R.S.V.P. for this spring’s Senior Educational Excursions when Lamar State College-Orange travels to Katy to explore Forbidden Gardens and to Crowley, La. to enjoy Crystal Rice Heritage Farm.

      Tuesday, March 11, the group will travel to Katy where a guided tour will take visitors back to third century B.C. to view the First Emperor’s amazing 6,000-piece terra-cotta army replica in one-third scale and the intricately detailed miniatures of the famous Forbidden City in Beijing.

      Lunch will be served at The Red Oak Grill and the menu will feature unique pita wraps, sandwiches and salads such as Chicken Shaw Erma, the Temptation Chicken Sandwich and a delicious gyro.

      Next, the trip continues on to the Houston Museum District for a tour of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. The museum details the origin of the nickname given by Cheyenne warriors and explains how it has become a generic term for all African-American soldiers who have served proudly in every American war.

      Tuesday, May 13, a second excursion travels to Crowley and the Crystal Rice Heritage Farm. This attraction includes a full day of activities and a delicious Cajun buffet lunch. Travelers will have the opportunity to view antique cars in Salmon’s Garage and a woman’s treasures found in the Francine Blue Rose Museum. An agri-tour delivered by a fourth-generation rice farmer will unlock mysteries of rice and crawfish. The trip will conclude with a visit to a country store for some unique shopping before returning home. 

      The fee for each trip is $75 which includes round-trip transportation, admission fees, delicious lunches and snacks. Registration for both excursions may be made by phone by calling the LSC-O Office of Continuing Education at 409-882-3321 or in person at 506 Green Ave. (corner of 4th Street and Green Ave.) Cash, check, debit or credit card payments are accepted. Available seating is limited, so remember to register early.