New Beginnings Luncheon, Learn CPR, and More!

Special Events

New Beginnings Luncheon Featuring Asian Fashion Show and Dance

Tuesday, Jan. 14, at noon

Mangum-Howell Center celebrates the Lunar New Year 2020 – Year of the Rat – with a fashion show featuring traditional costumes from Vietnam and China and dances by Tai Chi Fan and Sword. The meal includes sweet and sour chicken, chicken fried rice, vegetable noodles, egg rolls, dessert, and unlimited iced tea and coffee. An $8 per person donation is payable in advance during registration in the office. Checks are payable to the Doss Advisory Council and should be mailed or delivered in person to Precinct 4’s Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston, Texas 77038. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Jan. 10.

Ladies in Red

Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 1:30 p.m.

Members of the Ladies in Red connect, support, and encourage women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment, and fitness. The Mangum-Howell Ladies in Red are an active, fun-loving group of ladies 50 and older. They meet the second Tuesday of each month immediately following the center’s monthly luncheon to plan a variety of day trips and social events.

February Trips Sign Up

Thursday, Jan. 9, at 8:30 a.m.

Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation is provided for individuals 50 and older through Harris County Precinct 4’s Encore! Buses will pick up and drop off participants at the center for the following February trips:Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 8 a.m. – Igloo Factory Store and San Felipe de Austin State Historic Museum, Katy and San Felipe. The cost is $10. Lunch is on your own at Corky’s Ribs & BBQ.Thursday, Feb. 20, at 11:30 a.m. – Buffalo Soldiers Museum and The African American Museum at Gregory School, Houston. This is a free event. Lunch is on your own at Cleburne Cafeteria.


Thursday, Jan.16, at 1 p.m.

Each player is asked to bring a nominal prize (not to exceed $5). No cash prizes, gift certificates, gift cards, lottery tickets, or U.S. postage stamps may be used as prizes.

Texas Trivia Time

Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m.

Join in this fun and interactive trivia on rodeo history and Texas heritage, presented by Francisco Sanchez, a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Speakers Committee and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Please call 281-591-7830 or come by Mangum-Howell Center to make a reservation.

Save a Life, Learn CPR

Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lorraine Hibbert, a certified instructor through the American Heart Association, leads this class for those 14 and older. She has more than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse and has been a CPR instructor for the association for 10 years. Course content includes CPR, first aid, the use of AED defibrillators, and adult, child, and infant choking relief. Upon completion of the course, certificates are emailed to participants. The two-year certification fee is $25, payable by money order to The H Factor. Space is limited. Come by Mangum-Howell Center or call 281-591-7830 to sign up for this class. This course is not for healthcare professionals.

AARP Smart Driver Course

Thursday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reduce your car insurance by as much as 10% by completing the AARP Smart Driver Course. Certificates are awarded after completing the course. The required course fee for AARP members is $15 and $20 for non-members. Checks are payable to AARP. This class cannot be used for ticket dismissal. Registration is required, soplease call 281-591-7830 or come by Mangum-Howell Center to make a reservation.

Ongoing Events

Rhythm Walking

Monday through Friday at 8:10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Start or end your day with a 2.5-mile walk to music in the comfort of the center.

Zumba® Fitness

Mondays through Fridays; except Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

A certified instructor combines Latin and international music with a fun, calorie-torching, strength-training, and effective dance workout system that is great for the body and mind. Aerobic attire is recommended.This class is limited to participants 11 and older. All participants under 18 must present their student ID card or other proof of age

Zumba® Step

Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A certified instructor combines Latin and international music with a fun, calorie-torching, strength-training, and effective dance workout system that is great for the body and mind. Aerobic attire is recommended.This class is limited to participants 11 and older. All participants under 18 must present their student ID card or other proof of age.


Mondays at 9 a.m.

Take this opportunity to quilt, share ideas, and enjoy the fellowship of other quilters. All skill levels are welcome.

