AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION KICKS-OFF HEART MONTH WITH AWARENESS ACTIVITIES ACROSS HOUSTON

 

HOUSTON, TX (Jan. 30, 2018) – February marks the national celebration of American Heart Month, when the American Heart Association (AHA) shines its torch on the number one killer of all Americans – heart disease.  While heart disease is a risk for all Americans, it’s no secret that women are at a greater risk. In fact, cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.  Over the past decade, the AHA has made remarkable progress through its Go Red for Women® Campaign; however, there is still much work to do and awareness to raise so more women can be reached and more lives saved.

 

Throughout this iconic month, the Greater Houston area is encouraged to join the AHA’s efforts by participating in National Wear Red Day (Feb. 2), committing to a healthy lifestyle, and spreading the message that heart disease is the primary health threat for those that are near and dear to our hearts.

 

The AHA invites Houstonians to help amplify the month’s mission by taking part in the following events over the course of the next month:

Feb. 1 – 28, 2018:

Jan 30 – Feb. 5, 2018

  • Macy’s Wear Red Sale:
    • The Go Red for Women® national sponsor, Macy’s, will again offer all-day savings to customers that purchase a Red Dress Pin for $3.00. If customers purchase the pin or wear red they will receive a special 25% savings discount. Macy’s will donate 100% of all pin sales to Go Red for Women® – and the funds stay local! So shop your area Houston Macy’s that week!

Feb.2, 2018:

  • The 15th Annual National Wear Red Day:
    • Wear Red Day:

Show your support by wearing red on Friday, Feb. 2, and throughout the month to build awareness and inspire action. #GoRedAndGive

 

  • Red Buildings:

Many Houston institutions will celebrate National Wear Red Day on Feb. 2 and Heart Month by turning their building red. Houston City Hall will light up its walls with up lighting, while buildings around the City of Houston, The Woodlands, and other suburban areas will go red.

 

Feb. 3, 2018

  • Houston Heart Ball at Hilton Americas-Houston:
    • AHA hosts the most anticipated social event of the season, the 2018 The Beat Goes On Heart Ball chaired by Cathy & Joe Cleary. This elegant, black-tie event will feature dinner, dancing and a live auction. For more information visit: houstonheartball.heart.org.

 

 

 

Feb. 23, 2018

  • Bay Area Go Red for Women Luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center:
    • Join the AHA as we celebrate the fight against the women’s greatest health threat with the annual Bay Area Go Red for Women® Luncheon. This year’s luncheon will bring back the annual Heart Throb competition and the third annual Survivors with Style Fashion Show. For more information, visit bayareagored.ahaevents.org.

Feb. 24, 2018

 

  • Montgomery County Heart Ball at Woodlands Waterway Marriott:
    • AHA hosts one of the best parties in town, the 2018 An Exhilarating Evening at the Grand Prix Heart Ball chaired by Marina & Bryan Frenchak. The elegant, black-tie event will feature dinner, dancing and a live auction. For more information and tickets visit: ahaevents.org.

 

 

 

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About Go Red For Women

In the United States, cardiovascular diseases kill approximately 1 in 3 women each year. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Cardiovascular diseases in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

 

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THE WOODLANDS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES WINNERS FOR THE BEST OF TASTE AT THE 32nd ANNUAL TASTE OF THE TOWN

THE WOODLANDS, TX (January 2018) – The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s 32nd Annual Taste of the Town presented by Planet Lincoln and Visit The Woodlands was held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 9:00pm at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Taste of the Town is the premier culinary event of South Montgomery County attracting thousands of people. Attendees can sample mouth-watering appetizers, entrees, desserts, pastries, and drinks from some of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, bakeries, deli’s and beverage companies.

“Taste of the Town is one of our favorite events of the year,” says Meagen Korenek, director of special events at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have a blast engaging the community at large and showcasing our fabulous restaurants and businesses.”

A highlight for the Taste of the Town is the Best of Taste competition including awards for Best Appetizer, Best Entrée and Best Dessert. These awards are determined by a panel of judges including Cristina Kooker from Great Day Houston, KHOU; Chef Leanne Akers, pastry chef of Barry Callebaut Chocolate; Darby Douglas, KHOU Channel 11 news and traffic anchor and Chef Roshni Gurnani, Chopped Champion and executive chef at Hotel Derek. The final award, The Planet Lincoln People’s Choice Awards, is voted on by Taste of the Town attendees through an online survey.

