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B E N T WAT E R B O A R D I N F O R M AT I O N
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President Melanie Gonzales Vice President Terry Bowie
Secretary/Treasurer David Regenbaum
PUBLISHER Patrick Wagener 936.228.3151 email@example.com PUBLISHING ASSISTANT Lindsay Wagener
Gene Colbert Joe Moore
EDITOR Dawn M. Cleboski
Pat Waycaster Bruce Sellers
CREATIVE TEAM Angelina Garcia Alix Boyea Grant McGugin
General Manager: Dawn M. Cleboski
Asst. to General Manager/Compliance Officer: Geri Beiriger Operations Manager: Robert Yetter
Director Entrance Department: Dickie Williams
Editor’s Note: Rob Edman, husband of Sara Edman, father of Ellie Edman Sullivan and very proud grandfather of newborn Rhett Lannie Sullivan was incorrectly identified in the April issue.
Human Resources/Accounting Manager: Jennifer Trull
Receptionist: Martha Sullivan
Maintenance Supervisor: Randy Broyles
Landscape/Irrigation Manager: John Whitt Administration/Accounting: D.A. Cook
I M P O R TA N T P H O N E N U M B E R S Bentwater Information Center 936.597.5700
Waste Management. Toll Free 1.800.553.1902
Bentwater Country Club 936.597.6219
MO NTGOMERY CO UNT Y
AMI 713.932.1122 Entrance Department 936.597.4190 Golf Shop 936.597.6224 Bentwater Marina 936.597.2556 Bentwater Sports Club and Fitness Center 936.597.2260 Tennis Center 936.597.6225 Property Owners Assoc. 936.597.5532
State of Texas Poison Control Center 1.800.222.1222 Montgomery County Civil Defense 936.760.6964 Montgomery County Fire Station #55: Non-emergency 936.597.5544 or 936.597.4455 Montgomery County Health Department 713.767.3000 or 936.539.7839
Montgomery County Sheriff 936.760.5800
Sudden Link Cable 877.423.2743
HOS P ITA L S
Entergy 1.800.ENTERGY (1.800.368.3749)
Conroe Regional Medical Center: 936.539.1111 or 1.888.MED.CNTR (633.2687)
Hayes Utility Company 936.588.1166 Center Point Energy Entex 1.800.752.8036 Consolidated Communications 1.866.989.2255
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands 281.364.2300 St Luke’s The Woodlands 936.266.2000
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WINE BAR Cozy Grape Wine Bar & Bistro (281) 948-9205
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Email Update We want to remind you that the company which manages Bentwater POA has a new name - First Service Residential. Along with the new name are new email addresses. Please note the change of email address for Bentwater POA General Manager Dawn Cleboski. Dawn can now be contacted at:
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Making sure our precious pets aren’t a nuisance to neighbors Bentwater residents strive to be good neighbors. We pull in each other’s trash cans, pick up mail for our neighbors when they are out of town and wave at others as they pass by. While we get gold stars in almost every aspect of being a good neighbor, some may be falling short in one area – pet control. In May, 2012, Bentwater POA Board of Trustees adopted the following policy to address the issue of stray dogs and dog barking in Bentwater. Please review the policy and keep in mind, it was put into place just to help us insure we are doing all we can to be good neighbors and not allowing man’s best friend to become a nuisance to neighbors.
ANIMAL CONTROL “No owner shall permit any dog, cat or other domestic pet under his ownership or control to be left unattended outside such Owner’s lot or allow such animal to engage in loud howling or barking, crying or whining or to conduct itself in such a manner so as to disturb the comfort and repose of any person inside the subdivision. Such pets must be housed inside the residence during the period of time the owner or person responsible for such pet is absent”.
The Stairway to Happiness – Living the life at Bentwater!
WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS The BLO, which now has more than 500 members, has a Newcomers Committee that strives to welcome new residents, provide them useful information, and encourage them to join the fun ladies group in order to fully participate in the many activities scheduled throughout the year. Sherril Barker recently hosted a wine and cheese reception for newcomers in her home. The ladies had a wonderful time making new friends and learning more about Bentwater from Newcomers Chairperson Anne Davis and Dawn Cleboski, General Manager, Bentwater POA.
Antique Friends recently visited the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange
The ladies lunched at a lovely Bistro in La Grange and then enjoyed shopping at the original Round Top Spring Antiques Fair.
BENTWATER LADIES ORGANIZATION (BLO)
Charlotte Heathcott and Jan Talley
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During their docent-led tour, the group learned the history of the beautifully restored 1890s building that houses the museum, as well as quilting techniques and an introduction to contemporary quilts. The antique quilt pictured was the winner in the 2013 International Quilt Festival in Houston.
Anne Davis leads the toast to Bentwater newcomers.
Antique Friends weren’t allowed to take their own pictures inside the museum, but the museum was kind enough to make Antique Friends its “group of the day” and took this picture for them. From left to right: Vicky Duoto, Chris Bergsieker, Donna Casey, Norma Curtis, Donna Shepherd and Carolyn Bienke If you would like to join the group or have any questions, please contact Donna Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Shepherd at dshep4248@ aol.com.
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o r g a n i z at i o n
The final meeting before a summer hiatus
Rae Jean Young and Alice Bradley leading the interesting conversation
The Ziggy Band
Jim Curry loves his new black 2015 Chevy Tahoe which he ordered early due to the change in the body style. He particularly likes the interior which he said reminds him of a football. His wife Diane thought it was more than roomy and absolutely comfortable and luxurious. What a ride!
Contributed by BLO member Lou Dycus
The Yacht Club will be swinging when the Bentwater Ladies Organization meets this month on May 12 at 11 am. The group will be entertained by a well known musical group that calls itself “The Ziggy Band.” The group is a four piece band that plays a variety of music from Swing and Country to Rock and Popular, as well as those with a Latin beat. The two lead singers often invite the audience to sing along. One of the performers is from the Jive Sisters, a group that performed for the BLO four years ago.
Margo Crook and Elizabeth Gorman Jim Curry and his beautiful black 2015 Chevy Tahoe
The May 12 meeting will feature businesswomen such as Ginger Oakes who has one-of-a-kind jewelry.
In addition to a fabulous lunch and enjoyable entertainment, the BLO will showcase the brilliant, talented and interesting Business Women of Bentwater. This is a meeting not to miss as The Bentwater Ladies Organization takes a break from regular meetings throughout June, July and August. See you in September!
Ann Davis displaying one of her beautiful Mary Kay lipsticks
Ladies proudly wear their cowgirl hats at a rodeo themed luncheon.
