Tuesday Talk Series

Every month, we host free educational and entertaining speakers to speak on a broad range of topics including health and wellness, finance, cooking, history and even musical performances.  The Tuesday Talk Series is an hour or two well spent for any and all life-long learners.

Each Tuesday Talk event is held on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm.  We are thrilled to announce that beginning in April 2022, the Tuesday Talk events will resume in person on our campus!

To RSVP  to any of the upcoming events, please fill out the form below.

Schedule and Topics


June 21, 2022 — Remembering Anna with Mary Margaret Mann

This riveting presentation gives voice to the message of courage, hope and love of Meip Gies, the Frank family protector during their years in hiding. It was she who bravely gathered up Anne Frank’s diary and, disregarding her own peril, preserved it that the world would know the truth.

Mary Margaret Mann of Houston, Texas, is an accomplished actress, author and speaker, specializing in one-woman performances. She brings alive to audiences across North America her many characters ranging from Mary Todd Lincoln to Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Mrs. Noah. She contributed to a book which is in the White House Library.

July 19, 2022 — Memorial Park Conservancy:  Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

At 1,500 acres and approximately 4MM visitors per year from 170 zip codes across the greater Houston region, Memorial Park is Houston’s largest urban park and nationally distinctive given its size, composition, and cultural history. Disruptive factors like Hurricane Ike in 2008 and the 2011 drought called for a major Park restoration effort. By 2015, Memorial Park Conservancy, Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), and Uptown Development Authority (UDA) developed the Memorial Park Master Plan which includes capital improvements, ecological restoration, and an operations and maintenance plan. In 2018, the Kinder Foundation’s $70MM catalyst gift gave way to the Ten-Year Plan which enables the Conservancy and its partners to design and construct significant components of the Master Plan within ten years. In this presentation, you will learn more about the $205MM of Park improvements to be completed by 2028 as well as the Conservancy’s role in operating and maintaining Memorial Park.


September 20, 2022 — Blossoms of Promise with Mary Margaret Mann

You will be charmed by this extraordinary exploration of the poetry, humor, history, and meaning of flowers as symbols of hope and joy.

Mary Margaret Mann of Houston, Texas, is an accomplished actress, author and speaker, specializing in one-woman performances. She brings alive to audiences across North America her many characters ranging from Mary Todd Lincoln to Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Mrs. Noah. She contributed to a book which is in the White House Library.

October 18, 2022 — Ghosts of Houston’s Market Square Park with Sandra Lord



Recorded Past Events

March 15, 2022 — Healthy Aging with Liliana Burnett

Liliana Burnett headshot

Aging is an unavoidable consequence of living.  We will discuss why aging occurs and provide insight on how to help reduce age related ailments and energy decline through proper nutrition and other lifestyle choices.  Healthy aging is a real possibility.  Start here to learn how you can feel good for years to come!



January 18, 2022The Essential Documents We Should All Consider for Proper Estate Planning with Wright Abshire Attorneys

Do you have all the documents you should have for disability and death? Will your will or trust ensure that the assets you leave be protected against your beneficiaries’ death or possible divorce? Presented by: Theresa A. Clarke, Attorney.  Click here to watch this presentation.

November 16, 2021 — Winter Vegetable Gardening for Maximum Deliciousness with Dany Millikin, Director of Education at Houston Botanic Garden

Dany Millikin headshotDaniel (Dany) Millikin joined the Houston Botanic Garden as its new director of education on Aug. 2, 2021.

Dany is a plant health enthusiast who loves soil, soil biology, root anatomy, and the way they all work together. He loves introducing beginner vegetable gardeners and native novices to new or better ways to grow their own plants.

Most recently, Dany served as Executive Director of the Organic Horticulture Benefit Alliance—a Houston non-profit dedicated to the education of organic and sustainable lawn and garden practices, and previously owned and operated an organic, edible-focused landscaping company. He also hosts the radio show “HomeShow Garden Pros” on SportsRadio 610 every Saturday morning.

Dany has developed and launched an exciting speaker series, horticulture training in Spanish, and an organic certification at OHBA, led corporate/volunteer events at Memorial Park, and partnered with local chefs to present fun programs on plants and the culinary arts.

Although new to the Garden’s official team, Dany knows the Houston Botanic Garden well, having consulted with Landscape Art to help install the Global Collection Garden and lending his advice to the Garden’s horticulture team on many topics during the planning and planting of the Garden.

Daniel is a ninth-generation Texan, and, due to his strong Texan heritage, he is drawn to native Texas plants and conserving the healthy natural setting.

Click here to watch the recorded presentation.  Click here to download Dany’s presentation materials.

August 17, 2021 — Ten Life-Changing Wellness Tips with Liliana Burnett

Learn 10 simple but life-changing wellness tips that will make a big impact on your day-to-day health, happiness, and well-being.

Liliana Burnett leads Holly Hall’s wellness team as our Director of Wellness and uses her background in nutrition, wellness, fitness, and psychology to create Holly Hall’s current wellness programming options.

Click here to watch the recorded presentation and here for the at-home exercise video.


June 15, 2021 — Breezing into Summer:  A Cooking and Cocktail Demonstration with Chef Peter

Our Chef Peter - Holly Hall - Assisted Living in Christian Community - Houston TexasImagine sitting on your patio with close friends watching the sun go down. You want to impress your friends with a simple but elegant dinner without a lot of fuss. With some pre-planning and prep work already done, assembling this menu is easy and ready in just a few minutes.  You can sit back and relax, enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail, and wait for the compliments to flow.

The menu includes Smoked Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Dressing and Heirloom Tomatoes, Vodka Strawberry Lemonade, and Summer Breeze Cocktail.  Here are the recipes so you can follow along and enjoy them at home!

Chef Peter Huber has served as Holly Hall’s Executive Chef and Director of Dining Services for 8 years.  Chef Peter graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, previously worked at Houston Baptist University and River Oaks Country Club, and has had the pleasure to cook for former US Presidents and dignitaries.


May 18, 2021 — The Force Behind the Forces: History and the Future of the USO with Loren Westerfield

The USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.

Click here to watch this recorded presentation!


January 19, 2021 — Preservation Houston:  History in Progress

Since it was founded in 1978, Preservation Houston has worked to save and educate Houstonians about the city’s irreplaceable architectural and cultural heritage. Programs Director Jim Parsons will discuss Preservation Houston’s work in the context of the Bayou City’s growth and development, highlighting some of the award-winning restorations bringing new life to Houston’s historic structures.

Jim Parsons, a native of Baytown, puts his lifelong interest in local history and architecture to work as Preservation Houston’s Programs Director. Jim coordinates programs and educational outreach for Preservation Houston, including architectural walking tours, video tours and lectures. He has co-authored and photographed several books on Art Deco architecture in Texas, including Houston Deco: Modernistic Architecture of the Texas Coast, and he has written about and photographed cities across the United States.

Click here to watch this recorded presentation!




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