St. Martin’s Activity Center Adult Classes

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.

Saturdays, September 8 – October 6
11 a.m. – noon

FEE: $110 per couple

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

Fall Bridge Lessons – Competitive Bidding

With Joyce Ryan

This class covers the information needed when both partnerships are bidding during the auction. Players want to get to the best contract but also want to make it difficult for the opponents to reach their best spot. This class introduces innovative methods of hand valuation and the bids that experts use in competitive situations. Preemptive bids, take out doubles and advances, and overcalls and advances are taught.

Tuesdays, September 4 – October 9
10 a.m. – noon

FEE: $120

For more information, contact Joyce Ryan at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 713-301-0624.

Fall Bridge Lessons – Beginning Bridge

With Joyce Ryan

Never played bridge before? This is the class for you! Have friends who would like to learn the game? Please let them know! This is a great class for people who have never played before or who played decades ago and are ready to begin playing again.

Tuesdays, September 4 – October 9
1 – 3 p.m.

FEE: $120

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Greenlaw Lecture Series – The Earls of Britain

Their Families, Their History, Their Houses
With Barry A. Greenlaw

In the English peerage, the title of Earl is third in rank (after Duke and Marquess) – but in historical terms it is the oldest and most important. The name is derived from an old Norse and Anglo-Saxon term for a powerful governing individual, often second in power only to the king himself. Today there are almost 200 active titled Earls and four Countesses (an Earl’s Consort), and we will consider a number of these earldoms in this course. We will also take into consideration several of the earlier powerful and often, infamous figures of the past whose title reflected their status and authority in the long, colorful history of Britain. A principal part of this course will be the inclusion and discussion of a number of significant and often little-known country houses.

Tuesdays, September 11 – November 20 (no class October 16)
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, September 12 – November 21 (no class October 17)
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

FEE: $200 for entire course ($125 for either half)

To register, click the link below to fill out the form and send, with a check in the proper amount, to Barry A. Greenlaw, P.O. Box 870, Columbus, Texas 78934.

If you have questions or need further information, contact Barry Greenlaw at 713-781-9028 or bagreenlaw@aol.com.

Fall Bridge Workshops – Improving Your Judgment Doubles

With Joyce Ryan

Learn about the classic take out double after an opponent opens and the take out to show a strong overcall; defining takeout or penalty double; advancing the takeout double with the cue bid; the doubler’s rebid and subsequent action; doubler’s rebid, cue bid, and double; the balancing double and advancing the balancing double; and the support double and redouble.

Tuesdays, October 23 – November 13
10 a.m. – noon

FEE: $80

Please contact Joyce Ryan about the book at 713-301-0624 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Fall Bridge Workshops – Beginning Bridge Review

With Joyce Ryan

In this class we will play 8 hands each session, reviewing opening bids and rebids as well as responder bids and rebids. Learn the ranges for minimum, medium and maximum hands, and apply these in bidding and play.

Tuesdays, October 23 – November 13
1 – 3 p.m.

FEE: $80

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Mah Jongg

With Sally Pehr

Come play Mah Jongg! You will learn the basics of this ancient Chinese tile game 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 will be provided.

Tuesdays, November 6 – December 11
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Minimum 4 / maximum 8 participants

FEE: $245

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 session.

For more information, contact Joyce Ryan at 713-301-0624 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.