Glazier Senior center hosts events
The Thomas A. Glazier Senior Education Center, 16600 Pine Forest Lane, offers free programs that range from online shopping safety to ukulele lessons and holiday celebrations. Visit www.pct3.com/senior-centers/glazier-senior-center, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-274-3250 for information.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-noon: Scanning and Preserving Documents/Photographs. What do you do with the documents and photos that you have collected from your various research projects? This class will show different methods of scanning and copying and discuss various formats (Jpeg and PDF) and the advantages of each. When you have them scanned and how and where do you store and back them up? How do you store those old documents? Archival methods will be discussed. Internet security will also be discussed. If you have a document you would like to be scanned, bring it (and a thumb drive!) to class and we will scan it for you.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Better Business Bureau Presents “Shopping Online Safely.” There’s every reason in the world to shop online. The bargains are there. The selection is mind-boggling. The shopping is secure. Shipping is fast. Even returns are pretty easy, with the right e-tailers. Don’t miss out on the huge bargains. Learn to shop safely with these proven techniques and tips.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1-2 p.m.: “Early History of the Cypress Area” with the Cypress Historical Society. Learn about who were the first Anglo settlers of Cypress, Cypress’ role in the Texas Revolution, the German immigration to the Cypress area, how the railroad made Cypress a commercial center in 1856, how the Cypress boys fought on both sides in the Civil War, and how Edward F. Juergen begins a legacy in Cypress in 1897.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1-2 p.m.: Ramifications of the New Tax Law as They May Affect Seniors. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is a new tax law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. It affects every taxpayer in the U.S. from Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2025. The TCJA has many changes which directly impact the taxes of seniors. A few impacts include changes to the standard deduction and changes/eliminations in the itemized deductions. Learn about changes to capital gains tax reporting and rates. How does the TCJA affect my pension? What distribution do I have to take? How much can I earn from sources other than my Social Security before having to pay taxes on my income? Do I need to make quarterly estimated tax payments now, under the TCJA? I heard that the 1040EZ and 1040A will no longer be used, and everyone will file on the 1040. Your presenter is a retired accountant who has worked as a tax professional since 2007.
Monday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Depression and Bipolar Support Meetings with the Non-Profit Group re:Mind. This on-going weekly support group can help you share common experiences, learn new coping skills, have positive social interaction and learn more about mental health. It is confidential and family and friends are welcome. A trained Licensed Professional Counselor is at every group whichi is professionally monitored and managed. This support group meets every Monday.
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. It is important to get your story documented in the Library of Congress. A member of the Red Cross will be at Glazier for a lecture. They will make future appointments to interview veterans. Interviews will be added to the Library of Congress.
Monday, Dec. 3, 10-11 a.m.: The Breakfast Klub. Do you ever wake up and decide you would like to start your day with great conversation, discussing what is in the paper that morning, current events, or just sharing breakfast and dialogue with others? If so, join the Breakfast Klub! Klub members will bring their own breakfast. It can be as simple as breakfast bars, kolaches, boiled eggs, fruit, etc. Network and make new friends. The Klub meets every Monday.
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2:30-4 p.m.: God in the Western Philosophical Tradition. In this six-part series (attend one or all lectures), you will explore how the concept of “God” was discovered, understood, accepted or rejected, and developed through the centuries. Beginning with the Pre-Socratic philosophers and then moving through Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, and others. We will consider the major arguments, theories of knowledge and reality and implications of “God” in the realm of philosophy. Your instructor is a published author (including a best-seller), holds a master of arts in philosophy with special emphasis in the areas of ancient and medieval philosophy, and he holds a master of arts in theological studies. He has taught Ancient Greek Philosophy and Introduction to Philosophy. He is a speaker, teacher and lecturer of theology and philosophy as well as heard on the radio. The dates of the series are Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 19 and March 5.
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1-2 p.m. Miss Ima Hogg: The Great Texan and Collector Lecture with The Museum of Fine Arts. Ima Hogg (1882-1975), philanthropist and patron of the arts, daughter of Sarah Ann (Stinson) and Gov. James Stephen Hogg, was born in Mineola, Texas. She ranks among the best-known and most admired philanthropists in the history of Texas. For much of her life, she was affectionately known as the “First Lady of Texas,” owing to her family’s long tradition of public service. She transformed her home into a museum, Bayou Bend, to display one of the best collections of American antiques. When oil was discovered on the family property, the new found wealth was used for public good. The Hoggs believed that since oil came from Texas land, it belonged to Texas citizens. This lecture will highlight Miss Hogg’s family, early life, and her parents’ influence on her regarding public service.
Friday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-noon: Ukulele Lessons for Intermediate Players. Learn chords, melody, soloing, transition of one chord to the next, etc. These ongoing lessons are open to intermediate players and/or those who have completed beginner lessons. Join the group on any Friday.
Thursday, Dec. 13: 10-11 a.m.: Meet a “Jeopardy” Contestant. Do you find yourself phrasing answers in the form of a question, shouting Daily Double answers at the TV, or dreaming of meeting Alex Trebek? Join a Lone Star librarian as she discusses her personal experience of competing for a spot and appearing as a contest on the Jeopardy game show. Learn how to audition for the show yourself and what it’s like to tape an episode. What does it take to be a contestant on “Jeopardy”? What are the costs involved? What are the auditions like? She will also show clips of her appearance on the show with commentary.
Thursday, Dec. 13, 1-3 p.m. Secrets of Cruising: How to save money and little known secrets from an expert cruiser. The presenter has completed more than 40 cruises and will share hundreds of tips on cruising. Tips range from from secrets of the dining room, choosing the right rooms on the ships, and upgrading to suites for a small fraction of the price. Learn what you should be doing after final payment. Learn the pros and cons of excursions, how to save money before you board, and how to avoid missing the ship while visiting ports. If your plans change before final payment, what are your best options? Learn when and how to buy a cruise with no risk and a full refund. When shouldn’t you cruise and why? How to avoid gaining weight from the free food available 24 hours. Tips for foreign travel.
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Cut the Cord. In this class, leave cable behind and discover how to bring more entertainment into your life using the Internet. The program will look at Roku, YouTube, Netflix, and similar sites to give people a glimpse into streaming movies, TV shows, and music. Already there? Join in the discussion and help others in leaving the cable box behind.
Tuesday, Dec. 18: noon-1 p.m.: Christmas Social with ClearCaptions. Enjoy light appetizers, Christmas cookies and pie. Join a 15-minute demo on the clear caption phone. If you are experiencing any form of hearing loss, you may qualify to receive a ClearCaptions phone at no cost. ClearCaptions offers real-time phone captioning that allows you to see every word said on the call. ClearCaptions is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certified telephone captioning provider. The service is paid for through Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a fund which established the Telecommunications Relay Service.
Monday, Dec. 31, 1-4 p.m.: New Year’s Eve Disco Dance Party at Glazier. Enjoy a Disco Dance Contest, fun, dancing, and disco music in a re-created dimly lit disco. Ring in the New Year at Glazier. Dress to impress with gowns, glitter, sequins, old school outfits and era specific dress. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a dish, a dessert, or something to share with others.