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What’s Up Houston?

Houston is an utterly amazing place brimming with unique organizations, things to do and places to visit. This series of classes features guest speakers who tell us about these organizations, events and fun and educational places we can visit with possible volunteer opportunities.

This class meets from 10 am until 11 am on the Thursdays
(when LEOH is in session.)

Here is the schedule for our 2019 Fall Session:

September 19:
Justin Riley, CEM, Senior Public Safety Planner, Houston-Galveston Area Council, discusses Homeland Security and Emergency Management planning and includes First Responders and disasters of any kind.

September 26:
Beth Wiedower Jackson, Executive Director, Astrodome Conservancy,
tells us about the efforts of the Conservancy to promote the Astrodome’s legacy and to preserve, re-purpose and develop it for future use.

October 3:
Courtney Crappell, DMA,  Director, Moores School of Music and associate professor, University of Houston, presents the many areas of the School, symphony orchestra, opera, piano, etc, which enrich Houston’s culture.

October 10:
Judge Ed Emmett, Senior Fellow, Kinder Institute, and Professor in the Practice, Rice University, reflects on his years as County Judge of Harris County and his current focus on public policy at Rice.

October 17:
Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, Executive Director, Jung Center, compares the terms “spiritual” and “religious” and those  who use them to describe themselves.   

October 24:
Lisa Kasianowitz, Outreach Manager, Houston Parks Board, describes “Bayou Greenways 2020,” a public-private partnership for creating a continuous park system along Houston’s major waterway.

October 31:
Jim Robinson,  Board First Vice-Chair, METRO, discusses METROnext, the present and future plans for developing public transportation in the greater Houston area.

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge

Do you know the dealer from the dummy?
A slam from a trick?

LEOH offers TWO Bridge classes:

A Social Bridge Class that meets from 12:45 until 3:00 pm on the Thursdays when LEOH is in session. In this class, there are tables for intermediate-level players as well as tables for beginners giving you a chance to learn the game you    always wanted to                    in a fun atmosphere. 

LEOH also offers a Year-Round Bridge Class which meets on Thursday  afternoons from 12:45 until 4 pm even when LEOH is not in Session. This class is for those of you who are experienced and dedicated players!

Field Trips

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  • Ever petted a wolf? Fed a giraffe? Volunteered in a soup kitchen?
  • Toured a nuclear power plant?
  • Looked behind the scenes at the Alley Theater?
  • Ridden a boat down Buffalo Bayou?
  • Been to Washington-on-the-Brazos, the Painted Churches?
  • Taken a “duck” tour of Galveston?
  • Visited our local Air Coast Guard facility?l7

Every month, year round, LEOH offers fieldtrips to its members. The trips are usually all-day excursions to two or three sites in the greater Houston area plus a stop for lunch. We have also had one day trips out of town to places such as Austin, San Antonio and Nacogdoches.

Costs vary depending upon admission fees, etc.

Watch this page or go to “LEOH Updates” since trips are usually announced one month in advance.

Add your name to LEOH’s email list to receive trip information as it becomes available.

Trip Dates -Fall 2019                                                                                                                                                          
December 19 – Thursday

Pictures from 2019 Trips are below,                beginning with the most recent.      

November 26, 2019                                                                Galveston:  Harbor Boat Tour/Dolphin Watch;            Guided bus tour of historic buildings, tree sculptures from trees killed by Hurricane Ike                                                                                                                        Many dolphins were sighted on the boat tour, along with curious pelicans and seagulls.  Following our pleasant time on the water, then lunch, we enjoyed a guided tour by bus of the numerous historical landmarks around town, including tree sculptures and beautifully restored homes.   

October 18, 2019                                                                Froberg’s Farm in Alvin;                                                        Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe                                                                                                                                Froberg’s Farm provides fresh produce, particularly strawberries when in season, and many other products.  Greik’s Smokehouse is right next door.  We then enjoyed a tour of Haak winery, followed by a delicious wine-tasting while viewing their beautiful grounds and vineyard.  The weather was perfect for both adventures!                                                     

September 17, 2019                                                      Danish Heritage Museum in Danevang, TX,                  and the Houston Southwest Police Station                                                                                                                            After a brief stop at the Danevang Lutheran Church to learn about the history of the community and church, we visited the museum and also enjoyed a traditional Danish meal.  Danevang is a small farming community founded in the 1890’s by Danish immigrants.  Our last stop of the day was at the new police station in SW Houston; a beautiful facility.   

