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Paradise from Annette Evans’s backyard as Douglas watches another beautiful sunrise on Lake Conroe. Every morning on the lake is amazing, whatever the weather, and they love living in this part of Texas. Photo by Annette Evans

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HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOODS • 24 City + Neighborhood + Master Planned Communities On Location & Map

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EDUCATION IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY • 48 STAAR Public Schools Private Schools Higher Education

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ART DIRECTOR Rebecca Cammack

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CRAIG DOYAL County Judge Montgomery County

Dear Friend and Neighbor: Welcome to Montgomery County, the 7th - fasting growing county in the nation and a thriving community that has become a great place to raise families and run a business or develop a career. From The Woodlands to Willis to historic Montgomery and the waters of a sprawling Lake Conroe, welcome to the place where the words “quality of life” have kept their meaning.

501 North Thompson, Suite 401 Conroe, Texas 77301 Telephone: 936-756-0571 281-364-4200 Fax: 936-760-6919 cojudge@mctx.org www.mctx.org

As your County Judge, I preside over Commissioners’ Court and serve as the Chief Executive Officer for Montgomery County government. Having previously served as county commissioner of Precinct 2 since Aug. 2001, over that time I have learned that one of the keys to keeping our quality of life is our economic development program to attract new industries and corporations. That has enables us to broaden our county’s tax base and maintain an affordable cost of living for the residents of this community. As a 4th generation Montgomery County resident, a husband and a father of three, it is as important to me as it is to you to have a community where our children are challenged to learn, encouraged to seek their dreams and are supported with facilities and services that are conducive to a safe and nourishing environment. If all of us work together we can accomplish these goals. Once again, welcome to Montgomery County. Please feel free to contact me or my staff if you need assistance.

Warm Regards,

County Judge Craig Doyal

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BRIAN J. BONDY President and CEO - Conroe / Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce 505 West Davis, Conroe, TX 77301 936-756-6644 | Visitors Information: 936-522-3501 | Fax: 936-756-6462 | www.conroe.org

Dear Friend and Neighbor: Welcome to Montgomery County, the 7th - fasting growing county in the nation and a thriving community that has become a great place to raise families and run a business or develop a career. From The Woodlands to Willis to historic Montgomery and the waters of a sprawling Lake Conroe, welcome to the place where the words “quality of life” have kept their meaning. As your County Judge, I preside over Commissioners’ Court and serve as the Chief Executive Officer for Montgomery County government. Having previously served as county commissioner of Precinct 2 since Aug. 2001, over that time I have learned that one of the keys to keeping our quality of life is our economic development program to attract new industries and corporations. That has enables us to broaden our county’s tax base and maintain an affordable cost of living for the residents of this community. As a 4th generation Montgomery County resident, a husband and a father of three, it is as important to me as it is to you to have a community where our children are challenged to learn, encouraged to seek their dreams and are supported with facilities and services that are conducive to a safe and nourishing environment. If all of us work together we can accomplish these goals. Once again, welcome to Montgomery County. Please feel free to contact me or my staff if you need assistance.

J.J. HOLLIE President and CEO - The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce 9320 Lakeside Blvd, The Woodlands, TX 77381 281-367-5777 | info@woodlandschamber.org | www.woodlandschamber.org

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing quality services, creating opportunities for business success and serving as an effective catalyst for the economic growth and prosperity of our community. Through the collective strength of over 2000 members and our staff, we are committed to legendary leadership, business advocacy, economic prosperity, partnerships, access to innovative resources and unprecedented service to our community. The Woodlands Area offers extraordinary amenities, top-rated public and private schools, higher education institutions close to home and an exploding medical corridor. We hope that you choose to be a part of the dynamic business community that The Woodlands Area has to offer. You will find that our community fosters business growth, embodies a welcoming attitude as well as a charitable spirit. We encourage you to join us in The Woods.

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GIL STALEY Chief Executive Officer The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

Greetings from The EDP! The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) is 501(c6) non-profit, public and privately funded partnership that serves as the lead economic development agency for the area. Our service area includes the cities of Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North and the masterplanned community of The Woodlands. The Statement of Purpose of the EDP is to act as a resource to – and advocate for – local employers, facilitate access to information and influence, and promote job growth and economic vitality in The Woodlands area. 9320 Lakeside Blvd., Bldg. 2; Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77381 Telephone: 281-363-8130 www.edpartnership.net

Since establishment of The Partnership 20 years ago, we have developed relationships with a wide range of allies that provide assistance to existing companies and potential companies who may relocate here. Through The Partnership, employers are given access to available resources including city, state and county incentives, grants, demographics, land inventory, labor market information, and workforce training. Our Business Retention Program assist current employers by connecting them to the resources they specifically need. Potential employers have available to them – from a single source – the information they need to assist them in performing their due diligence. The EDP stands ready to help provide the information needed to those who are considering expansion or relocation to The Woodlands area.

Sincerely,

Gil Staley

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Established in 1997, The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership promotes job growth and economic vitality in The Woodlands area by recruiting new businesses and supporting existing businesses in job retention and expansion. www.edpartnership.net

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FRED WELCH Executive Director Greater Conroe Economic Development Council

Welcome to Montgomery County!

505 West Davis Street

The Greater Conroe Economic Development Council (GCEDC) has been assisting business growth and development in our area since the mid to late sixties. The citizens of Conroe brought GCEDC to the forefront of economic development in 1995 when they elected to dedicate ½ cent of the local sales tax collected to economic development. Since that time, the GCEDC has assisted literally hundreds of new and local businesses involved in manufacturing, logistics and services to grow and expand in our city.

Conroe, Texas 77301 Telephone: 936-522-7118 www.gcedc.org

Working hand in hand with local and regional business and economic development organizations like the Conroe Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, our school district (Conroe ISD) and local centers of continuing education (Sam Houston State University and Lone Star College-Montgomery) we are the first stop for assistance in expansion and relocation to Conroe. We firmly believe that Conroe is not only ideally located for business location but also a tremendous community for you and your family to live, work and play. We want to assist you in establishing the right place for your business - if not in Conroe, at least within Montgomery County, Texas, the 7th fastest growing county in the U.S. according to recent data from the U.S. Commerce Department. The GCEDC can act as your single source for information about the business and economic climate in Conroe and a vital partner in your move to Montgomery County. Please contact us for information about our great city. Visit us on our website at www.gcedc.org for more information or contact us directly at 936-522-7118 for personal assistance.

Sincerely,

Fred Welch CEcD, EDFP

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STACEY FORD OSBORNE Director of Economic Development City of Willis Economic Development Corporation

The Willis Economic Development Corporation (EDC) exists to assist business owners who are interested in locating or expanding existing businesses in the City of Willis. We offer resources, incentives, and information that will help you make a good decision about where to locate your business and serve as an advocate for you as you get your business up and running. The Willis EDC is funded by a 3/4 cent of the local sales tax collected by the city, and we are proud to put those funds to good use for business and economic development. 200 N. Bell Street

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Community Development Corporation to enhance the quality of life for our residents.

www.visitwillis.com Willis is a wonderful place to live, work and play. Located just 40 miles north of Houston and 190 miles south of Dallas, we are nestled between Lake Conroe and the Sam Houston National Forest. Our superb location between Interstate 45 and State Highway 75 makes us one of the only gateways to Houston for many of the surrounding rural communities, and we work with those communities to ensure that our business owners have the tools and resources they need to grow and expand their business and reach out to their customers and suppliers. Our City leaders were perceptive about the burgeoning growth to the North of Houston in the last decade, and they have worked hard to improve and expand the city’s infrastructure so that we are ready for the growth that is rapidly heading our direction. We would be thrilled to welcome your business to the City of Willis. Feel free to call or visit any time, and you’ll see why Willis is a fantastic place to live, work and play!

Sincerely,

Stacey Ford Osborne

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Come live life as it was really intended: in a community of people who are just like you. Each week we meet to worship God, serve others and connect through small groups. Join us as we find meaning and purpose together at The Woodlands United Methodist Church.

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CINDY HAMANN 2017 Chairman Houston Association of REALTORS®

Welcome to Houston! You’ve just landed in one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse cities in America, with a low cost of living, world-renowned Texas Medical Center, incredible cuisine, and countless arts, entertainment, sports and recreation destinations, including Super Bowl LI. As you drive around and familiarize yourself with the Houston metropolitan area, you’re likely to notice license plates from many different states, as the addition of thousands of new jobs over the past few years has drawn people here from all across the U.S.

HAR CENTRAL 3693 Southwest Freeway Houston, TX 77027 713- 629-1900 Fax: 713- 961-4869

BAY AREA 16903 Buccaneer Lane, Suite 110 Houston, TX 77058 713-629-1900 ext. 750 Fax: 281-486-7530

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 19075 I-45 South, Suite 210 Conroe, TX 77385 713-629-1900 ext. 760 Fax: 936-273-0344

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The Houston real estate market has been one of the healthiest in the country, offering a wide selection of communities and properties to suit every lifestyle, whether you plan to rent or buy. The 34,000 members of the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) help make the American Dream come true for individuals and families every day. HAR is the nation’s second largest local REALTOR® organization and our members understand that a home is one of the greatest investments you will ever make. Well over a million consumers begin searching for their dream home every month on HAR’s award-winning website, HAR.com, which extended its reach beyond Houston in 2014 to provide property listings for the entire state of Texas. The site offers dozens of user-friendly tools to explore specific properties and their amenities as well as to find detailed information about neighborhoods, schools, businesses and much more. Those same features are available through the free HAR.com app, making your property search convenient while on the go. HAR and the City of Houston also developed the free Houston Living app, which provides instant access to information about Houston’s elected officials, city services and amenities, local events, neighborhood associations and much more. On behalf of HAR, it’s my great pleasure to welcome you to Houston. We hope you’ll take advantage of everything our incredible community has to offer.

6680 Greatwood Pkwy. Sugar Land, TX 77479 713-629-1900 ext. 700

Sincerely,

Fax: 281-343-9557

Cindy Hamann

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Located in Montgomery County, Conroe was named number one of the 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more in 2016. Conroe, Texas saw a growth rate of 7.8 percent from 2015 to 2016 - which us more than 11 times that of the nation.

Since the late 1800s, a winning combination of beautiful natural resources and efficient transportation has fueled the growth of Montgomery County and the area that today encompasses The Woodlands, Conroe and many more fast-growing communities. People have been moving to Montgomery County and The Woodlands since the first settlers arrived more than 100 years ago, attracted by the timber resources of the lush Texas Pineywoods and a growing railroad network. Bush Intercontinental Airport opened in 1965, pushing Houston’s development northward. Lake Conroe was created in 1973, and some of the finest residential developments in the country have sprung up around the picturesque shores and wooded

terrain surrounding the lake. The Woodlands was dedicated in 1974 as a visionary “New Town,” and residents continue to enjoy their “livable forest.” As prosperous as Montgomery County has been over the past 50 years, the biggest game changer has come very recently, with ExxonMobil now occupying its new 385-acre corporate campus in Spring, just west of where I-45 North meets the Hardy Toll Road. Ten thousand ExxonMobil employees in upstream, downstream and chemical divisions will ultimately work at this wooded campus, bringing an incredible new vibrancy for the area’s real estate market. Most importantly, this new state-of-the-art megacampus signals that Montgomery County

has indisputably arrived as a live/work region that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Downtown, the Energy Corridor or any other part of the Houston metropolitan region. Already, the “ExxonMobil effect” is becoming evident in new planned communities breaking ground throughout the Montgomery County area. Established communities such as The Woodlands continue to thrive and enhance their appeal to residents and visitors alike. The region is enjoying a new focus on quality of life and transportation, with projects such as the exciting Spring Creek Greenway and the Grand Parkway, now open all the way from U.S. 59 South (aka the Southwest Freeway) to U.S. 59 North in the northeast Houston region.

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Montgomery County has always been

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Montgomery County area attracts visitors from all over with major cultural attractions such as the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. Well-known for pop and rock concerts, the Pavilion is the summer home of the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

stagecoaches to today’s super jets and express roadways. And it’s always looked to the future, from the railroad and sawmill pioneers of the 1800s, to the leading scientists at the Houston Advanced Research Center today.

late 2017, with the anticipated opening of 336 Marketplace, a centerpiece of the new Grand Central Park community at I-45 North and Loop 336 in Conroe. A few miles south, Old Town Spring preserves one of the area’s most historic business districts, with everything from charming cafes to quaint boutiques. Special

RECREATION The forests and waterways that originally attracted settlers to Montgomery County play an important role in the area’s quality of life today, providing recreational opportunities and beautiful backdrops for homes and communities. One of the area’s most exciting and ambitious projects is the Spring Creek Greenway, which will preserve some of the pristine forests seen by the Akokisa Indians, who roamed the land more than 200 years ago. Now 80 percent complete, the Spring Creek Greenway will conserve 12,000 acres of forest on both sides of the creek, making it the longest contiguous forested urban corridor in the nation. Several large anchor parks along the Spring Creek Greenway are ready to enjoy, including 55-acre Dennis Johnston Park, featuring a popular loop trail, a fishing pond, a butterfly and hummingbird garden, and Big Stone Lodge, available for rental. The Greenway also connects many of the area’s existing natural jewels, including Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and Jesse Jones Park. The area is home to many large natural areas, such as 163,000-acre Sam Houston National Forest and 1,722-acre W. G. Jones State Forest. Lake Conroe, a 21,000-acre lake meandering along 21 miles, is the reserve drinking water supply for the City of Houston and offers clean, clear water for recreation, including boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, golfing,

The Symphony also performs at The Centrum, an 881-seat world-class performance facility, which hosts events by more than 160 community non-profit groups each year, drawing over 350,000 visitors.

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Crawfish Festival make Old Town Spring an even livelier place to visit. The area is also home to Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown, the region’s largest water

The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts opened in 2008 with the mission of bringing world-class art exhibitions to northwest Houston, and has since exhibited everything from European masterworks to contemporary art glass. This museum, along with the Centrum and the Barbara Bush Library, form the growing Cypress Creek Cultural District. The Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe stages everything from children’s plays to concerts and musicals in a beautifully restored 1934 building.

amusement park, and the Grand Texas destination development is planning to open in phases on a 610-acre site at I-69 and S.H. 242.

TRANSPORTATION Transportation has always been relatively easy in Montgomery County. In pioneer days, the rivers, streams and railroads delivered goods to markets on the Gulf Coast and throughout the country. Today, one of the world’s busiest airports and a growing network of highways and transit options provides residents with convenient access to the Houston region and the world.

SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT From modern to historic, the area is home to some of the most unique shopping destinations in the Houston area. Market Street in The Woodlands is an award-winning mixed-use town center and one of the region’s finest shopping and entertainment destinations. Market Street has more than 75 national and specialty retailers and restaurants, along with public art, cinemas, a Wi-Fi enabled Central Park, and a hotel.

The Grand Parkway, also known as State Highway 99, has opened all the way from U.S. 59 South to U.S. 59 North, bisecting the region on a southwest-to-northeast axis, and making it possible to drive nonstop from Fort Bend County to Montgomery County. The Grand Parkway passes right by the newly opened ExxonMobil campus and many new developments in the area. Any of the Texas based tags (the HCTRA EZTag, TxDOT TxTAG or NTTA TollTag) will work on the Grand Parkway and on the

Nearby, The Woodlands Mall offers a distinguished collection of over 160 exciting stores and inspiring restaurants. In fact, The Woodlands alone boasts 11 million square feet of shopping, dining, hospitality and entertainment.

swimming, water skiing and much more. Its shores are lined with prestigious communi-

events such as Springfest and the Texas

An additional 700,000 square feet of Montgomery County shopping is coming in

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Nestled among lofty pines in Montgomery County is Wedgewood Forest, a community that encourages idyllic days spent outdoors. Boat, fish, hike and explore to your heart’s content on nearby Lake Conroe. Come home to Wedgewood Forest’s sparkling lake and resort-style amenities. It’s all here. It’s all waiting. Embrace a life to be lived outdoors.

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Our Family of Builders CENTURY COMMUNITIES · COLINA HOMES · WESTIN HOMES Downtown Connector will extend the Hardy Toll Road from its current terminus at the 610 Loop all the way into downtown Houston, alleviating congestion at the Loop. When this connector is completed, the Hardy Toll Road will be an approximately 25-mile express route from downtown Houston to just south of The Woodlands. Improvements to I-45 between the Sam Houston Tollway and Downtown are also in the works and will be a great benefit for Montgomery County residents who work in central Houston. METRO Park & Ride

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services and even water taxis in The Wood-

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lands round out the area’s diverse mobility infrastructure.

The Meadows at Imperial Oaks Spring from the $260s

Harmony Spring from the $400s

Lakes at NorthPointe Cypress from the $250s

From nature to commerce, it’s easy to see

Harpers Preserve The Woodlands from the $410s

Woodtrace Tomball from the $360s

Kingwood – Village of Royal Brook Kingwood from the $380s

why Montgomery County is one of the nation’s fastest-growing counties, with job growth and family income outpacing the national average. In the next chapter, we’ll take a look at some of the new and established communities that

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NEIGHBORHOODS Home to lakes, forests, gently rolling hills, and all the conveniences, Montgomery County delights newcomers with historic small-town charm and leading-edge master-planned communities.

Montgomery County is a vibrant mosaic of old towns abuzz with renewed vitality and new communities nestled in the woods. With its beautiful environment, highly regarded schools, convenient network of roadways and growing number of major employers such as ExxonMobil new residents from all over are making the area home.

CONROE

it shows off its proud history at the Lone

The largest city and county seat of Mont-

Star Monument and Historical Flag Park.

gomery County is named after lumberman

Conroe has 24 city parks and a lively historic

Isaac Conroe, who founded a sawmill there

downtown filled with two antique malls,

in 1881. The new city was originally called

two live performance theaters, art galleries,

Conroe’s Switch, since it sat at the junction

eateries and much more.

Newcomers will find a tremendous variety of homes and neighborhoods to choose from – including large-lot communities, lakefront and golf course developments, and masterplanned communities of all sizes. Here are brief profiles of some of Montgomery County’s most appealing neighborhoods and communities. More information is available at www.HoustonNewcomerGuides.com.

and oil industries, and for one brief period

of two railroads. Shortened to Conroe, the city prospered because of its thriving lumber

Several new communities have recently opened in the Conroe area, including Gray-

it boasted more millionaires per capita than

stone Hills by Friendswood Development

another other U.S. city.

Company. Located near I-45 North and Conroe’s Loop 336, this 331-acre commu-

Today, Conroe is booming like never before,

nity offers something few of its regional

as Houston’s growth continues its northward

competitors can match – genuine topog-

march, and ExxonMobil’s new campus

raphy with scenic hills and bluffs. With

opens and fills up. The city is home to two

new homes priced from the $300,000s to

craft beer breweries and a distillery, and

$500,000, Graystone Hills offers amenities

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outdoor amenities. Six leading homebuilders will offer a wide variety of patio homes, townhomes, luxury villas and traditional single-family. Visit www.grandcentralparktx. com. Nature is a neighbor in the master- planned community of Imperial Oaks. Just minutes from the Woodlands, the Meadow at Imperial Oaks has all the elements for families to blossom – pools and playgrounds, shopping and family fun, easy access to the roads to work, the airport, or nearby medical facilities. And the Conroe ISD is an excellent place for young minds to grow. Visit www. themeadowsatimperialoaks.com. Stewart’s Forest is a breathtaking masterLake Conroe - photo courtesy of Annette Evans

terrain, located less than a mile from the key crossroads of I-45 North and Loop 336 in

Lake Conroe is arguably the best urban lifestyle location in Montgomery County. With the amenities of a much larger city, a beautiful waterfront and growing economy... Lake Conroe is a great choice for an exciting place to live.

including greenbelt trails, a nature preserve, parks and a recreation center with a resortstyle swimming pool. Part of the highly regarded Conroe ISD, homes in the community are within close proximity to schools at every grade level. Located near The Woodlands, Harper’s Preserve surrounds a beautiful nature preserve on Harper’s Horsepen Branch, a natural stream. Planned for 1,700 homes, Harper’s Preserve has a gated entrance, private streets, front-yard maintenance, and abundant amenities including the West Village Recreation Center, with a community pool, an outdoor kitchen, a playground, trails, and facilities for bowling, bocce ball and horseshoes. Kids will love climbing on

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planned community with gently rolling

Conroe. This heavily wooded community has meandering greenbelts and a recreation center with a swimming pool and playground. Part of highly regarded Conroe ISD, Stewart’s Forest is convenient to everything great about Montgomery Country, from Lake Conroe and nearby parks and forests, to the shopping and entertainment of The Woodlands. www.stewartsforest.net.

