Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements

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  Last updated October 21, 2018

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ACC 2018-2019 Scholarship Announcement
The The Arab American Cultural and Community Center is pleased to announce the annual College Scholarship Program for Arab American students who seek or currently attend a College or University. The application period will run from Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 to Thursday, November 15th, 2018.

To apply for The Arab-American Cultural & Community Center Scholarship Program, please submit the following items in a neat package in a clear binder in the order:

1. Complete the attached application form. Must be enrolled in accredited Senior High School, College, or University. And of Arabic origins.

2. Submit prove of enrollment in accredited Senior High School, College, or University in USA.

3. Submit two letters of recommendation from either your teachers and/or employers. These should state how long you have been acquainted, what the nature of the relationship is, comments about your character and abilities, and any other information you would like the committee to consider.

4. Prepare and attach an essay of at least 500 words (typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, no more than two pages long), describing your career goals, your reasons for choosing these goals and what you have done thus far to prepare yourself and how you hope to give back to your community one day. Please state any previous volunteer work for the ACC or any other non-profit organization.

5. Attach an official transcript of your grades from your high school and college (if you have begun taking classes).

6. A Signed commitment pledge to volunteer for the Arab American Center in Houston for at least 10 hours during the semester in which the scholarship was awarded.

Mail or bring in your packet to:
The Arab-American Cultural & Community Center
10555 Stancliff Road
Houston, TX 77099
Attn: Scholarship Program

Application Submissions Deadline: Package must be received by November 15th, 2018.
Scholarship recipient will be notified starting December 20th, 2018.

Scholarship will be paid into 2 payments. Last payment made after the volunteering hours have been completed to satisfaction.

Click here to download ACC Scholarship Application Pack.

For more information, please email: school@acchouston.org.


Call for ACC Board of Directors Applicants
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) is inviting applicants from the community for Board of Directors positions (Board of Directors serve without compensation).
The ACC is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization with the sole purpose to promote the Arab Culture; to serve members of the Arab American community; and to build bridges of communications and greater understanding of the Arab Culture amongst the Houston community at large.
Potential candidates must be at least 21 years of age, possess professional qualifications, and be in good standing with the community at large.
In order to be considered for Board membership, please email ACC President, at president@acchouston.org and include the following required documents:
1) a letter of interest outlining why you wish to be on the Board and how you will be contributing to the community. (If you have prior experience with Non-Profit Organizations, please make sure to indicate it as well)
2) a professional resume/CV
3) the names and contact information for three professional references
**To learn more about the Board of Director's duties and expectations, please click HERE.
**Please subject your email with "Application to ACC Board".
The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday October 31st, 2018 by Midnight.   


October 26, 2018 - Being Muslim: Reflections from an Author's Journey

Dr. Asad Tarsin's book "Being Muslim - A Practical Guide" has become a crucial addition to every American-Muslim's library. It serves as a great introduction to the beliefs and practices of Islam and focuses on practical and important topics that can help new and old Muslims better understand and practice Islam.

Join us for a special event as we introduce you to Dr Tarsin and learn about his own journey in writing this book and the stories he has accumulated along the way.

"Being Muslim: A Practical Guide is a necessary reading for all young readers to understand their faith." - Imam Zaid Shakir

"A concise, useful, and accurate manual of core knowledge that every Muslim should know" - Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

English and Spanish copies of the book will be available for purchase and signature.
Date: October 26, 2018
Time: 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Ibrahim Islamic Center, 5215 Almeda Rd., Houston
DR. ASAD TARSIN has been designing Islamic educational programs and teaching the basics of Islam for more than a decade. After completing his bachelor's degree in Islamic studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he continued his study of Islamic theology, sacred law, philosophy and spirituality with some of the country’s most prominent Muslim scholars including Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Dr. Sherman Jackson, among others.