August 21, 2019                                                                          Waste Management Recycling Center,                              Christ Church Cathedral,                                                   and the Buffalo Bayou Cistern                                                                                                                                                        Learn about the do’s and don’ts of recycling, at the Waste Management Recycling Center on Gasmer.  Examples of creative and artful recycling (below) are a wall mural of corks, and a chair made from a cabinet.  The beautiful Christ Church Cathedral on Texas Ave.was the first church in Houston, founded in 1839.  Enjoy lunch at Treebeards at the Cloister.  The underground Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, supported by 221 25-ft tall concrete columns, was built in 1926 as a water reservoir for drinking and fire suppression.  Nowadays, enjoy a tour, including periodic art installations.

July 18, 2019
Houston Maritime Museum,
St. Arnold’s Brewing Company,                                            and Czech Center Museum                                                                                                                                                               
At the Maritime Museum, we saw many ship models and navigation instruments, dating from the earliest eras of seafaring.  We then enjoyed lunch and a brewery tour at St. Arnold’s.  The Czech Center Museum contains many beautiful items, including crystal, paintings, and pottery.                                                                      

 

 

 

June 28, 2019
Miller Outdoor Theater  A Night at the Symphony                                                                                                         
Following dinner, it was a perfect night to enjoy an outdoor concert.

May 22, 2019
George H.W. Bush Library
and Museum                                                                                                                                  The Library and Museum contain many historical and family memorabilia, giving us a fascinating look at his life and legacy.  The grave site is in a beautiful, secluded garden-like area  behind the main building.

April 16, 2019
Port of Houston Boat Tour
and Smither Park                                                                                                                                                                               
We saw many huge ships as we made our way down the ship channel, as we learned about the variety of cargo the port handles.  Smither Park has many beautiful mosaic art pieces crafted by a variety of artists.

 

 

 

 

March 13, 2019
Lone Star Flight Museum
and Butler Longhorn Museum                                                                                                                                                           
We saw and heard about many beautiful and innovative aircraft, from previous eras, including wartime, to the present.   Next, we learned about the history of the Texas Longhorn, and saw many examples of horns at the museum.

 February 12, 2019                                                                     Prairie View A&M University                                                                                                                                                              Senior Project Manager Blaine Kemendo acted as our tour guide.  Part of our tour included the Fabrication Bldg, which included 3-D printers;            a library tour from librarian Kimberly Gay;                    and a baby goat encounter!

Below are pictures from 2018 trips,                    beginning with the most recent

November 29, 2018                                                            Goya Foods in Brookshire,                                Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum                                                                                                                                                    We enjoyed a fascinating and educational tour of the Goya plant.  Suiting up  in sterile coats, masks, and hard hats was worth a picture; however, picture-taking was not allowed! We left with free Goya products – yum!  Following lunch at Carrabbas, we toured the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, where we saw many beautiful ethnographic art pieces.  The outside wall mural by a local artist was beautiful as well.

October 6, 2018                                                                          The Greek Festival in Houston                                                                                                                                                       This annual event is always a lot of fun.  We enjoyed touring the newly renovated and beautiful cathedral, having a delicious Greek-style lunch, and clapping for the performers who  entertained everyone with authentic Greek dances.

 

 

September 7, 2018                                                      Tomball, to visit Arbor Gate,                                                  and Three Dimensional Visions                                                                                                                                                     Arbor Gate is a beautifully landscaped treasure trove of plants and yard art to choose from.  Next, we enjoyed lunch at Goodson’s Cafe, which touts the best chicken fried steak in Texas.  Most would agree.  Our last stop was Three Dimensional Visions, where we watched glassblowing artisans                     at their craft.

