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Montgomery County On Location and Map Manageble. Affordable. Lifestyle. ON THE COVER

International Relocation Information

Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy Photo by Christie Wingo Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy is a private, Christian, university-model school in The Woodlands serving PK-12th grade. Legacy exists to partner with parents to inspire and prepare college-wor-

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Choosing Realtor

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PROJECT MANAGER Susan Syamken

Moving Companies

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Utilities Public Transportation

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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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L A K E S AT C R E E K S I D E With incredible amenities, including eight sparkling lakes, a pavilion, swim team-ready pool and miles of trails, as well as proximity to all that The Woodlands has to offer, Lakes at Creekside is a distinctive, close-knit community of uncommon charm.

TRES LAGOS This beautiful, gated custom home community is located just minutes from The Woodlands. Offering an elevated lifestyle of exceptional luxury, it features large, estate lots – many of which are situated on one of three gorgeous lakes. Acclaimed Klein ISD schools solidify Tres Lagos as a wonderful place to call home.

LAGO WOODS Exclusive, gated and offering a range of lot sizes set among towering trees, Lago Woods, just south of The Woodlands, is more than just a haven of serenity and luxury; it’s all you could ever want in a home.

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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 19 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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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

FORT BEND

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.

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Sincerely,

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in this section Welcome Recreation Culture Shopping & Entertainment

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Thousands of newcomers relocate to Houston each year from all parts of the country and world. Houston-area employers have added hundreds of thousands of jobs in the past few years, and thriving Montgomery County is one of the region’s hottest growth magnets.

Since the late 1800s, a winning combination

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transportation, with projects such as the

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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. As you’ll discover throughout the Guide, Montgomery County has always been a region on the move, from the days of 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. Before we explore the many communities of Montgomery County and North Houston in the following chapter, here’s a deeper introduction to the area’s history and modern recreational and cultural offerings.

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,

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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.

CULTURE Far from being a cultural backwater, the 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. The Symphony also performs at The Centrum, an 881-seat world-class performance facility. The Centrum hosts events by more than 160 community non-profit groups each year, drawing over 350,000 visitors. The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts opened in 2008 with the mission of bringing world-class art exhibitions to northwest

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, added to the region’s natural appeal when it opened in 1973. An impoundment of the San Jacinto River, Lake Conroe provides water for Houston and other entities, and its shores are lined with prestigious communities and resorts.

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Close to the heart of everything Our prime locations within the area are located with access to premium amenities and businesses, inclusive of the new ExxonMobil Campus and Woodlands Medical Center.

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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 established the now-popular trend of creating open-air “Main Street” style shopping destinations that look like historic downtowns. Still 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.

Design. Personalization. Possibilities. Find your inspired new home in North Houston. The Meadows at Imperial Oaks In Spring from the $250s

Harmony In Spring from the $400s

Lakes at NorthPointe In Tomball from the $240s

Harpers Preserve In Conroe from the $400s

Woodtrace In Pinehurst from the $360s

Kingwood – Village of Royal Brook In Kingwood from the $370s

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Nearby, The Woodlands Mall offers a more traditional mall experience. In fact, The Woodlands alone offers 11 million square feet of shopping, dining, hospitality and entertainment. An additional 700,000 square feet of Montgomery County shopping is coming in early 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 events such as Springfest and the Texas 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 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 a feather in Montgomery County’s cap. 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.

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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 rest of the toll roads in Houston and across Texas. The new Tomball Tollway, Hardy Toll Road and I-45 North provide more critical transportation links for the Montgomery County area. Opened in 2015, the Tomball Tollway is a 6-mile tollway running along the SH 249 corridor between Spring-Cypress Road and FM 2920. Now in the final design phase, the Hardy 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 services and even water taxis in The Woodlands round out the area’s diverse mobility infrastructure. From nature to commerce, it’s easy to why Montgomery County is one of nation’s fastest-growing counties, with growth and family income outpacing national average.

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

Montgomery County is a vibrant mosaic

communities. More information is available

as Houston’s growth continues its northward

of historic small towns abuzz with renewed

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march, with a huge positive jolt coming from ExxonMobil’s new campus next to

vitality and new communities nestled in the woods. A beautiful environment, highly

CONROE

regarded schools, a convenient network of

The largest city and county seat of

roadways and a growing number of major

Montgomery County is named after North-

employers such as ExxonMobil are drawing

ern-born Houston lumberman Isaac Conroe,

new residents from all over to Montgomery

who founded a sawmill there in 1881. The

stone Hills by Friendswood Development

County.

new city was originally called Conroe’s

Company. Located near I-45 North and

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

Switch, since it sat at the junction of two

Conroe’s Loop 336, this 331-acre commu-

Newcomers will find a tremendous variety

railroads. Shortened to Conroe, the city

nity offers something few of its regional

of homes and communities to choose from

prospered from its thriving lumber and

competitors can match – genuine topog-

– including large-lot communities, lakefront

oil industries, and for one brief period it

raphy with scenic hills and bluffs. With

and golf course developments, and master-

boasted more millionaires per capital than

new homes priced from the $300,000s to

planned communities of all sizes. Here

another other U.S. city.

$500,000, Graystone Hills offers amenities including greenbelt trails, a nature

are brief profiles of some of Montgomery County’s most appealing neighborhoods and

Today, Conroe is booming like never before,

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a resort-style swimming pool. Part of the highly regarded Conroe ISD, the community has a National Blue Ribbon elementary school onsite. 10

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RICHMOND Located near The Woodlands, Harper’s Preserve that surrounds a beautiful nature preserve

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has a gated entrance, private streets, front yard maintenance, and 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 the giant boulders overlooking a scenic lake. Home styles range from low-maintenance patio homes to large estate homes. Grand Central Park is a new master-planned community by Johnson Development located in the City of Conroe. Located just 5 miles north of The Woodlands along Interstate 45 and S. Loop 336, they are able to grant access to most everything in Montgomery County. Conveniently, they are located within close proximity to Houston’s new Energy Corridor and ExxonMobil campus. Grand Central Park is dedicated to protecting the woods that outline their property and provide miles of nature trails, parks and much more. Six leading homebuilders will offer a wide variety of patio homes, townhomes, luxury villas and traditional single-family homes when Grand Central Park grand opens in 2016. For the latest updates, visit www.grandcentralparktx.com. The Meadow at Imperial Oaks is a naturally wooded community found within the master planned community of Imperial Oaks and just minutes from The Woodlands. Serviced by Conroe Independent School District and close to the airport and nearby medical facilities makes The Meadow at Imperial Oaks an ideal community to raise a family. Families will enjoy several proposed amenities including a new state of the art recreations center with pool

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Stewart’s Forest is a breathtaking masterplanned community with gently rolling terrain, located less than a mile from the key crossroads of I-45 North and Loop 336 in 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. The city of Conroe is thriving too. It’s home to two craft beer breweries and a distillery, and it shows off its proud history at the Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park. Conroe has 24 city parks and a lively historic downtown filled with two antique malls, two live performance theaters, art galleries, eateries and much more.


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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 now open! This park area features a community pool and pool barn, walking trails, playground, fire pit, bowling and bocce ball greens and horseshoe pits. More amenities coming in East Village!

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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 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 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.

CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS Just to the west, Cypress-Fairbanks is a large and growing area with close ties to Montgomery County. Commonly known as “Cy-Fair,” this area has experienced unprecedented residential and commercial growth over the past few decades, and the Grand Parkway will soon connect Cy-Fair and Montgomery with a seamless highway link.

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For some newcomers, the Cy-Fair area offers an ideal location with close proximity to the natural beauty and economic opportunities of Montgomery County, combined with convenient access to West Houston and all of the Greater Houston metro area. Cy-Fair ISD schools are considered to be some of the best in the Houston region. One of the largest and most established master-planned communities in Cy-Fair is Fairfield, located at U.S. Highway 290 and Mason Road. This 3,200-acre community offers eight lakes, six neighborhood parks and swimming pools, numerous pocket parks and miles of trails. Fairfield is near world-class shopping, with the Houston Premium Outlets Mall adjacent to the community. Fairfield also lies along the Grand Parkway, now open all the way from U.S. 59 South to U.S. 59 North, giving Fairfield residents the advantage of living right in the middle of everything. More popular new-home communities in the Cy-Fair area include Cypress Creek Lakes, a carefully designed 1,600-acre master-planned community where streets are thoughtfully laid out to preserve the natural beauty of the land. The signature feature of the community is a scenic series of lakes that provide recreation along their parks and trails, along with waterfront views

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for select homes. More amenities include splash pads, pools and recreation centers. Rock Creek invites residents home with rock waterfalls and lush landscaping reminiscent of the Texas Hill Country. Planned exclusively for custom homes with homesites of up to a half-acre, this 215-acre community has five connected lakes and an extensive greenbelt trail system. The main lake is stocked with fish and welcomes non-motorized boats. True to its Hill Country vision, it has a fitness center inspired by the historic Comal County Courthouse in New Braunfels. One of Cy-Fair’s most unique communities is Towne Lake, whose 300-acre lake ranks as the fourth-largest private recreational lake in the Houston area. The lake gives real meaning to Towne Lake’s motto, “a community connected by water,” with connected trails, waterways and scenic coves bonding neighbors together and creating a unique living experience. Waterfront shopping and dining are part of their boardwalk, and Towne Lake Centre is a planned business district. This vision and its careful execution won Towne Lake’s developer, Caldwell Communities, a 2014 award as “Houston’s Best Developer” from the Greater Houston Builder’s Association.


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MONTGOMERY

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.

KINGWOOD/LAKE HOUSTON AREA

18,000-square-foot clubhouse offering a

Kingwood is Montgomery County’s neighbor to the east, and the two share many positive traits. Kingwood is part of the Humble area, which like Montgomery County is steeped in a rich history of oil wealth and beautiful forests and lakes. 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.

a hot tub and sun deck, tennis courts, a

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.

fitness center, an infinity edge pool with 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

One of the area’s newest and most successful 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 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.

Course, along with a recreation center and neighborhood parks. Residents also enjoy

OAK RIDGE NORTH

the amazing variety of amenities available

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. Several beautiful residential areas link these communities together.

to all homeowners in Kingwood, including more than 500 acres of parks and nature reserves and more than 75 miles of trails.

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.

Shopping and entertainment are offered at

Barrington Kingwood is a private 200-acre enclave located just inside the gates of 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

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Founded in 1837 along what is today Highway 105, Montgomery has a tiny population (just 621 in the 2010 census) that belies its popularity among newcomers. Just outside the city limits of Montgomery, tens of thousands of happy homeowners reside in new and established communities, drawn by the area’s natural beauty, proximity to commerce, and enduring small-town charm.

Kingwood Town Center and Kings Harbor.

