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VCL Lakeside March 2018

Houston Area Events

Houston Area Events Through March 18 th - The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world’s largest livestock Show and rodeo. With more than 33,000 volunteers, the organization is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentations. Since its beginning in 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed nearly $450 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants and other educational programs. The 2018 RODEOHOUSTON entertainment lineup features a mix of country, rock, R&B and Spanish pop artists. Several RODEOHOUSTON favorites, plus six entertainers new to RODEOHOUSTON, will be the first to perform on the new state-ofthe-art RODEOHOUSTON stage in 2018. For more information, visit March 2 nd -March 4 th - The 83 rd Azalea Trail heralds the beginning of Spring! The Trail kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lazy Lane entrance of Bayou Bend on Friday, March 2 nd at 10:30 AM. This year, a ticket to the Trail gives admission to 6 locations within the River Oaks neighborhood, including 4 private homes and gardens, Bayou Bend and Rienzi. A 7 th free location, also in River Oaks, is the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics where free advice from “Ask the Experts” can be enjoyed each day. On Saturday at 2 PM, there will be a floral demonstration with easy to repeat floral tips from one of our talented Garden Club members! A free trolley will provide easy access to all 6 locations of homes, gardens and house museums. For more information, visit March 3 rd - The Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) is proud to kick off our 30 th Annual Race Against Violence presented by Verizon! This milestone race and family festival will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and starts at 8 AM at the AIG Campus at Whole Foods Market-Montrose. The Race Against Violence is open to timed and untimed runners and includes a kids’ fun run and family festival after the race! Register solo or rally your friends together to start a team to help fundraise to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence throughout Houston. Together, we can race towards a future without violence! For more information, visit March 4 th - AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.(AFH) hosts the 29 th Annual AIDS Walk Houston on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston. This signature event is the city’s single greatest response in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Funds raised help local HIV/AIDS service organizations provide programs and services to almost 30,000 Houstonians impacted by the virus. This year, the annual fundraiser will culminate in a free outdoor concert featuring live performances from Houston-based artists. VIP wristbands for the concert will be available to 1,500 Houstonians who take a free HIV test before the walk. Please visit for more information. March 10 th - Join us for Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race - the 46 th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta. Paddlers (ages 12 and up) are encouraged to participate in the 15-mile American Canoe Association sanctioned race along the scenic Buffalo Bayou. Whether you are entering competitively or paddling for pleasure, you won’t want to miss out on this longstanding Houston tradition! Those not wanting to paddle can cheer on racers along the race route or catch the outdoor fun at the finish line festivities at Sesquicentennial Park. The Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta is rain or shine. If cancellation does take place due to severe water or weather conditions, all entry fees will be considered a tax-deductible donation to Buffalo Bayou Partnership and used in our efforts to continue revitalizing the bayou. For more information, visit March 10 th - The NOLA Boil Crawfish Festival. Welcome to a good ol’ Lousiana crawfish boil a popular seafood dish that is enjoyed throughout the southern regions. We are bringing together crawfish enthusiast from all over the world to come celebrate the “Mud Bug”. “Crawfish season” is what they call it and is a time of year loved and shared by many breaking the tails and sucking the heads. We love it! Come hungry and enjoy a variety of live entertainment, dj sets, vendors and OF COURSE CRAWFISH. For more information, visit March 17 th - 59 th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade. Rain or Shine! Parade starts at the Clock Tower at MinuteMaid Park on Texas and goes west-bound. This year’s theme is Houston Strong, Irish Proud. Join us at Lucky’s Pub for the Awards Ceremony and After-Party! The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade has always been a FREE event. The two-hour parade has historically been one of the largest in the U.S. and each year includes over 100 entries to delight the Irish and Irish-at-heart. Our history is a grand one and if you would like to personally support the parade and be a part of the year-round socials and meetings, please become a member of our Irish 100 Club. The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is presented by the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission. For more the parade route or more information, visit March 18 th - Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation is a fundraising bike ride that benefits Houston’s Reforestation Program. The ride will take place Sunday, March 18, 2018. This annual event offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with bike routes winding through Houston’s historic neighborhoods, scenic districts and parks. With three ride length options, the Tour de Houston is the perfect event for leisure riders or cycling enthusiasts. In addition, it is a BP MS 150 recommended training ride. This event begins and ends in Hermann Square at City Hall located at 901 Bagby. Riders and volunteers will enjoy a post-ride party that includes live music, free food and beverages. For more information, visit March 23 rd -March 25 th - It doesn’t matter what your art style is, you are sure to find something you like at The Annual Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park. This fine, juried art festival transforms the 1.1 - mile trail of the park into a one-of-a-kind outdoor gallery. In addition to the extensive selection of art, representing 18 different forms of artistic media, festival goers can also enjoy international food and wine, the Green Mountain Energy Creative Zone offering interactive art activities, daily outdoor performances and more. The Festival celebrates the vitality and diversity of Houston and enriches the city’s arts environment and reputation. Over the past 40+ years, the Bayou City Art Festivals have raised more than $2.6 million for local nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit March 24 th -25 th - In Bloom Music Festival. Previously Free Press Summer Fest, In Bloom Music Festival will take over Eleanor Tinsley Park for two days. For lineup by day and tickets, go to March 26 th -April 1 st - Houston Open. This PGA TOUR event, the 10 th oldest tour event, is Houston’s largest and most prestigious golf event hosting 144 of the world’s best golfers competing for $6M in prize money. Since 1974, Houston Golf Association’s volunteers have generated more than $55.2 million for local worthy causes through the Shell Houston Open and other golfrelated activities. Over 125,000 spectators will enjoy tournament week. For more information, visit 18 March 2018 | Villages of Cypress Lakes Lakeside

