St. Martin’s Activity Center Adult Classes

Fall Bridge Lessons

Bring your bridge club and sharpen everyone’s playing skills, or start a beginner bridge club and come to the Activity Center for instruction. Choose the class that most fits your playing level.

Tuesdays, September 12 – October 24 (no class October 17)

Competitive Bidding
10 a.m. – noon
Competitive bidding covers the information needed when both partnerships are bidding during the auction.

Beginning Bridge
1 – 3 p.m.
Never played bridge before? Did you play bridge 20 or 30 years ago and want to learn modern methods of bidding and hand evaluation? This is the class for you!

FEE: $120 for each class

Books are available from the instructor. 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, October 23 – December 4 (no class November 13)
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (minimum 4 / maximum 8)

FEE: $275

November Bridge Workshops

With Joyce Ryan

Our outstanding bridge instructor, Joyce Ryan, will continue offering specialized bridge courses.

Tuesdays, October 31 – November 21

Popular Conventions
10 a.m. – noon
Learn about Stayman, Transfers, Strong Opening Bids of 2 Clubs and 2NT and responsers, Slam Bidding in suits and no trump with Gerber, Blackwood, and Roman Key Card Blackwood.

Beginning Bridge Review
1 – 3 p.m.
This class is designed for players who know how to play bridge but want to modernize bids and responses to conform to contemporary bidding.

FEE: $80 for each course

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

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.

Mondays
1 – 4 p.m.

FEE: $10 per class

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). Please bring your own partner; there are no walk-ins or pairing up in class.

11 a.m. – noon

Session 1
Saturdays, September 9 – October 7

Session 2
Saturdays, October 14 – November 11

FEE: $110 per couple per session.

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

Greenlaw Lecture Series – Breaking News in 18th Century Europe

With Barry A. Greenlaw

The 18th century was a time of travel in Europe. The major wars of Louis XIV ended with his death, and Napoleon’s rise was far in the distance. While periodic conflicts took place between the Great Powers, for the most part, the major cities were open to visitors. Travelers flocked to see the new sights and to attend and participate in the numerous civic and religious festivals which transformed city squares and internal spaces. These festivals were enlivened further by specially composed music and spectacular fireworks.

September 12/13 – November 21/22 (no class October 17/18)

•  Tuesday mornings, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

•  Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

•  Wednesday mornings, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

FEE: $200 ($125 for half of the course)

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