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Posts published in January 2002

North Harris College announces Black History Month celebrations

North Harris College and North Harris College’s George Washington Carver Center will celebrate Black History Month with a wide variety of activites that are free to the public.

Feb. 1: Soweto Sunrise by the Kuumba House Dance Troupe. A program of African dance, 7 p.m., NHC’s Performing Arts Theater.

Feb. 6: Anecdotes from Travels Home by Evelyn Hubbard, District Sales Manager for Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing and Proprietor Third Imports and Tours. Presentation and an exhibit of African art and artifacts, including antique African bronze and wood carvings, 1 to 2 p.m., NHC Performing Arts Theater.

Feb. 8: Observing the Past and Building the Future – A Night to Remember, 7 to 9 p.m., North Harris College Carver Center commons area. The evening will feature speakers, jazz music, and a showcase of area restaurants providing guests with a “Taste of Acres Homes.” Speakers will be Dr. Cherry Ross-Gooden, a motivational speaker presenting The Heritage of the African-American Family and Terry Egans, author of The Process of Elimination: Your Roadmap to Attracting the Mate you Truly Desire.

Seven restaurants in Acres Homes including Burn’s Bar-B-Que, Chi Chi’s Soul Food, Howard Johnson’s Catering, William’s Smokehouse, Moma’s Soul Food, Yo Papa’s Bar-B-Que and Cajun Town are providing a sampling of their menus for guests to enjoy.
Feb. 12: Women in the Civil Rights Movement by Kathy Culmer, Raconteur, noon to 1 p.m., NHC’s Academic Building, room A-126.

Feb. 15: Texas Southern University Jazz Band Concert, Howard Harris conducting, noon to 1 p.m., North Harris Montgomery Community College District office, Room 204.

Feb. 19: Soul Food Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to noon, NHC South Dining Hall.

Feb. 19: From Immigrant/International Scholar to College President: A Personal Odyssey, Dr. David Sam, President, North Harris College, noon to 1 p.m., NHC’s South Dining Hall.

Feb. 22: Some Debts I Owe: A Repertoire of Favored Songs, Poems and Stories, by Dr. Velma Smith, Professor of English, noon to 1 p.m., North Harris Montgomery Community College District office, Room 204.

For more information about any of the NHC Black History Month events, please call Linda Mark at 281-618-7149 or Anne Swint at 281-765-7836.
North Harris College is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one mile south of FM 1960, between Aldine Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281-618-5400 or send e-mail to: nhc.startcollege@nhmccd.edu

North Harris Montgomery Community College District, the fourth largest community college district in Texas, comprises North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College, Montgomery College, five satellite centers and The University Center.

Liquid Architecture opening January 24 at Northline Mall

Houston Community College-Northeast will host a reception honoring the artists and officially opening the Liquid Architecture exhibit on Thursday, January 24.

Open to the public, the reception will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the HCC-NE Northline Art Gallery at 410 Northline Mall.

Created by Darryl Lauster, gallery director of the Northline Art Gallery, Liquid Architecture is a mixed media collaborative installation created by Hans Staartjes and H. J. Bott. It is funded through the generosity of Joan Morgenstern, a grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County and Mayor Lee Brown through the mayor’s City Initiative Mini Grant Program. The exhibit will consist of a central installation by renowned sculptor Bott demonstrating the principles of linear perspective, using a darkened interactive chamber to reference mathematical, spatial and geometric illusions contrasted by Staartjes’ large scale digital photographs adorning the surrounding walls.

“An internationally recognized Dutch photographer, Staartjes will display abstract images to provide the mythical counterpoint to Bott’s precision, connoting sails and seemingly ethereal organic forms,” explained Lauster.

The exhibit will run from January 24 through May 4, 2002, becoming a major participant in Fotofest 2002, the ninth International Month of Photography taking place throughout the city of Houston from March 1 to April 1.

For more information about Liquid Architecture or the HCC-NE Northline Art Gallery, call 713-718-8089.

