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Join us for our 25th Annual Twilight Gala

Doorway to Discovery

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November 15th at 6:30 PM

The Briar Club - 2603 Timmons 

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ITEM #111
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Altuve! Enough Said. -

Signed Photograph of Jose Altuve, Houston Astro - 2017 All Star and American League MVP. Signed & Framed in a Custom Houston Landmark Gallery 8 X 10 Black Frame.


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"Birthday" A Hand-carved wooden hatching turtle by James Phillips -

Enjoy this one of a kind, hand-carved wooden hatchling turtle! The famous local tree trunk carver, James Phillips, sculpted this original piece for our gala. As a friend of the Nature Discovery Center, James is known for his creation of our unique owl seat, carved out of a tree, and located in our side lawn. 

Wear a Nature Discovery Center turtle T-shirt when you win this hand-carved masterpiece!




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ITEM #137
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Enjoy a getaway to Belize! -

3 Night Stay in Ambergris Caye (San Pedro), Belize

2BR/S BA Beachfront Suite Condo, Banyan Bay/ Alaia Resort

Located just a few steps from the Caribbean Sea, this two-bedroom beachfront suite guarantees the best sunrises that Ambergris Caye has to offer! The condo has two queen beds. This suite also comes with a full kitchenette, microwave, hairdryer, and a patio. It is only a step away from the restaurant and dive shop.





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Gouache watercolor painting by famed local birder and naturalist, Cin-Ty Lee -

Gouache watercolor painting by famed local birder and naturalist, Cin-Ty Lee
Featuring three plumages of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak - adult male, adult female and juvenile




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ITEM #143
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Nothing Better than Summer Camp! -

Give your child the gift of a natural camp experience with one week of summer camp at John Knox Ranch in Fisher, Texas! 

Added bonus: Henry Owen, the Nature Discovery Center former Executive Director, is the Director of John Knox Ranch and would love to see you and your family! You know your child is in good hands with Henry and his team!

At John Knox Ranch, we foster experiences of Christian community in the beauty of God’s creation. JKR is a place where love, acceptance, grace, and FUN flow freely.

Just 1 hour from Austin and San Antonio, JKR offers resident camp for students entering grades 2 – 12 and day camp for kids ages 4 – 8. Resident campers live in rustic screened cabins with a trained counselor and 5-7 other campers in their age group. Two cabins make up a family unit that participates in activities together: swimming, archery, rappelling, rock climbing, arts and crafts, nature discovery, ropes challenge course, Bible study and spiritual formation, canoeing, sharing homemade family-style meals, and more. The family unit structure (called small group camping) is an important foundation of our summer camp program. Negotiating the selection of the daily activities, asking someone to “please pass the green beans,” and cleaning the cabin with your bunkmates all help teach campers how to live in community together and help them develop confidence, independence, and self-esteem. In the evenings, the whole camp comes together for large group games, hayrides, pool parties, campfires, star gazing, and worship. One night per session, each family unit spends a night under the stars across the creek on the nature preserve section of camp. Campers are nudged into their personal growth zone as they make their own dinner over the fire, cook s’mores, tell stories, giggle, and sleep under the stars.

Attending camp at JKR helps children and youth develop social and interpersonal skills, a sense of self, and an understanding of our place in and responsibility for this pretty planet. JKR is a place where all are welcome; where identity is formed through self-awareness and service, where differences are celebrated; where children grow into counselors, counselors become leaders, and leaders bring patience, inclusion, and excellent servant leadership to their own professions and communities.



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ITEM #145
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Upgrade Your Laptop -

Reimagine your creative process with a versatile laptop that gives you the latest convertible design you'll want with the pro-grade performance you need. Showcase your work like never before with five unique modes.


-Most powerful convertible PC - for creative visionaries who need versatility and performance on the go  

HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 is made out of CNC machined aluminum that can flip 360 degrees. It has an incredible 15.6-inch 4K DreamColor touch display, excellent Bang & Olufsen speakers and comes with the ZBook Pen, which features 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt controls and three customizable buttons. Don't be fooled by just its looks, it has an Intel i7-8750H processor and Quadro P1000 GPU that will blow you away with its overwhelming power. And it doesn't even drop in battery life, lasting up to 16 hours long.   