Smiles from everybody
Cathy Wilson displaying some of her boutique items from Hotsie Totsie
When Jack Murray, son of Bentwater residents Tam and Connie Murray and now a freshman at the University of Texas, isn’t hitting the books, he’s hitting the racetrack. Murray spent last summer driving in the Pirelli World Challenge Racing Series. If you didn’t catch Jack on NBC Sports Channel, here’s a look at his car in action.
Jack Murray’s 2013 Pirelli World Challenge Scuderia Fiat 500
It’s like you can feel the speed!
Truett Tooke and his 2014 Cadillac XTS. What a classy ride!
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FISHING IN LAKE CONROE Big Mouth! No, it’s a Large Mouth!
Contributed by Bentwater Resident Jeff Fortezzo
Oh yeah… that’s a Big Mouth!
This Large Mouth Bass was released without harm. Way to go, Jack Strouts!!
Tom and Geneva Montgomery and their gracefully aging 1950 Ford F1 pickup
Tom and Geneva Montgomery proudly show off their recently restored 1950 Ford F1 pickup. Tom worked for about a year to bring the pickup to “almost like new” condition. Bentwater resident and golfing buddy Dick Williams put on the finishing touches with a new paint job. Look for Tom and Geneva driving around Bentwater.
Game Night What a beautiful paint job!
Chasing the little white golf ball is not the only thing that occupies the free time of both Bentwater ladies and gentlemen. Once the sun sets, a different kind of recreation is required. Bentwater is not only a lovely place to call home but prides itself in providing a variety of activities and events that interest Bentwater residents year round.
C O A S T G U A R D TRIBUTE
Today, Miller is one of two women serving aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless. As a damage control assistant aboard the Dauntless, she is responsible for the structural integrity of the cutter as well as the effectiveness of the crew to respond to damage onboard the cutter during times of emergency.
Contributed by Bentwater resident Lou Dycus
Game Night is one of those activities. Whether it’s Canasta or Bridge, the challenge is known to draw a crowd at the Country Club. To obtain a wild card in Canasta rates right up there with a hole in one or at least a birdie on the golf course. Of course the odds of getting a wild card are just about the same as getting a birdie, but the challenge is fun, even if you lose.
If you are interested in an evening of Canasta and Bridge, both men and women are welcome to participate in Game Night and dinner at the Country Club every second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m.
After graduating from the Coast Guard Academy, Miller stepped up to take on the amount of responsibilities and expectations given to a commissioned officer. Her grandparents are extremely proud of her, and so are we. We thank her for her service!
Take the Challenge
If you are up for the challenge, join the ladies of Bentwater at the Country Club every second Wednesday at 11 a.m. for lunch and an afternoon of Canasta.
Bentwater proudly salutes Lt. j.g. Claire Miller, the granddaughter of Bentwater residents Phil and Elsie Landry
Lt. j.g. Claire Miller poses for a photo aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless
And 25-1/2” is a big size!
Bentwater resident Jack Strouts caught this nice Large Mouth Bass in Lake Conroe on March 24, 2014. Jack was fishing around 1 p.m. in the Little Lake Creek part of the lake when he latched onto this good looking 8lb 4oz Large Mouth Bass. It was 25-1/2" long and is the largest bass that Jack, an avid fisherman, has caught on Lake Conroe. This beautiful fish wasn't hurt in any way and she swam away very smartly when Jack released her after this picture. Way to go Jack!
Please call ahead for reservations. Game Night has been a tradition among residents for years.
We hope to see you there!
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PEOPLE of Bentwater
Dave Clements Written by Bentwater resident Chris Uzelmeier
While Dave came to Texas in 1980, his roots are in Virginia Beach, VA. His parents, now both 93, still live there. The family moved frequently due to his father being in the Navy. Upon retirement in 1961, his dad bought an interest in an Esso (now ExxonMobil) gas station, and Dave worked there pumping gas during high school and college. He got the chance to meet many Esso managers during this period, which led to his taking a job with Esso following graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1970, where he earned a BS in advertising and mass communications. Dave enjoyed a successful 33 year career with Exxon Mobil in Human Relations and Marketing Management and retired in 2003. The ExxonMobil experience provided him with the organizational and interpersonal skills as well as financial freedom to continue his passion for music and photography. Athletics are also a major part of Dave’s life. He’s a big guy at 6’4” and still in great shape
it soon) and will consist of a hard bound, black and white photo collection of 250-300 music artists with info about each performer. Dave took all of the photos himself during the last ten years. The unique images are of singer/songwriters captured with one or both hands raised during performances. Dave’s support for Rett Syndrome comes from his close friendship with Kevin Black, brother of mega star country singer Clint Black. Kevin’s daughter, Cortney, suffered from Rett Syndrome and passed away at age 16. Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder that affects girls almost exclusively. It is characterized by normal early growth and development followed by a slowing of development, loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, problems with walking, seizures, and intellectual disability. It is relatively rare, but the consequences are tragic to the family.
The world is definitely a better place with Dave Clements in it. His boundless energy combined with a love of photography, music and people contribute to a dynamic lifestyle that treats everyday as special. Clements is focused on giving back to society, making a difference and adding to history.
Dave Clements photographing KISS
Dave also volunteers his photography for other important community projects including Stage Right Productions, Young Texas Artist Competition, New Danville, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, The Montgomery County Women’s Center, the DePelchin Center, Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, and Boys and Girls Country.
Rett Book Cover
and made varsity basketball as a freshman in college. He has run three marathons and is an avid golfer. Dave can be found traversing the Bentwater golf courses several days a week at the 7 a.m. tee time. He also frequently lugs around 40 pounds of photography equipment on assignments. There is not enough space in this article to go into detail describing all of Dave’s projects in the music and freelance photography fields, but listed below are some highlights: • A staff photographer for the Houston Livestock and Rodeo show for several years, his home is adorned with framed and autographed pictures of leading country music performers • Selected to photograph both the Presi-
Dave and Cathi Clements in Africa
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dent of the United States and the Vice President during their visits to Houston Selected to photograph Paul McCartney during his Minute Maid Park concert and George Strait’s last concert at Reliant Stadium A unique opportunity to have a picture he took of Merle Haggard selected to be displayed in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. A staff writer/photographer/reviewer for the Houston Music Review dot com A staff photographer for the AdvoCare Texas Bowl football game played each December at Reliant Stadium Serves as Board Chairman for the Friends of the Flag Foundation, Board member of the Crighton Foundation, member of the Sounds of Texas Music Series Committee
Dave is passionate about his current project to publish a book raising awareness and funds for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF). The book, entitled Raising a Hand is due to be published next year (I’m sure we’ll hear more about
Dave is married to Cathi, a south Texas native, who is active in the community. She enjoys the Fitness Center, practicing Pilates, her Circle women’s group, and in their early years in Bentwater was a women’s 9-holer golf group champion. Cathi often works with Dave on many of his projects. They truly enjoy the Bentwater Life and especially the golf courses. They have three grown children and one grandson.