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the following restaurants for holding the title of 2018 Best of Taste. The 2018 Best of Taste, Best Appetizer winner was awarded to Broken Barrel for their teriyaki taco with habanero cream & trinity slaw. Broken Barrel is located at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd. on Restaurant Row and open for happy hour, lunch and dinner daily with brunch on Sundays. Visitwww.BrokenBarrellWoodlands.com for more information.

The 2018 Best of Taste, Best Entrée winner was awarded to Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse for their 21-day aged bottom sirloin steak with creamy parmesan au grautin potatoes. Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse is located at 1400 Research Forest Drive in Shenandoah and open for happy hour on weekdays, lunch on Fridays, brunch on Sundays and dinner daily. Private events and catering options are available for groups of all sizes. Visitwww.avebrazil.com/woodlands for more information.

The 2018 Best of Taste, Best Dessert was awarded to KICPOPS for their blackberry lavender ice pop. KICPOPS is a pop-up vendor available for catering, special events, festivals, markets and more.

KICPOPS was also the winner of the 2018 Planet Lincoln’s People’s Choice Award for their all natural, locally sourced hand crafted ice pops. For more information about KICPOPS including their regular scheduled market appearances, visit www.KICPOPS.com.

Participating restaurants in the 32nd Annual Taste of the Town include, Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse, Babin’s Seafood House, Bellagreen, Black Walnut Café, Berryhill Baja Grill, Bonefish Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, Broken Barrel, Bubba T’s Cajun Kitchen, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Churrascos Steaks & Seafood, Craft Grill, Dairy Queen The Woodlands, Gringo’s Tex-Mex, Grotto Italian Restaurant, Goode Company BBQ, Goode Company Kitchen & Cantina, H-E-B, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse at the Holiday Inn & Suites – Shenandoah, Hubbell & Hudson Bistro, Huti’s 5 Free-Fire Grill, Jacqui’s Gourmet, KICPOPS, Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, La Cantina Mexican Grill, Landry’s Seafood House, Mamacita’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, Masters in Dietetics, LLC., McAlister’s Deli, Natalita’s #2 Mexican Restaurant, Pacific Yard House, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen, Stadia Sports Grill, The Red Brick Tavern, The Refuge Bar & Bistro/Catering, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, Top Golf Trader Joe’s Woodlands Church.

Sponsors for the 2018 Taste of the Town include, iron chef presenting sponsors, Planet Lincoln and Visit The Woodlands; executive chef, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center; beer wristband sponsor, Waste Connection of Texas; entertainment sponsor, Johnson Development Corporation; gourmet chef, H-E-B, Woodforest National Bank, Pepsi Beverage Co., Wright’s Printing; raffle ticket sponsor, Renewal by Anderson; mobile chef, Russo’s New York Pizzeria; VIP reception sponsor, Amerigo’s Grille; VIP sponsor lounge, America’s ER, Republic Payment Systems of Texas/The Republic Grille; “Back of House” Appreciation Sponsor, Better Bookkeepers, Inc.; photobooth, Picture Me Houston; DJ services, Privileged Productions;  friends of taste, Entergy Texas, Inc, Houston Serenity Place CPA & Adoption Agency, Just Cats Veterinary Services, Mid America Mortgage, Privileged Productions, The Woodlands Church; t-shirt sponsor, The Woodlands Young Learners Academy; beer band booth ambassadors, Camp Bow Wow, Blake Wilcox Properties, Nationwide Insurance Mellisa Ray Agency, Outback Western Wear; beer beverage booth ambassadors, Champions School of Real Estate, Christine Hale & Associates – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, CORE Mechanical, LLC, Just Cats Veterinary Services, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty, PR Marketing & Publishing, LLC./ Review It Magazine, RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, Richmond Realty – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere, Villa Sport Athletic Club and Spa, W3 Luxury Living, Wright’s Printing, We Clean 4 You; soda beverage booth ambassadors, Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Cool Kat Party Supplies Warehouse & Costumes, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salons, Gold’s Gym, The Woodlands / Magnolia; water beverage booth ambassadors, AAA Texas, LLC, Sam’s Club, Costco Wholesale, Our Lady of the Lake University, The Bryi’s Pet Sitting and The Bryi’s Technology Services; table hosts, A Clean Nest, Bradbury Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning, Lawn Ranger Co., Inc., Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool, Houston Serenity Place, Inspire Film Festival, Inspire Productions, Kevin Baker Homes & Real Estate – Keller Williams Realty, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Liberty Mutual Insurance, CareNow Urgent Care, SAFE 2 SAVELLC; cocktail table host, Jeffrey & Company Jewelers, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands Arts Council, Yoga Pod – The Woodlands; publicity partner, Taylorized PR; media Partners, Hello Woodlands, Houston Business Journal, K STAR Country Radio 99.7 FM, KHOU11, Link Magazine / Graphic Design FX, Woodlands Events, WoodlandsHits.Com, Woodlands Online.

