St. Martin’s Activity Center Adult Classes

Supervised Bridge Play

With Joyce Ryan

Our outstanding bridge instructor, Joyce Ryan, will continue conducting an ongoing supervised play session. This is the perfect class for those who already play bridge, but would like a little help sharpening their skills.

1 – 4 p.m.

FEE: $10 per session.

For more information, contact Joyce Ryan at 713-977-3360 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Beginner Ballroom Dance Classes

With John Williamson

Couples can learn how to navigate the dance floor with ease and skill for the five most popular dances, including the waltz, rumba, foxtrot, swing and cha cha. Participants will learn the basic steps plus leading and following in these five dances. Each couple will receive their own dance chart as well as emailed notes on every step taught (man’s part and lady’s part).

11 a.m. – noon

Session 1:   February 4 – March 4 (closed)
Session 2:   March 11 – April 8
Session 3:  April 22 – May 20

FEE: $110 per couple

Please register separately for each session and bring your own dance partner as there are no walk-ins or pairing up in class.

For more information, contact John Williamson at 713-825-5365 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Bridge Workshops – Advancing Player One, Modern No Trump Bidding and Bidding Review

Advancing Player One
Mondays, March 27 – April 24 (no class April 17)
10 a.m. – noon
This class focuses on review of bidding, play of the hand and defense. Participants play eight hands each session while receiving tips on bidding, play of the hand and defense.

Modern No Trump Bidding
Tuesdays, March 28 – April 25 (no class April 18)
10 a.m. – noon
Learn and review ranges and responses to reaching no trump games, Stayman, transfers and reaching no trump slams.

Bidding Review
Tuesdays, March 28 – April 25 (no class April 18)
1 – 3 p.m.
This class designed for players who know how to play bridge but want to modernize bids and responses to conform to contemporary bidding.

FEE: $80 per class

Please contact the instructor about the class instruction book. For more information, contact instructor Joyce Ryan at 713-977-3360 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Mah Jongg Lessons

With Sally Pehr

Learn the basics of this ancient Chinese tile game from instructor Sally Pehr that combines skill and luck. Please bring a current official Standard Hands and Rule card if you have one – or you can buy one from Sally on the first day of class. Mah Jongg sets are provided.

Mondays, May 1 – 22  
10 a.m. – noon (minimum 4 / maximum 8 participants)

FEE: St. Martin’s member – $160 / Non-church member – $180

Barry Greenlaw Lecture Series – Tamburlaine’s Legacy
The Ottoman Empire and Europe

The Ottoman Army was the largest in Europe, its Navy ruled the shipping lanes of the Eastern Mediterranean and its capital Istanbul was five times the size of Paris. In the words of a 17th century historian, the Ottomans accept “no other limits than the uttermost bounds of the earth,” and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V ranked the Ottoman Turks as a far greater threat to Christianity than Martin Luther. But if the Ottomans and its Emperors were dangerous threats, they were equally the object of admiration and fantasy, and Europeans found themselves eager to establish trading and diplomatic relations. This 10-week course will examine the Ottoman Empire from its origin in the 13th century through its destruction on the battlefields of the First World War, an event which gave birth to much of the unstable Middle East of today.

February 14/15 – April 25/26

  • Tuesday mornings, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday mornings, 9:30 – 11:30a.m.

Full course fee: $200 / Half course fee: $125

If you have questions or need further information, please call Barry Greenlaw at 713-781-9028 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required.