LAKE CONROE This 22,000-acre lake is one of the natural crown jewels of Montgomery County, along with its pristine national and state forests.

the giant boulders overlooking a scenic lake. Home styles range from low-maintenance patio homes to large estate homes.

The 157 miles of shoreline surrounding this scenic lake are ringed by some of the area’s most beautiful communities, including April Sound, Bentwater and Walden on

Grand Central Park is a new master-planned mixed-use community located in the City of Conroe that just celebrated its grand opening jamboree. Combining living, working and playing, the community provides excellent access to everything Montgomery County has to offer, as well as close proximity to Houston’s new Energy Corridor and ExxonMobil campus. Located just 5 miles north of The Woodlands along Interstate 45 and S. Loop 336, Grand Central Park is dedicated to protecting the woods that outline the property and homes are nestled among nature trails, parks, lakes and many more

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Lake Conroe. Many of these communities have enhanced their gorgeous natural backdrop by adding golf courses, tennis courts, country clubs and other upscale amenities. A manmade lake that opened in 1973, Lake Conroe is fairly built out in terms of development along its shoreline, but its communities are still highly sought after for permanent and vacation homes. Public access and public boat launching is available from several parks, including Lake Conroe Park, Scott’s Ridge Swim Area and the vast Sam Houston National Forest.


Harper’s Preserve is a new, master-planned community located in The Woodlands area. Both private and convenient, this gated community surrounds a 160-acre forested preservation area. Inhabitated with native plants to complement its natural setting, Harper’s Preserve offers peace and beauty and is just minutes from The Woodlands Mall, one mile east of Interstate 45 off Highway 242. Come discover Harper’s Preserve, where privacy, convenience and beauty define this very special place. - Highly-acclaimed Conroe ISD Schools - Easy and quick access to I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road - The Phase 1 Recreation Center, Preserve Park, is open! This park area features a community pool and pool barn, walking trails, playground, fire pit, bowling and bocce ball greens and horseshoe pits. Plus there are more amenities in East Village!

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neighbor to the east, and the two share many positive features, like beautiful forests and lakes. Kingwood is part of the Humble area, which like Montgomery County is steeped in a rich history of settlers, loggers and oil wealth. And like Montgomery, Kingwood and Humble have found modern prosperity as two of the most popular areas for new community development in the Houston region. Slightly older than The Woodlands, Kingwood opened in 1971 as a partnership of Friendswood Development Company (at the time an Exxon subsidiary) and the legendary King Ranch of Texas. With its lakes, tree-lined streets, country clubs, parks and secluded residential villages, this 14,000acre community has been one of the region’s most sought-after addresses for decades. Popularly known as “The Livable Forest,” Kingwood is largely completed and is home to more than 65,000 happy residents. Opportunities to own a new home remain in two of its most prestigious areas, Barrington Kingwood and Oakhurst at Kingwood. Barrington Kingwood is a private 200-acre enclave located just inside the gates of

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Kingwood. Homes in Barrington Kingwood are surrounded by the back nine holes of the Kingwood Country Club’s scenic Lakes Golf Course, offering stunning views. The key amenity is The Manor House, an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse offering a fitness center, an infinity edge pool with a hot tub and sun deck, tennis courts, a billiards room and much more. This gated community is literally across the street from baseball and soccer fields, parks and Lake House, and a casual stroll from shopping and dining. Residents who love golf can choose from Kingwood’s five championship courses. A 700-acre community planned for 2,200 homes, Oakhurst at Kingwood is one of the final Kingwood villages to be developed by Friendswood Development Company. The community boasts the Oakhurst Golf Course, along with a recreation center and neighborhood parks. Residents also enjoy the amazing variety of amenities available to all homeowners in Kingwood, including more than 500 acres of parks and nature reserves and more than 75 miles of trails. Shopping and entertainment are offered at Kingwood Town Center and Kings Harbor.

MAGNOLIA Adjacent to The Woodlands, Magnolia was settled in the late 1840s and today calls

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itself “the community of unity.” It has been awarded Recognized Scenic City Certification by Scenic Texas. Magnolia retains its small-town charm even as it becomes a popular location for large-lot communities, especially those that can accommodate horses.

MONTGOMERY One of the oldest towns in the state, Montgomery is the birthplace of the Lone Star flag of Texas. It began as a trading post in 1826, and while the city itself hasn’t grown much, the area is still popular with newcomers. Just outside Montgomery, tens of thousands of contented homeowners reside in new and established communities, drawn by the area’s natural beauty, proximity to commerce, and enduring smalltown charm. One of the area’s newest and most innovative communities is Woodforest, a 3,000-acre development that ranks among the top 20 communities in the U.S. for new-home sales. Nestled in a heavily wooded environment between The Woodlands and Lake Conroe, Woodforest has a 27-hole championship golf course, parks, playgrounds, a splash park, and miles of hike-and-bike trails. Unique amenities include Forest Island, a 16-acre tennis and aquatics center, and Admiral Bark Park, named after the


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community’s first resident canine. Nestled beneath a canopy of oak trees, Lily Pad Park is an awesome water park for the entire family. Overall, Woodforest devotes 700 acres to recreation and natural open space. Homesites include golf course and lake frontage, and are as large as one acre. Woodforest also includes a 90-acre retail and mixed-use area, so residents will be able to shop and work where they live and play. www.woodforesttx.com.

OAK RIDGE NORTH Oak Ridge North is situated just north of Spring and south of Conroe along I-45, with The Woodlands and Shenandoah as close neighbors to the west. It is home to just over 3,000 residents who affectionately refer to it as “What a Hometown Should Be.” The community manages to maintain the hometown feel it was originally known for, with friendly, close-knit neighbors who can walk to schools and the two city parks. And because of its proximity to The Woodlands,

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in 1907 in honor of its local congressman, Thomas Henry Ball, who played a major role in the development of the Port of Houston. Today, Tomball is home to about 11,000 residents who appreciate its smalltown atmosphere and proximity to The Woodlands and other fast-growing communities in the Montgomery County area.

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Conroe and Houston, residents of Oak Ridge North can easily take advantage of the entertainment, shopping, colleges and universities, and other offerings in the surrounding cities. www.oakridgenorth.com

vibrant Old Town Spring shopping and entertainment district, and the Spring Creek Greenway is enhancing the area’s already considerable natural appeal. Area schools are highly regarded, and major

SHENANDOAH

roadways including I-45 North, the Hardy

Shenandoah is a small city of about 2,200 that connects The Woodlands to Conroe along I-45 North. The west side of the city is almost entirely residential while commercial and retail property is zoned to the east side of I-45. The Conroe Independent School District sports complex is there and hosts events year-round.

Toll Road and Grand Parkway add to the

One of the first new developments to open in years will give newcomers an opportunity to enjoy the laidback Shenandoah lifestyle. Planned for 92 homes by Pelican Builders, Boulevard Green is located on a 12-acre site at Vision Park Boulevard and Pine Forest Drive. Hallmarks of this gated community include distinctive architecture, low-maintenance living, elegant interiors and affordability – all in a convenient location only minutes from I-45 North and all of the attractions in The Woodlands.

Situated just minutes from I-45 North and

area’s vitality. The new ExxonMobil campus is located right across I-45 from Spring, and this mega-development has had a huge and positive impact on growth in Spring. Harmony is a popular Spring community that embraces the 12,000-acre Spring Creek Greenway as its veritable backyard. the Hardy Toll Road, this wooded 1,000acre community offers unique amenities such as Barefoot Park, where residents are encouraged to kick off their shoes and enjoy the outdoors. The park has a resortstyle pool with a beach-entry lagoon, a splash pad, and a community pavilion with an outdoor fireplace. Coordinated by a dedicated lifestyle director, the community presents events all years, like Pumpkin Fest and Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Harmony is planned for 2,600 homes, with

SPRING About 55,000 people reside in Spring, which maintains its small-town appeal while welcoming newcomers to several growing master-planned communities. Spring is known throughout Houston for its quaint,

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Bounded by State Highway 249 and FM 2978 – with FM 2920 as Main Street – Tomball is ideally located just 28 miles northwest of downtown Houston. With one of the highest elevations in the region, Tomball has fertile, forested land that drew farmers and ranchers in the early 19th century. Later, railroads and then oil and gas brought more prosperity to Tomball. Today, the area is home to thriving master-planned communities.

a variety of award-winning homebuilders and homesites ranging from 55 to 75 feet wide. www.harmony-houston.com.

TOMBALL Once called Peck, Tomball was renamed

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Adjacent to The Woodlands, just off Huffsmith and Wiseman Roads, is Lakes at Creekside. Surrounded by wooded beauty and eight lakes, and just minutes from the Grand Parkway, The Woodlands and the new ExxonMobil campus, this master-planned community is wonderfully welcoming. Lakes of Creekside is comprised of just over 600 home sites, and has a tremendous array of amenities not usually offered in a close-knit community such as bike paths, splash pads, a pavilion and more. Lakes of Creekside is located within both the Tomball and Klein Independent School Districts. Visit www. lakesatcreekside.com. Wildwood at Northpointe by Friendswood Development Company is located just off S.H. 249. This 700-acre community has beautiful lakes, miles of wooded trails, tennis courts, parks, and a clubhouse with a sparkling pool. Willowbrook Mall is nearby, and 11 Tomball parks are only minutes away. Burroughs Park, a 330-acre recreational area, is close by, as are many golf courses and country clubs. www.wildwoodcommunities.com. Woodtrace, another Friendswood Development community in Tomball, is a gated enclave at the corner of S.H. 249 and FM 149. Woodtrace has beautiful amenities including 23-acre Woodtrace Lake and


When the Willis brothers donated land to the Great Northern Railroad for a track from Houston to Chicago, a town was born. The railway and fertile land to grow watermelon, cotton and other cash crops, as well as trees for a thriving timber industry allowed the community to grow. Straddling I45 and north of Conroe, today Willis is the gateway to Lake Conroe and the home of a highly rated school district.

THE WOODLANDS Opened in 1974, The Woodlands has reigned for decades as one of the top-selling master-planned communities in the U.S., widely admired for its beautifully preserved environment and quality amenities. In recent years, The Woodlands has come into its own as a total community where people live, work and play, with the flourishing of The Woodlands Town Center, the Market Street shopping and entertainment district and other key components.

Stillwater is a residential community that will evoke timeless southern sophistication to create a hometown beyond compare. The homesites are planned to border community lakes and reserves, easily accommodated by the surrounding W.G. Jones State Forest. Stillwater is located close to I-45 and within minutes to premier local attractions such as The Woodlands Market Street, The Woodlands Mall and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. www.stillwatertx.com. Three highly rated school districts – Conroe, Magnolia and Tomball ISD – along with acclaimed private and preparatory schools give residents access to excellent choices for education. The Woodlands is also home to Lone Star College- Montgomery, and two renowned healthcare campuses, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands and St. Luke’s. 

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The Woodlands lifestyle is centered on the environment, the arts, technology and healthy living. The Woodlands Town Center features The Woodlands Waterway at the heart of the commercial district. The 1.4-mile long waterway links office buildings, shops, restaurants and plaza areas, with water taxis providing transportation between these areas and more destinations including the 1.3 million square-foot The Woodlands Mall and Market Street. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, one of the most popular outdoor amphitheaters in the world, hosts national touring shows and cultural performances. An exceptional collection of larger-than-life sculptures and outdoor art installations adorns public spaces.

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All of these communities are part of the highly regarded Tomball Independent School District, and higher education is offered at Lone Star College – Tomball. Healthcare is nearby at the Tomball Regional Medical Center. The city hosts many popular festivals throughout the year, including the Tomball Music Festival, the Rails & Trails Mudbug Festival and Tomball Bluegrass Festival.

Now home to nearly 100,000 residents, The Woodlands offers amenities including 190 miles of hike and bike trails, 121 parks and seven golf courses. The Woodlands will ultimately include 8,000 acres of natural undeveloped land in parks and nature preserves.

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Willowcreek Ranch, a development of Caldwell Communities, is another popular Tomball community. This gated community has a sparkling 50-acre lake as its centerpiece, with more amenities including an Equestrian Center, miles of hike and bike trails, and numerous parks and green spaces. Overlooking the main lake, The Lakehouse Lodge offers residents a place to play, entertain, work out, and enjoy life, unbridled. www.willowcreekranchtx.com

The Woodlands has also become a major employment center, and without doubt the community’s success and quality of life drew the attention of ExxonMobil, which built its new campus just south of the 28,000-acre community.

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Central Park, which has a natural creek with footbridges and trails. The recreation center offers a pool, park and clubhouse. www. woodtracecommunity.com.

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HOME FRONT The rapid growth of Montgomery County means newcomers can find everything they need for a smooth move – from abundant temporary housing choices, to skilled Realtors and custom builders who are eager to help.

TEMPORARY LODGING

temporary stay. Is proximity to work the top

According to Freddie Mac, renting can

Sometimes, newcomers need temporary

consideration during this hectic period? Or

make more sense if you have a career or life-

housing while they continue their home

it might be most important to stay near an

style that requires you to move frequently, if

search, or while they wait for their new

airport if you’ll be doing a lot of traveling

you prefer a set monthly budget and cannot

home to be built or renovated. Like most big

during the transition. Would you be most

afford

cities, Houston has many options for tempo-

comfortable in a hotel or apartment, or

expenses, or if you don’t have the time or

rary housing, but perhaps it’s even truer

would you prefer a single-family home or

desire for home maintenance.

here, because companies are experienced

townhome?

at serving the historically heavy influxes of

unforeseen

home-maintenance

More reasons to rent: if you enjoy having temporary

amenities such as a pool, gym, concierge

energy, medical and aerospace sectors.

housing include your company’s human

and tennis courts; if you plan on downsizing

resources department, your Realtor and/or

your living space or retiring soon; and if you

Many multifamily complexes have corpo-

builder, and the Internet.

are experiencing a financial setback and/or

newcomers who work in Houston’s thriving

rate programs with fully furnished units and short-term leases available. Hotels

Good

sources

for

locating

Bottom line: the rapid growth of Mont-

rebuilding your credit.

gomery County and environs means that

Freddie Mac says buying may be best if you

newcomers will find plenty of temporary

have reliable income, good credit and docu-

When staying in a hotel for 30 days or

housing options throughout the area – from

mentation for your assets; if you can afford

longer, Texas law allows for an exemption of

extended-stay hotels and corporate lodging,

at least a 5% down payment and closing

the 6% state hotel tax; see the hotel manage-

to single-family homes and condos for rent.

costs; and if you are financially able to take

are another option, including the growing number of extended-stay hotels in the area.

ment for information on how to apply for this exemption.

RENT OR BUY?

on home maintenance and improvements.

There can be advantages to both renting or

It may also be better to buy if you want to

Consider the location and style of housing

buying a new home, depending on one’s

build equity and qualify for homeowner tax

that would best suit you during your

immediate priorities and long-term goals.

breaks and credits; if you have an adequate

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cash reserve to withstand loss of employ-

the area is known for.

ment or another financial setback; and if you plan on staying in your home at least

Also in Montgomery County, you’ll find a

four years.

wide selection of homebuilders and Realtors who are extremely knowledgeable and

NEW HOME VS. EXISTING HOME Advantages of buying a new home include “new” everything – from carpets to appliances. Energy efficiency is another big consideration. New homes can include the

at

Home

latest high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, along with advanced insulation and window products that weren’t available 10 or

experienced in building custom homes in the region. The benefits of building a custom home are getting exactly what you want – from the location of the lot, to the design of the exterior style and interior floor plan. Many buyers have extended multi-generational families or adult children living at home,

20 years ago.

and garage apartments and ground floor

Houston’s Award Winning Relocation Leader

A new home will require less maintenance

for accommodating these family members.

John Daugherty, Realtors

and capable of accommodating the latest

We will introduce you to all that Houston has to offer

We will assist you in finding the perfect neighborhood

in the short term, and new homes are wired

“casitas” (small houses) are popular options

Inside, too, a custom home allows you to

technologies.

personalize every aspect of every room –

There are also advantages to buying an

colors and lighting and plumbing fixtures.

existing home, especially in Montgomery

And if you want to create a special place to

County, which offers plenty of resale homes

incorporate an architectural element that’s

ranging from historic farmhouses to homes

a family treasure or recent discovery, that’s

just a few years old. Existing homes might

very easy to do when building custom.

from countertops and flooring, to paint

be less expensive, have established land-

We will connect you with

scaping, or other “extra” features, such as

CHOOSING A REALTOR

the resources in making

window coverings, that may not be included

Choosing the right Realtor in a vast area

in new homes, and traditional floor plans.

such as Montgomery County can make a

Houston your home Call today for our complimentary Newcomer Guide

713.561.6829 John Daugherty Global Business Development

big difference, because a good Realtor can Used homes may also have a track record

help you navigate a fast-changing market

of appreciation over the years, although

landscape. A knowledgeable Realtor can

Realtor.com cautions that past performance

lead you to new opportunities in commu-

does not guarantee future market appeal.

nities that are brand-new or not quite on

CUSTOM HOME BUILDING One of the great things about Montgomery

the market, and can also help you find final chances in communities that are fast building out.

County is the diversity of communities and

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homesites to choose from for building the

To find the right Realtor, talk with recent

custom home of your dreams. The choices

clients, check with the state real estate board

are almost endless. You can find an acreage

to confirm the Realtor’s licensing and check

homesite in a community that still feels

for disciplinary action and complaints;

rural and pastoral, or you can tap into

research how long the Realtor has been in

the increasingly urban vibe of places like

business, and look at their current listings to

The Woodlands Town Center and build a

see if they have enough to indicate a healthy

townhome that might look a home in New

business, but not so many that you’d just be

Orleans or Charleston. You can also find

a number. Bankrate.com also recommends

homesites with views of the area’s many

looking at a Realtor’s credentials – those

golf courses, lakes and parks. And almost

initials after their name that indicate certifi-

everywhere, you’ll find the beautiful trees

cations and areas of expertise. 

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MANAGEABLE.

AFFORDABLE. LIFESTYLE. Houses are selling in Houston; single-family home sales are up and housing inventory grew. Not only have sales blossomed, (creating an almost 12% increase over last year at this time), but there was also tremendous activity in the rental market. Along with the pace of sales, the median price also increased, although Houston still ranks as one of the most affordable big cities in the U.S. for homeownership. “In all, Houston’s economic diversity and health will continue to protect and preserve home values over the long haul, and it will continue to be a great place to live, work and raise a family,” says Houston real estate expert and blogger Toni Nelson.

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More good news comes in the form of

payments on outstanding loans and leases

monthly payment for much more interest

relaxed lending standards that could benefit

are expenses, while household income

paid over the life of the loan does not make

first-time buyers. Fannie Mae and Freddie

includes salary and other declared revenue

economic sense.

Mac, the two federally chartered mort-

such as dividends and royalties. In the case

gage corporations, recently relaxed lending

of townhomes, condos and other types of

For all fixed-rate loans, the amount of the

guidelines that were tightened after the

housing where a monthly maintenance fee is

mortgage, payment, the interest rate and

national housing crisis that began in 2008.

charged, that too must be considered in the

the term of the loan are fixed and fully

Now, some buyers can get a mortgage

overall expenses.

self-amortizing, which means at the end of the term, the principal has been repaid.

with only 3 percent down payment and a minimum FICO credit score of 620. Home-

Developed by the Real Estate Center at

buyer assistance programs are also offered

Texas A&M University, the Texas Housing

The purchase price less the down payment

by various government agencies.

