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Meyerland During Hurricane Harvey as Told by Meyerlanders

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Posted by: Joshua Gottlieb-Miller and Charlotte Wyatt

Meyerland SignWe are grad students from UH, writing as part of a community healing through storytelling initiative. We will be offering free workshops centered on telling the story of Meyerland--your stories of Meyerland, tracing your experiences from your first arrival through the storm and to the present day. Community members can share their storm stories and learn how to help their neighbors share their storm stories, as well as their own unique perspectives on this unique neighborhood. The process is both a healing act and a mode of community documentation, a chance for those affected by the storm to shape their neighborhood’s story.

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Category: Community Programs

What is HIIT

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Posted by: Caitlin Cecil

HIIT ClassOn Thursday mornings at 5:30 AM or 6:05 AM, come to the Fitness Center to take our new class, Express HIIT

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. Basically, work your booty off in intervals for maximum benefit. We will work in bursts of energy and short bursts of rest for a short amount of time.

This type of work out is well suited for all fitness levels and modifications, and you are expected to work 80-90% of your max. The workouts are efficient because you burn a high amount of calories in a short amount of time. 

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Itís All About Clay

Friday, May 18, 2018
Posted by: Marge Mayer

Marge MayerCeramics is a fulfilling hobby. There are endless components that test one’s skills. 

Starting with wedging, the process of making the clay supple, there are unlimited techniques to learn. Whether you like hand building or use the wheel, it’s a challenge that takes practice. 

Until this fall, my preference was building all sorts of items on the wheel. The tactile sensation of working the clay on the wheel and the visual affirmation when your product is complete is an amazing feeling. Bowls, mugs, colanders to serve berries, plates, even made a lemon squeezer...the projects are infinite.  

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Category: Adults

Staff Play an Integral Role in Splash 'n Dash

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Posted by: Caitlin Cecil

Splash & DashThe Splash 'n Dash, benefiting Justins TRIumph Over GAN, an organization that raises funds and awareness for Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN), was held on Sunday, May 6 at the J. The event was organized for kids aged 7-15:  7-10 year olds swim 100m and run 1/2 mile, and 11-15 year olds swim 200m and run one mile. 

The J hosted the event, race packet pick up and provided lifeguards. One very determined child and his mother shared their experience with us: 

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New Class Prepares Kids for Swim Test

Monday, May 14, 2018
Posted by: Lee Hutchens

Boy UnderwaterSummer is almost here and with the Outdoor Pool now open weekends, it’s time to think about preparing your child to pass the swim test.  All swimmers under the age of 18 must pass the test, which allows them to use any area of any pool past the 3 ft. depth marker rope line. 

It’s fairly common for kids to have the jitters about passing the swim test, especially if they haven’t been in a pool since last summer. 

To help our young swimmers build their confidence and review the skills needed to pass the test, we’re offering a NEW Swim Test Class beginning May 22. The class will be offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:15 PM—4:45 PM or from 4:45 PM—5:15 PM for four sessions. 

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Memorial Day Murph Challenge and Indoor Circuit

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Posted by: Caitlin Cecil

Michael MurphyThis Memorial Day our Fitness Center will host an outdoor Murph Challenge and an indoor circuit workout for all who want to participate.

In honor of Memorial Day, athletes across the world complete a “Murph” to honor our service men and women.

The workout itself is designed to honor a specific lieutenant named Lt. Michael P. Murphy. He put himself into the line of fire to save his team and call for back up.

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Golden Girls Plus One Share Passion for Tap

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Posted by: Michele Schroeder

Golden Girls Plus OneThe Golden Girls Plus One Tap Ensemble is an exciting and versatile senior tap dance group based at the J. We perform throughout the city for various community events, retirement centers and just about anywhere we have a space and surface that accommodates our tap dance shoes! 

The group, formerly named the Golden Girl Tappers, has been together since June 1999 when they took a beginning tap class from Margorie Swiss at the Tracy Gee Community Center.  One year after they started the tap lessons, the group began performing and eventually moved to the J where they still practice every Monday afternoon.

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Category: Dance

500m Row Challenge in May

Monday, April 23, 2018
Posted by: Caitlin Cecil

From May 15-31 we are challenging you to a 500m row challenge.  As a Fitness Center member and exercise enthusiast, challenge yourself to beat your best time and the times of others while rowing, perfecting your form and getting some quality work in. 

The winners will be announced after the end of the challenge, so keep rowing until you get a time you are happy with. We will keep track of them at the Fitness Center front desk. 

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Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Donates Books to BAS

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Posted by: Faye Casell

BAS Kids ReadingFirst Lady Barbara Bush has a lasting legacy in the hearts of Americans as being an advocate for volunteerism and a dedicated matriarch to her family. For the families of Bertha Alyce Early Childhood Center, of which 1/3 flooded, Mrs. Bush will be remembered for a more personal reason. 

After flooding in Hurricane Harvey, so much was lost in the homes of families at Bertha Alyce. In March, the entire school community was delighted to learn that the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation was giving each Bertha Alyce student ages 0-4 a gift of six books for the child’s home library.

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Category: Early Childhood

Teens Share J-Serve Experiences

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Posted by: Sarah Foster

J-ServeOn Sunday, April 22 over 325 Jewish teens from across Houston joined together for an afternoon of service. In addition to the service projects, the teens participated in a Holocaust commemoration and heard from keynote speaker, Allen Woods, about how they could make change in our community. The theme for the day was “Never Forget: You are the Force for Change.

Hear from several of the teens about the experience: 

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Category: Teens