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General Manager’s Dear Bentwater Property Owner:
American Wisteria is a good alternative to Asian Wisteria.
A mature Mimosa can produce up to 100,000 seeds each year.
The Quiet Invasion
Contributed by Garden Club Historian Nancy Gilpin
Members of the Bentwater Garden Club recently met and sat spellbound as Lisa Gonzalez, Vice President of the Houston Advanced Research Center located in the Woodlands, presented important information that affects everyone in Bentwater – the invasion of harmful plants. We learned that some plants should not be planted in yards and along shores in the HoustonGalveston Region.
lows: high reproductive capability, adaptability to varying conditions, lack of ecological “checks and balances,” and how they will permanently alter the surrounding environment. The Department of Agriculture projects there are 5,000 introduced invasive plant species in the U.S. with an annual $120 billion economic loss. Invasive plants overgrow and encourage destructive insects that ultimately have the capability over time to kill out native plants. Chinese Tallow, Japanese Honeysuckle, Privet (a Ligustrum), Golden Bamboo, Kudzu, Asian Wisteria, Brazilian Pepper, Elephant Ears, Nandina, Mimosa, and Water Hyacinth, are all plants which are presently found in Bentwater.
Gonzales presented examples of the dangers of commonly planted “exotics” which frequently out-compete native species, alter species diversity and food webs, introduce pathogens to our environment, degrade water quality, and potentially change fire regimes. Prior to planting, homeowners need to determine whether they are choosing plants that are invasive or exotic.
Lisa gave the following recommendations on stopping the spread of invasive plants. • Research and choose plants carefully -If you don’t know it, DON’T GROW IT • Plant native species when available • Watch local nursery inventories • Remove “invasives” from your property and water gear • Don’t compost invasive plant material • Don’t move firewood from areas of infestation
Not all exotics are bad. Characteristics of invasive plant species which should be regarded in making those decisions are as fol-
The meeting was held at the Central Library in Conroe. Friends of the Library presented door prizes to members.
The current fiscal year for the Bentwater Property Owners Association will be coming to a close next month. Soon you will be receiving your invoice, with a small needed increase, for the next fiscal period, which is July 1, 2014 thru June 30, 2015. Invoices are mailed out in the late spring and are due on July 1.
Bentwater Property Owners Association has strived to maintain and increase the quality of the community while making the most of every dollar of the assessments you pay. Bentwater is one of the leaders in the country in the collection of association assessments. We want to thank you for your paying on a timely basis. In doing so, you have helped us to maintain a strong financial position through the year. Paying on time saves you money. Your assessment dollars are used to perform the wide variety of provided services and responsibilities of the POA listed below: • Promote and enhance the desirability and attractiveness of Lots, Common Areas and other tracts subject to the recorded restriction. • Performs the duties and obligations as outlined in the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions as well as the Articles of Corporation and By-Laws. • Enforces decisions and rulings of the Association and the Architectural Control Committee as well as the restrictions, covenants, easements and liens as provided in the Declaration. • Provides gate access services. Entrance Gate personnel must remain at the entrance at all times. • Contracts the services of off-duty law enforcement officers to patrol the community. • Owns and maintains all streets inside the subdivision. • Fixes, collects and enforces payment of all charges and assessments. • Provides administrative services: plans and organizes board meetings, works with the board in the performance of their duties, maintains records and files of the association.
• Provides financial services: prepares annual budget, attends to the collection of assessments, payment of bills, preparation and review of monthly financial statements, and administers payroll and the Association’s audit. • Provides physical property services for common areas, inspecting common areas and equipment to verify contractor performance, bidding and negotiation of ongoing contracts as well as major repair, replacement or enhancement projects. • Represents Bentwater as a board member of a number of community organizations such as Lake Conroe Association and Lake Conroe Communities Network. Active on committees of other groups such as Greater Conroe and Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce. • Provides website to all Bentwater property owners, bentwaterpoa.com. • Provides Bentwater property owners with community activities, i.e., Trash & Treasure sale, Community Awareness Day and other events at little or no cost. • Serves on Bentwater committees, i.e. Bentwater Ambassador, Water Conservation Committee, United Way, and others. • Serves on board of directors or committee chair of Lake Conroe Communities Network, Lake Conroe Association, Montgomery County Crime Stoppers, Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, representing Bentwater. • Serves as editor of Bentwater Life magazine, a free publication to all residents. We are fast approaching the new fiscal year. POA assessments will require a modest increase to accommodate needs of the community. The Trustees and Advisory Board recently attended a lengthy budget workshop during which time they reviewed the draft budget line by line, item by item, making changes where they deemed appropriate and a final budget was approved. You have our earnest commitment to continue to provide you with a quality community while stretching every dollar. Best Regards, Dawn Cleboski POA General Manager
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2014 BUW Leadership Committee
Requires current permit from the Country Club and licensed driver
Bentwater’s Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, reads, in part: “The only motorized vehicles allowed on the roads and street easements in the Subdivision shall be golf carts with a current permit issued by the Bentwater Country Club” and further, “Vehicles, regardless of type, may only be operated by individuals holding a current driver’s license valid in the State of Texas.” Any violation of the Rules may result in a sanction by the Association of one or more of the following: A. Warning of a violation. B. Fines charged to the Owner for the violation: C. 1. First violation $100.00 2. Second violation $500.00 3 Each occurrence thereafter $500.00
D. If the Owner continues to violate the Rules after the imposition of the fines as stated above, the Association may then revoke the golf cart permit for up to 60 days or, in the case of continued violations after the initial suspension, permanently prohibit the Owner from using a golf cart on the streets within Bentwater®. The registered owner is responsible for the golf cart, whether or not they are present during reported infractions.
Bentwater’s 2013 United Way Campaign helps thousands in Montgomery County
Bentwater United Way (BUW) reports that its 2013 campaign raised $117,200 and in the year ahead will help thousands of people in need throughout Montgomery County.
Golf– NINE HOLERS
“Through their generosity, residents here have again demonstrated in a significant way that they care about others,” said Mary Miller, co-chair of the 2014 BUW Leadership Committee. “We sincerely thank everyone who pledged and contributed.”