Affordability

measures

is the principal of the mortgage. Dividing

groups, including teachers, police officers

the ratio of median household income

the principal by the number of payments in

and firefighters, may also qualify for special

required to buy a median-priced home,

a 30- year or 15- year mortgage and adding

assistance programs.

using a 30-year mortgage with a 20 percent

the interest determines the monthly house

down payment as its model. A THAI of

payment. Escrow money for taxes and insur-

1.00 indicates that the median household

ance is added to the payments according to

income is just enough to qualify for a loan

the terms of the lender, and the amounts are

to purchase the median-priced home. Mont-

recalculated annually.

Some

HOW MUCH CAN YOU AFFORD? Determining an affordable purchase price for a home is the essential first step to home ownership. Experts recommend spending about 28 percent of the household budget on housing, and a recent Rice University study found that Houston area residents spend

Index

(THAI)

gomery County’s most recent THAI was an impressive 1.96, which makes the area more

The

Alternative

Mortgage

Instrument

affordable than the overall Houston region,

(AMI) is a loan in which at least one of the

state and nation based on THAI averages.

four components varies. The most common AMI is the Adjustable Rate Mortgage with a variable interest rate. Customarily, the

typically about 30 percent of their incomes

MORTGAGE OPTIONS

on housing, so the city overall is right in line

Several different types of mortgages are

with that advice, albeit slightly on the high

common today. A standard 30-year fixed

side.

rate mortgage is the most common way to

based on a pre-specified index. The initial

finance a home; 15-year fixed rate mort-

low rate, and therefore, the lower monthly

gages are another option.

payment, enables the buyer to meet the

Experts

also

suggest

that

household

The 40-year

expenses not exceed 43 percent of personal

mortgage has become more popular in

income

taxes.

The

cally adjusts either up or down within limits

income and debt-ratio requirement.

mortgage

some parts of the country where home

payment, insurance, credit card balances,

prices are rising fast, but many experts

DOWN PAYMENT

utilities, food and health care as well as any

agree that the tradeoff of a slightly lower

The down payment is the cash committed

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before

ARM interest rate begins low and periodi-

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toward the purchase of a home. For most

rate. More information on credit scoring is

loans, a down payment of 20 percent of the

at myfico.com.

purchase price is required to avoid paying

Credit Union National Association.

HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE Homeowner insurance is required by mort-

it is possible to take out a secondary loan to

PRE-APPROVAL VS. PRE-QUALIFICATION

avoid PMI.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is

is paid for. Buyers are typically asked to

beneficial because it gives sellers a level of

pay one year of insurance at closing, with

INTEREST RATES

assurance that the prospective buyer can

premiums included in monthly mortgage

Interest rates fluctuate frequently and vary

obtain a mortgage – a big plus in a compet-

payments.

from lender to lender. Interest on a 30-year

itive market. Pre-approval requires the

fixed rate mortgage is likely to be different

completion of a loan application and some-

Selecting an insurance company and deter-

from that of a 15-year, and adjustable rate

times a fee. Pre-qualification, on the other

mining coverage is the responsibility of

mortgages reset according to the terms of

hand, is just an estimate of a mortgage that

the buyer, and should begin as soon as the

the lender.

a prospective buyer might qualify for.

contract to purchase a house is accepted by

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), although

gage lenders, and is essential even if a home

the seller.

CLOSING COSTS

TAX DEDUCTIONS

Between 2 to 5 percent of the purchase price

Some home purchase costs are deductible

of a home, closing costs include related fees

if you itemize deductions. These costs may

such as costs for running credit reports, loan

include mortgage interest, real estate taxes

origination, appraisal, survey, title insur-

and PMI payments. For more information,

ance, and discount points paid to lower the

visit irs.gov or ask your tax preparer or

interest rate. Closing costs are typically paid

attorney.

of insurance that may be needed. In the

BANKS

flood insurance is required or recommended

The Texas Board of Insurance is a valuable source of information. Many companies offer discounts when home insurance is combined with auto coverage, life insurance, health insurance and other types Houston and Montgomery County areas,

by the buyer at the time of closing.

by mortgage companies in some neighbor-

CREDIT REPORT

Banks offer a full range of services that

Lenders will require a credit report from the

usually include mortgages at competitive

credit bureau that has collected your credit

rates. In addition to checking and savings

history for the past seven to 10 years. Credit

accounts, their mortgage lending is another

reports document your financial history

option for homebuyers. Be sure to ask about

and reflect the amount of credit you have,

fees associated with the bank’s services,

FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS

the timeliness with which you pay your

different

balance

A variety of programs are designed to help

bills, if you have declared bankruptcy and

requirements, ATM charges, availability

first-time buyers, including FHA loans with

other factors that give the lender a financial

of funds policy, direct deposit and other

a 3 percent down payment discussed at the

snapshot.

options.

beginning of this article.

Traditional mortgage lenders require an

Contact the Texas Department of Banking

Montgomery County, Harris County and

at www.dob.texas.gov.

other governmental entities also offer home-

established credit history, but some lenders may offer more flexible mortgage programs

accounts,

minimum

hoods. Check with your builder, Realtor or lender to determine the status of your property. www.tdi.texas.gov.

buyer assistance programs that can provide

for people with limited or no established

CREDIT UNIONS

down

credit record.

Credit unions are a good source to check

financing for buyers who meet certain

payment

assistance

and

special

for mortgage loans because they may offer

household income and purchase price

Credit reports also carry your credit score, a

lower rates. Historically, credit unions have

criteria. Other programs include South-

numeric ranking between 300 and 850 that

been employer-based financial institutions

east Texas Housing Finance - www.sethfc.

many lenders use.

It is calculated using

but today it is common for credit unions to

com and the Harris County Downpayment

five factors: payment history, amount of

be community-based, meaning that anyone

Assistance

outstanding debt, length of credit history,

can use a credit union as their primary finan-

tytx.gov/csd. Information is also available

new credit and the sources of credit in use.

cial institution. Members are insured for up

from the Texas Department of Housing &

In addition to informing lenders of cred-

to $250,000 per account by the National

Community Affairs - www.tdhca.state.tx.us.

it-worthiness, your credit score can also

Credit Union Administration. More infor-

Realtors, mortgage lenders and builders

determine the interest rate you pay. The

mation about credit unions is available from

are also good sources of information about

better the credit score, the lower the interest

the Texas Credit Union League and the

available homebuyer assistance programs. 

Program

-

www.harriscoun-

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RELOCATION INFORMATION

Moving? Learn about Montgomery County and the Greater Houston area in order to make your move much smoother, especially if you are relocating from out-of-state. To help get you started, the following pages offer some general tips on Houston’s basic services.

MOVING COMPANIES

will it be larger or smaller than the home

If you are moving from out of state, it may

you’re leaving? If you’re a U.S. citizen who

be necessary to hire a moving company.

is moving back from overseas, then you

The best time to move is the middle of

might have many items in U.S. storage, so

the month rather than the end or during

you’ll need to plan the logistics of getting

summer vacation, when moving companies

these to your new home as well.

are busiest. If the move is less than 250 miles Compare the relative costs of moving your-

TYPES OF MOVING ESTIMATES

self versus using the services of a moving

Most companies give free estimates based

company, and be sure to take into consider-

on distance and the weight of household

ation your time and effort, as well as your

contents. Some moving companies include

physical ability.

the costs of packing materials in their bid

away, consider making the move yourself.

while others break out supplies separately. At the other extreme, the global economy of

Packing services, fuel charges, wait time and

Houston and Montgomery County draws

temporary storage costs may vary consid-

newcomers from all over the world, and

erably so be sure to ask about all charges.

there are a few important considerations to

Moving companies offer three types of esti-

keep in mind when moving from overseas. If

mates: the binding estimate, non-binding

your overseas move is work-related, find out

estimate and not-to-exceed binding estimate.

how much of the expense will be covered. As a general rule, many experts recommend

The binding estimate lists all items to be

scaling the move down to essential items

shipped and the required services on the

and those with emotional value. Find out

estimate form, and the price quoted is the

about import fees and duty costs, especially

binding price. Every charge is itemized,

for items you may have purchased overseas.

so that if an item is added or deleted, it is

Also consider the size of your new space:

easy to re-calculate the cost. The moving

company must also specify the length of time the price quote is in effect, which is usually 60 days. This type of estimate does not require additional payment over the amount of the estimate. The non-binding estimate, which is the only type of estimate offered in some intrastate situations, is not guaranteed. The real cost of services is determined after the truck is loaded and weighed, and charges above the estimate can run more than 20 percent. Be sure to attend the truck weigh-ins both before and after furniture and household items are loaded to accurately calculate the total weight. The estimated amount of your move should be entered on each form that is prepared by the mover, including orders for special services and bills of lading. If the amounts are not included, do not sign or accept the document. The third type of estimate, called the not-to-exceed estimate, is usually the best. The mover gives a binding estimate, then weighs the vehicle and reduces the price if the weight is less than anticipated. Ask all movers if they offer this type of service.

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It is important to be sure you will be at your new home on the date the moving company is scheduled to deliver. If no one is home to receive the delivery, your belongings will go into storage, and the moving company may require payment in cash before unloading.

Discover the Amazing Difference in Storage

Tax deductions may apply to your move so keep appropriate records. Contact the I.R.S. at 800-829-1040 or www.irs.gov, or ask your tax preparer or attorney.

TIPS FOR HIRING A MOVING COMPANY

Alarms on every unit Climatized spaces Deliveries accepted Fully covered driveways

713-360-2400 AmazingSpaces.net MORE CONSIDERATIONS Be aware that many moving companies fall

• Select a moving company carefully by confirming their license at www.protectyourmove.gov. • The Southwest Association is another resource for information about moving companies and they can be reached at www.mytexasmover.com or 512-4760107, Toll Free: 800-759-2305 • Contact the Better Business Bureau for any complaints that might be on file at www. houston.bbb.org or 713-868-9500. • The Interstate Commerce Commission offers a free brochure, “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move.” You can also find the brochure on many websites by searching for its title.

LEGAL RECORDS Legal Records maintained by Harris County and Montgomery County include birth certificates,

death

certificates,

marriage

licenses, automobile licenses, fees and inspections, divorce proceedings, DBAs, taxes, and more. Contact the county of residence for specific services offered. The Harris County Civil Court House is located at 20l Caroline, Houston, TX, 77002. 713-755-6411 / www.co.harris.tx.us The Montgomery County Court House is at 210 W. Davis, Conroe, TX, 77301. 281-6893133 • www.mctx.org.

UTILITIES Electricity

Retail Electric Providers compete to sell electricity, allowing consumers to compare plans, pricing and features. The Public Utility Commission recommends the three “C’s” before selecting a provider: contact, compare, and choose. Allow several days for the order to process. If establishing service for a new home or building, a permit or inspection may be required.

behind schedule, so consider hiring a moving Select electricity, natural gas, local phone

delivery date. Make sure those dates are

FURNITURE AND APPLIANCE RENTAL

in the contract. Pick-up and delivery dates

In some cases, it may be necessary to rent

sion, and high-speed Internet services at

should not be open-ended.

furniture or appliances while waiting for

www.HoustonNewcomerGuides.com.

company that will guarantee a pickup and

and long distance, cable or satellite televi-

your old ones to be delivered, or while shopAlthough

moving

companies

provide

liability insurance on household belongings

ping for new items that will fit your new

Gas

space perfectly.

CenterPoint Energy is the major provider for natural gas in the greater Houston and Montgomery County areas. As the regulated utility in the Houston area, CenterPoint Energy owns and maintains the electric delivery system as well as sells natural gas. Visit CenterPointEnergy.com to learn more.

by the pound, it is wise to purchase extra insurance that provides additional coverage,

Some companies specialize in renting furni-

especially for those items that are more

ture to newcomers and offer packages by

valuable.

the household, the room or by the piece. They also offer different styles, along with

Before the movers arrive, get prepared. Take

accessories such as artwork, lighting, rugs

an inventory of your belongings and note

and indoor plants. Flexible lease terms,

their condition. If the moving company

quick delivery and professional setup and

performs their own inventory, check it

removal are some of the services offered by

carefully against your own before signing

rental companies. If you decide you like a

anything. Should any of your belong-

particular item or items, purchase is usually

ings arrive with scratches, dents or other

available.

Water and Sewer

damages, photographs will help verify a claim so consider taking pictures of valuable

FORWARDING MAIL

items or making a video inventory before the

To submit your change of address, go to www.usps.com.

movers arrive.

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The ENERGY STAR program supports energy efficiency in new homes. Learn more about buying an ENERGY STAR home at www.energystar.gov.

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As a premier provider of communications services, their purpose is to connect people and enrich lives. They have a continuing commitment to offer innovative and reliable products and services, along with exceptional customer care. They also maintain strong local ties in the communities they serve. To give Consolidated a try, call 866-989-2255.

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The Cities of Houston, Conroe, Humble, The Woodlands and Spring, along with many other municipalities, provide trash pick-up. Call the solid waste department in your jurisdiction to find out which day garbage and light trash are collected.

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Some subdivisions opt to contract with local collection companies, and fees for these services are typically included in the homeowner’s association dues. Contact your homeowner’s association for information. Curbside recycling is offered in most neighborhoods, and drop-off recycling centers are located throughout the area.

Public Transportation The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, also known as METRO, is recognized as one of the best and safest bus systems in the nation offering an extensive system of bus routes and a growing network of light-rail lines. Express bus service is available to downtown Houston and other select shopping centers and business districts from

the

Greenspoint

Transit

Center,

located near Interstate 45 North and Greens Road. For

commuting

alternatives,

METRO

provides Park and Ride services from transit facilities in Spring, and at Kuykendahl and I-45 North. The Harris County Motorist Assistance Program (MAP), sponsored in part by METRO, sends specially marked MAP vehicles to motorists who are experiencing car trouble on Houston area freeways. They are equipped to handle minor repairs and automotive emergencies. Houston’s major highways have High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes for vehicles with two or more passengers during peak travel periods. To share a ride, contact the METRO Carpool Matching Service, 713-635-4000. METRO offers curb-to-curb service for mobility impaired and disabled passengers. Call 713-658-0180 or visit their website www.ridemetro.org.

Owning a Vehicle New residents must obtain a Texas driver’s license within 90 days of establishing residency. Texas residents moving to a new address within the state must update their license as well.

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Call 844.YOUR.CCI or visit consolidated.com To obtain a Texas driver license, take proof of registration, proof of insurance, a Social Security card or a current W-2 form, and a valid out-of-state license to the nearest Department of Public Safety office. For license requirements including fees and locations, visit www.txdps.state.tx.us. Vehicles may be registered for license plates at district field offices in the county of residence. The cost is based on the model and year for cars and gross weight for trucks. Subsequent registration may be handled by mail or in person. Motor vehicle registration renewals may be purchased at various locations. Harris County 713-224-1919 • www.tax.co.harris.tx.us Montgomery County 936-756-0571 or 281-364-4200 www.montgomerytexas.gov. Texas law requires that the driver and front seat passenger wear seat belts. Children eight years of age or younger or less than 4 feet nine inches tall must be secured in an

approved car seat. Texas also has a mandatory automobile liability insurance law, and if a driver is stopped for any reason, proof of liability insurance coverage will be necessary. The insurance required must provide: $30,000 bodily injury, $60,000 per person per accident and $25,000 property damage. A copy of the Texas Motor Vehicle Laws is available at www.txdmv. gov.

VOTING Texas voters must be 18 years old and register at least 30 days prior to an election. Those already registered to vote but who change precincts need to file an address change. For information, go to www.votetexas.gov. In Harris County, call 713-368-VOTE. In Montgomery County, call 936-756-0571 or 281-364-4200.

FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS For emergencies only: dial 911. For non-emergencies: dial 311. The Conroe Police Department and municipal police departments, the Montgomery

County Sheriff, and Constables serve the region. The Houston Police Department or the Harris County Sheriff may have jurisdiction in some areas. Active Crime Watch programs operate in numerous neighborhoods, and another very valuable program known as Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips and offers rewards for information leading to an arrest. Houston Crime Stoppers 713-222-TIPS (8477) Montgomery County Crime Stoppers 1-800- 392-STOP (7867)

PETS In most jurisdictions, pets not wearing licenses and/or on a leash can be impounded. Dogs and cats in Texas must be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Boosters are given one year after the initial vaccination, and pets will need to be vaccinated at one- to three-year intervals depending on local requirements. 

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TRANSPORTATION

MOVING TIPS What to do Social Security Number 1-800-772-1213

Information/ Application www.ssa.gov/forms

Physical locations: 8989 Lakes at 610 Drive, 77054 16200 Dillard Drive, 77040 5414 Aldine Mail Road, 77039

THINGS TO KNOW Wait 10 days after your arrival to apply for a social security number. Takes approximately 2 weeks for the card to arrive. No fee for the application. Take original or certified copies of immigration documents, passport & biographical information & photo.

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Texas Drivers License Application & Locations: www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/movingtotexas.htm • Texas has a 90-day grace period. • A written & driving skills test required. • Credit cards, cash, checks, and money orders. • Take your passport, social security number, proof of residency, lawful presence, status. • Proof of vehicle registry. • Completed application.

Credit Card

BANKING

Rates typically include basic utilities (ask

Credit Unions www.findabetterbank.com • Credit unions are owned by members. If your company has a credit union, you can easily set up an account and get a credit card. • Social Security number, a photo ID (passport), minimum deposit required.

Banks www.findabetterbank.com • A checking account can be opened individually or jointly. • A debit card will give you immediate access online and at ATMs. • Social Security number, driver’s license, proof of residence, photo ID (passport), pay stub or utility bill and a minimum opening deposit. • International banks in the USA include HSBC, Citigroup, Barclays, Deustche Bank and Credit Suisse. An account at one of these banks can usually be opened in the US.

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www.creditcards.com • Request a credit card & debit card (ATM) when opening a bank account. • You will need a residential address, phone & place of employment, credit history.

HOUSING Apartment

Houston Apartment Association Q&A: www.haaonline.org • Prices for apartments are based on apartment size and number of bedrooms for details). • Rental requirements include: a credit & security check. Texas Drivers license, passport, bank statement, proof of employment, and a deposit. • Rental applications may require your credit history, employment history, rental history and criminal history, and disclosure of legal status or proof of legal residency. • You are responsible for your lease for the entire term of your contract. • If you terminate your lease contract early, rent may be accelerated and additional charges can be levied against you. • Get any changes to your lease contract or term in writing. • Be sure to ask about pet deposits. • Apartment locators will help you find an apartment and their services are free.

Leasing a Home • Leasing a home is much like renting an apartment. • You might be expected to take care of the


yard on a weekly basis, maintain the property and abide by homeowner regulations. • You will pay all the utility bills (water, power, trash pickup & cable). • You will need a TX driver’s license, proof of employment, credit & personal references & a deposit consisting of the first & last month’s rent.

Buying a home • You can view homes for sale and find a Realtor who speaks your language on www.HAR.com.

Realtor/Homes for Sale & Lease www.HAR.com • You can check your credit score through your bank. • To purchase a home you will need a good credit score based on your credit history. • Report all of your income on your tax return as mortgage loans require proof of income - typically your IRS return. • You do not need a Realtor to purchase a home, but Realtors are trained to help you with pricing and other legal responsibilities. • Realtors use various sources including Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to find homes. • Realtors are usually paid by the seller, their services are free to buyers.

New Homes/Builders/ Communities www.HoustonNewcomerGuides.com Realtors are independent and can help you locate a newly constructed home available from a variety of builders. Builder sales reps. work for the builder. If you are working with a Realtor, you should register your Realtor with the homebuilder when you arrive.

HEALTHCARE

Affordable Care Act www.healthcare.gov • If you are relocating to the U.S. for a job, the HR department will assist you with health insurance for your family. • To shop and compare health insurance visit the Affordable Care Act web page. • You will need your social security

number, passport, health history, employer information, and a credit card.

of Houston. Houston has numerous 4-year

TAXES

Private Schools

State of Texas

colleges and technical schools

• HoustonNewcomerGuides.com

Texas does not have state taxes. Texas collects 8.25% sales tax & property tax only.

