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The Woodlands area is gaining a new and cost-ef- fective source of medical education designed with the growth of the health care industry in mind. This fall, area registered nurses will be able to obtain bachelor’s degrees at Lone Star College-Mont- gomery following the passage of Senate Bill 2118 by the Texas Legislature in 2017 and approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Among those excited about the nursing program is Kerrie Guerrero, the chief nursing ocer and vice president of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hos- pital. Guerrero said around 14%, or 50, of the nurses at the hospital are working toward or could benet from obtaining a bachelor’s degree. “We want to constantly provide professional devel- opment opportunities for our sta,”Guerrero said. “The Lone Star programdoes that. It is close to home. ... This is an incredible opportunity for nurses across Mont- gomery County and especially in TheWoodlands.” CONTINUED ON 50 Lone Star College adds rst local bachelor’s programs BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN AND ANNA LOTZ

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2 village centers lose grocery anchors Two of The Woodlands’ eight village shopping centers lost anchor grocery stores after Randalls closed its Panther Creek and Grogan’s Mill locations Feb. 15, leaving the community scrambling to ensure the vacancies do not cause the centers to deterio- rate, according to local residents and businesses. Located in populated residential areas where township ocials said village grocery stores were part of The Woodlands’ plan, the possibility of an extended vacancy has caused both merchants and nearby residents to raise alarms. “The reality of it is we aren’t going to have something for quite some time, years realistically,” said Rebecca Schner, owner of jewelry store New- LotusMoon in the Grogan’s Mill Village Center, which opened in 2019. Schner is leading a merchant’s association that sprang up in the center in the wake of the announced closing. Residents in neighboring villages are also aected. Carol Stromatt, a former township direc- tor and current member of the Indian Springs Village Association, said the Panther Creek cen- ter’s proximity to that village and particularly CONTINUED ON 56 BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN AND VANESSA HOLT SPRING

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FROMNICOLE: This month gives parents several tools for planning ahead. Our annual Summer Camp Guide provides a variety of local options for children in elds such as art, academics and sports. This is also our annual Higher Education Guide edition, examining local trends in higher education and how they could aect career plans both for young people and adults in the workforce.

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living services and amenities, as well as 24/7 nursing care. 936-355-9608. www.villagegreenalzheimerscare.com/ augusta-pines 4 Pasadena-based H+M Industrial EPC opened a new oce in The Woodlands in December. The company oers in-house engineering design and construction ser- vices for clients in the oil, gas and chem- ical elds. H+M’s The Woodlands oce is located at 1330 Lake Robbins Drive, Ste. 220. According to H+M, the company has been in business since 1988 and moved to its current headquarters in Pasadena in 2011. H+M also operates a recruit- ment oce in Deer Park. 281-930-8750. www.hm-ec.com 5 Valorem Insurance Group launched its new oce in The Woodlands in January. Valorem provides both health and life insurance coverage for in- dividuals and employer groups. The insurer’s new oce is located in Mar- ket Street at 9595 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 8210, The Woodlands. 832-631-6396. www.valoreminsurance.com COMING SOON 6 The new eatery Baja Sur Fresh-Mex and Tequila Bar will launch in Creekside Park West at 26543 Kuykendahl Road, The Woodlands, this spring. The restaurant will open in a 4,472-square-foot space with a 1,420-square-foot patio, accord- ing to Lorrie Parise, public relations and community relations manager for Howard Hughes Corp. 7 A new independent bookseller, Village Books , is expected to open in The Woodlands this year. The bookstore will be located in a 1,075-square-foot space at the Marcel Crossing shopping center at 8000 McBeth Way, Ste. 180, according to KM Re- alty. Village Books will also contain a gift shop and maintain a schedule of commu- nity programming such as children’s sto- rytimes, author visits and writing groups. According to KM Realty, the bookstore will open in the spring. www.kmrealty.net 8 The Western-style boot brand Tecovas will open a new retail location in The Woodlands this year. The store will launch at Market Street at 9595 Six Pines Drive this spring, mixed-use center rep- resentatives said. According to Tecovas,