The Pacesetters Contributed by Shirley Quinlan
The Nine Holers Pacesetters recently had their first game at the Walden course. It was a windy start especially for those on the lake side. Everyone was ready for lunch by the time they got back to the club. Lunch was served in the beautiful yacht club. The hot soup was a welcome treat before the salad and fantastic sandwiches. Just when we thought we couldn’t eat another bite we found out that we were having bread pudding and ice cream for dessert.
There was a Bentwater member playing in seven of the eight winning teams. Go Pacesetters! If you have a handicap over 19 and want to have a great time, come join us on Tuesdays. We’re always looking for new members to share the fun. If you don’t have a handicap we’ll work with you to get one. Just ask one of the pros to introduce any one of us to you or call Betsy Moore at 936-597-6703. We play golf for fun and would love to share our good times with you.
Mike Crook, also a Leadership Committee co-chair, pointed out that every dollar contributed in Bentwater stays in Montgomery County to help meet the needs of thousands of local people. “And, our 2014 Bentwater campaign starting later this year,” Crook added, “will continue to focus on building blocks for a better life: Education, Income and Health.” Bentwater’s contributions, combined with Montgomery County United Way funds, will help throughout the county in many ways, Miller and Crook pointed out. For example: • 3,277 residents will get a hand up to meet basic needs.
• 14,991 children will develop leadership skills through mentoring. • 4,939 seniors can depend on a hot meal and transportation. • 2,894 children will attend safe and affordable after-school programs. • 1,185 intellectually and developmentally challenged adults will learn basic life skills to help sustain their independence. • 3,068 children and families can begin to heal after being victimized. • 506 residents will stand up to substance abuse and mental health challenges. • 1,500 students can confidently start the school year with the supplies they need. In another successful BUW effort in 2013, the Days of Caring coat drive, under the direction of Bentwater resident Miriam Hemmeline, collected 269 new or “gently used” coats, jackets and sweaters in December. Bentwater’s total was the largest community response across Montgomery County. Counselors in six county school districts distributed the items to kids from kindergarten through high school, helping keep 947 less fortunate students warm during the record-breaking winter cold.
Bentwater residents didn’t hesitate when
they learned of a way to give back and help
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Bentwater kitchen staff volunteered their time without pay in order for all of the ticket sales to go to the Hope for Holly fund.
Ann and Steve South, Bentwater residents who are bigger than life singers and entertainers. They are both magnificent! What perfomances!
Getting seated for the big event…
Country Club General Manager John Stebbins enjoyed the event with Connie Chuismano, Trina Almas and Katie Scroggins
Pam Brogna and Jackie Williams
a family member in need.
Allen Haight and his band - Big Al, a Gal and Them Others – tuned up their guitars, warmed up their voices and brought the crowd to its feet at the Yacht Club to help raise money for Holly Gilstrap, daughter of Toni Steck, a long term employee of the Country Club. In December of 2012, Holly, age 29, and mother of three children, suffered a massive stroke and was placed in the Intensive Care Unit of Conroe Regional Medical Center. After numerous tests it was concluded that the stroke was the result of arterial blockage to a portion of her brain stem. More testing showed that her brain wasn't dead, only very "sick" and the family was told she would likely never be able to come off of life support. After three days, a nurse realized Holly could understand her commands and could blink her eyes. It was at this point her diagnosis changed to what is called “Locked in Syndrome”. On its own, Holly’s brain is fully functional. She is just as intelligent, loving and capable of comprehending as she was before the stroke. Unfortunately, the stroke has left Holly incapable of speaking or moving any part of her body, except her head and eyes.
Chef Ed Big Al Haight, creator of the event, enthusiastic, talented, and a big hearted showman
The fun filled night of music made everyone smile.
L to R: These folks belong at the Grand Ole Opry or Broadway or both! Bob Chiste, Ann South, Jim Jones, Luke Menefee, Al Haight, Jerry Sears. Not pictured are Steve South and Paul Rabuck.
She and her husband, Chris, and family continue to hope for and work towards total healing and restoration. She is already a miracle for having survived the stroke. As she has communicated before when she spelled to her parents, “I will succeed.” Hope for Holly was a two-night event. Her family will be able to use the money to help offset mounting medical bills. Donations may be made at the Bentwater Country Club.
Toni and Gary Steck with their daughter Holly and a friend
Bentwater residents were happy to show up and help. Art and Janet Jansen, Russ and Joanie Gilbert
Al and Ann Franklin
Turner Long, son of Bentwater CC Controller Jimmy Long, is visiting from California and was more than happy to join his dad in serving the crowd at the event. His friend Josh also volunteered his time to help.
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HOPE FOR HOLLY CONTINUES If you did not make it to the concert at Bentwater Yacht Club benefiting Holly Gilstrap, consider enjoying some frozen yogurt at Chiller Bee in Conroe or in Montgomery.
Tom spent many years working on roads in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Chiller Bee Frozen Yogurt is offering 30 percent of its sales on Saturday, May 10, to the fund benefiting Holly. Please note: You have to tell the cashier that you are buying the yogurt to support Holly Gilstrap in order for your purchase to go toward the donation from Chiller Bee. Chiller Bee is located in Conroe on the 1-45 North Feeder and Hwy. 3083 in front of Kohl’s. The Montgomery location is on 105 between Old River Road and Walden Road, on the eastbound side. Please stop by and enjoy a sweet treat with your family… and know you are helping Holly’s. The Collins’ beautiful children, Thomas, age 5, and Henry, age 3
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Collins spent the last three years as a contract worker, in the position of Employee Assistant Manager, with the responsibilities of delivering Red Cross messages to troops, counseling those with post trauma and mental health issues, and escorting physically wounded or mentally disabled people home. “When bombs went off inside military bases, he flew in to counsel the workers,” said Tom’s wife, Jennifer. “He’s probably the best combat stress counselor on this great earth.” Tom and Jennifer met in Iraq where they both worked a variety of contract jobs. Tom worked his way up the career ladder, using his Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology. Although proud of his success and career, Jennifer is thankful he is now home. Join us in thanking Tom for all of his hard work supporting our military. Welcome home!
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Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador has helped out NSRW in many ways and was presented with an honorary life associate membership and certificate of appreciation during the meeting as an acknowledgement of his efforts.
Several NSRW members worked at various precincts during the Republican Primary Election on March 4, serving as election judges and clerks, or campaigning for candidates. At Bentwater’s Precinct 72 election, held at Bentwater Yacht Club, workers included Precinct Judge Ann Kate, and clerks Bob Smith, Fred Kate, Sharon O’Neil, Denise Baker, Diane Ragsdale, Pauline Tauer, Thelma Miller, Sherrie Waggoner, Leona Frank and Gail McKinnon. It was a long day, with several of the workers staying or returning for the precinct convention after the polls closed. Delegates to the senatorial convention on March 22 were elected at that time.