• Houstonprivateschools.com

Internal Revenue Service

There are a variety of independent and faith-

Federal income tax for most workers is filed on April 15 of each year. There are numerous rules and regulations for expatriates, the following are resources to get you started. Your employer can also assist you. Internal Revenue Service: www.irs.gov/

• Privateschoolreview.com based private schools in the Houston area. • Enrollment is most cases is based on openings in certain grades. • Check with each school for enrollment requirements as they vary from school to school. • International schools offer the International Baccalaureate program and

EDUCATION

might be better suited for children

Day Care:

planning to later attend university

childcarecenter.us • Some centers only care for children until they are ready for Kindergarten at age 5. Other schools offer Kindergarten. • Will need your child’s birth certificate, social security number, passport, application. • Schools vary widely, make several trips with and without your child at different times of the day. Ask for referrals.

outside the US.

Public Schools

• www.uscitizenship.info

PK-12 Texas Education Association: tea.texas.gov • Required for children 6-18 years of age in USA. • Child’s birth certificate, passport, social security number, transcript, doctor’s statement. • The Houston area has excellent public schools which serve students from Pre-K through 12th grade. • You can research individual school districts, schools, ratings and test scores at the Texas Education Association web site. Elementary school (grade 1 through 5 or 6), Middle school or junior high (up to grade 8 or 9), High school or senior high (up to grade 12).

College

IMMIGRATION VISA Most questions are answered on the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration web sites below. Contact your Consulate about your country’s requirements. General How Do I Guides: • www.uscis.gov

Employment Visa: • www.travel.state.gov • www.uscis.gov Green Card: www.uscis.gov/greencard Permanent Resident: www.uscis.gov Schedule appointment with USCIS officer: infopass.uscis.gov

PETS Entry Requirements: www.dshs.state.tx.uss • Dogs & cats must be vaccinated by 4 months of age followed by booster shots every couple of years. • Pets not wearing license tags and/or leashed can be impounded.

Search www.petersons.com Community colleges are located in all parts

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EDUCATION Home to some of the largest and most highly rated public school districts in Texas and the U.S., Montgomery County offers its residents an impressive array of high quality educational opportunities. Higher education is another strength. Along with beautiful lakes, forests and a

Texas Education Association at www.tea.

Texas Legislature in 1995 to provide an

thriving economy, Montgomery County

texas.gov

alternative to traditional public schools. Open-enrollment charter schools are public

offers excellent educational opportunities. There is a variety of highly regarded public

STEM EDUCATION

schools that have the flexibility to adapt to

school districts, ranging from small-town

STEM, an acronym for science, technology,

the educational needs of individual students.

gems to some of the largest in the Houston

engineering and math education, is an

Charter schools provide a personalized

area. The region also has a wide range of

interdisciplinary and applied approach that

learning environment that promotes greater

private and parochial schools, along with

is coupled with hands-on, problem-based

student achievement.

a growing list of opportunities for higher

learning.

In the State of Texas, charter schools operate

education.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT TESTING: STAAR

According to a recent poll of U.S. CEOs,

under and receive academic accountability

employers will need 1.6 million new STEM

ratings from the Texas Education Agency.

employees by 2019. In 2013, the average

All charter students in Texas take the same

of

STEM occupation paid about $80,000 annu-

Academic Readiness (STAAR) measures

ally; roughly 1.7 times the average yearly

a child’s performance, as well as academic

U.S. wage.

The

State

of

Texas

Assessments

STAAR test as traditional public school students. Charter schools receive state funds based on the average daily attendance of students (same as traditional public schools);

growth, college and career readiness. Results Texas

science,

The

district performance ratings. Annual Assess-

neering

ments cover: reading and mathematics,

initiative provides a foundational approach

grades 3-8; writing at grades 4 and 7; science

to empower teachers, inspire students and

at grades 5 and 8; social studies at grade 8;

advance STEM education. There are 70

and end-of-course assessments for English

T-STEM Academies and seven blended

1, English 11, Algebra 1, biology, and U.S.

Early College High School/T-STEM Acad-

Conroe ISD is a 348-square mile school

history. All of the districts in Montgomery

emies serving more than 40,000 students

district that is geographically diverse and

County met approved standards in 2016.

across the state.

includes The Woodlands, Shenandoah, Oak

For more information and complete district

TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOLS

well as several other smaller towns, commu-

and individual school information, visit the

Charter schools were authorized by the

nities, and unincorporated areas. As the

and

technology,

mathematics

engi-

however, they do not receive funds from

from STAAR calculate annual school and

(T-STEM)

local tax revenue.

PUBLIC SCHOOL Conroe ISD

www.conroeisd.net • 936-709-7752

Ridge North, Conroe, and Caney Creek, as

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13th largest district in Texas and the 71st

courses to meet the needs and interests of all

to serve students in the southwest portion

largest in the U.S., Conroe ISD serves over

students.

of the district. This state-of-the-art piece of

59,000 students across 60 campuses and is

the district’s first-ever “educational village”

one of the fastest growing districts in the

The Conroe Independent School District

State with an average enrollment growth of

encompasses 348 square miles, educates

approximately 1,500 students per year.

nearly 54,000 students and consists of 56 campuses. The appealing size of the district

Conroe ISD is a community of individ-

and the small-town surroundings of the

uals working together to achieve the best

Conroe area foster strong involvement by

for students. The District is proud of the

parents and the surrounding community.

accomplishments

teachers

From specialized programs and the latest in

and administrators who have helped make

technology to outstanding extracurricular

Conroe ISD a great school district. Achieve-

and athletic programs, Conroe ISD strives

ment scores continue to increase and are

to meet the diverse needs of students at all

well above the State and national averages.

grade levels.

of

students,

The mean SAT score for the District is 1556 compared to 1484 for the nation and 1393

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

will be followed by a future middle school and elementary campus. CFISD is continually taking steps to transform schools into 21st Century learning environments. It has recently upgraded more than 100,000 network connections and completed 100 percent of the network electronics infrastructure hubs throughout the campus, helping manage nearly 90,000 districtowned devices in addition to student-owned devices and wireless connections. The district is made up of 54 elementary

www.cfisd.net • 281-897-4000

schools, 18 middle schools, 11 high schools

Located approximately 20 miles northwest

staff and educators are working to “maxi-

of downtown Houston, Cypress-Fairbanks

mize every student’s potential through

Texas.

ISD is a destination district for college/

rigorous and relevant learning experiences

career preparation, extracurricular prowess,

preparing students to be 21st Century global

For the sixth year in a row, TxSmartSchools,

and award-winning programs. The 23nd

leaders.” The CFISD vision is LEAD:

awarded the highest rating of 5-Stars to

largest school district in the nation, and 3rd

Learn. Empower. Achieve. Dream.

Conroe ISD for having high academic

largest in the Houston area, CFISD is also

standards while spending efficiently. And

one of the fastest-growing districts nation-

speaking of efficient spending, Conroe ISD’s

wide with a student enrollment of about

tax rate is one of the lowest in the Greater

115,000. These students are taking advan-

Houston metropolitan area at $1.28.

tage of a district that was, for the fourth

for the State. The mean ACT score is 23.2 with the nation and State at 20.8 and 20.6 respectively. Conroe ISD also has a graduation rate of 95.7%, one of the highest in

straight year, awarded the highest possible

and five special program facilities, where

Magnolia ISD

www.magnoliaisd.org • 281-356-3571 Located 45 miles north of Houston and to the west of The Woodlands, the Magnolia

Conroe ISD offers a comprehensive core

rating of Met Standard in the Texas Educa-

Independent School District provides an

academic program, a vast array of athletics,

tion Agency’s accountability ratings.

outstanding learning environment offering innovative programs, modern facilities and

a cutting-edge Career and Technical Education curriculum, and a slate of fine arts

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integrity, responsible service to others.

The Montgomery County continued economic and population growth has a positive impact on education. Public school district across the region boast strong reputations for both academic and extracurricular program.

The district serves approximately 13,000

responsible, contributing citizens in a diverse

students and provides a well-balanced

and changing world.

curriculum to meet the needs of all students offering advanced academics, dual credit

Montgomery ISD

programs, Career and Technical Education

www.misd.org • 936-582-1333

career paths and certifications, Early Childhood, and full-day Kindergarten. Magnolia West High School is the only public school in Montgomery County to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This

prestigious,

challenging

academic

program prepares junior and senior students

MISD educates over 8300 students who live within the 231 square-mile boundary. The district has eight schools with three more on the way. MISD will be opening a new elementary school and junior high school in the Fall of 2017 with a new high school opening in the Fall of 2018.

for the rigor of college course work and is recognized by elite universities around the world as an excellent preparatory curriculum. One of the fastest growing districts in the state among comparable size districts, Magnolia’s campuses include eight elementary schools, two 6th grade junior high schools, two 7th and 8th grade junior high schools, three high schools and one alternative high school. This growth has been met with excellent facilitates and increased community support. Students in the district are recognized for national and state accolades in academics, athletics, agriculture, health science, career and technology, fine arts programs, and the Navy Junior ROTC. District honors include National Merit Scholars and above average SAT and ACT scores. The mission of Magnolia ISD is to provide an educational environment that will enable all students to develop essential academic skills for a lifetime of learning and to be

The district employs an outstanding instructional staff of 519 certified teachers. Of these educators, the staff has an average of 13.05 years of teaching experience and 115 teachers hold advanced degrees MISD class sizes are small and average about 15.5 students for each teacher, which enables them to give their students individualized attention and in-depth instruction. Montgomery ISD maintains an environment rich in opportunities for their students to engage in and develop their passions. In addition, Montgomery High School was named one of Newsweek’s Best High Schools in America. With an unyielding commitment to excellence, MISD seeks to provide a premier academic program that recognizes the unique potential of each student and integrate the intellectual, social, cultural and physical aspects of learning. Staff and educators work to empower each student to become an eager lifelong learner committed to academic excellence,

citizenship

and

The district tracks its students’ progress through the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR). Details about the district’s involvement in these programs can be found on the Texas Education Agency’s School Performance page, www.tea.state.tx.us.

Tomball ISD

www.tomballisd.net • 281-357-3100 The Tomball Independent School District is a highly regarded public school system that maintains a reputation for excellence. The district serves approximately 15,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 in 18 modern, well-equipped facilities that were designed and built with students and their needs in mind. The district is committed to high student achievement characterized by quality instruction, equality of opportunities and resources, and demonstrated results. Tomball ISD is proud to offer various academic programs that focus on ensuring students are college and workforce ready. Courses in the Career & Technical Education department offer certifications that prepare students to become contributing members of the workforce within the Tomball community.The district also offers courses based on engineering curriculum provided by Project Lead The Way – a non-profit organization and a provider of K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. The Health Science program is another certification option for Tomball ISD students. This program prepares students for a career in the medical field by offering classes in medical terminology, nutrition, hydration and safety, and by caring for individuals who reside in nursing facilities or nursing homes. Courses offered in Tomball ISD’s Career & Technical Education program offer additional educational opportunities as students decide on a career choice. As part of its mission to provide innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences that allow students to become responsible, productive

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• Grades PK-12th

• University-Model School® • Affordable tuition

• All courses taught at an honors pace • Parent/teacher partnerships

• Athletics and extracurriculars Legacy Prep exists to partner with parents to inspire and prepare college-worthy character witnesses for Christ. 9756 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77354

936-337-2000 • www.legacypca.org

citizens, Tomball ISD is proud that its students are graduating from high school ready for college, or with highly valued professional credentials in a variety of industries.

Willis ISD

www.willisisd.org • 936-856-1200 Education is exciting for the more than 7,000 Willis Wildkats who attend one of five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Willis ISD is a growing K-12 district nestled between the Sam Houston National Forest and Lake Conroe. The District and all campuses once again achieved the highest rating of “Met Standard” under the 2016 State Accountability System. Since 2013, Willis ISD schools have earned a total of 15 Academic Achievement Distinctions Designations. Higher expectations for student achievement are set every year and are complimented by a comprehensive array of rigorous academic programs including Gifted and

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Talented, Career and Technology, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit courses. College-ready juniors and seniors can take Lone Star College courses in their high school classrooms, with some students graduating with more than 40 hours of college credit. Through the Career and Technology program, students can get a quick start on their career by acquiring skills in a variety of areas including architecture and construction, agriculture, audio/video technology, business management, health science, hospitality services and information technology. Individual talents and valuable life skills are enriched through the athletic, fine arts and extracurricular programs. Willis ISD honors small-town values and traditions. It is a community that pulls together for the kids and develops personal connections with them and their families. At the same time, staff and educators are focused on preparing the students to live and work successfully in the global community of the 21st century.

Houston. Its vision states: Spring Independent School District will be a district of choice known for high-quality academics with innovative and specialized programs that meet the needs of all students in a positive learning environment. Guided by its strategic plan, Every Child 2020, the district supports the growth and development of all students. Every learner can succeed in Spring, with academic acceleration and enrichment available for the gifted and talented, while special education services are provided for those with disabilities. Bilingual instruction and English as a Second Language programs are also offered. A renewed focus on literacy for all and an expansion of early childhood programs are both part of the district’s commitment to prepare graduates who are college and career ready. In addition, student athletes from the district have made their mark at all levels of their chosen sports. Meanwhile, through district art, dance, music, theater, and speech programs, Spring ISD students

Spring ISD

have been recognized regionally and nation-

www.springisd.org • 281 891-6000

ally for achievement in the arts.

Spring ISD is focused on its students and

The district’s 38 campuses include 18

grounded in its community partnerships.

schools built within the last decade, as well

It serves about 37,000 pre-kindergarten

as numerous renovated ones, ensuring that

through twelfth-grade students in a diverse

students have secure, modern facilities in

district located 20 miles north of central

which to become lifelong learners, critical

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thinkers, and responsible citizens – ready

championship Choral Praise Group travels

to contribute, compete, and lead in today’s

to New York performing at Carnegie

global society.

Hall in alternating years. In junior high, creative drama teachers instruct students in

PRIVATE SCHOOL

performance and production, serving as a

Covenant Christian School

springboard for the annual Junior Class Play

www.covenantonline.com • 936-890-8080

at the historic Crighton Theater.

Covenant

Christian

School

an

A heartfelt and unwavering commitment to

Christ-centered,

excellence underlies all that Covenant does

college-preparatory school situated on a

with every student. Covenant is located at

35 acre facility serving students in Pre-K

4503 I-45 North, Conroe, TX 77304. For

through grade 12. The school is nationally

more information and to schedule a tour,

accredited by the Association of Christian

contact the Admissions Office at (936)

Schools International (ACSI) and Texas

890-8080.

inter-denominational,

Association

of

Private

and

is

Parochial

Schools (TAPPS). Covenant’s mission is for students to develop a sincere desire to impact the world with excellence and to glorify God in every area of life. Teachers challenge students to succeed and stand behind them with the support needed to fulfill their potential and reach their dreams using faith-based college-preparatory curriculum and experiential learning opportunities. Not surprisingly, Covenant is known for its consistently high scores on standardized achievement tests. More than 95% of graduates attend colleges and universities throughout Texas and across the nation. Sportsmanship and competition acquire deeper meaning at Covenant. Coaches encourage and train athletes to compete at high levels while instilling Godly character – on and off the field and court. Students in grades 6 thru 12 compete on a variety of championship teams throughout the school year allowing them to explore and develop God-given strengths and talents. Covenant

inspires

artistic

expression

through art, music and drama. Starting in Pre-K, students receive instruction from art teachers who offer children an awareness of beauty and detail found in God’s creation. The unparalleled music department stirs a lifelong appreciation for musical expression beginning with the youngest students continuing through senior year. Covenant’s

Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy www.legacypca.org • 936-337-2000

Founded in 2005, Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy is a private Christian school comprised of grades Pre-K through 12th. Legacy Prep prepares students to be successful in college and life by providing a rigorous academic background that is rich in opportunities. The school strives to develop a biblical worldview combined with community service, a strong work ethic, and study habits critical to college-worthy students. The vision of Legacy Prep is to cultivate parental involvement in the educational process of their children and to come alongside parents to prepare the students to be college-worthy, character witnesses for Christ. Legacy Prep is a University Model School certified by the National Association of University Model Schools (NAUMS), headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The school attained NAUMS certification in July 2008 and was recertified in April of 2014. Legacy Prep is also accredited by AdvancEd/SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). The school participates in ASCI and TAPPS. Currently, Legacy Prep has over 400 students enrolled and attending school on the 22-acre campus in The Woodlands. The school offers a wide array of sports including football, baseball, volleyball,

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Preparatory Christian Academy, please visit their website at www.legacypca.org or call 936-337-2000.

The John Cooper School www.johncooper.org • 281-367-0900 An independent, PK-12, college preparatory

The Woodlands Preparatory School

school, located on 43 acres that were set aside for an independent school by Wood-

The International School in The Woodlands an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

lands founder George Mitchell. The school opened in 1988 and has grown to become

Woodlands Prep is the only school in the Houston area, and the fourth in Texas, to offer the IB continuum program from preschool through Grade 12. Our inquiry-based program challenges students to reflect critically and develop research skills. Our students become respectful global citizens that are active and inquiring lifelong learners!

one of the premier independent schools in

Contact the Admission Office to schedule a tour!

new teaching methods enable students to

the Houston area. Cooper provides a challenging education in a caring environment. Traditional educational practices combined with innovative become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.

Now Enrolling for 2017-2018 school year!

281-516-0600 27440 Kuykendahl Rd. The Woodlands, Tx 77375 www.woodlandsprep.org • admissions@woodlandsprep.org

The International School in The Woodlands www.woodlandsprep.org • 281-516-0600 The Woodlands Preparatory School is the only school in the Houston area, and the fourth in Texas, to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum program from preschool through Grade 12. The IB curriculum is an academically challenging and comprehensive method for developing compassionate and critical thinkers. It has a proven track record of producing graduates who are informed participants in local and world affairs. Here are four key benefits that your child will

Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Preparatory School

have from enrolling at Woodlands Prep: • Develop students that are active and

basketball, cheerleading, golf, tennis, cross

Secondly, through Legacy Prep’s academ-

country, track & field, and more. Extra-cur-

ically

ricular activities include National Honor

curriculum, the school prepares students to

Society, National Junior Honor Society,

be successful as they enter higher education

student council, fine arts, and more.

at a university. Students develop the skills

skills for thriving in today’s world that will

of an independent learner far sooner than

expand your child’s future opportunities

challenging

college

preparatory

inquiring lifelong learners • Develop respectful global citizens • Students will develop critical thinking

Legacy Prep meets on a university-style

traditional types of schooling allow and

schedule giving families many benefits they

experience a smooth transition as they enter

Contact the Admission Office admissions@

will not find elsewhere. The first is to give

the college or university of their choice.

woodlandsprep.org to schedule a tour and

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www.krklegends.com • 281-363-2227 While nobody cares for your kids more than family, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy comes close. Maybe that’s because at the very heart of their program is love. It’s intertwined through every aspect of the center and comes to life in an overriding commitment to care for each child, the whole child. Love, along with a deep understanding of the individual educational and emotional needs of each child, is what sets Kids ‘R’ Kids apart. It’s clear that this is a place where students are part of an extended family, learning and having a great time in the process. Here, the philosophy of “Hug First, Then Teach” is lived out by the staff of the school. Today childcare centers and preschools are an essential part of your child’s education. It’s where kids begin to develop social skills and introduces them to classroom learning. Where you enroll your children is a big decision that will impact your child for years to come. With Kids ‘R’ Kids, families with children from 6 weeks to 12 years old in The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe and surrounding areas can be confident their children are getting the very best in childcare including an exemplary curriculum, secure facilities, age appropriate activities, safe and clean play spaces and most of all a cohesive team compassionate teachers giving your children the personal attention they deserve. The teaching staff is required to maintain 30 hours of Early Childhood Education and

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training to ensure knowledge and expertise in both current and emerging knowledge, new insights and best practices in child education and learning. The lead teachers for the classrooms either have their Texas Rising Star (TSR) Certification, CDA (Child Development Associates) or they are in the process of completing these coveted credentials. The school has a full time cook on staff whose sole focus is to prepare nutritious meals that will give our students the energy to learn and develop in a healthy way. Transportation safety is of vital importance and as

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Many students interested in a four-year degree start at LSC, then transfer to the university of their choice, saving thousands of dollars without sacrificing quality. LSC students can also take advantage of the Honors College at LSC for high achieving students and study abroad and international programs, programs not commonly associated with a community college. High school students can get a jump-start on college with Dual Credit classes which allow them to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.

