The Week Ahead: Candidate forum, fall festivals & golf on tap
As fall activities begin around The Woodlands and South Montgomery County, there are tons of fun things to do for all. Whether you are looking for something sporty, good food, traditional fall activities or just a plain old good time, these activities are for you.
Woodlands board of directors candidate forum
While fall may mean pumpkins, leaves, football and holiday themed drinks from local coffee shops for many, it also equates to campaign season as the 2018 mid-term elections near on Nov. 6. Here in The Woodlands, four incumbents are slated for re-election, with two of the four races featuring contests between incumbents and their challengers.
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, form 5-6 p.m., local residents will have an opportunity to meet the candidates during the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Local Candidate Forums, being hosted at the chamber’s offices located at 9320 Lakeside Blvd., The Woodlands, Suite No. 200.
The four candidates scheduled for the forum include: Position 2 incumbent Brian Boniface, a registered nurse, and his challenger, former aerospace industry engineer turned stay-at-home mother, Treva Taglieri. The other two candidates who will be present are contesting for the Position 2 seat on the board: incumbent Bruce Rieser, a retired airline industry professional seeking his second term, and his opponent, Francis “Frank” Dargavage, a 22-year U.S. Air Force veteran and former commercial airline pilot.
Anyone with questions about the forum can contact the chamber at 281-367-5777. The election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6, with early voting beginning on Oct. 22 and continuing through Nov. 2. Because incumbents Gordy Bunch and John Anthony Brown are not being contested, they are not appearing at the forum.
Come see pretty flowers at The Woodlands Wildflower Festival
For those who want a more serene activity than political discussion, the The Woodlands Wildflower Festival might be your thing. The annual event highlights all the cool and important native wildflowers found in and around The Woodlands all whilst being able to get free seed packets and enjoy a day of family fun and educational activities.
The Howard Hughes Corporation hosts festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hughes Landing. This free, family-oriented event features thousands of wildflower seed packets of many different varieties that are distributed free to attendees; exhibits related to gardening and native plants; inflatable rides, entertainment and music. The lovable mascot of The Woodlands, Puffy Pine Cone, along with mascot friends including Bridgeland Bill will make special guest appearances from 11 a.m.-noon at the Festival.
Hit the links for the John Cooper Golf Tournament
Like golf and helping local athletes? If so, then the 31st Annual John Cooper School Golf Tournament benefiting the Dragon Booster Club is right up your alley. The tourney returns to The Woodlands Country Club-Palmer Course on Monday, Oct. 15, and will again feature a lineup of golf festivities, including a full day of golf, followed by a dinner and awards. The day will feature registration, lunch, driving range, chipping and putting contests at 10:30 a.m., and a shotgun start at noon. Register for the tournament at www.johncooper.org/specialevents.
Renowned educator to visit WUMC
The Woodlands United Methodist Church invites the community to come and hear nationally known educator, author and speaker, Dr. Madeline Levine. As the writer of the critically acclaimed books The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well, Dr. Levine speaks into the pressures and pitfalls of parenting children growing up in a high performance, high expectation environment. Dr. Levine is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Harvest Worship Center at The Woodlands UMC. Tickets are $20.
Fall festivals abound
Many village associations in The Woodlands host fall festivals, and on Sunday, Oct. 21, The Cochran’s Crossing Village Association will host the free Fall Festival to be held at Shadowbend Park, 4991 Lake Woodlands Drive, from 1- p.m.
The annual fun, free festival will include interactive games as well as inflatables for bouncing and sliding. There will also be pony rides, a petting zoo, climbing tower, a DJ with exciting music and a variety of vendors. In addition, Kroger will provide hot dogs and drinks. For additional information call Gary Conwell, CCVA Secretary, at 281-387-6986 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
That is not the only fall festival in the area this week, as the Christ Community School will host its Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the school located at 1488 Wellman Road in The Woodlands. The festival will include games, petting zoo, pony rides, vendor booths, food and more. All access wristbands will be available for $10 at the entrance.