LAPTOP Magazine calls out this product as the “king of workstations” for its “premium design,” and “gorgeous 4K display,” 

Battery life - 17 hours battery life

Feature - Touchscreen, Convertible

Screen size- 15.6 inches

Weight -4.9 lb

Installed memory -8 GB RAM

Operating system -Windows OS


Notebook - flip design

Processor / Chipset

Max Turbo Speed - 4.1 GHz

Number of Cores - 6-core

Cache - L3 - 9 MB

64-bit Computing 

Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0


Max RAM Supported - 32 GB

Technology - DDR4 SDRAM - non-ECC

Speed - 2666 MHz

Rated Speed - 2666 MHz

Form Factor - SO-DIMM 260-pin

Slots Qty - 2

Empty Slots - 0


LCD Backlight Technology - LED backlight

Touchscreen - Yes

Resolution - 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD 4K)

Widescreen - Yes

Image Brightness - 400 cd/m²

Features - Ambient light sensor, Panel Self Refresh (PSR), 282 ppi, Corning Gorilla glass 4, Ultra HD 4K eDP

Keyboard Name - HP Collaboration

Audio & Video

Multi-GPU Configuration

1 single GPU card / integrated GPU

Video Memory


Video System Features

NVIDIA Optimus, Shader Model 5.0

Camera -Yes 720p

Video Resolutions - 1280 x 720

Frame Rate - 30 frames per second

Camera Features - Low light enhancement

Sound - Stereo speakers, dual array microphone

Compliant Standards - High Definition Audio

Audio Features - Bang & Olufsen Audio, HP Clear Sound Amp


Keyboard Backlight - Yes

Keyboard Layout - US

Features - Volume control, spill-resistant, multi-gesture clickpad


Wireless - 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0

Wireless Controller - Intel Wireless-AC 9560 - PCI Express Mini Card (M.2)

Compliant Standards - IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.11i, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED


Technology - 4-cell lithium-polymer

Installed Qty - 1

Capacity - 95.6 Wh

AC Adapter

Input - AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)

Output - 150 Watt, 19.5 V

Connections & Expansion

Slots - 2 x M.2 Card (1 free)


2 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2/Thunderbolt 3/DisplayPort 1.3 USB 3.0 (charging) USB 3.0 HDMI Headphone/microphone combo jack

Memory Card Reader

Yes (SD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card, SDXC UHS-II Card)


Software Included

HP Remote Graphics Software, HP Performance Advisor, Windows Defender, Device Access Manager, HP Secure Erase, HP Security Manager, HP Drive Packs (free download), HP Client Catalog, HP BIOS Config Utility, HP Manageability & Integration Kit (free download), HP System Software Manager (free download), HP BIOSphere Gen4



Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip


Power-on password, One-Step Logon, Setup Password, HP Automatic Drive Lock, HP DriveLock, Measured Boot, Power On Authentication, HP Fast Charge, Pre-boot Authentication, HP Sure Start Gen 4, HP Sure Recover, BIOS Update via Network, HP Sure Click

Theft/Intrusion Protection

Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Security Slot Type

Kensington security slot

Included Accessories

Power adapter



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ITEM #146
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5 Nights! South African Photo Safari -

Enjoy a couples photo safari on the South Africa bush for five full days and nights.

Located just three hours north of the Johannesburg Airport in Limpopo Province, our camp is arguably the finest that South Africa has to offer. Situated on the banks of three hippo-filled lakes and surrounded by an abundance of African wildlife, the location and experience you will enjoy cannot be overstated. There is simply nothing like waking up immersed in the sounds of the African bush. Live out your own National Geographic adventure on our daily game drives and rest easy in our well-appointed chalets that
offer a perfect blend of rustic charm and luxury complete with en suite bathrooms and breathtaking views of the wild South African landscape.
Combining the freedom and space of a private estate with the personalized attention of a professional concierge, Primus Villas offers a unique blend of opulent seclusion and exceptional service that is second to none. Plan your escape with us today and discover why Primus is truly “first among equals.”
• 5 days/5 nights for two people in luxury safari camp (Sunday check-in, Friday check-out)
• All meals and lodging in the photo camp with limited alcohol at meals
• Daily game drives Transportation


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ITEM #147
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8 Person Dream Vacation in Costa Rica! -

Enjoy a dream vacation at a private Costa Rican villa for six full days and nights of accommodations for up to eight people

Located on the central west coast, our villas are among the finest that Costa Rica has to offer, each featuring four bedrooms, private pool and breathtaking views of jungle, mountain or ocean. You and your party will enjoy a rich Central American culture with great night life as well as numerous activities both on water and land. Spend the day on a canopy tour over the jungle or strap in and rappel down one of the many beautiful waterfalls just minutes from your house. This part of Costa Rica also offers world-class offshore fishing and with a fleet of custom sport fishing vessels to select from, an amazing day on the water is a near certainty. Don’t forget to bring home your catch so that one of our chefs can prepare a dinner you’ll never forget. Combining the freedom and space of a private estate with the personalized attention of a professional concierge, Primus Villas offers a unique blend of opulent seclusion and exceptional service that is second to none. Plan your escape with us today and discover why Primus is truly “first among equals.”
• 6 days/6 nights for eight people in a private Costa Rican villa
• Full service personal concierge to help plan every detail of your trip
• $250 utilities credit


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