Students save

money on college tuition, complete their degrees quicker and build confidence by easing the transition to college. LSC was such, no vans are used to transport children, but rather buses equipped with seat belts and safely operated by carefully screened drivers with specialized training and where required a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License).

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WORSHIP Montgomery County offers a variety of churches ranging from Non-Denominational to Methodist to Baptist. Not to be overlooked, there are several mosques and synagogues also in the area. The following pages list some of the houses of worship located in Montgomery County. THE WOODLANDS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH www.thewoodlandsumc.org • 281-297-5900 The Woodlands United Methodist Church (TWUMC) is a 12,000-member congregation located in suburban Houston, Texas. TWUMC is an evangelical Methodist church offering 10 live worship services each week in three unique worship styles across two campuses. Each Sunday, TWUMC webcasts three services (one in each style) live online. TWUMC offers dynamic Christian programs for all ages, placing special emphasis on discipleship, missions and outreach. TWUMC also runs an accredited preschool, a private elementary school, and a licensed counseling center. The TWUMC mission is to “Win people to Jesus Christ, disciple them in faith, and help those in need.” Learn more at www.thewoodlandsumc.org

MAIN CAMPUS SERVICE TIMES Traditional Worship - Sunday 8:30, 9:35 and 11:00 a.m. Harvest Contemporary Worship - Sunday 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., 5:30 p.m Loft Modern Worship - Saturday 6:00 p.m. / Sunday: 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

WOODFOREST CAMPUS SERVICE TIMES The Church at Woodforest - Sunday 10:00 a.m.

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ISLAM

ASSEMBLIES OF GOD Conroe First Assembly of God

conroefirst.org

Living Waters Assembly of God

livingwatersonline.org

Living Word World Outreach

The Islamic Society of Greater Houston Woodlands Islamic Center

livingwordwoc.org

Spring First Church

springfirst.org

The River Assembly of God

theriverag.org

BAPTIST

JEWISH Chabad of The Woodlands Congregation Beth Shalom

jewishwoodlands.com cbsw.org

Jewish Community North

Community Baptist Church

cbcwoodlands.org

Champion Forest Baptist Church Conroe

championforest.org

Crossroads Baptist Church

crbctw.org

First Baptist Conroe

fbcconroe.org

First Baptist Church Montgomery

fbcmontgomery.com

First Baptist Church of Willis Founders Baptist Church

gslcthewoodlands.org

Grace Lutheran Church

graceconroe.org

Living Savior Lutheran Church

livingsaviortexas.org lwlc.org

foundersbaptist.org

lolonline.org

northsideconroe.com

RiverPointe Baptist Church

riverpointebaptist.org springbaptist.org springcreekbc.net

The Woodlands First Baptist Church

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Lord of Life Lutheran Church

Northside Baptist Church

Spring Creek Baptist Church

LUTHERAN

Living Word Lutheran Church

mimsbaptist.org

Spring Baptist Church

cjcn.org

firstbaptistwillis.org

Mims Baptist Church

thewoodlandsfirst.org

West Conroe Baptist Church

wcbc.us

Resurrection Lutheran Church

churchthatcares.org

Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church

sojoy.org

St. Mark Lutheran Church

stmarkconroe.org

Tree of Life Lutheran Church

treechurch.net

METHODIST Christ Church United Methodist

cc-um.org

Faith United Methodist Church

faithumcspring.org

First United Methodist Church

BUDDHIST Texas Buddhist Association

jadebuddha.org

fumc-conroe.org

St. Paul United Methodist Church

stpaulconroe.org

The Loft – The Woodlands UMC

CATHOLIC Sacred Heart Church

shconroe.org

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

staoptw.org

St. Ignatius Loyola

ignatiusloyola.org

St. Matthias the Apostle

st-matthias.net

Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic

ssjwoodlands.com

Community Christian Church

woodlandsccc.org

The Woodlands Christian Church

twcc.org

CHURCH OF CHRIST Conroe Church of Christ

conroechurch.org northwoodlandsareacoc.com

Woodland Oaks Church of Christ Woodlands Church of Christ

woodlandschurchofchrist.org

holycomforterspring.org stjta.org trinitywoodlands.org

woodlandshindutemple.org

INTERDENOMINATIONAL Calvary Chapel

Ark Church

thearkchurch.com

Conroe Community Church

conroecommunitychurch.org

Generations Church

conroefirst.org gchurch.net

Living Branch Church The Crossing Church

lbclife.org thecrossing.cc

Vineyard Church of Conroe

conroevineyard.org

Woodlands Church

woodlandschurch.tv

WoodsEdge Community Church

www.woodsedge.org

ORTHODOX St. Cyril Orthodox Church St Jonah Orthodox

PRESBYTERIAN Crown & Covenant RP Church First Presbyterian Church Conroe Grace Presbyterian Church

ccthewoodlands.org

stanthonythegreat.org stcyril.us/orthodox-houston saintjonah.org

Alden Bridge Presbyterian Church

HINDU Hindu Temple of The Woodlands

NON-DENOMINATIONAL

St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Christian Church

St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church Trinity Episcopal Church

The Woodlands United Methodist Church 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380 281-297-5900 • thewoodlandsumc.org

woodlandoaks.org

EPISCOPAL Holy Comforter Episcopal Church

thewoodlandsumc.org/loft

First Assembly of God

CHRISTIAN (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

N Woodlands Church of Christ

isgh.org wic-woodlands.org

trpctw.org crowncovenantchurch.org fpcconroe.org gracewoodlands.org

The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church wcpc-tx.org

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HEALTHCARE

The cutting-edge healthcare facilities, physicians and medical services available in Montgomery County and The Woodlands have grown over the years to meet the healthcare needs of the communities they serve. Patients now have the opportunity to heal closer to home, work and family.

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WE HAVE

HOUSTON COVERED The breadth and depth of our care is matched only by our reach. 17 State-of-the-Art Hospitals • Affiliated Primary Care and Specialist Physicians Women’s Memorial Hermann • Children’s Memorial Hermann • Mischer Neuroscience Institute TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation and Research Hospital*• IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institutes Red Duke Trauma Institute • Urgent Care • Convenient Care Centers • Cancer Centers • Joint Centers Heart & Vascular Institutes • 80+ Outpatient Centers • PaRC Prevention and Recovery Center For a physician referral, call 713.272.1673 or visit us at memorialhermann.org

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Photo courtesy of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

Thanks to its fast-growing and affluent population, Montgomery County and The

offer weight reduction, health management programs and medical spa treatments.

hospitals in the United States and an orthopedic and spine hospital.

The world-renowned Texas Medical Center, where patients from around the world seek treatment, is about an hour’s drive from Montgomery County. For more information, go to www.texasmedicalcenter.org.

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands is a primary stroke center and part of a citywide, accredited Chest Pain Center network and features open-heart surgery, complex arrhythmia services and cardiac rehabilitation.

Woodlands offer some of the most modern and comprehensive healthcare facilities in the Greater Houston region. Family doctors and specialists, emergency clinics and several large, award–winning hospitals have built new facilities along the I-45 corridor. These state-of-the-art

facilities

offer

advanced

cardiac care, cancer research and therapy,

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trauma care, sports medicine, and many

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

other innovative treatments. Staffs include top ranking physicians, quality nursing care and highly skilled support services. Patients can expect to find comfortable, attractive rooms designed for ease of care. Public areas and waiting areas are accommodating and meant to reduce the stress that frequently accompanies hospital visits. Neighborhood

emergency

clinics

are

equipped to treat most illnesses, minor injuries and other health-related needs. With little or no waiting, walk-in patients can get

Since 1985, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital has provided high quality, patient- and family-centered care. It is still the first and only hospital in Montgomery County to be granted Magnet® status for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. And it is also the first and only in the county to earn the prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. for providing optimal care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

a routine physical, school immunizations, and standard screening tests. Some clinics are located within stores or shopping centers and have extended hours to accommodate their patients. Recent additions to personal health care options include specialty clinics that treat conditions such as smoking cessation and weight loss. Wellness Centers affiliated with hospitals or a physician’s practice frequently

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Memorial Hermann The Woodlands has 351 beds and is part of the Memorial Hermann Health System – one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the nation. Memorial Hermann is an integrated system that serves Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community with 17 hospitals, including four in the Texas Medical Center, a level I trauma center, a hospital for children, one of the top two rehabilitation

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Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center – the largest and most comprehensive neuroscience program in Texas for conditions of the brain, spine and central nervous system – also has a clinic in The Woodlands. Additionally, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands is a trauma center with an Emergency Center at the hospital, and a second 24 Hour Emergency Center located off Woodlands Parkway, near FM 2978. TIRR Memorial Hermann* provides comprehensive medical rehabilitation for individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, multiple traumas, complex orthopedic injuries and other neurological or neuromuscular disorders. TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands features both outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation services, as well as pediatric outpatient rehabilitation. Children’s Memorial Hermann services in The Woodlands include affiliated pediatric subspecialists for: cardiology, digestive


diseases (G/I), neurology, dermatology, maternal fetal medicine, ophthalmology, rehabilitation,

and

endocrinology.

The

program is further supported by a Children’s Memorial Hermann pediatric emergency room, Child Life services to meet the emotional needs of children in healthcare settings, after hours pediatric house calls and a pediatric inpatient unit with a playroom. The Campus also features: a family birth and lactation center; a Breast Care Center with 3-D mammography and MD Anderson breast radiologists; orthopedics and a Joint Center; a cancer center; surgical services, including robotic-assisted surgery; diabetes care; and state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostics. Call Memorial Hermann at 713-272-1673 for a free physician referral. *TIRR is a registered trademark of TIRR Foundation.

The Care You Need. Where You Need It.

CHI St. Luke’s Health CHI St. Luke’s Health is dedicated to a mission of enhancing health through highquality, cost-effective care. In conjunction with physicians and community partners, CHI St. Luke’s Health is committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the whole person. Health is not merely the absence of illness or the presence of physical well-being, and our team of experienced, compassionate physicians and staff understands that it’s the result of achieving a balance between the elements found within each patient and in our greater communities as a whole. Montgomery County is growing fast, and CHI St. Luke’s Health is committed to growing with it…not just in size, but also by being there for families as they grow and change. With hospitals in The Woodlands, Lakeside, and Springwoods Village, plus freestanding ERs, we have you covered, no matter where you are or what you need.

Montgomery County is growing fast, and CHI St. Luke’s Health is committed to growing with it…not just in size, but also by being there for families as they grow and change. With hospitals in The Woodlands, Lakeside, and Springwoods Village, we have you covered.

The Woodlands Hospital: 936-242-0207 Featured Services • Women’s Services • Neuroscience Institute at The Woodlands • Cardiovascular

Lakeside Hospital: 936-242-0695 Featured Services • Emergency Department • Cardiovascular • Orthopedic & Spine Care

Springwoods Village Hospital: 832-510-6535 Featured Services • Emergency Department • Diagnostic Imaging • Preventive Care

Learn more at CHIStLukesHealth.org

Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands As Houston and its surrounding communities grow, Texas Children’s Hospital continues to expand as well. Texas Children’s is not only committed to meeting the

In partnership with Catholic Health Initiatives–CHI

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needs of patients and families we serve, but we are committed to doing that in a way that works for them. For so many, this means providing care close to home. That’s exactly why we are building Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.

Moving Medical Tips

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If you have a special healthcare need or requirement, refer to and call the healthcare advertisers in this publication to get information. Call the offices of all your current physicians/dentists and tell them that you are moving. Ask for referrals they might be willing to make.

If you have already selected physicians/dentists, ask your current physician to forward copies of the records of each of your family members to your new doctor.

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If you have not yet selected physicians/dentists, ask your current physician/dentist to make copies of pertinent records of all your family members for you to take with you. Pack these records in your suitcase, not in the moving van, so they will be readily available in case of an emergency.

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It is extremely important that you get the immunization records for your children before you move. You cannot enroll your children in local schools without these records. You will also need certified copies of your children’s birth certificates as well as the addresses of your children’s former schools.

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If you are a member of a healthcare HMO/PPO plan, or have a prescription drug card, be sure to notify the company of your moving plans. The insurance company should be able to provide you with a list of physicians/ healthcare facilities in the area.

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Pack an emergency first aid kit to take en route to your new home. Items such as bandages, thermometer, pain killers or aspirin, antihistamine, first-aid ointment, tweezers and decongestant can come in handy.

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The communities in this area are some of the fastest-growing in the nation, with a combined population already exceeding 1.1 million. The pediatric population alone is projected to grow to more than 350,000 in the next three years. In order to meet this need, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a 560,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, is being designed specifically to serve children and families. We are proud that the hospital will be the first dedicated to children’s care in The Woodlands community. Outpatient services are now offered at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. The Outpatient Building houses 72 exam rooms and nearly 20 areas of specialized care including cardiology, sports medicine, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and hematology/oncology. Inpatient services, including the emergency center, will open in 2017. The hospital will house 32 inpatient rooms, 25 emergency center exam rooms, four operating rooms, 12 radiology rooms and 28 critical care rooms, with plans to add up to 200 additional beds in the future to meet community needs. Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands is led by Michelle Riley-Brown, president, Dr. Charles Hankins, chief medical officer and Dr. Jeffrey Shilt, chief surgical officer. Texas Children’s anticipates serving families in counties throughout Greater North Houston including Montgomery, Walker, Grimes, Liberty, Harris, Polk, San Jacinto and Hardin counties and beyond. The hospital building project is part of Promise: The Campaign for Texas Children’s Hospital. The goal of the comprehensive $475 million fundraising effort is to help ensure that Texas Children’s continues to meet the needs of the patients it serves 5, 10 and even 20 years from now. For more information, visit texaschildrens. org/woodlands.


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UT Physicians UT Physicians, the clinical faculty practice of the McGovern Medical School at UT Health has experienced unparalleled growth over the last seven years. With offices originally located solely across the street from the McGovern Medical School, UT Physicians now boasts more than 200 clinical sites in and around the Greater Houston Area. C

The idea of community-based UT Physicians clinics is one that started with the goal of bringing UT Physicians doctors to the patients. “Back in 2007 and 2008, we created a strategic plan for UT Physicians to follow the growth and population changes in Houston. We knew that if we didn’t grow outside of the Texas Medical Center, we would not survive as a group practice,” says Andrew Casas, chief operating officer of UT Physicians.

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The addition of the UT Physicians Pediatric Center at The Woodlands provides a variety of specialty services for children 0 – 18 years in age. Available pediatric specialty services include cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and neurology. With staff highly trained in all aspects of their job including providing an exceptional patient experience, the clinic is maintaining a 95 – 97% patient satisfaction rating. A dedicated clinic with physicians passionate and honored to treat their patients as part of the UT Physicians growing family. “We’re providing timely pediatric subspecialty care close to home and in your neighborhood,” says Dr. Katherine Velez, Endocrinologist. Thomas Murphy, M.D., assistant dean for community affairs and health policy, says that patients outside of the Texas Medical Center provide stability and long-term patient relationships. “Right care, right place, right cost – it’s a simple concept,” he says. UT Physicians Pediatric Center at The Woodlands, 920 Medical Plaza Drive Suite 140 (Medical Plaza 2), The Woodlands, Texas 77380. For more information or to schedule an appointment at call 713-4866760 or visit our website at UTPhysicians. com.

Pediatric Endocrinology Katherine Velez, MD Pediatric Diabetes Pediatric Endocrinology Other Languages: Spanish

Pediatric Neurology Ian Butler, MD General Pediatric Neurology Tourette Syndrome Movement Disorder

Clinic Hours: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

920 Medical Plaza Dr., Suite 140 The Woodlands, Texas 77380 713-486-6760 UTPhysicians.com

FINDING A DOCTOR Moving to a new city is exciting, but it also requires finding the grocery store you like, the schools your kids will attend - and the healthcare practitioners that fit the needs of your family. The following is list of local and national physician resource, including the American Medical Association - where you can search for general practice physicians by location, specialty, and more. American Medical Association: Resource for general health information, as well as a search function for local physician resource under the “Patients” tab of the site. www.ama-assn.org American Academy of Pediatrics: National website for children’s health resources; separate “Parenting Corner” website is comprehensive site for health-related news, questions, and other topics. www.aap.org • www.healthychildren.org Texas Medical Association: Listing of member physicians across the state, as well as information on general health resources; go to the “Find A Physician” tab to search by specialty or location. www.texmed.org

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ACTIVE ADULTS

+ senior living The times of aging in America, they are a-changing – and many senior Montgomery County residents couldn’t be happier about it. Long gone are the days of mandatory retirement at age 65, and with it, the idea that one’s golden years were to be spent simply sitting quietly on the front porch in a rocking chair as they watch life go by.

More and more seniors don’t see themselves as seniors (unless they get a discount if they do). Increasingly, the years after age 65 are more numerous and more active. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Americans’ life expectancy in 2000 was 76.8 years; in 2014, it was 78.8. One of the reasons is that Americans are healthier: today’s seniors visit the doctor and emergency room less, spend fewer days in hospital and exercise more. Turning 65 no longer means receiving a watch, a party and hearty congratulations for years spent at a job, only to be put out to pasture to watch the rest of the world go by. Today’s seniors now have many options, dreams and plans, and very often, the energy to pursue them. Of course, people

with more leisure time can perfect their golf

TAKING STOCK

swing, or carefully tend their prized azaleas,

In order to narrow your options in what

but these days, they’re also choosing to go

could be an overwhelming list of choices

back to school, learn a new language, run

and to help you choose the best one, put

marathons, volunteer, or take up a new

some time into the stock-taking process

hobby. More people are opting to burn out

by taking a personal inventory of living

rather than rust out.

expenses, health, interests and expectations.

And the options for living and playing are

Budget Inventory: what does it cost to live

also evolving to meet the changing demands

every month? What are you spending on

of this growing group of people. From

housing or rental; how much does it cost

upscale retirement communities that offer

to heat it, cool it, pay taxes or a mortgage

an array of housing, activity, exercise and

on it? What other expenses do you have?

social options, to full-care facilities that care

Food, entertainment, transportation? What

for people with mental and physical disabil-

medical expenses do you currently have,

ities, and every-thing in between, there is a

or do you anticipate? Be as thorough and

senior living solution to fit every desire and

honest in your assessment as you can, so

need.

that you can make an informed decision.

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health. It’s as important to consider ac-cess to medical doctors and facilities as it is to think about fun and leisure pursuits. Make sure the new community is one that you will enjoy, that it has convenient amenities and access to services, and that a new house will be a good investment. If you’re still active, you might want to be among folk just like you. Think carefully before making decisions that will determine your happiness in the years to come.

SENIOR HOUSING OPTIONS “The time to begin thinking about a retirement community isn’t when you have to have it,” advises Terry Martinez with Lifestyle inventory: How do you want to live? Need more time for golf ? You might want to live on a course. What to do some volunteering? You may decide to move closer to the city, school or community center. Want to make new friends? Many

62, and own the home outright or carry a mortgage small enough to be paid off by the proceeds; there are no income or credit qualifications or monthly payments, but you are responsible to pay the annual taxes, property insurance and maintenance of the home.

senior’s communities are set up to allow you to do just that. Again, the more careful you are in your analysis, the more prepared you will be to make the right decisions.

SHOULD YOU STAY OR SHOULD YOU GO? STAY PUT You can retire in your own home by withdrawing some of the equity you’ve built up with a reverse mortgage, which is a special type of home loan that lets you convert a portion of the equity in your home into cash. Guaranteed by the U.S. Department of

Housing and Urban Development,

The best way to determine if a reverse mortgage is the best fit for your retirement plan is to honestly assess the following:

security to supplement social security, meet

sum, a regular monthly cash advance, as a credit line account, or any combination of the above. To qualify, you must be at least

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are taking advantage of active retirement communities where residents are vigorous and involved. Or, they are finding seniorcare housing communities that em-ploy

a more physically and medically sup-portive

• What are the options for downsizing into a less expensive home, renting an apartment, or moving into an assisted living or alternative senior housing situation?

without stress.