The date for 2019 Taste of the Town will be announced on www.TasteoftheTown.org once confirmed. For more information contact the special events department at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce at (281) 367-5777,events@woodlandschamber.org, or visit www.woodlandschamber.org.

HOTEL INDIGO® SPRING/THE WOODLANDS ANNOUNCED AS PART OF THE CATHEDRAL LAKES DEVELOPMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 DATED: Thursday, September 28, 2017

CONTACT:  Stu Johnson, stuj@grace.tv or cell: 832-722-6564

Suryam Hospitality announced that they are excited to bring one of the premier brands of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to this thriving multicultural community. The Hotel Indigo® brand is a global boutique hotel brand that delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community.

Arun Magia, President of Suryam Hospitality LLC, and Dr. Steve Riggle, the Cathedral Lakes Developer and Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church – Woodlands Campus, led an announcement ceremony for the Hotel Indigo, Spring/The Woodlands at the Cathedral Lakes Development on Thursday, September 28th.

Other key participants in the ceremony were Todd Stephens, District Chief for Congressman Kevin Brady;former State Representative Steve Toth; Suryam Hospitality attendees Mrs. Arun Magia, Mr. & Mrs. Praful Shah (investors), Mrs. Charu Duggal (friend), and Dave Holland, Vice President, Kinghorn, Driver, Hough, & Company; Stu Johnson, Kevin Hayes, and Blake Jakovich from the Cathedral Lakes Development and Grace Community Church; and Scott Covington, the Development broker.

Construction on the property is expected to start in December 2017, and the hotel should be open for business by first quarter of 2019. It will be situated on the lake behind the Grace Woodlands Church at the north end of the Hardy Toll Road.

Mr. Magia mentioned some unique features of Hotel Indigo, which are:

  • Murals, feature walls, art installations
  • On–site bar & restaurant; locally-inspired menu with traditional favorites
  • Neighborhood guides
  • Spa-inspired bathrooms & showers
  • Vibrant and modern guest rooms with plush bedding
  • Open & inviting public places

From the locally inspired murals to the renewal program where the music, scent, and menu items change throughout the year, each Hotel Indigo hotel delivers a vibrant, engaging and genuine boutique experience that gives guests the confidence to step out and explore the local neighborhood. Each Hotel Indigo property is unique and designed to reflect the local culture, character and geography of the surrounding area while brand hallmarks ensure consistent and reliable service from location to location. No two hotels are the same. There are 79 Hotel Indigo hotels open around the globe, with a quality global pipeline of 76 hotels set to open within the next three to five years.  For more information or to make a reservation, visit http://www.hotelindigo.com. Find Hotel Indigo® on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/hotelindigo or Facebook.

Dr. Riggle shared that, “The Indigo Hotel is a great addition to the development. It is a unique, full service hotel that promises an incredible experience to each hotel guest.”

Todd Stephens, District Chief for Congressman Kevin Brady, welcomed Hotel Indigo to Montgomery County.  “This stunning and innovative hotel will provide superb accommodations and customer service, as well as enhancing the County’s tax base.”

INTERFAITH RECEIVES GENEROUS DONATIONS IN SUPPORT OF HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF EFFORTS

THE WOODLANDS, TX, (Thursday, September 7, 2017) — As our community rebuilds from the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has left behind, Interfaith of The Woodlands would like to extend their deepest appreciation of two donors. On Monday, September 4th, Interfaith received two separate donations of $250,000 from Woodforest Charitable Foundation and then subsequently from Huntsman Corporation & the Huntsman family. These are the largest single donations ever received by Interfaith of The Woodlands to date.

A longtime supporter of the community, Woodforest Charitable Foundation generously donated $250,000 to Interfaith of The Woodlands in support of their ongoing mission to help neighbors in South Montgomery County affected by the recent floods. A committed community partner for more the 37 years, Woodforest National Bank founded the Woodforest Charitable Foundation in 2005 for the purpose of enriching communities through partnerships with charitable organizations.