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NSRW won’t be meeting in July and August, but check the website www.nsrepublicanwomen.org for information about the June meeting.
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One of the most experienced and respected specialist doctors has moved his practice from The Woodlands to the Lake Conroe area and is expanding what he can offer! Dr. Tom Stark is a Board Certified Ear Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) physician and surgeon who has been practicing in Montgomery County since 1988. during this time he has received numerous commendations for his excellence in medical care. He actually listens to each of his patients, and personally works with each patient and family to come up with an individualized treatment plan. Dr. Stark completed a Fellowship in Allergy from The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy in 1989. He provides state of the art allergy testing and can provide allergy desensitization therapy with either traditional shots or at home self-administered drops under the tongue. He has expanded his "Hearing Health" department to offer the absolute top quality hearing improvement instruments. Gone are the days of bulky squealing devices that just magnify background noise. Dr. Tom Stark is a native Texan who tries his best to be an old-fashioned doctor that has kept up with the modern world.
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LCCN – LAKE CONROE COMMUNITIES NETWORK Lake Conroe Communities Network is hosting two educational forums in May. LCCN welcomes Mark Castleschouldt, Chief Appraiser for the Montgomery County Central Appraisal District, to the Walden Yacht Club on Thursday, May 1.
Castleschouldt will discuss with guests the procedures to appeal your property taxes. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The deadline for protesting your taxes in Montgomery County is May 31, 2014. On Tuesday, May 10, LCCN will host a Run-off Forum with the remaining candidates in the race for Montgomery County Judge and State Representative, District 16. Candidates in the runoff election for Montgomery County Judge are Mark Bosma and Craig Doyal. Republican Primary Runoff candidates for State Rep., District 16 are Will Metcalf and Ted Seago. This event will also take place at the Walden Yacht Club and is open to the public. It starts at 7 p.m. The Primary Runoff Election is Tuesday, May 27. LCCN has also launched a new website, providing up to date info on the water level of Lake Conroe. It also allows communities and businesses to complete the membership process online. Visit the website at lakeconroecn.com.
Bentwater Marina has a lot to offer residents this month. • Friday, May 9 - The Marina is hosting a wine tasting from 5:30 – 7 pm in the Harborview Room. • Saturday, May 31 – Join neighbors for a kayaking excursion leaving the Marina at 9 am. With summer almost upon us, the Marina is in full swing, offering boat maintenance and service to its members.
Here are a few of the services available: • Boat cleaning • Oil Change • “Summerizing” your watercraft • Battery Sales • Gel Coat restoration – a new service this year! For more details on the upcoming events or services, contact the Bentwater Yacht Club at 936.597.2557.
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As residents of Bentwater, we are all pretty good at keeping an eye on our surroundings in the daylight hours. If we are out taking a morning walk and a car speeds past us, we notice it. If we are heading to the grocery store in the afternoon and an unfamiliar car is outside our neighbor’s home, it stands out like a sore thumb. But what about in the night time hours; whose watching for unusual activities after dark? The answer should be… all of us. Don’t worry, no one expects you to stay up around the clock, on the look out for crime. But, if you happen to wake up to go to the bathroom or to get a drink of water, that’s the perfect time to be the Eyes of Bentwater. Go to your front door or a front window and look outside and see if everything looks okay. Hopefully all will be quiet and still. However, if you see someone slowly walking down the street or lurking around, or if you see a golf cart or
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If something doesn’t appear ‘right,’ it usually isn’t. You should report the situation immediately. You can contact law enforcement at 911 or by calling the Montgomery County Sheriff ’s Office Non-Emergency line at 936.760.5800. Although some suspicious activity could have an innocent explanation, law enforcement would rather investigate the situation than be called when it is too late to prevent a crime. Your call may save a life, prevent an injury or stop a criminal act. If each of us will commit to simply peeking out the window when we get up in the middle of the night, it could make a huge difference in our sense of security in Bentwater. Thanks for your help in keeping Bentwater safe.
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It’s Time Again!
Contributed by Terry Bowie and Blair Smith
Some things never change. Death and taxes are certainly two of those things. No sense in being morbid when everything around us is bursting with new life, so let’s forget death and talk taxes. Plus, there’s not much you can do about death anyway, but there is definitely something you can do about taxes.
The Montgomery County Central Appraisal District (MCAD) is currently hard at work establishing appraisal valuations for this year’s assessment. Between January 1st and late April each year, MCAD establishes the value of your property as of January 1st. This value is used to determine your property taxes for the current year. If your appraised value has changed from last year, you will receive an appraised value notice from MCAD in late April/early May. If you do not agree with the appraisal you should file a Notice of Protest prior to this year’s deadline of June 2nd. (Note: Even if you do not receive a notice, meaning your appraisal has not changed, you can still protest.) During May, and usually extending through July, the Appraisal Review Board (ARB) will begin hearing protests from property owners who have protested. The role of the ARB is to settle disagreements between the property owner and MCAD regarding the property’s taxability and value. ARB members are private citizens appointed by MCAD’s Board of Directors. Prior to the ARB hearing an MCAD appraiser will review your protest with you. If resolution is not reached, a hearing with the ARB is scheduled, normally that same day, where both you and an MCAD representative present evidence supporting your respective opinions of value. The ARB then presents their decision of value. If you still don’t agree, one of two options remains: binding arbitration or law suit in District Court. As a reminder, the property tax is the largest funding source for local taxes in Texas. We do not have a state income tax. Property taxes help pay for public schools, streets and roads, police and fire protection, and many other services. They are local taxes. Local taxing entities set tax rates. For us these entities are: • Montgomery Independent School District • MUD #18 • County of Montgomery
• Hospital District • Emergency Services District #2 Pertinent facts in a nutshell: • The local taxing entities appoint the MCAD Board of Directors and fund MCAD according to a tax-based formula. • MCAD’s Board of Directors hires the Chief Appraiser. • MCAD, administered by the Chief Appraiser, sets the value of you property each year. • MCAD’s Board of Directors also appoints citizens to serve as ARB members. • The ARB settles disagreements between you and MCAD regarding your property’s taxability and value. • In August and September property tax rates are set according to the taxing entities’ budgets. (Note: Some taxing entities have access to other revenue sources such as a local sales tax. School districts rely on the local property tax in addition to state and federal funds.) • The tax roll is created when these tax rates are applied to appraised values, (i.e., rate per $100 of appraised value. • Tax bills are sent to property owners around October 1st. Taxpayers have until January 1st of the following year to pay taxes. So it behooves all property owners to get involved in the appraisal process, either directly or indirectly. If for any reason you do not desire to handle the appraisal process personally, state law and MCAD procedures provide for the utilization of agents to handle the protest for you Blair Smith and Terry Bowie have again teamed up to provide Bentwater property owners with extensive experience throughout the entire dispute representation process at MCAD. Interested parties may contact Blair and Terry at (936) 449-5773 or Cell (713) 569-2114.
