre). York most recently appeared on Broadway in HOLIDAY INN, was in the first National Tour of PIPPIN and previously appeared in TUTS’ production of SPAMALOT.

Casting for the production was done by Stewart/Whitley, the official casting agency for Theatre Under The Stars.

DREAMGIRLS will run from April 4-16 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts as part of TUTS’ 2016-17 Season. Tickets for the show are currently available at or by contacting the TUTS Box Office at 713-558-TUTS (8887).

The Theatre Under The Stars production of DREAMGIRLS is possible thanks to the generous support of production sponsors ApacheConocoPhillipsHaynes and Boone, LLPStavis & Cohen Financial and artist sponsors Ed and Leticia Jaroski, and Gerald and Gail O’NeillChildren’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is the official healthcare partner of Theatre Under The Stars and the official sponsor of the 2016/17 Season. United Airlines is the official airline partner of Theatre Under The Stars. KTRK ABC13 is the official media partner of Theatre Under The Stars.


Theatre Under The Stars is Houston’s leading Musical Theatre Company since 1968, with a focus on education and community engagement. TUTS is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization that relies on the generous support of our donors to deliver first-rate theatre experiences. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit




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Theatre Under The Stars
800 Bagby St., Suite 200
Houston, TX, 77002
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts