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FEBRUARY 2019 PUBLISHER

Peggy Garner | peggy.garner@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

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Curating Creativity HOUSTON IS HOME TO A LARGE AND DIVERSE ARTS AND THEATER COMMUNITY THAT IS WELL-KNOWN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. In fact, Houston’s

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Melissa Lauren, Peggy Garner CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Randy Delpilar, Paul Chavira, Jason Snow, Cypress Photo Camper

eight performing arts organizations have more than 12,000 seats and the city is second only to New York City for more seats, in one geographic area. Houston also has a full complement of art museums and critically acclaimed galleries, including the museum district, which is one of the largest campuses in the country. What you may not know is that Cypress, our corner of the metroplex, is home to many talented artists and makers, including the community of artists at the Purple Elephant who offer unique, amazing works of art in different mediums and host classes for those who want to learn. You’ll read more about these artists in this issue. I’m also very excited to introduce you to other artists in our community. Grant Manier is an amazing young man who uses what others might throw away to create unique three-dimensional pieces of art that are also available in prints. Alfredo Montenegro, originally

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2019

FEATURES 14 Success is Always in Reach Reach Unlimited Helps People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Reach Their Potential

18 Arts + Makers Meet Talented Artists, Musicians and Makers in Our Community

24 Discover an Art Oasis at the Purple Elephant The Venue is Home to a Community of Passionate and Amazing Artists

28 Happy Campers and Big Smiles Cypress Photo Camper Offers

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

8

Good Times

12

Around Town

14

Giving Back

28 Driver’s Notebook 30 Culinary Creations 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Local’s Choice


GOOD TIMES

TVFFRF Annual Parade of Lights The 21st Texas Volunteer Firefighter Relief Fund Parade of Lights thrilled spectators with 75 floats and vehicles on Dec. 9 and reminds us what amazing first responders we have working in our community. Hot chocolate and treats were enjoyed at the end of the parade at Cy-Falls High School where Santa and the Grinch made an appearance.

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GOOD TIMES

Highlands Residential Mortage Open House Highlands Residential Mortgage welcomed the Cypress community to an open house at its new location on Queenston just east of Barker Cypress. Festivities included a cake walk, chili from LT Sports Bar & Grill, wine bottle face painting by ABC, German beer from Klaus Brewery and tunes from DJ XYZ.

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AROUND TOWN

SHIELD BEARER'S RUNNING FOR HEARTS 5K FAMILY FUN RUN The Shield Bearer Running for Hearts 5K Family Fun Run and Walk will take place on March 30, from 7-11 a.m., at Windwood Church, 10555 Spring Cypress Road. This family-friendly event features a 5K timed trail-style run, as well as a 1-mile family walk, games for the kids, T-shirts, food, prizes and lots of fun for all ages. Proceeds for the event will fund services and programs at Shield Bearer. Race registration is $25 for adults (ages 14 and up) and $10 for children before March 15. Registration, sponsorship, vendor, fundraising and volunteer information is available at ShieldBearer.org/5K.

BRIDGELAND STUDENTS EARN ‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD’ AT CANSTRUCTION 2018

CYPRESS HISTORICAL SOCIETY HANDS ON HISTORY CAMP Hosted by Cypress Top Historic Park and

Bridgeland High School architecture students

Kleb Woods Nature Center/Heritage Farm, the

once again teamed up with VLK Architects to par-

Hands on History Camp is for children grades 4

ticipate in the CANstruction competition Nov. 3 at

through 6. Children will learn about Cypress his-

CityCentre, with the team earning the “People’s

tory through exploring early crafts, learning black-

Choice Award” for the second year in a row.

smithing, digging and exploring artifacts, interview-

Canstruction is an international nonprofit

ing local seniors, creating family trees, interpreting

organization aimed at providing canned goods

photos, and creating museum models and exhibits.

to local food banks by hosting competitions

The camp takes place in March and is free with a

where teams consisting of architects, engi-

$25 Cypress Historical Society family membership.

neers, contractors and student mentees design

Register at CypressHistoricalSociety.com.

and build large structures made of cans. After the competitions, the food is then donated to local food banks.

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WINE FAIR CY-FAIR Don’t miss Cy-Fair’s largest signature annual wine and food festival at Cypress Village Station on Saturday, March 30 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.!

The Cy-Fair Kiwanis Club will hold its annual

Enjoy 35-plus wine tasting tables, craft beer

fundraiser at Topgolf, 1030 Memorial Brook

selections in the Beer Garden, 35-plus food tast-

Blvd., on March 13 from 12-3 p.m. The Kiwanis

ing stations provided by Cy-Fair-area restaurants

Club is a group of community leaders who work

and lively music playing on the Bridgeland Live

with 17 CFISD high school Key Clubs and six

Music Stage. You can also visit local Cy-Fair busi-

middle school High Builder’s Clubs encour-

nesses and artisan vendors. The event supports

aging them to be leaders in their schools and

REACH Unlimited, Inc. through ticket sales and a

in their community. They also support com-

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GIVING BACK

Success is Always in Reach

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REACH UNLIMITED HELPS PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES REACH THEIR POTENTIAL

ARTICLE MELISSA LAUREN | PHOTOGRAPHY TOMFINK.COM

REACH UNLIMITED IS DEDICATED TO PROVIDING QUALITY SUPPORT SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. The organization has served individuals as young as 12 and as old as 75. For more than 30 years, Reach has worked to create a sustainable, secure environment where its clients may become all they are created to be—a place where success is always within reach. Programs include home- and community-based services and individualized services for people living in their family’s home, their own homes or other community settings. Reach Unlimited also offers intermediate care facilities (ICF/IDD group homes) in northwest Harris County from Tomball to Spring Branch. The Supported Employment Learning Activity Center guides Reach clients on the path toward  employment when they train for and accept a new job. Everyone wins as a result of this valuable program—the client, the employer, the family and the community.  Opened in 2005, the LAC helps every individual achieve their personal goals. Whether it is helping organize parent support groups or helping Reach clients and their families network and partner with other organizations, the mission at Reach Unlimited is to help all of its program members succeed. One such program that achieves this goal is the Enterprise program. The Enterprise program at the Reach Learning Activity Center provides in-house opportunities for clients to earn a paycheck. Through the Enterprise program, Reach clients  learn the craft of fused glass artwork. They become expert artisans and learn firsthand how to make the colorful creations in the organization’s on-site glass studio, which includes three kilns. They make everything from sun catchers and tableware to tabletops. They also sell notecards featuring handmade glass ornaments. Colorful fused glass works reflect the light in an exquisite way for the benefit of the viewer. What’s more, the glass production process benefits Reach clients in that it teaches them a skill. The Enterprise program gives participants the gift of taking pride in a job, often giving them their first opportunity to work and earn a paycheck. One of their CONTINUED >

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GIVING BACK

(CON TI N U ED)

“I LOVE REACH BECAUSE I GET TO SEE MY FRIENDS AND TEACHERS. I LIKE EVERYTHING HERE. I LIKE WORKING HERE AND MAKING MY OWN MONEY. PEOPLE GET TO SEE THE GLASS THINGS I MAKE AND CAN BUY THEM AT THE REACH GIFT SHOP.”

clients was in her 50s and had never received a paycheck before. Empowering people to learn a new skill, develop a strong work ethic and see the results of their dedicated work instills a sense of pride in their clients, which is priceless. Clients look at a pattern or model, and with the help of an instructor or volunteer, glue individual glass pieces to fit onto the base piece. They get paid for each colored bead glued. “I love Reach because I get to see my friends and teachers.  I like everything here.  I like working here and making my own money.  People get to see the glass things I make and can buy them at the Reach Gift Shop. They think [the fused glass] is really nice. I really like that!” Reach Client Kelley B. says. Reach Unlimited has limitless possibilities for volunteers. It  requires hundreds of volunteers to accomplish its initiatives and annually requires a minimum of 15,000 volunteer hours to maintain its existing operations. More volunteers create opportunity to build upon existing programs. Annual fundraiser events include a golf tournament, SpringFest and a luncheon called “Reach for the Stars.”     To make a monetary donation, donation in kind, learn about annual fundraising event partnerships or learn about volunteer opportunities, visit ReachUnlimited.org. See the gorgeous glasswork on display and available for sale at the Reach Unlimited Gift Shop or online at ReachUnlimitedGlass.org.

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“HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT YOU CAN REACH YOUR DREAMS.” –ALFREDO MONTENEGRO

ARTICLE MELISSA LAUREN AND PEGGY GARNER PHOTOGRAPHY RANDY DELPILAR AND PAUL CHAVIRA

Arts + Makers MEET TALENTED ARTISTS, MUSICIANS AND MAKERS IN OUR COMMUNITY THE ARTISTS AND MAKERS OF  THE CYPRESS COMMUNITY CREATE CULTURE THROUGH VISUALLY STUNNING PAINTINGS, MURALS AND SCULPTURES, ENTERTAINING MUSIC AND PLAYS, AND ALL ARE STORYTELLERS. They not only have the significant task of creating culture in our community, but they also teach the next generation of artists and makers. These creatives are lucky to do what they love—sharing their stories through the arts—and we are lucky to have them spark our imagination. We proudly highlight several creatives in the community and hope you will seek out these artists to experience their work firsthand.

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/the muralist THE MURALIST: ALFREDO MONTENEGRO Alfredo Montenegro has created murals on the walls of local restaurants and homes, a hospital and several public works. He studied graphic design at the Peruvian Advertising Institute, where he graduated at the top of his class, and originally immigrated to the U.S. to work as a professional graphic designer. Alfredo always had a love of painting and became a professional muralist in 2000 when his friend asked him to paint something on his baby’s nursery wall. From there, news spread that he was available for mural commissions, and he has been busy painting ever since. Alfredo has studied faux finishes and trompe  l'oiel techniques. In addition to learning a lot from books, he has learned a great deal from trial and error and experimenting to develop his technique. His process is quite impressive even to other expert muralists. Most muralists use advance planning, mathematics in the form of grids and projected images to create their murals. Alfredo sketches the image freehand, checks in with his client for approval, and then he brings the sketch to life with paint. He rarely uses a spray gun and paints nearly everything with a brush. He also mixes his own paint colors from primary colors. Alfredo’s masterpieces take anywhere from days to a week  to complete. When asked what advice Alfredo has to offer other artists he says: “It doesn’t matter what you want to become. Follow your passion. With passion, the rest will come easily. Never give up your dreams. This is the key to success. Don’t be afraid to dream high. Have confidence that you can reach your dreams. Have patience. Progress happens little by little.” DWCustomMurals.com

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"HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT YOU CAN REACH YOUR DREAMS." –Alfredo Montenegro

Alfredo Montenegro - The Muralist

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ARTS + MAKERS

(CON TI N U ED)

/the eco-artist “HELPING OTHERS IS GOOD FOR YOUR SPIRIT AND SOUL.” –GRANT MANIER

THE ECO-ARTIST: GRANT MANIER  Grant Manier is an eco-artist living with autism in his early 20s. Eco-art is an art form that uses recycled materials. Grant uses different types of paper such as wallpaper, calendars,

Several of Grant’s original works have sold, and prints

posters, business cards, puzzles and more to create eco-art

are available. He has raised more than $250,000, which

masterpieces. He became an artist when he was instructed

has benefited special needs camps and funded hearing

to practice art therapy to manage his special needs. The

aids, wheelchairs, equine therapy, physical therapy and

experience of creating art helped soothe his anxieties and

scholarships for students with special needs.

redirected his behavior toward a positive outcome: becom-

Grant and his mother, Julie Coy, published a book in

ing a true artist! Grant fondly calls his art "Coolages" because

2017. Julie wrote the book, and Grant contributed beautiful

“I use cool colors, cool shapes and cool textures.”

illustrations created from prints of his collage eco-art. The

When Grant was 15 years old, he won the 2011 Austin

award-winning children’s book is called Grant the Jigsaw

Rodeo Grand Champion for eco-art. After hearing about

Giraffe: Different is More and tells the story of a young

him, teachers started following him on his website and

giraffe who is born different and follows his passion

asked if he could teach their students eco-art. He has

despite his challenges. The giraffe image is composed of

since taught numerous classes. Grant loves teaching

puzzle pieces, which is also the symbol for autism. The

because “helping others is good for your spirit and soul…

giraffe wants to paint, but he finds it difficult to hold a

it feels good.” He travels around with his art exhibit and

paintbrush with his hooves. He learns how to overcome

interactive program to teach kids and adults the impor-

his challenges, embrace his differences, and becomes the

tance of environmental responsibility.

great artist he longs to be. GrantsEcoArt.com "HELPING OTHERS IS GOOD FOR YOUR SPIRIT

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AND SOUL." –Grant Manier


/the jewelry maker

/the performers THE PERFORMERS: MIGUEL CORAL AND DOMINQUE HACES When Cy-Ranch High School junior Miguel Coral, 16, started taking classes at the School of Rock in December 2014, he’d already been taking guitar lessons at another business for four years. He made the switch to School of Rock because he found it more engaging and exciting. Bridgeland High School junior Dominique Haces, 16, started at the School of Rock in January 2013. She wanted to concentrate on the piano at first, but because of her love of music and continuing education at School of Rock, Dominique plays violin, guitar, drums, bass, little drums, viola, ukulele, cello and saxophone. Both Miguel and Dominique also teach at the school. Miguel hopes to turn his passion into a musical career. Dominique says she will always have music in her life but plans to go to college to study psychology and then move on to law school. The owners and staff at the Cypress School of Rock are passionate about enriching the lives of students in the community through music and performance education. Co-owners Alejandre Febre and Adam Doxey both have music backgrounds, as does general manager Josh Vasquez. Alejandre’s childhood was steeped in music because her father was a famous musician in Mexico, and she is currently working on her music degree. Both Adam and Josh have been teaching and playing professionally for many years, and each can play multiple instruments. School of Rock students perform three times a month in the THE JEWELRY MAKER: RUTH PATAINE 

community, and three times a year at professional music venues

Michelle Becker creates unique treasures under the moni-

like Fitzgerald’s, White Oak Music Hall and the Continental Club.

ker Ruth Pataine a tribute to several female relatives by com-

Their upcoming end-of-season shows will be held on Feb. 23 and

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Michelle began to sell jewelry for a direct sales company when her daughter was 2 years old. When the company shut their doors a few years ago, she immediately started creating her own designs.

Miguel Coral - The Performers

Dominique Haces The Performers

“It was finally my chance to unveil what I think unique jewelry should look like, which in my opinion, incorporates mixing metals, stones and/ or gems. I want my jewelry to be wearable art,” Michelle says. One of Michelle’s favorite pieces to create are pendants. Traditional pendants are worn close to the heart, so they should be meaningful. Whether women wear a heart, arrow, angel wing, geometric shape or object, it’s the one piece that will undoubtedly be noticed and commented on. When asked what advice she has for someone pursuing visual art as their career, Michelle says, “Absolutely go for it! There are so many training opportunities for any level of artisan in many parts of the country." Facebook.com/RuthPataine

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ARTICLE MELISSA LAUREN PHOTOGRAPHY RANDY DELPILAR

Discover an Art Oasis at the Purple Elephant THE CREATIVE PROCESS IS MUCH LIKE THAT OF ALCHEMY—CREATING SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING AFTER THE ARTIST’S MUSE STRIKES WITH INSPIRATION. Creation is a way for the artist to fully form souvenirs emblematic of their experiences in daily life using their imagination. These objects become unique treasures shared with the eye of the beholder. The following pages light up with color and form celebrating the vibrancy of these Cypress artists bursting with passion. Their work is displayed at the art oasis that is the Purple Elephant. This hidden gem is unique to Cypress and is truly a magical place. The Purple Elephant is owned by Debra Reece, whose love of art drove her to create a place where a co-op of artists could come together to exhibit their creations. Each artist has their own separate studio space, and they have two public shows each year. The venue is also available for private events.

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THE VENUE IS HOME TO A COMMUNITY OF PASSIONATE AND AMAZING ARTISTS


Jerrie Glidden Jerrie Glidden has always had art in her life. She has lived in Singapore and Scotland where she exhibited her work. Her mediums are oil, pastel and acrylic paint. She is inspired by color, shadow, light and love for beauty therein. Jerrie is always looking to grow and as such, her art evolves with her. Jerrie’s work hangs in homes and businesses across the U.S. and around the world. JerrieGlidden.com

Alice Palmer Alice

Palmer,

originally

from

Perth,

Australia, is a recent graduate of the Florence Academy of Art, where she studied drawing and painting intensively for three years in Florence, Italy. She experiments with various mediums, including oil and watercolor, ceramics, printmaking and collage illustra-

Marce Maldonado

Devin Nelson

tion. Her fine arts focus is oil painting and

Marce Maldonado, owner of I Love Art

Devin Nelson is a studio artist and

share techniques and studio space where

Studio, has more than 20 years experience

painting instructor who has studied with

they paint and conceptualize larger collabo-

as a teacher and graphic designer. She

numerous

rative works. AliceLauraPalmer.com

offers classes for kids ages 6 to 12. The

including the Florence Academy of Art in

program is filled with unique and fun art

Florence, Italy. He is represented by Glade

projects. Students explore different artists,

Gallery in the Woodlands along with his

art movements, mediums and techniques.

partner, Alice Palmer. Through his work,

They learn art history, color theory, ele-

he seeks to convey emotion and narrative

ments of art and vocabulary. Their annual

in the faces of people who have impacted

art show is held every April. I Love Art

his life and in places he’s traveled all

Studio also offers homeschool classes and

around the world. DevinNelsonArt.com

teachers

spans figurative scenes, still lifes, landscapes and portraits. She and Devin Nelson

and

institutions,

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DISCOVER AN ART OASIS

(CON TI N U ED)

Constance conroy paul Constance Conroy Paul is a fine oil artist and makes a living selling art and doing commissioned paintings. She has been featured in Voyage Houston and In Style magazines. Constance paints blossoms, boats and barns and is known for her bold whimsical art  and Matisse style. You can see her art at MAI Houston Design Center; G. Lee Gallery in Galveston, Texas; Fairmont Gallery in Sonoma California; and the Artisan Store and Gallery  in Western Australia. CLConroyArtworks.com

Shirley Scarpetta

MV Poeffenberger

Shirley Scarpetta is an award-winning,

MV Poeffenberger is a mixed media art-

All work displayed at the Purple Elephant is for

self-taught professional bronze sculptor.

ist whose work clearly reflects her back-

sale, and work can also be commissioned by their

She specializes in monumental bronzes,

ground in graphic design. MV graduated

artists. Learn more about art openings, classes,

desktop and commissioned pieces, and

from Louisiana Tech with a Bachelor of

workshops and other events on Facebook and

she shows in many galleries around Texas

Fine Arts in graphic design. Her cre-

Instagram @PurpleElephantArtCommunity.

and the U.S. Her passion is to leave a

ations range from intimate ink pieces

legacy of creativity and sculpt people of

with intricate linework and vibrant colors

significance who demonstrate the good

to charming clay sculptures depicting

in this world. She is the creator of the

stylized birds to large, vivid abstract

Station Agent Ken Walden in Tomball,

canvases.

the Cy-Woods Wildcat mascot and refur-

another story in the artist’s creative

bished the Coles Crossing boy with fish-

journey, with more experiments to come.

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ARTICLE MELISSA LAUREN PHOTOGRAPHY CYPRESS PHOTO CAMPER HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM SCOTT AND AMY NEWTON SHARE A LOVE OF NATURE AND THE OUTDOORS. They enjoy camping so much they decided to get a 10-foot 1960s model Shasta Camper to fix up and take out on their travels. As they were renovating, it occurred to Amy that their transport could serve a dual purpose—shelter and snapshots. Snapshots?! Nearly three years ago, Amy had taken note that photo booths were becoming more and more commonplace at big events. She thought the Shasta would make the perfect mobile photo booth. Scott embraced the idea, and together they worked to renovate the vintage vehicle’s interior with a fun shabby chic

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interior. They named her Dixie Jo to suit her new makeover. Dixie Jo was the first of three campers owned and operated by Cypress Photo Camper. Sister campers include the rustic Pearl and Pixie with her farmhouse appeal. The Newtons consulted with expert photographers to enhance the quality of a photo op experience compared to a typical photo booth. Their motto is "Little Camper Big Smiles." All of their campers print photo strips on location with high-quality digital images and have the ability to send digital copies to social media. There is a social media sharing station outside of the campers to streamline the process. Guests in line can pick out props while they wait to pose. They have even more props inside for added spontaneous fun. After guests say cheese, they can choose any photos they please and post to social channels instantly. Their first event was a wedding, and they’ve had fun ever since. “It’s always a party!” Scott says. Cypress Photo Camper has outfitted many types of parties. Photo backdrops and photo strips can be customized with different decor options as well as font and color matching to match themes and colors of events. Hosts get all photos at the end of the night, and guests make memories to last a lifetime. Learn more at CypressPhotoCamper.com. Dixie Jo (above with dress) Chic-style 1967 Shasta Compact camper with original kitchen complete with mini stove and icebox Pixie (interior shown right) Toaster-style 1968 camper has farmhouse design with white shiplap, faux tin ceilings, greenery and unique touches Pearl (pictured opposite page) Mobile Scout 1964 canned ham-style camper with rustic beauty including metal tin walls, sliding barn door and dark wood accents February 2019 | Cypress Lifestyle

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CULINARY CREATIONS

R o l l i n ’ B r i n g s E a t i n g

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S t r e e t s CYPRESS FOOD TRUCK USES LOCALLY SOURCED, ORGANICALLY GROWN, RESPONSIBLY RAISED INGREDIENTS TO CREATE TASTY MEALS

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Rollin’ Local Grown Local. Raised Local. Made Local. ARTICLE PEGGY GARNER PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL CHAVIRA

WHEN CYPRESS NATIVE MICHELLE BALDWIN AND NEW JERSEY TRANSPLANT KRISTI PEARSON FIRST MET, THEY INSTANTLY CONNECTED BECAUSE OF THEIR MUTUAL PASSION FOR HEALTH, WELLNESS AND CLEAN EATING. Fast forward 20 years and the friends decided to turn their passion into a business: Rollin’ Local, a farm-to-street food truck. This isn’t your garden variety food truck. Almost all ingredients are sourced within 20 miles of Cypress from farms like Three Sister Farms in Tomball; Peas Farm in Conroe; Watermelon Hill in Cat Spring; Olivero Farms in Weimar; and H2Organic, an aquaponic greenhouse in Spring. Their motto is "grown local, raised local, made local." They only use vegetables that are free from herbicides, fungicides and pesticides, and proteins with no antibiotics or hormones. The pair were already part of a farm-to-table co-op for their families’ meals through Cypress Family Farm to Kitchen, so they asked owner Brandi McRill to connect them with local farmers. The menu changes seasonally depending on what is available from the farms, and they have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. You can find them at the Tomball Farmer’s Market most Saturdays, as well as local breweries and community events. They are also available for private events and plan to start meal prep services in 2019. Check out their schedule at RollinLocalTX.com or @rollinlocaltx on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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purple hull peas (PEAS FARM)

homemade tahini (ROLLIN’ LOCAL)

garlic (PEAS FARM)

paprika (SOUTHERN STYLE SPICES)