(Visit AARP’s website and use their Reverse Mortgage Calculator: www.aarp.com).

But maybe, it’s time for a move. Perhaps the 30-year family home is too big and you’re rattling around it like a marble in a shoe box, or you’re tired of the outdoor upkeep, or you want to be closer to the place or activities that you now have time for. Before you choose your new home, once again, take stock. Be realistic about your situation, your expectations, your finances and your

be paid out in a variety of ways: a lump

in or approaching their retirement years

• Would there be any money left over from the purchase of a new home that could be safely invested?

traditional home equity loan or second

away. The money from a reverse loan may

and need. Today’s Baby Boomers who are

well as transportation for shopping, medical

PACK IT UP

as your principal residence, sell it, or pass

available for every level of activity, health

• What would the cost be to buy, or rent, and maintain a new home?

improvements and more. And, unlike a

the loan until you no longer use the home

it. There are a wide variety of alternatives

medically trained staff, provide house-

unex-pected medical expenses, make home

mortgage, you usually do not have to repay

Living. “Think about it when you don’t need

• How much would the home sell for on today’s market?

HUD offers this federally insured private loan which can give you greater financial

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keeping and meal preparation services, as visits, and social outing. Or, they are seeking environment. Whatever choice is best for you, it’s out there, but should be considered

And the prices vary. “When you’re trying to stay within a particular price range, you want to match your living requirements with services offered,” says Martinez. “If you are very independent and don’t need assistance – just want a meal plan, for example – then the associated costs are much less than for someone who requires more care.” Also, Medicare generally does not pay for long-term care, only for services deemed medically necessary that are provided by a skilled facility or home health care center. Medicaid will pay for certain health services and nursing home care for older people with low incomes and limited assets.


The place you choose should facilitate life at

CCRC sooner rather than later, as most

a level of independence that is comfortable

require that new residents live independently

for you or for your loved one.

when they first move in.

ACTIVE SENIOR HOUSING COMMUNITIES

There is a range of contract options offered

If you’re a healthy, independent senior,

most expensive, but carries the least risk,

you may find that you simply want to live

providing unlimited long-term nursing care

in a community where you can enjoy the

at little or no additional cost for as long

company of others and your own personal

as nursing-home services are required. A

interests. Moving to an active independent

modified-care contract comes with medium

liv-ing retirement community might be the

financial risk, and provides long-term health

best fit for your budget and lifestyle, where

or nursing services for a specified period,

options include renting an apartment or

after which, the senior or guardian is respon-

purchasing a property.

sible for additional costs. A fee-for-service

Many active senior communities have information packets and offer tours. A personal visit will give valuable, firsthand information and an opportunity to meet current residents who can share their own experi-ence and insider’s view. Ask about health and fitness programs, organized activities, sporting options, and social opportunities. Other day-to-day living arrangements should also be considered, such as shopping centers and grocery stores within easy walking distance, and

the

availability

of

transportation

services. Where is the community located in proximity to major health care providers? What security measures are in place for residents? For ultimate peace of mind, you might opt to rent a home under a short-term agreement at first to make sure the community provides for your needs and lives up to

by CCRCs. An extensive-care contract is the

contract offers an a-la-carte approach, requiring that residents pay separately for all health and medical services provided by the facility, as well as long-term care. Most CCRCs expect an entrance fee, plus monthly fees thereafter. Some require an equity agreement where seniors purchase a condominium or co-op apartment on the property instead of paying an entrance fee. Less commonly found are CCRC contracts where residents pay monthly fees only. Before signing a contract with a CCRC, conduct a thorough review of the facility’s services, operations and finances, and determine if it is appropriate to your needs, lifestyle and expectations. It’s also a good idea to ask a family attorney or accountant

your expectations.

to review the contract. If the contract is

CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

night and two days at the facility, to test

A Continuing Care Retirement Community

good fit. Some points to consider include:

(CCRC) offers care in a residential facility

• Are pets allowed in your residence?

for seniors, with a full menu of services and living situations. Residents may go from

• What social, recreational and cultural activities are offered?

independent living, to assisted living and

• Is food prepared onsite? If so, how is it?

nursing home care, depending on their individual, changing needs and abilities. A CCRC (also called Life-Care Facilities or Communities) generally offers a contract that covers a continuum of care, including access to housing, services, and health care for more than one year, or the balance of one’s life. It is a wise idea to move into a

found agreeable, ask to spend at least one drive the community and make sure it is a

• Are there fitness facilities onsite? • Is the staff friendly and knowledgeable? • What healthcare and personal care services are available? • What preparations have been made for handling medical and evacuation emergency situations?

• Is there easy access to offsite activities such as shopping and is transportation provided? CCRCs can be anything from high-rise apartments, to cottages, townhouses or single-family homes, and are an excellent option for those who are independent and in good health, but might need some assistance with daily living needs or require skilled nursing care.

ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITIES An Assisted Living Community (ALC) bridges the gap for those who need assistance with daily activities a nursing home might offer, but wish to live independently. Residents in an ALC are unable to live com-pletely by themselves, but don’t need constant supervision. An ALC offers its residents assistance with eat-ing, bathing, dressing, laundry, housekeeping, and keeping track of medications. They often have centers for medical care, but typically do not offer the extensive medical services provided by a nursing home. An ALC is not a substitute for a nursing home, but rather is a stepping stone between complete independence and services provided by a nursing home. Often, an ALC will create an individualized service plan for seniors upon admission, detailing personal services that will be provided. This plan is then periodically reviewed and updated to ensure changing needs are met. Housing in an ALC may be studios or one-bedroom apartments with small kitchen facilities. Typically, ALC housing units have group dining facilities and common areas where residents gather to enjoy social and recreational activities. As with other options, a visit to the center is a must. Pay attention to first impressions: • Are the grounds well maintained? • Is the staff friendly? • Are the residents properly dressed? • What activities are available? ALCs that competently provide required services without forgetting about little details will give the same care and attention to residents.

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Another option available is to contact the

A Nursing Care Facility (NCF) is a state

Texas Department of Aging and Disability

licensed, private-care facility that provides

Services (DADS) at 800-458-9858 or www.

24-hour skilled hospital care for residents

dads.state.tx.us. While state law prohibits

who do not require hospitalization but

agency employees from recommending one

cannot stay at home. It pays to shop around when selecting an

facility over another, they can answer the following recommended questions about

NCF. Consult with a trusted doctor or

any facility:

health care practitioner for recommenda-

• Have there been any proposed license terminations in the past two years?

tions of nearby facilities. Plan on visiting at least four or five area facilities, and make an ap-pointment with the administrator or director of nursing. Check to make sure that information provided is consistent with information gathered during the facility tour. The home should have clean floors and smell fresh. Ask to see the compliance survey report prepared by the State of Texas. It will list deficiencies found in resident care during routine inspections, and the facility’s effort to correct them. Under Texas law, nursing homes must make this and other survey

• How many complaints have been filed in the past year? • How many complaints in the past year have been found to be valid? • How many deficiencies have been cited in the past two years? • How many “quality of care” violations have been cited in the past two years? • When did DADS last visit the facility, and what was the purpose of the visit? • Has the owner of this facility had other facilities recommended for license termination?

compliance reports available upon request, as well as a well-lit place for review.

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with observations and impressions made during facility tours and staff interviews will allow you to select the right nursing care facility.

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA CARE FACILITIES Seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia need specialized care. While some Assisted Living Communities offer services and separate facilities for residents with early onset symptoms, because of the progressive nature of the disease, it may become necessary to transfer the resident to another facility that can give the right level of service. Facilities specializing in the care of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients should provide a treatment plan that considers not only the resident’s medical needs, but also the needs of the entire family with social services, professional consultations and individualized treatment reviews, all set within a calm, soothing environment that is sensitive to the needs of the patient. Please visit www.agingcare.com for additional information on care for the elderly.


BUSINESS and Community

Photo courtesy of Eric Phol

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a newcomer relocating to the Houston region for the city’s tremendous employment opportunities – some of the best in the nation. Within the 600-square-mile Houston region, no area shines brighter than Montgomery County, home to one of the largest recent corporate relocations anywhere in the nation.

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Many people are already hard at work at ExxonMobil’s beautiful new state-of-the-art campus in Montgomery County, and more are coming – perhaps you are one of them, or know somebody who’ll soon work there. This 385-acre campus is in Spring, just South of The Woodlands and to the West where I-45 North meets the Hardy Toll Road. It’s been projected that the overall economic impact of this new campus will total billions of dollars, spurring the construction of thousands of new homes and millions of square feet of commercial space in the surrounding area. ExxonMobil has grabbed the headlines lately – and rightly so – but Montgomery County is also home to a growing number of major companies, including Anadarko Petroleum, with its 2,400 employees in The Woodlands. With other big employers including Hewitt Associates, Baker Hughes and Huntsman, The Woodlands has become one of Houston’s biggest employment centers and is sprouting an impressive skyline visible along I-45 North. There’s already talk of this region emerging as Houston’s second “Energy Corridor.” In the pioneer days, abundant natural resources such as timber, water and oil sparked an economic boom throughout Montgomery County. Today, the quality of life made possible by many of these same resources is drawing business, as companies relocate near where the majority of their employees want to live. Following is a partial list of some of the major chambers of commerce and economic development organizations working to advance Montgomery County. Their websites are a wealth of information about the areas they represent.

the quality of life in Montgomery County www.conroe.org.

GREATER CONROE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL The Greater Conroe Economic Development Council works to link new or relocating businesses to all the resources they need, allowing them to make informed decisions and enjoy a seamless transition experience. Their mission is to enhance the strength and stability of the greater Conroe economy by supporting existing businesses and industries and attracting new ones, bringing in new capital and employment opportunities. www. gcedc.org

GREATER MAGNOLIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

CITY OF CONROE TOP EMPLOYERS Conroe Independent School District Elementary And Secondary Schools Conroe Independent School District Montgomery County Conroe Regional Medical Center Nov Downhole City Of Conroe Consolidated Communications Services Wal-Mart Stores Inc Nov Fluid Control 3 Locations

The Greater Magnolia Chamber of Commerce has served Southwest Montgomery County since 1982, supporting area businesses and giving back to the community through scholarships and special events. The Chamber’s leadership has succeeded in providing answers to members and the community, increasing mobility and improving environmental quality. www. magnoliatexas.org

Professional Directional

MAGNOLIA PARKWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Medivators Inc

The Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce promotes member businesses and encourages economic development in their service area along FM 1488, FM 2978 and beyond. Calling itself “the Chamber without borders,” it hosts monthly meetings and events throughout the year for members and prospective members. www.magnoliaparkwaycc.org.

Tri-County Services Inc Gullo Cars Of Conroe, Inc Jyoti International Inc Milk Products Lp Dba Borden Nov Texas Oil Tools Turbo Drill Russell Construction Company

Mckesson Pharmaceutical Ball Corporation Huntsman Petrochemical Llc Ms Energy Services Protect Controls Inc Crown Beverage Packaging Team Oil Tools

CONROE/LAKE CONROE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HISPANIC CHAPTER

First organized as the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in 1934, the Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 83 years of service to the Montgomery County area, having grown from three members to more than 1,100 today. This dynamic organization works to generate awareness, create partnerships and provide leadership for progressive development and growth while enhancing

Anyone with an interest in supporting or developing a relationship with the Hispanic business community in Montgomery County and surrounding area is welcome to join the MCHC. Not only do they work to help businesses penetrate the growing Hispanic market, but they are also involved with issues important to the Hispanic community, such as immigration, day labor, education and health. Learn more at www.mchchamber.org.

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Nexeo Solutions Llc Bauer Manufacturing Streater-Smith Honda Nissan Hempel Coatings USA Inc Lone Star Family Health Clinic Conroe Machine LLC Tony Gullo Motors I, LP John Wiesner Inc

Greater Conroe Economic Development Council

San Jacinto River Authority


WHERE BUSINESS AND INNOVATION MEET Deison Technology Park in Conroe, Texas

North of Houston and The Woodlands

All utilities and regional detention in place

Adjacent to regional airport with U.S. Customs facility

Four-lane direct access to I-45

Sites ranging from 2 to 248 acres

Incentives for qualified projects 936-538-7118 • gcedc.org

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World-Class Amphitheatre

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS WE CALL IT

Bald Eagles

HOME

Fortune 500 Headquarters Regional Acute Care Hospitals www.EDPARTNERSHIP.net

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SPRING KLEIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Spring Klein Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect businesses within the Spring-Klein area, which in turn will allow the growing community to thrive. Through a variety of networking events and programs, executives, business owners and like-minded professionals can succeed, while contributing to the success of others and the overall business climate of the Spring and Klein areas. www. springkleinchamber.org.

CITY OF WILLIS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL The Willis Economic Development Corporation (EDC) provides assistance and resources to business owners in the City of Willis. The Willis EDC offers resources, incentives, and information that help business owners make a good decision about where to locate their business, and serve as an advocate as businesses get up and running in the community. Learn more at www.visitwillis.com.

THE WOODLANDS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Martin-Brower

Conroe Independent School District

Strike, LLC

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

Kiewit

ExxonMobil

Global Shop Solutions

AON Hewitt

American Financial & Automotive Services

CHI St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands Hospital

Amegy Bank of Texas/Amegy Mortgage

CB&I

The Brickman Group

Huntsman Corporation

The Broadmoor at Creekside Park

Lone Star College - Montgomery

Carlton Woods County Club

Woodforest National Bank

The Forum at The Woodlands

Repsol USA

Interfaith of The Woodlands

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Waste Connections

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

RPC Inc. & Subsidiaries

McKesson Specialty Health

BlueLine Rental

Baker Hughes

Regent Care Center of The Woodlands

Entergy

Kroger Food Stores- Southwest Division Office

ClubCorp The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center / HHC Hospitality

The Woodlands Healthcare Center Park Manor of The Woodlands

CVS Corporation

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic

The Woodlands Township

Jones|Carter

Newfield Exploration

Cardon Outreach

Fox Network Center - Woodlands

Merchants’ Choice Payment Solution

Nexeo Solutions

The Woodlands Development Co. / Howard Hughes Corp.

Montgomery County (South County) Health South Rehabilitation of The Woodlands and Shenandoah

Detcon Alegis Revenue Group

THE WOODLANDS AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

Lone Star College System

Excelerate Energy L.P.

Wells Fargo & Co.

Newpark Resources, Inc.

The Woodlands Area Economic Devel-

Nexus Specialty Hospital

Rigaku Americas Corporation

opment

Tetra Technologies

The Woodlands Christian Academy

Woodlands Waterway Marriot Hotel & Convention Center

The Village at The Woodlands Waterway

Praxair, Inc. Divisonal Office

Sigma-Aldrich

to offer, allowing business people to make

The John Cooper School

Petroleum Wholesale

informed decisions and smooth transitions.

Maersk Line

Apollo Hospital 100 Healthcare

Partnership

can

help

existing

companies expand or help move a company, its employees and families to this dynamic community where they can live, work and grow. It is a direct link to all the area has

Learn more at www.edpartnership.net. 

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The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

As one of the largest and most influential business associations in the Houston region, the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce represents small and emerging businesses, mid-market companies and industry leading corporations. The Chamber continuously cultivates new and innovative ways for members to market themselves, their products and services to fellow members and the community. It is working to be an effective catalyst for the economic growth and prosperity in the Woodlands area. www. woodlandschamber.org.

THE WOODLANDS AREA MAJOR EMPLOYERS


LIVE, WORK and PLAY

in beautiful

• • • • •

Willis, Texas

Family-Friendly Community Welcoming to New Businesses New Housing Developments in Progress Convenient Location on I-45 Outdoor Lovers’ Paradise

www.visitwillis.com

HOUSTON by the NUMBERS MOVING FROM HERE Want to know how living in the Houston a rea compa res to other cities? Assuming a $60,000 salary in the city you’re moving f r o m a n d t h a t y o u ’d o w n a house here, we used a salar y/ cost of living calculator to help figure out the rest. If you made $60,000 in Seattle, for example, your salar y could decrease to $41,995 in Houston - and you’d still maintain the same standard of living. See the table below for the results from a sampling of other cities.

YOU’D NEED TO MAKE

MOVING FROM HERE

YOU’D NEED TO MAKE

Phoenix 61,439

Baton Rouge

63,766

Detroit 61,826

New York City

25,910

Austin 61,375

Los Angeles

41,996

San Francisco

Chicago 50,705

33,401

Boston 40,832

Las Vegas

54,455

Denver 53,759

Portland

45,498

Miami 52,467

St. Louis

63,697

Pittsburgh 59,757

Raleigh 65,105

Dallas 61,311

Cincinnati

Seattle 41,995

Charleston 58,336

Philadelphia 49,305

Knoxvill

Atlanta 58,979

Madison 56,382

64,818 68,194

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LEISURE & RECREATION

Take small towns steeped in history and tradition, mix in The Woodlands and other communities with increasing sophistication, sprinkle in dashes of lakes, parks and forests, and add weather that’s great for being outdoors. There you have the recipe for fun. Welcome to Montgomery County. From art fairs to crawfish festivals, from live music to rodeos, there’s always a reason to get out and enjoy yourself in Montgomery County. And when you want to venture a little further from home, all the attractions of the Greater Houston region are right next door.

CONROE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU Discover all the entertainment treasures Conroe has to offer, including concerts, restaurants, golf courses, a calendar of events and more. You’ll also find travel planning and professional planners for business groups. Several helpful publications are offered at www.playinconroe.com or call 936-522-3500.

GREATER HOUSTON CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU Discover the fun side of the fourth largest city in America. The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) is the principal marketing organization for the city of Houston and Harris County and highlights all the venues, events, museums and fun things to do. It offers itinerary

planning, information for business travelers and conventions, a list of free stuff, and much more. Discounts and coupons are available on their interactive web site in both English and Spanish along with comprehensive information including an online events calendar, maps, video gallery, city blog. Visitor information packets and a Meeting Planners guide can be found at www.VisitHoustonTexas.com.

CITYPASS ADVENTURES See five of the most popular one-of-a-kind sights Houston offers at a discount with CityPASS: Adults -$59 – Children $49. You have nine days to use them and they save you nearly half off regular ticket pricing. Available at the Houston Visitor’s Center www.VisitHoustonTexas.com

THE WOODLANDS CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau is always ready to share information about fun things to do and is a great resource for visitors, newcomers and residents.

Whether it’s just the two of you, a getaway with the family, a reunion or large gathering, or a business meeting, there’s something for everyone in The Woodlands. Try award winning restaurants, wine bars and world-class entertainment in Town Center. Or enjoy the great outdoors by renting a kayak or strolling along The Woodlands Waterway, taking in an outdoor concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion or hiking through the winding trails at the George Mitchell Preserve. Request a free visitor’s guide and map at

www.visitthewoodlands.com

or

call

877-963-2447 or 281-363-2447.

OLD TOWN SPRING VISITORS BUREAU Enjoy a stroll back in time among more than 150 shops, galleries, museums and restaurants that line the shady lanes of Old Town Spring. Take in one of the many events and festivals held year-round, or just relax in one of the gazebos. For accommodations, tours and a map, visit at www.shopspringtexas. com or call 281-288-2355. 

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ATTRACTIONS

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY PARKS CHARLES TRAYLOR MEMORIAL PARK Charles Traylor Memorial Park, located at 13551 Rogers Road, Willis, Texas 77378, is a 61 acre facility with eight lighted baseball fields, four lighted softball fields, one regulation lighted football field and covered horse arena with concession stands and restrooms.

GENE CAMPBELL SPORTS COMPLEX GENE CAMPBELL SPORTS COMPLEX, located at 3200 FM 1484, Conroe, Texas 77303, is a 60-acre facility with six lighted baseball fields, six lighted softball fields, concessions and restrooms. Sports programs are offered through Conroe Area Youth Baseball (CAYB) and Conroe Area Girls Softball Association (CAGSA). Private use of the fields requires prior permission from Montgomery County and the ball association and is subject to availability.

