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We are a non-profit, member run, Sports and Adventure Club operating in Houston, Texas for 50+ years.  We offer 8 - 12 winter and summer trips per year, all over the world.

Our social, sports, cultural, and charitable events fill the calendar year-round. From September to May we have fun monthly general meetings normally held the 2nd Monday of the month.  Happy Hours are the 4th Thursday of each month, year-round.

Popular local Houston Area activities this year were monthly dinner gatherings, theater outings, bike rides and winery/brewery tours.  Activities are run by volunteers, if there is something you are interested in doing, make a suggestion and we will consider offering it.

Initial trip sales generally start in August and sell briskly, so act quickly to avoid landing on a wait-list.  Trip participation requires membership but it is only $40 for an Individual for an entire season.  Have a look around and we hope you decide to Join Us.  If you need some more time to decide, Click "Add Me to your Mailing List" (Top Left Corner)







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MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING 



GENERAL MEETING

NEW DAY AND PLACE FOR THE SCSC MEETINGS!!!

We are going back to having the general meetings on Sunday

 
SUNDAY, March 10, 2024

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Come for dinner, drinks and visiting at 6 and the meeting will start at 7.
If you plan to not eat and spend less than $20, please bring cash instead of charging.

Please sign up before Friday night. 

Register below
March General Meeting - 3/10/2024

CHRISTIE'S SEAFOOD
6029 WESTHEIMER RD (Across from




Christie's Seafood
 6029 Westheimer (across street from Sun & Ski)


The next General Meeting will be
Sunday, March 10, 2024

6:00pm to 8:00pm
6029 Westheimer

 Please sign up.

March General Meeting - 3/10/2024



THE SCSC 2023-24 TRIP SCHEDULE: RITA CARDENAS VP-TRIPS







It is all about travel apps!

By Rita Cardenas, VP of Trips

 

extensively use these apps when planning a trip and on site at my destination:

Hopper: The Hopper app has helped over 100 million travelers find and secure the best price on flights, hotels, homes and car rentals - each and every time they book their trips. Book Flights, Hotels, Homes & Rental CarsFind millions of flights, hotels, homes, rental cars (and cute bunnies) – all in one app.   With all, I only use Hopper to monitor when to book airfare.  You can set up your future travel dates and filter by airline, etc. Hopper will send notifications when it’s time to book based on prices or to wait for lower fares.  It is a great app.

 

Rome2Rio: Rome2Rio searches any city, town, landmark, attraction, or address across the globe with thousands of multi-modal routes to easily get you from A to B.  I absolutely love this app, it was extremely helpful when I was in Spain, Portugal,and New York.   When I recently flew into Marid and miss my connecting flight to Santiago, I used the app to figure out the best way to make to Santiago in the same day.  The app not only provides the trains schedule but estimate cost and what line and what subway to take to the train stationI also used when I was in New York, to find the correct subway line to take to Tribeca and Little ItalyThis is my go-to app when I travel anywhere!

 

Hotel Tonight: Hotel Tonight offers heavily discounted room rates, especially for travelers with flexible schedules or looking to book at the last minute.  I used this for a friend that was traveling to Paris and needed a hotel room at the last minute near the Paris airport.  

 

 

SpotHero Parking:Search for the best parking deals near the airport, compare prices and book a reservation ahead of time. Search for long-term parking, valet service, and more.  When I fly out of IAH, I usually reserve parking at theSheraton on JFK Blvd.  Recently, I flew to New York and only paid $5.00 per day.  The Sheraton and Doubletree share a shuttle to and from the airport and leaves every 30 minutes.  Once you return you simply call the Sheraton and let them know your terminal.  I usually do not have to wait long for a pickup.  The app allows you to reschedule during your trip, i.e. push out your stay if your flight is delayed.  I like the Sheraton because they have good security, but the parking is an open lot not covered.

 

MPC: Mobile Passport Control (MPC) allows eligible travelers to submit their travel document, photo, and customs declaration information through a free, secure app on their smartphone or other mobile device. The use of MPC streamlines the traveler’s entry process into the United States by reducing passport control inspection time and overall wait time. Use of MPC does not require pre-approval. Travelers who successfully use the MPC app will no longer have to complete a paper form and may be provided a designated queue. As a result, travelers may experience shorter wait times, less congestion and efficient processing.  I tried this app recently when coming back from Spain and it worked like a charm, no long wait lines!

WhatsApp:  More than 2 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp1 to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp is free and offers simple, secure, reliable messaging and calling, available on phones all over the world.  Space City TC’s use WhatsApp while on international trips to communicate with members, it’s convenient and free.  I use it while at home to stay in touch with my friend in Scotland.

TelegramTelegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed.  Much like whats app.

 

My hope is that you find at least one of these apps to add to your travel planning.



Rita Cardenas - VP Trips
Trips@spacecity.org

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SportsAmerica offers the IKON or Epic Pass Price Increase


Space City has been notified by Sports America that Epic Pass pricing will increase on September 4th.

We strongly encourage members to buy Epic Pass products. Lift tickets are expected to be 2-3 times higher than the Epic Day Pass prices.
To purchase please go to https://www.sportsamerica.com/epic-spacecity   

Remember, for the Day Pass products, buy the 'holidays restricted' version NOT the 'limited' version. The limited version is not valid at Beaver Creek.

Guests going on more than 1 trip to an Epic Destination should buy the Epic Local Pass..

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2023-2024 Trips




Type  Destinations
Date Trip Coord/ATC TC Email Full pkg $/pp Land pkg $/pp
 



   
SCSC Club Trip  Branson MO Sept 19 - 22, 2023   Susan Granbery  Branson@spacecity.org   NA 
$769 

SCSC Club Trip   Vail, Co
Dec 9-16, 2023 Kate Clinton
Vail@spacecity.org

NA $1,089

TSC - Traditional 2024 
 
Beaver Creek, CO
Jan 13-20, 2024  Max Salinas/Marsha Lutz    beavercreek@spacecity.org  
$2,277 $1,785
 
TSC - Winter Exp 2024

 Interlaken, Switzerland
Jan 26-Feb 3, 2024 Karen Leeson/Sandra Schneider  interlaken@spacecity.org $2,667 $1,621

TSC - Winter Showdown 2024 
 
Park City, UT 
Feb 3- 10, 2024 Ann Dorn Parkcity@spacecity.org  $2,458 $2,005
 
SCSC Club Trip

 Breckenridge, CO
Feb 10-17, 2024  Steve Ying breckenridge@spacecity.org  $2,135 $1,735
 
TSC - Final Showdown 2024

 Whitefish, MT
Mar 2-9, 2024  Bill Bomberger whitefish@spacecity.org  $1,752 $917

SCSC Club Trip 

 Costa Rica
April 20 - 27, 2024 Sorrell Warren costarica@spacecity.org
NA $1,509
 SCSC Club Trip
 
Texas Hill Country Wine Tasting Weekend

May 17 - 19,
2024        
Deb Cini
dcini111@gmail.com  NA
$460
 SCSC Club Trip
Galapagos Adventure

July 21 - 30, 2023  Beverly Roberts  galapagos@spacecity.org  NA   $6,230 
 
TSC Fall Expedition 2024

 Amalfi Coast & Rome
October 22-31, 2024  Marsha Lutz/Leyla Ozkardesh amalficoast@spacecity.org  $4,515
$3,253

 
 TRIPS
 Location 
 Date 
 Tour Operator 
 
TSC Traditional 2025

 Big Sky, MT
 Jan 11 - 18, 2025
 Big Sky Resort 
 
TSC Winter Expedition 2025
 
 Val Gardena, Italy
 Jan 24 - Feb 1, 2025 
 Holidaze

 Final Showdown 2025

 Crested Butte, CO
 Mar 1 - 8, 2025
 Ski Group.net


 

 


Rowena Roche - VP Membership


MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL RATES!

Membership is required for all trips, many activities and certain club communications are available only to current members.

Dues for all levels of membership effective June 1, 2023:

Single 1 year - $40.00;   3 year prepay $100.
Family 1 year - $70.00;  3 year prepay $175

Join now! Go to http://www.spacecity.org.  When you log in, click the down arrow next to your name to see if it is time to renew your membership.
 
Follow the payment instructions to join immediately if paying with a credit card. Or follow the application steps to generate an invoice and mail a check to the address below. 

If paying by check, your invoice will calculate a 2.99% discount.  

SCSC

PO Box 22567

Houston, Texas 77227



If you have any membership questions contact Rowena Roche, our

current VP Membership: membership@spacecity.org

2023-2024 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Space City officers for the 2022-2023 year.

Lynn Burch: President

Bil Cusack: VP - Programs

Rita Cardenas: VP - Trips

Rowena Roche: VP - Membership/Marketing

Diane Stotz: Secretary

Marti Turner: Treasurer

Susan Granbery: VP Communications

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT LYNN BURCH


Greetings SCSC’ers!

Thanks everyone for coming to the December and January meetings. 

The December meeting at Sun and Ski had more people attend than ever before and we got to hear from the manager about new ski clothes and equipment.  They gave us and additional discount and provided drinks and appetizers.  It is always good to hear about new things for the skiers.  We really appreciate Sun & Ski for hosting this meeting for us every year.

The January meeting was phenomenal.  We had 78 people attend, I don’t know if it was due to changing to Sunday’s or everyone wanted to try out Christie’s but I was amazed to see members I haven’t seen in a long time.  The problem was, I had Christie’s prepared for 60 as of Friday morning and I had 18 sign up between Saturday and 12 of them was on Sunday.  There was no time for the restaurant to prepare for extra seating and staff.  I thought they did an amazing job waiting on everyone and getting the food and drinks out under the circumstances.  The major hiccup was they had a woman at the front that was only supposed to be selling wine but the members keep giving her their food orders and she had no time to turn them in so their food took a while.  In the future, you must be seated to order food.  It was a learning curve for both our club and Christie’s.  We shouldn’t have this problem in the future since there will be ski trips out and I ask to please sign up before Friday night.

I was asked as to why we left Post Oak Grill.  I don’t know if you are aware of the fact that Polo, the owner died in the fall and Claudia, his wife who I had worked with the whole time left.  I was not able to get us a contract for this year’s meetings from them.  I kept being put off saying they were trying to get a new contract for the restaurant.  Finally, I could not wait any longer and started looking for a new place to meet.  I was extremely glad to find Christie’s who would work with us

Now that ski season has started and the trips are underway there are still cancellations or the possibility to add another room, if you didn’t get on a trip and want to go, look for openings on the website or in the Eblasts.   The trip leaders have done a great job putting together their trips and it should be a wonderful next few months of skiing.  

We also have the trip to Costa Rica and Galapagos in the spring.  We have another Hill Country wine tasting trip to Johnson City in May.  We are always looking for new places to go.

Bil has activities, dinners, and Happy Hours planned for the next few months.   If you have an idea or want to run an activity please contact Bil.  Please sign up for all the activities that are coming up. We all work very hard to come up with ideas and venues so our members can have various activities to enjoy.

I look forward to working with and seeing everyone to have another great rest of the year of trips and fun activities.


Lynn Burch

President

ACTIVITY NEWS WITH Bil Cusack-VP ACTIVITIES





Check out these photos from some of our past events!
2022 Events
SCSC Dinners

SCSC Happy Hours
2021 Holiday Gala




Upcoming Events
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MEMBER NEWS


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Space City Ski & Adventure Club
60th Anniversary Party
Next Year!
Saturday, October 12, 2024









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