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Bentwater artist Bob Shepherd and the men of Fire Station #55
After the final night of the show, Shepherd decided to donate the painting to Fire Station #55 in Montgomery.
Bentwater artist Bob Shepherd recently created a beautiful work of art for the Conroe Art League’s Object d’Art Show.
The men were honored to accept the gift, stating it brings a ray of happiness to the station’s empty walls.
He titled his painting of a fireman, “Come on Men.”
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Residents showed up with more than three dozen old televisions.
The Bentwater Civic Association recently teamed up with the Marina to host an Auto Waste and Electronic Recycling Event. The event was a huge success again this year. Volunteers collected 41 televisions, 28 gallons of oil, 32 batteries and a U-Haul full of electronic equipment. Way to go Bentwater!
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A group of Bentwater residents enjoyed an evening of good food and friends at Cozy Grape Wine Bar and Bistro in Montgomery. The initial idea of a unique wine bar was dreamed up by Efrain Lucas and Tom Cronin. The two now own the comfortable, unpretentious place where you can relax with a date, friends, family or business associates. The cozy, intimate atmosphere allows guests to sit back and relax with a good bottle of wine or craft beer, appetizers, food and conversation.
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The menu offers a wide assortment of appetizers, soups, fresh salads, grilled seafood, pasta, burgers and more. â€œCozy Grape had a relaxing atmosphere, great staff and a very nice wine selection,â€? said resident Geri Beiriger. Bentwater friends enjoyed the food and conversation and are likely planning a trip back to Cozy Grape Wine Bar.
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Apply through: www.Shsu.edu and click on MY SAM - on the student tab, under financial aid, select ScholarX. Note that you are applying for a Bentwater scholarship.
Additional donations may be made at any time: o Checks made to SHSU; memo line “Bentwater Scholarship” o Mail to: Sam Houston State University P.O. Box 2537 Huntsville, Texas 77341-2537
Sunset in Bentwater When the sun goes down in Bentwater, we may not get to appreciate the full beauty of our community; but when it goes down like this… it’s simply breathtaking. This is a recent sunset captured on the Benthaven Island Bridge. This is the Life!
STOP SIGNS Not just for decorations
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For Bentwater Employees and their Families The Bentwater Scholarship Endowment Fund, established with a generous $100,000 anonymous seed donation, is for the benefit of Bentwater employees and/or dependents established with Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and Lone Star College System (LSCS) on behalf of Bentwater Property Owners.
Ruby Jeanette Schroeder passed away peacefully on March 22, 2014. She was born in Shiro, Texas on September 21, 1929 to Foster and Eloise Thomas. She lived in Pasadena, Texas for 48 years before moving to Bentwater 12 years ago. Jeanette is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bobby Schroeder; her sons Russell, Ricky and Ronnie; daughters-in-law, Jackie, Pam and Gayle; grandsons, Scott, Tyler, James, Davis, Garrett, Grant and Mark, and a great granddaughter Paisley. Her nickname was “Mimi.” Mimi was a wonderful wife, giving mother and grandmother and loved her family with all of her heart. She shared her life with so many close friends and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
ABOUT OTHERS A Safe Driving Movement
We have recently received phone calls from residents who are concerned that many of their neighbors and guests in the community are not stopping at our stop signs.
By now we hope you have joined our new, safe driving movement: Think About Others.
The biggest problem, we are told, is at the intersection of Somerton Drive and Bentwater Drive – the first stop sign you come to when you enter the Main Gate.
If you haven’t, it’s easy to do. All you need to do is tape a notecard to your dash board that simply reads: THINK ABOUT OTHERS!
Please remember to come to a complete stop there and at each stop sign in the community. It is for your protection and the safety of others.
Every time you look at it you will be reminded that driving a vehicle comes with more responsibility than just keeping yourself safe. When you see the note, you will remember that there are many others in the community whose lives could be affected when you don’t drive safely. These notecards are available at the POA office.
And keep in mind, on Bentwater Drive, the speed limit is 35 miles per hour, but it is 25 miles per hour throughout the remainder of the neighborhood. Drive safely and don’t for get to STOP.
Remember, the speed limit on the interior streets of Bentwater is 25 mph, and the speed limit on Bentwater Drive and Bentwood Drive is 35 mph. Focus on your driving.
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Trash Bash 2014 was a huge success when residents gathered together, rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Participants showed up at the Yacht Club for coffee and breakfast before walking the Bentwater shoreline and removing debris. The event allowed residents to give back to the environment and support the beauty of nature that we are surrounded by here at Bentwater. Job well done!
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WITHOUT Partners(WOPS) A new group in Bentwater
Bentwater is known for offering amazing opportunities for residents to meet others with common interests. Whether it’s with a golf or tennis group, through a love for antique shopping or gardening, there is something for everyone. While there are already several Wineaux groups in Bentwater, allowing people to host wine tastings in their homes, another Wineaux group has formed. It’s called WOPS, or Without Partners.
L to R: Front row: Lou Dycus, Ellen Hart, Kathy Barth, Shirley Quinlan, Patricia Rashke, Dick Ramsey Rear Row: Bart Hartman, Pam Neuhaus, Dick Drewelow, Carolyn Conley, Marian Williams, Ellen Hart, Judie Kripple, Don McCracken, Janice Slaughter.
When a group of ladies realized that there are several widows, widowers and singles living in Bentwater, they decided to band together and form a new group for wine enthusiasts. This group has found a lot of friends. Pictured are about two thirds at a recent party. Anyone wanting to know more about joining WOPS may contact Shirley Quinlan at email@example.com. She will be more than happy to let you know about the next tasting event.
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You are invited to share a photo and/or story of someone in your family or a Bentwater neighbor that is an active member of the armed forces. Be sure to include: Name Rank Branch of Service Mailing Address, if possible (Many neighbors would like to send cards and letters, not to mention cookies.)
Thank you for joining us in paying tribute to active military personnel who are Bentwater property owners or their families, whether they be spouses, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins or other family members. We hope this tribute column in BENTWATER LIFE will be a heart-warming experience for everyone and your chance to express your personal gratitude to America’s finest! Please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Every morning we awake to freedom. Know that it is because our military continues to stand on the front lines, not just at borders of our own soil, but also on the soil of weaker nations, helping to extend and strengthen the freedom around the world. If you are a veteran, or know of a veteran who lives in Bentwater, whose name has not been listed in Bentwater Life, please let us know. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. If you are a current or former member of our military, we would like to add you to our register. Contact: email@example.com or 936-597-5532.
