What’s Up Houston?

By | July 16, 2015

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.)

Please see below the speakers and their topics for the Spring 2024 Session.   

Classes began on Thursday, March 14, and continued on consecutive Thursdays, ending on April 25.

March 14      ELIJAH RISING

 Dawn Gibler, Awareness and Intervention Director, tells us that they are dedicated to lifting the veil of secrecy surrounding the issue of sex trafficking.  She describes the methods they use to expose and combat the problem.

March 21      SETRAC (Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council)

Katherine Samuel, Emergency Management Operations Coordinator, describes their Stop the Bleed program, which aims to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.


Bob Sewell, President, discusses their mission of fostering interest and active participation in the discovery, documentation, and preservation of cultural resources for the Houston metropolitan area and upper Texas Gulf Coast region.


Gerry Aitken, Speakers Bureau, tells us about “lions and tigers and bears – oh my”, and how art reflects our relationship with animals.  We will view the museum’s virtual zoo, in the form of artwork.


Jeffrey Baldwin, Chaplain, explains the mission and services provided by the Center to seafarers coming into the Port of Houston.  Ships are visited daily, including holidays, to assist seafarers.

April 18           ZOE EMPOWERS

Steve Smith, Board of Directors, describes their mission to empower orphaned children and youth-led, vulnerable families to overcome poverty, move beyond charity, and experience meaningful lives.

April 25        KARL BLENCH, Music Conductor, Director, and Lecturer 

Professor Blench, Music Director and Conductor of Symphony North of Houston, and lecturer in Music at Rice University, poses the question “how do you compose and create music without ever having read or written a single note of it”?  He describes his non-traditional method that is accessible to all, and his study of the possible effects of musical creativity on cognitive decline.