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Taste of the Village to raise money for scholarships

September 21, 2018

Care for some free food while supporting higher education?

The Indian Springs Village Association has announced the 14th Annual Taste of the Village will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event is scheduled for noon - 3 p.m. at the Indian Springs Shopping Center, located at the southwest corner of Kuykendahl Road and The Woodlands Parkway.

Mike Arendes, event chair and president of the Indian Springs Village Association, said the Taste of the Village began as a way to raise money to support the ISVA Community Service Scholarship fund which provides scholarships to high school seniors who live in Indian Springs.

“We established this event to help generate funds to support our scholarship activity that we do each year. A large part of the focus is for high school seniors that live in the Village [of Indian Springs],” Arendes said.

Arendes noted that scholarships are awarded based not just on academic merits but also on how involved in the community students are. Applicants can choose to volunteer at local organizations, embark on a personal project or contribute to the community in other ways.

“It’s based not only on academics but also on community service. What we’re trying to promote is serving the community in any way they choose,” Arendes explained. “We’ve had kids that have done a variety of different things, and I’m amazed each year by all the things they are doing and the time and effort they put in.”

Although the goal is to raise scholarship funds, the Taste of the Village brings the community together through free food samples and entertainment. Local businesses and many organizations that serve the community such as The Woodlands Township, the fire department, law enforcement agencies and other officials participate in the annual event.

“It’s a good way just to interact with a lot of different people and also for local businesses to promote themselves — their products or services — and what they’re doing. It’s a fun family event,” Arendes said.

Entertainment will include a live band, inflatables, face painting, balloon artistry and many other entertainers. For the first time, the event will also feature a dunking booth. Arendes noted that the ISVA is working with local schools to bring in volunteers, such as coaches or teachers, to be dunked and hopefully get more students to attend the event.

There will also be a raffle for two $250 gift certificates from HEB, two “foursome” rounds of golf donated by The Woodlands Country Club and a variety of other prizes. Email michael.arendes@indianspringsvillage.com to learn more about participating in the event.

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