MAGNOLIA Adjacent to The Woodlands, Magnolia was settled in the late 1840s and is today sance Festival, which brings thousands of lords and ladies to the area each fall. Magnolia retains its small-town charm even as it becomes a popular location for large-lot communities, especially those that can accommodate horses.

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Established in 1966, Oak Ridge North was in the right place at the right time home construction in the area took off in the late 1960s. The compact community covers two square miles, which encourages walking to schools and the two city parks. Because of its close proximity to The Woodlands, Conroe and Houston, residents of Oak Ridge North can easily partake in the entertainment, shopping, colleges and universities, and other offerings in the surrounding cities.


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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.

master-planned

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.

considerable natural appeal.

and a community pavilion with an outdoor fireplace. The active lifestyle includes yearround events such as Pumpkin Fest and Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Harmony is planned for 2,600 homes, with a variety of award-winning homebuilders and homesites ranging from 55 to 75 feet wide.

Area schools are highly regarded, and major

TOMBALL

roadways including I-45 North, the Hardy

Once called Peck, Tomball was renamed 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.

communities.

Spring

is

known throughout Houston for its quaint, vibrant Old Town Spring shopping and entertainment district, and the Spring Creek Greenway is enhancing the area’s already

Toll Road and Grand Parkway add to the 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. Situated just minutes from I-45 North and the Hardy Toll Road, this wooded 1,000-acre community offers unique amenities such as Barefoot Park, where residents are encour-

SPRING

aged to kick off their shoes and enjoy the

About 55,000 people reside in Spring, which maintains its small-town appeal while

outdoors. The park has a resort-style pool with a beach-entry lagoon, a splash pad,

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

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century. Later, railroads and then oil and gas brought more prosperity to Tomball. Adjacent to The Woodlands, just off Huffsmith and Wiseman Roads, Lakes at Creekside is a new master planned community from J. Alan Kent Development. Surrounded by wooded beauty and eight lakes, to the prime location just minutes from the Grand Parkway, The Woodlands and the new ExxonMobil campus, Lakes at Creekside is a wonderfully welcoming community. Lakes of Creekside is comprised of just over 600 home sites, and has a tremendous amount of amenities not generally 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 their website for a list of current builders, lakesatcreekside. com. Tomball is home to thriving master-planned communities, including Wildwood at Northpointe by Friendswood Development Company. 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. Woodtrace, another Friendswood Development community in Tomball, is a gated

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enclave at the corner of S.H. 249 and FM 149. Woodtrace has beautiful amenities including 23-acre Woodtrace Lake and Central Park, which has a natural creek with footbridges and trails. The recreation center offers a pool, park and clubhouse. 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, or just plain hang out. 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.

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 high level of amenities. In recent years, The Woodlands has come into its own as a total community where


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Outdoor Living

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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ment district and other key components.

Woodlands Mall and Market Street. The

Three highly rated school districts – Conroe,

The Woodlands has also become a major

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, one of

Magnolia and Tomball ISD – along with

employment center, and without doubt the

the most popular outdoor amphitheaters

community’s success and quality of life drew

in the world, hosts national touring shows

the attention of ExxonMobil, which built its

and cultural performances. An exceptional

new campus just south of the 28,000-acre community. 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.

collection

of

larger-than-life

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and outdoor art installations adorns public spaces. Boulevard Green is the newest community being developed by Pelican Builders, Inc. in the Woodlands area. With direct access from Vision Park Boulevard in Shenandoah, and an easy commute down Grogan’s Mill Road, this gated community offers easy access to

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. 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

The Woodlands lifestyle is centered on

The Woodlands and I-45 North. Similar to

minutes to premier local attractions such as

the environment, the arts, technology

recently developed communities in the East

The Woodlands Market Street, The Wood-

and healthy living. The Woodlands Town

Shore of The Woodlands, Boulevard Green

lands Mall and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell

Center features The Woodlands Waterway

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Pavilion. Families living in this community

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green park. Other hallmarks of this commu-

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Sam Houston National Forest Fishing on the Lake

LAKE CONROE Freedom Boat Club Trails by the Lake

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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 housing while they continue their home search, or while they wait for their new home to be built or renovated. Like most big cities, Houston has many options for temporary housing. Perhaps this is even truer of Houston than other cities, because companies are experienced at serving the historically heavy influxes of newcomers who work in Houston’s thriving energy, medical and aerospace sectors.

consideration during this hectic period? Or

make more sense if you have a career or life-

it might be most important to stay near an

style that requires you to move frequently; if

airport if you’ll be doing a lot of traveling

you prefer a set monthly budget and cannot

during the transition. Would you be most

afford

comfortable in a hotel or apartment, or

expenses and if you don’t have the time or

would you prefer a single-family home or

desire for home maintenance.

Many multifamily complexes have corporate programs with fully furnished units and short-term leases available. Hotels are another option, including the growing number of extended-stay hotels in the area. When staying in a hotel for 30 days or longer, Texas law allows for an exemption of the 6% state hotel tax; see the hotel management for information on how to apply for this exemption. Consider the location and style of housing that would best suit you during your

townhome? Good

sources

unforeseen

home-maintenance

More reasons to rent: if you enjoy having for

locating

temporary

housing include your company’s human resources department, your Realtor and/or builder, and the Internet. Bottom line: the rapid growth of Montgomery County and environs means that newcomers will find plenty of temporary housing options throughout the area – from extended-stay hotels and corporate lodging, to single-family homes and condos for rent.

amenities such as a pool, gym, concierge and tennis courts; if you plan on downsizing your living space or retiring soon; and if you are experiencing a financial setback and/or rebuilding your credit. Freddie Mac says buying may be best if you have reliable income, good credit and documentation for your assets; if you can afford at least a 5% down payment and closing costs; and if you are financially able to take on home maintenance and improvements.

RENT OR BUY?

It may also be better to buy if you want to

There can be advantages to both renting or

build equity and qualify for homeowner

buying a new home, depending on one’s

tax breaks and credits; if you have an

immediate priorities and long-term goals.

adequate cash reserve to withstand loss of

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employment or another financial setback;

Also in Montgomery County, you’ll find a

and if you plan on staying in your home at

wide selection of homebuilders and Real-

least four years.

tors who are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in building custom homes in the

at

Home

Houston’s Award Winning Relocation Leader John Daugherty, Realtors

We will introduce you to all that Houston has to offer

NEW HOME VS. EXISTING HOME

region.

Advantages of buying a new home include

The benefits of building a custom home

“new” everything – from carpets to appli-

are getting exactly what you want – from

ances. Energy efficiency is another big

the location of the lot, to the design of the

consideration. New homes can include the

exterior style and interior floor plan. Many

latest high-efficiency heating and cooling

buyers have extended multigenerational

systems, along with advanced insulation and

families or adult children living at home,

window products that weren’t available 10 or

and garage apartments and ground floor

20 years ago.

“casitas” (small houses) are popular options for accommodating these family members.

A new home will require less maintenance in the short term, and new homes are wired

Inside, too, a custom home allows you to

and capable of accommodating the latest

customize every aspect of every room – from

technologies.

countertops and flooring, to paint colors and lighting and plumbing fixtures. And if you

There are also advantages to buying an

want to create a special place to incorporate

existing home, especially in Montgomery

an architectural element that’s a family trea-

County, which offers plenty of resale homes

sure or recent discovery, that’s very easy to

ranging from historic farmhouses to homes

do when building custom.

We will assist you in finding

just a few years old. According to Realtor.

the perfect neighborhood

com, other advantages may include price,

CHOOSING A REALTOR

established landscaping, “extra” features

Choosing the right Realtor in a vast area

such as window coverings that may not be

such as Montgomery County can make a

included in new homes, and traditional floor

big difference, because a good Realtor can

We will connect you with the resources in making Houston your home

plans.

help you navigate a fast-changing market

Used homes may also have a track record

Call today for our

of appreciation over the years, although

complimentary Newcomer Guide

Realtor.com cautions that past performance

713.561.6829 John Daugherty Global Business Development

does not guarantee future market appeal.

CUSTOM HOME BUILDING One of the great things about Montgomery County is the diversity of communities and homesites to choose from for building the new custom home of your dreams. The choices are almost endless. You can find an acreage homesite in a community that still feels rural and pastoral, or you can tap into

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lead you to new opportunities in communities that are brand-new or not quite on the market, and can also help you find final chances in communities that are fast building out. To find the right Realtor, Bankrate.com recommends talking with recent clients; checking with the state real estate board to confirm the Realtor’s licensing and check for disciplinary action and complaints; and researching how long the Realtor has been

the increasingly urban vibe of places like

in business. 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 addi-

everywhere, you’ll find the beautiful trees

tional training. ABR, for example, stands for

the area is known for.

Accredited Buyer’s Representative. 

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Serving the Greater Houston Area and the surrounding communities

landscape. A knowledgeable Realtor can

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MANAGEABLE.

AFFORDABLE. LIFESTYLE. Despite getting off to a slow start at the beginning of 2016, Houston home sales had reached a record-setting pace as the year drew to an end, according to Builder magazine. Along with the pace of sales, the median price had 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

utilities, food and health care as well as any

relaxed lending standards that could benefit

payments on outstanding loans and leases

first-time buyers. Fannie Mae and Freddie

are expenses, while household income

Mac, the two federally chartered mort-

includes salary and other declared revenue

gage corporations, recently relaxed lending

such as dividends and royalties. In the case

guidelines that were tightened after the

of townhomes, condos and other types of

national housing crisis that began in 2008.

housing where a monthly maintenance fee is

Now, some buyers can get a mortgage

charged, that too must be considered in the

with only 3 percent down payment and a

overall expenses.

minimum FICO credit score of 620. Homebuyer assistance programs are also offered

Developed by the Real Estate Center at

by various government agencies.

Texas A&M University, the Texas Housing

Some

groups, including teachers, police officers

Affordability

and firefighters, may also qualify for special

the ratio of median household income

Index

(THAI)

measures

assistance programs.

required to buy a median-priced home, using a 30-year mortgage with a 20 percent down payment as its model. A THAI of

HOW MUCH CAN YOU AFFORD?

1.00 indicates that the median household

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 typically about 30 percent of their incomes

income is just enough to qualify for a loan to purchase the median-priced home. Montgomery County’s most recent THAI was an impressive 1.96, which makes the area more affordable than the overall Houston region, state and nation based on THAI averages.

on housing, so the city overall is right in line

MORTGAGE OPTIONS

with that advice, albeit slightly on the high

Several different types of mortgages are

side.

common today. A standard 30-year fixed rate mortgage is the most common way to

Experts

also

suggest

that

household

finance a home; 15-year fixed rate mort-

rising fast, but many experts agree that the tradeoff of a slightly lower monthly payment for much more interest paid over the life of the loan does not make economic sense. For all fixed-rate loans, the amount of the mortgage, payment, the interest rate and the term of the loan are fixed and fully self-amortizing, which means at the end of the term, the principal has been repaid. The purchase price less the down payment is the principal of the mortgage. Dividing the principal by the number of payments in a 30- year or 15- year mortgage and adding the interest determines the monthly house payment. Escrow money for taxes and insurance is added to the payments according to the terms of the lender, and the amounts are recalculated annually. The Alternative Mortgage Instrument (AMI) is a loan in which at least one of the four components varies. The most common AMI is the Adjustable Rate Mortgage with a variable interest rate. Customarily, the ARM interest rate begins low and periodically adjusts either up or down within limits based on a pre-specified index. The initial low rate, and therefore, the lower monthly payment, enables the buyer to meet the income and debt-ratio requirement.

expenses not exceed 43 percent of personal

gages are another option.

income

mortgage

mortgage has become more popular in some

DOWN PAYMENT

payment, insurance, credit card balances,

parts of the country where home prices are

The down payment is the cash committed

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toward the purchase of a home. For most loans, a down payment of 20 percent of the purchase price is required to avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), although it is possible to take out a secondary loan to avoid PMI.

INTEREST RATES Interest rates fluctuate frequently and vary from lender to lender. Interest on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage is likely to be different from that of a 15-year, and adjustable rate mortgages reset according to the terms of the lender. Low interest rates were one of the top economic stories of 2014 and are expected to remain low in 2015.

CLOSING COSTS Typically between 2 to 5 percent of the purchase price of a home, closing costs include related fees such as costs for running credit reports, loan origination, appraisal, survey, title insurance, and discount points paid to lower the interest rate. Closing costs are typically paid by the buyer at the time of closing.

CREDIT REPORT Lenders will require a credit report from the credit bureau that has collected your credit history for the past seven to 10 years. Credit reports document your financial history and reflect the amount of credit you have, the timeliness with which you pay your bills, if you have declared bankruptcy and other factors that give the lender a financial snapshot. Traditional mortgage lenders require an established credit history, but some lenders may offer more flexible mortgage programs for people with limited or no established credit record. Credit reports also carry your credit score, a numeric ranking between 300 and 850 that many lenders use. It is calculated using five factors: payment history, amount of outstanding debt, length of credit history, new credit and the sources of credit in use. In addition to informing lenders of credit-worthiness, your credit score can also determine the interest rate you pay. The

better the credit score, the lower the interest rate. More information on credit scoring is at myfico.com.

Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association.

HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE PRE-APPROVAL VS. PRE-QUALIFICATION

Homeowner insurance is required by mort-

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is beneficial because it gives sellers a level of assurance that the prospective buyer can obtain a mortgage – a big plus in a competitive market. Pre-approval requires the completion of a loan application and sometimes a fee. Pre-qualification, on the other hand, is just an estimate of a mortgage that a prospective buyer might qualify for.

is paid for. Buyers are typically asked to

gage lenders, and is essential even if a home pay one year of insurance at closing, with premiums included in monthly mortgage payments. Selecting an insurance company and determining coverage is the responsibility of the buyer, and should begin as soon as the contract to purchase a house is accepted by the seller.

TAX DEDUCTIONS Some home purchase costs are deductible if you itemize deductions. These costs may include mortgage interest, real estate taxes and PMI payments. For more information, visit irs.gov or ask your tax preparer or attorney.

The Texas Board of Insurance - www.tdi. texas.gov, 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 of insurance that they may need. In the Houston and Montgomery

BANKS

County areas, flood insurance is required

Banks offer a full range of services that usually include mortgages at competitive rates. In addition to checking and savings accounts, their mortgage lending is another option for homebuyers. Be sure to ask about fees associated with the bank’s services, different accounts, minimum balance requirements, ATM charges, availability of funds policy, direct deposit and other options.

or recommended by mortgage companies

Contact the Texas Department of Banking toll free 877-276-5554 or visit www.dob. texas.gov.

Montgomery County, Harris County and

in some neighborhoods. Check with your builder, Realtor or lender to determine the status of your property.

FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS A variety of programs are designed to help first-time buyers, including FHA loans with a 3 percent down payment discussed at the beginning of this article.

other governmental entities also offer homebuyer assistance programs that can provide down

payment

assistance

and

special

CREDIT UNIONS

financing for buyers who meet certain

Credit unions are a good source to check for mortgage loans because they may offer lower or competitive rates. Historically, credit unions have been employer-based financial institutions but today it is common for credit unions to be community-based, meaning that anyone can use a credit union as their primary financial institution. Members are insured for up to $250,000 per account by the National Credit Union Administration. More information about credit unions is available from the Texas

household income and purchase price criteria. Other programs include Southeast Texas Housing Finance - www.sethfc.com and the Harris County Downpayment Assistance Program - www.harriscountytx.gov/ csd. Information is also available from the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - www.tdhca.state.tx.us. Realtors, mortgage lenders and builders are also good sources of information about available homebuyer assistance programs. 

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RELOCATION INFORMATION

Obtaining as much information as possible in advance about Montgomery County and the Greater Houston area will 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 If you are moving from out of state, it may be necessary to hire a moving company. The best time to move is the middle of the month rather than the end or during summer vacation, when moving companies are usually busiest. If the move is less than 250 miles away, consider making the move yourself. Compare the relative costs of moving yourself versus using the services of a moving company, and be sure to take into consideration your time and effort, as well as your physical ability. At the other extreme, the global economy of Houston and Montgomery County draws newcomers from all over the world, and there are a few important considerations to keep in mind when moving from overseas. If your overseas move is work-related, find out

how much of the expense will be covered. As a general rule, many experts recommend scaling the move down to essential items and those with emotional value. Find out about import fees and duty costs, especially for items you may have purchased overseas. Also consider the size of your new space: will it be larger or smaller than the home you’re leaving? If you’re a U.S. citizen who is moving back from overseas, then you might have many items in U.S. storage, so you’ll need to plan the logistics of getting these to your new home as well.

while others break out supplies separately.

TYPES OF MOVING ESTIMATES

easy to re-calculate the cost. The moving

Most companies give free estimates based on distance and the weight of household contents. Some moving companies include the costs of packing materials in their bid

time the price quote is in effect, which is

Packing services, fuel charges, wait time and temporary storage costs may vary considerably so be sure to ask about all charges. Moving companies offer three types of estimates: the binding estimate, non-binding estimate and not-to-exceed binding estimate. The binding estimate lists all items to be shipped and the required services on the estimate form, and the price quoted is the binding price. Every charge is itemized, so that if an item is added or deleted, it is company must also specify the length of usually 60 days. This type of estimate does not require additional payment over the amount of the estimate.

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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.

especially for those items that are more

Before the movers arrive, begin making preparations. Take an inventory of your moving company performs their own inventory, check it carefully against your own before signing anything. Should any of your belongings arrive with scratches, dents or other damages, photographs will help verify a claim so consider taking pictures of valuable items or making a video inventory before the movers arrive.

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

Be aware that many moving companies fall behind schedule, so consider hiring a moving company that will guarantee a pickup and delivery date. Make sure those dates are in the contract. Pick-up and delivery dates should not be open-ended.

require payment in cash before unloading.

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 • Select a moving company carefully by

Although moving companies provide liability insurance on household belongings by the pound, it is wise to purchase extra insurance that provides additional coverage,

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• 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.

FURNITURE AND APPLIANCE RENTAL In some cases, it may be necessary to rent furniture or appliances while waiting for your old ones to be delivered, or while shopping for new items that will fit your new space perfectly.

into storage, and the moving company may

Tax deductions may apply to your move so

MORE CONSIDERATIONS

• Contact the Better Business Bureau for any complaints that might be on file at www. houston.bbb.org or 713-868-9500.

belongings and note their condition. If the

It is important to be sure you will be at your 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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Some companies specialize in renting furniture to newcomers and offer packages by the household, the room or by the piece. They also offer different styles, along with accessories such as artwork, lighting, rugs and indoor plants. Flexible lease terms, quick delivery and professional setup and removal are some of the services offered by rental companies. If you decide you like a particular item or items, purchase is usually available.

Southwest

Association is another resource for informa-

FORWARDING MAIL

tion about moving companies and they can

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

be reached at www.mytexasmover.com or

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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.co.montgomery.tx.us

UTILITIES ELECTRICITY Retail Electric Providers compete to sell

utility district (MUD). There are a number of these districts throughout Montgomery County and services vary by district. Contact your local city or HOA for detailed information.

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. Select electricity, natural gas, local phone and long distance, cable or satellite television, and high-speed Internet services at www.HoustonNewcomerGuides.com.

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

WATER AND SEWER Water, sewage and drainage services are typically provided by the public works department in each city, or by a municipal

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

TELEPHONE, CABLE, AND INTERNET SERVICE

garbage and light trash are collected.

Greater Houston and Montgomery County have four area codes: 713, 281, 832, and 936. When placing calls, 10-digit dialing is required. The many telephone service providers to choose from also offer satellite and cable television services, along with bundled services, special promotional rates and discounts for newcomers.

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.

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CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS Founded more than a century ago, Consolidated Communications is a family of companies providing advanced communications services to residential and business customers in many states including Texas. Consolidated offers landline and digital phone service, high-speed Internet access and Digital TV service.

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 bas 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, helps motorists experiencing car trouble on Houston area freeways. The specially marked MAP vehicles are equipped to handle minor automotive emergencies. Houston’s major highways have High Occu-

As a premier provider of communications services, their purpose is to connect people

pancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes for vehicles with

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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HOMES And RENTALS OWNING A VEHICLE New residents must obtain a Texas driver’s license within 30 days of establishing residency. Texas residents moving to a new address within the state must update their license as well. 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 or www.tax.co.harris.tx.us. Montgomery County 936-756-0571 or 281-364-4200 www.co.montgomery.tx.us.

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.

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.

VOTING

Montgomery County Crime Stoppers 1-800- 392-STOP (7867).

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.

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)

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

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.

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

• 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.

Banks

• You are responsible for your lease for the

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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• Request a credit card & debit card (ATM)

for details).

Credit Unions

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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 Raising the Bar by LEARNING and DOING

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.

Aong with its beautiful lakes, forests and

tests taken each year varies by grade.

thriving economy, Montgomery County counts high quality education as one of its greatest resources. Education in the region includes a variety of highly regarded public school districts, ranging from small-town gems to some of the largest in the Houston area. The region also offers a wide range of private and parochial schools, along with a growing list of opportunities for higher education.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT TESTING: STAAR Texas students take the State of Texas Assessment

of

Academic

Readiness

(STAAR) tests. which measure a child’s

Results from STAAR are used to calculate annual school and district performance ratings. In 2014, the State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted several revisions to STAAR and House Bill 5, which focuses on reducing the number of tests required for graduation. These legislative changes will have fundamental implications for the Texas Accountability Rating System. All of the districts in Montgomery County met approved standards in 2014. For current information, ask your school district for updates or visit the Texas Education Association (TEA) website at tea.texas. gov.

Texas Legislature in 1995 to provide an alternative to traditional public schools. Open-enrollment charter schools are public schools that have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students. Charter schools provide a personalized learning environment that promotes greater student achievement. In the State of Texas, charter schools operate under and receive academic accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency. All charter students in Texas take the same 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);

performance, as well as academic growth and college and career readiness. The

TEXAS CHARTER SCHOOLS

however, they do not receive funds from

number of subjects tested and the number of

Charter schools were authorized by the

local tax revenue.

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PUBLIC SCHOOL CONROE ISD www.conroeisd.net / 936-709-7752 Conroe ISD is a 348-square mile school district that is geographically diverse and includes The Woodlands, Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North, Conroe, and Caney Creek, as well as several other smaller towns, communities, and unincorporated areas. As the 14th largest district in Texas and the 71st largest in the U.S., Conroe ISD serves over 58,000 students across 60 campuses and is one of the fastest growing districts in the State with an average enrollment growth of approximately 1,500 students per year. Conroe ISD is a community of individuals working together to achieve the best for students. The District is proud of the accomplishments of students, teachers and administrators who have helped make Conroe ISD a great school district. Achievement scores continue to increase and are well above the State and national averages. The mean SAT score for the District is 1583 compared to 1490 for the nation and 1410 for the State. The mean ACT score is 24.1 with the nation and State at 21.0 and 20.9 respectively. Conroe ISD also has a graduation rate of 94.7%, one of the highest in Texas. The State of Texas Comptroller’s Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST Report), which studies high academic standards

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and efficient spending in public education, awarded the highest rating of 5-Stars to Conroe ISD. This distinction places Conroe ISD among only four of the over 1,000 school districts in the State to receive this award five years in a row. Conroe ISD’s tax rate is one of the lowest in the Greater Houston metropolitan area at $1.28.

11 high schools and four special program facilities.

Conroe ISD offers a comprehensive core academic program, a vast array of athletics, a cutting edge Career and Technical Education curriculum, and a slate of fine arts courses to meet the needs and interests of all students.

The CFISD vision is LEAD: Learn. Empower. Achieve. Dream.

CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD www.cfisd.net / 281-897-4000 Located approximately 20 miles northwest of downtown Houston, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD encompasses 186 square miles. The 22nd largest school district in the nation, CFISD is also one of the fastest-growing school districts nationwide. As the secondlargest school district in the Houston area and the third-largest in Texas, CFISD’s student enrollment is 114,075 as of April 2016. CFISD opened a new middle school in August 2014 and a new elementary school in August 2015, giving the district a total of 87 schools. The district is made up of 54 elementary schools, 18 middle schools,

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The CFISD mission statement: “We maximize every student’s potential through rigorous and relevant learning experiences preparing students to be 21st Century global leaders.”

MAGNOLIA ISD

www.magnoliaisd.org / 281-356-3571 Located 45 miles north of Houston and to the west of The Woodlands, the Magnolia Independent School District encompasses approximately 150 square miles and provides an outstanding learning environment offering innovative programs, modern facilities and exceptional teachers. The mission of Magnolia ISD is to provide an education environment that will enable all students to develop essential academic skills for a lifetime of learning and to prepare students to be responsible, contributing citizens in a diverse and changing world. The district serves approximately 13,000 students and provides a well-balanced curriculum to meet the needs of all students offering advanced academics, dual credit programs, Career and Technical Education career paths and certifications, Early


Childhood, full-day Kindergarten and a strong academic core. Teachers and staff provide an engaging learning environment educating all students with an expectation of high achievement and performance. This level of expectation is what makes Magnolia ISD “dedicated to be the best district in the state of Texas.” 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. Magnolia ISD 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 for the rigor of college course work and is recognized by elite universities around the world as an excellent preparatory curriculum. Magnolia ISD is one of the fastest growing districts in the state among comparable size districts. The campuses include eight elementary schools, two 6th grade junior high schools, two 7th and 8th grade junior high schools, two high schools and one alternative high school. The board of trustees and administration is committed to being stewards of taxpayer dollars and to the transparency of the financials of the district. Magnolia ISD has been awarded the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Platinum Designation and has received the highest designations for three years in a row. This distinction is held by 12% of the school districts in the state of Texas. The district has also received the TEA FIRST Report Superior Achievement rating since inception 2001, and a perfect score each year on the Financial FAST Report.

MONTGOMERY ISD www.misd.org / 936-582-1333 MISD educates over 8300 students who live within the 231 square-mile boundary. The district has eight schools and an outstanding

instructional staff of 535 certified teachers. Of these educators, the staff has an average of 13.5 years of teaching experience and 129 teachers hold advanced degrees. 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. MISD class sizes are small and average about 16.3 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. 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.

health science, education, agriculture, engineering, manufacturing, industrial technology, and culinary arts. When enrolled in a certification course, students gain valuable hands-on experience while working in the field. Certifications enable students to enter the workforce immediately, as well as provide an opportunity to further their education while working part-time in the field in which they are certified. Tomball ISD 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. Three-dimensional designs and technical drawings are some of the skills students will learn. The students also hone their research, communication, and problem solving skills while completing individual and group projects. Another added bonus is that the coursework counts toward STEM endorsements, which will prepare students planning to pursue an engineering degree in college.

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 prekindergarten through 12 in 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. Students are also enriched through leadership opportunities that can lead to personal and academic accomplishments. 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 offers 16 certifications for students in multiple areas, such as business,

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 to students who are interested in learning medical terminology and about health careers in general. Students begin by learning the basics of nursing care in the areas of nutrition, hydration and safety, and by caring for individuals who reside in skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes. Some students advance and gain experience utilizing skills learned in the classroom as well as hands-on experience in nursing homes caring for residents. As seniors, students are able to take any of four practicums including pharmacy tech, registered dental assistant, emergency medical technician, and certified nursing assisting. Courses offered in Tomball ISD’s Career & Technical Education program offer additional educational opportunities that benefit students as they decide on a career choice. Career fields and college programs are very competitive. Completing certification

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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.

courses and having hands-on experience in a particular field could possibly increase future opportunities for students. Tomball ISD is proud that students are graduating from high school 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. They are a growing K-12 district nestled between the Sam Houston National Forest and Lake Conroe. Located approximately 45 miles north of Houston, the district encompasses 126 square miles in Montgomery County and 32 square miles in San Jacinto County. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report, Montgomery County is the 11th largest county in Texas and one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Willis Independent School District and all campuses once again achieved the highest rating of “Met Standard” under the 2015 State Accountability System. A total of eight Academic Achievement Distinction Designations were awarded to five campuses, an increase of three designations and three campuses from the previous year.

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 college credit. Through the Career and Technology program, students can acquire skills in a variety of areas including architecture and construction, agriculture, audio/video technology, business management, health science, hospitality services and information technology. Certifications in selected fields are available to help students get a quick start on their careers. The libraries are now digital learning centers and, with district provided devices, they ensure that the children can access relevant technology in the classroom today to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow. The team of professional educators is dedicated to developing a life-long passion for learning in all students. They believe every child counts and every child learns and offers hope for a successful future by teaching every child to think. Individual talents and valuable life skills are enriched through the athletic, fine arts and extracurricular programs.

the same time, they are focused on preparing the students to live and work successfully in the global community of the 21st century.

SPRING ISD www.springisd.org Spring ISD is focused on its students and grounded in its community partnerships. It serves about 37,000 pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade students in a diverse district located 20 miles north of central 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, Spring ISD’s strong performing and visual arts programs continue to be recognized regionally and nationally. The district’s 38 campuses include 18 schools built within the last decade, as well as numerous renovated ones, ensuring that students have secure, modern facilities in which to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens – ready to contribute, compete, and lead in today’s global society.

PRIVATE SCHOOL COVENANT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

www.covenantonline.com / 936-890-8080 Higher expectations for student achievement are set every year and are complimented by a comprehensive array of rigorous academic programs including Gifted and Talented,

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The district 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

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situated on a 35 acre facility currently serving approximately 320 students in Pre-K through grade 12. The dedicated, fully certified teachers use a balanced, faith-based, college-preparatory curriculum and incorporate experiential learning opportunities to engender a true love of learning. They challenge students to succeed and stand behind them with the support they need to fulfill their potential and reach their dreams. Not surprisingly, Covenant is known for its consistently high scores on standardized achievement tests. More than 95% of their graduates attend top-rated colleges and

God-given strengths and talents. The fall season offers cross-country, six-man football, and volleyball while winter offers boys and girls basketball. Cheerleading is offered during both the fall and winter seasons. Spring brings opportunity to participate on the baseball, softball and track teams. Covenant

inspires

artistic

expression

through art and music at all grade levels and through drama beginning in junior high. Starting in Pre-K, students receive instruction from award-winning art teachers who offer children an awareness of beauty and

universities throughout Texas and across the

detail found in God’s creation resulting in

nation. Covenant is nationally accredited by

prizewinning projects.

the Association of Christian Schools Inter-

music department stirs a lifelong apprecia-

national (ACSI) and Texas Association of

tion for musical expression beginning with

Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS).

the youngest students continuing through senior graduation.

The unparalleled

Covenant’s champion-

It is their mission for students to develop

ship Choral Praise Group travels to New

a sincere desire to impact the world with

York performing at Carnegie Hall in alter-

excellence and to glorify God in every area

nating years.

of life. As a result, athletic competition and

creative drama teachers instruct students in

sportsmanship acquire deeper meaning at

performance and production, culminating

Covenant.

Coaches encourage and train

in the presentation of the annual Junior

the athletes to compete at high levels while

Class Play to the student body and commu-

instilling Godly character – on and off the

nity with live performances at the historic

field and court. Winning is demonstrated

Crighton Theater.

Beginning in junior high,

in more ways than simply by numbers on a scoreboard – true winners exhibit a Christ-

A heartfelt and unwavering commitment to

like attitude. Students in grades 6 thru 12

excellence underlies all that they do, every

are encouraged to compete on a variety of

day, with every child at Covenant Christian

championship teams throughout the school

School, and they would love to visit with

year allowing them to explore and develop

you! Covenant is located at 4503 I-45 North,

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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

Photo courtesy of Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy

character witnesses for Christ.

LEGACY PREPARATORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Currently, Legacy Prep has over 400

9756 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77354

www.legacypca.org / 936-337-2000

the 22-acre campus in The Woodlands.

936-337-2000 • www.legacypca.org

Conroe, TX 77304. Please call Patty Lewis at (936) 890-8080 if you need more information or would like to schedule a tour of the facilities. You can also visit their website at www.covenantonline.com.

THE JOHN COOPER SCHOOL www.johncooper.org / 281-367-0900 Founded in 1988, Cooper is an independent, college preparatory school that is recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and fine arts. The 43-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities throughout its nine campus buildings. With a current enrollment of 1,232 students in Pre-K-Grade 12, Cooper students benefit from small classes, personal attention, innovative education and leadership opportunities. Fully accredited by the Independent Schools of the Southwest, Cooper combines traditional educational practices with innovative programs to teach students to think, question, analyze, create, understand and take responsibility for their world.

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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.

students enrolled and attending school on The school offers a wide array of sports including

football,

baseball,

volleyball,

basketball, cheerleading, golf, tennis, cross country, track & field, and more. Extra-curricular activities include National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, student council, fine arts, and more.

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 meets on a university-style

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.

at a university. Students develop the skills

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schedule giving families many benefits they will not find elsewhere. The first is to give parents more time with their children to impart the faith and values they hold dear. Secondly, through Legacy Prep’s academically

challenging

college

preparatory

curriculum, the school prepares students to be successful as they enter higher education of an independent learner far sooner than traditional types of schooling allow and experience a smooth transition as they enter the college or university of their choice. For more information about Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy, please visit their website at www.legacypca.org or call 936-337-2000.


KIDS-R-KIDS www.krkwoodlands.com / 281-362-9222 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 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 such, no vans are used to transport

NEW INTERACTIVE STAR BOARDS IN PRE-K CLASSROOMS

STAY TUNED TO THE WEBSITES FOR FUTURE LEARNING SERIES DATES Open to the public! Please RSVP with the respective location.

Call or come by for a tour today to experience the difference! SPRING - LEGENDS RANCH • (281) 363-2227 29910 Aldine Westfield Road, Spring, Texas 77386 www.krklegends.com

KIDS R KIDS WOODLANDS • (281) 362-9222 320 Valleywood, Woodlands, Texas 77380 www.krkwoodlands.com

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spiritually, academically, physically and socially to make a difference in the world. The school is conveniently located in The Woodlands, on a beautiful, 40-acre campus, offering a vibrant setting for students. Woodlands Christian provides a unique blended

digital

learning

environment

designed to prepare students for success as prominent, Christian leaders in the world. The campus wide innovative use of technology by teachers and students, has earned Woodlands Christian recognition as an Redefining the Community College Experience!

Apple Distinguished School. Woodlands

Top 5 Associate Degree Producer in the nation

Christian offers ideal class sizes, a close

3rd in the U.S. for the number of Hispanic students receiving their associate degrees

and loving school community, challenging

High-quality academic transfer programs

academics and a wide range of programs.

Workforce education and career training programs

Our students receive the personal mentoring

Full online degrees, hybrid classes and individual online courses

and discipleship necessary to become excel-

A fraction of the cost of a four-year university

lent students and wellrounded individuals.

Six campus locations across the greater Houston area

Lone Star College is a productive community partner that is close to home, affordable, and focused on student success.

Students have the opportunity to participate

Learn more at StartCloseGoFar.com.

school. Warrior football, cross country,

in competitive athletics beginning in middle

LSC-CyFair • LSC-Kingwood • LSC-Montgomery • LSC-North Harris • LSC-Tomball • LSC-University Park

children, but rather buses equipped with

Language Class as well as an accredited,

seat belts and safely operated by carefully

age appropriate curriculum that focuses on

screened drivers with specialized training

maximizing brain function and develop-

and where required a CDL (Commercial

ment while providing a strong foundation

Driver’s License).

in science, technology, art, and math; the blocks upon which your child will build

The framework in the classroom that sets

their academic success. For more informa-

the atmosphere of learning is upholding

tion call today at: (281) 362-9222 or visit us

three principles. One, we protect the safety

them the web at www.krkwoodlands.com or

of children at all times. Learning cannot

contact the Spring / Legends Ranch loca-

take place until safety is established. Two,

tion at (281) 363-2227 or visit us them the

we educate every child to the best of our

web at www.krklegends.com.

ability to help them reach their potential. Using an age targeted curriculum helps in this effort. Three, we protect the dignity of

THE WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

every child so they feel loved and cared for.

www.twca.net / 936-273-2555

The principles upon which a childcare organization functions can be clearly reflected in

The Woodlands Christian Academy is

the way they go about teaching. At Kids R

an independent, Christ-centered college

Kids, teaching is focused on the child.

preparatory school offering learning in an enriched environment for students in grades

What makes Kids ‘R’ Kids stand apart is

Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Founded in

that it is family owned and operated offering

1993, Woodlands Christian is accredited by

multiple all-inclusive tuition activities such

both the Association of Christian Schools

as ABC Mouse Interactive Learning, Color

International and AdvancED . The Wood-

Soundation Music Classes, and Spanish

lands Christian Academy equips students

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volleyball, basketball, golf, tennis, swimming, baseball, softball, cheer and track are all offered at the Varsity level. Graduates continue their education at top universities throughout the United States. Recent graduates have been accepted at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, U.S. Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Virginia Military Institute, St. John’s University, Vanderbilt, Cornell University, Wheaton College, UCLA, USC, UT-Austin, Texas A&M and SMU. The Woodlands Christian Academy is located at 5800 Academy Way, The Woodlands, Texas 77384. Please contact us at 936-273-2555 to schedule a private tour or visit www.twca.net for additional information.

HIGER EDUCATION LONE STAR COLLEGE www.LoneStar.edu Houston and the Gulf Coast Region can be full of surprises. World class museums, five


star restaurants and star studded entertainment are just some of the amenities that attract people from all over the world. Another benefit the area enjoys is Lone Star College. Many people are surprised to learn that LSC has more than 95,000 students walk through its doors each semester. LSC is today’s smart choice for students looking to earn an undergraduate degree, start a new career or update their skills. Students choose LSC because of the extra attention they get thanks to their small class sizes, averaging only 23 students per class, the convenient campus locations that are close to home and the flexible schedules LSC offers. No matter what their goals are, Lone Star College is ready to help them realize their dreams.

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 recently recognized as a Top 10 producer of associate degrees, ranking fifth nationally among all community colleges in the U.S. by Community College Week magazine.

LSC is recognized as a world leader in workforce training and helps build a strong regional workforce in industries like health care, construction, accounting, energy, computer technology and transportation. LSC also helps qualified students find financial aid and grant funding options that can provide training at little or no cost.

LSC is a proud member of the community

Many students interested in a four-year degree start at LSC, then transfer to the

learn more about the significant role LSC

and a major contributor to the local and regional economy with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. Affordable, close to home, world class. When you add up all the benefits, you can see why more than 95,000 students choose Lone Star College. Visit LoneStar.edu to plays in our community. ď Ź

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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 área. Places of worship allow a safe haven for people to come together and connect over their common beliefs. Faith is a vital part of a person’s daily life and you should be able to easily find your spiritual home here.

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ASSEMBLIES OF GOD Conroe First Assembly of God Living Waters Assembly of God Living Word World Outreach Spring First Church The River Assembly of God

conroefirst.org livingwatersonline.org livingwordwoc.org springfirst.org theriverag.org

BAPTIST Community Baptist Church Crossroads Baptist Church First Baptist Conroe First Baptist Church Montgomery Founders Baptist Church Mims Baptist Church RiverPointe Baptist Church Spring Baptist Church Spring Creek Baptist Church The Woodlands First Baptist Church West Baptist Church

cbcwoodlands.org crbctw.org fbcconroe.org fbcmontgomery.com foundersbaptist.org mimsbaptist.org riverpointebaptist.org springbaptist.org springcreekbc.net thewoodlandsfirst.org wcbc.us

BUDDHIST Texas Buddhist Association

jadebuddha.org

CATHOLIC Sacred Heart Church St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church St. Ignatius Loyola St. Matthias the Apostle Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic

shconroe.org staoptw.org ignatiusloyola.org st-matthias.net ssjwoodlands.com

CHRISTIAN (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) Community Christian Church The Woodlands Christian Church

Conroe Church of Christ conroechurch.org N Woodlands Area Church of Christ northwoodlandsareacoc.com Woodland Oaks Church of Christ woodlandoaks.org Woodlands Church of Christ woodlandschurchofchrist.org

EPISCOPAL Holy Comforter Episcopal Church St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church Trinity Episcopal Church

holycomforterspring.org stjta.org trinitywoodlands.org

HINDU woodlandshindutemple.org

INTERDENOMINATIONAL Calvary Chapel

ccthewoodlands.org

ISLAM The Islamic Society of Greater Houston Woodlands Islamic Center

isgh.org wic-woodlands.org cbsw.org cjcn.org

LUTHERAN Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Grace Lutheran Church Living Savior Lutheran Church Living Word Lutheran Church Lord of Life Lutheran Church

METHODIST Christ Church United Methodist cc-um.org Faith United Methodist Church faithumcspring.org First United Methodist Church fumc-conroe.org St. Paul United Methodist Church stpaulconroe.org The Loft – The Woodlands UMC thewoodlandsumc.org/loft The Woodlands United Methodist Church thewoodlandsumc.org

NON-DENOMINATIONAL Generations Church Living Branch Church The Crossing Church Vineyard Church of Conroe Woodlands Church WoodsEdge Community Church

gchurch.net lbclife.org thecrossing.cc conroevineyard.org woodlandschurch.tv www.woodsedge.org

ORTHODOX St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Christian Church St. Cyril Orthodox Church

stanthonythegreat.org stcyril.us/orthodox-houston

PRESBYTERIAN Alden Bridge Presbyterian Church trpctw.org First Presbyterian Church Conroe fpcconroe.org Grace Presbyterian Church gracewoodlands.org The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church wcpc-tx.org

THE WOODLANDS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH www.thewoodlandsumc.org / 281-297-5900 The Woodlands United Methodist Church (TWUMC) is a 12,000member 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:

JEWISH Congregation Beth Shalom Jewish Community North

churchthatcares.org sojoy.org stmarkconroe.org treechurch.net

woodlandsccc.org twcc.org

CHURCH OF CHRIST

Hindu Temple of The Woodlands

Resurrection Lutheran Church Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church St. Mark Lutheran Church Tree of Life Lutheran Church

gslcthewoodlands.org graceconroe.org livingsaviortexas.org lwlc.org lolonline.org

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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HEALTHCARE Thanks to its fast-growing and affluent population, Montgomery County and The 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, trauma care, sports medicine, and many other innovative treatments. Staffs include top ranking physicians, quality nursing care and highly skilled support services.

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WE HAVE

HOUSTON COVERED The breadth and depth of our care is matched only by our reach. 16 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

*TIRR is a registered trademark of TIRR Foundation.


