Did you know that Texas is home to three presidential libraries?
This is more than any other state in the United States!
Presidential libraries contain important historical documents and artifacts, as well as museums that sponsor educational programs.
For history buffs, like the members of my family, these are wonderful places to visit and learn.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas. 77845 979-691-4000 http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu
A current special exhibit runs from September 1, 2011 to July 29, 2012, and is entitled “Headed to the White House.” It is an interactive exhibit that includes includes hands-on activities that explore the presidential election process from primaries through inauguration.
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
2313 Red River Street
Austin, Texas 78705 512-721-0169 http://www.lbjlibrary.org/
Beginning December 2011, the LBJ Library will be undergoing a major redesign that will culminate in a grand opening scheduled for December 2012. Its exhibits will incorporate new technology with interactive elements. Most of the present library, however, will remain open to the public during this redesign.
George W. Bush Presidential Library
1725 Lakepointe Drive
Lewisville, Texas 75057 972-353-0545 www.georgewbushlibrary.gov
Lewisville, Texas is the temporary location for the presidential library and is not open to the public.The permanent Presidential Center will be located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and is expected to be dedicated and opened to the public in 2013.
New Year’s Noon is Houston’s longest-running New Year’s Eve celebration just for kids! This end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop, just like they do in Times Square! Kids don’t have to stay up till midnight to celebrate! Welcome the New Year kid-style and stick around for our after party!
New Year’s Noon is included with $8 general admission; it’s FREE for Museum Members!
SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S EVENTS:
New Year’s Eve Parade with High Steppers New Orleans Style Brass Band: Dance to jazzy tunes as the High Steppers lead our exciting New Year’s parade throughout the museum!
Parade begins: 11:30a.m.
Brilliant Ball Drop and Countdown: Watch as we celebrate the beginning of a new year just like they do on TV!
Countdown begins at 11:45 a.m.
After Party with DJ Zin: Stick around as we leap into the New Year and dance the afternoon away!
Event Time: Noon in the Allen Family Courtyard following ball drop.
ON-GOING NEW YEAR’S NOON BASH ACTIVITIES:
New Year LED Masks: Start off the New Year with a bright, new look and outlook at the Inventor’s Workshop.
Sound Sandwich: Make some holiday noise! Manipulate craft sticks, straws, and rubber bands into a noise maker that uses vibration to create noise at Science Station.
Straw Oboe: Turn an ordinary straw into an extraordinary oboe at Science Station.
Alka Seltzer Rockets: Shoot on over to Science Station to blast off a film canister rocket and salute the New Year.
NEW YEAR’S EVE HOURS:
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Countdown to NOON begins at 11:45 a.m.
Museum closed on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1
Museum OPEN Monday, January 2
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have an addiction for perfume and cosmetics. You can blame it on my mother (who would not leave her bedroom without being fully made up) or my ancestry (Russian), but it is something that I have grown to accept and seem to have passed down to my daughters!
I am also fortunate enough to be graced with some of the most discerning friends with regard to this arena, and am able to share with you some of their favorite perfumes, as well. Just in case you are in the market to try something new, or as a reaffirmation that what you are currently wearing is still fabulous, here are some of my friends’ favorite scents:
2012 is a good year for the Houston hotel industry. Two Houston hotels were awarded this prestgious designation.
The AAA five diamond award with regard to lodgings is defined as, “The ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Physical attributes are extraordinary in every manner. Fundmental hallmarks include meticulous service that exceeds guest expectations, impeccable standards of excellence and personalized services and amenities that provide an unmatched level of comfort.”
If you have discriminating out of town guests, or require a get-away for yourself, these two venues guarantee you an exceptional experience:
Four Seasons Hotel
1300 Lamar Street
Houston, Texas 77010 713-650-1300
The St. Regis Houston
1919 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, Texas. 77027 713-840-7600
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