HOT SPOTS /// HOT SHOTS: If We Know, We Tell…………..

February Birthdays: Lauren Conrad(32),Ronda Rousey(31),Harry Styles (24), Tom Smothers(81),Graham Nash(76),Howard Bellamy(72),Ina Garten(70), Sen. John Cornyn(66),Christie Brinkley(64),Shakira(41),Blaine Larsen(32),Dave Davies(71),Morgan Fairchild(68),Nathan Lane(62),Daddy Yankee(42),Amal Clooney(40),Isabel Peron(87),Gary Conway(82),Dan Quayle(71),Alice Cooper (70),Lawrence Taylor(59),Clint Black(56),Oscar De La Hoya(45),Natalie Imgruglia(43),Gavin DeGraw(41), Hank Aaron(84),Roger Staubach(76),Jennifer Jason Leigh)56),Laura Linney(54),Bobby Brown(49),Rip Torn(87),Mamie Van Doren(87),Mike Farrell(79),Tom Brokaw(78),Fabian(75),Kathy Najimy(61), Axl Rose(56),James Spader(58),Garth Brooks(56),Eddie Izzard(56),Chris Rock (53),Ashton Kutcher(40),Isaiah Thomas(29),Ted Koppel(78)Nick Nolte(77), Mary Steenburgen(65),John Grisham(63),Vince Neil(57),Roger Mudd(90), Mia Farrow(73),Joe Ely(71),Judith Light(69),Travis Tritt(55), Robert Wagner(88), Roberta Flack(81),Mark Spitz(68),Greg Norman(63),George Stephanopoulos (57),Glenn Beck(54),Laura Dern(51),Elizabeth Banks(44),Emma Roberts(27), Chloe Grace Moretz(21),Terry Hendrix(50), Burt Reynolds(82),Tina Louise(80),Jeb Bush(65),Sheryl Crow(56),Sarah Palin(54),Jennifer Aniston(49),Damian Lewis(47),D’Angelo(44),Brandy (39),Kelly Rowland(37),Joe Don Baker(82), Judy Blume(80,Arsenio Hall(62),Josh Brolin(50), Christina Ricci(38),Charles (Chuck) Yeager(95),Peter Tork(76),Michael Joseph Jackson Jr.(21), Michael Bloomberg(76),Carl Bernstein(74),Teller(70),Renee Fleming(59),Meg Tilly(58),Simon Pegg(48),Rob Thomas(46),Drew Bledsoe(46),Tiffany Thorton(32),Freddie Highmore(26), Jane Seymour(67),Melissa Manchester(67), Matt
Groening(64), Janice Dickinson(63),Gary Clark Jr.(34), William Katt(67), LeVar Burton(61), John
McEnroe(59),Jim Brown(82),Lou Diamond Philllips(56), Michael Jordan(55), Michael Bay(54),
Billie Joe Armstrong(46),Jerry O'Connel(44),Jason Ritter(38),Paris Hilton(37),Joeseph Gordon-Levitt(37),Ed Sheeran(27), Toni Morrison(87), Milos Forman(86),Yoko Ono(85),Dennis De
Young(71),Cybill Shepherd(68),John Travolta(64),Vanna White(61), Matt Dillon(54), Molly
Ringwald(50),Zac Cockrell(30),Smoky Robinson(78),Amy Tan(66),Jeff Daniels(63), Seal(55),
Justine Bateman(52),Benicio Del Toro(51),Prince Andrew(58), Gloria Vanderbilt(94),Sidney
Poitier(91),Mitch McConnell(76),Sandy Duncan(72),Patricia Hearst(64),Anthony Head(64),
Charles Barkley(55),Cindy Crawford(52),Lili Taylor(51),Rihanna(30),John Lewis(78),David
Geffen(75),Tyne Daly(72),Kelsey Grammer(63),Mary Chapin Carpenter(60),William Baldwin
(55),Jennifer Love Hewitt(39),Jordan Peele(39),Charlotte Church(32),Ellen Page(31).

 February Holidays:   19: Presidents’ Day:  Abraham Lincoln, George Washington.
What to buy in February: Humidifiers, Indoor Furniture, Treadmills, Ellipticals.
February Checklist: Ramp Up Your Exercise…Fat has been stored in Winter…
Yoga plus aerobic exercise improves heart health. Give Healthy Treats for Valentine’s Day:
Dark Chocolate covered almonds…..
Minimize heart disease risk: artificial sweeteners and e-cig flavorings may be harmful to
your health.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Life is Not About
Waiting for the Storm to Pass: It’s About Learning to Dance in the Rain .
Life May Not Be The Party We Hoped For, But While We’re Here We Should Dance.