Robert Marling, President of Woodforest Charitable Foundation, along with his wife Kim, Executive Vice President, visited the Montgomery County Distribution Center, facilitated by Interfaith of The Woodlands. They were amazed by the sheer magnitude of the facility with the amount of volunteers and the incredible amount of donations from those in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Distribution Center has served nearly 8,000 families and individuals in the first few days since opening to the public, with many more still needing to come through for items. Seeing the vast need in the community and the efforts that Interfaith has already established, the Marling’s chose to partner with Interfaith of The Woodlands by making a substantial contribution to assist in the recovery and relief efforts in South Montgomery County. “Kim and I have witnessed first-hand the difference Interfaith and its leadership have made over many, many years, so when hurricane Harvey hit our community, we knew exactly where to invest, Interfaith,” shared Robert Marling.

“Robert and Kim Marling and the Woodforest Charitable Foundation have long played a key role in providing funding for important causes and nonprofits here in Montgomery County. With their latest major gift to Interfaith for flood relief efforts, the Marlings and the Woodforest Charitable Foundation have demonstrated the depth of their love for this community and for the needy. I want to thank them for their amazing generosity and their big hearts for this great county,” said Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal.

The Huntsmans are also very active in the community, both currently serve in leadership positions for Interfaith of The Woodlands with Peter Huntsman serving as the Chair of The Board of Advisors and Brynn Ballard Huntsman serving on the Board of Directors. The Huntsmans were inspired to give $250,000 after hearing about the donation from Woodforest Charitable Foundation and decided to use their charitable donation as The Huntsman Hometown Hero Challenge, a challenge to the community with a promise to match dollar for dollar raised between now and The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala, on October 7, which benefits Interfaith of The Woodlands. Brynn Ballard Huntsman and Peter Huntsman, the Honorary Chairs for The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala, along with Presenting Sponsor Huntsman Corporation, challenged the community to join them in the ongoing efforts to support neighbors here in South Montgomery County affected by Hurricane Harvey. Between now and the Gala on October 7th, the Huntsmans will match dollar for dollar raised, up to $250,000. In a recorded video announcing the donation, Mr. Huntsman stated, “We would challenge you to be able to give what you can. Interfaith of The Woodlands is experiencing unprecedented demand on all of their services across the board, so I would ask you, your families, your associates, your business to please consider making a generous donation now in this time of need.”

“Our work here at Interfaith is just getting started,” shared Missy Herndon, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands, “The community’s generosity and in-kind donations have met the basic needs of food, water and supplies. Interfaith plans to use this money to focus on transitioning families out of shelters and friends’ homes and into long-term housing solutions while they work to rebuild their lives.”

Interfaith Disaster Relief assistance continues to be ongoing to assist those in need for the weeks and months to come. In addition to meeting the immediate needs of those in crisis with food, water, clothing and basic supplies, Interfaith will continue to serve as a vital lifeline for many needing continued assistance with emergency transitional shelter, deposits, rent, mortgage, and utilities to help families transition back into permanent housing.

To make a donation, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or text GIVE to 832-925-3144. The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala sponsorships, tickets and raffle purchases are also eligible for the Huntsman Hometown Hero Challenge. Interfaith of The Woodlands is a non-profit social service agency providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

Bridgewood Farms Aims To Burn Your Buns on July 4th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burn Your Buns with Bridgewood Farms on July 4th

 Montgomery County, TX (May 16, 2017) –Bikers will take to the streets and through the rolling hills of Willis and Conroe on Tuesday, July 4th at the 14th Annual “Burn Your Buns” Bike Ride starting at 7:30 am at 11680 Rose Road in Conroe.

Presented by The Woodlands Cycling Club and the Lake Conroe Rotary Club, the course is a backroad tour that begins and ends at Bridgewood Farms on Rose Road, winds through to Shephard Hill Road and back. Relax, ride, hydrate, and enjoy your morning. Then have lunch and enjoy watermelon back at Bridgewood Farms!

The Woodlands Cycling Club (WCC) and Bridgewood Farms work to ensure the success of the ride by recruiting volunteers and officials to monitor the route.  The WCC has supported the bike ride since its inception in January 2004. The first ride event was held February of 2004 as the “Ride from the Heart” but with only 15 participants and sleeting weather the event was changed to July and re-named Burn Your Buns. The WCC takes responsibility for the ride route, TXDOT approvals, and all promotion to cycling clubs.

