Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Path To The Cross 2010

You and your family are invited to an interactive Easter drama depicting Jesus' life as He journeyed through Jerusalem in His final days. Scenes included are Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the garden of Gethsemane, Herod's trial, and the crucifixion.

In its 4th year, this precious church desires for The Path to the Cross to reach across faiths in the worship of Christ. Take the time to be a part of this amazing opportunity. Such a tremendous effort with everlasting benefits.

The ultimate sacrifice.

The Easter story.

The greatest story ever told.

The Path to the Cross.

Wednesday – Friday, March 31st-April 2nd

Jersey Village Baptist Church

Outdoor walks start every 10 minutes

between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Jersey Village Baptist Church

16518 Jersey Drive, Houston, TX 77040



Monday, March 29, 2010

VBS 2010

Have you ever been sailed the high seas? Experienced a trail ride while relaxing on the ranch? Traveled to a galaxy far, far away?

What better way to travel than through Vacation Bible School? Pack your bags.... Adventure ahead!

We love us some VBS! Pick a week that works for you (or 2! They often have different themes at different churches)

****Updated 6/7/10
**some churches are still updating their sites. If my information is wonky, let me know. Thanks!

John Wesley UMC: June 7-11

Foundry UMC : June 14-18

St. Mary's Episcopal: June 14-18

Champion Forest Baptist Church: June 14-18 (they are breaking into different ages groups this year over different days. Be sure and give them a shout for details)

Faithbridge UMC: June 14-18

Good Shepherd UMC Fairfield: June 14-18

Jersey Village Baptist: June 14-18

Salem Lutheran Church: June 14-18

St. Mary's Episcopal Church: June 14-18

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church: June 21-25th
Session 1: 9:30-12:30 and Session 2: 5:30-8:30

Houston Northwest Baptist: June 21-24

Trinity Vineyard Church: June 21-24 (6:30-8:30 pm)

West Houston Church of Christ: June 21-25

Cypress Methodist: June 28-July 2

Houston's First Baptist Church: June 28-July 2

Lakewood Methodist UMC: June 28- July 1

Prince of Peace Catholic Church: July 12-16

The Met: Jones Road Campus: July 19-23

The Met: Fry Road Campus: July 19-23

St. Aidan's Episcopal Church: July 26-30

Do you know of more VBS fun in the Northwest Houston area? Please share! intheknownorthwest@gmail.com

But Wait, There's More.... Summer 2010

******Updated 5-5-10
***Some links have 2009 information..Hang tight. The sites are updating daily with 2010 info.

Alrighty...roll out the red carpet for additional summer camps!

*After School Enrichment Facilitators

*All About Music

*Apple Summer Computer camps :
Nothing beats Apple Camp when it comes to a fun summer activity for your kids. In free workshops at the Apple Store, kids learn how to do cool stuff on a Mac using iLife and iWork applications. They’ll make a movie, compose a song, create a photobook, and learn how to present everything to an audience. When Camp is over, they’ll bring the projects they made home on a DVD, along with skills and ideas to create even more. All workshops are recommended for ages 8 to 12.

*Artisan Ballet Company Summer Intensive

*Arthur Murray Dance Studio

* Camp Cook- A Slice of Summer Big Adventures in Cooking : A hands-on cooking adventure for little chefs.
Through the process of cooking, kids hone their skills in reading, math, and science. In addition to educational skills, kids learn to be organized, how to complete tasks, all while building social skills, self esteem, and the important character trait of patience.

*Camp Invention:
Camp Invention is a non-profit program of the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame that inspires creativity and inventive thinking through hands-on activities that are fun and also integrate science, mathematics, history, and the arts in an exciting environment conducive to learning. Weeklong day camps for students entering grades 1-6 are held at area schools and churches. Here is a snapshot of their locations. Most camps are 9 am to 3:30 pm, but the camps at Pump It Up, which is the Cy-Fair location off of Sam Houston Tollway at Fallbrook, include two hours of after camp care and free play on the Pump It Up inflatables, until 5:30 -fun for all kids and particularly good for working parents.

*Christian Youth Theater: summer day camps that combine singing, dancing, and acting with lots of fun games, including a wild and wacky water day. Everyone at camp participates in the showcase and all campers receive a camp t-shirt. You know kids dig t-shirts!

*CyFair Music and Arts: KinderMusik, Guitar, Piano, Art and Drama camps

*Cypress Dance: Ballroom, Latin, Line Dancing, Salsa, Swing, Hip Hop, Zumba, Ballet

*Drama Kids Camp: Unique combination of fun, creativity and entertaining theater and speech activities such as large group improv, silent scenes, dialogue development, scene starters and theater games. Four locations:Copperfield, Fairfield, Cypress and Spring. Early Bird Savings......$20 off when you enroll by May 1st and use Code: Flyer20

*Dinosaurs Rock:
Campers participate in a highly interactive presentation by DINOSAURS ROCK experts. Hands-on activities include a fossil dig, fossil excavation and/or crystal-filled Geode opening. Campers also get to "see & touch", up-close an extensive 50+ piece exhibit including genuine Dinosaur Eggs, Meteorites, Dinosaur Teeth, Dinosaur Claws, Dinosaur Footprints, Amber and many other fossils that range from 2-Million to over 500 Million years old right at your camp. 2008 Camp information currently posted...keep checking back for 2009 info

*Grand Oaks Farms Horse Camp

*Houston Family Arts Center Drama Camps

*K2 Academy
**Mention Bunny Hop ad and receive $25 off summer camp. Expires 4-30-10

*New location in Coles Crossing!! Summer day camps provide Houston families with the opportunity to experience the adventure and opportunities of Kidventure Camp in a variety of camp locations that are convenient. Each campsite provides outstanding amenities for a safe and rich curriculum.

*Mad Science: Their mission is to spark the imagination & curiosity of children. They provide fun, interactive & educational activities that instill a clear understanding of science & how it affects the world around them. Mad Science camps are hands-on, have daily take homes, include daily snack-tivities & supervised play breaks, offer many different themed weeks and are not to be missed! Over 30 locations in the greater Houston area.

*Mathnaseium Jump Start for School

*Mark Kistler's Art Camp

*The Artist Within Summer Art Camp

*Nature Trekkers:
Join Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Naturalist teachers for fun-filled week long camps that explore the natural world through active hands-on indoor and outdoor adventures at our 155 acre sanctuary. Children are taught in classes by age (5 & 6 yrs., 7 & 8 yrs., and 9-12 yrs.).

*Pine Cove Base Camp at Salem Lutheran Church: July 19th-23rd (1st-5th grade)

Posh Cookie Baking Camp: intro to baking and decorating in July and more advanced
decorating in August for 3rd-6th graders

*Precious Dancers Academy:
a special and whimsical event where your princess learns she is truly royal because Christ is King (1 Peter 2:9). We will have a giggly girly time learning through Princess Fun Dance, Protocol Etiquette, Regal Crafts, Courtly Games and Castle Story Time. The week will culminate with a special Finale Day where the Princesses come in Princess Attire, we have a Royal Dinner and also conduct a Regal Procession for parents, siblings and friends to attend.

*Princess With A Purpose
teaches the true meaning of “princess” through puppet shows, live princess performances, hands-on lessons, crafts, music, sign language, Biblical truths, and manners to help them discover their royal purpose in Christ.

*Warrior Prince Academy
Warrior Prince Academy is biblical warrior training program for young boys. Throughout the event, the boys learn leadership development, chivalry, and scriptural truths of who they are in Christ Jesus.

*Robotics Camp: Katy Texas, Working in teams, students learn how to design remote and computer controlled robots. Students work with all the mechanical and technical LEGO building materials, including specialized pieces such as axles, gears, beams, wheels, motors, pulleys, microcomputers, and pneumatics enabling them to safely design robots to do the things they want it to do. They decide and build, as a team, the best design of their robot for the end of class competition. We focus on team building, problem solving, creativity and fun.

*Science Adventures:
Champions Science AdventuresTM engages your child in exciting and educational hands-on science programs. The day camp format allows your child to participate in involved, multi-day projects such as constructing robots, building and launching model rockets, and engineering an electric race car!

*UH College of Technology Discovery Camp

*CyLakes Science Summer Camp: for kiddos 10-14 years old

Free Summer History Camp At Bayou Bend: Bayou Bend's Summer History Camp is a unique, interactive history camp that gives students a fun, educational opportunity to learn about life in 18th-century America. Geared toward students entering 5th grade

And finally....a few more to wrap up:

Houston Family Magazine Summer Camp Directory provides additional camps around or near the Greater Houston area

Know of more summer camps? Please share at intheknownorthwest@gmail.com

Lots of Themes, One Location 2010

***Updated 5-5-10
**Please remember links are being updated daily with new 2010 information with some of the info below

Often churches/organizations will offer camp several weeks in the summer but have different themes each time. Check out these great choices below.

Arts of Glaze Summer Camps
**Sign up before May 1st and get $10 off!

Bear Creek Methodist Church
*too many to list-those south of 290 check this out!

Camp Cornerstone
*2yrs- completed 4th graders. They have a week long camp in June, July, and Aug. Taught by the preschool teachers with super fun themes. Cornerstone is located in Copperfield.

*Foundry UMC Faith Factory Summer 2010

Jersey Village Baptist Summer Camps
****Registration Opens 3/29/09....these fill quickly

Houston Family YMCA
Creating summer fun the longest- gotta love the good 'ol Y

Houston Museum of Natural Science Summer Xplorations (2 locations, Main and Woodlands)v

John Wesley S.A.C.K. 2009
*Summer Adventures for Curious Kids (SACK) is designed for children 18 months old through 5 years (as of September 1, 2008). Registration was Friday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m. for church members and 11:00 a.m. for non-members. Contact church to see if spots are still available.

*KIDConnect: Swim Lessons, Summer Camp and Tennis Camp at The Met

*Summer Fun at Kinsmen Lutheran Church: Themed Weeks, Ages 12 months-4 years and K-7th grade

Lakewood Methodist Church
*2010 brochure can be found here

Lone Star College. Here is good place to start

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Summer Museum camps
*drawing & painting and printmaking (grades 3rd-6th and 7th-12th)

Tea for Two Summer Cooking Classes: Click here for class schedule. If this link is acting squirrely, go here and keep checking back until they post the schedule or call Susan Glass at 832-237-4749 for more information or email her.

Wee Wuns at Cypress Methodist Church
*Summer camp that runs MWF for 2 weeks from July 12-23 and is available for ages 14 mos.- current 2nd graders. Contact the Wee Wuns office at Cypress United Methodist Church for more information.

Winwood Presbyterian Summer Ministries Camps
*Check site for camp information and registration

Know of any multi-themed-one-location ideas? Please share! intheknownorthwest@gmail.com

Sports Camps Summer 2010

**updated 5-17-10

It's time to start thinking about Summer 2010. Get our your pencil, your 3 month-at-a-glace summer calendar and take a peek.

**Note...some of these links are from 2009. These sites are updated daily with the new information. Just hang with me...ok?

*Advantage Baseball Camp

*Asics Willowbrook Sports Complex-Volleyball

*Champion Forest Baptist Sports Camps, brought to you by Triumph Sports.

*Cypress Academy of Gymnastics offers Parent's Day Out each Thursday in June, July and August

*CyFair Baseball Camp (not listed yet, but watch for camps that will be held the first 2 weeks of

*Cypress Infield Academy

*Huber Tennis Ranch (camps not listed yet, keep a look out for them soon)

*Christi Borne Tennis Camp at The Met

*Cypress Lakes Golf Camp

*Giammalva Racquet Club Summer Tennis Camps

*Matt Bullard Basketball Camp

*Longwood Golf Camp

*Blackhorse Ranch also offers a golf camp, but nothing mentioned on their site yet.

*Miracles Baseball Camp

*K.I.D.S Camp Soccer Camp

*King Daddy Sports Tennis Camp

*Soccer Tots Summer Camps

*Sports Prep USA

*Sports Quest Soccer Camps (lots of locations)

*Sports With A Twist

*Summer Tennis & Day Camp
Cypress Tennis Academy is hosting its 4th Summer Tennis and Day Camp at Lakewood Residents' Club. The camp is open to kids entering grades 1-6. Campers will not only receive tennis instruction from a certified USPTA professional, but will also learn additional sports and skills as well (fishing,swimming,arts and crafts, etc...)

*Texas Elite Basketball Camp: All Skills Camp at Hamilton Middle School June 14th-17th, 9-3pm. Email rthomson47@comcast.net for more info or call 832-220-6104

*Texas Tornadoes Volleyball

Velocity Sports Nike Summer Perfomance Camps

*Youth League Tennis

*The Good 'Ol YMCA offers a multitude of summer programs for members and non-members. Stop by for a schedule. My boys enjoyed the Sports Camp last summer (indoor gymnastics-feel to it)

Although this is a pretty good start to run off some of that summer energy, I am certain there will be more camps that will be announced soon.

Please share your summer camp information! intheknownorthwest@gmail.com

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Festivals

Save the date for these annual festivals near our area

German Heritage Festival
March 26th-28th
Old Town Tomball, 201 S. Elm St.

Old Town Spring Crawfish and Music Festival
April 9th-11th, 16th-18th, 23rd-25th
Old Town Spring

Bluebonnet Festival
Apri 10th-11th
5145 Main St., Chappell Hill

Houston Children's Festival
April 10th-11th
Downtown Houston

Festival of Greece
May 13th-16th
1100 Eldridge Parkway, Houston

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Date Night: Live Music

For quite some time, I've wanted to start posting about fun places to go on date-night with your significant other.

You see how far my wanting to has gotten me....zero posts. Yes, ladies, you know where good intentions get you sometimes.

But today, as I stumbled across a pretty extensive list of venues that are offering live music, I thought this was a great place to start.

Below are 6 different places to enjoy live music in our area. Know of more? Send 'em my way.

Baker St. Pub & Grill
17278 Hwy 249 (near Willowbrook Mall)
Live music Tuesday-Sat evenings

Cork Cafe
25712 Hwy 290, Ste C, Cypress

Cypress Saloon
12710 Telge Road, Cypress
Live music Friday and Saturdays at 9pm

Goode Co. Texas Bar-B-Q
20102 Hwy 290, Houston
Live music every Friday 7 pm

Killburn's Tavern
2 locations, one on Barker Cypress and one on Malcomson
Live music every Friday and Saturday 9pm

Texas Tavern
13800 Cypress North Houston Road, Cypress
Live music Tuesday - Saturday

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tea For Two Upcoming Cooking Classes

Upcoming Cooking Classes

Thursday, April 1st
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
(ages 3 1/2 -5)
Teeney Cuisiney Cooking Easter Class

Friday, April 2nd
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
(ages 3 1/2 - 12)
Teeney Cuisiney & Kid's Easter Cooking Class

Friday, April 2nd
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(ages 8 - 12)
Kid's Easter Cooking Class
**This is for kid's a little bit older and ready for a more challenging class!

They will be announcing their Summer Cooking Class Schedule around April 1st.

Teeney Cuisiney Cooking Classes are for ages 3 1/2 - 5 and last about 1 1/2 hours

Kid's Cooking Classes are for ages 6 - 12 and last about 2 hours

Teen Classes are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.

Also, ask about their new Jr. Iron Chef Competitions

Did you know they also offer Birthday Party and Scout Cooking Class Packages?
All classes are at our Lakewood Forest location on Louetta near Grant.
Registration and prepayment required.

CALL SUSAN at 832-237-4749 for more info or to register or e-mail her at glass-s@sbcglobal.net

Please provide your child's name, age and a phone number for prepayment information. A class confirmation will only be sent when prepayment info has been received.

Free treat offers

Tomorrow, March 23rd from 12-8 pm, is free cone day at participating Ben & Jerry's locations.

Click here for more details.

From what I hear, Starbucks is also offering a free pastry with purchase of a hand-crafted beverage from opening until 10:30 am. You'll need coupon, don't forget.

I don't do crowds....y'all have a great time!

Friday, March 12, 2010

FM 1960 Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

The 1960 Parade Committee is excited to announce the upcoming 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade for Sunday, March 14th, 2010. The parade benefits Cypress Creek EMS. Thanks to the community, the parade committee has raised over $100,000 over the last 5 years!

The parade is presented by an all volunteer committee. No administrative costs are deducted from your contribution! We need your sponsorship to meet the financial needs of this popular community event. It is your support that makes the parade possible.

Cypress Creek EMS is the volunteer-based 9-1-1 ambulance service covering 250 square miles of North/Northwest Harris County. They respond to approximately 30,000 calls annually and serve over 50,000 people. Community support has always been at the core of the organization's success.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. and proceeds down FM 1960 from Champion Forest Drive to Kuykendahl. Last year, over 100 entries and at least 75,000 spectators attended the parade. This is one of the largest community events in the Houston area!

Please click here for sponsorship information and here for entry forms.

If you have any questions or would like to register as a sponsor, please contact Elizabeth Livingood at 832-519-3135 or Rod Hudson at 713-822-4308.

YMCA Spring Break Camps

Join the YMCA all week for their Spring Break Camps. Camp runs all week, full-day and half-day camp options. Choices include a "Mix" camp (dance, cheer gymnastics), Creative Art Camp, Fit & Fun camp and Mini-Racquetball Camp. (Ages vary per camp)

This particular link is for the Cypress Creek YMCA, but I am sure quite sure the other branches are offering camps as well.