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NOWOPEN 1 Mezcal Cantina Mexican Kitchen , a new Mexican-themed restaurant and bar, opened at the Marcel Town Center on Jan. 27. The kitchen, located o FM 1488 at 535 Woodland Square Blvd., Conroe, serves a variety of Mexican dishes for lunch and dinner, including tamales, tacos, fajitas and burritos. Signature entrees include grilled quail, stued poblano and mole dishes. The restaurant also oers mezcal- and tequila-based

margaritas and cocktails, with a hap- py hour running from 2-6 p.m. daily. 936-224-7964. www.mezcalcantina.net 2 Low T Center , a national men’s health clinic franchise, opened its second location in The Woodlands on Feb. 10. Low T Center oers a variety of well- ness treatments for men focused on conditions including sleep apnea, low testosterone, high cholesterol, hypo- thyroidism, hypertension and diabetes. Patients may also receive health assess-

ments and treatment plans. The new Low T Center opened its doors in Sterling Ridge at 6886 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. D, The Woodlands. 281-419-5698. www.lowtcenter.com 3 Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home opened its sixth and largest prop- erty, Augusta Pines , Feb. 12. The care home provides living and care services to seniors suering from cognitive impair- ments such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The new Spring location at 7910 W. Rayford Road oers 22 private suites,

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Star Cinema Grill is looking to open a location in The Woodlands by the end of 2020, said Jason Ostrow, vice president of development for Star Cinema Grill. The location at 9420 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, was previously occupied by a Randalls grocery store. The store closed in 2018. The new theater will most likely be a 12-screen dine-in theater similar to those currently operating in Spring and Richmond, Ostrow said. Star emy and Childcare of The Woodlands , located at 11900 Crane Brook Drive, The Woodlands, is celebrating its 20th anni- versary. The academy, founded by Erin McDowell and Kellie Anderson, opened Jan. 3, 2000. The facility provides services for infant care, toddler care, prekindergarten and preschool, private kindergarten, before- and after-school care, and camps. 281-292-8783. www.steppingstonesprep.com 13 Local arcade The Game Preserve is celebrating ve years at 473 Sawdust Road, Spring, in mid-March. The arcade oers games and pinball machines with a free play setting, so no additional pay- ment is needed after a day pass purchase. Monthly memberships are also available, which include guest passes. 281-353-5189. www.gamepreservehouston.com CLOSINGS 14 Lucky Brand’s retail location at Market Street in The Woodlands closed

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Cinema Grill is a Houston-based dine- in movie theater with nine locations currently listed in Texas. 713-383-7827. www.starcinemagrill.com early this year at 9595 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 550, The Woodlands. The na- tional jeans, clothing and accessories brand operates dozens of stores across the country, including one in Cypress and two in Houston. 866-975-5825. www.luckybrand.com RENOVATIONS 15 The customizable stir-fry restaurant Genghis Grill reopened Jan. 21 in The Woodlands Town Center following a temporary closure for remodeling work earlier in the month. The Woodlands eat- ery at 9300 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 100A, is Genghis Grill’s rst Greater Houston-area location to be renovated with updates in- cluding colored booths, interior and exte- rior decorating, and a new pickup area for takeout orders. The stir-fry chain’s menu includes dozens of ingredients and sauces for stir-fry bowl creations, in addition to appetizers and desserts. 281-363-4745. www.genghisgrill.com

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the bootmaker’s products are designed at its Austin headquarters and handmade from materials such as calfskin, suede, ostrich and reptile leather at its produc- tion facility in León, Mexico. In addition to footwear, Tecovas oers leather-based accessories and other apparel. The brand currently operates stores in Hous- ton’s Rice Village in addition to Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. 833-832-6827. www.tecovas.com 9 Sandwich franchise Jersey Mike’s Subs will be opening a new location at 6777 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. 318, Spring, in March. Jersey Mike’s is known for a collection of hot and cold sandwich- es. The new location will replace a Subway that had been in the same location. www.jerseymikes.com RELOCATIONS 10 The international aircraft fuel supplier and ight services company Associated Energy Group announced Jan. 23 it is relocating its Texas sales oce into Research Forest. AEG Fuels,

