Visiting Book Author: Charles Ota Heller and Bart Childs Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Texas A&M University at Czech Center Museum Houston, TX-May 4, 2013

Press Release
Czech Center Museum Houston in the Museum District, Brno Gallerie

Visiting Book Author

4920 San Jacinto at Wichita, Houston, Texas 77004

Saturday, May 4, 2013 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Czech born American Author Charles Ota Heller and Bart Childs Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Texas A&M University will visit the CCMH Brno Gallerie Saturday May 4, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Conversation with the author and book signing will provide an opportunity to discover and discuss “A Memoir of Survival, Denial and Redemption”, his early years in Prague in a large Catholic and Jewish family, feeling the oppression and brutality of the Nazi occupation of his beloved Czechoslovakia; World War II and the ensuing subjugation of the regime into communism, leading to the eventual loss of twenty-five members of his Heller and Neumann family. It is the history of Czechoslovakia filling all the empty spaces we Americans never really knew or believed. It is a spellbinding read, which we are grateful to have translated into English. You may order the book, Prague: My Long Journey Home, early for your signing on May 4 as Prague International Gifts has them available now. Please call 713-528-2060. The CCMH also invites the public, schools, the Holocaust Museum Houston, Czech Heritage Societies, KJT, KJZT Societies and SPJST Lodges for this special occasion.

Additionally, the new book Rustic Baroque by Czech author Jiri Hajicek, Ceske Budejovice – Living in Czechoslovakia through 42 years of communism, loss of people, personal freedom and property just arrived this month in our Prague International Gifts Shop. It is another invaluable read documenting what happened to freedom, rights, properties and especially the missing people. The translator has annotated the novel to enhance English-language readers’ appreciation for Czech life and culture. Rustic Baroque makes for an excellent study for those who are learning Czech or for Czech speakers wishing to improve their English.

Please order your book or books early as it will be highly desired for genealogy purposes and history lovers for authentic history formerly unknown. It is a great gift to anyone you know who will benefit being educated.

For information

Call: 713-528-2060. Will Ship. $19.95 + S/H Each


Annual Big Three Dance-Shelby, TX

Title: Annual Big Three Dance

Harmonie Hall
509 West FM 389
Shelby, TX

January 20, 2013

1 p.m.-7 p.m.

Bands performing:
Red Ravens, Central Texas Sounds and Fritz Hodde/Fabulous Six

Food Available

For more information: 979-836-7474

28th Annual Corpus Christi Polka Fest-Corpus Christi, TX

28th Annual Corpus Christi Polka Fest



Sokol Hall
5502 Kostoryz Rd.
Corpus, Christi, TX

11:00 a.m.- 2 p.m.-Czechaholics

2 p.m.-5 p.m.- Red Ravens

5 p.m.- 8 p.m.- Leo Majek Orchestra

Full Meal-BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Chicken Noodle Soup, Kolaches, Beer, Tea, and Soft Drinks

Country Store
Silent Auction

$7 per person

For more information: 361-960-3220

Valentine Dinner & Piano Concert-La Grange, TX

Title: Valentine Dinner & Piano Concert-La Grange, TX


Hanslik Hall @ Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center
250 Fairgrounds Road
La Grange, TX

February 16, 2013

Social: 4-6 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m.
Piano Concert: 7 p.m.

Performance by: John Dujka, A Varied Program of Czech and Classical Favorites

Donation: $75/person by February 11, 2013
Benefits TCHCC Maintenance Fund

Formal Evening Attire

Tickets include all drinks, dinner, and concert

For more information: 1-888-785-4500

Texas Polka Music Museum’s Annual Festival-Elgin, TX

Title: Texas Polka Music Museum’s Annual Festival

March 10, 2013


SPJST Lodge 18
702 Hwy 95 North
Elgin, Texas

Music by:
Fritz Hodde and Fabulous Six (Hutto, Texas)
Cloverleaf Orchestra (New Braunfels, Texas)

Hourly Door Prizes
Limited Live Auction
Silent Auction (items accepted day of event)

Admission $10.00 per person

Kitchen will be open

Hall opens at 11:00 am

For information contact:
Glen/Freda Chervenka 979-589-2600
Herb/Lil Schneider 281-807-3244

7th Annual Ennis Czech Music Festival-Ennis, TX

Title: 7th Annual Ennis Czech Music Festival


Sokol Activity Center
2622 East Hwy 34
Ennis, TX

11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

5 bands will be performing:

11: 00 a.m.- Moravians
1:00 p.m.- Ennis Czech Boys
3:00 p.m.- Jak Se Do
5:00 p.m.- Czech Harvesters
7:00 p.m.- Jodie Mikula Orchestra
9:00 p.m.- Czech and Then Some

Red Ravens-Yoakum, TX

Title: Red Ravens


Turner Hall
Highway 111 W
Yoakum, TX 77995
Cost: $10 at door
8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

The South Texas Wheel Spinners & Crank Twisters Club Annual New Year’s Party-Moulton, TX

Title: The South Texas Wheel Spinners and Crank Twisters Club Annual New Year’s Party


Moulton Knights of Columbus Hall
703 W. Jackson
Moulton, TX 77975

8 p.m.- 12 a.m.

Dance is open to the public.

New Year’s Eve Dance-West, Texas

Title: New Year’s Eve Dance-West, Texas
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall-West, TX
2547 Jerry Mashek Dr.
West, TX 76691

Dinner: 6 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Meal: 14 oz. Ribeye Dinner for $15

Dance: 8 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Cost of Admission: $10
Music by the Czechaholics

Black-eye peas and cornbread served at midnight

Start Date: 12-31-2012
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
End Date: 01-01-2013
End Time: 12:00 a.m.

26th Annual Polka Fest-El Campo, Texas

Title: 26th Annual Polka Fest-El Campo, Texas
Location: Knight of Columbus Hall-El Campo, Texas

2490 Armory Rd.
El Campo, TX

Admission cost: $8

Doors open at 11:00 a.m.
Music: 1-7 p.m.

Food served all day

Bands include:
Fritz Hodde/Fab Six
Leo Majek Orchestra
Red Ravens
Three Band Concert

Start Time: 11:00 a.m.
Date: 01/27/2013
End Time: 7:00 p.m.