31 Ways to Support Local, Give Back, Things to Do in June 2020
Hello Woodlands has updated its “31 Things To Do” monthly guide for June in light of COVID-19 to focus on ways to contribute to our community in addition to providing a list of events in The Woodlands area that can be enjoyed while practicing social distancing. Be sure to check back for Hello Woodlands’ updates as Governor Abbott’s as he continues with the phased re-opening plan in Texas. Learn more about Phase 2 of the re-opening here.
In the upcoming days and weeks to come, Hello Woodlands is committed to educating our community on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), sharing important updates on changes in Montgomery County, and sharing ways of how we can work together and serve our community.
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EVENTS & UPDATES
- June 2020 – Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center Programs and Activities – Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center has resumed some classes. Canopy is only reintroducing classes that help reduce stress and anxiety. Classes are limited to 10 participants and RSVP’s are required. Call 713.897.5939 and learn more here.
- June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 – Recorded Storybook Theatre – Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum for video recorded reading with Literacy Specialist Ms. Jan. She will share a special story, sing, and introduce some of her puppet friends. Watch on Facebook Fridays at 11:00 a.m. on the museum’s webpage at https://bit.ly/MissJanReadings, or on its YouTube channel at bit.ly/RecordedReadings.
- June 6, 13, 20, 27 – The Woodlands Farmer’s Market – Located in the Grogan’s Mill Shopping Center, The Woodlands Farmer’s Market is home to vendors offering locally grown produce, grass fed beef, Texas handmade artisan cheeses, goat cheese, sustainably cultivated coffee, local honey, breads & pastries, no sugar-added baked goods, prepared tamales, Indian cuisine & Mediterranean food, gluten-free options, and seasonal products. Learn More
- June 7, 14, 20, 28 – Public Safety Open House – Experience the lights and sirens of public safety equipment! Explore a fire truck, police patrol vehicle, and learn more about National Night Out in several Woodlands villages. Learn More
- June 12 – North Houston Go Red for Women Virtual Luncheon – Join this virtual luncheon to support women for better representation in medical research and equitable access to healthcare and to spread information to women everywhere. Learn More
- June 13 – 2nd Saturday at the Depot Outdoor Movie – Head to the Tomball depot for a movie night under the stars. The movie Dolittle will start at or just after 8:00 pm. Family groups will be required to keep distance between their unit and other familial units. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and snacks and enjoy a FREE night of family fun. Learn More
- June 13 & 14 – HERPS Conroe Exotic Reptile and Pet Show – Buy or browse thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, feeders, and supplies in this two day event. Note there will be many safety protocols in place concerning COVID-19. Learn More
- June 14, 28 – Rayford Sunday Market – Come join the community market with artisan crafters, small businesses, snacks, entertainment, and local companies. Learn More
- June 20 – Bird Days of Summer – This one-day-only Bird Expo features hundreds of birds, cages, toys, food & many other products for sale to the public at discounted and wholesale prices. This year there will be new vendors & breeders, a bigger selection. Learn More
- HEB Wine Walk – [POSTPONED]. Although the event was scheduled for June 4, it has been postponed, new date TBD.
- Waterway Nights – [CANCELLED]. Originally scheduled for the months of May-June, all concerts in this series have been cancelled.
- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – [CANCELLED/RESCHEDULED]. Concerts have been cancelled for June, but be sure to check the website for updates on concerts in the upcoming months here.
- 5th Woodlands Margarita Festival – [POSTPONED]. Originally scheduled for June 27, new date TBD.
- The Woodlands Christian Academy Open House [ONLINE] has been moved to an online virtual tour. View the virtual tour online here.
Visit the Hello Woodlands Calendar for updates on postponed dates, cancelled events, and be sure to stay tuned for more details.
THINGS TO DO
- Find fun painted rocks on the trails. Go out for a walk to find fun and creative painted rocks that local residents have placed on the many trails in the Woodlands. Be sure to check out our finds on Hello Woodlands’ online Facebook gallery “Local Signs of Hope.”
- Ride one of the Township’s new water bikes. The new water bikes are pedal-powered, built for single riders, extremely stable, easy to ride, and are great for ages 10 and up. With cruising speeds of anywhere between zero and six miles per hour, riders can adopt a leisurely pace to soak in the sun and scenery or pedal as hard as their heart’s content for a serious workout. Learn More
- Support local retailers & restaurants as they open – Learn more about local phased restaurant re-openings here.
- Head to the local library – The Montgomery County library has begun its phased re-opening. Learn More
- Relax at The Woodlands Resort – Enjoy a staycation right here in The Woodlands as The Woodlands Resort re-opens with new safety and sanitation protocols. Guests will have access to the Forest Oasis Pool Complex with the 1,005-foot Lazy River; 30-foot waterslide, poolside cabanas, and many other amenities. Learn More
SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS
Doing one of these things will be greatly appreciated by the local business and show your support!
- Support Local Musicians. Glade Arts Foundation has created a way to support full-time professional musicians who have lost their ability to work. You can securely donate through the nonprofit directly here.
- Purchase gift cards online and use later.
- Order to go, takeout or delivery from local restaurants
- Shop online! Support your favorite local retailer, artists, author, musician, etc. buy buying their digital or physical products.
- Continue taking classes by video from your instructor (or buy digital course, FaceTime, Zoom Video Conference, etc.).
- Make a donation, tip or contribution online to show your support.
- Share on social media! Like a local business’s Facebook and Instagram page, subscribe to their YouTube channel, comment on a post, and share a post with your friends.
- Leave an online review. Have a great experience and love their products or services? By adding a positive review on Google or Facebook, you are helping the business potentially gain more customers – and brighten their day!
- Support local musicians, entertainers, and performers by purchasing their merchandise, buying music (songs/albums), streaming music online, and promoting to friends online.
- Event cancelled? Instead of asking for a refund, consider donating the funds to the small business, nonprofit or charity who needs the funds during this time.
- Send an encouraging message, note, email or comment on an online post. Words of kindness and hope during this difficult time is a great way to offer your support.
WAYS TO HELP & GIVE BACK
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits are in need now more than ever. These organizations are working hard to maintain the quality of care they have always provided to our community.
- Volunteer getting groceries for those who are homebound – Find A Helper, a volunteer-based grocery delivery service offered in The Woodlands area, matches volunteers with individuals at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms who are unable to leave their homes. Learn More
- Habitat for Humanity – Your donation will provide much needed hope and security for future Habitat homeowners. With the cancellation of its largest fundraiser, this organization needs your help. Donate here
- Donate blood – The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is hosting several local mobile blood drives in June. Find a location near you here.
- Interfaith of The Woodlands – Make a donation online to enable Interfaith to purchase specific and essential foods, toiletries and paper goods in bulk from local grocery stores and The Food Bank. You can also visit the newly reopened Hand Me Up Shop, located at 536 Sawdust Rd, to purchase gently used goods. All proceeds generated from the shop benefit Interfaith’s Programs and Services. Donate here
- Montgomery County Food Bank – People affected by workplace and school closures, people unable to leave their homes, and neighbors who are experiencing reduced hours at work all look to MCFB for their next meal. Visit the MCFB Virtual Food Drive here
- Meals on Wheels Montgomery County – MOWMC continues to serve seniors in need and is working with local and state officials to modify services according to the latest guidelines while keeping homebound seniors safe and nourished. Learn More
- Compassion United – Compassion United helps the homeless, poor, youth and addicted in Conroe Texas. Have cases of water, toilet paper, Clorox wipes or cleaning wipes/sprays? Contact Terri Watt at email@example.com or call (936) 274-3799 ex 702 for drop off times and donation locations. Learn more
- Abundant Harvest – Do you have soap, paper towels, Clorox wipes? Peanut butter, canned food, or other food you can share? Can you give financially for resources from the food bank and local partners? With their new kitchen, Abundant Harvest is ready to help our community and help us feed, nourish, and transform the community. Make a Donation and learn more here.
- Animal Shelters – There still is a great need to re-home animals (by adoption or foster). Find out how at Montgomery County Animal Shelter here and Operation Pets Alive here.
- Write a note thanking health care professionals or first responders, or write a note to a senior. Learn more about the Pen Pal with a Senior program which connects seniors to the community here.
- Check on your neighbors! Does a neighbor need groceries, supplies, healthcare, or a friend? Find ways to help in your own neighborhood and how you can help your fellow neighbor.
- Call a friend! Think physical distancing – not social distancing. Check on a friend, family member, neighbor and people in your community.
- Purchase a ticket to a future event hosted by a local nonprofit, like the Night of Hope by Love Fosters Hope on August 22, or local concert, workshop, race, or activity that supports your community.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about updated events and more ways we can share about helping our community, supporting local businesses, and things to do in The Woodlands and Montgomery County.
Thank you for your support!