Aldine Middle School band receives grant

The Aldine Middle School band recently received a grant totaling $7,200. The money purchased 11 new instruments. The grant is from the Mr. Holland Opus Foundation that is made possible by Old Navy.

Pictured from left to right with the new instruments are Kayla Garza, Miguel Gutierrez and Mr. Paul Nunn, Band Director at Aldine Middle School.

LOTC Cadets shine at skills competition

Aldine Middle School LOTC cadets recently competed in a skills competition.

They were awarded the following:

1st Place Overall
1st Place Step-team
1st Place Armed Personnel Inspection
1st Armed Regulation Drill
1st Place Unarmed Personnel Inspection
1st Place Unarmed Regulation Drill
1st Place Unarmed Exhibition Drill
1st Place Color-guard
1st Place Knockout Drill-Robert Embody
1st Place Tandem Drill-Justin Carter and Robert Embody
1st Place Male Pushups-Daniel Arroyo
2nd Place Female Setups-Rene Uriostegui
3rd Place Female Setups-Martha Monsivais

LOTC Sponsors at Aldine Middle School are Gunnery Sgt. John Peoples and Petty Officer Clyde Nelms.
Pictured from left to right: Back Row: Justin Carter, Javier Perez, Anna Nunez, James Vigil, Domianque Maxwell, Anun Rasbi, Natasha Cosine, Rene Uriostegul, Sophia Deleon, Irvin Garcia, Dajuan Leonard, Robert Embody. Seated: Left to Right:Geraldo Jimenez, Oscar Servin, Magaly Zuniga, Judith Ochoa and Martha Monsivais.

High Meadows Library January Calendar

Special Programs

•Thursday, January 24, 4:00pm: Texas Mime Theater.
•Saturday, January 26, 12:00-4:00pm: Harris County Sheriffs Dept. Emergency Response Team.
Weekly Programs
•Story and Crafts: Tuesdays at 10:30am and Thursdays at 6:00pm.
•Beginning Computer/Internet Classes: call library for information.
•Play Chess: Thursdays at 3:15pm.
•ESL Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-3:00pm
•Community Exercise: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:00-3:00pm.

Please contact High Meadows
for further information about library activities.

Good Oil Days to benefit Humble area seniors

The 22nd Annual Good Oil Days Festival will be held Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival features 5 blocks of craft and food vendors, 3 entertainment stages and Kids Corner featuring children’s attractions on Historic Main Street, Humble, Texas.

Proceeds benefit Humble Area Seniors including the City of Humble Seniors and Northeast 55+. The event is presented by the two seniors groups, AARP Humble Chapter 3912 and is co-sponsored by the Northeast Hospital Foundation and the City of Humble.

A Street Dance will immediately follow the Festival, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person, $5 per couple. Children under 12 free admission. Brought to you by the Humble Preservation Committee and Humble Main Street Association.

For Festival information, contact Ellen Klein, Northeast Hospital Foundation at 281-540-7817 or visit our website at goodoildays.org.

Volunteers needed for teen diet study

Healthy, overweight teens 13-16 years old are needed for a study to help determine the effects of low fat/hi carb diets vs. high fat/low carb diets on metabolism.

The study is being conducted at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

For more information, call Andrea at 713-798-7083 or through the internet at andread@bcm.tmc.edu.

Aldine Y.OU.T.H. activities

“Teen Explosion” will be held at the Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. Community Center, 4700 Aldine Mail Rt., on Friday, January 25th from 7 until 10 p.m. Ambassadors for Jesus Christ – Motorcycle Ministry will be special guests.

Everyone is invited to come and enjoy food, entertainment, music, fellowship and fun.
Other programs and activities at the Community Center include GED, English classes, defensive driving, after school activities, Senior club, WIC program, DePelchin Children Center counseling, food pantry, field trips, and more.

If you are interested in more information on these programs or to register for our upcoming Basic Computer classes, call the Center at 281-449-4828.