One of the Best Feelings in the world is knowing that your presence and absence both mean something to someone.

In Memoriam: Vic Damone: 1928-2018
Vic Damone, the postwar crooner whose intimate, rhapsodic voice captivated
bobby soxers, middle-age dreamers and silver-haired romantics in a five-decade
medley of America’s love songs and popular standards has died. He was 89.
He recorded some 2,500 songs over 54 years. His personal life made headlines.
He married five times, had four children.   Houston Chronicle

FRI. FEB. 23:  GO  TEXAN  DAY !  WOO-HOO ! !  GET  YOUR  BOOTS  ON ! !

Sat. Feb. 10 Liederkranz Hall, 281-890-8232, 5100 Ella Blvd. Mardi Gras Fest.
Dance to music by Alex Meixner Band. 7-11 p. Cover: $12/$15. Food Truck.
Thurs. Feb. 15 Mission, TX: Riverside Club, 956-581-1033, 214 E. Chimney Rd.
Barefoot Becky & The Ivanhoe Dutchmen Band. 1-5 p.
Fri. Feb. 16 Pharr South Park, 956-787-7839, 1402 S. Cage, Pharr,TX, Barefoot Becky*
and The Ivanhoe Dutchmen Band. 7-10 p.
Sat. Feb. 17 SPJST SPJST Lodge 88,713-869-5767, 1435 Beall St. 77008, Battle dance...
Battle of the Bands with music by Barefoot Becky & The Ivanhoe Dutchmen Band and Dujka Bros. Band. 5-10 p. $15 cover.
   *Becky Livermore, 877-499-7133, 1257 Ivanhoe Rd. Mt. Vernon, Ia. 52314.
Sat. Feb. 17 Dosey Doe Big Barn, 281-367-3774, 25911 I-45 North Frwy.  Come celebrate
with Terri Hendrix: 50th Birthday Party. 7 & 9:30 p.
Sun. Feb 18 Houston VFW 10352, 281-443-2023, 16035 Waverly Dr. 77032, Dance to music
 by Country Jim & The Allstars Band. 2-5:30 p. $7 Cover.  Non-smoking. BYOB.
Thurs. Feb. 22 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, Hayes Carll, singer/songwriter, Woodlands native, new album: Lovers & Leavers. 7 p.
Thurs. Feb. 22 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, Guilia Millanta. 9:30 p.
Fri. Feb. 23 SPJST Lodge 88,713-869-5767, 1435 Beall St. 77008, dance to music by
The FAB 5, a Beatles Tribute Band. 8-11:30 p. $10 cover.
Fri. Feb. 23 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, Charlie Faye
& The Fayettes. 7 p.
Fri. Feb. 23 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, South Austin Moonlighters.
Sat. Feb. 24 Liberty Opry,936-336-5830, 1816 Sam Houston Ave. Liberty, TX Branson-style entertainment Sat. matinee: Country Western Show. $15. All Shows:  4 p.
Sat. Feb. 24 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, Vetiver (solo) and
Fruit Bats (solo). 7 p.
Sat Feb. 24 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, Ray Bonneville, recording artist, fusion of traditional American roots & blues; master of the slow burn, one of the best harmonica players, plays a greasy guitar style, and smoky vocals that captivates audiences. Special Guest: Gurf Morlix. 9:30 p.
Sun. Feb. 25 Houston VFW 10352, 281-443-2023, 16035 Waverly Dr. 77032,
dance to music by Detour Country Band. 2-5:30 p. $7 cover. Non-smoking. BYOB.
Sun. Feb. 25 KC Hall, Schulenburg, Come dance with the Swiss Alp Dance Club.
Music: Lost Cause Band. Guests: $10. 3-6:30 p.          Call: 361-596-4357 James Freytag.
Fri. Mar. 2 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, Our Guy Forsyth. 7 & 9:30
Sat. Mar. 3 SPJST Lodge 88,713-869-5767, 1435 Beall St. 77008, dance to music by Gary Dossett Orchestra, Big Band Music. 8-11:30 p. $15 cover.
Sat. Mar. 3 Liberty Opry,936-336-5830, 1816 Sam Houston Ave. Liberty, TX: 936-336-3684, 1829 Sam Houston St., Branson-style entertainment, presents: All Gospel Show. $15.  4 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 4 Houston VFW 10352, 281-443-2023, 16035 Waverly Dr. 77032,
dance to music by East River Country Band. 2-5:30 p. $7 cover. Non-smoking. BYOB.
Sun. Mar. 4 Hungerford, TX: KJT Lodge 79, Auction & Free Dance with music by Red Ravens & Czechaholics Polka & Variety Band . 1-5 p. Open to Public.
Serving BBQ Chicken & Sausage Dinner: serving starts @ 10:30 a. Dine-in or Drive-thru. Hungerford Hall, 235 Cypress St. Hungerford, TX.
Thurs. Mar. 8 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, 9:30 p.
Austin’s Wood & Wire Band puts a swinging spin on bluegrass & other Americana music & song. Come join in the fun & music !
Fri. Mar. 9 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, Shake it Up with Shake Russell & Michael Hearne: CD Release Party ! !
Sat. Mar. 10 Liberty Opry,936-336-5830, 1816 Sam Houston Ave. Liberty, TX Branson-style entertainment, presents: Oldies But Goodies Show. $15. 4 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 10 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, 2 shows:
One & only Junior Brown, singer/songwriter, master player of the unique double-necked guit-steel guitar, turns out barn burners.
Sat. Mar. 10 Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment (FACE)
281-440-4850, 6823 Cypresswood Dr. Spring 77379 presents: Celtic Tenors: Daryl, James and Matthew. 8 p.Call for tix and location.
Sun. Mar. 11 Houston VFW 10352, 281-443-2023, 16035 Waverly Dr. 77032,
dance to music by Bootleg Country Band. 2-5:30 p. $7 cover. Non-smoking. BYOB.
Fri. Mar. 16 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, 7 p.  Reckless Kelly.
Sat. Mar. 17 SPJST Lodge 88,713-869-5767, 1435 Beall St. 77008, dance to music by Al Sulak Country Sounds & Polka Band. 8-11:30 p. Cover:$10.
Sat. Mar. 17 Liberty Opry,936-336-5830, 1816 Sam Houston Ave. Liberty, TX Branson-style entertainment, presents: Country Specialty Show. $25. 4 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 17 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk, 11 a.m...St. Patrick’s Day Celebration ! ! ! !
Sun. Mar. 18 Houston VFW 10352, 281-443-2023, 16035 Waverly Dr. 77032, dance to music by Liz Talley & her Dusty Spur Band. 2-5:30 p. $7 cover. Non-smoking. BYOB.
Sun. Mar. 25 Houston VFW 10352, 281-443-2023, 16035 Waverly Dr. 77032,dance to music by Texas Roadrunners Country Band. 2-5:30 p. $7 cover.

Doug Boggs & The Cowboy Jazz Band new CD: One For The Road.  Buy now @ Polka On! Store at polkabeat.com .

Sat. Apr. 7 Liberty Opry,936-336-5830, 1816 Sam Houston Ave. Liberty, TX
Branson-style entertainment, presents: All Gospel Show. $15. 4 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 14 Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment
(FACE)281-440-4850, 6823 Cypresswood Dr. Spring 77379, presents: The 5 Browns. 8 p.
The Five: Ryan,Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desiree.
Sat. Apr. 14 Liberty Opry,936-336-5830, 1816 Sam Houston Ave. Liberty, TX :
Branson-style entertainment, presents: Classic Oldies Show. $15. 4 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 28 Liberty, TX: 936-336-3684, 1829 Sam Houston St. Matinee: 4 p.
Michael & Ginny Hix Show. $25.
Sat. May 5 Liberty Opry,936-336-5830, 1816 Sam Houston Ave. Liberty, TX Branson-style entertainment, presents: All Gospel Show. 4 p.m. $15.
Sat. May 12 Liberty Opry,936-336-5830, 1816 Sam Houston Ave. Liberty, TX Branson-style entertainment, presents: Country Western Show. 4 p.m. $15.
Sat. May 19 Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment (FACE)
281-440-4850, 6823 Cypresswood Dr. Spring 77379, presents:
Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia BIG BRASS ! 8 p.
Sat. May 19 Liberty Opry,936-336-5830, 1816 Sam Houston Ave. Liberty, TX:
 Branson-style entertainment, presents: Elvis ! Starring: Vince King. $20. 4 p.

If you are going to do something tonight that you will be sorry for
tomorrow morning, sleep late. Henny Youngman

It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing! Duke Ellington
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. Cowboy wisdom.

Nobody cares if you don’t dance well, just get up and dance. Unknown.
If you see someone without a smile…give them one of yours !

Houston Liederkranz, 713-957-9004, 5100 Ella Blvd, 77018, Stan Thornton,
Acting Pres.
houstonliederkranz@yahoo.com . Mixed chorus of volunteers.
Board Meeting// Membership Meetings: Irene Pfingsten, @ 281-890-8232.

Liberty Opry: 936-336-5830, 877-729-9105, 1816 Sam Houston Ave.
Liberty, TX. Branson-style shows on Saturday. ALL SHOWS: 4 P.M.
Pasadena Hometown Opry , 281-479-4232, 7340 Spencer Hwy. Friday Nights.
The Stafford Centre, 281-208-6900, 10505 Cash Rd. in Stafford 77477, seats 1,154,
resident home to Fort Bend Symphony, state of the art sound system, & a $250,000 HD
video system. Free parking. Murphy Rd. exit off SW Frwy.

