It’s the 4th of July!

july 4There’s no place like Texas to celebrate independence!
The Woodlands offers a variety of events for you to partake in this ultra-American holiday.

 

Friday, July 3

  • Ignite your patriotic spirit at the annual Star-Spangled Salutesymphony concert at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at 8pm.
    This free Independence Eve spectacular features the Houston Symphony performing a selection of patriotic favorites.  For more information, please visit woodlandscenter.org.

Saturday, July 4

  • Save your seat to get a great view of the Fourth of July parade,20 May 1999 --- Independence Day parade --- Image by © Ariel Skelley/CORBISwhich starts at 9am. This year’s parade theme is “America’s Heroes.”  The parade begins at Grogan’s Mill Road and Lake Woodlands Drive, and continues on into Market Street.  For more information, please visit 4thofjuly.org.
  • Come 4th of July, everyone wants to
    escape the heat in the middle of the day Cranebrook_Parkand cool off – and what better way to do that than at Splash Days 
    in any one of The Woodlands Community Pools. Summer fun is waiting for you at one of The Woodlands’ 14 pools and aquatic facilities with special themes, complimentary refreshments & scheduled activities from Noon – 4:00 PM at each pool. Free swimming is all day, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
  • RHB-Experience the fun, food and games the 18th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival has to offer at Town Green Park and along the Woodlands Waterway, beginning at 6pm. The Red, Hot & Blue Festival features fun for all ages with live music, strolling entertainers and a Fireworks Extravaganza.
  • The Fireworks Extravaganza ignites around 9:30pm and is one of the largest shows ever to be shot in The Woodlands. Please visit VisitTheWoodlands.com for prime viewing locations.

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If you want to enjoy 4th of July outside of The Woodlands, below are some great websites to investigate other celebrations:

independence-day-july-4th-2I hope you find this information helpful.  Have a wonderful week and a fun, but safe, 4th of July!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

The Great TEXAS Outdoors

texasWith so many great rivers around, floating the river is a popular summer pastime.  Since we have had so much rain recently, I would encourage you to contact the sites in advance of planning a trip to make sure they are open for business.  Additionally, Texans do enjoy the national parks and camping in general.

Below you will find articles and other online resources to help you plan some outdoor fun.  Please share any pictures or comments to our social media pages, so we can see how you are enjoying your new home.

River Floating – Texans love spending time on the state’s various rivers. Whether it be float tubes, canoes, kayaks or rope swings – Texas residents and visitors are full of ways to enjoy these rivers and streams.

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Camping – Whether in an RV or “roughing It,” there is a spot for you in Texas!

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Texas State and National Parks – If you are looking for the full outdoor experience, here are some places for you.

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Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

Foodies Unite!

In March, we highlighted some of the area’s great farmers marketsgrogans-mill-farmers-market and specialty stores for fresh, local produce and products http://woodlandsrelogroup.com/blog/?p=219.

Other categories of food stores that you can find around here are international markets and vitamin stores. With the major industries at play in the Houston Market, there are a large number of transplants from all over the globe. That population has driven the growth of markets that specialize in the products common to their areas.

If you are a foodie, or just looking for the items to make a traditional, ethnic meal, you may find some of these establishments helpful.

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1.     99 Ranch; 1005 Blalock Road, Houston, Texas 77055; (713) 932-8899; www.99ranch.com/stores/houston-texas

2.     Thang Hung Food Market; 3020 Gears Road, Houston, TX 77067; (281) 999-1239; www.thanghung.com

3.     Coming Soon: Yun Loy Asian Market; 475 Sawdust Road, Spring, TX 77380; (281) 292-7770; yunloyasianmarket.com

English

fish-and-chips4.     Goodwood’s British Market; 1715-B Sawdust Road, The Woodlands, TX 77380; (281) 419-7540; www.goodwoods.com

Health Foods/Vitamins

5.     The Health Market; 427 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands, TX 77380; (281) 367-0002; www.woodlandshealthmarket.com

6.     Granary ST Health Food Store; 224 South Loop 336 W, Suite D, Conroe, TX; (936) 242-6873; www.facebook.com/GranaryStreetHealthFoodStore/info?tab=overview

7.     Nutrition Central; www.nutrition-central.netmisc-fruit-2

1.     14825 Hwy 105 West, Conroe, Texas, 77356; (936) 588-1414

2.     9300 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands, Texas, 77380; (281) 419-1008

3.     2040 Louetta Road, Spring, Texas, 77388; (281) 528-8276

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8.     D’Amico’s Italian Market Café; 2643 Commercial Center Boulevard, Katy, Texas 77494 281-769-9682; damico-cafe.com

Latin American

9.     Ciudad Latina Grill & Market; 32360 State Highway 249, Pinehurst, TX 77362; (832) 521-3898

10. Panaberiay Pasteleria Inc.; 4409 Treaschwig Road, Spring, TX 77373; (281) 784-2370

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11. Jessie Soria’s Mexican Products; 4634 FM 2920 Road, Spring, TX 77388; (281) 528-6925

12. Omega Foods; 14518 Hempstead Road, Suite 5C, Houston, TX 77040; (713) 690-7590

Middle Eastern

13. Phoenicia Specialty Foods; 1001 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77010; (832) 360-2222; www.phoeniciafoods.com/locations/downtown-marketindian

14. India Gourmet Spices; 25701 Interstate 45 N, # 14, The Woodlands, TX 77380 (281) 419-3688; www.indiagourmetspices.com

Indian Foods Guide – www.indianfoodsguide.com/indian-food-guide/indian-grocery-stores/united-states/texas/houston.html

Bon appetit!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

JUNE is…

Welcome to summer! I am so thankful that we can get out and get some sunshine after this past month. Just a few notes about some events to make yourself aware of this month.