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April 27th 8:30am-3:00pm Calling all Porsche’s Lone Star Region Porsche Club event at the Houston Police Academy we will be providing lunch and the cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Call 936.520.8594 or visit www.lsrpca.com for questions on how to register May 1 Thursday -Enjoy First Thursday Free Concert Series with Del Castillo and Paul Ramirez at 7 pm at Heritage Place in Conroe. Invite your friends and bring the family to relax and enjoy the music. Admission is free and coolers are allowed. No glass containers permitted. Call 936.522.3900 for more details. May 1 Thursday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Celebration of Stanton Welch – the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Stanton Welch as the artistic director of Houston Ballet. The program features work Welch has choreographed for Houston Ballet and works he has commissioned from other choreographers to showcase Houston Ballet’s dancers. Visit woodlandscenter.org for more details. May 2 – 4 Come to the Greatest Car Show in Texas at La
May 2 Friday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Best of Beethoven by the Houston Symphony. Show time is 8 pm. Mezzanine and lawn seats are free; Orchestra seats are $15. For more info, visit woodlandscenter.org. May 2 Friday -BENTWATER Karaoke Night at the Yacht Club - 6 pm May 2 Friday -La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe – 2-6 pm – Tee it up at the Concours d’Elegance Charity Golf Classic - Gullo Toyota - www.concoursofTexas.org Concours de Elegance Preview and Cocktail Reception - 7pm- – 9pm - The most prized nationally televised auction of exotic and classic cars in the country. - $30/person May 2-3-4 Friday Through Sunday La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe – 9am daily - Concours d’Elegance – Preview one of the country’s most prized collections of exotic and classic vehicles, many of them celebrity owned. Watch the nationally televised auction. www.concoursofTexas.org Montgomery Antiques Festival – In historic downtown Montgomery, Free event. May 2 – 4 Friday – Sunday -Stage Right presents Driving Miss Daisy, the story about a stubborn, elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Wethan, and her compassionate chauffeur, Hoke Colburn. This is a Pulitzer Prize-winning timeless American play that you don’t want to miss! Stage Right operates out of the Crighton Theatre in Conroe. For ticket information,
visit stage-right.org. May 2 – 4 Friday – Sunday -Don’t miss the Crawfish Festival in Old Town Spring. Enjoy live music including Charlie Daniels Band, Kevin Fowler and Los Lonely Boys. Tickets are $13 online and $15 at the gate. Children under 12 get in free. Visit texascrawfishfestival.com for more details. May 2 – 4 Friday – Sunday -Houston Astros take on the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Friday’s game starts at 7:10 pm; Saturday’s game is at 3:10 pm and Sunday’s game starts at 1:10 pm. For ticket prices, visit astros. tickets-center.com. May 3 Saturday -Don’t miss the 2014 Spring Fine Arts Show on Market Street, The Woodlands. The event runs from 10 am to 7 pm. Families are invited to shop for original, great buys and enjoy live music and entertainment. There will be art demonstrations and art activities for everyone. Admission is free and open to the public. If it rains, the show will be moved to May 10. For more information, call 281.419.4774.
May Bentwater Life Dance Company’s interpretation of Sleeping Beauty. Show times are at 2 pm and 6 pm; tickets start at $26.50. To purchase tickets, visit hobby.centerhouston.net. MAY 3 Saturday -BENTWATER Cinco De Mayo Inter-Club Tennis Tournament at April Sound - 9 am Birthday Night at the Country Club – 5 to 9pm MAY 3 Saturday La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe- 6:30 pm. Poolside /Lakeside at the Water Park. Live music and dancing – Cowboys and Cars - Benefiting three charities – Gullo Toyota Sponsor – $100/person -BENTWATER Ladies’ Weekly Golf Clinics Begin at the Bentwater Practice Facility 9 am May 4 Sunday -Houston Symphonic Band is proud to present Fantasia! at Hobby Center, Houston. As part of Hobby Center’s guest artist series, Dr. Scott Plugge, professor of saxophone at SHSU, will be featured in the jaw dropping performance. Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 2 pm. To purchase tickets, visit hobby.centerhouston.net.
May 3 Saturday -Homeless Service Center of Montgomery County is hosting its 4th annual fundraising event - a live broadcast of the Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby at Belle Rose Maison in Conroe. The event will begin at 4:30 pm and include a silent and live auction, exquisite food, delightful entertainment and more. To register and find out more about the Homeless Service Center Kentucky Derby, visit www. homelessservicecenter.org.
May 6 Tuesday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band in concert. Tickets start at $57.00. For more information, visit woodlandscenter.org.
May 3 Saturday -Hobby Center, Houston, presents Uptown
May 8 Thursday -BENTWATER Game Night at the Country
May 6 - 16 Starting Tuesday -Hobby Center, Houston presents Evita at Sarofim Hall. Show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $24, show times vary. For more info, visit hobby.centerhouston.net.
Club: Bridge and Canasta - 6 pm May 8 Thursday Tastefest Conroe.org May 8-10. Annual Book Sale and Silent Auction at the Charles B. Stewart – West Branch Library, 202 Bessie Owen Price Drive in Montgomery. Proceeds benefit library programs! May 9 Friday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Carmen. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating and lawn seats are FREE courtesy of The Wortham Foundation. Show time is 8 pm. For more information, visit woodlandscenter.org. May 9 Friday -Join the American Heart Association for the 2014 Montgomery County Go Red for Women Luncheon to learn more about the fight against heart disease. This fundraiser will benefit heart disease research, education and awareness for the nation’s number one health threat, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. Individual tickets are $100. For more information, contact Brooke Schmitt at 713.610.5058. May 9 Friday -Visit the Conroe Art Gallery for a new exhibit reception from 5 – 8 pm. Wine and appetizers will be served. Meet and mingle with the artists. Admission is free. Call 936.756.9572 for more details. May 9 Friday -BENTWATE R Titleist Fitting and Demo Day at the Bentwater Practice Facility - 9 am to 1 pm Wine Tasting in the Yacht Club’s Harborview Room - 5:30 to 7 pm
MAY 9-18 Friday through Sunday -BENTWATER Mother’s Day Special in the day Spa May 10 Saturday -BENTWATER Head Racquet Demo Day at the Racquet Club - 1 pm May 10 Saturday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Lady Antebellum with Billy Currington and David Nail in concert. Gates open at 6 pm. For ticket information, visit thewoodlandscenter.org. May 10 Saturday -Crighton Theatre presents Delbert McClinton in concert. For ticket prices and show time, visit crightontheatre.org. May 11 Sunday -BEN TWATER Mother’s Day Brunch at the Yacht Club - 10 am to 2 pm May 12 Monday -BENTWATER Barracuda Swim Practice Begins at the Country Club Pool May 12 – 14 Monday – Wednesday -Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park. Each game begins at 7:10 pm. For ticket prices, visit astros. tickets-center.com. May 16 Friday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Dave Matthews Band in concert. Lawn seats are $40.50 and reserved seating starts at $75. Show begins at 7 pm. For more information, visit woodlandscenter.org.