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FEBRUARY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

2

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that comes along with it. Come see

CELEBRATE CY-FAIR

FRIDAY NIGHT BITES

things unique to the area that make it

Bridgeland Lakeland Village Center

so great. You'll leave not just knowing

Join the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs,

why we love living here, you'll also

of Commerce in celebrating Cy-Fair

family and friends, and an appetite for fun.

want be a part of it! Eventbrite.com.

businesses

members.

Enjoy the fun with food trucks, live enter-

Vendor opportunities are available.

Light bites from area restaurants,

tainment and other activities with your

Contact Monica Guy at monica@

tasting samples from local brew-

Cypress neighbors. Bridgeland.com

monicaguyrealtor.com.

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SALUTE TO OUR HEROES GALA

BOARDWALK FARMER'S MARKET

The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation

Purchase farm-fresh produce, eggs,

presents Salute to Our Heroes to honor

honey and delicious homemade

Lindsay Lakes

eries

and

and

its

vineyards,

DJ,

breweries, local eateries and other

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Omni Houston Hotel at Westside

CFISD LIVESTOCK SHOW AND SALE

The Boardwalk Towne Lake

the brave men and women who have

items from more than 25 local ven-

CFISD Exhibit Center

served to protect our freedom and lib-

dors every third Sunday of the month! 

The 25th annual CFISD Livestock

erty. Proceeds from the event fund schol-

BoardwalkTL.com

Show Association Show and Sale

arships for graduating CFISD seniors.

will be held Feb. 7-9. Students

Green Beret Cmdr. Mark Nutsch is the

from all CFISD high schools will

guest speaker, and the event includes

participate in the show and sale,

dinner, entertainment, and live and silent

and nearly 850 student projects

auctions. TheCFEF.org

and animals will be exhibited and judged. The ag program is one of the many opportunities these students have to develop skills in project management, responsibility

FEB 22-MAR 17 THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Stageworks Theatre

16-17

When a theater fan introduces his

CY FAIR HOME AND GARDEN SHOW

come to life in this hilarious musical farce.

favorite musical, the fictitious 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the characters

Berry Center

Hailed by New York Magazine as "the

skills needed to be successful in

The 12th Annual Cy-Fair Home and

perfect Broadway musical," the Tony

life. CFISD.net

Garden Show features more than 200

Award winner is a masterful meta-mu-

exhibitors and appearances by some

sical, poking fun at all the tropes that

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of the top names in home improve-

characterize the musical theater genre.

ment, including Dr. Lori’s Antiques

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sions daily); Randy Lemmon, host of

and perseverance, which are all

Berry Center

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CFISD

nutrition

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services

architecture and design writer for The

students,

Houston Chronicle; and HomeShow

parents, faculty and community

Radio host Tom Tynan. Parking is

members to

free. CyFairHomeAndGarden.com

department

invites its

Annual

Food

various foods made by district vendors while providing input on the new products available for both school breakfast and lunch.

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The Heritage at Towne Lake Lodge

The Heritage at Towne Lake’s 10th

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Annual Car Show will feature more than

FALL IN LOVE WITH CYPRESS

to 4 p.m. Food and raffle tickets will be

150 classic cars and trucks. The show is free and open to the public from 11 a.m.

Rosehill Beer Garden

available for purchase. A portion of pro-

the public and includes a raffle.

This expo showcases everything

ceeds will be split among local charities.

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great about Cypress and the lifestyle

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