GWEN HRUSKA PARK Gwen Hruska Park is located on Brandon Road in the unincorporated area of River Plantation three miles south of Conroe on Interstate 45. The park includes 5,022 linear feet of concrete trails funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant Assistant Program. The park consists of 12 acres of land acquired through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) buyout properties and land donations after the 1994 flood disaster.

LAKE CONROE PARK Lake Conroe Park, located at 14968 Hwy 105 West, Montgomery, Texas 77356, sits on the west shores of Lake Conroe and offers 13 acres of grounds, barbeque pits, picnic facilities and restrooms as well as swimming areas and fishing piers. Additional amenities include two covered pavilions available for rent, a softball field and volleyball areas. Admission is $2.00 per person, kids 5 and under are free.

MUSSEL POND PRESERVE Mussel Pond Preserve is a 22 acre conservation easement under Legacy Land Trust located on FM 2854 in Montgomery

County Precinct Two. The site is named for the unique native Texas freshwater mussels (Unionidae) found along the edge of the ten acre pond located on the preserve. The formal opening of the preserve was in 2009.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL PARK Montgomery County War Memorial Park is located in downtown Conroe on Highway 105 in front of the Montgomery County Tax Office. The Veteran’s Park, as it is commonly called, was dedicated April 29, 1976 by Gerald Ford, President of the United States in memory of those who served our country. The Veterans of Foreign War, Montgomery County Democratic Party, The Patriotic and Historical Society as well as various other organizations, hosts ceremonies on Memorial Day each year commemorating fallen soldiers of Montgomery County.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY NATURE PRESERVE The Montgomery County Preserve, located at 1122 Pruitt Road in south Montgomery County behind the Recycling Facility, provides a wonderful area for birdwatching, native plant observation and hiking. The 71-acre green way, free to visit and open to the public daily, brings many ecotourists to southern Montgomery County. Local Master Naturalists as well as Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas (B.E.S.T.) hosts official national butterfly counts, monitors water quality, and provides educational programs for area citizens.

MEMORY PARK Memory Park is alive with native and naturalized Texas trees and plants, and there are walking trails, benches for relaxing, pavilions, a fountain, bridges, rainwater projects, a duck nesting area, specialized gardens, a naturalized area and waterfalls surrounding a large pond. The park contains a Shakespeare garden featuring a bust of the bard, signage in braille donated by the Lions Club, and various statues including the Honor Flight Eagle dedicated to the local veterans of World War II. Many of the plants and items in the park have been purchased and donated by

families in memory of their loved ones.

ORWALL SPORTS COMPLEX The Woodlands Sports Park, located on Pruitt Road in south Montgomery County, is a 27 acre park consisting of softball, football, and baseball fields with concession stands and restrooms. The Park property is owned by the Woodlands Corporation and leased to Montgomery County who subleases with Oak Ridge – Woodlands Area Little League, Inc. (ORWALL). ORWALL maintains the park and facilitates the recreational programs. Private use of the fields requires prior permission from the association.

SALLAS SPORTS COMPLEX Sallas Sports Complex, located at 21675 McClesky, New Caney, Texas, 77357, is a 20 acre facility with five lighted baseball fields and three lighted softball fields with concessions and restrooms.

TAMINA PARK Tamina Park is a four acre parcel of land located approximately one half mile east of Interstate 45 in South Montgomery County on Main Street. The site contains a small community building, a softball field and covered basketball court with four goals, picnic tables and benches, playground equipment, barbeque grills, and bike racks.

WEST MONTGOMERY COUNTY PARK West Montgomery County Park, located at 16716 FM 149, Montgomery, Texas, 77356, is a 50 acre park with five lighted baseball fields, four lighted softball fields, two football fields, restrooms, two concession stands and picnic areas. West Park is maintained by Montgomery Youth Sports Association and Montgomery Girls Softball Association.

WILLIS AG BARN AND ARENA The Willis Agricultural Barn and Arena is located in the north end charlesof Charles Traylor Memorial Park. The covered arena with concession stand and restrooms is managed by the Willis Agricultural Booster Club.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY & SURROUNDING AREA ATTRACTIONS THE WOODLANDS TOWN CENTER / THE WOODLANDS WATERWAY® The Woodlands Town Center, the downtown of The Woodlands, is a 1,000-acre destination for shopping, dining and entertainment attractions. The Woodlands Mall is a regional shopping center with more than 1.3 million square feet of indoor and outdoor venues.

Visit Market Street, a

34-acre, Main-Street-styled shopping and special event venue. Waterway Square is distinguished by a 120-foot-long cascading water wall with dancing columns of water and fountains choreographed to music with colored lights at night. A children’s interactive fountain is also located in Waterway Square. Award-winning restaurants, new wine bars and great entertainment spots

birthday parties, field trips and other educational outreach events by contacting The Woodlands Children’s Museum. They are ideal for ideal for children 7 years of age and under. Visitors can explore the interactive exhibits discovering creative and imaginative play experiences.

CRIGHTON THEATRE The Crighton Theatre is located in downtown Conroe, and is truly a historic landmark and Texas treasure. Then Conroe Mayor Harry M. Crighton, an oilman, built the theatre in 1934 in the style of the great Majestic Theatre in Houston using native stone. The Crighton flourished for many years but closed in the 1960s. The theatre was eventually donated by Crighton family descendants and the theatre was restored to its original grandeur.

surround The Fountains. The Woodlands Waterway®, a 1.4-milelong landscaped water feature runs through the heart of Town Center and links to the urban residential areas. Navigating around The Woodlands is not only easy, but fun aboard the Waterway Trolley or hop on a Water Taxi to explore all the sites along the corridor. Riva Road Boat House rents kayaks for those who prefer to do their own paddling. Eleven hotels to suit any budget, including AVIA, the all-new, boutique hotel located in Market Street, The Woodlands Resort, with its Forest Oasis Waterscape™, and The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, a four-diamond property. Town Center offers exceptional retail, dining and entertainment for residents and visitors. For more information visit www. thewoodlandscvb.com/www.visitthewoodlands.com.

THE WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The Woodlands Children’s Museum creates opportunities that educate, empower, and excite children and families through play while inspiring a lifelong sense of wonder and discovery. Patrons can book their

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The Crown Jewel of Montgomery County is now the home base for Stage-Right Productions, The Montgomery County Performing Arts Society, The Sounds of Texas Music Series, and Christian Youth Theatre, and a number of acclaimed musicians play there regularly. Productions at the Crighton are funded in part by a grant from the Conroe Commission on Arts & Culture and the Crighton Theatre Foundation. The restoration of the Crighton Theatre began the preservation and renovation efforts that visitors see in downtown Conroe today. Great restaurants, shops, and art galleries now occupy the blocks around theatre, and it has become a sought after venue for special events. For event and ticket information or to make a donation visit www.crightontheatre.org.

ST. FRANCIS WOLF SANCTUARY Wolves and wolf-dogs take refuge at the non-profit sanctuary outside of Montgomery, Texas where they receive protection and loving care. Volunteers run the sanctuary and give guided tours (by reservation only). On occasion, lucky guests have an opportunity to socialize with a few of the more tame wolves or wolf dogs. SFWS is also dedicated to the education of the public

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about wolves. Many visitors are surprised to learn that wolves in the wild are officially extinct in Texas. www.wolvesofsaintfrancis. org.

CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater surrounded by a lush forest. The Pavilion hosts contemporary concerts, is the Summer Home of the Houston Symphony, and past performances by Bette Midler, Van Halen, Tina Turner, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Britney Spears, Clint Black, Coldplay, and other well-known groups. The schedule of diverse rock, classical, and jazz performances along with free seating makes the arts accessible to everyone. George P. Mitchell, former chairman of Mitchell Energy & Development Corp. and founder of The Woodlands, along with his wife Cynthia Woods Mitchell, for whom The Pavilion is named, envisioned a firstclass performing arts facility during the community’s planning stages. The Pavilion opened in 1990. Overall seating at the venue accommodates 16,500 guests including a lawn capacity of about 10,000. For a calendar of events and ticket information visit www.woodlandscenter.org.

DISCOVERY GREEN Since it opened in 2008, this 12-acre downtown park has been a hit with Houstonians who enjoy its restaurants, public art displays, dog parks, lakes, and seasonal events including the holiday ice rink. More than 1.2 million visitors come to more than 600 events at Discovery Green each year, including movies in the park, concerts and fitness programs. www.discoverygreen.com

HERMANN PARK Arguably Houston’s “Central Park,” this 445-acre park wedged between the Museum District and Medical Center celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014 with a major facelift and the new McGovern Centennial Gardens, featuring 15 acres of rose gardens, an interactive family garden, a 30-foot


garden mount, and a sculpture promenade. Hermann Park is also home to the Houston Zoo, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Miller Outdoor Theater, a Japanese Garden, train and pedal boats, and a golf course. www.hermannpark.org

THE WATER WALL GALLERIA Designed by architect Philip Johnson more than 20 years ago, the Galleria-area Water Wall offers a refreshing respite for visitors seeking a mid-afternoon break. The 64-foottall fountain - built to look like a “horseshoe of running water” - sits among 186 oak trees at the base of the 64-story Williams Tower.

HOUSTON ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER Nestled along the western edge of Memorial Park, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and the opportunity to experience the natural world – all in the center of town. Visitors can explore nature by walking on five miles of trails, take classes and visit the Discovery Room and the Nature Shop at the Nature Shop. Visit www.houstonarboretum.org

HOUSTON ZOO Aiming to be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife, The Houston Zoo cares for over 6,000 animals, even educating some. Each year, over 2 million guests are enchanted, educated, and inspired as they experience the incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. With exemplary animal care in mind, the Zoo provides engaging animal experiences for visitors in multiple seasonal and

permanent attractions, like holiday Zoo Lights and the new Gorillas of the African Forest exhibit. The Houston Zoo is open seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive. For ticket information call 713-533-6500 or visit houstonzoo.org

MOODY GARDENS A tropical destination for families and groups. Explore the all new Rainforests of the World along within the Aquarium Pyramid®, the Discovery Museum & the action of the IMAX® 3D, 4D or Ridefilm theaters. Cruise aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, tee off at the new Moody Gardens Golf Course and relax at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center for an ideal getaway. Visit www. moodygardens.org or 800-582-4673.

Downtown. Sam Houston Race Park have a variety of exciting sports and entertainment in addition to live horse racing as well. The Park features two major racing seasons – Thoroughbred Season (January through March) and Quarter Horse Season (March through May).

SAN JACINTO MONUMENT & MUSEUM Site of the battle that won Texas independence from Mexico. The world’s largest masonry structure invites visitors to learn about events that shaped Texas history. 281-479-2421

SPACE CENTER HOUSTON Space Center Houston, a $70-million, 183,000

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entertainment

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educational complex designed by Disney

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Imagineering, offers hands-on, space-related

The Port of Houston offers free, 90-minute round-trip, educational cruises along the Houston Ship Channel. Embarking from the port’s Sam Houston Landing, visiting sightseers can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels, and operations at the port’s Turning Basin Terminal. Measuring 95 feet in length and 24 feet in width, the boat carries a maximum capacity of 100 passengers, with air-conditioned lounge seating and additional standing room on the boat’s rear deck. 713-670-2416

size reproduction of the space shuttle, guests

experiences to visitors. In addition to a fullcan use computer trainers to perform operations similar to the ones the astronauts used to launch a satellite or land a shuttle. NASA scientists and astronauts give briefings about current activities, visitors observe scientists and mission specialists at work and in training via live video hookups. The theaters, including an IMAX screen, feature space flight films. Exhibits include thousands of space artifacts, the Skylab space station and the largest collection of moon

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rocks on display anywhere on earth. A

Sam Houston Race Park is one of Houston’s premier racing, dining and entertainment destinations, located just 15 minutes from

60-minute tram tour of the JSC complex is another source of entertainment and education for JSC guests. 281-244-2105

SCHLITTERBAHN GALVESTON ISLAND WATERPARK www.schlitterbahn.com

With its huge array of awesome aquatic adventures, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island can be your personal happy place! During the summer season the park offers over 35 amazing rides and attractions. The Heated Indoor Season, October through mid-April, features more than a dozen heated attractions in a tropical, heated indoor oasis.

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615 Texas Ave., Houston, 77002 www.alleytheatre.org One of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres calls the Houston Theater District Home – The Alley Theatre. The Alley Theatre is nationally recognized for their performing arts company lead by Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. Specializing in productions of the classics, modern plays and premieres, The Alley Theatre produces more performances than all other performing arts organizations in the Houston Theater District.

510 Preston St., Houston, 77002 www.houstongrandopera.org Adding to Houston’s rich cultural environment, Houston Grand Opera entertains with their innovative programs, community events and educational projects. Houston Grand Opera has a solid reputation for commissioning and producing new works, including 56 world premieres and seven American premieres since 1973. Stop in and visit and see why Houston Grand Opera has toured extensively, including trips to Europe and Asia, and is the only opera company to have won a Tony, two Grammy awards, and two Emmy awards.

3021 Allen Pkwy. Ste. 101, Houston, 77019 www.stagestheatre.com Stages Theatre is one of only two theatres in the region that offers year-round employment for actors, directors and additional staff. Stages contributes much to the Houston community, including the availability of thrilling live performances. The Theatre produces daring and innovative plays focusing on new off-Broadway hits and world premieres.

BAYOU PLACE 500 Texas Ave., Houston, 77002 www.bayouplace.com Bayou Place is Houston’s premier destination for great food and good times. Popular venues such as the Revention Music Center and Sundance Cinemas are located here as well as many dining options – most popular is Houston’s own Hard Rock Café. This mosaic of entertainment options makes Bayou Place a prime spot for the Houston Theater District.

HOBBY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 800 Bagby St., Ste. 300 Houston, 77002 www.thehobbycenter.org The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts brings first-class entertainment and cultural enjoyment to Houstonians by way of the generosity of their donors. This arts complex is home to the Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), and the Houston Broadway Series.

HOUSTON BALLET 501 Texas Ave., Houston, 77002 www.houstonballet.org The Houston Ballet is a classically trained company with diverse repertory whose range includes the classics are well as contemporary works. This company attracts the world’s best dancers and choreographers. The Houston Ballet also has a world class Academy whose instruction levels vary from professional dancer to non-professional dancers.

HOUSTON SYMPHONY 615 Louisiana, St., Ste. 102, Houston, 77002 www.houstonsymphony.org The Houston Symphony’s mission is to “inspire and engage a large diverse audience in Greater Houston and beyond through exceptional orchestral and non-orchestral performances, educational programs and community activities.” By 2025, the Houston Symphony aims to be one of America’s most relevant and accessible top-ten orchestras.

JONES HALL 615 Louisiana St., Houston, 77002 www.houstonfirsttheaters.com Jones Hall is a monument to the memory of Jesse Holman Jones, an eminent figure in Houston during the first half of the 20th Century. Today, Jones Hall is home to the Houston Symphony and the Society for the Performing Arts. More than 400,000 visitors attend some 250 events annually.

MAIN STREET THEATER 2450 Times Square Blvd., Houston 77005 333 S. Jensen, Houston, 77003 www.mainstreettheater.com Main Street Theater was founded in 1975 and has been opening doors for locals of all ages to engage in the performing arts. They offer classes for children and adults and hold performances by both local authors and established writers.

SOCIETY FOR FINE THE PERFORMING ARTS 615 Louisiana St., Ste. 100, Houston, 77002 www.spahouston.org The Society for the Performing Arts is the largest nonprofit presenting organization of its kind in the entire Southwest region. SPA is renowned for delivering to Houston internationally acclaimed artists from the entire performing arts spectrum, and has been doing so for over 50 years.

THEATRE UNDER THE STARS (TUTS) 800 Bagby, Ste. 200, Houston, TX 77002 www.tuts.com A non-profit based in Houston, Texas, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) offers a world –class musical theatre experience that ranges from full-scale Broadway productions to educational initiatives that extend beyond the stage and into the community. TUTS is equipped for actors and aficionados of all ages and abilities.

WORTHAM THEATER CENTER 501 Texas Ave., Houston, 77002 www.houstonfirsttheaters.com Houston’s largest performing arts complex, is home to the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera and is partnered with Da Camera of Houston and Mercury the Orchestra Redefined. The Wortham Center features two theaters, the Alice and George Brown Theater and the Lillie and Roy Cullen Theater. Since its opening in 1987, Wortham has entertained more than 8 million people.

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MUSEUM DISTRICT CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON

dedicated to educating people about the

5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston, 77006 www.camh.org

and other innocent victims and honoring the

The

Contemporary

Arts

Museum

Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews survivors’ legacy. The Holocaust Museum of

Houston is an institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national and regional art. Patrons of every age will appreciate the collections of work and dynamic exhibitions on display. CAMH also offers special programs and Photo courtesy of The Art Car Museum

THE ART CAR MUSEUM 140 Heights Blvd., Houston, 77007 www.artcarmuseum.com Otherwise known as the “Garage Mahal”, The Art Car Museum is dedicated to contemporary art. It is an exhibition forum for local, national and international arts with an emphasis on art cars, other fine arts and artists that rarely, if ever, are acknowledged by other cultural institutions. Most popular to Houstonians is the annual Art Car Parade.

BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM 3816 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004 www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) is proud to educate the public and preserve and promote the history, tradition and outstanding contributions of America’s Buffalo Soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the present. Here, you can find workshops, youth outreach programs and exhibits about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and their service.

dren’s Museum of Houston will not leave

welcomes special exhibitions. Making art

THE HEALTH MUSEUM

accessible to all is vital to their mission, so

1515 Hermann Dr., Houston, 77004 www.thehealthmuseum.org

no admission fee is charged and all public programs are free. They hope to educate

The Health Museum is Houston’s most

and inspire by being readily accessible to

interactive science learning center and a

future generations.

member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. The Health Museum is the most visited health museum of its kind in the country.

Popular exhibits include:

DeBakey Cell Lab, Amazing Body Pavilion and the McGovern 4D Theater.

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THE MUSEUM OF ARTS, HOUSTON (MFAH) 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, 77005 www.mfah.org The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents its exceptional exhibitions and installations

THE HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

to Houston residents and visitors alike. The Museum has numerous collections that fill

5555 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, 77030 www.hmns.org

the galleries year-round embracing every

As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) seeks to enhance knowledge and delight in natural science and related subjects. It houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a fascinating variety of permaspace science, Native American culture,

era of history from across the globe. Make time to visit the Bayou Bend Collection not too far away. From 2015 to 2019 the campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will transform into a magnificent two new buildings.

BLAFFER ART MUSEUM University of Houston - 120 Fine Arts Bldg. Houston, 77204 www.blafferartmuseum.org

minerals, Texas wildlife and more. www.

Blaffer Art Museum helps the community

hmns.org

to engage in contemporary art through exhibitions, publications and public programs.

HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON

This art museum is free, and open to the public in an effort to promote participation

5401 Caroline St., Houston, 77004 www.hmh.org

in the arts. Blaffer Art Museum is also the gateway between the University of Houston

anyone bored. For nearly 30 years, the place for families to play, laugh, learn and grow.

1533 Sul Ross St., Houston, TX 77006 www.menil.org

that houses both permanent collection and

paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and

fun-filled hands on experience at the Chil-

THE MENIL COLLECTION

The Menil Collection is an art museum

1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004 www.cmhouston.org

infant play area are all under one roof. The

bers,” as well as other pieces of history.

Free.

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Mexican village, puppet show and an

“Bearing Witness: A Community Remem-

educational opportunities. Admission is

nent exhibit areas that examine astronomy,

A duck pond, playhouse, grocery store,

Houston has a permanent exhibition called

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Wine is such a big deal in Montgomery that it’s celebrated on the third Saturday of September with the Montgomery Wine and Music Fest in historic downtown with three stages of musicians, kids’ zones, down-home Texas food and plenty of wine to taste and take home. HOUSTONNEWCOMERGUIDES.COM

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Texas and the grape go back a long way.

