More Pictures of CLC Trips, Events, and Fun

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Crafts

Many in the CLC like to craft. And we like the CLC Logo.

Click on this picture of a crafted CLC Logo to see pictures of creative ladies in action.

Welcome Baskets

Click on the Welcome Basket to learn more about the CLC’s involvement in welcoming new residents in The Commons of Lake Houston.

Friday March 11      Car Trip to Azalea Trail

Annual event which showcases spectacular blooms, gardens, homes and MORE! We even got seeds for our own gardens.

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Thursday February 25      Bus Trip to Houston Tunnels

Great bus trip to downtown Houston. We went to the 60th floor of the Chase Building, toured landmark historical buildings, ate lunch in the tunnels, and enjoyed the sunshine at Discovery Green. 

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Monday December 1      Bus Trip to Brookwood

Great bus trip to Brookwood led by Cindi! 

Monday October 12       Day Trip to Galveston

Beautiful Day spent in Galveston! Watched an interesting movie on the Storm of 1900 to learn some Galveston history. Lunch outside by the bay at Fisherman’s Market. Off to a shopping stroll on The Strand. Some of us learned about “Yeti”. Ice Cream and malts, then off to Buc-ee’s on the way back. Can you say “FULL FUN DAY!” 

Lisa Bollig coordinated this fun getaway.

Friday June 12 – Sunday June 14
Get Away Trip to New Orleans

Car Trip to New Orleans to tour plantations and brunch in the French Quarter. 

Faye, Pam, and Janice coordinated this fun getaway.

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Bus Trip to the Zoo and Centennial Gardens

Tuesday– June 2, 2015

Cindi Johnson coordinated this fantastic trip.

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Bus Trip to George Bush Presidential Library

Tuesday– April 14, 2015

Lisa Bollig coordinated this fantastic trip.

We departed from the May Center at 8:30am and arrived at the George Bush Library around 11:00 (bush41.org)

The highlight of the adventure was when several ladies spotted Barbara Bush in her presidential golf cart….. complete with presidential seal, secret service, and dog. Yes, she was wearing her pearls! She was very gracious and allowed for photographs.

We had a fun and delicious lunch at the Blue Baker and we stopped at Fraziers in Hempstead to shop a bit. They have a nice bird and garden shop.

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High Island Birding – Tuesday– April 14, 2015

Ladies, spouses, and friends boarded the bus at the May Center eager with anticipation. For many this was their FIRST birding adventure. As we drove south, the sky became more and more gloomy. By the time we reached our destination, rain was beginning to fall and lightning danced in the sky.   Nevertheless this group of hearty adventurers made their way to THE ROOKERY.  

The U-shaped island in the middle of Clay Bottom Pond has become a favored roosting and meeting place for thousands of waterbirds.   In the spring and summer herons, egrets, cormorants and spoonbills build their nests and raise their chicks on the predator-free island.  We were able to get a good, close look at the home life of these beautiful birds.

We also were able to see a group of Indigo Bunting, feeding in the grasses after making their long journey from Mexico.

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the Bolivar Peninsula under a large pavilion as the rain continued to fall.

After lunch we ventured to BOY SCOUT WOODS – LOUIS B. SMITH BIRD SANCTUARY.

Each spring thousands of birdwatchers from all over the world come to sit in the grandstands overlooking Purkey’s Pond, eager to see the many species of migrating birds that come to drink and/ or bathe. We did not have to worry about mulberries staining our pants, but by this time everyone did need some drying out.

We concluded our day with some shopping for bird and butterfly friendly plants. And yes, just as we started back north, the rain stopped and the birds started to sing.

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To see more information about High Island  CLICK HERE

Azalea Trail – Friday – March 6, 2015

In 1927, the River Oaks Garden Club was organized by 27 residents of the new River Oaks area. In 1935, they began hosting Garden Pilgrimages, as they were called then. Currently, the River Oaks Garden Club hosts an annual event called the Azalea Trail which offers members of the Houston community the opportunity to view several of the magnificent homes and gardens in the River Oaks community.

We began our tour at Bayou Bend Gardens, which is 14 magnificently manicured acres along Bayou Bend. The Gardens of Bayou Bend are the vision of Miss Ima Hogg, the only daughter of Texas’ first native born governor, James Stephen Hogg. Bayou Bend Gardens are open all year for visitors to enjoy.

We next toured the Rienzi home, which is known for its collection of European art, decorative arts, library of rare books, and gardens. In 1997, the Masterson family donated the property and the contents to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Finally, we toured four magnificent homes and their gardens. All of the homes are architectural masterpieces with all containing stunning furnishings, art work, and meticulously landscaped grounds. Each home had its own unique style. I would say we would be hard pressed to say which our favorite was. Each site we toured left us breathless with its beauty.

Finally, we concluded our day with a nice light meal at Barnaby’s café in Tanglewood.

Group led by Lisa Bollig

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Museum of Natural Science – Friday – February 20,2015

The rainy day was perfect for our visit to the museum. The new wing housing the Eqyptian exhibit and featuring a Texas wildlife display was very impressive. A surprising treat was National Geographic’s worldwide photographic contest winners.

The black hole film in the planetarium was most interesting but several of us said we needed to see it numerous times to be able to discuss it intellectually. The majority of us declared our favorite exhibit was Faberge’ and also the Smith gem vault = breathtaking!

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Photography by Cindi Johnston, Dave Kutilek, and Nancy Bettisworth
To see more information about this CLC trip  CLICK HERE