340 cyclists participated in the event in 2016. Bridgewood Farms is expecting over 400 attendees this year with riders ranging from 10 years old to 85! The routes are 20, 31, and 62 miles of casual, non-competitive family rides through the countryside. Last year the Bike Ride raised over $15,000 to help provide programs and services for 120 intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals in Montgomery County and surrounding areas.

“We are hoping to exceed the amount we raised last year to provide the necessary programs and services for our clients”, said Flo Nelson, Executive Director.

Each registered participant will receive a tee shirt (until supply runs out), a goodie bag, refreshments along the route, and lunch after the ride. Registration fees are $30 for individuals, and $50 for families (4 people) if received by June 30, 2017. Late registration is $40 for individuals, and $60 for families. Register Online! Packet pickup will begin at 6:15 am on Tuesday, July 4th at Bridgewood Farms lunchroom building. Event will be held RAIN OR SHINE.

Volunteers are needed for set up, registration, servers for lunch, and clean-up after the event. Groups or individuals may contact Enid Goodman at 936.856. 6460. Ext. 102 or email at enid@BridgewoodFarms.org

Are These Stawberries Red?

Do you remember that  blue-black-white-gold dress that blew up online?  A new photo is going around that shows a bowl of strawberries and wants to know if you see them as red.

The correct answer is no.  All reds have allegedly been stripped out of the picture, so it’s all different grays.  We only think that they’re red and we see red, because they’re strawberries.  What do you see?

 

 

Scouting in The Tall Timbers District

We had the pleasure to chat with Bruce Tough about the Tall Timbers Annual Business & Community Leadership Dinner.  The event will be held February 21, 2017 at The Woodlands Country Club, Palmer Course.  Each year the Boy Scouts of America’s Tall Timbers District hosts this event to bring together local community leaders to share the mission of Scouting and report on the progress of the Scouting program in their community.  At the dinner, the Tall Timbers District gives its Good Scout Award to an individual in the local community who exemplifies the values and ideals of Scouting through community leadership and service.

 

 

Eric Church vs. Ticket Scalpers

Eric Church just did something really cool!  He canceled more than 25,000 tickets from his Holdin’ My Own tour that were originally bought by scalpers. He’s putting those tickets on sale TODAY at noon local time in each city.  Try hitting up EricChurch.com/events, and click on “tickets” for the date you want.

I don’t see any Texas dates yet (which is a bunch of B.S.) but we’ll let you know as soon as something’s announced.

Here’s Eric’s message:  Quote, “Our fans know that as long as we tour, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure they pay face value for the ticket.”

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Being Without Our Phone Gives Us PTSD

Wow!  We are sick and need help.

A study out of Hungary just found that when people between 18 and 26 had their phones taken away, they started showing the same symptoms as people with PTSD. That included an elevated heart rate, higher stress levels, and fidgeting and scratching . . . all of which went away as soon as they got their phones back, or even got their hands on ANY phone, not even their own.

Seriously….WTF is wrong with us?

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Parenting At It’s Finest

Every once in a while, I come across a parenting story that makes me think “That’s something I would do.”

This one is about 18-year-old Connor Cox who’s a freshman at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.  A few weeks ago, he got a care package from his mom which isn’t abnormal I guess.  But when he opened it up, all he found inside was a bunch of trash.

It was the trash he was supposed to take out back when he was at home for winter break, but he forgot. Connor posted a picture of the box of garbage on Twitter and now it’s going viral.

Well done mom.  Well done.

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News That Got Us Feeling Good

This is cool to read. Especially with so much negativity going on out there. I think whatever problems we are having, they aren’t like the one’s Flint, Michigan has been dealing with recently. I was happy to read that over 300 plumbers showed up in Flint ready to volunteer their time to install new water filters that will help supply clean water to the residents of Flint.

Read more here.

I Mom So Hard

My new favorite Facebook Page is “I Mom So Hard”.  I’m a 40 year old dude and these ladies are hilarious.  I want to start a dude version of this.  Or would that be too lewd?  I dunno….they’re pretty lewd.  It’s always more acceptable for women though don’t you think?  Or maybe that’s just my perception.  Check em’ out and let me know what you think.

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