previously located at 25025 I-45 N., Spring, will now lease a 5,630-square- foot oce at 8686 New Trails Drive, Ste. 170, The Woodlands, according to AEG’s leasing representative Newcor Commer- cial Real Estate. The company provides services, including fuel distribution and international travel planning, for clients ranging from passenger and cargo airlines to government ocials and militaries. 281-362-9988. www.aegfuels.com 11 Summit Midstream Partners LP announced Jan. 6 that it plans to relocate its headquarters from Hughes Landing in The Woodlands to downtown Houston this spring. According to a press release, the move was eective March 1. Summit’s new oce will be located across two oors at the One Shell Plaza tower at 910 Louisiana St., Houston. Summit’s The Woodlands headquarters is located in the Two Hughes Landing oce building at 1790 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 500, The Woodlands. www.summitmidstream.com ANNIVERSARIES 12 Stepping Stones Preparatory Acad-

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opened Feb. 12. The car wash, located at 2316 Rayford Road, Spring, oers several car wash packages along with additional services, such as tire shining, waxing and surface protection. 888-772-2792. www.dontdrivedirty.com 4 Family dining restaurant Black Bear Diner opened its location at 8821 Metropark Blvd., Ste. 100, Shenan- doah, on Feb. 3. The bear-themed restau- rant has locations around the country and specializes in all-day breakfast and home- style comfort food. The new location is the fourth in the Greater Houston area. 936-283-5312. www.blackbeardiner.com RELOCATIONS 5 Strickland Dental has settled into its new oce at 27230 Robinson Road, Oak Ridge North, after relocating within the city from the Wood Ridge days of the region, the building of Lake Conroe and The Woodlands, and the history of the Lone Star ag. 1506 I-45 N., Conroe. 936-539-6873. www.heritagemuseum.us The Heritage Museum of Montgomery County celebrated its 35th anniversary Jan. 25. The museum operates as a hub of Montgomery County’s history with exhibits exploring the early pioneer

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NOWOPEN 1 The FINS swim academy’s fth North Houston location opened Feb. 10 in Spring. The new facility, FINS of Grand Parkway North, launched in the Birnham Woods Marketplace at 4161 Riley Fuzzel Road. FINS oers safety and instruction programs for swimmers of all ages and abilities, in addition to free swim evaluations. 832-562-3225. www.swimatns.com 2 A new Spring-based physical therapy clinic, Grand Oaks Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, recently opened its doors

o the Grand Parkway in Spring. The facility, located at 28533 Spring Trails Ridge, Ste. 112, launched in November and held a community open house in late January. Grand Oaks’ services include a variety of sports medicine treatments and training in addition to orthopedic care for conditions such as strains, aches, arthritis and tendonitis. Work rehabilitation and specialty programs for balance, cancer-related fatigue and concussion rehab are also oered. 281-301-5090. www.grandoakspt.com 3 The national Quick Quack Car Wash chain’s newest location in Spring ocially

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The Pavilion Partners host a wine dinner and auction beneting college art scholarships. 5 p.m. $250 and up. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-364-3010. www.woodlandscenter.org/wine-dinner (Courtesy The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)

Community members may join a 5K or 1K color run. 9:30 a.m. $35 (adult), free (child age 5 and younger). The Woodlands Christian Academy, 5800 Academy Way, The Woodlands. 936-273-2555. www.twca.net/colorrun (Courtesy The Woodlands Christian Academy)

Local law enforcement and public safety agencies will appear at the Montgomery County Safety Expo, featuring several demonstrations. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Woodforest Bank Stadium, 19115 David Memorial Drive, Shenandoah. 281-367-8952. www.shenandoahtx.us (Courtesy City of Shenandoah)

