ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
Lone Star College-North Harris
Lone Star College-North Harris, Community Education Building, located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Dr., will hold a Open House from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 18. Meet the instructors, visit with other members, get a new catalog and parking permits and register for membership and classes. The Academy for Lifelong Learning provides free classes and social opportunities for senior adults 50 and older. Membership is just $20/year for LSC-North Harris and LSC-Victory Center. Information: 281-765-7947, lonestar.edu/all.
FREE INTRODUCTION TO MODERN SQUARE DANCING
Memorial Drive Lutheran Church
Healthy, social fun, square dancing is friendship set to music. Fairbees Square Dance Club welcomes the community to experience the fun and fellowship of Square Dancing at a free fun night on Jan. 18, from 7- 8 p.m. No prior dance experience needed, no partner required, older children and teenagers welcome. Classes are held at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church, in the fellowship hall, 12211 Memorial Dr. (77024). Park rear of church. Information: 713-957-2762, 281-495-2397.
Aldine Library, 11331 Airline Dr., will hold their open house from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 19. There will be games and prizes for kids, representatives from organizations and businesses around the community, and examples of some of the digital offerings on display. There will also be food and a book sale. Information: 832-927-5410.
The Book Scene
Local author Lucien J. Arceneaux III will sign his book, Adventures in Dating! at The Book Scene, from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Join in the fun, food and prizes. The Book Scene is located at 1820 W. 43rd St. Information: 713-869-6117.
ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
Lone Star College-Victory Center
The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Lone Star College-Victory Center, 4141 Victory Dr., will hold an Open House from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 25. The Academy for Lifelong Learning is a membership community that offers free and low-cost classes, events and activities for adults age 50 and older. Choose from technology, health and wellness, financial planning, community service projects, literary discussion groups, genealogy, arts and crafts and more. Information: 281-810-5680, www.lonestar.edu/all.htm.
GHACC ECONOMIC FORECAST LUNCHEON
Reserve a table and invite your clients to this valuable luncheon. Hear from one of the Nation’s leading economists about the economic outlook for Houston, our state, our nation and our world. Dr. Gilmer will discuss business, employment, interest rates, energy and real estate. The luncheon will be at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel, 3000 N. Loop West, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 25. To purchase tickets or to sponsor, call 713-861-6735 or heightschamber.org.
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES CONFERENCE AND FAIR
Family to Family Network
Save the date. The Success for Children with Disabilities 13th Annual Conference and Resource Fair, hosted by Family to Family Network and Region 4, will be held Jan. 27, at Houston Community College Northwest – Spring Branch Campus, 1010 Sam Houston Pkwy. The conference is 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and the resource fair is from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Information: familytofamilynetwork.org.
WITNESS AMERICANA – THE ART OF BBQTACOS
Mixed?-media artist, BBQTacos, will host his first public solo art exhibition ?Americana, at the EaDo Workspaces, 3420 Rusk, from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 27. This series of prints and painting brings the artist’s childhood curiosity right up to the complex face of the American spirit. The event will feature complimentary beverages, DJ, food truck and of course, art. Free admission. Information: 225-281-0168, www.dizzyarts.net.
COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Belmont Village Senior Living
Kick off the New Year by giving back. Belmont Village Senior Living, 7667 Woodway Dr., will hold a life-saving blood drive from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 29. Local sponsor, Whole Foods, will provide treats to donors. No appointments necessary, but quick and easy scheduling is available online at giveblood.org. Enter group code: B667. Information: 713-781-1505.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST/SILENT AUCTION
Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet
One of the community’s most popular traditions and annual gatherings returns for the 24th year when the Garden Oaks Montessori Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction serves up thousands of pancakes from 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the HISD magnet school, 901 Sue Barnett Dr. To underwrite a portion of the annual breakfast or to donate auction items, please contact Silent Auction Coordinator Mandy Leal at email@example.com. Information: 713-696-2930.
COUNTRY BREAKFASTS WITH DR. RED DUKE
Houston Assembly of Delphian Chapters
Dr. Bryant Boutwell returns to the Houston Assembly of Delphians’ Speaker Series with a sneak peek at his new biography on the life of Dr. Red Duke, scheduled for release this summer. This event will be held at the West University Community Center, 6104 Auden St., from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 3, and is open to the community. A lifelong author and historian, Boutwell spent the last year of Red Duke’s life having breakfast with him on weekends to collect his life story. Information: 713-468-3749.
THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West, presents the regional premiere of Donald Margulies’ The Country House, a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each other’s lives. The show runs through Feb. 3, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays, at 3 p.m. (January 21 and 28, only). Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $16 adults, $13 students and seniors, and $13 Sunday matinees. Information: theatresuburbia.org, 713-682-3525.
FIGHT MEDICARE FRAUD
Better Business Bureau Education Foundation
Jennifer Salazar, Texas SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) Director, a program offered by the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation is holding free training from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 7. This class is for individuals 55 and older who are interested in learning how they can join the fight against Medicare Fraud by becoming a volunteer with the SMP Program. The training will be held at the Mangum Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road, 77038. Lunch is included. For reservations or questions, call MaryAnn Kelley at 713-595-8195.
HAPPENINGS ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN WRITER’S GROUP
Adolf Hoepfl Garage
Have you written something you would like to see published? Have you written something you like to share with a small group of experienced writers? Join the writer’s group. All ages are welcome. Meetings are the first Thursdays of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The next meeting will be Feb. 9. Meetings are in the Liberty Room of Adolf Hoepfl Garage, 4610 N. Shepherd Dr. For information and guidelines for reading your work, email Kathryn van der Pol at Kathryn@adolfhoepfl.com.
Winter Street Studios
The Center for Success and Independence, a non-profit founded by long-time Heights residents, Dr. Marylou Erbland and Robert Woods, is hosting the annual gala, Bejeweled 2018, Feb. 10. The proceeds from the gala will fund scholarships for teens and their families who are unable to afford treatment at the Center. The gala will be 7 p.m. Feb. 10, at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street. Tickets are $100. Sponsorships are available. Information: http://tcsi.org/donate/bejeweled-2018/.
MAKING OF AMERICA BOOK CLUB
Adolf Hoepfl Garage
The Making of America Book Club is starting a new book beginning Jan. 11. If you enjoy American history and the people who shaped it, this is an opportunity to meet with other like-minded readers. We will be reading Constitutional Sound Bites, America’s Founding Documents and First Principles in a 21st Century Presentation by David Shestokas. Meetings are 6:30 p.m., the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month in the Liberty Room at Adolf Hoepfl Garage, 4610 N. Shepherd Dr. Information: Kathryn@adolfhoepfl.com, 713-516-4282.