Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

The events listed below are not necessarily endorsed or sponsored by Arab Voices. Listing them on this site is a service to the community to be aware of activities and events in the Greater Houston Area. To include an event on this calendar, send e-mail to info@arabvoices.net.
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  Last updated March 20, 2018

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March 23, 2018  -  Muslims in the Age of Activism

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 8 PM - 10 PM
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098
Muslims in the Age of Activism with Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt and Hassan Shibly
CHRIS BLAUVELT is the founder of LaunchGood. He is a passionate Muslim American entrepreneur committed to building up the global Muslim community to reach its full potential. In just over a year LaunchGood has already helped raise over $1 million for more than 100 campaigns across 13 countries. Chris currently lives in Dearborn, Michigan with his wife Amani and new daughter Maryam Yusra, and is an active community volunteer for University Muslim life and new Muslim work.
HASSAN SHIBLY is Executive Director of CAIR Florida. He has appeared numerous times in both local and national media outlets including CNN, NPR, Voice of America, the New York Times, the Toronto Star and the Buffalo News for his work protecting civil liberties and promoting understanding of the Muslim faith. He runs a successful academic publishing company focusing on the traditional Islamic sciences, and is the founder of the Center for American Muslim Understanding. Hassan’s work has earned him the attention of various Islamophobic publications, which criticize Hassan for "deceiving the American People" by "promoting a peaceful and tolerant image of Islam.".

Hosted by ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center and Risala Foundation.

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March 23, 2018  -  Imad AlTaha Concert with Journey West
Fifth Annual Arab Heritage Month Kick-off Event!
A Beautiful Evening of Arabic Music with Iraqi virtuoso violinist Imad Al Taha and Journey West. Imad is a master of Iraqi, Turkish, Kurdish and Gulf styles with a broad repertoire which draws from countries all throughout the Middle-East.
Imad's performance with the group Journey West at the Arab-American Cultural Center will feature Iraqi, Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian Music. The concert includes compositions by Ryad Al-Sunbati and Mohammed Abdel Wahab.
Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road- Houston 77099
VIP Seating: $15 Limited 60 seats- Front Three Rows
General Admission: $10
For more details and to purchase tickets, please click here.


March 24, 2018  -  March For Our Lives
On Saturday, March 24 at 9:00 a.m., CAIR – Houston will be joining the March For Our Lives.
Location: Tranquility Park, 400 Rusk St, Houston, Texas 77002
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Updated information:
"We are meeting at 9am where the rally will happen. Then, at 10am, we will begin marching to Ted Cruz's office! We have a parking garage reserved for marchers that holds 3300+, as well as street parking around the area" Alyssa DuPree.
According to the event page: After the recent mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas, students of the school have organized a nationwide protest including Houston, TX to plea for a strengthening of gun laws.
If you would like to have a serious conversation about gun control, the time is now. Students, Teachers, Parents, and concerned citizens are invited to march in solidarity with us. Please share this page with your loved ones and ask them to join as well.
This event is being put together by local students, parents, and teachers hoping to give a voice to those seeking change.

Fundraising information:

Sign up to help:

CAIR – Houston looks forward to everyone coming out for this event in solidarity, in unity.



March 24, 2018  -  Super Muslim Comedy Tour

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 6 PM - 9 PM
Location: Sugarland Ballroom party hall, 869 Dulles Ave, Stafford, Texas 77477

After the success of our 2017 Comedy tour, We’ve decided it's time to reassemble the league of super funny Muslims from across the country to bring you all a night of hilarity this upcoming spring. Join us in one of five cities around the country, as we spend an evening with Aman Ali, Feraz Ozel, Travina Springer, Ismael Loutfi, Azeem Muhammad, Moses the Comic, and Daina Ali.

This laughter-inducing line-up is coming to New York, Houston, Tampa, and Fremont California from March 10th to April 1st– make sure you book early to get tickets for just $20! Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.

If you have any questions about this event, please email events@pennyappealusa.org or give us a call at (202) 851-2112.

The Super Heroes of the Night:
Moses the Comic, Aman Ali, Daina Ali & Yasmin Elhady

Tickets: Online $20, LATE/at-Door $25, Family+Friends Discount (4-8 tickets) $15
A presentation showcasing Penny Appeal's work supporting orphans in Pakistan, will be included in the event program. We are raising money to build a sustainable OrphanKind Village in Pakistan. Our villages are designed to help transform the lives of disadvantaged orphan children, offering them a better future in a secure family setting. For more information visit www.pennyappealusa.org/orphankind

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Other Tour Dates:
March 10 – New York City, NY
March 24 – Houston, Texas
March 25 – Tampa, Florida
April 1 – Fremont, California

For ages 12+ | Complimentary snacks will be provided


March 24, 2018  -  A Night for Syria
Join HHRD on March 24th for a night for Syria.
Our brothers and sisters are suffering through harsh winters and scorching hot summers. They do not have access to proper, reliable shelter, clean water, enough food, or weather appropriate clothes.
They need our help and support!
Joining us as speakers will be Imam Suhaib Webb and Shaykh Eiad Soudan and one of our well-known community activist, Zainab Ghwari with eyewitness accounts from the Syrian Refugee camps in Jordan.

RSVP now! -> tinyurl.com/ANightforSyria
If you can not make it please invite others!
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March 24-25, 2018  -  8th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
Experience Palestinian culture in downtown Houston!

The 8th annual Houston Palestinian Festival is a vibrant two day festival highlighting the rich Palestinian heritage and will take place on March 24th and 25th, 2018.
When: Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25, 2018
Location: Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St., Houston 77002
This year's festival will focus on the beautiful history and significance of Jerusalem in Palestinian history. Join us as we say,

We are Jerusalem, We are Palestine!

At the Houston Palestinian Festival, bring your friends and experience:
- A taste of delectable Palestinian cuisine,
- The rhythm of live Palestinian folkloric music and songs,
- Shopping in a bazaar filled with Palestinian arts, crafts, and beautiful merchandise,
- The art of Palestinian embroidery as you watch a traditional fashion show,
- A wedding that will take you back to the streets of a Palestinian village,
- The wonderful history of the Holy Land.

The Houston Palestinian Festival is presented by The Palestinian American Cultural Center. Visit www.pacchouston.org for more.



April 13, 2018  -  Who Speaks for America's Muslims?

Risala Foundation is pleased to welcome Todd Green and Jonathan AC Brown to Houston!
Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 Eastside St, Houston, Texas 77098

TODD GREEN is Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College. A nationally recognized expert on Islamophobia. As a public scholar, Green writes regularly for The Huffington Post and has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets on Islamophobia, including CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, France 24, and Reuters. His views on Islamophobia have also been cited by organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for American Progress, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Green is the author of The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortress Press, 2015). The book surveys the history of anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe and the United States and addresses the political and cultural factors contributing to the rise of Islamophobia in the post-9/11 era. His forthcoming book is Presumed Guilty: Why We Shouldn't Ask Muslims to Condemn Terrorism (Fortress Press, 2018). This book will challenge the presumption of guilt made about Muslims after terrorist attacks and will address healthier ways for majority populations in the United States and Europe to engage Muslim communities other than through the prism of counterterrorism.

JONATHAN AC BROWN is Associate Professor of Islam and Muslim Christian Relations in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pg/risalafoundation/events/.  




May 5-12, 2018  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)
  Saturday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.
  Ghost Hunting | Raed Andoni
  Short film: Wa'ad | Mohammed Shalodi
  Sunday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
  Wajib | Annemarie Jacir (Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film)
  Short film: Silence | Sahera Dirbas

Rice University Media Center
  Friday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.
  Ghost Hunting | Raed Andoni
  Short films: Silence | Sahera Dirbas, Laymun |Catherine Prowse

  Saturday, May 12, 5:00 p.m.
  Stitching Palestine | Muna Khalidi & Carol Mansour
  7:00 p.m.
  Wajib | Annemarie Jacir (Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film)
  Short film: Measures of Distance | Mona Hatoum
  Sunday, May 13, 5:00 p.m.
  Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory | Mohanad Yaqubi
  Short film: Visitation | Noor AbuGhaniah
More info at www.hpff.org.



May 12-13, 2018  -  4th Annual Houston Lebanese Festival
4th Annual Houston Lebanese Festival
Delicious Food and Great Festivities
May 12, 2018 (Saturday): 12 PM - 11 PM
May 13, 2018 (Sunday): 12 PM - 9 PM
Location: Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, Texas 77498
Purchase your tickets TODAY! Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 5-12: kid’s games are included in admission tickets). Children 4 years and under are FREE.

For more information, visit www.HoustonLebaneseFestival.com.

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June 3, 2018  -  Rays of Change 2018Rays of Change 2018

Rays of Change is Amaanah’s annual benefit dinner for resettled refugees in Houston. The event is attended by more than 1,100 guests every year. Guests share the experience on social media with thousands of friends.
For inquiries or processing, please contact muhammad.d@refugeelink.com or ghulam@refugeelink.com. You can also reach us by phone at 713.370.3063.
For more information, click here.




August 31-September 3, 2018  -  55th Annual ISNA Convention

Hosted by Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Date: August 31, 2018 – September 3, 2018
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston 77010

Discounted Early Bird Registration Fee until February 28, 2018:
Adult $ 89; Husband & Wife $ 170; University Student/ MSA $ 79; School Student/ MYNA $ 55; Children's Program $ 45; Babysitting $ 70; Group of 5 or more $ 75 per person, CSRL Banquet $ 200 per ticket
ISNA can provide a limited number of need based complimentary registrations for the convention. Please email us at convention@isna.net or call 317-838-8129

Hotel Rooms:
ISNA has arranged discounted hotel rooms at the Hilton Americas Hotel which is connected to George R. Brown Convention center. You will receive hotel room reservation information via email in September 2017.
Convention Bazaar:
A Bazaar (Trade Show) with more than 500 booths will be organized at this convention. At this trade show, a variety of merchandise will be available including clothing, books, audio-visual, etc. Contact akhan@isna.net for more information.




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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