21 JOINA COMMUNITY CLEANUP EFFORT Residents can take part in the 10th annual Earth Day Greenup around the town- ship’s parks. Individuals and groups can preregister to clean up a location within each local village followed by a celebra- tion at Northshore Park. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Various locations. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 21 BUY AND SELL USED GOODS Shenandoah’s spring communi- ty garage sale allows city residents to sell household goods and browse their neighbors’ sales. The sale will also be held at the community pool parking lot. Preregistration is required. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Various locations. 281-367-0819. www.shenandoahtx.us 21 TAKE THE DOGS FOR A SWIM The fth annual Soggy Doggy Swim Day allows community members to bring their dogs for a refreshing morn- ing swim at Creekwood Park. Canine activities include swimming, games and a costume contest. 10 a.m.-noon. $10 (rst dog), $5 (per additional dog). Creekwood Park, 3383 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

21 TAKE AN EASTER DIVE Children ages 3 and up can join in the Swimming Adventure Egg Hunt in heated pools. Programming for children also includes an obstacle course, crafts and games. 6-8 p.m. $15 (resident), $20 (nonresident), free (children age 2 and younger). Cree- kwood Pool, 3383 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 22 LEARNABOUT FLY FISHING Community members age 14 and older can register for this y-shing clinic, including instruction on the use of y rods and reels and an introduction to the types of ies. 1-4 p.m. $40 (resi- dents), $45 (nonresidents). Rob Flem- ing Park pond, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 26 HEARABOUT SUSTAINABILITY AT CONROE ISD LEAF Engineering and Easy Foster, the director of planning and construction for Conroe ISD, will give a presentation about the district’s sustainability eorts in new construction and curriculum. 7 p.m. Free. Houston Advanced Research Center, 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands. 281-210- 3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

28 GET RIDOF HOUSEHOLDWASTE Shenandoah residents can participate in the city’s Spring Trash Bash. The city’s public works bays will be open for household item and hazardous ma- terial disposal as well as green waste and scrap recycling. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Shenandoah Municipal Complex, 29955 I-45 N., Shenandoah. 281-298-5522. www.shenandoahtx.us 28 PREPARE FOR SEVEREWEATHER Meteorologists and public safety o- cials will present and answer questions about emergency preparedness for hurricanes, tornados, ooding and re events. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. The Wood- lands Township, 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands. 281-210-3884. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 28 THROUGH 29 CAMP INA LOCAL PARK The Woodlands Township’s annual Camp Terramont campout features a variety of outdoor activities, crafts and games. Noon. $125-$135 (family of four), $30 (per additional camp- er). Terramont Park, 8500 Terramont Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

MARCH 14 SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS The Arts in the Park event at Rob Fleming Park features live music, food trucks, and a variety of local arts and crafts vendors. 2-6 p.m. Free. Rob Fleming Park, 6055 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/ artsinthepark 14 SUPPORT A LOCAL PLANT SALE The Woodlands Garden Club holds its spring plant sale at The Wood- lands Farmers Market in the Grogan’s Mill Shopping Center to benet the club’s activities. Plants are grown in members’ own gardens. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. Grogan’s Mill Shopping Center, 7 Switchbud Place, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandsgardenclub.com 19 LEARN TOHELPWILDANIMALS Cathie Couder, the education coordinator for Friends of Texas Wild- life, leads a “Walk in the Woods” pre- sentation about care and rehabilitation for wild animals. 6 p.m. Free. Houston Advanced Research Center, 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

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THEWOODLANDS CHILDREN’SMUSEUM 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands 281-465-0955 www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org MARCH 11 Musical Instruments Petting Zoo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 11 Crazy About Critters exotic animal program, 11:30 a.m. 12 Le Theatre de Marionette Silly Strings puppet shows, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 18 Nifty Nature, 10 a.m.-noon 20 Storybook Theatre with Sara Triana Mitchell author visit, 11 a.m. 27 Prelude Sing-a-long concert, 11:30 a.m. 28 Lego-ology, 10 a.m.-noon

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All Ears! Listening and Language Center holds its annual fundraiser for its work with deaf children, held at a replica of the West Wing. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $200. The West Wing, 199 N. Tranquil Path, The Woodlands. 281-615-5475. www.allearscenter.org/ttt2020 (Courtesy All Ears! Listening & Language Center)

The YMCA’s Dancing with The Woodlands Stars features live entertainment and performances. 6-10 p.m. $150 (seat). The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 281-367-9622. www.ymcahouston.org (Courtesy YMCA of Greater Houston)

APRIL 04 COMPETE INA TRIATHLON The 17th annual Woodforest Bank TRI on Lake Woodlands includes a 500-meter swim in open water, a 12.8-mile bike race and a 5K run. In- terested athletes can also participate in several preparatory events in the weeks leading up to the race. 7-11:30

celebration in The Woodlands. 5 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (celebration). $100 (individual), $1,000 (table of 10). The Pavilion Event Center, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 936-755-6075. www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org 04 THROUGH05 TAKE INART FROMAROUND THE COUNTRY The 15th annual The Woodlands Waterway

Arts Festival brings artists in all mediums to The Woodlands Waterway for a two- day exhibition, featuring artist booths and food and drinks from local vendors. Judges representing The Woodlands Arts Council choose a featured artist and Best of Show artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $15 (one day), $20 (weekend). Town Greek Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.org

a.m. $120 (individual), $185 (relay team). Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 04 CELEBRATE A VETERANS ORGANIZATION Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor Foun- dation marks a decade of supporting wounded veterans and their families with the foundation’s 10th anniversary

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LIVEMUSIC CALENDAR

Live music in and around The Woodlands

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DAN CRUMP GENUWINE

MARCH 15

BUCK YEAGER BAND CONCERT IN THE PARK

GENUWINETASTINGROOM 6503 FM 1488, Ste. 401, Magnolia 832-934-2675 www.mygenuwine.com MARCH 10 Jazz on the Northside, 7 p.m. 13 Justin LeBlanc, 7:30 p.m. 14 Dan Crump, 7:30 p.m. 17 Jazz on the Northside, 7 p.m. 20 The Two Black Guys, 7:30 p.m. Dan Crump is a Texas musician who writes music aimed at both traditional and modern country fans. (Courtesy Dan Crump)

21 Marianne Troia, 7:30 p.m. 24 Jazz on the Northside, 7 p.m. 27 London Lawhon, 7:30 p.m. 28 Pete Scadi, 7:30 p.m. 31 Jazz on the Northside, 7 p.m. APRIL 03 Keith Rea, 7:30 p.m. 04 Vintage Reserve, 7:30 p.m. 07 Jazz on the Northside, 7 p.m. 10 Dave Becker Trio, 7:30 p.m. 14 Jazz on the Northside, 7 p.m. Houston-based Buck Yeager Band performs a combination of top 40 country hits and classic country. (Courtesy Buck Yeager Band)

ROCK THE ROW HUGHES LANDING (Courtesy Howard Hughes Corp.)

ROCK THE ROW Hughes Landing 1925 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands

MARCH 19 Bourbon Street, 7 p.m. 26 Nick and the Hits, 7 p.m. APRIL 02 Honky-Tonk Revivalists, 7 p.m.

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WORTHWHILE CONVERSATIONS ARE WE STILL OK AFTER THE SECURE ACT?

IS THERE REASON FOR CONCERN IN LIGHT OF THE RECENTLY ENACTED SECURE ACT? No, most people should continue to feel secure (pardon the pun). The financial media has enjoyed a field day describing the SECURE Act, which affects retirement accounts, as a game-changer. We have received questions from clients, but the group of people who need to modify their planning is a relatively small number. Although a bit of an oversimplification, it really boils down to just two main things. WHAT ARE THOSE TWO “MAIN THINGS”? The age at which you must start drawing down your retirement balances has been moved back to age 72. It was 70-1/2 previously. The new starting age applies to anyone not already 70-1/2 at the end of 2019. The later start improves planning flexibility for people who might retire before age 72 but, because of other income sources, may not actually need immediate withdrawals from their retirement accounts. Phillip Hamman, CFA, CFP ® , heads our Wealth Planning Committee. He describes it as: “They can develop an ‘optimization strategy’ for drawing down these accounts”.