He has served as the curriculum director for the Deen Intensive Foundation for the last ten years and has a particular interest in creating sustainable models of education for new and returning Muslims. He lectures and teaches courses on Islam across the country. Being Muslim: A Practical Guide is his first published work. He is an emergency physician by training and lives in California with his wife and three children.

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October 27, 2018  -  Im Hussein & Ajyal Theatrical Group: Double Trouble
For more information, visit https://www.imhussein.com/.


November 4, 2018  -  Justice for Israel-Palestine with Rabbi Arik Ascherman
Arik Ascherman has dedicated his life to upholding the Jewish tradition of universal human rights, fighting alongside Palestinians and Israelis alike. After leading “Rabbis For Human Rights” for 21 years, Rabbi Ascherman recently founded “Torat Tzedek-Torah of Justice.”
Rabbi Ascherman will introduce Torat Tzedek and speak about his work to prevent the destruction of Negev Bedouin villages and the villages of Khan Al Akhar and Susya in the West Bank. He will also reflect more broadly on the structure of power in Israel and
whether Israel can still be called a democracy.
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Fireside Room, First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St., Houston 77004
A $5 lunch is available at the church from 11:30 a.m. to Noon.


November 10, 2018  -  Al Mashriq Levant Cultural Night at the ACC

A Family Cultural Event - Join us to discover the History, Traditions, Artifacts, Music and Food of the Levant: Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan
Embark with us on a virtual visit of the Mashriq region and its rich culture through an Exhibit of traditional items, various artifacts, clothing, books, and more from the region
• Taste the Delicious traditional dishes & food from the region catered by Fadi's Mediterranean Grill
• Dessert catered by Suzie's Pastry
• Music and dance entertainment
• Dabka Perfomance by Jerusalem Dabka Group
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099

Check-in: 6:00 p.m.
Mashriq Region Cultural Exhibition: 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Dinner Buffet Opens at 7:30 p.m. sharp
Ticket Price:
Adults Early Bird Special: $18 (until Monday October 29th)
Adults Regular Price: $22 (after October 29)
Kids: $8 (ages 3 to 11 years old)- Sibblings $5 thereafter
Children under 12 will be in a separate room with a babysitter, no exception. We cannot take kids under 3 years old
Babysitting, Fun Activities, Movie, and Pizza/drinks are all included in the Children ticket
Please note: All Tickets are Non refundable (click here to buy tickets)
Attendance is limited to 200 seats.
All tickets need to be booked online and ahead of the event. There will be no at the door sales.
Ticket sales will close at the latest on Monday November 5th by Midnight or whenever we are sold out, whichever comes first.


November 10-11, 2018  -  Islamic Arts Festival
Come and enjoy a unique family friendly festival. Experience the rich tradition of Arts in Islam. View Islamic calligraphy, woodwork, ceramic tiles and paintings from local artists! Experience the art of henna tattoo, Ebru and calligraphy. Interact with artists and take part in silent auction. Art activities for all ages. Enjoy ethnic food from Food Trucks.
Islamic Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind in the Americas! See over 10,000 sq feet of a variety of Islamic Art. This year the Festival will also feature "Refugee Art" from overseas and locally. Have a fun day with the family with kids activities, halal food trucks and great art.
Date: November 11-12, 2018
Location: Masjid Al Salam Champions Islamic Center, 16700 Old Louetta Rd, Houston 77070
Welcome all! Admissions Free!
For more information, click here.



November 17, 2018  -  Houston Gaza 5K + Dabke Party

The Gaza 5K is an annual walk/run hosted by UNRWA USA. This event raises funds for UNRWA emergency assistance in the Gaza Strip, including the Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP), which supports thousands of refugee children in Gaza affected by PTSD and other psychological trauma.
UNRWA's Community Mental Health Programme changes lives and restores hope for children impacted by trauma.
You can take action against the US Administration's decision to cut UNRWA funding and make this program accessible to Palestine refugee children by participating in the Gaza 5K.
Why we move for mental health
In light of the UNRWA funding crisis and the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, we're fundraising to provide UNRWA emergency assistance in the Gaza Strip, including its Community Mental Health Programme for refugee children and families who suffer from trauma due to repeated Israeli military assaults and the continued blockade.
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Cullen Park, 9008 Saums Rd, Houston, TX

For more information and to donate, visit http://www.gaza5k.org/houston/.


November 17-18, 2018  -  Houston Turkish Festival

26th Annual Houston Turkish Festival is here with more arts, crafts, food & drinks and more entertainment than ever before!

• Watch the amazing performances of TUANA folklore ensemble from Turkey
• Listen to acclaimed clarinet player Ismael Lumanowski from New York
• Enjoy Turkish and International Opera Under the Stars with Mete Tasin of San Francisco and Erberk Eryilmaz of Rice University Shepherd School of Music
• Sip the famous Turkish wine Kavaklidere & Turkish beer Efes Pilsen
• Dance to modern Turkish beats with our local talent, Curcuna Band
• Check out authentic Turkish coffee brewed on sand
• Bring your kids for 2 full days of FREE activities ranging from magic shows to face painting, from Turkish traditional arts to storytelling
• Enjoy a chance to win roundtrip airline tickets to Turkey
• Try various authentic cuisines from different parts of Turkey
Witness timeless whirling dervish shows
• Shop the famous Grand Bazaar without having to travel to Istanbul...
...and more, much more!

Date: Nov 17 at 11 AM – Nov 18 at 9 PM
Location: Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St, Houston, Texas 77002
*KIDS under 12 always enter FREE.
The Turkish Festival is looking forward to giving you an authentic experience half a world away, and celebrate Houston's diversity and comeback following Harvey.
Check our website often for the program and other useful info:



November 23-25, 2018  -  ICNA-MAS South-Central Convention
Join Us on this Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov 23- Nov 25 for 12th Annual ICNA-MAS South Central Convention at Houston Marriott Westchase Insha’Allah
Highlights: Bazaar | Midnight Brothers Basketball Tournament | Interactive Presentations | Parallel Sessions | Youth lectures | Sisters Only Program | Matrimonial Service & Much more!!
November 23-25, 2018
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr, Houston, TX 77042
For more information, visit http://icnatexas.org/.



December 8, 2018  -  "Christmas in The Middle East"
Brunch with Baba Noël Family Event
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
n: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
Join us for for craft, food, caroling ...
More information will be posted as it becomes available.


December 9, 2018  -  CAIR-Houston Annual Banquet

We are Excited to Invite You to Our 17th Annual Banquet Entitled “Faith Led, Justice Driven”.

Please Join Us in Celebration and Review of the Progress that Our Outstanding Team has Made This Year.

We are Also Excited to have Sister Linda Sarsour and Brother Hassan Shibly as our Special Keynote Speakers, with Sister Roula Alouch as our Master of Ceremonies.
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, 77056
Bring Your Family, Friends, and Everyone Else. Sponsor a Table and Secure a Spot for Everyone You Know. However You Can Make It, Make It – You’re Not Going to Want to Miss This Event!!

***Child Care FREE with Advanced Ticket Purchase***


January 5-6, 2019  -  Texas Dawah Convention

This years program focuses on real day to day struggles that you face in your lives, the community and within your family.
The theme for this year’s convention is “Footsteps of Greatness”. Muslims often carry a sentimental tone when addressing our past. From art and literature to scholastic advancements to military and political triumphs, the history of Muslims is looked to for both inspirations and nostalgia. Conversely, a quick appraisal of the current state of Muslims would indicate to any observer a darker picture. Despite that, in the midst of the current negative climate surrounding Islam and Muslims, we also see beacons of hope all around us in successful entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, athletes, inventors, politicians, activists, scholars and academicians.
Location: 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010
To register, learn more about the history of TDC or find out more about this years convention and program, follow the link below!


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.

For more information, click here.

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