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June is National Safety Month. The Woodlands Township is hosting The Woodlands Emergency Preparedness Event on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at The Woodlands Township Town Hall, 2801 Technology Forest Boulevard. This free event is open from 10am to 1pm. For more information on this event, see http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2893.

June 1 also marks the official start to hurricane season. While the2719fd_a188f657c27548f9b320cac7d75c0197 predictions are that there will be fewer named storms than usual, it is always a good idea to prescribe to the Boy Scout motto and “be prepared.” A checklist for pulling together an emergency supply kit can be found at the National Weather Service site, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php.

June is also Men’s Health Month. At least in my own family, men are less likely to make preventative health appointments, so I thought this message was important to share. For more information, visit http://www.menshealthmonth.org/.

1795June is National Dairy Month. You can visit the International Dairy Foods website to learn about the history of cheese, http://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/cheese/june-is-national-dairy-month, or visit a local dairy, like Calico Dairy in Conroe, TX, http://www.localharvest.org/calico-dairy-M53365.

Don’t forget Father’s Day, June 21st! For other National Days, visit http://nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/june/. I knowfathers-day-2011 you would hate to miss National Leave the Office Early Day (June 2nd) or National Martini Day (June 19th)!

 

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor

SPLASH! Pools & Waterparks in The Woodlands

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In the spirit of all things wet & wild, I wanted to share information about all of the pools in The Woodlands and other water parks close by. Believe it or not, there will come a point this summer when we are no longer dripping wet and it will be hot. We moved here in late July a few years ago, and my kids and I hit 10 of the 14 pools before school started. Each pool has it’s own personality and something a little different to offer.

The Woodlands Township has almost 130 parks available to residents. Some are the small “pocket” parks that offer a swing set YMCA-pooland a slide, and others offer basketball courts, multi-purpose fields and pools. One of my favorite reference tools in the summer is the Parks & Pathways Map from The Woodlands Township. I keep this in my car all summer, because there is never a park too far away. You can also access this map online at http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/index.aspx?NID=252.

622x350There are one or two public pools in each of The Woodlands Villages. The Splash Guide is another great reference tool (http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3956) that summarizes the specific information for each pool, as well as provides general information such as the township pool schedule and admission rates. As a Woodlands resident, I think the season pass is a great deal. (http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1237) Each pool does have one day a week it is not open, for cleaning and training of personnel, but all information can be found online.

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The pools are located in the following villages:

  • Village of Grogan’s Mill
    • Sawmill Park – Features a climbing wall and diving board
  • Village of Panther Creek
    • Creekwood Park – features a slide with 90 degree turn
    • Ridgewood Park – the baby pool is fully accessorized with fun, including dumping buckets
  • Village of Cochran’s Crossing
    • Bear Branch Park – summer camps are held here, so from 10-12 the pool is pretty packed
    • Shadowbend Park – there is a fun splash pad here
  • Village of Indian Springs
    • Falconwing Park – one meter diving board and an a lap lane during open swim
    • Forestgate Park – 103 foot body slide
  • Village of Alden Bridge
    • Alden Bridge Park – always a lap lane open
    • Lakeside Park – they have a great little kids area
    • Windvale Park – zero depth entry and a cool tulip spray feature
  • Village of Sterling Ridge
    • Cranebrook Park – family slide and buckets that dump cool water on your head
  • Village of College Park
    • Harper’s Landing Park – features a very large shallow area and all of the kids want to be on the floating alligator
  • Village of CreeksideTHE_WOODLANDS_RESORT_AND_CONFERENCE-The_Woodlands-Pool-13-73420
    • Rob Fleming Park – This huge pool is more like a waterpark, complete with a lazy river
    • Wendtwoods Park – The newest park in The Woodlands is my kids favorite because of the vortex pool and the lily pads, which make them think they are on American Ninja Warrior

Some of the village pools are home to a swim team, so occasionally the pool will be closed to the public for practices or meets, but you can always ask at the front desk of each pool for those schedules.

16218412_kingwoodpoolsIf you want to get out for a full day, Splashtown is very convenient and is a great waterpark. Located between exits 68 and 70A from I-45, it is a great way to spend the day. https://www.wetnwildsplashtown.com/

And just a little further away, a local favorite is Schillterbahn, in Galveston. For a mini-getaway, this will hit the notes for convenience and fun, all in one place. http://www.schlitterbahn.com/

I hope you can use this newsletter as a reference all summer. Have a wonderful week and please let me know how I can be of service in making The Woodlands your home.

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor