As the Lifestyle Director at The Groves, my role is to connect the community through events, entertainment and interaction that brings the neighborhood closer together. I am proud to work for The Groves to build this amazing community by creating unique events and entertainment that truly allow our residents to benefit from “getting outside!”According to a 2018 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, less than one-third of Americans say they know all or most of their neighbors. We are aiming to change those numbers within The Groves by hosting fun events to encourage community interaction.
At The Groves, we plan 3-4 events per week to enrich both our neighborhood, as well as the greater Houston community. Examples of events include:
- Blood drives with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Bank
- Farmer’s market with local vendors to provide fresh food options
- Wine Tours and private tastings at local wineries
- Beer & Cheer on The Lawn
- “Recycle and Regenerate” for recycling electronics, clothes, shoes and toys.
- “Groves 101” events for new residents to learn more about their Home Owners Association and get to know others that are new to the neighborhood.
- “Coffee with the Cops” is held every quarter with our local constable to make sure our residents feel safe in their homes by getting to know local police officers.
We take advantage of our outdoor amenities by planning events that maximize our pool, splash pad, fire pit, great lawn, miles of walking trails, yard games and outdoor amenity center with concerts, movie nights, stargazing, fireside chats with s’mores, cookoffs, group yoga, running clubs and more! We also encourage residents to get outside – outside of the neighborhood. Four times a year, The Groves coordinates field trips such as winery tours, festivals and casino trips.Residents often get in touch regarding feedback and ideas for future events, and we love that some of our neighbors have taken the initiative to create events with each other, such as creating their own cooking teams.
One of most rewarding parts of my job is creating relationships with our residents. I love getting to know them because they are the lifeline to the community, and together, we have created a special sense of community unique to The Groves.
Canopy At The Groves, coming early 2020, will feature its very own exclusive Lifestyle Program.
The Toll Brothers’ gated section will feature a ‘Beer Garden’ type Park festoon lighting and seating for residents to enjoy while mingling and imbibing. Residents will also enjoy an open lawn, hammocks, a ping-pong table, cornhole boards, Adirondack chairs, and a ‘Root Beer Garden’ seating area for the little residents. Residents within the Toll Brothers community will also relish exclusive, quarterly lifestyle events planned solely for them by The Groves full-time Lifestyle Director, such as craft beer tasting, premier wine tasting, and root beer floats for the kids and kid-at-heart adults.
Mallory Collins is a Sam Houston State University graduate who has focused her career within the marketing and event planning world. Starting in college with a magazine and marketing for a few small businesses, she quickly realized her passion for planning and communicating. She previously worked as a Communications Manager at a private country club in River Oaks before joining the CCMC team as a Lifestyle Associate. She was quickly promoted to her current role as Lifestyle Director at The Groves, where she dedicates her time to creating a lifestyle program that will thrive for years to come.