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Woodlands week ahead:

January 19, 2019

The new year is moving fast, and we are already into the third week of Janauary, which is marked by numerous events and local happenings. Here is our weekly roundup of notable events this week.

MLK Day celebration set for Monday

As communities around the country celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., folks in The Woodlands will also join in the celebrations.

The annual MLK Jr. Celebration for The Woodlands is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of Grogan’s Mill Road and Lake Woodlands Drive adjacent to the Whole Foods in Hughes Landing.

The Rev. Ed Robb, the senior pastor at The Woodlands UMC, will be giving the commemorative tribute. There will be dancing, speeches, singing and other activities during the event.

Final days of the Ice Rink season

The wildly popular Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center has only a few more days of operation in the 2018-19 skating season. Residents and visitors can glide the rink for all sorts of family fun through the final day of the season, Monday, Jan. 21.

Located inside The Woodlands Town Center, at the intersection of Lakes Robbins Drive and Six Pines Drive, the 21,000 square foot seasonal ice rink opened its doors the week before Thanksgiving and will remains open through the end of January. The 2018-19 skating season is the third year the Ice Rink has been located inside the 21,000 square foot Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion event center along Lake Robbins Drive.

The rink’s final days will see normal hours of operation as follows: Monday 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday: Noon to 7 p.m.

Ice skate rentals are available in two-hour increments, with two different pricing sets: for weekend days (which includes Friday), skate rental is $12.50 for two hours for adults and children who are 5 years old or younger, $6 for two-hours. On Mondays through Thursdays, two-hour skate rentals are $10.50 for adults and $5 for children 5 years old and younger.

Township Board of Directors meets Thursday

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors is scheduled to meet for two meetings on Thursday, Jan. 24, with an incorporation planning meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. and a regular board meeting scheduled for 4 p.m.

The incorporation planning meeting at 6 p.m. will focus on the financial model being created by incorporation consulting firm, The Novak Group, from Cincinnati, Ohio. There will also be a presentation on community outreach in regard to the incorporation studies, as well as examination of the future schedule for incorpration meetings.

At 4 p.m., during the normal township board meeting, the seven-member Board of Directors will hear a lengthy agenda, with several topics of interest in recent months re-appearing. Township Director John McMullan has asked to have the issue of rising rates of suicides and attempted suicides addressed with a more in-depth analysis from local law enforcement officials and township staff.

In addition, the board will hear monthly law enforcement reports, a report from Visit The Woodlands officials, and also possibly decide on buying a new fire truck for The Woodlands Fire Department.

All meetings are hosted in the main meeting room of the township offices, 2801 Technology Forest Boulevard, The Woodlands.

jeff.forward@chron.com

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