January 23, 2012 marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. A Dragon Year comes every twelve years and alternates Dragons based on five elements. 2012 marks the year of the Water Dragon. Other Dragon years are the Wood Dragon, the Metal Dragon, the Earth Dragon, and the Fire Dragon.
The Lunar New Year is celebrated by many Asian cultures including by individuals from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Sydney, and Singapore. The Dragon, a “sacred creature,” is a symbol of power, courage, dignity, and good fortune in all aspects of life.
Come and celebrate Lunar New Year in Houston with Lions! Dragons! Fireworks! on February 4 & 5 from Noon – 7PM at the Viet Hoa Center in the Beltway Plaza, 8300 W. Sam Houston Parkway South with live music, dance, food, KidZone activities and martial arts. There will also be an evening show on February 4 from 7PM – 10PM. Admission is free.
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
This business is truly created from the heart. The mission of this organization is stated as follows:
“To value all life as we work daily to represent Christ’s love in the flesh.
To provide a stable, secure environment where families can learn the importance, as well as the joy, value and benefits of physically playing together.
To educate the community of the beauty of true diversity of mind, body and spirit in all aspects of life.”
The Creator’s Kids will offer classes and teams for ages 5-13, as well as supervised socials and teams for ages 14-21. Its goal is to be inclusive of all individuals despite diversity, and is initially directed towards children that are home-schooled. However, this program may be utilized by area schools. A sampling of the classes are art, music, and home economics. The clubs will include drama, vocal and creative dance.
Founders, Lisa and Brian Goff, are the parents of three adopted special needs children.
The National League of Junior Cotillions Katy, Texas Chapter is still registering students for the 2011-2012 cotillion season. Classes are geared toward sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. The Mission Statement of the organization is “To act and learn to treat others with honor, dignity and respect for better relationships with family, friends, and associates and to learn and practice ballroom dance.” In addition to dance instruction, the group holds formal dances, and five and seven course instructional dinners. All events are held at The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch. If you wish to sign up your child, contact them at:
National League of Junior Cotillions Katy, Texas Chapter
Sarah Heston and Amy McAfee, Directors
422 Wellington Point
Houston, Texas 77094
281-224-1463; 281-224-1463 www.nljckaty.blogspot.com
All events are held at
The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch
23030 Cinco Ranch Blvd
Katy, Texas 77450
August 28th: Introduction Dance September 18th: Labor Day Dance October 16th: Autumn Dance November 13th: Fall Ball January 8th: New Year’s Dance January 29th: Winter Dance, Parents’ Dip Into Dancing February 9th: Grand Spring Ball & Instructional Dinner (Year I) February 10th: Grand Spring Ball & Instructional Dinner (Year II)
With all of the cooking and baking that I’ve been doing, I have had to make a special effort to focus on fitness. The area pools are all opening soon and everyone wants to look their best. That doesn’t mean we have to slave over the machines at the gym (although some time on the elliptical never hurt anyone). There are lots of fun ways to stay fit! This week I am going to try to focus on activities that families can do to stay healthy this summer.
One of my favorites is doing workout videos at home, because Baby can play nearby and I can fit a few minutes into my busy schedule without leaving home. Right now, I’ve been loving The Dahm Triplets Workout: 3, 2, 1… Get Your Body Back. These ladies are Fit and Fabulous, and their DVD is on sale for only $9.99! There are three 10-minute workouts full of fun dance moves along with an ab workout. Baby sometimes puts down her toys just to watch me dance. Get your copy!
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