August 14, 2018                                                                     The Houston Fire Museum;                                           The Houston Museum of Natural Science                                                                                                                            The Fire Museum in downtown Houston was built in 1899, and was originally Fire Station #7.  We enjoyed a tour as well as views of an original pumper truck and a 1937  Chevy fire engine.  Following lunch at Bodegas Taco Shop, we enjoyed a planetarium film at the Museum of Natural Science.  Afterward, we perused the museum and gift shop, as well as the beautiful landscaping near the museum entrance.

 

June 15, 2018                                                                Galveston:  Duck Boat Tour; Pirates                                Exhibit; and Haunted Mayfield Manor                                                                                                                                    The Duck Boat tour began on the seawall, and took us first on a dry land tour of interesting sites in town,  then a water adventure in Offats Bayou.  After lunch at BLVD Seafood, we visited an exhibit at Pirates!  Legends of the Gulf Coast, where we learned that pirate Jean Lafitte enjoyed spending time in Galveston.  Our guide in pirate garb also told us many interesting things about what life was like for a seafarer and pirate a few centuries ago.  Our last stop was next door at the Haunted Mayfield Manor, so named because  it served as a temporary morgue following the Great Storm of 1900. 

 

April 1, 2018                                                                                  Brenham area:                                                                        The Monastery of St. Clare Miniature Horse Farm;    Antique Rose Emporium; and Peeka Ranch                                                                                                                            We enjoyed seeing several miniature horses at the monastery.  Then we traveled to the Antique Rose Emporium, where there were many beautiful flowers to admire (and buy).  Following lunch at Must be Heaven, we toured the Peeka Ranch, home to many gentle and friendly alpacas.  They are raised for their wool, and had been shorn prior to our visit.

In 2018, LEOH Members visited the Raindrop Turkish Center and saw a demonstration of water marbling painting.  

In a previous year, LEOH members visited several of the famous Painted Churches in Texas as well as stopped at the Shiner Brewery!

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IN A PREVIOUS YEAR, LEOH members visited Newmans Castle near Bellville, TX, the Blue Heron (Goat) Farm in Field Store, TX  and the outdoor art sculptures at the University of Houston. 

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Watercolor Painting

Yes, at LEOH you can even dabble in the arts!

We are pleased to have Marie Schaer return as our Watercolor Painting Instructor for the 2019 Fall Session.  Ms. Schaer, an award-winning watercolorist, studied at the Glassell School of Art under Arthur Turner and obtained her Certificate of Completion in 1980. She has experience in a wide range of media, including approximately seventeen years in watercolor. She served as Committee Chair for the Watercolor Art Society – Houston (WAS-H) website in 2015.

 

She has won awards in WAS-H shows and one of her paintings was included in the Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas 2018 show at the Williams Tower.  Two examples of her watercolor paintings are shown here.

This class meets from 1 pm until about 3:00 pm on the Thursdays (when LEOH is in session).

Since this class does provide a professional teacher who provides individual instruction, an additional fee of $40 is charged at the time of registration.

Town Hall

This series of classes features speakers who will keep you informed about a myriad of things happening in our world community. The scope of the topics will interest and amaze you—from government leaders to astronomy; from travel opportunities to how to cope with Medicare; from performers from the Houston Grand Opera to DNA; from religious tolerance to healthy aging.

Yes…you will find these speakers truly spellbinding. 

This class meets from 11 am until 12 noon on the Thursdays
(when LEOH is in session)

2019 Fall Town Hall schedule:

September 19 – Sustainability at the University of Houston

Michael C Mendoza, UH Sustainability Manager 

September 26   Legacy of the Early Gulf Coast Cowboys

Tom Linton, Author

October 3    Houston’s Climate Plan and Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Dorothy (Dori) M Wolfe, Owner, Wolfe Energy, LLC

October 10     Hilton Hotel and Restaurant Management Course
at the University of Houston

Mandy Anderson, Director of Recruiting and Enrollment at UH

October 17     All  About Vitamins

Gary Cheema, PharmD, Pharmacist and Owner, Medic Pharmacy

October 24    Houston Climate Protection Alliance

Timothy  (Tim) A Mock, Co-Founder, Co-Chair,Houston Climate
Protection Alliance

October 31    Coming to Terms with Thomas Jefferson

John B Boles, PhD, William P Professor of History, Rice University