Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

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  Last updated September 21, 2017

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** Important Message from the ACC **
(No more clothes needed)

Dear community and friends of the Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) in Houston, our City, Houston, needs our help!
Our center is still collecting much needed donated items to distribute in collaboration with other Organizations to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Please drop off any of the listed items below ONLY.

PLUS, we urgently need School Supplies & Uniforms to help kids who lost everything in the flood to go back to school.

We will accept drop off items Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please call (832) 351-3366 or simply walk-in during the drop off period.

We know to count on our friends Americans and Arab Americans' generosity to participate and join in this humanitarian effort to help our fellow Houstonians in need.

As far as clothes, not needed for now.
We will continue the collection and drop off efforts until needed!
Click here for ACC Donation Items List
Arab American Cultural & Community Center
10555 Stancliff Road, Houston, TX 77099

New!! Arabic Theater for Kids & Youth!

Ages 7 to 15 years old
The famous writer and Theatrical Director Shakespeare said: "Give me a theater, and I give you a great Nation!"
Based on our belief in the importance of the Theater and our passion for this prestigious field, ACC is starting Arabic Theatre Club that will take place on weekends for kids and Teenagers. Classes will be presented by Mrs. Samia Ayari.
The Theater Classes will include a theoretical aspect in terms of enabling the child to learn about the history of Western and Arab Theater and urging them to research it and provide information sheets that enhance their research and knowledge. It also incites them to perform the most famous Western and Arabic plays in different languages. The lessons also include the practical aspect and the readiness of the body through expressive body acting and voice exercises. Through theater, we seek to provide knowledge and entertainment in a space where the child starts to express him/herself.
Samia Ayari is Tunisian. She moved to Houston TX 5 years ago. Before then, she had more than 15 years experience in Artistic Field. She presented television and theatre projects in Tunisia and other Arab & Western Countries. She got her Bachelor Degree in Journalism & Communication, and Master Degree in Dramatic Arts.
Theatre Club Classes:
   Days: Saturdays or Sundays
   Time: 1pm - 2pm
   Fees: $50/month
   Special Discount to ACC School Students: $40/month
To learn more, please call the Arab American Cultural & Community Center at 832.351.3366.


September 21, 2017  -  ICNA Disaster Relief Services
Please join us for a very important session on disaster relief services by Sr. Jane Aslam. She is the Director of Disaster Relief at ICNA and will be sharing a lot of useful information regarding all the different services and resources that are out there for the people impacted by Harvey. A representative from FEMA might be present as well, depending on their availability, to help understand the overall process and to answer any of your questions.
More specifically, the event will cover the following
• Information sharing, Q&A, useful handouts
• Register families for Disaster Case Management
• Provide Application Assistance
• Referrals to disaster related service providers

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 7:30PM to 9PM
Location: MAS Katy Islamic Center, 1800 Baker Road, Houston, TX 77094




September 22, 2017  -  ACC Ladies' Night Group Gathering
The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group At Bait Al-Arab (ACC)
Date: Friday, September 22nd
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
Kick off Ladies Night
The ladies at Bait AlArab welcomes all community ladies to our kick off ladies night gathering for for Arabic Mothers Day celebration on Friday September 22nd at 6 pm at the ACC.
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
• Learn about health insurance, open enrollment period ,how to apply, and if you qualify for help paying your insurance premiums, presented by Bashira Idelby (licensed insurance agent)
• Come Share your experience with Hurricane Harvey. Optional bring one canned non perishable food, hygiene product (shampoo, toothpaste, etc ,..) to donate to Harvey victims.
• Games,raffle Door prize Bazzar and much more.
• Bring a home made dish to Share
Don't miss a night full of fun, education and entertainment.

Kids between age of 3 and 12 will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!
Babysitting will be charged $5.00/child.
The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child who is not baby seated.

To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.




September 24, 2017  -  Special TELETHON Live for Harvey Relief
A Special TELETHON LIVE will take place Sunday, September 24th from 12 Noon until 3 PM. Muslims all across the United States are joining together to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Many Muslim Leaders, Scholars, Celebrities will join for this Humanitarian Relief Effort. They will be taking calls live at 1-888-506-7865 on Sunday.
Click here for more details.




October 20, 2017  -  Aspiring for Abraham- An Interfaith Event

Khalid Latif is Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU).
In 2005, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU. In 2006, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University. In 2007, Imam Latif’s position was fully institutionalized at New York University, and so he committed himself to that institution and the building of a Muslim life institution.

Imam Latif’s dedication and ability to cross faith and cultural boundaries on a daily basis brought him recognition throughout the city, so much so that in 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department when he was 24 years old. Since then, Imam Latif has dedicated himself to America’s largest police department, and has developed tremendously valuable skills as a spokesperson for co-existence, mutual understanding, and productive relationships between cultures, communities, and religions.

Imam Latif has not only managed to build a strong Muslim institution at NYU, but he has offered his experience to the U.S. State Department, various institutions, corporations, mosques, and other communities in the United States, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, and Egypt. He is a highly sought-after speaker, offering to diverse audiences his unique blend of motivational speaking, leadership insights, spiritual development, and religious awareness. He has been invited to speak at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Yeshiva University, St. John's University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California-Davis, University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University, Princeton University, The University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), the Ohio State University and Harvard University. Imam Latif has been quoted or otherwise featured on numerous media outlets including BBC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, BET, the guardian and GEO TV. Amongst many awards and distinctions for leadership and community service over the last few years, Imam Latif was most recently named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2010 by Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.

In 2009, Imam Latif was a runner-up in the FaithTrust Institute's National Sermon Contest for his sermon "Real Men Don't Hit Women".

Imam Latif is one of the principal subjects of Chelsea Clinton's 2014 documentary film "Of Many".

Since 2010 Imam Latif has run a daily blog for the HuffPost Religion during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in 2011 winning the Brass Crescent Award. Among his many honors is being named the 2012 Christian Science Monitor's "30 under 30" list. In 2014, Imam Latif was honored with the NYU Alumni Distinguished Service Award for his continued work to help bridge gaps between different faith groups.

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM - 10 PM
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
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October 21, 2017  -  3rd Annual Muslim Women's Literary Conference

Daybreak Press is back with the collaboration of local Houston organizations, the Sisters Committee of ISGH & the University of Houston MSA, to bring you the 3rd Annual Muslim Women's Literary Conference! Join us as we celebrate the rise of women's voices in literature and the impact their work has on society as a whole.

This year's theme is Stories in the Attic: Unleashing the Treasures Within. We welcome to our stage the following speakers who will unravel the magnificence of writing and honoring their identities as women of faith against the backdrop of race, gender and cultural politics.

Attendees will be able to meet the speakers, purchase books and have an opportunity to have their books signed by the authors, inshaAllah. Entertainment showcases phenomenal local sisters and their talent in spoken word, poetry and nasheed!

**Lunch & refreshments included with registration fee!**

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 10 AM - 5 PM
Location: University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston, Texas 77204

Speakers List:

Anse Tamara Gray, doctoral candidate at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN - Scholar, founder of Rabata and author of Joy Jots.

Asmaa Hussein, LSW - Founder of Ruqaya's Bookshelf, children's book writer and author of A Temporary Gift: Reflections on Love, Loss and Healing

Jamillah Karim, PhD - Professor, award-winning academic and author of Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam & American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah

Najiyah Diana Maxfield - Executive Director of Daybreak Press, award-winning writer and author of Sophia's Journal

Nahela Morales - Recently joined the ICNA-Dallas team, former Director of Operations at IslamInSpanish, daa'iya and Mexican Muslim American blogger aka Umm Andrew

Author Tayyaba Syed - Journalist, award-winning author of The Blessed Banana Tree and co-author of Jannah Jewels series

Jenny Triplett of Rufus & Jenny - Marriage & Business Mentors - Best-selling author of Suriving Marriage in the 21st Century, television personality seen on TLC, CNN, Dr. Phil and activist in the effort to thwart mass incarceration with education and mentorship
For more information, click here.


October 28, 2017  -  Houston Egyptian Festival
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Where: Discovery Green, Downtown Houston
For more information, visit http://egyptfesthouston.com/.


November 3, 2017 - Syrian American Club Scholarship Endowment Gala
The Syrian American Club 2017 Scholarship Endowment Gala

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston TX 77056



November 12, 2017  -  CAIR-Houston's Annual Banquet
"Living our faith: Defending freedom"
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 4 pm - 8 pm
Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
For more information, visit www.cairtexas.com.


November 22-26, 2017  -  ADS Houston Chapter Thanksgiving Convention

The ADS Houston Chapter Cordially invites you to its Thanksgiving Convention "Celebrating the Druze Millennium"
November 22 – November 26
Nov 22 at 10 AM to Nov 26 at 2 PM

"Continuing on the "Road to 2017" theme from the 2012 Thanksgiving Convention
Please join us for an amazing time deep in the heart of Texas.

Stay tuned for additional details.


December 8, 2017  -  ACC Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) Annual Gala for 2017 will highlight the People & Culture of Syria.
Gala Chairs: Hadia Mawlawi & Mariam Haddad
Honoring: Dr. Aziz Shaibani, Mr. Said Fattouh, and The Syrian American Club
Date: December 8, 2017
For more information, visit www.acchouston.org/.


February 17, 2018  -  Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer Gala
Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer is having their 17th Annual Fundraising Gala.

FECC’s Vision is to provide a cure for the Children of Egypt afflicted with Cancer.

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Location: Double Tree by Hilton – Greenway Plaza, 6 Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX 77046
Ticket Price: $150/person or $1500/table of 10

Guest Speaker: Mrs. Magda Eskander

Come join us with and evening of fellowship, a wonderful meal, performances of Egyptian dancers, and a Silent & Live Auctions.

For questions regarding this event, call (713) 822-7073.

FECC is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.
For more information, visit www.fecchouston.org.



Hall of Ancient Egypt
Permanent Collection
Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house.”

The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and of course mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall.

When: Members Preview: May 24-30, 2013; Public Opening: May 31, 2013
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston 77030

Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, will be moved to his new surroundings in time for the opening on May 24, 2013.

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