Sam Houston High class of 1972 to hold reunion

The 1972 Class of Sam Houston High School will hold its 30 Year Reunion on September 14, 2002.
For more information, contact Judy (Reagan) Hughes at 281-364-0194 or e-mail her at jubenhughes@msn.com, or Gayle (Peacock) Scardino at 281-364-9210 or Judy (Romoser) Duke at 281-324-4122.

Information is also available at Classmates.com.

“The Royal Tenenbaums”

Quirky, to say the least, and a little uneven yet ultimately satisfying, “The Royal Tenenbaums” is wild and wacky fun.

It is the time of year for movies with something extra. Movies with heart and originality and movies with great acting are in the forefront in December and January in preparation for Golden Globe and Oscar contention.

The last two movies reviewed on these pages (“Beautiful Mind,” “In the Bedroom”) are in the running for Golden Globes for best drama of the year. The program airs Sunday the 20th – after this goes to press, but before it’s delivered.

Gene Hackman who plays the title character, Royal Tenenbaum, with grace and tons of spunk is nominated for a Golden Globe in the leading actor in a comedy or musical category and may have a chance at an Oscar nod if Academy voters don’t ignore comedies, as is usual.

The cast of “Tenenbaums” is huge and all are worthy of praise, but it is Hackman (who’s been in just about every other movie this year) who has the best part. Royal is a terrible scoundrel, as self-centered as they come, but he’s hard not to like with his naughty little boy ways and devilish smile.

He’s done a fine job of messing up his family. Not that they haven’t helped him with their pouty, neurotic ways. Two sons and an adopted daughter were all well on their way to rich and rewarding lives early on. As adults, they are miserable with failure and fear.

Ben Stiller (“Zoolander,” “Reality Bites”) plays Chas, who as a child was a financial wizard. He made loads breeding Dalmatian mice. Imagine that. Now he’s an angry and obsessively overprotective father of two boys who look just like him. Stiller is restrained, but does shine as he shows total disdain for Royal.

Luke Wilson (“Legally Blond”) plays former tennis champ Richie Tenenbaum. He had a meltdown at Center Court when his unrequited love for Margot became too much to handle.

Gwyneth Paltrow (“Shallow Hal,” “Shakespeare In Love”) is Margot, Richie’s adopted sister who was an award-winning playwright, but has not been able to grow up in any way since. Needless to say, there are problems with their relationship.

Royal does not think the relationship is a good idea because society would not approve. He says this with the authority of a man who has been told all too many times before what is appropriate and what is not. Of course, he’s never followed this advice.

All the children, especially Richie, have a real melancholy about them. Richie is so depressed he takes drastic action. As funny as “Tenenbaums” is, it is also poignant and even downright sad at times. But that’s life, isn’t?

Not to be forgotten is the wonderful Anjelica Huston (“Ever After,” “Addams Family Values”) as Etheline Tenenbaum. She knows her children need help so she lets them all move back into their big house, which is so interesting it’s as if the structure is a part of the eclectic cast.

Huston needs to work more; she is such a joy to watch. She and Hackman make a great couple; they are both intelligent and feisty.

Luke’s brother and director Wes Anderson’s (the very funny “Rushmore”) writing partner Owen Wilson (“Behind Enemy Lines”) plays a Tenenbaum wannabe. He also has a thing for Margot. She spends the least amount of time with her husband, Bill Murray.
Murray doesn’t have the plum role here that he had in “Rushmore,” but he does have a few notable lines. Upon hearing about his wife’s rather cryptic past it is not the plentiful and varied lovers she has that shocks him, it is her longtime tobacco habit that gets him. “She smokes!” he says.

If your taste runs toward quirky or you like Hackman or any of the others in the fine ensemble cast (which also includes Danny Glover and Seymour Cassel) see “The Royal Tenenbaums.”

Rated-R for language, sexuality, nudity and drug content.