County’s flavors are gaining favor; some of

gifts and more. Enjoy the ride and taste your

According to the Texas Wine and Grape

the best Texas wines are produced right here.

way across southeastern Texas.

the first vineyard in north America, started

Wine is such a big deal in Montgomery

Spring Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail

by a Franciscan priest sometime around

that it’s celebrated on the third Saturday

happens over three weekends in March and

1662. Vineyards continued to spread as

of September with the Montgomery Wine

among the Texas wildflowers and blooming

European settlers brought more grapevine

and Music Fest in historic downtown with

viticulture.

cuttings to mission outposts across the state.

three stages of musicians, kids’ zones, down-

Today, Texas has at least 4,000 acres of

home Texas food and plenty of wine to taste

Harvest Trail occurs on two weekends in

producing vineyard farmland on more than

and take home.

July, when visitors can celebrate grape

Growers Association, Texas is home to

400 wineries. In a perfect blend of agriculture and tourism, wineries attract over 1.8 million visitors each year.

harvest and crush while learning about While the majority of vintner’s doors are open to visitors for tastings and sales on

grape production in southeastern Texas.

most days, there are special programs and

The Texas Department of Agriculture has

In southeast Texas, rainy springs lead to

events that attract visitors particularly.

designated October as Texas Wine Month,

long summer days and on the rolling hills

Many local wineries host special events and

and this is can be recognized with the

and gentle dells of Montgomery County,

concerts; some have themed tasting nights

October Wine and Sausage Trail during the

with their warm breezes and micro climates,

or parties; all are welcoming and eager to

first two weekends in October.

some of the finest ingredients for vineyards

share the fruit of their labor. Holiday Crystal Wine Trail, held over the

and the production of wine are in place. The more successful varietals grown locally

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first two weekends in December, lets visitors

are Black Spanish (Lenoir), Blanc do Bois,

Several times a year, select Montgomery

jump start their holiday gift giving, while

Champanelle, and others. While local vint-

Wineries are part of the Texas Bluebonnet

enjoying a calming taste of wine.

ners may be recent entrants into the world of

Wine Trail, a pleasant rural driving tour with

wine craft, care, expertise and simple hard

stops for six or seven unique wine experi-

February Wine and Chocolate Trail cele-

work is starting to pay off and wine enthu-

ences which may include wine tasting, grape

brates Valentine’s Day over four days in

siasts the world over are beginning to take

crushing and stomp, music concerts, wine

February. For more information, go to www.

a sip and want another. And Montgomery

paired dinners, vineyard tours, wine-related

texasbluebonnetwinetrail.com.

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THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE PREMIER MONTGOMERY COUNTY WINERIES BERNHARDT WINERY This down-home Texas winery is set in the rolling hills near Plantersville. Here, award-winning small-batch wines of classic varietals and unique blends are created, and visitors are treated to a fun tasting experience in a warm environment. But there’s much more here, too. The winery hosts many events, like the Summer Sunset Lawn Concert Series, the Vino Piazza Primavera – an artisan marketplace – weddings and other private functions. Plus, visitors can stay at The Loft Bed and Breakfast. Check out www.bernhardtwinery.com.

CORK THIS! WINERY Started by a former business executive that wished for greener grass (or vineyards), the people at Cork This! make wine fun and have fun making wine, producing wines with names like “Party on your Palate,” “Rich Urban Biker,” and “Irreconcilable Differences.” It’s a favorite place for locals and travelers alike because wine tasters are made to feel comfortable and welcome. Cork This! Has a strong Groupies Wine Club and hosts numerous events. www.corkthiswinery.com.

ENCHANTED MANOR MEADERY Enchanted Manor Meadery of Magnolia brews meads onsite at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Their meads are crafted from Texas wildflower honey sourced from a farm on the nearby Texas gulf coast prairies, which was selected for its location far from sources that could affect the taste of the naturally flavorful and nuanced honey. Visit enchantedmanormeadery.com.

GRIFFIN MEADERY Griffin Meadery is located in Willis and is producing small-batch, premium quality wine and liquid gold. Meads range from a

cinnamon and vanilla combo with a festive flair, to ones that taste of black current, chocolate or even jalapeno, but beware: the last one has a kick! You can also learn how to make your own mead. The legendary griffin is known as the guardian of treasure, and that’s what they’re producing here. Go to www.griffinmeadery.com.

RANCHER’S DAUGHTER Rancher’s Daughter was once a boutique in Western Winery; today it’s a boutique in downtown Montgomery with its own winery. Celebrating everything Texas, the shop sells 275 varietals of wine, while the winery produces wines with names like Highway 105, Spotted Mule, and Cowgirl Blush. Wine enthusiasts and friends gather on the third Wednesday of the month for Wine Down Wednesdays that feature speakers, wine and music.

WHITLEY VINEYARDS AND WINE BAR Whitley Vineyards and Wine bar is located in the heart of the historic district of

Montgomery and features handcrafted wines. Owner Gina Whitley used to stroll through her 1/3 acre back-yard vineyard at sunset with a glass of wine, and dream about a future as a vintner. Today, that dream is coming true. A family operation, the vineyard and wine production creates quality reds, roses, and whites. Whitley hosts regular ladies’ nights and welcomes visitors as part of the annual Antiques Festival in the historic district of Montgomery. www. whitleyvineyards.com.

WILD STALLION VINEYARDS Wild Stallion Vineyards began in 2008 with a small test planting of Blanc du Bois grapes, a variety most suited to the gulf coast region. The vineyard has grown to over three acres and a range of varieties. Both the 2014 Sweet Moscato and the 2014 Blanc du Bois (Dry) were Southwest Wine Summit Silver Medal Winners. Located near the Woodlands, The Wild Stallion Event Center hosts many events, like Sangria Saturdays, concerts and weddings. Visit www.wildstallionvineyards.com

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When it comes to restaurants, Montgomery County has one of the best in the nation, according to a new Yelp ranking. Tony’s Italian Delicatessen at 16283 Highway 105 tops the list of the website’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2017. The eatery’s menu boasts a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods. 8 88 8 M O MN OTNGT O GM O EMREYR Y CO C UONUTNY T Y N ENWE C WO CM O EMRE R G UGI U D IED E– S– USM UM M EMRE/RF /AFLAL L 2L 021071 7


7 leguas 15949 Highway 105 W, Suite 66 Montgomery, TX 77356 www.7leguasmex.com Black Walnut Cafe 9000 New Trails Drive The Woodlands, TX 77381-5208 www.blackwalnutcafe.com Caffe di Fiore 10110 Woodlands Pkwy. The Woodlands, TX 77382 www.caffe-di-fiore.com Cozy Grape Wine Bar and Bistro 14340 Liberty Street Montgomery, TX 77356 www.cozygrape.com Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd, Suite 400 The Woodlands, TX 77380-3794 www.fogodechao.com

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille 6700 Woodlands Pkwy., Ste. 300 The Woodlands, 77382 www.perrysrestaurants.com Pho Dat Vietnamese Cafe 18024 Texas 105, Ste 600 Montgomery, TX 77356 Ransom’s Steakhouse & Saloon 300 CB Stewart Drive Montgomery, TX 77356 www.ransomssteakhouse.com Robard’s Steakhouse 2301 N Millbend Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380 www.robardssteakhouse.com Thai Wok In Resturant 15917 Highway 105 W Ste F Montgomery, TX 77356 www.thaiwokin.com

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria 20 Waterway Ave Ste 100 The Woodlands, TX 77380-3442 www.grimaldispizzeria.com

The Big Sombrero 19402 Highway 105 W Montgomery, TX 77356 www.thebigsombrero.net

Guadalajara Hacienda 27885 Interstate 45 N. The Woodlands, 77380 www.guad.com

The Pizza Shack 20873 Eva St Ste G Montgomery, TX 77356 www.pizzashack.com

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro 4526 Research Forest Drive The Woodlands, 77381 www.hubbellandhudson.com

The Republic Grille 4775 W. Panther Creek, Ste. 490 The Woodlands, 77381 www.therepublicgrille.com

Jasper’s 9595 Six Pines Dr, Ste 900 The Woodlands, TX 77380 www.jaspersthewoodlands.com

The Toasted Yolk Cafe 2129 W Davis St, Suite c Conroe, TX 77304 www.thetoastedyolk.com

Landry’s Seafood 1212 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, 77380 www.landrysseafood.com

Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar 9595 Six Pines Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380-1531 www.tommybahama.com

McKenzie’s Barbeque & Burgers 17099 Walden Road Montgomery, TX 77356 www.mckenziesbarbeque.com Nick’s Fish Dive & Oyster Bar 20 Waterway Ave., Ste 105 The Woodlands, 77380 www.nicksfishdive.com Ocean Boullevard Bistro & Martini Bar 1200 Marina Dr, Just off Highway 105 Montgomery, TX 77356 www.obbistro.com Olive Oil 373 Rayford Sawdust Road The Woodlands, TX 77380 www.oliveoilgreekrestaurant.com Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen 18165 Interstate 45 S. Conroe, 77385 www.pappadeaux.com

Tony’s Italian Delicatessen 16283 Highway 105 W, Suite 9 Montgomery, TX 77356 www.tonysitaliandelicatessen.com Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd. Ste. 600 The Woodlands, 77381 www.trulucks.com Vernon’s Kuntry Katfish 5901 W. Davis St, Conroe, TX 77301 Walden Yacht Club 13101 Melville Drive Montgomery, TX 77356 www.waldenyachtclub.com World’s Burgers 17099 Walden Road Montgomery, TX 77356 www.worldsburgers.com

SHOPPING The Boardwalk Towne Lake 9945 Barker Cypress Rd. Cypress, 77433 www.boardwalktl.com The Galleria Houston 5058 Westheimer Rd. Houston, 77056 www.galleriahouston.com Houston Premium Outlets 29300 Hempstead Rd. Cypress, 77433 www.premiumoutlets.com Katy Mills Mall 5000 Katy Mills Cir Katy, TX 77494 www.katymills.com Market Street 9595 Six Pines Dr. The Woodlands, 77380 www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com Old Town Spring Spring Preservation League, 123-F Midway, Spring, 77373 www.oldtownspring.com Outlets at Conroe 1111 League Line Rd. Conroe, 77303 www.outletsatconroe.com Willowbrook Mall 2000 Willowbrook Mall Houston, TX 77070 www.shopwillowbrookmall.com The Woodlands Mall 1201 Lake Robbins Dr. The Woodlands, 77380 www.thewoodlandsmall.com

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playing in the Super Bowl this year, continue to win the hearts and support of fans who celebrate home games with themed tailgate parties at NRG stadium and fill up sports bars around town to cheer the team on.

SPORTS DISTRICT Within walking distance of Avenida de las Americas, the Houston Astros baseball team plays in Minute Maid Park, built around the grand 1911 Union Station depot. The Astros

HOUSTON SHINES FOR SUPER BOWL LI The biggest volunteer program in Super Bowl history took place in Houston in 2017. Where 10,000 volunteers assisted over a million visitors to the city for Super Bowl LI. To host downtown festivities in true Texas style, Avenida de las Americas, which runs in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center, was transformed into a walkable plaza and chic culinary district across the street for Houston’s central park, Discovery Green.

have played in one World Series against the Chicago White Sox. The Houston Rockets play basketball at Toyota Center a short walk from Minute Maid Park. Toyota Center is also a popular venue for concerts. The Rockets have won two NBA championships and four Western Conference titles. The Houston Dynamo soccer team take the field at BBVA Compass Stadium, located on the exciting east side of downtown, home to a growing concentration of clubs, restau-

The Texans, Houston’s NFL team, while not

rants and newly constructed homes. A new

bike trail and METRO’s new East End rail line add to the vitality of this area. Houston Dynamo’s have won two MLS Cups being in their first two seasons.

GOLF Winters in Houston are mild and temperate, with the average high in January (the coldest month) at 62.9°F and the average low at 43.2°F. There are over 200 days of sunshine, so Houston is a golfer’s paradise. And there are plenty of places to play in Montgomery County. A wide range of municipal, public, or private courses, as well as country clubs offer varying terrain and challenges to suit every golfer’s taste. Here, you’ll find stunning courses designed by golf legends such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tom Fazio. Or watch the professionals grip it and rip it at the nearby Shell Houston Open. In addition, golf lessons, clinics, PGA professionals and First Tee Programs are offered throughout the greater Houston area.

GOLF COURSES PUBLIC

April Sound Country Club 936-447-1700 aprilsoundcountryclub.com Bentwater Yacht & Country Club 936-597-6224 bentwater.com Bluejack National 281-475-2165 bluejacknational.com Canongate at The Woodlands 281-882-3000 canongatetexas.com The Village Golf Club 936-856-5531 thevillagegc.com River Plantation Country Club 936-273-2611 riverplantationcc.com The Club at Carlton Woods - Nicklaus 281-863-5800 carltonwoods.com The Club at Carlton Woods - Fazio 281-863-5700 carltonwoods.com The Clubs of Kingwood - Kingwood 281-358-2171 theclubsofkingwood.com The Clubs of Kingwood - Deerwood 281-360-1060 theclubsofkingwood.com The Golf Trails of The Woodlands 281-882-3000 thegolftrails.com The Woodlands Country Club-Oaks Course 281-364-6320 thewoodlandscc.com The Woodlands Country Club-Palmer Course 281-361-6320 thewoodlandscc.com Walden on Lake Conroe Golf Club 936-448-4668 playwalden.com Willow Creek Golf Club 281-376-1501 willowcreekclub.com

PRIVATE Del Lago Golf Club High Meadow Ranch Golf Club Lake Windcrest Golf Club Texas National Golf Club WindRose Golf Club Woodforest Golf Club

936-582-7570 dellagogolf.net 281-356-7700 highmeadowranchgolf.com 281-259-2279 www.lakewindcrestgc.com 800-935-8565 texasnationalgolfcourse.com 281-370-8900 windrosegolfclub.com 936-588-8800 woodforestgolf.com

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CALENDAR of EVENTS Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau/Derrick Bryant Photography

MONTGOMERY COUNTY EVENTS YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS

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Now open Their power, legendar y. Their movements, majestic. Their presence, simply awesome. And now you can experience ever ything that makes them so wonderful. Up close and incredible.

ONGOING CRIGHTON THEATRE Built in 1934, this beautifully restored Vaudeville- era theater in downtown Conroe is home to several local arts groups that present musicals, dramatic plays and concerts. The Crighton is also available for rent. For the schedule and more info, go to www.crightontheatre.org.

CYPRESS CREEK CULTURAL DISTRICT Comprised of the Pearl Fincher Museum, Barbara Bush County Library, the Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and other institutions, this centralized civic complex on the banks of Cypress Creek brings together art, music, literature, education and nature for more than 1 million residents in the surrounding area. The District hosts several annual events, including CreekFest Houston. www.cypresscreekculturaldistrict. org.

PEARL FINCHER MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS The Pearl Fincher Museum brings worldclass art exhibitions and art education opportunities to the Montgomery and Northwest Houston areas. Showcasing rarely seen local and international artists, the Pearl offers free family programs as well

Light of the Doves - Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau

as Summer Art Camp. Visit their website for details on current and upcoming exhibitions and activities. www.pearlmfa.org.

CONROE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA This community orchestra is made up of committed professional and talented amateur musicians from all walks of life. It was founded in the summer of 1997 with the mission of “adding to the cultural enrichment of the community, assuring a better quality of life for the Conroe area. The CSO Season includes traditional classical treasures, popular favorites and featured soloists. For information and upcoming performances, go to www.conroesymphony. org.

SOUNDS OF TEXAS MUSIC SERIES For 20 years, this series has brought quality, intimate concerts to Montgomery County, with classic and emerging artists playing in the historic Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe.

JUNE WINE & FOOD WEEK IN THE WOODLANDS One of America’s largest and most comprehensive wine and food events. This festival features celebrity chefs, more than 500 wines, 40+ events and tastings from 50 restaurants. Join more than 10,000 food and wine fans as The Woodlands uncorks this event. www. wineandfoodweek.com

THE WOODLANDS FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW Exhibitors at the Spring and Fall Home & Garden Shows in The Woodlands are the finest companies in The Woodlands and the North Houston area. www.woodlandsshows.com

JULY FREEDOM FEST – CITY OF MONTGOMERY Celebrate the fourth of July and enjoy some down-home fun with a freedom parade, crafter’s market, baking contest, BBQ cook-off,

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live music and the Freedom Fest Kids Zone. http://experiencemontgomery.com/events/ freedom-fest/

FIREWORKS OVER LAKE CONROE Celebrate America’s Independence with a BANG on Lake Conroe. Enjoy authentic Americana food, snow cones and fun at the party. The sky-popping fireworks will be on display over the south end of Lake Conroe. www.conroe.chambermaster.com

AUGUST MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR Since 1945, Montgomery County has cele-

OCTOBER AUTUMN ART AND WINE FESTIVAL – OLD TOWN SPRING October is Texas Wine Month and Old Town Spring with over 150 quaint shops is the perfect place to enjoy the soft fall weather and a taste of wine. Stroll main street as you enjoy gourmet foods and creative arts in painting, photography, clothing, jewelry and crafts by talented artists.

CREEKFEST CreekFest is a one-day festival held in northwest Houston to celebrate the arts and outdoors in the Cypress Creek community. Highlights include a 5k fun run, live music, a marketplace, local artists, tasty food and much more. www.creekfesthouston.com.

brated its agricultural traditions with this popular event. Come for toe-tapping enter-

PETFEST – OLD TOWN SPRING

tainment and feel good about helping with

PetFest is a weekend event dedicated to finding homes for animals in shelters and rescue groups. It’s a fun-filled festival of entertainment and education that raises money, volunteers and foster homes. Bring your pet! www.petfestoldtownspring.com.

community

scholarships.

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com.

SEPTEMBER LONGHORN ROD RUN Antique cars compete in various categories for prizes in Old Town Spring. Stroll the streets and view these beautiful vintage automobiles. Details at www.oldtownspring.com

MONTGOMERY WINE AND MUSIC FEST Event to be held in the streets of Historic Montgomery. Discover Texas Wines, Texas Food, Texas Beer, and Great Texas Music! www.experiencemontgomery.com/events/ wine-and-music-fest/

BRIDGELAND ANNUAL HOWLOWEEN FEST Watch the Canine Frisbee Disc Club, Splash Dogs and the popular doggie fashion show. Enjoy the many crowd-and-canine approved activities. You and your pet will have a dog-gone good time. www.bridgeland.com

TEXAS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER The Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation’s largest, most acclaimed renaissance themed park. Each year, over 500,000 guests

visit near Plantersville to enter an enchanted world of lords, ladies, pirates, elves and other fanciful and interactive characters. There are over 200 daily performances on more than 20 stages throughout the village, as well as shoppes, live demonstrations by craftsmen and plenty of food and drink to tickle every palate and quench every thirst. www.texrenfest.com

CONROE CAJUN CATFISH FESTIVAL Live music, street performers, car show, Kid Zone, fireworks and, of course, catfish. www. conroecajuncatfishfestival.com

NOVEMBER 37TH ANNUAL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS IN OLD TOWN SPRING, NOV.-DEC. Old Town Spring’s shops and restaurants come alive with spectacular displays of holiday lights, plus strolling performers, festive exhibits and family friendly activities. www.oldtownspring.com

​ DECEMBER CONROE KENNEL CLUB ALL BREED SHOW Sponsored by the Conroe Kennel Club at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. All breeds welcome. Call 936-321-2090 or visit www.conroekennelclub.org.

CAROLING ON THE SQUARE Carolers welcome visitors and a special visit by Santa Claus on December 1 and 22 ring in the holidays. For a complete schedule go to www.thewoodlandscvb.com.

NOVEMBER THE LIGHTING OF THE DOVES FESTIVAL www.HolidayInTheWoodlands.com

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The Lighting of the Doves Festival is a long-standing tradition in The Woodlands that signifies the start of the holiday season in the community. Symbolizing peace during the holidays, the ceremonial illumination of the giant doves has attracted thousands of visitors each year. The Festival includes traditional and international performances, showcasing the cultural diversity of The Woodlands and holiday traditions celebrated around the world. Featuring snow play areas, vendor booths, children’s activities and strolling entertainment, Lighting of the Doves culminates with a special appearance by Santa Claus arriving by sleigh down The Woodlands Waterway and a dazzling fireworks display.

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REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENTS

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