Wed. Game Nights : McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 713-528-5999, 2425 Norfolk,
Bring your own, or check out one of ours. Irish Session @ 7:30 p. NO cover.
Open Mic: Firehouse Saloon.
Firehouse Saloon, 713-977-1962, 5930 U.S. 59 S. (SW Frwy), Open Mic every
Wednesday Night. Firehouse Saloon has always been owned and operated by Fire
-fighters. Current owner, Tom Imber, is a retired Firefighter Paramedic. Voted Best Honky Tonk in Houston. Yay ! Woo-Hoo ! Congratulations ! ! Always ½ price tix offered to Firefighters, Police and Military personnel. Welcome !
Bingo ! We Have A Winner.
Every Thursday
: SPJST Lodge 88 Houston, 713-869-5767,1435 Beall St. 77008
hundreds of people line up every Thursday evening to mark their bingo cards and
sip on $7 pitchers of beer. Go early: bingo begins @ 7:30 p. Doors open: 5:15 p.
Armadillo Palace:
The giant, shiny armadillo still stands guard at 5015 Kirby. Goode Co.’s beloved restaurant has a Much Expanded space that includes a new dance hall, a new bar, Enormous Patio and a 4,000 sq.ft. Texas Dance Hall ! Woo-Hoo !
Houston birthed the regal pop of Beyonce`, the fiery soul of The Suffers, the comic genius of Chingo Bling and that little ol’ band from Texas, ZZ Top.
(Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard (no beard).

Celebrating ? Bartenders Advice on Hangovers.
Some folks try another drink:
Hair of the Dog that bit you. A cocktail which in-
-cludes gin, lemon juice, Lillet Blanc and absinthe is believed to cure hangovers.
Bitters mixed with soda and lime or lemon juice. The alcohol in the bitters will fix you up. Bottoms Up !
Drinking Wine Spoodie Oodie, Drinking wine……

Any Weekend is an Opportunity to give a happy home to a lonely animal or two. 
Adoption is  the Option.  They ask for so little and offer So Much Love & Devotion.


 

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Do Not Regret Growing Older; It is a Privilege Denied to Many. ...Rejoice !

Patriotism: Stand by your country. It does not mean to stand by the president or by any other public official.     Theodore Roosevelt. (My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty.)
To All Our Military & Personnel Serving USA around the world:
Please know that, wherever you are, what you are doing for America is Greatly Appreciated.
All of us here at home are with you in spirit. Your courage keeps us safe.
Your Sacrifices Keep Us Free. May God Keep You Safe, and Bring You Home
to a Grateful Nation. Amen.

Honor those who have served and are serving in our Nation’s Armed Forces.
God Bless Them & Their Families.

Important Words of One American Hero from 9-11:
September 11, 2001, Lt. Heather ‘Lucky’ Penney in an F-16 at Andrews Air Force Base. She had her orders. She was to take down United Airlines Flight 93. The hijacked plane was headed toward Washington, D C. Three other planes had hit targets in New York and Washington , and Flight 93 was destined to become the fourth.
"We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We would be ramming the aircraft," Penney said of the surreal moment. "I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot..”
Ten years after the event, Penney began talking openly about that day. Penney doesn’t hesitate.
"Why? Because there are things in this world that are more important than ourselves. Freedom. The Constitution of the United States . Our way of life. Mom, baseball, apple pie; these things and so many more that make us uniquely American. We belong to something greater than ourselves. As complex and diverse and discordant as it is, this thing, this idea called America , binds us together
in citizenship and community and brotherhood…"
I’ll bet she stands when the National Anthem is played!!!

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The Continental Congress adopted the original design of the Stars and Stripes,
specifying a flag containing 13 red and white stripes and 13 stars June 14,1777.

Honor the Texas flag: I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God,
one and indivisible.

Give Me Liberty:
Listen to this man’s story: I wasn’t going to give up. Liberty is expensive, and you have to fight for it or live without it’ Jose` Daniel Ferrer, 45, who spent eight years in a Cuban prison; expecting his death sentence, clinging to his sanity in solitary confinement with literature and daily pushups and pull-ups. Ferrer urges pressure on Cuba for increased freedoms and not assume that lifting the embargo signals an end to Cuba’s struggle. (Freedom is not Free.)
Houston Chronicle 6-6-2016 byline: Lomi Kriel

It ain't bragging if it's true.
Always remember: You are unique, just like everyone else.
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