St. Martin’s Activity Center Adult Classes

Registration for Spring classes begins Monday, November 27.

January Bridge Workshops

With Joyce Ryan

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

Tuesdays, January 2 – 23

Improving Your Judgment: Opening the Bid
10 a.m. – noon
This class covers: opening bids at the first and second seat using additional guidelines; opening the bidding in the third and fourth seats with borderline hands; responding to bids in the third and fourth chairs; learning about Obstructive opening bids using guidelines of 500; and more.

Play of the Hand
1 – 3 p.m.
This class focuses on play techniques including counting loser/winners, promotion, long-suit development, finesses, trump management, managing entries and more. Basic bidding is also reviewed, including opening bids of no trump, major suits and minor suits as well as introducing overcalls and take out doubles.

FEE: $80 for each course

Books are available from the instructor. For more information, contact instructor Joyce Ryan at 713-977-3360 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Spring Bridge Lessons

With Joyce Ryan

Mondays, February 6 – March 13

Beginning Bridge
10 a.m. – noon
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! Have friends who would like to learn the game? Please let them know!

Competitive Bidding
1 – 3 p.m.
Competitive bidding covers the information needed when both partnerships are bidding during the auction. This class introduces innovative methods of hand valuation and the bids that experts use in competitive situations. Preemptive bids at the 2 and 3 level and responses, take out doubles and advances, and overcalls and advances are taught.

FEE: $120 for each course

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

May Bridge Workshops

With Joyce Ryan

Tuesdays, May 1 – 22

Bidding Review
10 a.m. – noon
This class is designed for players who know how to play bridge but want to modernize bids and responses to conform to contemporary bidding. Players will use current techniques for counting points for opening the bidding and raising partner’s suit, and also review requirements for overcalls, take out doubles and the advancer’s ranges.

Modern No Trump Bidding
1 – 3 p.m.
Players will learn and review ranges and responses to reaching no trump games, Stayman, transfers and reaching no trump slams.

FEE: $80 per course

For more information, contact Joyce Ryan at 713-977-3360 oremail 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, January 22 – February 19   
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (minimum 4 / maximum 8 participants)

FEE: St. Martin’s member – $230

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 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 – Great Art Museums of the World

With Barry A. Greenlaw

In this age of easy and accessible travel and leisure time, the world’s top museums have become destinations in themselves, with huge crowds descending on the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Tate Modern in London. The collections (and the hype) attract millions each year, but how many of these visitors know the (often) long and involved history of the galleries themselves, which in most cases stretch back centuries to their founding.

February 20/21 – May 1/2 (no class April 2/3)

•  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.