May 16 Friday -Find out first hand the impact blues has had on popular music of the 20th Century and beyond by attending Mostly Blues at Hobby Center, Houston. The production will showcase blues’ origins in post-Civil War America. For ticket prices and show times, visit hobby.centerhouston.net.
May 16 – 18 Friday – Sunday -Houston Astros take on the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park. Friday’s game begins at 7:10 pm, Saturday’s game starts at 3:10 and Sunday’s game is at 1:10 pm. For ticket prices, visit astros.tickets-center.com.
May 16 Friday -BENTWATER Wine Dinner at the Yacht Club - 6:30 pm
May 17 Saturday -Memorial Hermann’s IRONMAN Texas will start with a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Woodlands, followed by the 112 mile bike course and end with a 26.2 mile run. Stop by Waterway Avenue to see IRONMAN participants run through the finish line.
May 16-17 Friday and Saturday -BENTWATER Men’s Club Championship Golf Tournament on Both Courses
May 17 Saturday -BENTWATER Birthday Night at the Country Club - 5 to 9 pm
May 16 – 17 Friday and Saturday -Owen Theatre presents Gypsy – the amazing story behind an aggressive stage mother in the 1920s, when burlesque was up and coming. Gypsy is a gripping story about the most frightening aspects that show business has to offer. Call 936.539.4090 for ticket information.
May 18 Sunday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Styx with Foreigner in concert. Gates open at 6 pm and show starts at 7 pm. Tickets start at $20. For more information, visit woodlandscenter.org.
May 18 Sunday -Don’t miss Dancing in the Woods at Dosey Doe to benefit The Montgomery County Food Bank. Adley Stump, a former contestant on The Voice, is traveling from Nashville to perform at this special event. Event starts at 5:30 pm. For more information, visit doseydoe.com. May 23 Friday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Journey and Steve Miller Band in concert. Show starts at 6:45 pm, gates open at 5:45 pm. Tickets range from $38.50 - $145. For more information, visit the woodlandscenter.org. May 22 Thursday -BENTWATER Game Night at the Country Club: Bridge and Canasta - 6 pm May 23 Friday -BENTWATER Rockin Ribs at the Yacht Club - 6 to 9 pm May 24 Saturday -BENTWATER Golf Academy’s Day with the Pros at the Bentwater Practice Facility - 9 am
May Bentwater Life May 25 Sunday -BENTWATER Mini-Triathlon from the Marina - 8 am Jazz on the Lake at the Yacht Club Pool Deck - 6 to 9 pm May 26 Monday -BENTWATER Memorial Day Pool Party at the Country Club Pool - 12 pm May 27 – June 1 Tuesday – Sunday -Gexa Energy Broadway presents War Horse at Hobby Center, Houston. This is a heartwarming tale of loyalty and friendship and the winner of five 2011 Tony Awards. For ticket information, visit hobby.centerhouston.net. May 29 Thursday -Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band take over the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, presented by Landshark and Margaritaville Tequilla. Tickets range from $46 - $136. Show time is at 8 pm. May 29-31 Thursday through Saturday -BENTWATER LGA Invitational on the Weiskopf Course - 9 am Shotgun May 29 – June 1 Thursday - Sunday -Houston Astros take on the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park. Games on Thursday and Friday start at 8:10 pm; Saturday’s game begins at 4:10 pm. For ticket prices, visit astros.tickets-center.com. May 31 Saturday -Crighton Theatre presents Mark Chesnutt in concert at 7:30 pm. Mark has four platinum albums, five gold albums, 14 # 1 singles and 23 Top 10 singles. Tickets are $43 each. Visit crightontheatre.org for more info.
May 31 Saturday -BENTWATER Kayaking Excursion from the Marina - 9 am Birthday Night at the Country Club - 5 to 9 pm May 31 – June 1 Saturday and Sunday -Houston Gun Collectors and Antiques Show takes over Reliant Center, Houston. The event runs from 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 – 17 years old; children under 12 get in free. For more info, visit reliantpark.com.
Upcoming in June June Sunday -Stop by Reliant Center for the Houston Wedding Showcase from 10 am – 5 pm. Discover new ideas, see the latest trends and visit with local professionals who can make your wedding the event of the year. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit reliantpark.com. June 1 Sunday -The Woodlands Car Club: Cars and Coffee for a Cause event happens the first Sunday of each month in Market Street at 9 a.m. Car enthusiasts can put their vehicle up for display or simply tour the other amazing cars. The event benefits four non-profit organizations. For more information, call 281.363.2977. June 2 – 8 Starting Monday -Stop by The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center for the 10th Annual Wine and Food Week for the largest epicurean and wine adventure from Aspen to New Orleans. Don’t miss the live chef demonstrations, a wine walk, wine seminars, wine tastings and more. For ticket info and a complete lineup, visit wineandfoodweek.com.
June 3 – 5 Tuesday – Thursday -Houston Astros take on the LA Angels at Minute Maid Park. Games on Tuesday and Wednesday start at 8:10 pm, Thursday’s game begins at 7:10 pm. June Thursday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Backstreet Boys with Avril Lavigne in concert. Tickets range from $22 - $150. Show time is 7:30 pm. For more info, visit woodlandscenter.org. June 5 Thursday -The City of Conroe presents First Thursday Free Concert Series with Johnny Lee and John Slaughter, from 7 – 9 pm at Heritage Place. Bring the family and all of your friends. For more info, call 936.522.3900. June 6 Friday -Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents A Symphonic Journey starting at 8 p.m. Mezzanine and lawn seats are free; Orchestra seats are $15 each. Visit woodlandscenter.org for more information. June 6 Friday -The Friendship Center announces a new dementia support group that meets the first Friday of every month at 10 am. The Friendship Center is located at 1202 Callahan Ave. For more information, call Michelle Williams at 936.756.8345. June 13 – 29 Starting Friday -Theatre Under the Stars presents The Little Mermaid at Hobby Center, Houston; so dive on in! Tickets start at $24. Visit hobby. centerhouston.net for more info.
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