Jewelry Beading

Mondays at 11 a.m.

A volunteer instructor teaches this class to create beautiful pins, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more. Participants must provide tools and beading supplies. A supply list is provided during the first class or available for pick-up at Mangum-Howell Center.

Dart Baseball

Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m.

Throw darts at a corkboard baseball diamond and keep score just like a real baseball game! No skills are needed to join the team – just a willingness to try.

Chair Volleyball

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m.

Individuals 50 and older are invited to play beachball volleyball from the comfort of their chair. This all-inclusive game promotes fitness and friendship in a fun atmosphere.

Hatha Yoga

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 11 a.m.

(Doss Activity Building)

A certified instructor teaches yoga methods to help achieve physical and mental harmony as well as emotional and spiritual peace. A non-skid yoga mat is required.

Urban Line Dancing

Mondays at 7 p.m.

Beginners: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. 

Join this volunteer-led class that exercises the body and mind with choreographed steps to jazz, pop, hip-hop, or rhythm-and-blues music. A partner is not needed.

Sit and Be Fit Exercise

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9 a.m.

(Doss Activity Building)

This exercise class is designed to help people with arthritis, joint aches, and stiffness.


Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a break for lunch

Learn how to prepare, paint, glaze, and fire a variety of greenware pieces. There is no cost to fire pieces and only pieces painted by students during class may be fired. Students must provide their own supplies for the class.

Beginning Sewing

Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Share basic machine stitches, measuring, combining and interchanging patterns, and seam finishing with other seasoned veterans. Although the center has several machines for student use, participants are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine to become familiar with how it operates.

Woodworking Group

Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.

(Doss Activity Building)

Learn how to design patterns and use various tools to build stunning creations. Equipment is provided, but participants should bring materials.

Zentangle Art and Adult Coloring Book Class

Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon

A volunteer instructor teaches basic Zentangle designs using black ink on white paper for an easy to learn, relaxing, and fun craft. The instructor also uses the color wheel to teach students how colors work together to create beautiful works of art. Bring a favorite coloring book or paper, coloring pencils, crayons, and ultra-fine markers to class.

Yuanji-Dance Class

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Led by a volunteer instructor, Yuanji-Dance (Chinese Aerobics) is derived from Yuanji-Gong, a kind of dance combining Chi-Gong, Tai Chi, medicine, martial arts, and Yuanji music. In recent years, Yuanji-Dance has become one of the most popular exercises in the Chinese community.


Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Enjoy this fun sport that is a mix of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. This game is easy for beginners and can be played by all ages.

Beginning Knitting and Crocheting

Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Share knitting and crocheting techniques with other seasoned veterans.

Cards and Dominoes

Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Bring a partner or attend alone to try your hand at a variety of card games or dominoes.

Ten-Form Integral T’ai Chi

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Volunteers instruct participants in a combination of exercise, breathing, relaxation, visualization, and meditation techniques. A non-skid yoga mat is required.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)

Thursdays at 9 a.m.

This support group offers nutritional information and encouragement to help control weight.

Beginning and Intermediate Bridge Lessons

Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Volunteer instructors teach the basics of American Standard Bridge. Learn about counting tricks, bidding, analyzing your hand, scoring, and more.

Duplicate Bridge

Thursdays at noon

Enjoy an afternoon of American Standard Duplicate Bridge in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Tai Chi Forms: Fan and Sword

Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers instruct participants in a moderate amount of physical exercise to enhance health benefits in balance, strength, and concentration.

Mangum-Howell Center’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents. Mangum-Howell Center is in Doss Park, at 2500 Frick Road, Houston 77038. Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other programs, please call 281-591-7830 or visit

Anyone requiring special assistance to participate in any program should contact Mangum-Howell Center. An adult must accompany children under 18. Child care is not provided at any Precinct 4 facility, and children are not allowed in classes in which they are not eligible to participate.

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

  1. Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location