Photo courtesy of Memorial Hermann Health System

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

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. 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 16 hospitals, including four in the Texas Medical Center, a level I trauma center, a hospital for children, one of the top two rehabilitation hospitals in the United States and an orthopedic and spine hospital. 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. Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center – the

MEMORIAL HERMANN THE WOODLANDS HOSPITAL

largest and most comprehensive neurosci-

Since 1985, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital has provided high quality, patient- and family-centered care. It is 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

of the brain, spine and central nervous

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ence program in Texas for conditions 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

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, emergency medicine, 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 at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, Child Life services to meet the emotional needs of children in healthcare settings, 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; Level III neonatal ICU; orthopedics and a Joint Center; a cancer center; surgical services, including robotic-assisted surgery; diabetes care; speech therapy; physical therapy; and occupational therapy. Call Memorial Hermann at 713-272-1673 for a free physician referral.

second 24 Hour Emergency Center located off Woodlands Parkway, near FM 2978.

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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.

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 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. 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

The Care You Need. Where You Need It. The Care You Need. Where You Need It.

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.

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

CHIStLukesHealth.org

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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.

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.

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.

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.

For more information, visit texaschildrens. org/woodlands.

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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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UT Physicians, the clinical faculty practice of the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth 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. 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.


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, nephrology, 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 (Medical Plaza 2), The Woodlands, Texas 77380. For more information or to schedule an appointment at call 713-486-6760 or visit our website at UTPhysicians.com.

UT Physicians Pediatric Center at The Woodlands Now welcoming new patients Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Faustino G. Ramos, MD General Outpatient Pediatric Cardiology Fetal Echos Other Languages: Spanish

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

Amanda Schuck-Phan, DO Inflammatory Bowel Disease Gastroesophageal Reflux Eosinophilic Esophagitis Failure to Thrive Proper Nutrition Celiac Disease

Pediatric Neurology Ian Butler, MD General Pediatric Neurology Dysautonomia 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 www.UTPhysicians.com

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PHYSICIAN REFERRAL Finding doctors that meet your family’s medical needs is an important part of making a smooth transition. Physician referral services are familiar with most of the doctors who have practices in the area, and they are ready to help newcomers locate physicians, dentists, specialists and other medical professionals. After gathering information about the care you and your family require, several doctors or clinics will be recommended, and best of all, this service is free. Hospitals and doctors can also recommend home health care services for the elderly,

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disabled, or patients recuperating from an injury or illness. Skilled nursing care, physical therapy, and personal care at home are some of the basic services provided and may be covered by insurance or Medicare. 

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& Community If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a newcomer relocating to the Houston region for the city’s tremendous employment opportunities – still 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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When it comes to economic muscle, Montgomery County now plays in the major leagues. ExxonMobil’s new mega-campus is the latest in a string of business successes for the area.

ExxonMobil has begun to relocate what

organizations working to advance Mont-

will ultimately number 10,000 employees to

gomery County. Their websites are a

its beautiful new state-of-the-art campus in

wealth of information about the areas they

Montgomery County – perhaps you are one

represent.

of them, or know somebody who’ll soon work there. This 385-acre campus is located 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

In the pioneer days, abundant natural resources such as timber, water and oil sparked an economic boom throughout Montgomery County and environs. Today,

nesses including ExxonMobil, 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

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

CONROE/LAKE CONROE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Professional Directional

First organized as the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in 1934, the Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating over 75 years of service to the Montgomery County area, having grown from three members to more than 1,000 today. This nonprofit, community-based organization offers networking events, educational workshops and seminars, and annual events such as Tastefest and Lobsterfest. www.conroe.org.

Tri-County Services Inc

GREATER CONROE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Ball Corporation

The Greater Conroe EDC has served the Conroe/Lake Conroe community since 1995. We are the first stop for businesses interested in locating or expanding their operations in Conroe. Our team is ready to assist in site selection, fast track permitting and incentive assistance to qualified businesses. GCEDC is business friendly and will work hard to earn your trust and be your partner. Feel free to contact us at our offices 505 West Davis St. Conroe, Texas 77301 or visit our web site at www.gcedc.org

the quality of life made possible by many of these same resources is drawing busi-

Conroe Independent School District

Gullo Cars Of Conroe, Inc Jyoti International Inc Milk Products Lp Dba Borden Nov Texas Oil Tools Turbo Drill Russell Construction Company Medivators Inc Mckesson Pharmaceutical

Huntsman Petrochemical Llc Ms Energy Services Protect Controls Inc Crown Beverage Packaging Team Oil Tools San Jacinto River Authority Greater Conroe Economic Development Council

Houston’s second “Energy Corridor.”

CITY OF CONROE TOP EMPLOYERS

Nexeo Solutions Llc Bauer Manufacturing Streater-Smith Honda Nissan Hempel Coatings USA Inc Lone Star Family Health Clinic

GREATER MAGNOLIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Greater Magnolia Chamber of Commerce has served Southwest Montgomery County since 1982, supporting area businesses and giving back to the

Conroe Machine LLC Tony Gullo Motors I, LP John Wiesner Inc

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community through scholarships and special events. The Chamber’s leadership has

THE WOODLANDS AREA MAJOR EMPLOYERS

succeeded in providing answers to members and the community, increasing mobility and improving environmental quality. www. magnoliatexas.org

MAGNOLIA PARKWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The

Magnolia

Parkway

Chamber

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Martin-Brower

Conroe Independent School District

Strike, LLC

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

Kiewit

ExxonMobil of

Commerce promotes member businesses and encourages economic development in their service area along FM 1488, FM 2978 and beyond. Calling itself “the Chamber

Aon Hewitt

American Financial & Automotive Services

CHI St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands Hospital

Amegy Bank of Texas/Amegy Mortgage The Brickman Group

CB&I

The Broadmoor at Creekside Park

without borders,” it hosts monthly meetings

Huntsman Corporation

and events throughout the year for members

Lone Star College - Montgomery

and prospective members. www.magnoliaparkwaycc.org.

Global Shop Solutions

Woodforest National Bank

Carlton Woods County Club 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

Commerce is a non-profit organization

Baker Hughes

Regent Care Center of The Woodlands

with the mission of supporting economic

Entergy

Kroger Food Stores- Southwest Division Office

SPRING KLEIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE A

relatively

young

chamber

founded

in 2008, the Spring Klein Chamber of

development and quality of life in its service area. Programs include monthly luncheons, member discounts at local businesses, and opportunities for business development.

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

Commerce is committed to providing

Nexeo Solutions

quality services, creating opportunities for

Montgomery County (South County)

The Woodlands Development Co. / Howard Hughes Corp.

www.springkleinchamber.org.

THE WOODLANDS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The

Woodlands

Area

Chamber

of

business success and serving as an effecprosperity of its community. www.woodlandschamber.org.

Health South Rehabilitation of The Woodlands and Shenandoah Lone Star College System

Established

in

1997,

The

Woodlands

Area Economic Development Partnership

Alegis Revenue Group Excelerate Energy L.P.

Wells Fargo & Co.

THE WOODLANDS AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

Detcon

Newpark Resources, Inc.

Nexus Specialty Hospital

Rigaku Americas Corporation

Tetra Technologies Woodlands Waterway Marriot Hotel & Convention Center

The Woodlands Christian Academy The Village at The Woodlands Waterway

promotes job growth and economic vitality

Praxair, Inc. Divisonal Office

Sigma-Aldrich

in The Woodlands area by recruiting new

The John Cooper School

Petroleum Wholesale

Maersk Line

Apollo Hospital 100 Healthcare

businesses and supporting existing businesses in job retention and expansion. www. edpartnership.net. 

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in this section attractions and family fun art and culture golf and sports calendar of events

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LEISURE & RECREATION

Take small towns steeped in history and tradition, then mix in The Woodlands and other communities with increasingly sophisticated vibes; add weather that’s great for being outdoors much of the year, then sprinkle in equal dashes of lakes, parks and forests. There you have the recipe for a region that loves to have fun.

and Spanish along with comprehensive

get out and enjoy yourself in Montgomery

GREATER HOUSTON CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

County. And when you want to venture a

The Greater Houston Convention and

much more. Visitor information packets and

little further from home, all the attractions

Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) is the principal

of the Greater Houston region are nearby

marketing organization for the city of

a Meeting Planners guide can be ordered

From art fairs to crawfish festivals, from live music to rodeos, there’s always a reason to

Houston and Harris County. The GHCVB

CONROE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

improves the economy of Greater Houston

The organization helps newcomers discover

ects and international government officials

all of the entertainment treasures Conroe

to the area through sales and marketing

has to offer and a calendar of events in the

while enhancing the entertainment and

area. They also offer travel planning and

recreational opportunities for Houstonians.

by attracting conventions, tourists, film proj-

professional planners for business groups.

information including an online events calendar, maps, video gallery, city blog and

through GHCVB’s Web site at www. VisitHoustonTexas.com.

CITYPASS ADVENTURES See five of the most popular one-of-a-kind sights Houston offers. Adults -$49 – Children $39 - You have nine days to use them and they save you nearly half off regular

Several helpful publications are offered at

Discounts and coupons are available on

ticket pricing. Available at the Houston Visi-

www.conroecvb.net or call 936-522-3500.

their interactive Web site in both English

tor’s Center - www.VisitHoustonTexas.com

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The finest cattle, horses, chickens, pigs and other livestock are exhibited throughout the month, and many FFA students earn college scholarships with their award-winning animals. For those who enjoy gardening, the River Oaks Garden Club hosts The Azalea Trail, a tour of magnificent homes and gardens in River Oaks, Tanglewood, and other fine Houston neighborhoods during the month of March. Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau / Derrick Bryant Photography

THE WOODLANDS CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

them at 606 Spring Cypress, Spring 77373, online at www.shopspringtexas. com or call 281-288-2355.

The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau is always ready to share information about fun things to do!

RECREATION AND SPORTS

The Bureau works with the community to maintain productive public and private partnerships while serving as a great resource for visitors, newcomers and residents. Whether it’s just the two of you, a getaway with the family, or perhaps a reunion or large gathering, there’s something for everyone in The Woodlands. Enjoy more than five million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment venues with exciting nightlife, concerts under the stars and scores of year round activities. Try award winning restaurants, wine bars and great entertainment in Town Center. Want to enjoy the great outdoors? Rent a kayak or stroll along The Woodlands Waterway, enjoy an outdoor concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion or hike through the winding trails at the George Mitchell Preserve. Request a free visitors guide and map at www.visitthewoodlands.com or call 877-963-2447 or 281-363-2447.

OLD TOWN SPRING VISITORS BUREAU The organization is ready to give newcomers information about the museums, fun-filled festivals held throughout the year. More than 150 shops, galleries and restaurants line the shady lanes of Old Town Spring. Visit

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Local sports teams have soared in popularity and local associations organize soccer, baseball, football, and basketball teams. Tennis is popular, too, and numerous facilities have excellent courts. Fitness and health clubs with indoor tracks and swimming pools offer memberships at affordable fees. Golf is a well-loved game in The Woodlands and Montgomery County where there are many prime courses. Clubs have hosted golfing greats such as David Duval, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus at prestigious tournaments throughout the years and continue to attract the most talented players today. Horse racing fans can try their luck at the Sam Houston Race Park. A first-class facility, Sam Houston Race Park offers the fun and excitement of Class 1 thoroughbred and quarter horse racing and simulcast action from around the world. Fine dining at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant & the Jockey Club, watching the horses run – with a little wagering on the side - make for a fun night on the town. Live concerts and expos are also held at the facility throughout the year. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is held around February/March at NRG Park, and attracts some of the nation’s most popular entertainers and country music stars as well as cowboys from around the world who compete for millions in prize money.

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The Art Car Parade, a production of the Orange Show Foundation, is held each spring when fanciful cars decorated by artists from across the country congregate along the banks of Buffalo Bayou and wind through the streets into Downtown Houston. The patriotic Freedom Over Texas Festival happens every July 4th with live music, food, arts and crafts, and an award winning fireworks display. Newcomers will enjoy learning about the many cultures that make up the city at the festivals that are held almost year round. Diverse Christmas and Holiday Season celebrations take place across the region that are colorful and entertaining and, often times, raise money for charitable causes. These are only a few of the larger events; towns throughout Montgomery County also stage celebrations and festivals throughout the year. Moving companies offer three types of estimates: the binding estimate, non-binding estimate and not-to-exceed binding estimate. The binding estimate lists all items to be shipped and the required services on the estimate form, and the price quoted is the binding price. Every charge is itemized, so that if an item is added or deleted, it is 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. 


ATTRACTIONS & Family FUN

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY 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

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.

opportunities that educate, empower, and

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.

play experiences.

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

Town Center offers exceptional retail, dining and entertainment for residents and visitors. For more information visit www.thewoodlandscvb.com/www.visitthewoodlands.com.

excite children and families through play while inspiring a lifelong sense of wonder and discovery.

Patrons

can book their

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

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

wine bars and great entertainment spots

THE WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

surround The Fountains.

The Woodlands Children’s Museum creates

its original grandeur.

descendants and the theatre was restored to

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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 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

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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.

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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

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

Memorial Park, opened in 1924, is one of the largest urban parks in the United States and covers approximately 1,466 acres inside the 610 Loop. The 18-hole Memorial Park Golf Course, Texas’ top-rated municipal golf course, lies at the heart of the park along with tennis courts, softball fields, swimming center, track, croquet, volleyball, skating, and cycling. The most famous feature of the park is the 2.93 mile running course of crushed granite and is probably the most popular in Houston with almost 3 million visits annually. www.houstontx.gov

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 Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, an arboretum and botanical garden, is located within the park on 155 acres. The Nature Center holds classes and hosts events.

HOUSTON ZOO

BATTLESHIP TEXAS AND SAN JACINTO MONUMENT MUSEUM Battleship Texas is anchored at the 1,200acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site where visitors can experience history first-hand. The only surviving combat ship to have served in both World Wars, the Battleship Texas became the first memorial museum of its kind in the United States and is permanently anchored on the Houston Ship Channel. The Battleship Texas program provides many recreational and educational experiences for visitors as well as numerous programs and self-guided tours. 281-479-2431

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In Hermann Park, this 55-acre zoological park houses over 4,500 animals and is a fun and unique experience. The $6 million John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo features the six ecosystems of Texas and many interactive, hands-on exhibits. Visit the zoo’s website for daily animal feeding schedules. www.houstonzoo.org

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE One of the nation’s Top 10 museums by attendance, HMNS includes a planetarium, a giant screen theater, the Cockrell Butterfly Center and many permanent exhibits on astronomy, space science, Native America culture and energy. In Hermann Park, HMNS also hosts major traveling exhibitions. Its branches include the George Observatory in Fort Bend County for stargazing. www.hmns.org


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The Galleria attracts more than 26 million visitors each year and is a major destination for shoppers from Latin America. With 400 stores in 2.4 million square feet of space, The Galleria is the largest mall in Texas and the fourth largest in the nation. Modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, built in 1867, Houston’s Galleria also includes its famous ice rink, more than 30 dining options and two hotels. www.simon. com/mall/the-galleria

Space Center Houston is the visitor center

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.

for NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the area’s only Smithsonian affiliate. Houston’s No. 1 attraction for international visitors, Space Center Houston emphasizes engaging educational exhibits in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It offers permanent and special exhibits, attractions, theaters and seasonal camps for kids. www. spacecenter.org

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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ARTS & CULTURE Theater district an impressive cultural and entertainment center. The district features nine world renowned performing arts organizations, and many smaller ones, in four venues – Jones Hall, Wortham Theater Center, Alley Theatre and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

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Adding to Houston’s rich cultural environment, the Houston Grand Opera entertains with their innovative programs, commu-

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.

nity events and educational projects. The

ALLEY THEATRE

HOUSTON GRAND OPERA

615 Texas Ave., Houston, 77002 www.alleytheatre.org 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 own Hard Rock Café. This mosaic of entertainment options makes Bayou Place a prime spot for the Houston Theater District.

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Houston Grand Opera has a solid reputation for commissioning and producing new works, including 56 world premieres and seven American premieres since 1973. The Houston Grand Opera has toured extensively, including trips to Europe and Asia, and it is the only opera company to have won a Tony, two Grammy awards, and two Emmy awards.

510 Preston St., Houston, 77002

501 Texas Ave., Houston, 77002 www.houstonballet.org

The Society for the Performing Arts is the largest nonprofit presenting organization of

nationally acclaimed artists from the entire

“inspire and engage a large diverse audience

performing arts spectrum, and has been

in Greater Houston and beyond through

doing so for over 50 years.

exceptional

SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

orchestral

and

non-orches-

tral performances, educational programs and community activities.”

By 2025, the

Houston Symphony aims to be Ameri-

615 Louisiana St., Ste. 100, Houston, 77002 www.spahouston.org

ca’s most relevant and accessible top-ten orchestra.

www.houstonsymphony.org

HOUSTON BALLET

www.stagestheatre.com

The Houston Symphony’s mission is to

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 Starts (TUTS), and the Houston Broadway Series.

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.

3021 Allen Pkwy. Ste. 101, Houston, 77019

is renowned for delivering to Houston inter-

HOUSTON SYMPHONY

800 Bagby St., Ste. 300 Houston, 77002 www.thehobbycenter.org

STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE

its kind in the entire Southwest region. SPA

www.houstongrandopera.org

500 Texas Ave., Houston, 77002 www.bayouplace.com

HOBBY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

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.

615 Louisiana, St., Ste. 102, Houston, 77002

Jones Hall is a monument to the memory of Jesse Holman, a towing figure in

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

Houston during the first half of the 20th

ages and abilities.

Century. Today, Jones Hall is home to the

THEATRE UNDER THE STARS (TUTS)

Houston Symphony and the Society for the Performing Arts. More than 400,000 visi-

800 Bagby, Ste. 200, Houston, TX 77002

tors attend some 250 events annually.

www.tuts.com

JONES HALL

Houston’s largest performing arts complex,

615 Louisiana St., Houston, 77002 www.houstonfirsttheaters.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.

MAIN STREET THEATER

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.

2450 Times Square Blvd., Houston 77005 333 S. Jensen, Houston, 77003

WORTHAM THEATER CENTER

www.mainstreettheater.com

www.houstonfirsttheaters.com

501 Texas Ave., Houston, 77002

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MUSEUM DISTRICT

fun-filled hands on experience at the Children’s Museum of Houston will not leave anyone board. For nearly 30 years, the place for families to play, laugh, learn and grow.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004 www.cmhouston.org The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston in a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, nationals and regional art. Patrons of every age will appreciate the collections of work and dynamic exhibitions on display. CAMH also offers special programs and educational opportunities.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON Photo courtesy of The Art Car Museum

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 artist that rarely, if ever, acknowledged by other cultural institutions. Most popular to Houstonians is the annual Art Car Parade.

ART CAR MUSEUM 140 Heights Blvd., Houston, 77007 www.artcarmuseum.com The Buffalo Soldier 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.

BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM 3816 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004 www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com A duck pond, playhouse, grocery store, Mexican village, puppet show and an infant play area are all under one roof. The

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Remembers,” as well as other pieces of history.

HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON 5401 Caroline St., Houston, 77004 www.hmh.org The Menil Collection is an art museum that houses both a permanent collections, and welcomes special exhibitions. Making art accessible is vital to their mission, so no admission is charged and all public programs are free. They hope to educate and inspire by being accessible and offering public programs. The award-winning, landmark Menil Collection building and the Cy Twombly Gallery were designed by architect Renzo Piano.

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

The Health Museum is Houston’s most interactive science learning center and a 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.

THE HEALTH MUSEUM 1515 Hermann Dr., Houston, 77004 www.thehealthmuseum.org

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents its exceptional exhibitions and installations to Houston residents and visitors alike. The Museum has numerous collections that fill the galleries year-round embracing every 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 new master plan: two new buildings.

Looking for a little adventure? The Houston Museum of Natural Science caters to both adults and children with exciting exhibits and attractions such as the Cockrell Butterfly Center, the Burke Baker Planetarium and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre.

THE MUSEUM OF ARTS, HOUSTON (MFAH) 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, 77005 www.mfah.org Blaffer Art Museum helps the community

THE HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

to engage in contemporary art through exhi-

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

This art museum is free, and open to the

The Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 millions Joes and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors’ legacy. The Holocaust Museum Houston has a permanent exhibition called “Bearing Witness: A Community

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bitions, publications and public programs. public in efforts to promote participation in the arts. Blaffer Art Museum is also the gateway between the University of Houston and the City of Houston.

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


DINING & SHOPPING

RESTAUTANTS

WINE, TASTING ROOMS, TAVERNS & PUBS

SHOPPING

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

Bernhardt Winery 9043 County Road 204 Plantersville, 77363 www.bernhardtwinery.com

The Boardwalk Towne Lake 9945 Barker Cypress Rd. Cypress, 77433 www.boardwalktl.com

Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen 4526 Research Forest Dr. The Woodlands, 77381 www.hubbellandhudson.com

Cork This! Winery 21123 Eva St. Ste. 100 Montgomery, 77356 www.corkthiswinery.com

The Galleria Houston 5058 Westheimer Rd. Houston, 77056 www.galleriahouston.com

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

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar 9595 Six Pines Dr., Ste. 650 The Woodlands, TX 77380 www.cruwinebar.com

Houston Premium Outlets 29300 Hempstead Rd. Cypress, 77433 www.premiumoutlets.com

Nick’s Fish Dive & Oyster Bar 20 Waterway Ave., Ste 105 The Woodlands, 77380 www.nicksfishdive.com

GenuWine Tasting Room 6503 FM 1488, Ste. 401 Magnolia, 77354 www.mygenuwine.com

Market Street 9595 Six Pines Dr. The Woodlands, 77380 www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen 18165 Interstate 45 S. Conroe, 77385 www.pappadeaux.com

Griffin Meadery 16821 E. FM 1970 Rd. Willis, 77378 www.griffinmeadery.com

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille 6700 Woodlands Pkwy., Ste. 300 The Woodlands, 77382 www.perrysrestaurants.com

Local Pour 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd. The Woodlands, 77380 www.localpour.com

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

The Goose’s Acre 21 Waterway Ave., Ste 140 The Woodlands. 77380 www.thegooseacre.com

Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd. Ste. 600 The Woodlands, 77381 www.trulucks.com

Wild Stallion Vineyards 5969 West Rayford Spring, 77389 www.wildstallionvineyards.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 The Woodlands Mall 1201 Lake Robbins Dr. The Woodlands, 77380 www.thewoodlandsmall.com

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GOLF & SPORTS

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Whether the Houston Texans will play in

GOLF

their hometown Super Bowl remains to be

Winters in Houston are mild and temperate,

seen, but Houstonians and visitors enjoy

with the average high in January (the coldest

professional sports all year long.

month) at 62.9°F and the average low at 43.2°F. There are over 200 days of sunshine,

SPORTS

so Houston is a golfer’s paradise.

Other teams include the Houston Astros baseball team, which plays in Downtown’s Minute Maid Park, built around the grand 1911 Union Station depot.

Toyota Center, also located Downtown next to Discovery Green. Toyota Center is also a popular venue for concerts.

corner and Houston has gone above and

The Houston Dynamo soccer team play at

beyond to show guests just how fantastic this

BBVA Compass Stadium, located on the

city really is. Several new downtown hotels

exciting east side of downtown, home to a

are poised and ready for the Super Bowl,

growing concentration of clubs, restaurants

which will be held at NRG Stadium. These

and newly constructed homes. A new bike

include the 1,000-room Marriott Marquis on

trail and METRO’s new East End rail line

Discovery Green and several smaller hotels.

add to the vitality of this area.

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Montgomery County. A wide range of as country clubs offer varying terrain and

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nearby Shell Houston Open. In addition, golf lessons, clinics, PGA professionals and First Tee Programs are offered throughout the greater Houston area.


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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

936-582-7570

dellagogolf.net

High Meadow Ranch Golf Club

281-356-7700

highmeadowranchgolf.com

Texas National Golf Club

800-935-8565 texasnationalgolfcourse.com

WindRose Golf Club

281-370-8900

windrosegolfclub.com

Woodforest Golf Club

936-588-8800

woodforestgolf.com

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

NOVEMBER TEXAS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL www.texrenfest.com The 2016 Texas Renaissance Festival is one of the most anticipated events each year! Come stroll through the 60-acre site and enjoy live music and entertainment, great food, cold drinks, shopping opportunities full of handmade items, carnival rides, theatrical performances and more from different cultures of 16th century Europe.

of hay rides, the corn maze, the cow train, duck races, jumping pillow, water canon, games, courtyard activities, and so much more!

block along Main, Commerce and Market Streets and soak in the Christmas spirit as only Tomball can present it! They are beau-

21ST ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY EXXONMOBIL

WINTER WONDERLAND AND THE WOODLANDS ICE RINK

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Enjoy a walk along the Winter Wonderland pathway and be delighted in the fantasy land

With performers on multiple stages, character meet and greets and activities located all around the venue, there’s surely something for everyone to enjoy!

P-6 FARMS CORN MAZE & FESTIVAL

CITY OF TOMBALL DOWNTOWN LAMP POST STROLL

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www.ci.tomball.tx.us

P-6 Farms invites you to their annual P-6 Farms Corn Maze & Festival to celebrate the Fall season each weekend between September 26 - November 14 for the whole family to enjoy exciting games and festivities! Grab the kids for an unforgettable day

Downtown Tomball celebrates the holiday season by decorating the ornamental lamp posts throughout Olde Town. Dozens of lamp posts are decorated by downtown merchants and organizations as standing works of whimsical art. Stroll block after

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of magical Christmas lights, toy soldiers, elves, the doves of peace, musical angels and snowmen. Admission is Free! As you wander through the Christmas Merriment of the Winter Wonderland, alongside of the Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center, you will see lighted snow flakes, elves, snowmen, and things that help to make the holiday season bright.

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SPRING 2017

34TH ANNUAL LIGHT OF THE DOVES (LOD) & 10TH ANNUAL IWOW FESTIVAL 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.

Located at The Woodlands Township Recreation Center. Pre-Registration is required, so please visit their website for details.

FEBRUARY THE CHAMBER’S 31ST ANNUAL TASTE OF THE TOWN AT THE WOODLANDS TOWN CENTER

inspire, nurture, and reward women of young families as they travel through their journey we call “motherhood”. Their tradeshow will feature exhibitors with special interest items particularly for women, moms of young children, and kids from newborns to school age, with educational content, demonstrations, play zones, music, entertainment and more!

www.taste.woodlandschamber.org

DECEMBER HOLLY JOLLY JINGLE www.woodlandscenter.org Frolic in our Winter Wonderland, complete with snow, with performances of holiday classics and popular carols. The plazas are all decked out for holiday fun. Guests can visit with Frosty and other holiday characters, make arts and crafts, play in the snow, listen to carolers sing and much more.

CHRISTMAS IN CYPRESS PRESENTED BY GRACE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA www.gracesymphony.com A professional full orchestra along with a talented soprano, Trisha Webster Zweighaft. Heart warming sing-a longs, Christmas favorites and many family friendly surprises. Not to be missed! Event being held at the Berry Center.

DECK THE HALLS; CHRISTMAS TREE CREATIONS www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov Gather the family for festive fun! Make Ornaments and decorate a take-home fourfoot tree! Includes a hot cocoa and snack.

Taking place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Taste of the Town is the premier culinary event of South Montgomery County. Enjoy mouth-watering appetizers, entrees, desserts, pastries, and beverages from some of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, bakeries, deli’s and beverage companies. Your ticket includes food, beverages and festivities.

TEXAS HOME & GARDEN SHOW www.texashomeandgarden.com Houstons’ Premier “One Stop Shopping Opportunity” for all your home & garden needs. From Windows and Doors to Ceilings and Floors over 700 experts, products, services and ideas all under one roof.

MARCH THE WOODLANDS MARATHON www.thewoodlandsmarathon.com The Woodlands Marathon is a BOSTON QUALIFIER and has seen will traverse the streets of Town Center and the community on a single-loop 26.2-mile pretty flat course, finishing on the scenic Waterway. Participants have the opportunity to run for charities in the Charity Challenge and to date over $370,000 has been raised for charities and volunteer organizations. Come join the excitement as we welcome close to 9,000 runners.

APRIL THE WOODLANDS WATERWAY ARTS FESTIVAL www.woodlandsartsfestival.com

WATERWAY MOM EXPO – THE WOODLANDS www.themomexpo.com Mommy Gateway and The Mom EXPO are excited to announce the 7 year anniversary of The Mom EXPO @ The Woodlands. Being a mom is a special bond shared between women. This two day tradeshow is designed to bring moms together, motivate,

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival (WWAF) weekend event is a celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts. The Festival gives patrons the rare and special opportunity to meet and talk with artists from around the country, sample great food, watch the Art of Food demos, enjoy live music and entertain their families at our interactive ‘ARTOPOLY’ area.

MARCH 31 - APRIL 9 MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR www.mcfa.org

The Montgomery County Fair Association is a 501(c)(3) charity supported by more than 600 volunteers dedicated to supporting the youth of Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Fair Association welcomes everyone to the Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas to enjoy shows, games, educational exhibits, a rodeo, carnival, and much more. This ten day event serves as a platform for youth to be able to display their projects in a public setting, all while having FUN! The Montgomery County Fair Association is also proud to award scholarships to students with and without

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APARTMENTS, RENTING & LEASING

Cypress Creek Lakes.......................................................... 33

W3 Luxury Living.................................................Back Cover

Friendswood Development Company............................. 1

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Grand Central Park.............................................................. 5

Greater Conroe Economic Development Council....... 73

Graystone Hills...................................................................... 1 Harmony............................................................................. 37

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership................................................. 73

Harper’s Preserve............................................................... 29

HOME BUILDERS

Lago Woods...................................................................... 8/9

Ashton Woods..................................................................... 24

Lakes at Creekside........................................................... 8/9

J. Alan Kent Development.............................................. 8/9

Chesmar Homes................................................................. 34

Longmire Creek Estate...................................................... 17

Darling Homes.................................................................... 28

Oakhurst at Kingwood......................................................... 1

Gracepoint Homes............................................................ 23

Bridlecreek.......................................................................... 15

Lennar Homes..................................................................... 31

The Commons of Lake Houston....................................... 17

Pelican Builders................................................................... 24

The Reserve at Woodmill Creek....................................... 24

Perry Homes........................................................................ 25

Tavola.................................................................................... 1

Princeton Classic Homes..................................................... 2

Towne Lake......................................................................... 15

Trendmaker Homes............................................................ 19

Tres Lagos.......................................................................... 8/9 Valley Ranch....................................................................... 17

CHURCHES The Woodlands United Methodist Church........................ 7

Wedgewood Forest........................................................... 35 Willowcreek Ranch............................................................ 15

EDUCATION

Woodforest Development.....................Inside Front Cover

Covenant Christian School............................................... 57

Woodtrace............................................................................ 1

The John Cooper School................................................... 59

RECREATION

Kids-R-Kids........................................................................... 59 Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy........................ 58 Lone Star College.............................................................. 60 The Woodlands Christian Academy................................ 61

April Sound Country Club.................................................. 13 Houston Rockets................................................................. 79 Schlitterbahn...........................................Inside Back Cover The Golf Trails of The Woodlands...................................... 13

HEALTH CARE

The Woodlands Country Club.......................................... 85

CHI St. Luke’s Health.......................................................... 67

Willow Creek Golf Club..................................................... 13

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital................. 65

RECRUITMENT

Texas Children’s Hospital..................................................... 3 UT Physicians....................................................................... 69 REAL ESTATE & RELOCATION SERVICES John Daugherty Realtors................................................... 40

Post Oak Professionals....................................................... 69 UTILITIES Comcast / XFINITY ....................................................... 11/47 Consolidated Communications....................................... 47

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENTS Boulevard Green at Vision Park....................................... 24

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