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 April 25, 2018

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April 28, 2018  -  Arab Heritage Month: Hassan El Fad Comedy Show: Who is Kabour?
Fifth Annual Arab Heritage Month by The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) Houston
Saturday April 28, 2018
8:00 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road- Houston 77099
Tickets: http://achrafevents.com



April 29, 2018  -  Arab Heritage Month: Arab American Poetry & Non-fiction Readings ~ Followed by a conversation

Fifth Annual Arab Heritage Month by The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) Houston
Arab American Poetry & Non-fiction Readings with Hayan Charara, Fady Joudah, and Hosam Aboul-Ela (followed by a conversation)
Sunday, April 29, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road- Houston 77099
Free Admission
Special thanks to our community Partner: The Arab American Educational Foundation

Free Admission. To register & RSVP: https://arabheritagemonth2018.eventbrite.com
For more details and inquiries, call us at 832-351-3366


May 3, 2018 - Breaking the Siege of Gaza: 2018 Gaza Flotilla Fundraiser

Join us to learn about Gaza's increasingly deteriorating conditions and hear how a broad coalition of activists, academics, veterans, and Palestine solidarity organizers plan to break the siege in this summer's upcoming Gaza Freedom Flotilla and to draw attention to the inhumane conditions Israeli Occupation and blockades imposes on Palestinians.
Speaker: Col. Ann Wright, Veterans For Peace
Tentative Special Guest Via Video Chat: Palestinian youth from Gaza, who has lived his whole life under Israeli siege
Ann Wright is a Retired US Army Colonel and former US Diplomat who resigned from the State Department in ’03 in opposition to the invasion/war of Iraq. A deeply committed peace & justice activist, she has sailed on three of the more than two dozen Gaza Freedom Flotillas-including the most recent “2016 Women’s Boat to Gaza” carrying Humanitarian aid & construction materials to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Ann will present an update on the deterioration of Gaza, efforts to challenge Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, and give info on how people can support the movement to break the siege.
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
7 PM - 9 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road- Houston 77099
All proceeds will go directly to the upcoming 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

Cosponsors: Campaign Nonviolence Houston, Veterans For Peace, The Council on American-Islamic Relations Texas, Palestinian American Cultural Center, CODEPINK: Women For Peace

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May 3, 2018  -  Challenging Fake News: A Journalist's Personal Narrative

Please save the date for the upcoming Muslim Professional Association networking event as Mnar Muhawesh, founder and editor in chief of MintPress News addresses the gathering.
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 6 PM
Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Energy Corridor, 11730 Katy Fwy, Houston 77079

The 2016 Presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ignited a “Fake News” frenzy. But in fact, “fake news” has been a part of the American media landscape for decades. From flipping the narrative about Israeli occupation to the lies that led to the justification of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, hear how one journalist found courage and catharsis after living under a war zone to stand up to the war machine and challenge the real “fake news” that has been clogging our airwaves.

More information can be found at http://mpahouston.org/.


May 5-13, 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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May 14, 2018  -  Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Religion and religious actors occupy a central role in the politics of Muslim majority countries of the Middle East. How these actors view the U.S. and its policies in the region is critical to American interests. At this event, panelists will discuss the results of a new regionwide survey on key policy topics, including foreign intervention in the Middle East, regional violence and democratic forms of governance. Experts will also examine how major religious actors such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the AKP and the Ennahdha Party view and engage with U.S. actions in the Middle East, and will analyze the implications for Trump administration policies.
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
- Sharan Grewal, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University
- Tarek Masoud, Ph.D., Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
- Scott Williamson, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University

Moderated by:
A.Kadir Yildirim, Ph.D., Fellow, Center for the Middle East, Rice University’s Baker Institute
fro more information or to register, click here.



June 3, 2018  -  Rays 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.




June 11-21, 2018  -  Arabic Summer Camp at ACC

Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) will hold its annual Summer Camp for kids at the ACC Center  June 11th to June 21st, from Monday till Thursday. The camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the option of Pre-care and After-care at additional charge.
Kids will learn the Arabic language and cultural through a combination of language lesson, daily themes, conversational time and hands-on fun inducing arts & crafts. Singing along to Arabic songs, a splash day and interactive games are just the beginning; children can be native or non-native Arabic speakers between 4 & 13 years.

The camp consists of two one-week sessions. Kids can attend session one, session two, or both sessions.
Session 1: June 11th to June 14th- Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Session 2: June 18th to June 21st - Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road- Houston 77099
This year, we have a scheduled field trip to Asia Society on Thursday June 14th. The kids will be treated to hands on activities and a tour of an exhibit.

For those interested to register their child and for more details about fees and: https://arabicsummercamp2018.eventbrite.com
For any questions, parents are welcome to email school@acchouston.org.
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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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