YOU SAID THERE WERE TWO “MAIN THINGS”… The other important item generally affects beneficiaries of IRA accounts who are NOT the surviving spouse of the deceased account owner. Before the SECURE Act, these inheritors could slowly draw down these retirement accounts in installments over their entire lifetime. That offered some great income tax planning flexibility. The SECURE Act generally shortens the withdrawal period to a maximum of 10 years. In certain cases, where families fully expect that retirement assets will pass to the next generation, planning should likely be updated. IS THERE A “BOTTOM LINE” HERE? Everyone needs good planning around configuring cash flow in retirement. If you have not focused on this area, we recommend sitting down with a financial advisor who is a fiduciary 100% of the time, like Linscomb & Williams. We have an experienced and fully-credentialed team and are available to meet in our office right here in The Woodlands. For more information, or a copy of our Form ADV, Part II, with all of our disclosures, call Grant Williams at 281 841 0707, or visit www.linscomb-williams.com.

Lantz Bowman and Phillip Hamman discuss the SECURE Act, and the importance of having a team of professionals to determine the right choice for you. (Left to right: Lantz Bowman, CFP ® ; and Phillip Hamman, CFA, CFP ® )

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THE REFUGE BAR AND BISTRO 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 110, The Woodlands 713-389-5674 www.refugeinthewoodlands.com MARCH 13 Jimmie Hunter, 8 p.m. 14 Unique Soul Band, 8 p.m. 17 J-Walkers, 8 p.m. 20 Louis Lamb, 8 p.m. 21 Unique Soul Band, 8 p.m. 27 Jimmie Hunter, 8 p.m. 28 Yelba, 8 p.m. APRIL 03 Jimmie Hunter, 8 p.m. 04 Louis Lamb, 8 p.m. 10 The Others, 8 p.m. 11 Billy Pope, 8 p.m. 17 Jimmie Hunter, 8 p.m. 18 Louis Lamb, 8 p.m. MAHONEY’S TEXISH BAR AND RESTAURANT 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 100, The Woodlands 832-663-5228 www.mahoneysbar.com MARCH Nervous Rex covers a wide variety of music, from modern hits, reggae, rock, pop, country and classic rock. (Courtesy Nervous Rex)

DOSEY DOE 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774 www.doseydoe.com MARCH 13 The Marshall Tucker Band, 8:30 p.m. 14 The Box Tops, 8:30 p.m. 15 The Hit Men, 7:30 p.m. 17 Joe Burlison’s “St. Paddy’s Day” Uptown Jazz, 7:30 p.m. 18 Max and Heather Stalling, 8 p.m. 20 Michael Martin Murphey, 8:30 p.m. 21 Caleb and The Homegrown Tomatoes, 8:30 p.m. 27 Albert Cummings, 8:30 p.m. 28 Neal McCoy, 8:30 p.m. 31 Josh Weathers, 8 p.m. APRIL 02 Shane Smith and The Saints, 8:30 p.m. 03 Strunz and Farah, 8:30 p.m. 04 Billy Gillman, 8:30 p.m. 05 The Weight, 7:30 p.m. 08 Bruce and Kelly Willis, 8 p.m. 09 The Weepies, 8:30 p.m. 10 Jim Curry, 8:30 p.m. 11 Victor Wooten, 8:30 p.m. 12 Joe Burlison Trio performs at Easter Brunch, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 16 Seth James, 8:30 p.m. 17 Jason Cassidy, 8:30 p.m. 18 Martin Barrf Band, 8:30 p.m. 22 Johnny A, 8 p.m. 23 The Waifs, 8:30 p.m. 24 Terry McBride, Sheila Marshall, Kyle Hutton, 8 p.m. 25 Crash Test Dummies, 8:30 p.m. CONCERT IN THE PARK Northshore Park 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands 281-210-3950 www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov MARCH 15 Buck Yeager Band, 5:30 p.m. 29 Klockwork, 5:30 p.m. APRIL 05 Velvet Punch Yelba’s Variety Band is a Houston- based dance and entertainment group that performs Latin and other music styles. (Courtesy Yelba) 28 Yachtley Crew, 8 p.m. 30 Anna Nalick, 8:30 p.m.

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SUSAN GIBSON MAIN STREET CROSSING (Courtesy Bill Ingram)

FEATUREDARTIST: SUSAN GIBSON Texas singer and songwriter Susan Gibson is performing at Main Street Crossing after her seventh solo album release, “The Hard Stu,” which was released in 2019. The Texas native is credited with writing the song “Wide Open Spaces,” which was performed by The Dixie Chicks. The show will also feature Shelly King. 8 p.m. $18-$35 MAIN STREET CROSSING 111 W. Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431 www.mainstreetcrossing.com MARCH 11 T. Graham Brown, 8 p.m. 12 Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra Tribute with Vince King, 8 p.m. 13 Swon Brothers, 8 p.m.

14 Skyrocket, 8 p.m. 17 Texas Flood, 8 p.m. 18 Walkin’ The Line, 8 p.m. 19 Mandy Barnett, 8 p.m. 20 Michael Grimm, 8 p.m. 21 Nightbird, 8 p.m. 23 The Fred Eaglesmith Show starring Tif Ginn, 8 p.m. 24 Susan Gibson, 8 p.m. 25 The Heartachers, 8 p.m. 26 Karla Bono, 8 p.m. 27 Mary Gauthier, 8 p.m. 28 Let It Rock, 8 p.m. 30 Stoney Larue, 8 p.m. 31 Stoney Larue, 8 p.m.

12 Leo Mendoza, 8 p.m. 13 Nervous Rex, 9 p.m. 14 Face This Way, 9 p.m. 17 Roger T., 5 p.m. 17 Nervous Rex, 9 p.m. 19 Sol Flair, 8 p.m. 20 Good Time Mun, 9 p.m. 21 Sick Duck, 9 p.m. 26 Billy Pope Duo, 8 p.m. 27 Vertigo, 9 p.m. 28 Bad Boyfriend, 9 p.m. 31 Nick Rincon, 7 p.m. APRIL 02 J.P. Kendrick Duo, 8 p.m. 03 Sol Flair, 9 p.m. 04 Beggars Inc., 9 p.m. 07 Anthony Pitt, 7 p.m. 09 Kelly Peters Trio, 8 p.m. 10 Bad Boyfriend, 9 p.m. 11 Nervous Rex, 9 p.m. 14 Nik Rincon, 7 p.m. 16 Josan Pinto, 8 p.m. 17 The Rikkis, 9 p.m. 18 Vertigo, 9 p.m.

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10 Jesse Raub Jr., 8 p.m. 11 Johnny Bush, 8 p.m.

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14 Jeremiah Joseph, Shelbi Lamar, Chris Crump, 8 p.m. 20 Fab 5, 8 p.m. 21 Isaiah Rangel, Jessica Rangel, Luke Whitney, 8 p.m. 27 Madeline Edwards, Jessica Rangel, Chris Crump, 8 p.m. 28 Isaiah Rangel, Shelbi Lamar, Luke Whitney, 8 p.m.

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ONGOING PROJECTS 1 Rayford Road widening Rayford Road is being expanded from four to six lanes from Richards Road to the Grand Parkway. The project also includes constructing a six-lane bridge over the Union Pacic Corp. railroad, installing new trac signals and adding a raised median. Concrete pouring on all eastbound lanes of the bridge and Rayford Access was completed in February. The nal layer of asphalt was completed in February, and median installation was underway, according to the oce of Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack. Timeline: April 2017-March 2020 Cost: $60 million allocated Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 2 FM 2978 widening The project will widen FM 2978 from two to four lanes with a center turn lane from FM 1488 to south of Dry Creek in Phase 1 and from south of Dry Creek to Conroe-Hufsmith Road in Phase 2. The

Cost: $1.5 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 4 Hwy. 242 left turn lane widening TxDOT began work on a project to widen a left turn lane on Hwy. 242 from Harpers Way to Great Oaks Drive in February. The project was 7% complete in mid-February. Timeline: February-second quarter 2020 Cost: $575,000 Funding source: federal funds 5 Gosling Road Bridge The project to widen Gosling Road to four lanes from south of Flintridge Drive to the village of Creekside Park is in the de- sign phase. The project includes widening the southbound bridge over Spring Creek. Harris County Precinct 4 will oversee the joint project, with Montgomery County Precinct 3 contributing $4 million. Timeline: TBD Cost: $4 million (Montgomery County), $5.8 million (Harris County) Funding sources: Montgomery County Precinct 3, Harris County Precinct 4