For a description of the services provided at Cypress Assistance Ministries, Food Pantry requests and a detailed description of volunteer opportunities, please see our website, INSPIRING HANDS Founded in 2014, Inspiring HANDS, Inc. is a charitable non-profit organization that extends a hand directly to improve the lives of others in need and motivates partnerships within the community to do the same. We are operated solely by volunteers and fully funded by donations. Your participation is vital to the success of our programs. 100% of the proceeds remain in the community to provide direct help to individuals with immediate and special needs. Through our 501(c) 3 status all donations are tax deductible. For more information visit us at VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES CYPRESS ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED When you volunteer you are giving to your community, but did you realize volunteering also benefits you as an individual? CAM volunteers often let us know the fun they are having, the friends they have made and the fulfillment they receive from helping others. Cypress Assistance Ministries is a local non-profit organization serving the Cy-Fair area for over 25 years. CAM offers assistance to those in need by providing financial assistance, food, clothing, employment assistance as well as GED & ESL classes. A huge part of this organization is its volunteers. Currently we are in need of volunteers in many different areas of the ministry. If you would like more information on how to become involved, please contact Tara Rauch at 281-955-7684 or tarar@cypressassistance. org. We look forward to hearing from you! TEXAS WILDLIFE REHABILITATION COALITION, INC VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WILDLIFE ADVOCATES Enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience with wildlife. Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which serves as an emergency care and rehabilitation facility for orphaned, ill and injured native Texas wildlife. Volunteers are welcome in the areas of assisting in the daily functions of the center, assisting with public education programs and wildlife rehabilitation. Located at 10801 Hammerly, Suite 200, the facility is open seven days a week to help wildlife in need. TWRC has a mentor program in place to assist volunteers with “hands on” training for those interested in becoming permitted rehabilitators. We invite you to join our organization in saving Texas wildlife - one animal at a time. Call the center at 713-468-8972 x158 for more information or visit us at www. MEMORIAL HERMANN CYPRESS HOSPITAL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS Memorial Hermann Health System recognizes the vital importance of volunteers and the newly opened Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital is no different. The hospital is now taking applications for its volunteer program. Volunteer tasks range from working at the front desk, to nursing unit assistance, helping discharge patients and much more. Dozens of volunteers have already joined the program, but there are more spots available. Four-hour volunteer shifts are available seven days a week from 5 AM to 9 PM. Adults are asked to complete an application and schedule an interview with the volunteer coordinator. Learn more about volunteering at Memorial Hermann Cypress by visiting locations/cypress/volunteer-at-memorial-hermann-cypress-hospital/. Villages of Cypress Lakes Lakeside | March 2018 19