Need more information? Contact Melanie Thompson at melaniet@ymcahouston.org.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sport Quest Spring Break Soccer Camp

***New for 2010 Spring Break Soccer Camp***

Camp information:
Location & Host: St. Mark Lutheran School/Church (outdoors)
Address: 1515 Hillendahl Blvd, Houston, TX 77055
Dates: Tuesday March 16 - Thursday March 18, 2010
Times: 9.30-12.00 noon
Ages 5-12 years
Cost: $80.00 per child ($10.00 discount for siblings)
Early Bird Cost: $65.00 (much be registered before March 1st, 2010)
Each participant will receive a Sports Quest T-shirt and a mini soccer ball.

What to Bring:
Participants must wear soccer cleats and shin guards (and warm clothing if necessary).
Water for refreshment each day of camp.

You can also view the flyer by visiting their website at www.sportsquesttraining.com

Places are limited so register early by clicking here. If you need assistance registering please contact Debbie Spence at 832.593.7777.

Also, check out the Sports Quest website for locations, dates and times for our summer camp program 2010 www.sportsquesttraining.com

Sports Quest

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wings of Freedom Tour

Wings of Freedom Tour, March 15-17

Three of the most famous WWII bomber and fighter aircraft are visiting our community as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour. Tour the B-24, P-51, Huey and Boeing B-17! You also have the opportunity to Take to the Skies Yourself in an ultimate 30-minute flight experience aboard the bombers.

Ellington Field at CF Facility: March 15-17

Visit the Collings Foundation website for more info.

Walk through tours of the aircraft are $12 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under for access to all of the aircraft. WWII Veterans get into the ground tours at no charge.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tech It Out Robotics Camp

It's 70 degrees in Houston....let the Summer Fun 2010 planning begin!

Epiphany Lutheran School (in Jersey Village) will be hosting Tech It Out Robotics Camp this summer.

The camps will be held July 12-15.

Students (rising 2nd graders through 8th graders) may register by visiting the Bot Shop Rocks link.

Need more information? Give Lisa a shout.

Comedy Sportz Spring Break Camps

Fun Camps for Tweens and Teens March 15-19th!

Spring Break Camps for Ages 8-12 and 13-17

Their camps offer tweens (ages 8-12) and teens (ages 13-17) the chance to explore their imaginations alongside a professional improv comedian! Participants will laugh, have fun, and learn some of the games played in our improvisational performances. They'll also focus on confidence, commitment, listening skills, working with others, acceptance, and creativity - skills they use every day!

Classes begin Monday, March 15th, 2010!

Tween Camp (ages 8-12)
Showcase for friends and family Friday, March 19th at 12pm

Teen Camp (ages 13-17)
Showcase for friends and family Friday, March 19th at 4pm

Registration for this week long camp is $150.
Special Offer: Register online now through Friday, March 12th for $20 off the registration price!

Email: info@comedysportzhouston.com
Phone: 713-868-1444
Web: http://www.comedysportzhouston.com

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

For Layla Grace

Layla Grace has been battling cancer, bravely, and her family would be so blessed by your support.

Local businesses helping out....

1) Layla Give Back Night
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Time: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Location: Chili's Tomball

Come to Chili's Tomball on Wednesday March 3rd, and support Layla Grace and her family in their fight against cancer. On this night 10% of all sales brought in for Layla Grace night will be donated to the family to assist in their fight against cancer. Come out and enjoy a great night out with family and friends, and support Layla Grace at the same time. Be sure to inform your server or bartender you are there for Layla Grace

2) Rock for Layla

Date: Sunday, March 7, 2010
Time: 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: The Meridian
Street: 1503 Chartres St.
City/Town: Houston, TX

Come out to the largest independent concert venue in Downtown Houston to experience over 9 bands from all over Texas and exciting performances from great entertainers as they ROCK FOR LAYLA.

Tickets on sale soon, $10 presale, $12 at the door. Doors Open at 2pm March 7th. The bar will be servin', the grill will be cookin', and we will be rockin'!

"ROCK FOR LAYLA" bracelets and band merchandise will be on sale Check out www.meridianhouston.com for ticket sales and more info. Stay tuned to http://twitter.com/laylagrace for updates on Layla.

Performances by: Damascus, Tejas Heat, Lindy Hockaday, The Canvas Waiting, Strait Up, Murder Plot, Dimitri’s Rail, Marzi and Heavy as Texas, Sarah Alexander, Los Guerreros de la Musica, performances by HITS Theater, and more...

3) Layla Grace's Night @ Chuy's
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Time: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Location: Chuy's off of HWY 290 & HWY 6

The managers of Chuy's have agreed to and are excited to work Tuesday, March 9th.... A percentage of, and the tips they make will be matched by their corporate office and donated towards Layla's medical expenses..

Know of more events? Please send them my way and I'll be sure to update this post.