existing bridge over Spring Creek will also be widened. As of mid-February, Phase 1 was 38% complete, and Phase 2 was 65% complete, according to Emily Black, a public information ocer for the Texas Department of Transportation. The bridge widening was 65% complete as of mid-February. Timeline: September 2018-second quar- ter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-third quarter 2020 (Phase 2), October 2018-third quarter 2020 (bridge) Cost: $21.3 million (Phase 1), $12.9 million (Phase 2), $7.6 million (bridge) Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds UPCOMING PROJECTS 3 Lake Woodlands Drive widening Montgomery County Precinct 3 will wid- en a 0.17-mile section of Lake Woodlands Drive from west of Six Pines Drive to the western side of I-45. The project includes adding a third westbound lane between I-45 and Pinecroft Drive and making the inside lane a left-turn lane at Six Pines Drive. The project will be funded through the 2015 Montgomery County road bond. Timeline: spring 2020-late 2020

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TRANSPORTATION Pilot programwould extend park and ride route to Energy Corridor

Program costs The cost of extending The Woodl nds Park to Ride program to the Energy Corridor District would be borne by a combination of a Houston-Galveston Area Council grant with a local match as well as funds from rider fares.

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2017 when Shell relocated from downtown Houston to the Energy Corridor, causing a drop of about 100 The Woodlands park and ride users who had previously used the service to commute to Houston. Another 300 The Woodlands-area employees were relocated to the Energy Corridor for work when CB&I was acquired in 2018 by McDermott. Although last year’s conversations about sharing the local match portion of the grant were unsuccessful, talks resumed after a change in Energy Corridor District leadership in December resulted in a potential 50% split between the township and the district, Coulter said. The township’s 50% share of the local match would range from $33,009 to $50,360 in 2020 and from $66,019 to $100,720 in 2021, or an average of $74,079 annually, accord- ing to township materials. More funds would be needed if ridership was lower, township ocials said. Local interest A ridership demand survey con- ducted fromMarch to April 2019 indicated that among 166 residents surveyed, 135, or 81%, would use a service to the Energy Corridor District. Projections from the township indicate a ridership of 145 commuters per day. “This pilot program essentially is not any more costly per rider than our existing park and ride,” General Man- ager Don Norrell said. “We have a 20% requirement local share on our existing park and ride. The only reason that’s

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A pilot program to provide park and ride service from The Woodlands to the Energy Corridor District near Hwy. 6 and I-10 has gained momen- tum after talks with the district resumed this year and the township accepted an arrangement to fund 50% of the local project share. The Woodlands Township board of directors unanimously voted Jan. 22 to take part in a three-year pilot program with an option to cancel at any time with 30 days notice. “This would be the rst sub- urb-to-suburb commuter bus service in the Houston region, so we would be able to serve as a model for other transit agencies and organizations who are interested in implementing a similar project,” township Transit Planner Sarah Coulter said. The program gained traction locally when the Houston-Galveston Area Council selected the township’s pro- posed Energy Corridor commuter tran- sit pilot project for a grant award in late 2018, and in April the township began to look to Energy Corridor partners for local match funding. Coulter said the HGAC allocated $1.7 million in federal funding for the suburb-to-suburb pilot. The grant will take the formof a CongestionMitigation and Air Quality grant of about $592,000 annually for three years, according to information from the township. Industry changes Local interest in extending the park and ride program began after

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a little more aordable is that we also have a state grant, but that state grant is not specic to that park and ride.” Norrell said the township can pull out of the programwith 30 days notice if ridership is not what was expected. “A large portion of our house- holds commute to two locations … downtown Houston and the Energy Corridor. This is almost an economic development tool for us in that it gives them available transportation,”

Norrell said. The Woodlands Express Park and Ride currently has three locations— Research Forest, Sterling Ridge and Sawdust Park—serving routes in downtown Houston, Greenway Plaza, and the Houston Medical Center and Museum District. Coulter said the Energy Corridor route would originate from the Saw- dust Road Park and Ride and could start in August or September.

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